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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 : 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 : 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
Trek was very well organised but I didn't like the food. Rest everything was good. Tents were of good quality so was the sleeping bags. Guide and support staff was very friendly and professional. They organised the trek pretty well.
Rated : 4.0
We had started from kullu and passing 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.
Rated : 4.0
I had a great trek. It was awesome. My friends and I love trekking and we keep exploring various trek. Finally, we took a long vacation and went for this trek. It was more than awesome. We had a great time here.
Rated : 4.0
It was indeed a very tough trek, but the experience was lovely at the end of the trek. I totally want to do this trek again sometime after training more. As a pro trekker, my husband says, the fitter you are the more you can enjoy any trek with ease. This trek is highly recommended for trekkers who are in to frequent trekking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are two ways to reach Spiti Valley. Rohtang Pass and Kunzum pass are part of the Manali Leh highway and open throughout the summers for those of you who want to travel to the valley via Manali. But heavy snowfall during winters leads to closing of the passes. As a result, travelers have to take up the Shimla highway during these months, which is open 12 months of the year.
The Manali highway can be crossed by using private or public bus service. From Manali, you can reach Kaza via Rohtang Pass and Kunzum pass. The journey offers some of the most stunning views of the Himalayas, and it is undoubtedly a great way to reach the location while still enjoying the journey in all its glory. Buses from Manali to Kaza leave at 5:00 a.m. The journey is a total of 200 kilometers and it will take you at least two days to get to Spiti Valley this way. If you don't want to travel in the state buses, you can also take a Volvo or a private bus and travel in style.
Another way to cover this Highway is to hire a shared or private taxi. The cost of the rental service varies from the brand of the car to the hiring service you are using, but you can probably get a car for INR 3000 per day. If you are the adventurous kind, you can also drive yourself from Manali to Spiti Valley, as this Highway is not dangerous, unlike the Hindustan Tibet highway which has slushy roads and is extremely troublesome to navigate The second way to travel to Spiti Valley is via Kinnaur, taking the Hindustan Tibet Highway.
Once you reach Shimla, you can take a bus to reach Kinnaur any time from 5 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the day. A journey through this route will take you about three days how to reach Spiti Valley. Or you can take a shared or private taxi from Shimla if you prefer to travel in a car. Depending on the weather and tourist season, the price of hiring a taxi varies. The Hindustan private highway is famous for its stunning views of the gorgeous and magnificent Himalayan peaks, peaceful environs and awe-inspiring beauty.
The major advantages of this route are that it is open throughout the year, whereas the Manali route closes during October and November because of adverse weather conditions and snowfall closing down the Rohtang Pass. But there is an advantage of taking the Manali route instead of Hindustan Tibet highway. It is one of the safest ways to reach Spiti Valley while completing the round circuit around the valley. If you are visiting for the first time, it is not advisable to go via the Hindustan Tibet highway, especially if you're driving yourself.
This road has been named as one of the deadliest roads in the world. Zoji La pass, part of this route, is located at 11000 feet and is impossible and extremely treacherous to cross.
The first-day trek from Manali to Kalga will involve a 4-5 hours drive, and the second day to Kheer Ganga will involve trekking for 6 to 7 hours. On the third day, the group will carry on walking for 7 to 8 hours. You will then reach Thakur Kuan after walking for 6 to 7 hours. There is a steep ascent path for about 1 hour during this trek. The trip will continue on the fifth day, hiking over 6 hours, and the next day for 8 hours. After that, the group will carry on to reach Summit camp and Bedu Thatch on the 7th and 8th day, each trek lasting 8-10 hours. The last two days will involve trekking for 5-6 hours each.
Pin Parvati pass Trek is a difficult trek to handle. If you are undertaking a trekking expedition for the first time, it is essential that you carry the necessary items with you. These include a backpack and rain cover, water bottles, a torch, a medical kit, a walking stick, some snacks, and a wind and waterproof jacket. You should also devise a fitness regime that will work out your legs and core muscles so you can walk and climb over prolonged periods of time without getting fatigued. Consult a doctor to diagnose any medical conditions you have and carry the essential items and medicines accordingly.
Pin Parvati trek is extremely safe to conduct under the guidance of trained trekking professionals. It is not advisable to undertake the journey if you are trekking for the first time or are new to hiking through the Himalayas. Another thing to keep in mind is that if you are traveling to Spiti valley on your own vehicle, it is advisable to take the Manali Leh Highway, instead of the Kinnaur route. The Zoji La pass is extremely treacherous to cross, especially in winter. It is better to take a bus if you want to take this Highway.
The Pin Parvati Trek will cost you anywhere from 30 to 35,000 INR, covering 110 kilometers and an altitude of nearly 18,000 feet in 11 days. The cost of the trek varies from company to company and depends on how many people are traveling with you. It also depends on your accommodation choices and meals. With companies that conduct large trekking groups, it will be an overall cheaper affair. A bundled service would include hotels, meals, types of equipment required, camping and entry charges, as well as trained staff that will guide you throughout the 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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