My class reunion was happening after 5 years since we finished college. I was so excited to meet my friends who had flown in from various parts of the world. Not to mention our professors, by whom I didn't feel terrorized anymore.
As a bonus, I could also visit my college, something I hadn't done in 3 years. The excitement was building up to the D day. When we all met, it was like we had never separated. All thanks to social media and the compulsory need to update our doings every now and then.
PC : B. Balaji
We decided we all should take a trip together, like during the college days. We zeroed in on a trek trip. Everyone's choice was a short trip as we had to get back to our daily, mundane life and work. And therefore, we chose the Bhubhu Pass trek in Kullu valley.
Bhubhu Pass Trek is an extraordinary ancient trail that connects Chuhar (in Mandi) and Lag (in Kullu) valleys of Himachal Pradesh. The pass is situated at a height of 2900 m above the sea level. This is a moderate level trek in terms of difficulty. The trek passes through picturesque countryside, alpine meadows, panoramic forests, and roaring streams. Despite the fact that these treks are not on the axis of the Dauladhar range, they give out a feeling that you are trekking on the Dauladhars.
PC : RuckSackKruemel
Bhubhu is a lower mountain pass, but is not exactly easy to trek. The hike from Mandi is arduous and the road connectivity is poor, rendering these passes archaic. The trail is not marked clearly either.
We took a flight from Bangalore to Delhi, and decided to make a party of the trek and drove down to Manali two days before the trek. We spent a day sightseeing and the other day resting as we need all the energy to be used up in the trek.
Best Time To Embark On This Trek
The best time is from May to June and September to October. Avoid winters and monsoons. They are not the best time to trek the Himalayas as the weather is unpredictable and can ruin the entire Himalayan experience for you.
Things To Carry On The Trek
Trek shoes, head lamp, trekking stick, thick jackets, ponchos, thermals, gloves, glares, sun hat, chap sticks, water bottles, snacks, swiss knife, lighter, toiletries and medical kit.
Day 1: Dalighat To Dak Bungalow
PC : Paul Hamilton
We started the day by driving from Manali to Kullu. From there, we were to drive to Dhalpur and then to Lug Valley. This is a narrow valley. We drove past tiny hamlets and reached the last village at Dalighat. This is the starting point of this trek. We engaged the services of a horseman to carry our luggage and started walking to Dak Bungalow.
We walked through thick forest with cedar, deodar and oak trees. This is a 3 hour trek. Western Tragopan is a unique species of pheasant found in this region alone. Keep an eye out for it.
Day 2: Dak Bungalow - Jingbhan Via Bhubhu Pass
PC : B.Balaji
We had stayed the previous night at Dak Bungalow. We started the day early from and started trekking through the oak and deodar forests. We saw lovely landscape of Indrasan and Deo Tibba peaks. We reached Bhubhu Pass, which is located at a height of 3000 m above sea level.
There is a small temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha here. The view of the Kangra Valley from here is stupendous. We walked further to reach Jingbhan to camp there for the night.
Day 3: Jingbhan - Dentbhial
PC : B.Balaji
Day 3 dawned bright and lovely. We continued our trek to the campsite at Dentbhial. We walked through ridges, taking in the views of Kangra valley. This trek was for 6 hours. We broke in between for lunch and rested near the huge rock 3 km after Jingbhan. The scenic views of hamlets and farmlands is fascinating. We slept in tents at Dentbhial.
Day 4: Dentbhial - Mulling
PC : Petr Meissner
We started from Dentbhial towards Mulling. We passed some gurgling high altitude streams, and alpine ridges along the way. We descended down to Barot Nallah and ascended on a steep climb to reach Mulling. This was the end of our trek. We were then transported to Dharamsala in taxis.