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Mt. CB 13 and CB 14 Expedition

An Extreme Climb for the Extremely Courageous -Highly Technical Expedition meant for Experienced Climbers

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Mt. CB 13 and CB 14 Expedition

BRS 7
Max Altitude
Himachal
16 Days
43 Km
Max 12
85000 + 5% GST
Manali to Manali

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Brief Description

Grade:Pro
Location: Himachal
Altitude:6264 m
Duration:16 Days
Chandrabhaga range is a group of peaks located in the cold desert region of Himachal Pradesh of which a few have been climbed, a few barely so and some that are still waiting to invite climbers up their mad slopes in this mad terrain. CB13 (6,264M) holds somewhat of a star-status in this range which gets its name from the two main rivers in Lahaul – Chandra and Bhaga. A technical and a challenging climb, CB13 is one of those gems which was made more accessible after the inaugural of Atal Tunnel. The beauty of Lahaul is one of its kind which you notice as soon as you come out on the other side of the tunnel - the difference is so stark, it's unmissable! The landscape and its beauty is the very definition of raw which extends to the peaks in the region. For its peculiar terrain, the climb up the peaks in this region is one of a kind, too, since it comes with its own set of unique challenges. CB13 (6,264M) is a perfect way to experience the region as a whole. Add CB14, which at 6,078M, is the second most sought after peak in the central massif in Lahaul, to the mix and it’s only a cherry on the mountain-top. With its boulder-strewn terrain, CB14 is equally, if not more challenging than it’s almost 200M taller cousin, and calls to all the skills you might have accumulated in your years in the mountains, hitherto.

As both these mountains change face every year for the receding glacier exposing more of their crumbling rock underneath, they are only getting harder to climb with each passing year. The long stretches of boulder sections continue all the way to the top of the mountains. For CB13, the last 150M to the summit literally calls for some serious rock climbing skills on the patch of rocks chest-high which run vertical and tall and CB14, with even lesser patches of snow would ultimately appeal more to the rock climber in you.

From our experience, we can say that these 6000M peaks which lie across the Dhaka glacier and offer magnificent views of Kunzum Range, Chandratal and the gushing Chandra river from their summits, are quite the firecrackers for their height. With their uneven landscape and impossible slopes, they almost seem unwelcoming at first sight but they aren’t actually so - they only call for a little more patience, a fair bit of attention and a lot of mettle - you got these, and they will call for you! For their level of difficulty and the skill required to make an ascent up these mountains, and also because it is a dual climb which calls for some change in strategy for managing energy reserves on an expedition, these peaks are reserved for experienced and trained climbers only. It is essential to have some past experience in the Himalayas and high-altitude in addition to a know-how of basic mountaineering techniques for the experience to be pleasurable.

If you feel strongly about dual climbs, CB13 and CB14 would be our primary recommendation for this expedition challenges all your limits and is a perfect playground to put to use all the skills you believe you possess as a mountaineer. All in all CB13 and CB14 individually are a test of one’s mettle, and together a perfect means of self-assessment of a climber, as a climber!

June to October are the best months to attempt CB13 and CB14. Stay on this page for more information regarding this expedition.

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Brief Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1: Make your way to Manali (2,050 M)

The trek starts from Manali, which is a very popular tourist destination as well as a high-altitude backpacking center and hence extremely accessible.

Day one is reserved for everyone to make their way to Manali and get settled into their accommodation. Since climbers will be coming to this altitude from sea level, the body will need time to get comfortable with the mountain air. While the body acclimatizes, we use this time to get acquainted with each other, go over some of the basic mountain rules and discuss the route, terrain, weather and all there is to know about what to expect on CB13 and CB14.

Day 2: Manali (2,050M) to Batal (4,060M)

Distance: 95 kms

Duration: 5-6 hours

We leave between 9 and 10 AM, after breakfast when we pick you up from the hotel. While there is no rush today since all that’s on the agenda is a 5-6 hour drive to Batal which is the trailhead for our expedition, we try to leave not-too-late for the roads in the mountains are unpredictable and it’s better to account for delays when we start. Batal is a small settlement situated in the Lahaul district of Himachal Pradesh and is also the basecamp for the infamous Chandratal Lake which is close to 14 kms from there.

The drive starts along the exuberant Beas River. Within 15 minutes of the drive, we leave the crowds of the city and the smell of fuel in the air behind and get onto the Leh-Manali highway which will take us straight to the head of the Atal Tunnel. Going through this 9.02 kms long tunnel, is an experience in itself. The tunnel being at an altitude of 3,048M is the longest highway single-tube tunnel above 10,000 feet. You should reach the head of the tunnel at the mark of an hour and would take close to 10 minutes to cross this all-weather engineering marvel.

