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  • 9 Days/8 Nights
  • Hard
  • 16100 ft./4907 m
  • 12 Participants
  • June-September
  • Himachal Pradesh

Pin Bhaba Pass Trek Overview

Pin Bhaba Pass is an exceptional trek that offers stunning and diverse landscapes, making it one of the most dramatic pass-crossing treks in the country. From the enchanting forests of Mulling, the grasslands of Karah and the rare river delta of Phutsirang, each day of the trek offers a unique and breathtaking experience. 

The Pin Bhaba Pass offers a spectacular view of the Pin Valley in shades of pink set against the stark mountains of Spiti and the lush green Bhaba Valley behind. Compared to the risky Pin Parvati Pass Trek, the Pin Bhaba is a safer, more beautiful and more diverse alternative. 

Pin Bhaba trek starts from the remote village of Kafnu. This nine-day-long trek takes you from the lush green Bhaba Valley to the cold and arid desert of Pin Valley. The contrasting landscapes keep you intrigued throughout the trek. The scenery alters drastically when you leave behind the grasslands of Bhaba Valley and enter the deserted mountains of the Spiti region.

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Inclusions

  • Meals 
    • Breakfast, Lunch and dinners (Day 1 Dinner to Day 8 Breakfast)
  • Accommodation 
    • Tents, Homestays/Dorms
    • Cloakroom charges 
  • Experienced Guides 
    • Trained and Qualified Guides
  • Permits
    • National parks and sanctuaries 
  • Camping Equipment
    • Kitchen tent
    • Toilet tent
    • Dome tents 
    • Sleeping bags
    • Mattresses
  • Technical Equipment
    • Wilderness Medical Kit
    • Climbing Rope 
    • Climbing accessories
    • Oxygen Cylinder
    • BP Meter
    •  Oximeter, thermometer etc.

Exclusions 

  • Travel cost from Pick up point to and from basecamp (Cab fare from Shimla to Kafnu and Mudh to Manali)
  • Transit Meals (Day 1 and Day 8)
  • Personal Expenses 
  • Offloading Charges 
  • Cost incurred due to change in the itinerary 
  • Additional services  (including mules, assistance, health-related support etc.)
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions list. 

Pin Bhaba Pass Trek Itinerary

Day 1 : Drive from Shimla (7400 ft.) to Kafnu (8,200 ft.)

Experience a scenic drive through the valleys of Himachal Pradesh, following the Sutlej river for approximately 6-7 hours and covering a distance of 203 km. You’ll have the opportunity to visit one of the most remote villages in the region.

Day 2 : Kafnu (8,200 ft.) to Mulling (10,800 ft.)

Enjoy an easy walk along a motor road, followed by a challenging 4.5 km ascent. After a level 1 km walk, the trail continues to ascend to Mulling. Along the way, you will pass through a variety of forests.

Day 3 : Mulling (10,800 ft.) to Karah (11,500 ft.)

The trek starts with a rocky ascent for 1.6 km, leading to a meadow and waterfall. Another 1.7 km of gradual ascent brings you to a subterranean river, where the water flows beneath the surface. From there, it’s a 1.5 km steep ascent to a meadow with flowers. The campsite is another 1.2 km away, near a stream. There is a lake 200 meters from the campsite, which offers stunning reflections on sunny days. You can set up camp at Karah and have the afternoon to rest.

Day 4 : Karah (11,500 ft.) to Phutsirang (13,500 ft.)

Today is a shorter trek with only 5 km to cover. The route includes crossing a mountain stream and steep ascent, with a combination of rocky and muddy terrain. Take breaks as needed, as the trek includes several stream crossings and inclines. After 4.20 km, you’ll reach a campsite for lower Phutsirang. Continue climbing for another 700 meters to reach Phutsirang, where you can see three mountain passes: Nimish Khango, Tari Khango, and Pin Bhaba Pass.

Day 5 : Acclimatization and rest day at Phutsirang (13,500 ft.)

Today is a rest day for you to acclimatize. Take a walk through Phutsirang and explore the Tia Valley, which is known for its green landscapes. You will find many beautiful sights to see in this area.”

Day 6 : Phutsirang (13,500 ft.) to Mangrungse (13,600 ft.) via Pin Bhaba Pass (16,100 ft.)

Hike up a steep incline for approximately 3 km to reach the mountain pass. The pass sits at an altitude of more than 16,000 ft and offers stunning views. After crossing the pass, the trail descends steeply for the first 2 km before reaching a river. From there, the trail becomes more gradual as it winds through moraine and scree, eventually leading to the campsite. The entire journey is an exhilarating experience that tests your endurance and determination.

Day 7 : Mangrungse (13,600 ft.) to Mudh (12,400 ft.)

