Pin Bhaba Pass Trek
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  • Small Batch Size (Max 15)
  • Mountaineering Course Certified Trek Leaders, Specially Trained in Emergency Procedures & First Aid Responder
  • Local Guides Certified in First Aid Responder
  • Trek Leaders to Participants ratio of 1:8
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Pin Bhaba Pass Trek

Pin Bhaba Pass offers a unique crossover between Kinnaur & Spiti. The contrast is a visible treat. The experience includes camping in dense forests, walking along water streams, camping near lakes & vast arid landscapes of Spiti along with the thrill of crossing a 16,000+ feet pass


1 Region Kinnaur & Spiti
2 Grade Classification Moderate
3 Maximum Altitude 16,105 ft
4 What is included in the Fee Food as per menu on the trek
Forest Permits/Camping Charges, if any
Camping tents, Temp rated sleeping bags, mattress
Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys
Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with Wilderness Emergency Responder & Rescue course from NIM Uttarkashi
First Aid Certified Local guide, cook, helpers
Porters or mules for carrying common luggage
Local guest house stay in Kafnu
5 What is not included Meals during road journeys
Meals during hotel stay
Cost of any kind of travel insurance
Any expense of personal nature
Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
Portage of personal rucksacks
6 Road Head Starting Kafnu (nearest major town - Shimla) & Ending Mudh (nearest major town - Manali)

Trek Fee

13500

Kafnu to Mudh

GST @ 5% is applicable on the fee.


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Trek Dates

09-09-2017 - 15-09-2017(Open)

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive in Kafnu

Nearest major town from Kafnu is Shimla. From Shimla, you will be transferred to Kafnu which is the start point of the trek. The distance of Kafnu from Shimla is 205 km and takes about 7 hours drive. There are public transport buses available from Shimla to Kafnu. Kafnu is a quaint village in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. As soon as you reach the village, one can see the astounding views of Bhaba Valley. Spot India’s first underground Hydel Project on Bhabha River. The large dam located in the middle of the green lake looks spectacular. Spend the night in one of the local guest houses in Kafnu. The trek begins from Kafnu next morning.

Day 2: Kafnu (7216 ft) to Mulling (10,759 ft)

On this day, begin your trek from Kafnu to Mulling. You will cover around 11 km of distance today. Cross the bridge over Bhaba River and enter into the dense forests. The trail goes through apple orchards and thick green forests. The gradient of the trail is moderate ascending all the way up to Mulling. The profuse flora and fauna of the trail make it one of the prettiest trails. After 6 hours of trekking, you will enter into the vast meadows of Mulling. Continue walking along the Bhabha River. Camp overnight in Mulling.

Day 3: Mulling (10,759 ft) to Kara (11,653 ft)

The trail from Mulling to Kara is laid with a carpet of flowers. It is a shepherd’s trail. So you may find gaddi shepherds tending their flocks in the lush meadows. You will also come across small river and bridges on this trail. The trail has a gradual ascent in the beginning and becomes steep as you walk forth. The trail finally opens into the beautiful meadow of Kara. This is where you will camp for the day. There is even a lake near the campsite. The trail distance from Mulling to Kara is about 6 km which takes about 3 hours hike.

Day 4: Kara (11,653 ft) to Fusitarang (13,474 ft)

Begin your trek from Kara to Fusitarang. This is the shortest day of the entire trek wherein you will cover around 4.91 km. Though the ascent of the trail is quite steep. The trail to Fusitarang has got the most alluring backdrops. The views of ice glaciers and towering peaks make the path exciting for the trekkers. This is a signature trail of Gaddi shepherds. So you may get a chance to see them with their flocks grazing in the field. Fusitarang is the base of Bhaba Pass. One can witness the magnificent views of Hansbeshan Peak (5840 m) from here. It will take around 3 hours to cover today’s distance. You will camp at Fusitarang for the night.

Day 5: Fusitarang to Bara Bulder (13,674 ft)

Begin your day in the direction of Bhabha Pass. Today is going to be exciting yet strenuous. The trail to Bhaba pass is rocky and steep. You will have to cross various boulders, scree, and rough terrains to get to the pass to an altitude of 13,674 ft. Climbing a steep pass such as Bhabha is a thrilling experience.The vistas and sceneries visible from this point are jaw-dropping. The desert mountain valleys of Pin contradict the green valleys of Bhaba which you left behind. The arid landscape marks your entry in Spiti region. You will see Pin Pass and major mountain peaks from this point. After a successful climbing to Bhaba Pass, descend down Bara Bulder to set your camps for the night. The descent from the pass is as steep as the ascent.

Day 6: Bulder (13,674 ft) to Mudh (12,171 ft)

On this day, we begin our return from Bulder to Mudh via Parka Village. The trail to Parka Village is well paved and gradual. You will walk through a number of small settlements and flock of sheeps. Cross the Pin River and Mudh village, last village in Spiti region. Relax in the Mudh Village for the rest of the day. There is a small monastery and local tea houses in this region which you can visit.

Day 7: Mudh (12,171 ft) to Manali (250 km)

Drive from Mudh Village to Kaza, the traditional capital of Spiti. You can opt to stay in the guest house at Kaza where you can enjoy a hot shower and have some rest. Kaza is famous for spectacular monasteries and local shopping souks. Kibber, Komic, and Dhankar Village are few of the famous villages in the capital. In case you are interested in this option, contact our team on 7838148127 and get your special request registered. If you are heading straight back to Manali, the it is going to be a long yet scenic drive from Kaza to Manali passing through the two spectacular high mountain passes; Kunzum la and Rohtang Pass.


