BLACK PEAK EXPEDITION TREK
15 Days - 14 Night
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black peak expedition Trek
Black Peak, at 6387 meters/20960 feet, is the highest peak in the Saraswati mountain range near Ruinsara Valley in Uttarakhand’s Garhwal Himalayas. Since the top part of the peak resembles a Black Cobra, Black Peak is known as “Kalanag” in the local dialect. It is the highest and most prominent peak in the Bandarpunch massif. The climb to the summit of Black Peak is difficult and technical, with a gradual ascent from the southern side eventually leading to a very steep summit climb with a near 70-degree incline and a 75-foot ice wall. Only experienced climbers choose it for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Read More
The Govind National Park area, which is known for its diverse flora and fauna, includes Black Peak ( Kalanag ). Beautiful alpine meadows, pine trees, moraine ridges, boulders, and glacier basins line the path leading to the peak. Being the highest peak in the range between Saraswati Devi Parvat (Bandarpunch I, 6316 m) and Hanuman Parvat (White Peak or Bandarpunch II, 6102 m), reaching the summit of the Black Peak will require a lot of effort and experience, pushing you to your limits while rewarding you with unparalleled views of the entire Bandarpunch family, an achievement for any aspiring trekker and mountaineer.
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Day 1: Dehradun – Taluka(1906m.)
Leave from Dehradun’s railway station or bus station (ISBT) for Taluka. It will take approximately 8-10 hours to complete the journey. The route takes you through some of the most beautiful villages in the region. Taluka is a lovely hamlet that serves as a base camp for a variety of treks. Taluka provides spectacular views of the Himalayan horizon as well as a collection of mountain peaks. Today is a day of rest while you prepare for the expedition that begins tomorrow. You will be given all of the necessary information and specifics about the expedition. Dinner is served, and then it’s time to retire for the night.
Day 2: Taluka – Osla(2560m.)
The day begins with a gentle path leading to Osla. Today’s hike takes you through beautiful chestnut, walnut, and willow trees. Along the swift rivulet, we reach the picturesque Osla village after a gradual climb. Set up a campsite for the night when you arrive.
Day 3: Osla – Ruinsara Tal (3350m.)
To get to the holy Ruinsara Lake, walk along a spectacular alpine trail. From here, the views of the Swargrohini Range are especially stunning. Ruinsara Tal is related to the Mahabharata, an Indian mythological epic in which the Pandavas were exiled for fourteen years.
Day 4: Ruinsara Taal – Kyarkoti (Base Camp) 3500m
Kyarkoti is a grassy patch of land with boulders around it, located at the base of a mountain range. On three sides, it is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. It’s an excellent spot for our base camp because of the nearby spring. Porters are the only people who can carry our cargo. From the base camp, you can see Black Peak.
Day 5: Base Camp – Camp 1 (4600m) Load Ferry
We’ll load the ferry and set up camp 1 on this day. After four hours of trekking from the base camp, you’ll arrive at Camp 1. We’ll trek on grassy land with a gentle downslope before we reach a spring dotted with boulders after crossing a high land near our base camp. We can hit the route that passes through the landslide area after a steep climb. After that, we’ll descend another grassy path that leads to two moraines patches. To get to Camp 1, we’ll have to do some quick bouldering at the end of the trek. Camp 1 will be built on rough grassy land with a gentle westward slope. It is bordered to the north by a ridge. On the other hand, a glacier flowing east to west flanks it.
Day 6: Base Camp – Camp 1
We’ll set up Camp 1 and stay there for the night.
Day 7: Camp 1 – Camp 2 (5100m) Load Ferry
After a three-hour walk from Camp 1, we’ll set up Camp 2 on a snow plain. From the camp, Black Peak will be clearly visible to the south-east. At a height of 16500 feet, Camp II is situated. We’ll load the ferry and return to Camp 1.
Day 8: Camp 1 – Camp 2
We will set up camp 2 and remain there until the next day’s ferry load.
Day 9: Camp 2 – Camp 3 (5500m)
We’ll set up Camp 3 on a big hump of snow with a view of Black Peak to the southeast. The camp will be at an elevation of about 18000 feet and will have to be reached by negotiating a variety of crevasses. Swargarohini can be seen to the north, and BanderPunch, a beautiful mountain, can be seen to the south. We’ll remain in camp 3 and prepare for a summit attempt the next day.
Day 10: Camp 3 – Summit Attempt (6387m)
On the day of the summit attempt, we will begin at 2:00 a.m. We’ll make a rope to help us navigate an almost vertical snow wall. We’ll have to navigate across a few crevasses. The final 100 feet before the summit is the most challenging and dangerous. The snow would be difficult to work with because the slope is extremely steep. Our lead climber will open and close the route during the day as required. Finally, the summit is located on a plateau. It has a flat top. We’ve arrived at the 6387m summit of Black Peak (kalanag). We’ll descend safely to camp 3 and, if possible, camp 2 after some photography and rest.
