Region :- Uttarakhand
Duration :- 6 Days
Grade :- Moderate To Difficult
Max Altitude :- 14,700 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 34 Kms.
Whenever we come across this abode of snow, smiling coyly at us, series of romantic movie sequences screenplays in slow motion in front our eyes. Himalayas has always been a part of our life, mysteriously though, through these beautiful depictions. But with so many trekking expeditions on the loop, it has become easier to scale the innumerable peaks of Himalayan Ranges. One such trek that takes us through a legendary trail up on one of the Himalayan Peaks is the Pangarchulla in Uttarakhand.
Trekking in Uttarakhand could never have been this better with one more added to its list. Pangarchulla Peak Trek can be summed up to a larger than life theatre play unfolding different emotions all at the same time. You will witness love for the snow peaks, awe for the dramatic and changing views of the trails, adrenalin rush when you river raft and of course pride when you reach the summit. Pangarchulla is a gorgeous peak near to the Kauri Pass which is perched more or less at the height of 14,700 ft. The snow peaks ascending can be best enjoyed during the summer months between late April and early June.
There are many trekking peaks in Uttarakhand but Pangarchulla has a charm that many of the former ones fail to display. To start with, you may not come across many treks with a well-rounded trail. The trek takes us through the Garhwal Himalayan region where the meandering path begins with breath-taking green streaked valleys to snowy peaks as we go higher on the trail. There are plenty of adventurous opportunities flooded in the journey; apart from the stimulating summit, you may also want to try White Water River rafting at Rishikesh. Rishikesh is the most popular stopover for river rafting in India and Pangarchulla Trek gives us the perfect chance to be little groovy on the river. However, the trekking expedition during the spring season will let you to witness some amazing transformation in the landscapes. The lower trails during this period are adorned with vibrant colours when the Rhododendrons are in full bloom.
The trek is a 6 day expedition with little challenges posing here and there. We start at Haridwar, a well-known pilgrimage spot in India. The trekking on foot actually starts on the second day. Beginning from Haridwar we will be covering approx. 250 kms by road to reach Joshimath. In between the locales that we cover are Rishikesh, Devaprayag, Rudraprayag and Kanrnprayag. These pilgrim centres are the confluences of quite a few holy rivers.
We drive 12 kms from Joshimath to our starting point of walking trajectory. The second day covers 5 kms of route and takes around 4 – 5 hours to complete the first lap. We will be covering few quaint villages on the way to the Gulling Top Camp site which is at the elevation of 9600 ft. Dronagiri, Hathi, Parvat and Gori Parvat are few peaks we will be greeting on day 2.
The third day will be little tiring as the trail is much steeper to hike than the previous day’s gradual ascent followed by hilly terrains. We will be passing through oak, rhododendron and walnut forests on way up to the Khulara camp site situated at 11, 122 ft. The third day covers 6 kms of walking trail that will take around 5-6 hours of journey. Along with the previous day’s peaks glimpses, you will also be spotting the famous Nanda Devi peak and Kalanka and Chang Bang.
This is the day we have all been waiting for, The Pangarchulla Summit day. Without going into details and to sum up, we will be covering 12 kms of continuous trek where the challenges will be to face steep sleek terrain ascent followed by meandering through villages and forests. The highest altitude is reached on 4th day scaling up to 14, 700 ft. We return back to Khulara on the same day.
Day 5th and 6th will be journey back to Haridwar following the same trail – Khulara to Dhak Village to Joshimath, and then a drive to back to Haridwar.
First of all, snow treks can be a challenge. Not huge though, but big enough for you to consider a little bit of strength endurance practices before running for the Pangarchulla Summit. Book well in advance so that you would be briefed about your trip Itinerary and you can prepare yourself ahead of time. Make sure your travelling gadgets and equipment are taken care of and in good shapes. Even though there will be medical help available during the trek, it is advisable to carry any specific medication recommended by your doctor.
As we all are aware of one of the disadvantages of a high altitude trek, decreased level of oxygen which may or may not cause AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Hence, it is recommended to follow the guidelines given out and exercise a fully-fledged acclimatization practice so as to avoid any kind of risks associated to thinning of air. However, there is nothing to worry about as proficient mountaineers will be part of the trek as guides to help you in any possible way.
