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Pin Bhaba Pass Trek

Bhaba pass, Dhar Tegvaldar, Himachal Pradesh
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Duration

6 Nights 7 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

30 people

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About Pin Bhaba Pass

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 challenging trek and physical fitness is required. It should be attempted only by experienced trekkers.

Pin Bhaba Trek Distance
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 Trek Difficulty Level:
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. Download the fitness program from here: Click here.

Best Time to Visit Pin Bhaba Pass:
Pin Bhaba Pass Trek is best done between June and September.

Pin Bhaba Pass Trek Weather/Temperature:
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 to -10 degrees.

Accommodation
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.

Pin Bhaba Pass Height/Altitude:
The lowest altitude will be 7, 700 ft at Kafnu and the highest at 16, 100 ft at Pin Bhaba Pass Summit.

How to Reach Kafnu | Delhi to Kafnu Distance and Trek Route:
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 arrive in Kafnu.

Departure: Points:

We have fixed departures from Shimla. The pickup will be at 6:30 am from Shimla Old Bus Stand.

HOW TO REACH SHIMLA

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.

By Air:
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.

By Train:
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.

By Road:
There are several bus services that 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.

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Highlights

  • Amazed by the contrast of Pin valley, in various shades of purple and the deserted mountains of Spiti. whilst right behind you is the lush green Bhaba valley.
  • This trail takes you through dense forests and shepherd’s trails on the Kinnaur side into the vast, arid lands of Spiti.
  • Most of the campsites are on the pastures with the Bhaba river.

Day 1 DRIVE FROM SHIMLA TO KAFNU

🏔Altitude: 7, 900 ft.

🏠 Stay: homestay/ Guesthouse

🚗 Drive: 200km (9-10 hrs drive).

⌚ Pick up at 6:30 am from Shimla Bus Stand.

🍱 Meal: Dinner.

📶 Network: All networks available.

We will arrange a pick up from the old Shimla Bus stand early at around 6:30 am. The distance covered from Shimla o Kafnu is 200 km approx. and takes around 9 – 10 hours to reach. We recommend booking a night's stay prior in Shimla before you start your journey on day 01 to get full rest so that you start fresh the next day. The route passes through Rampur, Narkanda, and the Hydel Project at Wangtoo, the beautiful Bhabha River and stunning valleys.
We will reach Kafnu around 6 pm, night stay at the guest house. Kafnu is a small hamlet in the Bhavna valley, Kinnaur, and the base camp of the Pin Bhaba trek.

Day 2 TREK FROM KAFNU TO MULLING (7, 900 ft. to 10,700 ft)

🏔Altitude: 10, 700 ft.

⛺ Stay: Camps

🚶Trek: 11 km trek, it will take 8 -9 hrs to reach the campsite.

🍱 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

📶 Network: No network.

After early breakfast and briefing by our trek leader, we will start our trek to Mulling. After 200 m from the Kafnu village, we will spot India’s first underground dam- the Bhaba Hydro Project. The stunning Janglik range, thick coniferous forests, and the beautiful turquoise Bhabha River accompany us throughout this muddy terrain. As we move ahead we will cross wooden logs as bridges which makes the experience even more thrilling. In a few days, we will have to carry packed lunch; our trek leader will brief you about this in the morning session.
After having lunch we will then continue to navigate our way through the forest until we reach a point of descent and arrive at a lush green meadow. Bhaba river distributed on the meadow welcome us as we move further towards Mulling. Mulling, our first campsite, is rich in beauty. We stay the night here at the campsite of Mulling. Give your body some rest to adapt to the change in external conditions so it helps you move through to the last day.

Day 3 TREK FROM MULLING TO KARA

🏔Altitude: 11,700 ft.

⛺ Stay: Tents.

🚶Trek: 6 km, approx time to reach 4 – 5 hrs.

🍱 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Starting early in the morning as today’s trek trail is comparatively easy. The climb today involves navigating a lot of huge boulders and a few tricky sections. You will be given instructions before starting the trek on how to have an enjoyable trek day, with minimum difficulty. As you will cross the ghastly river, you need to follow the upstream.
The day's challenges include crossing a ghastly river with rapid icy cold water and a sharp hike of 300 m. The trail to Kara is clear, and we need to follow the river upstream. After half an hour of walking, we would cross the forest and come to the other side of the mountain. From here, we navigate our path through boulders, most of which act as stairs. We then continue to zigzag for the next couple of hours through the snow-clad mountains and take a gradual hike before we reach our campsite. Overnight in tents.
As the days go by, strangers who have joined you on the trek will become friends, it is important to stay together and support each other. After a long tiring trek, share your stories with everyone, sing songs or play cards because these small pleasures will become memories of a lifetime.

