Pangarchulla Peak Trek

Departure Date

01th of every month

Duration

6 days

Views

1000

Maximum Seats

15

Why This Trek?

Pangarchulla Peak is just above the Kuari Pass Trek and offers the amazing views of some of the high peak of Himalayas. Kuari which means “doorway” is a Himalayan high mountain pass situated in the Garhwal region of northern India, south of the Tibetan border and on the western rim of the “Nanda Devi Sanctuary” Biosphere Reserve and falls in the Chamoli district. The Pangarchulla Peak is challenging peak 4,700 meter high peak among the high peaks of India. Trekking during the summer you start through colorful Rhododendrons in full bloom and then through the pristine snow.

  • DIFFICULTY : Easy – Moderate Trek.

  • MAX AlLTITUDE : 15,009 ft.

  • BASE CAMP : Joshimath .

  • DURATION : 6 Days 5 Nights.

  • BEST SEASON : March – April.

TREK FEE PER PERSON

Rs. 8750

Trek Cost: Rs 8750 + 9 % Service Tax ( Ex Joshimath)

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The views on the Pangarchulla Peak are often cited as the best in the Indian Himalayas. It is not hard to discover why. To the north of the Pangarchulla Peak is the Chaukhamba Range, while the summits of Mana (7,272m), Kamet (7,756m) and Abl Gamin (7,355m) extend to the Tibet border. In the middle foreground, a number of spectacular peaks including Dronagiri (7,066m) and Changabang (6,864m) enclose the Nanda Devi Sanctuary while to the west the snowcapped ranges extend to Gangotri.

 

Destinations Covered during Winter Kuari Pass Trek : Haridwar, Joshimath, Chitrakhana, Khullara, Tali Top

What’s Included :

  • Accommodation (Camping during trek & Guest House / Hotel during stay in Joshimath) on sharing basis.
  • Meals while on trek (Veg) from day 2nd lunch to day 5th lunch.
  • Trekking Logistics.
  • All fees and permits
  • First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff.
  • All surface transfer from Joshimath – Joshimath as per itinerary.

 

What’s Not Included :

  • Meals during stay in Joshimath
  • Mules and porter to carry personal Luggage
  • Any kind of Cost Increase due to Natural Reason
  • Transport from Haridwar to Joshimath and return .
  • Anything which is not mentioned in Inclusions

 

Here’s a short itinerary of Pangarchulla Peak Trek:

Day 1: Drive from Haridwar – Joshimath. Stay in Guest house / Hotel.
Day 2: Drive & then trek from Dhak – Gulling (6 hrs , 7 kms).
Day 3: Trekking from Gulling – Khullara (3 hrs , 6 kms) .
Day 4: Trek from Khullara – Pangarchulla Peak Summit and return(9 hrs, 13 kms).
Day 5: Trek Khullarar – Auli via Tali Top and Gorson Bugyal (6 hrs, 12 kms).
Day 6: Joshimath to Haridwar.

Detailed trek itinerary

Day 1: Joshimath

Today’s journey from Haridwar to Joshimath is about 260 kms long and takes around 10 hours. Joshimath is a hub for pilgrim tourists traveling to Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib. Check in to guest house / hotel at Joshimath.

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Day 2: Drive & then trek from Dhak to Gulling (6 hrs , 7 kms)

To start the Pangarchulla  trek we first drive to Dhak village.At this village we will start our trekking adventure to the Kuari Pass. We trek through a hemlock, oak and rhododendron forest for 3km before a short descent to the meadow and campsite at Chitra Kantha (3310m). The impressive snow-capped ridge, including Chaukhamba 1 (7138m), can be seen beyond Joshimath. The shepherds living between here and the Kuari Pass Trek are from Rishikesh or Haridwar and graze flocks of sheep and goats throughout summer. There is a small spring line at the head of the meadow for replenishing your water supply.

Pangarchulla Peak Trek

Day 3: Trekking from Gulling – Khullara (3 hours, 6 kms) 

We will start our day early with a few stretching exercises in the morning followed by breakfast. After this our trek leader will brief us about today’s trek schedule. Today we will trek for around 6 kms to Khullara through green vegetation and red rhododendron flowers which turn red during the blooming season in April & May. Climb up through the forested ridge of Rhododendron, Spruce and Silver Birch and then open space of Khullara.

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Day 4: Trek from Khullara – Pangarchulla Peak Summit and return(9 hrs , 13 kms)

We will start early as this is the longest day on the Pangarchulla Peak Trek. First leg of today’s trek is a gradual ascend and then an arduous ascend to Pangarchulla Peak.  The climb takes around 6 hours to reach summit and by 12 AM you should reach on summit. Pangarchulla Peak gives breathtaking 360 degree views of Garhwal Himalayas.

