Pangarchulla Summit Trek
Uttarakhand | 7 D/ 6N | 15,070 Ft.
March to May and September to December
(Above mentioned cost is for 8 or more people)
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- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Moderate
- Group Size Medium Group
Brimming with adventure, serenity and beauty, the Pangarchulla trek lures in herds of trekkers every year. Replete with mesmerising forests and blooming rhododendrons, the trek climbs up to views of some of the tallest mountains in the Garhwal Himalayas. The initial trail winds through verdant forests which house numerous enchanting floral species crisscrossing the ground, while as you climb higher up, you can treat yourself to a pristine carpet of powdery snow. The undulating terrain of the trek trails through dense oak forests and high altitude pastures that fill you with instant joy! The trek may demand that you struggle your way through a fair share of boulder for impressive rewards! The thrilling summit climb is truly surreal, and sets your heart racing as you hustle through toil through boulders and deep snow. What await you at the end of a challenging climb are literally breathtaking views of the grandest Himalayan peaks that fence you.
Max. Altitude – 4,593 m
Duration – 7 days
Difficulty – Moderate to challenging
1. Bask in the glorious views of Mt. Nanda Devi, Dunagiri, Hathi Parbat, Chaukhamba, and Ghori Parbat as they spread a close watch over you.
2. The summit climb
- All accommodation during the trek on sharing basis in tents/homestays
- All meals during the trek – Vegetarian
- Tents, Sleeping bags and all other Camping Gear (Dining Tent, Tiolet Tent etc)
- Safety Equipment (Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinders, Oximeter etc.)
- Services of our expert Trek Leader
- Services of an Expert Trekking Team (Guides, Cooks, Helpers, Porters/Mules)
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping Charges (For Indians Only)
- A Life Changing Experience
- GST and Other Taxes (As applicable, Subjected to change according to Govt. Rules)
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping charges for Foreigner’s (If extra compared for Indian Citizens)
- Backpack Offloading Charges (Portage of Personal Bags)
- Food during transit from Dehradun/Haridwar to Joshimath and vice versa
- Travel expenses from Dehradun/Haridwar to Joshimath and vice versa
- Personal Trekking Gear
- Tips for local team
- Expenses of personal nature like Laundry, Phone Calls, Alcohol, Cigarettes, Camera Fee, Bottled Water etc
- Any Requirement for Single Room/Single Tent Accommodation
- Travel Insurance and other Emergency Expenses
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control
- Anything which is not mentioned in Inclusions
- Day 1 Arrive at Lata
Lata, home of the misty valleys and lofty peaks is the base village for the trek. The drive from Haridwar to Lata, though long, is scenic. Treat your eyes to great views of the endless forests and yawning valleys of Garhwal enroute. Reach Lata before 06:00 pm.
Altitude: 2,317 m
Time Taken: 8 – 9 hours drive from Haridwar
- Day 2 Drive to Dhak; Trek to Akhrotgetta
We begin the trek from Dhak. The majestic Mt. Nanda Devi greets you with a sprawling embrace at the start of the trek. About 2.5 hours into the trek you enter grand forests of oak, and trail through crisp, fallen leaves that carpet your path. These magical forests merge with the stunning Gorson Bugyal, a beautiful wide meadow, shadowed by the neighbouring peaks. Once the tree line drops away, the panoramic backdrop is dominated by Mt. Dronagiri. The first few minutes into Gorson Bugyal follow an ascent, then level out gradually. Soon, the trail dips into magical oak forests leading to Chitrakantha where you set camp for the night.
Altitude: 2,863 m
Time Taken: 5 – 6 hrs
- Day 3 Trek from Akhrotgetta to Khullara
The trail leaves Chitrakantha, and enters a dense forest for 3 hours, right up til Jhandi Top. From here, we descend along the trail that tail’s the Lord Curzon Trail, overlooked by the lofty Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Trishul, Nanda Devi and Hathi Ghoda. The lovely Khullara campsite is just an hour’s trek away now.
Altitude: 3,383 m
Time Taken: 4 – 5 hrs
- Day 4 Trek from Khullara to Gailgad
From the Khullara campsite, a beautiful forest ridge linking the Lord Curzon Trail snakes along a frozen stream. This part of the trek is blanketed by deep snow. A steep ascent brings you another bridge to climb, revealing a gully right above you. This climb is stiff and steep as you trudge through the powdery snow, moving past the forest line. Another 45 minutes will land you atop the snow gully, where the trail veers to the right and commands views of the massive Pangarchulla peaks. Stick to the right side of the ridge, and continue trekking for about 45 minutes. This is the Advance Base Camp for the trek, and we set camp here for the night.
Altitude: 3,803 m
Time Taken: 3 – 4 hrs
- Day 5 Trek from Gailgad to Pangarchulla Summit and back
The most exciting and awaits day of the trek. We begin the strenuous summit climb early in the morning, making way through huge accumulation of snow. It is imperative to wear proper gaiters and crampons today. The trail features several steep inclines. During winters, care must be taken, as the snow can get very slippery. This is where crampons come into the picture. They will help you with the grip and avoid possible slips and falls. The trial further undulates and involves sharp ascents and descents along with a few mountain ridges. When you’re about 350 to 400 meters from the summit, whip out your ice axes to climb the first snow wall, inclined at 60 degrees. A few laborious hours later, the magical Pangarchulla Summit finally unveils a beautiful panoramic canvas for you! Capture the beautiful views to be locked away in your heart, and then begin the descent back to the camp.
Altitude: 4,593 m
Time Taken: 10 – 12 hrs
- Day 6 Trek from Gailgad to Auli; drive to Joshimath
Total descent today, with a handful of steep gradients our way. Trek through the thick forests of oak and rhododendron, and retrace the trail to Auli. From here, your pre-booked vehicles await to depart to Joshimath, marking the end of your beautiful trek.
Altitude : 2,682 m; 2041 m
Time Taken: 6 hrs trek; 1 hour drive
- Day 7 Drive from Joshimath to Haridwar
On this day, you will drive from Joshimath to Haridwar or Dehradun. You can plan your travel after this day.
The level of this trek leans more towards difficult, which naturally demands exceptional physical fitness, stamina and endurance. It is strongly advisable to have prior trekking experience of scaling at least 3,500 meters before you approach this trek, which means beginners should stay away. Also, proper acclimatization is key for successful completion of the trek.
The months from March to May and September to October are ideal for the trek, as winters may see heavy snowfall, making it more difficult.
During summers (April – May), the temperatures will fall between 12 to 20 degrees, while it can drop as low as -5 degrees in the night. Post monsoon months of October and November see a further 3 to 5 degrees drop in the temperatures.
Rucksack, high ankle trekking shoes, one fleece jacket, one down feather / hollofil jacket, 3 pairs of quick dry T-shirts and trek pants, 5-6 pairs of socks, balaclava, a daypack, sunscreen SPF 50+, scarf, towel, lip balm, headlamp / torch, 2 water bottles of 1 litre, and personal medicines.
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