Pin Bhaba Pass Trek
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.
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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The trekkers will stay at guest houses.
We use four season tent. The sleeping bags we use are rated from -15 to -20 degree celcius.
Yes, we dig one dry pit toilet for a batch of seven people.
The temperatures vary between 0 to -5 degree celcius.
Yes, there will be snow on the trek.
Yes, it is important to carry a trekking pole.
Yes, it is safe for women travellers.
The end point of the trek would be Kaza and trekkers will be dropped at Kaza around the afternoon.
No mandatory documents are required for the trek.