Pangarchulla is easily one of those treks 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.
You get to Summit a peak!
Every step to the peak at 15,010 ft (4,575 m) is a wondrous step that you will never forget. The ridge that takes you to the peak may be steep and challenging but the views that you see once you reach the peak is just as satisfying. To get to the peak you will have to walk in deep snow and also cross some boulder sections. The grandeur of the surrounding during the climb will definitely make you stop in your tracks in awe.
Diverse Picture-Perfect Landscapes
The entire landscape all through the trail keeps constantly changing with every curve. What starts out as lush green farms slowly change to dense forests opening up to snow-covered landscapes.
The trail to Pangarchulla passes through the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. The entire trek route gives you a good close up view of the revered Mt. Nanda Devi along with other peaks such as Mt. Chaukamba, Mt. Dronagiri, Hathi Parvat, Ghoda Parvat and many more. All of this makes this trek a perfect escapade from the monotony of daily life. The landscapes will surely make you fall in love with photography.
A treat for nature lovers!
The trail is definitely a treat for adventurers who love exploring nature. The variety of flora and fauna that the trail offers is beyond ordinary. Until the snow-covered landscape, the trail is strewn in red-rhododendrons. You can also find Oak, Silver Birch, Blue Pine, and Bhojpatra- the bark of which is known to source papyrus along the trail. If lucky, you can also spot wildlife like Musk Deer, Black Bear, and Himalayan Tahr and the very majestic Snow Leopard.
Travel via the five sacred river confluences in the Garhwal Himalayas. Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag and Vishnuprayag in the ascending flow sequence of their occurrence.
- Devprayag is the confluence of the two holy rivers, the Bhagirathi - the chief stream of the Ganges and the Alaknanda. It is the first prayag on the way to Badrinath. Beyond this confluence, the river is known as Ganges.
- Rudra Prayag is the confluence where the river Alaknanda meets the Mandakini River. The confluence is named after god Shiva, who is also known as Rudra.
- Karn Prayag is the location where Alaknanda River is joined by the Pindar River that originates from the Pindar glacier, below the Nanda Devi Mountain range.
- Nandaprayag is the confluence where the Nandakini River joins the main Alaknanda River.
- Vishnuprayag - The Alaknanda River, which originates from Satopanth glacier is joined by the Dhauli Ganga River near Joshimath (on Joshimath - Badrinath route). Alaknanda flows in front of the Badrinath temple, one of the most revered Hindu shrines.
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What is included in the tour
- Transportation to & fro from Rishikesh in a private vehicle
- 2 nights 3-star hotel stay with breakfast at Rishikesh
- 1 night resort stay at Auli
- 1 night hotel stay at Joshimath & Rudraprayag
- 3 nights tented accommodation
- Accommodation on a double/triple sharing basis
- Trek equipment: Sleeping bags, Mattresses, Utensils, Ropes
- Tents: Trekkers tent (twin/triple sharing), Kitchen & Dining tent, Toilet tent
- Porter for 1 - 60 ltr Bag (Max 10 kgs)
- Entry Permit Fee, Guide Fee & Driver Bata
- Standard vegetarian food for breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, and dinner during trek days
- 5 days trekking with an experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek guide and assistant trek guide (Number of guides depending on the group size)
- 1 Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader
- Insurance, meals, transportations daily salary of guide & porter
- Nomads are allowed to carry only 10 kg personal luggage on trek
- Basic First aid Kit
- Personal accident insurance
- All government, local taxes and service charges
- TrekNomads Fee, Trek Captain support and expertise
- 40% discount on Fast&Up products
- Personalized Dri-Fit T-Shirt
- TrekNomads goodies
What is NOT included in the tour
- The cost to reach Rishikesh and back
- Airport Pick up and Drop Off
- Personal trekking gear
- Tips for guide, chef, porter, etc (calculated per person)
- Excess baggage charges, if it exceeds 10 kg
- Local sightseeing and entrance fee, camera fee, etc
- Mineral water or any type of soft drinks
- Hot water for shower, etc, during the trek
- Extra meals apart from inclusions
- Food during travel days
- Lunch and dinner at Rishikesh 3-star hotel stay
- Any other expenses incurred apart from inclusions
- Any other tickets like cable chair, cable car, etc.
