The beautiful Pangarchulla peak trek via Auli, and starts from JOSHIMATH, in CHAMOLI district in the Garhwal district, at a towering altitude of 3650 m. Trekkers pass through snowcapped passes, steep slopes and boulders. After reaching the peak of Kuari, immerse in the beauty of the mountain peaks and passes, see several rivers converging and traverse through dense forests, and lush green meadows called as “BUGYALS”. Sometimes, trekkers can spot the footprints of Himalayan leopard or bear. Stay at the Eco- lodge in AULI, and see the beautiful sights of the valleys and mountain peaks. As trekkers further proceed, the trail slowly changes from green to white – with sheets of snow when trekking during winters with Rhododendron in full bloom. This trail passes through the Nanda Devi Sanctuary which is another highlight of pangarchulla peak trek. Soak in the beauty of this region with breathtaking views of MT. NANDA DEVI, CHAUKHAMBA, DUNAGIRI, HATHI PARBAT and GHORI PARBAT. Pangarchulla trek is classified as moderately difficult and can be undertaken by anyone with reasonable amount of physical fitness. However, one has to trek through steep ridges, on the way through the charming summit.
About The Pangarchulla Trek:
Trekking thru beautiful gorges, ridges and meadows and dense forests is a thrilling experience. Perched at an altitude of 14,700 ft pangarchulla trek is the right one for adventure enthusiasts especially if you are an acrophile. Although pangarchulla peak trek can be done all through the year, winter is the best time to enjoy this snow trek. One can experience different landscapes through the trail from lush green meadows to oak forests to grasslands. One treks through the pilgrimage sites of UTTARAKHAND, rocky terrains of DHAK village and during ascent trekkers come across cliff villages, characterized by terrace farmland, slant roofed houses and finally surrounded by the Himalayas with imposing views of NANDA DEVI, CHAUKHAMBA, HATI-GHORI, and BARMAL. The route to PANGARCHULLA never misses out from the peaks, most notably CHAUKHAMBA, KEDARNATH, NEELKANTH, HAATHI-GHODI, KAMET, MANA and DRONAGIRI.
Pangarchulla Peak Trek Highlights:
Some of the highlights of pangarchulla trek are:
- Splendid sights of the valleys and huge mountains.
- See lines of Oak, Silver Birch, Blue pine, and the unique Bhojpatra (source of the papyrus) all through the route.
- Camp under the night sky just gazing at the beautiful stars and have a wonderful bonfire.
- Be one with nature – watching many small streams and rivulets and huge Pangarchulla peak.
- During the trail, pass steep and narrow ridge to the summit of the peak, which is a tough but wonderful experience.
- Mingle with the locals and relish regional cuisine.
Key Facts About Pangarchulla Trek:
|Region||Uttharakhand, Garhwal region- Himalayas.|
|Duration||6 Days 5 Nights|
|Ideal Time||The region can be visited throughout the year as the place is relatively warm and pleasant with clear and sunny skies. During monsoon this place receives heavy rainfall and is not a good time for visit.|
|Temperature||The day temperature is between 14*C- 18*C – warm and pleasant. In the night it drops to -6*C.|
|Level||The trek is graded as moderately difficult. Better if the trek is led by an experienced and well-qualified trek leader. Beginners may find it difficult to undertake pangarchulla trek as the trails are slippery and since the trek is at high altitude. Persons with regular fitness training / physically fit and without ailments will find the trip enjoyable.|
|Total Distance||34 Kms|
|Maximum Elevation||Pangarchulla peak trek starts at a minimum altitude of 4268 m at Kauri pass and reaches a maximum elevation of 5100 m at Pangarchulla.|
|Weather||In general, the weather is pleasant and salubrious in summers, cold and harsh in winters and heavy rainfall during monsoon.|
|Communication||At Gorson Bugyal and Auli almost all networks receive connectivity. In case of emergency satellite communication will help. However, after crossing Auli the connectivity is completely lost.|
|ATM Point||The last ATM point is at Auli before the trek starts.|
Detailed Itinerary of Pangarchulla Trek:
Haridwar – Auli 2450 m – Drive – 280 Kms – 8 – 9 Hrs – Trekkers meet at the Haridwar railway station / airport early morning and drive to Auli. They will be passing through Rudraprayag, Devprayag that are the two prominent townships, and also see the confluence of Alaknanda and Ganga. Once they arrive at Auli, night stay will be at lodge.
