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Pin Parvati Trek



Trip Introduction

Few high passages across the main Himalayas spine provide the variety and rewards of high level trek as does the Pin Parvati trek, connecting the tributary of the Beas which it joins near the Bhunter and the Pin which flows into Spiti. With extreme difference in climate, Pin valley is much more rugged and barren than the Parvati valley. This cold desert valley with its snowy crags, cliff and crevasses, jagged rocks and other fossils make Pin valley a unique geological lab. Winter plays havoc here as ferocious blizzards and snowstorms send the glaciers cracking, ravaging the valleys rugged moonscape. But its long rain free summer is a prime time for the adventurers to see wild life in motion when the predatory snow leopard, red fox, marten, weasel, Himalayan Pika, bearded vulture, golden eagle, lynx and Tibetan wolf roam in the park- (area is conserved as a national park since 1987).

Setting off from Barshaini on our 9 days Pin Parvati trek, we start trek through thick Alpine forest. A rewarding moments awaits us at Khir Ganga that is an open air natural hot sulphur bath. Progressively at first through dense alpine forest, followed by bushes, lakes, wild flower, pasture, peaks with long glacier, beginning to north lunar landscapes, sky rocketing peaks that illuminate the valley in dazzling hues of white, gray, green and golden yellow with the rising sun. Pin valley promises lingering pictures of starkness and rugged beauty of the Himalayan Cold Desert. Further crossing natural rock bridge at Pandu we arrive at Mantalai Lake. At top of Pin Parvati pass we will have panoramic view of numerous peaks: Parvati South, Parvati North, Pinnacle, Kullu Eiger all above 6`000 m. The Pin Parvati pass itself is a transition zone between 2 different worlds. The trek ends at the small picturesque village of Mud, surrounded by lovely barley fields. From here, a jeep safari into the Spiti valley offers opportunities to visit beautiful ancient gompas of Kungri, Tabo, Dhankar, Lahlung and Ki as well as Kibber and Tashi Gang; some of highest permanently inhabited villages in the world, before returning to Manali.


Regions: Kullu Parvati valley and Pin Spiti valley,

Best Season: End of June to Mid October,

Trek days: 10 Days Ex Manali to Manali, 14 Days Ex Delhi - Delhi

Trek Grade: Moderate to Strenuous,

Max. Elevation: 5319 m/ 17450ft

Cost and info


Day 01: Flight to Delhi / Chandigarh. Drive to Manali (Airport pickup on request)

Day 02: Arrive Manali. Rest/ relax, final preparation for trek.  Hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Barshaini 3:30 hrs, Trek to Khir Ganga (2800m) 5-6 hrs. Camp

Day 04: Trek to Tunda Bhuj (3350m) 5/6 hrs. Camp

Day 05: Trek to Thakur Kuan (3480m) 5 hrs. Camp

Day 06: Trek to Pandu bridge (3700m) - Odi Thach (3900m) 5/6 hrs. Camp

Day 07: Trek to Mantalai (4150m) 7 hrs. Camp

Day 08: Trek to base camp (4700 m) 6 hrs. Camp

Day 09: Trek to Pin Parvati pass 5319 m. camp by the river (4400m) 7/8 hrs Camp

Day 10: Trek to Tiya (4000m) 5/6 hrs. Camp
Day 11: Trek to Mud (3800m) 5 hrs, Drive to Kaza (3650m) - Rangrik camp (3600m). Hotel or Camp

Day 12: Drive to Losar (4100m) – Kunzum la (4551m) – Rohtang pass (3978m) - Manali (2050m). Hotel.

Day 13: Leisure at Manali. Visit touristic sites in around Manali. Hotel

Day 14: Departure to Delhi at 4:30pm. Manali - Delhi overnight deluxe bus.  (private taxi also available)

Day 15: Arrival at Delhi by 6:00 am. Fly home


Day 01: Flight to Delhi / Chandigarh. Drive to Manali (Kullu - Manali Airport pickup on request)


Day 02: At Manali. Rest and relax. Final preparation for trek


Day 03: Drive to Barshaini 3:30 hrs, Trek to Khir Ganga (2800m) 5-6 hrs. Camp

Trek leads through coniferous forests, waterfalls and various villages, camp at Khirganga. An open meadow and hot springs at the distance of 100m up the meadow

Towards Khirganga
Hot pool at Khirganga

Day 04: Trek to Tunda Bhuj (3200m) 5/6 hrs.

