Duration: 9 Days | 8 Nights
Elevation: 5320 mtr
Best season: Jun-Oct
Sir Louis Dane an English first discovered this high pass trek in 1884 as entry point to Spiti from Kullu valley.It is very difficult pass , not only because it lies very high and remains under heavy snow for most of the year,but also because it involves very long journey beyond habitation. Beside it can not be located easily . Experienced guide is needed on this trek.
This pass links Parvati Valley in Kullu with Pin Valley of Spiti. Hence it derives the name Pin Parvati Pass. In Himachal Pradesh that was not discovered by enterprising local shepherds . Manikaran (1700mts.) a popular tourist place is the first destination on the trail. Manikaran is famous for the hot water springs and a gurudwara, People believe that Shiva and Parvati spent eleven years at Manikaran.Guru Nanak Dev Ji The first Guru of the Sikh had also visited the Manikaran Now the road is extended up to Bersheni due to construction of Parvati Hydro- electric Project. The Pass can be crossed in following stages
Day 1:- kullu – Barsheni – Kheerganga (2850 mtr)
I Drive to Barsheni from Kullu .The journey will take around 4 hours so it’s better to start early. The trek starts from here at Barsheni till KheerGanga through the beautiful forests and meadows, with the Parvati river flowing on your right till Rudranath. From here the route takes a right turn through pine forests till the campsite at KheerGanga
Day 2:- Kheer Ganga to Tunda Bhuj (3200 mtr)
Today, its a gradual ascent through the pines. The tree line starts receding slowly from here and the trail crosses pastures, slowly opening up to a wide valley.
Day 3:- Tunda Bhuj to Thakur Kuan (3400 mtr) The trail starts with magnificent open valleys and flowery meadows. Today’s walk involves crossing the river on a Pulley bridge and again crossing the river over an almost broken Shepherd Bridge. The treeline is almost gone today, keeping behind a series of boulder strewn fields and meadows along the trail. From here one gets the first glimpse of the snow capped.
Day 4:- Thakur Kuan – Odi Thach (3700mtr)
I The walk today is a little tricky. Though the distance is less, but there are a few river crossings which might take some time. First comes the Bhim Pul. This requires some bouldering over the rocks to cross the Rock Bridge. The next is the Pandu Pul, which is bigger boulder than the Bhim Pul but easier to cross. Legend says that the Padavas had put the rocks to make bridges to cross the river, hence the names. The rest of the walk is through nice meadows with few ups and downs. The Odi Thach gives a wide view of the valley that is left behind where the sky seems to meet the land.
Day 5:- Odi Thach – Mantalai (4075mtr) – I I
The trail follows the high altitude marshlands along the almost narrow Parvati River. The beautiful Mantalai Range with high peaks ranging above 5000 meters opens up along the trail today. Some nearby large rocks and glaciers are also visible. The walk ends beside Mantalai Lake which is a small glacial lake formed by the terminal moraines. This is one of the most beautiful camp site in the entire route.
Day 6 :- Mantalai – Base Camp (4550mtr) –
I Today’s walk is a slightly difficult and a tiring one. The trail moves through boulders and glaciers. The uneven trail is quite a steep climb over rocky ice patches. But once you climb higher,the eagles’s nest view of the entire Parvati Valley that it provides, is fantastic and worth all the effort. The campsite is amidst the rocks and glaciers with a wide view the snowcapped Pyramid Peak and White Snow Peak.
Day 7:-Base Camp (4525mtr) – Pin Parvati Pass – (5400 mtr)
– Base Camp- I I Todaytart the Trek early, The trail crosses a nala and continues a steep climb uphill.The amount of snow varies on the weather condition and the season. Depending on the snow condition, it might be required to be roped up as an extra precautionary measure.After almost 3 hours of walk over boulder strewn snow fields, the most desired Pin Parvati Pass is reached finally.The vast open snow fields and the huge mountains of Spiti valley are now wide open with all its grandeur.
The descent on the other side is fairly gradual, but still care need to be take to avoid crevasses.The continues downward till the trail reaches the confluence of 3 valleys which is the base camp in the Pin Valley.
Day 8:- Pin Base Camp – Wickchurung Thach I The trek starts with a glacial river crossing. The trail is not really defined from here, so you just need to stay on the true left of the valley. The trail moves through meadows and high glaciers till the little Buddhist township. Cross the Rampur Pass on the left and reach the Wickchurung Thach.
Day 9:-Wickchurung Thach – Mudh – Kaza I The trail is better defined from here. This is the Pin National Park where rugged barren Spiti gives an amazing view of the Pin River carving through the valleys.From here the small beautiful village of Mudh can be seen. A jeep will be waiting here for you to take you to Kaza.Nice warm bed and a hot shower is just a few hours away.