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Yunam peak: A Trekking Expedition above 20000 ft
Upcoming Yunam peak expedition – 20th to 28th July, Manali to Manali
How it likes to be on top of a 20000 ft/6000 m summit on Himalayas? The answer is difficult to predict, but not the self satisfaction standing upon the summit. Yunam expedition is an excellent choice to test yourself on high altitude, specially if you are contemplating the next level, i.e. mountaineering.
Now why Yunam peak summit?
Trekking and hiking became popular in India during last 10 years or so. As a natural progression, there are constant growing aspirants who aim to reach a summit, an altitude which even the most difficult treks in India don’t attain.
Yes Yunam peak summit is at 6100 m, above 20000 ft among very few “Non technical trekking summits” to achieve so.
Location of Yunam is fascinating, its is few kilometre off on Manali Leh highway just ahead of Barlacha La. It lies in Zaskar range within Trans Himalayas and to the north of Great Himalaya and south of Ladakh range. What this means is, from summit you can see a vast stretch of Lahoul and Spiti area including Chandra-Bhaga (CB peaks) and Mulkila range peaks facing south – south west and Zaskar range peaks to your east, north east.
As Yunam is 20,000 ft high, proper acclimatisation before summit push is a must. Also it is mandatory to have a buffer/reserve day (Day 9 as per itinerary), in case it is required due to bad weather or any unforeseen event. We have taken adequate height gain and time before you reach summit camp @ 5300 m/17400 ft. In doing so, you will spend your first night at Vashisht, Manali (2050 m), followed by one at Keylong (3100 m) and Zing Zing Bar (near Patseo, ~ 4000 m) before we set up the base camp Bharatpur (4700 m). You will actively doing height gain hikes for 3/4 hours everyday before reaching Bharatpur. From here we will have another acclimatisation day where we will hike to base camp and return.
After required acclimatisation we set up our summit camp beside a small lake at 5300 m. The walk will take 3/4 hours on moraine and boulders. Take good rest after lunch. We will start our summit push very early tomorrow, i.e. around 2 am. Keep your summit pack and headlamp ready. Tomorrow you will be tested for a long tiring climb and descent for no less than 12 hours.
Yunam expedition – Prerequisites:
- A trekker should have completed at least 3 high altitude treks going above ~ 4500 m/15000 ft.
- At least one Difficult grade trek reaching beyond 5000 m/16500 ft e.g. Pin Parvati Pass, Ronti Saddle, Parang La etc.
- A trekker must be in excellent physical condition along with NO prior acclimatisation issues on high altitude.
Itinerary for Yunam Peak expedition:
Day 1: Reach Manali in the morning –Walk 3 Km uphill to Vashisht (2050 m) – 1 hour Lodge accommodation.
Day 2: Drive to Keylong (3100 m)- 115 Km – 5 hours – Lodge. In the afternoon climb to the monastery.
Day 3: Drive to Zing Zing Bar (4200 m) – 55 Km – 2 hours. Camp. After lunch height gain up to 4500 m and back, 3/4 hours.
Day 4: Drive to Bharatpur base camp (4700 m) via Barlacha La – 30 Km – 2 hours – Walk to the camping ground 30 mins. Camp
Day 5: Rest and active acclimatisation day, height gain up to 5200 m and back. 4/5 hours.
Day 6: Climb and set up Summit camp (5300 m) – 4 hours
Day 7: Early morning (by 2 am) start ascending Yunam peak (6100 m) – 7/8 hours – summit – descent to Bharatpur camp – 5 hours. Total 12 to 14 hours. Camp
Day 8: Drive back to Manali – 200 Km via Keylong and Rohtang – 8/9 hours.
Day 9: Mandatory Buffer/reserve day (will be utilised in case needed).
- You need to reach Manali on Day 1 latest by 10 am. Arrange your return bus tickets from from Manali to Delhi/Chandigarh on Day 9 evening after 7 pm.
- Distance on the moraine is hard to assess plus the trail keeps changing year over year. Estimated Trekking trail length is ~ 90 Km.
Best time to do Yunam peak expedition?
