Pangarchulla Trek

The Pangarchulla trek is a well-rounded one with a thrilling summit climb. You go through forests, meadows and accomplish a summit climb at 14,700 ft!

  • Trek alongside the gorgeous Nanda Devi with it’s towering stature at 25,643 ft
  • Walk through the the mystical oak forests from Auli to Gorson Bugyal
  • Enjoy the views of Hathi and Gouri Parbat, Dunagiri, Changabang and many more Himalayan giants on the trail.

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The Dunagiri Peak from Gorson Bugyal

Why This Trek ?

REGION / DIFFICULTY / HIGHEST ALTITUDE:

Uttarkhand/ Moderate/ 14,700ft

DURATION / AVERAGE TEMPERATURE:

6 days/ Winter: Day temperature: 14-18°C Night temperature: can drop to -4°C

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Trek Fee Per Person
Rs. 8,750

(Includes all costs of the trek from Auli to Joshimath) Service tax at 9% is payable on the trek fee

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A challenging summit climb between the highest Himalayan peaks!

It’s not often that you come across a well-rounded trail that poses just the right amount of challenge for trekkers. As the trail to Pangarchulla Peak turns from green to a snowy pristine white, trekkers can treat their eyes to few of the highest peaks of the Garhwal region. Added to that, trekking during spring makes the lower trail a colorful one, with rhododendrons in full bloom!

The summit climb

If timed right, the summit climb to Pangarchulla is out of the world! You make your way to 14,700 ft in deep snow, with some boulder sections and views grand enough to make you stop in your tracks!

Pangarchulla ascent
The ascent to the Pangarchulla summit

Constantly changing landscape

The trail takes one through a landscape that changes with each uphill heave and downward scurry. From the meadows to breath taking Oak forests and the grasslands.

Pangarchulla Nanda Devi in the backdrop
Nanda Devi in the backdrop, as seen from Gorson Bugyal

Views throughout the trek

The Pangarchulla trek passes through the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. So the trail is blessed with views of Mt.Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, Dunagiri, Hathi Parbat, Ghori Parbat and more. These are a true treat for the eyes!

Pangarchulla Chaukhamba View
A close up of Chaukhamba

Who is this trek for?

Are you a mountain lover? If you want to trek through snow, climb to a 14,700 ft summit and get fantastic mountain views of surrounding peaks; this is the trek for you. A physically active person of 12 years and above can do this trek.

How difficult is the trek?

Pangarchulla is a moderate to difficult trek. Click here to know what difficulty ratings mean. There is a summit climb. The best time to do this trek is May and June. You find snow on the trail during these months. Micro spikes are provided to walk on slippery patches. Summit day is long, you trek for 8-9 hours at a stretch.

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A trekker absorbs views on the way to Chitrakantha

What are the risks involved?

On the second day of your trek you gain an altitude of 2000 feet. This is a significant gain and there are chances of getting hit by Acute Mountain Sickness. As a preventive measure, you are advised to be on a course of Diamox. If there is a need for emergency medical evacuation, there are easy exit points on this trek. This means that an evacuation will take place within 24 hours.

How to prepare for this trek?

Prior to the trek, you must be able to complete 5 km in 25-30 minutes. Practice jogging 5 times a week for 4 weeks. You will be provided with gaiters so no snow enters your shoes. To know more on what you need to carry click here.

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ATM points and Mobile connectivity

Auli has the last ATM point before your trek begins. At Auli you’ll get signals for Idea, Vodafone, Airtel and BSNL phones. At Gorson Bugyal, BSNL, Airtel and Vodafone numbers generally work. Signal is intermittent in the mountains. Do not depend on it. Finish all your important calls at Auli. Please inform anxious family members about limited phone connectivity.

Places to see

After the trek you can spend time exploring tourist attractions in Haridwar. Please note that these are suggestions and Indiahikes does not make any arrangements for the same.

