Pin Bhaba Pass Trek

Your gateway to two contrasting worlds - Bhaba & Pin

Difficult

Pin Bhaba Pass Trek

BRS 5
Max Altitude
Himachal
7 Days
48 Km
Max 15
16900 + 5% GST
Kafnu to Kaza

Add ons

Transportation Cost (to be paid on the spot)
Shimla to Kafnu
Kaza to Manali
Sumo
(Shared by 5-6 trekkers)
Tempo
(Shared by 11-12 trekkers)
₹9000
₹13000
₹11000
₹17000




Brief Description

Grade:Difficult
Location: Himachal
Altitude:4915 m
Duration:7 Days

The Pin Bhaba Pass Trek is your passage between two distinct worlds - that from the abundant and alive Bhaba valley in Kinnaur to the dry, resilient and almost galactic Pin Valley in Spiti (the cold desert). And the reward for getting to the highest point of the trek – the Pass (4,915 M) - is that you get a look into both the worlds at the same time. The prayer flags, the panoramic view with the assault of greens on the one side and browns on the other, while you find yourself in knee deep white snow, are an experience like no other. This is the reason why Pin Bhaba Pass continues to remain our most favorite cross-over trek in the country!

The trail of Pin Bhaba starts at the charming little Himalayan hamlet of Kafnu (2,400 M) in Kinnaur Valley, climbs up to 4,915 M and descends down the other side to a small village in Spiti - Mudh (3,810 M). The experience is no less than witnessing a multitude of dimensions in a span of 8 days.This trail that takes you through dense forests and shepherd’s trails on the Kinnaur side into the vast, arid lands of Spiti is a visual lesson in the coexistence of extremes. Be prepared for an overstimulation of all your senses on this trek!

But this trek is not just about the stunning differences in landscape. It also introduces you to two distinct Himalayan cultures - the livelihoods, structure of houses, lifestyles – as you traverse from one side of the mountain to the other. The realisation that communities and cultures are a product of their environment is a sheer revelation you will witness on this trek.

Rife with poetry and drama, this trek falls more towards the difficult end of moderate. The length and certain parts of the terrain make this a tough undertaking for first timers. We would recommend this trek for trekkers who have some experience in the Himalayas and have previously attempted a few treks.

The best time to do Bhaba pass trek is from Mid-May to September end. This is what makes the trek even more special. It is one of the few Himalayan treks which can be done in monsoons and hence allows you a window into the rich, monsoon landscape of the region. Stay on this page for more details on the Pin Bhaba trek route map, itinerary, temperature chart, photos, and videos. Scroll to the end to read Pin Bhaba Pass trek blogs.


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Brief Itinerary

Make your way to Kafnu
Kafnu (2,350 M) to Mulling (3,250 M)
Mulling (3,250 M) to Kara (3,700 M)
Kara (3,700 M) to Pushtirang (4,100 M)
Pushtirang (4,100 M) to Baldar (3,900 M) via Bhaba Pass (4,915 M)
Buffer Day
Baldar (3,900 M) to Mudh (3,810 M) to Kaza (3, 650 M)

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1

Make your way to Kafnu

Distance: 200 kms

Duration: 10-11 hours drive

Shimla (2,276 M) to Kafnu (2,350 M)

The trek starts from Kafnu, which is a charming hamlet in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. If you need guidance on how to get to this high-altitude trek base, this article (How to reach Kafnu) might come handy.

If you have signed up with Bikat for a drive from Shimla to Kafnu, the day starts early. Everyone assembles at the meeting point by 7 in the morning so we can start our long drive up to Kafnu – a charming hamlet in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. Although there’s nothing more on the agenda for today other than the 10-hour drive, it is better to leave as early as possible for two reasons:

One, so we can reach as early as possible and give our bodies enough rest for what’s coming the next day. And, two, roads on the mountains are unpredictable and it is always better to account for delays when we start. It is also better to reach before it gets dark.

The drive to Kafnu takes you on scenic mountain roads. The struggle of the soft round curves lulling you to sleep while you try to stay awake to soak in the views of the valley is real! With a cluster of brightly colored roofs every few seconds, the houses standing on narrow ledges on mountain faces and the patterns of step farming make the green landscape seem even more pleasing. The murky Sutlej River seems to camouflage itself in its rocky background but its forceful march forward, almost with a sense of resolve, gives it away.

The roads run narrow in many parts with a deep gorge on the other side leaving the area prone to rock fall and landslides; do not expect this to be a smooth ride.  In some areas, the roads look like they are straight out of Need for Speed – smooth but narrow, under hanging boulders on top of a high mountain with a drop on the other side. A few patches in the last 20 kms of the drive are not concrete; these sections take a lot of time to navigate. After crossing the Wangtoo, bridge, which is the last 1 hour of the drive, the expansive views of Kinnaur Ranges make themselves available for your viewing. The mountains in this region are distinct. They are made up of large chunks of rocks resting one on top of the other – much like a stack of Jenga 15 minutes into the game.

