Panchachuli Base Camp Trek

Trek LocationArea: Kumaon Himalaya

Trek DurationDuration: 12 Days (4 days traveling/8 days trekking)

Trek SeasonBest Season: Mid April - Mid October

Trek GradeGrade:

On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding.

AltitudeAltitude: 4260 mts/13975 ft

Trekking DistanceTotal Trekking: 110 K.M

About Panchachuli Base Camp Trek

One of the giant snow-capped Himalayan peaks lying at the end of the eastern Kumaon region; Panchachuli Peak is a famous attraction of Uttarakhand. The peaks have religious significance for the locals and for the adventurists its Base Camp is an ideal option for a short trek. Usually, trekkers thronged towards the base camp of the Panchachuli Peak between May and September.


Starting from Almora, the trekking trail passes through Dharchula, Tawaghat, Sobla, Dhar, Sela, Balling, and Duktu, and then finally concludes at Panchachuli. During the journey, trekkers will come across gorgeous Darma Valley, which offers the splendid view of the Panchachuli peaks. The trail from Duktu to Panchachuli glacier is hard to follow. However, determination and strategy can help to overcome these difficulties. The route that heads to Panchachuli glacier traverses through enthralling scenery with snow-capped mountains gushing streams, alpine meadows and rich flora and fauna. The trail also goes through several tribal villages like Bongling, Sela, Nagling, Baaling and Duktu and cuts and run through Dhauliganga and thick forests of deodar and Bhojpatra and conifer.

The ethereal feel all through the expedition is what makes this trek different from others. Description of this trek can't be done in few words; it would be an injustice to the scenery that unfolds in front of trekkers eyes to behold.

Panchachuli Base Camp Trekking Tour Highlights

  • Meet and greet people of tribal settlements- Tawaghat and New Sobla
  • Experience the thrill of the trekking by walking on the narrow paths, splintered bridges and cliff edge
  • Behold the beauty of the trek by catching glimpse of waterfalls, valleys, streams and peaks.

Best Time to Visit Panchachuli Base Camp Trek

Summer: Summer months mid-March till mid-June are the best time to trek to Panchachuli Base Camp Trek. The sun warms up the cool region of Panchachuli Base Camp Trek and trekkers find it easy to cope with the environment.

Monsoon: During monsoon season, the route gets slippery and trekkers find it very difficult to make through the route.

Spring: Mid-September to late October, the charming spring favors trekkers to make way to Panchachuli Base Camp Trek. Pleasing sun and calm weather.

Winter: season starting from November till late February, the temperature falls significantly low and thus tourists cannot trek in Panchachuli Base Camp.

Where is the Panchachuli Base Camp Trek?

Basecamp of Panchachuli peak is located quite close to the Dantu Bugyal. A strenuous walk through the narrow trails of Son will take you to the Basecamp of Panchachuli. Wildflowers and wild strawberries grow on either side of the narrow path, which has steep climbs and descends till you reach the Basecamp of Panchachuli peak.

How to Reach Panchachuli Base Camp Trek?

You will be trekking to Panchachuli Base camp from village Sobla. You will reach Sobla village through Tawaghat. Here we discuss on how you reach Sobla:

By Air: Pantnagar airport is the nearest airport 280kms from Dharchula. Pantnagar airport is well connected with Delhi.

By Rail: Kathgodam railway station Nainital is the nearest railhead 265km from Dharchula. Kathgodam railway station is connected to major cities of India.

By Road: Dharchula is nearest road head and is well connected by the major cities of Kumaon Himalaya like, Nainital, Haldwani, Kathgodam, Almora, Bageshwar, Munsiyari.

Panchachuli Base Camp Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day 01: Delhi – Kathgodam (By Train)

In the evening take AC train from Delhi – Kathgodam at 22:40 hrs. Overnight journey….

Day 02: Kathgodam – Pithoragarh - Dharchula (265 kms/8-9 hrs)

Arrival at Kathgodam by early morning, here meet our guide and transfer to Dharchula via Pithoragarh. You will reach at Pithoragarh by the evening time. Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Dinner and night stay at the hotel.

Day 03: Dharchula – Tawaghat - Sobla – Dhar

Post breakfast we will leave for a short yet exciting drive to Sobla via Tawaghat. We will start trekking from here and trek up to Dhar. Sobla is the entrance to the Darma Valley and also the starting point of this trek. Once we reach at Dhar village we will pitch a tent for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 04: Dhar - Sela

Today's stretch of the trek is easy. Half of the trail needs to be covered walking upwards whereas the rest half requires to walk downwards. Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 05: Sela - Balling

Post breakfast trek up to Baaling. You will get the real adventurous feel in this route. Upon arrival set out the tent for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 06: Balling to Duktu/Dantu

Today morning we will trek up to Duktu and Dantu. Duktu and Dantu are the two adjacent villages which are the last human habitation in this part of Darma valley. You will get to witness the startling views of the Panch Chuli peaks from here. In the outskirts of Duktu you will get to see a huge meadow. 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 07: Duktu - Panch Chuli – Duktu

Post breakfast we will trek to Pancha Chuli glacier. Today we will get to see the Panch Chuli glacier from our base camp at Duktu. Once you explore the area to the fullest, trek back to the base camp at Duktu. Dinner and night stay at camp.

