Bhabha Pass trek
Pin-Bhabha pass is one of the most interesting treks of this terrain. Starting from the thick forest and meadows of Kinnaur and ending in barren landscape and stark desolateness of Spiti valley crossing the high passes of Bhaba and Pin. This route has been extensively used for many years by travelers and trekkers alike. The people of Pin Valley and Kinnaur have been using this route for centuries for trade and this trek is very popular with shepherds. The trek begins at Kafnoo in Kinnaur and crosses over the Pin Bhaba pass at 4865 meters, the most frequently used crossing by the locals.
The trail ascends along the left bank of the Wangar River after crossing a footbridge. The path climbs through single crop fields of Mastrang and passes through a mixed forest of conifers and temperate broad-leafed species of trees. The trail climbs through little clearings of potato and buckwheat till it reaches the meadows of Mulling (3350 meters), fringed by birch and birdcherry, leaving the Wangar river far below. From here the trail continues to Pistrang, a sheltered glade with a spring at one end and over a steep ascent to the pass. The descent is more gradual to the Pin valley, over boulder-strewn glaciers, making it a sharp contrast to lush green Kinnaur.
Shimla - Kafnu Drive (208 km / 7-8 Hours)
Today is the first day of your Bhaba pass. the trek will start from Shimla. Today's destination is Kafnu which is a happening hamlet in Bhaba valley. O/N stay at Kafnu guest house/hotel.
Kafnu – Mulling trekking (3,100m)
This is the second day of the trip and first day of actual Bhaba pass trekking. The trail is moderate. the route goes via Himalayan ups and downs, beautiful apple orchards and finally reaches to Mulling meadows. O/N stay in Tents amidst the pristine Himalayan beauty of Bhaba valley
Mulling - Kara trekking (3,550m)
Today's trail will criss cross with several narrow yet full forced high Himalayan streams. The valley around you should be basking into natural beauty. You will obviously meet local Gaddi shepherds with their grazing herds as Kara meadow is a famous high altitude grazing meadow. You will experience the stunning beauty of towering peaks of Kinnaur and Spiti valley on this third day of your Bhaba pass trek. O/N stay in tents.
Kara - Phustirang trekking (4,000m)
You are almost midway to your trek to Bhaba pass today and will reach Phustirang. Phustirang is endowed with breathtaking natural beauty. First proper sighting of Hansbeshan peak will give you a goosebump. O/N stay in tents at Phustirang.
Phustirang - Bhabha Pass (4,850m) - Baldar trekking (3,900m)
Today you actually complete your Bhaba pass trekking and early morning you start to trek uphill to reach Bhaba pass. Mostly the trail will be covered up by snow. Enjoy a 360-degree grandeur view of surrounding. You can easily see Pin pass a ranges surrounding Pin valley.
Start your return trek after some time. Descend to Baldar in Spiti side. Enjoy the unique landscape of Spiti valley. O/N stay at Baldar.
Baldar - Mudh trekking and then drive from Mudh to Kaza (3,800m)
Your Bhaba pass trek may gradually tend to an end but the landscape will never stop to amaze you. After a small trek reach to Mudh which is notoriously famous for its breathtaking beauty and unique purple hued landscape in Spiti valley. Drive to Kaza, the district headquarter of Spiti valley. O/N stay at guest house/hotel at Kaza.
Drive from Kaza to Kunzum La (80km/2 Hours) and then Kunzum La - Chandratal trekking (4,270m)
Start your journey from Kaza and reach Kunzum la via a 3 hours drive and then from Kunzum trek to Chandratal. Experience the maddening beauty of the turquoise blue water of the world famous Chandratal or moon lake. O/N stay in camps beside the Chandratal. Camping at Chandratal is a life changing experience and is an add on to your Bhaba pass trek.
Chandratal – Manali drive (6-7 Hours Drive)
Today you drive from Chandratal to Manali for approx. 6-7 hours. Once you reach Manali, the Bhaba pass trek ends.
|Trek start point:||Kafnu|
|Trek end point:||Manali|
|Best time to visit:||May to October|
• Camping arrangements. Accommodation in twin/triple sharing tents and guesthouses
• Experienced local guide charge
• All meals starting from dinner on Day 01 till breakfast on Day 07 (6 Dinners, 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches)
• Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations
• Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee (if any)
• First aid kit
• Service Tax
• Any other personal or extra cost or expense
• Transportation from Shimla to Kafnu and Chandratal to Manali (To be paid on site on actual basis)