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Bara Bhangal Trek – The Shepherd’s Trail

Known to be one of the most challenging treks in the Himalaya region, the Bara Bhangal trek is as fascinating as it is physically and mentally demanding. The final destination of this arduous trek is a tiny village of nomadic shepherds, called Bara Bhangal. Hence this trek is also sometimes referred to as the Shepherd’s Trail since you get to experience the path these nomadic shepherds walk everyday. Only suitable for seasoned trekkers, the  Bara Bhangal trek takes you so through some of the most remote and picturesque parts of the country!

EaseIndia Travel is inviting you to embark on this 13-day long trek accompanied and led by our founder herself. Prepare yourself to encounter enchanting views as you pass through the Kullu Valley towards the Bara Bhangal mountain range. The journey starts from Pathankot to arrive at Gunehar post breakfast on day 1. Spend the rest of your first day exploring Bir and Gunehar. Day 2 is when the actual trek kicks off and goes on until day 5 when you reach Bara Bhangal village. The next 2 days will be rest days to recuperate from the strenuous hike and prepare for the next few days. From day 8 onwards, the return journey will begin, ending on day 12 with arrival in Manali. The final leg of the journey will be the drive from Manali to Chandigarh, where your trek will conclude.

As exciting as it may all sound, the Bara Bhangal trek also poses a lot of challenges on the way, which requires some amount of mental and physical preparations. For your ease, we have listed down some of the key things you need to take into account if you are keen on undertaking this adventure with us:


  1. This trek is only for seasoned trekkers and is unsuitable for first timers.
  2. Participants need to be aware and prepared for external, unforeseen situations like, sudden change of weather, insect bites, illness or discomfort due to extreme conditions etc.
  3. Trekking duration will typically range from 4-6 hours per day, so physical fitness and adaptability to surroundings is of utmost importance.
  4. It is highly recommended that you gear up well with a suitable backpack, personal sleeping bag, appropriate trekking shoes with optimum support and comfortable clothing.
  5. Other essential items you may want to bring along are – raincoat, waterproof jacket, beanie, gloves, sunglasses and personal toiletries.

One of the things that makes the Bara Bhangal trek challenging is the change in elevation from about 2000 metres to more than 5000 metres above sea level. But the serene view and the magnificent landscape make it worth all the effort! If there is one reason to go for this trek, it is that, this is one of those journeys you undertake in life where you may seem to be losing yourself only to truly find yourself by the end of it!

Chandrika May 24, 2018