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Panchachuli Trek - Panchachuli Glacier

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

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Overview

Panchachuli Base Camp is one of the exciting base camps that set out its marquee in a 40-kilometer trek starting from Dar to Panchachuli Glacier. Nestling snugly in the lap of the snow capped peaks of Panchachuli, the Darma valley in Pithoragarh district is endowed with abundant scenic grandeur, The route to the glacier is abound in a splendid combination of enthralling scenery, snowcapped mountains, gushing streams, Alpine meadows and a rich variety of flora & fauna. Situated in Eastern Kumaon Himalaya, the trekking route forms the watershed between the Gori Ganga and Darma Valleys. People come to view the ethereal beauty of the nature, reasons dont hold much importance, as the Himalayas foothills are just the perfect alternative to experience adventure. Panchachuli Glacier lying on the laps of Kumaon Himalayan range in the Darma Valley, near the borders of Nepal and Tibet an area of outstanding beauty .The entire trek to the glacier is a walk along the river Dhauliganga .
The last road head Dar is 42 kms Dharchula (dist Pithoragarh ). Dar to Panchachuli Glacier is a pleasant walk .The trail goes through the tribal Villages of Bongling ,Sela ,Nagling, Baaling and Duktu along the river Dhauliganga and thick Forests of deodar and Bhojpatra and conifer. The five peaks of Panchachuli create the unforgettable specter of Him Khand, Yuli river skirted by the forests of Devdaar and Bhoj Patra and conifer trees and vast meadows. Description of this trek on papers is complex and would be injustice to the scenery that unfolds in front of the eyes of the beholder, it can only be experienced.
 Night stay in guesthouse.
Its a whole days drive to Dharchula from Kathgodham. The picturesque ride through the Pitholagarh district of Uttarakhand passes through the towns of Bhimtal, Almora, Dhaulchina, Sera- gat, Chaukhori, Thal, Ashkot. The lofty Himalayan ranges and the gorges below, native villages and the sheer beauty of the forests are you company all through the drive to Dharchula. Dharchula which is almost straddling India and Nepal across the river Kali is a picturesque isolated remote valley village amidst the snow capped peaks. It served as an ancient trading route between India and Nepal. Overnight stay at a homestay in the Dharchula village.
 Night stay in guesthouse / tents.
Dar is the last road head in Darma Valley for this trek. From Dharchula it is a 3 hour drive to Dar along a windy road through the small tribal settlements Tawaghat and New Sobla. From Dar it is a 3-4 hour walk to reach the campsite of Urthing throught Bongling forest. The trek to Urthing is along a narrow cliff edge with the Dhauliganga river gushing below on your right. The path winds itself on a rock cut stretch to reach the village of Bongling. Its a level walk with short climbs in between to the reach the campsite. Overnight stay in camp.

Its an easy walk with short descents and climbs. The mule track from Urthing to Naagling goes through hill sides of green pastoral land, with Dhauli Ganga flowing below cutting through the gorges. The trail passes through the green meadows of the inner Himalayan ranges and a suspension bridge across the river to cross over to Sela campsite. The campsite is on the outskirts of Naagling on the green carpet alongside the river. Overnight stay in Camp.

The trail to Naagling goes along hill sides and is a rocky terrain for the first 3 kilometeres. We then enter the coniferous forests of high oak and birch trees and further along we reach the table top meadow of Nagling. The view from this vantage point is a sight to behold. Surrounded by the mighty Himalayas, the views of the distant glaciers is exciting. From the meadow Baaling is another 3 kilometre walk through the vegetation lands of the tribals. Son is a picturesque mostly uninhabited settlement of the Darma Valley. Overnight stay in Camp.

The walk to the Base camp is along a narrow trail through the vast expanse of the Dantu Bugyals. With the forest cover to reach the glacier, on one side and the Meola river bed on the other its as steep descend to PCBC. The trek to PCBC itself is very picturesque with the bugyals stretching far and wide on one side and the forests of birch and conifer on the other.
Wild flowers and wild strawberries grow on either side of the narrow path which has steep climbs and descends till we reach the PCBC. With the peaks towering above and endless stretches of glaciers, the place itself provides an incredible scenery of a sprawling meadow bordered by tall oak and birch trees with the Panch Chulli (6904 mts./22652 ft.) towering in the background. We retrace our path back to Nagling and camp for the night. Overnight stay in Camp.

In the morning we will trek down to Bungling. The trek is easy to downwards. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

In the morning we will trek down to Bungling. The trek is easy to downwards. Dinner and overnight stay in tents. Back to the Naagling all the way to same back from PCBC.

This is our last day of trekking. We will trek down 5 kms to reach Sobla and from here drive to Dharchula. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

We drive down to Kathgodam and reach by evening to take the overnight train/bus to New Delhi.

The Kathgodam station is one of the main stations in the district and it is an old station. It has good connectivity to many places and these include Lucknow, Delhi, and Howrah. Tickets from Delhi to Kathgodam by train cost around Rs. 180 for a second class sleeper ticket and Rs. 450 for a third A/C sleeper ticket. It is essential to book the tickets at least one month in advance as this route is always in demand.
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 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 stops at Haldwani which is a twin town of Kathgodham (8 hrs. Journey).
Usually buses drop you at Haldwani bus staiton. From there you have to come to Kathgodham Railway Station which is 4km away.
THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS Tata Sumo or similar vehicles will pick-up you from Kathgodham Railway Station
We would suggest you to take only government buses from ISBT Anand Vihar. Private buses ply from outside ISBT and they are not trust worthiness.
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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