India Mountaineering Course – Summer

Trip Type: Mountaineering Course
Region: Himachal Pradesh - Manali
Grade: Moderate
Duration: 10 Days
Max Altitude: 5280
Best Season: June
Trip Begins: Manali / Ends: Manali
Batch Dates: 30/05/2024 - 08/06/2024
Trip Cost

Course Price and Additional Charges

At Above14000ft, we strive to provide you with exceptional mountaineering experiences at competitive prices.

The India Mountaineering Course – Summer is priced at INR 45,000 (including GST) for Indian participants.

Additional Charges for Foreign Participants

For foreign participants, an additional charge of INR 5,000 is applicable for obtaining the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) permits. These permits are required for foreign nationals to participate in the course. We ensure all necessary procedures are followed to make your mountaineering journey smooth and hassle-free.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need further information about the India Mountaineering Course or any other inquiries, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our team is dedicated to assisting you and ensuring that your mountaineering experience with Above14000ft is truly remarkable.

India Mountaineering Course – Summer: Discover the World of High Altitude Mountaineering.

Are you ready to embark on an exhilarating adventure into the world of high altitude mountaineering? Look no further than Above14000ft’s India Mountaineering Course – Summer. Designed specifically for beginners with no prior experience, this course offers a comprehensive introduction to the art and science of mountaineering.

India Mountaineering Course: Master Essential Skills for Mountaineering Expeditions

Our 10-day India Mountaineering Course takes place on the breathtaking Beas Kund Glacier, nestled in the picturesque Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh. As you explore this magnificent glacier, you will be surrounded by towering peaks ranging from 5000m to 6000m, including Hanuman Tibba, Shitidhar, Manali peak, Ladakhi, Friendship peak, Priyadarshini, and more.

Master the Essentials of Ice and Snow Craft

During the India Mountaineering Course, you will receive comprehensive training in the fundamentals of ice and snow craft. Our experienced and qualified instructors will guide you through the proper use of mountaineering gear, techniques for safe navigation on ice and snow, and essential skills for surviving in the challenging mountain environment. You will have the opportunity to practice these skills under the close supervision of our instructors.

A Journey of Skill Development, Not Just Summiting Peaks

While the primary objective of the India Mountaineering Course is not to summit a peak, we believe in providing you with a well-rounded mountaineering experience. Towards the end of the course, we will organize a height gain activity around the Beas Kund Glacier, allowing you to apply the skills you have acquired throughout the program. The exact location of the height gain will be determined by the lead instructor based on group dynamics and conditions in the field.

Immerse Yourself in a Supportive Learning Environment

At Above14000ft, we prioritize your safety and learning experience. Our courses are conducted in small groups to ensure individual attention and personalized guidance. We foster a supportive and encouraging environment where you can learn at your own pace and build confidence in your abilities. Our instructors are passionate about mountaineering and dedicated to helping you develop the skills necessary for future mountaineering endeavors.

Equip Yourself for Future Mountaineering Adventures

By the end of the India Mountaineering Course, you will have gained a solid foundation in mountaineering techniques and a deep appreciation for the mountains. Whether you aspire to take on more challenging peaks in the future or simply want to expand your outdoor skills, this course will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to pursue your mountaineering dreams.

Join Us for an Unforgettable Mountaineering Journey

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to explore the world of high altitude mountaineering in the stunning landscapes of the Kullu valley. Join Above14000ft’s India Mountaineering Course – Summer and embark on a journey of self-discovery, skill development, and unforgettable adventures in the mountains.

 

India Mountaineering Course Objectives

Develop Expedition Travel and Mountaineering Skills

During the India Mountaineering Course, our primary objective is to help you develop essential skills required for expedition travel and mountaineering. Through hands-on training and practical experience, you will learn the necessary techniques and strategies for successful mountaineering expeditions in the Himalayas.

Build Confidence in Camp Management and High Altitude Living

Living comfortably at high altitudes and efficiently moving camps are crucial aspects of mountaineering. Our course aims to instill confidence in managing camps, including setting up tents, cooking, and handling equipment, ensuring that you can adapt to the demanding conditions of the Himalayas with ease.

Master Technical Snow and Ice Climbing Skills

To conquer peaks in the Himalayas, you need to acquire technical snow and ice climbing skills. Our experienced instructors will guide you through the fundamentals of snow and ice climbing, teaching you proper techniques for safe and efficient ascent and descent on challenging terrain.

Learn Wilderness and Glacier Navigation

Navigating through wilderness areas and glaciers is an essential skill for mountaineers. Our course covers navigation techniques specific to mountain environments, including map reading, using GPS devices, and understanding glacier morphology. You will gain the knowledge and confidence to navigate through the vast landscapes of the Himalayas.

Understand High Altitude Climbing and Acclimatization

Climbing at high altitudes presents unique challenges, and proper acclimatization is crucial for your safety and success. Our course provides in-depth knowledge about the effects of altitude on the human body, the acclimatization process, and strategies to mitigate altitude-related risks.

Practice Leave No Trace Principles (LNT)

As mountaineers, we have a responsibility to preserve the pristine mountain environment. Our course emphasizes the importance of Leave No Trace (LNT) practices, teaching you how to minimize your impact on the environment and leave the mountains untouched for future generations.
By the end of the India Mountaineering Course, you will have gained valuable skills, knowledge, and confidence to pursue mountaineering expeditions in the Himalayas and beyond. Join us on this transformative journey and unlock your potential as a mountaineer.

Course Curriculum in Brief

At Above14000ft, our India Mountaineering Course provides a comprehensive curriculum that covers essential skills and techniques necessary for successful mountaineering expeditions in the Himalayas. Here is a summary of the key topics covered:

Use of Ice Axe

You will learn the proper techniques for using an ice axe, a versatile tool that is essential for stability, balance, and self-arrest during mountaineering activities on icy terrain.

