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At an altitude of 5319 Meters, Pin Parvati Pass is a great trek for seasoned trekkers. The Best season for the trek is in the month of July to September. We will start our trek from the most beautiful region i.e. Pin Valley in Spiti. The stunning views of the Pin Parvati Pass are full of adventure and thrills as we cross over to the flourishing green Parvati Valley and beautiful landscapes of Kullu. The Snow Laden Trek gives an alpine feeling and experience of a lifetime. It’s a risky and difficult pass because of its high altitude, lengthy crossing area and heavy snowfall for the most part of the year. The name is derived as it’s linked Parvati Valley and Pin Valley of Spiti. The trek ends at Barsheni Village near Manikaran Gurudwara and hippie town of Kasol via beautiful campsite of Kheerganga and famous sulfur hot springs for rejuvenation and warm bath after a much longer trek in snow and cold. It’s one of the rare passes of Himachal which was not discovered by shepherds. While Pin Valley is famous for its amazing views and incredible hues with the sunrise, Kasol and Parvati Valley are famous for its hot springs, ample greenery and breath-taking views of the gushing Parvati River and Manikaran Gurudwara thus making a favorite destination for pilgrims and backpackers alike.
Bhuntar (H.P) – Manali (Himachal Pradesh)
110 Kms Approx.
Report at Bhuntar bus stop at 11:00 AM. From Bhuntar road distance to Pulga is about 48 Kms and should take about 2 hours. Pulga is the nearest road head for this trek which is also a Dam site. Stay in Hotel/Guesthouse on Sharing basis.
We resume our climb after breakfast. Today is a long yet comfortable trekking day as the trail ascends gradually, taking us through forests of Pine, Oak, Walnut and Chestnut trees. We trek along the banks of the River Parvati, stopping at snack shops along the way for some hot Maggi.
We arrive in time at the Kheerganga campsite to explore its hot springs, before retiring for the night.
Meal and overnight stay in camps/rest house at Kheerganga.
After breakfast, we break camp and move on to our next stop. We make slow progress today as the path is steep and ascends sharply. We cross a number of streams and small bridges as we make our way. We arrive at Tunda Bhuj campsite by late afternoon, after which guests are free to explore and relax.
Meal and overnight stay in camps at Tunda Bhuj.
After breakfast, we head out for our campsite at Thakur Kuan. The trail is gradual, with beautiful waterfalls, streams and natural beauty witnessed along the way. We have to gain all of 250m today and hence will not be a very tough day except for a small tricky section at the beginning where the trail is washed away by a landslide. Once this section is negotiated today’s trek is fairly easy. Since we will be above treeline here so the entire trail is a little rocky and hence ensure firm footing during your trek today. Thakur Kuan is a large pasture beside river Parvati.
Meal and overnight stay in camps at Thakur Kuan
After breakfast, we pack and press on for our next campsite. The trail leads us through Pandu Bridge, a bridge believed to be built by Bheem, one of the Pandava brothers from Mahabharata. Once you descend down to the stream there is a huge boulder which acts as a bridge, Pandu Pul-1 for this stream. Once you cross over to another side of this stream and think that adventure is over you will encounter another 20 feet boulder which is on Parvati river and this is your second bridge, Pandu Pul-2. After crossing Pandu Pul the trail is a straight walk till Odi Thatch.
Odi Thach is a beautiful meadow and an ideal spot to set up camp.
Meal and overnight stay in camps.
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 30 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.
Meal and overnight stay in camps at Mantalai Lake
We are in for a challenging day today. We will take an early start and as we leave Mantalai Lake sun might just be rising over the mountains. There is a muddy steep section to begin with, here rocks and pretty loose so maintain a safe distance from the trekker ahead of you. Once this muddy section is negotiated the trail is over a spur and there is a fairly good ascent. The trail after crossing this spur eases out with gradual ascent till you hit the moraine area just 1 Km from our campsite for the day. This moraine section is just 1 km but it takes a little while to get through it. Climb during this section is pretty steep and hence require patience. As soon as you reach the campsite you will realize that we are camping just at the edge of Parvati glacier (approx. 300m). It’s a sight to behold and moonlit clear nights is always a cherry on the cake.
Meal and overnight stay in camps at Summit Camp.
Today is summit day. The trek begins another day after long hours of rest and after a 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. 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 crosses 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 Kullu Makalu which looks very fascinating and eye catchy as it is covered by large mountains and ice.
Meal and overnight stay in camps at Pin Base
Today we have to reach Wichkurung Thatch our penultimate campsite for the trip. The trail descends down sharply for around 3Km. Be extremely careful and maintain a gap from trekker in the front. Always ensure firm footing before making the next move. After around 1.5 km there is a stream crossing, after that the decent still continues. After around 3 km into the trail, we will cross the river to other side and continue our trek on this side of the river till we reach Wichkurung Thatch. The trail after crossing the river is pretty flat and hence a welcome breeze after 2 tough back to back days.
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.
After breakfast get ready for a long road journey to Manali. Drive in a taxi from Kaza to reach Manali by the evening. The trip ends here. You can book your travel any time after 7:30 pm.
Pin-Parvati Trek is a difficult trek climbing to an altitude of 5298 meters. This expedition should only be attempted by the seasoned trekkers and for those who have done moderate level treks before. Maintenance of good physical stamina and fitness is a requisite.
Should have an experience of at least 10 – 15 trek days in the Himalayas, At least one Moderate Plus category trek, Experience of trekking at altitudes higher than 4700 – 5000 mts, Medical fitness certificate from a recognized hospital.
For detailed instruction read : http://www.steptohimalayas.com/fitness-health/
Pin Parvati trek ends in Spiti Valley which is famous for its eternal beauty. You can keep some spare days to explore the places around Kaza like – Kibber village, key monastery, Langza, Komic and Hikkim. You can plan a day trip to Chandratal Lake also. Manali is also a huge tourist attraction. Travelers come to visit Manali from all over the country.
Medical Certificate (Soft Copy to be sent to us & original to be carried) is the mandatory document required for the trek.