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First of all the shown itinerary needs to be updated as Road connectivity has been reached upto DUGTU village that is 65 km from Dharchula(4 hours driv...


Arun Pandey


I would rate this Panchachuli Trek as one of the best in Uttarakhand. Forget Uttarakhand, this can be the best in India as well. With not so much of di...

Panchachuli Base Camp Trek Overview

Trip Starting From: Kathgodam

Trip Location: Kathgodam

About the Panchachuli Base Camp Trek:

Here is a 9-day Panchachuli Base Camp trekking package that begins after you reach Kathgodam and the first point of stay is Dharchula. The picturesque ways to Dharchula crossing the towns of Bhimtal, Almora and Dhaulchina will be amazing and you will come across the various little villages and gorges. From Dahrchula, the next destination of yours will be Urthing via Dar. The pathway takes you along small tribal settlements of Tawaghat and New Sobla. Upon arriving at Dar, take a 3-4 hour walk to reach the campsite of Urthing all the way through a narrow cliff edge with the Dhauli Ganga River gushing on your right. Then comes the easy route to Naagling going through the suspension bridge across the river.

Son will be the further destination on the tour after Naagling and on that day you will be passing through rocky, the high oak and birch forests and finally arriving the highland meadow of Naagling. Surrounded by the Himalayas, the sight of the distant glaciers from this viewpoint is spellbinding. As you continue walking through the dense thickets found at Dantu Bugyals and the Meola River gushing on the other side, you will reach Panchachuli Basecamp. This steep descend into the Panchachuli base camp also offers amazing views of wildflowers, strawberries, glaciers and sprawling meadows bordered by trees. The peak of Panchachuli stands tall at 6904m towering as the backdrop.

After exploring the mind-blowing beauty of Panchachuli, trek back to Naagling along the same picture-perfect landscapes and trails. Urthing, Dar, Darchula and Kathgodam will be coming your way once again before you wind up this exciting trekking trip.

About the Panchachuli Base Camp:

Snuggled in the lap of snow-peaked mountains, the Panchachuli Base Camp trek originates in the Darma valley of Pithoragarh district between the borders of Nepal and Tibet.  Bestowed with nature’s splendour, the route to the Panchachuli glacier, lying in the lap of Kumaon Himalayas, is adorned with enchanting landscapes, snow-capped mountains, cascading waters, Alpine meadows and a rich variety of flora and fauna. Situated in Eastern Kumaon Himalaya, the trekking route forms the watershed between the Gori Ganga and Darma Valleys. The entire trek to the glacier is a walk along the river Dhauliganga.

The last road head Dar is 42km from Dharchula, and from Dar to Panchachuli Glacier will give us a pleasant walk. The trails unwinding through the tribal villages of Bongling, Sela, Nagling, Baaling and Duktu along the river Dhauliganga and thick forests of deodar and Bhojpatra and conifer are the best ones to enjoy the natural sights. The five peaks of Panchachuli form majestic visuals and enhance the Him Khand, Yuli River skirted by the forests of Devdaar, Bhoj Patra and conifer trees. This amazing Panchachuli Base Camp trek is truly a feast to the eyes and the scenery throughout the journey is one that can only be experienced, not explained.

If you are someone who would love to roam around the mountains then Panchachuli Base Camp trek is one of the best options and the journey would come up with a lot of astounding moments. The five different peaks of Panchachuli sector numbers 1 to 5 are located at an elevation of 6904 meters, 6437 meters, 6355 meters, 6334 meters and 6312 meters. And almost all of them were conquered by many trekkers in the 1970s itself.

Panchachuli Base Camp Trek 

- Get an amazing chance to climb up a height of about 13975 feet which could let you feel at the top of the world and view the entire region covered by thickets and glaciers.

- The blooming forest trails have a lot to share with you on the way to the summit and the gushing rivers play an important role in making the trails tricky as well as exciting.

- The famous wildlife of Uttarakhand may come your way if you are lucky and the rare birds found in the forests are the right companions for your trek.

- Different bugyals, landscapes, and bridges across the rivers together create an astonishing sightseeing option before you.

Quick Facts About Panchachuli Base Camp Trek

Temperature: 1 to 8 degrees in nights, days are relatively warmer

Panchachuli Base Camp Trek Trekking Distance:  60km

Maximum Altitude: 13,975 Ft.

