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About the Destination:
Get enchanted by the treasures of nature by taking Manali to Spiti Valley in the scenic environs of Himachal Pradesh. Nestled between the Pir Panjal ranges in the north, the Parvati ranges in the east and Barabhangal ranges in the west, Kullu Valley is a nature’s paradise, offering a serene experience that is unlike any other Himachal trekking tours.
Blessed by the Himalayan river waters, quaint villages, dense woods and terraced fields this trek is one that cannot be missed.
Spiti literally derived as ‘The Middle Land’ stands between Tibet and India in the high mountainous Himalayas. Enveloped in scenic landscapes and intimidating mountains, reputed as a research and culture centre for Buddhists, this valley is caressed by Barley fields and little hamlets.
The magnificent Pin Parvati pass is the confluence of Parvati valley on the Kullu side and Pin valley on the Spiti side. This trek trails through rough steep terrains and snowy fields while offering splendid sights of glaciers, moraines giving you a feeling of being on top of the world.
Spiti Valley Temperature Range: Temperature varies from 12-20 °C, -2 to 6 °C, 12-18 °C,- 6 to 4 °C
Drive from Manali – Kasol (1539m) - Barsheni (45 minute drive), Trek from Barsheni – Khirganga (2707m, 3-4 hour trek)
Start the day with breakfast post which you can drive to Barsheni crossing Kasol on the way. Traverse through dense woods and arrive at the lush verdant pastureland of Khirganga decorated with sulphur springs and a few eating joints around. This is where your day’s trek comes to an end. Settle down in camps for the night.
Trek from Khirganga – Thakur Kuwan (3320m, 6-7 hour trek)
This day will entail you hiking across various meadows that will include both ascents and descents. While most part of the trek will comprise of forests, you will land the lush meadows of Tunda Bhuj. On arriving here, catch sight of the gigantic granite cliffs that overlook verdant prairies. At the end of the trek, experience the thrill of crossing the river with a Pulley Bridge. End your day’s trek here by setting up camp and unwinding in the comfort of your tents.
Trek from Thakur Kuwan – Ody Thach (3600m, 3-4 hour trek)
Begin the day with an early breakfast after which you can head out on your trek which will entail some thrilling river crossings. Experience crossing over a boulder on a stream and then over the waters of the Parvati River on Pandu Bridge comprising of a massive rock and a stone staircase on one side. These river crossings are thrilling because sometimes the guides might not provide you with ropes. Arrive at the visual delight of Ody Thach bestowed with expansive pastures and the mighty Kullu Eiger peak that overlooks it. Come across a few shepherds here and interact with them to learn about the local cultures. Set up your camps here and enjoy a good night’s rest to be fresh for the next day’s trek.
Trek from Ody Thach – Mantalai (3930m, 4- 5 hour trek)
After a good rest, wake up to a healthy breakfast. Then start off with the trek along the river. This day’s trail will comprise of flat terrains and only in the end will you experience a lateral climb. After completing the climb, arrive at a small temple located amidst beautiful environs. Here you can spend some time after which you can head towards the campsite cutting across small rivulets. End your day’s trek here and cuddle up in your tents for the night.
Relaxation Day at Mantalai
Spend the entire day resting and acclimatizing to the altitude. Refresh all of your batteries in order to get pumped for the challenging next few days.
Trek from Mantalai – Pin Parvati Pass Base Camp (4450m, 3 hour trek)
Start the day’s adventure by cutting through a few rivers and then move on to ascend a steep terrain whose trails are missing in some parts and incomplete in the others. Before ending the trek, surpass a region comprising of moraines to arrive at a snowy section. This is where you can set up camp for the night. Since the region might comprise of snow, you might have to camp on frozen territory. The guides will go for a recee and check up on the trails that lie ahead in this trekking journey to the pass. The backdrop of this campsite is breathtaking and is laden with glaciers, moraines complimented with what seems like the distant echoes of an avalanche. Due to the strenuous nature of the next day’s trek, tuck into your cosy tents early to get enough rest.
Trek from Pin Parvati Base Camp (4450m) – Pin Parvati Pass (5300m) – Pin Parvati Base Camp (4140m, 8-9 hour trek)
After an early rise make a collective decision based on the weather conditions on the start time to head out. This would be around 2 to 5:00 AM. This day’s trek will be a long one cutting across snowy patches and hour-long steep ascends towards the peak of the pass. It is here when you can cherish the mesmeric panoramic visuals of frozen white snow and the surrounding peaks. Trek downhill from here through rocky trails and river crossings while surpassing the Pin River on the way in Spiti Valley. Arrive at the campsite and reward yourselves with a brewing hot cup of tea as you reminisce the day’s trekking journey. Settle down your camps here for the night and enjoy cuddling up in the comfort of your tents.
Trek from Pin Parvati Base Camp – Tiya (3876m) - Mudh (3740m, 7-8 hour trek), Drive from Mudh – Kaza (3800m, 2 hour drive)
This day’s trek will entail a smooth and charming trail enhanced by the Spiti Valley that serves as the backdrop. This picturesque setting is further accentuated by the expansive pastures, mountains and the Pin River meandering beside the trail.
