About Pin Parvati Pass trek
Located at an altitude of 17 457 ft, the Pin Parvati pass trek is an unforgettable experience. It connects the Parvati valley of Kullu with the Pin valley of Spiti. The initial trek carries a lush green tinge to it and the magnificent Parvati River can be seen flowing at several spots.
This trek is challenging due to several stream and river crossings, various tricky sections with narrow trails, walking over a glacier and a very long trekking distance. The trek is of 11 days and the difficulty level is high. It is not recommended for beginners, only seasoned or experienced trekkers should opt for this trek.
Altitude: 5,350 m
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Starting point: Barshaini, near Kasol
Starting point of Pin Parvati Pass Trek:
To start this trek one has to reach Barshaini (91.5 Km from Manali) which is located in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. One can drive to Barshaini from Manali, the route is by road, and it takes three to four hours to reach there. Cabs are also available from Manali to Barshaini (Rs.2500-3000 depending on the time of the day and seasons).
Route and itinerary for Pin Parvati Pass Trek:
Popular route usually involves driving to Barshaini from Manali or Kasol. One can stay in Kasol for a day and start the trek on the next day, from Barshaini.
Day 01:Drive from Manali to Barshaini(91.5 km; 3.5hrs drive)
The roads from Manali to Barshaini are well laid, and it takes about 3.5-4 hrs to reach. There are multiple cafes/ restaurants available on this route. One can rest at Bharshaini in the night, accommodation will be available.
Day 02:Trek from Barshaini to Kheerganga (2730 m; 8-9 Km; 5-6 hrs)
One has to start the trek early in the morning. Trekking on a less steep ascent, one will pass through Parvati River and come across many Maggi stalls. The village Nathan will also come on the way and it’s filled with pleasant apple orchards. Once Kheerganga is reached, it is advised to take a dip in its famous hot water spring.
Day 03: Trek from Kheerganga to Tunda Bhuj (3200m; 11Km; 4-5 hrs)
One has to start early on this day as well. The trail will be muddy with gradual assent but it’ll be a little difficult. The trek is through thick forest, and one will pass through many streams and bridges. One has to trek for about 5 hours, and towards the end of the trek there will be a short walk through a meadow with the view of beautiful waterfalls. On reaching Tunda Bhuj, one will stay there overnight in the tents carried by them.
Day 04:Trek from Thunda Bhuj to Thakur Kuan (3400m; 9-10km; 4-5 hrs)
The fourth day of the trek is a little relaxing. On the way some bridges will take a little longer to cross than others. One will pass through various valleys and bridges, and the way is laid with easy ascend. At one point during the trek, the terrains will gain height and it will be a little difficult to pass through. Although, this terrain will last for 20-30 minutes only. After the 5 hours trek, one reaches the beautiful Thakur Kuan. Overnight stay will be in tents of campsites in Thakur Kuan.
Day 05: Trek from Thakur Kuan to Rubithach (3580m; 8-9Km;4-5hrs)
On this day of the trek one will come across two of the most beautiful and difficult bridges called Pandu Pul (Pandav Bridge). It is believed that one of the Pandavas built it.
This day’s trek will seem longer than the other days. Though the ascent is of intermediate difficulty, it is very important to be careful while trekking on this area.
Overnight stay can be done at Rubithach campsite.
Day 06: Trek from Rubithach to Mantalai Lake (3700 m; 11-12 km; 5-6 hrs)
Passing through Odi Thach, the way is straight with not many ascents. Walking through Parvati River, one will reach Mantalai Lake after 5 hours. The lake consists of idols of Ganesha, Shiva and Trishul and is said to be very religiously significant place. It is laid with beautiful sceneries and the overnight stay will be in camps near the lake.
Day 07: Trek from Mantalai Lake to Base camp of Parvati (4550m; 10-11 km; 6-7 hrs)
The day 7 of the trek will be very challenging. The path is rocky, and one needs to be very careful while walking on this path. It is advisable to stick along with other trekkers, and not lose sight of one another. It’ll be an exhausting trek, and just a little before Moraine section does the ascent gets a little better. It requires great amount of patience to cross the Moraine section, as it’s steep though it is just 1km away from the day’s destination. There is also a stream that comes on the way, called Kala Khornalla, and it will be quite a task to cross this. One can find a good campsite just before Parvati Glacier.
Day 08: Trek from Base camp of Parvati to base camp of pin (5300m-4900m; 13km; 9-10 hrs)
This will be the most dangerous yet the most important day of the trek. One will finally step in the pin Parvati pass, the place for which all the hardwork was worth it. The walk on Glacier might be a little dangerous as it’s very slippery so it is advised to start early and cross this path before the sun is completely out. There are some small Ganesha and Parvati temples on the way. After some hours of walking, one will climb through the rope to reach the basecamp of the day. Accommodation will be at this point. When one takes a look at their surrounding, they’ll be nothing but awestruck.
Day 09: Trek from Base camp of pin to Wichkurung Thatch (3500m; 11km; 5-6hrs)
Being extremely careful and alert is the key to this trek. The descending path is very sharp and difficult and one has to take every step carefully. One has to reach Wickurung Thatch by crossing the river and then continuing on its side. Wickurung Thatch will hit one with fresh air, and referesh them from the tiredness of the trek. One can stay overnight on the campsite.
Day 10: Trek from Wichkurung Thatch to mud village and drive to Kaza (3970m; 12km trek and 25km drive; 5-6hrs trek and 1 hr drive)
One will come across many streams on Day ten’s trek. It’ll be the last day of trekking, and one will go straight to the Mud village in the Pin valley of spiti. After walking on a flat road for about 6 hrs, one reaches the Mud village from their hiring a taxi is required to reach Kaza. Kaza is known as the headquarters of spiti valley.There are many famous places to visit like Ki Monastery, Tangyud Monastery, Langza Village (Known for the presence of Marine fossils and the Pin Valley National park), kibber village and Gette village. Finding accommodation in Kaza will be very easy.
Day 11: Drive from Kaza to Manali (202km; 9 Hrs drive)
This is the last day of the trek, and one will drive from Kaza straight to Manali. Local buses as well as cabs are available from Kaza.
From taking a dip in Kheerganga’s hot spring water tank to walking among thick alpine forest, one will come across many beautiful locations. The Glaciers, lush greenery, wild flowers, Pulley Bridge are just the few amazing things that could be named.
Best season to do Pin Parvati Pass Trek:
June to September is considered as the best time to visit Pin Parvati Pass, as the day are warmer than the other months wherein the cold weather and snow makes it hard to trek.
BSNL, Airtel and Vodafone will have signal up to a point. After Kagla, hoping for network is a waste. It is very hard to gain signal in these remote areas of Himalaya, yet one can hope for some signal in BSNL mobile at some points.