Shitidhar climb trainee using a rope and ice axe in Mt Shitidhar's gully

Shitidhar Ascent


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 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.

Shitidhar Details

  • CATEGORY – Peak Ascent
  • LOCATION – Himachal Pradesh (Manali)
  • ALTITUDE – 5294 m
  • GRADE – Demanding
  • DURATION – 06 Days

Shitidhar Route Details

  • Day 01: Manali acclimatization & equipment check
  • Day 02: Manali to Bakkarthach 3328m (5 hrs)
  • Day 03: Bakharthach to Beas Kund 3586m (3 hrs)
  • Day 04: Beaskund to Camp one 4653m (4 hrs)
  • Day 05: Camp 1 to Summit Shitidhar Peak 5294m to Beas Kund (6 hrs)
  • Day 06: Beas Kund to Manali 6 hrs

Cost: INR 30,000 / 360$ USD

Including and Excluding

  • Includes: Professional guide, Permits, 2 people shared tent accommodation, all meals from day-1 lunch to day-6 lunch, drive from Manali to Dhundi trek start point and back to Manali, safety equipment with first aid kit, other technical equipment, and all group climbing gear like ropes, anchors, slings, etc. 
  • Excludes: travel to and from Manali, sleeping bag, an individual climbing kit which would be hired climbing boots, ice-axes, crampons and gaiters, personal clothing items, phone calls, insurance, meals while driving, camera fee, cost incurred as a result of unanticipated situations like as terrible weather, landslides, road conditions, or any other factors beyond our control.
  • Optional: On-request transportation to and from Manali, extra cost for potter/mule for a day pack.

Shitidhar Ascent Itinerary

Day 01: Manali acclimatization & equipment check

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.

Day 02: Manali to Bakkarthach 3328m (5 hrs)

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.

Day 03: Bakharthach to Beas Kund 3586m (3 hrs)

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.

Day 04: Beaskund to Camp one 4653m (4 hrs)

Trek to Camp 1 from Beas Kund. In the afternoon, a brief acclimatization stroll.

Day 05: Camp 1 to Summit Shitidhar Ascent 5294m back to Beas Kund (6 hrs)

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.

Day 06: Beas Kund to Manali 6 hrs

Trek from Beas Kund to Dhundi, the road ahead, then return to Manali by car.

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