Deo Tibba Summit Expedition 2018
12 Nights/13 Days
4 to 16 people
A 13 day and 12-night long summit expedition to the splendid Deo Tibba Peak.
Deo Tibba is a beautiful 6001m (19,687 Ft.) high peak situated in the Pir Panjal range of mountains Manali. It is revered by the locals as the meeting place of their deities of the upper Kullu valley. Since Deo Tibba Peak is just above the 6000 m high mark, it will be a great achievement for any climber. On attaining the summit, you will be rewarded with an astounding view of the vast snow lands, hanging glaciers and the towering peaks all around you.Many of the peaks you will see will be the Malana & Tosh glacier catchments, and the majestic mountains of the Bara-Shigri glacier. Peaks such as the Ali Ratni Tibba, Devachan, Kullu Pumori, Dharamasura (aka White Sail) and Papsura (all near, or above 6,000 m), raise their mighty summits and seem to be reaching out to embrace the sky.
At the end of the Deo Tibba trek, you will have to negotiate some steep climbs and wide crevasses. In all those places, our expert climbers will help you with safety ropes and all other necessary equipment. Even though it might sound difficult, it will be one of the major attraction of this trek and probably one of the best moments in your life.
- A 13 day and 12-night long expedition
- 2 days of acclimatization at the first Deo Tibba Peak base camp
- Astounding view of vast snow lands, hanging glaciers and the towering peaks like Ali Ratni Tibba, Devachan, Kullu Pumori, Dharamasura (aka White Sail) and Papsura (all near, or above 6,000 m)
- Summit the Deo Tibba Peak by day-8 (expected)
- Fully equipped and experienced support staff
- Service of MOI certified trek leader
- Trek registration with IMF
- Celebration at the end of the expedition in our base camp.
Day-1: Delhi- Chandigarh – Manali - Haripur (12 – 14 hrs)
We will receive you on your arrival in Manali then drive to our base camp in Haripur. Unwind after the long drive. Just relax or explore surroundings as you wish. You can explore the surrounding places like the beautiful ‘somvan’ by the river Beas, Naggar Castle, Roerich art Gallery etc. In the evening, when you return, we will have a bonfire and an early dinner to get up early in the morning.
Day-2: Basecamp, Haripur – Jagatsukh- Chikka (3350 m)
In the morning, after breakfast, we will drive 18 km to Bara Hazaar and from there a 3 km trek will take us to Chikka. At Chikka, we will pitch the camp and spend the night there.
Day-3: Chikka - Seri (3800 m)
This day, we will be having an 8 km moderate ascend from the valley. The trail continues to the scenic campsite at Seri.
Day-4: Seri – Chandrataal – Deo Tibba Base (4480 m)
After breakfast, we will trek over moraine from Seri to the small lake at Chandrataal. It is the birthplace of the river Dhuangan. After setting up the camp there, we will go out for a few acclimatization walks and then return to the camp.
Day-5 & Day-6: Chota Chandrataal Lake, Deo Tibba Base (4480 m)
For high altitude treks like this (Deo Tibba Peak), it is really important for you to get acclimatized to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Even experienced climbers can become a victim of AMS. So a couple of days to acclimatize will give you the opportunity to climb comfortably.
At the base camp, we will spend 2 days to acclimatize and to practice ascending and descending techniques on snow and ice on the Deo Tibba glacier (training on technical climbing and to ferry the equipment and rations up to camp-1).
Day-7: Deo Tibba Base-Camp-1 (5200 m)
Today we will ascend to camp-1. Camp –1 is located at Dhuangan Col (Dhuangan Pass) and the route to it crosses the Deo Tibba Glacier and up a steep slope between 45 - 55 degrees, for around 300 meters. The glacier has to be negotiated with care as there a number of tricky crevasses. The climb up the slope to the Col is a mix of snow, rock and ice. To climb this part safely; we will use the fixed safety ropes. After we reach the Camp- 1, spend the night in tents after an early dinner.
Camp -1 is set at the Col, or a little further at the base of a rugged ridge known as the Pitton ridge. The Col is generally preferred but this depends primarily on the prevailing conditions, at the time of pitching our camp. After acclimatizing for 2 – 3 days at Camp – 1, during which the instructors, HAP’s and climbers will make 2 – 3 l ferry trips of equipment and rations up to Camp –2, our group will partially move across the Col to establish Camp-2 at the foot of the actual peak at an altitude of around 5400 m. This portion of the climb also involves glacier travel and due care has to be maintained.
