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Panchachuli Base Camp Trek

Panchachuli Base Camp Trek

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Overview

Region :- Uttarakhand
Duration :- 10 Days
Grade :- Easy To Moderate
Max Altitude :- 13,975 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 61 Kms.


Panchachuli Base Camp is one of the exciting base camps that set out its marquee in a 40-kilometer trek starting from Dar to Panchachuli Glacier. Nestling snugly in the lap of the snow capped peaks of Panchachuli, the Darma valley in Pithoragarh district is endowed with abundant scenic grandeur, The route to the glacier is abound in a splendid combination of enthralling scenery, snowcapped mountains, gushing streams, Alpine meadows and a rich variety of flora & fauna. Situated in Eastern Kumaon Himalaya, the trekking route forms the watershed between the Gori Ganga and Darma Valleys. People come to view the ethereal beauty of the nature, reasons don’t hold much importance, as the Himalayas foothills are just the perfect alternative to experience adventure. Panchachuli Glacier lying on the laps of Kumaon Himalayan range in the Darma Valley, near the borders of Nepal and Tibet an area of outstanding beauty .The entire trek to the glacier is a walk along the river Dhauliganga .

The last road head Dar is 42 kms Dharchula (dist Pithoragarh ). 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 create the unforgettable specter of Him Khand, Yuli river skirted by the forests of Devdaar and Bhoj Patra and conifer trees and vast meadows. Description of this trek on papers is complex and would be injustice to the scenery that unfolds in front of the eyes of the beholder, it can only be experienced.


Brief Itinerary

Day 1 :- Kathgodam to Dharchula 9hrs. (290km).
 Night stay in guesthouse.
Day 2 :- Dharchula - Dar - Urthing.
 Night stay in guesthouse / tents.
Day 3 :- Urthing - Naagling.
 Night stay in tents.
Day 4 :- Naagling - Son.
 Night stay in tents.
Day 5 :- Son – Panchchuli Base camp (4260 Mts)
 Night stay in tents.
Day 6 :- Panchachuli Base Camp- Naagling.
 Night stay in tents.
Day 7 :- Naagling to Urthing 12km.
 Night stay in guesthouse.
Day 8 :- Urthing to Dar drive back to Dharchula.
 Night stay in guesthouse
Day 9 :- Dharchula to Kathgodam via Almora (8hrs.) 290kms.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Kathgodam to Dharchula 9hrs. (290km.)

It’s a whole day’s drive to Dharchula from Kathgodham. The picturesque ride through the Pitholagarh district of Uttarakhand passes through the towns of Bhimtal, Almora, Dhaulchina, Sera- gat, Chaukhori, Thal, Ashkot. The lofty Himalayan ranges and the gorges below, native villages and the sheer beauty of the forests are you company all through the drive to Dharchula. Dharchula which is almost straddling India and Nepal across the river Kali is a picturesque isolated remote valley village amidst the snow capped peaks. It served as an ancient trading route between India and Nepal. Overnight stay at a homestay in the Dharchula village.


Day 2: Dharchula - Dar - Urthing.

Dar is the last road head in Darma Valley for this trek. From Dharchula it is 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 throught Bongling forest. The trek to Urthing is along a narrow cliff edge with the Dhauliganga river gushing below on your right. The path winds itself on a rock cut stretch to reach the village of Bongling. It’s a level walk with short climbs in between to the reach the campsite. Overnight stay in camp.


Day 3: Urthing - Naagling.

It’s an easy walk with short descents and climbs. The mule track from Urthing to Naagling goes through hill sides of green pastoral land, with Dhauli Ganga flowing below cutting through the gorges. The trail passes through the 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. Overnight stay in Camp.


Day 4: Naagling - Son

The trail to Naagling goes along hill sides and is a rocky terrain for the first 3 kilometeres. We then enter the coniferous forests of high oak and birch trees and further along we reach the table top meadow of Nagling. The view from this vantage point is a sight to behold. Surrounded by the mighty Himalayas, the views of the distant glaciers is 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. Overnight stay in Camp.


Day 5: Son – Panchchuli Base camp (4260 Mts)

The walk to the Base camp is along a narrow trail through the vast expanse of the Dantu Bugyals. With the forest cover to reach the glacier, on one side and the Meola river bed on the other it’s as steep descend to PCBC. The trek to PCBC itself is very picturesque with the bugyals stretching far and wide on one side and the forests of birch and conifer on the other.

Wild flowers and wild strawberries grow on either side of the narrow path which has steep climbs and descends till we reach the PCBC. With the peaks towering above and endless stretches of glaciers, the place itself provides an incredible scenery of a sprawling meadow bordered by tall oak and birch trees with the Panch Chulli (6904 mts./22652 ft.) towering in the background. We retrace our path back to Nagling and camp for the night. Overnight stay in Camp.


Day 6: Panchachuli Base Camp- Naagling.

In the morning we will trek down to Bungling. The trek is easy to downwards. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.


Day 7: Naagling to Urthing 12km.

In the morning we will trek down to Bungling. The trek is easy to downwards. Dinner and overnight stay in tents. Back to the Naagling all the way to same back from PCBC.


