Friendship Peak Trek

Friendship Peak Expedition – Short expedition in Manali

Friendship Peak

Situated near the Pir Panjal ranges of Himachal Pradesh, the Frienship Peak expedition takes you to an altitude of 5289 meters and remains snow-clad most of the time. The initial trek begins from Manali and requires 10-12 days to be accomplished. This texpedition is challenging, has several crevasses near the top and requires a sound knowledge of weather conditions and mountaineering techniques.

Level of difficulty:Challenging
Highest elevation:5289 meters
Starting point: Manali

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Landscape:

The initial trails of this peak towards the base camp are covered with alpine trees and flowers that make the trek magical. The requirement of ropes and crampons arises due to the ridges and crevasses that come along the way while climbing. The steep slopes that are almost vertical call for fixing a rope. There are also a number of water streams present in the Beas Kund during this trek. It is advisable to avoid undertaking this expedition without a trained guide.

Best time for Friendship Peak Expedition

The best time to undertake this expedition is in the months of May to June and September to October. This place becomes colder during the months of September and October but the temperature differences are bearable.
Temperature in June and July: 12-20 degree Celcius (afternoon), -2 to 6-degree Celcius (evening)
Temperature in September and October: 12-18 degree Celcius (afternoon), -6 to 4-degree Celcius (evening)

Itinerary

Day 1: Reach from Delhi to Manali
Distance: 536 Kilometers
Time Taken: 11 hours (by road)

 Reach Manali from Delhi either by bus, train or car. There are a number of buses that run from Delhi to Manali as it is one of the most famous hill stations of the country and has good connectivity with vicinal cities. You can even choose airways to reach Manali. The nearest airport to Friendship peak is Bhuntar Airport or Kullu Manali Airport.

Day2: Explore Manali and acclimatize with the weather and altitude changes

It is advisable to spend a day in Manali and take rest after the tiring journey from Delhi. This time can be well utilized in exploring Manali and training your body to acclimatize with the gain in altitude and changes in temperature. You can get the trekking equipment and other required items from here.

Day 3: Manali to Dhundi(via Solang Nala) to Bakarthach (3500 meters)
Distance: 21 kilometers (road) and 4.5 kilometers (trek)
Time Taken:4-5 hours

One can easily reach Solang Nala via car or jeep. Solang Nala is the starting point of numerous treks in Himachal Pradesh. The starting point of the trek is Dhundi and the hike begins from here. It is prohibited to use vehicles from Solang Nala to Dhundi without a permit. Trekking on this day ends at the camp of Bkarthach. The trails take you through the brimming streams of Beas and end up to lush green pastureland. The peaks of Pir Panjal and Dhauldar ranges are noticeable from this place.

 Day 4: Spend a day at Bakarthach camp and acclimatize

The Friendship peak expedition is undoubtedly onerous to undertake and requires a good fitness level and sound health. It is advantageous to spend a day or two in Bakarthach camp to acclimatize with the altitude gain. Pre-requisite knowledge of mountaineering equipment and techniques is a must. Learn how to use gears and techniques of rope fixation. Most importantly learn to arrest yourself on the slope because of the presence of almost perpendicular slopes which can be strenuous to climb.

Day 5: Bakarthach( 3328 meters) to Lady Leg (3840 meters)
Distance:4 kilometers
Time Taken: 5-6 hours

In 2-3 hours one can reach Biyas Kund. This is the place of origin of river Beas. This picturesque view is serene enough to meditate. The prepossessing sight of The Pir Panjal and Dhauldar ranges takes away all your stress of the tour. Keep hiking unless you reach your campsite i.e. ABC at the Lady Leg.

Day 6: Reach Friendship base camp 1 (4033 meters)
Distance: 2 kilometers
Time Taken: Less than an hour

Ascend to the summit camp 1 on this day. It is easier to climb the summit if the heavier loads can be left at the summit camp 1. Make sure to carry all the equipment that you might need while climbing the peak. Eateries and water bottles must be carried. The summit camp is situated between the mountain ranges and gives an alluring view of the peak. It is advisable to go slow and safe under the guidance of a guide. Spend a day to acclimatize and adjust in the ambiance. According to the need, an advanced camp can also be erected as per the acclimatization requirements of the members of the team.

Day 7:  Reach the summit
Distance:3 kilometers of climbing the peak and 9 kilometers for descending back to Lady leg
Time Taken:7-8 hours (to reach the summit), another 4-5 hrs for descending

This is the most awaited day of the entire trekking expedition. Begin your trek around in between 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. in the morning so that you can reach the summit on time. It is suggested to reach the peak during daytime to experience the striking beauty of the summit in good visibility. The views from the top are stunning and make this expedition worth undertaking. The trek is challenging due to the presence of extremely steep slopes numerous crevasses. The trek can be accomplished in 7-9 hours. Descend to the summit camp in the afternoon.

Day 8: Descend to Bakarthach from the Friendship peak Base camp.

Plan your detour on this day. Descend to the Bakarthach from the summit camp following the same route and camp overnight at Bakarthach. The campsite is lush green grazing land. The Alpine trees and greenery make this place majestic and tranquil. It will take 5-6 hours to reach Bakarthach.

Day 9:  Bakarthach to Dhundi to Manali
Distance:4.5 Kilometers (Bakarthach to Dhundi) 21Kilometers (drive to Manali)
Time Taken:4-5 hours (trek) 1 hour (drive to Manali)

Return to Solang Nala via Dhundi by hiking and drive back to Manali from Solang Nala. It is advisable to stay overnight at Manali and explore the place and detour to Delhi on the next day.

Day 10-12:

Accounted for reserve days of summit climb and acclimatization.

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