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Pangarchulla Peak Trek

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.

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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.

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.

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