The Pin Parvati trek


Manali

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Duration
11 Days
Max Altitude
17,384 ft
Difficulty
Diffucult
Low Temp
0 to 4 ° C
High Temp
16 to 20 ° C

Overview

The Pin Parvati trek is an advanced level eleven day journey over which you meet 4 different valleys; the Parvati, Pin, Rampur, and the Spiti valley! But this is not all. Magnificent views of enormous glaciers on one hand and flowery meadows on the other are a sight for sore eyes any day! The Pin Parvati pass connects the luscious green Parvati valley of Kullu and the snowclad rocky Pin valley of Spiti rating the trek as most beautiful among all Spiti treks! We warn you, this 100 km trek needs high trekking skills and a thorough preparation beforehand. Our excellent trekking guide is sure to assist you wherever required. Do not miss this most thrilling adventure over serene woods, snow-clads peaks, barrens rocky trails and a wonderful mixture of steep slopes and graduals climbs.


Brief Itinerary

DAY1 Manali – Manikaran then to Barshaini Kalga (2200m) 5-6 hrs

DAY2 Kalga to Kheer Ganga (2850m) 4hrs.

DAY3 Kheer Ganga to Tunda Bhuz (3200m)  5hrs.

DAY4 Thunda Bhuz to Thakur Kuan (3400m)  5hrs.

DAY5 Thakur Kuan to Mantalaie Lake (4074m)  5hrs

DAY6 Mantalaie to Base camp of Pin Parvati    Pass (4500m) 6hrs

DAY7 Base camp to Cross the Pin Parvati Pass (5319m) to the other side of the base  camp (4500mts.) 6 hrs.

DAY8 Base camp to Ghurgul (4000m) 4hrs

DAY9 Ghurgul to Mud (3600m) 4hrs.

DAY10 Mud to Sagnam (3753m) Then to Kaza (3810m) 6 hrs

DAY11 Kaza to Manali. 9hrs

Itinerary

DAY 1: Manali – Manikaran then to Barshaini Kalga (2200mts.) 5-6 hrs.

From Manali, we drive 90 km to Manikaran popular in Himachal for hot springs. Another 7 km drive to Barshaini hamlet situated among lush pine forests serves as our commencing point of the trek. We then embark upon a short trek (30mins) to Rudranath base camp in Kalga village, a small clearing in the thick pine forest, through the misty and heavily wooded virgin forests of the Kullu valley. Stay overnight in tents.




DAY 2: Kalga to Kheer Ganga (2850 mts) 4hrs.

An enormous landscape of thick woodland slides into view trailing through the forest to Kheerganga. A most pleasant walk, today’s trek leads you beautiful sights of river Parvati and its pass. Halt and relax at a small temple of lord Shiva and a bathing tank. Half an hour walk and you can locate the campsite 10 mins away downhill. Outdoorsy meal and stay in camp.




DAY 3: Kheer Ganga to Tunda Bhuz (3200 mts) 5hrs.

Today’s trek is a relatively taxing climb uphill but with equally enjoyable views of the Parvati and surrounding meadows. The trek is covered with trees of pine and is heavily wooded. Tunda Bhuz is the upper limit for the pine forest and thereare abundance of Bhuz (Birch) trees. Camp at a lush green campsite.




DAY 4: Thunda Bhuz to Thakur Kuan (3400mts) 5hrs.

This is a challenging day of the trek because the trek is steep and difficult in some section close to Thakur Kuan. This area lies within the Kanawar wildlife sanctuary and one may cross small Himalayan brown ears at lower altitude and wild sheep or snow leopards in high altitude. Several short and long bridges across the way along rocky meadows and grazing grounds. After crossing the Pandu bridge we arrive at the campsite.


 

DAY 5: Thakur Kuan to Mantalaie Lake (4074mts) 5hrs.
 

Trek to Mantalaie lake through the flower-speckled grasslands with an abundance of quartz and semi-precious gems. Witness magnificence of the Mantalaie Range and several glaciers along the trail. We reach the campsite near the lake and stay overnight in tents.



 DAY 6: Mantalaie to Base camp of Pin Parvati Pass (4500mts) 6hrs.

