Difficulty

Moderate-Difficult

Duration

8 Days

Highest Altitude

15,000 ft

Age

13 to 55 years

Duration

8 Days

Age

13 to 55 years

Difficulty

Moderate-Difficult

Highest Altitude

15,000 ft

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Buran Ghati Trek

A Grand Buffet Of The Greatest Himalayan Treks

Every trek has extremely beautiful sections. Every trek also has sections that are, we grudgingly admit, a little imperfect. However, when you are on the Buran Ghati trek, even with your best critical eye, these imperfections are hard to spot.

There is not a moment on this trek where you are disappointed. It is as though someone has taken out all the best parts of our Himalayan treks and stitched them together to make one perfect trek.

The trek starts at the ancient village of Janglik, reminiscent of the kind of old, “untouched by civilization” villages you would find on the Har Ki Dun trek. The trail climbs out of Janglik and goes into a delightfully deep forest and then bursts into Dayara meadows. Most trekkers stop in their tracks here, with their jaws agape at the wonderment that is Dayara meadows.

You walk out of Dayara with an expectation that the meadows are over – and you wouldn’t be more wrong. The trail to Litham is filled with forests and meadows. And there is the Dunda. If any campsite can give you the beauty of an alpine mountain zone and the thrill of a splendid climb to come, then Dunda will be among the best.

Barua, on the other side of the pass, is a charming old village that would distinctly remind you of Hobbiton from Lord of the Rings. Old houses, fruit-bearing trees, alleyways – it is a world of its own.

As we see it, the Buran Ghati trek has all the highlights of a tough trek, with an extremely thrilling pass crossing, put together in a moderate trek. There are rapid scenery changes, and save for the Pass day, most days are easy-moderate. If you are looking for a summer or autumn trek, don’t think twice, go for Buran Ghati.

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Quick Itinerary

A route map of the Buran Ghati trek

Day 1

Drive from Shimla to Janglik (9,200 ft)

Drive distance: 150 km | Drive Duration: 9-10 hours | Pick up point for Indiahikes trekkers: Shimla Old Bus Stand

Transport will be organised from Shimla Old Bus Stand at 5.30 AM. The cost of cab will be Rs 8,000 per vehicle

Day 2

Trek from Janglik to Dayara 

Trek Distance: 7.5 km | Trek Duration: 5 hours | Altitude gain: 9,200 ft to 11,075 ft

Beautiful first day with the trek through the forests of pine and oak with streams running across the trail. It pops out of the tree line into a vast expanse of meadows climbing into the hills.

Day 3

Trek from Dayara to Litham

Trek Distance: 5.9 km | Trek Duration: 3-4 hours | Altitude gain: 11,075 ft to 11,737 ft

The trail takes you through the meadows, forests of pine, and silver birch to begin with. Behind the pine forests are snow-lined towering cliffs completing a scenery that is perfect in its harmony.

Day 4

Excursion to Chandranahan Lake

Trek Distance: 6.9 km | Trek Duration: 4-5 hours | Altitude gain and loss: 11,737 ft to 13,900 ft and back to 11,737 ft

Trek towards the snout of the waterfall from where the stream emerges. The trek is a moderate climb. The closed alpine valley with snow patches all around is a treat. It is a steep descent from the lake to Litham.

Day 5

Trek from Litham to Dhunda

Trek Distance: 4.6 km | Trek Duration: 4-5 hours | Altitude gain: 11,737 ft to 13,365 ft

A gradual ascent for about a couple of hours in the valley and then a sharp climb to reach the campsite of Dhunda. You can clearly see Buran Pass here. Take a moment to take in the splendour of the pass and the upcoming thrill of the next day.

Day 6

Trek from Dhunda to River campsite via Buran Ghati

Trek Distance: 8.4 km | Trek Duration: 9-10 hours | Altitude gain and loss: 13,365 ft to 15,000 ft to 11,800 ft

A thrilling climb to the pass and an equally adventurous descent from 15,000 feet. The view of the valley in front is as far as the eye can see. Beyond, a long-range of mountains towers over the setting. Descend for another hour to get to a stream that needs to be hopped over boulders.

Day 7

Trek from River campsite to Barua. Drive to Shimla.

Trek Distance: 7.15 km | Trek Duration: 5 hours | Altitude loss:11,800 ft to 6,700 ft

The trail is full of surprising changes in scenery that make it an absolute delight. It is difficult to find another trek that has so much diversity while descending. The trail descends rapidly through the high-altitude pines, giving way to a mixed forest of other trees.

Transport from Barua to Shimla will be arranged to start at 1.00 PM. You will reach Shimla around 10.30 pm. The cost for the return travel is Rs 10,000 per vehicle.

