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Snuggled in the lap of snow-peaked mountains, the Panchachuli Base Camp trekking 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 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. 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.
Temperature: 1 to 8 degrees in nights, days are relatively warmer
Drive from Kathgodam to Dharchula (290km/9 Hours)
The first day of Panchachuli Base Camp trek entails a 9 hour drive from Kathgodam that takes you through picturesque routes crossing the towns of Bhimtal, Almora, Dhaulchina, Sera- gat, Chaukhori, Thal and Ashkot. Traversing about 290km through little villages and splendid gorges arrive at Dharchula, a hamlet situated near India's international boundary with Nepal. Arriving at the village, check -in into a homestay and relax for the night.
Trek from Dharchula - Dar - Urthing
Start off early in the morning towards Dar which is a 3 hour drive away from Dharchula. 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 Dhauliganga River gushing on your right. The windy pathway continues till the campsite at Urthing; overnight stay will be in Urthing.
Trek from Urthing to Naagling
The next day take the easy track from Urthing to Naagling via verdant sprawling pastures with Dhauliganga River cutting through the gorges. The trail passes through a suspension bridge across the river to cross over to the Sela campsite in the outskirts of Naagling. Settle down in the comforts of the campsite plonked beside the river.
Trek from Naagling to Saun
The third day of Panchachuli base camp trekking involves leaving Sela 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. Crossover another 3km to the prairies of Baaling through tribal areas and ultimately arrive at Saun. Set up your camps and retire here for the night.
Trek from Saun to Panchachuli Base camp
This day comprises of a long walk along through the vast expanse of the Dantu Bugyals with dense thickets on one side and the Meola River gushing on the other. This steep descend into the Panchachuli base camp also offers amazing views of wild flowers, strawberries, glaciers and sprawling meadows bordered by trees. The peak of Panchachuli stands tall at 6904m towering as the backdrop. After a good day spent in the presence of picturesque environs, camp for the night.
Panchachuli Base Camp trekking to Naagling
Start your day with a hearty breakfast and begin your trek down to Naagling through picturesque trails and landscapes. Upon reaching Naagling, settle down with dinner and a night cap in the tents at the campsite.
Trek from Naagling to Urthing
Begin your day’s trek with a hearty breakfast and set off on a journey through a descending hike down to Urthing. Upon reaching, settle your camps and retire for the night.
Trek from Urthing to Dar, Drive from Dar to Dharchula
This day entails a descending trek of 5km from Urthing to Dar. Upon arrival in Dar, embark on a pleasant drive Dharchula. After arriving in Dharchula, check-in into a hotel and call it the end of the day.
Drive from Dharchula - Almora - Kathgodam
Rise early in the morning and embark on a 290km drive from Dharchula to Kathgodam through Almora. Upon arrival in Kathgodam; by evening, this enthralling trek will come to an end.
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Keep calm and take this Panchaculi trek of 10 days. Really, had amazing experieince in the Kumaon Himalayas.
When is the best time do this trek?
May to June is the best time for the Panchachuli Base Camp Trek
What level of fitness is expected from me?
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.
What all things I should carry for the 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 Walking 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). Small padlock (to lock your K
What kind of shoes I should have?
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.
What will be the facility of food and water during the 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, a total of 6 in a day, with the addition of tea and coffee during breaks.
What all medicines I should carry? 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.
Will there be mobile connectivity?
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).
What will be the temperature like?
Temperature call fall anywhere between 1 to 8 degrees in nights and days are relatively warmer.
Is it a good trek for first timer?
Yes, this is a fairly easy trek, good for first timers.
What type of vehicles will be used for transportation?
Transportation from Kathgodam station to Dar and return journey will be provided.
What all places we will cover during this 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.
What sort of weather will be there?
Temperature call fall anywhere between 1 to 8 degrees in nights and days are relatively warmer.
What is the difficulty level of this trek?
This is an easy trek.
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.
Is it a safe trek for girls?
For girls, trekking is extremely safe. The trekking company has 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.
Where is the maximum elevation of this trek?
The max altitude will be 13,975 Ft.
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