Pin to Parvati valley: Mud to Barshaini trek -10 days        

Stunning trek across Great Himalayan Range, Pin Parvati pass, Spiti, Pin and Parvati valley, GHNP, Buchen tribe

Trip Route: Manali - Rohtang pass - Kunzum La - Kaza - Mud - Base camp - Pin Parvati pass - Mantalai - Thakur kuan - Tunda Bhuj -  Khir ganga - Barshaini - Manikaran - Manali

Trip Facts

Spiti & Kullu region - Himachal Pradesh, India
Difficulty Level - Moderate to Strenuous, Max Altitude - 5319 m 
Trip Length - 15  days Delhi to Delhi, 10 days Manali to Manali, 9 days of Trek and 9 nights of Camp
Activity - Trekking expedition, Hiking,  Best time - June end, July, Aug, Sept, Mid Oct

Meals - All meals during the trek  

Trip Introduction

Few high passages across the main Himalayas spine provide the variety and rewards of 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 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 and crevasses, jagged rocks and other fossils make 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 Spitis wild life 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 (area is conserved as a national park 1987.

Highlights

Spiti valley tour ancient villages and sky people

Crossing over Greater Himalayan range

Trek through part of Great Himalayan national park

Pin valley nation park - home of snow Leopard, meeting Buchen tribe, Home of Chamurthy pony

Included in the Cost

  • All ground transportation on a comfortable vehicle as per the itinerary. Pick up from your hotel to drop.

  • Twin sharing accommodation in spacious 3-4 season North face tents, down sleeping bags + liner, Potala design comfortable foam sleeping pads, a pair of  trekking poles. Safety gear Ice axe, ropes, accessories and duffel bags for your baggage's.

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

  • All meals during trek (Bed tea, breakfast, packed lunch, snacks, 3 course dinner) from Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine Veg and Non veg.

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

  • Muleteer or Sherpa porters 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 Govt. Service tax 9%. 

Not included in the Cost

  • Hotel accommodation in Manali, Day 1st breakfast and last day dinner.

  • Travel insurance.

  • Mineral water or hard drinks.

  • Entrance fee at monuments, heritage sites, monasteries

  • 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 lodging and boarding   beyond trip Schedule.

Outline Trek Itinerary

 Day 01 : Manali – Rohtang pass (3978m)- Kunzom la (4551m)– Rangrik camp (Kaza), visit Kee-Kibber (Camp) 
 Day 02 : Rangrik camp - Kaza -Mud (3600m)– drive 2 hrs, trek to Tiya (3900m), 4/5 hrs. (Camp)
 Day 03 : Tiya – Gaddi camp (4500m), 5/6 hrs. (Camp)
 Day 04 : Gaddi camp – base camp (4810m), 5/6 hrs. (Camp)
 Day 05 : Base camp –Pin Parvati pass (5319m) - high pass camp (4550m), 7-8 hrs. (Camp)
 Day 06 : High camp – Mantalai Lake (4000m), 5-6hrs. (Camp)
 Day 07 : Mantalai – Odi thach or Pandu Bridge (3500m), 6-7hrs. (Camp)
 Day 08 : Odi thach or Pandu Bridge – Tunda Bhuj (3200m), 6-7hrs. (Camp)
 Day 09 : Tunda Bhuj – Kheer Ganga (2850m), 4-5 hrs. (Camp)
 Day 10 : Khir Ganga – Pulga (2100m) trek 5 hrs, drive to Manikaran - Bhunter - Manali. 5 hrs

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Detailed Trip Dossier

Day 1: Manali – Rohtang pass (3978m) - Kunzom la (4551m)–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. 

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Day 2: Rangrik – Kaza- Mud (3600m) drive– Trek to Tiya (3900m), 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.

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Day 3: Tiya – Gaddi camp (4500m), 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)

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Day 4: Gaddi camp – base camp (4810m), 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.

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Day 5: Base camp –Pin Parvati pass (5319m) - high pass camp (4550m), 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.

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​Day 6: High camp – Mantalai Lake (4000m), 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.

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Day 7: Mantalai – Odi thach or Pandu Bridge (3500m), 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.

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Day 8: Odi thach or Pandu Bridge – Tunda Bhuj (3200m), 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

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Day 9: Tunda Bhuj – Kheer Ganga (2850m), 4-5 hrs.

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.

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Day 10: Khir Ganga – Barshaini (2100m) trek 5 hrs. drive to Manikaran - Bhunter - Manali 5 hrs. 

Leaving Khir 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 Manali.

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