Once we exit the tunnel, we are now along the murky Chinab River. The roads are characteristic of mountain roads with all its sharp turns on smooth surfaces. Right after we cross the tunnel, we begin to see a stark difference in the landscape. The trees have now shrunk to bushes, the valley is a bit more open and desolate. There are larger expanses of barren mountain-faces and grazing trails with the heavily forested mountains now nowhere in sight. What we do see in abundance though, are massive waterfalls along the way. The three major checkpoints on the way to Batal are Koksar, Gramphu and Chhatru where small dhabas are aplenty for your mid-journey cravings and snacking needs.

It should take us two hours to reach Gramphu which at 3,000M is close to half way to our destination for today. The roads from here on get tricky as we take the smaller, kachcha road to our left that goes towards Spiti. As smooth as the ride was up until now, it is all rocks, boulders and dust from here – the ultimate off-road experience with crazy nallas along the way which the drivers in the region cross with some superhero-level confidence. This road is said to be one of the riskiest to drive through. We cross hoards of wild horses in the landscape opposite the road and plenty cattle playing in the numerous waterfalls along the way. At the three hour mark, we hit a patch of long hairpin bends with a constant view of the roads mimicking the meandering river ahead, the roads almost like scribble lines on dry mountains, going in no specific direction, following no specific path. At the end of this section, we reach Chhatru which is at 3,200M. From here, Batal is a 2-3 hour drive. Expect to reach by early evening post which we set up the base camp which will be our home for quite a few nights on this expedition. The location is gorgeous to say the least – there is nothing much to do in the dry wilderness of Batal except soak in the scenic beauty of the place, listen to the sound of the winds bump into the mountains and gaze at the doings of the endless groups of horses and cattle by the evening. It’s so beautiful, even the pigeons look good in this setting!

Since we have already gained quite a bit of altitude for one day, do remember to keep yourself covered with appropriate layering for even though the sun here is harsh and it may feel warm, the wind at this altitude can do much damage.

If you are looking to indulge in some exploring, do visit the much famous Chacha Chachi dhaba right across from your campsite to hear some pretty amazing stories from Chacha and Chachi and feast yourself to some delicious food.

Day 3: Acclimatization at Batal (4,060M) (Click to View GPS data)

We wake up with no rush since we spent our first night at high-altitude and do not want to stress the body too much. Today is reserved for acclimatization to the altitude since we gained quite a bit of height (2,000M) the previous day and have also entered a much different terrain. Coming from the humid city air to the pleasant temperature of Manali to entering Lahaul, we have moved through many different climactic zones. The weather here, in Lahaul, is much drier making it harder still for the body to adapt. We will go for an acclimatization walk in the evening where we will gain close to 300-400M in altitude, but remember to stay active and spend as much time outside your tent as possible. Spending as much time exposed to this new altitude air will help the body adapt to it much better, prepping it for what’s to come in the following days.

Day 4: Batal (4,060M) to Base Camp (4,440M) (Click to View GPS data)

Distance: 10 kms

Duration: 7 hours

The actual trek starts today. We slowly move towards the upper reaches of the mountain. We try to leave right after an early breakfast at 7AM because it is likely to be a long day. There is a height gain of 450M and the weight on the back makes it seem much harder than it is.

The terrain is mostly rocks and dust with tufts of the leftover greens you will see for a long time to come. It is good practice for the boulder-strewn terrain we are about to enter in the coming days. Watch your step for it is very easy to twist your ankle on these rocky trails. We start out traversing comfortably on the edge of the mountain face on sketched out trails as we make blind turns to discover the next mountain we are about to cross. For how dusty these regions are, it would be a good idea to cover your mouth and nose in case you have a dust allergy.

To get to the basecamp, we walk alongside the murky Chandra river for the most part. One of the major challenges of getting to the basecamp is crossing the pagal nalla. There are multiple streams we need to cross within the first two hours of the day. The water level in some of the streams is so high that you are required to take off your shoes, wear them around your neck, roll up your pants and wade through the gushing and cold water with a rocky seabed not helping the crossover at all. These water crossings are also one reason that we need to leave early in the morning because the water levels rise significantly after 12 in the afternoon making it much harder to go through them. We get to these streams within the first half hour of the hike. Once out of this section, we are now alongside the river (Chandra) taking as many smooth turns as the river does, on a rocky terrain.

An hour and a half of starting our day, we make it to a vast open section with wild horses curiously watching us go by with mountains in your peripheral vision in all directions. A couple of minutes and the valley gets narrower and closes up again. After 6 kms and a the mark of 3 hours into our day, we reach another vast opening at the altitude of 4000M, this time one which is green and full of yellow flowers. After having spent the last few hours on boulders in bone dry terrain, this is sure a welcome change of landscape and a perfect spot to have our packed lunch for this beauty of a land also has a water source (which you will have to hunt for, mind you!). Rest as much as you can because the next challenge for the day awaits you.

