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Backpacking Parvati Valley: The Ultimate Guide

Planning on backpacking Parvati Valley? This guide has just about everything you could want or need to know about this magical mountain region in Himachal Pradesh, India

Parvati Valley is often called the  “ Goa of the North.” It’s about 12 hours of treacherous mountain roads away from New Delhi – and a tried and true backpacker’s paradise. 

While it might be missing Kerala’s backwaters or Hampi’s epic historical sites, Parvati Valley sure makes up for it with its greenery & snow-capped mountains.

Located in the state of Himachal Pradesh , Parvati Valley is a welcome respite from the unbearable heat that plagues the majority of the Subcontinent for months out of the year.

While this tiny town and its surrounding areas are highly frequented by domestic and Israeli tourists, it seems to be written off or unheard of for the average tourist in favor of the (very) beaten Golden Triangle route. But for those not in the know -if you’re keen on epic mountain views and relaxed vibes, this region of India should definitely be on your radar .

The main hub of Parvati Valley is known as Kasol, and is reachable through a mildly treacherous route through the foothills of the majestic Himalayas. The laid-back mountain Mecca is a traveler’s paradise: from LGBT travel in India, to backpacking, to solo travel, and everything in between, you can find acceptance and community in Parvati. 

It serves as a gateway to various other villages and towns in the area, while providing its own entertainment in the form of hashish, mountain air and life-changing food (that’s not an exaggeration- the best dessert experience of my life occurred here, and trust me- I’m not new to the dessert game).

Back when we were researching our route, finding comprehensive information on this area wasn’t impossible- but it was nowhere near as straightforward as finding information on Pai, Thailand for instance.

So that’s where we come in! Read on for everything you need to know about visiting India’s laidback, mountainous hippie-haven that is Parvati Valley. 

A complete travel guide to Parvati Valley in Himachal Pradesh, India. This guide includes where to stay, best places to eat, and what to do. Click it for all you need to know about Parvati Valley- Kasol and beyond.

  • Best time to visit Parvati Valley
  • By motorbike

Pulga, Tulga & Kalga

  • Practical Info about Parvati Valley

Parvati Valley Travel Guide

wooden bridge over green river Grahan, Himachal Pradesh

When to take a Parvati Valley trip

This is perhaps the most important piece of information to know before planning your trip. Considering I was given “alternative facts” regarding the ever so important (and unpredictable) factor of weather, I cannot be happier to serve the tea.

Unlike most of India, Parvati Valley and its surrounding areas get very cold and do experience snowfall in the winter, which can affect bus schedules and road openings.

To experience the best Parvati Valley weather, you should head up between April – Beginning of July or Mid- September-October.

While all guesthouses and restaurants remain open in July and August, these months are awfully wet as the monsoon washes over Himachal.

Unfortunately, I was mistakenly informed that the best time of year was May-August and thus seldom saw the sun during my visit in late July 2018.

But when I revisited late June 2019, there were significantly more clear days. And while you can still have fun during the monsoon, you will have much more DRY, sunny fun if you avoid these particular months.

cloud amongst pine trees kasol

While it is possible to visit in the winter, many hostels and restaurants close down during these months and bus/ flight schedules become more weather dependent.

Parvati Valley is unique within India seeing that it experiences four seasons- temperatures dip to as low as 0 C (32 F) in the winter and climb up to the mid 20’s (80’s F) in the summer.

Where is Parvati Valley?

Parvati Valley is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The valley runs eastward from the confluence of the Parvati River with the River Beas, and is generally said to start once you head away from the city of Bhuntar.

Major villages and towns in the valley include: Jari, Malana, Mateura, Kasol, Chalal, Chojh, Grahan, Manikaran, Barsheni, Pulga, Tulga, Kalga and Tosh. 

How to reach Parvati Valley from Delhi

Your journey through the valley will start in Kasol- here are the five ways that travelers can get there, all varying in price and duration of journey. 

This method is most commonly employed by domestic tourists and obviously has many benefits. Driving yourself means being able to stop where and when you want, and only have to pay for gas and taxes when crossing state borders.

If traveling from Delhi like many do, you will have to cross through Haryana and Punjab before finally reaching Himachal.

I would not recommend driving in the Himalayas unless you have prior experience driving in India, as the ways of the road are quite different from anywhere else and can be dangerous for those unaccustomed to it.

By motorbike:

The most adventurous and freedom-filled way to embark on your Parvati valley trip, dozens of motorbikes can be found climbing the many kilometers of hills.

Even more so than a car, this is definitely only for those with significant motorbike experience (scootering in Thailand definitely does not count.)

For those without their own transport, this is by far the most economical way to reach Parvati. This overnight sleeper bus journey takes anywhere from 10-14 hours depending on delays and road conditions.

Your best booking option is India’s redbus where fares are anywhere from 900- 1500 rupees one way. ($12-$20). Local buses also ply from Delhi- Bhuntar, though don’t expect comfort. You can check HRTC (Himachal Pradesh’s state transport corporation) bus times here . 

It’s important to note that these buses do not go directly to Kasol- they stop at Bhuntar, a small town approximately 32 km away. From Bhuntar , local buses leave starting at 5:30 AM about once every hour in the direction of Manikaran.

Take this to Kasol for 50 rupees (68 cents). Alternatively, a local taxi from Bhuntar will cost about 300 rupees ($4) (on the low side, that is).

Tip: Keep in mind that the SAME bus that goes all the way from Delhi to Manali can be used to reach Parvati, you would just need to get off at Bhuntar, and then head to Kasol as mentioned above. 

By private taxi:

For those fearful of driving on Himachal’s roads in a giant bus, there is also the option of a private taxi. This is the best option for those who may not want to drive at night but do not want to take a flight.

A private taxi from getmecab proved to be reliable and cost 8327 rupees ($114). You will be able to stop whenever you want, but also might have to deal with an unsafe or tired driver. There is also understandably more traffic during the day.

 Flying will cut a half day’s journey down to one hour. One flight leaves from Delhi daily at 6:45 am and lands in Kullu , which is about 1.5 hours from Kasol. You would need to arrange a private taxi to reach Kasol from the airport.

During high season, flights are around 9500 rupees ($131) if booked a few weeks in advance.

We tried to book one a few days in advance and the price soared to over 20,000 rupees ($300+). Be aware that this route is often cancelled or delayed due to the unpredictable weather of the mountains.

Best places to stay in Kasol, Parvati Valley

mountain clearing Chojh Village

Accommodation in Kasol can be a bit pricey compared to other parts of India, but still well within a backpacker’s budget.

While booking ahead may be the best option in the high season, not all hostels/guesthouses have online booking set up so don’t be afraid to shop around when you arrive.

Moreover, prices on booking.com are extremely inflated so if you are doing so in advance, use Hostelworld or goibibo .

Your first order of business when choosing lodging is to decide if you want to stay within the town of Kasol or make the short trek to Chojh village, which is situated about twenty minutes from the main bus stop in Kasol across a rickety bridge.

girl wearing hat kasol chojh

Kasol has numerous hostels, guesthouses and even fancy ish hotels. Do you love camping? Don’t fret- Chojh has numerous “ready to go” camp sites and there are several other alcoves within the town made just for pitching your own tent! (Definitely the cheapest way to go friends!)

  •       Shanti Café & Guesthouse – We stayed here and cannot recommend it enough. For 1000 rupees a night ($13), you get a double room with ensuite bathroom, beautiful views sans any vehicle noise, and incredibly fun and friendly owners. If you’re looking for great vibes, trippy decorations and good food look no further. Boom!
  •       The Hosteller Kasol : – Located right at the beginning of town, this popular hostel offers great views (are you seeing a theme yet?) and boundless opportunities to meet other travelers. However, for 1000 rupees a night ($12) in the summer for a dorm it is a bit on the high side for those trying to keep costs down. Beware that during the prime tourist season (May-July) it can fill up quickly
  •       Nomads Hostel Kasol- A steal for any backpacker, Nomads has dorm beds for around 500 rupees a night ($6). Located in Choj near the Shanti café, it also has the benefits of being well away from any noise and entrenched in the natural environment. Even during the monsoon, this place was full so be sure to book online in advance to get a bed!
  • Hamsa Homestay – Settled on a quiet street near Kasol’s main bus stop, Hamsa has cheap rooms ranging from 300 rupees- 500 rupees depending on if you want your own bathroom or not. 

mars bar dessert

Where to eat in Kasol, Parvati Valley

Kasol, like all of India, is a foodie paradise teeming with incredible cafes and restaurants. Whether you are craving traditional Indian food, Israeli dishes, or street fried momos, Kasol has you completely covered.

While street food is sadly sparse here, the following places will still fit in all traveller’s budgets.

  • Sunshine Café – Home to the most incredible dessert I’ve ever had in my life, (no really, the Mars Bar is THAT good) the Sunshine Café is abound with everything from Nepali Platters to Israeli Schnitzels. The rasta vibes encourage a cheeky smoke, so don’t be surprised if you unintentionally find yourself in here for longer than planned. While being a great place to meet other travellers, Sunshine’s staff was fabulous too. (Beware that it shuts its doors for the winter season!) Expect to pay around 365 rupees/ $5 per person for a generous portion.
  •  Evergreen Café – Like Sunshine, this place was so good we returned multiple times throughout our stay. A conglomeration of hashish smokers and families, Evergreen has something for everyone’s palate. Focusing on Indian and Israeli cuisine, you can expect to pay 500 rupees/ $7 max for a large meal.
  • Jim Morrison Café – Named after the famous Jim Morrison, this café is a quiet, chill hangout. Located in a bit of a secluded spot off the main Manikaran Road, be sure to turn onto the trail near the Sun n Wind Hotel – google maps had us searching for an hour to find it!
  • King Falafel – Perhaps the best value Israeli food in Kasol, King Falafel is delicious and relatively affordable compared to other cafes in town. Many plates cost 200 rupees or a bit less here. 

Read Next: 102 Incredible Indian Street Food Dishes

Places to visit in Parvati Valley 

While some of these spots in Parvati Valley can be taken as day trips, some require at least a one night’s stay. From experience, whether you plan to spend the night or not, always prepare for the former as you never know where the day will take you!

There’s so many things to do in Parvati Valley that you could easily spend a month here, but a week is enough to check out some of what it has to offer. 

Chalal Village

A small village accessible via a 30 minute walk from Kasol, Chalal is easy enough for any traveler visiting Parvati Valley. If you’re keen on forest walks, peaceful surroundings, and sweet views, Chalal is the place for you!

How to get to Chalal

In the middle of Kasol near the bus stop, you will find a red bridge a bit behind the main road. Cross this bridge, and follow the tree covered alpine path adjacent to the Parvati river. Despite Google Map’s frequent inaccuracies, you can’t miss it!

Where to Stay in Chalal

  • Freedom Cafe – Well known as a tasty restaurant, Freedom also has rooms ranging from 600-800 rupees depending on your haggling skills
  • Paaras House – This guesthouse, tucked away in a quiet corner of the town close to the start of the Rashol trek, had great views and provides basic meals and teas at an extra charge. Expect to pay 500 rupees a night for a double with an attached bathroom. 

sign at forbidden temple

Where to Eat in Chalal

Upon arriving into the village, you might pass by some small corner style food shops. At first glance, it might appear this is all there is – but never fear- there actually is a great food option in Chalal, and despite being the only one, it is anything but a last resort!

  • Freedom Cafe – Essentially right along the path from the entrance to Chalal, Freedom Cafe offers some great bites and great views from its dining area. Not only was the food incredible, but its owner, Avinash, ended up being a great contact who helped us arrange accommodation at his family’s home in Delhi. Definitely give this place an hour or two!

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Tosh Village

A quiet village within the clouds, Tosh valley musn’t be missed on your Parvati Valley excursion. The roadless little town is full of friendly locals and, if you’re lucky, (i.e visiting outside of the monsoon) unparalleled views of the snow-capped Himalayas.

The best time to visit Tosh is between April- Early July or September-October . 

How to get to Tosh

Located 21 km from Kasol, it is possible to visit Tosh in just one day ( we did it ourselves.) However, looking back, if you have the time it is well worth your while to stay the night! You can make it there easily by…

By far the most affordable option, take the local bus from Kasol to Barsheni. From there, you will have to hike 2.5 km to reach Tosh valley since most if not all buses do not go all the way up to its entrance.

For only 50 rupees/ 70 cents, it is well worth the questionable roads. Bus times are irregular so be sure to check with locals or others at the bus stop for an updated schedule.

If you’re not gung-ho about the bus, it is quite easy to get a taxi to take you round trip all the way up to Tosh and back.

Where to Stay in Tosh

view of valley from Tosh

Tosh has less accommodation options than Kasol but still has several options worth your while. Don’t worry about booking in advance- check out these places when you arrive and see which one you like the best.

  • Pink Floyd Cafe & Guesthouse- The highest point in the village , and perhaps the best views, this guesthouse is your best bet if Parvati hash and snow-capped scenes call to you. A double room will run you about 1000 rupees/ $14 per night.
  •  Shiva Mountain Cafe Tosh – An alternative to the Pink Floyd, Shiva Mountain also offers impressive views and affordable eats. Expect to pay about 1000 rupees/ $14 per night.
  • Shiva Moon Guesthouse – Yet another accommodation option in Tosh, Shiva Moon is a tall lime green building that you cannot miss. Check with reception for the most updated rates!

Where to Eat in Tosh

From a foodie’s perspective, Tosh isn’t the best place to eat in Parvati Valley, but you can still satisfy the munchies at any of the various cafes. Tosh also has some unmarked local shops that are worth checking out for a small snack or treat.

  • Pink Floyd Cafe & Guesthouse- Decent food that’s very convenient especially if you choose to stay at their guesthouse. A full meal will cost about 240 rupees/ $4.

Rashol Village

sunset over mountains

A three-hour hike from Chalal, Rashol (sometimes spelled Rasol) is a very quiet and small village that is worth the trek.

Rashol is known for charas that rivals the infamous Malana Cream— the village’s entire economy is truly built around it. Consisting of only 100 homes, Rashol is the perfect alternative for those who want to truly get off Parvati Valley’s beaten track.

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How to get to Rashol

Once you reach Chalal, a 30 minute walk from Kasol, take a left at forbidden temple. Real talk: visiting Rashol might be one of the hardest of all the things to do in Parvati Valley.

Why? It can only be accessed via a 3-4 hour very steep (but well marked) trek, though that time frame largely depending on your fitness/ sobriety level at the time.

rashol views in parvati valley

Along the Rashol trek, Many arrows line the clear marked trail, and a sign with ‘Magic Rashol’ written on it will signal you’re almost at your magical destination.

If you start early, it is well within possibility to return to Kasol by nightfall, but due to the steepness, I’d definitely recommend staying at least a night to enjoy the views, chai, and perhaps some Parvati Valley hash! 

Where to stay in Rashol

Accommodation in Rashol is limited, but on the bright-side, every option is a budget guesthouse or homestay that will cost  200-400 rupees/ around $4.

Explore the options, but don’t expect more than a large room fit for 4-5  people and a shared washroom. We stayed at Timy’s and paid 300 rupees in June 2019. 

Where to eat in Rashol

Many guest houses have an attached kitchen where you can make your own food. If cooking ain’t your thing, it is also possible to buy food within the accommodations as well.

Some places are extremely expensive, but Timy’s was quite affordable when compared to Kasol’s cafes.

For those keen on alcohol- be aware that it is not served in Rasol, however the village is in no way lacking in its supply of hashish.

malana village sign

Infamous for its creamy hashish, unique locals and remote location, if we could only pick one place to visit in Parvati Valley, Malana would be it.

Visiting this ancient village is like a taking a step back in time; the villagers lead simple existences on a hill-top cut off from anywhere else.

In a place literally above the clouds, vast fields of the marijuana plant surround the village, and wafts of smoke and mountain air mystify the atmosphere.

Legend has it that the Malanese are descendants of Alexander the Great, and don’t even consider themselves to be Indians. Wild right? 

Keep in mind that these interesting folk are superstitious of outsiders, and forbid any traveler from touching them or their property. In the haze you may find yourself in upon arrival do not forget this, or expect to pay a 2000 rupee fine .

Where to Stay in Malana

cloud beneath malana

In July 2017, it was incorrectly reported that Malana is off limits for visitors. As of 2019, this was not the case, and in fact, as we learned never was.

The rule change originally applied to visitors staying overnight in the village, but visits in their entirety were luckily never banned! To our surprise, it actually IS possible to stay in Malana, albeit a bit away from and above the village.

  • Goonj Hotel – Seated at the top of the village, this guesthouse offers stunning views, simple yet satisfying accommodation, and tasty eats. Moreover, this is the only option that is actually in Malana rather than at the bottom of the hill it sits upon. Expect to pay about 200-400 rupees for a simple shared space.
  • Ayoya Malana-Shiva Cafe – While not actually in the village, Ayoya is located at the very start of the trek up the hill. For 1200 rupees / night, you can experience the luxury of a private double room. Wifi and food are located here as well!
  • Dragon Guest House Malana – Also located in the village, albeit at the very top, Dragon Guesthouse is the oldest and most well known. Conflicting information led us to believe it was closed, but it is in fact open and accepting guests. Options range from sleeping pads to double beds- inquire when you arrive for the most up to date rates!

Where to eat in Malana

Because of the villagers taboos regarding outsiders, restaurants and cafes like those in other Parvati Valley villages do not exist here. But hold up- no need to fear starvation!

The three guesthouses mentioned above all offer cooked food to order. From experience, Goonjs’ was worth every cent. Expect to pay 100 rupees for a meal.  

Parvati Valley Hash

marijuana plant pulga

It’s no secret that Malana (and Parvati Valley in general) is famous for its hashish- it is the backbone of the villagers’ economy and a way of life.

While we don’t condone drug use, “friends” of ours (that are definitely not us) have sampled the cream and say it is worth the extra expenditure.

The two main types of hashish sold here are, of course, Malana Cream- widely proclaimed to be the best stuff in the world- and another variety known as Red Ice hash. Both can be easily obtained for 3000 rupees for a tola (10 grams).

Police checkpoints outside of the village area are common, so be careful when transporting your goods out of the village! In July 2018, we did not encounter any such checkpoints or law enforcement yet this shouldn’t be considered the rule.

Don’t be afraid to ask for a sample, as the various Malanese hawking their cream to you often don’t mind (or so we are told ;)

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Take a thirty-minute walk from Kasol along the main road and you will find yourself in the spiritual epicenter of Manikaran.   Home to the Gurdwara Shri Manikaran Sahib , Sikhs from all throughout India and beyond flock here to bathe in its holy hot springs. 

Gaggles of young men can be seen fearlessly motorbiking up the Himalayas to reach this small, yet important place, as well as families and villagers journeying from just about anywhere you can imagine. To see a bit of culture and religion, visiting Manikaran, and more so the Gurdwara, is an interesting change of pace from Kasol’s hippie haze.

How to Get to Manikaran

Seeing as though Manikaran is the town closest to Kasol, arriving couldn’t be easier. Based off of how lazy you feel, choose from one of the following.

Local buses run to and from Manikaran from Kasol’s main bus stop. For 50 rupees, you’ll be happily at your destination in less than 10 minutes.

Save your 50 rupees AND do your cardiovascular system a favor by embarking on a quick, brisk walk instead. A straight shot from the main bus stop in Kasol you will find yourself at the entrance to the Gurudwara in a half an hour or less.

Where to stay in Manikaran

Although no guesthouses or hotels exist, the kindness of the Sikhs is shown in that anyone visiting the Gurdwara can stay for free in one of their dozens upon dozens of rooms.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             While they would not turn anyone away if they have the space, be aware that preference must be given to those, especially families, that have trekked thousands of kilometers to reach this holy site. If you’re reading this, you are most likely a backpacker and thus, Kasol is well and good and only a few km away!

Where to Eat in Manikaran

We originally went to Manikaran in search of food, completely unaware of the spiritual detour we were about to take. What it is lacking in traditional restaurants is made up for by the hospitality of the Gurdwara. 

Any and all visitors, regardless of religion or nationality, can enjoy a daily free lunch, courtesy of this special site. All food is cooked with the boiled water from the sacred holy springs, which if nothing else gives a good omen! Be advised that while anyone can enter, dressing appropriately is a must.

green mountain clearing Pulga Parvati Valley

This trio of remote villages can be found via a short hike from Barsheni . As more and more people flock to Parvati Valley, this set of triplets has remained peaceful. Give yourself at least 3 days to spend in this area- one village per day should be your maximum (although its possible to get stuck here for weeks- don’t say we didn’t warn you!)

How to get to Pulga (and Tulga…. And Kalga)

The three villages are connected to one another by non motorable roads, meaning the only way to traipse between them is on foot. The riplets are all approximately 30 minutes apart, and It’s wise to explore them in this order, unless backtracking is your thing. To get to the beginning of the trek…

Take the local bus from Kasol to Barsheni, the same stop that leads to Tosh. As always, this is the most economical and for foreigners, the most worthwhile: buses in India are like taking a shot of culture straight to the face. The relatively short ride will set you back 50 rupees/ 70 cents.

If you’re afraid of the bus or would prefer some privacy, a taxi ride will cost you 300-500 rupees depending on your haggling skills.

cows under house in mateura village parvati valley

Where to Stay in Pulga Valley

Pulga is known for its so called “fairy forest,” a dense wooded famed for its natural beauty and ability to transport trekkers into another world (literally and sometimes… psychedelically speaking as well). The rustic village is abound with numerous guesthouses, cafes and homestays perfect for enjoying some Parvati hash. While many are unmarked and not listed online, you can’t go wrong with:

  • Boom Shankar Cafe & Home Stay: Boasting a rooftop cafe and delights to excite any traveling hippie, this guesthouse is run by a pair of friendly locals and is one of the largest guesthouses in the village. A room with a shared bathroom will run you anywhere from 100-500 rupees per night depending on the season.
  • Blue Heaven : Maybe I’m biased, but I’m willing to argue that Blue Heaven has some of the best views in the village. Situated a bit above the rest of the guesthouses and homes, Blue Heaven is close to the famous Fairy Forest and serves excellent food. We paid 400 rupees a night for a comfortable room with a bathroom and hot water. 

Where to eat in Pulga Valley

Food can be found in all of the guesthouses, as well as many cafes   Many cafes cater to Israeli cuisine, but don’t freak out as traditional Indian fare is still abound. All of the following serves food for no more than 300 rupees for a meal-even if you find yourself on an unplanned detour you will surely come across one of the following.

  • Baba’s Cafe
  • Devraj Cafe

Where to Stay & Eat in Tulga

Tulga is the least populated, and least visited out of the three. Accommodation consists of homestays, however many travelers choose to only spend the day here on their way to Kalga. Food options are also limited to local invitations or small shops. Let us know in the comments if you had any particularly grand homestay experiences here!

Where to Stay & Eat in Kalga

The last destination on this tour, Kalga is famous for its apple orchards and secluded mountain views. Like its siblings, homestays and guesthouses are numerous, with most not listed online. These range in price from 200-1000 rupees. 

fairy rainforest

Parvati Valley’s Kheerganga Trek 

This sacred place is said to be the spot where Lord Shiva meditated for 3,000 years. A 9-10km trek, Kheerganga rewards those who make the journey with beautiful waterfalls, forests and seeing as you’re in Parvati Valley, of course some sweet mountain views.

Of course, the final delight is bathing in the holy hot springs that Shiva himself frequented long ago. While we haven’t made the trek (yet!) you can check out this epic guide to the Kheerganga Trek for all the need-to-knows !

Grahan Village is a magical, hidden hamlet hidden amongst the hills 5-6 hours above Kasol. The trek is longer than it is steep, and takes travelers through a beautiful hike alongside the Grahan River. Grahan apparently used to be located close to Malana, until leaders decided to move it to its current location some 500 years ago.

Due to its distance, the village is much quieter and less visited than some others- making it the perfect place to disconnect and appreciate the delectable beauty of the valley. There’s not much here in the way of sights- but the viewpoint from above the village is not to be missed at sunset!

Grahan River

Where to Stay in Grahan

We stayed at Blue Heaven , a quiet, affordable guesthouse with basic rooms and excellent views of the village. We paid 300 rupees for a double- but don’t expect more than a mattress on the floor.

Parvati Valley Practical Information

If you’ve made it this far, you know almost everything about this magical valley. But besides the big stuff, a bunch of smaller things can make or break your trip- so keep these in mind as you prepare to hit the hills.

Internet/Wifi

While wifi is essentially a lost cause, Airtel works well in much of the region, including remote Malana. As of 2019, Airtel worked well everywhere except in Grahan and Rashol. While Grahan had no service whatsoever, Rashol had intermittent basic signal that at least worked for WhatsApp. 

The only ATM in Kasol is almost never functioning, so make sure you come prepared with extra cash unless you want to use a card swiping service that takes a 3-5% service fee. Manikaran also has a working ATM, but when we tried to use this in July 2018 we discovered this is only for those with Indian bank cards. Jari , about 10 km before Kasol, also has a working ATM that does work for international cards. 

A Hash Smokers Guide to Parvati Valley

Hashish is a fact of life in Parvati Valley, and unless you are a family/ elderly you will undoubtedly run into it or be offered it during your time here. While we don’t condone drug use, we do condone informing others about responsible drug use.

Be aware that while hashish is similar to ganja as they come from the same plant, they are not one in the same- hash tends to give a more relaxed body high than what you’re used to with flower. 

cannabis

But where to buy? Anywhere you go in Parvati Valley, you’re sure to run into someone on the street low-key hawking their illicit wares- especially in small villages like Malana and Rashol. In Grahan Village, hash is also pretty easy to come by.

The easiest way to get some Parvati Valley hash would be through your guesthouse owner or through a waiter at one of the valley’s many hippie-cafes. From what I’ve been told, it’s easier to find hashish than stay away from it in Parvati. There is also hash in Kasol, and I’ve heard it can be acquired at virtually any “hippie” cafe.  

But despite the millions of marijuana plants you’ll see around, in Parvati Valley “weed” as it’s known in the west doesn’t really exist, so all hashish is smoked with tobacco. If you’re not keen on tobacco, be sure to bring your own alternative mixture.

The most important thing to know, as with lighting up anywhere outside of Amsterdam, is that police checkpoints DO happen. If you purchase some Parvati Valley hash, try to keep it in one place- but if you must transport, be smart as some have been searched, leading to a very unwanted fine.

Parvati River

Finally! We’ve made it to the end. Hopefully now you’re a bit more prepared for your adventure to Parvati Valley. Have any other questions? Did something change ? Let me know below!

Samantha Shea

Samantha is the founder of Intentional Detours. Originally from the USA, she’s been backpacking the world since 2017, and is passionate about slow, adventure travel that puts local communities first. She has visited 19 countries and has been living in the Karakoram Mountains of Asia’s Hunza Valley since 2021. She’s super passionate about helping people get off the beaten path anywhere (on a budget of course), and her travel writing has been published in the likes of BBC Travel, CNBC, Business Insider, and more.

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Wow awesome guide of Parvati Valley you have given a breif info. Thank You for sharing!

Thanks Nishi! I’m glad you found it useful :D

Hi, I really enjoyed your post describing a wonderful part of the world where I spent three months in 1976 (July – September). Naturally, things in Parvati were very different then. Indeed, not that many people actually ventured up the valley, with most travelers/freaks/whatever heading to Manali (which I enjoyed as well) instead. In the Parvati valley, I like everyone else I met, stayed in Manikaran. There was no regular accommodation as such. Instead, with luck, you might be able to rent a room in a villager’s house for the next three months. The first day or so I’d crashed on the floor of the very welcoming Sikh temple. Believe it or not, Manikaran was actually a truly wonderful place at the time, nothing remotely like the hideous, unbelievably fucked up concrete mishmash of a village/town it later became. I almost wept when I watched a number of YouTube clips recently showing contemporary Manikaran overrun by the masses (that’s overpopulation for you!). And the traffic! Again, beyond fucking belief (pardon the language but witnessing the dramatic changes and even thinking about them gets me going). In 1976 there were very few vehicles around. An old shaking hulk of a bus made the trip up from Bhuntar once a day, or perhaps twice, I can’t recall. Anyway, having made the trip you had to walk to Manikarn village from the end of the Bhuntar road, cross a bridge over the Parvati River, which at that time of year was a roaring, raging torrent, arriving at the Sikh temple, then quite simple and beautiful in its own way, as was the glorious pool, and finally into the village proper. There was no electricity, although I think the temple may have had its own generator which provided the building with electricity for a few hours in the evening. There was a single chai shop, the only place in the village where you could buy a limited range of food: an excellent dahl, equally good chapattis, tea of course, and the milk and melted sugar Indian sweet – barfi. Since it was India I think they may have also had little bags of peanuts. Anyway, that was the extent of my diet for the whole three months. Living in Manikaran then was very Spartan-like and, surprisingly not bad at all. The hot spring pool was quite exceptional – except at times when it got too hot to bathe (the water temperature varied considerably). Some stoned American guy showed up one night from Manali, saw the pool, goes ‘wow!’ undressed and leapt in, without first checking the water temperature. It was extremely hot. I can still hear his screams. Some people! I can’t think of anywhere else in India at the time where you could take a warn leisurely bath and keep so scrupulously clean. Well, most of the time.

Almost every westerner who traveled in the area was very keen on his, mainly his as there weren’t that many western women about the mountains in those days, charas. As you know the herb grows naturally almost everywhere from Shimla (where I first spied some growing in the middle of town) northwards; it’s a weed after all. I’m sure I must have been to Kasol because once I went on a long walk from Manikarn about half way to Bhuntar. But I never heard the name at the time or of various other places you mention – Rashol, Malana, etc. Indeed, I can’t remember anyone else I met or traveled with who ever spoke about these places though I wouldn’t be surprised if an intrepid freak or two happened visit them. Those ‘scenes’ (with guesthouses, restaurants, treks, etc. etc.) obviously developed later on as growing numbers of people visited the area. But in those days Manikaran was about it.

In September, when the charas rubbing season began the friendly locals would be out and about working away gradually producing nice little fingers of soft, pliable dope. At the time the charas/hashish from the entire region was usually referred to as Manali hash and people (westerners) would come up to the mountains at the end of the monsoon and buy whatever they could and take it down to Goa to sell.

To continue – back then there was no such thing as ‘Malana Cream’ – that’s just some typical modern form of ‘branding’ I would imagine – along the lines of ‘Purple Haze’ or ‘California Sunshine’ in the acid days of the late 60s early 70s, or ‘Buddha sticks’ for Thai ganja in the 70s and 80s. No doubt this ‘MC’ is very fine shit, but you never got anything less than superb smoke in Himachal Pradesh back in the day.

At one point not long before I left the mountains we (me and two English friends) walked up to Keerganga (or however you spell it). A fabulous experience. We stopped overnight at Tosh, perhaps, or some other nameless (for us) village which had extraordinary views of snow capped peaks in the distance. Then wending our way up through stands of deodar pines, over streams, passing by waterfalls, and dodging goat herders taking their flocks down to lower pastures etc. etc. We didn’t see any other travelers on our ‘trek’ either up or down the valley, although we met a couple of Americans up at the hot spring at Keerganga. There was also an Australian guy who was living in a cave above the springs – he’d been there for quite a while (on his own, non-dope trip) and was rather reclusive. We stayed just one night. Amazing, a perfectly clear star filled sky – the mountains soaring up right before us. The weather grew a bit nippy after the sun disappeared. Foolishly I hadn’t taken my sleeping bag with me. Luckily one of the Americans had a spare ‘space blanket’ – a type that had only recently been developed – a large sheet of shiny foil – large enough to wrap yourself in. Without that I wouldn’t have slept a wink even with the aid a few nicely packed chillums. The next day we casually walked back down to Manikaran. I stayed a few more days in the village, brought a few ounces of very fine charas from some expert lady rubbers which I took with me to Delhi (no police checkpoints etc.in those days – although I did have trouble with the law on a train on the plains out of Patna before heading up to the mountains, but that’s another story), sold the lot to some other travelers and bought a ticket back to Kathmandu and then on to Bangkok which had served as a hub for my travels over the previous couple of years. Happy days – another time, another century. Bom Shankar. Bombulay.

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Treks in Parvati Valley – A COMPLETE Travel Guide

Picturesque hiking trails and treks in Parvati valley are one of the primary reasons why it has risen among ranks to become one of the top places for trekking in the country and travel destinations in general. Be it short hikes to beautiful little hamlets or multi-day arduous treks which requires one to footslog for hours each day to cross mighty passes at staggering altitudes, Parvati valley will not disappoint you.

One of the best things about treks in Parvati valley is that there is something for everybody. For beginners, there are short treks like Kheerganga, Rashol, Grahan. Then there is Chanderkhani pass, Sar pass for people looking to get in serious high-altitude trekking. Finally Pin-Parvati pass, Sara Umga pass for seasoned trekkers who want to challenge themselves.

