|Suitable for:||15+ years.|
|Experience:||Experience of any high altitude trek, at least 1 treks of 5,000m/16,400ft.|
|Fitness:||Cover 6 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.|
Why Friendship Peak Expedition Is A Must Do
Located in the Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh, Friendship peak is a popular summit trek in the Pir Panjal Range. Situated at an elevation of 5289 meters, the summit offers an astounding visual treat of sky-touching Himalayan peaks in the Pir Panjal, the neighboring Dhauladhar Range, and other Himalayan peaks. Being a challenging trek, it provides ample doses of adventure for the adrenaline junkies and those who have a passion for climbing.
An ideal trek for seasoned trekkers, you get stunning views of Solang Valley and witness the beauty of nature unfold in front of you as you keep trekking towards higher altitudes. The 7-day long trek takes you on an adventure-filled journey of mythical stories, lush alpine meadows, moraine patches, and towering mountains.
Friendship Peak has a very raw and pristine appeal, unlike many other peak expeditions. The trail wanders along meadows and Oak forests, over moraines, boulders, and glaciers making an arduous yet rewarding summit climb. The Friendship peak expedition will take you heights and present you with views that are going to leave you in awe. For those who are seeking a pure thrill, Friendship Peak is simply unmissable. Embark on this fascinating adventure guided by our expert Trek Leaders. Our trek leaders are certified with Basic and Advanced Mountaineering courses and will adequately guide you so that you can really appreciate the adventure.
About The Trek
The trail unfolds the beautiful Solang Valley and offers galvanizing panoramas of the Great Himalayan peaks. Slightly shorter than Stok Kangri, Friendship Peak gives the thrill of a peak expedition but in a comparatively easier manner.
The journey starts from Manali and on the first day, you will simply do some sightseeing around the region, and the next day we will drive you from Manali to Dhundi. Dhundi is the start point of the trek and from Dhundi you will trek to our first major stop, Bakarthach. The trek to Bakarthach campsite winds through forests of Oak, Walnut, and other conifers and is surrounded by moraines and glaciers.
On day 3, the trek resumes from Bakarthach to Lady Leg, also known as the ABC campsite. Today you will trek mostly on moraines and our team will teach you some mountaineering techniques.
The next day is an interesting day and you will learn about the load ferry concept which is implemented for proper acclimatization. We will trek to camp 1 and descend to Lady leg back at night. The following day you will again trek to Camp 1 and mostly rest the remaining day. You will receive sessions on crampon, harness, and ice-ax usage. Stay hydrated and get adequate rest. Our professional trek leaders will help you with all the expert guidance that you need for the trek and proper acclimatization.
On summit day, you will trek from ABC campsite to the Friendship Peak summit and descend back to the campsite. Stay the night at the campsite and descend to Dhundi the following and drive back to Manali.
We keep a buffer day in our itinerary in such expeditions. Weather at high altitudes is unpredictable and if the summit cannot be attempted on the designated day due to weather conditions or any unforeseen circumstances, we will use the buffer day to complete the summit climb. The decision to use buffer day or not will be a team decision. It is recommended to keep an extra day in your schedule.
You will be accompanied by a team of expert guides and mountaineering certified trek leaders, who ensure that your entire journey is completed with optimal safety.
What Can You Expect At The Trek
While not technical, it is a challenging expedition and requires a good deal of physical fitness. It is suitable for extremely fit trekkers, who have previous experience of high-altitude trekking. Also, since you will be at a high altitude, there are chances of altitude sickness. Follow the proper acclimatization measures and get adequate rest to avoid such high-altitude issues.
Being a high-altitude trek, the weather conditions can vary drastically from time to time, so you are requested to dress appropriately so that you are prepared for all kinds of weather. The temperature during the daytime ranges from 10 to 15 degrees C, however, the nights are quite cold and the temperature ranges between 4 to -6 degrees C. Carry enough warm clothes with you to battle the harsh cold in the high mountains.
