Friendship Peak Expedition
Himachal Pradesh | 10D/9N | 17,382 Ft.
May to June and September to October
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
- Reviews 3934.9/5
- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Difficult
- Group Size Small Group
All about the Friendship Peak Expedition.
Region: Himachal Pradesh
Duration: 10 days and 9 nights
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Maximum Altitude: 17,382 Ft
When you are in the mountains, you don’t want to know what time it is or what day it is or where you are, because the truth is none of that matters. What actually matters is the sunlight that touches your skin in the cold morning, the breeze that shakes your body in perfect rhythm and the trail that takes you to the summit. The feeling of being in a whole different world and the aura that surrounds the entire vicinity is something that will refrain your desire to retreat back into the catastrophic world where life seems like a mess.
Lapped in the Pir Panjal range, at an elevation of 17,382 meters, the Friendship Peak trek is one of the most popular trekking summits in India. The trek is quite challenging but does not require any mountaineering skills. It can be done by extremely fit trekkers, with prior experience of high altitude trekking. The trail to Friendship Peak unfolds from Manali’s Solang Valley, and winds through beautiful oak forests and meadows, over glaciers, moraines and boulders. The trail is around one, beginning and ending at Solang. The arduous summit climb rewards you with mind-boggling, panoramic views of the Pir Panjal ranges and the slightly distant beauty of the Dhauladhar ranges. The verdant expanses of the trail give way to a beautiful snow bed after a certain altitude. The Friendship peak trek is an unmissable one for those seeking a pure thrill.
Friendship Peak Trek has a natural appeal to it with an excellent view of some breathtaking places like Spiti, Pin Parvati Pass and the phenomenal peaks that Kinnaur offers to us. This trek will take you to heights that will leave you in awe. Friendship Peak trek is that trek that will give you the charms of mountain climbing in a comparatively subtle and easier way. This trek will give you these little moments of achievement and more as you trek along with us.
• Friendship Peak Trek is considered as one of the most difficult Himalayan Treks with a height of 17,382 ft. which is similar to some other desired and famous Himalayan Treks. This is not known by many people, hence, making it the dark horse when it comes to trekking at high altitudes.
• Friendship Peak Trek is a good alternative to Stok Kangri and Kanamo Peak. It is for this reason that this trek is highly recommended for people who are searching for perfect alternatives to Stok Kangri and Kanamo Peak.
• Friendship Peak Trek has a brown cover of boulders assorted with snow at its stretch which makes it a really unique trek to opt for. Unlike the other treks, you will not find a continual area of snow cover or vegetation. The greenery and snow come to you just at the correct moment and the correct amount.
• Spiti Valley offers to us the most beautiful sort of villages that are culturally rich and have the old world charm to them.
You need to possess an advanced level of fitness in order to opt for this trek. Being at a very high elevation, altitude sickness can also come into play. Keeping the ordeal aside, a lot of people claim to find this trek very interesting to refresh themselves amidst their daily routine life filled with boredom. You are assured to get an amazing company of wanderlusts alongside you. You might think that embarking on this trek with total strangers won’t be that fun but believe us, you will certainly descend the trek with your hand over their shoulders promising to trace more peaks together in the future.
Trekmunk as a Friendship Peak Trek Organizer will make sure that you will have a wonderful experience in the mountains. As per the reviews of various trekkers, Trekmunk is the best trekking company in India that assures you a quality service and a friendly atmosphere. Friendship Peak Trek cost is around 27,450 INR which will come with all the inclusions from the base camp. Pack your bags and get along on this wonderful journey of heaven that is Friendship Peak Trek 2020 with Trekmunk.
Best time to visit Friendship Peak Trek:
The best time to accomplish the Friendship Peak Trek is in the months of May, June, August, September, and October, as the harshness of winter is left behind, and trials clear up considerably. Visiting this trek in the month of July is not advised because of the landslides. Generally, the temperature ranges from 10 to 15 degrees during the daytime and dips to about -6 to 4 during nights. You can witness a collection of some of the majestic Himalayan peaks covered with pristine snow. Embrace yourself to witness enthralling views if you plan to visit Friendship Peak during these months.
How to reach the base camp:
By road: The roadways are well connected and the landscapes are alluring throughout. You can get regular Volvo buses from New Delhi and Chandigarh to Manali.
