Completed Pin Parvati Pass

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Hi Guys,
Completed Pin Parvati Pass from Septemeber 3rd to 11th. Thanks to Avid, Lakshit, Jyoti and everybody here at IM for all the info.

Some pics @ http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/560747767fSlOgw

Here is a summary of the trek -

Eight of us were very well supported by 2 guides, 1 cook, 2 assistants and 15 porters.

Day 1 Kalga to Khirganga
Delhi to Bhunter in bus. Bhunter to a little beyond Barsheni in jeep. And then a little trek to get to Kalga village.
Saw lots of foreigners here. The resturants here cater to all kinds of food. Drugs and apples are both found in abundance.
Kalga to Khirganga is an easy trek for 3 hours with a little climb towards the end. The Hot springs at Khirganga are great and a bath here is one of the high points of the trek.
Kheerganga too has Kalga like resturants with foreigners.
We were also joined by a couple of other foreign teams, both couples on our pin parvati pass trek.

Day 2 Khirganga to Tunda Bhuj
Another easy albeit just a little longer day. 4 hours of moderate walk and you are in Tunda Bhuj. One thing you notice is that the other side of the Parvati valley is very close to you. Atleast i havent seen any valley with sides so close to each other.

Day 3 Tunda Bhuj to Thakur Kuan
Another easy but eventful day for us. We took 2.5-3 hours. However a couple in our group missed the trail and missed the pull to re-cross the Parvati river. They remained on the other side of the bank. We were just staring each other with no way to communicate. They eventually landed up at our campsite after 7 hours of walking and crossing the Parvati river at Pandu Pull and coming all the way back to Thakur Kuan.
The day is again an easy one. Nice warm up before crossing Parvati on a wooden bridge and then a little climb. Then we go down to cross Parvati again this time on a kind of bucket and pulley system. Quite a fun doing it. Then we are amidst flower gardens and sheep and horses and a nice waterfall behind. Beautiful campsite at Thakur Kuan.

Day 4 Thakur Kuan to Odi Thach
Again an easy day with 3 hours of walking. Almost level ground till Pandu pull. There are two pulls to cross Parvati here. The first one is the scary one which everyone crossed without an incident. There is a little climb after this and afterwords its a beatutiful walk in the middle of the valley. The campsite is again beautiful at Odi Thach with a few snow covered peaks visible as well. It also gets quite cold due to wind chill while walking to Odi Thach in the middle of the valley.

Day 5 Odi Thach to Mantalai Lake
Moderate day with around 4 hours of walking. One of the high points of the trek is the walk in the plains in the middle of the valley after Odi Thach. Quite a panorama. There is a side stream crossing in the beginning in which almost everyone in the team missed a step or two and got little bruises. There is a climb through moraines towards the end to reach Mantalai lake. The glaciers that feed into Parvati are a great sight. What is surprising is that Mantalai lake also feeds into Parvati. Dont know where all the water in the lake comes from. Although there are a lot of glaciers all round none visibly pour into Mantalai. Mantalai is again a beautiful campsite. The place gives you a foreboding of the difficult times ahead.

Day 6 Mantalai Lake to Base Camp
The most difficult day of the trek. Very hard climb for 3.5 hours. Starts with a nice warm-up and a river crossing where you have to take out your shoes. This easier part of the day lasts for half an hour and then starts the steep climb. The first climb took 1 hour 45 mins then there is a little level ground and then another steep climb of one hour through moraines. It rained a little during the latter part of the climb and was also very cold. The base camp is right before the snow-line and has very good views of snow peaks. Unfortunately our guides didnt know any peak-names so we dont know what peaks we saw. There is hardly any level ground to set up a camp and we have to make do with whatever little level ground is available. The snow-line starts with a glacier with the cracks quite visible at the place where it meets moraines. Its just a little hop to get onto the glacier. Everyone was good to go except one who had a little headache. Our guide gave him Diamox pill. The plan was to leave early at around 5:30 everybody had dinner and went to bed early.

Day 7 Parvati side Base camp to Pin side Base camp
Nobody slept. It was way too cold. Everybody was waiting for the alarm to ring at 4:30. Finally came out the tents at 4:30 and found sub-zero conditions all round. We were late to start and left by 6am. Its a nice walk up the glacier and to reach a frozen lake. Our guide planted his foot a little too close to the lake and a crack opened up right across the lake sending a chill down our spine. We continued the climb towards the left of this lake and then onto the crevasse fields. Our guide went all round to check the best possible route and we had a good time taking snaps of our footsteps. We went around a small hill towards the right of the crevasses in front of us and in the way had to jump across many crevasses. Our guide informed there were many new crevasses since he last came here around 5 years back. We reached a spot from where the pass was visible on the left. We spent a lot of time here taking snaps and enjoying the beautiful Panorama all round us. Then did the steep little climb on stones to reach the pass. It was a great feeling and we climbed a small hill on the right of the ridge on the pass and had great 360 degree views of the whole place. The weather was perfect and there was not a speck of cloud anywhere. Again spent a lot of quality time on the pass and then started the descent. The descent is quite steep and long from here. Finally crossed the super cold Pin river to get to the other side of the bank. The Pin side camp is half an hour after this. Looking back from here one can only wonder at the steep-ness of the descent after the pass. The beautiful spiti valley opens up with some amazing views. The whole day took 6.5 hours. Our guides/cooking staff treated us to a great dinner that had things like chowmein, momo, pasta, etc.

