- Trek Overview
- Inclusions / Exclusions
Friendship peak is a semi technical peak near Manali. This is a perfect expedition for a seasoned trekkers who want to get introduced to Mountaineering. The trek/climb provides an opportunity for trekkers to see the paranomic view of some snowy peaks of Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal range. The trek to the BC goes through the coniferous forests and meadows of Solang valley. From Solang valley we trek uphill to Bakarthach (Thach is for term used for a flat ground at an alpine Meadow), after passing through the flourish green valley and thick forest further trek will continue to the base camps.
The Summit climb of this peak is a semi technical climb where the participants would be required to wear Crampons and will be using ropes. We will give you a demo on rope systems on previous days to get you accustomed to the systems.
Due to the construction of a road from Solang to Dhundi, the approach to BC has become very short and it does not adequate for Acclimatizing. We thus do a short acclimatization hike before the trek.
The area: The friendship peak trek begins Solang valley, which is around 13 kms from Manali in the Kullu valley. The Kullu valley is a prime tourist and adventure destination. Its unparalleled beauty along with easy accessibility has attracted many adventurists. No wonder some call it the Chamonix of India.
Expected weather –
- Chances of Rain/ Hail – Moderate rainfall can be expected in June
- Snowfall – Possible in April and November
- Temperatures –
Afternoon – 20 degrees
Around 5 degrees at higher camps (June)
-10 degrees in (November)
- Day 1: Arrive in Manali. Check into a Hotel. Practice rope systems in the evening;
- Day 2: Drive from Manali to Dhundi (1 hr) and trek to Beas Kund; 4 hours
- Day 3: Trek from Beas Kund to Lady Leg(BC); 7 hours
- Day 4: Rest day at Base camp
- Day 5: Trek from Base camp to Advance Base Camp(ABC); 2 hours
- Day 6: Summit attempt and come back to BC ; 8 hours
- Day 7: Buffer Day (Optional) - This is an optional day only if the weather turns bad. Trekkers are requested to account for this when booking their Flight/Train tickets. We will charge you 2500 INR separately (on the spot) if we have to use this day. If we do not use this day you will have one extra day after the trek.
- Day 8: Trek from BC to Dhundi (4 hours) ,Drive to Manali. Trek ends .
- All accommodation in Manali and in camps (twin sharing) and food from Day 1 to Day 8 (Till Lunch)
- Transport from Manali to Dhundi and back.
- Rentals for all common gear provided to you like tent, sleeping bags etc.
- Rentals for all technical gear provided to you like Crampons, Ice Axes, Gaitors, Harness and Ropes
- Forest Entry Permission charges.
- Guide and expertise charges.
- A high altitude medical kit which includes oxygen cylinders, Oxymeters, BP meter and Medicines.
Manali is well connected from Delhi/ Chandigarh. You have regular bus service from both Delhi and Chandigarh. The nearest airport is Kullu. One can take a cab from Kullu to Manali which costs approximately 2000INR.You also get regular bus service from Kullu to Manali. Note, it is advisable to book a cab to avoid inconvenience.
Ideally, only experienced trekkers who have trekked earlier and are fit can attempt this.
Physically it requires the same fitness levels. Technically it is a little more demanding. This involves long walks on snow, possibly through crevasses.
Ideally you need mountaineering boots for this climb. But you can use crampon compatible, high quality trekking boots (Salomon or Forclaz trek 900) but not hiking shoes. You can wear a good layer of socks inside it.