Pangarchulla Peak Trek

duration Duration 5 Night / 6 Days
altitude Maximum Altitude 15069 ft
age Minimum Age 8+
Camp Base Camp Joshimath
Camp Accommodation type Alpine Tents

Pangarchulla peak trek is the most offbeat trek you can find in the months of Spring. Lesser known in the world of trekkers, this trek offers you the best summit views that no other trek can ever give you.

Pangarchulla summit trek is a complete package that includes the colors of lush green meadows, whites of milk-white snow, and blue of the ink-blue sky. In India, there are mostly two kinds of treks, one is the easy category treks such as Triund, Kedarkantha, and chopta, and the second is the extremely difficult treks such as Kanchenjunga and  Everest.

But exactly in the middle of these two categories stands Pangarchulla summit trek. The specialty of this trek is that it holds both, the exciting challenges of a difficult trek and the leisure strolls of an easy trek.

If you are someone who is looking to upgrade to a difficult trek but is not sure to what level, trek Pangarchulla summit trek. The tastes of challenging summit climb and ridge walk leave you thirsty for more of such experiences.

Also See: Roopkund Trek

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An interesting thing about this trek is the best time to do it. Pangarchulla peak being at the height of 15,000 ft. faces such a hefty snowfall during the winters that the snow takes about 5 - 6 months to melt. Therefore, the best time for this trek is either in April or in September.

Pangarchulla terrain has a lot of huge boulders with large gaps in between that make it very difficult to trek on. But during these particular months of April and September, a thick layer of snow helps us to trek over the boulders too. But even then, an expert trekker is needed throughout the time to guide you through.

Aren’t you feeling adventurous already? Yes, that’s how thrilling this trek is. Another exciting fact about this trek is that a major part of the route goes through the Kuari Pass trek. That means you get the blended perks of both the treks of mighty Uttarakhand.

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On your way, you get vivid scenes of Mt. Nanda Devi standing isolated from the other peaks, Mt. Dronagiri glowing under the and warm sun, and Mt. Trishul boasting about its astounding height.

What makes this trek more apt for you to take is its popularity. Even today, very few trekkers are aware of its beauty and surprises because of this, the trek experiences a very less amount of traffic. Go, isolate yourself in the lap of mountains and feel the thrill of conquering one of nature’s miracles.

Also See: Valley of Flowers Trek


What’s the weather like?

Spring - Summer:

The months of April - Mid May is the best time to undertake this adventure. During late winters, Pangarchulla experiences heavy snowfall due to which it stays covered till early March. But from late March, the snow starts to melt a bit and comes down to a perfect depth for the trekkers to climb the summit.

During this time, the Pangarchulla temperature in the daytime stays around 15-degree celsius and dips up to - 5 degrees celsius at night. Moderate day temperature makes the Pangarchulla weather comfortable for the trekkers to complete the daily targets of about 8 km. Most of the time, the weather remains pleasant and comfortably warm that makes these months ideal for this trek.


Autumn - Winter:

After May, the snow starts to melt heavily that makes the route extremely slippery. During this time, the trek becomes almost impossible to do and therefore closes down till September.

Early winter is also an ideal time to do this trek. After much of the snow has been melted, the route again opens up with blooming meadows and mildly cold weather. During this time, usually snowfall does not happen. If at all snowfall happens, it stays very low and easy to dodge.

Temperature becomes a little harsh than summertime. Even during the daytime, it remains around 5 - 8 degrees celsius that is still bearable, but during the night, it dips down to - 10-degree celsius. But early winter is also a good time to enjoy the beautiful scenes of the high mountains of the Himalayas and the clean blue sky. 

Also See: Chopta Chandrashila Trek


How difficult is the Pangarchulla Trek?

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Pangarchulla trek comes under the category of ‘Difficult’ trek. Unlike other treks such as Kedarkantha, Brahmatal, or Chopta - Chandrashila trek, Pangarchulla peak height of 15,000 holds much more challenges and difficult terrain to trek on. But this should not discourage you. Pangarchulla trek is about astonishing surprises after exciting challenges. But even after all this, this trek is not at all for beginners.

Also See: Popular Treks in Uttarakhand

The most challenging part of the trek is the summit climb. The longest and the hardest route carries a lot of large boulders under the thick layer of snow. These boulders have long gaps in between which might be dangerous while trekking. But to avoid any problems and give you a safe passage, we have experienced guides to take you through the correct way.

Overall, though Pangarchulla is an exciting and challenging trek, you need to be cautious before undertaking this adventure. You will need to have a certain amount of fitness to easily get through with this amazing trek.

