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Pangarchulla Peak Trek - 7 Days

Pangarchulla Peak Trek
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Pangarchulla peak is at an elevation of 14,700 feet and is a 7 days thrilling sojourn. On this trek you go through the pilgrimage sites of Uttarakhand. The trek starts and ends at Dhak village which is some kilometers away from the base camp “Joshimath”. Pangarchulla is great in summers and thrilling in winters, this is a delight for adventure enthusiasts. Pangarchulla peak is a great trekking route, ideal for experienced. The journey is not that much tough, but the route throughout is long and needs enough energy to be covered. It will be ideal, if you choose the trek route through Kuari Pass.

Climbing to the hill top and reaching out the valleys and lake side meadows are enough. Now it is time to reach the peak of another top hill. Pangarchulla peak is a great trekking route, ideal for experienced. The journey is not that much tough, but the route throughout is long and needs enough energy to be covered. It will be ideal, if you choose the trek route through Kuari Pass.

Gorgeous forests with alpine and deodars are at the foothill region, where excellent snow covered path with soft touch and nature's colorful beauty is there preserved for the next round of the trek. While going through the woods at the bottom level, you can see Himalayan Bears and leopards. However, there is nothing to regret if they are not found, since nature has spread her seven colors over the snowy path ahead. Your trek route will start from Chamoli, a district in Garhwal Himalayas. You will start rising from there on to Joshimath, till you reach Kuari pass. After you reach the pass, the real pickup to the Pangarchulla peak starts.

Height till Kuari pass is 3650 m and that of the peak is Pangarchulla peak is 4700 metres. So, as you reach Kuari pass, you are already half the distance. Steep slopes and excellent landscapes are there in your path, but the real beauty queen is on both thee sides. Just look the sides – all the high peaks are staring at you with bewildered view.

The trek route is not that much tough, but the experience is excellent, filled with tranquility, energy and pleasuring sights. At the end of the noon, you will reach the peak of the hilltop. You are just at the top, experiencing a view, where there is absolutely no obligation.

Best Time to Visit

Best time to travel to Pangarchulla Peak Climb Trek is in summers (May – June) and Post Monsoon (September – November).

Summer: The weather of Pangarchulla Peak Climb Trek remains salubrious and pleasing during summers. The Himalayas are distinctly visible and the cool breeze adds charm to the vacation. Carry woolens with you.

Post Monsoon: Serenity and solitude are at its best during post monsoon at Pangarchulla Peak Climb Trek. The region is blessed with snowfall during winters and the accommodation options also remain few. But you can see the best of Pangarchulla Peak Climb Trek during post monsoon as it looks like Heaven on earth.

Day 1
Dehradun/Haridwar to Joshimath (6724 feet) (256 km) (10/12 hours)

Day 2
Drive from Joshimath to Dhak (12 km) trek to Gulling Top (9600 feet) (6 km) (4/5 hours)

Day 3
Gulling top to Khulara (11,122 feet) (6 km) (5/6 hours)

Day 4
Khulara to Gailgarh (12,300 feet) (3 km) (3 hours)

Day 5
Gailgarh to Pangarchulla Peak (14,700 feet) and return to Khulara (9 km) (7/8 hours)

Day 6
Khulara to Dhak (12 km) (6/7 hours) and Drive to Joshimath (12 km)

Day 7
Joshimath to Dehradun/Haridwar (256 km) (10/12 hours)

Day 1:- Dehradun/Haridwar to Joshimath 

  • Drive: 256 km (10/12 hours)
  • Altitude: 6724 ft
  • Stay: Overnight stay in a hotel or a Guest house

We can pick you from Haridwar or Dehradun Railway Station, meet us at 6:30 am. Go through pilgrim vein from Haridwar to Joshimath and drive along River Ganga’s course. At Devprayag you can see River Bhagirathi merging into Alaknadna River and the mountain views at the backdrop looks wonderful. Reach Joshimath at the time of dusk there your stay will in hotel or a guest house.

Day 2:- Drive from Joshimath to Dhak (12 km) and trek to Gulling Top 

  • Drive: 12km
  • Altitude: 9600 ft
  • Trek: 6 Km / 4-5 Hr
  • Time taken:  1 hour drive + 4 hour trek
  • Trek gradient: Normal
  • Lunch: Hot lunch at camp site
  • Water sources: Available at villages in passing
  • Stay:  Overnight stay in tents

After having breakfast drive is towards Dhak village, from here the trek starts. Ascent gradually for some time and you will come across “Karachi” a small village. It is amid tall mountains and there is green vegetation all across the hills with step farms. After you gradually gain altitude you come acroos another high altitude village “Tugasi” it is a Himalayan village where Garhwali culture is followed. Rest here for some time and then head towards your campsite Gulling.