Day 8

Buffer Day

This depends completely on the weather conditions on the trek and the call will be taken by the trek leader.

If the buffer day is used,  you have to pay us Rs. 2,500 per day (INR) +5% GST. The money will be collected by the Trek Leader only if we use the buffer day.

IMPORTANT POINTS

- The stay at Janglik will be in a lodge and the rest of the days during the trek is in tents (3 per tent).

- It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo id along with the mandatory documents of the Medical Certificate and Disclaimer form. This is required for entry at forest check posts during the travel and before the start of the trek.

- There are no facilities to take a photocopy at Janglik. Do not leave this till the end.

- Buran Ghat is a pass crossing trek. You will not return to the basecamp of Janglik. Your trek ends at Barua. So we do not have the option of a Cloak Room facility at the base camp for excess luggage. You can check at the hotels in Shimla where you stay for providing this option.

- If the buffer day is used,  you have to pay us Rs 2,500 per day + 5% GST. The money will be collected by the Trek Leader only if we use the buffer day. This depends completely on the weather conditions on the trek and the call will be taken by the trek leader.

Please note: Twin sharing tents may not be available in May, June, July and August. This is because raw materials for making tents are sourced from different countries. But their export has been affected due to international unrest. This has led to a global shortage of tents. Having said that, you'll still have comfortable space as these tents have been designed to accommodate three trekkers.

A route map of the Buran Ghati trek

PRO-TIPS

Onward Journey

You'll love the drive to Janglik! It follows the old Hindustan road which has history written all over it. After Theog, the road slips to the other side of the hills. You would reach Rohru from here. The turquoise/teal Pabbar river would be gushing to the right through your drive. The beautiful green valleys start opening up. The high peaks start to be visible from this point onwards.

Return Journey

The drive from Barua to Shimla is a long, but eventful one. The roads snake alongside the Baspa River, which joins the Sutlej River at Karcham, where you see the Karcham Wangtoo Dam. The drive from there onwards goes through important landmarks of Himachal Pradesh -- Rampur Bushahr, Narkanda, Theog, and Kufri -- until you reach Shimla late in the night.

Day 1

Drive from Shimla to Janglik (9,200 ft)

Drive distance: 150 km | Drive Duration: 9-10 hours | Pick up point for Indiahikes trekkers: Shimla Old Bus Stand

Transport will be organised from Shimla Old Bus Stand at 5.30 AM. The cost of cab will be Rs 8,000 per vehicle

Day 2

Trek from Janglik to Dayara 

Trek Distance: 7.5 km | Trek Duration: 5 hours | Altitude gain: 9,200 ft to 11,075 ft

Beautiful first day with the trek through the forests of pine and oak with streams running across the trail. It pops out of the tree line into a vast expanse of meadows climbing into the hills.

Day 3

Trek from Dayara to Litham

Trek Distance: 5.9 km | Trek Duration: 3-4 hours | Altitude gain: 11,075 ft to 11,737 ft

The trail takes you through the meadows, forests of pine, and silver birch to begin with. Behind the pine forests are snow-lined towering cliffs completing a scenery that is perfect in its harmony.

Day 4

Excursion to Chandranahan Lake

Trek Distance: 6.9 km | Trek Duration: 4-5 hours | Altitude gain and loss: 11,737 ft to 13,900 ft and back to 11,737 ft

Trek towards the snout of the waterfall from where the stream emerges. The trek is a moderate climb. The closed alpine valley with snow patches all around is a treat. It is a steep descent from the lake to Litham.

Day 5

Trek from Litham to Dhunda

Trek Distance: 4.6 km | Trek Duration: 4-5 hours | Altitude gain: 11,737 ft to 13,365 ft

A gradual ascent for about a couple of hours in the valley and then a sharp climb to reach the campsite of Dhunda. You can clearly see Buran Pass here. Take a moment to take in the splendour of the pass and the upcoming thrill of the next day.

Day 6

Trek from Dhunda to River campsite via Buran Ghati

Trek Distance: 8.4 km | Trek Duration: 9-10 hours | Altitude gain and loss: 13,365 ft to 15,000 ft to 11,800 ft

A thrilling climb to the pass and an equally adventurous descent from 15,000 feet. The view of the valley in front is as far as the eye can see. Beyond, a long-range of mountains towers over the setting. Descend for another hour to get to a stream that needs to be hopped over boulders.

Day 7

Trek from River campsite to Barua. Drive to Shimla.

Trek Distance: 7.15 km | Trek Duration: 5 hours | Altitude loss:11,800 ft to 6,700 ft

The trail is full of surprising changes in scenery that make it an absolute delight. It is difficult to find another trek that has so much diversity while descending. The trail descends rapidly through the high-altitude pines, giving way to a mixed forest of other trees.

