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Availability : 18-05-2024, 15-06-2024, 06-07-2024, 27-07-2024, 10-08-2024, 31-08-2024
Kafnu
Kaza
Min Age : 16+

Glimpse of Pin Bhaba pass trek:

Location: Himachal Pradesh, India

Duration: 8 Days/ 7 Nights

Trek gradient: Moderate to Difficult

Maximum Altitude: 4,890 m (16,105 ft) above sea level

Distance: 50 Km

 Pickup/ Drop Point: Kafnu/ Kaza

Temperature:

  • (May-June): 5˚to 10˚(Day); -1˚to-5˚(Night)
  • (July-August): 5˚to 10˚(Day); 0˚to-2˚(Night)
  • (September-October):5˚to 12˚(Day); 5˚to-1˚(Night)

Customized fees:

Fees based on the final number of participants. Kindly contact +91-9051055011/ +91-8969336262 for the further detail before proceeding for the payment.

Overview of Pin Bhaba pass trek

Pin Bhabha trek remains among the most popular cross-over treks in India, and the drama that entails the trek only backs up its popularity. Present in the state of Himachal the Pin Bhabha trek presents you with a perspective of the two extremes of the Himalayas. At one side is the valley of Bhabha in Kinnaur, springing with life, carpeted with vegetation and occasional flower fields in various shades of pink; in sheer contrast to this is the Pin valley of Spiti, a testament of the Himalayan aridness, a brown patch of cold desert encompassed by lofty mountains. As you reach the Pin Bhabha pass at an altitude of 16000ft you will be able to see both of these sides, a panoramic view of green and brown in their stark contrast while you make your way through knee deep snow.

Unlike Pin Parvati trek which its often compared to; The Pin Bhabha trek takes a more scenic and much safer route, cursing through dense alpine forests of Oaks, Pines, and Birch along the sweet melody of alpine birds. The drama of the adventure starts from the first day of the trek, Be it the enchanting forest of Mulling or the turquoise river that run along the side, you will be always be fuelled with alpine adrenaline. The grasslands of Mulling, Meadows of Karah, Buddhist monasteries, camping and stargazing in the delta of Phutsirang, the occasional river crossing and many such will keep on adding to the journey transforming it into an adventure of a lifetime. From stories around the campfire to magnificent sunsets every little detail will be imprinted in your memory for you to relive them later.

The Pin Bhabha Trek is an 8-day long, moderately difficult trek covering 51km. The trail starts off at the cosy little village of Kanfu at 7900ft in Kinnaur and ascends up to 1600ft at the pass, from there it’s a descent to the quaint little village of Mudh in spiti at 12500ft. The journey will be a dynamic one with landscapes changing drastically and constantly as we move forward in the trail. The trail takes you through the magnificent forest and lush green meadows of the Bhabha valley in Kinnaur to the arid cold deserts of Spiti floored in brown and encircled by red mountains. But its not just the lands that see a change, you will be introduced with 2 very different and unique Himalayan cultures who have adapted their livelihood, lifestyles and architectures in accordance with the environments. These changes become more and more evident as you continue in the trek.

The best time for the Pin Bhabha Pass trek is from the month of May till the month of October. If you choose to go in the spring months of May and June, expect to find both greenery as well as snow, some may even call it best of both worlds. The Monsoon months of July and August come with a different charm of the burst of Himalayan vegetation and flowers, expect outstanding flora and fauna. Lastly in the Autumn season of September-October you will find clear skies and a pleasant weather.

Why Pin Bhaba pass trek ?

The landscape changes from lush greens to deserted mountains:

This Trek is one of India’s most beautiful crossover treks. The journey begins in a lovely small Himalayan village named Kafnu, which is  is concealed in one of the Kinnaur ranges’ folds at  t an altitude of 2,400 metres. The hike, will lead you to the highest point in Kinnaur at 4,915 metres, and will give you a glimpse of two vastly different but extremely appealing landscapes: 

On one side we get the enormous lively Bhaba valley of Kinnaur and on the other is the arid, dry, galactic Pin Valley of Spiti. Finally this trek ends at Mudh, a little settlement at an altitude of 3,810 metres, located in Spiti.

