Place : Himachal Pradesh.
Duration : 13 Days.
Highest Altitude Gain : 4,520 Mtr. ( 17,451 Ft. ).
Grade : Difficult.
Approx Trekking Km : 111 Kms.
Activities : Trekking, Camping, Cave Exploration & Photography of Nature.
Best Time to Go : May-July & September-November.
Are you a seasoned trekker yearning for a hair-raising, eye-popping adventure?
Well then, how about a tremendous 17,451 ft. pass at an altitude of 4,520 mtr. closer to the sky, nuanced with a shifting panorama of the lush prairies of Parvati Valley at one end of the spectrum and Buddhist hamlets in the wintry dry desert of the Trans-Himalayan region of Spiti on the other end, painting the mural of luscious geography with an assortment of vivid culture, and diverse flora and fauna. May be the luminescent moon lands of Spiti are the places you were waiting for! Who knows, in the midst of dangling from pulley bridge at Tunda Bhuj, endeavoring way out of the quagmire of Mantalai swamps, gasping at the colossal pastures of Odi Thach, savoring hermitage in the dense forests near Kheerganga, and freezing at the glacier near the Pass, you may find your adventure, a companion….perhaps, even a story worth telling. What warms you up against the chilly glacier and seals the joyful experience in you is the relaxing dip of numb feet in the hot springs at Parvati Kund at Kheerganga. What an unwinding last lapse! The sweet fragrance of Losar and Brahmakamal flowers travels home with you and lingers on to leave an everlasting smile. The 11 days of sheer exhilaration begin at Kullu. A drive through the panoramic frame of dense alpine forests decorated with wild flowers, pristine lakes, wide glacier crests, and lavish meadow leads to Barsheni Village. The hot springs at Kheerganga, devoted to Lord Shiva, warm the spiritual self, this is followed by a camp amidst tall Birch trees in the bowl of mountains, Tunda Bhuz. The Kanawar Wild Life Sanctuary at Thakur kuan welcomes one after covering a distance of 5 hours. An 8-hours trek leads to the Pin side base camp above the Pin Parvati Pass at a height of 17,500ft. Incessant snowfall, monsoon rains, and ill-defined trails at higher altitude can leave even the most seasoned trekkers confounded. More precaution is called for as one reaches closer to Wichkurung Thatch. The treks fades into the 9-hours of picturesque hamlets as one treks from Kaza towards Manali for an overnight stay. If you have been intrigued enough to consider, let’s gallop to the modalities. Our other trek routes are Goechala Trek, Sandakphu-Phalut Trek, Rachela (Neora Valley) Trek, Phoktey Dara Trek, Uttarey Dzongri Round Singalila Trek, Varsey Phalut Trek, Tosar Lake Trek etc.
"Meet & greet" with our company representative on arrival at Manali bus stand and drop to the hotel at Manali. Overnight Stay at Manali.
First day of Pin Parvati Pass trek involves a drive from Manali to Barsheni Village, followed by a trek to the campsite at Rudranath. So after an early breakfast drive to Barsheni Village. The road towards the village has been recently laid. It would take about 4-5 hours to reach the village where the road ends. From here the tail begins. In some time, you would reach Kagla Village, from where another half an hour of trek would take you to Rudranath, your day one camp site. Along the way, you would come across the confluence of Tos and Parvati rivers and get to trudge on a bridge over the Tos River. This is followed by a trail through the village dwellings and a township at Nakthan. It takes some fifteen minutes of steep ascent and an hour of level walk to reach Nakthan. You would be trekking along the Parvati River while following some curved paths. After reached at Rudranath, you can enjoy at the waterfall or visit to a local temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Overnigh Stay at Rudranath in tent.
After breakfast starts trek from Rudranath to Khir Ganga. Apart from being fairly easy, the day 2 trek brings to you some of the most spectacular feats of nature in the form of hot water springs at Parvati Kund. While the trek takes just 2-3 hours to reach Khirganga, the offerings of nature would require you to have some more time on this trek and admire the spectacle of nature. On leaving the campsite at Rudranath, the flat terrain continues till you reach a temporary bridge built over the Parvati River. Then you enter a dense forest laden with pine trees and from here onwards, the trail begins to gain inclination. On your way, make sure that you hydrate yourself adequately as clear streams of waters make their way past your trail. Once you reach a local dhaba, it would be another 20 minutes or so of fairly inclined climb followed by another 20 minutes of level walk. For here, trail would enter steep, muddy and slippery tracts. After reach at Khirganga, you can take a hot water sauna at the natural springs of Parvati Kund. Overnight stay in Tent at Khir Ganga.
