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Trekking in the Himalayan ranges is always considered as the best place to enjoy the vacations. Himachal Pradesh is blessed with Pin Parvati pass having an astonishing view of natural scenic beauty in the icy mountain ranges of western Himalaya.
Pin valley trek is located at an elevation of 5319 meter high which delights to experienced trekkers. Pin Parvati pass is covered with beautiful meadows of Parvati valley to Buddhist villages of the Himachal. Trekking to Pin Parvati pass is the best summer break from glary heat which will surely tempt the adventure of trekking enthusiast.
Trekking in Manali is considered as a beauty for trekking lovers. Pin Parvati Pass Trek is known as a very hard pass as it falls on the high ascent and covered under an icebound mountain for an almost whole year. Uncertain rainfall makes the trekking area slippery and somewhat increases the risk involved.
The journey of Pin Parvati trek starts from Kullu and ends in Manali taking 11 days adventurous trip. The exciting part of the Pin Parvati pass trek falls in the enormous beauty of nature with the attractive landscape, lush greenery, wild colourful blossoming flowers and north terrestrial sceneries.
The trekking of Pin Parvati begins driving to Barsheni Village from Kullu. While trekking to Rudranath and camp followed by Khirganga to Tunda Bhuj at a summit of 13400 high trekkers discover the amazing valleys of Himachal, attractive villages, and high chilling waterfalls.
The pass gives a memorable view on one side of colourful paint of mountains flanked by the snowy peaks and the barren Spiti valley on the other. This impressive trek further continuous to trekking at Mantalai Lake to Base Camp and Parvati side Base camp to Pin side Basecamp over Pin Parvati pass at a 17,500ft high after trekking for 8 hours.
While trekking from Pin valley side camp to Wichkurung Thatch, in the trekking route of Pin Parvati you will find Pin Valley National Park and Great Himalayan nationalized Park which is better-known all over the world for snow leopards and Himalayan birds respectively. The adventurous trek ends here and trekkers travel back to Manali and make a gratifying overnight stay here.
So, plan a trekking tour to Pin Parvati Pass, Himachal Pradesh this summer to give your body and mind an experience of the lifetime.
Location & How to reach
By Air:- Bhuntar Is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali. Bhuntar is well attached to Delhi by air.
By Road:- Manali is well connected to Delhi. You can catch a late night bus from Delhi to Manali.
Pin Parvati trek should be planned from July to mid of September to visit the best serene beauty of its trails.
Day 01- Reporting at Manali(1700m)
On the first day of Pin Parvati trek, you have to report in Manali. About 20km from Manali is Naggar district. Get down here and book a cab to Larankelo which is the base camp for pin Parvati trek.
You will be given a day off for acclimatisation. You can also utilise this day for sightseeing and exploring the local markets.
Day 02– Trek from Bharshani(2100m) to Khirganga(2960m/8960ft; 6 hrs, approx. 13kms).
Starting the pin Parvati trek you will drive from base camp to Bharshani. It will be around 60 km drive takes you through Kasol and Manikaran, passing through the acute bender and kaccha roads along Parvati river. Barshani welcomes you with the refreshful view of Parvati Pass river surrounded by strikingly glorious hills.
As you start the trek, you will be taken into well-defined trails amidst thick forest cover. After trekking for around 13km you will cross Parvati river pulley crossing and reach the campsite location. Here you can enjoy the local food and festive from nearby shops. Continuing the trail from campsite location to khirganga will not be much time taking. khirganga will give you the 360- degree panoramic view of the beautiful Himalayas embracing different shades of nature in his lap.
Day 03 -Khirganga – Tundabhuj(3200m/9696 ft; 6 to 7 hrs, approx 16-17 km).
After having delicious breakfast at khirganga campsite you will head to Tundabuj. The trails of Tundabuj are decorated with green alpine meadows and silver woody trees with the melodious sound of flowing water.
Tundabaj is the best campsite destination of pin Parvati pass trek with a picturesque view of waterfall passing through the opposite mountain range. The beautiful peaks of snow-capped mountains
Day 04 - TundaBhuj - Pandu Pul
The trail of Pin Parvati Pass continues through a landscape consisting of waterfalls, lakes, and meadows till Thakur Kuan. The first hour into the trek is full of beautiful meadows and flowers. As the meadows become thinner, you will come across a river crossing. If the bridge to the other side of the Parvati river is broken, you will have an adventurous rock climb. Parvati Valley finally reveals itself once you reach the high point. The area has plenty of flowers and in monsoon, the entire stretch of land will be in full bloom of yellow and purple.
