About Buran Ghati : The Boundary Separating Kinnaur from Shimla
TrailHikers welcomes you to Buran Ghati trek – Summer 2023. The untouched Buran Ghati is the less travelled, less revealed trek in the central-hills of the Himalayas. It is adorned with the most exciting river crossings, high snow walls, beautiful forests, endless grasslands, mountain peaks and villages you’ve never dreamt off. Buran Ghati is unquestionably the most amazing and adventurous trek. The trek takes you to the tremendous walkway marked in the middle of snow mountains & valleys. Where the walk ends, rappelling begins, where rappelling ends, discovery begins.
The end point of the Buran Ghati trek, Barua village has a rich cultural & historical heritage. The village set amidst the mountains, forests and grasslands and most deadliest road which will take you to Sangla (a dream destination).
This untouched trek begins at Janglikh, a village situated in the upper region of Shimla district at left bank of Pabber river. The first half of Buran Ghati trek is about getting over the Pabbar valley, exploring the holy Chandranahan Lakes (The Seven glacial ponds), and conquering the Buran Pass at 4,580 m. The second half is exploring over the Baspa Valley (The Land of Shiva). The trek ends there and you can go for exploring the Baspa valley or you can go back to your own destination.
Interested ? Lets plan your trip !
Shimla or Janglikh village / Barua village or Shimla
Day 1 Janglikh / Day 7 Barua village
Shimla Railway Station
Bhuntar Airport (50 km from Manali)
Buran Ghati trek is a 7-Day trekking adventure near Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. Buran Ghati offers a complete hiking experience with breathtaking views of snow mountains & valleys on an easy to moderate gradient trail. The trek also offers ample opportunity for rappelling down the snowy slopes at Buran Pass. The best time for Buran Ghati trek is from April to June / Sept to Oct.
1. Beautiful landscapes: Buran Ghati trek takes you through some of the most stunning landscapes of the region, including lush green forests, meadows, and snow-capped peaks.
2. Buran Ghati Pass: The trek ascends ultimately to the Buran Ghati Pass, which is situated at an altitude of 15,000 feet. The Buran pass offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
3. River crossings: The trek makes you cross several rivers and streams, adding an element of thrill & adventure to the trek.
4. Campsites: The trek has campsites in some of the most picturesque locations, including beside glacial lakes and on high altitude meadows.
5. Cultural experience: The trek takes you through several remote villages, giving you the experience of local culture and traditions of the region.
6. Wildlife: The Buran Pass trail is home to a variety of wildlife, including Himalayan black bears, snow leopards, and musk deer.
Above all, the Buran Ghati Pass trek is a must-do for avid trekkers or adventure enthusiasts looking for a challenging trek with stunning scenery and a unique cultural experience.
The base camp of the Buran Ghati trek is at Janglikh, a small beautiful village at an altitude of 2,804 m. Here, you will find small shops and few homestays. Most houses at Janglikh are unique wooden houses made of `deodar` tree wood.
You can buy or rent many essentials for the trek at Janglikh, the main base camp of Buran Ghati Pass Trek; it is the starting point of Buran Ghati trek.
Buran Ghati Pass trek is a scenic and a moderate uphill trek in the Himalayas. The Buran Ghati Pass trek is ideal trail for people who are passionate for mountaineering and natural beauty of the mountains.
The best time to do the Buran Ghati Pass Trek is from May to June & Sept to October end. Though the rainy season is quite moderate during July & August in this region, still its better to avoid the monsoon months.
During May and June, you will witness snow on the higher reaches of the trek as well as greenery on the meadows. The contrast of greenery & snow makes the trek both memorable & difficult. In fact, Buran Pass trek should not be considered an easy trek in anyway.
Buran Ghati Pass trek in the months of May and June gives an experience of snow trail to trekkers as the snowline starts right after Dayara Thach.
The Buran Ghati trek starts from village Janglikh and ends at Barua village on Day 7.
