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About the Panpatia Glacier Trek:
Surrounded by legends and fables the Panpatia Glacier trek that takes you through Panpatia Col route requires endurance and willpower to get through harsh yet beautiful nature. Located between the holy shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath, the region is rich with wondrous stories of ‘sadhus’ and sages who have lived here.
The journey kicks off from the holy Badrinath Shrine; a place where Shiva and Parvati are believed to have lived. Stay in charming campsites in alcoves, along lakesides and over flatlands on the way and enjoy walking through a trail that is well planned and fun at the same time. Marvel the magnificent peaks of Chaukhamba and Nanda Devi to finally come to a landscape that is as white as snow can be! Wherever your eyes go you can see the vast snow fields that have inspired many holy journeys!
About the Panpatia Glacier:
Panpatia glacier reigns at a stunning altitude of 17,257 ft., and bridges two of India’s most revered pilgrimage sites, Kedarnath and Badrinath. Shrouded in haloes of myth and legends, the Panpatia Glacier trek shows you how beautiful as well as lethal nature can be. It takes you through a diverse terrain including high altitude passes, moraines, terrifying cliffs, and roaring streams. This trek borders on a Himalayan expedition granted the semi-technical mountaineering techniques that are required. The most alluring lore that veiled the trek was that in ancient times, priests and sages could cover the trek from Badrinath to Kedarnath in just a day!
One of the most challenging treks in Uttarakhand, the Panpatia Glacier trek puts your stamina and determination to test. The trail of the Panpatia Glacier trek originates from Badrinath, landing eventually at Nilkanth Khal. It harbours some of the most scenic campsites and meadows perched along the serene banks of glacial lakes. It unfolds a carpet of vibrant floral species that captivate the senses. The view opens to mighty Himalayan behemoths like Nilkantha, Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, Kunaling, and Balakun.
Catch breathtaking glimpses of the snout of the actual glacier and Panpatia plateau. This trek is enjoyed best during the summer and autumn months.
Though the trail is rugged in some sections and laden with loose stones, crevasses and icefalls, no other trek holds a candle to the beauty and the panoramic views of its Himalayan neighbours. Also, walking on an actual glacier is petrifying, no doubt, but is also ten times more exhilarating! Lose yourself amidst myth, lores, and a devastatingly beautiful Himalayan heaven as your eyes feast on the magnetic snowy views, and your soul sways in the alluring wilderness
Quick Facts about Panpatia Glacier Trek:
Region:- Garhwal, Uttarakhand
Duration of the Panpatia Glacier Trek: 13D (including a contingency day) /12N
Activities: Trekking, Climbing, Camping
Highest Altitude: 5260 Mt.
Temperature Range: 10 to12 Degrees (night), 24 to 25 degrees (daytime)
Best Time:- April to June & September to October
Panpatia Glacier Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate To Challenging.
As you arrive in Haridwar or Rishikesh, you will be getting a transfer to Joshimath, driving via the amazing Rudraprayag, Devprayag, and Chamoli.
After lunch, you will continue driving towards Joshimath, where you will check in and take the rest of the day for acclimatization.
Overnight at Joshimath.
After breakfast this morning, you will continue the drive to reach Badrinath.
Check-in and get some rest here as you have now reached a really high altitude. Go to visit the Badrinath Temple in the evening followed by a trek to the campsite for the night.
Overnight at camp.
The trekking expedition starts today, as you trek towards the treeline just above the campsite. Following the flags that are attached to boulders, you will be trekking to reach the Shepherd camp.
After reaching the camp, you can enjoy the amazing views of the hills nearby.
Overnight at campsite
The trek today will lead you through a variety of terrains. It will range from a moderate uphill hike to treacherous climbs to finally reach the snout of the glacier of Panpatia.
Overnight at camp.
The trek will be slightly longer today but will be an overall moderately challenging.
You will be crossing many moraines and go through patches of snow. All the way, you will get some unmatched views of the hills of the Himalayas.
Overnight at Moraine Camp.
The day will be for you to acclimatize to the high altitude weather.
Overnight at camp.
The trek for the day leads you the base of the hill Parvati Col by crossing the snowfield of the Panpatia Glacier.
The trek leads through some of the most thrilling climbs and steeps.
Campsite for the day will be located just under the Parvati Col.
Overnight at camps.
After a delicious breakfast in the morning, the trek will lead you to some sort of gully which is vertical in nature. The way up from there will be covered in snow and rocks.
From this place, you will clearly see the majestic Chaukhamba Peak, and if you are lucky, the highest peak of India, the Nanda Devi.
