Pin Parvati Pass Trek

A Challenging Trek In Parvati Valley

Trek Grade

Difficult

Highest Altitude

17,450 ft

Base Camp

Barshaini

Best Time

July - Mid Sept

Pin Parvati Pass Trek

Pin Parvati Pass Trek lies in Himachal Pradesh and is located at 17,500 feet. It is a trek of a challenging nature for which you would require prior experience. It is a long-distance trek for people who want adventure and thrills from the snowy peaks of the western Himalayas. It is one of the seasonal treks in the Manali area, which is at a high altitude. Pin Parvati Pass is named as it connects the Parvati Valley of Kullu to Pin Valley in Spiti. Your heart will be awed when nature works magic, like attractive landscapes, lush greenery, dense alpine forests, and colourful wildflowers. Discover spectacular landscapes such as cold, dry, deserted mountains, culture, villages, cliffs, and high waterfalls. The trek falls in Great Himalayan National Park and Pin Valley National Park, where you might witness snow leopards and rare Himalayan birds.

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Acute Mountain Sickness is a medical condition that can occur when individuals travel to high altitudes, typically above 8,000 feet. It is caused by the decrease in air pressure and oxygen levels in the air as altitude increases. Symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness may include headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and difficulty sleeping. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness, it is important to gradually adjust to high altitudes and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen. To learn more about this condition, check out the videos by Trekup India.

Day Wise Detailed Itinerary of Pin Parvati Pass Trek

Day 1: Manali to Barshaini by Road, Barshaini to Kalga by Trek

  • Stay: Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal: Dinner
  • Distance: Manali to Barshaini by road (91 km), Barshaini to Kalga by trek (3 km).
  • Time Taken: Manali to Barshaini by Road (approx. 5 hours), Barshaini to Kalga by Trek (approx. 1 hour)
  • Altitude: Manali (6726 ft, 2050 mtr), Barshaini (7218 ft, 2200 mtr), Kalga (7480 ft, 2280 mtr).
  • Altitude Difference: Manali to Barshaini (492 ft/150 mtr), Barshaini to Kalga (262 ft/80 mtr)
  • Trek Grade: Gradual

The first day of your trip starts in Manali, where you will arrive by means of At Manali, you will be met with a Trekup India representative who will meet you at the designated pickup place. Then, you would begin your journey from Manali to Barshaini by road, followed by a trek from Barshaini to Kalga. As you start your road journey, you will get a delightful view of thick pine forests and green grasslands as you come close to Barsheni Village. After a short drive through the mountains, we would reach Barsheni. From the Barsheni campsite, you will begin a short trek, and for the remaining day, you will be resting.

Day 2: Kalga to Kheerganga by Trek

  • Stay: Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Distance: 10 km.
  • Time taken: approx. 7 hours
  • Altitude: Kalga (7480 ft/2280 mtr), Kheerganga (9514 ft/2900 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference: 2034 ft/620 mtr
  • Trek Grade: Gradual

We would wake up to a picturesque sunrise view between the mountains and clouds floating around. As you begin your trek from Kalga, you will first cross a bridge over the River Parvati. After crossing the bridge, you will walk through the forest on a slightly uphill trail. Soon, you will reach Khirganga, where there are meadows; after passing Khirganga, you will see Pine Forest with a waterfall. The route would now be sharply uphill, and as you walked, you would start seeing oak, chestnut, and walnut trees.

Day 3: Kheerganga to Tunda Bhuj by Trek

  • Stay: Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Distance: 13 km.
  • Time taken: approx. 8 hours
  • Altitude: Kheerganga (9514 ft/2900 mtr), Tunda Bhuj (11,000 ft/3350 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference: 1486 ft/450 mtr
  • Trek Grade: Gradual

With the Parvati River flowing at your side, you can begin your day with a delicious breakfast prepared by Trekup India Chief. You would start your trek with a trail leading through the grasslands, and the trail would then move uphill. After crossing a stream via a temporary bridge with the forest around, from there, we would be walking up the peak. As you move ahead of the trail, you will start seeing Pin Parvati Valley and then reach Tunda Bhuj. After a long trek, you finish your day excursion with a delicious, warm dinner.

