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Pin Bhaba Pass Trek

Max Altitude

16,100 FT

Grade

Moderate

Duration

8 Days

Trekking KM.

51 KM

Suitable for:10+ years
Experience:First timer can apply, previous trekking experience is more appreciated.
Fitness:cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.

18,900 /Person

  • +5% GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Shimla to Manali | included transport
  • Rs 17,500 Trek Cost & Rs 1,400 Transportation (All included in the cost)

Overview

Trek Info


  • Trail Type A cross over trail through passes.
  • Rail Head Kalka is the nearest railhead to Shimla
  • AirportJubbarhatti airport, which is 22 km away from Shimla
  • Base CampKafnu
  • Best Season
    • Monsoon Treks (July, August)
    • Autumn Treks (September, October, November)
  • SnowBest Season: Jun to October
  • Services fromShimla to Manali | Included Transport
  • MealsMeals while on trek & at Kafnu guesthouse (Veg & Eggs)
  • StayCamping (Twin sharing) & Hotel/Guesthouse


  • Region - Himachal Pradesh
  • Duration - 8 Days
  • Grade - Moderate
  • Max Altitude - 16100 Ft.
  • Approx Trekking Km - 51 Kms.

We always keep hearing about Pin Bhabha pass as a comparison to Pin Parvati pass trek. In reality, they are extremely different treks. Though they have only Pin valley in common. Pin Bhabha pass is the confluence of Pin and Bhabha valleys. That also means it is the perfect mixture of Himalayan greenery and it’s aridness.

The Bhabha side of the trek is a cruise to livelihood. It is filled with dense alpine forests of Pine, Oak, and Silver Birch. The beginning of the trek is itself through long dense trees alongside the Bhabha river. Very rarely is there long trudging through pine forests. Slowly as you gain height huge grasslands flourished with vibrant blossoms come into the picture. Most of the campsites are on pastures with the Bhabha river and lakes beside the tents. Kara grasslands are the most popular amongst Shepherd. Goats, horses, etc. can be seen in abundance here.

The more you rise above, gradually the vegetation is lost to scree, snow, and moraines. The path to the Pin Bhabha pass will test endurance

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just like any other pass trek. But the moment pass is reached it is a complete contradiction to the sights seen until now. Suddenly the brown, yellow, red mountains pop up while entering Pin valley. This marks the start of Spiti. This turning of scenery is awesome and remains in the memories forever.

The Spiti is astoundingly astonishing and mindblowing. One will be amazed by nature. And the surprises don’t stop even after you reach Kaza. One last element of the trek is Rohtang pass on the road towards Manali.

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Who can participate

    • Age; 10 years.
    • First timer can apply; previous trekking experience is more appreciated.
    • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.
    • The climber should be able to carry a 10-15 kg backpack.

     

    Note:-

    • Heart problem, Very High blood pressure, Asthma, and Epilepsy cannot be reconciled on these missions. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above.
    • Junior trekkers (below 14 years) should have a company of parent/guardian.
    • Trekkers between 14 to 18 years can come solo with the disclaimer form signed by parent/guardian.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Shimla to Kafnu

    • Altitude: Kafnu 2,400m/7,900ft.
    • Distance: 200km, 7 hours Drive.
    • Pick-up: Shimla Old Bus Stand at 6.30 am.
    • Transportation is included in the cost.
    • Breakfast and lunch excluded, dinner included.
    • Attraction: Hydro electric power project on the Bhaba river.
    • Keep fleece jacket handy while travelling to Kafnu.
    • Stay in Guest house. .

Once you arrive at the famous Shimla, get ready to start a long journey to Kafnu. It is a serene village, remotely situated, almost 200km away from Shimla. The ride will be 7 hours long but the road comes with beauty and joyride of turns and twists. Kafnu is a known village of Kinnaur due to the Hydroelectric project. There is good connectivity through buses from Rampur.

On the way, you can sight India's first underground Hydroelectric project. A stunning blue lake is formed near the dam. The moment you get closer to the village you can find views of Bhabha valley. Rest in your hotel for the night, because a wonderful trek is awaiting you.

