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Bhaba Pass

Bhaba pass

Spiti is located on the Tibetan border enclosed on the South East by Tibet, North West by Ladakh, and West by Lahoul and Kullu. Geologically and archeologically Spiti valley is living museum. Spiti valley is formed by the Spiti River, which rises on the slopes of Kunzom pass (4551m) and ends at the river confluence with Pare-Chu near Sumdo. The length of the valley is about 150km. Enroute Spiti River receives the water of many streams: Guindi Nala, Parilungbi Chu, Pin River and Lingti River. There are two routes to Spiti, one over Rohtang-pass (3978m/13050ft) and Kunzom pass and other via Shimla, Rampur and Kinnaur

There are 4 passes that connects Pin valley with Kinnaur and Kullu i.e. Bhaba pass, Shakarog Khango, Lartsaway and Pin Parvati pass. To the southwest lies the Bhaba pass which connects Pin valley with Bhaba valley of Kinnaur. It’s named also Tari Khango and it’s more popularly known as the Bhaba pass. Spitian people has long been used this pass as a trade route between 2 valleys. Especially the requirement of timber to the Spitian house building. The geographic contrast between these two valleys is evident after descending to the lush green meadows of Bhaba carpeted in wild flowers, while Pin valley is situated in high cold desert region of Spiti and it remain moist during summer time and having a high winter snowfall. Numbers of plant species can be found in the valley, it is declared as a Pin valley national park in the year 1987, known as land of Ibex and Snow Leopard. Though rare in sightings these rare animal, but it’s a prime time to visit Pin valley in winter when these rare species descend to low altitude. The Chamurthi horses are the pride of Pin valley people and are one of a kind among highland horses. During the summer months the yaks roam free in the vast pastures of Pin valley. Buchens of this valley are the only remaining sects permorming ancient rituals.


Regions: Spiti, Pin valley & Kinnaur.

Best Season: Mid June to Mid October,

Trip Length: 13 nights 14 days New Delhi to New Delhi, 7 nights 8 days Manali to Shimla.

Difficulty: Moderate,

Max. Elevation: 4865m.Bhaba pass/Tarik la pass/ Aka Bhapa pass/Tari Khango


Bhaba pass (Tari Khango/Tarik La) ancient trade route

Pin valley national park

Rupi Bhaba wildlife sanctuary

The pride of Spitian – Chamurthi horses


Day 01: Arrival in New Delhi.

Day 02: Delhi – Manali 2040m. 14 -16 hrs.

Day 03: Manali: Acclimatisation – Sight Seeing.

Day 04: Manali – Rohtang la 3978m- Kunzom la 4551m – Losar - Rangrik. Camp.
Day 05: Visit Kee - Kibber, Langza - Komic - Shego. Camp. 

Day 06: Visit Lalung - Dankhar - Tabo - Kungri - Sagnam (Pin valley). Camp

Day 07: Drive to Mud, Trek to Mud Pharka. 3/ 4 hrs. Camp.

Day 08: Trek to base camp (balder) 5/6 hrs. Camp.

Day 09: Trek to Kara over Bhaba pass (4640 mtrs.) 6 /7 hrs. Camp.

Day 10: Trek to Mulling. 5/6 hrs. Camp.

Day 11: Trek to Kafnu, 3/4 hrs. Drive to Shimla. Hotel.

Day 12: Shimla.

Day 13: Shimla - Chandigarh / New Delhi. Fly home

What is included

  7 nights camp with all camping facilities, 1 night Shimla hotel last day

  Qualified and trained well English - Hindi speaking local trek guide and support staff included trekking mules and riding horse.

  All camping and trekking gears

  All meal Ex Manali - Shimla

  Transportation to and fro per itinerary Ex Manali - Shimla

  Medical first aid support.


What is not included

  Domestic flight ticket and rest of accommodation in Manali - Shimla - New Delhi.

  Personal tipping to staff, soft or hard drink and

  Any unforeseen cost arises beyond trip schedule


Bhaba pass - May 2013    189 pics

Bhaba pass - August 2012    482 photos

Bhaba pass - September    39 photos

Day 01: Arrival in New Delhi or Chandigarh airport.

Day 02: New Delhi  or Chandigarh – Manali. 14-16 hrs. 

Depart New Delhi at 18:00 hrs. Arrival Manali next morning at 10:00 hrs.

Day 03: Manali: Acclimatisation

Sight-seeing in around Manali. Visit Hadimba temple, vashisht hot spring, hadimba temple, Manu temple and Tibetan monastery.

Day 04: Manali – Rohtang La (3978m) - Batal (4,030m) – Kunzom la pass (4551m) – Losar (4000m) -Rangrik (3650m), 8 hrs.