Right after this grand opening, we are making a steep ascent of 300M straight. This slope eases out a bit and continues on for another 150M. Till 4,400M, it’s a climb up a green, rocky path after which it is all boulders. This continues on until we enter the last kilometer of our hike today which is mostly downhill and through rocks.

Expect to reach the campsite which lies next to the river latest by early evening. The base camp is all rocks with crumbling mountains on all four sides – do not be alarmed if you hear loud thundering sounds – that is only normal here with all the rocks falling from all the sides. Every area around the base camp is rock fall area!

Day 5: Acclimatization at Base Camp (4,440M)

The day starts with a puja. The base camp for CB13 has two small stone structures brightened by the colours of the prayer flags fluttering in the mighty winds, where we offer our prayers to the mountain gods and thank them for allowing us to be there. This sacred ritual where the team members, together, seek blessings for the safety and the success of the team ends with a sip of some brandy and some sweets to fill you with warmth along with the benedictions of the mountain.

A lot is to be achieved during our time at base camp. From the distribution and setting up of all the gear to technical training and practice of some basic techniques to better handle the odd terrain of CB13 and CB14. But before then, we have the entire day to rest our bodies and acclimatize to the terrain, altitude and temperature of the base camp which lies at 4,440M – a height gain of approximately 2,500M from Manali.

Day 6 to Day 11: Expedition. Click to view GPS data: (BC to ABC) (ABC to SC of CB13) (Summit attempt) (SC to ABC) (ABC to BC)

Since the conditions on high-altitude are unpredictable, there is a constant readjustment of plans to adapt to the situation at the time. Providing fixed day-wise schedules is hence tricky. But roughly, the schedule includes rotation rounds between camps which is a standard acclimatization process on high-altitude expeditions. An estimation of each day is as indicated below, but this is subject to change as per conditions.

CB13 and CB14 share a common Advance Base Camp at 4,860M. After ABC, there is one more camp, Summit Camp at 5,650M, for CB13 whereas CB14 is attempted from ABC (4,860M) itself.

Base Camp (4,440M) to Advance Base Camp (4,900M): Load ferry and occupy:

Distance and duration for load ferry: 7 kms and 6-7 hours

Distance and duration to occupy ABC: 3.5 kms and 4-5 hours 

We make two rounds between Base Camp and Advance Base Camp – the first one to ferry our load and leave it at ABC to come back down to BC for the night. The next day, we go back up to ABC, this time to move camp. Till the BC we have mules to carry the common luggage like ration, butanes, tents, sleeping bags, mattresses and all our equipment. Nature of the terrain and the altitude prevents mules from going beyond BC and hence all the (common + personal) equipment and supplies must be divided between each member of the team to be taken to the next camp. Two rounds also help divide the weight between two days which comes to approximately 15 kgs per person. The boulder-heavy glacial terrain makes for a much harder climb with all that weight on your back but it gets easier the second time around. The entire route is on glacial moraine with no trails or marked routes. It is easy to get confused and lost here, so try to stick close together. Also be wary of black ice which will not always be visible to the eye but is extremely slippery. The last 200M is the most precarious and the most exhausting as it is an extremely steep climb over loose and crumbling rocks which provide for no sure footing at all. The river fall next to this steep climb also makes certain sections of the climb slippery with the water having turned the rocks smooth taking away from their grip. This last 200M takes close to 2 hours to get through. Once on top, the campsite lies just to the left from where we also get our very first glimpse of the two mountains we are going to climb. The first and unobstructed view of both thee peaks standing next to each other is magical.

Advance Base Camp (4,900M) to Summit Camp (5,650M):

Distance: 2.5 kms

Duration: 7-8 hours 

We go straight from the camp towards CB13 and start to walk up its face – the slope starts out with snow and quickly shifts to rocks and boulders after 20M. The distance between these camps is not massive but the odd and treacherous terrain makes this a long and exhausting day. At the mark of one and a half kilometers and a height gain of 250M on a bed of rocks, we reach a massive snow field with the scattered remains of the army airplane that crashed on the mountain in 1968. It is quite unnerving to imagine the events from the time of the crash as all its remnants lie right in front of you as scattered pieces of a story in the most telling condition. From here on, things are only going to get harder. Once across this snow field, we rope up and put on our crampons as we start our ascent on the 60 degree slope. What makes this section really hard are the hidden crevasses scattered across the mountain’s face like landmines and the soft snow which does little to hold your weight. Once past this section, we reach yet another slope – this one alternating between rock and snow. This section is much more precarious and needs a fixed rope. It will be traversed using a jumar. Summit Camp lies at the end of the fixed rope section at the altitude of 5,650M.