Pangarchulla Peak Trek

 Day 5: Trek Khullarar – Auli via Tali Top and Gorson Bugyal (6 hrs , 12 kms) 

After having breakfast we trek downhill to Auli via Tali Lake & Gorson Bugyal. You will reach Auli by late afternoon. Overnight camp at Auli or overnight stay in guest house.

Day 6: Joshimath to Haridwar

 Today we start driving early to reach Haridwar with a beautiful mosaic of memories  to keep us company. If we reach Haridwar on time then you can take part in Ganga Aarti at Har ki Pauri. Trek ends.

 Fitness Required for Pangarchulla Peak Trek
At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant.The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of oxygen in our hemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.

The Pangarchulla Peak Trek is an easy trek suitable for first time trekker with basic fitness

Trekking Experience: Ideal trek for a beginner.

Fitness Required: The Pangarchulla Peak Trek falls in the category of easy treks. The trail is fairly laid out path and has very few steep ascends or descends. Water is available through out the trail. But still if you are thinking of your first big Himalayan trekking experience its better to be prepared. Here is the training schedule to prepare for the trek.

Our treks are generally planned in a way that on an average you have to cover around 9 Kms in 6 hours although there may be slight variation depending on the terrain. This works out to roughly 1.5km per hour which is equivalent to walking in the plains at 6km per hour.

You can train yourself to run 3 kms in 30 minutes as per the schedule given below. Remember always start your training program with stretching and warm up exercises.

Follow this training schedule for trekking fitness required.
Week 1: Start with 10 minute of brisk walk and then jog for 10 minutes and finally 10minutes of easy walk.
Week 2: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 3: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 4: 5 minutes of brisk walk and jog for 25 min and cool down your body

Things to carry for Pangarchulla Peak Trek

Poncho, Rain Coat or Umbrella any one is must
Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs)
Floaters or Sandals
Trekking Shoes
2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
3 Pair of Socks
Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
One Heavy Jacket
Sun Cap
One Scarf
Light towel
Lip Balm
Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
Water Bottle 1 Lt
Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
Personal Medicine Kit
Dark Sunglasses
Gloves
Trekking Pole
CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries !

What is the Pangarchulla Peak Trek?
Pangarchulla Peak Trek is a moderate high altitude trek done primarily during the pre-monsoon and post monsoon. The trek is situated in the state of Uttarakhand.

When is the best time to go to for the Pangarchulla Peak Trek?
The best time for Pangarchulla Peak Trek is during the months of April, May,June, September and October,November, December.

How difficult is the Pangarchulla Peak Trek?
Pangarchulla Peak Trek is considered by comparison an moderatehigh altitude trek. But you need to have good physical fitness to complete this trek. Doing cardio vascular exercises is very helpful  for preparing for this trek. Please check the preparation  section to get a better understanding of this.

What are the temperatures during the Pangarchulla Peak Trek?
During the Pangarchulla Peak Trek temperatures vary between 0-20 degree celcius.There will be considerable variation between night and day and in the direct sun and shade, so it is important to plan accordingly.

How much we have to trek each day?
Normally our trek are designed in such a way that we reach our camp by lunch time and on an average trekking distance is roughly 6-9 Kms each day and it takes around 6-7 hours by an average trekker to cover that distance.

What medicines should I carry during the trek.
Below is a list of basic medicines you should carry for a high altitude trek.
Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
Band aid – 10 strips
Gauze cloth – 1 small role
Leukoplast – 1 small roll
Cotton – 1 small roll
ORS – 5 packets
Betadine cream
Moov spray
Tablets:
Crocin – 5 tablets
Avomine – 4 tablets
Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
Diamox – 15 tablets
Combiflam – 5 tablets
Disprin – 10 tablets
Norflox – 10 tablets
Digene – 10 tablets
Diamox – 10 tablets

Is Diamox advisable?
Diamox help in acclimatization but we do not advise it. Please consult your Doctor before taking it.

Who will lead and who all will go along with us?
All our treks are led by certified & Experienced Trek Leaders/Guides. We believe in sustainable adventure eco-tourism which in effect means that our teams are locally sourced. Other than a Trek lead we in our team will have local Guides, Cook, Helpers and Porters.

How big are the trekking groups?
We make it a point not to have more than 15 people in a trekking group as we believe that the best way to enjoy adventure is in small sustainable groups.

What is the minimum number of Trekkers required for Fixed Departures?
Our Fixed departures are guaranteed and a promise to our customer that even if there is a Single trekker we will proceed with the trek at a loss.

I am the only girl in a trek, is it safe?
We generally have a ratio of Male:Female of about 2:1. Mountains on the whole are much safer than the plains. Lots of solo female trekkers join us and we make it a point that only female trekkers share the tent with other female trekkers.

What thing we need to Carry for the trek?
You can refer to the section things to carry for this information

Can I offload my backpack on a mule/porter. What are the charges for the same.
When you are in the mountains you should be self-sufficient and  you should carry your own backpack. The charges to offload a backpack of roughly 9 kg or less is about 300 per day.