Mt. Yunam located north of “Barlacha La” pass (~4900 m/16000 ft) in Zanskar range. This region connecting Lahoul and Ladakh doesn’t receive usual rain or monsoon. So it is safe to assume very little chance of rain ahead of Rohtang Pass.
Keeping the above in July to September is suitable for Yunam expedition. Early July expedition will attract more snow (varies year over year) and later September will become colder.
Reaching Vashisht, Manali (expedition base):
Our expedition base is Vashisht, 3 Km uphill from Manali. Either you can take an auto rickshaw or walk around an hour to reach Vashisht, where the famous temple in the same name is situated.
Manali is well connected by road from Delhi and Chandigarh. There are a handful of buses, ranging from regular, luxury and Volvo operated by both Govt. and private agencies from New Delhi and Chandigarh to Manali.
1) From Delhi (Kashmiri Gate ISBT) the Volvo and regular buses start in the afternoon till late in the evening. It takes up to 13/14 hours to cover the distance of 560 Km. HP Government transport operated HRTC (https://hrtchp.com) and Tourism Department HPTDC operated busses are reliable and runs on time. There are privately operated bus services also having different pick up points in Delhi. The last Volvo busses for Manali start around 10:30 pm from Kashmiri Gate ISBT (Govt. HRTC, recommended) or Majnu Ka Tila (private).
2) From Chandigarh (ISBT Sector 43) there are regular bus services for Manali, starting early morning till 6 am. It may take around 10/12 hrs depending upon the road conditions. Distance around 320 Km.
3) While returning one can take overnight bus from Manali which again reaches Delhi in 13/14 hours. Normally the last Volvo service (both Govt. and Private) is around 6:30 pm. The last regular bus by Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) starts from Manali at 9:30 p.m.
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Duration: 9 days of expedition, Manali to Manali in 9 days.
Prerequisite: Prior multiple high altitude trekking experiences along with good physical fitness and no reported acclimatisation issues.
Grade: Difficult, often referred “Trekking Expedition”. Non technical.
Trail Length: 25 Km
Highest Point: Kalindi Khal ~ 5950 m/ 19500 ft
Seasons: May/June (summer) and September (Post monsoon/fall)
Further Option: Side trip to Tapovan plateau, Kirti Bamak or Sumeru Bamak
Access: Trek starting point (trek base) is Gangotri, 245 Km from Dehradun.
Rail station: New Delhi (Station Code: NDLS)
Airport: Delhi, (Airport Code: DEL)
Upcoming scheduled dates for Yunam expedition:
- You can check the scheduled Fixed Departure dates in the calendar available inside Booking Form or inside REGISTER NOW form. Tour starting Dates are highlighted as per our itinerary (Day 1 of 9 days itinerary).
- At present BOOK NOW functionality is disabled. You can get all the information in your email by submitting the REGISTER NOW form.
- If you are a group of people and available dates are not matching then you may select Custom date mode (by clicking the Select your custom date) and fill in the displayed form.
- You can also check all the available dates at a glance in our TREK CALENDAR.
- Trekkers need to reach Vashisht, Manali on Day 1 (by noon). Return to Manali on Day 9 evening (around 8/9 pm). Arrange your tickets for inward journey and return accordingly.
|REPORTING LOCATION||Vashisht, Manali|
|REPORTING TIME||11:00 AM (Day 1)|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 7:00 PM (Day 9)|
How to reach Gangotri (The trek base):
Nearest Rail station: Dehradun (Station Code: DDN)
Nearest Airport: Delhi, Jolly Grant in Dehradun (Airport Code: DED)
Based upon your request we will arrange a pick up and drop from Dehradun to Gangotri and back. This will be shared equally by the team members on actual basis. You pay directly to the driver/transporter. The fare is Rs 7000 for a Tata Sumo/Mahindra Maxx one way. This can accommodate 6 to 8 people. A Tempo Traveller charges Rs 11000 (12-14 seat) one way. This is NOT included in TREK FEE and to be payable directly to the driver/owner.
If you wish to reach our Trek Base Sankri on your own by public transportation:
- There are 2/3 privately operated buses from Dehradun (near DDN railway station on Gandhi road) To Sankri. The 200 Km journey will take around 10/12 hours. The busses start at 5:30/6/7 am.
