Pangarchulla Peak Trek

altitude Maximum Altitude 15069 ft
Camp Thrill Level Extreme
Camp Tour type Group
About the 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


What’s the weather like?

Spring - Summer

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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

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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. 

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.

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 guesthouses on a double/triple sharing basis.

Drive:                    260 km ( 9 hrs drive)

Welcome to the yoga capital of India Rishikesh. Pangarchulla trek starts from the small village of Dhak. So get ready for a long drive from Rishikesh to Joshimath. The entire drive is going to be around 8 - 9 hours long and will be extremely scenic.

The journey from Rishikesh will be full of views of the gushing river and mighty mountains. You will also pass through four Prayags of Devparyag, Rudraprayag, Karanprayag, and Nandprayag.

Joshimath is also the stop point for the crowd of Auli and winter skiing, so you might meet a lot of other travelers buzzing around.

Once you reached the Joshimath, check-in with your guest house and settle in your room. Depending on the season, prepare yourself for the weather and carry your clothes accordingly.

 

Day 2: Drive to Dhak and trek to Gulling Top



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

Drive:                    12 km (30 min)

Good morning people. Today we have a short drive to Dhak village of around 30 minutes long. Have your hot breakfast and hop in the car.

The trek starts from Dhak village to Gulling top that is a 6 km long trek. It will take you around 4 hours to reach our first campsite. The specialty of today’s trek is the lush green meadows.

Right from the start, you will meander through dense oak forests and verdant meadows with blooming wildflowers. After 20 - 30 mins into the trek, you will reach Karchi from where you can refill your water bottles.

Initial Pangarchulla trek also goes through ancient and traditional villages. On the way, you meet several locals strolling around and chilling under the sun. On the sides, you can also grab some amazing views of Dronagiri peak too.

After an exhausting trek, reach the enchanting gulling top. The best thing about the top is the beautiful greenery. The entire landscape smells and blooms in the charming meadows and open grounds.

Enjoy your evening playing games with your fellow trekkers and spend some quiet time to yourself. At night, we will have your dinner sorted so savor the tasty meal and then sleep.

 

Day 3: Gulling Top to Tali

 

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

Wake up to a beautiful morning. If you are a sunrise fan, get up early and witness the tangerine sunrise of the Garwahal mountains. Devour your luscious breakfast and get ready for today’s trek.

Today we have a 4 km long stretch to Tali. The route is full of mixed forests of  Rhododendron, Oak, and walnuts. The 5-hour hike will take you to an altitude of 11,070 ft. from where you can spot the amazing Himalayan ranges.

After an hour into the trek, you will reach a forest hut which is also a source to fill water bottles. If you wish, you can take a short break there and reenergize.

After 5 - 6 hours, you will reach the Tali campsite. The best thing about this campsite is the astonishing views of several peaks such as Nanda Devi, Kalanka, Chang Bhang, Hathi Parvat, and Gori Parvath.

Spend your time playing antrakshari or writing a piece for yourself. Here, you will be entirely secluded from any kind of disturbances.

After having your steaming dinner, sleep an early night as tomorrow is going to be a tough ride to the summit.

 

Day 4: - Trek from Tali to Pangarchulla and back to Tali via Kullara


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

The summit climb is pretty long and exhausting. As we will climb the summit, stay there for a while, and then come back to the Tali campsite, so today’s trek starts at 4 in the morning.

Wake up early, dress up properly to evade the cold, do your breakfast, and get going. The trek starts with a steep ascend into Oak and Rhododendron forest, but right after a few hours, the tree line will end and you will open up to a large ridge.

The route is full of large boulders that sometimes might pose a lot of problems. You should leave all your unnecessary luggage back at the campsite and trek light.

The summit climb is the most adventurous part of the Pangarchulla trek. Enjoy the challenges and witness a sense of achievement when reached the top.

At the top, you will be amazed to have a 360-degree view of Garhwal peaks. Nanda Ghunti and Trishul ranges will look like standing right next to you. Stay at the summit for a while and soak in the feeling. After you are through, start descending to Tali.

The descent is equally dangerous. You will have to keep continuous attention towards the ground to avoid boulders.

Reach back to Tali and grab yourself a tent. Settle down and have your dinner. The summit climb is usually exhausting so rest properly.


Day 5: Tali to Auli via Gorson Bugyal and drive to Joshimath


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

Trek:                                8 km (approx 7 hrs)

Drive:                              13 km (30min)

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

Meal Included:             Breakfast - Lunch  - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Good morning fellow trekkers. It’s time to trek back to Auli today. Get ready and start trekking on the route to Gurson Bugyal. The trek from Tali to Gorson Bugyal is 3.5 km long and glows with lush green meadows.

Gorson Bugyal is a vast land of green pastures supported by Oak trees. What amazes us more is that during winters this area is covered under a thick sheet of snow that looks so beautiful.

Once you have covered Gorson Bugyal, it will take 4 hours to reach Auli. The trail will pass through the lush vegetation of apple, orchids, and oak forests.

After reaching Auli you will be taken back to Joshimath by a shared cab. Once reached, check-in with the guest house and rest for the day.


Day 6: Joshimath to Rishikesh

 

Meal Included:            Dinner

Drive:                            260 km (9 hr drive)

We hope you had a comfortable night yesterday. Wake up refreshed to the morning and savor your steamed breakfast. Pack your bags and get ready to drive back to Rishikesh.

As usual, the drive is going to be 9 hours long and very scenic. Once you have reached back safely, our trip ends there. Moustache sincerely thanks you for choosing and giving us this opportunity to serve you well.

For further queries regarding Pangarchulla peak temperature, Pangarchulla height, Pangarchulla peak altitude, and Pangarchulla trek distance, call us or write to us today!

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 with a welcome drink on your arrival to Joshimath.

2. All stays included from Joshimath to Joshimath on double / triple 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



 

Exclusions:

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

2. Personal essentials -

(i) Equipment - Gumboots, trekking poles, sleeping bag, liners 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"", medical emergency 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 within 48 hours prior to the start of the trek, 100% advance will be charged as cancellation fee.

2. If cancellations are made between 2-7 days prior to the start of th trek, either 75% of paid amount will be returned to the guest or whole advance amount can be adjusted against any trek within next 6 months.

3. If cancellations are made prior to 7 days from the start of the trek, 100% of total advance will be refunded.

4. If you book the trek by paying 25% of booking amount and fail to make the 100% payment before 25 days from 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 availibility of slots.

5. In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of ""force majeure"", medical emergency 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.

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

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

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