Snow Craft

Understanding snow conditions and mastering snow craft techniques are crucial for safe travel in snowy environments. You will learn about different types of snow, snow stability assessment, and efficient movement on snow-covered slopes.

Ice Craft

Ice craft skills are essential for navigating icy surfaces and vertical ice walls. Our instructors will guide you in mastering techniques such as ice climbing, ice screw placement, and efficient movement on challenging ice formations.

Self-Arrest Techniques

Self-arrest is a critical skill for stopping a fall on snow or ice slopes. You will learn various self-arrest techniques using an ice axe to regain control and prevent accidents during mountaineering activities.

Ascending and Descending Snow Slopes

You will be introduced to techniques for ascending and descending snow slopes, including different types of snow anchors, such as ice screws and pickets, as well as using proper roped techniques for safe travel on snowy terrain.

Ascending and Descending Ice Walls

Mastering techniques for ascending and descending ice walls is essential for tackling challenging ice formations. Our instructors will teach you the necessary skills, including the use of crampons, ice climbing techniques, and the selection of appropriate ice anchors.

Use of Jumar and Ascending Knots

You will learn how to efficiently use a Jumar, a mechanical ascender, and various ascending knots to aid your progress on fixed ropes and steep sections of the climb.

Roped Climbing and Belay Systems

Proper roped climbing and belay systems are essential for the safety of the entire team during mountaineering activities. You will practice techniques for effective communication, belaying, and safeguarding your team members.

Introduction to Crampons and Ice Climbing Techniques

Crampons are specialized traction devices that enable secure footing on icy surfaces. You will be introduced to different types of crampons and learn techniques such as French cramponing and other ice climbing techniques to enhance your climbing abilities.

Ice Anchors, Protections, and Belay Systems

You will learn about different types of ice anchors, such as ice screws and ice pitons, as well as proper placement and usage of ice protections. Additionally, you will explore various belay systems designed for icy environments.

Glacier Travel, Crevasse Rescue, and Evacuation

Glacier travel presents unique challenges, including navigating crevasses. You will learn essential skills for glacier travel, crevasse rescue techniques, and efficient evacuation procedures in case of emergencies.

Fixed Rope Routines

Fixed ropes are commonly used for ascending and descending challenging sections of a climb. You will practice techniques for efficiently ascending and descending fixed ropes, ensuring a safe and controlled progression.

Establishing High Camps

Establishing high camps is crucial for multi-day mountaineering expeditions. You will learn techniques for selecting suitable camp locations, setting up tents, managing equipment, and optimising camp organisation in high-altitude environments.

LNT (Leave No Trace) Practices

As responsible mountaineers, we prioritise preserving the natural environment. You will be introduced to Leave No Trace (LNT) practices, emphasising principles and strategies to minimize environmental impact and promote sustainable mountaineering practices.
Join our India Mountaineering Course to acquire these essential skills and gain the confidence to embark on your own mountaineering adventures.

Book your spot in the India Mountaineering Course today and embark on a new adventure to learning new skills.

Itinerary
DAY 01

Arrival in Manali marks the beginning of an exciting adventure.

As participants gather in Manali, we will convene at a designated meeting point where our trip leader will conduct a comprehensive group briefing. This session will provide valuable information, ensuring that everyone is well-prepared for the upcoming journey. Following the briefing, the remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Take this opportunity to explore the vibrant town of Manali, immerse yourself in its cultural delights, or simply relax and recharge for the adventure that awaits. As the day comes to a close, enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at a well-appointed hotel, ready to embark on a memorable experience in the days to come.

DAY 02

In Manali - Preparation is key to a successful mountaineering experience.

Before setting off on our journey, we will guide you through essential pre-departure arrangements. One important step is a comprehensive gear check conducted with your experienced instructor. This ensures that you have all the necessary equipment and that it is in proper working condition. We will also provide an opportunity to fit boots and crampons at our store, ensuring a comfortable and secure fit for your upcoming adventure.
In addition, we understand the significance of efficient packing when it comes to mountaineering expeditions. To help you make the most of your backpack space and optimize your load, we will provide a basic lecture on pack packing. This will equip you with valuable insights and techniques to organize your gear effectively and maintain a balanced weight distribution.
By dedicating time to these pre-departure preparations, we strive to ensure that you are well-equipped and ready to face the challenges of the journey ahead. Our goal is to provide a seamless and enjoyable experience, allowing you to focus on the thrill of mountaineering and the stunning beauty of the Himalayas.

DAY 03

Drive to Dhundi and trek to Bhakarthach.