By train: The nearest and biggest railway station is the Chandigarh railway station which is 293 kilometers from Manali. You can get frequent buses and cabs from Chandigarh to reach Manali. Chandigarh railway station directly connects major cities of India like New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore etc.
By air: The nearest airport is located in Bhuntar which is around 50 kilometers from Manali. You can get daily flights from most of the cities in India.
Friendship Peak Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrival at Manali
The drive from Delhi to Manali is about 15 hour long via an overnight bus. Otherwise, you can prefer the air network and land at Bhuntar Airport from where you can take a cab to reach Manali.
Day 2 : Drive to Solang Valley; Trek to Bakerthach
We will wait for you at the Manali Bus Stop, from where we will move to Solang Valley which is 12 hours drive from Manali. Solang Valley will mark the commencement of our trek to Friendship Peak on foot. A few hours of a trek through a well-marked road followed by forest trail will advance us to Dhundi. There is moderate ascent throughout the trail. Although you will come across a stream on the trail, it could come out to be murky. So, it is better to carry plenty of water from Manali or Solang itself. We are scheduled to reach Bakerthatch campsite by 1-2 pm. A hot and delicious lunch will be served. Post lunch, we will start setting up camp here. The evening of this day will be scheduled for equipment briefing and providing other necessary details that need to be known for further advancement in the pursuit of scaling this juggernaut mountain peak.
Altitude : 10,800
Drive distance : 12 hours
Trek distance : 4.5 kilometres
Trek duration : 4-5 hours
Day 3 : Trek from Bakertach to Beas Kund Base Camp
The main objective of day 3 is to trek from Bakertach campsite to Beas Kund Base Camp. Beas Kund is located at an elevation of around 12,500 feet from the mean sea level. The whole trek objective will take roughly around 4-5 hours to complete the day’s trail.
After having early and healthy morning breakfast, we will set out for the next trail which is Beas Kund Base Camp. The terrain consists of mostly rocky paths. There is a steep ascent all the way to the top of Beas Kund. There is no water point throughout the trail. So, make sure that you carry enough water to replenish your water needs along the trail. The trail is well marked which ensures that you won’t be lost on the trek. The mesmerizing views of the forests and mountains keep you entertained throughout the trail.
We will camp for some time under the sky while having our dinner. Overnight sleep in the tents will mark the end of this day.
Altitude : 12,500
Trek distance : 3-4 kilometres
Trek duration : 4-5 hours
Day 4 : Acclimatise & Train at the Base Camp
We have kept one day solely for the purpose of training and acclimatization as we will be gearing up for the Friendship Peak. This day will mark another crucial day of the trek. You will learn some useful techniques and hacks to make sure that your climb is a smooth journey. You will be aided with some basic training. The final trek to the pass from advance camp is a difficult one and it requires your body to be completely free of the previous ordeals as you step out for the pass, the next day.
The final trail to the pass will include meadows, ice, and snow which makes it a difficult one. It is good to have prior knowledge about the kind of terrain and challenges to be conquered the next day. You will also be informed about the terrain changes you’d experience during the climb. Beyond here, you are likely to find a heavy accumulation of snow, and the time you spent today for acclimatization will help you in your next couple of day’s endeavors to the highest point in the trek.
Have your dinner and retire for a good night’s sleep.
Day 5 : Trek from Base Camp to Advance Camp
We will start the day early after having a healthy breakfast at the Base Camp. This day of the trek incorporates a moderate level of difficulty including gradual and steep ascents. The trekking distance is not too much. It will take 4-5 hours to reach the Advance Camp. It is advised to carry 2 liters of water. You will find a few water sources down the day’s trail where you can replenish your water needs.
Spend the day resting and exploring around the campsite. Today, you will get a lot of time to rest and recuperate for the challenges that lie further ahead in our quest for the summit.
Overnight camping will be set up in tents.
Altitude: 13,231 ft
Trek distance: 2-3 kilometers
Time taken: 4-5 hours
Day 6 : Summit Attempt
Finally, we have to be all set for the most-awaited and crucial day of the entire trek and hence it also gives rise to the most difficult day of the whole journey. So, brace yourself for an exhilarating day ahead.
Starting the trek, we need to tread through steep inclines and make way across the snow-filled trail. Though the day is quite taxing, it brings great excitement as you ascend the high mountain. The descent takes a notorious turn as the route is covered in moraine and scree. It’s important to be more sure-footed in this region.
