Pin Valley – A COMPLETE Travel Guide and Itinerary

by Vargis.Khan

Pin is a beautiful valley in Lahaul & Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh; formed by Pin River that runs throughout its length, before merging with Spiti River. This valley is also the location of a wildlife reserve called “Pin Valley National Park”. Though within Spiti, the ecosystem of Pin Valley is completely different than that of Spiti and its pristine beauty is quite fascinating.

Wildly furious but majestic Pin River flows right through it, turning the entire valley into carpets of green with snowcapped mountains rising in the background. Sunny weather, strong winds, miles and miles of isolation, stunning views, enchanting silence, colorful flowers all around, the transformation from shades of a desert to acres of greenery; put this all together and you have a magical Pin valley to lose yourself into.

Remember the song “Intezaar” from the movie “Paap” starring John Abraham and Udita Goswami? Remember the beautiful valley that she walks through as the song progresses? That was Pin valley; the shooting location of this song. If you haven’t yet seen it or do not remember, google and watch the video.

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About Pin Valley

There are approximately 17 villages in Pin Valley with a total population of about 1500-1600 people. Most of the locals here follow Tibetan Buddhism. The valley is home to several endangered and rare animals like Snow Leopard. Until a few years ago, it was largely unknown but with the rise of tourism in Spiti, a lot of people have started to visit Pin Valley as well. Sagnam is probably the largest village but Mud Village is the main tourist spot. There are several monasteries and stupas here that are well worth a visit of which Kungri Monastery is the most well known one.

Also read: How to Plan a Trip to Spiti Valley – A Complete Travel Guide

Pin Valley National Park

Pin Valley national park is a wildlife sanctuary located within Pin Valley. It was established in 1987 and is considered as home to the “grey ghost of Himalayas”, the Snow Leopard with as many as 12 of them believed to be living here. It is also the natural habitat of several other endangered animals like Siberaian Ibex, Bharal, Weasel, Red fox and Marten. Several rare birds like Pika, Himalayan Snowcock, Bearded Vulture, Chukor Partridge, Snow Partridge, Golden eagle, Griffon, Himalayan Chough, Snowfinch and Raven can also be found here. The elevation of this park ranges between 3500 meters at Ka Dogri to over 6000 meters at its highest elevation point.

For more details on the park itself, please read How to Plan a Trip to Pin Valley National Park

How to reach Pin Valley

To begin with, I will first post a map of the region to explain it better. Click on the map or save it to your hard drive to view in full size and to be able to read it better.

In order to reach Pin Valley, you will first have to reach Spiti Valley. You can either take the Manali route to first reach Kaza and then to Dhankar or you can travel via Shimla, Rampur, Pooh and Nako to reach Dhankar.

The route via Shimla remains open throughout the year whereas the Manali route is only open between late May to early October. In winter months, this road gets closed after it starts to snow at Rohtang and Kunzum Pass. There is also a regular bus service both via Shimla and Manali that you can take to arrive in Spiti Valley. To get more details on it, please read How to reach Spiti Valley by Road, Bus, Train or Flight.

Kaza / Dhankar to Pin Valley

After arriving in Spiti Valley, you will have to get to a place called Attargo Bridge. It is about 16 kilometers from Kaza and about 9 kilometers from Dhankar.

As you move towards Kaza from Dhankar (or approach Dhankar if traveling from Kaza), a road bifurcates towards Pin Valley at Attargo Bridge, as shown in the image below. The road crosses over to the other side of Spiti River and from there, it is a straight run to Pin Valley, driving right next to Pin River.

attargo bridge

From Attargo bridge, the route of the journey will be as mentioned below.

  • Attargo to Gulling – 16 Kms – Should take about an hour
  • Gulling to Kungri – 2.6 Kms – 15-20 mins drive
  • Gulling to Mikkim – 3.3 Kms – Half an hour at most
  • Mikkim to Ka Dogri – 5 Kms – 22 Mins
  • From Mikkim to Sangnam – 5 Kms (2.5 Kms drive, 2 Kms trek) – Should take about an hour
  • Mikkim to Mud – 15 Kms – Should take an hour

It is an untarred road all the way till Mud. It is full of lose gravel, a bit bumpy but the drive is OK if not smooth. But with Pin River flowing right next to you and the beautiful vistas, you would hardly notice the road anyways. Mud is the last village in Pin valley that you can reach by road. It also acts as the trekking base for Pin Parvati Pass and Bhabha valley. The trek starts from Mud and ends at either in Parvati Valley or Kinnaur Valley.

How to reach Pin Valley by Public Transport

There is a daily bus from Kaza to Mud that starts in the evening at around 4 PM. This bus goes all the way to Mud. If you are coming from Tabo or Dhankar, you can catch this bus from Attargo at around 4.30 PM.

The same bus then returns to Kaza at 6 AM from Mud Village. So you can actually use the same bus for reaching Pin Valley and for coming back to Kaza.

If these timings do not match your plan, then you can get a shared taxi from both Kaza and Dhankar to Mud for about Rs. 50 – Rs. 70 per person. You can also wait for these taxis at Attargo Bridge and board one from there. Private taxi from Kaza would cost anywhere between Rs. 2000 – Rs. 3000 per day.

Mud Village

As mentioned above, Mud is the last village in Pin Valley that is accessible by motorable road. The road actually goes a little ahead of the village as well towards Bhabha Pass but gets terribly bad. This village more or less acts as the base for anyone traveling to Pin Valley, be it a road trip, casual trekking or scaling the Pin Parvati trek and Bhabha Pass trek.

