Bhaba Pass

Bhaba Pass
Overview

Bhaba Pass a.k.a Tari Khango or Tarik La - Spiti to Kinnaur

There are 4 passes that connects Pin valley with Kinnaur and Kullu i.e. Bhaba pass, Shakarog Khango, Lartsaway and Pin Parvati pass. To the southwest lies the Bhaba pass which connects Pin valley with Bhaba valley of Kinnaur. Its named also Tari Khango and its more popularly known as the Bhaba pass. Spitian people has long been used this pass as a trade route between 2 valleys. Especially the requirement of timber to the Spitian house building. The geographic contrast between these two valleys is evident after descending to the lush green meadows of Bhaba carpeted in wild flowers, while Pin valley is situated in high cold desert region of Spiti and it remain moist during summer time and having a high winter snowfall. Numbers of plant species can be found in the valley, it is declared as a Pin valley national park in the year 1987, known as land of Ibex and Snow Leopard. Though rare in sightings these rare animal, but its a prime time to visit Pin valley in winter when these rare species descend to low altitude. The Chamurthi horses are the pride of Pin valley people and are one of a kind among highland horses. During the summer months the yaks roam free in the vast pastures of Pin valley. Buchens of this valley are the only remaining sects permorming ancient rituals.

OUTLINE ITINERARY - SPITI VALLEY & BHABA PASS
Day 1Manali - Rohtang la (3,978 m) - Kunzum la (4,551 m) - Rangrik (3,550 m)
Day 2Drive Chichim (4,250 m) - Dumla, Trek Kibber (4,205 m) - Gete - Kee. Back to camp
Day 3Trek Komic (4,587 m) - Langza (4,400 m).
Day 4Visit Dankhar - Kungri - Mud (3,750 m) drive 3-4 hours, Trek to Mud Pharka (3,780 m). 3/ 4 hours.
Day 5Trek to base camp/Balder (3,900 m) 5/6 hrs. Camp
Day 6Trek to Bhaba pass (4,900 m) - Kara (3,580 m) 7 /8 hrs. Camp
Day 7Trek to Mulling (3,100 m). 5/6 hrs. Camp
Day 8Trek to Kafnu (2,450 m), 3/4 hrs. Drive to Shimla 7 hrs . 



DETAILED ITINERARY 
Day 0: Arrive Manali 

Manali


Day 1: Manali - Rohtang la (3,978 m) - Kunzum la (4,551 m) - Rangrik River camp (3,500 m), 8-9 hrs
Today an early departure from Manali, we drive 3 hours to Rohtang pass (3,978mt.) Which is gateway to Lahoul & Spiti, Pangi and Zanskar.16km down to foot of the pass a small place called Gramphu. A dusty and rugged path leads towards Batal. Along the left for 17km to Chatru. Along the right bank of Chandra River to Batal and to Kunzom la pass. It's a 8kms descent from pass to Chandra Tal lake, which will take us around maximum of 5 hours with frequent stops to enjoy the breathtaking views of CB and KR range. The highest of the area is Mulkila 6400m and the view goes as far as until the Bara Shigri peaks. From Kunzum la its spectacular drive along the Spiti river and passing numbers of beautiful village we arrive at Kibber and continue to small village of Gete. From here we descent to Kee gompa with spectacular view of Spiti valley, trek until the Rangrik camp.

Day 2: Drive Chichim (4,250 m) - Dumla, Trek Kibber (4,205 m) - Gete - Kee. Back to camp
Today after breakfast we drive to Chichim village over a newly built bridge and upto Dumla, from where we trek to Kibber which goes by deep Pari lungbi gorge. It's a 2 hrs trek to Kibber. Short visit at Kibber and continue trail goes to Gete village. A short and tiny trail descend steep to Ki monastery, but the Spiti River valley view is spectacular to the eyesight. After arriving at Ki, we drive to Rangrik river campsite.

Day 3: Trek Komic (4,487 m) - Langza (4,400 m),
Today after breakfast, we drive to Kaza 3 kms and from Kaza we ascend to Komic village, which will take us 3-4 hours. Arriving at the top the Komic and Spiti river view is spectacular. From Komic we take a trail which goes to Langza village. Enroute we find some fossils. Langza is a beautiful village with backdrop of Chau Chaul Kang Nilda peak. A wonderful camp in high pleatuea.

