Pangarchulla Peak Trek

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Pangarchulla Joshimath
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6 days

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Specific Tour

Group Size

30 people



About this tour

The Pangarchulla Peak Trek is an exhilarating and challenging journey through the mesmerizing landscapes of the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand, India. Known for its rugged beauty and demanding trails, this trek stretches over approximately 40 kilometers and is a thrilling experience for avid trekkers and adventure seekers.

Starting from the vibrant town of Joshimath, known as a gateway to several Himalayan expeditions, the trek unfolds a series of diverse landscapes. As trekkers advance, they traverse through enchanting oak and Rhododendron forests, sprawling meadows, and steep rocky paths. The trek’s ultimate challenge and reward is the summit of Pangarchulla Peak, perched at an impressive altitude of 4,700 meters (15,419 feet). Here, one is greeted with a 360-degree panoramic view of the Himalayan giants, including notable peaks like Nanda Devi, Kamet, and Chaukhamba.

The Pangarchulla trek is particularly renowned for its demanding nature, especially during the final ascent to the peak. This challenging section requires trekkers to navigate through steep and often snow-covered terrain, demanding good physical fitness, stamina, and mountaineering skills. The trek usually spans over a period of 6 to 7 days, offering an immersive experience in the heart of the Himalayas.


Quick Information on Pangarchulla Trek:

  • Trek Duration: 6 nights/7 days
  • Trek Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
  • Starting Point: Joshimath, Uttarakhand
  • Best Time to Visit: April to June, September to November
  • Highest Altitude: 4,700 meters (15,419 feet) at Pangarchulla Peak
  • Trek Distance: Approximately 40 kilometers
  • Temperature Range: Day: 10°C to 15°C Night: -2°C to 5°C
  • Meals: Veg+Egg
  • Accommodation: Tents and guesthouses
  • Age Group: Ideal for ages 15-50 years, depending on fitness level
  • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
  • Nearest Railway Station: Haridwar Railway Station

Short Itinerary for Pangarchulla Trek:

Day 01: Dehradun to Joshimath

  • Altitude: Dehradun (1,410 ft) to Joshimath (6,200 ft)
  • Drive Distance: Approx. 295 km
  • Driving Time: 9-10 hours
  • Activities: Drive from Dehradun to Joshimath
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse in Joshimath

Day 02: Joshimath to Dhak to Guling

  • Altitude: Joshimath (6,200 ft) to Dhak (6,867 ft) to Guling (9,408 ft)
  • Trek Distance: 6 km (Joshimath to Dhak by drive, Dhak to Guling by trek)
  • Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Activities: Drive to Dhak, then trek to Guling
  • Accommodation: Tents at Guling Campsite

Day 03: Guling to Khulara

  • Altitude: Guling (9,408 ft) to Khulara (11,122 ft)
  • Trek Distance: 4 km, Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tents at Khulara Campsite

Day 04: Khulara to Pangarchulla Summit and Return

  • Altitude: Khulara (11,122 ft) to Pangarchulla Peak (15,069 ft) and back
  • Trek Distance: 12 km (round trip), Trekking Time: 7-8 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tents at Khulara Campsite

Day 05: Khulara to Dhak to Joshimath

  • Altitude: Khulara (11,122 ft) to Dhak (6,867 ft) to Joshimath (6,200 ft)
  • Trek Distance: 6 km (Khulara to Dhak), then drive to Joshimath
  • Trekking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse in Joshimath

Day 06: Joshimath to Dehradun

  • Altitude: Joshimath (6,200 ft) to Dehradun (1,410 ft)
  • Drive Distance: Approx. 295 km
  • Driving Time: 9-10 hours

Best Time to Visit Pangarchulla Peak Trek:

The Pangarchulla Trek, with its varying landscapes and climatic conditions, offers distinct experiences across different seasons. The best time to embark on this trek is typically during the spring months of April to June and the post-monsoon period from September to November. Here’s a seasonal breakdown:

Pangarchulla Trek in Spring (April to June):

  • Weather: The spring season is characterized by moderately warm days and cool nights. The snow from winter starts to melt, but there’s still enough to make the summit challenge exciting.
  • Landscape: This is a time when the flora in the region starts to bloom. Trekkers can witness a variety of flowers and lush green meadows, bringing a burst of color to the Himalayan landscape.
  • Trekking Conditions: The melting snow can make some parts of the trail slippery, requiring careful navigation. However, the clear weather provides excellent visibility for breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks.

