Eastern Pinnacle Thajwas Summit
Eastern Summit Peak lies snugly between Valehead Peak and Central Pinnacle Peak in the Thajwas Range. One gets to see peaks like Mount Kolahoi, Buttress, Mount Burdlau, Valehead, Central Pinnacle, Thajwas etc; and alpine lakes like Dodsar, Hoksar, Handilsar, Barfsar (Kashmir’s highest recognized altitude lake), Sormesar & Chaingsar. The Peak stands at an altitude of 15610 ft.
The Peak comes second in the succession of peaks after Mosquito and Valehead Peaks; Central Pinnacle, Western Pinnacle and few other peaks continue in this succession before they blend with the Greater Thajwas Range.
It was first scaled by John A. Jackson, a British explorer and mountaineer, in 1945; and since then has remained un-scaled. However, On 12th July, 2020 Cliffhangers India Founder Mohammed Arif along with two fellow mountaineers, Junaid Ahmed and Nazir Raina scaled Eastern Pinnacle.
How to reach the base camp
- After landing in Srinagar, the cab from Cliffhangers India will ferry you to the base camp situated near Baltal, Sonamarg.
Things to Carry:
- Backpack & rain cover, trekking shoes preferably high-ankle one, day pack to carry on-the-trek essentials like a lunch box, water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, protein bars etc, headlamp/torch, trekking pole, personal medical kit.
- Thermals, fleece jacket, down feather jacket, waterproof pants, sun cap, woollen cap: toiletries: sunscreen, lip balm, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, toothbrush & toothpaste, hand towel, sanitary napkins etc.
Terms & Conditions
Please read the below-mentioned policies carefully before finishing your booking with us.
1. Cancellation policy
- Cancellation of any expedition/trek/tour must be notified immediately in writing. The cancellation process will be initiated only after receiving a cancellation mail from your end.
- For any cancellation requested 40 days prior to the first day of any expedition/trek/tour, the full amount will be refunded with 10% of the amount deducted as processing fee.
- For any cancellation requested between 40 to 30 days prior to the first day of expedition/trek/tour, only 50% of the amount will be refunded without any processing fee deduction. If cancellation is requested 30 days prior to the first day of expedition/trek/tour, there will be no refund.
- The rates/fees for the trek once decided will remain the same; however, if the group size is trimmed from the client end, the rates/fees may vary.
- In case of any untoward situation like a natural disaster, national emergency, terrorist activity, adverse weather conditions or any other unforeseen situations, the refund may or may not be entertained which will solely be upon Cliffhangers India to decide. However, there will be no cash refund. The clients will get the voucher which they can redeem anytime for another trek/trip of their own choice organised by Cliffhangers India.
2. Medical Fitness
- Please get a recommendation from a registered medical officer/institute; getting a medical certificate is a must before embarking on an expedition/trekking. If you suffer from a severe lung/heart/muscle disorders or any disease that can turn fatal, you are advised not to take any expedition/trekking with us.
- In case you lack the required fitness, or are suffering from diseases that have the potential of becoming fatal in the mountains/ high altitude, Cliffhangers reserves the right to bar your participation from any expedition/trekking without any refund/compensation.
3. Travel Insurance
- You are advised to have a travel insurance cover. Our prices/fees don’t cover insurance or any other travel cover. Your travel insurance must cover accidents, injury, illness, and death medical expenses including any related to pre-existing medical conditions, emergency repatriation including helicopter rescue and air ambulance where applicable and personal liability.
4. Promotional Material
- Cliffhangers India reserves the right to take photographs/videos of participants and use them for any marketing/promotional activity. Any objection should be sent in writing before the commencement of any expedition/trek with us.
5. Identity Proof
- Please carry a valid Identity Proof. A valid passport and visa for all the tourists from outside India, and for Indians a valid identity proof preferably Aadhaar Card.
6. Environment Consciousness
- Please keep the environment cleanliness strictly into consideration. Any behaviour/activity that is averse/harmful to environment conservation is strictly prohibited.
- You are recommended to avoid carrying any non-biodegradable items during the expedition/trek/tour; in case it’s a medical or other necessity, please dispose of them off properly (dustbins) after the expedition/trek is over.
- Cutting a tree/plant, killing/injuring any animal, polluting water bodies/glaciers will prompt legal action. Please refrain yourself from harming any plant/animal or water body.
The first day of the summit starts with a steep trek of around 4 hours from Sarbal Village – the last village of Kashmir Province before it merges with Ladakh. The trek takes one to the Base Camp at Durinar meadow (11650 ft), spend the night in this breathtaking meadow. The meadow has a crystal blue lake called Durinar Lake in its vicinity, the lake is harboured in a giant granite rock. Durinar Meadow also as the base camp for two wonderful alpine peaks, Mount Innominate and Crystal Peaks and leads a trail to Kolahoi Pass.
The second day of the trek has a steep ascend that takes to Durniar Lake (13685 ft) which serves as the Camp 1. It takes around four hours to reach the lake. The base camp here nearby the lake serves as the Summit Camp.
The third day of the trek is an acclimatization day. Take an ascend upto around 400m and then descend back to the Durinar Lake Camp.
The fourth day is the summit day.
The entire summit is steep. Post Durinar Lake reach Nilnag Lake (14000ft) while trudging on the trail that is rough and made up of granite boulders. The boulders are quite big but stable. Immediately after Nilnag, to the left, the snout of Innominate Glacier starts. To the right, manoeuvre a steep gully of around 450m; the gully is floored with thick snow and rocks. The gully transports one to the Thajwas Glacier 3rd. This is where the summit line starts. The last 100 m has a ridge of stable rocks and corneas along the route. Summit is rock formed and has a sharp and deep drop to its right. One beholds the mighty peaks of Sirbal from the summit.
After summit, return to the Durinar Lake Camp.
This is the last day of the expedition. Return to the Sarbal Village via same route.
Note: The summit day sometimes consumes two days depending upon the weather conditions. If the weather is rough one might have to wait a day to get the clear weather window which is required for the summit.
- Accommodation in tents/ homestays on twin sharing basis.
- Sleeping bags, Sleeping Mattresses, Toilet Tents & Kitchen Tents.
- Daily meals (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner).
- Passes and Permits.
- Load ferrying.
- Basic Medical / First Aid Kit.
- Staff (Trek Leaders, Cooks and Helpers).
- Expenses of personal nature like Laundry, Phone Calls, Alcohol, Cigarettes, Camera Fee, and Bottled Water etc
- Travel Insurance and other Emergency Expenses