Day 4: Tunda Bhuj to Thakur Kuan by Trek

  • Stay: Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Distance: 11 km.
  • Time taken: approx. 7 hours
  • Altitude: Tunda Bhuj (11,000 ft/3350 mtr), Thakur Kuan (11,650 ft/3550 mtr).
  • Altitude Difference: 650 ft/200 mtr
  • Trek Grade: Gradual to Moderate

With warm tea and beautiful scenery of meadows, forests, and flowers blooming, these sights await on this trek. You will begin your hike by walking up to a bridge below a gushing river, which you will be crossing, and the bridge is very long. After crossing the bridge, you will begin your uphill climb, and we will pass through an inclined, rocky meadow. In Manali, trekking creates a perfect frame for the surrounding scene. Next, we would cross Pandu Bridge, walk to the Parvati River, and finally reach farming fields. Soon, we would reach the camping site at Thakur Kuan.

Day 5: Thakur Kuan to Odi Thach by Trek

  • Stay: Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Distance: 9 km.
  • Time taken: approx. 6 hours
  • Altitude: Thakur Kuan (11,650 ft (3550 mtr) and Odi Thach (12,400 ft (3800 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference: 750 ft/250 mtr
  • Trek Grade: Gradual

This morning, wake up on time and prepare for the trek ahead; today’s trek will be a moderate-level trek. We would cross different terrains and pass through various streams, including the Parvati River, which flows through the trail. The trail will then pass through the dense forest, after which lies vast grasslands; you will know that you are in the Thakur Kaun region. When you see vast orchids of flowers with some small trees, a problematic section of the trek is the Pandu Bridge. Upon reaching Odi Thach, you would be camping for the night and feeling a lot of gushing winds.

 

Day 6: Odi Thach to Mantalai Lake by Trek

  • Stay: Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Distance: 12 km.
  • Time taken: approx. 8 hours
  • Altitude: Odi Thach (12,400 ft/3800 mtr), Mantalai Lake (13,600 ft/4150 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference: 1200 ft / 350 mtr
  • Trek Grade: Gradual to Moderate

Today’s trek will lead you through a muddy section, which is slippery; the trail will then pass through the moraine area. The route would then climb sharply when you reached Mantalai Lake. This lake is the source of the Parvati River, and it is at an elevation because there’s a chance that you may get AMS. So, taking necessary action, like keeping oneself hydrated, is essential. You will soon have a resting stop for the day.

Day 7: Mantalai Lake to Pin Parvati Base Camp by Trek

  • Stay: Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Distance: 11 km.
  • Time taken: approx. 8 hours
  • Altitude: Mantalai Lake (13,600 ft (4150 mtr) and Pin Parvati Base Camp (16,300 ft (4950 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference: 2700 ft/800 mtr
  • Trek Grade: Gradual to Moderate

This is another trekking day, where you will leave Mantalai Lake behind and pass through some streams, high rocky areas, and icy glaciers. We would be catching sight of local shepherds grazing their livestock. To reach Mantalai Lake, you would cross two or three mountain slopes. On this trail, you might see endangered flower species like ‘Losars’ and ‘Brahmakamals’. We would then be climbing a steep mountain section; it is at a high altitude. We enjoy the majestic peaks of Kinnaur, Kullu, and Spiti. Soon after walking for a long while, we would reach the campsite, Pin Parvati Base Camp.

Day 8: Pin Parvati Base Camp to Pin Parvati Pass and back to Pin Parvati Base Camp

  • Stay: Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Distance: 15 km.
  • Time taken: approx. 12 hours
  • Altitude: Pin Parvati Base Camp (16,300 ft/4950 mtr), Pin Parvati Pass (17,500 ft/5334 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference: 1200 ft (384 m)
  • Trek Grade: Moderate to Difficult

As you travel today, you will reach the primary destination for which you came on this trek. We would take this long travel pass through Spiti Valley; as we began our trek, we would pass through glaciers and boulder-led trails. After walking for a few hours, we would arrive at the top of Pin Parvati Pass; from the top, we would see the whole of Pin Valley towards Srikhand Mahadev. Upon coming down, the trail would lead through snow-filled fields, and as you walked forward, the snowy ground would change to grassland. There are rocky sections ahead as you walk down, and then you pass through dense forest. The base camp is centred in the middle of the three valleys, and once you reach the centre, you will be captivated by the sight of enormous ice mountains such as Dibibokri and Kulu Makalu.

