Pin Parvati Trek - A Beautiful Trek in Kullu Valley, India

Pin Parvati Trek is a beautiful and natural himalayan trek in Himachal Pradesh which is snow-covered for most of the year due to its high altitude. This trek connects the Parvati Valley of Kullu and the Pin Valley of Spiti, due to which this trek is called the Pin Parvati Valley Trek. This trek goes through Kullu to Lahaul and Spiti and is considered one of the most difficult treks in Himachal Pradesh.

Due to snowfall at this place throughout the year, it is also difficult to go on this trek. The weather here changes every moment due to which the trek is risky and the danger is high, due to which the trekkers have to move forward on this trek in a slow pace.

Pin Parvati trek is famous all over India as well as the world, where trekkers fond of staying in peace for a few days and enjoy adventure activities, come in thousands every year and enjoy adventure activities amidst natural beauty. Away from the hustle and bustle of cities, trekkers experience peace.

The credit for discovering this trek first goes to Sir Louis Dane, an Englishman who first discovered this trek in 1884. He had gone in search of some other alternative route to go to the Spiti valley when he came to know the place on the way.

Pin Parvati trek has a maximum height of 5,319 meters or 17,457 feet and the total distance is around 110 km which takes about 10 to 12 days to come and go. There are many beautiful tourist and religious places on this trek, with beautiful tourist and religious places like Manali, Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara, Tunda Bhuj, Thakur Kuan, Bersheni, Audi Thach, and Manatlai.

Other beautiful places like Keylong, Koksar, Rohtang Pass, Kaja, Kheer Ganga are also visible. Here in Parvati Kund near Kheer Ganga, you also get to see a pool of hot water, where after bathing you can erase all the tiredness of your path. All this can be a memorable and never forgetting experience of your life.

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1. Pin Parvati Trek difficulty

Pin Parvati Pass trek is one of the most difficult treks of the Himalayan mountain ranges of Himachal Pradesh due to which trekkers need to be mentally and physically stronger to go on this trek. This trek passes through huge mountains, big stone boulders, rivers, alpine forests, glaciers, rugged natural rocks, and wild animals, due to which it is difficult for ordinary trekkers to go on this trek.

For this reason, trekkers are advised to go on 1 or 2 treks along with adequate training before going on the trek so that the trekkers do not face any difficulty in going on this trek and can easily complete these treks.

Those who go on the trek should also not have diseases like high blood pressure, heart problem, Asthma. If any of these diseases are there then trekkers should not go on this trek. After a sufficient amount of training to get to the trek, a trained guide is also needed to take you along, who can help you get through difficult situations while also showing you the right path.

2. Pin Parvati Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Manali to Barsheni and Barsheni to Kalga

Day 2: Kalga to Kheerganga

Day 3: Kundanga to Tunda Bhuj

Day 4: Tunda Bhuj to Thakur Kuan

Day 5: Thakur Kuan to Odi Thach

Day 6: Odi Thach to Mantalai Lake

Day 7: From Lake Manatlai to Summit Camp

Day 8: Pin Base / Bedu Thach from Summit Camp

Day 9: Tia to Pin Base

Day 10: Kaza via Tia to Mud Drive

Day 11: Kaza to Manali

3. How to reach Pin Parvati Pass

Day 1 - The first day of your trek starts in Manali. The trek starts from Barsheni village in Manali. Barsheni village is surrounded by grassland and beautiful cedar trees, which gives you a feeling of pleasure. From here one has to trek to the village of Kalga, which is about half an hour from Barsheni.

There is a guest house for trekkers in Kalga where you can arrange night rest and food etc. Stopping here, you can visit the Manikaran Gurudwara and the hot water tank there and take a bath in the hot water tank and remove the fatigue of your path.

Day 2 - Your second day starts from the village of Kalga to Kheerganga, which is about 10 km and takes 6 to 7 hours to go. On the way here, you can see a huge forest of cedar trees, horse chestnut, and walnut trees, and the Parvati river. You have to go along the Parvati river.

The start of your second day starts from the village of Kalga, from here you have to go to Kheerganga, which is about 10 km of trek, which takes you 6 to 7 hours to go. On the way here, you see a huge forest of cedar trees, horse chestnut, and walnut trees, and the Parvati river is also seen. You have to go on trek along the Parvati river.

Day 3 - The beginning of your third day starts from Kheer Ganga and goes to Tunda Bhuj. Tunda Bhuj is situated at an altitude of 10,935 feet above sea level, which is about 12 km from Kheer Ganga and it takes you 6 to 7 hours to reach there. The trek from Kheerganga to Tunda Bhuj is considered relatively easy. On this route, you will get to see many waterfalls, wild vegetation, animal birds, and birch trees. The route from Kheer Ganga to Tunda Bhuj is one of the most beautiful sections of the entire trek.

