Pin Parvati Trek 11 Days & 10 Nights

Pin Parvati Trek
Overview

Pin Parvati pass at an altitude of 5,319 m / 17,450 feet connects the Parvati valley (Kullu) in the west and Pin valley (Spiti) in the east. Pin Parvati can be cross without any technical difficulties. 
In Parvati valley the trail begins at a relatively low altitude, which makes better acclimatization before crossing 5319m. After large alpine meadows of Tunda Bhuj you reach the large flat valley floor at Mantalai, where moraines of Parvati glacier comes to an end. Leaving the valley, steep path to the left to base camp. A long  stretch of glacier crossing, the the trail runs through steep scree to the small pass, which provides panoramic view of Great Himalayan range peaks, Parvati South, Parvati North, Pinnacle, Kullu Eiger all above 6`000 m. A steep descent to Pin River. Easy trail along the left banks of Pin River to Mudh (3820m), the last village in the Pin valley. With extreme difference in climate, Pin valley is much more rugged and barren than the Parvati valley. This cold desert valley with its snowy crags, cliff, jagged rocks and other fossils make Pin valley a unique geological lab. Pin valley national park is home of snow leopard, red fox, marten, weasel, Himalayan Royle Pika, bearded vulture, golden eagle, lynx and Tibetan wolf. The Pin area is conserved as a national park since 1987. The main attraction of Pin valley is Chamurthi pony, known for its fast, sure footed on mountain terrain, moves safely on ice and well adapted to cost and harsh environment. 

Due to  southern edge of the main Himalayan range, during summer monsoons often at the foot hills determine the weather, which brings rain and snow around the pass. Mud slides at Pin valley can cause unpleasant surprise during monsoon, which brings the Pin valley to cut off from main Spiti valley.  The best time to go for this trek remain is from mid June to mid July and from third week of August to end of September. But be careful after third week of September, when frozen monsoon tail can bring huge snowfall at the main Himalayan range. 
 

HIGHLIGHT
Trek across the Great Himalayan range
Peaceful campsites along the Parbati & Pin river
Spectacular drive over Kaza - Manali road
Great Himalayan national park & 
Pin valley national park


PIN PARVATI TREK - OUTLINE ITINERARY
Day 01:  Manali to Manikaran (1700m) - Barshaini (2220m) drive,  Trek to Kheer Ganga (2880m)
Day 02:  Trek to Tunda Bhuj (3250m) 
Day 03:  Trek to Thakur Kuan (3480m) 
Day 04:  Trek to Odi Thach (3820m) 
Day 05:  Trek to Mantalai (4150m) 
Day 06:  Trek to Base camp (4680 m) 
Day 07:  Trek to Pin Parvati pass 5314 m - Base camp Pin valley / Shepherds Thach (4400m) 
Day 08:  Trek to Tiya (4000m) 
Day 09:  Trek to Mudh (3820m)
Day 10:  Drive to Kaza (3600m), Drive 50 km. Kaza to Losar (4000m) – Kunzum la (4551m) - Rohtang la (3978m) - Manali
Day 11:  Reserve day.

PIN BHABHA PASS EXTENSION - 15 DAYS
Day 09: Trek  to Mudh (3600m) 5 hrs
Day 10: At Mudh
Day 11: Trek Mud Pharka
Day 12: Trek Mangrungtse / Base camp 5/6 hrs.
Day 13: Trek Kara over Bhabha pass (4640 mtrs.) 6 /7 hrs.
Day 14: Trek Mulling. 5/6 hrs.
Day 15: Trek Kafnu, 3/4 hrs. Drive to Shimla.


PIN PARVATI TREK - DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 1:  Manali to Manikaran (1700m) - Barshaini (2220m) drive 93 km, 3-4 hrs,  Trek to Khir Ganga (2880m), 5-6 hrs
Today leaving Manali we drive 84 km to Manikaran. Manikaran is famous for its hot water springs and ancient temples. The trek winds through some small villages. Below Pulga ascend through the pine forest to reach Pulga. Trek leads through coniferous forests, waterfalls and various villages, camp at Khirganga. An open meadow and hot springs at the distance of 100m up the meadow. 


 

Day 2:  Trek to Tunda Bhuj (3250m), 6-7 hrs
There is a steady ascend out of the gorge, the valley then widens and the trail crosses several delightful pastures supporting a variety of wildflowers in the summer. Camp at Tunda Bhuj there are fine alpine views down the valley and waterfalls tumbling down the cliffs on the opposite side of the valley. 



Day 3:  Trek to Thakur Kuan (3480m), 6 hrs
Trek through birch groves, rocks, and dense vegetation then the trail descends to the riverbank. Cross Parvati River on a newly wooden bridge and climb gently for 1:30 hrs Just before campsite again cross the river by cable, overnight camp at Thakur Kuan. 


