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Kalanag [Black Peak] Expedition
Rs. 95000

95,000.00

TRIP CODE : ED01

DURATION : 15 Days

DIFFICULTY : Tough

SEASON : Jun – Sep

REGION : Uttarakhand

TRANSPORT COST : 3500 /- Per Person

Description

DAY 01: Dehradun – Sankri
DAY 02: Sankri – Taluka – Seema / Osla (2560 meters)
DAY 03: Trek- Seema/Osla to Ruinsara Lake (3530 meters)
DAY 04: Trek- Ruinsara Lake to Kyarkoti Base (3500 meters)
DAY 05: Load ferry- Base Camp to Camp 1 (4600 meters)
Day 06: Trek – Base camp to Camp 1 (4600 meters)
DAY 07: Load Ferry- Camp 1 to Camp 2 (5100 meters)
DAY 08: Trek- Camp 1 to Camp 2 (5100 meters)
DAY 09: Trek- Camp 2 to Camp 3 (5500 meters)
DAY 10: Climb- Summit Attempt (6387 meter)
DAY 11: Reserve day for Summit attempt
DAY 12: Camp 3 to Kyarkoti Base
DAY 13: Kyarkoti – Osla
DAY 14: Osla – Taluka – Sankri
DAY 15: Sankri – Dehradun

Kalanag, or more famously known as Black Peak is the highest peak of the Bandarpoonch massif standing at an astounding 6387 m, followed by:

  • Bandarpoonch I (Saraswati Devi Parbat) at 6316 m, and
  • Bandarpoonch II (Hanuman Parbat or White Peak) at 6102 m

One of the most beautiful valleys in the Western Himalayas, this expedition is a delight for trekkers both in the winters as well as summers. Kalanag is accessible via the Govind Pashu Vihar National Park & Sanctuary, and is part of the Sankari Range.

The trail takes you through enchanting alpine meadows, glacier basins, moraine ridges and ancient villages which give you an incredible view of the valley, along with a once in a lifetime experience of being part of the amazing local lifestyle.

Located in the Garhwal division of the Himalayas, Kalanag lies on the north west of Bandarpoonch. The name Kalanag was assigned to the mountain due to its upper portion’s bearing a striking resemblance to the black cobra / snake, which is a religious reference to Lord Shiva’s necklace. The mountain is also in close proximity of Ruinsara Valley.

Kalanag was first summited in the year 1955 by JMT Gibson who was an English master at Doon School in Dehradun.

The descent poses as an excellent terrain for skiing down where the snow cover is high. Although skiing down is adrenaline pumping, it is advisable to be accompanied by experienced skiers, guides, and instructors as the trail is laden with crevasses, which increases the risk factor considerably.

 

The southern side of the mountain offers a decent, gradual route, as opposed to the Northern side which is a crazy steep, almost vertical slope. The summit route is strewn with crevasses, and requires smart negotiations. The climb requires commendable stamina, with well informed techniques and skills that are demanded by all Himalayan expeditions.

Comparatively easier to scale than other Himalayan giants, Kalanag can also serve as an excellent training peak for amateur mountaineers.

The expedition may be undertaken by trekkers having training in ice, rock and snow, and high altitude experiences.

Amateur mountaineers who are looking to scale other, more challenging terrains may take Kalanag as training. The expedition may not be extremely challenging or daunting, but the beauty of the mountains will leave you speechless even after you are done with the expedition.

The expedition is fairly challenging, and normally takes 15 days.

The May, June, September, October window is ideal for attempts.

Itinerary

DAY 01: Dehradun – Sankri

Early in the morning we pick you up at Dehradun railway station or ISBT and we start our drive to Sankri. Overnight in hotel.

DAY 02: Sankri – Taluka – Seema / Osla (2560 meters)

Today we leave early morning for Taluka, a small mountain village which about an hour’s drive from Sankri. This is where our actual trek begins. We’ll trek our way through evergreen Himalayan broadleaf forests along Tons river and we spend the night in Osla, another mountain village. Overnight in home stay/tents.

DAY 03: Trek- Seema/Osla to Ruinsara Lake (3530 meters)

Trek through along a brilliant alpine trail to reach the holy Ruinsara Lake. The views of the Swargarohini Range are particularly impressive from here.

DAY 04: Trek- Ruinsara Lake to Kyarkoti Base (3500 meters)

Kyarkoti is situated at the base of a mountains range and is mainly a grassy patch of land with boulders around. It is surrounded by snow clad mountains on the three sides. The nearby spring make it an ideal site for our base camp. Porters are the only means of transporting our goods. Black Peak can be viewed from the base camp.

DAY 05: Load ferry- Base Camp to Camp 1 (4600 meters)

This day we will do load ferry and establish camp 1. Overnight in tents.

DAY 06: Trek – Base camp to Camp 1 (4600 meters)

Camp 1 is can be reached after four hours of trekking from the base camp. After crossing a high land just next to our base camp, we will trek on grassy land with gentle down slope till we reach a spring which is dotted with boulders. After steep climbing we will reach the path which crosses through landslide region. Then we will descend another grassier path which is followed by two patches of moraines. In the last part of trek, we will have to do some easy bouldering to reach Camp 1 site. Camp 1 will be made on uneven grassy land gently sloping towards west. On the north, it is flanked by a mountain. A glacier flowing east to west flanks it on other side.

