Pin Parvati Trek Spiti to Parvati valley - 11 Days

A stunning crossover from Pin to Parvati valley

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Included
  • Equipment
  • Reviews

Trip Introduction
Few high passages across the main Himalayas spine provide the variety and rewards of the high-level trek as does the Pin Parvati, connecting the tributary of the Beas which it joins near the Bhunter, and the Pin which flows into Spiti. 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 and crevasses, jagged rocks, and other fossils makes Pin valley a unique geological lab. Winter plays havoc here as ferocious blizzards and snowstorms send the glaciers cracking, ravaging the valleys rugged moonscape. But its long rain-free summer is a prime time for the adventurers to see Spiti wildlife in motion when the predatory snow leopard, red fox, marten, weasel, Himalayan Pika, bearded vulture, golden eagle, lynx, and Tibetan wolf roam in the park (the area is conserved as a national park 1987.

Trip Facts
Activity - Trekking & hiking, Region: Spiti - Kullu, Himachal, Difficulty level - Moderate to strenuous, Max Altitude - 5319 meters, Max sleeping altitude - 4800 meters, Lowest trek altitude - 2100 meters, Trip Length - 14 days Delhi to Delhi, 11 days Manali to Manali, 9 days trekking, 9 nights camping, Best time - June end to mid-Oct

Outline Itinerary
Day 1
: Manali – Rohtang pass (3978 m)- Kunzom la (4551 m)– Rangrik camp (Kaza) (3600 m)
Day 2: Acclimatize
Day 2
: Rangrik camp - Kaza - Mud (3600 m)– drive 2 hrs, trek to Tiya (3900 m), 4/5 hrs. (Camp)
Day 4: Tiya – Gaddi camp (4500 m), 5/6 hrs. (Camp)
Day 5: Gaddi camp – base camp (4810 m), 5/6 hrs. (Camp)
Day 6: Base camp –Pin Parvati pass (5319 m) - high pass camp (4550 m), 7-8 hrs. (Camp)
Day 7: High camp – Mantalai Lake (4000 m), 5-6hrs. (Camp)
Day 8: Mantalai – Odi thach or Pandu Bridge (3500 m), 6-7hrs. (Camp)
Day 9: Odi thach or Pandu Bridge – Tunda Bhuj (3200 m), 6-7hrs. (Camp)
Day 10: Tunda Bhuj – Kheer Ganga (2850 m), 4-5 hrs. (Camp)
Day 11: Kheer Ganga – Barshaini (2100 m) trek 3-4 hrs, Drive to Manikaran – Kasol - Bhunter or Kullu. 

Spiti: Pin Parvati 9 nights 10 days Ex Manali to Manali
“About Potala organization:
-          Easy to coordinate over email and phone.
-          Well-coordinated trek.
-          Very helpful team, lending their support in every way possible.
-          Great food cooked by Chunni lal ji.
-          Great patience showed by Pritamji. ”
Mr Shail D, Shaival D, G Ruparel, Rohit R, K. Cyclewala - (Group of 5) Mumbai - 15 July - 24 July

Spiti Valley tour and Pin Parvati trek
“We spent a total of 3 days in the Spiti Valley touring the monastries and 10 days on the Pin Parvati trek. The team were fantastic, in particular our cook who prepared varied and delicious food for us every evening, not to mention the little surprises we found in our lunch boxes, and a stream of tea and biscuits, and other little treats. While we were worried about food hygiene in other parts of India, we had absolutely no concerns on our tour (and rightly so)! This is a beautiful trek, crossing from the barren Spiti Valley into the beautiful green Parvati Valley on which we saw no-one bar a few shepherds for days on end. All the equipment was modern and good, and we were very happy with the organization of the tour”.
Mr. Jochen V. and Anne E, Germany, 28 Aug - 12 Sept.

Ladakh Lamayuru - Darcha trek 21 days & Pin Parvati trek / 10 days (Combined 31 days trekking)
" From 16th July till 5th of August we did great Zanskar trek organize by Potala Adventures. Not only the trek was amazing, the crew cook, guide and horseman were brilliant and absolutely professional. whole  3 weeks through Zanskar was an unforgettable adventure". 
" Our second step from Spiti valley to Manikaran, Pin Parvati trek was same perfect organized as 1st part ( Lamayuru - Darcha ). Porters, cook and guide did their work absolutely professional. Thanks to Potala Adventures especially Mr. Tenzin Ningbo head organizer Potala Adventures ". 
Mr. Michael & Mr Edelbacher, Austria - 14 July to 15 August - 33 days

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Manali – Rohtang pass (3978 m) - Kunzom la (4551 m)–Rangrik (Kaza) (Camp)
Today an early departure from Manali, we drive 3 hours to Rohtang pass (3,978mt.) Which is get way 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. Now road climbs to Kunzom la pass and enters in Spiti valley. We arrive at Losar the most picturesque village in Spiti valley at an altitude of 4000m. We pass many villages along the route Kiato, Pangmo, Hal, Rangrik. Arrive finally to the beautiful campsite of Rangrik at the Shore of Spiri River. 

Day 2: Acclimatize

Day 3: Rangrik – Kaza- Mud (3600 m) drive– Trek to Tiya (3900 m), 4/5 hrs. (Camp)
Exploring these high villages we descend to Rangrik Bridge and take main route to Kaza. Continue along the Spiti River to Attargo, where Pin River meets Spiti River. A 20 km.unmatteled road will take us to the pin valley, known also the land of Ibex and snow Leopard; Arriving at Pin valley we pass Gulling at first, than drive short distance to Kungri. Visiting Kungri we cross the bridge to Sagnum village and continue to Mud village, our starting point of trek. Leaving Mud trail goes on the left banks of Pin River.