Day 2 : Kafnu to Mulling

    • Altitude: Mulling 3,250m/10,700ft.
    • Altitude difference: 850m/2,800ft.
    • Trek: 11km, 8-9 hours.
    • Moderate to Difficult level walk.
    • First half is gradual and second half is difficult ascent.
    • Spot Bhaba Hydro Project, India’s first underground dam.
    • Trek in the forest (Silver birch, Pine and Oak trees).
    • Natural water sources available on the way.
    • Packed lunch for the day (bring one lunch box with you).
    • Stay in tent (twin sharing)

The first day of the trek begins from Kafnu. You can consider this day as a wholesome day with 8-9 hours of a hike up through trail of ascension. It will get you all pumped up for the surprises following next. The trek will bring rarely seen sights of dense Pine forests and gushing river.

Immediately, when you start in 200 meters you can see India's first underground Hydel project dam. Although, photography is not allowed make sure you capture the sight in your mind. To start with the hike is a walk of almost two and a half kilometers on a service road. Enjoy the lively surroundings and be prepared for 2800 feet height gain. This motorable route will lead to a small path where the actual trekking path starts. Before this, you will cross a bridge on the Bhabha river.

You will be trudging slowly between silver birch, oak and pine trees. It is a dense forest harboring birds that keep you enthusiastic with their chirpy sound. You will walk under this salient flora for 5.5 km. The tall alpine trees will make the hike soothing for eyes and unique. You can see the valley gets narrow and you will be on the left bank of the Bhabha river.

The next big spot that comes after 1.4 km is an alluring camp of Champoria. The campsite is wonderful with trees around it. Cross another bridge ahead of the campsite. After crossing the walk on the right bank of the Bhabha river. The ascending trail will then start. The trail is of 2 km take your steps slowly until you reach Jhandi Top(10,640 feet). You can rest on the Jhandi Top while soaking in the beauty surrounding you. You can also see your destinations Mulling from here.

After you are ready to start walking. It is only a matter of 1.5 km before you finally arrive at Mulling campsite. The campsite is extremely pleasant and the long tiredness will just vanish away. You can have your hot tea gazing at the beautiful sunset alongside the river on green meadows.

Day 3 : Mulling to Kara

    • Altitude: Kara 3,550m/11,700ft.
    • Altitude difference: 300m/1000ft.
    • Trek: 6km, 4-5 hours.
    • Easy walk on rocky terrain, last 1km is steep ascent.
    • Enough water sources available on the way.
    • Camp near by the Lake.
    • Hot lunch at campsite.
    • Stay in tent.

Today will be a little shorter day compared to yesterday but will be filled with bigger surprises. The start will be with a gradual ascent and rocky route. Make your way through rocks for 1.5 km until you arrive at an amazing waterfall. There are huge meadows forming a different yet picturesque landscape.

The ascent continues for another 1.7km. You will be stunned as you arrive at this point because you will hear the sounds of the gushing river but see nothing. This is a natural phenomenon called the subterranean river, where the river flows underground. Take the most of this exceptional phenomenon. Now there will be a steep ascent for another 1.5 km.

There is a small stone bridge to cross a stream. After the steep ascent, you will be welcomed by another serene meadow. The grasslands have blossomed with vibrant flowers. Feel lucky to walk between these flowers for a kilometer, unless you reach your campsite.

The campsite is somewhat similar to the last day's. However, there is a lake that boasts a reflection of the surrounding. You can find many Shepards with their cattle on Kara grassland. On open meadows, beside lake and grazing animals, sleep well in your tents.

Day 4 : Kara to Pushtirang

    • Altitude: Pushtirang 4,100m/13,500ft.
    • Altitude difference: 550m/1800ft.
    • Trek: 5km, 3-4 hours.
    • Moderate walk, continuous ascent.
    • Enough water sources available on the way.
    • Terrain is a combination of stone and loose mud.
    • First attraction is crossing the mountain stream.
    • Last day with Bhaba river.
    • Views: Hansbeshan Peak, Nimish Khango, Tari Khango and Pin Bhaba Pass.
    • Hot lunch at campsite.
    s • Stay in tent.

This is the shortest day of the trek. It is like a bonus day with a change in terrain and scenery. Begin with the Bhabha river crossing followed by a steep ascent. Fill the river your eyes, as henceforth the river disappears flawlessly.

