Pin Bhaba Pass Trek
Kaza, Spiti, India
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  • Trip introduction

    The trek to Pin Bhaba pass presents the adventure of a lifetime with a 9-day itinerary in the remote corners of the Pin valley. This offbeat trek leads you into a varied landscape, from the ancient woods of thick oak trees to sprawling fields of snow and ice. As you approach the Pin Bhaba pass, perched at an altitude of over 15,900 feet, you'll get awe-inspiring views of the valley's high-rising snow peaks and rolling hills on the horizon. After a day packed with strenuous climbing on steeply ascending trails, you'll rest for the night in tents, pitched at locations with stunning views of the valley.

    Destination

    The Pin Bhaba pass is a high-altitude mountain pass within the Pin Valley National Park that connects the two valleys of Kinnaur and Spiti. The trek to Pin Bhaba pass is a crossover trek which showcases a dramatic change in the landscape as you travel from one side of the valley to another. From the cold and barren mountains of Spiti, you'll begin the trek and cross the Pin Bhaba pass to enter the vibrant and green forests of Kinnaur. The Pin Bhaba pass trek is one of the few rare treks in Himachal Pradesh that remains accessible even in the months of monsoon.

    Destination highlights

    • Trek to the Pin Bhaba pass, a hidden gem in Himachal Pradesh.
    • Sign up for an offbeat Himalayan trek.
    • Go camping in remote locations on river banks.
    • Experience the local Buddhist culture at monasteries.
    • Climb up to an altitude over 15,900 feet to get inspiring views.

    Fine print

    Rules on the trip

    Travellers must follow all instructions of the trek leader during the Pin Bhaba pass trek.

    Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.

    Consumption of alcohol and drugs is strictly prohibited during the Pin Bhaba pass trek.

    Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made 90 days or more before departure of the Pin Bhaba pass trek: 90% refund.

    For cancellations made between 60-89 days before departure of the Pin Bhaba pass trek: 75% refund.

    For cancellations made between 30-59 days before departure of the Pin Bhaba pass trek: 25% refund.

    For cancellations made less than 30 days before departure of the Pin Bhaba pass trek: no refund.

    In case of no show: no refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting a transaction fee of INR 200 per person. This fee is charged by The Great Next.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    A high level of health and fitness is required to book this Pin Bhaba pass trek. Travellers with pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma, blood pressure, heart ailments or spinal problems are advised to consult with their personal physician before booking this trek.

    The tour operator takes utmost care to ensure the maximum safety of travellers and will not be held responsible for any accident, mishap or loss of life or property during the trek to the Pin Bhaba pass.

    The tour operator reserves the right to alter or cancel the itinerary of the Pin Bhaba pass trek due to any unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather or natural calamities. Travellers will be required to bear any costs arising due to such a change in the itinerary.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
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    Mode of transport
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    Start point
    Manali
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    End point
    Shimla
    Time of departure
    10:00 AM
    Time of return
    06:00 PM

    Activity Details

    Total trekking time
    27 hrs
    Total distance covered
    48 kms
    Start point elevation
    11811 feet
    Maximum elevation
    15912 feet
    Minimum elevation
    10826 feet
    Average per day distance
    10 kms
  • Day 1 of the Pin Bhaba pass trek: Arrive in Manali

    Arrive in Manali and gather at a hotel. Today, you'll meet the rest of your group and prepare for tomorrow's drive to Kaza. You can visit the local marketplace at Manali to shop for any last minute essentials or visit some of the local attractions of the hill-station. Overnight in a hotel at Manali.

    Day 2 of the Pin Bhaba pass trek: Manali to Kaza

    Move out from the lush, green valleys of Manali and take the rough and curvy roads leading towards Kaza. You'll drive through the famous Rohtang pass, a popular tourist destination near Manali. On the stretch between Gramphu and Losar, incredible views of the mountains await you. Driving past numerous river streams, you'll reach Kaza by late evening. Overnight in a hotel at Kaza.

    Day 3 of the Pin Bhaba pass trek: Kaza to Mudh

    In the morning, you'll visit the SDM office in Kaza to complete the paperwork and obtain the necessary permits required for the trek. After a lazy afternoon spent sightseeing at local attractions near Kaza, you'll travel to the village of Mudh, the last village accessible via road in the picturesque Pin valley. Overnight in a home-stay at Mudh.

