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32°23'50.0"N 77°05'09.7"E

Shitidhar Trek

Shiti Dhar or 'White Peak' is at a height of over 18,000 feet and is probably the best peak to go on if you are just starting off with mountaineering. These mountains located in the Bara Banghal Range are a brilliant expedition since one has the possibility of summiting two peaks.
  • Himachal Pradesh
  • 10 Days
  • 18,000 FT
  • Moderate

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  • Event Type

    Trekking

  • Best Time

    Apr– May, Sept– Oct

  • Base Camp

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    Manali, India

  • Pickup Point

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    Delhi, India

  • Minimum Age

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    For this trek, we only allow children above this age to ensure the safety of everyone joining this high altitude trek.

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Highlights

  • One of the best treks for beginners.

  • Needs no technical or prior mountaineering experience to summit the peak.

  • Gives you marvelous views of both the Kullu and the Lahul valley.

Overview

This is one of the best high altitude treks which does not need any prior climbing experience to summit a Himalayan peak. The trek offers you spectacular views of Hanuman Tibba on the west and in the distance, you will see Indrasan, Deotibba and the lesser mountains of the Pir Panjal in the east. Mount Shitidhar also known as the "White Peak" is one of the best for trekking in Manali. The south face of the peak offers both an easy and a challenging route. When you summit the peak, you will be getting breathtaking views of both the Kullu and the Lahul valley. The base will be near Beas Kund which is just a day trek away from the main city of Manali. The Shitidhar climb needs no clearance from the Indian Mountaineering Federation (IMF), but in winter, the peak demands some technical climbing skills from the climbers in order to summit the peak. Your trek will start from Solang Valley which is just 17 km away from Manali. As a matter of fact, the Solang valley is very well known for its ski resorts as it attracts a lot of tourists especially in the months of March to May. Also, it is believed that the author of the great epic Mahabharata, used to bathe in Beas Kund (a high altitude lake). As you pass Beas Kund, you will see lots of trekkers and pilgrims, as it is also a very popular tourist attraction spot in summer, when the snow melts and the temperature becomes a bit bearable. The ascent follows the river Beas up to Beas Kund and then continues up the slopes of Shitidhar, as a result, there is no shortage of water along the trek.

Brief Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

You will start your journey to Manali by taking a train, preferably catch the Kalka Shatabdi at Delhi which departs at 7:50 am and reach Chandigarh at 11:00 am the next day. Take a look around the beautiful city of Chandigarh and drive straight away for 12 hours to reach Manali. It will be a long journey but you will experience wonderful scenic views on your way. Take a look around the local markets, the main attractions include the Roerich Art Gallery and Hadimbas and stay the night in a hotel. There are plenty of options for a hotel in Manali.

This will be a relaxing day in town. Grab a nice and hot breakfast in your hotel and experience a wonderful view from the balcony. Manali is a very commercial town now, it is located at a height of 6,726 ft. Due to the huge number of tourists visiting from around the globe, Manali remains quite busy throughout the year. After having a warm lunch, spend some time exploring the town mainly, the Hadimba temple, the Vashisht hot water springs and the famous Roerich Art Gallery in Naggar. Stay overnight in your hotel.

Altitude : 6,276

After having breakfast, drive up to Rohtang pass. The famous pass which is just a 2 hours drive from Manali is at a height of 13,123 ft from sea level. You will see many foreigners and tourists here because Rohtang pass is in everyone’s list visiting nearby. Even for going to Leh Ladakh via Manali, you have to drive through the Rohtang pass. Have your lunch at the pass and drive back to Manali the same day. At this moment your body has acclimatized against the outside conditions and you are ready to climb further up. Have a warm dinner and stay the night at your hotel.

Altitude : 13,123

Have an early breakfast today and drive to Dhundi which is just an hour drive via Palchan and Solang Nallah. Dhundi is at a height of 9,350 ft and is the starting point of your trek. You will walk along the river Beas before crossing it and then eventually ascend steeply to reach the grazing grounds of Bakkarthach. The DMAS (Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports) runs a semi-permanent camp here and uses the surrounding area and mountains to train mountaineers.

Altitude : 10,797

From Bakkarthach there is a steep climb that brings you to the Beas Kund glacier on the south-facing slopes of the mighty Pir Panjal range. From there, a short walk over the moraine will bring you to the planes of the Beas Kund filled with numerous small streams. Keeping an eye on the ice and snow, you will camp there. The total journey will take around 2-3 hours. Beas Kund, located at a height of 11,765 ft is a small water body on the left side of the glacier draining one of the many trickles which join to form the mighty Beas. It is believed that the legendary author of the Indian epic Mahabharata and the Vedas, Rishi Vyas would meditate up at the Rohtang pass area and would come down to this lake for his daily bath.

Altitude : 11,765

This will be a rest day as you will stay in the base camp itself, but you will be practicing movement on the snow/ice. The art of walking on the snow is often neglected by beginners as it seems very easy, but in reality, it gets very tough when you’re walking through a thick sheet of snow. It resists your movement, and not to forget the hidden crevasses that lie under the snow. One needs to be very careful in these areas. Get familiar with your instruments and equipment and learn how to use them in the correct way. Learn the ropes and how to arrest a fall on the slope. These things are very important during a climb.

The camp I is located at a height of 15,265 ft and takes around 6 hours to reach from Beas Kund. It will be quite steep and arduous walk to camp I, which is on the open snow. You have to pass through a treacherous long ridge, which is generally covered in snow partly. If you lose your concentration here, you will slip multiple times on the ridge. Have a hot dinner and stay the night at your tent.

