Pin Parvati Trek Best Season - July to Mid October
Pin Parvati is a high Himalayan mountain pass in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. First crossed in August 1884 by Sir Louis Dane in search of an alternate route to the Spiti valley, this pass connects the fertile and lush Parvati Valley on the Kullu side with the Pin Valley on the Spiti side.
The shortest route between the Kullu and Spiti Valleys, it is a popular trekking destination among adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. Once over the Pin-Parvati Pass at an altitude of 5,400m, 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. One can easily be amazed with the spectacular beauty the trail has to offer and be compelled to overlook the challenges it throws back. Full of adventure and thrill, climbing at upper higher altitude and heavy snowfall makes this a challenging, yet one of the most popular treks in India. Coniferous forests, alpine meadows, pristine glacial lakes, hot springs, steel cable pulley-bridges to cross a river, camping on top of a glacier . . . this trek offers it all
Day 1: Kullu – Barsheni Village – Rudranath
Today we meet the group in the morning in Kullu and commence our journey at around 08:00 AM. The first phase of the trek will be a four to five hour drive from Kullu to Barsheni Village. It is the last road head. Once there, we begin our trek to Rudranath. We will witness the confluence of rivers Parvati and Tos at the beginning of the trek. The trail is a meandering path on the uphill side of the Parvati River. The campsite at Rudranath has an enchanting waterfall and a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Camp for the night at Rudranath.
Day 2: Rudranath – Khir Ganga
Today’s trek to Khirganga, a spectacular settlement surrounded by lush forests and waterfalls, starts from the campsite on flat terrain till we reach a makeshift bridge over the Parvati River. Once we cross the bridge, the trail takes us through a thick forest of pine trees and is a rather steep climb. Frequent rainfall often causes the terrain to be slippery. As we reach the beautiful meadows of Khirganga, we will find many huts here for travellers as well as restaurants. Famous for its hot water springs, a visit to the Parvati Kund nearby is a must after a long day’s trek.
Day 3: Khirganga – Tunda Bhuj (10,500ft, 5 hours)
Today’s trail through grazing lands amidst silver birch trees is breathtaking. En route, one will come across a series of incredible waterfalls. Mainly in use by local shepherds with their farm animals, the trail is muddy and might further slow you down a little. As we go along, we will cross many makeshift bridges to finally reach Tunda Bhuj where we camp for the night.
Day 4: Tunda Bhuj – Thakur Kuan (11,000ft, 5 hours
After an early breakfast, we begin today’s trek to Tahkur Kuan. It is a steady ascent, sometimes steep and sometime gradual on a boulder strewn mountain. As we follow the trail, we walk down to the Parvati River and with the help of pulley bridge cross over to the other side. Thereafter, another half an hour of gradual climb will get us to a flat meadow near to the River Parvati where we will camp for the night.
Day 5: Thakurkuan – Mantalai (13400 Ft. 5 hrs)
Today’s trek is fairly long. A rough, boulder-strewn trail along the Parvati River will take us to our first stop at Odi Thach. Next we come across Pandu Pul, a gigantic rock in between the river connected to the other side. Unnamed peaks on one side and Mt. Kullu Eiger at the other side, the landscape is picturesque. Mantalai, at an elevation of 13,440 ft, lies behind a ridge. We walk along the bank of the river till we reach our campsite for the day.
Day 6: Rest Day + Acclimatization
The Mantalai campsite by the lake is a perfect place to rest and acclimatize after a rather long trek the day before. A much needed break is required here. Take a considerable amount of rest and prepare yourself for the challenging part of the trek on the days to follow. The place was formed with glacial moraines and offers amazing views. Take in the sights and sounds of the pristine lake and gear up for the following day and get to bed early
Day 7: Mantalai Lake – Base Camp
Since, today’s trek will be around 12km long, it a good idea to push off after an early breakfast to get to our destination in time. As we go along the trail, you will also come across an icy-cold river to be crossed on foot. An exhausting, steady but steep climb to reach the top will be truly rewarding as you witness the magnificent view of the entire Parvati valley. We camp overnight at an elevation of almost 15,100 ft. The Parvati South, the Pyramid Peak, the Snow peak and Ridge peak are clearly visible from here.
This is another long but exciting day as we reach the highest altitude, the Pin Parvati Pass at and elevation of approximately 18,000 ft. The trail passes through steady steep ascents over boulder-scattered terrains and glacial drifts of clay and rocks. You can see the entire Pin Valley from the top, the Kinner Kailash and Srikhand Mahadev past it and the famous Bara Shigri complex as well. You can rest here for a while and take in the beauty of the place before heading down to the Pin Valley basecamp, also known as the Dhumdhar basecamp via Spiti Valley.
Day 9: Pin Basecamp – Wichkurung Thatch
The trail from Pin Valley gradually improves as we finally descend 700 metres down. A nallah which originates from the river comes into view but crossing this is tricky as the river current is very dynamic. We trek for another hour or so and reach the cattle grazing fields of Wichkurung Thatch at an elevation of 12,600 ft. The location is beautiful surrounded by grassland, blooming with colourful flowers. The vision of the setting sun is just beyond expression. We camp here for the night.
Day 10: Wichkurung Thatch – Mud – Kaza
Today’s trail to Mudh descends over rocks and rubbles. Mudh is a national park where many animals like the ibex, blue sheep, rare Tibetan gazelle, Tibetan wolf, snowy hare and the wooly hare take shelter. The place has an amazing kaleidoscopic view as well which gives the landscape an incredible effect. Long back, Mudh was the only oasis in the Spiti dessert. Once at Mudh, we drive to Kaza – a beautiful experience yet again.We camp at Kaza for the night.
Day 11: Kaza – Manali
Today, you would be driven back to the comfort of our final destination Manali. The drive would take around 9 hours, in between which we will stop for food and refreshments. End of the trek