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The Pin Parvati Pass Trail

Day 1: Manali - Manikaran - 4 Hour Drive. Trek to Phulga camp - 4 hours

Leaving Manali early, we reach Manikaran with its Sikh Temple and hot springs early afternoon. Porters await us to take us for the short trek to our forest camp at Phulga. This is about 4 hours we go along the right bank of the Parvati River through a broad forest road. Camp near the forest rest house for the night.

Day 2: Phulga - Khirganga 2960m - 4-5 Hours

The trek again is through forests and the surrounding mountains make a beautiful backdrop. We reach Khirganga known for its hot springs and its solitary temple on a rock. Camp overnight.

Day 3: Khirganga - Tunda Bhuj 3285m. 4-5 hours

We cross meadows and forests and as the valley opens up we reach our campsite at Tunda Bhuj. The surrounding isthickly wooded and presents a soothing sight as we relax at our camp.

Day 4: Tunda Bhuj - Pandu Bridge - 3700. 7 hours

Today is a long day as we go through thinning forests of Birch and conifer and head out above the tree line. Bushes and scrub appear and the trail becomes a bit rough with stones and boulders. We cross two meadows and reach the natural rock bridges at Pandu Pul. Crossing this natural bridge, we head on to our campsite.

Day 5: Pandu Bridge to Base of Pass - 4150 m. 9 Hours

The trail climbs steadily towards the glacial lake of Mantalai which is also considered the source of the Parvati River. There are numerous stream emerging from this small lake. The path now consists of mainly moraine as we head towards our campsite at an altitude of about 4400m.

Day 6: Base of Pass to the other side - 4000m. 10 - 11 hours.

The trail is covered with snow almost year round. The path is only known to trekkers who have been there before and our expert guide leads you through a small snowfield to the top of the pass at 5319m. Boulders emerge from the snow as we cross the pass and descend to the other side. Camp is held at 4000m.

Day 7: From Camp to Mud Village

We are now technically in the Pin Valley and skirting the Great Himalayan National Park we head down to the valley floor and the pcturesque village of Mud.

Day 8: Mud - Sagnam - 5 Hours. Drive to Kaza - 25 Kms

There is a road which now leads to the next village of Sagnam. From here, we board a jeep to take us to Kaza 25 Km away. Check into a Guest House for the night.

Day 9: Sagnam - Manali

From Sagnam we drive back to Manali via Kaza by Jeep.