Many of the multi-day treks in Parvati valley give a panoramic view of a lot of famous peaks and mountain ranges. The rewards in terms of scenery and landscapes are quite high even in the shortest of treks. This is the reason why Parvati valley is so famous amongst adventure connoisseur and avid trekkers. Through this blog, I hope to make things easier for you in case you want to trek in the region.

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Easy Treks in Parvati Valley – Short Day Hikes

Short treks in Parvati valley are mostly the trails to the nearby villages or to a good viewpoint. Most of these treks are easy and would take less than 4 -5 hours. Some even take only an hour or two. Below is a list.

For complete information on visiting this beautiful part of Himachal, please read How to Plan a Trip to Parvati Valley .

The quaint village of Chalal is one of the famous places around Kasol to visit. The hike is a mere 30 minute one with absolutely negligible ascents which makes it accessible for pretty much everyone. The trail to Chalal starts at Panj Tara café near the main market area. Once you cross the café, you’ll see a bridge connecting Kasol to Chalal.

After crossing the bridge, it hardly takes around 30 minutes to reach the village. The trail is well-marked and passes through a beautiful forest. You will find a lot of people on the way irrespective of the season, so finding your way shouldn’t be a problem.

The trail to Chalal is devoid of arduous ascents and is very near to Kasol. Therefore, it is less of a hike and more of a saunter through a beautiful deodar forest. Chalal is a must-visit place if you are visiting Parvati valley. One can even stay at Chalal and it is preferred by a lot of folks who have an aversion for crowded places like Kasol.

Tosh Village

I would not really call Tosh a trek as such because there is in fact a motorable road that goes all the way to the village, right till Tosh Nalah. But this is still a pleasant walk for someone who was traveling by public transport and was up for a stroll. This is why I added it to the list of hikes and treks in Parvati Valley.

The local buses will only drop till Barshaini. From there, you can either go by cab or you can just walk on the motorable road to Tosh which is just 3 kilometers from where the bus would drop. There is no uphill climb or difficult trekking involved. The road is a motorable one and that is why I said that it is really more like taking a walk with awesome views all around you. For more information, please read How to Plan a Trip to Tosh Village .

Katagla is even farther in the valley from Chalal. It attracts a minuscule number of travelers when compared to Kasol and Chalal. It takes around 1.5 hours to reach Katagla from Kasol.

Now since it only takes 1.5 hours to reach here, it can be a perfect day hike. You can start early in the morning take a break at Chalal, then head to Katagla. Spend a decent amount of time exploring the area around this quaint hamlet and then you can easily return to Kasol before dark.

The trail to Katagla is well marked therefore you should have no problems whatsoever. Katagla is accessible throughout the year. For those who love spending time around such quaint villages, there are basic accommodation options available for you to spend the night here.

Malana needs no introduction these days. It is prominent in the travel world for a variety of reasons. One is the mystery revolving around the roots of the inhabitants and the other being the infamous Malana cream. It is alleged that inhabitants are the descendants of the soldiers of Alexander the Great. These claims fall flat and seem to be equivocal as studies show that there is no relation whatsoever between the residents of Malana and Alexander the great.

The area around Malana is pretty picturesque with scenic vistas all around. To this very day, Malana can only be reached by trudging for 1.5 to 2 hours. Malana gate is where the hike commences and is around 4 km from the gate. Unlike Chalal, Malana does involve a few ascents making it a bit difficult for first-timers.

Things can be even trickier in winters. Higher reaches of Parvati valley receive several feet of snow at this time, including Malana. Therefore, the trail may be buried under snow. But usually, it is frequented by the locals making the route accessible even in winter.

There could be hard Ice on the trails at this time, due to negative temperatures. So be very careful as it can be very slippery. Check out my blog on Malana for more details.

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Kutla is a scenic hamlet and is now one of the top places to visit around Tosh. A couple of hours away from Tosh, it is still devoid of the tourism boom. You’ll hear people showering heaps of praises on Tosh and claiming it be a so-called offbeat place, but those days are beyond us.

In my opinion, if you don’t like a lot of crowds, then you should go to Kutla. The hike is quite rewarding as one gets to see a breathtaking view of several peaks. Even the setting of Kutla surrounded by Deodar trees is quite picturesque.

Kutla is around 4 km away from Tosh. The trail is a cakewalk till the famous Tosh waterfall, from where a perpetual ascent begins. From here on, things can be a bit confusing so please keep asking the locals for directions so that you remain on the correct path. I have put this in the list as a day hike as it takes only 2 hours to reach from Tosh, but most people stay overnight to soak in the scenic vistas which Kutla has to offer.

The hike to Kutla can be termed as easy to intermediate. You only have to cover 3-4 km. The difficulty would increase drastically though in winters. If there has been fresh snow around Tosh, the narrow trail to Kutla is bound to be very slippery.

Kalga – Pulga – Tulga

These triple villages of Parvati valley are perfect examples of traditional Himalayan hamlets. The hike from Kalga starts from Barshaini and takes around 45 minutes. It is the last point where local buses drop you. Kalga is surrounded by deodar trees with huge mountains in the backdrop. One can even spot Tosh from here.

The well-marked trail exists to the pretty hamlets of Tulga and Pulga from Kalga. Both Pulga and Tulga are known for their rustic Himalayan charm and are among the best easy treks in Parvati Valley. If you have any trouble finding the trail, you can ask the locals.

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Rasol or Rashol

Rasol or Rashol is a rustic Himalayan village in Parvati valley. It receives only a small number of tourists as compared to places like Tosh or Kasol because it can be only reached on foot.

To get here, you need to trek for around 4 hours. The trek is uphill and can be a bit arduous. First-timers may find it a bit tiring, but nothing too serious. The path is well-marked and is frequented by a lot of villagers. The trek starts from the Kasol market near Panj Tara café. From here you cross the Chalal bridge and reach Chalal. From Chalal you reach the pretty village of Katagla and then finally to Rasol.

As it only takes around 3-4 hours to reach Rasol from Kasol, one can make it as a day trip. But the beauty of Rasol is unparalleled which is why I would recommend staying here at least for a night. If you are in a hurry, then you can probably start early from Kasol to reach Rasol and make it back before dark.

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Intermediate Treks in Parvati Valley

Mentioned below are treks that can be called as intermediate in terms of their difficulty level. I am not saying that an absolute beginner cannot complete them but it is just that the steep climbs at some places may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

Kutla and Buddhaban

Kutla is around 2-3 hours hike from Tosh and the views from here are insane. In winter though, the entire trail is usually not accessible due to heavy snowfall around Tosh. Most of the hike is easy as the trail is a marked one, but during the latter part, there is a steep uphill climb to reach the Village.

Buddhaban is a meadow located high up in the mountains and the trek is around an hour of uphill hike from Kutla. This place is a delight for nature lovers and photographers alike. The trek as well is quite scenic and passes through thick forest cover.

From Kasol, you will first get to Kutla village and then trek for another hour to get to Buddhaban. This can be completed in a day from Kasol but I will recommend staying overnight at Kutla.

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Grahan is a quaint little hamlet away from the hustle-bustle of Kasol and can only be reached only on foot. It is located at a distance of around 10 km from Kasol and takes 4 hours to reach.

The initial part of the trek is almost a level alongside the Parvati River. But the later 5 -7 km requires you to trudge through dense deodar forests to reach Grahan. Of course, the latter part of the climb is a bit steep, but it should not be that big of a problem even for absolute beginners.

Even though one can hike to Grahan and reach Kasol the same day, I would advise against it. Perhaps Grahan is easily one of the most picturesque places in the valley. Therefore, I would recommend at least spending a night in Grahan to soak in the vibes if not more. The village is also the basecamp for the famous Sar pass trek.

Waichin valley

Waichin valley is one of the most popular excursions near the Malana area and among the top places to go camping. The trek to Waichin valley starts from the Malana dam, further away from the Malana gate. It is approximately is around 4 km from the Malana dam and is not an easy hike as it involves a strenuous uphill hike.

But if you are somebody who loves to hike and camp, then the beauty of the place is surely going to leave you spellbound. For beginners who just commenced their trekking journey and done a few treks like Triund , this is a perfect trail to take things up a notch.

Your only staying option would be tents. You can either pitch your own tents or stay at one of the campsites. Of course, you won’t find a soul in winters due to absurd amounts of snow at Waichin valley. Therefore, it can only be done during the summer season.

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Multi Day Hikes in Parvati Valley

These are your typical high-altitude Himalayan treks in Parvati Valley which take quite a few days to complete. All of them in this list are above 3000 meters while some of the treks also climb above 4500 meters. These treks require serious fitness levels.

Kheerganga Trek (2950 meters)

Kheerganga trek is a blockbuster beginner trek in Himachal along with Triund. It is perched at an altitude 10,000 ft surrounded by high mountains of Parvati valley. Kheerganga is dubbed as an easy beginner trek which is why it entices so much crowd. It is one of the most crowded trails in the Himalayas. It is around 12-15 km from Barshaini, the starting point of the trek and takes 5-8 hours to complete depending upon the speed and the fitness levels of the trekker.

Albeit considered among the easy treks in Parvati Valley, one should not take it frivolously. It requires you to cover around 12-15 km with gradual ascents involved throughout the trek. So, beginners by no means should consider it a cakewalk. This trek will require you to be fit. For those who have done Himalayan treks, this would be a pleasant experience.

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Kheerganga Trek Routes

There are multiple ways you can reach Kheerganga. The first one is the Nakthan village route while the other being the Kalga route.

The more prominent and easier is the Nakthan village route. You start from Barshaini to reach the rustic hamlet of Nakthan and then make your way to Rudranag and finally reach Kheerganga.

The Kalga route is slightly different. First, you reach the pretty hamlet of Kalga which in itself is a wonderful place to stay if you are looking to escape the crowd. Kalga is around 45 minutes uphill climb from Barshaini. The trail you take from Kalga village will directly take you somewhere near Rudranag, bypassing Nakthan village and then finally to Kheerganga.

The trail is quite picturesque. You pass through beautiful dense Deodhar forest. There are numerous pretty waterfalls on the way. River Parvati is a perpetual company which you’ll have to cross a few times. The actual trail is very well marked. Therefore, you don’t need a guide as such, at least in summers.

Best Time to Trek to Kheerganga

The trail to Kheerganga is navigable almost throughout the year. The best time to visit Kheerganga would be May-June in summers and then September – November in autumn. Even though you can visit Kheerganga in monsoons, it is not an advisable time. The trail would be very slippery and there could even be occasional landslides. If it started to rain, you will either have to wait it out or continue walking in the wet.

The region around Kheerganga receives a lot of snow in winter. Therefore, only a handful of people attempt the trek during winters. After a first few spells of heavy snow, the trail to Kheerganga gets buried deep under it. But you can still attempt it with proper winter gear and professional guide.

Sar Pass Trek (4220 meters)

Sar pass trek is an extremely picturesque trek in Parvati valley that takes you from Kasol to Barshaini. A lot of beautiful meadows are the highlights of this trail. It can be done even by beginners with decent fitness. If you are one of those who want to get into high-altitude trekking but nothing too serious, then this is the perfect trek to get you started. It takes around 4-5 days to reach Barshaini from Kasol via Sar pass.

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Sar Pass Trek Routes

Kasol acts as the base camp for the Sar pass trek. From Kasol, you move to the pristine village Grahan through dense forests. After Grahan, you climb to the alpine meadows of Min Thach. Thach in local dialect translates to meadows and is the same as bugyal or Kanda. From Min Thach you climb up to the campsite of Nagaru.

The next bit of the journey will be the hardest for this particular trek as one has to climb to Sar pass from Nagaru campsite and descend up to Biskeri thatch. Biskeri Thach is one beautiful alpine meadow from where you can spot the rustic villages of Tosh, Kalga, Pulga. The final leg of the trek involves descending all the way down from Biskeri Thach to Barshaini.

Best Time to do the Sar Pass Trek

The best time attempt this trek is from May end to the whole of June and then from in Autumn from early September to early October. Monsoon month of July and August should be avoided as the trails become quite slippery.

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Chanderkhani Pass Trek (3660 meters)

Chanderkhani Pass is a beautiful crossover trek from Upper Kullu valley to Parvati valley. It is one of the more popular treks in Kullu valley.

Chanderkhani pass is located at an altitude of around 3660 meters which is a pretty comfortable altitude if you compare it with the treks to come in the list. The trek starts at the quaint hamlet of Rumsu near Naggar in the Upper Kullu Valley and ends at the famous Malana village in Parvati valley. It takes around 4-5 days to reach Malana from Rumsu via Chanderkhani pass.

This trek is termed as an Easy-Moderate trek if you look at websites of trekking companies. But as I mentioned earlier, no Himalayan treks are easy. You need to have decent fitness to complete such treks and Chanderkhani pass is no exception.

But novices with decent fitness levels can surely attempt this trek. Even beginners who want to take things up a notch and move beyond Triund and Kheerganga will have a great time on this trek.

The trail leading to Chanderkhani top passes through some beautiful forests and alpine meadows. Chanderkhani top provides one with a panoramic view of Dhauldhar, Pir Panjal, Bada Bhanghal ranges. The descend to Malana village is pretty steep from Chanderkhani pass.

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Chanderkhani Pass Trek Route

The trek starts from the rustic village of Rumsu. From Rumsu, the next destination is called Naya thapru. The next leg of the journey involves crossing the Chanderkhani pass. The trail leading to Chanderkhani pass takes you through forests as well as alpine meadows. The Pir-Panjal ranges, Parbati ranges are your perpetual company on this leg. Finally, Chanderkhani top provides you with awe-inspiring views of mighty mountains ranges like Pir-Panjal, Parbati, Dhaualdhar.

Best Time for Chanderkhani Pass Trek

As it is with all the high-altitude treks, the trails leading to Chandekhani pass are closed in winters due to snow. The usual trekking window for this trek is from April end to early October. Though you would encounter a lot of snow towards the end of April and early May.

From late May till June would be one of the best times to attempt this trek as the snow would not be a hindrance. Then the autumn month of September would be another great window to attempt. Monsoon months should be avoided as the trails get too slippery.

Pin Parvati Pass Trek (5319 meters)

Pin Parvati Pass trek is one of the most famous treks in Parvati Valley and all of Himachal as a matter of fact. It is an exhilarating crossover trek that takes you from Lush green Kullu valley to cold deserts of Spiti valley via the Pin-Parvati pass which stands at a staggering altitude of 5319 meters. Pin Parvati pass trek is termed as one of the most difficult non-technical treks of our country.

The fact that you pass through dense forests, trudge up to the source of River Parvati, cross a 5000 meters high pass, and finally make it to the quaint village of Mudh in Pin Valley while experiencing sharp contrast in the landscapes makes this trek breath-taking.

The difficulty of this trek can be attributed to the distance to be covered. One has to tread at high-altitude and inhospitable terrain for around 100 km to complete. It takes about 8-10 days to complete this trek depending upon the trekking company you have selected.

Anyone wanting to attempt this trek must be insanely fit. You cover 100 km in 8-10 days over rugged terrain and hostile altitudes which makes it an extremely difficult trek. Therefore, in my opinion, only those who have prior experience of climbing around 14000-16000 ft should attempt this one.

A couple of high-altitude treks should be a great experience to embark on this trek. Absolute beginners should avoid this as their first trek.

Pin Parvati Pass Trek Route

The conventional route followed by most of the trekking companies is the route starting from Barshaini and reaching Kheerganga. From Kheerganga, the trail leads to Tunda Bhuj followed by Thakur Kaun, Panda pul, and finally to the source of the might River Parvati, Mantalai lake.

In between Tunda Bhuj and Mantalai Lake you’ll walk through endless meadows and will have to cross Parvati River which is furiously flowing at many places. From Mantalai, you climb up to the base and then eventually the pass, and then finally once you are at the top you see the best of both worlds. From here you descend Mudh village in a couple of days.

Best Time for Pin-Parvati Pass Trek

Since the highest point of the trek is above 5000 meters and the average elevation throughout the trek is almost around 4000 meters we only have a short weather window of 3 months, from July to September. But please note that the Parvati River flows furiously during monsoons making the river crossing precarious. For more details, I will recommend taking a look at Pin Parvati Trek Guide .

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Mantalai Lake Trek (4350 meters)

Mantalai Lake trek takes you to deep into the hinterlands of Parvati valley. It is the source of the mighty River Parvati. River Parvati rises somewhere near Mantalai Glacier and comes down meandering to the holy town of Manikaran, and tourist resort of Kasol before finally merging into River Beas at Bhuntar in Kullu valley.

Mantalai lake is situated at a staggering altitude of 4350 meters and is usually a stopover in the Pin-Parvati pass trek. Of course, in Pin-Parvati you continue further and cross the pass and reach Mudh village . But for Mantalai lake trek you return the same way.

Since the distance is drastically reduced, this trek will be much easier as compared to the Pin-Parvati pass trek. But make no mistake it still is a moderate-difficult trek and involves all the perils one would face on the Pin-Parvati pass trek.

Mantalai Lake Trek Route

The trek starts from Barshaini. Kheerganga is the first campsite. From Kheerganga the trail leads to Tunda Bhuj followed by Thakur Kaun, Panda pul, and finally to the source of the might River Parvati which is Mantalai lake. Now If this were Pin-Parvati pass trek, then you would continue further. But for this particular trek retrace your steps and take the same trail taken while ascending to reach Barshaini.

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Best time to do Mantalai lake trek

In my opinion, the best time to do this trek is between June and September. Owing to high altitudes the trek only allows a short window. Similar is the case with almost every high-altitude trek in this region. But one thing to be careful about is the river crossings in the monsoon months of July and August. Parvati River flows violently in monsoons and crossing it would be a daunting task.

Sara Umga Pass Trek (4800 meters)

Sara Umga pass trek is one of the most under-explored treks in Parvati valley. Only a handful of seasoned trekkers try to attempt this.

Sara Umga pass is a crossover trek from Tosh in Parvati to Chotta Dhara in Upper Chandra valley ( Lahaul valley ). Perched at an altitude of around 4800 meters, this trek is one of the more difficult treks in Parvati valley. You’ll also be able to witness the Origin of Tosh Nullah at Tosh glacier.

Only experienced trekkers should tackle this one owing to the difficulty level. But the effort does pay handsomely with insane views of famous peaks like Deo Tibba, Indrasan, Dharamsura.

During the trek, you pass through beautiful meadow and grasslands. One also gets to experience the sharp contrast in terrain and vistas as one crosses over from Lush and vibrant Parvati valley to a bit barren Lahaul valley.

Sara Umga Pass Trek Route

Tosh is the base camp of this trek. From Tosh , you’ll head to Budhaban (3200m) via beautiful Kutla village and climb to Sharam thach (3500m). Soon you’ll find yourself above the treeline. A lot of Rhododendrons trees can be spotted on the trail to the Sharam Thach.

From Sharam Thach, one has to climb to another meadow know as Shamsi thach (3800m). This particular climb is steep and strenuous. The next destination is again a beautiful meadow named Kuta thach (4100m) which is just below the mighty Sara Umga pass.

After passing through many splendid alpine meadows one finally crosses the pass and descends to Putiruni (3800m). The trail to the pass is conspicuously steep. From Putiruni, one finally descends to Chota Dhara (3700m) on Kaza – Gramphu road .

Best Time for Sara Umga Pass Trek

The highest point in this trek is above 4500 meters. Extreme altitudes mean that there is only a short window to attempt this trek. July to October would be the best time to venture on this beautiful trek.

Before June, the pass itself will have a lot of snow. Therefore, crossing over to the Zanskar side could be a perilous affair. While after September, the chances of snowstorms increase drastically and would pose a huge risk.

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Animal Pass Trek (4560 meters)

Animal pass trek is another one of the unexplored gems in the Tosh valley. Seldom people venture on this trek. Therefore, it is one of the best treks to escape your casual trekking crowds. Situated at a hostile altitude of 4560 meters, the pass is no cakewalk. The fitness level needs to be quite high for this one. But compared to Sara Umga pass, this trek is a bit easier.

Both Sara Umga and Animal pass follow the same route to a certain point from where one trail proceeds to Sara Umga while other to Animal pass. Animal Pass trek starts and ends at Tosh as well. Unlike Sara Umga pass, you don’t crossover to another region on this trek.

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Animal Pass Trek Route

Tosh (2400 meters) is the base camp of this trek. From Tosh you’ll head to Budhaban (3200m) via beautiful Kutla village and climb to Sharam thach (3500m) and then to Shamsi thach (3800m).

Now if this were Sara Umga pass trek one should continue to Kuta Thach but this is where the trail diverts to Animal Pass. From Sharam thach one has to climb up to Animal pass and then descend back to Sharam thach. On the way, you’ll find a beautiful alpine lake. From Sharam thach you follow the same trail taken while ascending and reach Tosh.

Best Time for Animal Pass Trek

July to October would be the best time to venture on this beautiful trek. Even in May, the pass would have a lot of snow, making it difficult to reach.

Dev Roopa Trek

Dev Roopa is one of the less frequented places that trekkers visit and is a true gem. Even those who frequently visit Parvati valley might not have heard about this. Even I heard about it for the very first time a few days back when I stumbled upon a youtube video while searching for Waichin valley.

The last point of the trek which is Dev Roopa is considered very sacred by the locals and is located at an altitude of 4000 meters.

This is a moderate trek so you are fitness levels should be on point otherwise you are bound to struggle. It takes around 4 days to complete this trek. Malana is the starting point. In winters this trek is out of reach, as all the trails are buried in deep snow.

Dev Roopa Trek Route

The trek starts from the ancient village of Malana. From Malana, one has to reach Behali and then trudge through dense forest to reach meadow of Mota Grahan where you’ll spot a lot of Gaddis in summers.

Next campsite is named Bogdi which can be reached after a long hike from Mota Grahan. From Bogdi, we finally reach Dev Roopa after a steep strenuous hike and then descend back to Bogdi. we retrace our steps to Malana by taking the same route.

Best Time for Dev Roopa trek

The best time to venture on this trek would be from May to October. Monsoons should be avoided as the trails get slippery and could be dangerous. Before May and after October, there would be too much snow to attempt this trek.

Rashol Pass Trek

Rashol pass trek takes you from the beautiful village of Rashol to the ancient village of Malana. In is one of the most famous treks of Parvati Valley and Kasol. Earlier, this was one of the main routes from where you could reach Malana. But the advent of roads means that this is now seldom used.

This is kind of a forgotten trail which makes it even more difficult. Even commercial trekking companies refrain from this one and only hardcore trekkers try to venture here.

The trek itself is quite short. It should only take you a couple of days to reach Malana from Rasol if all went well. The one good thing about this trek is no tourist crowd. Unlike Kheerganga, this trek does not attract your casual trekkers. You might find Shepherds though in the summer months.

Rashol Pass Trek Route

The starting point of the trek is Kasol. From Kasol, an uphill 4-hour climb should land you in Magic Rashol as people like to call it. You can stay overnight at Rashol and find a guide from the village itself. The next day one can easily make it to Malana provided one can find the trail which is a bit tricky. This is where having a guide will solve the entire trail-related dilemma.

Best time for Rashol Pass Trek

In my opinion, the best time to do the trek would be from May to October. June can be one of the perfect times to attempt this trek. Late September to October is also good weather window.

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Treks in Parvati Valley – FAQs

Listed below are some frequently asked questions about treks in Parvati Valley.

How to reach the base camp for all the mentioned treks in Parvati Valley?

Well, almost all the treks start at Kasol, Tosh, Barshaini, Malana. The aforementioned places are very popular in Parvati valley. Once you reach Bhuntar, then you can get transportation of your choice. Local buses and private cabs will easily take you to the places mentioned above.

Are guides needed for these treks?

Yes and no. It depends on what kind of hikes you are going for. Most of the short-day hikes have marked trails that don’t require you to have guides. While apart from Kheerganga, you need guides for all the other treks unless you are an expert which most of us are not.

Usually, for all the mentioned multi-day treks a lot of commercial companies do organize the treks. So, if you don’t want to go through the hassle of finding porters and local guides then you can opt for these trekking companies.

But trekking companies usually charge heftily for big treks like Pin-Parvati pass. Hiring local porters and guides might bring down the cost significantly.

Treks in Parvati Valley – Conclusion

I hope the information above on trekking in Parvati valley was of help. If you have any questions, or need any other details, please feel free to ask in the comments section below, or at our Community Forum , and I will be glad to answer.

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Treks in Parvati Valley – Travel Guide for Backpackers & Travelers

Shefali Joshi

Are you planning to go on one of the beautiful, hidden treks in Parvati Valley? Parvati Valley is a boon to whoever visits. With insanely beautiful flora and lush green valleys, Parvati Valley holds many secrets.

Some of the best treks of Himachal Pradesh lie in this region. Visitors of Parvati Valley are curious to get an answer for one question – what are the hidden or offbeat places or treks in Parvati Valley.

The best way to explore a region is, of course, getting deep into the depths. Given the wild beauty of the mountains of the region, it should be no surprise to anyone that there are plenty of treks scattered throughout the Valley. Here are some of the worthiest treks of Himachal one can embark upon.

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Parvati Valley

Situated along the banks of Parvati River, Parvati Valley lies in the Greater Himalayan Range and climbs a steep height of over 5,000 meters. Of course, the beautiful mountain trails in the region catch everyone’s fancy and can span anywhere from a couple of hours to many days . Whatever catches your fancy and you can achieve by way of your physical strength is always a great idea when you are in this region.

Our previous article on Parvati Valley gives you an extensive idea of how to reach the region and other activities to partake in, so do read the extensive knowledge!

The might Himalayas as seen in Parvati Valley

Easy Treks in Parvati Valley

Let us first start with some easy treks you can find near Kasol, the main hub of Parvati Valley .

1. Chalal Village

Chalal should not even qualify as a trek but a short hike. The 30-minute pleasant hike to the Chalal village from Kasol runs you through old-world charm and stunning scenic views. Get to chill by the river and walk over to this offbeat location in Himachal Pradesh.

The best time to visit this little hamlet of Chalal village is April-June. However, as the walk is effortless, one can easily cover it in any month – no matter rain or sunshine. The peace and tranquillity are addictive, and you may even want to spend a night or two here in case you have a luxury of time. The peace, seclusion, and quietness of Chalal will leave you spell-bound for a long while to come.

2. Tosh Village

Tosh forms a very simple trek . In fact, there is a road facility right up till Tosh Nala. Situated at a distance of 40 km from Kasol, Tosh requires a total trek of only 3-4 km from the village Barshaini.

Flowers and flora abound, one will be engulfed with blue poppies and Balsam in the early summer months, while winter months will bring about blankets of snow and splendor. You’ll be part of a happy tribe throughout your trek as Tosh is gaining popularity, and travelers are flocking to this quaint village.

Though, not as populated as the Mini Israel of Kasol, Tosh holds its own place when it comes to trance.

Onlooking snow-covered peaks near Malana Village

3. Rasol Village

Next on our list of easy treks in Parvati Valley is the trek to Rasol Village.

A two-hour trek from the magical wonderland of Kasol, Rasol (aka Rashol) provides insane views of mountains covered in thick pine forests and clouds up above overwhelming the blue skies. With some tricky patches in between, that will test your stamina, Rasol is a backpacker’s paradise.

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Also, thanks to its untouched beauty, you’ll be blessed to be in the lap of Parvati Valley. No wonder Shivji spent thousands of years here, meditating. It is indeed a beautiful place.

Intermediate Treks in Parvati Valley

In this section, let us talk about some intermediate or moderate difficulty treks on your visit to Parvati Valley .

1. Kutla Glacier & Buddhaban

Taking a day to reach from Tosh, Kutla glacier is a relatively easy-moderate trek that will take you around 2 hours to complete in entirety. However, the untouched beauty of Himachal along the way will keep you mesmerized, and you’ll want to take a TONNE of breaks in between to enjoy and soak in the natural wonders.

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Past the Rishi Jamdagni temple, the trail leads you up to a small waterfall where you’ll also spot distant snow-covered peaks. One should aim to spend some time, even a night, at Kutla and enjoy the serenity of the region.

The next day, you should move on to Buddhaband. Buddhaban in one such place located further to the north of the Tosh Village. Apart from the 1 km steep ascent near Kutla Village, the trail mostly easy and even.

Apple orchard, the scenic Kutla Village, Tosh River, and a wonderful looking Buddhaban campsite make the highlights of this short trek from Tosh Village near Kasol.

2. Grahan Village

10 KM hike from Kasol, Grahan is the dream trek – not too difficult, with patches that push you to your maximum capabilities. And oh, the views – not only at the end giving a feeling of accomplishment but also, during the entire trek, are spectacular. Grahan is a tiny hamlet along the Parvati Valley, with exceptional seclusion and many many bridges.

The deeper you head into the woods, the better the views get. Every turn will give you a Holy Cow, what beauty type feeling. After covering over 80% of the trek – the real question on whether to choose the longer but easier route or, the shorter but excruciating route would lie upon you. Both views have their pros and cons, but it is for you to decide how to move forward.

The terrain is rocky, so it is essential to complete your trek during the day – leave early in the morning for the same. Do visit the Grahan temple when you finally reach the village. Also, the food is delicious, the normal touristy trappings are minimal, and the villagers are wonderful. Spark a conversation to listen to the many stories of the region straight from a Local.

You can choose to camp out under the stars or, if you’re looking for extra comfort, try looking for homestay options in the region.

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Difficult/Long Duration Treks in Parvati Valley

Now let’s look at some of the difficult or long-duration Parvati Valley treks.

1. Sar Pass Trek

Ah, the thrill of thrills! Sar Pass is the definition of stunning views on a trek. Encompassing overall 4-5 days from Kasol, the trek will keep you on your toes, thanks to the crazy beautiful meadows and the stunning night skies. The trek starts from Kasol and crosses Grahan Village.

It is no secret that the deeper you go into the mountains of Parvati Valley, the more beauty there is to witness. Surrounded by rhododendrons, the trails ahead of Grahan are isolated, but the views will keep you happy.

Post Grahan, you’ll spend your first night in Nagaru, which is reached through a difficult trek of 6-8 hours, requiring you to climb magnificent steep mountains of Parvati Valley. Reaching the top on day three will require patience and perseverance. However, sliding down mountains (carefully) is one of the best experiences in the region. Coming back is easy – the descent is not bad at all, but, one still requires to be careful.

Parvati Valley and the mammoth mountains

2. Mantalai Lake Trek

Mantalai lake is where any story in the Parvati Valley begins. For this is the lake where the Parvati River originates. The sheer reverence this place holds is not something a lot of places in the Himalayas enjoy. Of course, you would not be disappointed – the lake lives up to its name and has all the grace one would think Shivji’s consort would have!

Every nook of the trek would offer you with views that will be etched in your memories forever. The picture-perfect views of the river taking shape amidst the deodar and pine trees, along with the backdrop of snow-capped mountains will be a source of great joy for those who take upon the arduous task of reaching the Mantalai Lake.

Importance of Mantalai Lake

One of the holiest lake in Hindu scriptures, Mantalai Lake is at a height of 13,500 ft. and falls on the way to the Pin Parvati Pass, this trek essentially forms one of the most difficult treks of the region. Sir Louis, who initially discovered this route was looking for an alternative route for Spiti Valley .

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The insane views of the Pin Parvati are your accompaniment during the entire journey. Beginners and novices should not undertake this trek. Also, it is essential to have a guide with you for the trek. Acclimation is another important step to undergo before taking on this mammoth task. For this, stay over at Pulga before taking on the onward journey.

Also, one should avoid the winter months for embarking on this beautiful journey as the snow covers the mountains and the air is anyways sparse. You shouldavoidMonsoon season. June to October would be an ideal time for your journey to the gorgeous lake.

Essentially, when you’re heading over to the Mantalai lake, you’ll be covering all spots of importance in the Parvati Valley – Pulga, Kheerganga, Tunda Bhuj, and Thakur Kuan. Pandu Bridge and stories of Pandavas will also fall along the way. Overall, this trek will take you approximately nine days to cover, and you’ll be cut off from the world outside Parvati.

That beautiful Sunrise in Kasol

3. Pin Parvati Valley Trek

Moving on further ahead from Mantalai Lake, one moves into the Pin Parvati National Park , and if you thought you’d experienced tranquillity before, you’ll be in shock to see what lies ahead. While the trek in itself is challenging and should not be experimented with, the ardent trekkers, with the help and guidance of guides, can experience the glory of nature in its finest forms.

This trip can be accomplished by adding an extra three days into your itinerary of Mantalai Lake trek. The trek, of course, features gorgeous animals such as snow leopards to be spotted. You’ll be crossing water streams and ascending extremely steep mountains, and you’ll be camping on solid rocks – not the most comfortable.

However, the views will make up for everything and more. Keep moving ahead, and you’ll be on your way into the Spiti Valley. Be prepared to carry 10-15 KGs of equipment. Also, it is essential to keep your body hydrated.

4. Tirthan Valley Trek          

Another beautiful trek of the Great Himalayan National Park, the Tirthan Valley trek will take you around 4 days to accomplish. There are three major rivers flowing from the Park, Tirthan in the South, Sainj and Parvati in the North.

