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Manish Ostwal

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Keep calm and take this Panchaculi trek of 10 days. Really, had amazing experieince in the Kumaon Himalayas.

Overview

Trip Starting From: Kathgodam

Trip Location: Kathgodam

About the Destination:

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.

About the 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.

Panchachuli Base Camp Trek Highlights:

- 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:

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

Trekking Distance:  60km

Maximum Altitude: 13,975 Ft.

Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate 

Railway Station: Kathgodam is the nearest railway station 

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

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.

Stay

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  • Accommodation in tents or tourist lodge

Meal

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  • All meals included (vegetarian only)

Activity

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  • Trekking
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  • Camping

Other Inclusions

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  • 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

Transport

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  • Transportation from Kathgodam to Dar and return journey

Things To Carry

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  • 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

Advisory

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  • 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

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  • This is a group tour

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value 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 booking value 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 booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

Refund Policy

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

Confirmation Policy

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  • 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 and a full refund will be processed.

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    Keep calm and take this Panchaculi trek of 10 days. Really, had amazing experieince in the Kumaon Himalayas.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    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 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.

    3. 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

    4. 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.

    5. 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, with the addition of tea and coffee during breaks.

    6. 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.

    7. 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).

    8. 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.

    9. 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.

    10. 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.

    11. 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

    12. 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.

    13. 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.

    14. Is it 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.

    15. Where is the maximum elevation of this trek?

      The max altitude will be 13,975 Ft.

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