Indrasan Peak Expedition
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
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Indrasan Peak Expedition
In the Kullu valley, Mt. Indrasan stands out as the most challenging peak in the Pir Panjal range. It's a crowning achievement with steep, snowy, and rock ascents that slope dangerously upward. One of the most difficult hurdles to overcome on this incredible route is the periodic avalanche slides on 80-90 degree slopes. The first people to summit Mt. Indrasan did it via the southwest face, using a rock ramp and a snow ridgeline. The Japanese made it to the peak, but on the way down, many of them suffered frostbite and lost fingers and toes. As a result, many groups were unable to reach the summit through the challenging alpine-style crest that combines the classic Himalayan approach with ice granite cliffs. Being one of the most technically challenging mountains in the nation, Mt. Indrasan has long been a magnet for the world's greatest mountaineers. The Indian team, led by the mountaineering institution in Manali, has contributed to the annals of history. They reached the peak in 2007. Read More
The journey begins at Chhatru, a town on the way to Kaza. The path starts off level and gradually gains steepness from there. Shea Gohru is an absolutely stunning location for our first camp right on the river that originates from the Indrasan glacier. We'll be using decent stone and rock slopes to go to the next camp from here. Our ABC location will be at 4500 metres in altitude. And I can help move things to the campground. We'll continue up to Camp I, which is at around 5,000 metres.
We will transport enough supplies to the campground, as well as plan and scout the way forward. Camp 1 may be found well above the highest edge of the Indrasan ice fall. Afterwards, we'll have to climb a large rock wall that extends for hundreds of metres before reaching the ice stage peak of the Indrasan, where God Jamlu lives. Indrasan is protected from attackers by a steep rock wall, and only a select few are given the opportunity to scale it. We will begin our ascent to the summit camp at about 5600m after much planning and preparation. The neve of the Malana Glacier will serve as our summit camp, where we will spend the next several days. The path ahead is a perilous rock wall, and traversing it will be a difficult task, but we have scouted an alternate way up the south face of the summit. The overhanging rock towards the top of the last peak is the route's main challenge. On a vertical ice wall with an overhang, you'll need a rope that's hundreds of metres long to reach the top. We plan to begin our assault in the wee hours of the morning, continuing up a steep ice slope and over a rocky outcrop near the cliff's edge. There is a steep, narrow ice couloir between the hanging ice walls down from the peak and the granite ridge, which must be negotiated after stumbling over many rough levels. We will eventually make it to the base of the ice wall that extends from the peak. After that, we'll climb across the couloir to the main ridge, which will take us to the last ice cap before the summit. Soon we will be standing on the summit of Indrasan, with a view of the mountains of Lahaul, Spiti, Kullu, and beyond. After taking our time enjoying the view, we'll cautiously make our way back to base camp. In order to get it to the campground on time, we will abseil down several sections. Thereafter, go to the lower camps and the bottom. Get your bearings, pick up the trash surrounding camp, and head for the exit. The next step is to get to Manali by car before going anywhere else. The Mt. Indrasan is notorious for having one of the most precarious routes to the top. Only a man of unadulterated devotion who holds the mountains in high regard may ascend the throne of the thunder God. A person with unwavering resolve may climb to the heavens and spend a few minutes there.
Cost Per Person
Itinerary of Expedition
We will all meet at the Indian Mountaineering Foundation to collect our permits for the Indrasan Peak Expedition. After the briefing from the officers of IMF, we have the rest of the day for leisure to explore the popular spots in Delhi. We will meet again in the evening to board our vehicels which will take us to Manali. Overnight travel to Manali.
The Hamlet of Naggar is situated just 20 kms from Manali. After making our way to Naggar we will check into our hotel/guest house and freshen up as we have a lot more to do during the day. You will soon be received by a representative of Himalayan Adventure Trips, who will brief you regarding the expedition and take care of any other queries that you may have. Some other formalities like collection of Undertaking form and photo ID will also be collected for forest and environment permits. The later part of the day is left for leisure to finish some last minute shopping from Manali or to explore the region. Overnight stay at Hotel/Guest house in Naggar.
With our bags packed and ready to move, we will have our breakfast before our departure for Duhangan. We will take the winding mountainous roads of Kullu and make our way to the road end for the Indrasan Peak expedition. From Duhangan our journey on foot will commence. The trail for the day is steep inclination at most portions with gradual climbs throughout. We will reach the innards of Hampta valley where we will set up our campsite at Chhika. Evening time is left to relax and energize for the trek next day. Overnight stay in tents at Chhika campsite.
Today we will continue our upward climb to Seri campsite. Soon after having our breakfast at Chhika campsite we will collect our packed lunch and begin our trek ahead. We will trek through the tree line filled with Deodar and oak and get to witness a lot of biodiversity as we make our journey forward. The trail will take about 6 hours to complete, after which we will reach the open fields of Seri where we will set up our tents. Overnight stay in tents at Seri.
