Pin Bhaba Pass Trek

A high-altitude crossover trek with a soul

  • Pin Bhaba Pass is one of the best crossover treks in the the Himachal Pradesh region.
  • Experience the dramatic shifts in scenery as the trail turns from the lush grasslands of Kinnaur to the desolate mountain ranges of Spiti valley.
  • Enjoy the panoramic 180° views of the Bhaba and Pin valleys from the pass-crossing point.
  • Pin and upper Bhaba are a heaven for the shepherds due to the well-endowed meadows.

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The lush grasslands of Bhaba Valley

Why This Trek ?

REGION / DIFFICULTY / HIGHEST ALTITUDE:

Himachal Pradesh/ Moderate-Difficult/ 16,105ft

DURATION / AVERAGE TEMPERATURE:

7 days/ Day time temperature: 13-18°C Night time temperature: 0-7°C

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Trek Fee Per Person
Rs. 13450

(Includes all costs of the trek from Kafnu to Mudh) Service tax at 9% is payable on the trek fee

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Pin Bhaba Pass – A challenging high-altitude crossover trek

Pin Bhaba Pass is one of the best crossover treks in the the Himachal Pradesh region. This fascinating trek features some of the most dramatic shifts in landscapes and cultures. The trail starts from the lush grasslands of Kinnaur and leads up to the desolate mountain ranges of Spiti valley. This ancient route has been frequented by the Gaddi shepherds for decades. During summer, they tend to their herds by letting them graze the meadows in the Pin and upper Bhaba valleys. Ever since word around, this trail has been well-trodden by travelers and trekkers. The base camp of this trek is Kafnu, a quaint village in Bhaba valley, Kinnaur. It’s interesting to note it is home to India’s first underground dam.

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The Muling campsite right next to the river

The high-altitude mountain pass-crossings over the Bhaba and Pin valleys at 16,105 feet is an experience of a life time. From the saddle point (highest point) of the pass, you get to enjoy a panoramic 180° view of the Bhaba and Pin valleys. When you arrive at this point, the geographical contradictions of the two valleys are well pronounced. The prayer flags are symbolic of the changes you are about to witness. Once you crossover, you will recognize the influence of Buddhism on the people and the scenery.

The view of the Pin Valley from Pin Babha pass at 16,100 ft
The view of the Pin Valley from Pin Bhaba pass at 16,100 ft

 

Whom is this trek meant for?

Pin Bhaba Pass is not a beginner’s trek. At the high passes, snow is highly likely in the months between May and October and you will require guidance from a technical guide. You will be negotiating a lot of moraine, boulders and scree in the slopes. Hence, this trek demands high-levels of fitness and it is suitable for trekkers who have done a couple of high-altitude treks like Buran Ghati, Roopkund, for example. Anyone above 14 years can go on this trek.

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The pink valley

How difficult is the trek?

Pin Bhaba Pass is classified as a moderate-difficult trek. Day 5 is a gruelling experience because of the challenges posed during the pass-crossing. It is a strenuous hike up and down two starkly different mountain valleys. It requires high-levels of fitness, endurance and skill to accomplish this task.

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The Pin valley on the way to Mudh

How to prepare for this trek?

To begin with your preparation, jog for a distance of 5 km. Gradually increase your pace till you can cover 5 km in 25-30 minutes. Regularly practicing flexibility exercises is mandatory. Your backpack, however light can become a strain after a while. Make sure that you carry a poncho, backpack cover and wear proper trekking shoes with a good grip.

What are the risks involved?

Since the Pin Bhaba Pass is a pass crossing trek, in case of emergencies there are no easy exits. In winter, the trail will have snow at higher sections. Micro spikes will be provided to walk over slippery snow patches. During your trek from Kafnu to Mulling, you gain an altitude of 2,759 feet on a single day and you’ll be covering a trekking distance of 11.3 kms. With significant altitude gain there are chances of being hit by Acute Mountain Sickness. To prevent this we recommend that you stay well hydrated and go on a course of Diamox starting three days prior to your arrival at Shimla.

The Short Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Shimla to Kafnu – 205 km. Pick-up will be organised from Shimla Old Bus Stand at 6.30 AM. Indiahikes can help organise transport. It will cost approximately Rs.7000 per cab. One cab can seat 5-6 trekkers.

