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Pangarchulla Trek, Uttarakhand (with transport)

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6 Days 5 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

30 people


English, Hindi


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. A little further away, from Dhak village, starts our walking trajectory up the rocky tracks. With ascent, the horizons open up to cliff side villages characterized by terraced farmland and slant roofed houses, moving on to green meadows surrounded by the signature peaks of Garhwal Himalayas.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.

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  • Splendid sights of the valleys and huge mountains.
  • See lines of Oak, Silver Birch, Blue pine, and the unique Bhojpatra (source of the papyrus) all through the route.
  • Camp under the night sky just gazing at the beautiful stars.
  • Be one with nature – watching many small streams and rivulets and huge Pangarchulla peak.
  • During the trail, pass steep and narrow ridge to the summit of the peak, which is a tough but wonderful experience.
  • Mingle with the locals and relish regional cuisine.


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Day 1 - Haridwar to Joshimath (Drive 280 Km) Altitude: Joshimath 6724 ft
Day 1 - Haridwar to Joshimath (Drive 280 Km) Altitude: Joshimath 6724 ft

  • You will be picked from Haridwar at 6:30 am in a Tata Sumo or a similar vehicle.

  • Expected arrival time at Joshimath – 5:00 pm (evening tea, briefing of the trek and dinner)

  • Rishikesh to Devprayag (confluence of Bhagirathi river and Alaknanda river)

  • Accommodation in guest house. Relax for the night.

Day 2 - Joshimath to Dhak to Gulling Top Altitude: 9600 ft Distance 12 km drive and 5 km trek
Day 2 - Joshimath to Dhak to Gulling Top Altitude: 9600 ft Distance 12 km drive and 5 km trek

  • Prepare yourself to indulge in a trekking trip to Gulling Top crossing Dhak Village, Tugasi Village etc.

  • Have lunch at your campsite and explore the location well.

  • Stay overnight in the tents.

Day 3 - Gulling Top to Khulara Altitude: 11,122 ft, 6 Km trek
Day 3 - Gulling Top to Khulara Altitude: 11,122 ft, 6 Km trek

  • Get ready to conquer the steep ascent through Oak, Rhododendron (mostly pink and white), Walnut forest on your journey to Khulara.

  • Have lunch at your campsite and stay overnight in tents.
Day 4 - Khulara to Pangarchula Peak Summit and back to Khulara Altitude: 14,700 ft., 12 km Trekking
Day 4 - Khulara to Pangarchula Peak Summit and back to Khulara Altitude: 14,700 ft., 12 km Trekking

  • Today is the challenging trek comes.

  • On the way to Pangarchulla, you will have to climb a steep for first 45 minutes and from then onward, the route will go through meadows.

  • If you start early by 04:00 am only, you can reach the destination by 10:30 am.

  • Return to Khulara after exploring Pangarchulla Peak.

Day 5 - Khulara – Joshimath Altitude: 6,724 Trekking 11 km trek and 12 km drive
Day 5 - Khulara – Joshimath Altitude: 6,724 Trekking 11 km trek and 12 km drive

  • Post breakfast at Khulara camp site, start your journey to Joshimath and have lunch on the way.

  • Reach Joshimath by late afternoon.

  • Have an evening tea, a debriefing session followed by dinner.
Day 6 - :Joshimath to Haridwar
Day 6 - :Joshimath to Haridwar

  • Start early morning to go to Haridwar by car.

  • Drive to Haridwar 256 km

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

  • The tour concludes here.


  • Group of 5+ can customise dates
  • Transport to and from Haridwar
  • Safety equipment
  • First aid
  • Oxygen cylinders
  • Stay in Tents / Homestays / Lodges
  • Veg Meals only
  • Permits/ Forest fees
  • Experienced Trek Leader & Team
  • Meals during Joshimath transport
  • Mules/Porter (₹350/day)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

Additional information

Things to Carry

    Trekking Gear

  • A rucksack with rain cover
  • A water bottle or a hydration pack
  • A Hand/Head Torch with spare batteries
  • UV protection Sunglasses
  • Clothing

  • Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants- 1
  • Full sleeves T-shirts/ Sweatshirts- 1 or max 2
  • Thermal Bodywarmer Upper & Lower- 1
  • Fleece jacket- 1
  • Full sleeves sweater- 1
  • Rainwear (Jacket & Pants) -1
  • Woolen sock - 1 pair
  • Cotton Socks- 1 or 2 pairs
  • Undergarments - 1 for every day of trekking
  • Pair of Warm Gloves - 1
  • Woolen cap - 1
  • Sun cap or Biker Scarf for protection from sun- 1
  • Footwear

