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Discovered in the year 1884 as an alternate passage to the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh, the Pin Parvati Pass trek is one of the most enthralling and challenging trekking trails in India. Taking the trekkers to a maximum altitude of 5,319m above the sea level, the Pin Parvati trek is usually undertaken during the months of July to September and requires excellent trekking skills and techniques.
A mixture of steep slopes, gradual climbs, barren mountains, snow-clad peaks and rugged passes, this 100km trek needs high trekking skills and can be completed in a course of 11 days. Also, as the Pin Parvati Pass trek takes you through some of the highest peaks, getting acclimatised to the environs also become a major requirement for successful completion of the trek.
Drive from Kullu to Barsheni Village, Trek from Barsheni to Ruranath Camp
With your arrival in Kullu at around 11:00AM, take a drive through the fascinating trails that lead towards Barsheni Village. Nestled amidst scenic and appealing pine forests and lush meadows, this hamlet is the starting point of this astounding Pin Parvati Trek.
With your arrival in Barsheni, get prepared to embark on the trekking trail to the basecamp in Rudranath via Kalga Village, which is located around 30 minutes away from Barsheni. Arriving at the camp, get freshened up and mark the beginning of this fascinating experience; overnight stay in the camp.
Trek from Rudranath to Khirganga
Today; on the first day of the Pin Parvati trek, after having breakfast in the camp, start trekking towards a nearby bridge, from where you can catch the stunning glimpses of the Parvati River. Trekking further, you will be passing through lush and evergreen forests and picturesque meadows.
Post trekking for around 30 minutes followed by a 'V' turn, the resting camp for the day will be visible to you; another 10 minutes walk from the turn, you will finally reach Khirganga. During the last portion of today's trek, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of pine forests and a stunning waterfall; overnight stay in Khirganga.
Trek from Khirganga to Tunda Bhuj (10,500ft)
While on today's trek, you will be ascending through a gradual trail that will take you through scenic meadows, stream and temporary bridge. On this journey, you can also witness the mesmeric beauty of the Parvati River and several species of birds. After around 1 hour of this trek, the trails will start gaining height while offering you panoramic views of the Parvati Valley. Finally after trekking for around 5 hours, you will reach the Tunda Bhuj campsite; relax and spend overnight in the camp.
Trek from Tunda Bhuj to Thakur Kuan (11,000ft)
Today's journey of this Pin Parvati Trek will take you magnificent valleys and several bridges! Begin the day with an easy ascend through verdant grazing ground and flowery meadows. On crossing these beautiful landscapes, arrive near a bridge that will be considerably long; and requires some additional amount of time to cross.
Hereafter, there will be a change in the trek as the terrains will start gaining some heights; however, these sturdy terrains will last only for 15-30 minutes. Post this; the journey will continue through gradual trails through an uneven and rocky meadow. Finally, after crossing the Pandu Bridge and continuing the hike towards Parvati River, you will arrive at the Thakur Kuan campsite by evening; dinner and overnight stay in the camp.
Trek from Thakurkuan to Mantalai (13,400ft)
Today's trek will take you through several other streams, Parvati River, lush forests, magnificent meadows and orchards. During the trek, you can also witness the fascinating beauty of the Mantalai Range (13,400ft) and some of the nearby glaciers as well. Adding more to today's trek there is the fascinating views of the Pin Parvati Pass; overnight stay in Mantalai camp.
Acclimatization Day in Mantalai
Today, you can encounter and enjoy the charm of Mantalai's stunning beauty from within the camp; today will be an acclimatization day.
Trek from Mantalai Lake to Pin Parvati Camp (side) (14850ft)
After having breakfast in the camp, embark on the day's trek by crossing the river and continuing ascending through the uneven trails and stunning glaciers. Trekking towards right of this slope, you will finally reach the base camp that is situated at a height of 1,4850ft after around 8-9 hours. Nestled amidst scenic vistas and glaciers, this campsite is an ideal place to enjoy the appealing beauty of the Pin Parvati Trek; overnight stay in the camp.
Trek from Pin Parvati Base Camp to Wichkurung Thatch
Begin the day through the Pin Parvati Valley! Though there are two different ways to complete this trek, you will be following the one that trails through flowery meadows, brooks and high glaciers. Enjoying the mesmeric views and the aura of the trek, reach a quaint little community of the Gompa region.
Here onwards, the trek will take you to the right of the valley and after hiking through rocky terrains, continue towards the Rampur Pass. Treeking through the pass, you will finally arrive at the Wichkurung Thatch that is located within long pamapas and verdant forests; overnight stay in Wichkurung Thatch.
Trek from Wichkurung Thatch to Mud Village, Drive from Mud Village to Kaza
Following the enchanting beauty of the morning hit the challenging and rocky terrains and start trekking towards the Mud Village; most of this trek will be through the Spiti Valley. Post lunch; take an enthralling drive to the Kaza region and enjoy the magical views throughout the drive; overnight stay in Kaza.
Drive from Kaza to Manali (9 hours)
Today, after having breakfast in Kaza, embark on a long drive through the magical surroundings of Kaza and proceed towards Manali. The drive will take you through high altitudes and will offer enthralling views of the snow clad peaks and picturesque mountains. After arriving in Manali, check-in into a hotel; overnight stay in the hotel.
