Black peak expedition

Black Peak Expedition which is known as Kalanag Expedition. It is one of the best expeditions which has become most preferred expedition today. Climbing this mountain is everyone’s dream. It’s is situated in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. This is connected Swargarohini peak and Bandarpoonch. The height of this peak is 6387 Meter.

The expedition starts from base camp Sankri. Ruinsara Tal and kyarkoti is the base camp of this trek. Its look like the Snake shape due to slope in front the snow does not stop. That’s why it looks black from the front. This is why it is called Kalanag peak. The Black Peak Expedition in the local dialect is known as “Kala Nag” it is named so because top part of this peak resembles Black Cobra.

This is the highest peak in Saraswati Mountain Range Bandarpoonch at an altitude of 6,387 meters, near Ruinsara valley. Other peaks are Bandarpoonch (I) (6316 m) and Hanuman Parvat (Bandarpoonch II) (6,102 m).Here together with Swargarohini and Bandarpoonch creates a beautiful mountain range. This expedition becomes more

TREK INFO

Duration: 15 days
Trek grade: Strenuous+
Trekking distance: 200 km
Maximum altitude: 6387 mtr
Nearest airport: Jolly Grant (Dehradun)
Nearest railway station: Dehradun
Mode of transport from Dehradun: By taxi from dehradun to Sankri
Best Time for Treks: may-june,sept-oct

Short Itinerary

Day 1:- Dehradun to Sankri (1920 m) (210 km) (7/8 hours)

Day2:- Reserved for Briefing

Day3:-Drive from Sankri to Taluka (11 km) and trek to Osla (2560 m) (4/5 hours)

Day4:- Osla to Ruinsara Lake (3537 m) (6/7 hours)

Day5:- Ruinsara Lake to Base Camp (Kyarkoti) (3900 m) (7 km) (5/6 hours

Day6:-Load Ferry, Base Camp to Advance Base Camp (ABC) (4600 m) and retun

Day7:- Base Camp to Advance Base Camp (ABC)

Day8:- Load Ferry, Advance Base Camp (ABC) to Camp 1 (5100 m) and back

Day9:- ABC to Camp 1

Day10:- Camp 1 to Summit Camp (5500 m)

Day11:- Summit attempt (Black Peak) (6387 m)

Day 12 and Day 13 – Reserved for Summit attempt

Day 14 – Summit Camp to Base Camp

Day 15 - Base Camp to Osla

Day 16 - Osla to Taluka and Drive to Sankri

Day 17 - Sankri to Dehradun

Day Wise Detailed Itinary

Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri (1920 m) (210 km) (7/8 hours)

Our pick up point is Dehradun Railway station or ISBT, meet us there and then drive is towards Sankri. You can have your breakfast at Kempty Fall which is a famous picnic spot and is famous for a waterfall. Have your lunch in middle of your journey at Purola.

It’s a picturesque drive to Sankri, you will get fetching views through your window, and the drive will be through Dehradun, Mussoorie, Nainbagh, Damta, Newman, Purola, Mori, Netwar these are beautiful places in the Himalayas. Sankri lies in Govind Wildlife Sanctuary of Uttarkashi district, it is a village with a mini market famous for wooden huts which serve delectable food. You will see apple orchards here and greenery all around.

Reach Sankri have a glace of snow covered mountains, this place is pollution free, enjoy the invigorating climate.

Day 2: Reserved for Briefing

Get yourself prepared for the expedition today, our professional leader will brief you and will give all the details today. Complete the necessary documentation then you can rest or go on a short hike.

Day 3: Drive from Sankri to Taluka (11 km) and trek to Osla (2560 m) (4/5 hours)

Have your breakfast and then leave for Taluka by taxi, it is 11 km away from Sankri. It is a mini village with some cemented houses and hotels. Start the trek from Taluka, heading towards Osla.

Go through dense forests with abundant walnut trees, ahead catch views of Himalayan villages. After a gradual ascent reach Osla village, it is the biggest village famous for its culture.

There is a temple of Duryodhana worshipped by the villagers. Explore this quaint place, after pitching your tents retire for the night.

Day 4: Osla to Ruinsara Lake (3537 m) (6/7 hours)

Wake up early in the morning and after breakfast leave for Ruinsara, it is a glacial lake considered sacred by the villagers the pure waters of this lake is worshipped by them.

Day 5: Ruinsara Lake to Base Camp (Kyarkoti) (3900 m) (7 km) (5/6 hours)

Make a wish to Ruinsara Lake and head towards Kyarkoti (Base Camp). From here Black Peak is visible, the sight is enough to energize you for upcoming days. Kyarkoti is a meadow amidst mountains and boulders, setup your tents and settle for the day.

