Arwa Tower Climbing Expedition

Mana, Joshimath Uttrakhand

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Arwa Tower Climbing Expedition

The Arwa Tower Peak at 6352 metres is one of the most daunting summits in the Arwa group of peaks, which are situated in the Chamoli region of Uttarakhand. It was originally thought that this mountain was indestructible. The ascent of the distinctively appearing needle-like peak of the Arwa Tower, which offers unparalleled vistas of the mountains and glaciers in the surrounding area, is regarded as one of the most challenging and exhilarating peak expeditions in the Himalayas. The first recorded ascent of Arwa tower has been registered in 1999 via the northwest face by Britons Mick Fowler and Steve Sustad. Later on in 2002, there was a french expedition led by Antoine de Choudens along with 11 other members climbed this goliath peak from the south face and a new route on the northwest face. But without a doubt the most precarious route was taken by Stephan Siegrist, Thomas Senf and Denis Burdet in 2007, as they climbed the peak using the overhanging north face which was earlier considered impossible by many mountaineers. Read More

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Itinerary of Expedition

The whole team will meet at the Indian Mountaineering Foundation to fulfill all necessary paperwork required by the Government recognised Apex body for overlooking all mountaineering and adventure sports activities undergoing in the Republic of India. We will have a briefing session from the officers of IMF regarding our expeditions and we shall take their permission and well wishes to depart for the expedition. Evening time is left for leisure activities after completing all formalities. Stay at a hotel.

We will board our vehicles and travel to Rishikesh by road and travel around 265 kms. After reaching Rishikesh we will check in to our guest house and explore the major tourist attractions of the area like Ram Jhula, Laxman Jhula and see the evening Aarti at Triveni Ghat, where we may offer our prayers for the success of our expeditions. Overnight stay in the Guest House.

We will depart from Rishikesh as early as possible as the journey is long and it is very common in these mountainous regions for road congestions to occur due to landslides or excessive traffic during the months of pilgrimage yatra. Enroute we will wind around the river Ganges and also witness the most auspicious union of the rivers Bhagirathi and Alaknanda at Rudraprayag. It is after this point where the holy river will assume its true identity of the river Ganges. It will take the better part of the day to reach Joshimath and we will reach late in the evening. After reaching Joshimath we will check into our Guest house. Overnight stay at a Guest House in Joshimath

We reserved this day for the fulfillment of all formalities with the local administration and forest department for our expedition. This is also an opportunity for all participants of this expedition to take some much needed rest after the long travel from Rishikesh to Joshimath. Anyone who is willing can also take the ropeway to Auli. Overnight stay at a Guest House in Joshimath.

In the morning we will depart for Badrinath which is a holy pilgrimage for Hindus and house the God Badri Vishal. Our vehicles will take a short 2 hour ride to Badrinath where we will stay at another Guest House. One has the option of offering prayer to the temple of Badrinath for the safety of all members of the team. Overnight stay at a Guest House in Badrinath

We have a short drive from Badrinath to Mana and from here our journey on foot will begin. The region of Mana and beyond is off limits for civilians as the region shares its boundaries with both Nepal and China and hence it is a sensitive location. For this very reason we have had to acquire so much paperwork for the Arwa Tower Expedition. From Mana our trek to Ghastoli is extremely scenic with steep trails from the very beginning. Overnight stay in tents at Ghastoli.

We will have an early breakfast and depart early for our trek today as the trail is long and it takes around 6-7 hours to complete. We will move through slight green covers and meadows to reach Arwa valley. The trail today is also steep and will consume a lot of our energy. We will take breaks at strategic locations to re energize and refuel from our trek. We will reach our campsite and set up our tents to relax for the days ahead. Overnight stay in tents at Arwa valley.

We will have our breakfast at the campsite and then depart for Arwa tal which is going to be our Base Camp. After reaching the campsite we will pitch our tents and establish our campsite. Overnight stay in tents at the Base camp.

We will use this day to acclimate our body to the rising altitude by doing some height gain and coming back down to the campsite. We will also distribute the equipment and other items that we will need for the days to come. Overnight stay at Base camp.

We will carry the distributed equipment in our rucksack and open the route to the Advance Base Camp. We will navigate through tricky sections and steep slopes to reach our destination. After reaching the Advance Base Camp we will pitch a tent and stock all the gear and ration that we have carried there. After resting and spending some time there we will depart for the base camp. Overnight stay at base camp.

We will carry all the other items which we couldn’t carry the previous day and use the route we opened to reach the Advance Base Camp. We will pitch the other tents and set up our campsite at a safe location. Overnight stay at the Advance Base Camp.


We will use these days to successfully plan our expedition and set up the high camps accordingly so that we have the strategic advantage to climb Arwa tower Peak. Buffer days and rest days are also included in this time slot, so that if for any reason the expedition is delayed due to bad weather or any other natural calamity. We will complete our expedition and retrace our steps back to the base camp.

