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Yunam Peak Expedition

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Max Altitude :- 20,100 Ft.

Approx Trekking Km :- 22 Kms. 


Yunam is located that far side of Himachal where the mountains are terrifyingly rugged and sparse in greenery. The highest motorable road of the state ends in Baralacha La, only a few kilometres from Yunam base camp, where the pathways of Ladakh, Spiti, and Lahaul intersect. Crossing over from Manali to Keylong to Bharatpur- from where the trek actually begins, can be an adventure in itself as you are being transported from gentle undulations, green slopes, and apple orchards of Manali to the rugged and grey rocky mountain highs. The drive to this far end of the world is breathtaking in terms of changing topographies, the chills of starkly dropping temperature, and bizarre emerald lakes glistening in the middle of nowhere in a cold rocky desert matrix. The way up from Bharatpur onwards features snow patches, mixed scree and snow tracks, and sharp jagged walls of rock. Quite unusually, the stretch of this glaciated desert is not short of water points. On our way to the base camp and beyond, a number of streams will cut the path across and at the base camp we will have a small lake in the vicinity.


Brief Itinerary


Day 1 :- Arrival Manali

• Check in Hotel
• Briefing after lunch approx 3 pm
• In the evening go for sightseeing
• Visit Hidimba Devi Temple, Vashist Kund and other major sightseeing points (avoid Rothang Pass)


Note:- Only stay hotel is included in the cost (food and sightseeing is excluded)


Day 2 :- Manali to Keylong/Jispa

• Pick up at 9 am, 5 hrs
• Keylong 100 km (3080 m), Jispa 120 km (3200m)
• Via Rothang pass, Tandi (confluence of Bhaga and Chandra river) Sisa village (temple of Raja Ghapan)
• Drive along with Bhaga river
• Stay in tent
• Phone networks are available 
• Last charging point 
• Last ATM


Day 3 :- Keylong to Bharatpur

• Leave at 9 am
• Altitude 4500 m
• 80/90 km drive, 4/5 hrs
• On the way Deepak tal, Suraj Tal, Baralacha la 4890 m ( Himachal Pradesh highest motorable pass)

• Lunch at campsite
• Stay in tents
• Phone network till Patseo


Day 4 :- Acclimatization day

• Rest and small hike for better acclimatization 
• Heavy exhaustion is not advisable 
• Drink good amount of water, keep body hydrate


Day 5 :- Bharatpur to Base camp

• 4.5 km trek, 4 hrs
• Altitude 5200 m
• Train - Moraine
• Ascent – gradual and steep
• Many water points on the way
• Walk along with small water stream, become terrible post lunch
• Base Camp is nearby small lake 


Day 6 :- Base camp Acclimatization

• Summit briefing and training 
• Sitting and sleeping all day in the camp is not advisable 
• Go for very small hike, visit nearby places 
• Early dinner and early to bed 


Day 7 :- Base camp to Summit and back to Base camp

• 6.5 km trek, 8 hrs
• Altitude 6111 m
• Train – Moraine, Sharp rocks, Few snow patch, Snow on the top
• Steep ascent 
• 6 am start summit attempt 
• Only one water point, comes after half an hour from Base camp


Day 8 :- Base camp to Bharatpur and drive to Manali

• 4.5 km trek (2 hrs), 175 km drive (8 hrs)
• Reach Manali in between 6 to 7 pm
• Plan your further travel after 8 pm


Who Can Go:-

Here are the fitness criteria one has to match absolutely for conquering Yunam Peak with us:

  • Experience of high altitude trek, at least 1 trek of more than 4500 mt. or 14,700 ft.
  • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.
  • A goods carrying benchmark relevant in this expedition, the climber should be able to carry a 10 to 15 kg expedition bag pack.
  • Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have these conditions mentioned above.


Detailed Itinerary


Day 1 :- Arrival Manali


Day 2 :- Manali to Keylong/Jispa


Your journey with us will begin from Manali. At 9 am, we will pick you up from the appointed place and start off on the Leh-Manali highway. Guaranteeing a sheer adventurous ride, this highway grooves through changing scenes of vast and empty mountains, passing the snow entrenched Rohtang Pass, Tandi- where the Bhaga and Chandra river meet, and the village of Sisha or Sissu where there is a magnificent temple of Raja Ghepan- the presiding deity of Lahaul valley. The Chandra and Bhaga rivers run by the line of our passage and create magnificent frames for photographing the dense mountains in the background.


At around 100 to 120 km from Manali we will reach the Keylong-Jispa area, approximately in time for lunch, i.e. 2 pm. These two towns nestling in the lap of the mountains are key areas where Lahauli ethnic culture is preserved. Our stay for the night will be tent.


