Pin Parwati Pass Trek

The Pin Parvati Pass, nestled at an altitude of 17,380 feet above sea level, in Himachal Pradesh, forms the gateway to the Spiti Valley from the Kullu Valley.Trek route is through lush green meadows, stately forests and narrow valleys. You are accompanied by the constant roar of the river Parbati till you reach Mantalai Lake on the 4th day. There are few other treks in Himalayas which offer a complete experience like Pin Parwati Pass Trek does. The journey begins from Bhuntar, a place 50kms before Manali on Delhi- Manali Highway. We start with a road drive on serpentine road from Bhuntar to Pulga via famous town of Kasol. On the first day we trek upto Kheerganga which is also a very popular weekend hiking destination. Kheerganga is also known for its hot water spring which is something not be missed when you are here. On the second day as we hike further from Kheerganga, the civilization suddenly disappear. You can only spot few Ghaddi settlements here & there. The camping site of Tundabhoj on second day is straight out of heaven. Huge mountains with cascading waterfalls is a sight to behold in Tundabhoj. Third day is one of the most adventurous day. Credit for this goes to three makeshift bridges on gushing river Parwati. These are known as :Tedha Pul, Trolley Pul & PanduPul. On fourth day we trek to the source of River Parwati which is Mantalai Lake. As we approach the Lake,you are welcomed by a criss cross of small rivulets of water which have a milky colour. This looks as if milk is flowing through hundreds of such streams. This landscape is also known as Mini Mantalai. On this day we camp near serene Manatalai Lake. After Manatalai Lake as we cross the pass we enter the beautiful yet harsh Spiti Valley. The change in Terrain & Landscape is very contrasting. Travelling all the way from lush green forests of Himachal now you reach the barren landscapes of Spiti. We end the trek in Mud village. A short road drive from Mudh will take us to Kaza where we stay in a Hotel for the night. On the last day we drive from Kaza to Manali where the trip ends.


1 Region Himachal Pradesh & Spiti
2 Difficulty Level Challenging
3 Maximum altitude 5298 M
4 Accomodation type Camps during Trek. Hotel in Kaza
5 Total trekking distance 78 Kms
6 What is included in the fee All Meals during the trek
Forest Permits/Camping Charges , if any
Tents, Sleeping bags, mats
Safety Equipment
Trek guide, cook, helpers, & Porters for carrying common luggage
Services of a Certified Trek Leader
One night Hotel/Guest house stay in Kaza on twin or triple sharing basis.
Transportation from Bhuntar to Pulga while going and Mud to Manali while returning.
7 What is not included in the fee Carriage of personal rucksack
Meals during road Journeys.
Meals during Hotel Stay.
Any expense of personal nature.
Any expense not specified in the inclusion list.
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Trek Fee

27000

Bhuntar to Manali

Service Tax @ 4.5% is applicable on the fee.


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Trek Dates

05-08-2017 - 15-08-2017(Open)
12-08-2017 - 22-08-2017(Open)
19-08-2017 - 29-08-2017(Open)
26-08-2017 - 05-09-2017(Open)

Itinerary

DAY 1: Bhuntar - Pulga - Khirganga - 2810m - 6 hours.


Reporting time at Bhuntar bus stop is 08 AM. It is advisable to reach Bhuntar a day before. For those who are planning to arrive on the same day please note that the travel time from Delhi to Bhuntar is 12 Hours in a Volvo Bus. Take atleast 2 hours of margin to compensate for any delays during the journey. It is also advisable that you book your travel in Govt. run Volvo Bus only. Private Volvo operators normally do not reach in time and overall level of service is poor compared to Govt. buses. On arrival in Bhuntar we will have a small round of introductions. Team will have breakfast together. After breakfast we will travel from Bhuntar to Pulga in a taxi. After initial round of briefing we will start trek from Pulga. Today we trek along Parwati river. The gushing sound of river will amaze you. We will halt for a while at Rudranag waterfall on the way.The trail ascends though forests and after passing a cliff we emerge into a large meadow with a small temple beside a milky white hot spring. This is Kheerganga. Khirganga is a beautiful inclined meadow surrounded by lush forest and waterfalls. It is one of the most popular weekend hiking destination these day. There are several café’ & restaurants serving a variety of cuisines. We set up camps in Kheerganga for the night. Use the evening time to take a dip in the hot water spring of Kheerganga.

