16D / 15N
Duration
6,387 meters
Highest Point
Hard
Grade

Black Peak Expedition the most popular Expedition in Himalayas INDIA

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 popular.

Who wants to climb the Mount Everest, it is very important that they have to do it first for experience and to increase the confidence level.

                                               

You come base camp Sankri for the Black Peak Expedition

This trek come under Govind Wildlife Sanctuary National park in Uttarkashi district Uttarakhand . No doubt, the Himalayas have enchanting beauty, bracing climate and desirable soothing green meadow.

So, what else can be better than spending some days here in the serenity! This expedition starts from base camp and you will go through Taluka, Osla, Devsu Bugyal and Runsar tal .

On the way of Devsu Bugyal you see beautiful flowers and different types flora and fauna, and different types animals like snow leopard, goat etc.

The Climb is Technical in Black Peak Expedition

En route cross glaciers and tree lines, the challenges are – 75 feet ice wall and a gradient of 70 degree. You have to technically cross the summit, it is only chosen by the professional climbers to scale the top and for adventurous sojourn.

Black Peak Expedition

Key Points of Black Peak Expedition

  • Level: – Technical, Difficult, or Challenging
  • During the trek, proper conditioning & training of body is required.
  • In addition, need of proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature
  • Furthermore, shoes are the single most important equipment.
  • High Altitude requires proper acclimatization.
  • Beautiful landscapes so carry good photo gear & Extra battery backup.
  • In addition, the backpack should not exceed 15 kg.
  • Alcohol and smoking is not allowed in during the Expedition
  • need to proper knowledge of technical claiming equipment

Key Points of Black Peak Expedition

Duration: –15 Nights 16 Days – from Dehradun to Dehradun

Base camp: – Sankri

Temperature: – Day (5°C to 8 °C) Night (-2° C to 6° C) Night (-2° C to -10° C , Above

Black Peak – Altitude: – 6,387 Meter

Best Time: – After 2nd week of May, June, September, and October

Expedition Level: – Technical, Difficult, or Challenging

Group Size: – Need to Minimum Group sized 4 people maximum 10 people

                                 

 

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  1. Transport facility from Dehradun to Dehradun
  2. Forest Permit and entrance fee including camping charges
  3. Accommodation in Hotel; Gangotri
  4. Accommodation in tents on twin share basis
  5. All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner
  6. Expertise Trek Leader, fluent in English and Hindi certified in basic and advance, Search & Rescue , Method of Instructions  mountaineering courses from NIM, IMF or Hanifl Centre outdoor Education
  7. Experienced local guide and Sherpa, permanent technical guide
  8. Kitchen team
  9. Porters
  10. Helpers
  11. High quality camping tents, sleeping bags, mattress liner etc
  12. Dining Tent
  13. Helmet,
  14. Gaiters, Koflach Climbing shoes
  15. Crampons
  16. Ice Axe, Screw gate
  17. Carabineers, rock pitons, ice pitons, snow stakes
  18. Rescue Ropes, Climbing Ropes, Snow bar
  19. Harness, Descended, Ascender, figure of 8, Ice Screw
  20. Radio Willkie Talkie for Communication
  21. Medical Kit
  22. Oxygen Cylinders
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Booking:

  • We assume that you have read and understood our “Terms & Conditions” (https://greenvalleyhimalayas.com/terms-and-conditions) before Booking a trek/tour.
  • To reserve your place in a scheduled Fixed Departure trek or a Customised/Private trek pay 45% of the TREK/TOUR FEE as the initial “Booking Deposit”. You can pay by Net banking/Draft/Cheque/Credit/Debit/AMEX cards. This will ensure your participation in the desired trek and we will reserve your place in the scheduled date. You need to pay the remaining amount at least 30 days before Trek Starting Date.
  • If you book a Trek/Tour before 30 days or less from Trek/Tour Starting Date, you need to pay the full TREK/TOUR FEE.

