A moderate and wonderful 8 day trek to Bir valley from Manali over Kaliyahi pass and visiting Bara Bhangal
Arrive Manali (2050 M)
Early morning, once we cross Pandoh Dam in Himachal, the road winds along the River Beas. We get the first glimpse of the fascinating snow capped mountains after passing the village of Kullu and arrive at Manali in the morning.
We check-in to our hotel & spend the day enjoying the locale.
Manali to Lamadugh (2994 M 4 to 5 hrs)
After breakfast we start the trek from Hadimba Temple 2.5 km from Manali. Climb through the Deodar forest for 3 km to a rocky outcrop with a view of Manali. Just above this vantage point is a small meadow before a steep 400m ascent through small pastures and conifer and oak forest. The gradient begins to become gentler as you reach the camp in an open glade at 2920m. Lamadugh (2920m) is a lovely meadow ringed by Maple, spruce and Oak while stands of Silver Birch are further up in the Hillside. Overnight camping.
Lamadugh to Riyali (3300 M 6 to 7 hrs)
Now the trail ascends, through the ridge below Tanpari Tibba. There are uninterrupted views north towards the Solang and Rohtang Valleys. The ascent is long, gradual and exhilarating, with views opening across to the Hamta Valley and Deo Tibba (6001m). After 4 - 5 hours you reach the highest of the ridge, from there the trail heads south across a series of verdant ridges. A long descent follows, reaching an intermediate valley and a prominent side of trail. From this point, a gradual traverse of 2-3 km leads from a small oak forest to the meadow known locally as Riyali. Overnight camping.
Riyali to Kali Yahni Base Camp (4480 M 5 to 6 hrs)
The trail winds above the upper river course before gradually descending to the valley floor. After about 2 hrs, you cross a small stream and climb a series of grassy ridges and pass a number of shepherd encampments. There are fine views east towards the Chanderkhani Pass and the peaks of the Himalaya Range. Overnight camping.
Base Camp to Dhanku Thach via Kali Yahni Pass (4640 M 8-9 hrs.)
The landscape slowly begins to change as forests and meadows give way to rocky back ground with patches of snow. It is a steep, long pull up to the top of Kali Yahni pass, 4610m. Across the broad glacier, and down the moraine and the valley we camp by a stream at 3500m. Overnight camping.
Dhanku Thach to Lomba Parao (3132 M 4 to 5 hrs)
There is an option of trekking through the trail that leads down into the shepherd’s valley and following the stream after crossing the bridge takes us to our camp.
A long traverse on the ridge along the main stream with ups and downs. Include crossing of some small glacial streams.
Lomba Parao to Dadh Marhi (3850 M 5 to 6 hrs)
A downhill traverse across loose rocks and boulders for 2 hrs. Then a climb for ½ hour, crossing a stream and further ½ hour of uphill walk. After this it is an easy walk to the camp in a lovely grass meadow.
Dadh Marhi to Bara Bhangal (2524 M 6 to 7hrs)
Similar terrain as the previous day, along the side of the hill looking out across the valley. Finally, a long and gradual descent leads to the village of Bara Bhangal. The trail takes you through a forest of silver birch, rhododendron and blue pine. The final 500m to 600m descent is steep and dusty. Overnight stay in forest rest house / camping.
Bara Bhangal to Madh (3656 M 6 to 7 hrs)
Cross the bridge over the river flowing from the Kali Yahni pass and commence a steep 400m ascent. Continue for 3km to a broad glacial valley before crossing to the right. There follows a gradual ascent across open meadows and steep slopes. Ascend the trail to the right of the waterfall before crossing the river to a series of meadows referred to as Madh.
There are fine views of Mani Mahesh Kailash and the impressive Pir Panjal Range. Overnight camping.
Madh to Panhartu via Thamsar Pass (4624 M 8 -9 hrs)
The trail gradually climbs up the valley, passing a prominent side valley and glacier to the east. After 3 to 4 kms, we climb steep boulder fields to reach a glacial lake. The trail further winds above steep slope and leads to another glacial lake and to the base of the Pass.
After crossing the snowfield one leads to a prominent ridgeline – the crest of the Dhaula Dhar Range and the Thamsar Pass. The initial steep descent from the pass reaches a large glacial lake at 4370m. There follows a steep descent to the meadow at Panhartu (3390m). Overnight camping.
Panihardu to Palachak ( 2770 M 6 hrs )
The trail descends across a series of permanent snow bridges for 2km to 3km to reach a well-defined trail. The trail leads through a mixed forest of rhododendron, spruce and oak down to Palachak (2500m ). During summer, one can have tea and basic food available in the dhabas ( small hotel ) at Palachak .
Palachak to Billing (2400 M 7hrs)
At Palachak cross the metal Bridge and continue through the forest to reach the fields of corn, bean and potatoes near Rajgundha (2400m). From Rajgundha, the trail continues on the true right of the Uhi valley through Spruce, Oak and Rhododendron forest. After 4km to 5km, the trail heads around contours and Alpine ridges to Billing