We will meet at a pre designated spot in Kullu and be driven to Barsheni, start point of the trek and from here hit the trail leading to Khirganga. Today’s walk is through a wooded region and is not very demanding. Khirganga is a beautiful meadow with sulphur springs and a few dhabas (eating joints). Overnight in tents.
Today you walk through meadows negotiating several ascents and descents. The trail for most parts is through forested area and then you come out into open meadows of Tunda Bhuj. Here you can’t miss the massive granite cliffs overlooking the meadows and beautiful waterfalls around you. Overnight in tents.
The first half an hour of the day is through the tree line and beyond it are the medows of Thakur kuwan where we need to cross the Parvati river on a make shift wooden bridge. The walk is gradual uphill hike with lot of flowers all around. Towards the end of the day’s trek we will cross over the Parvati river on a pulley bridge and reach our camp site, on the Beautiful meadows of Thakur Kuwan.
Today we will have to make a couple of tricky river crossings before reaching our destination for the day. First river crossing is over an exposed boulder on a side stream and then over the Parvati river over the Pandu bridge which is a gigantic boulder with a stone staircase on one side. One will need to move carefully and with assistance from our guides and we might put ropes, if required. Ody Thach is again a massive meadow with the majestic Kullu Eiger peak overlooking it. Here you are sure to meet a few shepherds and get first-hand information on the condition of the trail leading to the Base camp. Overnight in tents.
Today the trail is flattish and along the river. Towards the end of the trail there is a climb up a lateral moraine which can take some effort. After the climb you reach a small temple very scenically located. We will spend some time here and then walk down through a maze of small rivulets to reach our campsite. Overnight in tents.
We will get up early in the morning and proceed towards Pin Paravati Base camp. This is going to be a great day for trekking. We get to hike in a completely different terrain and you one is sure to get a very good feel of high altitude environment. We get to see at a close distance the Pin Parvati Glacier and our guides can take you safely over it. After spending time here and taking lots of pictures we have lunch and head back to our camp at Mantalai. Overnight in tents
Today the walk is little longer as there is a steep decent for the first hour towards Ody thatch meadows and after that it is going to be a beautiful and gentle walk towards Thakur kuwan where we will have to pass the Paravti river twice (natural bridge and rope Bridge)Over night at Thakur Kuwan
Again a long day where we are going to reach the tree line at Thunda Bhuj. The is walk is very beautiful with few river crossings, majestic views of the mountains, waterfalls and beautiful flowers all around. Once we reach khirganga we can have a hot cup of tea or coffee at the local dhaba and continue towards Barsheni. Today we will join at the road head and board the jeeps and drive to Kullu. The trips ends here.
For travel from Delhi to Kullu & back, one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is Bhuntar (Kullu) airport. There are a couple of flights that link this airport to Delhi airport
Train travel though not very popular is available to cover a certain distance. One can either take a train to Pathankot or Jogindernagar (narrow gauge). From both these places one will need to drive to Manali. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in .
There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Kullu that cost about Rs. 1300 per person. They take about 14 hrs to cover the distance. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.
Season for this trek is from early June to mid-October. In the early days of the season we will catch a lot of snow on the higher reaches which reduces considerably by end of June. As the season proceeds we might catch rain towards start of July on certain days. Days are generally going to be sunny and warm (12-20 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of 0 to 6 °C
In the latter part of the season (Sep – mid-Oct) there is very little snow on the trail and good weather throughout but with possibility of snowfall. The days are sunny with temperatures hovering around 12-18 °C and the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (- 2 to 4 °C).
Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.
It is very important for this adventure trip that you need to be equipped properly and with a bit of back up. Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.
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Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek.
NOTE: In case you are planning to put your bag on a mule or taking a porter please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or a tree and get slightly damaged so don't get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.
We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of 'Leave No Trace' & 'Tread Light' policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the 'GIO trekking Manual'. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.
This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the 'GIO Trekking Manual' which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.
Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the 'GIO Trekking Manual' to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details.
We have broadly classified our treks as below:
Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers
Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding
Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.
Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.
Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.
Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.
Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.
Sometimes you want to plan a trip to your own liking as according to your schedule & time as against taking a set group package tour, which leaves on fixed dates. You may want to go on a differemt trail to reach the destination or avoid a particular stretch or climb a certain peak. We handle the nitty gritty of planning such a trip.
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8 Days | Jun-Oct| Moderate+| Max Alt: 4450 mts (Pin Parvati Base)
Day 01: Kullu Kasol (1539m) Barsheni Khirganga (2707m) [drive/2 hrs & trek/3-4 hrs]
Day 02: Khirganga (2707m) to Thunda bhuj (3100m) [trek/5 hrs]
Day 03: Thunda bhuj (3100m) Thakur kuwan (3320m) [trek/3-4 hrs]
Day 04: Thakur kuwan(3320m) Ody thach (3600m) [trek/4-5 hrs]
Day 05: Ody thatch (3600m) - Mantalai (3930m) [trek/4-5hrs]
Day 06: Mantalai (3930m) to Pin parvati base camp (4450m) - Mantalai [trek 6 7 hrs]
Day 07: Mantalai (3930m) Thakur kuwan (3300m) [trek/7-8 hrs]
Day 08: Thakur kuwan(m)-Barsheni(m)-drive to Kullu (2707m) [trek/8-9 hrs]
The regular Pin Parvati pass trail is surely amongst one of the top trails in Indian Himalayas but it comes with a set of challenges which makes it difficult for first timers and people with relatively less experience in the Himalayas. This is a super itinerary which has been carved out of the regular Pin Parvati pass itinerary and does not require one to scale the pass and yet get to hike in one of the finest trekking landscapes. This trail is suitable for fit first timers wanting to take on something more challenging than a regular trek
The trek offers unmatched variety and excitement. There are too many highlights but one that stands out is the view one gets on reaching the high Himalayan Glacier at the base camp (4450m) with big mountains all around. The trail throughout is through a completely wild & pristine terrain. There are many meadows with wild flowers all over, waterfalls, streams, rivulets, rivers. There are big snow mountains, an inviting glacier and interesting gaddi shepherds for conversation. You name it and it is there on this trail
The trek starts from the beautiful Kullu valley which is known for its lush green landscapes, hospitable people, inviting meadows, apple orchards and rich culture. From here a demanding 5 days walk takes you literally on top of the world where you walk on gigantic snow fields to reach the Pin Parvati base (4450 m). We will camp on the shores of the beautiful Mantalai lake for 2 days and from here hike up to the base camp. On the way back which is mostly downhill we cover the distance in just 2 days from Mantalai
This is going to be a beautiful trip for people who love mountains and the outdoors. The high Himalayan meadows with a wide variety of beautiful flowers, rich forest area with wide species of Himalayan birds and trees is something very special and will ensure you are busy with the camera throughout
|Region||Himachal Pradesh - Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh - Spiti|