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Pangarchulla Trek: Conquering the Himalayan Summit

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The Pangarchulla Trek is about overcoming your personal fears in addition to conquering the summit.  If you miss the thrill of excitement that cities provide, this trip must be on your bucket list. Additionally, it’s always nice to see a change of scenery from the concrete cityscape to the alpine landscape. At a height of 4575 meters, the Pangarchulla Trek gives you the chance to engage in the most difficult non-technical climbing.

When you reach the top, you’ll have the incomparable sensation of having conquered the skies. Along with this, the lush surroundings, the raging rivers, and the friendliness of the locals make this journey even more unforgettable. If you like the trek then you will also like the Kodachadri Trek which uplifts your trekking experience.

Journey Overview 

When you get to Dehradun, rest up for the night before traveling to Joshimath, the gateway to the pilgrimage destination of Badrinath. You will pass by the holy towns of Devprayag and Rudraprayag along the way, and you will see the Ganges River’s splendor as the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers join to form the holy water source. From here, you must travel the remaining distance to the Guling Campsite through Dhak, where vehicles are only permitted up to this point. You will pass by the Tulgasi Village and the verdant meadows of Auli, which double as a skiing area when covered in snow.

While on this walk, when you pass through the alpine forests, you might get a sight of the Nanda Devi Peak. On day 3, you will travel 6 kilometers to the Khulara Campsite, past a string of rhododendrons, Silver Birches, and other coniferous plants as well as turquoise streams. As you carefully negotiate your way around sharp ridges and massive rocks, you will actually start to feel the moderate pressure of the climb at this point. After a hard day, drift off to sleep while admiring the brilliant stars above you. Prepare for a busy day the following day as the Pangarchulla Summit ascent begins on day 4. For a long stretch of 12 kilometers, you must climb higher without taking many rests due to a rapid increase in altitude.

You can glimpse the Chaukhamba, Dunagiri, and Hathi Parbat peaks of the Garhwal Ranges as you walk through the colorful Nanda Devi Sanctuary. Make friends with other travelers at night and doze off to the sounds of the mountains.

Travel Guidelines 

The autumn months of October and early November are the ideal time to travel because the trails are clear and the weather is comfortable. The snow is still there during the summer, allowing for adventure sports like skiing and other sports. The monsoon season is typically avoided by individuals because the slippery roads can result in deadly collisions and accidents. In the winter, there is a lot of snowfall here, and the temperatures are really low, which makes a lot of people uncomfortable.

The base camp is near the Jolly Grant Airport and the Dehradun Railway Junction. To adjust to the temperature and avoid altitude sickness, spend a day in the capital city. Since this is a remote location, make sure you bring everything you’ll need, including flashlights, battery chargers, plenty of water and energy bars, medications, and first aid kits. Wear warm clothes and carry woolens because the temperature drops considerably at night.

Physical Preparations for the Trek

Being the highest form of non-technical climbing, conquering the Pangarchulla Summit is easier said than done. Many people do not even attempt to complete this trek because of the physical intensity of the task. You might want to enroll in a basic mountaineering course before embarking on this journey. Other than that, you will have to include physical activities in your daily life if you want to walk comfortably for miles during this trek.

Dehradun: The Queen of Hills 

If you are still up for an adventure then head over to the Ton Valley and experience the thrill of river rafting as well as paragliding. For spiritual enlightenment, visit the Mindrolling Monastery or the Tapkeshwar Temple. You could go to the Rajaji National Park and the Malsi Deer Park to take a closer look at the rich flora and fauna of the hills. For a refreshing dip in the cool mountain waters, you should go towards the Sahastradhara waterfalls. End your day with some shopping at Tibetan Bazaar or Paltan Market and indulge in the scrumptious local baked goods and street food.


Once you are at the top, you will feel like you have conquered the sky and the world below. This feeling is indescribable and you will be able to understand it once you’ve experienced it for yourself. Take a leap of faith and book your tickets for the Pangarchulla Trek.

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Rohit Sain
Rohit Sain
Hello, my name is Rohit. I lived in Jaipur, Rajasthan. I am a content writer & I found this site on Google to publish my article.


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