Highest Point
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Trail Length

Buran Ghati Trek:

Upcoming Buran Ghati trek starting on 12th april 2024 morning from Shimla as per itinerary (8 days, Shimla to Shimla).

Buran Ghati trek is a very pretty and scenic trail connecting Pabbar river valley to Baspa valley. Location Wise the trail lies in the south-eastern flank of Himachal Pradesh, within upper reaches of Shimla and Kinnaur district. Not only the beauty of the valley and the expanse of breathtaking Dayara meadows but the trail also gives an opportunity to visit the glacial Chandranahan lake. Crossing the Buran pass (also referred to as Barua Pass) needs some maneuvering, a steep descent on ice and snow at 15000 ft. Ancient forests, apple orchards, old world villages of Janglik and Barua only add more to this delightful trail.


Day 0: Arrive Chandigarh and reach Shimla 110 Km, 4/5 hours. Hotel/Lodge. Accommodation on your own.
Day 1: Drive to Janglik ((9,200 ft) – 150 Km – 8 to 10 hours. Homestay/lodge.
Day 2: Trek from Janglik to Dayara Thatch (11,000 ft)- 4/5 hours. Camp.
Day 3: Trek from Dayara Thatch to Litham (11,800 ft) – 3/4 hours. Camp.
Day 4: Litham to Chandranahan Lake (13,900 ft) & back to Litham, 5/6 hours ( 3+3 Km?). Camp.
Day 5: Trek from Litham to Dhunda (13,300 ft) – 4/5 hours. Camp.
Day 6: Trek from Dhunda to Munirang (River camp/11,800 ft) via Buran Ghati Pass (15,000 ft) – 9/10 hours. Camp.
Day 7: Trek from River Camp to Barua village (6,600 ft) – 4/5 hours (5 Km?) – reach by 1 pm. Trek ends here. Now take a car from Barua to Shimla via Karcham and Rampur – 185 Km – 7/8 hours. You should reach Shimla late in the evening, around 10/11 pm. Pre book your accommodation.
Day 8: Mandatory Buffer day for trek. In case if you don’t use it during the trek, you can spend the day in or around Shimla.
Day 9: Drive from Shimla to Chandigarh – 110 Km – 4/5 hours or any other place as suitable.

Important Note:

  • You need to reach Shimla on Day 0, i.e. a day prior to the Tour Starting Date as published/listed on the website. Stay @ Shimla that night.
  • Shimla to Shimla in 8 days, including a buffer day. Usually Chandigarh to Chandigarh duration will be 10 days. Delhi is another 250 Km from Chandigarh, 5/6 hours by busses.
  • Transportation costs from Shimla to trek base Janglik and return from trek end point Barua to Shimla are NOT INCLUDED in the TREK FEE. Either you can reach independently or we can arrange a cab which is usually shared by other trek members. You pay directly to the driver/transporter, sharing equally.

Buran Ghati trek – Altitude and Distance profile graph:

Below is a graphical representation of the altitude and distance of major points on Buran Ghati trek trail.

When it is best to visit Buran Ghati?

As all high altitude treks in the Himalayas (apart from few trans Himalayan treks), Buran Ghati trek also can be done best in two seasons. One being in summer before monsoon and the later being post monsoon in autumn/fall.

Summer (May/June): Starting from mid May to end of June. Because of the residual snow of winter expect moderate to heavy snow above 4000 m/13000 ft during this time. Due to the snow, steep descent from the pass to Barua side may require basic use of rope and ice axe to anchor. Its fun to rappel on this gradient.

Post monsoon/Autumn (Sep/Oct): Traditionally this is the best window for any high altitude pass on the Himalayas. After monsoon the weather becomes clear and haze free. September is typically greener and you will get the meadows (called Thatch in local language) at their best. From October the grass will turn into golden and it will become colder. Also there will be chance of fresh snowfall on high altitude above 14000 ft during October.

Access to Buran Ghati trek base (Janglik):

Based upon your request we will arrange a pick up and drop from Shimla to Janglik. This will be shared equally by the team members on actual basis. A Tata Sumo/similar vehicle charges ₹ 7500 one way. You pay directly to the driver/transporter. This can accommodate  5/6 people. Aprroximately ₹ 3000 per person, Shimla to Janglik and return, when shared with the other trekkers. This is NOT included in the TREK FEE.

