|Suitable for:||8+ years|
|Experience:||First timer can apply, previous trekking experience is more appreciated.|
|Fitness:||Cover 5km of distance in 30 minutes, without a stress.|
Why Panwali Kantha Is A Must Do Trek
Panwali Kantha, perched at an altitude of 3,300 m is a wonderful trekking destination in the Garhwal Himalayas, offering a stunning view of the Char Dham mountain ranges. On a clear day, you can see the Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath Ranges. Other prominent peaks like Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Kedar Dome, Kirti Stambh, and Thalaysagar are also visible as well. This high-altitude meadow is increasingly becoming popular due to its sunrise and sunset views and you will also get to see many varieties of Himalayan flowers and herbs. It is also home to many *Himalayan wildlife. If you are lucky, you may be able to spot high-altitude animals like Ghoral, Bharal weasels, Himalayan bears, and the rare musk deers. During Spring, the trail is blazing with crimson and red Rhododendron blooms. The best way to approach this trek is from Guttu ending at Trijuginarayan temple. At the end of the trek, you can visit the Trijuginarayan Temple, which has great religious significance. According to the legends, it is believed that Lord Shiva and Parvati married at Trijuginarayan, in the presence of Lord Vishnu.
Panwali Kantha presents a different kind of beauty in different seasons. During monsoon, the trek is alive with verdant green and blooming wildflowers while in autumn the sky is clear and the meadows are green and striking. During winter, it’s a panorama of white beauty and in spring you get a flowery welcome with the Rhododendrons in full bloom. It is a wonderful trek that offers unique visual treats and owing to its easy to moderate grade, it is suitable for beginners as well as experienced trekkers.
About The Trek
Replete with beauty, Panwali Kantha unfolds an awe-striking view of the Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath Ranges. The bugyals that you cross through on the trek are absolutely beautiful as well. The journey commences from Rishikesh, where you will be picked by Trek The Himalayas representatives and you will be driven to Guttu. Guttu is a charming Himalayan hamlet set by the banks of the Bhilganga River. Staying the night at night, we will begin trekking towards Pobhagi the next day, it’s an 11 km trek that will take about 5 to 6 hrs.
The next day, you will trek from Pobhagi to Panwali Kantha via Dyuili Top. enjoy the stunning Char Dhma peak views and later rest your tents after walking for long hours. The next day, we will begin the descent from Panwali Kantha towards Maggu Chatti. From Maggu Chatti, you will visit the Trijuginarayan Temple, a temple of big religious significance. Trijuginarayn is the penultimate stop, where you pay your respects to God and then drive towards Rishikesh after ending the wonderful trip and taking back lots of mountain memories.
What Can You Expect At The Trek
Panwali Kantha is a meadow trek in the Garhwal Himalayas rich in flora and fauna and comes with impressive mountain views. It is an easy to moderate trek that offers many different surprises. Not only do you get grand mountain views but you will also get to see the exotic flora and fauna of the region and catch glimpses of the everyday lifestyle in the remote Himalayan villages.
In summers, the weather in Panwali Kantha is quite pleasant, ranging between 10 °C to 15 °C, while in winter, it is between 0°C to -5°C. We recommend dressing appropriately in layers to adjust to all weather conditions. TTH also offers comfortable pick up and drop off from and to Rishikesh. Our trek leaders are all mountaineering certified and wilderness first aid responders and as such provide professional guidance and advice so that you can make the best out of your treks.
From Rishikesh, we start early in the morning and drive towards Guttu, which is at a distance of 200 km from Rishikesh and takes about 5 hrs to reach. Guttu is the basecamp for your Panwali Kantha Trek and it is a charming village in the kernels of the Gharwal Himalayas. The drive from Rishikesh to Guttu is a scenic one and en route, you will cross the Tehri Dam, which is the tallest dam in our country and the second-highest in Asia. The picturesque village sits by the Bhilganga River and is characterized by lush green mountains. Ghuttu has often been used as a basecamp for the Panwali Kantha trek as well as treks like Masar Tal and Khalting Glacier. You can expect to reach Guttu by 12 in the afternoon, just in time for lunch. Reaching Ghuttu, check-in the guesthouse and freshen yourself up. In the evening, you can roam around the village area, interact with the locals and get a glimpse into their rustic lives. You can also buy handicrafts items from the village market as souvenirs or as gift items for your dear ones. Rest well today as you will begin your trekking tomorrow in the morning.