After breakfast starts trek from Rudranath to Khir Ganga. It will take 5-6 hrs. & trek through some of the traditional routes taken by shepherds for grazing their animals. Further, there would be several waterfalls and make-shift bridges along this route to make your journey more absorbing as well as fascinating. With farm animals routinely plying on this route, you would find much of the terrain muddy and hence difficult to tread. Beginning with a steady climb, the trail goes through a series of up and down climbs. On reaching a stream , you will come across a bridge and get to enter a forest after some thirty minutes. Further march through the forest would lead you to a meadow. From here, the trail bends right and following the route, you would find another stream with a makeshift bridge. As you enter another forest, you would find the ascent quite steep and muddy and about 30 minutes later, exit the forests where your trail heads to vast fields. The real climb begins from here as you head towards a hilltop that offers you clear views of Parvati Valley. Some more trekking and you cross the final bridge over a stream to reach Tunda Bhuj. Overnight stay in Tent at Tunda Bhuj.
After breakfast starts trek from Khir Ganga to Thakur Kaun ( 11,600 ft. In 5-6 hrs ). The trail begins with level lands of Tunda Bhuj with the shimmering River Parvati flowing downhill to your left. The first of the two bridges of Day 4 comes shortly after as you trudge for some time. This is a wooden bridge, not quite sturdy, but good enough to take you through to the other side. The rugged terrain of mountains offers bumpy experience for the trekkers as they march ahead. Nevertheless, you’ll always have pleasant sight of the gifts of nature as the beautiful wild flowers would enthral your mind. After crossing the Parvati River via Pulley Bridge, another half an hour of ascent would lead you to flat meadows of Thakur Ganj. Overnight stay in Tent at Thakur Kaun.
After breakfast starts trek from Thakur Kaun to Mantalai via Odi Thach ( 13,000 ft., 9-10 hrs. ). This leg of Pin Parvati trek is perhaps the most challenging one, more so as it takes long time to complete this trek. Starting from Thakur Ganj early in the morning, the trail begins with inclined meadows followed by tracts of sand. Some 45 minutes into the trail and you’ll get to cross the River Parvati through a huge rock. Another such rock - Pandu Pull - will help you cross the river again. Then comes the climbing part as it takes you to Odi Thach. The meadow gives you some mesmerizing views of Mt. Kullu Eiger, several other unnamed peaks and a chain of waterfalls. The final section of Day 5 trek leads you to Mantalai. The journey is filled with murky tracts strewn with boulders. Along the river basin, you’ll be crossing a series of ridges and swamp lands. Mantalai is right behind the last ridge and a mountain crest not quite far from Mantalai would give you brilliant views of Mantalai lake. There is a small temple near the river bank that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. You’ll be walking to the left of this bank to reach your campsite. Overnight stay in Tent at Mantalai.
Today is the day for some rest and acclimatization along the campsite at Lake Mantalai. So ensure that you repose yourself adequately to brace yourself for the future journey. This is more important as the Day 7 trek would take you to a height of about 15,000 ft. With declining oxygen levels and more challenging weather, it is always important to keep altitude sickness at bay. Overnight stay in Tent at Mantalai.
After breakfast starts trek from Mantalai to Parvati Base Camp ( 15,000 ft., 8 kms. ) . It’s a relatively tough venture. So begin with the trek early and at the beginning, it would be level walks as half an hour of trail would introduce you to boulders and moraines. On crossing chilled streams of water, you would find a mountain base from where the journey becomes steeper and snow patches beginning to show up. It takes some five hours to reach the mountain top that gives spectacular vista of the Parvati Valley. En route, you would find exotic plants and flowers like Losar and Brahmakamal. With climb now becoming literally uphill, it becomes all the more important to tread carefully as rocks tend to become flimsy at this height. You will reach your next base camp named after the Parvati River which offers breathtaking panorama of the Pyramid Peak, the Parvati South and the Snow Peak. Overnight stay in Tent at Parvati Base Camp.
Today is perhaps the main feature of this trek as it takes you through the Pin Parvati Pass before the day finally ends at Pin Valley base camp. So you’ll be reaching the apex point of this trek, the eponymous pass sitting at about 18,000 ft. above the sea level. This 12 km-long ascent takes some 5-6 hours and features bumpy terrain and glacial drifts of rocks and clays. You would be trekking to the left of the glacier to reach a plateau that faces a huge rock. Trudging along the path between the plateau and the rock, you’d reach open snow field. From here, it would be a mountain climb and one would have to proceed cautiously as snow crevasses could be found lurking beneath the surface. It would require another two hours of climbing to reach the Pin Parvati Pass. From the pass, you may easily spot the Pin Valley, Srikhand Mahadev and the Kinner Kailash. Similarly, you may also get to see other peaks like Bara Shrigiri, Parbati Goat Head Peak, Fluted Peak Kulu Makalu, etc. After some rest, you would be heading down to the base camp of Pin valley via Spiti Valley. The campsite sits at a little less than 15,800 ft. Overnight stay in Tent at Pin Valley Base Camp.
