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|
|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)|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking skills like:
June to September
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 .
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.
Here is your checklist for this trek. Make sure you pack all these items for a comfortable trekking experience.
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.