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BHABA PASS TREK

Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Excellent

Duration

7 Nights / 8 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

20 people

Languages

English, Hindi

Overview

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Region                       Parvati and Spiti Valley
  • Grade                         Extremely Difficult.
  • Maximum Altitude       4865 m. 15900 ft
  • Best Season                         Mid june  to October
  • Accommodation           Hotel/Guesthouse; Organized Campsite
  • Food                          On trek– All meals included
  • Distance:                    62 KM.
  • The famed Pin Bhaba Pass Trek connects the lush green Kinnaur Valley to the dry environment of Spiti. Our hike connects the remaining towns of these two quite different valleys. It's difficult to picture such diametrically opposed worlds coexisting on opposite sides of a Himalayan pass. Almost everything changes dramatically between the two valleys, including the terrain, people, language, cuisine, religion, and so on. Starting with a heritage Toy train ride to Shimla, we next take a road excursion through the Sutlej gorges in Kinnaur to its final village, Kafnu. The modest 5-day journey takes us via the Bhabha Pass and into Spiti's culturally and geographically diverse moonscape. Spiti has a strong Buddhist presence, with monasteries and fluttering prayer flags, in contrast to Kinnaur, which is inhabited by Hindus who live in wooden huts clinging to the slope. This walk is also an excellent opportunity to engage with and learn about the lifestyle of the Gaddi shepherds, who spend their summers traveling from one grazing ground to the next before returning to the plains in the winter.

Itinerary

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Preparation For Bhaba Pass Trek

As you know every mountainous excursion demands a precise planning, a planning with adequate pliability of observing and tackling situations, held all as by overcoming mind body and soul throughout the incredible Himalayan journey.

So here are some aspects regarding trek preparation:

Physically – A trek demands physical endurance, to prepare for each trek you should work out a month before joining a program.  Build up the adequate strength in your legs by running and exercising every day to boost up your endurance. Stop smoking and boost your lungs doing breathing exercises at routine basis two times a day, which will help acclimatize the conditions while being resilient on the trek. Take active part in outdoor games, Yoga and any other cardiac exercises.

Mentally – Mental preparation is key, equally as important as physical training requisite for a trek. Before joining any trek take pleasure in your daily routines, eat well, take rest properly and relax. Do not stress your mind by unnecessary predictions about the trek. Be with your best friends to get motivated and relax your mind. Because pre trek assumptions are not worthy because once you join the trek and meet with rest of the pack will bring encouragement and excitement. The mental preparedness will build through the entire trek conditions. And the physical drawbacks will affect the mind. So pay close attention to various parts of the body and consciously let them loosen up as you trek. When you trek try to relax your body, especially your hips. If you’re on a winding downhill trail or on a panicking slant, think of each step as part of a simple dance and enjoy the natural rhythms that the terrain and your body can find together cautiously. Experiment with different ways of walking as a way of finding enjoyment beyond the goal of reaching a destination. The main key to stay mentally fit is to enjoy the route and not to pressurize the mind.

Technically- Gear up yourself with perfect size trekking shoes and walk with it. Use 60ltr. Backpack in a daily routine with some weight inside it, so you become used to carrying loads. Buy a trekking pole, water bottle, warm socks, thermals, fleece, feather jackets, trousers, poncho,  flip flops, electronics such as power bank, camera (DSLR or digital camera).

Detail Itinerary of Bhaba Pass Trek

Day 1: Arrive at Kafnu

When you arrive in Kafnu, you will be greeted by our representatives (trek leader/guide) and escorted to the next programme. Orientations and briefings will be provided as needed. Overnight stay at the camp/guest house

Day 2: Trek from Kafnu to Mulling (3100 metres) (5-6hrs)

We begin our journey on a dirt path, passing the settlement of Homti on our left. As we approach camp, the valley narrows before opening up to large open expanses. The Bhaba River is on our right as we begin the trip. We cross over and hike high up into coniferous forests before returning to the river. We then return through the forest before arriving at Mulling's broad meadow with the river on our right.On the Bhaba River, we can see some stunning waterfalls and melting glaciers. Trekking time (4 -5 Hrs.). Camp for the night.

Day 3: Mulling –Kara (3500m.). (4-5hrs)

It's a short walk to our next campsite at Kara today (3 Hrs.). We continue walking through the broad green valley, the Bhaba River on our right. In between, we cross the river and walk along flower-filled paths with little pebbles strewn about. Then we take a right and walk down a narrow path to our second campground in a lovely meadow. A great opportunity to meet Gaddi shepherds along the road. It's Trek Time! (3-4 hrs.). Camp for the night.

Day 4: Kara to Pustring / Bhaba Base (4000m) (6-7hrs)

Fustirang is the starting point for the Bhaba Pass. We travel forward from Kara to the confluence of two valleys and make an almost U-turn into the Bhaba Valley, gently ascending on a narrow road with the glacier stream on our right to the base of the pass. As we get closer to the Pass, we start seeing glaciers, ice, and snowy peaks. This is the Gaddi shepherds' trail, and we'll see quite a few of them along the way, tending to large flocks of sheep and goats. A large grazing area with horses and sheep roams the countryside just above the campsite.

