- Duration 7 Days
- Altitute 4850m
- Stay Rooms/Tents
- Difficulty Mod + Vig
PIN BHABA PASS TREK
This is one trek which is liked by most, including our trekking team. There arent many trek of Moderate+ difficulty level where you get so much of variety and excitement. The landscape you start from and the one you finish in have nothing in common other than the fact that both are mesmerising. The contrast is very refreshing indeed. You add to this the excitement of crossing a high Himalayan pass (4850m), which can be testing on certain days of the season, and you have a complete winner. Another stand out feature would be the high culture element in this trek. One gets to experience the Kinnaur and Spiti culture at very close quarters, with both being distinct and welcoming.
The trek starts from Kinnaur, which is picture perfect with lush green landscapes, inviting meadows, gushing streams and beautiful valleys. This region is as famous for its beauty as it is for its apples. After a couple of days we get to the top of Bhabha pass at 4850m (with some difficulty!!) and will be rewarded by expansive views of the surrounding valleys. The thrill of reaching such a height is immense and something you will surely carry back. From here we descend and walk through some hidden jewels in the Spiti valley. Spiti valley is in every sense as beautiful, if not more, than its famous neighbour, Ladakh. Only, it is still untouched by the impact of tourism and not too many people are aware of its surreal existence. The landscape of this valley is stark and spectacular and challenges ones idea of beauty at all stages. This valley is open only for a few months every year as the high passes leading to it get blocked by snowfall. The trail ends at a small and quaint village called Mudh in the famous Pin valley. From here we will drive to Manali.
Day 01: Shimla - Kafnu (Drive / 7 - 8 Hrs)
Day 02: Kafnu - Mulling (3100m) (Trek / 6 Hrs)
Day 03: Mulling (3100m) - Kara (3550m) (Trek / 3 - 4 Hrs)
Day 04: Kara (3550m) - Phustirang (4000m) (Trek / 3 - 4 Hrs)
Day 05: Phustirang (4000m) - Bhabha Pass (4850m) - Baldar (3900m) (Trek / 7 - 8 Hrs)
Day 06: Baldar (3900m) - Mudh (3740m) (Trek / 5 - 6 Hrs)
Day 07: Mudh - Manali (2000m)( Drive / 9 Hrs)
In the morning, we will meet at a pre decided location in Shimla and board our vehicle for Kafnu. Though Kafnu is a remote village in the Kinnaur district, it is well connected by road, mainly due to the hydro electric project on the Bhabha River, which flows right past the village. There are dense coniferous forests all around, adding to the beauty of this wonderful place. The drive today will take around 7 to 8 hrs crossing Narkanda and Rampur en route. Check into your guesthouse and rest as much as you can to prepare for the trek next morning.
This is perhaps the best day in terms of beauty throughout your trek. Your trek starts from Kafnu and initially involves walking on a motorable road. Look out for the Bhaba Hydro Project (India’s first underground dam) here. Keep walking and cross some beautiful apple orchards until you reach a trail that goes uphill. The trail enters a dense forest and you will see a mix of oak, silver birch and pine trees, creating an awe inspiring trail. You will cross a small tributary of the Bhabha River before reaching your campsite for the night at Mulling.
The day is an easy one in terms of trekking, with a gradual ascent covering a distance of around 06 kms. Be prepared to cross some rivers by natural bridges or wading until you reach a beautiful meadow with carpets of alpine flowers. A treat for the eye is when you come across some gaddi shepherds in their traditional dress i.e. knee length hand woven woolen cloaks tied at the waist along with their flocks. Your campsite today is situated in the beautiful meadow of Kara which has a beautiful stream as well as a lake in the vicinity and some beautiful unnamed peaks in the backdrop. Overnight in camps.
There is a range of river streams as well as glacier crossing on the trail today. The trail is majorly a climb today, with a terrain of loose stones and mud. The trek would require a bit more effort due to this terrain. It’s a relief when the meadows and open valleys come into sight. Phustirang is the base camp for the Bhaba pass and offers a vantage point for the same. The campsite is setup next to a tributary of the Bhabha River. Overnight in tents.
Today is perhaps the most challenging day of your trek as you will be crossing the Bhabha Pass and entering the Pin Valley. This crossover trek takes you by surprise as you reach the highest point of the pass and see the stark difference between the two valleys. The lush green meadows of the Bhabha valley give way to the desert mountain of Pin valley and you know that you have arrived in Spiti side of the Himalayas. After rest, start descending to the Pin Valley, which offers some extremely different trans Himalayan landscape views. Our campsite today is Baldar. Overnight in tents.
The trek from Baldar to Mudh has a low gradient and is not strenous. You will witness some breathtaking landscape as you watch the Pin River flowing by. There are miles and miles of open space and giant purple mountains around, creating picture unlike any other. Mudh is a small village set amidst the giant mountains. We will be spending the night at Mudh in Homestay or camps.
Today, we will start early in the morning as the drive for the day is long. The drive from Mudh to Manali takes around 09 hours. TRIP ENDS HERE.
Good Quality Of Camping Arrangements
- Good quality of alpine tents
- Fresh and clean Sleeping bags of very good quality
- Comfortable camping mattresses
- Mess Tent
- There will be 2 toilet tents [separate for gents and ladies] having portable toilet seats
- First Aid / Medical kit
- Day 1: Dinner
- Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 6: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 7: Breakfast
- Professional guide(s) to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.
- Porter / Mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations
- Forest entry charges, permits & Camping fee
- Basic first aid for the group
- Transport of any nature (to include transport click on the transport box above)
- Accommodation in any other location not mention above
- Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag
- Any meals/services not mentioned above
- Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
- Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
- Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
Rs. 16,500Departure Dates
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