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Manali to Manali
Mt. Deo Tibba at 6001 M is the second highest peak of the Pir Panjal range in the Kullu valley, lying to the southeast of Manali above Jagatsukh village. As per local beliefs, Deo Tibba is the assembly site of the gods and the 'Devtas' are believed to sit on this peak. Although it qualifies as a serious mountaineering expedition with a huge ice cap on its summit, it has a relatively easy approach and logistics. Being just over 6000 M, Mt. Deo Tibba has an extensive ice cap at the peak but the actual summit happens over a snow hump located at the edge of the ice plateau. This expedition involves crossing over an icy pass, towards a glacier with a rocky moraine at a steep slope of about 55 degrees which requires fixed ropes to traverse this obstacle safely. Due to its challenging terrain and expedition style trekking, Mt. Deo Tibba expedition is meant for experienced trekkers with prior knowledge of mountaineering techniques such as the use of ice axes, crampons and roping up procedures. This expedition is perfect for any aspiring mountaineer intending to train for 6000M+ peaks in the Indian Himalayas. Stay on this page for everything you need to know about the Mt. Deo Tibba expedition including route map, itinerary, temperature chart, photos, videos, and reviews.
Arrival at Manali (6,750 ft)
Reach Manali by 8 AM & drive to your hotel in Shuru which is approx 5-6 Kms from Manali Main Bus Stand.
Rest / Acclimatization day in Manali
Spend the day in Manali for trying out your personal mountaineering equipment like Snow boots, crampons, etc. You can utilize this day for local sightseeing in and around Manali. Overnight Stay in Hotel.
Manali to Chikka (10,416 ft)
Drive up to Khanol (7,217 ft) from Manali where the trek starts from the Duhangan hydro project. Trek along the Nala, cross it and ascend steadily through the forest for 2-3 hours, after which it gives way to the pastures of Chhika. Chhika has a few huts and temples for devotees to stay.
Chikka to Seri (12,139 ft)
The day’s trek starts with a moderate ascent through thick forest. As we go higher the forest thins out gradually and gives way to Birch trees and finally bushes and high altitude grasslands. We walk along the Nala all day passing the freshwater spring at Panduropa and Dudu Patthar until we reach the expansive grasslands at Seri with the Tenta cliffs towering to the left and the waterfalls crashing on the rocks below. We camp at the flatlands for the night and witness a blanket of stars open up above us.
Seri to Chota Chandratal [Base Camp] (14,698 ft)
Cross the flatlands and ford the stream to start climbing a serpentine trail to reach the top of the Tenta cliffs in around two hours. Walk along the Nala and cross it again. Start climbing up the boulder field. An hour of walking up along a ridge brings us to Tenta (14,107 ft) at the base of the glacier. Hike up loose scree and steep slopes for another two hours to reach Chota Chandratal. This will be our base camp.
Rest / Acclimatization day at Chota Chandratal BC
Rest day at base camp. Spend the day going for acclimatization walks and practicing climbing techniques on snow and ice on the glacier.
Load ferry to Camp 1 (16,896 ft)
Climb up the gully to Duhangan col at 5150 m. Leave loads at a suitable campsite and return to base camp for the night.
Chota Chandratal BC - Camp 1 (16,896 ft)
The entire team moves to Camp 1. Decide on further route to be taken and possible location for summit camp.
Load ferry to Summit Camp (18,044 ft)
Load ferry to summit camp at altitude approx. 5500m. From Camp 1, two routes appear to be possible. The route taken by the first summit team follows the southeast (Piton) ridge to a stiff snow ramp leading to another ridge connecting the upper neve slopes. Summit camp can be set on these slopes at approx. 5550 m. The other possible route which has been more commonly used by recent expeditions follows a mixed snow-ice gully to the southeast of Piton ridge. Leave loads at the summit camp site and return to camp 1.
Camp 1 - Summit Camp (18,044 ft)
The entire team moves to the summit camp. Decide on the route to be taken for the summit push.