Panchachuli Base Camp Trek Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate 

Railway Station: Kathgodam is the nearest railway station 

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Panchachuli Base Camp Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Kathgodam – Dharchula (295 km)

    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 the picturesque views.

    You will cross Pitholagarh 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 village.

  • Day 2 - Dharchula / Dhar / Urthing ( Drive 2hrs + trek 04 hrs)

    Trek from Dharchula - Dar - Urthing

    Dar is the last road head in Darma Valley for this trek.

    Start from Dharchula which will take a 3 hour drive to Dar along a windy road through the small tribal settlements Tawaghat and New Sobla.

    From Dar it is a 3-4 hour walk to reach the campsite of Urthing and on the way, you need to pass through the beautiful Bongling forest.

    The trek to Urthing is along a narrow cliff edge with the Dhauliganga river gushing below on your right.

    It unwinds through a rock cut stretch to reach the village of Bongling.

    Then comes level walks with short climbs in between to the reach the campsite.

    Stay overnight in the camps.

  • Day 3 - Urthing - Nagling ( trek 10 km, 04 hrs)

    Today it will be an easy walk with short descents and climbs.

    You will find a mule track that goes from Urthing to Naagling letting you pass through the hill sides of green pastoral land, with Dhauli Ganga flowing below cutting through the gorges.

    The trail opens up to the vast green meadows of the inner Himalayan ranges and a suspension bridge across the river to cross over to Sela campsite.

    The campsite is on the outskirts of Naagling on the green carpet alongside the river.

    Stay overnight in the camps.

  • Day 4 - Nagling - Son (11 km, 5 hrs)

    The trail to Naagling goes along hill sides and is a rocky terrain for the first 3 kilometeres.

    After that, you will enter the coniferous forests of high oak and birch trees and further along, you can watch the table top meadow of Nagling.

    Post this, you will watch the sights of mighty Himalayas, the views of the distant glaciers etc which are quite exciting.

    From the meadow, Baaling is another 3 kilometre walk through the vegetation lands of the tribals.

    Son is a picturesque mostly uninhabited settlement of the Darma Valley.

    Stay overnight in the camps.

  • Day 5 - Son - Panchachuli Base Camp ( 05 km)

    In the morning, get a walk to the Base camp along a narrow trail, goes through the vast expanse of the Dantu Bugyals.

    With the forest cover to reach the glacier on one side and the beautiful Meola river bed on the other, you may find the steep ascents to the base camp.

    The bugyals stretching far and wide and the forests of birch and conifer create a picturesque ambience throughout the route.

    Enjoy the fragrance spread by the wild flowers and get the 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 that of 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 Panch Chulli (6904 mts./22652 ft.) towering in the background.

    Get back to Nagling by retracing the path to camp overnight there.

  • Day 6 - Panchachuli base camp - Nagling (16 km)

    In the morning, trek down to Nagling. The trek is easy downwards. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

  • Day 7 - Nagling - Urthing

    In the morning, you will trek down to Urthing from Nagling.

    Stay overnight in Urthing.

  • Day 8 - Urthing – Dharchula

    On the last day of the trek, walk from Urthing to Sobla first and then get a drive to Dharchula.

    Stay overnight in Dharchula.

  • Day 9 - Dharchula – Kathgodam

    Get a drive down to Kathgodam and reach by evening to take the overnight train/bus to New Delhi.


  • Accommodation in tents or tourist lodge


  • All meals included (vegetarian only)


  • Trekking
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  • Camping

Other Inclusions

  • First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder
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  • Trek equipment
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  • Permits/ Forest fees
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  • Experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff to help trekkers
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  • All taxes


  • Transportation from Kathgodam to Dar and return journey

Things To Carry

  • Wardrobe essentials like woolen and fleece clothes, synthetic or waterproof track pants, rain-proof jackets, sunglasses, waterproof gloves, wind-proof jackets, thermal innerwear
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  • A sturdy backpack with a plastic or water-proof lining
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  • High-ankle trekking shoes with good grip, trekking pole or stick
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  • Moisturizers, chap sticks
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  • Torch, water bottle, extra polythene bags for wet clothes and a whistle


