Pangarchulla Peak Trek

Pangarchulla Peak Trek

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About Pangarchulla Peak Trek

If you're searching for a challenging and spectacular summit ascent, the Pangarchulla Peak hike is for you. The Pangarchulla Peak trek's peak is located at a high height of 15,069 feet.

The Pangarchulla mountain is a high elevation hike in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district's Joshimath area. It is a low and moderate trip which will lead you on an excursion across massive rocks, high hills, lengthy routes, and lovely Deodar forests.

Pangarchulla is a 5-day journey to begin with and 7 days when you include the travel days from Rishikesh. The walk begins at Auli, near Joshimath in the Garhwal area of Uttarakhand located in the Nanda Devi National Park.

The path to Pangarchulla & Kuari Pass stays consistent until the final day. You have a better sight of Nanda Devi to the left and the pinnacle of Pangarchulla to the right as you drive to Dhak, the head path for this incredible summit, which sits atop a deep forest packed with pine trees. It's a short trek that packs a lot into its six-day duration. The Pangarchulla trip brings you to a variety of scenery producing all sorts of enchantment in a very short period of time, from little communities to dust paths leading to large open meadows, lush woods, clean streams, and rocky sections plunging into something like the snow.

Highlights of Pangarchulla Peak Trek

Pangarchulla Peak Trek

Maximum altitude- From the Lord Curzon Circuit as well as the Kuari Pass, Pangarchulla - the pinnacle peak - climbs into view. The Pangarchula summit is 14700 feet (4500 metres) above sea level.

Grade- The summit is a pleasure for mountaineering aficionados, providing a wonderful trial of non-technical climbing ability with a grade level of Moderate to Difficult.

Duration- This 6-day adventure takes you along the pilgrim route of Uttarakhand, through Haridwar to Joshimath, at which our base camp is located. Our journey up the rough trails begins a bit further away, near Dhak settlement.

Trekking distance- In the 6 day trek it covers distance of about 44 km where it unravels with each rise, the views of reveal cliff-side settlements with terraced fields and slant-roofed cottages, followed by verdant meadows encircled by the distinctive peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas.

Trail type- A certain level of physical strength is required if you want to properly appreciate the Pangarchulla trek walk because it is a medium grade hike. The summit offers 360-degree views of Himalayan peaks such as Mt. Nanda Devi, Hathi Parvat, Ghodi Parvat, Kamet, and Dronagiri.

Rail head- Train connections to Delhi (4-5 hours) and Dehradun are regular at Haridwar Junction Railway Station (IR station code: HW), making it easy to get to Haridwar (1 hour). Additionally, a few trains run to Rishikesh each day.

**Airport- **The closest airport to Haridwar is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. From Mumbai or Delhi, travellers can fly directly to Dehradun, or they can take a connecting flight from any location in India. You may hire local automobiles outside of the airport to go from Dehradun to Haridwar via road.

Snow Season- Temperature will be around 18°C to 12°C during the day time and in the night -3°C to -6°C

Service from- You may take a bus or a cab from Haridwar to Joshimath. Transportation will be available at an additional fee.

Best season- The optimum period for a Pangarchulla hike is between March and April, when the path is covered in ice and snow and between October and December,

Region: The terrain is mostly rocky with patches of hard snow strewn throughout.

**Who can participate: **The Pangarchulla peak trek is suitable for experienced trekkers and those who have already completed moderate level climbs. If you are a novice who is serious about training, you will require a minimum 2-3 months to get prepared physically and psychologically for Pangarchulla.

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Pangarchulla Peak Itinerary

Itinerary at a glance

Day 1: Haridwar to Joshimath drive (6,750ft, drive of 256 km, 9 hour)

Day 2: Drive 10 kilometers from Joshimath to Dhak village. Then walk 6 kilometers uphill to Gulling.

Day 3: Guling to Kuari Pass, 5 hours; descend to lower Khullara camp, 12 km; 6/7 hours total.

Day 4: Lower Khullara to Pangarchulla top (15069 ft), 6 hours, then return to lower Khullara - total distance 12 km, 10/11 hours.

Day 5: Lower Khullara to Auli via Gurson Bugyal - 10 km - 5/6 hours - drive to Joshimath - 45 minutes / 14 km

Day 6: Joshimath-Haridwar Drive (6750 ft, drive of 256 km, 9 hour)

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  • 6,750ft altitude, 256 km travel, approximately 9 hours

  • Trekkers will be collected at Haridwar at 6:30 a.m. in either a Tata Sumo or a comparable vehicle (cost not included). Arrive in Joshimath about 5 p.m. where you can have tea, briefing of the trek & dinner.

  • On the road, breakfast and lunch (exclusive of charges)The guest house will provide you with lodging.

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What To Pack For Your Trek?

Pangarchulla Peak Trek

The forest department needs these records for legal reasons. You won't be able to hike without any of these.

  • Original and photocopy of a government identity card
  • Disclaimer Certificate
  • Medical Certificate

The essential pack of things you need to bring for the Trek are as follows:-

  • Pangarchulla needs robust hiking boots with adequate traction, ankle support, and snow-handling capabilities.

  • A 50 to 60 litre backpack is required for a hike like Pangarchulla. Ensure your backpack has strong shoulder and hip supports as well as quick-access compartments.

  • In the mountains, it's important to layer your clothing. You are best protected from the cold by wearing layers.

  • Carry two t-shirts and wear one. Keep full-sleeve dry-fit T-shirts on hand (preferably collared). These protect your arms & neck from becoming sunburnt. Throughout the walk, especially at high altitudes, in the rarified air

  • You will require 1 set of inner thermals, a padded jacket, a few light fleece layers, and 1 light sweater. Don't buy your grandmother's knit sweaters since they can be exceedingly hefty. Sweaters and fleece coats are necessary.