Time Taken : 6
Altitude : 15,265

Wake up in the morning early, have a quick and light breakfast and get ready for the day’s climb straight up to the summit which is at an astounding height of 18,000 ft. It is recommended to summit peaks as early as you can, as you get to see the best views and the weather also remains better than the rest of the day. You can start your climb to the summit around midnight or so when the snow still remains hard, equipments like snow boots, gaiters, and ice axe are a must. At this time the Mt. Shitidhar temperature would be very less. The climb will take you around 6 hours depending upon your pace, and you will be standing on the summit by sunrise, which is a surreal experience. The climb down to the base camp is much faster, however, you need to be careful as the ice will start melting quickly. Reach the base camp and party in the evening celebrating your success.

Altitude : 18,000

Bid your goodbyes to the mountains and walk down towards Dhundi which will take you 3-4 hours and then hire or share a car and drive back to Manali in just an hour. Stay the night at Manali in a hotel.

Time Taken : 4

Drive from Manali to Chandigarh and board the Kalka Shatabdi departing at 18:20 to reach Delhi by 21:40. Alternatively, if you want to reach Delhi by road you can, but it will take you around 12 hours to reach. So, train or flight is the best way to save time. Reaching Delhi will mark the end of your climbing expedition.

How To Reach


Why Trek With Us ?

Twin Sharing Tents
Eco Friendly & Paperless
Finest Guides
Just Right Group Sizes
Commitment to Safety

Inclusions

  • Accommodations at Trek: All accommodations on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel will be in a budget hotel.
  • Trek Leader and Guides: An experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek. The team will have years of experience and well equipped for any emergency situation.
  • 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-course meal plan.
  • Camping 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.
  • Trek 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.


Note: Prior to booking any adventure with Trekmunk, it will be mandatory to sign the waiver form and get a medical certificate from a doctor in due time, without these, you will not be allowed to start the trek. All this will be done online without using any paper.

Exclusions

  • GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They are subjected to change according to the government rules of India.
  • Personal 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 the 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. You can buy insurance from us while booking the trek, it is optional.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (Laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, Snacks, Orders at tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides, Camera fees, 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.

Cancellation Policy And More Information

Booking Terms:


1. Confirmation Policy:

Upon Booking, An invoice will be sent to your mail & within 12 to 24 hours the booking confirmation with additional details will be sent to your mail.


2. Cancellation Policy:

(a) 10 percent of the prices of our trips/treks/tours or product or service is your deposit and is not refundable, in any case.

(b) Cancellation received 45 days or more: 90% refund

(c) Cancellation received 30 - 44 days: 60% refund

(d) Cancellation received 30 - 15 days: 30% refund

(e) Cancellation less than 15 days: No refund

For more details, go to https://www.trekmunk.com/cancellation-policy


3. Refund Policy:

Any refund applicable will be processed within 10 to 15 business days as per the company policy.


4. Postpone/Transfer of a booked trek:

1. You can postpone your booked trek for a period of two months (61 days) but we will charge a 20% processing fee. The last date for the postponement will be 15 days before the start of the trek. Failing to book the slot in 2 months (61 days) time, would be considered a cancellation with no refund of any kind. Postpone of a booked trek can only be done once.

2. You can transfer your booked slot for the trek to any fit person till 15 days before the trek. You just have to mail us the request and rest we will handle. The new person has to get all the mandatory documents duly signed for the trek.


More Information: 

1. We Trek for a Cause: For overall development of the areas we run our operations in, we donate Rs 100/- per booking from our profits which are used for the upliftment of the local people and conserving nature. We have named this initiative as - Trek for a Cause. For more details, follow: https://www.trekmunk.com/trek-for-a-cause


2. We are paperless: We are focusing on Sustainable Tourism and to do that we are trying all measures to convert our trek operations to be Eco-Friendly. Going Paperless is one step closer to our aim.


3. Single-Use Plastic: Trekmunk does not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We are ensuring that our team is working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We will send you instructions on how to go plastic-free on your adventures.


4. Preparing for your Holiday: Getting some additional exercise makes a lot of sense to spend time before coming on a trekking adventure. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Hiking in the hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardiovascular fitness and stamina. To read more on how to get fit, follow: https://www.trekmunk.com/get-fit-for-trek


5. Electricity Supply & Plug: You will get electricity supply till the starting point of the trek. If not Indian, We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at: http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/


6. Currency: The unit of currency in India is the Indian Rupees.


7. Health & Vaccinations:

Severe Allergies: If you have a severe allergy please inform the Trekmunk office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy-free environment on trekmunk trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by our leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on the arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Vaccinations: You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however, if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary.


8. Passport & Visas/Identity Proofs: If foreigner, Validity for 6 months, should have blank pages, and should be kept with yourself all the time.


9. Water: If you are on a trekking or cycling holiday, water is supplied to fill up your individual bottles. This will be boiled or filtered. Additionally, you should take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a LifeStraw, Sawyer Filter) to treat your water when in towns or where water is not supplied. We do not encourage the purchasing of single-use plastic bottles.


10. Altitude: This adventure involves going to a very high altitude. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. We will send you the information in your mailbox about Acute Mountain Sickness and trekking in high altitudes. On this trip, we carry bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.


11. Guidance on Tipping: Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Normally the guide and any other trek staff are given their tips at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. The main guide will make sure that the tip is appropriately distributed among all the staff members on the trek.


12. Spending/Emergency Money: Approximately Rs. 8000-10000/- (in Indian Currency)should be carried for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, drinks, soft drinks, etc. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash as the availability of ATM is less in these remote areas. This can also serve as your emergency spending money.


13. Travel Insurance: It is recommended to have travel insurance for these kinds of adventures. When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary. We will ask for the Travel Insurance Details over a mail. Indians can buy insurance from us while booking the trek.

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