Duration: Drive 1 hour ; Trek 2 hours

With our gear checked, boots and crampons fitted, and packing skills honed, we are now ready to venture into the mesmerizing realm of the Beas Kund Glacier. Situated amidst the magnificent Himalayan peaks, this glacier not only serves as our training ground but also holds deep significance as the origin of the revered Beas River. As participants of the India Mountaineering Course, we are privileged to immerse ourselves in the enchanting beauty and spiritual energy of this extraordinary location.
The next seven days will be spent in this captivating environment, where we will delve into the core objectives of the India Mountaineering Course. Under the guidance of our skilled instructors, we will develop expedition travel and mountaineering skills, building our confidence in navigating mountainous terrain, establishing camps at high altitudes, and effectively carrying loads.
Throughout the course, we will acquire the technical expertise necessary for conquering peaks. We will learn essential snow and ice climbing skills, mastering the use of ice axes and crampons, practicing self-arrest techniques, and ascending and descending snow slopes and ice walls. Additionally, we will become proficient in rope climbing and belay systems, gaining knowledge of different types of ice anchors, protections, and belay systems.
Our instructors will impart valuable knowledge on wilderness and glacier navigation, emphasizing the importance of safety and proper acclimatization processes when climbing at high altitudes. We will also delve into the principles of Leave No Trace Practices (LNT), understanding the significance of minimizing our environmental impact and preserving the pristine beauty of the mountains for generations to come.
As the sun sets on each day of our course, we will gather in the comfort of our camp, reflecting on the challenges overcome, the skills acquired, and the camaraderie formed with our fellow participants. Surrounded by the majestic peaks and the tranquil ambiance of the Beas Kund Glacier, we will find inspiration in the breathtaking surroundings and the profound sense of accomplishment that accompanies each step forward.
The India Mountaineering Course is not merely a training program; it is a transformative journey that instills a deep appreciation for the mountains, nurtures personal growth, and forges lifelong connections. As we venture into the heart of the Himalayas, we invite you to join us on this extraordinary expedition, where adventure, learning, and discovery await at every turn.

DAY 04-09

Program Curriculum: Building Skills for Alpine Mastery.

Duration: Multiple hours

At the India Mountaineering Course, we have meticulously designed a comprehensive curriculum that covers a wide range of essential mountaineering skills. Throughout the course, our expert instructors will guide you through various modules, allowing you to develop the proficiency and confidence needed to conquer alpine challenges. Our curriculum includes:
Snow Craft: Understanding the unique characteristics of snow and mastering techniques for traveling on snow-covered terrain. You will learn efficient movement, proper use of ice axes, and techniques for safe navigation on snow slopes.
Ice Craft: Acquiring the skills necessary to tackle icy surfaces. You will learn the art of cramponing, gaining precision and stability while moving on challenging ice terrain.
Snow and Ice Anchors and Belays: Mastering the construction of snow and ice anchors to ensure safe and reliable protection. You will learn different types of anchors and belay systems, allowing you to confidently tackle steep ascents and descents.
Glacier Travel: Developing the expertise required for glacier travel, including route selection, hazard assessment, and navigation techniques. You will learn how to negotiate crevassed terrain, employing effective rope techniques to ensure the safety of your team.
Self-Arrest: Practicing essential self-arrest techniques to quickly and effectively halt a slide on snow or ice slopes. You will gain the skills needed to react swiftly in emergency situations, maintaining control and preventing accidents.
Crevasse Rescue: Understanding the intricacies of crevasse rescue and evacuation. You will learn advanced rope rescue techniques, including pulley systems and rope ascension, enabling you to execute efficient and safe rescue operations.
Ice Climbing: Exploring the thrilling realm of ice climbing. You will be introduced to various ice climbing techniques, learning to ascend and descend vertical ice walls with grace and precision.
Establishment of High Camps: Acquiring the knowledge and skills required to establish high camps in challenging mountain environments. You will learn efficient camp set-up, proper tent placement, and techniques for securing camp infrastructure in exposed terrain.
Height Gain: Putting your acquired skills to the test during a height gain expedition. This immersive experience allows you to apply your mountaineering knowledge in a practical setting, ascending to higher elevations while showcasing your newfound abilities.
Our program curriculum is carefully structured to provide a progressive and immersive learning experience. Each module builds upon the previous one, ensuring a solid foundation and allowing you to develop a comprehensive skill set. Our experienced instructors will provide personalized guidance, ensuring that you receive individual attention and feedback to maximize your learning potential.

DAY 10

Heading Back to Manali: The Journey's Conclusion

Duration: Trek 2 hours ; Drive 1 hour

As our time on the mountainside comes to a close, we will bid farewell to our training area and embark on our journey back to Manali. The return journey allows for reflection and a chance to appreciate the progress made during the India Mountaineering Course.
Upon our arrival in Manali, we will gather in the evening for a special meeting to mark the culmination of our mountaineering adventure. This meeting serves as a fitting finale, where we come together as a group to celebrate the achievements and milestones reached throughout the course.
During this gathering, we will not only reflect on the incredible experiences shared, but also take the opportunity to formally recognize the dedication and hard work exhibited by each participant. As a token of appreciation, we will present Course Certificates to commemorate the successful completion of the India Mountaineering Course.
This closing ceremony is a heartfelt moment, where participants can reflect on the personal growth and transformation they have undergone during their time in the mountains. It is a chance to express gratitude to our expert instructors, whose guidance and support have been invaluable throughout the course.
Beyond the Course: A Lasting Journey
While the India Mountaineering Course may conclude with this meeting, the journey of mountaineering is a lifelong pursuit. The skills, knowledge, and camaraderie forged during this course will continue to resonate within each participant as they embark on their future adventures in the world of high altitude mountaineering.
We encourage you to stay connected with the Above14000ft community, a network of passionate mountaineers who share a love for adventure and a deep respect for the mountains. We foster a sense of camaraderie and support, ensuring that the bonds formed during the India Mountaineering Course extend beyond the course duration.
As you bid farewell to Manali and the majestic Himalayas, we hope that the memories and experiences gained during the India Mountaineering Course will inspire you to continue pushing your limits, exploring new horizons, and embracing the spirit of adventure.
Closing this chapter of the course marks the beginning of a new journey—a journey that allows you to apply your newfound skills, share your passion for mountaineering, and create your own extraordinary stories amidst the breathtaking beauty of the mountains.
Congratulations on your remarkable achievements and the successful completion of the India Mountaineering Course. May your future endeavours be filled with thrilling expeditions, unforgettable moments, and a deep connection to the mountains that will forever inspire and uplift you.
Safe travels, Trip ends!