Gorgeous campsites:

The path, which leads from Kinnaur’s beautiful green woods and through shepherd’s trails to Spiti’s wide, dry lands, is truely a visual feast. People often  say Pin Bhaba Pass hike offers some of the most gorgeous campsites, and trust me they are not exaggerating.  But this journey isn’t only about the magnificent geographic contrasts. As you go from one side to the other, it will present you two separate Himalayan cultures in term of occupations, home structures, and lifestyles. This sudden realisation that societies and cultures are really a result of their surroundings and environment is one of the most eye-opening experiences you’ll have on this journey.

Kafnu:

Kafnu, a beautiful town in Kinnaur area, Himachal Pradesh,and this is where the Pin Bhaba Pass climb begins. Getting here from Shimla is a journey in itself but as soon as you step outside into the fresh air,  You are immediately transported to another world and  your worries and fears go away. The road to Kafnu passes through stunning alpine landscape. The struggle to stay awake is real as the smooth round curves lure you to sleep as you try to enjoy the views of this great valley.  A cluster of brightly coloured dwellings, cottages placed on small ledges on mountainsides, and step farming layouts appear every few seconds, adding to the green landscape’s charm. There are apple orchards and plum plantations along the way.

Kashmir-like meadows of Karah:

Nothing comes close to the Pin Bhaba Pass trek, with its intriguing meadows, magnificent landscapes, and Kashmir-like meadows of Karah, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.The Karah high altitude meadows are indeed the closest you’ll come to Kashmir’s grasslands. If there’s ever a contest over the most beautiful locations for a campsite on one of our hikes, the grasslands of Karah would truely come out on top.

Chandratal Lake:

You must enjoy the stunning scenery of Chandratal Lake’s turquoise waters surrounded by lofty mountains. The sweet water lake is about 2.5 kilometres wide and  is the source of the Chandra River, which joins the Bhaga River and become the Chandrabhaga River, which then takes on the name Chenab. The lake is only open to visitors during the summertime. The lake is blocked off and freezes for the second half of the season.

According to the Hindu mythology, Indra, the King of Gods, decended in his chariot to carry Yudhishthira, the eldest Pandava, in his mortal body to Swarga. Fairies, according to local legend, do still visit the lake at night.

Breathtaking scenery:

Pin Bhaba Pass Trek will take you to a maximum height of 16,125 feet. The Bhaba Pass path is a harsh desert-like landscape surrounded on all sides by tall mountains. This hike takes you through huge open grasslands where you may camp, lovely trees, and breathtaking scenery. In the state of Himachal, you may go through some of the most secluded hamlets.

You may encounter several adventurous situations when travelling from Mulling to Kara, such as river crossings and wildlife walks. This hiking track leads to the spiritual charms of the region’s majestic peaks and gorgeous river basins, which look to be created for adventure. Aside from alpine thrills, the state is known for its Himachali culture and its Buddhist temples.

Pick up location

Kafnu

Drop location

Kaza

Price Includes

  • Guesthouse accomodation in Kafnu and Kaza
  • Camping accomodation during trek on sharing basis
  • Camping essentials: Dome Tents, Kitchen tent, Toilet tent (traditional pit style), Sleeping bag, Harness & Carabineers
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Evening tea, Dinner during trek
  • Guide, Group Porter, Cook, Helper.
  • Stretcher evacuation
  • Portable Oxygen cylinder, Pulse oximeter, BP apparatus, Infrared thermometer & other staffs
  • Permits

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Transportation to & fro Shimla- Kafnu/Kaza
  • Off loading
  • In an event of a trekker deciding on discontinuing the trek midway due to any circumstance/ evacuation, he/she will be escorted till the nearest road end from where the further expenses of transportation, hotel/ hospital and food shall be managed and borne by that trekker. In such unfortunate event the trekker won’t be eligible for the refund.
  • Personal trekking gears like clothings, trekking shoes, trekking poles, toiletry and other items mentioned later in things to carry section.
  • Any cost escalation (accommodation, food, transportation) due to unforeseen circumstances like landslides, roadblocks, bad weather, pandemic crisis, sudden government policies or regulations
  • Any expense arising out of itinerary will have to be borne by the Trekker
  • Gratuity/ Tip
  • If the the weather condition remains favourable throughout the trek and buffer day is not utilized henceforth the trekker completing the trek in 7 days, the cost of accomodation and fooding for the rest of the stay will be borne by the trekker.

