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Minakshi Devar

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Well trekking on the hilly terrain of himalayas has always been my favourite trekking expedition. Spiti valley trekking has moderate trails and green s...

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Ranjit Kakkar

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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. ...

Overview

Departure Dates:

July: 7, 21
August: 2, 12, 24
September: 2, 14, 22


About the Pin Parvati Pass Trek:

Barsheni village is the starting point of your Pin Parvati Trek from where you will be led to Rudranath Camp after crossing the fascinating trails. Rudranath to Khirganga watching the beautiful Parvati River and the evergreen forests and picturesque meadows would be a highlighted version of your trek. Tunda Bhuj campsite awaiting your arrival can be reached after crossing some more astounding landscapes and rough trails that would enable you to spot some of the most regular species of birds coming to visit the region. 

Mantalai and the charming lake are the jovial hosts of you in between the journey to arrive the Pin Parvati camp. There, you will be driven to immerse into the abyss created by the verdant greenery present everywhere near, the brooks, the flowery meadows and the high glaciers and what not- each sight around you will remarkably stuck into your head for sure.


About the Destination:

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.

Manali with plenty of trekking options comes up with the best in its kit that is Pin Parvati trek, leading the trekker up to 5319 meters height and it is the perfect option for seasoned trekkers worldwide. July to September, the best season to do Pin Parvati trek brings forth the maximum number of trekkers and visitors Manali can accommodate. Parvati Valley is a beautiful landscape letting us cross the relishing greenery in Kullu and then taking us to the romantic Spiti Valley.

The Pin Parvati Pass is the major point of interest on Pin Parvati trek and it is always prepared to offer the most thrilling experience to each trekker. Risk and difficulty are common on Pin Parvati treks and the lengthy crossing fields between the surroundings and of course the heavy snowfall give the trek an adventurous notion every time.

You will not be disappointed at all if you take this Pin Parvati trekking package because you are going to be elevated to the state of bliss with the incomparable sceneries and views of stunning landscapes of Spiti Valley. 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.

Quick Facts:

Temperature: Day: 16°C to 20°C and Night: 0°C to 4°C

Trekking Distance:  110 km

Maximum Altitude:  17,457 ft

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Airport: Bhuntar, 52 km away from Manali

ATM: Kaza has the last ATM point before your trek begins.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Receiving at Rumsu base camp. Acclimatization walk. Overnight at Rumsu base camp.

    All the participants will report at Rumsu base camp by 8 AM and will undergo registration process. Freshening up and breakfast will happen at the base camp. Post breakfast we will go for an acclimatization walk.

    Lunch at 1 PM. Post lunch orientation. Orientation will cover all the general instructions that could be helpful for the trek like back packing, marching technique and medical awareness. Post snacks we will have an ice breaking session.

    Overnight stay at Rumsu base camp.

  • Day 2 - Trek from Barshaini to Kheer ganga. Level: Moderate. Overnight stay at Kheer Ganga.

    All the participant will leave the base camp by 8 AM with their breakfast and packed lunch to start the trek. We will start with a jeep ride for Barshaini from Rumsu. We will trek from Barshaini till Kheer Ganga, the first day campsite. It takes around 4-5 hours to complete this part of the trek. The trek is easy with less ascend. There is a small village(Nathan) and then a bridge over the ferocious Parvati which comes across during the trek to Kheer Ganga. The place is known for its hot water spring. Don’t forget to take a dip in it. Overnight stay at Kheer Ganga.

  • Day 3 - 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.

  • Day 4 - 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.

  • Day 5 - Trek from Thakur Kuan to RubiThach. Level: Difficult. Overnight stay at RubiThach.

    The trek takes around 4-5 hours and runs almost plain with some intermediate ascend. There are two difficult bridges on the way which are made up of big individual rock boulders. The bridge is known as Pandavbridge and it’s believed that Bheem, one of the Pandavas made it. The place is commonly visited by shepherds for it's rich pasture.

  • Day 7 - Trek from Mantalai to Parvati side base camp. Level: Difficult. Overnight stay at Parvati side base camp

    The main ascend of the trek starts from Mantalai till Parvati side base camp. There is a big stream that comes on the way known as Kala Khornalla. Care should be taken while crossing and its advisable that it gets crossed before 10 AM, when the flow is minimum. We will then start with the descend till Parvati side base camp. Hard snow bed could be found on the way to the camp site.

  • Day 8 - Trek from Parvati side base camp to Pin side base camp. Level: Difficult. Overnight stay at Pin side base camp.

    The trek from Parvati side base camp to Pine side base camp starts early in the morning by 6 AM so that we cross the glacier patch before the sun comes out and makes it slippery. Peaks like South Parvati and Ganesh could be seen just before reaching the Pass. The top of the pass has a small temple.

    The descend till Pin side base camp is moderately average as some part of it goes on glacier and other on scree. After the descend is done, we will cross the Pine Nala with help of rope to reach Pin side base camp.

  • Day 10 - Ride to Manali and departure.

