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The trek is a 6 day expedition with little challenges posing here and there. We start at Haridwar, a well-known pilgrimage spot in India. The trekking on foot actually starts on the second day. Beginning from Haridwar we will be covering approx. 250 kms by road to reach Joshimath. In between the locales that we cover are Rishikesh, Devaprayag, Rudraprayag and Kanrnprayag. These pilgrim centres are the confluences of quite a few holy rivers.


We drive 12 kms from Joshimath to our starting point of walking trajectory. The second day covers 5 kms of route and takes around 4 – 5 hours to complete the first lap. We will be covering few quaint villages on the way to the Gulling Top Camp site which is at the elevation of 9600 ft. Dronagiri, Hathi, Parvat and Gori Parvat are few peaks we will be greeting on day 2.


The third day will be little tiring as the trail is much steeper to hike than the previous day’s gradual ascent followed by hilly terrains. We will be passing through oak, rhododendron and walnut forests on way up to the Khulara camp site situated at 11, 122 ft. The third day covers 6 kms of walking trail that will take around 5-6 hours of journey. Along with the previous day’s peaks glimpses, you will also be spotting the famous Nanda Devi peak and Kalanka and Chang Bang. 


This is the day we have all been waiting for, The Pangarchulla Summit day. Without going into details and to sum up, we will be covering 12 kms of continuous trek where the challenges will be to face steep sleek terrain ascent followed by meandering through villages and forests. The highest altitude is reached on 4th day scaling up to 14, 700 ft. We return back to Khulara on the same day.


Day 5th and 6th will be journey back to Haridwar following the same trail – Khulara to Dhak Village to Joshimath, and then a drive to back to Haridwar.

 

Brief Itinerary

 

Day 01 : Haridwar to Joshimath

 

Altitude: 6724 ft, 256 kms drive, approx 10 hours

• Trekkers will be picked from Haridwar at 6:30am in a Tata Sumo or a similar vehicle (cost is included) 
• Arrive at Joshimath by approx. 5 pm – (tea, briefing of the trek & dinner) 
• Breakfast and Lunch on the way (exclusive of charges)
• Accommodation at the guest house
• Telephone Network- Available

Route
• Haridwar to Rishikesh (best place for white water rafting, trekking gear available on rent and purchase)
• Rishikesh to Devprayag (confluence of Bhagirathi river and Alaknanda river) 
• Devprayag to Srinagar
• Srinagar to Rudrapryag (confluence of Mandakini river and Alaknanda river)
• Rudrapryag to Karnprayag (confluence of Pindar river and Alaknanda river)

Note: You can reach Rishikesh a day earlier for rafting. On the day of the trek, we can arrange your pickup from Rishikesh.

 

Day 02 : Joshimath to Gulling top

 

Altitude: 9600 ft, 12 kms drive and 6 kms trek, approx 4 hrs

• The trail is a mix of steep and gradual ascent, mostly through villages. 
• Hot lunch at camp site
• Water Points- Available at villages in passing
• Accommodation in tent
• Peaks spotted: Dronagri, Hathi Parvat, Gori Parvat
• Drive from Joshimath to Dhak village (6790 ft) (12 kms)
• Trek from Dhak village to Tugasi village (8040 ft) (3.5 kms trek)
• Trek from Tugasi village to Gulling village (8990 ft) (2 kms trek)
• Gulling village to Gulling top camp site (9600 ft) (0.5 km Trek)

 

Day 03 : Gulling Top to Khulara

 

Altitude: 11,122 ft, 6 kms trek, approx 5 hrs 
• Steep ascent through oak, rhododendron (mostly pink and white), walnut forest
• Lunch at camp site
• Accommodation in tent 
• Peaks spotted: Nanda Devi, Kalanka, Chang bang, Dronagri, Hathi Parvat, Gori Parvat

 

Day 4 : Khulara to Gailgarh

 

Altitude: 12300 ft, 3 km Trek, 3 hrs
• First half is steep ascent and second half is gradual ascent.
• Wide meadows with golden to bright green grass cover to cross in the summer that turns into rolling snowfields in the winter
• Special care for protection from the harsh sun is required in these open meadows 

 

Day 5 : Gailgarh to Pangarchulla Peak Summit and Back to Khulara

 

Altitude: 14,700 ft, 9 Kms trek, 7 to 8 hrs 
• Challenging and steep climb
• We start trekking at 4 am as turnaround time is 08:00am
• Packed lunch to be had at a rest point on the way
• Peaks spotted: Nanda Ghunti, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Kalanka, Chang bang, Dronagri, Hathi Parvat, Gori Parvat, Mana, Kamet, Abl Gamin, Neelkanth, Chaukhamba massifs and many more