Advisory

  • Always carry a valid original photo ID card with you
  • Phone network of Airtel is available at Kafnu & Kaza. Although the connectivity is erratic. There won't be phone network during the trek.
  • Trekking is an activity where there are more than 50% chances of facing uncertainty, as you see it’s mentioned “Tentative” itinerary. Weather conditions, wildlife movements, permission changes can often force the trek leader to change the itinerary, distance or place.
  • Throughout the trek, starting from the pick up to the drop, the final decision will be taken by the trek leader and all the trekkers will be expected to abide to the same.
  • All participants are expected to have a fitness level, stamina and the ability to sustain harsh environments.
  • Every trekker will have to undergo a temperature and other vitals check every day.
  • Do weigh your Gears post packing. It should not exceed the range of 8-10 kg – preferably on the lighter side.
  • The last reliable ATM is at Rampur Bushahr (on the way to Kafnu).
Booking terms
Confirmation policy
  • Email on booking@meandmountain.com or WhatsApp on +91-9051055011 the following details: Name of the participant(s), Name of the event, Date of the event, Email address (Note: This is not the Enrolment form) and proceed with the online payment either via the payment link shared via WhatsApp or the payment section on the website.
  • Mode of payment: only online
  • The participants will receive the Confirmation email and Ticket via email within 48 hours.
  • Ater the confirmation, you will need to send the dully filled, signed and scanned forms (Enrolment, Medical & Self-declaration) to booking@meandmountain.com, before commencement of the expedition.
  • The forms can be downloaded from the links below or ‘FORMS’ section in the home page.
  • It is mandatory for all the participants to submit all 3 forms before the expedition, in absence of which Me and Mountain shall have a full right to deny the entry of that participant to the particular expedition.
Cancellation policy
  • Cancellation done any time after the booking of the event shall be adjusted in any event later with ‘Me And Mountain Global Adventures Pvt Ltd’ only via Adjustment voucher. The Adjustment voucher will be valid for 1 year from the date of the event cancelled.
  • Refer the section on Cancellation/Refund Policy for the detail cancellation policy.
Discontinuation policy
  • In an event of a participant deciding on discontinuing the event mid-way due to any circumstance other than medical condition requiring emergency evacuation, he/she will require to do so by signing the ‘Discontinuation form’ after which he/she is set to go on own. In such situation the participant will neither be eligible for the Refund or the Adjustment voucher.
Forms
Reaching Basecamp

Our basecamp is  Kanfu, and in order to reach Kanfu we need to reach Shimla first.

By Bus

Buses and private cars are available from Kalka and takes around 3hours to 3hours 15mins to reach Shimla from Kalka. If one if coming from Delhi then there are direct overnight buses from Kashmiri gate for Shimla which takes around 9-10 hour.

By Air

The nearest airport to Shimla is Chandigarh Airport, which is approximately 120 kilometres away. The road trip from Chandigarh to Shimla is possible. Shimla also has a smaller airport located 23 kilometres from the city, which has restricted operations depending on the season/weather conditions.

By Train

Shimla is connected to Kalka (96 kilometres) by metre gauge, and it takes around 6 hours to reach Shimla from Kalka. There are 3-4 trains every day that go from Kalka to Shimla and vice versa. On this route, the Shivalik Express is a premium Deluxe train with fewer stops and pantry service. One can also go via rail car (one of its kind mainly running on this route in india only). The overnight Kalka Mail from Delhi arrives at Kalka early in the morning, just in time to catch connecting trains on the magnificent narrow-gauge railway to Shimla. The route has 103 tunnels, the largest of which is 1.2 kilometres long.

After reaching Shimla, one can take direct HP government run HRTC bus from Shimla to Kafnu or can book a cab that will directly take one to Kafnu which is 7 hour journey.