Once you have passed this section of Pin Parvati Pass you will see a gigantic rock jammed on top of a tributary of Parvati acting as a natural bridge. Climb up the hill for about 20 minutes till you reach plain ground leading to Odi-Thach.
You will camp here for the night. The Pin Parvati trek campsite is just below the last ridge visible from Odi-Thach. It is also close to the river. The adrenaline rush due to the risky venture activities of the day is overwhelming.
Day 05 - Pandupul – Mantlai (4200 m/ 14000ft ; 7 – 8 hrs)Approx 12 – 13 km
The trek for the day is a gradual walk through the boulders and plateaus alongside Parvati River. The route towards Mantalai is all along through the green valley. You will have to cross a rocky elevation after an hour into the trek, followed by which you will see the marshy land along the river basin.
As you walk along the moraine, you get a glimpse of the Mantalai Lake. At the bank of the river is a temple, where all of Parvati’s tributaries come together. The sound of the river that was roaring all long now becomes still and quiet. We will camp here for the night.
Day 06 - Mantalai – Base of Pin Parvati Pass (4800 m/ 16000ft ; 8 – 9hrs, approx. 9 – 10 kms).
The walk will be hard as the terrain of this very region of Pin Parvati Pass gets challenging with a high gain in elevation. After an hour into the walk, you will come to an icy cold river intersection. After the crossing comes the steep climb from where one can view the beautiful glaciers and the origin of the Parvati river.
The last 1 km before reaching the base camp of Pin Parvati Pass trek is known as moraine (meaning glacial debris), and it is approximately at 50 degrees’ inclination. It will take you approx. 90 mins to complete the Pin Parvati’s last stretch. The campsite will be on a plateau. You will have to pull out your warm and heavy clothes as the night might get colder.
Day 07 - Base of Pin Parvati Pass – – Pin Parvati Pass(5300m)- Pin Valley Camp (4810 m/ 16000ft ; 9 – 10hrs, approx 20 – 21 kms).
The walk to the pass will take 3 hours to complete. You are now at the pass; the view is impressive. At the top, one can see a magnificent view of the snowy mountains of Hampta region on one side and the Pin valley of Spiti on the other. Once at the pass, all your tiredness will slip away and a sense of achievement will dawn in.
The walk down from the pass is easy and comfy. If there is snow you can pass through it as well. After walking for about 6 hours you will reach the Pin Valley base campsite. At this camp, you have entered Spiti valley.
Day 08 - Pin Valley Camp – Tia(CheenPatt) (3900 m/ 13000ft ; 8 – 9hrs, approx 14 – 15 kms).
Once you cross the pass, you enter the mighty Spiti valley. Spiti will be a welcome change in all her vigor. Spiti region is generally dry with less rainfall and snowfall. The trail is well made as it is used by many shepherds. You will notice many grazing goats and sheep and their shepherd tents. Spiti has different shades of brown and green. Magnificent mountains covered on both the sides.
Day 09: Tia(CheenPatt) – Mud (3600 m/ 11500ft ; 8 – 9hrs, approx 11 – 13 kms).
The walk on the road from Tia can be completed in lesser time with considerably good speed. Mud is a small and the first village you will see. There are plenty of cafes here to quench your thirst and tang of the taste buds. Here is where your trek on foot ends.
Day 10: Mud to Kaza – Manali: Drive from Kaza to Manali over the Kunzum La (4550 Mts. Rohtang Pass - 13052 m).
You will be starting from Kaza early morning to avoid traffic jams. The route will take through Kumzum La pass, across the Key monastery and Rohtang Pass. You can stopover at these places for a bit before continuing the journey further. You will be checking out at Manali.
Day 11 :
Return journey begins from Manali to airport/Railway station.
Pin Parvati pass trek is not a difficult one. It is categorised as moderate level trek.
The temperature and Weather of Pin Parvati trek varies. During May-September, it is warm over here. Hence this season is best for Pin Parvati trek.