Wake up early and energize yourself with a delicious breakfast and some gentle warm sessions. Today is our first day of trekking and we will head towards the Pobhagi campsite from Guttu. The trek from Guttu to Pobhagi is 11 km and it takes about 5 to 6 hrs to reach the Pobhagi campsite. The trail is easy and is characterized by simple and gradual ascents. En route, you will cross the summer villages of Panwali Kantha and you may spot some Chaniya huts as well. On a clear day, you may be able to see the Bhilganga Valley on your right-hand side. Pobhagi is a beautiful campsite from where you can see the Buransh Forest spread in a blazing burst of red. The onset of spring brings a wonderful cheer to the forests as the Rhododendrons are in full bloom during this time of the year. Sunset over this red forest is a pretty amazing sight to behold. During winters, the routes are covered in snow blankets, which increases the difficulty of the trek. Crampons and gaiters are a must if you want to do the trek in winter. Once you reach Pobhagi, find a nice spot to pitch your tent. At night you will retire to your camps post-dinner.
Today is the most exciting day as you will trek to the highest point on the trek. Wake up, have a hearty breakfast, stretch a bit and then let’s head towards Panwali Kantha. The distance between Pobhagi and Panwali Kantha is 8 km and it takes about 5 hrs to reach the top. In winters, the Panwali Kantha campsite sees an abundance of snow, and the view, too is awe-inspiring. If you are doing this trek in the summer months then you will be greeted with an abundance of greenery. The trek can become moderate to difficult if there is snow on the trail. We will reach the Panwali Kantha campsite crossing Dyuili Top and from here the path meanders towards Panwali. The Panwali Kantha top greets you with views of major Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi (7,816 m), Gangotri (6,856 m), Trishul (7,120 m), Kamet (7,756 m), Chaukhamba (7,138 m), Kedarnath (6,940 m) and Kedar Dome (6,940 m). We will reach the Panwali Kantha campsite by afternoon and enjoy a delectable lunch at the campsite. The evening is at your leisure, you can roam around the campsite, absorb the serenity of the environment and watch a breathtaking sunset over the towering Himalayan peaks. We will stay the night at Panwali Top, watching the spectacular starlit sky at night, and head down in the morning.
Today we will begin our descent from Panwali Kantha to Maggu Chatti. From Panwali Kantha to Maggu Chatti, the trail is full of ascents and descents, mostly being descent. The trek today is 13 km long and since we are going downhill it takes about 6 hrs to reach Maggu Chatti. Along your way, you will spot shepherd huts and cattle grazing in the grasslands with the beautiful mountain ranges in the backdrop. From Maggu Chatti to Trijuginarayan, you will also pass through alpine forests where you can spot many varieties of Himalayan flora and fauna as well as a couple of waterfalls, where you can fill your water bottles and relinquish your thirst. As you descend from Panwali Kantha towards Maggu Chatti, the mountain views slowly start receding. 2 km into the trek and you will come across some Gujjar shelters, and further on you can spot the Bhilganga valley in the north-east direction. Trudge along the meadows along the knife-edge of the ridge and after a couple of switchbacks, you will arrive at the Maggu Chatti campsite. This is the last night of your camping in the mountains, so enjoy the experience before you head down to Trijuginarayan tomorrow.
Maggu Chatti to Trijuginarayan is a downhill climb. It takes about 4 hrs and the trek distance is 7 km approximately. It is a forested trail with clearings in between from Maggu Chatti all the way to Trijuginarayan. There are also some water sources along the way from where you can fill your water bottles. A little into the trek and you will come across a water source, keep walking and you will come across a bridge about 2 km into the trek, you can get a beautiful bird’s eye view of the valley below. Further, into the trail, you will come across a big waterfall, this is yet another water source to replenish your water bottles. Soon you will walk into a forested path and if it is spring or summer, the forested patch will be blazing with the crimson Rhododendron blooms. It is a gradual downwards climb through thick woods and soon you will come across a clearing in the forests, allowing you to enjoy the view of Trijuginarayan Village. There’s another stream running here in the clearing, your third water source for the day. Continue steadily on and you will come across a water tank, followed by a walled playground, you are now in Trijuginarayan village, continue on the trail and you will enter the temple premises. Located in the Rudraprayag district, Trijuginarayan is an ancient temple. Legends say that this is the temple where Lord Shiva and Parvati got married. Spend some time in the temple, pay your regards and we will head back to Rishikesh along a scenic route. You can expect to reach the Rishikesh by evening.
At first you have to reach Rishikesh, after that TTH will take care of your further travel plan.
