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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