The summit push begins with an alpine start at 2 am. The route to summit is moderately angled mixed snow and ice. Return to Camp 1 for the night.
Camp 1 - Base Camp (14,698 ft)
The team moves back to base camp today.
Base Camp - Manali (6,750 ft) via Khanol (7,217 ft)
Retrace your steps back to Khanol. Drive back to Manali for your onward journey.
This day will be utilised in case of bad weather or other delays.
This day will be utilised in case of bad weather or other delays.
May or June in pre monsoon and September and October in post monsoon.
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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. 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.
The base camp for the Deo Tibba expedition is Manali, which is well connected to Delhi with all kinds of transport (except direct train) and can easily be reached through road or air.
By Road : The road distance from Delhi to Manali is 536 km. There are overnight HRTC buses and Volvos available from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi for Manali. It is a 14 hour journey by bus. You can book your bus tickets online through hrtchp.com or any other bus services available. You can also hire a private taxi or an outstation cab from Delhi.
By Rail : To reach by train, take a direct train from Delhi to Pathankot. Some of the trains that run on this route are Delhi-Pathankot Express, Jammu Tawi Express, Delhi-Dhauladhar Express. You can then take a bus from Pathankot to Manali. Or you can take a connecting train to Joginder Nagar from Pathankot which is the nearest station to Manali. There are buses running frequently between Joginder Nagar and Manali.
By Air : The nearest airport is Bhuntar airport which is located 50 km from Manali. There are taxis available at the airport which will take you to Manali. You can also take local buses that keep running from Bhuntar to Manali at a very regular frequency. Buses are decent and very cheap compared to taxi that can cost you around INR 2000-5000 depending upon the season.
Airtel and BSNL may have coverage at some points upto Khanol. One can expect full reception till Jagatsukh.
Deo Tibba is made only for experienced trekkers who want to test their limits. The challenges faced in the trek should not be underestimated. You should attempt this trek only If you have already done a trek that climbs to 4700-5000 metres. It is recommended not to opt this trek if you cannot get acclimatized in high altitudes. Besides you need to have a strong physical endurance to complete this trek. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale
A basic mountaineering course is recommended though not mandatory in case of highly experienced & skilled trekkers. At least 2-3 challenging treks along with 20 – 25 total trekking days in the Himalayas. Medical fitness certificate from CMO of a recognized hospital.
Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins Or Walk continuously for 10 kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) and
Hold your breath for 40 seconds and
3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch and
Push Ups – 10 and
Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
How to use an Ice Axe
How to use Climbing boots & Crampons
How to rope up & follow queued climbing/descending
How to self-arrest using an ice axe
Knowledge of Basic First aid
The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.
If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior the trek through an email so that arrangement can be made in advance. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. In case you decide to offload on the spot, you may have to pay a higher price than usual. However offloading your rucksack is not recommended since it is not a safe practice.
A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.
It is not mandatory but it is more convenient with the pole. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.
Yes, there are stores and shops in Manali from where you can buy necessary stuff. Though it is recommended that you come prepared with all the stuff. Please do not leave anything for last minute buying.
Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.
Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.
In the months of May and June, the temperature will range from 13-16 degrees Celsius during the day and from 3-6 degrees Celsius in the night. In the months of July-September, the temperature will range from 14-17 degrees Celsius during the day and from 4-8 degrees Celsius in the night. The higher the altitude you gain, the colder it gets. The temperature at advanced camps will be significantly lessers with a lot of snow.
There will be snow on the higher reaches beyond the base camp up to the summit.
We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accomodate 3 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks Our sleeping bags are made up of Heatseeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward, provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.
Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek.These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.
You will be provided with good quality of gaiters and microspikes from us depending upon the situation of the snow. Our trek leaders will also be carrying ropes and ice axe.
Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfil the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.
You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack
At Manali, we will stay at hotels or guesthouses. During the trek we will be camping.
Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.
For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.
Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date
Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure
Less than 15 days of departure
No Cash Refund
Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date
Cancellations less than 5 days prior to departure