Highest Altitude Gain : 5,289 Mtr. ( 17,352 Ft. ).
Grade : Challenging.
Approx Trekking Km : 60 Kms.
Activities : Trekking, Camping & Photography of Nature.
Best Time to Go : May-July & September-October.
Looming at a lofty height of 5,289 m, the Friendship peak is one of the most famous and sought after peak of the Pir Panjal range. An ideal proving ground for a budding mountaineer; it is the only open peak in the Himachal region. Apart from offering majestic panoramic views of the Pir Panjal range, Friendship Peak is also the vantage point for the captivating views of the Shitidhar, Hanuman Tibba, Indrasan, Deo Tibba Peaks & Seven Sisters. Though graded as non technical, the climb requires a good amount of physical fitness, and a prior high altitude climbing experience would be helpful.
The trek starts from the village of Dhundi. A uphill climb through lush green valley and thick forests leads to the first camp site at Luahli. After a acclimatization period at Luahli, the trek resumes for the base camp. This region is marked by moraines and boulder zones, moving through green patches, crossing rivers. This region is also full of glacial ice. The subsequent trek to the summit camp involves moving through thick snow regions and ascending and descending on snowy slopes. The panoramic view of Friendship Peak, Shitidhar Peak, Ladakhi Peak, Hanuman Tibba, and Seven Sisters is the highlight of this stretch. The summit attempt is done from this camp, at the earliest of morning as weather becomes randomly unpredictable as the sun climbs further up in the sky.
The climb is as exciting as it sounds and more. It is a must add to the profile of every budding mountaineer.
"Meet & greet" with our company representative on arrival at Manali bus stand and drop to the hotel at Manali. Manali is famous for adventure sports like mountaineering, trekking, and mountain biking. Overnight Stay at Manali.
After breakfast drive to road head at Dhundi, a small village in the Solang valley. Then trek to Luahli ( 10,300 ft. / 8 kms., 3-4 hrs. ). Start walking across the river you climb up the slopes and reach the campsite for the day at Luahli, meaning meadows for the sheeps. The walk for today is gradual up with the last section being a bit steep. Today you will be crossing a few streams depending on the level of the flow. The campsite is surrounded by ancient moraines. Overnigh Stay at Luahli in tent.
After breakfast starts trek from Luahli to Base Camp via Lady Leg ( 11,188 ft. / 10 kms., 4-5 hrs. ). Today you climb up the moraines and reach the top of the ridge that you could see north of the campsite. Climb up the ridge to peek down into a huge enclosed valley, get down carefully and find yourself in this amazing valley washed by countless streams of fresh Himalayan glacial water and further climb up the glacier to the ridge to get into the place where we camp tonight. Overnight stay in Tent at Base Camp.
This morning you hike upto the glacier and learn the techniques to tackle snow and ice and to use the equipment properly. The whole day you practice on the snow and ice and get use to the environment, this will also acclimatize you for the ascent to the summit. Overnight stay in Tent at Base Camp.
This morning you start walking at 2 am, after having tea. All the decisions from here on will be made by the team leader and everyone has to follow the instructions given by him, we need to respect the fact that the weather in the mountains remains unpredictable throughout the year. After summit back to the base camp. Overnight stay in Tent at Base Camp.
After breakfast trek to Dhundi. Today is the day for decent, start climbing down the slope following the stream. It will take another 3 hours to get to the road head at Dhundi. The descent is quite steep and requires proper attention and discipline, once you finish the first slope and get across the river, the trail is mostly gradual from here on. After reached at Dhundi drive to Manali. Overnight stay at Manali in a hotel.
Drop to Manali bus stand before bus timing for your onward journey.
By Bus :
Manali is well connected with regular AC / Non AC Government / Private bus service from all the major cities of North India. Delhi & Chandigarh are few of them.
By Train :
Kalka Railway Station is a major railway station located in Kalka, 281 kms. from Manali. There are many long distance trains arrives at Kalka. Jogidernagar also have a railway station which is 163 kms from Manali. You can take local train from Pathankot to reach at Jogindernagar.
By Flight :
Flying to Kullu Manali Airport at Bhunter or KUU ( 50 kms. from Manali ) is another option that you can choose. Kullu Manali Airport is well connected with regular direct flight from Delhi.
1. Accommodation : As per the current availability over there we can provide you Dormitory room at Manali & you will be accommodated in Tents / Trekkers hut during the trek.
