|Suitable for:||10+ years|
|Experience:||First timer can apply, previous trekking experience is more appreciated.|
|Fitness:||cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.|
Why Pangarchulla Is A Must Do Trek
Adorning the Lord Curzon circuit, one of Garhwal Himalaya’s most fabled trails, Pangarchulla- the chimney peak soars to vision. Perched at 14, 700 ft, the peak offers a perfect test of non-technical climbing skills for mountaineering enthusiasts. Though this Uttarakhand trek is accessible throughout the year, it is the winter snow that makes it truly unsurpassable. If thrill is directly proportionate to the gauge of challenge, Pangarchulla Peak Trek in the winters would be a journey brave hearts just cannot afford to miss!
Spanning over 7 days, the trek will take you along the pilgrim vein of Uttarakhand, from Haridwar to Joshimath, where we have our base camp. A little further away, from Dhak village, starts our walking trajectory up the rocky tracks. With ascent, the horizons open up to cliffside villages characterized by terraced farmland and slant roofed houses, moving on to green meadows surrounded by the signature peaks of Garhwal Himalayas. Notable are—Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, Hati-Ghori, and Barmal among others. Part of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary, the trail to Pangarchulla never loses sight of these celebrated peaks and culminates finally at the summit with a gala of glittering snow views.
About The Trek
Pangarchulla is a challenging summit climb fit for adventure enthusiasts who are always looking for their next thrill. The 7-day trek starts from Haridwar where you travel to Joshimath. Dhak village, which is a little distance away from Joshimath is where the trek starts. So, Joshimath serves as the base for your trek. The trek takes place in the Nanda Devi National Park and as such, the mountain views in this trek are simply epic.
From Dhak we start our trekking towards Gulling Top, this is the first day of trekking in the mountains. The trek presents grand mountain views and stays with you all the way to the summit. The meadows of Pangarchulla are covered in snow in the winter months and you will pass through forests of Oak, Deodar, Chestnut, and Maple trees. From Gulling, its an onward journey to Camp I where we will pitch our tents and the following day we will trek from Camp I to Kuari top and descend back to Camp I. The next day is your summit day as you trek from Camp I to Pangarchulla summit via Khullara and return back to camp I. Mt. Nanda Devi, Trishul, Changbang and other peaks stand tall creating a mesmerizing sight.
The next day will be your descent from the mountains and the last day of trekking as you descend from Camp I to Dhak Village and drive to Joshimath. Staying the night at Joshimath, we will head out for Haridwar the next day, ending the journey with lots of happy memories.
What Can You Expect At The Trek
Pangarchulla is a moderate grade trek so some type of physical fitness is necessary if you truly want to enjoy the experience. At the summit, you get 360° views of Himalayan peaks like Mt. Nanda Devi (7,816 m), Hathi Parat (6,727 m), Ghodi Parvat (6,708 m), Kamet (7,756 m), and Dronagiri (7,066 m).
Spring is the ideal time to do the Pangarchulla Trek and the weather during the daytime is usually sunny with mildly cold evenings, however, the temperature drops exponentially post sundown. The daytime temperature at Pangarchulla is around 15°C while the night temperature can drop as low as -5°C or below. So carry, enough warm layers as nights can be pretty cold. Sometimes, there can be sudden surprise showers in Pangarchulla so you need to be prepared for that too.
The Trek to Pangarchulla – The chimney peak is full of the riches of Himalayan grandeur here is what to look forward to:
A Variety of Flora and Fauna- Until the snowline starts the track will be strewn with blood-red rhododendrons. Plenty of Oaks, silver birch, blue pine, and Bhojpatra- the bark of which is known to source papyrus, will be lining the way. Commonly found wildlife here consists of—musk deer, black bear, and Himalayan Tahr.
A Ridge Climb on Summit Day- A steep ridge taking you on an ascent to the peak on summit day is a painstaking but highly gratifying feature of this trek. The climb becomes arduous and sated with an adrenalin rush. The overwhelming snow on the trail will add to this incomparable feeling of exploring the unsurpassable.
