Friendship Peak Expedition (5250m)

Trip Type: Mountaineering
Region: Himachal Pradesh - Manali
Grade: Moderate
Duration: 5-8 Days
Max Altitude: 5250
Best Season: Apr-June or Sep-Nov
Trip Begins: Manali / Ends: Manali
Trip Cost

This is a custom departure tour and so please write to us for prices and more info on this trek.

Friendship Peak Expedition is popular climb among climbers who have introductory mountaineering knowledge. The peak is at the headwall of the main Manali/Beas valley and is clearly visible from Manali town.

The approach for the mountain starts with a drive from Manali to Dhundhi past the popular summer tourist spot Solangnala. We start our trek by making our way along the Beas river to the pastures at Bakarthach and past Beas Kund – the holy pond where Hindus believe that Rishi Vyas, who wrote the Mahabharata took his daily bath. We make our way up to flatlands at Lady Leg where we set up Camp 1.

Friendship peak is a trekking or non-technical 5300m summit accessed through Beas Kund Glacier, one of our favourite areas for mountaineering, skiing and snowshoeing. This trip can be fit into a much shorter duration depending on the skill and acclimatisation of the climbers.

Itinerary
DAY 01
Arrival in Manali

Arrive in Manali in the morning and check into your hotel. Walk around town and orient yourself to your surroundings. Final gear check and prepare for the climb ahead. Overnight in a hotel.

DAY 02
Manali - Luwani 3300m. Duration: 4-5 hours

Drive up to Solang nala and further ahead on the Rohtang Tunnel road. We start our trek from Dhundi, on the banks of the Beas. We follow the river, through a couple snow bridges and gradually ascend to the meadow at Luwani.

DAY 03
Luwani to Base Camp 3600m Duration: 3-4 hours

Our todays hike is a steeper section along the friendship stream upto base camp.

DAY 04
Acclimatisation day Duration: 4-5 hours

Today we will spend our day visiting the popular lake Beas kund.

DAY 05
Load Ferry to Camp 1 4200m Duration: 5-6 hours

We will do a load ferry to Camp 1 and return back to Base camp .

DAY 06-07
Climbing Day and return to Base camp. Duration: 10-12 hours

The summit is a single push from Camp 1. The terrain goes through moderately steep snow slopes. As reach the summit after negotiating a rocky ridge an amphitheater of peaks in the Kullu and Lahaul valleys lay before us. We can also see the town of Manali from the summit. We return to ABC for the night.

DAY 08
Return to Solang and drive back to Manali Duration: 5 hours

We make our way to our waiting vehicles and drive to Manali. Trip Ends!

Inclusions
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tents.
  • Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Dining Tents, Western Style Toilet Tents.
  • Insulated sleeping pads.
  • All meals as detailed in the itinerary and safe drinking water.
  • Cook and camp staff.
  • Climbing guide for the duration of the trip.
  • Pack animals (Horses/Mules) to carry loads on the route until Base Camp with personal portage up to 10 kg/person.
  • All HP state Forest Permits, IMF Peak fee/State government royalty/permits where applicable.
  • All technical climbing group gear.
  • All transport from Manali to road head and back.
  • All Staff Insurance.
Exclusions
  • Sleeping Bags.
  • Stay and food at hotels in Manali.
  • Any expenses of personal nature like bottled water, drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
  • Any Personal Mountaineering Equipment and Clothing.
  • Any other transport than whats mentioned in Cost includes.
  • Any expense incurred due to force majeure such as landslide, bad weather or reasons beyond our control.
  • Any Guest Insurance.
Things You Need To Get

– Sturdy backpack/rucksack (70 lt)- This will go on horses until Base Camp
Backpack small ( 20 – 30 Ltrs) – to carry every day.
– Warm hiking pants and shirts/T-shirts/sweatshirt.
– T-shirt wicking Layer.
– Good hiking shoes.
– Head light with extra batteries.
– Sunglasses.
– Sunscreen (SPF 50+) and toiletries.
– Thermal underwear / long johns (upper + lowers).
– Insulated water bottle/ flask.
– Warm fleece jacket.
– Rain Gear.
– Down jacket.
– Warm gloves – thin to work in the ice.
– Warm gloves – thick (waterproof).
– Warm socks.
– Headgear (balaclavas/woollen cap, sun hat, bandana etc).
– 4 season sleeping bag (-10 deg C or lower).
– Personal recreation: camera, books, music, cards etc.
– Hiking poles.
– Personal climbing harness.
– Helmet.
– Gaiters.
– Climbing Boots and Crampons.
– Carabiners.
– Ice axe.
– Rope slings for self anchors.
– Prescribed medication if any.