Camp-1 to Camp 2 (5400 m)
After a proper acclimatization at Camp-2, many climbers make a direct ascent from here to the summit of the mountain via Pitton ridge, which faces east. The ridge is quite steep with a few ‘technical’ sections and also requires a fixed rope for safe climbing for around 150 meters. An alternate route, pioneered by Sh. Rajeev Sharma (technical advisor to Mystic Himalayan Trails) in 1987, involves ascending up a snow gully to the south-east part of the Pitton ridge. This route, which has since then gained a lot of popularity, also involves climbing on snow and ice. Here also a fixed rope is required for around 250 meters to ensure safe climb for all. Usually, in June and September, the condition of snow and ice in this section are nice and stable.
Day-8: Camp 1 – Summit (6001m) – Camp 1
The day of the summit. We will start in the early morning itself, around 02:00 am.
Soon after climbing the rock of the Pitton Ridge, or ascending up the fixed rope through the gully, we will move onto a vast snowfield. From this point on, Mt. Deo-Tibba and its neighbour, the peak of Indrasan are visible. For fit & acclimatized climbers, moving at a good pace, it will take only one and a half to two hours from this point to the summit. The summit of Deo Tibba is a giant snow dome and therefore it is a relatively easy final ascent to the peak with only a few crevasses to negotiate.
Just before the summit, the slope becomes steeper to around 50 degrees gradient, after which it is an easy walk to the top. The summit itself is quite wide and will be able to accommodate all climbers. And the view from the top, on a clear day…is truly breathtaking and is guaranteed to exceed all your expectations.
Day-9: Reserve day for the summit
Day-10: Camp 1 - Base Camp
Day-11: Base Camp - Chikka
Day-12: Chikka – Basecamp in Haripur
The expedition comes to an end. You will be received at our base camp with traditional Himachali style music, folk dance and some awesome ethnic cuisine. Guests who are travelling the next day are welcome to extend stay at our base camps as a compliment.
Day-13: Manali – Delhi
Visit Manali town for some souvenir shopping before departing for Delhi.
- Stay (1 night) at basecamp in Haripur
- Travel in luxury Volvo bus from Delhi to Manali and back
- Pick up and drop from Patlikuhal bus stand, 16 km short of Manali city.
- Stay in 2 to 4 person sharing tents during the trek
- All meals during the trek (nutritious freshly cooked vegetarian)
- Services of experienced MOI/BMC qualified lead guide and qualified assistant guide
- Trek registration with IMF (Indian Mountaineering Foundation) for Indian nationals only
- Kitchen equipment, cook and helper
- All the camping equipment
- Porterage for common luggage
- Wildlife/ environmental permits and other permits & levies.
- All transportation as per itinerary in local cars and jeeps
- Cost of any form of insurance (personal/baggage/medical)
- IMF registration for foreign nationals (to be paid as per actual)
- Porterage for personal luggage
- Cost of rescue, evacuation, hospitalization, 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.
- Meals at ‘The Himalayan Jungle Retreat’ (choice of veg/ non-veg).
Conduct of the Trek
- Camps on Trek: Spacious tents (dome tents/alpine tents) to be shared by 2/3 persons respectively. The tents will be pitched on a meadow or flat ground with insulated rubber/foam/rubber mattresses. Sleeping bags will be provided with a fleece sleeping liner for each to be used personally and returned at the end of the trek.
- Kitchen Tent: There will be a separate kitchen and dining tents. For a small group (for a strength of 2-6 people) we carry kitchen cum dining tents. The camp area will have a sack to throw trash, a water point to fetch drinking water and a washing point. Our staff will help with any task related to maintenance of the campsite and keeping things available.
- Toilets on Trek: There will be separate toilet tents for men and women. The toilets will be dry toilets where a pit will be dug and will contain a hump of mud inside the tent with a trowel in each toilet tent.
- Utensils on Trek: Provision of utensils would be there for every trekker but we strongly recommend carrying lunch boxes for days when packed food needs to be given. Carry boxes which can be covered with a lid. We do not use Aluminium foil papers to pack the food and to be given to each trekker, as we make an effort to take minimum plastic/ foils in mountains making close to no environmental impact.
- Trip Leader: He will conduct the entire program and take decisions in consultations with the team and depending on the weather, snow and other situations on the ground
- Local Staff: We hire local staff as our support crew like a cook, trip guide, kitchen helpers, porters, mule persons. These are expert in their fields and the region.
- Meals: On treks, typically you will not be required to carry anything to eat apart from your personal trail food. Our meal program starts with morning tea(not to be confused with bed tea), breakfast, tea/ coffee, fruits and juice for the trail, hot lunch, evening tea with snacks, soup, dinner and last hot drinks like Bournvita or ginger lemon tea.
- Leave no Trace: We strictly follow leave no trace policies on any trek i.e. making zero impact on the environment like avoiding packed plastic foods, making the camp drenches filled up with mud again to make it viable for other trekkers in future, camping on durable surfaces, minimize campfire impacts, dispose of waste properly.