Return from Barua (trek end point) to Shimla/Chandigarh/Delhi:

Buran Ghati trek ends at Barua vilalge near to Karcham in Kinnaur. You should reach here on Day 7 around 1 pm. (or Day 8, if the buffer day is utlised).  Usally we arrange a car which takes 9/10 hours to reach Shimla, i.e. you reach late, around 10/11 pm.

In case we don’t use the reserve day during the trek, you have an additional day in Shimla. Its nice to relax a day around this hill city after your trek.

From Shimla you may take a bus to Chandigarh, which usually takes around 4 to 5 hours. From Chandigarh you can catch a direct flight back or via Delhi (another 5/6 hours journey on road, 250 Km).

If you have more holidays, it may be a nice idea to explore Sangla, Chitkul etc on Baspa River or to nearby Kalpa.


Available Dates:

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 Duration: 6 days of trekking from Janglik to Barua. 8 days from Shimla to Shimla.  Add at least two days to reach and exit via Chandigarh or more from Delhi.

 Prerequisite: One or two prior Himalayan trekking experience is advised. Heavy to moderate snow in pre monsoon. Trekkers must be in good physical condition.

 Grade: Moderate

 Physicality: 6.5/10

 Trail Length: ~ 35 Km

 Highest Point: Buran Ghati Pass/Barua Pass ~ 4475 m/15000 ft.

 Seasons: May/June (summer/pre monsoon) & September/October (Post Monsoon/Fall)

 Further Option: There are other trekking passes like Rupin Pass or Nalgan Ghati in the same region.

 Access: Trek starting point (trek base) is Janglik, 150 Km from Shimla.

 Rail station: Chandigarh (Station Code: CDG), Kalka (Code: KLK)

 Airport: Chandigarh; Nearest airport at Shimla, although irregular flights get cancelled frequently. Delhi is 250 Km from Chandigarh and connected by frequent busses and train services.

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Upcoming scheduled dates for Har Ki Dun trek: 

  • You can check the scheduled Fixed Departure dates in the calendar available inside Booking Form or inside REGISTER NOW form. Tour starting Dates are highlighted as per our itinerary (Day 1 of  7 days itinerary).
  • At present BOOK NOW functionality is disabled. You can get all the information in your email by submitting the REGISTER NOW form.
  • If you are a group of people and available dates are not matching then you may select Custom date mode (by clicking the Select your custom date) and fill in the displayed form.
  • You can also check all the available dates at a glance in our TREK CALENDAR.
  • Trekkers need to reach Dehradun on Day 1 morning (latest by 8 am) or the previous night. Return to Dehradun on Day 7 evening by 7 pm. Arrange your tickets for inward journey and return accordingly.

REPORTING TIME 7:00 AM for a prompt departure to Janglik (Day 1)
RETURN TIME  10-11 pm on Day 7 or Day 8 (in case of buffer day).
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How to reach Janglik (The trek base):

You need to reach Shimla on your own. From Shimla we will arrange a pick up to Janglik, if needed.

 Nearest Rail station: Chandigarh (Station Code: CDG) or Kalka (Code: KLK)

 Nearest Airport: Chandigarh (Airport Code: IXC) which is 250 from Delhi (5/6 hours by bus/train). There is an airport near to Shimla (Code: SLV) but irregular flights with frequent cancellations.

Based upon your request we will arrange a pick up and drop from Shimla to Janglik and return from Barua to Shimla.. This will be shared equally by the team members on actual basis. You pay directly to the driver/transporter. The fare is approximately ₹ 7500 one way for a Tata Sumo/similar vehicle. This can accommodate 5 to 6 people.

It comes around ₹ 3000 per person Shimla to base camp and retuwn, when shared with other trekkers.

