Pass Treks in Himalayas

Owing to an uncountable number of passes in mountains, there is an extensive range of pass treks in Himalayas which are popular among adventure enthusiasts all over the world. Mountain passes are basically the routes or paths in the mountains that enable crossing or movement from one mountain to another. When there were not any metal roads in the mountains, these passes played a great role in movement during wars, facilitated migration and also served as trade routes. Now, these high mountain passes serve as a playground for trekking enthusiasts. So, in a way, it is a transformation of tradition into an activity of passion.

The experience of trekking in the Himalayas is an experience that tends to become an essential part of your memory, ornamented with all the joyful moments you spend cherishing the beauty of nature and embracing the thrill of adventure in picture-perfect landscapes. The mountain passes of the Himalayas are picturesque and enthralling, and attract a large number of thrill-seekers all round the year. Most of these passes can be accessed throughout the year, so you can decide whether you want to witness the snow-white Himalayas or you wish to treat your eyes with various vibrant shades of Himalayas.

Some of the most popular of all the Himalayan passes among trekkers are Hampta Pass, Kuari Pass, Indrahar Pass, and Rupin Pass. From treks that should only be preferred by experienced trekkers to treks that are suitable even for beginners, pass treks in Himalayas come in a variety. The trails for these passes offer unbelievably scenic vistas and the summits offer views that will get etched on your memory forever. Are you ready for your next Himalayan adventure?

Here are the best pass treks in Himalayas:

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About Hampta Pass Trekking

Hampta Pass trek is one of the most picturesque adventure in the Indian Himalayas that takes you through the lush green valleys of Kullu to the rocky, barren landscapes of Lahaul and Spiti.Thrillophilia’s Hampta Pass trek packages offer you to embark on a journey that gives you an essence of the true beauty of mountains.

Our all inclusive packages include all the travel arrangements starting from accommodation in hygienic campsites, transportation to and from the trek’s base camp  and healthy meals. Thrillophilia operates the treks through a vast network of trusted tour operators who know bits and pieces of the journey, in depth. The highly experienced trek leaders guide you throughout the journey and often take you to offbeat places to soak in the best views. 

The Hampta Pass trek route begins from the quaint village of Jobra from where you hike towards your campsite in Chika. The next day, start ascending towards Balu ka Ghera which is nestled amidst the alpine meadows and surrounded by the gigantic peaks all around. You will be rewarded with beautiful views of the snow-covered peaks and witness the terrain changing from meadows to boulders. You will then commence the final leg of your journey to reach your destination- the Hampta Pass, situated at an altitude of 14,000 ft. Spend some peaceful time there in laps of the Himalayas.

After exploring the remote village of Hampta, proceed to descend towards Chatruwhich is one of the main highlights of the trek. It is the junction point of the roads to Spiti Valley, Rohtang Pass and Hampta Pass. 

So what are you waiting for ? Pack your rucksacks, tie up your trekking shoes and get ready for a life-changing journey through the deep gorges, lush valleys and rocky trails of upper Himachal. 

Quick facts about Hampta Pass Trekking:

Start Point/End Point: Manali Base Camp

Duration: 4 Nights & 5 Days

Hampta Pass Trek Height: 14,100ft

Hampta Pass Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate 

Trekking Distance: 35kms

Best time to do Hampta Pass Trek: Mid June - September

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About Pin Parvati Pass Trek:

The trail is wrapped in a lush green forest and in mighty green valleys. An alternate passage to the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh, the Pin Parvati Pass trek is one of the most enthralling and challenging trekking trails in India.

Mantalai, known for its age-old Lord Shiva temple and the charming lake, is the jovial host during the trek to Pin Parvati camp. Manali, with plenty of trekking options, comes up with the best in its kit, which is the Pin Parvati Trek, leading the trekker up to 17457 feet in height. This trek will take you on a journey to heaven and prevent you from returning to your chaotic city life.

