Area: Himachal Pradesh
Duration: 10 Days
Best Season: June to October
Altitude: 5289 mts/17348 ft
Total Trekking: K.M
About Friendship Peak Trek
One of the most famous summits for trekking in the Indian Himalayan region, the Friendship peak looming at an elevation of 5,289 metres in the Pir Panjal range in Himachal Pradesh is a trekker’s paradise. From the summit, one can feast his eyes on the panoramic view of the Pir Panjal range, against the back of silver horizons formed by the Dhauladhar and Great Himalayan ranges. The Friendship Peak Trek is one of the most challenging treks in Himachal Pradesh and before trekking here, one should have prior high experience of travelling at high altitudes. The journey passes through the beautiful Solang Valley, featuring several alpine meadows, thick forest dotted with varied species of alpine trees, colourful orchards and crisscrossed by numerous small and gushing streams. The trail will start throwing challenges, when at a high altitude, tourists will have to climb over the thick bed of snow, and trek over glaciated tracks and narrow ridges. Other than the breathtaking horizon, the major attractions on the Friendship Peak Trek are Hadimba Temple in Manali, hot water springs of Vashisht and Naggar Roerich Art Gallery.
The Friendship Peak trek commences from Solang, a valley which is a couple of hours drive from Manali, located at an elevation of 2,050 metres. From Solang, one will have to trek uphill till Bakarthach (3050 m), after passing through the lush green valley and thick forest. Further, the trek will continue to the base camps- I & II of the Friendship peak. All the action starts on the trail from base camp II as trekking will have to climb over the thick bed of snow and follows to the summit. After that, the journey follows a gradual trek downhill towards Bakarthach and further leads down to Solang and ends at Manali.
Since it is a trek, located at a high elevation, it requires acclimatisation at certain altitudes and fitness on the part of the trek. June, July, September and October are the best time of the year to go for the Friendship Peak Trek.
Friendship Peak Trekking Tour Highlights
- Solang Valley
- Trek from Advanced Base Camp (ABC) to Bakarthach
- Hadimba Devi Temple
- Lush green valleys and Forests
Best Time to Visit Friendship Peak Trek
Mid June- Mid October
June – JulyThe temperature during the afternoon: 12-20 °C
The temperature during the evening and night: (-2) to 6 °C
September – OctoberThe temperature during the afternoon: 12-18°C
The temperature during the evening and night: (-6) to 4 °C
Where is the Friendship Peak Trek ?
Located at an elevation of 5289 m in Pir Panjal Range, a trek to friendship peak is ideal for amateur and budding mountaineers. The Friendship peak is in the Beas Kund area and to reach here; one will have pass through glaciers, rocky moraines, lush green valleys and forest. Trek to friendship peak, commences from the Solang-Nalla Valley and after passing through the thrilling ascends and descends, it leads to Friendships peak via Bakarthach. The peak is considered to be among the easiest climb, in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh and can be attempted by even by laypersons with sufficient endurance and proper guidance.
How to Reach Friendship Peak Trek ?
Nearest Airport:Bhuntar Airport or Kullu Manali Airport or Kullu Airport is the nearest airport, which is around 10 km from the South Kullu. But due to bad visibility, flights from Bhuntar Airports often get cancelled. In such case, tourist can go to the second closest, Chandigarh International Airport.
Nearest Railway Station:Joginder Nagar Railway Station is the nearest railway station, around 166 km from Manali. Other convenient railway stations are in Chandigarh and Pathankot.
By Road:Manali is well connected with all the neighbouring towns – Delhi, Ambala, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Haridwar, Shimla, Dharamsala and Chamba/Dalhousie through a network of state owned and private buses. The area remains connected with Leh during July to October.
Deo Tibba Trek (Detailed Itinerary)
Catch your AC Volvo from one of the meeting points in Delhi to Manali. Overnight Journey.
Upon arrival in Manali, you will be transferred to hotel for relaxing. In the afternoon visit Hadimba temple and the evening enjoy at mall road. Explore the charming hamlet and get a whiff of the life of the locals. Overnight stay and Lunch at Manali hotel.
Dig into breakfast and get ready for a four-hour drive to Setan village via Prini and Ponduropa. The zigzag motorable trails offer an extensive view of the valley and mountains. Dinner and overnight stay in Setan village camp.
When you start trekking uphill early morning, you will notice lush green meadows that surround the high mountains till the Hampta Pass, a point below the hills. After reaching a certain point, you will trek downhill along the Alian River to arrive at the Chikka region, which is going to be your campsite for the night. The interesting part of this particular trail is that you will see colorful rocks. Dinner and overnight stay in Chikka camp.
Cross the river and you will get to see the beautiful view of Indrasan (6,220 m), Deo Tibba Peak (6,001 m), and a group of summits around Beas Kund and Bara Bhangal Region. Overnight stay in the Marhi camp.
View of lofty mountains, snow-capped mountains, massive moraine and hanging glaciers will accompany you throughout the alpine trail from Marhi till Piyangniru. Dinner and overnight stay in Piyangniru camp.
Now comes the most surprising and tough part of the trek. On this day, the trek trail gets steppers in the beginning till it reaches a point, from where we will trek downhill to Raurikhaudi. Once the trekkers, reach Raurikhaudi, they will notice many shepherds, grazing their herds of Sheep and Goats. Dinner and overnight stay in Raurikhaudi camp.
On eight day, you will trek for four hours till Jogidugh, a small village that holds a special mention in Hindu mythology. Jogidugh is claimed to be the abode of ‘Thakshag Nag’ (serpent god) and all eighteen ‘Nag’ Gods. Dinner and overnight stay in Jogidugh camp.
After breakfast, you will follow the tree lines, which first goes a little down and further climb along the stream. Following this, climb uphill till you reach Tilgan, a place from where you can relish the panoramic view of Manali. Overnight stay in Tilgan camp.
Rise and shine, today you will trek downhill to Bhanara, a village known for an old temple and historic cave. Claimed to be the abode of Pandavas during their exile, the cave holds a strong mythological connect. After few kilometers, you will start noticing motorable roads, where our drivers will be waiting for you to drive back to Manali.
Celebrate your successful trek in Manali. Board your AC Volvo and drive back to Delhi. Overnight journey.
Arrival in Delhi marks the end of Deo Tibba Trek.
Things to Carry for Friendship Peak Trek
- Duffel bag Down/synthetic camp booties
- Sunglasses, Light gloves
- Sleeping bag
- Flashlight/Headlamp with extra batteries
- One liter water bottles wide mouthed
- Trekking Boots
- Water purification/filter
- Camp shoes/sneakers
- Walking stick/Trekking pole
- Cotton socks
- Note book with pens and pencils
- Gore-Tex jacket
- Lip balm
- Light wind jacket Sunscreen / Moisturiser
- Down jacket/vest
- Camp towel/towel/sarong
- Fleece jacket/vest
- Personal toiletries
- Personal medicines
- Money pouch/belt
- Trekking pants
- Energy bars
- Thermal tops
- Vitamin tablets
- Thermal bottom
- Extra passport photos
- Warm hat and Bandana/scarf
- Sun hat/baseball cap
- Wind- and rain-gear with hood
- Swiss Army Knives (Classic pocket tool)
- One pair cotton trousers or shorts
- Two cotton shirts/T-Shirts One warmer (jacket with hood)