  • For this journey, two pairs of trekking pants should be plenty. Carry one pair if it rains and wear one pair. Trekking is a great time to wear pants featuring zipper cut-offs at the thighs.

  • Snow blindness may be avoided using sunglasses. Through a hike like Pangarchulla, you may anticipate walking on extensive snowy terrain and snow blindness can result from exposure to bright sunlight reflected through snow.

  • A sun hat is required. Without a sun cover, hiking can result in headaches, sunburns, rapid dehydration, and a significant decline in hiking performance.

  • You need the mittens to keep you warm on a trek like Pangarchulla. Purchase synthetic hand gloves with an inside cushioned lining and an outside waterproofing.

Other things to be considered while you pack for your trek are as follows:-

  • Head torch
  • Warm clothes
  • Caps
  • Toilet paper & wipes
  • Walking stick
  • Back pack (50-60l)
  • Water bottle
  • Binoculars
  • Fleece jackets and thermals
  • Hiking shoes
  • Mosquito & insect repellent
  • Thermal inners
  • Waterproof windcheater
  • Woolen cap, socks, mittens & scarf
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Know Before You Go

Tips for Pangarchulla Peak Trek
Trekking Routes
How To Reach
Best Time To Go

One of the greatest Himalayan summit treks one may take in April is to Pangarchulla Peak. Technically speaking, the 14,700-foot summit is not a behemoth. A careless attitude, though, can lose you the well-deserved summit glory. Take into consideration the tips and suggestions to increase your possibility of attending the Summit.

  • Trekkers must always have a photocopy of their picture ID with them while entering the forest checkpoints.

  • Your lodging will be organized in lodges at the base camp.

  • You will spend three nights in a tent while on the hike.

  • At the base camp, we provide a cloakroom for extra luggage. Keep your valuables out of the cloakroom.

  • Please be aware that twin-sharing tents might not be offered. This is due to the fact that various nations supply the basic materials used to make tents.

  • However, because of the upheaval across the world, their export has suffered. Tents are now in limited supply everywhere as a result.

  • Despite this, you will still have plenty of room as these tents are made to fit three hikers.

  • Check the snow conditions with your guide and time your trk=ek according to the fall of snow.

  • Carry all the trek gears you will need to carry as there might be a time when the ponies won’t be available.

  • Make an early start to the day and plan your summit according to the proper time as it takes 7 hours to reach.

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Facts About Pangarchulla Trek

Pangarchulla Peak Trek
  • The origin of the word Pangarchulla is a fascinating tale. The direct translation of this name, Pangarchulla, describes how it seems to be a chimney surrounded by maple trees. Chulla signifies a chimney, and Pangar means "maple," which alludes to maple trees.

  • A flower called Saussurea Obvallata, also known as Brahma Kamal, grows in the Himalayan alpine meadows over 14,000 feet. On the reverse side, you will see wide meadows covered in Brahma Kamal flowers, about 1,000 feet below Pangarchulla Peak. Many locals climb Pangarchulla "barefoot," go through the meadows to gather these flowers, and then present them to their God. In many areas of Himalayan region, putting these flowers on one's person is a customary practice.

  • Tali Lake is situated exactly where high elevation meadows begin, at the ending of the treeline. It's breathtaking to see Mount Nanda Devi, Mount Dronagiri, as well as other mountains reflected in the lake.

  • The campground in Akhrot Ghetto is situated beneath a massive, ancient walnut tree. It derives its name from that. Akhrot is Arabic for walnut. You may see peaks including Hathi Parvat, Gauri Parvat, Mt. Barmal, Mt. Dunagiri, and Garud Parvat, among others, in awe-inspiring detail from this location.

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What is the height of Pangarchulla Peak?

The height of Pangarchulla peak is 4575 meters.

How Difficult is the Pangarchulla Peak Trek?

The Pangarchulla Peak hike is classified as a challenging level 1 trek with

  • Difficult, steep routes
  • Ascends to approximately 15,000 feet
  • Trekking hours can exceed 9 hours per day
  • Few exit alternatives
  • Prior high elevation trek experience and excellent cardiovascular fitness are essential.

We believe that perhaps the Pangarchulla Peak trip meets all of these requirements. The hike reaches an elevation of 15,070 feet. The summit day might last up to twelve hours of arduous trekking up and down 4,000 feet in one day. The summit ascent is difficult, with steep, uneven, and exposed areas.The final four hour of the summit ascent are spent hiking on firm snow over boulders. It's really difficult, demanding, and full of hard spots. It necessitates being sure-footed, always vigilant, and bearing a lot of energy.

Aside from the initial 2 days, the remaining journey is distinguished by lengthy days, with a minimum of eight hours of trekking each day.All of this adds to the difficulty of the trip. This journey is very hard to complete without previous high altitude trek expertise and adequate physical preparation.

How many days does Pangarchulla trek take?

The number of days to complete Pangarchulla Trek depends on the guide that you take. Approximately it takes about 6-9 days to complete.

What are the nearest airports and railway stations for Pangarchulla Trek?

The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant airport while the nearest railway station is Dehradun railway station.

Is offloading available on Pangarchulla Trek?

Keeping in mind the footprints that are left behind by porters and mules, it is best to not opt offloading but if there is any medical issue with someone, offloading is available for them with an additional cost.

What is the nearest ATM at Pangarchulla Peak Trek?

Joshimath is the last place where you will find ATMs but the chances of cash getting exhausted at Joshimath ATMs are high. Hence, it is recommended that you withdraw cash from Rishikesh itself.

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