About Parvati Valley
Pin Parvati Trek goes through multiple beautiful destinations that are once in a lifetime experience. There are dazzling views of the Spiti valley, of the Mantalai Lake and Parvati valley as well as the Pin glacier. The entire Pin Parvati Pass trek is adventure packed and for sure is bound to be a unique experience in each of the trekker’s life. It takes an utmost passion for one to complete the trek despite the difficulties one face and all the difficulties are worth facing as the experience is spellbound.
About the Pin Parvati Trek
One of the best trek you will ever experience it is spanned over 11 days. Starting at Kaza and ending at Barsheni, each day of this trekking is action-packed. The landscapes change a lot and so does the experience. IT is easy certain days, while on certain others it becomes too difficult.
Pin Parvati is suitable trekking site for an experienced trekker who is looking for more adventure. It is not just about the beautiful roads or about the places you go to but it is also a survival lesson, an achievement in itself. Travelling for 110-kilometers to a high of 17,500 feet is not an easy task. It covers forests and meadows of Parvati valley to the Buddhist villages of Spiti valley. It goes through a rote which doesn’t have settlements and is secluded, out of human intervention making you see the most beautiful sights in your life. There is a pulley bridge at Tunda Bhuj to swamplands of Mantalai to mountainous pastures of Odi Thach, dense forests near Kheerganga and glacier near the Pass. Near the end of the Pin Parvati trek, you also can go for the hot water springs at Parvati Kund at Kheerganga. Here is where you experience heaven, a hot water bath after 6 days of continuous trekking.
Key Facts About Trek
- Location: Himachal Pradesh
- Starting from: Manali
- Temperature: 5 to 10degree Celsius in the morning; 2 to 5 degree Celsius at night
- Trekking Distance: 110-kilometers
- Maximum altitude: 17,500 feet
- Difficulty Level: Fairly Difficult
- Nearest Railway Station: Joginder Nagar Railway Station
- Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport, Kullu
- Accommodation Type: Camping
- Food: Nutritious food suitable for trekking
- Best time to visit: Mid-June to September
- Duration: 11 Days and 10 Nights
- Key attractions: Spiti river, Parvati Valley, Pin Glacier, Mudh Village, Kheerganga, Mantalai Lake, Odi Thach
Ride to the base camp at Kaza
From Manali, a pick up would be arranged at 6 in the morning. The travel would be through Rohtang pass and Kunzum pass which is known for its traffic block making it mandatory to leave Manali by 6 am. From Gramphu, take a deviation towards the Gramphu – Batal – Kaza road. From Batal the road enters the beautiful Spiti valley. There are old and small settlements, pea and barley fields and the route looks like a film scene. The campsite is on the banks of Spiti River at Kaza. This is the day when the process of acclimatization starts.
Acclimatization day at Kaza
Drive from Kaza to Mudh village; trekking from Mudh to Tiya
From Kaza, after taking ample rest one would be driven down to another village at a lower altitude called the Mudh village. The 2-hour drive covers around 49-kilometers. From Mudh village proper trekking begins to Tiya, which is a two to the three-hour-long route. Mudha is a beautiful village. There are many guest houses in here. One you leave Mudh you will see a settlement next on the second last day at Kheerganga. The Pin Parvati trek is also proper as the routes are well demarcated. You will be descending the river bed to set a camp at Tiya.
Trekking from Tiya to Shia
Shia to Pin Base Camp
The uphill trek to Pin Parvati pass base camp is quite steep, with an ascent of 1700 feet. This can leave you breathless. As you ascent ahead comes to a stream which you will have to cross. The stream originates from the Pin glacier. One has to take special care to cross it. Pin base camp is rocky and dry. It is located below the pin glacier and some 1000 feet below the pass. It is windy and makes you feel dry.
Pin Base camp to Mantalai via Pin Parvati Pass
It is always advisable to start the Pin Parvati trek from here early as crossing the path is crucial. Afternoon, there is no scope of travel. The uphill trek is very hard due to the altitude. From the Pin Parvati Pass one can watch both Pin valley and Parvati valley. You can see Parvati South Ridge, Snow Peak, Ridge Peak, Pyramid Peak, Kullu Makalu and Bara Shigri.
The downhill trek to Parvati glacier is highly difficult. The steep is sharp. The snow hides the clefts. IT is better to take the guidance of your lead while going through this place. Parvati Base Camp is comparable to Pin Base Camp. It is a much better option to do a longer trek to Mantalai and have a rest day.
Descend to Mantalai is steep as well. But this gives spectacular views of the Parvati valley, making all the effort worthwhile. It is in the trekking till now, the loveliest and unique campsite you have come across on this trek.