    Day 4 of the Pin Bhaba pass trek: Mudh to Balder

    With a surge of nervous excitement, you'll finally begin the trek with a short and sweet hike to Balder. You'll cross a bridge over the Pin river and take on a series of uphill and downhill climbs until you arrive at the lush green camping grounds of Balder. Overnight in tents at Balder.

    Day 5 of the Pin Bhaba pass trek: Balder to Mangrungse

    As you progress deeper into the valley, the trail begins to get tougher with steeper climbs leading to higher altitudes. The trail is dissected by many river streams, flowing down from the melting glaciers of the Pin valley. Vantage points on the trail bring magical views of the valley, painted with bright shades of green and brown. Today's destination, Mangrungse, is a plush grassland at the base of a tall peak. Overnight in tents at Mangrungse.

    Day 6 of the Pin Bhaba pass trek: Mangrungse to Phustirang via Pin Bhaba pass

    The most awaited day of the trip is finally here. Today, you'll make your way over the Pin Bhaba pass. En route, you'll climb uphill through a largely rocky and barren terrain with sprawling sections of snow and ice layering your route. From the top, take in the vivid views and celebrate your achievement. Soon, you'll begin descending from the other side, rapidly lose altitude till you reach Phustirang. Overnight in tents at Phustirang.

    Day 7 of the Pin Bhaba pass trek: Phustirang to Mulling

    The trek towards the meadows of Mulling is an easy and enjoyable descent, with only one section of river crossing that requires attentive and clever footwork. Make the most of this pleasant day by spending leisure time with relaxing views of the valley. Overnight in tents at Mulling.

    Day 8 of the Pin Bhaba pass trek: Mulling to Kafnu

    On the last day of your Pin Bhaba pass trek, you'll spend a lazy morning and reach Kafnu after a short trek. The trail leads you down through rich forests of deodar and pine. Overnight in a home-stay at Kafnu.

    Day 9 of the Pin Bhaba pass trek: Kafnu to Shimla

    Board a vehicle from Kafnu and travel to the charming hill-station of Shimla. You'll be dropped back by late afternoon. Your Pin Bhabha pass trek ends here.

    Day 1 - Milestone

    Start point
    Manali
    End point
    Manali
    Day start time
    10:00 AM

    Day 2 - Milestone

    Start point
    Manali
    End point
    Kaza
    Day start time
    07:00 AM

    Day 3 - Milestone

    Start point
    Kaza
    End point
    Mudh
    Day start time
    07:00 AM

    Day 4 - Milestone

    Start point
    Mudh
    End point
    Balder
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    11 kms
    Trekking time
    3 hrs

    Day 5 - Milestone

    Start point
    Balder
    End point
    Mangrungse
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    7 kms
    Trekking time
    6 hrs

    Day 6 - Milestone

    Start point
    Mangrungse
    End point
    Phustirang
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    8 kms
    Trekking time
    8 hrs

    Day 7 - Milestone

    Start point
    Phustirang
    End point
    Mulling
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    12 kms
    Trekking time
    6 hrs

    Day 8 - Milestone

    Start point
    Mulling
    End point
    Kafnu
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10 kms
    Trekking time
    4 hrs

    Day 9 - Milestone

    Start point
    Kafnu
    End point
    Shimla
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
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  • Includes / Excludes

      Includes
    • Travel arrangements, as per the itinerary, in a private SUV or Tempo Traveller
    • Accommodation for 8 nights in hotels, home-stays and tents on a twin-sharing basis
    • All equipment required for camping: tent, sleeping bag and mattress
    • Common kitchen/dining and washroom tent
    • All meals from dinner on day 3 to breakfast on day 9, plus breakfast on days 2, 3 and dinner on days 1, 2
    • Services of an experienced trek leader and support staff
    • Services of porters/mule to carry common camping gear and personal luggage
    • All technical and safety gear required for the trek, if any
    • All government permits and charges
    • First aid kit (including oxygen cylinder)
    • All applicable taxes
      Excludes
    • Travel arrangements from your home city to Manali, from Shimla to your home city
    • Any meals or accommodation not mentioned in inclusions (including lunch on days 1, 2)
    • Adventure travel insurance
    • Personal expenses such as apparel, gear, extra meals, gratuity tips to staff etc.
    • Costs due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather or natural calamities etc.
    • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

