Hampta Pass Trek with Camping at Chandertaal and Trip to Kunzum La, Ki and Kibber – All Inclusive ex. Manali

Hampta Pass Trek with Camping at Chandratal and Trip to Kunzum La, Ki and Kibber

Table of Contents:

  • Trip facts
  • Short Itinerary
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Things To get
  • Inclusions
  • Exclusions
  • Important Info
  • Cancellation Policy
  • Conduct of the Trek
  • FAQs
  • Why Us?
  • Indemnity Bond
  • Medical Form
  • Leave no Traces Policy

Trip Facts:

Program Type: Guided Trekking

Best Season: Mid June- Mid October

Duration: 6 Days/5 Nights

Region: Manali/Spiti

Max. Altitude: 14100 ft

Grade: Moderate

Group Size: 2-12 people

Starting Point: Sethan

Ending Point: Manali

Average Hiking Daily: 5-6 Hours

Total Trekking distance: 35 kms

Accommodation: Comfortable tents during the trek

Fixed Departures :

June: 17th, 24th

July :1st, 8th,15th, 22nd, 29th

August: 5th,12th,19th, 26th

September: 2nd, 9th,16th, 23rd, 30th

October : 7th,14th

Highlights:

  • Camping at Chandratal
  • Hampta Pass
  • Kunzum La and Rohtang La
  • Trip to highest village in the world, Kibber
  • Ki Monastery and Spiti
  • 1 Night Luxury Swiss Tents before trek
  • 1 Night at dA Base in comfortable rooms
  • Awesome Food, choice of veg/ non-veg
  • Smaller Group Size: 6 – 10 participants

Short Itinerary

Day-1: Manali – Prini – Sethan (2780 m) (1 hr drive)

Day-2: Sethan – Jobri – Chikka (3300 m) – Bhalu Ka Ghera (3627 m) ( 8 kms – 6 hrs trek)

Day-3: Balugherach – Hampta Pass (4298 m) to Shiya Goru (3597 m) – (5 km – 6 hrs trek)

Day-4: Shia Goru to Chattru (3360 m) to Chandratal (4270 m) (4 hr trek and 2 hr drive)

Day-5: Chandratal – Kunzum La – Ki Monastery – Kibber – Losar – Batal – Rohtang – Manali

Day-6: Explore Manali – Ziplining, Paragliding and departure

Overview

This is one amazing trip that covers Hampta Pass trek, camping at Lake Chandratal, the highest village in the world Kibber, Ki Monastery and Spiti road trip with truly amazing photography opportunities.

Kullu and Lahaul are two adjoining districts and are separated by the formidable Rohtang La. Rohtang La is snowbound from October to June. Both the valleys are geographically quite different. The Kullu/Manali valleys are green with thick forest cover and heavy rains. However, Lahaul is in a rain-shadow area with partial Trans-Himalayan barrenness. The trail to Chandratal over Hampta Pass combines both these areas gives a wonderful walk with two completely different terrains to enjoy.


Itinerary:

Day-1: Manali – Prini – Sethan (2780 m) (1 hr drive)

Reporting time at Prini: 12 pm

Guests are expected to reach Pirni (2 km from Manali) by the reporting time, here you will be received by our team. Once all the group members have come-in, we’ll drive to camp Deodar, Sethan. After welcome tea n snacks, relax at our camps at a gorgeous location. Please ensure you are properly geared up for the trek. Any last minute shopping can be done from Manali and preferably before reaching Sethan. Orientation for the group with the guides and trekking team. Dinner would be served around 7:30 pm, enjoy freshly cooked food around a bonfire.

Stay: Luxury Swiss tents with attached baths

Meals: refreshments, Lunch and Dinner (choice of veg/non-veg)

Day-2: Sethan – Jobri – Chikka (3300 m) – Bhalu Ka Ghera (3627 m) ( 8 kms – 6 hrs trek)

After a early breakfast by 7 am, we’ll drive 15 minutes to Jobri, the starting point of trek. The trekking trail goes through thick forests and open grounds till Chikka. During the course of the trek we will be crossing few water streams over improvised wood bridges. After 3-4 hrs into the trek, we’ll greeted by beautiful forested peaks, visible from Chikka. From here we also get an excellent view of Deo Tibba and Indrasan group of peaks. We’ll break in Chikka for brunch/refreshments.

The trail leads to alpine meadows, full of interesting flora. After crossing stream at Juara, the glacial features of the surrounding mountains can be seen along the way. We’ll have our packed lunch in this picturesque meadow.