Trekking over glaciers and loose slopes is challenging. There is a beautiful grassy campsite. Acclimatize to weather and height and rest at the base camp.




DAY 7: Base camp to Cross the Pin Parvati Pass (5319mts) to the other side of the base camp (4500mts.) 6 hrs.

This pass is difficult to trek and snow fields make it more challenging. Take necessary precautions at this section of the journey as the crevasses may not be easily visible.
After the pass descends over steep slopes to reach your first camp in Pin valley.




DAY 8: Base camp to Ghurgul (4000mts) 4hrs.

A short walk after crossing the spectacular Pin Parvati valley end to end surrounded by high snow clad mountain peaks leads to a little hamlet habited by the Gompa community. Continuing towards Rampur valley we reach the Wichkurung Thatch. Overnight camp at a grassy campsite.




DAY 9: Ghurgul to Mud (3600mts) 4hrs.

Today we land at the first village in Spiti valley. A village which is one of its kind and is set a below a cliff and inhabitant by simple folk of Tibetan stock. A high rocky terrain around the village appears striking. This is the last night of the trek.




DAY 10: Mud to Sagnam (3753mts) Then to Kaza ((3810mts) 6 hrs.

We trek from Mud to Sagnam and reach the largest village in the Pin valley. From Sagnam you will be picked up by our jeep and drive to Kaza.



DAY 11: Kaza to Manali. 9hrs.

Drive from Kaza to Manali over the Kunzum pass (4530mts) or stay in Kaza and explore the Spiti Valley for a few days.

Things to carry


Necessities:

  1. Trekking shoes **: Trekking shoes with good grip and ankle support is compulsory for the trek. Please ensure that the trekking shoes are not new and used by the trekker prior to the trek. The trail is slippery and requires you to walk through rocks and boulders so good grip and water resistance shoe is necessary.  Do keep an extra floater in case of rain and for use in camps.
  2. Backpack (50-70 litres) **: A backpack with comfortable straps and a supporting frame is very important as you have to carry it on your own during the trek. Invest in a good backpack that is lightweight and comfortable to carry on long treks. 
  3. Daypack (20 litres): Keep a daypack incase you off load your backpack during the trek for your essential day items.
  4. Torch or Headlamp **: Please bring a torch or headlamp for all treks.
  5. Cutlery: Carry a spoon, mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons and for packed lunch.
  6. Sunglasses **: Invest in a good pair of sunglasses as you are going to be out in the sun for most of day. If you are trekking in snow it will be a mandatory as it protects you from snow blindness.
  7. Two water bottles **: 1 litre each for water during the trek. 


**    MANDATORY  DO NOT FORGET


Clothes and Other accessories


  1. Warm jacket and Sweater (couple of them if you feel more susceptible to cold) 
  2. Thermals: Carry thermals to keep yourself warm in the camp.Trek pants (2)  for daily use during the trek which are light and comfortable.
  3. Collared Shirts (3-4) Full sleeves and quick dry so that it prevents sunburn on the arms and neck area. 
  4. Poncho: Poncho is very important when you are trekking in monsoon season to protect you from the rain. You can rent one from us @ INR 50 per day.
  5. Cap: To protect your hair and face from the scorching sun carry a cap.
  6.  Synthetic gloves for your hands as it will protect your hands from water, snow and keep you dry and warm.
  7. Socks (2 pair) + Wollen socks(2 pair)  for keep you warm in the camps.
  8. Trekking pole: You should carry your own trekking poles for the steep uphills and downhills. You can carry them or rent one from us @ INR 50 per day
  9. Toiletries: Sunscreen **, moisturiser, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser, wet wipes and tissues. 
  10. Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes and to bring back your non biodegradable material back. Mountains are the source of water and life on this planet. Please try and keep it clean and healthy.




Mandatory Personal Medical Kit 


  1. Diamox – 5 tablets (to prevent AMS)
  2. Hyoscine (3 tablets)
  3. Amlodipine 5mg (5 tablet) With doctors prescription only
  4. Avomine – 2 tablets (motion sickness)
  5. Crocin – 3 tablets (fever)
  6. Avil 25mg – 2 tablets (allergies)
  7. Disprin – 3 tablets (headache)
  8. Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 3 tablets each (diarrhea)
  9. Digene – 5 tablets (acidity)
  10. Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
  11. Gauze – 1 small roll
  12. Band-aid – 5 strips
  13. Cotton – 1 small roll
  14. ORS – 105packets
  15. Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  16. Moov spray (aches, & sprains) 


How to prepare


How to prepare for a difficult trek?