After spending some quality time at the summit, we will make our way back to the advance camp. We will camp for some time under the sky while having our dinner. Overnight sleep in the tents will mark the end of this day.
Altitude: 17,382 ft
Trek distance: 12 kilometers
Time taken: 10-11 hours
Day 7 : Reserve Day
Day 7 acts as a reserve day for a second summit attempt. It will only be used in case of bad weather in the region or other unexpected conditions.
Day 8 : Trek from Advance Base Camp to Bakerthach
Early morning will mark the beginning of a beautiful sunrise so close that it will leave you wondering for a moment. We begin descending back to Bakerthatch, following the same trail we took while ascending. Make sure that you have water bottles along with you. The trek is moderate with few steep descents. We will break for lunch halfway down the day’s trail.
Overnight stay will be in tents at Bakerthatch campsite. We will have our dinner while cherishing some of the memories of the trek and then go to sleep for the last time on this unforgettable trek.
Altitude: 10,800 ft
Trek distance: 10- 11 kilometers
Time taken: 5-6 hours
Day 9 : Trek from Bakerthach to Solang Valley; Drive to Manali
Wake up early in the morning to catch the sunrise and for a fresh breath. This beautiful scenery and serenity of the place will surely restrict your return back into the chaotic world. Indulge yourself in clicking some sweet snaps which will act as a memory when you shall look back down the memory lane of your life. From this place, you can get clear snapshots of the beautiful Himalayan Ranges.
This will mark the last day of the trek where we will return back to Solang valley from Bakerthatch and then drive back again to Manali. The trail incorporates easy to moderate descent. The terrain type consists of forest trail and riverside trails. The total distance is around 20-25 kilometers and we will reach Manali by 6 pm in the evening.
Drive distance : 12 hours
Trek distance : 4.5 kilometres
Trek duration : 4-5 hours
Day 10 : Depart from Manali
Returning back to Manali will mark the end of your journey along with us. This day will have a fresh start. Plan your onward journey from here. If you wish to stay after the trek, you can also enjoy sightseeing in Kullu and Manali. There are many beautiful places such as Vashisth Temple, Hadimba Temple, Mall Road. You can enjoy adventure sports at Kullu such as Rafting and Bungee Jumping.
Friendship Peak Trek is a perfect getaway to throw out all the stresses of life and fall in love with the beautiful nature. This trek will ensure you a sharp contrast to your habits and culture. One can easily connect to himself and come back rejuvenated. You end up discovering your inner self that was long lost in the chaos of lives in the cities.
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
- Accommodation: All accommodation on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel (if mentioned in the itinerary and not mentioned in exclusions) will be in a 2-3 star accommodation unless mentioned otherwise.
- Trek Leader and Guides: A team of an experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek.
- Services of a Professional Trekking Team: A team of an experienced Cook, Camp Staff, Porters/Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
- Meals: All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs. It will be a five meal plan including Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner. You will be provided with clean mountain water from the streams to drink. You can carry water purification tablets if you deem necessary but we advise otherwise.
- Trekking and Safety Equipment: All the camping equipment such as Tents, Sleeping bags, Toilet Tents, Dining Tent, Mattresses, and other things will be provided by us and we guarantee the quality. Safety Equipment including Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Oximeter, Crampons & Gaiters(if required) will be provided by us. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags if possible.
- Permits and Forest Camping Charges: Only for Indian Clients, All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee etc will be paid by us. Foreigners have to pay these charges if not mentioned.
- A Life Changing Experience: We assure you that by trekking in the Himalayas you will have a life changing experience and we will do everything we can to provide you with the best services and make your venture in the wild an unforgettable one.
- GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They will be charged once you add the trek in your cart. They are subjected to change according to government rules of India.
- Accommodation and Food in Manali: Food and stay in Manali are not included in the package. You can book your hotels or homestays in Manali, we can recommend a few good options.
- Flights and Transportation: Flights or other means of transport is not included in the package. Transportation from home to Manali and vice versa is not included in the package. We can arrange a cab for you according to your requirements but you will be liable to pay for the same. Any expenses occurred during the journey are not included in the package cost.
- Personal Trekking Equipment: Your Rucksack, personal clothing, shoes, trek poles, and other personal trekking gear is not included in this package. You have to bring your own gear according to that weather and difficulty of the trek.
