Pangarchulla becomes a beautiful climbing objective in the spring after having accumulated all the winter snow. An easy low peak which gives a good feel of a climb-plodding the crisp morning snow with amazing views of high mountains. This trip offers enough challenge and loads of photo opportunity. Just perfect for anyone!!
Day 00: Overnight train to Haridwar
Board the overnight Nizamuddin Dehradun AC Special to arrive at Haridwar early in the morning.
Day 01: Drive Haridwar to Joshimath (1560m) 9 hrs
The drive takes one into the rugged country of the Garhwal along the Alaknanda river. Going past a few holy confluences and the road keeps ascending to the small township of Joshimath, which is the base for the Indian Army and the Indian Tibet Border police for this area.
Day 02: Joshimath to Gorson (3200m)
Post breakfast drive 14kms to Auli. From Auli one gets to see a distinct profile of Nanda Devi at the head of the sanctuary. The walk takes one through the forests of oak and rhododendron to reach meadows of Gorson. We camp at Gorson, and go for afternoon walk to explore the vast meadows of Gorson. Overnight camp.
Day 03: Gorson – Tali (3310m)
Have a relaxed start. Post breakfast carry on towards Tali. The trail climbs diagonally up on the Gorson Bugyal and then descends steeply down to the forest. We camp a little ahead of a small water body at Tali. Overnight Camp.
Day 04: Tali to Khulara (3395m) via the Kuari Pass 5-6 hrs
Today the trail ascends the ridge above Tali and cairns marks our track. Just below the pass, the trail leads through a large meadow affording spectacular views of the Himalayas. North of Joshimath is the Chaukhamba range, Nilkanth (6596m) and Narayan Parbat (5965m), while Mana peak (7272m),Kamet (7756m) and Abi Gamin (7355m) extend to the Tibetan border. In the middle foreground, the main Himalayan chain in the vicinity of the Bhyundar valley and Hem Kund includes Nilgiri Parbat (6474m), Rataban (6166m), Ghori Parbat (6708m) and Hathi Parbat (6727m). Dunagairi (7066m) dominates the peaks to the north of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. The Kuari pass (3840m) is by no means demanding – we have our lunch here and then descent an hour to the base camp at Khulara.
Day 05: Khulara Base Camp – Advanced Base Camp (4000m) 3-4 hrs
Have an easy start. After breakfast get ready in your climbing gear and start plodding up towards the high camp. Most of the walk goes on a moderate gradient on the snow covered North face of the mountain slopes with great views of the high mountains on the. A short traverse will bring us to the advanced base camp.
Day 06: Advanced Base Camp to Summit and back to Khulara Base Camp 3-4 hrs
Wake up early to be up on the summit to see the sunrise on wide Himalayan panorama. Loads of photo opportunity ! The walk up to the summit would take a couple of hours and we descend to be in time for hot lunch at base camp. Evening party!!!
Day 07: Khulara – Tapovan (1905m) 4-5 hrs and drive to Pipalkoti (1330m)
The last day of the climb is all the way down to the Tapovan. It’s about 3 hours drive from here to the comforts of the hotel in Pipalkoti.
Day 08: Pipalkoti – Delhi
After an early morning breakfast set out for the long 8 hr drive to reach Haridwar in the evening to board the evening Shatabdi Express leaving at 6:10 pm to be back in Delhi by 10:45 pm. Trip ends.