Auli – Khulara 3225 m – Trek – 6 Hrs – After breakfast start the trek for Khulara – the meadows of Auli enthuse trekkers to do skiing. See the exotic sights of Nanda Devi. Continue trekking through the forests, and see the different bird species, and reach the prairies of Gurson. Descend from here and see the forests of Oak, Chestnut, Deodar and Maple trees. Arrive at Talli. Reach Khulara camp after a long walk, with lush green meadows and mountainous landscapes. Overnight stay will be at tents under the starry sky.
Khulara – Kuari Pass 3650 m – Base of Pangarchula Peak 3650 m – Trek – 6 – 7 Hrs – After breakfast start trek towards Kuari Pass and see flock of sheep grazing. After trekking for another 3 hours reach Kuari pass. Climb down, to the base of Pangarchula peak where trekkers see the peaks of Chaukhamba, Kedarnath, Neelkanth, Haathi-Ghodi, Kamet, Mana and Dronagiri. Overnight stay will be at the tents.
Base Camp – Pangarchula Peak – 4700 m – Base Camp / Khulara – Trek – 7 – 8 Hrs – Trekkers start ascending down the summit, and they arrive at a ridge – the climb passes through the uneven rocky terrains. The route is covered with snow, with the stunning peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul, Changabhang. After reaching the camp, celebrate the completion of the trek and unwind here. If the trekkers arrive early at the base camp, then they can trek further down to Khulara. Overnight stay will be at tents.
Base Camp / Khulara – Dhak – 2000 m – Trek – 4 – 6 Hrs – Dhak – Auli – Drive – 45 minutes – Post breakfast, trek down towards the road linking Joshimath to Niti-Malari valley. Trek all the way to Dhak, through the dense forests and beautiful villages. Halt at Kharsi and Tugasi villages to know about the local lifestyle and culture. Drive from here to Auli, and have dinner. Stay will be the lodge for the night.
Auli – Haridwar – Drive – 280 Kms – 8 – 9 Hrs – After breakfast trekkers start back to Haridwar, and they carry pleasant memories of their stay at Auli’s snowy environs. Trekkers continue their journey, and are dropped at the station / airport where this exciting trek of the Pangarchula Peak ends.
Inclusions For Trek to Pangarchulla:
Some of the inclusions of the trek are:
“The Grand Shiva” and ” Golden Tulip” located in the heart of Haridwar are 15 minutes drive from the Haridwar railway station. These hotels have different types of accommodation – ie. Double / Triple / Four Bed Deluxe / Super Deluxe rooms. These hotels have the following facilities:
- Hot and cold running water
- Attached bathrooms
- Free Wi-Fi
- Electric kettle
- Room and suites
- Banquet hall
- Ample parking.
- Coffee shop and multi cuisine restaurant.
- Spa and health clubs
“The Hotel Shiva” gives quality service and offers variety of cuisines.
Online travel portals offer lot of choices to book accommodation at desired prices, preferred time and conveniences. Besides, on early bookings travelers can avail discounts and offers.