In May and June, you get a mix of both greenery and snow, which makes the trek very spectacular. The weather in May and June is quite pleasant and trek friendly, which makes trekking a lot of fun.
During the day the temperature of Buran Pass trek is around 5°C to 10 °C and during the night the temperature comes down to -1 °C to -5 °C which is not very harsh.
The scenic views on Buran Ghati Pass trek provide a lot of peace & calm to your mind during the day and help you rejuvenate & recover for next day`s trek. In fact, Buran Ghati Pass can be the most memorable & heart touching trek of your life as per the experience of many trekkers.
You will get to see the culture of Kinnaur region and the natural beauty of the trail will keep you connected with the mountains.
In the months of July and August, the trek looks beautiful because of colourful flowers & lush green meadows.
One also get to trek to Chandranahan lake during the Buran Ghati trek, which is a great experience in itself as you get to do two treks on one trail.
The rain is moderate in the monsoon months of July and August, but it quite safe for trekking. The Buran Pass trail is quite peaceful during monsoon as not many people come here at this time.
Buran Ghati Pass trek is a little different in the months of September and October. There is no snow here in September and October, so it is a bit difficult to cross the Buran Pass summit without the snow. However, at this time you can get to see very beautiful views and specially in October when there can be a surprise snow fall on any day.
During the day, the temperature of Buran Ghati Pass is around 5°C to 12 °C and during the night, the temperature comes down to 5 °C to -1 °C which is quite manageable.
September & October are the best months for Buran Ghati trek as the weather is quite good and the trail is safe for trekking groups.
✔ The summit of Buran Pass offers 360-degree views
✔ Enjoy doing 5 snow slides, which is the most adventurous part of this trek
✔ In addition, enjoy Rappelling down the snow wall
✔ During the trek, explore the lush green meadows of Dayara Bugyal which blooms with wildflowers.
✔ Visit to Chandranahan Lake
✔ Crossing beautiful streams on the trail
✔ Further, pass through mixed forests and you will find a plethora of colorful flowers and shrubs.
✔ See beautiful fruit orchards at Barua village in the end.
Buran Ghati Pass is overall a moderate trek, the trail is a mix of moderate and gradient on the contrast rocky as well as grassy paths. TrailHikers team has best of trek guides & trek leaders to help the trekkers on the trek.
The uphill trail from base camp to Buran Pass can be quite difficult for beginners. Most of the trek is on an easy to moderate gradient only.
Buran Pass trek requires an above average fitness level & strong determination in your mind to complete the trail. Of course, our trek guide & leaders will always be there to motivate and support you on the trail.
Yes, Buran Ghati Pass trek is a safe trek especially if you choose to go with good organizer or trek company like TrailHikers.
TrailHikers is known for highest safety standards in the trekking industry. We have a team of certified trek guides & trek leaders who have more than a decade experience on the Himalayan trails.
The recommended age group for Buran Ghati trek is 15 years to 55 years. Above that range, it entirely depends on one`s fitness level.
“Shimla” is the capital of Himachal Pradesh, swathed by treeline of Rhododendron, Oak & Fir. It is the most famous hill station in India.
The fascinating beauty of Shimla even impressed the Britishers so much that they declared it as the “Summer Capital” of British India. One can have a view of snow capped Himalayan mountains from most places in Shimla.
Shimla is the reporting place for the Buran Ghati trek. On Day 1, the pick up is scheduled from Shimla in the morning. You will reach base camp Janglikh by the evening.
Before heading towards the itinerary, it is really essential to perceive the reason for choosing Buran Ghati pass trek in Himachal Pradesh.
Buran Ghati is one the best multi day Himalayan treks that can be covered within a span of 7 days. The trek involves a 29 km trek on foot and a 375 km total road drive from Shimla to Janglikh on Day 1 & Barua to Shimla on Day 7. So the trek is easily completed in 6 nights & 7 days.
Buran Pass is an adventurous & scenic trek which takes you to an altitude of almost 15,000 ft.
