Pin Bhaba Pass Trek
Himachal Pradesh | 8D/7N | 16,105 Ft.
July to September
(Kafnu to Mudh)
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
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- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Difficult
- Group Size Medium Group
Of all the treks in Himachal Pradesh, the stunning Pin Bhaba Pass trek is unlike any other. The trek surprises you with a stunning variety of landscapes that change every day. The starting point of the trek looks nothing like the endpoint, besides the fact that both views leave you stunned. It is a literally breathtaking journey from the valleys and meadows of Kinnaur to the sublime beauty of Pin Valley in Spiti. The base point of Mudh is amongst the most secluded, unexplored nooks of Spiti, the likes of which even the landscape of Ladakh struggles to beat. The challenging level, bone-chilling weather, and a dizzying height of 16,000 ft. coalesce into one single trek, flanked by the lush valleys of Kinnaur and Spiti.
Max. Altitude: 16,105 ft.
- Pin Bhaba is a great and a more beautiful alternative to the more treacherous sister trek of Pin Parvati Pass.
- A medley of stunning new landscapes greets you every single day.
- Bask in the serenity of the river delta of Phutsirang, which makes for an unbeatable campsite. Coming across river deltas is very rare in Himalayan treks.
- Crossing a mountain pass perched at 16,100 ft. is something a few treks bring you. The Pin Bhaba Pass crossing brings you beautifully closed to the encircling peaks.
- All accommodation during the trek on sharing basis in tents/homestays
- All meals during the trek – Vegetarian
- Tents, Sleeping bags and all other Camping Gear (Dining Tent, Tiolet Tent etc)
- Safety Equipment (Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinders, Oximeter etc.)
- Services of our expert Trek Leader
- Services of an Expert Trekking Team (Guides, Cooks, Helpers, Porters/Mules)
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping Charges (For Indians Only)
- A Life Changing Experience
- GST and Other Taxes (As applicable, Subjected to change according to Govt. Rules)
- Food in Shimla or Manali
- Stay in Manali
- Meals during Transit
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping charges for Foreigner’s (If extra compared for Indian Citizens)
- Backpack Offloading Charges (Portage of Personal Bags)
- Personal Trekking Gear
- Travel Expenses to Kafnu from home city
- Transportation from Mudh to Manali
- Tips for local team
- Expenses of personal nature like Laundry, Phone Calls, Alcohol, Cigarettes, Camera Fee, Bottled Water etc
- Any Requirement for Single Room/Single Tent Accommodation
- Travel Insurance and other Emergency Expenses
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control
- Anything which is not mentioned in Inclusions
Day 1 Arrive at Kafnu (7,465) from Shimla (7,878 m)
The drive from Shimla to Kafnu is long but scenic. You also get the first glimpse of the mesmerizing Bhaba river.
Kafnu is a rustic little village shaded in the folds of Kinnaur. Rest and rejuvenate at Kafnu for the trek starting the next day.
Distance: 205 km
Time: 6 – 7 hours’ drive
Day 2 Trek from Kafnu to Mulling (10,637 m)
The first day of the trek is quite challenging and takes you through dense coniferous forests, the likes of which no other treks can beat. The altitude gain is quite considerable, which only adds to the thrill. A few minutes into the trek, ‘Bhaba Hydro Project’, India’s first underground dam comes into view, though it should be noted that photography is prohibited there. A little further up the trail, crossing a bridge will bring you to the left bank of the river Bhaba. Stick to the narrow trail that goes up from the river bank. About 4 km into the trail, you will find yourself amidst a beautiful, dense forest that looks like something right off a fantasy novel! Crossing another bridge over the roaring Bhaba river will open up to a gradual ascent to Mulling. Overnight stay at Mulling in tents.
Distance: 11.3 km
Trekking time: 8-9 hours
Day 3 Trek from Mulling to Karah (11,653 ft.)