Here’s a short itinerary for the Pangarchulla trek:

Day 1 Assemble at Haridwar Railway Station at 6.30 am. Transport can be arranged by Indiahikes. It costs Rs.1100 approx. per person for the transport one way. You’ll reach the base camp, Auli by 6 pm. The pickup will be arranged in a Bolero or Tempo Traveller
Day2 Auli to Padiyar camp; 4kms; 3.5hrs
Day 3 Padiyar Camp to Chitrakantha; 8 kms 5 hrs
Day 4  Chitrakantha to Deli Sera; 6-7kms; 5-6hrs
Day 5 Deli Sera to Pangarchulla Summit and down to Deli Sera Campsite; 12-13kms; 8-9hrs
Day 6  Deli Sera to Tapovan and drive back to Joshimath; 5-6hrs
 Day 7  Departure day – Joshimath to Haridwar; The cost of the transport is Rs.1100 per person. You will reach Haridwar between 6 pm and 7 pm.

Detailed Trek itinerary

Day 1: Reaching Base Camp – Auli Trek Itinerary

Auli is 214 km from Haridwar. Arrive at Haridwar the previous night or early morning by 6:00 am (on your own). We will organize pick-up vehicles from Haridwar railway station at 6:30am. The pickup will be arranged in a Bolero or Tempo Traveller (12 seater). The cost of transit from Haridwar to Auli will have to be borne by the trekkers. The total cost of transportation (one way) Haridwar to Auli is Rs 5800 (Bolero), Rs 9000 ( Tempo Traveller) (to be shared among the trekkers). The journey to Auli is approximately 11 hours. You will reach Auli around 5.30 pm. Stay overnight in tents.

Day 2: Auli to Padiyar Camp

  • Altitude: 8,800 ft to 10,500 ft
  • Time taken: 3.5 – 4 hours 
  • Distance: 4.2 km

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    Forest ends opening upto Gorson Bugyal

The trek begins at Auli which is famous for its ski slopes. Auli also gives outstanding views of India’s highest summit Mt. Nanda Devi. The trail starts right at the Auli ski lift. Its a straight ascent as you pass the ski slope, the Cliff top Resort and further.

The 2,000 ft climb through Auli slope will take about 2.5 hours. The end of Auli brings you to a magical Oak forest. The Oak trees grow into the sky and the ground is strewn with fallen leaves. A beautiful trail winds through the trees climbing gently. About an hour into the forest you come to a small shrine. The camp for the day is not far from here. There are a couple of small streams near by. If you are mesmerized by the Oak forest, there is more to come. The forest opens into Gorson Bugyal – a far stretching high altitude meadow with high peaks towering from all around.

The early end of the trek is for two reasons. One is acclimatization. You have already climbed 2500 ft and it is imperative that you don’t climb any further for natural acclimatization. Second, you are almost at the edge of Gorson Bugyal. Experiencing Bugyal with its mountains in the evening sun is an experience in itself. The campsite at the fringe of Gorson Bugyal gives you lot of time to explore the Bugyal and experience the mountains for the rest of the day.

Day 3: Padiyar Camp to Chitrakanta

  • Altitude: 10,500 ft to 11,000 ft
  • Time taken: 4.5 hours
  • Distance: 7.2 km

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    Gorson Bugyal

The days trek see’s you traversing Gorson Bugyal  in its full width before the trail winds and enters the folds of the mountain. As you come out of the tree line, Mt Dronagiri comes up on to your left as the most prominent summit in the horizon. Dronagiri stays with you for most of the length of the trek. The initial 30 minutes of the walk at Gorson Bugyal is a climb. As you climb the mountain views start getting better. The mountains you saw from Auli also start appearing in the western horizon. Dronagiri and Nanda Devi stand prominently to your left.

The meadows spread out lush green lined by dense Oak forests in the edges below. In the later months of Autumn and winter, the green makes way for golden brown. Beautiful either ways. As you traverse left on the meadows, a valley starts appearing way below. The valley leads on to Dhak, Tapovan and further on to the Nanda Devi sanctuary.

