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Friendship Peak Expedition

Friendship Peak Expedition


(GST 5.00 %)
(Manali to Manali)
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Region :- Himachal
Duration :- 7 Days
Grade :- Difficult
Max Altitude :- 17,345 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 24 Kms.

Friendship peak is a mountain of 5,289 meters elevation situated in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. Being one of the popular trekking peaks of the Pir Panjal range, the hike starts from Solang Valley near Manali. Friendship peak is considered from moderate to hard grade and is a good option for experienced trekkers wanting to switch to mountaineering.

The peak is surrounded by verdant meadows and dense forests with thick snow layers on the summit. The summit opens up stunning views of Indrasen, Deo Tibba, Hanuman Tibba, Shitidhar and the distant Dhauladhar range. You can consider this as a trekking + mountaineering expedition of 8-9 days.

Unlike any other high pass or lake treks, Friendship Peak reveals a peak climbing experience at just 5,000 meters. The climb is moderate at first and strenuous towards the summit. Therefore, if you are looking for something challenging than hikes but within your reach, Friendship Peak is a perfect choice. Along with the good training, the trek is a treat with mind blowing Himachal beauty.

The trek begins from Manali then a drive to Dhundi and the real hike commences here. From Day 4 itself, you will start load-ferry for Camp 1 at 4,800 meters elevation. If the weather is optimal on the 6th day you will stand on the head of the Friendship peak. Within a week you will achieve your dream and head towards home.

The summit is filled with heavy snow; there will be crevasses and sights of glaciers. Before the summit day, there will be knowledge sharing sessions for the usage of crampons, harnesses, ice-axe etc. When it comes to peak climbing weather plays an important role, hence 1-2 days are kept for buffer in case the summit attempt is hindered. So, you must plan your travel plans accordingly.

The trek initially is a simple hike through meadows and forest with the Beas river flowing beside. After day 3 the terrain gets steep with moraines making it difficult. The summit is proper snow breaking and difficult grade. There will be a crevasse crossing on the summit route.
In September-October, the temperature is cool where it may go to -6 Degrees from Camp 1 compared to July-August. You can expect rain from July to August.

When in Manali there are many popular attractions like Hadimba Temple, Vashisht hot springs, Naggar Castle etc. You can also do River Rafting in the Beas river, Paragliding in Solang Valley, Bike riding or Bicycle tours nearby.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Manali

• Altitude: 2,000m/6,550ft
• Check-in Hotel (CP Plan) (twin/triple sharing)
• Briefing after lunch approx 12 pm.
• Sightseeing in the evening
• Visit Hidimba Devi Temple, Vashist Kund and other major sightseeing points (avoid Rohtang Pass)
Note: Only hotel stay hotel included in the cost (food and sightseeing are excluded)

Day2: Manali to Dhundi (Drive) to Bakkarthatch (Trek)

• Drive to Dhundi after breakfast via Solang
• Dhundi | 2,850m/9,350ft | 21km | 40 minutes
• Trek to Bakkarthatch | 3300m/10,800ft | 4km | 3 hours
• Hot lunch at campsite
• Walk along with the Beas river
• Trek through oak, walnut, conifer trees and meadows
• Easy gradual ascent
• The campsite is surrounded by peaks, glaciers and moraines

Day3: Bakarthatch to Lady Leg

• Lady Leg | 3,900m/12,800ft | 3km | 5 hours
• Lady Leg camp was also known as ABC camp
• Move early in the morning
• Hot lunch at campsite
• Moderate to difficult ascent
• Most of the trek is on moraines
• Practice mountaineering technique
• Recheck the summit technique equipment

Day4: Load ferry to Camp 1

• Camp 1 | 4,800m/15,750ft | 2km | 2 hours
• Load ferry to Camp 1 and back to Lady Leg camp
• Leave summit ration and equipment at Camp 1
• This day will help in acclimatization
• Leave after breakfast, lunch at camp 1

Day5: Move to Camp 1

• Move to Camp 1 after lunch
• Take only necessary items
• All packed or ready to eat food will be provided
• Give rest to your body

Day6: Summit attempt and back to Lady Leg camp

• Summit | 5,287m/17,346ft | 3 km | 8hours
• Alpine start at 2 am
• Summit by 10 am
• Reach Lady leg camp by 5 pm
• Summit to shoulder 5 hours, shoulder to summit 3 hours
• Summit to shoulder difficult ascent
• Shoulder to summit vertical zig-zag climb with crevasses
• Roping-up or fixed rope is required
• The summit platform is not too wide

Day7: Lady Leg to Dhundi to Manali

• Trek back to Dhundi | 7km | 4hours
• Drive to Manali | 21km | 40 minutes
• Reach Manali by 3 pm
• Lunch on the way
Stay is not included in the cost

Day8:- Buffer day

• Buffer day will be used if unable to summit due to any unforeseen circumstances
• Opting for a buffer day will be a team decision, not an individual
• Keep a buffer day in your travel plan
• Buffer day is not included in the cost
• An additional amount will be charged for the buffer day, per day and per person
• If buffer day is not used in the Expedition then it can be used to explore Manali

Note: Distance, Altitude and Trekking hours are approximate and round off

Who can participate?