Day 4: Visit Dankhar - Kungri - Mud (3,750m) drive 3-4 hrs, Trek to Mud Pharka (3,780 m). 3/ 4 hrs. Camp
Leaving camp today we drive to Lingti where Lingti River joins Spiti and enter in Lingti valley.
En route Dankhar monastery (3,980 m.) located on top of a small hill is 25 km. From Tabo. Dankhar the traditional capital of Spiti kingdom. Visit Dankhar you drive to Kungri gompa in Pin valley. Short visit to monastery complex and its a short drive to Mud by passing Sagnum village. Setting of from Mud we descend to Pin river and cross the river by bridge and over a small plateau and passing through fields trek to Mud pharka for our toning campsite.




Day 5: Trek to base camp/Balder (3,900 m) 5/6 hrs. Camp
Leaving Mud Pharka the trail is relatively easy from Mud Pharkha to Paldor. At the end of our trail the valley separates to main Pin River. To the right the trails goes towards Pin Parvati pass to Parvati valley in Kullu and to the left to Bhaba pass. Vegetation becomes less and less as we move forward, yet this valley is home of numbers of wild animals, the rarest and finest of them is an elegant snow-leopard. We could cross domestic animals i.e. yak and Dzo grazing. Pin valley makes different to other valleys of Himalayan region by its sedimentary rock formation.




Day 6: Trek to Bhaba pass (4,850 m) - Kara (3,580 m) 7 /8 hrs. Camp
Today an early departure recommended in order accomplishing the pass at a right time, yet this day could be long. At first trail is rugged, than walking over moraine, scree and boulder fields. Finally over patches of snow ice fields at the top of pass, approx around 4,900 meters, crossing the pass we descend steep to the campsite. Now the landscape changes dramatically to green pasture land at first, where summer time we could meet with sheperds of Kinnaur, who spend summer in this Rupin Bhaba wildlife sanctuary, looking after their flocks of sheep. The valley widen slowly as we set camp at Kara on the banks of Wanger.


 

Day 7: Trek to Mulling (3,100 m). 5/6 hrs. Camp
Today leaving Kara behind at first we cross some streams, than thickly flower meadows. The trail descend steep at some points, finally to magnificent campsite of Gulling, where the valley at its best.


 

Day 8: Trek to Kafnu (2,450 m), 3/4 hrs. Drive to Shimla 7 hrs. 
Today leaving Gulling, we trek through forest heavily thick with pine, cedar and birch. Our trek route was mainly through thick forest cover, mostly we walked looking at the stumps of those huge fir and spruce treesThe trail descend along the Wanger River. Kinnauri style houses will start to appear before Kafnoo. We arrive at Kafnoo our vehicle will be waiting for us, upon arrival we drive to Rampur the summer capital of Rampur Bushahr. Rampur is known for its Lavi fair that helds during November month, where traders of Spiti, Tibet, Lahaul, Kullu and Shimla trades abundantly and massively. Rampur is also significant when we speak of Himalayan kingdom's to its art and architectural point of view. Continue to the route we pass Narkanda, Kufri to Shimla.




COST INCLUDES
ü
  All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary

ü  7 nights camp with all camping facilities.  3 men spacious 4 season tents for 2,  sleeping bags, foam mattresses, dining tent, trekking poles & safety gears.

ü  All meal during trek - starts with bed tea to breakfast, lunch, 3 course dinner, tea /coffee, snacks. from Indian, Tibetan, Chinese to continental cuisine.

ü  Support staff: Qualified trekking guide, cook & camp crew.

ü  Trekking mules/horses for porterage of your luggage and trekking gear.

ü  Camping fee,  trekking permits.

ü  Goods and services tax.

ü  First aid medical kit.  


* Pic - French family from Chamonix - our first Bhaba pass trek - September month *

Package Itinerary
  • Day 1 Manali - Rohtang la (3,978 m) - Kunzum la (4,551 m) - Rangrik River camp (3,500 m), 8-9 hrs

    Today an early departure from Manali, we drive 3 hours to Rohtang pass (3,978mt.) Which is gateway to Lahoul & Spiti, Pangi and Zanskar.16km down to foot of the pass a small place called Gramphu. A dusty and rugged path leads towards Batal. Along the left for 17km to Chatru. Along the right bank of Chandra River to Batal and to Kunzom la pass. It's a 8kms descent from pass to Chandra Tal lake, which will take us around maximum of 5 hours with frequent stops to enjoy the breathtaking views of CB and KR range. The highest of the area is Mulkila 6400m and the view goes as far as until the Bara Shigri peaks. From Kunzum la its spectacular drive along the Spiti river and passing numbers of beautiful village we arrive at Kibber and continue to small village of Gete. From here we descent to Kee gompa with spectacular view of Spiti valley, trek until the Rangrik camp. 

