Even the thought of trekking in the Himalayas is sure to send excitement down your veins! The resplendent beauty of the woods, exotic species of birds, animals, plants, and flowers, snow-capped mountains, and the authentic cultural cuisines and dishes, what else does anyone need? If you want a taste of heaven, you must trek in the Himalayas at least once in your life.
Uttarakhand offers a variety of trekking options to choose from but today, we will discuss one such location which not only packed with adventure but offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan summits. In the Garhwal region, it is believed that Pangarchulla Trek is the most exhilarating among other popular treks like Dayara Bugyal, Pindari Glacier, Nag Tibba, Kedarkantha, Kuari Pass or Har Ki Dun. Its fame lies in the splendid overwhelming views which are a part of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. The Pangarchulla Peak trek leads you from the lush green meadows better known as the Bugyals through dense forest cover and stunning snow-covered peaks. If you are looking for a short exciting vacation Pangarchulla will definitely not let you down.
Places like these are too precious, they are to be left untouched and unexploited by mankind. The fresh air of nature will dissolve all your dilemmas away. Pangarchulla will definitely fulfill all your trekking dreams if you are an adventure enthusiast. Climbing is the closest thing you can come to flying. The kind of place which is absolutely worth the time and money. India is certainly glorified by the resplendent mountain trails which transform into sheer beauty in the colder months. Tripping through snow-covered lanes and frozen trees and streams. This time forget your trip abroad and hop on the car to explore incredible India.
About Pangarchulla Trek
Pangarchulla may also be commonly known as the ‘chimney peak’ of India. It stands tall at the high altitude of 15,069 ft (4575m) above sea level. You could catch a glimpse of the neighbouring peaks like Mount Dronagiri ( 7066 m ), Nanda Devi ( India's second-highest peak - 7816 m ), Hathi-Ghori Parbat ( 6,727 m and 6,708 m respectively ), Chaukhamba ( 7138 m ), Neelkanth ( 6,597 ), you also get a sight of Kamet, Mana, Mandir, Barmatia, Lampak I and II. Also, Mt. Trishul (7,120 m) and Nandaghunti (6,309 m) though the view may not be as great. Imagine being surrounded by all this goodness. The journey to this beautiful adobe begins from the holy place of Haridwar and goes all the way to Joshimath, Dhak, Gullingtop, Khullara and finally the Pangarchulla Peak. These are all our checkpoints.
It must be mentioned that if you are a beginner and are new to the trekking world, you shouldn’t take the risk of attempting this trek. This particular trek requires more endurance and physical and mental strength. It is usually classified as a moderate to difficult trek considering the different terrains in which you will ascend and descend. The path is rocky and steep, accompanied by thick snow and rain even, depending on the weather conditions. Fitness must be a top priority and no heart conditions must prevail. Few winter treks in India might be accessible for a shorter period but it would be stupid if we consider them to be easy in those extreme climatic conditions. The technical difficulty of this trek and the gradients make it a perfect training ground for novices. If you have attempted a few treks before, this shouldn't be much of an inconvenience. You will begin at an altitude of 7000 ft approx and trek until you reach the highest point i.e 14,700 ft. The trekking distance can be between 30 to 35 km. Put on your snow boots, fuzzy jackets, gloves, hats, and scarves, and get ready to take a long romantic walk to the mountains and embrace the winter wonderland. If you are lucky, you might get to spot the footprints of either the Himalayan Bear or Leopard.Quick facts about the amazing Pangarchulla Trek
- Region - Chamoli, Uttarakhand.
- Base Camp - Joshimath
- Duration - 6 days
- Minimum and Maximum temperature - Day (14°C to 18°C) Night (-2°C to -5°C)
- Altitude - 14,700 (4480 m)
- Distance - 40 kms
- Difficulty - Moderate Difficult
- Starting point - Haridwar
- Ending Point - Haridwar
- Last ATM point - Joshimath
Weather and Temperature of Pangarchulla Peak.