Day 8 Pin side camp to Tiai
For a first timer such as me the spiti valley is just unbelievable. Nobody in their wildest dreams would have thought of such landscapes. Had a nice leisurely walk for 3 hours to Tiai. The Tiai campsite is right where the road to Bhabha pass leads to a "still to be constructed" bridge across Pin river. The Bhabha pass trail is visible on the opposite side of the valley and takes a deviation perpendicular to the Pin valley. The Bhabha pass trail looks very beatiful.

Day 9 Tiai to Mud
Had rains in the morning and all peaks which were barren were now covered with snow. Started late and reached Mud after 4 hours of walking. The whole route is on the broad mud road till Mud. The views of the spiti valley were once again incredible. Could see mountains and stones of all colors on the way. Hired a jeep to reach Kaza the same day. The drive from Mud to Kaza is again beautiful and offers excellent views of the spiti valley.

Chandertal Tour
Took a rest day at Kaza and then left next day. Left in a jeep to Chandertal to stay there for the night and reach Manali the next day. Visited Kee and Kibber monastry on the way. The view from Kee and Kibber is again excellent. The Parang La trail from Kibber also looks like an amazing route. Reached Chandertal at sunset and set up our tents. It started snowing at 2-3 in the night at Chandertal and we had to remove our tents and leave in the night. With in no time everything was covered in snow. Everybody was concerned till we got to safety at Batal. Unfortunately missed the sunrise at Chandertal but got good snow covered views of the valley. And it was also my first snow-fall experience!

Overall an amazing trek. I dont know why this trek is classified as a very difficult one. In comparison, the Khatling Mayali pass trek that i did last year was far more difficult. Mantalai Lake to Base camp is very tough. But other than that the rest wasnt something that you can say as very-difficult. It was a lot more colder at lower altitudes itself compared to some treks in Gharwal. May be we were lucky with the weather and it could have been quite a different proposition if the weather turns bad any day.
This was my first trek in Himachal and had a great time. Thanks to our guides(Vinod/Tenzing), cooks(Tenzing/Veeru/Prakash) and porters, they did a wonderful job.
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Congrats Buddy..
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You did a wonderful job- PIN PARVATI PASS is not a easy trail but seems weather GODS were happy with you !

Keep The Flame On !!
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Thanks Guys!
Weather Gods have been good to me in all my treks till now. Hope it stays that way
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Congratulations..That was a real good effort.
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Congrats mate!!

Congrats to all you guys!!!

May the weather gods smile on you always !!!

In general, the most difficult patch decides the overall difficulty grade. There were lots of crevasses in the past in the PP Pass crossing. They seem to have lessened (somehow)?? (i did not have any crevasse on my trek... lots of snow that year)
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Thanks travel joy and Avid

This time there were some crevasses on either side of the pass.
On Parvati side we hopped over 4-5 atleast. There were equal number that we could see in a short distance. On the Pin side too i think there were 4-5 crevasses. I guess it keeps changing every year.

One of our porters actually got stuck in a crevasse. He wouldnt have survived but for the rucksack he was carrying which held him at the crevasse mouth with his feet dangling inside. Lucky our trek didnt turn into a tragedy!
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congratulations guys, very well done!! Can't wait to make it myself...
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Thumbs up Now you know why...

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Originally Posted by dooms View Post I dont know why this trek is classified as a very difficult one. In comparison, the Khatling Mayali pass trek that i did last year was far more difficult. Mantalai Lake to Base camp is very tough.
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Originally Posted by dooms View Post One of our porters actually got stuck in a crevasse. He wouldnt have survived but for the rucksack he was carrying which held him at the crevasse mouth with his feet dangling inside. Lucky our trek didnt turn into a tragedy!
Now you know why.... ??

You all are very very very lucky, are you aware of that?

Keep going!! Keep trekking !!
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Yes Avid got your point. Its definitely more risky route for a couple of days.

Hey, if i remember correctly you were supposed to go to Annapurna Circuit this time right? What happened?
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Talking short cut taken

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Originally Posted by dooms View Post Yes Avid got your point. Its definitely more risky route for a couple of days.

Hey, if i remember correctly you were supposed to go to Annapurna Circuit this time right? What happened?
The rest of the group had leave probs so decided to cut it short at Muktinath and fly back after 12 days. Original plan was Anna. Circuit plus Anna. BC totalling 22-24 days. Since it was changed, AND I had a convenient work excuse, I declined.

I just cannot go to the Himalaya and trek for just 10 days. It leaves me unsatiated. As if I did not get the desserts. And the desserts are what we go thru the meal for

Its possible i'll do it next year. It can be done alone... altho its better with some like minded company.
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Originally Posted by AvidTrekker View Post The rest of the group had leave probs so decided to cut it short at Muktinath and fly back after 12 days. Original plan was Anna. Circuit plus Anna. BC totalling 22-24 days. Since it was changed, AND I had a convenient work excuse, I declined.

I just cannot go to the Himalaya and trek for just 10 days. It leaves me unsatiated. As if I did not get the desserts. And the desserts are what we go thru the meal for

Its possible i'll do it next year. It can be done alone... altho its better with some like minded company.
Wow 22-24 days of trekking! I am not there yet
I am done by the time 10 days are over.

Desserts is the only reason we veggies go out for meals
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Hi Dooms,
Xcellent writeup and snaps. Bought back memories of my trek to the Pass.

Cheers
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Thanks Lakshit
Your reply also refreshed my memories
Looks like its been long since you checked this place? You got lost in the hills or what?
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