Buran Ghati trek – A grand buffet of the greatest Himalayan treks
Buran Ghati is a hidden gem. If you pack in the great parts of all our best treks in one superb trek you get Buran Ghati. Arguably, Buran Ghati also has the most thrilling pass crossing amongst all our treks. Trekkers need to rappel down a snow wall at 15,000feet! If that thrill is not enough, there are five big snow slides to do. Even the most sober trekker rediscovers an inner child in him on the Buran Ghati trek! The trek has forests, grasslands, mountain views, even village settings. At the fag end of the trek descending through Barua village is a never ending passage through time.
Why we love Buran Ghati
If you want a trek high on adventure, this is the trek to do. Whenever I close my eyes to picture my favourite trek, images of the Buran Ghati trek flash through my mind. Poised gracefully at 9000 feet, Janglik is where it all begins. The first day takes you to the lush greenery of the Dayara meadows. With its up-close and personal views of the mighty snow capped mountains, Dayara is considered one of the most perfect campsites in the country. Throughout the trek you’re drawn deeper and deeper into untapped territory. Like a thriller, it keeps you hooked. Everyday is different. Alpine lakes that are a turquoise hue, forests that seem like they defy gravity and sections that make you stop short and think how blessed you are to be here.
Whom is this trek for?
Want to experience the highlights of our greatest Himalayan treks in one single trek? The Buran Ghati trek is for you! From beauty to adventure this trek has it all. This trek is suitable for those who have some trekking experience and have followed the fitness schedule religiously. The minimum age requirement to be eligible for this trek is 12 years.
How difficult is the trek?
Buran Ghati is a moderate to difficult trek. The 1628 ft climb to Dunda can be challenging and requires a decent level of fitness. On this trek, your mental strength is as important as physical fitness. At the top of the Buran pass, you will see the main obstacle ahead- a 400 meter vertical ice wall. This stretch is a great adventure but one must tread carefully. On the last day as you walk towards River campsite, there is a small exposed section that overlooks a river which you need to be careful while traversing.
What are the risks involved?
The pass crossing is the only difficult bit in this trek. At the pass you come across a vertical ice wall which you rappel down from with a rope. After the steep section, you slide down the snowy slope. This is why Buran Ghati is not an easy trek to do on you own, you need the assistance of a professional who can help you descend the wall.
The pass day is long. We also have the wall descent. If there is bad weather in the form of rain on the pass day morning, we may not be able to attempt the pass that day. A buffer day helps you tide over
Buffer day on the trek
On the trek we have kept a buffer day. This is to account for any weather related delay. Suppose we utilize the buffer day then you’ll have to pay us Rs 2500 per day (INR) for the buffer day. We will collect this only if we use the buffer days. The money will be collected by your trek leader.
How to prepare for the trek
Following the fitness routine will ensure that you do not spend your trek bent over gasping for air. We believe that no one should compromise on enjoying the beauty of the Himalayas to the maximum. Prior to the trek, you must be able to jog 5 km in 25-30 minutes 5 days a week for 4 weeks. For more details on how to get fit, you can watch this video.
ATM points and Mobile connectivity
You will get mobile network for Airtel numbers at Diude. There will be no signal at any base camp. Signal will be intermittent in the mountains. Do not depend on it. Finish all your important calls at Diude. Please inform anxious family members about limited phone connectivity. Also please note that there is always a good chance of Diude not having electricity. So be prepared for “if” situations.
Places to see
After the trek you can spend time exploring tourist attractions at Shimla. Please note that these are suggestions and Indiahikes does not make any arrangements for the same.
Here’s a short itinerary for the Buran Ghati trek:
|Day 1||Getting to the base camp (Diude, Shimla); pick-up vehicles from Shimla old bus stand. Cost of cab per person Rs. 1100/-|
|Day 2||Diude to Dayara; 5hrs|
|Day 3||Dayara to Litham; 3hrs|
|Day 4||Litham to Chandranahan Lake and back; 4-5hrs|
|Day 5||Litham to Dunda; 8hrs|
|Day 6||Dunda to River campsite via Buran Ghati|
|Day 7||River campsite to Barua village; 4hrs; From Karcham take a vehicle to Sangla 17 kms or Reckong Peo for more connectivity to Shimla. Drive back to Shimla. You are expected to arrive at Shimla at 3.00 AM.|
|Day 8||Buffer day|
If the buffer day is used, you will have to pay us Rs 2500 per day (INR) for the buffer day. We will collect this only if we use the buffer days. The money will be collected by your trek leader.
