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Mt. CB-13 (6264m) and Mt. CB-14 (6150m) Mountain Expedition 2019

 Himachal Pradesh    15 Nights/16 Days 1 review 155 people interested today
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Trip Overview

A 16-day twin peak mountaineering expedition to Mt. Chandra Bhaga 13 (CB13) and Mt Chandrabhaga 14 (CB14) in the Spiti Valley region of Himachal Pradesh. 

Highlights

  • Two summit expedition.
  • Service of an MOI certified trek leader and assistant trek guide.

  • Fixed departure date.

 

Detailed Overview

A 15-day twin peak mountaineering expedition to Mt. Chandra Bhaga 13 (CB13) and Mt Chandrabhaga 14 (CB14). Located centrally in the Lahaul Massif, both the peaks offer a magnificent view of Kunzum Range, Chandrataal Lake, and the Dhaka Glacier. With the unexplored and inaccessible valleys of the Chandrabhaga Range and the calmness of Chadrataal lake, the CB 13 and CB 14 are one of the most attractive climbing peaks. With prior experience of a non-technical peak climbing and sound knowledge of mountaineering, one can prepare himself to climb the twin summits.

 

Day 1: Arrive in Patlikuhal, Manali and drive to base camp in Haripur

  • We will receive you on your arrival at Patlikuhal bus stop near Manali then drive to our base in Haripur. Unwind after the long drive. We will settle you in at our base for the rest of the day. Go through your checklist and finish off last minute essential shopping (from Manali) for the trek. 
  • In the evening we'll get together around the bonfire and conference with the other climbers and your guides on the expedition.
  • Please ensure, for your own trekking pleasure you pack a big heart and only the absolute essentials.
  • We humbly ask of you, never ever argue with your guides and instructors while on the trek. Remember, they only have your best interest in mind and any decision they take is taken keeping your safety and the success of the expedition in mind. Any and all decisions are taken by the guides and instructors will be deemed as final.
  • Be patient and respectful towards your fellow climbers. Remember, up there, you only have your wits and your fellow climbers.

 

Day 2: Medical checkup and Acclimatization hike

  • Today we'll go out in a short hike and explore the beautiful village of Soil.
  • Later, check your gear with the guides and make sure that you offload any extra weight. Your guide will help you decide what is not required.

 

Day 3: Acclimatization hike

  • Today we'll stretch ourselves a bit and go on a 6-hour hike with a full load (20-25 kg). We encourage that you interact with your fellow climbers and update yourself and get all queries answered.
  • We will complete any required formalities with the local administration and Forest Department. While our team takes care of all the official formalities you get introduced to the team and divide the equipment. Check your bags a final time and go shopping if required with the rest of the afternoon at your leisure.

 

Day 4: Drive from Manali to Batal 

  • We will leave Manali early this morning and drive to Batal (14,100 feet) by road, arriving late afternoon. A long journey, of around 6-8 hours, but the enchanting views of the Spiti valley make it all worth it.

 

Day 5:   Acclimatization and visit Chandartal Lake 

  • A must needed acclimatization day to make our further journey smooth. We will go for an acclimatization walk till Chandertaal Lake.
  • Overnight stay will be arranged at the campsite in Batal.

 

Day 6: Batal to Base Camp 

  • Having arrived at base camp we will set up camp and begin briefing and safety techniques. During our stay in Base Camp, we will study the local weather forecast and the gradient of the route, based on this we plan our further days of the expedition.
  • Equipment distribution, route planning, team planning (advance +backup team) revising technical skills, studying tricky passes of the expedition and making plans to tackle them. Today you will learn and practice ‘snowcraft’:
  • Self-arrest technique, Using fix ropes, Fixing and defixing of carabiners, Walking with crampons - front pointing and flat footing (35 degrees to 55 degrees), Knot practising, Ascending and descending techniques, Basic self-rescue techniques, Handling common accidents and Handling Ice axe.
  • Overnight stay will be in tents at Base Camp.

 

Day 7:  Acclimatisation and preparation day at the base camp 

  • Today will the group will rest for the ascent and acclimatise the body to the altitude.
  • Overnight stay will be in tents at Base Camp.

 

Day 8: Load Ferry to Advance Base Camp (ABC), establish ABC and back to the Base Camp 

  • Start the day early and with the team, ascent to Advance Base Camp. All members will do the load ferry and once the Advance Base Camp is established, we will descend back to the Base Camp.
  • Overnight stay will be in tents at Base Camp.

 

Day 9: Shift to Advance Base Camp (ABC) 

  • This day we will leave our Base Camp and setup up Advance Base Camp for the following days.
  • Overnight stay will be in tents at Advance Base Camp.

 

Day 10: Establish Summit Camp for CB 13 

  • Leave Advance Base Camp and establish Summit Camp for CB-13
  • Overnight stay will be at the Summit Camp.

 

Day 11: Summit Day - CB 13 (6264m/20544 feet)

  • This is our first day when we attempt for Summit, on our successful attempt we will go back to Summit Camp.
  • Overnight stay will be at the Summit Camp.

