The Pangarchulla peak is a beautiful introductory peak. The trek poses just the right amount of challenge and is ideal for hikers who want to get a taste of climbing. Pangarchulla peak is at 14700 ft height above the sea level and can have a lot of snow till as late as May. The trail to Pangarchulla Peak has a variety of terrains. From Lush green farms to dense jungle and then a pristine white snow-covered landscape. The views of peaks like Vasudhara falls, Mana, Mandir, Ghodi, Hathi, Barmal, Lampak Massif, Dronagiri, Nanda-Devi, and Bertholi can leave you feeling modest. Pangarchulla peak may require the use of technical climbing gears such as ropes, crampons, ice ax, harnesses etc. An orientation and skill training on the use of the technical gear would be provided during the trek itself as and when required.
Day 01: Delhi – Haridwar By Road 250 Kms. / 4.5 hrs. appx.
Transfer to Haridwar.
On arrival, sightseeing of Haridwar.
Overnight in Haridwar.
Day 02: Drive Haridwar to Joshimath
Haridwar is celebrated famous pilgrim site and you should reach Haridwar railway station (which is just by the corner of the main bus depot). Here we will meet you at 6:30 am and our journey shall commence.
EnrouteJoshimath, we will take the course of river Ganga and cross the famous river-bank pilgrim towns of Rishikesh and the 5 Prayags or confluences. Rishikesh, besides its ambiance of peace is also known for white-water river rafting. Those interested could book a stay here for a few days prior to the trek and we can pick you up on the way to Joshimath.
At Devaprayag, You will get a stunning view of the Bhagirathi river descending into river Alakananda and fusing to form a vivid play of different green hues in the water. The slopes of the mountains along the fiery river look picturesque from the confluence of Devaprayag.
Breakfast and lunch could be found at roadside inns along the Badrinath Road and this will be exclusive of charges you pay for the trek. By 5 pm, at the hour of sundown, we will pull in on the driveway of the Joshimath guest house, in time for refreshing hit tea followed by an opening dinner and briefing from your Trek Leader.
256 km drive, approx 10 hours
Trekkers will be picked from Haridwar at 6:30am in a Tata Sumo or a similar vehicle (cost is included)
Arrive at Joshimathapprox by 5 pm – (tea, briefing of the trek & dinner)
Breakfast and Lunch on the way (exclusive of charges)
Accommodation at the guest house
Telephone Network- Available
Haridwar to Rishikesh (best place for white water rafting, trekking gear available on rent and purchase)
Rishikesh to Devprayag (confluence of Bhagirathi river and Alaknanda river)
Devprayag to Srinagar
Srinagar to Rudrapryag (confluence of Mandakini river and Alaknanda river)
Rudrapryag to Karnprayag (confluence of Pindar river and Alaknanda river)
Note: You can reach Rishikesh a day earlier for rafting. On the day of the trek, we can arrange your pickup from Rishikesh.
Day 03: Drive Joshimath to Dhak and Trek to Gulling top
Next day, by 7 am we will set off for Dhak village after having breakfast at the guest-house. From Dhak the trek will begin. The drive from Joshimath to Dhak of around 40 minutes will introduce you to the mountain kingdom surrounding the town. Enjoy the first sights of Nanda Devi peak during your ride. Collect your refreshments and start the trek from Dhak road-head marking the uphill bent towards the destination. Trek for 1 hour to the first village.
The gradually ascending trail keeps the village on the right and takes a dusty, rocky hike of gradual ascents. Without any major difficulties, we reach Karachi village from where the trail inclines by gushing streams. Feast your senses in the greenery of the farming steps cut across hills and the high mountains towering over from all around.The gradual gaining of altitude here must be supported by thorough hydration, therefore, you must keep filling your bottle at village water points. Next, you will be reaching Tugasi village, and with that, we cover about 3 km of the whole trek. Tugasi is a picture of a typical high-altitude Garhwali Himalayan village with their wooden houses, storage places, and ranch. You will come across shepherd clans, farmers, and other agrarian people in this village set in the backdrop of mountains. After immersing in the different flavor of life for some time here, we move towards our next stop- the hamlet of Gulling. During the trek, you can get wonderful sights ofDronagiriParvat towards left.
With the turn from Tugasi towards Gulling at 8990 ft, the scenario changes from stark and dusty to green. A thickly forested area kicks in after Gulling and traces of civilization start to blur away. The trek continues through forest cover to the Gulling Top campsite at 9600 ft. across 0.5 km from Gulling village. Along with this stretch, finally, the great mesmerizing snow peaks of Garhwal Himalayas pop their heads changing the whole vista to a heavenly one. Prominent in this dazzling panorama are Dronagiri, HathiParvat, and GhoriParvat. You can see widespread Golden Oak, Birch trees on your sides. After lunch at the campsite, the sun takes a dip and the snow peaks take a golden sheen casting a spell of pure magic—the perfect time to catch a few exquisite shots!
