Shitidhar simply translates to Shiti (white) dhar (ridge). It’s a fantastic exposure for beginning mountaineers and expert hikers for altitude climbing at 18,000 feet or above. The route gets difficult for climbers after rising up Rape Ridge until Camp 1. And provides an accurate assessment of height as well as a breathtaking view from the peak. The hike provides superb close-up views of Hanuman Tibba on the west and, in the distance, Indrasan, Deotibba, and the lower Pir Panjal Ranges on the east.
After you arrive, organize your climbing equipment. Check your climbing gear (climbing boots, crampons, and harness). Spend some time exploring the town after lunch. Optional: In Manali, you may visit the Hadimba temple, the Vashisht hot water springs, or the Roerich Art Gallery in Naggar.
After an early breakfast, drive (1 hour) through Palchan and Solang Nallah to Dhundi (2850m), the trek’s starting point. The short trek follows the Beas River before crossing it and ascending steeply to the Bakkarthach grazing fields.
After an hour of tough climbing from the camp, we arrive at the Beas Kund glacier on the south-facing slopes of the huge Pir Panjal mountain. A short hike across the moraine takes us to the plains of the Beas Kund, which are strewn with numerous little streams.
We set up Base Camp depending on the access to the snow/ice. Beas Kund is a minor water body on the glacier’s true left side that drains one of the several trickles that unite to become the huge Beas River. It is thought to be the river’s headwaters.
Trek to Camp 1 from Beas Kund. In the afternoon, a brief acclimatization stroll.
Wake up early in the morning and prepare for the Shitidhar peak ascent after a short meal. To take advantage of the weather and gain nice views, arrive at the peak early in the morning. In the evening, descend to the base camp and celebrate.
Trek from Beas Kund to Dhundi, the road ahead, then return to Manali by car.