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Pin Parvati Trek


Pin Parvati Trek

Pin Parvati Trek(12 Days)

Trek Type: Moderate to Strenuous

The Pin Parvati Pass connects the fertile and lush Parvati valley on the Kullu side with the barren and rugged mountain slopes of Pin valley on the Spiti side. The prevalent culture of the inhabitants also changes from Hinduism on the Kullu side to Buddhism in Spiti. It is a popular trekking route today, though still rarely visited. This trans-Himalayan trek is the shortest route between the Kullu and Spiti Valley. The Pin-Parvati pass (5400m), often referred to as the most challenging trek in the Indian Himalaya, it’s more than worth the effort.

This route was opened for trekkers in 1993 to popularise tourism in Great Himalayan National Park which was recently declared the World Heritage site. The trek kicks off from Pulga which is an hour long drive from religious and famous tourist place of Manikaran in Parvati valley.

The meadows of Khirganga and hot water springs of Parvati Kund which is believed to possess remarkable healing properties. Bathing here is an awesome experience after day’s hard trek. The vast meadows of Odi Thach and Thakur Kuan carpeted with wide array of alpine flowers, countless waterfalls, naturally made bridges of Pandu pul, Crystal clear small glacial lake of Mantalai at an elevation of 4000 meters, 360 degree view while standing atop Pin Parvati and a lifetime experience of traversing 5400 meters high pass, the myriad rock formations of Pin Valley, the Great Himalayan national park revered for its diversity in fauna acts as major attraction for wildlife enthusiast, pin valley famous as the land of the ibex, Tibetan wolf, western Tragopan (an exotic bird of amazing coloured plumage) and the most important – an elusive Snow Leopard, are few among various reasons that attracts an avid trekker to walk on this challenging trail.


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Day 1: Manali

Arrival in Manali and Transfer to Hotel. Walk & explore the town in order to get acclimatized. Walk to Pagoda shaped temple of Hadimba beautifully located amidst conifers and through the narrow lanes of old Manali village to hotel. O/n Hotel.

Day 2

A day long Drive to Kaza, the headquarters of Spiti valley, over Rohtang Pass and Kunzam pass. Take short walks en route to further acclimatize your bodies to high altitude region. O/n Hotel at Rangrik.

Day 3: Mud (3600 mts) – Tiya to Shepherd’s Camp (3900 mts), 7 Kms, Approx. 3-4 hours.

Check out and visit famous Ki Monastery and Dankar Gompa before deviating into Pin valley from Attargo. Reach Mud village to begin the trek. Today’s trail is well defined, the walk is a gradual ascent going along terraced fields of pea and barley to Tiya and almost level walk to Shepherd’s Camp. O/n Camp.

Day 4: Shepherd's Camp to Dhumdhar Camp (4800 mts), 13 km approx. 5– 6 hours

A long day for trekking with beautiful views of Pin Valley. 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. Spiti and Chamurti horses 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. Reach a point where a trail leads to Rampur Bushahr via the Bhabha pass. From here onwards ascend slowly along the left bank of Pin river to reach Dhumdhar campsite, the base camp to climb Pin Parvati pass from Pin valley side. O/n Camp.

Day 5: Pin Valley’s Dhumdhar Campsite to Parvati Base camp / Glacier Camp, (4550 mts) on Parvati valley side via Pin Parvati Pass (5400 mts), 12 km, 5 - 6 hours

A little difficult day of the Trek. Start very early in the morning as the weather deteriorates by afternoon. The walk starts with a gradual ascent, although lot of walking is required. Steep ascent follows with careful clombing on snowy slopes along the glacial stream. It takes about 3 hours to reach the top of the pass. At the top of the pass, relish the grand views of the lofty snow peaks of Kinnaur, Kullu and Spiti regions. The trail from here onwards is the glacial walk, one must be careful of the crevasses on this section. Follow the steep descent carefully for about 2 hours to reach Parvati Base camp. O/n camp.

Day 6: Pin-Parvati base camp / Glacier Camp to Mantalai (4000 mts), 12 km, 6 hours

The trail from here onwards generally remains snow-bound but after 2 - 3 hours, the snow starts clearing up as you keep on walking down, giving way to stunningly beautiful views of mantalai Lake. Here, you may also see some endangered species of plants and flowers. Reach Mantalai Lake with great view of Mantalai Glacier in the backdrop, which is considered to be origin of Parvati River. O/n camp near the Lake.

Day 7: Mantalai Lake to Odi Thach (3500 mts), 10 km, 5 hours

Today’s trek descends gradually through a series of flowered meadows intercepted with boulder field brought down by many side streams, culminating in a broad plateau muddy swamp land next to Parvati River. Start walking along the bank of the river where a Lingam of Lord Shiva is placed. Climb the ridge next to river bank. As you walk along the moraine, you get a last glimpse of the Mantalai Lake. Climb down to cross the second series of moraine ridge. Reach Odi Thach ground by early evening. O/n Camp.

Day 8: Odi Thach to Thakur Kuan (3400 mts), 12 km, 5-6 hours

Today’s trail starts with walking downhill to a section where you will see a large size rock jammed on top of a tributary of Parvati acting as a natural bridge. Climb over this Rock his bridge also known as “Pandu-Pull”. The terrain from now forth goes through a series of boulder-strewn fields and multiple streams coming down from mountains and going into Parvati River.

Day 9: Thaur Kuan to Tunda Bhuj (3200 mts), 12 km, 5 hours

Begin the day at Thakur Kuan with crossing the river by hand pulled trolley operated with the help of rope and pulley. Here, the Parvati Valley finally reveals itself, the area has plenty of flowers and in the monsoon season you can expect the whole land in full bloom. Keep walking down until Parvati River shows up at your right side. Cross over the wooden bridge to the other side of the river and walk the level pasture to reach Tunda Bhuj to camp by the rivulet. O/n Camp.

Day 10: TundaBhuj to Khirganga (2850 mts), 12 km, 6 hours

Today’s steady descent is through beautiful pasture lands covered with wild flowers and after some distance going into thick birch grooves, rocks and dense vegetation. You will also notice a series of lovely waterfalls on the huge mountain walls. Reach Khirganga by evening. O/n Camp.

Day 11: Khirganga to Pulga (2100 mts), 10 km, 4 hours

Bathe in the refreshing hot water springs of Parvati Kund. Refresh yourself after the tiresome trek. Start from this sacred land with a visit at a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and a small waterfall called Rudranag to walk down through a couple of local villages and Apple orchards. The trail goes through cedar & pine forest and reaches the confluence of river Parvati & River Tos. Reach Pulga village.

End of the Trek

Drive down to Manikaran, a religious and tourist place famous for its hot water springs. Reach scenic Kasol village by evening. O/n Hotel at kasol.

Day 12

Relaxed morning followed by check out. Drive to Bunter (Kullu) to board the Volvo bus or Taxi for onward return journey.