Bhalu ka Ghera (Bear’s Circle), in it’s literal sense, is a place where brown bears are said to hibernate during winters. After a total of 8 km trek, we reach this lovely meadow. We camp here for the night.

Stay: Comfortable tents on triple sharing

Meals: breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and refreshments (freshly cooked veg)

Day-3: Balughera – Hampta Pass (4298 m) to Shiya Goru (3597 m) – (5 km – 6 hrs trek)

Start the day early by climbing up for about 2 km up to the Hampta pass, while walking on the snowfields. It is now time to get shutter happy with your camera. The final ridge is a little steep to climb and when snowbound you will you will have to cut steps in the ice up the pass. The view from here is jaw dropping. The peaks of in Lahaul, particularly in the Kulti valley and of the Chandrabhaga group, are seen as a huge cluster, with peak of Mulkila IV raising its head above them. From top of the pass you can see the majestic Mt. Deo Tibba (6001 m), Indrasan (6221 m) and the mighty Greater Himalayan and Pir Panjal Range. A short descent leads to the campsite at Shiya Goru. We will camp in a beautiful meadow by the stream.

Stay: Comfortable tents on triple sharing

Meals: breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and refreshments (freshly cooked veg)

Day-4: Shia Goru to Chatru (3360 m) to Chandratal (4270 m) (4 hr trek and 2 hr drive)

Today’s trek begins with crossing a small stream and a walk following the valley stream down to the mighty River Chandra. The descent to River Chandra is a bit steep and follows a long ridge. Once in the valley you will rejoin the road which crosses the bridge across the river to Chatru. However gentle the river appears, do not try to ford the River Chandra – always use a bridge. This deceptive river has swept away many trekkers trying to take a shortcut. Arriving by the side of Manali-Spiti road at Chatru, we will stop here for tea and lunch break before driving to Chandratal via Chhota Dhara (3517 m) and Batal.

There are lovely views of the “Chhota Shigri” (small glacier) and “Bara Shigri” (big glacier) along with several high peaks of Lahaul. From Batal onwards it can be very windy as the valley opens up here. The road climbs steeply around many bends to Kunzum La in the east. This road leads to Spiti valley. There is a new footpath leading from Kunzum La that descends to Chandratal, however the more direct approach is the road from Batal, going into the Chandra valley in the north. We will be driving along the left bank river Chandra after crossing a bridge near Batal. The trail continues for about 14 km to the scenic campsite at the bank of Chandratal, from here you can see the panoramic view of the Chandrabhaga Range.

Stay: Comfortable tents on triple sharing

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and refreshments (freshly cooked veg)

Day-5: Chandratal – Kunzum La – Ki Monastery – Kibber – Losar – Batal – Rohtang – Manali

The emerald colored expanse is breathtaking. Spend the morning at leisure by the mesmerizing Chandratal Lake. Situated in a bowl and in a beautiful crescent shape, it offers a view of many peaks. The massive Samundri Tapu glacier joins the valley from the west. It is linked with some major peaks and the Mulkila group at its head. Witness the grandeur of the mighty Himalaya as we drive to Kaza over the Kunzum La (4590 m) pass. You will witness majestic landscape of the high altitude dessert adorned with glaciers. visit Ki Monastery and ‘the highest village, Kibber.Mingle with the locals to learn about their culture and lifestyle.

Brilliant photography opportunities to get those national geographic like pictures

Stay: ‘dA Base’ in comfortable rooms on triple sharing

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and celebratory dinner over bonfire (veg/non-veg)

Day-6: Explore Manali – Ziplining, Paragliding and departure

After a leisurely breakfast, Zipline (the highest in country) and paragliding (highest and longest in manali) or rafting can be arranged for those interested. Transport will be arranged to drop participants in Manali. Explore Manali/ Old Manali before getting on the Volvo to continue your journey back to your destination.

Meals: Breakfast

Things to Get

ü Backpack

· Backpack 40 – 50 Lt. with a rain cover

· Day Pack 15 – 20 Lt.

To carry your personal gear, camera, water bottle, comfortable clothing, packed food, emergency personal first aid, prescription medication, ID proof, torch etc. (These may be needed on the trail as the rucksacks would be on the ponies/porters and not be walking with us)

ü Clothing and Footwear

· Pants: 2 – 3 pair recommended – The quick dry and lightweight synthetic pants. Alternatively track pants are also comfortable to trek in. Jeans and denims are not recommended.

