Basic Mountain Skills Course

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21-29 May, 2021 | 09 Days

INR 51,000 + 5% GST

Highest Altitude: 3200 M

Difficulty: ChallengingOur most demanding trips include climbing at high elevations in excess of 5000 meters, in remote and extreme conditions with no access to roads; trips to remote, extreme wilderness; mountaineering trips, and demanding whitewater trips with Class IV-V rapids.

Group Size: 8-16 persons

A great introduction for anybody looking to do harder treks and beginner mountaineering summits, this mountain skills course focuses on navigating through snow and ice fields safely and for building confidence and enabling you to tackle difficult terrain with competence. 

DAYS 1-3

  • Day 1: Delhi – Manali

Arrive at ISBT Kashmiri Gate by 8 pm to board the bus to Manali. The Volvo Semi –Sleeper bus takes 13 hours to reach our destination. Board waiting vehicles to drive to our lodge away from the bustle of the city at Haripur – 15km away.

  • Day 2: Manali

Reach Manali by early morning and transfer to the hotel. Relax in the morning. Afternoon hike to Lamadugh to get acclimatized.

  • Day 3: Manali – Bakarthach

Drive 1.5 hours to reach Dhundi. From Dhundi we take a steadily ascending trail to reach Bakarthach, our base for the next few days. We learn some basic navigation enroute. Learn how to choose a campsite and set it up.

DAYS 4-6

  • Day 4: Training & Practice

Spend the day on the slopes near camp practicing ascending & descending using toe-kicking & edging techniques on snow. The instructors help participants get the body position & body balance right. By the end of the day, you should be able to navigate steep snow slopes confidently. 

  • Day 5: Training & Practice

Another day on the snow slopes. Practice everything learnt yesterday. Learn arresting your falls and get introduced to basic rope work. 

  • Day 6: Training & Practice

On the snow slope again, we practice yesterday’s class and learn how to move roped up in a group and how to navigate a glacial field. Also practice belaying and team arrest. 

DAYS 7-9

  • Day 7: Training & Practice

Move to the glacier for some ice climbing! We practice the same skills learnt on the snow fields but with much more commitment. Come back to camp for the evening. 

  • Day 8: Height Gain

We go up to a high point and get to utilise some of the skills we’ve learnt in the past few days. Back to the base camp for the night.

  • Day 9: Manali – Delhi

We wrap up camp and move back down to Dhundi where our cars await us. Drive back to Manali and catch the evening Volvo bus back to Delhi.

Inclusions:
  • All transfers in a non-AC vehicle as per the itinerary
  • All arrangements for staying and camping while on trip
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tents / hotel
  • All meals as mentioned in itinerary & safe drinking water
  • All trip arrangements with India’s most experienced guiding team, camp staff and cooks
  • Porterage upto 15kg/person
  • Peak fee / sanctuary fee / royalty / permits where applicable
Exclusions:
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights not included in the above-mentioned cost
  • Any transfers or meals outside of itinerary
  • Bottled water
  • Items of personal clothing
  • Expenses of any personal nature (laundry / phone calls / alcohol / cigarettes / insurance / camera fee / etc.)
  • Any expense incurred due to force of nature such as landslides, bad weather or reasons beyond our control
  • Tips & gratuities (we recommend 5-10% of your trip cost- to be distributed among the team) – personal choice
  • Travel & cancellation insurance

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