Buran ghati trek

a comprehensive guide

Overview

Buran Ghati pass is a place in Himachal Pradesh and best known for its trekking experience. This is the most popular trek known in the trekking world as the altitude is 15,059 feet from mean sea level (MSL). If you are targeting the best things in one trek then this trek is for you. 

The most adventurous path comprises dense forest and the alpine Chandranahan lake (to reach here you cross over five smaller lakes) which falls at a height of 13,900 ft and is one of the most beautiful lakes encompassed by snowy mountains. Considering a trekker’s paradise this lake remains relatively unexplored.

While treading you will also be exploring the lovely pine trees and lush green & grassy meadows around. While reaching the Dayara Thatch you will hear the rip-roaring sound of the water stream and also witness the snow-capped mountains of the Dhauladhars.

You will find an abundance of fruit trees like pears, peaches, apricots, and apples near Barua Village. The main reasons why this route has such an appeal is the panoramic view from Barua Pass and ascending down through the straight face of ice where you need to slide down which may also require a rope as well and it can be tricky at times thus making this one of the most adventures treks in trekking world.

The highest elevation on the Buran Ghati Trek is around 4,600 meters, and the route takes about 8 days to complete. Stay with us on this page for more details of the itinerary of Buran Ghati Pass Trek.

In short, the most stunning parts of this trek include:

1. The beautiful Dayara Meadows which you are expected to reach on day 1 of your trek.

2. Rappelling through the top of Buran Ghati which adventure seekers are sure to love.

3. Witnessing the ancient culture of Janglik and Barua villages.

4. Mesmerizing Litham where you can see the convergence of two valleys.

5. The view of Chandranahan falls.

Itinerary for Buran GHATI TREK

This trek can easily be completed within 7-8 days.

Day 01: Shimla Old Bus Stand to Janglik (2,804 mtr.)

Shimla Christ Church

 It is a 150 Km drive which will take about 6-8 hours. You will reach Rohru after 115km from Shimla. Rohru will be the last point where you will find an ATM and the network on your phone.

Day 02 : Janglik Village to Dayara (3,376 mtr.)

It is a 4 km trek requiring 4-5 hours. The difficulty level is a moderate ascent through pine, deodar forests, and meadows. You will wake up in the morning with a beautiful view of the valley. You will find artistic wooden houses on your way and you will be able to spot a view of Diude, Tonglu, and other small villages.

Day 03: Dayara Thatch to Litham Camp (3,578 mtr.)

It is a 3km trek requiring 3-4 hours. There is an easy gradual ascent followed by a descent. You will see Bhoj forest and Chandranahan waterfall. You will find streams throughout the trail. You will also see the snow-capped mountains of the Dhauladhars.

Day 04: Litham to Chandranahan Lake (4,327 mtr.)

Image Source: Indiahikes

It is a 3 km trek requiring 4-5 hours. You will return to Litham after visiting the lake. The trek is very exciting and you can also click a lot of pictures on your way

Day 05: Litham to Dhunda Camp (4,075 mtr.)

It is a 4 km trek requiring 5-6 hours. You will find this trail very well marked by shepherds. There will be grassland of Litham on the left and Rupin valley on the right. During this ascent, you will get your first view of the beautiful Buran Ghati.

Day 06: Dhunda to Munirang River Camp (3597 mtr.)

dhunda camp Buran Ghati

Via Buran Ghati Pass, the highest altitude of 4,572 meters, it is a 7km trek requiring 8-10 hours and is quite difficult with steep ascent and descent.

Day 07: River Camp to Barua

It is a 5km trek requiring 4-5 hours. It is easy with a gradual descent. This trail is also well marked.

Your Travel Plan for Buran Ghati Trek

Travel plan for Buran ghati

You can book train, flight, and bus tickets for your journey according to your convenience.

1- The Buran Ghati trek will take about 7 days starting from and ending at Shimla.

2- Generally, tour operators organize transport to Janglik base camp (starting point of your trek) from Shimla’s old bus stand. It might cost 6500 INR per taxi one way

3- Your trek will end at Barua village road. You won’t get any public transport in Barua as it is a small village. From Barua, you will have to arrange for transport yourself or depend on your tour operator for taking you back to Shimla.

How to Reach Buran Ghati from Major Cities?

First of all, one has to come to Delhi from where you will get a train/bus or flight from Delhi to Chandigarh, from where you can travel to Shimla which is the gateway to Buran Ghati.

 By Air

Chandigarh airport is the nearest airport to Shimla. You can get a flight to Chandigarh if available from your state or can take a flight to Delhi and then travel from Delhi to Chandigarh. The flight from Delhi to Chandigarh takes approximately 1 hour and costs around 3000 INR.

Currently, direct flights from Delhi to Shimla are not available. Generally, it is advised to book a cab to reach Shimla if you land at Chandigarh airport. The ride will take 3-4 hours which is a 120km journey. There are regular buses too. You should try to reach Shimla a day before starting your trek as the main journey from Shimla will start early morning from around 7 am to 8 am.

 By Road

You can travel from Chandigarh to Shimla by bus which you can board from Sector 43, Chandigarh. It will take around 4-5 hours and might cost 300-1500 INR depending on the type of bus.

Alternatively, you can take a cab from Chandigarh to Shimla which takes approximately 3 hours and might cost 2000-2500 INR. Volvo buses are available only between New Delhi to Shimla and vice versa.