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Day 1

Drive to Dhaula: 200 Km – 10/12 hours

Pickup in the morning from Dehradun and reach Dhaula (~ 1550m, 5100 ft) . Distance around 200 Km and can take up to 12 hours with lunch break in between. The road is one of the most scenic in Garhwal region while we go up to the classy hill station of Mussorie at the beginning, turquoise Yamuna river in the middle and conifer forests and meandering Tons river at the later half of the journey. The major points are Mussorie, Yamuna Pool, Damta, Nawgaon, Purola, Mori and Netwar. Mori is the last place where you get a guaranteed mobile network! From Netwar onward we are inside Govind National Park area and at the Forest Check Post entries are made. We cross the Tons River and enter into Rupin valley.  Dhaula is a small village with handful of homes and few home-stays for shelter. We camp for the night beside Rupin.

Day 2

Trek to Sewa: 10 Km – 5/6 hours

Our trek starts today. From campsite we take the wide trail and cross the Rupin for the first time. (Hence onward we will cross Rupin on few occasions till the base of Waterfall) . After crossing the bridge Rupin stays for the day on our right side. The walk is gentle along the river valley with very low gradient. Rupin runs in the gorge some 500 ft below. One moderate climb of 30 mins takes us to the village of Datadhar. Then we traverse and encircle the mountains for couple of hours gently along Rupin to reach the village of Sewa (~ 2000m, 6550ft). The village is a small one with a tea shop and a small lodge.  Wooden crafted temple in the village depicts the influence of Kinnaur culture. The Distance is 10 Km and may take up to 6 hours. There is a nice camping ground just another kilometer after the village on the bank of Rupin.  After crossing a short jungle stretch we descent to the river bed  and cross a side stream called Aligad. The bridge marks the boundary of Uttarakhand and Himachal. The campsite of Aligad (~ 1900m/6230 ft) is on the true right of Rupin in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It may take up to 6 ours.

Day 3

Trek to Har Ki Dun: 11 Km – 5/6 hours

We start in the morning on the stoned trail and reach the suspension bridge at Seema. The trail straight ahead goes to Ruinsara Tal and further to Bali Pass or Dhumdharkandi Pass. Cross the Tamosa river and climb up to reach the trail which is going along the river upstream. From now onward the river will be on our right (“True Right” of the river) and we gradually go up to reach a vast green expanse which is a huge clearing for farming by the people of Osla. From here the peaks facing north and north east opens up and the views of Banderpunch group and Swargarohini group are breathtaking along with Black Peak (Kalanag). We gradually skirt the mountain for another hour to reach the base of the steady climb to Kalkatti Dhar. From here we can see the Ruinsara valley takes a right turn , while we take a left turn. Har Ki Dun Nallah and Ruinsara Nallah meets below Kalkatti Dhar to form Tamosa river. It is normally windy while we climb to Kalkatti Dhar. After reaching the the highest point on the shoulder of the mountain we turn left and gradually go down. First time after Seema we again enter into the forest and descend steadily to a side stream. In winter the waterfall remains frozen. This is a good place to have lunch. From here we gradually climb in to a forest canopy of Silver Fir , Cedar and Oak. Crossing the forest we enter in to the wider valley with occasional Birch ( Bhurja Patra in Hindi) and Rhododendrons. The valley is teemed with bird life. Buntings, Flycatchers and Mountain Fiches are abundant. Himalayan Langur and Blue Sheep are common in this valley. There are reported sightings of elusive Snow Leopard in this region. Now the river bed is almost at the same level and Har Ki Dun valley approaches. The camping ground is near the river and several tents can be pitched. Walk another 10 mins to cross the Har Ki Dun Nallah over a small wooden bridge. Forest Rest house (FRH) is a minutes walk from here. GMVN TRH is another 10 mins ahead. It is mandatory in winter to book in advance for any of these huts. Caretaker only comes along with the keys for a prior booking. During summer food is available in GMVN TRH. There are two rooms at FRH and one dormitory at GMVN which can be booked. It is better to come with own tent and provisions in season to avoid any hassle. Total distance is 11 Km and may take 5/6 hours. Average height of the valley is ~ 3500 m/11500 ft. Camp for the night.

