Pangarchulla Climb is a gorgeous mountaineering destination in the spring when the snow has accumulated after winters.Pangarchulla is a simple low elevation peak and serves as a perfect firt climb for amateurs. Trekkers can experience the crispy morning snow with astounding visions of the high mountains. As you trek further you come across woods of oak and rhododendron to reach meadows of Gorson. From here the path climbs down from steep ravines to the woods where you can camp by Tali, a miniscule water body. More on the moderate side, this trek is for the undemanding. Also the trek offers good chances to take pictures as it is covered with breath taking landscapes of majestic peaks including Nanda Devi. This trek extends on a reasonable gradient on the north face of the mountain slopes with extraordinary views of the high mountains. Take a short trek, which will take you to the advanced base camp. Enjoy tenting and campfire in the Himalayan panorama! Thereafter, trek down to Tapovan, where the trek ends.

Major Attractions

Nanda Devi temple: This 18th century temple made of stones is set in Almora and it is dedicated to Goddess Nanda Devi. This temple  is the only souvenir which survives today. During the month of September, the fair is held in Almora.

Tapovan: All tourists like to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, to a tranquil ambiance. Tapovan is the place where you can get close with nature. Here you will be mesmerised by the majestic view of the places around. The clear, exciting and breath taking sight of rising sun can be seen.

How to get there

By Air: Located at 24 km from Rishikesh, Jolly Grant is the closest airport.

By Road: Road network is well connected to all major towns of Uttaranchal and surrounding areas.

By Rail: Rishikesh is linked to all the major towns and cities of India. Some of the destinations are accessible only from Haridwar.

Best time to visit: April.

Prerequisites/Facts

  • You should be physically fit for this moderate hike.
  • Pangarchulla is at an altitude of 4547 meters.
  • Do not exert or exhaust unnecessarily.
  • Get acclimatized with climate before trekking.

Things to Carry

  • Medical kit
  • A good compass
  • Woolen clothes
  • Walking stick
  • Binoculars and camera
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hiking shoes
  • Water, juices, snacks
  • Electric torch

Other Information

Joshimath: Joshimath is a well known holiday spot and centre of pilgrimage. It has tourist bungalows and dharamshalas. It is the main source to reach the Valley of Flowers. Visit the markets of Joshimath and rest there in forest rest houses or in Gurudwara.

Govindghat: Placed on the meeting point of two streams Alaknanda and Laxman Ganga, Govindghat is around 22 km form Joshimath. The holy shrine of Hemkund Sahib is visited by many Sikh devotees.