Trekking in Pin Parvati Pass

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About Pin Parvati Pass

Well then, how about a tremendous 17,457 ft pass at an altitude of 5,319 meter closer to the sky, nuanced with a shifting panorama of the lush prairies of Parvati Valley at one end of the spectrum and Buddhist hamlets in the wintry dry desert of the Trans-Himalayan region of Spiti on the other end, painting the mural of luscious geography with an assortment of vivid culture, and diverse flora and fauna.

Do you belong to the generation that is oblivious to the taste of pristine water? Wish to hop in the peas and barley terraced fields of the Pin Valley? May be the luminescent moonlands of Spiti are the pages your story long for! Who knows, in the midst of dangling from pulley bridge at Tunda Bhuj, endeavoring way out of the quagmire of Mantalai swamps, gasping at the colossal pastures of Odi Thach, savoring hermitage in the dense forests near Kheerganga, and freezing at the glacier near the Pass, you may find your adventure, a companion….perhaps, even a story worth telling. What warms you up against the chilly glacier and seals the joyful experience in you is the relaxing dip of numb feet in the hot springs at Parvati Kund at Kheerganga. What an unwinding last lapse! The sweet fragrance of Losar and Brahmakamal flowers travels home with you and lingers on to leave an everlasting smile.

The 11 days of sheer exhilaration begin at Kullu; a drive through the panoramic frame of dense alpine forests decorated with wild flowers, pristine lakes, wide glacier crests, and lavish meadow leads to Barsheni Village; the hot springs at Kheerganga, devoted to Lord Shiva, warm the spiritual self, this is followed by a camp amidst tall Birch trees in the bowl of mountains, Tunda Bhuz. The Kanawar Wild Life Sanctuary at Thakur kuan welcomes one after covering a distance of 5 hours. An 8-hours trek leads to the Pin side base camp above the Pin Parvati Pass at a height of 17,500ft.

Incessant snowfall, monsoon rains, and ill-defined trails at higher altitude can leave even the most seasoned trekkers confounded. More precaution is called for as one reaches closer to Wichkurung Thatch. The treks fades into the 9-hours of picturesque hamlets as one treks from Kaza towards Manali for an overnight stay. If you have been intrigued enough to consider, let’s gallop to the modalities.

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.


Day 1: Delhi - Manali (510 km/ 12- 13 hrs)

In the evening, you will board AC Volvo Coach to Manali from one of the meeting points in New Delhi. Overnight journey.


Day 2: Manali

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: Tilgam - Manali - Prini via Bhanara (2300 mts/7544 ft) 4 hrs

On this balmy day, start trekking downhill till Bhanara village. Known for its old temples and historic caves, the village in affirmed as the abode of the five Pandavas during the exile period. After few kilometers, you will start noticing motorable roads, where our drivers will be waiting for you to drive back to Manali. Overnight stay in Manali hotel.


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.


What is Included In This Trek?

Forest Permit and entrance fee

Accommodation in tents and Lodge on share basis

All meals: breakfast,lunch, tea, dinner

Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide

Medical Kit

Crampons and Gaiters


What is Not Included In This Trek?

Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included

Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc,
Passport and Visa important to foreigners
Medical Certificate (First part should be filled by the Doctor and Second part by the Trekker)
Declaration Certificates

Note: – Many trekkers commit the same mistake of carrying unnecessary items on a trek which only makes the backpack heavy. It is important to know the right items to carry.
It differs from season to season if you are trekking in summers then carry less layers of warm clothing and if you are trekking in winters carry enough layers to protect yourself against chilly cold.