At the end of the trail of this back-breaking journey will be a warm, wooden homestay with cozy rooms, waiting for you. Expect to reach latest by 7 PM.

After a small round of introductions, briefing about the trek and what to expect on it, everyone has dinner, settles into their rooms and calls it a day – latest by 10 PM.

If you have not opted for travel with Bikat from Shimla to Kafnu and are to meet the group directly at the head trail, check out the article on how to reach Kafnu (hyperlink article) for any assistance. Do plan your travel so as to reach Kafnu by 7 in the evening.

Day 2

Kafnu (2,350 M) to Mulling (3,250 M)

Distance: 10 kms

Duration: 5-6 hours

After a comforting stay for the night, in the midst of apple orchards right by the gurgling river, we start our trek at 9 AM to the morning sound of Himalayan birds. For the first three hours, we walk on a motorable road in the vicinity of the Janglik Range while a turquoise Bhaba river cascades alongside us, in the opposite direction. With its sharp turns and high falls, the river is a constant source of energy all through the trek today. It consistently cheers you on with its roaring sound.

Just 15 minutes into the trek, we start seeing thick layers of old snow forming snouts for the river. The challenge for today is the length of the walk. We will be gaining an altitude of close to 900 M over the span of 10 kms. This means it is going to be a long but steady incline with ample plain patches and patches of slight descend which give you enough time to get your heartbeat back to normal and maintain your pace.

Be prepared for multiple river crossings on bridges made by unsupported logs placed next to each other. If you have a fear of water, things could already start to get interesting for you. Within two hours of the trek, we would have already covered 400 M of the climb with just 500 M more to go. By 12 in the noon, we enter the door of the forest. Halfway through the day, we would be walking in the woods. Half an hour into our walk, we station ourselves under the shade of the sky-high trees to have the packed lunch we were given at the beginning of the day.

Post lunch, we continue on into the forest, navigating big boulders and mushy land. After an hour, we will encounter a patch of sharp descent where we lose a little height and by around 2:30 PM, we would have reached vast open meadows with the tallest ferns you have ever seen. It feels good to be under the sun once again after having walked through a forest with a closed canopy. The first campsite is not far from here. As you keep walking straight into the meadows and the land opens up around you even more, you can already see the tents far into the distance. The Bhaba river distributes itself in little streams all through the floor of the lush green meadows.

Expect to make it to the campsite by 3 PM. Mulling is a beautiful, bovine rich campsite with horses and trees all around your tents. Scattered colors paint the ground in the form of wild flowers and the river flows by your feet. It would serve you well to soak in the view since this campsite marks the end of the tree line for the trail.

After some stretching and briefing, you will be served hot soup/tea and then you are free to explore this magnificent landscape till dinner time at 07:30 PM. It is important to get some rest after dinner since this is your first night in a tent and at a higher altitude. Give your body some time to adapt to the change in external conditions so it is better able to carry you through to the last day.

Day 3

Mulling (3,250 M) to Kara (3,700 M)

Distance: 6.5 kms

Duration: 4-5 hours

Today is comparatively easy because the distance is almost half of yesterday.

There are two major challenges we will be encountering on the way. One is crossing over the forceful river which requires team work, a little technique and soaking your feet in the gushing flow of the icy cold water. The next is a 300 M sharp ascent which is a little tiring, especially because of the weight on our backs.

Post a rejuvenating yoga session and a warm breakfast, we begin the trek at 10 AM. Today’s route has us follow the river upstream through vast open meadows. There is a clear trail which leads you to the next campsite.

The first half hour is a straight walk in the meadows which leads to a slight climb to get into the forest area. After 15 mins of ascent, you are literally ‘in the woods’ – suddenly everything is darker and chillier till you cross the forested area across the stream and onto the other side of the mountain. The climb today involves navigating a lot of huge boulders. Other than some tricky sections, these boulders actually aid the hike, proving to be like a climb up the stairs. While you struggle to continuously shift your weight on the big rocks, do not forget to look up and watch out for the magnificent cloud shadows on the barren dips in the mountain faces creating a beautiful play of dark and light shades of green. The wild flowers in the meadows here are a deep yellow and the fairest shade of purple scattered across the valley like spilt beans. We spend the next few hours zigzagging through the mountain across meadows on a gradual uphill climb and reach the campsite by 02:30 PM. The last bit of the hike today involves dipping your feet once again in glacial water in order to reach the warm sanctuary of our tents. Oh! and some mucky land too!

As soon as you are done stretching, you will find hot lunch waiting for you in your dining tents! You can enjoy your lunch with the snowclad mountains much closer to you than before. Save your plates from the sheep grazing across the meadows at your campsite – they might be in the mood for something spicy!

