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Spiti to Pin Parvati Pass  10 Days

Trip Introduction

Few high passages across the main Himalayas spine provide the variety and rewards of high level trek as does the Pin Parvati, 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 Spitis 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 1987.


Regions: Lahaul – Spiti and Kullu Valley

Best Season: End of June to mid of October

Trip length: 14 nights 15 days ex New Delhi to New Delhi

Trip length: 9 nights 10 days ex Manali to Manali.

Trek Grade: Moderate to strenuous

Max. Elevation: 5319 m


Day 01: Arrival in New Delhi. (Option – pick up at airport or train or private deluxe buses to Manali)

Day 02: New Delhi – Manali Guest house

Day 03: Manali: Acclimatize and sight-seeing in around.

Day 04: Manali – Rohtang pass (3978m)- Kunzom la (4551m)– Rangrik camp (Kaza), visit Kee-Kibber (Camp)

Day 05: Rangrik camp - Kaza -Mud (3600m)– drive 2 hrs, trek to Tiya (3900m), 4/5 hrs. (Camp)

Day 06: Tiya – Gaddi camp (4500m), 5/6 hrs. (Camp)

Day 07: Gaddi camp – base camp (4810m), 5/6 hrs. (Camp)

Day 08: Base camp –Pin Parvati pass (5319m) - high pass camp (4550m), 7-8 hrs. (Camp)

Day 09: High camp – Mantalai Lake (4000m), 5-6hrs. (Camp)

Day 10: Mantalai – Odi thach or Pandu Bridge (3500m), 6-7hrs. (Camp)

Day 11: Odi thach or Pandu Bridge – Tunda Bhuj (3200m), 6-7hrs. (Camp)

Day 12: Tunda Bhuj – Khir Ganga (2850m), 4-5 hrs. (Camp)

Day 13: Khir Ganga – Pulga (2100m) trek 3-4 hrs, Drive to visit Manikaran – Kasol - Bhunter or Kullu. Hotel

Day 14: Bhunter - Delhi flight or private deluxe bus or private taxi.






Detail trip dossier

Day 01: Arrival in New Delhi. (Option – pick up at airport or train or private deluxe buses to Manali)

Day 02: New Delhi – Manali Guest house

Day 03: Manali: Acclimatize and sight-seeing in around.

Day 04: Manali – Rohtang pass (3978m) - Kunzom la (4551m)–Rangrik (Kaza) (Camp), Visit Kee-Kibber. Today an early departure from Manali, we drive 3 hours to Rohtang pass (3,978mt.) Which is get way 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 road climbs 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. Arrive finally to the beautiful campsite of Rangrik at the Shore of Spiri River. Upon arrival snacks and later drive to visit Kee and Kibber.

Day 05: Rangrik – Kaza- Mud (3600m) drive– Trek to Tiya (3900m), 4/5 hrs. (Camp) Exploring these high villages we descend to Rangrik Bridge and take main route to Kaza. Continue along the Spiti River to Attargo, where Pin River meets Spiti River. A 20 km.unmatteled road will take us to the pin valley, known also the land of Ibex and snow Leopard; Arriving at Pin valley we pass Gulling at first, than drive short distance to Kungri. Visiting Kungri we cross the bridge to Sagnum village and continue to Mud village, our starting point of trek. Leaving Mud trail goes on the left banks of Pin River.

Day 06: Tiya – Gaddi camp (4500m), 5/6 hrs. (Camp) Today we ascend slowly along the left banks of Pin River, walking on the loose rocks and many small streams to cross. 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. Lastly to the camp called Gaddi camp (locally means – Shepherds camp)

Day 07: Gaddi camp – base camp (4810m), 5/6 hrs. (Camp) Leaving camp we climb gradually through boulders and scree out of main valley. Arriving at the snout of glacier we cross the glacier melted stream and soon after steep climb to base camp of Pin Parvati pass. Magnificent view all around from camp.

Day 08: Base camp –Pin Parvati pass (5319m) - high pass camp (4550m), 7-8 hrs. (Camp) 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 snow-capped ranges. Descent from the pass is a gradual over a snowfield initially; it becomes steep in many places.

Day 09: High camp – Mantalai Lake (4000m), 5-6hrs. (Camp) Today leaving high camp we descend to Mantalai area, descend could makes our legs tiring as slowly descending we arrive at river bed up to campsite. Wonderful campsite.

Day 10: Mantalai – Odi thach or Pandu Bridge (3500m), 6-7hrs. (Camp) Just after Mantalai, 200m. descend over the boulders field to abroad plateau, then the trail descends gradually through a series of flowered meadows intercepted with boulder field brought down by many side streams. Our campsite is at just below the Kullu Eiger.

Day 11: Odi thach or Pandu Bridge – Tunda Bhuj (3200m), 6-7hrs. (Camp) Trail crosses several delightful pastures supporting a variety of wild flowers in the summer and also 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. Arriving at Thakur Kuan we cross the river by cable car and gentle climb on dense vegetation trail and then trail descends to riverbank where we cross it again by wooden bridge and through thick birch grooves, rocks and finally to camp. 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 06: 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 12: Tunda Bhuj – Khir Ganga (2850m), 4-5 hrs. (Camp) Today leaving Tunda Bhuj again trail goes through thick birch grooves, rocks and dense vegetation and at some distance opening of small and beautiful meadows nourish with numbers of wild flowers. Finally we arrive at Khirganga, where hot bath must to relax after these numbers of days of without shower.

Day 13: Khir Ganga – Pulga (2100m) trek 3-4 hrs, Drive to visit Manikaran – Kasol - Bhunter or Kullu. Hotel

Leaving Khir Ganga trail descend through pine forest and reaches at narrow gorge where Parvati River gushes through, crossing by wooden bridge villages appears in sight. Now easy walks passing through couples of village we arrive at Barshaini where our vehicle will be waiting for us to drive to Manikaran and further to Bhunter or Kullu.


Day 14: Bhunter - Delhi flight or private deluxe bus or private taxi.


What is included

9 nights camp with all gears and accessories

2 men roomy dome or A shape tent, sleeping bags and liner, sleeping pads, cozy dining tent, toilet tent. trekking poles.

All meals: We serve Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine.

Transportation to and fro per itinerary.

Support staff: Qualified and trained local guide, cook and sherpa staff.

Medical first aid support.


What is not included

Domestic flight ticket and hotel accommodations in Manali.

Soft or hard drinks i.e. mineral water.

Personal tipping to staff and any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards beyond schedule


Previous Spiti Pin - Parvati Trek Reviews / Testimonials



“About Potala organization:

- Easy to coordinate over email and phone.

- Well-coordinated trek.

- Very helpful team, lending their support in every way possible.

- Great food cooked by Chunni lal ji.

- Great patience showed by Pritam ji. ”

Mr Shail D, Mr Shaival, Mr Gautam R, Mr Rohit R, Mr Kautilya C - MUMBAI - 15 July - 24 July 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 Miss 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.



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