Friendship Peak Trek, Manali

duration Duration 9 Days / 8 Nights
altitude Maximum Altitude 17,380 Ft
Pickup Pickup Point
visit Best time to visit Sep - Oct
Camp Base Camp Manali
Camp Thrill Level Extreme
About the Friendship Peak Trek, Manali

The Friendship Peak trek is one of the famous treks in the Indian Himalayan range among the trekker’s community. It is situated at an altitude of 17,380 ft and is covered under the snow throughout the year. The trail to the peak is steep and almost take a full day to reach the summit and come back to the campsite. From the summit, one can fetch the majestic panoramic of the Pir Panjal range, against the back of silver horizons formed by the Dhauladhar and Great Himalayan ranges.

Also See: Beas Kund Trek, Manali

The Friendship peak trek is one of the challenging treks in the Himalayas, one should have an experience of travelling to higher altitudes before stepping in the trek. The journey passes through the beautiful Solang valley, featuring several alpine meadows, thick forest dotted with varied species of Alpine trees. The trail starts to become challenging when you reach high altitudes with a thick sheet of snow, your trek over the narrow ridges. In order to conquer Friendship Peak, you must pay attention to the trek leader and follow the acclimatization process.

Also See: Bhrigu Lake Trek, Manali

Manali is the hub of many treks, tours and adventure activities, situated at an elevation of 6,700 ft with river Beas flowing by the side. On day 1 you will be welcomed at Old Manali which is said to the best hideout from the Manali crowd. People who are young at heart always enjoy the hospitality offered here. The vibe and the energy of this place are totally different, also the river Manalsu flowing across which meets with the Beas river.         

Friendship Peak is a hill in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district with a height of 5,289 meters. The trip begins in Solang Valley, outside Manali, and takes you to one of the most famous trekking mountains in the Pir Panjal range. Friendship Peak is rated moderate to difficult and is a good choice for experienced climbers looking to transition to climbing.

The top is encircled by lush fields and deep trees, with heavy snow stacked on top. Indrasen, Deo Tibba, Hanuman Tibba, Shitidhar, and the distant Dhauladhar range can all be seen from the peak. This can be viewed as an 8-9-day hiking and climbing excursion.

Friendship Peak, unlike every high and low pass or lake hike, offers a peak climbing experience at only 5,000 meters (Friendship Peak Altitude). The ascent begins gently and gradually becomes more difficult as you approach the summit. As a result, if you're searching for a challenge, come on over, but make sure you have a few experiences with trekking or be apt with physical fitness!

There are fissures and views of glaciers on the Friendship Peak Trek, which is covered in heavy snow. Before the peak day, there are training courses on how to use cleats, harnesses, and ice axes, among other things. Because weather plays such an essential part in proved to be a major, a buffer of 1-2 days is kept in the event the pinnacle effort is hampered. *

The walk begins with a straightforward hike across fields and woodland, with the Beas river running alongside. After day 3, the terrain becomes steep and tough due to moraines. The Friendship Peak Trek has a severe gradient and requires appropriate snow breaking. On the top route, there will be a fissure bridge. In comparison to July-August, the weather is cooler in September-October, with temperatures as low as -6 degrees. From July to August, we can anticipate rain.

Moustache Escapes would love to assist you with this amazing snow-clad  Friendship Peak Trek.

Friendship Peak Trek:

 

Day 1: Report at Manali, trek to Solang Valley and back:

Altitude: 8400 ft

Trek: 6 - 7 km (3 - 4 hours)

Meals Included: Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay Included: Stay in Swiss tents

  • Report at Manali campsite, meet our team representative and rest in the allocated swiss tents.
  • Post the rest, you will start your acclimatization process in which you will be trekking to Solang Valley and back.
  • This day will be used mostly to acclimatize and to meet & greet of the fellow trekkers.
  • In the evening you will be free to visit the nearby market, the late evening will have a briefing session of the trek.

 

Day 2: Drive to Solang valley, trek to Dhundhi:

Altitude: 8,156 ft

Drive: 15 km (30 min)

Trek: 7 km (4- 5 hours)

Meals Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay Type: Stay in tents on a double/triple sharing basis

  • Wake up around 8 in the morning, have your breakfast at the campsite and get ready for a drive to Solang valley.
  • The trek starts from Solang Valley, during the journey enjoy the views of the mountains with river Beas flowing along the way.
  • With Pine forest welcoming you, start your trek on the rocky patch which starts from the backside of Hotel Solang Valley inn.
  • Keep walking on the rocky path passing the gate on the right, from here follow the road to the bridge which connects Rohtang Tunnel.
  • 20 - 25 mins more into the trek, crossing the small boulders and river Beas flowing on your side, cross the river and reach Dhundhi.
  • Rest and retire for the day at the campsite

 

Day 3: Dhundi to Lady Leg:

Altitude: 11,480 ft

Trek: 4 km (3- 4 hours)

Meals Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay Type: Stay in tents on a double/triple sharing basis

  • Wake up to a fresh morning have your breakfast and start your trek to Lady Leg.
  • The point Lady Leg is named after its visual physical feature Lady’s leg.
  • You will be crossing the Bhoj - Pather ridge, experience the tree skin which was used in the old times to write on it.
  • You will be crossing many streams and many moraine patches in order to reach the Lady leg, pitch your camps and enjoy the nature around.
  • Enjoy the hot meals at the campsite and retire for the day.

 

Day 4: Acclimatization and Training program:

Meals Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay Type: Stay in tents on a double/triple sharing basis

  • Wake up to fresh morning breakfast at the campsite and get ready to start your acclimatization process.
  • Today you will be issued the crampons and the ice axes and a small orientation programme will be conducted on snow patches.
  • A small training session will be conducted by the trek leader which will be efficient in order to climb the Friendship peak.
  • Meals and stay will be provided on the campsite.

