Pangarchulla summit trek is easily one of those trails that is well-rounded and poses just the right amount of challenge for trekkers. The trail starts off with lush green and turns into a snowy wonderland. The trail that you follow through the trek also gives you a close-up view of some of the highest peaks of the Garhwal region.
The 9-Day trek started right from the witnessing the Ganga Arati in Rishikesh to trekking in the snow was just an amazing experience. The team that trekked with us was extremely happy that they were able to trek through the challenging trails with ease.
We always believe in knowing when to turn back. A million things could go wrong when you’re in the mountains at a higher altitude, but knowing exactly when to leave the trail and turn back is extremely important and a crucial decision that the trek lead/captain has to take.
We have gained a lot of insights during this trek and made a lot many memories as well.
Pangarchulla summit trek will be one of the most awesome week of my life.
The experience has been great with every detail accounted and planned for by TrekNomads team. This was my first “snow trek” in the Himalayas and it has indeed left with greater respect for the Mountaineers. Special note of thanks to Naveen for guiding all of us and providing us with a quick lesson on ascending and descending technique while climbing a snow clad mountain, crossing across a snow slope or even walking on a plain snow. Though it seemed easy from far off, it does indeed need presence of mind and technique to manage the walk/climb. I was happy to know that Naveen, has passed out of Jawahar Institute of mountaineering, Pahalgam, No doubt he seemed like fish to water on the snow/mountains.
When at Mountains, of all I have heard is ‘if the fatigue doesn’t kill the altitude sickness (AMS) would certainly be a major spoil sport’. Very thankful that none of us had any such issues. However we understood the importance of gradual gaining of altitude, acclimatising our bodies in those altitudes since our trek plan by TrekNomads was impeccable considering this very important and effective detail. The gradual gain of altitude spread across 3 days prepared us to acclimatise thoroughly, check the pace of trekking.
Not to forget the important fact – to remind ourselves that we are amidst the nature’s finest creation “The great Himalayas” and everything that is mesmerising about it. We were in awe as Naveen kept us telling the names of the peaks that were surrounded by us as and when they were visible to us, the higher we climbed. The beautiful Gorsan Bugyal, Ghoda – hathi parbath, Nandadevi, The great Dronagiri…. It was magical.
The camp sites were simply superb. The most surprising and astonishing part was that other than our tents, we had kitchen and dining tent, with dining table and camping chairs!!. Wow!!!. That was a super surprise to expect at that particular place in all of the world. Obviously, it was presumed that we would have a very limited variety of food for 4 nights of our camp. However TrekNomads team did not cease surprising us with the variety of food. Elaborate- Breakfast, lunch, evening snacks and dinner. To be precise most of the items did not even repeat for 4 nights we camped. It is indeed a herculean task to manage all such variety and that too so far off from civilization, which comes effective on ground due to sheer planning and execution.
Our trek Captain Naveen ensured that he checked up on us every day in morning and evening on our blood oxygen levels and BP. He kept talking to all of us individually checking up our physical condition and also explaining on identifying the symptoms of AMS. He kept reiterating on do’s & don’t’ s- patiently. Naveen ensured that he kept on checking with each individual based on his observation of 3 prior days of trek, before starting the summit trek. As we all know each individual is different and may not match the pace equally, however he ensured that the slow movers were ahead and rest of them were following. This is a very important factor in boosting one’s (slow movers) morale and does not give a ‘let down’ feeling at all. Having said that, it is imperative to have all the guidelines followed on keeping oneself fit enough as per the pre trek planning provided by TrekNomads. They pretty much provide every detail right from what to pack to what to exercise. Must say that it does help and definitely something serious to follow up on.
Lucky us that we got a pleasant weather, cold evenings, rainy night, awesome snowy mountain, clear skies, lush green meadows …..Just about everything during our trek. To add to the story, we even add our 4 legged furry friends accompanying us throughout the trek until we said bye to them. On our way back as time permitted, we did get a chance to visit one of the Chardham temples – Badrinath, last Indian village – Mana ( We did even have chai in the last Indian chai shop J ). Got a chance to see all the Holy prayags – Dev Prayag, Rudra Prayag, Karna Prayag, Nanda Prayag & Vishnu Prayag (Holy river confluences) too.
It is a story indeed right from start to end. Alas it did end so soon too.
The Mighty Mountains beckons – when at its abode, it commands respect, it teaches humility, patience, discipline, it makes you to adapt and the list goes on and on… What more a better way than to partner with TrekNomads for such a beautiful trek which can become a beautiful memory.
– Mahesha Mallesh
Can I trek to the Pangarchulla Summit now?
Absolutely! We are delighted to share that we have started receiving bookings for our trek to Pangarchulla summit. You can trek with us anytime between October – November.
We are following a stringent set of safety protocols during the trek to ensure your safety at all times.
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