Transport from Barua to Shimla will be arranged to start at 1.00 PM. You will reach Shimla around 10.30 pm. The cost for the return travel is Rs 10,000 per vehicle.

Day 8

Buffer Day

This depends completely on the weather conditions on the trek and the call will be taken by the trek leader.

If the buffer day is used,  you have to pay us Rs. 2,500 per day (INR) +5% GST. The money will be collected by the Trek Leader only if we use the buffer day.

IMPORTANT POINTS

- The stay at Janglik will be in a lodge and the rest of the days during the trek is in tents (3 per tent).

- It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo id along with the mandatory documents of the Medical Certificate and Disclaimer form. This is required for entry at forest check posts during the travel and before the start of the trek.

- There are no facilities to take a photocopy at Janglik. Do not leave this till the end.

- Buran Ghat is a pass crossing trek. You will not return to the basecamp of Janglik. Your trek ends at Barua. So we do not have the option of a Cloak Room facility at the base camp for excess luggage. You can check at the hotels in Shimla where you stay for providing this option.

- If the buffer day is used,  you have to pay us Rs 2,500 per day + 5% GST. The money will be collected by the Trek Leader only if we use the buffer day. This depends completely on the weather conditions on the trek and the call will be taken by the trek leader.

Please note: Twin sharing tents may not be available in May, June, July and August. This is because raw materials for making tents are sourced from different countries. But their export has been affected due to international unrest. This has led to a global shortage of tents. Having said that, you'll still have comfortable space as these tents have been designed to accommodate three trekkers.

PRO-TIPS

Onward Journey

You'll love the drive to Janglik! It follows the old Hindustan road which has history written all over it. After Theog, the road slips to the other side of the hills. You would reach Rohru from here. The turquoise/teal Pabbar river would be gushing to the right through your drive. The beautiful green valleys start opening up. The high peaks start to be visible from this point onwards.

Return Journey

The drive from Barua to Shimla is a long, but eventful one. The roads snake alongside the Baspa River, which joins the Sutlej River at Karcham, where you see the Karcham Wangtoo Dam. The drive from there onwards goes through important landmarks of Himachal Pradesh -- Rampur Bushahr, Narkanda, Theog, and Kufri -- until you reach Shimla late in the night.

Campsites at a Glance

At Indiahikes, we are very particular about choosing terrific campsites. For the Buran Ghati trek too, after a lot of back and forth, we have settled on these terrific campsites, which trekkers have come to love and have a great experience.

The first campsite of the Buran Ghati trek would be the Dayara Campsite, amidst the beautiful setting of the meadows. Look around to see a flock of sheep, horses, and mountain goats graze around the entire region. Picture by Gautham Reddy

The second campsite of the trek, Litham Campsite during September post the monsoon season. The sounds of the Pabbar river flowing keep you company throughout. Picture by Aseem Bhatia

View of the Dhunda campsite with glaciers and high mountain passes neighbouring the Buran Ghati. Picture by VishwajeetChavan.

Why I Believe Everyone Must Trek: A Note from the Founder

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Trekking transforms lives. It has completely changed my life. When I see my colleagues at Indiahikes, all of them have been impacted greatly. The transformations have been profound and irreversible. 

I see it in our trekkers too. I have seen them change professions, careers or start a new life. I have seen them get in and out of relationships, and start new projects. These are life-changing experiences. 

I have seen children building resilience. I have seen families come together. When I see those above 55, I see them rediscover passion and a sense of purpose. These are not small gains.

In the mountains new professions, new economies and new businesses have opened up. Our staff no longer go to cities to earn their living. Their income has increased. Above all, they are happiest working in this world. Trekking has been truly transformative.  

Everyone must trek. It transforms lives far more than you imagine. 

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Arjun Majumdar, Founder, CEO

Arjun Majumdar, the Founder of Indiahikes, went on this exploratory trek almost a decade ago. He is a veteran of the trekking community in India and one of the earliest to trek Buran Ghati. He’s an expert when it comes to the trek. Here’s Arjun talking about one of the grandest treks in our country.

What I Like and Don’t Like About Buran Ghati Trek

What I Like About the Buran Ghati Trek

Arjun Majumdar, Founder, CEO

Arjun Majumdar, the Founder of Indiahikes, went on this exploratory trek almost a decade ago. He is a veteran of the trekking community in India and one of the earliest to trek Buran Ghati. He’s an expert when it comes to the trek. Here’s Arjun talking about one of the grandest treks in our country.

1. Dayara Meadows

Dayara meadows have to be one of my favourite sections, and I think trekkers will say so too. You first see it from a high ledge as you climb out of a deep dark coniferous forest. Right in front for miles is a sprawling table land carved out from the sides of a mountain.

