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Pin Parvati Pass Trek - 11 Days

Pin Parvati Pass Trek
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The Pin Parvati pass trek is one of those treks which any trekker would want to have done in his life. Discovered for the crest to find an alternate route to Spiti in 1884 by Sir Louis Dane, this trek is not an easy one ! This trek has all the elements to make it one of the most special trek in the great Himalayas.

                   Considered as one of the pious valleys by the locals, its regarded as Lord Shiva’s ( Hindu God ) land. The hot springs of Khirganga, the lush green meadows, variety of colourful flowers, the swirling Parvati river and crossing over it multiple times over Pulley Bridge, Natural Rock Bridge ( Pandu bridge, said to be built by the Pandavas ) leads your way to the high camps of the Parvati Valley. After negotiating a difficult crevasses-laiden terrain, you stand atop the Pin Parvati Pass. It takes you higher at 5300 meters, offering great views of peaks like Parvati, Kinner Kailash, Manirang, Bara Shigri group of peaks, etc. You will be surprised to see the Pin Valley after walking through the greens meadows of the Parvati Valley. Pin falls in Spiti and the terrain is rough, barren. The trek also comes alive with wild life of the Great Himalayan National Park. Make sure you are trekking with a experienced guide on this trail.

Pin Parvati Pass is named after the pass link of Parvati Valley of Kullu to Pin Valley in Spiti. The journey starts from Kullu and ends in Manali taking 11 days adventurous trip. The exciting part of this trek falls in the abundant beauty of nature with attractive landscape, lush greenery, intense alpine forest, wild colorful blossoming flowers and north terrestrial sceneries.

The trekking starts from driving to Barsheni Village from Kullu. While trekking to Rudranath and camp followed by Khirganga to Tunda Bhuj and Thakur Kuan at height of 13400 high trekkers discover the barren valleys of Himachal, attractive villages, bright sea cliff, and high chilling waterfalls. Khir Ganga is devoted to lord Shiva where devotees takes a deep bath in hot tank water. The pass gives a striking view on one side of a colorful hue of mountains flanked by the snowy peaks and the barren Spiti valley on the other.

 

This spectacular trek further continuous to trekking at Mantalai Lake to Base Camp and Parvati side Base camp to Pin side Base camp over Pin Parvati pass at 17,500ft high after trekking for 8 hours. While trekking from Pin valley side camp to Wichkurung Thatch, in the trek way you will find Pin Valley National Park and Great Himalayan nationalized Park which are well known all over the world for snow leopards and Himalayan birds respectively. Further continuing the trek to biggest pin valley in Himachal Mud. The route to Mud is full of muddy area and gives an outstanding vision while on foot to Kaza. The adventurous trek ends here and trekkers travel back to Manali and make a pleasant overnight stay here. Trekkers also explore few ancient Buddhist monasteries of the region.

Best Time to Visit Pin Parvati Pass Trek

July to September

During the early months of the year, there are chances of snow on high passes, which considerably melts by August. During the monsoon season, Kullu-Manali area remains affected due to rain, but when we talk about the high places like Lahaul and Spiti, the weather remains warm and sunny (12-20 °C) during the day, while the night temperature could be in minus (-2 to 6 °C). During the September and October, trekkers can experience a good weather, with little snowfall. With the onset of October, the day temperature is hovering around 12-18 °C but the evening starts getting comparatively colder with (- 6) to 4 °C.

Day 1
Manali - Kasol (1539m)- Barsheni - Kalga (Drive / 45 Mins) (Trek / 1 - 2Hrs)

Day 2
Kalga to Khirganga (2707m) (Trek 10 km / 6 - 7 Hrs)

Day 3
Khirganga (2707m) - Tunda Bhuj (3100m) (Trek 13 km / 6 - 7 Hrs)

Day 4
Tunda Bhuj (3100m) to Thakur Kuan (3367m) (Trek 11 km / 6 - 7 Hrs)

Day 5
Thakur Kuan (3367m) to Odi Thach (3600m) (Trek 9 km / 5 - 6 Hrs)

Day 6
Ody Thach (3600m) - Mantalai (3930m) (Trek 12 km / 7 - 8 Hrs)

Day 7
Mantalai (3930m) - Pin Parvati Pass Basecamp (4450m)(Trek 11 km / 7 - 8 Hrs)

Day 8
Pin Parvati Pass Basecamp (4450m) - Pin Parvati Pass (5300m) - Pin Basecamp (4140m) (Trek 15 km / 10 - 12 Hrs)

Day 9
Pin Basecamp (4140m) - Wichkurung Thatch (3876m) (Trek 12 km / 6 - 7 Hrs)

Day 10
Wichkurung Thatch (3876m) - Mud (3740m) Drive to Kaza (Trek 12 km / 4 - 5 Hrs / 25 km drive )

Day 11
Drive from Kaza to Manali (200 Km – 9 /10 hours )

Day 1 : Manali - Kasol - Barsheni - Trek to Kalga.