12 km drive and 5 km trek, approx 4hrs
First 1 hour trek till road head
The trail is a mix of steep and gradual ascent, mostly through villages
Hot lunch at camp site
Water Points- Available at villages in passing
Accommodation in tent
Peaks spotted: Dronagri, HathiParvat, GoriParvat
Drive from Joshimath to Dhak village (2,050m/6750ft) (12 km)
Trek from Dhak village to Tugasivillage (2,450m/8050ft) (3.5 km trek)
Trek from Tugasi village to Gulling village (2,750m/9,000ft) (2 km trek)
Gulling village to Gulling top camp site (2,900m/9600ft) (0.5 km Trek)
Day 04: Trek Gulling Top to Camp-I
The next day’s trip is a straight ascent of approx 5 km spanning 4 hours approximately. The destination Camp I is a campsite in the clearing amid coniferous forests of blue pine, oaks, and rhododendron.
We set out today after breakfast prepared mentally for a moderate hike. There will be numerous water points. The entire trail will be a muddy route. Since the trail is under dense forest cover there is no scope for big mountain sights. Greeted with sharp curves with deep ravines gaping at one side, we move along never feeling cheated out of the beautiful vista promised. The forests seem to smile up suddenly here and there where rhododendrons have bloomed in thickets of pink and red. From a little inside the forested trail, snow becomes part of the scene. Rich growth of Silver Birch and Spruce hovers over the snow-covered forest floor making Pangarchulla an in-depth snow trek. Late into the day, Camp-I is reached. Lunch tastes extra delicious today after this testing trek. The afternoon and evening can be reserved for acclimatization relaxed walks around the clearing. The acclimatization walk is till Khullarameadows, that takes around 40 minutes to reach there. This will be one of the best walks, with fewer efforts you will be standing in front of an ocean of Kamet, ManaParvat, Devban, HatiParvat, Garud, Trishul, Dronagiri peaks.
5.5 kms trek, approx 5 hrs
Steep ascent through oak, rhododendron (mostly pink and white), walnut forest
Lunch at camp site
Accommodation in tent
Peaks spotted: Nanda Devi, Kalanka, Chang bang, Dronagri, Hathi Parvat, Gori Parvat
Day 05: Trek Camp-I to Kuari pass via Khullara and back to Camp-I
Starting after breakfast with packed lunch from Camp I, we make our way skirting the forest lands towards the Peak and some 40 minutes into the trail, the scenery changes from tree covered shadowy trails to open meadows. When you reach Khullara top in another 1 hour, you follow Lord Curzon trail towards Kuari Pass. From Khullara top you can see 3 trails heading out, the right going to Tali downwards, left uphill trail goes to Pangarchulla, left downhill to Kuari Pass. We will take the route to Kuari Pass. Keep trudging on the Lord Curzon trail for 20 min and open Gelgad meadows will come into sight. This is another spot to capture the mighty Himalayan peaks like Chaukhamba, Neelkantha etc. Keep walking for another 20 minutes into the trail and you will encounter the famous broken bridge. Here you can find one water point if luckily it is not frozen. Take a few deep breaths and get ready for steep ascent until Kuari Pass.
Watch out for the Pangarchulla on the left as you arrive closer to it. Some of the prominent peaks visible are Chaukhamba, Mt. Kamet, and Neelkantha, Mana, Devban, HatiParvat, Garud, Trishul, Dronagiri.
Have your lunch on the wonderful pass and return back to Camp I.
Approx 7-8 km Trek, 5-6 hrs(3-4 km each way)
First half is steep ascent and second half is gradual ascent
Wide meadows with golden to bright green grass cover to cross in the summer that turns into rolling snowfields in the winter
Khullara top to broken bridge with frozen stream (traverse walk) (12,200 ft)
Broken bridge to KUARI PASS (Strenuous climb) (12,500 ft)
Carry enough water (no water source on the way)
Early morning after breakfast start trek to Kuari pass
Special care for protection from the harsh sun is required in these open meadows
Peaks: Kedarnath Peak, Kedardome, Chaukhambha, Balakun, Neel Kantha, Mukut Parvat, Kamet, Abhi Gamin, Mana I, Ghori Parvat, Hathi Parvat, Dronagiri, Kalanka, Chang Bang, Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti
Day 06: Trek Camp-I to Pangarchulla Peak Summit via Khullara and Back to Camp-I
On this big day, we start early in the morning at the crack of dawn and set off on fresh snow for the summit hike. It is necessary to be equipped with at least 2 liters of water as there are no water sources from here. Multiple steep climbing points on the way make this stretch laborious. The trail will be same till Lord Curzon trail and you will reach here in 1 and half hour, same as the previous day.