Quick Facts About the Pin Parvati Pass Trek:

  • Duration: 10D/9N
  • Maximum Altitude: 17,457 ft
  • Pin Parvati valley trek difficulty level: Difficult
  • Pin Parvati trek distance: 110 km
  • Temperature: Day: 16°C to 20°C and Night: 0°C to 4°C
  • Pin Parvati trek best time: July to September.
  • ATM: Manali has the last ATM point before your trek begins.
  • Start Point of the Pin Parvati Valley Trek: Barshani, near Kasol
  • End Point of the Pin Parvati Valley Trek: Kaza.

How to Reach Barshani:

  • By Air: To reach Pin Parvati Trek by air, you need to fly to Kullu-Manali Airport. Once you’re at the airport, you can take a taxi or bus to reach Manali. The distance from the airport is 50 kilometres and will take around 1 hour 20 minutes to reach. Once in Manali, you can arrange a private vehicle or local transport to reach the starting point of the trek which is Barshaini. It will take 3 hours to reach Manali.
  • By Train: If coming by train, arrive at Joginder Nagar Railway Station in Himachal. From there, you can take a taxi to Bhuntar which will cover a distance of 96 kilometres in 3 hours. Once at Bhuntar, you can take a taxi or bus to reach Manali. From Manali, you can reach via bus to Barshaini Village, the starting point of the Pin Parvati Trek itinerary, which will take 3 hours to reach.
  • By Road: You can reach Pin Parvati Trek by road from Delhi or Chandigarh. The most convenient way to reach Manali is via NH44. From Delhi, Manali is 505 kilometres and will take around 10 hours to reach. From Chandigarh, Manali is 272 kilometres and will take 6 hours to reach. Once at Manali, drive to Bhuntar village near Manikaran.
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About the Kuari Pass Trek:

A top winter trekking destination in India, the Kuari Pass Trek is tucked away in the gorgeous Garhwal region of the Himalayas. This trail, also known as the Lord Curzon trail, is situated at an elevation of 12,516 feet and offers both historical value and breathtaking natural scenery. 

You can experience the vibrant local traditions of Uttarakhand as you travel through villages of Tugasi, Guling, and Khullara with the Kuari Pass trek package. The Pangarchulla, Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Dronagiri, Hathi Ghoda, and Nilgiri mountain ranges are among the breathtaking sights that can be seen from the trail. 

The spectacular vista of the Nanda Devi Massif, which provides an amazing backdrop for stargazing, is the trek's high point. With an easy to moderate difficulty level, the Kuari Pass trip is suitable for both novice and seasoned hikers.

You may come across the paw prints of snow leopards and Himalayan bears throughout your walk, offering a unique look into the local wildlife. The span of November-March is the best time for Kuari Pass trek because of the perfect weather that makes for an unforgettable experience.

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March - 2,3,7,10,13,17,22,23,24,25,26,29

April - 6,7,13,14,20,21,27,28

May -4,5,11,12,18,19,25,26

Kuari Pass Trek Quick Facts:

  • Duration:6D/5N
  • Kuari Pass Trek Distance: 33 km
  • Kuari Pass Altitude: 12,516 ft
  • Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate
  • Kuari PassTemperature: Day: 13°C to 18°C and Night: -3°C to 4°C
  • Best time for Kuari Pass Trek: March to mid-June & mid-September to early November 
  • Railway Station: Haridwar is the nearest railway station 
  • Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
  • ATM: The last ATM is available in Joshimath
  • Start-End Point: Haridwar
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About Rupin Pass Trek:

The Pass is perched at 15250 ft in the surreal Himalayan mountain range of Himachal Pradesh. The trek is surrounded by the small hamlets from Dehradun of Uttrakhand to Shimla of Himachal Pradesh, which gives the reason to explore its local culture beauty. You will be greeted with stunning scenery such as cascades, verdant glacial meadows, the snow bridges are something incredible to cross, snow-kissed mountains, charming hamlets, big rivers, hanging villages, terrific forests, hundreds of waterfalls, and an exhilarating pass crossing as a whole, Rupin Pass Trek is a complete experiential trek to do.

