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Thamsar Pass Trek

Manali - Lamadugh - Dohra Nalla - Kali Hani - Gaddi Got - Lambha Phad - Soony - Bara Bhangal - Thams

NATURE OF TRIP         Trekking
LOCATION                    Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
DURATION                    12 day (Manikaran - Manali)
TREKKING DAYS         12 Days
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE Kali Hani – 4800mts
GRADE                          Challenging(refer to our grading chart in the ‘Important Info’ section)
SEASON                       July  - September
ACCOMODATION        Tents - 12 Nights.

The Thamsar of my dreams. The Thamsar that leads to Bada Bhangal. Never judge Thamsar by what I have to say. I dreamt of going to this pass since I was 3 and it took me 25 years before it became a reality. Named probably after one of the lakes on either side of the pass, Thamsar has a romantic appeal paralleled by none. Leading to a village of 400 people, over a centuries old mule trail, its your pass to bliss, a pass to another land, a land untouched by road. There are some makeshift shops on the way, 2 beautiful lakes on either side of the pass, Pir Panjals, 3 sister peaks above Panhartoo, lush green meadows with fabulous yellow flowers and a few waterfalls.
DAY 1: Manali to Lamadugh (2500 m.) 5 hours. Trek
The first day of the trek leads through cool forests of giant deodars (Cedar), climbs gently through Manalsu valley with the Manalsu torrent for company. campsite in the lush green meadow of Lamadugh.
DAY 2: Lamadugh to Dohra Nalla (3100 m.) over Khanpari pass (3600 m) 6 hours. Trek
The trail now begins to ascend steeply through woodlands and meadows. With wild alpine flowers strewn all around. The brilliant shrubs of Rhododendron and Birch pave the way to the pass after which a descent leads to the campsite.
DAY 3: Dohra Nalla to Sangohar, the base of Kali Hani (3800 m.) 5:30 hours. Trek
A lovely walk through the lush forest and over the debris of glaciers. A short ascend to the campsite. All around the famous mountain peaks of the Kullu and Lahoul valleys afford an unforgettable evening.
DAY 4: Sangohar to Gaddi Gote (3600 m.) over Kalihani pass (4800 m.) 8 hours. Trek 
Today the landscape slowly begins to change, as forests and meadows give may to rocky outcrops with patches of snow starring to appear. A rather steep climb through glacial debris and snow, and the top of the pass is reached. Breath taking views envelop the crest of the pass and after a brief stopover, descending through glacier and moraine leads to the campsite on the bank of the sparkling mountain stream.
DAY 5: Gaddi Gote to Lamba Phad (3300 m.) 4 hours. Trek 
Now the trail leads down in to the Soony river, via Devi Gote. A small temple constructed by the shepherds (Gaddies) for the protection of the sheep and themselves from the natural catastrophes and the animal. Pay the homage to the Goddess and continue to the campsite.
DAY 6: Lamba Phad to Soony (3500 m.) 5 hours. Trek
Leaving this beautiful campsite, the path winds through rocky terrain, soon replaced by meadows again. The trail begins to ascend, a forest begins to appear, the river rushes through spectacular gorges: as soon as crossed via snow bridge or temporary wooden bridge, campsite is reached.
DAY 7: Soony to Bara Bhangal (2540 m.) 6 hours. Trek
The trail now winds its way down towards the valley floor, after which almost level walk leads to the camp just before the tiny ancient village of Bara Bhangal.
Day 8: Visit the village: Trek
A remote and isolated village open only four or five months in a year. The inhabitants are the legendary Himalayan shepherds (the Gaddies) who lead a nomadic life, leading their vast flocks of sheep and goats in high mountain summer pastures, and in autumn returning back to their isolated existence in the village.
DAY 9: Bara Bhangal base of Thamsar pass (3500 m.) 6.30hours. Trek
A steady climb to the camp site: the scenery changes there quite dramatically while the air became cooler. The cill of the evening is replaced with the comfortable warmth of a lively campfire .
Day 10: Base to Panihartu (3200 m.) over Thamsar pass. 6 to 7 hours. Trek
Today the trail steeply emerges from the rocky and glacial terrain in to the softer landscape. The lakes on both side of the pass offer a spectacular view of Dhauladhar range with mighty Manimahesh Tibba on the north of the pass. Steep descend to the campsite of the Pannihartu.
DAY 11: Panihartu to Raj Gundha (2900 m.) 6 hours. Trek Panihartu to Raj Gundha (2900 m.) 6 hours. Trek
After breakfast drive to lamu Village and further trek to kwarsi. A footpath is developed and few small wooden bridges are made at few risky spots to ease the trekkers and local people.
DAY 12: Raj Gundha to Bir (2080 m.) 6 hours. Trek
The trail goes through the forest of oak and rhododendron. From Billing direct descend to the Bir. As the Billing is well known for the paragliding, the participants from all over the India as well as foreigners use to take part in the competition. On the way extensive view of the lush green Kangra valley are speated and soon the steep descend ends at the tiny Tibetan settlement of Bir. A delightful last day to this most wondrous of the trek through the land of the legendary Gaddis, tough and wiry Himalayan shepherds.On the way visit the Tibetan settlement and the monastery at Bir, Chamunda Devi temple in Palampur. After driving 50 km., reached at Dharamsala.

Package Includes

  • Transport cost for private departures is extra and can be provided to you once we know the dates, choice of vehicle and the group size.
  • All vegetarian meals beginning with breakfast on Day 01 to breakfast on Day 06.
  • Porter/mules for client baggage (one bag per client not weighing more than 15 kgs)
  • Camping equipment – international quality equipment will be provided
  • Professional guide
  • Park entry fee & all applicable taxes
Package does not Include
  • Travel between Delhi and Mcleod ganj (can be arranged by us on request)
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance


Transport Options (Delhi – Manali – Delhi)
For travel to Manali and back one can choose between air & road. For air travel, the closest airport is the Bhuntar KUU, also known as Kullu Airport, or Bhuntar Airport and is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India. 
There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Manali that cost about Rs. 850 - 1200 per person. These buses depart from ISBT. or so and take about 14 hrs to cover the distance. The same is also applicable on the return journey. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.
Weather Details
Summer in Manali extends from March to June when the temperature variation is recorded to be ranging between 15°c and 20°c. Mercury sometimes reaches up to 25°c but never goes beyond that. During winters the temperature can drop to -1° and the maximum temperature hardly goes up to 20°c. 

Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.

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