Day 1: Drive from Rishikesh to Joshimath

Altitude: 6,150 ft

Meal Included: Dinner

Stay type: Stay at guest houses on double / triple sharing basis.

Drive: 260 km (9 hrs drive)

  • Upon arriving at Rishikesh, book a cab to Joshimath.
  • Get a glimpse of India’s 4 Major Confluences (Prayags)- Devprayag, Rudraparyag, Karanprayag and Nandprayag.
  • After a scenic drive, you’ll reach Joshimath by evening.
  • Check in to your guest house, get fresh for dinner and later rest.

 

Day 2: Drive to Dhak and trek to Gulling Top

Drive: 12 km (30 min)

Altitude: 9,600 ft

Trek: 6 km ( 4 hours)

Stay Type: Stay at tents on a Double / Triple sharing basis.

Meal Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

  • The day starts with hot breakfast with mountain views.
  • Afterwards, drive to Dhak village, which is the starting point of this trek.
  • Hike to Gulling Top, refilling at Karchi and later continue on the gradual & steep ascent crossing hillside villages, watching Dronagiri peak at few points on the trek.
  • At Gulling Top, get the clear views of Dronagiri, Hathi Parvat and Gori Parvat.
  • Later, have your dinner and retire for the day.

 

Day 3: Gulling Top to Khullara

Altitude: 9,600 ft to 11,070 ft

Trek: 4 km ( 5 hours)

Stay Type: Stay at tents on a Double / Triple sharing basis.

Meal Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

  • Enjoy a warm sumptuous breakfast, as you wake up. with a magnificent view of the peaks.
  • Head to Tali, crossing the mixed forest of Rhododendron, Oak and the walnuts.
  • Refill your bottles on the way as you’ll gain an altitude of 11,070 ft. today.
  • Enjoy the view to the peaks like Nanda Devi, Kalanka, Chang Bhang, Hathi Parvat, Gori Parvath etc. from the Kulhara campsite.
  • Later, rest your day after dinner.

 

Day 4: Khullara to Pangarchulla peak and back to Khullara

Altitude: 11,070 ft to 15,069 ft and back to 11,070 ft

Trek: 20 km

Stay Type: Stay at tents on a Double / Triple sharing basis.

Meal Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

  • Starts early at around 4AM in the morning.
  • Prepare accordingly, as the summit climb is going to be long, exhausting, and cold.
  • Start your trek, hiking on the steep ascent into Oak and Rhododendron forest, followed by an open large ridge.
  • Trek light, as the trail has large boulder sections that sometimes pose a lot of problems.
  • Experience the sense of challenge and achievement on reaching the top.
  • Treat your eyes with a 360° view of Garhwal peaks including Nanda Ghunti and Trishul ranges right next to you.
  • Later, follow your team leader to descend back to Khullara.
  • Settle down for dinner and rest.

 

Day 5: Khullara to Joshimath via Dhak

Altitude: 11,070 ft to 6,150 ft.

Trek: 8 km (approx 7 hrs)

Drive: 13 km (30min)

Stay Type: Stay at guest house on a Double / Triple sharing basis.

Meal Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

  • Post breakfast, we’ll head to Joshimath today.
  • Start your trek to Joshimath via Dhak village.
  • After reaching Dhak village, ride on a shared cab to Joshimath.
  • Check in to your guest house for the night.
  • End your day with a hot meal.

 

Day 6: Joshimath to Rishikesh

Meal Included: Breakfast

Drive: 260 km (9 hr drive)

  • Wake up, have your breakfast and pack up to sea-off.
  • Book a cab and drive back to reach Rishikesh.
  • The trek ends here.

Air: Book a direct flight to Dehradun, most metro cities have direct air connectivity to Dehradun. If you don't get a direct flight to Dehradun or feel that ticket prices are very high, you book a flight to Delhi and take a train/bus from there. If you are coming by flight to Dehradun then come on Day 0, a day before your journey starts that will give you a good time to rest.

Road: Dehradun is well connected by road with all parts of the country. There are regular Volvo busses from Delhi to Dehradun which takes 5-6 hrs to reach. Our advice is to take govt run Volvo buses as private buses don't adhere to the timings.

Rail: Book a direct train to Dehradun or you can book a train to Delhi or Haridwar and take a bus from there to reach Dehradun.

1. Shirts / T-shirts –2/3, Jeans / Trekking Pants -2

2. Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood

3. Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollensweater

4. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower),Scarf/muffler (optional)

5. Woollen cap, Woollen gloves, Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)

6. Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)

7. Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers

8. Raincoat / Poncho, Small light weight towel

9. Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleribottles!!)

10. Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face

11. Sun glasses, Walking stick / Trekking pole

12. Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm, Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)

13. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication

14. Personal toiletries

15. Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it

Inclusions:

1. You will be greeted by our trek team on your arrival at Joshimath.

2. All stays included from Joshimath to Joshimath on sharing basis:

 (i) Guest house on day 1 & 5.

 (ii) Alpine / Dome tents on day 2, 3, 4.

3. All meals included from Day 1 dinner to Day 6 breakfast. Vegetarian meals will be served throughout the trek.

4. Skilled local staff who have ample knowledge of the route

5. Hot water in buckets can be provided on request depending on availability, while staying at guest houses in Joshimath only.

6. Kitchen, dining and toilet tents will be used during the trek.

7. Cooks/Helper for carrying common equipment like rations/tents/utensils/groceries.

8. Transport from Joshimath to Dhak and Auli to Joshimath in shared vehicle.

9. All trek essentials included–

 (i) Accommodation - tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats etc

 (ii) Safety equipment - microspikes, gaiters as per requirements and basic first aid kit with a portable oxygen cylinder.

 (iii) Permit - forest and camping fee included.

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Exclusions:

1. The above trek charges does not include the GST charges (5%).

2. Personal essentials -

(i) Equipment - Gumboots, trekking poles, etc.

(ii) Insurance - Personal and travel insurances.

(iii) Beverage - Mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages

(iv) Snacks - Chocolate, dry fruits, protein or nutrition bar.

(v) Entertainment - Camera or drone fees.

3. Transportation - The charges of transportation on day 1 and 6 are to be borne and shared between the trekkers.

4. In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure" or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by you.

5. Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel/trek/COVID-19 will be borne by the Guest.

6. Anything which is not included in Inclusion.

7. Separate tents on request, will be charged extra (INR 1,500 per tent)

 

1. If cancellations are made 26 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity, no cancellation fee will be charged.

2. If cancellations are made between 8-25 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity, 25% of the total package amount will be charged as cancellation fee.

3. If cancellations and rescheduling are made within 7 days from the start date of your trek/tour/activity, 100% of the total booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.

4. Guest can reschedule the tour/trek/activity between 8-25 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity (Depending on the availability), after this period no rescheduling can be done and no amount can be refunded.   

5. Rescheduling of the tour/trek/activity is applicable only once, after that if you want to cancel or reschedule the trek/tour/activity again, it will not be possible and no refund will be processed. 

6. If you book the tour/trek/activity by making a partial payment of the total booking amount and fail to make the 100% payment before 26 days from the date of travel. In this case, your booking will get canceled automatically and can only be reconfirmed once you make the full payment, depending on the availability of slots.

7. In case if your tour/trek/activity remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure", medical emergency, government policy changes, local strikes, or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get a refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain underutilized by you.

8. In case if your tour/trek/activity gets cancelled because of "force majeure", medical emergency, government policy changes, local strikes between 0-7 days from your date of travel, you will be eligible to reschedule the date of your trek/tour/activity or you can get a credit note of the amount paid, however no cash refund will be possible in this case.

9. Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

10. The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days.

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aditya jain

A perfect blend of exciting challenges and relaxing walk. The best part was the vivid scene of Mt. Nanda Devi standing isolated from the other peaks, Mt. Dronagiri glowing under the and warm sun, and Mt. Trishul boasting about its astounding height. It's an excellent trek for summit seekers and people like me who always crave for next 'Toofani' adventure in the Himalayas. I booked this trek, with my friend who is also an adrenaline junkie like me. We booked this trek in the month of Mid May (or say pre-monsoon). It is at this time of the year when Pangarchulla snow melts and huge boulders and gap are clearly visible to cross. Also, we did have adventure treks before, but this was our first Summit Climb. We just had a rough idea of what's coming. A huge thanks to the team of Moustache Escapes, who gave us all the major heads up for the next 6 days on the trek. Also, their ground team deserves a cannon salute for brilliantly handling the entire summit climb. I'm not a morning person nor my friend, but the summit climb started early at 3AM (around). Our trek guide explained us later that, apart from UV rays, summit in daylight causes snow to melt and form puddles that can lead to frostbite. Also, we had a plus point of starting early. Though the climb was hectic and long, we arrived just in time for the watching the sunrise of our lifetime. It was kinda magical (for me) scene to watch the clouds changing its colors. From dark to crimson and then to red, then Sun begins to show up from horizon afar. And, once its all daylight, we can clearly witness the magnificent 360-degree view of Garhwal peaks, including Nanda Ghunti and Trishul ranges standing right next to us. It was altogether an experience bot emotional and ethereal at the same time that i'll never forget. Like i said, i'm not a morning person and 3Am is night for me. But, now I'm sure the end result, the final summit view is something worth waking up that early.