· Cotton T-shirts: 2 – 3 – preferably full sleeves

· Sweatshirts – 2

· Synthetic Fleece Jacket: 1

· Wind proof/Water proof Jacket: 1

· Down Jacket/Hollow fibre fill/Insulated Jacket – 1 (optional – get this if you want to stay extra warm at camps)

· Thermal liners – 1 pair upper and lower (recommended)

· Trekking Shoes

Please make sure you wear comfortable, easy fitting trekking shoes, preferably waterproof. Please do not wear sports shoes as they are uncomfortable on most of the trails. High ankle, waterproof shoes with a rugged sole are recommended. While we do not subscribe to any particular brand, most easily available are the Quechua Forclaz 600 shoes or like.

· Socks

o Cotton socks: 2 – 3 pair

o Woollen socks: 1 – 2 pair of (good while camping and not while trekking)

ü Accessories

· Raincoat/ Poncho

· Ensure it covers your daypack and camera

· Gloves

· Sunglasses with UV protection

· Emergency repair kit with needle and thread

· Camera

· Head lamp/torch

· Water bottle

· Trekking pole (optional)

· Plastic covers

· Toiletries:

Lip balm, Vaseline, sunscreen SPF 40+, moisturizer, soap, toilet paper

· Warm cap/scarves

It should cover your ears make sure it is something that covers your ears

ü Personal first aid kit

· Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)

· Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)

· Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)

· Avil 25 mg – 4 tablets (allergies)

· Brufen/Diclofenac – 4 tablets (Pain killer)

· Disprin – 6 tablets (headache)

ü Documents

· Identity Cards

Xerox and Passport Size Photographs (4)

· Medical Certificate

You can download the format from below document and the same needs to be given to Base Camp to Trek Leader while Registration

ü Disclaimers

You can download the format from below document and the same needs to be given to the Trek Leader at the Base camp while registration

ü Leave No Trace Policy Document

You can download the format from below document and the same needs to be given to Base Camp to Trek Leader while Registration.)

Inclusions

  • 1 night in comfortable luxury Swiss tents with attached baths in Camp Deodar, Sethan
  • Stay in comfortable tents during the trek on triple sharing
  • Stay in comfortable rooms on 3 sharing basis at dA Base.
  • Pick up from Prini to Camp Deodar Sethan
  • Drop to Manali for departure
  • Meals included – Starting from Lunch on day-1 to breakfast on day-6 (veg/non-veg freshly cooked)
  • Celebratory Dinner over bonfire n woodfire bbq
  • Services of a Trip Manager, experienced and qualified lead guide and experienced local assistant guide
  • Kitchen equipment, high altitude cook and helpers.
  • All the Camping arrangements
  • Wildlife/ environmental permits and other permits & levies.
  • All transportation as per itinerary in local cars / jeeps
  • First-aid medication with oxygen cylinder and all emergency back ups

Exclusions

  • Food at dhabas during the road trip
  • Cost of any form of insurance (Personal/Baggage/Medical)
  • Cost of rescue, evacuation, hospitalization, etc.
  • Any expenses of purely personal nature like laundry, phone/fax calls, tips to drivers, guides, any beverages.
  • Any expenses that arise due to change in itinerary and increase in no. of days because of natural forces like landslides, weather, roadblocks, flight cancellations, sickness etc.
  • Cost of any optional activity we offer, like paragliding, angling, rafting etc.
  • Porterage for your personal bags

Add ons:

  • Porter/pony charges during the trek(max 10 kgs strictly)
  • Personal Tent on Trek
  • Extended stay at our base camp in Haripur.
  • Personal tent.

Important Info

  • Failing to report at the reporting time will be considered as a “No-show” case.
  • In case you are travelling by your own car, we suggest you arrive directly at our basecamp located in Haripur (address will be shared after booking), 16 km from Manali on the Naggar road, the day before the start of the trek.
  • Participants are expected to have a reasonably good fitness level.
  • For this trip we take max. 10 participants in one group – In case of 5 or less than 5 members, commute will be made through public transport or the difference split between participating members
  • Trekking programs in the Himalaya not necessarily would always run exactly as scheduled. Allow for unplanned long days or early camps due to weather disruptions or similar causes.
  • All participants are recommended to have a travel insurance that covers trekking and wilderness travel.
  • Wear shoes and clothes you are comfortable in and do not forget waterproof jackets and warm clothing.
  • Do not litter the environment. Polythene and plastics are non-biodegradable and unhealthy for the environment and must not be littered or burned and should be carried back
  • Soak up the atmosphere – close your eyes and take in the sights and sounds as you explore and observe.

Cancellation Policy

Payment Terms: 10% at the time of booking and 90% one month prior to departure.

