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Panpatia Col Trek

5260m high pass between Badrinath & Kedarnath. One of the most spectacular trek in Uttarakhand on glaciers and snowfields.
  • Uttarakhand
  • 13 Days
  • 61 KM
  • 17,258 FT
  • Ultimate Difficulty
  • ₹ 94000
    $ 1280*
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    The price is for a group of 10 people. The charges will be different for a tailormade private trek. The charges in dollars are more as the permit fees are different for non-Indians.

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  • Event Type

    Expedition

  • Best Time

    May-June, Sept-Oct

  • Base Camp

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    Joshimath, Uttrakhand

  • Pickup Point

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    Railway Station, Dehradun

  • Minimum Age

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    For this adventure, we only allow people above this age to ensure the safety of everyone joining this adventure.

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Highlights

  • Panpatia Col Trek takes you through the seven kilometer-long stretch of Panpatia snowfield, a once in a lifetime kind of opportunity.

  • Panpatia Col is a route complete with enchanting views of high peaks, exhilarating walks through the snow, perilous ridges, boulder ridden narrow paths, crevasses and icefalls.

  • The Panpatia Col Trek takes you through all kinds of terrain, and you learn to take life as it comes when you spend almost two weeks in such extreme conditions with your fellow trekkers.

Overview

Panpatia Col Trek is one of the most challenging treks in the Himalayas which goes through the shortest route that connects Badrinath and Kedarnath. The Panpatia Col Trek gives you unmatched views of prominent peaks such as Nilkantha, Balakun, Hathi Parvat, and Dhauliganga Peaks. The Panpatia Col is one of the least traversed routes by the trekkers and at a staggering height of 17,258 feet. The trail is borne out of curiosity in the regional legends and fables. The myth that says that there was a saint who could cross this route in one day has been the inspiration of many travelers in this region. Though the route has earlier been mapped, it was rediscovered in 2007 by Indian mountaineer Debabrata Mukherjee and his team. This col serves as the watershed between Badrinath and Kedarnath i.e. Alaknanda and Mandakini river system.


The trek is about 61 kilometers long. The trekkers are picked up from Haridwar and day one is the drive to Joshimath. The trek starts after another drive on day two. The route is tedious and takes you through a 7 kilometer stretch of Panpatia snowfield, a walk, and a view that you'll never forget. You walk through narrow mountain ridges, moraine trails, and on the glaciers on this route. The campsites are located in the tapered valleys, which is another experience. We walk through Parvati gully and camp beside a tiny lake. In the end, we walk through lush green forests to complete the trek.


If your body is ready for the challenge, then plan a vacation in the Himalayas replete with thrill and adventure. Your eyes will fill with a sense of wonder on this journey. You walk past very high mountains and roaring streams. On the days you are not walking in the snow, you walk amidst the alpine trees. You'll use semi-mountaineering techniques and equipment in some parts of the trek. This is the ultimate experience you're looking for in the Himalayas as a trekker.


Best time to visit Panpatia Col Trek

This trek is open for a few months due to the extreme weather conditions of the region. The best time to go on the Panpatia Col Trek is summer and post-monsoon. The best suited months are late-May and June in the summer. For post-monsoon experience, September and early-October are the months in which the trek is conducted. Snow is minimum in the post-monsoon season and the sky is clear. The temperature in the summer is around -2 to -5 degrees Celsius.

Brief Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

The participants are picked up from Dehradun and they are driven to Joshimath in sharing cabs with fellow travelers. The journey is about 300 kilometers. Joshimath is located at a height of 6,100 ft. The night stay is at Joshimath.

Meals : Dinner Only
Accommodation : Hotel
Time Taken : 10 - 11 hours
Altitude : 6,100 ft.
Distance : 293 km

On the second day, we drive from Joshimath to Khirao Road which is a two-hour drive. The trek for day two is only around 2-3 kilometers.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Altitude : 8,530 ft.
Distance : 3 km trek

There are some flags on the boulders which you follow to reach the shepherd's camp. The walk is through lush green hills and the campsite has gorgeous views of the hills nearby.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Altitude : 11,745 ft.
Distance : 7 km

On this day we cross a variety of terrains and reach the snout of the Panpatia glacier. It is a tedious ascent, we climb to a height more than 12,860 ft. It is only a four-kilometer walk and the rest of the day is spent in acclimatizing, after settling in the camp at snout’s camp.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Altitude : 12,860 ft.
Distance : 4 km

The walk on the day six is a four-kilometer long walk on the Moraine, in the latter parts of which we find patches of snow. Superb views of Neelkanth and Parvati on a clear day is the highlight of the day. Almost vertical walls of glacier appear. Camps are set up on moraine for the night and dinner is taken.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Altitude : 14,107 ft.
Distance : 4 km

