Manikaran-Spiti (Pin Parvati Pass)
Pin Parvati Pass
Takeover Point: Delhi/Chandigarh
Maximum Elevation: 4810m
Grade : Sternuous
Duration: 13-16 Days
Standard Trekking Plan
Day 01 : Arrival Delhi – Meet at the airport and transferred to hotel. Most international flights lands in night-stay in Delhi is recomended.
Day 02 : Reaching Chandigarh. Hotel stay. Do visit ROCK GARDEN,ROSE GARDEN and SUKHNA LAKE.
Day 03: Travel to MANIKARAN via KULLY VALLEY
Day 04: Manikaran-Pulga: Walking Time 3-4 hrs.> Manikaran at 1700m is very popular religious place where people of all faiths comes to wish. Pulga 2100m is very famous among trekkers but mostly returns back. Small tea stalls and hotels are settled in apple orchards and are usually crowded with foreigners.
Day 05: Pulga-Kheer Ganga: Walking Time 4-5 hrs.> Trail gradually ascends to Kheer Ganga which is a scenic place and now supported by a ” shelter” which is usually heavily crowded by foreigners. Kheer Ganga2850m is a open meadow.
Day 06: Kheer Ganga-Bhojtunda: Walking Time 5 hrs.> Steay ascend to the gorge. Valley then widens and trail crosses several beautiful pasturs supporting many types of wildflowers. There are some Gujjar/Gaddi shepherd emcampments and this will be last human settlement you will be watching. Bhojtunda is 3200m high pastur.
Day 07: Bhojtunda-Thakur Khan: Walkgint Time 4-5 hrs.> Crossing through rocks and dense vegitation. You will see remains of Indian Army helicopter which crashes in high winds when trying to land-just toppled due to velocity of wind. Thakur Khan 3400m is above the cliffs.
Day 08: Thakur Khan-Mantakal Lake: Walking Time 6-7 hrs.> You will be lucky if you could see any shepherd encampment. There is a natural bridge and is known as Pandu Bridge.Trail makes some ups and downs and then goes through flowered meadows. To reach Mantakal Lake 4070m, it is 200m of steep ascending over boulders which may not be tough for people who had some expereince but first timer may find learning lessons.
Day 09: Manatak Lake-High Camp: Walking Time 7 hrs.> Crossing terminal moraine and walking by cairns through boulders is high altitude ritual and expereinced trekkers will find it easy and first timers will be able to learn how to find route among boulders and scree of terminal moraine. In bigger climbing expeditions-even expereinced climbers had been seen loosing their ‘way through’. So, this type of walking in high altitude is must to learn for people who love Himalayan trekks.
Day 10: High Camp-Pin Parvati Pass-Pin valley: Walking Time 5 hrs.> From high camp, steep 300m climb to a snoefield and then a small col is way to cross this legendary pass.Pin Parvati Pass 4810m is marked by cairns and prayer flags. Descending is gradual.
Day 11 : Pin valley-Mud: Walking Time 8hrs.> Gradual desceding towards valley floor to village Mud 3600m.
Day 12 : Mud-Sangam: Walking Time 4-5 hrs.> A gradual walk though Spiti valley which is a landscape of it’s own type. Sangam is a road head and you can catch bus for manali or Shimla.
Day 13 : Traveling To Recong Peo-hotel stay.
Day 14: trave back to SHIMLA
Day 15: Travel back to DELHI
Shorter Options in Parvati Valley:
Camping: Manikaran is road head and as we mentioned Pulga is 2-3 hrs. walking distance and is ideal place for camping with families /friends.Old and small kids can easily walk on jeepable road which is well marked with teastalls enroute. himadventures.net is regularly using this region for summer camps and as well as family campings.
Trekking: If not for Pin Parvati pass-one can easily reach to Kheer Ganga and Mantalai beyond.