Pin Parwati Pass Trek
The Pin Parvati Pass, nestled at an altitude of 17,380 feet above sea level, in Himachal Pradesh, forms the gateway to the Spiti Valley from the Kullu Valley.Trek route is through lush green meadows, stately forests and narrow valleys. You are accompanied by the constant roar of the river Parbati till you reach Mantalai Lake on the 4th day. There are few other treks in Himalayas which offer a complete experience like Pin Parwati Pass Trek does. The journey begins from Bhuntar, a place 50kms before Manali on Delhi- Manali Highway. We start with a road drive on serpentine road from Bhuntar to Pulga via famous town of Kasol. On the first day we trek upto Kheerganga which is also a very popular weekend hiking destination. Kheerganga is also known for its hot water spring which is something not be missed when you are here. On the second day as we hike further from Kheerganga, the civilization suddenly disappear. You can only spot few Ghaddi settlements here & there. The camping site of Tundabhoj on second day is straight out of heaven. Huge mountains with cascading waterfalls is a sight to behold in Tundabhoj. Third day is one of the most adventurous day. Credit for this goes to three makeshift bridges on gushing river Parwati. These are known as :Tedha Pul, Trolley Pul & PanduPul. On fourth day we trek to the source of River Parwati which is Mantalai Lake. As we approach the Lake,you are welcomed by a criss cross of small rivulets of water which have a milky colour. This looks as if milk is flowing through hundreds of such streams. This landscape is also known as Mini Mantalai. On this day we camp near serene Manatalai Lake. After Manatalai Lake as we cross the pass we enter the beautiful yet harsh Spiti Valley. The change in Terrain & Landscape is very contrasting. Travelling all the way from lush green forests of Himachal now you reach the barren landscapes of Spiti. We end the trek in Mud village. A short road drive from Mudh will take us to Kaza where we stay in a Hotel for the night. On the last day we drive from Kaza to Manali where the trip ends.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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