- Portage of Personal Bags(Offloading): We highly advise you to carry your own burden (your rucksack) but due to any reason if you wish to not carry your rucksack, we can arrange for a porter/mule to carry it. For this service, you will be charged over and above the trek cost. The charges for offloading vary with every trek.
- Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is not included in this package. We recommend you to have travel insurance before opting for such adventures.
- Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, snacks, orders tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides etc) are not included in the package.
- Emergency Expenses: Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control are not included in the package.
- Anything not mentioned in Inclusions of the package.
FAQs and Reviews
When is the best time to go to for this trek?
Friendship Peak trek is best visited during the months of May, June, August, September, and October, as the harshness of winter is left behind, and trials clear up considerably. This trek is avoided in July due to the occurrence of landslides. The temperature ranges from 10 to 15 degrees during the daytime and dips to about -6 to 4 during nights. You can witness a collection of some of the majestic Himalayan peaks covered with pristine snow. Embrace yourself to witness enthralling views if you plan to visit Friendship Peak during these months.
How difficult is this trek?
It is considered to be a difficult trek with difficulty level of 6/8. The level of this trek is difficult, which demands physical fitness, stamina, and endurance. Prior trekking experience of scaling a high mountain peak is required which means beginners are not welcomed. The duration of the trek is 6 days and it is around 35 kilometres altogether. You would find some steep slopes or risky ridges. There are tricky glacier sections that need to be crossed in addition to steep climbs. Irrespective of your prior experience, it is essential that you be very fit and well prepared for the trek.
How much fitness is required for this trek?
Friendship Peak Trek is a difficult grade trek, and thus good fitness levels are a prerequisite for this trip. The necessity of a good amount of stamina, and a healthy body, both physically and mentally, cannot be overlooked. Thus, good physical strength is a must. This trek requires a prior trekking experience. Beginners are welcomed by Trekmunk but only if they belong to the athletic background or extremely good, routined fitness levels. It is advisable that you do basic exercise such as jogging, sit-ups and similar a month prior to the start of the trek. Good stamina is a must for this trek. If you are a beginner, we would suggest increasing your stamina by walking at least 7 to 10 kilometers daily for 1 month prior to the start of the trek.
What will the temperature like on this trek?
Friendship Peak trek weather forecast explains to us that the vicinity of Friendship Peak usually remains pleasant and clear, almost throughout the year, except for the months of winter. During the period of June to October, the temperature ranges from 10 to 15 degrees during the daytime and dips to about -6 to 4 during nights.
When will there be snow on this trek? Can it be done in Snow?
Friendship Peak Trek has an accumulation of snow along the elevated part of the trails. Yes, it can be done on snow. The Friendship Peak trek is coated with snow, which melts steadily, as the lush green meadows, rough traverses, and brown peaks start to unleash. You can witness a collection of some of the majestic Himalayan peaks covered with pristine snow.
What things do we need to carry?
Friendship Peak Trek is a high altitude trek. You need to be fully prepared for the comfortable completion of the trek. All the essential kinds of stuff required for the trek such as Rucksack, 2 pairs of quick-dry T-shirts and trek pants, 2 pairs of socks, trekking shoes, fleece, sunscreen SPF 50+, towel, lip balm, headlamp/torch, water bottles of 1 liter, and personal medicines should be available with you. For a complete checklist, download the checklist from the footer. Make sure that you have all these things before the start of the trek.
What type of food is served during this trek?
Friendship Peak Trek package includes an experienced cook, who will be going along with the team and the batch during the journey. One thing you can be assured of is the food served on this trek will be one the best that you might have encountered throughout your life. Generally, only vegetarian food is served on a trek because non-vegetarian food has a high amount of protein which makes it difficult to digest. We have a serving of 5 meals per day which includes breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, dinner and bedtime milk. We don’t compromise on the quality of the food. Hence, all you need to do is explore the beauty of the trek without worrying about the food. The pure and fresh mountain water will be provided through clean streams of the area. You can bring with you water purification pills, in case you are cautious about it, although it is not necessary.
How do I book this trek with you?
Friendship Peak Trek cost trek could be easily arranged with Trekmunk by just clicking on the “Book Now” button, given at the information page of each trek. The inquiry is required to check the availability of dates and perfectly initiate your journey to your dream trek destination; fill out the form and you will be taken to the payment link. Within minutes from that, you will be all ready to venture into the wild. If you want to customize your trek, you are just required to carefully fill-up the form that will open as soon as you’ll click on the above-mentioned button. Fill in the basic details, your desired trek option and services, and lastly, your preferred month, time, and date to visit the place. Next, just hit the “send” button as soon as you complete the details. Our expert will contact you soon, at your preferred time for further arrangements.
