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)
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- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Difficult
- Group Size Small Group
All about the Friendship Peak Expedition.
Lapped in the Pir Panjal range, at an elevation of 5,298 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 a round 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 pure thrill.
Max. Altitude – 5,289 meters
Duration – 10 days
Level – Challenging
1. It is one of the most challenging trekking Summits in India and doesn’t demand mountaineering skills or techniques.
2. The summit offers you unmatched views of the neighboring Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges, along with a sprawling view of the Solang valley.
Day 1 Arrival at Manali
The drive from Delhi to Manali is about 12 hours long via an overnight bus.
Day 2 Drive to Solang Valley; Trek to Bakerthach
Altitude: 3,500 m
Day 3 Trek from Bakertach to Beas Kund Base Camp
Day 4 Acclimatise & Train at the Base Camp
Day 5 Trek from Base Camp to Advance Camp
Time Taken: 4 – 5 hrs
Day 6 Summit Attempt
Day 7 Reserve Day
Day 8 Trek from Advance Base Camp to Bakerthach
Day 9 Trek from Bakerthach to Solang Valley; Drive to Manali
Day 10 Depart from Manali
- 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.
Whom is the trek for?
The Friendship Peak Trek is a challenging one that sits at a dizzying altitude of 17,382 ft. The challenging level of the trek combined with extreme high altitude demands rigorous physical fitness, endurance and stamina, along with proper acclimatization. Only well experienced trekkers who have scaled heights of at least 4,500 to 5,000 meters should undertake the trek.
Which is the best season for the trek?
The ideal window for this trek is Mid June to Mid October, when the weather conditions aren’t extreme. Although, monsoons should be totally avoided, as the likelihood of landslides is quite high then.
What weather conditions can be expected during the trek?
If you choose to attempt the trek in the months of June - July, you can expect temperatures to range between 12 to 20 degrees Celsius during daytime, while nights are cold, with temperatures ranging from -3 to 5 degrees. If you’re going during the September - October, the weather is considerably colder, with daytime temperatures ranging between 10 to 15 degrees, which dip to -6 to 4 degrees during the night.
What things are needed to be carried?
Rucksack, high ankle trekking shoes, one fleece jacket, one down feather / hollofil jacket, 3 pairs of quick dry T-shirts and trek pants, 5-6 pairs of socks, balaclava, a daypack, sunscreen SPF 50+, scarf, towel, lip balm, headlamp / torch, 2 water bottles of 1 litre, and personal medicines. For a complete checklist, download the checklist from the footer.