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When one undertakes the trekking expedition on Pin Parvati Pass trek, he/she gets the opportunity to transcend from the greenery of the Kullu valley and emerge in the dry deserts located in the Spiti valley. During this, 11 days trekking expedition, the participants not only, gets the opportunity to enjoy the majestic beauty of the surroundings, but also get the chance to the experience the lifestyle as well as the culture of the different communities which are inhabiting the regions of Himachal Pradesh. One will also experience the vast transformation in the religious beliefs as well as practices as one moves from Kullu to Sipti; Hinduism is the predominant religion in Kullu, whereas one can see the vibes of Buddhism as one moves towards Sipti. This transition acts as a source of fun and thrill during the trekking expedition.

 

The history of the Pin Parvati Pass trek is not known to all. This trail was first used by the local shepherds and then by the Britishers to invade the Sipti valley. By using this trail, the Britishers were able to reach Sipti from Kullu in very less of time. Till 1993, this route was not opened for the purpose of trekking. It was after the state of Himachal Pradesh took efforts for the promotion of the Kullu Himalayan National park, that the trail was opened for trekking.

 

There are a number of points on the Pin Parvati Pass trek that are considered sacred by the locals. The most significant of these are, the meadows of Khirganga which is believed to be point of meditation of Lord Shiva and the hot sulphur springs situated in Parvati Kund which is said to have the  healing properties. Another sacred spot if Malatai Lake that has an open Shiva temple. Two natural bridges are situated on the river Parvati which are dedicated to Pandavas.

 

The picturesque beauty of the trek wrapped in the challenges which the trek brings, makes this trek one of the most trekked high altitude treks in the Himalayas. Thus, a number of trekking enthusiasts from round the world visit this trek each year for trekking expedition.

 

Brief Itinerary

 

Day 1 :- Manali to Barshaini and trek to Kalga

 

  • Manali to Barshaini 4 - 5 hrs drive
  • Barshaini to Kalga 1/2 hr trek
  • Lunch at Manikaran (Stoppage for 1 hr)
  • Leave Manali at 10 am
  • Bring left luggage separately so that without wasting time we will leave Manali on time
  • Networks are available at Kalga
  • Stay in home stay
  • Some parts of trek through apple orchid

 

Day 2 :- Kalga to Kheerganga

 

  • 10 km trek 6-7 hrs
  • Stay in tents/ local rest house
  • No Network available
  • Hot water spring at Kheerganga
  • Trek along with Parvati River
  • Will get much maggi point on the way
  • Mixed forest of Pine, Oak, Horse chestnut, Wall nut
  • Less steep ascent, more of gradual ascent

 

Day 3 :- Kheerganga to Tunda Bhuj

 

  • 13 km trek 7-8 hrs
  • Camp setup takes time due to erratic availability of water, be patient
  • Gradual ascent but tiring
  • 3 small stream with small bridge be careful
  • No shops on the way
  • Last day of the forest

 

Day 4 :- Tunda Bhuj to Thakur Kuan

 

  • 11 km trek 6-7 hrs
  • Most beautiful campsite of the trek
  • Tricky and rocky patch on the way so walking together is mandatory
  • After the tricky patch very steep ascent for 1 hr

 

Day 5 :- Thakur Kuan to Odi Thach

 

  • 9 km trek 5-6hrs
  • Easiest day of the trek
  • Pandu Bridge (Most tricky patch) comes just after 1.5 hrs of trek, to cross that bridge everyone has to be together
  • Most of the trail is flat walk
  • Water points are available before the Pandu Bridge
  • Very windy campsite

 

Day 6 :- Odi Thach to Mantalai Lake

 

  • 12 km trek 7-8 hrs
  • After half hour from Odi Thach a big ground comes, cross that ground from left side (ground id very muddy)
  • Moraine area start just after crossing that ground
  • Moraine area is steep ascent
  • Mantalai Lake is the source of Parvati River
  • Small temple of lord Shiva at Mantalai Lake, from temple campsite is 45 minutes far.
  • Chances of getting AMS is high, keep yourself hydrate
  • Swimming in the lake is not aloud and not advisable

 

Day 7 :- Mantali Lake to Summit Camp

 

  • 11 km trek 7-8 hrs
  • exhausted day
  • Most of the part is very steep ascent
  • Only two water points are available
  • Just after 30 to 40 minutes of trek first water stream comes, keep floaters handy
  • After 3 1/2 hrs one more stream crossing
  • Chances of missing is very high, never walk alone
  • Camp site is most uncomfortable, camping will be on rocks

 