Day 4:  Trek to Odi Thach (3820m), 6 hrs
The trail passes through several Gaddi encampments before crossing a side river a natural rock bridge. Just above this natural rock bridge called Pandu Bridge. According to Hindu mythology, the bridge commemorates the retreat of the Pandva brothers to the Spiti and Tibet. Our campsite is at just below the Kullu Eiger 





Day 5:  Trek to Mantalai (4150m), 6-7 hrs
The trail then ascends gradually through a series of flowered meadows intercepted with boulder field brought down by many side streams. Just before Mantalai, 200mt. Ascend over the boulders field to abroad plateau. Camp at Mantalai 



Day 6:  Trek to Base Parvati valley (4680 m) 7-8 hrs
Trek is now through boulder and scree out of the main valley. The trail crosses a series of meadows before a further steep climb leads to the base of Pin Parvati pass. 





Day 7:  Trek to Pin Parvati pass 5314 m - Base camp Pin valley / Shepherds Thach (4400m), 8-9 hrs
Today steep ascend over boulders to a large snowfield below the pass. Then trail steps up to the Pin Parvati pass over snowfield. The pass provides magnificent view snowcapped ranges. Descent from the pass is a gradual over a snowfield initially; it becomes steep in many places, camp by the river. 






Day 8:  Trek to Tiya (4000m), 6-7 hrs
Today we descend slowly along the left banks of Pin River, walking on the loose rocks and many small streams to cross. Trail then leads small plateau above the valley then it leads down to a grassy campsite of Tiya.
Pin valley is a national park known as the land of Ibex and Snow Leopard. The most interesting to see is Chamurti horses, which are popularly called the camel of the cold desert. The lifeline of this difficult terrain, Spiti, and Chamurti are among the six recognized finest breeds of horses in India. Pin valley is protected area, with Rupi Bhaba wild life sanctuary to its south and Great Himalayan National Park to its southwest. 






Day 9:  Trek to Mudh (3820m), 6 hrs.
Trail goes down to the valley is gradual walk. Just before reaching Mud it is little bit difficult. 




Day 10:  Mudh to Kaza (3600m), Drive 50 km,  2 hrs
Continue drive to Losar (4000m) – Kunzum la (4551m) - Rohtang la (3978m) - Manali, 204 kms. 9-10. hrs.

An early departure from Mudh. Driving through Pin River valley crossing villages of Sagnum, Kungri, Mikkim and continue to Kaza. Leaving Kaza drive to Losar – last village in Spiti valley, after Losar road climbs up to Kunzum la pass (4551m.), which connects Lahoul with Spiti. The panorama as viewed from the top of the pass is enthralling and inspiring. 8 km. Walking gradually downwards to the lake of the moon-Chandertal lake. Vast meadows around the lake carpeted with alpine flowers is an ideal place for camping. Crossing Kunzom we drive along the Chandra River to Gramphu and road climbs up to Rohtang pass. Manali is 51 km from, overnight hotel.





Day 11: Reserve Day
A reserve or buffer day has kept in case of emergency or roadblocks etc as the road in Pin valley is uncertain. 


 

What clients / trekkers has to say

" I would like to thank you my guide Sherab Gyaltson to assist me of completing the Pin Parvati & Hamta pass trek successfully. it's a nice & beautiful trek which I enjoy a lot throughout. During the trek, Sherab assisted me to overcome many obstacles along the way, boulders and river crossing. Walk over the scree, slopes, rocks & ice with soft snow. He also show me various types of flora & fauna and medical herbs which widen my knowledge. He also brought me to Langza village in Spiti valley for finding the fossils in the nallah and brought me to visit several Shepherds summer camps to have tea & chit chat with them which makes the trip more interesting and enhance me a better understanding of their life & hardship. I would also like to thank you Mr Prem Singh organize this trek successfully. He has great passion with deep knowledge of organizing treks and climb in the region. I am looking forward to the next adventure trip with Potala Adventurers. "  
Mr Stanley Lai - Singapore -  22nd June to 10th July  2016

Stanley's 5th Great Himalayan trek with us.
1. Parang la & Kanamo peak - 2011

2. 
Zanskar Traverse - 2014
3. 
Umasi la & Kanji la - 2015
4.
Pin Parvati & Hamta pass - 2016 
5. Poat la & Stok kangri - 2017

Our Guide was very competent and responsible person. He was always on place with a good attitude to all the staff. The trek was demanding according to monsoon time and we felt very safe and had no doubt we are in good hands. The kitchen staff was very helpful in all the situations. The food prepared by the cook was very tasty and we liked all the dishes. " 
Dorota, Ewa & Malgorzata - Warsaw - POLAND - 15 July 2015
Mrs Dorotas 3rd Indian Himalayan trip with us
1. Markha valley & Stok Kangri - 2012
2. Pin Parvati trek & Spiti Kinnaur tour - 2015
3. Parang la trek - Kibber to Korzok - 2017