The trail is filled with both greenery and snow patches. As you ascend higher, the greenery gradually gives way to snow beds. The peak remains covered in snow all year round and it is not quite safe to trek during the months of extreme winter as the weather conditions are extremely harsh and it is also not safe during the monsoons as there are chances of landslides.
Trek The Himalayas team will ensure that you have a wonderful time in the mountains. Pack your bags and get along an adventurous journey with an expert team of guides.
The first day of the trek is scheduled for sightseeing in Manali. After arriving in Manali, you will spend the day visiting famous sightseeing spots like the Hadimba temple and Vashist Kund. We recommend not visiting high-altitude locations like Rohtang Pass before the trek.
Throughout your trek, you get to experience varied Himalayan landscapes from verdant green meadows with Beas River flowing by, steep slopes, pine covers, moraine patches, boulders, and snow beds.
The mountain views from the trek are something extraordinary. You get to see some of the highest peaks from the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar Ranges. Prominent peak views include Deo Tibba (6001 m), Indrasan ( 6221 m), Shitidhar (5250 m), Hanuman Tibba (5982 m).
Stay in unique campsites all along the trek. The Friendship Peak Trek offers some unique campsites ready to be explored. Lady Leg is one such unique campsite, which is shaped like a limb and hence the name of the campsite. You get a grand view of Friendship Peak from here and it appears pretty accessible.
A challenging yet fun part of the trek, the midnight climb towards something. Gearing up in the middle of the night with your head torches on and climbing an icy trail in freezing temperatures and under a moonlit sky gives you the feeling of being a professional mountaineer.
Note: Only hotel stay is included in the cost (sightseeing and food are excluded)
The journey starts from Manali, which is a popular tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh. The first day of the trip is reserved for the trekkers to make their way to Manali, where you will check into a hotel and go sightseeing in nearby places. Rest well to prepare for the climb that starts the following day.
Today you will see the popular attractions in Manali like the Hadimba Devi Temple & Vaishist Kund. You can also roam around the Manali Market and shop for souvenirs. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and introduce each other. Document collection and other important procedures for the trek will be done today.
While your body acclimatizes, you will receive a short briefing where you will be updated with the schedule of the upcoming days and some basic do’s and don’ts in the mountains, and how to maintain the sanctity of the mountains by disposing of the wastes responsibly. We are a crusader of the Green Trails Initiative and so we take littering in campsites and the mountains very seriously.
After a healthy and refreshing breakfast, we will head out on our expedition. The trek starts from Dhundi (21 km away) and it is a 40 minutes drive from Manali. From Dhundi we will trek along the beautiful Solang Valley by the banks of the Beas River to reach our campsite in Bakarthach.
Dhundi is a small mountain settlement and the last village in the Solang Valley, a short drive away from Manali. This is the place where the Beas River meets its first tributary after coming out from the Beas Kund. The drive to Dhundi is surrounded by lush greenery and once we reach the village, we will start our trek towards Bakarthach, our first camping spot. On a clear day, you may even see paragliders flying above the valley on your drive to Dhundi.
Today is a relatively easy trek with a gradual incline and an hour into the trek and you will begin to see the views of snow-clad mountains. The trek is not very long, about 3 km and within 4 hours you will reach the Bakarthach campsite. After ascending for about an hour and a half, you will hit some plains and gradual descends, making the walk pleasant and easy.
Soon after 10 minutes, you will come across big boulders and a rocky path and the ascent becomes steeper. Walking for another hour, you will arrive at a clearing, where you can rest for a while. From here, it is an uphill climb through dense forest covers and as you climb upwards, the treeline slowly fades, and crossing a few steep descents you will reach your campsite at Bakarthach.
The Bakarthach Campsite is part of a meadow so you will see a lot of greenery around with glaciers and moraines surrounding the meadow. This spot is also popular pastureland and you can spot shepherds herding their livestock in the meadows during the summer months.