After breakfast starts trek from Pin Valley Base Camp to Wichkurung Thach (12,600 ft. ). Few minutes into trek and you’ll come across the meeting point of the river Pin with a rivulet. From hence, you would be climbing a glacier and come across a nallah as you descend down from the glacier. It originates from a river which maybe a bit of a challenge to cross and involves climbing another glacier. As you reach Rampur Bhusarh, it takes about an hour more to reach Wichkurung Thatch. The entire spectacle of this area features cattle grazing field, vibrant flowers, animals, etc. Overnight stay in Tent at Wichkurung Thach.
After breakfast trek to Mudh Village. Today involves a descending trail where you would come across rugged terrain filled with pebbles and rocks. The sight of wild yaks and bharals grazing the grasslands would be a great delight. Mudh lies at about five minutes from Wichkurung Thatch and the national park here features animals like Tibetan gazelle, Blue Sheep, Ibex, Tibetan Wolf, Snowy hare etc. The colourful mountain peaks here are basically the reflections of wild flowers. You would find village dwellings at Mudh and Gompa. Overnight stay at Mudh Village in tent.
After breakfast drive to Manali via Kaza. The drive from Kaza to Manali takes about nine hours. This whole journey is a colourful journey en route Spiti Valley. After arrival at Manali check-in at hotel & get fresh. Overnight stay at Manali in a hotel.
Drop to Manali bus stand before bus timing for your onward journey.
By Bus :
Manali is well connected with regular AC / Non AC Government / Private bus service from all the major cities of North India. Delhi & Chandigarh are few of them.
By Train :
Kalka Railway Station is a major railway station located in Kalka, 281 kms. from Manali. There are many long distance trains arrives at Kalka. Jogidernagar also have a railway station which is 163 kms from Manali. Yu can take local train from Pathankot to reach at Jogindernagar.
By Flight :
Flying to Kullu Manali Airport at Bhunter or KUU ( 50 kms. from Manali ) is another option that you can choose. Kullu Manali Airport is well connected with regular direct flight from Delhi.
1. Accommodation : As per the current availability over there we can provide you Dormitory room at Mcleodganj & you will be accommodated in Tents / Trekkers hut during the trek.
2. Meal Plan : Day 1 Lunch to Day 13 Lunch.
3. Transportation : We will provide you : Manali bus stand to Barsheni Village & Mudh Village to Manali bus stand return - Non-Luxury vehicle - seat capacity maximum 8 to 9 seats ( Sumo / Sumo Gold / Spacio / Mahindra Maxx / Similar ).
( Please Note : Vehicle will be taken for all transfers (Point to point drop) & the mentioned sightseeing points including fuel expenses on hire basis ).
4. All Car Permits, Parking, Toll-Taxes, Tips / Bata for the said vehicle & driver.
5. One group leader from our company.
6. Local Guide.
7. Local Porters, Yak / Mule / Horse for ration & equipment carrying only.
8. Cook during trek.
* Any Airfare / Train fare / Bus fare.
* Any extra porter for personal luggage.
* Any services not specifically mentioned in the inclusions.
* Any transportation which is not mentioned in the itinerary.
* Still Camera / Video camera fees at any sightseeing points.
* Any meals / food during transit outside menu or other than those mentioned above.
* Any expenses of personal nature like Room Heater charges / Hot Water Bag charges / Mobile charging fees etc.
* Any kind of Entry Tickets / Fees at sightseeing points/ Monument / Parks / Boating Points / Museum / Zoo / Any Excess Waiting Charges or Parking charges at any Riding point, Example - Ropeway, Boating, Horse Riding points etc.
* Any portage at airport / rail station / hotels / on the way / during trek / or anywhere, all Tips / Bata, Any Insurance / Travel Insurance, Beverages & Soft drinks, Mineral water, Telephone charges etc and all items of personal nature.
* Expenses caused by the factors beyond our control like any rail and flight delays, any roadblocks, any vehicle disturbances/malfunctions, any political disturbances, any Natural Calamities like earthquake, flood, land slide, snow-falls, storm, heavy rain-fall etc.
