Pangarchuli Trek in Garhwal

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  • 6 days
  • Moderate
  • 4.9
  • Hilly

Pangarchuli Trek-A Shorter Version Of Kuari Pass Trail


Pangarchuli Trek is basically a shorter version of the main Kuari Pass trail which begins at the Ghat and goes all the way up to Joshimath and takes 6 days to complete. This , North face trek however is an easy trek only categorized as moderate if one wants to climb one of 5000m trekking peaks; However this expedition adds an extra day to the itinerary. The trail gives you a view of the highest peak of the Himalayas in India- The Nanda Devi! In all, the view on this trek is so that no matter how many times you may gaze up at it, you will never get tired of it. This trek has been popularized by Lord Curzon when he was the viceroy of India. A story goes that the party had been trekking here for some days when they were attacked by a swarm of bees just below the Kuari Pass. The trek was abandoned but the Kuari is often referred to as Curzon Pass as a token of the respect the local held for the viceroy. The Kamet peak which comes along this way had been coined ‘The Valley Of Flowers’ by noted British mountaineer and botanist Frank Smythe.


  • day 1:

    Rishikesh is located at the foothills of the Himalyas and to reach the base of our trek at Joshimat we need to drive for about 10 hours. The roads are steep and tricky at places and it's necessary that we finish this drive in daylight. Spend the night AT HOTELin Joshimat

  • Day 2:

    WAfter breakfast at Joshimat we drive for an hour to reach Auli (2500m), which is a small settlement which recently has developed into a thriving ski RESORT and also supports a sizeable army camp. From Auli we begin our ascent up on foot and walk for about 3-4 hours, covering a total ascent of 700-1200 m, finally to halt for the day at a camp location we choose is the best for the day. This trail from Auli lets you appreciate Nanda Devi at the head of the sanctuary as it heads up the hillside, beyond the ski lift, before reaching a small Oak and Holly forest.

  • day 3:

    Today we walk up to Kuari Pass. This walk is through the forest and then a ridge takes us to a wide open meadow and a final climb to the Kuari pass. The pass is basically a small Col in a grassy ridge. Looking south from this pass, there are impressive views across the forest ridges. The initial steep 200 m descent of this trek are the only hard part especially so if it's wet and icy. There is a choice with our trekkers here to choose if they would like to climb greater heights at this point. Once we have had our fill of this wonderful pass we head back to our camp at Khulara. The staff will be waiting for you with the tents set up and a hot, fulfilling meal before we retire for the night in our tents.

  • day 4:

    Breakfast, yet again is provided to you before we start our trek up to Pangerchulli peak, which takes a good 4-5 hours. Frank Smythe, who came this way in 1931 en route to Kamet (25,443ft/7,757m), the second highest mountain in this region, summed it up beautifully. "We breasted the slope and halted, silent on the path. No words would express our delight. The Himalaya was arrayed before us in a stupendous arc". Some of the mountains seen here are Kamet, Nilkanth (7,141m/23,425ft), Dunagiri (7,067m/23,182ft) and Changabang (6,864m/22,516ft), with even Nanda Devi herself visible if you walk along the ridge for a while. The blinding vision of snow peaks make all the effort worthwhile, for it is often said that this is one of the greatest mountain views in the world.

  • day 5:

    A long day of 4 to 5 hours of walking, mainly downhill as we reach Tapovan. Tapovan at 2000 m is incidentally also on the way to base camp to Nanda Devi and is a very pleasant surprise. It is a large meadow complete with bubbling streams and wild flowers and camp sites set beneath the imposing peak of Shivling (6453m) with the Bhagirathi peaks also forming a backdrop it is of little wonder that sadhus choose this spot for extensive meditation. Here you will be greeted by vehicles waiting in to take you back to Berahi, where you can check into a HOTEL and wash away all that fatigue and dirt with a hot shower.

  • day 6:

    Back to Rishikesh it is, with lunch given on the way.

Check list for multi day trips

  1. Warm Sleeping Bag (till 0 degree C or below at least),
  2. Woolens/thermal underwear
  3. Wind/rain proof jacket
  4. Feather Down jacket- Optional
  5. Hiking/trekking shoes - Important
  6. Spare sandals -Optional
  7. Camera- Optional
  8. Woolen socks
  9. Water Bottle
  10. Flash Light and spare batteries - Important
  11. Sun Shade/Hat with Brim/woolen hat/gloves
  12. Sunglasses
  13. Sun Lotion
  14. Sunscreen/Sun block
  15. Vaseline/Lip Salve
  16. Insect Repellent
  17. Personal Toiletries - towels/soap etc.
  18. Personal Medication if any
  19. Rucksack/duffel bag to carry your baggage
  20. Inflatable mattress (optional), we provide foam-mattress.
  21. Small daypack to carry camera, packed lunch, water bottle and wind/rain jacket on a walk.
  22. Long trousers / long shirts / T-shirts etc.

You will live in 4 season tents to withstand weather extremes, if any on the trip. Other items of personal nature need to be added by you especially personal medication, if any. Temperatures are going to vary between 25-30 degrees Celsius to 5-10 degrees at night. Long pants and long shirts are handy because of the strong sun in the mountains.

Note: we can arrange down sleeping bag on your request at an extra cost of Rs 100 per day.


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