Cancellation Charges: We understand life can be unpredictable at times, and that plans can change, that’s why we are pretty flexible about cancellations. For last minute emergencies we offer future trip credits on a case by case basis. Please talk to us before you cancel any trip with us.

From confirmation up to 30 days prior to departure – 10% of the total amount payable would be charged.

Between 15 – 29 days – 50% would be refunded

Less than 15 days prior to departure: no refund.

In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases we will try our best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same

Note: –

All programs are subject to change due to political reason, natural calamities, serious sickness, and special reasons.

Please note that cancellation charges also apply to reductions in group size, not only for cancellations of entire bookings.

The tour will not be cancelled unless we are forced to do so because of unusual or unforeseen circumstances, such as a major natural disaster, major political unrest or war. If we cancel the tour we will promptly refund all payments made to us including the deposit (less the unrecoverable costs such as air tickets cancellations). We shall not be liable to refund any additional expenses that you may have incurred (such as insurance, visas, vaccinations and other incidental costs).

If you do not show up at the meeting point specified on the agreed date, we will assume you have been delayed and will wait for you to contact us with your new expected arrival date. If you do not contact us within 48 hours we will assume you have cancelled the tour. There is no refund of any money paid.

Refunds:

  1. In case the journey is broken off early upon the client’s own wish or causes, Mountaineerz shall not be liable to any refund of the days not utilized. Clients will have to pay for hotel or any extra costs incurred after leaving the itinerary. 

    (b) The trek information sheets and the dossier give information and conditions relating to the tour and are deemed to be part of the contract and so you should be fully aware of their contents. However, the itinerary is an indication of what the group should accomplish, but is not a contractual obligation- changes may be made because of exceptional weather, flight cancellations, sickness or other unforeseen circumstances. No refund will be given for unused services or unrealized dreams. 

    (c) Mountaineerz shall not be liable to refund of any Bank charges deducted while making the bank transaction.

How Do Mountaineerz Trek?

Trek Leader

The Trek Leader is in charge of the group on the trek. On the trek, the decision of the Trek Leader is final and binding. They are trained to look out for people on treks and have sound decision making capacity. All are requested to co-operate with the trek leader in order to ensure a seamless trip.

Local Staff

The Mountaineerz Support Team comprises of professional and experienced Trek Leaders supported with Guides, Porters, Mule staff, Cook, Kitchen Helpers and Personal Porters (on request). They are tenured and well versed in their respective fields with the focus of providing a great experience to the guests. The staff is normally native and local in their origin and this is a great opportunity for us to give something constructive back to the local community by creating job opportunities.

Adherence to Schedule while on Treks

A success of a trek depends entirely on how closely is the schedule followed and adhered to. A walk on any trek begins early in the morning so as to reach the targeted camp site on time (preferably by lunch). The Cook, Kitchen Staff, Porters and Ponies start off at a pace so as to reach before the guests. This ensures that the tents are pitched and a hot bowl of soup and beverages is ready by the time the guests reach the camp site. This makes all the difference in the experience of the guests.

While on a Trek

ü Camping

2/3 Men tents (Dome/Alpine) are used on a trek. Each guest is provided with dry cleaned and hygienic sleeping bags with a fleece inner lining. The tents are spacious and comfortable with camp lights for the night. For bigger groups, family camping tents and tents with separate cabins will be used. Also, a kitchen tent with separate dining space will be used for big groups. The tents will be pitched at spots with easy access to water. The staff will assist the guests to clean up the camp site when we pack up.

ü Meals

Freshly cooked high nutrition vegetarian meals will be served on the trek. Guests are only required to carry their packed meal for the day with them. Tea/Coffee, soups and snacks will be served. Non-veg meal can be served at the camp site or dA Base.

ü Toilets on Trek

Toilet tents will be provided while on the trek. The used pits will be covered properly when leaving the camp site.

ü Leave No Trace Policy

We closely subscribe to the No Trace Policy while on treks. The aim is to leave no impact on the environment. Hence, No Plastics are used. All camp drenches and pits are covered properly so as to make it usable for others. All wate is properly disposed off and guests are encouraged to collect any garbage they see on the way and clean up the trail while walking.

Swiss Camps:

Camp Deodar at Sethan village is a picturesque campsite amongst steppe fields which offers a breathtaking view of the Dhauldhar range. The campsite has four spacious luxury tents with attached toilets.

Every tent has an amazing sit out overlooking the entire valley, where we do our bonfires and barbecues. We have an open kitchen with a scenic view of the snow capped mountains.

