About Buran Ghati
An offbeat location, this is but a beautiful destination. This is located at Shimla. It takes 6 hours from Shimla to Buran Ghati. The place is a fairytale-like with amazing pine forests and beautiful landscapes. It has one of the most thrilling pass crosses among the treks. The place is known for its pine forest, silver birch forests, and beautiful wooden houses that are linked together. There’s no doubt that Buran Ghati trek is a hidden gem.
About the Buran Ghati Trek
It is an 8-day long trekking, which is one of the most different trekking experience you ever had. The Buran Ghati trek encompasses a diversity of landscapes- farmlands, orchards, meadows, streams, thick forest and ice-capped mountains. The trekking begins from Guide and crosses through Janglik, Dayara, Litham, Chandranahan Lake, Dhunda, Buran Ghati and Barua Village. Trekkers need to climb down a wall, to be more specific a snow wall at 15,000 feet followed by 5 big snow slides. The Buran Ghati trek is moderate to difficult in nature.
- The trek is an opportunity to enjoy and savor the beauty of many tiny hamlets and streams.
- It is also a chance to explore Shimla
- The Buran Ghati trek covers mountains, meadows, streams, and villages along with ice-capped mountains
- The fairy tale view of oak, silver birch and pine forests.
- Hydel project of Jaypee Group at Karcham
- Have you ever done camping? If not this is your opportunity to. Sleeping under the star for 2 nights enjoying the scenic beauty around. The cherry on top, prepare a bonfire and have fun with friends. The camping site include Dayara meadows, one of the best in country
- Ice wall decent and six long snow slides
- View of beautiful wooden farmhouses
- Fruit, primarily apple Orchards
- The splendid view of ice-capped mountains and the grandiose of glaciers of the mighty Himalayas.
- A unique opportunity to meet new people live their experience, talk to them and getting to know peculiar cultures that you might never have the opportunity to come across otherwise.
- And most importantly- food. An opportunity to taste the local food from the authentic people.
Key Facts About Trek
- Location: Himachal Pradesh
- Starting from: Shimla
- Temperature: 13 to 18 degree Celsius in the morning; 0 to 7 degree Celsius at night
- Trekking Distance: 16-kilometers
- Maximum altitude: 15000 feet
- Difficulty Level: Moderate
- Nearest Airport: Jubarhati
- Nearest Railway Station: Shimla
- Accommodation Type: Camping
- Food: Nutritious food suitable for trekking
- Best time to visit: Mid-June to early October
- Duration: 8 Days and 7 nights
Getting to the Diude base camp
Altitude: 9,200 ft
One will have to start from Shimla as early as 6 in the morning. It takes a 6 hours’ drive to reach Buran Ghati. The vehicles from Shimla would take you to the base camp which is at Janglik. While driving from Rohru to Diude you will come across the Pabbar River. Lookout for the four-sided wheat fields beside the river and lovely Himachali homes. You will have to move further through these dirt tracks to reach Tonglu. At Tonglu, You’ll have to cross the Pabbar River. It takes only a short walk from Diude.to Janglik.
Trek from Diude/Janglik to Dayara
Altitude: 9,200 ft to 11,075 ft
Time took: 5 hours
Trek gradient: Moderate.
Climb out of Diude and you will come across farmlands with beautifully carved wooden houses. Walking further for 15 minutes from here you will leave Diude. There then comes a ledge giving you a spectacular view of Tonglu village, this is the perfect place for rest. You will then be entering an oak and pine forest.
About an hour later the path will be surrounded by trees marking an entrance to the beautiful pine and oak forest, Dayara is a beautiful meadow, considered to be one of the best campsites. You will be camping at Dayara.
Trek from Dayara to Litham
Altitude: 11,000 ft to 11,737 ft
Time took: 3 hours
Trek gradient: Easy.
On this particular day, you will begin by climbing up for around 15 minutes which is accompanied by the crossing of a stream. Further climb through the mid of pine forests and meadows and there comes a moderate descend through silver birch forests. As you already have the water from Dayara it will not be required to refill the water. You can find many streams along the path.
Once you cross the stream and you trek out of the forest you can view the ice-capped mountains of the Dhauladhar range and Gunas Pass. Further climbing you will enter a Silver birch forest. Sliding moderately down across the forest runs us to an additional recurrent stream in the bend of the mountain. Refresh here and climb out of the fold to your first clear view of Litham. Stay overnight at Litham campsite.
Excursion to Chandranahan lake
Altitude: 11,737 ft to 13,900 ft and back
Time took: 6-7 hours
Trek gradient: Difficult.
Chandranahan Lake is one beautiful place. It is a glacial pool that is constantly nourished by ice-capped mountains that border it. One will have to cross the stream which you g=had previously found just before crossing the Litham campsite. Further, move upwards following Shepherd’s track and you can see the point at which the stream emerges. After about one hour and a half, we will reach the mouth of a waterfall, a place marked with beautiful stone landmarks. IT becomes difficult to reach the lake at this particular point. At the time of June, the place is covered with snow and makes it difficult to walk on. Feeding the lake is tiny waterfalls on all the sides. Trekkers can spend some quality time here before we head back to Litham, which is a steep climb. Start at least at early morning so that you can reach Litham by the time of Lunch.