Don’t forget to carry cameras because you may be stunned to see few amazing visions which may not come back in any part of your life. Also, if you are a photography maniac, then Pangarchulla Peak trek may turn out to be the perfect model backdrop for you to take advantage on. Glorious sun rays peeking through the rhododendrons forests, the supple texture of the river water or the mighty mountains towering above us are worth capturing for a lifetime. Also, if you are lucky enough, you may encounter with few wild species of birds during the spring season.
Day 01: Haridwar to Joshimath
Altitude: Joshimath 6724 ft
Drive to Joshimath 256 km
- Trekkers will be picked from Haridwat at 6:30am in a Tata Sumo or a similar vehicle.
Pickup included in the cost.
- Expected arrival time at Joshimath – 5:00 pm (evening tea, briefing of the trek & dinner)
- Accommodation in guest house
- Haridwar to Rishikesh (best place for white water rafting) (trekking gear available on rent and purchase)
- Rishikesh to Devprayag (confluence of Bhagirathi river and Alaknanda river)
- Devprayag to Srinagar
- Srinagar to Rudrapryag (confluence of Mandakini river and Alaknanda river)
- Rudrapryag to Karnprayag (confluence of Pindar river and Alaknanda river)
You can come Rishikesh one day early and can do rafting. We will pick you from Rishikesh.
Day 02: Joshimath to Dhak to Gulling Top
Altitude: (6724 ft) to (9600 ft)
Distance 12 km drive and 5 km trek
- Joshimath to Dhak village (6790 ft) (12 km drive)
- Dhak village to Tugasi village (8040 ft) (3 km trek)
- Tugasi village to Gulling village (8990 ft) (2 km trek)
- Gulling village to Gulling top camp site (9600 ft) (0.5 km Trek)
- Lunch at camp site
- Accommodation in tent
Dronagri, Hathi Parvat, Gori Parvat
Day 03: Gulling Top (9600 ft) to Khulara
Altitude: (9,600 ft) to (11,122 ft)
Distance : 6 Km
- Steep ascent through Oak, Rhododendron (mostly pink and white), Walnut forest
- Lunch at camp site
- Accommodation in tent
Nanda Devi, Kalanka, Chang bang, Dronagri, Hathi Parvat, Gori Parvat
Day 04: Khulara to Pangarchula Peak Summit and back to Khulara
Altitude: (11,122 ft) to (14,700 ft)
Distance 12 km
- Challenging and steep climb
- first 45 minutes in forest rest all in meadows
- Start early in the morning 4 am, turnaround time is 10:30
Nanda Ghunti, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Kalanka, Chang bang, Dronagri, Hathi Parvat, Gori Parvat, Mana, Kamet, Abl Gamin, Neelkanth, Chaukhamba massifs and many more
Day 05: Khulara - Joshimath
Altitude: (11,122) to (6,724)
Distance 11 km trek and 12 km drive
- Khulara to Dhak village 11 km trek
- Dhak village to Joshimath 12 km drive
- Breakfast at Khulara camp site
- Lunch Pack on the way
- Reach Joshimath by late afternoon
- Joshimath (evening tea, debriefing, dinner)
Day 06: Joshimath to Haridwar
- Early morning drive back to Haridwar
- Drive to Haridwar 256 km
On Day 6, you’ll reach Haridwar between 6 pm and 7 pm. You can book your travel any time after 8 pm.
Day 01: Haridwar to Joshimath
The Pangarchulla Summit trek commences from Haridwar. The first day of the trek is scheduled for a travel to Joshimath which is about 256kms away and it is based at an altitude of 6724 feet. It’s a long drive and that is why trekkers must leave early from the commencing spot. The schedule time for leaving from Haridwar is 6:30 am. Trekkers need to be present in a pre decided spot before that. There are overnight trains to Haridwar from Delhi, which can be availed to reach the spot early morning.