We will use these days to successfully plan our expedition and set up the high camps accordingly so that we have the strategic advantage to climb Arwa tower Peak. Buffer days and rest days are also included in this time slot, so that if for any reason the expedition is delayed due to bad weather or any other natural calamity. We will complete our expedition and retrace our steps back to the base camp.

Our journey back to civilization after a prolonged period of going on complete break from any kind of human contact. Overnight stay in tents at Ghastoli.

We will use the same way back to Mana where we will board vehicles to Joshimath. Celebrations are in order after the completion of the Arwa Tower Expedition. Overnight stay in a Guest house at Joshimath.

Road journey by vehicles to Rishikesh. Overnight stay at a Guest House in Rishikesh

Travel to Delhi by road and overnight stay in a hotel.

After having breakfast we go our own ways and hope to meet again amidst the great Himalayas.

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➽ Preparation for Expedition

During the wonderful Himalayan trek, mind, body, and spirit must all be overcome, as you well know. Precise preparation, with appropriate pliability of observing and confronting circumstances, is essential. Due to the difficulty and unpredictability of expeditions, participation is limited to those who have completed trekking at altitudes of at least 4,500 metres at least four to five times or have finished a Basic Mountaineering course.

The following are some considerations for the Arwa Tower Climbing Expedition:

⦿ Physically – An Expedition requires a lot of physical endurance, therefore you should start working out a month before signing up for a programme. Strengthen your legs by jogging and working out regularly to increase your stamina. To better acclimatise to the environment and increase your resilience on the walk, you should give up smoking and undertake breathing exercises twice a day. Participate wholeheartedly in sports, Yoga, and other cardiovascular activities. Sometimes you have to climb for 20 hours straight, therefore you need to be ready to push yourself to the maximum, which is only possible with well-defined pre- and post-climb training.

⦿ Mentally – As essential as physical training is for an Expedition, so too is mental preparation. Relax, enjoy your regular activities, and take care of yourself before embarking on an Adventure. Don't put yourself through mental anguish by making guesses or planning ahead for the Expedition. Get together with your closest pals to rejuvenate and refocus your thinking. After you join the March and meet the rest of the pack, you will find encouragement and excitement, proving that your pre-expedition preconceptions were unfounded. As you endure the hardships of the journey, both your mental and physical toughness will increase. Hence, as you make your way up to each campground, it's a good idea to pay attention to different sections of the body and actively relax them. Focus on the path or whatever perilous terrain you must carefully handle when climbing, and attempt to relax your body. Try out a few new walking techniques to add some fun to your commute that has nothing to do with getting anywhere. The best way to keep one's mind in good shape when traveling is to relax and enjoy the ride.

⦿ Technically –

Choose the right size of trekking or climbing shoes and walk with it, from a technical standpoint. Fill a 60-liter container. Carry as much as you can in your rucksack on a regular basis to become accustomed to walking lengthy distances with it. You should equip yourself with a trekking pole, water bottle, warm socks, thermals, fleece, feather jackets, cap, trousers, poncho, flip flops, and any necessary equipment like a power bank and camera (DSLR or digital camera). Get a sling and use it to perfect the primary knots you'll need for the ascent.

The rewards of a successful mountain ascent are well worth the effort required to reach the top, which may be as daunting as the mountain itself. The Himalayan Adventure Tours Expedition to Mighty Mountain Kang Yatse awaits your honest participation.


➽ Things to Carry

  1. T-shirts
  2. Trekking Pants, Lowers that are thick and heated
  3. Windproof jacket, Jacket stuffed with down, ideally one that has a hood
  4. Fleece, which is warm and dense.
  5. Sweater made of wool with full sleeves
  6. Thermoregulating undergarments (upper & lower).
  7. Accessories made of wool, including a woollen hat, woollen gloves, woollen socks, and ordinary socks (3-4 pairs).
  8. a Balaclava, a woollen hat, or a scarf or silencer (the latter two are optional).
  9. Comfy Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended).
  10. Towel with a Low Weight (1 unit).
  11. Toilet Paper (plenty).
  12. Wet-Tissue Papers (plenty).
  13. Floaters, sandals, or slippers that are not too heavy
  14. Poncho or raincoat, etc. Towel of a small size and low weight.
  15. a container for water.
  16. Sunscreen Lotion.
  17. Use a cap to shield the harsh rays of the sun from your face, Sunglasses.
  18. Stick or Trekking Pole, Head Torch or Headlamp, and Walking Stick or Trekking Pole (with extra batteries).
  19. Medications (if required any specific drug) (if requiring any particular medication).
  20. Personal hygiene products.
  21. You should have a day pack or another compact backpack that you can sling over your shoulder and carry with you wherever you go.
  22. A camera with its batteries fully charged.