Overview
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Friendship Peak Expedition is popular climb among climbers who have introductory mountaineering knowledge. The peak is at the headwall of the main Manali/Beas valley and is clearly visible from Manali town.

The approach for the mountain starts with a drive from Manali to Dhundhi past the popular summer tourist spot Solangnala. We start our trek by making our way along the Beas river to the pastures at Bakarthach and past Beas Kund – the holy pond where Hindus believe that Rishi Vyas, who wrote the Mahabharata took his daily bath. We make our way up to flatlands at Lady Leg where we set up Camp 1.

Friendship peak is a trekking or non-technical 5300m summit accessed through Beas Kund Glacier, one of our favourite areas for mountaineering, skiing and snowshoeing. This trip can be fit into a much shorter duration depending on the skill and acclimatisation of the climbers.

Itinerary
+-
DAY 01
Arrival in Manali

Arrive in Manali in the morning and check into your hotel. Walk around town and orient yourself to your surroundings. Final gear check and prepare for the climb ahead. Overnight in a hotel.

DAY 02
Manali - Luwani 3300m. Duration: 4-5 hours

Drive up to Solang nala and further ahead on the Rohtang Tunnel road. We start our trek from Dhundi, on the banks of the Beas. We follow the river, through a couple snow bridges and gradually ascend to the meadow at Luwani.

DAY 03
Luwani to Base Camp 3600m Duration: 3-4 hours

Our todays hike is a steeper section along the friendship stream upto base camp.

DAY 04
Acclimatisation day Duration: 4-5 hours

Today we will spend our day visiting the popular lake Beas kund.

DAY 05
Load Ferry to Camp 1 4200m Duration: 5-6 hours

We will do a load ferry to Camp 1 and return back to Base camp .

DAY 06-07
Climbing Day and return to Base camp. Duration: 10-12 hours

The summit is a single push from Camp 1. The terrain goes through moderately steep snow slopes. As reach the summit after negotiating a rocky ridge an amphitheater of peaks in the Kullu and Lahaul valleys lay before us. We can also see the town of Manali from the summit. We return to ABC for the night.

DAY 08
Return to Solang and drive back to Manali Duration: 5 hours

We make our way to our waiting vehicles and drive to Manali. Trip Ends!

Inclusions/ Exclusions
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Inclusions
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tents.
  • Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Dining Tents, Western Style Toilet Tents.
  • Insulated sleeping pads.
  • All meals as detailed in the itinerary and safe drinking water.
  • Cook and camp staff.
  • Climbing guide for the duration of the trip.
  • Pack animals (Horses/Mules) to carry loads on the route until Base Camp with personal portage up to 10 kg/person.
  • All HP state Forest Permits, IMF Peak fee/State government royalty/permits where applicable.
  • All technical climbing group gear.
  • All transport from Manali to road head and back.
  • All Staff Insurance.
Exclusions
  • Sleeping Bags.
  • Stay and food at hotels in Manali.
  • Any expenses of personal nature like bottled water, drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
  • Any Personal Mountaineering Equipment and Clothing.
  • Any other transport than whats mentioned in Cost includes.
  • Any expense incurred due to force majeure such as landslide, bad weather or reasons beyond our control.
  • Any Guest Insurance.
Things You Need To Get
+-

– Sturdy backpack/rucksack (70 lt)- This will go on horses until Base Camp
Backpack small ( 20 – 30 Ltrs) – to carry every day.
– Warm hiking pants and shirts/T-shirts/sweatshirt.
– T-shirt wicking Layer.
– Good hiking shoes.
– Head light with extra batteries.
– Sunglasses.
– Sunscreen (SPF 50+) and toiletries.
– Thermal underwear / long johns (upper + lowers).
– Insulated water bottle/ flask.
– Warm fleece jacket.
– Rain Gear.
– Down jacket.
– Warm gloves – thin to work in the ice.
– Warm gloves – thick (waterproof).
– Warm socks.
– Headgear (balaclavas/woollen cap, sun hat, bandana etc).
– 4 season sleeping bag (-10 deg C or lower).
– Personal recreation: camera, books, music, cards etc.
– Hiking poles.
– Personal climbing harness.
– Helmet.
– Gaiters.
– Climbing Boots and Crampons.
– Carabiners.
– Ice axe.
– Rope slings for self anchors.
– Prescribed medication if any.