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kuari pass

 

Day 4: Chitrakantha to Deli Sera

 Today’s trek involves 5-6 hours of gradual walk and mild ascending through rhododendrons, spruce and silver birch trees and covering a distance of 6-7 km. The trail goes through a series of forested ridges, snow patches and vast meadows. Camp for the night at the Deli Sera.

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Day 5: Deli Sera to Pangarchulla Summit and down to Deli Sera Campsite

  • Altitude: 11,122 feet to 14,700 feet
  • Distance: 12-13 kms approx.
  • Time taken: 8-9 hours

Moving up

Today’s is a challenging summit climb. Start early at 4 am, as the summit needs to be reached before 11 am. The approach to the Pangarchulla summit is laborious, but not difficult. It is advisable to have a qualified guide with you for opening the snow route. There are multiple steep sections on soft snow. Proper high ankle trek boots, gaiters and crampons will help in climbing. Crampons are highly advisable to minimise chances of slipping on snow. The climb can take five-Six hours in snow conditions. In post monsoon season one can reach the summit in 4 hours.

From Khullara Campsite, walk towards the forest ridge ahead of you as you connect with famous Lord Curzon Trail. The initial 30 to 45 minutes of the trek is through a forest ridge along a frozen rivulet. This section will be found buried in huge accumulation of snow. The ascent of about 100 meter is stiff. Carefully climb up the snow ridge section until you see a vast snow field in front of you. Observe the snow gully above you in the middle. That is the point where one has to reach. The incline gets steep as you walk on soft powdered snow. You finally leave the forest line behind you. Wear a sunglasses to avoid snow blindness. 

After walking for 30 to 45 minutes you reach the top of the snow gully. From here Lord Curzon trail connects with the one coming from Auli from your left. The trail merges and moves towards the right side ahead. From here you get the view of Pangarchulla Main and Pangarchulla subsidiary summits. 

View of Pangarculla Main and Subsidiary Peaks

Stay towards the true right of the snow ridge as you walk alongside gaining altitude. The snow accumulation on the ridge from here forth can be huge during winter season (Mid January till April). After 45 minutes of watchful snow hike along the ridge, you reach the level snow grounds. This can be a possible Advance Base Camp for Pangarchulla Summit. However there is no source of water here in winters. 

From this point observe Chaukhamba massifs in the far north, followed with Mana, Kamet, Abl Gamin, Hathi Parvat, all the way to Nanda Ghunti and Trishul. In the middle sight, the Drunagiri, Changabang and Kalanka peaks are prominent.

Chaukhamba ranges

From this point, observe the summit approach all the way to the base of Pangarchulla main peak. There are six mountain ridges that needs to be traversed to reach below the base of the peak. During winter season the whole region is carpeted in snow making it difficult to traverse the area swiftly. 

Take the snow trail that descends sixty meters down and then climbs up 120 meters till you reach a level hump. This section is laborious with a sharp descent and ascent. Once you reach the top of the first snow hump, it is time to climb the second one above it.

Traversing the second, third and fourth snow ridges may take an hour and half. Once you reach the top of the fourth ridge a clear perspective of summit climb from base of Pangarchulla Peak can be seen. Move forward towards the fifth ridge which has a gradual ascent as you reach nearer to the base of the peak. As you cross over the fifth ridge, the sixth one appears to be a stone throw away. 

The ascent from here to the summit of the peak is around 300 to 350 meters. The climb to the summit is best approached from following the connecting ridge moving along the right side to begin with. Half way through the climb, look for an appropriate pont from where summit route needs to be established.

Final Summit approach

Ice carving a route via an ice axe will be required from here forth. Take a left as you face the side ridge wall with a sixty degree incline section. Depending upon the accumulation of snow a fixed rope may be required. As you climb to the top of the razor sharp cornice, the final summit climb section awaits you. The team should be harnessed on a rope here as the wind here is very strong. Avoid walking on the edge of the cornice at any point as you do the final ridge walk. The summit is less than 100 meter away.

