6 Nights / 7 Days
Day 1: Arrival in Manali
Arrive at Manali and check into the hotel informed to you prior to your arrival. The biggest challenge that Yunam Peak dishes out is the rapid altitude gain so it becomes important to stay some time in Manali and move around to acclimatize better. In the afternoon the Trek Leader will brief you about all necessary details which you will need to climb the massive Yunam Peak. If there are any items which you might have forgotten to bring out of the list of essentials, you will get time to roam around Manali and shop for anything you might need. Overnight stay at Hotel in Manali.
Day 2: Manali to Jispa
Our drive from Manali begins soon after having breakfast at our hotel through lush green green terrain and into the arid landscape of Lahaul. With the completion of the Atal Tunnel the duration to reach Jispa has been reduced. As we exit Atal Tunnel and enter Lahaul valley, we will pass through the village of Sissu famous for its waterfalls and Raja Ghepan temple. Till now the terrain is a mix of green and semi arid but as we gain altitude the vegetation will slowly disappear and turn into a dry arid landscape. We will also cross the beautiful village of Tandi where river Chandra and Bhaga unite to form the Chandrabhaga river which is a tributary of the river Chenab. We will reach Jispa in the afternoon passing through Kelong on the way and set up camp near a water source. After tea we will go for an acclimatization walk to adjust to the altitude after gaining around 1500 meters of altitude. Overnight stay at Jispa campsite.
Day 3: Jispa to Bharatpur Base Camp
We will begin with our drive towards Bharatpur Base Camp in the morning and first cross the Darchu, another beautiful village hidden in Lahaul valley. This area attracts a lot of tourists who travel from Manali to Leh or vice versa as this circuit is famous among bikers. The last village before BaraLacha La is Zing Zing Bar. We will even visit Deepak Tal and Suraj, where you can roam around and take some photographs. After crossing the highest motorable road in Himachal Pradesh we will cross the dangerous Nala crossing of Bharatpur by car and then set camp near the Dhabas which cater to Bikers. Make sure to repeat the process of acclimatization walk in the evening to adjust to the altitude that you have just gained. Overnight stay at Bharatpur Base Camp.
Day 4: Load Ferry to Summit Camp
The trek to the Summit camp begins by walking on the tar road for a kilometer and a half before reaching the point where we start climbing the mountain. The trail today is mostly steep as we will be required to gain a lot of altitude to reach the summit camp. As we climb the mountain the initial part of the climb is on a dusty trail with rock in between, it takes a lot of energy to climb as you might keep slipping a couple of inches wherever you place your foot. After reaching a rocky ledge we will take a breather and witness the grand view that has opened right in front of us. We have a full view of Tsarap River and the whole valley. We will even get to see a magnitude of colors on the rocks of the mountain we would be facing. The next stretch is flat and stretches to an open grassland. This is a perfect place to refill your bottles and if you are lucky then you can even spot a few marmots. The gradient will gradually change to steep. To climb the last bit to the summit camp is the hardest due to the gradient and loose rocks. But after reaching the campsite the area becomes flat. We will set up camp and store our ration and other items there itself to make the load lighter for the next day. We will climb back down to Bharatpur Base Camp using the same route we took to make the climb. Overnight stay at Bharatpur Base Camp.
Day 5: Establish Summit Camp
We will have breakfast at the Base Camp and then we will depart towards the Summit Camp. We will be taking the same route which we took the previous day and carry the rest of the materials required for the summit attempt the next morning. After reaching the Summit camp we will move around to acclimatize our body and visit Lake Yunam Chho to admire the beauty around the Lake.
Day 6: Summit Attempt and back to Base Camp
The day we have all been waiting for has finally arrived. Today, we will be attempting to make it to the summit of Yunam Peak. The distance from the summit camp to the summit is approximately 6-7 kms and an altitude of nearly 1000 meters. So, be prepared as the day will test your will in every way possible. It is also important that you carry ample water which is around 3-4 liters and some snacks that will give you quick energy during the climb. The whole route till the summit is on rocky scree and moraine with sharp and jagged rocks making a difficult challenge to climb on. The initial part of the climb starts by entering a small chimney like structure with loose rocks and steep gradient. After reaching the top of the chimney the terrain opens up and we can see the way towards the summit. As you look above towards Yunam Peak the summit seems very far away but remember to keep your morale up and pace yourself rhythmically without giving too much stress. The trick to climb a six-thousander is to number your steps before you halt to take a breather. By using this technique you can gradually tackle the immense effort required for making the summit. We will take a few stops in between to rest our bodies and also to have a quick snack to give us energy and water to keep us hydrated. After reaching on top of the summit the view from above is simply breathtaking. The sun is up and the view of the C.B. Range and Mulkila range covered with glaciers right in front of our eyes. Take photographs to cherish the memory of summiting this massive peak and brag about it to your friends and family. From the summit we will first get down to the summit camp and wind it up because we will be moving to the Base Camp after that. We will use the same route that we took to climb. After reaching the Base Camp, we will halt there for the night to relax our body and rejoice with our team mates on the success of climbing Yunam Peak.
Day 7: Bharatpur Base Camp to Manali
After having breakfast we will depart for our journey back to Manali by road and pass the same magnificent landscapes like BaraLacha La, Jispa and Sissu. After reaching Manali the trek will officially end from our side and the group will checkout with amazing memories of the whole journey to the summit and back.
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 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 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.
How to reach Naggar:
From Manali, Naggar is 18 km. far and there are multiple buses running in every 15 minutes or one can get off at Patlikuhal which is 5 km. far from Naggar on the right bank highway. Patlikuhal lies in between of Kullu Manali. You can club a taxi or travel by a local transport from Manali or Patlikuhal to approach Naggar.
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.
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).
Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippersRaincoat / Poncho, Small light weight Towel.
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).
Day pack/small bag which you will Carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it.
Camera with charged batteries.
Preparation for the Yunam Peak Expedition Peak Climb:
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.
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).
Climbing a peak is always as staggering as its sheer challenges, opting combination of accurate preparedness will fruit you with glorifying summit attain. So prepare yourselves honestly and join in the Himalayan Adventure Trips Expedition to Mighty Yunam Peak.