Climb Friendship Peak, Manali, India
Friendship Peak is an amazing experience for beginner to intermediate trekkers and a great way to acclimatise before tackling some of the bigger peaks.
Don't let the 5200m peak fool you, this little baby has it all, from climbing 2000m in one day, breath taking views of Manali and Ladakhi peaks from base camp, and a belter of a climb to the summit. Its a three to five day day climb with two days acclimatising in Manali but you can start in Delhi, too.
Area: Manali, India
Duration: 5–7 Days
Daily Activity: 4–8 hours
Accommodation: Camping or Hotel
Group Size: A private tour for you and your group
Start Point: Delhi or Manali
Fixed Departures: 15 – 28 May 2016, 05 – 18 Jun 2016, 11 – 24 Sep 2016 (Departing Delhi return. Cost $1190USD)
Day 1: Manali (2000m)
Arrive in Manali and spend the morning settling in. After lunch we do a food and gear check then spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Manali. There are options to acclimatise with a walk to a stunning hot spring water fall, a walk through old Manali or even a relaxing massage. Dinner is at one of the great Indian or Tibetan restaurants (Andy's favourite is the giant spring roll at Chopsticks - you'll find him there before and after every trek!)Accommodation: Hotel
Day 2: Manali (2000m)
Breakfast followed by a 2 hour walk to help with acclimatisation and to explore. Vashisht is worth a visit to see the temple and have lunch. After lunch you will pick up any ﬁnal supplies and. In the evening dinner and a brief about the trek, the weather and the route we will be taking. Accommodation: Hotel (B)
Day 3: Manali to Base Camp (4000m)
Depending on the weather we either walk a great 2000m to base camp, or via a frozen lake, Beas Kund. This is a very steep and at times a little ledgy climb that takes you to a beautiful ﬂat heart shaped area that ﬁts snuggly between two peaks with amazing views back over Manali. Accommodation: Camping (B, L, D)
Day 4: Base Camp (4000m)
Today we use to acclimatise and explore the area. We will climb half way up to the peak and back down, for a good nights sleep before the big summit the next day. Accommodation: Camping (B, L, D)
Day 5: Base Camp to Summit & return (5200m)
The big day - up to the summit we go. The views from the top of Friendship Peak are astounding. After basking in our glory for a little while, we start the descent back to base camp for a well-earned rest. Accommodation: Camping (B ,L, D)
Day 6: Base Camp to Manali (2000m)
From base camp we head back to Manali where a comfy bed, delicious meal and a few drinks await us. Accommodation: Camping (B, L, D)
Note: Our fixed departure tours take 14 days and begin and end in Delhi. If you'd like more information on this itinerary, please get in touch with us.
About the area
Ladakh or "land of high passes" is a region of India in the state of Jammu and Kashmir that lies between the Karkoram mountain range in the north and the main Great Himalayas to the south. Ladakh is the highest inhabited region of India. Most of Ladakh is at an altitude of over 3000m making it perfect for trekking.
Everywhere you look you'll see arid land, framed by snow-capped mountains, glistening in the sun. Inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent, its culture and history are closely related to that of Tibet with the majority of locals either Tibetan Buddhists or Muslims.
For more general information about visiting India see our India General Info page.
The beautiful Kullu Valley
Manali is situated near the end of the Kullu Valley at the base of the Himalayas. The landscape here is breath taking. From the centre of town and you'll look down upon the clear waters of the Beas river and up at endless snow-capped mountains. Manali is a wealthy and clean town built on apple farming so orchards abound. You'll also find Manali is full adventure activities including skiing, trekking, white water rafting and zorbing! It's the perfect place to visit year-round although summer is the peak season.
Legend has it that years ago Jamlu (the presiding deity of Malana) was carrying a basket of all the Gods of Kullu. On the top of the pass when he opened the basket all the Gods blew all over the Kullu Valley. Since then the valley has been known as the Valley of Gods. Getting to the top of Friendship Peak is a challenge for the legs but the breathtaking 360 degree view of the himalayas and the Valley of Gods below makes it all worthwhile.
Our local guides are the best in the business. They have lived and worked in and around the Himalayas and are knowledgable in all aspects of the area: wildlife, culture, safety and the politics of conservation. Most of all, they are passionate about showing you their home and will do their utmost to make it the best holiday of you've ever been on.
When camping you will stay in 2 man tents. Camp staff will erect and dismantle the tents each day, cook all meals and wash up for you - all you need to do is relax. You'll be greeted each morning with freshly brewed Chai or coffee and each evening when you get to camp, with snacks and a range of hot drinks.
Guesthouses and Hotels
Accommodation can at times be a little basic in this region; however all hotel rooms are en suite and water and electricity supplies are fairly reliable. Single rooms can be requested for an additional cost (subject to availability); please enquire at the time of booking.
A camping feast!
Meals will be included as stated in the itinerary (B,L,D). Meals provided on the tour will be mainly Indian-style like curries, roti and parantha with a few Western meals such as pasta or noodles.
A sample day
Breakfast: tomato and cheese omelette with toast, juice, tea/coffee and fruit
Lunch: sandwiches, boiled eggs, boiled potatoes, juice and a chocolate bar
Dinner: okra curry and rice with roti and fresh fruit for dessert
Snacks also provided along the way - fruit, chocolate and drinks including bottled water
Meals outside the itinerary will be your choice with numerous Indian, Tibetan, Chinese and Western restaurants as well as supermarkets available in most cities should you wish to make your own. Choice of food can be limited in smaller villages. We recommend choosing vegetarian dishes - these are often the best option anyway! Eating in India is very cheap and you should expect to pay only ~$5-10 AUD per meal in an average restaurant.
Fitness and safety
Due to the altitude, this is a challenging tour and requires a good level of fitness. We can provide you with a training program to help improve your fitness prior to the tour - all you need to do is ask.
This trip goes to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Although rare, a number of medical conditions can also reduce your body's ability to acclimatise, and thus will affect your performance at altitude and make you more susceptible to AMS. If you are worried about any pre- existing condition (e.g. heart problems), or unsure of your physical ability, we recommend that you seek medical advice prior to booking.
This is fully guided tour. Under no circumstances will you be left alone to make your way to the next camp. All guides are trained in first aide and there will be a complete first aide kit. There is the option of carrying your own pack or utilising porters.
We even tell you what to pack!
A suggested packing list will be provided to you with your itinerary, so you'll be sure to have everything you need.
The cost for our fixed departure tours (14 days/13 nights) is $1190USD.
As we custom-build all of our tours, the cost for your tour will vary on your exact itinerary so please contact us for total cost for all other tours.
The price of the tour quoted to you will include:
- All transfers returning from Manali
- All meals as listed in the itinerary (B,L,D)
- Accommodation including hotels, guest houses and tent, mattress and sleeping bag when camping
- Experienced local English-speaking guide
- First Aid support
The price of the tour quoted to you will exclude:
- Travel Insurance
- Additional meals as noted in the itinerary
- Any additional purchases if required