Inclusions
    • When you join the India Mountaineering Course with Above14000ft, you can expect a comprehensive package that includes various essentials to ensure a comfortable and fulfilling experience. We take care of numerous aspects so that you can focus on learning and immersing yourself in the world of mountaineering. Here’s what is included in your course:

    • Camping Tents, Kitchen, Dining Tents, Sleeping Bags, and Insulated Sleeping Pads:

Throughout the course, we provide high-quality camping equipment to ensure your comfort and safety. This includes spacious tents for accommodation, well-equipped kitchen and dining tents, cozy sleeping bags, and insulated sleeping pads. These essential items are carefully chosen to meet the requirements of the mountain environment and provide you with a comfortable resting place during your expedition.

    • Nutritious, High-Calorie Food:

Maintaining proper nutrition is crucial during the demanding physical activities of mountaineering. Our experienced cooks will prepare nutritious and high-calorie meals that are designed to fuel your body for optimal performance. From breakfast to dinner, you can expect a variety of delicious dishes that cater to different dietary preferences and provide the energy you need to tackle the challenges ahead. The meal service starts from Dhundi and continues throughout the course duration.

    • All Instruction for the Mountaineering Course:

Our expert instructors will provide comprehensive instruction and guidance throughout the course. You will receive thorough training in various aspects of mountaineering, including snow craft and ice craft, cramponing techniques, snow and ice anchors and belays, glacier travel, self-arrest techniques, crevasse rescue methods, ice climbing techniques, establishment of high camps, and height gain exercises. Our instructors are highly skilled and experienced, ensuring that you receive the best possible training to enhance your mountaineering skills.

    • Cook and Camp Helpers until Base Camp:

To ensure a smooth and comfortable camping experience, we provide a dedicated cook and camp helpers who will assist in setting up the camp, cooking meals, and maintaining cleanliness. Their presence allows you to focus on your training and learning without worrying about the logistics of camp life. Our team is committed to providing a supportive and enjoyable environment throughout the course.

    • Horses Carry Loads on the Route until Base Camp:

During the initial phase of the course, horses will be utilized to transport the necessary equipment and supplies to the base camp. This arrangement allows you to focus on the learning aspect while ensuring that all essential items are readily available at the base camp. Our team will handle the logistics of load transportation, ensuring a smooth transition as you progress through the course.

    • Transportation between Manali and Dhundi in Jeeps:

We provide transportation between Manali and Dhundi in comfortable jeeps. This convenient mode of transport allows you to reach the training area without any hassle, ensuring a smooth and efficient transition from the city to the mountains. Our drivers are experienced and well-versed in navigating the mountainous terrain, prioritizing your safety and comfort throughout the journey.

    • All Technical Climbing Gear:

As part of the course package, we provide all the necessary technical climbing gear required for the training. This includes ice axes, crampons, ropes, harnesses, carabiners, helmets, and other essential equipment. Our gear is regularly maintained and checked to ensure its reliability and functionality during the course.

Exclusions
    • While we take care of numerous aspects to ensure a smooth and enriching India Mountaineering Course experience, there are certain exclusions that participants should be aware of. It’s important to understand these aspects to plan and budget accordingly for your journey.

    • Expenses of Personal Nature:

Expenses of personal nature, such as drinks, tips, telephone calls, and mineral water, are not included in the course package. These expenses may vary depending on individual preferences and choices. We recommend keeping some extra funds for any personal expenses you may incur during the course.

    • Accommodation and Food in Manali:

The cost of accommodation and meals in Manali before and after the course is not included in the course package. Participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodation and meals during their stay in Manali. However, our team can provide recommendations and assistance in finding suitable options based on your preferences and budget.

    • Medical and Evacuation Expenses:

While we prioritize your safety during the course, it is important to acknowledge that unforeseen circumstances can arise. We strongly recommend all participants to purchase suitable insurance coverage that includes medical and evacuation expenses. This coverage will provide you with peace of mind knowing that you are financially protected in case of any medical emergencies or the need for evacuation.

At Above14000ft, we prioritize transparency and ensuring that participants are well-informed about the exclusions and additional considerations of the India Mountaineering Course. By understanding these aspects, you can plan accordingly and make the necessary arrangements to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience. Our team is available to provide guidance and answer any questions you may have regarding the exclusions or any other aspects of the course.

Things You Need To Get

As you prepare for your India Mountaineering Course with Above14000ft, it’s important to pack the essential items that will contribute to your comfort, safety, and overall experience. Here’s a list of things you need to bring along:

Backpack/Rucksack (70 liters)
A sturdy and spacious backpack or rucksack with a capacity of 70 liters is essential for carrying your personal belongings. This larger backpack will be loaded onto horses and transported to the base camp. Ensure that your backpack is durable and equipped with comfortable straps and compartments to accommodate your gear.

Small Backpack (20-30 Liters)

For your daily activities during the course, you’ll need a smaller backpack with a capacity of 20-30 liters. This backpack will be your go-to for hiking and accessing the training area. It should be lightweight, compact, and have enough room to carry your essentials for the day.

Clothing

Pack appropriate clothing for the mountain environment, including warm hiking pants, shirts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and a wicking layer to manage moisture. It’s recommended to have multiple layers that can be easily added or removed depending on the weather conditions. Ensure you have comfortable hiking shoes that provide good traction and support.

Essential Accessories

Don’t forget to pack essential accessories such as a headlight with extra batteries, sunglasses, suntan lotion, toiletries, and a camera to capture the memorable moments of your mountaineering journey. An insulated water bottle or a 750ml flask is crucial to stay hydrated throughout the course.