 Cancellations:

  • “Booking Amount” i.e.45% of the TREK/TOUR FEE is Non-Refundable at any stage.
  • If in case you are not able to make it due to unavoidable reason(s), we provide you a very flexible choice of Shifting to another trek within next one year. One year is counted from the starting date of the trek/tour you booked initially with us.
  • In case you postpone your trip you need to informminimum of 30 days before the trek/tour starting date. (Though we suggest to inform us earlier if known)
  • In case you postpone a trek/tour before 30 days of the scheduled Trek/Tour Starting date or prior, you may shift to another group of the same trek/tour scheduled in the same season or within next one year. You may shift to another suitable route also. For changing any, you need our approval first. Your request must be in written communication through your registered email with us.
  • If you cancel/postpone a trek/tour from 30 days to 20 days before tour starting date, your Booking Amount is Non-Refundable. We will not take any request of shifting dates. We will charge 50% of the amount as Cancellation Charges and process refund of remaining 50%. You may also shift to another group within next year but 45% Booking Amount will be deemed as Cancellation Charge and the rest amount will be transferred to the shifted group.
  • If you cancel a trek/tour 7 days (i.e. a week) before Trek/Tour Starting Date or later, there will be NO REFUND.
  • In case of any unforeseen incident including but not limited to natural calamities like flood, earthquake, landslide, forest fire or any political unrest, if we are compelled to cancel the trek/trip, you will be entitled to redeem the full amount for the same/similar kind of trek/trip within next one year.

If you need more clarifications write in to info@greenvalleyhimalayas.com

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Upcoming scheduled dates for Tapovan trek: 

  • You can check the scheduled Fixed Departure dates in the calendar available inside Booking Form or inside REGISTER NOW form. Tour starting Dates are highlighted as per our itinerary (Day 1 of  16 days itinerary).
  • At present BOOK NOW functionality is disabled. You can get all the information in your email by submitting the REGISTER NOW form.
  • If you are a group of people and available dates are not matching then you may select Custom date mode (by clicking the Select your custom date) and fill in the displayed form.
  • You can also check all the available dates at a glance in our TREK CALENDAR.
  • Trekkers need to reach Dehradun on Day 1 morning (latest by 7 am) or the previous night. Return to Dehradun on Day 8 evening (around 6 pm). Arrange your tickets for inward journey and return accordingly
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Itinerary

Day 1: Make your way to Sankri (1,920M)

Distance: 185 kms

Duration: 8-9 hours

If you have signed up with Bikat for a drive from Dehradun to Sankri, our day starts early. All of us assemble at the meeting point by 7 in the morning so we can start our long drive up to Sankri – a trekking hub in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Although there’s nothing more on the agenda for today other than the 9-hour drive and settling into mountain air, it is better to leave as early as possible for two reasons:

One, so we can reach as early as possible and give our bodies enough rest for what’s coming the next day. And, two, roads on the mountains are unpredictable and it is always better to account for delays when we start. It is also better to reach before it gets dark.

Sankri is a head trail for a lot of trekking routes and is bustling with trekkers across the year. Popular trails such as Har ki Dun, Baraadsar Lake, Bali Pass, Kedarkantha, Dev Kyara, Phulara Ridge to name a few, all start from this little village centered in the background of some of the most splendid mountains in the region.

The drive from Dehradun takes us on scenic mountain roads. If you have the slightest motion sickness, the smooth roads can easily make your head spin with its curves. The ever-changing landscape with each turn, however, is a good way to keep yourself distracted. Tall trees, massive fields and entire mountain faces cut into steps for farming are views you wouldn’t want to miss for some shuteye. The drive takes you through some very big towns but also alternates between small patches of busy roads with village shops and long empty stretches with nothing but the sound of the wind and the birds.

