Buran Ghati is the mother treks of all the treks combined. If you want to taste the adventure of mountains, grasslands, forests, snow peaks and quaint villages? altogether, you should book your package for Buran Ghati right away. This is a tailor-made trek for the thrill-seekers to test their adrenaline rush and the shutterbugs who want to capture the tiniest bit of the splendid nature. The views of Buran Ghati trail is simply unmatched and will refresh you with multiple stunning landscapes, a long stretch of Pine and Oak, widespread green meadows, snow-clad peaks, glacial lake, small gushing stream, sharp edges at the high altitude, polaroid perfect villages and the contrasting Chandranahan lake. This glacial lake is the major highlight of this trek which is considered sacred by the locals in this area and remains frozen for the most part of the year.
Also famous as Barua Pass, this trek starts from Shimla. You can reach there via Delhi or Chandigarh through the local buses which keep running in every half an hour or you can take a train from Chandigarh to Kalka which is nearest station to Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. The nearest airport is the Shimla airport from where you can drive ahead.
Situated at an altitude of 15059 ft, Buran Ghati is easily one of the most popular treks in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. Buran trek is an idyllic was between Sangla valley and Pabbar valley blended with lush green deodar and pine forests. The trek starts from Janglik district which is a small town situated at a distance of about 150 km from Shimla. From Janglik, you need to trek towards your first campsite of Dayara. The green meadows of Dayara will welcome you with the green widespread velvet carpet and breathtaking mountain backdrops. This is undoubtedly the most beautiful campsites in Himachal Pradesh. From there on the trek starts to get more thrilling and nerve-wracking as you go deeper into it. The untapped territory of the trail will keep you hooked as you cross the alpine lakes, dense forests, and uneven sections towards the next campsite.
You will witness the most exotic and glistening floral world along the trail. There are also many winter fruits that grow in abundance in this region, including pears, apples, peaches, apricots and more. You can simply pluck it fresh out of the plant and relish it along the way, it acts as a great trekking snack. The upward climb offers you the umpteenth beauty of Dhauladar range along with the pristine panoramic view of Kinner-Kailash peaks.
After you?ve reached the apex point crossing the enchanting views of nature and picturesque villages, there comes the best part of the trek- The Descent!
There?s a fascinating 400-meter ice wall descent followed by six long snow slides at an altitude of 15,000ft that will surely bring out the child in you. There are also some patches where you need to get a bit technical and use ropes to go down against gravity. The descent will give you the adventure dose for a whole lifetime and will take away all the exhaustion of the ascent at one go.
Buran Ghati has absolutely stunning trails which can be visited throughout the year but since the trail consists of a lot of muddy traces, it becomes hard to cross the sections in the rain as it becomes too slippery and muddy. Apart from the monsoon months, if you want to enjoy the chills and the pleasant sun rays together pick the month of May or mid-June. After the last week of June, you will witness heavy snowfall in this region which goes on till late October and the entire green meadows turn pure white. However, the snow does make the last patch of climb difficult and hard to cover.
The last bit of urban civilization that you will get along with the varied medical and ATM services is going to be Rohru. The next stop Janglik has very basic medical facilities available but does not have any technical shops around. In Janglik region, you get the traces of mobile networks for BSNL, Vodafone, Airtel, and Idea some time. As you move ahead in the trek, most of the signals get weak but at some spots in Lithum camp, you will get the availability of Airtel. After this point, the next section where you will receive any kind of network will be Barua the ending segment of the trek.
On the basis of the total distance covered during the trek, trail time of each segment, water source availability, maximum altitude, road connectivity, technical pieces of equipment and gears used, this trek is ranked as a moderate to difficult trek. It is recommended that people who have previously done multiple days Himalayan trek only should choose this trek as it requires some amount of familiarity and physical endurance to do it.
Health and Safety
- For any Himalayan Trek, Ideal BMI for a trekker should be 18.5 to 24.9
- To keep a check of this please calculate BMI here
- Below given Safety checks should be done to get prepared for any Himalayan Trek.
- Balance : As well said a balanced mind and body gives out best in every condition and that too works in Himalayan treks as well.
- Legs Strength : Body and Legs Strength is required to carry body weight as well as the backpack while trekking in uneven multi terrains. Generally, a good strength on legs works out good in any Trek. One can gain legs strength by doing simple Squats.
- Muscle Flexibility : While trekking in Trans Himalayan region with a flexible body one can easily achieve full range of movement and this can be really helpful for trekkers as well as trek leads. A good flexible will be an advantage while walking on trails, climbing and river crossing etc. Flexibility can be achieved by simple stretching, yoga etc.
- Cardiovascular Endurance : Cardiovascular endurance is defined as the ability of lungs and heart to transmit oxygen to the body muscles. All Himalayan treks are basically ascending descending the slopes and for this trekkers should be having a good cardiovascular endurance. Anyone planning for a Himalayan trek can attain this capacity by doing any cardio exercise like running, swimming, cycling etc.