Bhaba pass Trek  - 7 days        

Chandratal Lake, Pin valley national park, Rupi Bhaba wildlife sanctuary, Buchen tribe and Spiti tour

Trip Route: Manali - Rohtang La - Chandratal Lake - Kunzum La - Losar - Kaza - Mud - Balder - Bhaba Pass - Mulling - Kafnoo - Rampur - Shimla

Trip Facts

Spiti Kinnaur region - Himachal Pradesh, India
Difficulty Level - Moderate, Max Altitude - 4865m 
Trip Length - 9/10  days Delhi to Delhi, 7 days Manali to Shimla, 6 days of Trek and 6 nights of Camp
Activity - Trekking, Hiking, Walking holidays, Best time - June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct

Meals - All meals during the trek and breakfast and dinner at Leh 

Trip Introduction

There are 4 passes that connects Pin valley with Kinnaur and Kullu - 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. It’s named also Tari Khango and it’s 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 it’s 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. 

Highlights

Bhaba pass 4865m a.k.a. Tari/Tarik la pass/ Aka Bhapa pass/Tari Khango ancient trade route Trekking in Spiti Kinnaur region
Pin valley national park
Rupi Bhaba wildlife sanctuary
The pride of Spitian – Chamurthi horses

Included in the Cost

  • All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary.

  • 3 - 4 season tent, sleeping bag, comfortable foam sleeping pad, trekking poles

  • All camping facilities: Mess tent, camp chair and table

  • All meals during trek from Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine.

  • Support staff: Qualified & trained local guide, chef and camp boys.

  • Muleteer or porter  for portage of your baggage's.

  • Camping fee, trekking permits and fee, park fee.

  • Medical first kit includes medicine for high altitude sickness, mini oxygen bottles.

  • Includes GST  5%.

Not included in the Cost

  • Hotel accommodation in Manali

  • Day 1st breakfast and last day dinner.

  • Travel insurance.

  • Soft or hard drinks.

  • Tips for Guide(s), cook(s), camp boy(s), muleteer(s), porter(s) and driver.

  • Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra and beyond trip Schedule.

Outline Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Manali - Rohtang - Chota Dara

Day 2: Chandratal, Trek to Kunzum la (4551m) - Takcha.

Day 3: Drive to Mud. Trek to Mud Pharka.
Day 4: Trek to base camp (balder) 5/6 hrs. Camp.
Day 5: Trek to Kara over Bhaba pass (4865m) 6 /7 hrs. Camp.
Day 6: Trek to Mulling. 5/6 hrs. Camp.
Day 7: Trek to Kafnu, 3/4 hrs. Drive to  Sarahan -Shimla.

Trip Ends
Day 8: Shimla - Chandigarh or New Delhi. Fly home.

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Detailed Trip Dossier

Day 1: Manali – Rohtang La (3978m) - Chota Dara

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 then on the right bank of Chandra River to Batal.

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Day 2: Chandratal, Trek to Kunzum la (4551m) - Takcha.

Early departure to Chandratal Lake and  trek to Kunzum la pass 4551m, the gradual climb with stunning views of CB peaks and as far as upto Keorang Range. This climb takes 6 hrs, reaching at pass, short drive to Takcha campsite. 

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Day 3: Drive to Mud. Trek to Mud Pharka.

Leave to Losar the most picturesque village in Spiti valley at an altitude of 4000m. We pass many villages along the route Kiato, Pangmo, Hal, Rangrik. At Rangrik Bridge we take the left hand road to Kee. And continues to Kibber village. Continue to Attargo where Pin River meets Spiti River. A 20 km. road will take you to the pin valley, known for the land of Ibex and snow Leopard. Arriving at Mud, short visit in the village.Mud is situated at the doorstep of a long winding valley of Pin. Leaving Mud behind we descend to Pin River Bridge, and short distance to Mud Pharka for overnight camp.

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​​Day 4: Trek to base camp (Balder or Paldor) (4400m), 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.

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Day 5: Trek to Kara over Bhaba pass (4865m) 7 -9 hrs, 17-18 kms, 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, 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.

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​Day 6: Trek to Mulling (3100m). 5- 6 hrs. 12-13 kms, 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.

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​Day 7: Trek to Kafnoo (2500m). 4-5 hrs, 14 kms Drive to Shimla. Drive 6-7 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 Sarahan for short visit. The Bhimakali and magnificent view of Srikhand peak are 2 major attractions at Sarahan.
Leaving Sarahan we drive to Rampur 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 and some touristic points.

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Day 8: Shimla - Chandigarh or New Delhi. Fly home.