Pin Parvati Pass Trek

Himachal Pradesh 12 Days

Difficult

78 KM

MAX 15

MAX ALTITUDE

5298 mts.


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Brief Description

Pin Parvati Pass is one of the most scenic treks in the Himalayas. The trail is through lush green forests, wide open meadows, uncountable waterfalls, a high altitude lake and brings you face to face with Parvati glacier. Very few treks give you a chance to walk on a glacier, and Pin Parvati trek is one of them. The crossover to the contrasting Pin Valley in Spiti adds a cultural spin to the trek making it even more attractive. The best time to go for Pin Parvati trek between the months of June and September. It is a challenging trek that requires a great deal of stamina and excellent trekking skills and therefore is not recommended for beginners. If you are a seasoned trekker and jonesing for some thrilling adventure - Pin Parvati trek is where you should head next. Stay on this page for more details like - Pin Parvati Trek itinerary, temperature chart, photos, and videos. Scroll to the end to read Pin Parvati trek blogs.



Itinerary

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Day 1

Report in Bhuntar. Road drive from Bhuntar to Barsheni.

Report at Bhuntar bus stop at 11:00 AM. From Bhuntar road distance to Barsheni is about 48 Kms and should take about 2 hours. Barsheni is the nearest road head for this trek which is also a Dam site. Stay in Hotel/Guest house on Sharing basis in Kalga which is around 15 minutes hike from last road head of Barsheni.


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Day 2

Kalga - Kheerganga - 2810m - 6 hours

Pin Parvati Pass trek starts from Kalga. In the beginning, trail descend sharply till you reach the riverbed thereafter there is a moderate climb till Nakthan. Nakthan is a small village of 10-15 houses with some tea shops, maggi point and a pool table under the trees. The trail from Nakthan till Rudranag is a gentle walk through apple orchards, is very soothing and pleasant. A small temple, waterfall and a wooden bridge don Rudranag. After breaking for lunch here brace up for some steep climb till Kheer Ganga. We will cross the wooden bridge over to another side of Parvati river and will follow the trail till Kheerganga. There are lots of stream crossing and rest points on the way till our campsite for the day. Kheerganga is a small colony of temprory tent shelters. It’s a large meadow and has a hot water spring with a pool. After reaching campsite you can take a bath in this pool probably your last for the entire trip.


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Day 3

Kheerganga - Tunda Bhuj - 3333m - 4 to 5 hours

We will take an early start from Kheerganga and will head towards Tunda Bhoj our campsite for the day. 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. The entire trail today is through thick forest, except for some a mild ascent here it’s pretty much flat. Today is probably one of those days when you will have ample time to capture photos and let the beauty of this vast expense soak in. 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 a 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.


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Day 4

Tunda Bhuj - Thakur Kuan - 3570m- 3 to 4 hours

After having breakfast and packed lunch we will continue our journey and Thakur Kuan will be our another pit stop for the day. We have to gain all of 250m today and hence will not be a very tough day except for a small tricky section at the beginning where the trail is washed away by a landslide. We will encounter this broken trail just after an hour into the trek. Once this section is negotiated today’s trek is fairly easy. Since we will be above treeline here so the entire trail is a little rocky and hence ensure firm footing during your trek today. Thakur Kuan is a large pasture beside river Parvati. There is trolly bridge nearby and you can check it out if you reach well in time and want to have some adrenaline rush. Make sure you go with Trek Lead if you do want to use this beast.


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Day 5

Thakur Kuan to Odi Thatch -3620m- 4 to 5 hours

Today is going to be the most thrilling day of your life for sure and a little longer. Campsite for the day is Odi Thatch and one may ask so what’s special about Odi Thatch that makes it so thrilling. Well, it’s not Odi Thatch but the two bridges that we will be crossing today that makes the day special. The trail begins with a mild ascent and then rises steeply before you reach the first bridge. Once you descend down to the stream there is a huge boulder which acts as a bridge, Pandu Pul-1 for this stream. Once you cross over to another side of this stream and think that adventure is over you will encounter another 20 feet boulder which is on Parvati river and this is your second bridge, Pandu Pul-2. After crossing Pandu Pul the trail is a straight walk till Odi Thatch. This trail is frequently used by shepherds and there are many offshoots from the main trail. So be extremely careful here and never lose sight if the person ahead of you. Odi thatch is a vast flat pasture in the valley and if one is a Sci-Fi fan can easily relate this place to some interplanetary travel.