Thanks for putting together a wonderful team for our Pin - Parvati trek. We had great time. We truly appreciate it. Now I don't have to search for agency for our next year's Himalayan trip. Thanks much !!.  
Mrs B. Marwah & family - USA - 9 July 2015 

"The guide and cook very helpful.
Ganesh- the head porter was very helpful & took initiative when we reached campsites to pitch tents etc. Personal shawl was a good touch. Food was varied and interesting every day. Dharam paul is a jolly fellow & everyone was kind enough to make cake and pizza. The candle was awesome. Overall, I had a great time and we will definitely come back! "
Padma – 4 September – 13 September 2013 

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 – 18 September 2013 

 

Package Itinerary
  • Day 1 Manali to Manikaran (1700m) - Barshaini (2220m) drive 93 km, 3-4 hrs, Trek to Khir Ganga (2880m), 5-6 hrs

    Today leaving Manali we drive 84 km to Manikaran. Manikaran is famous for its hot water springs and ancient temples. The trek winds through some small villages. Below Pulga ascend through the pine forest to reach at Pulga. Trek leads through coniferous forests, waterfalls and various villages, camp at Khirganga. An open meadow and hot springs at the distance of 100m up the meadow.

  • Day 2 Trek to Tunda Bhuj (3250m), 6-7 hrs

    There is a steady ascend out of the gorge, the valley then widens and trail crosses several delightful pastures supporting a variety of wild flowers in the summer. Camp at Tunda Bhuj there are fine alpine views down the valley and waterfalls tumbling down the cliffs on the opposite side of the valley.

  • Day 3 Trek Thakur Kuan (3480m), 6 hrs

    Trek through birch grooves, rocks and dense vegetation then trail descends to the riverbank. Cross Parvati River on a newly wooden bridge and climb gently for 1:30 hrs Just before campsite again cross river by cable, overnight camp at Thakur Kuan.

  • Day 4 Trek Odi Thach (3820m), 6 hrs

    The trail passes through several Gaddi encampments before crossing a side river a natural rock bridge. Just above this natural rock bridge called Pandu Bridge. According to Hindu mythology, the bridge commemorates the retreat of the Pandava brothers to the Spiti and Tibet. Our campsite is at just below the Kullu Eiger

  • Day 5 Trek Mantalai (4150m), 6-7 hrs

    The trail then ascends gradually through a series of flowered meadows intercepted with boulder field brought down by many side streams. Just before Mantalai, 200mt. Ascend over the boulders field to abroad plateau. Camp at Mantalai

  • Day 6 Trek to Base Parvati valley (4680 m) 7-8 hrs

    Trek is now through boulder and scree out of the main valley. The trail crosses a series of meadows before a further steep climb leads to the base of Pin Parvati pass.

  • Day 7 Trek to Pin Parvati pass 5314 m - Base camp Pin valley / Shepherds Thach (4400m), 8-9 hrs

    Today steep ascend over boulders to a large snowfield below the pass. Then trail steps up to the Pin Parvati pass over a snowfield. The pass provides magnificent view of snowcapped ranges. Descent from the pass is a gradual over a snowfield initially; it becomes steep in many places, camp by the river.

  • Day 8 Trek to Tiya (4000m), 6-7 hrs

    Today we descend slowly along the left banks of Pin River, walking on the loose rocks and many small streams to cross. The trail then leads small plateau above the valley then it leads down to a grassy campsite of Tiya.
    Pin valley is a national park known as the land of Ibex and Snow Leopard. The most interesting to see is Chamurti horses, which are popularly called the camel of the cold desert. The lifeline of this difficult terrain, Spiti, and Chamurti are among the six recognized finest breeds of horses in India. Pin valley is protected area, with Rupi Bhaba wildlife sanctuary to its south and Great Himalayan National Park to its southwest.

  • Day 9 Trek to Mudh (3820m), 6 hrs.

    The trail goes down to the valley is a gradual walk high up along the left bank of Pin River. 

  • Day 10 Mudh to Kaza (3600m), Drive 50 kms, 2 hrs Continue drive to Losar (4000m) – Kunzum la (4551m) - Rohtang la (3978m) - Manali, 204 kms. 9-10. hrs.

    An early departure from Mudh. Driving through Pin River valley crossing villages of Sagnum, Kungri, Mikkim and continue to Kaza. Leaving Kaza drive to Losar – last village in Spiti valley, after Losar road climbs up to Kunzum la pass (4551m.), which connects Lahoul with Spiti. The panorama as viewed from the top of the pass is enthralling and inspiring. 8 km. Walking gradually downwards to the lake of the moon-Chandertal lake. Vast meadows around the lake carpeted with alpine flowers is an ideal place for camping. Crossing Kunzom we drive along the Chandra River to Gramphu and road climbs up to Rohtang La. Manali is 51 km from Rohtang La.

