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Panchachuli Trek - Panchachuli Glacier

  • Region : Kanthgodam/Haldwani, Uttarakhand
  • Duration :
  • Distance : 61 Km.
  • Altitude : 13,975 ft. ft.
  • Grade : Easy - Moderate

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Overview

Panchachuli Base Camp Trek is a 60 Km long trek that starts from Dar and ends at Panchachuli Glacier. The trek is a rich mix of snow capped mountains, vast meadows, beautiful sceneries including a wide variety of flora & fauna. The Panchachuli Glacier is located in the Kumaon himalayan range of the Darma Valley near the tibetian and nepaleese borders. 

The trail will take you through thick forests of Deodar and Coniferous trees, across meadows, crossing narrow streams and through the tribal villages of Bongling ,Sela ,Nagling, Baaling and Duktu. The Panchachuli Base Camp trek is graded from easy to moderate level difficulty and takes 10 Days to complete.

The first day of the Panchachuli Base Camp trek is a picturesque 290 Km ride through the Pithoragarh district Uttarakhand crossing the towns of Bhimtal, Almora, Sera-Gat and others on the way. Dharchula is an isolated remote village located in a valley surrounded by snow capped mountains. We are expected to arrive at Dharchula by evening and overnight stay will be at a guest house.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Driving Distance - 290 Km.
  • Driving Time - 9 Hours
  • Overnight stay at a guest house

We will start from Dharchula and take a 3 hour drive to Dar, crossing small tribal settlements of Tawaghat and New Sobla. From Dar, we will start trekking along narrow cliffs with river Dhauliganga flowing by your side. It will take a 3 - 4 hours walk to reach our campsite for today at Urthing. After crossing the Bongling village the trail will level out and take us to the campsite. Overnight stay will be at camps

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Driving Time - 3 Hours
  • Trekking Time - 4 Hours
  • Overnight stay at tents

Today is going to be an easy day with mostly slightly ascending and descending trails. We will be crossing green pasture lands that are used by local animals for grazing and you will be able to view river Dhauligangna flowing below through the gorges. The trail will open up into a vast green meadow and will use a bridge to cross the river which will take us to the outskirts of Naagling. Overnight stay will be at camps along the river.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Distance - 10 Km.
  • Trekking Time - 4 Hours
  • Night stay at tents.

In the morning, we will start walking towards our next destination - Son. Son is a picturesque, sparsely populated area in the Darma Valley. The trail in the beginning of today's trek is a bit tricky as we will have to walk on rocky terrain for the first 3 kilometers. After that you will enter a dense forest of Oak & Birch trees, as we keep walking through the forest, we will enter a small clearing and you will be able to spot many exciting sights of the Himalayan ranges and distant glaciers. 

Walking for another three kilometers across tribal settlements and vegetation lands will take us to Son & we will be camping here for tonight.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Distance - 11 Km.
  • Trekking Time - 5 Hours
  • Night stay at camps

The most awaited day of the trek has finally arrived and today we will be trekking towards Panchachuli Base Camp. The trail to the base camp is a steep descent on a narrow trail that will take you through forest cover along the Meola river.

This is the most picturesque part of the trek as you will find yourself walking along the dense forest of Birch on one side and stretches of beautiful bugyals on the other. On the final part of the trail you will spot wild flowers and strawberries growing on either side of the trail. 

The view at the Panchachuli Base Camp is absolutely breathtaking, looking at the forests and meadows with the mighty Panchahchuli (6,905 m. / 22,650 ft.) rising high in the background leaves the onlookers spell bound. 

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Distance - 5 Km.
  • Trekking Time - 3 Hours
  • Max Altitude - 4,260 m
  • Overnight stay at camps

We will wake up early in the morning to have breakfast and start walking as It is going to be a long day today. We will be trekking 16 Km. back to Nagling. The trail is an easy downward descent so it should not be a problem. Dinner & night stay will be at camps in Nagling.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Distance - 16 Km
  • Trekking Time - 11 Hours
  • Night stay in tents

Today we will be walking for 10 Km back to Urthing from Nagling. It will take about 4 hours and we will spend the night in tents.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking distance - 10 Km.
  • Trekking Time - 4 Hours
  • Night stay in camps

On the eighth day of the Panchachuli Base Camp Trek we will trek down to Sobla from Urthing and then drive to Dharchula for the night stay.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Trekking Time - 4 Hours
  • Driving Time - 2 Hours

Today is the final day of the Panchachuli Base Camp Trek. The 295 Km long ride will take you back to Kathgodam. You are expected to arrive at Kathgodam railway station by evening so make your plans accordingly.

