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.