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Friendship Peak Trek, Manali

Trek to one of the highest peaks in Pir Panjal range at an altitude of 17353 ft

Friendship Peak Trek, Manali

Duration

7 Days/6 Nights

Pickup Point

Manali Mall Road

Minimum Age

18+

Maximum Altitude

17,353 ft

Best time to visit

Summer, Spring, Monsoon

Difficulty level

Moderate, Advance

Accomodation

Tent, Hostel

Overview

Located at an altitude of 17,353 ft, Friendship Peak trek is a perfect adventure for trekkers within the Pir Pranjal range in Himachal Pradesh. On this trekking trail, pass through beautiful alpine meadows and dense forests and cross numerous streams. The trek is widely known for its mesmerizing views and the breathtaking soulfulness.

The summit to the Friendship Peak offers the bird’s eye view of the Himalayan ranges such as Pir Pranjal and Dhauladhar ranges. One can easily spot foremost peaks like Hanuman Tibba, Shitidhar, Indra Asan, and Deo Tibba from the summit. Pack your bags and embark on this 7 days trekking expedition that will leave you with the most memorable experience of your lifetime.

Friendship Peak trek quick info:
Friendship Peak altitude: 17,353 ft
Friendship Peak trek distance: 32 km
Friendship Peak trek difficulty: Moderate to difficult
Friendship Peak trek best time to go: May to June and September to October
Friendship Peak weather: 19°C during daytime to -6°C during nighttime

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Reach Manali | Overnight in Manali
Meals: Dinner
Stay: Camps

Day 2: Manali - Raoli Thach – ABC Lady Leg
Trek distance: 8 km
Altitude: 6,726 ft to 12,800 ft
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Stay: Camps

Day 3: Move to Summit Camp | Recce of the summit
Trek distance: 4 km
Altitude: 12,800 ft to 15,750 ft
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Stay: Camps

Day 4: Summit Attempt
Trek distance: 4 km
Altitude: 15,750 ft to 17,346 ft
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Stay: Camps

Day 5: Reserve Day For Summit
Trek distance: 4 km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Stay: Camps

Day 6: Back to ABC Lady Leg
Trek distance: 4 km
Altitude: 15,750 ft to 12,800 ft
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Stay: Camps

Day 7: ABC - Raoli Thach - Solang Nala - Manali
Trek distance: 8 km
Altitude: 12,800 ft to 6,726 ft
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Stay: Camps

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Reach Manali | Overnight in Manali

  • Upon arrival in Manali, check in to the hostel/campsite and freshen up.
  • The rest of the day is for leisure. Get acclimatized to the altitude.
  • Later, head out to explore the local manali. Visit the famous Jogini Waterfall.
  • Dinner and overnight at Manali.

Day 2: Manali - Raoli Thach – ABC Lady Leg

  • Post breakfast, transfer to Raoli Thach, the starting point of the Friendship Peak trek.
  • Trek through the dense forests and soak into the beauty of ridge patches that surround the way.
  • On the way to ABC, spot the Bhoj Patar ridge and learn the history behind it.
  • Upon reaching the campsite, freshen up and explore the surroundings that give you an idea why is it called Lady leg.
  • Dinner and overnight in camps.

Day 3: Move to Summit Camp | Recce of the summit

  • Post breakfast, start your trek to summit camp.
  • Upon reaching the summit camp, get ready for the orientation programme for Friendship Peak.
  • In the training programme, learn to use equipment such as ice-ax, crampons and roping up on the snow patches.
  • Later in the evening, explore the surroundings and calm your body.
  • Have your dinner and retire for the day.

Day 4: Summit Attempt

  • Today, wake up early at 2 am in the morning and post breakfast, put on your gears and embark on the remarkable adventure.
  • After a long and soul filling adventure trek, reach Summit at around 10-11 am in the morning.
  • Spend some quality time at the summit and after sometime, make our way back to the base camp.
  • Have a hot and fresh dinner and freshen up. Overnight sleep in the tents will mark the end of this day.

Day 5: Reserve Day For Summit

  • A leisure day to calm the tired body. Explore the surroundings and indulge yourself in clicking some beautiful pictures with the majestic views of snow clad mountains of Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges.
  • Play with the snow and make a snowman.
  • Dinner and overnight stay under the sky full of stars in camps.

Day 6: Back to ABC Lady Leg

  • After a fulfilling breakfast, bid adieu to the base camp and trek down to the ABC Lady leg.
  • The trek is moderate with few steep descents. We will break for lunch halfway down the day’s trail.
  • Upon reaching the campsite, have dinner and retire for the day.

Day 7: ABC – Raoli Thach – Solang Nala – Manali

  • Wake up to a beautiful sunrise and post breakfast, start your trek back to Raoli Thach.
  • Today will mark the last day of the trek to Friendship Peak where you will return to Solang valley and then drive back again to Manali.
  • Reach Manali by evening. Trek ends with beautiful memories.

How to reach?

By Air: The nearest airport is at Bhuntar, located approximately 50 km away from Manali. Domestic flights connect Bhuntar with Delhi and Chandigarh. Once at the airport, you can take a taxi to Manali.

By Train: The closest train station to Manali is Ambala Cantt, which is 200 km away. Another option is to get a train to Chandigarh, which is 250 km away. Ambala Cantt is on the Delhi Amritsar route.

