Friendship Peak Trek, Manali

duration Duration 7 Days / 6 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: Arrive at Manali


Altitude: 8400 ft.

Meals Included: Lunch - Dinner

Stay Type: Tents

  • Report at Manali campsite, meet our team representative and rest in the allocated tents.
  • Post the rest, you will start your acclimatization process in which you will be trekking to nearby surroundings and back.
  • This day will be used mostly to acclimatize and to meet & greet 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: Manali - Solang - Raoli Thatch


Altitude: 11000 ft

Meals Included: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

Trek: 8 km

Stay Type: Tents

  • 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.
  • 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, crossing the river and reaching Raoli Thatch.
  • Rest and retire for the day at the campsite

 

Day 3: Raoli Thatch - ABC Lady Leg


Altitude: 15000 ft

Meals Included: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

Trek: 4 km

Stay Type: Tents

  • 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, experiencing 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's leg, pitch your camps and enjoy the nature around.
  • Enjoy the hot meals at the campsite and retire for the day.

 

Day 4: Summit Camp | Training Day


Altitude: 15800 ft

Meals Included: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

Trek: 4 km

Stay Type: Tents

  • Wake up to a 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: Summit Attempt


Altitude: 17380 ft

Meals Included: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

Trek: 4 km

Stay Type: Tents

  • 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 hit.
  • 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 6: Buffer Day | Summit Attempt


Altitude: 15000 ft, 17380 ft

Meals Included: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

Trek: 4 km

Stay Type: Tents

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

 

Day 7: Lady leg - Raoli Thatch - Manali


Altitude: 8400 ft

Meal Included: Breakfast

Trek: 12 km

  • Wake up to a great morning, have your breakfast and get ready to descend down to Raoli Thatch.
  • After reaching Raoli Thatch, rest for a while and trek back to Solang and from there a short drive to Manali.
  • Bring this adventure to an end.

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 Lady Leg in tents on sharing basis.

3. All meals included from Day 1 Lunch to Day 7 breakfast with morning and evening tea and a healthy soup in the evening. Vegetarian meals will be served throughout the trek.

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

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

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

7. All trek essentials included–

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

(ii) Safety equipment - crampons, ice axes on day 4,5 & 6 and basic first aid kit with a portable oxygen cylinder.

(iii) Permit - forest and camping fee included.

 

Exclusions

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

2. 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.

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

4. Anything which is not included in Inclusion.

1. If cancellations are made 26 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity, no cancellation fee will be charged.

2. If cancellations are made between 8-25 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity, 25% of the total package amount will be charged as cancellation fee.

3. If cancellations and rescheduling are made within 7 days from the start date of your trek/tour/activity, 100% of the total booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.

4. Guest can reschedule the tour/trek/activity between 8-25 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity (Depending on the availability), after this period no rescheduling can be done and no amount can be refunded.   

5. Rescheduling of the tour/trek/activity is applicable only once, after that if you want to cancel or reschedule the trek/tour/activity again, it will not be possible and no refund will be processed. 

6. 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 26 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.

7. 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.

8. In case if your tour/trek/activity gets cancelled because of "force majeure", medical emergency, government policy changes, local strikes between 0-7 days from your date of travel, you will be eligible to reschedule the date of your trek/tour/activity or you can get a credit note of the amount paid, however no cash refund will be possible in this case.

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

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

Q1. What meals are included in Friendship Peak Trek?

Answer: Vegetarian Meals – (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included in the package, you can check the inclusions for more information.


Q2. How can I reach to Friendship Peak Trek?

Answer: One can book a taxi from Kullu and reach Solang valley which is located near Manali. This is the place to start the trek to reach Bakarthach after passing through lush green forests, alpine meadows, and gushing streams. One can enjoy and have some fun at the base camps- (I and II) of the Friendship peak.


Q3. What kind of accommodations are included in Friendship Peak Trek?

Answer: 6 nights accommodation in Camps as per the itinerary.


Q4. How long is the Friendship Peak Trek?

Answer: Pack your bag and entail this 7 days long trek that takes you on a rollercoaster ride of mythical stories, moraine patches, sky-touching mountains, and never-ending alpine meadows.


Q5. What is the height of Friendship Peak Trek?

Answer: The height of Friendship Peak Trek is 17353 ft.


Q6. What is the best time to go for Friendship Peak Trek?

Answer: The best season to visit this trek is from May to August.


Q7. Where does Friendship Peak Trek start?

Answer: The friendship trek starts from Solang.


Q8. What kind of level of fitness is required for Friendship Peak Trek?

Answer: The fitness level required for this expedition is quite high as compared to other treks.

 

Q9. What will be the weather conditions in Friendship Peak Trek?

Answer: The temperature ranges from 10 to 15 degrees during the daytime and dips to about -6 to 4 during nights.


Q10. Why should I go for this trek?

Answer: One of the major benefits of going on this trek is that it will improve your physical health immensely. Spending multiple hours on the trail, climbing around boulders, rock hopping and ascending hills gives your whole body a workout, improving your strength, agility and cardio fitness.


Q11. What equipment can I rent from you?

Answer: We don’t rent these things but will guide you to the shops that provide trekking equipments on rental basis.


Q12. When will there be snow on this trek?

Answer: The best months for this trek are May and June for a snow-covered peak and September and October for a predominantly rocky terrain.


Q13. Is the trekking pole necessary?

Answer: Yes, since there will be a lot of snow on the trail a trekking pole would be helpful.

 

Q14. How should I select my trekking shoe?

Answer: You should Check for good grip, Look for softness and flexibility of shoe sole, Go for ankle support, Choose Snug-fit shoe, Water Resistance is crucial.


Q15. What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

Answer: The major attractions on the Friendship Peak Trek are Hadimba Temple in Manali, hot water springs of Vashisht and Naggar Roerich Art Gallery.


Q16. What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

Answer: The minimum age limit is 15+ and if you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deems you fit for adventure activities like trekking.


Q17. Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

Answer: Yes, you can find shops there but its better to buy and pack before to start travelling.


Q18. Is it safe for a solo woman traveller to trek in Fixed departures?

Answer: Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo women to travel in fixed departures.


Q19. What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?

Answer: ID Proof (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried) and Medical Certificate.

 

Q20. What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

Answer: Spacious tents on sharing basis will be provided. The tents are going to be pitched on meadow or more-or-less flat surface with insulated rubber and foam mattresses. Sleeping bags will be provided to be used personally and returned at the end of the trek.


Q21. Can I do Friendship Peak Trek solo?

Answer: This is an ideal trekking location where no additional technical trekking skills are needed and you can even conquer the peaks travelling solo.


Q22. How much does the Friendship Peak Trek cost?

Answer: At Moustachescapes the trek will cost you 26999 + 5% GST.


Q23. What experience is required?

Answer: A basic mountaineering course is recommended though not mandatory in case of highly experienced & skilled trekkers.

 

Q24. Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?

Answer: Yes Toilet tents will be provided throughout the trek.


Q25. If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

Answer: If we trek in snow, Safety equipments as per requirement will be provided to you.


Q26. What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

Answer: Vegetarian Meals – (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided throughout the trek.

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