Chanshal, one of the less known sub ranges in Himachal Pradesh, acts as a natural barrier between the tribal region of Kinnaur and famous hill stations of Shimla. In the North of Chanshal Range lies Kinnaur, in East Garhwal Himalaya dominates the skyline, in the south of Chanshal lies the less known Pabbar valley. Pabbar valley is dotted with some of the highest passes of Shimla district for centuries these passes have been a gateway for shepherds of lower Shimla to more fertile higher meadows of Kinnaur.

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Buran Pass, one of these high passes of Pabbar valley, have been the most preferred pass of not only the local shepherds but during the British Raj, it was also preferred by Britishers over the Sutlej valley. Retracing the footprints of shepherds and Britishers, we will be also taking on this challenging yet equally charming trek to Buran Pass. Before we go into every day details about the trek, let us give you a little tour of how this trek can be the best trek we can ever walk.

There are so many beautiful treks in all the sub ranges of mighty Himalaya treks and most of them have got something which is so special about them, like Roopkund Trek has Ali and Bedni Bugyal, Rupin Pass Trek has three stage waterfall, Kashmir Great Lakes Trek has glacial Lakes and carpets of flowers that stretches for miles, Har Ki Dun Trek goes through ancient villages nestled deep in mythical valleys, one of easiest trek Kedarkantha has some of the most beautiful campsites for winter trek and then there is Buran Ghati Trek which has got all of it. The meadows, glacial lakes, waterfall, ancient village, pretty campsites and what not.

The starting point of the Buran Ghati trek, Janglik Village, is one of those high villages of Himalaya which are still untouched by the modern civilizations. Just when we would think that the myths of Janglik village is over, The trail takes us to Dayara Bugyal and the very first sight of this yellow Marigold laden carpet of grass can make our jaw drop. It is getting a little awkward to admit it here but when we first crossed Dayara, we thought it would be the end of beauty but we have never felt more content even while being proved wrong. While Litham is filled with forests and meadows, Dunda is surely one of those dream campsites we all dreamed of as little children. Across the Buran pass lies something, every Tolkien fan would die for, called Barua, a village that is straight out of Habitation.

As we have taken you through this virtual journey to one of our favourite treks, let us tell you, to see all this beauty you would not have to make vigorous efforts as this is an easy to moderate trek. Except for the pass crossing everything is quite easy going. So, if you have something in mind for this summer, go for our favourite Buran Ghati Trek.

Trip Highlights
  • Scenic trek in Himachal region at an altitude of 15,000 ft.
  • Trail is known for beautiful views of Panoramic views of Himalayan peaks flora fauna and apple orchards.
  • Visit High altitude holy Chandranahan Lakes.
  • Expereince the Kinnauri culture and know about the rich ancient tales of Indian Mythology.
Trip Facts
  • Base Camp : Janglik Village
  • Duration : 6 Nights – 7 Days
  • Buran Ghati Pass Altitude : 15000 ft
  • Dayara Thatch Altitude : 11,100 ft
  • Litham Altitude : All Year
  • Dhunda Thatch Altitude: >13370 Feet
  • Best Time : May June & September October
  • Trek Distance : By Taxi 375 km & on foot 30 km.
  • Janglik Village : Last Road Head 9200 Feet
  • Trek Grade : Moderate (Subjective to Individual)
  • Nearest Airport : Chandigarh
Why to choose?

Even though multiple trekking trails are available to choose from, it is essential to understand the very reason to opt for Buran Ghati Pass Trek is.

