General Info and Itinerary
This trek connects Kafnoo ,a village in lower kinnaur with Mudh , a village in the far interiors of the Pin valley, across the 4890 metres high Bhaba pass. It's one of the most amazing crossover treks in the Himalayas which starts from the vibrant and green kinnaur to the dark and desolate Spiti. You have gushing streams and huge green meadows in the campsites before the pass and then its a fairy tale cold desert setting once you enter the pin valley. and yes passes always have been mystical and full of stories. Lets hear and share them in one of the campsites.
Day 1. Shimla to Kafnoo.(2500 mts)
Travel along the NH22 toward Narkanda. The road desends from Narkanda, and eventually travels along the Satlej River. At a place called Wangtoo we enter the Bhaba valley by crossing over the bridge over the Satlej. Kafnoo is a small unexplored village in the Bhaba valley. It has a typical Kinnaur setting with a few houses, apple plantations and a few shops. We will check into a local homestay.
Day 2. Kafnoo to Mulling( 3279 mts) .5 to 6 hrs.
The trek starts along the Bhabha stream, then you reach a forest of cedar and pine.The initial walk is along a road which leads to a constuction site of a power project. A lot of wild Himalayan flowers can be seen on the way. A few wooden and stone refuge houses can be seen along the trail which are used by the local shepheards. You will find lots of green grazing pastures on the way, We cross over a small stream on the way.The last walk is a small ascend through rocks and as you finish climbing, the green meadow is suddenly visible. Mulling is a beautiful meadow , ideal for setting up a camp. Overnight stay in tents in Mulling.
Day 3. Muling to Kahra(3559 mts) 3 hrs.
Start the trek early the next morning. Mulling has lots of Himalayan alpine flowers around,including the blue Himalayan poppy.We cross over to another valley today, which includes crossing over a stream. As you keep traveling up the valley, you will reach Karha, which is huge open pasture, with wonderful views of snow covered peaks. There is also a small beautiful lake here. Overnight stay in tents in Karha.
Day 4. Kahra to Pustring (3940 mts) 3-4 hrs.
From Kahra we walk along the left valley.As we walk up ,the valley gets narrower. There are three streams to be crossed today. The main valley goes to Tia, and we take the trail towrds the left which leads us towards Pustring. The trek is easy to moderate. Phustring is a fairy tale setting high altitude camp set on side of numerous streams. The valley is wide and you can see the way to the pass from here. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 5. Pustring to Bhaldhar (4198 mts) via Bhabha top.
We will start the day early today as It is always advisable to cross over passes in the first part of the day. Weather conditions usually become bad during the latter part of the day. The climb is steep initially till we reach a big snow feild, after that it's a gradual climb along snow and rocks till the top. There are Prayer flags on the top of the pass. The view is breath taking. There are patches of snow and small glaciers on the other side, so be a bit cautious while descending.. then there is a snow feild. Then one descends into scree, and into a moraine area. The trail is not defined at
places. The area beyond the pass is devoid of any kind of vegetation. In between you meet the trail which comes from the Pin parvati pass. Then you reach Bhaldhar ,where you camp for the day.
Day 6. Bhaldhar to Mud (3890 mts)
Today the trek is along the Pin valley. The landscape is barren. The colours of the mountains is amazing . The mountains are in the shades of pink, voilet and dark brown. The valley is laden with huge yellow flowers. As you start seeing a green patch , you know you are approaching Mud. Mud is the interior most village of the pin valley. You have now reached a road head destination.
Drive down to Kaza fro overnight stay.
Trekking dates for 2019 : 16 June to 23 June
Transport : Jeep or Tempo traveller Shimla to Shimla.
Lodging and food : Shimla to Shimla excluding lunch on Road journeys.
All trekking equipment including tents and sleeping bags.
If you want to deboard your personal bags it will cost extra depending upon the sharing of the mule.
Region : Kinnaur and Spiti
Grade : Moderate plus
No of Days : 5 Trekking days
Day : 5 to 14 degrees C
Night : minus 4 to 8 degrees C
Best Months : June to September