These rivers are essentially feeders of the Beas river in the Kullu-Manali valley. The landscapes of these valleys are quite similar. The rural and traditional character of the valley and its villages has been preserved which adds a unique flavor to this trek.

Waterfalls and sporadic portions of steep trek highlight the route for Tirthan Valley. The transition between Sainj and Parvati from Tirthan Valley is going to be the highlight of the trek.

The Many little hamlets in Parvati Valley

5. Chandrakhani Pass Trek

Malana trek is one of the most famous treks of the region, if not Himachal Pradesh. The lure for the best hashish put Malana on the map; however, up ahead, the views keep evolving to show even more perplexing beauty in the region. Trekking in snow, , especially during the final climb towards the Chandrakashi Trek, is the icing on the cake for sure.

The trek is beautiful until the landscape changes when you approach the trekking pass. Be prepared for a lot of hard work that will take a toll on your body. First-time trekkers must be cautious about the height and the landscape. You will fall in love with this place while trekking in the mountains crossing the forests.

You will be repeatedly pointed out that you are alive. Once in awhile, such treks are needed, which can break your body but boost your faith in yourself. This pass enables a chance to witness the Pir Panjal range, Deo Tibba peak, and Parbati range in one line.

6. Sara Umga Trek

Looking to work hard and earn your views? Sar Umga is awaiting your arrival, eagerly. Taking eight days, this trek is difficult and will test your grit. Layers of clothes, proper trekking shoes and equipment, a guide, and sheer determination are what is required for conquering this particular mountain.

However, on the other side- the views will make you want to cry – for they are so beautiful. Starting from Ramsu, the importance of acclimatization is not being taken lightly. Lying on the historic Indo-Tibet route, this trek requires you to climb steep mountains, trek for hours on end, cross rivers, and be always prepared.

The challenging trek starts from the green pastures of Tosh Valley and takes you along the rugged landscape of Spiti Valley . With many beautiful meadows that your heart will pound simply looking at, this trek is based deep in the pine-forested mountains at extremely high altitudes. With a few glacial lakes splattered about, adding depth to your experience, you’ll also be covering Kullu’s highest peaks – Papasura and Dharamsura.

The Sara Umga Pass is at the height of 4900 m, is a challenging trek, and meant only for experienced trekkers. Though being a tough hike, the views of the central Lahaul and many impressive high-ranged peaks of over 6000+mts of the Chandra Bhaga range make an effort worthwhile!

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Trekking in Parvati Valley

It is no secret that Parvati Valley holds a special place in everyone’s heart who has ever visited. Also, if you’ve only been to the star attractions of Kasol and even Tosh, you’re missing out on all that the Valley has to offer.

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Jiwa Nala – Parvati Valley Trek

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The Complete Guide to Jiwa Nala – Parvati Valley Trek

Jiwa nala – parvati valley trek – a shining beacon.

The Jiwa Nala – Parvati Valley trek is one of the hidden treasures of Himachal Pradesh, located in the  Great Himalayan National Park . The 8-day trek is not for the uninitiated, and requires prior experience in high altitude wilderness, the trek takes one through the rugged back country of Sainj and Parvati Valleys. Steep gorges, lush meadows, two passes and an emerald green high altitude pond, all in the backdrop of the snow capped peaks make up for an exciting jamboree.

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Sarthu Pond – A little gem

GHNP, as the park is commonly referred to, is a relatively small expanse of ~ 750 sq kilometers  of enchanting mountain scenery when compared to its other Himalayan siblings, but possesses some of the most pristine and unique ecosystems in the world. Nestled in  Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh  in north India, the park acts as an ecological bridge, its contiguousness to  Pin Valley National Park  and  Rupi Bhabha Wildlife Sanctuary  offering extended wildlife corridors, in addition to the buffer areas of Sainj and Tirthan wildlife sanctuaries that extend the expanse of the GHNP Conservation Area (GHNPCA) to ~1100 sq kms. From the rare  Tragopans  to the rarer  Snow Leopards , there is no dearth of exotic flora and (if the lord shall be with thee) fauna that one can witness on this trail.

Since the park is accessible only by foot and there is  hardly any pack animals or shepherd movement  (only a few villagers come up to collect herbs), one can enjoy pure solitude in one of the remotest corners of the middle Himalayas. However, it also implies that one needs to pack comprehensively and also be careful in navigating the trail.Highlights of the trek include crossing the two passes –  Kandi Galu  (3,700 mts) and  Phangchi Galu  (4,700 mts) – and walking through stunning meadows to Sarthu Pond.

The trek requires a permit, which can be obtained from the  Sainj office of GHNP .

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Lush Meadows

Whom is the trek meant for?

This trek is meant for those prepared to grinding the mundane to scour unmapped, untamed wilderness, to beat about bushes intent on beating you down, to face undulations with a wicked grin and last but not the least, to believe in the simple schematic joy of putting one foot after another. 

Prophecies apart, this trek is meant for those with 3-4 years of experience in high altitude Himalayan trekking – there are serious rocky undulations, with almost 1,500 meters of climb and descents on a regular basis in unflinching terrains, except for a day or two in the meadows, where the visual rewards aplenty.

The trek can be classified as moderate, though the heavy undulations and lack of human movement inside the park warrants an extra degree of precaution.

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Snow capped Peaks

What are the risks involved?

It’s important to note that there are very few people on this trail, which means an expert knowledge of maneuvering though steep gorges. The trails are not very marked, and it needs expert knowledge to locate the  burjis  (cairns) to figure out the broad geography. One has to prepared for 8-10 hours of trekking almost everyday.

The altitude is a bit tricky, 4,500 mts can be a bit unassuming for the experienced trekker, but  there are serious undulations here everyday that can be tricky if the weather decides to play spoilsport. While Diamox can be a solution, the better option is 10-20 ‘intense 7-8 kms runs’ spaced out between 1-2 months prior to travel. 

How difficult is the trek?

The trek can be graded moderate-difficult, with the added caution that the lack of altitude might make one lenient towards the heavy undulations, that are fraught with some human traffic on most tough treks, but there is very little traffic after the declaration of GHNP as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (a title I have my  personal doubts  upon). Be prepared to beat the trail down through the heavy bushes fora couple of days, and hoping for trail at times while climbing through sixty degree slopes. For anyone astute enough, the cairns can provide safe directions through most part of the trek.

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Trekkers in action!

How to prepare for the trek?

Start running, and running as many hills as possible, aiming for 15-20 km a week with at least 500 feet of elevation gain for 4 weeks. More than the physical conditioning, for we’d assume you to be health conscious enough to be interested in such endeavors, it is recommend you read up on a some very good literature that is available on the Kullu Himalayas, and absorb the country you are about to fling yourself into.

➤  Short Itinerary

The shining beacon of the great himalayan national park.

  • “In hindsight, this trek was another one of those ‘perchance accidents’, since our porters decided to abandon us. The first rays of dawn revealed the magical canopy that surrounded the thatch, the conifers aping triangles in perfect symmetry. We were in  jogini  country now. We did not have any regrets”, says Parth Joshi, who explored and documented this trail.
  • Experience the thrill of trekking in the Jiwa Nala gorge, which is steep and narrow. These interspersed trails can become very confusing to the untrained eye.

➤  Detailed Itinerary

Day 0: reaching sainj, 1600 mts.

Sainj is approximately 550 kms from Delhi. The easiest way to reach is to take a Volvo bus from Delhi upto Aut on the Delhi-Manali Highway, from where Sainj is approximately a 1.5 hour drive away. There are small buses plying on this route, else one can hire a taxi for around INR 1,500. There is a GHNP guest house at Neuli (4-5 kms ahead of Sainj) with good rooms. If you are prepared to dole out your own rations, the caretaker can prepare meals.

One needs to take a permit from the GHNP park office in Sainj, located 2-3 kms before the Neuli guest house. The officer in charge does not come before 11 am, so one can take the day off to settle down and acclimatize. However, if one is not too tiered, the climb to Bhagi Kashyari can be done on this day itself.

Some people prefer to start the trek from Neuli, hiking an extra 14-15 kms over easy terrain.

Day 1: Trek from Shanshar to Bhagi Kashyari

  • Altitude:  6889   feet to 8530 feet
  • Distance:  8 kms
  • Time taken:  3 hours
  • Trail type:  Villages and forests  

Shanshar  is the last motorable point, around half an hour further ahead of  Sainj . The trail climbs up through dense mixed forests to the village of  Bhagi Kashyari , a small village of around 50 people.

There are plenty of hazelnuts in the forests, a major source of income for the villagers, as also a popular pastime with the kids, cracking the fingernail sized shells with stones.

There are no campsites in the village, so one either needs to go 3-4 kms further ahead, or one can pitch tents in the primary school playground.

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Bhagi Kashyari -A compact hamlet

Day 2: Trek from Bhagi Kashyari to Kandi Galu; Descend from Kandi Galu to Subli Thatch

  • Altitude:  8530 feet to 12139 feet to 10826 feet
  • Distance:  20 kms
  • Time taken:  11 hours
  • Trail type:  Dense forests, gorge, undulations and steep slopes

This day gives you the first real taste of its strenuous nature. One descends from  Bhagi Kashyari  for about an hour to reach the floor of a narrow gorge before ascending through thick forests, followed by another descent. There are almost 3-4 rounds of such undulations before one reaches the final steep climb up to  Kandi Galu  notch. The trail is heavily forested throughout the day and one needs to careful about the sense of direction. Although the pass in not very high, the last 3-400 mts upto very craggy with minimal trail markings.

It is a steep 1-1.5 hour descent to  Subli Thatch , a tattered roof over two rooms. We are past the tree line now but the meadows are heavily vegetated and a lot of bushwhacking is needed at times. One can camp inside the thatch; else there is plenty of room to pitch tents around it as well. Firewood and water points are easily available.

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Subli Thatch -The first campsite after crossing Kandi Galu Notch

Day 3: Trek from Subli Thatch to Dwada Thatch

  • Altitude:  10826 feet to 10334
  • Distance:  8 kms
  • Time taken:  5 hours
  • Trail type:  Dry stream beds, long bushes, rocky terrain

The day begins with a very tricky descent, dry stream beds and six feet long bushes decimating any sight of a trail. However, one can navigate using Jiwa Nala, whose gurgling sound can be heard now in the gorge. There are only 2-3 crossing points in the river. It is recommended to use the first opportunity to cross downstream, since the bridges upstream are often washed away for seasons on end. 

The trail is very rocky and one needs to traverse carefully. However, the distance is short today, and one can easily reach the campsite around lunch. There is decent thatch here as well. Firewood and water points are easily available.

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Dwada Thatch

Day 4: Trek from Dwada Thatch to Sarthu Pond; Trek from Sarthu Pond to Khandedhar Top and descend to Lalbatti

  • Altitude:  10170 feet to 13123 feet
  • Distance:  20 kms
  • Time taken:  10 hours
  • Trail type:  Lush green meadows, pond, glacial lake, snow covered peaks

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Mountain Stream -Jiwa Nala

The first half of the day is one of the highlights of the trek, with a gentle climb through lush green meadows along Jiwa Nala to  Sarthu pond  ( 11,482 feet ), a small emerald green glacial lake. The view opens up here, with the higher snow covered peaks and glaciers of the Jiwa Nala valley now fully visible.  

From Sarthu pond, it is very steep 3-hour hike to reach  Khandedhar top  ( 14,435 feet ), transitioning from the lush green valley of Jiwa Nala into moraine and scree zone on the other side.  Lalbatti  ( 13,123 feet ) campsite is half an hour down from the top.

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It is to be noted that our version here differs from the itineraries usually suggested. While the regular itinerary lists this as a rest day or two at Dwada thatch with a round trip to  Sarthu pond , we decided to climb straight up from Sarthu pond instead of turning back, which would land up somewhere in between Dwada Thach and  Phangchi Galu , the highest point of the trek. Though the campsite at  Lalbatti  was cold and windy, we managed to shave off quite a bit of the distance from the otherwise 24-km hike from  Dwada Thatch  to  Chippi  after crossing the pass.  

One should not casually take these detours however. We had planned and studied maps in detail before doing this, and it was still a risky proposition as we were wading through mist to the top of  Khandedhar . Firewood is not available, and there are limited water points.

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View from Khandedhar Top

Day 5: Trek from Lalbatti Campsite to Chippi

  • Altitude:  13123 feet to 11154 feet
  • Distance:  18   kms
  • Time taken:  8 hours
  • Trail type:  Narrow trail with heavy moraine

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Short descent from Lalbatti before starting the steep ascent to Phangchi Galu ( 15,419 feet ). The trail is narrow and unrelenting with heavy moraines on the final 1-2 kms before the notch. The descent is trickier with a 70-75 degree slope over heavy scree. There is high probability of rock falls after crossing Phangchi Galu, and one has to exercise extreme caution while traversing the pass. 

The trail eases up after 2-3 kms on the descent. One has to be careful about the direction though and stick to the left once on the glacier’s tongue since the moraines can mislead. Chippi is a regular shepherd encampment, with good views of  Parvati Valley . Firewood and water points are easily available.

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Chippi Campsite

Day 6: Trek from Chippi to Barshaini

  • Altitude:  11,154   feet to 8858 feet
  • Distance:  16   kms
  • Time taken:  6 hours
  • Trail type:  Rocky terrain, mountain streams

The first 2-3 hours of the descent are technical with a lot of rock fall and a couple of stream crossings just above the tree line. The downhill is easy today with only a couple of steep sections, and crosses beautiful alpine meadows and shepherd encampments before winding up to the sleepy little hamlet of  Pulga  (9514 feet), a quintessential Himachali village with lots of traditional architecture thrown in.

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Autumn Hues

After Pulga, one descends to a pedestrian bridge near a micro hydel project on the Parvati River to cross to  Barshaini  (8858 feet), the road head leading one further up into the Parvati Valley. One can find local buses, or hire a taxi down to Manikaran, which has better accommodation options, and not to forget the hot springs to alleviate the blistered feet and tired dispositions.

➤  How to Get Fit for the Trek

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The Jiwa Nala – Parvati Valley  trek is classified as a  moderate – difficult  trek   . You trek up to an altitude of over 15,419 feet. You will be covering a trekking distance of 90 kilometers in 7 days. The trail has several challenging sections. You have to make sure your lungs are strong for this.

Cardiovascular endurance

This trek requires a good amount of endurance. You can  begin by jogging everyday .  Start jogging at a slow pace and then keep increasing your pace day by day. Make sure you are able to  jog 5 km in 30 minutes  before the start of the trek. It takes time to be able to cover this distance in the given time. Swimming, cycling and stair climbing without too many breaks in between can help too.

This is another area you should work on. There is a lot of trekking distance that you will cover in high altitude carrying your backpacks.  You have to walk on uneven terrain during the trek. It could be taxing for your legs. For this, strengthening your legs will help. You can do some squats to strengthen them. Do around  3 sets of squats, with 8 squats in each set .

Flexibility

Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises –  stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders  regularly. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.

Working out indoors

If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints,  here’s a video  you can use to work out indoors.

➤  What to Pack for your Trek

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Bare Necessities:

  • Trekking shoes:  Carry trekking shoes and not sports shoes. The trail will be slippery at several places and will require shoes with good grip and ankle support. You can watch this video to learn to  choose the right trekking shoes . You can get Forclaz 600 from  Decathlon .
  • Backpack (40-60 litres):  A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
  • Daypack (20 litres):  As this is a crossover trek, you would only need a daypack if you are offloading your backpack.
  • Three layers of warm clothes:  Carry two sweaters, and a padded jacket. If you are more susceptible to feeling cold, add another layer.
  • Three trek pants:  Carry light cotton trek pants. One of your pants can be tights that you can wear as an inner layer while trekking, especially on the Pass day.
  • Three collared t-shirts:  Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. If you’re too cold, you can wear two tshirts together for more insulation.
  • Thermals:  Carry thermals (top and bottom) to keep yourself warm at  night . Keep your thermals fresh and don’t wear them while trekking.

Accessories

  • Sunglasses:  Sunglasses are mandatory.
  • Suncap :  At high altitude, the sun is extra harsh, as the UV rays don’t get filtered. So carry a suncap to protect yourself.
  • Synthetic hand gloves:  Avoid woollen gloves as they will get wet if you touch snow. You can add a fleece glove as an inner layer, and wear two gloves on each hand if you’re more susceptible to cold.
  • Balaclava :  You’ll need this to cover your head, as most of the heat escapes from your head.
  • Socks (2 pairs) and a pair of woollen socks:   Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
  • Headlamp  LED torch :  Mandatory
  • Trekking pole :  Watch this video to understand  why you need a trekking pole .
  • Toiletries  ( Sunscreen , moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste)
  • Cutlery:  Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons.
  • Two water bottles:  1 litre each
  • Plastic covers:  While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.

Mandatory Personal Medical Kit 

  • Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)
  • Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
  • Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
  • Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
  • Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
  • Disprin – 6 tablets (headache)
  • 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)

➤  Difficult Sections

Safety concerns:.

The Jiwa Nala – Parvati Valley trek has a lot of tricky sections. The trail is completely isolated. It is hard to find human presence on this trail. The heavy undulations with almost 1500 meters of steep ascents and descents on a regular basis warrants an extra degree of precaution. Like any mountain pass crossing, there are no easy exits. This trek has two challenging pass crossings.  In addition, you are trekking upto an altitude of 15419 feet.  Acute Mountain Sickness  is a very big risk on this trek.

In preparation, it’s highly recommended that you use  Acetazolamide  (Diamox) to assist acclimatization and prevent high altitude sickness.

Diamox dosage:

Start on a dosage of  125 mg every 12 hours  2 days prior to your trek (or when you arrive at Delhi). Increase it to 250 mg every 12 hours from the day you get to the base camp and continue until you complete the trek.  Watch this video  to learn how AMS can be prevented.

Side effects of Diamox:

While Diamox is harmless for most people, please  check with your doctor  whether you are allergic to sulphides. Also check with your doctor if you have high/low blood pressure or diabetes.

➤  Maps and Charts

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➤  Plan Your Travel

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Sainj is approximately 550 kms from Delhi. The best way to reach is to take a Volvo bus from Delhi to Aut on the Delhi-Manali Highway. It takes about 1.5 hours to reach Sainj from Aut. Small buses ply on this route. You can hire a taxi for around INR 1500. There are GHNP guest houses available at Neuli. They have good rooms for rent.

You need to get permits from the GHNP park office in Sainj, which is located 2 to 3 kms before the Neuli guest house.

➤  Trek Contribution

Author:  Parth Joshi

Blog :  www.traveltravailsandheck.com

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Allured by the outdoors, Parth is an avid trekker, runner, cyclist, birder and photographer, he is more often than not found gloating over the anything hinterland, on foot or over computer monitors, and fantasizing solutions that can foster ‘inclusive’ growth and sustainable livelihoods for communities at the grassroots.

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Pin Parvati Pass Trek

Pin Parvati Pass Trek

Pin Parvati Pass Trek

Himachal Pradesh |

Himachal Pradesh | India

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Trek Name: Pin Parvati Pass Trek

Adventure Type: Trekking

Base Camp: Manali

Season: Monsoon | Autumn |

Month: July | August | September |

Country: India

Altitude: 17500 Ft.

Grade: Difficult

Rail Head: Pathankot is the nearest rail head to the base camp

Stay: Camping (Twin sharing) & Hotel/Guesthouse

Food: Meals while on trek & at Kalga guesthouse (Veg & Eggs)

Location: Himachal Pradesh

Distance: 110 Km.

Trail Type: Cross over trail | Start in one valley, traverse the pass, and ends in another valley.

AirPort: Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali

Trekking in the Himalayan ranges is always considered the best place to enjoy the holidays. Himachal Pradesh is blessed with Pin Parvati Pass having an amazing view of natural scenic beauty in the icy mountain ranges of the western Himalayas. Pin valley trek is located at an elevation of 5319 meters high which delights to seasoned trekkers. The best season for trekking in Manali is an ideal summer peak i.e. the month of July to September end. Trekking to Pin Parvati Pass is the best summer break from the blazing heat which will surely tempt adventure lover trekkers.

Trekking in Manali is considered a glory for passionate trekking lovers.  Pin Parvati Pass Trek is known as a very tricky pass as it falls at a high altitude and is covered under frozen snow mountains for almost a whole year. Uncertain rainfall makes the trekking area slippery and increases the risk factor.

Pin Parvati Pass  is named after the pass link of Parvati Valley of Kullu to Pin Valley in Spiti. The journey starts from Kullu and ends in Manali taking 11 days adventurous trip. The exciting part of this trek falls in the abundant beauty of nature with attractive landscapes, lush greenery, intense alpine forest, wild colorful blossoming flowers, and north terrestrial sceneries.

Pin Parvati Pass Trek Informative Video

The trekking starts by driving to Barsheni Village from Manali. While trekking to Rudranath and camp followed by Khirganga to Tunda Bhuj and Thakur Kuan at a height of 13400 ft trekkers discover the barren valleys of Himachal, attractive villages, bright sea cliff, and high chilling waterfalls. Khir Ganga is devoted to lord Shiva where devotees take a deep bath in hot tank water. The pass gives a striking view on one side of a colorful hue of mountains flanked by snowy peaks and the barren Spiti valley on the other. This spectacular trek is further continuous to trekking at Mantalai Lake to Base Camp and Parvati side Base camp to Pin side Base camp over Pin Parvati pass at 17,500ft high after trekking for 8 hours. While trekking from Pin Valley side camp to Wichkurung Thatch, in the trek way you will find Pin Valley National Park and Great Himalayan National Park which is well known all over the world for snow leopards and Himalayan birds respectively. Further continuing the trek to the biggest pin valley in Himachal Mud. The route to Mud is full of muddy areas and gives an outstanding vision while on foot to Kaza. The adventurous trek ends here and trekkers travel back to Manali and make a pleasant overnight stay here. Trekkers also explore a few ancient Buddhist monasteries in the region.

So, plan a  Trekking  tour to  Pin Parvati Pass , Himachal Pradesh this summer which offers a memorable and adventurous challenging trek.

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Who Can Participate

  • Age; 15 years.
  • Experience of any high altitude trek, at least 1 treks of 4,000m/13,100ft.
  • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 6 km of distance in 35 minutes without stress.
  • The climber should be able to carry a 12-16 kg backpack.

Manali to Barshaini and trek to Kalga

  • Altitude(Kalga):  2300 m/ 7600 ft.
  • Drive Distance(Manali to Barshaini):  4-5 hrs.
  • Trek Distance( Barshaini to Kalga):  1 km | 1/2 hr.
  • Lunch at Manikaran (Stoppage for 1 hr).
  • Leave Manali at 10 am.
  • Bring left luggage separately so that without wasting time we will leave Manali on time.
  • Networks are available at Kalga.
  • Some parts of the trek through apple orchid.
  • Stay in-home stay.

The adventurous journey of the trek will make a pleasurable trace when you reach Manali by 10 am in the morning and will leave for Barsheni Village which is surrounded by thick pine forest and green pastureland. Then further you will move to Kalga village which is a 1/2 hr trek from Barshaini. We will be taking a stop for lunch at Manikaran Gurudwara where you can visit the hot springs in the nearby premises. Hot langar is served at the gurudwara which you definitely need to try. After having our lunch we'll head towards Barshaini from where we have a little trekking to do towards Kalga. Please note that there is a network available at Kalga and your accommodation will be in a guest house.

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Kalga to Kheerganga

  • Altitude(Kheerganga):  2,800m/ 9,200ft.
  • Trek Distance:  10 km | 6-7 hrs.
  • Altitude Gain: 500m/ 1,650ft.
  • Stay in tents/ local rest houses.
  • No Network available.
  • Hot water spring at Kheerganga.
  • Trek along with Parvati River.
  • Will get many Maggi points on the way.
  • Mixed forest of Pine, Oak, Horse chestnut, and Wall-nut.
  • Less steep ascent, more gradual ascent.

On the second day you will move to the long trail and continue from Kalga to move ahead and cross the bridge from here you can see River Parvati. Pin Parvati Pass Trek is a very enthralling experience to have fun while trekking and enjoy the enormous landscape view very closely. The trail goes through thick woodland cover and involves a sheer ascend of over 30 minutes.

The climb goes on till you arrive at a point from where it takes a rational V turn and you can see the restroom at your left. From here it takes another 10 minutes of walk up to a tending pastureland where Khirganga is. The last elongated side engrosses a long climb through a pine woodland area and you will come across a beautiful waterfall. You will also come across a maggie point where you can stop for some refreshment. The entire trail is less of a steep ascent and more of a gradual ascent which is a mixture of Pine, Oak, Horse chestnut and Walnut trees. Kalga to Khirganga is a 10km trek that takes approximately 6-7 hours. After reaching Khirganga your accommodation will be in tents.

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Kheerganga to Tunda Bhuj

  • Altitude(Tunda Bhuj):  3,350 m/ 11,000 ft.
  • Trek Distance:  13 km | 7-8 hrs.
  • Altitude Gain: 550 m/ 1,800 ft.
  • Camp setup takes time due to the erratic availability of water, be patient.
  • Gradual ascent but tiring.
  • 3 small streams with small bridges be careful.
  • No shops on the way.
  • Last day of the forest.

Today's trek will start for Tunda-Bhuj which is a steady climb out and from there you can view the Parvati River coming down from the mountain's left side. The track will move through long meadowland and the chirping of birds will give you gleaming happiness. The road from Khirganga is the first stream crossing starting with a constant ascent for about 20 minutes. Then you can see the temporary bridge over the edge of the mountains. There en route, you can see a small tent where the local wholesaler sells products. After 30 minutes you will walk out from the forest area and will see meadowland and the immense sight of the Dell. Now you will trail the high peak of the hill. Once you arrive at the top, the following will twirl within the hilly area and you see the huge area of the Parvati Valley in front. This will be the final overpass that you have to cross and you will reach Tunda-Bhuj situated at a high altitude of 11,000 ft above sea level. There you can see huge mountains covered with snow and the sight view looks very pretty.

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Tunda Bhuj to Thakur Kuan

  • Altitude(Thakur Kuan):  3,550 m/ 11,650 ft.
  • Trek Distance:  11 km | 6-7 hrs.
  • Altitude Gain: 200m/ 650ft.
  • Most beautiful campsite of the trek.
  • Tricky and rocky patch on the way so walking together is mandatory.
  • After the tricky patch very steep ascent for 1 hr.

As walking down you will reach pastureland through an opaque mixed jungle with a profusion of lovely flowers and Greenery Island. The landscape view of Tunda Bhuj is very easy but the distance is somewhat tough as the bridge is very long to cross and time consuming. Crossing the bridge to the further side of the stream takes time to follow up the peak. It takes 15 minutes to reach the steady climb as you pass through an inclined rocky meadow land. Trekking in Manali discover the prettiness of lovely landscape views and enhance the beautiful picturesque. As you start for the further trail you will go upto a high level and the landscape view can be seen as very striking. After the early rise crossways the Pandu Bridge, walk down towards the Parvati River at your right takes 15 minutes to pass through the fields .Many shepherds can be seen with their group on the way. By evening time, you will reach the Thakur Kuan which is situated at a high altitude of 11,650- ft high above sea level.

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Thakur Kuan to Odi Thach

  • Altitude(Odi Thatch):  3,800 m/ 12,400 ft.
  • Trek Distance:  9 km | 5-6hrs.
  • Altitude Gain:250 m/ 750 ft.
  • Easiest day of the trek.
  • Pandu Bridge (The most tricky patch) comes just after 1.5 hrs of trek, to cross that bridge everyone has to be together.
  • Most of the trail is flat walk.
  • Water points are available before the Pandu Bridge
  • Very windy campsite.

The next morning you will feel great after taking good rest as you have to get prepared for the adventures which lie ahead. As this is the easiest day of your trek it won't take a huge toll on your body. You will cross the terrain region and then cross multiple streams coming your way. The day starts with a mild ascent followed by a slightly steep rise in the trail that will take you to the first river crossing. Further, you will find the Parvati River on the left part which looks very attractive. Then you will follow the big forest area and meadow land which can be seen aside from the Parvati River and enter the Thakur Kuan region which is surrounded by the pasture of orchard flowers and small trees. The Pandu bridge which is the most tricky patch comes after 1.5 hours of trek. It is recommended that all trekkers stay together in a group while crossing this natural bridge. This bridge is a natural formation created by huge boulders over the river. After crossing the adventurous Pandu Bridge, the trail is easy to walk as it is a flat ground that requires minimum effort. The trail spreads out in numerous directions as it is a shepherd trail. Remember to follow the group so that you do not get lost amid the labyrinth of trek routes. There are many water points before Pandu Bridge where you can refill your water bottles. After reaching Odi Thach we'll be camping there for the night which is one of the windiest campsites. Odi Thach is a beautiful meadow with the majestic Mt. Kullu Eiger peak overlooking the meadow.

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Odi Thach to Mantalai Lake

  • Altitude(Mantalai):  4,150 m/ 13,600 ft.
  • Trek Distance:  12 km | 7-8 hrs.
  • Altitude Gain:- 350 m/ 1,200 ft.
  • After half an hour from Odi Thach a big ground comes, and cross that ground from the left side (the ground is very muddy).
  • Moraine area starts just after crossing that ground.
  • The Moraine area is a steep ascent.
  • Mantalai Lake is the source of the Parvati River.
  • The small temple of lord Shiva at Mantalai Lake, from the temple campsite is 45 minutes away.
  • Chances of getting AMS are high, keep yourself hydrated.
  • Swimming in the lake is not allowed and not advisable.

Today, we'll be covering a distance of 12k m which will take around 7-8 hours. This route is a bit muddy which at times can be slippery so it is important to be cautious. You will come across the moraine area which comes right after crossing the muddy surface. It has a steep ascent which requires a lot of physical energy to climb. So it is important to climb at your own pace. Mantalai Lake is the starting point of the Parvati River and you can also visit a small temple there. Your next campsite is just 45 minutes from here. The lake is at a higher altitude so there are chances of getting AMS. It is important to keep your body hydrated enough so that you are not hit by AMS.

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Mantalai Lake to Summit Camp

  • Altiude(Summit Camp): 4,950 m/ 16,300 ft.
  • Trek Distance:  11 km | 7-8 hrs.
  • Altitude Gain:- 800 m/ 2,700 ft.
  • exhausted day.
  • Most of the part is very steep ascent.
  • Only two water points are available.
  • Just after 30 to 40 minutes of trek first water stream comes, keep floaters handy.
  • After 3 1/2 hrs one more stream crossing.
  • Chances of missing is very high, never walk alone.
  • Campsite is most uncomfortable, camping will be on rocks.

After leaving the striking place of Mantalai Lake you will cross the river lane which is a very hefty part of the trek and then you will walk through high rocky areas and glaciers. Then you will climb towards the right side of the slope, follow the trail which is very long and takes 9-10 hours. It takes around to climb the high mountain above at 14850 feet. Then you will walk to the campsite area, steep rocks will make you feel tired. Then you will reach to base camp which is surrounded by greenery everywhere and big glaciers. There you will stay in base camp and take rest for an hour and have a delicious dinner.

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Summit Camp to Pin Parvati Pass to Pin base/ Bedu Thatch

  • Altitude:  Pin Parvati Pass 5,300 m/ 17,450ft | PinBase( Bedu Thatch): 4,450m/ 14,600ft.
  • Trek Distance: 15 km | 10-12 hrs.
  • Altitude Gain:- 350m/ 1,150ft.
  • Altitude Loss:- 850m/ 2,850ft.
  • Stay on summit maximum for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Today don't make your route on snow, always follow the trek leader or guide (craves area).
  • Today's descent is more tricky and tiring than ascent.
  • One stream and one river crossing keep floaters handy and cross under the guidance of your trek leader.
  • After river crossing the site is one hour away.

The trek begins another day after long hours of rest and after a long voyage you will then enter in Spiti Valley. The trail now climbs for an hour amid the glacier and a rock facade. After three hours of sturdy climbing you will arrive at the top of the pass at 17,500 feet from where you can look the way of Pin Valley towards Srikhand Mahadev. The follow come down over flurry and ice fields, covered with grasses and high rocks and stone will also come in your way. At this point, you will need to be very careful as there you will see very hefty paths which cross the dense forest lane and wild areas. The base camp is located in the centre of three vales. Moving further you can view the ranges of Dibibokri and Kulu Makalu which looks very fascinating and eye catchy as it is covered by large mountains and ice.

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Pin Base to Tiya

  • Altitude(Tiya):  3,950 m/ 13,000 ft.
  • Trek Distance:  12 km | 5-6 hrs.
  • Altitude Loss: 500 m/ 1,600 ft.
  • Gradual descent.
  • Very beautiful campsite and windy.
  • Bearn land.
  • Can see the Bhaba Pass route.

On this day will be trekking to Tiya which is approximately 12km. It is a gradual descent for most of the trek. It is a barren land which is surrounded by tall mountains. You will be able to see the trail of Bhaba Pass on this route. Your campsite at Tiya has a beautiful setting but it gets cold at night. It is important to have proper layering while you sleep in your tents.