Transport:Transport from Shimla to Kafnu can be arranged by us at an extra cost. Participants are expected to share the cost of the cab (approximate cost Rs. 7,000 per vehicle, one way from Shimla to Kafnu. No service tax is applicable on transport cost. Indiahikes only arranges the vehicle pick up and is not responsible for any issues during transport.

Day 2 : Trek from Kafnu to Mulling (10,637 feet) – 11.3 km

Day 3 : Trek from Mulling to Karah (11,653 feet) – 6.03 km

Day 4 : Trek from Karah to Phustirang (13,474 feet) – 4.9 km

Day 5 : Trek from Phustirang to Mangrungse (13,674 feet) via Pin Bhaba Pass (16,105 feet) – 10.9 km

Day 6 : Trek from Mangrungse to Mudh (12,283 feet) – 16.29 km. Drive from Mudh to Kaza (11,772 feet) – 52 km.

Day 7 : Drive from Kaza to Manali.

Day 8: Buffer day. It is mandatory to have this extra day as any bad weather or rain will delay your pass crossing.

The trek goes deep through Himachal Pradesh both by foot and by road. Delays can happen anywhere.  Plan for departure from Manali only on day 9.

Transport: From Kaza to Manali, the cost of a Sumo vehicle is Rs.9000, one way, shared by the trekkers). The amount is to be paid directly to our transporter. No service tax is applicable on transport cost. Indiahikes only arranges the vehicle pick up and is not responsible for any issues during transport.

Please note that you will be staying at a hotel in Kafnu. The stay on all other days is in tents (3 per tent).

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Shimla to Kafnu

  • Altitude gained: 7465 feet to 7878 feet
  • Distance covered: 205 km
  • Average time taken: 6 – 7 hours

The beautiful city of Shimla needs no introduction. Your journey to Kafnu starts from here. Buses and private vehicles are available from Shimla to Kafnu. A sumo can be hired for Rs. 7000/- and it can accommodate 5 to 6 trekkers for the onward journey to Kafnu.

 

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Kafnu – a quaint village

Kafnu is a quaint village in the Bhaba valley of Kinnaur. Due to its elevation and accessibility to the Sutlej river, it is home to a wide variety of flora. You will be passing through Rampur and the journey boasts of grand views of the Kinnaur mountain range.

You will stay at Kafnu for the night at one of the local lodges. It’s important to use the day to rest well in preparation for the trek to Mulling tomorrow.

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Shimla to Kafnu – Map

Day 2: Trek from Kafnu to Mulling

  • Altitude gained: 7878 feet to 10637 feet
  • Distance covered: 11.3 kms
  • Average time taken: 8 hours
  • Trail type: Mud, grass and rocky sections

The trek starts from Kafnu today. Brace yourself for a challenging day. It’s important to get a head start considering the trekking distance and the altitude gain, which at 2,759 feet is quite a challenge. From the village, walk for about 200 meters and you will spot India’s first underground dam, the ‘Bhaba Hydro Project‘. Note: Photography is prohibited. Continue to walk on the motorable route for 2.65 km.

The trail out of the Kafnu village

About 2 kms into this trail, you will reach a bridge. Cross the bridge to reach the left bank of the Bhaba river. Shortly after crossing the bridge, you will notice a narrow route going up from the motorable route, take this trail.

Continue to walk along this route for 4.4 kms. At this juncture, you will be surrounded by the dense vegetation of a jungle. The landscape is blessed with the graceful presence of silver birch, pine and oak trees. The sweet sound of birds chirping adds more charm to this spot. The confluence of such beautiful trees, all within a single frame will make this one of the most memorable highlights of this trek. A flat 1 km walk from this section will lead you to a beautiful clearing. This terrain is riddled with mud, grass and small stones.

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The river fans out and it flows right next to the trail

About 6.8 kms into the trek, you will reach a beautiful campsite surrounded by trees. This place is called ‘Champoria‘, 9,491 feet. From this spot, you will need to cross the Bhaba river. Cross the river via the log bridge to reach the right bank of the Bhaba river.