But the good thing is that all these buses have a stopover at the Chandigarh bus stand. So, you can board the Volvo bus that is coming from Delhi. Most of these bus services are operated by HRTC (Himachal Road Transport Corporation) and HPTDC (Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation).

Online booking of Volvo can be done at the online portals of HRTC and HPTDC. Also, if you are traveling in a large group, you can book Volvo buses from Chandigarh through private bus operators. Moreover, the ordinary buses run by state transport bodies are also in very good condition and they start every half an hour from sector 43 bus stand Chandigarh.

The route is over National Highway 22 with many food points and the major towns in the route are Pinjore, Parwanoo, Kalka, Solan, Shoghi, and Taradevi.

If you prefer to travel directly from Delhi to Shimla, then you can take a bus from ISBT, Delhi. It will take around 8-10 hours and the cost varies depending on the type of bus.

 By Train

There are no direct trains to Shimla, neither from Delhi nor Chandigarh. First, you have to reach Kalka from where there is a narrow-gauge toy train service to Shimla which takes around 5-6 hours. The journey from Kalka to Shimla is very beautiful with lots of tunnels and picturesque scenery. 

For reaching Kalka, you can take a train from New Delhi Railway station. Currently, there are only two trains on this route which take about 4-6 hours. The Shatabadi express is the best from Delhi which leaves at around 7:40 in the morning, reaches Chandigarh at 10:45, and finally the Kalka station at 11:45. This journey will cost around 550 INR /person. You can even take a train from Chandigarh, which takes only about half an hour to reach Kalka.

Best time to Visit

Best time to visit Buran Ghati

Summer and Autumn are the best seasons for doing the Buran Ghati trek. 

During summer, (May to early July) one can enjoy the snow which is a major attraction of this trek. You will find multiple snow slides on this trek during summer. The snow starts melting in late June. 

During autumn (September-October) you will miss the snow but will be delighted by the beautiful colors of nature. You will find shades of green near the base camp but it will change to yellows and oranges as you gain altitude. You will find rocky terrain exposed by melting snow in autumn. 

The first winter snow might be witnessed from October. 

Is Buran Ghati trek right for you?

It is a moderate level trek. The average trekking time is 5-6 hours per day. The first two days of the trek are relatively easier after which the difficulty level increases. You shouldn’t opt Buran Ghati if you have a problem with altitude sickness. During this trek, visiting Chandranahan lake is quite difficult as there are steep ascents and descents.

Another difficulty is faced during the pass crossing day. There is a steep climb in snow from the base of the pass to the pass crossing. This day requires trekking for almost 9-10 hours continuously. During summer, you can enjoy sliding down the snow while descending. With a physical training of at least 2 months, you will find the trek relatively easier.

Accommodation options

You can find a large number of accommodation options in Shimla fitting every pocket. In Janglik, there are a limited number of accommodation options, mainly homestays. During the entire trek (from Janglik to Barua village), you will have to live in camps as there are no permanent stay options

Things to keep in mind before going

  • Before planning for the trek, try to find a companion or a group. The ideal group size will be a member of four. This way you can help each other if you face any trouble or someone gets hurt. If in case someone gets hurt, one can stay with them while the other two can go for help. Being in a group is always a safer option. 
  • Do some homework on your own before the trek. You can look at trail websites, blogs, or read a guide book. Get to know the difficulty level, altitude, and make sure it is within your ability. 
  • Make sure you have enough time as mentioned for this hike. This way you will not be in a hurry and you would be able to enjoy every bit of this trek peacefully.
  • It is always a good idea to get weather forecasts before starting the trek and pack your clothes accordingly. 
  • Clothes which are waterproof and quick-drying are best for trekking. Make sure you pack these types of clothes. Also, you should pack your clothes so that you can dress in layers and can remove clothing if the temperature changes.
  • Cut your toenails properly and wear wool-blend socks to prevent blisters.
  • Always have a trail map and copy of trail description to avoid getting lost. 
  • Learn to use GPS if you have never used it before.
  • You should always keep in hand a buffer day. It will allow flexibility to wait and resume the trek in case you encounter bad weather or something unfortunate.
  • Lastly, it is not a trek you can do alone if you are a first-timer or have limited experience in trekking. The terrain and the altitude will pose challenges to your health

Essential Things to Pack

  1. An identity card
  2. Backpack
  3. Water bottle
  4. Trekking shoes (waterproof are better)
  5. Torch or headlamp
  6. Raincoat or umbrella
  7. Few plastic bags
  8. UV Sunglasses
  9. Quick energy-giving eatables like chocolates, biscuits, dry fruits, and nuts.
  10. Personal toiletry kit- toilet paper, toothbrush, paste, handwash, lip balm, cold cream
  11. Personal medicine kit- anti-fungal cream, crocin (for fever), anti-vomit pills, combiflam (pain killer), band-aid, a small roll of cotton, disprin (for headache), betadine, or any antiseptic cream.

Estimated Budget for the Trek

You can contact tour operators and guides who will offer you a package from Janglik to Barua. It might cost approximately 14000-16000 INR. Most of the packages will offer you the following things:

  1. Food during the trek.
  2. Forest permits and camping charges.
  3. Tents.
  4. Trek guides and certified trek leaders.

Other charges include your journey from Shimla to Janglik and accommodation in Shimla as per your convenience.