Today we will exit the treeline and reach the alpine meadows of Tenta where we will be next to the desolate landscape of the high altitude. The trek today won’t take up too much time and we will reach our campsite in just 4-5 hours. On trail, we will cross meadows and boulder areas to reach our campsite. We will set up our campsite and have the rest of the day for leisure. Overnight stay in tents at Base Camp.
We reserve this day to help our climber acclimatize to the rising altitude and by acclimatizing reduce our chances of falling ill and increase our chances for the summit. After having breakfast we will leave for a small acclimatization hike to Chota Chandratal lake, which is an alpine lake hidden in the desolate landscape of Tenta. The moon shaped lake has a beautiful surrounding and backdrop which absolutely fill our senses with awe. After our day hike we will return to our Base Camp where we will spend the night.
The next 6 days will be utilized in establishing the Advance Base Camp and the Summit while load ferrying and acclimatizing to the rising altitude.
We will distribute the equipment, gear and ration that will be required for a successful summit and move to the Advance Base Camp where we will pitch a tent and keep our lead there. After setting up the campsite we will descend back down to the Base camp to spend the night.
Next day we will take the remaining load and occupy the Advance Base Camp.
We will enter the snow and glacial fields of the summit camp. We wset up the summit camp for easier access to the summit. We will rest our bodies at the summit camp and start our climb for the summit late at night before the sun rises.
The summit will happen in the morning around 8 am with the magnificent view of Mt. Deo Tibba and other peaks of Kullu and Lahaul region. After spending some time on the summit we will descend back down to ABC or Base Camp depending on the conditions and timing. This will be decided by the Expedition Leader.
After having our breakfast we will pack our campsite and begin our descent to the comfortable and green terrain of Chhika. We will pitch our tents here for one last time before reaching civilization the next day.
The journey on foot will end today. We will make our way back down to Duhangan where we left our vehicles. Here again we will board our vehicles and make our way back to Naggar where we will check in to our Hotel/Guest House. After the long and enduring expedition a hot shower and warm bed are most welcome by all adventurers. Celebrate success of the expedition at Naggar. Overnight stay in Hotel/Guest House.
We have the morning time to spend in leisure activities in Manali, so you can shop for some souvenirs to take back home. In the evening we board our vehicle which will take us back to Delhi. Overnight journey to Delhi.
After reaching Delhi in the morning we will say goodbye to each other and go our own way and hope to meet again in the great Himalayan terrain once again.
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➽ Preparation for Expedition
As you well know, the great Himalayan expedition is one that requires careful preparation, a strategy that allows for enough flexibility to adapt to whatever challenges may arise.
Therefore, here are some things to consider before setting out on your Indrasan Peak Expedition:
⦿ Physically – You should start working out at least a month before signing up for a program if you want to be physically prepared for the rigours of a journey. 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. Engage in vigorous physical activity, such as playing sports, doing Yoga, or running.
⦿ Mentally –
Getting in shape physically is essential, but mental preparation is just as crucial for a successful walk. Take time to enjoy your regular activities, maintain a healthy diet and sleep schedule, and unwind before embarking on a hike. Predictions regarding the journey should not cause mental worry. Spend time with your closest pals to recharge your batteries and renew your spirit. Pre-trek preconceptions are unwarranted since the first contact with the other trekkers is certain to be a source of inspiration and energy. Conditions during the walk will contribute to the increase in mental readiness. The mental repercussions of physical disadvantages will not be ignored. So, when you hike, pay attention to different regions of your body and purposefully relax them. If you want to enjoy your hike, you should learn to loosen up a little, particularly in the hips. Think about your descent as a simple dance, and enjoy the natural rhythms that the path and your body can discover together gradually, whether you're on a flowing downhill route or a frightening slope. Try out a few new walking techniques to add some fun to your commute without worrying about getting somewhere in particular. Maintaining mental fitness mostly requires a willingness to relax and take in the journey, rather than subjecting oneself to undue stress.
➽ Things to Carry
- Good Trekking Boots: You need sturdy trekking boots with supportive high ankles. Don't bring your running shoes. U can carry extra floaters/flip flops also.
- Wear warm clothing, such three-layer coats, fleece upper, hollow fill or down-filled jackets. Carry full-sleeved T-shirt. Carry cotton hiking trek pants and warm pant for your lower body. Never bring shorts or jeans on a hike.
- Take top and bottom thermals with you.
- Quick dry towel with light weight and Personal toiletries. Suns cream lotion, sanitizer, tooth brush ad toothpaste, lip balm and antibacterial powder.
- Socks: Bring two pairs of regular socks and two pair of wool socks for wearing at night.
- A head torch is required.
