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The Pin Parvati Pass is a mountain pass in Himachal Pradesh, India. This trek is referred to as a tricky pass as it falls on high altitude and is secured under solidified snow mountains for practically entire year. This pass was first crossed in August 1884 by Sir Louis Dane in search of an alternate route to the Spiti valley. It connects the fertile and lush Parvati valley on the Kullu side with the Pin valley on the Spiti side. Pin valley trek is located at an elevation of 5319 meter high which pleasures to seasoned trekkers. The ideal season for trekking in Manali is the long stretch of July to September end. The trail has it all. Enchanting green paradise, barren cold dessert, meadows and the cascading waterfalls. Crossing the Parvati river and its tributaries would be one memorable experience. The prevalent culture of the inhabitants also changes from Hinduism on the Kullu side to Buddhism in Spiti.We end the trek in Mud village. A short road drive from Mudh will take us to Kaza where we stay in a Hotel for the night. On the last day we drive from Kaza to Manali where the trip ends.
Day 0 – 3rd Aug 2019
Meet us in Delhi, RK Ashram Metro Station: From here we will take Volvo transport at 5 pm to Manali. Members from Mumbai/Pune/Bengaluru can come along with other participants from their respective cities. You can reach Delhi by means of flight or train according to your convenience. We will make a WhatsApp group for the same for all members to coordinate.
Day 1 : Meeting Point Kasol, 9 am: All the participants will report at Kasol by 9 AM and will undergo registration process. Breakfast and Lunch will be served and we will take an acclimatization walk. Overnight stay at camp near Parvati River. Here you can witness weed plantation. This place is also referred as mini Amsterdam.
Day 2 : After breakfast we will move to “Barsheni”. The first day’s trek starts from Bersheni to Kheerganga. You will go through the village of Nakthaan and reach Rudranath. The trail ahead is a 9 Km walk through a lovely forest to the open meadow of Kheerganga (2920 m, 9580 ft). Your lunch break will be for 3 to 4 hours. According to the myth, this is the hot spring where Lord Shiva meditated. One can take a refreshing bath in the spring. The climb will take around 5 hr. Overnight in tent.
Day 3 : After breakfast and packed lunch, you will start the trek for “Tunda Bhuj”, the time to reach the next camp is 8 to 9 hours. You will pass through trees, small canals, wooden bridges. After 5 hours you will cross 1 bridge. Here you will have your lunch break. From here, there will be a small climb to Tunda Bhuj. Within 2 hours you will reach Tunda Bhuj Camp, which is a very beautiful place. Overnight stay with a campfire.
Day 4 : After breakfast and packed lunch, you will start the trek for “Pandu Bridge”. Today, the 8 to 9 hours of trek will be very difficult, because today’s path will be filled with rocks, just follow the guidelines. After reaching “Thakur well” you will have a half an hour lunch break. After lunch, you will start the trek for “Pandu bridge”. On the way, you will have to cross the bridge which is very risky. Your camp will only be set after 20 minutes. Overnight stay at camp.
Day 5 : After breakfast and packed lunch, you will start the trek for “Maantlai Lake “, which will be a 9 to 10 hour journey. Today will be a bit difficult today, because you will be doing the longest trek and you will cross the riverbanks at the place of place. Once you reach halfway there will be a lunch break and the next path will be straightforward. From here you will take another 4 to 5 hours to your Maantlai Ridge, from where you can see the wonderful and beautiful view of Manali Lake. This is where the Parvati river originated, which is spread over the size of the berg. Overnight stay at camp.
Day 6 : Today is a tough day. After leaving the Maantlai lake post breakfast and packed lunch, you will start the trek for “Parvati Base Camp”, which will be for 7 hours. Today, you have to go through the paths and rivers, you have to cross the river only after walking a short distance from the camp. And on the other hand, a direct climb of your trek begins from where you will see a beautiful view of the peak of many unnamed peaks, which is very lucid. It will take 2 hours for the Parvati base camp from lunch point. Overnight stay at camp.
Day 7 : Begin your day with a steep climb to the Pin Pass. After breakfast and packed lunch, you will start the trek for “Pin Valley Camp / Pin Pass Top”. There will be a small climb up to the camp. From the camp and it will take 2 - 3 hours. Walk on the route indicated by the guide. After climbing the top, the full path to Pin Valley will be seen from here. Spiti Valley starts here. Today your camp will be on the banks of the river. Stay in the camp tonight.
Day 8 : After breakfast and packed lunch, you will start the trek for “Tiai” which is approximately 12 km. It is a barren land which is encompassed by tall mountains. You will almost certainly observe the trail of Bhabha Pass on this route. Your campsite at Tiya has a delightful setting yet it truly gets cold around evening time. It is important to have legitimate layering while you rest in your tents.
Day 9 : Today we'll be trekking to Mud which is the last town of Pin Valley. After breakfast and packed lunch, you will start the trek for “Mud Village”. It is a 16 km flat walk on the road from your camp to the village. After reaching Mud we will be driving to Kaza which is 52 km. Overnight stay in hotel at Kaza.
Day 10 : After a scrumptious breakfast you will drive to Manali. From Kaza it takes 7 to 8 hours for Manali. Once you reach Manali, you will be dropped at the Volvo bus stand. The trek ends here. (you may add 1 day extra for local sightseeing at your own expense, your new friends from this trek group may join you for the same)
Day 11 : With your arrival in Delhi at RK Ashram Bus stand (Metro Station) around 10 AM, this incredible Pin Parvati trekking experience will come to an end. From here you can proceed to your respective cities with some good memories to cherish for a lifetime.
HOW TO REACH
There is/are nearly 54 direct bus(es) plying between New Delhi to Manali. The minimum time a bus takes to reach Manali from New Delhi is 12h 30m.
The cheapest way to reach Manali from New Delhi takes you 14h 08m, which is to take train with train number 04070 from New Delhi to Ambala Cantt then take State Transport Bus from Ambala Cantt to Manali.
The fastest way to reach Manali from New Delhi takes you 9h 25m, which is to take Flight from New Delhi to Chandigarh then take HRTC Buses from Chandigarh to Manali.