One grassy side climbs the sides of the mountain, and the other drops down a cliff into the gorges below. In between is the vast green stretch where horses gallop.

I couldn’t believe we would camp in these splendorous settings. That too on Day 1! When you compare with meadows on other great treks, I would put Dayara meadows right on top of my list.

The vast meadows of Dayara resemble the Ali and Bedni meadows of the Roopkund trek. Picture by Sandhya UC

2. The Buran Ghati Wall And Snow Slides

It is a very high altitude trek, going up to 15,000 feet — which puts the trek in the high adventure category. Getting to the top of the Buran Ghati and then rappelling down to the other side is a thrill I cannot forget.

Buran Ghati wall has become famous now. I think it must be the world’s highest rappelling point! Afterwards sliding down multiple snow chutes is what makes Buran Ghati a great adventure. Trekkers will love this adventure. I put Buran Ghati high on my adventure list as well.

Nothing beats the adventure of the ice wall descent at the pass crossing on the Buran Ghati trek. Picture by Sandhya UC

3. Villages of Janglik and Barua

The two villages on the trek, Janglik and Barua — I think — people must just do the trek just to observe the ancient culture and how it is still preserved. Of the two Barua is my favourite.

I love how we get in on the upper village, and then wind ourselves down, observing the culture in the villages until we get to its foot, almost one thousand feet down! Look out for the architecture, people, and the temple. Lots of fruit trees too!

Buran Ghati gives you a cultural experience as it takes you through two Himachali villages, primarily Janglik and Barua. Picture by Sandhya UC

4. Litham Campsite

Litham mesmerized me. Here was a campsite at the confluence of two valleys. You could sit at Litham and gaze for hours at the two valleys. But the sight to watch out for would be the towering waterfalls from the Chandranahan snout. People talk about the famous Rupin waterfalls on the Rupin Pass trek. But this one is as impressive!

The Pabbar River flowing from the glaciers surrounding the Litham Campsite. Picture by Mahesh Venkatasubramanian

5. Trek To Chandranahan Lake

I think the side trek to Chandranahan lake is very underrated. For me, it felt better than even doing the Buran Ghati crossing. The moment you get to the snout of the Chandranahan falls, you are transported to an alpine zone. You are in a high altitude narrow snow-lined valley.

Snow-capped mountains tower over you, all at touching distance. The Pabbar river is still along with you. You make your way over one beautiful ledge after another to get to the heart of the valley. The journey and the setting still stay with me for the visual treat.

The series of alpine lakes of Chandranahan. The color of the lakes add a charm to the setting of moraine layer. Picture by AnirbanBanerjee

6. The Coniferous Forests

I loved the forests on the first day of the trek. It is just lovely gradually climbing through the coniferous forests with its birch trees, some maple and oak, and birds singing along. Trekkers will just love it.

The beautiful forests on the Buran Ghati trek. Picture by Sandhya UC

What I don't Like About the Buran Ghati Trek

1. Ok, for the first time I don’t have a line to write about what I didn’t like.

Buran has to be the most complete trek I have done. It has stunning scenery, one of the best meadows, great culture, well-paced out, terrific high altitude adventure. Even the road journey to the base camp is superb!  

I give Buran Ghati a 5/5.

The landscape and colors change as you trek from Dayara and enter Litham campsite.

Picture by: Shibayan Kayal

The Colors of Buran Ghati

Know Your Trek

We have always wanted trekkers to be well-informed before they go on a Himalayan trek. Knowledge is the difference between a safe trek and a dangerous one. It’s also the difference between a wholesome experience and a superficial experience.

Use this section to learn about the Buran Ghati trek. It has in-depth information about each day of the trek, what to expect, and how you need to prepare for it. Many years of expertise have gone into this content. Trekkers find these extremely useful.

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Things Nobody Tells You About Buran Ghati Trek

The Mysterious Lake of Chandranahan

According to the locals, Chandranahan has seven lakes. However, what is interesting about this, is that there are a lot of mysteries surrounding the seventh lake on the top. The reason for this is its unreachability. Very few people from Janglik village have been able to climb up there. Sitting at approximately 17,000 feet, the lake poses a difficult trek even to the locals. But it is one of the hidden jewels of the entire Buran valley. The alpine lake shows beautiful colours when surrounded by snow. 

Not only is this one of the few treks which have a trail alongside a river, but you get to see the glacier where the water originates from.

Leaving Mountains Better

Green Trails is our promise to leave the mountains better. We have removed over 1 lakh kilos of the waste left behind by others on trekking trails. Yet this is a small percentage of what we do. Green Trails dives into reducing the use of resources, reducing our carbon footprint and bringing about a change in the daily practices of our trekkers too.

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