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Pin Parvati Pass Trek, Himachal Pradesh

Pin Valley, also known as the Snow Leopard and Ibex country, is an exhilarating challenge for all the experienced and seasoned trek enthusiasts. Wrapped in the lush green forests in the mighty valley, Pin Parvati is a spellbinding trail. Luscious green valleys, stunning waterfalls and exquisite scenery are some of the key factors to convince yourself to undertake a trekking trip to the Pin Parvati Pass.

The Pin Parvati Pass was discovered by Sir Louis Dane in August, 1884. It is a mountain pass in Himachal Pradesh, India.Relish the adventure by indulging yourself in one of the most high-altitude treks. Satiate the thrill seeker in you by facing difficult trails on your way the entire trek.

Important Information on Pin Parvati Pass Trek

Difficulty Level

Located at an elevation of 17,457 feet, the Pin Parvati Pass has been graded difficult by the trekking experts. Hence it is essential that you must have experience of at least one trek with a minimum altitude of 5000 feet. The Pin Parvati Pass is a befitting trek for seasoned trekkers since it is known to be a very tricky pass. The entire place is covered in snow the whole year, and uncertain rainfall contributes in increasing the risk factor of the place as the climb becomes slippery.

Altitude to Cover

  • Kaza – 12,467 feet
  • Tiya – 12,795 feet
  • Shia – 12,795 to 14,763 feet
  • Pin Base – 14,763 to 15,780 feet
  • Mantalai via Pin Parvati Pass – 15,780 to 17,457 feet and descend to 13,440 feet

Weather Conditions

The Pin Parvati provides the most spectacular of the traverses, from the verdant meadows of the Parvati Valley to the Buddhist villages in the Trans-Himalayan region of Spiti. The early months of the year are marked by snowfalls whereas, during the monsoon season the area remains affected with rain. The best time to visit Pin Parvati is suggestively in the month of September and October

Trek companies

The Pin Parvati Pass Trek is generally of 10-12 days. There are several trekking sites that arrange a trekking trip to The Pin Parvati Pass. Some of them are listed below: -

  • Trek The Himalayas – INR 45,000 *per person (www.trekthehimalayas.com)
  • Thrillophilia – INR 32,450 *per person (www.thrillophilia.com)
  • Himalaya trekker – INR 37,500 *per person (www.himalayatrekker.com)
  • Trek Munk – INR 38,500 *per person (www.trekmunk.com)
  • BanBanjara – INR 29,999 *per person (www.banbanjara.com)
Things to Keep
  • Trekking shoes
  • Backpack
  • Poncho
  • Three to four layers of warm clothes
  • LED Torch
  • Sunglasses, Synthetic hand gloves, sun cap
  • Balaclava
  • Socks
  • Headlamps
  • Trekking pole
  • Toiletries – Sunscreen, moisturizer, lip balm or Vaseline, towel, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer.
  • Cutlery
  • Water Bottles
  • Plastic covers
  • Medical Kit (must haves) – Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS), Dexamethasone – one strip, Nifedipine – 5 tablets, Crocin – 6 tablets (fever), Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness), Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies), Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer), Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea), Digene – 10 tablets (acidity), Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids), Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters, Gauze – 1 small roll, Band aid – 10 strips, Cotton – 1 small roll, ORS – 10 packets, Betadine or any antiseptic cream, Moov spray (aches, & sprains), Knee cap, if you are prone to knee injury, Anti-fungal powder.

The Pin Parvati Pass Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Day 1 of the trek commences with a 12 hours long drive to Kaza, which is the base camp of the trek. The altitude of which is 12,467 feet.
  • Day 2 – Acclimatization Day at Kaza, since the trek takes the trekkers through some of the soaring peaks.
  • Day 3 – The day begins with a 2 hours’ drive from Kaza to Mudh village, which is at a lower altitude.Upon reaching Mudh, it is a 3 hours’ trek to Tiya, which is at an altitude of 12,795 feet and it usually takes 2-3 hours for trekkers to reach there.
  • Day 4 – A long trek of5-6 hours from Tiya to Shia, being at an altitude of 12,795 feet – 14,763 feet, the trek spot provides with a beautiful view of the Spiti Valley. Shia is a shepherd’s campsite therefore it is difficult to find a place to set up a camp there. Also, a precautionary note would be to be careful here, since it is a landslide prone area.
  • Day 5 – The day commences with moving to the Pin Base from Shia. The altitude of the Pin Base is 14,763 feet to 15,780 feet. The Pin Base is a steep ascent of 17,00 feet; however, it renders a beautiful scenery on the upward climb and is sure to leave you breathless.
  • Day 6 – The moment for which you have been eagerly waiting finally comes to an end. You get to experience the best of both world with the majestic views of Pin Valley and Parvati Valley on either side.
  • Day 7 – Rest Day at Mantalai Lake.
  • Day 8 – Having re-energized at the Mantalai Lake, the trek continues to the Odi Thach Campsite. The day is marked by a beautiful and scenic 9 km downhill hike to the famous meadows of Odi Thach.
  • DAY 9 - An 8 hours trek from Odi Thach to Tunda Bhuj.
  • DAY 10 - A stretchy descent from the Tunda Bhuj to Kheerganga. The trail will take you through various pastures lands inside silver birch trees. A frothy cascade of water filling into the plunge pool is a sight to behold on your way.
  • DAY 11 - The day marks the depart from Kheerganga to Barshaini. It is a 7 km downhill from Kheerganga. Once reached, it will take around 3 hours to reach to Kullu.
  • DAY 12 - The last day of the trek is a buffer day.

Best Time to do Pin Parvati Pass Trek

The best time of the year to undertake a trek in Pin Parvati Pass is between June to September.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

What is the best time for Pin Parvati Pass?

The best time to undertake a trek in Pin Parvati Pass is from July to September.

What is the distance of the Pin Parvati Pass?

The Pin Parvati Pass is of 110 km. The maximum altitude of it is 17,500 feet.

How difficult is Pin Parvati Pass trek?

The Pin Parvati Pass is rated to be

What will the temperature likely be in Pin Parvati Pass?

The temperature oscillates throughout the day. During the day the temperature is likely to be anywhere near 16-20 degree Celsius. The nights get pretty cold, especially on higher campsites. The temperature is likely to be around 0-4 degree Celsius.

Q5. What is the best time for Roopkund Trek?

The months of May and June and then the months of September and October are the best months to do Roopkud trek as the weather is moderate and the bugyals are in their full glory and lush green.

Q6. In which lake are human skeletons found?

Roopkund Lake in Uttarakhand is the lake where human and animal skeletons from 500-600 years ago are found.

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