 

Day 06 : Khulara - Dhak village - Joshimath

 

Altitude: 6,724, 12 kms trek, approx 7 hrs and 12 kms drive to Joshimath
• Breakfast at Khulara camp site
• Trek to Dhak village 
• Drive from Dhak village to Joshimath 
• Packed lunch on the way
• Reach Joshimath by late afternoon 
• Joshimath (tea, debriefing, dinner)
• Clean drinking water for filling your bottles will be available at Tugasi and Dhak
• Accommodation: Guest House

 

 

Day 07 : Joshimath to Haridwar

 

256 kms drive, approx 10 hrs 
• Ride will commence at 6 am, reaching destination at around 6 pm
• Breakfast andlLunch will be on the way at a roadside inn, exclusive of charges

Note: On Day 6, you’ll reach Haridwar between 6 pm and 7 pm. You can book your travel any time after 8 pm.

 

Detailed Itinerary

 

Day 01: Haridwar to Joshimath

 

Haridwar is celebrated famous pilgrim site and is situated at a distance of 222 km from the national capital. From Delhi, you need to book an overnight bus or train journey spanning about 6 hour and reach Haridwar railway station (which is just by the corner of the main bus depot). Here we will meet you at 6:30 am and our journey shall commence. 

Enroute Joshimath, we will take the course of river Ganga and cross the famous river-bank pilgrim towns of Rishikesh and the 5 Prayags or confluences. Rishikesh, besides its ambience of peace is also known for white-water river rafting. Those interested could book a stay here for a few days prior to the trek and we can pick you up on the way to Joshimath. 

At Devaprayag, You will get a stunning view of the Bhagirathi river descending into river Alakananda and fusing to form a vivid play of different green hues in the water. The slopes of the mountains along the fiery river look picturesque from the confluence of Devaprayag. 

Breakfast and lunch could be found at roadside inns along the Badrinath Road and this will be exclusive of charges you pay for the trek. By 5 pm, at the hour of sundown, we will pull in on the dive way of the Joshimath guest house, in time for refreshing hit tea followed by an opening dinner and briefing from your Trek Leader.

 

Day 02 : Joshimath to Dhak village to Gulling top

 

Next day, by 7 am we will set off for Dhak village after having breakfast at the guest-house. From Dhak the trek will begin. The drive from Joshimath to Dhak of around 40 minutes will introduce you the mountain kingdom surrounding the town. Look out for the amazing “Sleeping Lady” mountain, visible clearly from the heights of Joshimath.

Collect your refreshments and start the trek from Dhak road-head marking the uphill bent towards destination. The gradually ascending trail keeps the village on the right and takes a dusty, rocky hike of gradual ascents. Without any major difficulties, we reach Karachi village from where the trail inclines by gushing streams. Feast your senses in the greenery of the farming steps cut across hills and the high mountains towering over from all around. The gradual gaining of altitude here must be supported by thorough hydration therefore you must keep filling your bottle at village water points. 

At 8040 fee, you will be reaching Tugasi village, and with that, we cover about 3 km of the whole trek. Tugasi is picture of a typical high-altitude Garhwali Himalayan village with their wooden houses, storage places, and ranch. You will come across shepherd clans, farmers, and other agrarian people in this village set in the backdrop of mountains. After immersing in the different flavor of life for sometime here, we move towards our next stop- the hamlet of Gulling. 

With the turn from Tugasi towards Gulling at 8990 ft, the scenario changes from stark and dusty to green. A thick forested area kicks in after Gulling and traces of civilization start to blur away. The trek continues through forest cover to the Gulling Top campsite at 9600 ft. across 0.5 km from Gulling village. Along this stretch, finally the great mesmerizing snow peaks of Garhwal Himalayas pop their heads changing the whole vista to a heavenly one. Prominent in this dazzling panorama are Dronagiri, Hathi Parvat, and Ghori Parvat. After lunch at the campsite, the sun takes a dip and the snow peaks take a golden sheen casting a spell of pure magic—perfect time to catch a few exquisite shots! Note: Ask your Trek Leader to take you on an acclimatization walk into the depths of Talli forests if your group is not to tired

 

Day 03 : Gulling Top to Khulara

 

The next day’s trip is a straight ascent of 6km spanning 5 hours approximately. The destination- Khulara is a campsite in the clearing amid coniferous forests of blue pine, oaks, and rhododendron. 