Once at the summit, enjoy the breathtaking 360 degree views of Garhwal peaks. Nandaghunti, Trishul ranges are clearly visible from the summit for the first time. The return is a three hour descent down to the camping grounds of Khullara. Take care while descending on snow.

Note* – During the month of late May till December, the snow melts at Pangarchulla Peak making it a rocky moraine climb. Reaching Pangarchulla in these months takes less time and requires no climbing gear.

Day 6: Deli Sera to Tapovan and drive back to Joshimath

View of the rages

Today’s is an easy hike down to Tapovan via Gulling. It takes about five to six hours to descend. You will reach Joshimath by afternoon. Overnight at Joshimath.

Day 7: Departure day – Joshimath to Haridwar 

Depart from Joshimath early in the morning to reach Haridwar in the evening. This will be useful for those planning to catch evening and night trains from Haridwar to Delhi. Transport costs from Joshimath to Haridwar is Rs 5500(Bolero), Rs 9000 (Tempo).

How to get fit for the Pangarchulla trek

The Pangarchulla trek is classified as a trek of moderate difficulty. You start the trek at 8,933 ft and reach a highest point of 14,700 ft at the Pangarchulla summit. This means that you gain 5,770 ft over just three days of trekking. Consequently, there will be a lot of steep climbing to do on this trek.

The summit climb to Pangarchulla is challenging in the presence and in the absence of snow. When there is snow, you’ll have to carve your way to the top using an ice axe, and when there is no snow, you’ll have to walk for hours on boulder sections. Either way, the trek is demanding and requires high levels of fitness.

Cardiovascular endurance
Every day on the Pangarchulla trek, you cover an average of 8-9 km. The secret to covering this distance comfortably lies in building your cardiovascular endurance. 
You can begin by jogging everyday. Ideally, you should be able to jog 5 km in 25 minutes before the start of the trek. It takes time to be able to cover this distance in the given time. Start slow and increase your pace everyday. Swimming, cycling and stair climbing without too many breaks in between can help too. 

Strength
This is another area you should work on. When you’re climbing from  Deli Sera to Pangarchulla and back, you cover around 13 km. You gain 3,000 ft and lose 3,000 ft. This is more than climbing up the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, and coming back down! And that’s not easy when the air is thin and the temperature is at around 2-6 degrees. You will need to build strength in your muscles and in your core body. You can do some squats to strengthen your leg muscles. Do around 3 sets of squats, with 8 squats in each set. Apart from this, you can add planks and crunches to your work out.

Flexibility
Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.

Working out indoors
If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints,
here’s a video you can use to work out indoors.

What to take on the Pangarchulla trek

Bare necessities

  1. Trekking shoes: There will be several slippery patches on the Bhrigu Lake trail, and you will need trekking shoes with good grip. Sports shoes will not be comfortable enough. You can watch this video to learn to choose the right trekking shoes. You can get Forclaz 600 from Decathlon. 
  2. Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.

The Pangarchulla trek is especially difficult on the day of the summit climb. There are long sections where you have to climb on boulders. Carrying a trekking pole will be extremely helpful. 

Clothes

  1. Three warm layers: At the campsites, especially the higher ones – Chitrakantha and Deli Sera – the temperature after sundown will drop to around 2-6 degrees. You will need at least three warm layers (two lights layers such as fleece and woollen and one padded jacket) for this trek.
  2. Two trek pants: One pair of pants should suffice for this trek. But you can carry one spare pair in case the first one gets wet. Wear one pair and carry one pair. 
  3. Three collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. 
  4. Thermals (Optional): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.

Accessories

  1. Sunglasses: Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. There might be snow closer to the lake, so carry a pair of sunglasses. 
  2. SuncapThe sun is more 
  3. Synthetic hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woolen hand gloves. One pair of water proof/resistant, wind proof gloves.
  4. Balaclava: You may use woollen scarves instead as well.
  5. Socks (2 pairs): Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
  6. Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
  7. Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.
  8. PonchoWhen it rains, a poncho will cover you from head to your knees and also cover your backpack.