  • To avoid frost-bite from freezing temperatures, wear proper fitted trekking boots to keep warm
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  • For proper blood circulation, avoid wearing thick socks or more than one pair of socks
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  • Instead of denim jeans, wear track pants
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  • Avoid carrying snacks and junk food
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  • Do not use disposable plastic water bottles, plastic-wrapped items
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  • Always carry a couple of pairs of thermal innerwear
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  • Wear waterproof jackets and gloves
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  • Always pack light and carry only the essentials
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  • It is mandatory to carry your identification proof
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  • It is advised to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don’t want to carry your backpack so you can give it to porter, but you have to inform in advance and have to pay Rs.500 /- extra per day per bag

Tour Type

  • This is a group tour

Panchachuli Base Camp Trek: Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain trips or activities may get cancelled. In such cases operator will try their best to provide an alternate feasible. However a cash refund will not be applicable for the same.
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  • Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

Panchachuli Base Camp Trek: Refund Policy

  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days
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  • All applicable refunds will be done in traveller's thrillophilia wallet as Thrillcash

Panchachuli Base Camp Trek: Booking Confirmation Policy

  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking before confirmation and a full refund will be processed.
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    Story by ANKUR VERMA

     Rated : 4.0

    First of all the shown itinerary needs to be updated as Road connectivity has been reached upto DUGTU village that is 65 km from Dharchula(4 hours drive). One can stay in Dugtu which is only 3 km from basecamp or reach upto base camp and stay their with KMVNs providing accommodation for Rs 1300. Zero point is located further 3 km from Base camp which must be visited at early morning the next day to witness the sunrise ornamenting the majestic beauty of Panchachuli. I would suggest to hire a local vehicle/transport from Dharchula till Dugtu as the roads are not a cakewalk for the non experienced driver. One has to cross Balling and Nalling waterchannels whose water level exceeds noticeably from afternoon onwards. Ultimately You will be fascinated en-route the trek by the ancient Bhojpatra tree, Yarsagambu and Darma Valley of flower. August and September are the best months to visit this trek.

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    Story by Arun Pandey

     Rated : 5.0

    I would rate this Panchachuli Trek as one of the best in Uttarakhand. Forget Uttarakhand, this can be the best in India as well. With not so much of difficulty, I completed the trek on an exciting note. It was a bit chilling though, but you can expect this kind of temperature in the Himalayas. Hats off the dedicated team of Thrillophilia for not letting out entire group down when we were too exhausted or down during the trek. Would love to join another trek with Thrillophilia team.

    Story by Vimala Bharadwaj

     Rated : 5.0


    The Panchachuli base camp trek was one of my most awaited trekking expeditions and the experience exceeded my expectations. It was one of the best treks I have been a part of in a long time. The team at Thrillophilia made it really easy for me with the bookings and other arrangements. I congratulate the team for their par excellence customer service.

    Story by Baljinder Kaul

     Rated : 5.0

    ‘Bliss giving goddess’ indeed! What a heavenly mountain! And we run off to the alps for triple the price you pay here. The trek is challenging and adventurous , but a lot of fun if you are with the right company. These peaks make you feel very spiritual and relaxed simply by looking at them. Must visit place with friends.

    Story by Surya Shekhar

     Rated : 5.0

    The trek was amazing from the beginning to the end. It was truly a memorable experience with other trekkers and the guides who guided us throughout the trek and made the Panchachuli trek such an adventurous journey for us. While in the trek, you really have to wait to trek to the main pass, but everything is worth!

    Story by Hari Kaniyar

     Rated : 4.0


    The Panchachuli trek was my first time travelling alone and I was not really sure of the kind of people I would meet at the group trek. But it turned out to be an amazing group with very nice people. Thank you Thrillophilia for the awesome assistance while booking and clearing all my doubts patiently. I had a great time and your team made it amazing.

    Story by Peter Mehta

     Rated : 4.0

    Got to see the Panchachuli and Nandadevi peaks while on this trek last time. Trudged along paths that have been only recently explored and wow, what beautiful mountains and valleys stay nestled in there. Truly a lovely place. The trek normally starts from Mikila and ends at Munsiyari. Felt like I was in heaven, it was too beautiful. The trek is good and the guides know the place really well and are helpful.

    Story by Shudhanshu Lodha

     Rated : 5.0

    The Panchachuli and Nandadevi peaks are sights I wish I could have seen long before, so I could come over and over again! This is a brilliant place! Highly recommended.

    Story by Gagan Jain

     Rated : 4.0

    The trek might sound a bit long, but once you start hiking from Mikla, everything you come across will make you fall for it. The most amazing part is the trek from Sundam Khal Pass to the main destination Panchachuli Pass. Anyone and everyone will wish to take this trek again and again.

