Panwali Kanta Trek

Rishikesh Trip
  • 13 days
    (Duration)
  • Moderate
    (Difficulty)
  • 4.9
    (Rating)
  • Hilly
    (Terrain)

Panwali Kantha trek provides you with one of the rarest vision of the complete range of Yamnotri- Gangotri- Kedarnath- Badrinath mountain peaks. In the route you pass through the 7 Bugyals of Panwali Kantha, Where if you are fortunate, You might catch a quick look of blue mountain goat. This trek is part of the very old pilgrim trail from Gangotri to Kedarnath, in the tradition of Vamavrta Yatra that begin from Yamnotri and finished at Badrinath, after paying high opinion at the Gangotri and Kedarnath shrines.


Description

Panwali Kantha is a 19 km trek; positioned at a height of 3,963 metres. Panwali is a attractive place with several hillocks with packed variety of flowers. The pathway from Trijuginarayan to Panwali through Maggu, Kaunkola Khola provides all the colours. The Oak-Rhododendron forests with a mixture of Maples, Syringa emodi, Sorbus ursina, Rhododendron barbatum, and Picea smithiana are common. The shrubby elements include species of Lonicera, Ribes, Viburnum-Rosa, Salix, Berberis, Cotoneaster, etc. The species of the genera Caltha, Anemone, Primula, Plantago, Corydalis etc represent the herbaceous elements. Towards Kaunkola Khola (3,658m), Bhojpatra is seen in connection with Rhododendron campanulatum, Syringa emodi and Oak. Bushy Rhododendron anthopogon with creamish flowers is common at the top of Kaunkola Khola. Species of Primula, Anemone, Potentilla, Fritillaria, Lagotis, Meconopsis, etc with their variously coloured flowers provide all the attraction of nature. The Ground Orchid Cypripedium cordigerum and C. himalaicum and yellow flowered Meconopsis robusta are of rare occasion. Medicinally important plants like Kutaki, Podophyllum hexandrum and Hatthajari or the Salam-Panja are also seen here.

Nature has most excellent endowed Garhwal with wonderful natural resources. Panwali Kantha, one of the high altitude meadows of Garhwal Himalayas, apart form its exciting landscape is specially known for the impressive display of the flowering herbs.


Itinerary

  • Day 01: RISHIKESH / UTTRAKASHI DRIVE 7-8 HOURS:

    Morning after breakfast drive to Uttrakashi(1160Mt). Lunch enroute. On the way stop at zero point to see the view of Tehri-Jheel. Later drive to Uttrakashi and check in guest house. Remaining day to relax to acclimatize. Meals and overnight guest house.

  • Day 02: UTTRAKASHI / MALLA / BELAK TREK 6-7 HOURS OVERNIGHT CAMP :

    After breakfast leave (22 km drive, 15 km of trek) for Mala by road. Arrive Mala and prepare to go for the trek. Start the ordeal with mountains and climb to Belak at 2420 mts. Overnight at Camp.

  • Day 03: BELAK / JHALA TREK 5-6 HOURS:

    After breakfast start the day (09 km trek, 5-6 hrs) on a ridge and reach Jhala in the afternoon. Enjoy the beautiful views through the day and camp overnight.

  • Day 04: JHALA / BUDHAKEDAR TREK 5-6 HOURS:

    After breakfast start trek (08 km, 4-5 hrs) with descent from 2440 mts to 1525 mts. To Budhakedar (one of the five Shiva temples). Overnight at camp.

  • Day 05: BUDHAKEDAR / BHARAVCHATTI TREK 5-6 HOURS:

    After breakfast start (16 km trek, 7-8 hrs) an even trek through the valley to reach Bharavchatti at 1525 mts. in the afternoon. Relax in the evening. Meals and overnight camp.

  • Day 06: BHARAVCHATTI / GHUTTU TREK 5-6 HOURS:

    After breakfast start your trek to Ghuttu, arrival Ghuttu and camp, meals and overnight stay camp.

  • Day 07: GHUTTU / PANWALI KANTHA TREK 7-8 HOURS:

    Morning after breakfast trek to Panwali kantha (3750Mt), Today trek is one of the longest and highest point during this trek, which is a very beautiful expanse of meadows along with breathtaking view of high snow peaks in the north, evening reach Panwali and camp. Meals and overnight stay camp.

  • Day 08: PANWALIKANTHA / MAGHUCHATTI TREK 5-6 HOURS:

    This day the trek (11 km trek, 4-5 hrs) is again an almost even trek on the ridge for around 06 hrs. Nice views and cool weather is the order of the day .Meals and Overnight at camp.

  • Day 09: MAGHUCHATTI / TRIJUGINARAYAN / GAURIKUND TREK 5-6 HOURS :

    Today come down to less than 2000 mts to Trijuginarayan for more moderate climate and relax a bit in nice surroundings and then transfer to Camp resort / Tourist rest house at Gaurikund. Overnight at camp.

  • Day 10: KEDARNATH / GUPTKASHI :

    Morning trek back to Gaurikund. On arrival drive to Guptakashi and check in to camp resort or tourist rest house. Overnight at camp.

  • Day 11: GAURIKUND / KEDARNATH TREK 5-6 HOURS:

    After breakfast leave for Kedarnath (3581Mt) to reach by afternoon on a nice cobbled path. Its a famous pilgrims trail. On arrival visit the Temple in the evening and then relax meals and overnight at tourist rest house.

  • DAY 12: KEDARNATH / SIYALSAUR:

    Morning trek back to Gaurikund. On arrival drive to Siyalsaur and check in to camp resort or tourist rest house. Meals and overnight at camp.

  • DAY 13: SIYALSAUR / RISHIKESH DRIVE 6-7 HOURS:

    After breakfast leave (171 kms drive) for Rishikesh to reach by lunch. Tour terminates upon arrival at Rishikesh.


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