It is a very small village, just a handful of houses put together with a few hotels and guest houses however it is your best bet to find a decent accommodation in Pin. Some other villages too have a few stay options available but it is always recommended to stay at Mud.

Places to Visit in Pin Valley

I have actually covered this information in great detail in another article. For an overview, I will list out the tourist attractions in Pin Valley here. But if you want to get some more details on these places, I will urge you to read What to See in Pin Valley – Sightseeing in Pin Valley.

Spiti and Pin River Confluence: You will see this right when you take the turn towards Pin Valley at Attargo. A great sight as both these rivers merge into each other.

Kungri Monastery: This is Spiti’s second oldest Monastery and was built around 1330 AD. Monks here are very warm people, would offer you something to eat and if asked, may even let you stay overnight at the monastery.

Pin-Parvati Pass Trek: At an altitude of 5319 meters, this Pass connects Parvati Valley to Pin Valley and is one of the most challenging and popular trek routes in Himachal.

Bhabha Pass Trek: Another popular trek that starts from Mud Village, crossing over Bhabha Pass at an altitude of 4,850 meters over to Bhabha Valley.

Wildlife: This of course remains the prime attraction of Pin Valley. Take a walk through the valley and if you lucky, you may spot an Ibex or someone else from the wonderful animal life here.

Pin River Beach: A great spot where you can leave your car on the road and come down on the banks of Pin River to click some pictures, picture below.

The View at the Mud Village: A great view visible from everywhere in Mud Village. I am talking about the first picture that I posted in this article.

Pin Valley National Park: It is an animal sanctuary known as home to the grey ghost of Himalayas, the Snow Leopard.

pin river beach

Things to do in Pin Valley

There isn’t much to do in Pin Valley actually but that is the reason why you should plan a visit here. In all honesty, you do not come to a place like Pin to do tons of activities and run down a long list of tourist attractions. Rather, you come here to relax and do nothing.

Take a couple of days, slow down the time and life a bit, sit down and have a cup of tea while watching the sun coming up from behind the hills and over a gorge, know what it feels like to experience every hour of the day; that is Pin Valley for you.

Relaxing, taking a walk around the village, and enjoying the natural beauty and peace is what you should be doing in Pin Valley. Other than that, Trekking is an adventurous activity that you can be a part of. To know more in details, please read the article that I provided link to above, What to See in Pin Valley – Sightseeing in Pin Valley.

Where to stay in Pin Valley

If you asked this question about a decade ago, the answer would have been that you cannot because there is no such option. Much however has changed recently, thanks to the increasing tourism in Spiti Valley. Now, accommodation in Pin Valley comes in the form of Homestays and guest houses.

Mud Village has the highest number of guesthouses and homestays. The other two villages that I surely know to have accommodation available are Gulling and Sagnam. Other villages also have the option of homestay but I cannot confirm that coz I didn’t ask at any other.

In terms of charges, expect a price between Rs. 1000 – Rs. 2000 per day depending on your negotiation skills and time of arrival.

Homestay in Pin Valley

Pin Valley has several small villages scattered over the mountains and all of them are a small group of houses. At almost all of these villages, if you talk to the locals, they will be more than happy to let you stay in their home as a paying guest. This is a great option if you want to experience the local life around here. However, if staying as a paying guest, please do not expect a luxurious hotel like treatment. Your stay and meals will be very basic but neat, comfortable and with good food.

Guest Houses in Pin Valley

There are guest houses in Sagnam and Gulling and Mud Villages. Most of these guest houses are actually just the houses of the locals extended by a few rooms that they rent out to tourists.

I have stayed at Tara Guest House / Homestay and Ibex Guest House in Mud Village and both were good. During another trip, I stayed at Valley View Guest House in Gulling and that stay was very comfortable as well.

PWD Rest House in Pin Valley

There is also a PWD rest house in Sagnam Village where I stayed in 2018. It is a great choice only if you were able to find the caretaker and talk him into allowing you to stay. The first two times I could not find him anywhere but the third time was a charm. It, however, did take a lot of talking before he allowed us to stay. He just kept insisting that we go to Mud Village and stay there but in the end, he agreed.

The only problem was that there was no arrangement of food and the caretaker too refused to cook. Thankfully there was a kitchen available and we were carrying a few Maggie packets that became our dinner that night.

Monastery Stay

I have not tried this one myself but if you wish to stay at a monastery for the night, then go to Kungri Monastery, a little ahead of Gulling Village. The monks there do allow tourists to stay for the night. This is not guaranteed though and there is a chance that you may get turned back.

Hotels in Pin Valley

There are no hotels in Pin Valley.

Camping in Pin Valley

Yes, Camping can be done in Pin Valley but I did not notice any readily available campsites. So it would have to be self camping if you were carrying your own gear. Do make a note to not pitch your tent just about anywhere though. Pin Valley is home to a wildlife sanctuary and you do not want to end up being a wild animal’s dinner in the night. Camp close to a village. Talk to a villager and pay them a little to give you a safe spot to set up your tents.

Accommodation in Pin Valley

Listed below are names and numbers of some recommended hotels in Pin Valley.

Tara Guest House

  • Location:  Mud Village
  • Phone: Sonam Gialson; 09418365251, 09418441453, 08991723015
  • Review: Best option to stay in Pin Valley. Clean rooms, warm blankets, western style toilets, running hot water and almost all modern facilities of a hotel available. Owners too are very nice and friendly people. Tariff would be between Rs. 1000 to Rs. 2000.

