Are you excited to set out for a high altitude Himalayan trek in the Garhwal Region? Well, the Pangarchulla trek route offers you one of the most captivating high mountain views and it’s considered to be one of Garhwal Himalayas’s most celebrated treks! Resting at 14,700ft, it offers a perfect adrenaline test for the mountaineering enthusiasts. We are not pumping your levels of expectation, but you will surely get to spot Nanda Devi to your northeast to all major peaks of Badrinath valley and finally stretching to Kedarnath valley peaks on the west, once you reach the summit.
Day 1: Drive from Dehradun/Haridwar to Joshimath (6,750 ft, 280 kms drive)
Day 2: Joshimath to Dhak Drive (12 kms) & Trek to Gulling Top (9,600 ft, 6 kms trek)
Day 3: Gulling to Camp 1 (11,000 ft, 6 kms)
Day 4: Camp 1 to Kuari Pass via Khullara and Back to Camp 1 (12,500 ft, 8 kms)
Day 5: Camp 1 to Pangarchulla Peak via Khullara and Back to Camp 1 ( 14,700 ft, 13 kms trek)
Day 6: Camp 1 to Dhak and Drive to Joshimath ( 6,750 ft, 11 kms trek )
Day 7: Joshimath to Dehradun Drive
Note: We expect our trekkers to carry their own bag, however, if someone wishes to load their trek bag on a mule or take the assistance of a porter and carry only the day backpack, an additional charge of Rs 1500 for the entire duration of the trek is applicable. Part offloading of the backpack is not allowed. One bag per trekker is accepted for offloading and the bag can not weigh more than 10 KG. We do not accept trolleys, suitcases, duffle bags or travel bags for offloading and only trek bags are accepted.
Distance : 280 km drive
Time : 10 hrs drive
Distance: 6 kms
Time: 4 Hrs
After having early breakfast at the guest house in Joshimath we drive down 12 KM to a small village called Dhak, from here our trek towards Pangarchulla Peak begins. The climb from Dhak will be gradual ascend through the dusty and rocky trails heading all the way to the village called Karachi, we will fill our water bottles here at the streams and ensure we are well hydrated.
The settings change completely once we cross the Garhwali Village of Tulasi. From stark and dusty to green terrain. A thick forest area kicks in after Gulling with no traces of civilization, we continue our trek all the way to the Gulling Top where hot lunch will be served and we stay over in the campsite. Prominent peaks from the campsite are Dronagiri, Hathi Parvat, and Ghori Parvat.
Distance: 6 kms
Time: 5 hrs
Distance : 8 kms
Time : 6 hrs
Starting after breakfast at the camp we walk for a less exhaustive trek before the final summit tomorrow. We make our way through the forest towards the Peak and after an hr into the trail, the scenery changes from tree-covered shadowy trails to open meadows. Watch out for the Pangarchulla Peak on the left as you arrive closer to it. This day acts as the acclimatization day for the next day’s climb and the trekkers can also enjoy the view from the Kuari Pass. Some of the prominent peaks which are visible today are Chaukhamba, Mt. Kamet, Bhagirathi sisters, and Neelkantha.
Distance : 13 kms
Time : 8 hrs
The summit day, today is the day for which we walked all the way here, the last most anticipated and difficult day of the trek entire trek. This will also be the most thrilling day of the entire trek. Depending on the weather, we try to have a classic early morning pre-dawn summit start. This is to make sure that we come back to the Camp-1 on time. The initial ascent is going to be strenuous as we walk along the ridge until we reach a clearing where we can catch a breath and see the main Pangarchulla and additional peaks.
From the base of the Pangarchulla Peak, the climb is going to be steep and along the ridge, it will require a certified mountaineer to lead us to the top of the peak with a harness tied together. Depending on the amount of snow, ropes may be fixed as per the safety standards.
It will be a 360-degree view from the summit, as you’ll get to gaze at the high snow-covered mountains in front of you. The descent to Camp-1 from here will be a 3-hour walk.
Get ready for prominent peak views of Chaukhamba Massif, Mana, Kamet, Hati-Ghodi and other mighty Himalayan ranges! It’s gonna leave you drooling for more.
Distance : 11 kms
Time : 7 hrs
On our last day at Biskeri, we start the journey to Barshani. The simple village Barshaini is magnificent beautiful, being the meeting place of Parvati and Tosh rivers. The descent is easy and takes around 4-5 hours to reach Pulga. From Pulga we will continue to descend to cross Parvati river and then climb to reach village Barshaini. Initially we shall be going through the steep path keeping to the left of the stream. Then we will cross the stream and walk across a plot of land with fencing. After descending in the dense forest for a good time, you will be able to spot a crossing on a stream, with a camp site across. Soon after this we will arrive at a grassland fringed by trees, one of the most beautiful places in the entire trek.
The path continues through a dry channel into the woods, the descent becoming steep again. In some time, we will reach a clearing in the forest where trees have been felled.The way to the village of Tulga is through a bridge on the river Parvati. Once that is crossed we head towards the village of Barshaini. The twin village of Pulga and Tulga are parted by a stream. By the end of the day, we take a jeep ride to reach Kasol and your trek to Sar Pass ends here.
Distance: 280 kms
Time: 10 hrs
The vehicle will be arranged early in the morning for a drop to Dehradun. Make sure you start early to avoid any delay due to bad weather or roadblocks. Expect to arrive Dehradun by 6 PM, however, it is advised to book your onward journey post 8 PM.
The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/
Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.
Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.
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