To prepare for a trek, we need to strengthen our 2 prime M’s – Mind and Muscle, the body. Only then, the spending of the 3rd M – Money; a little or more, can bring to us an intense lifelong experience like trekking.
At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant. The percentage saturation of haemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of oxygen in our haemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.
You can train yourself to run 3 kms in 30 minutes as per the schedule given below. Remember always start your training program with stretching and warm up exercises.
You can follow this stretching before run
After 15 min of stretching you can follow this training schedule for trekking fitness required.
Week 1: Start with 10 minute of brisk walk and then jog for 10 minutes and finally 10minutes of easy walk.
Week 2: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 3: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 4: 5 minutes of brisk walk and jog for 25 min and cool down your body.
MIND, THE MENTAL ENDURANCE :
To build our physical endurance prior to trek, we workout in a gymnasium or outdoors nearby. In both the cases, we actually choose a suitable environment for us to sweat. So, even if you get extremely fit before the trek, you don’t get exposed to the versatile environmental or climatic challenges that nature offers during a trek. All these environmental conditions have a deep impact on our body and mind too. A walk through heavy rains or snowfall, even in a normal gradient, becomes more challenging than the same trail in a pleasant weather. And it happens not only because of rain or snow makes the walk more difficult. Also, you need to adjust, tolerate and fight the adverse nature psychologically in which your body and mind are not habituated. Here, your mind comes into play. This is where the game becomes more mental than physical.
1. Bulid your own motivation system.
2. Use your passion to bring more motivation.
3. Study about your trek route to gain knowledge to plan and prepare yourself appropriately.
4. Think positive & stay focused.
5. Visualization is a common technique for handling stress.
Developing mental strength is not a one day game. Your experiences are the best teacher. You become more confident after every trek. Cherish your journey after completion of the trek. Sense, the achievement. These will build your mind stronger forever, no matter where you want to use it for, a trek or a life.
1. Hire a digital trainer for free. The key is to do it perfect than more in numbers. Use video tutorial, mobile apps, read blogs and use a mirror to make it perfect.
2. Be a regular, rather inconsistent & intense.
3. Drink more water during the exercise routine and more importantly in the time of trekking. Keep dehydration, muscles cramps, and life-threatening hypothermia away.
4. Food is fuel. Maintain a well-balanced diet consist of carbohydrate, fat, and protein during your exercise and trekking days.
5. Sleep well. Finally, the lack of sleep can spoil your whole preparation for a trek.
Below are the list of personal articles which are required for a trek on the Himalayas. This guide helps you to give an idea about the things that you need to bring in as a trek member. Depending upon the number of days of trek, the articles quantity may vary and this list is made considering the trek duration being 5 to 7 days (week long treks).
Always try to avoid unnecessary Cloths, toiletries which are heavy and of little use on mountain. Pack light.
For selection of personal gear/equipment and backpacking please read the articles carefully, before buying an item:
Rucksack/Back Pack : A Must item. Between 40 to 50 Litres. Don’t buy more than 60L unless you are in expeditions. These will be heavier and can cause discomfort if not fully loaded. You can buy it online or offine from trekking gear store. We can help you to find the right one.
Sleeping Bag : You can hire from us or bring your personal one rated for high altitude in case you have. Personal one is always better for hygiene. You can purchase from us. http://www.majestichimalayan.com/final/hire-a-guide
Trekking Shoe / Boot : A must item. A good quality trekking shoe/boot must have the following specs :
i) A sticky rubber sole with lug (indentations for better grip).
ii) Ankle support (Medium or high ankle).
iii) Waterproofing membrane. (A must for high altitude and winter treks).
Mattress (Foam/Rubber) : It is very cheap. You can buy it from Hardware shop or trekking gear shop.
Micro spikes/Anti slip grip & Gaiters : Its necessary only for snow trek, specially in winter time.
Rucksack cover (Waterproof): Advised. MUST for protection from rain/dust/stain etc. (Alternately you can keep your clothing and warm jacket inside polythene pack. Do get the pack(s) back to home and re use/recycle).
Daypack/Knapsack : Optional (Can carry along with you with water bottle, food, camera and wind/water proof etc.) if you want to offload your Rucksack in permissible routes.
T-shirt (Base layer while you are hiking) : A must item and as per need. Take at least one Dry fit/Quick dry type which can ventilate sweat/moisture wicking. These are made of synthetic materials. Cotton T-shirts are NOT advised and avoid especially when you walk.
Warm Jacket (Mid layer clothing for warmth ) : A must item. Warm Fleece Jacket/Synthetic fill (Some refer as Hollow Fill Jacket/Down feather Jacket.
