A TREK ACROSS THE ROOF OF THE WORLD
PIN PARVATI TREK in the GREAT HIMALAYAN NATIONAL PARK
Passing through Hindu villages that time has passed by, we enter a true wilderness - a dense primeval forest deep
with green grass and dotted with wildflowers. Traversing the Great Himalayan National Park we trek upward
through lush meadows that give way to jagged landscape of alpine lakes peaks and glaciers of the high Himalaya
until finally crossing the Pin Parvati pass we enter Spiti - a place of wild desolation, deep canyons and thousand
year old Buddhist monasteries, high on the Tibetan plateau - the land that time forgot.
Sunshine Himalayan Adventures welcomes you to Across the Roof of the World – A Himalayan
Pilgrimage with Dr. Payson Stevens
Covering a daily average distance of ten miles daily with a basic altitude of 13,000 feet – spanning two
distinct environments with their own distinctive cultures and exhilarating scenery – this is a journey for
those individuals bold of spirit and in good physical condition. Porters carry our packs and an
experienced and cheerful team of local guides, cooks and helpers tend to our comfort and safety
throughout the trip.
This is truly the adventure of a lifetime –
Even for those who have spent a lifetime adventuring!
15 Days - New Delhi to New Delhi.
Why a Pilgrimage?
Defined as a journey to a shrine or a sacred place, the word pilgrimage aptly describes our journey. Our
expedition takes us from Kullu – the Valley of a Thousand Gods – up into to the ancient land of Spiti,
called by Rudyard Kipling ‘the place where the Gods live’. We make our way along trails shared only by
holy men and snow leopards. Utilizing the power of ritual, yoga and council processes we draw
ourselves into the sacredness of the landscape… and the sacredness of the landscape into ourselves.
Through focus, attention and elevation of spirit, we see clearly that even this amazing journey is but an
outward expression of the greatest adventure of all – the adventure within.
Responsible Ecotourism :
Joint Venture with BTCA- Unlike other tour operators (many of whom are not locally based and often
exploit the local population), SHA has a unique relationship with the regional Kullu Valley organization,
BTCA which is a non-governmental society (NGO) of locally organized Kullu Valley villagers who are
registered with the Government of India. BTCA is dedicated to helping the local village people improve
the quality of their lives by developing sustainable local economies (such as ecotourism). These are
linked to the protection of the local environment. Our joint venture with BTCA ensures that your fees
actually help to support the local people and build sustainable livelihoods.
THE PIN PARVATI PASS with Payson Stevens
TREK DETAILS :
9 Days - Trekking Manikaran to Sangam.over the Pin Parvati Pass
4 Days- High Altitude Jeep Safari ( Pin- Dhankar – Tabo – Ki- Kibber- Chandetaal - Manali
GRADE OF TREK:
Moderate to strenuous.
5319 meters (17, 600 feet) at the Pin Parvati Pass.
Detailed Tour Program
Arrival Delhi . Check in hotel at Delhi . Sightseeing Delhi
Connecting flight to Kullu Arrival Kullu Transfer to Barsheni by road
TREK STARTS Barsheni (2200 Mts.) to Khirganga ((2850 Mts.): ( 13 kms 4-5 hours) After a brief
introduction to the staff we we start the trek to Khir Ganga with our packed lunch enroute.The walk
starts with a steep ascent after the bridge opposite Barsheni till village Daran. Along the stream upto
Rudranag (a holy God ) waterfall. Steep ascent upto 45 minutes to reach and then gradual walk ( 2-3
hours) to the thatch of Khir ganaga . Steep ascent upto campsite below Khir Gnaga hot springs. Khir
Ganga is a holy place with a hot water spring, small temple of Lord Shiva and a bathing tank. This is the
last chance to take a hot water bath on the trek!o/n Camp Khirganga in dome shaped tents
Khirganaga (((2850 Mts) Tundabhuj (3200 Mts.) ( 16 kms 6-7 hours) : Gradual walk for half and hour
brings you to a steep ascent of 45 minutes and turns into a gradual climb crossing medows after the
dense forest . The last part is a steep walk to the campsite. Tundahuj TundaBhoj is the upper limit for the
pine forests and now on there is an abundance of Bhoj ( Birch) trees.. About 9000 feet high, Tundabhuj
gets its name from the abundance of birch trees in the area. The camping ground has an ethereal feeling
about it. (Imagine a table like structure bound on two sides the raging Parvati river running through
deep ravines and surrounded on all sides by hills called the 'Pancha Pandavas' ). o/n camp Tundhabhuj
Tunda Bhuj ((3200 Mts ) to Thakur Kuan to Pandu pul camp site 3600 meters : ( 6 hours walk) Walk
starts witha gradual decent till the bridge and after a small steep hike one reaches high meadows
gradually increasing to Thakur Kuan. This is marked by the remains of the Pin parvati Project and after
crossing the parvati on a flying fox which brings you to the most amazing flower meadows and gradual
steep walk until Pandu pul thatch . After a crossing of the landslide which has loose rocks this this trails
crosses two stone bridges of chota and bada pandupul . After a steep accent of 15 minutes after the
bigger Pandu Pul one can camp. Camp Pandu Bridge
Pandu pul to Odi Thach to Kahdi Dwari : ( 5-hrs) : We cross large medows with gradual ups and downs
giving views of the morrain we have to climb to Mantalai where we meet a lot of Himalayan Shepards
with their goats . Some minor stream crossings need to be done to reach the camspite. Just next to the
campsite one can see a cold thermal which is quite impressive to view.