  • Proper hiking shoes (Preferably ankle high) - 1 pair (no sport shoes)
  • Lightweight Slipper/Sandals - 1 pair
  • Toiletries

  • Sunscreen lotion, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, toilet roll, cold cream, small towel.
  • Anti-fungal cream: Carry an antifungal cream if you are sensitive to sweating and prone to skin irritations around genitals or groin area due to lack of bathing.
  • For women

  • Tampons or sanitary napkins.
  • 2-3 zip pouches to dispose of non-biodegradable waste.
  • Vaginal wash to avoid any irritation due to lack of bathing.
  • Utensils

  • A small size, lightweight, leak-proof lunch box - preferably aluminum
  • A plate and a spoon
  • A mug - preferably aluminum
  • Miscellaneous

  • Camera (optional)
  • Personal medicine kit. Though our trek leaders carry a fully equipped first-aid kit, make sure you consult your doctor before the trek in case you have any special ailment.
  • Dry fruits, energy bars
  • Mobile charging powerbank

ATM & Mobile Network

  • We recommend to either carry cash or withdraw at Haridwar as there are hardly any ATMs at base camp.
  • All major mobile networks are available till Haridwar.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

  • 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 and 10 days to the start of the trek — 25 % refund.
  • Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek :- No refund.

Tour Advisory

  • All meals on the trek will be only veg. This is to avoid digestive issues due to stale meat at high altitudes.
  • People suffering from Bronchitis, Asthma, TB, Epilepsy & heart conditions are not eligible for the trek.
  • People with high blood pressure and higher BMI are also not eligible for the trek.
  • Children below 8 years are not allowed.


Multi day




When is the best time to do Pangarchulla Peak Trek?
The months of April, May, October and November are considered to be the best time for Pangarchulla peak trek to enjoy a blissful session of trekking towards the summit. While April and May experience hot climatic conditions, it becomes easy for trekkers to save themselves from scorching heat and get clearer paths. During the months of October and November, the winter has just begun here, which results in a cozy climate loaded with many beautiful sceneries. Hence, these four months are the best time for Pangarchulla peak trek.
What level of fitness is expected from me?
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 15069 ft.

It's a challenging trek only recommended to trekkers who have done a trek of 14000 ft. And beginners who have physical fitness on a scale of 7-8.
What all things I should carry for the Pangarchulla Trek ?
There are a couple things that are essential to carry for a trek.

Refer to the things to carry list above.
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.
How is Pangarchulla Peak trek weather?
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.
What is the difficulty level of Pangarchulla Peak Trek?
Pangarchulla Trek is considered as a difficult one. Because of the high altitude of over 15,000 feet at a distance of 38 km with a strong peak near the peak and the landscape claims for an experience of at least one Moderate to Difficult high altitude trek.

The summit requires a significant level of fitness and endurance. But the breathtaking views of the mountains, villages and the prominent peaks repay all the challenges of the trek.
How much do we have to trek each day?
We will be covering about 5-6 km initially. Later on trek hours will increase to 12 hours for 3 days, overall experience will be moderate level grade.
Is Pangarchulla Peak Trek safe?
Yes, Pangarchulla Peak Trek is safe because all sort of safety parameters is kept in place before the trek begins. You will be accompanied by a trained instructor who will guide you throughout the trek and each guide will lead a group of 6 people.

All you need to do is to listen carefully to the instructions provided by the guide as these instructions will make your trekking experience easy and safe. It is requested to wear high-ankle trekking shoes with good grip and trekking pole or stick for your self-safety.

For your further safety, you will be equipped with Camping and trekking equipment such as Sleeping bags, Imported Inflatable Camping Mattresses, Camping stools, Mess Tent, Toilet tent with portable toilet seats and many more. You can even opt for personal trekking gear and extra oxygen can at an additional charge.
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 38 km. 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.
What are washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
  • Toilet facilities on all treks in Uttarakhand are dry toilet systems.