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Tiya to Mud Drive to Kaza

  • Altitude:  Mud- 3,750 m/ 12,500 ft | Kaza-3,650 m/ 12,000 ft.
  • Trek Distance:  12 km | 4-5 hrs.
  • Drive Distance(Mud - Kaza): 50 km drive 2 hrs.
  • Altitude Loss:300m/ 1,000ft.
  • Flat walk almost on the road.
  • Trek till Mud and drive to Kaza.
  • Due to no network transportation timing may get late.
  • Stay in Kaza (Guest house).

Today we'll be trekking to Mud which is the last village of Pin Valley. It is a flat walk on the road almost on the road. After reaching Mud we will be driving to Kaza. Necessary arrangements will be made for your pick up after which we'll be driving to Kaza. Your accommodation will be in a guesthouse at Kaza.

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Kaza to Manali

  • Drive Distance(Kaza- Manali):  200 km | 9-10 hrs.
  • You’ll reach Manali between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
  • You can book your travel any time after 7:30 pm.

The way back to Manali will be by the familiar road, the drive starting at 6 You’ll reach Manali between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm. You can book your travel any time after 7:30 pm.

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Day-1: Manali to Barshaini and trek to Kalga

  • Altitude(Kalga): 2300 m/ 7600 ft.
  • Drive Distance(Manali to Barshaini): 4-5 hrs.
  • Trek Distance( Barshaini to Kalga): 1 km | 1/2 hr.

Day-2: Kalga to Kheerganga

  • Altitude(Kheerganga): 2,800m/ 9,200ft.
  • Trek Distance: 10 km | 6-7 hrs.

Day-3: Kheerganga to Tunda Bhuj

  • Altitude(Tunda Bhuj): 3,350 m/ 11,000 ft.
  • Trek Distance: 13 km | 7-8 hrs.

Day-4: Tunda Bhuj to Thakur Kuan

  • Altitude(Thakur Kuan): 3,550 m/ 11,650 ft.
  • Trek Distance: 11 km | 6-7 hrs.

Day-5: Thakur Kuan to Odi Thach

  • Altitude(Odi Thatch): 3,800m/ 12,400ft.
  • Trek Distance: 9 km | 5-6hrs.

Day-6: Odi Thach to Mantalai Lake

  • Altitude(Mantalai): 4,150 m/ 13,600 ft.
  • Trek Distance: 12 km | 7-8 hrs.

Day-7: Mantalai Lake to Summit Camp

  • Altiude(Summit Camp): 4,950 m/ 16,300 ft.
  • Trek Distance: 11 km | 7-8 hrs.

Day-8: Summit Camp to Pin Parvati Pass to Pin base/ Bedu Thatch

  • Altitude: Pin Parvati Pass 5,300 m/ 17,450ft | PinBase( Bedu Thatch): 4,450m/ 14,600ft.
  • Trek Distance:15 km | 10-12 hrs.

Day-9: Pin Base to Tiya

  • Altitude(Tiya): 3,950 m/ 13,000 ft.
  • Trek Distance: 12 km | 5-6 hrs.

Day-10: Tiya to Mud Drive to Kaza

  • Altitude: Mud 3,750 m/ 12,500 ft | Kaza 3,650 m/ 12,000 ft.
  • Trek Distance: 12 km | 4-5 hrs.

Day-11: Kaza to Manali

  • Drive Distance(Kaza- Manali): 200 km | 9-10 hrs.

Pin Parvati Pass Trek Maps

Pulse rate at rest must be in between (60 to 90 beats per minute).

Blood Pressure Reading must be in between (DIASTOLIC 70 – 90, SYSTOLIC 100 - 140 mm Hg).

Respiratory rate at rest must be in between (12 to 20 breaths per minute).

Should not have Liver and kidney issues.

Should not have Diabetes Mellitus, Bronchial Asthma, Heart problems, Hypertension, etc.

No pacemaker implant.

People with Sinus issues, Epilepsy please contact to trek coordinator before booking the trek.

If your BMI is not normal, Please contact our Trek coordinator before Trek booking.

        Medical & Disclaimer Form (Mandatory Documents) Click here to download Medical & Disclaimer Form

  • Government Employees can avail the benefit of Special Casual Leave (SCL) when they join us for a trekking expedition. As per the rules of the Pay Commission, Special Casual Leave can be availed for up to 30 days in a calendar year for trekking/mountaineering expeditions through a registered organization. Trek The Himalayas is a registered adventure tour operator by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) and the Ministry Of Tourism (MOT).
  • Trekkers have to apply for leave at least 20 days before the trek departure date.
  • This service is exclusive to Indian government employees and is applicable only for treks within India.
  • Do mail at info@trekthehimalayas to apply and mention your booked trek date and trek name.

Junior trekkers (below 15 years) should have a company of parents/guardians.

Trekkers between 15 to 18 years can come solo with the disclaimer form signed by parent/guardian.

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How To Reach

Pick up information.

  • It is essential for everyone to arrive at Manali (11:00 am). 
  • Once you have reached the assembly point of the trek in Manali, TTH will manage the rest of your travel arrangements, if you have opted for TTH's pick-up service, you can select this option during the booking process by adding it as an add-on.

Options to Reach Manali

First, you can arrive at Chandigarh, Delhi, Pathankot, or Bhuntar airport. The journey from these locations to Manali is explained below.

1. Take overnight bus to Manali from Delhi or Chandigarh, taking a bus from Chandigarh is the most ideal option.

  • Chandigarh to Manali Bus: 10 hours.
  • Delhi to Manali Bus: 14 hours is hectic and takes more time.

( We always recommend going for the govt. Buses over the private ones outside the bus station as based on the experience we have found that there are very high chances of delay involved with private buses. Also, govt. Buses are always more reliable. Whichever bus you choose, just make sure to reach Manali at 10 am. )

2. You can take a flight to Bhuntar Airport (but we would not recommend it because of the high prices of the flight and very high chances of cancellations), Manali is just a couple of hours away and you can easily get a bus or a private taxi till there. If you do plan to come via Bhuntar, make sure to reach at least a day before the trek starts.

3. You can even come via train, Pathankot railway station is from where you can get direct buses to Kullu/Kasol that is 300 km from there and would take an overnight journey. Even in this case, reach a day before at Manali.

( If you prefer to travel independently, you can either take a government bus or book a private cab. Your trek coordinator will provide guidance on how to arrange for the bus or cab booking.  )

Drop-Off Information

  • The designated drop-off point is the Manali Gov bus stand around  6:00 pm.
  • Please consider planning your subsequent travel arrangements after 8:00 pm.
  • It's highly advisable to keep a buffer day in your travel plan. If the buffer day is not needed, it can be used to explore Manali.
  • TTH offers comfortable transportation through Tempo Traveler, Bolero, or equivalent vehicles. If you wish to upgrade your mode of transportation, please contact your trek coordinator for further assistance.

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1. Accommodation (as per the itinerary):

  • Guest house, Home Stay.
  • Camping while the trek (Twin sharing basis).

2. Meals (Veg + Egg):

  • Meals while on trek(Veg + Egg).
  • Day 1 dinner to Day 10 pack lunch.

3. Support:

  • 1 Versatile base camp manager: handles communication and deploys extra manpower in emergencies.
  • 1 Mountaineering & First aid qualified professional trek Leader.
  • 1 Experienced high-altitude chef.
  • Local experienced guides (Number of guides depending on the group size).
  • Enough support staff.

4. Trek equipment:

  • Sleeping bag, Sleeping liners (if required), mattresses, and Utensils.
  • 3 men all season trekker tent (twin sharing), Kitchen & Dining tent, Toilet tent.
  • Camping stool, Walkie talkie.
  • Ropes, Helmet, Ice axe, Harness, Gaiters & crampons (if required).

5. First aid:

  • Medical kit, Stretcher, Oxygen cylinder, Blood pressure monitor, Oximeter, Stethoscope.

6. Transportation (as per the itinerary):

  • Transport till road head and return. (Manali to Barsheni and Mud to Kaza and Kaza to Manali, as per itinerary).

7. Mules/porters to carry the central luggage. 8. Clock room facility available at the base camp for additional luggage. 9. All necessary permits and entry fees, up to the amount charged for Indians.

1. Insurance (Mandatory). 2. Food during the transit. 3. Any kind of personal expenses. 4. Mule or porter to carry personal luggage. 5. Emergency evacuation, hospitalization charge or etc. 6. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Inclusion.

Things can be provided on demand and availability (participant has to pay extra for these things).

1- Satellite phone/set phone - is a type of mobile phone that connects via radio links via satellites orbiting the Earth instead of terrestrial cell sites like cellphones. Therefore, they can operate in most geographic locations on the Earth's surface.

2- Gamow/PAC HAPO Bag (Portable Hyperbaric Bag) - is a unique, portable hyperbaric chamber for the treatment of acute mountain sickness (AMS), also known as altitude sickness.

3- AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) - are portable life-saving devices designed to treat people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, a medical condition in which the heart stops beating suddenly and unexpectedly.

Cancellation terms:

Cancellations prior to 25 days from the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • 5% deduction of trek fee
  • 100% cash voucher for any trip till one year
  • Transfer your trek (any trek, any date) to your friend

Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip

  • 30% deduction of trek fee
  • 100% cash voucher for same trip till one year
  • 85% cash voucher for any trip till one year
  • Transfer your trek (same trek, any date) to your friend

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip

  • 50% deduction of trek fee
  • 80% cash voucher for same trip till one year
  • 70% cash voucher for any trip till one year
  • Book the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch

Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek

  • No cash refund
  • 20% cash voucher for the same trip till one year
  • 10% cash voucher for any trip till one year
  • Transfer your trek (same trek, same date) to your friend

Note- If a booking is made using a voucher or discount code, the policies related to vouchers and discounts cannot be modified.

In the unlikely event that TTH cancels a trek prior to the scheduled departure date:

While it is extremely rare for TTH to cancel a trek, we understand that unforeseen circumstances or natural disasters may occasionally require us to do so before the scheduled departure. These circumstances could include continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that poses a risk to the safety of our trekkers. Additionally, unforeseeable events such as local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any similar situations that compromise the safety of the trekking experience may also necessitate a cancellation.

In the event of such a cancellation, TTH will provide you with a voucher equivalent to the amount you paid for the trek. This voucher can be redeemed for any of our treks within the next year, allowing you to still enjoy an adventure with us at a later date.

The issuance of a voucher is not applicable in situations where you are required to descend from the trek for any reason. The trek leader may make the decision to send you down from the trek due to factors such as insufficient fitness level, symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), high blood pressure, exceeding the designated turn-around-time, health concerns, or if you are found smoking, drinking, or violating the rules set for the trek. In such cases, the provision of a voucher does not apply.

In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:

We would like to emphasize that weather conditions in high-altitude areas are highly unpredictable and can undergo sudden changes at any time, irrespective of the day. Additionally, circumstances beyond our control, such as natural disasters, political unrest, pandemics, and lockdowns, may impact the feasibility of conducting a trek. In cases where we are unable to proceed with an event due to such circumstances that are beyond our direct control, we will make every effort to provide you with an alternative trek that is safer and more suitable.

In such situations, we will issue a voucher to offset the cost difference between the originally scheduled trek and the alternative trek. This voucher can be redeemed at any time within one year from the date of issue. Please note that a refund fee or reimbursement of the cost difference is not applicable in these cases.

  • Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch
  • In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH
  • TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice
  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers

Cash Voucher Terms:

  • This is a non-transferable voucher
  • The voucher cannot be merged with any other offer of Trek The Himalayas
  • The voucher is valid for Trek booked directly with Trek The Himalayas in India
  • To avail the voucher please use your register phone number or e-mail id
  • All the other Terms of booking a trek with Trek The Himalayas are applicable to the voucher
  • Trek The Himalayas holds rights to add/remove any of the Terms and Conditions without prior notice

Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Trek The Himalayas" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which TTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. TTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.

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Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

How to register/create an account with tth.

To register with TTH, visit our website - www.trekthehimalayas.com and create your account. To create your account you will need to use your email address and fill in all the details, set your unique password and your account is ready to use.

How to book a trek?

  • To book a trek with TTH, you first need to register with us and create an account.
  • Choose the trek that you want to do and click on available dates.
  • You will land at the login page, fill in the required details.
  • Add Participants, choose add-on services click on the Pay now button, choose your preferred payment method, and make the payment. TTH accepts multiple payment options, including credit/debit cards, net banking, and UPI.
  • You will receive a confirmation email from TTH with all the necessary details about the trek, including the meeting point, transportation, accommodation, and other important instructions.

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Made a payment but did not receive any confirmation.

please send an email to us at [email protected] or reach out to the numbers provided in the Help and Support section of your Trek Page. We will ensure that your issue is promptly resolved.

How to book off-load luggage and transportation?

To book services such as off-load luggage and transportation, you can find them listed as add-ons. These additional services can be booked at the time of your initial booking. If you miss booking add-ons during the initial reservation, you can log in anytime and easily book 4 days before the departure date add-ons through the platform.

If I have booked the wrong trek or date, how can I make changes?

In such a situation, please log in to your account and transfer your trek or date to the desired one within 12 hours or drop us an email at [email protected] 10 days before the departure date of the trek. After the initial 12-hour period, any changes will be processed according to the cancellation policy.

I am a beginner and confused which trek to book.

We recommend visiting our "Suggest Me a Trek" page. By filling out the form, our experts will contact you with the best possible trek options based on your preferences and experience level. Alternatively, you can reach out to us via email at [email protected] or give us a call using the numbers provided on our website for personalized assistance and recommendations.

How is family trek different from regular trek?

Family treks differ from regular treks by focusing on ease of difficulty, offering shorter durations for younger participants, Kid-friendly and easily digestible foods, child-friendly activities, maintaining a higher guide ratio for diverse age groups, and implementing additional safety measures for families.

Ideal treks for children.

Family Trek with Kids recommendation Only Dayara Bugyal and Chopta Chandrashila Trek.

Minimum age for children to trek with TTH.

Minimum age for TTH treks is typically 7 years, though this may vary depending on the specific trek.

Can we take children to high altitudes with their guardian?

Yes, you can take a kids to a high-altitude trek with a parent. Discuss with a trek expert before booking a trek.

Can we send kids without Parents/guardian?

Medical & Disclaimer Form (Mandatory Documents) Click here to download medical and disclaimer form

How to prepare a child for a high altitude trek?

Physical Fitness: Ensure your child is physically fit. Engage them in regular exercise, outdoor activities, and hikes to build stamina and endurance. Hydration: Emphasize the importance of staying hydrated at high altitudes. Encourage your child to drink water regularly, even if they don't feel thirsty. Proper Nutrition: Provide a well-balanced diet with sufficient carbohydrates for energy and foods rich in iron to prevent altitude sickness. Adequate Sleep: Ensure your child gets enough sleep in the days leading up to the trek. Quality rest is crucial for altitude adaptation. Educate on Altitude Sickness: Teach your child about the symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headache, nausea, and dizziness. Encourage them to communicate any discomfort immediately. Appropriate Clothing and Gear: Dress your child in layers to adjust to changing temperatures. Ensure they have appropriate trekking gear, including sturdy footwear. Positive Mindset: Foster a positive mindset. Encourage your child, and let them know it's okay to take breaks when needed. Medical Check-Up: Schedule a medical check-up before the trek to ensure your child is fit for high-altitude activities. Consult with a healthcare professional about any potential health concerns.

Kind of food will be served during the trek for children.

TTH takes special care to provide wholesome and nutritious food for children on treks. Here are some of the foods that are typically served for children: Breakfast: For breakfast, TTH serves a variety of options like porridge, cornflakes, bread, butter, jam, honey, boiled eggs, omelettes, and pancakes. Children can choose from these options to fuel themselves for the day's trek. Lunch: For lunch, TTH serves lunch which includes rotis, vegetables, rice, dal, and salad. The rotis are usually made fresh on the trek and are a good source of carbohydrates. The dal and vegetables provide protein and other essential nutrients. Snacks: TTH provides healthy snacks like fresh fruits, dry fruits, energy bars, cookies, and biscuits to keep the children energized throughout the day. Dinner: For dinner, TTH serves a hot and wholesome meal which includes soup, rice, dal, vegetables, and a non-vegetarian dish (if requested in advance). Children can also choose from a variety of desserts like custard, jelly, and fruit salad. Dietary requirements: If a child has any special dietary requirements, TTH can cater to those needs as well. For example, if a child is lactose intolerant or allergic to nuts, the kitchen staff can make arrangements to accommodate those requirements.

How to choose the right trek?

Choosing the right trek for a beginner can be a bit overwhelming as there are many factors to consider such as distance, elevation gain, terrain difficulty, weather, and time of year. Here are some tips that can help you choose the right trek for a beginner:

1. Determine fitness level:  Assess the fitness level of the beginner to understand their physical capabilities. This will help you select a trek that is challenging but not too difficult.

2. Choose a well-traveled trail:  A well-traveled trail will have more amenities such as signposts, water stations, and shelter. It is also safer as there will be other hikers on the trail.

3. Consider the length of the trek:  For beginners, it is recommended to start with a shorter trek that can be completed in a day or two. This will help them get acclimatized to trekking and build their confidence.

4. Look for gradual elevation gain:  Choose a trek with a gradual elevation gain rather than steep ascents. This will make the trek easier and more enjoyable.

5. Check the weather:  Check the weather forecast before selecting a trek. Avoid treks during the monsoon season or winter when the trails can be slippery or dangerous.

6. Research the trail:  Read about the trail to get an idea of the terrain, altitude, and difficulty level. This will help you select a trek that is suitable for the beginner.

7. Consult with an expert:  If you are unsure about which trek to choose, consult our trek expert Mr. Nitin (+91 70600 59773) between 10 AM to 6 PM (Tuesday - Friday). Mr. Nitin will provide you valuable advice and guidance.

Overall, it is important to choose a trek that is enjoyable, challenging but not too difficult, and suitable for the beginner's fitness level and experience.

Can a beginner choose a tough trek?

It is not recommended for a beginner to choose a difficult Himalayan trek. Trekking in the Himalayas can be physically and mentally challenging, especially if you are not used to the high altitude, steep slopes, and rugged terrain. Choosing a difficult trek without the proper experience, fitness level, and preparation can be dangerous and put you at risk of altitude sickness, injury, and other hazards.

If you are a beginner, it is recommended to start with an easier trek and gradually build up your skills and experience. This will help you understand the challenges of trekking in the Himalayas, and also prepare you physically and mentally for a more difficult trek in the future. It is also important to choose a trek that matches your fitness level, experience, and interest.

What is the age limit for a beginner trekker?

There is no specific age limit for a beginner trekker. However, it is important to consider your physical fitness, health condition, and personal interests before embarking on a trek. Trekking in the Himalayas can be physically and mentally demanding, and requires a certain level of physical fitness and endurance.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions or are above a certain age, it is recommended to consult with a doctor before embarking on a trek. It is also important to listen to your body and take breaks as needed during the trek to prevent exhaustion or injury.

If I am solo, can I join the trek in a group?

Yes, you can join the trek. We have fixed departure groups where you can simply book your trek and we will take care of curating a group.

How does my family get updated about my Trek?

Before you start the trek, it is recommended that you make all the necessary phone calls as during the trek you may or may not receive network coverage, once you come back to the Base Camp, you can reconnect with your family via phone once again. You can share your trek coordinator contact detail with your family members to get the latest updates about your trek batch.

What food can I expect?

At TTH, we provide wholesome and nutritious meals during the trek. The food is vegetarian and includes a variety of dishes such as rice, dal, vegetables, chapati, paratha, pasta, noodles, and soup. We also offer snacks such as biscuits, and salty, and dry fruits during the trek. Special dietary requirements such as vegan, gluten-free, or Jain food can also be arranged if informed in advance.

I am allergic to some foods.

If you are allergic to some foods, you need to let us know in advance so that we can make arrangements accordingly.

How safe is trekking with TTH?

TTH is a trekking company that prioritizes the safety of all its participants, including women trekkers. They have a comprehensive safety system in place, which includes a dedicated team of experienced and trained trek leaders and support staff who are equipped to handle emergency situations and provide first aid.

TTH also takes specific measures to ensure the safety and comfort of women trekkers. They have a separate tent accommodation for women trekkers, female trek leaders, and support staff. They also provide separate toilet facilities for women and encourage a safe and respectful environment for all trekkers.

Moreover, TTH has a strict policy against any kind of harassment and has a zero-tolerance policy towards such incidents. They have a designated Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) to investigate and address any complaints related to harassment or misconduct. Overall, TTH has a good reputation for safety and responsible trekking practices, and women can feel comfortable and safe while trekking with them.

How TTH will manage if I am the only woman in the group?

In case you are the only women in the group, we provide a single sleeping arrangement. Also, during the trek, the trek leader will always remain by your side to provide optimum safety and reassurance.

How can I know that other women are in the batch?

You can reach out to the trek coordinator to inquire about the number of female trekkers and their respective states who have booked the trek. Please note that the trek coordinator cannot disclose personal details of any trekker. Once you've confirmed your booking, a WhatsApp Group will be created for all the trekkers in your batch. This allows you to connect with fellow trekkers before the trek begins.

Can I know in advance, which trek is led by a women Trek Leader?

While many of our treks are led by female trek leaders, however, it is not possible to know which trek leader is assigned to which group. But nonetheless, whether the trek leader is male or female you can be completely assured of your safety and security with us.

Can I trek with periods? If yes, then where can I dispose of the sanitary pad?

Yes, it is possible to trek with periods. However, it is important to take some extra precautions and preparations to ensure a comfortable and safe trekking experience.

Here are some tips that can help you trek during your period:

1. Use menstrual hygiene products that you are comfortable with, such as tampons, pads, or menstrual cups. It is recommended to carry enough supplies for the entire duration of the trek.

2. Pack wet wipes, hand sanitizer, and plastic bags to dispose of used hygiene products.

3. Wear comfortable and breathable clothing that allows for easy movement and reduces friction. Avoid wearing tight or restrictive clothing that can cause discomfort.

4. Carry pain relief medication, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, in case of menstrual cramps.

5. Stay hydrated and maintain a balanced diet to support your energy levels and overall health.

6. Take breaks as needed and listen to your body. If you feel uncomfortable or experience any unusual symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

It is also recommended to consult with a doctor before going on a trek during your period, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition or are taking medication. By taking necessary precautions and being prepared, you can have a safe and comfortable trekking experience even during your period.

We provide proper disposal facilities for sanitary pad disposal during the trek.

How will the accommodation be during the trek?

We offer three person tents with twin-sharing for optimum comfort. A woman trekker will share a tent with another woman trekker and if you are the only woman in the group, you will be given a single accommodation for your comfort and privacy.

Are trek poles, Jackets and other equipment available for rent from Trek The Himalayas?

Yes, we do provide gears on rent. You can book it using you TTH account directly.

Who will be with us on the trek from Trek The Himalayas?

Mountaineering qualified Experienced and first aid certified Trek Leader, First Aid Certify local guide, Cook, helpers and supporting staff.

Who can not join the trek?

People suffering from Bronchitis, Asthma, High blood pressure, Epilepsy (got faints), TB , Heart problem or on higher BMI side are strictly not allowed to go on any Himalayan trek. Apart from this if you had any medical history, please let us know.

When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol?

No. Alcohol and smoking isn’t allowed while on trek. It is totally misconception that it will keep you warm. Your body need to acclimatize properly and for that eat properly and drink enough water; these things will keep you warm.

What type of toilet facility is TTH providing at the trek?

Toilet tents provide a convenient solution for answering nature's call in the great outdoors. Dry toilets, in particular, offer a highly sanitary approach. By digging a pit and utilizing mud and a shovel, you can easily cover up your waste. This method ensures cleanliness and hygiene while camping or exploring in the forest. 

Remember to pack essential toiletries to complete your outdoor bathroom kit and maintain proper personal hygiene during your adventures. With these practices in place, you can enjoy nature while also respecting it.

How do I manage the negative temperatures on the trek at higher camps? Do I need special jackets?

Layer Up From Head To Toe Eat Full Meals, never sleep empty stomach You can keep warmee (if you’re more susceptible to cold). Use sleeping bag in right way and don’t leave free space in sleeping bag.

For upper body – Thermal layer – T-shirt (full-sleeves) – Fleece T-shirt (for extreme colds) – Fleece layer – Thick Jacket/Down Jacket – Waterproof or Windproof layer (outermost layer, when it is snowing or raining) - For Lower Body – Thermal layer – Hiking pants (normal) or Winter hiking pants

Based on how warm you feel you can skip any of the above layers. Your outer later should be windproof since it is windy at high altitude. The idea behind layering is that the more insulation you have the less cold you feel, and instead of wearing a very thick jacket if you wear multiple layers, your body will be better insulated against the cold.

Do you provide crampon/micro spikes and gaiters?

Yes, we provide micro spikes and gaiters, if required.

What documents need to carry on trek?

Mandatory documents: 2 xerox of ID having address (addhar card/driving license), 2 Passport size photographs, hard copy Medical form signed & sealed by doctor, disclaimer form sign by trekker and high altitude insurance.

If we come prior the trek date, Do you provide accommodation?

No. We don’t but we can suggest you good hotel/Stay nearby pick up location.

Do we get enough water for drinking?

Yes, trekker must carry 2 water bottles 1 litre each so they can refill it at campsite for drinking and keep themselves hydrate.

What kind of shoes we should buy for the trek?

You should buy shoes which has these three features –Good grip, Ankle Support and additional water resistant layers. Generally, we advise Quechua Trek 100, MH 500 and MH 100.

What happens if some members of the team need to turn back before the summit?

No one is forced to go on. There is always enough staff to split the party according to need and regroup later at the camp. Most people have no trouble reaching the highest campsite. If some members decide not to climb the final distance they can wait for the climbers to come back down the same way or take a lateral path to the descent route.

What is Pin Parvati Pass Trek?

The Pin Parvati Pass Trek is a challenging and adventurous trek located in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India. This trek takes you through some of the most picturesque landscapes of the Himalayas, including lush green valleys, high-altitude meadows, and snow-capped peaks. The highlight of the trek is crossing the Pin Parvati Pass, which stands at an elevation of 5,319 meters and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. The trek also offers a unique cultural experience as it passes through several remote villages of the Spiti Valley and Kinnaur region, where you can interact with the locals and learn about their rich traditions and way of life. The trek is suitable for experienced trekkers who are looking for a challenging adventure and a chance to witness the stunning natural beauty of the Himalayas.

How difficult is the Pin Parvati Pass Trek?

Pin Parvati Pass Trek is a difficult-grade trek.

What is the best time to do the Pin Parvati Pass Trek?

The best time to do the Pin Parvati Pass Trek is during monsoon (Jul - Aug) and autumn (Sep to mid-Nov) .

How long is the Pin Parvati Pass Trek?

Pin Parvati Pass Trek is an 11-day long trek.

What is the total distance covered in the Pin Parvati Pass Trek?

Pin Parvati Pass Trek covers a distance of 110 km .

What is the altitude of the Pin Parvati Pass Trek?

The altitude of Pin Parvati Pass Trek is 17,500 ft .

What are the essential items to carry for the Pin Parvati Pass Trek?

Here's a list of essential items to pack for the Pin Parvati Pass Trek:

Trekking shoes: A good pair of trekking shoes with a sturdy sole and ankle support is essential for the trek.

Backpack: A backpack with a capacity of 40-50 liters is suitable for carrying your essentials, including clothing, food, and water.

Warm clothing: The temperature at high altitudes can drop significantly, so it's important to carry warm clothing, including thermal layers, fleece jackets, and a down jacket.

Rain gear: The weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, so it's important to carry a rain jacket and pants to stay dry.

Trekking pants: Lightweight, quick-drying pants that are comfortable to walk in are ideal for the trek.

Headlamp or flashlight: A headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries is necessary for navigating through dark trails and campsites.

Water bottle: A reusable water bottle with a capacity of at least 1 liter is necessary to stay hydrated during the trek.

Sunglasses and sunscreen: The sun's UV rays can be strong at high altitudes, so it's important to carry sunglasses and sunscreen with a high SPF.

Basic first aid kit: A basic first aid kit with essential items like band-aids, antiseptic cream, and pain relievers can come in handy in case of injuries.

Personal hygiene kit: Toiletries like wet wipes, hand sanitizer, and tissues can help you maintain personal hygiene during the trek.

Is hiring a guide for the Pin Parvati Pass Trek necessary?

Yes, it is highly recommended to hire a professional expert for the Pin Parvati Pass Trek , especially if you are a beginner or have limited trekking experience. A professional can provide you with valuable assistance, including knowledge of the local terrain, weather conditions, and the culture of the region. They can also help you with navigation and ensure your safety throughout the trek.

Hiring a porter is optional, but it can be helpful if you do not want to carry a heavy backpack during the trek. A porter can carry your luggage and equipment, allowing you to trek more comfortably and at your own pace.

Is it safe to do the Pin Parvati Pass Trek?

Yes, it is safe to do Pin Parvati Pass Trek with an expert organization. However, it is always advisable to take necessary precautions and follow safety guidelines issued by the Trek Leaders and guide while trekking in the mountains.

What are some of the highlights of the Pin Parvati Pass Trek?

There are many highlights of the Pin Parvati Pass Trek including the breathtaking scenery with snow-capped mountains, lush valleys, meadows, and streams, the thrill of climbing the pass, the cultural experience of the Kinnuar and Spiti region, and also the possibility of sighting rare Himalayan species.

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Pin Parvati Pass Trek

Pin Parvati Pass Trek lies in Himachal Pradesh and is located at 17,500 feet. It is a trek of a challenging nature for which you would require prior experience. It is a long-distance trek for people who want adventure and thrills from the snowy peaks of the western Himalayas. It is one of the seasonal treks in the Manali area, which is at a high altitude. Pin Parvati Pass is named as it connects the Parvati Valley of Kullu to Pin Valley in Spiti. Your heart will be awed when nature works magic, like attractive landscapes, lush greenery, dense alpine forests, and colourful wildflowers. Discover spectacular landscapes such as cold, dry, deserted mountains, culture, villages, cliffs, and high waterfalls. The trek falls in Great Himalayan National Park and Pin Valley National Park, where you might witness snow leopards and rare Himalayan birds.

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Acute Mountain Sickness is a medical condition that can occur when individuals travel to high altitudes, typically above 8,000 feet. It is caused by the decrease in air pressure and oxygen levels in the air as altitude increases. Symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness may include headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and difficulty sleeping. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness, it is important to gradually adjust to high altitudes and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen. To learn more about this condition, check out the videos by Trekup India.

Day Wise Detailed Itinerary of Pin Parvati Pass Trek

Day 1: manali to barshaini by road, barshaini to kalga by trek.

  • Stay:  Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal:  Dinner
  • Distance:  Manali to Barshaini by road (91 km), Barshaini to Kalga by trek (3 km).
  • Time Taken:  Manali to Barshaini by Road (approx. 5 hours), Barshaini to Kalga by Trek (approx. 1 hour)
  • Altitude:  Manali (6726 ft, 2050 mtr), Barshaini (7218 ft, 2200 mtr), Kalga (7480 ft, 2280 mtr).
  • Altitude Difference:  Manali to Barshaini (492 ft/150 mtr), Barshaini to Kalga (262 ft/80 mtr)
  • Trek Grade:  Gradual

The first day of your trip starts in Manali, where you will arrive by means of At Manali, you will be met with a Trekup India representative who will meet you at the designated pickup place. Then, you would begin your journey from Manali to Barshaini by road, followed by a trek from Barshaini to Kalga. As you start your road journey, you will get a delightful view of thick pine forests and green grasslands as you come close to Barsheni Village. After a short drive through the mountains, we would reach Barsheni. From the Barsheni campsite, you will begin a short trek, and for the remaining day, you will be resting.

Day 2: Kalga to Kheerganga by Trek

  • Meal:  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Distance:  10 km.
  • Time taken:  approx. 7 hours
  • Altitude:  Kalga (7480 ft/2280 mtr), Kheerganga (9514 ft/2900 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference:  2034 ft/620 mtr

We would wake up to a picturesque sunrise view between the mountains and clouds floating around. As you begin your trek from Kalga, you will first cross a bridge over the River Parvati. After crossing the bridge, you will walk through the forest on a slightly uphill trail. Soon, you will reach Khirganga, where there are meadows; after passing Khirganga, you will see Pine Forest with a waterfall. The route would now be sharply uphill, and as you walked, you would start seeing oak, chestnut, and walnut trees.

Day 3: Kheerganga to Tunda Bhuj by Trek

  • Meals:  breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Distance:  13 km.
  • Time taken:  approx. 8 hours
  • Altitude:  Kheerganga (9514 ft/2900 mtr), Tunda Bhuj (11,000 ft/3350 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference:  1486 ft/450 mtr

With the Parvati River flowing at your side, you can begin your day with a delicious breakfast prepared by Trekup India Chief. You would start your trek with a trail leading through the grasslands, and the trail would then move uphill. After crossing a stream via a temporary bridge with the forest around, from there, we would be walking up the peak. As you move ahead of the trail, you will start seeing Pin Parvati Valley and then reach Tunda Bhuj. After a long trek, you finish your day excursion with a delicious, warm dinner.

