Yunam Peak Expedition

Yunam Peak Expedition

Himachal Pradesh 8 Days

Difficult

22 KM

MAX 15

MAX ALTITUDE

6111 mts.


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Brief Description

Yunam Peak at 6111 M is a stunning trekkable peak located in the Lahaul district of Himachal Pradesh near the famous Baralacha La Pass. Though it is less frequently climbed, Yunam Peak is a great alternative to the likes of Stok Kangri and Kang Yatse 2 in Ladakh. The summit offers fantastic views of the C.B. Range and the Mulkilla Range with views stretching as far as Zanskar. However, this trek to Yunam Peak is difficult and is meant for experienced trekkers only due to the high altitude gain and bone-chilling winds as you make your way up to the summit across moraines and scree. The Yunam Peak Expedition is a great choice for aspiring mountaineers who wish to summit a peak that is not as crowded like Stok Kangri. The July to September are the best months to undertake the Yunam Peak Expedition. Stay on this page for more details on the Yunam Peak Expedition.



Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive in Manali

Today you arrive in Manali and meet our team at your hotel/guesthouse. After an introduction and briefing session, you are free to explore Manali. Overnight in hotel.


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Day 2

Manali to Jispa (3200 M) - 120 km, 6 hrs Drive

Today we will drive to Jispa on the stunning Leh-Manali highway across high altitude villages via Rothang pass, Tandi (confluence of Bhaga and Chandra river) Sisa village (temple of Raja Ghepan). We will drive along the Bhaga river and reach Jispa. Overnight in hotel/tents.


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Day 3

Jispa to Bharatpur (4500 M) - 90 km, 5 hrs Drive

Today we will drive to Bharatpur which is going to be our base for the Yunam Peak expedition via Deepak Tal, Suraj Tal and the famous Baralacha La Pass. Overnight in tents at Bharatpur.


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Day 4

Acclimatisation in Bharatpur (4500 M)

Today we will spend a day at Bharatpur Base Camp taking small hikes and this acclimatizing at the high altitude.


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Day 5

Bharatpur to Base Camp (5200 M) - 5 km, 4 hrs Trek

Today we trek to the base camp of Yunam Peak that is located near a small lake. Today's trek will take you across moraine with a gradual and eventually a steep ascent. There will be several stream crossings until you reach the base camp. Overnight in camps.


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Day 6

Acclimatization at Base Camp

Today will be an acclimatization day at the base camp. There will be a summit briefing followed by a training session, and prepare equipment needed for the next day's summit push. We will go for small hikes nearby. Have an early dinner and rest for the night. Overnight in camps.


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Day 7

Base Camp to Summit (6111 M) and back to Base Camp - 6.5 km, 8 hrs

Today we will start early for the summit push. We will climb over moraines, sharp rocks, snow patches and a snow wall at the top with a steep ascent. The summit gives you stunning views of the surrounding mountain ranges. We will head back and retire at the base camp.


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Day 8

Base Camp to Bharatpur. Drive to Manali.

Today we will trek back to Bharatpur and board our vehicles and drive down to Manali. Expect to reach Manali by 6pm. We bid you goodbye.



Frequently Asked Questions

Pick your question

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the expedition?

ID Proof (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried), Medical Certificate (Soft Copy to be sent to us & original to be carried) and Photocopy of ID Proof are the mandatory documents required for the trek.

Transport: In case we opt for the transport with you, where will you pick us from and where will you drop?

We will pick you up from your hotel in Manali and drop you at the same location.

Transport: What time will we reach the end point on last day of the trek?

Expect to reach Manali by 7pm.

Miscellaneous : Is there an option to offload my backpack?

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.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

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.

Miscellaneous : Is the trekking pole necessary?

Yes, trekking pole is necessary. 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.

Miscellaneous : Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

Yes, there are stores/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.

Miscellaneous : Is it safe for solo woman traveller to trek in Fixed departures?

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.

Miscellaneous : Will you give certificates on completion of trek?

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.

Weather conditions: What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

During the day, the temperature will range from 10 to 15 degrees Celsius. The nights will get cold dropping the temperature to 0 to -9 degrees Celsius. The higher the altitude you gain, the colder it gets.

Weather conditions: When will there be snow on this trek?

You can expect snow on Yunam Peak Trek throughout the year. June to October is likely to receive good amount of snowfall. During the other months, the snow accumulation is high and therefore the trek is not feasible.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accommodate 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.

Equipment and facilities: Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the 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.