Buran Pass trek offers the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges, the huge Himalayan meadows, one of the most beautiful pine forests, apple orchards, different variety of flora and fauna & the unique Himachal and Kinnaur heritage and culture.
Try to spend spare time to interact with the locals, and you will get to know about some of the ancient tales of Indian mythology. You will also larn about the culture of Kinnaur & Himachal.
Always carry proper camera gear with extar battery backup to capture the beautiful landscapes on the trail. However, your backpack should not exceed 9-10 kg in weight.
The weather and temperature of Buran Ghati trek always changes with seasons, which is mostly suitable for your trek from May to October. Months from May to October have moderately good temperatures during the day with substantially colder nights accompanied by little to moderate snow at Buran Ghati Pass surrounding the summit. You can get more information regarding the trail from our team via call or WhatsApp.
Janglik village– 2,804 m
Dayara Thach – 3,376 m
Litham Thach – 3,578 m
Dhunda camp – 4,075 m
Buran Ghati Pass – 4,572 m
Duration: 6 Nights 7 Days – from Shimla to Shimla
Base camp: Janglikh village
Summer Temperature : Day (5°C to 10°C) Night (-2° C to 6° C)
Buran Ghati Altitude : 4,572 m
Best Time : May-June & Sept-Oct
Trek Level : Moderate
Trek distance : Trek 29 Km – Road drive 375 km
Group Size : 15-20 max
Trek Route : Shimla, Rohru, Janglik, Dayara Thach, Litham, Chandranahan lake, Dhunda camp, Buran Ghati Pass, River Camp, Barua road head.
Day 1: Pickup from Shimla and drive to Janglikh village by taxi (160 Km / 6-7 hours) Altitude – 2,804 m
Day 2: Trek from Janglikh village to Dayara Thach (4 km / 4-5 hours – 3,376 m
Day 3: Trek from Dayara Thach to Litham camp (3 km / 3-4 hours) – 3,578 m
Day 4: Short hike to Chandranahan Lake – Explore some time here and descend back to Litham camp (3 km / 4-5 hours) – 4,327 m
Day 5: Trek from Litham camp to Dhunda Campsite (4 km / 6-7 Hours) – 4,075 m
Day 6: Trek from Dhunda to Buran Ghati Pass (4,572 m) and trail down to River campsite (3,597 m) – 7 km / 7-8 hours)
Day 7: Trek from River camp to village Barua (5 km) Same day Drive to Shimla (275 Km)
You can book your travel via train, flight and bus tickets as per the itinerary & the information provided us :
1- The Buran Ghati Pass trek will be of 5½ days and 01½ days of road journey which makes it a total of 07 days from Shimla to Shimla.
2- First of all, all the trekkers will have to book their flight and train bus according to our trek plan as our pick up is scheduled between 7:00 am – 8:00 am, from the Old Bus stand in Shimla. Trekkers will have to report there on time.
3- A taxi / traveller from TrailHikers team will arrange your pickup from the Old Bus stand in Shimla.
4- TrailHikers organizes transport to Janglikh base camp from Shimla Old Bus stand. Our vehicles leave between 7:00 am to 8:00 am sharp from Shimla. The cost of shared taxi is Rs 6,500/- one way (to be shared among the trekkers), paid directly to the taxi driver.
5- You will be received by our travel vendor / travel staff at Old Bus stand in Shimla, from there they will coordinate / arrange your pickup. You will receive the contact details of travel / transport coordinator & our operations team atleast 3 days before the trek / pickup dates.
6- It is highly recommended that all the trekkers schedule their arrival in Shimla as per the itinerary & trek plan shared by us. The trek from Shimla to Shimla is taken care of by the operations team of TrailHikers.
7- On Day 7, your trek ends at village Barua road head. Barua is a small village and you don’t have any public transport here. TrailHikers arranges your return transport for Shimla from here.
You will reach Shimla around 10:30-11:30 pm. It costs around Rs 9,000/- per vehicle on the way to be paid directly to the taxi driver.
