Table of Contents:
- Trip facts
- Things To get
- Important Info
- Cancellation Policy
- Conduct of the Trek
- Why Us?
- Indemnity Bond
- Medical Form
- Leave no Traces Policy
Location: 77. 23 E 32.12 N
Grade: Challenging with a few technical sections.
Best time: June & Sep – October.
Duration: 13 days 12 Nights
Group size: 10 – 15 Climbers
Fixed Departure : 20th May and 2nd October 2018
Deo Tibba is a beautiful 6001 metre high peak situated in the Pir Panjal range of mountains in the Manali area in Himachal Pradesh. Deo Tibba consists of an extensive ice cap the actual climb being a snow hump accessible once the edge of the ice plateau is reached. It also has the beauty of being just over the 6000 meter high mark which is a great achievement for any climber.
Deo Tibba is a beautiful 6001 Meter (19,687 Ft.) high peak, situated in the Pir Panjal range of the Himalaya, close to the resort town of Manali in Himachal Pradesh. The mountain itself consists of an extensive ice cap, with the actual climb being up a challenging hump of inclined wind slab snow, requiring the use of crampons, ice axes and fixed rope.
This magnificent peak is accessible once the edge of the great snow & ice plateau, extending to the periphery of the Malana Glacier, which lies at the head of the upper Kullu and Malana valley’s, is reached. On attaining the summit, one is rewarded with an exhilarating view of vast eternal snowfields, hanging glaciers and the lofty peaks of the surrounding areas, including the many peaks of the Malana & Tosh glacier catchments, and the majestic mountains of the Bara-Shigri glacier. Peaks such as the Ali Ratni Tibba, Devachan, Kullu Pumori, Dharamasura ( aka White Sail) and Papsura(all near, or above 6,000 M), raise their mighty summits and seem to be reaching out to the embrace the sky. This panoramic view of these majestic summits of the high Himalaya remains etched in the mind of the beholder for a long – long time.
The other highlight of this climb is that Mt. Deo Tibba -revered by the locals of this area to be the meeting place of the deities of the upper Kullu valley – is just over the 6000 M high altitude mark, which is a great achievement for any climber.
EXPEDITION OUTLINE & ROUTE INFORMATION:
Earlier the village of Jagatsukh, just 6 kms from Manali on the left bank of the Beas river, used to be the road head for the trek to the base camp. Now however, since the construction of the 200 MW Allain Duhangan hydroelectric project, one can drive right up the restricted approach road to Khanol (depending on the procurement of a permit for using the approach road from the AD hydro authorities). From here, it is a 3-day approach walk along the Duhangan Nallah to the base camp for the Deo Tibba climb, which is usually pitched at Tainta (4070 M).
After the base camp at Tainta (where a stay of 3 – 5 days is required for acclimatization, technical climbing training and load ferry of equipment and rations up to camp-1), the climb to Camp-1 commences. Camp –1 is located at Dhuangan Col (Dhuangan Pass) and the route to it crosses the Deo Tibba Glacier and up a steep slope of between 45 and 55 degrees, for around 300 meters. The glacier has to be negotiated with care as there a number of crevasses here. Also, the climb up the slope to the Col is mixed on snow, rock and ice to cover this portion of the climb safely; ropes will need to be fixed for most of this section.
On reaching the Dhuangan Col (5200 M), Camp -1 is set at the Col, or a little further on at the base of a rugged ridge known as the Pitton Ridge. The Col is generally preferred but this depends primarily on the prevailing conditions, at the time of pitching camp. After acclimatizing for 2 – 3 days at Camp – 1, during which the Instructors, HAP’s and climbers will also make 2 – 3 load ferry trips up to Camp –2, the climbing party will move across the Col to establish Camp-2 at the foot of the actual peak at an altitude of around 5400M. This portion of the climb also involves glacier travel and due care has to be exercised.
After proper acclimatization at Camp-2, many climbers make a direct ascent from this high camp to the summit of the mountain via the Pitton Ridge, which faces east. The ridge is quite steep with a few ‘Technical’ sections and also requires fixed rope for safe travel for around 150 meters. An alternate route, pioneered by Sh. Rajeev Sharma (technical advisor to Mystic Himalayan Trails) in 1987, involves ascending up a snow gully to the South East of the Pitton ridge. This route, which has since then gained a lot of popularity, also involves mixed climbing on snow and ice and again a fixed rope is required for around 250 meters of the route, to render the climb safe for all the climbers. Usually in June and then again in September, the snow and ice conditions on this section of the climb are nice and stable and this makes negotiating the gully a challenging & highly satisfying alpine experience.