- All personal, medical, evacuation and emergency expenses like extra day stay or vehicle charges due to delays, landslides, evacuation
- 5 Treks in one trip
- 3N camping stay along the trail
- Travel via the 5 confluences of River Ganga
- Camp along the entire trail to Pangarchulla
- Summit Ridge trek to the Pangarchulla Peak
- Visit the sacred Badrinath Temple, one of the Char Dham's
- Explore India's last village Mana
- River Rafting in Rishikesh
- Joshimath: 6,150 ft (1,875 m)
- Auli: 8,218 ft (2,505 m)
- Dhak: 7,601 ft (2,317 m)
- Khullara: 11,100 ft (3,383 m)
- Pangarchulla: 15,010 ft (4,575 m)
- Trek Gradient: Difficult
- Trek Distance: 40+ Km
- Assembling Point: Rishikesh
- Average Temperature: -2°C to 20°C
- Travel Distance: 700+ Km
- Best Months to trek: April, May, Till Mid of June
Day 1 - Arrive at Rishikesh, witness Ganga Aarti
Day 2 - Travel to Auli via 4 holy confluence on River Ganga (Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnprayag, Nandprayag). Stay at Joshimath
Day 3 - Trek to Taali from Auli
Day 4 - Acclimatisation trek to Gorson Top
Day 5 - Trek to Pangarchulla Summit and then to Khullara
Day 6 - Trek to Dhak and then drive to Joshimath/Badrinath
Day 7 - Visit Badrinath and Mana village and travel via the 5th holy confluence of River Ganga - Vishnuprayag), travel to Rudraprayag*
Day 8 - Travel back to Rishikesh.
Day 1: Rishikesh
Altitude: 1,030 ft (312 m)
Arrive in Rishikesh and check in to the hotel. Meet your fellow trekkers in a meet and greet session where you will also be prepped for the upcoming trek. In the evening, head out to witness the magnificent Ganga Arati and explore the authentic local cultures of India. Stay the night at Rishikesh.
Day 2: Auli
Altitude: 8,218 ft (2,505 m)
Travel Duration: 7-8 hours
On day 2 you start your journey from Rishikesh to Joshimath. Witness the four confluences of the sacred River Ganga (Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandprayag) en route and also get the very first glimpse of the snow-clad peaks when you're about to arrive in Auli. Check in to the hotel and stay the night at Auli.
Day 3: Taali
Altitude: 10,887 ft (3,318 m)
Trek Duration: 6-8 hours
On day 3, we start trekking towards Taali from Auli. During this trek, we meander through the narrow pathways right behind the Gorson Top trail. The trail is gorgeous with an open meadow all through. Tonight, we camp in Taali.
Day 4: Gorson Top
Altitude: 12,772 ft (3,893 m)
Trek Duration: 6 hours
Today we start trekking from Taali to Gorson Top. This trek, although slightly steep, is breathtaking and extremely rewarding because of the majestic views of the revered Mt. Nanda Devi, Hathi Parvat, Ghoda Parvat, Mt. Neelkant and the mighty Mt. Dronagiri.
Day 5: Pangarchulla Summit
Altitude: 15,010 ft (4,575 m)
Trek Duration: 6 hours
Wake up early to be up on the summit to see the sunrise on a wide Himalayan panorama. The walk up to the summit at 4,575 m would take around 6-8 hours. Once at the summit, enjoy the breathtaking 360 degree view of the Garhwal peaks clearly visible from the summit for the first time. After this, we descend to Khullara base camp. We will camp the night in Khullara.
