Pin Parwati Pass Trek
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 is post monsoon between the months of August 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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