Friendship Peak, a popular starting point for tough mountaineering, & is well-known in the climbing community. Friendship Peak is an amphitheater for the tallest mountains in both the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges, nestled neatly in between all the biggies from both ranges.
Friendship Peak faces Hanuman Tibba on one side and finds giants such as Indrasan, Deo Tibba, Priyadarshini, and the Seven Sisters as its neighbors.
Friendship Peak offers more than just a beautiful view from the summit. It is the highest peak in the Lesser Himalayas, standing at 5289 meters. It is part of the Pir Panjal range, which is the largest in the Lesser Himalayas. Apart from quietly standing its ground in the midst of the 6000ers, we are particularly taken aback by the trek’s trail, which takes us through some of the most breathtaking scenery.
Friendship Peak trek distance is 34 kilometers. We pass through alpine meadows, dense forests, and broad clearings, as well as crossings over extremely cold mountain streams and, of course, a thick blanket of glittering white snow. It features beautiful campsites with native fauna and bright colors that are just ready to be roamed and explored.
MANALI AS ADVENTURE HUB
Looking for an adventure while also taking in nature’s awe-inspiring beauty? Then Manali is the perfect destination for you. If you wish to attempt adventurous activities like paragliding, river rafting, skiing, trekking, and Jeep safari, Manali adventure packages are for you.
You can go river rafting on the fast-flowing Beas, kayaking, and much more.
With paragliding-themed packages, you may realize your dream of flying in the sky. For this activity, you will be transported to two well-known locations: Solang Nallah and Marhi.
Trekking is an option for those who wish to have a closer look at the landscape of the mountains and the wildlife. You can do the Bhrigu Lake Trek, Beas Kund Trek, Hampta Pass Trek, Chandra Tal trip, Friendship Peak Trek, Pin Parvati Pass Trek, Mount Deo Tibba Expedition with our help.
BEST TIME TO VISIT FRIENDSHIP PEAK EXPEDITION
There are two windows for Friendship Peak Expedition, May and June are the best months to go for a snow-covered summit, while September and October are optimal for rocky & mix terrain.
In Summer, Friendship Peak temperatures can reach as high as 20 degrees Celsius in the afternoon, making team travel perfect. The nights are much colder, with temperatures ranging from -2 to 6 degrees.
HOW TO PREPARE YOURSELF FOR FRIENDSHIP PEAK EXPEDITION
If you have not prepared yourself for hard-core physical activity or a high degree of fitness, the friendship peak expedition is extremely difficult. Let’s face it: it takes a lot of effort.
Friendship peak difficulty level is high and sweat is the cost of a good adventure. Sore calves and hurting quads, as well as blisters and missing toenails, are all badges of honor. You get some of the world’s most unspoiled, pure, and jaw-dropping scenery in exchange.
The more you plan ahead of time for a major expedition, the easier it will be.
Here are some pointers to help you get ready:
1. Start Walking / Jogging ( Daily for 10kms).
2. Start leg-based cardio exercise.
3. Make sure you include stair climbing with 15kg backpack in your daily routine.
4. Eat healthy food, remain hydrated, and get adequate rest for the greatest results.
5. Some of the activities you can do for an intense level of cardio are pull-ups, push-ups, sprints, mountain climbers, burpees, jumping jacks, breathing exercises, yoga & meditation and planks (3-5 sets each).
WHERE IS FRIENDSHIP PEAK LOCATED?
Friendship peak is located near to Atal Tunnel, Rohtang. It is surrounded by big peaks like Mount Hanuman Tibba, Shiti Dhar, Manali Peak, Shikhar Bay, Seven Sisters and lies in between Dhauladhar range and Pir Panjal range of Himalayas.
Friendship peak height is 17,350 feet above sea level.
HOW TO REACH MANALI
Manali is a popular tourist destination in India as well as an adventure sports center. It is a beautiful Himalayan town situated 2,000 meters above sea level on the banks of the Beas River. Manali is the starting point for the friendship peak expedition.
Manali is connected to Chandigarh and Delhi. To reach Manali you can opt for any of the listed methods:
By Air: Bhuntar Airport, which is located in Bhuntar, is the closest airport. It’s about 50 kilometers from Manali, a Himalayan town. Many flights to Bhuntar Airport are available on a regular basis from New Delhi.