Day 4: Tunda Bhuj to Thakur Kuan by Trek

  • Distance:  11 km.
  • Altitude:  Tunda Bhuj (11,000 ft/3350 mtr), Thakur Kuan (11,650 ft/3550 mtr).
  • Altitude Difference:  650 ft/200 mtr
  • Trek Grade:  Gradual to Moderate

With warm tea and beautiful scenery of meadows, forests, and flowers blooming, these sights await on this trek. You will begin your hike by walking up to a bridge below a gushing river, which you will be crossing, and the bridge is very long. After crossing the bridge, you will begin your uphill climb, and we will pass through an inclined, rocky meadow. In Manali, trekking creates a perfect frame for the surrounding scene. Next, we would cross Pandu Bridge, walk to the Parvati River, and finally reach farming fields. Soon, we would reach the camping site at Thakur Kuan.

Day 5: Thakur Kuan to Odi Thach by Trek

  • Distance:  9 km.
  • Time taken:  approx. 6 hours
  • Altitude:  Thakur Kuan (11,650 ft (3550 mtr) and Odi Thach (12,400 ft (3800 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference:  750 ft/250 mtr

This morning, wake up on time and prepare for the trek ahead; today’s trek will be a moderate-level trek. We would cross different terrains and pass through various streams, including the Parvati River, which flows through the trail. The trail will then pass through the dense forest, after which lies vast grasslands; you will know that you are in the Thakur Kaun region. When you see vast orchids of flowers with some small trees, a problematic section of the trek is the Pandu Bridge. Upon reaching Odi Thach, you would be camping for the night and feeling a lot of gushing winds.

Day 6: Odi Thach to Mantalai Lake by Trek

  • Distance:  12 km.
  • Altitude:  Odi Thach (12,400 ft/3800 mtr), Mantalai Lake (13,600 ft/4150 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference:  1200 ft / 350 mtr

Today’s trek will lead you through a muddy section, which is slippery; the trail will then pass through the moraine area. The route would then climb sharply when you reached Mantalai Lake. This lake is the source of the Parvati River, and it is at an elevation because there’s a chance that you may get AMS. So, taking necessary action, like keeping oneself hydrated, is essential. You will soon have a resting stop for the day.

Day 7: Mantalai Lake to Pin Parvati Base Camp by Trek

  • Altitude:  Mantalai Lake (13,600 ft (4150 mtr) and Pin Parvati Base Camp (16,300 ft (4950 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference:  2700 ft/800 mtr

This is another trekking day, where you will leave Mantalai Lake behind and pass through some streams, high rocky areas, and icy glaciers. We would be catching sight of local shepherds grazing their livestock. To reach Mantalai Lake, you would cross two or three mountain slopes. On this trail, you might see endangered flower species like ‘Losars’ and ‘Brahmakamals’. We would then be climbing a steep mountain section; it is at a high altitude. We enjoy the majestic peaks of Kinnaur, Kullu, and Spiti. Soon after walking for a long while, we would reach the campsite, Pin Parvati Base Camp.

Day 8: Pin Parvati Base Camp to Pin Parvati Pass and back to Pin Parvati Base Camp

  • Distance:  15 km.
  • Time taken:  approx. 12 hours
  • Altitude:  Pin Parvati Base Camp (16,300 ft/4950 mtr), Pin Parvati Pass (17,500 ft/5334 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference:  1200 ft (384 m)
  • Trek Grade:  Moderate to Difficult

As you travel today, you will reach the primary destination for which you came on this trek. We would take this long travel pass through Spiti Valley; as we began our trek, we would pass through glaciers and boulder-led trails. After walking for a few hours, we would arrive at the top of Pin Parvati Pass; from the top, we would see the whole of Pin Valley towards Srikhand Mahadev. Upon coming down, the trail would lead through snow-filled fields, and as you walked forward, the snowy ground would change to grassland. There are rocky sections ahead as you walk down, and then you pass through dense forest. The base camp is centred in the middle of the three valleys, and once you reach the centre, you will be captivated by the sight of enormous ice mountains such as Dibibokri and Kulu Makalu.

Day 9: Pin Parvati Base Camp to Tiya by Trek

  • Altitude:  Pin Parvati Base Camp (16,300 ft/4950 mtr), Tiya (13,000 ft/3950 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference:  3300 ft/1006 mtr

We would wake up in the morning to start our journey on time, as it would be a long trek. As you begin your trek, the climb will be gradual and downhill; you will walk through the deserted trail surrounded by tall hills. As you walk ahead, you will be able to see the trail that leads to Bhaba Pass. Finally, you will arrive at Tiya campsite, which has picturesque scenery; you must be dressed appropriately as it gets cold at night.

Day 10: Tiya to Mud by Trek, Mud to Kaza by Road

  • Stay:  Overnight stay at the guest house.
  • Distance:  Tiya to Mud by Trek (12 km), Mud to Kaza by Road (25 km)
  • Time Taken:  Tiya to Mud by Trek (approx. 5 hours), Mud to Kaza by Road (1 hour)
  • Altitude:  Tiya (13,000 ft/3950 mtr), Mud (12,300 ft/3750 mtr), Kaza (12,000 ft/3650 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference:  Tiya to Mud (700 ft/200 mtr), Mud to Kaza (300 ft/100 mtr)

This day also marks the last day of trekking and enjoying the scenic views at the end of the trek. You would be trekking to the previous village of Pin Valley, which is Mud, and we would be walking through the motor road. When we arrived at Mud, we would be picked up by a Trekup India representative. Then, our journey by road would begin through the majestic hills towards Kaza, and we would be admiring the mountain one last time. And at Kaza, we would be staying at the guest house; here, you would be resting in the quaint village with green and yellow fields.

Day 11: Kaza to Manali by Road

  • Meal:  Breakfast
  • Distance:  183 km.
  • Time taken:  approx. 5 hours
  • Altitude:  Kaza (12,000 ft/3650 mtr), Manali (6726 ft/2050 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference:  5274 ft / 1600 mtr

Travelling through the picturesque hills of Manali today will mark the last day of your journey. The driver would pick us up from the pickup point, and we would begin our road travel through the winding roads of the mountains. We would finally reach Manali, where the Trekup India Team would bid us farewell, and we would be on our own. We could either return to our home or explore the mountains.

Pin Parvati Pass Trek Route Map

We’ve prepared a comprehensive Trek Route Map for your upcoming adventure to  Pin Parvati Pass Trek , which outlines the entire journey  including  all stops and trails. This map provides detailed information on the terrain, distance between points of interest, and estimated travel time to help ensure a safe and enjoyable trek. We’ve carefully curated the map to ensure that you have all the necessary information at your fingertips. Please take a moment to review it thoroughly, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Pin Parvati Pass Trek Altitude Chart

The Trek Altitude Chart is a  useful  tool for Trekkers to monitor their altitude changes during their rides, allowing them to plan their routes more efficiently and track their progress over time. This Pin Parvati Pass Trek chart  is beneficial for both  casual and experienced Trekkers, helping them make the most out of their Trek experience.

Trek Cost Inclusions

  • Stay  nine nights of tented accommodation at respective campsites of Trekup India on a sharing basis and one day in a guest house.
  • Meals:  Trekup India provided cooked meals during the trek, starting with dinner on Day 01 and breakfast on Day 11 (meals are simple, nutritious, vegetarian, and non-repeated).
  • Transport:  Manali to Barshaini, Mud to Kaza, Kaza to Manali on sharing jeeps.
  • Trek Insurance (Optional):  Trekup India recommends that all trekkers consider getting trek insurance. This is optional, but highly recommended. Trek insurance covers unexpected events that may occur during your trek. The cost of the insurance starts from INR 210. Please read more about  what is included in the coverage and why it is mandatory on treks.
  • Trek Equipment:   Sleeping bag, Sleeping tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent, Toilet Tent.
  • Amenities:  All utensils, sleeping mattresses (Black foam mats), Crampons, and Gaiters for snow.      
  • Health & Safety:   First Aid Box, Oxygen Cylinders, Stretchers, Oxi meters, BP Machines, health.
  • Permits:  Forest Permits and Camping Permission Fee  
  • Trek Crew:  High Altitude Chef, Helpers, Trek Leader & Guides, and other support teams.
  • Potters & Mules:  Potters and Mules are to carry all trekking equipment, ration, and vegetables.

Trek Cost Exclusions

  • GST 5% (it is Mandatory)
  • Any Meals/accommodation beside the itinerary or not mentioned in the program.
  • Any Bus / Airfare to/from trek start/end point 
  • Personal Medical expenses do carry your medication. 
  • Any personal services such as Laundry, phone calls, liquors, mineral water, etc.
  • Any still / video camera fee 
  • Any Entrance fee Monuments, Monasteries, Museums, Temples – Pay directly on the spot. 
  • Mules or porter charges to carry private baggage (Offload Charges for bag 365 per day, per bag if paid online (at base camp 2,550). Note: Bag weight should not be more than 10 kg.
  • Any emergency evacuation charges
  • Any services that are not mentioned in the cost inclusion section.

What should you pack for the Pin Parvati Pass Trek

Pin Parvati Pass Trek  is a high-altitude trek. The trekking gear you have to have for this particular trek differs from normal treks. Thus, read this whole segment. There is an important question that the trekker who is doing trek asks, like what all things to carry while trekking. Below, we have provided the details on everything you should take; an easy way to remember is by Head to foot or foot to head. We have prepared from Head to foot.

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When trekking it's important to carry headgear to protect your head and face.

Heading  out for a trek? Don’t forget to carry headgear to protect your beautiful face and head from the sun, wind, and dust! It’s an essential accessory that keeps you safe and comfortable throughout your adventurous journey. So, make sure you pack it before you step out into nature!

  • Head Lamps  –  When trekking at night, headlamps are essential to illuminate your path while keeping your hands free. Headlamps come in different sizes and lumens, so it is essential to choose one that suits your needs.
  • Hats or Cap  –  Caps or hats are also necessary when trekking in different weather conditions. Caps protect your head from the wind and freezing temperatures at night, while hats provide shade and protection from the sun during the day. It’s essential to ensure that your hat has a strap to prevent it from being blown away by the wind.
  • Sunglasses  –  Sunglasses are also essential for trekking. Your sunglasses should protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and fit your face perfectly to avoid falling off while climbing, jumping, or crossing obstacles. The glass of your sunglasses should also be designed for different weather conditions to provide optimal visibility.
  • Buff / Balaclava  –  Lastly, a buff or balaclava is a must-have to protect your mouth or neck from extreme temperatures and keep them warm. Buffs and balaclavas come in different materials, thicknesses, and designs, so it’s important to choose one that suits your needs and preferences. Depending on the weather conditions and your activities, you can wear them as neck warmers, face masks, or headbands.

When trekking in high altitudes, prepare for cold weather by wearing layers. Layering traps heat, keeps you warm, and allows you to easily adjust your clothing as temperatures fluctuate.

Layering is important for different seasons when trekking. When planning a high-altitude trek, it is important to prepare for the cold weather. Wearing layers is the best approach as it provides both protection and flexibility when the weather changes frequently in the mountains. Layering helps to trap heat and keep your body warm, while at the same time allowing you to easily adjust your clothing as the temperature fluctuates. By wearing layers, you can enjoy your trek comfortably and stay safe in the unpredictable mountain weather

  • For spring, summer, and monsoon treks , consider wearing three layers: a woollen sweater, a fleece, and a padded jacket.
  • For  autumn treks , add one more fleece layer to make it four layers.
  • For  winter treks , you may need five layers with thermals, a woollen sweater, two fleeces, and a padded jacket.
  • T-shirt/sleeve shirt – Bring three T-shirts and two quick-dry trek pants, wearing one and carrying the others. Long sleeve shirts help to protect from sun UV rays. We recommend synthetic T-shirts as they get dry quickly when they get wet.
  • Hiking / Trekking Jacket – down jackets (-5 to-10 C) or two-three-layer jackets.
  • Thermals – at least two pairs of thermals help keep the body warm during cold weather.
  • Undergarments – you can carry them according to your habitual and hygiene requirements.
  • Gloves – 1 pair of gloves will keep your hand warm and nice.
  • Trek Pants – Bring 2 to 3 comfortable trekking pants. Trekking pants play a significant role, as they are designed for comfort and mobility, making trekking easier. It should be Synthetic so that it gets dry quickly when wet.
  • Rain Wear – you can carry a raincoat or Poncho. During long rains and snowfalls, the waterproof jackets start leaking. Still, the Poncho and raincoats keep you dry, so choose accordingly.

Tip:  If you choose a raincoat on your trek, carry a small waterproof cover so things inside your backpack can’t get wet. If you carry a Poncho, you don’t need to worry. It protects both you and your backpack.

When it comes to planning a trek, one of the most important aspects is to ensure that you have the right kind of foot gear.

  • Trekking shoes  which are waterproof and have ankle support. Walking / Hiking sandals which can be used off the trek, i.e., in the morning and evening hours when you reach the campsite, basically to get your feet rest from heavy boots, sometimes used for crossing streams and rivers, it’s more comfortable and safer than crossing barefoot or wetting your shoes. Sneakers (Optional) can be worn for normal driving days or used around the camp.
  • Socks – you should at least carry 3 to 4 pairs.
  • Microspikes & Gaitors will be provided by Trekup India when required. You don’t have to carry them.

Personal First Aid Kit

Don't forget to pack your personal first aid kit! It's always better to be safe. So, make sure you're prepared for any unforeseen circumstances.

Below are some common medicines generally required/used during your adventure trip; however, please consult your doctors prior.

  • Antiseptic towel or water syringe (to clean the wound)
  • Butterfly bandage for a small cut
  • Cotton and elastic bandages and sterile gauze pad for larger wounds
  • Latex gloves are used when the wound bleeds.
  • Medicine for Diarrhea (Upset stomach)
  • Medicine for cold, flue/fever, headache
  • Some pain killers
  • ORS pouches
  • Quick pain relief spray (External use)
  • Any personal medicine prescribed by your doctor
  • Dimox / Similar for high altitude sickness
  • Bug Repellent
  • Carry some nutria/energy bars and drinks (non-alcoholic)
  • Note: Kindly consult your doctor before purchasing or taking any medicine.

Gadgets and Other Items

You might also consider bringing a camera, binoculars, portable charger, and snacks. Be well-prepared and tackle any trail with confidence.

  • Trekking Poles
  • Mobile phone
  • Spare batteries for phone and camera, power bank
  • Lightweight flashlight or headlight
  • A waterproof bag made of plastic is used for the camera.
  • Plug/converter for electrical items
  • 1-litre water bottle
  • A journal with a pen would be a good idea to keep your notes.
  • Some book of your interest for the ideal time
  • Get into the habit of maintaining a Map and guidebook of the region.

Hygiene & Personal toiletry

Remember to pack hygiene and personal toiletry items such as soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, and toilet paper.

  • Sunscreen with UV protection to shield your skin from harmful rays
  • 1 or 2 small quick-drying towels to help you dry off quickly in case of rain or sweat
  • Toilet paper, tissues or wet wipes for maintaining hygiene while on the trek
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouth freshener to keep your mouth clean and fresh throughout the journey
  • Deodorant or talcum powder to help you stay fresh and odor-free, especially during hot and humid climates
  • Shampoo to keep your hair clean and healthy
  • Sanitary pads or tampons (for female trekkers) to manage menstrual cycles
  • Lip-gloss or salve to protect your lips from dryness and chapping
  • Bio-degradable soap to keep yourself clean and hygienic while on the trek
  • Nail clipper and other personal items that you use daily

Compulsory Documents to Carry

There are certain documents that you should always carry with you. These documents are not only necessary for your safety and security, but they may also be required by local authorities.

These files must be submitted to the Forest Department before your trek. With none of these, you will not be permitted to trek—original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Carry IDs like Aadhaar, voter ID, etc.

How To Plan Your Trek & Reach Manali?

By Air:-   Bhuntar Airport, Kullu, is the nearest airport to Manali by flight and is located almost 50 km away from Manali and 11 km from Kullu. However, if they plan to reach Manali by flight, it is better to come one day in advance.

By Train:-   If they want to reach Manali from Delhi by train, they can catch the train from New Delhi Railway Station to Jogindernagar Railway Station, which is 5 hours away from Manali. They can check the railway chart and book accordingly, and it’s better to book in advance. 

By Bus:-  From Delhi, they can find a regular bus service to Manali. ISBT Kashmere Gate is the central bus station in Delhi, where they will find both AC and non-AC buses for Manali. They can take two different routes from Delhi, Chandigarh, Dehradun, and Ambala.

However, taking government buses from Kashmere Gate ISBT is always better. The bus will drop them at Manali, and then we will send our staff, who will pick them up from Manali Bus Stand.

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Fitness required & preparation guide for pin parvati pass trek.

If you’re preparing for a Pin Parvati Pass Trek, Trekup India recommends jogging as part of your fitness routine. Jogging helps work out the same muscle groups that you’ll use during trekking and can help you build endurance. You don’t need any special equipment to get started.

Fitness Target

Trekup India has put the Pin Parvati Pass Trek into an difficult grade level trek. 

For Difficult Treks –  In order to be well-prepared for your upcoming trek, it is recommended that you focus on building your endurance by aiming to cover a distance of 5.5 kilometers in less than 45 minutes. This will help you to develop the necessary stamina and strength required to successfully complete your journey.

How to Achieve This Fitness Target?

To start preparing for your trek:

  • Try jogging for at least five days every week.
  • If you find 5 km too difficult at first, begin with 2 km and gradually increase over 2-3 weeks.
  • Once you feel more comfortable running 5 km, focus on improving your speed gradually on a daily basis.

It is important to ensure that you can consistently complete 4.5 km in under 40 minutes for at least two weeks before your planned trek. Allow yourself 6-8 weeks to prepare physically for the journey.

Strength Training exercises that benefit  Trekking

Trekking is an activity that demands a good level of strength.

Trekking is a demanding activity that requires good cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and overall fitness. To help you prepare for your trek, incorporating bodyweight exercises into your training routine can be an effective way to build strength, improve stability, and enhance endurance, all of which are crucial for a successful trek. In this regard, here’s a breakdown of body weight exercises categorized by the specific body parts they target and the benefits they offer during trekking.

1. Lower Body Exercises

Lower body exercises like squats and lunges are great for building lower body strength, essential for trekking.

Squats are an excellent exercise for building lower body strength, essential for trekking. They target the quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, and calves. Solid quadriceps and glutes provide power for ascending and tackling uphill climbs, while vital hamstrings aid stability during descents. This is particularly helpful in navigating uneven terrain during trekking. 

How to perform Squats Exercises:

  • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, toes pointing slightly outward.
  • Lower your body by bending your knees and hips, keeping your back straight.
  • Lower until your thighs are parallel to the ground or as low as comfortable.
  • Push through your heels to return to the starting position.

Lunges target the quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, and calves. They improve lower body strength, balance, and stability, crucial for maintaining control on rocky trails and steep slopes. Additionally, they enhance flexibility, reducing the risk of injury while trekking. 

How to Perform  Lunge Exercises:

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, hands on hips or sides.
  • Take a step forward with one foot, lowering your body until both knees are bent at 90-degree angles.
  • Push through the heel of your front foot to return to the starting position.
  • Repeat on the other side, alternating legs.

2. Upper Body Exercises

Upper body exercises such as push-ups and pull-ups effectively strengthen the upper body, especially the chest and shoulders, which are essential for carrying a backpack during treks.

a. Push-Ups

Targets: Chest, shoulders, triceps, and core.

Benefits for Trekking:  Push-ups are an effective exercise to strengthen the upper body, especially the chest and shoulders, essential for carrying a backpack during treks. Improved upper body strength will also help maintain posture and stability while traversing challenging terrain.

How to Perform Push-Ups Exercises:

  • Start in a plank position with hands shoulder-width apart and body in a straight line from head to heels.
  • Lower your body by bending your elbows until your chest nearly touches the ground.
  • Push through your palms to return to the starting position.
  • Keep your core engaged throughout the movement.

b. Pull-Ups/Bodyweight Rows:

Targeting the back, biceps, and shoulders can significantly benefit trekking. You can strengthen these muscle groups by performing pull-ups or bodyweight rows and improve your posture and balance while carrying a backpack. Additionally, more muscular back muscles can help reduce the risk of back strain and fatigue during long treks, making your journey safer and more comfortable.

3. Core Exercises

Core exercises like planks and Russian twists can help strengthen the core muscles, which are crucial for maintaining stability and balance while trekking on uneven terrain. 

Targets: Abdominals, obliques, and lower back.

Benefits for Trekking:  Planks are an effective exercise that helps strengthen the core muscles. These muscles are crucial for maintaining stability and balance while trekking on uneven terrain. A strong core also helps improve posture, reducing the risk of back pain and fatigue during extended hikes.

How to Perform Planks Exercises:

  • Start in a plank position with elbows directly under shoulders and body in a straight line from head to heels.
  • Engage your core and hold the position, avoiding sagging or arching the back.
  • Keep breathing steadily and hold for the desired duration.

b. Russian Twists

Targets:  Obliques, abdominals, and lower back.

Benefits for Trekking:  Russian twists engage the core muscles, particularly the obliques, improving rotational stability and balance. Enhanced core strength helps prevent injuries and improves overall performance during trekking.

How to Perform Russian Twist Exercises:

  • Sit on the ground with knees bent and feet flat, leaning back slightly to engage the core.
  • Clasp hands together and twist the torso to one side, bringing the hands towards the ground beside the hip.
  • Return to the centre, then twist to the other side.
  • Continue alternating sides for the desired number of repetitions.

4. Full Body/Cardiovascular Exercises

Full-body/cardiovascular exercises like burpees and mountain climbers are excellent for improving cardiovascular endurance, strength, and agility. 

Burpees are an excellent full-body exercise that targets your legs, chest, arms, and core. This exercise dramatically benefits trekking enthusiasts, improving cardiovascular endurance, strength, and agility. Regularly incorporating burpees into your workout routine can enhance your overall fitness level, which can help you endure long hikes and rugged terrains with ease.

How to Perform Burpees Exercises:

  • Start in a standing position.
  • Squat down and place hands on the ground.
  • Jump feet back into a plank position.
  • Perform a push-up.
  • Jump feet back to the squat position.
  • Explosively jump up into the air, reaching overhead.
  • Land softly and repeat the sequence.

b. Mountain Climbers

Mountain climbers target the core, shoulders, chest, and legs. This dynamic, full-body exercise can significantly improve cardiovascular endurance and agility. It is an excellent functional workout for trekking preparation as it engages both the upper and lower body muscles while strengthening the core muscles.

How to Perform Mountain Climbers Exercises:

  • Drive one knee towards the chest, then quickly switch legs, alternating in a running motion.
  • Keep the core engaged and the hips stable throughout the movement.
  • Continue at a moderate to fast pace for the desired duration.

Incorporating bodyweight exercises into your training routine can help you build strength and endurance and prepare your body for the physical demands of trekking. Consistency and proper form are crucial to maximizing the benefits of these exercises and ensuring a safe and enjoyable trekking experience. Engaging your core muscles, including obliques, abdominals, and lower back, with Russian twists can improve your rotational stability and balance, preventing injuries and enhancing overall performance during trekking.

When incorporating strength training exercises into your workout routine, it’s essential to maintain proper form and technique to avoid injury. Start with lighter weights and gradually increase the intensity as you progress, focusing on compound exercises targeting multiple muscle groups simultaneously. Some examples of practical strength training exercises for trekking include squats, lunges, deadlifts, and pull-ups.

Remember to give your muscles time to recover between workouts, and remember to stretch before and after your workouts to prevent injury and improve flexibility. Combining strength training with jogging and proper stretching allows you to take your fitness to the next level and confidently tackle even the most challenging treks.

Our Trekkers Reviews And Expreinces

Food provided by us during trek.

We provide only Indian vegetarian food, and your meal will mainly consist of Indian bread, vegetables, lentils, rice, and a delicious dessert. During your trek, we will serve three meals a day, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You will also be served tea, snacks, and lip-smacking soup in the evening before dinner. If it is a long day of trekking, you will be given a packed snack.

After extensive research on the trekkers’ nutritional requirements, we prepare the menu. Before putting all the meals together, we also consider the altitude and the weather.

The meal we serve during the trek is perfectly balanced with calories, carbohydrates, vitamins, protein, fibre, and minerals. You need to know that all our cooks have great expertise in cooking and have undergone thorough training. So, get ready to enjoy delectable and lip-smacking dishes during your trek. You will be served with lemon tea in the tent to start your day with a refreshed feeling. Before leaving the campsite for trekking, you will be given a hot finger-licking breakfast like upma, Aallu Prantha, Besan Chilla, Poha, Daliya,  Corn flakes, and   Maggie, along with tea or coffee.

If your trek is longer, we also offer some fresh local fruits such as apples and healthy drinks like Frootie or Maaza. In the afternoon, you will be served a simple & healthy lunch, while at around 04:00 pm, you will be given tea and a light evening breakfast. After you reach your campsite at night, you will be served a hot and delightful dinner. 

After reading this, you must have understood the food we provided on the trek; you don’t need to worry about food. Many trekkers repeatedly trek with us because of the food we provide. Thus, we will give you unforgettable experiences.

Safety During Pin Parvati Pass Trek

trek safety

Trekking with us for the Pin Parvati Pass Trek is entirely safe because we have a team of trek leaders qualified in Wilderness first-aid and complete information about the high-altitude glitches. During the trek, we carry a full first-aid kit that contains all the essential medicines. Before trekking with us, you must ensure that you are medically fit for the trek; for us, your medical fitness is more important than anything else.

Right from our establishment, we at Trekup India have been continuously introducing new safety practices into Indian trekking to ensure the safety of voyagers. Trekup India introduced microspikes and made emergency bottled oxygen mandatory for all treks. Our trek leaders take your daily Pulse oximeter reading. We at Trekup India introduced the radio walkie-talkie as a safety communication device.

How can we ensure that your trek is safe with us?

We have noticed that most trek-organizing organizations do not follow these systems, but with time, they are following us; several competing companies are adopting these practices and organizing great, safe treks.

We ensure complete technical safety in the mountain. Our company has a vast team of more than 100 guides and trek leaders who serve on Himalayan treks. One of the best things about our team is that all the members are trained professionally by the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Indian Mountaineering Foundation Delhi, and Hanifle Center Outdoor Education Mussoorie.

Explore our New Safety Protocols

To ensure a perfect Trek, we have introduced some new safety checks to ensure excellent safety for our trekkers. 

Our On-trek safety checks include:

  • Daily oxygen saturation, along with pulse readings
  • Stretchers team appointed on every trek
  • Trained mountain staff and complete safety
  • Additional oxygen cylinders
  • Special medical kit for high-altitude treks
  • Microspikes on all types of snow treks
  • Experienced Trek leaders, as well as safety
  • Technical team on all snowy slopes

For Us, Your Safety Is the Top Priority

At Trekup India, you will find a team with local knowledge and fluency in English and Hindi. This helps ensure that you have a fantastic trek. Not only this, but we also pay attention to your health and safety because this is something we cannot ignore. All the team leaders involved in trekking have already undergone several professional courses in first aid, portable altitude chamber training, CPR, environmental awareness training, and advanced wilderness emergency medicine.

We also carry a complete first aid medical kit on every trek and trip we organize. Apart from the medical kit, we take a portable altitude chamber (if needed) and medical oxygen for all high-altitude treks. Our company has significant expertise in organizing all sorts of group adventure holidays for family groups, school and college groups, and friend groups. We have many travel options that suit different fitness levels and travelling styles.

Regardless of the group size, we value each and every member of our trekking groups. Our commitment to personal attention ensures that your needs and safety are always our top priority.

Who we are?

Trekup India has been a stalwart in the Adventure Tourism industry for 30 years. Since our inception, we have been dedicated to providing top-notch treks, voyages, trekking programs, and high-altitude expeditions. Our extensive experience is a testament to our commitment to your adventure and safety.

We organize treks in Uttarakhand, Kashmir, Sikkim, and Himachal while being part of the trekking community; we feature more than 75 documented Himalayan treks. In addition to other outdoor activities, our company also organizes trips for schools, colleges, and families. 

Therefore, we maintain the quality of services offered to our valuable customers.

Must Read These Information Of Pin Parvati Pass Trek

Why you should do pin parvati pass trek.

On this trek, you will see a spectacular topographical medley comprising Himalayan mountains, culture, fauna, and flora. Below are some of the vistas that await you on this trek.

1. Hot Water Springs at Parvati Kund

Have the enthralling experience of a hot bath after a tiring trek.

2. At Kalga Village, you would see apple orchids.

Apple trees appear like umbrellas dotted in green fields; Kalga Village is also called Apple Village.

3. Tunda Bhuj is well known for the birch trees found in the area.

Picture-perfect birch trees, silver birch, and rhododendrons will capture your imagination.

4. Pin Glacier is a picturesque sight that awaits this trek.

On this trek, you will find various glaciers and snow, which makes this trek more adventurous.

5. Walking on this trek, you will pass through Mantalai Lake.

It is a beautiful lake formed by the snow melting from the nearby mountains. It is also the source of the Parvati River.

Best time to do Pin Parvati Pass Trek

To ensure a successful and enjoyable Kashmir Great Lakes trek, it’s crucial to timing your journey appropriately. The best time to embark on this adventure is during the monsoon season, specifically  the months of  July, August, and September. These months offer pleasant weather conditions and clear skies, allowing you to take in the stunning vistas of the  surrounding  mountains and lakes.  However,  it’s always important to check  the weather forecast before embarking on your trek to ensure a safe and memorable experience.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pin Parvati Pass Trek

What is the duration of the pin parvati pass trek.

Its a 11 days and 10 nights trek.

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Kheerganga Trek

Kheerganga Trek

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Reviews (1), things to take, available dates, include / exclude, kheerganga trek   nestled in parvati valley in himachal kasol 2023.

Kheerganga Trek is the most popular trek in Himachal altitude (3500 meters) a magnificent place lying in the Parvati valley of Himachal Pradesh at the end of Sylvan Hills. It is famous for hot water springs which are believed to be therapeutic and is of great significance for the Hindus and Sikhs.

On this amazing trek go through some fable destinations –  Kasol, Rudra Nag Waterfalls, and Shiva temple  in the Great Himalayas.

Kheerganga trek provides trekkers with a fortune of treasured memories. The location is well-known for its hot water springs and breathtaking view of the valley, which draws visitors from all over the country to Himachal Pradesh.

The name is Kheerganga is derived from a legend that states the Keerganga springs were once filled with rice puddings provided by Lord Shiva. Kheerganga’s history is rich and has profound religious significance both to Hindus and Sikhs. According to popular local folklore, after losing the great race against Lord Ganesha, Lord Kartikey decided to seclude himself and meditate in these hills. Thousands of years passed, but all attempts to reach Lord Kartikey failed, so Lord Shiva decided to take on the task himself, forming a stream of kheer (rice pudding) to bring Lord Kartikey back. This trek offers a great opportunity to explore the local people and their cuisines. The camping site of this trek provides a majestic view of the great snow-capped peaks. While trekking amidst Barshini, trekkers can witness the beautiful Parvati River that gorges from Barshaini and also flows adjacent to the village.

The Kheerganga Trek is a popular trekking destination located in the Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh, India. It offers stunning natural beauty, hot springs, and picturesque views of the surrounding mountains. Here are the main highlights of the Kheerganga Trek:

  • Scenic Beauty: The trek takes you through breathtaking landscapes with lush green forests, cascading waterfalls, and panoramic views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks. The trail is adorned with colorful flowers, making it a visual delight.
  • Kheerganga Hot Springs: The highlight of the trek is reaching the natural hot water springs at Kheerganga. The hot springs are believed to have medicinal properties and are perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation. Taking a dip in these hot springs is a unique experience amidst the serene mountains.
  • Serene Campsites: Along the trail, you will come across beautiful camping spots surrounded by towering mountains. Spending a night under the starry sky and waking up to the peaceful ambiance of the mountains is a memorable experience.
  • Challenging Trekking Trail: The Kheerganga Trek is of moderate difficulty level, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. The trail involves steep climbs, narrow paths, and river crossings, offering a thrilling adventure amidst nature.
  • Parvati Valley Views: As you ascend, you will witness stunning views of the Parvati Valley. The valley is known for its picturesque villages, terraced fields, and the gushing Parvati River flowing through it. The views from the higher altitudes are truly awe-inspiring.
  • Camping and Bonfire: Camping at Kheerganga is a highlight in itself. After a day of trekking, setting up tents, sitting around a bonfire, and sharing stories with fellow trekkers create a sense of camaraderie and add to the overall experience.
  • Trekking through Villages: The trek also offers an opportunity to pass through traditional Himachali villages, where you can interact with the locals, experience their culture, and get a glimpse of their lifestyle.