The first 30 minutes of the ascent is a thorough ridge climb which you will know has ended when a vision Pangarchulla Main and auxiliary peaks rise right up ahead. While the climb may be strenuous the fluorescent sunrise on the left will boost your confidence. After the ridge walk, level snow grounds spread ahead giving you a scope to catch your breath. For this region and further up, your group may require cutting through the thick carpet of snow manually—an exhaustive task assigned to the one who leads. In May, June the snow usually melts leaving behind a carpet of boulders. Again if there a few traces of snow, watch out while stepping on the snow. Your foot may go deep sometimes pertaining to the rocks below. Before reaching the base of Pangarchulla Main, enjoy this level snow patch from where you will get a terrific detailed view of the Chaukhamba massif, flanked by Mana, Kamet, Hati-Ghodiand other snow caps. We request trekkers to not to ask for sliding as it is dangerous on these slopes.
Your trek leader will get you all set for rope up. You will be given a choice to continue or stop here. From the base of Pangarchulla Main Peak, once again comes a steep ridge climb. At about a distance of 100 meters, the knife ridge begins. The knife-edge cut in the middle of the ridge should be avoided as you step. Expect high squalling wind with currents. We expect to reach the summit by 10 am, at the most. Any more delays are not allowed because the snow begins to melt, making the reverse trail slippery. On loose snow, the micro spikes do not work efficiently.
At the summit point, you will come face to face with the Garhwal snow peaks in all their glory, especially Nanda Ghunti on left, chaukhamba on right, which will come to fore for the first time with all the detailed ridge lines revealed. The top is marked by a small temple. From the summit, one gets a 360-degree view of the Garhwal Himalayas, with Nanda Ghunti, Trishuli, Chang Bang, Dronagiri, GarudParvat, Lampak 1,2, Hathi, Gauri, Mana, Kamet on the right and Neelkanth, Chaukhamba, Kedardome etc. on the left side. After enjoying your victory for 15 minutes we descend and have lunch at the base.
12-13Km trek, 7-8hrs (6-7km each way)
Challenging and steep climb
Start trekking at 04:00am as turnaround time is 08:00am
Packed lunch to be had at a rest point on the way
Peaks spotted: Nanda Ghunti, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Kalanka, Chang bang, Dronagri, Hathi Parvat, Gori Parvat, Mana, Kamet, Abl Gamin, Neelkanth, Chaukhamba massifs and many more
Day 07: Trek Camp-I to Dhak village and drive to Joshimath
On the way down from Camp-I, one by one the snow peaks will pop out of view and the same old village trails will remind you of the end of the journey. From Dhak, a car ride into the dusk will take you back to life at the Joshimath guest-house.
11km trek, approx 7hrs and 12km drive to Joshimath
Breakfast at Camp I
Trek to Dhak village
Drive from Dhak village to Joshimath
Packed lunch on the way
Reach Joshimath by late afternoon
Joshimath (tea, debriefing, dinner)
Clean drinking water for filling your bottles will be available at Tugasi and Dhak
Accommodation: Guest House
Day 08: Drive Joshimath to Haridwar
After sleeping over the unforgettable experience of scaling Pangarchulla, today we go back city-wards. Your car will be waiting at 6 in the morning. Bidding adieu to the gaze of the hills, you will descend down to civilization reaching Haridwar by 6 in the evening in time for your overnight journey back.
256 kms drive, approx 10 hrs
Ride will commence at 6 am, reaching destination at around 6 pm
Breakfast and Lunch will be on the way at a roadside inn, exclusive of charges
Overnight in Haridwar.
Day 09: Drive Haridwar to Delhi
After breakfast, drive to Delhi.
On arrival, city tour of Delhi.
Overnight in Delhi.
Day 10: Depart Delhi
Transfer to Delhi International airport for flight to onward destination.
|City||Night (s)||Hotels / Camps|
|Delhi||01||Radisson Blu Paschim Vihar|
– 09 nights accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
– Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
– Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)
– All necessary permits and entry fees.
– First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
– Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide and Support staff.
– Transport from Haridwar to Haridwar.
– Mules to carry the central luggage.
– Any kind of personal expenses.
– Food during the transit.
– International air Ticket.
– Visa Fees (if any)
– Any kind of emergency evacuation charges
– Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
– Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
– Accommodation in good hotels.
– Check-in / out time is 12 noon at most of the hotels.
– Extension to other places is also possible with a minimal extra cost.
– Additional nights are available at each place with minimal supplement.
– A visa is required and must be obtained prior to your departure from your Country.
– If quoted hotel is not available, we will provide one of a similar category and standard.
– Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability.
– In case the government changes presently applicable taxes, increase in airlines prices, fuel surcharge our rates will need to be adjusted accordingly.
– Sometimes, there is no relevance between the distance and time of travelling, as it depends upon the condition of the roads and congestion of the traffic.
– While every effort will be made to maintain the itinerary, in view of local strikes etc that are beyond our control all schedule and itineraries are subject to last moment changes.
– Clients must be fully insured, as the company cannot accept liability for loss or damage to client’s property, medical emergencies or any other loss suffered by them whilst on tour.
– In Case of issuing Domestic or International air tickets, SGV is not responsible for any refund if the flight is delayed or cancelled, as it is the responsibility of airline.