Mt. Hanuman Tibba at 5932 M is one of the most thrilling peaks to summit in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas near Manali. The trail to this pyramid shaped peak passes through the beautiful alpine meadows of Solang Valley, glaciers and rivers of Beas Kund and finally across the imposing Tentu Pass giving you stunning and diverse change in scenery all throughout the trek. This expedition is meant for those aspiring to push their limits and take it up a notch from regular trekking but only with prior trekking experience since the Hanuman Tibba expedition is no small feat involving technical climb and high fitness level to successfully undertake this epic expedition. Prior technical knowledge of the use of crampons and jumar is a must. The summit offers you unimaginable views of the ocean of mountains that you get to witness thus making this expedition a once in a lifetime opportunity. The best time to do the expedition is between the months of June and October. Stay on this page for more information on the Hanuman Tibba Expedition.
Arrive in Manali
Today the team arrives in Manali latest by 11 am. The day is critical not just because we can acclimatize a bit but also because we need to assemble as a team and get certain permits for the expedition. Although Mt. Hanuman Tibba is listed as a Trekking peak by IMF the new process established by IMF in Manali region prescribes that the team provides an intimation along with copies of ID proofs of all participants and Guide. IMF has designated a regional office in Manali for trekking in the upper Himalayan stretches. Once we have a receiving on this intimation from IMF regional office, we need 2 more permits, 1 from BRO and other from SDM. These two permits are required only to use a vehicle on the road between Solang Nala & Dhundi. In case we do not get these two permits we will hike from Solang Nala to Dhundi which is 7 Km walk on the road along the River. Team members stay at a common hotel in Manali and spend some nice prep time in the evening together for a better understanding of each other.
Manali to Dhundi (via Solang Nalla) to Bakkarthatch (21 Kms by road & 4.5 Kms by trek)
Today we start early morning in a vehicle to Dhundi and reach there by 8 am. The common luggage and ration would be carried by mules for us today till Bakkarthatch where we set up base camp. The trek is fairly easy today with a steady incline trail. We cross 3-4 fixed camps in Dhundi where “sailanis” should be visible around the year. Initially, the trail is on the true left side of the Beas River that flows alongside through the day. Soon, we cross a wooden bridge without any “railings”. If you have any phobia from water, this bridge can be a bit exciting for you. From here, we keep walking through the lush green trail on the true right side of the Beas River. In the months of May and June, you may spot some snow on the ridges on the far left side. As you near Bakkarthatch, you would cross 2-3 small streams of tributaries of the main river. We should reach here by around 12 noon. Post lunch, we start setting up our base camp here.
Bakkar Thach to Beas Kund Glacier (3600 M)
Post breakfast, we’ll continue on our way up the Beas Kund Glacier. A short but steep climb takes you to a 300m long moraine field. You will come across a vast flatland with small boulders and streams, flanked by huge mountain faces and hanging glaciers. We will camp several kilometers away from Beas Kund, at the base of Tentu Pass.
Rest day at base camp
Today we will rest and acclimatize properly. We will check and distribute the technical gear, crampon fitting, and a general meeting on how we’ll proceed over the coming days.
Base Camp to Advanced Camp (4000 M) and back to Base Camp
Today we will load ferry to the Advanced Base Camp that is just below the Tentu Pass and the other team members will do ice climbing practice on the glacier. We will return to Base camp and spend the night here.
Base Camp to Advanced Camp (4000 M)
Today we move to Advanced Base Camp. Overnight in tents.
Advanced Camp to Camp 1 (4800 M)
Today we will be walking up a steep slope of hardened snow and arrive at camp 1, which is half way up the mountain side in time to have our packed lunch. We will be camping on snow from now onwards. we climb to the top of Tentu Pass which is very steep and arduous. We will have to fix ropes if and when needed. The top of the pass provides amazing views of the ranges flanking from all sides.
Camp 1 to Summit Camp (5000 M)
Today's trek is a long and tough one over a continuous glacier navigating crevasses. We will setup camp at Summit camp and prepare for the next days summit attempt.
Summit Attempt (5932 M) and back to Camp 1
Post-midnight after a hot cup of tea we will attempt for the summit. The summit gives you panoramic views of the peaks of Dhauladar, Pir Panjal and Greater Himalayan Ranges. Following the summit attempt, we will descent our way down to camp 1.
Camp 1 to Base Camp
Today we will pack up Camp 1 and move down to Base camp. Overnight in tents.
Rest at Base Camp
Today we will rest at Base Camp and pack up for the return trek to Solang Valley.
Base camp to Manali
Today we will trek back to Dhundi where our vehicles will receive you and drive you to Manali. We bid you goodbye today.
Reserve a day for summit climb if the weather does not allow you to summit the day before.
The best months to do this trek are from May to June and September to October.
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The base camp for the Mt. Hanuman Tibba Expedition is Solang Nallah in the beautiful Solang Valley. It is a short drive of 13 km from Manali to Solang Valley. The road from Manali to Solang Nala is lined with apple and pine trees. There are private taxis running between Manali and Solang Valley that cost you anything between INR 2500 to 4000 depending upon the season. Manali 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.
No mobile connections are available at Beas Kund. Though Airtel and BSNL may have coverage at some points on the trek. Bakkarthatch & Dhundi have decent coverage of BSNL. One can expect full reception till Solang Valley.
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.
In accordance with the rules and regulation set forth by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) for mountaineering expeditions, out of 12 seats per batch:
- 6 seats are reserved for aspirants with a certificate in Advanced Mountaineering Course (AMC)
- 4 seats are reserved for aspirants with a certificate in Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC)
- The remaining 2 seats are reserved for aspirants with previous trekking experience of expeditions above 5500 - 6000 meters
Foreign Nationals - Due to a specific set of guidelines for Foreign Nationals it is recommended to call our support team to gain information on the list of documents and procedure involved in booking a mountaineering expedition with us.
Mt. Hanuman Tibba expedition is meant for experienced trekkers only. The maximum altitude gained during the expedition is 19,462 ft. The trail of the trek is difficult to scale but offers unmatched beauty at the same time. At the summit, one gets a panoramic view of Pir Panjal range, Dhauldhar range, and the great Himalayan range. Some of the most peaks like Friendship Peak, Shitidhar, Indra Asan and Deo Tibba are also visible. 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.
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.
At Manali, we will stay at hotels or guesthouses. During the trek we will be camping.
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
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 and the pass.
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.
From Manali, we will drive you to Dhundi and at the end of the trek, we will drive you back to Manali. We pick you up from Manali Bus Stand. The dropping point remain the same.
Expect to reach Manali late in the afternoon or early leaving. Make sure your bus bookings are late in the night.
ID Proof (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried) and Medical Certificate (Soft Copy to be sent to us & original to be carried) are the mandatory documents required for this trek.
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.
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Sarthak Madan 26 November 2018
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