Also Read: Tara Homestay Review

Ibex Guesthouse

  • Location: Mud Village Village
  • Tariff:  Rs 1000  – Rs. 1500
  • Review: Good rooms, mattress was a bit hard, food was good, very friendly owner, great view from the roof, running hot water and friendly staff. A good option if you were on budget and Tara Guest House was quoting higher amount.

Also Read: Ibex Guest House Review

PWD Rest house

  • Location: Sagnam village
  • Phone: 01906 – 222252
  • Review: Ok if you are on a budget. Bed was a bit uncomfortable. Will take a lot of convincing before the caretaker allows. Food will be a hassle, no running hot water when I was there and we had to work with buckets.

Pin Parvati Guest House
Location: Mud Village
Phone: 9418571167 and 8991723015

Snow Valley Guest House
Location: Mud Village
Phone: 9418985242 and 8991723015

Valley View Guest House

  • Location: Gulling
  • Tariff:  Rs 1000  – Rs. 1500
  • Review: Good rooms, comfortable bed, running hot water, food was good, very friendly owner, great view from the rooms

pin valley in winter

Where to Eat

The best place to eat would be at your homestay only. There are no restaurants or dhabas here. The only eatery I saw was a small tea stall. But the food served at the homestays and guesthouses is quite good and you will not be disappointed. Tara Homestay has a Balcony kind of arrangement where you can eat with a great view in front of you. I used to have my tea and lunch on the roof of Ibex Homestay and it felt great.

Do keep in mind though that the menu at these homestays is not a large one and food too will be basic. So please do not expect anything fancy but whatever will be served will be delicious enough.

Also Read: Food to Try in Spiti Valley – What to Eat in Spiti

Shopping

There are of course no markets here. I just noticed a few general stores selling regular packaged chips, biscuits and some daily commodities. If you would like to shop around though then I will recommend trying your luck in Kaza. For more details on this, please read Shopping in Spiti Valley – What to Buy in Spiti Valley.

Pin Valley Weather

Pin Valley is a cold desert so the weather here is always cold, even during the months of May and June. Not just Pin but winters in the entire Spiti Valley are extreme and it is surprising that the people here survive such weather each year. It gets so cold that even the water in the pipes freezes, making running water a luxury. Toilets get replaced by dry pits and by January, the temperature can drop as far as -35°C.

The weather during the summer season ranges from being pleasant to moderately warm. To be honest, it will be quite unfair to even call it summer because the average temperature remains around 10° C only. It, however, does bring a lot of tourists to Pin Valley as well as the entire Spiti Valley. This is the best time to go trekking and camping in Pin Valley National park.

Pin Valley is in a rain shadow area; which means that it either does not rain here at all or rains just for namesake. The surrounding areas of Kinnaur Valley, Parvati Valley, and Manali receive heavy rainfall each year; sometimes enough to cause landslides and block roads. Accidents, roadblocks, tourists getting stranded are a common sight in the hills during the monsoon season; so please check the weather forecast before you leave home.

Best time to visit Pin Valley

The best time to visit Pin Valley is anywhere between April to September. If you, however, wanted to include the Manali Kaza route as well; then this time window will shorten further to between June and August.

For a family trip, plan in June or September. If you were traveling on a tight budget, try planning in September and October. If you wanted to see a white Pin Valley covered in snow, try towards late February or early March. Keep in mind though that a winter trip to Pin Valley is only suitable when you have been to Pin Valley once before. If this was going to be your first time, then best plan in summer first and then go back in winter; after you have familiarized yourself with the region and its weather.

If trekking was on your mind, then the months from June to September will be the best. If you were planning a trip by public transport, you should avoid visiting between November to March; as the frequency of public transport is not that great in these months due to all the snow on the road.

Clothes for Pin Valley

What clothes to pack will entirely depend on your time of arrival but the change will only be between light woolens or heavy woolens. Even during May and June, the temperature will remain around 10° C so you will definitely need to bring a warm enough jacket. If visiting between October to April, pack all your heavy woolens, waterproof gloves, woolens socks, monkey caps, and a heavy windproof jacket. For a trip between May to September, pack your regular cotton clothes along with some light woolens and a jacket.

If you were planning to go trekking then you will have to also pack good trekking shoes with good grip.

Other Items to Pack

Sun is quite harsh in Pin Valley and can give some serious sunburns. So before you plan your trip, you must find a good sunblock lotion with the highest SPF and bring it along. Also pack some necessary medicines like for flu, fever, cold, body ache, headache, and some pain relief spray or balm.

pin valley roads

Road Conditions in Pin Valley

The road from Attargo Bridge to Mud Village is a completely bad and broken dirt trail. The road towards Shimla is a mix of good and bad. But the road towards Manali is a complete nightmare. For more details on the road conditions in Spiti Valley, I will recommend you to take a look at Spiti Valley Road Conditions in Pictures.

Best Vehicle for the Trip

An SUV with good ground clearance is what you need for Spiti Valley. It does not have to be 4×4 but good ground clearance is a must. In terms of a motorcycle, any of the bikes will do as long as it is well maintained. If you were riding with a pillion, then you would need a large engine bike like Royal Enfield. For more details on the topic, please read Which is the Best Motorcycle for Spiti Valley and Which is the Best Bike for Spiti Valley.

