Range : Himachal Pradesh
Days : 12 Days
Grade : Moderate
Max Altitude : 17,457ft
Package : Rs 26,000 per person
Rs 25,000 per person
(Base camp to Base camp + 5% GST)
All you need for a trek is the passion to do it and embrace the odds that come by and challenge yourself to achieve that sense of achievement.
Pin Parvati Pass Trek is doable for the beginner Trekker as well, while the following basic fitness level is required to attempt Pin Parvati Pass Trek.
1. Able to cover 5km in 45 minutes without stress.
2. Able to carry 10kg weighing backpack.
3. The trekker should not have following problems a) Heart Problems b) Asthma or any breathing problem c) High Blood pressure d) Epilepsy e) Being Lazy: P It’s the biggest problem in a trek.
* Providing three meals a day snacks, tea, coffee, soup and in food we try to keep lot to healthy vegetables and fruits in Indian, Chinese and western meals.
* Dry fruits/Energy bars and Energy drinks for your trek.
* Accommodation in tents on 2/3 person sharing basis.
* Sleeping bags.
* Toilet tents for ladies and gents separately.
* Dining Tent.
* Trekking equipment (if required).
* Expert Trek leaders.
* Support Staff.
* First Aid kit.
* Diamox (10 tabs) to prevent AMS.
* Crocin (Fever.
* Avomine (4tabs).
* Avil 25g (4tabs).
* Combiflam (4tabs).
* Disprin (6tabs).
* Norflox TZ &Lomofen (6 tabs).
* Digene (10 tabs).
* Omez/Rantadine (10 tabs).
* Crape Bandage (3-5 m).
* Gauge (1 small).
* Bandage (10 strips).
* cotton (1 small roll).
* Ors (10 packts).
* Betadine or any antiseptic cream.
* Moov/Volini spray.
* Waterproof over trousers and waterproof Jacket.
* Trekking Gaiters.
* Comfortable Backpack with good back support and accessibility (easy access).
* Backpack Rain cover.
* Hiking Pole.
* Good stretchable and Quick-dry Trek Pants.
* Light and warm base layer (Preferably Merino wool. It can be used over a long period of time and stinks less).
* Warm and waterproof Jacket (Preferably Down Jacket with one extra layer for waterproofing).
* Fleece for layer 2.
* Warm Socks (Preferably Merino wool. It can be used over a long period of time and stinks less).
* Trekking shoe with good grip, traction and a very good non-compressible mid-sole.
* Polarised Sunglasses.
* Warm hat.
* Small Daypack.
* Energy bars.
* 2 water bottles 1 litre each.
Day 01 : Getting to base camp – Kaza; 10 -12 hours drive.
Day 02 : Acclimatization day at Kaza.
Day 03 : Drive to Mudh. Trek from Mudh to Tiya; 2 hours drive + 2-3 hours trek.
Day 04 : Tiya to Shia; 5-6 hours.
Day 05 : Shia to Pin base camp; 5-6 hours.
Day 06 : Pin Base camp to Mantalai via Pin Parvati Pass; 12 hours.
Day 07 : Rest day at Mantalai.
Day 08 : Mantalai to Odi Thatch; 4 hours.
Day 09 : Odi Thach to Tunda Bhuj; 8 hours.
Day 10 : Tunda Bhuj to Kheerganga; 4 hours.
Day 11 : Kheerganga to Barshaini; 3 hours.
Day 12 : Buffer day to kaza.
Pick up will be arranged from Manali at 6.00 am. The Rohtang and Kunzum passes are known for their notoriously bad traffic jams, making it all the more necessary to leave by 6.00 am. Drive out of Manali, and towards Batal via Rohtang pass on the Manali-Leh Highway. The road is not too good and is bumpy all through. From Gramphu, take a diversion towards the Gramphu – Batal – Kaza road.
From Batal the route winds through the real Spiti Valley. Quaint little villages, tucked away in the mountains and arid mountains dotted with green and yellow patches of peas and barley fields. The route from here is straight out of a picture postcard. You will be camping along the Spiti river in Kaza. The acclimatization process starts today.
Mudh is a picture-postcard worthy village with whitewashed houses, peas and barley terraced fields. You can find guest houses here to accommodate trekkers trekking in Pin Valley. Pin Valley is known as snow leopard and ibex country. However, chances of spotting these animals on your trek remain elusive. It is important to start for Mudh from Kaza early as streams gets swollen later in the day, making it difficult to cross. Mudh is the last village you will see on this trek until Kheerganga on the second last day. This is also the only day of luxurious trekking – a very gradually ascending walk on scree and shale surrounded by barren yet colourful mountains typical of Spiti. The trails are well-defined with minimal chances of getting lost.
A long day for trekking with beautiful views of Spiti Valley. An early start is important to ford the multiple glacial streams today- which will leave your feet numb. A couple of these tiny streams are also drinkable. Starting on the left bank of the Pin river, the first section is an undulating walk on loose, sedimentary rocks. After this section, you descend to the river, cross it and ascend up the other side. There are a couple of tricky sections – narrow scree-laden ledges over the river that need navigating. After you’ve trekked some distance, the Pin Glacier becomes visible high up, in the distance.