When camping at such a high altitude, acclimatization is necessary for trekkers to ensure good health and stamina for the rest of the day. High altitude-related issues can be minimized by climbing at a slow pace.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents

Today we trek for about four kilometers and takes about 4-5 hours to cover. We cross the Panpatia glacier on this day, by walking on snow unendingly. The trek leads through some astounding climbs. The campsite for the day will be located just under the Parvati Col. At high altitude, you see a completely different form of flora and fauna.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 5 hours
Altitude : 15,091 ft.
Distance : 4 km

On this day, you will pass through Parvati gully, a narrow ridge, after which the route will be covered in the snow and rocks. On a clear day, you can see the highest peak of India Nanda Devi and Chaukhamba Peak. The camp will be in the Panpatia Snowfield for the night.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Altitude : 17,125 ft. via 16,732 ft.
Distance : 6 km

On day nine, you will cross several snow-covered plateau at Panpatia Col. Camp will be set near Sujal Sarovar, which is a tiny water body. The descent to reach the campsite is steep.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Altitude : 15,551 ft. via 17,258 ft. at col
Distance : 9 km

Today the trek destination to Kanchni Tal. A little distance beyond Sujal Sarovar, a small pass followed by a steep descent through snowy slopes and boulder zones takes you to Kanchni. The meadow looked down on the Madhmaheshwar Ganga. This is our campsite for the day.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Altitude : 13,648 ft.
Distance : 7 km

The trek to Nanu Chhati takes about 3-4 hours. On the way to Madmaheshwar. Nanu Chhati is a camp in the forest. The walk is a completely different one than what we’ve been until now and the colour of the landscape changes from white to green. The overnight stay in arranged in the tents.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 4 hours
Altitude : 10,695 ft.
Distance : 5 km

We walk to Ransi from Madmaheshwar Temple Trail. The Madmaheshwar Temple is one of the five kedars and an important. It is followed by the drive to Rudraprayag. The participants share cabs.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Hotel
Altitude : 2,936 ft.
Distance : 12 km trek then drive

The team drives you to Dehradun, according to your onward plan. Both the cities are well connected by rail, by road, and by air. You can choose to roam around the cities or relax and continue at your own pace.

Meals : Breakfast only
Accommodation : Not Included
Time Taken : 7 hours
Distance : 160 km

How To Reach

We will arrange a cab for you from the pickup point in Dehradun for Joshimath. The trekkers joining the trek will share the cab. For communications purposes, we will create a Whatsapp Group before the departure date of the trek and will share the details regarding the transportation. The drop at Dehradun after the trek will be arranged in a similar way.


How to reach Panpatia Col Trek Base Camp (Joshimath) :

By Air

Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to Dehradun and is easily accessible, it is just 25 km away from the city. Daily flights from New Delhi are available to this airport. Take a cab/bus to Joshimath from Dehradun Bus Stand.


By Train

Dehradun railway station. Overnight trains that hail from Delhi are Nandadevi Express and Dehradun Express. People often prefer railways over airways because with trains you get to see the landscape in its full glory, it is also cheaper and you will definitely enjoy your way till Dehradun. Take a cab/bus to Joshimath from Dehradun Bus Stand.


By Road

Regular bus service is available from Delhi ISBT Kashmere Gate which plies government buses that are safe and you can rely on them more than the private buses. Take a cab/bus to Joshimath from Dehradun Bus Stand.

Why Trek With Us ?

Twin Sharing Tents
Eco Friendly & Paperless
Finest Guides
Just Right Group Sizes
Commitment to Safety

Inclusions

  • Accommodations at Trek: All accommodations on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel will be in a budget hotel.
  • Trek Leader and Guides: An experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek. The team will have years of experience and well equipped for any emergency situation.
  • Services of a Professional Trekking Team: A team of an experienced Cook, Camp Staff, Porters/Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
  • Transportation from Dehradun to Joshimath and Rudraprayag to Dehradun is included in the package. 
  • Meals: All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs. It will be a five-course meal plan.
  • Camping and Safety Equipment: All the camping equipment such as Tents, Sleeping bags, Toilet Tents, Dining Tent, Mattresses, and other things will be provided by us and we guarantee the quality. Safety Equipment including Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Oximeter, Crampons & Gaiters(if required) will be provided by us. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags if possible.
  • Trek Permits and Forest Camping Charges: Only for Indian Clients, All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee, etc will be paid by us. Foreigners have to pay these charges if not mentioned.
  • A Life-Changing Experience: We assure you that by trekking in the Himalayas you will have a life-changing experience and we will do everything we can to provide you with the best services and make your venture in the wild an unforgettable one. 


Note: Prior to booking any adventure with Trekmunk, it will be mandatory to sign the waiver form and get a medical certificate from a doctor in due time, without these, you will not be allowed to start the trek. All this will be done online without using any paper.