Trek FAQs

All you need to know about Pin Bhaba Pass Trek

 

Why Bikat?

Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking skills like:

    • Morning Yoga & Evening stretching
    • Packing a rucksack
    • How to pitch and dismantle a camping tent and properly use a sleeping bag
    • Ascend and Descend on a mountain trail
    • How to ensure camp safety and hygiene
    • How to cross small and large water streams.
    • How to use gaiters, microspikes and crampons.
  • Loyalty Programs: Join Bikat community and enjoy benefits of our vouchers and referral programs.
  • Personalized attention: We have small batch size (max. 15) and we maintain a healthy ratio of 8:1 (Participants: Leader) on all our batches to enable individual focus and monitoring.
  • Best Expedition Leaders: Our leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially-trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders. Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
  • Safety norms: We have mapped every region with emergency evacuation plan and safety protocols maintaining  a zero accident record so far. We carry an extensive first-aid kit including oxygen cylinders and high altitude medicines.
  • Safety equipment: Our trek leaders carry UIAA certified rescue equipment like static rope, ice axe, harness, carabiners, jumar, pulley, short and long slings.
Best time for the trek

June to September

Is this trek good for me?

Pin Bhaba Pass is a moderate plus trek climbing to a high altitude of 16,105 ft. It requires more strength and endurance than moderate level treks. Therefore, it is recommended that you first gain an experience of trekking to altitudes of 3700 metres and learn about campsite basics, ascending descending on mountain trails, basics of high altitude acclimatization process and then move up a notch with this trek. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale .

Experience required

  • Should have at least 7-10 trek days in the Himalayas in their kitty.
  • For the trek’s achieving more than 5000 metres, a person must have a prior experience of trekking at altitudes of or more than 3700 metres.

Requisite skills

  • Know campsite basics like how to use a sleeping bag, sleeping tet, toilet tent.
  • Ascending & Descending technique for mountain trails
  • Basic mountain mannerisms
  • Ascending & Descending on snow
  • Basics of Mountain Sickness
  • Basics of Mountain Hazards
  • How to cross small water streams

Fitness Benchmark

Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or Walk continuously for 10 kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) and

Hold your breath for 40 seconds and

3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch and

Push Ups – 10 and

Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets

If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

What to Pack

Here is your checklist for this trek. Make sure you pack all these items for a comfortable trekking experience.

  • Trekking Gear
    • A rucksack with rain cover
    • A water bottle or a hydration pack
    • A Hand/Head Torch with spare batteries
    • UV Protection Sunglasses
    • A trekking pole
  • Clothing: Since it is a high altitude trek, at least 3 layers of clothing is mandatory. A full sleeve shirt, a fleece jacket, and a padded jacket are imperative. An additional layer (Thermal bodywarmers) for the evenings in the high altitude camp sites are strongly recommended.
    • Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants- 3
    • Full sleeves T-shirts- 3
    • Thermal Bodywarmer Upper & Lower- 2
    • Fleece Jacket - 1
    • Full sleeves sweater - 1 (needed if you generally feel very cold despite 4 layers)
    • Warm Padded Jacket - 1 (goose down or feather is usually better)
    • Rainwear (Jacket & Pants) -1
    • Thick woolen socks- 3 pairs
    • Cotton socks - at least 4-5 pairs
    • Undergarments - 1 for every day of trekking
    • Pair of Warm Gloves - 1
    • Pair of water resistant synthetic gloves- 1
    • Woolen cap - 1
    • Balaclava- 1
  • Footwear
    • Non-skid deep trod hiking shoes with high ankle protection -1 pair
    • Pair of lightweight Slipper/Sandals - 1 pair
  • Toiletries
    • Sunscreen lotion, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, toilet roll, cold cream, small towel.
    • Anti-fungal cream: Carry an antifungal cream if you are sensitive to sweating and prone to skin irritations around genitals or groin area due to lack of bathing.
    • For women:
      • Tampons or sanitary napkins,
      • 2-3 zip-pouches to dispose off non-biodegradable waste
      • Vaginal wash to avoid any irritation due to lack of bathing.
  • Utensils
    • A small size, lightweight, leak proof lunch box - preferably aluminium
    • A plate and a spoon
    • A mug - preferably aluminum
  • Miscellaneous
    • Camera (optional)
    • Personal medicine kit. Though our trek leaders carry a fully equipped first-aid kit, make sure you consult your doctor before the trek in case you have any special ailment.
    • Epi-Pen - If you are allergic to a common ingredient and have a history of reaction, then please inform us. Carrying an epipen helps in case of any accidental intakes.
    • Dry fruits, energy bars
How to Reach

Kafnu, a quaint village in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, is the start point of the trek. The distance of Kafnu from Shimla is 205 km and takes about 7 hours drive. There are public transport buses available from Shimla to Kafnu. Shimla is well connected by road, rail, and air transport.

Similarly, while coming back, you can book the transport from Mudh to Manali with us. Manali is well connected to cities like Chandigarh & Delhi via Volvo buses.




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