• Experience of any high altitude trek, at least 2 treks of 5,000m/16,400ft.
• The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 6 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.
• The climber should be able to carry a 10-15 kg backpack.
• Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Day 1 Arrive in Manali

We welcome you to our guesthouse in Manali for the wonderful expedition ahead. You shall stay in a designated twin or triple sharing room. Our team shall do a briefing session where all the details about the trek and documents will be collected. Evening time is free; you can explore the nearby areas.

Day 2: Manali to Dhundi (Drive) to Bakkarthatch (Trek)

As the second rises we head to Dhundi crossing Solang valley after breakfast. From Dhundi you will begin hiking towards Bakkarthatch. It is an easy walk on the banks of Beas. The trail is lined by thick conifer trees. You can see a lot of greenery around. In 3 hours you arrive at Bakkarthatch campsite which is a serene place with meadows, glaciers and moraines all around.

Day 3: Bakarthatch to Lady Leg

Today you will hike to the Advanced Base Camp (ABC), Lady Leg camp at 3,900 meters in height. We shall start early as the route is strainful. The trail becomes steep and difficult as you slowly rise to the ABC. There will be scree and moraine on the route so you must walk carefully. As you take breaths and relax, do not miss the breathtaking views around you.
After 5 hours of the strenuous climb, you shall reach the campsite. From there you can spot Deo Tibba, Indrasen peak and Dhauladhar range.

Day 4: Load ferry to Camp 1

With the new day, you will learn about load ferry. Load ferry is a concept implemented for proper acclimatization, especially for height gain. Instead of staying at a higher altitude you will work at a high elevation and sleep at a lower elevation so the body adjusts efficiently. So, you will carry all your equipment, ration and your backpacks to Camp 1 at 4,800 meters and descend to ABC by night.

Day 5: Move to Camp 1

This is like an active rest day where you will move to Camp 1 and relax the whole day. Our team shall do technical sessions on how to use crampons, ice-axe, harnesses, roping up etc. You must drink a lot of water and avoid heavy physical activity.

Day 6: Summit attempt and back to Lady Leg camp

The most-awaited summit day rises and it begins at 2 am in the morning. As per the plan, the whole team must reach the mountain top by 9-10 am. The climb is through crevasses, zig-zag trails and glacier walk. The highest point is marvellous with great views of the surrounding mountains like Deo Tibba, Hanuman Tibba, Indrasen etc., valleys and infinite sky.

You enjoy the lovely moments on the summit and immediately start descending.

Day 7: Lady Leg to Dhundi to Manali

The final day where you complete the remaining trek in one day and return to Manali.

Day 8 Buffer day

If the weather does not permit a summit attempt then the additional day will be spent at the ABC. Whether the extra day will be used or not will be entirely the team’s decision. Please note that there are extra charges for the buffer day.

How to Reach

Everyone has to reach Manali at first
There are 3 options to reach Manali
Option 1
Take an overnight bus to Manali
           • Delhi to Manali 14 hours
            • Chandigarh to Manali 10 hours
Taking a bus from Chandigarh is the most ideal option.
We always recommend going for the govt. buses over the private ones outside the bus station as based on the experience we have found that there are very high chances of delay involved with private buses. Also, govt. Buses are always more reliable. Whichever bus you choose, just make sure to reach Manali at least by 9-10 am positively.

Option 2.
           • Take a flight Delhi/Chandigarh airport, and then travel by bus to Manali (Best option).
           • Take a flight to Bhuntar Airport, Manali is just a couple of hours away and you can easily get a bus or a private taxi till there.
We would not recommend Bhuntar airport because of the high prices of the flight along with the unpredictability due to the cancellations. If you do plan to come via Bhuntar, make sure to reach at least a day before the trek starts.

Option 3. You can even come via train, Pathankot railway station is from where you can get direct buses to Manali that is 300 km from there and would take an overnight journey. Even in this case, reach a day before at Manali.
Once you reach the assembly point of the trek in Manali. TTH will take care of your travel to Dhundi (21 km) and back to Manali.

Cost Terms

Inclusions :-
1. Accommodation: (as per the itinerary).
• Hotel on Day 1 (twin/triple sharing basis).
• Camping during the trek (Day2 to Day 6).

2. Meals (Veg + Egg):
• All meals while trekking
• Day 2 Lunch to Day 7 Lunch.

3. Trek equipments:
• Sleeping bag, Mattress, Utensils.
• Trekkers tent (twin sharing), Kitchen & Dinning tent, Toilet tent, Ropes, Micro spike.

