Yunam Peak Expedition

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Yunam Peak Expedition - Trek Above 20,000 ft.

  • Region : Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
  • Duration : 8 days
  • Distance : 22km
  • Altitude : 20,100 ft ft.
  • Grade : Difficult

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Region :- Himanchal
Duration :- 8 Days
Grade :- Difficult
Max Altitude :- 20,100
Approx Trekking Km :- 22 Kms.

Yumam Peak is a rare six-thousander Himalayan trekkable peak on the same ranks of Stok Kangri that can fulfil the higher ambitions of trekking and adventure enthusiasts for climbing and lay a serious groundwork for technical mountaineering pursuits. A soaring presence in the Lahaul-Spiti locale, the Yunam Peak is not entirely unknown to those who have travelled by the Leh-Manali highway, though it is not as frequently climbed as the Stok and other peaks of the same club. The summit of Yunam has a great vantage point for an outstanding view of the C.B. Range and Mulkilla Range, and this is just one reason to scale the peak.
Yunam is located that far side of Himachal where the mountains are terrifyingly rugged and sparse in greenery. The highest motorable road of the state ends in Baralacha La, only a few kilometres from Yunam base camp, where the pathways of Ladakh, Spiti, and Lahaul intersect. Crossing over from Manali to Keylong to Bharatpur- from where the trek actually begins, can be an adventure in itself as you are being transported from gentle undulations, green slopes, and apple orchards of Manali to the rugged and grey rocky mountain highs. The drive to this far end of the world is breathtaking in terms of changing topographies, the chills of starkly dropping temperature, and bizarre emerald lakes glistening in the middle of nowhere in a cold rocky desert matrix. The way up from Bharatpur onwards features snow patches, mixed scree and snow tracks, and sharp jagged walls of rock. Quite unusually, the stretch of this glaciated desert is not short of water points. On our way to the base camp and beyond, a number of streams will cut the path across and at the base camp we will have a small lake in the vicinity.
The going gets more and more exacting with the miles ahead on this expedition. Frostbitten wind come in squalls and hit hard, the pace has to be moderated to keep from slipping on scree, and most of all, the rapid gain in altitude can take a toll. The expected physical agitation, couples with unpredictable weather conditions at the higher reaches of the trek and has the potential of a deathly challenge. Climbers must put grit against grit and overcome this hurdle with strong will and determination.
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• Check in Hotel
• Briefing after lunch approx 3 pm
• In the evening go for sightseeing
• Visit Hidimba Devi Temple, Vashist Kund and other major sightseeing points (avoid Rothang Pass)
Note:- Only stay hotel is included in the cost (food and sightseeing is excluded)
• Pick up at 9 am, 5 hrs
• Keylong 100 km (3080 m), Jispa 120 km (3200m)
• Via Rothang pass, Tandi (confluence of Bhaga and Chandra river) Sisa village (temple of Raja Ghapan)
• Drive along with Bhaga river
• Stay in tent
• Phone networks are available
• Stay in tents
• Last ATM
Your journey with us will begin from Manali. At 9 am, we will pick you up from the appointed place and start off on the Leh-Manali highway. Guaranteeing a sheer adventurous ride, this highway grooves through changing scenes of vast and empty mountains, passing the snow entrenched Rohtang Pass, Tandi- where the Bhaga and Chandra river meet, and the village of Sisha or Sissu where there is a magnificent temple of Raja Ghepan- the presiding deity of Lahaul valley. The Chandra and Bhaga rivers run by the line of our passage and create magnificent frames for photographing the dense mountains in the background.
At around 100 to 120 km from Manali we will reach the Keylong-Jispa area, approximately in time for lunch, i.e. 2 pm. These two towns nestling in the lap of the mountains are key areas where Lahauli ethnic culture is preserved. Our stay for the night will be tent.
A brief exploration of the site on this afternoon is mandatory for the cause of acclimatization. There are quite a number of attractive places to check out here—the Khardang and Shashur Monastery in Keylong top in our recommendation.
In Keylong, you will find working ATMs and telephone network coverage.
• Leave at 9 am
• Altitude 4500 m
• 90/ 80 km drive, 5/ 4 hrs
• On the way Deepak tal, Suraj Tal, Baralacha la 4890 m ( Himachal Pradesh highest motorable pass)
• Lunch at campsite
• Stay in tents
• Phone network till Patseo
The destination of Day 3 is Bharatpur, located at a driving distance 5 hour away from Keylong. At 4500m, Bharatpur is a windy cold desert rest point with a sparse locality which remains open only during season time.
