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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! Hi...
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...
About the Destination:
Close to the border of Nepal, the Nandadevi and Panchachuli peaks spread across Garhwal and Kumaon districts in Uttarakhand. The pinnacle of peaks in India, they hold a high spiritual significance in the minds of Indians. The name Nandadevi, in the local language translates to mean ‘Bliss Giving Goddess’. It is this meaning that you will witness in full measure as you traverse the paths that lie in their shadows. Heavenly views, fresh and crispy mountain air and an experience worth a thousand lifetimes!
Meal Types: Vegetarian
Maximum Altitude: 3670 m
Temperature Range: 1-8 degree Celsius
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Bhimtal, Almora, Binsar, Sightseeing
The first leg of this spectacular journey begins as you board the 0615AM train to Kathgodam and arrive at your destination at around 1150AM; the journey onwards to Binsar begins from here. Post lunch in Bhimtal, you will be driving through the beautiful towns of Bhimtal and Almora. A place of great history and beauty, Binsar is a declared wildlife sanctuary and is home to many exotic animals and birds; it also offers amazing views of the Himalayas. After reaching Binsar, embark on short walk to a view point called Zero Point, or take a stroll to the nearby villages followed by an overnight stay at Khali Estate Resort.
2 Hours Trek, Bageshwar
The day starts with a drive to Supi via Bageshwar, which is a perfect place for shopping any essentials for the trek. Post this scenic drive, you will commence the trek to Mikila that follows a beautiful path traversing through small villages that are full of natural beauty of terraced fields and colourful life. Across a bridge in the village, lies our campsite or the night in the village of Mikila at a small meadow.
6-7 Hours Trek, Meadows, Nandadevi, Nandadevi East, Nandkot
After a hearty breakfast at the campsite you will be continuing on the trail on the south side of the valley moving ahead on a steep ascent. This trail enters a forest filled with rhododendrons and heads towards small opening which opens up on a meadow. From here you will be on the road less travelled which will bless you with excellent views of the Nandadevi, Nandakot and Nandadevi East peaks. Cross a ridge to enter the pass at Raj Kharka and descend further down to enter into a beautiful campsite where you will rest for the night.
6-7 Hours Trek, Gogina village, Ram Ganga River, Namik
Set off on a trek that will take you to the banks of Ram Ganga River. As you move on different kinds of contours climbing up and moving down you will reach the beautiful village of Gogina. View the route for the coming days of the trek and the peaks of Kumaon. Moving ahead on a steep ascent, you will reach the Namik Village; camp for the night at the campsite.
5 Hours Trek, Trekkers Hut, Higher Himalayas
Today you will set out on your course over a steep ascent and move ahead crossing the rhododendrons forests on the way. The trail continues on an uphill incline after which you will reach the trekkers hut at Thaltok, where you will be staying for the night.
5-6 Hour Trek, Panchachuli Trek, Nandadevi, Dangthal, Nandadevi East
The day rises bright and with an uphill trek to the Sudam Khal Pass which at 3,670m takes you closer to the Himalayan peaks. As you move uphill for about 700m, you will reach the tip of the ridge from where the view of Panchachuli is simply amazing!
Adding to the beauty are the high rising peaks of Nandadevi, Nandadevi East and Dangthal. From here the trail alternates between moving on the crest and across the western slope until you slowly move downhill till the tri junction. From here it is a steep descent for some time and a fairly gentle slope with shepherd settlements dotting the landscape for some distance. After an ascent of 100m you will be reaching the camp site that marks the end of this day.
4-5 Hours Trek, Panchachuli Pass, Gori Ganga Valley, Camping in Shepherd’s Huts
Begin the day as the trail leads you on a steep ascent to reach the Panchachuli Pass that rises to the height of 3,450m. The surroundings are filled with a multitude of local birds that makes it an ideal way for bird watchers. The unending expanse of the pass, presents jaw dropping views of Panchaculi and the Gori Ganga valley. Follow a descent and move into a shepherd’s hut which will be your home for the night.
4-5 hours of trekking, pleasant walks, Munsiyari, Final Day of Panchaculi Base Camp Trekking.
A relaxing day today as you enter the final leg of the trek. Progress towards Munsiyari though pleasant, smooth and gradient slopes. The path way will offer amazing panaromas of the surrounding mountains and the terrain won’t be strenuous. After reaching the wall, munch on some delicious lunch and embark on a steep descent to reach the village of Munsiyari, where you will stay for the night in a guest house.
Tour Ends Here
Start the day bright and early with the Himalayan views still fresh in your eyes and start off on a drive to Kathgodam via the villages of Almora and Bhimtal. Have some delicious local food at a restaurant and finally board the train to Delhi at about 0830 pm, with an additional baggage of the beautiful memories of the Panchachuli trek.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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