Pin Bhaba Pass trek unfolds a new mystery at every turn and provides you with all the thrills and adventures you are looking for in this trek. Though, the trek is not a very challenging one but, it still requires a good understanding of snow conditions and a fair amount of physical fitness. To reach the pass, you will have to be mentally prepared to cross gurgling rivers, climb steep and snowy slopes, walk on glacial beds and pass through narrow gorges and rocky moraines. Needless to say, the divine beauty of snow-clad mountain peaks, charming hamlets, stunning apple orchards, dewy meadows, carpets of alpine flowers, virgin forests and gorgeous landscapes following you through the route will make your journey easy and rewarding.
Once you reach the Bhaba Pass, breath-taking vistas of surrounding mountains, Kinnaur and Spiti valleys and Pin-Parvati Pass, will make you speechless and you will want to stay here till eternity. Descent from the Bhaba Pass takes you through the Pin valley that lies on the periphery of the Pin Valley National Park, giving ample opportunities to have a glimpse at rare Himalayan birds and animals including snow leopards, ibex, and Himalayan fox.
Day 1 : Drive from Shimla to Kafnu
Nearest major town from Kafnu is Shimla. From Shimla, you will be transferred to Kafnu which is the start point of the trek. The distance of Kafnu from Shimla is 205 km and takes about 7 hours drive. There is also an HRTC bus that leaves from Shimla at 8:40 AM and reaches Kafnu at 6:30 PM. Kafnu is a quaint village in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. All the participants will report at Kafnu base camp by 3 PM. Freshening up and snacks will happen at the base camp.Post snacks orientation. Orientation will cover all the general instructions that could be helpful for the trek like backpacking, marching technique and medical awareness.Overnight stay at Kafnu base camp.
The Trip Cost Includes
- Food all along the Trek(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea)
- Car pick up from Shimla to Kafnu
- Transportation from trek end point Kaza to Manali taxi
- Food as per menu on the trek
- Forest Permits/Camping Charges , if any
- Tents, Sleeping bags, mats,Technical equipment
- Safety Equipments.
- First Aid Medical Kit(Your Trek Leader will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
- Trek guide, cook, helpers, porters & mules for carrying common luggage.
- Services of a Mountaineering qualified & professional Trek Leader.
The Trip Cost Excludes
- Accommodation and meals in Shimla.
- Meals during road Journeys.
- Porter/Mull to carry personal luggage.
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
- Any expense of personal nature.
- Any expense not specified in the inclusion list.
- A rucksack with rain cover
- A water bottle or a hydration pack
- A Hand/Head Torch with spare batteries
- UV Protection Sunglasses
- A trekking pole
Since it is a high altitude trek, at least 3 layers of clothing is mandatory. A full sleeve shirt, a fleece jacket, and a padded jacket are imperative. An additional layer (Thermal bodywarmers) for the evenings in the high altitude campsites are strongly recommended
- Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants - 2
- Full sleeves T-shirts - 2
- Thermal Bodywarmer Upper & Lower - 1
- Fleece Jacket - 1
- Padded Jacket -1 (Goose down or feather is preferable)
- Full sleeves sweater - 1 (Needed if you feel cold at high altitudes despite 4 layers)
- Rainwear (Jacket & Pants) - 1
- Thick woolen socks - 1 pair
- Cotton socks - at least 2-3 pairs
- Undergarments - 1 for every day of trekking
- Pair of Warm Gloves - 1
- Woolen cap - 1
- Hiking shoes (Preferably ankle high) -1
- Pair of lightweight Slipper/Sandals - 1 pair.
- Sunscreen lotion, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, toilet roll, cold cream, small towel.
- Anti-fungal cream: Carry an antifungal cream if you are sensitive to sweating and prone to skin irritations around genitals or groin area due to lack of bathing.
- For women:
- Tampons or sanitary napkins,
- 2-3 zip pouches to dispose off non-biodegradable waste
- Vaginal wash to avoid any irritation due to lack of bathing.
- Water bottle
- Camera (optional)
- Personal medicine kit. Though our trek leaders carry a fully equipped first-aid kit, make sure you consult your doctor before the trek in case you have any special ailment.
- Dry fruits, energy bars
Pin Bhaba Pass trek has been graded as a difficult trek. On most days, you are covering 15 kms in high altitude. Trekking for 10-15 kms each day with a backpack on can tire out even the most hardy trekkers. This trek demands you to be in your top physical condition.
Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.
If you’re trekking to Pin Bhaba Pass trek in winter, note that the temperature drops to around -4 to 5 degree Celcius at night. During the day, the temperature will be at around 10 to 15 degrees. While going for summit the extreme temperature could make breathing slightly difficult. Doing breathing exercises before the trek will help. Expand your lungs and learn to breathe deep. This will help you inhale more oxygen and help you breathe comfortably.
- Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or Walk continuously for 10 km (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better)
- Hold your breath for 40 seconds
- 3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch
- Push Ups – 10
- Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets
Monitoring health on a trek
Any abnormal reading will be paid special attention to and action will be taken immediately.
On the trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring two aspects a day.
- Oxygen Level
- Pulse Rate
High Altitude Medical Kit
Your trek leader will also be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, Dexamethasone . Your Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek. In addition to that, there are oxygen cylinders installed at all high campsites for any emergency situations.
Acclimatisation in high altitude
This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation.
By Air: You can book a domestic flight from Delhi or Chandigarh to the 'Jubbarhati Airport', located in Shimla. Private/shared taxis can be easily availed from the Shimla airport to reach Kafnoo, from where the actual trek begins. By Rail: Kalka is the nearest railway station connected through Delhi and Chandigarh railway stations. To reach Shimla, Himachal state run buses or taxis can be hired from outside the Kalka station. A toy train also runs between Kalka and Shimla. If time permits, do take this option to have a memorable experience of a train journey that passes through winding hilly trails and tunnels. By Road: Volvo, Himachal state run buses, Delhi tourism buses and taxis can be directly hired from Delhi and Chandigarh up till Shimla.
You can book a domestic flight from Delhi or Chandigarh to the 'Jubbarhati Airport', located in Shimla. Private/shared taxis can be easily availed from the Shimla airport to reach Kafnoo, from where the actual trek begins.
Kalka is the nearest railway station connected through Delhi and Chandigarh railway stations. To reach Shimla, Himachal state run buses or taxis can be hired from outside the Kalka station. A toy train also runs between Kalka and Shimla. If time permits, do take this option to have a memorable experience of a train journey that passes through winding hilly trails and tunnels.
Volvo, Himachal state run buses, Delhi tourism buses and taxis can be directly hired from Delhi and Chandigarh up till Shimla.