• Altitude: 1,900m/6,200ft
• 252 km drive, approx 10 hours
• Trekkers will be picked from Rishikesh at 6:00 am in a Tata Sumo or a similar vehicle (cost is included)
• Arrive at Joshimath approx by 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
• Altitude: 2,750m/9,000ft
• Drive from Pipalkoti to Tugashi Village is 15 km; Tugashi village to Gulling to is 3 km trek (2 hrs)
• The trail is a mix of steep and gradual ascent, mostly through villages
• Hot lunch at campsite • Water points available at villages in passing
• Accommodation in tent
• Peaks spotted: Dronagri, Hathi Parvat, Gori Parvat
• Altitude: 3,350m/11,000ft
• Trek distance: 6 km | Duration: 5 hrs
• Altitude Gain: 600m/2000ft
• 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
• Altitude: 3,800m/12,500ft
• Approx 7-8 km Trek, 5-6 hrs(3-4 km each way)
• 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
• Khullara top to broken bridge with frozen stream (traverse walk) (12,200 ft)
• Broken bridge to Kuari Pass (Strenuous climb) (3,800 m/12,500 ft)
• Carry enough water (no water source on the way)
• Early morning after breakfast start trek to Kuari pass
• Special care for protection from the harsh sun is required in these open meadows
• Peaks: Kedarnath Peak, Kedardome, Chaukhambha, Balakun, Neel Kantha, Mukut Parvat, Kamet, Abhi Gamin, Mana I, Ghori Parvat, Hathi Parvat, Dronagiri, Kalanka, Chang Bang, Nanda Devi and Nanda Ghunti
• Altitude: 4,600m/15,100 ft
• Trek distance: 14 km | Duration: 10-11 hrs
• Challenging and steep climb
• Start trekking at 03:00 am as turnaround time is 08:00 am
• 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
• Altitude: 1,900m/6,200ft
• Trek distance: 5 km | Duration: 5 hrs
• Breakfast at Camp I
• Trek to Tugasi village
• Drive from Tugashi village to Pipalkoti
• Packed lunch on the way
• Reach Pipalkoti by late evening
• Pipalkoti (tea, debriefing, dinner)
• Clean drinking water for filling your bottles will be available at Tugasi village
• Accommodation: Guest House
• 252 kms drive, approx 10 hrs
• Ride will commence at 6 am, reaching destination at around 6 pm
• Breakfast and Lunch will be on the way at a roadside inn, exclusive of charges
Note: On Day 7, you’ll reach Rishikesh between 5 pm and 6 pm. You can book your travel any time after 7 pm.
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A. Booking Terms
1. If booked more than 15 days before the trip start date, advance of 25% of the total booking value is payable at the time of booking. Balance amount shall be paid no later than 15 days before the trip start date.
2. If booked less than 15 days prior to the trip start date, the full booking value is due at the time of booking.
3. If the due amounts are not paid as per the payment schedule, bookings shall stand cancelled.
B. Cancellation Policy
1. If cancelled more than 15 days before the trip start date, the advance shall be refunded net of a 5% transaction fee.
2. If cancelled after full payment between 15 to 10 days before the trip start date, 25% cancellation fee of the total booking value.
3. If cancelled less than 10 days prior to the trip start date, the booking amount shall not be refundable.
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C. Changes to and / or cancellation of trips
Itineraries shown are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. The operators reserve the right to change expedition / trek / package dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which the operator or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. The operator reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.
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The Pangarchulla Peak Trek to Kuari Pass is one of the most challenging treks to embark on, coupled with breathtaking vistas of the Greater Himalayas. Your trek will take you across a landscape that is frozen for most parts of winter and early spring. You can camp at clearings within dense coniferous forests that are snow-clad during early spring and colorful during summer and look like pictures taken from fairy tales. Once the treeline ends, you will hike across vast alpine meadows like the Gurson Bugyal and the Chitrakantha that remain covered in snow during the winter and early spring and turn lush green in the summers. Coupled with challenging trails and superb views of the highest peaks of the Greater Himalayan range like Mt. Nanda Devi, Mt. Kamet, Mt. Chaukhamba, Mt. Dronagiri, Mana Parvat I and II, Hathi Parvat, Ghori Parvat, Mt. Neelkanth, etc. that have a massive significance in the Hindu mythology, you also get the thrill of summiting in the Pangarchulla Peak Trek. Pangarchulla or the Chimney Peak Trek is one adventure that bravehearts and seasoned campaigners cannot afford to miss during winters because of the thrill it offers!
