Area: Himachal Pradesh
Duration: 16 Days
Best Season: July – September
Altitude: 5319 m/17452 ft
Total Trekking: 108 K.M
About Pin Parvati Pass Trek
Discovered as an alternate passage to the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh, Pin Parvati Trek is counted amongst the most thrilling and challenging trails in the country. The maximum altitude en route is 5319 metres above the sea level. The trek is carried out in the months of July to September and requires sound trekking knowledge and skills as well. The trek is a mixed bag of high gradients, gradual ascents, picturesque mountains, and beautiful passes. The trail is of about 100 km and thus requires high trekking skills to carry out the trek in the course of 16 days. Moreover, the trek takes the trekkers through some of the soaring peaks. For this reason, acclimatization becomes the primary necessity in the completion of the trek as well. The trek starts from the scenic location of Manali and encompasses visiting destinations like Manikaran, Barsheni, Tunda Bhuj, Thakur Kuan, Odi Thach, Mantalai, etc.
This 15 nights and 16 days itinerary to Pin Parvati Pass Trek takes the adventurers to the congenial and heartwarming tour that remains etched in the minds of tourists throughout their lives. This tour is an unmatched adventure opportunity for all the trekking enthusiasts who want to unwind themselves in the midst of picturesque panorama and nature’s opulence.
Pin Parvati Pass Trekking Tour Highlights
- Test your endurance by trekking on the altitudes as high as 5319m.
- Get set ready for a bumpy drive, which will take you to the most picturesque towns of the trans-Himalaya regions like Keylong, Koksar, Rohtang Pass, Kaza, to name a few.
- Enjoy a bath in the sulphur springs of Kheer Ganga.
- Enjoy camping under the clear sky at the Mantalai Lakeside; also you can relish the view of the neighboring snow-capped mountains and glaciers.
- Trek through the verdant expanse of meadows, and Pin Valley National Park
Best Time to Visit Pin Parvati Pass Trek
July to September
During the early months of the year, there are chances of snow on high passes, which considerably melts by August. During the monsoon season, Kullu-Manali area remains affected due to rain, but when we talk about the high places like Lahaul and Spiti, the weather remains warm and sunny (12-20 °C) during the day, while the night temperature could be in minus (-2 to 6 °C). During the September and October, trekkers can experience a good weather, with little snowfall. With the onset of October, the day temperature is hovering around 12-18 °C but the evening starts getting comparatively colder with (- 6) to 4 °C.
Where is the Pin Parvati Pass Trek ?
Dubbed as an exciting attraction for the seasoned trekkers, Pin Parvati is high mountain pass which connects the lush green Parvati valley on the Kullu side with the Pin valley on the Spiti side. The pass was discovered in 1884 by Sir Louis Dane, who was then looking for an alternate to reach Spiti Valley. Pin Parvati Pass has captured the imagination of every adventurer, and one can reach there by trekking through the lush green forest in the monsoon season, July to September. This trans-Himalayan trek is the shortest route between the Kullu and Spiti Valleys. Once over the Pin-Parvati pass (5319m), there is a complete change in landscape – the mountain slopes immediately turn barren and rugged. The prevalent culture of the inhabitants also changes from Hinduism on the Kullu side to Buddhism in Spiti.
How to Reach Pin Parvati Pass Trek ?
Nearest Airport:Bhuntar Airport in Kullu is the nearest airport from Manali, the starting point of our trek. The second nearest airport is Chandigarh International Airport.
Nearest Railway Station:Joginder Nagar railway station is the nearest railhead to Manali. Other railway stations nearby the city are in Chandigarh and Pathankot.
By Road:Manali has a good network of roads which links the major cities – Delhi, Ambala, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Haridwar, Shimla, Dharamsala and Chamba/Dalhousie. On a regular basis, one can see many taxis and buses, run by Himachal Pradesh Tourism, to reach Manali.
Pin Parvati Pass Trek (Detailed Itinerary)
In the evening, you will board AC Volvo Coach to Manali from one of the meeting points in New Delhi. Overnight journey.
Upon arrival, trekkers will be transferred to a hotel for stay. On this day, they can either choose to relax in the hotel or can explore Manali. Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel.
Day 3: Manali – Manikaran – Barsheni – Khirganga (3020 m9906 ft) 5 hrs
After breakfast, we will drive you to Manikaran, which will be the starting point for the trek. From Manikaran, trekkers will walk for 5 hours till Khirganga, a small village which is claimed to be the spot where Lord Shiva meditated. Overnight stay and dinner in Khirganga camp.
Day 4: Khirganga – Tunda Bhuj (3285 mts/10775 ft) 5 hrs
Embark on a day’s trek by crossing dense forest and flower-strewn meadows. After crossing the forest, the trek will ascend gradually, and cross steep climbs till Tunda Bhuj. Overnight stay in Tunda Bhuj.
