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Mount Mulkila Climbing Expedition (6517m.)

Lahul, Himachal Pradesh


20 Nights / 21 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

12 people


English, Hindi



  • Mount Mulkila Climbing Expedition (6517m.)
  • Mount Mulkila is among one of the Jewels of Lahoul valley comprising 10 peaks of M series. The M 1 to M10 range lies in the central Lahoul, in the Mirang Glacier. The Mirang Glacier is surrounded by ‘M’ range and these peaks form a complete horseshoe around a glacier complex with numerous fingers stretching up into gullies and ridges dividing the peaks. M4 has a steep iceand the loose rocks slantsway up until the summit, making it a formidable peak to climb. M4 was first attempted by an Anglo American expedition in September 1939 and was successfully summited. Their success was marred by a tragedy at the end of the trip when one of the team member Hilda Richmond was killed by a falling stone whilst washing in a stream 500m from the base camp. Since then few attempts had been made and these attempts were failed due to hostile conditions held up at the higher altitudes.
  • Mount Mulkila expedition starts from Darcha village, a few km far from Keylong, on the Manali Leh highway. Then passing the tiny village of Yetse we will fix some transit camps untill we reach the base. Further the valley divides at a river confluence at around 3500m. Here we have to cross a river and enter into the northern branch of Milang Glacier. The northern branch of main Milang valley is narrow and heads north - east shortly before curving to the east towards the aperture of the main Milang Glacier. The route is filled with boulders and scree, a never ending valley of deceptive progress. At 4000m the snout of the glacier will be reached and the route continues to curve with the valley eventually later turning to the south - east. Ahead the glacier divides into larger and smaller branches where will fix our base camp on the northern bank of the Milang glacier on moraines. The formidable northern face of the Mulkila can be seen from the base camp 4440m which is guarded by steep complex glacier with massive seracs and ice cliffs. After the base we tread over fairly steep and heavily crevassed ice fields to the Camp I. The Camp I is located at 5000m. at the eastern edge of the Milang Glacier. Then from Camp Iit is complex and hazardous in terms of route finding whilst crossing over several hidden and open crevasses over gradients of 30-40degrees. This large glacial field heads toward a narrow icefall rising steeply from 5300m-5600m. After reaching on the top of icefall route leads east to the high camp at 5800m. The Camp II is surrounded by dominating views of Mulkila peaks such as M5 and M6. At Camp II we will prepare and recce the summit route before leaving for the summit attempt. After the reconnaissance we will hit the target in early hours.
  • Mount Muklila Peak route ahead is dangerous consisting of loose rocks falling stones all the way up until the top of the peak. it is the most treacherous part of the climb when most of the climbers give up due to the adverse terrain and the rise of altitude. The peak was covered with snow and hard black ice at the higher approaches earlier, but after the global warming there is no snow or ice to bind these loose rocks together and make the climb a bit doable. We will climb cautiously on these dangerous slopes and make it up to the summit. On the final cone the rocks are extremely loose and great care is required to prevent large actions falling away. Few hundred feet below the summit one may have to climb hands and knees technique to stop whole lot of sliding. It is very dangerous because one stone slide triggers the other one to fall and the climbers behind would be in jeopardy. Soon we will negotiate all the difficulties and attain the summit. We will glimpse the massive Himalayan ranges and offer a Puja for the safe return. After some time we will descend the scree slopes with ultimate prudency and reach the glacier before its dark. Subsequently we will descend to lower camps and finally to the last road head at Darcha. From here we will leave to Manali and depart to further destinations.


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Preparation for Mount Mulkila Climbing Expedition

As you know every mountainous excursion demands a precise planning, a planning with adequate pliability of observing and tackling situations, held all as by overcoming mind body and soul throughout the incredible Himalayan journey.

So here are some aspects regarding Mount Mulkila Climbing Expedition preparation:

Physically – A trek demands physical endurance, to prepare for each trek you should work out a month before joining a program.  Build up the adequate strength in your legs by running and exercising every day to boost up your endurance. Stop smoking and boost your lungs doing breathing exercises at routine basis two times a day, which will help acclimatize the conditions while being resilient on the trek. Take active part in outdoor games, Yoga and any other cardiac exercises.

Mentally – Mental preparation is key, equally as important as physical training requisite for a trek. Before joining any trek take pleasure in your daily routines, eat well, take rest properly and relax. Do not stress your mind by unnecessary predictions about the trek. Be with your best friends to get motivated and relax your mind. Because pre trek assumptions are not worthy because once you join the trek and meet with rest of the pack will bring encouragement and excitement. The mental preparedness will build through the entire trek conditions. And the physical drawbacks will affect the mind. So pay close attention to various parts of the body and consciously let them loosen up as you trek. When you trek try to relax your body, especially your hips. If you’re on a winding downhill trail or on a panicking slant, think of each step as part of a simple dance and enjoy the natural rhythms that the terrain and your body can find together cautiously. Experiment with different ways of walking as a way of finding enjoyment beyond the goal of reaching a destination. The main key to stay mentally fit is to enjoy the route and not to pressurize the mind.

