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       PANPATIA COL PASS TREK IN GARHWAL HIMALAYAS – INDIA

 Panpatia col trek

 

Between two of the most haloed pilgrimage sites Badrinath – Kedarnath, in the Himalayas lies a land that nurtures a legend worthy of difficult discovery and extreme exploration. A tale that has drawn feted explorers of the like of Meade, Shipton and Tilman, Martin Moran, Harish Kapadia, and countless other intrepid souls. Panpatia Col is one of the high altitude mountain passes that gets across the Panpatia Glacier. It is surrounded by several major peaks of the Garhwal Himalayan region. From the group of 6thousanders, the Nilkantha at an elevation of 6,596 meters is the most prominent one. Nonetheless, the peaks of Balakun at 6,108 meters, Kunaling at 6,471 meters, Januhut at 6,495 meters, Shri Parbat at 6,175 meters and Chaukhamba group and several other 5thousanders are visible throughout the trail from Badrinath to Ransi. The Panpatia Col trek that further traverses through two other high altitude mountain passes, several moraines, gushing streams and narrow cliffs is one of the toughest treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region.

 

The Panpatia Col Trek requires some serious acclimatization at certain altitude and is recommended only to trekkers who have prior high altitude trekking experience.


Highlights

*A historic route!! An interesting mythological story has it that a sage used to perform his daily rituals of worship in Badrinath and Kedarnath on the same day.

 * Lots of World class explorers like Tillman, Eric Shipton, Meade have put their efforts to find a route connecting the 2 shrines.

*Darshan and Prayers at Madmaheshwar, Tungnath one of the Panch Kedar

*Walk the 7km long Panpatia Plateau

*The dangerous, crevasse laiden massive and wide spread ice field of Panpatia.

 

Quick Itinerary

 

 07th June 19 : HARIDWAR/ RISHIKESH – BADRINATH (1900mt./295km./10hrs.).

 

 08th June 19:  BADRINATH – KAIRAO – BASE CAMP (3OOOmt./Drive 15./Trek 5 km./ 5 hrs.)

 

 09th June 19: BASE CAMP – SHEPHERD CAMP.

 

 10th June 19: SHEPHERD CAMP – SNOUT CAMP.

 

 11th June 19: SNOUT CAMP – MORAINE CAMP (4300 mt.)

 

 12th June 19: Acclimatization Day in Moraine Camp.

 

 13th June 19: MORAINE CAMP – PARVATI COL BASE

 

 14th June 19: PARVATI COL BASE – PANPATIA SNOWFIELD – CAMP I

 

 15th June 19: PANPATIA SNOWFIELD – CAMP – PANPATIA COL ( 5260 mt.) – SUJAL SAROVER(4750mt.)

 

 16th June 19: SUJAL SAROVER – KACHNI.

 

 17th June 19: KACHNI – NANU CHATTI.

 

 18th June 19: NANU CHATTI – RANSI - UKHIMATH (3000 mt./Trek 14 km/

 

 19th June 19: UKHIMATH  – HARIDWAR/RISHIKESH (Drive 8-9hrs.)

 

 

Itinerary

 

PANPATIA COL TREK

 

07th June 19 : HARIDWAR/ RISHIKESH – BADRINATH (1900mt./295km./10hrs.)

Drive up to Badrinath via Joshimath through the confluence points of rivers namely, Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Karanpryag covering a total of around 295km. Relish scrumptious breakfast and lunch on the way to Joshimath and upon arrival at the destination. Overnight in Hotel & Dinner.

 

08th June 19:  BADRINATH – KAIRAO – BASE CAMP (3OOOmt./Drive 15./Trek 5 km./ 5 hrs.)

Today morning we blessing at Badrinath Temple drive back to Khirao, and the trek some 30 minutes to reach our base camp for the trek. We may chose to visit the holy Shrine of Badrinath, offer prayers and then come back to our base camp as we have little less to do.Overnight in Tents & Dinner.

 

 09th June 19: BASE CAMP – SHEPHERD CAMP.

Following the Khirowi Ganga upwards, a little alcove that offers views of splendid snowcapped peaks in the distance. we climb and climb to reach the campsite for the day. Overnight in Tents & Dinner.

 

 10th June 19: SHEPHERD CAMP – SNOUT CAMP.

Start of your day by trekking through a combination rocky terrain which changes from flat to steep alternately, giving you enough time to get used to the topography. Surrounded by calmness of the valleys, the trek is a calming one, finally reaching Snouts Camp. Overnight in Tents & Dinner.

 

 11th June 19: SNOUT CAMP – MORAINE CAMP (4300 mt.)