    Story by Kunal Gupta

     Rated : 4.0

    Being a backpacker, I had the habit of jumping in for anything. But after I did the same with the Panchachuli trek, I really felt proud of my habit. All that I got see and discover in this trek made me happy and got me close to the nature.


    People Also Ask About Panchachuli Base Camp Trek

    1. When is the best time for Panchachuli Base Camp Trek?

      There are several unauthorized declarations about the best time to do Panchachuli Base Camp Trek but the mainly accepted and acknowledged time to do the trek is from May to June. Some experienced trekkers also say that April to June and September to October are the best months to watch the amazing sights from the summit and the monsoon is the season when a lot of greenery and blooming of flowers can be seen but the routes to the summit will not be accessed during then due to the landslides. But the villages like Dhar and Sela can be really hot during summer.

    2. What kind of accommodations are included in the Panchachuli Base Camp trek?

      There will be two different types of accommodations available in the Panchachuli Base Camp trek, which are – tents and tourist lodges. Most of the time, you will have to spend your nights and get a good night's sleep in the tents, which are highly durable and protective. However, while trekking, if you do find yourself to be in front of a tourist lodge, then you can stay there as well.

    3. What level of fitness is expected from me for Panchachuli Base Camp Trek?

      This trek is begins easy but gets moderately difficult with every passing day. It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise.

      The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also comfortable with walking up to 7 hours on some days.

    4. What activities are included in the Panchachuli Base Camp trek?

      The primary activity of the whole Panchachuli Base Camp trek would obviously be hiking through the trails of the mountain and exploring the core beauty of nature. However, while doing this, you will also get the chance of having an amazing camping experience, especially during the nighttime.

      If you are traveling with a group of friends, then you can always light up a bonfire and have a small picnic with your bosoms.

    5. Can we drink alcohol in the Panchachuli Base Camp trek?

      Both drinking an intoxicating beverage and smoking anti-tobacco-made products are absolutely prohibited while you are engaged in the trekking activity. It can have a dire impact on your overall health and might even lead to several life-threatening situations, which is something no one really wants to experience while enjoying their holidays.

    6. What all things I should carry for the Panchachuli Base Camp Trek?

      The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

      - Trekking shoes
      - Trainers or sandals for river crossings and camp use
      - socks (3 pairs)
      - Spare laces
      - Trekking trousers
      - Waterproof overtrousers
      - Underwear
      - Thermal baselayer - leggings Baselayer shirts (short sleeve and 1 long sleeve)
      - Shirts or T-shirts
      - Fleece jacket or warm jumper
      - Waterproof jacket
      - Sunhat Warm hat
      - Sunglasses Gloves or mittens Daypack 30 litres
      - Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
      - Headtorch and spare batteries
      - Water bottles 1 litre (x2)
      - Sleeping bag (comfort rated -10ºC) (minus 15ºC for late November and December trips)*
      - Washbag and toiletries
      - Antibacterial handwash
      - Small towel
      - Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

    7. What kind of shoes I should have for the Panchachuli Base Camp Trek?

      You should carry high-ankle trekking shoes. Different shoes are suitable for different kinds of treks, depending on the weather, trail condition as well as duration of the trek. For this particular trek, shoes with thick souls are recommended.

    8. What will be the facility of food and water during the Panchachuli Base Camp Trek?

      There are proper meals with subsequent nutritional values planned for the people coming in for the trek. From dinner on Day 1 to Breakfast on Day 13, all meals will be provided. This would include nutritional vegetarian meals, with the addition of tea and coffee during breaks.

    9. What all medicines I should carry for the Panchachuli Base Camp Trek? Can I take diamox?

      Carrying medicines is important while trekking anywhere in the world. Your first-aid should have anti-diarrhea medicine such as loperamide but make sure that you don't take it unless getting to a toilet isn't an option. During the trekking you may not have access to pharmacies.

      So it’s better to have medications ready. Yes, you can carry diamox and can be taken too if having sickness/nausea.

    10. Will there be mobile connectivity at Panchachuli Base Camp Trek?

      Indian mobile networks do not work for most part of this trek. Vodafone and BSNL are the only mobile networks that work in patches along the way (but are inconsistent).

