Why Buran Ghati is special to Indiahikes

Our Rupin Pass trail would not have been discovered if it wasn’t for the Buran Ghati trek. The story goes back many years, almost 10 years, when Indiahikes hadn’t started yet.

Buran Ghati - Indiahikes - Anirban Banerjee - Campsite
Camping in the meadows on the Buran Ghati Trek

My trekking friends and I wanted to do the Buran Ghati trek. At that time we knew it as the Barua Pass (named after the village where the trek ends). From our maps and little knowledge that we had, the trek looked really exciting. We had heard lots of stories about its pristine meadows, big snow fields and the glacial Chandranahan lake.

But when we started planning for it, things would just not fall in place. Logistics of food and ration was becoming a nightmare. When that got sorted out, our guides backed out. With just a few days to go for the trek our plans fell apart.

Meanwhile, some of our trek mates were running a parallel conversation with local folks on the Rupin Pass trek. They had identified a guide who could take us across the pass. So when the Barua Pass trek plans fell through, we quickly shifted our focus to the Rupin Pass trek.

Finally, with a slight heavy heart we set out on the Rupin Pass trek. Our guide turned out to be a non-guide. Our support staff mutinied against the guide.

Despite all the logistical drawbacks, Rupin pass turned out to be a splendid trek. The trek was so satisfying that it filled us with great joy. It had everything we could ask from a trek: great forests, a snow filled glacial valley, the magical Rupin water fall and the thrilling Rupin Pass climb. When Indiahikes was launched I wrote about this experience.

Today, Rupin Pass is a much sought-after trek. Trekkers just love it.

Yet, the Buran Ghati is a trek that still remains etched in my heart. More than anything, I know the trek is as good as the Rupin Pass trek, if not better. It is a trek that can get the heart soaring with its boundless natural beauty.

Buran Ghati was finally explored in  June 2014. You can read Izzat’s account of the exploration here.

Arjun Majumdar

Arjun Majumdar

An entrepreneur by profession and a trekker by passion, Arjun started Indiahikes in 2008. With a vision to explore and document new trails, solve problems in the mountains and implement sustainable ways of trekking, he leads Indiahikes, a community that has changed the face of trekking in India. He has written extensively for Discover India magazine and is a TedX speaker. Read Arjun's other articles. Watch Arjun's TedX talk. Watch Arjun speak about our trekking trails. Learn from Arjun about what it's like to work at Indiahikes.

4 thoughts on “Why Buran Ghati is special to Indiahikes

  1. U r doing a great job, fulfilling every heart that search for peace and eternity. U give us opportunity to explore ourselves and to know our limits and boundary, u teach us to talk to mountains and respect them. I have been to Roopkund with u and now I am planning rupin pass with u. Thanks for seeing my dreams come true.

  2. Hellooo,
    Can someone help me sort the confusion?
    I am looking forward for a trek in June.
    Which will be the best bet?
    rupin /goelcha/ roopkund/buran ghati
    I m looking for moderate to difficult level trek

    1. Hi Dhruv,
      I recommend Buran Ghati in June. The trail is less crowded compared to other treks in this season. In addition to beautiful forest trails, meadow walks and a pass crossing, you have the added thrill of rappelling down a snow wall at 15,000 ft.

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