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Friendship Peak

Friendship Peak

Welcome to AdvenThrill, the premier provider of safe and responsible outdoor adventure experiences in India. Our Friendship Peak Expedition offers a thrilling and unforgettable journey to the summit of one of the most magnificent peaks in the Himalayan region.

Located in the Pir Panjal Range of the mighty Himalayas, Friendship Peak stands at an elevation of 5,289 meters above sea level. This majestic peak presents an excellent opportunity for adventure enthusiasts to challenge themselves and experience the thrill of scaling a Himalayan summit.

Our team of experienced and certified guides will lead you through breathtaking mountain landscapes and offer expert guidance and support throughout the expedition. The journey begins with an acclimatization trek to Solang Valley, followed by a challenging climb to the base camp situated at an altitude of 3,900 meters.

The ascent to the summit of Friendship Peak is a rigorous and demanding climb that requires a high level of physical fitness and technical skills. Our team will provide you with all the necessary equipment and training required for the climb, including crampons, ropes, and harnesses.

As you make your way to the summit, you will be rewarded with awe-inspiring views of the surrounding peaks, glaciers, and valleys. The sense of accomplishment and satisfaction upon reaching the summit is indescribable and truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

At AdvenThrill, we prioritize safety and responsible adventure practices, ensuring that our expeditions are environmentally sustainable and culturally respectful. We adhere to the highest safety standards and use the best equipment available to ensure that our clients have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Join us on our Friendship Peak Expedition and create memories that will last a lifetime. Book your adventure today and experience the thrill of a Himalayan summit climb with AdvenThrill, India's leading outdoor adventure company.


Day 1 - Make your way to Manali (2,050 M) -

The trek starts from Manali, which is a very popular tourist destination and hence extremely accessible.Day one is reserved for the participants to make their way into Manali and get settled into their accommodation. First half of the day is reserved to get comfortable with the mountain air and each other. While the body acclimatizes, we take this time to get together with the group and delve into the happenings of the next few days - schedule, what to expect, basic do's and don'ts in the mountains, how to maintain the sanctity of the environment and such matters of importance. Since we are a learning-based organisation, we take some time on the first day to talk a little about how best to pack your backpacks in order for a successful climb. This is accompanied by a demo of the same which is followed by getting all the equipment required, in place. It is a relatively easy day but crucial for what's to come next!

The first day is also super important to get all the paperwork in order - permits and such as per IMF guidelines and state requirements. These are essential for each member to be able to embark on the journey ahead.

Day 2 - Manali (2,050 M) to Dhundi (3,150 M) via Solang Nalla and onward to Bakkarthatch (3,300 M)

  • Distance: 21 Kms drive + 4.5 Kms trek
  • Time Taken: 1 hour by car + a 3 hour trek
  • After a sumptuous breakfast, we get into a car to drive to the starting point of the trek - a tiny establishment called Dhundi by 10:30 AM. This drive through Solang Nalla is a little way in from Solang Valley Road. Expect to reach this village and start your trek latest by 12:30 AM.
  • The short one-hour drive is a curious mix of bustling towns and silent empty stretches until we hit another town with shops and hotels and all the shebang. The sight of locals going about their business and the peculiar stone- structured houses are a pleasing sight - giving us a tiny glimpse into the social and economic make-up of mountain living.
  • The drive takes us through the marvel of smooth mountain roads with expansive views of the Solang Valley in the background. If the weather is clear, on your drive up, you see a glimpse of paragliders flying around above the valley - with all its beautiful colours and bright blue skies, the visual making for a picture perfect view. The trek, which is approximately 4.5 kms long, starts at Dhundi latest by 12:30 PM where everyone carries their own load. Ration, equipment and tents are ferried on horses. It is a relatively easy trek, with a steady incline. An hour into the trek, we start to see marvelous sightings of tall mountains like the Seven Sisters. This is followed by an ascent of half an hour.
  • There is a little respite now; we hit some plains and descend areas. This, however, is short-lived. After about 10 minutes, we have to begin navigating big boulders and crossing rocky paths to approach yet another steep ascent. At the mark of the second hour, we reach a clearing where we rest for a bit, soaking in the magnanimity of the landscape around while having some sandwiches and chocolates which were packed for us at the beginning of the trail.
  • It is an uphill climb from here on - through tall trees of the dense mountain forests with high ferns slowly skirting their way above the tree line. While we are still in the tree line, we can hear the soft chirping of common Himalayan birds which soon starts to fade as we move towards higher ground. We learn to appreciate the ascents more when we are met with small patches of steep descent.
  • We should reach our first campsite ‘Bakkarthatch’ - ‘Thatch’ meaning meadow - by early evening. Right after we reach, there is a demo/ learning session on how to pitch tents, which will come in handy as everyone pitches their own tents with the help of their tent mates.
  • Once we have established the campsite, we walk up the flowery patches to a higher altitude for an acclimatisation walk. We come back to the height of our campsite for the night so it is easier for the body to adapt to what’s coming its way the next day.