Others

  1. Daypack (20 litres): If you are offloading your backpack, you will need a smaller backpack to carry water, medical kit and some light snacks. 
  2. Toiletries (Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste)
  3. Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons. 
  4. Two water bottles: 1 litre each
  5. Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.

Mandatory Personal Medical Kit 

  1. Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)
  2. Dexamethasone – one strip
  3. Nifedipine – 5 tablets
  4. Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
  5. Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
  6. Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
  7. Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
  8. Disprin – 6 tablets (headache)
  9. Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
  10. Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
  11. Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)
  12. Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
  13. Gauze – 1 small roll
  14. Band aid – 10 strips
  15. Cotton – 1 small roll
  16. ORS – 10 packets
  17. Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  18. Moov spray (aches, & sprains)

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the below documents. Document two and three need to be downloaded (PDF), filled in, signed and handed over to the trek leader at the base camp. 
  • Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (driving license, voters ID, etc.)
  • Medical Certificate – Download PDF
  • Disclaimer- Download PDF

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Trek fee: Rs. 8,750/-*

*Service tax at 9% is payable on the trek fee

Inclusions:

 

  • Accommodation during the trek (camping 3 sharing)
  • All meals – vegetarian
  • Trekking permits and forest camping charges
  • Trekking equipment (tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, ropes, etc.)
  • Safety equipment (first aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretcher)
  • Services of an expert trek leader (qualified in basic/advanced mountaineering courses)
  • Services of an expert trek team  (guides, cooks, helpers, porters/mules)

Exclusions:

  • Transport to and from the base camp. Transport cost from Haridwar to Joshimath and return from Auli to Haridwar is additional, and is to be paid directly to the transport service operators/drivers.
  • Backpack offloading charges – Rs 1250* plus service tax of 9%. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs 335 per day plus service tax of 9%. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
  • Personal expenses of any kind
  • Anything apart from the inclusions

 Terms & Conditions

1. Cancellation: If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.

In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please e-mail us at cancel@indiahikes.in. Cancellation requests are not taken over phone.

The cancellation charges are as under:

  • Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
  • Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
  • Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.

Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (bank charges) from the total fee you have paid.

The trek fee includes all cost from the start of the trek at Joshimath to the end of the trek at Auli.

2. Pick up: Trekkers are picked up from the Haridwar railway station by 6:30am. Usually, trekkers are clubbed together with other participants to make a group. The group travels to the base camp together in shared cabs.

3. Transport: The cost of transport from Haridwar to Auli and return from Joshimath to Haridwar has to be borne by the trekker and paid directly to the driver. The transport is arranged through local operators in shared cabs/mini bus. Each shared cab (Tata Sumo) costs approximately Rs. 6000/- one way, and Tempo Traveller costs Rs 9,500. Trekkers are expected to share the cost likewise.

Note: In case you do not want the Indiahikes pick up, please let us know at least 20 days in advance.

4. Backpack carrying: Indiahikes expects all trekkers to carry their own backpacks. All common gear will be carried by the support team. If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge.

Backpack offloading charge for the entire trek duration is Rs. 1000/- for 6 days if you pay online and Rs.2,100 if you decide to offload on the slopes. Partial offloading is not allowed. Charges will vary for last minute on slope offloading. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.

5. Emergency during trek: In a trek a medical emergency or any other emergency may arise. If for any reason you are sent down from the trek then Indiahikes will make arrangements for your return to the base camp or nearest road head. A staff will accompany you. He may not be a trained personnel.

Evacuation or dealing with emergencies is extremely difficult in the mountains. It is time consuming as well. A normal trek of 2 hours may take 6 hours in an emergency (a sick person is not easy to evacuate). Doctors do not go along with a team. Doctors are not available at the base camp or nearest road head either. Indiahikes trek leaders are trained to administer first aid and know how to deal with issues related to the mountains. However, they are not doctors.

Registering for this trek is an understanding that you have read up on the difficulties of high altitude trekking and understand the risks. You have also understood what AMS, HAPE and HACE are. You have taken efforts to educate yourself and you are in a position to manage your own altitude related emergency.