A brief exploration of the site on this afternoon is mandatory for the cause of acclimatization. There are quite a number of attractive places to check out here—the Khardang and Shashur Monastery in Keylong top in our recommendation. In Keylong, you will find working ATMs and telephone network coverage.


Day 3 :- Keylong to Bharatpur


The destination of Day 3 is Bharatpur, located at a driving distance 5 hour away from Keylong. At 4500m, Bharatpur is a windy cold desert rest point with a sparse locality which remains open only during season time.


We will try to make a few short stopovers on this four hour long journey—first at lakes Deepak Tal and Suraj, both mesmerizingly beautiful and of the colour sapphire, reflecting the skies and the mountains on a clear day. Suraj Tal is also recognized as the source of the Bhaga river which joins with river Chandra at Tandi, crossed earlier and becomes Chandrabhaga in the Himachal and flows as Chenab after entering J&K. On passage, we will cross Baralacha La- the highest motorable mountain pass.


We will be reaching Bharatpur at around 1:30 pm. Here, you can find stores for tenting equipment, trekking gears, and many delightful Dhabas. A special delicacy available in Bharatpur’s eateries is the flavoursome “butter tea”. This region also the starting point for Baralacha La trekking. The night’s stay will be in tents at Bharatpur.


Day 4 :- Acclimatization day


At this juncture, the massive altitude gain will start showing its colours. Mild headache, nausea, and loss of appetite is common. Therefore, day 4 is kept entirely for adjusting to the climate and let the body tune to the thinning air and temperature hitting the lows.


A lot of fluid intake is highly recommended for today, along with a little load carrying exercise (though heavy exhaustion is not advisable) and walk around in the barren landscape.


Day 5 :- Bharatpur to Base camp


The fifth day’s trek commences early in the morning around 7 am. Today’s trek will be a challenge with 4.5 km of steep climb on a gradually gaining ascent curve. Trek time can span a little over 5 hours. The boulder and moraine laden path will make inexperienced climbers prone to slipping. Today’s trek especially needs to be done with crampons as in the later half of the trek you will come by dense snow patches.


You will not need to carry 2-3 litres of water for this stretch as there will be many water points on the way. After one particular turn, the trek will continue along a water stream. Base camp is expected to be reached by mid noon. Small lakes in this location make for a picturesque setting. Since the next day’s journey starts at 3 in the morning, a sound sleep must be ensured for tonight.


Day 6 :- Base camp Acclimatization


Today is an easy day for you as you will do nothing but take rest and get along with the surrounding. You will dedicate a full day to get accustomed with the place and in knowing all the routes in detail. To spend some time you can also visit some of the nearby places. Since it is just a rest day, you are not supposed to sit in your camp, and sleep all day long. Physical fitness and outside surrounding are very important to view as such views you cannot see again in the near future.


Today you will also get to know all aspects of team work and methods that are included in climbing a top of a mountain covered with snow. Your trek leader or guide will give you proper training so that you learn how to climb in such hills. He will also acknowledge you about the challenges that you may face along the way.


Day 7 :- Base camp to Summit and back to Base camp


Our summit attempt begins at 6 in the morning on this climactic day. It is going to be an 8 hour battle against all odds, crossing a distance of 6.5 km of steep ascent. The terrain will be mostly moraine, sharp rock henge, and more snow covered areas than last day.


The water situation too, is going to be more critical than last day. Since there will be just one proper drinking water point on the trail, you need to come equipped with 3-4 litres per person in your day pack. The water point can be found nearly half an hour into the trek starting from base camp.


Expect numbing cold wind, the trials of advanced height, and associated breathing difficulties. The need to stay hydrated is more than ever in these hours. Though the path will be treacherous and taxing to climb, it will be palpable with ledges along the stony stretch to rest at from time to time.


After around 6 hours into the trek, the moraine cover will be replaced with thickening snow, giving another edge to the trekking experience. It is important for the group to bind up on harness at this point in the trek and move systematically. After an enduring stretch of semi technical climbing, summit would be reached.


The view from the top is out of the world, foraying into the sun struck pinnacles of Chandra Bhaga and Mulkilla Range of mountains, and the valley of Lahaul many many galaxies below, lying in a swathe of whiteness.


Day 8 :- Base camp to Bharatpur and drive to Manali


After a goodnight’s rest at the base camp, down we go on day 8. A 4.5 km trek, followed by a 7 hour drive from Bharatpur will reach us in Manali between 6-7 pm. You can schedule your further travels from here after 8.


How to Reach


By Air :-  Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs. 700- Rs1000. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.


By Road:-  Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Manali in 12 - 14 hours. Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in . Tip: Since Delhi Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 6 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Manali to Delhi.


Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 5 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delays.

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