Pin Parvati Trek (22 Days )
This trek is one of the most adventurous treks in the Kullu valley and passes across the Pin Parvati pass (5300 m) before entering into the Pin valley in the Spiti region. The trek involves a few river crossings and glacier crossings. Also, visit some of the high altitude monasteries on the way back to Manali.
Destinations: Kullu - Manali - Parvati valley - Khir Ganga - Tunda Bhoj - Kanawer Wildlife Sanctuary - Mantalai Lake - Pin Parvati pass - Mud - Kaza - monasteries/gompas - Delhi
Day 1: Arrive in Delhi
Arrive in Delhi. You will meet our representative who will assist you and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2: Delhi - Manali (550 km, 14 hours)
Reach Manali by luxury coach or taxi from Delhi. Transfer to your hotel in Manali. An evening walking tour to Hadimba temple and old Manali. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 3: Manali to Naggar (22 km)
After breakfast, we drive to Naggar, a small village located on the left bank of river Beas, about 20 km from Manali. Naggar was once the old capital of the Kullu Princely State. The castle is worth visiting. It is now a beautiful heritage hotel. One can get a beautiful view of the entire Kullu valley from the castle. We also visit Roerich Art Gallery (founded by a famous Russian painter, who married an Indian actress and later settled at Naggar). Overnight stay at Naggar castle.
Day 4: Naggar-Manikaran-Kalga (5-6 hours)
Early in the morning, drive to Manikaran (1700 m) to begin the trek. Trek to Kalga village (2200 m), a small clearing in the thick pine forests, through the misty and heavily wooded virgin forests of the Parvati Valley. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 5: Kalga - Khir Ganga (4 hours)
Except for one short steep climb in between, the trek through the forest to Khir Ganga (2850 m) is a pleasant walk. Khir Ganga is a holy place with a hot water spring, a small temple of Lord Shiva, and a bathing tank. This is the last chance to take a hot water bath on the trek. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 6: Khir Ganga – Tunda Bhoj (4-5 hours)
The track is covered with trees of pine and is heavily wooded. Tunda Bhoj (3200 m) is the upper limit for the pine forests, and Bhoj (Birch) trees are abundant. Camp in a green grassland.
Day 7: Tunda Bhoj - Thakur Kuan (4-5 hours)
This is a challenging trek because the track is steep and challenging in some sections close to Thakur Kuan (3400 m). This area lies within the Kanawer Wildlife Sanctuary, and one may come across small Himalayan brown bears at lower elevations and wild sheep or the snow leopard at higher altitudes. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 8: Thakur Kuan - Mantalai Lake (6-7 hours)
Trek to Mantalai lake through flower-strewn grasslands. There are some very unique rock bridges on the way to Mantalai. There is an abundance of quartz and semi-precious gems around here. Picking up rock souvenirs from here is not allowed. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 9: Mantalai Lake - Base Camp (6-7 hours)
Over the glacier and loose rocky slopes, trekking is challenging. There is a beautiful grassy camp (4500 m approximately) at the base of the pass. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 10: Reserve - Rest
If the weather is good, then rest at the base of the Pin Parvati. You get a well-deserved rest day before a long day of climbing from the Pin Parvati pass. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 11: Base Camp - Pin Parvati Pass - Camp (5-6 hours)
This pass is steep to trek, and snowfields make it all the more difficult. Thus take all necessary precautions while trekking in this section. Everybody is roped up as the crevasses may not be easily visible. The pass descends over a steep slope to reach the first campsite in the Pin valley (4500 m). Overnight stay in tents.
Day 12: Camp - Mud (7-8 hours)
A long downhill walk today will get us to the first village in Spiti. Mud (3600 m) is a community located below a cliff inhabited by residents of Tibetan origin. This is also the last night on the trek. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 13: Mud - Sangam - Kaza (5-6 hours)
Trek from Mud to Sangam, the largest village in the Pin valley. From Sangam, you will be picked up by motor transport and driven to Kaza. Spend the night at a hotel in Kaza.