Today an early departure from Manali, we drive 3 hours to Rohtang pass (3,978mt.) Which is gateway to Lahoul & Spiti, Pangi and Zanskar.16km down to foot of the pass a small place called Gramphu. A dusty and rugged path leads towards Batal. Along the left for 17km to Chatru then on the right bank of Chandra River to Batal. Now drives climb to Kunzom la pass and enters in Spiti valley. We arrive at Losar the most picturesque village in Spiti valley at an altitude of 4000m. We pass many villages along the route Kiato, Pangmo, Hal, Rangrik. At Rangrik Bridge we take the left hand road to Kee. And continues to Kibber village. After visiting Kee monastery we drive up to Kibber and return back tour our campsite at Rangrik.


Day 05: Visit Kee – Kibber Langza Komic - Shego.

At Rangrik Bridge we take the left hand road to Kee. And continues to Kibber village. After visiting Kee monastery we drive up to Kibber and return back tour our campsite at Rangrik from where we climb to high plateau where beautiful villages of Langza, Hikkim and Komic situated at above 4400m. Exploring in around we drive to visit Kaza market and continue to Shego. Overnight camp


Day 06: Lalung(3800m) – Dankhar (3890m) – Tabo - Kungri - Sagnam

Leaving camp today we drive pass by Kaza to Lingti where Lingti River joins Spiti and enter in Lingti valley to visit Lalung. Lalung is the last village in Lingti valley. Very important valley. At the end of this valley Tibet is not so far from here. We visit Lalaung monastery known as Sherkhang temple. Believed to be 1000 year older than Tabo gompa. Built by Rinchen Zangpo. Legend declares that Rinchen Zangpo planted a willow tree and said if this willow tree survives till next day than monastery should be constructed here, it survived and built temple in one single night. According to legends. Still the same willow tree can be seen at Lalung monastic compound. Visit Lalung we drive along the well maintained route to Dankhar. We leave the main route and ascend gently along the ridge at the main valley of Spiti. From this point wonderful view of 2 major junction of Spiti River with Lingti and Pin River can be seen. Dankhar ridge can be seen from this point. We arrive at Dankhar where first visit to Queen’s palace than old Dankhar monastery. New monastery built nearby. Dankhar traditionally was the old capital of Spiti valley. However monastery is more old the Attargo, from where Pin River meets Spiti River. we drive along the Spiti River to visit ancient village of Tabo and .after Attargo its 20 km road will take you to the pin valley, known for the land of Ibex and snow Leopard. We visit Kungri gompa and finally to beautiful village of Sagnam.


Day 07: Drive to Mud (3800m), Trek to Mud Farkha, 3/4 hrs.

Short drive to Mud, arriving at Mud, short visit in the village.Mud is situated at the doorstep of a long winding valley of Pin. Leaving Mud behind we descend to Pin River Bridge, and short distance to Mud Pharka for overnight camp.

Day 08: Trek to base camp (Balder or Paldor) (4400m), 5-6 hrs, Camp.

Leaving Mud Pharka the trail is relatively easy from Mud Pharkha to Paldor. At the end of our trail the valley separates to main Pin River. To the right the trails goes towards Pin Parvati pass to Parvati valley in Kullu and to the left to Bhaba pass. Vegetation becomes less and less as we move forward, yet this valley is home of numbers of wild animals, the rarest and finest of them is an elegant snow-leopard. We could cross domestic animals i.e. yak and Dzo grazing. Pin valley makes different to other valleys of Himalayan region by its sedimentary rock formation.


Day 09: Trek to Kara over Bhaba pass (4865m) 7 -9 hrs, 17-18 kms, Camp.

Today an early departure recommended in order accomplishing the pass at a right time, yet this day could be long. At first trail is rugged, than walking over moraine, scree and boulder fields. Finally over patches of snow ice fields at the top of pass, crossing the pass we descend steep to the campsite. Now the landscape changes dramatically to green pasture land at first, where summer time we could meet with sheperds of Kinnaur, who spend summer in this Rupin Bhaba wildlife sanctuary, looking after their flocks of sheep. The valley widen slowly as we set camp at Kara on the banks of Wanger.


Day 10: Trek to Mulling (3100m). 5- 6 hrs. 12-13 kms, Camp.

Today leaving Kara behind at first we cross some streams, than thickly flower meadows. The trail descend steep at some points, finally to magnificent campsite of Gulling, where the valley at its best.


Day 11: Trek to Kafnoo (2500m). 4-5 hrs, 14 kms Drive to Sangla - Chitkul. Drive 4-5 hrs.