4. First aid:
• Medical kits.
• Stretcher.
• Oxygen cylinder.

5. Support:
• 1 Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader.
• Guide (Number of guides depend on the group size).
• 1 High Altitude chef.
• Support staff.

6. Transportation: (as per the itinerary)
• Manali to Dhundi (Day 2).
• Dhundi to Manali (Day 7).

7. All necessary permits and entry fees, Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals.

8. Porters to carry the central luggage.

Exclusions :-
1. Any kind of personal expenses.
2. Insurance.
3. Food during the transit.
4. Accomdation and meals in Manali on day 7
5. Any kind of emergency evacuation charge, hospitalization fee or etc.
6. Mule or porter to carry personal luggage.
7. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.

Note :
Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
Charges of offloading backpack for entire trekking days:-
INR 1350/- if you make an online payment
INR 1500/- if you inform us after reaching Manali
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.

Paying the Trek /Tour fee:
The fee can be paid by online transfer/Check deposit/Cash deposit/Demand draft. Instruction for payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.

Cancellation terms:
For the cancellation of services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, Trek The Himalayas must be notified of the same in writing at [email protected] At the time we receive your written cancellation, refunds based on the total fare are as follows.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations prior to 25 days from the start of the Trip
Refund options
    • Get 95% cash refund
    • 100% cash voucher for any trip till one year

Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip
Refund options
    • Get 70% cash refund
    • 100% cash voucher for same trip till one year
    • 85% cash voucher for any trip till one year

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip
Refund options
    • Book the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch
    • Get 50% cash refund
    • 80% cash voucher for same trip till one year
    • 70% cash voucher for any trip till one year

Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek
Refund options
    • Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend
    • No cash refund
    • 20% cash voucher for same trip till one year
    • 10% cash voucher for any trip till one year

1. Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch
2. In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH
3. TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice
4. Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers

Cash Voucher Terms:

    • This is a non transferable voucher
    • The voucher cannot be merged with any other offer of Trek The Himalayas
    • The voucher is valid for Trek booked directly with Trek The Himalayas in India
    • To avail the voucher please use your register phone number or e-mail id
    • All the other Terms of booking a trek with Trek The Himalayas are applicable to the voucher
    • Trek The Himalayas holds rights to add/remove any of the Terms and Conditions without prior notice

Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Trek The Himalayas" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which TTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. TTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.

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Risk & Respond

High Altitude Treks: Risk and Response A high altitude trek calls for an adventurous attitude, but embarking on an adventurous trip without calculating the risks is utter stupidity. That’s why we have listed a few risks and the response planned by TTH to minimise or address the risks in the best possible way.

Risk: Altitude Before you start the trek, it is important to understand the implications of high altitude on your body. Be aware of symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mild headache, nausea and general discomfort.

Response: If you feel any of these symptoms, inform the trek leader on priority and follow his instructions. Every campsite has as stretcher, fully equipped first aid kit, oxygen cylinders to address the situation.

Risk: Weather Weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas. Though we are always observant about the changing weather, no one can guarantee a snowfall, rain or Sun. Do understand that your security is of utmost importance to us and we will not proceed any further from the campsite if the weather is not favourable.

Response: The decision of the Trek Leaders and Guides to proceed or wait for the weather to get better will be final.

Risk: Injuries Often, while trekking over difficult terrains, you might have minor injuries like leg sprain, bruises etc. Serious injuries like fractures or major cuts are very rare.

Response: All our Trek Leaders are Certified Wilderness First Aid responders. They are trained to handle emergencies and can tackle minor injuries with a well-equipped first aid kit. In case of serious injuries, the patient is carried on a stretcher to the nearest road-head and is led to nearest medical centre.

Risk: Lack of communication devices In the remote areas of the Himalayas, mobile networks do not reach. On a trek, one is cut off from the world of calls, SMSs or watsapps.

Response: We rely on walkie-talkies and runners to communicate between the campsites and the base camps.

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Brief Detail

Trek Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Manali
Day 2 Manali to Dhundi (Drive) to Bakkarthatch (Trek)
Day 3 Bakarthatch to Lady Leg
Day 4 Load ferry to Camp 1
Day 5 Move to Camp 1
Day 6 Summit Attempt back to Lady Leg camp
Day 7 Lady Leg to Dhundi to Manali
Day 8 Buffer day

Trek Info:-
Region: Himanchal
Duration: 7 Days
Grade: Difficult
Max Altitude: 5,287m/17,346ft
Trekking Km: 24 Kms.
Trail Type: Peak climbing
Rail head: Pathankot is the nearest rail head to the base camp
Air Port: Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali
Road: Manali is well connected to Delhi
Base Camp: Manali
Best Season: Jun to October
Snow: Mid December to Mid June
Services from: Manali to Manali
Food: Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
Stay: Camping
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