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I thoroughly enjoyed this trek to Kuari Pass and Pangarchulla Peak which are the two most important sights to be visited in the Himalayas. I never had ...
Two most unique places in North India perfect for trekking are Kuari Pass and Pangarchula Peak. The ravishing beauties located at the top most portions...
About the Destination:
This scenic Pangarchulla Peak trek via Kuari Pass route begins with hiking from Joshimath in Chamoli district in Garhwal Himalayas to its peak standing at an altitude of 3650 m. Following this is a trek to Pangarchula peak which is challenging to state the least navigating through deep snowy terrains, bouldering rocks and steep slopes. Upon reaching the peak of Kuari, marvel at the awe-striking peaks and passes along with the confluence of several rivers, gorgeous forests and sprawling meadows, also known as ‘Bugyals’.
If lucky, one also gets to spot footprints of either the Himalayan Bear or Leopard. Apart from the Kuari Pass trekking, the exciting climb up to the summit of Pangarchula Peak at 4700 m is quite a moderate trek. For those unwilling to participate in this trek, there is the Mini Pangarchula Peak trek at 4200 m or one can even relax at the base camp. At the peak of Pangarchula, enjoy the pleasurable sights of scintillating peaks and its environs. In addition to that, one also gets to stay in the cosy Eco Lodge in Auli. Make your way through some of the most amazing views of the region with the snow-capped mountains and the beckoning valleys.
As you continue you will find that your trekking trail converts from green to white. And if you are doing this trek during the spring season then the rhododendrons in full bloom will welcome you. The Pangarchulla trek passes through the Nanda Devi Sanctuary which is another best thing about the trek. Treat your eyes to the views of Mt. Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, Dunagiri, Hathi Parbat and Ghori Parbat. Spend some time admiring the beauty of the region. The trek is considered as a moderate to easy trek and can be done by anyone with physical fitness. Trek through the steep ridge and make your way to the enchanting summit. Pangarchulla Peak trek package is just perfect for you to make your summer goals a better one.
About the Trek:
Pangarchulla Peak trek is an enchanting trek that takes you through some of the most beautiful scenic trails and paths. While trekking, you will come across many small gorges, meadows and deep forest as you continue your trek. Perched at 14,700 ft. This trek is perfect for the ones looking for some adventure up in the mountains. This trek can also be done by beginners, although it is considered as a difficult trek. Although this trek can be done all throughout the year, winter is considered as the best time to enjoy the snow.
From the meadows to breathtaking Oak forests and the grasslands you trekking trail will be full of amazing views. On a period of 6 days, your trek will take you along the pilgrim view of Uttarakhand and its verdant beauty. As you continue walking from Dhak village you will walk through a rocky terrain. As you slowly ascent you will come across open side cliff villages characterized by terraced farmland and slant-roofed houses, moving on to green meadows surrounded by the signature peaks of Garhwal Himalayas. Trek further and you will come across the majestic view of Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, Hati-Ghori, and Barmal.
The trail to Pangarchulla never dismisses these commended crests and comes full circle at long last at the summit with a celebration of sparkling snow. Soak in the amazing beauty of the region as you see several peaks such as Chaukhamba, Kedarnath, Neelkanth, Haathi-Ghodi, Kamet, Mana and Dronagiri. Spend some time feasting your eyes with the marvels before you after which you can resume walking down to the camp. On your fifth day, you will drive from Dhak to Auli where your tour will come to an end. Get ready to make you trekking experience a memorable one while you head out to this one of a kind amazing trek.
Pangarchulla Trek Highlights:
- On this trek, you will come across some of the majestic sights of the valleys and the verdant mountains.
- You will trek across plenty of Oaks, silver birch, blue pine, and bhojpatra- the bark of which is known to source papyrus, will be lining the way.
- You will also have the chance to camp under the brilliant night sky and that too with a bonfire.
- Pass through the small streams and witness the Pangarchulla Peak which is quite an adventure.
- You will pass across a steep ridge which will take you on an ascent to the peak on summit day is a painstaking but highly gratifying feature of this trek.
- The friendly local here will treat you with the best cup of tea while you make a stop.