Equipment and facilities: If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

You will be provided with the good quality of gaiters, crampons, and microspikes from us depending upon the situation of the snow. Our trek leaders will also be carrying ropes and ice ax.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

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 fulfill 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 the journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.

Equipment and facilities: What equipment can I rent from you?

You can rent following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack.

Accommodation type: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

You will be accommodated in Manali and Jispa in a hotel/guest house on a twin/triple sharing basis. On trekking days you will be in tents on a twin sharing basis.

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit to summit Yunam Peak is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied by 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.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

Manali is a famous tourist attraction. The Mall road and Hidimba Devi temple are frequented by many. The Solang valley is famous for many adventure sports activities.

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The base of Yunam Peak Trek is Manali in Himachal Pradesh. 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.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

Intermittent network beyond Bharatpur. Though Airtel and BSNL may have coverage at some points on the trek.

Packing List: What to pack



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Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

June to September are the best months for the Yunam Peak Trek.

About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

Yunam Peak Trek - Himachal Pradesh

Yunam Peak near Baralacha La Pass in Himachal's Lahaul Valley is one of the most stunning trekkable peaks at an altitude of 6111 M. This is a great alternative to the crowded Stok Kangri Trek. The trek is for experienced trekkers only. The summit gives you stunning panoramic views of the C.B. Range and the Zanskar Range.

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Yunam Peak Summit is made only for experienced trekkers who want to test their limits. The challenges faced on the trek should not be underestimated. You should attempt Yunam Peak only if you have already done a trek that climbs to 4700-5000 meters. It is recommended not to opt for Yunam Peak if you cannot get acclimatized in the mountains of Lahaul. Besides you need to have a strong physical endurance to complete this trek. On the Bikat scale Yunam Peak Trek difficulty level is 6. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale

Eligibility: Experience required

Before attempting Yunam Peak you should have an experience of at least 10 – 15 trek days in the Himalayas, at least one Moderate Plus category trek, the experience of trekking at altitudes higher than 4700 - 5000 mts, medical fitness certificate from CMO of a recognized hospital.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

  1. 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) - You would be required to produce a screenshot from a fitness app testifying the same
  2. Hold your breath for 40 seconds
  3. 3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch, Push Ups – 10, 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.

Eligibility: Requisite skills

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


Why Bikat

Learning Experience
  • We are an Adventure Learning Organisation first.
  • We want you to not just complete a trek safely but also pick up some basic trekking knowledge and skills along the way.
  • To achieve this we have integrated learning modules into our itineraries.
  • These modules will help you build the necessary skills to progress from trekking to mountaineering over time.
Loyality Programs

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.

  • Currently we have three levels:
  • Basic Membership
  • Summiteer Membership
  • Leader Membership
Personalized Attention
  • Our group sizes on treks don’t exceed 15 members in order to maintain a healthy Participants : Leader Ratio of 8:1.
  • Over time we have found this number to be optimum when it comes to ensuring personalised attention to every member of our group.
  • On mountaineering expeditions this number is even smaller. Our group sizes are capped at 12 members ensuring a Participants : HAP Ratio of 2:1.
Best Expedition Leaders
  • Our Expedition leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders.
  • Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
Eco-friendly Practices
  • Group sizes are capped at 15 people.
  • Batch sizes are capped at 250 people per trail per season.
  • We follow a rolling campsite model.
  • We are constantly exploring and introducing new trails to reduce the burden on existing ones.
Safety

For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.

  • To ensure this:
  • Every region of ours is mapped with an emergency evacuation plan.
  • The equipment we use is UIAA certified.
  • Our trek leaders are AMC certified with specialisation in rescue procedures.
  • Our support staffs are trained in first aid as well.

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What's Included

Whats Included

  • Camping during the trek and Guest House/Hotel Stay on twin / triple sharing basis in Manali and Jispa on (Day 1 & Day 2)
  • Veg Meals as per menu during the trek
  • Technical equipment - as required, depending upon snow conditions
  • Trek Permit Fee (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder
  • Qualified & experienced Guide and Support staff
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid certification & customized rescue course from NIM

Whats Not Included?

  • Meals during Hotel Stay in Manali and Jispa
  • Meals during road journeys
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of Insurance
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Inclusions

Cancellation Policy

Cash Refund

Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date
5% Deduction

Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure
50% deduction

Less than 15 days of departure
No Cash Refund

Voucher Refund

Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date
No Deduction

Cancellations less than 5 days prior to departure
No Refund

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

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