6. Fitness: An high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Therefore, on treks, cardiovascular training is critically important. You need to be able to jog a distance of 5 km in 25 mins before start of the trek. Unable to do so can make your trek difficult. In addition, preparation of trek needs to include strength and flexibility training. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training. Trekkers who have not adequately prepared may be asked to discontinue the trek at any point. Indiahikes has the right to reject candidates who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.

7. Non-liability: Indiahikes is not responsible for any loss/damage of your gears/equipment or other belongings on the trek.

8. Payment: Payment for the trek can be done online through credit/debit card or net banking. Cheque/draft or cash is not accepted. 

9. Cancellation: If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.

In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please e-mail us at cancel@indiahikes.in. Cancellation requests are not taken over phone.

The cancellation charges are as under:
Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.

10. Drinking and smoking during the trek is strictly prohibited. If found flouting the rules, your participation on the trek will be cancelled with immediate effect.

11. Safety Protocol
a. While our itineraries are designed to allow for adequate acclimatisation, most treks in Indian Himalayas climb quickly, which is called forced accents. Unavailability of camp sites and the Indian Himalayan terrain are the reason for this. There are chances that you will feel the effects of altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation while on this trek. Please be aware that your trek leader may deem it unsafe for you to continue trekking at any time, and arrange for you to descend to a lower attitude.

b. Our trek leaders will conduct routine health checks at all camps to measure oxygen saturation, pulse and blood pressure. Indiahikes reserves the right to exclude any trekker from climbing higher on the trek without refund if the trekker’s vital readings are below accepted norms for that altitude. These norms are available with Indiahikestrek leaders.

c. This is a high altitude trek with rough, rocky and snowy terrain. It is important that you are a fit and confident walker in mountain terrain, able to manage ascents and descents by yourself within a reasonable time. Indiahikes reserves the right to turn around a trekker if in the opinion of our trek leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without requiring exclusive assistance. Please realistically self-assess your fitness and suitability for this trek before registering.

At Indiahikes, safety of a trekker comes first. You will experience it first hand on the slope. Your team is accompanied by experienced trek leaders, safety gears, high end trek equipment, high altitude first aid kits and most importantly the right information.

Pangarchulla is a 4-day trek of moderate difficulty. The 2,000 feet climb on the first day can be tiring. You need to take micro steps in this portion. After this initial three hours of ascending, the trail is not too difficult.

Trekkers have to be careful in snowy sections, where they could slip. This is taken care of by Indiahikes as we provide you with microspikes for better traction on snow. If there is deep snow, you will also be provided with gaiters such that no snow enters your shoes.

Also, considering you’re gaining a lot of altitude very quickly, and not allowing your body to acclimatise, you could be prone to Acute Mountain Sickess. We advice you to go on a preventive course of Diamox.

About Diamox:

Diamox is a tablet that is available off the counter. You can start your course one day before the trek. Take half a tablet once in the morning and once at night (after your meal). It reduces chances of AMS by 80%. There are almost no side effects of Diamox, except a tingly feeling at your finger tips. You might also feel the need to urinate more often, which is normal as Diamox makes you drink more water. You can learn more about AMS, its symptoms and treatment here.

Note: Diamox is a sulfa-based tablet. If you are allergic to sulfa-based drugs, don’t take the tablet. If you do not know whether you are allergic to sulfa-based drugs, take a Diamox around ten days before your trek and look out for any reactions, If there are none, you can safety take the tablet on the trek.

If there is a medical emergency on the trek, your trek leaders are trained to handle crisis, especially related to altitude and medical emergencies. Indiahikes team carries high altitude medical equipment, oxygen cylinders, and other emergency kits.

Most situations are resolved by the trek leader’s intervention. If, however, evacuation is required, it is carried out by the Indiahikes team. The affected participant is moved down to the nearest emergency medical centre as soon as possible. This can take time, even 1-2 days, especially from high camps. Medical expenses, if required, at the medical centre are to be borne by the participant.