The trail starts out easy with a 4 km hike, but then becomes more challenging as you descend and walk through the moraine. Along the way, you’ll be treated to a stunning display of changing colors, from lush green to brownish pink.

Day 8 : Drive back from Mudh (12,400 ft.) to Manali (6,700 ft.)

Drive from Manali back to Mudh, taking approximately 7-8 hours and covering a distance of 232 km. Along the way, be sure to visit the following must-see destinations on our list of side excursions from Spiti Valley.

Day 9 : Buffer Day

This depends completely on the circumstances on the trek regarding weather conditions, and other factors which could hamper the itinerary of the trek. Our Outdoor Leader will collect INR 2,500/- in case we use the buffer day. This cost will be inclusive of 5% GST.

How to reach the basecamp of Pin Bhaba Pass trek?

Pin Bhaba Pass trek is 8 days long, so we suggest our participants reach Shimla on Day 0 and not Day 1. It allows you to rest before the trek begins and ensures you do not miss the OWLS pickup from Shimla on Day 1.

To reach Shimla, you can opt to fly to Delhi or Chandigarh and plan your journey onwards from these cities. In case, you are travelling to Delhi/Chandigarh by air and planning to reach Shimla by bus, then you can travel to Delhi/ Chandigarh on Day 0.

Kafnu is the base camp for the Pin Bhaba Pass trek. Below are the travel plans you can use for planning your travel to the base camp.

Travel Plan A – Fly to Chandigarh and then by road to Shimla 

If you are flying to Chandigarh then proceed to sector 43, and take a bus to Shimla. The frequency of buses leaving from Chandigarh is regular.

If you land in Chandigarh before noon, you can get on the bus that leaves in the early afternoon and reaches Shimla by the evening of Day 0, allowing you to rest before your Pin Bhaba Pass experience begins on Day 1. Once you reach Shimla, you can check in at the hotel near the old Shimla bus stand. OWLS organize pick up from the old Shimla bus stand on DAY 1 at 6:00 AM.

Travel Plan B – Fly to Delhi and then by road to Shimla 

If you are flying to Delhi then you can opt to reach Shimla by Bus. The journey time from Delhi to Shimla is around 10 hours and covers a distance of roughly 342 km.

Once you land in Delhi on Day 0, you can easily book a bus through various online portals to reach Shimla from Delhi.

The buses from Delhi to Shimla run at regular intervals. However, try to get on the bus that leaves in the evening to reach Shimla before your pick-up time. We recommend our participants travel by HRTC buses as they usually run on time. If you prefer a comfortable drive, opt for HRTC Volvo buses.

Fare for a 5-7 seater cab from Shimla to Kafnu will be Rs. 9,500 per vehicle. This amount will be shared by the participants and paid directly to the driver.

OWLS Tip 

We recommend that our participants keep a buffer day for emergencies. Your trek is 8 days long, but an extra 8th day as your buffer day is always recommended. You cannot predict bad rain or landslides in the Himalayan state. If you don’t use the buffer day, you can always explore Spiti, Manali, or Chandigarh. It is always safe to book your return flight/train tickets after including the buffer day in your itinerary.

Pin Bhaba Pass Trek Map

Pin Bhaba Pass Trek FAQ

What is the distance of the Pin Bhaba Pass Trek?

The total distance of the Pin Bhaba Pass trek is around 50 km. The trek requires 8-9 days, including travel to and from the base camp. 

Is Pin Bhaba Pass Trek suitable for beginners?

Pin Bhaba is a challenging trek. As Pin Bhaba is a difficult pass trek, we recommend the trek to people with prior high-altitude experience. However, if your physical fitness meets the requirements, you can book the trek after consulting our Outdoor Leader.

How difficult is Pin Bhaba Pass Trek?

Pin Bhaba is a difficult trek. The trek is 9 days long and traverses some taxing climbs, tricky patches, and a high pass.  It starts at 8,275 ft from its base camp, Kafnu, and climbs to the highest elevation of 16,100ft at Pin Bhaba Pass. 

What will be the temperature in Pin Bhaba Pass trek?

Pin Bhaba Pass temperature ranges between 14°C and 20°C in summer. The night experiences colder temperatures than the day. 

Read more about Pin Bhaba Pass temperature and weather here. 

What is the best time to visit Pin Bhaba Pass Trek?

The best time to visit Pin Bhaba Trek is from July to September. The trek offers diverse landscapes during these months. 

Read more about the Pin Bhaba Pass trek best time here. 

Will there be snow on the trek?

The Pin Bhaba batches start in July and continue till September. The snow melts by summer. So, there is a grim chance of fresh snow on the trek. However, you are likely to find remains of winter snow at higher altitudes in early summer. 

 

What is the cost of Pin Bhaba Pass trek?