FAQS

  1. What is the Mountaineerz Safety Protocol?

Our thoroughly researched itineraries are designed to offer you access to some of the world’s best-kept secrets. We have personally explored the destinations we offer with in-depth knowledge that goes towards making your experience more than worth your while. However, at times due factors beyond anyone’s control, situations may arise which can pose a challenge to the safety and security of the group members.

To minimize any negative impact, we subscribe strictly to “Mountaineerz Safety Protocol” which is an intensive and comprehensive compilation of safety and security measures undertaken to ensure a seamless and safe experience for its guests. There are factors which are controllable and attention to them ensures lower risks and toned down consequences.

The protocol is devised keeping in mind the interest of the clients and following are its highlights:

  • A group size on any of our trips is always kept to a small number of 1 – 8. This ensures that individual and personal attention can be given to all the guests and service levels can be kept on a high.
  • It requires the guests to share their medical history with us and to call out any special medical condition.
  • A SPOC (Special Point of Contact) is appointed for each venture and expedition and the contact details are shared with all the team members to ensure access.
  • Each guest is handed out a pamphlet enlisting the entire Do’s and Don’ts on an expedition for easy understanding along with the contact details of nearest medical aid centers and medical professionals.
  • Guests are given a list of transporters and cab drivers in and around the area they are in.
  • Guests have 24*7 access to the in-house medical professional and aid.
  • The guests are requested to fill out a medical form and undergo a physical check up before the commencement of any trek or high altitude activity.
  • It is mandatory for the guests to undergo 1 -2 days of acclimatization in the mountains.
  • Guests are requested to carry their individual and personal medical kit with themselves.
  • The trek medical professional is equipped with a first-aid kit and a general medicine kit.
  • The guests are given a drill down about High Altitude Mountaineerz Etiquette (HAME). This chiefly talk about the Do’s and Don’ts of trekking and surviving at high altitudes.
  • Addresses and ways of accessing nearest medical centers around chief road heads and on trekking routes.
  • Equipment includes thermal sheets and oxygen cylinders.
    1. What is the Kkoott ? Can I stay there as well?
  • If you are the one to seek solitude at the pace of a sunrise, the Kkoott is the place for you. Nestled deep in the jungles of Pir Panjal and at the far end of the ancient village of Soil, by the banks of the feisty Haripur glacial stream, it is a heritage wood, stone and mud Himachali village home – the Kkoott. The wooden and mud home offers a cozy and comfortable village experience with the basic comfort amenities. The village of Soil enjoys a rich heritage and history and is an experience in itself.

    The Kkoott faces the majestic Dhauladhar range and offers a complete Himalayan experience with its lush green forests and lost and hidden trails which meander through the thick jungles of pine and deodar. It is an amazing spot for birding and angling. You will find some rarest varieties of Himalayan birds and some fresh trout in the Haripur stream. Indulge in angling here as this is a renowned angling site. BBQ the catch of the day or just enjoy the sport.

    The Kkoott is also home to our canine army and the place is abuzz with energy and positivity. You can either stay in the village home or choose to pitch a tent in the apple orchard for a camping experience. If you wish, you can cook your meals in the old Himachali style kitchen, else the service will be provided to you. Catch up on some reading while chilling in a hammock or get lost in some hidden trails and find the mysterious waterfall hidden deep in the forest.

    The Kkoott is not just a place to stay but an experience and a feeling that can only be felt.

    1. Where does the trek start and how do I get there?

    We shall be driving to our camp in Sethan from Haripur, 14 km from Manali. From there the trek will begin.

    1. Can someone carry my bags?

    We provide our clients with porters/ponies for their convenience on demand and at a fixed price (Rs.500 per day for the duration of the trek and a maximum of 10 kg per person)

    1. Is there a locker room to leave behind my extra stuff while on the trek?

    Yes, there is a locker room facility available at the rate of Rs. 300 per bag for the duration of the trek.

    1. What is an ‘Alpine Style’ trek?

    In alpine style treks, our clients carry and are responsible for their own rucksacks, sleeping bags, packed lunches. Those who do not wish to do so are welcome to avail the porter/pony facility at the given rate.

    1. What is ‘Explore at Leisure’ style?

    In this style of trekking, we provide all facilities during the trip including pickup and drop from Manali bus stand, porter/pony facilities for luggage and gear, luxury camping amenities(camping tables, chairs, dining tents, air pillows and mattresses), along with a choice of vegetarian/non-vegetarian wherever possible.