Will backpacks, raincoats and other equipment be available for rent?
Friendship Peak Trek is a 10-day long trek and hence backpacks, raincoats and other types of equipment are necessary. Backpacks and raincoats including other items will not be available for rent by us. These are the things you need to bring on your own. You can check our website to make sure that you know about all the things that you need to carry by yourself on this trek. It is advised to carry all those things for your own convenience. The only accessories that we will provide on rent for this trek are trek poles and ponchos. All the other necessary items or equipment are not available for rent by our side.
Is this a good trek for a first-timer?
Friendship Peak Trek is one of the quite known difficult trails of the Himalayas. It might not be the best trek for first-timers, as it moves through an extremely high alpine area. The trek has a level ranging from moderate to difficult, which demands good physical fitness, stamina, and endurance. Prior trekking or any similar sports experience (like cycling and swimming) is highly required. Nonetheless, beginners are always welcomed by Trekmunk. If you are a novice in trekking and wish to do this trek anyway, then you might prepare yourself. This can be done with regular vigorous exercise. It is necessary that you keep certain targets and start to practice at least two months before the actual trip takes place. Running, cycling, swimming, and even staircase-climbing, all are definitive ways to keep your body fit and prepared for this trek.
Who will be there with us on the trek?
Friendship Peak Trek Guide will be along with you throughout the journey. The package includes a trek leader and the professional staff which will accompany you and other trek participants during the climb. You are assured to get an amazing company of fifteen other wanderlusts like you, alongside you. People from different spheres of life joining each other on an isolated trek might seem like a thrilling adventure. You will feel like going with strangers and thus it might not be fun but we assure you that you will certainly descend the trek with your hand over their shoulders promising to trace more peaks together in the future. We will also have porters, kitchen staff and mules along with us to make our journey a comfortable one.
What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
Friendship Peak Trek with Trekmunk provides you with washroom/toilet facilities. So, what we do for the washroom/toilet facilities on the trek is that a toilet tent is put a little far away from the campsite. The toilet tent has a hole dug right into the earth. You do your business and then cover it with dirt. We can assure you that it won’t be a problem.
What are the interesting places to visit if I have time before or after the trek?
We will pick you up near Manali and then drop you back to Manali by evening after the completion of the Friendship Peak Trek. Prior to the trek, you can spend a day acclimatizing in Manali if you are somewhere from the plans. You can go for local sightseeing and enjoy Himachal cuisine. If you want to go sightseeing in Manali, you can gear up for it after the trek. The interesting places in and around Manali include Hadimba Temple, Vashisht Temple, Mall road and many more. You can also enjoy rafting in Kullu. All these places are amazing and if you have an extra day after the trek, we suggest you go out and explore the beauty of Kullu and Manali. The scenic beauty and impeccable natural landscapes are something to look out for.
How to get safe drinking water on the trek?
Friendship Peak Trek has few sources of water in the form of rivers and streams that is for not only farmlands but also drinking and other purposes for locals. Water points are available at different intervals of the day to day routes. The water that we take from streams is safe and uncontaminated. But still, if you want it to be totally pure, you can carry chlorine tablets with yourself. You can get it easily at any kind of medicine store.
Which type of shoes should I buy for this trek?
Friendship Peak trek has a long trek lasting for 10 long days. During the whole trail of the trek, we are ought to encounter many kinds of water bodies that we will have to cross. Moreover, during winter, the whole region will be covered with snow. So, it is very important to wear a high ankle trekking shoe that is waterproof. Normal shoes are not suitable for this type of Himalayan trek.
Is the trekking pole necessary?
Friendship Peak Trek comprises of simple steeps and slants, high alpine altitudes, and moves along the safe pasturelands and forest routes. Trekking poles might come handy on this trek. A trekking pole helps in providing balance when we pass through streams. They assure you a safe climb through the snow or rocky paths by reducing the stress on your knees while carrying a heavy load on our shoulders. They are very useful to cut our way through the blanket of snow present on the trail. We provide trekking poles for rent and we strongly advise you to carry it for all the above-mentioned reasons.
What is the Starting and ending point of this trek?
