Parvati to Pin Valley

Trekking in Himachal

Duration: 19 days (10 days trek)
Season: July to Sep.
Activity: Trekking
Region: Kullu and Spiti
Grade:

Highlights

Verdant Kullu valley and Hindu culture
Pilgrimage site of Manikaran
Dense forest and gorgeous parvati valley,
Extensive view of mountains from the pin pass
Budhist monasteries and rich culture of spiti
Arid landscape and scattered villages
Herds of Yaks on higher pasture land.
Less frequented trek,

Off the Beaten Track (***)

This is one of the less frequented and adventurous trek of western Himalaya. Treks start from lush green Parvati valley, traversing some of typical remote villages, dense forest of huge cedar and spruce, deep gorges carved by torrent flow of parvati river, meadows of wild flowers and glacier of pin pass that provide the stunning view of surrounding himalayan peaks , Descend to arid Spiti valley, we may encounter herds of yaks and sheep , while passing through typical Tibetan style villages will be an opportunity to interact with inhabitant to get the insight of their life, Spiti valley is dotted by scattered villages and Budhist monasteries, its arid landscape is breathtaking and people have kept the century old rich Tibetan culture and tradition. We will drive back to Manali, traversing entire region of northern Spiti and its high mountainous terrain is an incredible beauty of nature .

Overview

DAY 1:- Arrival at Delhi
DAY 2:- Delhi to Manali (2000 m) 570 kms 16 hours
DAY 3: -Manali
DAY 4:- Manali to Manikaran (1800 m) & Pulga via Nagar 4 hrs drive
DAY 5:- Pulga to Kheer Ganga (2707 m) 5hours. Trek1
DAY 6:- Kheerganga to Tundabhuj (3500 m.) 6.00 hours. Trek2
DAY 7:- Tundabhuj to Thakurkuan (3900 m) 7 hours; Trek3
DAY 8:- Thakurkuan to Mantalai (4100 m) 5 to 6 hours. Trek4
DAY 9:- Mantalai to Base camp (4700 m.) 7 hours. Trek5
DAY 10:- Base to Base over Pin Parvati pass (5219 m.). 8 hours. Trek6
DAY 11:- Base to Wichkurung thatch (3900 m) 6 hours. Trek7
DAY 12:- Wichkurung thatch to Mud (3600 m) 6 to 7 hours. Trek8
DAY 13:- Mud to Guling, Tabo, Dhankar Lalung Schiing (3000 m)
DAY 14:- Drive to Kye and Kibber (4200m) back to Kaza
DAY 15:- Kaza to Manali 190 kms 08 hours
DAY 16:- Manali to Delhi 16 hours, 570 kms
DAY 17: -Arrive Delhi

Full Itinerary

DAY 01:
Arrival Delhi, Reception in air port, transfer to the hotel, O/N in hotel.

DAY 02: Delhi to Manali (2000 m) 570 kms.
16 hours, by night tourist bus.
Full day sight seen in Delhi, evening transfer to bus station, night incomfortable bus.

DAY 03: Manali:
Morning reached Manali, check in hotel, Visit old Manali, Hadimba temple, Shiva temple and monastery in town are main attraction, afternoon free in town, Night in hotel.

DAY 04: Manali to Manikaran (1800 m.) via Nagar, 90 kms.
Visit Nagar castle, temple of Tripura sundri and the art gallery of the famous Russian painter Roerich.. Manikaran is famous for its hot spring, as well for the pilgrimage for both Hindu and Sikh community. O/N in hotel.

DAY 05: Manikaran to Pulga (2400 m) 6 to hours Trek
First day of trek starts by road, Begin trek from lower altitude is advised to get acclimatize, Walk through thick pine forest and passing by villages. A steep climb of some three hundred meters, get you to the beautiful village of Pulga. Camp is set nearby the forest rest house, there is time to wonder around the village.

DAY 06: Pulga to Kheer Ganga (2900 m) 7 hours Trek
Today start early, as it is a long gradual walk, the last stretch which involves a long ascent through a pine forest, and gorgeous water fall; camp site is near the village. You can have a dip in hot sulfur water nearby the camp.

