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  • 8 Days/7 Nights
  • Moderate
  • 15000 ft./4572 m
  • 12 Participants
  • May-June
  • Himachal Pradesh

Buran Ghati Trek Overview

Buran Ghati trek has to be on your list if you are looking for a trek that offers you a complete package of snow, meadows, mountain ranges and thrilling passes. Buran Ghati is a perfect trek with an amalgamation of diverse landscapes, splendorous campsites and a demanding yet mesmerizing trail. 

“Thrilling pass, magical landscapes, lush green meadows, adventurous trails and snow-studded peaks are the highlights of this trek. It is special, yet different. Every time you embark on a journey to Buran Ghati, it presents you with exotic and diversified landscapes. “I have led quite a few batches to Buran Ghati and have experienced something exclusive each time and returned home with unforgettable memories,” says Himanshu Singla, Founder of OWLS. 

The trek passes through a dense forest trail covered with pine and oak trees. Buran Ghati spans over 8 days, including travel to and from the base camp. Trekkers encounter exotic Himalayan flora, pass through culturally rich ancient villages and soak in the exquisite sceneries throughout the trek. The hike to the sacred lake of Chandranahan is delightful for all adventure enthusiasts. 

Breathtaking Campsites and thrilling Pass 

Apart from the exotic landscapes, Buran Ghati boasts beautiful campsites. One of the campsites, Dayara Meadows serves you with dreamlike grasslands dotted with vibrant wildflowers. While the scenic beauty captivates you, the most thrilling part of the trek is undoubtedly the Buran Pass. The adrenaline rush when you rappel down its icy wall is truly unforgettable.

If you are looking for a combination of mountain adventure, cultural immersion, heritage exploration, and breathtaking landscapes, look no further than Buran Ghati. Experience the surge of adrenaline as you take on adventurous activities while enjoying the serenity and peaceful surroundings of Buran Ghati.

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Inclusions

  • Meals 
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinners (Day 1 Dinner to Day 7 Breakfast)
  • Accommodation 
    • Tents, homestays/dorms
    • Cloakroom charges 
  • Highly Experienced Leaders and Guides 
    • Trained and Qualified Guides
    • Certified Outdoor Leaders
  • Permits
    • National parks and sanctuaries
    • Forest permits and entry fees 
  • Camping Equipment
    • Kitchen tent
    •  Toilet tent
    • Dome tents 
    • Sleeping bags
    • Mattresses
  • Technical Equipment
    • Wilderness Medical Kit
    • Climbing Rope 
    • Climbing accessories
    • Ice Axe
    • Microspikes
    • Oxygen Cylinder
    • BP Meter
    •  Oximeter, thermometer etc.

Exclusions 

  • Cab charges to and from Janglik – OWLS Basecamp.
  • Transit meals (Day 1 and Day 6)
  • Personal expenses 
  • Offloading charges 
  • Cost incurred due to change in the itinerary 
  • Additional services  (including mules, assistance, health-related support etc.)
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions list. 

 

Buran Ghati Trek Itinerary

Day 1 : Drive to Janglik (9,200 ft.) from Shimla (7,467 ft.)

On Day 1 of the trek, OWLS organizes Pick-up from Old Shimla Bus Stand. The journey of around 148 km takes 8-9 hrs. The road traverses through meandering mountain roads. A drive from Shimla to Jangli itself is a refreshing experience. The journey passes through a coniferous forest, an apple orchard and the Pabbar River flowing alongside.

Day 2 : Janglik (9,200 ft.) to Dayara (11,075 ft.)

The Buran Ghati trek starts from the ancient village of Janglik. The village has preserved its ancient heritage and remains untouched by civilization. Nestled at an altitude of 9200, every house in the village reverberates to local culture. 

On Day 2, when you start proceeding towards your first campsite, the trail leads you through the pine forest. The forest ends and opens into a beautiful spread of lush green meadows. The trail enwrapped in towering pine trees suddenly sprawls into ​this green carpet carved out of the mountains. The splendorous vistas of Buran Ghati awestruck the participants as they unwind here for a day.

Day 3 : Dayara (11,075 ft.) to Litham (11,737 ft.)

After you leave behind the beautiful meadows of Dayara, you are curious to discover what’s ahead of you. Litham doesn’t let you forget Dayara but holds a place in every trekker’s mind as one of the most beautiful campsites any day. Right on the river bed, with streams flowing in front of you, it is a sight to behold for your life. The campsite is on the confluence of two valleys, allowing you to be awestruck by the beauty of these valleys. You gain a substantial altitude and are required to halt for an acclimatization day.

Day 4 : Height gain to Chandranahan lake (13,900 ft.) and back to Litham (11,737 ft.)

After you acclimatize in Litham for a night, the team starts an excursion to Chandranahan Lake. It covers a distance of around 7 km in 4-5 hrs, a steep climb to reach the lake. Once you reach Chandranahan Lake,  the energy at the lake has a calming effect.