 

Day 12: Rest Day at Advance Base Camp (ABC)

  • This day we will rest ABC and prepare ourselves to climb up to another Summit of the expedition, CB 14.
  • Overnight stay at Advance Base Camp

 

Day 13: Summit Day for CB 14 (6,078m/19,940 feet)

  • This is our first day when we attempt for Summit, on our successful attempt we will go back to Advance Base Camp (ABC).
  • Overnight stay at Advance Base Camp

 

Day 14: Advance Base Camp to Summit Camp for CB 14

  • Today we will leave our Advance Base Camp and halt for a day at Base Camp. Debriefing will be done this day with experience sharing talks.
  • Overnight stay at the Base Camp.

 

Day 15:  Base Camp to Batal and then drive to Manali 

  • Today we will start our descent back to the city. We descend till the Batal and then take road journey back to Manali.
  • Overnight stay will be at the base in Haripur.

 

Day 16: Expedition closing ceremony 

  • As the expedition comes to an end, we will organise a celebratory traditional style Himachali lunch for the team.
  • Later arrangements will be made to drop participants to the bus stop.
  • Guests who are travelling the next day are welcome to stay the night at no extra cost. Relax at the base camp or go angling (some nice spots near our base) the next day, before we part ways here to meet soon for our next adventure.

 

DAY 17 & 18:  Reserve days**

  • We keep 2 reserve days for the summit in case of bad weather or any unforeseen challenges. 

Basic Details

Start Point
Patlikuhal
Finish Point
Haripur
Activity Level
Challenging
Start time
12:00 pm
Category
Mountain ClimbingExtreme SportsTrekking Expeditions
Trip Code
O310A2733

Inclusions

  • 3 nights stay at the base in Haripur, Manali.
  • Pick up and drop from Patlikuhl bus stand.
  • Stay in tents at twin/triple sharing during the trek.
  • All meals during the trek (nutritious freshly cooked vegetarian).
  • Services of experienced MOI qualified lead guide and qualified assistant guide.
  • Kitchen equipment, cook and helper.
  • All the central climbing equipment and camping arrangements.
  • Porters for the common load.
  • Wildlife/environmental permits and other permits & levies. 
  • All transportation as per itinerary in local cars and jeeps.
  • ‘Leave No Traces’ protocol charges.  

Exclusions

  • Cost of travel to and from Manali from your city.
  • Cost of any form of insurance (Personal/Baggage/Medical). Insurance is mandatory. We suggest ‘ASC 360’ for insurance.
  • IMF registration fee (participants must register themselves on the IMF website).
  • Peak climbing fee will be divided equally among the participating climbers
  • Personal climbing gear (namely, climbing boots, ice-axe, gators, crampons, seat harness, 3 carabiners, 1 Jummar, 1 ascender, 1 descender, short sling, long sling, helmet and sleeping bag with liner).
  • Transport to Manali market.
  • Cost of rescue, evacuation, hospitalisation, etc.  
  • Any expenses of purely personal nature like laundry, phone/fax calls, tips to drivers, guides, any beverages.  
  • Any expenses that arise due to change in itinerary and increase in no. of days because of natural forces like landslides, weather, roadblocks, flight cancellations, sickness etc.
  • Porter for the personal luggage.
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions above.
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Important Information

  • No matter how much you train and how to fit you are, you still might develop life-threatening altitude illness.

  • If you do not feel well at any point on the trip – suspect altitude illness. When in doubt- always descend immediately to the lower elevation.

  • All climbers are required to do the load ferry and carry the personal load.

  • If somehow expedition leader calculates that summit may not be possible due to any reason (be it natural or team related), an alternate peak would be attempted.

  • Insurance is mandatory.

  • Participants can choose to get their own personal gear (namely, climbing boots, ice-axe, Gators, crampons, seat harness, 3 carabiners, 1 Jummar, 1 ascender, 1 descender, short sling, long sling, helmet and sleeping bag with liner). Although we would also be providing all the above equipment at extra cost.

  • At least 6 participants are required at the given cost to conduct the expedition.

Cancellation Policy

  • 75% refund if cancelled before 45 days
  • 50% refund if cancelled before 30 days
  • 25% refund if cancelled before 15 days
  • No refund after that

*Advance payment is non-refundable

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Review (1)

4.0

Arun

14 Aug 2019

This trek is for seasoned mountaineers - the lack of porters and the acclimatization needed (7k ft of elevation gain+loss in 1 day) require clients to be able to carry 30-35 lb of weight every day. This means the trek lacks comforts available on other treks. Lastly, the scree and slope of the mountain makes walking impossible after 16k ft - clients need to be able to jumar up and down 4k ft in 2 days. So only those familiar with technical mountaineering should attempt this trek

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Meet-up Information/Reporting Point

  • Patlikuhal bus stand, around 15 km before Manali bus depot.
  • The local person's contact details will be shared with you post-booking, you may get in touch in case of any queries related to the meeting point.
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