Soon after climbing the rock of the Pitton Ridge, or ascending up the fixed rope through the gully, the climbers move onto a vast snowfield. From this point on Mt. Deo-Tibba and its neighbor, the majestic looking sheer peak of Indrasan are visible throughout the climb. For fit & acclimatized climbers moving at a good pace it is only an additional one and a half to two hours from this point onwards, following the true left side of the upper glacier, up to the summit of the mountain. The summit of Deo Tibba is a giant snow dome and therefore it is a relatively easy final ascent to the peak with a few crevasses to negotiate. Just before the summit, the slope becomes steeper to around 50 degrees gradient, after which it is an easy walk to the top. The summit itself is quite a wide expanse able to accommodate a complete football team (leave alone all climbers). And the view from the top, on a clear day…is truly breathtaking & is guaranteed to exceed all your expectations.
Day 01): Delhi- Chandigarh – Manali – Haripur (12 – 14 hrs.)
We will receive you on your arrival in Manali then drive to ‘dA Base’, our base in Haripur. Unwind after the long drive. Just relax or explore surroundings at leisure. Explore surroundings like the beautiful ‘somvan’ by the river Beas, Naggar Castle, Roerich art Gallery etc. Back in time for relaxed evening over bonfire and early dinner to get up early in the morning.
Day 02): dA Base, Haripur – Jagatsukh- Chikka (3350 m)
In the morning after breakfast drive 18 km to Bara Hazaar and from here trek 03 km to Chikka. Set out camp.
Day 03): Chikka – Seri (3800 m)
Today we will gradually 08 km ascending from the valley, the trail continues to the scenic campsite at Seri.
Day 04): Seri – Chandratal – Deo Tibba Base (4480 m)
After breakfast trek over moraine to the small lake at Chandratal(Base of Deo tibba Peak), the birthplace of the river Dhuangan. After setting up the camp, acclimatization walk and back to camp.
Day 05 & Day 06): Chota Chandratal Lake, Deo Tibba Base (4480 m)
Let’s make sure we get it right. We will spend 2 days here to acclimatize and to practice ascending and descending techniques on snow and ice on the Deo Tibba glacier.
Day 07): Deo Tibba Base-Camp 1 (5200m)
Today we will ascend to camp-1 with gradual walk and last 120 m to 200 m with fix rope climbing. Set up camp, early dinner.
Day 08): Camp 1 – Summit (6001m) – Camp 1
The big day, finally! Early morning, around 02:00am, start the climb to the top. After some gradual climbing, 150m gully climbing with fix rope. And then again some gradual climbing and last 50 m fix rope for summit. Climb peak and descend safely to camp-1.
Day 09): Reserve day for summit.
Day 10): Camp 1 – Base Camp
Day 11): Base Camp-Chikka
Day 12): Chikka – ‘dA Base’, Haripur
The expedition comes to an end. And we celebrate!!! traditional Himachali Style…. Music, folk dance and all…. with awesome ethnic cuisine.
Guests who are travelling the next day are welcome to extend stay at ‘dA Base’ with compliments.
Day 13): Manali – Delhi
Visit Manali town for some souvenir shopping before departing for Delhi.
Stay and all meals at ‘dA Base- Mountaineerz, Haripur in Manali for 2 nights (Stay in Manali can be upgraded to 4-5* hotel/ cottage on prior notice. Stay and meals cost as applicable
The services of two highly experienced MOI and Rescue Management qualified Mountain Guides/instructors for instruction, training. leading the climb, fixing rope and opening the route for the climbers.
The services of experienced High Altitude porters (HAP’s) for assisting with load ferry and camp establishment.
The services of a camp coordinator / manager during the expedition.
Mules to transport luggage and camp equipment up to base camp and back to the road
Vehicular transport from hotel to the road-head for the trek to the base camp and back to the hotel, after the conclusion of the climb.
Camping on twin sharing basis in 2-man tents, kitchen tent, toilet tent, camping stools etc.
One Cook with all the necessary kitchen items, utensils etc and all food at base camp. Basic meals at higher camps to be prepared by Hap’s and members.
Boiled drinking water during the trek to base camp and warm water for personal washing etc. in the morning.
Wildlife / environmental Permits and other permits & Levies, wherever required.
All required equipment
Insurance of technical staff and camp staff.
‘Leave No Traces’ protocol charges.
Complimentary Oxygen cylinder/s & other apparatus till base camp.
