12 Nights 13 Days
Mt. Deo Tibba Expedition peak, is located in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu valleys Pir Panjal Range’s is the second-highest peak and stands an astonishing 6,001 metres above sea level. The Deo Tibba is thought to be the meeting place for all gods (devtas), who are said to congregate and sit atop this hill to address topics of the utmost significance.
It is located southeast of Manali above the village of Jagatsukh. Putting the legends aside, we like it because of its eccentricity. The sole adjective that describes its erratic personality is “temperamental.” Its intense moods, more than the fact that they are constantly changing, are what make it eccentric.
With two vertical ice gullies and an ice cap on the route to the top, the trek begins in Manali, a popular destination for backpackers, and it qualifies as a rigorous mountaineering excursion.
The track leads to the base camp of this spectacular peak through the most beautiful terrain, including expansive meadows with the most stunning display of colourful wild flowers, a panoramic view of the entire mountain range, and dramatic cloud formations that can be seen all along the way. We reach a scene of boulders, moraine, and slowly appearing snow that quickly covers the entire mountain’s surface as the vegetation begins to dwindle.
The steep descent to Duhangan Col is one of the climb’s more interesting (and difficult) sections. The col has a well-established reputation. It is as terrifying as it sounds if you’ve heard the stories about the col.
The peak of Mount Deo Tibba, which separates it from neighbouring mountains and is shaped like a dome, is another fascinating feature of the mountain. Unlike other summits, which are sharp, singular points, this summit is flat and more plateau-like.
The trek has some tough aspects that call for special expertise because they necessitate negotiating vertical ice gullies. Fixed ropes and specific climbing gear are needed to navigate these 60–70 degree grades. Mt. Deo Tibba expedition is intended for seasoned hikers with prior experience using mountaineering techniques including the usage of ice axes, crampons, descender, jumar, and roping up procedures. This is because of the mountain’s difficult terrain and expedition-style climb. This adventure is ideal for any ambitious mountaineer hoping to climb higher in the near future and wanting to reach a height of 6000 metres or more.
Region: Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Start/End Point of the Trek: Manali
Distance: 60 km
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Trek Temperature: Day (10°C to 15°C) and Night (-2°C to 5°C)
Best time to do Mt Deo Tibba Expedition: Mid June to October
As the trekkers move upward, Deo Tibba presents a difficult ascent and descent. Mid May to October are the finest months for trekking these pathways. The trek falls into the category of pre- and post-monsoon excursions because of the unfavourable weather conditions.
The trek is of difficult grade. We strongly advise a reasonable degree of physical fitness due to the top’s rather high height. Acclimatisation is necessary because of the difficult Deo Tibba Expedition’s requirement of covering more distances and higher elevations in a shorter amount of time. Before beginning the trek, we urge hikers to psychologically and physically prepare themselves.
Himtrek does provide easy accessibility to almost all types of equipment required for the trek on a rental basis with reasonable prices and extremely good quality. The equipment can be arranged on prior notice.
Depending on what time of year trekkers are going, different weather conditions exist. Pre- and post-monsoon months feature average daytime temperatures and noticeably colder nights. Weather conditions can become more difficult as elevation rises.
The trek is 60 km long and the highest point is at 19,700 ft altitude. The challenging nature of the trek exists due to such high altitude and the long distance accompanied by variable weather conditions.
The quickest and most economical way to get to Manali. Manali is accessible by road from several locations, including Delhi (540 km), Chandigarh (305 km), Dehradun (227 km), and Ambala (370 km).
The closest railway station to Manali is Jogindernagar. Other train routes to Manali include those through Chandigarh and Ambala.
The nearest airport is Bhuntar airport, 10 km from Manali. Cabs and local buses are easily available from Bhuntar to Manali.
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Himtrek Riverside Camps & Hostels, Old Manali, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India
The adventure begins at the town of Manali, a very well-liked and easily accessible tourist destination. The first day is set aside for the participants to travel to Manali and settle into our Campsite. The first half of the day is spent getting acquainted with one another and the mountain air. While the body adjusts, we use this time to gather with the group and discuss the events of the next few days, including the timetable, what to expect, general dos and don'ts in the mountains, how to preserve the environment's holiness, and other crucial issues. At night, spend your time taking proper rest and relaxing your bodies as the trek starts tomorrow, the expedition!!