However the drive from Haridwar to Joshimath takes about approximately 10 hours and it will be done on a Tata Sumo or a similar vehicle so that comforts of the travelers are not compromised. The driving route to Joshimath passes through some of the prominent tourist spots of the country. The first stop from Haridwar would be at Rishikesh, one of the most tranquil places at the foothills of Himalayas on the banks of River Ganges. This is about 20kms from Haridwar and it is famous for ashrams, temples and reputed centers of yoga and meditation. White water rafting and Kayaking is quite popular here and even hiking gear is available on rent. For all those travelers who wish to explore the location can come a day before the trekking day scheduled and the pickup from here can be arranged accordingly. The next prominent destination enroute Joshimath is Devprayag at a distance of 74kms from Rishikesh. Based on the Rishikesh-Badrinath Highway, this is known as a divine place where one can visualize the beautiful confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi River. From Devprayag the drive continues to Srinagar and from there to Rudraprayag covering a total distance of another 67kms approximately. Rudraprayag is another beautiful destination, a small town perched at the holy confluence Alaknanda River and River Mandakini. Another 35 kms along the scenic extravaganza helps to reach Karnaprayag which again is based at the confluence of Alaknanda and Pinder rivers. It must be noted that all the destinations covered so far are some of the holiest religious spots of the country and remains visited by thousands of tourist every year. After crossing Karnaprayag, it’s a drive of another 85kms approximately to reach the final destination for the day, Joshimath, the base for several trekking in Uttarakhand. The scenic beauty of the destination is unparallel with charming views of snowy mountains and stretched landscape of verdant landscapes. The approximate time to reach Joshimath is around 5 in the evening. On arrival check in the pre booked guest house and be done with the check in formalities. After freshening up, over a cup of hot tea, have a detail understanding of the trekking trip. Have dinner and overnight sleep at the hotel.
Day 02: Joshimath to Dhak village to Gulling top
The second day of the trip starts early, having breakfast at the guest house. The destination for the day is to reach Gulling top which is based at an altitude of 9600 feet. The total journey is divided into few kilometres of driving and the rest of trekking. Starting around 7am it’s a drive of about 12kms to Dhak Village based 6790 feet, which is the last road connection in the journey. The journey of Joshimath to Dhak village is quite pictorial with astounding views of gigantic peaks like Dronagiri on the left. From the Dhak village, it’s a trekking tour for another 5kms. So leaving the Himalayan villages on the left, the trek begins through a dusty trail. About 1.5km through the trail it is the Karachi village on the left side. The trail is consistent having gradual ascents and is devoid of any major difficulties in midst. From Karachi village the trail has a moderate inclination and it moves along gushing streams meandering along the ridges, mostly managed by the villagers. The lush green step farms on the hilly region are also a heart filling site which can be viewed on the way up. After hiking a little more the trekkers can reach the Tugashi village based at an altitude of 8040feet. Till now it’s approximately 3kms of trek covered. The trekkers can take a small break here and enjoy the vision of a beautiful mountain village where lifestyle is completely different from any other location. The way they manage their lives, store their produces, built their own wooden houses to protect from extreme weather and also how they maintain their herds is a matter of great appreciation. From Tugashi village the trail takes further inclination towards Gulling Village based at an elevation of 8990 feet. This is another 2kms trek but here the scenic view changes a lot in compared to the early trail. The rocky terrain from here leaves way to a greener trail. The forested area kicks in whereas the trace of civilization reduces with each passing step. It’s a steady incline with gushing streams running along all through. After reaching the Gulling Village the trekking route continues up for a mere 0.5km at an elevation of 9600 feet to the Gulling top camp site. The whole trail is quite beautiful with mesmerizing sights of prominent peaks like Dronagri, Hathi Parvat, and Gori Parvat. On reaching Gulling top have lunch at the campsite and enjoy the beautiful scenic vista comprising of rhododendrons, oak and tall pine trees. The expansive bloom of the rhododendrons cast a magical spell in the location providing a perfect sight to catch some quick clicks to capture the beauty forever. Tents are based here in a clear location for the overnight stay.