Why Is This Place Called Kheerganga Trek?

It is believed that after losing race to Ganesha Lord Shiva’s son “Kartikeya” came here and meditated for thousands of year. Then to bring him back, Lord Shiva tried to tempt Kartikeya by forming a stream of Kheer (rice pudding).

The journey from Kasol to Kheerganga is a pleasing one that gives you a chance to go through the splendid Himalayan trails and also the lifestyle and culture of people living in villages. The Kheerganga trek starts from Kasol which is a famous tourist destination in Pin Parvati valley. Ahead it gives you the opportunity to explore nature at its best with the views of lofty peaks looming in the background.

Why kheerganga trek should be your this years summer trek?

Kheerganga is a low-altitude mountain brimming with scenic vistas and local legends. Owning to its easy trekking level, this trek is a popular and ideal choice for many families, individuals and school tours.TheKheerganga trek starts in Kasol, a well-known tourist destination in the Pin Parvati valley. Trekkers will be able to explore nature at its best, with views of lofty peaks looming in the background.

The trail takes individuals through the picturesque villages of Nakhtan and Rudra Nag, which are also the ideal resting and discovering spots. Trekkers can learn about the local people and culture of Himachal Pradesh through these stopping points. The terrain remains a gentle incline and decline through its trail. As soon as trekkers arrive in Kheerganga, they can go straight to the ParvatiKund, or natural hot water springs, which are particularly appealing in the winter.

Summers in this trail are generally filled with greenry, whereas winters experience a gradual drop in temperature allowing nearby places to get completely covered under a blanket of snow. Trekker’s can extend their experience by visiting some nearby locations of Tosh and Malan.

Why to choose Kheerganga Trek?

Before heading towards the itinerary, it is really essential to perceive the reason behind choosing Kheerganga trek.

See firstly, the trekking distance is a total on foot 10 km which is to be covered into 2 days.

Kheerganga trek is a low altitude mountain trek in himachal, Altitudes is 3500 Meters

The Starting trail is easy as compare to other treks this is easy trek. So this trek is best for family and beginners, school tour , weekend trek

You got to see so many heavenly bodies at one place like the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges, you can see pine forests, different variety of flora and fauna surpassing through bona fide Himachali culture.

I think Do spare time in Interaction with our local’s team, and you will get to know about some of the ancient tales of Indian mythology and our local cultures, this is good ideas for trekkers

Beautiful landscapes so carry proper photo gear & Extra battery backup.

The backpack should not exceed 6 kg only

The altitude covered in Kheerganga trek 

Kasol-1580 m

Barshaini- 2000 m

Rudra Nag-2700 m

Kheerganga-3500 m

Best Time to Visit  Kheerganga Trek

Kheerganga is a journey that can be done at any time of year, but the summers are regarded as peak season, attracting a significant number of visitors from all around the country. This trek is the first choice of those seeking for a simple and doable summer trek.

The monsoon season is widely regarded as the most unfavourable season of the year. Due to the obvious dreary weather and the possibility of landslides, the site is highly unpredictable, and trekkers should avoid visiting during the rainy season. Winters are generally covered in snow from December to February; trekking conditions during these months are not promising, hence winter treks should be avoided.

In March, April, May, and June, visitors can see beautiful trails and green forests with flowing streams. Hikers should definitely attend the summer fairs and music festivals that take place during this time of year because they are an adventure in and of themselves. The views of many snowcapped peaks from the endpoint might also assist trekkers in bookmarking their new adventure.

  What should you keep in mind for the  kheerganga trek?

kheerganga trek is as good as it is said, you also need to be prepared., kheerganga trek is a  Easy or moderate trek which starts from Kasol village and ends after trek same point Kasol ,

So what are the special things to keep in mind before coming on this trek?

kheerganga trek is one such trek, which you can trek all 12 months

Winter Season

  • In kheerganga Winter Trek, you will need warm clothes a lot, for which you will need proper good uniform clothes
  • Winters are always cold, so only warm clothes can keep you safe on trek
  • Always take the information from the company with which you are booking the trek before going on the trek, what do we need to bring
  • In the winter season, the temperature always drops day by day , so warm clothes will help you a lot.

Summer Season

  • Summer trek to kheerganga trek is very special, the view and the temperature are all favorable to you
  • For summer trek, you have to bring only normal clothes, so that your trek can be good, there is no need for hot clothes, but in hiking it is also necessary to bring all the equipment which is necessary for you.
  • It is necessary to have 2 pairs of clothes from trekking, especially the poncho, you will have to bring every season
  • In the summer season, the temperature is always normal, so there is no need for hot clothes.

  Monsoon Season

  • During the monsoon season, it rains occasionally during the kheerganga trek, especially in the Himachal , so if you have dry clothes here, it is very good, even when wet, it dries quickly.
  • At this time you have to bring at least 2 pairs of clothes, for monsoon trek you do not have to bring too warm clothes, at this time you, hiking pants and t-Sart, I can trek
  • It’s only a little cold in the morning and evening and the day is a good temperature for you
  • Before going on any trek, it will be easy for you to take information related to each season.
  • Trekkers need to know about these, you can ask us anytime like, kheerganga trek route, trek map, temperature, weather condition, difficulty level, trek starting point, end point, transport, view of the trek, best time to visit, How to reach, trek distance etc, Trek Location, keep this information before going

Key Points of Kheerganga Trek

Duration: 01 nights 2 Days from Kasol to Kasol

Best Season: – all years

Level:   Easy- Moderate

Highest Point:  (3500 Meters)

Trekking distance – 24 km)

Weather:  Nights are cold and days are pleasant during the season .

Winter temperature:   -3°C to -5°C) (-5°C to -10°C)

Summer temperature:  5°C to 12°C)

Starting Point:  Kasol

Short Itinerary of Kheerganga trek 

Day 1 – Drive from Kasol to Barshaini by Taxi Same day Trek to – Rudra Nag and Kheerganga overnight stay camp

Day 2 – After breakfast from Kheerganga – Rudra Nag – Barshaini Same day Drive to Kasol

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Is it safe?

Set amidst popular destinations, the Kheerganga trek is indeed very safe. All our professionals strive their best to provide trekkers with the best experience possible.

Difficulty level

Despite the fact that the top is relatively low in elevation, we recommend regulated physical fitness. All groups will be guided by our pros for trekking equipment and any impending terrain during the course.

We strongly urge beginner trekkers to attempt the Kheerganga due to its modest difficulty.

Weather conditions

The weather conditions depend on the time of the year trekkers are traveling. Months from March to June experience moderately good temperatures during the day with substantially colder nights.

Monsoons remain cascaded under heavy rainfall while winters offer snow-covered tracks.

During the day the temperature of Kheerganga trek is around Winter temperature is  -3°C to -5 °C  and during the night the temperature comes down to -5 °C  to -15 °C  which is not bad.

Things to carry

1) Because nights at elevations tend to be considerably colder, we suggest having well-graded, warm and comfortable clothing along with good-quality shoes.

2) Despite the fact that we handle medical crises, we urge individuals to keep their emergency kits at hand in any case of personal underlying illnesses.

3) Since the journey provides you with a picturesque view, don’t forget to bring your camera along with extra batteries.

4) All the trekking gears will be provided by our teams, hence we recommend carrying only the important luggage with essentials.

Connectivity and Transactions

1) Because connectivity along the route is unpredictable, we urge people to do all of their work ahead of time.

2) Trekkers will be provided with walkie- talkies beforehand in case of emergency.

3) The last ATM transactions available will be at Kasol, but we recommend that travellers collect cash beforehand or while in Kasol as the ATM available at other places might not dispense cash at times.

How to Reach Kasol for Kheerganga Trek?

Kasol is a small village in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, situated in the Parvati Valley, on the way from Bhuntar airport to Manikaran, on the banks of the Parvati River. which is a very popular place

Kasol Village With tourists coming from all corners of the country and the world, Kasol has been a personal favorite of hundreds of trekkers and hipsters. If you are planning a trekking trip from Kasol, then you must definitely know how to reach Kasol. Reaching Kasol Village is not a problem, it is very easy as it enjoys excellent connectivity with many neighboring states through various modes of transport.

Air travel details

The nearest airport to Kasol Village is Kullu Manali Airport which is also known as Bhuntar Airport in Kullu District. Daily flights connect the airport with the capital of the country, Delhi. Delhi is the only airport for you here, from where there is a direct flight, Kasol is just 31 km from Bhuntar airport, from where you can come comfortably by taxi and it will take you about 1 hour to reach Kasol. . Looking for Delhi to Kasol flight? For tourists coming from other countries, you can take a flight to Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. From there, you can either opt for Bus, Cab 531 kms with a journey of 10 hrs) or you can take another flight from Indira Gandhi International Airport to Bhuntar

How to reach by road Kasol?

To reach Kasol from different cities in India, here are the general transportation options available:

  • By Road: Kasol is approximately 520 kilometers away from Delhi. You can take a bus or drive by car. There are overnight buses available from Delhi to Bhuntar, from where you can take a local bus or taxi to reach Kasol.
  • By Train: There is no direct train connectivity to Kasol. You can take a train from Delhi to Pathankot or Chandigarh, and then continue by road via taxi or bus.
  • By Air: The nearest airport to Kasol is Bhuntar Airport in Kullu, which is around 31 kilometers away. You can take a flight from Delhi to Bhuntar and then proceed to Kasol by taxi or bus.
  • By Road: Kasol is approximately 1,920 kilometers away from Mumbai. You can take a bus or drive by car. Several buses operate from Mumbai to Bhuntar, from where you can take a local bus or taxi to reach Kasol.
  • By Train: There is no direct train connectivity to Kasol from Mumbai. You can take a train from Mumbai to Delhi, Chandigarh, or Pathankot, and then continue the journey by road via taxi or bus.
  • By Air: You can take a flight from Mumbai to Bhuntar Airport in Kullu. From there, you can hire a taxi or take a local bus to reach Kasol.
  • By Road: Kasol is approximately 1,700 kilometers away from Kolkata. You can take a bus or drive by car. There are no direct buses available, so you may have to break the journey at Delhi or Chandigarh.
  • By Train: You can take a train from Kolkata to Delhi or Chandigarh, and then continue the journey by road via taxi or bus.
  • By Air: The most convenient option is to take a flight from Kolkata to Delhi or Chandigarh. From there, you can proceed to Kasol by road.
  • By Road: Kasol is approximately 2,360 kilometers away from Bangalore. You can take a bus or drive by car. Several buses operate from Bangalore to Bhuntar, from where you can take a local bus or taxi to reach Kasol.
  • By Train: There is no direct train connectivity to Kasol from Bangalore. You can take a train from Bangalore to Delhi or Chandigarh, and then continue the journey by road via taxi or bus.
  • By Air: You can take a flight from Bangalore to Bhuntar Airport in Kullu. From there, you can hire a taxi or take a local bus to reach Kasol.
  • By Road: Kasol is approximately 1,780 kilometers away from Pune. You can take a bus or drive by car. There are no direct buses available, so you may have to break the journey at Delhi or Chandigarh.
  • By Train: You can take a train from Pune to Delhi or Chandigarh, and then continue the journey by road via taxi or bus.
  • By Air: The most convenient option is to take a flight from Pune to Delhi or Chandigarh. From there, you can proceed to Kasol by road.
  • By Road: Kasol is approximately 740 kilometers away from Jaipur. You can take a bus or drive by car. There are no direct buses available, so you may have to break the journey at Delhi or Chandigarh.

By Road – Haryana to kasol distance is – 521 kms

Day 1: Kasol to Barshaini – Rudra Nag-via Kalga village and Kheerganga

The magical Kheerganga trek starts from the famous trekking destination “Kasol” which is a small village located on the bank of Parvati River. The vehicle will be arranged from here and then it move towards Barshaini which is the confluence of Tosh and Parvati Rivers.

Today witness nature at its best in Himachal Pradesh. Go through the picturesque landscape offering scenic vistas, cross some wooden bridges on the trail. Now, one after another the cascading waterfalls welcome you.

Reach Rudra Nag, a serpent-shaped waterfall in Parvati Valley which attracts many tourists because of its unique shape. Stop here for some time admiring its formation then move ahead.

After a long 12 km hike along Parvati River explore the Kalga and Pulga villages and know about their lifestyle.

The route from Kasol to Barshaini, Rudra Nag, and Kheerganga offers a scenic and adventurous journey in the Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Kasol to Barshaini: Barshaini is the starting point for both Rudra Nag and Kheerganga treks. It is approximately a 16-kilometer drive from Kasol. The road journey takes you through the beautiful Parvati Valley, offering views of lush green mountains, gushing Parvati River, and charming villages along the way.
  • Barshaini: Upon reaching Barshaini, you will find a small village nestled amidst the mountains. This is where the road ends, and the trekking trail begins. Take some time to rest, fuel up, and gather your essentials before commencing the trek.
  • Rudra Nag: From Barshaini, you can trek to Rudra Nag, which is a natural waterfall. The trek to Rudra Nag is approximately 3 kilometers long and takes around 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on your pace. The trail is scenic, passing through dense forests and crossing a wooden bridge over the Parvati River. Once you reach Rudra Nag, you can witness the mesmerizing waterfall surrounded by rocks and greenery.
  • Kheerganga: After visiting Rudra Nag, you can continue your trek to Kheerganga. The distance from Rudra Nag to Kheerganga is around 7 kilometers, which takes approximately 3 to 4 hours to complete. The trail gradually ascends through pine forests, meadows, and picturesque landscapes. You’ll come across charming villages like Nakthan and Kalga along the way. As you approach Kheerganga, the trail becomes steeper, but the breathtaking views make it all worthwhile.
  • Kheerganga View: Upon reaching Kheerganga, you’ll be greeted by the stunning views of the snow-capped peaks and the Parvati Valley. Kheerganga is famous for its natural hot water springs, which are believed to have healing properties. You can take a dip in the hot springs, relax, and enjoy the serene surroundings. The sunset and sunrise views from Kheerganga are particularly captivating.
  • Camping at Kheerganga: Kheerganga offers camping facilities, and spending a night in the midst of the mountains is an incredible experience. You can set up your tent, enjoy a bonfire, and stargaze in the clear night sky.

Day 2: Return from Kheerganga – Rudra Nag – Barshaini to Kasol

To return from Kheerganga to Kasol, you will follow the same route in reverse. Here’s how you can make your way back:

  • Kheerganga to Barshaini: Start your descent from Kheerganga back to Barshaini. The trek downhill is relatively easier and takes approximately 2 to 3 hours, depending on your pace. Enjoy the scenic views and take breaks as needed along the way.
  • Barshaini to Rudra Nag: Once you reach Barshaini, you can choose to visit Rudra Nag again if you wish. It’s a 3-kilometer trek from Barshaini to Rudra Nag, which takes about 1.5 to 2 hours. Spend some time at the waterfall and soak in the natural beauty before proceeding further.
  • Barshaini to Kasol: From Barshaini, you can hire a local taxi or catch a shared cab to Kasol. The drive back to Kasol takes around 30 to 45 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 16 kilometers.

Alternatively, if you prefer to trek the entire way back to Kasol, you can take the following route:

  • From Barshaini, trek towards Tosh village, which is about 4 kilometers away. The trail will take you through scenic landscapes and charming villages.
  • From Tosh, continue the descent towards Kasol, which is approximately 7 kilometers away. The trail passes through lush green forests and offers beautiful views of the Parvati Valley.
  • The trek from Tosh to Kasol can take around 3 to 4 hours, depending on your pace.

Once you reach Kasol, you can relax, unwind, and explore the vibrant town known for its hippie culture, cafes, and riverside views.

Remember to plan your return journey accordingly, considering the time required for the trek, weather conditions, and transportation availability from Barshaini to Kasol.

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below.

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc, Passport and Visa important to foreigners Medical Certificate (First part should be filled by the Doctor and Second part by the Trekker) Declaration Certificates

Note: –   Many trekkers commit the same mistake of carrying unnecessary items on a trek which only makes the backpack heavy. It is important to know the right items to carry. It differs from season to season if you are trekking in summers then carry less layers of warm clothing and if you are trekking in winters carry enough layers to protect yourself against chilly cold.

Necessary Items for trekkers

carry on a trek

Backpack (50 to 60 liters) A strongly built backpack with good support is compulsory for a trek. (Rain cover is important)

Sturdy Trekking Shoes The shoes should be strong enough with good support. The people ask if sports shoes would be comfortable but it is good to bring the right trekking shoes.

The Clothes You Should Bring On a Trek Avoid keeping extra clothes because it only makes you backpack heavy.

Trek Pants – The jeans are never suitable for a trek so you need at least 2-3 trek pants for treks carry more for longer treks.

Jacket – Jackets are very important to carry on a trek it protects you against the chilly weather. So carry 2 jackets on a week long trek.

Layers of warm Clothing  Carry warm woolen layers or fleece. Carry more layers during winter season (at least 2 to 3) and less during summer.

Thermals – The Temperature decreases at night so you might be need thermals for Night.

T- Shirts – Bring those t shirts which dry fast.

Poncho –They are needed if you are trekking on a Rainy day to keep you dry.

Hiking Pole

Water Bottle 2

Cap or Balaclava

Woolen and Waterproof Gloves

Socks (Woolen and Regular)

Torch head light

Personal Toiletry Items –  (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)

Carry Personal Medical Kit

Personal Medical Kit (Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)

Medical Kit

Diamox – (Prevents altitude sickness)

Digene – (It cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)

Crocin Advance – (Cures fever and headache)

Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)

Disprin – (Cures headache)

Avomine – (Prevents motion sickness)

Avil – (It treat allergies)

Norflox TZ & Lomofen – (Prevents Diarrhoea)

Ranitidine – (Reduces the amount of acid in stomach)

Volini/Moov spray – (For sprains)

Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)

Stretchable/Elastic bandage

Note:- Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor. In case you face any problem during your trek, discuss and take advice from the Professional guide.

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What is Included In This Trek?

Forest Permit and entrance fee

Accommodation in tents on twin share basis

All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner

(All camping gears)

High quality tents

Sleeping bags

Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents

Dining Tent

Dining Table

Kitchen team

Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication

Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide

Medical Kit

Oxygen Cylinders

Crampons and Gaiters

What is Not Include In This Trek?

Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included

Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included

Transport Facility

1 review for Kheerganga Trek

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Praveen – October 8, 2021

Great trek experience! It was not as easy as most tour operators make it seem. It’s a 5 hr trek through treacherous winding roads overlooking deep valleys (safe if you are prepared definitely not so for kids/ adults under any stress) Come prepared with energy bars and juices to keep hydrated. The views on route are stunning! Wouldn’t recommend coming down the same day because of the physical excersion involved!

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Pin Parvati Trek 5,300 m / 17,400 ft

  • Himachal Pradesh
  • Pin Parvati Pass Trek

Pin Parvati Pass Trek 10 Days & 9 Nights A Thrilling trek from Parvati valley to Pin valley.

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  • Duration: 10 Days & 9 Nights

Pin Parvati Pass   a popular trek route from Parvati to Pin Valley in Spiti

Pin Parvati Pass at an altitude of 5,319 m / 17,450 feet connects the  Parvati Valley (Kullu) in the west and  Pin Valley (Spiti) in the east. Pin Parvati can be crossed without any technical difficulties.  In Parvati Valley, the trail begins at a relatively low altitude, which makes better acclimatization before crossing 5319m. After the large alpine meadows of Tunda Bhuj , you reach the large flat valley floor at  Mantalai , where the moraines of the Parvati glacier come to an end. Leaving the valley, steep path to the left to base camp. A long stretch of a glacier crossing, the trail runs through steep scree to the small pass, which provides a panoramic view of the Great Himalayan range peaks,  Parvati South , Parvati North , Pinnacle , Kullu Eiger  all above 6`000 m. A steep descent to  Pin River . An easy trail along the left banks of Pin River to  Mudh (3820m), the last village in the Pin Valley. With the extreme difference in climate, Pin Valley is much more rugged and barren than Parvati Valley. This cold desert valley with its snowy crags, cliff, jagged rocks, and other fossils make Pin Valley a unique geological lab.  Pin Valley National Park is home to snow leopard , red fox, marten, weasel, Himalayan Royle Pika, bearded vulture, golden eagle, lynx, and Tibetan wolf. The Pin area has been conserved as a national park since 1987. The main attraction of Pin Valley is the  Chamurthi pony , known for its fast, sure-footed-on mountain terrain, moving safely on ice, and well adapted to cost and harsh environment.  Due to the southern edge of the main Himalayan range, during summer monsoons often at the foothills determine the weather, which brings rain and snow around the pass. Mudslides at Pin Valley can cause unpleasant surprises during monsoon, which brings the Pin Valley to cut off from the main Spiti Valley.  The best time to go for this trek remains is from mid-June to mid-July and from the third week of August to the end of September. But be careful after the third week of September, when frozen monsoon tails can bring huge snowfall at the main Himalayan range.   

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What clients/trekkers has to say

"Potala Adventurers organized a top-notch trek across the Pin Parvati pass with an experienced team and a trained guide. They were always available to help on the difficult sections and ensured I did not feel insecure at any stage. Suresh Kumar is a great asset as a guide and is a wealth of knowledge on the route. I will not hesitate to recommend Potala Adventurers to anyone who would want to do the Pin Parvati Pass trek. The crew was simply amazing and went above and beyond to have every campsite organized in time. Prem Singh was super easy to deal with from the start and communicated clearly and promptly. Thank you team for a great time." Mr. Gautam Nath, New Zealand, June 2023 " I would like to thank you my guide Sherab Gyaltson for assisting me in completing the Pin Parvati & Hamta pass trek successfully. it's a nice & beautiful trek which I enjoy a lot throughout. During the trek, Sherab assisted me in overcoming many obstacles along the way, boulders and river crossing. Walk over the scree, slopes, rocks & ice with soft snow. He also show me various types of flora & fauna and medical herbs which widen my knowledge. He also brought me to Langza village in Spiti valley for finding the fossils in the nallah and brought me to visit several Shepherds summer camps to have tea & chit chat with them which makes the trip more interesting and enhance me a better understanding of their life & hardship. I would also like to thank you Mr Prem Singh organize this trek successfully. He has great passion with deep knowledge of organizing treks and climb in the region. I am looking forward to the next adventure trip with Potala Adventurers. "   Mr Stanley Lai - Singapore -  22nd June to 10th July  2016

Stanley's 6th Great Himalayan trek with us. 1.  Parang la & Kanamo peak - 2011 2.  Zanskar Traverse - 2014 3.  Umasi la & Kanji la - 2015 4. Pin Parvati & Hamta pass - 2016  5.  Poat la & Stok kangri - 2017 6. Kharnak trek & Kang Yatse II - 2019

“ Our Guide was very competent and responsible person. He was always on place with a good attitude to all the staff. The trek was demanding according to monsoon time and we felt very safe and had no doubt we are in good hands. The kitchen staff was very helpful in all the situations. The food prepared by the cook was very tasty and we liked all the dishes.  "   Dorota, Ewa & Malgorzata - Warsaw - POLAND - 15 July 2015 Mrs Dorotas 3rd Indian Himalayan trip with us 1.  Markha valley & Stok Kangri - 2012 2. Pin Parvati trek &  Spiti Kinnaur tour - 2015 3.  Parang la trek - Kibber to Korzok - 2017

“ Thanks for putting together a wonderful team for our Pin - Parvati trek. We had great time. We truly appreciate it. Now I don't have to search for agency for our next year's Himalayan trip. Thanks much !!.  "    Mrs B. Marwah & family - USA - 9 July 2015   " The guide and cook very helpful. Ganesh- the head porter was very helpful & took initiative when we reached campsites to pitch tents etc. Personal shawl was a good touch. Food was varied and interesting every day. Dharam paul is a jolly fellow & everyone was kind enough to make cake and pizza. The candle was awesome. Overall, I had a great time and we will definitely come back! " Padma – 4 September – 13 September 2013  At Kafnoo  (Malana, Pin Parvati & Bhaba pass combined 19 days trekking) Trek member – Rohit and Sriparna "Had the most wonderful 19 days with the team of Potala Adventurers. Pritam, Dharampal and the team of 5 porters were most instrumental in the making this long trek a super success. Sriparna and I will miss them all and these gone days spent in the wilderness. We promise to be back for more treks in Himachal and Ladakh with Potala." Cheers R Chaudhary and Sriparna G – 31 August – 18 September 2013 

Package Itinerary

An early departure from Manali today. Leaving Manali we drive 84 km to Manikaran (1700 m). Manikaran is famous for its hot water springs and ancient temples. From Bhunter the road goes along the left banks of the Parvati river until Manikaran. Manikaran to Barshaini road distance is 12 km. Setting off a trek from Barsheni ( 2220 m / 7217 ft), we descend to the riverbed and a short ascend to Nakthan. Now an easy trail passes through some small villages and further leads through coniferous forests, waterfalls. Arriving at Rudranag and crossing the wooden bridge above roaring Parvati River, the trail winds up to Khirganga (2850 m / 9350 ft). It is a steep climb up to Khirganga. Khirganga is an open meadow and a hot springs at the distance of 100m up the meadow.

Leaving Khir Ganga today, the trail is muddy through a forest and a steady ascent out of the gorge, where the valley then widens and the trail crosses several delightful pastures supporting a variety of wildflowers in the summer. Mostly now trail goes on flat terrain inside deep thick forests of conifer where it opens up the meadows at sudden. Arrive at the campsite of Tunda Bhuj ( 3250 m / 11023 ft) there are fine alpine views down the valley and waterfalls tumbling down the cliffs on the opposite side of the valley. All the area of Tunda Bhuj is covered with Birch forest.

Today After breakfast, leaving Tunda Bhuj the trail goes through birch groves, rocks, and dense vegetation then the trail descends to the river bank. It is a short trek today as we have to gain only a few hundred meters in elevation. As we leave the tree line behind the trail later gets a bit narrow in rocky. The campsite of Thakur Kuan sits right next to the Parvati riverbed and the campsite is a vast expanse of pasture land. Close to the campsite, there is a trolley bridge mostly used by Shepherds and this used to be the main trail a few years ago and with the wooden bridge right below. Now this wooden bridge has been washed away due to high water in Parvati. Enjoy the afternoon exploring the surroundings.

We continue trek along the river and later climb gently and will take you to the first bridge. A short descent down to the river, and to the next massive boulder lying on Parvati River making it a natural rock bridge. This natural rock bridge is called Pandu Pul ( 3680 m). Continue to trail that now on the right of the river. A short climb starts immediately after crossing the bridge for an hour. After finishing the climb vast meadows open up in front of you. All the Odi Thatch area is filled with several Shepherds encampments with flocks of sheep. Thatch means "meadows" in the Kulluvi dialect. The most attractive view from the camp is Kullu Eiger (5650 m / 18530 ft) peaks, which sit in front of Odi Thach and across the Parvati river. We camp at the end of the meadow.

As our trek to Pin Parvati pass continues, we leave Odi Thatch meadows to our next camp of Mantalai. As we gain 300 m in altitude today, so relatively there is no descent but an easy ascent. The trail ascends gradually through a series of flowered meadows intercepted with boulder fields brought down by many side streams. The trail goes along the right side of refreshing Parvati to mini Mantalai. Just before Mantalai, 200 m ascend over the boulders and moraine field to the glacial lake of Mantalai ( 4130 m / 13549 ft). Camp is set on the banks of the lake. This area is also a marshland in the middle of the valley surrounded by mighty Himalayas. A tiny temple is built here with cairns and flags. The grassy shores of Mantalai is perfect spot to relax after trek.

Today is a long and strenuous day, as we have 800 meters to gain in height. We make an early start from the camp and trek along the valley after crossing muddy parts with large sections of loose scree & small streams. We keep left as we climb a steep and steady ridge and the long and hard ascend starts. Trek is now through boulder and scree out of the main valley. The trail crosses a series of rocky terrain before a further steep climb leads to the base of Pin Parvati pass. Our final climb on a rocky ridge takes us to the beginning of the glacier. It is the edge of Parvati glacier. We camp at the edge of the glacier to us a base camp Parvati side (4940 m / 16207 ft). The spectacular view of Parvati South and Pyramid peak can be seen towards west from the base camp.

An early start today, as today is the day for a pass, as we make our way into Spiti. Leaving camp trek across the huge ice and snowfield leading to the pass. We need to negotiate the crevasses and icy slopes on glaciers. Following the guide's trail and footprints we continue making our way to the pass which will take us 3-4 hours to reach the Pin Parvati pass ( 5300 m / 17400 ft). The last part is a bit of a steep climb on a rocky ridge. As the sun moves on, the ice becomes unstable, and hence it's harder to walk to snow. So early starts are recommended when the snow and ice remain hard. Reaching the top before noon also gives a clear sky, as afternoon the clouds from valley starts of appears so the view starts to disappear. The pass offers a wide panorama of peaks and the valley of Spiti. We descend gradually from the pass-first on snow and ice, then steep descent on loose scree. Reaching the foot of the pass, we cross an ice-cold stream and reach the camp at Pin side base camp (4400m ) 14450 ft) on a patch of grass on the left bank of the Pin river.  

Today we descend slowly along the left banks of Pin River, walking on the loose rocks and many small streams to cross. Today the landscape changes dramatically as we trek in Spiti, from lush green terrain in Parvati to barren landscape in Spiti. Arrive at the campsite. From camp one can see the route leading towards the Bhaba pass. The valley slightly broadens up here. We camp for the night. The Mudh village is not so far from here.

Leaving camp today, we trek in a wide-open valley with numerous streams spread across its floor. Pin valley landscapes scenery is amazing to watch, with the colors of the terrain to the top of mountains and green at the bottom of a valley. Continue on a trail, we stop for a lunch short before arriving at Mudh. Reaching the first village of Pin valley at Mudh, we stop for a tea break and a homestay shop to taste Himalayan cuisine before heading to Kaza. A short time to spend here exploring the mountain culture and meeting with locals. Finally into the road drive for 2 hours to reach Kaza.

The last day of our Pin Parvati trip. Back to Manali, leaving Kaza we drive to Losar – the last village in Spiti valley, after Losar road climbs up to Kunzum la pass (4551m.), which connects Lahoul with Spiti. The road descends to Batal, we are now in Lahaul valley. Along the Chandra river for hours before entering the Atal Tunnel to Dhundi and passing Solang Nala to Manali. End of the trip.

  • All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary. 
  • 1-night hotel /Guest house / Homestay accommodation at Mudh.
  • Accommodation on twin share in 3 men 4 season tents,  sleeping bags/liners, foam mattresses, mess tent, stool, chairs, toilet tent. Single tent available on request.
  • All meals during the trek - start with bed tea to breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea /coffee, and snacks. from Indian, Tibetan, and Chinese to continental cuisine.
  • Support staff: Qualified English-speaking Ladakhi or local trekking guide, cook & camp crew.
  • Trekking porters for porterage of your luggage and trekking gear.
  • Camping fee,  climbing permits.
  • GST (Goods and services tax) as applicable. 
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Domestic flight Delhi - Kullu Manali
  • Delhi - Chandigarh - Manali OR  Manali - Chandigarh - Delhi transfer. (Booking of a private car on request)
  • Hotel in Manali or Kaza.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Soft or hard drinks.
  • Entrance fees at monasteries
  • Personal tipping to staff: Guide, cook, helper, horseman, driver. 
  • Any unforeseen cost arises from natural hazards rain, snow, road roadblocks which cost extra lodging & boarding beyond the trip Schedule.

"Potala Adventurers organised a top-notch trek across the Pin Parvati pass with an experienced team and a trained guide. They were always available to help on the difficult sections and ensured I did not feel insecure at any stage. Suresh Kumar is a great asset as a guide and is a wealth of knowledge on the route. I will not hesitate to recommend Potala Adventurers to anyone who would want ...

Mr. Gautam, New Zealand, June 2023

" I would like to thank you my guide Sherab Gyaltson to assist me of completing the Pin Parvati & Hamta pass trek successfully. it's a nice & beautiful trek which I enjoy a lot throughout. During the trek, Sherab assisted me to overcome many obstacles along the way, boulders and river crossing. Walk over the scree, slopes, rocks & ice with soft snow. He also show me various types of ...

Mr. Stanley, Singapore, 22 June to 10 July 2016

“Our Guide was very competent and responsible person. He was always on place with a good attitude to all the staff. The trek was demanding according to monsoon time and we felt very safe and had no doubt we are in good hands. The kitchen staff was very helpful in all the situations. The food prepared by the cook was very tasty and we liked all the dishes. "  Mrs. ...

Mrs. Dorota, Ewa & group, Warsaw - Poland, 15 July 2015

“We can't say enough thanks to Prem Barbogpa at Potala Adventurers for excellent management of our Pin Parvati Trek in July. We are extremely happy with Potala's services, from the first interaction to the completion of trek, everything was handled with great professionalism. Prem delivered more than he promised. Prem put together a perfect team for our family, which includes 2 kids. Our guide Pritam, chef Sherab and porters were all ...

