Parvati Base Camp to Pin side Base Camp (15,300 ft. ) over Pin Parvati Pass (17,500 ft. ) Trek (10-12 km)
As I said we had to start early, we woke up at 4:30 am, had our breakfast at 5:30 am and left from parvati base camp at 6 am.
Just after few steps we started our trek over glacier. This time there was no need of crampons as there was not much snow over glacier.
The climb is 45 degree steep and we were trekking non stop. We were not allowed to sit and rest. If we had to rest then we had to stand and take long breaths. We maintained a pace to stay together and closer. Then we came across huge glaciers. The view was breath taking.
We had to cross various crevaces on glacier. Yes, you come across glacier crevaces on this trek. There were small ones and bigger once also.
We used to jump and cross them. Some were very deep and wide enough to fall a person inside it.
Then there comes the pass right in front of us. It was a very steep 30 minutes climb.
Now we were at the top of Pin Parvati Pass at an altitude of 17,500 ft. We could see both the valleys. On the other side is beautiful Pin Valley and from where we came it was mesmerizing Parvati Valley.
It's an amazing crossover from lush green parvati valley to cold desert of pin valley, spiti.
And guess what, it started snowfall there. We could see all the glaciers and peaks from top. That was amazing feeling. We were clicking the pictures , performing the rituals of crossing the pass at the small temple there, suddenly two of our porters came and said one of their porter fell in crevace in Pin Valley side and he was carrying stove kit also. He fell 15 ft. down in crevace.
We started our descend towards pin valley and our trek leader with his team rescued the porter and the stove kit with the help of rope. One of our member went down using rope and brought back the poor guy and all the stuff. Everything was fine. He didn't got much injuries. Thanks to our brave team.
Now it was completely descend on morain and mud. At one point we had our packed lunch and then again moved down. The view was very different now. All desert huge brown rock and mud mountains. Now the river along us was Pin river.
Again we got a surprise that we had to cross the nallah which was in heavy flow without shoes. Trekking team helped us to cross the nallah and thank god sun was bright and weather was clear.
Now again descend and suddenly I saw my friend's day pack was flowing down in river. Our trek leader removed his shoes and got into the river and saved his bag. That was so sudden that we didn't even realized what has happened. Our TL is a true mountaineer.
Then again we got a surprise. We had to cross the river. This time it was the broadest and deepest river that we crossed from the entire trek. We used rope to cross it as the flow was very fast and it was uncontrolable.
Our feet were totally numb. But we managed somehow. Then after an hour of trek on morain and almost flat surface we reached our Pin side Base Camp.
It was a very tiring and long day so we pitched our tents and sat down in dining tent together. Had dinner and lots of gossip. We were very happy after crossing the pass successfully.