The Pangarchulla Peak Trek best time for the Pangarchulla summit climb is only accessible during one month of the year- April. April has the right amount of snow that is slowly melting and displaying vibrant colors. It offers the best time for a successful climb to the summit. Before April, the snow is too much for you to do the summit climb. After April, the snow melts, exposing massive boulders with huge gaps that make it overall unsafe, exhausting, and tremendously challenging for summiting.
The rest of the trail remains open for almost eight months every year. However, the Pangarchulla Peak Trek best time spans from April to May (pre-monsoon/spring to summer) and October to November (post-monsoon/late autumn to early winter). You can expect more snow during the winter months until it starts receding from April. During monsoon, it is tremendously unsafe to do the trek.
The trek offers a round trail that starts and ends at Joshimath, with nearly 44 kilometers distance to cover within a duration of 7 to 8 days, with a maximum elevation of 4575 meters. The trek is graded difficult because of the frigid temperatures during night-time and on the summit days, the uneven and challenging terrains, few exit options, trekking duration spanning to almost 9 hours on certain days. Therefore, excellent cardiovascular fitness, strength and endurance training, and mental resolve combined with prior experience of high-altitude expeditions are a must-have! You can create a custom training regime for few months that will incorporate strength and endurance training, cardiovascular exercises like swimming, running, cycling, skipping, stair climbing, etc. along with therapeutic techniques like meditation and yoga that help calm your senses, increase mental strength, fasten your reflexes and enhance muscular flexibility. Keep achievable targets and try accomplishing them well before you embark on this journey.
You also need the right kind of equipment for this trek. Your clothing should be exhaustive to cover for the immensely frigid temperatures during the early spring or autumn nights and the day of the summit. If you are trekking during the winters, pack more warm clothes. Starting from thermal inners, layers of full-sleeve, quick-dry t-shirts, fleece jackets, woollen jackets, down feather jackets, windcheaters, waterproof ponchos, quick-dry track, and waterproof track pants and thermal inners for the bottom halves, don’t leave any stone unturned! Don’t neglect your headgear - carry a suncap, woollen cap, balaclava, neck gaiters, and sunglasses. You don’t want to encounter frostbite, so take woollen/fleece gloves, waterproof gloves, and extra pairs of cotton and woollen socks. One of the essential things is your footwear. Your trekking shoes should be of very high quality and combine sturdiness with good grips as well as water resistance for occasional shower bursts.
The primary gear should include a backpack (50-60 liters) and daypack (20-30 liters) with rain covers, sturdy yet lightweight trekking pole/walking stick, water bottles or hydration packs to avoid littering with disposable plastic, headlamps with spare batteries, snacks consisting of dry fruits and energy bars, personal medical kit and first-aid kits. The list of toiletries includes excess toilet paper and wet wipes, sunscreen, moisturizers, lip balm, hand sanitizers, antibacterial and antifungal powder, toothbrush, toothpaste, and quick-dry towels.
Apart from the guidelines issued by the state government, follow general safety precautions and take steps to initiate acclimatization. Or else AMS might play spoilsport. Follow your trekking guide at every point, or else the already arduous trek might be laced with hazards and unfortunate events. Respecting local cultures and being sensitive to wildlife is a norm to be followed.
If you face any emergency during any adventures in Uttarakhand and the northern parts of the country, you should contact the following:
- Uttarakhand Glacier burst helpline- 1070/9557444486
- Police: 112
- Ambulance: 108/102
- Fire: 101
- Child helpline: 1098
- Women helpline: 1090
- NDMA (Disaster management): 1070/1078/9711077372
- Anti poison helpline- 011-1066 (Delhi)
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