  • Day 11 Reserve Day

    A reserve or buffer day has kept in case of emergency or road blocks etc as road in Pin valley is uncertain.

Inclusions

-  All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary. 
-  1-night hotel /Guest house / Homestay accommodation at Mudh.
-  Accommodation on twin share in 3 men 4 season tents,  sleeping bags/liners, foam mattresses, mess tent, stool, chairs, toilet tent. Single tent available on request.
-  All meal during trek - starts with bed tea to breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea /coffee, snacks. from Indian, Tibetan, Chinese to continental cuisine.
-  Support staff: Qualified English speaking Ladakhi or local trekking guide, cook & camp crew.
-  Trekking porters for porterage of your luggage and trekking gear.
-  Camping fee,  climbing permits.
-  GST (Goods and services tax) as applicable.
-  First aid medical kit.

Exclusions

×     Domestic flight Delhi - Kullu Manali
×     Delhi - Chandigarh - Manali OR  Manali - Chandigarh - Delhi transfer. (Booking of a private car on request)
×     Hotel in Manali or Kaza.
×     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

" I would like to thank you my guide Sherab Gyaltson to assist me of completing the Pin Parvati & Hamta pass trek successfully. it's a nice & beautiful trek which I enjoy a lot throughout. During the trek, Sherab assisted me to overcome many obstacles along the way, boulders and river crossing. Walk over the scree, slopes, rocks & ice with soft snow. He also show me various types of ...

Mr. Stanley, Singapore, 22 June to 10 July 2016
Mr. Stanley, Singapore, 22 June To 10 July 2016

“Our Guide was very competent and responsible person. He was always on place with a good attitude to all the staff. The trek was demanding according to monsoon time and we felt very safe and had no doubt we are in good hands. The kitchen staff was very helpful in all the situations. The food prepared by the cook was very tasty and we liked all the dishes. "  Mrs. ...

Mrs. Dorota, Ewa & group, Warsaw - Poland, 15 July 2015
Mrs. Dorota, Ewa & Group, Warsaw - Poland, 15 July 2015

“We can't say enough thanks to Prem Barbogpa at Potala Adventurers for excellent management of our Pin Parvati Trek in July. We are extremely happy with Potala's services, from the first interaction to the completion of trek, everything was handled with great professionalism. Prem delivered more than he promised. Prem put together a perfect team for our family, which includes 2 kids. Our guide Pritam, chef Sherab and porters were all ...

Mrs. Binny, USA - 9 July 2015
Mrs. Binny, USA - 9 July 2015

"The guide and cook very helpful. Ganesh- the head porter was very helpful & took initiative when we reached campsites to pitch tents etc. Personal shawl was a good touch. Food was varied and interesting every day. Dharam paul is a jolly fellow & everyone was kind enough to make cake and pizza. The candle was awesome. Overall, I had a great time and we will definitely come back! " Ms ...

Ms Padma, Delhi, 4 September to 13 September 2013
Ms Padma, Delhi, 4 September To 13 September 2013

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. Rohit C & S Gosh, New Delhi, 31 Aug to 18 September 2013, 19 days trek
Mr. Rohit C & S Gosh, New Delhi, 31 Aug To 18 September 2013, 19 Days Trek

Pin Parvati trek - Spiti tour - Chandratal - Manali - Shimla - Kalka - Delhi - 15 nights 16 days “Dear Prem and Tenzing we like to thank you for the magnificent time we had on the Pin-Parvati-Trek, the really amazing Jeep trip though the remote Spiti valley and the little trek to Chandratal Lake. The ride to Shimla and the trains to Delhi were well organized as well; you choose ...

Mr Mark & S Schroder, Bonn - Germany, 23 Aug to 7 Aug - 16 days
Mr Mark & S Schroder, Bonn - Germany, 23 Aug To 7 Aug - 16 Days


DATES
21 July - 31 July, 2019 (Available)
11 Aug - 21 Aug, 2019 
(Available)
25 Aug - 4 Sept, 2019 (Available)
8 Sept - 18 Sept, 2019 (Available)
15 Sept - 25 Sept, 2019 (Available)

TRIP FACT
Activity: Trekking & hiking
Region: Kullu & Spiti of Himachal
Difficulty level: Moderate to strenuous
Max altitude: 5,319 meters
Max sleeping altitude: 4680m
Lowest trekking altitude: 2220m
Trip length: 13 days from Delhi
10 or 11 days Manali to Manali
9 days of trekking, 8 nights camping
Best time: Mid June to Mid Oct.   


 















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