Day 4

Kara (3,700 M) to Pushtirang (4,100 M)

Distance: 5 kms

Duration: 4-5 hours

Today’s trek is shorter yet but is a much steeper incline. We follow the same routine as Day 3. Get up, do some yoga/ work out, tea, breakfast, pack up and leave by 10 AM. It is a hard day for the legs – firstly because of the steep ascent and secondly because the trek starts with multiple river crossings. We have to cross the streams crisscrossing through the meadows. Because the force of the water is high, this will require rolling up your pants and getting to work as a team in order to successfully make it to the other side. There are around 6 streams to cross to make it to the dry land on the other side – that is thirty straight minutes of bone-chilling water adventure. 

All this as the green, rocky mountains look at us struggle to keep our feet dry. The cloudless sky makes the tall mountains look almost 2 dimensional against the solid blue of the clear skies.

Once out of the freezing water, we start to notice other colors and forms getting added to the landscape around us. The color palette of the meadows here is much richer than it was yesterday.

This is followed by 60 minutes of steep incline. After sections of glacial walking, which require extreme caution and balance, we hit another slice of steep incline for the next 40 minutes. There is also a small water source here after which we hit a precarious section of the trek- a narrow trail which rests on loose rocks with a drop into the valley on the other side. This section needs to be crossed very carefully. It is important to move continuously on sections like these because standing in one place could result in loose rocks slipping down taking you with them.

Beyond this point, you enter the land of meadows lying alongside glaciers. It is a sight to behold not just for the frenzy of colors but for the marvel of the coexistence of extreme cold and life in the form of summer flowers. There are a lot of small sections of glacier crossing today. After a slight climb, we reach the campsite called Lower Pushtirang. When there is excess snow, this is where we camp. In case the snow has receded, we continue on for 20 more minutes to reach Upper Pushtirang. Expect to reach here by 02:30 PM.

After stretching, we get ready for tea and then the disbursement of equipment. For our next day, we will need microspikes and gaiters to be able to cross the snow-loaded pass. Expect knee deep snow while crossing the pass. After each of us checks the equipment and learns how to use it, we have an early dinner by 06:30 PM.

We tuck in soon afterwards to get some rest as the next day begins at 3 AM.

Day 5

Pushtirang (4,100 M) to Baldar (3,900 M) via Bhaba Pass (4,915 M)

Distance: 13-15 kms

Duration: 13-15 hours

Today is THE day! Midnight climb, steep incline, walking in knee deep snow, micro spikes, pass crossing and a crossover into the other dimension!  

Day 5 starts a little after midnight. Wake up at 2 AM, pack our bags, put all our gear on, have some light breakfast, pick up our bag and off we go, by 03:00 AM! The night is really cold here, remember to layer up accordingly.

Before we begin, the trek leaders will allot a specific sequence for the trekkers. The slowest person of the group remains in front and everyone else is lined up accordingly. This is to ensure we stay together as a group so as to battle the perils of a night climb together. Remember to bring your head torch for the trek.

There are no water sources for the next 6-7 hours; so do remember to fill all your water bottles before you leave camp.

The climb is interesting from the get-go. From the minute we put one foot behind the other, we find ourselves navigating big boulders on a steep incline – traversing through a zigzagging path on a loose mountain. The climb up is likely to take anywhere between 5-6 hours. Expect to reach the pass by 9 AM. The 6 hours of ascent is riddled with precarious sections teeming with rock fall, glacier crossing, scree, moraine and navigating big boulders – all in the dark of the night.

At 5, as the birds come alive, remember to look up and witness the pastel glow of the sky at the crack of dawn. The soft hues slowly get deeper as the snow-clad mountain tops become a resting place for the rising sun. The crack of dawn presents a panoramic view of the Kinnaur, the Spiti and the Janglik Ranges with snow patches rolling down mountain faces like sweat.

The climb now gets steeper and more difficult. Once the rock and scree area end, we are presented with an endless sheet of white snow. Here is when we put our microspikes and gaiters on to start our traverse on snow.

The view from the pass, which is the highest point of the trek at 4,915 M, is nothing short of spectacular. The prayer flags, the panoramic view with the assault of greens on the one side and browns on the other, while you find yourself in knee deep white (snow), is an experience like no other. It is your passage between two distinct worlds - that from the abundant and alive Bhaba valley in Kinnaur to the dry, resilient and almost galactic Pin Valley in Spiti.

We spend thirty minutes at the pass and then start our descent. You start to appreciate the ascend when you hit the slopes to go down. The snow now starts to get slushy and hence a little more difficult to walk on. If you are lucky and there is enough hard snow, we will be able to cover a lot of distance by sliding down the icy slopes.