Day 9: Pin Parvati Base Camp to Tiya by Trek

  • Stay: Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Distance: 12 km.
  • Time taken: approx. 6 hours
  • Altitude: Pin Parvati Base Camp (16,300 ft/4950 mtr), Tiya (13,000 ft/3950 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference: 3300 ft/1006 mtr
  • Trek Grade: Gradual to Moderate

We would wake up in the morning to start our journey on time, as it would be a long trek. As you begin your trek, the climb will be gradual and downhill; you will walk through the deserted trail surrounded by tall hills. As you walk ahead, you will be able to see the trail that leads to Bhaba Pass. Finally, you will arrive at Tiya campsite, which has picturesque scenery; you must be dressed appropriately as it gets cold at night.

Day 10: Tiya to Mud by Trek, Mud to Kaza by Road

  • Stay: Overnight stay at the guest house.
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Distance: Tiya to Mud by Trek (12 km), Mud to Kaza by Road (25 km)
  • Time Taken: Tiya to Mud by Trek (approx. 5 hours), Mud to Kaza by Road (1 hour)
  • Altitude: Tiya (13,000 ft/3950 mtr), Mud (12,300 ft/3750 mtr), Kaza (12,000 ft/3650 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference: Tiya to Mud (700 ft/200 mtr), Mud to Kaza (300 ft/100 mtr)
  • Trek Grade: Gradual

This day also marks the last day of trekking and enjoying the scenic views at the end of the trek. You would be trekking to the previous village of Pin Valley, which is Mud, and we would be walking through the motor road. When we arrived at Mud, we would be picked up by a Trekup India representative. Then, our journey by road would begin through the majestic hills towards Kaza, and we would be admiring the mountain one last time. And at Kaza, we would be staying at the guest house; here, you would be resting in the quaint village with green and yellow fields.

Day 11: Kaza to Manali by Road

  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Distance: 183 km.
  • Time taken: approx. 5 hours
  • Altitude: Kaza (12,000 ft/3650 mtr), Manali (6726 ft/2050 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference: 5274 ft / 1600 mtr

Travelling through the picturesque hills of Manali today will mark the last day of your journey. The driver would pick us up from the pickup point, and we would begin our road travel through the winding roads of the mountains. We would finally reach Manali, where the Trekup India Team would bid us farewell, and we would be on our own. We could either return to our home or explore the mountains.

Pin Parvati Pass Trek Route Map

We’ve prepared a comprehensive Trek Route Map for your upcoming adventure to Pin Parvati Pass Trek, which outlines the entire journey including all stops and trails. This map provides detailed information on the terrain, distance between points of interest, and estimated travel time to help ensure a safe and enjoyable trek. We’ve carefully curated the map to ensure that you have all the necessary information at your fingertips. Please take a moment to review it thoroughly, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Pin Parvati Pass Trek Altitude Chart

The Trek Altitude Chart is a useful tool for Trekkers to monitor their altitude changes during their rides, allowing them to plan their routes more efficiently and track their progress over time. This Pin Parvati Pass Trek chart is beneficial for both casual and experienced Trekkers, helping them make the most out of their Trek experience.

Trek Cost Inclusions

  1. Stay nine nights of tented accommodation at respective campsites of Trekup India on a sharing basis and one day in a guest house.
  2. Meals: Trekup India provided cooked meals during the trek, starting with dinner on Day 01 and breakfast on Day 11 (meals are simple, nutritious, vegetarian, and non-repeated).
  3. Transport: Manali to Barshaini, Mud to Kaza, Kaza to Manali on sharing jeeps.
  4. Trek Insurance (Optional): Trekup India recommends that all trekkers consider getting trek insurance. This is optional, but highly recommended. Trek insurance covers unexpected events that may occur during your trek. The cost of the insurance starts from INR 210. Please read more about what is included in the coverage and why it is mandatory on treks.
  5. Trek Equipment:  Sleeping bag, Sleeping tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent, Toilet Tent.
  6. Amenities: All utensils, sleeping mattresses (Black foam mats), Crampons, and Gaiters for snow.    
  7. Health & Safety:  First Aid Box, Oxygen Cylinders, Stretchers, Oxi meters, BP Machines, health.
  8. Permits: Forest Permits and Camping Permission Fee 
  9. Trek Crew: High Altitude Chef, Helpers, Trek Leader & Guides, and other support teams.
  10. Potters & Mules: Potters and Mules are to carry all trekking equipment, ration, and vegetables.