  • The Altitude gain is 15.060 ft only and the trek distance of 22 km covered in 7 days.
  • A moderate trek is recommended for Individuals with minimum fitness can do with gradual acclimatization and with no fear of Altitude sickness. The trail gives sublime Panoramic views with oak and pine tree forest fresh air.
  • The mysterious high altitude lakes at Chandranathan lakes the source of Pabbar river, are feast to eyes.
  • Popularly known as shepherd trail with rolling hills and grasslands.
  • During winter, this valley transforms into wonderland and will be covered with white sheet of snow. In summers the valley transforms into different hues, with Kaleidoscope of colors, wildflowers and woods in different shades.
Trip Cost Includes
  • Food : During Stay and Snacks during Evening Refreshments only
  • Travel : Tempo Traveler/SUV Similar Non/Ac/Bus
  • Accommodation : Basic Multiple sharing or dormitory/Tent.
  • Group Size : Group size 12 and Above.
Trip Cost Excludes
  • Any trip extensions, Stay due to road blocks or landslides, extra meals, Accommodation
Itinerary:
Day one - Pickup to you from Shimla Drive to Janglik village, 160 Km, 6Hours
Meet and Greet. Pre booked vehicle Pickup from Shimla Drive to Janglik village by taxi 160 Km, 6 Hours Altitude: 2,804 Meter
The journey to Buran Ghati Pass starts from the “Queen of Hills”, Shimla and erstwhile summer capital of British. After daily chorus we start the drive towards one of those ancient villages that are still pretty untouched by modern civilization. Witness unique wooden houses made out of deodar wood with artistic carvings. The drive from Shimla to Rohru passes through some not very famous places of Shimla district, from Rohru we will be following Pabbar river.
The intricate road climbs up along the river with rapidly changing scenery, the wheat field dotted with traditional Himachali homes will be there to keep us company, till we reach Tonglu and enter the domain of dense Pine forest. The metalled road goes till Tonglu takes a left turn and turns into a dirt track that will last for the whole two hours, all the way till Diude after crossing Pabbar river. Janglik is nothing but a short walk from Diude, which is needed after the drive from Shimla. Overnight stay in Homestay.
Day two - Trek from Janglik village to Dayara Thach, 4Kms, 4 Hours, 3376 Meter.
The day will start with a stunning view of Pabbar valley, to make it more joyful get a hot cup of tea and some homely breakfast. If the view and the delicious food was not enough for the soul satisfaction, the trail starting right out of Jagnik village passes through some of the most intriguing traditional homes of Himachal. Which are then accompanied by very well-crafted wheat fields. One hour of climb will get us to a point from where we can see the entire view of Diude, Tonglu and some other small villages perched on the face of mountains like mole on cheek.
Soon our lungs and legs will call for a little rest and there is the perfect place to rest and recharge, under some pine trees by free flowing Himlayan streams. The soothing effect of this setting can get you rejuvenated in just a breath. This rest is much needed for what is to come may take your breath, almost an hour of walking under the shade of pine tree and then the trail pops out of the tree line into the never-ending expanse of meadows that can be seen climbing the hills on our left side. The startling change in the scenery from dark pine forest to bright yellow meadow, is complemented by the unfolding of the snow patches in the distance.This beautiful meadow will be our home for tonight.
Day three - Trek from Dayara Thach to Litham camp, 03 km, 3 Hours, 3578 Meter
If you have been dreaming about the sunrise that we see in movies, BBC or Nat Geo documentaries and wanted to witness something similar then this is your chance. Get up before the sun and find a place in the vast meadow and watch the sun rise from the eastern horizon and light the entire valley in golden hues, we will make sure that you have a nice cup of hot tea to compliment this gorgeous view. First rays of the sun makes it the perfect spot for some epic photography.