The ease or difficulty of the climb between ABC and Summit Camp solely depends on the condition of the snow at the time and the weather which is known to turn from sunny to cloudy to it leading to snowfall and hail storms within seconds.

Summit Camp of CB13 (5,650M) to Summit of CB13 (6,264M):

We leave for the summit push anywhere between 12 and 1 AM. The approximately 650M of ascent is a constant shift between rock and snow and will be traversed using a fixed rope all the way through. It is a continuous and steep ascent and takes anywhere between 8-10 hours, one way, depending on the condition of the snow at the time. The last 150M to the summit is the most daunting and calls for actual rock climbing skills. The vertical patch of high rocks takes close to 2 hours to climb – one climber at the time must ascent on this section since it is an accident prone area with loose rocks getting knocked down with each step up, the dislodged rocks likely to hit the climber behind. With the terrain being dry and rocky, the entire route to the summit is prone to rock fall from all directions – it serves well to be highly cautious at all times.

Return to ABC (4,900M):

The climb down from Summit to Summit Camp should take anywhere between 6-8 hours. Depending on the condition of the team, it can be decided if the descent to ABC is to be made on the same day or after a night of rest at Summit Camp. CB13 and CB14 share the same Advance Base Camp. After a day of rest, this is where we make our summit push for CB14 from.

ABC (4,900M) to CB14 (6,078M):

The difficulty and duration of this climb will solely depend on the snow and weather conditions at the time.

Day 12 & Day 13: Reserve Days

In case of bad weather or other difficulties, Day 12 and 13 are reserved for a second summit attempt – one reserve day for each peak. These will only get used if unexpected and unforeseeable conditions present themselves at the last minute preventing the first summit push on either of the peaks in the expedition.

Day 14: Advance Base Camp (4,900M) To Base Camp (4,440M)

Distance: 3.5-4 kms

Duration: 2.5-3.5 hours

We trace our steps back to Base Camp after both the expeditions are over – the same route as we climbed up.

Day 15: Base Camp (4,440M) to Batal (4,060M) (Click to View GPS data)

We trace our steps back to Batal through the same route we took to get here. Try to leave early so as to cross the pagal nallah in time before it gets flooded. Given the distance between BC and Batal, we camp out at Batal before pushing off for Manali the next day.

Day 16: Batal (4,060M) to Manali (2,050M)

Distance: 95 kms

Duration: 5-6 hours

Expect to reach Manali by evening. It is recommended that you plan your journey forward the next day in case of any unforeseeable delays en route.

What's Included

  • Food as per menu on the trek
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges (upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • 4 season Dome Tents, Thermal rated Sleeping bags, Sleeping mats
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys
  • Expedition guide, cook, helpers, HAP and LAP for carrying common supplies
  • Course certified & experienced Expedition Leader with Wilderness Emergency Responder & Rescue. course from NIM Uttarkashi
  • Technical Equipment - PP Ropes, Helmet, Ice Axe, Crampons, Mountaineering Boots, Snow Stake, Dead Man/Boy
  • Peak Booking Fee Charges (upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)

What's Not Included

  • Portage of personal bags during the expedition
  • Meals during hotel stay in Manali
  • Cost of any kind of Travel Insurance.
  • IMF Peak Booking Fee for foreign nationals US$ 250 for a team of two members and US$ 110 for every additional participants
  • Forest Permit / Camping Fee for foreign nationals (USD 880-1000 upto group of 10)
  • Mandatory Liaison Officer Fee for foreign expeditions ( ~USD 500 for group of 10)

Are you Eligible for this Adventure?

The expedition is technically challenging in addition to it being a dual climb. Having said that, these peaks are reserved for experienced and trained climbers only. It is essential to have some past experience in high-altitude in addition to a know-how of basic mountaineering techniques. A Basic Mountaineering Course certification is recommended but is not mandatory.

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BRS Level Required

BRS 7

Mt. CB 13 and CB 14 Expedition is a level 7 adventure on the Bikat Rating Scale.

This makes it mandatory for you to have high-altitude experience of preferably multiple treks marked at level 6 on the BRS. The altitude, the terrain and the nature of the climb demand a certain level of skill and a need for you to be aware of how your body reacts to the various features of high altitude environment.

If you do not know what level of BRS trek would suit you best, worry not! Fill out this Form:

we will send you a progression chart to help you comfortably get out of your comfort zone in order to level up and ultimately reach your highest potential in the big, bad world of outdoor adventure.

Packing List

This is a list of essential items for individuals doing the trek with Bikat Adventures. This list contains only those items which the participants are required to bring with them. The list excludes those items which are provided by Bikat Adventures on the trek. We have divided the items into five categories. All the items in the list are essential except for those marked as optional.

