Almost everyone who considers travelling their passion knows about the Kheerganga trek but no one cares about the paradise right next to it, Bunbuni Pass(10,987ft). The views you get on this trek are so much better than from its neighbour, Kheerganga. You walk into the oak forest, secluded from any signs of civilisation, and suddenly the forest opens to stunning view of snow-capped mountains. If you want to do just the Bunbuni Pass trek you can do it in two days. If you want to do both Kheerganga and Bunbuni Pass trek, it is doable in 3 days. So this could be your next perfect long weekend trek from Delhi.
How to reach Barshaini
Barshaini is the base camp for this trek. You can immediately start your trek after reaching Barshaini if you want, or you can stay at Kalga for a night and acclimatise before the trek. You have to take the Delhi-Manali bus and get down at Bhuntar, from Bhuntar buses and shared taxis are available for Barshaini.
The grade of this trek falls somewhere in between easy and moderate, as there are multiple trails to do Bunbuni Pass trek. If you have already done the Kheerganga trek you can directly go to Bunbuni Pass from Kalga. It is a 7-8km steep uphill trek and it should take you around 6-7 hours depending upon your fitness level.
You can do this trek by yourself if you do not prefer doing group trips or are on a budget. Simply ask any local about directions before you start. You can also find locals to guide you at Kalga, if you are skeptical about doing this trek alone. You will however have to carry your own tents and food as there are no shops available at Bunbuni Pass and the café from Kheerganga is shut now as well. If you are afraid of camping alone in the wilderness you should go with an organiser.
A lot of trek organisers are offering this trek under ₹4000/person including India-Hikes. India-Hikes offer this package at ₹3990, Bhuntar to Bhuntar, inclusive of all meals, accommodation, trek gear, permits and trek guide. If you want to do it on your own, with your own gear you can do it in less than ₹3000.
You can take multiple routes for this trek, including Kheerganga or without it.
Barshaini – Kalga - Bunbuni Pass - Kalga - Barshaini
Barshaini – Kalga – Bunbuni Pass – Kheerganga – Kalga – Barshaini
When to Do it
You can do this trek round the year, except for months of extreme winter, December, January and February.