The Himalayan trekking experience is incomplete without a peak trekking expedition. Pangarchulla set to the backdrop of the mighty Garhwal range is tailored for such an exhilarating take on advanced trekking. You need to negotiate passage towards 15,069 ft through above ankle-deep thick snow, as well some boulder clad rough sections. Multiple switchbacks and ridge crossings hike up the thrill factor like nothing else. Besides all the swashbuckler and awe, you are also going to get a punch of pure nature’s loving on the Pangarchulla trek. Count in the diverse, changing landscapes-- breathtaking open meadows overlooking the snowline, oak forests silent and deep, eternal grasslands, and magnificent rising, glittering snow peaks of a 360-degree panorama. Gear up for some quiet wonder on standing face to face to godly Mt. Nanda Devi, flanked by-- Chaukhamba, Dunagiri, Hathi Parvat, Ghori Parvat, and more.
Pangarchulla Peak in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand is a lesser known trekkable peak. The trail packs in a punch with awe-inspiring snowline views, a great deal of arduous negotiation on a fairly challenging mountainous path follows, featuring a number of ridge walk stretches. The trek begins from Lata-- a remote Uttarakhandi hamlet a 9-10 hour drive away from Haridwar. Outstanding views of Mt. Nanda Devi, high altitude meadows of Uttarakhand known as ‘bugyal’, forests of oaks and pines, and little hamlets of thatched-roofed huts on passing, form the picturesque scenes of Pangarchulla peak trek. The most scenic takeaways from the trek include Mt. Dronagiri in alpenglow as seen from the meadow camping sites, Nanda Devi and Dronagiri caught in their majestic-most in a single frame, the undulating meadow greens of Gorson Bugyal, and of course, the soft snow ensconced Pangarchulla peak visibly beckoning from the end of the trail. This circuit connecting Auli through Gorson Bugyal with the way up to Pangarchulla and Kuari Pass is famed as the “Lord Curzon trail”, discovered by the eponymous viceroy to India way back in history. Besides spectacular peak views and experiencing the mountain high, you get to drop by warm and hospitable remote Garhwali hamlets like the tiny Dhak village where Dhauli Ganga carves its way by. Note of caution: from the month of May to early December, Pangarchulla lacks a snow cover, making the boulder climb arduous and less enjoyable for winter lovers.
The altitude of Pangarchulla peak is 15,069 ft, the trek starting from Lata village located at 7, 601 ft.
May to June is considered a great window for making the Pangarchulla Peak trek in the summer, you will get a deep enough snow cover along the top to enjoy the quaint winteriness and the unique challenge of snow trekking. In the post-monsoon period, September to November is a great window for making this trek.
It is well advised to conclude shopping for all necessities by reaching Joshimath. You can find small shops in Dhak village and next in Auli.
Altitude sickness is not uncommon on this high altitude snow trek. Sufficient care to prior fitness training is recommended. Besides, you can take medical consultation for consuming acetazolamide tablets before starting the trek.
Being a sufficiently challenging trek, he trail does not face a lot of traffic. During snow, you can find a few groups attempting it.