- While returning from Bhatwaria take the morning bus to Dehradun/Vikasnagar and reach by 7 pm.
How to reach Dehradun:
For the treks at Uttarkashi district in Garhwal , one has to reach the capital city of Uttarakhand, Dehradun, specially the trek starting from Sankri, Yamunotri etc. Haridwar, Rishikesh and Dehradun are 3 nearby cities in the area and one can move from one to another by public vehicles like bus or shared Jeeps.
For more options to reach Haridwar you can check here.
Haridwar to Dehradun: 55 Km and may take one and half to 2 hours.
Dehradun to Rishikesh: 45 Km and may take around one and a half hour.
You can fly or by train reach New Delhi as per your convenience from any part within India.
There are direct trains from Kolkata to Dehradun.
KUMBHA EXPRESS – Train No. – 12369 ( Very good option to reach Haridwar by 5 pm; You can take a bus from the terminus just opposite to the railway station referred as Roadways bus stand/ISBT and reach Dehradun in one and half hour. Spend the night in Dehradun and start your onward journey by car next morning.)
UPASANA EXPRESS – Train No. – 12327 ( Very good option to reach Dehradun directly by 5 pm; Spend the night in Haridwar and start your onward journey by car next morning)
DOON EXPRESS – Train No. – 13009 (Don’t book this train when you plan a long onward journey immediately in the morning)]
Avoid booking wait listed (WL) tickets in AC classes (1A/2A/3A) or Chair Car (CC). Book Sleeper class (SL)/Second Sitting class (2S) tickets which have normally more seats/berths and hence much better chance to get confirmed.
You can reach Dehradun easily from New Delhi by train or bus (~ 6/7 hours) and is around 260 Km.
Following trains are good to reach Haridwar and run daily.
DDN JANSHTBDI – Train No. 12055 (Arrives DDN in the evening @ 9:10 pm, good choice when you stay the night in Dehradun and have a long drive ahead next day)
NANDA DEVI EXP – Train No. 12205 (arrives DDN early morning @ 5:40 am)
Always avoid booking waitlisted (WL) tickets in AC classes (1A/2A/3A) or Chair Car (CC). Book Sleeper class (SL)/Second Sitting class (2S) tickets which have normally more seats/berth and hence much better chance to get confirmed.
Govt. Road Transport (Roadways of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab etc.) buses are frequently available in day time and night from Kashmiri Gate ISBT (http://www.delhi.gov.in/wps/wcm/connect/doit_transport/Transport/Home/ISBT/Fare+Chart). Tickets are available on board for these regular type buses. From Delhi Airport or Station you can reach ISBT Kashmiri Gate via Delhi Metro service (http://www.delhimetrorail.com/metro-fares.aspx). It is only 4 Km from NDLS and can be reached easily by booking an auto rickshaw.
For privately operated bus, you can book online from different portals. Select a boarding point suitably. Overnight Volvo/A.C/Push back buses are available. Normally these buses take up to 7 hours to reach Dehradun ISBT. You can book an auto rickshaw for Railway Station (5 Km away)/Hotel Drona (GMVN) or take a shared auto (Route No. 5) from ISBT.
[There are two major bus terminus in Dehradun. The buses from Delhi/Haridwar goes to the ISBT (Inter State Bus Terminus) and the other one is the Parvatiya Depot (Hill Depot, from where you can get the buses going up the hills like Uttarkashi, Barkot, Purola etc) located just beside the Railway station.
Nearest Airport Jolly Grant is 25 Km away from Dehradun. book a private taxi to reach Dehradun city. This airport is accessed from Dehradun, Haridwar and Rishikesh easily. The flights are mostly via Delhi.
For night stay in Dehradun:
Trekkers reaching on the previous day before the journey to the actual trek base need to stay the night in Dehradun. There are several options in Dehradun for spending a night while staying in Premium, Standard or Budget accommodation. Options vary from Privately operated Hotels/Lodges, to state run Tourist Rest Houses.
