Pin Parvati Pass TrekThe Pin Parvati Pass is at an elevation of 5,400 meters and is one of the high altitude mountain passes in the Indian Himalayan region. It was once crossed by Sir Louis Dane in 1884. The Pin Parvati Pass acts as a bridge between the fertile and rich Parvati valley of Kullu region and Pin valley of Spiti region.
The Pin Parvati Pass trek is a popular trek in Himachal Pradesh, but it is only attempted by experienced trekkers. Hence, most of the valley remains unexplored by amateur trekkers and normal tourists. The Pin Parvati Pass trek is considered as the shortest route between the Kullu and Spiti valley and the journey sees frequent changes of landscape, from evergreen to barren and rugged. During the trail one will also notice and experience the varied cultures secluded within the mountains.
The Kullu valley, which is mostly dominated by the Hindus, comes in contrast when you step in to Spiti valley that is inhabited by the Indo - Tibetans. Further, the cultural charisma takes over the traveller's mind when he mulls over the ancient Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries that reflects several myths and legends. The journey passes through several small hamlets, gushing streams, thick alpine forest, wild life, pristine lakes, glaciers and cattle grazing farms.
Due to its high altitude and frequent uphill and downhill treks, the Pin Parvati Pass trek is considered as one of the most challenging treks in Himachal Pradesh and hence, it is recommended for trekkers having prior experience of trekking at high altitudes. The best time to hit the trekking tracks is during the Indian monsoon season which is from July to September.
Things To Carry
An identification card along with a photocopy
Full sleeve sweater/fleece jacket
Woollen monkey cap
Thermal innersLight weight rain coat/poncho
Sun glasses, Sun cap and/or head-scarf
Best time to visit Pin Parvati Pass TrekJuly Aug Sep
Region : Himachal Pradesh & Spiti
Level : Difficult
Maximum altitude : 17,500 ft
Trekking distance 110 Kms Approx.
Detailed Trek Itinerary
Day 1 - Report in Bhuntar. Road drive from Bhuntar to Pulga
Report at Bhuntar bus stop at 11:00 AM. 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. Stay in Hotel/Guest house on Sharing basis.
Day 2 - Pulga - Kheerganga - 2810m - 6 hours
Start trek from Pulga. In the beginning trail descend sharply till you reach the river bed 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. 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 other 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 small colony of temprory tent shelters. It’s a large meadow and has a hot waterspring with a pool. After reaching campsite you can take a bath in this pool probably your last for the entire trip.
Day 3 - Khirganga - 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. 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 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.
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 in 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 tree line here so the entire trail is a little rocky and hence ensure firm footing during your trek today. Thakur Kuan is a large pasture besides 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.
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 act as a bridge, Pandu Pul-1 for this stream. Once you cross over to other 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 loose 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.
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. Trail for today is pretty straight forward and there are practically no ascents or descents except the last 300 mts to the lake. 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 might Himalayas.
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 of 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.
Day 8 - Base Camp I over the Pass - 5300m - Base Camp II - 4900m 7 - 8 hours
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 other 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 kms 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 sometime here we will leave to 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.
Day 9 - Base Camp II to Wichkurung Thatch - 3500m - 6 hours
Today we have to reach Wichkurung Thatch our penultimate campsite for the trip. Trail descends down sharply for around 3Km. Be extremely careful and maintain 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 kms 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.
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 taxi to reach Kaza. We will spend 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 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 presents 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.
Day 11 - Kaza - Manali
After breakfast get ready for a long road journey to Manali .Drive in taxi from Kaza to reach Manali by the evening. The trip ends here.
Day 12 - Buffer Day
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.
How To Reach
By Air :-
Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs. 700- Rs1000. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.
By Train :-
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 Road :-
Kullu/Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Kullu/Manali in 12 - 14 hours. Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in . Tip: Since Delhi Kullu/Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 6 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate Manali to Delhi.
- Accommodation during the trek (camping)
- All meals – vegetarian
- Trekking permits and forest camping charges
- Trekking equipment (tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, ropes, etc.)
- Safety equipment (first aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretcher, etc.)
- Services of an expert trek leader (qualified in basic/advanced mountaineering courses)
- Services of an expert trek leader (qualified in basic/advanced mountaineering courses)
- Services of an expert trek team (guides, cooks, helpers, porters/mules)
- Food during transit to and from the base camp
- Backpack offloading charges – Rs 500* plus service tax of 9%. Charges for last minute offloading
- Personal expenses of any kind
- Anything apart from the inclusions
Terms & Conditions
Cancellation: If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.
In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please e-mail us at email@example.com Cancellation requests are not taken over phone.
The cancellation charges are as under.
Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.
Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (bank charges) from the total fee you have paid.