If the buffer day hasn’t been used, rest at Shimla for the night. You can explore Shimla the next day and take an evening Volvo bus to Delhi.
Day 1: Getting to the Diude base camp
Arrive at Shimla on your own. The base camp of this trek is Diude. We organise pick-up vehicles from Shimla old bus stand. From Rohru to Diude the road follows the blue waters of the Pabbar river. In an exquisite journey, the road climbs gracefully along the Pabbar, the scenery changing rapidly. From little square wheat fields along the river and beautiful Himachali homes, the road climbs rapidly along pretty villages and mixed forests until it gets to the pine forests around Tonglu.
The motorable road at Tikri, just after Chirgaon, turns left and becomes an absolute dirt track for the rest of the way. It takes two hours along the dirt track to get to Tonglu. At Tonglu, the dirt track drops down to the river, crosses the Pabbar and climbs to Diude in swift switchbacks.
Day 2: Diude to Dayara
- Altitude: 9,200 feet to 11,075 feet
- Time taken: 5 hrs
Today’s trek is perhaps the most beautiful first day of any trek that you will walk on. Climb out of Diude past the superbly crafted wheat fields – lined by beautiful wooden farm houses on their edges — some of them with attractive roofs in red and green. In fifteen minutes the last huts of Diude are behind you. The climb, though beautiful, gains altitude rapidly. In an hour, step on a ledge and look behind you for a commanding view of Diude, Tonglu and other villages.
The ledge under a pine tree is a wonderful place to take a break. Fifteen minutes later, past a clearing on your right, the trail climbs into a oak and pine forest. Getting deeper into the forest, the steep trail levels off to remain a gradual pleasant climb. The trail through the forest is just the treat that you needed after the long climb. Under the shady trees of the forest, streams running across the trail, brings a bounce to your step.
Half hour later, the trail pops out of the tree line into a vast expanse of meadows climbing into the hills to your left. The sudden change in scenery is startling. It takes time to soak in the view of the climbing meadows to your left and the dark shadowy tree line of the pines to your right. Ahead, the white snow patches that still remain in the folds of the cliffs opposite the Pabbar compliment the view to an extent that is hard to believe.
The trail out of the tree line descends gradually, skirting the top of the pines. The trail is well defined and broad. Almost an hour later, the trail enters another magnificent forest of pine and oak — this time thicker and denser. The walk on the dark moist earth and the brown carpet of leaves strewn over them is a moment to be cherished. Through the forest, the trail climbs gradually before again popping out of it in another half hour.
This time the scenery is even more jaw dropping. In front is laid out the almost perfectly landscaped meadows of Dayara. Sometimes, there are moments on a trek that make your heart sing. The first sight of the Dayara meadows is one of them. Across a stream running across the meadows, pitch camp for the day. Camp for the night at Dayara, which is known to be one of the prettiest campsites in India.
Day 3: Dayara to Litham
- Altitude: 11,000 feet to 11,737 feet
- Time taken: 3 hours
Start your day exploring the Dayara meadows. It looks most glamorous as it soaks up the golden glow of the morning sun. A walk on the meadows early in the morning needs to be savoured by every trekker.
The trail from Dayara to Litham will take you through dense forests, wide green meadows, gushing streams, and little brooks as you gain an altitude gain an altitude of 737 feet in 3 hours. The trail traverses across the meadows towards the Gunas Pass. A gently ascending trail enters another clump of pine forest fifteen minutes out of the Dayara camp site. Then you get to a stream that needs to be leaped over.
Across the stream, the trail climbs out of the forest and rounds a wide curve to regain the views of the snow capped mountains of the Dhauladhar range and Gunas Pass. Just as the trail takes the curve is a superb scenery of the grasslands leading down from the trail and into the dark depths of pine forests about 300 feet below. Behind the pine forests are snow lined towering cliffs completing a scenery that is perfect in its harmony.
Half hour later the trail again dives into another beautiful forest — this time of Silver Birch (Bhoj). The forest is old and the silver birches gnarled with age. Descending gently through the forest leads to another perennial stream in the fold of the mountain. Refresh here and climb out of the fold to your first clear view of Litham.