Temperature: Day: 14°C-18°C and Night: -3°C-6°C
Trekking Distance: 34km
Maximum Altitude: 15,069ft
Difficulty Level: Moderate-Difficult
Railway Station: Haridwar is the nearest railway station
Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
Base Camp: Joshimath (10 hrs drive from Dehradun
ATM: Auli has the last ATM point before your trek begins.
Drive from Haridwar – Auli (2450 m, Drive of 280 km, 8-9 hour)
Start your tour by meeting at the Haridwar railway station at 7:00 AM and from here drive to Auli. This drive will surpass through the holy townships of Devprayag and Rudraprayag as you follow the rivers of Ganga and Alaknanda. Arrive at Auli and unwind at a lodge arranged for you where you can spend the night.
Trek from Auli – Khulara (3225m, 6 hour trek)
Start your day by relishing a delectable breakfast and after a short drive of 5kms, reach the point where the trek starts from where you can begin hiking to Khulara. Cut through Auli meadows that make an ideal skiing location. On the way, capture sights of Nanda Devi peak and other majestic mountains. From the meadows, continue trekking through verdant forests thriving with a variety of bird species and reach the beautiful prairies of Gurson. Climb down to arrive at another expanse of thickets with Oak, Chestnut, Deodar and Maple trees. Post this you will arrive at the campsite of Tali but continue onwards for a couple of more hours. After a long walk, reach Khulara’s camp flourished with a meadow and sights of mountainous landscapes. Set up camp here in tents and retire for the night under the star-lit sky.
Trek from Khulara – Kuari pass (3650 m) – Base of Pangarchula Peak (3650 m, 6-7 hour trek)
Begin with an early breakfast after which you can start your Kuari pass trekking climbing up pastures painted in several of colours of green and dotted with shepherds and their sheep grazing around. Continue hiking for another 3 hours to reach Kuari Pass. Thereafter you can either head towards Kuari pass directly or to another vantage point for scenic scenes of the environs. Post this, climb down to the base camp of Pangarchula peak where you will get the chance to marvel at several peaks such as Chaukhamba, Kedarnath, Neelkanth, Haathi-Ghodi, Kamet, Mana and Dronagiri. At the base camp, settle down in your tents for the night.
Trek from Base Camp – Pangarchula Peak (4700 m) – Base camp/Khulara (7-8 hour trek)
Begin your day early at about 5:00 AM with a hearty breakfast after which you can start your day’s trek by ascending slopes of mountains to arrive at a ridge taking you to the summit. This challenging climb passes through uneven rocky terrains. Walk across deep snowy routes and due to the early start, get awe-struck by the clear mesmeric views around dawn. On this route to the top of the peak, the Nanda Devi, Trishul, Changabhang peaks are a spectacle to the eye. Spend some time feasting your eyes with the marvels before you after which you can resume walking down to the camp. Upon reaching the camp, have a celebration for the success of the trek and unwind here. You can even opt to trek down to Khulara if you arrive early at the base camp. Spend the night in the comfort of your tent.
Trek from Base camp/Khulara – Dhak (2000 m, 3.5 – 5.5 hour trek) – Drive from Dhak – Auli (Drive of 45 minutes)
Start your day with a delicious breakfast and then head on out for a trek towards the road linking Joshimath to Niti-Malari valley. Hike all the way to Dhak through dense thickets and charming villages. You can even make a pit stop at the villages of Tugasi and Kharsi in order to learn more about the locals and their indigenous culture. From Dhak make a car journey to Auli where your lodge awaits you with a warm meal and a steam shower. This is where you can reside at night.
Drive from Auli – Haridwar (Drive of 280 km, 8-9 hour)
After breakfast drive down to Haridwar and bid adieu to Auli’s snowy environs. Continue onwards to your destination bringing this exciting Pangarchula Peak trek via Kuari Pass comes to an end.
