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Pin Bhaba Pass Trek - 7 Days

Pin Bhaba Pass Trek
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Pin Bhaba Pass trek unfolds a new mystery at every turn and provides you with all the thrills and adventures you are looking for in this trek. Though, the trek is not a very challenging one but, it still requires a good understanding of snow conditions and a fair amount of physical fitness. To reach the pass, you will have to be mentally prepared to cross gurgling rivers, climb steep and snowy slopes, walk on glacial beds and pass through narrow gorges and rocky moraines. Needless to say, the divine beauty of snow-clad mountain peaks, charming hamlets, stunning apple orchards, dewy meadows, carpets of alpine flowers, virgin forests and gorgeous landscapes following you through the route will make your journey easy and rewarding.

                Once you reach the Bhaba Pass, breath-taking vistas of surrounding mountains, Kinnaur and Spiti valleys and Pin-Parvati Pass, will make you speechless and you will want to stay here till eternity. Descent from the Bhaba Pass takes you through the Pin valley that lies on the periphery of the Pin Valley National Park, giving ample opportunities to have a glimpse at rare Himalayan birds and animals including snow leopards, ibex, and Himalayan fox.

Day 1
Drive from Shimla to Kafnu

Day 2
Trek from Kafnu – Mulling (3,100m) (5-6 hrs).

Day 3
Trek from Mulling (3,100m) - Kara (3,550m) (4 hrs)

Day 4
Trek from Kara(3,550 meters) - Bhaba Base(4,000 meters)(4 to 5 hours)

Day 5
Trek from Phustirang/Bhaba base (4,000m) - Bhabha Pass (4,850 mt) - Baldar (3,900m) (6-7 hrs).

Day 6
Trek from Baldar (3,900 mt) - Mudh (3,740 mt)

Day 7
Drive from Mud - Kaza (3,800 mt) (2 hrs).Departure from Kaza

Day 1 : Drive from Shimla to Kafnu

Nearest major town from Kafnu is Shimla. From Shimla, you will be transferred to Kafnu which is the start point of the trek. The distance of Kafnu from Shimla is 205 km and takes about 7 hours drive. There is also an HRTC bus that leaves from Shimla at 8:40 AM and reaches Kafnu at 6:30 PM. Kafnu is a quaint village in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.  All the participants will report at Kafnu base camp by 3 PM. Freshening up and snacks will happen at the base camp.Post snacks orientation. Orientation will cover all the general instructions that could be helpful for the trek like backpacking, marching technique and medical awareness.Overnight stay at Kafnu base camp.

 
Day 2: Trek from Kafnu – Mulling (3,100m) (5-6 hrs).
 After breakfast the trek starts through a village and forest area following the Wanger River. The trek starts from Kafnu. Brace yourself for a challenging day. It’s important to get a head start considering the trekking distance and the altitude gain, which at 2,759 feet (841 m) is quite a challenge. From the village, walk for about 200 meters and you will spot India’s first underground dam, the ‘Bhaba Hydro Project‘. The route is heavily forested with pine, cedar and birch. After a few hours of steep climb the path gradually ascends to the campsite, a lush green meadow on the banks of the Bhaba River. Overnight at Mulling campsite.
 
Day 3: Trek from Mulling (3,100m) - Kara (3,550m) (4 hrs)
Trek a short journey from mulling which will take 3 hours to reach at Kara. Lap up the beauty of green beautiful valley while walking to Kara with the river. Follow the flower covered pathway and will meet with some shepherd's trail .The adorable scene will be captured in eyes for a lifetime. Next, take a walk to the right side to reach the small narrow meadow. After 3 hours of the steady climb stay will be at camp.
 
Day 4: Trek from Kara(3,550 meters) - Bhaba Base(4,000 meters)(4 to 5 hours)
Start the trek early to get an advantage in the stream crossing. River Wagner comined down from Bhaba is split into lot of tributaries making it easy to cross. Climb up, on the true left of the river amidst meadows with beautiful alpine flowers. It takes around 2-3 hours from the river crossing to reach Bhaba base campsite. Overnight stay at Bhaba base.
 
Day 5:  Trek from Phustirang/Bhaba base (4,000m) - Bhabha Pass (4,850 mt) - Baldar (3,900m) (6-7 hrs).
 This is another starting day of trekking over boulders, rough terrain and scree with a rocky way to Bhaba Pass. The rocky way is lush green and further aids Kinnaur valley through the path. It was a bright and sunny day with the heart touching views of the valley with high mountains. All the way, we were delighted by the glaciers and snow. Amidst the way, the flocks of sheep and goats were our true companions. Now go downward steeply to Bara Buldar. We spotted terrains with mountains of various colours and grasslands. With the end of the trek troop will stay at camp.
 
Day 6: Trek from Baldar (3,900 mt) - Mudh (3,740 mt)
 On this day, we begin our return from Bara Bulder to Mudh via Pharka Village. The trail to Pharka Village is well paved and gradual, following the true right bank of the Pharka Nallah. You will walk through a number of small settlements and flock of sheeps. Cross the Pin River and Mudh village, last village in Spiti region. Relax in the Mudh Village for the rest of the day. There is a small monastery and local tea houses in this region which you can visit.
 