Pangarchulla Trek in Monsoon (July to August):

  • Weather: The summer months, especially July and August, mark the monsoon season in the Himalayas. Trekking during this time can be challenging due to heavy rains and potential landslides.
  • Landscape: The rain rejuvenates the greenery, but the cloudy and misty conditions can obscure views.
  • Trekking Conditions: Not the most recommended time for the trek due to safety concerns and reduced visibility.

Pangarchulla Trek in Autumn (September to November):

  • Weather: Post-monsoon, the weather stabilizes with clear blue skies and a pleasant climate. Night’s start getting colder as November approaches.
  • Landscape: The clarity post-monsoon offers some of the best views of the Himalayan range. The landscape is still lush, and the air is crisp and clear, providing excellent trekking conditions.
  • Trekking Conditions: Trails are usually dry and firm, making it safer and more enjoyable to trek. This is one of the best times to attempt the Pangarchulla summit.

Pangarchulla Trek in Winter (December to March):

  • Weather: Winters are harsh with heavy snowfall and extremely cold temperatures, making it a challenging time for the trek.
  • Landscape: The entire region is blanketed in snow, transforming the landscape into a white wonderland.
  • Trekking Conditions: Only recommended for highly experienced trekkers with proper winter trekking gear and preparation. The beauty of the snow-covered landscape is unparalleled, but the risks are significantly higher.

Difficulty Level of Pangarchulla Trek:

The Pangarchulla Trek is generally classified as Moderate to Challenging, making it more suitable for trekkers who have some experience and are in good physical shape. The trek’s difficulty level stems from various factors:

Altitude and Acclimatization:

The highest point of the trek is Pangarchulla Peak, at an altitude of 4,700 meters (15,419 feet). The high altitude demands proper acclimatization to avoid altitude sickness. The gradual ascent helps, but the thin air at higher altitudes can be challenging for those not accustomed to it.

Trek Terrain:

The trek involves navigating through a variety of terrains, including dense forests, rocky paths, and snow-covered trails (especially during spring). The final ascent to the summit is particularly steep and can be covered in snow, requiring careful footing and additional mountaineering skills.

Weather Conditions:

Weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable. Trekkers might face strong winds, cold temperatures, and sudden weather changes, which can add to the challenge.

Distance and Duration:

Covering approximately 40 kilometers, the trek demands long walking days with substantial elevation gain and loss. The physical demands of trekking for several days in a row, often for 6-7 hours each day, require good stamina and endurance.

Read how to get fit for Himalayan trek.

Meals and Accommodation during the trek

Where You’ll Stay:

  • In Joshimath: Think of Joshimath as your first stop. It’s a small, cozy town and that’s where we’ll be staying before we start hiking. The places here are pretty basic – you might share a room with a couple of other trekkers, or stay in a dormitory-style room.
  • On the Trek: Once we’re on the trek, we’ll be camping in tents. These tents are roomy and comfortable, perfect to crash in after a day of trekking. We’ve got different tents for different group sizes, and if you’re a woman trekking with us, don’t worry, we have separate tents for female trekkers for your privacy and comfort.

