With our forthcoming trek to Pin Bhaba round the corner, we are inundated with queries from a number of travelers who are keen to know more about this offbeat trekking destination. Our enthusiastic traveling community wants to know where is Pin Bhaba?; How should they prepare for the trek?, what kind of clothes should they bring? and so on. Here are some Frequently Asked Questions, with answers to help you gear up well for the trek. Take a look, prepare well, charge your camera batteries and lets go!
Pin Bhaba? What is it? Where is it?
Pin Bhaba pass is a high altitude mountain pass (approximately 4,850 meters), located in Himachal Pradesh. The pass connects the Bhaba valley in Kinnaur district of Himachal to Pin Valley in Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh.
Okay, sounds good. Tell me more about the trek.
Pristine is the word that comes to mind when we say Pin Bhaba trek.
On this trek route, you will cross meadows, camp next to rivers with crystal clear water, cross thick forests, a high altitude pass, trek close to beautiful waterfalls and get a chance to see plenty of Himalayan flora. The trek route goes from the lush green in Kinnaur to the cold desert of Spiti. The changing landscape is nothing short of surreal and all around you is scenery that will take your breath away.
What is the trek like? How difficult is it?
This trek is of moderate difficulty. Maximum altitude reached on the trek is 4,850 meters. For most of the trek, we trek alongside a river. There will be several steep climbs and descends on the trek. If you have moderate fitness level you would be able to successfully complete this trek.
How do we acclimatize?
You will start from Chandigarh and gradually ascend to Kafnu -2,400 meters. You will be well acclimatized by the time the trek starts. The first trekking day involves a short trek that will further help in acclimatizing.
What if I get tired?
We allot 5-6 hours of trekking each day at an easy pace. If someone treks slowly with frequent breaks, it will take 7 hours to complete the trek. Don’t worry, we will be with you, if you get tired. While walking, make sure you keep yourself well hydrated. Horses and mules will carry your luggage, so all you need to carry in your backpack is your camera and some water.
What’s the weather like?
Our trek is planned in the weather when rainfall is least expected. Evenings and nights will be quite cold, so be adequately prepared with warm clothing. That said, mountain weather may play hide and seek and you may encounter rains during the trek.
What kind of clothes and footwear do I need?
Footwear should be comfortable. Hiking shoes with good grip are recommended for this trek. Carry a set of warm clothes. Do carry a rain sheet for that unexpected spell of rain. Travel as light as you can. Carry your luggage in a rucksack. No hard case luggage and fancy strolleys please.
What is the stay like?
Before the trek we stay at an HPTDC (or equivalent) hotel. Accommodation during the trek will be in camping tents. Post the trek, we stay at a clean and comfortable guesthouse in Kaza. At Manali we stay at a beautiful hotel where you will feel pampered!
What is the food menu like?
Basic vegetarian meals consisting of rice, chapattis, pulses, vegetables, achar, etc. are provided on the trek. On all our treks we carry plenty of soups, coffee, tea, snacks and other goodies.
How safe is it?
The entire trail is very safe. The area has Snow Leopards, Black Bears, Brown Bears, Ibex, Himalayan Fox and other Himalayan wildlife. Animals will not attack humans unless humans attack animals. If you see an animal, get your camera out and take some pictures.
How do we get there?
The trip begins from Chandigarh. From Chandigarh to Manali, GoMissing will take care of all transportation.
Chandigarh has excellent air, rail and road connectivity.
What about electricity and mobile connectivity?
Before and after the trek we will be in places that have regular electricity supply. During the trek there won’t be any means of charging your phones or cameras. So do carry spare batteries for your cameras and a battery bank for your mobiles. You will have good mobile connectivity, including slow data connectivity, till the starting point of the trek. During the trek there won’t be any connectivity. After the trek, in Manali, you will have full connectivity, with high-speed data, on most networks.
I’m a last-minute person. Can I book late?
Since logistic on this trek are tough, we will not accept bookings after the last date. So plan in advance.