The change is terrain is so stark, it’s mindboggling. We have now entered the Pin Valley on the Spiti side of Himachal. You are invited to the barren landscape with hundreds of shades of browns and dirty red. The Pin River now adorns this landscape flowing calmly through sun tanned rocks. It is a long trail; expect a lot of rocks and dust for the lack of vegetation. 

You will meet the end of snow by the time we arrive for lunch – by 01: 30 PM. The trail now takes you alongside the blue Pin River. The trail is pretty straightforward. There are some sections which are tricky though, with very narrow trails, deep gorges and loose mountains. Slipping on these slopes will take you straight down into the strong flow of the river. Although, called the cold desert, it is not devoid of color and you learn to see beauty in elements other than the flora of the mountains. From the lip of the valley you look down on the confluence of three rivers at Tiyaand, a trail junction. The land is rich in medicinal plants, and colorful shrubs spilling out of the barren land – a strong, pleasant smell from these assortment of exotic plants follows you all throughout. You will meet patches of snow all through till you reach the campsite. 

It has been a long day. Stretch yourself and lounge in the sun to cool your body off for a bit. After we serve our stomachs, we hit the bed early because we need to cover a long distance the next day as well – although not as perilous.

Day 6

Buffer Day

In case of bad weather or other difficulties, Day 6 is reserved as a buffer day. This will only get used if unexpected and unforeseeable conditions present themselves at the last minute. But you are advised to account for the buffer day while planning your travel. If the buffer day is used, you will be required to pay Rs.2,400/ per person. The amount will be collected by the Trek Leader.

Day 7

Baldar (3,900 M) to Mudh (3,810 M) to Kaza (3, 650 M)

Distance: 15 kms + 50 kms

Duratrion: 5-6 hours trek + 2 hours drive

Today we head on from Baldar to Mudh Village through Pharka Village. The walk is long but is fairly straight; not very stressful. With no rush, we leave after a hot breakfast at 10 AM. We will get packed lunch today.

The walk today does not involve too many ups and downs but it does have a few river crossings over log bridges without ropes – but we are sure after all these days, you’d have conquered your fear of water, if any. Within 40 minutes of the trek, we start to see our destination for the day – Mudh Village – far into the distance. There are small patches of steep, narrow, muddy trails which need to be crossed cautiously.

With the colors of the earth, spilling out of its dry cracks in the form of tufts and a strong smell of the herbs following you on the trail like a stalker, we stop for lunch near water. Our destination is not too far from here.

There are two major obstacles between you and the village:

  1. A 30 M long swinging bridge over the Spiti river. This almost unwarranted bridge, dangling between two mountains with nothing but two strings to support it, will bring back all the dizziness of the last 5 days.
  2. A 20 minute, extremely steep climb to get to this tiny mountain habitation rife with cafes and homestays.

Expect to reach the village by 03:30 PM. After you explore the peculiar mountain culture and are done introducing your taste buds to their local Himalayan cuisine, we hit the road again, this time to drive two hours to the town of Kaza. This is where we end our trail for the trek. Expect to reach Kaza late evening. Do remember to book your accommodation in this town before you lose network at the beginning of the trek. 

Kaza is the largest township and a commercial hub of the Spiti valley. Famous for its monasteries and local shopping, there are a lot of small hamlets close to Kaza, for you to explore. A window into how people co-exist with the exotic wildlife of the terrain, their peculiar houses, lifestyle and means of livelihood in this barren land are every bit as fascinating as the trail for the trek.

To head out of Kaza, you can either hire private cabs or look into local buses. It is a good idea to arrange for your transport on this day in case you are planning to leave from kaza the next day. 

You can also book Kaza to Manali transport with us. Please refer the transport add on section for the extra cost.

What's Included

  • Veg/Egg Food as per menu on the trek starting Dinner on Day 1 till lunch on Day 6
  • 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 in Kafnu only

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 & hotel stay in Kaza on Day 6
  • Transportation from Kaza to Manali
  • Hotel stay in Kaza on Day 6

Are you Eligible for this Adventure?

Rife with poetry and drama, Pin Bhaba Pass trek falls more towards the difficult end of moderate. The length and certain parts of the terrain make this a tough undertaking for first timers. We would recommend this trek for trekkers who have some experience in the Himalayas and have previously attempted a few treks.

Difficult
4915 m
48 km

BRS Level Required

BRS 5

Pin Bhaba Pass Trek is a level 5 adventure on the Bikat Rating Scale.

This makes it mandatory for you to have high-altitude experience of preferably multiple treks marked at level 4 on the BRS. The altitude, the terrain and the nature of the climb demand a certain level of skill and a need for you to be aware of how your body reacts to the various features of a high altitude environment.

If you do not know what level of BRS trek would suit you best, worry not! Fill out this Form:

we will send you a progression chart to help you comfortably get out of your comfort zone in order to level up and ultimately reach your highest potential in the big, bad world of outdoor adventure.