While hiking you will not require this unless you are hiking in cold conditions. Use this when you cool down at campsite. You can but from us - http://www.majestichimalayan.com/final/hire-a-guide
Windproof Jacket/Wind Cheater (Outer layer clothing for protection from wind and rain/snow fall) : A MUST item. A hooded one made of water resistant/repellent material is highly advised.
Use this along with Base layer (t-shirt) while hiking unless it is warm and sunny weather. Wear this always as outer later to protect from wind chill be while hiking or at camp site.
Thermal wear (Base Layer once you reach campsite) : Upper and lower (Woolly cot). Must for winter treks.
Trek pant : A must item. Can be Track pants (avoid cotton), 3 quarter/Cargo or Convertible kind.
One Dry fit/Quick dry track pant is advised. Water repellent/proof quality is a plus.
For altitude above 5000m/16400ft you should use wind proof and water proof trek pants.
Raincoat/Poncho/Waterproof clothing: Waterproofing is MUST during your trek in the Himalayas, be it in summer or winter.
This can be achieved by any of the following:
i) Use your windproof jacket and hiking pant having water repellent/proofing quality.
ii) A Poncho/Raincoat.
Balaclava/Woolen skull cap/Monkey Cap : A Must item for protection from cold. Made of woolen/synthetic warm material.
Sun cap/Wide-brimmed Hat/Bandana : For protection from sun while you hike.
Under garments/Inner wear : As per need.
Hiking Socks : 3/4 pair. Use full length socks (Don’t use tennis socks). 100% Cotton socks are NOT recommended as these absorb sweat and dry slowly. A pair of woolen material is nice to have especially in winter treks.
Woolen gloves : A Must item.
Waterproof gloves : Optional. Useful especially on high altitude treks where snow/ice is encountered.
Camp sandal : Can be a strap on sports sandal or a Hawaiian sleeper.
Walking Sticks/Trekking Poles/Ski Poles : Nice to have, reduces the pressure on knees and gives balance specially while descending. Advised at least one pole for treks involving snow/ice.
Knee cap : Optional. Makes a difference especially if you have knee injuries/problems (Neoprene added variant is better).
Water bottle/Hydration pack : Must. Good quality plastic bottle.
Sunglasses : This is MUST for all the high altitude treks and winter treks. Polarised/Anti-glare is always a better option in snow with UV400 (UV A & B) protection. Trekkers using spectacle can order custom make powered sunglasses.
Torch/Head Lamp with extra batteries : A MUST item. Head torch keeps your hands free.
Accessories/Toiletries : Optional and try to share when you travel in group.
Sunscreen lotion – Optional. At least 30/40 SPF.
Chap Stik/Cold & Moisturising cream – Optional. As per need. Use small tubes/bottles.
Tooth brush and tooth paste – Carry smallest available tube of tooth paste.
Soap/Soap strip – Carry small pocket size soap, or Soap strip.
Hand sanitizer – Optional. Small bottle.
Tissue roll ( Toilet paper) – This is a must item as water may not be available in the vicinity.
Towel – Medium size (light weight).
Anti-Fungal Powder – Optional. This helps to keep the socks and the trek shoe drier and odour free to an extent. Carry smallest container.
Camera with extra cells: Optional. Normally there is no charging point on the Himalayan trek routes, carry spare batteries/power bank.
Dry food items(Kit): Must. Carry some dry fruits, chocolate/energy/protein bars and GluconD/Tang/Getorade.
Personal First-Aid Kit: Optional – Anti septic cream, Betadine/Dettol/Savlon, Band aid, cotton, crepe bandage, safety pin etc.
Medicines Kit: This is a simple guide line and a doctor’s consultation is recommended.)
In case of cancellation of tour/travel services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reason/s we must be informed in writing. Cancellation charges would be effective from the date we receive letter in writing and cancellation charges would be as follows:
Please note – Irrespective of above mentioned cancellations slabs – in case of cancellation of tour services after the booking is made with us – a minimum 10% service charges would be applicable.
In case you cancel the trip after commencement refund would be restricted to a limited amount that too would depend on the amount that we would be able to recover from the hoteliers we patronize. For unused hotel accommodation, chartered transportation and missed meals etc. we do not bear any responsibility to refund.
In regard to refund of unused / unutilized services (which are paid for and cancelled in advance) the refund amount would be worked out on the basis of cancellation policy as described above and the money would be accordingly refunded to the person who has made the payment to us. Please note that the refund process may take 2 – 4 weeks due to banking procedures. If the refund is made to the credit card account OR to Bank account, the bank charges would be debited from the refund amount.