    We will start for Manali early by 6 AM from Kaza. One will come across the famous Kunzum top(4,590 mts.) which connects the Kullu Valley and Lahaul Valley with the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh and Rohtang Pass(13,000 ft) while riding to Manali. Departure by 6 PM.

Stay

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  • Accommodation during the trek (Home stay, Campsites)

Activity

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  • Trekking
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  • Camping

Other Inclusions

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  • One night accommodation in Kaza on Day 10 (twin /triple sharing)
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  • Equipments during the trek (Sleeping Bags, Mattress, Kitchen and Dining Tents, Utensils, Crampon)
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  • Permits
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  • First Aid and Medical Kits, Oxygen Cylinder and Stretcher
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  • Qualified and professional trek leader, guide and supporting staff

Transport

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  • Transportation from Rumsu to Barsheni and return journey to Manali

Things To Carry

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  • Wardrobe essentials like woolen and fleece clothes, synthetic or waterproof track pants, rain-proof jackets, sunglasses, waterproof gloves, wind-proof jackets, thermal innerwear
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  • A sturdy backpack (60-70ltr) with a plastic or water-proof lining
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  • High-ankle trekking shoes with good grip, trekking pole or stick
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  • Moisturizers, chap sticks
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  • Torch, water bottle, extra polythene bags for wet clothes and a whistle

Advisory

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  • In order to undertake this trek, the trekkers should/must have at least one prior trekking experience in the Himalayas.
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  • To avoid frost-bite from freezing temperatures, wear proper fitted trekking boots to keep warm
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  • For proper blood circulation, avoid wearing thick socks or more than one pair of socks
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  • Avoid carrying snacks and junk food
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  • Do not use disposable plastic water bottles, plastic-wrapped items
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  • Always carry a couple of pairs of thermal innerwear
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  • It is mandatory to carry your identification proof

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

Refund Policy

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

Confirmation Policy

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.
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    Story by Minakshi Devar

     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.

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    Story by Ranjit Kakkar

     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.

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    Story by Acharyanandana Sethi

     Rated : 5.0

    The wild life sanctuary at Kanwaz is worth visiting Guys...You can spot different wild animals in the sanctuary. Trekking in Spiti Valley is a nice adventure. The panaromic views of mighty mountains and the lush green vegetation of Spiti Valley is worth capturing in your camera.

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    Story by Chaturaanan Jha

     Rated : 5.0

    Pretty amazing experience!! we spent eleven days and got to explore all beautiful places between Kullu and Manali region. we were in a group of ten trekkers so we enjoyed a lot. We had a superb guide who knew everything about the site. Overall it was a fantastic journey..

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    Story by Malati Sethi

     Rated : 5.0

    Spiti valley trek is perfect for trekkers since the trails are moderate and there are camping friendly grounds. The valley is covered with alpine and brich trees, making it look even better. Summer trekking is mostly favoured by trekkers as the weather conditions are favourable.

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    Story by Aryan Devar

     Rated : 5.0

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    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.

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    Story by Baalaaditya Khanna

     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.

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    Story by Kanchan Kapoor

     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.

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    Story by Achyut Tandon

     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.

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    Story by Nimit Bandopadhyay

     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!

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is the Pin Parvati trek Distance?

      On an average, you will cover around 6 to 7 hours on this Pin Parvati trek. The first day will take a drive around 10 hours to take you to Barsheni village from Kullu. Every day you will need to trek for around 6 hours until you reach Thakar Kaun and to arrive in Mantalai, there will be a trekking distance of about 12 hours. Pin Parvati Pass can be crossed on this way. The rest of the days would need different trekking hours ranging from 4 to 10 hours. The approximate trekking distance you will cover on this trek will be 110 kilometers including the drives and the maximum altitude you reach is 17500 feet.

    2. Is Diamox is advisable on this trek?

      Yes, to prevent Acute Mountain Sickness or simply altitude sickness, Diamox is a must medicine you should have handy. You will be reaching a height of about 17500 feet on this Pin Parvati trek and it will be great if you have 10-12 diamox tablets with you to avoid the uneasiness happens due to acute mountain sickness.

    3. How do I get in shape for Pin Parvati trek?

      Pin Parvati trek is considered to be a difficult one and there is no other way except getting really prepared for the trek to avoid problems en route. Start with cardio vascular exercises and jogging is the best to increase your lungs capacity. Make sure you are jogging every day and increase the distance and speed combination each day. Also do some normal exercises like squats, skipping, swimming that would strengthen your muscles and make you flexible. Stretching exercises can also be of use while perfecting your body to do this trek.

    4. 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 freshner will also be provided.

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

    7. How much time is required to do trek to Pin Parvati?

      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.

    8. 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.

    9. 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.

    10. How is weather on Pin Parvati 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.

    11. 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.

    12. What is the best time to go Pin Parvati trek?

      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.

    13. 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.

    14. 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.

    15. 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.

    16. 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.

    17. What kind of food will be provided during Pin Parvati 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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