Drive from Manali to Delhi (6 Hours)
Today will be last day in this astounding Pin Parvati Valley! Waking up today morning, pack your bags, and 6 hours drive that will finally take you to Delhi. With your arrival in Delhi, this amazing Pin Parvati trekking experience will come to an end.
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Rated : 5.0
Unforgettable trek. Weather was awesome for trek, group was very friendly, our guide and support very professional. I went with 2 friends and we all had a lot of fun. Campsites were amazingly beautiful also sleeping bangs and tents were of good quality. Food served during the trek was amazing. All thanks to organizers for making my trekking experience amazing.
Rated : 5.0
The trek is pretty epic because it is one of the most enthralling and challenging trekking trails Himalayas. During our trek we crossed pine forest, waterfalls, bridges and most important part snow covered mountains in front of our eyes. The trek was properly arranged with timely breaks for rest and good acclimatization. Our camping sites were very scenic in the middle of nowhere. We had a lot of fun in dancing and singing the around bonfire at our campsites. Our guide was really amazing and he became good friend of all the group members. Those 12 days were one of the best part of my life, I kept on looking the pictures time and again to cherish the good time I had. Thanks for amazing trip.
Rated : 5.0
The Pin Parvati Trek is really special and very diversified! It started through deep forest and one the second day we reached Khir Kanga, were we could take a hot bath in the natural sulfur springs. The trek continued through meadows, always along the Parvati river, which we had to cross three times on various ways: on a scary shaky bridge, with a trolley and over rocks through climbing! It was pure fun and excitement!
Rated : 4.0
Wonderful experience of Trekking in Parvathi i had experienced professional trek guides, and staff made our trek a memorable one.... the beautiful trek route and scenic Kullu and Spitti valley added spice to the well cooked trip... We had group of amateurs, first timers as well as seasoned trekkers all together. We all enjoyed a lot.
Rated : 4.0
This is a beautiful trek and trekking enthusiasts will love it. It can prove to be challenging with its high altitudes and steep landscapes but guides and staff is very professional. Make sure to carry warm clothes and good trekking shoes.
Rated : 5.0
One of the most beautiful and eventful treks in North India is the Pin Parvati Trek. There are hundreds of amazing attractions throughout the route and the serenity is inimitable. The guide was supportive and friendly. We did not have many troubles during the trip except tiredness and delay by the traffic at some places. The fog covered atmosphere looked so pretty every morning. We have been staying in homestays and tents during the tour. The food from the hotels and the homestays was really tasty. For serious trekkers and trek lovers should try doing this amazing trek. The route to Pin Parvathi has a lot of things to unwind to the visitors. Brilliant ones. A photographic place. From the valleys to the greater heights, the trek goes on and at the steep climbs, the trek becomes slightly challenging yet with more excitement. The peaks and cloud touching mountains are the sights seen from Pin Parvathi. Thakur Kuan campsite was the beautiful station with the perfect blend of nature for camping. There were some other groups also in the region camping amidst the pretty nature. This amazing trek will be in my heart always and cherish the moments spent there. This is the first time I am writing any kind of reviews on something anywhere. Since I liked this very much I wanted to suggest it to other people who are looking for amazing treks in India. If you plan some other sightseeing trips along with this trek, then it would be great. Pin Parvathi is simply stunning and full of natural sights. A must visit place.
Rated : 4.0
There is no other trek in India which is equal to Pin Parvathi trek- this is what I felt. It is such a brilliant place with a lot of sightseeing options too. Indeed, this trek is moderate at some places but challenging at some other regions. But for sure, everyone can enjoy walking along the meadows and reaching the top of Pin Parvathi. To look from the top to the surrounding would be the appreciable thing everyone will love to do. I don’t have any complaints regarding the trip since this is not the first time I am going for trekking and camping. Usual camping and trekking will have a lot of problems due to the unorganized planning and all. But here, the organizers I chose were experienced and they knew the place very well. Hence the plan was actually perfect, I felt. I did not ask for anything since they gave everything on time. But during camping, there was a problem of space chosen by the organizers. It was not so fine for many of us in the group. Since I was a solo traveler, I was completely aware of the problems that can come during such trips. We had to wait for a long time in order to find another suitable place. But I don’t think it was the misbehavior from the organizers. That place was actually a camping place for a long time but now it is not actually apt for camping. Also, one small group of people who were camping near to us were playing music loudly and making so much noise after the restricted time and that made us irritated and we had to have a small argument with them. Apart from that, the whole trip was full of high energy and enthusiasm. Luckily, the group I got were full of youngsters who are regular trekkers and travelers and it was a great chance for me to make new friends and know more about the places I have not visited yet. Parvati River is the most stunning attraction I found here. It is supported by extensive meadows and forests all over. That is the prettiest photographic location I found during the trek. Since there were correct gaps between treks, I was completely energetic to do trekking. On the days of rest, I went out to stroll around the places nearby and met some of the village people and asked them about their culture. Totally, Pin Parvati trek was the wonderful thing happened in my life last year. I am eagerly waiting for finishing the major treks in North India with two years coming.
