Panchachuli Base Camp Trek Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand

Panchachuli Base Camp Trek Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand

Duration 9 Days/8 Nights

Level Easy to Moderate

Altitude 13,975 Ft.

Start/End Point Kathgodam

Panchachuli Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Get a wonderful chance to hike up a height of about 13975 feet which could let you feel at the top of the world and see the entire region covered by thickets, glaciers and forest.
  • The flourishing forest trails have a lot to share with you on the way to the summit and the gushing rivers play an significant role in making the trails complex as well as thrilling.
  • The well-known wildlife of Uttarakhand may come your way if you are fortunate, and the rare birds found in the forests are the right companions for your trek to Panchachuli Base Camp.
  • Various bugyals, landscapes, and bridges across the rivers together create an overwhelming sightseeing option before you.

Panchachuli Base Camp Trek Overview

Here is a 9-day Panchachuli Base Camp trekking package that begins after you reach Kathgodam 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. The pathway takes you along small tribal settlements of Tawaghat and New Sobla. Upon arriving at Dar, take a 3-4 hour walk to reach the campsite of Urthing all the way through a narrow cliff edge with the Dhauli Ganga River gushing on your right. Then comes the easy route to Naagling going through the suspension bridge across the river.

Son will be the further destination on the tour after Naagling and on that day you will be passing through rocky, the high oak and birch forests and finally arriving the highland meadow of Naagling. Surrounded by the Himalayas, the sight of the distant glaciers from this viewpoint is spellbinding. As you continue walking through the dense thickets found at Dantu Bugyals and the Meola River gushing on the other side, you will reach Panchachuli Basecamp. This steep descend into the Panchachuli base camp also offers amazing views of wildflowers, strawberries, glaciers and sprawling meadows bordered by trees. 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 trip.

Quick Facts About Panchachuli Base Camp Trek

  • Temperature: 1 to 8 degrees in nights, days are relatively warmer
  • Panchachuli Base Camp Trek Trekking Distance: 60km
  • Maximum Altitude: 13,975 Ft.
  • Panchachuli Base Camp Trek Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate
  • Railway Station: Kathgodam is the nearest railway station
  • Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Panchachuli Base Camp Trek Itinerary

Arrive at Kathgodam in the morning to start off with a long drive to Dharchula. It will take the whole day to reach the point. But the scenic drive will not let you get bored because the complete route is filled with the picturesque views.

You will cross Pitholagarh and witness the continuous change in serenity while you pass through the towns of Bhimtal, Almora, Dhaulchina, Sera- gat, Chaukhori, Thal and Ashkot.

Watch the lofty Himalayan ranges and the gorges below, native villages and the sheer beauty of the forests till you reach Dharchula.

Dharchula is between India and Nepal with Kali River as one important river and it is a picturesque isolated 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.

Trek from Dharchula - Dar - Urthing

Dar is the last road head in Darma Valley for this trek.

Start from Dharchula which will take a 3 hour drive to Dar along a windy road through the small tribal settlements Tawaghat and New Sobla.

From Dar it is a 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.

Today it will be an easy walk with short descents and climbs.

You will find 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.

The trail opens up 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 kilometeres.

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.

Post this, you will watch the sights of mighty Himalayas, the views of the distant glaciers etc which are quite exciting.

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, get a walk 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.

Get a drive down to Kathgodam and reach by evening to take the overnight train/bus to New Delhi.

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Know Before You Go for Panchachuli Base Camp Trek

  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
  • The management reserves all the right to modify the trek during any emergencies or natural calamities.
  • Consult a physician before undertaking the trek. Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the trek.
  • Pay heed to the trek guides and instructors in order to enjoy a safe and sound trek.
  • The trek takes place through an eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites. Travelers littering may be fined.
  • Water is very precious, so conservation is appreciated.
  • Do not encourage trekking during the night unless it is a part of the itinerary and a guide is with you; this might lead to unforeseen mishaps.
  • Avoid using earphones during the trek; this might hinder your audibility.
  • Avoid using plastic bags and maintain the ecological balance of the destinations.
  • In case, the trek needs to be canceled, the authorities should be informed beforehand.
  • Guidelines issued by the State-Government are to be followed. Social distancing to be maintained.
  • Frequent hand sanitization and use of masks is recommended.
  • Please provide a valid ID at the time of check-in.
  • Professional guide(s) are available to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek.
  • The exact location will be shared with you post-booking.
  • Neat and clean vehicle for the journey with experienced drivers especially for hilly terrains available.
    Camping is very basic in nature. One must not expect luxuries. Electricity may be available only at a few locations.
  • Mobile & laptop charging points may/may not be available on campsites at a common point.
    Any personal expenses, items of personal nature, meals not mentioned, etc. will not be in part of the package.
  • Carry dry snacks/food from home (you will save a lot of money). Carry water bottles with you, so that you can refill.
  • Keep your luggage minimum; the more you carry, the more you hassle.
  • It is recommended to carry enough warm clothes and the right kind of shoes for the Panchachuli Base Camp trek.
  • Children below the age of 7 years are not recommended for the Panchachuli Base Camp trek

Things To Carry for Panchachuli Base Camp Trek

  • Back pack (50-60l)
  • Water bottle
  • Fleece jackets and thermals
  • Hiking shoes

Panchachuli Base Camp Trek FAQs

There are several unauthorized declarations about the best time to do Panchachuli Base Camp Trek but the mainly accepted and acknowledged 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 and the monsoon is the 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. But the villages like Dhar and Sela can be really hot during summer.