Day 14: Kaza - Kye Monastery & Kibber
After breakfast, drive to Asia's highest village connected by road. Kibber is at an altitude of about 4250 m. Kibber is a small village which has a population of about 50-60 families. Though the villagers do have a health center, primary school, and a telephone exchange, they still lack a lot of facilities. Living is very tough and hard as cold winds always blow here. On return, we visit Kye Monastery, one of the biggest monasteries in the valley. The Kal-Chakra ceremony was conducted here back in 2000 when it witnessed a crowd of about a million peoples from all over the world. Kye Monastery is famous for its old Thankas, which was still being kept safe from thousands of years.
After lunch, drive to the world's highest and oldest monastery of Langza and Comic, nestled at an altitude of 4200 m to 4300 m. A spectacular view of Shilla Peak (7200 m) behind these monasteries gives a beautiful picturesque view on a clear day. Drive back to Kaza for lunch. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay in a hotel at Kaza.
Day 15: Kaza – Dhankar- Lalung - Tabo
After breakfast, we drive to visit two other monasteries' which lie in the beautiful Lingti valley. Dhankar Monastery is situated about 25 km east of Kaza and serves the eastern part of central Spiti. Danker is a big village and erstwhile capital of the Spiti Kingdom. There is a fort that used to be the prison in olden times on top of a hill. The monastery has about 100 Lamas and has Buddhist scriptures in Bhoti language. The principal figure is a statue of "Vairochana" (Dhayan Buddha) consisting of four complete figures seated back to back. It has relics in the shape of paintings and sculptures. Honestly speaking, the monasteries of Spiti are the finest in the Himalayas. Spiti is more attractive than Ladakh because of the uncommercialized culture, gompas, and easy access from both Manali and Shimla. The second visit takes you to Lalung Gompa. The wall paintings inside resemble those in Tabo. This hilltop offers a spell-bounding view of the faraway mountains.
Day 16: Tabo
Tabo is at an altitude of 3050 m above sea level. Built around the year 996 AD, the Chos Khor monastery at Tabo is the largest monastery in Spiti. It is one of the few remaining examples of the golden period of Buddhist culture in the Himalayan region. In 1995, the Tabo celebrated its millennium year with a Kalchakra sermon. The wall frescos of the monastery are comparable in their antiquity and quality to those of the Ajanta caves; hence, they are called the Ajanta of Himalayas. It houses more than 100 Lamas, a large number of scriptures, pieces of art, wall paintings, and thankas. It belongs to the tenth century and has a famous gompa, which is rated next to the Tholing Gompa in Tibet. Murals of this gompa have a great similarity to that of the Ajanta paintings. Overnight stay in a guest house/camp.
Day 17: Tabo – Kalpa
Drive to Kalpa, which is an ancient old village of Kinnaur valley. En route, we visit Nako village and lake. Visit the old China town and enjoy stunning views of Kinner-Kailsah massif. Overnight stay in a hotel.
Day 18: Kalpa – Sarahan
Visit the temple of Bhimakali. Transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay. Bhimakali Temple is dedicated to Goddess "Bhimakali," the chief deity of Sarahan and Rampur's people. The architecture of the temple gives a unique mixture of Hinduism and Buddhism structure. It is built and constructed of cedarwood in a Pagoda style. The temple is visited mainly by people from surrounding areas and a lot of tourists. We will join the evening prayers in the temple, which make the atmosphere more spiritual and enlightened. Overnight stay at a hotel at Sarahan.
Day 19: Sarahan – Shimla
Drive to Shimla via Rampur and Narkanda. Visit Viceregal lodge, State Museum, and the mall. Overnight stay in a hotel.
Day 20: Shimla
Shimla is the capital town of the state of Himachal Pradesh. It was the summer capital during the British rule and a famous tourist destination for domestic and international tourists. Today, you will have a walking trip in the town of Shimla. After breakfast, climb to the ridge and see the beautiful view of Shimla town. Take a walk on the famous Mall road. We give you free time before having lunch in a restaurant at Mall Road. Evening walk back to your hotel.
Day 21: Shimla-Delhi
After breakfast, we transfer you to the railway station. Board the toy train that was built during the British regime. It is one of the oldest narrow-gauge routes in India. The train moves slowly through the Shivalik hills. It's a long journey; hence it is optional. Else we drive straight to Delhi by road. On arrival, transfer to your hotel and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 22: New Delhi Airport
We transfer you to the international airport as per your flight schedule to board a flight back home.