Daunting Climb of Pangarchulla Peak Trek
Pangarchulla Peak Trek takes you above 15000 ft from mean sea level is usually chosen by the initiates, before attempting the higher peaks in the Himalayas, for its moderate yet challenging grade. The winter season as well as spring are both perfect for climbing although April and May are the preferred months after the winter snow has settled down. The technical difficulty of this trek and the gradient make it a perfect training ground for novices. The Pangarchulla Peak trek leads you from the lush green meadows better known as the Bugyals through dense forest cover and stunning snow covered peaks in the Garwhal region. The prominent peaks- Neelkanth, Nanda Devi, Mount Kamet, Hathi Parbat, Dronagiri and many more are visible on this trek. Pangarchulla with its magnificent beauty and moderate climb is a much sought after trek for beginners and the experienced alike.
Here is my day to day experiences of my climb of Pangarchulla Peak
Day 1: Haridwar to Auli (2450M): We drove early morning from Haridwar to Joshimath via the holy confluences of Devprayag and Rudraprayag along the banks of the sacred Ganges and Alaknanda Rivers up to the picturesque Auli town- a skiing destination situated in the midst of the beautiful ranges.
Day 2: Auli to Khulara (3225M): A hearty breakfast in beautiful settings is a good idea before heading out to cross the Bugyals at Auli. Get a good views of Nanda Devi, Mt Kamet, Hathi Ghodi Parvat and more majestic peaks and trek through rich forests to emerge into the prairies of Gorson. Oak, Chestnut, Deodar and Maple trees form another expanse of forests before you reach the campsite of Tali with a tiny lake. Another lengthy walk brings you to the vast meadows of Khulara campsite amongst the mountainous landscapes. Camp at Khulara be under a vast night sky full of twinkling stars.
Day 3: Khulara to Kuari Pass (3650 M) Pangarchula Base: An early start will allow you time to pause at the awe-inspiring peaks of Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Kedarnath, Haathi, Kamet, Mana, Dronagiri and more. The trek starts with a climb through the green and rich pastures of Khulara, passes through Kuari Pass and then in view of the towering peaks before settling for camp at the Pangarchulla Base camp.
Day 4: Base Camp to Pangarchula Peak (4700M): It’s time to gather your energy and climb up the mountain slopes and ridges to summit Pangarchulla Peak. Snow covered tracks and mesmerizing views keep you busy as you trudge across to the peak. The climb, using gaiters and crampons is challenging and demands your complete attention and fitness. The mighty peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul and other majestic peaks are sights to behold and you can take your time clicking and gathering beautiful memories before walking back to camp. The sense of achievement and exhilaration on summiting a peak with technical challenges is huge.
Day 5: Base Camp to Dhak Bend (3225 M): We trek down via Charming villages like Tugasi & Karcho and robust forests make a fine trek down to Dhak village via the road linking Joshimath and Niti Malari Valley. Earlier trekkers use to trek down to Tapovan but as the new road is constructed Dhak bend is preferred option. After an arduous downhill trek which is far more problematic then trekking uphill we had our chai stop at a local tea stall where we had nice interaction with the locals of Dhak village and drove back to our Hotel at Joshimath. We distributed the certificates of participation and celebrate the success of our trek to Kuari Pass Trek and Pangarchulla Peak Trek.rental mobil jakarta
Day 6: Auli to Haridwar: It’s farewell to the mountains and a long drive back to Haridwar but one you’ll spend reminiscing and dreaming of Pangarchulla, its beautiful peaks and meadows and of course the feather in your cap of having sumitted one of the most beautiful peaks in the Garhwal Mountains.