Trek from Litham to Dhunda
Altitude: 11,737 ft to 13,365 ft
Time took: 4-5 hours
Trek gradient: Moderate.
Dhunda is located at 13,300 ft and is a moderate climb. It takes around two hours to ascent to the pass. You will witness The Dhauladhar range emerging out of the track which has the attractive Gunas pass resting on top of the icy rims of the grey mountains.
The whole setting has a monochrome effect. Grey mountains, snow which is a white and green alley of Litham to one of the sides and the cliffs that margin the Rupin valley to the right. Here, at this point, Pabbar takes a sharp ascent. Following the well-marked trail left by the shepherds hike further to Dhunda. Keep left and climb up along the banks till you reach a U shaped valley and you catch the first sight of the Buran Ghati on your left. Climbing further for an hour one will reach Dhunda. The camp is set in an alpine area. You sleep in a lace that is bordered by ice-capped mountains.
Trek from Dhunda to River camp via Buran Ghati
Altitude: 13,365 feet to 15,000 feet
Time took: 9-10 hours
Trek gradient: Difficult.
Pursue the range and jump over the rocks and hike towards the base of the pass. From the base, one will have to ascend further for an hour on snow to the top. The place is located at an altitude of 15,000 feet. The descend could be steep and sharp. It makes it a bit difficult, the trekkers will have to use both ax and rope. The primary aim is to reach the first snowfield that is some 100 meters below the pass. Then comes several other descends which you will have to slowly slide down. By the end of 2 hours, you will reach the last of snow lines. And altitude reduces by some 3550 feet. Further down, you will reach a point with junipers and lovely flower crested shrubs. The view of the valley and ice-capped mountains are breathtaking. Descend further for an hour to reach the stream on the banks of which you can find the huts of farmers. Here is where you will be camping for the day.
River camp to Barua village and Drive to Shimla
Altitude: 11,800 feet to 6,700 feet
Time is taken for Trek: 6 hours
Trek gradient: Easy
You will be climbing down to Barua Village on this particular day. This place has a diverse vegetation and wildlife. You will be following the way that follows the Barua Khud. Attention shall be taken that you stick to that particular trail which is most used and broadest, to avoid a smooth passage. You can witness high altitude Pines which slowly changes as you descend. Walking down further for around an hour and a half you will reach a stream which has a makeshift bridge made of junipers and mud. Once you cross the stream the vegetation becomes more diverse with an array of different kind of trees. Then you will come across Apple orchards and first signs of civilization which marks the entry to the village of Barua with an arch. The descend becomes more rapid as you approach the center of the village. Within half an hour from here, you will reach the road bridge over Barua Khud. From Barua, a bus would be waiting for you to leave for Shimla. You will be reaching the town within an hour. However, if you wish to spend more time at the village and want to reach the town on your own, you will get plenty of vehicles from there to Karcham, a junction which is 3-kilometers apart. A huge hydro-electric project by the Jaypee group also begins at Karcham. From Karcham one can opt for a vehicle to Sangla, which is 17 km away, or to Reckong Peo which offers more connectivity to Shimla.
Shimla is a beautiful place to be in. The 8th day would be for taking ample rest and for sight-seeing and shop at Shimla. You can book and take a Volvo bus to Delhi from here. This is the day when the tour concludes.
During the trek, accommodation would be on Triple or Quad Sharing (Camping)
Vegetarian meals shall be provided.3 times a day
- Trekking- The 8-day long trekking itself is the main activity that one would do. It is full of new experiences.
- Camping- The best part of the Trekking would be the night stays. Once you are tired from walking all day long, the campsites would provide you with all the comforts that you would need for the night. Since you are at an elevation you can observe the star-studded sky
- Waterfall visit- There are multiple waterfalls along the path you trek, which offers you with spectacular view
- Photography- The place offers multiple scopes for long exposure photography. The scenic beauty of Pine Forests and spectacular views of Meadows are also worth capturing
- Bonfire could be organized near the camping site for the night. One it is always fun and second, it helps you to overcome the extreme cold weather.
- Other Inclusions
- All the required permits and the entry fees are
- A First aid medical kit consisting of the required and essential medicines.
- Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff to guide your way and to take timely decisions.
- All the taxes are also included
- Safety equipment
- Camping Charges
The transport from the base village to Shimla and the return trip will be provided for the visitor. Any other means of transport if required shall come at the trekker’s expenses. From Shimla, one can go through bus till Delhi and then go by flight or train to wherever one has to reach.