Quick Facts About Rupin Pass Trek:

• Rupin Pass Trekking Duration: 7N/8D

• Maximum altitude: 15,250 ft.

• Rupin Pass Trek Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

• Rupin Pass Trek Distance: 52 Kms

• Temperature: Day: 13°C to 18°C and Night: 0°C to 7°C

• Best Time for Rupin Pass Trekking: May-June (Pre Monsoon), Sep-Oct (Post Monsoon)

• ATM: Purola which is on the way to Dhaula has the last ATM point before your trek begins.

• Start Point: Dhaula, Uttarakhand

• End Point: Sangla, Himachal Pradesh

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About Sar Pass Trek:

Perched at 13,800 ft. above sea level, Sar Pass offers the magnificence of a beautiful verdant landscape and is a heaven for photographers, artists, and nature lovers. Set against a curtain of majestic Himalayan peaks wrapped in snow, the Sar Pass trek passes through some of the most scenic views ranging from forests to the meadows to the ice blankets.

While trekking across the path from Tila Lotni to Biskeri Ridge, one has to pass by a small, usually frozen lake which means "Sar" in the local language of Himachal. Hence the name, Sar Pass! The trail passes through the thick forest and takes you to a winter wonderland that makes it fascinating.

Sar Pass Trek Quick Facts:

Start Point/End Point: Kasol Base Camp. (It is 2 km away from the Kasol Bus Stand)

Duration: 4N/5D

Maximum altitude: 13,800 ft.

Sar Pass Trek Distance: 48 Kms

Temperature: 22°C (Max. During Day Time) to -5°C ( Min. During Night Time)

Best Time for Sar Pass Trek: April to Mid July

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About Chanderkhani Pass Trek -

Chanderkhani Pass is a window to some of the largest Himalayan homes which chaperone your journey. Witness the grandeur Bara Bangal range in the west while the Pir Panjal ranges fall in the north and Parvati towering high in the east. It welcomes you with lively meadows unfurling against the canvas of majestic peaks.

The Chanderkhani pass trek requires walking through trees like blue pine and deodar, walnut, golden oak, and wild cherry. The trek offers a wide view of the Kullu region and the cloud touching peaks. The trek embarks from Naggar and after crossing the Chanderkhani Pass at 12030 ft, the trailheads to the Malana village.

Quick Facts About Chanderkhani Pass Trek -

  • Duration: 4N/5D
  • Maximum altitude: 12,030 ft
  • Trekking difficulty of Chanderkhani pass trek: Easy to moderate
  • Approx. Chanderkhani pass trek route Distance: 26 KM
  • Temperature: 5°C to 15°C; and Night: 3°C to 10°C
  • Best time to visit Chanderkhani pass trek: March to October
  • ATM: Naggar is the last point where you will get ATM
  • Start/Endpoint: From Naggar to Jari
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About the trek:

Perched at a towering height of 14,245 ft above sea level, the spectacular Indrahar Pass lies at the border between breathtaking Kangra and Chamba districts. Though a short one, this trek is considered to be a bit challenging as the trekking trail consists of numerous sharp ascents and steep climbs. This is one of the most fascinating treks that Himachal has to offer. Owing to the magnificent view of the might Dhauladhar, the lush green valleys, and the exotic flora and fauna will truly leave you awestruck. The path passes by the placid crystal blue waters of Lake Mankiani and Kareri. Hike through the steep passing mostly through the lush green landscapes of the Dhauladhar Range, this challenging yet tempting trek takes about 4 days to complete.

Start Point/End Point: Mcleodganj - Bhagsu Nag Taxi Stand.