  • Drive:  Manali to Barshaini 4 - 5 hrs drive & Barshaini to Kalga 1/2 hr trek.
  • Altitude: 1539 m
  • Leave Manali at 9-10 am
  • Stay: Overnight stay in home stay.

We start our trek from Kullu. Starting from Kullu we reach village Barsheni and then to Rudranath camp site. We will experience the confluence of Parvati river as well as Tosh rivers at the start of this trek. We drive to Barsheni from Kullu which takes about 4-5 hours. Hereafter, we trek from Barsheni to Kalga village and further ahead to Rudranath. The trek today is a moderate one.
Rudranath campsite also has a waterfall and a Lord Shiva temple.

Day 2 : Kalga to Khirganga 

  • Altitude:  2707 m
  • Trek: 10 km / 6 - 7 Hrs
  • Trek gradient: Easy level of ascent
  • Water sources: Can refill water from river. ( Hot water spring at Kheerganga)
  • Stay: Stay in tents/ local rest house

The trek today is a moderate one as well and takes about 3 hours to reach Kheerganga. We start from our camp site and trek towards Kheerganga. Kheerganga is a very common and popular trek in this region.

Khirganga is a beautiful inclined meadow. You will find many huts here for travelers and restaurants/cafes as well. After settling down, a visit to the Parvati kund is a must. Parvati kund is famous for its Hot water springs and such pampering is much needed after a long trek. We spend our night here in Tents.

Day 3 : Khirganga (2707m) - Tunda Bhuj  

  • Altitude:  3100m
  • Trek: 13 km / 6 - 7 Hrs
  • Trek gradient: Gradual ascent but tiring
  • Water sources: 3 small stream with small bridge be careful
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents.

Wake up to an awesome view and start our trek for today to Tunda Bhuj after having breakfast. The trek today will take about 6-7 hours. We cross through a string of waterfalls on our way today. This route is mainly used by villagers/shepherds and so the trek is muddy and can slow you down a little.

We will cross a series of make shift bridges and through forests, we will reach meadows. This is where locals also sell refreshments. Today we gain a height of 10000+ ft. From the top we can see the beautiful Parvati valley as well. We reach Tunda Bhuj and camp for the day. Overnight in Tents.

Day 4 : Tunda Bhuj (3100m) to Thakur Kuan (3367m) 

  • Altitude:  3367 m
  • Trek: 11 km / 6 - 7 Hrs
  • Trek gradient: Tricky and rocky patch on the way so walking together is mandatory
  • Water sources: Streams on the trail
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents.

We will trek for 6-7 hours today to reach Thakur Kuan. The trail today will start with a flat terrain followed by a steady ascent after we cross the wooden bridge over Parvati river. We will also see beautiful blossoms of buttercups, iris, poppies and other wild flowers scattered throughout. We walk down to the Parvati river and cross it over to the other side with the help of Pulley Bridge. Thakur Kuan is a beautiful flat meadows and will serve as our campsite for tonight.

Day 5 : Thakur Kuan (3367m) to Odi Thach (3600m) 

  • Altitude:  3600 m
  • Trek: 9 km / 5 - 6 Hrs
  • Trek gradient: Easiest day of the trek ( Most of the trail is flat walk)
  • Water sources: Water points are available before the Pandu Bridge
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents.

The glaciers start to appear, the landscape begin to change-from lush green forest and meadows we now start to enter into the mountains, glaciers and moraines. Camp here for night stay. We get beautiful view of the high mountain peaks.

Day 6 : Ody Thach (3600m) - Mantalai (3930m) 

  • Altitude:  3930 m
  • Trek: 12 km / 7 - 8 Hrs
  • Trek gradient: Moderate to difficult
  • Water sources: River or streams on the trail
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents.

We have a long day today. Our stretch today will cover Odi Thach reaching Mantalai. We will trk for about 8-10 hours today to reach Mantalai. We will take a short break and unwind at Odi Thach. The trek both before Odi Thach and after till Mantali is a tough one.

With series of Waterfalls and climbs, we will make it to Mantalai. Mantalai is elevated at 13, 440 ft. The route is muddy and over boulder strewn path. We will camp at lake side at Mantalai Lake. The view throughout the trek and at the lake side is Picturesque one and is amazing for photography enthusiasts. Overnight in Tents.