There is a steady ascend out of the gorge, the valley then widens and trail crosses several delightful pastures supporting a variety of wild flowers in the summer. Camp at Tunda Bhuj there are fine alpine views down the valley and waterfalls tumbling down the cliffs on the opposite side of the valley.


Day 05: Trek to Thakur Kuan (3400m) 5 hrs.

Trek through birch grooves, rocks and dense vegetation then trail descends to the riverbank. Cross Parvati River on a newly wooden bridge and climb gently for 1:30 hrs Just before campsite again cross river by cable, overnight camp at Thakur Kuan.


Day 06: Trek to Odi Thach (3900m) 5/6 hrs.

Trail passes through several Gaddi encampments before crossing a side river a natural rock bridge.Just above this natural rock bridge called Pandu Bridge. According to Hindu mythology the bridge commemorates the retreat of the Pandva brothers to the Spiti and Tibet. Our campsite is at just below the Kullu Eiger. 


Day 07: Trek to Mantalai (4100m) 7 hrs.

The trail then ascends gradually through a series of flowered meadows intercepted with boulder field brought down by many side streams. Just before Mantalai, 200mt. Ascend over the boulders field to abroad plateau. Camp at Mantalai.


Day 08: Trek to base camp (4550 m) 6 hrs.

Trek is now through boulder and scree out of the main valley. The trail crosses a series of meadows before a further steep climb leads to base of Pin Parvati pass.


Day 09: Trek to Pin Parvati pass 5314 m. camp by the river (4810m) 7/8 hrs

Today steep ascend over boulders to a large snowfield below the pass. Then trail step up to the Pin Parvati pass over snowfield. The pass provides magnificent view snowcapped ranges. Descent from the pass is a gradual over a snowfield initially; it becomes steep in many places, camp by the river.

Day 10: Trek to Tiya (3900m) 5/6 hrs.

Today we descend slowly along the left banks of Pin River, walking on the loose rocks and many small streams to cross. Trail then leads small plateau above the valley then it leads down to a grassy campsite of Tiya.

Pin valley is a national park known as land of Ibex and Snow Leopard. The most interesting to see 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 breeds of horses in India. Pin valley is protected area, with Rupi Bhaba wild life sanctuary to its south and Great Himalayan National Park to its southwest.

Day 11: Trek to Mud (3600m) 5 hrs, drive to Dankhar (3980m), Kee – Kibber (4205) – Rangrik camp.

Trail goes down to the valley is gradual walk. Just before reaching Mud it is little bit difficult. Reaching Mud we say goodbye to our porters and drive through Pin River valley crossing villages of Sagnum, Kungri, Mikkim . We drive to visit Dankhar, located on top of small hill. Dankhar the traditional capital of Spiti kingdom, now road continues to Lalung – last village in Lingti valley. We drive back to Lingti where Pin and Lingti joins the Spiti. We continue to drive to Kaza and at first we visit Kee, 10 kms to Kibber and finally we drive back to Rangrik camp.


Day 12: Drive to Losar (4000m) – Kunzom la (4551m) – Rohtang pass (3978m) - Manali.

Today leaving early we drive to Losar – last village in Spiti valley, after Losar road climbs up to Kunzum la pass (4551m.), which connects Lahoul with Spiti. The panorama as viewed from the top of the pass is enthralling and inspiring. 8 km. Walking gradually downwards to the lake of moon-Chandertal lake. A vast meadows around the lake carpeted with alpine flowers, is an ideal place for camping. Crossing Kunzom we drive along the Chandra River to Gramphu and road climbs up to Rohtang pass. Manali is 51 kms from, overnight hotel.


Day 13: Leisure at Manali. Visit touristic sites in around Manali.

Hidimba devi temple, Manu temple, Vashisht hot spring, Naggar Castle and Nicholas Roerich art gallery.


Day 14: Morning visit local market, after noon departure to Delhi at 4:30pm. Manali - Delhi private deluxe bus. (Private taxi on request)


Day 15: Arrival at Delhi by 6:00 am. Refresh and relax at hotel before taking flight to home



What is included

   9 nights of camp with all gears and accessories,

   High quality trekking gear:

o    2 men roomy 3/4 season tent - dome or alpine tents, 

o    neat and clean 3 season sleeping bags and liner, 

o    Potala design  sleeping pads

o    cozy dining tent,

o    A pair of trekking poles to each member.

o    toilet tents.