How to get to the basecamp – Auli


Delhi → Haridwar → Auli

The Pangarchulla trek starts from Auli, a popular tourist destination. Auli is 223 km from Haridwar. Take a cab from Haridwar to Auli. 

Indiahikes can have the cab organised for Rs 6,000 (Bolero, seats 5 people), Rs 9,500 (Tempo Traveller, seats 8-10 people). This amount is not included in the fee and is to be shared among trekkers. This transport is organised from the Haridwar railway station at 6.30 am. So please ensure you are in Haridwar by 6 am on Day 1.

Haridwar is well connected to Delhi. You can either take an overnight train (Nanda Devi Express) and reach Haridwar by 5 am, or you can take a train the previous day (Jan Shatabdi) from Delhi and halt overnight at Haridwar.

In case there are no train tickets available, you can travel by bus from Delhi to Haridwar. You’ll have to book this transport online. You can try www.redbus.in

 

Getting back


Joshimath → Haridwar → Delhi

The Pangarchulla trek ends at Joshimath. The drive back to Haridwar from Joshimath takes around 7 hours. The transport is not included in the trek fee and will cost Rs6,000(Bolero) or Rs 9,500 (Tempo). This will have to be shared by trekkers. You will reach Haridwar at 6 or 7 pm. You can take a train back to Delhi (Mussoorie Express/Nanda Devi Express) the same night, post 8 pm. 

If you’re travelling out of Delhi the next day, make sure you keep enough buffer time, keeping in mind any kind of delay of the train. 

 

Here’s what trekkers have to say about trekking with Indiahikes

“The trek was a great experience and tries to test our limits. With this difficulty, indiahikes made it look easier by taking care of things very well. The best part was the food- it was amazing. Our trek leader was very hospitable and was looking into every little issue we had and he was very motivating. The entire team was very supportive.” – Sindhu Priyadarshini, batch of June 2016

“It was wonderful experience for me as it was my first ever himalayan trek. Trek Leader was a very nice guy; He was motivating and calm, with lot of patience. I appreciate the kitchen team who made sure that we don’t miss our home-cooked food. I never expected such good food on the mountain. Irrespective of the weather conditions we got out food and beverages on time. Our local Guide Dinesh was also very friendly and had many things to tell about the different places.” – Sushmitha, batch of June 2016

“The trek was absolutely wonderful, definitely turned out a lot better than i had anticipated. I must say that our trek leader, was really good. Tanmay took care of everyone very well, was always on top of things and even taught us how to pitch tents (something every trekker must know). The trek route on all four days was stunning. The food was even better than what i eat back here in Mumbai! The crew fed us very well and with love, I must add. The head chef always had special dishes waiting for us when we returned from a tiring trek. All other members took very good care of us.” – Vedika Jiandani, batch of June 2016

“We got a very experienced staff,manager and leader for this trek. Tanmay as a trek leader is brilliant and keeps motivating all the participants to do well. His knowledge about the area is simply phenomenal and his method of instruction is equally effective. Mukesh has been spot on as a Trek Manager. Chander Bhai as head cook has been beyond words. I have been hearing a lot about him from fellow trekkers and am pretty sure he will keep doing brilliant job. Indiahikes as usual has been my favorite and will be my first choice for hiking.” – Rachit Pradhan, batch of June 2016 

“It was an amazing experience. Indiahikes is doing a great job by promoting trekking rather than business. The travel experience from the start was breath taking. The nights were cold and the views were fantastic. We had a great view of the stars from everywhere and the people around us were always surrounded with optimism and joy. I give my special thanks to the local guide for being there with me till the end. I got the motivation from him as even he was effected by the cold and the fatigue. He never gave up on me and was with me till the moment I descended. Thank you for everything Indiahikes. I found amazing friends and amazing humans. I guess this is one experience I will never forget and I look forward to travelling back to the mountains for one more adventure.” – Bhaskar Voleti, batch of May 2016

