Bhaba Pass Trek

Trip Details

  • 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

The Bhaba Pass 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.

Trip Cost

This is a custom departure tour and so please write to us for prices and more info on this trek. 

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Manali

Arrive in Manali in the morning. Walk around town and orient yourself to your surroundings. The group meets for a trip orientation in the evening by the trip leader at the hotel. Overnight in a hotel - meals and stay not included in the trip cost

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 also know as the Nono. Today, it 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 - Kafnu - 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 training facilities during the winter months and onwards to Shimla.

Cost Includes

  1. Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tents.
  2. Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Dining Tents, Western Style Toilet Tents.
  3. Sleeping bags (Down Feather/ Primaloft). 
  4. Insulated sleeping pads.
  5. All meals as detailed in the itinerary and safe drinking water.
  6. Guides, Cook and camp staff.
  7. Pack animals (Horses/Mules) to carry loads on the route with personal portage up to 10kg/person 
  8. All HP state Forest Permits
  9. All transport Manali to Kaza and Kafnu to Shimla

Cost Excludes

  1. All hotel stays in Manali and Shimla
  2. Any food in hotels. 
  3. All expenses of personal nature like bottled water, drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
  4. Personal Clothing.
  5. Medical and evacuation expenses, we strongly recommend purchasing a suitable insurance cover - asc360 provides adventure insurance in the Indian Himalayas.
  6. Any transport outside of mentioned inclusions.
  7. Any expense incurred due to force majeure such as landslide, bad weather or reasons beyond our control.

Things you need to get

Pack:
- Backpack 40 - 50 Lt with rain cover - Goes on the horse/porter
- Day Pack 15 - 20 lt with rain cover-  to carry your camera, water bottle, trail layers, trail food etc.
Footwear:
-Trekking Shoes: Please do not wear sports shoes as on most treks, as we go higher it gets harder to use sports shoes. 
Socks:
- 2 -3 pairs of trekking socks.
- 2 pairs of woolen socks - ideal to sleep in and best to use when in camp. We do not recommend them while trekking
Clothing:
- Pants: 3 pairs (including the ones you wear) - Ideal are the quick dry trekking pants. Alternatively, track pants are also comfortable to trek in. 
- T-shirts 3 pairs (including the ones you are wearing) - Preferably quick dry, full sleeve t-shirts  You can also choose to get T-shirts with collars, they offer extra protection for the neck from sunburns.
- Fleece Jacket 
- Rain & Wind Protection
- Down filled / Hollow fiber fill insulated Jacket
- Thermal liners - 1 pair upper and lower (optional).
Accessories:
- Warm Cap
- Gloves 
- Sun Cap
- Sunglasses with UV protection.
Other recommended necessities:
- Toiletries - sunscreen SPF 40+, moisturiser, lip balm, soap, toilet paper.
- Repair Kit (needle and thread).
- Headlamp/ Torch.
- Camera.
- Water Bottle- Ideally keep two bottles 1 liter 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.)