Brief Description

The Pin Bhaba Pass trek (aka Tarik La), is one of the few treks where the trekkers witness the lush green mountains as well as the barren lands. The Pin Bhaba pass is at a cross over of the dense forests and the sepherd's trail of Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh and the stark Pin valley in Spiti, attaining a maximum altitude of 16,125 ft. The dramatic landscape and the moderate difficulty level make it one of the best Himalayan treks. The best time to do Bhaba pass trek is from mid-May to September end. The USP of this trek is that it is one of the rare Himalayan treks which can be done in the monsoon season as well.

Why Bikat?

  • Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking skills like:
    • Packing a rucksack
    • Morning Yoga & Evening stretching
    • 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
    • Identify trail signs and signals
  • 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 an 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 ax, harness, carabiners, jumar, pulley, short and long slings.

Itinerary

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1 Day 1
Day 1 : Shimla to Kafnu (7,874 ft) - 205 km Drive
2 Day 2
Day 2 : Kafnu (7,874 ft) to Mulling (10,777 ft) - 10 km
3 Day 3
Day 3 : Mulling (10,777 ft) to Kara (11,745 ft) - 5 km
4 Day 4
Day 4 : Kara (11,745 ft) to Pushtirang (13,664 ft) - 5 km
5 Day 5
Day 5 : Pushtirang (13,664 m) to Mangrungse (13,800 ft) via Bhaba Pass (16,125 ft) - 12 km
6 Day 6
Day 6 : Mangrungse (13,800 ft) to Mudh (12,467 ft) - 17 km. Drive Mudh to Kaza
7 Day 7
Day 7: Kaza to Manali - 202 km Drive
8 Day 8
Day 8 : Buffer Day

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Pin Bhaba Pass is a moderate plus trek climbing to a high altitude of 16125 feet. 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 and descending on mountain trails, basics of high altitude acclimatization process and then move up a notch with the Pin Bhaba Pass Trek. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale.

Eligibility: 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

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

  1. 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) - You would be required to produce a screenshot from a fitness app testifying the same
  2. Hold your breath for 40 seconds
  3. 3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch, Push Ups – 10, Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness until you achieve the above benchmarks.

Eligibility: Experience required

Should have at least 7-10 trek days in the Himalayas in their kitty along with the experience of trekking at altitudes of 3700 metres or above.

Packing List: What to pack



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Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The Pin Bhabha Pass Trek begins in Kafnu and ends in Mudh.
Getting to Kafnu: The distance of Kafnu from Shimla is 205 km and takes about 7 hours drive. The road journey can be done by hiring private or shared taxis. There is also an HRTC bus that leaves from Shimla at 8:40 AM and reaches Kafnu at 6:30 PM. Kafnu is a quaint village in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.
Onward from Manali: There are overnight HRTC and private Volvos from Manali to Delhi. Alternatively, Manali is also connected by Delhi by air through a daily Air India flight from Bhuntar Airport.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

There is no cellular connectivity once the trek starts from Kafnu till crossing the Rohtang Pass on the return journey to Manali. There are satellite phones at Batal and Chhatru on the Mudh - Manali route.

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

The best time to do this trek is from the months of mid-May to the last week of September. The USP of this trek is that it can be done during the monsoons as well.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

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.
The return journey from Mudh to Manali passes through two high altitude passes - Kunzum La and Rohtang Pass.

About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

Pin Bhaba Pss Trek - Kinnaur to Spiti Valley

The Pin Bhaba pass is one of the best crossover treks, taking us from the lush mountainsides to the arid expanse of Spiti. The landscape is very similar to the Pin Parvati Pass Trek, and the Bhaba Pass Trek is a wonderful option for those who want to do Pin Parvati Pass but time is their only constraint.

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.

Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

Accommodation type: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

The trekkers will stay at guest houses.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

We use four season tent. The sleeping bags we use are rated from -15 to -20 degree celcius.

Equipment and facilities: Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?

Yes, we dig one dry pit toilet for a batch of seven people.

Weather conditions: What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

The temperatures vary between 0 to -5 degree celcius.

Weather conditions: When will there be snow on this trek?

Yes, there will be snow on the trek.

Miscellaneous : Is the trekking pole necessary?

Yes, it is important to carry a trekking pole.

Miscellaneous : Is it safe for a solo woman traveller to trek in Fixed departures?

Yes, it is safe for women travellers.

Transport: What time will you drop us at the end point on last day of the trek?

The end point of the trek would be Kaza and trekkers will be dropped at Kaza around the afternoon.

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?

No mandatory documents are required for the trek.

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Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • Veg/Egg Food as per menu on the trek starting Dinner on Day 1 till breakfast on Day 7
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges, if any (upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Dome Tents on twin sharing, Sleeping bags, Sleeping mats
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys
  • Experienced local guide, cook, helpers, and porters for carrying common supplies
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid certification
  • Camping / Guest House stay on Day 1 & Day 6

What's not Included

  • Portage of personal bags during the trek
  • Cost of any kind of Travel Insurance.
  • Any Expense of personal nature.
  • Any Expense not specified in the inclusions list.
  • Meals during road journeys

Cancellation Policy

Cash Refund
  • Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date - 5% deduction
  • Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure - 50% deduction
  • Less than 15 days of departure - No Cash Refund
Voucher Refund
  • Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date - No deduction
  • Cencellations within 5 days prior to departure - No Refund
*Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers.
*Please note that this is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy

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