Day 6: Badrinath/Joshimath
Altitude: 10,927 ft (3,300 m) / 6,150 ft (1,875 m)
Trek Duration: 6 hours
Today is an easy trek to Dhak through the beautiful meadows and small villages. We will pass through Dhak, a smaller block in Joshimath. The views of peaks like Hathi Ghoda, Barmal & Mana will be your constant companion in today’s trek. We will reach Dhak by afternoon. From here, if the weather permits we head out to visit the Badrinath Temple and Mana Village.
Day 7: Rudraprayag*
Altitude: 2,936 ft (895 m)
Trek Duration: 7-8 hours
*On day 7, depending on the weather**, we may travel to Badrinath & Mana or journey back to Rishikesh/Rudraprayag.
Day 8: Rishikesh
Altitude: 1,030 ft (312 m)
On your last day, you travel back to Rishikesh from Rudraprayag via road. Once you reach Rishikesh, enjoy an exciting adventure sport River Rafting (depending on time availability and season) in the river Ganga.
Day 9: Your City
Travel back to your city.
**Travel to Badrinath and Mana depends entirely on the weather conditions during November. If there is a chance of snowfall or there has been snowfall, we will move towards Rishikesh from Joshimath and spend the night there. This will be decided by our Trek Captain during the course of the trek.
**Rafting would be dependent on season, availability and possibility basis the time we reach Rishikesh.
Trekking in the Himalayas comes with it's own set of risks. While adventure is fun and can be extremely thrilling, nature can be unpredictable, and to help secure you during your trek, it is of utmost importance that you are covered with insurance.
We've gone a step ahead and made sure that you don't have to worry about scouting for the best insurance option out there. When you trek with us, your insurance comes as a part of your inclusions.
The insurance varies from each trek, terrain, number of days and country of the trek. More details on the trek insurance benefits will be shared with you post booking your trek. To know more about the benefits covered and sum insured, click here.
Risk and Liability
We will endeavor to make your program smooth and as pleasant as possible. However, the entire course of trekking depends on the ranges of the mighty mountains, physical health, and environmental conditions. Therefore, TrekNomads shall not be responsible for any changes in the itineraries due to unavoidable circumstance and natural disasters such as landslide, road blockage, flood, snowing, cancellation of flight and delay, any types of sickness including altitude sickness.
This trek requires a good level of fitness.
To register for this trek you are required to complete a 5K run in under 35 minutes. Once you do register, please share the run details with our Trek Captain.
If you're not already following a fitness regime, you would need to follow the regime that will be shared with you. The training routine is spread over four months and you would be expected to work out at least 4 times a week. The regime is designed to help you climb smarter even in higher altitudes. The regime consists of a good combination of exercises that works on all parts of your body including - Upper Body, Core, Endurance, Lower Body, Shoulder strength and along with streamlining your breathing pattern. When followed religiously, you can rest assured that you will be ready for the trek. Not only does this regime help you with the trek, but it will also help you inculcate a sense of fitness in your day-to-day life.
Do’s and Don’ts:
- We believe in leaving the mountains in a better condition, which is why we follow a no-litter policy on our treks. Each trekker will have to bring back the waste that is created during the trek.
- Trekking is best enjoyed when you’ve worn comfortable clothes. Try and avoid wearing Jeans, bright colours and heavy apparels as much as possible.
- A lighter backpack always helps you have a better trek, try and carry just as much as needed.
- Always be in sight of your trek lead, if you feel the need to stop for any reason at all, please keep the trek lead informed.
- If you do come across any reptiles, animals or even insects during the trek, please keep your calm and let it patiently pass by. Any kind of noise and panic will scare them as well.
- Do not venture out into the forest/waterfalls on your own as it may be dangerous.
- Trekking is a good adventure, having said that, it is our primary responsibility to take good care of ourselves and be compassionate towards fellow trekkers
- If, at any point, during the trek, you feel uneasy or unwell, please inform the trek lead immediately
- Tune in to the sounds of nature while on a trek and avoid carrying speakers or playing music during the course of the trek
- To help you enjoy the trek to the fullest, we avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol, and other intoxicants during the course of the trek