Buran Ghati (altitude 4572m) trek is a classic sheppard route connecting Pabbar valley of Shimla to Baspa valley of Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh. It is still frequented by sheppards and the people of Janglikh village and surrounding region.
Buran Ghati Pass
The other two passes on the same mountain range connecting Sangla valley to Rohru & Dodra- Kwar in Pabbar valley are Gunas pass & Rupin pass. Chandernahan lake (the source of Pabbar river) is located about an hour trek from Litham Thach.
|Region::||Baspa & Pabbar valley|
|Best Time To Trek:||May to September/Early October.|
|Trek Distance:||Around 20Kms|
Buran Ghati Trek Itinerary:
- Day #1: Shimla – Sangla
- Day #2: Sangla – Brua Village
- Day #3: Brua village – Brua Kanda
- Day #4: Brua Kanda – Pass Base Camp
- Day #5: Pass Base Camp – Litham
- Day #6: Litham – Dayara
- Day #7: Dayara – Janglik Village
Day 08: Janglik village – Shimla
Note: The days of the itinerary are not fixed.
What Does Buran Ghati Trek Cost?
The Cost estimation is based on the number of factors like the group size, pick-up place(Chandigarh/Shimla) and add-ons needed(like backpack offloading, accommodation before and after the trek & drop off point(Shimla/Chandigarh). Drop an email to avail group offers & early bird discounts.
A Brief Log Of The History of Burang Ghati Shepherd’s Trek Route
Janglikh village witnessed its prosperous times in history during the early colonial period. In times when there was no road to Kinnaur; when people had to walk over high passes in order to reach Kinnaur, the trek through Pabbar valley was most frequented by both locals and European travelers.
Travel of Europeans gave access to rare cash and employment to villagers of Tungu, Romai and Janglikh while local travelers which included mostly Kinnauras gave wealth to these villages through barter system.
People of Janglikh and Tungnu-Romai still talks about the time when Kinnauras (people of Brua, Sapni etc) were so poor that their main cereal was Buckwheat(called Fafra in Kinnauri dialect) while Janglikh people had the luxury of eating rice and wheat. Brua and Sapni villagers used to shop in Janglikh and Tungnu villages.
However, with the subsequent floods in Andhra khad, Pabbar river and damage to the British infrastructures as well as easier access to Kinnaur through the construction of the Hindustan-Tibet road, these villages fell out of favor and dipped in seclusion. But as they say, history repeats itself; Sun is once again beginning to shine on the economic prospect of these villages.
There are two legends on how Janglikh village was named so. Some believe that it is named after the village deity “Jakh or Jakhoh”. According to the second legend, this village was infested by the attacks of wild animals and the village could be accessed only after walking through miles and miles of dense forest. The village location shaped the villagers into a fearless tribe who were at home in the forest among raids of the wildlife.
Thus, outsiders started calling these villagers “Junglee or Junglee log” and the village Janglikh. Finally, ‘Jungli’ got corrupted to Janglikh. The village still has a dense Forest around and is subject to occasional raids by wildlife.
Detailed Itinerary & Route
Day #1: Depart from Shimla to Sangla
Baspa Valley is named after the largest village of the valley, Sangla.
Located at middle of the valley and about 18km from the nearest highway i.e NH 5, it has found place in an itinerary of every traveller for its spellbinding attractions like Kamru, Chansu, Basteri, Rakcham, Chitkul village and Ranikanda meadows.
Day #2: Sangla – Brua Village
On Day two head towards Brua Village, a sub-locality under Sangla town.
The trek starts from Brua village. The trail changes surprisingly and on the way witness the orchards fields welcoming you for the overwhelming trek. The trail is very beautiful. Dinner and overnight stay in tents just above the village.
Day #3: Brua Village – Buran Kanda
Have fresh breakfast, Start early from Brua village to the pastures of Buran Kanda. The forests change from pine and deodar to high altitude fir and birch forests. Buran Kanda gives a magnificent view of the Kinner Kailash Range towering over the Baspa Valley. Dinner and overnight stay in Bura Kanda.
Day #4: Brua/Buran Kanda – Buran Pass Base Camp.
On Day #4 we cross the meadows of Bura Kanda and reach the base camp of the Buran pass, which is also known as the Burando. Dinner and overnight stay in tents. Camp under the magnificence of million stars.
Day #5: Pass Base Camp – Buran pass -Litham
Day 05 includes crossing Buran pass(4570m) and camping at Litham. Its an ancient route, English travelers during British rule and the Shepard from the villages often preferred this cooler route to Kinnaur to the arduous travel through the hot Sutlej valley. Overnight camping at Litham.
Day #6: Litham – Dayara Thach
Today descend down from Litham to Dayara. The trek is moderate and the landscape is pretty enough to overshadow the tiring journey. Get overwhelmed by the seamless green meadows waiting for you roll down your body. Overnight Tented accommodation in Dayara.
Day #7: Dayara – Janglik Village
Trek down from Dayara to the village of Janglikh. Dinner and overnight stay in the village homestay/ tents.
Day #8: Janglikh village – Shimla
Drive back from Janglik to Shimla which takes around 5 hours.
Buran Ghati Trek Cost Includes
- All arrangements for overnight stays during the trip.
- Camping & Climbing gear.
- All food expenses
- Food will usually consist of morning breakfast, lunch, evening high tea and dinner.
- All food will be vegetarian.
- Special trained certified guides trained for emergency situations.
- Local guides and workers with in-depth knowledge about the local area.
- One luggage per person will be transported by us.
- Inner line permits( if required ) and arrangements en route will be arranged by the operator.
- All stays and lodging on twin sharing basis shall be provided.
- Any kind of personal expenses.
- Any kind of insurance.
- Anything not mentioned in inclusion section
- Camera fees or any other costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances and situations beyond our control