Trekking Gear

  • Ruck sack bag with rain cover. Qty -1
  • Day Pack Bag - Recommended for treks with summit day
  • Head Torch with spare Batteries. Qty -1
  • U V protection sunglasses. Qty -1 Here is how you can choose the best sunglasses for trekking.
  • Water Bottles: 2 bottles of 1 liter each

Footwear

  • Non-skid, deep treaded, high-ankle trekking shoes Qty -1
  • Pair of light weight Slipper/Sandals Qty -1

Clothing

  • Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants. Qty - 2
  • Full sleeves T-shirts/ Sweatshirts. 1 for every 2 days of trekking
  • Pair of thick woolen socks. 1 pair for every two days of trekking
  • Thermal Body warmer Upper & Lower. Qty-1
  • Undergarments. Qty - 1 for every day of trekking
  • Warm jacket closed at wrist & neck .Qty-1
  • Full sleeves sweater. Qty -1
  • Rain wear ( Jacket & Pants ) . Qty-1
  • Pair of waterproof, warm gloves. Qty-1
  • Woolen cap. Qty-1
  • Sun shielding Hat. Qty -1

Toiletries

  • Personal toiletries kit (Small Towel, Toilet paper, paper soap, Bar soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, cold cream, etc.)
  • Sun screen lotion small pack. Qty -1 Here is your Sun Protection 101 to stay safe in the bright sunny outdoors.
  • Lip Balm small pack. Qty-1

Utensils

  • Small size, Light weight & Leak proof lunch box. Qty-1
  • Plate. Qty- 1
  • Spoon.Qty-1
  • Tea/Coffee (plastic) Mug.Qty-1

Miscellaneous

  • Camera (Optional)
  • Carry your medicines in plenty in case you have any specific ailment. Consult your doctor before joining the trek.
  • Dry fruits, Nuts, Chocolate bars (Optional)


Frequently Asked Questions



Mt. CB 13 and CB 14 Expedition is only for experienced trekkers who have done at least one BRS 6 trek or equivalent.

If you can Jog/Run for 5 kms in 25-30 mins, you are ready to take on this trek. Once a week, you can practice running 10 kms in an hour or so to improve your endurance further. In addition to this, you can also add resistance workouts to your schedule like squats, lunges, push ups etc.

If you cannot do the above, there’s no need to worry. It is important to remember that it’s all about practice. Get on a training schedule and we can assure you that you will meet these standards in a matter of a few months.

The climb demands a few basic mountaineering skills; using an ice-axe, pitching a tent in snow, roping up, working together as a team, ascending and descending on steep gradients, gear assisted ascent as well as abseiling, climbing techniques and using technical mountaineering equipment.

The minimum age limit is 16 years. However, minors between 16 to 17 years of age should be accompanied by their parents/ guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deems you fit for adventure activities like trekking.


Mt. CB 13 and CB 14 are stationed in the Chandrabhaga Range of Himalayas in Lahaul and Spiti districts of Himachal Pradesh. The trek starts from the town of Manali.

The Chandrabhaga range consists of several peaks in the cold desert region of Himachal Pradesh. Some of these peaks have been climbed, while others have not yet been explored. The range gets its name from the two main rivers in Lahaul - Chandra and Bhaga. The biggest highlight is the chance at a dual summit. CB13, which is the highest peak at 6,264 metres, is the most popular peak in the range. These peaks are a great way to experience the peculiar terrain of Lahaul, with its uneven, dry, rocky and bare slopes. CB14, the second most popular peak at 6,078 metres, is also located in the central massif of Lahaul. For more details on the highlights of this trek, read Highlights of Mt. CB 13 and CB 14 Expedition

The trek to the summit of Mt. CB 13 and CB 14 is a challenging expedition that takes you through a variety of terrain peculiar to the region. It should only be attempted by experienced trekkers with a know-how of basic mountain skills and prior experience in high altitudes. For more details on the challenges of this climb, read Who is this expedition meant for?

The best months for this expedition are June to October.

In Manali, we stay at a hotel. On the expedition we have twin-sharing tents. In case you want an individual tent, you can add that to your booking request for an additional cost. On higher camps, due to lack of space to pitch tents, the tents will be on a 4 person sharing basis. The tents used on higher camps are much more spacious and sturdy with ample space.

The temperature at the base of the mountain may range from 10 to 20°C, while at higher altitudes, it can drop to 0 to 5°C or even lower, especially at night. During winters, temperatures can be extremely cold - dropping well below freezing, especially at higher elevations.