Day 5 : Litham (11,737 ft.) to Dhunda (13,365 ft.)

Litham leaves you mesmerized. You are on a Himalayan high after an excursion to Chandranahan. So, participants long for more as they start from this campsite. Buran Ghati being a perfect trek does not disappoint you. It surprises you one campsite after another. Dhunda is a summit campsite with a pass visible from here, surging your adrenaline. 

After you start climbing towards Dhunda, there is an onset of adrenaline rush as you move closer to the pass which is the highlight of the Buran Ghati Experience. 

The participants are trained on using harnesses and techniques to be used while rappelling down to the other side of the pass.

Day 6 : Dhunda (13,365 ft.) to River campsite (11,800 ft.) via Buran Pass (15,000 ft.)

There is a surge of adrenaline on Day 6, also the day when you reach the pass. The participants reach the top of the Buran Ghati, descent down to the other side, rappelling through the ice wall at 15000 ft. 

There’s a sense of accomplishment that’s hard to put into words when you successfully descend those towering walls of ice through rappelling.

The team leaves as early as 3 in the morning to reach the pass. This is also the day that covers the longest distance on the trek. There is a long walk of steep ascent and descent for almost 8-10 hours before reaching the River Campsite.

Day 7 : River campsite (11,800 ft.) to Barua (7,750 ft.)

On the last day of the Buran Ghati Experience, the team descends to another ancient village of Barua. The quaint small village exhibits ancient heritage through the architecture of the houses and the traditional attire they adorn. The slow living embraced by the villagers, away from the chaos of the city is often what our team envies in Barua. 

Transport from Barua to Shimla is arranged by OWLS and it starts at 1.00 PM. You will reach Shimla around 10.30 pm. We recommend considering the buffer day in your travel plans and booking your onward journey from Shimla only after Day 8.

Day 8 : Buffer day

If the buffer day is used,  you have to pay us Rs. 2,500 per day (inclusive of 5% GST). The money will be collected by the Outdoor Instructor only if we use the buffer day

How to reach the basecamp of Buran Ghati trek?

Buran Ghati trek is 7 days long. We suggest our participants reach Shimla on Day 0 and not Day 1. It allows you to rest before the trek begins and ensures you do not miss the OWLS pickup from Shimla on Day 1.

To reach Shimla, you can fly to Delhi or Chandigarh. In case you are travelling to Delhi/Chandigarh by air and planning to reach Shimla by bus, then you can travel to Delhi/ Chandigarh on Day 0.

Janglik is the base camp for the Buran Ghati trek. Below mentioned are the travel plans you can use to reach the base camp. 

Travel Plan A – Fly to Chandigarh and then by road to Shimla 

If you are flying to Chandigarh, then proceed to sector 43 and take a bus to Shimla. You will find buses leaving from Chandigarh to Shimla. 

If you land in Chandigarh before noon, you can get on the bus that leaves in the early afternoon and reaches Shimla by the evening of Day 0, allowing you to rest before your Buran Ghati experience begins on Day 1. Once you reach Shimla, you can check in at hotels near the old Shimla bus stand. OWLS organizes pick up from the old Shimla bus stand on DAY 1 at 6:00 AM.

Travel Plan B – Fly to Delhi and then by road to Shimla 

If you are flying to Delhi then you can opt to reach Shimla by bus. The journey time from Delhi to Shimla is around 10 hours and covers a distance of roughly 342 km.

Once you land in Delhi on Day 0, you can easily book a bus through various online portals to reach Shimla from Delhi.

The buses from Delhi to Shimla run at regular intervals. However, try to get on the bus that leaves in the evening to reach Shimla before your pick-up time. We recommend our participants travel by HRTC buses as they usually run on time. If you prefer a comfortable drive, opt for HRTC Volvo buses.

Fare for a 5-7 seater cab from Shimla to Janglik will be Rs. 8,000 per vehicle. This amount will be shared by the participants and paid directly to the driver.

 

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Buran Ghati Trek FAQ

What is the distance of the Buran Ghati Trek?

Buran Ghati Trek is around 26 km long. The trek takes eight days to complete, including travel to and from the base camp.

Is Buran Ghati Trek suitable for beginners?

Buran Ghati is a seven-day-long trek. The trek can be considered by trekkers with prior experience. The beginners will find it challenging as you will have to navigate on some tricky patches with long walking hours. 

 

What is the difficulty level of the Buran Ghati trek? 

Buran Ghati is a moderate to difficult trek. The walking hours are long. You will be walking for 5-6 hours a day and covering an average distance of 6-7 km per day. 

We suggest the Buran Ghati trek to trekkers with prior experience of high altitude trek. The trek takes you to the highest altitude of 15500 ft. when you reach the Buran Pass. There is also a chance of high altitude sickness if not prepared properly. 

The challenging part of the trek is the steep descent from the pass. The trekkers come down rappelling down the great wall of Buran Ghati. 

