Pangarchulla Peak Trek



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6 Days

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At a staggering height of 15,010 Ft, the Pangarchulla Peak trek, with its breathtaking views of the Garhwal Himalayan peaks, Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, and Hati-Ghori to name a few, is one of the best treks for both novices as well as experienced trekkers. The path is initially lined with rocks but gradually ascends into a picturesque landscape that is a blend of green meadows, majestic mountains, and quaint villages consisting of wooden houses. Also known as the Chimney peak, it adds more charm to the Lord Curzon circuit of trekking trails with its snow-covered slopes and diverse flora and fauna.

The trails of the Pangarchulla peak trek follow the same paths of pilgrimage that have the footprints of devotees who embark on a spiritual journey from Haridwar to Joshimath. Although the Pangarchulla trek remains accessible throughout the year, it’s when the ridges and surrounding land are covered in snow is when the experience becomes ten times better. Although during summers, the view is no less charming. The vast expanse of green land speckled with the blooming colors of spring make it truly mesmerizing. The oak, blue pine, and Bhojpatra trees adorn the trail and provide shelter to a variety of wildlife, like the black deer and Himalayan Tahr which you can spot if you are lucky.

The Pangarchulla trek falls in the moderate level category which means even though it gives you the adrenaline rush that many adventure enthusiasts seek, it also becomes hard to keep up with the demanding nature of the trek but it rewards the bold and determined with the feeling of triumph when they reach the summit.

The most exciting part of any trek is no doubt the end when you realize that all the hardships you faced bore fruit that was not only sweet but worth it all. However, it’s the trail and walking upon it that makes reaching the top feel so fulfilling. The trail of Pangarchulla peak starts from the village of Dhak. The peace that you witness with the slant-roofed houses and streams of water falling behind is quite unmatched.

You will witness cattle grazing and even meet some Himalayan shepherds along with locals but as you gradually ascend upwards, the traces of civilization will start to fade and so will the brown terrains, giving way to thick forests with Garhwal Himalayan peaks beckoning you closer from behind.

The more distance you cover on the trekking trail to Pangarchulla peak, the more traces of green canopies will come into view, with the golden oak trees and blue pines. For a moment, you will lose sight of the mountains as you trek deeper into the forests. During the summer and spring seasons, you would find bloomed rhododendrons and in winter, a thick blanket of snow stretched like a carpet beneath your feet. It depends on what kind of landscapes fascinate you, if you are a snow fanatic and can overcome the harsh breeze then you can mount your flag on the summit of Pangarchulla during winters but if you are someone who just wants to enjoy the serenity that nature brings them then the best time to do the Pangarchulla trek would be from March to May.

The golden sunrises and tangerine sunsets while you embark on the Pangarchulla trek are to die for but the sight of the majestic Himalayan peaks like Mt. Kamet, Mana Parvat, Garud, Trishul, and Dronagiri is what makes you feel as if you are on top of the world.

As you follow the Lord Curzon trail, traversing through the meadows that offer a gateway to Pangarchulla, you must be well-equipped with water because the more you travel upwards, the more scarce your resources become. But once you have reached the ridge that has Chaukhamba massif adorning it, all your fatigue will leave you in an instant.  The Pangarchulla main peak will beckon you closer from here and it depends on you whether you wish to go forward.

If you continue on the path, after a few hundred meters, the knife ridge begins. It’s crucial to reach the summit early in the morning because as the sun rises, the snow begins to melt making the slope extremely slippery and risky. Finally, after conquering all your fears and hardships, you would reach the summit point and witness the glory of Garhwal Himalayan peaks in the form of a 360 view with Nanda Ghunti on your left, Chaukhamba on your right with all its terrains clearer than ever before. Once you have relished the experience of reaching the summit of Pangarchulla peak, we will head back to basecamp.

The reason why the Pangarchulla peak trek is one of the best winter treks that you must do is that it embodies the grandeur of the great Himalayas perfectly. You get to see different peaks, traverse through forests and meadows, come across streams of Himalayan water, and be acquainted with the flora and fauna the Himalayas are home to. A benefit of doing this trek is that if you have enough time on your hands then you can cover Kuari Pass as well as Auli, the Himalayan ski resort while on the Pangarchulla peak trek.

In a nutshell, the Pangarchulla trek is one of the best treks that you can do in the Himalayan region and as it’s one of the underrated treks in India, it provides you both thrill as we as solitude.