Across the meadows the trail dips to the Chandranahan stream that you need to cross before throwing down your backpacks at the Litham campsite. There are plenty of brooks running across Litham, choose a flat spot and good views to settle down for the day.
Litham has gorgeous views on three sides. On your left is is the snout of the Chandranahan waterfall, beyond which is the Chandranahan lake. In front is the towering snow clad mountains that hide Buran Ghati but sets the heart fluttering in anticipation of a great adventure ahead. On the right are the snow patched cliffs that hide the Rupin valley. The Litham campsite is a dramatic nest, the last of the great meadows of the trek.
Day 4: Excursion to Chandranahan lake
- Altitude: 11,737 feet to 13,365 feet and back
- Time taken: 6-7 hours
The Chandranahan lake is a glacial tarn that is perennially fed by snow flanks of mountains that surround it. It is not a very big lake, but getting to it is an exciting journey and extremely rewarding. Cross the stream that you get over just before the Litham campsite. Continue upstream on the shepherd’s trail to a ridge top. Walk towards the snout of the waterfall from where the stream emerges. It takes about an hour and a half to get to the snout of the waterfall, marked by beautifully placed stone cairns.
Trekkers usually assume that Chandranahan lake is close to the snout of the waterfall but it is another hour of trek into the glacial valley. The journey to the lake takes a difficult turn the moment you get to the flat at the snout of the waterfall. The closed alpine valley with snow patches all round is a treat. In later June, the valley floor has good amounts of snow but nothing that is difficult to walk on.
The lake is not very big but what it lacks in size, it makes up for it by its setting. Nestled in a bowl like glacial amphitheater, the lake is fed by snow fields all around. In between are grassy patches that jut out of the snow. Tiny waterfalls that turn into brooks trickle down to the lake from all sides. Lovely arrangements of stone cairns mark the lake. Spend time taking in the sights of the setting before heading back to Litham the way you came.
It is a steep descent from the lake to Litham. You must start early in the morning to be back at Litham at lunch.
Day 5: Litham to Dunda
- Altitude: 11,737 feet to 13,365 feet
- Time taken: 4-5 hours
Buran Ghati is a trek that can be easy or difficult depending on where you camp for the pass assault. Dunda at 13,300 feet is perfect.It is a short two hour climb to the pass. The pass is always visible and inspirational. The setting is extraordinary. The Dhauladhar range looms over the trail with the Gunas pass sitting pretty on top of the snowy flanks of the grey mountains. It is a monochrome setting of grey and white in front with the green grasslands of Litham on the left and cliffs of the bordering Rupin valley on the right. The Pabbar is no longer a gently descending stream. It is now a virulent stream descending rapidly. The trail takes a sharper ascent. Continue up the left bank until the trail gets into a U shaped gorge like valley and you get the first view of the Buran Ghati on your left. Take a moment to take in the splendor of the pass and the upcoming thrill of the next day.
Start the climb to Dunda by following the well marked shepherds trail that leads in the general direction of the pass. An hour of climb, perhaps a bit more, will bring you to the ridge top of Dunda. At Dunda you get absolutely clear views of Buran Ghati and the trail that leads to it. The camp is in an alpine zone. Snow capped mountains flank the campsite on all sides. Even in late June snow patches are everywhere. If any campsite can give you the beauty of an alpine mountain zone and the thrill of a splendid climb to come, then Dunda would be voted among the best.
Day 6: Dunda to River camp via Buran Ghati (15,000 feet)
• Altitude: 13,365 feet to 11,800 via Buran Ghati (15,000 feet)
• Time taken: 8 hours
In September, the snow melts and it is not difficult to climb the pass. Out of the Dunda campsite follow the ridge and hop over boulders towards the base of the pass. From the base it is an hour long climb to the top, mostly on snow. Buran Ghati at exactly 15,000 ft is a thrilling climb. It is a narrow ledge on the top. The drop on the other side is sharp and steep.Without the rope, the descent can be risky even with an ice axe. Getting down to the first snow field about 100 metres below the pass is your first objective. Thereafter it is a series of descents over smaller ledges that you can slide down!
Descending on the Buran Ghati trek is quick and very soon you lose all the altitude that you have gained. It takes about 2 hours to get to the end of the snow line. You also lose about 3000 feet in altitude. Out of the snow line, the descent hopes down a ridge with junipers and lovely flower crested shrubs. The view of the valley in front is green, lush as far as the eye can see. Beyond a long range of mountains tower over the setting. Descend for another hour to get to a stream that needs to be hopped over. Across the stream the first farmers hut appear. This is where you camp for the night.