The meals of the region are called the “Kumaoni” or “Garhwali” dishes. The people of this region use lot of spices in the preparation of their dishes, and the cuisine of the region is called the “Pahadi Cuisine”. They use lot of spices and herbs in the preparation of their dishes. The vegetarian dishes are Chainsoo, Phanu, Jholi, Rice, Dal, Mandua Ki Roti, Ghatak Ki Dal or Parathe, Sisunk Ka Saag, Kafuli, Jhangori Ki Kheer, Arsa, Raita, Urad Daal Ke Pakode and the non-vegetarian dishes are Aadab Ke Gohst, chicken curry, meat bhaat, kullu trout fish, marinated fish and mutton. The dishes of this region always keep the body warm and energize the body. Eventhough the cuisine of this region is simple, they reflect the food habits, tastes, culinary and cooking style and reflect the geographical and cultural diversities of the people of this region.
The other inclusions of the trek are:
- Camping and trekking equipment – sleeping bags, imported Inflatable Camping Mattresses, Camping stools, Mess Tent, Toilet tent with portable toilet seats, 3/4 season Mountain Hardware or similar imported alpine tents will be provided.
- First aid/ medical kits.
- Each guide can take only 6 persons with him / her.
- Porter / mules for carrying camping equipment and rations.
- Charges for forest entry, camping, and permits.
- Mountaineering qualified and professional trek Leader, guide and Support staff.
- Service tax.
- Services are offered on “from Haridwar to Haridwar” basis.
- Staff insurance.
Exclusions of Pangarchulla Peal Trek:
- Transportation from Haridwar -Auli – Haridwar (Presently Rs. 3000/- per person.) – However, this may vary across different tour operators.
- Insurance and any other meals / snacks / mineral water tea / coffee etc.
- Climbing Gear
- Trekking shoes / Clothes.
- Food during the transit.
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
Transportation To Reach Haridwar:
Haridwar can be reached by either air, train or road.
The Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, is the nearest airport that is 286 Kms from Joshimath with an approx. travel time of 8 Hrs. The airport has good connectivity with Delhi, Mumbai and other destinations. There are lot of taxis outside the airport to reach Haridwar from Dehradun.
The Rishikesh railhead is the nearest railway station that is 251 Kms away from Joshimath (Travel time – 8 Hrs) and 191 Kms (Travel time – 6 Hrs) from Nandaprayag. There are trains to Delhi, Haridwar, Katra (Jammu and Kashmir) various destination on a daily basis.
Haridwar, is well connected by buses to all major destinations from Punjab, Delhi, U.P and other places in Uttarakhand. There are lot of private and state owned buses that ply to these places. The travel is comfortable and the fares are reasonable.
Things to Carry During Your Pangarchulla Trek:
Some of the basic essentials recommended are:
- Comfortable footwear
- Comfortable warm clothes
- Insect repellent
- Gloves(inner fleece, water proof)
- A 60 liters backpack, with plastic or water proof lining.
- Jackets or sweaters
- High ankle trekking shoes with good grip.
- Warm T-shirts(full sleeve)
- Light micro fleece pullover
- Waterproof trekking pants
- Windproof/water resistant jackets
- Sleeping bags
- Down / Fleece jackets
- Thick fleece
- Trekking pants
- Full sleeve woolen pullover / Sweaters
- Thermal inner wear/bottoms
- Woolen cap
- Thick woolen socks and regular socks
- Bandara scarf/muffler (optional)
- Hiking / trekking shoes with a thick sole
- Trekking poles.
- Gore-Tex jackets
- Walking stick
- Cotton socks/sneakers
- Water purification filters
- Towel/ small / Camp towel/ sarong
- Duffel bags down/ synthetic camp booties
- Headlamp/flashlights with extra batteries
- Insulated water bottle
- Hydration pack
- Sun glasses
- Sunscreen Lotion
- Skin ointment
- Swiss army knife
- Sun hat/ baseball cap
- Video camera.
- Extra passport photos
- One liter water bottle wide open mouth
- Wind and rain gear with hoods
- Money pouch/ belts
- Extra polythene bags.
- Note book with pen and pencils
- Energy bars
- Mobile charger and power banks
- Lip Balm
- Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
- One pair cotton trousers or shorts
- Personal toiletries
- Personal medication
- Wet wipes (tissues and wipes) in the mountains is not advisable since these are not biodegradable, sanitary pads should be carried in a Ziploc bag and after using them dispose them after coming to the city.