The Pushtirang Nala will be on the right as you walk on its left bank. The trail is a mix of boulders and stream crossing. Make sure you use your trekking poles efficiently and watch your step. For 4.5 km, there will be steep ascent followed by a gradual path leading to open land.

There two campsites lower and upper ones. But we climb a little up for 200 meters towards upper Pushtirang campsite. You will be delighted to take those last few steps up. As the views from here are stupendous, more than you expected. You can see Hansbeshan Peak, Nimish Khango, Tari Khango, and Pin Bhaba Pass.

Day 5 : Pushtirang to Mangrungse via Bhaba Pass

    • Altitude: Mangrungse 4,150m/13,600ft, BhabaPass 4,900m/16,100ft.
    • Altitude difference: 800m/2,600ft.
    • Trek: 12km, 10-12 hours.
    • Day is difficult and tiring.
    • Continuous steep ascent till Pass, after Pass steep descent for 3km and then gradual descent till campsite.
    • Limited water sources near by the pass.
    • Start early in the morning.
    • Pin River can be seen from the pass.
    • Scenery will change, lush green to cold desert.
    • Keep flotters/flipflop handy to cross the river.
    • Packed lunch for the day.
    • Stay in tent.

Finally, wake up with a lot of enthusiasm and energy. The most awaited day of treading to the pass is a few hours away. Today you will notice a drastic change in the views from vegetation to cold desert of Spiti.

There will be a continuous steep ascent until the pass. Begin by walking on the loose scree. There will be cold stream crossing followed by a steep climb up towards a flat ground. Most of the people set up high camps here. Walk up the steep hill until you reach the pass. You can see that the pass is the lowest point between the mountains. The pass is a confluence of Pin and Bhabha valley, hence the name.

If you look back towards the Bhabha side you can see the greenery from which you rose. And if you look at the Pin valley side, you can find dry, beige mountains. You will soon enter the Spiti.

The descend is steep and risky. Be careful and take your time to climb down. The descend is for 2 km until the slope gets gradual. Again there will river and stream crossing. You will arrive at Mangrungse campsite after 5 km walk. The campsite is next to Tiyaand confluence of 3 rivers. You will notice the difference in the landscapes you saw in the previous days. The mountains are brown, red, colorful. Spend your night in the majestic sights.

Day 6 : Mangrungse to Mudh/Kaza

    • Altitude: Mudh 3,750m/12,300ft.
    • Altitude difference: loose 400m/1,300
    • Trek: 17km, 7-8 hours.
    • Easy walk but long and tiring.
    • Gradual descent on mountain trail and flat walk on road.
    • Carry sufficient water from campsite.
    • Start early in the morning.
    • Mudh village is famous for peas farming.
    • Packed lunch for the day.
    • Stay in guest house either Mudh or Kaza.

The last day of the trek is here. It is the last chance to breathe in the astonishing mountains. Also, it is the longest day with 17 km of descent. So, gather all the energy. First, climb up to the trail then tread on this trail for 4 km. It is a gradual ascent with loose rocks and scree. You will walk up to Bara Boulder, which is a campsite here. Cross a river stream on a wooden bridge to enter on a flat path.

Enjoy the amazing trail henceforth which is laid with red soil. You will also cross Pharka village. There will be sheep flocks welcoming you. Walk for 1.5 km on this path to cross another bridge. 5 km fr this bridge is the scenic Mudh village. A village is a fantastic form of nature's beauty.

The last section comes ahead. You will cross the Pin river over a suspension bridge. Then comes a small hike up until the Mudh village. It is the last village in Spiti. You will then get onto your vehicles that will take you to Kaza.

Day 7 : Acclimatization + Rest Day (Condition Apply)

    • Will be used when required

• Will be used when required

Day 8 : Kaza to Manali

    • Distance: 200km, 9-11 hours.
    • Leave early in the morning.
    • Breakfast and lunch on the way (not included in the cost).
    • You’ll reach Manali between 6:00pm and 7:00pm.
    • Drop to Manali is included in the cost.