DAY 07: Load Ferry- Camp 1 to Camp 2 (5100 meters)

Load ferry to Camp 2.

DAY 08: Trek- Camp 1 to Camp 2 (5100 meters)

We will establish Camp 2 on a snow field after a trek of 3 hours from our Camp 1. Black Peak will be clearly visible from the camp towards the south-east. Camp II is located at a height of 16500 ft.

DAY 09: Trek- Camp 2 to Camp 3 (5500 meters)

We will establish Camp 3 on a large hump of snow with Black Peak visible in the southeast direction. Camp will be at a height of approximately 18000 ft. and had to be reached circumventing a number of crevasses. Towards the north, we will be able see Swargarohini and towards the south stood the beautiful peak of Bander Punch. We will stay in camp 3 and will prepare for summit attempt next day

DAY 10: Climb- Summit Attempt (6387 meter)

On the summit attempt day, we will start 2:00 Am in the morning. We will fix up a rope to negotiate an almost vertical wall of snow. We will have to negotiate a number of crevasses. The climb of 100 ft. before the summit is most difficult and risky. The snow will be hard and the slope is very steep. Our lead climber will open and fix the route whole day wherever required. Finally, the summit is on a ridgeline. It is flat on top. Here we are on the summit of Black Peak (kalanag) 6387m. After some photography and rest we will safely descent down to camp 3 and if possible to camp 2.

DAY 11: Reserve day for Summit attempt

If weather condition does not allow summit attempt on Day 10 we will have Day 11 as another summit attempt day.

DAY 12: Camp 3 to Kyarkoti Base

This day we will wind up all campsite and move to Base Camp.

DAY 13: Kyarkoti – Osla

This day we will wind up all campsite and move to Base Camp. We will have a little Celebration.

DAY 14: Osla – Taluka – Sankri

After 4 – 5 hour of trek we will reach road head.

DAY 15: Sankri – Dehradun

This day we will drive for 8 hours to reach Dehradun. Then we will board an overnite train/ bus to New Delhi.

PRICE INFO

PRICE INCLUSION

AT LEAST 2 guides for the group of maximum 12 trekkers so 1 guide for 6 group members. This will ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.
Accommodation in Hotel Wild Orchid Inn in Sankri on single/double/triple occupancy basis.
High quality Camping arrangements
We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek:
3/4 season imported alpine tents
Fresh and clean sleeping bags of very good quality
Good quality camping mattresses
Hot water in the night (during the trek)
Camping stools
Dining Tent
Toilet tents with portable toilet seats
First Aid / Medical kit
All meals starting from dinner on Day 1 till breakfast on Day 7. A lot of emphasis is given to nutritional needs and a menu of vegetarian dishes is prepared accordingly. Tea/coffee will be served throughout.
Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations
Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee
First aid kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)
GST

PRICE EXCLUSION

  • Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance

PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • All payments for the trips, transfers, gears, porterage, etc. should be made in full before the trip starts.
  • Cancellation Policy
  • In the event that you need to cancel your booking due to any avoidable or unavoidable circumstances:
    • We must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive the request in writing.
    • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted towards any future trip(s)
  • Cancellation charges will be as follows
    • >40 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 25-40 Days: 70% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 25-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • <20 Days: No refund
  • Please Note
    • Written cancellation will be accepted on working days (only). Any cancellation sent on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be considered on the next official working day.
    • In the event of any cancellation(s) after trip commencement, there will be no refunds and any costs incurred due to this cancellation will be borne by you.

* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true

LIST OF ESSENTIALS

  • Shirts/T-shirts – 2/3
  • Warm shirt/light micro fleece pullover/full sleeve T shirt
  • Expedition Puffy Jacket
  • Softshell Jacket
  • Trekking Pants (water resistant/repellent & having inside lining for extra warmth) – 2
  • Synthetic Insulated Pants
  • Windproof/water resistant outer jacket of good quality with a proper hood
  • Thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
  • Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
  • Woollen cap
  • Buff Headwear
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Lightweight Liner Gloves
  • Thick woollen socks & regular socks (4-5 pairs)
  • Scarf/muffler (optional)
  • Comfortable waterproof Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole and high ankle are recommended)
  • Camp shoes (these can be easy to slip in sneakers/sport shoes)
  • Double Plastic or Synthetic Mountaineering Boots
  • Gaiters
  • Raincoat / Poncho
  • Small light weight towel
  • Insulated water bottle / hydration pack
  • Cap / hat to keep the strong sun away from your face (optional)
  • Sun glasses with UV protection and ability to cut the glare (very important)
  • Sturdy walking stick / Trekking pole
  • Sunscreen Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Medicines, if requiring any specific medication (consult with trip leader before consuming)
  • Personal toiletries
  • Rain cover for your bags
  • Poly bags or waterproof bags in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain
  • Small day pack for essentials on the trail- if you plan to hire a porter to transfer your main backpack
  • GPS, Compass, and Map

ACCLIMATIZATION & HIGH ALTITUDE SICKNESS

This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatization basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as we move up. In case one does not acclimatize properly there are chances of the person facing discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatized there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatization. Good cardiovascular fitness and exercising a few weeks before your trip will surely be of help. All members have to follow instructions given by your respective mountain guide in all circumstances.

DISCLAIMER

GoclimbUp takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However, in the case of any unforeseen mishaps,GoclimbUp will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

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