Necessary Items for trekkers

  • Photo ID Proof.
  • Rucksack/Backpack (40 to 50 Litre) & Rucksack cover (Waterproof).
  • Daypack- one small day pack (15-20 L) with you during the walk.
  • Trekking Shoe- A good quality rubber sole shoe..
  • T-shirt Dry fit/Quick dry type.
  • Warm Jacket-Warm Fleece Jacket/Synthetic fill.
  • Windproof Jacket/Wind Cheater.
  • Thermal wear.
  • Trek pants.
  • Raincoat/Poncho
  • Woolen cap
  • Hat/Bandanna
  • Under garments/Inner wear.
  • Warm Socks.
  • Woolen gloves.
  • Waterproof gloves.
  • Walking Sticks/Trekking Poles.
  • Water bottle/Hydration pack.
  • Sunglasses -UV protected.
  • Torch/Head Lamp with extra batteries.
  • Sunscreen lotion.
  • Sanitizer
  • Wet tissue paper.
  • Small Towel
  • Camera with extra cells
  • Medications and a first-aid kit
  • Carry Personal Medical Kit

    Personal Medical Kit (Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)

    Diamox – (Prevents altitude sickness)

    Digene – (It cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)

    Crocin Advance – (Cures fever and headache)

    Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)

    Disprin – (Cures headache)

    Avomine – (Prevents motion sickness)

    Avil – (It treat allergies)

    Norflox TZ & Lomofen – (Prevents Diarrhoea)

    Ranitidine – (Reduces the amount of acid in stomach)

    Volini/Moov spray – (For sprains)

    Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)


    Band aid


    Stretchable/Elastic bandage


    Note:- Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor. In case you face any problem during your trek, discuss and take advice from the Professional guide.

    Advisory:- follow covid-19 guidelines

    Terms And Conditions

    Payments: For all the services contracted, certain advance payment should be made to hold the booking, on confirmed basis & the balance amount can be paid either before your departure from your country or upon arrival in INDIA but definitely before the commencement of the services. Management personnels hold the right to decide upon the amount to be paid as advance payment, based on the nature of the service & the time left for the commencement of the service.

    Apart from above in some cases like Special Train Journeys, hotels or resorts bookings during the peak season (X-Mas, New Year), full payment is required to be sent in advance.

    Mode of Payment: Overseas advance payment can be made through Wire Transfer to our bank.

    Cancellation Policy: In the event of cancellation of tour / travel services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reason/s we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows:

    • 45 days prior to arrival: 15% of the Tour / service cost
    • 15 days prior to arrival: 50% of the Tour / service cost
    • 07 days prior to arrival: 75% of the Tour / service cost
    • 48 hours prior to arrival OR No Show: No Refund

    Note: Written cancellation will accept on all working days, except Sunday, Any cancellation sent on Sunday's will be considered on next working day (Monday).

    For the X-mas and new year period from 20 Dec to 05 Jan the payment is non-refundable.

    In case you cancel the trip after commencement, refund would be restricted to a limited amount only which too would depend on the amount that we would be able to recover from the hoteliers/ contractors we patronize. For unused hotel accommodation, chartered transportation & missed meals etc. we do not bear any responsibility to refund.

    Trekking, Tour and adventure actives in Himalayan region carry an inherent risk to life and goods. The natural calamities may cause injury and loss of life, which is beyond any control. Tour Uttarakhand does its best to minimize all types of risks, discomfort and hazard to the best of their ability, yet there are chances of accidents, mishaps and deficiency in service.


    • Any delay from the customer’s side will lead to cancellation of trek/ tour/ adventure activities.
    • Trekking Tour Adventure maybe cancelled due to some unavoidable circumstances i.e- weather condition, govt. notification, land sliding or any other natural calamity.
    • Trekking in Uttrakhand reserves the right to discontinue, modify any trek, tour & adventure activities without assigning any reasons or without any prior intimation whatsoever.
    • Anybody found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs medically or physically unfit (any serious ailment, weak heart conditions, epilepsy, asthma, expecting mothers etc.) unfit for any reasons in the wisdom of the trek leader/guide/instructor will not be allowed for trekking /tour/ adventure activities. Request for a refund or a discount in such situation will not be entertained. Decision of the trek lead/guide/management in this regard would be final.
    • Total decided package cost will not be affected if there is any reduction in the number of persons
    • Minimum required 50% of amount to get confirmed the trek/tour/adventure activities.