- Make sure you carry with you warm clothes, jackets, raincoat, fleece, thermals – carry in multiple numbers at the same time not quite a lot for it is always advisable to carry lesser luggage during the Buran Ghati Trek. However, at times rain and snowfall can’t be predicted hence it is always better to carry a raincoat along with jackets
- Carry hand gloves, trekking poles, a pair of sturdy trekking shoes and extra pairs of socks shall be carried. Make sure that you don’t forget any of these as Buran Ghati trek would be nearly impossible then
- Also remember to take along water bottles, energy bars, chewing gums, and energy drinks. This is because you will for sure get dehydrated on the trip, hence one has to make sure he/she is hydrated. Energy bars help you to keep a check on your appetite. And since you are walking quite a lot both energy bars and drinks would be of use.
- Make sure you are carrying with you some kind of painkillers for your legs might hurt from trekking and sunscreen lotions.
- Caps/hats, sunglasses, and towels should also be carried along with you
- If possible oxygen cylinder or alternatives to create oxygen like camphor could be taken along.
- Make sure you are taking with you a backpack which has waterproof linings
- Personal toiletries and medication if any shall also be taken along
- Medication is extremely important as you are visiting a remote area, for 5 days
- It is always better to take a lot of precautions so that you don’t feel sorry later. Extra batteries shall be taken and make sure that your equipment is fully charged.
- Also carry with you beanie and sun cap, light towel and scarfs
- Cold cream and sunscreen lotion (SPF 40+)
- Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
The closest airport is at Jubarhati. It is situated almost 23-kilometers away from the town. There are Domestic flights from Delhi and Chandigarh that links with Bhuntar. From the airport, one can opt for a prepaid taxi to Shimla. However taking into account the weather conditions of this place, Air transport isn’t the best nor the most reliable option to get to the town. One can rather travel till Delhi by flight and look for other options to reach the place.
There are many state-run as well as private buses that connect Shimla with multiple other destinations like Leh, Kullu, Delhi, Dharamshala, and Manali among others. The buses of Himachal Road Transport Corporation are also available. Delhi to Shimla is 343-kilometers and it is always better if the tickets are pre-booked in AC Volvo buses from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. This is a busy route and tickets might not be available without reservations. Buses are usually from morning or start at night. And Volvo buses are better than the rest when you take into account the long trip ahead.
A train is a good option to the town as the nearest railway station is located someone kilometer from the main town. A narrow gauge rail track connects the place to Kalka, which the route in which the famous toy train runs through. Kalka Shatabdi train connects this place to Delhi via Chandigarh.
Weather conditions of a mountainous region or any high altitude region for that matter are very different from that of a plain. One might experience altitude sickness. Hence take ample time to get acclimatized to the high altitude
- All of the visitors may not be experienced trekkers, or you might not be knowing the intricacies related to this place, which is the reason why listening to your trek leader or guide is of utmost importance so that your whole journey is both safe and enjoyable
- Make sure that you do not consume alcohol during the Buran Ghati trek. Try to stay away from any sort of intoxicant. You are climbing uphill and this might have serious consequences
- Altitude Sickness also knew as acute mountain sickness is caused by less exposure to oxygen at high altitudes. The symptoms could be non-specific. Breathlessness is a common symptom to speak of. A headache, fatigue, stomach illness, dizziness, and sleep disturbances are the other. Acetazolamide is the medicine that helps in curing acclimatization. However in the worst case scenario, one must descend the place immediately.
- Make sure your cameras are well packed and protected from moisture
- Make sure that you Trek in the day and not in the night
- And most important of all is this, the Buran Ghati Trek is along an eco-friendly as well as to be protected region. Hence act responsibly and do not litter
- Make sure you are taking with you a trekking shoe and not a sports shoe. The shoe shall be sturdy, with a hard sole and ankle support and it would be better if it is waterproof.
- Also, make sure you take both cotton and woolen Woollen to use while at the camps in the night and cotton while trekking
- Ideal clothing would be quick-dry synthetic pants and full-sleeved t-shirts and protection for your neck from sunburn
- Make sure you aren’t wearing loud colors
The best time to go for this Trekking is from mid-June to October, when the climate is comparatively pleasant. Early months of the year clearly means chances of snowfall on high passes. This however melts down in the month of August. Shimla gets good rainfall and during the monsoon season, it might rain heavily. However the high altitude regions of Spiti valley or Seri meadows will be quite sunlit and warm during the daytime. The temperature might be in between 12 degree Celsius to 20 degree Celsius. However it goes down steeply during night to -2 degree Celsius to 6 degree Celsius. September and October are the best months of the year or a tourist as weather is extremely good with less chances of rain, and less snowfall and considerable warmth. In the beginning of October temperature again starts to drop. Day temperature is still find fluctuating between 12 degree Celsius to 18 Degree Celsius. However at the night it might be anywhere in between 0 degree Celsius to 7 degree Celsius, which the trekkers might find difficult to endure. Altitude Sickness also known as acute mountain sickness is caused by less exposure to oxygen at high altitudes. The symptoms could be non-specific. Breathlessness is a common symptom to speak of. Headache, fatigue, stomach illness, dizziness, and sleep disturbances are the other. Acetazolamide is the medicine that helps in curing acclimatisation. However in the worst case scenario one must descend the place immediately.