DAY 2: Khirganga - Tunda Bhuj - 3333m - 6 to 7 hours.


As we begin, the trail is muddy as opposed to the partly rocky one we had encountered during the second half of the previous day’s trek and was thus quite easy going on the feet. Walk along without much effort while capturing the wild with your eyes and cameras both. As you travel through the dense forest you will be surprised to find families settled in this wilderness managing herds of their callous buffaloes. The last phase is a steep rise full of muck and mire that is followed by a short walk through a meadow with an enchanting view of couple of huge foamy waterfalls off the rich green cliff on the opposite side of the river. This is Tunda Bhuj. We will camp here for the night.

DAY 3: Tunda Bhuj - Pandu Pul (3712m) 6 to 7 hours.


They say to achieve great success you’ve to overcome great hurdles and bridges come in handy in the overcoming part of such grandiose endeavours. We too will have our fair share of dealings with them on the trek. While tiny rocks and pebbles will serve as bridges while crossing many small streams the showstoppers for the day will be three bridges each unique and treacherous in its own way. After about an hour of walking downhill from the camp we will reach the first of the showstoppers. The bridge seem to have been decently built when it was first built, however, time seemed to have taken its toll and whatever is remaining is held together by ropes. All the ropes have left the bridge leaning on one side, which earned it its name “TedhaPul”. One by one we will cross it safely. The bridge is followed by a steep hill. After that it is a decent walk among lush green grass and clear water brooks and rocky spots in between to rest on. After about an hour and half’s trek we will come upon the second showstopper, another crossing of the river involving ropes but without the usual platform. This one will be a completely new experience for most since it involves sitting in a cart and pushing and pulling to finally make it to the other side. Horses grazing in the grasslands is a picturesque sight here. Dealing with the marshes and negotiating the many wet fields of wild flowers we will trek till we reach the third bridge. The inconspicuous presence of the 3rd showstopper make it very difficult to notice. It looks just a dull lazy rock lying in the midst of nowhere. The bridge comprises of a huge rock which we have to ascend to the top and then slide down to a spot where a narrow path of rocks lead to the hill on the other side. We will cross it safely one by one. Only after we have crossed the PanduPul 1 that the presence of the second Pandupul is revealed. Pandupul 2 comprises of an even bigger rock than Pandupul 1, to whose base we had to scale using again one of the pebble stairs and from then on climb the steep face to the top and then climb down a stone staircase with no proper footing or holding. We will safely cross it one by one. Today’s campsite is just after crossing the Pandupul.

DAY 4: Pandu pul - Mantalai Lake - 4133m - 8 hours


The trek today is quite a comfortable one with a nice path leading through green grasslands that are used by the shepherds to graze their livestock by paying a nominal fee to the government. Slow and steady and with a break or two now and then we reach Udithatch, a great plain among the craggy Himalayas, a rare sight at such height. The day offers various picturesque sights and photographers can make good use of it. Next we come upon Khadapatthar, which as the name suggests is a rocky area with many small streams. Be careful while crossing them as rocks can be very slippery. After crossing Khadapatthar we reach the great swamp which we safely negotiate by going around rather than through it and thus we reach mini Mantalai. Its a beautiful grassland of myriad flowers and diverse hues, rocks laden with bright coloured algae and fungi and a plethora of flora complementing each other and with the river meandering along innumerate twists and turns through this beautiful grassland. It is a spectacular view indeed. After scaling a rocky mountain which in itself seems unending we finally reach our destination, Mantalai. Mantalai is a big lake formed by the blocking of melt waters from the Mantalai glacier by a mountain that runs across the valley leaving only a small opening which results in a small yet highly noisy waterfall. Here is a temple of Lord Shiva. Today we will camp near the lake.

DAY 5: Rest day in Mantalai


It’s a day at your leasure. Spend the day exploring the place, taking photographs & taking the much needed rest for the trek ahead is challanging.

DAY 6: Mantalai - Base of Pin Parvati Pass - 4940m - 5 to 6 hours.