  • Day 2 Drive Chichim (4,250 m) - Dumla, Trek Kibber (4,205 m) - Gete - Kee. Back to camp

    Today after breakfast we drive to Chichim village over a newly built bridge and upto Dumla, from where we trek to Kibber which goes by deep Pari lungbi gorge. It's a 2 hrs trek to Kibber. Short visit at Kibber and continue trail goes to Gete village. A short and tiny trail descend steep to Ki monastery, but the Spiti River valley view is spectacular to the eyesight. After arriving at Ki, we drive to Rangrik river campsite. 

  • Day 3 Trek Komic (4,487 m) - Langza (4,400 m),

    Today after breakfast, we drive to Kaza 3 kms and from Kaza we ascend to Komic village, which will take us 3-4 hours. Arriving at the top the Komic and Spiti river view is spectacular. From Komic we take a trail which goes to Langza village. Enroute we find some fossils. Langza is a beautiful village with backdrop of Chau Chaul Kang Nilda peak. A wonderful camp in high pleatuea.

  • Day 4 Visit Dankhar - Kungri - Mud (3,750m) drive 3-4 hrs, Trek to Mud Pharka (3,780 m). 3/ 4 hrs. Camp

    Leaving camp today we drive to Lingti where Lingti River joins Spiti and enter in Lingti valley.
    En route Dankhar monastery (3,980 m.) located on top of a small hill is 25 km. From Tabo. Dankhar the traditional capital of Spiti kingdom. Visit Dankhar you drive to Kungri gompa in Pin valley. Short visit to monastery complex and its a short drive to Mud by passing Sagnum village. Setting of from Mud we descend to Pin river and cross the river by bridge and over a small plateau and passing through fields trek to Mud pharka for our toning campsite.

  • Day 5 Trek to base camp/Balder (3,900 m) 5/6 hrs. Camp

    Leaving Mud Pharka the trail is relatively easy from Mud Pharkha to Paldor. At the end of our trail the valley separates to main Pin River. To the right the trails goes towards Pin Parvati pass to Parvati valley in Kullu and to the left to Bhaba pass. Vegetation becomes less and less as we move forward, yet this valley is home of numbers of wild animals, the rarest and finest of them is an elegant snow-leopard. We could cross domestic animals i.e. yak and Dzo grazing. Pin valley makes different to other valleys of Himalayan region by its sedimentary rock formation.

  • Day 6 Trek to Bhaba pass (4,850 m) - Kara (3,580 m) 7 /8 hrs. Camp

    Today an early departure recommended in order accomplishing the pass at a right time, yet this day could be long. At first trail is rugged, than walking over moraine, scree and boulder fields. Finally over patches of snow ice fields at the top of pass, approx around 4,900 meters, crossing the pass we descend steep to the campsite. Now the landscape changes dramatically to green pasture land at first, where summer time we could meet with sheperds of Kinnaur, who spend summer in this Rupin Bhaba wildlife sanctuary, looking after their flocks of sheep. The valley widen slowly as we set camp at Kara on the banks of Wanger.

  • Day 7 Trek to Mulling (3,100 m). 5/6 hrs. Camp

    Today leaving Kara behind at first we cross some streams, than thickly flower meadows. The trail descend steep at some points, finally to magnificent campsite of Gulling, where the valley at its best.

  • Day 8 Trek to Kafnu (2,450 m), 3/4 hrs. Drive to Shimla 7 hrs.

    Today leaving Gulling, we trek through forest heavily thick with pine, cedar and birch. Our trek route was mainly through thick forest cover, mostly we walked looking at the stumps of those huge fir and spruce treesThe trail descend along the Wanger River. Kinnauri style houses will start to appear before Kafnoo. We arrive at Kafnoo our vehicle will be waiting for us, upon arrival we drive to Rampur the summer capital of Rampur Bushahr. Rampur is known for its Lavi fair that helds during November month, where traders of Spiti, Tibet, Lahaul, Kullu and Shimla trades abundantly and massively. Rampur is also significant when we speak of Himalayan kingdom's to its art and architectural point of view. Continue to the route we pass Narkanda, Kufri to Shimla.

Inclusions

Cost includes
ü
  All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary

ü  7 nights camp with all camping facilities.  3 men spacious 4 season tents for 2,  sleeping bags, foam mattresses, dining tent, trekking poles & safety gears.

ü  All meal during trek - starts with bed tea to breakfast, lunch, 3 course dinner, tea /coffee, snacks. from Indian, Tibetan, Chinese to continental cuisine.

ü  Support staff: Qualified trekking guide, cook & camp crew.

ü  Trekking mules/horses for porterage of your luggage and trekking gear.

ü  Camping fee,  trekking permits, peak fee.