Exclusions

  • GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They are subjected to change according to the government rules of India.
  • Accommodation and Food in Dehradun: Food and stay in Dehradun and during transit are not included in the package. You can book your hotels or homestays in Dehradun, we can recommend a few good options.
  • Flights and Transportation to Dehradun: Flights or other means of transport are not included in the package. 
  • Personal Equipment: Your Rucksack, personal clothing, shoes, trek poles, and other personal trekking gear is not included in this package. You have to bring your own gear according to the weather and difficulty of the trek.
  • Portage of Personal Bags(Offloading): We highly advise you to carry your own burden (your rucksack) but due to any reason, if you wish to not carry your rucksack, we can arrange for a porter/mule to carry it. For this service, you will be charged over and above the trek cost. The charges for offloading vary with every trek.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is not included in this package. We recommend you to have travel insurance before opting for such adventures. You can buy insurance from us while booking the trek, it is optional.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (Laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, Snacks, Orders at tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides, Camera fees, etc) are not included in the package.
  • Emergency Expenses: Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control are not included in the package.
  • Anything not mentioned in Inclusions of the package.

Cancellation Policy And More Information

Booking Terms:


1. Confirmation Policy:

Upon Booking, An invoice will be sent to your mail & within 12 to 24 hours the booking confirmation with additional details will be sent to your mail.


2. Cancellation Policy:

(a) 10 percent of the prices of our trips/treks/tours or product or service is your deposit and is not refundable, in any case.

(b) Cancellation received 45 days or more: 90% refund

(c) Cancellation received 30 - 44 days: 60% refund

(d) Cancellation received 30 - 15 days: 30% refund

(e) Cancellation less than 15 days: No refund

For more details, go to https://www.trekmunk.com/cancellation-policy


3. Refund Policy:

Any refund applicable will be processed within 10 to 15 business days as per the company policy.


4. Postpone/Transfer of a booked trek:

1. You can postpone your booked trek for a period of two months (61 days) but we will charge a 20% processing fee. The last date for the postponement will be 15 days before the start of the trek. Failing to book the slot in 2 months (61 days) time, would be considered a cancellation with no refund of any kind. Postpone of a booked trek can only be done once. 

2. You can transfer your booked slot for the trek to any fit person till 15 days before the trek. You just have to mail us the request and rest we will handle. The new person has to get all the mandatory documents duly signed for the trek.


More Information: 

1. We Trek for a Cause: For overall development of the areas we run our operations in, we donate Rs 100/- per booking from our profits which are used for the upliftment of the local people and conserving nature. We have named this initiative as - Trek for a Cause. For more details, follow: https://www.trekmunk.com/trek-for-a-cause


2. We are paperless: We are focusing on Sustainable Tourism and to do that we are trying all measures to convert our trek operations to be Eco-Friendly. Going Paperless is one step closer to our aim. 


3. Single-Use Plastic: Trekmunk does not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We are ensuring that our team is working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We will send you instructions on how to go plastic-free on your adventures.


4. Preparing for your Holiday: Getting some additional exercise makes a lot of sense to spend time before coming on a trekking adventure. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Hiking in the hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardiovascular fitness and stamina. To read more on how to get fit, follow: https://www.trekmunk.com/get-fit-for-trek 


5. Electricity Supply & Plug: You will get electricity supply till the starting point of the trek. If not Indian, We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at: http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/


6. Currency: The unit of currency in India is the Indian Rupees.


7. Health & Vaccinations: 

Severe Allergies: If you have a severe allergy please inform the Trekmunk office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy-free environment on trekmunk trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by our leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on the arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Vaccinations: You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however, if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. 


8. Passport & Visas/Identity Proofs: If foreigner, Validity for 6 months, should have blank pages, and should be kept with yourself all the time.


9. Water: If you are on a trekking or cycling holiday, water is supplied to fill up your individual bottles. This will be boiled or filtered. Additionally, you should take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a LifeStraw, Sawyer Filter) to treat your water when in towns or where water is not supplied. We do not encourage the purchasing of single-use plastic bottles.


10. Altitude: This adventure involves going to a very high altitude. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. We will send you the information in your mailbox about Acute Mountain Sickness and trekking in high altitudes. On this trip, we carry bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.


11. Guidance on Tipping: Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Normally the guide and any other trek staff are given their tips at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. The main guide will make sure that the tip is appropriately distributed among all the staff members on the trek.


12. Spending/Emergency Money: Approximately Rs. 8000-10000/- (in Indian Currency)should be carried for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, drinks, soft drinks, etc. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash as the availability of ATM is less in these remote areas. This can also serve as your emergency spending money.


13. Travel Insurance: It is recommended to have travel insurance for these kinds of adventures. When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary. We will ask for the Travel Insurance Details over a mail. Indians can buy insurance from us while booking the trek.

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