Pin Parbati Pass

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The Pin Parbati Pass is a mountain pass in Himachal Pradesh, India.It was first crossed in August 1884 by Sir Louis Dane in search of an alternate route to the Spiti valley. This pass connects the fertile and lush Parbati valley on the Kullu side with the Pin valley on the Spiti side.

It is a popular trekking route today though still rarely visited. This trans-Himalayan trek is the shortest route between the Kullu and Spiti Valleys. Once over the Pin-Parbati pass (5319m), there is a complete change in landscape – the mountain slopes immediately turn barren and rugged. The prevalent culture of the inhabitants also changes from Hinduism on the Kullu side to Buddhism in Spiti.

Often referred to as the most challenging trek in the Indian Himalaya, it’s more than worth the effort. The best time to go for this pass from Mid June to July end and September to mid October. It is best to avoid especially August month where there is a lots of rain during monsoon. The route goes along the Parbati River up to Mantalai Lake and from here its steep ascent to the pass. The upper most of Parbati valley comes under Great Himalayan national park.

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Coordinates: 31°50′37″N 77°50′32″E / 31.8437°N 77.8421°E / 31.8437; 77.8421