Saife Peak & Sudarshan Parbet Expedition

Saife Peak & Sudarshan Parbet Expedition

Altitude 6,167m Grade: 3C

This is a combo expedition set in a spectacular setting above the source of the Ganges in the Garhwal region of Northern India. The region is called a mountaineering paradise and benefits from a short approach trek making it possible to attempt two stunning 6000m peaks in just three weeks.

Our main objective is Sudarshan but we anticipate being able to climb the stunning ridge of Saife Peak during our approach and acclimatisation phase of the expedition. The views from both Peaks are spectacular and will leave an indelible impression in your memory. Few groups have discovered these peaks take advantage now!

Saife is a lovely conical shaped snow covered peak in the heart of the Indian Himalaya away from the crowds of Nepal. Technically it is straightforward a bit like Mera Peak with the summit giving spectacular views of all the famous peaks of the Gangotri Glacier including Shivling (one of the most beautiful peaks in the world) and the famous rock spires of the Bhagirathi Towers. Sudarshan is steeper and will require short sections of fixed line work for which training will be given. Sudarshan is a spectacular looking peak that dominates the true right hand skyline of the approach walk that takes you up to the source of the Ganges. This is a fully supported climb where high altitude porters (HAPs) are used to establish three camps (ABC 4880m, C1 5550m, C2 5975) to aid our ascent of this wonderful snow and ice peak. The majestic views of Shivling –the Matterhorn of the Himalayas is always present and it is surrounded by some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the world. Sudarshan Peak is a good stepping-stone to a 7000 or 8000m Peak


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Taj Mahal extension from £295+1 days

* A deposit of £200 (or the full extra price, whichever is lower) will be required at checkout for each extra added per-person on this trip

What's Included

  • Estimated International flights from London (Flight inclusive package)
  • A British expedition team leader.
  • Nepali Climbing Sherpa's to fix lines and carry group equipment.
  • Permits, charges, importation taxes and levies payable to the Local Authorities in connection with the expedition.
  • Transfers to and from the in-country airport if flights booked with Adventure Peaks
  • Food, fuel and cooking equipment whilst on the mountain.
  • Hotel accommodation in Delhi on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
  • All tents and other communal equipment necessary for the climb.
  • Medical safety equipment and supplies
  • Communication equipment (each member on a Grade 3B or above are normally provided with a radio whilst on the mountain and the team is often supported with a Satellite Telephone and e-mail facilities on extended expeditions at Base Camp).
  • 90 - 120 litre kit bag for expedition members for UK based clients. A logoed top will be substituted for all clients residing outside of the UK and for returning clients
  • 15% off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchased from Adventure Peaks shop

What's Excluded

  • Personal climbing clothes and equipment.
  • Personal HAP's (High Altitude Porters) to move personal clothes and equipment.
  • Personal insurance, visas, departure tax and inoculations.
  • Travel to and from UK airport (unless otherwise specified).
  • Transfers to and from the in-country airport if flights NOT booked with Adventure Peaks
  • Drinks and hotel or guest house meals, unless specified.
  • Personal medical supplies and personal use of communication equipment.
  • Excess baggage.
  • Tips for porters and local guides.
  • Costs associated with an expedition finishing early or you leaving an expedition early
  • Costs associated with extending a trip due to bad weather or other circumstances including the cost of extra nights accommodation
    (including a share of the leaders cost)


Days 1 - 2

Depart UK, Arrive Delhi and transfer to the hotel. Free time for sightseeing in Delhi while the leader attends an expedition briefing at the Indian Mountaineering Federation.

Day 3

Train to Haridwar.(4-5hrs) drive to Rishikesh (1hr)

Day 4

Drive Drive to to Ultarkashi 7-8hrs (1110m)

Day 5

Drive Ultarkashito Gangotri (3048m). A spectacular drive to the road head at Gangotri. Gangotri. is a sacred place for Hindus, as it is the source of the River Ganges.

Day 6

Acclimatisation Day at Gangotri (3048m). Having gained significant altitude over the past two days we spend the day around Gangotri undertaking an acclimatisation walk (500m height gain) up a gorge overlooking a spectacular waterfall.

Day 7

Trek to Bhojbasa (3784m). Before leaving we visit the temple to take a blessing from the local priest in line with tradition! The morning takes us towards Gamukh and the snout of the Gangotri glacier. We get our first views of the very impressive Bhagirathi Peaks. A further 3-4 hours takes us to our camp at Bhojbasa, meaning ‘Home of the Birch tree’. 14 kms, 7-8hours walking.

Day 8

Trek Bhojbasa to Base Camp (4520m). We continue our trek along the Bhagirathi river to finally reach Gaumukh and the snout of the Gangotri glacier. Following the moraine we eventually reach the junction with Raktvarn glacier which we follow for a short distance to camp close to the magnificent Bhagirathi Peaks. Base Camp provides outstanding views of the majestic and beautiful Shivling Peak, the Matterhorn of the Indian Himalaya 6-7 hours walking.

Day 9

Acclimatisation Day. We may take a walk upto ABC or stay at Base Camp and sort equipment for the high camps whilst high altitude porters ferry loads up to ABC.

Day 10

Trek to Advanced Base Camp (4820m). A fairly rugged day of trekking takes us up the moraine of the Raktvarn glacier to gain the base of the Swetvarn glacier 5-6 hrs

Days 11 - 13

During this period we will move up the Swetvarn glacier between ABC and Camp 2 establishing two camps. The rate of progress will be dependent on levels of acclimatisation, weather, glacial conditions and the progress our HAP in moving equipment and supplies.

Day 14

Summit Saife Peak

Day 15

Move to Camp 2

Day 16

Rest Day

Day 17

Sudarshan Parbat summit day

Day 18

Reserve summit day

Day 19

Descend to Base Camp

Days 20 - 21

Return Trek to Gangotri

Day 22

Drive to Rishikesh/Haridwar

Day 23

Train or Drive to Delhi. Debriefing for the leader with the Indian Mountaineering Federation.

Day 24

Return flights


It is essential for a trip of this type that you are adequately insured. When researching insurance options, please ensure the policy covers you for the following:

  • Cancellation or curtailment
  • Helicopter rescue (most insurance companies will no longer cover for ‘search and rescue’ but providing you stay with the group, they will assist with ‘rescue’)
  • Repatriation
  • The altitude that you are expected to attain
  • The location especially when travelling to Antarctica
  • Grade of trek/climb/expedition
  • Medical cover

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We are aware the following provide insurance:

For UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services:  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins:  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK)  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
Rothwell & Towler:  Tel: 0345 908 0161 (under 6400m)
Campbell Irvine:  Tel: 0207 938 1737 (Not for treks/climbs with ropes – OK for Aconcagua)
J S Insurance:  Tel: 0844 848 1500
Snowcard:  Tel: 01295 660836
The B.M.C.:  Tel: 0161 445 6111 (call and speak to Jim. Please note the BMC cannot cover Mt Damavand)
Dogtag:  Tel: 0800 036 4824 (Check excess etc)

For non-UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services:  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins:  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK):  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
AXA Worldwide Travel Ins:  Tel: +44 (0)844 874 0360
Ingle International:  Tel: (USA) 1.800.360.3234
Insure for Less: (Australian clients)

You do not have to use any of the above, but if you make your own insurance arrangements documentary evidence of your own policy is required.

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