Pangarchulla is easily one of those treks that is well-rounded and poses just the right amount of challenge for trekkers. The trail starts off with lush green and turns into a snowy wonderland. The trail that you follow through the trek also gives you a close-up view of some of the highest peaks of the Garhwal region.
You get to Summit a peak!
Every step to the peak at 15,010 ft (4,575 m) is a wondrous step that you will never forget. The ridge that takes you to the peak may be steep and challenging but the views that you see once you reach the peak is just as satisfying. To get to the peak you will have to walk in deep snow and also cross some boulder sections. The grandeur of the surrounding during the climb will definitely make you stop in your tracks in awe.
Diverse Picture-Perfect Landscapes
The entire landscape all through the trail keeps constantly changing with every curve. What starts out as lush green farms slowly change to dense forests opening up to snow-covered landscapes.
The trail to Pangarchulla passes through the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. The entire trek route gives you a good close up view of the revered Mt. Nanda Devi along with other peaks such as Mt. Chaukamba, Mt. Dronagiri, Hathi Parvat, Ghoda Parvat and many more. All of this makes this trek a perfect escapade from the monotony of daily life. The landscapes will surely make you fall in love with photography.
A treat for nature lovers!
The trail is definitely a treat for adventurers who love exploring nature. The variety of flora and fauna that the trail offers is beyond ordinary. Until the snow-covered landscape, the trail is strewn in red-rhododendrons. You can also find Oak, Silver Birch, Blue Pine, and Bhojpatra- the bark of which is known to source papyrus along the trail. If lucky, you can also spot wildlife like Musk Deer, Black Bear, and Himalayan Tahr and the very majestic Snow Leopard.
Travel via the five sacred river confluences in the Garhwal Himalayas. Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag and Vishnuprayag in the ascending flow sequence of their occurrence.
Devprayag is the confluence of the two holy rivers, the Bhagirathi – the chief stream of the Ganges and the Alaknanda. It is the first prayag on the way to Badrinath. Beyond this confluence, the river is known as Ganges.
Rudra Prayag is the confluence where the river Alaknanda meets the Mandakini River. The confluence is named after god Shiva, who is also known as Rudra.
Karn Prayag is the location where Alaknanda River is joined by the Pindar River that originates from the Pindar glacier, below the Nanda Devi Mountain range.
Nandaprayag is the confluence where the Nandakini River joins the main Alaknanda River.
Vishnuprayag – The Alaknanda River, which originates from Satopanth glacier is joined by the Dhauli Ganga River near Joshimath (on Joshimath – Badrinath route). Alaknanda flows in front of the Badrinath temple, one of the most revered Hindu shrines.
Joshimath: 6,150 ft (1,875 m)
Auli: 8,218 ft (2,505 m)
Dhak: 7,601 ft (2,317 m)
Khullara: 11,100 ft (3,383 m)
Pangarchulla: 15,010 ft (4,575 m)
Trek Gradient: Difficult
Trek Distance: 40+ Km
Assembling Point: Rishikesh
Average Temperature: -2°C to 20°C
Travel Distance: 700+ Km
Arrive in Rishikesh and check in to the hotel. Meet your fellow trekkers in a meet and greet session where you will also be prepped for the upcoming trek. In the evening, head out to witness the magnificent Ganga Arati and explore the authentic local cultures of India. Stay the night at Haridwar.
Travel Duration: 7-8 hours
On day 2 you start your journey from Rishikesh to Joshimath. Witness the four confluences of the sacred River Ganga (Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandprayag) en route and also get the very first glimpse of the snow-clad peaks when you’re about to arrive in Auli. Check in to the hotel and stay the night at Auli.
Trek Duration: 6-8 hours
On day 3, we start trekking towards Taali from Auli. During this trek, we meander through the narrow pathways right behind the Gorson Top trail. The trail is gorgeous with an open meadow all through. Tonight, we camp in Taali.
Trek Duration: 6 hours
Today we start trekking from Taali to Gorson Top. This trek, although slightly steep, is breathtaking and extremely rewarding because of the majestic views of the revered Mt. Nanda Devi, Hathi Parvat, Ghoda Parvat, Mt. Neelkant and the mighty Mt. Dronagiri.
