Pin Parvati pass was discovered in 1884 when Sir Louis Dane set out to find an alternate route to reach Spiti Valley. This pass connects Parvati Valley to Spiti Valley. At a maximum height of 5319 metres, this trek is considered to be one of the most difficult treks in India.
This is a risky trek because it is set at a high altitude and experiences heavy snowfall all through the year. It requires outstanding trekking techniques and is generally undertaken by expert trekkers. That aside, this is one of the most stunning treks one can experience in their life time. Glaciers, greenery, alpine trees, wild flowers and lakes take turns to bless your eyes with everything nature has to offer.
1. How To Get There:
By Road: Kullu is connected well by roads. There are many private buses that ply in from Delhi. It is approximately 500 km from Delhi. You can also use your car to travel to Kullu.
By Train: Jogindar Nagar Railway Station is the closest railway station to Kullu. However, this is located at a distance of 166 km from Manali. One would still have to use the road to get to Kullu.
By Air: There are two flights a day flying into Bhuntar (Kullu) Airport from Delhi. Cabs are available to travel to Kullu from here.
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2. Best Time To Undertake The Trek
July to September is the ideal time to undertake this trek. It snows and rains all through the year, but it is during July to September that the snowfall is lesser and this helps to conquer the trek better.
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3. Things To Carry
Rain poncho, walking stick, head torch, water bottle, energy bars, fleece jacket, trekking shoes, woollen clothes, waterproof gloves, sunglasses, sun cap, medical kit and boots are some of the must-carry essentials for the trek.
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4. The Trail:
This is a 9-day trekking trip that will leave you exhausted to the bone, but also wanting more. The starting point is Barasheni village in Kullu.
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5. Day 1:
The trek starts from driving to the Barasheni village from Kullu. After arriving at the Barasheni village, start the trek to Rudranath via Kalga village. This leg of the trek involves walking through the meadows and grasslands. Take it easy, as this stretch is all about acclimatising oneself to the altitude and conditions.
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6. Day 2:
The trail in this leg of the journey wanders through tall pine forests to reach Khirganga. A spectacular waterfall awaits to greet its visitors at Khirganga. Khirganga is a beauteous meadow on a slope. This is also a fairly easy stretch.
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7. Day 3:
After walking through the meadows, tiny streams and a make-shift bridge, you will arrive at the thunderous Parvati river. This river is a home to many species of birds. The trek finally starts to take height. And after trekking for 5 hours, you will reach Tunda Bhuj, situated at a height of 10500 feet above sea level. This will be your campsite for the night. Views of the Parvati Valley from here are something you will want to see as your last sight on this earth. It is nothing short of utter gorgeousness.
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8. Day 4:
After crossing colourful, flowering meadows, the trail takes you to uneven meadows which are a tad-bit rocky. Once you reach Pandu Bridge, which is a bridge built from rocks and continue the hike towards River Parvati, it only gets better and better. You will reach Thakur Kuan at 11,000 feet high above the sea level, after walking for 6 hours.
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9. Day 5:
On this day, you will trek from Thakur Kuan to Mantalai (13400 feet high). It is a captivating place, not only for its beauty but also for its semi-precious gems and Quartz. However, be advised that picking up these stones is banned.
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10. Day 6:
This day necessitates walking from Mantalai to Pin Parvati base camp (at a height of 17,500 feet), which is nestled among panoramic views and lush greenery. This is a 6-hour intense trek that definitely requires some acclimatisation to the height. Views of glaciers keep you company, until the moon and the stars take over the duty for the night.
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11. Day 7:
Start the day appreciating views of the Pin Parvati Valley. Walk through the meadows and flowers to reach a small village of Gompa. Descending down, you will reach Wichkurung Thatch (at 12,600 feet above sea level), crossing through Rampur pass and after passing through rocky terrains and dense forests. This is a grassland for cattle grazing.
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12. Day 8:
On day 8, you will trek from Wichkurung Thatch to a quaint place called Mudh Village. This trek is through the Spiti Valley. The magical views accompanying it are an added bonus to completing the trek. After reaching Kaza Village, technically the trek ends. You can later drive to Kaza from Mudh village.
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13. Day 9:
Drive to Manali from Kaza. This will be a drive in high altitudes, which will leave you wondering how some of these places even have roads in the first place. You will be enthralled with the views of flowering meadows, picturesque peaks and mountains dressed in snow.
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