After crossing over, continue walking along the river bank and you will spot a tributary of Bhaba river. From this point onwards, you will need to pace yourself slowly for the ascent. 10 kms into the trek, you will reach a place called Jhandi top (10,640 feet). This is a good spot to catch your breadth. From Jhandi top, the Mulling hut and campsite are visible. From here, it’s a short 1.3 km hike to reach the campsite. If you’re trekking independently, you can choose to stay at the abandoned hut, which has two rooms. Alternatively, you can pitch a tent here.

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The Mulling campsite next to the Babha river

Day 3: Trek from Mulling to Karah

  • Altitude gained: 10,637 feet to 11,653 feet
  • Distance covered: 6.03 km
  • Average time taken: 5 hours
  • Trail type: Meadows, waterfall, subterranean river, flower beds and mountain streams
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A rocky terrain

Today’s trek starts with a gradual ascent through a rocky terrain. About 1.6 kms into the trek, you will arrive at a beautiful meadow and a waterfall towards your right.From this section, it’s a gradual ascent for another 1.7 kms to reach an interesting geographical phenomenon. You can hear the sound of a river but you won’t be able to see it. This feature is called a subterranean river, where the water flows beneath the surface of the ground. From this section, it’s a 1.5 km steep ascent to the top to reach an exquisite meadow with flower beds.

The Khara campsite is a meadow of flowers
The Khara campsite is a meadow of flowers

After passing the meadow, continue to walk for another 1.2 kms to reach the campsite near a water stream. You will find a lake within 200 meters from the campsite. The lake boasts of stunning reflections when it’s sunny. You can setup your campsite at Karah. You will have the entire afternoon to rest and recuperate for challenges that lie ahead.

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A broad valley en route to Campsite

 

Tents pitched at Khara
Tents pitched at Khara

Day 4: Trek from Karah to Phustirang

  • Altitude gained: 11,653 feet to 13,474 feet
  • Distance covered: 4.91 km
  • Average time taken: 4 hours
  • Trail type: Grasslands, steep slopes, stony sections and mountain streams
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Lush grasslands

Today is the shortest day of the entire trek since you have to cover only 4.91 kms. Brace yourself for a steep ascent. The first order of the day is to cross the tributary of the Bhaba river. The mountain stream approaches from the left side of Phustirang. Cross the stream and continue to climb the steep slope. Tread with care since the terrain is a combination of stone and loose mud. The entire route today is dominated by mountain stream-crossings and humps, which can a bit taxing. It’s important that you pace yourself accordingly. About 4.2 kms into the trek, you will arrive at a campsite which has been setup for lower PhustirangFrom this spot, continue the upward climb for another 700 meters and you will reach Phustirang. 

Phustirang will serve as the perfect vantage point to get a glimpse of three beautiful mountain passes: Nimish Khango (16,185 feet), Tari Khango (17,318 feet) and Pin Bhaba Pass a.k.a Wang Khango (16,105 feet).

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A place of solitude

Day 5: Trek from Phustirang to Mangrungse (13,674 feet) via Pin Bhaba Pass (16,105 feet)

  • Altitude gained: 13,474 feet to 16,105 feet to 13,674 feet
  • Distance covered: 10.9 km
  • Average time taken: 9 hours
  • Trail type: Steep slopes, mountain passes, moraine, boulders and scree
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Stunning view from the Pass

Brace yourself for an exciting day. Today, you will be conquering steep slopes and navigate through the high mountain passes connecting Bhaba and Pin valleys. Trekkers who have ascended a mountain pass will tell you that it’s an experience that is as thrilling as scaling a summit. The sense of adventure and accomplishment you derive is far greater than a summit ascent because of the fact that you go in with lower expectations.

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Terrain en route to Pass
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Boulders and prayer flags on the pass

From the saddle point of the pass (highest point between the mountain valley), you will be able to notice the sudden shift in landscape. The geographical contradictions are well pronounced in this spot. You will be leaving behind the lush grasslands of Bhaba valley and move to the brown, desert mountain valleys of Pin. The Pin river can also be seen from this point. The descent is steep and it is tricky, since it’s a combination of moraine, glacier and scree. Negotiate this terrain slowly.

