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Travel number: 23
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Intensive Mountaineering Course

14 days Mountaineering and Climbing Tours

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Number of participants: from one participant

Requirements: 4 von 10

The level of difficulty is according the participants ability. Depending on the performance and endurance, the training is designed as intensive and complex as possible. Anyone can participate. However, a medical certificate is a prerequisite. In the high-altitude trek, each participant should only go as far as he/she can.

A two-week intensive mountaineering course, for all those who want to receive the basic training for climbing peaks in the shortest possible time. In small groups or  private, we will also get to know and deepen our practice in the three basic building blocks of mountaineering (rock climbing, ice climbing on the glacier and techniques in the snow). In the end, you are fit enough to climb light to medium-heavy technical peaks. If you want, you can take part in an expedition to one of the surrounding 6000-metre-high mountains.

Day 1 Arrival in Delhi

We welcome you at the airport and bring you to your hotel. (Overnight stay in the hotel) -/-/-

Day 2 Delhi sightseeing overnight takes the bus to Manali, 14 hours

This morning we visit Old Delhi with its narrow streets, the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort. In the afternoon we take the bus for the fourteen-hour night drive to Manali. (Overnight stay on bus) B/-/-

Day 3 Manali Arrival and Drive to Aleo

After we have arrived in Manali and rested a bit, we head to Aleo, 3 km away. Here is also the official training centre of the local Mountaineering Institute. We will receive an introduction to the use of the equipment and will be informed about safety. In addition, we learn knots and handles as well as special climbing techniques, which we practice in bouldering on smaller rocks. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/L/-

Day 4 Rock Climbing in Aleo

Today we learn the correct use and care of the material. We get to know more knots and the coiling techniques of the ropes. Furthermore, we learn how to anchor and secure as well as simple techniques with the rope. On shorter rock faces we practice climbing techniques, which we internalize during many practice. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/L/-

Day 5 Rock Climbing in Aleo

Today we not only practice top-rope climbing on high walls, but also the lead climbing! (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/L/-

Day 6 Trek to Basecamp

Today we have a day hike to our campsite. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D

Day 7 Ice Climbing

We hike to the glacier and get an introduction to the topics of ice and glaciers. Then it gets practical with steps and climbing on the ice with one and two axes. We also learn about natural and artificial anchors. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D

Day 8 Ice Climbing

We practice top-rope climbing on long ice walls as well as climbing (leading). Afterwards we get to know safety measurements on the ice. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D

Day 9 Ice Climbing

We deepen our practice and learn more techniques. In addition, we learn about various salvage techniques as well as crossing crevasses. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D

Day 10 Trek to gain altitude

Today we are testing our fitness level and will do a day hike up to  4500 meters. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D

Day 11 Techniques in the Snow

Today we ascending and decending techniques in the snow as well as “making steps”  and natural and artificial anchors. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D

Day 12 Techniques in the snow and trek back to Manali

Half of the day we use again in the snow to learn how to fix the rope. Then we make our way back to Manali. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/L/-

Day 13 Leisure (shopping, relaxing, mountain biking, rafting), evening overnight bus to Delhi

Today is free. If you like, you can take a hot dip in Vaschisht’s sulfur springs, hike to Hadimba Temple or just relax. In the evening we return to Delhi. (Overnight in the car) B/-/-

Day 14 flight back from Delhi

Early in the morning we reach Delhi and check into our hotel. There is the option of an optional excursion to the Taj Mahal to Agra. In the evening you will be taken by us to the airport. B/-/-

included services:

  • 5x overnight stay in the hotel
  • 6x overnight in a tent
  • Meals as described, during the days in the Basecamp full catering, during the climbing days breakfast and packed lunches, otherwise only breakfast
  • Transfer to and from the airport
  • Transport Delhi-Manali/Manali-Delhi in an air-conditioned bus
  • Transportation to and from Aleo (climbing)
  • Transportation to and from trekking starting point
  • Complete climbing equipment (shoes, climbing harness, ropes, slings, carabiners etc)
  • Complete equipment for training on the glacier and in the snow (leggings, snowshoes, crampons, ice axe)
  • 2-man tents, kitchen and dining tent, toilet tent
  • Cook, Carrier, Helper, Horses
  • Trained and certified mountaineering instructor
  • Tour Leader

non-included services:

  • International flight
  • Visa
  • Unmentioned food and beverages
  • Optional trip to Agra (surcharge)
  • Personal trekking equipment (clothing, backpack, headlamp, trekking shoes, gloves etc.)

Best time is from April to November. At the end of the season, there may be no more snow. Then the exercises are done in the grass.

For 2 participants from 1099 € per person. With a higher number of participants, the price per person decreases!

Instructor and Team

Our instructors have all completed all Indian mountaineering trainings and regularly lead expeditions and mountaineering courses. They have climbed many peaks several times. All our instructors speak English.

In addition, there is a local team that will accompany us.. Which includes cook, helpers, horsemen with horses or Nepalese carriers, depending on the type of trek up to the base camp.

All our team members have been working with us for years, are very friendly, professional and always striving to give our guests a great experience and  fulfill their wishes. Their English is rather mediocre or non-existent, but this is not necessarily a hindrance to communicating with them.

Daily routine to Base camp

7: 00 am Get up with tea

7:30-8:30 am Breakfast

9:30 am Start Trek

1:00 pm Lunch

2:00 pm Training

17:30 Snacks

19:00 Dinner

  1. Altitude and altitude sickness

This is a very important topic that should not be underestimated, especially during our expeditions in the Indian Himalayas. At altitudes above 3500 m, our body has to slowly get used to the low air pressure, which also causes less oxygen to enter our lungs. The first signs of altitude sickness are headaches, which are accompanied by dizziness, nausea, insomnia and loss of appetite. It becomes problematic when water accumulates in the lungs and brain, and edema occurs. Then only the immediate descent to lower altitudes will help. There will be no major problems with altitude during that course.

  1. Luggage

Every  participant is responsible for carrying his or her personal clothes and belongings, as well as his or her own equipment . The total weight will be between 10 and 15 kg. Here is the packing list for our expeditions.

6. Meals

During the course there will be  vegetarian full catering. Water is either boiled or we have a water filter with us.

Breakfast (daily selection):

  • Coffee/Tea
  • Oatmeal porridge/muesli/cornflakes/Indian porridge
  • Indian Breakfast/Toast/Eggs/Jam/Butter/Cheese/Honey/Chocolate Spread
  • Sliced fruit/vegetables

Lunch (mostly lunchbox), sometimes warm in the camp

  • Sandwiches/Indian (rice, chapati, vegetables)/eggs/potatoes
  • Juices
  • Chocolate
  • Fruit

Snacks

  • Tea/coffee
  • Cookies
  • French fries/Indian snacks

Soup

Dinner (depending on the length of the trek, a mix of Indian/Chinese/Continental)

  • Vegetable dish
  • Lentil dish
  • Rice/noodles
  • Chapati
  • Salad
  • Dessert

7. Accommodation and Camp

We have light 2-3 man tents, sleeping bags with comfort zone up to -5°C, as well as good mats. It is recommended to bring personal indoor sleeping bags.

In addition, we have a spacious dining tent with tables and chairs, and a kitchen tent for the team.

During the rock climbing and before and after the course you will stay in hotels with breakfast.

8. Temperatures

In the Himalayas, temperatures fluctuate widely. While it can get warm up to 25°C during the day and the sun is not only warming but also very intense (sun protection is a must), it can also cool down at night well below the minus degrees with temperatures down to -10° C, especially in the months end of September and October, as well as in June and at altitudes from 4500 meters. There may also be weather changes with snow and storms. Bad weather can always be a hindrance