Medical / first aid kit.
Cost of any form of client’s insurance (Personal, Medical, baggage or any other)
Any and all evacuation charges (medical emergency or otherwise), or hospitalization or physicians consultation charges. Your own insurance policy should also ideally, cover this.
Any personal climbing gear or equipment, unless specified otherwise.
Cost of travel to and from Manali
Cost of rescue, evacuation, hospitalization, etc.
Any expenses of purely personal nature like laundry, phone/Fax calls, tips to drivers, guides, any beverages.
Any other service or item not specified above.
Any expenses that arise due to change in itinerary because of natural forces like landslides, weather, roadblocks, flight cancellations, sickness etc.
Nominal cost for bonfire, barbeque and all meals at Mountaineerz base in Haripur (choice of veg/ non-veg).
Peak booking charges and IMF Liaison officer expenses
Govt. service tax at 3.96%
Fixed Departure Cost : INR 35,000 per person + 5% gst
Private Departure Cost: 2 pax – 65000, 3-4 pax – 55000, 5-6 pax – 50000, 7-8 pax – 45000, 9-10 pax – 40000, 10 pax- max 16 – 35000 per person + 5% gst
Things to Get
Backpack 40 – 50 Lt. With rain cover.
Day Pack 15 – 20 Lt. – To carry your personal gear, camera, water bottle, trail clothing, packed food etc. (you will need this, when you offload your larger pack onto a horse/porter)
Trekking Shoes: Please do not wear sports shoes as on most treks as we go higher it gets harder to use the sports shoes. We recommend shoes with a good hard sole and also ankle support preferable waterproof. While we do not subscribe to any particular brand you can try the Quechua Forclaz 600 or like.
– 2-3 pairs of cotton socks
– 1-2 pair of woolen socks (best to use when in camp. Not recommended while trekking).
– Pants: 2-3 pairs – Ideal are the quick dry lightweight synthetic pants. Alternatively track pants are also comfortable to trek in. Avoid jeans/denims.
– T-shirts 2-3 pairs – Preferably full sleeves.
– Synthetic Fleece Jacket – 1 pair.
– Wind proof/ Water proof Jacket – 1 pair.
– Down filled / Hollow fiber fill insulated Jacket – 1 -pair (optional – get this if you want to stay extra warm at camps.)
– Thermal liners – 1 pair upper and lower (optional)
– Thermal liners-1 pair upper and lower (optional)
i) Identity Cards with Xerox and Passport Size Photographs (at least 4)
ii) 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.
iii) Disclaimers: You can download the format from below document and the same needs to be given to Base Camp to Trek Leader while Registration.
iv) 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.)
– Raincoat/ Poncho – make sure it is something that will cover your daypack and camera too.
– Warm Beanie – make sure it is something that covers your ears. You can also use buffs, scarves etc in addition to your beanie.
– Gloves – Lightweight synthetic gloves made of Fleece or you can also use woolen gloves.
-Sun Cap- 1 no
-Sun Glasses with good UV protection.
Other necessary things that we recommend you get:
– Toiletries – Sunscreen SPF 40+, Moisturizer, Lip balm, Soap, Toilet paper.
– Repair Kit (needle and thread).
– Headlamp/ Torch.
– Water Bottle- Ideally keep two bottle 1 liter each.
– Trekking Pole – Optional.
– Plastic Packing covers. (Please pack all your gear in waterproof plastic bags so that your clothes etc. do not get wet while on horses or porters. Also carry extra plastic bags in case you need to pack wet clothes.)
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)
– Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
– Disprin – 6 tablets (headache)
- Stay (1 night) at dA Base – Mountaineerz’ on first come first served basis.
- Travel in luxury Volvo bus from Delhi to Manali and back (in ‘all inclusive’ trips)
- Pick up and drop from Patlikuhal bus stand, 16 kms. short of Manali City.
- Stay in 2-4 men tents during trek.
- All meals during the trek (nutritious freshly cooked vegetarian)
- Services of experienced MOI/ BMC qualified lead guide and qualified assistant guide
- Kitchen equipment, cook and helper
- All the Camping arrangements
- Porterage – pony/porter for your personal belongings (in the luxury package)
- Wildlife/ environmental permits and other permits & levies.
- All transportation as per itinerary in local cars and jeeps
- Guaranteed amazing Himalayan experiential adventure holiday.
- 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.
- Meals at ‘The Himalayan Jungle Retreat’ (choice of veg/ non-veg).