Unbound Snow on Risk-Free Slopes- The one dominant characteristic of your winter adventure to the Pangarchulla Peak will be the treat of snow. In most parts on the last lap of the climb, the slopes covered in powdery snow will offer you an ascent without the risk of a deathly fall, by providing a cushioning. These gently curving inclines have the typical quality of skiing slopes. It is ideal for you to enjoy the delights of snow-saturated wintry Himalaya sans the risk of tumbling over fatally. It is also ideal for your enjoyment if you happen to have experience in skiing.
Rishikesh is a celebrated pilgrim site in India and you need to reach Rishikesh Reporting place (Near to Laxmanjhula Auto Stand) for pick up. Here, we will meet you at 6:00 am and our journey shall commence. Even though we have nothing else on our day’s schedule, we will start early. This is because, you need to give your body enough rest before beginning to trek the next day, and secondly, mountain roads are unpredictable so the more time we have in our hands the better.
En route to Joshimath, we will follow the course of river Ganga and cross the famous river-bank pilgrim towns of Rishikesh and the 5 Prayags or confluences. The sight of each of these confluences is spectacular. Rishikesh, besides its ambiance of peace, is also known for white-water river rafting. Those interested could book a stay here for a few days prior to the trek and we can pick you up on the way to Joshimath.
At Devaprayag, You will get a stunning view of the Bhagirathi river descending into river Alakananda and fusing to form a vivid play of different green hues in the water. The slopes of the mountains along the fiery river look picturesque from the confluence of Devaprayag.
Breakfast and lunch could be found at roadside inns along Badrinath Road and this will be exclusive of charges you pay for the trek. By 5 pm, at the hour of sundown, we will pull in on the driveway of the Joshimath guest house, in time for refreshing hit tea followed by an opening dinner and briefing from your Trek Leader. Mobile network is available at Joshimath. Joshimath is also the stop point for the Auli crowd and winter skiing, so you may meet a lot of fellow travelers as well.
The next day, by 7 am we will set off for Dhak village after having breakfast at the guest-house. From Dhak the trek will begin. The drive from Joshimath to Dhak of around 40 minutes will introduce you to the mountain kingdom surrounding the town. After breakfast, load your rucksack in the van and we will drive towards Dhak. The drive is short but scenic. Enjoy the first sights of Nanda Devi peak during your ride. Collect your refreshments and start the trek from Dhak road-head marking the uphill bent towards the destination. Trek for 1 hour to the first village. The first half an hour part of the trek is through a motorable road and then it follows a stone-paved trail up the mountain.
The gradually ascending trail keeps the village on the right and takes a dusty, rocky hike of gradual ascents. You will pass through mountain villages like Kharchi, and Tugasi, giving you a glimpse into the peculiarities of mountain living, their dependence, and their close association with nature. Without any major difficulties, we reach Kharchi village from where the trail inclines by gushing streams. Feast your senses in the greenery of the farming steps cut across hills and the high mountains towering over from all around. The gradual gaining of altitude here must be supported by thorough hydration, therefore, you must keep filling your bottle at village water points. Next, you will be reaching Tugasi village, and with that, we cover about 3 km of the whole trek. Tugasi is a picture of a typical high-altitude Garhwali Himalayan village with its wooden houses, storage places, and ranch. You will come across shepherd clans, farmers, and other agrarian people in this village set in the backdrop of mountains. After immersing in the different flavors of life for some time here, we move towards our next stop- the hamlet of Gulling. During the trek, you can get wonderful sights ofDronagiri Parvat towards the left. This is a popular trek route as it is also the path that takes you to Kuari Pass and a few other treks. You may also see hydro-powered mills in the villages.