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Day 6

Odi Thatch to Mantalai – 3700m- 5 to 6 hours

If the day before was the most thrilling, then, today is going to be the most enjoyable. The trail for today is pretty straightforward and there are practically no ascents or descents except the last 300 mts to the lake. The entire trail is a walk alongside river Parvati. You will be a seeing the river Parvati in its infancy and it’s a huge transition from the day we embarked on this journey. It’s hard to imagine that it’s the same river that could send shivers down the spine of even the toughest at the mere glimpse from the wooden bridge at Rudranag. Midway there is place often called mini Mantalai by the locals where the thousands of tiny streams are flowing over a vast expense of flat land and this is the where mighty Parvati is still in embryonic stage. After we cross mini Mantalai there is a steep climb of about 300 m. This is the final assault and can be negotiated pretty quickly. After this ascent is over we reach the glacial lake Mantalai. Here we will set our camp for the day. It’s an amazing campsite on the shores of Mantalai surrounded by mighty Himalayas.


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Day 7

Mantalai – Base Camp I of Pin Parvati Pass - 4940m - 5 to 6 hours

We are in for a challenging day today. We will take an early start and as we leave Mantalai Lake sun might just be rising over the mountains. There is a muddy steep section to begin with, here rocks and pretty loose so maintain a safe distance from the trekker ahead of you. Once this muddy section is negotiated the trail is over a spur and there is a fairly good ascent. Trail after crossing this spur eases out with gradual ascent till you hit the moraine area just 1 Km from our campsite for the day. This moraine section is just 1 km but it takes a little while to get through it. Climb during this section is pretty steep and hence require patience. As soon as you reach the campsite you will realize that we are camping just at the edge of Parvati glacier (approx. 300m). It’s a sight to behold and moonlit clear nights is always a cherry on the cake.


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Day 8

Base Camp I over the Pass - 5300m - Base Camp II - 4900m 7 - 8 hours

D-Day has arrived and we have to start real early today when the ice/snow is still firm and hence easier to walk on. Today we will cross the Might Pin Parvati pass over to another side into Spiti valley. So take a good look around the Parvati valley one last time as you were here for the last 6 days. Since today we will be negotiating around 3 km of glacier walk, be exercise extreme caution today and follow the trek leaders’ footstep all the time. On a glacier sometimes there are hidden crevasses which are very dangerous. Once this glacier section is over there is a steep climb of around 300-400 m just before the pass. Once you reach the pass take a deep breath and congratulate yourself for achieving this great feat. Yes, it’s you who has done it, it’s you who reached 17000 ft on your own. After spending some time here we will leave our campsite for the day which is about an hour or so from the pass. The trail descends gradually for around 1.5 Km to the campsite.


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Day 9

Base Camp II to Wichkurung Thatch - 3500m - 6 hours

Today we have to reach Wichkurung Thatch our penultimate campsite for the trip. The trail descends down sharply for around 3Km. Be extremely careful and maintain a gap from trekker in the front. Always ensure firm footing before making the next move. After around 1.5 km there is a stream crossing, after that the decent still continues. After around 3 km into the trail we will cross the river to other side and continue our trek on this side of the river till we reach Wichkurung Thatch. Trail after crossing the river is pretty flat and hence a welcome breeze after 2 tough back to back days.


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Day 10

Wichkurung Thatch - 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 a taxi to reach Kaza. We will spend the 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 the 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 the presence 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.


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Day 11

Kaza - Manali

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


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Day 12

Buffer Day

This day will be utilized in case of bad weather or other unexpected delays. 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. If the buffer day is used, you have to pay us INR 5000 per day +5% GST / per person. The amount will be collected by the Trek Leader.



Frequently Asked Questions

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Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Pin-Parvati Trek is a difficult trek climbing to an altitude of 5298 metres. This expedition should only be attempted by the seasoned trekkers and for those who have done moderate level treks before. A maintenance of good physical stamina and fitness is a requisite.

