Highest Altitude: 5289 m
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Friendship peak, 5,287 mts, 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 base camp takes you through the coniferous forests and meadows of Solang valley. From Solang valley we trek uphill to Bakarthach (thach is a term used for a flat ground at an alpine Meadow), passing through the flourishing green valley and thick forests.
The Summit climb of this peak is a semi technical climb where the trekkers 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 technique.

ABOUT 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.

EXPECTED WEATHER
Chances of Rain / Hail – LESS
Chances of Snowfall – LESS
Temperatures
Days – 12 to 15 degrees celsius
Nights – Around -5 degrees celsius at higher camps

HOW ARE WE ENSURING A SAFER CLIMBING EXPERIENCE?

  • Maintaining a high skilled-guide to trekker ratio of 2:1 – for every two trekkers we have 1 skilled guide.
  • Summit-centric approach – with the readiness of the trekkers, our team will put their heart and soul to ensure the trekkers summit safely and successfully.
  • Return planning – In case if any trekker finds it difficult to summit and would like to return, we have protocols in place wherein one member from our support staff returns with the trekker and the rest of the team moves on ahead with the other trekkers for the summit climb.
  • New and high grade climbing gear – new ropes and high grade equipment as per mountaineering safety standards
  • Guidance will be given to trekkers on how to prepare for a mountaineering expedition (different from a trekking expedition)

Day 1: Arrive in Manali
You will meet our climbing expert, who will brief you about the expedition.
Rock climbing in the afternoon. Practice rope systems in the evening.
Overnight at homestay in Manali

Day 2: Drive from Manali to Dhundi; Trek from Dhundi to Bakkar Thach (3300 mts)
Drive distance: 20 kms; Time: 1 hour;
Trek distance: 3 kms; Trekking time: 4 hours
Overnight at campsite at Bakkar Thach

Day 3: Trek from Bakkar Thach to Lady Leg (Base Camp) (3900 mts) via Beas Kund
Trekking distance: 6 kms; Trekking time: 7-8 hours
Overnight at campsite at Lady Leg

Day 4: Rest & Acclimatization day at Lady Leg (Base Camp) (3900 mts)
Today, we also train for the summit climb by learning technical techniques required for this climb and we practice rope systems.
Overnight at campsite at Lady Leg

Day 5: Trek from Lady Leg (Base Camp) to Advance Base Camp (4300 mts)
Trekking distance: 2.5 kms; Trekking time: 2 hours
Overnight at Advance Base Camp

Day 6: Summit Day - Attempt Friendship Peak Summit (5287 mts) and come back to Lady Leg (Base Camp)
Distance: 8 kms; Time: 8 hours
Overnight at campsite at Lady Leg

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.

 

  • 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.