Day 6: Load Ferry, Base Camp to Advance Base Camp (ABC) (4600 m) and return

Load Ferry from Base Camp to ABC and return. Overnight stay at Base Camp.

Day 7: Base Camp to Advance Base Camp (ABC)

Go through the same path which you followed yesterday from Base Camp to ABC.

Day 8: Load Ferry, Advance Base Camp (ABC) to Camp 1 (5100 m) and back

Load Ferry from ABC to Camp 1, embrace the clear sights of Black Peak. After setting up Camp 1 get back to ABC.

Day 9: ABC to Camp 1

Follow the same path which you followed yesterday. Ascent from ABC to Camp 1.

Day 10: Camp 1 to Summit Camp (5500 m)

Ascent is steep, altitude of Summit Camp is 5500 meters. After three hours you can reach the campsite. After setting up the tents retire early.

Day 11: Summit attempt (Black Peak) (6387 m)

Start early after midnight after analysing the weather and trail conditions. In the morning the ice remains tough and hard so walking on it becomes easier.

Height of Black Peak (Kala Nag) is 6387 metres and it is a steep ascent, use your equipment and reach the top. Traversing the top will give you the feeling of contentment. After spending some time there descent to Summit camp.

Day 12 and Day 13 – Reserved for Summit attempt

Day 14: Summit Camp to Base Camp

After successful climb descent from Summit camp to Base camp.

Day 15: Base Camp to Osla

Descent from Base Camp to Osla village where you stayed on Day 2. Talk to the villagers and know them closely.

Day 16: Osla to Taluka and drive to Sankri

Bid adieu to this quaint village and start the descent to Taluka. Reach there and take a small break. The trek ends here and vehicles will be arranged for Sankri.

Day 17: Sankri to Dehradun

Leave for Dehradun early so that you can reach by 6:00 pm.

Trek Cost Inclusion

Inclusions :-

1. Meals while on trek (Veg).

2. All necessary entry fees and permits.

3. Accommodation:- Guest house, Home stay, camping during Trek.

4. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook and Support staff.

5. First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.

6.Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required).

7. Trek Up India Staff Insurance.

8. Porters/mules to carry central equipment.

Exclusions :-

1. Any kind of personal expenses.

2. Food during the transit.

3. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.

4. Insurance.

5. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges

6. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.

7. Transport from Dehradun to Sankri And return.

note:-

It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. 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, andcancellation charges would be as follows

Up to 30 Days: - 90% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refund. Between 21 – 30 Days: – 50% of Trek/Adventure/Tour/Travel/Hotel program cost will be refund. Less than 20 – Days No refund

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Trek Route & Map

How To Reach Black Peak?

By Air:-Jolly Grant Airport serves Dehradun and is located approximately 48 km from Rishikesh. Flights from Delhi to Dehradun are daily. If you are flying, you can reach Rishikesh one day early.

By Train:

An excellent rail network links Haridwar/Dehradun with other important cities such as Delhi, Mussoorie, and Mumbai to Haridwar/Dehradun.

Delhi -DDN NZM AC Express (2205)

Kolkata- Doon Express (13009)

Mumbai-Dehradun Express (19019)

Chennai-Dehradun express (12687)

Bus: Regular buses are from Delhi to Rishikesh you can take bus from Delhi ISBT Kashmire Gate.

We recommend that you only take government buses from ISBT Kashmere gate. Private buses operate from outside ISBT and are not trustworthy.

Rishikesh bus station is usually where you will be dropped off.

TrekupIndia will arrange bolero or similar vehicles to pick you up from Rishikesh at 6:30 am on the morning of your trek date.

Transport cost or taxi cost is included in the cost of the trek. ( If Package is Rishikesh To Rishikesh i.e - 7,999 ) ( Bursol To Bursol - 6,499)

You will reach Bursol by 6:00 pm

Food from rishikesh to Bursol is not included in the trek cost

Things To Carry for the Trek?

Black Peak Expedition is an high altitude trek. The trekking gear you have to have for this particular trek differs from normal treks. Thus read this whole segment.

Trek Essentials: You can’t do the trek without these.

1. Trekking Shoes

Black Peak needs sturdy trekking shoes that can withstand snow and have good grip.

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2. Backpack

A backpack 50-60 litres is required for a trek such as Black Peak. Your backpack should have good hip support, shoulder support, and pockets should be accessiable quickly .

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3. Clothing

Layering is the best way to protect yourself in the mountains. Layers provide maximum protection against all the elements. Layers are also great for protecting against the elements, especially when it changes rapidly in the mountains.