Cold Weather Gear

Be prepared for cold weather conditions by bringing a warm fleece jacket, windproof shell jacket and pants, down jacket for extra insulation, and warm gloves (thin for working in ice and thick for added warmth and protection). Pack warm socks, a beanie to keep your head warm, and thermal underwear for layering in extreme temperatures.

Additional Gear

Consider bringing hiking poles for added stability and support during challenging terrain. A raincoat will protect you from unexpected showers, and if you have your personal climbing harness and helmet, it’s recommended to bring them along. Don’t forget to pack any prescribed medication you may need during the course.

Overview
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India Mountaineering Course – Summer: Discover the World of High Altitude Mountaineering.

Are you ready to embark on an exhilarating adventure into the world of high altitude mountaineering? Look no further than Above14000ft’s India Mountaineering Course – Summer. Designed specifically for beginners with no prior experience, this course offers a comprehensive introduction to the art and science of mountaineering.

India Mountaineering Course: Master Essential Skills for Mountaineering Expeditions

Our 10-day India Mountaineering Course takes place on the breathtaking Beas Kund Glacier, nestled in the picturesque Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh. As you explore this magnificent glacier, you will be surrounded by towering peaks ranging from 5000m to 6000m, including Hanuman Tibba, Shitidhar, Manali peak, Ladakhi, Friendship peak, Priyadarshini, and more.

Master the Essentials of Ice and Snow Craft

During the India Mountaineering Course, you will receive comprehensive training in the fundamentals of ice and snow craft. Our experienced and qualified instructors will guide you through the proper use of mountaineering gear, techniques for safe navigation on ice and snow, and essential skills for surviving in the challenging mountain environment. You will have the opportunity to practice these skills under the close supervision of our instructors.

A Journey of Skill Development, Not Just Summiting Peaks

While the primary objective of the India Mountaineering Course is not to summit a peak, we believe in providing you with a well-rounded mountaineering experience. Towards the end of the course, we will organize a height gain activity around the Beas Kund Glacier, allowing you to apply the skills you have acquired throughout the program. The exact location of the height gain will be determined by the lead instructor based on group dynamics and conditions in the field.

Immerse Yourself in a Supportive Learning Environment

At Above14000ft, we prioritize your safety and learning experience. Our courses are conducted in small groups to ensure individual attention and personalized guidance. We foster a supportive and encouraging environment where you can learn at your own pace and build confidence in your abilities. Our instructors are passionate about mountaineering and dedicated to helping you develop the skills necessary for future mountaineering endeavors.

Equip Yourself for Future Mountaineering Adventures

By the end of the India Mountaineering Course, you will have gained a solid foundation in mountaineering techniques and a deep appreciation for the mountains. Whether you aspire to take on more challenging peaks in the future or simply want to expand your outdoor skills, this course will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to pursue your mountaineering dreams.

Join Us for an Unforgettable Mountaineering Journey

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to explore the world of high altitude mountaineering in the stunning landscapes of the Kullu valley. Join Above14000ft’s India Mountaineering Course – Summer and embark on a journey of self-discovery, skill development, and unforgettable adventures in the mountains.

 

India Mountaineering Course Objectives

Develop Expedition Travel and Mountaineering Skills

During the India Mountaineering Course, our primary objective is to help you develop essential skills required for expedition travel and mountaineering. Through hands-on training and practical experience, you will learn the necessary techniques and strategies for successful mountaineering expeditions in the Himalayas.

Build Confidence in Camp Management and High Altitude Living

Living comfortably at high altitudes and efficiently moving camps are crucial aspects of mountaineering. Our course aims to instill confidence in managing camps, including setting up tents, cooking, and handling equipment, ensuring that you can adapt to the demanding conditions of the Himalayas with ease.

Master Technical Snow and Ice Climbing Skills

To conquer peaks in the Himalayas, you need to acquire technical snow and ice climbing skills. Our experienced instructors will guide you through the fundamentals of snow and ice climbing, teaching you proper techniques for safe and efficient ascent and descent on challenging terrain.

Learn Wilderness and Glacier Navigation

Navigating through wilderness areas and glaciers is an essential skill for mountaineers. Our course covers navigation techniques specific to mountain environments, including map reading, using GPS devices, and understanding glacier morphology. You will gain the knowledge and confidence to navigate through the vast landscapes of the Himalayas.

Understand High Altitude Climbing and Acclimatization

Climbing at high altitudes presents unique challenges, and proper acclimatization is crucial for your safety and success. Our course provides in-depth knowledge about the effects of altitude on the human body, the acclimatization process, and strategies to mitigate altitude-related risks.

Practice Leave No Trace Principles (LNT)

As mountaineers, we have a responsibility to preserve the pristine mountain environment. Our course emphasizes the importance of Leave No Trace (LNT) practices, teaching you how to minimize your impact on the environment and leave the mountains untouched for future generations.
By the end of the India Mountaineering Course, you will have gained valuable skills, knowledge, and confidence to pursue mountaineering expeditions in the Himalayas and beyond. Join us on this transformative journey and unlock your potential as a mountaineer.

Course Curriculum in Brief

At Above14000ft, our India Mountaineering Course provides a comprehensive curriculum that covers essential skills and techniques necessary for successful mountaineering expeditions in the Himalayas. Here is a summary of the key topics covered:

Use of Ice Axe

You will learn the proper techniques for using an ice axe, a versatile tool that is essential for stability, balance, and self-arrest during mountaineering activities on icy terrain.

Snow Craft

Understanding snow conditions and mastering snow craft techniques are crucial for safe travel in snowy environments. You will learn about different types of snow, snow stability assessment, and efficient movement on snow-covered slopes.

Ice Craft

Ice craft skills are essential for navigating icy surfaces and vertical ice walls. Our instructors will guide you in mastering techniques such as ice climbing, ice screw placement, and efficient movement on challenging ice formations.