By Train: There are no rail stations within easy reach of Manali. The distances between Kiratpur Sahib, Kalka, and Chandigarh railway stations are 268 kilometers, 275 kilometers, and 310 kilometers respectively.
By Bus: Manali is a hilly ride from Delhi. Between Delhi and Manali, the distance is 570 kilometers. This is the best and cheapest route for solo travelers, and luxury buses, semi-sleeper Volvos, routinely service it overnight. You can also take a taxi from Delhi to Manali, which takes 14 hours to reach there.
ATM POINT AND MOBILE CONNECTIVITY
You’ll have a good connection to the cell phone network and the internet till Solang. Signal will start losing as you move towards Dhundi from Solang. Almost every telecom company’s network is available.
Manali is the final town on the Friendship Peak Expedition where ATMs can be used to withdraw cash.
FRIENDSHIP PEAK ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrive at Manali, Where basic Orientation will be done | 2050m
Day 2: Manali to Dhundi, Trek to Lahauli Nallah | 3300m
Day 3: Bakarthach to ABC or the Lady Leg | 3840m
Day 4: From Lady Leg to the Summit Camp | 4300m
Day 5: Summit Day
Day 6: Reserve Day
Day 7: Departure day
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FRIENDSHIP PEAK ROUTE MAP
THINGS TO CARRY FOR FRIENDSHIP PEAK EXPEDITION
The following are some of the items that must be brought to Friendship Peak. Please keep in mind that if you are planning to expedition the trail alone rather than with a group or package, you will need to bring additional camping and cooking supplies.
- T-shirts, trekking & climbing pants
- Windproof Jacket, Feather Jacket
- Sunglasses with UV protection – 2
2. Warm Cloths
During this trek, at least three to five layers of clothing are required.
- including fleece jackets, thermals, waterproof gloves, woolen & sun caps, neck warmers, and woolen socks.
- Trekking Boots with good grip
- Sandals or slippers for nights
- Toothpaste and brush, liquid soap, Sanitizer, Tissues
- Sunscreen lotions, and lip balm are all items to have on hand.
- Power banks and chargers
- Extra memory cards and batteries for the camera
- Headlamp Torch with spare batteries
- ORS, glucose, energy bars, biscuits, chocolates, dried fruits
7. First Aids
- Diamox is an essential drug for headaches, stomach distress, and other symptoms of altitude sickness.
- Also keep sprains, band-aids, volini spray.
- consult a registered medical practitioner for more.
RENTING GEARS IN MANALI FOR FRIENDSHIP PEAK EXPEDITION
Don’t worry if you have not purchased gear for your expedition. In the Base Camp, HRI’s team will provide you the rental gears like:
1. Trekking Pole
3. Trekking Shoe
5. Feather Jacket
THINGS YOU CAN BUY IN MANALI
2. Woolen Socks
3. Woolen Cap, Suncap
4. Water Bottle
6. Neck warmer
7. Thermal Layer
PLACES YOU CAN VISIT AFTER FRIENDSHIP PEAK EXPEDITION
Manali, one of Himachal Pradesh’s most well-known hill stations, offers breathtaking views of the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar mountains, which are snow-capped
throughout the majority of the year.
Manali has always been a popular place for young people seeking long-term employment. Because of its quiet cafes, good wifi, modest eateries, and handy shopping, Old Manali is one of these people’s favorite areas. For longer stays, several homestays and hostels provide inexpensive dorm beds.
Manali is surrounded by a plethora of hiking opportunities, making it an ideal base for exploring this region of the Himalayas.
Kasol is a village in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is located in the Parvati Valley, on the banks of the Parvati River, on the road between Bhuntar and Manikaran. Bhuntar is 30 kilometers (19 miles) away, and Manikaran is 3.5 kilometers (2.2 miles).
Kasol is a famous Himalayan backpacking location that provides a base for nearby climbs to Malana and Kheerganga. It is known as India’s Mini-Israel because of the significant number of Israeli visitors.
