- Pin Valley
Pin Valley is most beautiful and adventurous, because of the 4810
Mt high Pin Parvati Pass which separates the Pin from the Parvati
valley. The trek starts at Manikaran in Parvati valley and takes you
over to Pin valley. On the way you find a rich fauna and flora with
flowers and spices as well as fossil rich rocks. Be prepared to enter
the land of the ibex and snow leopard.
|Region: Parvati and Spiti valley
Season: Mid July to September
Duration: 13 Days
- DAY 1: MANALI - MANIKARAN (1700
Drive to Manikaran, 85 km from Manali by jeep or bus. Stay in
a hotel at Manikaran and enjoy the famous natural hot springs.
- DAY 2: MANIKARAN - PULGA (2100
Walk uphill on a motorable natural road through cliffs and old
villages besides river Parvati. Camp near village Pulga.
- DAY 3: PULGA - KHIRGANGA (2960
Today's trek leads through hilly terrain along dry rocks of Parvati
river. Camp at Khirganga on open meadows.
- DAY 4: KHIRGANGA - TUNDABHOJ
The trail crosses several delightful pastures with a variety of
wild flowers in summer. Camp at Tundabhoj, with view of waterfalls
tumbling down the cliffs on the opposite side of the valley.
- DAY 5: TUNDABJOJ - THAKURKAN
Initially you will be crossing rocks and dense vegetation. After
a few tiring kilometers, the trail descends to the riverbank.
The next section up the valley poses some difficulties, as the
trail frequently skirts rockfaces. Camp at Thakurkan above the
cliff section of the valley.
- DAY 6: THAKURKAN - MANTALAI LAKE
The trail passes a side river by a natural rock bridge. Just above
this crossing is the Pandu bridge, another natural rock bridge
over the Parvati river. Then the trail ascends gradually through
a series of flower meadows. Camp at a grassy campsite near Mantalai
- DAY 7: MANTALAI LAKE
Leisure day at Mantalai lake.
- DAY 8: MANTALAI LAKE - BASE OF PIN-PARVATI
PASS (4550 Mt)
Your trek passes the boulders of the Pin Parvati
glacier and allows a full view of Parvati valley and its surrounding
peaks. You camp at a sandy ground near the base of Pin-Parvati
Pass. (The campsite is under snow until mid of July.)
- DAY 9: BASE OF PIN-PARVATI PASS - PIN-PARVATI
PASS (4810 Mt) - PIN VALLEY CAMP
Today's trek leads you up to Pin-Parvati Pass
over several snowfields. (You should use a rope, especially early
in the season when the crevasses are hidden.) The pass provides
a magnificent view of snow capped mountain ranges. The descent
from the pass is gradual, leads over snow fields and becomes steep
at some places. Your camp is at a grassy spot of land.
- DAY 10: PIN VALLEY CAMP - TIAL (3900 Mt)
There is no trail for the first few kilometers
of today's walk. You have to march on loose scree and cross some
rivulets. The camp is again situated on a grassy spot of land.
- DAY 11: TIAL - MUD (3600 Mt)
Today's trail is well defined. The village of
Mud can be seen beneath a huge cliff face from above. The campsite
of Mud lies just outside the village.
- DAY 12: MUD - SANGAM (3500 Mt) - KAZA (3600 Mt)
From Sangam there is a daily bus service to Kaza
(the chief lieu of Spiti valley) where you stay at a hotel.
- DAY 13: KAZA - MANALI
Drive from Kaza to Manali in about 10 hours by
bus / jeep.
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