Trek Cost Exclusions

  1. GST 5% (it is Mandatory)
  2. Any Meals/accommodation beside the itinerary or not mentioned in the program.
  3. Any Bus / Airfare to/from trek start/end point 
  4. Personal Medical expenses do carry your medication. 
  5. Any personal services such as Laundry, phone calls, liquors, mineral water, etc.
  6. Any still / video camera fee 
  7. Any Entrance fee Monuments, Monasteries, Museums, Temples – Pay directly on the spot. 
  8. Mules or porter charges to carry private baggage (Offload Charges for bag 365 per day, per bag if paid online (at base camp 2,550). Note: Bag weight should not be more than 10 kg.
  9. Any emergency evacuation charges
  10. Any services that are not mentioned in the cost inclusion section.

What should you pack for the Pin Parvati Pass Trek

Pin Parvati Pass Trek is a high-altitude trek. The trekking gear you have to have for this particular trek differs from normal treks. Thus, read this whole segment. There is an important question that the trekker who is doing trek asks, like what all things to carry while trekking. Below, we have provided the details on everything you should take; an easy way to remember is by Head to foot or foot to head. We have prepared from Head to foot.

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Head Gears

When trekking it's important to carry headgear to protect your head and face.

Heading out for a trek? Don’t forget to carry headgear to protect your beautiful face and head from the sun, wind, and dust! It’s an essential accessory that keeps you safe and comfortable throughout your adventurous journey. So, make sure you pack it before you step out into nature!

  1. Head Lamps – When trekking at night, headlamps are essential to illuminate your path while keeping your hands free. Headlamps come in different sizes and lumens, so it is essential to choose one that suits your needs.
  2. Hats or Cap – Caps or hats are also necessary when trekking in different weather conditions. Caps protect your head from the wind and freezing temperatures at night, while hats provide shade and protection from the sun during the day. It’s essential to ensure that your hat has a strap to prevent it from being blown away by the wind.
  3. Sunglasses – Sunglasses are also essential for trekking. Your sunglasses should protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and fit your face perfectly to avoid falling off while climbing, jumping, or crossing obstacles. The glass of your sunglasses should also be designed for different weather conditions to provide optimal visibility.
  4. Buff / Balaclava – Lastly, a buff or balaclava is a must-have to protect your mouth or neck from extreme temperatures and keep them warm. Buffs and balaclavas come in different materials, thicknesses, and designs, so it’s important to choose one that suits your needs and preferences. Depending on the weather conditions and your activities, you can wear them as neck warmers, face masks, or headbands.
With these essential items, you can enjoy trekking safely and comfortably, no matter the weather or time of day.

Clothes

When trekking in high altitudes, prepare for cold weather by wearing layers. Layering traps heat, keeps you warm, and allows you to easily adjust your clothing as temperatures fluctuate.

Layering is important for different seasons when trekking. When planning a high-altitude trek, it is important to prepare for the cold weather. Wearing layers is the best approach as it provides both protection and flexibility when the weather changes frequently in the mountains. Layering helps to trap heat and keep your body warm, while at the same time allowing you to easily adjust your clothing as the temperature fluctuates. By wearing layers, you can enjoy your trek comfortably and stay safe in the unpredictable mountain weather

  1. For spring, summer, and monsoon treks, consider wearing three layers: a woollen sweater, a fleece, and a padded jacket.
  2. For autumn treks, add one more fleece layer to make it four layers.
  3. For winter treks, you may need five layers with thermals, a woollen sweater, two fleeces, and a padded jacket.
  4. T-shirt/sleeve shirt– Bring three T-shirts and two quick-dry trek pants, wearing one and carrying the others. Long sleeve shirts help to protect from sun UV rays. We recommend synthetic T-shirts as they get dry quickly when they get wet.
  5. Hiking / Trekking Jacket– down jackets (-5 to-10 C) or two-three-layer jackets.
  6. Thermals– at least two pairs of thermals help keep the body warm during cold weather.
  7. Undergarments– you can carry them according to your habitual and hygiene requirements.
  8. Gloves– 1 pair of gloves will keep your hand warm and nice.
  9. Trek Pants– Bring 2 to 3 comfortable trekking pants. Trekking pants play a significant role, as they are designed for comfort and mobility, making trekking easier. It should be Synthetic so that it gets dry quickly when wet.
  10. Rain Wear– you can carry a raincoat or Poncho. During long rains and snowfalls, the waterproof jackets start leaking. Still, the Poncho and raincoats keep you dry, so choose accordingly.

Tip: If you choose a raincoat on your trek, carry a small waterproof cover so things inside your backpack can’t get wet. If you carry a Poncho, you don’t need to worry. It protects both you and your backpack.