Panchachuli Base Camp trek is a unique trek in the Darma valley of Pitthoragarh district near the borders of Tibet and Nepal in Uttarakhand.
On the difficulty scale it comes under moderate as the route to the Glacier is a pleasant walk. The entire trail abounds in snow-capped mountain views, gushing streams, alpine meadows and is rich in biodiversity. The trek to the glacier is a walk by the side of River Dhauliganga and it offers astounding beauty of the Panchachuli peaks. One can witness tribal village life as well while on the Panchachuli Base Camp Trek.
Words cannot do justice to the magnificence and beauty of this trek. With the five Panchachuli peaks, conifer and deodar trees and vast, verdant meadows all around, the Panchachuli Base Camp Trek is a exceptionally exciting experience.
Day 01: Kathgodam to Dharchula 9 hours (290 KM)
As you arrive in Kathgodam, be prepared for a long drive to Dharchula. The drive will pass through Pitthoragarh district of Uttarakhand covering the towns of Bhimtal, Almora, Chaukori, Thal and Ashkot. The lofty mountain views, Native Mountain villages, green forests will be your constant companions all through the drive. Reach by the end of the day at your campsite at Dharchula which also served as an ancient trading route between India & Nepal. Stay here overnight in a homestay.
Day 02: Dharchula - Dar - Urthing
Today post breakfast, we drive to Dar which will take 3 hours to reach and will be our last road head on this trek route in Darma valley. From here we will start ascending to Urthing where we will camp for the night. We will hike up through Bongling forest, passing by narrow cliff edges with the Dhauliganga River gushing below on your right. We will be walking on rock cut stretch with short climbs in between to reach the campsite for an Overnight stay.
Day 03: Urthing - Naagling
Today’s hike will be relatively easy as it will involve short descents and climbs to reach our campsite in Naagling. We will have Dhauliganga River accompanying us all through the way as we cross green pastoral lands, a wooden suspension bridge. Our campsite will be located slightly on the outskirts of Naagling on a green flat land alongside the river. We will stay overnight in the camp.
Day 04: Naagling - Son
Today's trail will be a mix of rocky terrain followed by coniferous forests of high oak and birch trees as we reach the table top meadow of Naagling. From here we experience a vantage view of the distant Glaciers, surrounded by the mighty Himalayas. From the meadow, it will be another 3 KM walk towards our campsite for the day called Son which is a charming place but mostly uninhabited settlement of the Darma valley. We stay here for the night.
Day 05: Son – Panchachuli Base camp (13976 feet)
The walk to the base camp will be along a narrow trail entailing steep descents and ascents all through the route. The trail will pass through forests of birch and conifer with astounding views of the mountain peaks and glaciers as we reach Panchachuli base camp. After we spend sufficient time at the base camp we retrace our steps back to Naagling and camp the night there.
Day 06: Panchachuli Base Camp- Naagling
In the morning we will trek down to Bungling. Downhill trek is easy. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 07: Naagling to Urthing 12 KM
Today also we will continue with our downward hill trek to Urthing. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 08: Urthing to Dar drive back to Dharchula
This is our last day of trekking as we come close to city life. We will trek down 5 KM to reach Sobla and from here drive to Dharchula. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 09: Dharchula to Kathgodam via Almora 8 hours (290 KM)
We drive back to Kathgodam and reach by evening to take the overnight train/bus to New Delhi.
Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days
Max Altitude: 13,976 Ft.
If Minimum group strength is not met , we have the right to cancel the departure.
Should you wish to customise the trip as per your preferred date, separate charges will apply.
HOW TO REACH
Kathgodam has good connectivity to many important Indian cities like Lucknow, Delhi and Howrah. There are daily trains from these cities. Also, regular buses are available from Delhi.
1. Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay,Camping)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg and Egg)
3. Trek equipment
5. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder
6. Qualified and experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff
7. Transport from Kathgodam to Loharjung and return
8. Price based on minimum 6 persons travelling together
1. Any kind of personal expenses
2. Food during the transit
4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Inclusions
6. GST @ 5.0%
Note:Normally we expect you to carry your personal luggage on your own, but if you do not want to carry your backpack you can give it to porter/Mules, but you have to inform us in advance and have to pay Rs. 300/- extra per day per bag.