Pin Parvati Pass Trek
The area of Kullu and Manali
The hauntingly beautiful Kullu district lies in Himachal Pradesh, a tiny hill state in the North of India between north longitude 32-26 and, and east longitude 76-59.To its west lies the Bara Bhangal range of mountains, and to the south west are the peaks are Dhauladhar, separating it from Kangra district.
Kullu Manali is the source of river Beas and its tributaries, the Parvati and the Sainj. On the north east and east lay the Central Himalayan Range and beyond them are the border of Lahaul and Spiti.The magical region comprises a total area of 1924sq miles, an eighty-mile stretch of varying width, running north to south along the western side of the great snow range known as the Mid Himalaya.
The main Kullu valley has numerous side valleys opening into it. The most notable of these is the Parvati valley, Parvati River, which meets the river Beas at Bhuntar, is the biggest tributary of the river Beas. There are more than fifty peaks from 5650m.to 6630m. Enclosed between them together with the Retrain glacier, Dibibokri Glacier, Tosh Glacier, Malana Glacier and Parvati Glacier.Manikaran: Where the hottest non-sumptuous water springs of the world are situated, is the most popular place to visit and stay? Most of the trekking trails commence from the Manikaran motor head.
Pin Valley is formed by the Pin river, which rises on the eastern slopes of Pin- Parvati Pass (3500m.) and meets the Spiti river exactly opposite Lingti village. On the way the Parahio Nala near Pokchung joins it. Parahio valley has several peaks and glaciers and it has been declared as a Nationaf Park. From Pin valley one can cross to the Kullu valley over Pin Parvati Pass; and to the district of Kinnaur via ‘shadarof Pass (5022m.) or Tarikhango Pass BAWA PASS (4866m.). Pin valley is much more rugged and barren than the main Spiti valley."Pin Valley National Park- Land of Ibex and Snow Leopard"
Spiti (locally pronounced "Piti"):
The sub-division of Lahaul &Spiti combine to make this trans Himalayan district of the India state of Himachal Pradesh (The abode of snow.) The district headquarters at Keylong in Lahaul, and the administrative seat of Spiti is at Kaza. Spiti is connected to the Lahaul by Kunzum Pass (4590m.) and to the state capital, Shimla, through the district of Kinnaur.Translated, ‘Spiti' means the ‘middle country -a name obviously given as a result of its ties with both India and Tibet fed by several fast- flowing sub- streams, the river Spiti flows through area and joins with the other mighty river of the region, Sutluj, at Khab. With freckles of green over a dry, weather-beaten face, Spiti is a cold desert where the monsoon never comes. Stark beauty, narrow valleys and high mountains characterize it. A century ago, Rudyard Kipling in Kim called Spiti' a world with in a world" and a "place the Gods live" a description that holds true to the present day.
Day 1: Manali - Manikaran - Pulga (2791m.) 5hrs
Commence trek from Manikaran after bathing in the hot springs. The distance to Pulga is 18kms. It is an easy trek through narrow valleys accompanied by the constant roar of the river Parvati ‘camp at Pulga amidst green meadows and terraced hill farms besides the river. On the way one can see plenty of hermit pious going on the pilgrimage to Mantalai.
Day 2: Pulga - Khirganga (2960m.) 5hrs
Khirganga means a hot spring water where Lord shiva meditated and done penance. One thing to be potted is that its waterish not like Manikaran and once you have bath your body become greasy whereas in Manikaran as you feel the dryness. This water also contains medical property and treats heart ailments and blood pressure.
Day 3: Khirganga - Tunda Bhuj (3285m.) 5hrs
From Khirganga trek commences through dense forest and flower-strewn meadows, which is an unforgettable experience. The progress is gradual and slow as it is a steep climb unto Tunda Bhuj.
Day 4: Tunda Bhuj - Thakur Kuan (3620m.) 8hrs
After crossing huge rock for 3-4hrs overnight camping in a meadow. Today, onwards one can see lots of water falls, lakes and variety of flowers and large green meadow. It is delighted camping spot.
Day 5: Thakur Kuan - Odeey Thatch
Today cover a distance of 10 km, A wonderful trek with vigorous reach Odeey Thatch. Walking time 3-4 hrs. Over night camp.
Day 6: Odeey Thatch - Mantalai (4070m.) 5hrs
From here one can see Mantalai Glacier, which, is the source of the river Parvati. Here water is gushing out of a massive glacier and then zigzagging its way down the whole valley. It is a world of exhilarating experience. In the middle is the Pandu Bridge, which is made of a single Rock Piece on river Parvati by the Pandavas during their exile in the Himalayas during the Mahabharata Epic. Here you will find numerous varieties of different curative herds growing wild.
Day 7: Mantalai - Base of Pin Pass (4300m.) 7hrs
Today we will ascend to base camp -1 where Mount Parvati will be looking down over you. Camp near the rocky cave or near the plain spotted spaces.
Day 8: Base of Pin Pass - Campsite Over Pin Pass to Base 1 (4110m.) 8hrs
Today steep climb up to the pass (5300m.) and at many places in a zig -zagging way to the top. An Ice axe and rope can prove very helpful. At the top of this slope a large snow filled hollow crevassed leads to the broad rocky saddle of the pass. At the top one can see a splendid fetching view of the snowy mountains of HAMTA REGION likely Deo- Tibba and Indrasan.And one can peep into the Pin valley of Spiti also extensive panorama of several major Kullu and Parvati Peaks.
Day 9: Campsite Over Pin Pass to Base 11 – Ghurguru
Today we trek along the Pin River and little streams to be negotiating. The Government of India has declared pin valley as a National park. It is famous for the Snow Leopard, Musk Deer and Ibex.
Day 10: Ghurguru - Mud (3650m.) 5hrs
Today we will be trekking through the last village in the Pin valley and the first village via Pin Pass of the Pin valley and arrive Mud from their Drive to Kaza headquarter of Spiti valley.
Day 11: Kaza - Chanderetal
After Breakfast drive to Ki-Monastery and Kibber village over Kunzum Pass to Chandertal Lake. Over night Camp near Lake. 6-7 hrs.
Day 12: Chanderetal - Manali
Chanderetal to Manali over Rohtang pass. 6-7 hrs drive. Over night Hotel.