Which type of shoes should I buy?
Good trekking shoes  are a must for the Pindari Glacier Trek. Read more at “How to Buy Trekking Shoes”

How many trekkers will be in one tent?
We generally have 3-man tents were we accommodate anywhere between 2-3 people.

What level of fitness is expected from the trekkers?
Good physical fitness as well as mental fitness is required for the Pangarchulla Peak Trek. This is a trek which can be done by a beginner who wants to familiarize him/herself with high altitude treks.To get into  optimum level of fitness you can go through our article How to prepare for a high altitude trek.

What is there in Food menu during a trek?
We server wholesome and nutritious Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Evening Snacks. The food is vegetarian. Vegetarian food is preferable at high altitudes as it is easy to digest.

Is the water on the trek safe?
The advantage of trekking the Himalayas is that your trekking route is filled with fresh Himalayan streams. Your trek leader/guide will direct you to places where you can fill clean water from. We recommend this water but in case you are unsure you can carry water purifying tablets with you.

What type of vehicles are used for transportation?
We use Sumo/Xylo/Tempo for transportation.

What do you do if we encounter a medical emergency during the trek?
Our team at Renok is trained in handling high altitude emergencies. Apart from being trained mountaineers they bring a wealth of experience with dealing with high altitude illnesses. We carry First aid kitsand oxygen cylinders with us and in case of other medical emergencies we rescue the trekker till the road head. If any additional cost of evacuation is incurred it is borne by the trekker.Also before the trek it’s your responsibility to get a medical fitness checkup by a doctor which certifies you are fit enough for this trek.

Can we change the itinerary?
Renok Adventures LLP reserves the right to change the itinerary depending upon the weather conditions and other factors. If extra cost is incurred due to rescheduling the trekker is informed beforehand and extra cost if any is borne by the trekker. Please note that we operate treks in some of the most remote regions and harshest conditions where unforeseen events may force us to change the itinerary. In such cases, we or your trek leader will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.

Can you customize a Pangarchulla Peak Trek?
Yes Pangarchulla Peak Trek  can be customised, if you would like to travel independently, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time for any number of people. The Cost for privatecustomized  trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style.

What if trek is cancelled at the last moment due to ‘force majeure’?
All the arrangements for the tour are pre-planned and prepaid.
We will offer you alternate trek options of similar value depending upon the weather conditions if a trek is cancelled due to ‘force majeure’. In case of non-completion of the tour due to any reason whatsoever there will not be any refund for any unutilized services.

What is your Cancellation Policy
Up to 24 Days :- 95% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-24 Day :- 70% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-08 Days :- 50% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Less than 7 Days :- No refund

What is your Rescheduling  Policy?
We will reschedule your trek without any extra charge if this is conveyed to us in writing atleast 1 month before the trek starting date.
Between 07-24 Days before start of the trek :- 30% of Trek/Tour cost  will be charged for rescheduling.
Less than 7 days:- 100% of Trek/Tour cost  will be charged for rescheduling.

Haridwar
Haridwar is the base location for our Pangarchulla Peak Trek. Our meeting point in Haridwar is railway station. We will pick you up at 6:00 AM in the morning and start the drive to our basecamp.

Reaching Haridwar by Flights
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Haridwar and is situated 36 Kms from Haridwar. Taxis are easily available from Jolly Grant Airport to Haridwar.

Reaching by train
Haridwar is well connected by railway network with major destinations of India because it’s a major pilgrim centre.

Following is the list of useful trains to reach Haridwar from Delhi:
12017  DEHRADUN SHTBDI
19565  UTTARANCHAL EXPRESS
22659  DEHRADUN EXPRESS
14309  UJJAINI EXPRESS
14317  IND DDN EXPRESS
12055  DDN JANSHTBDI
12687  DEHRADUN EXPRESS
14041  MUSSOORIE EXPRESS
12205  NANDA DEVI EXPRESS

For exact timings & Schedule of trains please check the Indian Railway official site.

Reaching Haridwar by Road (Bus)
Haridwar is well connected with comfortable Volvo buses run by government and private operators. You can catch luxury and normal buses to Haridwar which are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate.

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AVAILABLE DATES

  • 07 Oct to 19 Oct 2016 (Open)

  • 17 Oct to 24 Oct 2016 (Open)

  • 07 Oct to 19 Oct 2016 (Open)

  • 17 Oct to 24 Oct 2016 (Open)

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SHORT ITINERARY

Day 1: Drive from Haridwar to Joshimath. Stay in Guest house / Hotel.
Day 2: Drive & then trek from Dhak – Gulling (6 hrs , 7 kms).
Day 3: Trekking from Gulling – Khullara (3 hrs , 6 kms) .
Day 4: Trek from Khullara – Pangarchulla Peak Summit and return(9 hrs, 13 kms).
Day 5: Trek Khullarar – Auli via Tali Top and Gorson Bugyal (6 hrs, 12 kms).
Day 6: Joshimath to Haridwar.

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