DAY 07: Kheerganga to Tundabhuj (3500 m) 6.30 hours Trek
There are two trails from there, the trekkers use the lower one, which goes through the fields of wild flowers. The campsite is the most picturesque, with five lovely waterfalls, beautiful gorges on one side, huge cliffs and the stream on other side.

DAY 08: Tundabhuj to Thakurkuan (3900 m) 7 hours Trek
The trail is difficult at two points, and through a profusion of wild flowers, iris, buttercups, poppies, phulumises and other several varieties. As you gain altitude, the scenery gets prettier. After the initial ascend cross the Pandu bridge, which consists of two huge rocks over the river. Many shepherds with their flocks are encountered on the route. By evening reached at the campsite.

DAY 09: Thakurkuan to Mantalai ( 4100 m)5 to 6 hours Trek
Continue walking gradually upstream on the left bank of Parvati river. Mantalai is a big meadow with a lake and glacier, which is the source of the Parvati river . Just about one hour before Mantalai, the walk is fairly difficult over boulders and glacier.

DAY 10: Mantalai to Base camp (4700 m) 7 hours Trek
After leaving the beautiful campsite, cross two streams. After a one-hour walk on boulders and glacier, start climb towards the left in to a steep side valley. This is a very long, steep ascend of around 1600 feet, taking. The walk to the campsite is gradual, and is set in the open valley surrounded by massive of glaciers.

DAY 11: Base to Base (4750 m) over Pin Parvati pass (5219 m) 8 hours Trek
Its long day so early start is advised, the gradual walk is initially mostly on the boulders then on glacier to the top of the pass. After crossing the pass entered in Spiti valley, the trail descends over the snow and ice field, covered crevasses (hidden crevasses) and then again loose rocks and boulders. There is no trail visible, you have to be very careful. campsite situated in the center ofnbsp; three valleys.

DAY 12: Base to Wichkurung thatch (3900 m) 6 hours Trek
Again the trail is not well defined, but you should keep on the left bank of the Pin river. Shepherds from Kinnaur and Rampur can be seen with their flocks. Beautiful view of mountain from the camp.

DAY 13: Wichkurung Thatch to Mud (3600 m) 6 to 7 hour Treks
The Pin valley is at its best. The trail gets better though you have to cross streams; so keep your sneakers in your day pack. Edelweiss, and other flowers can be seen in plenty. Changing color of the mountain is unique and in the evening sunlight makes the surrounding even more beautiful. Reached the small picturesque village of Mud, stroll around the little village, and gompa is set on a small hill.

DAY 14: Mud to Guling, or Schiing< (3000 m.) 4 hours Trek
This is also a pleasant walk, gradual at the beginning and then a small ascend for about an hour to the village of Sagnam. and later reached at Guling, end of the trek, vehicle will pick you for further visit in Spiti. Visit monastery of Kungri which is the main centre of the Nyingmapa sect in Spiti campsite at Guling or if time permit further drive to Schiling.

DAY15: Drive to Tabo (3550 m) and Dhankar
The Tabo gompa founded in 996 A.D has exquisite frescoes and stuco statues and is often called the Ajanta of the Himalayas. Dhankar the ancient capital of Spiti king , the most incredibly situated gompa perched high on the barren rocky mountain slopes. Later continue to Kaza. It is Spiti divisional headquarter. O/N in the camp.

DAY 16: Drive to Kye and Kibber, (4200mtrs) back to Kaza.
Leave to visit the famous Kye gompa perched high on a pyramid like mountain, belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.Kibber one of the highest permanant inhabited village located in a semi bowl-shaped. A small gompa is worth to visit, later return to the camp near Kaza.

DAY 17: Kaza to Manali, 190 kms
Drive through several villages of Spiti over Kunzum pass, (4700m.) having view of magnificent Himalayan Peaks, drive through Chandra valley, uphill drive to Rohtang pass (3950mtrs) the gate way of Lahooul-Spiti and Kullu Descend to Manali, O/N in hotel.

DAY 18: Manali to Delhi: 16 hours, 570 kms.
Free Morning, afternoon ransfer to bus station, by evening bus to Delhi, night in bus.

DAY19: Arrive Delhi,
Transfer to hotel, day at leisure, O/N in hotel.

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