If you are traveling from Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai or Gujarat any other city, so you will have to first come to Delhi, then you will have get a train/flight from Delhi to Chandigarh comfortably.
Option 01:- By Air
TrailHikers recommends that whenever you travel, you should reach your pickup point atleast 2 hours before so that you have some buffer time. Chandigarh airport is the nearest airport to Shimla, located about 122 km for the Shimla city. There are flights available from all states to Chandigarh, so you can go online and book your tickets. In fact, these days its easy online booking for flights tickets to all destinations.
However, if you find the flight to Chandigarh a bit expensive, then you come by flight to Delhi or travel by bus from Delhi to Shimla, and it will be more economical for you.
Option 02:- By Bus
If you have to go from Chandigarh to Shimla by bus then you will get a bus from Sector 43 Bus stand. Arrive Chandigarh on time & you can book the bus tickets to Shimla easily.
You can also board a bus from Delhi to Shimla from Kashmere Gate ISBT in Delhi; you can easily book the bus tickets from the ticket counter. It is roughly 10-11 hour bus journey from Delhi to Old Bus stand in Shimla.
(Reach Shimla between 5:00 are to 6:00 am and the pickup vehicle will be arranged from there)
Before starting the journey to Buran Ghati Trek, make sure if you need cash, then it take out either from Shimla or on the way before village Janglikh because Janglik village base camp has no bank or ATM. Rohru market is the last place where you can withdraw cash from ATM. We recommend that if you want to withdraw money then get it from ATM near Shimla Old bus stand.
The phone does not work on this trek. Therefore, you should ensure that you do not have to make any important calls. So make sure you finish all your important work and calls before starting the trek. Village Janglikh has the last available network before you start the trek
Why you should choose TrailHikers as your trek organizer
TrailHikers strives to give you the greatest & safest trekking experience possible with the expertise of highly experienced & qualified trek team who have a passion for hiking & adventure. We are community members attempting to promote our favorite adventure sports while also supporting local businesses. We, TrailHikers, dedicate ourselves to providing you with an unforgettable experience on the Himalayan trails.
TrailHikers team always aims to provide the highest safety & quality standards on all the Himalayan trails for our trekkers.
Buran Ghati Pass trek is a great trail, but you also need to be prepared for it both mentally & physically. Buran Ghati Pass trek is a moderate trek which starts from from Shimla / Jaglikh village and ends village Barua / Shimla in Himachal Pradesh.
So what are the special things to keep in mind before coming on this trek?
Buran Ghati Pass trek is one such trek, which you can do from 1st week of May to last week of October, so its a very safe trek in Himachal.
1.Summer trek to Buran Ghati pass trek is very special, the view and the temperature are all favourable for trekking & camping.
2.For summer trek, you have to bring only normal clothes, so that your trek can be good, there is no need for heavy winter clothes (just light winter jacket / warm lowers for evenings/night), but in hiking it is also necessary to bring all the equipment which is necessary for you.
3.It is necessary to have 3 pairs of clothes for trekking and to carry the poncho especially for any season. (it can rain any day in the mountains)
4. In the summer season, the temperature is always pleasant, so there is no need to carry heavy winter clothing.
5. Early morning, evening and nights are cold on Buran Ghati trek, so it is necessary to carry some warm clothes, good light jacket, warm thermals, which will help you stay to warm & comfortable at high altitude camps.
1. Buran Ghati pass does not receive very heary or incessant rainfall during the months of July-August.
2. During this time, you have to bring at least 3 pairs of clothes, so for monsoon trek you do not have to bring too many warm clothing as the temperatures are quite moderate. During day time, one can easily trek wearing a T-shirt & lower or track pants.
3. It only gets a little cold in the morning and evening and the day time is mostly pleasant on the trail.
4. Before going on any trek, its important that trekkers read & get informed regarding trekking in each & every season on a particular trek.