- Wardrobe essentials like woolen and fleece clothes, synthetic or waterproof track pants, rain-proof jackets, sunglasses, waterproof gloves, wind-proof jackets, thermal inner wear.
- Travelers should carry a spoon, lunchbox and coffee mugs with them. If needed they can also bring their own cutlery set with them for hygienic reasons.
- Carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
- Medications for common ailments:
- Diamox- To prevent acute mountain sickness
- Dexamethasone- One strip
- BP tablets as necessary
- Crocin- for fever
- Vitamin tablets for energy
- Avomine- to prevent motion sickness
- Avil- for allergies
- Combiflam- Painkiller
- Disprin- Headaches
- Norflox TZ and Lomofen- Diarrhoea
- Digene- for acidity
- Omez/ rantadine- antacids
- Crepe bandage- 3 to 5 meters
- Guaze- 1 small roll
- Band aid- 10 strips
- Cotton- 1 small roll
- Oral Rehydration solution fluids- 10 packets
- Betadine or any antiseptic cream
- Moov spray (aches and sprains).
How to Reach:
Trekkers can reach Haridwar through the NH 58 and 74 highway. There are lot of local state owned and private operators that run buses from Haridwar to various destinations. The division of NH 58 and 74 goes through the following routes:
Route 1: Haridwar – Delhi – Muzzafarnagar – Roorkee – Ghaziabad – Meerut – Badrinath (NH 58)
Route 2: Haridwar – Kashipur – Pilibhit Kichha – Nagina – Bareilly (NH 74)
- There are different public and private transport buses that ply through the above mentioned routes.
- There are options form deluxe/ a/c, non a/c and semi deluxe and ordinary buses. The roads are relatively bad and hence the travel may be at a slow pace.
- The distances between Haridwar to some prominent destinations are :
- Delhi-Haridwar: 203 km/ 4 hours
- Lucknow- Haridwar: 506 km/ 9 hours
- Gurgaon- Haridwar: 240 km / 5 hours
- Ghaziabad- Haridwar: 186 km/ 4 hours
- Jaipur- Haridwar: 473 km/ 10 hours
- Noida-Haridwar: 209 km / 4 hours.
- There are also local buses in Haridwar that cater to the needs of tourists and local population here.
- In addition there are some private operators who take tourists on local sightseeing.
- In addition to cabs, there are also lot auto and cycle rickshaws that take travelers from one place to another.
Some guidelines to follow are:
- Climatic conditions in the high altitudes differ from those of that in the plains hence, trekkers should take enough time to get themselves acclimatized to the high altitudes.
- Listen to the Guide’s instructions and follow the guidelines given by him for a safe, smooth and enjoyable trekking experience.
- Refrain from consuming alcohol or any other intoxicants during the course of the pangarchulla trek.
- Do not bring any sort of non- biodegradable materials.
- Carry identification proof.
- Avoid carrying snacks and junk food
- Travel in small groups.
- For extra porters, an extra fee of Rs.250 can be paid, per paid per day to avail their services, and to carry the personal belongings throughout pangarchulla peak trek.
- In case trekkers prefer their own sleeping bags they can buy new sleeping bags from the store.
- One can even opt for personal trekking gear and an extra oxygen at an additional cost.
- Proper waste disposal.
- Respect local cultures and be sensitive towards the wildlife.
- General precautions and steps should be taken for altitude acclimatization, with the assistance of the trek guides.
- Those having complications like heart disease, diabetes, breathing problems, high altitude sickness or is pregnant cannot participate in this trek.
- Always pack light and carry only the essentials
- Do not use disposable plastic water bottles, plastic-wrapped items
- Do not trek during nights.
- Consult a physician to know whether the individual is fit enough to undertake the trek.