3. Solang Valley
Rohtang and Solang Valley are two must-see destinations for anyone visiting Manali for a vacation. Solang Valley, 14 kilometers north of Manali’s main town, is one of Himachal Pradesh’s most renowned tourist spots. Every year, the valley, which is located on the road to Rohtang from Manali, welcomes a large number of travelers.
Solang Valley is a favorite among adventurers, with activities ranging from ATV to paragliding, horseback riding to driving mini-open jeeps designed specifically for tourists of all ages.
In the winter, the Solang valley is blanketed in snow, making skiing a popular winter sport.
Shimla, the state capital of Himachal Pradesh, is surrounded by snow-capped Himalayan peaks and lush green fields. Experience Shimla’s Victorian-era buildings,
labyrinthine bazaars, and long pedestrian shopping mall on a history stroll. There are many places to explore like Jakhu Temple, Kalka Shimla Railway, The Ridge, etc.
THINGS TO DO AFTER FRIENDSHIP PEAK EXPEDITION
1. ATV Ride at Solang
Another fun sport in the Solang Valley is ATV Riding. The “All Terrain Vehicles” are rugged vehicles designed for rugged terrain. Solang has some remote areas that are not connected by proper roads. The ATV is the perfect vehicle for driving on such roads. Solang has many operators who rent ATVs. Usually, people do quads in the summer and snowmobiles in the winter.
2. Skiing In Solang Valley
The magnificent Solang Valley or Solang Nallah is the finest site to witness the effect that snow has on Manali. The valley is a hotspot for paragliding and zorbing in the summer, and in the winter, it transforms into a snowy resort, attracting visitors who want to try their hand at Manali skiing. This skiing tour takes place in the valley of Solang.
3. Paragliding In Manali
Enjoy the exhilaration of paragliding in the Himalayan sky while admiring Manali from a bird’s eye view. Gliding around the snow-capped peaks with the open blue sky above you and the mystical sights of the valleys around you will be an unforgettable experience. Make sure you do this activity under the guidance of a trained instructor so it will be a great experience for you!
4). Rafting In Manali
The River Beas, which runs through Kullu, provides good rafting options.
THINGS TO BUY AT MANALI
1. Handicrafts from Tibet and the Himalayas
Kullu-Manali has a thriving rural culture and tradition, which is reflected in their handicrafts. The handcraft sector employs a sizable portion of the people. Mohras
(deity masks), decorations, and household items are among the products sought by travelers.
Slippers made of straw and grass are also on the list. There’s also the
Tibetan Market, which has an excellent selection of arts, handicrafts, jewelry, and antiques. Kashmiri Gift House is another outlet that sells these goods at reasonable
and inexpensive pricing.
2. Woolen Clothes
If you’re seeking warm woolens, Manali is the place to go. This hill station is a woolen shopping paradise, offering the highest quality, softest, and most comfortable woolen clothes. Whether you’re seeking cardigans, mufflers, stoles, or gloves, Manali’s marketplaces are best.
Visit the Manu Market during the winter months to see the busiest market activity ever. The shops are teeming with tourists attempting to haggle with sellers in order to get the greatest deal.
3. Prayer wheels
Despite Ladakh’s recognition, prayer wheels are freely accessible in Manali’s stores. To get one, go to the Tibet store in Siyal, which only sells Tibetan souvenirs and
products. These metal prayer wheels are revered, and spinning one is thought to bring good luck.
People believe that the prayer wheels are hollow on the inside, but
few realize that the wheels contain papers with Buddhist prayers scribbled on them. Prayer wheels have a unique charm that makes them ideal souvenirs and gifts.
Many valuable Himalayan herbs, such as Kesar or saffron, can be found in Kullu-Manali. It is the most expensive spice used in a variety of dishes. It is extracted
from a specific Himalayan flower, dried, and then sold in the market.
Genuine Kesar provides health benefits, and its great demand is the primary reason for its high price. Purchase Kesar from a reputable shop in Manali, even if it is a little pricey. On the roadways, you will frequently come across persons offering to sell Kesar at
significantly lower prices. When purchasing from street vendors, exercise caution. They can easily deceive you into purchasing something that is not Kesar.
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