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Freiendship Peak Trek at Himachal by Mulkila Adventures
The peak offers great climbing at not so high altitude.An easy climb up to the col of the south ridge which is very sharp and exposed. To the right it drops precariously to the valleys of Lahaul and on the left is the steep slope leading to the huge crevasses of the Friendship Glacier. A perfect objective for mountaineers looking for challenging trekking peaks.
Delhi – Manali - We can Board kalka Shatabadi, leaving Delhi at 7:40 am to reach Chandigarh at 11:00 am. Drive 8 hrs to reach Manali late in the evening. Alternatively, drive 12 hrs straight from Delhi to Manali Overnight stay is in Hotel in Manali.
On second day, early in the morning after having breakfast, we will get ready with our equipments to climb. Adjust yourself in your climbing gear (climbing boots, crampons and your harness). After that we will get a chance to explore the town. There we will have options to visit the Hadimba temple, the Vashisht hot water springs or the Roerich Art Gallery in Naggar. In the night, we will have our dinner at a hotel in Manali.
Early in the morning after having breakfast drive for 2hrs up to the Rohtang pass, and hike for 2-3 hrs to get acclimatized. Take a lunch at the pass and drive back to Manali. After this pack up for the climb.
Manali – Bakkarthach (3328m) 1hr drive and 3-4 hrs
This 3-4 hrs trek will bring us to Bakkarthach(After an early breakfast). Here we will drive for 1 hr via Palchan and Solang Nallah to Dhundi (2850m). The short run goes along the river Beas before crossing it and then ascends steeply to reach the grazing grounds of Bakkarthach. Get back into the hotel relish your dinner there.
Bakkarthach – Friendship Base Camp (3586m) 4-5 hrs
Next day after having light food we will descend to the river and then a steep ascent brings us to the base camp. We cross the river Beas on a makeshift log bridge set up by the shepherds just below the snout of the Beas Kund Glacier. friendship peak beas kund.
At Base Camp
At base camp have light food and spend the day around the base camp by practicing movement on the snow / ice. Get familiar with the use of your equipment. Learn the ropes and the how to arrest a fall on the slope.
Base Camp – Camp I. 2-3 hrs
A 2-3 hrs trek takes us to Camp 1. It is a short acclimatization walk in the afternoon.
Camp I – Summit – Base Camp
Wake up early in the morning and quickly get ready for the climb up to the summit. It's best to be up at the summit early in the morning to make the best of the weather and get a chance to see some of the great scenes. Get down to the base camp and have a party in the evening, and at night take dinner.
Base Camp – Manali. 3-4 hrs trek and 1 hr drive
A one hour drive will take us to Trek Beas kund; and to the Dhundi. Stay there at night in hotel.
Manali – Delhi
Drive Manali to Chandigarh and board the Kalka Shatabdi leaving at 18:20 to reach Delhi by 21:40. Alternatively, drive 12 hrs from Manali to Delhi.