At 4,590m above sea level, Pangalchula trek is an amphitheater for the entire Garhwal range and is perfect if you want a real taste of alpine in the comfort of lower altitudes. With just the right amount of challenge and awe-inspiring views, it has to be one of the few peaks that pose difficulties other than those associated with Himalayan altitude. It is India’s second-highest mountain. As giants like Nanda Devi, India’s third highest mountain Kamet, Dronagiri, Hathi Ghoda, Chowkhamba, Mana, and Neelkanth (to name just a few) stand like iron knights, they No wonder they are standing so confidently. Make climbers sweaty?
The route to Pangalchula and Kuari Pass remains the same until the final day. As you drive to Dak, the main route to this stunning peak, you’ll sit atop a dense forest of pine trees with unobstructed views of Nanda Devi on ythe Crown of Pangarchulla is to your right and on your left. It’s a short hike where you can accomplish a lot in a limited time of 6 days. From local towns to dusty trails leading to vast meadows, dense forests, pristine streams, and rocky outcrops that fade to snow-white, the Pangarchulla trek covers a wide variety of terrain in a very short time.
How to reach Joshimath
The closest airport to Haridwar is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun.
Visitors can take a direct flight from Mumbai or Delhi to Dehradun or a connecting flight from anywhere in India. To reach Haridwar overland from Dehradun, local cars are available outside the airport.
on the train:
Train to Haridwar – Haridwar Junction Railway Station (IR station code:HW) is well connected by train, with frequent trains to Delhi (4-5 hours) and Dehradun (1 hour). He also has several trains a day to Rishikesh.
On the street:
Haridwar is connected to all major cities by road, so you can easily reach Haridwar by bus. Haridwar is well connected with Chandigarh (205 km), Delhi (210 km), Dehradun (59 km), and Nainital (223 km) by road network.
Drive from Rishikesh to Joshimath
Drive Distance: 254 km | Drive Duration: 10-11 hours
Drive from Joshimart to Tsugashi. Hiking from Tugasi to Garing/Akrotogueta
12km | Trekking duration:
6-7 hours | Altitude gain:
8,790 feet to 10,908 feet
Moderate. His first 20 minutes are steep climbs followed by 45 minutes of gradual ascents. Again a steep ascent of about an hour followed by gentle and steep ascents he continues for 1.5-2 hours. Carry 2 liters of water.
Trekking from Gulling/Akhrotghetta to Khullara
6km | Trekking duration:
3-4 hours | Altitude gain:
10,908 feet to 11,010 feet
Moderate. A gradual climb. No water source.
Acclimatization day in khullara. Trek to Kuari Top and return to Khullara.
7km | Trekking duration:
4-5 hours | Altitude gain/loss:
11,010 feet to 12,600 feet and he’s back to 11,010 feet
Gently climb to the Kuari top. Bring plenty of water as there are no water stations along the way.
Hike from Khullara to the top of Pangarchulla trek and back to Khullara
12 kilometers | Trip duration:
10-12 hours | Increase and decrease altitude:
11,010 feet to 15,069 feet and back 11,010 feet
Difficult. A gradual ascent at first, followed by a steep climb on snow/rock. There is only one source of water about 3-4 hours after starting the trip. Bring 2 liters of water and refill your bottle at the source.
Walk from Khullara to Karchi and drive to Tapoban
5.25km | Trip duration:
3-4 hours | Loss of altitude:
11,010 feet to 7,315 feet
Easy-Just Right. Medium to steep down to Karchi. Bring enough water
Drive back from Tapoban to Rishikesh.
Why visit Pangarchulla!!
°A blanket of lush plants that warmly welcomes you.
°The road to the summit is steeper and full of excitement, giving you an adrenaline rush.
°Enjoy a sloppy but risk-free snow hike where you can slide, walk and do a lot without risking your life.
°Trekking comes out as a teacher because it gives you patience and the right trekking huddle.
°Embracing a soaring mountain peak makes you sanity and makes you want more. Every step deserves to be caught by the eye of the beholder.
°It drags you into a beautiful nightmare, drifting and wishing that time would never end.
While the ascent to the summit alone gives you a strong adrenaline rush, the mountain views you see from the top add to the experience. Throughout the entire trek, you get stunning views of a significant portion of the Greater Himalayan Range. You are surrounded by them at the summit, and they are all so close to you.
And if you hike during March and April, the forest is coloured by blooming rhododendrons, adding to its already stunning beauty. You will enter a totally different world when you are in Khullara.