- Do not litter the local sites or campsites as the whole trek takes place through eco- friendly zones.
- Physical and mental preparation is essential, be ready to trek in high altitudes. Trekkers should be ready to trek in high altitude terrains and face rough weather and trek in harsh climate.
- Trekking crew is essential since they may help in dealing with any sort of emergencies that arise on the way.
- Getting a proper insurance is necessary and it should cover medical rescue evacuation in case of emergencies. It is advisable to have safety backup like oxygen pressurize altitude chamber in emergency cases.
- To prevent frostbites from extreme freezing temperatures, wear proper trekking boots and socks to keep warm.
- Always carry a couple of pairs of thermal innerwear.
- Avoid wearing more than one pair of socks to have good blood circulation.
- Wear track pants instead of denim jeans.
- Vision and contact lenses- A spare will help in case the one in use is damaged.
- Suture Kit- Kit is for use by local health care providers and requires a letter from the doctor on a letterhead stationery.
- Medical / Clinical Items:
- Syringe Kit- ( for diabetics)
- Medical alert tags, necklace, bracelets ( for emergency identification)
- Antifungal ointments
- Insect bite ointments
- Bandages- Multiple sizes, adhesive tape and gauze
- Moleskin or molefoam for blisters
- Elastic compression bandage wrap for sprains and strains.
- Disposable gloves
- Digital thermometer
- Scissors and safety pins
- Eye drops
- Cotton swabs
- Oral rehydration drops
- Health insurance cards and policy waiver.
- Proof of yellow fever vaccination – If in case the trip needs travelers to take completed International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis card or medical waiver.
- Copies of all prescriptions- Be sure to have copies of all prescriptions that have generic drug names. Also, carry prescriptions for eyeglasses/ contact lenses and other essential medical supplies.
- Photo Identity ID card, PAN, Driving License, Voter ID (better to carry copies for submission to any higher authorities).
- Disclaimer form to be duly filled and signed by a certified trek leader.
- Contact details
- Travelers must carry cards having contact numbers and e- mail-id of their friends/ relatives in case of any emergencies.
Weather Conditions In Pangarchulla:
The best time to visit the Pangarchulla Trek is between (March – May) and post monsoon (September-November) – At these times, the climate is warm and pleasant. Winter is not a good time for visit, since the region has harsh cold and receives heavy snowfall.
Winter (December – Mid March):
In winter, the region receives heavy snowfall, and it is very difficult to find accommodation here. The day temperature is between 10*C-15*C and in the night it drops to -5*C. Those who are willing to go trekking might prefer this season but otherwise this is not a good time for visit.
Monsoon (July – September):
Region has moderate rainfall, and the roads are blocked during this season and also prone to risk of landslides. This season is not a favorable time for trekking.
Summer (May -June):
During this time to temperature is warm, pleasant and salubrious. The temperature ranges between 20*C-25*C in the day with cool winds blowing and it drops to -4*C at night. The Himalayas are clearly visible during this season. Trekkers should carry woolen clothes to protect themselves from the winds blowing at night. This season is a good time for trek.
Autumn / Spring (October – November):
During this time the temperature is warm and pleasant between 15*C-20*C. The region presents a colorful view with different flowers Crocus, Dahlia, Nerine, Sternbergia, Cyclamen Hederifolium, Winter Aconite, Snowdrop, Cyclamen Coum, Gladiolus Murielle in full bloom. Different festivals are celebrated during this season – ie. Kanwar Mela, Karthik Poornima and Ganga Dusshera. This is also a good time for adventure activities like trekking, skiing and camping. Yet another season best suited for a trek.
Sight of the Panchargulla Peak, is a life time opportunity to witness the indescribable beauty of the Himalayas. Surely a photographer’s delight too!. All through this region the landscape of lush green meadows, dense forests, rare bird species, sheep and cattle flocks are wonderful to experience and watch. All in all there are plenty of rewards if one is prepared to venture Pangarchulla trek!