Day 03: Gulling Top to Khulara
The next day trip is scheduled for a trek to Khulara which is based at an altitude of 11,122 feet and takes about approximately 5 hours trekking to reach the destination. The distance from Gulling top to Khulara is 6kms. After having breakfast, at the Gulling Top campsite, set out for the next trekking trail which is comparatively difficult from the ones covered. The trail to Khulara comprises of steep ascents and sharp curves meandering through rough terrains. In other words from here the serious hiking commences with scissor bends, amidst jungles of dense oak plantation. The scenic vista on the way is never compromised as through the difficult trails the trekkers can view the beautiful Himalayan peaks namely, the gigantic Nanda Devi, the mesmerizing Kalanka, the elegant Chang bang, the charming Dronagri,and not to forget the fascinating Hathi Parvat, and Gori Parvat. Apart from the sight of the prominent peaks one can also bask in the beauty of dense oak and walnut forest beautified with stretches of thick bloom of rhododendron flowers mainly in pink and red colors. Providing a striking contrast to the dense forest it is an alluring scenario. Enjoying the scenery all through move forward towards the destination for the day but keep sharp eye on the roads as a sudden hike or sharp turn is quite common in the trail. Moving closer to Khulara one can also experience a rich growth spruce and silver Birch trees grown abundantly covering the area. In winters the trail are covered by snow making it more adventurous and thrilling navigating through the snow treks . Once the open space for the campsite of Khulara is reached, it’s a stop for the day. Tents are placed in the beautiful location with the pictorial background of rich forest and distant peaks. Lunch is served here. The evening is for leisure and relaxation. One can enjoy the fascinating ambience, or take a nature walk to explore the area at its best. Photography of the sunset here is a preferred pastime for the visitors. Enjoying the array of the starlit sky, have dinner and take rest for the night n the tent.
Day 04: Khulara to Pangarchula Peak Summit and back to Khulara
The fourth day of the tour begins by enjoying the beautiful sunrise in the forest region of the Himalayas. The destination for the day is the Pangarchulla Summit and then it’s a return back to Khulara covering a distance of almost 12kms trekking. The Pangarchulla peak is based at an altitude of 14,700 feet. The trekking trail for the day is the most challenging one of the whole trip and it may need more time than expected especially for the first time trekkers. The initial part of the trail is a gradual ascend with some occasional sharp bends but as the journey progresses the trekking track becomes more strenuous and laborious. Since it is the longest trekking day of the tour taking an approximate time of 10 to 11 hours to complete the whole stretch, one must leave early from the Khulara camp. The preferred time for leaving the camp is 4am in the morning, as the most awe striking view in the mountains is the sunrise and getting through all the labor, nobody wants to miss the splendor. As the journey begins, initially, the trail comprises of dense oak forest but soon the track changes its course through the meadows providing a greener view. However in the winters the scenic view is quite different, the area being covered by picturesque pristine snow laden trails that looks absolutely alluring. It is the reason why among various places for trekking in Uttarakhand , Pangarchulla snow treks are so popular and one of the most sought after tour in the Himalayas. Apart from the charming views of the location, the trekkers can also spot some of the prominent Himalayas peaks like Nanda Ghunti, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Kalanka, Chang bang, Dronagri, Hathi Parvat, Gori Parvat, Mana, Kamet, Abl Gamin, Neelkanth, Chaukhamba massifs and many more. Once reaching the top, get the chance to access the most breathtaking 360 degree views of the massive Himalayas, the snow peaks and its abundant beauty. The panorama is beyond words and it assures a lifetime view which remains cherished by all trekkers. Especially after all the hard work, it’s a treat to the eyes. Capturing some of the astonishing views in the camera and spending some heart filled time at the peak its time for moving back to the Khulara campsite. The expected time to be back is 10:30 am however being back before lunch time is fine. The trail back to the camp is a known trail so descending the peak would be much easier and less strenuous. Being back , have lunch at the tent and enjoy the rest of the day for leisure.