The Pin Bhaba trek cost is Rs. 18,500/- 

The trek cost covers your experience from basecamp to basecamp. 

 

Where is Pin Bhaba Pass Trek located?

Pin Bhaba Pass trek is in Himachal Pradesh.  

What is the starting point of Pin Bhaba Pass Trek?

The trek starts from a village called Kafnu, around 6-7 hrs drive from Shimla. 

What is the duration of Pin Bhaba Pass trek?

Pin Bhaba Pass Trek is a 9-day long, including a buffer day. 

 

What is the altitude of the Pin Bhaba Pass Trek?

Pin Bhaba Pass trek is at an altitude of 16,100ft. The trek starts from Kanu, located at an altitude of 8200ft. 

 

Can we do Pin Bhaba Trek on our own?

Pin Bhaba Pass is a challenging trek. It is essential to conduct thorough research before finalising your guides if you are planning to go solo. Hiring a local guide well acquainted with the trail is suggested to avoid unforeseen situations. 

FAQ

How should I prepare to avoid AMS?

The most important thing to do on a trek to avoid AMS is to drink water, more than your daily intake. Water is an excellent way to avoid AMS. Along with this, you should also have all the nutritious meals we provide on the trek. If you still are sceptical about getting AMS, we would advise you to carry Diamox tablets with you. However, according to the situation your Outdoor leader will advise whether or not you should take it.

I have a medical condition. Can I join the trek?

We encourage everyone to trek, even if or not they have a medical condition. We have an in-house doctor at OWLS with whom you can discuss your medical condition and accordingly, we can help you better prepare you for the trek.

What document do I need to carry?

Please keep the following documents ready before filling out this form

  1. ID proof
  2. Health form (for all participants of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh treks) and (for all participants <15 and > 60 years of age)
  3. RTPCR for children <15 years/Vaccination certificate for adults (for Nepal treks)

Should I bring snacks to eat on the trek?

Although we provide filling breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with morning tea and evening snacks, you can carry some light snacks for munching on the trail. You can carry protein bars, dry fruits, and homemade snacks like Shakkarpara to help you give that extra energy on the trek. 

Who will be leading my trek?

All our Outdoor Leaders are trained and experienced leaders. They have completed basic Mountaineering Course, and are equipped with basic first-aid knowledge. Our leaders are certified Wilderness First Responder course

Do I need to get my medical kit for the trek?

You don’t need to carry your medical kit. If you have your prescribed medications, you need to carry them on the trek

What kind of arrangement is available for accommodation on the trek?

The accommodation will be on twin sharing basis. One tent will be shared by two trekkers. 

Is there any arrangement for offloading on the trek?

Yes. Communicate your requirement to the trek leaders beforehand, as it will be difficult to arrange to offload at the last minute. The offloading charges will be Rs 350 per bag, and your bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. 

Note: At OWLs, we suggest our participants carry their backpacks and avoid offloading. However, in case of pressing circumstances, you can opt for offloading.

Is there any option to keep our luggage at the base camp?

Yes, you can leave the extra luggage at the base camp. However, do not leave valuables like laptops, jewellery, or any other expensive items in the base camp. 

What will be the toilet facilities on the trek?

The OWLS team will set up a toilet tent near the campsites. The toilets will be dry toilets and you will have to use toilet paper. There will be a pit dug by the team and you will have to cover your nature’s call with dry soil. Avoid using wet wipes, as they are not biodegradable. At OWLS, we thrive to leave no trace in the mountains. 

At the base camp, you will have regular concrete toilets.

What will be the food arrangement on the trek?

The food offered will be as per the nutritional requirements. As you will be walking every day for 4-6 hours, you will be burning a good amount of calories. The team makes sure that the food you will be offered is healthy and helps you sustain through the day. The regular meal comprises eggs, locally grown vegetables, rice, roti, and pulses. The menu changes from day to day. 

What will be the status of the mobile network on the trek?

The mobile networks become scanty once you leave the base camp, Kafnu. We suggest you make calls from Kafnu or Shimla. There will be no signals throughout the trek. There will be no access to charging points on the Pin Bhaba Pass trek. The network will be available once you cross over to Kaza’s side. 

 

How safe is the Pin Bhaba trek?

At OWLs, we prioritize the safety of our participants above everything else. Our team of Outdoor Leaders is certified to lead trekkers on a trek like Pin Bhaba. They are NOLS First Responders approved Outdoor Leaders. 

Our team is equipped with the medical assistance required for our participants. Up in the mountains, the trekkers often fall prey to Acute Mountain Sickness. AMS can hit anyone, irrespective of their trek experience. Our Leaders are well-trained to handle the situation and ensure the safety of our trekkers. We engage in the Health Assessment of our trekkers right at the base camp. It helps us respond in case of any untoward situation.