Day 3 - Bakarthatch (3,300 M) to Advance Base Camp at Lady Leg (3,840 M)

  • Distance: 4 km trek
  • Duration: 3- 3.5 hours
  • The third day starts early. After an early morning tea and breakfast, we stretch our muscles a little for the climb ahead. After a short warm-up session, we get our move on by 9 in the morning. Before we start our trek up, we also need to wrap up the campsite, pack our tents, get our bags ready and finish breakfast - we will need all the fuel we can get to reach our destination for the day - Lady Leg (curiously, the campsite is shaped like a leg, and hence, the name).
  • Today will be a little more difficult than the previous day. Even though the distance is about the same, the climb up is fairly steep. The visual stimulation is sure to keep you motivated all the way up to Advance Base Camp! We walk through the same meadows we hiked up for our acclimatisation walk. The vast open meadows with a spread of green are refreshing to the eyes. Although we are much above the tree line, the yellow wildflowers spread across the floor of the meadow add warmth to the otherwise cool air. The walk is a continuous climb for all 3 hours. Heaps of sheep springing up and down the mountain face set some climbing goals along the way.
  • Expect to reach the advanced base camp by lunchtime. We pitch our tents as we learnt to do on Day 2. If weather permits, we get a move on to higher patches with snow to get introduced to technical mountaineering equipment and learn basic skills in Ice craft - skills that will prove to be essential on Summit day.
  • We will spend 2-3 nights at this camp which is rich in all shades of green, riddled with heaps of sheep, shepherd dogs, unfettered horses and is an amphitheater of the highest peaks in the two ranges - Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar. In all its abundance of kindness, it also gives us our first glimpse of Friendship Peak! The peak starts to look really accessible from here giving us 2 whole days to measure up our target.

Day 4 - Load Ferry to Summit Camp (4,000 - 4,200 M)

  • Distance: 3 Kms
  • Time Taken: 2.5 Hours
  • We get our move on by around 10:30 AM. A piping hot breakfast is just what we need to get us ready for our hike in the snow. It will come in handy because today is progressively more difficult than day 3. The trek involves steeper slopes and slipperier terrain. Having to walk in snow boots, in a new landscape, the trek will take anywhere between 2-3 hours, one way. Each trekker must carry all the equipment given to them up to the Summit camp.
  • As we progress towards Summit Camp, we slowly leave the lush green meadows behind and enter the area rife with loose rocks and deep snow. Walking in snow boots is like learning to walk all over again. Once we get into deeper snow and get used to the boots, it progressively becomes easier to walk. The snow cover can be really thick, though and it is important to watch your step. The gaze of the bigger peaks – Hanuman Tibba, Priyadarshini, Indra Asan, Deo Tibba – constantly guides us along the way.
  • Once we make it to the campsite, which is decided based on the availability of water, we set up a tent and place all our equipment in it. This serves a two-fold function - that of acclimatisation and that of reaching the tools halfway to the Summit already reducing some of the weight for some of the distance! If time and weather permit, we will do a thorough training on all-things-ice-and-mountain - from getting introduced to technical equipment, to learning how to use it and the importance of teamwork on a mountain face.