5. Trekkers need to know about – Trek route, trek map, temperature, weather conditions, difficulty level, trek starting point, end point, transport, view of the trek, best time to visit, how to reach Buran Ghati Pass trek , trek itinerary, trek distance, location etc.
1. Buran Ghati Pass trek is not done during winter season (Nov-April) when there is extreme snow on the pass. The right time to do this trek is only from 1st week of May to last week of October.
2. It snows around 6 to 7 feet in the winter season and it can be very risky to go here during winter season.
3. TrailHikers organizes many winter treks which are safe & scenic such as – Kedarkantha trek, Har Ki Dun trek, Dayara Bugyal trek, Kuari Pass trek, Brahmatal trek, Dodital trek, Nag Tibba trek and many more.
TrailHikers is commited to provide highest safety standards on all our treks. We are a team of certified, skilled & experienced professionals who will go to any length to organize a safe adventure for our trekkers.
What should we and you do to keep more safety on the trek ?
1. Whenever you are going for any trek, it is very important that you go there completely fit and ready.
2. The trek is moderate / difficult, so you will have to keep your mind calm & strong and your body in best fitness.
3. While trekking, keep in mind that you are walking on the right trail whether you are with the trek guide or not at that time.
4. Most people look somewhere else while they are walking, which can cause twitching in your legs or a fall down, which can ruin your entire trek.
5. It is important to ask your doctor if you have any medical problems which will cause trouble on the trek.
6. One should always keep a personal first-aid kit, which can come really handy on trails.
7. TrailHikers always keeps a high quality medical kit with our trek guides / leaders along with oxygen cylinders & medicines to be given in emergency in case of sickness or injury on the trek.
8. If case any trekkers have any serious health isssues, our trek team is capable of bringing down the trekker to base camp using laying him/her down on a stretcher.
9. Our campsites on Buran Ghati Pass trek are around the 7000 ft to 12000 ft in altitude which is a safe zone as per the breathable oxygen level.
10. In case of any medical problem, the help of your guide or a well-informed trekkers should be taken.
11. If there is any major health problems on Buran Ghati Pass, then nearest Hospital is in Rohru which is about 46 km away from Buran Ghati Pass base camp.
12. Remember that when we go on any trek, we always go from low altitude to high altitude, it does not cause much problem as one is well acclimatized on trek.
13. Our camps also move forward day by day and our bodies also work with the altitudes that are safe for trekkers.
14. Along with the trek we keep getting acclimatization by the gradual ascend on each day from camp to camp.
Physical fitness: Buran Ghati Trek requires a good level of physical fitness and endurance. It is recommended to start preparing for the trek at least a few weeks in advance by doing regular cardio exercises, running, or hiking. It is also recommended to consult with a doctor before starting the trek, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.
Acclimatization: Buran Ghati Trek takes you to a high altitude, and it is important to acclimatize yourself to the altitude before starting the trek. It is recommended to spend a few days at the base camp before starting the trek to allow your body to adjust to the altitude.
Trekking gear: It is important to have the right trekking gear, including a sturdy pair of trekking shoes, warm clothes, rain gear, a sleeping bag, a tent, and a backpack. It is also recommended to carry a first-aid kit, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a portable water purifier.
Trekking permits: Trekkers need to obtain the necessary trekking permits and follow the rules and regulations of the local authorities.
Stay hydrated and eat well: It is important to stay hydrated and eat well during the trek. Carry enough water and snacks with you, and avoid consuming alcohol and smoking during the trek.
Leave no trace: It is important to follow the principles of `Leave No Trace` and ensure that you leave the environment as you found it. Do not litter and dispose of your waste properly.
Overall, Buran Ghati trek requires proper preparation and precautions, and trekkers should take the necessary steps to ensure their safety and the safety of others on the trail.
On arrival at Shimla you will be received by our representative at bus stand and transported to Janglikh. Drive through the beautiful valley, en route Khadapathar or via Narkanda and Rohru.
The journey to Janglikh will take 6-7 hours.
After briefing, camp overnight at Janglikh village. The day ends with the bonfire, dinner.