Packing List

This is a list of essential items for individuals doing the trek with Bikat Adventures. This list contains only those items which the participants are required to bring with them. The list excludes those items which are provided by Bikat Adventures on the trek. We have divided the items into five categories. All the items in the list are essential except for those marked as optional.

Trekking Gear

  • Ruck sack bag with rain cover. Qty -1
  • Day Pack Bag - Recommended for treks with summit day
  • Head Torch with spare Batteries. Qty -1
  • U V protection sunglasses. Qty -1 Here is how you can choose the best sunglasses for trekking.
  • Water Bottles: 2 bottles of 1 liter each

Footwear

  • Non-skid, deep treaded, high-ankle trekking shoes Qty -1
  • Pair of light weight Slipper/Sandals Qty -1

Clothing

  • Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants. Qty - 2
  • Full sleeves T-shirts/ Sweatshirts. 1 for every 2 days of trekking
  • Pair of thick woolen socks. 1 pair for every two days of trekking
  • Thermal Body warmer Upper & Lower. Qty-1
  • Undergarments. Qty - 1 for every day of trekking
  • Warm jacket closed at wrist & neck .Qty-1
  • Full sleeves sweater. Qty -1
  • Rain wear ( Jacket & Pants ) . Qty-1
  • Pair of waterproof, warm gloves. Qty-1
  • Woolen cap. Qty-1
  • Sun shielding Hat. Qty -1

Toiletries

  • Personal toiletries kit (Small Towel, Toilet paper, paper soap, Bar soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, cold cream, etc.)
  • Sun screen lotion small pack. Qty -1 Here is your Sun Protection 101 to stay safe in the bright sunny outdoors.
  • Lip Balm small pack. Qty-1

Utensils

  • Small size, Light weight & Leak proof lunch box. Qty-1
  • Plate. Qty- 1
  • Spoon.Qty-1
  • Tea/Coffee (plastic) Mug.Qty-1

Miscellaneous

  • Camera (Optional)
  • Carry your medicines in plenty in case you have any specific ailment. Consult your doctor before joining the trek.
  • Dry fruits, Nuts, Chocolate bars (Optional)


Frequently Asked Questions



Pin Bhaba Pass Trek is suitable for trekkers with prior experience, having completed at least one BRS 4 level trek or equivalent.

If you can Jog/Run for 5 kms in 25-30 mins, you are ready to take on this trek. Once a week, you can practice running 10 kms in an hour or so to improve your endurance further. In addition to this, you can also add resistance workouts to your schedule like squats, lunges, push ups etc.

If you cannot do the above, there’s no need to worry. It is important to remember that it’s all about practice. Get on a training schedule and we can assure you that you will meet these standards in a matter of a few months.

A certain level of fitness and physical endurance are required to take on any high-altitude trail in the Himalayas. Basic knowledge about pitching a tent in snow, roping up, ascending and descending on steep gradients and seemingly simple tasks like ‘walking’ on snow in heavy snow boots, how to use a sleeping bag, toilet tents, sleeping tents, and mountain mannerisms will be helpful.

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


The Pin Bhabha Pass is located in Himachal Pradesh. The Pass takes you from the alive and abundant Bhabha valley to the cold desert of Spiti. The trek starts from the small town of Kafnu in Kinnaur district.

The trail of Pin Bhaba starts at the charming little Himalayan hamlet of Kafnu (2,400M) in Kinnaur Valley, climbs up to 4,915M and descends down the other side to a small village in Spiti - Mudh (3,810M). The experience is no less than witnessing a multitude of dimensions in a span of 8 days.This trail that takes you through dense forests and shepherd’s trails on the Kinnaur side into the vast, arid lands of Spiti is a visual lesson in the coexistence of extremes. Be prepared for an overstimulation of all your senses on this trek!

But this trek is not just about the stunning differences in landscape. It also introduces you to two distinct Himalayan cultures - the livelihoods, structure of houses, lifestyles – as you traverse from one side of the mountain to the other. Read: Highlights of Pin Bhabha Pass Trek

The Pin Bhabha Pass Trek is a demanding and rigorous trek that poses various challenges and hurdles for trekkers. The trek involves trekking to an altitude of 4,915 metres, which can lead to altitude sickness. The trail is lengthy and arduous, covering a distance of approximately 50 kilometres, and features steep inclines and declines, rocky sections, and narrow pathways. For more details on the challenges of this climb, read Who is this trek meant for?

The best time to do Pin Bhaba pass trek is from Mid-May to September end.

On the trek we have twin-sharing tents. In case you want an individual tent, you can add that to your booking request for an additional cost.

The temperature on the Pin Bhabha Pass Trek can vary depending on the time of year, but generally, from May to September, the temperature during the day is usually between 10°C to 15°C at lower altitudes, and at higher altitudes, it can drop to 0°C to 5°C during the day. During the nights, the temperature can drop drastically to -5°C to 5°C at higher altitudes.