Day 7: River camp to Barua village
- Altitude: 11,800 feet to 6,700 feet
- Time taken: 4 hours
The descent to the Barua village is remarkable for the variety in vegetation and diversity. The trail is full of surprising changes in scenery that makes it an absolute delight. It is difficult to find another trek that has so much diversity while descending. The the path that logically follows the Barua Khud. Stick to the trail that is broadest and most used. The trail descends rapidly through the high altitude pines, giving way to a mixed forests of other trees.
An hour and half later the trail descends to a large gushing stream thundering to meet the Barua Khud. A makeshift bridge lined with junipers and mud is the only way across. Climbing out of the stream, the trail is greeted with more diverse vegetation.Late in June, lovely purple shrubs line the trail on either side. Further an apricot, peaches tree hog over the trail laden with fruit. An hour later the first apple orchards and signs of civilization make way for the trekkers.Over an overhanging rock on the trail the entire view of the Barua village hanging on the ridge below is breathtaking. You will reach Barua Khud around 1 pm.
Half an hour later the trail enters the Barua village through an arch. It is a long descent through the village as the trail meanders and descends through. Life on the trail comes alive as the simple villagers are happy to see you. They want to hear your stories and invite you to tea. Look out for the grand temple on your right as you continue your descent. From time to time the trail rushes past apple and other fruit bearing orchards.
Once at the heart of the village, the descent is more rapid. In half hour the trail pops out on to the road bridge over the Barua Khud. It could take some time to get a vehicle to Karcham, which is a junction 3 kms ahead or you could simply walk it. Karcham is a junction where roads from Rekong Peo and Sangla meet. The big hydel project by the Jaypee group also starts at Karcham. From Karcham either take a vehicle to Sangla 17 kms or Reckong Peo for more connectivity to Shimla.
Day 8: Buffer Day
If the buffer day is not used, you can rest at Shimla for the night. You can explore Shimla the next day and take a Volvo bus to Delhi in the evening.
How to get fit for the Buran Ghati trek
Buran Ghati is a moderate to difficult trek. The pass crossing day is the difficult bit. On this trek, your mental strength is as important as physical fitness. If you trek in the month of June, on the pass crossing day, you need to rappel at least 400 meters down an ice wall. Apart from this portion, the trek is of moderate difficulty and will not exhaust you if you are well prepared.
You have to cover 9 km on an undulating trail on days six. This requires a good amount of endurance. You can begin by jogging regularly. You must be able to jog 5 km in 25-30 minutes 5 days a week. Practice this for at least 4 weeks before your trek begins. It takes time to be able to cover this distance in the given time. Start slow and increase your pace everyday. Swimming, cycling and stair climbing without too many breaks in between can help too.
This is another area you should work on. The descent from River camp to Barua is rapid. You go down from 11,800 feet to 6,700 feet in 4 hours. This could be taxing for your legs. You can do some squats to strengthen them. Do around 3 sets of squats, with 8 squats in each set.
Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.
Working out indoors
If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints, here’s a video you can use to work out indoors.
What you need to carry on the Buran Ghati trek
- Trekking shoes: You will need trekking shoes with good grip. Sports shoes will not be comfortable enough. You can watch this video to learn to choose the right trekking shoes. You can get Forclaz 600 from Decathlon.
- Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
A common mistake that trekkers make is not changing their t shirts often enough. Regardless of how cold it is, the body tends to sweat a lot. Trekkers who don’t change to fresh clothes fall ill due to wet clothes and are often unable to complete their trek.
- Three warm layers: On the pass crossing day, you will need at least three warm layers (two lights layers such as fleece and woolen and one padded jacket) for this trek.
- Two trek pants: Wear one pair and carry one pair.
- Two collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Again, wear one and carry one.
- Thermals (Optional): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.
- Sunglasses: Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. These are more important in June. There might be snow at the upper campsites regardless of the season. So carry a pair of sunglasses.
- Suncap: The sun is intense at higher altitudes and a sun cap is absolutely essential to keep your face and neck safe from sun burns.
- Synthetic hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woolen hand gloves. One pair of water proof gloves.
