Pancha Chuli Base Camp Trek
Region: Dharchula (Kumaon)
Duration: 13 days
Altitude: 4260 mts/13973 ft
Season: May - Jun & Sept - Oct
An explorer who loves to roam like a nomad in the mountains, the Panchchuli Base Camp Trek is just another hypnotizing journey for him. The vicinity showcases the snow capped towers of Panchachuli that is a cluster of five 6thousnader peaks in the Kumaun region of Indian Himalayan belt in Uttarakhand. Panchachuli II is the highest at an elevation of 6,904 meters followed by Panchachuli V at 6,437 meters, Panchachuli I at 6,355 meters, Panchachuli IV at 6,334 meters and Panchachuli III at 6,312 meters. Panchachuli I was the first peak to be expedited by the Indo Tibetan Border Police in 1972 followed by Panchachuli II in 1973. Later an Indo British team made the first ascent to Panchachuli V in 1992 and in 1995 Panchchuli IV was climbed by a New Zealand expedition team. Panchchuli III was successfully climbed in the year 2001.
The silver horizon secludes the rich Gori and Darmaganga valleys and according to a legend, which is derived from the Hindu epic, Mahabharata, Panchachuli was the cooking hearth of the 'Pandavas' before they headed for their heavenly abode. The region is further endowed with the exuberance of several elements of nature spread across different altitudes. From shifting glaciers and jetting streams to alpine meadows dotted with a rich variety of flora and thick forest, which is a home to several Himalayan wildlife, the moderate trek in the Kumaun Himalayan region to Panchchuli Base Camp is a wooing scenic grandeur.
Located in Pithoragarh district, the trek to Pancha Chuli Base Camp starts from Dharchula, which is at an elevation of 915 meters and is approximately 90 kilometers away from Munsiyari by road. The trail heads to the first tribal village on the route at Dhar, which is approximately 40 kilometers up via Tawaghat and Sobla. Now you are standing on the gateway to Darma valley. The trek to Panchchuli Base Camp continues towards Sela and thereafter turns to Balling. The trail from Sela to Balling has several downhills and uphills making the journey a bit strenuous and difficult. From Balling the journey maneuvers to Panchchuli Base Camp via two tribal villages, Duktu and Dantu, and here you are right over a alpine meadow wherefrom you can catch a glimpse of the Panchchuli peaks. Further heading towards the horizon you step on the glaciated track, which is bordered with a forest of oak and birch trees. The journey back from Panchchuli Base Camp leads to Nagling via Duktu and thereafter leads off at Dharchula via Sobla.
The Panchchuli Base Camp trek being a moderate to challenging trek in the Kumaon Himalaya, trekkers need to get acclimatized to different altitudes. The best time to hit the track is from the month of May to October. The trek to Panchchuli Base Camp requires an Inner Line Permit from SDM's office.
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Up on arrival at Delhi airport met our representative and then transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02: Delhi - Almora(340 kms/8-9 hrs)
Early in the morning drive to Almora via Kathgodam. Lunch enroute. Arrival at Almora by evening. On arrival check in to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03: Almora Dharchula/strong> (275 kms/7-8 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Dharchula via Munsyari. On arrival check in to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 04: Dharchula Tawaghat - Sobla Dhar(2134 mts/7000 ft) (35 kms drive and 5 kms trek)
In the morning we will take a short but exciting drive to Sobla via Tawaghat and from here trek up to Dhar. Sobla is the entry point to the Darma Valley and is the starting point of our trek. On arrival at Dhar village set out a camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 05: Dhar Sela(2438 mts/11277 ft) 12 kms/4-5 hrs
This is an easy day for trek. Today we will trek upwards and downwards. Dinner and overnight in tents.
Day 06: Sela - Baaling (2743 mts/8997 ft) 11 kms/5 hrs
In the morning after breakfast we will trek up to Baaling. The trek is full of adventures. On arrival set out camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 07: Baaling to Duktu/Dantu(3048 mts/9998 ft) 6 kms/3 hrs
In the morning we will trek up to Duktu and Dantu. These are two adjacent villages which are the last centers of human habitation in this part of Darma valley. The view of the Panch Chuli peaks from here is just magnificent. You can find a huge meadow in the outskirts of Duktu. One can see the magnificent view of Panch Chuli glacier with the backdrop of the Panch Chuli peaks. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 08: Duktu - Panch Chuli Duktu (4 kms one way/ 5 hrs)
In the morning we will trek up to Pancha Chuli glacier. The day is memorable to explore the Panch Chuli glacier from our base camp at Duktu. The glacier projects outwards from the East face of Panch Chuli and a 4 kms. The place itself provides an incredible scenery of a sprawling meadow bordered by tall oak and birch trees with the Panch Chuli (6904 mts./22652 ft.) looming in the background. After exploring the area trek back to base camp at Duktu. Dinner and overnight stay at camp.
Day 09: Duktu - Nagling (2743 mts/8997 ft) 11 kms/5 hrs
After breakfast trek back to Nagling. From Duktu to Nagling is a gradual descent and the days' walk takes around 5 hours.
Day 10: Nagling - Bungling (12 kms/5 hrs)
In the morning we will trek down to Bungling. The trek is easy to downwards. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 11: Bungling Sobla Dharchula (5 kms trek/35 kms drive)
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 12: Dharchula Almora (275 kms/7-8 hrs)
In the morning drive to Almora via Munsyari. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.
Day 13: Almora Delhi (340 kms/8-9 hrs)
After an early breakfast drive to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi transfer to airport to catch your onwards flight.