Day 8: Urthing to Dar drive back to Dharchula.

This is our last day of trekking. We will trek down 5 kms to reach Sobla and from here drive to Dharchula. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.


Day 9: Dharchula to Kathgodam via Almora (8hrs.) 290kms

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

How to Reach

The Kathgodam station is one of the main stations in the district and it is an old station. It has good connectivity to many places and these include Lucknow, Delhi, and Howrah. Tickets from Delhi to Kathgodam by train cost around Rs. 150 for a second class sleeper ticket and Rs. 400 for a third A/C sleeper ticket. It is essential to book the tickets at least one month in advance as this route is always in demand.


By Train :-
From Delhi take the Ranikhet Express (5014) Dep. Delhi at 10:40pm arrival Kathgodam at 5:30am (Overnight Journey) or the Uttar sampark kranti (5035) Dep. Delhi at 4:00pm arrival Kathgodam at 10:40pm (6 hrs.40min.Journey)

From Dehardun take the Doon Express (4120) Dep. Dehardun at 10:30 pm arrival Kathgodam at 7:10 pm (8hrs.journey).


By Bus :-
Regular buses ply from ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar station to Kathgodam. Buses that go to Nainital stops at Haldwani which is a twin town of Kathgodham (8 hrs. Journey).


Cost Terms

Inclusions :-
1. Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg & Egg)
3. Trek equipments.
4. Permits
5. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
6. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff
7. Transport from Kathgodam to loharjung and return .


Exclusions
1. Any kind of personal expenses.
2. Food during the transit.
3. Insurance.
4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Price Includes”.

Note :
Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don't want to carry your backpack so you can give it to porter, but you have to inform us in advance and have to pay Rs. 300/- extra per day per bag.

To book a Trek/ adventure program please use our online booking form or, alternatively, you can call us on the given for confirmation of tour you have to wire a deposit and initial deposit.


Paying the Trek/ Adventure activity fee:
The fee can be paid by online transfer/check deposit/ demand draft. Instruction for payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.


When to book:
It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. However, if you want a good deal on your domestic/international flight, we recommend organising your trip at least five months in advance. (Please contact us if you require a late booking)


In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: -


Cancellations prior to 24 days from the start of the trek
Book any other trek till one year or get 95% refund
(Note: If the trek charges are more, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)


Cancellation between 24 days and 14 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go for the same trek, with any other batch, till year or get 70% refund


Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go on the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch or get 50% refund.


Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek
Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.


Note:-
1)- Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
2)- In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH.
3)- TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

Trek Essential

Fitness

Fitness regime for:

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If your BMI is normal, you can plan your fitness regime as mentioned. If your BMI is not normal, consult your trusted physician before you plan your fitness regime.
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FAQ

Risk & Respond

High Altitude Treks: Risk and Response A high altitude trek calls for an adventurous attitude, but embarking on an adventurous trip without calculating the risks is utter stupidity. That’s why we have listed a few risks and the response planned by TTH to minimise or address the risks in the best possible way.


Risk: Altitude Before you start the trek, it is important to understand the implications of high altitude on your body. Be aware of symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mild headache, nausea and general discomfort.

Response: If you feel any of these symptoms, inform the trek leader on priority and follow his instructions. Every campsite has as stretcher, fully equipped first aid kit, oxygen cylinders to address the situation.


Risk: Weather Weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas. Though we are always observant about the changing weather, no one can guarantee a snowfall, rain or Sun. Do understand that your security is of utmost importance to us and we will not proceed any further from the campsite if the weather is not favourable.

Response: The decision of the Trek Leaders and Guides to proceed or wait for the weather to get better will be final.


Risk: Injuries Often, while trekking over difficult terrains, you might have minor injuries like leg sprain, bruises etc. Serious injuries like fractures or major cuts are very rare.

Response: All our Trek Leaders are Certified Wilderness First Aid responders. They are trained to handle emergencies and can tackle minor injuries with a well-equipped first aid kit. In case of serious injuries, the patient is carried on a stretcher to the nearest road-head and is led to nearest medical centre.


Risk: Lack of communication devices In the remote areas of the Himalayas, mobile networks do not reach. On a trek, one is cut off from the world of calls, SMSs or watsapps.

Response: We rely on walkie-talkies and runners to communicate between the campsites and the base camps.

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Brief Detail

How we runs the trek ?

Trek lead by mountaineering and wilderness first aid certified trek leader along with cooking staff and supporting staff.

Best Time to Trek-

May to June is the best time for the Panchachuli Base Camp Trek

Mode of Transport-

Transport from Kathgodam to Loharjung base camp and return by Tata Sumo, Max or equivalent and in each vehicle share by the seven (7) participant.

Batch Size and age group -

In each fix departure batch there will be 18-22 trekkers including Male and female. Minimum age for the Panchachuli Base Camp Trek is 12 years and maximum depends on fitness level.

Pick Up and Drop Point-

Our pick up point is Kathgodam railway station at 6.00 in the morning and after the trek we drop at Kathgodam station 5:00 in the evening. The best way to travel Kathgodam by Ranikhet express train. It is overnight journey from Delhi.

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