2. Meal Plan : Day 1 Lunch to Day 7 Lunch.
3. Transportation : We will provide you : Manali bus stand to Dhundi & Dhundi to Manali bus stand return - Non-Luxury vehicle - seat capacity maximum 8 to 9 seats ( Sumo / Sumo Gold / Spacio / Mahindra Maxx / Similar ).
( Please Note : Vehicle will be taken for all transfers (Point to point drop) & the mentioned sightseeing points including fuel expenses on hire basis ).
4. All Car Permits, Parking, Toll-Taxes, Tips / Bata for the said vehicle & driver.
5. One group leader from our company.
6. Local Guide.
7. Local Porters, Yak / Mule / Horse for ration & equipment carrying only.
8. Cook during trek.
* Any Airfare / Train fare / Bus fare.
* Any extra porter for personal luggage.
* Any services not specifically mentioned in the inclusions.
* Any transportation which is not mentioned in the itinerary.
* Still Camera / Video camera fees at any sightseeing points.
* Any meals / food during transit outside menu or other than those mentioned above.
* Any expenses of personal nature like Room Heater charges / Hot Water Bag charges / Mobile charging fees etc.
* Any kind of Entry Tickets / Fees at sightseeing points/ Monument / Parks / Boating Points / Museum / Zoo / Any Excess Waiting Charges or Parking charges at any Riding point, Example - Ropeway, Boating, Horse Riding points etc.
* Any portage at airport / rail station / hotels / on the way / during trek / or anywhere, all Tips / Bata, Any Insurance / Travel Insurance, Beverages & Soft drinks, Mineral water, Telephone charges etc and all items of personal nature.
* Expenses caused by the factors beyond our control like any rail and flight delays, any roadblocks, any vehicle disturbances/malfunctions, any political disturbances, any Natural Calamities like earthquake, flood, land slide, snow-falls, storm, heavy rain-fall etc.
Below are the list of personal articles which are required for a trek on the Himalayas. This guide helps you to give an idea about the things that you need to bring in as a trek member. Depending upon the number of days of trek, the articles quantity may vary and this list is made considering the trek duration being 5 to 7 days (week long treks).
Always try to avoid unnecessary Cloths, toiletries which are heavy and of little use on mountain. Pack light.
For selection of personal gear/equipment and backpacking please read the articles carefully, before buying an item:
Rucksack/Back Pack : A Must item. Between 40 to 50 Litres. Don’t buy more than 60L unless you are in expeditions. These will be heavier and can cause discomfort if not fully loaded. You can buy it online or offine from trekking gear store. We can help you to find the right one.
Sleeping Bag : You can hire from us or bring your personal one rated for high altitude in case you have. Personal one is always better for hygiene. You can purchase from us. http://www.majestichimalayan.com/final/hire-a-guide.php.
Trekking Shoe / Boot : A must item. A good quality trekking shoe/boot must have the following specs :
i) A sticky rubber sole with lug (indentations for better grip).
ii) Ankle support (Medium or high ankle).
iii) Waterproofing membrane. (A must for high altitude and winter treks).
Mattress (Foam/Rubber) : It is very cheap. You can buy it from Hardware shop or trekking gear shop.
Micro spikes/Anti slip grip & Gaiters : Its necessary only for snow trek, specially in winter time.
Rucksack cover (Waterproof): Advised. MUST for protection from rain/dust/stain etc. (Alternately you can keep your clothing and warm jacket inside polythene pack. Do get the pack(s) back to home and re use/recycle).
Daypack/Knapsack : Optional (Can carry along with you with water bottle, food, camera and wind/water proof etc.) if you want to offload your Rucksack in permissible routes.
T-shirt (Base layer while you are hiking) : A must item and as per need. Take at least one Dry fit/Quick dry type which can ventilate sweat/moisture wicking. These are made of synthetic materials. Cotton T-shirts are NOT advised and avoid especially when you walk.
Warm Jacket (Mid layer clothing for warmth ) : A must item. Warm Fleece Jacket/Synthetic fill (Some refer as Hollow Fill Jacket/Down feather Jacket.
While hiking you will not require this unless you are hiking in cold conditions. Use this when you cool down at campsite. You can but from us - http://www.majestichimalayan.com/final/hire-a-guide.php.
