The Kumaon Garhwal region of the Himalayas is magnificent, and the Panchachuli Base Camp Trek is one of the most stunning and thrilling treks in the world. The trek route from Dar Village passes via a number of settlements, including Nagling, Baling, and Dhuktu.
The Panchachuli peaks are a group of five snow-capped Himalayan peaks lying at the end of the eastern Kumaon region, near Munsyari, in Pithoragarh district, Uttarakhand state, India. The peaks have altitudes ranging from 6,334 meters (20,781 ft) to 6,904 meters (22,651 ft). The five peaks on the Panchachuli massif are numbered from northwest to southeast. The highest peak is Panchachuli II, which was first scaled by an Indo-Tibetan Border Police expedition, led by Mahendra Singh, on 26 May 1973. One theory of the group’s name is derived from the legendary Pandavas’ “Five Chulis” (cooking hearths) another theory is that this region was once part of the old Nepal Kingdom and in the Nepalese language Chuli refers to peaks, hence 5 peaks.
Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate
Best Time: April – June and Sept-Oct
Duration: 4 Nights 5 Days
Accommodation Type: Camps/Home Stay/Guesthouse
Max Altitude: 13975 feet
Trekking distance: 20 km approx.
Panchachuli is an easy trek and good for first-timers. Sometimes the uneven paths and steep gradients on the trek make trekking a little challenging for beginners. Read more – Fitness preparation for the Himalayan trek.
Ranikhet Exp – Train No. 15013, Uttaranchal Sampark Kranti Express – Train No. 15035 are good options to reach Kathgodam via train. You can board from Delhi (DLI)/Old Delhi Junction station).
There are regular buses from Delhi to Kathgodam/Rishikesh, Delhi (ISBT Kashmiri Gate ). You can easily rely on government buses as they are also safe.
The nearest airport is Pathankot or Jolly Grant Airport – Dehradun. You can take a bus or local cab to reach Dehradun/Rishikesh. It just takes 30-40 min to reach Rishikesh from Dehradun Airport.
The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation, and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you choose the proper equipment. Try to bring only what is necessary; this will help you and the field staff.
Arrive at Kathgodam in the morning to start off with a long drive to Dharchula. It will take the whole day to reach the point. But the scenic drive will not let you get bored because the complete route is filled with picturesque views. You will cross Pithoragarh and witness the continuous change in serenity while you pass through the towns of Bhimtal, Almora, Dhaulchina, Sera- gat, Chaukhori, Thal and Ashkot. Watch the lofty Himalayan ranges and the gorges below, native villages and the sheer beauty of the forests till you reach Dharchula. Dharchula is between India and Nepal with Kali River as one important river and it is a picturesque isolated remote valley village amidst the snow-capped peaks. It served as an ancient trading route between India and Nepal. Stay overnight in a homestay in Dharchula.
After breakfast, we will start off with a 3-4-hour scenic road journey to Duktu village of Darma valley. (70km drive.) Trek to Panchachuli base camp is 2.5 km. After relaxing relax and unwind.
After breakfast, start your journey early today to the Zero point of Panchachuli Glacier to get the mesmerizing view of the Panchachuli peaks. It is an easy trek and you would take around 2-2½ hrs to reach the Zero Point of Panchachuli Glacier. The Bugyal stretches far and wide and the forests of birch and conifer create a picturesque ambience throughout the route. Enjoy the fragrance spread by the wildflowers and get glimpses of wild strawberries on the narrow path which has steep climbs and descends till PCBC. Then it will be a continuous line of visuals including the towering hills above and endless stretches of glaciers. The complete trail will show you endless meadows and the tall oak and birch trees with the Panchachuli (6904 mt. /22652 ft.) towering in the background. Lunch at base camp. Trek to Dantu Village from Panchachuli base camp is 4.5 km (2hrs easy treks). Overnight in Dantu Village homestay with locals.
After breakfast, we will move towards Dharchula. Reach Dharchula early and visit Darchula market which is in Nepal. To reach Darchula market (Nepal) you will have to cross the bridge near the police station which acts as a border for India and Nepal. Night stay in Hotel/Guest-house.
Early morning after breakfast, we will move towards Kathgodam and will reach in the evening around 6-7 pm.
Our campsites are pitched near water sources. For your day’s trek, two liters of water should be enough. You will find water sources on the trek to refill your water bottles. Your trek leader will brief you about these before starting the day’s trek.
During the trek, toilet tents will be set up along each campsite. A toilet tent will have a deep pit, where one can answer nature’s call. There will be a mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. These are dry toilets, where you’ll have to use toilet paper. This is the most hygienic and convenient way to answer nature’s call in the wild. Please use plain toilet paper and refrain from using wet wipes since these are not biodegradable.
If it starts raining while you’re trekking, we will continue on the trail as planned. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings.
Alcohol is dangerous in extreme cold, especially at high altitudes. Contrary to what people believe, alcohol does not make you warmer. Instead, it opens your pores, making your body colder. Moreover, it dehydrates you very quickly. Hence consumption of alcohol is absolutely prohibited on all Nomad Adventures treks. Anyone found with alcohol is quickly removed from the trek. Smoking, similarly, is not allowed on Nomad Adventures treks.
No, but there are shops on the base camp from where you can rent shoes, jackets and trek poles, headlights etc.
You don’t need special snowshoes. A good waterproof trekking shoe is sufficient for the trek. When there is snow, we provide micro spikes and gaiters.
A trekking pole gives you stability and balance and helps reduce fatigue.
The minimum age limit is 8 years. However, minors aged between 8 to 17 should be accompanied by their parents or guardians. The maximum age is 65 but please follow the fitness regime before coming on the trek.
The minimum age eligibility is 8+ years. As a parent or guardian, if you feel that your child can adapt to the conditions of the mountains and would be able to walk every day as required, then certainly, yes! Please follow the fitness regime before coming on the trek.
The last electricity charging point and the mobile network would be in Dharchula. You’ll get only the Bsnl network. However, come prepared for the possibility of power cuts at the base camp. It is good to carry your power banks and extra batteries for your camera.
All high-altitude treks come with their share of risks. We pay utmost importance to the safety of trekkers. While we do our bit to ensure a trekker is safe, we also expect any trekker who is enrolling with us to know what could go wrong, and if it does, how to tackle it.
Since you will be starting and returning to the same base camp at Dharchula, it is possible for you to leave extra luggage behind. However, make sure you do not leave any valuables. Nomad Adventures is not responsible for loss or damage to any belongings.
No, but in case you are having so please consult your doctor because there are lots of myths about Diamox.
If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to inform us in advance so that the necessary arrangements are made. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. If you decide on the spot then the charges are higher than usual.