Pin Bhabha Pass Trek is not technically challenging but it is a physically challenging and strenuous trek as it involves trekking to an altitude of 4,915 metres and covers a distance of around 50 kilometres in 8-9 days. The trail takes you through steep ascents and descents, rocky paths, and narrow ridges, which require a certain level of physical fitness and trekking experience. Moreover, the weather conditions in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, and trekkers need to be prepared for all kinds of weather on the trail.


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 is about a 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. Read more: How to reach Kafnu?

Onward from Manali: There are overnight HRTC and private Volvos from Manali to Delhi. Alternatively, Manali is also connected to Delhi by air through a daily Air India flight from Bhuntar Airport. However, the air service here is not overly reliable.

There is no cellular connectivity once the trek starts from Kafnu till you reach Kaza. There is no network after crossing Losar if you are going towards Manali till you reach the Atal tunnel.

The nearest ATM would likely be in the town of Rampur and one ATM is in Kafnu which is not trustworthy. However, it is recommended that you carry sufficient cash with you for the duration of the trek as there may be limited opportunities to withdraw or exchange money once you start the trek.

The pick up will be from Shimla ISBT by 7 am. Payment for the same will be divided between the number of participants and made on the spot.

The end point of the trek would be Kaza and trekkers will be dropped at Kaza around the late afternoon (4-5 PM). You can also book Kaza to Manali transport with us. Please refer to the transport add on section for the extra cost. Payment will be divided between the number of participants and made on the spot.

Kaza is the administrative headquarters of Spiti and is central to a lot of key attractions in the region. There is a lot you can do here. 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 shops. Kibber, Komic, and Dhankar Village are a few of the famous villages in the capital. For the growing tourism in Spiti, it should be easy to hire a vehicle and explore the isolated and far reaches of the region, in case you have a couple of days to spare.

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


All the common gear like tents, sleeping bags, mattresses etc. are provided. All the technical climbing equipment needed for the trek are also provided to you. Safety equipment used for rescue is carried by our trek leaders.

You can rent trekking shoes, trekking pole, a fleece jacket and a rucksack from us. In case you have any other requirements, you can talk to our representative and we will be happy to assist you in any way that we can.

You will receive your rented equipment at Kafnu, on Day 1.

Our trek leaders will collect the rented equipment from you at the end of the trek on the last day.

For a detailed list, check the Packing List section on this page.

Shimla has a reasonably sized market but because of the immediate departure from Shimla, last minute purchasing might be difficult. Please do not leave anything for last minute buying.


Although not recommended, you can off load your bag at an additional cost. Add a request while making your booking for the trek and it can be arranged.

(Note: We don’t recommend offloading because the extra resources on a trail - ponies or porters depending on the trail - means extra load on the environment which can easily be avoided. It also goes against the spirit of trekking by eliminating a level of endurance and discomfort from the experience which are factors at the very heart of an outdoor adventure activity.)

Yes, you can leave your extra luggage in Shimla at the Bikat office if you are coming back to Shimla after the trek. If you planned your forward travel to Manali then there is no option of leaving extra luggage as its crossover treks.

On all trek days, we provide 3 full meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) in addition to evening snacks and tea. The meals are vegetarian and the menu is pre-decided for all days of the trek. We do provide eggs as well on certain days. If you have any specific food-related allergies or restrictions, you can let our local staff (during the trek) know, and your requests will get accommodated. We try to provide a variety of food across meals so as to avoid repetition as well as cover all nutritional needs.

On campsites, our team will dig dry pits and assemble a toilet tent to provide for safe and secure quarters. A shovel will be provided within the toilet tent as well. Using water in the toilet tent is restricted; you will need to carry your own toilet paper. On the more difficult expeditions, toilet tents are not carried to the higher camps (above base camp) due to restriction of space (to pitch the tent).

In case you get your period on the trail and don’t have sanitary napkins, our trek leaders can provide them to you. If you need any other kind of assistance, you can let our trek leaders know. Irrespective of gender, our leaders are gender sensitised and equipped to assist you in any way you need them to.

Our team carries a first aid kit and all the basic medicines required during the trek. They are equipped to be the first responders in case of any injury or health-related issues. For higher expeditions, we also carry a HAPO Bag and oxygen cylinders to tend to any altitude-related health conditions.

Once we leave the guesthouse at Kafnu, we will be camping in the wilderness with no access to electricity.


A copy of your ID Proof and Medical Certificate are the mandatory documents required for this trek. (Soft copies for all of these are to be sent to us & originals should be on your person while on the trek.)

Yes, insurance for any high-altitude activity is highly recommended to cover for the cost of rescue, evacuation and any other emergency service required as well as to cover for medical cost in case of injury or illness during the trek. You can buy it on your own. Alternatively, if you want us to buy it on your behalf, you can mark it as an add-on during the booking of the trek.