We set out today after breakfast prepared mentally for a difficult hike. Greeted with sharp curves with deep ravines gaping at one side, we move along never feeling cheated out of the beautiful vista promised. The forests seem to smile up suddenly here and there where rhododendrons have bloomed in thickets of pink and red. From a little inside the forested trail, snow becomes part of the scene. Rich growth of Silver Birch and Spruce hovers over the snow covered forest floor making Pangarchulla an in-depth snow trek. Late into the day, Khula is reached.

Lunch tastes extra delicious today after this testing trek. The afternoon and evening can be resrved for acclimatization relaxed walks around the clearing.

 

Day 4 : Khulara to Gailgarh

 

The fourth day is scheduled for a less exhaustive trek before the final strike the summit. Starting after breakfast from Khulara camp, we make our way skirting the forest lands towards the Peak and some 40 minutes into the trail, the scenery changes from tree covered shadowy trails to open meadows. In winters, this meadow becomes a spectacle—white snow falling like a great shroud all over the place as far as eyes can see.

If you are trekking in the winters, make sure to arrange for gaiters from today and micro spikes or crampons for your sneakers would be provided from the house. 

Remember that the wind in the open meadows can get real forceful during, so come prepared with heavy balaclava and warm woolen caps.

 

Day 5 : Gailgarh to Pangarchulla to Khulara

 

On this big day, we start at 4 in the morning at the crack of dawn and set off on fresh snow for the summit hike. It is necessary to be equipped with at least 2 liter of water as there are no water sources from here. Multiple steep climbing points on the way makes this stretch laborious. The first 30 minutes of the ascent is a thorough ridge climb which you will know has ended when a vision Pangarchulla Main and auxiliary peaks rise right up ahead. 

After the ridge walk, level snow grounds spread ahead giving you a scope to catch your breath. For this region and further up, your group may require cutting through the thick carpet of snow manually—an exhaustive task assigned to the one who leads. Before reaching the base of Pangarchulla Main, enjoy this level snow patch from where you will get a terrific detailed view of the Chaukhamba massif, flanked by Mana, Kamet, Hati-Ghodi and other snow caps. 

From the base of Pangarchulla Main Peak, it once again becomes a steep ridge climb. Except in the summer months, the lofty hike route will have to be opened maybe with help on an ice-axe. At about a distance of 100 meter away from the summit, the team has to be tied in together with a harness. The knife-edge cut in the middle of the ridge should avoided as you step. Expect high squalling wind with currents. 

At the summit point, you will come face to face with the Garhwal snow peaks in all their glory, especially Nanda Ghunti, which will come to fore for the first time with all the detailed ridge lines revealed. It’s the macrocosmic view point from the summit that makes Pangarchulla such a sought-after trek in Uttarakahnd. 

The descent to Khulara from here will be 3 hour feat. Special attention is called for the each step down along the ridge line.

 

Day 6 : Khulara to Joshimath via Dhak

 

On the way down from Khulara, one by one the snow peaks will pop out of view and the same old village trails will remind you of the end of the journey. From Dhak, a car ride into the dusk will take you back to life at the Joshimath guest-house.

 

Day 7 : Joshimath to Haridwar

 

After sleeping over the unforgettable experience of scaling Pangarchulla, today we go back city-wards. Your car will be waiting around 6 in the morning. Bidding adieu to the gaze of the hills, you will descend down to civilization reaching Haridwar by 6 in the evening in time for your overnight journey back.

 

How to Reach

 

By Air :-

 

Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 48 km from the Haridwar. There is a daily flight from Delhi for Dehradun, reach Haridwar one day early if coming by flight.

 

By Train:-

 

An excellent rail network connects Haridwar to other important cities like Delhi, Mussoorie, Mumbai, Varanasi, Lucknow, and Kolkata.

 

From Delhi -DDN NZM AC EXPRESS (2205)

 

From Kolkata- Doon Express (13009)

 

From Mumbai- Dehradun Express (19019)

 

From Chennai- Dehradun express (12687)

 

By Bus:-

 

There is regular bus service from Delhi for Haridwar from Delhi’s ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Usually buses drop you at Haridwar ISBT. From there you have to come to Haridwar Railway Station.

 

  • TTH’s Tata Sumo or similar vehicles will pick-up you from Haridwar Railway Station at 6:30am.

 

  • Pick-up is included in the cost of the trek.

 

  • You will reach Joshimath by 5:00 pm.

 

  • Food from Haridwar to Joshimath is not included in the trek cost.

 

Cost per person (INR)
Rs.11340
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