Friendship Peak Trek

Friendship Peak Trek

Trek to the Popular Summit of Himachal Pradesh
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About Friendship Peak Trek

Witness the ethereal beauty of the majestic Pir Panjal range unfold before your eyes as you embark on the adventurous Friendship Peak trek. One of the most popular summit treks in the area, the Friendship Peak is located in the Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh. The highest point of the trek lies at an altitude of 5,289 meters above sea level and the view of the surrounding snow capped peaks nudging the clouds is an absolute treat.

The Friendship Peak trek route comprises a relatively steep trail as you ascend and is popular amongst seasoned trekkers. It is one of the challenging treks in the Himalayas which requires an experience of conquering high altitudes before setting out. The trek takes you through the mesmerizingly beautiful Solang Valley that features verdant alpine meadows and dense forests. Once you reach the higher altitudes, the trail begins to involve thick sheets of snow and narrow ridges making it quite arduous. When you are at the summit, you can catch incredible views of famous peaks such as Indrasen, Deo Tibba, Hanuman Tibba, Shitidhar, as well as the Dhauladhar range in the distance.

Highlights of Friendship Peak Trek

Friendship Peak Trek

Maximum altitude: 17,353 feet

Grade: Difficult

Duration: 9 days & 8 Nights

Trekking distance: 34 km

Trail type: Peak climbing

Rail head: Pathankot railway station is nearest to the base camp

Airport: Bhuntar airport is 52 km from Manali

Snow Season: Mid December to mid June

Service from: Manali to Delhi

Base camp: Manali

Best season: For monsoon trek: July, August; For autumn trek: September, October, November

Region: Himachal Pradesh

Who can participate:

Participants have to be a minimum of 15 years of age, should be fit, have the stamina to cover at least 5km distance in 30 minutes without stress. They should be able to carry a backpack of 12 to 16 kg and should also have experience of any high altitude trek of at least 4,000 meters.

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Friendship Peak trek Itinerary

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9

Manali to Solang valley

  • Arrive at Manali from Delhi and freshen up before starting off for the first leg of your Friendship Peak trek.
  • Begin your day with a visit to the Hadimba temple, interact with the locals and learn about the birth of Beas Kund from the glaciers.
  • Trek up to Solang Valley, which is approx 2560 meters above the sea level and enjoy the local ambience.
  • Listen to the brief orientation for the next few days from your tour guide, have dinner and camp for the night at Solang Valley.
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What to Pack for you trek

Friendship Peak Trek

Things to Carry

  • Backpack with rain cover: 50 – 60l
  • Daypack with rain cover
  • Trekking shoes: high ankle, waterproof, with good grip
  • Floaters / flip-flops

Clothes

  • 4 full sleeves t-shirts with collar

  • 1 fleece t-shirt

  • 1 fleece jacket or a woolen sweater

  • 1 down feather jacket

  • 1 set wind and waterproof jacket and pants

  • 1 set upper and lower inner thermal wear

  • 3 sets of synthetic trek pants

  • 1 pair waterproof gloves

  • 1 pair fleece or wooleen gloves

  • 1 raincoat or poncho

  • Sun cap that covers the neck as well

  • Woolen cap

  • 6 pairs cotton socks

  • 1 pair woolen socks

  • Baklava

Other essentials

  • Original and photocopy of identity card

  • Medical certificate duly filled by your medical practitioner and you

  • Sunscreen

  • Moisturizer

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Anti bacterial powder

  • Lip balm

  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Toilet paper rolls

  • Wet wipes

  • Quick dry towel

  • Walking stick / trekking pole

  • Water bottle / hydration pack: 2 bottles of 1 liter each. Keep at least 1 thermos flask

  • Head torch

  • Neck gaiters

  • Dark U/V protected sunglasses with side cover

Snacks

  • Energy bars

  • Dry fruits

  • Electrolytes / electoral / ORS

Medicines

  • Diamox to reduce acute mountain sickness

  • Paracetamol for mild pain

  • Avomine for motion sickness

  • Digene for indigestion

  • Knee brace

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Know Before You Go

How to Reach
Important Tips for trekkers

In order to participate in the Friendship Peak trek you have to first reach Manali and there are several ways to do so:

By Air: You can take a flight from various parts of the country to Bhuntar Airport(the nearest airport) or you can reach Delhi and take a connecting flight from there. From the Delhi airport, you can reach Manali which is about 52 lm away by bus or private taxi.

By Road: There are several bus services that can take you to Manali from Chandigarh and Delhi in 10 and 14 hours respectively. It is best to go for an overnight government bus service to ensure you reach in time for the trek.

By Rail: You can come to the Pathankot Railway station from any part of the country and then take a bus to cover the remaining 300 km to Manali.

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FAQs

How difficult is Friendship Peak?

The Friendship Peak trek has been classified as a difficult trek with a difficulty level of 6/8. It requires good physical fitness, endurance, and stamina to be able to participate in it. You also need a good amount of prior trekking experience at high altitudes before embarking on this trek.

What is the height of Friendship Peak?

The highest altitude of Friendship Peak is at 5,287 meters above sea level. The mountain summit lies in the Manali town of Kullu district located in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

Why is it called Friendship Peak?

Friendship Peak has been so named because of the immense thrill it offers especially when you go trekking here with your group of friends. It is a trekker’s paradise as it has some of the most spectacular views, adventures, and experiences.

What is the Best Time to do Friendship Peak Trek?

The best time to do Friendship Peak Trek is between the months of May and June as well as September and October which are the monsoon and autumn seasons respectively. This is when the weather is not biting cold but remains quite pleasant most of the time. You can also enjoy the best views of the surrounding region and mountain peaks during this time.

Where is Friendship Peak located?

Friendship Peak is a mountain summit located in the town of Manali which is in the Kullu district of the state of Himachal Pradesh in India. It has an altitude of 5287 meters above sea level and is a major attraction among avid and seasoned trekkers.

Can I do the Friendship Peak Trek in May?

Yes, May is one of the best times to go for the Friendship Peak trek as the weather is quite pleasant during this time. The harsh winter conditions go away during this time and it becomes conducive for trekkers to set out on the challenging trail.