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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.

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Trek Details

  • Trek Type: High Altitude Trekking
  • Trek Grade: Moderate to Difficult ( Difficulty Level is subjective )
  • Trek Altitude:  14,700 ft
  • Trek Distance: 44 km
  • Trek Duration: 6 Nights/6 Days ( Dehradun – Dehradun )
  • Trek Region: Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand
  • Trek Start Point: Dhak Village

Pangarchulla and Kuari Pass Trek - An Overview

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

Price Inclusions

  • Transport: Non AC coach to and from Dehradun
  • Accommodation: Homestay at Joshimath with 3 sharing. 2/3 sharing tented accommodation during the trek
  • Meals: Food since arrival at Joshimath will be taken care by the Team. This includes dinner and breakfast at Joshimath on Day 1 and Day 2. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner will be served during the trek. The food will be vegetarian and will include occasional eggs
  • you will be staying in high quality tents and sleeping bags in all the camps. We provide high altitude sleeping bags which can stand temperatures as low as - 10? c. We also provide ropes, micro spikes, gaiters etc. As required
  • Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, Stretchers etc. will be available at all campsites to deal with emergencies.
  • Mules/Porters: For carrying camping equipment like tents, carry mat, kitchen equipment, rations, etc. and vegetables
  • Kitchen staff would accompany the group
  • An Experienced Trek Leaders & experienced Local Guides
  • All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included
  • Environment levy fees
  • Experience that you gain

Price Exclusions

  • Accommodation at Dehradun
  • Enroute meal (Dehradun to Dhak and back)
  • Backpack offloading during the trek
  • Any meals not included above
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Trekking equipment like trekking bag, shoe, trekking pole or oft drinks, bottled water, beverages etc
  • Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )
  • Anything not included above
  • Any additional expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellation/roadblocks/landslides/ strike or any other natural causes out of human control or any emergency evacuation expenses.

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.

Things to Carry

  • Trekking shoes: Carry waterproof trekking shoes with good grip and ankle support. Do not carry sports shoes.
  • Three layers of warm clothes: Carry two or three-layer jackets, fleece jackets and a padded jacket.
  • Two/Three trek pants: Carry light cotton trek pants. Denim/jeans and shorts are not suitable for trekking.
  • Three t-shirts (collared/dry-fit): Full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sunburns on the neck and arms. Carry one or two dry-fit t-shirts.
  • Thermals: Carry thermals (top and bottom).
  • Sunglasses: Sunglasses are mandatory. There will be a lot of snow on the trek and can cause snow blindness.
  • Cap: At high altitude, the sun is extra harsh so carry a cap to protect yourself.
  • Waterproof hand gloves: Carry waterproof gloves and avoid woollen gloves as they will get wet if you touch snow.
  • Socks (3-4 pairs) and a pair of woollen socks: Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
  • Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
  • Raincoat/Ponchos: At high altitudes, snowfall and rain are quite common and it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that you don’t get wet. The trek will continue as planned even during rainfall. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings.
  • Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID:: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)
  • Day Pack ( Small Bag of 10 litres to carry necessary stuff for the day )

Pangarchulla and Kuari Pass Trek - A Detailed Itinerary

The Pangarchulla Peak (also known as ‘Chimney Peak’) Trek is one of the most breathtaking treks in India. It poses just the right amount of challenge and is ideal for hikers who want to get a taste of high altitude climbing. The peak is at 14,700 ft and can have a lot of snow till the end of May, depending upon the snowfall during the winters. 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 mountain peaks like Mana, Mandir, Ghodi, Hathi, Barmal, Lampak Massif, Dronagiri, Nanda Devi can leave you completely mesmerized.
 
Moreover, this is a twin summit trek with one day reserved for Kuari Pass from where the view is further accentuated.
 
So are you ready to put on your trek shoes and join us for the adventures ahead?

Day 1: Drive from Dehradun/Haridwar to Joshimath (6,750 ft, 280 kms drive)

Distance : 280 km drive

Time : 10 hrs drive

Joshimath is the basecamp for Pangarchulla Peak Trek, for which the pickup is arranged from Dehradun railway station at 6 AM. Dehradun is well connected with Delhi via trains, buses, and taxis. It will be a 10 hours drive through Devprayag where the two major tributaries of River Ganga – Bhagirathi and Alaknanda meet.
 
The drive is thrilling with full of adrenaline-pumping Himalayan roads with a deep gorge on one side and mountain on the other. Arrive at Joshimath by evening and check in to the hotel/guesthouse where dinner and overnight stay is arranged.

Day 2: Joshimath to Dhak Drive (12 kms) & Trek to Gulling Top (9,600 ft, 6 kms trek)

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.

Gulling to Camp 1 (11,000 ft, 6 kms)

Distance: 6 kms

Time: 5 hrs

Today’s trek will be to Camp-1 which will act as our base for the next 2 nights. We start our trek after breakfast. It is going to be a strenuous 6 KM of a walk because of the steep trails which we will be covering in approximately 5-6 hrs. It might be a little challenging at times since there are quite a few steep points on the trail, but nonetheless, you’re gonna enjoy the entire journey, soaking in the beauty of Mother Nature.
 
Hot lunch will be served upon arrival at Camp-1.
Camp-1 is a campsite in the clearing amid coniferous forests of blue pine, oaks, and rhododendron.

Day 4: Camp 1 to Kuari Pass via Khullara and Back to Camp 1 (12,500 ft, 8 kms)

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.

Day 5: Camp 1 to Pangarchulla Peak via Khullara and Back to Camp 1 ( 14,700 ft, 13 kms trek)

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.

 

Day 6: Camp 1 to Dhak and Drive to Joshimath ( 6,750 ft, 11 kms trek )

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.

Day 7: Joshimath to Dehradun Drive( 280 kms drive )

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.

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?

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/ 

Is it safe for Women/Girls?

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.

 

What will be the group size?

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.

We need at least 4 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.

How do I avail discounts? 

Details for availing  discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

What is cancellation policy?

Here’s the cancellation policy for Himalayan Treks/Backpacking Trips/Road Trips

  • If you cancel before 30 days – 90% of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 20 -30 days – 75% % of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 15-19 days – 50%  will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 7-14 days – 25 % amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0- 7 days before the departure date – No amount would be refunded.

For all the above points you can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard earned money

For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the      following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy

For more queries please visit our Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ's).

Notes

  • Consumption of alcohol, intoxicants, and smoking would not be tolerated during the entire course of the journey. Kindly co-operate with us to make the experience more fun.
  • Put Litter in its place, do not trash the mother earth.
  • In the case of traffic delays or breakdowns expect a few delays in reaching the destination.
  • All the meals will be Veg if included
  • Plan The Unplanned will not be responsible for any loss/ hamper of your possessions. We request you to be alert about whatever you carry.
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