About 2 kms into the descent, you will spot the Pin river. Remove your footwear to cross the river to get onto the right side of the river bank. From here on, it’s a gradual descent yet riddled with moraine and scree. Pace yourself slowly and rest if you must. About 5 kms from the river-crossing, you will be able to see the Mangrungse campsite below the trail. From Mangrungse, the Tiya campsite is located across the river bank. Tiya is one of the campsites for the Pin Parvati Pass Trek.

The mountain stream trickling by near the Mangrungse campsite is safe for drinking. The various colours of the Spiti mountain ranges has a charm of its own. The furious sound of the Pin river is ominous.

Day 6: Trek from Mangrungse to Mudh. Drive from Mudh to Kaza

  • Altitude gained: 13,674 feet to 12,283 feet
  • Distance covered: 16.29 kms + 54 kms drive
  • Average time taken: 7 hours
  • Trail type: Moraine, scree and grasslands

Today is the last day of the trek. Brace yourself for the long 16.29 km stretch to Mudh. Start as early as possible from your campsite. Climb the slope from Mangrungse to reach the trail and continue walking along the same. The distance between Mangrungse and Bara Boulder is 4 kms and from the Bara Boulder campsite, it’s a gradual descent through a section filled with moraine. This campsite is a good spot but the water isn’t clean. It’s recommended that your water bottles are stocked up at Mangrungse.

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Stunning Imagery

The tributary of Pin river is just 300 meters from Bara Boulder. Cross this stream using the log bridge. The trail from Bara boulder is completely flat and is dominated by red soil and small red stones.

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Mangrungse to Bara Boulder

A flat walk for 1.5 kms from Bara Boulder will take you to the banks of a mountain stream. Cross the stream using the log bridge to reach a dry, flat stretch of land. The Mudh village will be visible even from a distance of 5 km. It’s a picture worthy of a postcard and the beauty of this place is otherworldly.

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Mudh Village – A slice of heaven

The sight of the village will motivate you to push yourself for this final stretch. The Pin river is the last river that you’ll need to cross to access the village. This is yet another exciting experience in this trek. The view of the suspension bridge dangling over the Pin river is a sight to behold.

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Suspension Bridge en route Mudh Village

Cross the river via the suspension bridge. After crossing the river, it’s a short climb to reach the village.

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View from the bridge

From Mudh, vehicles can be hired for the journey to Kaza. The charge of the jeep/sumo is Rs. 2100/- Alternatively, a bus is available at 6.30 AM.

Day 7: Drive from Kaza to Manali :

Distance: 201 kms

Side-Excursions from Kaza: 

Key Monastery : The biggest monastery of Spiti Valley (14 kms)

Chichum : Trolley ride atop a deep gorge (18 kms)

Kibber: One of the highest villages of the world (20 kms)

Hikkim: Highest Post Office of the world (26 kms)

 

How to get fit for the Pin Bhaba Pass trek

The Pin Bhaba Pass trek is classified as a moderate – difficult trek . You trek up to an altitude of over 16,105 feet. You start from an altitude of 7878 feet at Kafnu and reach the highest point of 16,105 feet at Pin Bhaba Pass on Day 5. Since you will be gaining an altitude of more than 8000 feet in four days,  you have to make sure your lungs are strong for this.

Cardiovascular endurance

This trek requires a good amount of endurance. You can begin by jogging everyday.  Start jogging at a slow pace and then keep increasing your pace day by day. Make sure you are able to jog 5 km in 30 minutes before the start of the trek. It takes time to be able to cover this distance in the given time. Swimming, cycling and stair climbing without too many breaks in between can help too.

Strength

This is another area you should work on. There is a lot of trekking distance that you will cover in high altitude carrying your backpacks.  You have to walk on uneven terrain during the trek. It could be taxing for your legs. For this, strengthening your legs will help. You can do some squats to strengthen them. Do around 3 sets of squats, with 8 squats in each set.

Flexibility

Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.

Working out indoors

If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints, here’s a video you can use to work out indoors.

What to take on the Pin Bhaba Pass Trek

Bare Necessities:

  1. Trekking shoes: Carry trekking shoes and not sports shoes. The trail will be slippery at several places and will require shoes with good grip and ankle support. You can watch this video to learn to choose the right trekking shoes. You can get Forclaz 600 from Decathlon.
  2. Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
  3. Daypack (20 litres): As this is a crossover trek, you would only need a daypack if you are offloading your backpack.