Mobile Network & Data Connectivity

There is no network available in Mud Village or elsewhere in Pin Valley. I was carrying an Idea and Jio SIM, one of my friends had Vodafone and another one a BSNL connection but none of us got any network here.

Tara Homestay has a dish antenna installed on their roof for satellite internet so that is the only place where you can get internet connectivity here.

Also Read: Mobile Network in Spiti Valley and Data Connectivity

Permits

Indian citizens do not have to get a permit for visiting Spiti or Pin. Just carry a valid government-issued Identity card and that will suffice. The only permit you would need is the Rohtang Pass Permit but that too only if you were starting from Manali. If you were coming from Shimla side and traveling from Kaza to Manali, then you don’t need Rohtang Permit as well.

Foreign nationals are however required to obtain a Permit for visiting Spiti Valley from either Manali, Shimla, Kaza or Reckong Peo. For more details on it, please read How to get an Inner Line Permit for Spiti Valley.

Itinerary for Pin Valley

If you were thinking about how you can include Pin Valley; then I will share an example of an itinerary that you can follow. For the sake of explaining the route, I will assume Delhi as your starting point. However, even if you were coming from a different city, only the journey on first and the last day will change. The rest of the details will still apply.

  • Delhi to Shimla / Narkanda – Day 1
  • Shimla / Narkanda to Sarahan – Day 2
  • Sarahan to Chitkul – Day 3
  • Chitkul to Kalpa – Day 4
  • Kalpa to Nako / Tabo – Day 5
  • Nako / Tabo to Dhankar / Dhankar Lake to Mud Village – Day 6
  • Sightseeing in and Mud Village – Day 7
  • Mud Village to Kaza – Day 8
  • Sightseeing in and around Kaza – Day 9
  • Kaza to Chandratal – Day 10
  • Chandratal to Manali – Day 11
  • Manali to Delhi – Day 12

If you did not have so much time to spare, then remove any of the places that you would rather skip.

If you had already reached Kaza, then you can start early in the day from there, cover Pin Valley making it a day trip; and return to Kaza by evening.

If you wish to go trekking into the Pin Valley National Park; then you would have to spend at least 2-3 days in the village for the same.

pin valley national park

Other Tips

  • The nearest petrol pump is in Kaza.
  • The nearest mechanic as well is in Kaza.
  • There is a Himachal Pradesh Gramin Bank in Sagnam Village but no ATM. That is available in Kaza only.
  • In terms of medical assistance, you will either have to Kaza or the primary Health care center in Tabo.

Kaza to Pin Valley

If you are traveling from Kaza to Pin Valley, you will have to take the road towards Dhankar. Pin Valley from Kaza can easily be completed in a single day but ensure that you get an early start in the morning so that you have more time to explore Pin Valley and be back in Kaza before dark.

If you have more days in hand, you can by all means travel to Pin Valley, stay there and explore the park. Even though basic and simple, there are several accommodation options available in Pin Valley, details of which I will share further in the article. At least a day’ stay here is highly recommended. If you are however short on time, then you can make it a day visit from Kaza.

Also read: How to Handle Acute Mountain Sickness in Spiti Valley

Total road distance between Kaza to Mud Village (last village in Pin Valley accessible by motorable road) is approximately 50 kilometers. Driving from Kaza towards Dhankar, you will first have to reach the Attargo bridge and take the turn towards Pin Valley. Kaza to Attargo is a mix of good and bad patches on the road but after Attargo, it is a untarred dirt road all the way to Mud.

Manali to Pin Valley

You can make it to Pin Valley on the same day starting from Manali but it will be a very long journey and you will have to take a really early start from Manali. Take the road towards Rohtang and while descending towards Lahaul valley, turn on the Gramphoo Batal road. From Batal, cross Kunzum Pass to reach Kaza and then continue towards Mud Village. If you can; you should give this journey two days to not stress yourself. Reaching Chandratal from Manali and then Chandratal to Pin Valley on second day is an ideal way to do this journey.

Manali is at a total distance of 250 odd Kms from Mud Village. The road until Gramphoo is a mix of good, bad and very bad. Gramphoo to Batal is an ugly road all the way. From Batal to Losar is mostly bad and from Losar to Kaza, the road conditions are average at best.

Also read: Mobile Network & Data Connectivity in Spiti Valley

Shimla To Pin Valley

If you just want to visit Pin Valley and not interested in visiting any other place in Spiti Valley, then ideally you should start from Manali. If you are reaching here from Shimla, it would take you much longer and would become a 2 days journey at the least, if not rushed. However, if you want to travel to Pin Valley in winters, then Shimla is the only way to do it as the road across Rohtang La and Kunzum Pass remains closed.

Total distance from Shimla to Mud Village is a total of 450 kilometers via Reckong Peo and Pooh. Road until Peo Rampur is mostly good, is really bad between Reckong Peo and Pooh, good around Nako and average at rest of the stretches.

Also read: Clothes for Spiti Trip – What to Pack?

Tabo to Pin Valley

A lot of people traveling from Shimla to Pin Valley or visiting here in winter prefer to stay in Tabo. Usually the itinerary is to reach Tabo, then go to Mud village from there and reach Kaza from Mud. Closest town is Dhankar however Tabo has much better options in terms of accommodation. There are several budget hotels in Tabo that you can stay at, a choice that gets limited if you want to stay at Dhankar.