Friendship Peak trek starts at Manali and ends at Manali as well. We will pick you up from Manali in the morning and drop you back to Manali by evening after the completion of the Friendship Peak Trek. Manali is well connected by roadways and decently connected by air network.
Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the minimum and maximum age limit?
Friendship Peak Trek difficulty is considered to be challenging. So, it is advised not to take a child along on this trek. There is no minimum and maximum limit for this trek. You need to check it according to the difficulty level of the particular trek. If you think that you are fit enough for this trek and your legs can carry you till the summit and then back to the campsite even after reading the itinerary, you are most welcomed to experience this trek with us. Friendship Peak, being a difficult trek as the difficulty level is challenging, you should avoid taking your child with yourself.
When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol?
Friendship Peak Trek with Trekmunk is strictly against the consumption of alcohol. At such a high altitude, it\'s amazing to dance on \"daaru desi\" song but very harmful to consume the \"desi daaru\". Alcohol acts as a depressant and can reduce the frequency of breathing and even cause dehydration. Consumption of alcohol can help in the development of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) which can prove to be fatal at times and can cause an adverse effect on your body. It is very important to be fit and active both physically and mentally in order to complete this trek successfully.
What kind of Tents and Sleeping bags are provided to us on trek?
Friendship Peak Trek with Trekmunk has well-defined tents and sleeping bags that are used at the campsite. Currently, talking about the tents, we are using 3 men Coleman, husky and Vango tents which are 5000 mm waterproof. When it comes to sleeping bags, we have custom A shape Columbia sleeping bags especially made for expeditions. It can withstand up to a maximum of minus 20 degrees centigrade. We never compromise on the quality of all items that we provide for treks. The tent and sleeping bags are of impeccable quality and you can blindly trust on us on all the equipment that we provide on the trek. All you need to do is just enjoy the beautiful landscapes, leaving everything else on us.
Can I leave traveling clothes in basecamp behind and collect them after the trek?
Friendship Peak Trek with Trekmunk has well-defined cloakrooms and campsites. You can leave your traveling clothes in the basecamp and then collect them later after the trek is over. We have cloakroom facilities available for all the travelers so that you enjoy the trek without the ordeal that your extra baggage can provide.
Would we be able to expect rain during the trek to this trek? What will we do if it rains?
Friendship Peak Trek has very less chances of rain in between the trail except in the month of July. Rain is a law of nature and we can go against the laws of nature. We can’t stop it, right? So yes, we need to be prepared for the worst scenario and carry all the necessary things that are required irrespective of whether it is going to rain or not. If the rainfall is light and there is only drizzle, we will continue. But if the rainfall is too heavy, we will have to stop. Raincoats will be available with us. So, there is nothing to worry about it.
Is there a doctor going with us on the trek?
Friendship Peak Trek package includes the Trekmunk’s professional team and staff, which will accompany you throughout the journey. In case of any health-related issues, the team will take care of the person. The safety kits and equipment will also be provided by us. Our trek leaders are very experienced and they have knowledge about all the necessary things that need to be taken care of during a trek. They have enough medical knowledge and experience to handle any kind of medical emergencies that can happen on a trek. Another plus point is that we provide and carry oxygen cylinders along with us and your oxygen levels will be checked on a daily basis throughout the trekking routine. This will make sure whether you are fine enough to proceed for a further trek or not.
Do we get mobile network on the trek?
Friendship Peak trail has very less network connectivity. You won’t get a mobile network throughout the trek. Generally, after departing from Manali, the mobile network starts to get weaker. You will get a decent mobile network until Solang. As you pass Solang, it will tend to get weaker and weaker and then a few kilometers ahead you will find your smartphone with no network at all. All further communication has to be made over walkie talkies.
Are smoking and drinking allowed on this trek?
Friendship Peak Trek comes under the High Altitude Himalayan treks. Smoking and drinking are strictly not allowed on this trek or on any other trek. Alcohol acts as a depressant and can reduce the frequency of breathing and even cause dehydration. Smoking and Drinking can help in the development of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) which can prove to be fatal at times and can cause an adverse effect on your body. It is very important to be fit and active both physically and mentally in order to complete this trek successfully.
Is diamox advisable?