The campsite lies 0.5 km further Gulling village it is a wide green stretch which offers unusual sight of Garhwal Himalayas and 360 degree view of Hathi Parbat, Ghori Parbat and Dronagiri. Setup your camps and overnight stay will be in tents.

Day 3:- Gulling top to Khulara 

  • Altitude: 11122 ft
  • Trek: 6 Km / 4-5 Hr
  • Trek gradient: Steep ascent
  • Lunch: Hot lunch at camp site
  • Water sources: Carry 2 litres of water from camp. Late season streams likely once the snow melts.
  • Stay:  Overnight stay in tents

The trail is an ascending one from Gulling top to Khulara. Trek carefully on the rough terrain with exotic views of snow- capped mountains throughout the way. Go through the forests of Oaks, Pines and Rhododendrons. They are found in abundance there with blossoming flowers and snow all over. After a long hike reach your campsite Khulara.

Khulara is a beautiful forest clearing, great for camping. Nearby there is growth of ample of trees. Setup the camps here, salubrious food will be served and then you can retire for the night.

Day 4:- Khulara to Gailgarh 

  • Altitude: 12,300 ft
  • Trek: 3-4 Km / 3-4 Hr
  • Trek gradient: Easy
  • Lunch: Hot lunch at camp site
  • Water sources: Carry enough water (no water source on the way)
  • Stay:  Overnight stay in tents

Today’s trek is short (3 km) and the distance can be covered in 3 hours. The trail is through dark forest and ahead witness different scenery, there are undulating meadows in a series.

In winters it is a bliss to see these meadows totally covered in snow. Reach Gailgarh, it is windy wear enough clothes and keep yourself warm. Setup your camps, you can also go nearby to explore the area.

Day 5:- Gailgarh to Pangarchulla Peak (14,700 feet) and return to Khulara 

  • Altitude: 14,700 ft
  • Trek: 10-12 Km / 7-8 Hr
  • Trek gradient: Challenging and steep climb
  • Lunch: Packed lunch to be had at a rest point on the way
  • Water sources: Carry enough water (no water source on the way)
  • Stay:  Overnight stay in tents

The trek is long and steep so start early today around 4:00 am, trekking on the snow fresh is easy. Do carry 2 liters water because further there are no water sources.

Start climbing a ridge, it is steep but can be crossed in half an hour. After you cross the ridge, Pangarchulla peak and other towering peaks will leave you awestruck by their clear sights. Further lies snow fields and the scenery changes.

The snow fields are levelled, here use your ice axe for cutting the thick snow. You will get the phenomenal views of Pangarchulla peak, Chaukhamba, Hathi Parbat, Ghodi Parbat, Mana and Kamet just before reaching base of Pangarchulla.

Once you come to the base, ridge climb starts which is steep. Now, take out the equipment and get ready for the summit climb and heavy wind makes the climb more challenging. Traverse this tough part and stand at a height of 14,700 meters, the first thing which will come into sight is Garhwal peaks. Many more snow clad peaks also can be seen from here

The extraordinary panorama views from Pangarchulla makes it a fable trek in Uttarakhand. After scaling the peak start the descent to Khulara, reach the campsite in next three hours and take care while your downhill trek.

 

Day 6:- Khulara to Dhak and Drive to Joshimath 

  • Altitude: 6,750ft
  • Trek: 11 km trek, approx 7 hrs and 12km drive to Joshimath.(Reach Joshimath by late afternoon)
  • Lunch: Packed lunch
  • Stay: overnight stay in a hotel or a Guest house

Follow the same trail to get back to Dhak village through picturesque Himalayan villages with vanishing sight of snow clad mountains. The trek ends at this point. Vehicle will be arranged till Joshimath, stay will be in a hotel or a guest house there.

Day 7:- Joshimath to Dehradun/Haridwar (256 km) (10/12 hours)

Post breakfast leave the place by taking unforgettable memories back. Leave early so that you can reach Dehradun/Haridwar by the evening.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Food all along the Trek(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea)
  • Transport from Dehradun to Dehradun
  • Food as per menu on the trek
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges , if any
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, mats,Technical equipment
  • Safety Equipments.
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your Trek Leader will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • Trek guide, cook, helpers, porters & mules for carrying common luggage.
  • Services of a Mountaineering qualified & professional Trek Leader.
  • 2 Nights Hotel stay.

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Meals during road Journeys.
  • Meals during hotel stays.
  • Porter/Mull to carry personal luggage.
  • Insurance.
  • Any expense of personal nature.
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list.