Mrs. Binny, USA - 9 July 2015

"The guide and cook very helpful. Ganesh- the head porter was very helpful & took initiative when we reached campsites to pitch tents etc. Personal shawl was a good touch. Food was varied and interesting every day. Dharam paul is a jolly fellow & everyone was kind enough to make cake and pizza. The candle was awesome. Overall, I had a great time and we will definitely come back! " Ms ...

Ms Padma, Delhi, 4 September to 13 September 2013

At Kafnoo (Malana, Pin Parvati & Bhaba pass combined 19 days trekking) Trek member – Rohit and Sriparna "Had the most wonderful 19 days with the team of Potala Adventurers. Pritam, Dharampal and the team of 5 porters were most instrumental in the making this long trek a super success. Sriparna and I will miss them all and these gone days spent in the wilderness. We promise to be back for more treks in ...

Mr. Rohit C & S Gosh, New Delhi, 31 Aug to 18 September 2013, 19 days trek

Pin Parvati trek - Spiti tour - Chandratal - Manali - Shimla - Kalka - Delhi - 15 nights 16 days “Dear Prem and Tenzing we like to thank you for the magnificent time we had on the Pin-Parvati-Trek, the really amazing Jeep trip though the remote Spiti valley and the little trek to Chandratal Lake. The ride to Shimla and the trains to Delhi were well organized as well; you choose ...

Mr Mark & S Schroder, Bonn - Germany, 23 Aug to 7 Aug - 16 days

TRIP FACT Activity: Trekking & hiking Region: Kullu & Spiti of Himachal Difficulty level: Moderate to strenuous Max altitude: 5,319 meters Max sleeping altitude: 4680m Lowest trekking altitude: 2220m Trip length: 13 days from Delhi 10 or 11 days Manali to Manali 9 days of trekking, 8 nights of camping Best time: Mid-June to mid-October.     HIGHLIGHT Trek across the Great Himalayan range Peaceful campsites along the Parbati & Pin River Spectacular drive over Kaza - Manali road Great Himalayan National Park &  Pin Valley National Park

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Kheerganga Trek-Parvati Valley |A Complete Itinerary

Photo of Shatakshi Gupta

Kasol always reminded me of hot springs, scenic views of the Himalayan Mountains, and the stunning terrains. Kasol kheerganga is one of the most well-known destinations for trekking and is located at a height of 2950m. Located deep into the Parvati valley, it is considered nature's paradise as its beauty will leave you spellbound.

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Travel Date and Weather?

I travelled on 30th October. Weather starting getting colder in Kasol, one definitely need a jacket during this point of time.

How many days required?

All you need is 3 days to explore this nature's paradise. We left Thursday night around 7 PM and reached Kasol the next day around 11 AM. And were back by Monday morning around 8 AM to Delhi.

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Difficulty level?

The total distance covered from Kasol to kheerganga was 13 km. During descend, we followed different route passing through different villages and witnessing some of the most spectacular views of pine trees and waterfalls on the way. The distance covered was around 18 km. I would say it's medium level, there are not many steep patches but you need to walk a lot.

Day 0 : Delhi to Kasol

We took an overnight bus from Delhi to Kasol. Starting at 7 PM in the evening, we covered a distance of 513 km in around 15 hrs.

We stayed at riverside camp, in deluxe tents. It had facilities like an attached bathroom, a bed with blankets, and a charging facility. The gushing sound of the Parvati river flowing seems like music to the ear.

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Day 1 : Kasol siteseeing

1. manikaran.

The pilgrimage town of Manikaran is famous for hot spring and is considered sacred among both Hindus and Sikhs. About 5,700 feet from sea level, Manikaran lies next to the river Parvati.

Rocks around the spring are uncomfortably hot, while the temperature was above boiling point. Rice can be easily cooked if tied up in cloth and thrown into the water.

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2. Choj Bridge

Choj is a hamlet located 3 km distance from Manikaran. Built over the Parvati river, Choj bridge connects the village of Choj to Kasol. The view from the bridge was truly magical, and offers a spectacular Parvati river view, glowing with sunset in the backdrop.

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3. Kasol Cafe

Kasol is known for some of the best cafes for quenching your thirst for good food to sizzling music. During my visit, due to COVID, the town was too silent, and fewer people were seen in the cafes. We visited Ever Green cafe, food was good and the ambiance was just OK. Though Kasol is known as a party place but due to COVID, I couldn't experience the liveliness for what Kasol is known for.

Day 2: Kasol to Kheerganga trek

1. trek starting point.

It took us an hour to reach the starting point of the trek that is Barshaini. It is approx 13 km from one side which takes around 5 hrs to cover. The trek offers some beautiful sights that will refresh your mind.

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2. Trek Routes to follow

Reach bridge after Barshaini, then take a left turn and ask anyone for the route to Nathan village and Kheerganga. This route takes 3-4 hours and is the shortest one. It is on the left side of the Parvati river. This route is very well marked and the most popular route to trek Kheerganga.

For the second route, take a right turn from the bridge and hike up to reach Kalga village. From Kalga there is a different trek route to go to Kheerganga. This entire route passes through dense forests and it's possible that people lose their way on this trekking path to kheerganga. So make sure you have a guide with you.

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I took Route-2 while trekking to Kheerganga and Route-1 on the way back.

3. Scenic views during Trek to Kheerganga

On the entire trek, there would be a lot of shortcuts but it's advisable not to take them as it could be risky. En route, you will get to see Shiva Temple, Rudra Naag Fall, unique rock formations, and most beautiful of all -Autumn color leaves.

Around halfway to the trek, one comes across this huge waterfall with Dhaba on the right side. Water is so clean and pure that you can refill the water bottles here. I took a short break and enjoyed Maggi and tea here.

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Trekking trail becomes a little difficult from here since there is a continuous climb after this. But the route is well marked so no chance of getting lost. Around 45 mins before reaching Kheerganga, there is a beautiful waterfall on the path itself. There are two cafes with gorgeous views.

The entire trail passes through a dense forest with beautiful autumn colored leaves all over. I am sure you would like to stop every time to capture those colors but trust me, the camera wouldn't do justice. Be prepared to be amazed by beautiful waterfalls and the Parvati river view all along the trail.

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4. Stay in Kheerganga

There are no hotels to stay at Kheerganga but simple places. All the staying places have either an open air café (during the day) and a closed eating space with heating arrangements for cold evenings. Some big cafés and restaurants have space for as many as 50-100 people to sit and eat at one point of time.

5. Hot water Spring & Old Lord Shiva Temple

From the campsite, the hot water spring is hardly a climb of 10-15 mins. Separate kund has been dedicated to men and women. There is even a lord shiva temple just behind the kund.

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It is said that Kartik, son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati lived here in kheerganga. He was so mesmerized by the beauty of this place that he meditated here for thousands of years. It is a ritual to pay homage to the temple before entering the kind.

6. Beautiful Trek down route through Nakthan village

During our descend, we followed Route 1 passing from Nathan Village. Some of the best scenic views of my entire trek were on this route. We encountered numerous waterfalls on the way and watched amazing valley views filled with autumn colored leaves.

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A Hippie’s Guide To The Parvati Valley Trek

Things to do in parvati valley trek - a hippie’s guide to the parvati valley, here is the list of 11 a hippie’s guide to the parvati valley trek, 1. chill by the riverside in kasol.

Chill by the riverside in Kasol

Known For : Manikaran Sahib Nature Park Kasol Cafes in Kasol

Set on the banks of the Parvati River and amidst picturesque mountains and the Parvati valley, Kasol is the backpackers’ paradise. Come to the valley, chill, relax by the river, eat in Israeli cafes. Kasol is visited by lots of foreign tourists, especially Israelis. Several of the signs in the little town is in Hebrew, and this gives Kasol a unique, almost out of the mainlands kind of feel. The Israeli food options here are sure to entice and melt many-a-heart!

Best Time: October to June

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2. Immerse yourself in the spirituality in Manikaran

Immerse yourself in the spirituality in Manikaran

Famous all over for Manikaran Sahib (Gurudwara) and it is hot sulfur springs, Manikaran is a retreat to feel peaceful and spiritually rejuvenated. The hot springs are hot enough to boil rice, and locals claim that it is powerful enough to treat diseases of the nasal tract like rheumatism and bronchitis. Distance from Kasol: 5 km

3 Manikaran Sahib Attractions

3. Visit Quaint Chalal

Visit Quaint Chalal

Chalal is the hub for psychedelic parties in the Parvati Valley. Trance music wafts from the diminutive village, and people who intend to party and smoke in peace make Chalal their home for weeks on end. While Kasol gets the spotlight amongst the villages of the Parvati Valley, one can enjoy the true serenity of the magical Himachal Pradesh by trekking a little further from this major town to the quaint little village of Chalal. Situated at an altitude of over 5300 feet and a 30-minute trek away from the tourist hub of Kasol, Chalal has managed to retain its old-world mountain village rustic charm.

4. Hike to Tosh

Hike to Tosh

Popular for its cannabis plantations, the tranquil village of Tosh is just another example of the unparalleled natural beauty that Himachal holds within its bounds. Located at the far end of Parvati Valley, Tosh is untouched by modernisation and fast-paced life. With its gradual terrain and the waters of river Parvathi flowing through its bosom, the trek of Tosh is the go-to expedition for all adrenaline junkies. The hippie culture and otherworldly vibe of this village will surely transport you another world.

5. Explore isolated Malana

Explore isolated Malana

Malana is an ancient solitary village in Himachal Pradesh in an isolated and charming plateau by the side of the Malana River. Known as Malana Nala, it lies in Parvati Valley which is a quaint corner away from the rest of the world. One of the unique aspects of this destination is the strong culture and beliefs of the locals, who follow their rules with the utmost tenacity. According to them, Malana is the place where democracy is best followed with the well-organized parliamentary system, guided by their deity Jamlu Rishi. It is believed that Jamlu was worshipped during the pre-Aryan times. It has been the subject of various documentaries like Malana: Globalization of a Himalayan Village and Malana, A Lost Identity. Their court system resembles the Ancient Greek System as they believe themselves to be the followers of Alexander the Great. Wait no further and bring out the adventurer in you! Malana Cream is rumoured to be the reason why most hippies flock to Parvati Valley.

6. Treat your tummy to an excess of delicious food

Treat your tummy to an excess of delicious food

Kasol and the Parvati Valley are an amazing experience, gastronomically. Given the huge numbers of Israeli settlers in the Parvati Valley, food is flavoured largely by mid-western influences. Be prepared for a lot of continental food; meats cooked to perfection, some great fish because of the proximity to the river, and a lot of perfectly blended middle eastern sauces. Stoners grow to love food in Kasol all the more because of the irrepressible hunger that nags in their tummy after an ode to the intoxicant, and non-smokers enjoy the food too, because food in Kasol is pretty much awesome! Our picks are – the Evergreen cafe, the Shiv Shanti Cafe and the Jim Morrison Cafe.

7. Attend Music Festivals

Attend Music Festivals

For a place that has peace and pot both wafting through its atmosphere, music forms an extremely important part of its culture. Every so often, there are music festivals held in Kasol, which although very dimly advertised, draw a lot of visitors from within the Valley as well as visitors. Keep your eyes and ears out if you’re here in May and June, or September and October, and you might witness very happening music festivals, with killer DJs belting out amazing tracks.

8. Dance your Skin off at Rave Parties

Dance your Skin off at Rave Parties

The Israeli habitat which is turning into a wonderland for cannabis users and traders alike, also sees many rave parties being conducted throughout the year. If you’re in the Valley during the best months of the year, you’ll witness parties that turn wilder with the passing of days, and an assortment of nationals from various countries, all intent on having another crazy experience in a trance-like state.

9. Kheerganga Trek - To awaken the hidden adventurer in you!

Kheerganga Trek - To awaken the hidden adventurer in you!

Trek among the snow-capped peaks, explore the pristine forests and even take a dip in the Hot Water Springs that are known for their medicinal properties. Camping amidst the meadows and waking up with the world at your heels and ice cones towering all over is going to be an experience worth remembering!

10. Great Himalayan National Park Trek - An adventurer's perfect holiday spot

Great Himalayan National Park Trek - An adventurer's perfect holiday spot

The Great Himalayan Trek only gets bigger and better. If you have the stomach for heavy adventure, you can trek up to Tirthan Valley and experience the wonderful transitions between the Sainj and Tirthan Valley. Accommodation can be arranged in the park’s accommodation. The Pin Parvati Pass is a wonder to behold with its snowy crevices.

11. River Rafting in Kullu

River Rafting in Kullu

Sitting in the lap of nature, Kullu is your ultimate two-day retreat in beauty and peacefulness. You can sit back in your hotel room and do absolutely nothing, or you can get in your sneakers and explore the pretty Himachal town. Adventure enthusiasts have the option to go river rafting on the Beas. There are also beautiful little temples like Raghunath Temple and the Hadimba Temple. Distance from Kasol: 36 km

Feel the spirit of wanderlust tickling you out of your reverie? Let us know if you have questions or views on these things to do on your next Parvati Valley trek!

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Pin Parvati Pass Trek:

Pin Parvati Pass trek is indeed one of the most glamourous trans Himalayan trek. This difficult and strenuous trail is ONLY for the experienced and physically active hikers who have been to high Himalayan multi day camping treks at least in 2/3 occasions, if not more. The trans Himalayan valleys of Spiti were once difficult to gain access to, but the route through Pin Parvati pass halves the distance between the Kullu and Spiti valleys. The route is opened to trekkers in 1993. Though the trek is strenuous and challenging, the beauty of the region, makes it one of the most sought after Trans-Himalayan trek.

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This remarkable trail truly delivers landscapes which are completely different on two sides of the pass. This always snow bound pass unfurls the stark contrast between barren and rain shed Pin valley (Spiti side) to that of lush green Parvati valley (Kullu side). Trekking through this trail of a lifetime, one can see dense forests, hot springs, grazing pastures, meandering streams, moraines and glaciers, snow capped peaks, coloured mountains and many more. The major peaks seen are Kullu Eiger, Parvati South, Kangla Tarbo, Kullu Makalu & West Horn. The trail runs through the Pin Valley National Park, known for sighting of the snow leopards and the Great Himalayan National Park with many rare Himalayan birds like the Western Tragopan. Here are some visual evidences to show. 🙂

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Brief Itinerary for Pin Parvati pass trek:

Day 1: Reach Manali by Noon – LGuest house accommodation at Vashisht (3 Km above Manali bazar) Day 2: Drive to Barsheni – 110 Km – 4 hours – Trek to Kheer Ganga 9 Km – 5 hours Day 3: Kheer Ganga to Tundabhuj– 12 Km – 6/7 hours Day 4: Tundabhuj to Thakur Kuan– 6 Km – 3 hours Day 5: Thakur Kuan to Odi Thatch – 10 Km – 5/6 hours Day 6: Odi Thatch to Mantalai – 9 Km – 5/6 hours Day 7: Mantalai to base camp on Parvati side –  10 Km – 7/8hours Day 8: Parvati side base camp to Pin side base over Pin Parvati Pass – 9 Km – 7/8 hours Day 9: Pin side base  to Mud via Chinpatta Maidan– 25 Km – 9/10 hours – Camp or Drive to Kaza – 45 Km – 2 hours Day 10: Drive from Mud/Kaza to Manali – 245/200 Km – 12/10 hours Day 11: Mandatory buffer/rest day (will be utilised if required, or a rest/acclimatisation day at Mantalai)

Altitude and distance profile graph for Pin Parvati trek:

The below graph will give you a pictorial representation of various campsites and and their distances in between and general gradient/altitude profile.

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Why Pin Parvati Pass trek with HT?

There are few reliable tour operators who can safely create a passage between Pin and Parvati valley. We have been operating on this trail from 2011, when there were hardly any companies to take up this challenge. This is not a trail where any operator can run batch after batches but to carefully select the best time to organise. Selecting  the appropriate weather window is the key and should be given highest priority. However often this is not the case but when a company’s logistics is free to manage! More portion of the trail to Pin Parvati pass trek is along Parvati valley where monsoon is adequate. So this trail should be avoided starting from later half of July to a month’s tenure till late August. Also our itinerary is carefully made that you get proper acclimatisation chance, yet its a day shorter while descending. As of now all of our groups have successfully completed this trek, be it in pre monsoon or in post monsoon, following our itinerary. So our years of experience in running this route along with most reliable local guide should be the solid reason to choose us. Also please note that we don’t send send a Trek Leader to any of our treks, but best in class support and local trekking guide(s) selectively chosen for the trek.

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Best time/season for Pin Parvati pass trek:

Like any other high altitude season this trail has also two windows where your chances are more to get clearer and safer weather.

Pre-monsoon/Summer: From third week of June to a one month span. Best would be around 20th June to 20th July. Earlier you start, chances of snow from lower altitude, probably in and around Mantalai lake and above.

Post monsoon/Fall: September to mid of October. Mid of October can be really cold, specially in Spiti side. Also the chances of fresh snowfall increases in October.

Challenges of Pin Parvati pass trek:

There are quite a few challenges involved on this trail. Apart from your prior high altitude trekking experiences, you need to have high level of physical and mental fitness to complete this difficult and strenuous trek. It covers around 90 Km of trail and rucksack offloading is NOT allowed on this trek. This means you need to carry all your personal belongings along with the sleeping bag (which we will provide or you can bring your personal one) in your rucksack throughout the trek. This ensures you are safer on trail in case of any unwanted situation or in case you are benighted.

The trail comprises boulder and moraine stretches, icy cold river crossings and crevasse filled glacier round the pass.

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There are tricky sections on the trail with potential exposures. There are two natural boulder on river (one being on the Parvati river named Pandu Pul/bridge, and the other one on a side stream called as Chhota Pandu Pul) where you need to cross without any rope. There are ample friction on the rock, but you need to headstrong and must not panic.

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Reaching Vashisht, Manali (The trek base):

Our trek base is  Vashisht, 3 Km uphill from Manali . Either you can take an auto rickshaw or walk around an hour to reach Vashisht, where the famous temple in the same name is situated.

Manali is well connected by road from Delhi and Chandigarh. There are a handful of buses, ranging from regular, luxury and Volvo operated by both Govt. and private agencies from New Delhi and Chandigarh to Manali.

1) From Delhi (Kashmiri Gate ISBT) the Volvo and regular buses start in the afternoon and evening. It takes up to 15 hours to cover the distance of 560 Km. HP Government transport operated HRTC ( http://hrtchp.com ) and Tourism Department HPTDC operated busses are reliable and runs on time. There are privately operated bus services also having different pick up points in Delhi. You will get busses starting from late afternoon to 10 pm  in the night .

2) From Chandigarh (ISBT Sector 43) there are regular bus services for Manali, starting early morning till 6 am. It may take around 10/12 hrs depending upon the road conditions. Distance around 320 Km.

3) While returning one can take overnight bus from Manali which again reaches Delhi in 13/14 hours. Normally the last Volvo service (both Govt. and Private) is around 6:30 pm. The last regular bus by  Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) starts from Manali at 9:30 p.m.

Click here  to view the List of Things to carry Pin Parvati Pass trek or   Download  the PDF

 Duration:  9 days of trek; Manali to Manali in 11 days.

  Prerequisite:  At least 2 Moderate grade prior Himalayan treks experience of around ~ 4500 m/14760 ft or above.

 Grade:  Difficult

 Physicality: 8/10

  Trail Length: 90 Km

  Highest Point:  Pin Parvati Pass ~ 5300 m/17400 ft.

Seasons:  mid June to mid October (expect a month from Mid July to mid August).

Further Option:  Combine Bhaba Pass trail to connect with Kinnaur.

Access:  Trek starting point and end point is Manali

Rail station:  Chandigarh (STN Code: CDG)

Airport:  Delhi, Chandigarh (Code: IXC), Kullu airport at Bhuntar (Code: KUU, avoid this as flights get cancelled frequently)

Upcoming scheduled dates for Pin Parvati Pass trek:  

  • You can check the scheduled Fixed Departure dates in the calendar available inside Booking Form or inside REGISTER NOW form. Tour starting Dates are highlighted as per our itinerary ( Day 1 of  11 days itinerary ).
  • At present BOOK NOW functionality is disabled . You can get all the information in your email by submitting the REGISTER NOW form.
  • If you are a group of people and available dates are not matching then you may select Custom date mode  (by clicking the Select your custom date) and fill in the displayed form.
  • You can also check all the available dates at a glance in our TREK CALENDAR .
  • Trekkers need to reach Manali on Day 1 by noon. Return to Manali on Day 11 evening (around 7 pm). Arrange your tickets for inward journey and return accordingly.

Access to Manali (The trek base):  Depending upon the trek members we can arrange a pickup and drop from Chandigarh to Manali (320 Km) and back. However there is a wide choices of bus, starting from regular, luxury and Volvo operated by both Govt. and private agencies from New Delhi and Chandigarh to Manali. 1)From Delhi the buses normally start in the afternoon and reaches Manali next day by noon. Depending upon the service it may take 14 to 16 hrs. Distance is around 550 Km. 2)From Chandigarh ISBT there are regular bus services for Manali, starting in the early morning. It may take 8 to 10 hrs depending upon the bus service. Distance around 320 Km. 3) While returning Volvo service from Manali to Delhi starts at 4:30/5 pm in the afternoon. The last bus operated by HRTC starts at 9:30 pm for Delhi.

You can fly or by train reach New Delhi as per your convenience from any part within India.

Avoid booking wait listed (WL) train tickets in AC classes (1A/2A/3A) or Chair Car (CC). Book Sleeper class (SL)/Second Sitting class (2S) tickets which have normally more seats/berth and hence much better chance to get confirmed.

The buses from Delhi to Manali start in the afternoon and evening and reaches Manali in 14/16 hours depending on the bus operator. You reach Manali in the morning between 7 to 9 am.

1) Govt run HRTC (Himachal Road Transport Corporation) and HPTDC (Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation) buses operate on daily basis. HRTC buses start from Kashmiri Gate ISBT. From Delhi Airport or Station you can reach ISBT Kashmiri Gate via Delhi Metro service ( http://www.delhimetrorail.com/metro-fares.aspx ). It is only 4 Km from NDLS Railway Station and can be reached easily by booking an Auto Rickshaw. To check availability and book online (Login required): http://www.hrtc.gov.in/hrtctickets HPTDC buses start from Himachal Bhaban, Janpath (Close to Cannaught Place, CP). To check availability and book online (Login required): http://hp.gov.in/hptdc/Availability.aspx

2) Several private operators run Volvo/A.C bus services from Delhi to Manali. They have different pickup points spread over Delhi. Choose a boarding point according to your convenience. Check for good reviews and ratings before selecting an operator. http://www.redbus.in/

You can fly or by train reach Chandigarh directly from some cities within India.

Chandigrah to Manali buses start from ISBT Sector 43 (verify before the journey). You can check while taking an Auto Rickshaw/Taxi from Chandigarh Railway Station or Airport. Ordinary buses are available from early morning at 4 am ( HRTC, Haryana Roadways, Punjab Transport etc) and tickets are onboard. For online availability and booking refer the earlier links.

There are two bus terminus in Manali, one for the state operated buses on the Manali mall and the other one for private buses (5 mins walking). It takes around 15 hours and 10 hours to reach Delhi and Chandigarh respectively.

Regular/Ordinary buses are available from morning to evening. Last being at 9:30 pm in the night. Takes around 15 hours to reach Kashmiri Gate ISBT. For booking check:  http://www.hrtc.gov.in/hrtctickets

Volvo bus services are available in the afternoon/early evening between 3 pm to 7 pm. For booking check the above links.

For night stay in Manali:

We at Himalaya Trekkers (HT) provide the accommodation In Manali ( At Vashisht, 3 Km uphill) for our Fixed Departure treks. Do check the inclusions in the PDF brochure provided for a chosen trek. However if any trekker is interested to spend more time in Manali, he/she can inquire State operated HPDC hotels. They provide a wide range of choices of Premium, Deluxe and Budget options in Manali. To check see: http://www.hptdc.nic.in/cir0203.htm#hhami

Arrival in Manali: Accommodation at Vashisht

Drive to barsheni: 110 km - 4 hours; trek to kheerganga: 9 km - 5 hours, trek to tundabhuj: 12 km - 56/7 hours, trek to thakurkuan: 6 km - 3 hours.

Today is a short trek to  Thakurkuan (~3600 m, 11800 ft). We follow the course of the river. After a while the trail becomes difficult and we walk on a narrow rocky trail. The wooden bridge to cross the river is washed off in 2014 and since then the trail till Thakurkuan follows along the true left of Parvati. Earlier we had to cross the river once more over a hand drawn Pulley Bridge which is no longer required. After continuing for 2 Km or so a wide vista opens up. The panorama offers a plethora of wild flowers, iris and poppies to name a few. We camp on the valley for the day.Distance is 6 Km and may take 3 to 4 hours.

Trek to Odi Thatch: 10 Km - 5/6 hours

Trek to mantalai: 9 km - 5/6 hours, trek to parvati base camp: 10 km - 7/8 hours, trek to pin side base camp over pin parvati pass: 9 km - 7/8 hours, trek to mud: 25 km - 10/11 hours, drive to manali: 245 km - 12 hours.

P.S.:   Distances and altitudes are approximate and may not be exact.

  TREK FEE: ₹55,000 (Manali to Kaza) + 5% GST  

Inclusions:

One night accommodation at Vashisht village, Manali (Day 1) on twin or triple sharing basis. Meals on your own on this day.

Car drop from Manali to the trek starting point Barsheni.

All meals during the trek (Day 2 lunch to Day 10 dinner) . Regular Indian style nutritious vegetarian food during the trek (including occasional eggs), breakfast packed/hot lunch (depending upon the time you reach a campsite), snacks, dinner along with coffee/tea/soup.

Experienced Trekking Guide, who will be a local to this particular area and has profound knowledge of the trekking trails around.

Specialised Cook, Support staffs Porters for carrying the central logistics of the trek.

Stay in tents on twin sharing basis during the trek.

Camping equipment like Sleeping bag, Carry mattress, Gaiters, Micro spikes/Crampon. (Bring your own sleeping if you have a high altitude specific personal Sleeping Bag. This is always better for hygienic reasons.)

Kitchen tent, dinning tent and toilet tent as required during the trek.

Any permit fee, camping charges, Forest levy required for the trek.

Car drop from Mud to Kaza.

One night stay at Mud or Kaza (Day 10) on sharing basis and dinner.

Travel and Medical insurance policy (covering illness, AMS, evacuation, accidents etc) covering high altitude trekking and mountaineering up to 6500 m. (For Indian nationals it is included in the TREK FEE, up to 60 years of age). It covers your trek as well as your your travel for a maximum duration of 15 days.

Exclusions:

Food during your stay at Vashisht, Manali (Day 1 and Day 2 breakfast). Variety of options are available ranging from Indian, Chinese, and Continental with choice of Veg & Non Veg food.

Transportation back from Kaza to Manali.

Offloading of backpack which is NOT recommended on a difficult trek for your own safety.

Cost of buffer day. If it is utilised during trek, an additional ₹ 6000 per person will be collected on spot.

Any tip or gratuity to the HT supports staff. If you are happy with the service, please tip them generously

Anything which is NOT mentioned in the “Inclusions” or personal in nature.

Note:  You need to carry your own backpack along with all your personal belongings and the sleeping bag (provided by HT or your personal one).  This is mandatory for a difficult trek and is aiming to the safety of the trekkers.

  • We assume that you have read and understood our “Terms & Conditions” ( https://himalayatrekker.com/terms-and-conditions ) before Booking a trek/tour.
  • To reserve your place in a scheduled Fixed Departure trek or a Customised/Private trek  pay 25% of the TREK/TOUR FEE  as the initial  “Booking Deposit” . You can pay by Net banking/Draft/Cheque/Credit/Debit/AMEX cards. This will ensure your participation in the desired trek and we will reserve your place in the scheduled date. You need to pay the remaining amount at least  15 days before Trek Starting Date .
  • If you book a Trek/Tour before 14 days or less from Trek/Tour Starting Date, you need to pay the full TREK/TOUR FEE .

  Cancellations:

  • “Booking Amount” i.e. 25% of the TREK/TOUR FEE is Non-Refundable  at any stage.
  • If in case you are not able to make it due to unavoidable reason(s), we provide you a  very flexible choice of Shifting to another trek within next one year . One year is counted from the starting date of the trek/tour you booked initially with us.
  • In case you postpone your trip you need to inform minimum of 15 days before  the trek/tour starting date. (Though we suggest to inform us earlier if known)
  • In case you postpone a trek/tour before 15 days of the scheduled Trek/Tour Starting date or prior , you may shift to another group of the same trek/tour scheduled in the same season or within next one year. You may shift to another suitable route also. For changing any, you need our approval first. Your request must be in written communication through your registered email with us.
  • If you cancel/postpone a trek/tour from 14 days to 8 days before tour starting date , your Booking Amount is Non-Refundable. We will not take any request of shifting dates. We will charge 50% of the amount as Cancellation Charges and process refund of remaining 50%. You may also shift to another group within next year but 25% Booking Amount will be deemed as Cancellation Charge and the rest amount will be transferred to the shifted group.
  • If you cancel a trek/tour  7 days (i.e. a week) before Trek/Tour Starting Date or later , there will be NO REFUND.
  • In case of any unforeseen incident including but not limited to natural calamities like flood, earthquake, landslide, forest fire or any political unrest, if we are compelled to cancel the trek/trip, you will be entitled to redeem the full amount for the same/similar kind of trek/trip within next one year.

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Tour Reviews

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10 of us went on the Pin-Parvati trek with Himalaya Trekkers in August 2016. From the time we made contact with them, with respect to enquiries and other matters, Himalaya Trekkers were thorough professionals in dealing with it. As 3 members of our group were trekking for the first time, that too a high altitude trek, Sapta of Himalaya Trekers made it a point that he speaks to them personally and guide them about training for the trek.

He didn’t discourage them from doing the trek, something other organizers had told me. Instead, he emphasized on working as a group during the trek, which worked wonders for everyone. The staff provided by them was top-notch, from the cook, guide to the porters. All went out of their way to help anyone and were every-ready to provide us with information about the surroundings. Once we completed our trek, they were eager for our feedback and have been asking us regularly (an area where most of us slacked off – reason for my late review). All in all, a splendid experience with them and I would definitely recommend them to all.

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Unravelling the Beauty of Parvati Valley: Trek to Chalal, Rasol and Kutla Glacier

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If you’re an adventure enthusiast seeking an offbeat trek in the mesmerizing Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh, the trek to Chalal and Rasol Village from Kasol is sure to capture your heart. This scenic trek takes you through picturesque landscapes, quaint villages, and offers breath-taking views of the majestic peaks that adorn the Himalayan skyline. I and Joban planned for this off beat trek in kasol. We started our journey from Chandigarh on 17th March at around 11:00 PM. HRTC buses are the best mode to travel to Himachal and I prefer to travel by normal ones as the fresh air circulation makes your journey easy. We reached Kasol at 10:00 PM.

Day 1: 18.03.2022 As we had to trek the same day, we thought of getting freshen up at kasol itself. As you enter Kasol you will find hippies in tattered clothes over tattooed bodies all around. After having our breakfast, we started our trek at about 10:45 AM. We asked a few locals about the trek route and they guided us on the right path. Nestled along the banks of the Parvati River. Kasol is known for its serene ambiance, lush greenery, and vibrant culture. From Kasol, the trek to Chalal, a small village located just 30 minutes away, begins.

parvati valley trek distance

As we hiked through the dense forests, we were treated to stunning vistas of the snow-capped peaks that dot the horizon. Peaks such as Kullu Makalu (6,291 meters) and Papsura (6,451 meters) from the Dhauladhar range are visible from Chalal, and their towering presence against the azure sky is a sight to behold. The pristine Parvati River accompanied us throughout the trek, providing a calming backdrop to our adventure.

Chalal is a quaint village known for its relaxed vibes, rustic charm, and riverside cafes. You can immerse yourself in the local culture, interact with the friendly villagers, and savor the delicious Himachali cuisine. The village is also famous for its vibrant trance music scene and attracts travelers from around the world.

parvati valley trek distance

The beauty of the Parvati River and the charming bridges that dot the trekking trail are some of the highlights of the trek to Chalal and Rasol Village. As we made our way from Kasol to Chalal, the Parvati River accompanied us throughout the journey. The river, with its crystal-clear water, flows gracefully through the valley, adding to the picturesque landscape.

parvati valley trek distance

You’ll also come across numerous spots where you can take a break and relax by the river, listening to the soothing sound of flowing water and taking in the serene surroundings. The river also offers several opportunities for photography, with its glistening water reflecting the surrounding mountains and lush greenery, creating picture-perfect frames. The river’s serene presence, the soothing sound of flowing water, and the rustic wooden bridges add to the overall experience, making this trek a visual treat for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike.

parvati valley trek distance

One of the highlights of the trek is the beautiful and vibrant rhododendron flowers that adorn the path, creating a breath taking sight that is sure to leave you mesmerized. The trek to Rasol village is particularly known for the abundant rhododendron forests that you pass through along the way. These forests are a sight to behold, with rhododendron flowers blooming in various shades of pink, red, and white, creating a colorful carpet against the lush green backdrop of the valley.

