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Mt. Friendship Peak is a mountain located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, India. At the height of 5,289 meters, it’s one of the most popular trekking peaks in the Pir Panjal range.
The trek to Mt. Friendship Peak starts from Solang Valley near Manali. It is considered a moderate to challenging climb, making it a good option for experienced trekkers who want to switch to mountaineering.
Beautiful meadows and forests surround the trek with thick snow on the summit. You get a fantastic view of Indrasan, Deo Tibba, Hanuman Tibba, Shitidhar, and the distant Dhauladhar range from the summit.
Friendship Peak is an excellent option for those looking for a challenging climb within their reach. The trek starts moderately before becoming strenuous near the summit, providing climbers with a unique and rewarding experience. With stunning views of the Himalayas, Friendship Peak is a must-do for any adventurer looking to explore the best that nature has to offer.
If you’re looking for an adventure that’s a notch above your trekking experience, Mt. Friendship Peak Trek is perfect for you! This summit is near the Beas Kund glacier and offers fantastic views of the surrounding mountains.
Here are some of the best things about climbing this mountain
Friendship Peak is a very accessible mountain
The Friendship Peak trek starts from the lovely tourist destination of Manali. If you’re looking for an adventure that won’t take up too much of your time, this is the perfect trek for you.
Not only do you get to enjoy a beautiful view of the Himalayas, but you also get to experience being in nature without having to worry about staying connected to the internet. You’ll be ultimately off the grid for the entire week, but don’t worry – you’ll get network on the col and the peak as a reward for your achievement.
Winding through smooth mountain roads, the short drive to the road-head takes you through Solang Valley – a haven for various adventure sports like paragliding and skiing.
You will be arriving in Manali today, and check into the hotel that has been booked for you. The details will be forwarded to you a week ahead of schedule. You can go around the several attractions in and around Manali.
The whole team will be meeting back at the hotel at 4 P.M, be sure to get back by time. Meet the rest of your team members as well as your trek leader. You will be briefed about your trek by your trek leader and you will also need to try your equipment, and confirm your climbing boot sizes.
This exciting expedition to Mt. Friendship peak will begin with an easy trek through one of the most popular trekking routes in Himachal Pradesh. After having a late breakfast in Manali, we will load the baggage into vehicles, following which we will start our journey to the starting point of the trek, Dhundi. We will witness the beauty of Solang Valley on our journey, and start our adventure. We will be trekking till Bakarthach via Palchani Tach.
This trek goes through oak, conifer, and walnut trees to the highland meadows of Bakar Thach. The trail is comparatively easy. At Bakarthach, you will be amazed to see the campsite surrounded by these peaks, glaciers, and moraines.
We will have evening snacks and trekkers can use the rest of the evening to explore Bakarthach. Dinner is served in the Bakerthach camps.
After breakfast, we will start the trek to the basecamp at Lady Leg. Initially, the climb will continue on moraines then we will be traversing through a glacier field, and climb towards Lady Leg. Lady Leg is the steep strenuous stretch just before the summit camp ridge and is infamous for its difficulty.
After lunch, you will attend a practice session in which you will be briefed about equipment and its usage.
In this, you will practice negotiating the snow glaciers, which you will cross during the expedition. You need to practice and get used to the climbing gear including crampons, harness, and climbing boots. You will get familiar with your equipment and you learn how to properly arrest your slope falls. After the practice session, we’ll rest and enjoy the view.
Dinner will be served at the Lady Leg Base Camp. Overnight stay at the camp.
We will start early after a healthy breakfast towards the summit camp, we will trek uphill for approximately 1-2 hours to the summit camp.
Amidst the mountain ranges, the location of the Summit Camp is picturesque. While relishing the views from the summit campsite, you can see the view of the beautiful peaks such as Hanuman Tibba, Maker Beh, Shiker Beh, and the grandest Friendship peak. Dinner and overnight stay at the Summit Camp.
Early morning, around 3 AM, we will start our climb to the peak. From the summit camp, we will have to walk for 6 hours to reach the summit of Mt. Friendship Peak. It will be a steep climb; you will be crossing various crevasses, and pass through glaciers. If everything goes as planned, we will be able to reach the summit by 9 in the morning.
From the top of Mt. Friendship Peak, you will be able to see the magnificent views of the near mountains, towns like Lahaul & Spiti, and Manali.
After spending some time at the summit, we will go back to the Ledy Leg base camp for lunch. Following lunch, we will trek downhill to Bakarthach camp. Overnight stay in Bakarthach camp.
This is a reserve day for the summit attempt, in case the team is not able to make it to the summit because of weather or other hurdles in the attempt.
Return the same way to civilization. On the sixth day, after breakfast trekkers will descend to the starting point of the trek, Dhundi. From Dhundi, a jeep will take you to Manali. We will have lunch in Manali. Friends from the mountains are friends forever. Experience the sharing session and vote of thanks!
After lunch, you can explore Manali. Make sure that you take a look at Hadimba, the hot water springs of Vashisht, and maybe even the Naggar Roerich Art Gallery.
Here it is! Finally! After a days of going back and forth, it’s finally complete. My travelogue of Mt.Friendship Peak Summit. Thanks a lot to Awalanch Advenchar for the wonderful experience! If you are a newbie, like me, then I would strongly recommend them to you!
Those 6 days might be the most memorable time of my life. When I look back, it still feels like a dream to me, sleeping amidst the mighty Himalayas, waking up at 2 am, and trekking at night to the summit, getting to see the magical sunrise from the summit, eating Pakodas at minus temperature, using dry toilets, that I had never used before, all this was new, and exciting!
Special thanks to Swena 🍁for this trek. This would not have been possible, if it wasn’t for you guys! Thanks a ton! <3
Amazing expedition with amazing people