Day 11: Extra Day reserved for Summit attempt.
If the weather does not permit a summit attempt on Day 10, another summit attempt day will be planned.
Day 12: Move to Base camp
We’ll pack up the campsite and return to Base Camp on this day. We’ll have a small party to celebrate the occasion.
Day 13: Base camp – Osla
The journey to Osla will take 5 hours.
Day 14: Osla – Taluka – Sankri
We will arrive at the road head after a four-hour trek.
Day 15: Sankri – Dehradun – Delhi
We’ll drive for 8 hours today to get to Dehradun. After that, we’ll take an overnight train or bus to New Delhi.
Frequently asked question
- Footwear: The trekking boots which must be waterproof and snow proof, normal boots, floaters, and woolen socks.
- Backpack: (50 ltr), Daypack (20-30 ltr), Duffel bag.
- Clothes: Jacket and trousers that are both waterproof and breathable. Jacket (synthetic or down feather fleece), synthetic insulated trousers, poncho, sweatshirt, inner thermal (upper & lower), fleece, t-shirts, cotton trekking pants, shorts
- Season wise Clothes:
- Hand and head protection includes liner gloves, bandannas, sun hats, woollen caps, and face masks, among other things.
- Accessories: Sunglasses/goggles, anti-glare lenses, water bottle, hydra bag, and headlamp with spare bulb and extra batteries are all recommended.
- Trekking Gears: Toolkit for an emergency. Sunscreen, a toiletry pack, water purification pills, Ziploc packs, ear plugs, first-aid kit, and the necessary medications are all recommended.
- Camping Equipment: Sleeping bags of lining (extreme -5 to +5 Celsius if you have one), trekking sticks, and so on.
- Warm top/light micro fleece pullover/full sleeve T shirt – 2/3
- Water resistant/repellent trekking pants with an inner lining for added warmth- 2 High-quality windproof/water-resistant outer shell (jacket) with a proper hood
- Thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen Jumper, Down Jacket with at least 600 fill capacity Innerwear with a thermal component (upper and lower)
- Woolen hat, inner fleece gloves, and outer water-resistant gloves
- 4–5 pairs of thick woollen socks and standard socks, scarf/muffler (optional)
- Waterproof Trekking/Hiking shoes with a thick heel and high ankles that are comfortable to wear. Sneakers/sport shoes are ideal for camp.
- Poncho or raincoat. A small, light-weight towel
- A hydration pack and an insulated water bottle (optional)
- Sunglasses with UV cover and the potential to cut light, as well as a cap or floppy hat to shield the strong sun off your skin (important when traversing through snow)
- Trekking pole or sturdy walking stick Lip Balm, Sunscreen Lotion
- Flashlight / torch (with extra batteries) Medications, if any special prescription is needed Toiletries for personal use
- Carry a rain cover over your luggage • Day pack/small bag that you can carry on your back all day to keep your essentials in
- Keep a few poly bags or plastic containers in your bag to place your things in if you need to in case of heavy weather.
Personal Medical Kit (MANDATORY FOR ALL)
- 10 Diamox tablets (to prevent AMS)
- Nifedipine – 5 pills Dexamethasone – one strip
- 6 tablets of Crocin (fever)
- 4 tablets of avomine (motion sickness) 4 capsules of Avil 25mg (allergies)
- 4 tablets of Combiflam (Pain killer)
- 6 tablets each of Norflox TZ and Lomofen (diarrhea) 10 tablets of Digene (acidity)
- 10 Omez/Rantadine capsules (antacids) 3 to 5 metres of crepe bandage
- 1 tiny roll of gauze 10 strips of bandage 1 small roll of cotton 10 packets of ORS
- Moov spray Betadine or other antiseptic cream (aches, & sprains)
- If you're vulnerable to knee injuries, you should wear a knee cap. Powder with antifungal properties
- Cancellation: If a trek is cancelled at the last minute due to a natural disaster or unforeseeable circumstances (such as floods, earthquakes, landslides, attack, or bandh), Discoveryhike will have a trek voucher for the full number. The voucher can be used for the same or a different trek over the next year.
- In case you wish to cancel the trek, then please be aware of these things:
- Cancellations made within 30 days of the trek's launch date will include a complete refund.
- If you cancel within 30 and 20 days before the hike, you will get a 50% refund.
- There will be no refund if you cancel less than 20 days before the trek begins.
- Please keep in mind that if you get a refund, there will be a reduction of 4% (Cancellation charges) from the overall amount you pay. In addition, if you purchased trek insurance, you would not get a refund.
- Discoveryhike assumes no responsibility for any malfunction or injury to your clothes, supplies, or other belongings while on the trek. The trek fee covers all expenses associated with the trek from start to finish.