As you hike through the rhododendron forests enroute Rasol village, take a moment to immerse yourself in the beauty of these exquisite flowers. Pause to admire their vibrant colours, inhale their sweet fragrance, and revel in the magic of nature’s canvas unfolding before your eyes. It’s a truly enchanting experience that adds an extra layer of charm to your trek to Rasol village.

parvati valley trek distance

We continued our trek to Rasol Village, a remote hilltop settlement tucked away in the Parvati Valley. The trail winds through verdant forests and terraced fields, and the panoramic views of the surrounding peaks become even more spectacular. Peaks such as Hanuman Tibba (5,930 meters), Deo Tibba (6,001 meters), and Indrasan (6,221 meters) from the Pir Panjal range are visible from Rasol. The snow-clad peaks glisten in the sunlight, created a mesmerizing sight that left us in awe.

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Rasol is known for its unique culture, traditional way of life, and warm hospitality of the locals. After getting a home stay for the day, we explored the village, interacted with the villagers, and learnt about their customs and traditions. The village also offers stunning views of the Parvati Valley below, with the river meandering through the valley and the peaks standing tall in the background. The trek to Rasol is a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and adventure. The sights of the mighty peaks visible from these villages are a highlight of the trek, offering a glimpse of the majestic Himalayas. The serene ambiance, the lush greenery, and the warmth of the locals make this trek a truly enriching experience.

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Also, the villagers in Rasol, still rely on mules as a mode of transportation for carrying heavy loads. The use of mules as pack animals is a traditional practice that has been passed down through generations in this region. They are used by the locals to transport a variety of items, including firewood, food supplies, construction materials, and other essentials. The use of mules for transportation in Rasol village is an intriguing aspect of the local culture and a testament to the traditional practices that are still prevalent in this remote Himalayan region. It offers a unique insight into the sustainable ways of life and the harmonious relationship between the villagers and their animal companions. So, when you visit Rasol, take a moment to appreciate the role of these hardworking mules in the local community and the rich cultural heritage they represent.

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Rasol village is home to a small community of locals who lead a simple and close-knit lifestyle, deeply connected to nature and their surroundings. One of the first things that strikes you about Rasol village is its unique architecture. The traditional houses in Rasol are made of wood and stone, designed to withstand the harsh weather conditions of the Himalayas. These houses are typically two or three stories high, with sloping roofs made of slate or wood shingles. The walls are constructed with local materials such as mud and stones, creating a rustic and charming appearance.

The people of Rasol are known for their warm hospitality and friendly nature. Despite living in a remote and secluded location, they welcome visitors with open arms and are eager to share their way of life and culture. Interacting with the locals gives you a chance to learn about their customs, traditions, and beliefs, providing a unique cultural experience. The stunning natural beauty of Rasol village is another highlight. The village is surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks, dense forests, and terraced fields, offering breath-taking views at every turn. The serenity of the place and the pristine beauty of the Parvati Valley make it an ideal destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

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Life in Rasol is simple, yet rich in culture and heritage. It’s a place where traditions are preserved, and nature is respected. Visiting Rasol provides a unique opportunity to experience the charm of traditional mountain village life, interact with the friendly locals, and soak in the stunning natural beauty of the Himalayas. It’s a place that offers a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life and allows you to reconnect with nature and appreciate the simpler joys of life.

The trek to Chalal and Rasol Village is a rewarding adventure that promises stunning views of the Himalayan peaks, cultural immersion, and a memorable experience in the lap of nature. As with any trek, it’s important to be well-prepared and follow responsible trekking practices. Make sure to carry essential trekking gear, stay hydrated, and respect the local culture and environment. The Parvati Valley is a fragile ecosystem, and it’s crucial to leave no trace behind and preserve the pristine beauty of the region.

Day 2: 19.03.2022 – Tosh Village and Kutla Glacier

We left Rasol early in the morning for next destination, Tosh village. We hired a shared cab from Kasol and during our interaction with tourists we got to know about trek to Kutla glacier which starts from Tosh itself. Nestled in the Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh, Tosh Village is a paradise for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. Tosh, located at an altitude of 7,874 feet, is a scenic village known for its stunning landscapes, picturesque views, and warm hospitality of the locals. The trek to Kutla Glacier from Tosh is a mesmerizing adventure that offers breath-taking vistas of the mighty Himalayan peaks and an opportunity to immerse yourself in the serenity of nature.

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The journey to Tosh village is an adventure in itself, with winding roads, lush green forests, and gushing Parvati River accompanying you along the way. The village is accessible by a narrow road that meanders through dense forests and terraced fields, offering stunning views of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas.

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After reaching Tosh village we started searching for an accommodation for our stay. As we went up the views got more beautiful and we decided to take up the accommodation which is located at the highest point. We then had our lunch and rested for the day.

After taking a short nap we decided to explore the village. Tosh village has a unique architecture, with traditional Himachali houses made of wood and stone, adorned with intricately carved doors and windows. The village is inhabited by friendly locals who are known for their warm hospitality and simple way of life. Interacting with them offers a glimpse into the local culture and customs, providing an authentic experience.

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Tosh village is blessed with natural beauty in abundance. The village is surrounded by majestic snow-capped peaks, including the prominent Kheerganga and Sar Pass, which are popular trekking destinations. The Tosh River flows through the village, adding to its charm with its crystal-clear water and soothing sound.

The village is also dotted with apple orchards and terraced fields, where locals cultivate various crops such as maize, potato, and rajma, adding to its idyllic landscape. For nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts, Tosh offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities. Trekking is a popular activity, with trails leading to nearby destinations like Kheerganga, where one can soak in hot water springs, and the stunning glacier of Sar Pass. Camping under the starry night sky is a magical experience, and the village also serves as a base for exploring nearby trails and valleys.

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Apart from its natural beauty, Tosh village also has a spiritual side. The village is dotted with small shrines and temples, including the Tosh Devi Temple, which is revered by locals and visitors alike. The temple is known for its unique architecture and stunning views of the surrounding valleys, making it a peaceful spot for meditation and reflection. Despite its remote location, Tosh village has basic facilities for travelers, including guesthouses and cafes that offer local cuisine and other snacks. The village is also known for its vibrant hippie culture, with travelers from around the world visiting to experience its laid-back vibe and alternative lifestyle. The landscape of Tosh is truly awe-inspiring. The pristine beauty of the region is accentuated by the gurgling streams, cascading waterfalls, and verdant meadows that dot the trail. The air is crisp and refreshing, and the tranquil environment is perfect for unwinding and rejuvenating amidst nature’s bounty.

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Day 3: 20.03.2022

After getting a good sleep we woke up early in the morning and started our trek to Kutla Glacier at 7:30 AM from Tosh village. The trail winds through lush green meadows, dense forests, and gushing streams, providing a thrilling and scenic experience at every step of the trek. As we left Tosh village a beautiful waterfall welcomed us where we had a sumptuous breakfast with ginger tea. The splashing sound of the waterfall perfectly blended with the gushing wind and balanced the quietude of the distant snow clad peaks hovering over vast forested slopes. After crossing a wooden makeshift bridge over the waterfall, the trail suddenly became incredibly steep. To add to that, the rocky steep trail was completely covered by thick and dry dust, which made walking over it a bit difficult.

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After another hour of uphill walk through a well-trodden trail, beautiful wooden cottages welcomed us to the beautiful meadows of Kutla. The place was unexpectedly serene and calm. Only a few wooden cottages stood at distance surrounded by mountains.

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We took a short break and had some snacks and recharged ourselves for the final destination. The trail took us through a scenic route with breath-taking views of the Parvati Valley, passing through terraced fields, and dense forests of oak, pine, and deodar trees. The trail is moderately challenging, with steep ascents and descents in some sections, but the stunning views and serene environment make it worth the effort.

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Apart from the awe-inspiring peaks and glacier, the trek also takes you through charming little kutla village and terraced fields, giving you a glimpse into the local way of life. You can interact with the friendly locals, learn about their customs and traditions, and savor the local cuisine, which is a unique blend of flavours and ingredients from the mountains.

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As we made our way up, we were greeted with panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks of the Parvati Valley, including the famous peaks of Kailash, Pinnacle, and Hanuman Tibba, which are visible from various vantage points along the trek.

Kutla Glacier is a lesser-known glacier in the Parvati Valley, located at an altitude of approximately 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) above sea level. It is a relatively small glacier that is part of the Parvati River system, which flows through the valley. The glacier is surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks, lush green meadows, and dense forests, making it a picturesque destination for nature lovers and trekkers.

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As you ascend towards Kutla Glacier, you will come across meadows and grazing grounds where local shepherds bring their cattle for grazing during the summer months. These meadows, also known as Thakur Kuan or Thakur Khan, are vast grasslands surrounded by forests and offer panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. It’s a perfect spot for a picnic or camping, where you can relax and soak in the beauty of nature.

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The final stretch of the trek takes you to the Kutla Glacier, which is a small patch of ice surrounded by rocky terrain. We reached the glacier point at 12:00 PM. The glacier is not very large compared to some of the other glaciers in the region, but it offers a unique experience of being in the presence of glacial ice in the midst of the Himalayas.

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The majestic Kutla Glacier, nestled in the lap of the towering Himalayas is a stunning sight to behold, with its pristine white snow glistening in the sunlight, and the surrounding peaks towering over it. The serene silence of the glacier and the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains create an otherworldly experience that leaves you in awe of nature’s grandeur. The serene and pristine surroundings of Kutla Glacier make it a perfect spot for meditation, photography, and appreciating the raw beauty of the mountains.

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The trek to Kutla Glacier or any other glacier requires proper preparation, including suitable clothing, trekking gear, and acclimatization to the high altitude. It’s advisable to undertake such treks with experienced guides or trekking agencies to ensure safety and minimize environmental impact.

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The trek is of easy to moderate difficulty and can be completed in a day, making it a perfect adventure for beginners and experienced trekkers alike. The best time to undertake this trek is from May to June and September to November, when the weather is pleasant, and the landscapes are at their most beautiful.

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It is a truly mesmerizing adventure that allows you to immerse yourself in the pristine beauty of the Himalayas. The breath-taking vistas of the majestic peaks, the serene landscapes, and the warm hospitality of the locals make this trek an unforgettable experience.

So, lace up your hiking boots, pack your backpack, and get ready to embark on this thrilling journey to explore the majestic beauty of Tosh Village and trek to Kutla Glacier.

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From the glacier point we then trekked back and reached Tosh Village at 2:30 PM. The views rom the uphill side were more astonishing and the kutla village looked entirely like a wonderland. The mesmerizing landscapes were truly a bliss.

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After the strenuous trek we had our lunch at our hotel and decided to pay obeisance at Gurudwara Sri Manikaran Sahib. Taking a dip in the hot water springs was a refreshing and invigorating experience after a long and tiring trek. The warm water helped us to relax our body, providing a sense of rejuvenation and comfort. The warmth of the water helps to improve blood circulation, reduce muscle tension, and alleviate fatigue, providing a natural form of hydrotherapy.

Happy trekking!

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Region  – Parvati and Spiti Valley

Have you ever looked at a river, a stream or a waterfall and wondered where did all this fierce flowing water come from? Have you ever wished to see its origin? If you have ever pondered over these questions, you are at the right place. 

Rated as one of the most coveted treks by experienced trekkers, Pin Parvati Pass is challenging, brutal and absolutely mesmerizing. This pass links Parvati Valley in Kullu with Pin Valley of Spiti. It is a 1 kilometer walk to a height of 5300 m. that comes with its share of beauty and challenge. The trek takes you to and across many glaciers, specifically the origin of the Parvati and Pin rivers. 

This trans Himalayan trek takes you to the natural hot water spring at Kheerganga, alpine meadows, many waterfalls pouring down from monstrous mountains, pilgrim Mantalai lake, glaciers, finally the dry and magnificent Spiti. 

The trek involves steep slopes, gradual climbs, barren mountains, monstrous weather and high altitude. Continuous rain and snowfall makes the walk more difficult than it may seem. Rock climbing, snow trekking, waterfall crossings and wading through water bare foot is a common occurrence. One would require utmost stamina and fitness to complete the trail. 

Pin Parvati trek is the most beautiful and adventurous, because of its high Pin Parvati Pass which separates the Pin and Parvati valleys. Trek that takes one from the parvati valley in kullu to the pin valley in Spiti across the 5319-meter. One needs to be extremely fit and very well prepared for this trek as there is absolutely no habitation along its entire length. 

Trek commences from Gwacha, a tiny hamlet high up the parvati valley, past manikaran. From there the route follows the Parvati river upstream for three days with night halt at Kheer Ganga (Hot water spring). Pandupul (Steeped in the Pandava mythology) and Mantalai. One passes through amazing forest of Betula (Bhojpatra) and walnut, make a few risky river crossings on wire suspended baskets. Only person you may meet en route are the migratory gujjars and gaddis. On the way, one will pass rich fauna and flora with flowers and spices as well as fossil rich rocks. Treeline is crossed just before pandupul. Mantalai is a huge glacial lake at 4116 meters. It is the source of the Parvati. It is an awesome sight with glaciers flowing down to it from all sides. From here it is another two days of hard climbing to the Pin Parvati Pass. The saddle of the pass is covered with a permanent ice-field and must be crossed with great care as it is criss-crossed with crevasses. Fifth campsite is far below the pass, on the banks of the infant Pin river at 4200 meters. It takes four more days to reach the first village Mudh on the Pin side. The entire stretch from the pass to Mudh is in the Pin Valley National Park, which provides a haven for many rare species- snow Leopard, Spiti wolf, Ibex and Bhural. So be prepared to enter the land of the ibex and Snow leopard. A road has now reached Mudh, 12 kms. Beyond which is sagnam/Mikkim(3600meters) a twin village located at the confluence of the pin and the paraiho. From here it is a spectacular drive of 35Kms. To Kaza, and then on to Manali over the Kunzum and Rohtang Passes.

How To Reach Manali

Distance by road:-

Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Manali in 12 ‐ 14 hours(approx 540 KMS). Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in Tip : Since Delhi Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 6 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Volvo buses charge between Rs.1,000 to 1,400 per sector from Delhi to Manali and vice versa. Manali to Delhi: Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 5 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delay.

Nearest Railway Station:-

Nearest Railway station is Ambala (350 kms) and Chandigarh (310 kms). Tip: Regular Volvo and Buses are available from Chandigarh to Manali in the evening. Volvo buses charge between Rs.800 to Rs.1,200 per sector from Chandigarh to Manali and vice versa.

Nearest Airport :-

Nearest Airport is Bhuntar is 60 Kms. ​Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs.1000‐ Rs.2,000. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.

Things To Pack :-

  • Trekking Shoes: You need good trekking shoes with good grip & ankle support. Do not carry sport shoes.
  • Clothing: You need to have warm clothes with three-layer jackets, fleece or down feather jacket. Carry 1 or 2 full sleeves t-shirt. For lowers carry cotton pants suitable for trek. Do no carry jeans or shorts for trekking.
  • Thermals: Carry top and bottom thermals.
  • Socks: Carry 2 - 3 pair of sports socks along with woolen socks to be worn at night.
  • Headlamp/Led Torch are mandatory
  • Sunglasses: To protect from sunlight in snow you require UV rays protected sunglasses.
  • Woolen Cap and Gloves are also necessary as the climate will be cold. Carry waterproof gloves as they get wet in snow.
  • Lunchbox & Water bottle: Every participant should carry lunch box and water bottle of their own.
  • Raincoat/Ponchos: At high altitudes, snowfall and rain are quite common and it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that one doesn’t get wet.
  • Mandatory Documents: a)Registration Form b)Medical Certificate (signed by a registered MBBS doctor) c)NOC form (by trekker)

Fix Departure tariff 45 ,000/- excluding GST of 5%

Rates are excluding GST of 5%

Note that the cost would vary for customized group according to their requirements.  .

Day 01:   Reporting Manali.(2050m)

Reporting – Acclimatization – Orientation & Briefing of the trek – Trek Preparation & window shopping

(Sufficient time would be given for visiting market and nearby places)

Day 02:   Trek from Manali - Manikaran - Barshani (2100m) to Khirganga (2960m/8960ft; 6 hrs) (approx. 13kms)

Day 03:  Khirganga – Tundabhuj (3200m/9696 ft; 6 to 7 hrs) Approx 16-17 kms

Day 04:  Tundabhuj – Pandu Pul (3700 m/ 12100ft ; 8 – 9hrs) Approx 15 – 16 kms

Day 05:  Pandupul – Mantlai (4200 m/ 14000ft ; 7 – 8 hrs) Approx 12 – 13 kms

Day 06:  Mantlai – Base of Pin Parvati Pass (4800 m/ 16000ft ; 8 – 9hrs) Approx 9 – 10 kms.

Day 07:  Base of Pin Parvati Pass –  Pin Parvati Pass (5319m)- Pin Valley Camp (4810 m/ 16000ft ; 9 – 10hrs) Approx. 20 – 21 kms.

Day 08:  Pin Valley Camp – Tia (Cheen Patt) (3900 m/ 13000ft ; 8 – 9hrs) Approx 14 – 15 kms.

Day 9:  Tia (Cheen Patt) – Mud (3600 m/ 11500ft ; 8 – 9hrs) Approx 11 – 13 kms.

Day 10:  Mud to Kaza – Manali:

Drive from Kaza to Manali over the Kunzum La (4550 Mts. Rohtang Pass(13052 m) After reaching Manali group will check out.

Day 11:   Reserve day for trek.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1- Reporting at Manali (2050m.)

Delhi is well connected from all the cities in India. You can fly to Delhi or Bhuntar directly. Many overnight buses run between Delhi and Manali. 20 kms before Manali is Pathlikul in Naggar district. Get down here and take a cab to Larankelo which is the base camp.

The day is dedicated for orientation and acclimatization. You can go around for sightseeing and have a relaxed day.

Day 2 – Trek from Barshaini (2100m) to Khirganga (2960m/8960ft; 6 hrs, approx. 13km's).

We will drive from the base camp to Barshani. The 60 kms drive will take you through Kasol and Manikaran, passing through the sharp curves and rough roads along Parvati river. Barsheini village welcomes you with refreshing view of Parvati river surrounded by strikingly glorious rocky hills. As you start the trek, you are taken into well-defined trails amidst thick forest cover. The 13 km. trek will take approximately 6 hours. After walking for approximately 3 hours you will cross the mighty Parvati river pulley bridge. You can rest at the fall, take as many pictures as you want, fill your bottles from the nearby streams and admire the forces of nature. If you reach early, you can witness the sunset at Kheerganga. At the campsite, you will find enough shops and cafes to enjoy hot chocolate, maggi and momos etc. 5 mins walk to the peak and you can chill at the natural hot water spring overlooking the 360 degree view, whilst listening to the music played in the cafes.

Day3 - Kheerganga – Tundabhuj (3200m/9696 ft; 6-7 hrs, approx 16-17 km's).

The wake-up alarm is hot morning coffee. After a sumptuous breakfast, we will head to our next destination,Tundabhuj. The trail is well defined and easy. The gradual ascent will prepare you for the next few days to come. The initial journey is amidst alpine meadows and the sound of flowing streams. The next half of the trek is on green pastures of land and silver birch trees. You will have to cross the makeshift bridges built across the river followed by a series of ascent and descent.

The campsite at Tundabuj is one of the best camps throughout the trek with a chain of waterfalls that pour down from the opposite mountains. By the end of the day, you will be at 9696 ft. and it might start to get chilly. Tundabhuj is fresh and peaceful halt, a welcome change from all the modern civilization. The campsite is surrounded by the waterfalls on one side and snow caped mountains on the other. It is a sight to behold.

Day 4 -   TundaBhuj - Pandu Pul   (3700m/12,100ft. : 8-9hrs, approx. 12-15 km's)

The trail continues through a landscape strewn with waterfalls, lakes and meadows till Thakur Kuan.The first hour into the trek is beautiful meadows and flowers. Then comes the most challenging part of the journey. As the meadows become thinner, you will come across a river crossing. If the bridge to the other side of the Parvati river is broken, you will have an adventurous rock climb. With secure gears and rope, you will ascend a rock at an inclination of 80 degrees and cross the brim of a waterfall. Parvati Valley finally reveals itself once you reach the high point. The area has plenty of flowers and in monsoon the entire stretch of land will be in full bloom of yellow and purple.

After multiple stream crossings and rock climbing, you will reach the river crossing section.The last 10 minutes to this spot has a series of boulders and loose sand. Once you have passed this section you will see a gigantic rock jammed on top of a tributary of Parvati acting as a natural bridge. Climb this Rock and come down to reach to the other side. This rock section can be tricky and slippery in rains. Ahead waits another rock bridge crossing. This place is known as “Pandu-Pul”. Climb up the hill for about 20 minutes till you reach plain ground leading to Odi-Thach. Notice Mt. Kullu Eiger (5664 Meters) in front of you at the right side along with some unnamed peaks and glaciers surrounding the valley.

We will camp here for the night. This campsite is just below the last ridge visible from Odi-Thach. It is also at a close proximity to the river. The adrenaline rush due to the adventure activities of the day is inexplicable.

Day 5 - Pandupul – Mantlai (4200m/14000ft ; 7-8 hrs, approx 12-13 km's)

Today’s trek is a gradual walk through the boulders and plateaus alongside Parvati River. The route towards Mantalai is all along through the green valley. You will have to cross a rocky elevation after an hour into the trek, followed by which you will see the marshy land along the river basin. Continue walking on the extreme left side of the valley until you spot the second moraine ridge. This climb will take about 30 to 45 minutes. The ridge has been formed due to landslides and the river is gushing below. In a few minutes of walk ahead you will reach Mantalai.

As you walk along the moraine, you get a glimpse of the Mantalai Lake. At the bank of the river is a temple, where all of Parvati’s tributaries come together. The sound of the river that was roaring all long now becomes still and quiet. We will camp here for the night.

Day 6 - Mantalai – Base of Pin Parvati Pass (4800m/16000ft ; 8-9hrs, approx. 9-10 km's)

Slush, streams and loose rocks will be the guest of honor today. The walk will be challenging as the terrain gets difficult with a high gain in altitude. After an hour into the walk, you will come to an icy cold river crossing. This has to be achieved by forming a human chain and on bare feet. After the crossing comes the steep climb from where one can view the splendid glaciers and the origin of the Parvati river. You will also see many endangered species of plants and flowers, especially “Losars” and the “Bramhakamals”.

The last 1 km before reaching the base camp is called a moraine (glacial debris), and it is approximately at 50 degrees’ inclination. It will take you approx. 90 mins to complete this last stretch. At this altitude, you must make a conscious effort to breath. At the end of the day you will be at 16,200 ft, at the edge of a glacier. The campsite will be on a plateau. You will have to pull out your warm clothes as the night might get chilly.

Day 7 - Base of Pin Parvati Pass – – Pin Parvati Pass(5300m)- Pin Valley Camp (4810 m/ 16000ft ; 9 – 10hrs, approx 20 – 21 km's).

If lucky, you might witness snowfall. The amount of snow at the campsite depends on the season of the trek. At a mere 3 km distance is the pass, but it will be a long walk due to the altitude and weather conditions. You need to take good amount of rest at this altitude and acclimatize. Make conscious effort to breathe, drink plenty of fluids and be energized. If the entire stretch has fresh snow, you have to be cautious and place our foot exactly where the guide has walked. The walk to the pass will take 3 hours to complete.You are now at the pass; the view is spectacular. At the top, one can see a splendid view of the snowy mountains of Hampta region on one side and the Pin valley of Spiti on the other.Once at the pass, all your exhaustion will slip away and a sense of accomplishment will dawn in.

The walk down from the pass is easy and complete descent. If there is snow you can slide through it as well. After walking for about 6 hours you will reach the Pin Valley base campsite. At this camp you have entered Spiti valley.

Day 8   - Pin Valley Camp – Tia (CheenPatt) (3900m/13000ft ; 8-9hrs, approx 14-15 km's)

Once you cross the pass, you enter the mighty Spiti valley. Spiti will be a welcome change in all her vigor. Spiti region is generally dry with less rainfall and snowfall. The walk from here will be fast and easy. You are expected to walk almost 15 km. on a rocky terrain. The trail is well made as it is used by many shepherds. You will notice many grazing goats and sheep and their shepherd tents. Spiti valley owns a different landscape of brown and green texture, covered on both the sides by magnificent mountains . The campsite at Tia marks the end of the muddy trails, from here starts the road which is currently abandoned due to landslides.

Day 9: Tia (CheenPatt) – Mud (3600 m/ 11500ft ; 8-9hrs, approx 11-13 km's).

The walk on the road from Tia can be completed in lesser time with good speed. Mud is a small and the first village you will see. There are plenty of cafes here to quench your thirst and tang of the taste buds. Here is where your trek on foot ends.

Day 10: Mud - Kaza -  Kunzum La (4550m.) -  Rohtang Pass - (13052 ft.) - Manali

We will start from Kaza early morning to avoid traffic. The route will take you through Kumzum La pass, Chandratal junction, across Key monastery and Rohtang Pass. You can stop at these places for a bit before commencing the journey. The group will checkout at Manali.

Day 11: Reserve day for trek.

The day is reserved for acclimatization.

What is included in the tour

  • Local transport during Trek
  • Highly Advanced and qualified Guide from Himalaya Destinations
  • Skilled Local Guide who has ample knowledge of the route
  • Vegetarian meals on the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • Cooks/Helper and other requisite staff.
  • Porters/mules for carrying common equipments (like rations/tents/utensils/)
  • Equipment’s – Tents on sharing basis / Sleeping bags.
  • While on trek all meals will be provided. Meals will be freshly prepared and will be a mix of Indian, Chinese & Continental.
  • Basic First aid Kit with portal oxygen.
  • Forest Permits and camping charges.

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Personal Porters for carrying trekker’s backpacks
  • Personal trekking equipments – like trekking poles or sleeping bag liners
  • Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation
  • Purchases of personal natures (like mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits etc)
  • Food to/from the trailhead.

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  1. Parvati Valley Trek in Himachal Pradesh

    The Parvati Valley trek is the top most trekking destination in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It is present at the end of Sylvan hills. The gushing Parvati River flows through this picturesque valley and the wide meadows, snow-covered peaks in the background and quaint village makes Parvati Valley a small fairyland. ...

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    Parvati Valley in Himachal Pradesh, India is a backpackers paradise. ... Parvati Valley's Kheerganga Trek ... Due to its distance, the village is much quieter and less visited than some others- making it the perfect place to disconnect and appreciate the delectable beauty of the valley. There's not much here in the way of sights- but the ...

  3. Treks in Parvati Valley

    Sar pass trek is an extremely picturesque trek in Parvati valley that takes you from Kasol to Barshaini. A lot of beautiful meadows are the highlights of this trail. ... The difficulty of this trek can be attributed to the distance to be covered. One has to tread at high-altitude and inhospitable terrain for around 100 km to complete. It takes ...

  4. Treks in Parvati Valley

    Situated at a distance of 40 km from Kasol, Tosh requires a total trek of only 3-4 km from the village Barshaini. ... Next on our list of easy treks in Parvati Valley is the trek to Rasol Village. A two-hour trek from the magical wonderland of Kasol, Rasol (aka Rashol) provides insane views of mountains covered in thick pine forests and clouds ...

  5. Jiwa Nala

    The Jiwa Nala - Parvati Valley trek is classified as a moderate - difficult trek . You trek up to an altitude of over 15,419 feet. You will be covering a trekking distance of 90 kilometers in 7 days. The trail has several challenging sections. You have to make sure your lungs are strong for this.

  6. Sar Pass Trek: A Complete Guide (Updated 2024)

    The Sar Pass Trek is a popular Himalayan trek in the Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh, India. The distance of the trek is approximately 48 kilometres; this trek offers a thrilling and picturesque adventure for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

  7. Pin Parvati Pass Trek

    Location: Himachal Pradesh. Distance: 110 Km. Trail Type: Cross over trail | Start in one valley, traverse the pass, and ends in another valley. AirPort: Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali. Highlights: +5% GST (goods and services tax) Services Manali to Manali | Included Transport. Trekking in the Himalayan ranges is always considered the ...

  8. Parvati Valley Trek, Parvati Valley Trekking Cost and Route

    Height: 2400 meters (7874 feet)Distance: 40 kms from KasolTime taken: around 3 hours. Tosh is a village situated at the end of Parvati valley. It offers scenic beauty of the valley, since it's high up in mountains and also a hub of trekkers, being the nearest village to famous Kheerganga trek.

  9. Pin Parvati Pass Trek: Itinerary, Cost, Safety, Tips & More

    Pin Parvati Pass Trek. Pin Parvati Pass Trek lies in Himachal Pradesh and is located at 17,500 feet. It is a trek of a challenging nature for which you would require prior experience. It is a long-distance trek for people who want adventure and thrills from the snowy peaks of the western Himalayas. It is one of the seasonal treks in the Manali ...

  10. Parvati Valley Trek, Kullu

    Day 8: Parvati base camp to Pin side Base Camp over Pin Parvati Pass . Distance: 12km, Duration: 5-6 hours. Another long day with lots of adventure and excitement awaits you. You will be trekking towards the highest altitude of the trek today, i.e. Pin Parvati Pass at an altitude of 18,000 ft approximately.

  11. Pin Parvati Pass Trek

    Pin Parvati Pass Trek is a beautiful trek located at the height of 5319m starting from Kheerganga in Parvati Valley and ending in Mudh Village of Spiti Valley. ... Trek Distance - 13km - 7/8Hours journey. Mode of journey - By foot. Altitude - Tunda Bhuj - 3333 Meters.

  12. Kheerganga Trek 2024

    Kheerganga Trek Nestled In Parvati Valley in Himachal Kasol 2023. Kheerganga Trek is the most popular trek in Himachal altitude (3500 meters) a magnificent place lying in the Parvati valley of Himachal Pradesh at the end of Sylvan Hills. It is famous for hot water springs which are believed to be therapeutic and is of great significance for the Hindus and Sikhs.

  13. Pin Parvati trek 2024

    Pin Parvati Pass a popular trek route from Parvati to Pin Valley in Spiti. ... Manikaran to Barshaini road distance is 12 km. Setting off a trek from Barsheni ( 2220 m / 7217 ft), we descend to the riverbed and a short ascend to Nakthan. Now an easy trail passes through some small villages and further leads through coniferous forests, waterfalls.

  14. Kheerganga Trek-Parvati Valley |A Complete Itinerary

    2. Trek Routes to follow. Reach bridge after Barshaini, then take a left turn and ask anyone for the route to Nathan village and Kheerganga. This route takes 3-4 hours and is the shortest one. It is on the left side of the Parvati river. This route is very well marked and the most popular route to trek Kheerganga.

  15. 11 Things To Do In Parvati Valley Trek

    Here is the list of 11 A Hippie's Guide To The Parvati Valley Trek. 1. Chill by the riverside in Kasol. 4.4 /5 View 14+ photos. Known For : Manikaran Sahib Nature Park Kasol Cafes in Kasol. Set on the banks of the Parvati River and amidst picturesque mountains and the Parvati valley, Kasol is the backpackers' paradise.

  16. PARVATI VALLEY TOUR

    Day 3: Kheerganga Trek | Camping. After breakfast, head to the starting point of the trek - Barsheni. Trek for 12 km along the Parvati Valley, crossing various cascades and recognizing some stunning perspectives. Reach Kheerganga and unwind at the blaze at the campground. Have dinner & sleep well at the camps.

  17. Pin Parvati trek June 2024

    Brief Itinerary for Pin Parvati pass trek: Day 1: Reach Manali by Noon - LGuest house accommodation at Vashisht (3 Km above Manali bazar) Day 2: Drive to Barsheni - 110 Km - 4 hours - Trek to Kheer Ganga 9 Km - 5 hours. Day 3: Kheer Ganga to Tundabhuj- 12 Km - 6/7 hours. Day 4: Tundabhuj to Thakur Kuan- 6 Km - 3 hours.

  18. Unravelling the Beauty of Parvati Valley: Trek to Chalal, Rasol and

    Only a few wooden cottages stood at distance surrounded by mountains. We took a short break and had some snacks and recharged ourselves for the final destination. The trail took us through a scenic route with breath-taking views of the Parvati Valley, passing through terraced fields, and dense forests of oak, pine, and deodar trees.

  19. Pin Parvati Pass Trek

    Region - Parvati and Spiti Valley Total Duration - 10 Nights / 11 Days Grade - Extremely Difficult Maximum Altitude - 5319 m/ 17451 ft Best Season - Mid June to October Accommodation - Hotel/Guesthouse; Organized Campsite Food - On trek - All meals included Distance - 78 KM.

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