As we leave Mantalai Lake behind we cross the river lane which is a little steep. Then we walk through high rocky areas and glaciers. This high altitude region is surrounded by snowy mountain peaks & glaciers. Today we will camp at the base of the Pass. Camping here is some experience to look forward to.

DAY 7: Base of Pin Parvati Pass over the pass - Camp I - 5298m - 7 hours.


This is a strenuous day of this trek. After 3-4 hour of steady trekking we will reach the pass. From here you can have a bird's eye view of the pin valley towards Srikhand mahadev. Depending on the weather we will spend some time here to cherish the view. You can feel proud of yourself having reached 5298M after trekking through a variety of terrains. From the pass we start the descend to pin valley. Lookout for ranges of Dibibokri and Kulu Makalu which look fascinating. Walking through high rocks & ice fields we will reach our campsite for the day.

DAY 8: Pin Parvati Camp I to Camp II - 4456m - 6 hours


Today is a long day. The trail goes over scree and moraine and we cross a number of small streams to finally reach a meadow where we set up camp.

DAY 9: Camp II - Mud - 3970m - 5 hours trek - kaza by taxi


The trail today enters a wide-open valley with numerous streams and leads into the ancient Mud village in the Pin valley of Spiti. From mud village we drive in taxi to reach Kaza. We will spend night in a hotel. Rooms will be on twin or triple sharing basis.
About kaza : Kaza is popular with tourists and adventure seekers during summer months because of its central location and connections to rest of the valley and outside. This central location also makes Kaza an ideal base camp for trekking, mountaineering and tours directed to other parts of the valley. Some of the major tourist attractions in and around Kaza beside Tangyud Monastery are the Key Gompa, Kibber village at an elevation of 4205 m. above MSL, Gette Village at an altitude of 4270 m above MSL, Langza village famous for presents of marine fossils, the Pin Valley National Park, a protected area for himalayan high altitude wildlife and the Losar village 40 km to the north of Kaza at an altitude of 4079 m above MSL.

DAY 10: Kaza - Manali

After breakfast get ready for a long road journey to Manali .Drive in taxi from Kaza to reach Manali by the evening. The trip ends here.

DAY 11: Buffer Day

This day will only be used if the need arises during the trek. You are advised to keep a buffer day in your travel plan.


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Trek Reviews


Ankush Gandotra
Pin Parwati Pass Trek - 2015

"It actually felt bad on the last day of camp that trek is about to finish.
A hell lot of different and diverse landscapes..from green Parvati valley to cold dessert Spiti, from plain grounds to rocky mountains, from barren lands to crossing rivers with chilled waters till your knees, walking in valley of flowers, climbing snow mountains, crossing glacier and a day of leisure at the Mantalai lake chatting, eating and sleeping in sun smile emoticon . And best part was the awesome people we met on trek.A wonderful experience for life time it was.
Thanks Bikat :) "



Priya Meghwal
Pin Parwati Pass Trek - 2013

"If you are looking for a tough and challenging trek in Himalayas, then look no further as your search ends here. After having read a lot of information and comparing treks, I explored this one and it turned out to be my greatest experience. "



Sanjay Singh
Pin Parwati Pass Trek - 2014

"The trek begins from Pulga near Kasol and is a must do for anyone who is into trekking. The trail is just so beautiful. We walked parallel to River Parwati all the way upto its source. From here trekking up, further we crossed Pin Parwati Pass. After the pass the entire scene changes as we entered the majestic Spiti Valley. Bathing in the hot water pool at Kheergagna on the first day of trek is one thing that will remain with me forever.The trek team and management was exceptionally well. "



Rajesh
Pin Parwati Pass Trek - 2014

"Very apt trek to push yourself & become a self reliant trekker.I had been on many short treks in the past but had not been very active lately. When i decided to do Pin Parwati Trek, i was initially apprehensive about my fitness but with regular exercise & practice i was able to improve. On few days the trek was really difficult.Like the day when we were doing Tundabhoj to Pandupul section the continuous rain made it very difficult for us.The trail turned slippery & we had to be very careful while walking. During all this, our trek lead was extremely encouraging & helpful. He helped us overcome every challenge and i have personally learned a lot from him."


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