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For those of you seeking divine beauty and thrilling experiences in your Himachal trekking Packages, the Bhaba Pass trek is an ideal option. The trail opens up to the ethereal charms of Himachal Pradesh. Proud peaks and stunning river valleys of the region appear as if it was made for adventure. Along with an alpine adrenaline, the state also appeals with a rich Himachali culture and Buddhist monasteries.
With Bhaba Pass trekking, lap up the blend of dewy meadows and stark landscapes of the Spiti Valley. Get an opportunity to interact with some gaddi shepherds. Make way through apple orchards and winsome wooded area to complete the Bhabha Pass trek, where you can soak in the sights of Parvati Pin Pass. At Chandratal Lake, savour the enchanting sights of turquoise waters ringed by high mountains. Other delights include crossing natural bridges over rivers, feasting your eyes on purple mountains and enjoying a trail through a carpet full of alpine flowers.
A lot of trekkers get confused with Pin Parvati Trek and Pin Bhabha Pass Trek and wonder which one is better than the other. But these two are different as well as equally difficult trek. Bhabha Pass has so much beauty like Pin Parvati has. The maximum altitude a trekker of Bhabha Pass will achieve is 16000 feet. Bhabha Pass trek becomes somewhat similar to the trekking in Kashmir with rough desert like regions encircled by the towering mountains on all sides. But this trek also shows vast open grassland where you can camp at, beautiful forests and thrilling landscapes at some points.
About the Trek:
The Bhabha Pass trekking package for 8 days starts at Kafnu after you reach there from Shimla. Kafnu is a tiny hamlet in the Bhabha Valley, Kinnaur. The beginning of the trek will showcase apple orchards, meadows and an abundant natural beauty on the way to Mulling, a specific point you will camp at during the trek. From Mulling to the next stop that is Kara, you will go through some of the adventurous moments like river crossing and nature walk. Brace yourself to get bewitched by the stunning sights of vibrant peaks lying on the border of Kinnaur and Spiti.
Kara to Phustirang will let you witness the mighty Hansbeshan Peak located at a height of about 5840 meters and then comes the destination Bhabha Pass at 4850 meters filled with steep paths and heavy snow. At the top, you will be rewarded with the unending views of many mountain passes and the famous Pin Parvati Pass. Baldar, Mudh, and then Kaza are the destinations to cover in the last stretch of the trek.
On the last leg, you will be going to visit the famous Chandra Tal Lake and Kunzum La Pass which will definitely add more glamour to your exciting trek. From Chandratal, your trek goes to Manali where the trip comes to a conclusion.
Temperature: Day: 13°C-18°C and Night: 0°C-7°C
Maximum Altitude: 16,105 ft
Difficulty Level: Difficult
ATM: Rampur has the last ATM point before your trek begins.
Drive from Shimla - Kafnu (208km/7-8 Hours)
This refreshing day, you will meet at the decided place in Shimla by 7:00 AM. Hop on to a vehicle and drive to Kafnu. Enjoy the long drive that makes its way through Narkandaand Rampur. Kafnu is a charming hamlet in the Bhabha Valley, Kinnaur. Check in to the hotel there for an overnight stay, for tomorrow your trekking Bhaba Valley commences.
Trek form Kafnu – Mulling (3,100m)
Indulge in a hearty breakfast, after which you embark upon a stunning bhabha pass trek route. Amble amidst apple orchards and an easy to follow forested part. With a trail that is moderate in nature, it would take you around 6 hours to arrive at Mullingmeadows. Once there, take in the natural beauty that abounds. During the night, you will be sleeping in tents.
Trek from Mulling (3,100m) - Kara (3,550m)
This exciting day of the Bhaba Pass Trek, brace yourself for some fun river crossings where you will have to make way through natural bridges. Enjoy the sights of vibrant alpine blossoms. You might also get to meet some local shepherds who adorn traditional outfits. Arrive at Kara meadow after a steady climb. Once there, lap up the sights of stunning peaks that lie on the border of Kinnaur and Spiti; tonight you will be sleeping in tents.