Tentative Itinerary
May change as per the local authority permission & availability of accommodation

Day 1Shimla to Kafnu

  • Altitude:7,465 ft (2,275 m) to 7,900 ft (2,400 m)
  • Time taken: 7 hours drive from Shimla,  205 km

Drive to Kafnu, which is about a 7-hour trip from Shimla. Getting to Kafnu is not as tough, despite the fact that it is a tiny village in southern Himachal. The hydroelectric power project on the Bhaba river is what makes it accessible. The river flows through Kafnu village and up to Wangtoo. The hydroelectric project is as close to Kafnu as the river is there. 

Kafnu is well linked by bus, particularly from Karcham, Kalpa, and Recong Peo. There are also buses from Rampur.

The road to Kafnu climbs quickly above the Wangtoo hydropower project, which may be nerve-racking when the bus swings left to right on the narrow dirt road that hangs over  cliffs.

We’ll spend the night in Kafnu in one of the guest houses. It’s essential to relax today in preparation for the journey to Mulling tomorrow.

Day 2Kafnu to Mulling

  • Altitude:7,878 ft (2,401 m) to 10,700 ft (3,242 m)
  • Altitude difference: 850m/2,800ft
  • Time taken:8 hours, 11.3 km
  • Trek gradient: Easy walk on motor road for 2.65 km followed by a 4.5 km ascent. Level walk for about 1 km then ascend all the way to Mulling.
  • Water sources:We need to carry sufficient water. You will find 2 water sources on the trail to refill your water bottles.

We will drive 11 kilometres today. It will be remembered as one of the most stunning days of Pin Bhaba hiking. The track is magnificent and gorgeous as it runs through a beautiful coniferous forest.

We will begin our journey at Kafnu and prepare for a strenuous day. It’s vital to have a head start because the trek distance and altitude increase, which is 2,759 feet (841 m), and both are difficult. We’ll stroll around 200 metres from the village to see India’s first underground dam, the ‘Bhaba Hydro Project.’ We will next walk for 2.65 kilometres on the motorable road.

About 2 km into this trail, we will head towards a bridge. We will be crossing the bridge to reach the left bank of the Bhaba river. Shortly after that, we will see a narrow path going up from the motorable route.

We’ll go for another 4.4 kilometres along this path. We’ll be surrounded by lush jungle vegetation at this time. Silver birch, pine, and oak trees beautify the environment with their exquisite presence. The lovely sound of birds singing adds to the allure of this location. The convergence of such lovely trees inside a single frame will be one of the most unforgettable moments of this journey. From here, we’ll walk a flat 1 kilometre to a lovely clearing. The ground is cluttered with mud, grass, and tiny stones.

We’ll arrive at a nice campground surrounded by forests around 6.8 kilometres into the hike. This location is known as ‘Champoria,’ and it is located at an elevation of 9,491 feet. We’ll cross the Bhaba River from here. It’s a lot of fun crossing the river on the log bridge to get to the right side of the Bhaba river.

After crossing the bridge, we’ll stroll along the river’s edge until we come to a tributary of the Bhaba. We’ll need to pace ourselves gently from here on out for the ascent. We’ll arrive at Jhandi summit after around 10 kilometres of hiking. This is an excellent place to take some deep breaths. The Mulling hut and campground can be seen from Jhandi summit.

Day 3Mulling to Kara

  • Altitude: 10,637 ft (3,242 m) to 11,700 ft (3,552 m)
  • Altitude difference: 300m/1000ft
  • Time taken:4-5 hours, 6 km
  • Trek gradient: Gradual ascent for 3.3 km followed by 1.5 km of steep ascent, easing off for the last 1.2 km.
  • Water sources: We need to carry sufficient water and will find a water source to refill your water bottle around mid way.

The hike today begins with a moderate rise across rocky terrain. We will arrive to a magnificent meadow and a waterfall to our right around 1.6 kilometres into the journey. From here, it’s a 1.7-kilometer gentle hike to an intriguing topographical feature. You will be able to hear the sound of a river but not see it. This structure is known as a subterranean river because the water runs beneath the ground’s surface. From here, it’s a 1.5-kilometer difficult walk to the summit, where you’ll find a lovely meadow with flower beds.