Distance between Tabo and Pin Valley is approximately 65 kilometers which can be covered easily within 2-3 hours at most. Road from Tabo to Attargo bridge is average at best and an untarred road from Attargo to Mud.

Temperature in Pin Valley

Below is a monthly breakdown of how the average temperature in Pin Valley trends.

Maximum Minimum
Pin Valley in January -2° C -22° C
Pin Valley in February -2° C -18° C
Pin Valley in March 2° C -15° C
Pin Valley in April 6° C -5° C
Pin Valley in May 0° C 12° C
Pin Valley in June 15-20° C 5° C
Pin Valley in July 20 – 25° C 7-10° C
Pin Valley in August 20 – 25° C 7-10° C
Pin Valley in September 0° C 10° C
Pin Valley in October 6 °C -7 °C
Pin Valley in November 2°C -12°C
Pin Valley in December -4° C -18° C

Conclusion

I hope this information above on How to Plan a Trip to Pin Valley was helpful. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at our Community Forum; and I will be glad to answer.

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Shailesh January 14, 2020 - 2:04 am

Can I carry 1 year baby with us? For this destination? We are planing for upcoming May 2020

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Vargis.Khan January 17, 2020 - 1:15 am

I would not recommend going there with a 1 year Baby. Give it another year and plan in 2021

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Rakesh Singh April 18, 2020 - 3:19 am

Mr. Sonam Tara of Tara homestay is not reachable since end of march2020. His phone is switched off, whatzup is not used as as well emails are not answered. Any idea how to reach him or any i fo of him in this covid-19 situation.
We had booking in may2020 with him, so wanted to diacuss with him on the same.

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nupoor June 20, 2019 - 10:26 am

Hi Vargis,

We are planing to goto kasol and cover tosh as well,..
we will be starting from Delhi
1. Reach bhuntar from their to kasol..explore kasol
2. Tosh and kheerganga
3. reach manali
now we want to visit pin valley also. We can escape the manali sightseeing
can you please help if adding two days we can reach go and explore pin valley and reach delhi on 5th day early morning

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Vargis.Khan June 20, 2019 - 1:00 pm

Hi Nupoor – You will need at least 3 days from Manali for Pin.
Manali to Kaza
Kaza to Pin to Kaza
Kaza to Manali.

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M Satyanarayana June 14, 2019 - 2:08 pm

Vargis Ji,

Article was so nice, thanks for providing detail information – its very useful.

We are planning to cover spiti valley and Leh on 14th to 26th Aug

14-Aug Shimla to Narkanda
15-Aug Narkanda to Chitkul
16-Aug Chitkul to Kalpa to Reckong Peo to Nako to Tabo
17-Aug Tabo to Pin Valley(Mud) to Kaza to kunzum pass to Chandra Taal(Batal)
18-Aug Chandra taal to Sarchu
19-Aug Sarchu – Leh
20-Aug Leh Stay(for taking pass)
21-Aug Leh – Kardung La Pass – Nubra Valley
22-Aug Nubra Valley – Pangong Lake
23-Aug Pangong Lake – Leh
24-Aug Leh – Khaltsi – Hangroo Loops – Lamayuru – Mulbekh – Kargil
25-Aug Kargil – Drass – Zojila Pass – Sonamarg – Srinagar
26-Aug Visit places in Srinagar and fly to Hyderabad

Please let me us your thoughts!

Thank You in advance 🙂

Satya

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Vargis.Khan June 14, 2019 - 9:37 pm

Hi Satya,

You will have to add 1 more day at least in here. Better plan like this.

17-Aug Tabo to Pin Valley(Mud) to Kaza
18-Aug Kaza to Chandra taal
19-Aug Chandratal to Keylong
20-Aug Keylong to Leh

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M Satyanarayana June 16, 2019 - 12:25 am

Thank you .. will change it!

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Vargis.Khan June 16, 2019 - 12:56 am

You are welcome !!!

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M Satyanarayana June 16, 2019 - 4:58 am

Or else can I skip pin valley..?

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Nivedita Bhattacharya June 4, 2019 - 10:38 am

Hi, Mr Khan, I just want to ask i want to take my 4 year old twin to Pin Valley national park vis tabo. Will it be safe for them?

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Prateek Gandhi May 27, 2019 - 8:31 am

Hi Vargis,

I read your blog and could really see some good answers. I am planning to travel with group of 6 friends (including me) from Gurgaon in hired Tempo Traveler and wish to cover Manali, Rohtang Pass, Pine Valley National Park and back to Gurgaon via shimla route. I am seeking some expert opinion (like yours) on below itinerary which I am planning to execute from 28th Sept to 5th October.

1. Day 1 (28th Sep): Reach Manali around 12 noon. in morning by traveling overnight from gurugram to manali. After then relax and in later half of the day local sightseeing.

2. Day 2 (29th Sep): Continue with local sightseeing in manali.

3. Day 3 (30th Sep): Head to Rohtang Pass and spend day over there.

4. Day 4 (1st Oct): Drive to Kaza via Kunzum Pass and overnight stay in Kaza.

5. Day 5 (2nd Oct): Kaza to Mud Village – Pin Valley National Park and then back to Kaza.

6. Day 6 (3rd Oct): Kaza to Nako lake and perhaps continue till Reckong Peo and take halt for overnight stay here.

7. Day 7(4th October): Head to Shimla from Reckong Peo and stay overnight in shimla.

8. Day 8 (5th October): From shimla leave for gurgaon and trip ends here.

Do you see any challenges in above itinerary? Can you suggest anything to improve it? Also please confirm do i need anything else besides these 3 passes:

(a) Green Tax: To be paid while entering manali.
(b) Rohtang Pass: Can be paid Online.
(c) Congestion Charges for vehicles beyond Rohtang Pass : Can be paid online.