And the final day of the trek that takes you back to Manal. The journey will be long of 9-11 hours. But the views will be astounding. You will cross the famous Rohtang pass to reach Manali.

How To Reach

  • Pick Up Place
  • Drop Place
  • Note

First of all everyone has to reach Shimla

Options

1 Take an overnight bust to Shimla, and then take a cab to the pickup point.

We always recommend to go for the govt. Buses over the private ones outside the bus station as based on the experience we have found that there are very high chances of delay involved with private buses. Also, govt. Buses are always more reliable. Whichever bus you choose, just make sure to reach Shimla at least by 05:30 am positively.

2 Take a Train to Kalka and drive to Shimla, one can take the pleasure of toy train,  if coming by Train then come one day early.

3 Take flight to Shimla airport (Jubbarhatti airport) (22 km, 50 min), if coming by flight then come one day early.

After that TTH will take care of your further travel plan.

  • TTH’s Tata Sumo, Tempo Traveller or similar vehicles will pick-up you.
  • Pick-up is included in the cost of the trek.
  • If you wish to upgrade the transport service, please contact the Trek Coordinator.

Trekkers will be dropped at Manali Gov Bus Stand by 05:00 PM, for onward journey from Manali it is advised to make arrangements after 08:00 PM.

Cost Terms

  • Inclusions
  • Exclusions
  • Note
  • Tour Fee
  • Cancellation Policy

1. Accommodation: (as per the itinerary).
• Guest house in Kafnu on Day1 (twin/triple sharing basis).
• Guest house in Mudh/Kaza on Day8 (twin/triple sharing basis).
• Camping during the trek (Day2 to Day 7).

2. Meals (Veg + Egg):
• All meals Kafnu to Mudh
• Day 1 Dinner to Day 7 Dinner.

3. Trek equipments:
• Sleeping bag, Mattress, Utensils.
• Trekkers tent (twin sharing), Kitchen & Dinning tent, Toilet tent.
• Ropes, Ice axe, Micro spikes.

4. First aid:
• Medical kits.
• Stretcher.
• Oxygen cylinder.

5. Support:
• 1 Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader.
• Guide (Number of guides depend on the group size).
• 1 High Altitude chef.
• Support staff.

6. Transportation: (as per the itinerary)
• Shimla to Kafnu (Day 1).
• Kaza to Manali (Day 8).

7. All necessary permits and entry fees, Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals.
8. Porters and Mule to carry the central luggage.
9. Services from Shimla and return.

1. Any kind of personal expenses.
2. Insurance.
3. Food during the transit.
4. Any kind of emergency evacuation charge, hospitalization fee or etc.
5. Mule or porter to carry personal luggage.
6. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.

Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
Charges of offloading backpack:
INR 3,000/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance.
INR 3,300/- if you inform us after reaching Base Camp.
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kg. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.

Special Offers

Make a single payment and trek the number of times you want.

If you book a trek with Trek The Himalayas and are unable to complete the same or you have successfully completed that trek and want to do it again, you can repeat it multiple times without paying the cost of the trek.

Terms and conditions

  • This offer is a non-transferable.
  • This offer is valid for Trek The Himalayas limited fixed departures.
  • This offer is valid for 5 years from the date of booking.
  • This offer is not valid if the participant has received a cash refund or voucher at the time of cancellation.
  • Participants don’t have to pay for the trek cost but have to pay for the transport cost.

The fee can be paid by online transfer/Check deposit/Cash deposit/Demand draft. Instruction for
payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please
e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.
 

Cancellation terms:

 

For the cancellation of services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, Trek The Himalayas must be notified of the same in writing at info@trekthehimalayas.com  At the time we receive your written cancellation, refunds based on the total fare are as follows.

 

Cancellations prior to 25 days from the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • 5% deduction of trek fee
  • 100% cash voucher for any trip till one year

 

Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • 30% deduction of trek fee
  • 100% cash voucher for same trip till one year
  • 85% cash voucher for any trip till one year

 

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • Book the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch
  • 50% deduction of trek fee
  • 80% cash voucher for same trip till one year
  • 70% cash voucher for any trip till one year

 

Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek

Refund options

  • Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend
  • No cash refund
  • 20% cash voucher for the same trip till one year
  • 10% cash voucher for any trip till one year

 

 

If by a rare consequence TTH calls off/cancels a trek:

At TTH, we almost never call off or cancel our treks. But in the rare event that we do call off or cancel a trek due to any unforeseen circumstances or natural catastrophes like continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that prevents us from carrying out a trek in a safe manner, unforeseeable circumstances like local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any such situations that prevents a safe trekking experience, TTH will issue a voucher summing up to the same amount as your trek fee. The voucher can be redeemed on any of the treks over a period of the next year.

