Pin Parvati Pass - 10 Days

Trek across The Greater Himalaya – Peaceful campsites along the Parbati & Pin river

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Trip Introduction
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 for better acclimatization before crossing 5319m. After the large alpine meadows of Tunda Bhuj, you reach the large flat valley floor at Mantalai, where the moraines of Parvati glacier comes to an end. Leaving the valley, a steep path to the left to base camp. A long stretch of a glacier crossing, the trail runs through steep scree to the small pass, which provides a 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. An easy trail along the left banks of Pin River to Mudh (3820m), the last village in the Pin valley. With the extreme differences 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 makes Pin valley a unique geological lab. Pin valley national park is home to 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 the 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 the southern edge of the main Himalayan range, during summer monsoons often at the foothills determine the weather, which brings rain and snow around the pass. Mudslides at Pin valley can cause unpleasant surprises during monsoon, which brings the Pin valley cut off from the main Spiti valley.  The best time to go for this trek remain is from mid-June to mid-July and from the third week of August to the end of September. But be careful after the third week of September, when a frozen monsoon tail can bring huge snowfall at the main Himalayan range.
The picturesque village of Mudh,  where the trek ends are surrounded by barley fields. From here, a jeep safari into the Spiti valley offers opportunities to visit the sights of Spiti i.e. Kungri, Tabo, Dhankar, Lalung, Langza, Comik, and Kee - Kibber, before returning to Manali.

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: 10 days Manali to Manali, 9 days of trekking, 8 nights camping, Best time: Mid June to Mid Oct.

OUTLINE ITINERARY
Day 01:  Manali to Manikaran (1700m) - Barshaini (2220m) drive,  Trek to Khir 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 Parvati valley (4680 m)
Day 07:  Trek to Pin Parvati pass 5314 m - Base Pin valley (4400m)
Day 08:  Trek to Tiya (4000m)
Day 09:  Trek to Mud (3820m), drive to Kaza (3600m) 50 kms.
Day 10:  Kaza to Losar (4000m) – Kunzum la (4551m) - Rohtang la (3978m) - Manali.

Outline Trek Itinerary

Day 1-  Manali - Manikaran (1700m) - Pulga (2100m) drive 84 kms, 3 hrs. Trek to Khir Ganga (2850m) 4/5 hrs.
Today leaving Manali we drive 84 kms 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 (3200m) 5/6 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 to Thakur Kuan (3400m) 5 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 to Odi Thach (3900m) 5/6 hrs.
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 (4100m) 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 camp (4550 m) 6 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 base of Pin Parvati pass.


Day 7 - Trek to Pin Parvati pass 5314 m. camp by the river (4810m) 7/8 hrs.
Today steep ascend over boulders to a large snowfield below the pass. Then trail step 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 (3900m) 5/6 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 land of Ibex and Snow Leopard. The most interesting to see is Chamurti horses, which are popularly called the camel of 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 Mud (3600m) 5 hrs, drive to Kaza (3600m).
Trail goes down to the valley is gradual walk. Just before reaching Mud it is little bit difficult. Reaching Mud we say goodbye to our porters and drive through Pin River valley crossing villages of Sagnum, Kungri, Mikkim and continue to Kaza. 


Day 10 - Drive to Losar (4000m) – Kunzom la (4551m) – Rohtang pass (3978m) - Manali.
Today leaving early we 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 moon-Chandertal lake. A 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 kms from, overnight hotel.

INCLUDED IN THE COST

-  All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary. Manali to Leh or Manali to Manali.
-  1 nights bed, breakfast, dinner hotel accommodation in Kaza at 3 star hotel on twin sharing basis.
-  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.

DOES NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST

×     Domestic flight Delhi - Kullu Manali
×     Delhi - Manali, Manali - Delhi transfer by private car / volvo bus.
×     Hotel in Manali.
×     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.