Things to Pack
- Backpack of 50-65 L capacity with rain cover
- Day Pack 15 - 20 L - To carry your personal gear, camera, water bottle, trail clothing, packed food etc. (you will need this when you offload your larger pack onto a horse/porter)
- Trekking Shoes: Please do not wear sports shoes as on most treks as we go higher it gets harder to use the sports shoes. We recommend shoes with a good hard sole and also ankle support preferable waterproof. While we do not subscribe to any particular brand you can try the Quechua Forclaz 600 or like.
- 3-4 pairs of cotton socks
- 1-2 pair of woollen socks (best to use when in camp. Not recommended while trekking)
- Pants: 2-3 pairs - Ideal is the quick dry lightweight synthetic pants. Alternatively, track pants are also comfortable to trek in. Avoid jeans/ denim
- T-shirts 2-3 pairs – Preferably full sleeves
- Synthetic Fleece Jacket - 1 pair
- Windproof/ Waterproof Jacket - 1 pair
- Down-filled/Hollow fibre fill insulated Jacket - 1 -pair (optional - get this if you want to stay extra warm at camps)
- Thermal liners - 1 pair upper and lower (optional)
- Raincoat/Poncho - make sure it is something that will cover your daypack and camera too
- Warm beanie - make sure it is something that covers your ears. You can also use buffs, scarves etc in addition to your beanie
- Gloves - Lightweight synthetic gloves made of Fleece or you can also use woollen gloves
- Sun Cap - 1
- Sun Glasses with good UV protection is a must
- Toiletries - Sunscreen SPF 40+, moisturizer, lip balm, soap, toilet paper
- Repair Kit (needle and thread)
- Headlamp/ Torch
- Water Bottle- Ideally keep two bottles 1 litre each
- Trekking pole - Optional.
- Plastic packing covers. (Please pack all your gear in waterproof plastic bags so that your clothes etc. do not get wet while on horses or porters. Als, carry extra plastic bags in case you need to pack wet clothes.)
Personal first aid kit
- We carry a proper medical kit for any kind of emergency or any basic illness, we still recommend everyone in the outdoors to always carry a personal medication kit. A personal kit could include any medicines that you have been using previously using for any kind of illness or any medical condition like spondylitis, epilepsy, diabetes.etc
- We recommend you to carry a kit always while travelling and it must include basic medicines and first aid for, headache, cold, cough, fever, ORS (must carry) basic OTC painkillers, bandages, analgesic spray etc.
- All programs are subject to change due to political reason, natural calamities, serious sickness, and special reasons.
- Please note that cancellation charges also apply to reductions in group size, not only for cancellations of entire bookings.
- Operator might be forced to change/modify the itinerary and also reserves the right to do so, due to unforeseen disruptions by natural forces. If any costs increase due to this change, the client would be requested to pay the additional amount in Manali.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Our thoroughly researched itineraries are designed to offer you access to some of the world\'s best-kept secrets. We have personally explored the destinations we offer with in-depth knowledge that goes towards making your experience more than worth your while. However, at times due factors beyond any one’s control, situations may arise which can pose a challenge to the safety and security of the group members. To minimize any negative impact, we subscribe strictly to “Safety Protocol” which is an intensive and comprehensive compilation of safety and security measures undertaken to ensure a seamless and safe experience for its guests. There are factors which are controllable and attention to them ensures lower risks and toned down consequences.
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Some of our own trek leaders are qualified, experienced ladies. All treks are extremely safe for ladies and we have a lot of solo clients who are ladies.
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You need to carry an original ID card and a photograph.
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There are no doctors on the trek; however our trek leaders are experienced in first aid and basic medical protocols.
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All the summit expeditions are required to be registered with IMF as a mandate. Cost for participant registration for a 6500 m summit is Rs. 2500 per Indian national. Allowed batch size is 12 members for an expedition.
For foreign nationals, Indian Mountaineering Federation (IMF) registration cost is $500 for up to 2 members up to 7, additional member cost of $200 per member and each member additional after 7 is $250 per person. Allowed batch size is 12 members for an expedition.
Yes, all equipment like gators, crampons, ice axe, ropes and carabiners will be provided if needed during the expedition. Personal equipment like trekking poles are not included in this list.
BMC would be good to have and gives credibility to trekker but it is NOT a mandatory requirement (As confirmed by the Govt. body). Our trek leader and assistant guide are authorised to lead expeditions and are rightly certified as well.
It\'s a beautiful location set amidst a beautiful valley in one of the oldest villages of the Manali region. The name \"Himalayan Jungle Retreat\" is a name given to this special location.
There are 3 main pre-requisite to taking expeditions in the mighty Himalayas: 1. You should have done at least 2 high-altitude treks in the Himalayas 2. You should be able to complete at 5 to 7 km run in about 30 mins 3. You should be able to walk with a 10-12 kg weight on your back for up to 6 hours Strength, stamina and strong mindset are key elements of an expedition