Thanks in advance for you help.

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Vargis.Khan May 27, 2019 - 5:54 pm

Hi Prateek,

Better plan like this.

1. Manali
2. Manali
3. Manali to Kaza via Rohtang and Kunzum Pass
4. Kaza to Kibber / Komik / Langza / Hikkim to Kaza
5. Kaza to Pin Valley to Nako
6. Nako to Kalpa via Reckong Peo
7. Kalpa to Shimla
8. Shimla to Gurgaon

Or like this

1. Manali
2. Manali to Chandratal via Rohtang
3. Chandratal to Kaza via Kunzum Pass
4. Kaza to Kibber / Komik / Langza / Hikkim to Kaza
5. Kaza to Pin Valley to Nako
6. Nako to Kalpa via Reckong Peo
7. Kalpa to Shimla
8. Shimla to Gurgaon

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Vargis.Khan May 27, 2019 - 5:55 pm

And you just need one Rohtang Permit and pay green tax while entering Manali

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Disha May 24, 2019 - 12:07 pm

Hey,
I just wanted to know whether an OCI/NRI/PIO card holder is permitted in the park

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Vargis.Khan May 25, 2019 - 4:31 pm

Yes they are

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Kaustubh Dharap February 23, 2019 - 1:04 am

Vargis ji .. is there a “Valley View Guesthouse” in Gulling (Pin Valley)? We are travelling to Spiti in June and have booked various stay options in Spiti (Nako, Gulling and Kaza) through Jamaica ji. Other hotels/ homestays figure in TripAdvisor but this Valley View Guesthouse doesn’t figure anywhere on the net. Could you throw some light on it..

Warm Regards, KAUSTUBH DHARAP

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Vargis.Khan February 23, 2019 - 7:29 pm

Kaustubh Ji – Yes there is a Valley View Guesthouse in Gulling. Nothing too fancy but decent enough stay, good clean rooms, warm bed.

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Kaustubh Dharap February 23, 2019 - 7:36 pm

Thanks a lot. Another query. Which would be the best 3 stay options in Pin Valley? We are in our 40s and bit of comfort travellers.
Warm Regards.. KAUSTUBH DHARAP.

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Vargis.Khan February 23, 2019 - 7:48 pm

All hotels or guest houses in Pin are more or less the same, not much of a difference. Valley in Gulling is good. After this, the only other place you can find hotels is Mudh Village. Tara Guesthouse and Ibex Guesthouse in Mudh are good.

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Nitin September 7, 2018 - 2:29 pm

Hi Khan Saab, can one trek and camp in the Pin Valley National Park..

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Vargis.Khan September 7, 2018 - 6:54 pm

Yes you can Nitin Bhai but do rent a guide from Mudh for this.

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Bharathi August 14, 2018 - 5:21 am

Hi Vargis,
could you please help me if i can cover all the below places as per the plan? and also if ruthang pass is closed, can we cover pin valley and come back on the same day or you have any better suggestion?
Day1:Bangalore to Shimla –
1. Pinjore Gardens
2. Jakoo Temple
3. Mall Road
4. Annandale
5. Vice Regal Lodge
Day2 Shimla Kufri & Narkanda
“1. Fagu
2. Narkanada – Hatu peak, Hatu Mata Temple, Tannu Jubbar Lake
3. Summer Hills
4. Himalayan National Park
5. Poney and Yak Ride
6. Kufri
7. chail [good but if possible]”
Day3 – Shimla – Naldehra – Kullu Kullu
1. Indian Institute of Advanced Studies
2. Naldehra (Pony On direct Payment basis)
3. Tattapani
4. beas river
5. dashehra maidan etc.
6. mall road
7. Kullu valley”
Day4 – Kullu Kullu – Kasol – Manikaran – Manali
“1. Malana Village trek Wake up lazy morning
2. Kasol
3. Parvati Valley
4. Manikaran Sahib
5. Malana or Tosh
6. River Rafting
7. Malana village from where the trek starts. Gear up yourselves for 5 km long trek. Enroute visit the temples and waterfalls and get to know the lives of the locals.night stay at Kasol.”
Day5 Kasol Manali Full Day City Tour
“1. Tibetan monastery/Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple
2. Siyali Mahadev Temple
3. Hadimba temple
4. Van Vihar
5. Manu Temple
6. Vashista Well
7. Club house”
Day6 Manali Rohtang Pass Snow Point and Solang Valley
“1. Kothi gorge
2. Marhi
3. Gulaba
4. Rothang pass
5. Solang Valley
Day7 Manali Manali-Palampur-Dharmashala –
“1. Palampur
2. Chamunda Devi temple,
3. Baijnath Temple”
Day8 Dharmashala Dharamshala – Local –
1. Tibetan Monestry
2. Mcleod Ganj (Tibetan World)
3. Bagsunag Temple
4. church of St. John
5. Kangra art museum
6. Kotwali Bazar
7. Nandi
8. Dal lake
9. Kunal Pathri
10. jwala devi temple”
Day9 Dharmashala Dharamshala – Jawala Ji – Rock Cut Temple & Kangra Devi-
1. Jwalaji temple,
2. Masroor Rock Cut Temple
3. Kangra fort & Kangra Devi”
Day10 Dharmashala Dharamshala to Dalhousie –
1. Sightseeing in Dalhousie
2. Mall Dalhousie
3. Subhash Chownk
4. Kalatop
5. Satdhara
6. Panjphulla Dalhousie
7. Tibetan Market Dalhousie”
Day11 Dalhousie Khajjiar& Chamba –
Lakes and temples
sight seeing

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Vargis.Khan August 14, 2018 - 3:21 pm

When are you visiting Bharathi? Your travel plan is fine but you may not be able to see all the places that you have listed. Also, to visit Pin Valley form either Shimla or Manali, you will need at least 3 – 4 days just for this.