Today, we'll be travelling to Chhikka's vast fields. We will need to drive up to the trailhead, Khanol, which is where the Duhangan Hydro Project is located, in order to get there. The journey up 40 hairpin curves on winding, kachcha, unsteady mountain roads takes you in circles until you reach Khanol, where all of the expedition's supplies will be put onto mules. The wavy section of the loopy road signals the end of your journey. The hike along the Jagatsukh Nala through forested terrain from Khanol to Chhikka is brief and delightful. The trek to Chikka begins with a bridge crossing to the opposite side of the nala and includes brief forays through forested areas. There is a steady ascent throughout the hike, which is primarily on level ground with stunning vistas in the distance. The region's lack of foot traffic and relative untamedness in comparison to other, more well-travelled trekking trails can be reasonably inferred from the trail's shabby markings and ease of loss. This journey is a stroll in the park, replete with fog, an array of species, and haphazard waterfalls that occur along the way. Once you reach your destination for the day, reach your campsite and unwind for the rest of the day. Spend the night there at the campsite and refuel for the next day.
Today, after a leisurely breakfast, we depart as early as 9 AM. Along the Jagatsukh Nala, we proceed. The first hour of the trek begins with a steady ascent through a densely forested area. After an hour, the forests begin to dwindle, giving way first to birch trees, then to shrubs, and last to high-altitude grasslands. You'll be welcomed by meadows covered in the most vibrant wildflowers you've ever seen! The ascent from 3,175M to 3,700M is gradual, with a few patches of old snow and boulders. A more open landscape makes the trail simpler and the views more pleasant. The Tainta cliffs, which tower to the left and have waterfalls tumbling on the rocks below, are visible from Seri's broad grasslands as we go alongside the nala, passing by freshwater springs at Panduropa and Dudu Patthar. Spend the night camped on the flatlands. The dome of Deo Tibba will be visible for the first time at this time.
Between 9 and 10 AM, we set out to continue our stroll across Seri's level meadows, which will be followed by a stream crossing. Compared to the previous two days, today will be a little more difficult. You begin the expedition on a level path across the Seri grasslands. You will encounter a waterfall as you continue along the Jagatsukh River, and you will also spot a boulder nearby. As you continue on the trail after crossing the river, you will start to ascend. The climb takes about 2-2 1/2 hours and is exceedingly steep on the zig-zag trail to Tainta Cliff. Moraines begin once you bridge the Nala or stream. The field of boulders will be surmounted. You have to climb another hour over the ridge before reaching the Tainta camp, which is located at the glacier's base. As you might anticipate, the trail now passes through a section of loose scree. Take it slow and be careful. It takes two hours to ascend through such a trail to reach Chota Chandratal. It is a little lake in the depression of the mountains. Wildflowers cover the entire lake, and the Deo Tibba peak looms majestically against the clear blue skies. It's a level hike all the way to the campsite after you get to the top. Your campsite will be close to the lake's edge. This camp is in a closed valley as opposed to the first two campgrounds. Cross the lake and look for a suitable area to set up your tent. You'll discover as you wander the campsite's grounds that Deo Tibba's dome is directly across from you, and as an added bonus, the area offers picturesque views of Jagatsukh Peak.
Get up this morning and relax. It's critical to give your body enough time to acclimatise considering that we have ascended to 4200 metres in elevation. You increase your chances of getting altitude sickness if you are increasing altitude quickly and do not plan enough time to acclimatise. This typically occurs when a hiker ascends too quickly or too steeply. It's essential to slow down and give your body time to acclimatise if you want to prevent these issues. This encourages the physiological adjustments your body has to make to the environment and the lower oxygen intake at higher elevations. It is crucial for trekkers to take a proper amount of time to acclimatise to higher elevations because AMS is not age-, fitness-, or experience-dependent. However, if you do develop AMS, our trek leaders are qualified to recognise and treat the symptoms and will provide you sensible advice if you do. Also, inform your trek leader right away if you exhibit symptoms of AMS. You are free to wander around and explore the campsite. Our team will deliver and test the technical equipment. You can give them a try to eliminate any doubts. After lunch, you can go to Chota Chandratal. There will be briefings on the summit procedure and upcoming events in the evening.