Day 4

Exploration Day towards Marinda Tal or Jamdar Glacier: 8/10 Km – 4/5 hours

Wake up early in the morning to see the sunrise on Swargarohini group of peaks. Changing colour is magnificent to watch and unforgettable. The Forest Rest House (FRH) is located some what centrally in this vast expanse of the valley.  Heading straight from FRH is Har Ki Dun peak. On the right towering Swargarohini and to the left is Hata peak. Two streams are coming from two different directions, one from Jaundar glacier and other from Borasu pass watershed to Har Ki Dun and forming the Har Ki Dun Nallah. Har Ki Dun is a big enough valley sitting in the middle with forking of trails in different directions. Treeline recedes here in all directions. Today is an exploration day amidst snow or simply one can sit back at the campsite and relax while sipping a cup of coffee. After breakfast one can either go to explore the Jaundar glacier or to Maninda Tal area, which are on different directions. The snout of Janudar glacier is 8 Km from Har Ki Dun. The trail is not defined and on snow, boulder and moraine, involving descent and ascent. It is pretty difficult to reach the snout of the glacier and return to the campsite in a single push. A camping is required in between. It is advisable to venture and advance in this direction only till noon and retrace back by 3 pm. On the other hand, Maninda Tal is about 2 hours walk from Har Ki Dun and is in the route towards Borasu Pass trail which connects this valley to Baspa valley in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh. The area is a shallow formation of clogged water resulting from a flattened bed of the stream. The valley heading upward looks splendid from here. Lammergeier and Himalayan Griffons encircle the valley surrounded by rocky cliffs. Pug marks of Snow Leopard following a flock of Bharal (Blue Sheep) is common. Return to Har Ki Dun by lunch time and take the hot lunch prepared freshly. From the FRH cross the wooden bridge on the Har Ki Dun Nallah walk toward the camping ground in the afternoon. Kedarkanta peak is clearly visible and the highest point in this direction. Sunset is mesmerising , reflecting the last rays of sun on Har Ki Dun Nallah and peak. Changing golden hue makes any trekker a spellbound spectator. It is a good idea to collect firewood to setup a fire in the night. This is already a fragile ecosystem, so ONLY collect branches and twigs which are already fallen from the trees. The FRH has a fireplace inside. Nights are pretty cold here and the temperature can plummet to -10 deg C outside the night in winters. Night stay in tent.

Day 5

Trek to Osla/Seema: 11 Km – 5 hours

Today after breakfast we start our return journey toward Seema. It is a gentle descent along downstream till we reach the waterfall which remains frozen in winter. From here we climb up to Kalkatti Dhar and descend gradually to the vast crop field. Approaching the Seema bridge, we take the trail straight heading toward the village Osla, instead of directly going down to Seema. It is a memorable experience to visit a village like Osla, nestled on the lap of mountain. The houses are mostly build of wooden structure with slate as the roof. Houses are two storied, lower being the cattle shelter and firewood/fodder store, upper being the residence of the family. Though few satellite TV dishes  are present on top of few houses but the village lacks  very basic facilities.  A satellite phone is available to connect to the outer world. One can make a phone call to home by paying nominal charge, if a connection is available. The village is spread along the slope of the mountain and a temple is the heart of the village. Wood crafted temple is more than a century old. It is a legend that Duryodhan, the eldest brother of the Kauravas is worshipped in this temple. The deity of the temple resides at different temples of the villages of this valley, turn by turn. The rule being same across the Himalaya, summer is higher, and winter is lower. It is a chance to meet local children and people, knowing their livelihood, custom and culture, social structure. It is worthwhile to spend some time with joyful kids in the village. After spending some time in the village we take the trail down toward the Seema bridge and by crossing the suspension bridge we reach Seema. Night accommodation in tent.

Day 6

Trek to Taluka: 14 Km – 6/7 hours; Drive to Sankri: 1 hour

We retrace our trail back to Taluka. From here take the car to reach the trek end point Sankri. Night stay in lodge/homestay.

Day 7

Drive to Dehradun: 200 Km – 10 hours

In the morning we start our return journey and reach Dehradun by 7 pm. Trip ends here.

P.S.: Distances and altitudes are approximate and may not be exact.

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  TREK FEE: ₹ 15,500 (Janglik to Barua) + 5% GST

Book for 5 persons or more and get 10% Group Discount on TREK FEE.


