Fairly accessible peak, Ladakhi is a fine climbing objective.The summit needs delicate technical climbing on loose rock interspersed with climbing on some big cornices of its south east ridge. It’s always a tough call to get the crampons off or not. Recommended for people with basic climbing skills.
Day 01 : Delhi – Manali (1960m)
Board kalka Shatabdi leaving Delhi at 7:40 am to reach Chandigarh at 11:00 am. Drive 8 hrs to reach Manali late in the evening. Alternatively drive12 hrs straight from Delhi to Manali Overnight Hotel.
Day 02 : In Manali
Easy start to the day. After breakfast get the equipment for the climb sorted out. Fit yourself in your climbing gear (climbing boots, crampons and your harness).
Post lunch spend time exploring the town. Options to visit the Hadimba temple, the Vashisht hot water springs or the Roerich Art Gallery in Naggar.
Day 03: In Manali
After breakfast drive (2hrs) up to the Rohtang pass (4000m) and hike 2-3 hrs to get acclimatized. Lunch at the pass and drive back to Manali. Last minute shopping if any and pack up for the climb.
Day 04: Manali – Bakkarthach(3328m) 1hr drive and 3-4 hrs trek
After an early breakfast drive (1 hr) via Palchan and Solang Nallah to Dhundi,(2850m), the starting point of the trek. The short walk goes along the river Beas before crossing it and then ascends steeply to reach the grazing grounds of Bakkarthach.
DMAS (Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports) runs a semi permanent camp here and uses the surrounding area to train mountaineers.
Day 05: Bakkarthach – Beas Kund Base Camp (3586m) 2-3 hrs
A steep climb for an hour from the camp brings us to the Beas Kund glacier on the south facing slopes of the mighty Pir Panjal range. A short walk over the moraine from here brings us to the planes of the Beas Kund dotted with a numerous small streams. Depending on the access to the snow/ice we set up Base Camp.
Beas Kund is a small water body on the true left side of the glacier draining one of the many trickles which join to form the mighty Beas. It is considered to be the source of the river. Legend has it that Rishi Vyas, the author of the great epic Mahabharata and Vedas would meditate up at the Rohtang Pass area and would come for his daily bath to this lake.
Day 06: At Base Camp (3586m)
Spend the day around the base camp practicing movement on snow / ice. Get familiar with the use of your equipment. Learn the ropes and the how to arrest a fall on the slope.
Day 07: Base Camp – Camp I. 5-6 hrs
Trek Beas kund to Camp 1. A short acclimatization walk in the afternoon.
Day 08 : Camp I to Camp II (5275 m) and back to Camp I
Climb 3 hours to reach the Ladakhi col and set up Camp II at the snow field at the base of the peak. Depending on the snow conditions, the route up to the col will be fix roped.
Day 09 : Occupy Camp II
Day 10 : Camp II – Summit – Base Camp
Wake up early in the morn and after a quick bite get ready for the climb up to the summit. It’s best to be up at the summit early in the morning to make the best of the weather and get good views. Descend down to the base camp and party in the evening.
Day 11 : Base Camp – Manali. 3-4 hrs trek and 1 hr drive
Trek Beas kund to the Dhundi, the roadhead. Overnight hotel in Manali.
Day 12 : Manali – Delhi
Drive Manali to Chandigarh and board the Kalka Shatabdi leaving at 18:20 to reach Delhi by 21:40. Alternatively drive 12 hrs from Manali to Delhi.