Pin Bhaba Description
The Pin Bhaba Pass Trek connects the lush green, vibrant Bhaba Valley, Kinnaur, to the deserted, cold, and dry Pin Valley in Spiti. This trek includes passing through thick coniferous forests, crossing river bridges, trekking through glaciers, screes, moraines, and camping at beautiful campsites. The landscape constantly changes on this trek, but the only constant is the turquoise Bhaba River that gives us company throughout.
There is no denying that the Pin Bhaba Pass Trek is the most loved crossover trek in India. The trekking trail starts in a tiny hamlet Kafnu in Kinnaur and ends in a rustic village Mudh in Spiti Valley. It is a visual treat to experience the two extremes of nature coexisting and gives you a wonderful insight into the two distinct Himalayan cultures.
However, the most rewarding part of this trek is when we reach the Pin Bhaba Pass at 16,100 ft. and get a complete view of both these worlds. It is a blessing to be standing on snow and getting to appreciate the diverse beauty of nature- greenery on one side, browns on another.
If you have made up your mind to go on this trek, there are a few things that you need to consider. The Pin Bhaba Pass Trek is a high-altitude trek and will be difficult to cover. The other factors contributing to the difficulty level are passing through diverse landscapes, long distances, and facing rapid altitude changes. To combat these challenges, you need to work on your fitness. A prior experience in Himalayan trekking will also be beneficial.
Some Quick Facts About Pin Bhaba Pass trek
- Duration: 7 days
- Maximum Altitude: 16100 ft.
- Trek Distance: 112 km.
- Difficulty Level: Difficult
- Best time to visit: June to September.
- Base camp: Kafnu
- Start point: Shimla
- End point: Manali
- Weather and Temperature:Summer: Day:13°C to 18°C, Night: 0°C to 7°C. Post monsoons: Day: 5°C to 12 °C, Night: 5 °C to -1 °C.
- Mobile Connectivity: There is no mobile connectivity on the Pin Bhaba trek, except for in Kafnu and Kaza.
- Last ATM: Old Shimla Bus Stand is the last place where you can take out cash.
How to reach:
The nearest airport to Shimla is the Chandigarh (IXC) Airport. It is 59.3 km away and is the most convenient and time-saving way to reach Shimla. Many flights fly to and fro from all states to Chandigarh.
You can also take a flight to Dehradun Airport(140 km). If these two options turn out to be expensive, Delhi Airport, which is 283km away from Shimla, is also a good choice. It will take around 5 hours 30 minutes to reach Shimla.
Another lesser-known option is the Jubarhatti Airport which is only 23km from Shimla.
The Chandigarh railway station lies at a distance of 8 km from the city center. It is connected to all the major cities by railway.
If you want to come from Delhi, you can avail Jan Shatabdi, Himalayan queen and Shatabdi. Trains that connect Chandigarh to other cities include Sadbhavna Express, Paschim Express, Kerala Sampark Kranti, Chennai Express etc.
If you want to come from Chandigarh, you can take a bus from Sector 43. RSRTC runs the buses of this route daily. Ticket booking is easy and hassle-free, and it takes only 4 hours to reach Shimla. You can also take a bus from Delhi ISBT Kashmere Gate. It is advisable to book the tickets early as the journey lasts 10-11 hours. But if you want privacy and an added comfort, you can also take your private car or rent a cab.
Weather and Temperature
The summer temperature lies between 13°C to 18°C in the day and drops down 0°C to 7°C at night. Monsoons are windy and refreshing with temperate weather. Post monsoons, the temperature ranges from 5°C to 12 °C in the daytime and 5 °C to -1 °C at night. Winters are freezing, and one cannot trek during this time.
Best time to visit Pin Bhaba Pass Trek:
June to September is the ideal time to go on the Pin Bhaba Pass trek. It is one of the few Himalayan treks that are still accessible during monsoons and gives you a chance to experience monsoons like no other. The rich flora and fauna, lush greenery, and snow-capped summits make the region look similar to Switzerland.
*Hot water for bathing/washing on a chargeable basis, but that too only if resources are available
Health and Safety
- For any Himalayan Trek, Ideal BMI for a trekker should be 18.5 to 24.9
- To keep a check of this please calculate BMI here
- Below given Safety checks should be done to get prepared for any Himalayan Trek.
- Balance : As well said a balanced mind and body gives out best in every condition and that too works in Himalayan treks as well.
- Legs Strength : Body and Legs Strength is required to carry body weight as well as the backpack while trekking in uneven multi terrains. Generally, a good strength on legs works out good in any Trek. One can gain legs strength by doing simple Squats.
- Muscle Flexibility : While trekking in Trans Himalayan region with a flexible body one can easily achieve full range of movement and this can be really helpful for trekkers as well as trek leads. A good flexible will be an advantage while walking on trails, climbing and river crossing etc. Flexibility can be achieved by simple stretching, yoga etc.
- Cardiovascular Endurance : Cardiovascular endurance is defined as the ability of lungs and heart to transmit oxygen to the body muscles. All Himalayan treks are basically ascending descending the slopes and for this trekkers should be having a good cardiovascular endurance. Anyone planning for a Himalayan trek can attain this capacity by doing any cardio exercise like running, swimming, cycling etc.
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