    1. If I come one day prior to the trek, can I stay at the base camp?

    Yes we have three comfortable rooms in the base camp located in an orchard in Haripur, 16 km from Manali (on first come first served basis). In fact, we encourage this so as to meet the team and understand the Dos and Don’ts of the trek

    1. How to reach “dA Base – Mountaineerz’, Haripur from Delhi

    Board a Volvo in New Delhi, which departs 5:30pm in the evening from Delhi and arrives at Patlikuhal Bus stand (20 km before the main Manali bus stand) at 7:00 am in the morning. We can arrange for your travel if you tell us in advance. The guests are suggested to de-board at 15 Mile bridge, near Patlikuhal, 14 km before Manali on the Delhi-Manali highway, from where the “Mountaineerz” staff and vehicle will receive them and ensure their arrival at the basecamp. Guests can board a flight from New Delhi airport to Kullu – Manali airport (arrival: 6:00a.m). Mountaineerz can arrange for a vehicle for the guests to be received at the airport and driven the basecamp. Drive down from Delhi – Chandigarh – Mandi – Bhuntar – Haripur (Mountaineerz Basecamp). (12 – 14 Hrs drive). You can also follow Google maps to ‘dA Base – Mountaineerz’

    1. What would be the accommodation type?

    The accommodation during the trek is generally on twin or quad sharing basis in Alpine Trekking (Carrying your own rucksack and sleeping bag) or Leisure Luxury style Trekking (Bag would be carried by pony).

    Mountaineerz basecamp is in Haripur on the left bank of river Beas dA Base – Mountaineerz is a jungle village retreat located in the village of Soil, near Manali, H.P. We have two traditional Himachali Cottages and ‘Glamping’ units with all basic modern amenities.

    1. As a precaution, do the authorities have prior information of the trek?

    An email containing the list of participants and the trek itinerary goes out to the SDM and the local police, just before the commencement of the trek.

    1. Where will you receive us? Where do I need to report?

    If driving, just follow Google maps to ‘dA Base – Mountaineerz’, nr. Govt. College, Haripur 14 kms from Manali on the left bank, Naggar-Manali road. If you choose to travel in a Volvo, kindly de-board at Patlikuhal Bus stand, 16 kms before Manali and Mountaineerz support team will receive you there.

    1. What about the food?

    At ‘dA Base’, you can choose from a variety of dishes (veg & non-veg) and enjoy it around a bonfire. However, during the treks, the meals will be high-nutrition and vegetarian.

    1. What about communication?

    The staff will be equipped to keep their phones and other communication devices charged 24*7.The guests can communicate via the staff during any emergency and also charge their phones. However, we humbly and strongly recommend that guests carry their personal Power Banks / charging devices in order to keep their phones and cameras charged.

    Mountaineerz team and base camp are in regular contact throughout the expedition / trek at all times.

    1. How cold does it get?

    The temperature at the basecamp is about 20-30 degrees, however, it might drop down to sub-zero during the trek. And under the sun it can get pretty warm. So, instead of carrying woolens during the trek, layer up as much as you can and keep your feet warm. ☺ You will love it.

    1. What do i need to bring?

    A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your trip will be sent to you in a pre-departure packet. Every year, after assessing feedback from our clients and guides, we review and update our lists so they are as complete and up-to-date as possible. Every list has a description of each item, however feel free to call us if you have questions or need help locating any of the items on the list. It is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

    Yes we have three comfortable rooms in the base camp located in an orchard in Haripur, 16 km from Manali (on first come first served basis). In fact, we encourage this so as to meet the team and understand the Dos and Don’ts of the trek