From Dayara the trail goes into dense forest of Pine and Oak, and then some more meadows dotted with swift flowing streams. These water streams will be accompanying us for the entire trek so no worries about pure and clean drinking water on this trail. Climbing up and down through these meadows and pine forest, the trail soon enters an age old jungle of Silver Birch. A gentle descent into jungle brings us to another perennial stream, from here climb out of the jungle into one more meadow. Descending down this meadow we cross Chandernahan stream to get to Litham campsite.
Day four - Short hike to Chandernahan Lake (4327 Meter) Explore some time here and back to Litham camp, 3 km, 4 Hour.
Today we will be taking it a bit leisurely as we will be taking a day excursion to Chandernahan Lake and admire the scenic beauty surrounding the Litham meadow. On the right on Litham lies the mountains of Rupin valley, right in front of us, playing a hide seek with clouds, is the snowclad mountains of Buran Ghati Pass. on the left of Litham is Chandernahan Waterfalls, which originates from the Chandernahan Lake.
Following the steam to get to the snout of the waterfall, it would take more than an hour of brisk hike to get to the snout of the waterfall, do not assume that the lake will be at the snout of the waterfall. Chadernahan lake is one more hour from the snout. It might not be one big lake, but the shortcoming of the size is compensated in setting. Located in a glacial bowl, Chandernahan lake is fed year around by these melting glaciers.
Start early in the morning so that you can be back at the campsite for lunch.
Day five - Trek from Litham camp to Dhunda Camp, 4 km, 4 Hours, 4075 Meter
Fifth day of the trek starts from the Litham and ends at Dhunda campsite. The trail towards Dhunda is well marked thanks to frequent use of the trail by shepherds of the area, about one and a half hour of climb will bring us to Dhunda ridge, from where we can get a clear view of Burna Pass. Dhunda campsite lies in the alpine zone so we can expect snow patches in late June too, Buran Pass can be seen from the campsite easily. It is just a two hours climb from the campsite.
Day six - Trek from Dhunda to Buran Ghati Pass (4572 Meter) to River camp, 7 km, 7 Hours 4572 Meter
As all the pass crossing days in any of HImalayan treks, this day starts earlier than usual. The trail is long with almost 10 hours of walking, starting from Dhunda campsite the trail follows the ridge on terrain that is laden with boulders of all sizes. From Dhunda it takes almost an hour to reach the base of the pass, all boulder hopping. Once at the base, it is another hour till the top, mostly over snow. Towards the month of September, the snow starts to melt and it gets harder to approach the pass.
At an altitude of exactly 15,000ft, Buran Ghati Pass is an enthralling climb, if the weather is good and the sky is clear we can get a good panoramic view of Pabbar valley and Dhauladhar range. After spending the required time at the top and clicking the summit picture, we make our way towards the steep ascent on the other side of the pass. The descent starts with a 100-meter vertical drop, which can get a bit tricky so our trained and experienced guide will get ropes fixed to descend down. Once we are down the vertical face, it is a series of descends which can be threaded by sliding down on snow. For two hours after starting our descent we will be out of snowline and on a ridge, losing altitude of about 3,000 feet.
A water crossing and almost two more hours will take us to first sight of Shepherd huts. We will be camping somewhere near these guys for tonight.
Day seven - Trek from River camp to Barua (05 km) Same day Drive to Shimla, 280 km, 10 Hours Drive, 5 km Trek
The descent to Barua village from river camp is one of the most gorgeous trails among all the Himalayan treks. The ever-changing scenery and landscapes with an abundance of flora and fauna would be a delight for eyes throughout the descent. Trail climbs down quickly through a forest of pine, about two hour of the descent would bring us to a point where we need to cross a large stream. This stream eventually goes down to merge in Barua Khud. Now the trail enters the most favourite part of ours, the trail comes out of a stream and passes through a section where it is lined on both sides with Apricot and Peach trees.
About an hour after crossing the stream, we would finally see some civilization and soon we can spot the village. Half an hour of rapid descent through the village will bring us to the bridge where we will get our ride for Shimla.
What to Expect?