    11. What will be the temperature on Panchachuli Base Camp Trek

      The temperature at Panchachuli Base Camp is comparatively fine and during the day it varies from 10 to 20 degree Celsius when it is on-season and at night it drops to 1 to 8 degree Celsius. April, May, June and then September and October are the best time to do the trekking since the days will be sunny and warmer than any other time in the year.

    12. Is Panchachuli Base Camp a good trek for first timer?

      It is an easy to moderate trek and suitable for beginners as well. The routes are going through wide thickets and valleys showing us the best sights of landscapes and meadows. You will get ample time to finish each day pleasantly.

    13. What all places we will cover during Panchachuli Base Camp trek?

      The Panchachuli Base Camp trekking originates in the Darma valley of Pithoragarh district between the borders of Nepal and Tibet. Situated in Eastern Kumaon Himalaya, the trekking route forms the watershed between the Gori Ganga and Darma Valleys.The entire trek to the glacier is a walk along the river Dhauliganga.

      The last road head Dar is 42km from Dharchula, and from Dar to Panchachuli Glacier is a pleasant walk .The trail goes through the tribal Villages of Bongling ,Sela ,Nagling, Baaling and Duktu along the river Dhauliganga and thick Forests of deodar and Bhojpatra and conifer.

      The five peaks of Panchachuli form majestic sights and enhance the Him Khand, Yuli River skirted by the forests of Devdaar, Bhoj Patra and conifer trees.

    14. How is Panchachuli Base Camp trek weather?

      The weather during the months from April to June will be the most suitable to do the trek as the days will be warmer and sunny. Clear sky and the fine hot atmosphere will make the trekking easy. But monsoon will not be a good option to do trekking here since there are many chances for landslides though it is the right season for flowers to bloom and the greenery to replenish.

      September and October are considered to be another two months perfect for the trek before the onset of winter. The weather conditions at the summit during winter are highly unpredictable and the heavy snowfall will stop us from doing this trek

    15. What is the difficulty level Panchachuli Base Camp trek

      Panchachuli Base Camp Trek is an easy to moderate trek with only thickets and landscapes to cover till you reach the summit. The rivers and waterfalls en route will let you feel relaxed also. The routes are quite easy with gradual ascents and descents.

    16. How much do we have to trek each day?

      We will cover anywhere between 8-15kms a day barring the days left out for sightseeing, travelling and other tourist activities.

    17. Is Panchachuli Base Camp Trek a safe trek for girls?

      For girls, trekking is extremely safe. Vendors have highest regards for women safety and will ensure that they're safe during the entire trek. If there is only one girl in the trip, then she will be provided with single tent to sleep alone. If there are more girls, then they can sleep under one tent. Always make sure that you are never left on your own. Understand your pace and be with the group.

    18. Where is the maximum elevation of this trek?

      The Panchachuli Base Camp trek is at a maximum elevation of 4260 m or 13975 ft.

    19. Where does Panchachuli base camp trek start?

      The Panchachuli base camp trek begins from Kathgodam and continues past villages, tribal settlements and small town. The trek itself starts from Dar which is the last road head or New Sobla which is a small tribal settlement.

    20. How can I reach to Panchachuli base camp trek?

      Panchachuli base camp trek is located in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand and the nearest railhead is Kathgodam. It has good connectivity with all major towns and cities in the state as well as other major cities like Delhi, Lucknow and Kolkata. By air, the nearest airport is Pantnagar Airport. From here buses and taxis are available to travel to Kathgodam. From Kathgodam travel to Dharchula to Dar to Urthing to Nagling to Son and finally to Panchachuli base camp.

    21. How long is the Panchachuli base camp trek?

      The trekking distance for the Panchachuli trek is 60 km.

    22. Is Panchachuli trek dangerous?

      The Panchachuli base camp trek is an easy to moderate level trek which means beginners can also take part in this trek. It is a safe and wonderful trek offering some of the best natural landscapes in the region.

    23. Is it safe to do Panchachuli base camp trek?

      Yes, it is completely safe to enjoy the Panchachuli base camp trek as this trek is an easy to moderate level trekking trail. Well-trained experts are part of the team and will make sure you enjoy the trek with all the necessary safety measures in place.

    24. Can I do Panchachuli base camp trek solo?

      This is a group tour which you can join if you are travelling alone. You can make your bookings as an individual and join in the group tour for the trek.

    25. How much does the Panchachuli trek cost?

      The Panchachuli trek costs start at INR 30000 per person. A confirmation voucher will be sent via email 24 hours after the successful booking of your tour.

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