Backpacking Trek Beas Kund - Friendship Peak Base Camp – GIO Adventures

Backpacking Trek Beas Kund & Friendship Peak Base Camp


Rs.6,950
Product Code: BPBK
Availability: In Stock
Duration: 4 Days
Season: May-Jun, Oct-Nov
Grade: Moderate+
Region: Himachal Pradesh
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ITINERARY

Day 1: Manali Exploration/Acclimatization

Arrive Manali and check in to your hotel. Spend the day at leisure or exploring the small hilltown on foot. You can visit the famous Hidimba temple and monastery, or roam in the protected forest or can chill by the river at any of the cafes in old Manali or Vashist. Walking will help you acclimatize for your venture. Overnight at the hotel.

Meal Plan –B, D

Day 2: Manali – Dhundi – Bakkarthatch (3295 M) drive 1hr & trek 4-5 hrs, gradient- Gradual Steep

Post breakfast board your vehicles and drive to the roadhead at Dhundi, a small village in the Solang valley. Start walking across the river you climb up the slopes and reach the campsite for the day at Baakkar-thach, meaning meadows for the sheeps. The walk for today is gradual up with the last section being a bit steep. Today you will be crossing a few streams depending on the level of the flow. The campsite is surrounded by meadows and morains and is towered by the giant Hanuman-tibba and Indrasan. Spend the night in the tents.

Meal Plan – B, L ,D

Day 3: Bakkarthatch – Beas Kund (3650 M) – Friendship base camp (4000 M) trek 5-6 hrs, Gradient- Steep

Have a wholesome breakfast and head for the lake. Today you climb up the moraines and reach the top of the ridge that you could see north of the campsite. Climb up the ridge to peek down into a huge enclosed valley, across which lies the beautiful lake that we seek, get down carefully and find yourself in this amazing valley washed by countless streams of fresh Himalayan glacial water. Get across the valley to find this amazing lake, spend some time here and further climb up the glacier to the ridge to get into the adjacent valley where we camp tonight. This is also the base camp for the ascent to friendship peak.
Meal Plan – B, L ,D

Day 4: Base camp – Dhundi – Manali trek 4-5 hrs & drive 1 hr

Today is the day for decent, you have your breakfast, pack up your stuff and start climbing down the slope following the stream. It will take another 3 hours to get to the roadhead at Dhundi where you board the vehicles. The descent is quite steep and requires proper attention and discipline, once you finish the first slope and get across the river, the trail is mostly gradual from here on. On narrival at Dhundi we will board the vehicle and drive to Manali. The trip end here

Meal Plan – B, L

PRICE 


TRANSPORT OPTIONS

Transport can be arranged by us which you can pay directly

Please Note: If you need cost to book on double sharing basis (2 people staying in a room/ tent) please ask us for the price for the same.

PRICE INCLUDES

  • 2 guides for the group. This will ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks
  • Accommodation in a basic hotels/ campsites/ guest houses with neat and clean rooms with basic amenities on triple sharing. Sharing pattern can change at times depending upon the availability
  • High quality Camping equipment
    We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn't mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek:
    • 3/4 season imported alpine tents
    • Fresh and clean sleeping bags of very good quality
    • Good quality Camping Mattresses
    • Toilet tent (1) forwomen
    • First Aid / Medical kit
  • Meal plan In the detailed itinerary given to you, on all days you will see B, L, D mentioned against each day, this indicates the meal plan for the day. If you have (B, D) mentioned it signifies you will get breakfast and dinner on this day. Similarly (B, L, D) indicates you will get all meals and so on.
    On our backpacking treks you get simple food which is fresh, hygienic, tasty and has a strong local flavour The meals will be self-cooked by the team ( participants and guides)
  • Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee (if any)
  • First aid kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)

TRIP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Service Tax
  • Insurance

OTHER OPTIONAL CHARGES

  • Personal trekking gear
    You can save on buying expensive trekking equipment for the trek by hiring the same from our gear store. High quality equipment is provided at reasonable rental/sale and you are assured of clean equipment that has been checked for its efficacy.