    What to Wear

      What to Wear
    • Waterproof down jackets
    • Inner thermal wear
    • Sweater
    • Woollen cap, muffler, gloves and socks
    • Synthetic gloves
    • Full-length trekking pants
    • Full-sleeved t-shirts/shirts
    • Raincoat or poncho
    • Trekking shoes
    • Gaiters and balaclava
      What not to Wear
    • Expensive jewellery and gadgets

    Equipment / Gear

      We Provide
    • Private SUV or Tempo Traveller for transport from Manali to Mudh and from Kafnu to Shimla
    • All equipment required for camping: tent, sleeping bag, mattress
    • Common kitchen/dining tent and washroom tent
    • First aid kit (including oxygen cylinder)
      You need to get
    • Rucksack (50+ litres) with a rain cover
    • Cold cream
    • Water bottle
    • Plastic/waterproof bags
    • Flashlight (with extra batteries)
    • Power bank
    • Camera
    • Govt-issued ID card
    • Personal toiletries
    • Napkins and towels
    • Dry snacks
    • UV sunglasses
    • Cap/hat
    • Trekking pole/stick

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.
  • Day 1 of the Pin Bhaba pass trek: Arrive in Manali

    Overnight in a hotel at Manali.

    Arrive in Manali. You'll be accommodated in a hotel at Manali. Today's meal plan includes dinner only. You can visit any of the restaurants in Manali to have extra meals at your own expense. Meal plans for days when you're not trekking include only breakfast and dinner.

    Day 2 of the Pin Bhaba pass trek: Manali to Kaza

    overnight in a hotel at Kaza.

    Drive from Manali to Kaza. You can visit local attractions near Kaza that include the Key monastery, the post office at Hikkim and the fossil village of Langza. You'll be accommodated in a hotel at Kaza. Today's meal plan includes breakfast and dinner only.

    Day 3 of the Pin Bhaba pass trek: Kaza to Mudh

    Overnight in a home-stay at Mudh.

    Drive from Kaza to Mudh. All transport will be in a private SUV or a Tempo Traveller, depending on the total group size. You'll be accommodated in a home-stay at Mudh. Today's meal plan includes breakfast and dinner only.

    Day 4 of the Pin Bhaba pass trek: Mudh to Balder

    Overnight in tents at Baldar.

    Trek from Mudh to Baldar. You'll be accompanied by an experienced trek leader and a support staff of helpers, cooks and porters. You'll be accommodated in tents at Baldar. Today's meal plan includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 5 of the Pin Bhaba pass trek: Balder to Mangrungse

    Overnight in tents at Mangrungse.

    Trek from Baldar to Mangrungse. You'll be accommodated in tents at Mangrungse. You'll also be issued a high-quality sleeping bag and mattress to ensure a restful night's sleep. Today's meal plan includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 6 of the Pin Bhaba pass trek: Mangrungse to Phustirang via Pin Bhaba pass

    Overnight in tents at Phustirang.

    Trek from Mangrungse to Phustirang. You'll be accommodated in tents at Phustirang. The support staff will also set up a common kitchen/dining tent to prepare and serve meals, plus a common dry-pit style washroom tent at all camping locations. Today's meal plan includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 7 of the Pin Bhaba pass trek: Phustirang to Mulling

    Overnight in tents at Mulling.

    Trek from Phustirang to Mulling. You'll be accommodated in tents at Mulling. The support staff will also include porters/mules who will carry all of the common camping and technical gear with them, as well a limited weight of your personal luggage. Today's meal plan includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 8 of the Pin Bhaba pass trek: Mulling to Kafnu

    Overnight in a home-stay at Kafnu.

    Trek from Mulling to Kafnu. You'll be accommodated in a home-stay at Kafnu. Today's meal plan includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Most meals will include vegetarian dishes only since non-vegetarian items are not easily accessible everywhere.

    Day 9 of the Pin Bhaba pass trek: Kafnu to Shimla

    Your trip ends before nightfall.

    Drive from Kafnu to Shimla. Today's meal plan includes breakfast only. You'll reach Shimla by late afternoon. You can stop en route to Shimla at restaurants along the way to have meals at your own expense.

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