Day 7 : Mantalai (3930m) - Pin Parvati Pass Basecamp (4450m)

  • Altitude:  4450 m
  • Trek: 11 km / 7 - 8 Hrs
  • Trek gradient: Moderate to difficult (exhausted day)
  • Water sources: Only two water points are available.
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents. (Camp site is most uncomfortable, camping will be on rocks)

It is going to be an early start today. We need to be up and ready for the trek at 6:00 AM. We will be trekking for about 12 hours today to reach Parvati Base Camp. The trail becomes steep gradually over boulders and other moraines after starting with almost a flat terrain. The trek today is a tricky one but our guides will make sure, we do it with all the safety in mind. We cross a cold water river to get to the other side.

We will reach the Parvati base camp, which is basically a plateau. The camp is at a height of 15, 100 ft. And indeed the view is magnificent and breathtaking. The mighty Parvati South, Pyramid Peak are clearly visible from here. We camp at Parvati Base. Overnight in Tent

Day 8 : Pin Parvati Pass Basecamp (4450m) - Pin Parvati Pass (5300m) - Pin Basecamp (4140m) 

  • Altitude:  5300 m
  • Trek: 15 km / 10 - 12 Hrs
  • Trek gradient: Difficult ( Today's descent is more tricky and tiring then ascent)
  • Water sources: Streams on the trail.
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents.

Our day today it the most exciting one and a long one as well. Today we will be getting on to a height of 18,000 ft and cross over the Pass to reach Pin Base Camp site. The trek includes steady steep ascents over boulder scattered terrains and glacial drifts of clay and rocks.

We keep trekking steadily to the left side of the glacier and we would reach a plateau facing a huge rock. Once we reach the Pin Parvati Pass, we can see the entire Pin valley beneath, the Kinner Kailash and Srikhand Mahadev past it and the famous Bara Shigri complex.

On a clear day, can also locate the peaks of Bara Shigiri – Fluted peak, Kulu Makalu, Parbati and the Goat head peak, Rubalkhand and the peaks of Dibibokri. After spending some time at the pass we trek to the other side reaching Pin Valley Base at 15,770 ft. Overnight in Tents.

Day 9 : Pin Basecamp (4140m) - Wichkurung Thatch (3876m) 

  • Altitude:  3876 m
  • Trek: 12 km / 6 - 7 Hrs
  • Trek gradient: Gradual descent
  • Water sources: Streams on the trail.
  • Stay: Overnight stay in tents.

We start our day at leisure. It is a moderate trek today We cross the stream today and depending on the current we decide our next steps. It might be a little longer turn around to the other side if the current is high.

We continue to trek towards Wichkurung Thatch which is at 12, 600 ft. It is a cattle grazing field. The location is beautiful surrounded by grassland, blooming with colorful flowers. The vision of the setting sun is just beyond expression. Overnight in Tents.

Day 10 : Wichkurung Thatch (3876m) - Mud (3740m) Drive to Kaza 

  • Altitude:  3740 m
  • Trek: 12 km / 4 - 5 Hrs
  • Drive: 25 km drive 1 hr
  • Trek gradient: Gradual descent ( Flat walk almost on the road)
  • Water sources: Streams on the trail.
  • Stay: Overnight Stay in Kaza (Guest house)

We trek down to Mudh. It is about 5 Kms from Wichkurung Thatch. Today is a descending trail that routes over rocks and rubbles and finally reaches big tombstones. We might notice yaks and bharals grazing at peace. Mudh is a national park where many animals like the Ibex, Blue sheep, rare Tibetan gazelle, Tibetan wolf, Snowy hare and the Wooly hare takes shelter. In the past, Mudh was the only oasis in the Spiti dessert. From Mudh we drive to Kaza. Overnight in Hotel/Home Stay/Tents.

Day 11 : Drive from Kaza to Manali (200 Km – 9 /10 hours )

We drive today from Kaza to Manali where our trip will end. It will take about 9-10 hours and we will cross one of the most famous passes on our way back, Kunzum and Rohtang pass.

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

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Food all along the Trek(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea)
  • Transportation from Manali to manali
  • 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.

What is Excluded in the trek fees

  • Accommodation and meals in Manali.
  • 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 - 3
  • 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 5-6 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

Fitness Required for Pin Parvati Pass Trek

At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant.The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of  oxygen in our hemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.The Pin Parvati Pass Trek is an challenging trek suitable for trekkers with prior experience in high altitude treks is recommended.

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 of more than 4500 mt. or 14,700 ft.
  • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 6 km of distance in 35 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.

Flexibility

Pin Parvati 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 Parvati 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 :- 
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.

Price From INR35,000/person
35,000
Total 35,000 INR

Trip Facts

  • Himachal Pradesh
  • 11 days
  • Difficult
  • 17,300 ft
  • 105-110 Kms
  • July-Aug
  • 10-15 trekkers
  • Manali to Manali
  • Chandigarh or Manali is well connected to Delhi
  • Delhi, Chandigarh, Kullu airport at Bhuntar
  • Meals while on trek (Veg + Egg)
  • Guest house, Camping

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