The Pin Parvati Pass trek is one of India’s most exciting and arduous hiking treks, providing an additional route to the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh. The route is surrounded by beautiful green vegetation and massive green valleys, which seem like right out of a storybook. Manali has several hiking alternatives, but the greatest in its arsenal is the Pin Parvati pass, which takes the trekker up to 17457 feet in elevation. The journey starts from the lush green meadows of the Parvati Valley, leading to the Buddhist communities of the Trans-Himalayan area of Spiti.
Pin Parvati Pass trek offers the most stunning crossings, packed with breathtaking scenery, ancient culture, tall premivial trees, rare animals and mythological creatures. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that has perception-altering effects even on seasoned travellers.
This walk, however, is about more than simply the beautiful variations in terrain. As you go from one side of the mountain to the other, it presents visitors with 2 separate Himalayan civilizations – livelihoods, home architecture, as well as lifestyles. The insight that civilizations and societies are a reflection of their environment is one of the most mind-boggling experiences you will have on your journey.
The trek passes through some of the most soaring peaks of the region. For this reason, acclimatization becomes the primary necessity for a successful trek. The bird’s eye view from the top of the pass is a mind-blowing spectacle.
DAY1 : Barshaini – Kheerganga (9100 ft)
- Drive for 45 minutes to Barshaini, the starting point of the trip.
- You’ll begin your adventure with a 3-4 hour walk through the forests to reach the beautiful Kheerganga meadows.
- Take a plunge in the hot springs once you’ve arrived at your day’s destination to wash away the trek’s tiredness.
- Enjoy delicious cuisine at native Dhabas while taking in the magnificent scenery.
Day 2 : Kheerganga – Tunda Bhuj (10900 ft)
- A 15-kilometre trek begins at Kheerganga and passes through lush pine trees and pastures.
- The ascent to Tunda Bhuj is steep, so progress is sluggish and slow.
- When everything is finished, sit under the starlight, look up at the sky, and make up your own story by connecting the dots.
- This is, without a doubt, the most gorgeous neighbourhood of the entire journey, and it will make you yearn for more starry nights.
- Tents are provided and set up by the team for the night.
Day 3 : Tunda Bhuj – Thakur Kuwan (11593 feet high)
- Tunda Bhuj to Thakur Kuwana hike takes about 6 hours.
- The route continues to Thakur Kuan through sceneries dotted with waterfalls, lakes, and meadows.
Day 4 : Thakur Kuwan – Ody Thach (12,400 ft)
- Time spent: 4–5 hours.
- Ody Thach will be the destination for late this afternoon.
- A handful of challenging river crossings – Pandu Pul – is what makes this segment fascinating.
- Massive boulders with a stone stairway on one side make up these ‘puls’ or bridges.
- Once you reach the river, you’ll come across a large boulder that must be crossed to continue the route. The first bridge to make your hands sweat is this enormous boulder smack dab amid the raging Parvati River called Pandu Pul.
- Once you’ve recovered from your river-crossing-in-style experience, you’ll see another 20-foot boulder chilling in the centre of the raging river, named Pandu Pul 2.
- The road finally calms down after this strange, double experience, and it’s a relatively straight hike to Odi Thatch.
- Thatch refers to meadows, and Odi Thatch’s interstellar encampment is situated amid a massive pasture landscape.
- Camps will be set up for a starry night in sight of the majestic Kullu Eiger peak.
Day 5 : Ody Thach – Mantalai (13,547 ft)
- As you stroll alongside the Parvati River, the hike becomes increasingly pleasurable.
- If yesterday were the most thrilling day, with plenty of steep ascents or descents, today would be the most enjoyable.
- We arrive at Mini Mantalai, about halfway to our target, which serves as a crossroads for the myriad of little streams that have converged on this immense expanse from various directions. The convergence of these numerous water bodies in this vast open country is a fantastic sight.
- To get to the camp ground for today, we’ll have to climb over 300 metres from Mini Mantalai.
- The glacial lake of Mantalai, on the other side of the rise, is our day’s campsite on the lake’s banks, encircled by the tremendous Himalayas.
- Spend some time after the climb, marvelling at the several little rivulets running across a vast stretch of level terrain.
- Mantalai Lake is the headwaters of the Parvati River. Explore the remote holy place, take photos, and set up camps to sleep under a sky full of stars.
Day 6 : Mantalai – Pin Parvati Pass Basecamp (16,188 ft)
- Time Taken: 5 to 6 hours
- Prepare for a strenuous day as we depart camp early in the morning.
- The trail begins muddy, with significant parts of loose scree that must be crossed with utmost caution. Once this portion is over, we begin the lengthy and challenging ascent for the day.
- The route eases up a little after reaching the spur, with a gentle increase until we reach the moraine segment of the climb, which is just a kilometre stretch but takes the longest due to the rocky terrain.
- When you arrive at the camp ground, you’ll notice that we’re on the verge of the Parvati glacier. Even when not illuminated by moonlight, the mountain is a treat to watch!
Day 7 : Pin Parvati Pass Basecamp – (17,400 ft) (Bedu Tanch) (14,360 ft)
- Depending on weather and trail conditions, leave camp between 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. You’ll be travelling entirely on snow, dotted with boulders and cracks.
- Today, we cross the border into Spiti, a different world on the other side. Take one last glance at the verdant Parvati Valley before we go to the chilly desert of Spiti Valley.
- It’s a good idea to be cautious and stay close to your fellow climbers, as you might have come upon a few exposed and hidden crevasses that can be highly deadly.
- After a one-hour arduous journey exploring snowfields, you’ll eventually reach the pass, where you can see the two separate valleys – the Parvati Valley on one side and the Pin Valley on the other.
- Time for some celebration. You might want to congratulate yourself on reaching 17,000 feet, since this is a huge accomplishment.
- You can see the two separate valleys – the Parvati Valley on one side and the Pin Valley on the other.
- After another river crossing, you’ll arrive at the camp ground. Relax, trade stories with other hikers, and have a good night’s sleep.
Day 8 : BeduTanch – Tiya (13,125 ft)
- The terrain is very level and straightforward for the day, which is an excellent change of pace after the previous two days.
- Enjoy the stunning scenery of Spiti, with its multi-coloured mountains, extensive open grasslands, and the beautiful Pin river flowing past.
- As you climb, you’ll pass by various shepherd camps and cross a couple of creeks. The descent continues. We continue walking on this trail by the river till we reach our campsite for the day.
Day 9 : Tiya – Mudh (12,500 ft) Kaza
- This path now takes us directly to the Mudh Village in the barren, cosmic Pin Valley.
- After you’ve had your fill of the unique mountain culture and their distinctive Himalayan cuisine, we’ll depart from the famous Mudh village and hit the road again, this time for a two-hour trip to the town of Kaza.
- This marks the conclusion of our trek. Expect to arrive in Kaza Late evening.
Day 10 : Kaza
- Kaza is the valley’s major municipality and commercial centre. Several little hamlets near Kaza are famous for their monasteries and local commerce.
- A glimpse into how people coexist with the strange animals of the terrain, their harmonious lifestyle, and means of subsistence in this arid country are as intriguing as the walk itself.
- You may leave Kaza by hiring a private cab or using a local bus. Plan your transportation ahead of time.
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