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Rated : 5.0
I thoroughly enjoyed this trek to Kuari Pass and Pangarchulla Peak which are the two most important sights to be visited in the Himalayas. I never had a plan to visit the Himalayas last year. But my friend forced to do something really crazy during the Dussehra holidays and finally we found this package on many websites and enquired about it many ways. When we got to know about this trek we was really happy and got ready to be a part of it at the earliest. The Garhwal region is absolutely beautiful. There were a lot of peaks with different names and different altitudes that could be seen throughout our trekking trails. Pine forests were the other attractions. Green meadows had their own contribution in making the whole region look marvelous even from a distance. Professional photographers will not leave the place at any point I think. That’s how the nature blessed the area. It was a complete package of fun, entertainment, adventure and thrill. Along with trekking, we did camping too at some base points. Some of the native people were involved in their day to day activities like cattle rearing, cultivation etc. The villages locating before the trekking points are really beautiful with identical huts and houses. Some of the faces I cannot forget ever. The innocence I found there in the villages will be in my mind forever. I heard the local food from those houses is very tasty but we could not taste it since the organizers had a plan of preparing a fixed quantity of food in the morning and at night. For lunch we had Maggi or bread or roti. But when we reached Auli, we tried some tea and snacks from a shop nearby and liked the very much. The people were warm and pleasant to the visitors. I think they are the best people I ever met. Kuari pass and the nearby locations created an amazing bond with me. I wished my family also could come with me then. I am planning for another trip soon with my family members to Kuari Pass and some more places.
Rated : 5.0
Two most unique places in North India perfect for trekking are Kuari Pass and Pangarchula Peak. The ravishing beauties located at the top most portions create some of the amazing sights to be witnessed and photographed. I selected this trek to explore the significant places around the Himalayas and watch the blend of natural elements in the right proportion. I was stunned to see these two locations. Both these places are ideal for backpacking trips. Solo travelers would be enjoying the challenging routes very well. If you are perfectly fit, then these two landscaped places should be visited at least once in a lifetime. I have gone there during the normal season without the snow cover and all. But still its beauty was indescribable. The lush greenery and the meadows are the highlights at these two locations. The trekking trails are challenging and filled with difficulties at times. But I have enjoyed the complete routes very well. I have an interest of writing down my travel experiences. After coming back I wrote the detailed description of this trek and I found it was more interesting than I ever imagined. The route from Auli to Khulara was the most beautiful stretch of the whole trek. The region is home to many bird species and sheep and cattle flocks. Since there are large meadows, shepherds come in groups to let their flocks of cattle graze so peacefully. That was a mesmerizing sight for me. Kuari Pass trek trails also have similar sights to visit.
Rated : 5.0
Suitable for group adventure, you will get to discover beautiful and snow terrain, mighty mountain peaks, lush green forests and some hot water springs too. Pangarchulla Peak trek via Kuari Pass in Auli is complete paradise for trekking lovers.
Rated : 4.0
Amazing trekking at a remarkable height of 4700 meters. The views from the summit point of Pangarchulla can not be explained in few words. Ascending on the hills was somehow difficult but descending was quite easier. Pangarchulla Peak terrain is entirely covered with snow but fewer grounds are perfect for fixing tents.
Rated : 4.0
Pangarchulla Peak trekking is damn high and due to its considerable height trekking becomes more interesting. The panoramic views from the peak point is worth watching. To complete the trekking, it is advisable to go in groups.
Rated : 4.0
Joshimath in Chamoli district is an ideal location to start your journey of trekking to Pangarchulla Peak. The terrain has moderate level of difficulty but needs care to embark upon same points. There are few location where camping is possible. Over all Pangarchulla Peak trek is an awesome destination.
Rated : 4.0
Trekking on Pangarchulla Peak trek is not that easy, since it is about 4700 meters high trekking so care must be taken in advance. The trails are moderate and contains bouldering rocks with steep slopes. It is a six days long trekking expedition which gives you an elegant opportunity to explore all nearby location and base points including Auli, Khulara, Kuari Pass and Haridwar off course.
Rated : 4.0
Great trekking and great camping!!! The Pangarchulla Peak was an ultimate destination that took a long time to reach. But getting at the peak was the most amazing experience for all of us. Overnights were spent in small tents.
Rated : 4.0
My favourite location in the entire six days of Pangarchulla trek are Chaukamba, Kedarnath, Neelkath, Haathi Ghodi, Niti Malari Valley and the peak of Pangarchulla. The spectacular nearby locations and moderate trekking will definitely impress you.
Rated : 4.0
Spent a great time at khulara and Auli. It was an awesome journey guys...From peak point you can spot the Nanda Devi peaks too. Easy itinerary starting from haridwar, Auli, Khulara, Pangarchulla peak.
When is the best time do Pangarchulla Peak Trek?