There will be two different types of accommodations available in the Panchachuli Base Camp trek, which are – tents and tourist lodges. Most of the time, you will have to spend your nights and get a good night's sleep in the tents, which are highly durable and protective. However, while trekking, if you do find yourself to be in front of a tourist lodge, then you can stay there as well.

Both drinking an intoxicating beverage and smoking anti-tobacco-made products are absolutely prohibited while you are engaged in the trekking activity. It can have a dire impact on your overall health and might even lead to several life-threatening situations, which is something no one really wants to experience while enjoying their holidays.

The primary activity of the whole Panchachuli Base Camp trek would obviously be hiking through the trails of the mountain and exploring the core beauty of nature. However, while doing this, you will also get the chance of having an amazing camping experience, especially during the nighttime.

If you are traveling with a group of friends, then you can always light up a bonfire and have a small picnic with your bosoms.

This trek is begins easy but gets moderately difficult with every passing day. It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise.

The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also comfortable with walking up to 7 hours on some days.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

- Trekking shoes

- Trainers or sandals for river crossings and camp use

- socks (3 pairs)

- Spare laces

- Trekking trousers

- Waterproof overtrousers

- Underwear

- Thermal baselayer - leggings Baselayer shirts (short sleeve and 1 long sleeve)

- Shirts or T-shirts

- Fleece jacket or warm jumper

- Waterproof jacket

- Sunhat Warm hat

- Sunglasses Gloves or mittens Daypack 30 litres

- Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

- Headtorch and spare batteries

- Water bottles 1 litre (x2)

- Sleeping bag (comfort rated -10ºC) (minus 15ºC for late November and December trips)*

- Washbag and toiletries

- Antibacterial handwash

- Small towel

- Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

You should 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 souls are recommended.

There are proper meals with subsequent nutritional values planned for the people coming in for the trek. From dinner on Day 1 to Breakfast on Day 13, all meals will be provided. This would include nutritional vegetarian meals, with the addition of tea and coffee during breaks.

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.

It is an easy to moderate trek and suitable for beginners as well. The routes are going through wide thickets and valleys showing us the best sights of landscapes and meadows. You will get ample time to finish each day pleasantly.

The Panchachuli Base Camp trekking originates in the Darma valley of Pithoragarh district between the borders of Nepal and Tibet. Situated in Eastern Kumaon Himalaya, the trekking route forms 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 Dar is 42km from Dharchula, and from Dar to Panchachuli Glacier is a pleasant walk .The trail goes through the tribal Villages of Bongling ,Sela ,Nagling, Baaling and Duktu along the river Dhauliganga and thick Forests of deodar and Bhojpatra and conifer.

The five peaks of Panchachuli form majestic sights and enhance the Him Khand, Yuli River skirted by the forests of Devdaar, Bhoj Patra and conifer trees.

The weather during the months from April to June will be the most suitable to do the trek as the days will be warmer and sunny. Clear sky and the fine hot atmosphere will make the trekking easy. But monsoon will not be a good option to do trekking here since there are many chances for landslides though it is the right season for flowers to bloom and the greenery to replenish.

September and October are considered to be another two months perfect for the trek before the onset of winter. The weather conditions at the summit during winter are highly unpredictable and the heavy snowfall will stop us from doing this trek

Panchachuli Base Camp Trek is an easy to moderate trek with only thickets and landscapes to cover till you reach the summit. The rivers and waterfalls en route will let you feel relaxed also. The routes are quite easy with gradual ascents and descents.

We will cover anywhere between 8-15kms a day barring the days left out for sightseeing, travelling and other tourist activities.

For girls, trekking is extremely safe. Vendors have highest regards for women safety and will ensure that they're safe during the entire trek. If there is only one girl in the trip, then she will be provided with single tent to sleep alone. If there are more girls, then they can sleep under one tent. Always make sure that you are never left on your own. Understand your pace and be with the group.

The Panchachuli base camp trek begins from Kathgodam and continues past villages, tribal settlements and small town. The trek itself starts from Dar which is the last road head or New Sobla which is a small tribal settlement.

Panchachuli base camp trek is located in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand and the nearest railhead is Kathgodam. It has good connectivity with all major towns and cities in the state as well as other major cities like Delhi, Lucknow and Kolkata. By air, the nearest airport is Pantnagar Airport. From here buses and taxis are available to travel to Kathgodam.
From Kathgodam travel to Dharchula to Dar to Urthing to Nagling to Son and finally to Panchachuli base camp.

The trekking distance for the Panchachuli trek is 60 km.

The Panchachuli base camp trek is an easy to moderate level trek which means beginners can also take part in this trek. It is a safe and wonderful trek offering some of the best natural landscapes in the region.

Yes, it is completely safe to enjoy the Panchachuli base camp trek as this trek is an easy to moderate level trekking trail. Well-trained experts are part of the team and will make sure you enjoy the trek with all the necessary safety measures in place.

This is a group tour which you can join if you are travelling alone. You can make your bookings as an individual and join in the group tour for the trek.

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