Day 4 TREK FROM KARA TO PUSHITRANG CAMPSITE

🏔Altitude: 13,500 ft.

⛺ Stay: Tents.

🚶Trek: 5 km trek, approx time to reach 3 - 4 hrs.

🍱 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 is the shortest day of the trek. It has the shortest distance to cover but a hard day because of steep ascents and many river crossings. After hiking for an hour, we will cross many glacial sections that require proper balance. After then, we will reach another sharp hike which will last for 40 minutes. En- route we will be greeted by the enchanting water stream, but after this trail becomes a bit harder. We have to cross a narrow trail that rests on loose rocks before it drops us into the valley that lies on the other side.
At last, we will step onto the land of meadows with the backdrop of glaciers. The colour palette of the meadows here is much richer than it was yesterday. Sometimes there is snow which makes it difficult to pitch tents otherwise we will move ahead and hike for another 20 minutes to camp at Upper Pushtirang. Tari Khango, Nimish Khango, Hansbeshan Peak, and Pin Bhaba Pass peaks are visible from here. Take some rest and after having dinner then retire to your tents.

Day 5 TREK FROM PUSHITIRANG TO MANGRUNGE VIA PIN BHABA PASS

🏔 Altitude: 16, 100 ft

⛺ Stay: Tents

🚶 Trek: 12 Km trek in 10 - 11 hrs

🍱 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After having breakfast and a team briefing session we will leave for the trek. Today it will be a mix of steep ascents and High Mountain passes. You might encounter snow patches on the trails. It includes conquering the sharp slopes that connect the Pin Valley to the Bhaba valley, Kinnaur. After a long, tedious climb, we will reach the Pin Bhaba Pass. It is a glorious moment for all the team members who have walked all the way to reach this point. Some get teary eyes, a few will have huge smiles on their faces, and you get to see different emotions because you have worked hard and the journey has been full of ups and downs. From here you can spot the Pin river from the top. We spend thirty minutes at the pass and then start our descent When you descend from here to the deserted region of the Pin valley. The descent is quite tricky as it includes trekking through the scree, glacier, and moraines.
After a 2 km descent, we get to the Pin river, afterwards, We will then slowly descend another 5 km through moraines and screes and arrive at the place that gives a distant view of the Mangrungse campsite. With majestic views of the Spiti Mountains and the gushing sound of the Pin, the river makes Mangrungse is an ideal choice for camping. Overnight in tents.

Day 6 TREK FROM MANGRUNGSE TO MUDH/KAZA

🏔 Altitude: 12,300 ft

⛺ Stay: Guesthouse/ homestay

🚶Trek: 17 Km trek

🍱 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 is the last trekking day; we will start the 17 km trek to the campsite of Bara Boulder. Today the trek doesn’t include many difficult trails but has a few crossing over a wooden log bridge.
On reaching the Bara Boulder campsite, we will cross the Pin river tributary and arrive at a flat land that offers a view of the rustic hamlet of Mudh. After crossing the suspension bridge over the Pin River, take a short climb and reach Mudh. We either stay the night here or drive to Kaza and spend the night at a guesthouse.

Day 7 DRIVE FROM KAZA TO MANALI ( Drive 200 km)

🚗 Drive from Kaza to Manali, expected time of arrival is around 6 – 7 pm.

🍱 Meals: Tea

After morning tea at Kaza, our team will leave for Manali. The way is connected from Kunzum La to the Spiti Valley through Lahaul to Manali. The road journey is around 6 – 7 hrs depending on the road conditions. Please pre-book your accommodation at Manali accordingly.