Day 4: Tiya – Gaddi camp (4500 m), 5/6 hrs. (Camp)
Today we ascend slowly along the left banks of Pin River, walking on the loose rocks and many small streams to cross. 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. Lastly to the camp called Gaddi camp (locally means – Shepherds camp)

Day 5: Gaddi camp – base camp (4810 m), 5/6 hrs. (Camp)
Leaving camp we climb gradually through boulders and scree out of main valley. Arriving at the snout of glacier we cross the glacier melted stream and soon after steep climb to base camp of Pin Parvati pass. Magnificent view all around from camp. 

Day 6: Base camp –Pin Parvati pass (5319 m) - high pass camp (4550 m), 7-8 hrs. (Camp)
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 snow-capped ranges. Descent from the pass is a gradual over a snowfield initially; it becomes steep in many places.

Day 7: High camp – Mantalai Lake (4000 m), 5-6hrs. (Camp)
Today leaving high camp we descend to Mantalai area, descend could makes our legs tiring as slowly descending we arrive at river bed up to campsite. Wonderful campsite. 

Day 8: Mantalai – Odi thach or Pandu Bridge (3500 m), 6-7hrs. (Camp)
Just after Mantalai, 200m. descend over the boulders field to abroad plateau, then the trail descends gradually through a series of flowered meadows intercepted with boulder field brought down by many side streams. Our campsite is at just below the Kullu Eiger. 

Day 9: Odi thach or Pandu Bridge – Tunda Bhuj (3200 m), 6-7hrs. (Camp)
Trail crosses several delightful pastures supporting a variety of wild flowers in the summer and also 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. Arriving at Thakur Kuan we cross the river by cable car and gentle climb on dense vegetation trail and then trail descends to riverbank where we cross it again by wooden bridge and through thick birch grooves, rocks and finally to camp. 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 camp.

Day 10: Tunda Bhuj – Kheer Ganga (2850 m), 4-5 hrs. (Camp)
Today leaving Tunda Bhuj again trail goes through thick birch grooves, rocks and dense vegetation and at some distance opening of small and beautiful meadows nourish with numbers of wild flowers. Finally we arrive at Khirganga, where hot bath must to relax after these numbers of days of without shower.

Day 11: Kheer Ganga – Barshaini (2100m) trek 3-4 hrs, Drive to visit Manikaran – Kasol - Bhunter or Kullu.
Leaving Kheer Ganga trail descend through pine forest and reaches at narrow gorge where Parvati River gushes through, crossing by wooden bridge villages appears in sight. Now easy walks passing through couples of village we arrive at Barshaini where our vehicle will be waiting for us to drive to Manikaran and further to Bhunter or Kullu. 

What is included in the Price

  • All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary.
  • 1 nights of hotel accommodation on CP plan at Kullu or Bhunter.
  • 9 nights camp with all camping facilities.  3 men spacious 4 season tents for 2,  sleeping bags, foam mattresses, dining tent, trekking poles & safety gears.
  • All meal during trek - starts with bed tea to breakfast, lunch, 3 course dinner, tea /coffee, snacks. from Indian, Tibetan, Chinese to continental cuisine.
  • Support staff: trekking guide, cook & camp crew.
  • Trekking porters for porterage of your luggage and trekking gear.
  • Camping fee,  trekking permits.
  • Goods and services tax.
  • First aid medical kit.

What is not included in the Price
×     Domestic flight. 
×     Delhi Manali transfer.
×     Hotel in Manali.
×     Travel insurance.
×     Soft or hard drinks.
×     Entrance fee at monasteries.
×     Personal tipping to staff: Guide, cook, camp crew, horsemen, porters, 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.

Spiti: Pin Parvati 9 nights 10 days Ex Manali to Manali
“About Potala organization:
-          Easy to coordinate over email and phone.
-          Well-coordinated trek.
-          Very helpful team, lending their support in every way possible.
-          Great food cooked by Chunni lal ji.
-          Great patience showed by Pritamji. ”
Mr Shail D, Shaival D, G Ruparel, Rohit R, K. Cyclewala - (Group of 5) Mumbai - 15 July - 24 July

Spiti Valley tour and Pin Parvati trek
“We spent a total of 3 days in the Spiti Valley touring the monastries and 10 days on the Pin Parvati trek. The team were fantastic, in particular our cook who prepared varied and delicious food for us every evening, not to mention the little surprises we found in our lunch boxes, and a stream of tea and biscuits, and other little treats. While we were worried about food hygiene in other parts of India, we had absolutely no concerns on our tour (and rightly so)! This is a beautiful trek, crossing from the barren Spiti Valley into the beautiful green Parvati Valley on which we saw no-one bar a few shepherds for days on end. All the equipment was modern and good, and we were very happy with the organization of the tour”.
Mr. Jochen V. and Anne E, Germany, 28 Aug - 12 Sept.

Ladakh Lamayuru - Darcha trek 21 days & Pin Parvati trek / 10 days (Combined 31 days trekking)
" From 16th July till 5th of August we did great Zanskar trek organize by Potala Adventures. Not only the trek was amazing, the crew cook, guide and horseman were brilliant and absolutely professional. whole  3 weeks through Zanskar was an unforgettable adventure". 
" Our second step from Spiti valley to Manikaran, Pin Parvati trek was same perfect organized as 1st part ( Lamayuru - Darcha ). Porters, cook and guide did their work absolutely professional. Thanks to Potala Adventures especially Mr. Tenzin Ningbo head organizer Potala Adventures ". 
Mr. Michael & Mr Edelbacher, Austria - 14 July to 15 August - 33 days

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