We will pitch our tents in this serene spot and enjoy a hot lunch at the campsite. Bakarthach sometimes receives strong winds and so camps need to be pitched with caution at a stable site, with boulder cover. In the evening you can take small acclimatization walks around the campsite, so that your body can easily accept what is coming next in the following days. Post dinner, retire in your tents for the night.
Lady Leg, also popularly known as ABC campsite, is an Advanced Base Camp at an altitude of 3900 meters. The trek to Lady leg is quite strenuous so we will start early in the morning to reach the campsite by afternoon. As you move towards the campsite, the ascend becomes increasingly steeper and you will have to walk over moraine patches to reach the campsite. There will be scree along the path and while you may need to catch your breath once in a while, do not miss the mesmerizing views around you.
Lady Leg is a very unique-shaped campsite. The shape of the campsite resembles a leg which is how it derived its name. While the distance to the campsite is not much, the climb up is very steep but there’s enough visual stimulation of sky-touching mountain peaks to motivate you on your climb. After a continuous climb for about 5 hrs, you can expect to reach the Lady Leg campsite by lunchtime. From the campsite, you can see stunning views of Deo Tibba, Dhauladhar Range, and Indrasan peak as well.
To make sure the journey goes safely and smoothly our mountaineering certified experts will give you some knowledge about the technical aspects of trekking that are needed to make the summit. Today you will learn some mountaineering techniques that will be necessary when you make your climb towards the upward patches of the peak and during the summit attempt. The day ends with a delicious meal and you retire in the tents to rest and recuperate for the upcoming summit attempt.
Consider today as an active acclimatization day where you will learn about the concept of load ferry. Load Ferry is a concept adopted for better acclimatization especially when there is an altitude gain. Essentially, the concept of load ferry surmises to ‘climb high and sleep low’ which means you will work at a higher elevation during the day and sleep at a lower elevation to help your body acclimatize.
Today you will collect the equipment, your backpacks, and ration and carry them to Camp 1. Camp 1 is situated at an altitude of 4,800 meters and you will descend back to the Lady Leg Campsite at 3,900 meters by nightfall. As you move towards Camp 1 the terrain becomes more rugged and you leave behind the greenery into snow and ice.
The slopes are pretty steep and slippery towards the base camp and as you go higher, the snow becomes thicker and thicker. Today’s trek will not only help you acclimatize but you will also get used to walking in snow boots. From the base camp, you will get to see bigger peaks like Hanuman Tibba, Priyadarshini, Indrasan, and Deo Tibba. After spending some time at Camp 1 to adapt to high altitudes, you will descend back to Lady leg campsite and stay the night in your tents.
Today’s day is scheduled solely for acclimatization. We will start towards Camp 1 once again and once we reach there, we will spend the day resting and getting used to the higher altitude and also receive some technical training for the summit climb ahead.
We will trek to Camp 1 following the same path as yesterday, albeit it’s a little more comfortable today as we have already lightened some of our weight by transferring most of the things to Camp 1 the previous day, and by now you are also used to walking in your snow boots.
The summit climb is pretty challenging which makes Friendship Peak Expedition a difficult grade trek and to prepare you for the expedition our team of professional and certified mountaineers will educate you with some technical knowledge and also conduct a technical training session to introduce you to the equipment and teach you the basics of using an ice-axe, using the harness and roping up to be able to face the arduous mountain climb.
The final trek to the summit is a difficult one so your body should have as much rest as possible. Drink a lot of water to stay hydrated and sleep through the late afternoon hours and recuperate your body for the summit climb post-midnight.
This is the most-awaited day as you attempt the summit. This is also the most challenging day of your trekking but also the most rewarding. After giving your body ample time to adapt to the high-altitude conditions and getting adequate rest, we will push towards the summit at around 2 am.
Put your gear on and get ready to embark on a phenomenal adventure! Today you will walk the longest and trekking during the night also adds to the challenge. Head torches are a must in today’s trek. This will be a grueling climb ahead so prepare yourself mentally. The initial part of the climb for the first half-hour is quite manageable and it includes walking over flat snow.