Start leisurely. One can explore the village. The village is pure heritage and full of photographer`s delight.
After breakfast trek towards Dayara Thach.
The trek winds through the thick forests, beautiful meadows and grassy land ascents.
It’s a moderate trek, takes around 4-5 hours to reach Dayara Thach.
Dinner and night stay at beautiful meadow Dayara Thach.
Start your day exploring the Dayara meadows.
This trek promises you thick forest cover, fast gushing streams, meadows and an altitude of 737 feet within 3 hours.
The trail through the Gunas Pass, snow clad Dhaulandhar range, Silver Birch leads you to the first clear view of Litham.
Cross the Chandranahan stream to reach our Litham campsite. Relax with the best spot on the camp to enjoy the rest of the evening in the laps of nature. The three sided view of Litham makes it all the more picturesque.
Start from Litham campsite after an early exploration for day exploration of Chandranahan lake. Chandranahan Waterfalls on your left followed by Chandranahan Lake and the snow clad mountains. Back to Litham campsite by 4:00 pm.
Its a 4 hour trek from Litham Thach to Nalabansh at 13,000 feet.
Pass through the Rupin valley cliffs on the right. While descending the valley, you get the first view of Buran Ghati and Gunas waterfall.
A bit more than an hours climb will lead you to Nalabansh.
Relax at the campsite, dinner and overnight stay.
With thrilling climb mostly on the snow at 15,000 feet, will be the most adventurous thing you would have ever done.
Two hours descent in the snowline.
Through the flowing stream on the other side is the way to your campsite for overnight stay.
Dinner and night stay at beautiful Munirang.
Trek down from Munirang to Barua village on an easy gradient trail. Reach Barua village by 11:30 am – 12:00 noon.
Trekkers can choose to stay at our homestay in Barua village for night.
Trekkers have an option to drive from Barua village to Shimla in the afternoon.
Distance from Barua to Shimla – 205 Km
Yes, it is absolutely essential to take a guide for Buran Ghati whether you are solo or in a group.
The best time to do Buran Ghati Trek is from May to June and September to October. Summer season from May to June & early July i.e the pre-monsoon months of May and June and even the first two weeks of July are tailor-made for the Buran Ghati trek.
Buran Ghati trek is a moderate-difficult trail as it requires great endurance and stamina. In seven days, you gain 5,800 ft altitude with an average 5-6 hours of trek per day. First two days of the trek are relatively easier. You climb nearly 2,000 ft during the first day and another 700 ft on the second day.
Buran Ghati trek is approximately 20 km of trail on a moderate-difficult gradient.
Buran Pass altitude is 4,590 m / 15059 ft. The panoramic view from Buran Pass is one of the best Himalayan views. The trail after the pass is a straight wall where you have to slide for the most part of it. This bit can be technical at times & rappelling may be required for ascending down the considerably straight face of ice.
Yes, overall Buran Ghati trek is a safe Himalayan trail as per mountaineering standards.
It is ideally recommended for 15+ age group.
Yes, in fact all the treks in the mountain regions are quite safe for women & solo travelers. People of the region are very warm, caring & hospitable in nature.
Guides & porters in the region will never demand any tip money from you. They just need their daily wages paid by the trek operator. However, it is always encouraging if one can give a little tip to them if they provide good services.
Indian currency is accepted
We had a perfect hiking & camping adventure on the Buran Ghati trek, especially the experience of rappelling down the slopes. The trek was quite good with very warm & supportive team of TrailHikers !
We explored the Buran Ghati trail just after the monsoon season, so it was lush green all the way. Buran Ghati trek is an offbeat & pristine Himalayan trail which offers a complete adventure to any hiker. Kudos to TrailHikers team for organizing the trek in a very professional & safe manner.
Buran Ghati trek has been the most adventurous & thrilling experience for us. Great views of snow peaks & valleys alongwith amazing adventure of rappelling down the slopes. Awesome camping, food & trek services by TrailHikers !!!