Yes, there are multiple permits required for this. We obtain the permits on every trekkers’ behalf. All the permit costs are included in your trek cost.


Yes, you will receive e-certificates (of completion) after the trek. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek. In case you were unable to finish the trek, you will get a certificate of participation.

On completion of the trek, the certificate will show up on your dashboard on our website. You can download it directly from there.


Pin Bhaba Pass Trek is in India. If you are coming from outside, you will need a visa to enter the country. You should be able to find the rules for obtaining a Visa based on your home country on the internet. This information is easily available.

This does not apply to you if you are an Indian citizen. In case you don’t hold an Indian passport, you will need to check online for Visa application rules based on your home country.

If you are not an Indian citizen, you will need Travel Medical Insurance to travel to the country. Please make sure that your insurance policy is valid for the altitude you are going to and the activity you are undertaking, to cover risks during the trek. The insurance policy provided by Bikat Adventures does not cover foreign nationals. So, please do not purchase it while making the booking from our website.

The Himalayas house the tallest mountains in the world and have long been a treasure trove for all adventure enthusiasts. The variety in terms of beauty, terrain, landscape, geography, culture and opportunity for adventure in the Himalayas, remains undisputedly unmatched.

You can make the booking any time depending on availability of slots in our fixed departure batches. You will get this information at the top of this page.


A Basic Mountaineering Course certification from one of the five recognized mountaineering institutes in India is a minimum requirement to join our team. Our field experts are also trained in basic medicine and first-aid response. We also conduct on-ground training for our staff once a year as a refresher for old skills and to learn some new ones. During this training that we call APW (Adventure Professional Workshop), our leaders learn close to 25 topics and techniques of rescue which are not covered in the BMC and AMC courses. For practical training, we simulate on-ground situations to prepare them for quick thinking and quick response during emergencies.

We follow a rigorous regime of hiring and training our experts on the field. Each trek leader is a certified mountaineer with years of experience in the field. The interview process to bring a trek leader on-board is close to 6 months long where we assess various skills as well as personality traits of an individual. They also go through an on-field assignment as part of the hiring process. Trek leaders also progress in time from leading easier treks before advancing to the more difficult ones where the stakes are higher. For detailed information on our selection process, please visit Forerunners - The Making Of A Trek Leader

It absolutely is. We recognize, value and embody the ideology that the world of outdoor adventure can benefit from diversity. We make it our mission to create outdoor spaces as equally accessible and safe for all genders as possible. We also encourage women leaders in the outdoors and all of our staff (irrespective of gender) is gender sensitised. As for accommodation, in case there are no other women on the trek, a solo female trekker is provided with a separate single-occupancy tent.

Our batch sizes for Pin Bhaba Pass Trek are capped at 15 with the trek leader to trekker ratio of 1:8.

In addition to their qualification, our trek leaders are trained to tackle any and all kinds of sudden conditions that may present themselves on ground. During our recce stage, we study the trail in great detail and map out rescue routes before opening it up for our trekkers. We also have local support staff stationed in each area to arrange for emergency services at the place of need as quickly as possible.

We mobilise road rescue efforts where our trek leaders bring the person to be rescued down to the trailhead of the trek from where a car can take them to the nearest healthcare facility. The cost of rescue is not covered in the trek fee that we charge. It must be borne by the participant. However, if you opt for the insurance, the cost of rescue operations can be claimed from the Insurance company on production of valid proof e.g. doctor’s prescription & hospital bills etc. Please note that Bikat Adventures is only a facilitator & not a party in the Insurance policy. You need to raise the claim request directly with the Insurance company. Bikat Adventures is not responsible for any rejection of claim. You can call the insurance provider directly for any clarifications related to the Insurance policy. Although not mandatory, we recommend buying the insurance. You don’t necessarily have to get the insurance we provide, you can pick an Insurance company of your choice and get a policy directly from them. If you need more information on the terms and conditions of the insurance policy, get in touch with our customer support team.

All the gear used on our treks and expeditions is tried and tested, maintained for good quality and is overall top notch in quality and condition. We are continually looking to obtain the best of everything there is in the market so as to ensure optimum safety.

That will depend on the nature of your medical condition. Do give us a call, and one of our people will help you understand what is best for you. If not this, we are sure there would be plenty of other options you can choose from our vast portfolio to pick as your next adventure.