With the turn from Tugasi towards Gulling at 8990 ft, the scenario changes from stark and dusty to green. A thickly forested area kicks in after Gulling and traces of civilization start to blur away. The trek continues through forest cover to the Gulling Top campsite at 9600 ft. across 0.5 km from Gulling village. Along with this stretch, finally, the great mesmerizing snow peaks of Garhwal Himalayas pop their heads changing the whole vista to a heavenly one. Prominent in this dazzling panorama are Dronagiri, HathiParvat, and GhoriParvat. You can see widespread Golden Oak, Birch trees on your sides. Remember that the trail takes place inside the Nanda Devi National Park and it is a protected area so be respectful of the inhabitants as well as the flora and fauna of the region. After lunch at the campsite, the sun takes a dip and the snow peaks take a golden sheen casting a spell of pure magic—the perfect time to catch a few exquisite shots! You have gained quite a bit of altitude today, so take short acclimatization walks in the evening around the campsite and return to your camps before dark.
The next day’s trip is a straight ascent of approx 5 km spanning 4 hours approximately. The destination Camp I is a campsite in the clearing amid coniferous forests of blue pine, oaks, and rhododendron. While the climb is an ascending one, it is not as steep as the previous day’s.
We set out today after breakfast prepared mentally for a moderate hike. There will be numerous water points. The entire trail will be a muddy route. Since the trail is under dense forest cover there is no scope for big mountain sights. You will be surrounded by Oak forests on all sides on most part of today’s walk. Continue along the forested trail to eventually reach Camp I. Greeted with sharp curves with deep ravines gaping at one side, we move along never feeling cheated out of the beautiful vista promised. The forests seem to smile up suddenly here and there with rhododendrons blooming in thickets of pink and red. From a little inside the forested trail, snow becomes part of the scene. Rich growth of Silver Birch and Spruce hovers over the snow-covered forest floor making Pangarchulla an in-depth snow trek. Late into the day, Camp-I is reached. Lunch tastes extra delicious today after this testing trek. The afternoon and evening can be reserved for acclimatization and relaxed walks around the clearing. The acclimatization walk is till Khullara meadows, which takes around 40 minutes to reach there. This will be one of the best walks, with fewer efforts you will be standing in front of an ocean of Kamet, Mana Parvat, Deoban, Hati Parvat, Garud, Trishul, Dronagiri peaks. Khullara Top is a part of Lord Curzon’s Trail and it gives 360-degree views of the Himalayan peaks. After short acclimatization walks, return back to the campsite before sundown. Retire in your tents at night. At higher altitudes, you need to give your body as much rest as possible.
Starting after breakfast with packed lunch from Camp I, we make our way, skirting the forest lands towards Kuari Top, and some 40 minutes into the trail, the scenery changes from tree-covered shadowy trails to open meadows. When you reach Khullara top in another 1 hour, you follow Lord Curzon\'s trail towards Kuari Pass. From Khullara top you can see 3 trails heading out, the right going to Tali downwards, the left uphill trail going to Pangarchulla, left downhill to Kuari Pass. We will take the route to Kuari Pass. Khullara is connected to Lord Curzon’s trail by means of a forest ridge. Keep trudging on the Lord Curzon trail for 20 min and open Gelgad meadows will come into sight. This is another spot to capture the mighty Himalayan peaks like Chaukhamba, Neelkantha, etc. Keep walking for another 20 minutes into the trail and you will encounter the famous broken bridge. Here you can find one water point if luckily it is not frozen. Take a few deep breaths and get ready for a steep ascent until Kuari Pass. For the safe side, keep water bottles with you on this trek.
Watch out for the Pangarchulla on the left as you arrive closer to it. Some of the prominent peaks visible are Chaukhamba, Mt. Kamet, and Neelkantha, Mana, Deoban, Hati Parvat, Garud, Trishul, and Dronagiri.
Have your lunch on the wonderful pass relishing the view and return back to Camp I.
On this big day, we start early in the morning, at the crack of dawn, and set off on fresh snow for the summit hike. It is necessary to be equipped with at least 2 liters of water as there are no water sources from here. Multiple steep climbing points on the way make this stretch laborious. The trail will be the same till Lord Curzon\'s trail and you will reach here in one and half hours, same as the previous day.