We will try to make a few short stopovers on this four hour long journey—first at lakes Deepak Tal and Suraj, both mesmerizingly beautiful and of the colour sapphire, reflecting the skies and the mountains on a clear day. Suraj Tal is also recognized as the source of the Bhaga river which joins with river Chandra at Tandi, crossed earlier and becomes Chandrabhaga in the Himachal and flows as Chenab after entering J&K. On passage, we will cross Baralacha La- the highest motorable mountain pass.
We will be reaching Bharatpur at around 1:30 pm. Here, you can find stores for tenting equipment, trekking gears, and many delightful Dhabas. A special delicacy available in Bharatpurs eateries is the flavoursome “butter tea”. This region also the starting point for Baralacha La trekking.
The nights stay will be in tents at Bharatpur.
• Rest and small hike for better acclimatization
• Heavy exhaustion is not advisable
• Drink good amount of water, keep body hydrate
At this juncture, the massive altitude gain will start showing its colours. Mild headache, nausea, and loss of appetite is common. Therefore, day 4 is kept entirely for adjusting to the climate and let the body tune to the thinning air and temperature hitting the lows.
A lot of fluid intake is highly recommended for today, along with a little load carrying exercise (though heavy exhaustion is not advisable) and walk around in the barren landscape.
• 4.5 km trek, 4 hrs
• Altitude 5200 m
• Train - Moraine
• Ascent – gradual and steep
• Many water points on the way
• Walk along with small water stream, become terrible post lunch
• Base Camp is nearby small lake
The fifth days trek commences early in the morning around 7 am.
Todays trek will be a challenge with 4.5 km of steep climb on a gradually gaining ascent curve. Trek time can span a little over 5 hours. The boulder and moraine laden path will make inexperienced climbers prone to slipping. Todays trek especially needs to be done with crampons as in the later half of the trek you will come by dense snow patches.
You will not need to carry 2-3 litres of water for this stretch as there will be many water points on the way. After one particular turn, the trek will continue along a water stream.
Base camp is expected to be reached by mid noon. Small lakes in this location make for a picturesque setting.
Since the next days journey starts at 3 in the morning, a sound sleep must be ensured for tonight.
• Summit briefing and training
• Sitting and sleeping all day in the camp is not advisable
• Go for very small hike, visit nearby places
• Early dinner and early to bed
Today is an easy day for you as you will do nothing but take rest and get along with the surrounding. You will dedicate a full day to get accustomed with the place and in knowing all the routes in detail. To spend some time you can also visit some of the nearby places. Since it is just a rest day, you are not supposed to sit in your camp, and sleep all day long. Physical fitness and outside surrounding are very important to view as such views you cannot see again in the near future.
Today you will also get to know all aspects of team work and methods that are included in climbing a top of a mountain covered with snow. Your trek leader or guide will give you proper training so that you learn how to climb in such hills. He will also acknowledge you about the challenges that you may face along the way.
• 6.5 km trek, 8 hrs
• Altitude 6111 m
• Train – Moraine, Sharp rocks, Few snow patch, Snow on the top
• Steep ascent
• 6 am start summit attempt
• Only one water point, comes after half an hour from Base camp
Our summit attempt begins at 6 in the morning on this climactic day. It is going to be an 8 hour battle against all odds, crossing a distance of 6.5 km of steep ascent. The terrain will be mostly moraine, sharp rock henge, and more snow covered areas than last day.
The water situation too, is going to be more critical than last day. Since there will be just one proper drinking water point on the trail, you need to come equipped with 3-4 litres per person in your day pack. The water point can be found nearly half an hour into the trek starting from base camp.
Expect numbing cold wind, the trials of advanced height, and associated breathing difficulties. The need to stay hydrated is more than ever in these hours. Though the path will be treacherous and taxing to climb, it will be palpable with ledges along the stony stretch to rest at from time to time.
After around 6 hours into the trek, the moraine cover will be replaced with thickening snow, giving another edge to the trekking experience. It is important for the group to bind up on harness at this point in the trek and move systematically. After an enduring stretch of semi technical climbing, summit would be reached.
The view from the top is out of the world, foraying into the sun struck pinnacles of Chandra Bhaga and Mulkilla Range of mountains, and the valley of Lahaul many many galaxies below, lying in a swathe of whiteness.