With their peculiar terrain which is quintessential of the landscape of Lahaul, these are technically challenging peaks individually, made even more difficult when attempted together as a dual climb. Prior knowledge of technical equipment and mountaineering techniques such as the use of ice axes, roping up procedures, rappelling, crampons, and jumar climbing is a must. The technical ascent to the summit along with extreme and unpredictable weather conditions and rough terrain demand high levels of physical fitness as well as high capacity for mental endurance.


The trek starts from Manali, which is a very popular tourist destination and hence extremely accessible. If you need guidance on how to get to this high-altitude backpacking centre, read How to reach Manali

Manali has impeccable connectivity of all phone networks. None of the campsites have any cellular range at the moment.

You will find plenty of ATMs in the main market place in Manali. Once we head out of Manali, there are no more ATMs on the way.

Mt. CB 13 and CB 14 Expedition is a Manali to Manali trek, which means you have to travel to Manali on your own. On day 2 you will be picked up from the hotel in Manali.

Expect to reach Manali by evening.

Manali is the gateway to Solang Valley where you can participate in adventure activities like paragliding, and zorbing in the summer months when the snow melts. This famous tourist hill station has so many places to visit in Manali. Visit the ancient Hadimba Devi Temple which has an interesting mythological tale associated with it. Walk through the charming lanes of Old manali. Visit the bazaar to buy some souvenirs. Jogini Fall and Vashisht Temple are other famous attractions in Manali. You can also visit Rohtang pass while you are in Manali.


All the common gear like tents, sleeping bags, mattresses etc. are provided. All the technical climbing equipment needed for the trek, like snow boots, crampons, gaiters, ice axe, helmet, harness etc. are also provided to you. Safety equipment used for rescue is carried by our trek leaders.

You can rent trekking shoes, trekking poles, a fleece jacket and a rucksack from us. In case you have any other requirements, you can talk to our representative and we will be happy to assist you in any way that we can.

You will receive your rented equipment during the briefing in Manali, on Day 1.

Our trek leaders will collect the rented equipment from you at the end of the trek on the last day.

For a detailed list, check the Packing List section on this page.

Manali is a popular backpacking destination. It is also a starting point for some of the most popular trekking routes and climbing peaks. You will find shops in the main market of Manali to buy/rent equipment as needed.


Since it is an expedition, each climber carries their own weight. There is no option to offload your bag on multi-camp expeditions such as this.

Yes, you can hand over your extra luggage at our office in Jagatsukh (Near Manali) before we head out for the trek on Day 2. You can collect your luggage from the same place after completion of the trek. The best way to reach Jagatsukh from Manali is by hiring an auto rickshaw or boarding a public bus. It’s 8 kms and takes about half an hour. Please do not leave any valuable items in your luggage such as watch/mobile phone/wallet etc.

On all trek days till you are at base camp, we provide 3 full meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) in addition to evening snacks and tea. The meals are vegetarian and the menu is pre-decided for all days of the trek. We do provide eggs as well on certain days. If you have any specific food-related allergies or restrictions, you can let our local staff (during the trek) know, and your requests will get accommodated. We try to provide a variety of food across meals so as to avoid repetition as well as cover all nutritional needs. On the higher camps only ready to eat meals are provided.

On campsites, our team will dig dry pits and assemble a toilet tent to provide for safe and secure quarters. A shovel will be provided within the toilet tent as well. Using water in the toilet tent is restricted; you will need to carry your own toilet paper. On the more difficult expeditions, toilet tents are not carried to the higher camps (above base camp) due to restriction of space (to pitch the tent).

In case you get your period on the trail and don’t have sanitary napkins, our trek leaders can provide them to you. If you need any other kind of assistance, you can let our trek leaders know. Irrespective of gender, our leaders are gender sensitised and equipped to assist you in any way you need them to.

Our team carries a first aid kit and all the basic medicines required during the trek. They are equipped to be the first responders in case of any injury or health-related issues. For higher expeditions, we also carry a HAPO Bag and oxygen cylinders to tend to any altitude-related health conditions.

You leave the last charging point behind at your hotel in Manali. From here on, we will be camping in the wilderness with no access to electricity.


A copy of your ID Proof and Medical Certificate are the mandatory documents required for this trek. (Soft copies for all of these are to be sent to us & originals should be on your person while on the trek.)

Yes, insurance for any high-altitude activity is highly recommended to cover for the cost of rescue, evacuation and any other emergency service required as well as to cover for medical cost in case of injury or illness during the trek. You can buy it on your own. Alternatively, if you want us to buy it on your behalf, you can mark it as an add-on during the booking of the trek.

Yes, there are multiple permits required for this. We obtain the permits on every trekkers’ behalf. All the permit costs are included in your trek cost.


Yes, you will receive e-certificates (of completion) after the trek. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek. In case you were unable to finish the trek, you will get a certificate of participation.

