Pin Bhabha Pass Trek Overview

Experience nature at its most idyllic and pristine form as you witness new landscapes stretched out before you every day on the Pin Bhabha Pass trek. Considered a more picturesque and less treacherous alternative to the other nearby passes, the Bhabha trek also offers a river delta along it, which is a rare feature in Himalayan treks. As you cross the mountain pass that is perched at a mind-blowing height of 16,125 feet, you get to come wonderfully close to some of the most enchanting Himalayan peaks.

Unlike any other trek offered in the state of Himachal Pradesh, the Bhabha Pass trek will surprise you with its stunning beauty comprising a variety of landscapes that range from knee-deep white snow to a rush of abundant greens. The breathtaking journey commences at the meadows of Kinnaur and goes all the way to the sublime beauty of the valley in Spiti, covering the secluded and serene base point at Mudh.

The 8-day trek takes you not only across distinctive landscapes but also through varying Himalayan cultures including unique ways of life, structure of houses, and lifestyle. As you cross over from one side of the mountain to the other, you will stay in tents, walk through forests and apple orchards, experience unique cultures and communities that are a result of their environment.

Quick Facts of Pin Bhaba Pass Trek

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Maximum altitude: 16,125 feet

Grade: Moderate

Duration: 8 Days

Trekking distance: 48km

Trail type: This is essentially a crossover trail that runs through passes

Rail head: Kalka is the nearest railhead to Shimla

Airport: The nearest airport, Jubbarhatti is about 22 km away from Shimla

Snow Season: Best snow season is between June to October

Service from: Shimla to Manali

Base camp: Kafnu

Best season: If you wish to try the monsoon treks, the best months to go are from July to August.If you wish to go on the Autumn treks, the best months are September, October, and November

Region: Himachal Pradesh

Who can participate: Participants should be above 10 years of age. The expedition involves moderate to difficult levels of trekking and thus any previous experience in Himalayan trekking is welcome. You should maintain a basic level of fitness where you can carry a 10-15 kg backpack. You should also have sufficient stamina that enables you to cover a distance of 5 km in 30 minutes without stress.

Short Itinerary for Pin Bhaba Pass Trek

Day 1: Shimla - Kafnu: 7- 8 hours drive.

Day 2: Kafnu – Mulling: About 6 hours trek.

Day 3: Mulling – Kara: climb up to the border of Kinnaur and Spiti.

Day 4: Kara – Phustirang: trek along the river’s left bank.

Day 5: Phustirang -Bhabha Pass – Baldar: ascend to Bhabha Pass and climb down on the Spiti side.

Day 6: Baldar - Mudh , Mudh – Kaza: reach the village of Mudh and then you will be driven to Kaza.

Day 7: Kaza - Kunzum La, Kunzum La – Chandratal: 3 hours trek from Kunzum La to Chandratal.

Day 8: Chandratal – Manali: 3 hours trek to road head and then you will be driven to Manali.

Pin Bhaba Pass Trek Detailed Itinerary

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Drive from Shimla to Kafnu

  • Start your day early at around 7 AM and meet your trekking partners at the decided place in Shimla.

  • Board the vehicle which will take you from Shimla to Kafni. The distance of 208 km from Shimla to Kafnu is covered in approximately 7 to 8 hours by road.

  • The drive takes you through scenic spots like Narkandaand Rampur all the way to the quaint hamlet of Kafnu in the Bhabha Valley, Kinnaur.

  • Check in at a local hotel to spend the night at Kinnaur and start your Bhabha Valley trek the next morning.

Why to Go for Bhaba Pass Trek?

The Bhabha Pass Trek is one of the most picturesque moderate-difficult trails and a must-visit if you are a mountain lover. The magnificent views you are greeted with as you pass along a variety of landscapes is an experience you would not want to miss. The vast valleys are covered with uninterrupted stretches of wildflowers in a riot of colors and lie in perfect contrast with the pristine white snow on the summits above. You can also walk through forests, apple orchards, along the river banks, and sleep under clear skies in tents. Each of the campsites such as Mulling, Karah, Phutsirang, and most importantly, Spiti offer unique settings, cultures, and experiences.

What to Pack for Pin Bhaba Pass Trek?

Medical Kit
Trek Essentials
Other Accessories
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  • Carry a medical kit that should include

  • Diamox

  • Dexamethasone

  • Nifedipine

  • Avomine

  • Dolo 650

  • Combiflam

  • Digene

  • ORS

  • Knee Brace

Know Before You Go to Pin Bhaba Pass Trek

Tips for Bhaba Pass Trek
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  • Do not try to cross streams on your own as the flow can be stronger than what it seems. Avoid any form of distractions during this time such as talking to other trekkers or recording your traverse with mobile phones and cameras in this section.

  • As you will be required to brave heavy snow and difficult trails, you will need appropriate shoes. You will also have to ensure that your microspikes are worn before you step on the snow. Keep an eye out for deep footholds that have been made by trekkers before you. Always put your foot on the footholds as far as possible as opposed to trying to make new paths of your own.

  • If you feel any symptoms of AMS, take adequate rest at a campsite before venturing further. If the symptoms persist you should head back to Kafnu immediately.

  • Wear layers as much as possible and include dry-fit t-shirts as they quickly dry your sweat and are easy to wash in case of a rainy day.

  • Go for pants with zippered pockets as they are quite handy when you need to keep things like phones, snacks, and handkerchiefs.

  • Do not take off your sunglasses in a snowy section.

  • Keep your head covered at all times and try to get sun caps with flaps since they cut out almost all UV leaks.

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FAQs of Pin Bhaba Pass Trek

How Difficult is the Pin Bhaba Pass trek?

    The Bhabha Pass trek has been placed at the trek difficulty level 1, which demands a certain level of physical fitness to embark upon. Besides clearing the fitness criteria, if you have prior experience in Himalayan trekking, it is going to help you a great deal.

    The trek is a moderate-difficult one and what makes it particularly challenging is the altitude which goes up to a jaw dropping 16,250 ft. Besides, the day of the trek when you go across the actual pass that involves crossing a 10 km long stretch to the next camp site, is the toughest of all the days.

    From your starting point at Phutsirang, you have to go up approximately 2,500 meters of steep terrain over a distance of about 3 km all the way to the summit. You then have to follow it up with a steep descent for 2 km, a river crossing, and then a gradual descent to the campsite. The trek requires you to go through moraines and boulders and thus needs you to maintain a certain level of fitness to attempt it. If suffering from chronic illness, you need to consult your medical practitioner before embarking on this trek.

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