  • Process: Once you are inside the toilet tent, you find a pit. This will be very much similar to the Indian-Style of Toilets. You need to squat down and find peace. After you are done, wipe yourself with a tissue paper. Dispose of the tissue itself along with the waste and then cover all the waste with the loose mud, already available at your hands reach.
  • What About drinking water?
    The Himalayas are filled with streams and rivers. This is the main source of drinking water for the trek.
    Our kitchen staff use the same water for cooking purposes as well.
    The water is clean and is perfectly healthy to consume. In fact it is much better than the chlorinated water that you get in your cities.
    We do understand that you might have concerns with the water and want to be extra careful.
    Here is what you can do.
  • You can use chlorine tablets or water purification tablets in your bottle. You can find these tabs on Amazon. Try searching for water purification tablets.

  • You can also go for a slightly more expensive but more permanent option. You can buy the life-straw bottle which ensures clean water.
  • Is there mobile charging facility during trek?
    No, there will be no charging facility during trek. Advice you to carry powerbanks for phones/cameras.
    What is the average temperature at Pangarchulla Peak Trek?
    The maximum temperature at Pangarchulla Peak Trek is 23 degrees Celsius. The temperature of Pangarchulla Peak during the February month is -10 to +15 degree Celsius. When it comes to March month, the temperature goes to -5 to +15 degree Celsius. And, the temperature goes down to -2 to +17 to degree Celsius during April month. The average temperature during the day time is 14°C to 18°C and -3°C to -6°C during the night time.
    What is the duration of Pangarchulla Trek?
    The Pangarchulla Peak requires you to trek for around six days to complete the whole circuit. With an elevation of 15,069 ft, each of the days is dedicated to covering up a little distance while stopping at various points. You will be trekking for a total of 38 KM over a span of 6 days.
    How is Pangarchulla Trek experience?
    Pangarchulla Peak Trek is an epic Himalayan destination that entices every single adventure lover to taste the challenge. Located at an altitude of about 14700 feet above the sea level, the peak is usually covered with snow and rugged mountain terrains.

    During your visit to the Pangarchulla Peak, you would be welcomed by alluring lush greenery, dense jungles, and pristine snow capped landscapes. Many travelers choose to head out on Pangarchulla Trek just to behold the remarkable sights of Nanda Devi, Mana, Hathi, Lampak, Dronagiri and many other Himalayan peaks. This adventure destination will surely offer you the right amount of challenge and abundant natural beauty.
    Will there be mobile connectivity at Pangarchulla Peak Trek?
    During your Pangarchulla Peak Trek, you will hardly find any network connection. On your way to the peak till Joshimath, you will get some signals but afterward, you will not find any network connectivity. We advised finishing all your important work and calls before starting of the Pangarchulla Trek.

    You will pass through several beautiful mountain villages with a stunning view of prominent peaks such as Hathi Parvat, Dronagiri, and Gori Parvat. These majestic views will compensate for all the challenges of the trek.
    How much does Pangarchulla Trek cost?
    The Pangarchulla Trek costs around INR 9250 per adult inclusive on booking it online through Thrillophilia where you can get the best price guarantee. After successfully complete your booking, you will receive a confirmation voucher from Thrillophilia within 24 hours.

    This package includes meals, accommodation, permits, guide and activities. The activities include trekking & camping to the Pangarchulla Peak which is considered as a difficult trek.
    What things do I need to keep in mind during Pangarchulla Trekking?
    Things to keep in mind during Pangarchulla Trekking:

    • Time your trek right and is best done in the April month.

    • You should carry a Climbing Rope, Ice Axe, and Micro Spike.

    • Travel in a small group

    • You should respect local cultures and be sensitive towards the wildlife

    • Those suffering from heart disease, diabetes, breathing problems, high altitude sickness or is pregnant cannot participate in this trek

    • Make sure to carry woolen and fleece clothes, synthetic or waterproof track pants, rain-proof jackets, sunglasses, waterproof gloves, wind-proof jackets, thermal innerwear, proper trekking shoes

    • You should carry 60 liters of a backpack with plastic or waterproof lining

    What is the starting point of Pangarchulla Peak Trek?
    The starting point of Pangarchulla Peak Trek is Joshimath which takes 10 hours drive from Haridwar. The mountains hug this place and you will get stunning views of the vast valleys and forests of Garhwal.
    How much distance will we cover in Pangarchulla Trek?
    You will cover the distance of 38 km in Pangarchulla Trek where the challenges will be to face steep sleek terrain.


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