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Manisha August 12, 2018 - 6:00 am

Hi Vargis,
I am planning for spiti trip in Sept and i have already posted a few questions in your other blogs. I have kept Pin valley in my plan after reading the below lines in this blog 😀 @Wildly furious but majestic Pin River flows right through it, turning the entire valley in to carpets of green with snowcapped mountains rising in the background. Sunny weather, strong winds, miles and miles of isolation, stunning views, enchanting silence, colorful flowers all around, transformation from shades of a desert to acres of greenery; put this all together and you have a magical Pin valley to lose yourself into.

For the same reason i am planning to stay 2 nights+1 day there ..
However, i am not getting much idea about how to cover this place. When you said @Take a walk through the valley so to witness the wildlife; so, is it from Mud village? Or Do i need to book a cab or taxi to go to places around? Or is it the whole place is like what you described in the first line 🙂 and just strolling there is enough to experience that?

Another thing; in my plan i have kept peo-Tabo-pin-Kaza as night stops. However, i will be more interested in green valley than the desert ones. So, i am okay to skip Tabo stay and directly go to Mudh. I am planning to catch 7.30am peo bus to Kaza. So will it be possible to reach attargo bridge before 4.30 pm so that i can catch kaza-Mud bus? Or will it be too tight? If its tight; i can still keep tabo/Dhankar as mid-stop and plan to go to Mud the next day.

Thanks,
Manisha.

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Kalpesh July 24, 2018 - 1:48 pm

Vargis Sir,

Can i cover chitkul to Tabo in a single day through bike ?

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Vargis.Khan July 24, 2018 - 2:00 pm

Hi Kalpesh Bhai – Yes you can but just start early from Chitkul. There are some really bad stretches of road in between

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Vishal Bhardwaj May 22, 2018 - 12:51 pm

Hi VARGIS.KHAN.
I m from Sonipat Haryana. We are 9 people in my group, we are teacher staff. We have planed a trip for 6 days and my trip durationt from 3rd June to 9 June 2018. We are going in our personal vehicle our route is Sonipat-Chandigarh-Bhunter-Manali-Rohtang pass-Kaza and as u tell the route map. its our first trip and experience.
so i have many questions to ask u about this journey.
1.Is personal car(vehicle) allowed to go for Mud village. (Manali to mud village)
2. For go to above manali would we need any permission or permit from any government?
3.can we do personal camping in pin valley?
4.can we spend night in pin valley?
5.Where we will park our vehicle?
6.How we will go in pin valley from last village(mud village)?
i am looking forward for your suggestion and guidence
please help and guide us
Will be grateful if you can help.

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Vargis.Khan May 22, 2018 - 1:20 pm

Hello Vishal,

1. Yes
2. You need permits to cross Rohtang See the post below please.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/rohtang-pass-permits-details-charges-apply/

3. Yes but do not do it in the middle of nowhere.
4. Yes
7. Hotel will provide you the parking
8. Mud Village is in Pin Valley. If you are asking about the forest then you will have to trek from Mud. Ask around in the village for local guide and porters please.

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Ivy chatterjee May 14, 2018 - 3:38 am

We are going to spiti this oct…..is it possible to include mudh village

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Vargis.Khan May 15, 2018 - 5:44 pm

Yes you can include it.

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Manav Bhinder April 2, 2018 - 10:04 am

Hello Vargis,

I read your blog and it is very informative. I am
a backpacker and traveller. I am going for a shoot in Himachal and will get free by first week of June then I’m planning a trip to Spiti Valley.. I am very keen on visiting Pin Valley and doing the trek. So can u please give more information about Pin Parvati Pass Trek and Bhabha Pass Trek.. ?
I haven’t really done a real trek before but only walked around .. and this time I’m very keen on doing it?
What is the difference between these treks? How long they take to cover it? What to expect? I’m mostly going to be doing a solo trip so any advice? Does it happen in groups? And do we have night stay while on trek? And the cost as I’m on tight budget..
I will be getting to Mud village and staying there for a day or two and then heading for the trek ..
Post the trek would be heading to Manali …

Any advice would be helpful ..

Thanks
Manav

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Vargis.Khan April 2, 2018 - 2:01 pm

Hello Manav – Sorry to disappoint you brother but I am not much into trekking myself. I reached Mud by road only and returned to Kaza after spending a day, haven’t trekked to either of these passes.

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Justin March 5, 2018 - 8:33 am

Hi Vargis,
I am planning on to visit a village in Pin Valley by 10th of March, 2018. We would be four people in total with some luggage. We are travelling from Mumbai, would you help me out with the best route to take during this time of the year. I can’t figure out which airport I should get down to.

