Pin Parvati Pass Expedition

The Wildest Cross-Over Trek of India

Difficult

Pin Parvati Pass Expedition

BRS 6
Max Altitude
Himachal
12 Days
82 Km
Max 15
49000 + 5% GST
Barsheni to Kaza

Add ons



Bhuntar to Barsheni
Kaza to Manali
Sumo
(Shared by 5-6 trekkers)
Tempo
(Shared by 11-12 trekkers)
₹3500
₹5000
₹11000
₹17000

Brief Description

Grade:Difficult
Location: Himachal
Altitude:5298 m
Duration:12 Days
Pin Parvati Pass, a trans-Himalayan trek, is one of the toughest cross overs treks in the country, meant for seasoned trekkers looking for a challenge. It is your passage between two distinct worlds - that from the abundant and alive Parvati valley which starts at the confluence of Parvati river and Beas river in Himachal Pradesh 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 (5,298M) - 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, is an experience like no other. This is the reason why Pin Parvati Pass continues to remain our most favorite cross-over trek in the country!

The trail of Pin Parvati starts at Bhuntar which, a town in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. The Bhuntar airport connects the place to most major cities like Delhi and Chandigarh. Starting at 2,000M, The trek takes you to an astounding height of 5,289M and descends down on the other side to a small village in Spiti, by the name of Mudh (3,810 M). The experience is no less than witnessing a multitude of dimensions in a span of 12 days. Pin Parvati is a popular trail and not without good reason, too. It is a trek which marries beauty to adventure for its exquisite landscapes and its challenging terrain. The beauty of the trek is hypnotic along with it being a challenging endeavor. This trail that takes you through all kinds of terrain – forests, meadows, streams, waterfalls, glaciers and the arid lands of Spiti, is a visual lesson in the coexistence of extremes. Be prepared for an overstimulation of all your senses!

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 realization 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 is a much more challenging endeavor than its sister trek Pin Bhaba Pass (4,915M) which is much shorter and easier in terms of terrain and altitude gain. The length of the trek, the long distances, the demanding terrain and high vertical gains every day make the trek suitable for seasoned trekkers with extensive experience in the Himalayas. If you are a frequent trekker in the Himalayas, are familiar with altitude and acclimatization related difficulties and are looking for your next challenge, Pin Parvati Pass would be an excellent choice to make.

The best time to do this trek is between June and September. 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 Parvati trek route map, itinerary, temperature chart, photos, and videos.

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Brief Itinerary

Bhuntar (2,000M) to Barsheni (2,580M);
Kalga (2,280M) - Kheerganga (2,960M) (Click to View GPS data);
Kheerganga (2,779M) to Tunda Bhuj (3200M) (Click to View GPS data);
Tunda Bhuj (3,200M) to Thakur Kuan (3,620M) (Click to View GPS data);
Thakur Kuan (3,620M) to Odi Thatch (3,815M) (Click to View GPS data);
Odi Thatch (3,815M) to Mantalai (4,096M) (Click to View GPS data);
Mantalai (4,096M) to Base Camp I (4,800M) (Click to View GPS data);
Base Camp I (4,800M) to Base Camp II (4,800M) via Pin Parvati Pass (5,289M) (Click to View GPS data);
Base Camp II (4,800M) to Wichkurung Thatch (3,500M) (Click to View GPS data);
Wichkurung Thatch (3,500M) to Mudh (3,970M) to Kaza (3,800M) (Click to View GPS data);
Kaza (3,800M) to Manali (2,050M);
Buffer Day;

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1

Bhuntar (2,000M) to Barsheni (2,580M)

Distance: 50 kms

Duration: 2.5 hours

Today is a relaxed day – one which includes assembling at Bhuntar and then driving up to Barsheni, which is the trail head for Pin Parvati Trek. Bhunter is 11 kms from Kullu, Himachal Pradesh.  The airport at Bhuntar connects the place to all the major cities making it easily accessible. The drive from Bhuntar to Barsheni is 50 kms and should take about 2.5 hours to complete. From here, we trek to Kalga which will take less than 20 minutes to cover. We spend the remainder of the day going over the itinerary, getting acquainted to our fellow trekkers and settling into our accommodation for the day.