On completion of the trek, the certificate will show up on your dashboard on our website. You can download it directly from there.


Mt. CB 13 and CB 14 Expedition is in India. If you are coming from outside, you will need a visa to enter the country. You should be able to find the rules for obtaining a Visa based on your home country on the internet. This information is easily available.

This does not apply to you if you are an Indian citizen. In case you don’t hold an Indian passport, you will need to check online for Visa application rules based on your home country.

If you are not an Indian citizen, you will need Travel Medical Insurance to travel to the country. Please make sure that your insurance policy is valid for the altitude you are going to and the activity you are undertaking, to cover risks during the trek. The insurance policy provided by Bikat Adventures does not cover foreign nationals. So, please do not purchase it while making the booking from our website.

Mt. CB 13 and CB 14 Expedition are some of the highest peaks in the range. The Himalayas house the tallest mountains in the world and have long been a treasure trove for all adventure enthusiasts. The variety in terms of beauty, terrain, landscape, geography, culture and opportunity for adventure in the Himalayas, remains undisputedly unmatched.

You can make the booking at any time depending on the availability of slots in our fixed departure batches. You will get this information at the top of this page.


A Basic Mountaineering Course certification from one of the five recognized mountaineering institutes in India is a minimum requirement to join our team. Our field experts are also trained in basic medicine and first-aid response. We also conduct on-ground training for our staff once a year as a refresher for old skills and to learn some new ones. During this training that we call APW (Adventure Professional Workshop), our leaders learn close to 25 topics and techniques of rescue which are not covered in the BMC and AMC courses. For practical training, we simulate on-ground situations to prepare them for quick thinking and quick response during emergencies.

We follow a rigorous regime of hiring and training our experts on the field. Each trek leader is a certified mountaineer with years of experience in the field. The interview process to bring a trek leader on-board is close to 6 months long where we assess various skills as well as personality traits of an individual. They also go through an on-field assignment as part of the hiring process. Trek leaders also progress in time from leading easier treks before advancing to the more difficult ones where the stakes are higher. For detailed information on our selection process, please visit Forerunners - The Making Of A Trek Leader

It absolutely is. We recognize, value and embody the ideology that the world of outdoor adventure can benefit from diversity. We make it our mission to create outdoor spaces as equally accessible and safe for all genders as possible. We also encourage women leaders in the outdoors and all of our staff (irrespective of gender) is gender sensitised. As for accommodation, in case there are no other women on the trek, a solo female trekker is provided with a separate single-occupancy tent.

Our batch sizes for Mt. CB 13 and CB 14 Expedition are capped at 12 with the trek leader to trekker ratio of 1:4.

In addition to their qualification, our trek leaders are trained to tackle any and all kinds of sudden conditions that may present themselves on ground. During our recce stage, we study the trail in great detail and map out rescue routes before opening it up for our trekkers. We also have local support staff stationed in each area to arrange for emergency services at the place of need as quickly as possible.

We mobilise road rescue efforts where our trek leaders bring the person to be rescued down to the trailhead of the trek from where a car can take them to the nearest healthcare facility. The cost of rescue is not covered in the trek fee that we charge. It must be borne by the participant. However, if you opt for the insurance the cost of rescue operations can be claimed from the Insurance company on production of valid proof e.g. doctor’s prescription & hospital bills etc. Please note that Bikat Adventures is only a facilitator & not a party in the Insurance policy. You need to raise the claim request directly with the Insurance company. Bikat Adventures is not responsible for any rejection of claim. You can call the insurance provider directly for any clarifications related to the Insurance policy. Although not mandatory, we recommend buying the insurance. You don’t necessarily have to get the insurance we provide, you can pick an Insurance company of your choice and get a policy directly from them. If you need more information on the terms and conditions of the insurance policy, get in touch with our customer support team.

All the gear used on our treks and expeditions is tried and tested, maintained for good quality and is overall top notch in quality and condition. We are continually looking to obtain the best of everything there is in the market so as to ensure optimum safety.

That will depend on the nature of your medical condition. Do give us a call, and one of our people will help you understand what is best for you. If not this, we are sure there would be plenty of other options you can choose from our vast portfolio to pick as your next adventure.