Day 08: Duktu - Nagling

In the morning we will trek back to Nagling. Duktu to Nagling is a gradual descent. Today's walk is around 5 hours.

Day 09: Nagling – Bungling

Today we will trek down to Bungling. The descend is easy. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 10: Bungling – Sobla – Dharchula

Today we will trek down 5 km to reach Sobla. From Sobla we will drive to Dharchula. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

Day 11: Dharchula – Kathgodam - Delhi

After breakfast drive to Kathgodam and from here catch night train for Delhi. Overnight train jpurney.

Day 12: Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi by morning.

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Things to Carry fo rPanchachuli Base Camp Trek

Things to Carry while Trekking
  • Warm clothes: windproof jackets, fleece/full sleeve sweater, thermals, woolen cap and socks, mittens and scarf
  • Comfortable clothes: tee-shirts, trousers or tracks
  • Raincoat or poncho to avoid rains
  • Walking stick or trekking pole
  • Comfortable trekking or hiking shoes
  • Water bottles
  • Sunscreen lotion, lip balms, skin ointment and basic medications (or prescribed if any)
  • Torchlight or flashlights with extra number of cells and bulbs
  • Personal toiletries and towels

Booking Terms and Conditions:

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When to book Panchachuli Base Camp Trek?

You should book Panchachuli Base Camp Trek two months in advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare well for the trek.

Who will carry my backpack?

There will pony/porters that will carry your personal luggage, you only need to carry your small day pack

What will be the weight of the backpack?

Once you book your trek with us we will give you a list of things to carry and the total weight should not cross 12 Kgs.

Where to meet you us?

Our pick up and drop point for Panchachuli Base Camp Trek is Old Delhi train station. We will send you the train ticket and you can board train from there to Kathgodam. At Kathgodam our guide will pick you from train station and then from there your tour will start.

How we run the trek?

We always have a trek leader who leads the trek from the front.

What is the batch size?

Our group size is minimum 4 people and maximum 12 people with mix of men and women.

What is minimum age required for Panchachuli Base Camp Trek?

The Panchachuli Base Camp Trek is a moderate trek with a maximum altitude of 4260 mts/13975 ft minimum age required is 10 years.

What will be the minimum temperature during Panchachuli Base Camp Trek?

In the month of April to June and September to November the temperature during the trek can go as low as 10 Degree Celsius during the night, In the month of December to March the temperature in minus. July and August is rainy season.

How long we trek during Panchachuli Base Camp Trek?
What will happen if a trek is extended because of landslides or any other reasons?

If we have to extend the trek because of the reasons which beyond our control then an additional charge may apply which are of a hotel stay and food.

Can I take the Diamox?

Diamox is indeed very helpful, but it's advisable to consult the doctor first.

Is it safe for a female to go on a trek?

Safety is of prime importance for us that is why the tours are managed by us personally and not by a third party. Thus, we assure that the trek is absolutely safe even for solo female trekkers, who can join us for fixed departure treks.

What kind of shoes will be required?

Good trekking shoes with ankle support are must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua is good shoes with value for money.

What kind of food is served during the trek?

While trekking, we serve vegetarian food rich in protein, carbohydrates and highly nutritious. Sometimes, we surprise our trekkers with tasty treats like pakora, local food, etc.

Is it safe to drink water from the stream?

Yes, it's completely safe for drinking and even for cooking, but, to be on the safer side we always carry filters and chlorine tablets

Which vehicle do we use for transportations?

Vehicles like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, and Tempo Traveller are suitable for a ride on damaged Himalayan roads.

Are your fixed departures dates are fixed?

Yes, our departure times remain fixed. We are always excited to go for the trek, even if it's with one trekker.

How do you deal with emergency situation?

Trekking on high Himalayan altitudes is always a rewarding experience. However, it is important that you should keep your safety in mind. Emergencies, like illness, AMS, storms, missteps, landslides and even avalanches, are rare but can happen anytime during the trekking, so be prepared for any random goof-ups. To deal with any emergencies your guides, who are an expert mountaineers will be there for your rescue. Your tour guide will always carry a first aid kit to deal with any medical emergencies. In the case of some rescue operation, extra charges will be borne by the trekkers.

How to book the trek

Register for the trek on the website and we shall send the details about the booking procedure.

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