As you move ahead on the trek, come across shepherds camping in these scenic environs and the gushing waters of the streams flowing by. This is when you can also witness the Mudh Village in all its appealing glory. Upon reaching Mudh, spend some quality time with the locals in this cosy little hamlet before taking a 2 hour drive off to Kaza. You will be checked into a hotel in Kaza where a warm bed and a hot shower will be awaiting you.
Drive from Kaza – Manali (2000m, 8 hour drive)
Relish a delectable breakfast and head out on a car journey to Manali en route the Kunzum pass and Rohtang Pass. Bid adieu to the scenic environs of the Himalayas and depart the place to continue onwards with your journey home.
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Rated : 5.0
Well trekking on the hilly terrain of himalayas has always been my favourite trekking expedition. Spiti valley trekking has moderate trails and green surroundings. Better To go in summers, during rest of the season this Pin Parvati Pass experiences heavy snow fall so the condition becomes unfavourable for trekking. The exciting trip takes about eleven days, a worth visiting place.
Rated : 3.0
Lovely landscapes, lush green vegetation, mighty Himalayan mountains, straight trekking trails and flat camping sites are the major attraction of spiti valley trek. On two weeks of trekking trip was amazing. On the eight day we reached Pin Parvati and it was an unforgettable journey.
Rated : 4.0
To be honest, this trek was quite average. I felt it was rushed up. However, what made this trek unique is the way it was planned and scheduled. I so loved this trek. I had a really great time here. This is mainly because it was well planned. Also, we had a super friendly, jovial, and a talkative trek guide who shared a lot of inputs and stories about the trekking here. Also, the safety of the trekkers were well ensured which is again a laudable effort. The food and stay were fine too.
Rated : 5.0
This is the amazing trek that one can ever take. This trek covers the three major possible treks in The Himalayas and one of the most challenging one. We started from Manali and crossed Kasol before embarking on the trek. For the nest 7-8 days we trekked around 5 hours on an average. Our trek leader was very professional and gave us enough chance to rest in between the trek. Food was very good and hygienic and they also served snacks with tea. Our camping arrangement was excellent. We camped at some of the most beautiful locations. It was an amazing trekking experience in the Himalayas for me and my friends, we enjoyed a lot. Special thanks to the organisers, our trek leader and support staff for making this one of the most memorable adventure of my life.
Rated : 4.0
Me and my friend on this trek with other group members and I must its a difficult trek but we enjoyed it a lot. As we got enough time in between trek to relax and also we got full one day for acclimatization in Mantalai. When we trekked for Pin Parvati we crossed couple of rivers and finally reached our base camp. Camp site was very good and our sleeping and tents were of good quality. Food provided during the trek was very good. It could be if you guys also provide transportation from Manali without extra cost.
Rated : 3.0
I loved to spend some time at this Khirganga, one of the popular hindu sacred place popular for Lord Shiva temple. There is a hot water spring where you can take bath. Spiti Valley looks gorgeous and while travelling you will spot beautiful alpine jungle also.
Rated : 4.0
I went on this trek with my 4 friends and it a nice place for group adventure. Overnight camping was an unforgettable experience and the best time is the morning when you will see the most beautiful sunrise from your camps. During night at our campsite we used sit beside the bonfire and all group members used to share there interesting stories. Trekking was pretty hard, especially on Thunda Bhuz and Thakurkuan hills but our guide and support staff was always there for help. Just one suggestion if the quality of food can be improved than this trek will be the perfect.
Rated : 4.0
Manali is definately a hub of trekking destination, people from all parts of the country come here for their trekking expedition. Pin Parvati trek which is almost 17500 feet high feels exciting. I went with one of my friend but we met lot of new people on the trek and it was one of the best trekking experience of my life.
Rated : 4.0
We had started from Manali and passed various base points like Banseri village, rudranath, khirganga and thakurkuan. We reached Pin Parvati pass on the seventh day. It was exciting journey, five to six hours of adventurous trekking mixed with site exploration and camping.
What is the best time to go?
This trek is usually undertaken during the months of July to September. During the winter months of November to March this trek can get extremely challenging and tricky.
What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?
This trek requires excellent trekking skills and techniques. A high level of fitness is of utmost importance. A medical certificate ensuring your fitness for the trek and a disclaimer certificate ensuring your submission to voluntarily participate in this trek may be mandatory. This trek is mainly for seasoned trekkers.
What clothes and equipment should I carry?
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.
How much weight will I have to carry? Will there be porters?
It is advisable to carry a 60 Ltr backpack, amount of weight to be carried depends on requirement and capacity. Porters aren't included in the package.
Which type of shoes should I buy/carry?
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.
What kind of food will be provided during this trek? What about safe drinking water?
All your meals are included in this trek. You will be served a perfect nutritional balance of 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
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