Windproof Jacket/Wind Cheater (Outer layer clothing for protection from wind and rain/snow fall) : A MUST item. A hooded one made of water resistant/repellent material is highly advised.
Use this along with Base layer (t-shirt) while hiking unless it is warm and sunny weather. Wear this always as outer later to protect from wind chill be while hiking or at camp site.
Thermal wear (Base Layer once you reach campsite) : Upper and lower (Woolly cot). Must for winter treks.
Trek pant : A must item. Can be Track pants (avoid cotton), 3 quarter/Cargo or Convertible kind.
One Dry fit/Quick dry track pant is advised. Water repellent/proof quality is a plus.
For altitude above 5000m/16400ft you should use wind proof and water proof trek pants.
Raincoat/Poncho/Waterproof clothing: Waterproofing is MUST during your trek in the Himalayas, be it in summer or winter.
This can be achieved by any of the following:
i) Use your windproof jacket and hiking pant having water repellent/proofing quality.
ii) A Poncho/Raincoat.
Balaclava/Woolen skull cap/Monkey Cap : A Must item for protection from cold. Made of woolen/synthetic warm material.
Sun cap/Wide-brimmed Hat/Bandana : For protection from sun while you hike.
Under garments/Inner wear : As per need.
Hiking Socks : 3/4 pair. Use full length socks (Don’t use tennis socks). 100% Cotton socks are NOT recommended as these absorb sweat and dry slowly. A pair of woolen material is nice to have especially in winter treks.
Woolen gloves : A Must item.
Waterproof gloves : Optional. Useful especially on high altitude treks where snow/ice is encountered.
Camp sandal : Can be a strap on sports sandal or a Hawaiian sleeper.
Walking Sticks/Trekking Poles/Ski Poles : Nice to have, reduces the pressure on knees and gives balance specially while descending. Advised at least one pole for treks involving snow/ice.
Knee cap : Optional. Makes a difference especially if you have knee injuries/problems (Neoprene added variant is better).
Water bottle/Hydration pack : Must. Good quality plastic bottle.
Sunglasses : This is MUST for all the high altitude treks and winter treks. Polarised/Anti-glare is always a better option in snow with UV400 (UV A & B) protection. Trekkers using spectacle can order custom make powered sunglasses.
Torch/Head Lamp with extra batteries : A MUST item. Head torch keeps your hands free.
Accessories/Toiletries : Optional and try to share when you travel in group.
Sunscreen lotion – Optional. At least 30/40 SPF.
Chap Stik/Cold & Moisturising cream – Optional. As per need. Use small tubes/bottles.
Tooth brush and tooth paste – Carry smallest available tube of tooth paste.
Soap/Soap strip – Carry small pocket size soap, or Soap strip.
Hand sanitizer – Optional. Small bottle.
Tissue roll ( Toilet paper) – This is a must item as water may not be available in the vicinity.
Towel – Medium size (light weight).
Anti-Fungal Powder – Optional. This helps to keep the socks and the trek shoe drier and odour free to an extent. Carry smallest container.
Camera with extra cells: Optional. Normally there is no charging point on the Himalayan trek routes, carry spare batteries/power bank.
Dry food items(Kit): Must. Carry some dry fruits, chocolate/energy/protein bars and GluconD/Tang/Getorade.
Personal First-Aid Kit: Optional – Anti septic cream, Betadine/Dettol/Savlon, Band aid, cotton, crepe bandage, safety pin etc.
Medicines Kit: This is a simple guide line and a doctor’s consultation is recommended.)
In case of cancellation of tour/travel services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reason/s we must be informed in writing. Cancellation charges would be effective from the date we receive letter in writing and cancellation charges would be as follows:
Please note – Irrespective of above mentioned cancellations slabs – in case of cancellation of tour services after the booking is made with us – a minimum 10% service charges would be applicable.
In case you cancel the trip after commencement refund would be restricted to a limited amount that too would depend on the amount that we would be able to recover from the hoteliers we patronize. For unused hotel accommodation, chartered transportation and missed meals etc. we do not bear any responsibility to refund.
In regard to refund of unused / unutilized services (which are paid for and cancelled in advance) the refund amount would be worked out on the basis of cancellation policy as described above and the money would be accordingly refunded to the person who has made the payment to us. Please note that the refund process may take 2 – 4 weeks due to banking procedures. If the refund is made to the credit card account OR to Bank account, the bank charges would be debited from the refund amount.
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