Name: Pin Parvati Pass Trek
Approx elevation: 17,450 ft
Starting Point: Kasol
We recommend you to attempt this trek from Parvati side starting from KASOL and ending in Spiti Valley at KAZA village.
1: Better at accclimatization:
Travel from Delhi/Chandigarh to Kasol and then spending a day to acclimatise is the best option rather than the 12 hr long journey from Delhi/Chandigarh to Manali then 10 hr Manali to Kaza – will make your body more tired than being acclimatized. This preserves the energy to start such a demanding trek.
Besides the travel, the acclimatization happens better if one starts at a lower altitude and then gain altitude along the way. The forests and greenery in the Parvati valley definitely helps more in acclimatization than arid Spiti valley.
2: Magnificence turns into Motivation:
After crossing Pin-Parvati Pass, you will experience a complete change in landscape and It is more beautiful by entering the green valley than exiting it.
The mountain slopes immediately turns barren and rugged and the common culture of the inhabitants also changes from Hinduism on the Kullu side to Buddhism in Spiti.
Parvati Valley of Kullu is an enchanted Green Paradise. Everything here is larger than life. The trees, the cascading waterfalls, the meadows, the mountainous topography.
After the crossover, the barren Cold Desert of Pin Valley is an outlandish beauty. The twist is brutal, almost poetic. It takes a while to grasp the change. It seems you been doing two different journeys. When one ends and the other began you just don’t get to comprehend.
3: A check of strength and survival.
While attempting this moderately difficult pass, you will be required to cross countless rivulets and streams and walk long stretches on almost all days.
This 100 km trans Himalayan trail is full with adventure – from trekking through hidden trails, climbing rock boulders, crossing the Parvati river and long snow patches at the top.
The trails are not well marked and some sections are broken in parts or completely. Trails are run over by hundreds of small streams during monsoon. Following the route inside the dense forest can confuse even the most experienced trekkers. Crossing the Parvati River and its tributaries can be a tiresome experience. Crossing the big boulders even after roped up is tedious job and traversing the long glacier patches and sleeping over snow on the Pass has its own difficulties.
The snow and the glacier at the top gives you a real alpine feeling and experience to remember for life time.