State run GMVN (Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam) operates Hotel Drona complex is 10 minutes walking from the railway Station. You can book an auto rickshaw. From ISBT it is around 5 Km. You can book an auto rickshaw to Hotel Drona (GMVN) or take a shared auto (Route No. 5) from ISBT (Inter State Bus Terminus). This is a reliable and a decent choice for Standard accommodation. The have restaurant and room service.
Check the following for online booking of the above: http://www.gmvnl.com/newgmvn/tour/booktrh.asp
You can call or visit GMVN nearest office or even send an email for more information.The information is available at:
Return from Dehradun:
Normally you reach Dehradun from any trek base by 6/7 pm in the evening. You can take any train after 9 pm or regular bus service as mentioned above to reach Delhi or directly to your homeward journey in the same night.
Access to Gangotri (The trek base): Depending upon the trek members we can arrange a pick up from Haridwar to Gangotri and back to Haridwar. This will be shared by the team members on actual basis.
Otherwise if a trekker wants to reach Sankri by public vehicle then here is how:
1)Take early moning bus from Haridwar to Uttarkashi from the Roadways/ISBT bus stand (opposite to Railway station) or a private one from G.M.O.U bus stand ( on the same main road, 2 minutes walk). This will take 7/8 hours. Change the bus to Gangotri (starts around 2 pm in the afternoon) from here, which will take 4/5 hours to cover the remaining 100 Km.
2) While returning from Gangotri take the morning bus to Uttarkashi and then then change to Haridwar/Rishikesh.
TREK FEE: ₹ 24,500 (Manali to Manali) + 5% GST
Book for for 5 or more persons get flat 10% Group Discount on TREK FEE.
One night’s lodge accommodation at Vashisht, Manali (Day 1) on twin sharing basis. Meals are NOT included.
All car transfer from Manali to Manali as mentioned in the itinerary. This will be on sharing basis with other team members. Depending upon number of members, we will arrange a Tata Sumo or Tempo Traveller.
Lodge accommodation and meals at Keylong.
All meals during the trek (starting from Day 2 lunch and ending with Day 8 lunch). Regular Indian style nutritious vegetarian food including eggs during the trek, breakfast packed/hot lunch (depending upon the time you reach a campsite), snacks, dinner along with coffee/tea/soup.
Excellent Expedition guide, who will be a local to this particular area and has profound knowledge of the trekking trails and peaks around. We will provide one guide for every 5 trekkers. At least one guide will be mountaineering course(s) certified.
Specialised Cook, Support staff, High Altitude Porters (HAP) for carrying the central logistics of the trek.
Stay in tents (2 persons dome shaped tents) on twin sharing basis during the trek.
Camping equipment like Sleeping bag, Carry mattress. (Bring your own sleeping if you have a high altitude specific personal Sleeping Bag. This is always better for hygienic reasons.).
Any technical equipment like static/dynamic rope, carabiners, sling, ice axe, gaiters, micro spikes/crampon etc.
Kitchen tent and toilet tent as required during the trek.
All permit fee, camping charges, forest levy required for the trek.
Basic Medical & First Aid kit.
Travel and Medical insurance policy (covering illness, AMS, evacuation, accidents etc) covering high altitude trekking and mountaineering up to 6500 m. (For Indian nationals it is included in the TREK FEE, up to 60 years of age). It covers your itinerary, Manali to Manali.
Transportation from Dehradun to Gangotri and return from Badrinath. (₹ 3000 – 4000 per person for the pick up and drop when shared with fellow trekkers)
Meals at Uttarkashi.
Note that offloading of rucksack is NOT permitted in this expedition. You need to carry your own backpack along with all your personal belongings, sleeping bag and carry mattress (provided by HT or your personal one). This is mandatory for a difficult trek and is aiming to the safety of the trekkers.
Cost of buffer/reserve day, i.e. Day 9. If we use this during trekking, you need to pay additional ₹ 2500. This will be collected at Manali after the trek.
Any tip/gratuity to the HT supports staff.
Anything which is NOT mentioned in the “Inclusions” or personal in nature.
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- In case you postpone your trip you need to informminimum of 15 days before the trek/tour starting date. (Though we suggest to inform us earlier if known)
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