Trek Duration: 6 hours
Wake up early to be up on the summit to see the sunrise on a wide Himalayan panorama. The walk up to the summit at 4,575 m would take around 6-8 hours. Once at the summit, enjoy the breathtaking 360 degree view of the Garhwal peaks clearly visible from the summit for the first time. After this, we descend to the Khullara base camp. We will camp the night in Khullar.
Trek Duration: 6 hours
Today is an easy trek to Dhak through the beautiful meadows and small villages. We will pass through Dhak, a smaller block in Joshimath. The views of peaks like Hathi Ghoda, Barmal & Mana will be your constant companion in today’s trek. We will reach Dhak by afternoon. From here, if the weather permits we head out to visit the Badrinath Temple and Mana Village.
Trek Duration: 7-8 hours
On day 7, depending on the weather**, we may travel to Badrinath & Mana or journey back to Rishikesh/Rudraprayag.
Trek Duration: 7 hours
On your last day, you travel back to Rishikesh from Rudraprayag via road. Once you reach Rishikesh, enjoy an exciting adventure sports River Rafting in the river Ganga.
**Travel to Badrinath and Mana depends entirely on the weather conditions during November. If there is a chance of snowfall or there has been snowfall, we will move towards Rishikesh from Joshimath and spend the night there. This will be decided by our Trek Captain during the course of the trek.
We will endeavor to make your program smooth and as pleasant as possible. However, the entire course of trekking depends on the ranges of the mighty mountains, physical health, and environmental conditions. Therefore, Monks on wheels or our partner TrekNomads shall not be responsible for any changes in the itineraries due to unavoidable circumstance and natural disasters such as landslide, road blockage, flood, snowing, cancellation of flight and delay, any types of sickness including altitude sickness
High-altitude/Himalayan treks require every participant to maintain a certain form of physical fitness that will help them trek with ease. A good fitness regime followed by a healthy diet can help you get fit for a Himalayan/high-altitude trek. However, it is advised that you consult with your doctor and then participate in a Himalayan/high-altitude trek.
Begin your training about 6 weeks before your departure
Focus on building your stamina through Aerobics, Running, Stair Climbing, Swimming or Cycling about 3 – 4 times a week
Build your core strength with resistance training through Squats, Lunges, Hip Hinging, Step Ups, Planks at least 3- 4 times a week
Work on developing a breathing rhythm and expanding your lung capacity with deep breathing and Yoga
As your trek approaches, head out on smaller treks to help you acclimatize yourself
Don’t miss out on exercising if you can help it, even a 30-minute workout regime followed religiously can take you a long way.
We believe in leaving the mountains in a better condition, which is why we follow a no-litter policy on our treks. Each trekker will have to bring back the waste that is created during the trek.
Trekking is best enjoyed when you’ve worn comfortable clothes. Try and avoid wearing Jeans, bright colours and heavy apparels as much as possible.
A lighter backpack always helps you have a better trek, try and carry just as much as needed.
Always be in sight of your trek lead, if you feel the need to stop for any reason at all, please keep the trek lead informed.
If you do come across any reptiles, animals or even insects during the trek, please keep your calm and let it patiently pass by. Any kind of noise and panic will scare them as well.
Do not venture out into the forest/waterfalls on your own as it may be dangerous.
Trekking is a good adventure, having said that, it is our primary responsibility to take good care of ourselves and be compassionate towards fellow trekkers
If, at any point, during the trek, you feel uneasy or unwell, please inform the trek lead immediately
Tune in to the sounds of nature while on a trek and avoid carrying speakers or playing music during the course of the trek
To help you enjoy the trek to the fullest, we avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol, and other intoxicants during the course of the trek
If, due to any unforeseen circumstances you would like to cancel your trek with us, here is our cancellation policy.
1. If the notice is received more than 60 days prior to the event, 100% Refund will be adjusted against other treks
2. If the notice is received up to 30 days prior to the event, 50% Refund will be adjusted against other treks
3. All cancellation requests made 29 days prior or on the day of the event, no Refund would be given as the accommodation, transportation and everything else would be confirmed under your name.