Tags : Trekking
Time Required : 5 days
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Pin Bhabha Pass, also known as the sister of Pin Parvati Pass, is one of the most challenging and beautiful treks in the Himalayas. Located at an elevation of 4865 metres, Bhabha Pass acts as a bridge between the valley of Kinnaur and Spiti. Starting from the less explored village of Kafnu, the track keeps you engaged with dramatic changes in the landscapes at every turn. Your journey will begin in the abundant greenery and will end in the barren lands of Spiti.
As you make your way through dense apple orchards, dark woods and sparkling waterfalls, the ethereal beauty of Himachal Pradesh soaks gradually within you. The Bhabha river, Tibetan monasteries and camping beside the Chandratal Lake make this trek distinctive. Other delights of Pin Bhabha Pass Trek include crossing the rivers through logs, snow-capped mountains and interacting with local Gaddi shepherds. Hiking buffs, looking for a moderate and enthralling trekking experience, Pin Bhabha Pass is surely an ideal choice.
Rail: There are trains every hour from Delhi to Pathankot. Ideal would be Uttar Sampark Kranti Express, which departs from New Delhi Railway station at 8:50 pm and reaches Pathankot by 4:20 am. From Pathankot, take a bus to Shimla. From Shimla, take a bus to Rampur. From Rampur, hire a taxi to Kafnu.
Road: Delhi to Kafnu is 560 Km via NH1.
Base Camp: Kafnu
Highest point of trek: 15,224 ft
Nearest Airport: Bhunter Airport
Nearest Railhead: 469 km
Snow: July to September is the best time for this trek.
Starting point of trek: Kafnu
Day 1: Kafnu to Mulling
After a hearty breakfast, leave the Kafnu village and head eastward over a well-defined path through luxuriant forests of Pine and Deodar. You are rewarded with excellent views of the Spiti and Kinnaur mountain ranges. Over night at camp.
Day 2: Mulling to Phustirang
From a flat meadow, the trail narrows as you reach the junction of two streams. Keeping this stream to your right; continue climbing up till you reach the open pasture grounds of Kara. The Valley opens into a beautiful meadow located at the bank of River Bhabha. Pass through some fun river crossings where you will have to make way through natural bridges. Enjoy the sights of vibrant alpine blossoms. Trek along the river and a forested green valley. Reach the Bhaba Pass base and camp on the banks of the river.
Day 3: Phustirang to Bhabha Pass to Phaldar
Climbing steeply, the trekking route is rugged for most the day, there is no defined trail, walking over moraine, scree, boulders and a push through the snowfields to the top. The top of the pass offers great contrast to both sides, towards Spiti, it is barren mountains and to the Kinnaur side it is lush green. First part of the descent involves snow for around hundred meters. The later part is descending through the moraine till we get to the bottom. From here it is another half an hour through the boulders then we enter the main valley. The valley here expands to all sides with amazing color of mountains surrounding from all sides. One and a half hours of more journey through the impressive surroundings takes one to Phaldar. Camp overnight.
Day 5: Balder to Mudh
Set in the completely barren surroundings the Village of Mud is like an oasis in the desert. The village of Mud lies across the Pin River. The village gompa is set impressively on a cliff between two streams. From here we drive to Kaza.
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