Day 2

Kalga (2,280M) - Kheerganga (2,960M) (Click to View GPS data)

Distance: 8 kms

Duration: 6 hours

Kalga is a charming little village in Parvati Valley in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. This beautiful establishment doubles up as the trail head for the popular Kheerganga trek which sees a lot of tourists each year. It also serves as a trail head for this trek.

The trail begins with a sharp descent until we hit the riverbed. Post this, it is a moderate climb all the way up to Nakthan which is an even smaller settlement. It accommodates close to 20-30 households with a few options of refreshments and snacks if you want to fill your tummies for the trek ahead. The village sits to the left of the roaring Parvati River and lies at a halfway mark on the trail to Kheerganga. Bordered by neatly laid out rows of apple trees on both sides of the village along with the variety of colours bursting out from the flora in and around the village, this tiny settlement is nothing if not refreshing. This is the landscape we follow all the way to Rudranag Temple. The Rudranag temple is 30 minutes from Nakhtan village and gets its name from the serpent-like waterfall near the temple.

Soak in the beauty of the place, for from here on, it is a steep climb up to Kheerganga. From Rudranag, we cross the wooden bridge over to the other side of the fierce Parvati River and follow the well-marked trail all the way to Kheerganga. 

A lot of streams that need crossing welcome you all through the trail. It is not overly strenuous though, for there are plenty of rest points all the way to the campsite for the day. Kheerganga is a small colony of temporary tent shelters. It’s bang in the middle of a massive meadow with a hot water spring just by your tents. If you decide to jump into this pool of warmth to take a bath, know that it is likely to be your last during this entire trip!

Day 3

Kheerganga (2,779M) to Tunda Bhuj (3200M) (Click to View GPS data)

Distance: 11.37 kms

Duration: 4-5 hours

We make an early start from Kheerganga through the flower-strewn meadows on to our campsite for the day. At the beginning, the trail is muddy as opposed to the slightly rocky terrain we encountered the day before. The trek today is mostly through flat terrain with a few patches of ascent. It takes you through dense forests. More than the climb itself, there is a higher likelihood of delay to get to the campsite because of the picturesque landscape which might demand frequent and long halts just to soak all the beauty in. It is commonplace to chance upon families living in these thick forests going about their lives as you navigate your way through the trail.

The last bit for today is fairly steep, in a mucky terrain followed by a short walk through the meadows. When you start seeing the massive, foamy waterfalls on the other side of the river, lending to the dreamlike vibe of the place, know that you have reached your campsite for the day!

Day 4

Tunda Bhuj (3,200M) to Thakur Kuan (3,620M) (Click to View GPS data)

Distance: 5.24 kms

Duration: 3-4 hours

We will start the day right after an early breakfast. If you feel bad about leaving the beautiful campsite of Tunda Bhuj behind, worry not! The route today is strewn with meadows and waterfalls too. We have 400M of height to gain today, which means that it is a fairly easy day except for the tricky section at an hour’s mark from the beginning of the trail. It tends to get a bit precarious because of the possibility of landslides. Since we are now slowly moving towards the end of the tree line, the terrain starts to get a bit rocky – it would serve you well to exercise caution on this section. Our campsite for the day is a vast expanse of pasture land right next to the bustling Parvati River. There is a trolley bridge close to the campsite which you can check out in case you reach well before dark.

Day 5

Thakur Kuan (3,620M) to Odi Thatch (3,815M) (Click to View GPS data)

Distance: 9.66 kms

Duration: 4-5 hours

Today is going to be one thrilling day for the two bridges which need crossing to get to our next campsite! After a mild ascent, there is a steep rise in the trail which gets you to the first bridge. Once you descend down to the river, you will encounter a massive boulder which needs to be crossed to continue on the trail. This massive boulder bang in the middle of the ferocious Parvati River is the first bridge which will make your palms sweat. It goes by the name of Pandu Pul 1. Just when you would have recuperated from this little river-crossing-in-style adventure, you will come across another 20 feet boulder just chilling in the middle of the thundering river giving you a strong sense of deja-vu! This one’s called Pandu Pul 2.

After this queer, double adventure, the trail now simmers down and is a fairly straight walk till Odi Thatch. This narrow trail with multiple routes spread across different directions is a shepherd trail. Remember to follow the person in front of you closely so as to not get lost in this labyrinth. Thatch means meadows and living up to its name, this galactic-looking campsite of Odi Thatch is in the middle of a vast pasture land.