  • Accommodation: 2 Nights in a Hotel / Homestay in Joshimath on a triple-sharing basis. 3 Nights Tented Accommodation on a triple sharing basis.
  • Transportation: Surface transfer from Rishikesh - Joshimath - Rishikesh by Sumo / Bolero / Tempo Traveler (Depending on the number of travelers).
  • Meals: All vegetarian meals from day 1st Dinner to day 6th Breakfast.
  • Snacks: Morning / Evening Tea / Coffee with light snacks and soup while on the trek.
  • Camping logistics: Tent, Sleeping bags, Mattresses, Dining tent, Toilet tent.
  • Trek Leader Qualified and Experienced Trek leader and support staff.
  • Permits: All necessary fees and permits.
  • Trekking Equipment: Gaiters, Micro Spikes, and Rope if required.
  • Safety Equipment: Basic First Aid kit with Oximeter and Oxygen Cylinder.
  • Free Travel Insurance up to 4.5 Lakhs.
  • Guide ratio: 1:10
  • 5% GST
  • Any expenses of personal nature.
  • Meals during transit.
  • Any insurance of any kind.
  • Any fees and permits (for non-Indians).
  • Unscheduled delay due to landslide.
  • Cost Escalation due to “ Force Majeure and Evacuation charges”.
  • Anything not mentioned explicitly in the above program.
  • Note: You can apply for travel insurance before the trek.

Tour Plan

Day 1 Rishikesh to Joshimath (254 Kms, 10 Hrs Drive)
    • The group will assemble at the the pickup point at 06:00 AM.
    • Afterward, you’ll be introduced  to the whole group and a small briefing session would also be provided and then we’ll head to Joshimath/Pipalkoti.
    • We’ll reach Joshimath by the evening and check into our designated home stays.
    • Dinner will be served in the evening followed by overnight stay.

    Note: The pick-up point would be Rishikesh ISBT (tentative).

Day 2 Drive from Joshimath/Pipalkoti to Tugasi (14 Kms, 45 Mins Drive) | Trek to Guling (4 Kms, 5 Hrs)
  • After early morning breakfast, we’ll head out for Tugasi Village.
  • Upon reaching Tugasi, we will start our trek to Guling.
  • We’ll reach Guling by the afternoon and check into our campsite.
  • Lunch will be served later on. The rest of the day is at leisure.
  • After some group bonding sessions, we will have dinner followed by an overnight stay in Guling. 
Day 3 Trek from Guling to Khullara (6 Kms, 7 Hrs)
  • After early morning breakfast, you will be given the necessary instructions regarding the trekking trails.
  • We will start trekking from Guling to Khullara.
  • En route, we will have our packed lunch. Later in the evening, we will check into our campsite at the Khullara base.
  • The rest of the day is at leisure. As the dawn starts to fall, you will get to witness the magical starry skies above.
  • Dinner followed by an overnight stay at Khullara base camp.
Day 4 Trek to Pangarchulla Summit | Back to Khullara (14 Kms, 12 Hrs)
  • Post breakfast, a small briefing session with necessary details about the rest of the trek will be provided.
  • Afterward, we will begin our trek to Pangarchulla peak by midnight.
  • Witness the sun rising from the great Himalayan ranges where you will catch a glimpse of the Chaukhamba massif, Nilkantha peaks, and Nanda Devi peaks, and many more. Afterward, we will descend toward the base camp.
  • We will check out from the base camp to head toward Khullara. En route, we will have our packed lunch.
  • Upon reaching Khullara, we will check into our campsite where we will have dinner followed by an overnight stay.
Day 5 Trek from Khullara to Tugasi (10 Kms, 6 Hrs) | Drive to Joshimath/Pipalkoti (14 Kms, 45 Mins Drive)
  • After early morning breakfast, we’ll head down towards the Sankri Village from Juda ka Taal.
  • Upon reaching Sankri, we’ll stop and freshen up at our designated hotel, and lunch will be provided.
  • Shortly afterward, we’ll proceed towards Dehradun. (Reach Dehradun by late evening.)
  • The group will disassemble here and be on their separate ways with a heart full of contentment and a mind full of memories.
Day 6 : Drive from Joshimath to Rishikesh (254 Kms, 10 Hours Drive) | End of tour
  • Post breakfast, we will check out of our accommodations and start our return journey by driving towards Rishikesh.
  • You can enjoy the scenic views of some of the Prayag like Dev Prayag, Rudra Prayag, and Karn Prayag.
  • Upon reaching Rishikesh, the group will dissemble and part ways with fond memories.
  • End of Tour.


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