- Cost of any optional activity we offer, like paragliding, angling, rafting etc.
- Porterage @INR. 500 per day per 10 kg bag, in case alpine style trekkers need porter/pony
- GST at the rate of 5%
- We suggest guests arrive at our base in Haripur, 14 kms from Manali on the Naggar road, the night before the start of the trek.
- All guests are welcome to stay with compliments at Mountaineerz Base in Haripur, Manali in rooms on sharing basis. Unwind, relax, go paragliding, rafting or angling and later interact with the team over BBQ and bonfire before commencing the trek next morning and also on the day of return.
- Stay in Manali can be upgraded to 4-5* hotel/ cottage on prior notice. Stay and meals cost as applicable.
- If coming straight to our base in Haripur get down at Patlikuhal bus stand, 14 km short of New Manali bus stand.
- Wear shoes and clothes you are comfortable in and do not forget waterproof jackets and warm clothing.
- Soak up the atmosphere – close your eyes and take in the sights and sounds as you explore and observe.
- 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.
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
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.
- 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.
Conduct of the Trek
Camps on Trek: Spacious tents (dome tents/alpine tents) to be shared by 2/3 persons respectively. The tents will be pitched on a meadow or flat ground with insulated rubber/foam/rubber mattresses. Sleeping bags will be provided with a fleece sleeping liner for each to be used personally and returned at the end of the trek. There will be a separate kitchen and dining tents. For a small group (for a strength of 2-6 people) we carry kitchen cum dining tents. The camp area will have a sack to throw trash, a water point to fetch drinking water and a washing point. Our staff will help with any task related to maintenance of the campsite and keeping things available.
Toilets on Trek: There will be separate toilet tents for men and women. The toilets will be dry toilets where a pit will be dug and will contain a hump of mud inside the tent with a trowel in each toilet tent. After you finish your business, you need to cover the pit with some layer of mud over it keeping in mind that is usable for other trekker next time. While shifting the camps, we will ensure that the pit is well covered and the area is clean.
Utensils on Trek: Provision of utensils would be there for every trekker but we strongly recommend carrying lunch boxes for days when packed food needs to be given. Please don’t carry plates, carry boxes which can be covered with a lid. We do not use Aluminium foil papers to pack the food and to be given to each trekker, as we make an effort to take minimum plastic/ foils in mountains making close to no environmental impact.
Trip Leader: He will conduct the entire program and take decisions in consultations with the team and depending on the weather, snow and other situations on ground.
Local Staff: We hire local staff as our support crew like a cook, trip guide, kitchen helpers, porters, mule persons. These are expert of their fields and the region.
Meals: On treks, typically you will not be required to carry anything to eat apart from your personal trail food. Our meal program starts with morning tea(not to be confused with bed tea ), breakfast, tea/coffee , fruits and juice for the trail, hot lunch, evening tea with snacks, soup, dinner and last hot drinks like Bournvita or Ginger Lemon Tea.
Leave no Trace: We strictly follow leave no trace policies on any trek i.e. making zero impact on the environment like avoiding packed plastic foods, making the camp drenches filled up with mud again to make it viable for other trekkers in future, camping on durable surfaces, minimize campfire impacts , dispose of waste properly.
- 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.
- 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.
- Where does the trek start and how do I get there?
The trek will begin in the morning from Jagatsukh, 7 km from Manali. From our base in Haripur, we will drive there.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- What is ‘Explore at Leisure’ style?
In this style of trekking, we provide all facilities during the trip including pickup and drop from 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.
- 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
- 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 Patlikuhl, 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’
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- What is the maximum group size?
The group may have up to 12 people so as to minimize the impact on biosphere.
- 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.
- 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.
- How many trekkers will be in one tent?
We use 2-Man and 4-Man tents during the trek.
- 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
- 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.
- What types of vehicles are used for transportation?
We use Sumo/Bolero for transportation.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- What documents do I need to carry with me?
You need to carry an original ID card and a photograph.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Who will join the trek and who will lead the trek?
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.”
Here are just a few benefits of adventure travel with Mountaineerz:
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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!
- 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)
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
(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.
Date…………………. Signature of Participant
(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:
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: ……………………………………………….
Medical Practitioner’s name in BLOCK LETTERS: ……………………………………..
Medical Practitioner’s signature: …….……………………………………………………. Address: ……………………….
- 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)
If you have any questions or want to know more or customize this trip, please feel free to reach us at:
+91- 9805379767 – Parminder.
+91- 8894862267 – Nidhi
+91- 7807227030 – Aakash