Rated : 5.0
This place provides you with such varied views that you will actually belive that you have trekked through different regions - we crossed lush green thickets, chilly gorges, rugged mountains and what. In all, a great experience. Loved this entire trip.
Rated : 4.0
I loved the Trek and would everyone recommend to do it! The Pin Parvati Trek is really special and very diversified! It started through deep forest and one the first day we reached Khir Kanga, were we could take a hot bath in the natural sulfur springs. The trek continued through meadows, always along the Parvati river, which we had to cross three times on various ways: on a scary shaky bridge, with a trolley and over rocks through climbing! It was pure fun and excitement! After 5 days relatively easy and gradual climbing ( which was necessary for getting well acclimatized we reached the holy and enchanted Mantelai Lake on 4074 m. From here we had 2 days of steep climbing over the glacier high Pin Parvati Pass. The view from up there was amazing: a 360 degree view of snow-capped peaks! After the pass we entered the Pin Valley and the nature changed completely into a dry mountain desert! We enjoyed the beautiful campsites and had fun while crossing plenty of rivers until we reached the remote village Mud. We enjoyed 2 days by jeep through Spiti-Valley, visited monasteries and villages of this interesting place until we reached Manali again after 11 days- tired, but happy!!!!
Rated : 4.0
The Pin Parvati Trek is awesome. Pin Parvati Pass is a great Trans Himalayan trek for seasoned trekkers. If you are into serious trekking, then this trek is for you. You will love this trek and you would just be too happy to take this one. This is quite not a complex or tough tour too. It was very moderate in the level of difficulty. The tour as such was neatly organized. This is a trek that I will highly suggest to trekkers.
Can only an experienced trekker do Pin Parvati Trek?
Pin Parvati trek is a very tough trek and therefore it is said often that this trek is only for the seasoned trekkers. It is quite a long expedition – a whole 17457 feet high. If you have done high-altitude treks before and is at a really great shape physically, you can try this trek. The thing about this trek is that anyone above 15 years of age can do it but you must have experience with high altitude trekking because Pin Parvati trek is for the serious trekkers.
What are some risks associated with this trek?
Pin Parvati has more than a few pitfalls – but that is what makes the trekking experience so exciting. It is an 110-kilometer stretch and the risks are worse during the monsoon. It gets badly washed during that time. Another issue people face is related to finding the route inside the forest. Many tend to become confused and forget the route. There are un-roped crevasses which you have to cross very tactically. Also, for 10 days you have to carry a 15kg backpack – it might take a toll on you. There is no rescue option here.
How much time is required to do this trek?
Usually, this trek is done in 10 days without any rest. Since it is a 100-kilometer trek it requires that many days. But local shepherds and some foreign hikers do it in 6 to 7 days. But it is not advisable to do it in that much time because the terrain is unforgiving. The altitude itself is a huge journey – you have to go from 7000 feet to 17,500 feet. Even if you are super fit, you can become sick if you hurry too much. The recommended time is 12 days but 10 days is good enough for experienced hikers.
What if someone is unable to continue this trek?
If you are unable to continue then you must have a rescue or emergency plan. Usually, the package includes a plan and there are stretchers on board for immediate vacation. But you must prepare your own medical rescue plan. You have to work out who will give you a CPR or medical aid and how many porters you will need for the rescue. The medical supplies such as oxygen cylinder, antibiotics, and steroids are usually included in the package. The trek leader will help but you must also prepare yourself.
What attractions can be covered during this trek?
First of all, you will come to Kullu and from there you will go to Rudranath. Kullu Manali is known as the ‘Switzerland of India’ and is a splendid sight. Arsheni is a settlement where you can see beautiful sights of the mountain. From there you reach the Tunda Bhuj where you can see waterfall torrents flowing steadily through the valley. Up and above you reach Mantalai where the River Beas meets River Parvati. There is a small shivling buried in the mountain here. It is a sight for sore eyes.
Do I need to prepare for the changing weathers during this trek?
Although this place has a vibrant weather, the weather pattern remains largely unpredictable. During the trekking season, you can come across sudden outbursts of rain. There are intense rains some times which have major implications on the journey. As you go to the higher altitudes you will encounter blizzards and heavy snow which will make it even more challenging. So you do need to prepare for this because, at 4000 meters, you can expect some generous amount of snow at the peaks.
Can we consume alcohol if it’s really cold during the trek?
Alcohol or any other intoxicants are not allowed while trekking. Contrary to the popular belief, alcohol does not make you warm, it makes blood flow close to your skin – this makes you feel warm when in reality it just lowers your body temperature. This can become a major disadvantage especially for such a difficult hike such as the Pin Parvati peak. At such great heights, it can cause you dizziness – when you need to be mentally alert and dehydration. But mostly, it doesn’t serve the purpose of fighting the cold. It can cause hypothermia by lowering your body temperature instead.
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. A porter or mle can be availed at an additional cost but it’s wise to inform us a week in advance.
Which type of shoes should I buy/carry?
Good quality and sturdy trekking shoes that cover your ankles. Refrain from usong 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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