Day 8 :- Summit Camp - Summit to Pin base/ Bedu Thatch

 

  • 15 km Trek 10-12 hrs
  • Stay on summit maximum for 15 to 20 minutes
  • Today don't make your own route on snow, always fallow trek leader or guide (craves area)
  • Today's descent is more tricky and tiring then ascent
  • One stream and one river crossing keep floaters handy and cross under the guidance of your trek leader
  • After river crossing camp site is one hour far

 

Day 9 :- Pin Base to Tiya

 

  • 12 km trek 5-6 hrs
  • Gradual descent
  • Very beautiful campsite and windy
  • Bearn land
  • Can see the Bhaba Pass rout

 

Day 10 :- Tiya to Mud Drive to Kaza

 

  • 12 km trek 4-5 hrs
  • 25 km drive 1 hr
  • Flat walk almost on the road
  • Trek till Mud and drive to Kaza
  • Due to no network transportation timing may get late
  • Stay in Kaza (Guest house)

 

Day 11 :- Kaza to Manali

 

  • You’ll reach Manali between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm. You can book your travel any time after 7:30 pm. 
     

     

    Who Can Go:-

    Here are the fitness criteria one has to match absolutely for conquering Pin Parvati Pass Trek with us:

    • Experience of high altitude trek at least 2 treks, one trek should be more than 4000 mt. or 13,100 ft.
    • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.
    • A goods carrying benchmark relevant in this expedition, the climber should be able to carry a 10 to 15 kg expedition bag pack.
    • Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have these conditions mentioned above.

 

Detailed Itinerary

 

Day 1 :- Manali to Barshaini and trek to Kalga

 

The adventurous journey of the trek will make pleasurable trace when you will reach Manali by 10 am in the morning and will leave for Barsheni Village which is surrounded by thick pine forest and green pastureland. Then further you will move to Kalga village which is 1/2 hr trek from Barshaini. We will be taking a stop for lunch at Manikaran gurudwara were you can visit the hot springs in the nearby premises. Hot langar is served at the gurudwara which you definitely need to try. After having our lunch we'll head towards Barshaini from where we have a little trekking to do towards Kalga. Please note that the is network available at Kalga and your accommodation will be in a guest house.

 

Day 2 :- Kalga to Kheerganga

 

The second day you will move to the long trail and continue from Kalga to move ahead and cross the bridge from here you can see River Parvati. Pin Parvati pass trek is a very enthralling experience to have fun while trekking and enjoy the enormous landscape view very closely. The trail goes through thick woodland cover and involves a sheer ascend of over 30 minutes. 

The climb goes on till you arrive at a point from where it takes a rational V turn and you can see restroom at your left. From here it takes another 10 minutes of walk up to a tending pastureland where Khirganga is. The last elongate side engrosses long climb through a pine woodland area and you will come across a beautiful waterfall. You will also come across a maggie point where you can stop for some refreshment. The entire trail is less of steep ascent and more of a gradual ascent which is a mixture of Pine, Oak, Horse chestnut and Walnut trees. Kalga to Khirganga is a 10km trek which takes approximately 6-7 hours. After reaching Khirganga your accommodation will be in tents.

 

Day 3 :- Kheerganga to Tunda Bhuj

 

Today's trek will start for Tunda-Bhuj which is a steady climb out and form there you can view the Parvati River coming down from mountains left side. The track will move through long meadowland and chirping of birds will give you gleaming happiness. The road from Khirganga is the first stream crossing start with a constant ascent for about 20 minutes. Then you can see the temporary bridge over the edge of the mountains. There in route you can see small tent where the local wholesaler sell products. After 30 minutes you will way out from the forest area and will see meadow land and immense sight of the dell. Now you will trail the high peak of the hill. Once you arrive at the top, the follow will twirl within the hilly area and you see the huge area of the Parvati valley in front. This will be the final overpass that you have to cross and you will reach Tunda-Bhuj situated at high altitude of 10,500 ft above sea level. There you can see huge mountains covered with snow and the sight view looks very preety.

 

Day 4 :- Tunda Bhuj to Thakur Kuan

 

As walking down you will reach to pastureland through opaque mixed jungle with profusion of lovely flowers and Greenery Island. The landscape view of Tunda Bhuj is very easy but the distance is some tuff as the bridge is very long to cross and time consuming. Crossing the bridge to the further side of the stream take time to follow up the peak. It takes 15 minutes to reach the steady climb as you pass through an inclined rocky meadow land. Trekking in Manali discover the prettiness of lovely landscape view and enhance the beautiful picturesque. As you start for further trail you will go upto high level and the landscape view can be see very striking. After the early rise crossways the Pandu Bridge, walk down towards the Parvati River at your right takes 15 minutes passing through the field's .Many steer can be seen with their group on the way by evening time, you will reach the Thakur Kuan which is situated at high altitude on 11,000- ft high above the sea level.

