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Are you excited to set out for a high-altitude Himalayan trek in the Garhwal Region? Well, the Pangarchulla Peak 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 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.


Trek Details

  • Trek Region – Chamoli, Uttarakhand.
  • TrekBase Camp – Joshimath
  • Trek Duration – 6 days
  • Minimum and Maximum temperature – Day (14°C to 18°C) Night (-2°C to -5°C)
  • Maximum Altitude – 14,700 (4480 m)
  • Trek Distance – 40 kms
  • Trek Difficulty – Moderate Difficult
  • Starting point – Rishikesh
  • Ending Point – Rishikesh
  • Last ATM point – Joshimath

Pangarchulla trek - An Overview

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

Day 5: Camp 1 to Dhak and Drive to Joshimath ( 6,750 ft, 11 kms trek )

Day 6: Joshimath to Rishikesh

Price Inclusions

  • Transport: Non AC coach to and from Rishikesh
  • Accommodation: 2 Nights in a Hotel / Homestay in Joshimath on a triple sharing basis. 3 Nights Tented Accommodation on a triple sharing basis.
  • 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
  • Rishikesh 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 Peak 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 Rishikesh 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.

Day 3: Gulling to Khullara (11,000 ft, 6 kms)

Distance: 6 kms

Time: 5 hrs

Today’s trek will be to Khullara 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 Khullara
Camp-1 is a campsite in the clearing amid coniferous forests of blue pine, oaks, and rhododendron.

Day 4: Trek to Pangarchulla Peak and back to Khullara ( 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 5: Khullara to Dhak and Drive to Joshimath ( 6,750 ft, 11 kms trek )

We will begin the day with an early morning breakfast, followed by a small briefing session about the rest of the trek. We will then begin trekking from Khullara to Dhak village, en-route stopping for a packed lunch. Upon reaching Dhak, we will start the drive to Joshimath. We will check in to our designated homestay at Joshimath where we will have dinner and spend the night. Tomorrow, we will wake early to begin the hike to Vibhooti Falls & Yana.

Day 6: 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 Rishikesh. Make sure you start early to avoid any delay due to bad weather or roadblocks. Expect to arrive Rishikesh by 6 PM, however, it is advised to book your onward journey post 8 PM.


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.

Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be dedcuted from the overall amount and balance amount shall be refunded. 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


  • 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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