Day 6

Odi Thatch (3,815M) to Mantalai (4,096M) (Click to View GPS data)

Distance: 10.31 kms

Duration: 5-6 hours

If the day before can be labelled most thrilling, today earns the title of being the most fun! The trail for today is pretty straightforward with no harsh ascents or descents except for the last 300M to the lake. It’s a fair walk in the park along the banks of the pleasant and refreshing Parvati River. Halfway to our destination today, we get to a place called Mini Mantalai which is a junction for all the thousands of tiny streams which have made their way to this vast expense from different directions. This wide open land sees the merging of these many water bodies and is a marvel to witness. From Mini Mantalai, to get to the campsite for today, we now have to make a steep ascent of close to 300M which is manageable to negotiate. On the other side of the ascent lies the glacial lake, Mantalai – our campsite for the day on the banks of the lake surrounded by the mighty Himalayas.

Day 7

Mantalai (4,096M) to Base Camp I (4,800M) (Click to View GPS data)

Distance: 4.45 kms

Duration: 5-6 hours

Today is a long and hard day with a height gain of almost 800M. Considering the challenge for the day, we make an early start, at the break of dawn while the sun is still hiding behind the high peaks in the region. At the start, the trail is a bit muddy with large sections of loose scree which require extreme caution to be navigated. Once this section is crossed, we begin the long and hard ascent for the day. On reaching the spur, the trail eases up a bit with gradual ascent until we hit the moraine section of the climb. The moraine section is only a kilometer but takes the longest time to traverse through. It is a fairly steep climb made much more difficult by the rocky terrain. On reaching the campsite, it won’t be long before you realize that we are camping on the edge of the Parvati glacier. Even otherwise, but especially on moonlit nights, the glacier is a sight to behold!

Day 8

Base Camp I (4,800M) to Base Camp II (4,800M) via Pin Parvati Pass (5,289M) (Click to View GPS data)

Distance: 6.37 kms

Duration: 7-8 hours

Today is THE day! We pass the cross today and make our way into Spiti - a completely different world on the other side. Since it is going to be a long day, we make an early start, much before the break of dawn so that we get some firm ice to walk on. As the day starts to go up, the ice becomes unstable and hence much harder to walk on. Take one good look at the lush Parvati Valley before we bid it adieu to emerge in the cold desert of Spiti Valley. Today requires negotiating long distances on glaciers. It would serve well to exercise caution and to keep very close to your fellow climbers. Don’t be surprised if you chance upon a few open and many hidden crevasses which can prove to be extremely dangerous. On crossing the glacier, the last bit to get to the pass is a steep climb of close to 300-400M. This climb will take you straight to the top of the pass which gives you a glimpse into the two distinct valleys - the Parvati valley to one side and the Pin Valley on the other.

Our campsite for the day is close to a kilometer and a half away from here. This should not take very long since it is mostly just descent.

Day 9

Base Camp II (4,800M) to Wichkurung Thatch (3,500M) (Click to View GPS data)

Distance: 11.83 kms

Duration: 6 hours

We again make an early start. The trail descends down sharply for around 3Km. Another 1.5kms will bring you to a river crossing section post which the descent continues. Three more kilometers and we cross the river over to the other side. We continue walking on this trail by the river till we reach our campsite for the day. After around 1.5 km there is a stream crossing, after that the decent still continues. The trail after crossing the river is fairly flat and easy which is a welcome change of pace after the last two days which have been tough.

Day 10

Wichkurung Thatch (3,500M) to Mudh (3,970M) to Kaza (3,800M) (Click to View GPS data)

Distance: 15.26 kms

Duration: 5 hours + drive to kaza

The trail today enters a wide-open valley with numerous streams spread across its floor. 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 the water. Our destination is not too far from here. This trail leads us straight to the Mudh Village in the desolate, galactic Pin Valley. 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.

Day 11

Kaza (3,800M) to Manali (2,050M)

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 out of the town one day in advance. You can also opt for transporation with us. For the extra cost please refer the transportation add on section above.

Day 12

Buffer Day

In case of bad weather or other difficulties, Day 12 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. In cases when this day is used an extra amount of INR 5000/- per person is payable and same is collected by trek leader in kaza.

What's 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.
  • 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

What's 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

Are you Eligible for this Adventure?