- Balaclava: You may use woolen scarves instead as well.
- Socks (2 pairs): Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woolen socks for the night.
- Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
- Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.
- Daypack (20 litres): If you are offloading your backpack, you will need a smaller backpack to carry water, medical kit and some light snacks.
- Toiletries (Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste)
- Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons.
- Two water bottles: 1 litre each
- Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
Mandatory Personal Medical Kit
- Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)
- Dexamethasone – one strip
- Nifedipine – 5 tablets
- Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
- Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
- Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
- Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
- Disprin – 6 tablets (headache)
- Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
- Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
- Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)
- Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
- Gauze – 1 small roll
- Band aid – 10 strips
- Cotton – 1 small roll
- ORS – 10 packets
- Betadine or any antiseptic cream
- Moov spray (aches, & sprains)
- Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (driving license, voters ID, etc.)
- Medical Certificate (first part to be filled by a doctor and second part by the trekker) – Download PDF
- Disclaimer form (to be filled by the trekker) – Download PDF
If you’re shopping or packing for the trek, you can download this quick and simple checklist for offline use.
video by Aditya Kedia
Here are the pictures from the Buran Ghati trek mostly in June. Click on the image to see them full screen
Trek fee: Rs. 13,950/-
Service tax at 4.5% is payable on the trek fee
- Accommodation during the trek (camping)
- All meals – vegetarian
- Trekking permits and forest camping charges
- Trekking equipment (tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, ropes, etc.)
- Safety equipment (first aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretcher, etc.)
- Services of an expert trek leader (qualified in basic/advanced mountaineering courses)
- Services of an expert trek team (guides, cooks, helpers, porters/mules)
- Transport to and from the base camp (Shimla to Diude and return from Barua to Shimla)
- Food en route (to and from the base camp)
- Backpack offloading charges – Rs 1650 plus service tax of 4.5%. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs 335 per day plus service tax of 4.5%. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
- Stay at Karcham/Shimla on the last day is not included
- Personal expenses of any kind
- Anything apart from the inclusions
Terms & Conditions
1. Cancellation: If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.
In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cancellation requests are not taken over phone.
The cancellation charges are as under.
- Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
- Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
- Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.
2. The trek fee includes all cots of the trek from the start at the Diude base camp to the end at Barua.
3. Pick up: Trekkers are picked up from Shimla bus stand at 6:00 am. Usually, trekkers are clubbed together with other participants to make a group. The group travels together to Diude in shared cabs.
4. Transport:Transport from Shimla to Diude and return from Barua to Shimla can be arranged by us at an extra cost. Participants are expected to share the cost of the cab (approximate cost Rs. 5,500 per vehicle, one way). The amount is to be paid directly to our transporter. No service tax is applicable on transport cost. Indiahikes only arranges the vehicle pick up and is not responsible for any issues during transport.
5. Backpack offloading: Indiahikes expects all trekkers to carry their own backpacks. All common gear will be carried by the support team. If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge.
Backpack offloading charges – Rs 1650 plus service tax of 4.5%. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs 335 per day plus service tax of 4.5%.. Partial offloading is not allowed. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
6. Emergency during trek: In a trek a medical emergency or any other emergency may arise. If for any reason you are sent down from the trek then Indiahikes will make arrangements for your return to the base camp or nearest road head. A staff will accompany you. He may not be a trained personnel.
Evacuation or dealing with emergencies is extremely difficult in the mountains. It is time consuming as well. A normal trek of 2 hours may take 6 hours in an emergency (a sick person is not easy to evacuate). Doctors do not go along with a team. Doctors are not available at the base camp or nearest road head either. Indiahikes trek leaders are trained to administer first aid and know how to deal with issues related to the mountains. However, they are not doctors.
Registering for this trek is an understanding that you have read up on the difficulties of high altitude trekking and understand the risks. You have also understood what AMS, HAPE and HACE are. You have taken efforts to educate yourself and you are in a position to manage your own altitude related emergency.
7. Fitness: A high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Cardiovascular training before a trek is critically important. Training must include strength and flexibility workout. We have laid out the eligibility criteria here. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training. Indiahikes has the right to reject candidates who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.
8. Non-liability: Indiahikes is not responsible for any loss/damage of your gears/equipment or other belongings on the trek.
9. Payment: Payment for the trek can be done online through credit/debit card or net banking. Cheque/draft or cash is not accepted.