Technically- Gear up yourself with perfect size trekking shoes and walk with it. Use 60ltr. Backpack in a daily routine with some weight inside it, so you become used to carrying loads. Buy a trekking pole, water bottle, warm socks, thermals, fleece, feather jackets, trousers, poncho,  flip flops, electronics such as power bank, camera (DSLR or digital camera).

Detail Itinerary of Mount Mulkila Climbing Expedition

Day 1: ARRIVE DELHI and Visit IMF.

Day 2: Delhi to Manali.

Day 3: Reach at Manali. Paper work and other preparation.

Day 4: Manali to Darcha. (3300 m.) by taxi n 8 to 10 hours.)

Day 5: DARCHA - TRANSIT CAMP (3580 M) TREK 5 -6 HRS ).


Day 7 to Day 16: BASE CAMP – SUMMIT - BASE CAMP.

Day 17: Base Camp to Transit Camp.

Day 18: Transit Camp to Road Head.

Day 19: Road-head to Manali by Taxi.

Day 20: Expedition end after Breakfast.

Day 21: Manali to Delhi. And Departure.

Important Note:

The itinerary is a guideline and standard pattern which we provide you. This Climbing Expedition can be modified according to your time and requirements. This trek can be modified as per Schedule as well. Enquire or E-mail us for latest updated info and price for Expedition.

How To Reach

Distance by road:-

Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Manali in 12 to 14 hours(approx 540 KMS). Tickets can be booked online at or Tip : Since Delhi Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 8 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Volvo buses charge between Rs.1,200 to 1,800 per sector from Delhi to Manali and vice versa. Manali to Delhi: Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 8 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 delay.

Nearest Railway Station:-

Nearest Railway station is Ambala (350 kms) and Chandigarh (310 kms). Tip: Regular Volvo and Buses are available from Chandigarh to Manali in the evening. Volvo buses charge between Rs.800 to Rs.1,200 per sector from Chandigarh to Manali and vice versa.

Nearest Airport :-

Nearest Airport is Bhuntar. which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs.1500 to Rs.2,500. 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.

Things To Pack

Trekking Pants, Thick warm Lowers
Windproof jacket, Downfeather Jacket preferably with a hood
Warm and thick Fleece.
Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
Thermal inner wear (upper & lower).
Woollen cap, Woollen Gloves, Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs).
Scarf/Muffler (optional), Balaclava or a woolen cap.
Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended).
Lightweight Towel(1 unit).
Toilet Paper (plenty).
Wet-Tissue Papers(plenty).
Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippersRaincoat / Poncho, Small light weight Towel.
Water bottle.
Sunscreen Lotion.
Cap to keep the intense sun away from your face, Sunglasses.
Walking stick / Trekking Pole,Head Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries).
Medicines (if requiring any particular medication).
Personal toiletries.
Day pack/small bag which you will Carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it.
Camera with charged batteries.


  • Highly advanced, Professional & certified mountaineering (Instructor/guide) from Himalayan Adventure Trips.
  • Skilled local Guide who has ample knowledge of the route.
  • Vegetarian meals on the Climbing. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • Cooks/Helper and other requisite staff.
  • HAF/LAF/Porters/mules for carrying common equipment's (like rations/tents/utensils/and Central climbing Equipment)
  • Equipment's – Tents on sharing basis / Sleeping bags / Sleeping Mattress/ Sleeping bag Inner
  • During Trek & Expedition we will provide you Dome/Alpine/High Altitude tents on twin sharing basis. Camping mattresses, kitchen tent, dining tent, camping stool etc. would be provided.
  • High Altitude Porters to ferry loads, set up high camps, fix ropes etc.
  • Climbing Guide’s support up to Summit
  • Butane gas bottle for high altitude cooking
  • Meals: In Hotel only breakfast will served. While on trek all meals will be provided. Meals will be freshly prepared and will be a mix of Indian, Chinese & Continental.
  • High Altitude meal: We will use tin packed food in high altitude.
  • Basic First aid Kit with portal oxygen.
  • Forest Permits, wild life fee and camping charges.
  • State Government Fees.
  • Personal Porters for carrying Climber’s backpacks
  • Air fare
  • Any charges for carrying still/video cameras etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Group Gears for climbing e.g. rope, pitons, snow bars, crabs etc
  • Individual Climbing Gears and clothing; special individual mountain diet if any
  • Inner Line Permit.
  • Personal insurance or cost of emergency evacuation
  • Purchases of personal natures (like Alcohol, Soft drink, mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages/chocolates/dry fruits etc)
  • Food to/from the trailhead.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Travel insurance.
  • IMF Permissions, Royalty and Registration.
  • Liaison Officer Cost (included for foreign expedition only)
  • GST of 5%.


20 Nights / 21 Days

Tour's Location

Lahul, Himachal Pradesh


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