Day 4 - The trek for the fourth day goes from Tunda Bhuj to Thakur Kuan which is located at a distance of 11 km from Tunda Bhuj and takes 6 to 7 hours to reach here. This section is considered to be the most beautiful and safe in the entire trek. Trees on Tunda stretch are absent, and on reaching such a height, oxygen also starts to decrease. This is why you need to be conscious of your health.

You need more water after coming here or else there is a risk of getting dehydrated. There is the crossing of three boulders that have to be crossed but it is not so difficult. You can cross this carefully. Throughout the trek, you also get to see many Surrey bridges which have to be crossed.

Day 5 - You have to start the fifth day from Thakur Kuan and go to Audi Thach. This section is about 9 km and it takes trekkers 5 to 6 hours to reach it. Audi Thach's height is 11,876 feet above sea level. While going on this trek, you have to cross Pandu bridge 1 and Pandu bridge 2 on the Parvati river, which is specially made of big boulders. Of these, Pandu bridge 2 is easier to go than Pandu bridge 1.

Pandu bridge 1 remains slippery from one side while small cut stones are attached to catch it from the other end, which have to be crossed to catch this bridge.

According to the belief, these boulders were placed by the Pandavas to cross the Parvati river. Finally, you can reach Odi Thach. Here the slopes are mainly used by the shepherds who bring their goats to the grasslands present here.

Day 6 - The next day your journey starts from Odi Thach to Manatali which is about 11 km which takes you 5 to 6 hours to go. The height of Manatali is about 13,352 feet above sea level. A very calm Manatali lake is located here, on which the image of the surrounding huge mountains is seen, which makes the tourists spellbound.

This section is relatively easy except for the last few meters, there is a Shiva lingam already before Manatali lake which attracts tourists due to its height. This place is also considered to be the main point of exit of Mini Manali and Parvati river. At this place, you can have dinner and rest by putting up your tent and so on.

Day 7 - The beginning of your seventh day starts from Manatali and goes to the base camp. This section is about 13 km, which takes about 6 to 7 hours to go. The height of Parvati Base Camp is about 16,207 feet above sea level. On this trek you have to go on a steep climb. From here you can see a wide range of huge glaciers and the clear water of the very beautiful Parvati river.

In the same way, you get to see a large stream of water, which is known as Khornalla. Care should be taken to cross this stream in the morning, the flow of this stream is low in the morning, due to which you should cross it at the same time in the morning.

Day 8 - Your next day starts at the base camp and ends at the Pin Pass. This section is about 6 km on which you have to go on a steep climb. Pin Parvati has a height of 17,388 feet. Due to being at such a height, the oxygen level is also low there, so you are advised to drink more water.

The trek for this day should be started early in the morning as the snow here starts melting and the road gets slippery. Some part of this section goes over the glacier, so you need to go very carefully.

Day 9 - The trek on this day is considered easier than on other days as it reaches its last moments. You have to go through stone and sand across Spiti Valley which is easier than on other days. This section is about 10 km, on which it takes 4 to 5 hours to arrive. Witch Kurung is the last place on this section where you can rest at night.

Day 10 - On the last day, your journey starts from Wichkurung and ends at Manali where your trek also ends. You can reach Manali by your vehicle via Mud and Kaza. The total distance from Kaza to Manali is 200 km. Your trek ends here.

4. How to go to Pin Parvati Trek

By Air: The nearest airport to the Pin Parvati Pass trek is Bhuntar, which is located 52 km from Manali. From New Delhi and Chandigarh, you will get easy air connectivity to Bhuntar of Kullu, from Bhuntar Airport, there is a frequent government bus to Manali, and private taxis will also be available outside the airport for 24 hours.

You can easily reach Manali by taking a bus or taxi from here. Private taxis charge a maximum fare of 1000 rupees to 1500 rupees to take you to Manali. Private taxis charge a maximum fare of 1000 rupees to 1500 rupees to take you to Manali.

By Bus: The nearest bus station to the Pin Parvati Pass trek is Manali which is easily connected to most parts of the country. The distance from Delhi to Manali is about 550 km. Bus services will be available from Delhi to Manali at all times. You can easily reach Manali from Chandigarh as well. The distance from Chandigarh to Manali is 310 km where it takes about 8 hours to reach you where your trek starts.

5. Pin Parvati Trek Best Time

The best season to visit the Pin Parvati Pass trek is from April to October, after which there is a risk of slipping on the paths due to the rainy season. The weather here is mostly clear from April to October, and you can enjoy nature here.

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Kalyan Panja