“The trek was really good. The views were breath taking. Also difficulty of the trek was moderate so it was good for both the new trekkers and the ones with experience. Entire team of India hikes made the experience a memorable one. Trek Leader along with entire team were really helpful and compassionate during the trek. Special mention of the food which was as good as home-cooked food or perhaps even better. Initiatives like the Green trails are really appreciable and are taken seriously by all the stakeholders. Overall I would rate the experience as very good and look forward to do another trek with Indiahikes in the future.” – Shikhar Goel, batch of May 2016

“I loved the trekking experience from day 0 at base camp, Auli till the last day when I bid goodbye to fellow trek members. The Trek Leader, the support staff and the kitchen staff were all amazing. The trek leader’s leadership enabled us all to move as a team and when few members found it difficult to keep up with the average pace, he made sure that there is a member from support staff available to help them. And the local guide ensured we were on right path in spite of very low visibility and he even helped few of us cross the boulder zone quickly to avoid getting stuck in a storm. The kitchen staff made fabulous food every single day and made sure we get a variety. I am very happy that I chose Indiahikes for my Himalayan Trekking experience.” – Sheetal, batch of May 2016

“The trek was splendid thanks to the support from the Indiahikes team. The best part was about cleaning the mountains while trekking. The entire team including the Trek leader, Trek guides and kitchen staff, worked really hard to make us feel comfortable at inhospitable locations. Starting from Auli walking all the way through meadows and forests was a very nice experience. When we started from Chitrakantha after a certain distance we could see the Pangarchulla peak. With snow fall on the 3rd day it was an amazing experience to trek in snow on the summit day. Overall it was an awesome experience on the summit day and we spotted peaks like Dronagiri , Neelgiri , Hathi Ghoda, Kaushambi etc.” – Bharath Kenchappa, batch of May 2016

 

Short itinerary

Day 1: Assemble at Haridwar Railway Station at 6.30 am. Transport can be arranged by Indiahikes. It costs Rs.1100 approx. per person for the transport one way. You’ll reach the base camp, Auli by 6 pm. The pickup will be arranged in a Bolero or Tempo Traveller
Day 2: Auli to Gorson Bugyal, 4 km, 3.5 hours

Day 3: Gorson Bugyal to Chitrakantha, 8 km, 5 hours
Day 4: Chitrakantha to Deli Sera, 6-7 km, 5-6 hours
Day 5: Deli Sera to Pangarchulla Summit and down to Deli Sera Campsite, 12-13 km, 8-9 hours
Day 6: Deli Sera to Tapovan and drive back to Joshimath, 5-6 hours
Day 7: Departure day – Joshimath to Haridwar; The cost of the transport is Rs.1100 per person. You will reach Haridwar between 6 pm and 7 pm.

What Other Trekkers Are Saying About Pangarchulla Trek

“The trek was really good. The views were breath taking. Also difficulty of the trek was moderate so it was good for both the new trekkers and ones with experience. The entire team of Indiahikes made the experience a memorable one. The Trek Leader along with the entire staff were really helpful and compassionate during the trek. Special mention for the food which was as good as home or perhaps even better. Initiatives like green trail are really appreciable and are taken seriously by all the stakeholders. Overall I would rate the experience as very good and I look forward to do another trek with Indiahikes.”

– Shikhar Goel

“The trek was handled very well. Tanmay was a capable and fantastic trek leader. Mukesh and Kushal were extremely competent and great guides. The rest of the staff were very prompt and helpful. I faced absolutely no problems on the trek and was happy with the way things were handled from the moment we reached base camp until we left Joshimath.”

– Pradeep Nayak

“I loved the trekking experience right from the basecamp at Auli till the last day when I bid goodbye to fellow trek members. The Trek Leader, the support staff and the kitchen staff were all amazing. Our trek leader’s leadership enabled us all to move as a team and when few members found it difficult to keep up with the average pace, he made sure that there is a member from support staff available to help them. He encouraged me to ‘Push’ for the summit when I felt I wont be able to make it due to physical exhaustion. I am very happy that I chose Indiahikes for my Himalayan Trekking experience.”

– Sheetal 

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