We will walk for another 1.2 kilometres after passing through the meadow to reach the campground by a water stream, where we will locate a lake within 200 metres of the campsite. When it’s sunny, the lake has magnificent reflections. We’ll pitch our tents and eat lunch at Karah. We’ll have the entire day to recover and prepare for the obstacles that await us.

Day 4Kara to Pushtirang

  • Altitude: 11,653 ft (3,552 m) to 13,500 ft (4,107 m)
  • Altitude difference: 550m/1800ft.
  • Time taken:3-4 hours, 5 km
  • Trek gradient: Steep ascent throughout.
  • Water sources:We need to carry 2 litres of water from Karah. You might find a couple of streams but these are seasonal.

Today is the shortest day of the walk, with only 4.9 kilometres to go. We’ll gear ourselves for a long ascent. The first goal for the day is to cross a tributary of the Bhaba river. The mountain stream reaches Phutsirang from the left side. We must cross the stream and proceed up the steep slope.

We must take precautions since the ground is a mix of stone and loose mud. Today, the entire route is defined by mountain stream crossings and humps. It is important that you pace yourself appropriately.

We will arrive at a campground for lower Phutsirang around 4.2 kilometres into the trip. From here, we’ll continue climbing for another 700 metres till we reach Phutsirang.

Phustsirang will provide an excellent panoramic view for seeing three magnificent mountain crossings and peaks: Nimish Khango (16,185 feet), Tari Khango (17,318 feet), and Pin Bhaba Pass a.k.a Wang Khango (16,105 feet) and Hansbeshan Peak.

We will setup tents here and have our lunch at campsite.

Day 5Pushtirang to Mangrungse via Bhaba Pass

  • Altitude: Mangrungse 4,150m/13,600ft, Bhaba Pass 4,900m/16,100
  • Altitude difference: 800m/2,600ft
  • Time taken: 10-11 hours, 12 km
  • Trek gradient: Steep ascent for close to 3 km to reach the pass. Initial 2 km of steep descent from the pass followed by a river crossing and gradual descent through moraine and scree all the way to the campsite.
  • Water sources:We need to carry sufficient water. You will find one water source just before the pass and one right after.

Today, we’ll be climbing steep slopes and navigating high mountain passes that connect the Bhaba and Pin valleys. Trekkers who have scaled a mountain pass will tell you that it is an exhilarating experience on par with summiting. Because you go in with fewer expectations, you get a considerably higher sense of adventure and success than a peak ascent.

The abrupt change in terrain may be seen from the highest point between the mountain valleys. The geographical inconsistencies are prominent in this location. We’ll be leaving the green meadows of Bhaba Valley behind and heading to the brown, chilly desert mountain valleys of Pin. From here, you can also view the Pin River.

The Pin river will be seen around 2 kilometres into the descent. To cross the river and get to the right side, we need to remove our shoes. It’s a gentle decline from here, although it’s plagued with moraine and scree. Pace yourself slowly and take breaks as required. We’ll be able to see the Mangrungse campground below the route around 5 kilometres from the river crossing. The Tiya campground is located across the river from Mangrungse. Tiya is one of the Pin Parvati Pass Trek’s campsites. We’ll make up camp here, eat our packed lunch, and spend the night in our tent.

Day 6Mangrungse to Mudh/Kaza

  • Altitude: 13,674 ft (4,168 m) to 12,300 ft (3,744 m)
  • Altitude difference: loose 400m/1,300ft
  • Time taken: 7 hours, 16.29 km (trek)
  • Trek gradient: Moderate – difficult. Initial easy 4 km trail followed by a gradual descent and flat walk through moraine.
  • Water sources: We need to carry sufficient water. You can refill your water bottles at a couple of spots from the river and a small stream.

Today, we’ll set off on the lengthy 16 kilometer journey to Mudh. We will leave our campground as soon as possible and ascend the slope from Mangrungse to reach the route, which we will continue walking along. The distance between Mangrungse and Bara Boulder is 4 kilometres, including a gentle slope via moraine from the Bara Boulder campground. This is a nice camping, however the water isn’t clean. At Mangrungse, it’s a good idea to stock up on water bottles. A stream of the Pin River is about 300 metres away from Bara Boulder. We’ll use the log bridge to cross this stream. The walk from Bara boulder is totally level, with red dirt and little red stones dominating.

