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Pin Parvati Pass Trek

Trip Details

  • Trip Type: Trekking

  • Region: Parvati and Spiti Valley - Himachal

  • Grade: Moderately Challenging

  • Duration: 11 days

  • Max Altitude: 5300m

  • Batch Dates: Custom Trips Only

Pin Parvati Pass Trek Overview

The Pin Parvati Pass trek of the most spectacular treks in the region, the Pin Parvati trek takes you from the lush green Parvati valley in Kullu to the stark and barren Pin valley in Spiti. The dramatic shift in terrain, the rolling meadows filled with wildflowers, the high altitude lake at Mantalai, the glacial pass crossing and the strikingly barren mountains of the Pin valley all make for one of the most geographically comprehensive treks in the Himalayas. 

 

The trek's route borders the Pin Valley National Park, known for sightings of the elusive snow leopard and the Great Himalayan National Park that is famous for sightings of rare Himalayan birds like the Western Tragopan.

 

The Pin Parvati pass trek is a perfect fit for a more experienced trekker looking to do longer and more challenging treks over glaciers and varied terrain

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 Manikaran

Arrive in Manikaran 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: Manikaran - Barsheni - Khirganga (3020m)
Duration: 5 hours

Khirganga is a hot spring where Lord Shiva is said to have meditated. The difference between the spring here and in Manikaran is that after a bath in Khirganga, your skin will feel clammy and greasy whereas after a bath at Manikaran, your skin will feel dry.

Day 03: Khirganga - Tunda Bhuj (3285m)
Duration: 5 hours

The trek commences through dense forests and flower-strewn meadows. The progress is gradual and slow as it's a steep climb to Tunda Bhuj.

Day 04: Tunda Bhuj - Thakur Kuan (3620m)
Duration: 6 hours

The trail continues through a landscape strewn with waterfalls, lakes and meadows till Thakur Kuan.

Day 05: Thakur Kuan - Odi Thach (3800m)
Duration: 5 hours

It's another day of steep climbing to reach the high altitude meadow of Odi Thach. On the path, you will cross the Pandu Bridge, which is made of a single rock on the river Parvati. It is said to made by the Pandavas during their exile in the Himalayas.

Day 06: Odi Thach - Mantalai Lake (4115m)
Duration: 9 hours

The trek up to Mantalai lake is a gradual climb. Once at the lake, you can see the Mantalai Glacier, which is the source of the river Parvati.

Day 07: Mantalai - Base of Pin Parvati Pass (4300m)
Duration: 7 hours

Ascend to the base camp of Mount Parvati which also serves as the base of the pass.

Day 08: Base of Pin Pass - Campsite over Pin Pass (4110m)
Duration: 8 hours

A long day today. A steep climb takes you to Pin Pass (5300m). A large snow-filled, crevassed hollow leads to the broad rocky saddle of the pass. At the top, one has a panoramic view of the snowy mountains of Hampta region on one side and the Pin valley of Spiti on the other.

Day 09: Campsite over Pin Pass - Tiai (3700m)
Duration: 5 hours

Trek along the Pin river to the Pin Valley National park. Look out for the elusive snow leopards, musk deer, and ibex.

Day 10: Tiai - Mud (3650m)
Duration: 5 hours

Trek through the barren, stark landscape of Spiti to Mud, a pretty village perched on a hillside. We will camp here for the night and in the morning government bus service to Kaza.

Day 11: Drive from Mud to Kaza. Our trip ends once we reach Kaza.

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 Manikaran to Barsheni and Mud to Kaza

Cost Excludes

  1. All hotel stays in Manali and Kaza
  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.)