We have rolling camps on all our trails. To know why we are strictly against the concept of Fixed Camping, read Reasons to Ban Fixed Camping in Himalayas

This is a complex question and has a compound answer. The simple response is that because it is bad for the environment which we dearly love but if you are interested in a more detailed response to this question, please read Reasons to Ban Fixed Camping in Himalayas

There are a number of measures that we take to prevent overcrowding on some of the most popular trails. Some of them are capping our group size at 15, capping the number of trekkers on a trail to 250 per season, constantly looking for newer trails and routes to spread the crowd around and providing incentives to our trekkers to try unexplored territories with us. We put in place the system of dynamic pricing, which is the first of its kind in the trekking industry, which incentivises trekkers to choose less crowded trails by offering higher discounts. We have noticed, since we started this system, that this has helped in a big way to spread out the crowds between trekking routes. We are also going international so as to relieve some of the stress on the Himalayan landscape as well as explore newer ranges and design newer experiences for our community. If you want a more detailed description of all our measures in this regard, please read Simple solutions to overcrowding on Himalayan Treks

Some basic things to remember are: do not use water, do not dispose of anything non-biodegradable inside the pits, carry your own roll of toilet paper and remember to cover up after yourself to leave a clean toilet for your fellow trekkers. Everything else is much the same like using an Indian style home toilet!

Most wet wipes are not biodegradable which means it could take 100 years or more for them to decompose – not the best thing if you are trying to ‘Leave No Trace’, right?

This is quite a tricky situation but not a hopeless one. Since most of our sanitary waste is not biodegradable, we recommend that you pack your pads/tampons neatly, store it in a zip-lock bag and bring it back down with you where there are better options to dispose of them. In case you do not have zip-lock bags, ask our trek leaders for them and they should be able to provide them to you.

Each trekker is responsible for the use and hygiene of their own eating utensils. And as a measure to maintain proper hygiene, we do not provide plates and spoons. Also, dipping your hands in cold water to wash your own utensils adds something to the overall joy of high-altitude living, wouldn’t you think?


On making the payment, you will receive a booking confirmation along with the packing list and a copy of the undertaking form via email. You will subsequently receive emails detailing documents required, how to prepare physically and mentally for the trek, information on pick-up location on the first day etc. Please add info@bikatadventures.com in your trusted emails list to make sure our emails don't go to your spam folder.

A Whatsapp group will be formed a few weeks before departure. Members from our team are on those groups as well. Feel free to seek any clarifications you require in regards to the trek, on the group itself. Updates related to transportation/pickup point/pickup timing, accommodation etc. will be shared on the Whatsapp group as well.

Yes, we create a Whatsapp group a few weeks before the departure date so that the flow of information remains smooth and transparent.

Yes, it is one of the mandatory documents you will need to submit before the trek starts. The soft copy is to be sent to us & the original should be on your person while on the trek.

Yes, we will provide you an undertaking form through email which will need to be filled up by you and submitted to us post booking.

Why Bikat?

Small Group Size


Our batch sizes are capped at 15 for smaller treks with the trek leader and trekker ratio of 1:8. This ratio, in our years of experience, has proven to deliver the best trekking experience for individuals as well as groups. Capping the size of the group ensures individual attention to each trekker so that no signs of distress or need during the trek go unnoticed. It also helps to form a more cohesive cohort with better group energy which helps define the rhythm and pace of days on the trek.

As you go higher up on the BRS scale, since the stakes are higher, expeditions have an even smaller group size with the ratio of expedition leader to climber set at 1:2.


Qualified Expedition Leaders


We follow a rigorous regime of hiring and training our experts in the field. Each trek leader is a certified mountaineer with years of experience in the field. In addition to their qualification, they also go through practical and situational training to tackle any and all kinds of sudden conditions that may present themselves on the ground. Being unpredictable is the core nature of the mountains but being ready for any circumstance as best as possible is a controllable asset that we try to nurture.

Our field experts are also trained in basic medicine and first-aid response.

Watch: Forerunners - The Making of A Trek Leader At Bikat Adventures


Guided Progression


Since Bikat Adventures is a learning-based organization, we help you climb up the ladder of difficulty within the sphere of outdoor adventure systematically. Our on-ground training modules are designed to handhold you through the upskilling process so that you are ready to take on bigger challenges.


Equipment Quality and Check


All the gear used on our treks and expeditions is tried and tested, maintained for good quality, and is overall top-notch in quality and condition. We are continually looking to obtain the best of everything there is in the market so as to ensure optimum safety.


Support Systems


Along with the staff you see on-ground, we have a team of superheroes working in the background to give you the best experience possible. Our background team also comprises local staff from each area who know the region best. Having local support helps with studying the area, pre-planning, execution, and in receiving timely support in case of emergencies in these remote locations.


Communication


Our on-field staff is in constant contact with our teams based in primary locations so as to eliminate any avoidable delay in reaching additional help and support when required. We try to use the best tools for communication available, including satellite phones, in regions where they are not restricted.


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Cancellation Policy


Cash refund

Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date

5% deduction

Cancellations between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure date

50% deduction

Cancellations within 15 days prior to departure date

No Refund

Voucher refund

Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date

No Deduction

Cancellations within 5 days prior to departure date

No Refund

Please Note:
  1. Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers
  2. This is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy.

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