In the spring and summer, the temperature ranges from 6 degrees to 15 degrees during the day and 2 degrees to 9 degrees during the night.
In the winters, the temperature could be anywhere between 0 degrees to -2 degrees during the daytime and -4 to -6 degrees in the night respectively.
Best time to visit Pangarchulla.
This is perhaps the most important question of all? When is the perfect time to do a particular trek? Nobody wants to spoil their precious time thinking about how they should have spent more time planning their treks or imagine having to stay indoors because you choose to trek in an offseason for the sake of being adventurous. Yikes! Well, you must not fear we have all the solutions.
To begin with, it is always winter in Pangarchulla all throughout the year. If you live in the extremely hot and humid part of the country, this trek is the key to cool off your mind and soul.
A quick rejuvenation from the dull and mundane everyday city life.
Having said that, this trek is accessible throughout a very limited amount of time. April and May are considered to be the most ideal time. Without snow, the trek is not very efficient, snow eases the rough paths and provides a smooth surface to hike on. April and May are the time for retreating winters and it will not freeze you to death. The weather remains pleasant during the daytime. During this period, you will also get to experience crystal clear lively views of the peaks and landscapes, not to forget the beautiful starlit sky.
If you are however feeling very daring, you could try the trek in October, after the monsoons have retreated. But there may not be much snow. Now, you must go at your own risk.
How to reach Pangarchulla.
As mentioned earlier, we will leave from Haridwar, it's important to gather at Haridwar. Haridwar being the most popular religious place in India is easily accessible from all parts of the country. Let’s see how can you get there :
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The city of Haridwar does not have its own airport. The nearest domestic airport is Jolly Grant Airport, in Dehradun, which is only 35 km from Haridwar. The nearest international airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport, in Delhi.
The Haridwar Railway Station is located at Haridwar, it has direct connectivity with all the major cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Indore. However, it lacks a direct link with the minor cities in India.
Haridwar is well-connected through many Highways. National Highway 58, passes through Haridwar and connects it to Delhi, Muzaffarnagar, Roorkee, Ghaziabad, Meerut, and Badrinath. National Highway 74 originates from Haridwar connects it to Kashipur, Pilibhit, Kichha, Nagina, and Bareilly. Various public and private buses ply through these routes. You can choose A/C, non-A/C, deluxe, ordinary, semi-deluxe and many other options.
The national highway no 45 connects Haridwar to the state and well as other cities. The national highway 58 passes through Haridwar and connects with Ghaziabad, Meerut, Roorkee, Muzaffarnagar, Badrinath. National highway 74 originates from Haridwar and connects with Kashipur, Kiccha, Nagina, Pillbhit, and Bareilly.
Health and Safety
- For any Himalayan Trek, Ideal BMI for a trekker should be 18.5 to 24.9
- To keep a check of this please calculate BMI here
- Below given Safety checks should be done to get prepared for any Himalayan Trek.
- Balance : As well said a balanced mind and body gives out best in every condition and that too works in Himalayan treks as well.
- Legs Strength : Body and Legs Strength is required to carry body weight as well as the backpack while trekking in uneven multi terrains. Generally, a good strength on legs works out good in any Trek. One can gain legs strength by doing simple Squats.
- Muscle Flexibility : While trekking in Trans Himalayan region with a flexible body one can easily achieve full range of movement and this can be really helpful for trekkers as well as trek leads. A good flexible will be an advantage while walking on trails, climbing and river crossing etc. Flexibility can be achieved by simple stretching, yoga etc.
- Cardiovascular Endurance : Cardiovascular endurance is defined as the ability of lungs and heart to transmit oxygen to the body muscles. All Himalayan treks are basically ascending descending the slopes and for this trekkers should be having a good cardiovascular endurance. Anyone planning for a Himalayan trek can attain this capacity by doing any cardio exercise like running, swimming, cycling etc.
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