About the Food:

  • We start serving food from dinner on the first day all the way through to breakfast on the last day.
  • Expect to get all your meals – breakfast to start your day, lunch to keep you going, and dinner to relax after a long day. Plus, we have evening tea with snacks, and even some hot soup to warm you up.
  • Every meal is a bit different, and we even throw in different desserts daily, so you’ll have something new to try every day.
  • We make sure you have plenty of hot water to drink at the campsite. Staying hydrated is super important, especially to help you adjust to the higher altitude and keep you feeling good during the trek.

How to Reach Joshimath for the Trek

To facilitate a stress-free start to your trek, we advise arriving in Rishikesh a day before the trek begins. Our journey to the trailhead starts early from Rishikesh, with a scheduled pickup at around 6 am.

Traveling to Rishikesh:

  1. By Air: Arrival at Dehradun Airport
  • The closest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun.
  • From there, you can either hire a taxi or use bus services to get to Rishikesh. This trip usually takes about 45 minutes to an hour.
  1. By Train: Arrival at Rishikesh or Haridwar Railway Station
  • Rishikesh is served by its own railway station. Upon arrival, you’ll find numerous auto-rickshaws and taxis to take you to your destination in Rishikesh.
  • Alternatively, you can arrive at Haridwar Railway Station and then travel to Rishikesh by taxi or bus, a journey that typically takes 45 minutes to an hour.
  1. By Bus: From Major Cities
  • Regular buses connect Delhi, Haridwar, and other nearby cities to Rishikesh. The bus ride from Delhi to Rishikesh can take about 6-7 hours, varying with traffic and bus type.

Direct Route to Joshimath:

  • For direct access to Joshimath, consider hiring a taxi or driving yourself.
  • The road trip from Rishikesh to Joshimath spans about 250-260 kilometers and takes around 9-10 hours, offering scenic views and winding mountain roads.

Transportation from Rishikesh to Joshimath:

  • Participants of the trek with Nomad Adventures will be transported in sturdy vehicles such as Boleros, Tata Sumos, and Travelers from Rishikesh to Joshimath.

For a smooth and memorable experience on your Kuari Pass Trek with Nomad Adventures, it’s recommended to plan your arrival in Rishikesh well in advance of the trek start date. Safe travels and prepare for an incredible adventure in the mountains! 🏔️✨

Packing List: What to Bring on the Trek

Being well-prepared with the right gear and supplies is crucial for a successful and enjoyable trek. Here’s a comprehensive packing list for the Pangarchulla Trek:

Essential Gear:

  1. Backpack: A sturdy, 50–60-liter backpack with comfortable straps.
  2. Trekking Shoes: High-ankle, waterproof, and well-broken-in trekking boots.
  3. Walking Stick/Trekking Poles: For additional support and balance.


  1. Thermal Layers: Top and bottom base layers for insulation.
  2. Trek Pants: 2-3 pairs of quick-dry trekking pants.
  3. T-Shirts: Breathable and moisture-wicking fabric; include both short and long sleeves.
  4. Fleece Jacket: A mid-layer fleece or woolen jacket.
  5. Insulated Jacket: A down or synthetic insulated jacket for colder conditions.
  6. Outer Layer: A waterproof and windproof jacket for harsh weather.
  7. Socks: Woolen or synthetic hiking socks, plus a few pairs of lighter socks.
  8. Hat and Gloves: Woolen or fleece hat and waterproof gloves.

Personal Items:

  1. Sunglasses: UV-protection sunglasses.
  2. Sunscreen & Lip Balm: High SPF sunscreen and UV-protected lip balm.
  3. Toiletries: Basic personal hygiene kit (toothbrush, toothpaste, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.).
  4. Headlamp/Flashlight: With extra batteries.
  5. Water Bottles/Hydration Packs: At least 2 Liters capacity.
  6. Personal Medical Kit: Basic first aid, any personal medications.


  1. Camera and Power Bank: For capturing memories and charging electronics.
  2. Plastic Bags: For waste and keeping wet clothes.