Base Layer: 3 - T-shirts

Carry 2 T-shirt, and wear 1. Wear full-sleeve, dry-fit T-shirts, preferably with collars. These will protect your neck and arms from sunburn. UV radiations can quickly burn you, especially in the high altitudes of the trek.

Dry-fit T-shirts dry quickly, dry quickly, and are quick drying in the event of rain. Collared T-shirts work better than those with rounded necks.

Cotton or Synthetic?We Indians love cotton. It makes sense to wear cotton down in the plains, where the heat can reach 40 degrees Celsius. It takes a while to dry once it is wet. Synthetic is the best choice for mountains where temperatures are cooler. They are quick to wick sweat and dry quickly. They can smell fast so make sure to have a roll-on deodorant.

Expert Tip: If you're more prone to colds, you can carry a pair of thermal inners. From the past experiences of ours, using 2 T shirts over other helps to prevent from cold.

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5. Insulation Layers in Winter.

The Black Peak trek can be done in winter. You will need at minimum 5 layers of warm clothing if you are going between December and March.

You will require1 - inner thermals, 2 - light fleece, 1 - light sweater, and 1 padded jacket. Don't buy your grandma's sweaters. They can be very heavy. You want fleece jackets and sweaters that fold easily.

A padded jacket is the best choice for your outer layer. Water resistant materials are not necessary. You do need an outer jacket with a padded lining that keeps out the cold and wind. Make sure your padded jacket includes a hood.

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6. Two - Trek Pants

This trek requires at least one pair of trekking pants and a maximum of two. One pair of pants should be worn and one additional for when it rains/snows. Trek pants with zip-off thighs at the thighs make them ideal for trekking. You should also choose quick-drying pants over cotton. Even in colder climates, they dry quickly.

TRack pants or trekking pants?Track pants can be used as a backup or double as thermal bottoms. Track pants aren't trek pants so they shouldn't be your main outerwear. They should be used as an emergency backup.

Compalsoury Accessories, without these you will not be equipped to perform the trek or not able to do Trek

These accessories are necessary to carry. These accessories are mandatory for anyone who travels to Black Peak. Trekkers tend to delay borrowing or purchasing accessories. We recommend the opposite. These accessories should be gathered first.

1. Sunglasses.

Sunglasses are required to prevent snowblindness. Expect to be walking on snowy stretches during a winter trek such as Black Peak. Snow blindness can be caused by a small amount of direct sunlight (around a half-hour's exposure). Because fallen snow acts like thousands upon thousands of mirrors, reflecting direct UV rays. You will need sunglasses that provide UV protection.

If the trekking day is sunny and bright (on meadows, open sections), you should wear sunglasses. You must not remove your sunglasses from a snowy section until it is fully crossed.

In case you use spectacles: You can buy oversized sunglasses for your glasses, which you can wear over your regular glasses (buy at Decathlon). Photochromic lenses are also available if you find this cumbersome.

Contact lens users: Contact lenses can be worn on the trek if you have them. The lens solution won't freeze. It will not be a problem to change your lens inside your tent. You will only need enough cleaning solution to clean your fingers. Your contact lenses can be covered with sunglasses.

2. Suncap.

Suncaps are mandatory. A sun cap is mandatory for trekking. It can cause headaches, sunstrokes, rapid dehydration, and a drop in performance.

Important Information: The Golden rule of the mountains is to always cover your head. A sun cap is a protective layer that protects you from the sun's harsh rays during the day. It also works well with naked UV rays. Sun caps keep your body's temperature in check. The reverse is true in the morning/evening. Your head quickly loses body heat. The woolen cap stops heat from escaping your head.

3.Hand Gloves.

You will be handling snow quite a lot on a trek like Black Peak. To grip things or hold onto snow, gloves are essential. The gloves should also keep you warm. You should get synthetic gloves with waterproofing on the exterior and a padded interior. Wear a tight-fitting fleece glove in your synthetic hand glove if you have difficulty obtaining the combination (not likely). This trek requires hand gloves.

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4. Woollen Cap or Balaclava.

These should cover your head. You lose the most heat in the cold mountains from your head and not your hands, feet, or other parts of your body. Protecting your head is important, especially in the evenings when the sun sets. Your woollen cap should be worn at all times, including early mornings and late evenings.

A woollen cap that covers your ears can protect your sensitive ears. Balaclavas are a modernized version of the woolen cap. The balaclava covers your ears, neck, and other parts of your face. A woolen cap that covers only your head will not be sufficient, such as a woolen cap, will require a neck warmer or scarf.

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5. Socks (3 sets).