Clothes

  1. Three layers of warm clothes: Carry two sweaters, and a padded jacket. If you are more susceptible to feeling cold, add another layer.
  2. Three trek pants: Carry light cotton trek pants. One of your pants can be tights that you can wear as an inner layer while trekking, especially on the Pass day.
  3. Three collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. If you’re too cold, you can wear two tshirts together for more insulation.
  4. Thermals: Carry thermals (top and bottom) to keep yourself warm at night. Keep your thermals fresh and don’t wear them while trekking.

Accessories

  1. Sunglasses: Sunglasses are mandotory. In June, there will be abundant snow on Hampta Pass, and you would need it to protect yourself from snow blindness.
  2. SuncapAt high altitude, the sun is extra harsh, as the UV rays don’t get filtered. So carry a suncap to protect yourself.
  3. Synthetic hand gloves: Avoid woollen gloves as they will get wet if you touch snow. You can add a fleece glove as an inner layer, and wear two gloves on each hand if you’re more susceptible to cold.
  4. BalaclavaYou’ll need this to cover your head, as most of the heat escapes from your head.
  5. Socks (2 pairs) and a pair of woollen socks:  Apartfrom two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
  6. Headlamp LED torch: Mandatory
  7. Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.

Others

  1. Toiletries (Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste)
  2. Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons.
  3. Two water bottles: 1 litre each
  4. Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.

Mandatory Personal Medical Kit 

  1. Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)
  2. Dexamethasone – one strip
  3. Nifedipine – 5 tablets
  4. Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
  5. Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
  6. Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
  7. Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
  8. Disprin – 6 tablets (headache)
  9. Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
  10. Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
  11. Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)
  12. Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
  13. Gauze – 1 small roll
  14. Band aid – 10 strips
  15. Cotton – 1 small roll
  16. ORS – 10 packets
  17. Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  18. Moov spray (aches, & sprains)

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the below documents. Document two and three need to be downloaded (PDF), filled in, signed and handed over to the trek leader at the base camp.
  • Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (driving license, voters ID, etc.)
  • Medical Certificate – Download PDF
  • Disclaimer- Download PDF

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Trek fee: Rs. 11,450/-

Service tax at 9% is payable on the trek fee

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation during the trek (camping- 3 per tent)
  • All meals – vegetarian
  • Trekking permits and forest camping charges
  • Trekking equipment (tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, ropes, etc.)
  • Safety equipment (first aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretcher, etc.)
  • Services of an expert trek leader (qualified in basic/advanced mountaineering courses)
  • Services of an expert trek team  (guides, cooks, helpers, porters/mules)

Exclusions:

  • Transport to and from the base camp (Shimla to Kafnu and return from Kaza to Manali)
  • Food en route (to and from the base camp)
  • Backpack offloading charges – Rs 1250. Charges will vary for last minute on slope offloading. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
  • Stay at Shimla / Manali on the last day is not included
  • Personal expenses of any kind
  • Anything apart from the inclusions

Terms & Conditions

1. Cancellation: If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.

In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please e-mail us at cancel@indiahikes.in. Cancellation requests are not taken over phone.

The cancellation charges are as under

Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.

Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (bank charges) from the total fee you have paid. 

2.The trek fee includes all costs of the trek from the start at the Kafnu base camp to the end at Kaza.

3. Pick up: Trekkers are picked up from Shimla bus stand at 6:30 am. Usually, trekkers are clubbed together with other participants to make a group. The group travels together to Kafnu in shared cabs.

4. Transport:Transport from Shimla to Kafnu and return from Kaza to Manali can be arranged by us at an extra cost. Participants are expected to share the cost of the cab (approximate cost Rs. 5,500 per vehicle, one way from Shimla to Kafnu. From Kaza to Manali, the cost of a Sumo vehicle is Rs.9000, one way, shared by the trekkers). The amount is to be paid directly to our transporter. No service tax is applicable on transport cost. Indiahikes only arranges the vehicle pick up and is not responsible for any issues during transport.

5. Backpack offloading: Indiahikes expects all trekkers to carry their own backpacks. All common gear will be carried by the support team. If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge.