- Sunglasses/ Goggle: UV-protected sunglasses are necessary to protect against sunlight and Snow Mountain.
- There should also be a woolen cap / balaclava, cap, neck gaiter cum face mask and warm fleece and waterproof summit gloves since it will be chilly. Keep waterproof gloves on hand since they become wet in the snow.
- Everyone taking part in the activity should have their own lunchbox, spoon, mug and water bottle/ hydration pack of 2 ltr.
- Raincoats/ponchos: Since snowfall and rain are frequent at high elevations, it is important to have one on hand so as to avoid getting wet.
- Trekking bag of 75 ltr with rain cover.
- Walking stick.
- Personal first aid box. Emergency ration, energy bars, dry fruit, electoral/Ors
- Personal technical gears list of mountaineering (on rent basis available)
- Climbing boot, Crampon, Sleeping bag (optional), Ice axe, seat harness, Rope and tape sling, helmet, Summit gloves, Gaiters, Carabineers 2 no (screw), figure of eight/descendor, Zumar (Ascendor),
- Required Documents:
a) Registration Form
b) Medical Certificate (signed by a licensed MBBS physician)
c) NOC form (completed by the trekker)
d) 2 passport-size photos
e) ID Proof photo (not PAN)
f) Basic Mountaineering Course certificate.
g) Insurance upto 5 lac..
➽ How to Reach
How to reach Manali:
Delhi and Manali are linked nicely. You may travel from Delhi to Manali in 12 to 14 hours via overnight bus (approx 540 KMS). Online ticket reservations are available at www.redbus.in and www.hrtc.gov.in Tip: Given the distance between Delhi and Manali, the majority of Volvo private buses depart Delhi between 5 and 8 p.m. At 8.30 p.m., the final government bus departs from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Between Rs. 1,200 and Rs. 1,800 are charged by Volvo buses each sector from Delhi to Manali and vice versa. Delhi to Manali: Buses depart from Manali for Delhi between 4 and 8 p.m., same like the return trip. You should expect to arrive in Delhi any time between six and ten in the morning. Plan your subsequent trips just after midday, leaving ample time for bus delays.
How to reach Naggar:
Naggar is 18 kilometres from Manali, and there are several buses that operate every 15 minutes. Alternatively, one may get out at Patlikuhal, which is 5 kilometres from Naggar on the right bank highway. Between Kullu and Manali is Patlikuhal. To get to Naggar, you may take a cab or a local bus from Manali or Patlikuhal.
The closest train station is:
Ambala (350 miles) and Chandigarh are the closest railway stations (310 kms). Advice: From Chandigarh to Manali, regular buses and Volvos run in the evening. Volvo buses from Chandigarh to Manali and vice versa charge between Rs. 800 and Rs. 1,200 every sector.
The closest airport:
The closest airport to Manali is Bhuntar, which is 52 kilometres distant. From Bhuntar to Manali, taxi services are available and cost between Rs. 1500 and Rs. 2,500. Air travel between Bhuntar and Delhi is convenient. Airlines providing flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu include Indian Airlines, Kingfisher Airlines, MDLR Airlines, and Jagson Airlines.
➽ Trip Cost Includes
- Mountaineering (Instructor/guide) services provided by a highly trained, professional, and qualified Himalayan Adventure Trips staff.
- Certified local guide with extensive familiarity of the area.
- Climbing provides only vegetarian food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
- Staff include chefs, cooks, and helpers.
- High Altitude Force, Low Altitude Force, Porters, Mules for Common Equipment (Rations, Tents, Utensils, Central Climbing Equipment, etc.)
- Tents (to be shared), sleeping bags, air mattresses, and air pads are included. Inner
- 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.
- Someone who can carry heavy items, set up high camps, repair ropes, etc. at high altitudes.
- Assistance from Guide All the Way to the Top
- High-altitude butane gas cooker
- 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.
- Tin-packaged food is what we'll eat at high altitude.
- A standard first aid kit with oxygen masks for the patient.
- Camping fees, wildlife fees, and forest permits.
- Taxes imposed by the state.
➽ Trip cost Excludes
- Climbers may hire individual porters to carry their gear.
- Airport transportation costs
- Expenses for carrying still/video cameras etc.
- Irregular/Personal costs, such as laundry, phone calls, and gratuities.
- Climbing equipment such as ropes, pitons, snow bars, crabs, etc.
- Your own personal mountaineering equipment and clothes, as well as any specialised foods you may need
- Inner Line Permit.
- Health coverage or the price of a rescue mission
- 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.)
- Provisions/food to or from the starting point of the trek.
- Any expenses that are incurred as a result of natural disasters, human error, or other unforeseeable occurrences.
- Protect your trip with a travel insurance policy.
- Authorization, licensing, and enlistment with the IMF.
- Payment for Liaison Officer (included for foreign expedition only)
- 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.