Eligibility: Experience required

  • Should have at least 7-10 trekking days in the Himalayas in her kitty.
  • Should have done at least one Moderate Plus category trek.
  • For the trek’s achieving more than 6000 Mts, it would help if the person has experience of trekking at altitudes higher than 4500 mts.
For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale

Packing List: What to pack

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Eligibility: Requisite Skills

  • Ascending & Descending on snow
  • Basics of Mountain Sickness
  • Basics of Mountain Hazards
  • How to use basic mountaineering equipment like gaiters & micro spikes
  • How to cross small and large water streams
  • Basic principles of acclimatization

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

  • 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)
  • Hold your breath for 40 seconds
  • 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 till you achieve the above benchmarks.

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

The trek starts from Pulga Valley which is half an hour drive from Bhuntar. There are direct buses available from Delhi to Bhuntar. All the buses going from Delhi to Manali drop down at Bhuntar. The trek ends in Kaza Valley which is 200 km away from Manali. It takes about 7 hours drive from Kaza to Manali. The frequency of buses between Kaza and Manali is low. However, you can take a private taxi from Kaza to Manali.
Manali is well connected to Delhi with all kinds of transport (except direct train) and can easily be reached through road or air.
By Road: The road distance from Delhi to Manali is 536 km. There are overnight HRTC buses and Volvos available from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi for Manali. It is a 14 hour journey by bus. You can book your bus tickets online through hrtchp.com or any other bus services available. You can also hire a private taxi or an outstation cab from Delhi.
By Rail: To reach by train, take a direct train from Delhi to Pathankot. Some of the trains that run on this route are Delhi-Pathankot Express, Jammu Tawi Express, Delhi-Dhauladhar Express. You can then take a bus from Pathankot to Manali. Or you can take a connecting train to Joginder Nagar from Pathankot which is the nearest station to Manali. There are buses running frequently between Joginder Nagar and Manali.
By Air: The nearest airport is Bhuntar airport which is located 50 km from Manali. There are taxis available at the airport which will take you to Manali. You can also take local buses that keep running from Bhuntar to Manali at very regular frequency. Buses are decent and very cheap compared to taxi that can cost you around INR 2000-5000 depending upon season.

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

Manali is the gateway to Solang Valley where you can participate in adventure activities like paragliding, and zorbing in the summer months when the snow melts. Visit the ancient Hadimba Devi Temple which has an interesting mythological tale associated with it. Walk through the charming lanes of Old manali. Visit the bazaar to buy some souvenirs. Jogini Fall and Vashisht Temple are other famous attractions in Manali. You can also visit Rohtang pass while you are in Manali. Kaza, the capital of Spiti is also famous for a number of tourist attractions. There are spectacular monasteries and local shopping souks. Kibber, Komic, and Dhankar Village are few of the famous villages in the capital. You can visit the world’s highest motorable village - Kibber and the highest post office of the world - Hikkim (pin code 172114).

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

You can find mobile reception till Pulga Village. There will be no connectivity beyond this point. BSNL user may get good signals in Kaza, and in Kibber.

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: What to pack



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Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

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Eligibility: Experience required

Should have an experience of at least 10 – 15 trek days in the Himalayas, At least one Moderate Plus category trek, Experience of trekking at altitudes higher than 4700 - 5000 mts, Medical fitness certificate from CMO of a recognized hospital.

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 till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Eligibility: Requisite skills

How to use an Ice Axe
How to use Climbing boots & Crampons
How to rope up & follow queued climbing/descending
How to self-arrest using an ice axe
Knowledge of Basic First aid

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Pin-Parvati Trek is a difficult trek climbing to an altitude of 5298 metres. This expedition should only be attempted by the seasoned trekkers and for those who have done moderate level treks before. A maintenance of good physical stamina and fitness is a requisite.

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

ID Proof (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried) and Medical Certificate (Soft Copy to be sent to us & original to be carried) are the mandatory documents required for this trek.

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

Pin Parvati Trek

Hands down Pin Parvati trek is one of the best treks of the Indian Himalayas. This trek takes you from the lush green Kullu Valley to the barren Spiti valley. Pin Parvati trek is not meant for inexperienced trekkers. The 10-day trek is highly scenic and offers some of the best camping locations. Trekkers looking to push their limits should go for Pin Parvati trek.

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

Pin Parvati trek best time is from July to September.

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

From Bhuntar road distance to Pulga is about 48 Kms and should take about 2 hours. Pulga is the nearest road head for this trek which is also a Dam site. The endpoint Kaza will also be reached by a taxi ride.