The constant shift between the noise and the calm has a different sense of serenity attached to it. What’s even better is that breakfast and lunch, on local dhabas along the way make sure we get to indulge our tastebuds in some locally popular cuisine. The last two hours of the drive take us through a smooth road lined with thick forests on both sides. The sparkle of the forest is enough to refresh us from the long drive to get to our destination. Sankri is a head trail for a lot of popular treks and hence is not short on facilities. Although there is no phone network in Sankri, you can probably find a shop in the market which will be happy to loan you wi-fi in case of urgent need.

Waiting for us, at the end of the trail of this back-breaking journey will be a warm, wooden homestay with cozy rooms and a home cooked meal. Expect to reach latest by 7 PM.

If you have not opted for travel with Bikat from Dehradun to Sankri and are to meet the group directly at the head trail, check out the article on how to reach Sankri (hyperlink article) for any assistance. Do plan your travel so as to reach Sankri latest by 7 in the evening. (Please note: Bikat can arrange for your transport for an additional cost as mentioned in the Add-Ons section above.)

Day 2: Sankri (1,920M) to Seema (2,260M) through Taluka (2,100M)

Distance: 12 kms + 10-12 kms

Duration: 3 hours drive + 5-6 hours trek

Today is an early day because there is much ground to cover. We should be done with breakfast anytime between 7-8 AM which gives us enough time to soak in the morning sun and the beauty of this mountain town before we leave for the day by 9 AM.

There is a narrow kaccha road that can be covered on wheels. Do not, however, expect this to be a quick drive – we are likely to encounter JCBs shoving parts of fallen mountain off the narrow roads on multiple patches all through the 12 km stretch. The drive should take anywhere between 2-3 hours based on how many times we have to wait for the road to clear. The waiting does not seem too tiresome for the fresh water streams with fantastical views of the forest and mountains. A deep gorge with a stream(nalla) flowing underneath is invigorating. The nip in the air keeps your senses active and the mind, refreshed.

At the end of the road is a small mountain village named Taluka, bursting with colours. You will know you have reached when you see rows of mules standing obediently in a line, facing the mountain and about a dozen tiny canteens lined up to serve you hot food in case you shall need it before your trek! A lot of popular treks like Har ki Dun and Bali Pass start from here so it is forever bustling with the contagious energy of trekkers.

After breakfast and picking up our packed lunches for the day, we set off towards Seema which is going to be our first campsite on this trek. Although we are not gaining much altitude today (just 160M from Taluka to Seema), the length of the walk is the real challenge. The trek starts on even land with a strong smell of the forest in the air; the lush landscape adorned with waterfalls by a half dozen. The land is mostly even, save the jumping over massive fallen trees and big boulders. The inclines otherwise are gradual with the grayish blue of the boisterous Supin river following alongside as a faithful companion.

After an hour of climb we reach our first clearing out of the forest. You will see two dome-like structures built as a stop-and-rest space to keep you from the harsh sun. Another hour into the trek and the trail opens up on one side to expansive views of the valley. This is when we hit our first patch of steep incline which will take all of 10 mins to cover but is efficient enough to make you stop for a breath or two. The next hour seems like quite a relief, then, for it being a flat land with a few humps along the way. It’s a steady incline from here on. We hit one more food joint one hour away from the campsite – stack up on some energy if the trail’s knocked some air out of you.

The forest floor is wet and mucky and gets slippery. Remember to walk carefully. The shiny dots you see covering the mountain faces on the opposite side are houses of entire villages resting precariously on these rugged slopes. The only traffic jams you are likely to encounter on these routes are cows going about their business for the day as you try to squeeze through the crowds of them on these narrow trails.

Expect to reach the campsite latest by 6 in the evening after a 6 hour trek. The 2 km stretch of the long camping ground has rooms available with views of the mountains, alongside the river, in open ground or tiny patches snuck behind trees away from the crowds. Take your pick of the view you want to pitch your tent and rest your weary self for the night.