Day 05: Khulara - Dhak village - Joshimath
The next day trip starts from Khulara camp and the destination for the day is to reach Joshimath by late afternoon or evening. The descend would be to an altitude of 6724feet from 11,122 feet so a sharp change of ambience and breathing air can be felt specially for the inexperienced trekkers. The whole distance again is divided into two, where the first 11 kms is descended through trekking while the next 12kms is a drive back to Joshimath from Dhak village. The steep descend takes about 7 hours or more considering the speed of the trekkers. The initial descend is a little difficult and may consume more time but after Gulling the road is quite good and gradual making it easy to cover the distance at a faster pace. While descending, take a peek through the various villages it cover and enjoy gaining more knowledge about the life of the natives based here. Take a break around noon time close to any of these villages and have lunch in the area. Have some good snaps of the people here to carry as memory of the beautiful location. On reaching Dhak village, get boarded in the car for a straight drive to Joshimath which takes not more that 45 minutes. On reaching get refreshed at the guest house and take the evening off for leisure. However for the enthusiast there is always an option to explore the beautiful Joshimath, the local markets of the area and if interested purchase some local goods as a souvenir of the beautiful for own use or for friends and family. Conclude the day by having dinner and overnight sleep at the guest house.
Day 06: Joshimath to Haridwar
The last of the tour is scheduled for a drive back to Haridwar which is again 256kms and a drive of almost 10-11 hours. After having breakfast in the morning, pack the bags and set out for the long drive. The way back to Haridwar is done through the same road followed initially so one can get a chance to enjoy the view of all those holy destinations and also get a closer view of the mighty rivers of the country and enjoy the gushing of water streams all along the course. Since all the places covered on the way back are some of the pious destinations of the country, the trekkers can take a short stop at any one of the places and explore the area. However this can only be done, if there is sufficient time in hand and if the initial departure from Joshimath is done early. The expected time to reach Haridwar is 6pm to 7pm, though it extensively depends on the road traffic. For all those trekkers who wish to spend a day or two in Rishikesh can off board at the spot for continuing their holidays. However the rest of the travelers can book an onward journey from Haridwar after 8pm from the spot.
How to Reach
By Air :-
Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 48 km from the Haridwar. There is a daily flight from Delhi for Dehradun, reach Haridwar one day early if coming by flight.
An excellent rail network connects Haridwar to other important cities like Delhi, Mussoorie, Mumbai, Varanasi, Lucknow, and Kolkata.
From Delhi -DDN NZM AC EXPRESS (2205)
From Kolkata- Doon Express (13009)
From Mumbai- Dehradun Express (19019)
From Chennai- Dehradun express (12687)
There is regular bus service from Delhi for Haridwar from Delhi’s ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Usually buses drop you at Haridwar ISBT. From there you have to come to Haridwar Railway Station.
- TTH’s Tata Sumo or similar vehicles will pick-up you from Haridwar Railway Station at 6:30am.
- Pick-up is included in the cost of the trek.
- You will reach Joshimath by 5:00 pm.
- Food from Haridwar to Joshimath is not included in the trek cost.
1. Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
3. Trek equipments (Sleeping bag, mattress, Kitchen & dinning tent, crampon, utensils, tent)
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. Services from Haridwar to Haridwar.
8. TTH Staff insurance.
1. Any kind of personal expenses.
2. Food during the transit.
4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don't want to carry your backpack so you can give it to porter/Mules, but you have to informe us in advance and have to pay Rs. 300/- extra per day per bag.
To book a Trek/ adventure program please use our online booking form or, alternatively, you can call us on the given for confirmation of tour you have to wire a deposit and initial deposit.
Paying the Trek/ Adventure activity fee:
The fee can be paid by online transfer/check deposit/ demand draft. Instruction for payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.
When to book:
It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. However, if you want a good deal on your domestic/international flight, we recommend organising your trip at least five months in advance. (Please contact us if you require a late booking)
In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: -
Cancellations prior to 24 days from the start of the trek
Book any other trek till one year or get 95% refund
(Note: If the trek charges are more, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)
Cancellation between 24 days and 14 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go for the same trek, with any other batch, till year or get 70% refund
Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go on the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch or get 50% refund.
Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek
Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.
1)- Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
2)- In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH.
holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.