    1. Who will join the trek and who will lead the trek?
      All our treks are led by certified & experienced trek Guides. We believe in sustainable adventure eco-tourism which in effect means that our teams are locally sourced. Other than a Trek lead we in our team will have local Guides, Cook, Helpers and Porters.
    2. What is the maximum group size?
      The group may have up to 12 people so as to minimize the impact on biosphere.
    3. What is the minimum number of Trekkers required for Fixed Departures?
      We believe that the customer is the high priority. Therefore, we will continue with the trek even if we have a single participant. If the group is less than 5, the transport cost, if any, would be divided amongst the participants.
    4. How safe is it for girls?
      Some of our own trek leaders are qualified, experienced girls. Mountains on the whole are much safer than the plains. Lots of solo female trekkers join us and we make it a point that only female trekkers share the tent with other female trekkers.
    5. How many trekkers will be in one tent?
      We use 2-Man and 4-Man tents during the trek.
    6. What level of fitness is expected from the trekkers?
      You have to be reasonably fit. You should be able to run up to 3-5 kms or at least walk 5-7 kms at a stretch
    7. Is the water on the trek safe?
      The water during the trek is collected from fresh mountain streams and so is clean and refreshing to drink.
    8. What types of vehicles are used for transportation?
      We use Sumo/Bolero for transportation.
    9. What do you do if we encounter a medical emergency during the trek?
      Our team is experienced and well trained to handle medical emergencies at high altitudes along with basic first aid. In case of extreme cases, we accompany the sick till the main road. Any additional cost incurred is borne by the trekker. We also recommend that you get a medical fitness checkup done from your local doctor before coming here.
    10. Can we change the itinerary?
      ‘Mountaineerz’ Pvt Ltd reserves the right to amend the given itinerary in case of unforeseen weather conditions and other factors. In such cases, we may offer you a different trek or some similar activity. Extra costs, if any, incurred due to rescheduling, will be borne by the client. In case of non-completion of the tour due to any reason whatsoever there will not be any refund for any unutilized services
    11. What is your Rescheduling Policy?
      We will reschedule your trek without any extra cost if we are informed a month prior to your original booking.
    12. What documents do I need to carry with me?
      You need to carry an original ID card and a photograph.
    13. Will there be a doctor with us on the trek?
      There are no doctors on the trek; however our trek leaders are experienced in first aid and basic medical protocols…
    14. Do you provide toilet tents? Is it necessary to dig cat holes?
      There is no civilization or buildings on the treks. No concrete toilets are available. Women will have toilet tents. Being environment friendly and hygienic, going outside for nature calls and making cat holes is encouraged.
    15. Are there any bathing facilities on the trek?
      We have bathing facilities at both our base camps in Haripur and Sethan. But, there will be no such concrete facilities during the trek.

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    THE MOUNTAINEERZ GUARANTEE

    With our every escapade we bring you closer to the best of adventure travel. Mountaineerz brings you an experience that encompasses the quiet and the wild, the divine, the exotic and the spiritual side of “The Valley of The Gods.”

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    WHY US:

    Here are just a few benefits of adventure travel with Mountaineerz:

    1. MOUNTAINEERZ SAFETY PROTOCOL: SAFETY IS OUR FIRST PRIORITY.

    We perform rigorous safety checks on every location, sport, instructor, tour leader, hotel/ campsite and Transportation Company we use, provide immediate on-tour support and have an emergency contact line available 24/7.

    1. EXCEPTIONAL CERTIFIED & EXPERIENCED GUIDES: THE FORMIDABLE MOUNTAINEERZ ARMY

    AND I SAY THIS WITH ABSOLUTE CONVICTION AND PRIDE

    Mountaineerz is essentially a team of passionate, committed and competent mountain guides. We believe that the quality of your guide is the single most important factor that creates a truly fantastic experience on any outdoor adventure tour. Mountaineerz’ guides are truly extraordinary men and women have the ability to turn a great get-away into an unforgettable, inspiring – and sometimes truly life changing – adventure.

    That being said, our absolute commitment is to hire and train the best guides in the industry. Our philosophy is that our guides, gear, food and logistics comprise our product, and the guides are the most important ingredient!

    1. FANTASTIC MEALS AND TOP OF THE LINE GEAR

    To provide exceptional meals we customize our menus depending on the preferences of the group, and we never use freeze-dried backpacking meals – you will be well nourished and your tummies filled with high nutrition and high energy vegetarian meals during your treks.

    Our tours are supported by kitchen facilities, chefs and helping staff to provide hygienic and freshly prepared meals at all times. All our cooking infrastructure is specially customized for outdoors and staff is experienced in preparing nutritious and tasty meals even with limited resources and at times in adverse conditions.

    You can be assured of top-of-the-line, high quality and comfortable trekking and camping equipment.

    1. HIMALAYA IS OUR HOME

    Our knowledge of the Indian Himalayas comes from living, working and experiencing the mountains first-hand, not from once-a-year trips. Capability to run trips in remote and difficult regions, Ensuring safety and comfort of guests in adverse conditions

    1. WE DO IT ALL, OURSELVES.

    We do not farm our programs to sub-contractors. We do the planning; we do the execution – the logistics, the outfitting and the instruction ourselves which is also the secret why we are able to offer high quality journeys and people keep coming back to us. Our self-sufficiency and in-depth knowledge makes us unique allows us to maintain a very high quality of service

    1. 24/7 SUPPORT

    Your dedicated personal Program Consultant will guide you through the entire tour planning process, and for clients, our customer care staff and doctor is available 24 hours a day.

    We enjoy designing that perfect trip for you with the seasoned eye of a craftsman. And what is more… we have been doing this for quite some time now!

