One of the most challenging non-technical climbs that resembles mountaineering expeditions is Pangarchulla Peak at an altitude of 4575 meters. We often miss out on a chance to experience that adrenaline rush and add a little excitement to our lives inside the cramped confines of our homes and workplaces in the cities. If you want to get away from this boring routine and broaden your horizons, the Pangarchulla Trek in Uttarakhand is the ideal vacation for you. The challenging terrain makes the trip worthwhile because you are left with a sense of accomplishment and amazement at the same time when you look at the breathtaking vistas of the majestic snow-covered Himalayan Peaks of the Garhwal ranges.
Things To Know
Although October and November are the ideal months to visit, you may also go in April or June when the snow is slowly melting but the slopes are still open for skiing and other activities. There are some regions that need to be avoided throughout the winter and monsoon seasons because of the intense snowfall and relentless rain, respectively. Additionally, schedule your travels so that you have time to acclimatize to the mountainous environment; otherwise, you risk feeling queasy and ill. To make your hike easier, make an investment in quality boots, trekking poles, and other equipment. Hire a trip guide and always travel in a group to avoid encountering difficulties on your own. If you decide to embark on this trip, make sure you have some training or experience and have developed the necessary stamina because the rugged terrain will test your limits.
Pangarchulla: Journey to the Peak
First Leg of the Journey: Arrive at the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun if you’re flying, and reserve your train tickets for the Dehradun Junction if you’re taking the train. From Delhi, you may also drive, although it would take about 5 hours. Before traveling to Joshimath, the base camp for this hike, have a night’s rest in the pleasant and inviting hotel options in the capital city. After traveling for roughly 9 hours across a distance of 280 kilometers, you will arrive at Joshimath, the gateway to the Badrinath pilgrimage. You will pass the sacred River Ganges, formed by the confluence of the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers in Devprayag, along the way. The picture it paints is truly beautiful. After a peaceful night’s sleep, go off early the next morning for the Guling Campsite. To get to Dhak, the last motorable section of the hike, you must first drive up there for about 5 kilometers. After that, you must start the following couple of hours’ worth of arduous walking. You will go through the lush Auli meadows, which at certain seasons of the year are decorated with snow and spring blooms. Do visit the Auli Skiing Resort if you have the time. Additionally, you can go to the charming Tulgasi Village and take in the serenity of the hills.
Second Leg of the Journey:The trek from Guling Campsite to Khulara Campsite is quite challenging as the rise begins. While moving through the rugged terrain, you must maintain a strong grasp on the ground and exercise caution. Enjoy the crisp mountain air at an elevation of 3389 meters as you prepare to be mesmerized by the Garhwal ranges’ peaks, including the Nanda Devi, and the sky’s changing hues of orange, red, yellow, and blue as the sun sets. While traveling through the pine, oak, deodar, and pine-filled alpine woodlands, you will also be able to enjoy the lovely chirping of the Himalayan birds. Create bonds over campfire tales before retiring for the evening beneath a sky filled with stars. The most anticipated day comes the next morning because you will be trekking to the Pangarchulla Summit, which is the highest point on this journey. To reach the summit of the climb, which is incredibly difficult, you must use a lot of physical effort. Feel every nerve come alive as you watch the clouds and the verdant below from a bird’s eye point of view.
Third Leg of the Journey: On the same day, take in the lovely scenery and return to Khulara. Leave for Joshimath the following day, and from there you can go to Gurso Bugyal Meadows or the Valley of Flowers, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Head to Dehradun on your final day so you may shop at the Tibetan or Paltan Markets and savour regional specialties like Gahat Ki Dal, Singodhi, Aloo ke Gutke, etc. To get the most out of your journey to this hill town, you should also stop by the Forest Research Institute, the Mindrolling Monastery, and the Sahastradhara Waterfalls.
Scaling new peaks goes hand in hand with Scaling new challenges in life. Feel alive and rejuvenated after completing this trek and discover yourself in the process.