Buran Ghati is demanding. If you 

The difficulty of the trek depends a lot on your preparedness. Start working on your physical fitness two months before the trek. 

What will be the temperature in Buran Ghari trek?

During summer, the temperature in Buran Ghati is recorded between 13°C- 18°C. The night temperature dips down to zero at the higher altitude. 

Check out Buran Ghati temperature guide here

What is the best time to visit Buran Ghati Trek?

The best time to visit the Buran Ghati trek is from May- to June in summer. The trekking season resumes in autumn after monsoon. 

Read more about the best time to visit the Buran Ghati trek. 

Will there be snow on the trek?

Buran Ghati will have snow at higher campsites if you will do this trek during early summer. 

What is the cost of Buran Ghati trek?

The Buran Ghati trek cost is Rs 16499/-

The trek cost covers your experience from basecamp to basecamp. The trek cost covers your accommodation, meals at the base camp and during the trek. 

Who can participate in the Buran Ghati Trek?

Buran Ghati is a moderate to difficult trek. The trek spreads over seven days and has long walking hours. The trekkers have to tackle some challenging trails on the Buran Ghati trek. Participants between 12- 60 years can opt for this trek depending on their physical fitness. The Outdoor Leader will decide the participation of minor and senior citizens depending on their physical and mental preparedness. 

What is the starting point of the Buran Ghati trek?

Buran Ghati starts from an ancient village of Janglik. Janglik is an ancient village surrounded by snow-covered mountains.

What is the altitude of the Buran Ghati Trek?

Buran Ghati trek is at an altitude of 15,000ft. The trek starts from Janglik village in Himachal Pradesh. 

Where is Buran Ghati Trek?

Buran Ghati starts from a small village of Janglik. Janglik is around an 8-9 hrs drive from the popular hill station, Shimla. 

FAQ

How should I prepare to avoid AMS?

The most important thing to do on a trek to avoid AMS is to drink water, more than your daily intake. Water is an excellent way to avoid AMS. Along with this, you should also have all the nutritious meals we provide on the trek. If you still are sceptical about getting AMS, we would advise you to carry Diamox tablets with you. However, according to the situation your Outdoor leader will advise whether or not you should take it.

I have a medical condition. Can I join the trek?

We encourage everyone to trek, even if or not they have a medical condition. We have an in-house doctor at OWLS with whom you can discuss your medical condition and accordingly, we can help you better prepare you for the trek.

What document do I need to carry?

Please keep the following documents ready before filling out this form

  1. ID proof
  2. Health form (for all participants of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh treks) and (for all participants <15 and > 60 years of age)
  3. RTPCR for children <15 years/Vaccination certificate for adults (for Nepal treks)

Should I bring snacks to eat on the trek?

Although we provide filling breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with morning tea and evening snacks, you can carry some light snacks for munching on the trail. You can carry protein bars, dry fruits, and homemade snacks like Shakkarpara to help you give that extra energy on the trek. 

Who will be leading my trek?

All our Outdoor Leaders are trained and experienced leaders. They have completed basic Mountaineering Course, and are equipped with basic first-aid knowledge. Our leaders are certified Wilderness First Responder course

Do I need to get my medical kit for the trek?

You don’t need to carry your medical kit. If you have your prescribed medications, you need to carry them on the trek

What kind of arrangement is available for accommodation on the trek?

The accommodation will be on twin sharing basis. One tent will be shared by two trekkers. 

Is there any arrangement for offloading on the trek?

Yes. Communicate your requirement to the trek leaders beforehand, as it will be difficult to arrange to offload at the last minute. The offloading charges will be Rs 350 per bag, and your bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. 

Note: At OWLs, we suggest our participants carry their backpacks and avoid offloading. However, in case of pressing circumstances, you can opt for offloading.

Is there any option to keep our luggage at the base camp?

Yes, you can leave the extra luggage at the base camp. However, do not leave valuables like laptops, jewellery, or any other expensive items in the base camp. 

What will be the toilet facilities on the trek?

The OWLS team will set up a toilet tent near the campsites. The toilets will be dry toilets and you will have to use toilet paper. There will be a pit dug by the team and you will have to cover your nature’s call with dry soil. Avoid using wet wipes, as they are not biodegradable. At OWLS, we thrive to leave no trace in the mountains. 

At the base camp, you will have regular concrete toilets.

What will be the food arrangement on the trek?

The food offered will be as per the nutritional requirements. As you will be walking every day for 4-6 hours, you will be burning a good amount of calories. The team makes sure that the food you will be offered is healthy and helps you sustain through the day. The regular meal comprises eggs, locally grown vegetables, rice, roti, and pulses. The menu changes from day to day. 

What will be the status of the mobile network on the trek?

You will have access to most mobile networks in the base camp in Janglik. We suggest our participants make important calls while at the base camp. There will be no signals throughout the trek.