Difficult treks are highly challenging in terms of endurance and mental strength. If you have experienced several moderate treks and like to take your fitness to the next level, you can go for a difficult trek. In order for you really enjoy nature’s beauty, you must keep your body physically fit. 

No matter how much you prepare, there will be practical challenges that will test your limits in a trek. A common question is 'how challenging is a trek'? It depends on various factors like weather, challenges faced during the trek, and most importantly, your endurance level. You can enjoy a tough trek as long as you are mentally prepared.

A difficult trek requires two months of intensive training that includes cardiovascular exercises and flexibility training.


Cardiovascular exercises


Week

Exercise

Distance

Duration

Frequency

1

Running

Jogging

5 kilometres

1 Kilometre

Within 30 minutes

Run at least 3 days in a week

Jog at least once in a week

2

Running

Jogging

5 kilometres

1 Kilometre

Within 30 minutes

Run at least 3 days in a week

Jog at least once in a week

3

Running

Jogging

6 kilometres

1 Kilometre

Within 30 minutes

Run at least 3 days in a week

Jog at least twice in a week

4

Running

Jogging

6 kilometres

1 Kilometre

Within 30 minutes

Run at least 3 days in a week

Jog at least twice in a week

5

Running

Jogging

6 kilometres

1 Kilometre

Within 30 minutes

Run at least 3 days in a week

Jog at least twice in a week

6

Running

Jogging

7 kilometres

2 Kilometre

Within 30 minutes

Run at least 3 days in a week

Jog at least twice in a week

7

Running

Jogging

7 kilometres

2 Kilometres

Within 30 minutes

Run at least 3 days in a week

Jog at least twice in a week

8

Running

Jogging

7 kilometres

2 Kilometres

Within 30 minutes

Run at least 3 days in a week

Jog at least twice in a week


Flexibility exercises


Week

Exercise

Sets

Duration

Frequency

1

Squats, Sit Ups, Crunches, Push Ups & Suryanamaskar

3 sets of 20 counts each

Push Ups - 2 sets of 20 each

Less than 30 seconds for each set

Each exercise twice in a week

Suryanamaskar - Two rounds weekly

2

Squats, Sit Ups, Crunches, Push Ups & Suryanamaskar

3 sets of 20 counts each

Push Ups - 2 sets of 20 each

Less than 30 seconds for each set

Each exercise twice in a week

Suryanamaskar - Two rounds weekly

3

Squats, Sit Ups, Crunches, Push Ups & Suryanamaskar

3 sets of 20 counts each

Push Ups - 2 sets of 20 each

Less than 30 seconds for each set

Each exercise twice in a week

Suryanamaskar - Two rounds weekly

4

Squats, Sit Ups, Crunches, Push Ups & Suryanamaskar

3 sets of 20 counts each

Push Ups - 2 sets of 20 each

Less than 30 seconds for each set

Each exercise twice in a week

Suryanamaskar - Two rounds weekly

5

Squats, Sit Ups, Crunches, Push Ups & Suryanamaskar

3 sets of 20 counts each

Push Ups - 2 sets of 20 each

Less than 30 seconds for each set

Each exercise twice in a week

Suryanamaskar - Two rounds weekly

6

Squats, Sit Ups, Crunches, Push Ups & Suryanamaskar

3 sets of 20 counts each

Push Ups - 2 sets of 20 each

Less than 30 seconds for each set

Each exercise twice in a week

Suryanamaskar - Two rounds weekly

7

Squats, Sit Ups, Crunches, Push Ups & Suryanamaskar

3 sets of 20 counts each

Push Ups - 2 sets of 20 each

Less than 30 seconds for each set

Each exercise twice in a week

Suryanamaskar - Two rounds weekly

8

Squats, Sit Ups, Crunches, Push Ups & Suryanamaskar

3 sets of 20 counts each

Push Ups - 2 sets of 20 each

Less than 30 seconds for each set

Each exercise twice in a week

Suryanamaskar - Two rounds weekly


Breathing exercises


Week

Exercise

Counts

Duration

Frequency

1

Abdominal Breathing

20 counts

Each count - Inhale for 3 seconds; exhale for 7 seconds.