Day 5 - Summit Day (5,289 M).

  • Distance: 14-16 Kms
  • Time Taken: 12-14 Hours
  • And it all comes down to this - the final showdown! It goes without saying that this is by far the most difficult day of the trek and also the most rewarding. After resting for a couple of hours and giving the body a chance to
  • Adapt to the extreme cold, we will set out for the Summit between 1 and 2 am.
  • Some nourishment like packets of dry fruit, eggs and sandwiches will be provided because today will involve a whole lot of walking. The wee hours of the night are important and require brisk action - putting on the gear that we have to start with, remembering to carry all our other gear and especially not forgetting a head torch which will prove to be extremely essential during a night climb.
  • Be prepared a grueling 7-8 hour steep ascent. After a manageable start for the first half hour, which mostly involves walking on flat snow, with a few bumps here and there, the climb gets difficult. Forty minutes into our climb, you can already gauge that this is not going to be an easy peak. During snow time, there are random ice boulders jutting out of the ice bed below, which requires constant maneuvering and has the ability to tire you out very quickly.
  • It is even more grueling in times when the snow has receded and the rocks are exposed. Navigating this rocky landscape with your snow boots and crampons is a whole different ball game. After 3 hours of maneuvering this terrain, you hit some smooth slopes in the mountain. These are relatively easier on the feet although they are much steeper and hence require the use of some technique and the ice axe at your disposal. We plan our climb in a way as to reach the col between 05:30 and 06:00 AM so that we can catch the magnificent sunrise which casts its light on the whole of Manali and the Pir Panjal range.
  • We spend some time here to admire the view and also to rest our bodies for what’s coming next. From the col, we walk narrow ridges on a continuously steep incline all the way up to the summit. It is a three hour sharp ascent from the col to the shoulder of the mountain and another 2.5-3 hours of ascent from the shoulder to the summit. Based on the group’s speed, expect to reach between 9-10 AM. After soaking in the glorious view, we begin our descent.
  • Descent can be tricky because by now, the ice is starting to melt and has become harder to get a grip on. We should reach Summit Camp between 1 and 2 PM. Once back to Summit Camp, we pack up the tents and immediately move down to Lady Leg. The more time we spend in snow, the more our chances of getting unwell and hence, it is extremely important to lose height as quickly as possible.
  • We spend the night in this familiar location and give our bodies all the rest it’s earnt.

Day 6 - Reserved Day for Summit (5,289 M).

Day 7 - Back to Where We Started!.

  • Distance: 8-9 Kms trek + 21 kms drive
  • Time Taken: 4 hours + 1 hour
  • The last day of the trek involves tracing back our steps to where we started - from Lady Leg to Bakkarthach to Dhundi to Manali. We start by 9 AM, so that we can reach a lower altitude as quickly as possible. The trek and drive included should take a couple of hours and reach us to Manali by early evening. Expect to be at Manali latest by 4 PM. In case you are travelling out of Manali the same day, consider booking late night tickets in order to account for any possible delays. If not, it would be a good idea to book your accommodation before we start the trek since you will not get any network on the trail.

Inclusions: -

  1. Accommodation. (Camping)
  2. Meals while on trek (Veg. + Egg) from breakfast on Day 2 to Dinner on Day 6.
  3. All necessary entry fees and permits.
  4. First Aid Medical Kits and Oxygen Cylinder.
  5. Mountaineering qualified & professional Trek Leader, Guide, Cook and Support staff.
  6. Porters/mules to carry central equipment.

Exclusions: -

  1. Accommodation at manali
  2. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  3. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Price Includes.
  4. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.
  5. Any kind of personal expenses.
  6. Transport.

Note: Normally Adventhrill expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.

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