 

Day 5: Training Program:

Meals Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay Type: Stay in tents on a double/triple sharing basis

  • Wake up to a 2nd morning at the Lady Leg campsite, have breakfast and get ready for a 2nd training session.
  • Today you will be practicing more of the Day 4 program, the trek leader will guide you through the plan.
  • Meals and stay will be provided on the campsite.

 

Day 6: Summit to Friendship Peak:

Altitude: 17380 ft

Meals Included: Breakfast - Dinner

Stay Type: Stay in tents on a double/triple sharing basis

  • Today you have to wake early and have breakfast at around 4 in the morning, today is the day when you will be climbing the Friendship Peak.
  • You start at around 4 in the morning, at this time of the day the snow stays in the most subtle form to walk upon. The walk will be pleasant until the direct Sun rays hits.
  • As per the last two days training and the guidance of the trek leader, you will be walking over the snow. Slowly and steadily you will conquer the Friendship Peak.
  • Friendship peak is one of the peaks from the Pir Panjal range of mountains and is covered under the snow throughout the year.
  • The Friendship Peak offers a great panoramic view of the Pir Panjal range, against the back of silver horizons formed by the great Himalayan ranges.
  • After spending enough time at the summit point, descend back to the Lady leg campsite and rest for the day.

 

Day 7: Spare day for summit:

Altitude: 17380 ft

Meals Included: Breakfast - Dinner

Stay Type: Stay in tents on a double/triple sharing basis

  • This is the spare day of the trek, in case the weather doesn’t permit to trek.

 

Day 8: lady leg to Dhundi and drive to Solang Valley:

Drive:         8.4 km

Trek:         4 km (3 - 4 hours)

Meals included:  Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay Type:               Stay in tents on a double/triple sharing basis

  • Wake up to a great morning, have your breakfast and get ready to descend down to Dhundhi
  • Crossing the different water streams, and passing through the small boulders you reach Dhundhi.
  • After reaching Dhundhi, board your vehicle for a short drive to Solang Valley.
  • Enjoy the views of Solang Valley and camp there for the night.

 

Day 9: Departure:


Meal Included: Breakfast

  • Wake up with the noise of chirping birds around the Solang valley have your breakfast and start your journey to your end destination.

Air: Take a flight to Kullu airport and book a cab to Manali, if not possible you can book a flight to Delhi or Chandigarh and board a volvo to Manali.

Road: The volvo transfers are available from Delhi as well as from Chandigarh.

Rail: Take a train to Chandigarh railway station and from there book a private or shared cab to Manali.

1. Shirts / T-shirts –4/5, Trekking Pants -3

2. Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood

3. Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater

4. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower), Scarf/muffler

5. Woollen cap, Woollen gloves, Woollen socks & regular socks (5-6 pairs)

6. Comfortable Trekking (Waterproof shoes with a thick sole are recommended)

7. Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers

8. Raincoat / Poncho, Small quick dry towel

9. Water bottle (sturdy ones)

10. Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face

11. Sun glasses (polarized/UV Protected), Walking stick / Trekking pole

12. Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm, Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)

13. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication

14. Personal toiletries

15. Day pack/small bag in case if you are planning to offload your regular backpack

16. Hand Sanitizer

17. Extra face masks

Inclusions:

1. You will be greeted by our trek team on your arrival at Manali.

2. All stays included from Manali to Dhundhi on double / triple sharing basis:

 (i) Swiss Tents on day 1

 (ii) Alpine / Dome tents from day 2 - 8

3. All meals included from Day 1 Lunch to Day 9 breakfast. Vegetarian meals will be served throughout the trek.

4. Skilled local staff who have ample knowledge of the route

5. Hot water in buckets can be provided on request depending on availability, while staying at Manali only.

6. Kitchen, dining and toilet tents will be used during the trek.

7. Cooks/Helper for carrying common equipment like rations/tents/utensils/groceries.

8. All trek essentials included–

 (i) Accommodation - tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats etc.

 (ii) Safety equipment - micro spikes, gaiters, ice axes and basic first aid kit with a portable oxygen cylinder.

 (iii) Permit - forest and camping fee included.

 

Exclusions:

1. The above trek charges does not include the GST charges (5%).

2. Personal essentials -

(i) Equipment - Gumboots, trekking poles, sleeping bag, liners etc.

(ii) Insurance - Personal and travel insurances.

(iii) Beverage - Mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages

(iv) Snacks - Chocolate, dry fruits, protein or nutrition bar.

(v) Entertainment - Camera or drone fees.

3. Transportation - The charges of transportation on day 1 and 9 to reach Manali and to end destination are to be borne and shared between the trekkers.

4. In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of ""force majeure"", medical emergency or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by you.

5. Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel/trek/COVID-19 will be borne by the Guest.

6. Anything which is not included in Inclusion.

1. If cancellations are made 25 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity, no cancellation fee will be charged.

2. If cancellations are made between 4-25 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity, EITHER 75% of the total booking amount will be returned to the guest (25% of the total booking amount will be charged as cancellation fee) OR whole advance amount can be adjusted against any trek within next 12 months.

3. If cancellations are made within 4 days from the start date of your trek/tour/activity, 100% of the total booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.

4. If you book the tour/trek/activity by making a partial payment of the total booking amount and fail to make the 100% payment before 30 days from the date of travel. In this case, your booking will get canceled automatically and can only be reconfirmed once you make the full payment, depending on the availability of slots.

5. In case if your tour/trek/activity remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure", medical emergency, government policy changes, local strikes, or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get a refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain underutilized by you.

6. Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

7. The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days.

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