Day 3: Seema (2,260M) to Ruinsara Tal (3,500M)

Distance: 14 kms

Duration: 7-8 hours

Considered sacred by locals in the area, Ruinsara Tal is a high-altitude lake resting its bright blue self at an elevation of 3,500M. The Ruinsara trek is also a popular trail for trekkers visiting the Har ki Doon Valley. Adorned by the bright colours of alpine vegetation, Ruinsara is at a distance of 14 kms from Seema. Legend says that this is the route Pandavs passed by on their way to heaven through the Swargarohini peak which is also visible on the trail. Expect to reach this gorgeous campsite by early evening and rest yourself amidst its beautiful landscape.

Day 4: Ruinsara Tal (3,500M) to Kyarkoti Base Camp (3,820M)

Time Taken: 5-6 hours

As you make your way towards Kyarkoti Base Camp from Ruinsara Tal, you start to see the summit of Black Peak. Kyarkoti is a massive patch of grassland surrounded by boulders and snow-clad mountains. The campsite lies next to a spring. We dare you to stop the adrenaline from rushing through your veins as you get to the base of this mesmerizing peak. Get a good look at your ultimate goal standing tall right before you, for the first time in the trek!

Day 5: Rest and Acclimatization at Basecamp (3,820M)

A lot is to be achieved during your time at base camp- from the distribution and setting up of all the gear to technical training and practice on the icy slopes. But before then, you have the entire day to rest your bodies and acclimatize to the terrain, altitude and temperature of the base camp which lay at 3,820M – a height gain of approximately 2000M from Sankri, the village where it all began!

Day 6 – Day 14: Expedition

Since the conditions on high-altitude are unpredictable, there is a constant readjustment of plans to adapt to the situation at the time. Providing fixed day-wise schedules is hence tricky. But roughly, the schedule includes rotation rounds between camps which is a standard acclimatization process on high-altitude expeditions. Black Peak has 3 camps after base camp: Advanced Base Camp (4,600M), Camp 1 (5,100M) and Summit Camp (5,500M).

Given that high-altitude climbs demand a rigorous acclimatization routine, expeditions usually employ the method of making rotation rounds between camps so as to better adapt to the environment. Living the tenet of ‘climb high, sleep low’ which is a golden rule for survival in that altitude, we make multiple rounds between campsites. For Black Peak, specifically, we make two rounds. The first is when we ferry our load up to the next camp, leave our stuff there and then climb back down to the lower campsite to spend the night. The next day, we climb back up to the camp where we left our stuff and proceed to pitch out tents to now occupy the campsite. What this achieves is a three-fold benefit. Firstly, you can divide your weight between two days so as not to carry a massive amount in one trip. Secondly, it introduces the body to a higher altitude environment but gives it time to better adapt to it by not pushing it in this new height giving it a better chance to survive that altitude. Thirdly, for each time that you climb the same route, it tends to get easier and easier, refining your technique, skill and adaptation.

The entire length of the expedition will include proper acclimatization, rotation rounds, rest days and a possibility of 2 summit attempts in case of bad weather.

Base Camp (3,820M) to Advanced Base Camp (4600M): It’s a fair bit of altitude gain from Base Camp to Advanced Base Camp but a good trial run to get accustomed to the slopes and terrain of the peak. The trail takes you through grass lands, onto a bouldered section followed by a steep climb through a small patch prone to landslides which will take you into a moraine rich land and then onto a glacier. The climb should take close to 4-5 hours.

Advanced Base Camp (4,600M) to Camp 1 (5,100M): The terrain is similar to the one we ended with yesterday – moraines, glaciers and ice. You will start to realize that everything seems easier the second time around.

Camp 1 (5,100M) to Summit Camp (5,500M): With a majestic view of Swargarohini to the North and Bandarpooch to the south, we have now reached a terrain rich in hidden and open crevasses. Slowly adapt to the environment, terrain and its challenges to make your way to the top of the peak.