The Kuari pass trek, also referred to as the Lord Curzon trail trek, is surely one of the most popular and finest treks in the Indian Himalayas. Another doable trek is the Himalayan peak called Pangarchulla (4700 m). Pangarchulla peak poses challenges which keep on changing with seasons. Beginning of the season (Apr/May) the climb involves navigating through deep snow while later in the season (Oct/Nov) difficulty comes in the form of bouldering and traversing screed slopes. So the best months will be from April to June.
What level of fitness is expected from me?
This peak can be climbed by fit first time trekkers also but with some hard work put into it. This is a moderate trek barring one challenging day when you will literally be atop of the world when you get to the Pangarchula peak at about 4700m. This is a demanding step but technically easy climb which even first timers can attempt.
What all things I should carry for the Pangarchulla Peak Trek Via Kauri Pass?
There are a couple things that are essential to carry for a trek. A 60 liters backpack with a plastic or water-proof lining High-ankle trekking shoes with good grip (Shoes with thick souls are recommended) Trekking pole or stick Wardrobe essentials like woolen and fleece clothes, synthetic or waterproof track pants, rain-proof jackets, sunglasses, waterproof gloves, wind-proof jackets, thermal inner wear Moisturizer, Sun Screen Lotion, Lip Balm Sun Glass Personal Medicine Kit Insulated water bottle & hydration pack (optional) Flashlight and extra batteries Extra Polythene bags
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 6, 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.
What all attractions we can see during this trek?
For mountain lovers this trail offers king size views of Himalayas and an opportunity to be transported into inner Himalayan region in a very short duration. The trek is not only spectacular but very different from everything else. You will for most of the times be walking on endless meadows with big and small mountains jutting out. There are beautiful forest sections, magnificent campsites, and sunrise & sunsets to die for, in addition to many more enjoyable facets of the Himalayas which make trekking a worthwhile activity. You will also get the opportunity to meet and interact with shepherds and their entourage and surely be bowled over by their way of life.
Will there be mobile connectivity on Pangarchulla Peak Trek?
There is no internet connectivity available after Lohajun, At Auli you’ll get signal for most mobile networks. At Gorson Bugyal, BSNL, Airtel and Vodafone numbers generally work.
How is Pangarchulla Peak trek weather?
If you take up this trek in the initial days monsoon season (April-Jun) there will be snow on the higher meadows and on the Pangarchulla peak. The snow starts melting by early to mid-May so trekkers coming on this trail in April-May should be prepared for snow conditions. Days are going to be sunny and warm (12-20 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of -2 to 5 °C. Wind-chill factor is something that one needs to account and be prepared for on most Himalayan treks.
What is the difficulty level of Pangarchulla Peak Trek?
Pangarchulla peak is moderate to difficult level trek, which depend on the snow level. In general it's a moderate leel trek.
How much do we have to trek each day?
We will be covering about 5-6 kms every day.
Is it a safe trek for girls?
For girls, trekking is extremely safe. Vendors have highest regards for women safety. 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.
What is the Pangarchulla Peak altitude and what is the total Pangarchulla trek distance?
The Pangarchulla Peak stands tall at an altitude of 15,069ft and the trek distance is around 34km. The trek will take you through some of the majestic views of the region with the snow-capped mountains and the verdant valleys. For the adventure seekers and the thrill seekers, this is a must do trek. The snow-covered mountains offer a different kind of beauty that cannot be comprehended unless you have witnessed it yourself.
How do I get in shape?
The Pangarchulla trek is considered as a moderate to difficult trek with a mix of steep and gradual ascent, mostly through villages. The trek is not very difficult per se, but the final summit is tricky and requires climbing in deep snow. But for that, you need to prepare yourself. For this, you can start jogging every day and then do cycling for some time. Always take the stairs without any breaks which will help you to keep fit. Also, start with brisk 10 minutes walk every day and then some physical exercise like stretching. You can also do some yoga every day to regulate your breathing properly.
What are washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
While you are staying at the guest house at Joshimath you will have concrete toilets. During your trek, there will be toilet tents set up along each campsite. There will be 2 or 4 of these toilet tents depending on the size of the group. These toilet tents will have a deep pit, for your nature call. Also, there will be a mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. These are dry toilets so use toilet paper. There will be a room freshener as well. Also, use plain toilet paper and refrain from using wet wipes since these are not bio-degradable.
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