ü  Goods and services tax.

ü  First aid medical kit.

Exclusions

Cost excludes
×     Domestic flight.

×     Hotel in Manali & Shimla.

×     Travel insurance.

×     Soft or hard drinks.

×     Entrance fee at monasteries

×     Personal tipping to staff: Guide, cook, helper, horseman, driver.

×     Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding beyond trip Schedule.

Reviews

At Kafnoo (Malana, Pin Parvati & Bhaba pass combined 19 days trekking) Trek member – Rohit and Sriparna "Had the most wonderful 19 days with the team of Potala Adventurers. Pritam, Dharampal and the team of 5 porters were most instrumental in the making this long trek a super success. Sriparna and I will miss them all and these gone days spent in the wilderness. We promise to be back for more treks in ...

Mr R Chaudhary & Sriparna G, New Delhi
Mr R Chaudhary & Sriparna G, New Delhi

SPITI VALLEY TOUR & BHABA PASS TREK - 7 nights 8 days“A very positive and proactive organization, always wants to improve upon the existing services:  Very open to client feedback and suggestions. Food was very good always – from breakfast to dinner. Very politely served food with warmth. Will recommend to others interested tourists in my friends circle. Wishing POTALA more success in years to come. Ravinder: Excellent leader & friend ...

Mrs Shanti S & group of 11 - Mumbai
Mrs Shanti S & Group Of 11 - Mumbai

I have no recommendations for the trekking crew. I was very impressed with both their professionalism and their courtesy. Our guide was very well organized and was a very trustworthy leader, particularly when we were in heavy snow areas. He was always willing to work with our needs, which was important since we were also doing research on our trip. The cook was also very professional and the food was ...

K. White - Geologist – USA, 16-22 May
K. White - Geologist – USA, 16-22 May


HIGHLIGHT

Bhaba pass (Tari Khango/Tarik La) ancient trade route

Pin valley national park
Rupi Bhaba wildlife sanctuary
The pride of Spitian – Chamurthi horses

TRIP FACT
Activity - Trekking & hiking
Region: Spiti - Kinnaur, Himachal

Difficulty level - Moderate
Max Altitude - 4865 meters
Max sleeping altitude - 3900 meters
Lowest trek altitude - 2500 meters

Trip Length - 14 days Delhi to Delhi
8 days Manali to Shimla
8 days trekking
7 nights camping

Best time - Mid June end to Oct end

DATES
24 June to 1 July 2018
8 July to 15 July 2018
23 July to 30 July 2018
16 Sept to 23 Sept 2018

PRICE
Price on request
8 Days Ex Manali to Shimla






At Kafnoo (Malana, Pin Parvati & Bhaba pass combined 19 days trekking)
Trek member – Rohit and Sriparna
"Had the most wonderful 19 days with the team of Potala Adventurers. Pritam, Dharampal and the team of 5 porters were most instrumental in the making this long trek a super success. Sriparna and I will miss them all and these gone days spent in the wilderness.
We promise to be back for more treks in Himachal and Ladakh with Potala."
Cheers
R Chaudhary and Sriparna G – 31 August to 18 September

“We chose Potala again due to an excellent experience last year. This time station with a couple of hiccups, but once we gave feedback the reality of service dramatically improves. We are quite happy at the end. Excellent, dedicated, courteous staff, Ravinder has been an exceptional guide. He took care of us like he was part of our families. He physically helped people that needed superb, a great man indeed. Cooking staff has also exceptional. ”
Shanti Sunder – Mumbai, 01 Aug to 08 Aug

ONLY BHABA PASS
Day 1 Manali - Rohtang la (3,978 m) - Kunzum la (4,551 m) - Kaza
Day 2 Visit Dankhar - Kungri - Mud (3750m), Trek to Mud Pharka (3780m). 3/ 4 hrs. Camp
Day 3 Trek to base camp/Balder (3900m) 5/6 hrs. Camp
Day 4 Trek to Bhaba pass (4900 m) - Kara (3580m) 7 /8 hrs. Camp
Day 5 Trek to Mulling (3100m). 5/6 hrs. Camp
Day 6 Trek to Kafnu (2450m), 3/4 hrs. Drive to Shimla 7 hrs . 

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Day 5 Trek to base camp/Balder (3900m) 5/6 hrs. Camp
Day 6 Trek to Bhaba pass (4900 m) - Kara (3580m) 7 /8 hrs. Camp
Day 7 Trek to Mulling (3100m). 5/6 hrs. Camp
Day 8 Trek to Kafnu (2450m), 3/4 hrs. Drive to Shimla 7 hrs . 

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