Our Pick-up place
Trek The Himalayas Head office, Tapovan Laxmanjhula, Landmark -Nainital Bank opposite Shiv Vilas Hotel
Options to reach Rishikesh
1. Take overnight train/bus to Rishikesh.
2. Take overnight train/bus to Haridwar and drive to Rishikesh (35 min drive with normal traffic).
We always recommend to go for the govt. Buses over the private ones outside the bus station as based on the experience we have found that there are very high chances of delay involved with private buses. Also, govt. Buses are always more reliable. Whichever bus you choose, just make sure to reach Rishikesh at least by 05:30 am positively.
3. Take the flight to Dehradun airport (Jolly Grant Airport) and drive to Rishikesh (20 km, 30 min), if coming by flight then come one day early.
1. Accommodation :
2. Transportation :- Tata Sumo or equivalent :
3. All meals while on trek (veg + Egg) :
4. Support :
5. Safety Equipment :
6. Trekking Equipment :
7. All necessary permits and entry fees
8. Mules to carry central equipment
9. Trek Completion Certificate
1. Any kind of personal expenses.
2. Food during the transit.
4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head "Price Includes".
Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
Charges of offloading backpack:-
INR 1200/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
INR 1500/- if you inform us after reaching Joshimath
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.
To book a Trek/ adventure program please use our online booking form or, alternatively, you can call us on the given for confirmation of tour you have to wire a deposit and initial deposit.
Make a single payment and trek the number of times you want.
If you book a trek with Trek The Himalayas and are unable to complete the same or you have successfully completed that trek and want to do it again, you can repeat it multiple times without paying the cost of the trek.
Terms and conditions
The fee can be paid by online transfer/Check deposit/Cash deposit/Demand draft. Instruction for
payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please
e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.
For the cancellation of services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, Trek The Himalayas must be notified of the same in writing at email@example.com At the time we receive your written cancellation, refunds based on the total fare are as follows.
Cancellations prior to 25 days from the start of the Trip
Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip
Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip
Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek
If by a rare consequence TTH calls off/cancels a trek:
At TTH, we almost never call off or cancel our treks. But in the rare event that we do call off or cancel a trek due to any unforeseen circumstances or natural catastrophes like continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that prevents us from carrying out a trek in a safe manner, unforeseeable circumstances like local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any such situations that prevents a safe trekking experience, TTH will issue a voucher summing up to the same amount as your trek fee. The voucher can be redeemed on any of the treks over a period of the next year.
In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:
As we mention always, weather conditions at high altitudes are extremely unpredictable and can change at any time of any day. Also, situations like natural calamities or political unrest, pandemics and lockdowns, etc are out of our control and if an event cannot run under any such circumstances that we do not directly have control over then we will try to give you an alternative trek, which means your trek will be shifted from one trek to another, which will be safer and more favourable.
In these cases, a voucher is issued to mitigate the difference in cost between the two treks. You can redeem the voucher at any time over a period of one year from the date of issue. A refund fee or refund of the difference is not applicable.
Cash Voucher Terms:
Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Trek The Himalayas" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which TTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. TTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.
|Back pack & rain cover||(50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps|
|Day pack + rain cover||20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)|
|Walking stick||Advisable (At least one)|
|Water bottle/Hydration pack||2 bottles of one liter each, People who use hydration pack 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter, Carry at least one thermos flask.|
|Personal Medical Kit||Consult your doctor|
|Snacks||Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors|
|T-shirts||4 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)|
|Fleece T-shirts||1 Nos.|
|Fleece jacket||1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)|
|Down feather / Hollofil jacket||1 Nos.|
|Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)||1 Pair|
|Thermal inners (upper and lower)||1 Pair|
|Trek pants||3 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)|
|Waterproof gloves||1 Pair|
|Fleece/woolen gloves||1 Pair|
|Hand sanitizer||Antibacterial powder|
|Toothbrush and toothpaste||Lip balm / Chapstick|
|Toilet Paper & wipes||Quick dry towel|
|Head torch||1 Nos. (Avoid Hand torch)|
|Sun cap||1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)|
|Woolen cap||1 Nos.|
|Balaclava||1 Nos. (Optional)|
|Sunglasses||Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected, People who wear spectacles- (A)- Use contact lenses. (B)- Photo chromatic glasses.|
|Trekking shoes||1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)|
|Cotton socks||6 pairs|
|Woollen socks||1 pairs|
|Gaiters||1 Pair (TTH will Provide)|
Fitness regime for:
Calculate Your BMI :
Congratulations, your body is in good conditions!
|Less than 16.5||Serverely Underweight|
|16.5 - 18.5||Underweight|
|18.5 - 25||Normal|
|25 - 30||Overweight|
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