Pin Parvati Pass Trek


Pin Parvati Pass was first crossed in August 1884 by Sir Louis Dane in search of an alternate route to Spiti Valley. This pass connects the fertile and lush Parvati valley on the Kullu side with the Pin valley in the Spiti valley.

Itinerary summary

Day 1: Manali- Barsheni to Khirganga (3020m), Drive- 2.5 to 3 hours, Trek- 3-4 hours

Day 2: Khirganga to Tunda Bhuj (3285m), 5 hours

Day 3: Tunda Bhuj to Thakur Kuan (3620m), 6 hours

Day 4: Thakur Kuan to Odi Thach (3800m), 5 hours

Day 5: Odi Thach to Mantalai Lake (4115m), 9 hours

Day 6: Mantalai to Base of Pin Parvati Pass (4300m), 7 hours

Day 7: Base of Pin Parvati to Base camp over Pin Pass (4110m), 8 hours

Day 8: Base camo to Wichkurung Thach (3700m), 5 hours

Day 9: Wichkurung Thach to Mud (3650m), 5 hours

Day 10: Mud to Kaza

Day 11: Kaza to Manali

  • Remote trekking through the Pin Valley National Park.
  • Fully supported camping based trekking with 3 hearty meals per day on trek
  • Spectacular views of the Pir Panjal Ranges
  • High Pass- Pin Pass (5400m)
  • Day 1
    Manali- Barsheni to Khirganga (3020m), Drive- 2.5 to 3 hours, Trek- 3-4 hours

    Post breakfast we leave for Barsheni in Manikarn valley. From here we commence our trek to Khirganga. The valley narrows down as we descend through the village. The trail goes through dense forests and a steady ascent with some steep stretches takes one to Khirganga. A few minutes-walk to the host springs here is recommended.

  • Day 2
    Khirganga to Tunda Bhuj (3285m), 5 hours

    There are two trails from this point and we take the lower one, which goes through fields of wild flowers. There are some Gaddi shepherd encampments and this will be last human settlement you will come across until Mud. The trail stays on the left of the river and initially moves through a forest of Rhododendrons, Fir and Birch and then we reach open pastures. The campsite of Tunda Bhuj is on a steep sided meadow and offers spectacular views of the waterfalls cascading down from the shiny black rocks across the valley.

  • Day 3
    Tunda Bhuj to Thakur Kuan (3620m), 6 hours

    Initially the path rises, crosses a stream and heads down to the Parvati riverbank. The trail descends via narrow and slippery path to the valley floor. Walk close to the river to reach the Niabdhuduari thach where the tree line ends. We then continue to climb a steep slope and clear a few rocky patches to reach our campsite at Thakur Kuan.

  • Day 4
    Thakur Kuan to Odi Thach (3800m), 5 hours

    To the trail is initially a level ground. Glimpses of many glaciers, that are the source of River Parvati. Now we begin to notice the change in the landscape. From the lush green forests and meadows we now enter into mountains, glaciers and moraines. We also cross a natural bridge known as ‘Pandu Pul’- simply meaning the ‘bridge of the Pandavas’.

  • Day 5
    Odi Thach to Mantalai Lake (4115m), 9 hours

    A gentle walk on flat ground, then a stream you have to cross by hopping over boulders, and you are standing just below the towering massif of Kullu Eiger. The trail continues its moderate climb staying close to the soft flow of the Parvati, going past a few shepherds encampments. An hour- long ascent takes you away from the Gaddi Shepherds to climb over the debris of a moraine descending from a side glacier to finally reach the campsite.

  • Day 6
    Mantalai to Base of Pin Parvati Pass (4300m), 7 hours

    The trail now goes up a steep snow gully providing spectacular views of snow clad mountains and massive glaciers surrounding you. Trek through boulders and scree out of the main valley and then a steep climb takes you to the base of Pin Parvati Pass.

  • Day 7
    Base of Pin Parvati to Base camp over Pin Pass (4110m), 8 hours

    This is a long day and we advise to start early when the snow is still frozen; this makes walking on it easier. From the pass one can view the Pir Panjal range of the Western Himalaya and the Spiti and Pin Valley Mountain. The trail now descends over snow and ice and covered crevasses followed by boulders and scree. The government of India has declared this part a National Park. It is famous for Ibex, Snow Leopard and Musk Deer. We descend on to a grassy plain with numerous criss-crossing streams.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch and Dinner
    Accommodation: Camp
  • Day 8
    Base camp to Wichkurung Thach (3700m), 5 hours

    We leave base camp for Wichkurung Thach. We continue to cross meadows and boulders. The descent is a long one. Once again we might come across shepherds this time from Kinnaur. Set camp in a beautiful meadow.