Summit Camp (5,500M) to Summit (6,387M): We push off for the summit in the dead of the night. Hence, one immediate challenge is the night cold and the violent winds of the altitude. The summit climb is fairly challenging and involves navigating vertical ice walls of a gradient between 70-75 degrees with a height of 75-85 feet. These sections will require the use of fixed ropes and jumars to climb until we make it to the ridgeline. As opposed to its brutal slopes, the summit of Black Peak is fairly flat. We aim to reach the very top of this gorgeous peak in 7-8 hours and start our descent soon after so as to make it to the sanctuary of our tents before the snow starts to get unstable. Remember to exercise extreme caution on your way down, for descends are known to be more ruthless than ascends.

With our first summit attempt on Day 10, we aim to reach down to Base Camp by Day 11, Ruinsara Tal by Day 12, Seema by Day 13 so as to drive back to Sankri, our trail head, by Day 14.

Day 15: Depart from Sankri (1,920M)

Your expedition ends here but not before some celebration. How can we end this adventure without a summit party?

Like we indicated before, the weather on high-altitude is unpredictable as are many other conditions. We would suggest you keep spare days between the end of the expedition and your travel arrangements to head back home.

Day 16: Reserve Day

In case of bad weather or other difficulties which might set us off schedule during the course of the entire expedition, Day 16 is set as a reserve day. This will only get used if unexpected and unforeseeable conditions present themselves at the last minute preventing us from reaching our destination as planned.

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Day1 –  Pick up to you from Dehradun railway station – Drive to Sankri Market – 210 Km (8/9 Hours (1920 Meters)

Day2 – Trek from Sankri to taluka by taxi – 11 km same day trek to Cheludgad camp (12 km) (4/5 Hours) (2600 Meters)

Day3 – Trek from Cheludgad camp to Devsu Bugyal (07 km) (3/4 Hours) (2890 Meters)

Day4 – Trek from Devsu Bugyal to Ruinsara Tal (12 km) (5/6 Hours) (3500 Meters)

Day5 – Trek from Ruinsara Lake to Kyarkoti (Base Camp) (7 km) (5/6 hours) (3900 m)

Day6 –  Rest Day for Acclimatization

Day7– Base Camp to Advance Base Camp and back (4600 m) (Load Ferry)

Day8– Camp 1 to Summit Camp (5500 m)

Day9 – Summit Camp to Summit attempt (6387 m)

Day10 – and Day 11 are reserved for Summit

Day12 – Summit Camp to Base Camp (descend) Kyarkoti camp

Day13–Trek from Kyarkoti camp to Ruinsara Lake

Day14–Trek from Ruinsara Lake to Cheludgad camp

Day15 –  Trek from Cheludgad camp to Taluka (13 km) same day drive to Sankri

Day16–  Trek from Sankri to Dehradun by taxi (210 km) (8/9 hours)

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 3 reviews
March 4, 2024

I have been waiting for black peak expedition for around 6 months, but today I have finally succeeded with it because of our fabulous guide arjun rawat On summit camp day it snowed really heavy so it was risky to climb up the summit but our guide made it fun for us and finally we completed the summit.

March 4, 2024

Me and my husband did this trek during mid 13 May 2023 This is our 5th himalayan trek expedition enjoyed a lot, experience with green valley himalayas team was quite good from pickup to drop. Ours was a 11 people group and were guided by four The guides were very helpful, charming, and funny too, they gave their helping hands whenever we needed. On the very 1st day of our trek, after 1 hour climbing we were exhausted by our backpack, but the guides helped us by carrying our backpack by themselves for the rest of the trek(as Mules were already booked at the beginning).Thank you guys and also sorry for the inconvenience. Food was good though it is understandable at such a remote location. Above all GVH Rock. Will meet you soon and recommend you to others

September 26, 2023

One of the best experience. Excellent coordination and fooding.