Backpack offloading charges -Rs. 1250/- plus service tax of 9%. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs 335 per day plus service tax of 9%. Partial offloading is not allowed. Charges will vary for last minute on slope offloading. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.

6. Emergency during trek: In a trek a medical emergency or any other emergency may arise. If for any reason you are sent down from the trek then Indiahikes will make arrangements for your return to the base camp or nearest road head. A staff will accompany you. He may not be a trained personnel.

Evacuation or dealing with emergencies is extremely difficult in the mountains. It is time consuming as well. A normal trek of 2 hours may take 6 hours in an emergency (a sick person is not easy to evacuate). Doctors do not go along with a team. Doctors are not available at the base camp or nearest road head either. Indiahikes trek leaders are trained to administer first aid and know how to deal with issues related to the mountains. However, they are not doctors.

Registering for this trek is an understanding that you have read up on the difficulties of high altitude trekking and understand the risks. You have also understood what AMS, HAPE and HACE are. You have taken efforts to educate yourself and you are in a position to manage your own altitude related emergency.

7. Fitness: A high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Therefore, on treks, cardiovascular training is critically important. You need to be able to jog a distance of 5 km in 30 mins before start of the trek. Unable to do so can make your trek difficult. In addition, preparation of trek needs to include strength and flexibility training. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training. Trekkers who have not adequately prepared may be asked to discontinue the trek at any point. Indiahikes has the right to reject candidates who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.

8. Non-liability: Indiahikes is not responsible for any loss/damage of your gears/equipment or other belongings on the trek.

9. Payment: Payment for the trek can be done online through credit/debit card or net banking. Cheque/draft or cash is not accepted. 

10. Drinking and smoking during the trek is strictly prohibited. If found flouting the rules, your participation on the trek will be cancelled with immediate effect.

11. Safety Protocol
a. While our itineraries are designed to allow for adequate acclimatisation, most treks in Indian Himalayas climb quickly, which is called forced accents. Unavailability of camp sites and the Indian Himalayan terrain are the reason for this. There are chances that you will feel the effects of altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation while on this trek. Please be aware that your trek leader may deem it unsafe for you to continue trekking at any time, and arrange for you to descend to a lower attitude.

b. Our trek leaders will conduct routine health checks at all camps to measure oxygen saturation, pulse and blood pressure. Indiahikes reserves the right to exclude any trekker from climbing higher on the trek without refund if the trekker’s vital readings are below accepted norms for that altitude. These norms are available with Indiahikestrek leaders.

c. This is a high altitude trek with rough, rocky and snowy terrain. It is important that you are a fit and confident walker in mountain terrain, able to manage ascents and descents by yourself within a reasonable time. Indiahikes reserves the right to turn around a trekker if in the opinion of our trek leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without requiring exclusive assistance. Please realistically self-assess your fitness and suitability for this trek before registering.

On this trek, you hit an altitude of 16,105 ft and the chances of being hit by Acute Mountain Sickness is very high. It is advised to be on a preventive course of Diamox.

About Diamox:

Diamox is a tablet that is available off the counter. You can start your course one day before the trek. Take half a tablet once in the morning and once at night (after your meal). It reduces chances of AMS by 80%. There are almost no side effects of Diamox, except a tingly feeling at your finger tips. You might also feel the need to urinate more often, which is normal as Diamox makes you drink more water. You can learn more about AMS, its symptoms and treatment here.

Note: Diamox is a sulfa-based tablet. If you are allergic to sulfa-based drugs, don’t take the tablet. If you do not know whether you are allergic to sulfa-based drugs, take a Diamox around ten days before your trek and look out for any reactions, If there are none, you can safety take the tablet on the trek.

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Pin-Bhaba Trail Map

Drive from Shimla to Kafnu

  • Base Camp: Kafnu
  • Distance covered: 205 km
  • Average time taken: 6 hours

The beautiful city of Shimla needs no introduction. Your journey to Kafnu starts from here. Buses and private vehicles are available from Shimla to Kafnu. A sumo can be hired for Rs. 7000/- and it can accommodate 5 to 6 trekkers for the onward journey to Kafnu.