  • Day 9
    Wichkurung Thach to Mud (3650m), 5 hours

    All the way through scenery with amazing variety of color that reflects on the mountains, we reach the first village in Pin Valley. This is where our vehicles would meet for us for tomorrow’s journey to Kaza.

  • Day 10
    Mud to Kaza

    Post breakfast we will leave for Kaza- enroute we will visit Dhankar Monastery and then once at Kaza we will visit Ki Monastery. Fine murals and a valuable collection of Kangyur (ancient Buddhist texts) are its attractions. There is also an option of visiting the village of Kibber, one of the highest inhabited villages in the world. Perched on a vast stretch of land and surrounded by mountains of limestone rocks, the view from here is truly breath taking.

  • Day 11
    Kaza to Manali

    The drive is long, although the distance is not very long but the terrain makes it difficult. Kaza to Losar, the last village at the distance of 62kms is a nice journey through small villages and narrow valley, which is the home of Ibex. After Losar, we start gaining height and reach the mighty Kunzum La Pass at 4550m. The views of CB ranges and peaks are superb from the top and then we descend to Batal which is a temporary settlement to cater to people on this route and the trekkers to Chandratal. You can have lunch here and continue driving along the River Chandra to Chattru, the last point of Spiti valley and then drive to Gramphu and further climb up to Rohtang La Pass. From Rohtang, you find a change from the barren landscape of Spiti to lush green valley of Manali. 51 kms from the pass is Manali.

  • Pin Parvati Pass Trek

    Pin Parvati Pass was first crossed in August 1884 by Sir Louis Dane in search of an alternate route to Spiti Valley. This pass connects the fertile and lush Parvati valley on the Kullu side with the Pin valley in the Spiti valley.
    It is a popular trekking route today though still rarely visited. This trans- Himalayan trek is the shortest route between Kullu and Spiti Valleys. Once over the Pin Parvati pass (5400m), there is a complete change in landscape- the mountain slopes immediately turn barren and rugged. The prevalent culture of the inhabitants also changes from Hinduism on the Kullu side to Buddhism in Spiti. Often referred to as the most challenging trek in the Indian Himalaya, it’s more than worth the effort.

    July to September

    Duration: 11 days

    Difficulty Level: Demanding

  • Included:

    • Meals: As mentioned in the itinerary
    • Qualified and experienced guide.
    • Support Staff: Cook, Helper
    • Group Medical kit
    • Gear Package for use during the trip including kit bag, sleeping bag, and mattress.
    • Private transportation to start of trek and back to Manali.
    • Mules to carry all personal and group baggage.


    • Aerated and alcoholic drinks on trek
    • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
    • Items of personal nature such as phone calls, laundry etc.
    • Tips
    • Airport Transfers and Flight
    • Travel Insurance
  • NOTE: Trekker must have done atleast one Himalayan trek before (14000ft)

    Normally we at Himalayan Challenges provide Mules to carry all personal luggage but on this trek only porters are used, thus we expect you to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don’t want to carry your backpack you can hire a porter at an extra cost. Please inform us before- hand so that we can give you the details for the same.


    You will be woken up with a cup of tea brought to your tent at around 6:00 am followed by a small bowl of warm water for washing. Then, before breakfast, you will pack up all you gear. Pack your sleeping bag and mat into their respective stuff sack and ensure that your tent is free of rubbish and ready for the next camp. Your duffle bag will then be taken and tied up with other gear into the load, which will be packed on the waiting pack horses. Of course any help you offer when setting and breaking camp, when there are many tasks is always welcome. We are usually on the trail by 7:30- 8:00am. We may have lunch en route or we can aim to be in camp. Once we have reached camp and the kitchen is set up, alight snacks is prepared, leaving us with the rest of the afternoon free to explore the nearby villages or undertake a side option. Dinner is served around 7:00 pm. Remember to bring your water bottle to the dining tent so it can be filled. Trekking evenings afford some of the best memories of your trek, whether it is sitting around talking, playing cards, chatting with the staff or joining in some singing and dancing with the local people, it is always a very special time.

  • Clothing list for trekking in India

    • Light weight walking boots
    • Spare laces
    • A pair of track shoes
    • Warm jacket
    • Woolen shirts ad thick sweaters
    • Windproof/ waterproof trousers
    • Thermal underwear
    • A tracksuit
    • 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts
    • Light weight sleeved shirt
    • A woolen hat, a pair of gloves
    • Sun hat and Sunscreen
    • Torch or flashlight
    • Water bottle
    • Spare sunglasses and prescription glasses or lens
    • 1 pair of sandals, thick woolen socks and other personal equipments and accessories.
    • If it is early and late season you can require a pair of gaiters to walk on the snow over the passes.

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