Pin Parvati Pass Trek
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
This is one of the most spectacular treks in the region that takes one from the lush green Parvati valley in Kullu to the stark and barren Pin valley in Spiti. On the way is the high-altitude Mantalai lake and the Pin Parvati Pass.
The trek's route borders the Pin Valley National Park, known for sighting of the elusive snow leopards and the Great Himalayan National Park that is famous for sightings of rare Himalayan birds like the Western Tragopan.
This is a custom departure tour and so please write to us for prices and more info on this trek.
Day 01: Arrive in Bhuntar from where you can take a cab to Manikaran.
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 in the spring 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 climb 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 steep climb takes you to Pin Pass (5300m). At the top of a large snow filled, crevassed hollow leads to the broad rocky saddle of the pass. At the top, one has a splendid 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.
- Camping Tents, Kitchen, Dining tents and Insulated Sleeping Pads.
- Nutritious, high calorie food will be served.
- Guide, Cook and camp helpers.
- Horses carry loads on the route.
- Transport 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 Bhuntar and Kaza
- Medical and evacuation expenses, we strongly recommend purchasing a 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.)
Accommodations will be provided as per the itinerary in budget hotels and camping tents on twin occupancy.
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