10. Drinking and smoking during the trek is strictly prohibited. If found flouting the rules, your participation on the trek will be cancelled with immediate effect.
11. Safety Protocols:
a. While our itineraries are designed to allow for adequate acclimatisation, most treks in Indian Himalayas climb quickly, which is called forced accents. Unavailability of camp sites and the Indian Himalayan terrain are the reason for this. There are chances that you will feel the effects of altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation while on this trek. Please be aware that your trek leader may deem it unsafe for you to continue trekking at any time, and arrange for you to descend to a lower attitude.
b. Our trek leaders will conduct routine health checks at all camps to measure oxygen saturation, pulse and blood pressure. Indiahikes reserves the right to exclude any trekker from climbing higher on the trek without refund if the trekker’s vital readings are below accepted norms for that altitude. These norms are available with Indiahikestrek leaders.
c. This is a high altitude trek with rough, rocky and snowy terrain. It is important that you are a fit and confident walker in mountain terrain, able to manage ascents and descents by yourself within a reasonable time. Indiahikes reserves the right to turn around a trekker if in the opinion of our trek leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without requiring exclusive assistance. Please realistically self-assess your fitness and suitability for this trek before registering.
How safe is the Buran Ghati trek?
The pass crossing is the only difficult bit in this trek. At the pass you come across a vertical ice wall which you need to rappel down from with a rope. After the steep section, you slide down the snowy slope. This is why Buran Ghati is not a trek that one can go on his own, you need the assistance of a trekking organisation or professionals who can help you descend the wall.
However in the months of September and October when there is no snow, there is a trail that opens up which is tread by shepherds. It does not have any tricky sections like overhangs or landslides. It is a pretty straightforward meadow trek. In June, post the pass crossing comes 4 to 5 slides down the snow. Approaching River campsite, the last camp, is a small exposed section that overlooks a river which you need to be careful while traversing.
The trek begins from 9000 feet at Diude, altitude sickness can get to you in the first two days. You are highly advised to be on a preventive course of Diamox for this trek.
Diamox is a tablet that is available off the counter. You can start your course one day before the trek. Take half a tablet once in the morning and once at night (after your meal). It reduces chances of AMS by 80%. There are almost no side effects of Diamox, except a tingly feeling at your finger tips. You might also feel the need to urinate more often, which is normal as Diamox makes you drink more water. You can learn more about AMS, its symptoms and treatment here.
Note: Diamox is a sulfa-based tablet. If you are allergic to sulfa-based drugs, don’t take the tablet. If you do not know whether you are allergic to sulfa-based drugs, take a Diamox around ten days before your trek and look out for any reactions, If there are none, you can safely take the tablet on the trek.
At Indiahikes, safety of a trekker comes first. You will experience it first hand on the slope. Your team is accompanied by experienced trek leaders, safety gears, high end trek equipment, high altitude first aid kits and most importantly the right information.
If there is a medical emergency on the trek, your trek leaders are trained to handle crisis, especially related to altitude and medical emergencies. Indiahikes team carries high altitude medical equipment, oxygen cylinders, and other emergency kits.
Most situations are resolved by the trek leader’s intervention. If, however, evacuation is required, it is carried out by the Indiahikes team. The affected participant is moved down to the nearest emergency medical centre as soon as possible. This can take time, even 1-2 days, especially from high camps. Medical expenses, if required, at the medical centre are to be borne by the participant.
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How to get to the base-camp –Diude
Delhi/Chandigarh → Shimla →Diude
The Buran Ghati trek starts from Diude. It is a village of few houses. You will stay in Diudi Village for one night and in the morning you will again travel by vehicles to the last road head and then start your trek from there. The trek leader will meet you at the base camp and will explain you everything about the trek.
Indiahikes will organise pick-up vehicles from Shimla old bus stand at 6:00am sharp. The fare of this transport is not included in the fee. It costs Rs.5,500 per cab one way and this fare is shared per vehicle for Trax (7-8 seater) or TT (10-12 seater). You will have to pay the driver directly. All must divide the total cost of vehicles by total number of trekkers, irrespective of number of trekkers traveling in each vehicle. The pickup is arranged in a Tata Sumo or similar vehicle. We are expected to reach Diude by 6:30 pm.
