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About the Destination:
The high altitudinal Himalayan Peaks are the factors making Panchachuli Base Camp trek an exceptional one in the region. It originates in the Darma valley of Pithoragarh district between the borders of Nepal and Tibet. The complete route to the beautiful Panchachuli glacier are bestowed with the wonderful magic show of nature. It will be appearing in the sudden transitions in the landscapes. Since the valley is lying in the lap of Kumaon Himalayas, every trekker would be pleased with the magnificent presence of nature.
Also, this trekking route makes the watershed between the Gori Ganga and Darma Valleys. The entire trek to the glacier is a walk along the river Dhauliganga. The last road head Dhar is 42km from Dharchula, and from Dar to Panchachuli Glacier, you will be promised to have an amazing walking experience.
It will be an inimitable tail of adventures as you approach the trails unwinding through the tribal villages of Bongling, Sela, Nagling, Baaling and Duktu along the river Dhauliganga and thick forests of deodar and Bhojpatra and conifer are the best ones to enjoy the natural sights. You will be excited with the views of five peaks in the Panchachuli Range and the views of Him Khand, Yuli River skirted by the forests of Devdaar, Bhoj Patra and conifer trees.
If you possess a heart
for mountains then Panchachuli Base Camp trek is one of the best options for
you. The five different peaks of Panchachuli sector numbers 1 to 5 are located
at an elevation of 6904 meters, 6437 meters, 6355 meters, 6334 meters and 6312
meters. And almost all of them were conquered by many trekkers in the 1970s
About the Trek:
A Panchachuli Base Camp trekking package for nine days is completely worth to spend time and money since you are going to be a part of real adventure without a single moment of disappointment. Kathgodam, a cluster of beautiful and the first point of stay is Dharchula. The picturesque ways to Dharchula crossing the towns of Bhimtal, Almora and Dhaulchina will be amazing and you will come across the various little villages and gorges.
From Dahrchula, the next destination of yours will be Urthing via Dar. On the trek, you will come across many small tribal settlements of Tawaghat and New Sobla which would give you some of the nice scenery. From Dar, you will need to take a 3-4 hour walk to reach the campsite of Urthing may let you cross all way through a narrow cliff edge with the Dhauli Ganga River gushing on your right. After that you have to follow some easy ways to Naagling going through the suspension bridge across the river.
Son is a very attractive destination of your tour Naagling and on that day you will be passing through rocky terrains as well through the high oak and birch forests and finally arriving the highland meadow of Naagling. It will be a spellbinding visual to watch the distant Himalayan Glaciers from the routes you cover. Proceed walking through the dense thickets found at Dantu Bugyals on one side and the Meola River on another side until you reach Panchachuli Basecamp. The wild ways will get you the best views of blooming plants and trees, tall grasslands, velvety pastures and many more. The peak of Panchachuli stands tall at 6904m towering as the backdrop.
After exploring the
mind-blowing beauty of Panchachuli, trek back to Naagling along the same
picture-perfect landscapes and trails. Urthing, Dar, Darchula and Kathgodam
will be coming your way once again before you wind up this exciting trekking
Panchachuli Base Camp Trek Highlights:
- Get an amazing chance to climb up a height of about 13975 feet which could let you feel at the top of the world and view the entire region covered by thickets and glaciers.
- The blooming forest trails have a lot to share with you on the way to the summit and the gushing rivers play an important role in making the trails tricky as well as exciting.
- The famous wildlife of Uttarakhand may come your way if you are lucky and the rare birds found in the forests are the right companions for your trek.
- Different bugyals, landscapes, and bridges across the rivers together create an astonishing sightseeing option before you.
Temperature: 1 to 8 degrees in nights, days are relatively warmer
Trekking Distance: 60km
Maximum Altitude: 13,975 Ft.
Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate
Railway Station: Kathgodam is the nearest railway station
Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
Kathgodam is the beginning point of your trek. After reaching there, get a drive to Dharchula. It will take the whole day to reach there. But it will be a wonderful journey with the chances to witness the routes filled with the picturesque views.
Cross Pitholagarh where you will be able to see the sudden change in serenity as the town of Bhimtal, Almora, Dhaulchina, Sera- gat, Chaukhori, Thal and Ashkot just pass.
Watch the lofty Himalayan ranges and the gorges below, native villages and the sheer beauty of the forests till you reach Dharchula.
Dharchula is located between India and Nepal with Kali River as one important attraction and it is a picturesque, isolated and remote valley village amidst the snow capped peaks.
It served as an ancient trading route between India and Nepal.
Stay overnight in a homestay in Dharchula village.
Dhar is the last road head in Darma Valley for this trek.
Begin the trek from Dharchula which will take a 3 hour drive to Dar along a windy road through the small tribal settlements Tawaghat and New Sobla.
Continue for another 3-4 hour walk to reach the campsite of Urthing and on the way, you need to pass through the beautiful Bongling forest.
The trek to Urthing is along a narrow cliff edge with the Dhauliganga river gushing below on your right. It unwinds through a rock cut stretch to reach the village of Bongling.
Then comes level walks with short climbs in between to the reach the campsite.
Stay overnight in the camps.
Proceed with the trek through an easy plain today along with some short descents and climbs.
There will be a mule track that goes from Urthing to Naagling letting you pass through the hill sides of green pastoral land, with Dhauli Ganga flowing below cutting through the gorges.