A trip graded as a Moderate takes you to high altitude regions - above 3000m / 10,0000 ft and will involve considerable altitude gain 800 ft - 1200ft over the course of the trek. Altitude will have an effect, hence one would need to be careful about Acclimatization. The guide will educate about acclimitization procdure.Moderate treks will have multiple days which involve considerable amount of ascents and descents and would require walking for more than 5 - 6 hours.
There might be a day or two of camping in relatively high altitudes above 4000m / 13,000ft. A typical trek will last around a week to ten days depending on the region and is fro those who have exposure to Himalayan treks, for people who have completed a beginner trek.
Good fitness levels are needed to enjoy these trips.Preparation of your body by doing some fitness actitivies before the trip would help. Prior trekking experience would be an added advantage.

Important Information:
Things To Carry
  • 1 pair of Shoes : Carry well broken/used Shoes with good Sole & ankle protection and that will sustain usage during the trek. Avoid wearing new shoes to avoid bite and blisters.
  • 1 Backpack : Light Weighted & approx 30 litres in volume with multiple pouches,good zip & straps.
  • Clothing & Toiletries : For your daily usage
  • 1 Jacket : Early mornings and nights can get really cold.
  • 1 Cap/hat : help in protecting your head and face from direct sunlight during treks.
  • 1 Water bottle : carry some reusable water bottles along.
  • 1 Towel : quick dry light towel.
  • 1 Head lamp / Torch : Keep it handy and use it only required.
  • 1 Personal Medical Kit : Carry few tablets such as crocin, Paracetamol, Band aid, cotton. ORS satchets. Glucose, Volini spray and crape bandage.
  • 1 Medic Kit : always pack a first-aid kit in case things go the other way.
  • 2 Batteries: Carry recharged spare batteries.
  • Gloves : Gloves that will keep your palms warm during extreme cold.
  • 1 Whistle : Whistle for signalling and use in times of distress only.
  • 1 Sun glasses : Carry tested and right one to protect from harsh Sunlight only.
  • Sleeping Bag : At times, there might be extreme cold and the camp beds might not be good enough to give you a good night’s sleep. It is better if you have your own warm sleeping bag.
  • Mobile : Use if for communication only. Check with trek coordinator of network availibility carry BSNL SIM if required.
  • 1 Poly Bags : To carry trash and wet clothes.
  • 1 ID Proof : Carry Photo ID proof DL / Voter Id/ similar.
Routes to reach
    • By Train:We recommend to Overnight train to Shimla from Capital city of Delhi.
    • By Flight: Chandigarh Airport is the nearest airport to reach shimla.
    • By Bus: Overnight Volvo luxury of HPTDC ply from Delhi to Shimla regularly or you can hire a Private vehicle which costs around INR 5500 to INR 6000 for one trip either way. .
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. What do I need to trek??
A. One must be able hike to a minimum of 5 to 6 kms without any issues, that’s all! Also, if you have any particular health problems such as respiratory problem, heart problems, one must check with the doctor regarding the hike.

Q. Is Buranghati Pass suitable for Beginners?
A. Individuals desiring to do Burang Ghati Pass should minimum fitness and if trekked earlier will be an advantage, we often suggest people wishing for doing trek in altitude and Himalayan trek carrying load will be tiring.

Q. How chilly is it?
A. It is a question of where you belong to, but in terms of Indians – it is quite freezing. The temperature in the high altitudes can even be about -5 degrees during night time. Warm clothing is a must, though it adds to the weight of your luggage.

Q. What kind of food will be made available?
A. Summiters give plain vegetarian food which is not too heavy and apt for hiking. Pizza hut or Anand Bhavan will not be in the picture nor will hunting be an option. There will be enough to sustain and apt will be served when hungry.

Q. Does mountain water cause harm?
A. No. The mountain water is clean. But if you are skeptical – a mineral water can be bought.

Q. Is there a charger point for my phone during the trek?
A. The end point that you can charge during the trek is at Mana Village but depends if electricity is there during the stay.

Q. How to prepare for this trek?
A. You must try and get accustomed to walks or jogs on a daily basis.

Q. Is Camping next to Chandranahan Lake is allowed ?
A. Camping is not allowed at Chandranahan lakes. It is considered as holy places and littering around , camping is an offence.