Trek from Kara (3,550m) - Phustirang (4,000m)
This day, start from Kara and enjoy the trek to Phustirang. Expect breath-taking sights as you make your way on the river's left bank to arrive at Phustirang. Witness the mighty Hansbeshan Peak that perches at 5,840m. Arrive at the camp ground during the earlier part of the evening and unwind. Tonight, you will be sleeping in tents.
Trek from Phustirang (4,000m) -Bhabha Pass (4,850m) - Baldar (3,900m)
This day, you begin by ascending the path that takes you to the Bhabha Pass. Be prepared for a steep path and heavy snow. You would have to put in more strength and treading on the snowy area can take more time. Once at the top, you can feast your eyes on the great views that surrounds. Witness many mountain ranges and the famous Pin Parvati Pass.
Take a short halt and start climbing down towards the Spiti side. Post some hours; make way on the stunning landscape that is distinctive of Spiti. The terrain here is a mix of grasslands and mountains of various colours. Tonight you will be sleeping in tents.
Trek from Baldar (3,900m) - Mudh (3,740m), Drive from Mudh - Kaza (3,800m) (2hrs)
Today, you delight in a light trek to Mudh. The terrain that surrounds you is breath-taking. Witness purple hued mountains, Pin river meandering and endless open spaces.Enjoy the charming hamlet of Mudh, post which you will be driven to Kaza. Once here, you will head to the hotel and get refreshed; overnight stay in the hotel.
Drive from Kaza (3,800m) - Kunzum La (4,550m) (75km/2 Hours), Trek from Kunzum La - Chandratal (4,270m)
Relish in a winsome drive to Kunzum La. Make way through some hamlets and witness their indigenous culture. Once at Kunzum La, trek for around 3 hours and arrive at the campsite near Chandratal Lake. Savour the enchanting sights of turquoise waters ringed by high mountains. Enjoy the evening unravelling the surroundings; overnight stay will be in tents.
Chandratal (4,270m) – Manali (2,000m) (Trek & 6-7 Hours Drive)
This day, the road situation will be gauged and based on that, you might trek for half an hour or 3 hours to get to the road head. Once there, hop on to the vehicles and be driven to Manali via through the well-known Rohtang Pass. This marks the end of your Bhabha Pass Trek.
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Rated : 5.0
How easily we forget ourselves in the luxury of city life…something I realized while I was in Bhabha Pass, what a place, and how happy the people who live there were…give yourself a break and re-discover yourself. I did!
Rated : 5.0
Fun, adventure, thrill and mental peace...everything is there in the Bhaba Pass trek. It truly opens the doors to the gorgeous beauty of Himachal Pradesh. While the duration was not long enough, there were challenges within the trek. One has to be careful at certain places and then they can enjoy the charm and appeal of this trek as much as they want.
Rated : 5.0
If you are an adventure freak then trust me Bhaba Pass is definitely your cup of tea. I’m really glad that I took this trip. Hills, rivers, natural bridges… perfect ingredients to spice up the adventure thrills. I’m definitely ready for a second trip, only once my legs stop aching.
Rated : 5.0
This 7 night trek was a dream come true for all of us and we had a truly amazing time with all our friends. The serenity of the hills is beyond compare and we will never forget this trip for a long time.
Rated : 5.0
After we gave a thumbs up to the Bhaba Pass trek in Himachal Pradesh, we all were like what to and what not to do! Its difficulty gradient were a bit challenging for us. But, 'where there is a will, there is a way' got proved and we finally completed the trek so nicely. A huge amount of the entire credit goes to the experienced crew of guides. Their encouragement and support made it possible for us.
Rated : 5.0
Conquering the 4850m peak was like a dream come true for me. Comapred to my other treks; Pin Parvati, Hemkund and Roopkund, I would rank this one as the best. I was luck enough to join the trek at the last moment and once it started, it took me high! Those who haven't experienced the Pin Parvati, can enjoy magical views of the peak while in this trek. Pretty much difficult...so better be prepared for any kind of obstacle.
Rated : 4.0
Bhabha Pass Trek was a really nice experience. However, what seemed to be a moderate level trek felt a little complicated. Thanks to the climate changes. The trek itinerary was scheduled nicely for 8 days starting from Manali back to Manali. It started on a great note. However, there was some unexpected rains plus a lot of hassles due to the rain. This also messed up the tent stay a big time. That being said, this trek was nevertheless nice and good experience overall to cherish.