You should also have three to four pairs each of socks for sports. You get warmth and cushioning from sports socks. The mantra here is to wear synthetic socks, or at the very least a synthetic blend. Cotton socks absorb sweat and water. These socks are difficult to dry.

Woollen socks are warm and cozy in the winter. Two sports socks are sufficient if you can't get woolen socks.

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6. Head Torch / Head Lamp

Many trekkers don't know if they should get a torch or a headlamp. A headlamp is essential because it allows you to use your hands for other activities. You'll need to use your hands for the Black Peak trek, including washing dishes, setting up tents, and holding your trekking poles.

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7. Trekking Pole / Trekking Stick

You can balance and stability with trekking poles. You can reduce your energy use by up to 40%. There are steep ascents, and descents on the Black Peak trek. A pair of trekking sticks can make the difference between a pleasant and strenuous trek. India uses a single trekking stick. Two trekking poles will give you more stability and balance. You can also walk faster with them.

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8. Rainwear.

Weather can quickly change on a trek. In a matter of seconds, a bright sunny day can quickly turn into a torrential downpour. To combat this, you will need a poncho and a rain jacket. A poncho, a large rain cover that covers your arms and heads, is what you need. Because it covers you and part of your backpack, it is very effective. It is very light and weighs almost nothing.

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9. Rain cover for your Backpack .

Backpacks can save your life. Your backpack will hold all of your dry clothes and warm gear. Your backpack should be kept dry at all times. Most backpacks have rain-covers built in. If your backpack does not come with a rain-cover, you can either buy one or make a large sheet of plastic to fit the dimensions of your backpack. The plastic sheet can be wrapped around the backpack and held in place by a string or elastic.

10. Daypack (20-30 ltrs, optional).

Some trekkers choose to load their bags onto a mule or potores while on the Black Peak trek. Although we don't encourage it, if you do choose to offload, then a daypack is required. You will need to carry water bottles, rainwear and emergency medicines. The campsites are the only place you can find your main backpack, which contains most of your equipment.

One day backpack is a small version of backpack which is generally of 20 - 30 ltr capability.

Additional necessary Trek Essentials

1. A toilet kit.

Try keeping the toilet kit light. Have only the basic things-- toothbrush, a roll on deodorant, lip balm, a little moisturiser, toilet roll, tiny detergent along with toothpaste. You will not able to bath on the trek, therefore do not overload on shampoos and soaps.

Quick Information: Carry miniature sized products. You won't have greater than that. When you are travelling in a team, share 1 toothpaste for all.

Stay away from getting big toilet rolls. Probably The smallest size roll is much more than sufficient for a trek as Black Peak Trek.

For females: If you're more likely to have the Periodes of yours on the trek day of yours, do not care about it. You are able to utilize the pads of yours, tampons or maybe menstrual cups on the trek. There'll be toilet tents in which you are able to change. Be sure you have ziplock bags to take back the menstrual waste of yours. Do not leave behind any misuse in the mountains

2. Cutlery:

Will be provided by us like your plates and mugs etc.

3. Two one litre plastic bottles or even a two litre hydration pack:

Black Peak Trek has many hiking days. You have to take two 1 litre water plastic bottles to help keep yourself hydrated. Carry light-weight thermos, it will help to assists you to save water that is warm on an extremely cool morning or even for late nights.

4. Presonal medi kit

Carry the medications with you, readily available at most occasions. Do not take any kind of medication unless you have consulted your trek leader.

1. Dolo 650 (5 tablet computers): This is paracetamol. It assists to take on high temperature, slight discomfort.

2. Avomine (4 tablet computers): Carry this specifically if you are prone to nausea. Pop one fifty per cent hr before the beginning of your roadway trek.

3.Combiflam (5 tablets): if you have pain in your legs, it will help you to get instant relief from pain. It also contains paracetamol.

4.Digene:If you think your food is undigested then you can take this med. Aslo tell your trek leader about it.

5.ORS (6 packs): Consume a pack of ORS water at least once a day, usually mid-day when you are in the middle of your trek.

6. Knee Brace (optional): Carry this if you are prone to knee injury or have recognized problems of knee discomfort.

Our trek leaders bring a high Altitude medical set with them which likewise contain Life-Saving Drugs, in emergency situations TrekupIndia Trek Leaders will handel the situation as our trek leaders are well trained for mountains. Before taking these medicines by yourself first tell your trek leaders about it.

Compulsory Documents to Carry.

These are files needed to be submitted at Forest Department before ypur trek. With no of these, you will not be permitted to trek .

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Carry Id's like adhaar, voter id, etc.