Trekking Gear

What we provide
We provide all the GROUP GEAR included in the following list:

3-4 Person roomy 4 season tents for 2 - 3 people and individual as well, dining tent, toilet tent and other camping accessories.
Sleeping bags and comfortable foam mattresses.
Kitchen tent, Stoves, fuel, cookware etc.
Bed tea, nutritious breakfast, three course meal (dinner), packed lunch, post trek snacks, tea and coffee.
Trekking poles and Duffel bags for your luggage's.
Basic first aid box and mini oxygen bottles

What you may need - Your personal gear recommended in List :-
Day pack: A bit of bigger size 30 - 40 liters in order to keep fleece, jacket, water bottle, camera, packed lunch

Foot wear :-
Good condition trekking boots – not new used before in your country side for best fit for trekking, water proof.
Camp shoes, light and comfortable as running shoes or sandal ( like Teva ) for river crossing. Its necessity for you to bring sandals for river crossing.
Socks both Woolen and cotton as desire.

Clothing :-
Gore tex jacket or similar.
Down jacket/vest is good for cool evenings.
Wind/Rain jacket: (i.e. gore-tex, northface or similar) waterproof and breathable. Its necessity to have jacket while crossing passes.
Trekking pants, light, comfortable, water proof /breathable.
Long sleeve shirt Light weight dry-fast (for sun/insect protection).
Thermal innerwear winter thermal innerwear.
T-shirts for day time.
One mid weight/heavyweight fleece (long sleeve) jacket or warm pullover.
Short pants, underwear.
Sun Hat: cowboy style or baseball style to protect skin from direct sunlight.
Woolen cap for high altitude or while crossing pass or during evenings in camp.
One fleece or sweatpants for cold evenings during dining.
A pair of Hand gloves or woolen gloves.
Scarf to protect from dust or sunlight around neck. This is available in local markets with variety of colors.

Accessories :- 
Sun glasses with UV protection. An extra sun glass in case to replace.
Sun screen and lip protection.
Moisturizer cream: In Ladakh the air is dry and sun is harsh and strong during day. There are local moisturizer cream available in market. To avoid somehow skin allergy bring your personal cream.
Water bottle. Minimum I - 2 liter.
Trekking poles or sticks. If you have your own folded poles. 
Torch or one head lamp with extra batteries. Petzl or similar.
One toiletries kit, small towel.
Reading and writing materials.
Digital Camera or digital video recorder / solar charger.
Water purification tablets.
Nylon or water proof plastic bags to storage clothes and stuff.
One pocket knife light.

Others :- 
Gaiter / personal  climbing gear. (Can rent at Manali or Leh or Uttarkashi).
Water purification/filter: we boil water for you in the camp, what its essential you to have a water purification tablets or filter during the day of trekking.
Mosquito repellent cream.
Small Binocular.
First aid kit: We carry basic first aid kit with diamox, aspirin, paracetamol, antibiotics for diarrhea, antiseptic, bandage and band aids, Please you bring your personal first aid kit with medicine you think to need necessity for you.
Vitamin tablets or similar. 
Extra passport photos.

“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 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.”
Stanley’s 4th 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

Mr Stanley Lai – SINGAPORE –  22nd June to 10th 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. “
Dorota, Ewa & Malgorzata – Warsaw – POLAND – 15 July
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 years Himalayan trip. Thanks much !!. “
We can’t say enough thanks to Prem 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 awesome and made our 9 days trek a memorable one. Great team, perfect execution, and beautiful trek…. we just can’t ask for more! Thank you so much Prem for your sincerity. So happy that I found you among all these interested-only-in-your-money travel agencies. We will definitely be back to you for our next Himalayan adventure.

It was a proud moment for our 8 years old to stand on Pin Parvati Pass, once he was told by our guide (Preetam) that he is the youngest one to climb it. Thank you Prem for all your help and happy attitude.
Mrs B. Marwah & family – USA – 9 July

“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 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.”
Stanley’s 4th 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

Mr Stanley Lai – SINGAPORE –  22nd June to 10th 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. “
Dorota, Ewa & Malgorzata – Warsaw – POLAND – 15 July
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 years Himalayan trip. Thanks much !!. “
We can’t say enough thanks to Prem 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 awesome and made our 9 days trek a memorable one. Great team, perfect execution, and beautiful trek…. we just can’t ask for more! Thank you so much Prem for your sincerity. So happy that I found you among all these interested-only-in-your-money travel agencies. We will definitely be back to you for our next Himalayan adventure.

It was a proud moment for our 8 years old to stand on Pin Parvati Pass, once he was told by our guide (Preetam) that he is the youngest one to climb it. Thank you Prem for all your help and happy attitude.
Mrs. B. Marwah & family – USA – 9 July

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