  • Meals start from day 1 dinner to day 6 Dinner. 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.
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, mats, kitchen tents, toilet tents, Dining Tents.
  • Accommodation: During the trek, you will be provided with a 3-person tent on a twin sharing basis and a 4-person tent on a triple sharing basis. Trekkers will be allocated a room on days 1 and 6, on a triple and quad basis. The dormitory will also be there.
  • Forest permits and camping fee.
  • Transport charges from Shimla to Kafnu and Kaza to Manali
  • Qualified Trek guide, cook, and support staff.
  • Porters/mules to carry trekking equipment.
  • First aid medical kit, oxygen cylinder, oximeter and UIAA certified safety equipment.
  • Trek certificate
  • Experience that you will gain.
  • Any kind of personal expenses on the trek.
  • Meals during road journeys.
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Any kind of travel insurance.
  • Anything not specified in the inclusion list.
  • Note* If you don't want to carry your backpack 🎒 you can give it to porter/Mules🐴, but you have to inform us in advance and have to pay Rs. 1200/- extra per bag for the whole trek.

7-8 Days

Monsoon (Jul-Sep)
Summer (May-Jun)

Tour's Location

Bhaba pass, Dhar Tegvaldar, Himachal Pradesh

How long we have to trek every day?
The average walking distance is 7- 8 km each day and trekkers complete it in 5-7 hrs. Please refer to the trek itinerary for more details.
What kind of food is provided on the trek?
Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. Breakfast varies from bread and butter, semia, poha and cornflakes etc. Lunch mainly comprises roti or puri with sabzi. Dinner is complete with Dal, rice, roti and dessert. A dry ration of biscuits and toffees will be provided as well. You may carry nuts and dry fruits if necessary.
Will there be water sources on the way? Will two liters of water be enough?
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.
What is the washroom/toilet facilities like on the 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.
What will be the accommodation?
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.
Do you provide tents and sleeping bags?
Yes, you will be provided with tents and high-altitude sleeping bags that can withstand temperatures as low as -10 ºC.
Which are the best seasons for the Pin Bhaba Pass Trek?
The best time to do the Bhaba pass trek is from Mid-May to September end. It can be done in the monsoon season as well.
What is the best time to see snow?
You are likely to find snow on this trail from Dec to Feb. Post-mid-November you can expect fresh snowfall.
What if it rains while trekking?
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.
What will be the temperature on the trek?
During day time sunlight is good and the weather is clear but you have to dress in layers at the night. The temperature will be between 10 to -5 degrees.
When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol?
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.
What all do I need to carry on the trek?
Please visit the 'Things to Carry' tab to check the essentials required for the trek.
Are trek poles, jackets and other equipment available for rent from Nomad Adventures?
No, but there are shops on the base camp from where you can rent shoes, jackets and trek poles, headlights etc.
Do I need special snow shoes on this trek?
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.
Why is the trekking pole necessary?
A trekking pole gives you stability and balance and helps reduce fatigue.
What is the age limit?
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.
Can I take my child along on this 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.
At what time should we reach Shimla?
It is advisable to reach Shimla by 6:00 am on Day 1. Nomad Adventures pick up is lined up at that time.
What kind of vehicle will be there?
Tata Sumo/ Bolero/Max kind of vehicles we arrange and accommodate 6-7 People in a vehicle.
Is this a good trek for a first timer?
Pin Bhaba Pass Trek is graded as a medium to difficult level trek. Beginners can attempt this trek provided they stick to the fitness schedule and meet the health requirements. As in all treks, physical preparation is mandatory.
Is there a mobile network on this trek? And, what about charging points?
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.
Who will be there with us on the trek from Nomad Adventures?
Nomad Adventures team consisting of a qualified Trek leader, trek guides, porters and cooks will be with you throughout the trek.
What places I can visit before or after the trek?
You can spend time exploring tourist attractions around Shimla like visiting Kufri, Chail, Mashobra, Tirthan valley and Naldhera. Please note that these are suggestions and Nomad Adventures does not make any arrangements for visiting them.
I am solo female trekker. Do I need to share a tent with a male?
No, Female Trekkers share Room/Tent with female co-trekkers and the same applies to others.
Is it safe to trek with Nomad Adventures?
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.
Can I leave my extra luggage behind and collect after the trek?
Since you will not be returning to the same point of the trek, therefore you need to carry all your belongings.
How many members will be joining the batch?
Minimum 6 people and the maximum 20 we take in one batch. We need a minimum of 6 people to run a fixed departure but for the customized trip group size doesn’t matter.
Is Diamox advisable?
No, but in case you are having so please consult your doctor because there are lots of myths about Diamox.
Is there any chance of offloading the backpack?
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.
What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?
Carry Adhar ID proof, medical certificate and Covid vaccine certificate.

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