Pin Parvathi Pass Trek in Kullu Valley, Himachal Pradesh Himalaya

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Uniqueness

  • Trek starting point: Manikaran
  • Trek ending point: Manali
  • Peak height : 4573 mts / 15000 ft
  • Trek distance : Around 100 Km round trip
  • Time to trek : 7 - 8 Days
  • Camping site : At the base camps


How to Reach

  • By Road: The nearest major bus station is Kullu (25 Km) and Kullu is very well connected by buses and cabs to all major north indian cities including Delhi (550 Km), Chandigarh (310 km), Shimla (300 Km) and Ambala (300 km). You get buses / cabs to Kasol. 
  • By Rail:The closest railheads are at Chandigarh (310 km) and Ambala (300 km). You get buses / cabs to Kullu. It takes around 8 hrs. Kasol is an hour drive from Kullu.
  • By Air: Bhuntar, which is 25 km away from Kasol, is the nearest airport. Delhi is the major nearest airport, which is about 565 km away from Manali. Delhi airport is well connected with all major cities in India and many cities abroad. Also you can walk to the rafting spot from the Bhuntar airport which is around 5-6 Km away.

Itineraries

  1. DAY 01: Arrive Manikaran (1737 mts) and check in hotel. 
  2. DAY 02: MANIKARAN TO KHIR GANGA (2960 mts) 
  3. DAY 03: KHIR GANGA TO BHOJTUNDA (3285 mts) 
  4. DAY 04: BHOJTUNDA TO THAKUERKUAN (3560 mts) 
  5. DAY 05: THAKURKUAN TO UDDI/ BAKKAR THACH (3850 mts) 
  6. DAY 06: BAKKAR THACH TO MANTALAI LAKE (4116 mts)
  7. DAY 07: LAY OVER DAYIt is day to relax and acclimatize here with the altitude.
  8. DAY 08: MANTALAI TO HIGH CAMP (4573 mtrs) 
  9. DAY 09: HIGH CAMP TO PIN PARWATI PAAS (5319 mts) AND TO PIN VALLEY CAMP (4050 mtrs) 
  10. DAY 10: PIN VALLEY CAMP TO MUD ( 3811 mts) 
  11. DAY 11: MUD TO KAZA (3600 mts) 
  12. DAY 12: KAZA TO KIBBER (4270 mts) AND KI MONASTRY (4116 mts) 
  13. DAY 13: KAZA TO MANALI (2050 mts)

Things/Equipments to carry

1. Day Pack (Ruck sack) 
2. Cap (Sun hat)
3. Trekking (Hiking) boots with anklets
4. Raincoat or Poncho
5. Small Towel
6. Water Bottle
7. Sun cream / Cold Cream / Lip cream
8. Torch (Flash) light
9. Change of thermal wear / clothes / underwears / Socks
10. Woolen clothes and wollen Socks
11. Batteries
12. Toiletries
13. Light weight wind sheeter / Jacket / Pullover (Sweater)
14. Slippers or Sandals

Details

The Pin Parvati Pass is a mountain pass in Himachal Pradesh, India.It was first crossed in August 1884 by Sir Louis Dane in search of an alternate route to the Spiti valley. This pass connects the fertile and lush Parvati valley on the Kullu side with the Pin valley on the Spiti side. It is a popular trekking route today though still rarely visited. This trans-Himalayan trek is the shortest route between the Kullu and Spiti Valleys. Once over the Pin-Parvati pass (5400m), there is a complete change in landscape – the mountain slopes immediately turn barren and rugged. The prevalent culture of the inhabitants also changes from Hinduism on the Kullu side to Buddhism in Spiti.

Often referred to as the most challenging trek in the Indian Himalaya, it’s more than worth the effort. The Pin parwati valley is considered the most beautiful in the region. The trek route crossing over from the Kullu valley takes you through most spectacular landscapes, and provides an experience to remember for life. The Pin Parbati Pass stands tall with its fluttering prayer flags and Cairns. The view from the pass is contrasting with the snow clad peaks of Kullu valley on one side and the stark barrenness of the Spiti Mountains on the other. Once into Spiti valley you can experience the difference of two cultures, traditions and completely different landscapes.

DAY 01: Arrive Manikaran (1737 mts) and check in hotel. 

DAY 02: MANIKARAN TO KHIR GANGA (2960 mts): Starting from Manikaran, we take a jeep ride to the village call Bersani and further down to the brige where there is a hydro electric project under construction. From here we start our hike to Khir ganga which is a place of Sulfur spring. It can take us 4-5 hours to get there through local villages and nice deodar forest.

DAY 03: KHIR GANGA TO BHOJTUNDA (3285 mts): From the camp there is a steady ascent out of the gorge. The valley then widens and the trail crosses several delightful pastures supporting a variety of wildflowers in the summer. Bhojtunda is at the height of 3200m.marks the lower limit of the silver birch trees. It can take us 5-6 hours to get to this camping site.

DAY 04: BHOJTUNDA TO THAKUERKUAN (3560 mts): Today includes two river crossings by a pulley bridge over Parwati river. Average walking time is 5 to 6 hours.



DAY 05: THAKURKUAN TO UDDI/ BAKKAR THACH (3850 mts): A few km up the valley from Thakur kuan, affords the first view of the snow- capped peaks in the vicinity of the Pin Parwati Pass. The trail leads down the to the Parwati river. Just above this crossing is the Pandu bridge, another natural rock bridge over the Parwati River. To reach Bakkar thach, it is gradual ascent though large grassy fields. Average walking time is 5 to 6 hours.

DAY 06: BAKKAR THACH TO MANTALAI LAKE (4116 mts): Most of the walk of today is a gradual ascent except last part of 200m climb to reach Mantalai. Mantalai is a source of Parwati River and also a pilgrimage for local people of the area. Average walking time is 5 to 6 hours.

DAY 07: LAY OVER DAYIt is day to relax and acclimatize here with the altitude.



DAY 08: MANTALAI TO HIGH CAMP (4573 mtrs): It is a 300 m climb out of the main valley floor to the high camp. The climb affords a bird’s eye view of the Parwati valley, and directly below, the Parwati River Gushes out of the main Glacier. The peaks on the far side of the valley also come in to full view-including Pyramid peak (6036m), Snow Peak (5640m) and the unnamed peak (6127m),the highest in the region. There are magnificent views of the surrounding peaks from the high camp including those on the far side of the Parwati Valley. Average walking time is 6 – 7 hours.

Source: redchilliadventure

AUTHOR
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Saroshi Nahak
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ARTICLE SUMMARY
ACTIVITIES
  • Continent: Asia
  • Country: India
  • State: Himachal Pradesh
  • Zone: north
  • Region: Himalayan Range
  • Destination: Kullu-Manali
  • Getaways:
  • Location: Kasol (Himachal Pradesh)
  • Season: feb, mar, apr, may, june, sept, oct, nov
  • DURATIONS
    - 9 DAYS

    DIFFICULTY
    challenging

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