Food Provided by Us During the Trek

We provide only Indian vegetarian food & egg and mainly your meal is going to contain Indian bread, vegetable, lentils and Rice along with delicious dessert. During your trek, we will serve three meals a day including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

In the evening, you will also be served tea & snacks and lip-smacking soup before dinner. If it will be a long day of trekking, you will be given a packed snack.

After doing a lot of research on the nutritional requirements for the trekkers, we prepare the menu. Before putting all the meals together, we also consider altitude gained and weather.

The meal served by us while trek is perfectly balanced with the right amounts of calories, carbohydrates, vitamins, protein, fiber, and minerals. You need to know that all our cooks have great expertise in cooking and have undergone thorough training. So, get ready to enjoy delectable and lip-smacking dishes during your trek.

You will be served with lemon tea in the tent in order to start your day with a refreshed feeling. Before leaving the campsite for trekking, you will be given a hot finger-licking breakfast like upma, egg bhurji, Maggie, omelet along with tea or coffee.

In case, your trek will be longer one then we also offer some fresh local fruits such as apples and even healthy drinks like Frootie or Maaza. In the afternoon, you will be served simple & healthy lunch, while at around 04:00 pm, you will be given tea and a light evening breakfast.

After you reach your campsite at night, you will be served a hot and delightful dinner. After reading this, you must have got the idea that with us, you don’t need to worry about food. Thus, we will definitely give you unforgettable experiences.

Safety During Trek

Trekking with us for Black Peak is completely safe because we have a team of trek leaders who are qualified in Wilderness first-aid and also have complete information about the high-altitude glitches.

During Trek, we carry a complete first-aid kit that contains all the important medicines. Before trekking with us, you need to ensure that you are medically fit for the trek and if you are able to judge yourself then it is better to take advice from a professional.

For us, your medical fitness is very important than anything else.

Know About Us:- You need to know that our company TrekUp India has been in the field of Adventure Tourism for the last 23 years. Right from our inception, we have been involved in providing treks, voyage & hiking programs as well as high altitude expedition rafting.

We keep on organizing treks in Uttarakhand and Himachal, while being a part of the trekking community, we feature more than 75 Himalayan documented treks. Apart from other outdoor activities, our company also organizes trips for schools, colleges, and family.

We ensure complete technical safety in the mountain

Our company has a vast team of more than 100 guides, as well as trainers in order, serve in the mountain treks.

One of the best things about our team is that all the members are trained professionally from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Indian mountaineering foundation Delhi as well as Hanifle Center Outdoor Education Mussoorie.

Therefore, we never believe in compromising on the quality as well as services offered to our valuable customers.

For Us, Your Safety Is the Top Urgency

At Trekup India, you will find a team with local knowledge and fluency in English as well as Hindi. This helps in ensuring that you have an amazing trek and not only this, we also pay attention to your health as well as safety because this is something we cannot ignore.

All the team leaders involved in trekking have already undergone several professional courses in First Aid, Portable Altitude Chamber Training, CPR, Environmental Awareness Training as well as Advanced Wilderness Emergency Medicine.

We also carry a complete first aid medical kit not only on the trek but on each and every trip which is organized by us. Apart from the medical kit, we carry a portable altitude chamber and medical oxygen for all kinds of high-altitude treks .

Our company has great expertise in organizing all sorts of group adventure holidays for family groups, school & college groups as well as friend groups. When it comes to travel options, we have a wide range that suits different fitness levels as well as traveling styles.

Therefore, no matter who big the group size, we pay personal attention to each and every member present in the group.

How We Ensure That Your Trek Is Safe with Us

Right from our establishment, we at TrekUp India, are continuously involved in introducing new safety practices into Indian trekking in order to ensure the safety of voyagers.

For walking on snow, TrekUp India introduced Microspikes and also made emergency bottled oxygen mandatory for all kinds of treks.

In order to test pulse as well as oxygen saturation levels, pulse oxymeters are used. As a safety communication device, we at TrekupIndia introduced radio.

Though we have noticed that most of the organizations organizing treks do not follow these systems but with time several competing companies are adopting these practices and organizing great and safe treks.

Explore our New Safety Protocols

In order to ensure a perfect Trek, we have introduced some new safety checks that will assure more safety for our trekkers. Our On-trek safety checks include:

  • Daily oxygen saturation along with pulse readings
  • Stretchers team appointed on every trek
  • Radios
  • Trained mountain staff and full safety
  • Additional oxygen cylinders
  • Special medical kit for high altitude treks
  • Microspikes on all types of snow treks
  • Experienced Trek leaders as well as safety
  • Technical team on all snowy slopes

Highlights of Trek