We have rolling camps on all our trails. To know why we are strictly against the concept of Fixed Camping, read Reasons to Ban Fixed Camping in Himalayas

This is a complex question and has a compound answer. The simple response is that because it is bad for the environment which we dearly love but if you are interested in a more detailed response to this question, please read Reasons to Ban Fixed Camping in Himalayas

There are a number of measures that we take to prevent overcrowding on some of the most popular trails. Some of them are capping our group size at 15, capping the number of trekkers on a trail to 250 per season, constantly looking for newer trails and routes to spread the crowd around and providing incentives to our trekkers to try unexplored territories with us. We put in place the system of dynamic pricing, which is the first of its kind in the trekking industry, which incentivises trekkers to choose less crowded trails by offering higher discounts. We have noticed, since we started this system, that this has helped in a big way to spread out the crowds between trekking routes. We are also going international so as to relieve some of the stress on the Himalayan landscape as well as explore newer ranges and design newer experiences for our community. If you want a more detailed description of all our measures in this regard, please read Simple solutions to overcrowding on Himalayan Treks

Some basic things to remember are: do not use water, do not dispose of anything non-biodegradable inside the pits, carry your own roll of toilet paper and remember to cover up after yourself to leave a clean toilet for your fellow trekkers. Everything else is much the same like using an Indian style home toilet!

Most wet wipes are not biodegradable which means it could take 100 years or more for them to decompose – not the best thing if you are trying to ‘Leave No Trace’, right?

This is quite a tricky situation but not a hopeless one. Since most of our sanitary waste is not biodegradable, we recommend that you pack your pads/tampons neatly, store it in a zip-lock bag and bring it back down with you where there are better options to dispose of them. In case you do not have zip-lock bags, ask our trek leaders for them and they should be able to provide them to you.

Each trekker is responsible for the use and hygiene of their own eating utensils. And as a measure to maintain proper hygiene, we do not provide plates and spoons. Also, dipping your hands in cold water to wash your own utensils adds something to the overall joy of high-altitude living, wouldn’t you think?


On making the payment, you will receive a booking confirmation along with the packing list and a copy of the undertaking form via email. You will subsequently receive emails detailing documents required, how to prepare physically and mentally for the trek, information on pick-up location on the first day etc. Please add info@bikatadventures.com in your trusted emails list to make sure our emails don't go to your spam folder.

A Whatsapp group will be formed a few weeks before departure. Members from our team are on those groups as well. Feel free to seek any clarifications you require in regards to the trek, on the group itself. Updates related to transportation/pickup point/pickup timing, accommodation etc. will be shared on the Whatsapp group as well.

Yes, we create a Whatsapp group a few weeks before the departure date so that the flow of information remains smooth and transparent.

Yes, it is one of the mandatory documents you will need to submit before the trek starts. The soft copy is to be sent to us & the original should be on your person while on the trek.

Yes, we will provide you an undertaking form through email which will need to be filled up by you and submitted to us post booking.

Why Bikat?

Small Group Size


Our batch sizes are capped at 15 for smaller treks with the trek leader and trekker ratio of 1:8. This ratio, in our years of experience, has proven to deliver the best trekking experience for individuals as well as groups. Capping the size of the group ensures individual attention to each trekker so that no signs of distress or need during the trek go unnoticed. It also helps to form a more cohesive cohort with better group energy which helps define the rhythm and pace of days on the trek.

As you go higher up on the BRS scale, since the stakes are higher, expeditions have an even smaller group size with the ratio of expedition leader to climber set at 1:2.


Qualified Trek Leaders


We follow a rigorous regime of hiring and training our experts in the field. Each trek leader is a certified mountaineer with years of experience in the field. In addition to their qualification, they also go through practical and situational training to tackle any and all kinds of sudden conditions that may present themselves on the ground. Being unpredictable is the core nature of the mountains but being ready for any circumstance as best as possible is a controllable asset that we try to nurture.

Our field experts are also trained in basic medicine and first-aid response.

Watch: Forerunners - The Making of A Trek Leader At Bikat Adventures


Guided Progression


Since Bikat Adventures is a learning-based organization, we help you climb up the ladder of difficulty within the sphere of outdoor adventure systematically. Our on-ground training modules are designed to handhold you through the upskilling process so that you are ready to take on bigger challenges.


Equipment Quality and Check


All the gear used on our treks and expeditions is tried and tested, maintained for good quality, and is overall top-notch in quality and condition. We are continually looking to obtain the best of everything there is in the market so as to ensure optimum safety.


Support Systems


Along with the staff you see on-ground, we have a team of superheroes working in the background to give you the best experience possible. Our background team also comprises local staff from each area who know the region best. Having local support helps with studying the area, pre-planning, execution, and in receiving timely support in case of emergencies in these remote locations.


Communication


Our on-field staff is in constant contact with our teams based in primary locations so as to eliminate any avoidable delay in reaching additional help and support when required. We try to use the best tools for communication available, including satellite phones, in regions where they are not restricted.


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Cancellation Policy


Cash refund

Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date

5% deduction

Cancellations between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure date

50% deduction

Cancellations within 15 days prior to departure date

No Refund

Voucher refund

Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date

No Deduction

Cancellations within 5 days prior to departure date

No Refund

Please Note:
  1. Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers
  2. This is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy.

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