The length of the trek, the long distances, the demanding terrain and high vertical gains every day make the trek suitable for seasoned trekkers with extensive experience in the Himalayas. If you are a frequent trekker in the Himalayas, are familiar with altitude and acclimatization related difficulties and are looking for your next challenge, Pin Parvati Pass (5,298M) would be an excellent choice to make.

Difficult
5298 m
82 km

BRS Level Required

BRS 6

Pin Parvati Pass Expedition is a level 6 adventure on the Bikat Rating Scale.

This makes it mandatory for you to have high-altitude experience of preferably multiple treks marked at level 5 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 Parvati Pass Expedition is only for experienced trekkers who have done at least one BRS 5 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.

The climb demands a few basic mountaineering skills; using an ice-axe, pitching a tent in snow, roping up, working together as a team, ascending and descending on steep gradients and seemingly simple tasks like ‘walking’ in snow.

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 Parvati Pass trek is located in Himachal Pradesh. The trek starts in the village of Barsheni, located in the Parvati Valley, and ends in the village of Mudh in the Pin Valley.

The trek offers breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, glaciers, and picturesque landscapes that are sure to leave trekkers spellbound. One of the main highlights of the trek is the Pin Parvati Pass itself, which is located at an altitude of 5,298M and offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. The trek also takes you through some of the most remote and beautiful valleys of the Himalayas, including the Parvati Valley and the Pin Valley. The Parvati Valley is known for its lush green forests, beautiful waterfalls, and hot springs, while the Pin Valley is a cold desert region that is home to rare wildlife such as the snow leopard, ibex, and bharal. In addition to the natural beauty of the region, the trek also offers a glimpse into the local culture and way of life of the people who live in the remote villages along the trail.

Pin Parvati Pass Expedition should only be attempted by experienced trekkers with a know-how of basic mountain skills and prior experience in high altitudes. The trek involves several days of steep ascent and descent, rocky and uneven terrain, walking on glaciers and cold river crossing. The challenges faced in the trek should not be underestimated.

The best time to do this trek is between June and September. 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.

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. Stay in Hotel/Guest house on triple sharing basis in Pulga and twin sharing basis Kaza.

Between June and September, which is the typical trekking season for the Pin Parvati Pass, the temperature during the day can range from 10-15°C in the lower altitudes to 0-5°C at higher altitudes.

Pin Parvati Pass does require the use of technical equipment and technical skills such as how to use an ice axe, climbing boots and crampons. However, given the level of endurance required and its high altitude, this trek is for experienced climbers only.


From Bhuntar, the road distance to Barsheni is about 50 kms and should take about 2 hours. Barsheni is the nearest road head for this trek which is also a Dam site.

There is mobile network only till Kheerganga.

The nearest ATM to the start of the trek in Barsheni is located in the town of Bhuntar, which is approximately 50 kilometres away. It is recommended to carry enough cash for the entire duration of the trek, as there are no facilities to withdraw or exchange money along the way.

The pickup will be from Bhuntar taxi stand. Bhuntar is a small town on the main Chandigarh-Manali highway.

Expect to reach Kaza late evening. If you opt for Kaza to Manali transportation with us expect to reach Manali by 4:00-5:00 pm on the next day (Day 11). Please keep a buffer of 3-4 hours in your further travel plan.

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 as well. 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


All the common gear like tents, sleeping bags, mattresses etc. are provided. All the technical climbing equipment needed for the trek, like snow boots, crampons, gaiters, ice axe, helmet, harness etc. are also provided to you. Safety equipment used for rescue is carried by our trek leaders.

You can rent trekking shoes, trekking poles, 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 during the briefing in Bhuntar, 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.

Bhuntar has a reasonably big market but because of immediate departure from Bhuntar 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 hand over your extra luggage at our office in Jagatsukh (Near Manali) before we head out for the trek on Day 2. You can collect your luggage from the same place after completion of the trek. The best way to reach Jagatsukh from Manali is by hiring an auto rickshaw or boarding a public bus. It’s 12 kms and takes about half an hour. Please do not leave any valuable items in your luggage such as watch/mobile phone/wallet etc.

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.

No, 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 Parvati Pass Expedition 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 parvati pass expedition are capped at 12 with the trek leader to trekker ratio of 1:4.

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 Expedition 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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