Rest day at Mantalai Lake
A trekking for 9km downhill would take you to Odi Thach, one of the prettiest meadows that you will ever come across. Walking ahead and crossing some boulders takes you to Mantalai. After crossing the first of the series of elevations, you officially depart the Mantalai region. The wildflowers in Odi Thach are of red, blue and purple colors that makes the entire meadow colorful. There is also a swamp land in here. However, the campsite is at a place called Jwari Thach which is another beautiful meadow of the Spiti valley.
Trek from Odi Thach to Tunda Bhuj
This is a difficult trekking route. Parvati river would be flowing left of the trekking route. There is also a spectacular view of Mt Kullu Eiger in your front. Glaciers are also visible. From here you go downhill to Pandu Pul, a natural bridge formed by small stones over the years. This can turn out to be slippery especially if it is raining. Then you enter a patch of forest which has a quite tricky route. Once done with it you will be entering the forest area, carpeted with rhododendrons and pine trees. The greenery feels like luminescent. Tunda Bhuj campsite is a bowl on the mountain enclosed by cliff faces, higher up from the river.
Trek from Tunda Bhuj to Kheerganga
Trek to Kheerganga is a descent to the valley below Parvati River. There are many scenic waterfalls along the way, so are pasture lands with birch trees. The first forest section of the descend is a pine forest. This could be a bit adventurous as the muddy land can be slippery. This opens to the pastures, which is full of bushes and boulders. The shepherd tents could be found around who will provide you with fresh buffalo milk. Then you will have to walk ahead to cross the second bridge, walking 25 minutes further one would reach the settlements. Kheerganga has many Dhabas. Kheerganga is the last campsite as the next day you’ll descend towards the end of the trekking at Barshaini. Kheerganga is famous for its cafes and hot springs. People are permitted to take bath in these hot water springs.
Trek from Kheerganga to Barshaini, departing from Barshaini
Hiking for around 7km from Kheerganga one would reach Barshaini, where the Trek ends. Transportation is provided from Barshaini to Kullu. The trek from Kheerganga is through thick forests. The ascent is steep and slippery, hence lot of care shall be taken. You can find many food stalls along the way and there are freshwater streams as well. As you walk further you will reach a bridge that runs on top of Parvati. Walking five more minutes ahead you would reach Rudranag – a sacred place dedicated to Lord Shiva. This also has a waterfall in its premises. Then walking further you enter Nakthan village which has a meadow with apple orchards called the Swargani maidan. From here the road is motorable, however, one can choose to trek rill Barshaini which is 12-kilometers ahead. If one opts for trekking he or she will have to go through Pulga, Uchich village and to Barshaini.
During the Pin Parvati trek, accommodation would be on Triple or Quad Sharing (Camping)
Vegetarian meals shall be provided.3 times a day
- Trekking- The 11-day long trekking itself is the main activity that one would do. It is full of new experiences.
- Camping- The best part of the Trekking would be the night stays. Once you are tired from walking all day long, the campsites would provide you with all the comforts that you would need for the night. Since you are at an elevation you can observe the star-studded sky
- Waterfall visit- There are multiple waterfalls along the path of Pin Parvati Pass trek, which offers you with spectacular view
- Photography- The place offers multiple scopes for long exposure photography. The scenic beauty of valleys and lakes around this place are also worth capturing
- Bonfire could be organized near the camping site for the night. One it is always fun and second, it helps you to overcome the extreme cold weather.
- Other Inclusions
- All the required permits and the entry fees are
- A First aid medical kit consisting of the required and essential medicines.
- Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff to guide your way and to take timely decisions.
- All the taxes are also included
- Safety equipment
- Camping Charges
The transport from the base village to Manali and the return trip will be provided for the visitor. Thus each trekker will be receiving a ride from Manali to Kaza village on the first day and from Barshaini village to Manali on the last day. Any other means of transport if required shall come at the trekker’s expenses. From Manali, one can go through bus till Delhi and then go by flight or train to wherever one has to reach.
- Make sure you carry with you warm clothes, jackets, raincoat, fleece, thermals – carry in multiple numbers at the same time not quite a lot for it is always advisable to carry lesser luggage during the Pin Parvati Trek. However, at times rain and snowfall can’t be predicted hence it is always better to carry a raincoat along with jackets
- Carry hand gloves, trekking poles, a pair of sturdy trekking shoes and extra pairs of socks shall be carried. Make sure that you don’t forget any of these, as trek would be nearly impossible then
- Also remember to take along water bottles, energy bars, chewing gums, and energy drinks. This is because you will for sure get dehydrated on the trip, hence one has to make sure he/she is hydrated. Energy bars help you to keep a check on your appetite. And since you are walking quite a lot both energy bars and drinks would be of use.
