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Spiti Frozen Waterfall Ice Climbing Expedition Volume 1.0 is the first expedition that is organized by TAKE ME TO HIMALAYAS. Although this being the first season, all our instructors are highly qualified professionals from various mountaineering institutes and are members of the Indian Mountaineering Federation. Ice Climbing is one of the most demanding – and dangerous – of all climbing disciplines, one must be strong enough to tackle the bone-chilling cold in the Spiti region of the Himalayas. Having the right gear is essential and one must stay warm as its the first battle of ice climbing.

“I’ve been living Spiti for two years. When it comes to the cold, This middle land turns out to be a white wonderland when it snows yet harsh. Climbing in a frozen waterfall and keeping ourselves warm in this harsh cold is going to be real fun along with the local Spitian cuisine. We On The Rock Climbers is a small community that is passionate also experienced climbers promoting climbing in various regions of India. Will be sharing my personal experiences further._/\_  ” – Kamal Dev(K.D.)

DAY 01: RAMPUR TO KAZA

The pick up from Rampur will be early in the morning. We arrive at Kaza around the evening where our team shall meet you. Check into the Homestay and Relax for a while.

Fall-In at 4 pm for an introduction to ice climbing gears and the frozen waterfalls of Spiti. Then we shall give you a demo about how the gears have to be handled.

Overnight stay in Homestay.

 

DAY 02: INTRODUCTION TO CLIMBING TECHNIQUES

After breakfast, we will have a warmup session and shall move to a low gradient frozen waterfall for the days climb. Introduction to climbing knots, belaying techniques, and rappelling techniques. The whole practice/learning session will be under the supervision of experienced instructors.

Later that day we will have an Adventure film screening at the homestay followed by music jams sessions and early dinner as we demand energy and recommend good sleep for the next day's climb.

 

DAY 03: LEARNING/PRACTICING CLIMBING SESSIONS
Starting with breakfast we move on to the field for
an intensive training day with agility allowing one to use the gear accordingly, climbing full sport length/higher gradient ice pitches and also learning the dynamics of lead climbing.

Back at the homestay, talks by adventurers, jam sessions, and you can talk to your instructors with some snacks and indoor games. Overnight stay in Homestay.

 

DAY 04: LEARNING/PRACTICING CLIMBING SESSIONS

Moving to a new area today, Introducing to techniques such as 'Single traction and Double traction, Ascending/Descending techniques followed by practice throughout.

Back in the homestay, enjoy hot tea/coffee, jam sessions, adventure films, games, and dinner.

 

DAY 05: LEARNING/PRACTICING CLIMBING TECHNIQUES

Today we will be teaching you most of the Ascending and Descending techniques and practice lead climbing. Break for the Homestay early followed by the closing ceremony and party. Overnight stay in Homestay.

 

DAY 06: DEPART TO RAMPUR FROM KAZA

Early departure to Rampur. The return travel expense will not be bared by us. We will be providing you with a packed breakfast. Arrive Rampur by Evening.

EXPEDITION ENDS

  • Pick from Rampur and Drop at Kaza.
  • Transportation in Kaza (Gypsy 4*4).
  • 05 Nights’ accommodation in Welcome Homestay.
  • All Meals in Kaza.
  • All Climbing Equipment.
  • 02 Experienced MOI (Method of Instruction) Certified trainers.
  • 01 Experienced Instructor from Top Mountaineering Institute.
  • All experienced and certified staff.
  • Porter for carrying equipment.
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges, if any (Up to the amount charged for Indian nationals).

 

 

Equipment list (Per Person)

Climbing Gear (You need to bring)

  • Advance Technique Ice Axe
  • Climbing Boots
  • Crampons
  • Gaiters
  • Backpack (80 to 100 liters)
  • Sleeping bag (optional)

 

Climbing Gear (Provided by us)

  • Tubular Ice Pitons
  • Belay devices
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Prusik cords
  • Double Action, Triple Action, Straight Gate Carabiners.
  • Climbing Ropes
  • Fix Ropes
  • Micro Traxion
  • Jumar/Ascenders
  • Descenders
  • Tape Sling
  • Pulley
  • Ice Hammer
  • Mitten

 

Head

  • Sunscreen above 50+ SPF
  • Woolen cap
  • Headlamp
  • Sunglass
  • Sun cap

 

Upper Body                                                                                                             

  • Polypropylene t-shirts (Anti-sweat)
  • Waterproof Jacket/Poncho (Outer shell)
  • Base Warmer
  • Windcheater
  • Fleece jacket
  • Down jacket

 

 

Lower body 

  • Fleece pant (optional)
  • Hiking/Ski Pants
  • Warmers

 

Feet 

  • Hiking shoes
  • Crocks
  • Woolen socks (3 to 5 pair)

 

Hand 

  • Ice climbing gloves (waterproof gloves)
  • Liner gloves (1 to 2 pair)
  • Down gloves (optional)

 

Other items 

  • Water bottle 2 to 3L capacity
  • Camera batteries (optional)
  • Spoon
  • Bowl
  • Steel Mug

Toilet Kit

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Soap bottle
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Nail Cutter
  • Female hygiene kit

 

 

Julley, Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions regarding equipment lists. Some of the items on the list are expensive. You can ask us before purchasing any equipment or some of the items you can rent from IMF (Indian Mountaineering Foundation) 6, Benito Juarez Rd, South Campus, South Moti Bagh, New Delhi, Delhi 110021

NOTE: PLEASE CARRY EXTRA UPPER/LOWER LAYER WOOLEN THERMALS AS THE TEMPERATURE WILL BE DROPPING BELOW -25 °C TO  -30 °C

AS WE ARE GOING ECO-FRIENDLY, WE SHALL BE USING DRY TOILETS THROUGHOUT THE EXPEDITION, AN ECO-FRIENDLY WAY OF DISPOSING WASTE AT THE HOMESTAY.

ICE CLIMBING IS NOT FOR PEOPLE WHO EXPECT LUXURY. THIS IS A HARDCORE ADVENTURE SPORT WHERE ONE MUST BE PREPARED ENOUGH MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY.

  • Cost of any kind of Travel Insurance.
  • Personal equipment Like Harness, Climbing Boots, and Ice Axe.
  • Any Expense of personal nature.
  • Any Expense not specified in the inclusions list.
  • Any changes due to Natural Climates like Snowfall, Avalanche, Earthquake, etc.

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