  • Stay: Domed tents on sharing basis cleaned & sanitized on daily basis
  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch or Dinner
  • Activities: Trekking & Camping
  • Highly experienced trek guide
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About Pin Bhaba Pass Trek

The maximum altitude that you will attain on Pin Bhaba Pass Trek is 16,125 feet. Bhaba Pass trail is rough desert-like regions encircled by the towering mountains on all sides. This trek shows vast open grassland where you can camp, beautiful forests, and thrilling landscapes.

While trekking from Mulling to Kara, you will go through some of the adventurous moments like river crossing and nature walk. This trekking trail opens up to the ethereal charms of proud peaks and stunning river valleys of the region that appear as if it was made for adventure. Along with alpine adrenaline, the state also appeals to a rich Himachali culture and Buddhist monasteries.

Quick Facts About Pin Bhaba Pass Trek:

Duration: 8D/7N

Maximum Altitude: 16,125 ft.

Difficulty Grade: Moderate

Total Trek Distance: 48 km

Pin Bhaba Pass Trek Temperature: 13°C to 18°C and Night: 0°C to -7°C

Pin Bhaba Pass Trek best time: Mid-May to September

Base Camp: Kafnu

Start point: Shimla

Endpoint: Manali

Nearest Railway Station: Shimla Railway Station

ATM: Rampur has the last ATM point before your trek begins.

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About the Kalindi Khal Trek:

A challenging Kalindi Khal trek nestled in the lap of the majestic Himalayas, feel a rush of adrenaline in your blood as you scale right up to a Himalayan pass 19521ft high. Not just that, this mesmeric place is a spiritual haven decorated by gorgeous mountains and the grandeur of nature.

Kalindi Khal trek expedition starts from Gangotri banked beside the Ganga waters. After seeking the Gangotri goddess’s blessing start off on your journey to Gaumukh, the birth point of the holy Ganges River. Get enchanted by the grasslands at Tapovan and mesmerized by several rivulets and peaks of Shivling, Bhagirathi, and Meru.

From camping beside the Vasuki Tal to breathtaking sceneries that include moraine, glaciers, and majestic peaks, this Kalindi Khal pass trek tour has it all. Prepare to encounter the many splendors of nature. Kalindi Khal is one of the most offbeat and challenging trekking destinations in India.

Quick Facts About Kalindi Khal Trek:

Kalindi Khal Trek Duration: 14N/15D

Maximum altitude: 19,521 ft.

Kalindi Khal Trek Difficulty Level: Difficult.

Kalindi Khal Pass Trek Distance: 90Km

Temperature Range: The temperature varies from 10-18 °C, -8 to 5°C, 8 -15°C, and -10 to 5°C

Best Time To Go for Kalindi Khal Pass Trek: June, July, and September, October

ATM: You will find ATMs in Dehradun

Kalindi Khal Pass Trek Start Point/End Point: Harsil to Auli

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About the Bhubhu Pass Trek:

Five days of the Bhubhu Pass trekking package starting from Manali will help you overcome the boredom of your work life and mundane routines. The scenic environs with their stunning hills stations and landscapes are promised to keep you rejuvenated throughout the trip. From Manali, you will be trekking to Dalighat in the beginning through narrow valleys of Lugh and let you witness the sudden changes in the landscapes appearing around.

Dak Bungalow you will stay during the trek would expect you to cover all the forest ranges of deodar, oak and walnut before you reach there. But from the Bungalow to Jhingbhan, the routes will be moderate yet exciting with regular climbs through the oak and deodar forests. As you gain altitude, you will come to watch the amazing Indrasan and Deo Tibba peaks.

The Dentbhiall trek will take you through a ridge and other natural marvels including the marvelous Kangra settlements that are adorned with terraced farmlands and from Dentbhial to Mulling, one will come across the scenic and alpine meadows leading the ways to reach high altitude streams and some of the newer villages in Kangra Valley. Mulling and Barot are the destinations come at the last tail of the trek before you reach Dharamshala. On your way, you can explore some of the quaint little villages of Barot and Bir-Billing; a popular paragliding site.

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