By Road: Roads connect Manali to different places including Delhi, Chandigarh, Dehradun and Ambala. There are several private buses as well that connect the hill station with different part of the state.

Things to Carry

  • Rucksack (Min 55 Ltrs with rain cover)
  • Trekking Shoes, Floaters or Sandals
  • Quick Dry Tees
  • Track Pants
  • Cotton socks
  • Pair of woolen socks
  • Rain jacket or Poncho 
  • 1 Full Sleeves Sweater or Fleece Jacket,1 Heavy Jacket, 1 Pair of Thermal
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Woolen Cap
  • Gloves
  • Sun Cap
  • Scarf
  • Lip Balm
  • Cold Cream & SunScreen (SPF 40+)
  • Packed food
  • Water Bottle 1 
  • Powerbank
  • Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
  • Personal Toiletries 
  • Personal Basic Medical Kit
  • Sunglasses
  • People who use spectacles (Use Photochromic glasses instead of contact lenses)
  • Trekking Pole
  • Extra Polythene

Inclusion

  • All meals from dinner on day 1 till last day’s breakfast
  • Guide during the trek
  • Camping in tents alongside sleeping bags
  • Equipments, i.e. crampons & ice ax during Day 4
  • Morning and evening tea
  • First aid medical kit
  • Oxygen cylinder

Exclusion

  • Porter for private luggage
  • Any expenses towards medical emergencies and other emergencies
  • Unforeseen handling costs thanks to weather disturbance, landslides, political unrest
  • Personal expenses towards tips, telephone calls, laundry, beverages etc
  • However, all absolute best assistance would be provided just in case of exigencies

Advisory

  • Rent gear: You can reduce the hassle of buying gear like trek pants, jackets, shoes and rent them for the trek at an additional cost.
  • Guests must be vaccinated with both doses of Covid vaccine.
  • The organization reserves the rights to modify the trek during any emergencies or natural calamities.
  • In unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, the trek may get canceled or altered. In such cases, the operator will try to provide with an alternate option. However, a cash refund will not be applicable in this situation. 

Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellation is made 30 days before the date of travel, 25% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
  • If cancellation is made 15 to 30 days before the date of travel, 50% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
  • If cancellation is made 0 to 15 days before the date of travel, 100% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

Frequently Asked Questions

Friends Peak difficulty level is moderate to difficult. The Friendship peak summit isn’t suitable for beginners, trekkers must have high altitude trekking experience to go on this trek.
Absolutely, Safety of our travelers is our priority. Female trekkers share tents with female co-trekkers. If you are the only girl on the trek, you get a separate tent for yourself.
Usually, the trek group consists of 10-15 people in one batch including males and females.
Maximum Friendship Peak altitude is 17,353 ft above sea level, making it one of the most beautiful treks in the country because of the awestruck views it offers.
The best suited shoes for this trekking route are the ones that are breathable and light in weight. Also, ankle support is also a very important thing to take care of while buying the perfect pair of shoes. You can go for brands like- Decathlon, Wildcraft, Quechua, etc. In the winters, you’ll require gators or gumboots which you can rent from the base village.
The trek to Friendship Peak duration is 6N/7D. You will start your trek from the Dhundi village located at a distance of 20 km from the Manali.
Friendship Peak best time to go is in the months of May, June, September and October. Temperature remains cool and pleasant during the day and night camping is not dangerous during these months.
Nutritious and vegetarian Indian food is served during the trek making sure that you have enough energy during the trek.
The minimum age to opt for this trek is 18-60 years. Since this trek is moderately difficult, the trekkers need to be in good fitness level to opt for this trek.
No, due to excessive snow during this time this trekking route gets closed in the winter months.
The average temperature one will be experiencing during the daytime is 19°C and -6°C during nighttime.
It is a 7-day trek. Accommodation will be in the tents on all the days on quad/triple/twin sharing basis. The camping tents provided are clean, hygienic and equipped with sleeping bags for every trekker.
A well-trained guide is essential for the trek so they could arrange for the necessary permits and guide you safely through the high altitude mountain terrains.
Yes. Since we are climbing an altitude of 17,353 ft hence it is advisable to carry Diamox tablets with you which will help you overcome high altitude sickness.
Since it is a high altitude trek, a proper physique as well as mentally and physically fit body is needed to complete the whole trek.
Make sure to carry warm and comfortable clothing as temperature can drop. Wardrobe essentials like heavy woolen and fleece clothes, rain-proof jackets, sunglasses, wind-proof jackets, thermal inner-wear. A sturdy backpack with a plastic or waterproof lining. Trekking shoes, snow boots, trekking poles. moisturizers, chapsticks. torch, water bottle, extra polythene bags for wet clothes, and a whistle.
Consumption of liquor and smoking is not advisable on high altitude treks. The use of these substances dehydrates the body easily and makes it difficult for trekkers to complete the stretches.
All the members of support staff are certified in wilderness first aid and are trained for all concerns related to high altitude. The staff will be carrying a first aid kit, a stretcher, and an oxygen cylinder. All these precautions will be included in the Friendship Peak trek cost.
No, due to heavy snowfall and very low temperatures the trekking route get blocked during the winter months. It is not safe to camp on this trekking route during winter time.
The trek is led by professional trek leaders who have completed basic and advanced mountaineering courses. There will be one guide who leads the group and another guide who will be walking at the end of the group making sure of the safety of the whole group.

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