Holy Cow Adventures invites you for Pin Parvati Pass (5319) trek which is one of the most beautiful and thrilling mountain pass in Indian Himalayas. This pass connects the lush green Parvati Valley with the dry and cold Pin Valley on the Spiti side. This Trans- Himalayan trek is the shortest route between Spiti Valley and Parvati Valley. Even the culture in villages changes from Hinduism to Buddhism. Considered to be a difficult trek, it is more than worth the effort.
We will drive 3 hours to Rohtang pass (3,978mt.), which is gateway to Lahaul, Spiti, Pangi and Zanskar. A dusty and rugged path leads towards Batal. Then the road climbs to Kunzom la pass and enters the Spiti valley. We will reach Losar, the most picturesque village in Spiti valley at an altitude of 4000m. We will pass many villages along the route like Kiato, Pangmo, Hal, Rangrik and then finally to the beautiful hotel in Kaza
Exploring these high altitude villages we descend to Rangrik Bridge and take main route to Kaza. Continue along the Spiti River till Attargo, where Pin River meets Spiti River. A 20 km. unmetalled road will take us to the pin valley, also known as the land of Ibex and snow Leopard. We will drive till Mud village i.e. starting point of trek. After Mud, the trail goes on the left banks of Pin River.
We will ascend slowly along the left banks of Pin River, walking on the loose rocks and cross many small streams. An interesting animal to see in Pin Valley is Chamurti horses, which are popularly called the camel of cold desert. The lifeline of this difficult terrain, Spiti and Chamurti are among the six recognized finest horse breeds in India. Pin valley is protected area, with Rupi Bhaba wildlife sanctuary to its south and Great Himalayan National Park to its southwest. We will stay overnight in tents at Gaddi camp (locally means – Shepherds camp)
Leaving the camp, we climb gradually through boulders and scree out of main valley. After reaching the snout of glacier, we will cross the glacier melted stream and then do a steep climb to base camp of Pin Parvati pass. The view around from camp is magnificent.
We will do a steep ascend over boulders to a large snowfield below the pass. Then trail steps up to the Pin Parvati pass. The pass provides magnificent view of snow-capped ranges. Descent from the Pass is mostly gradual.
Leaving the high camp, we will descend to Mantalai area. Descend could makes our legs tiring till we arrive at river bed up to campsite. The campsite is situated amidst beautiful and colorful mountains.
Just after 200m. Descend from Mantalai over the boulders field we reach a broad plateau. Then the trail descends gradually through a series of flowered meadows intercepted with boulders brought down by streams. Our campsite is just below the Kullu Eiger.
The trail crosses several delightful pastures supporting a variety of wild flowers in the summer and also through several Gaddi encampments. We cross a river over a natural rock bridge called Pandu Bridge. According to Hindu mythology the bridge commemorates the retreat of the Pandava brothers to the Spiti and Tibet. At Thakur Kuan, we will cross the river by cable car and gentle climb on dense vegetation trail and then descend to riverbank. We cross the river again by wooden bridge and through thick birch grooves, rocks and finally to camp. We will camp at Tunda Bhuj with fine alpine views down the valley and waterfalls tumbling down the cliffs on the opposite side.
From Tunda Bhuj the trail again goes through thick birch grooves, rocks and dense vegetation. At some distance, there is an opening with small and beautiful meadows filled with numbers of wild flowers. Finally we will reach at Kheerganga and take relaxing hot bath.
From Kheerganga we will descend through pine forest and reach a narrow gorge where Parvati River gushes through. After crossing a wooden bridge, villages appears in sight. It will be an easy walk passing through couple of villages and reach Barshaini. Our vehicle will be waiting for us to drive to Manikaran and then Manali.
|Tented accommodation||Anything purchased for personal use||Identity card|
|Sleeping bags and foam mats||Porters to carry personal luggage||Jacket, sweater and other warm clothes like muffler, gloves, winter cap etc. Temperature near zero can be expected|
|Food throughout the trek||Anything not mentioned under ‘cost includes’||2 full sleeves dry fit t-shirts and track pants|
|Experienced guides||Rechargeable Torch|
|Porters and guides||Proper trekking shoes|
|Expertise charge||At least two personal water bottles all the time during trek|
|First aid||Personal medical kit, soap, paste etc.|
|Carry your luggage in a backpack. You should be able to walk long distances carrying your luggage|
|Sunglasses, sunscreen and cap|