Pin Base camp is a bare, rocky moonland below the Pin glacier and 1,000 ft below the Pass. The camp is also quite windy with views of rugged mountains all around – the setting is almost like Bhagwabasa campsite on Roopkund. These are very different mountains from the ones you see in Uttarakhand or the lower Himachal.
The world changes at Pin Parvati Pass! The bird’s eye view of both Pin valley and Parvati Valley is one of those grand views that stay with you. It is a very pretty panorama of both the valleys with unnamed peaks populating your view. You can see Parvati South Ridge, Snow Peak, Ridge Peak, Pyramid Peak, Kullu Makalu and Bara Shigri. You might even spot Kinner Kailash and Shrikhand Mahadev, if you know what to look for. The prayer flags fluttering- on your left- adds to the atmosphere at the Pass. Enjoy the view of lofty peaks from Kinnaur, Kullu and Spiti. You can also spot the Mantalai camp, far below, from the pass.
Walk ahead, along the right side of the river bank, up to a moraine-filled ridge. Once you reach the top of the ridge, you get a view of the point from where Parvati river is gushing down. You have to climb down a series of huge scattered boulders after which it levels out to a valley walk. This is an easier day compared to others as most of it is in a valley section. Follow the trail on the right side of the valley till you reach a large ridge breached from the right side from where the River Parvati rushes down towards Mantalai. After traversing the first of the series of ridges, you officially exit the Mantalai region.
The route towards Odi Thach swirls towards the left side of the valley and it becomes easily the prettiest day of the trek. The flowers near Odi Thach give you slopes which are completely decked in red, blue and purple colours. It really hits you, coming from the barrenness of Spiti valley. Every 100 metres after these slopes, you will feel like camping. The swamp land – with a very peaceful Parvati river which branches out to streams – culminates into a plateau and then goes through boulders till you reach level meadow – Odi Thach. A little ahead of Odi Thach is Jwari Thach where we camp.
A difficult day like this one would surprise you at this stage after the trek to Odi Thach. It starts out gradually over the meadows and goes lower into the valley to the Parvati river through boulder -strewn fields and streams. You will see a series of waterfalls on your right side and Parvati river flows on your left. Notice Mt Kullu Eiger in front of you to your left along with some un-named peaks and glaciers surrounding the valley. Then you descend down to Pandu Pul which is a natural natural bridge over the river formed by large, misshapen boulders.
Today’s trek to Kheerganga is a steady descent to the gorge below where Parvati River is coming down at your right side. The trail will take you through many pasture lands, inside silver birch trees. You will also notice a series of lovely waterfalls on the huge mountain walls at the right side of the trail. These waterfalls, as they cascade down jagged mountain faces dissipate as mist. It is quite a sight.
Trek for 7 km from Kheerganga to Barshaini. You will reach Barshaini around 11am. The trek ends at Barshaini. Indiahikes will arrange for transportation from Barshaini to Kullu. The cost of which will be additional and is to be paid to the drivers directly. It takes roughly 3 hours to reach Kullu.
The Pin Parvati Pass is a thrilling challenge for any seasoned trekker. It’s a long expedition that gives trekkers a massive dose of adventure, beauty and a sense of achievement. The exhilaration of traversing a 17,457 ft pass is an experience of a lifetime.
Pin Parvati Pass trek provides the most spectacular traverses, right from the forest and verdant meadows of the Parvati Valley to the Buddhist villages in the Trans-Himalayan region of Spiti. The sharp contrast in landscapes, culture, flora and fauna will catch you off-guard. Within hours, you’ll walk from cold dry mountain desert region of Spiti to the rich biodiversity in Parvati Valley.
Pin Parvati has a host of unique experiences to offer you: from the pulley bridge at Tunda Bhuj to marshlands of Mantalai to alpine meadows of Odi Thach, dense forests near Kheerganga and glacier near the Pass. Pin Parvati trek builds from cold dry deserts of Spiti and its unique settings to the lush, wet greenery of Parvati valley. The greenery, the flowers of Odi Thach hits you harder after days of trekking among wind-carved rock formations and glaciers. Near the end of trek, you also experience the hot water springs at Parvati Kund at Kheerganga. Words cannot describe the experience of a hot water bath here after a hard day of trekking. It is a five star sauna experience on a trek, which you seldom get on any Himalayan Trek.
Hire a cab from Delhi to Dehradun, which takes around 4 hours. NH-72A from Chhutmalpur to Dehradun is the best route you may take. The cost of cab ranges from INR 9 to INR 97 per kilometre, depending upon the type of car. Ideal for families and groups.
Take a direct bus from Delhi to Dehradun, which takes around 6 hours. Deluxe, Volvo, semi-deluxe and ordinary Uttarakhand State buses depart every hour from ISBT, Kashmere Gate in New Delhi. There is also an overnight deluxe A/C service run by Uttarakhand Tourism. Dehradun ISBT bus stand is located about 5 km from the centre of the city. Ideal for backpackers and single travellers.
Take a direct Jan Shatabdi train from Delhi NDLS station to Dehradun railway station that takes around 6 hours. Dehradun railway station is located in the city centre. Train is the most comfortable and cost effective mode to travel to Dehradun from Delhi. Ideal for groups and families.
1. If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
2. If cancellations are made within 0-30 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
3. In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.