KhariDwari to Mantalai Lake : 2 – 3 Hours ( walk cum rest day )Gradual ascent in rocky terrain to
quickly reach the campsite. Acclamatization day/ height gain exercise after hot lunch . Introduction to
equipment and mountaineering. If planning an extra rest day : Walks from Mantalai : One can go upto
some amazing lake along the morrain area of the Mantalai lake
Rest Reserve Day
Mantalai to Parvati base Camp : Walk starts as a warm up walk which turns into a very steep ascent for 2
hours and then a gradual steep walk to camp at a rocky slope which gives one stunning views of the
peaks surrounding the Pin parvati pass. These peaks are virgin and unclimbed. Todays trekking is
challenging, over a glacier and loose scree slopes.
Parvati Base Camp – Pin Pass crossing and Pin base camp : ( 7-8 hours) dependent on snow conditions
one crosses to the barren slopes of the Spiti valley with steep decent on loose rocks . The view changes
into colorful mountains.
Pin base Camp to Tia campsite : ( 5-6 hours) A long walk on rocky terrain along the Pin river giving
spectacular views of the mountains of the Pin valley. Tia campsite
Tia to Mud : One needs to start early to reach the big nala . This river cossing really swells post afternoon
so its important to cross it at a good time and then the walk continues upto the first village of the Spiti
valley called Mud. Hot showers await o/n Homestay in Mud
Mud to Tabo and Dhankar Monsatery and onwards jeep safari to Nako. Today we will be going in our
4x4 jeeps to see some of the most startling monasteries of the Himalayas. Tabo called the Ajanta of the
Himalayas, Dhankar the old fort monastery of Spiti and camp by the Key monastery.
Day 13 :
Camp to Key Monastery and Kibber Village and onwards to Chandertaal lake
Day 14 :
Chandertaal ( rest day) Chandertaal-The Lake of the Moon. This lake is 6 kms from the Kunzam Pass that
connects Spiti and Lahaul. Surrounded by snows and acres of scree, this deep blue-water lake has a
circumference of 2.5 kms. This is the source of the River Chandra. According to some believers, this is the
spot from where the god Indra's chariot took the eldest Pandava brother, Yudhishtra to Swarga, heaven
in his mortal form.o/n In tents at Chandertaal
Chandetaal to Kullu . Tour ends
The total price includes:
2-4 Pax : $ 2400 ( For 14 days )
4-8 Pax: $ 2100 ( For 14 days)
Hotel at delhi
Flight from Kullu to Delhi and back ( Weight restrictions 20 kg)
- All trek logistic support: porters, cooks, and personal porter
(to carry client’s main clothing and gear pack of each trekker).
- All group meals during trek/tour
- All ground transport in Jeeps.
- A fluent English-speaking guide who will be with you from Day 01 to
- All entrance fees to Great Himalayan National Park admission fees and
Park Camera Fees.
- Experienced GHNP guide/naturalist.
- A list of required and suggested gear needed by trekkers will be provided to participants.
The above rates do not include:
- Changes in programs or flight schedules due to reasons like climate and geographical hazards
- Travel and flight insurance, emergency medical repatriation charges required by Great Himalayan
- Expenses of personal nature including: liquor/drinks, telephone calls, shopping, etc.
- Tips to porters and trekking staff.
- Any items not mentioned above.
TOUR EXTENSIONS MAY INCLUDE: DELHI – AGRA – JAIPUR – RANTHAMBORE : 1 Week
For people who won’t join the trek we have a host of activities including
a) Himalayan Odessey – A 10 day cultural and sightseeing tour of Himachal experiencing Little
Tibet ( Dharamsala ) , Shimla ( queen of hill Stations ) and Kullu Manali ( valley of Gods)
b) You may also choose to join a yoga and meditation course at Dharmsala or do a spiritual and
physical rejuvenation course at Kayakalp ( Palampur)
c) Our activities around Great Himalayan National Park include fly fishing, trout fishing, small
nature walks , soft adventure tours, mountain biking, Lake jeep safari or cultural tours.
d) Some other options include
• Agra & the Taj Mahal: It is possible to visit Agra and the Taj Mahal and return to Delhi in a
day. We will organise transport to and from Agra (by train or road) and provide an English-
speaking guide for sightseeing in Agra. This is a long day and if you have the time you may
prefer to overnight in Agra.
• The Golden Triangle: This is one of the most popular extensions for adding on to your
holiday in India. The Golden Triangle itinerary allows you to take in three of the best known
sights of northern India, the incredible Taj Mahal in Agra, the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri
and the ‘pink city’ of Jaipur in the colourful and romantic state of Rajasthan.
• The Tiger Trail: Ranthambhore, Bandhavgarh, Pench, Kanha & Corbett Tiger Reserves need
little introduction and are amongst the best places to see Tigers anywhere.
• Kaziranga National Park: lies to the south of the mighty Brahmaputra river in the heart of
Assam and is without doubt one of the most beautiful and unspoilt national parks in the whole