Day 7: Drive from Mud - Kaza (3,800 mt) (2 hrs).Departure from Kaza
 After morning breakfast, participants will be taken to Kaza via Jeep ride. Departure will be given at Kaza by 11 AM.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Food all along the Trek(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea)
  • Car pick up from Shimla to Kafnu
  • Transportation from trek end point Kaza to Manali taxi
  • Food as per menu on the trek
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges , if any
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, mats,Technical equipment
  • Safety Equipments.
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your Trek Leader will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • Trek guide, cook, helpers, porters & mules for carrying common luggage.
  • Services of a Mountaineering qualified & professional Trek Leader.

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Accommodation and meals in Shimla.
  • Meals during road Journeys.
  • Porter/Mull to carry personal luggage.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance.
  • Any expense of personal nature.
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list.

Trekking Gear

  • A rucksack with rain cover
  • A water bottle or a hydration pack
  • A Hand/Head Torch with spare batteries
  • UV Protection Sunglasses
  • A trekking pole

Clothing:

Since it is a high altitude trek, at least 3 layers of clothing is mandatory. A full sleeve shirt, a fleece jacket, and a padded jacket are imperative. An additional layer (Thermal bodywarmers) for the evenings in the high altitude campsites are strongly recommended

  • Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants - 2
  • Full sleeves T-shirts - 2
  • Thermal Bodywarmer Upper & Lower - 1
  • Fleece Jacket - 1
  • Padded Jacket -1 (Goose down or feather is preferable)
  • Full sleeves sweater - 1 (Needed if you feel cold at high altitudes despite 4 layers)
  • Rainwear (Jacket & Pants) - 1
  • Thick woolen socks -  1 pair
  • Cotton socks - at least 2-3 pairs
  • Undergarments - 1 for every day of trekking
  • Pair of Warm Gloves - 1
  • Woolen cap - 1

Footwear

  • Hiking shoes (Preferably ankle high) -1
  • Pair of lightweight Slipper/Sandals - 1 pair.

Toiletries

    • Sunscreen lotion, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, toilet roll, cold cream, small towel.
    • Anti-fungal cream: Carry an antifungal cream if you are sensitive to sweating and prone to skin irritations around genitals or groin area due to lack of bathing.
    • For women:
      • Tampons or sanitary napkins,
      • 2-3 zip pouches to dispose off non-biodegradable waste
      • Vaginal wash to avoid any irritation due to lack of bathing.

Miscellaneous

    • Water bottle
    • Camera (optional)
    • Personal medicine kit. Though our trek leaders carry a fully equipped first-aid kit, make sure you consult your doctor before the trek in case you have any special ailment.
    • Dry fruits, energy bars

Flexibility

Pin Bhaba Pass trek has been graded as a difficult trek. On most days, you are covering 15 kms in high altitude. Trekking for 10-15 kms each day with a backpack on can tire out even the most hardy trekkers. This trek demands you to be in your top physical condition.

Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.

Breathing exercises

If you’re trekking to Pin Bhaba Pass trek in winter, note that the temperature drops to around -4 to 5 degree Celcius at night. During the day, the temperature will be at around 10 to 15 degrees. While going for summit the extreme temperature could make breathing slightly difficult. Doing breathing exercises before the trek will help. Expand your lungs and learn to breathe deep. This will help you inhale more oxygen and help you breathe comfortably.

Fitness exercises

  • Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or Walk continuously for 10 km (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better)
  • Hold your breath for 40 seconds
  • 3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch
  • Push Ups – 10
  • Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets

Monitoring health on a trek

Any abnormal reading will be paid special attention to and action will be taken immediately.

On the trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring two aspects a day.

  • Oxygen Level
  • Pulse Rate 

High Altitude Medical Kit

Your trek leader will also be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, DexamethasoneYour Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek. In addition to that, there are oxygen cylinders installed at all high campsites for any emergency situations.

Acclimatisation in high  altitude

This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation.

By Air:

You can book a domestic flight from Delhi or Chandigarh to the 'Jubbarhati Airport', located in Shimla. Private/shared taxis can be easily availed from the Shimla airport to reach Kafnoo, from where the actual trek begins.

By Rail:

Kalka is the nearest railway station connected through Delhi and Chandigarh railway stations. To reach Shimla, Himachal state run buses or taxis can be hired from outside the Kalka station. A toy train also runs between Kalka and Shimla. If time permits, do take this option to have a memorable experience of a train journey that passes through winding hilly trails and tunnels.

By Road:

Volvo, Himachal state run buses, Delhi tourism buses and taxis can be directly hired from Delhi and Chandigarh up till Shimla.

Price From INR17,500/person
17,500
Total 17,500 INR

Trip Facts

  • Himachal Pradesh
  • 7 days
  • Tough
  • 17,400 ft
  • 80-85 Kms
  • July-Aug
  • 10-15 trekkers
  • Meals while on trek (Veg + Egg)
  • Camping

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