The accommodation is included in the trek cost to Pin Parvati but the place has plenty of places to stay and betterment is not a problem.
On the Pin Parvati Pass trek Meals will be freshly prepared and will be a mix of Indian and other combinations which include Chinese and continentals. Also, you can catch some desi food of the Pin Parvati Pass region to give some delight to taste buds.
1. Local transport during Trek will be provided during the trek of Pin Parvati pass.
2. Experienced and qualified Guide from Himalaya Destinations will be with you to give you an easy experience of Pin Parvati trek.
3. Vegetarian meals on the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) will be provided. Expect a healthy food, because we know that the good food means a good experience.
4.Cooks/Helper and other requisite staff will be there through the Pin Parvati trek.
5.Porters/mules for carrying common equipment (like rations/tents/utensils/) will be there to carry things during the trek in and around the Pin Parvati Pass.
6. Basic First aid Kit with portal oxygen will also be provided. The health and emergency situations will be handled carefully.
7. Forest Permits and camping charges are also inclusive.
1. Personal Porters for carrying trekker’s backpacks is not included in the trek cost of Pin Parvati.
2. Personal trekking equipment such as trekking poles or sleeping bag liners is to be brought by trekkers themselves.
3. Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation is not included in the trek cost of Pin Parvati Pass.
4. You can purchase things like mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits etc for the journey. Do not expect it to be provided in Pin Parvati Pass Trek package.
5. Food to/from the starting of trek and checkpoint is exclusive.
ATM Points and Connectivity
ATM services in Manali is pretty good but in the trek Valley sometimes it does not work, so it is advisable to carry the required cash or withdraw from the start location where it is to withdraw the money.
Although mobile networks and signals work in nearby regions of Pin Parvati trek you will not find good internet connectivity. Manali may have some good connectivity, but it is better to make important and necessary calls before you start the trek of Pin Parvati Pass.
The permit needed for the trek at Pin Parvati pass and camping charges may be included as part of the trek.You have to carry your ID cards and photocopies of your driving license or voter ID or passport (along with visa for non-Indian travellers), and passport size photos.
A medical certificate is also required ensuring your fitness for the Pin Parvati Pass trek and a disclaimer certificate ensuring your submission to willingly participate in the Pin Parvati trek.
The best time to visit the Pin Parvati Pass trek is between July to mid- September.
The difficulty level of the Pin Parvati Pass trek is of moderate level and can be attempted by both beginners and professionals. However we would advise the participants to follow a proper fitness routine and prepare their body for the trek. Also there might be chances of trekkers experiencing AM at high altitudes. But not to fear, as professionally trained guides will always be there to help you. Kindly let them know if you experience any of the symptoms.
The level of fitness expected from the participants is of moderate level. Please make sure to follow a proper fitness routine to train your body for the trek.
To prepare for the Pin Parvati Pass trek, trekkers are requested to follow a proper fitness regime that includes long walks with intermittent jogging, various cardiovascular activities to control their heart rate and their breathing. They can also include exercises like skipping and squating to strengthen their back and thigh muscles.
Since this is a relatively longer trek, the trekkers can choose a rucksack with a large capacity to hold their clothes and belongings, along with any accessories and gears they wish to get along with them. Choose bags with wide straps and hip belts to evenly distribute weight and maximize comfort.
Yes, Porters and mules will be available to carry the personal luggage of the trekkers. However the expenses should be borne by the trekkers. The porters charge around Rs. 300 per bag per day. Also kindly ensure that the weight of the luggage doesn’t exceed more than 12 kgs.
Since this is a long trek with tricky terrains, it is advisable to go for trekking boots that are comfortable and support the feet and ankles of the trekkers. They are also slip resistant and protect the feet from the cold.
Yes, Having a professionally trained guide is of utmost importance on treks. They are experienced in handling any situations that might arise or treating medical injuries. They also have a lot of knowledge about the environment and will make sure that you get the most out of the trek.
The difficulty level fo the trek lies in the moderate range. Such a trek can be done by both beginners and professional trekkers.
Yes, A trek such as this is a perfect opportunity for a solo trek. Grab on as we go on a 11 day adventure that takes us through lush green forests, meadows and snow-clad mountains!
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