As if now, my plan is to get down at Bhuntar Airport and from there, head to Manali and from Manali towards Pin Valley. I would really appreciate if you could tell me the next best airport option that I should get down to, if not Bhuntar and also from that airport, which route should I take to reach Pin Valley. Thanks.

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Vargis.Khan March 5, 2018 - 6:11 pm

Hi Justin – You cannot take the Manali route to reach Pin Valley. That is not expected to open until May sometime. Your route to reach Pin will be Shimla – Reckong Peo – Pooh – Nako – Tabo – Dhankar – Attargo Bridge – Mud Village (Pin Valley). So I will actually recommend flying to Chandigarh and head to Shimla from there.

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Sanju Jacob February 27, 2018 - 4:54 pm

Dear Vargis, I am planning a solo trip by public transport to Spiti during Mid May. Please advise if any bus available from Tabo to Mud Village? From Peo I am planning to catch the Kaza bus and will get down at Tabo. Next day I want to visit Mud. So please advise the travel options. Also please let me know if any chance of getting the Kaza Manali road open after 20th May? Thank you.

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Vargis.Khan February 27, 2018 - 6:38 pm

There is no direct bus from Tabo to Mud Sanju. The only bus is the one that starts from Kaza so you either will have to go to Kaza first and take the bus from there; or look for a shared taxi from either Tabo or Attargo bridge. Kaza to Manali may open by May 20th but a bit early to predict right now.

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Naeem ahmed February 26, 2018 - 6:13 pm

Very informative……no recent blog ?

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Vargis.Khan February 26, 2018 - 7:37 pm

Thanks Naeem Bhai. Have been a little busy with work life so that is why no recent article. Will be updating soon though.

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Mayoor January 26, 2018 - 7:24 am

Is the Attargo bridge functional. I just heard from someone that it was broken since last year and has not been repaired

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Vargis.Khan January 26, 2018 - 4:21 pm

It is functional

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Gaurav punj July 30, 2017 - 7:29 am

vargis bhai, kia hum Mud ya Kaza se 1 ya 2 days ke kiye bike mill jati ha for entry Pin valley at bike? kia bike par pura pin valley ghum sakte ha ya walk karna padhega in inside pin valley ? can we buy online Tent or not ? vaha koi homestay ha kia pin valley mai ? hum foods sath mai lee kar jana ya vaha v food mill jate ha kia?

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Vargis.Khan August 1, 2017 - 5:22 pm

Gaurav Bhai aapko Kaza se bike mil jaayegi rent par Pin Valley jaane ke liye. Subah subah kaza se nikaliye and aap shaam tak aaram se Pin Valley ghoom kar vaapis Kaza aa jaoge.

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Gaurav Punj August 1, 2017 - 6:02 pm

Haye thanks u bhai, ab toh pin Valley bike mein pura ghum sake..

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Vargis.Khan August 1, 2017 - 9:03 pm

You are welcome Bhai

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Gaurav Punj August 2, 2017 - 4:10 am

Hm 1-2 raat rukna chahte ha Pin Valley pr toh kaise raat bitayu. Any idea?

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Vargis.Khan August 2, 2017 - 2:18 pm

Vahan guest house hai jahan aap ruk sakte ho. Guest house ki details maine uper article mein mention ki hain.

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Manyata June 28, 2017 - 8:44 am

Hi,It is possible yo visit pin valley in October or November.?

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Vargis.Khan June 28, 2017 - 3:04 pm

Hello – Yes you can plan it in October and November as well

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Shobhit Agrawal June 12, 2017 - 8:23 am

Hi Mr. Khan,

I have been following your page for the past few weeks, especially the road status page.

We are planning to do Spiti between 18-24 June. Until now we were believing that we should be able to work out the trip but with the days coming closer, some confusion and queries are creeping in and thought of seeking your kind help. Primarily, we are seeking some guidance on the following:

1. Motor-ability within the time period: we have 17-25 Delhi to Delhi with us. We were thinking of doing the full circuit Shimla-Kaza-pin valley-chandertaal-manali (or the reverse) by self-driving and wondering if that is doable within the time period;

2. Accomodation through the route: will we find place to stay without advance booking?

3. alternate options: If not the entire circuit, will Manali-chandertaal-kaza-pin-manali trip would be a good alternative?

4. Local transport: If do not self drive, finding local transport for point 3 will be easy?

Will be grateful if you can help.

Thanks!

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Vargis.Khan June 12, 2017 - 9:18 pm

Hello SHobhit Bhai,
Traveling by local transport, completing the entire circuit in 7 days will be a bit much so I recommend that you travel by your own vehicle. You would not need to book accommodation and should find a place to stay easily. Also take a look at the page below.
Itinerary you can follow can be,
1. Delhi to Rampur (start really early from Delhi, say by 3 AM)
2. Rampur to Chitkul
3. Chitkul to Nako
4. Nako to Mud Village
5. Mud Village to Kaza
6. Kaza to Chandratal
7. Chandratal to Manali
8. Manali to Delhi

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sangya April 27, 2017 - 5:12 am

Thanks Mr. Khan. I got contact number of Mr. Kunzang Tara from another blog and I had a chat with him.

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Sangya April 26, 2017 - 8:56 am

Hi, I am trying to call this tara guest house at mud village for booking but either it is switched off or not available. Is it not open yet? Does this place remain closed till April?

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Vargis.Khan April 27, 2017 - 2:38 am

No its working. I just spoke to Sonam. Try calling this number, 09418441453

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