Self-Arrest Techniques

Self-arrest is a critical skill for stopping a fall on snow or ice slopes. You will learn various self-arrest techniques using an ice axe to regain control and prevent accidents during mountaineering activities.

Ascending and Descending Snow Slopes

You will be introduced to techniques for ascending and descending snow slopes, including different types of snow anchors, such as ice screws and pickets, as well as using proper roped techniques for safe travel on snowy terrain.

Ascending and Descending Ice Walls

Mastering techniques for ascending and descending ice walls is essential for tackling challenging ice formations. Our instructors will teach you the necessary skills, including the use of crampons, ice climbing techniques, and the selection of appropriate ice anchors.

Use of Jumar and Ascending Knots

You will learn how to efficiently use a Jumar, a mechanical ascender, and various ascending knots to aid your progress on fixed ropes and steep sections of the climb.

Roped Climbing and Belay Systems

Proper roped climbing and belay systems are essential for the safety of the entire team during mountaineering activities. You will practice techniques for effective communication, belaying, and safeguarding your team members.

Introduction to Crampons and Ice Climbing Techniques

Crampons are specialized traction devices that enable secure footing on icy surfaces. You will be introduced to different types of crampons and learn techniques such as French cramponing and other ice climbing techniques to enhance your climbing abilities.

Ice Anchors, Protections, and Belay Systems

You will learn about different types of ice anchors, such as ice screws and ice pitons, as well as proper placement and usage of ice protections. Additionally, you will explore various belay systems designed for icy environments.

Glacier Travel, Crevasse Rescue, and Evacuation

Glacier travel presents unique challenges, including navigating crevasses. You will learn essential skills for glacier travel, crevasse rescue techniques, and efficient evacuation procedures in case of emergencies.

Fixed Rope Routines

Fixed ropes are commonly used for ascending and descending challenging sections of a climb. You will practice techniques for efficiently ascending and descending fixed ropes, ensuring a safe and controlled progression.

Establishing High Camps

Establishing high camps is crucial for multi-day mountaineering expeditions. You will learn techniques for selecting suitable camp locations, setting up tents, managing equipment, and optimising camp organisation in high-altitude environments.

LNT (Leave No Trace) Practices

As responsible mountaineers, we prioritise preserving the natural environment. You will be introduced to Leave No Trace (LNT) practices, emphasising principles and strategies to minimize environmental impact and promote sustainable mountaineering practices.
Join our India Mountaineering Course to acquire these essential skills and gain the confidence to embark on your own mountaineering adventures.

Book your spot in the India Mountaineering Course today and embark on a new adventure to learning new skills.

Itinerary
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DAY 01

Arrival in Manali marks the beginning of an exciting adventure.

As participants gather in Manali, we will convene at a designated meeting point where our trip leader will conduct a comprehensive group briefing. This session will provide valuable information, ensuring that everyone is well-prepared for the upcoming journey. Following the briefing, the remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Take this opportunity to explore the vibrant town of Manali, immerse yourself in its cultural delights, or simply relax and recharge for the adventure that awaits. As the day comes to a close, enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at a well-appointed hotel, ready to embark on a memorable experience in the days to come.

DAY 02

In Manali - Preparation is key to a successful mountaineering experience.

Before setting off on our journey, we will guide you through essential pre-departure arrangements. One important step is a comprehensive gear check conducted with your experienced instructor. This ensures that you have all the necessary equipment and that it is in proper working condition. We will also provide an opportunity to fit boots and crampons at our store, ensuring a comfortable and secure fit for your upcoming adventure.
In addition, we understand the significance of efficient packing when it comes to mountaineering expeditions. To help you make the most of your backpack space and optimize your load, we will provide a basic lecture on pack packing. This will equip you with valuable insights and techniques to organize your gear effectively and maintain a balanced weight distribution.
By dedicating time to these pre-departure preparations, we strive to ensure that you are well-equipped and ready to face the challenges of the journey ahead. Our goal is to provide a seamless and enjoyable experience, allowing you to focus on the thrill of mountaineering and the stunning beauty of the Himalayas.

DAY 03

Drive to Dhundi and trek to Bhakarthach.

Duration: Drive 1 hour ; Trek 2 hours

With our gear checked, boots and crampons fitted, and packing skills honed, we are now ready to venture into the mesmerizing realm of the Beas Kund Glacier. Situated amidst the magnificent Himalayan peaks, this glacier not only serves as our training ground but also holds deep significance as the origin of the revered Beas River. As participants of the India Mountaineering Course, we are privileged to immerse ourselves in the enchanting beauty and spiritual energy of this extraordinary location.
The next seven days will be spent in this captivating environment, where we will delve into the core objectives of the India Mountaineering Course. Under the guidance of our skilled instructors, we will develop expedition travel and mountaineering skills, building our confidence in navigating mountainous terrain, establishing camps at high altitudes, and effectively carrying loads.
Throughout the course, we will acquire the technical expertise necessary for conquering peaks. We will learn essential snow and ice climbing skills, mastering the use of ice axes and crampons, practicing self-arrest techniques, and ascending and descending snow slopes and ice walls. Additionally, we will become proficient in rope climbing and belay systems, gaining knowledge of different types of ice anchors, protections, and belay systems.
Our instructors will impart valuable knowledge on wilderness and glacier navigation, emphasizing the importance of safety and proper acclimatization processes when climbing at high altitudes. We will also delve into the principles of Leave No Trace Practices (LNT), understanding the significance of minimizing our environmental impact and preserving the pristine beauty of the mountains for generations to come.
As the sun sets on each day of our course, we will gather in the comfort of our camp, reflecting on the challenges overcome, the skills acquired, and the camaraderie formed with our fellow participants. Surrounded by the majestic peaks and the tranquil ambiance of the Beas Kund Glacier, we will find inspiration in the breathtaking surroundings and the profound sense of accomplishment that accompanies each step forward.
The India Mountaineering Course is not merely a training program; it is a transformative journey that instills a deep appreciation for the mountains, nurtures personal growth, and forges lifelong connections. As we venture into the heart of the Himalayas, we invite you to join us on this extraordinary expedition, where adventure, learning, and discovery await at every turn.