To reach Shimla
It is advisable to reach Shimla a day earlier, stay overnight and report to Shimla old bus stand by 6 am the next morning for the pick up to Diude. From Delhi you can take an overnight bus to Shimla. Book buses online in advance as buses usually get delayed. You can try www.redbus.in
Barua → Shimla → Delhi
Indiahikes organises pickup vehicles from Barua to Shimla at 1 pm. The cost of transit from Barua to Shimla will have to be borne by the trekkers. The total cost of transportation one way is Rs. 8000 to be shared among fellow trekkers in the vehicle. We are expected to reach Shimla by 11 pm.
“Initially I was in doubt if we made the right decision to choose Buranghati trek for our vacation! But on return we were contented with our decision, we could not come out from the mountain hangover. The path takes you through the charming picturesque villages. I was overjoyed when I got the chance to meet lively country dwellers, play with village kids, visit mystic wooden temple, apple orchards. The forest and meadow mishmash we found in this trek might be one of the best in India. Breathtaking view of the velvety grassland, Pine and Paper-Birch forest, chirping birds, pure blue sky and coltish brooks almost tempted us to settle down and lead a rustic life there. Camp sites were beautiful and we crossed numerous streams, waterfalls on the trail, river Pabbar played hide and seek with us all the way long.” – Mallika Roy, batch of September 2016
“The trek was beautiful. Perfect planning by Indiahikes and well trained technical staff. This is why I would recommend Indiahikes to my friends and family.” – Mahesh Muddapati, batch of June 2016
“It was a wonderful experience with a little bit of everything thrown in. There were the meadows, the pass, the boulder country down the pass, snow, wind and waterfall.” – Mohot Bhatta, batch of June 2016
“Extremely beautiful trial. Short of words to describe the amazing scenery.” – Deepa Krishna, batch of June 2016
“The trek was indeed a buffet of all beautiful scenery. the trail was mesmerizing and a challenging one too” – Neha Bhatt, batch of June 2016
“The trek route & experience was excellent. The climb to the pass and the rappel down the snow wall was awesome. Our trek lead, guide & other staff did a stellar job to get everyone down that snow wall. Respect!” – Vinod Krishna, batch of June 2016
“I really enjoyed the trek. it was wonderful.. From the 1st day itself i had an amazing time.” – Devesh Bhatt, batch of June 2016
“In simple terms, I loved the trek! It was my first experience with Indiahikes, & am I glad I did it or what?! The food, organization, hardworking & entertaining team of trek leaders, porters & everyone–not to mention the beautiful place–made this an amazing experience of a lifetime! I am sure I’ll trek again with Indiahikes in the future! Great job & keep it up!” – Neha Kirpal, batch of June 2016
“Well this was my first trek in real sense. We chose Buran Ghati just to make it more interesting even though it was looking tough. It was challenging but at the same time it gave immense excitement too, as I’ve accomplished it without any casualty. I would definitely recommend this trek for its vast beauty and scenery. I enjoyed it the most, while going back to home cherishing the accomplishments. The staff were excellent and at par. Food was good too. But above it all, watching the stars in the night shining brighter and thicker are the best moments of the trek. I will never forget that. Thank you Indiahikes for everything, starting from liners on the ground to the stars in the sky. Cheers!” – Karan Patel, batch of June 2016
“Picturesque meadows, tough climbs and very exciting summit. Rappelling down the 70 deg steep ice wall and covering almost half the descent while tobogganing can’t be done in any other trek. It is definitely one of the most satisfying experiences and as described in the Indiahikes website it feels like a mash-up of the best Himalayan treks The trek is fairly easy for most part, but the summit day pushes you to the extreme.” – Sameer Singh, batch of June 2015
“Buran Ghati is a perfect combination of meadows, valleys, glaciers and snow! I would recommend Indiahikes because their overall management of the treks is very good.” – Anurag Sharma, batch of June 2015
“Buran Ghati is a virgin trail where the awesome beauty of raw nature meets all needs of a hardcore trekker looking for challenging situations with unforgettable memories.” – Paras Sharma, batch of June 2015
“Buran Ghati is a very scenic and untouched route. I would recommend Indiahikes because they are very professional and keeps their promises.” – Anubhav Saxena, batch of June 2015
“Buran Ghati offers tough terrains, scenic journey and beautiful pass at 15000 Feet. The whole trek was very nicely managed by Indiahikes team.” – Harpreet Singh Wadhwa, batch of June 2015