EQUIPMENT RENTAL/PURCHASE

EQUIPMENT

RENT*

Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)

250

Down jacket (for additional warmth)

300

Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover

75

Warm Gloves

50

Waterproof Trekking boots

300

Balaclava

50

Rucksack (60 ltrs)

150

Waterproof gaiters

50

Warm high-length woollen socks

50

Poncho/Raincoat

50

Trekking poles

60

*Cost in INR per day

*Taxes extra

PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • Payment to be made by Bank Transfer/Cheque/DD in favour of GREAT INDIAN OUTDOORS (P) LTD. payable at New Delhi/Gurgaon or online through our payment gateway
  • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted against any future trips
  • Cancellation Policy
    • >45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • <15 Days: No refund

VITAL INFORMATION


Transport Options (Delhi – Manali – Delhi)

For travel from Delhi to Manali & back, one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is Bhuntar (Kullu) airport. There are a couple of flights that link this airport to Delhi airport

Train travel though not very popular is available to cover a certain distance. One can either take a train to Pathankot or Jogindernagar (narrow gauge). From both these places one will need to drive to Manali. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in .

There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Manali that cost about Rs. 1300 per person. They take about 15 hrs to cover the distance. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.

Weather Details

August. As the season proceeds we might catch rain towards Kullu-Manali valley but on the other side in Spiti, we will have sunny days. Days are generally going to be sunny and warm (12-20 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of -2 to 6 °C. In the latter part of the season (Sep – mid-Oct) there is very little snow on the trail and good weather throughout but with possibility of snowfall. The days are sunny with temperatures hovering around (12-18 °C) the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (- 6 to 4 °C).

Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications

List of Essentials

Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.

  1. Shirts / T-shirts – 2/3
  2. Jeans / Trekking Pants - 2
  3. Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood
  4. Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
  5. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
  6. Woollen cap
  7. Woollen gloves
  8. Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
  9. Scarf/muffler (optional)
  10. Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
  11. Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
  12. Raincoat / Poncho
  13. Small light weight towel
  14. Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)
  15. Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  16. Sun glasses
  17. Walking stick / Trekking pole
  18. Sunscreen Lotion
  19. Lip Balm
  20. Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  21. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  22. Personal toiletries
  23. Book, if you like reading
  24. Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
  25. Carry rain cover for your bags
  26. Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain
  27. Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE

Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek.

Our Trekking Code

We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of ‘Leave No Trace’ & ‘Tread Light’ policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the ‘GIO trekking Manual’. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.

Acclimatisation & high altitude sickness

This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the ‘GIO Trekking Manual’ which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.

Selecting the right trek & training for it

Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the ‘GIO Trekking Manual’ to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details..

Trek grading system

We have broadly classified our treks as below:

Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers

Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding

Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.

Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.

Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.

Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.

Disclaimer

Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

4Days |May-Jun, Oct-Nov| Moderate+| Max Alt: 4000mts (Friendship Peak Base Camp)


SKETCH ITINERARY

DAY 01: Manali Exploration/Acclimatization
DAY 02: Manali Dhundi Bakkarthatch (3295 M) Drive 1hr & Trek 4-5 Hrs, Gradient- Gradual Steep
DAY 03: Bakkarthatch Beas Kund (3650 M) Friendship Base Camp (4000 M) Trek 5-6 Hrs, Gradient- Steep
DAY 04: Base Camp Dhundi Manali Trek 4-5 Hrs & Drive 1 Hr

Description

Like most of the trails in the mountains this one also is a shepherd trek which moves in the underlying valleys of the giants of the Pir Panjal range of the northern Himalayas. Following this trail you will disembark at a beautiful and holy alpine lake; which have been attracting wanderers and travelers towards it for centuries now. Said to be the abode of Saint Beas, who wrote Mahabharata; one of the holy books of the Hindus, this lake lies in the lower stretches of the Pir Panjal range of the mighty Himalayas. Mostly covered by a small glacier this beautiful blue lake can be seen from summers till the beginning of the winters, although only a small part is visible, yet the view is spectacular.

You will start walking from a small village called Dhundi, from here the trail moves up gradually as you reach different campsites. A 360 degree view of the giants like Indrasan and Hanumantibba make this journey more interesting. Being a moderate trek most difficulties that you might face are a few many streams that you need to cross, and the ancient moraines that become technical with the snow and ice still there in the months of May-June. The whole trail is filled with either green meadows or white sheets of snow and ice; depending on what season you choose to go there. During the monsoons the valley is overflowing with millions of colourful flowers, while from winters till end of summers its usually filled with snow and ice.

Laying less than an hour drive from Manali this trek becomes a perfect getaway venture that you can execute on your visit to this part of the Himalayas.

DETAILS
Duration 4 Days
Region Himachal Pradesh - Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh,

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