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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Pin Parvati


 PIN PARVATI 


Pin Parvati
Pin Parvati


 ABOUT 
Pin Parvati Pass is a challenging trek which is situated at an elevation of 17,380 ft. The trek passes through beautiful meadows, lush green forest and beautiful landscape of Parvati Valley. Trek starts from Pulga village in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh and ends in Mud Village of Sipti Valley. Its a 110 km long trek which can be completed at the minimum of 11 days (1 day extra included as buffer) and the experience is of a life time.
The minimum age for the trek is 18 years.

 CLIMATE 

The Pin Parvati Pass is a high altitude pass and is covered in snow during the winters. The temperature is below freezing point. The summer falls in the months of July to August and this is the time when the snow melts. The weather during / day remains pleasant and temperature remains 12 to 20 degree Celsius, while nights are chilly and temperature ranges from -2 to 5 degree Celsius. The high altitude passes do not receive much rainfall during monsoon season. However light showering can occur. Trekkers can experience light snowfall during end of September and October. The weather during October is pleasant and the temperature ranges from 12 to 18 degree Celsius during day and -6 to 4 degree Celsius at night.
July and August are the best months for the Pin Parvati Trek.
Its a difficult and dangerous trek. For moderate to expert trekkers

 ITINERARY 
Reach Bhuntar airport which is the nearest airport to Manali, or take a overnight bus from Delhi to Manali. The trek will start from Pulga which is situated at an elevation of 9,498 ft from sea level.
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Pin Parvati  guide
Pin Parvati guide

Day 1: Bhuntar/Manali to Pulga to Kheerganga (2820m)

Pulgar starting point of trek
Pulgar starting point of trek




Pulgar is the last village connected with motorable road. It is located at a distance of 56 km from Bhuntar and takes 2-3 hours to reach. Manali to Pulga is 93 km which takes 3-4 hours to reach. From Pulga the thrilling journey begins so pack your rug sack and start your 11 day trek. The trek is easy and passes through lush green forest and mesmerizing views of the mountain. 







Kheerganga
Kheerganga



Kheerganga to Pulga is about 12 km trail and takes about 7 to 8 hours. Kheerganga is considered as sacred place for Hindus and it is believed that Shiva has meditated here 3000 years before. There is a hot water spring which is believed to have medicinal quality. Kheerganga has cheap accommodations including guest houses and camps. Most of the tourist prefer to stay in camps for natural beauty of the place. One must bring essential food item for the trek, dhabas are at the top.
Don't forget to take a dip in hot water spring. Do not spend more than 10 mins in the water as you may get ill.





Day 2: Kheerganga(2820 m) to Tunda Bhuj(3330 m)

Kheerganga is situated at an elevation of 9,711 ft. Trek from Kheerganga to Tunda Bhuj is about 12 km long and takes about 5 to 6 hours to complete. The trail is full of beautiful and scenic views along with birds chirping and will take you through lush green forest. On your left you will see the Parvati river flowing down from the mountain. The first water crossing will come on this route. After 30 minutes of trek you will come out of the forest into the green lush meadows. You will go through high altitude pass and when you reach the top you will see the mesmerizing views of huge Parvati valley. After crossing the pass you will reach Tund Bhuj.

Day 3: Tund Bhuj(3330 m) to Thakur Kuan(3600 m)

The trek from Tund Bhuj to Thakur Kaun is about 12 km long and takes 5 to 6 hours. Tund Bhuj is situated at an elevation of 10,935 ft above sea level and Thakur Kuan is 11,712 ft above sea level. 

Boulder crossing
Boulder crossing

The real challenge of the Pin Parvati Trek begins from day three.The treeline is going to end at Tund Bhuj and you are going to walk on rocky trail. The path often going to be very narrow just sufficient to keep your foot on, with 10 feet deep drop on one side and a huge rock wall on other. One can also experience breathlessness because the Oxygen level will decrease at such altitude. You need drink sufficient amount water in order to be hydrated. On your way you will pass through three boulder crossing and you need to be extra cautious, as slipping on that will take you in the fast flowing Parvati river. You will reach Thakur Kuan by evening and will stay in camp there. The place is extremely beautiful full of colorful flowers.

 It is not as scary as it sounds but one needs to be extra careful as it is a dangerous trek.

Day 4: Thakur Kuan(3600 m) to Odi Thach(3800 m)


Camping during trek
Camping during trek
Day four would be easy as compared to the previous day. You need to cover a total distance of 9 km from Thakur Kuan which is at an elevation of 11,712 ft to Odi Thatch that is at an elevation of 11,876 ft above sea level. You will cross the Parvati river twice by passing through the Pandu bridge1 and Pandu bridge 2. It is believed that the Pandu bridge was built by Pandavas and hence it is named as Pandu bridge. Pandu bridge 1 comes after 1.5 hours of trek and it is a boulder which is very slippery and you need to be very careful while crossing it. You will see such a mesmerizing view of the valley. 



Day 5: Odi Thach(3800 m) to Mantalai(4100 m)

Odi Thanch to Mantalai is 11 km trek which takes around 6-7 hours. On day five you are going to walk on muddy and slippery trail. Trek for the day is long and easy till the last 300 m before camp site. The last 300 m is very steep and tedious. You are going to see the source of Parvati river and its another excitement to see the source of river. Before reaching Mantalai you will there is a sacred temple and Shivling. The Shiva temple is the entrance to Mantalai lake, the water of the lake serves as the source of Parvati river.   