The trek for the day prepares you to combat challenges that might befall in the days ahead. Embark on a gradually rising steep incline surrounded by moraines, to reach at Moraine camp which rests at an altitude of 4,300m. Rest and gather your energies for the next day by getting a peaceful sleep at the campsite.

 

 12th June 19: Acclimatization Day in Moraine Camp.

Today, you will let the effects of the dramatically changing landscapes assimilate in you as you acclimatize yourself to the surroundings. Try out your snow boots that will accompany you on the way ahead.

 

 13th June 19 : MORAINE CAMP – PARVATI COL BASE

Instigating on a trek to Parvati Col, you will be a lot closer to Panpatia Col than ever before. The day ends to bring with it a peaceful sleep in the tent at the base of Parvati Col. Overnight in Tents & Dinner.

 

 14th June 19 : PARVATI COL BASE – PANPATIA SNOWFIELD – CAMP I

A steep climb from our camp brings us to the edge of the terrace from where the only way up is through a steep gully encase in snow and rock. We see Chaukhamba in all its glory and, with some luck, may also be treated to a different view of the mesmerizing Nanda Devi. Our campsite is in the snowfield. For those willing to put up with a little more of the bracing cold, the night sky offers a grand view of stars.Overnight in Tents & Dinner.

 

 15th June 19: PANPATIA SNOWFIELD – CAMP – PANPATIA COL ( 5260 mt.) – SUJAL SAROVER(4750mt.)

Crossing through the snow plateau and after a steep climb uphill is the Panpatia Col towering at an altitude of 5,260m (approx.) Post a short exploration of the Col and Himalayan ranges descend to Sujal Sarovar which is located downhill (4,750m). The camp for the night is on the sides of Madhyamaheshwar, besides a small lake.Overnight intents & Dinner.

 

 16th June 19: SUJAL SAROVER – KACHNI.

A few metres above Sujal Sarovar is a small pass from where it is a steep descent through snowy slopes and boulder zones to Kachni. The camp overlooks the Madhmaheshwar Ganga, and one can see the temple below and the lights of Guptkashi far below.Overnight in Tents & Dinner.

 

 

17th June 19 : KACHNI – NANU CHATTI.

It takes about 3-4 hrs to get to Madhmaheshwar temple. We visit the temple and have hot lunch at a nearby tea-shops. Post lunch we walk lazily through the forests to camp at Nanu chatti which is a small settlement of summer homes for people from the villages of Gaundhar. Overnight in Tents &Dinner.

 

 18th June 19 : NANU CHATTI – RANSI - UKHIMATH (3000 mt./Trek 14 km/

reach the base of Madhyamaheshwar Ganga. Embark on the ultimate trek of this expedition to reach Ransi and take a scenic drive to the grounds at Ukhimath. Overnight at Guest house /Hotel.

 

  19th June 19: UKHIMATH  – HARIDWAR/RISHIKESH (Drive 8-9hrs.)

This day is the final one in your excursion to Panpatia Col. Start drive to Haridwar in order to board the train at evening  or hotel as per your own plan.


Trip Cost

              PANPATIA COL TREK (Badrinath - Kedarnath)Cost

        

     The cost 55000/- for 13 days.ex Haridwar/Rishikesh to Haridwar/Rishikesh (Mini 06 person)

 

   

Cost Includes:

 

* Transport by Bolero jeep from Badrinath to back Rishikesh/Rishikesh

 

* Twin/four Share accommodation for hotel/Guest House in Badrinath on Room basis.

 

* Dome tent accommodations in tents with sleeping bag and mat entire the trek.

 

* Meals: As per itinerary, Tea /coffee, snacks & drinking boiled water during the trek. All meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) would be vegetarian; the food would be a mix of Indian, Chinese & Local.

 

* Entrance fees, Camping fees & Trekking Permit with all applicable taxes entire the trek.

 

* All group trekking gears climbing rope, carabiner Jumar Ice bar etc.

 

* Personal Trekking Gears would be Gaiters, sleeping bag with mat, providing.

 

* Experienced local mountain guide with Assistance guide, cook and staff.

 

* Porters: For carrying rations, trekking equipment's etc. 

 

* Medical Kit with oxygen cylinders.

 

* 5% GST.

 

Cost excludes:

 

* Items of personal clothing's and your baggage, personal trekking gears like lce axe , Trekking Boots etc.

 

* Any arrangements in Haridwar / Rishikesh (Meal/Stay)

 

* Laundry, phone calls, beverages and bottled water, Souvenirs and other expenses of a personal nature.

 

* Porter for Personal Luggage entire trek.

 

* Tips for guides, cooks & porters.

 

* Any costs arising out of unfores, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control..

 

 

 

 

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