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

Pin Parvati trek ends in Spiti Valley which is famous for its eternal beauty. You can keep some spare days to explore the places around Kaza like - Kibber village, key monastery, Langza, Komic and Hikkim. You can plan a day trip to Chandratal Lake also. Manali is also a huge tourist attraction. Travelers come to visit Manali from all over the country. Here's the list of top attractions near Manali

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

On trekking days, all the trekkers will be accommodated in twin or triple sharing tents. Along with this, there will be also be a toilet tent and a dining tent installed at every campsite as we roll.

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

The stay will be at hotels/guesthouse.

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

We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accomodate 3 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks. Our sleeping bags are made up of Heatseeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.

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

Yes, there will be snow on Pin Parvati Trek.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.

Transport: In case we opt for the transport with you, where will you pick us from and where will you drop?

The pickup will be from Bhuntar.

Miscellaneous : Is there an option to offload my backpack?

If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior the trek through an email so that arrangement can be made in advance. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. In case you decide to offload on the spot, you may have to pay a higher price than usual. However offloading your rucksack is not recommended since it is not a safe practice.

Miscellaneous : Is the trekking pole necessary?

It is not mandatory but it is more convenient with the pole. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.

Miscellaneous : Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

Bhuntar has reasonable size market but because of immediate departure from Bhuntar last minute purchasing might be difficult. Please do not leave anything for last minute buying.

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

Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.

Miscellaneous : Will you give certificates on completion of trek?

Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.

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

July and August: 15-10 deg celsius during the day and at night temperatures may drop to 5 deg celsius. Day temperatures in September will be around 7 deg celsius and at night temperatures will vary from 0-2 deg celsius.

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

Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek. These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.

Equipment and facilities: If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

You will be provided with good quality of gaiters and microspikes from us depending upon the situation of the snow. Our trek leaders will also be carrying ropes and ice axe.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfil the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.

Equipment and facilities: What equipment can I rent from you?

You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack.


Why Bikat

Learning Experience
  • We are an Adventure Learning Organisation first.
  • We want you to not just complete a trek safely but also pick up some basic trekking knowledge and skills along the way.
  • To achieve this we have integrated learning modules into our itineraries.
  • These modules will help you build the necessary skills to progress from trekking to mountaineering over time.
Loyality Programs

Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.

  • Currently we have three levels:
  • Basic Membership
  • Summiteer Membership
  • Leader Membership
Personalized Attention
  • Our group sizes on treks don’t exceed 15 members in order to maintain a healthy Participants : Leader Ratio of 8:1.
  • Over time we have found this number to be optimum when it comes to ensuring personalised attention to every member of our group.
  • On mountaineering expeditions this number is even smaller. Our group sizes are capped at 12 members ensuring a Participants : HAP Ratio of 2:1.
Best Expedition Leaders
  • Our Expedition 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.
Eco-friendly Practices
  • Group sizes are capped at 15 people.
  • Batch sizes are capped at 250 people per trail per season.
  • We follow a rolling campsite model.
  • We are constantly exploring and introducing new trails to reduce the burden on existing ones.
Safety

For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.

  • To ensure this:
  • Every region of ours is mapped with an emergency evacuation plan.
  • The equipment we use is UIAA certified.
  • Our trek leaders are AMC certified with specialisation in rescue procedures.
  • Our support staffs are trained in first aid as well.

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What's Included

Whats Included

  • Veg Food (Starting Dinner on Day 1 till lunch on Day 10).Three Meals a day
  • Gamow Bag (HAPO Chamber) - 1 per batch
  • Portable Stretcher - 1 per batch
  • Stay in Hotel/Guest house on triple Sharing basis in Pulga. Guest House stay in Kaza on twin sharing basis
  • Satellite Phone & Radio Set for emergency communication
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges/Permits, Trek Permit Fee/IMF Permission (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Camping tents on twin sharing, Temp rated sleeping bags, mattress
  • Micro-spikes, Gaiters, Helmets, Harness, and carabiners, as required
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with Wilderness Emergency Responder & special rescue course from NIM Uttarkashi
  • First Aid Certified Local guide, cook, helpers
  • Porters or mules for carrying common luggage

Whats Not Included?

  • Meals during road journeys
  • Any kind of Insurance
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
  • Carriage of personal rucksack
  • Meals during Hotel Stay

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

Cancellations less than 5 days prior to departure
No Refund

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

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