Pangarchulla Peak Trek, also called the Chimney Peak, is a beautiful peak situated in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand. Standing at an altitude of 14,700 feet, the summit offers breathtakingly panoramic views of Himalayan peaks such as Mana, Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, Vasudhara falls, Kalanka, Mandir, Ghodi, Hathi, Barmal, Lampak Massif, Dronagiri, etc.
Pangarchulla Peak Trek is a 4 days trek accompanied by 2 days of travelling which makes a complete tour of 6 days. The difficulty level varies from moderate to difficult which means it is recommended for experienced trekkers. Added advantage of the Pangarchulla trek is that one can cover Kuari Pass as well as Auli (a renowned ski destination) in this trek.
Day 1 : Drive from Dehradun/Haridwar to Joshimath
Day 2 : Drive from Joshimath to Dhak and Trek to Khullara
Day 3 : Trek from Khullara to Kuari Pass and back to Pangarchulla peak base camp.
Day 4 : Base camp to Pangarchulla Summit and back to Tali.
Day 5 : Trek from Tali to Auli and drive to Joshimath
Day 6 : Drive from Joshimath to Haridwar/Dehradun
Gather at Dehradun ISBT or Haridwar Railway Station by 7 AM and move towards Joshimath. Joshimath is around 300 km from Dehradun and it will take around 10-11 hours to reach there.
The journey will be through Rishikesh, Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag and Karnaprayag. Reach Joshimath and relax in the guest house. Dinner and Overnight stay in the guest house.
We have our breakfast and drive towards Dhak village which is the last road head for Pamgarchulla trek. From Dhak, we will start our trek towards our first camping destination, i.e., Khullara. Khullara is around 7 km from Dhak. We take the dusty trail and cross through few water streams.
We have our lunch at Gulling which is around 4 km from Dhak and then continue our trek towards Khullara which is further 3 km from Gulling. Reach Khullara and enjoy the dense forest views around the campsite.
Overnight stay in camps.
Today's trek is long but it will be gradual. Pangarchulla peak is visible from throughout the trek. Few more remarkable peaks are visible such as Neelkanth, Kamet, Chaukhamba, and Bhagirathi 1, 2, 3. Reach the pass and enjoy the scenic views.
After spending an hour at the pass, we head back towards our campsite, base camp of Pangarchulla peak.
Today is the D-day of the trek as we climb the Pangarchulla summit. We start a bit early as it is the longest and toughest day of the trek. The trail up to the summit is steep and it may require few pieces of equipment depending upon the terrain conditions.
We target to reach the summit by noon. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Greater Himalayas from the summit. We then descend back from the summit and approach towards our campsite, i.e., Tali. Reach the campsite and relax.
Overnight stay in the camps.
This is the last day of the trek. We take the downhill trail towards Auli and trek through the alluring Gorson Bugyal. Reach Auli, which is a renowned site for Skiing. After reaching Auli, we board the taxi and travel to Joshimath.
Overnight stay in the guest house.
We retrace the same route and travel to Haridwar or Dehradun. We reach by evening.
Trekking tour ends here.
Accommodation: Stay is included from day 1 to Day 6 – you will be staying at guest house and camps on all days of trekking.
Transportation: Haridwar to Haridwar
Meals: All Meals from day 1 dinner to day 6 breakfast are included. We provide simple nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.
Camping Charges: All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.
Support Staff: Certified Trek Leader and Local Guide.
Trekking Equipment: you will be staying in high quality tents and sleeping bags in all the camps. We provide high altitude sleeping bags which can stand temperatures as low as - 10 deg c. We also provide ropes, micro spikes, gaiters etc. As required.
Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, Stretchers etc. will be available at all campsites to deal with emergencies.
Any meals apart from inclusions
Meals during bus journey
Offloading charges- INR 250 per bag per day and should be informed 3 days before the trek.
Anything that is not mentioned in inclusions
No cancellations will be taken over call or whatsapp msg. Please reply to the email of payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.
Free Cancellation upto 60 days before the departure date
59 Days to 45 days of Departure date. 10% of total Trip cost. (Booking amount is non-refundable)
44 Days to 30 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost
29 Days to 15 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost.
15 Days to 8 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost.
7 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost.
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Incase of government orders, harsh weather conditions , protests , landslides or any other unforseen circumstances , we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even even certain activities are cancelled , the organization provides the best alternate but no refunds are provided.
If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed upto same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.
If a trek or trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.). No refund would be provided.
Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), Will be beared by customer. Company will not be liable.
Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.
Down Jacket (Main jacket)
Tshirt or Fleece
Extra pair of Socks
Trekking/ Hiking Shoes (Forclaz 100 and above or Arpenaz 100. Checkout in Decathlon stores)
Rucksack (At least 40L)
Mufflers/ Neck Warmer
Extra pair of Clothes
First Aid Kit
*Add extra thermal layers and sweater during the winter season
Q. What will be the group size for Pangarchulla Peak trek?
Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.
We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.
Q. Who all will go along with us on the Pangarchulla Peak trek?
All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certifie, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.
All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.
Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to trek solo?
Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.
Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the Pangarchulla Peak trek?
Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.
Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trek?
We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.
Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?
We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.
Q. Which shoes should I buy?
Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.
Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the Pangarchulla Peak trek?
During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.
Q. What will be the type of accommodation?
It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.
Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?
Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.
Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?
It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.
Q. How can I book a Pangarchulla Peak trek with you?
After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.
Q. What type of food is served during the trek?
We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.
Q. How to get safe drinking water on the Pangarchulla Peak trek?
Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.
In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.
Q. Can we change the itinerary?
Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.
Q. Can you customize the Pangarchulla Peak trek?
Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.
Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?
No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.
Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?
Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.
Q. Diamox is advisable or not?
Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.
Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.
Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?
It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.
Q. What will we do if it rains?
If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.
Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?
Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.
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