➽ How to Reach

Travel time and distance by road:

While travelling by vehicle, Dehradun is easily accessible from several of the country's most important locations. Via Nahan, which is 95 kilometres to the north-west of Dehradun, National Highway 72 links Dehradun to Panchkula, Chandigarh, and Shimla. Haridwar is the last stop on National Highway 72 and is located 54 kilometres away from Dehradun. The distance between Delhi and Dehradun is about 235 kilometres. Dehra Dun is connected to NH58 at Roorkee, which continues on to Meerut (170 km) and Delhi. The distance between the two cities is 67 kilometres (235 km). At Delhi ISBT Kashmere Gate, passengers may board a bus at regular intervals that will take them to Dehradun.

Nearest Railway Station:-

Dehradun is linked to a number of other significant cities, including Delhi, Mussoorie, Mumbai, Varanasi, Lucknow, and Kolkata, by means of an efficient train network. From Delhi- DDN NZM AC EXPRESS (2205)

Nearest Airport:-

Jolly Grant Airport, which serves the city of Dehradun, is around 25 kilometres away from the centre of the city. There is a flight that departs from Delhi and arrives in Dehradun every day.

➽ Trip Cost Includes

  1. Mountaineering (Instructor/guide) services provided by a highly trained, professional, and qualified Himalayan Adventure Trips staff.
  2. Certified local guide with extensive familiarity of the area.
  3. Climbing provides only vegetarian food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
  4. Staff include chefs, cooks, and helpers.
  5. High Altitude Force, Low Altitude Force, Porters, Mules for Common Equipment (Rations, Tents, Utensils, Central Climbing Equipment, etc.)
  6. Tents (to be shared), sleeping bags, air mattresses, and air pads are included. Inner
  7. We offer twin-share accommodations in dome, alpine, and high-altitude tents on all of our treks and expeditions. All necessary camping equipment, including air mattresses, a shelter for cooking and eating, a table and chairs, a stool, and more, would be supplied.
  8. Someone who can carry heavy items, set up high camps, repair ropes, etc. at high altitudes.
  9. Assistance from Guide All the Way to the Top
  10. High-altitude butane gas cooker
  11. The only meal offered at the hotel will be breakfast. All meals while on the walk will be supplied for you. Indian, Chinese, and Continental cuisines, all freshly cooked, will be on the menu.
  12. Tin-packaged food is what we'll eat at high altitude.
  13. A standard first aid kit with oxygen masks for the patient.
  14. Camping fees, wildlife fees, and forest permits.
  15. Taxes imposed by the state.

➽ Trip cost Excludes

  1. Climbers may hire individual porters to carry their gear.
  2. Airport transportation costs
  3. Expenses for carrying still/video cameras etc.
  4. Irregular/Personal costs, such as laundry, phone calls, and gratuities.
  5. Climbing equipment such as ropes, pitons, snow bars, crabs, etc.
  6. Your own personal mountaineering equipment and clothes, as well as any specialised foods you may need
  7. Inner Line Permit.
  8. Health coverage or the price of a rescue mission
  9. Expenditures of a more personal character (such as booze, soda, bottled water, mineral water, canned or bottled drinks, candy, canned or packaged dried fruits, etc.)
  10. Provisions/food to or from the starting point of the trek.
  11. Any expenses that are incurred as a result of natural disasters, human error, or other unforeseeable occurrences.
  12. Protect your trip with a travel insurance policy.
  13. Authorization, licensing, and enlistment with the IMF.
  14. Payment for Liaison Officer (included for foreign expedition only)
  15. GST of 5%.



➽ Special Casual Leaves

Government employee can avail the benefit of special casual leave when u join us for a trekking expedition. As per the rule of the pay commission, special casual leave can be availed for up to 30 days in a calendar years for trekking and mountaineering expeditions through a register organization. Himalayan adventure trips are a register adventure tour operator register with Indian mountaineering foundation and Himachal Pradesh tourism. Candidates have to apply for leave at least 30 days before the trek/expedition start.





➽ Provided By The Customers

Everything about our visit to Prashar lake was better than we could have imagined. From our initial contact with Himalayan Adventure Trips, we felt their genuine interest in learning about our group's goals and expectations, and our travels with them reinforced at every turn that they not only understood our requirements but also have the acute skill and expertise to achieve them. Having already had such a wonderful experience with this firm, I will be promoting a trek to Prashar lake to all my friends who share my passion for hiking and will specifically recommend that they work with this outfit. Absolutely fantastic; I have nothing but praise for it.

Akshay Nanda

I went on the Prashar Lake Trek with Himalayan Adventure Trips with some friends; it was our first trek, and we had a great time because of the beautiful scenery and convenient location. We owe a debt of gratitude to Manu, who organised the trip.


Visiting Prashar lake was a fantastic experience.

Mr. Manu Sharma

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