You will be led to the vast green meadows of the inner Himalayan ranges and a suspension bridge across the river to cross over to Sela campsite.
The campsite is on the outskirts of Naagling on the green carpet alongside the river.
Stay overnight in the camps.
The trail to Naagling goes along hill sides and is a rocky terrain for the first 3 kilometers.
After that, you will enter the coniferous forests of high oak and birch trees and further along, you can watch the table top meadow of Nagling.
As you gain the heights, enjoy the views of the mighty Himalayas and the distant glaciers.
From the meadow, Baaling is another 3 kilometre walk through the vegetation lands of the tribals.
Son is a picturesque mostly uninhabited settlement of the Darma Valley.
Stay overnight in the camps.
In the morning, start walking to the Base camp along a narrow trail, goes through the vast expanse of the Dantu Bugyals.
With the forest cover to reach the glacier on one side and the beautiful Meola river bed on the other, you may find the steep ascents to the base camp.
The bugyals stretching far and wide and the forests of birch and conifer create a picturesque ambience throughout the route.
Enjoy the fragrance spread by the wild flowers and get the glimpses of wild strawberries on the narrow path which has steep climbs and descends till PCBC.
Then it will be a continuous line of visuals including that of towering hills above and endless stretches of glaciers.
The complete trail will show you endless meadows and the tall oak and birch trees with the Panch Chulli (6904 mts./22652 ft.) towering in the background.
Get back to Nagling by retracing the path to camp overnight there.
In the morning, trek down to Nagling. The trek is easy downwards. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
In the morning, you will trek down to Urthing from Nagling.
Stay overnight in Urthing.
On the last day of the trek, walk from Urthing to Sobla first and then get a drive to Dharchula.
Stay overnight in Dharchula.
Get a drive down to Kathgodam and reach by evening to take the overnight train/bus to New Delhi.
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What is the best time to go for Panchachuli Base Camp Trek ?
The best time to do Panchachuli Base Camp Trek is during its best climate and when the trek is doable. The Ideal time to do the trek is from May to June. Some experienced trekkers also say that April to June and September to October are the best months to watch the amazing sights from the summit. The monsoon is the best season when a lot of greenery and blooming of flowers can be seen but the routes to the summit will not be accessed during then due to the landslides.
What is the difficulty level of Panchachuli Base Camp Trek ?
Panchachuli Base Camp Trek is an easy to moderate trek. This trek has a lot of thickets and landscapes to cover till you reach the summit. The rivers and waterfalls through the route will let you feel relaxed also. The routes are quite easy with gradual ascents and descents.
What clothing or equipment do we need to carry on our side during Panchachuli Base Camp Trek ?
It is absolutely necessary to pack all the important clothing and equipments needed for your trek. Make sure to carry warm and comfortable clothing as temperature can drop, pack good quality trekking shoes, slippers and extra pair of socks. It’s advisable to carry sunscreen lotion or any other skin moisturisers as the sun at the top can be harsh. Water bottles and energy bars, snacks are advisable. A Flashlight with spare batteries will help once the sun goes down and it’s always smart to carry insect repellent and emergency medical kit.
Which type of shoes should I carry on the trek to Panchachuli Base Camp?
Shoes are the most important part of the trek. Only the right kind of shoes will take you all the way. It is advised to carry high-ankle trekking shoes. Different shoes are suitable for different kinds of treks, depending on the weather, trail condition as well as duration of the trek. For this particular trek, shoes with thick soles are recommended.
Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?
No, consumption of these substances are strictly prohibited on any type of trek. The most important aspect needed for trekking is control and sound mindless. One should have a strong mindset to make through the difficult forest phase as there would be blind curves and steep slopes while in the trek. Usage of smoke and alcohol will seriously damage the overall function of the body. You will lose control and face some serious consequences. So, it is advisable to refrain from smoking and drinking
How is Panchachuli Base Camp weather?
The weather is pleasant during the years with colder temperatures in higher altitudes. The temperature at Panchachuli Base Camp is comparatively fine and during the day it varies from 10 to 20 degree Celsius when it is on-season and at night it drops to 1 to 8 degree Celsius. April, May, June and then September and October are the best time to do the trekking since the days will be sunny and warmer than any other time in the year.
Is Diamox is advisable?
This trek is perfect for beginners and for those who love adventure. It is an easily acclimatized area as you will have a lot of place to take rest. Trekkers who have issues acclimation to the weather and altitude can take a dose of Diamox. But if you find any symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness which includes a headache, nausea and vomiting then inform your trek leader and take a tablet. During your trek, each of the campsites holds first aid kit and fully equipped cylinders for such situations.
How do I get in shape?
The difficulty level of the trek is quite easy compared to the others but you require a good amount of fitness and stamina. To get into shape you can start with the following to keep your body and mind fit. You can start by jogging every day and then do cycling for some time. Make it a point to take the stairs without any breaks which will help you to keep fit. A brisk 10 minutes’ walk every day and then some exercise like stretching and core to get your body fit. Yoga every day is also advisable every day to regulate your breathing properly.
What are washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
There will be separate toilet tents arranged at each campsite for men and women. Depending on the size of the group, the number of toilet will vary for men and women of the group. Toilet tents will have a deep pit, mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. Most of the toilets will be dry toilets where you have to use toilet papers. Additional Room freshener will also be provided.
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