The Pangarchulla peak is a high-altitude trek which starts from Joshimath a city in the Chamoli district in Uttarakhand. Pangarchulla is a moderate to difficult level trek and not recommended for beginners. The trail is usually covered with snow and rugged mountain terrains and gigantic boulders. Pangarchulla and Kauri Pass trails are the same till Khullara Campsite. Enjoy mesmerizing views of the gigantic peaks including Hathi Parbat, Ghori Parbat, Chaukhamba, Neelkanth and Mt. Nanda Devi – 25,643 ft ( Second-highest mountain in India, after Kangchenjunga ).
Pangarchulla Peak Trek is a 6 days trek including a road journey from Rishikesh. The total Pangarchulla Peak Trek distance is 40km.
Pangarchulla Peak is a moderate to difficult level trek and is only recommended to experienced trekkers. The trail is usually covered with snow and rugged mountain terrains and gigantic boulders. We would recommend this trek only if you have prior trekking experience in the mountains. Read more – Fitness preparation for Himalayan trek.
The best time to do Pangarchulla Peak Trek is between March and May for snow-covered trails and from October to December to experience rocky terrain and boulders.
At Joshimath, the weather ranges from pleasant 15 to 20 degrees Celsius during the day to chilly 2 to -4 degrees Celsius at night. The temperature will range between 5 and 10 degrees throughout the trek, and it will drop as low as -4 degrees at night.
Trekkers at Joshimath will have to share rooms on a triple or quad basis. There will also be a dorm. Trekkers will be provided with a 3-person tent for twin sharing and a 4-person tent for triple sharing during the trek. Female trekkers will share a tent or dorm with females only. Female trekkers solo will be given a separate tent.
Meals start from day 1 dinner to day 6 breakfast. On Day 6 early departure after tea. During the trek, you will be provided healthy hot meals, including breakfast, lunch, evening tea and snacks, hot soup, and dinner with daily different desserts. Hot drinking water will be provided daily at the campsite.
The lowest altitude will be 5974 ft at Joshimath and the highest at 14,700 ft at Pangarchulla Peak Summit.
We have fixed departures from Rishikesh. Pick up on day 1 is at Natraj Chowk or Tapovan, Rishikesh/Haridwar at 6:00 am.
March, April, May – 5, 10, 20, 25th and 30th
Nomad Adventures can arrange a cab for you from the pickup point in Dehradun/Rishikesh for Joshimath but it is an additional charge. The trekkers joining the trek can share the cab cost among themselves. The scenic route to Joshimath will take around 9-10 hr, the road distance is 250 km. (Trek starting point). Distance Dehradun to Rishikesh- 20Km, Haridwar to Rishikesh 21 Km and Dehradun to Haridwar 51 Km
The nearest best railway station is Dehradun. You can board Ddn Nzm Ac Express(2205), Nanda Devi expresses or Dehradun Express from Delhi. People usually prefer trains over flights because it is more economical. Take a bus or cab to reach Rishikesh.
There are regular buses from Delhi to Haridwar/Rishikesh, Delhi (ISBT Kashmiri Gate ). You can easily rely on government buses as they are also safe.
The nearest airport is 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.
🏔️ Altitude: 6,696 ft. 🏠 Stay: Guest House. 🚗 Drive: 250 km (10-11 hrs drive). ⌚ Pick up time: 06:00 am near Rishikesh Bus station. 📶 Network: All networks available. Pickup will be from Rishikesh in a Bolero, Tata Sumo or a similar vehicle and drive to Joshimath which will take approximately 9 to 10 hours. The drive from Rishikesh to Joshimath is a beautiful one. The route passes through many mesmerizing views and the drive goes along hugging the mountainside and you see the forests and valleys of Garhwal below you. We will also be passing by the panchprayag or the five holy confluences of Ganga - Devaprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag, and Vishnuprayag. Breakfast and Lunch will be on the way at a roadside inn, exclusive of charges.
🏔️ Altitude: 9,875 ft. ⛺ Stay: Tents. 🚗 Drive: 12 km (50 min drive). 🚶♂️ Trek: 6 km trek through village and forest. 🍱 Lunch: At Camp. 📶 Network: No network. After an early breakfast, we will head off to Dhak Village which is around 11 km from Joshimath. The drive usually takes around 45-50 minutes to reach Dhak Village. From here our trek will start with an ascending, dirt trail that leads away from the main road, toward Tugasi village. After 20-30 mins you will reach Kharchi village, you can fill your bottles here and take some rest. The trail for the next 45 minutes ascends gradually, with a few switchbacks in between and leads you to Lower Tugasi. After 40 minutes of starting from Lower Tugasi, you reach the first rest point. You will be surrounded by oak forests on all sides. Continue on the trail leading into the forest. Except for rhododendrons, you can find walnut and some other varieties of conifers here. You will reach the second clearing after about an hour. All this time, you will cross small streams along the trail. The water in them is clean and you can drink it.
🏔️ Altitude: 11,075 ft. ⛺ Stay: Tents. 🚶♂️ Trek: 4 km trek. 🍱 Lunch: At Camp. After breakfast starts on a 5-hour journey to Khullara campsite. After the steep climb of the last day, the trek today will be less tiring. The gradients of ascent are relatively smooth and will allow you an enjoyable trek. After half an hour, you will come to a green clearing overlooking the magnificent snow peaks. Except for rhododendrons, you can find walnut and some other varieties of conifers here. The Khullara campsite is located in a clearing. Along this path, the Hathi-Ghori peaks will be manifesting gloriously along with Dronagiri now somewhat flipped to the side.
🏔️ Altitude: 14,700 ft. ⛺ Stay: Tents. 🚶♂️ Trek: 14 km trek. 🍱 Lunch: Packed Lunch. The fourth day is the Pangarchulla summit day, likely to span 10-12 hours depending on the group’s pace. There are going to be no water sources found on the way today, so carry enough to sustain you through. Some famous peaks visible from the summit are Chaukhamba, Mt. Kamet, Neelkanth, Mana, Devban, Hathi Parvat, Garud, Trishul and Dronagiri.
🏔️ Altitude: 14,700 ft. ⛺ Stay: Tents. 🚶♂️ Trek: 12 km trek. 🍱 Lunch: Packed Lunch. Today, we will head back to Joshimath via Dhak. After breakfast, we will follow the same route via Gulling Top and descend back. It is relatively easier and quicker to descend down from the hills. Have packed lunch on the way. Trek till Dhak village and drive back to the guest house. Dinner and overnight stay at Joshimath.
🚗 Drive: 250 km (10-11 hrs drive). ⌚ Pick up time: 06:00 am from Guest House. You will start off on an early morning ride downhill; Rishikesh-Haridwar will be reached at sundown, around 6 in the evening. Breakfast and Lunch will be on the way at a roadside inn, exclusive of charges.
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 and guardians.
Pangarchulla Peak Trek is a moderate to difficult level trek and it requires trekkers to be physically fit. 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 indeed, yes!
The last electricity charging point would be in Joshimath. You’ll get only the Bsnl or Mtnl with a 4G network in Joshimath. However, come prepared for the possibility of power cuts. 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 Manali, it is possible for you to leave some luggage behind. Please ask your respective homestay/hotel owners to provide some space for extra luggage.
No, but in case you are having so please consult your doctor because there are lots of myths about Diamox.