About 40 minutes into the climb and it becomes increasingly difficult. Random ice-boulders jut out from the snow beds here and there increasing the difficulty of the climb. You have to maneuver around these boulders repeatedly which can tire you out very quickly unless you have a great deal of physical fitness.
It becomes even more difficult when the snow recedes and the rugged rocks are exposed. Tread along the rocky terrain with crampons and snow boots on is a whole other level of challenge. After about 3 hours of navigating through this difficult terrain, you will hit some smooth slopes. While the slopes may be a little easier on the feet than the exposed rocks but they are in no way less challenging as you have to move onward on a steep incline. You will also need to use the technical skills that you learned here. Always keep the ice axe at your disposal, it will be necessary for this part of the slope.
We will try to reach the summit by 9 - 10 am. Magnificent views of Deo Tibba, Hanuman Tibba, Indrasan, etc, await you. The peak view from the top is unlike any other. You get complete unobstructed views of the Himalayan peaks in their snow-ensconced beauty. Celebrate your accomplishment on conquering such a difficult summit but be careful as the summit isn’t too wide. Admire and soak in the glorious views for some time, before we begin our descent to Lady Leg.
The descent can be quite tricky as the ice begins to melt and it's harder to get a grip on the melting ice. Expect to reach Lady Leg campsite by 5 pm. We will set up our tents here again and after a delicious dinner, you will head into your camps marking the end of the day.
Note: Manali stay is not included in the cost
Day 8: Buffer Day
The final day of the trip and the last leg of the trek where you descend to Dhundi and head back to Manali marking the end of an epic journey. Retrace the steps down from Lady Leg to Bakarthach and Dhundi village. We will start early in the morning so that we can reach a lower altitude as quickly as possible. The trek down takes about 4 hours and it will take about an hour to drive back to Manali. Expect to reach Manali by 3 pm and you will have your lunch on the way. The time taken to reach Manali may vary depending on the traffic and road conditions. If you are planning to travel out of Manali on the same day, we recommend booking late-night tickets to account for any potential delay.
Day 8: Buffer Day
Weather in such high-altitude treks cannot be gauged accurately and even with the weather forecast saying something, the weather is always susceptible to drastic changes in such heights, so we keep a buffer day in our plan and recommend you to do the same. The buffer day is used in case the summit is not possible due to some unforeseen circumstances. However, note that the decision to use buffer day or not rests solely on our team and there are extra charges applicable for buffer day per person.
You have to reach Manali
1. Take overnight bus to Manali from Delhi or Chandigarh, taking a bus from Chandigarh is the most ideal option.
We always recommend to go for the govt. Buses over the private ones outside the bus station as based on the experience we have found that there are very high chances of delay involved with private buses. Also, govt. Buses are always more reliable. Whichever bus you choose, just make sure to reach Manali at least by 9-10 am positively.
Take a flight to Chandigarh Airport and then travel by bus to Manali is the best option.
2. You can even take a flight to Bhuntar Airport but I would not recommend it because of the high prices of the flight and very high chances of cancellations. In case you do reach Bhuntar by flight, Manali is just a couple of hours away and you can easily get a bus or a private taxi till there. If you do plan to come via Bhuntar, make sure to reach at least a day before the trek starts.
3. You can even come via train, Pathankot railway station is from where you can get direct buses to Manali that is 300 km from there and would take an overnight journey. Even in this case, reach a day before at Manali.
Once you reach the assembly point of the trek in Manali. TTH will take care of your further travel, which is also the starting point of the trek.
Trekkers will be dropped at Manali Gov Bus Stand by 05:00 PM, for onward journey from Manali it is advised to make arrangements after 08:00 PM.
1. Accommodation: (as per the itinerary).
• Hotel on Day 1 (twin/triple sharing basis).
• Camping during the trek (Day2 to Day 6).
2. Meals (Veg + Egg):
• All meals while trekking
• Day 2 Lunch to Day 7 Lunch.
3. Trek equipments:
• Sleeping bag, Mattress, Utensils.