The entrance you make into the world of mountaineering will occur today. A load ferry is crucial when mountaineering. Climbers first bring their supplies and equipment to the upper camp, then spend the night at base camp, following the idea of working at high altitudes and sleeping at low elevations. Take the appropriate acclimatisation steps because the physiological functioning of the organism at higher elevations differs from that on plains. Even at greater altitudes, the load ferry idea aids in acclimatisation and prevents AMS. You will transport your belongings to camp 1 today and return to base camp for the night. The terrain is challenging and begins with a 200 m moderate incline before becoming steep for 300 m, then flat for 100 m. The location of Camp 1 is on Duhangan Pass. Due to the distinctive saffron-coloured rocks, Base Camp may also observe the campsite's location. The hill is covered in snow and rocks and ranges in temperature from 40 to 65 °C. The beginning of the glacier is witnessed. Watch your steps because the glacier has a lot of crevasses. Follow your guide and team because there has been falling rocks on this trail in the past. After you've loaded everything, eat lunch at camp 1 and get ready to descend. Tents will be used for lodging at Base Camp.
Your official transition to camp 1 will take place today. The path you took yesterday is what you should take today. Be careful when crossing rocks and in areas where there are rockfalls and glaciers. The ascent will take roughly 5 to 6 hours. Make sure to rest adequately and avoid overworking your body. Once you reach camp 1, stay in tents.
Move on up to the highest camp now. However, it will just be loading the ferry and returning to Camp 1. The load ferry concept is used once more to avoid altitude-related problems and to assist your body acclimatise to the shortage of oxygen because altitude-related sickness is a possibility as we are gaining quite a deal of height in a short period of time. Snow covers the entire trail on today's trek. Therefore, it is vital to wear all of your snow gear and clothing. The trail is significantly more challenging because of the snow. For the first one hour, it is a moderate climb which later on becomes a steep climb. Follow the footsteps of your guide as he breaks the route open for you. Spend little time on the summit camp, and have lunch so that your body starts acclimatising. Again retrace your steps back to camp 1. Stay the night in Camp 1 and rest your body well.
The entire team is headed to summit camp today. Bring only what you will actually need and leave the rest at camp 1. If you wish to survive and finish the adventure, the maxim ""Climb high and sleep low"" applies in these situations. We visit the campgrounds twice for Deo Tibba: once during the load ferry when we carry our belongings to Camp 1 and then back to the lower campsite, and once between Camp 1 to the summit camp and then back to Camp 1. This offers many advantages. To avoid having to carry a heavy load throughout the walk, you first divide the weight between two days. Finally, every time you climb the same route, it gets easier and you get better at using your techniques and talents. This provides your body enough time to acclimatise to the high altitude conditions. Your crew will give you a summit attempt briefing once you get to the camp. It's an excellent opportunity to review your knowledge of snow and ice. The summit night will make for a spectacular evening. For the summit attempt, have a filling meal and get enough sleep.
At two in the morning, the summit attempt will begin. To prepare for the summit push, get up at the appropriate time. The trek begins by using fixed ropes to bridge a gulley. The rise in the first 300 metres is difficult and steep. Continue ascents up the snowy mountains. As you ascend, you can view the Indrasan Peak. Just before the top, the slope becomes steeper. Actually, the summit is a huge snow dome that is open and level. As a result, the final 100 metres to the summit are practically level. Near the conclusion, there are a lot of crevasses as well. While navigating the gully and ascending to the summit is doable, the main difficulty is breathing in the increasingly thin air as you continually ascend. The summit is spacious enough to fit the entire squad. You can clearly see the Indrasen peaks and a mountain lake when you reach the summit. The vistas are simply breathtaking. After attempting the summit, stay a little while there, celebrate your success, and then return to camp 1.
It's time to begin the return trek after the summit attempt. To go to Deo Tibba Base Camp, stay on the same trail. Be careful when you descend because it is steep. Be cautious and keep a steady pace as you descend because it can be hard on your knees. Be a little cautious because the landscape also features boulders, moraines, and rocks. Try to arrive at the Base Camp before noon. Your Trek Leader should receive all of your technical gear back. After an eventful day, relax in your tents.
Start your journey home again. Trek backwards through the rocky moraines and steep slopes. Between turns, the path is flat and inclining. In essence, you'll be returning to the same set of stairs. Since the walk is 14 km long, bring a packed lunch. Enjoy your final camping trip at Chhikka.
The trek's final day has come. On the final day, you must retrace your travels using the very first path that you devised. Gather all your memories, then bid the mountains farewell. Ride back to Manali after reaching Khanaul via the same trekking route. You will arrive in Manali around lunchtime after a couple hours of driving and the accompanying trek. Have a happy celebration of your success and a safe trip home!