 1 night’s accommodation at Janglik (Day 1) in homestay/lodge on sharing basis and dinner.

 All meals during the trek (starting from Dinner at Janglik and ending at packed lunch at Barua. Regular Indian style nutritious vegetarian food during the trek (including occasional serving of eggs), breakfast packed/hot lunch (depending upon the time you reach a campsite), snacks, dinner along with coffee/tea/soup.

 Excellent Trekking Guide, who will be a local to this particular area and has profound knowledge of the trekking trails around.

  Specialised Cook, Support staff, Porters for carrying the central logistics of the trek.

 Stay in tents on double sharing basis during the trek. We will provide separate tents for male and female in our fixed group departures.

 Camping equipment like Sleeping bag, Carry mattress, Gaiters, Micro spikes/Crampon. (Bring your own sleeping if you have a high altitude specific personal Sleeping Bag. This is always better for hygienic reasons.)

 Kitchen tent, dinning tent and toilet tent as required during the trek.

 All permit fee, camping charges, forest levy required for the trek.

 Basic Medical & First Aid kit.

 Travel and medical insurance covering illness on high altitude (AMS). This is included for Indian nationals up to 60 years.


 Transportation from Shimla to Janglik and return from Barua to Shimla. Uslally it comes approcimately ₹ 3000 per person, to and from when shared in a vehicle like Tata Sumo with other trekkers. We may arrange the car, you pay directly to the driver, sharing equally.

 We assume that you will carry your personal Rucksack/Backpack with all your personal belongings. If you want to offload your Rucksack and be carried by our horse/porter then you need to pay additional ₹ 2000 for the entire duration of the trek. The Rucksack should not weigh more than 10 Kg.

  Cost of the buffer day. If we utilise this during the trek, you need to pay ₹ 2500 per person for the same.

 Any tip/gratuity to the HT supports staff.

 Anything is is NOT mentioned in the “Inclusions” or personal in nature.

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  • We assume that you have read and understood our “Terms & Conditions” (https://greenvalleyhimalayas.com/terms-and-conditions) before Booking a trek/tour.
  • To reserve your place in a scheduled Fixed Departure trek or a Customised/Private trek pay 25% of the TREK/TOUR FEE as the initial “Booking Deposit”. You can pay by Net banking/Draft/Cheque/Credit/Debit/AMEX cards. This will ensure your participation in the desired trek and we will reserve your place in the scheduled date. You need to pay the remaining amount at least 15 days before Trek Starting Date.
  • If you book a Trek/Tour before 14 days or less from Trek/Tour Starting Date, you need to pay the full TREK/TOUR FEE.


  • “Booking Amount” i.e.25% of the TREK/TOUR FEE is Non-Refundable at any stage.
  • If in case you are not able to make it due to unavoidable reason(s), we provide you a very flexible choice of Shifting to another trek within next one year. One year is counted from the starting date of the trek/tour you booked initially with us.
  • In case you postpone your trip you need to informminimum of 15 days before the trek/tour starting date. (Though we suggest to inform us earlier if known)
  • In case you postpone a trek/tour before 15 days of the scheduled Trek/Tour Starting date or prior, you may shift to another group of the same trek/tour scheduled in the same season or within next one year. You may shift to another suitable route also. For changing any, you need our approval first. Your request must be in written communication through your registered email with us.
  • If you cancel/postpone a trek/tour from 14 days to 8 days before tour starting date, your Booking Amount is Non-Refundable. We will not take any request of shifting dates. We will charge 50% of the amount as Cancellation Charges and process refund of remaining 50%. You may also shift to another group within next year but 25% Booking Amount will be deemed as Cancellation Charge and the rest amount will be transferred to the shifted group.
  • If you cancel a trek/tour 7 days (i.e. a week) before Trek/Tour Starting Date or later, there will be NO REFUND.
  • In case of any unforeseen incident including but not limited to natural calamities like flood, earthquake, landslide, forest fire or any political unrest, if we are compelled to cancel the trek/trip, you will be entitled to redeem the full amount for the same/similar kind of trek/trip within next one year.

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