The first 30 minutes of the ascent is a thorough ridge climb which you will know has ended when a vision Pangarchulla Main and auxiliary peaks rise right up ahead. While the climb may be strenuous the fluorescent sunrise on the left will boost your confidence. After the ridge walk, level snow grounds spread ahead giving you a scope to catch your breath. You can observe a snow gully above you in the middle, this is the point you have to reach. For this region and further up, your group may require cutting through the thick carpet of snow manually—an exhaustive task assigned to the one who leads. In May, June the snow usually melts leaving behind a carpet of boulders. Again if there are a few traces of snow, watch out while stepping on the snow. Your foot may go deep sometimes pertaining to the rocks below. Before reaching the base of Pangarchulla Main, enjoy this level snow patch from where you will get a terrific detailed view of the Chaukhamba massif, flanked by Mana, Kamet, Hati-Ghodi, and other snow caps. We request trekkers not to ask for sliding as it is dangerous on these slopes.
Your trek leader will get you all set for rope up. You will be given a choice to continue or stop here. The onward approach to the Pangarchulla Summit is going to be laborious. From the base of Pangarchulla Main Peak, once again comes a steep ridge climb. At about a distance of 100 meters, the knife ridge begins. The knife-edge cut in the middle of the ridge should be avoided as you step. Crampons are highly advisable as they will minimize the chances of slipping on the ice. Expect high squalling wind with currents. We expect to reach the summit by 10 am, at the most. Any more delays are not allowed because the snow begins to melt, making the reverse trail slippery. On loose snow, the microspikes do not work efficiently. You will have to scale a cluster of 6 mountain ridges to arrive at the summit of Pangarchulla. Sometimes, ice carving with an ice ax is required and our technical team will guide and assist you through the same.
At the summit point, you will come face to face with the Garhwal snow peaks in all their glory, especially Nanda Ghunti on the left, Chaukhamba on right, which will come to the fore for the first time with all the detailed ridge lines revealed. The top is marked by a small temple. From the summit, one gets a 360-degree view of the Garhwal Himalayas, with Nanda Ghunti, Trishuli, Chang Bang, Dronagiri, GarudParvat, Lampak 1,2, Hathi, Gauri, Mana, Kamet on the right and Neelkanth, Chaukhamba, Kedardome, etc. on the left side. After enjoying your victory for 15 minutes we descend and have lunch at the base. The descent takes about 3 to 4 hrs, take care while descending on the snow. From late May to December, the snow melts making it a rocky moraine climb and in these months, it is easier to scale the ridge and takes less time. However, the glorious snow-covered summit is an extraordinary sight to behold.
On the way down from Camp-I, one by one the snow peaks will pop out of view, and the same old village trails will remind you of the end of the journey. It’s an easy trek down to Dhak village. An hour and a half of trekking through dense forest covers will bring us to our first campsite and another hour and a half, and you will reach Dhak. From Dhak, a car ride into the dusk will take you back to civilization at the Joshimath guest-house. Dinner and overnight stay in Joshimath.
Note: On day 7, you will reach Rishikesh between 5 and 6 pm. You can book your further travel after 7 pm.
After sleeping over the unforgettable experience of scaling Pangarchulla, today we go back city-wards. Your car will be waiting at 6 in the morning. Bidding adieu to the gaze of the hills, you will descend down to civilization reaching Haridwar by 6 in the evening in time for your overnight journey back. Along the journey back from Joshimath, Mother Nature will be your constant companion. If you are planning to book your further journey the same day please make the bookings after 7 pm to account for any unexpected delays on the road.
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. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
3. Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)
4. All necessary permits and entry fees.
5. First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
6. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide and Support staff.
7. Transpor from Rishikesh to Rishikesh.
8. Mules to carry the central luggage.
1. Any kind of personal expenses.
2. Food during the transit.
4. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges
5. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
6. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
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 1500/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
INR 1800/- 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.
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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.
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