We begin the trek with a gradual ascent over a rugged trail, which paves way for a stunning meadow and waterfall. The trail ascents again, a part of which soon introduces you to a mystical subterranean river, where the gushing sound is prominent, although no river can be seen. Soon, we cross a serene meadow to arrive at the campsite sitting by a stream. Overnight stay at Karah in tents.
Distance: 6.1 km
Trekking time: 5 hours
Day 4 Trek from Karah to Phutsirang (13,474 ft.)
Thought it is the shortest day of the trek, it involves a steep ascent. We cross a tributary of the mesmerizing Bhaba river that flows in from Phutsirang. Post crossing the river, resume the steep ascent. The trial is laden with loose rocks, and caution is strongly advised. The day revolves majorly around crossing icy streams, which requires you to pace yourself comfortably. Once you reach the campsite of lower Phutsirang, continue ascending 700 meters further till you find yourself at Phutsirang, which opens up a window to beautiful surrounding passes- Tari Khango, Nimish Khango, and Pin Bhaba Pass!
Distance: 4.91 km
Time: 4 hours
Day 5 Rest and acclimatisation day at Phutsirang
Gear up for the Pass day tomorrow.
Day 6 Trek from Phutsirang to Mangrungse(13,674 ft.) via Pin Bhaba Pass(16,105 ft.)
The most crucial day of the entire trek, hence the most difficult. Tread through steep inclines and make way across the high passes that bridge the Bhaba and Pin valleys.
Though the day is quite taxing, it brings great excitement as you ascend the high mountain pass. It is just as exciting as a summit attempt, if not more. From the highest point of the valley (saddle point), the landscape changes from the verdant grasslands to the nearly barren valleys of Pin. You also get a glimpse of the gushing Pin river from here. The descent takes a notorious turn as the route is covered in moraine and scree. Tread slowly. A few hours later, you attempt to cross the bone-chilling waters of the Pin river, post which the trail descends to the campsite of Mangrungse, sitting by a trickling stream. Drink in the enchanting vistas of the vibrant mountains of Spiti, while enjoying the haunting lullaby the roaring Pin river sings.
Distance: 10.9 km
Time: 9 hours
Day 7 Trek from Mangrungse to Mudh (12,283 ft.)
The last day of the trek, involving a long trek to Mudh. We start early in the morning, and make our way to the Bara Boulder campsite, from where the trail descends gradually. The water available here isn’t very clean, so it’ wise to refill your bottles right at Mangrungse. Cross the tributary of Pin river that sits quite close to the Bara Boulder. Crossing the stream brings you to a flat land, which offers a sneak peek into the rustic village of Mudh. Finally, a short climb after crossing the suspension bridge over the Pin river will land you at the village.
Distance: 16.29 km
Time: 7 hours
Day 8 Drive from Mudh to Manali
You can expect to reach Manali at around 08:00 PM. This marks the end of your trek.
Distance: 201 km
The July to September window is ideal for the trek. In july, brace yourself for a good amount of snow, adding to the challenging factor. The months of August and September see less levels of snow.
Fly to Jubbarhatti Airport in Shimla, sitting about 25 km away from the main city. There are frequent flights from Delhi and Kullu.
Several buses including those of HRTC ply from Delhi and Chandigarh to Shimla daily. Board a bus either from Delhi, Manali, or Chandigarh to reach Shimla.
The nearest railhead to Shimla is connected to Kalka by narrow tracks. Board a train from Delhi or Chandigarh to Kalka, from where a 7 hours’ toy train ride will bring you to Shimla.
Rucksack, high ankle trekking shoes, one fleece jacket, one down feather / hollofil jacket, 3 pairs of quick dry T-shirts and trek pants, 5-6 pairs of socks, balaclava, a daypack, sunscreen SPF 50+, scarf, towel, lip balm, headlamp / torch, 2 water bottles of 1 litre, and personal medicines.
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The challenging level of the trek combined with extremely high altitude demands rigorous physical fitness, endurance and stamina, along with proper acclimatization. Only well experienced trekkers who have scaled heights of at least 3,500 to 4,000 meters should undertake the trek.