The first day is reserved for meet and greet, and orientation, after you reach the base camp the trek leader will take a small orientation session, covering information like packing, walking techniques. You will also be given general information about the trek and the route. Stay overnight at the base camp.
After breakfast, drive to Barshaini, the starting point of the trek. You will start your trek with a 3-4 hour walk through the woods, and reach the beautiful meadows of Kheerganga. After reaching the destination for the day, take a dip in the hot springs to wash off the fatigue of the trek, and eat scrumptious food at the dhabas nearby as you enjoy the breathtaking beauty around you. Enjoy a good night’s sleep in your camp to gather energy for the next day.
Walkthrough lush green meadows as you continue your trek while negotiating several ascents and descents. Most of the trek on this day will be through the forest until you reach Tunda Bhuj. The massive granite cliffs overlooking the meadows are a sight to behold. Crossing the river using a jhula pul (pulley bridge) will be an experience in itself.
Enjoy an incredible overnight stay in tent.
The destination for this day will be Ody Thach. What makes this stretch exciting is a few tricky river crossings – Pandu Pul 2 and Pandu Pul 2. These ‘puls’ or bridges are gigantic boulder with a stone staircase on one side. Very careful manoeuvring is required, and guides are there to assist as well. After crossing, it is a straight walk till Ody Thach, which is a beautiful meadow with the majestic Kullu Eiger peak overlooking it.
Spend the night in tents.
The trek on this day will be very enjoyable, as you walk alongside the river Parvati. Most of the terrain is flat, except towards the end of the trail, where you have to climb up a lateral moraine, which can take some effort. After the climb, spend some time gazing at the many small rivulets flowing across a vast expanse of even land. Mantalai lake is the source of river Parvati. Explore the area more, click photographs and set up camps to rest at night.
Spend the day resting, and getting your body to acclimatise because you will have to push yourselves over the next few days. You can take photos, and engage with the other trekkers, before getting ready to sleep so you’re energized for the next day.
Get ready for a challenging day, as we leave the camp early in the morning. The adventure begins by wading through a few rivulets, and climbing a trail that is steep, and not well-marked. You will traverse a moraine area towards the end and will come out into a beautiful snowfield, which, depending on weather conditions, will be the campsite for the night. After a brief rest, the guides will go on a recce trip to check the conditions for crossing the pass. Feast your eyes on glaciers, snowfields, and moraines which surround the camp. You can even hear the sounds of an odd avalanche to thrill you even more. Sleep early tonight as you will have to make an early start the next day.
Depending on weather and trail conditions, leave camp between 2:00-5:00 a.m. You will most probably be trekking completely on snow, dotted with rocks and lined with crevices. After a steep climb, you will reach a col, after which you will walk through snowfields. There is a steep ascent of about one hour, after which you will finally reach the pass. Congratulate yourself on reaching 17,000ft, because that is a huge achievement! After spending some time at the pass, get ready to begin your descent through snowfields and moraine sections to reach the Pin river in Spiti valley. You will reach the campsite after another river crossing. Relax, exchange stories with the other trekkers, and enjoy a good night’s sleep in your tent.
The trek today will be long but very gentle. Enjoy the gorgeous landscape of Spiti with its multi-coloured mountains, vast open grasslands and the beautiful Pin river flowing by. You will be passing by some shepherd camps, and crossing a few streams as you hike. Mudh village, with its barley fields, is situated at the base of a mountain, and you will get a chance to view it as you trek. Spend some time in the village and acquaint yourself with the local customs and traditions. After some time, drive to Kaza, check into a hotel and enjoy a much deserved hot shower.
Spend the night in the hotel.
Your amazing adventure trek comes to an end today! After breakfast, drive towards Manali via the Kunzum pass and Rohtang pass and continue your onward journey.