DAY 04-09

Program Curriculum: Building Skills for Alpine Mastery.

Duration: Multiple hours

At the India Mountaineering Course, we have meticulously designed a comprehensive curriculum that covers a wide range of essential mountaineering skills. Throughout the course, our expert instructors will guide you through various modules, allowing you to develop the proficiency and confidence needed to conquer alpine challenges. Our curriculum includes:
Snow Craft: Understanding the unique characteristics of snow and mastering techniques for traveling on snow-covered terrain. You will learn efficient movement, proper use of ice axes, and techniques for safe navigation on snow slopes.
Ice Craft: Acquiring the skills necessary to tackle icy surfaces. You will learn the art of cramponing, gaining precision and stability while moving on challenging ice terrain.
Snow and Ice Anchors and Belays: Mastering the construction of snow and ice anchors to ensure safe and reliable protection. You will learn different types of anchors and belay systems, allowing you to confidently tackle steep ascents and descents.
Glacier Travel: Developing the expertise required for glacier travel, including route selection, hazard assessment, and navigation techniques. You will learn how to negotiate crevassed terrain, employing effective rope techniques to ensure the safety of your team.
Self-Arrest: Practicing essential self-arrest techniques to quickly and effectively halt a slide on snow or ice slopes. You will gain the skills needed to react swiftly in emergency situations, maintaining control and preventing accidents.
Crevasse Rescue: Understanding the intricacies of crevasse rescue and evacuation. You will learn advanced rope rescue techniques, including pulley systems and rope ascension, enabling you to execute efficient and safe rescue operations.
Ice Climbing: Exploring the thrilling realm of ice climbing. You will be introduced to various ice climbing techniques, learning to ascend and descend vertical ice walls with grace and precision.
Establishment of High Camps: Acquiring the knowledge and skills required to establish high camps in challenging mountain environments. You will learn efficient camp set-up, proper tent placement, and techniques for securing camp infrastructure in exposed terrain.
Height Gain: Putting your acquired skills to the test during a height gain expedition. This immersive experience allows you to apply your mountaineering knowledge in a practical setting, ascending to higher elevations while showcasing your newfound abilities.
Our program curriculum is carefully structured to provide a progressive and immersive learning experience. Each module builds upon the previous one, ensuring a solid foundation and allowing you to develop a comprehensive skill set. Our experienced instructors will provide personalized guidance, ensuring that you receive individual attention and feedback to maximize your learning potential.

DAY 10

Heading Back to Manali: The Journey's Conclusion

Duration: Trek 2 hours ; Drive 1 hour

As our time on the mountainside comes to a close, we will bid farewell to our training area and embark on our journey back to Manali. The return journey allows for reflection and a chance to appreciate the progress made during the India Mountaineering Course.
Upon our arrival in Manali, we will gather in the evening for a special meeting to mark the culmination of our mountaineering adventure. This meeting serves as a fitting finale, where we come together as a group to celebrate the achievements and milestones reached throughout the course.
During this gathering, we will not only reflect on the incredible experiences shared, but also take the opportunity to formally recognize the dedication and hard work exhibited by each participant. As a token of appreciation, we will present Course Certificates to commemorate the successful completion of the India Mountaineering Course.
This closing ceremony is a heartfelt moment, where participants can reflect on the personal growth and transformation they have undergone during their time in the mountains. It is a chance to express gratitude to our expert instructors, whose guidance and support have been invaluable throughout the course.
Beyond the Course: A Lasting Journey
While the India Mountaineering Course may conclude with this meeting, the journey of mountaineering is a lifelong pursuit. The skills, knowledge, and camaraderie forged during this course will continue to resonate within each participant as they embark on their future adventures in the world of high altitude mountaineering.
We encourage you to stay connected with the Above14000ft community, a network of passionate mountaineers who share a love for adventure and a deep respect for the mountains. We foster a sense of camaraderie and support, ensuring that the bonds formed during the India Mountaineering Course extend beyond the course duration.
As you bid farewell to Manali and the majestic Himalayas, we hope that the memories and experiences gained during the India Mountaineering Course will inspire you to continue pushing your limits, exploring new horizons, and embracing the spirit of adventure.
Closing this chapter of the course marks the beginning of a new journey—a journey that allows you to apply your newfound skills, share your passion for mountaineering, and create your own extraordinary stories amidst the breathtaking beauty of the mountains.
Congratulations on your remarkable achievements and the successful completion of the India Mountaineering Course. May your future endeavours be filled with thrilling expeditions, unforgettable moments, and a deep connection to the mountains that will forever inspire and uplift you.
Safe travels, Trip ends!

Inclusions/ Exclusions
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Inclusions
    • When you join the India Mountaineering Course with Above14000ft, you can expect a comprehensive package that includes various essentials to ensure a comfortable and fulfilling experience. We take care of numerous aspects so that you can focus on learning and immersing yourself in the world of mountaineering. Here’s what is included in your course:

    • Camping Tents, Kitchen, Dining Tents, Sleeping Bags, and Insulated Sleeping Pads:

Throughout the course, we provide high-quality camping equipment to ensure your comfort and safety. This includes spacious tents for accommodation, well-equipped kitchen and dining tents, cozy sleeping bags, and insulated sleeping pads. These essential items are carefully chosen to meet the requirements of the mountain environment and provide you with a comfortable resting place during your expedition.