  Transportation to and fro per itinerary.  to the starting point and back to Manali

  All meals - from Indian, Tibetan, Italian, Chinese to continental cuisine.

o    Day start with bed tea or coffee, nutritious breakfast, packed lunch, snacks, hot drinks, 3 course dinner.

  Support staff

o    Mountaineering  trained local guide ( one assistant guide provided above 8 in group)

o    Qualified chef and 

o    kitchen and camp boys

 Portage for your baggage. Porters and  trekking horsemen with his horses includes one riding horse in case of casualty.

  First aid kit includes - tablets of high altitude sickness.


What is not included

  Domestic flight tickets

  Hotel accommodations in Manali. (Reservation of rooms on request)

  Soft or hard drinks

  Personal tipping to staff and

  Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards beyond trip schedule - especially road blocks due to bad weather that cost extra money.

Previous Classic Pin Parvati Trek Reviews / Testimonials


Our Guide was very competent and responsible person. He was always on place with a good attitude to all the staff. The trek was demanding according to monsoon time and we felt very safe and had no doubt we are in good hands. The kitchen staff was very helpful in all the situations. The food prepared by the cook was very tasty and we liked all the dishes. "

Dorota, Ewa & Malgorzata - Warsaw - POLAND - 15 July 2015


Thanks for putting together a wonderful team for our Pin - Parvati trek. We had great time. We truly appreciate it. Now I don't have to search for agency for our next years Himalayan trip. Thanks much !!. "

Mrs B. Marwah & family - USA - 9 July 2015


At Kafnoo

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."


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


"The guide and cook very helpful.

Ganesh- the head porter was very helpful & took initiative when we reached campsites to pitch tents etc. Personal shawl was a good touch.

Food was varied and interesting every day. Dharampaul is a jolly fellow & everyone was kind enough to make cake and pizza. The candle was awesome.

Overall, I had a great time and we will definitely come back! "

Padma – NEW DELHI - 4 September – 13 September 2013


“Dear Pem and Tenzing we like to thank you for the magnificent time we had on the Pin-Parvati-Trek, the really amazing Jeep trip though the remote Spiti valley and the little trek to Chandratal Lake. The ride to Shimla and the trains to Delhi were well organized as well; you choose a really nice place for us in Shimla. You perfectly executed our plans for this trip and even improved it by the recommendations you made according to your experience in the region. Our special thanks to our porters on the trek who did an outrageous job, especially on the first days when the monsoon was still very present. Ravi, our cook is a real genius, not only preparing the most incredible food in the most remote locations but also in organizing the camp, porters and everything. He really was the heart and soul of the trek. At last our special thanks goes to Jeevan, the best driver one can wish for when you travel the rough roads in Spiti valley. We felt safe and comfortable all the time. Thank you all,”

M. Vollmer & S. Schroder - GERMANY – 25 Aug – 05 Sept. 2012


“We spent a total of 3 days in the Spiti Valley touring the monasteries and 10 days on the Pin Parvati trek. The team were fantastic, in particular our cook who prepared varied and delicious food for us every evening, not to mention the little surprises we found in our lunch boxes, and a stream of tea and biscuits, and other little treats. While we were worried about food hygiene in other parts of India, we had absolutely no concerns on our tour (and rightly so)!

This is a beautiful trek, crossing from the barren Spiti Valley into the beautiful green Parvati Valley on which we saw no-one bar a few shepherds for days on end. All the equipment was modern and good, and we were very happy with the organization of the tour”.

Mr. Jochen V. and Anne E. GERMANY, 28 Aug - 12 Sep. 2011


“Our second step from Spiti valley to Manikaran, Pin Parvati trek was same perfect organized as 1st part (Lamayuru - Darcha). Porters cook and guide did their work absolutely professional. Thanks to Potala Adventures especially Mr. Tenzin Ningbo head organizer: Potala Adventures ".
Mr. B.  Edelbacher and friend. AUSTRIA. August 2009.


"Dear Traveler, after a many months travelling and various trekking expeditions we finally found the perfect trek The Pin Parvati trek. 9 days of the most stunning scenery in this part of world. The scenery itself would have been enough to make this journey of a lifetime but the experience was heightened by the company of our porters. They led from Potala Adventurers. Many thanks must go to them for their hard work and insatiable some of humoures through the most difficult part. You can’t much better than these groups, particularly when I remember Kunchok’s brown bread; Marvelous. Peace and happy travelling".

Mr. John Davis IRELAND


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