• Trekkers tent (twin sharing), Kitchen & Dinning tent, Toilet tent, Ropes, Micro spike.
4. First aid:
• Medical kits.
• Oxygen cylinder.
• 1 Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader.
• Guide (Number of guides depend on the group size).
• 1 High Altitude chef.
• Support staff.
6. Transportation: (as per the itinerary)
• Manali to Dhundi (Day 2).
• Dhundi to Manali (Day 7).
7. All necessary permits and entry fees, Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals.
8. Porters to carry the central luggage.
1. Any kind of personal expenses.
3. Food during the transit.
4. Accomdation and meals in Manali on day 7
5. Any kind of emergency evacuation charge, hospitalization fee or etc.
6. Mule or porter to carry personal luggage.
7. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
Charges of offloading backpack for entire trekking days:-
INR 1350/- if you make an online payment
INR 1500/- if you inform us after reaching Manali
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.
The fee can be paid by online transfer/Check deposit/Cash deposit/Demand draft. Instruction for
payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please
e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.
For the cancellation of services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, Trek The Himalayas must be notified of the same in writing at email@example.com At the time we receive your written cancellation, refunds based on the total fare are as follows.
Cancellations prior to 25 days from the start of the Trip
Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip
Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip
Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek
If by a rare consequence TTH calls off/cancels a trek:
At TTH, we almost never call off or cancel our treks. But in the rare event that we do call off or cancel a trek due to any unforeseen circumstances or natural catastrophes like continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that prevents us from carrying out a trek in a safe manner, unforeseeable circumstances like local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any such situations that prevents a safe trekking experience, TTH will issue a voucher summing up to the same amount as your trek fee. The voucher can be redeemed on any of the treks over a period of the next year.
In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:
As we mention always, weather conditions at high altitudes are extremely unpredictable and can change at any time of any day. Also, situations like natural calamities or political unrest, pandemics and lockdowns, etc are out of our control and if an event cannot run under any such circumstances that we do not directly have control over then we will try to give you an alternative trek, which means your trek will be shifted from one trek to another, which will be safer and more favourable.
In these cases, a voucher is issued to mitigate the difference in cost between the two treks. You can redeem the voucher at any time over a period of one year from the date of issue. A refund fee or refund of the difference is not applicable.
Cash Voucher Terms:
Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Trek The Himalayas" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which TTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. TTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.
|Back pack & rain cover||(50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps|
|Day pack + rain cover||20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)|
|Walking stick||Advisable (At least one)|
|Water bottle/Hydration pack||2 bottles of one liter each, People who use hydration pack 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter, Carry at least one thermos flask.|
|Personal Medical Kit||Consult your doctor|
|Snacks||Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors|
|T-shirts||4 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)|
|Fleece T-shirts||1 Nos.|
|Fleece jacket||1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)|
|Down feather / Hollofil jacket||1 Nos.|
|Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)||1 Pair|
|Thermal inners (upper and lower)||1 Pair|
|Trek pants||3 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)|
|Waterproof gloves||1 Pair|
|Fleece/woolen gloves||1 Pair|
|Hand sanitizer||Antibacterial powder|
|Toothbrush and toothpaste||Lip balm / Chapstick|
|Toilet Paper & wipes||Quick dry towel|
|Head torch||1 Nos. (Avoid Hand torch)|
|Sun cap||1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)|
|Woolen cap||1 Nos.|
|Balaclava||1 Nos. (Optional)|
|Sunglasses||Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected, People who wear spectacles- (A)- Use contact lenses. (B)- Photo chromatic glasses.|
|Trekking shoes||1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)|
|Cotton socks||6 pairs|
|Woollen socks||1 pairs|
|Gaiters||1 Pair (TTH will Provide)|
Fitness regime for:
Calculate Your BMI :
Congratulations, your body is in good conditions!
|Less than 16.5||Serverely Underweight|
|16.5 - 18.5||Underweight|
|18.5 - 25||Normal|
|25 - 30||Overweight|