With every hour Pin Bhaba Pass Trek surprises you the orchestra of scenic surprises. Throughout your trek blue waters wouldn’t leave your trail. This pass involves crossing snowy terrain and the beauty of it is really breathtaking. Glacial meadows, terrific forests , numerous waterfalls and hanging village, Rupin pass has it all. Situated in Himachal Pradesh, this trek promises you height of 15,272ft.
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 15 mins before the pickup time.|
Duration : 8 Days
Grade : Difficult
Altitude : 4800 meters
Location : Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
|Booking Date||1st to 8th Sep|
DRIVE FROM SHIMLA TO KAFNU
Your journey starts. Kafnu is a quaint village in the Bhaba valley of Kinnaur. Due to its elevation and accessibility to the Sutlej river, it is home to a wide variety of flora. You will be passing through Rampur and the journey boasts of grand views of the Kinnaur mountain range. You will stay at Kafnu for the night, at one of the local lodges. It’s important to use the day to rest in preparation for the trek to Mulling tomorrow.
The trek starts from Kafnu today. Brace yourself for a challenging day. It’s important to get a head start considering the trekking distance and the altitude gain, which at 2,759 feet is quite a challenge. From the village, walk for about 200 meters and you will spot India’s first underground dam, the ‘Bhaba Hydro Project
MULLING TO KARAH
After passing the meadow, continue to walk for another 1.2 km to reach the campsite near a water stream. You will find a lake within 200 meters from the campsite. The lake boasts of stunning reflections when it’s sunny. You can setup your campsite at Karah. You will have the entire afternoon to rest and recuperate for challenges that lie ahead.
TREK FROM KARAH TO PHUSTIRANG
Today is the shortest day of the entire trek since you have to cover only 4.91 km. Brace yourself for a steep ascent. The first order of the day is to cross the tributary of the Bhaba river. The mountain stream approaches from the left side of Phustirang. Cross the stream and continue to climb the steep slope. Tread with care since the terrain is a combination of stone and loose mud. The entire route today is dominated by mountain stream crossings and humps, which can be a bit taxing. It’s important that you pace yourself accordingly. About 4.2 km into the trek, you will arrive at a campsite which has been setup for lower Phustirang. From this spot, continue the upward climb for another 700 meters and you will reach Phustirang.
ACCLIMATIZATION AND REST DAY AT PHUSTIRANG
Sit back relax and explore the campsite and surroundings today we acclimatize.
PHUSTIRANG TO MANGRUNGSE VIA PIN BHABA PASS
From the saddle point of the pass (highest point between the mountain valley), you will notice the sudden shift in landscape. The geographical contradictions are well pronounced in this spot. You will be leaving behind the lush grasslands of Bhaba valley and move to the brown, desert mountain valleys of Pin. The Pin river can also be seen from this point. The descent is steep and it is tricky, since it’s a combination of moraine, glacier and scree. Negotiate this terrain slowly. About 2 km into the descent, you will spot the Pin river. Remove your footwear to cross the river to get onto the right side of the river. From here on, it’s a gradual descent yet riddled with moraine and scree. Pace yourself slowly and rest if you must. About 5 kms from the river-crossing, you will be able to see the Mangrungse campsite below the trail. From Mangrungse, the Tiya campsite is located across the river bank. Tiya is one of the campsites for the Pin Parvati Pass Trek.
TREK FROM MANGRUNGSE TO MUDH. DRIVE FROM MUDH TO KAZA
Last day of the trek. Brace yourself for the long 16.29 km stretch to Mudh. Start as early as possible from your campsite. Climb the slope from Mangrungse to reach the trail and continue walking along the same. The distance between Mangrungse and Bara Boulder is 4 km and from the Bara Boulder campsite, it’s a gradual descent through a section filled with moraine. This campsite is a good spot but the water isn’t clean. It’s recommended that your water bottles are stocked up at Mangrungse.
The tributary of Pin river is just 300 meters from Bara Boulder. Cross this stream using the log bridge. The trail from Bara boulder is completely flat and is dominated by red soil and small red stones.
A flat walk for 1.5 km from Bara Boulder will take you to the banks of a mountain stream. Cross the stream using the log bridge to reach a dry, flat stretch of land. The Mudh village will be visible even from a distance of 5 km. It’s a picture worthy of a postcard and the beauty of this place is otherworldly.
Mudh Village – A slice of heaven The sight of the village will motivate you to push yourself for this final stretch. The Pin river is the last river that you’ll need to cross to access the village. This is yet another exciting experience in this trek. The view of the suspension bridge dangling over the Pin river is a sight to behold.
Cross the river via the suspension bridge. After crossing the river, it’s a short climb to reach the village.
DAY 8 - DRIVE FROM KAZA TO MANALI
We Drive from Kaza to Manali visiting Chadratal and Rohtang Pass on the way. Trip Ends in Manali
Trekking shoes: You will need trekking shoes with good grip. Sports shoes will not be comfortable enough.
Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
Three warm layers: On the pass crossing day, you will need at least three warm layers (two lights layers such as fleece and woolen and one padded jacket) for this trek.
Two trek pants: Wear one pair and carry one pair.
Two collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Again, wear one and carry one.
Thermals (Optional): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.
Sunglasses: Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. These are more important in June. There might be snow at the upper campsites regardless of the season. So carry a pair of sunglasses.
Suncap: The sun is intense at higher altitudes and a sun cap is absolutely essential to keep your face and neck safe from sun burns.
Synthetic hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woolen hand gloves. One pair of water proof gloves.
Balaclava: You may use woolen scarves instead as well.
Socks (2 pairs): Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woolen socks for the night.
Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.