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Shimla to Kafnu -Map

 

Pin Bhaba Pass Trek
Kafnu – a quaint village

Kafnu is a quaint village in the Bhaba valley of Kinnaur. Due to its elevation and accessibility to the Sutlej river, it is home to a wide variety of flora. You will be passing through Rampur and the journey boasts of grand views of the Kinnaur mountain range.

Pin Bhaba Pass Trek
Lake View Resort

You will stay at Kafnu for the night. Accommodation will be pre-arranged in a hotel called ‘Lake View Resort’. It’s important to use the day to rest well in preparation for the trek to Muling tomorrow.

Pin Bhaba Pass Trek Map

Pin Bhaba Pass Trek
Pin Bhaba Pass Trek Map

 

It was really a great experience(This is my first trek), Even though it has rained during the trek the patience your team has and the care they took one each and every person is applaudable maybe because of small group it was possible, But i think it goes the same way in bigger groups as well (Groups with 25). I have had a lot of learnings from Abhiroop on how to react in emergency conditions and his life experiences etc… It’s great to meet such good people like Mukhesh bhai and abhiroop. They are like well wishers, i have never felt like they new. Keep up the good Job Guys i want to do another Trek soon with people like these(Hope i get the same team again in next trek 🙂 )- Manikanta, August 2016 batch

SHORT ITINERARY

Day 1: Drive from Shimla to Kafnu – 205 km. Pick-up will be organised from Shimla Old Bus Stand at 6.30 AM. Indiahikes can help organise transport. It will cost approximately 8500/- for a Tempo Traveller (8 seater). It costs 7000/- for a Bolero (6 seater).
Day 2: Trek from Kafnu to Mulling; 11.3 km
Day 3: Trek from Mulling to Karah; 6.03 km
Day 4: Trek from Karah to Phustirang; 4.9 km
Day 5: Trek from Phustirang to Mangrungse via Pin Bhaba Pass; 10.9 km
Day 6: Trek from Mangrungse to Mudh – 16.29 km. Drive from Mudh to Kaza; 52 km.
Day 7: Drive from Kaza to Manali. The transport costs Rs.13,000 by Tempo Traveller (8 seater). You are expected to reach Manali by 7 PM. 

Day 8: Buffer day. It is mandatory to have this extra day as any bad weather or rain will delay your pass crossing.

The trek goes deep through Himachal Pradesh both by foot and by road. Delays can happen anywhere. Plan for departure from Manali only on day 9.

Please note that you will be staying at a hotel in Kafnu. The stay on all other days is in tents (3 per tent).

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Ajay Nagaraju

Ajay Nagaraju

Ajay Nagaraju is a Travel Writer at Indiahikes. He holds a PGDM in Financial Analysis and Fund Management from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. He spent six years working in finance with business firms and global investment banks, before deciding to pursue his passion in travel and writing. Trekking, tennis, movies and poetry are a few of his favorite things. If you want to get in touch with Ajay, you can email him at ajay@indiahikes.com

2 thoughts on “Pin Bhaba Pass Trek

  1. Hi Indiahikes

    I completed the Indrahar Pass trek, with guide, two years ago, from McLeod to Holi Village. Fitness-wise I felt fine. I found the terrain quite scary at times, though, especially the steep and slippery descents :o). I am currently at the same fitness level as I was back then. Do you estimate that I have the required fitness to go on the Pin Bhaba Pass Trek.

    Thankx,

    Soren

    1. Hello Soren,

      The Pin Bhaba Pass trek is physically more demanding than the Indrahar Pass trek. Fitness-wise, you should be able to jog for 5 kilometers within 30 minutes before the start of this trek. Here’s a link that will help you prepare for this trek: https://indiahikes.com/pin-bhaba-pass-trek/#preparation

      Day 5 is a gruelling experience because of the challenges posed during the pass-crossing. It is a strenuous hike up and down two starkly different mountain valleys. The steep ascents and descents are tricky, since the terrain is a combination of boulders, moraine, glacier and scree. You have to tread this section with care.

      During your trek from Kafnu to Mulling, you gain an altitude of 2,759 feet on a single day and you’ll be covering a trekking distance of 11.3 kms. With significant altitude gain there are chances of being hit by Acute Mountain Sickness. To prevent this we recommend that you stay well hydrated and go on a course of Diamox starting three days prior to your arrival at Shimla.

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