Friendship Peak Trek must not require a Diamox if you have prior experience in trekking on the Himachal trails. In case, you are a beginner or have high altitude sickness, it will be wise to take the medicine, at least a day before starting to climb. Diamox is a kind of medical prophylaxis agent which helps in the prevention of Acute Mountain Sickness. Above a height of 8,000 feet from the sea level, an individual is prone to acute mountain sickness, regardless of one’s gender, age, and fitness levels. As this trek exceeds the 8,000 marks, Diamox can be taken. The currently advised dosing is 250 milligram which should begin 24 hours before making an ascent. Nevertheless, it is advisable that before coming upon any conclusion you talk to your doctor and your trek leader about it as they are the only people who can give you the best advice.
How big are the groups?
Friendship Peak Trek group size hovers around 12. The bigger the group, the lesser the fun and serenity amidst the beautiful landscapes. We don\'t have bigger groups because they take away the essence of trekking. So, we have tried to accommodate an average number of people that will end up making the trek experience blissful. When you have a small group, it’s easier for everyone to interact with each other and this adds up to the beauty of the trek. You will come across 11 other wanderlusts like you and I can assure you that you will return home turning those strangers into life-long friends.
Is it safe for female solo travellers to go in a fixed departure group with Trekmunk?
Friendship Peak Trek is a well-mapped trek route of Himachal and a completely safe one. Nevertheless, Trekmunk is strictly dedicated to the safe journey of its travellers, be it of any gender. That said, our team ensures the safety of female solo travellers as well to go in a fixed departure group with Trekmunk. We never compromise when it comes to the safety and security of our travellers. Till now, many independent and solo female travellers have completed a lot of treks along with Trekmunk. There has been no complaints or disappointment by any of our members. All of them have always returned back happily. They have given satisfied reviews and are keen to hike a trek again with us in the future. You can check the reviews on our website for more details.
I can’t carry my bag can anyone carry it for me( Portrage/Offloading of bags?
Friendship Peak Trek route passes through some serious slopes, traverses, ravines, gorges and thus a moderate level sport can become even more difficult for many people who might be suffering any kind of aches (back or knee), any serious internal injuries, or those who are just not habitual to carry heavy-backpacks or never have done climbing with backpack before. Trekmunk can provide its participants with a mule or a porter, but an extra amount will be charged for it. You cannot transfer or expect your load to be carried by your batchmates. Lastly, you are expected to carry only the necessary stuff during the trekking period because we already have cloakroom facilities at our base camps.
How many trekkers will be in one tent?
For Friendship Peak or any other trek, generally, there is an accommodation of only two persons in a single tent. In some cases, we can accommodate three trekkers in a tent but that is very rare. You should always try to follow the norms of the tentmate etiquettes in order to have a warm and happy stay inside the tent. It is very important to create a healthy environment inside. We can assure you that you may enter the tent as strangers but when you shall return back, you will become life-long friends just like roommates.
Do you think I should bring some medicines with me?
Friendship Peak Trek is a high altitude Himalayan trek, and thus it is highly recommended to keep your personal medicines (if any) along with you. Although our team will provide you with the medicinal kit, it will still be wise to keep your own little pouch of basic medicines like Paracetamol, Crocin, Diamox, Avil, Combiflam, Norflox, Crepe Bandage, Digene etcetera. Generally, you should always consult a doctor before going on any acute alpine trek. So make sure you consult an experienced doctor and tell him about all your past medical history and symptoms. Acknowledge him about the altitude you are planning to climb and the difficulty level of the trek. He will probably suggest you prophylaxis medication or else a prescription of acetazolamide. All these drugs are tested and it is proven to reduce the incidence and severity of altitude sickness.
What is AMS? How to prevent it?
During Friendship Peak Trek or any other trek or any other mountain expedition, we ought to travel to high altitudes. As we ascend, due to change in elevation, there is a change in various other factors such as temperature, atmospheric pressure, humidity, radiation and oxygen saturation. The temperature and atmospheric pressure gradually fall down and the ultraviolet(UV) radiation increases with increase in altitude. Moreover, the humidity and oxygen level tends to lower down. These changes have an adverse effect on our body and sometimes our body fails to withstand it. Due to these changes, there arises a condition called altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS). The prevention tips are: • You should always try to ascend a mountain as slowly as possible. • It will be good if you plan a few extra days and spend it acclimatizing after every 3000 ft. • Before starting to ascend, make sure you have a day of rest and a night of tight sleep. • Drink plenty of water. • Eat with proper guidelines. Avoid non-vegetarian food at high altitudes. Also, avoid alcohol and caffeinated products