The river has a lot of silt, so it breaks into a lot of smaller channels. We can go for a short hike above the campsite to explore and acclimate. Trek Time (3 hrs.). Overnight Camp. The Bhaba Pass begins at Fustirang. We proceed ahead to the confluence of two valleys and make an almost U-turn into the Bhaba Valley, gently ascending on a narrow trail with the glacier stream on our right to the base of the pass. As we approach the base of the Pass, we begin to glimpse glaciers, ice, and snowy peaks.

Day 05: Trek from Phustirang/Bhaba base to Bhabha Pass (3,900m) (6-7hrs)

The big day has here. To cross the Bhaba Pass (4865m) from the lush green Kinnaur Valley into the arid, dry Spiti Valley, we travel across stones, moraine, scree, and rugged terrain with no adequate trail. This trek is spectacular on a bright and sunny day, with magnificent views of the mountains in the Pin Valley. The pass is extremely likely to be covered with snow and ice. Shepherds and their large flocks of sheep may occasionally accompany us. After crossing the mountain, it's a steep fall all the way to Bara Bulder, where Gaddi shepherds and yak herders stay. It's Trek Time! (7-8 hrs.).

Day 06: Baldar (3,900m) Trek - Mud (3,740m)

Today, we pack and cross the Pin River to the Mudh Village roadhead. We board our cabs, wave goodbye to our Horsemen, and head to Spiti. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 07: Drive from Mud to Manali (1800m.) and departure

The rough roads to Manali are offset by breathtaking vistas of the Bara Shigri range's peaks. We follow the Chandra River to the foot of Rohtang La, then cross the hill to reach Manali. After arriving in Manali, the group disbanded.

How To Reach

Distance by road:-

By Road. Daily buses and regular taxi services are available from Shimla and Rampur to Kinnaur. Shimla is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Shimla in 8 to 10 hours(approx 435 KMS). Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in Tip : Since Delhi Shimla is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 8 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Volvo buses charge between Rs.1,200 to 1,800 per sector from Delhi to Shimla and vice versa. Shimla to Delhi: Like the onward journey, buses leave from Shimla to Delhi between 4 and 8 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delay.

Nearest Railway Station:-

Nearest Railway station is Shimla (257 kms) and Chandigarh (370 kms). There are no railway services directly to kinnaur. Private taxi or buses facility can found directly from the railway station.

Nearest Airport:-

There are as such no direct flights for kinnaur and shimla is the closest airport. Which can be reached from Delhi? Shimla airport is at jubbarhatti which is situated at a distance of 23kms from city and is connected to Chandigarh as well as Kullu.

Things To Pack

Trekking Shoes: You need good trekking shoes with good grip & ankle support. Do not carry sport shoes.

Clothing: You need to have warm clothes with three-layer jackets, fleece or down feather jacket. Carry 1 or 2 full sleeves t-shirt. For lowers carry cotton pants suitable for trek. Do no carry jeans or shorts for trekking.

Thermals: Carry top and bottom thermals.

Socks: Carry 2 - 3 pair of sports socks along with woolen socks to be worn at night.

Headlamp/Led Torch are mandatory

Sunglasses: To protect from sunlight in snow you require UV rays protected sunglasses.

Woolen Cap and Gloves are also necessary as the climate will be cold. Carry waterproof gloves as they get wet in snow.

Lunchbox & Water bottle: Every participant should carry lunch box and water bottle of their own.

Raincoat/Ponchos: At high altitudes, snowfall and rain are quite common and it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that one doesn’t get wet.

Mandatory Documents:
a)Registration Form
b)Medical Certificate (signed by a registered MBBS doctor)
c)NOC form (by trekker)
d) 2 Passport size photo
e) Photocopy of Valid id proof (PAN is not allowed)

Included/Excluded

  • Local transport during trek.
  • Tents on sharing basis.
  • Advanced and qualified Guide from Himalayan Adventure Trips.
  • Cooks/Helper and other requisite staff.
  • Vegetarian meals on the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • All trek organizational requirements
  • Basic First aid Kit with portal oxygen.
  • Forest Permits and camping charges.
  • All trekking permits.
  • While on trek all meals will be provided. Meals will be freshly prepared and will be a mix of Indian, Chinese & Continental.
  • Accommodation in Hotel/Guest House/Home stay or tents.
  • All group equipment for the trek (tents at Base Camp, use of Base Camp facilities)
  • All trek staff, including Porters/mules for carrying common equipment's (like rations/tents/utensils/)
  • Air travel or any kind of travel fare.
  • Hotel accommodation and meals.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, battery charging and showers at lodges
  • Entry visas or inner line permit for Foreign Participants.
  • Personal clothing and trekking equipment's like sleeping bag liners, walking stick, etc.
  • Any rescue costs or costs of early departure from the expedition.
  • Gratuities to guides and Sherpa staff.
  • Personal Porters for carrying trekker’s backpacks.
  • Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation
  • Purchases of personal natures (like mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits/ gifts etc.)
  • Food to/from the trailhead.
  • GST of 5%.

Durations

7 Nights / 8 Days

Tour's Location

Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

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Chirodeep

26/05/2022
So trekking has been in my to-do list for a long time now and we booked it last year but because of harsh weather conditions we couldn't make it last year. But this year a group of my friends and I finally made it. And it was a very liberating experience. HAT took care of everything, Lucky our local guide and our trek leader were so friendly that it hardly took us time to gel together. And besides the trekking we took away a lot of good memories and lessons that only nature can teach you! Loved each minute of the experience will be booking another trip soon with HAT
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