Day 5: Tunda Bhuj – Thakur Kuan (3620 mts/11874 ft) 6 hrs
Today’s morning, we will continue the trail through landscapes strewn with waterfalls, lakes and meadows till Thakur Kuan. Enjoy a night stay in Thakur Kuan.
Day 6: Thakur Kuan – Odi Thach (3800 mts/12464 ft)
Today, after breakfast in Thakur Kuan, we will ascend and climb through steep rocks till high altitude meadow of Odi Thach. An overnight stay and dinner in Odi Thach.
Day 7: Odi Thach – Mantalai Lake (4115 mts/13498 ft) 8 hrs
Today’s trek we will take trekkers through fragmented bridges, zigzag paths and vintage landmarks to reach the destination of the day, Mantalai Lake. During the journey, we will see a unique phenomenon called Pandu Bridge, which is a single rock on the river Parvati. According to the legends, the bridge was made Pandavas, during their exile period in the Himalaya. An overnight stay at the camp near Mantalai Lake. We will pitch our camp at the lakeside and savour the view of the Mantalai Glacier.
Day 8: Mantalai – Base of Pin Parvati Pass (4300 mts/14105 ft) 7 hrs
Begin the day with a gradual ascend to reach the base camp of Mount Parvati. Dinner and overnight stay in the camp.
Day 9: Base of Pin Pass – Campsite over Pin Pass (4110 mts/13480 ft) 8 hrs
Begin your day with a steep climb to the Pin Pass. Today’s campsite will be nothing less than a splendour of the empyrean; there will be snowfields, crevassed hollow that leads to the broad rocky saddle of the pass. From the pass, trekkers will be rewarded with the spectacular view of the snowy Hampta region on one side and the Pin valley of Spiti on the other. Overnight stay and dinner at Pin Pass.
Day 10: Campsite over Pin Pass – Tiai (3700 mts/12136 ft) 5 hrs
Rise early in the morning and way make way to Tiai by passing through the lush green Pin Valley National Park. During the journey, trekkers may have an encounter with the wild animals like snow leopards, musk deer and ibex. Dinner and overnight stay at Tiai campsite.
Day 11: Tiai – Mud (3650 mts/11972 ft) 5 hrs
Beginning with the today’s trek, we will pass through the arid and desolates landscapes of the Spiti valley. Dinner and overnight stay in Mud Camp.
Day 12: Mud – Gulling 6 hrs
Today, after having breakfast in Mud, we will trek through the rocky and patchy paths till Gulling. At Gulling, we will embark on a long drive till Kaza. Overnight stay in camp/hotel in Kaza.
Day 13: Kaza
Today after breakfast, explore the sublime beauty of Kaza by going on a monastery tour. Overnight stay in camp/hotel in Kaza.
Day 14: Kaza – Manali 8 hrs
Embark on a long drive to Kunzum Pass, a high mountain pass which connects Kullu Valley and Lahaul Valley with the Spiti Valley. From there, we will head to Manali via Keylong, Koksar and Rohtang Pass. On this action packed ride, we will pass high altitudes, which offer fascinating views of the snow clad peaks and picturesque mountains. Overnight stay in camp/tent in Manali.
Day 15: Manali – Delhi
Wake up in the morning, pack bags and get ready for the AC Volvo journey till Delhi. Overnight journey.
Day 16: Delhi
With your arrival in Delhi, this incredible Pin Parvati trekking experience will come to an end. Upon arrival, we will transfer you to a hotel for relaxation. In the evening, we will transfer you to a hotel for overnight stay.
Things to Carry for Friendship Peak Trek
- Duffel bag Down/synthetic camp booties
- Sunglasses, Light gloves
- Sleeping bag
- Flashlight/Headlamp with extra batteries
- One liter water bottles wide mouthed
- Trekking Boots
- Water purification/filter
- Camp shoes/sneakers
- Walking stick/Trekking pole
- Cotton socks
- Note book with pens and pencils
- Gore-Tex jacket
- Lip balm
- Light wind jacket Sunscreen / Moisturiser
- Down jacket/vest
- Camp towel/towel/sarong
- Fleece jacket/vest
- Personal toiletries
- Personal medicines
- Money pouch/belt
- Trekking pants
- Energy bars
- Thermal tops
- Vitamin tablets
- Thermal bottom
- Extra passport photos
- Warm hat and Bandana/scarf
- Sun hat/baseball cap
- Wind- and rain-gear with hood
- Swiss Army Knives (Classic pocket tool)
- One pair cotton trousers or shorts
- Two cotton shirts/T-Shirts One warmer (jacket with hood)