Pangarchulla Peak Trek via Kuari Pass – Renok Adventures

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Pangarchulla Peak Trek via Kuari Pass

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 4700 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.

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 (7272m), Kamet (7756m) and Abl Gamin (7355m) extend to the Tibet border. In the middle foreground, a number of spectacular peaks including Dronagiri (7066m) and Changabang (6864m) enclose the Nanda Devi Sanctuary while to the west the snowcapped ranges extend to Gangotri.

Trek Duration : 6 Days 5 Nights

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

Pangarchulla Peak Trek Cost per Person: Rs 8250 per person (Ex Joshimath) + 4.5% Service Tax

What’s Included :

  • Accommodation (Camping during trek & Guest House)
  • Meals while on trek (Veg)
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Permits
  • First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff.

What’s Not Included :

  • Meals during the drive and in Joshimath
  • Mules to carry personal Luggage
  • Insurance
  • Any kind of Cost Increase due to Natural Reason
  • Transport from Haridwar to Joshimath and return (Rs 2000 extra bothways) 
  • Anything which is not mentioned in Inclusions

DEPARTURES (All departures for The Pangarchulla Peak Trek are ex Joshimath)

  • 1st Batch : 7th – 12th May 2016
  • 2nd Batch : 14th – 19th May 2016 (Full)
  • 3rd Batch : 21st – 26th May 2016 (Full)
  • 4th Batch : 28th – 2nd June May 2016
  • 5th Batch : 4th – 9th June 2016 (Full)
  • 6th Batch : 11th – 16th June 2016
  • 7th Batch : 18th – 23rd June 2016
  • 8th Batch : 25th – 30th June 2016

Brief Itinerary – Pangarchulla Peak Trek

Day 1 Drive from Haridwar to Joshimath. Stay in tent/guesthouse/homestay.

Day 2 Drive & then trek from Dhak to Gulling (6 Hours, 7Kms) 

Day 3 Trekking from Gulling to Khullara (3 Hours, 6 Kms) 

Day 4 Trek from Khullara to Pangarchulla Peak Summit and return(9 Hours, 13 Kms)

Day 5 Trek Khullarar to Auli via Tali Top and Gorson Bugyal (6 Hours, 12 Kms) 

Day 6 Joshimath to Haridwar

Detailed Itinerary – Pangarchulla Peak Trek

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 at Joshimath.

Day 2 Drive & then trek from Dhak to Gulling (6 Hours, 7Kms)

To start the Kuari Pass 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.

Day 3 Trekking from Gulling to 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. [divider height=”20″]

Day 4 Trek from Khullara to Pangarchulla Peak Summit and return(9 Hours, 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.

Day 5 Trek Khullarar to Auli via Tali Top and Gorson Bugyal (6 Hours, 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.

for Winter Treks check out Winter Kuari Pass Trek 

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Trekking Shoes – A Guide

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Trekking Shoes: What to look For in a Good Shoes For Himalayan Trek.

Before we begin lets understand what is Trekking?

The word Trek originated in South Africa, where the word was used by the Boers for a journey by ox wagon. The British, who seized control of South Africa from the Boers at the turn of the 20th century, seized the word trek. The Dictionary meaning of word is to make a slow or arduous journey or to journey on foot, especially to hike through mountainous areas.

best trekking shoes

So now you have an idea that during any trek you will be walking through loose rocks, uneven trails, woods, jungle, water, snow etc. The best shoes are the ones which while providing comfort protect your feet from the elements and have good grip on all terrains.

Things to look for your Best Trekking Shoes

    • Weight: This is the most important factor to find your best trekking shoes for trekking in Himalayas. First the shoes should be light weight due to the fact that every gram counts when trekking at high altitude and second the they should be strong enough to withstand with rough terrain of Himalayas.
    • Grooves: When trekking in Himalayas you will be Trekking on uneven terrain which consists of rocks, snow, water and to walk comfortably we need a grip which deep grooves in the best trekking shoes will provide. Check the grooves your shoes have, they should be hard and deep enough to give you the required grip during treks in the Himalayas, but not too hard that the sole become inflexible. Vibram an Italian manufacturer makes some of the best soles.
    • Ankle Support: All trekking shoes have good ankle support because on uneven terrain and loose rocks one can slip and twist an ankle. Ankle support also helps stop snow and pebbles from getting inside.
    • Waterproof/Water Resistant: This is the quality one must look in good or hiking boots. When you trek in the Himalayas almost all the treks in require you to cross water streams. GoreTex is the best material for this without increasing the weight of the  trekking shoe dramatically.
    • Comfort: Inside padding should be good enough to give you the required comfort during the trek as we know that a trek is an arduous journey through mountainous region.

The Best Hiking Boots shoes which we highly recommend to our trekkers are Quechua FORCLAZ 500. But a cheap alternative which are surprisingly quite good are Action Trekking Shoes.

Written by: Team Renok