Important Tips:

  • Layering: Dress in layers to easily adjust to changing temperatures.
  • Keep it Light: Pack only essentials to keep your backpack light.
  • Waterproof Everything: Use waterproof bags or covers to protect your gear.
  • Break in Your Boots: Make sure your trekking shoes are well broken in to avoid blisters.

Remember, the key is to stay warm, dry, and comfortable. Every item you pack should serve a purpose. Always check the weather forecast and consult with your trek leader for any specific gear requirements.

Clock/Baggage Room for Extra Luggage:

You can use the luggage storage at the Sankri base camp for extra items before starting the Kedarkantha trek. Avoid storing valuables there for safety.

Trek Tips to Ensure a Safe Journey on the Pangarchulla Trek:

  1. Acclimatization: High-altitude treks like Pangarchulla require your body to gradually adjust to the altitude. Take it slow, especially during the initial days, to reduce the risk of altitude sickness.
  2. Itinerary Flexibility: Be ready to adapt to changes in the trek itinerary due to weather conditions, health issues, or other unforeseen circumstances, always prioritizing safety.
  3. Medical Consultation: It’s advisable to consult a doctor before embarking on the trek, particularly if you have pre-existing health conditions. Carry essential medication and a comprehensive first-aid kit.
  4. Power Banks: As electricity might be scarce or unavailable at higher altitudes, bring adequate power banks to keep your devices charged.
  5. Eco-Friendly Mindset: Preserve the pristine nature of the Himalayas. Avoid littering, use biodegradable products, and practice water conservation to protect the environment.
  6. Sufficient Cash: ATMs will be inaccessible during most of the trek, so carry enough cash for any purchases or emergencies.
  7. Night Trek Precautions: Night trekking should be avoided unless specifically included in the itinerary and supervised by an experienced guide.
  8. Earphone Caution: Refrain from using earphones during the trek. It’s important to be alert and able to hear instructions or warnings from your guides.
  9. Plastic-Free: Support environmental conservation by avoiding plastic bags. Use reusable bags and containers.
  10. Guide’s Guidance: Always listen to and follow the instructions of your trek guides. Their expertise and experience are invaluable for a safe trekking experience.
  11. Cancellation Notice: If you need to cancel, inform the trek organizers or authorities well in advance. This helps in managing logistics and avoids confusion.
  12. Light Packing: A light backpack can significantly improve your comfort and mobility during the trek. Pack only the essentials.
  13. Age Consideration: The high altitude and strenuous nature of the trek make it unsuitable for children under 6 years old. Assess the capability and fitness of older children and teenagers.
  14. Avoid Intoxicants: Alcohol and other intoxicants can impair judgment and physical ability. It’s best to avoid them to ensure your safety and that of others.


  • Trek through lush rhododendron and oak forests rich in flora and fauna.
  • Gigantic peaks including Hathi Parbat, Ghori Parbat, Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Mt. Nanda Devi and many more.
  • Explore charming mountain villages like Dhak, Tugasi, and Joshimath.
  • Conquer the 14,700-foot summit for stunning panoramic views.


  • Food as per menu on the trek.
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, mats.
  • Forest permits and camping fee.
  • Trek guide, cook, support staff
  • Porters/mules to carry trekking equipment.
  • First aid medical kit, oxygen cylinder and UIAA certified safety equipment.
  • Trek Certificate
  • Experience that you will gain
  • Any kind of personal expenses on the trek.
  • Transport is available from Rishikesh at an additional cost.
  • Meal during road journeys.
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Any kind of travel insurance.
  • Anything not specified in the inclusion list.
  • Note* If you don't want to carry your backpack ? you can give it to porter/Mules?, but you have to inform us in advance and have to pay Rs. 1200/- extra per bag for the whole trek.


Spring (Mar-Apr)
Autumn (Sept-Oct)
Summer (May-Jun)

Frequently asked questions

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.

No, Female Trekkers share Room/Tent with female co-trekkers and the same applies to others.

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.

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