Pin Bhaba Pass trek is one of the few treks where the trekkers witness the lush green mountains, vibrant Bhaba valley, Kinnaur as well as barren land. This trek includes passing through thick forests, and river bridges, and trekking through glaciers and moraines. The beautiful turquoise Bhaba river gives us company throughout the journey and the landscape constantly changes on the trek. It is a breathtaking journey from the valleys and meadows of Kinnaur to the sublime beauty of Pin Valley in Spiti. The trekking trail starts from Kafnu in Kinnaur and ends in Mudh village in Spiti, giving a visual delight to two distinct Himalayan cultures. Pin Bhaba Pass is classified as a moderate-difficult trek if compared to the Pin Parvati trek as an alternative; this is no doubt far more beautiful. It is a difficult trek and physical fitness is required. It should be attempted only by experienced trekkers.
Pin Bhaba Pass Trek starts from Kafnu in Himachal Pradesh It is a 7 days trek including travel from Shimla. The total Pin Bhaba Pass Trek distance is 51 km from Kafnu.
Pin Bhaba Pass is a moderate to difficult level trek. You need to be physically and mentally prepared for the trek and should stick to a proper fitness routine before coming on the trek. Read more – Fitness preparation for Himalayan trek.
Pin Bhaba Pass Trek is best done between June and September.
The temperature at Kafnu basecamp in the daytime is pleasant between 10 to 15 degrees Celsius and at night it goes down to 0 to -5 Degree Celsius. During the trek, the day temperature will be 5 to 10 degrees and at night it goes down up to -10 degrees.
At Kafnu and Mudh/Kaza, trekkers will have to share the room on a triple and quad basis. The dormitory will also be there. During the trek, you will be provided 3-person tents on a twin-sharing basis and 4-person tents on a triple-sharing basis. Female trekkers will share a room/tent with female trekkers only. Solo female trekkers will be provided with a separate tent.
Meals: Meals start from day 1 dinner to day 6 dinners. On Day 7, early departure after tea. During the trek, you will be provided healthy hot meals, including breakfast, lunch, evening tea and snacks, hot soup, and dinner with daily different desserts. Hot drinking water will be provided daily at the campsite.
The lowest altitude will be 7, 700 ft at Kafnu and the highest at 16, 100 ft at Pin Bhaba Pass Summit.
You can reach Shimla by boarding an overnight train from New Delhi Railway station. From Delhi to Shimla distance is 342 km & from Shimla to Kafnu is 195 km. Transport from Shimla will be arranged by us for additional charges or if you are coming on your own then take a bus from Shimla to Karcham/Reckong Peo from the new bus stand, starting as early as possible by 6:30 am. After reaching the Kafnu diversion, wait at the bridge to board the bus to reach Kafnu.
We have fixed departures from Shimla. The pickup will be at 6:30 am from Shimla Old Bus Stand.
Nomad Adventures will arrange a cab for you from the pickup point in Shimla to Kafnu The scenic route to Kafnu will take around 9-10 hrs. (Trek starting point). Pick-up on day 1 from Shimla old Bus Station is at 6:30 am.
The base camp of the Pin Bhaba trek isKafnu and is around 203 km from Shimla. The nearest airport to Shimla is the Chandigarh (IXC) Airport. It is 59.3 km away and is the most convenient and time-saving way to reach Shimla. Another airport is Jubbarhatti airport, which is 22km away from Shimla, this airport is well-connected to various cities. Another option is to fly to Jubarhatti Airport which is only 25km from Shimla. There are frequent flights from Delhi and Kullu. You can take a cab to reach Kafnu, it will take you around 7 hours.
You can also take a train to Chandigarh or Kalka. The Chandigarh railway station lies at a distance of 8 km from the city centre. It is connected to all the major cities by railway. From Delhi, you can board Jan Shatabdi, Himalayan queen and Shatabdi, trains that connect Chandigarh.
Several bus services run from Delhi to Shimla every day, you can take a luxury air-conditioned bus from ISBT to Shimla. The journey is of about 11 hours.
The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation, and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you choose the proper equipment. Try to bring only what is necessary; this will help you and the field staff.
Our campsites are pitched near water sources. For your day’s trek, two liters of water should be enough. You will find water sources on the trek to refill your water bottles. Your trek leader will brief you about these before starting the day’s trek.
During the trek, toilet tents will be set up along each campsite. A toilet tent will have a deep pit, where one can answer nature’s call. There will be a mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. These are dry toilets, where you’ll have to use toilet paper. This is the most hygienic and convenient way to answer nature’s call in the wild. Please use plain toilet paper and refrain from using wet wipes since these are not biodegradable.
If it starts raining while you’re trekking, we will continue on the trail as planned. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings.
Alcohol is dangerous in extreme cold, especially at high altitudes. Contrary to what people believe, alcohol does not make you warmer. Instead, it opens your pores, making your body colder. Moreover, it dehydrates you very quickly. Hence consumption of alcohol is absolutely prohibited on all Nomad Adventures treks. Anyone found with alcohol is quickly removed from the trek. Smoking, similarly, is not allowed on Nomad Adventures treks.
No, but there are shops on the base camp from where you can rent shoes, jackets and trek poles, headlights etc.
You don’t need special snowshoes. A good waterproof trekking shoe is sufficient for the trek. When there is snow, we provide micro spikes and gaiters.
A trekking pole gives you stability and balance and helps reduce fatigue.
The minimum age limit is 8 years. However, minors aged between 8 to 17 should be accompanied by their parents or guardians. The maximum age is 65 but please follow the fitness regime before coming on the trek.
Pin Bhaba Pass Trek is a moderate to difficult level trek and it requires trekkers to be physically fit. The minimum age eligibility is 8+ years. As a parent or guardian, if you feel that your child can adapt to the conditions of the mountains and would be able to walk every day as required, then certainly, yes!. Please follow the fitness regime before coming on the trek.
The last electricity charging point would be in Kafnu. You’ll get only the Bsnl/ Airtel network in Kafnu. However, come prepared for the possibility of power cuts. It is good to carry your power banks and extra batteries for your camera.
Nomad Adventures team consisting of a qualified Trek leader, trek guides, porters and cooks will be with you throughout the trek.
No, Female Trekkers share Room/Tent with female co-trekkers and the same applies to others.
All high-altitude treks come with their share of risks. We pay utmost importance to the safety of trekkers. While we do our bit to ensure a trekker is safe, we also expect any trekker who is enrolling with us to know what could go wrong, and if it does, how to tackle it.
Since you will not be returning to the same point of the trek, therefore you need to carry all your belongings.
No, but in case you are having so please consult your doctor because there are lots of myths about Diamox.
If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to inform us in advance so that the necessary arrangements are made. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. If you decide on the spot then the charges are higher than usual.