Rated : 4.0
Bhabha Pass Trek is another nice trek that anyone who is visiting Manali can take. It is a splendid experience.
Rated : 4.0
You need to be a part of this trek simply to see the nature all around you and what a place iti is i assure you it is worth your time and money.
What is the best time for Bhaba Pass Trek?
The Bhaba Pass can be trekked anytime between May and October but, the ideal time is after the end of monsoon season that lasts from June till August. Though May does not face monsoon showers but, you can find snow along the route making the path slippery and tough to climb.
What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?
The fitter you are the more you'll take away from the experience. Take as much time as you can for cardio exercise and strength training, including core strength. This will make it far easier for you to trek and explore the terrain with your guide. Moreover, exercises aid in acclimatization for the trip. Experience of walking for long distances with heavy weights (at least 15 Kg) will be a useful preparation.
What kind of food will be provided during this trek? What about safe drinking water?
All meals will be provided on this trek.You will be served Indian vegetarian food during this trek. Himalayan water is considered a clean and mineral water but to be on the safe side you will get boiled water with chlorine tablets.
What are the clothing and equipments that need to be carried from our end on Bhaba Pass Trek?
Make sure to carry warm and comfortable clothing as temperature can drop, pack good quality trekking shoes, slippers and extra pair of socks. It’s advisable to carry sunscreen lotion or any other skin moisturisers as the sun at the top can be harsh. Water bottles and energy bars/snacks are advisable. A Flashlight (with spare batteries) will help once the sun goes down and it’s always smart to carry insect repellent and emergency medical kit.
Which type of shoes should I buy?
Good quality and sturdy trekking shoes that cover your ankles. Refrain from using sport shoes for your own safety and the trails are uneven and tricky hence requiring good grip trekking shoes. If you are buying new shoes for your trek, please remember to use them for at least a month before you commence your holiday.
Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?
It is suggested to avoid the consumption of alcohol or cigarette while doing any type of high altitude treks because both these activities can let your body dehydrate easily. Then you will find it very difficult to complete the stretches. Alcohol will open the pores in your skin and let the cold get inside and make the body temperature in terms with the temperature outside. But it will finally lead you to feel dehydrated and thirsty. Hence try not to smoke or consume alcohol. Many of the trekking tours will not allow the participants do any such activities during the trek.
How do I get in shape?
The Bhabha Pass trek is considered to be a difficult one with an aim of reaching almost 16105 feet above sea level and the starting point Kafnu is at 7878 feet. The drastic change in the altitude and oxygen level will make your climb difficult. In four days’ time you will gain an altitude of over 8000 feet and your lungs should be strong enough to accept the changes. You will need a lot of cardio vascular endurance. For making your lungs work properly during the trek and get oxygen intake smooth, then you need to follow some exercises that will help your cardio vascular systems function properly. Start with jogging every day and daily increase the distance and speed. Simple exercises like squats, skipping, swimming will also be perfect for your muscles and flexibility. Stretching exercises can also be of use while perfecting your body to do this trek.
What are washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
There will be separate toilet tents arranged at each campsite for men and women. Depending on the size of the group, the number of toilets varies. Toilet tents will have a deep pit, mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. All of them usually will be dry toilets where you have to use toilet papers alone. Room freshener will also be provided.
What is the difficulty level of Bhaba Pass Trek?
Bhabha Pass trek is classified as a difficult trek since there will be a great change of altitudes within four days of trekking from 7878 feet to about 16100 feet. Also, the deserted landscapes, continuous forest trails, water bodies and bridges, valleys and villages, gradual steep climbs etc are not so easy to cover.
How is Bhaba Pass Trek weather?
The weather at Bhabha Pass is moderately colder and you may find snow at the end trail near the pass. The day temperature will be varying from 13 to 18 degree Celsius and the night one will be from 0 to 7 degree Celsius from June to October mid. Rain will be there at times and it is unpredictabl.
Is Diamox is advisable?
Since you are climbing up to a height of about 16100 feet above sea level, chances to experience the drastic change in oxygen level and climatic conditions are high. It may cause uneasiness to your body resulting in vomiting and breathlessness. Hence carry Diamox which will help you overcome the problems caused by acute mountain sickness as you climb the great heights.
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