• 4.5 km trek (2 hrs), 175 km drive (8 hrs)
• Reach Manali in between 6 to 7 pm
• Plan your further travel after 8 pm
After a goodnights rest at the base camp, down we go on day 8. A 4.5 km trek, followed by a 7 hour drive from Bharatpur will reach us in Manali between 6-7 pm.
You can schedule your further travels from here after 8.
By Air :-
Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs. 700- Rs1000. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.
By Road:-
Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi to Manali. Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in, Tip: Since Delhi Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 6 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate.
Manali to Delhi Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 5 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journeys only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delays.
Note:- Trekkers need to take only those VOVO buses which reach Manali till 12:00 pm on first day. Our reporting time is 02:00 pm at Manali, but in-case you will not able to reach at meeting /briefing time, either we will transfer your seat to our any next batch or we will cancel your trek, so please double check your bus time with your bus transporter.
Inclusions :-
  1. Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
  2. Meals while on trek (Veg.) (Egg)
  3. Trek equipments.
  4. Permits
  5. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
  6. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff.
  7. Transport are not encloud but we can arrange from Haridwar to Joshimath and return.
Exclusions :-
  1. Any kind of personal expenses.
  2. Food during the transit.
  3. Insurance.
  4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head "Price Includes".
Note : Normally THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERSexpect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
Charges of offloading backpack:-
INR 1200/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
INR 1500/- if you inform us after reaching Joshimath
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.
To book a Trek/ adventure program please use our online booking form or, alternatively, you can call us on the given for confirmation of tour you have to wire a deposit and initial deposit.
Basics Gear
Back pack & rain cover (50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack + rain cover 20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)
Walking stick Advisable (At least one)
Head torch 1 Nos.
Water bottle/Hydration pack 2 bottles of one litre each
  People who use hydration pack
  1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter
  Carry at least one thermos flask
Snacks Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
Personal Medical Kit Consult your doctor
Be comfy at Yunam peak expedition
T-shirts 2 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)
Fleece T-shirts 1 Nos.
Fleece jacket 1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)
Down feather / Hollofil jacket 1 Nos.
Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant) 1 Pair
Thermal inners (upper and lower) 1 Pair
Trek pants 2 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
Poncho 1 Nos.
Think about your head
Sun cap 1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)
Woolen cap 1 Nos.
Balaclava 1 Nos.
Neck-gaiters 1 Nos.
Sunglasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected.
        People who wear spectacles- 
  (A)- Use contact lenses. (Not for Chadar trek)
  (B)- Photo chromatic glasses. 
Mind your step
Trekking shoes 1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
Floaters/flip-flops 1 Pair (Optional)
Cotton socks 5 pairs
Woollen socks 3 pairs
Gaiters 1 Pair (The Crazy Mountaineers team will notify you if required)
Keep these handy
Waterproof gloves 1 Pair
Fleece/woollen gloves 1 Pair
Personal Utilities
Sunscreen cream Hand sanitizer
Moisturiser Antibacterial powder
Toilet Paper & wipes Toothbrush and toothpaste
Lip balm Quick dry towe
In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: -

Cancellations prior to 24 days from the start of the trek

Book any other trek till one year or get 95% refund (Note: If the trek charges are more, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)

Cancellation between 24 days and 14 days to the start of the trek

Choose to go for the same trek, with any other batch, till year or get 70% refund

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the trek

Choose to go on the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch or get 50% refund.

Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek

Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.


  1. Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
  2. In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS.
  3. THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

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