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

Onto the Himalayan Summit - Pangarchulla Peak Trek

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 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.

Peaking Beauties at Pangarchulla Peak Trekking

Another exciting fact about Pangarchulla Peak Trekking 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.

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.

What makes Pangarchulla Peak Trek map UNIQUE?

The Pangarchulla Peak Trek map is for someone who is looking to upgrade from moderate level difficulty. The journey to Pangarchulla peak location falls definitely in a difficult level. However, the tastes of challenging summit climb and ridge walk leave you thirsty for more of such experiences.

An interesting thing about this trek is the best time to do it. The Pangarchulla peak altitude being at the height of 15,000 ft. faces a hefty snowfall during the winters. 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. At every meter, it feels like trekking in Pangarchulla Peak is getting more challenging and difficult. However, 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, how thrilling is this trek of Moustache Escapes.

Pangarchulla Peak Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Rishikesh to Joshimath

Altitude: 6,150 ft.
Meal Included: Dinner
Stay type: Guesthouse Stay (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, Rudraprayag, 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 & Trek to Gulling Top

Drive: 12 km (30 min)
Altitude: 9,600 ft.
Trek: 6 km (4 hours)
Stay Type: Tent Stay (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: Tent Stay (Double / Triple sharing basis)
Meal Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

  • Enjoy a warm sumptuous breakfast by the magnificent peak-views.
  • 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 Khullara campsite.
  • Later, rest your day after dinner.

Day 4: Khullara to Pangarchulla Peak & Back to Khullara

Altitude: 11,070 ft. to 15,069 ft. and back to 11,070 ft.
Trek: 20 km
Stay Type: Tent Stay (Double / Triple sharing basis)
Meal Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

  • Starts early at around 4 AM 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: Guesthouse Stay (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.

How to Reach Pangarchulla Peak Trek Base Camp

Air: Book a direct flight to Dehradun. In other case, fly to Delhi and reach Dehradun via train/bus. Those arriving Dehradun via flights, are advised to reach on Day 0 (a day before your journey begins) to properly rest before the trek.

Road: Take Volvo bus from Delhi that’ll reach Dehradun in 5-6 hrs. Our advice is to take Govt. 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. From there, take a bus ride to Dehradun.

Things to Carry on Pangarchulla Peak Trek Package

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 Woollen sweater
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 plastic bottles)
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.

Pangarchulla Peak Trek 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.
10. Covid Related Information

Pangarchulla Peak Trek 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).

Cancellation Policies on Pangarchulla Peak Trek Package

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 cancelled 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.

FAQ's Pangarchulla Peak Trek

Q1. Where is Pangarchulla Peak?

The Pangarchulla peak tour is a difficult hike, located in the Joshimath area of Chamoli district, Uttarakhand.

Q2. What’s Pangarchulla Peak Trek best time?

The months of March and April is considered to be the best time for Pangarchulla Peak tours. It is at this time, the snow is more manageable. This final climb to the summit, take 2-3 hours, depending on the climbers' rate of ascent. It is difficult and demands a lot of internal drive. By 11AM, aim to arrive at the summit.

Q3. How difficult is Pangarchulla Peak Trek?

Given the length, height, and complexity of the routes, the trek is moderately to extremely challenging. The journey to Pangarchulla peak trek the Himalayas and calls for significantly higher endurance, cardiovascular fitness, mental toughness, and previous high altitude trip experience.

Q4. Can beginners do Pangarchulla Trek?

No, we don’t suggest Pangarchulla peak trips to beginner level trekkers. It’s a challenging trek, only suitable for trekkers with prior trekking experience.

Q5. How to reach Pangarchulla trek?

You can take a bus or a taxi from Haridwar to Auli, where you can continue your Pangarchulla Peak Trip. For more, check out our How to Reach Pangarchulla Peak Trek Base Camp section.

Q6. What’s Pangarchulla Peak temperature in winter and summer?

The maximum temperature of the Pangarchulla Peak will be 23°C. Temperature in February is -10 to +15 degrees Celsius. The temperature in March is -5 to +15 degrees Celsius. Temperature in April is -2 to +2 to degree Celsius. Best Time: – March, April, May June, September, October, and November. Not during January and December due to heavy snowfall in the region.

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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.