    1. CHAT WITH ANY OF OUR PAST GUESTS

    People who have travelled with us once have always come back to us again and again and have also sent their friends to do many more trips with us. In short, we have built a very strong business based on word of mouth and have always allowed our work talk for us. (Let us know if you want to chat with any of our past guests and we will put you in touch with them)

    1. SPECTACULAR DESTINATIONS

    When it comes to destinations, our goal is to provide amazing hiking experiences in the Himalayas’ most spectacular destinations. And we’re well on our way to meeting that goal! Our current destinations include Zanskar, Ladakh, Lahaul, Spiti, Kinnaur, Chamba, Dharamshala and Manali

    1. THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED ITINERARIES

    Our thoroughly researched itineraries are designed to offer you access to some of the world’s best-kept secrets. We have personally explored the destinations we offer with in-depth knowledge that goes towards making your experience more than worth your while.

    1. FLEXIBLE TRANSFER AND REFUND POLICY

    When Murphy’s Law is at play in anybody’s life, things which have to go wrong will go wrong. ☹ We absolutely understand that.

    Hence, we believe in a relaxed and flexible transfer and refund policy.

    1. 10% DISCOUNT OFF ANY TRIP AFTER YOUR FIRST

    When you hike with us you’ll receive a Lifetime Family Membership entitling you and your family to a 10% discount off any future trekking trip.

    INDEMNITY BOND

    (Please fill out in own handwriting and in BLOCK LETTERS)

    I ………………………………, Son/Daughter/Wife* of …………………………, resident of …………………………………………………………………………, having read the Mountaineerz’ general information, programme profile and terms & conditions for registration, and having agreed to participate in (trek/camp name)…………… …… …………… during (dates) …………… to ……..……..being organized by Mountaineerz. I do hereby declare that I am attending the camp/activity at my own risk and responsibility.

    I further declare that facilitators, namely, Mountaineerz, located in Haripur, Manali or any person(s) authorized by the aforementioned organization in this behalf shall not in any way be liable to me or to my dependents, legal heirs, successors or to any other person(s), for any loss, damage, disability or injury sustained by me or for death resulting from my participation in the above mentioned program/activity. The aforesaid Organizations and any/all person(s) authorized by them shall not be liable to pay any compensation, by whatever name called, to me or to my dependents, legal heirs, successors, assigns or to any other person(s) herein before not mentioned.

    Place…………………                              …………………………………………..

    Date………………….                                         Signature of Participant

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    (For use by parent/guardian of participant below 12 years)

    I, ………………………… Father/Mother/Guardian* of …………………… having read, agree to and accept the contents of the above Indemnity Bond, have no objection to my Son/Daughter/Ward* participating in(activity name) ……….. During (dates) ………… to ………….. Being organized by Mountaineerz.

    Place …………………                 …………………………………………….

    Date ………………….           Signature of Father/Mother/Guardian* of Participant

    MEDICAL FITNESS CERTIFICATE

    (To be filled in by a registered medical practitioner in BLOCK LETTERS)

    I certify that I have on this (date)……………. ………medically examined the following person:

    Name: …………………….…….………………………………………………..

    Son/Daughter/Wife* of ……………………………………………

    And/or student of (institution name)……………………………………………….

    Age: ………………………., Weight: …………………………………………

    Pulse rate: ……………….      Blood Pressure:………………………………….

    Blood Test:………………..   Blood Group: ………………………………….

    Applicant should not have Asthma, Epilepsy or other fits, and any major deformity, hernia & chronic diseases.

    In my opinion, Mr./Miss/Mrs.…………………………………………………………….. Is fit to undergo ……………………………………..……. (Name of the trek/activity) being organized by Mountaineerz, during the period (dates) …………………. to ……….………….

    Participant’s Signature: ……………………………………………….

    Address: ……………………………………………………………………………………………

    Medical Practitioner’s name in BLOCK LETTERS: ……………………………………..

    Professional seal:

    Medical Practitioner’s signature: …….……………………………………………………. Address: ……………………….

    …………………….…

    Date:                                                                                     Place:

    Note:

    • The medical practitioner should be M.B.B.S. and give his/her registration No. of medical council.
    • All disputes subject to jurisdiction within Manali only.

    LEAVE NO TRACE POLICY

    I solemnly pledge to be a responsible trekker wherever my trek takes me. I promise to leave behind no ‘traces’ of my crossing and to encourage others to do the same. I promise to leave behind a cleaner world than I found and explored. I promise to participate in activities which help mitigate the damage done by others. I promise to ‘Go Green’ for my sake and for the sake of those who come after me.

    Name: Signature (above)

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