    • Nutritious, High-Calorie Food:

Maintaining proper nutrition is crucial during the demanding physical activities of mountaineering. Our experienced cooks will prepare nutritious and high-calorie meals that are designed to fuel your body for optimal performance. From breakfast to dinner, you can expect a variety of delicious dishes that cater to different dietary preferences and provide the energy you need to tackle the challenges ahead. The meal service starts from Dhundi and continues throughout the course duration.

    • All Instruction for the Mountaineering Course:

Our expert instructors will provide comprehensive instruction and guidance throughout the course. You will receive thorough training in various aspects of mountaineering, including snow craft and ice craft, cramponing techniques, snow and ice anchors and belays, glacier travel, self-arrest techniques, crevasse rescue methods, ice climbing techniques, establishment of high camps, and height gain exercises. Our instructors are highly skilled and experienced, ensuring that you receive the best possible training to enhance your mountaineering skills.

    • Cook and Camp Helpers until Base Camp:

To ensure a smooth and comfortable camping experience, we provide a dedicated cook and camp helpers who will assist in setting up the camp, cooking meals, and maintaining cleanliness. Their presence allows you to focus on your training and learning without worrying about the logistics of camp life. Our team is committed to providing a supportive and enjoyable environment throughout the course.

    • Horses Carry Loads on the Route until Base Camp:

During the initial phase of the course, horses will be utilized to transport the necessary equipment and supplies to the base camp. This arrangement allows you to focus on the learning aspect while ensuring that all essential items are readily available at the base camp. Our team will handle the logistics of load transportation, ensuring a smooth transition as you progress through the course.

    • Transportation between Manali and Dhundi in Jeeps:

We provide transportation between Manali and Dhundi in comfortable jeeps. This convenient mode of transport allows you to reach the training area without any hassle, ensuring a smooth and efficient transition from the city to the mountains. Our drivers are experienced and well-versed in navigating the mountainous terrain, prioritizing your safety and comfort throughout the journey.

    • All Technical Climbing Gear:

As part of the course package, we provide all the necessary technical climbing gear required for the training. This includes ice axes, crampons, ropes, harnesses, carabiners, helmets, and other essential equipment. Our gear is regularly maintained and checked to ensure its reliability and functionality during the course.

Exclusions
    • While we take care of numerous aspects to ensure a smooth and enriching India Mountaineering Course experience, there are certain exclusions that participants should be aware of. It’s important to understand these aspects to plan and budget accordingly for your journey.

    • Expenses of Personal Nature:

Expenses of personal nature, such as drinks, tips, telephone calls, and mineral water, are not included in the course package. These expenses may vary depending on individual preferences and choices. We recommend keeping some extra funds for any personal expenses you may incur during the course.

    • Accommodation and Food in Manali:

The cost of accommodation and meals in Manali before and after the course is not included in the course package. Participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodation and meals during their stay in Manali. However, our team can provide recommendations and assistance in finding suitable options based on your preferences and budget.

    • Medical and Evacuation Expenses:

While we prioritize your safety during the course, it is important to acknowledge that unforeseen circumstances can arise. We strongly recommend all participants to purchase suitable insurance coverage that includes medical and evacuation expenses. This coverage will provide you with peace of mind knowing that you are financially protected in case of any medical emergencies or the need for evacuation.

At Above14000ft, we prioritize transparency and ensuring that participants are well-informed about the exclusions and additional considerations of the India Mountaineering Course. By understanding these aspects, you can plan accordingly and make the necessary arrangements to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience. Our team is available to provide guidance and answer any questions you may have regarding the exclusions or any other aspects of the course.

Things You Need To Get
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As you prepare for your India Mountaineering Course with Above14000ft, it’s important to pack the essential items that will contribute to your comfort, safety, and overall experience. Here’s a list of things you need to bring along:

Backpack/Rucksack (70 liters)
A sturdy and spacious backpack or rucksack with a capacity of 70 liters is essential for carrying your personal belongings. This larger backpack will be loaded onto horses and transported to the base camp. Ensure that your backpack is durable and equipped with comfortable straps and compartments to accommodate your gear.

Small Backpack (20-30 Liters)

For your daily activities during the course, you’ll need a smaller backpack with a capacity of 20-30 liters. This backpack will be your go-to for hiking and accessing the training area. It should be lightweight, compact, and have enough room to carry your essentials for the day.

Clothing

Pack appropriate clothing for the mountain environment, including warm hiking pants, shirts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and a wicking layer to manage moisture. It’s recommended to have multiple layers that can be easily added or removed depending on the weather conditions. Ensure you have comfortable hiking shoes that provide good traction and support.

Essential Accessories

Don’t forget to pack essential accessories such as a headlight with extra batteries, sunglasses, suntan lotion, toiletries, and a camera to capture the memorable moments of your mountaineering journey. An insulated water bottle or a 750ml flask is crucial to stay hydrated throughout the course.

Cold Weather Gear

Be prepared for cold weather conditions by bringing a warm fleece jacket, windproof shell jacket and pants, down jacket for extra insulation, and warm gloves (thin for working in ice and thick for added warmth and protection). Pack warm socks, a beanie to keep your head warm, and thermal underwear for layering in extreme temperatures.

Additional Gear

Consider bringing hiking poles for added stability and support during challenging terrain. A raincoat will protect you from unexpected showers, and if you have your personal climbing harness and helmet, it’s recommended to bring them along. Don’t forget to pack any prescribed medication you may need during the course.