19 May, 2024

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Friendship Peak, located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, India, is a popular destination for trekking and mountaineering enthusiasts.Friendship Peak offers a blend of adventure, natural beauty, and mountaineering challenges, making it a sought-after destination for adventure enthusiasts. Proper preparation, awareness of the technical requirements, and respect for the natural environment are essential for a successful and enjoyable expedition. Here are detailed insights into various aspects of the peak:

Location and Geography

  • Altitude: 5,289 meters (17,352 feet) above sea level.
  • Range: Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas.
  • Nearest Town: Manali, a renowned hill station, which serves as the main base for expeditions to Friendship Peak.

Trekking Route

  1. Starting Point: Solang Valley, approximately 13 kilometers from Manali.
  2. Base Camp: The trek usually begins at Solang Valley and proceeds to the following key points:
    • Solang Valley to Dhundi: The trail starts from Solang Valley, a popular tourist spot, and leads to Dhundi, a scenic location known for its lush greenery and views of the Beas River.
    • Dhundi to Bakarthach: From Dhundi, the trail moves to Bakarthach (meaning ‘shepherd’s field’), which is a common campsite for trekkers.
    • Bakarthach to Lady Leg: This stretch is more challenging, involving steep ascents and rocky terrain. Lady Leg is named for its distinct shape and serves as a high-altitude campsite.
    • Lady Leg to Summit: The final ascent to the summit involves navigating through snowfields and crevasses, requiring technical mountaineering skills.

Best Time to Visit

  • Summer Season (May to June): This period offers moderate weather conditions, making it suitable for trekking. The snow begins to melt, and the trails become more accessible.
  • Post-Monsoon Season (September to October): Another favorable period when the weather is relatively stable, and the views are clear. The trails are free of monsoon-related disruptions.

Scenic Highlights

  • Panoramic Views: Trekkers are rewarded with spectacular views of surrounding peaks such as Hanuman Tibba, Shitidhar, and Deo Tibba.
  • Natural Beauty: The route is adorned with alpine meadows, moraines, glaciers, and dense forests, providing a diverse and picturesque landscape.

Technical Details

  • Difficulty Level: Rated as a challenging trek, suitable for experienced trekkers and mountaineers.
  • Required Equipment: Crampons, ice axes, ropes, and other mountaineering gear are essential due to the technical nature of the climb.
  • Guides and Permits: Hiring experienced guides is highly recommended. Necessary permits can be obtained from local authorities in Manali.

Preparation and Safety

  • Physical Fitness: Adequate physical conditioning and prior high-altitude trekking experience are crucial.
  • Acclimatization: Spending sufficient time acclimatizing at various campsites is important to prevent altitude sickness.
  • Safety Measures: Trekkers should be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and should carry appropriate clothing, gear, and emergency supplies.
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At a glance
[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="12px"][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="17px"][tt_items_list][tt_item type="info" value="Manali, Himachal"]Starting Point:[/tt_item][tt_item type="info" value="5289 Mtr"]ALTITUDE:[/tt_item][tt_item type="info" value="34 KM"]Trek Distance:[/tt_item][tt_item type="info" value="12 to 15"]Best Group Size:[/tt_item][tt_item type="info" value="35,000 INR + 5 % GST (Manali to Manali )"]Trek Package:[/tt_item][tt_item type="info" value="2000 INR Backpack Offloading"]Add On:[/tt_item][tt_item type="info" value="1700 INR (Single Tent)"]Accommodation : [/tt_item][/tt_items_list][vc_empty_space height="4px"][vc_btn title="CONTACT US FOR BOOKING" style="3d" color="warning" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.goclimbup.com%2Fcontact-us%2F"][vc_empty_space height="4px"][vc_btn title="ITINERARY DETAILS" style="3d" color="warning" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.goclimbup.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2024%2F05%2FFriendship-Peak.docx"][/qodef_elements_holder_item][/qodef_elements_holder][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]Here's a quick itinerary for a trek to Friendship Peak:

Day 1: Arrival in Manali

  • Activities: Arrive in Manali, check into a hotel or guesthouse, and spend the day acclimatizing.
  • Preparation: Final gear check, meet the trekking team, and briefing.

Day 2: Manali to Solang Valley to Dhundi

  • Travel: Drive from Manali to Solang Valley (approximately 13 km).
  • Trek: Begin the trek from Solang Valley to Dhundi (around 8 km, 4-5 hours).
  • Camp: Overnight stay in tents at Dhundi.

Day 3: Dhundi to Bakarthach

  • Trek: Trek from Dhundi to Bakarthach (around 6 km, 4-5 hours).
  • Activities: Acclimatization and basic mountaineering training.
  • Camp: Overnight stay in tents at Bakarthach.

Day 4: Bakarthach to Lady Leg

  • Trek: Trek from Bakarthach to Lady Leg (around 4 km, 4-5 hours).
  • Activities: Acclimatization and rest.
  • Camp: Overnight stay in tents at Lady Leg.

Day 5: Lady Leg to Summit Attempt and Back to Lady Leg

  • Climb: Early morning start for the summit attempt (approximately 8-10 hours round trip).
  • Summit: Reach the summit of Friendship Peak and enjoy the panoramic views.
  • Descent: Return to Lady Leg camp.
  • Camp: Overnight stay in tents at Lady Leg.

Day 6: Lady Leg to Bakarthach to Dhundi

  • Trek: Descend from Lady Leg to Bakarthach (around 4 km, 3-4 hours) and then to Dhundi (around 6 km, 3-4 hours).
  • Camp: Overnight stay in tents at Dhundi.

Day 7: Dhundi to Solang Valley to Manali

  • Trek: Descend from Dhundi to Solang Valley (around 8 km, 4-5 hours).
  • Travel: Drive back to Manali.
  • Rest: Check into a hotel or guesthouse in Manali and relax.

Day 8: Departure from Manali

  • Activities: Explore Manali if time permits before departure.
  • Travel: Depart from Manali to your next destination.
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