At least twice in a week

2

Abdominal Breathing

20 counts

Each count - Inhale for 3 seconds; exhale for 7 seconds.

At least twice in a week

3

Abdominal Breathing

30 counts

Each count - Inhale for 3 seconds; exhale for 7 seconds.

At least twice in a week

4

Abdominal Breathing

30 counts

Each count - Inhale for 3 seconds; exhale for 7 seconds.

At least twice in a week

5

Abdominal Breathing

30 counts

Each count - Inhale for 3 seconds; exhale for 7 seconds.

At least twice in a week

6

Abdominal Breathing

40 counts

Each count - Inhale for 3 seconds; exhale for 7 seconds.

At least twice in a week

7

Abdominal Breathing

40 counts

Each count - Inhale for 3 seconds; exhale for 7 seconds.

At least twice in a week

8

Abdominal Breathing

40 counts

Each count - Inhale for 3 seconds; exhale for 7 seconds.

At least twice in a week


Difficult treks have challenges in terms of changing weather, tough terrains, and risky trails. The first thing you must keep in mind is not to panic during a trek. Difficult treks require extreme stamina to throughout the trek. 


Key points to remember -


Cardio exercise is for gaining physical strength

Flexibility exercise is to avoid cramps

Breathing exercise is to regain your stamina


By following this exercise schedule, you can become fit for a difficult trek in the eighth week. If you already a gym goer, you can focus on cardio and flexibility exercises. Additionally, you can practice yoga and breathing techniques. Get yourself trained for an enjoyable journey through beautiful trails.



How to reach

How to reach by Air?

The nearest airport for Manali is Bhuntar, 50 km (Approx.) from Manali. Air India & Air Himalayas (9 Seater Non-Scheduled Flight) are having flights for Kullu. Air India having flights to Kullu from Delhi Airport & Air Himalayas operates flights from Chandigarh Airport.


How to reach by Train?

The two nearest Railway Station for Manali are at Chandigarh (350 km.) and Ambala (360 km). Onwards Journey can be traveled either by Chartered Taxis, Buses or by Air as Himalayan Bulls a

private 8 seater charter is available between Chandigarh & Kullu.



How to reach by Road?

You can also reach Manali by road. There are many Volvo buses running from Delhi and Chandigarh daily. Delhi to Manali buses is available from RK Ashram Marg as well as ISBT Kashmiri gate. Chandigarh to Manali Buses is available from Sector 43 Bus Stand.


FAQ

1. What is the style of accommodation in this trek?

Accommodation on all days of the trek will be in tents. Each tent accommodates 3 people and is to be shared accordingly among trekkers.



2. Will you provide us with tents and sleeping bags?

Yes, Adventurescape trekkers will be provided with tents and high altitude sleeping bags that can withstand temperatures as low as -10 ºC.



3. What will the temperature be like during the trek?

Day temperatures will be around 16-20°C. Night temperatures will fall to around 0-4°C, especially at the higher campsites.



4. Which are the best seasons for the Pin Parvati Pass trek?

July – August is the best season to go on this trek.



5. When will there be snow on this trek?

You are most likely to find snow, if at all, while descending to Mantalai from the Pin Parvati Pass on Day 6.



6. What will we do if it rains?

 If it starts raining while you’re trekking, we will continue on the trail as planned. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings. Your trek leader might take a call for the group to stay

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek

You can either transfer the same trek to any of your friends/family or get a voucher for the same amount and register for any of our treks in future (validity 1 year) Or Get a refund of 90%

(If the trek amount varies, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)


Cancellation between 30 days and 15 days to the start of the trek

You can either choose to go for any other trek or other batches for the same trek depending on availability Or Get a refund of 75%



Cancellation between 15 days and 10 days to the start of the trek

You can choose to go on the same trek with other batches in the same season Or Get a refund of 50%



Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek

You can transfer your trek to your friend/family (same trek) No cash refund

Trek Fee Per Person

₹25000

GST 5% is applicable on the fee.

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Addons
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