 

Note

  • If the entirety of your group fails to reach or cross the pickup point, or abandons the trek, due to any unforeseen circumstances like snowfall or heavy rainfall, landslide, and such, in such a case the voucher will not be issued. You can, however, choose to repeat the trek with us.

 

  • The voucher is also not issued if for any reason you have to come down from the trek. The trek leader may send you down from the trek, owing to reasons like lack of fitness, AMS, blood pressure, turn-around-time, health issues, or if you are found smoking/ drinking, or breaking the rules of the trek. Vouchers are issued only when the whole trek is cancelled or called off on behalf of TTH.

 

 

In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:

As we mention always, weather conditions at high altitudes are extremely unpredictable and can change at any time of any day. Also, situations like natural calamities or political unrest, pandemics and lockdowns, etc are out of our control and if an event cannot run under any such circumstances that we do not directly have control over then we will try to give you an alternative trek, which means your trek will be shifted from one trek to another, which will be safer and more favourable.

In these cases, a voucher is issued to mitigate the difference in cost between the two treks. You can redeem the voucher at any time over a period of one year from the date of issue. A refund fee or refund of the difference is not applicable.

 

 

Note:

  • Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch
  • In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH
  • TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice
  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers

 

Cash Voucher Terms:

  • This is a non-transferable voucher
  • The voucher cannot be merged with any other offer of Trek The Himalayas
  • The voucher is valid for Trek booked directly with Trek The Himalayas in India
  • To avail the voucher please use your register phone number or e-mail id
  • All the other Terms of booking a trek with Trek The Himalayas are applicable to the voucher
  • Trek The Himalayas holds rights to add/remove any of the Terms and Conditions without prior notice

 

 

Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Trek The Himalayas" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which TTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. TTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trek Essential

  • Basic Gear
  • Clothes
  • Personal Utilities
  • Head Gears
  • Foot Gears
Back pack & rain cover(50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack + rain cove20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)
Walking stickAdvisable (At least one)
Water bottle/Hydration pack2 bottles of one liter each, People who use hydration pack 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter, Carry at least one thermos flask.
Personal Medical KitConsult your doctor
SnacksEnergy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
T-shirts4 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)
Fleece T-shirts1 Nos.
Fleece jacket1 Nos. (Alternative: a woolen sweater)
Down feather / Hollofil jacket1 Nos.
Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)1 Pair
Trek pants3 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
Fleece/woolen gloves1 Pair
Poncho1 Nos.
Sunscreen creamMoisturiser
Hand sanitizerAntibacterial powder
Toothbrush and toothpasteLip balm / Chapstick
Toilet Paper & wipesQuick dry towel
Head torch1 Nos. (Avoid Hand torch)
Woolen cap1 Nos.
Balaclava1 Nos. (Optional)
Neck-gaiters1 Nos.
SunglassesDark with side cover, it should be U/V protected, People who wear spectacles- (A)- Use contact lenses. (B)- Photo chromatic glasses.
Trekking shoes1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
Floaters/flip-flops1 Pair
Cotton socks6 pairs
Woolen socks1 pairs
Gaiters1 Pair (TTH will Provide)

Fitness

Fitness regime for:

Moderate

Calculate Your BMI :


Your BMI value is

24.22

Congratulations, your body is in good conditions!

BMI Range Category
Less than 16.5 Serverely Underweight
16.5 - 18.5 Underweight
18.5 - 25 Normal
25 - 30 Overweight

  • If your BMI is normal, you can plan your fitness regime as mentioned.
  • If your BMI is not normal, consult your trusted physician before you plan your fitness regime.
  • If you're suffering from any chronic illnesses consult a medical practitioner.

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