Day 6: Mantalai(4100 m) to Parvati Base Camp 1(4960 m)


Parvati Base Camp 1
Parvati Base Camp 1
Mantalai is situated at an elevation of 13,353 ft above sea level and the height of Parvati base camp 1 is 16,207 ft above sea level. You will have to cover a total of 13 km distance which will take about 13 to 14 hours. The trail is difficult and you will cross many streams and glaciers. On day six you are going to climb very steep slope. As mentioned above you are going to gain the height of 2854 ft. The trail is rocky and there is always a chance of rumbling stones. But the fun part is you are going to camp near glacier which is a experience in itself. Don't forget to gaze stars at night.



Day 7: Parvati Base Camp 1(4960) to Parvati Summit(5334 m) to Parvati Base Camp 2(4280 m)


 Walk on scree
Walk on scree
Parvati Base camp 1 to Parvati summit to Parvati Base Camp to 2(Spiti side camp) is a trek of 6 km which can be covered in 6-7 hours. The height of Parvati summit is situated at an elevation of 17,388 ft. The trail is difficult and you will have to be very careful while crossing crevasses (deep open crack in the glacier), after trekking for about three hours you will reach to the Parvati Summit. There is a small temple at the top. You will rest at the summit for half to one hour. Another three to four hours of trek to reach the Spiti Valley side of the Parvati base camp which is situated at an elevation of 16,076 ft . On this day the trek begin early in the morning probably before sun rise (nearly 5-6 AM in the dark) because the glacier will melt and become slippery. You will be roped with others for extra protection against falling in crevasse and provided with crampon to walk easily on glacier. However the descending part of the trek is moderate. You will have to walk on glacier as well as scree. You will stay at Parvati Base camp 2.

Parvati Peak
Parvati Peak





















Day 8: Parvati Base Camp 2(4280 m) to Wichkurung Thach(4000 m)

Parvati trek at high altitude
Parvati trek at high altitude
On day eighth you are going to trek about 10 km which will take around 5 hours. Parvati Base Camp 2(Spiti side base camp) is situated at an elevation of 16,076 ft and Wichkurung Thach is situated at an elevation of 11,482 ft

You will have to start your trek early in the morning because you have to cross a stream that is coming from the glacier and the water level will increase later. You will have a close experience of frostbite. Most of the time you are going to trek in the barren land surrounded by huge mountains. This is the most difficult part of the complete Pin Parvati Trek but you are going to make it. You are going to camp at Wichkurung Thach, this is the last day you will be sleeping in the tent. Do not forget to star gaze. 


Day 9: Wichkurung Thach(4000 m) to Mud Village(3800 m) to Kaza(3800 m)

The trek is 10 km long wich can be covered in 4 hours. Wichukurung Thach is situated at an elevation of 11482 ft and Kaza is situated at elevation of 12467 ft above sea level. It is a straight walk along a river. You will cross the Pagal Nala, it is the last water stream you will cross before reaching Mud Village. The Pagal Nala is formed by the melting of glacier. The trek is easy and you will finally reach to Mud Village. From Mud Village you will driven to Kaza with whom you have booked the Pin Parvati Trek.

Day 10: Kaza(3800 m) to Manali(2050 m)  

This is the day you will be going to Manali by your cabs. This is the day you will feel lazy and sad because you will miss those beautiful memories. Kaza to Manali is 200 km which takes around 10 hours of drive. Take a tour of Gue Monastery and don't forget to have butter tea. On the way to Manali you will again cross many streams which are flowing on the road. Once again you will be crossing the Pagal Nala. You will go via Kunzum Pass, Chacha Chachi ka dhaba(a famous dhaba) in Batal and the Rohtang la Pass which is the most deadliest pass in the world. And finally you will reach Manali. There are lots of things to do in Manali. The memories of the Parvati trek will always be with you along with the pictures and videos that you have made. 

Instructions:

1. Do not remain in the hot water bath more than 10 mins at Kheerganga as it is Sulfuric water, and you might feel dizziness and puking. 

2. Walk carefully 

3. Oxygen level decrease with increase in altitude also the air gets thin because treeline ends.

4. Listen to your guide. 

5. Keep your shoes dry. Remove your shoes before water crossing.

6. Refill your water bottle where you find potable water.

7. Stay hydrated.

8. Try to cross water streams as early as possible because the water level will increase as the glacier melts. Also keep your shoes and socks dry and wear them after crossing the stream. Although you might not feel your feet but start walking again.


 TRASNPORT  

By air: Bhuntar is the nearest airport to Manali. It is 52 km away from Manali and an hour long drive. There are buses and cab services available from Bhuntar to Manali. Bus service is available hourly from 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. and cabs are available at anytime. 
Bhuntar is connected to major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Chandigarh.

By train: Chandigarh is the nearest broad gauge railway station to Manali. Chandigarh is well connected to all the major cities. You can easily get a bus to Bhuntar.

By bus: There are direct buses available from Delhi to Manali. These are frequent. There are buses available to Bhuntar. 

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