A 1.5 kilometer level hike from Bara Boulder will lead us to the banks of a mountain creek. To get to a dry, level area of land, cross the creek using the log bridge. The Mudh settlement will be seen from a distance of 5 kilometres. The community is well-known for its pea growing. The sight of the settlement will drive you to push through this final stretch. The Pin River is the final river we’ll cross to get to the settlement. Our is another another thrilling event on this journey. The vista of the suspension bridge dangling over the Pin River is breathtaking.

Crossing the river via the suspension bridge is thrilling. After crossing the river, it’s a short climb to reach the village.

Day 7Buffer day

A buffer day will be utilized in case of unfavourable weather to move ahead. We have mentioned the buffer day on day 7 but it can be utilized on any day of the trek as per the requirement. If we are fortunate to have a favourable weather throughout the trek, we won’t be utilizing this buffer day and will be reaching Kaza on Day 7. 

Note: If the the weather condition remains favourable throughout the trek and buffer day is not utilized henceforth the trekker completing the trek in 7 days, the cost of accomodation and fooding for the rest of the stay will be borne by the trekker.

Day 8Kaza to Manali

Distance: 200km, 9-11 hours

Today is the day of our departure from Kaza for Manali and then to further respective destinations marking the end of the trek. There are Spiti bus services that travels from Kaza to Manali. You can also book shared cars from Kaza to Manali. You are likely to reach Manali by late evening hence plan your ahead journey accordingly.

Diet recommendation
  • Consume less spicy diet at least 7 days prior to the expedition
Things to carry
Layering the upper body during trek
  • Layer-1: Body warmer
  • Layer-2: Dry-fit T-shirts
  • Layer-3: Fleece jacket
  • Layer-4: Down/ synthetic padded Jacket
  • GlovesLightweight poly-liner gloves; Mid-weight soft shell gloves – water/wind resistant
Layering the lower body during trek
  • Trekking trousers
  • Polyester/ active-wear socks
  • Trekking boots
Layering the upper body in the campsite
  • Layer-1: Body warmer
  • Layer-2: Dry-fit T-shirts
  • Layer-3: Sweater
  • Layer-4: Fleece jacket
  • Layer-5: Down/ synthetic padded Jacket
  • Gloves
Layering the lower body in the campsite
  • Layer-1: Body warmer
  • Layer-2: Trouser
  • Woollen socks
Clothing for layering upper and lower body
  • 3 Dry-fit T-shirts
  • 2-3 pairs of Trek pants
  • A set of Body warmers (polyester, avoid cotton)
  • 1 Fleece jacket
  • 1 Down/ synthetic padded Jacket to withstand sub-zero temperature
  • 2 Sweaters
  • 4-5 pairs of Socks meant for active-wear (blend of woollen & synthetic fabric) for wearing during the trek
  • 2-3 pairs of Woollen socks for wearing at the campsites
  • 1 pairs of well insulated Gloves
  • 1 wind + waterproof Jacket
  • Rain jacket
Headgear
  • Woollen cap, big enough to coverthe ears along with the head
  • Balaclava, covering the neck, mouth & nose
  • Sun cap preferably with a back flap to protect the nape of the neck
Footwear
  • High-ankle boots (waterproof & with good insulation)
  • Slippers/floaters for campsite to be worn with woollen socks
Gears
  • Rucksack: 60-70 litre with rain cover
  • Daypack: 20-30 litre with rain cover to carry water, snacks and personal items
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Quick dry towel
  • Trekking poles (preferably a pair)
  • Headlamp
  • Water Bottles: 1 Thermos & 1 regular bottle of 1 litre capacity
  • Lunch box for packed lunches
Other essential items
  • Toilet kit
  • 2 Tissue rolls
  • Sunscreen: SPF 40+
  • Personal medical kit
  • Snacks for personal consumption
  • Self-heating warming pouches (available online)/ hot water bag to keep yourself warm at night
  • Ladies: Menstrual hygiene products with zip lock bags to carry back waste for disposal. Menstrual cups are recommended over tampons /sanitary napkins.
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