Bhaba Pass Trek
Trip Type: Trekking
Region: Kinnaur / Spiti Valley - Himachal
Grade: Moderately Challenging
Duration: 10 days
Max Altitude: 5020m
Batch Dates: 1st to 15th June
Bhaba Pass Trek Overview
This trek offers an incredible insight into the remote Spiti and Pin valleys of Himachal Pradesh. From the lush green Kinnaur valley, enter the starkly beautiful Spiti valley, visiting ancient Gompas and scattered little villages. After crossing the Bhawa Pass (also known as Bhaba Pass), the landscape changes dramatically, with the barren lunarscape of Spiti being replaced by thick forest of pine, cedar and deodar. The trek ends at Shimla, the summer capital of the British Raj.
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Day 01: The participants arrive in Manali.
Day 02: Manali - Kaza (3900m)
Duration: 8 hours
The drive to Kaza takes one past Rohtang pass (3970m) and Kunzum La (4551m). From Rohtang, the road descends in to the Lahaul valley to Gramphu, from where the road forks towards Kunzum and Kaza. Till Batal, the road continues through the rugged Chandra river valley. On the way, are great panaromic views of the Bara Shigri glacier, one of the biggest in the Himalayas.
Day 03: Acclimatize around Kaza
Soak in a bit of Spitian culture with a visit to Kibber, the highest motorable village in the world and the ancient monastery at Ki. All along, the road winds on the banks of the Spiti river.
Day 04: Kaza - Sagnam via Dhankar
Duration: 7 hours
Todays drive diverts from the main road and climbs steeply to Hikim village before proceeding to Dhankar. The 6th century Dhankar Monastery is a superb example of Spiti's traditional architectural style. This was once a castle of the ruler of Spiti, the Nano and today, is a repository of Buddhist scriptures in the Bhoti script. The drive then goes through Chidaan and Gulling villages before arriving at Sagnam on the left bank of the Pin river.
Day 05: Sagnam - Mud Purkha
Duration: 5 hours
The trek begins on the fourth day with the trail following the Pin river for a while, before a gradual climb up the hillside, along vast meadows. These are the grazing grounds of the local shepherds. The village of Mud lies across the Pin river. The village Gompa is set impressively on a cliff between two streams.
Day 06: Mud Purkha - Base camp (Baldhar)
Duration: 6 hours
The day begins with a gradual climb, followed by a steep ascent on scree slopes, till the base camp set a few hours below the Bhawa Pass.
Day 07: Base Camp (Baldhar)- Kara over Bhawa Pass (5020m)
Duration: 7 hours
The going is rugged for most the day, over moraine, scree, boulder fields and snow fields. As there is no defined trail, the route demands aeration. After crossing the pass, a steep descent leads you to the campsite, which is located on the banks of the Bhawa River. The vast grass pastures attract shepherds from Kinnaur, who bring their flocks of sheep and goats here during spring.
Day 08: Kara - Gulling
Duration: 6 hours
The day's trek starts with a gradual descent down the valley. The trail widens as you reach the junction of two streams. Continue on till you reach the valley floor. From here, a short climb takes you to the camp set in a beautiful glade.
Day 09: Gulling - Kufnu - Sarahan
Duration: 8 hours
Descend through the mixed cedar forest till you reach Kafnu village, where transport awaits you for the drive to Sarahan, which takes 3-4 hours. The Bhimakali temple in Sarahan is a big attraction and one gets magnificent views of the Srikhand peaks from here.
Day 10: Sarahan - Shimla via Rampur
Duration: 8 hours
Rampur is the erstwhile Himalayan kingdom of Rampur Bushehar and offers rare insight into customs, religion, art and architecture of its people. It is one of the biggest commercial towns in Himachal Pradesh and is famous for the Lavi fair held in November. The drive then continues via Narkanda, which offers ski slopes with traintng facilities during the winter months, to Shimla.
1. Camping Tents, Kitchen, Dining tents and Insulated Sleeping Pads.
2. Nutritious, high calorie food will be served.
4. Guide, Cook and camp helpers.
5. Horses carry loads on the route.
6. Transport Kasol/ Manikaran to Road head and back.
- All expenses of personal nature like drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
- Sleeping Bags. (We recommend to get bags which are comfort rated to - 5 to - 8 deg C)
- Accommodation and food in Kasol/ Manikaran
- Medical and evacuation expenses, we strongly recommend to purchase suitable insurance cover.
- Backpack 40 - 50 Lts with rain cover.This you will need in case you choose to offload your larger pack onto a horse/porter
- Day Pack 15 - 20 lts - You will use this to carry your camera, water bottle, Trail layers, trail food etc.
-Trekking Shoes: Please do not wear sports shoes as on most treks as we go higher it gets harder to use the sports shoes. We recommend shoes with a good hard sole and also ankle support preferable water proof. While we do not subscribe to any particular brand you can try the Quechua forclaz 100, 500 or 600.
- 2 -3 pairs of cotton socks.
- 2 pairs of woolen socks ( these are ideal to sleep in and best to use when in camp. We do not recommend them while trekking).
- Pants: 3 pairs (including the ones you wear) - Ideal are the quick dry light weight synthetic pants. Alternatively track pants are also comfortable to trek in. We do not recommend you get Denims or Jeans as they get hard to trek in.
- Tshirts 3 pairs (including the ones you are wearing) - Preferable cotton t-shirts that are full sleeves. You can also choose to get T-shirts with collars, they offer extra protection for the neck from sun burns.
- Synthetic Fleece Jacket - 1 pair.
- Wind proof/ Water proof Jacket - 1 pair.
- Down filled / Hollow fiber fill insulated Jacket - 1 -pair ( optional - get this if you want to stay extra warm at camps.)
- Thermal liners - 1 pair upper and lower (optional).
- Raincoat/ Poncho - what ever you get make sure it is something that will cover your daypack and camera too.
- Warm Beanie - make sure it is something that covers your ears. You can also use buffs, scarfs etc in addition to your beanie.
- Gloves - Lightweight synthetic gloves made of Fleece or you can also use woollen gloves.
- Sun Cap- 1 no
- Sun Glasses with good UV protection.
Other necessary things that we recommend you get:
- Toiletries - Sunscreen SPF 40+, Moisturizer, Lip balm, Soap, Toilet paper.
- Repair Kit (needle and thread).
- Headlamp/ Torch.
- Water Bottle- Ideally keep two bottle 1 litre each.
- Trekking Pole - Optional.
- Plastic Packing covers. (Please pack all your gear in waterproof plastic bags so that your clothes etc do not get wet while on horses or porters. Also carry extra plastic bags in case you need to pack wet clothes.)
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