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Indeed, arduous and challenging, the Pin Parvati Pass Trek holds some of the most beautiful landscapes that any crossover trek in India can offer. One of the most beautiful things about the trek is that you can do it from either side. It is customary to start the trek from the Parvati Valley and conclude it in the Mudh village of the Pin Valley. Alternatively, you can start from the Pin Valley in the Spiti region and conclude your trip in the Parvati Valley on the other side. In that case, you have the chance to take a rejuvenating bath in the hot springs of Parvati Kund in Kheerganga. The Pin Parvati Pass Trek cost might vary in the above cases. With a plethora of landscapes, including alpine meadows, marshlands, dense forests, and glacial plains, this is one of those crossover treks that offers nearly everything you can ask for in terms of spectacular sceneries that treat your eyes.
The strenuous but rewarding 6-9 days wilderness trek crosses the snow-capped Pin Parvati Pass (at an elevation of 5319 meters or 17457 feet) from Barshaini in the Parvati Valley to Mudh in the Pin Valley of Spiti, covering a distance of 100 kilometers approximately. It is graded as strenuous to challenging. High altitude, trails with boulders, moraine stretches and icy river crossings, glaciers ridden with crevasses, and slippery trails are not for the inexperienced or the weak-hearted travelers. Therefore, this trek is considered a glory for passionate trekkers.
To conquer this trek, you should have prior experience of embarking on high-altitude expeditions, physical fitness with stamina to cover 5 kilometers in 30 minutes without stress, and the strength to carry a 15-20 kg backpack on expeditions. The Pin Parvati Pass Trek itinerary is quite demanding, and covering it is not an easy feat. You should start training at least three months before the trek to achieve optimum fitness. Create a personalized training plan, include workouts that boost your aerobic fitness, focus on building strength in your back, shoulders, legs, arms, and abdominal muscles, improve your flexibility, and focus on dedication. Besides, you should consider staying hydrated and getting proper sleep.
It is only accessible from June to October. During the early months (January- June) of the year, there are chances of snow covering the high passes. However, the snow melts considerably by August. During the monsoon season, the Kullu-Manali region remains affected due to rain, and therefore, remains damp. But, in Lahaul and Spiti regions, the weather remains sunny and warm during the day with temperatures between 12-20 °C, while the nights can be cold with temperatures between -2 to 6 °C. September and early October experience pleasant weather with a dash of snowfall. However, towards the end of October, it starts snowing considerably, and the day temperature hovers around 12-18 °C with evening temperature around - 6 to 4 °C. Therefore, early September to early October is the most appropriate time for Pin Parvati Pass trekking.
Your gear guide and checklist should be thorough if you want to cover the Pin Parvati Pass Trek without much difficulty. Consider carrying the basic gear like a backpack (50- 60 liters), a daypack (20-30 liters) and rain covers for both for chance downpours, a sturdy walking stick, headlamps with spare batteries, water bottles, and hydration kits, snacks to recharge yourself during the trek and personal medical kit, including first-aid kits. Next comes your items of clothing, which should be pretty exhaustive as well. Carry thermal inners for top and bottom halves, full-sleeve, quick-dry t-shirts, quick-dry track pants, fleece jackets, woolen sweaters, down feather jackets, waterproof pants, and windcheaters, ponchos, etc. Take a suncap, woolen cap, balaclava, neck gaiters, and sunglasses apart from synthetic and woolen gloves and extra pairs of cotton and woolen socks. Your trekking shoes should match up for the journey. Get yourself the best quality trekking shoes that are high-ankle, waterproof, and sturdy with a good grip. For toiletries, carry moisturizers, sunscreen, lip salve, hand sanitizers, biodegradable soap, toothpaste and toothbrush, quick-dry towel, excess toilet paper, wet wipes, antibacterial and antifungal powder, etc. Try packing for every eventuality but keep it lightweight.
Follow the instructions of your trek leader thoroughly to avoid any unprecedented circumstances during the trek. Stay respectful of the local cultures and indigenous population and sensitive towards the wildlife. Avoid littering or disposing of plastic and others that might ruin the ecological balance atop the mountains.
If you come face-to-face with any emergencies during the trek, you should keep the following contacts handy.
- Police- 100
- Ambulance/medical- 102/108
- Fire- 101
- Disaster management- 1077/1070
- Disaster management control room- 0177-2812344