 

Day 5 :- Thakur Kuan to Odi Thach

 

The next morning you will feel great after taking good rest as you have to get prepared for the adventures which lie ahead. As this is the easiest day of your trek it won't take a huge toll on your body. You will cross the terrain region and then cross multiple streams coming in your way. Further, you will find Parvati River on left part which looks very attractive. Then you will follow the big forest area and meadow land which can be seen aside from the Parvati River and enter the Thakur Kuan region which is surrounded by the pasture of orchard flowers and small trees. The Pandu bridge which is the most tricky patch comes after 1.5 hours of trek. It is recommended that all trekkers stay together in a group while crossing this natural bridge. 

The trail is easy to walk as it is a falt ground which requires minimum effort. There are many water points before Pandu Bridge where you can refill your water bottles. After reaching Odi Thach we'll be camping there for the night which is one of the windiest campsites.

 

Day 6 :- Odi Thach to Mantalai Lake

 

Today, we'll be covering a distance of 12km which will take around 7-8 hours. This route is a bit muddy which at times can be slippery so it is important to be cautious. You will come across the moraine area which comes right after crossing the muddy surface. It has a steep ascent which requires a lot of physical energy to climb. So it is important to climb at your own pace. Mantalai lake is the starting point of Parvati River and you can also visit a small temple there. Your next campsite is just 45 minutes from here. The lake is at a higher altitude so there are chances of getting AMS. It is important to keep your body hydrated enough so that you are not hit by AMS.

 

Day 7 :- Mantali Lake to Summit Camp

 

After leaving the striking place of Mantalai Lake you will cross the river lane which is very hefty part of trek and then you will walk through high rocky areas and glaciers. Then you will climb towards the right side of the slope, follow the trail which is very long and takes 9-10 hours. It takes around to climb the high mountain above at 14850 feet. Then you will walk to the composite area, steepy rocks will make you feel tired. Then you will reach to base camp which is surrounded by greenery all where and big glaciers. There you will stay in base camp and take rest for hour and take delicious dinner.

 

Day 8 :- Summit Camp - Summit to Pin base/Bedu Thatch

 

The trek begins another day after long hours of rest and after long voyage you will then enter in long valley Spiti Valley. The trail now climbs for an hour amid the glacier and a rock facade. After three hours of sturdy climbing and you will arrive at the top of the pass at 17,500 feet from where you can outlook the way of Pin valley towards Srikhand Mahadev. The follow come down over flurry and ice fields, covered with grasses and high rocks and stone will also come in your way. At this point you will need to be very careful as there you will see very hefty path which cross the dense forest lane and wild areas. The base camp is located in the centre of three vales. Moving further you can view the ranges of Dibibokri and Kulu Makalu which looks very fascinating and eye catchy as it is covered by large mountains and ice.

 

Day 9 :- Pin Base to Tiya

 

On this day we'll be trekking to Tiya which is approximately 12km. It is a gradual descent for most of the trek. It is a barren land which is surrounded by tall mountains. You will be able to see the trail of Bhaba Pass on this route. Your campsite at Tiya has a beautiful setting but it really gets cold at night. It is important to have proper layering while you sleep in your tents.

 

Day 10 :- Tiya to Mud Drive to Kaza

 

Today we'll be trekking to Mud which is the last village of Pin Valley. It is a flat walk on the road almost on the road. After reaching Mud we will be driving to Kaza. Necessary arrangements will be made for your pick up after which we'll be driving to Kaza. Your accommodation will be in a guesthouse at Kaza.

 

Day 11 :- Kaza to Manali

 

The way back to Manali will be by the familiar road, the drive starting at 4 am in the morning. Transportation will be exclusive of our charges. You’ll reach Manali between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm. You can book your travel any time after 7:30 pm.

 

How to Reach

 

By Air :- 

 

Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs. 700- Rs1000. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.

 

By Road:- 

 

Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi to Manali. Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in, Tip: Since Delhi Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 6 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate.

 

Manali to Delhi Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 5 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delays.

 

Note:- Trekkers need to take only those VOVO buses which reach Manali till 09.30am on first day. Our reporting time is 10.00am at Manali but in-case you will not able to reach at meeting /briefing time, either we will transfer your seat to our any next batch or we will cancel your trek, so please double check your bus time with your bus transporter.

Cost per person (INR)
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