Today leaving Gulling, we trek through forest heavily thick with pine, cedar and birch. Our trek route was mainly through thick forest cover, mostly we walked looking at the stumps of those huge fir and spruce treesThe trail descend along the Wanger River. Kinnauri style houses will start to appear before Kafnoo. We arrive at Kafnoo our vehicle will be waiting for us, upon arrival we drive to Rampur the summer capital of Rampur Bushahr. Rampur is known for its Lavi fair that helds during November month, where traders of Spiti, Tibet, Lahaul, Kullu and Shimla trades abundantly and massively. Rampur is also significant when we speak of Himalayan kingdom's to its art and architectural point of view. Continue to the route we pass Narkanda, Kufri to Shimla.


Day 12: Shimla.


Day 13: Shimla – Kalka - New Delhi or Shimla - Chandigarh. Fly home.


Bhaba pass trek reviews / testimonials


Trek member – Rohit and Sriparna

"Had the most wonderful 19 days with the team of Potala Adventurers. Pritam, Dharampal and the team of 5 porters were most instrumental in the making this long trek a super success. Sriparna and I will miss them all and these gone days spent in the wilderness.

We promise to be back for more treks in Himachal and Ladakh with Potala." -Cheers –

Mr R. Chaudhary and Miss Sriparna G. – NEW DELHI - 31 August – 18 September 2013


“We enjoyed a wonderful trek for 7 days. The tents were modern and very good for sleeping at high snow - covered pass as well as the lower elevations.

Our cook and guide were excellent. Our day started with morning tea and a filling breakfast. We had packed lunches that provide energy for our long hikes. After a day exploring we reached to camp to find our tents set up and tea waiting.

The pass was covered in snow. The cook and guide had to cut path through very steep snow. This allowed our member ...porters to cover this dangerous ground.

The porters were very kind and helpful. We enjoyed hiking with them.

We will miss this great adventure and wish we could make this again. Excellent trip. ”

Mr M. J. Jessup (Geologist – USA) 16 – 22 May 2013


“- Very excellent service 100% satisfied.

- Food was wonderful and ample.

- Guide was very friendly and helpful - he led us through risky situations safely and was very helpful when we asked about

- Porters were very friendly when we approached and struck to steady path.

- Tents that were supplied were sufficient - even in the snow - sleeping bags and pads too.

- Tents were always set up correctly and would withstand harsh conditions.

- Service - Tea, meal, snacks was excellent.

- Overall i would highly recommend this trekking company to anyone who wanted to explore India.”

Mr K White (Geologist – USA) 16-22 May 2013


“I have no recommendations for the trekking crew. I was very impressed with both their professionalism and their courtesy. Our guide was very well organized and was a very trustworthy leader, particularly when we were in heavy snow areas. He was always willing to work with our needs, which was important since we were also doing research on our trip.

The cook was also very professional and the food was amazing. He was also very helpful in the heavy snow. Overall i would this crew to others looking for a Himalaya trek experience and i hope to come do a trek with them in the future. ”

Mr T. Diedesch (Geologist – USA) 16 – 22 May 2013


“A very positive and proactive organization, always wants to improve upon the existing services:  Very open to client feedback and suggestions.

         Food was very good always – from breakfast to dinner.

         Very politely served food with warmth.

         Will recommend to others interested tourists in my friends circle.

         Wishing POTALA more success in years to come.

Ravinder: Excellent leader & friend always, very helpful always. Never gets irritated. He is the heart of the trip.

Ravi & Inder: Very good food served always tasty, warm/hot and on time.

Ganesh: Very cool & capable guide.

Yash: Very courteous & friendly, highly energetic.

Sunil & Raju: Very friendly & well manages the horse even and transportation. ”

Mr. Mahinder N. – DUBAI – 01 Aug – 08 Aug 2012


“We chose Potala again due to an excellent experience last year. This time station with a couple of hiccups, but once we gave feedback the reality of service dramatically improves. We are quite happy at the end.

Excellent, dedicated, courteous staff, Ravinder has been an exceptional guide. He took care of us like he was part of our families. He physically helped people that needed superb, a great man indeed.

Cooking staff has also exceptional. ”

Mrs S. Sunder – MUMBAI – 01 Aug – 08 Aug 2012


“Very good staff, Ravinder is a super hero.  Because of him we could finish this excellent trek. The other staff also served very well, especially Ravi is an excellent cook and Inder, Ganesh, Yash served very well, overall excellent, feels like coming again and again. Thanks”

Mrs Bhagya B. – MUMBAI - 01 Aug – 08 Aug 2012


“Very good team, the cook Ravi, helper, horseman were very helpful. Ravinder was most helpful and completely took care of us. Ganesh was also very helpful, good team.

Good staff, helpful, polite & dedicated, my thanks to Ganesh who help me a lot. Thanks to everyone in the team taking care of us, would definitely like to have same staff for my Hamta pass. ”

Mrs Manisha B. – MUMBAI - 01 Aug – 08 Aug 2012


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