- Make sure you are carrying with you some kind of painkillers for your legs might hurt from trekking and sunscreen lotions.
- Caps/hats, sunglasses, and towels should also be carried along with you
- If possible oxygen cylinder or alternatives to create oxygen like camphor could be taken along.
- Make sure you are taking with you a backpack which has waterproof linings
- Personal toiletries and medication if any shall also be taken along
- Medication is extremely important as you are visiting a remote area, for 5 days
- It is always better to take a lot of precautions so that you don’t feel sorry later. Extra batteries shall be taken and make sure that your equipment is fully charged.
- Also carry with you beanie and sun cap, light towel and scarfs
- Cold cream and sunscreen lotion (SPF 40+)
- Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
The closest airport is at Bhuntar. It is situated almost 50-kilometers away from Manali. There are Domestic flights from Delhi and Chandigarh that links with Bhuntar. From the airport, one can opt for a prepaid taxi to Manali. However taking into account the weather conditions of this place, Air transport isn’t the best nor the most reliable option to get to Manali. One can rather travel till Delhi by flight and look for other options to reach Manali.
There are many state-run as well as private buses that connect Manali with multiple other destinations like Leh, Kullu, Delhi, Dharamshala, and Shimla among others. Delhi to Manali s 550-kilometers and it is always better if the tickets are pre-booked in AC Volvo buses. This is a busy route and tickets might not be available without reservations. And Volvo buses are better than the rest when you take into account the long trip ahead.
Joginder Nagar is the closest railway station to Manali. Manali doesn’t have a railway station to itself. This is some 50-kilometers away from Manali. The best way is to either come to Ambala or Chandigarh and then ride to Joginder Nagar via train.
- Weather conditions of a mountainous region or any high altitude region for that matter are very different from that of a plain. One might experience altitude sickness. Hence take ample time to get acclimatized to the high altitude
- All of the visitors may not be experienced trekkers, or you might not be knowing the intricacies related to this place, which is the reason why listening to your trek leader or guide is of utmost importance so that your whole journey is both safe and enjoyable
- Make sure that you do not consume alcohol during the Pin Parvati trek. Try to stay away from any sort of intoxicant. You are climbing uphill and this might have serious consequences
- Altitude Sickness also knew as acute mountain sickness is caused by less exposure to oxygen at high altitudes. The symptoms could be non-specific. Breathlessness is a common symptom to speak of. A headache, fatigue, stomach illness, dizziness, and sleep disturbances are the other. Acetazolamide is the medicine that helps in curing acclimatization. However in the worst case scenario, one must descend the place immediately.
- Make sure your cameras are well packed and protected from moisture
- Make sure that you Trek in the day and not in the night
- And most important of all is this, the Trek is along an eco-friendly as well as to be protected region. Hence act responsibly and do not litter
- Make sure you are taking with you a trekking shoe and not a sports shoe. The shoe shall be sturdy, with a hard sole and ankle support and it would be better if it is waterproof.
- Also, make sure you take both cotton and woolen Woollen to use while at the camps in the night and cotton while trekking
- Ideal clothing would be quick-dry synthetic pants and full-sleeved t-shirts and protection for your neck from sunburn
- Make sure you aren’t wearing loud colors
The best time to go for this Trekking is from mid-June to October when the climate is comparatively pleasant. Early months of the year clearly means chances of snowfall on high passes. This, however, melts down in the month of August. Kullu Manali gets good rainfall and during the monsoon season, it might rain heavily. However, the high altitude regions of Spiti valley or Seri meadows will be quite sunlit and warm during the daytime. The temperature might be in between 12 degree Celsius to 20 degree Celsius. However, it goes down steeply during the night too -2 degree Celsius to 6 degree Celsius. September and October are the best months of the year or a tourist as the weather is extremely good with fewer chances of rain, and less snowfall and considerable warmth. In the beginning of October temperature again starts to drop. Day temperature is still found fluctuating between 12 degree Celsius to 18 Degree Celsius.
However, at the night, it might be anywhere in between -6 degree Celsius to 2 degree Celsius, which the trekkers might find difficult to endure. Altitude Sickness also knew as acute mountain sickness is caused by less exposure to oxygen at high altitudes. The symptoms could be non-specific. Breathlessness is a common symptom to speak of. A headache, fatigue, stomach illness, dizziness, and sleep disturbances are the other. Acetazolamide is the medicine that helps in curing acclimatization. However in the worst case scenario, one must descend the place immediately.