Trekking Gear

  • A rucksack with rain cover
  • A water bottle or a hydration pack
  • A Hand/Head Torch with spare batteries
  • UV Protection Sunglasses
  • A trekking pole

Clothing:

Since it is a high altitude trek, at least 3 layers of clothing is mandatory. A full sleeve shirt, a fleece jacket, and a padded jacket are imperative. An additional layer (Thermal bodywarmers) for the evenings in the high altitude campsites are strongly recommended

  • Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants - 2
  • Full sleeves T-shirts - 2
  • Thermal Bodywarmer Upper & Lower - 1
  • Fleece Jacket - 1
  • Padded Jacket -1 (Goose down or feather is preferable)
  • Full sleeves sweater - 1 (Needed if you feel cold at high altitudes despite 4 layers)
  • Rainwear (Jacket & Pants) - 1
  • Thick woolen socks -  1 pair
  • Cotton socks - at least 2-3 pairs
  • Undergarments - 1 for every day of trekking
  • Pair of Warm Gloves - 1
  • Woolen cap - 1

Footwear

  • Hiking shoes (Preferably ankle high) -1
  • Pair of lightweight Slipper/Sandals - 1 pair.

Toiletries

    • Sunscreen lotion, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, toilet roll, cold cream, small towel.
    • Anti-fungal cream: Carry an antifungal cream if you are sensitive to sweating and prone to skin irritations around genitals or groin area due to lack of bathing.
    • For women:
      • Tampons or sanitary napkins,
      • 2-3 zip pouches to dispose off non-biodegradable waste
      • Vaginal wash to avoid any irritation due to lack of bathing.

Miscellaneous

    • Water bottle
    • Camera (optional)
    • Personal medicine kit. Though our trek leaders carry a fully equipped first-aid kit, make sure you consult your doctor before the trek in case you have any special ailment.
    • Dry fruits, energy bars

Flexibility

Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.

Breathing exercises

If you’re trekking to Pangarchulla Peak Trek  in winter, note that the temperature drops to around -4 to 5 degree Celcius at night. During the day, the temperature will be at around 5 to 10 degrees. This extreme temperature could make breathing slightly difficult. Doing breathing exercises before the trek will help. Expand your lungs and learn to breathe deep. This will help you inhale more oxygen and help you breathe comfortably.

Fitness exercises

  • Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or Walk continuously for 10 km (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better)
  • Hold your breath for 40 seconds
  • 3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch
  • Push Ups – 10
  • Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets

 

Monitoring health on a trek

Any abnormal reading will be paid special attention to and action will be taken immediately.

On the trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring two aspects a day.

  • Oxygen Level
  • Pulse Rate 

High Altitude Medical Kit

Your trek leader will also be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, DexamethasoneYour Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek. In addition to that, there are oxygen cylinders installed at all high campsites for any emergency situations.

Acclimatisation in high  altitude

This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation.

By Road

There are no direct buses to Joshimath from Delhi. There  You can take overnight UKRTC buses and Volvos available from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi to Haridwar. The distance from Delhi to Haridwar is about 222 km. You can also hire a taxi or outstation cab from Delhi to Haridwar.

By Rail

The nearest railway station to Joshimath is 187 km away in Haridwar. There are a number of trains running between Delhi and Haridwar like Dehradun Express, Nanda Devi Express. It is advisable to make your train bookings a month in advance.

By Air

The nearest airport from Joshimath is Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun which is 272 km away from Joshimath. You can reach Dehradun from New Delhi by flight.

Nearby Attractions

Once your trek is completed, there are many places in Joshimath that you can visit. Nanda Devi National Park, a UNESCO Heritage site, is where you get to spot some of the endangered species. Narsingh Temple is a sacred place in Joshimath visited by pilgrims in huge number. The temple is a part of Sapt Badri. Visit Shri Shankaracharya Math which is one of the four monasteries founded by famous Adi Jagadguru Shankaracharya. Kalpvriksh in Joshimath is a 1200-year-old Mulberry is considered to be the oldest in India. The tree remains evergreen throughout the year and never sheds a leaf.

Cellular Connectivity

Joshimath and Auli have good network connectivity. You would also get connectivity in Dhak (BSNL most probably). The network will become erratic as you proceed. However, BSNL may have coverage at a couple of spots in Tali as well.

Price From INR10,500 INR9,800/person
9,800
Total 9,800 INR

Trip Facts

  • Uttarakhand
  • 7 days
  • Moderate To Difficult
  • 14,700 Ft
  • Day time: 14°C-18°C; Night time: -3°C-6°C
  • 45-50 Km
  • March, April, Oct, Nov and Dec
  • 10-15 trekkers
  • Dehradun to Dehradun
  • Meals while on trek (Veg + Egg)
  • Guest house, Camping
  • Dehradun is the nearest rail head to the base camp
  • jolly grant airport Dehradun

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