Brief Overview of the Day

  • Driving Distance - 290 Km.
  • Driving Time - 9 Hours

By Train:-

From Delhi take the Ranikhet Express (5014) Dep. Delhi at 10:40pm arrival Kathgodam at 5:30am (Overnight Journey) or the Uttar sampark kranti (5035) Dep. Delhi at 4:00pm arrival Kathgodam at 10:40pm (6 hrs.40min.Journey).

From Dehardun take the Doon Express (4120) Dep. Dehardun at 10:30 pm arrival at Kathgodam at 7:10 pm (8hrs.journey).

By Bus:-

Regular buses ply from ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar station to Kathgodam. Buses that go to Nainital stop at Haldwani which is a twin town of Kathgodam (8 hrs. Journey).

Usually buses drop you at Haldwani bus station. From there you have to come to Kathgodam Railway Station which is 4km away.

THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS Tata Sumo or similar vehicles will pick-up you from Kathgodam Railway Station

Inclusions :-
  1.  Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
  2.  Meals while on trek (Veg & Egg)
  3.  Trek equipments.
  4.  Permits
  5.  First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
  6.  Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff
  7.  Transport from Kathgodam to loharjung and return .
Exclusions
  1.  Any kind of personal expenses.
  2.  Food during the transit.
  3.  Insurance.
  4.  Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  5.  Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Price Includes”.
Normally THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
Charges of offloading backpack:-
INR 2100/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
INR 2500/- if you inform us after reaching Manali
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.
Paying the Trek/ Adventure activity fee:
The fee can be paid by online transfer/check deposit/ demand draft. Instruction for payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.
When to book:
It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. However, if you want a good deal on your domestic/international flight, we recommend organising your trip at least five months in advance. (Please contact us if you require a late booking)
Basics Gear
Back pack & rain cover (50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack + rain cover 20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)
Walking stick Advisable (At least one)
Head torch 1 Nos.
Water bottle/Hydration pack 2 bottles of one litre each
  People who use hydration pack
  1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter
  Carry at least one thermos flask
Snacks Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
Personal Medical Kit Consult your doctor
Be comfy at Panchachuli Base Camp
T-shirts 2 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)
Fleece T-shirts 1 Nos.
Fleece jacket 1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)
Down feather / Hollofil jacket 1 Nos.
Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant) 1 Pair
Thermal inners (upper and lower) 1 Pair
Trek pants 2 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
Poncho 1 Nos.
Think about your head
Sun cap 1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)
Woolen cap 1 Nos.
Balaclava 1 Nos.
Neck-gaiters 1 Nos.
Sunglasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected.
        People who wear spectacles- 
  (A)- Use contact lenses. (Not for Chadar trek)
  (B)- Photo chromatic glasses. 
Mind your step
Trekking shoes 1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
Floaters/flip-flops 1 Pair (Optional)
Cotton socks 5 pairs
Woollen socks 3 pairs
Gaiters 1 Pair (The Crazy Mountaineers team will notify you if required)
Keep these handy
Waterproof gloves 1 Pair
Fleece/woollen gloves 1 Pair
Personal Utilities
Sunscreen cream Hand sanitizer
Moisturiser Antibacterial powder
Toilet Paper & wipes Toothbrush and toothpaste
Lip balm Quick dry towe
In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: -

Cancellations prior to 24 days from the start of the trek

Book any other trek till one year or get 95% refund (Note: If the trek charges are more, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)

Cancellation between 24 days and 14 days to the start of the trek

Choose to go for the same trek, with any other batch, till year or get 70% refund

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the trek

Choose to go on the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch or get 50% refund.

Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek

Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.

Note:-

  1. Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
  2. In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS.
  3. THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

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