The camp will be in the Panpatia Snowfield.
On this day of the trek, you will be crossing a snow-covered plateau to finally arrive at the Panpatia Col.
A small and steep descent from here will take you straight to the Madhyamaheshwar watershed.
The camp for the night will be set up near a small lake called the Sujal Sarovar.
The trek for the day will lead you from the Sujal Sarovar to Kachni.
The place is located across a small pass right above the lake which is slightly sloped and strewn with rocks.
Following this route for a while will bring you to the campsite located right next to the Madhmaheshwar Ganga. From the campsite, you will be able to see the lights and the temple of Guptkashi located below.
Overnight at Camp.
From here, the trek will lead you to the temple of Madhmaheshwar which is a hike of about 3 to 4 hours.
After visiting the temple and the tea shop nearby, you will continue to trek through the forests to finally arrive at the campsite for the day at Nanu Chatti.
Overnight at camp.
This will be the last day of trekking on this trip, and so it begins from Nanu Chatti.
You will move downhill through forests of pine and arrive at the banks of the river Madhmaheshwar Ganga near the village of Ransi. The trekking expedition ends here.
You will be driving from here to reach the hotel in Rudraprayag, where you will stay overnight.
This morning, you will take a road transfer to Haridwar. The road passes through Devprayag where the rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi meet to create the river Ganga.
You will arrive in Haridwar and transfer to the railway station for your transfer to Delhi, as the experience comes to an end.
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Rated : 5.0
I’m thoroughly pleased to recommend Thrillophilia, who made our whole Panpatia glacier trek a pleasant experience. My partner and kids thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Initially, we were a little apprehensive about the whole thing. However, from the booking till the last day, the local guide was friendly and helpful.
Rated : 5.0
It’s only when you start walking that you realize you are actually walking on a glacier. Trekking on such a massive trek is challenging but definitely an experience that you can get nowhere else.
Rated : 5.0
I’m a diehard lover of challenging treks and Panpatia is one glacier that will challenge even professionals…Amazing trek, beautiful place …images of the entire trek keeps flickering in my mind.
Rated : 4.0
It was an outstanding trekking experience we had! Within the 15 days, we got ample of opportunity to visit several important destinations like temples, villages, got the chance to walk through snowy fields and lot more. The best of the entire trek was the rest days we got to get used to the change in the climate and the local atmosphere. Overall, it was a decently planned trek.
Rated : 4.0
We had a team match amongst the trek group. We would race to spots like Badrinath and Kedarnath. The team reaching late will compensate by doing some tasks. It was fun and exciting. Would definitely recommend it to friends.
Rated : 4.0
Before you sign up for this trek, you must be very well aware of trekking in Uttarakhand. It is one of the hard treks in Uttarakhand. Rest is all about fun, adventure and bliss!
Rated : 4.0
The guides accompanying us were very good. The trek was fine. The peaks were mesmerising
Rated : 4.0
My trek mates were just awesome. They were all so friendly. We all belonged to different states but, felt like a family. The groups were well-arranged by the guides to help us enjoy. We were all the same age that is why we enjoyed so much.
Rated : 4.0
I'm a fan of challenging treks and have been going at it since I was 17. This one is one of the most challenging treks I've been to. You need to know everything about the place beforehand.
Rated : 4.0
Trekking was such an exciting experience. Had a bit of problem with the low temperature. As the trekking duration is quite long, make sure you do packing very carefully. Ideally, you should get porters to carry your bags and baggage, but then there is a limit to the weight they usually carry.
Panpatia Glacier trek leans towards the challenging side of Himalayan treks, and requires semi technical knowledge of mountaineering. You trek everyday for 7 hours on an average, which demands exceptional physical fitness.
Begin by jogging 5 km everyday to improve cardiovascular endurance and stamina. Regulate 3 sets of squats with 20 reps per set to strengthen your knees. If you can jog 5 km within 20-25 minutes, you’re fit for the trek. Also try some push ups to improve muscle strength.
Summers (From Mid May to June), and post monsoon period (September to first week of October) are the best time to attempt the Panpatia Glacier Trek.
The batch size will depend upon the number of bookings received.
Healthy, highly nutritious vegetarian food will be served during the trek. The food will be simple yet delicious.
Yes, diamox is advisable here, as the trek pushes you to extreme high altitudes. Although diamox is a preventive measure and not a cure for AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), it will aid the process of acclimatization. Please remember to drink a minimum of 3-4 litres of water per day to avoid dehydration.
If you experience symptoms of AMS, which include headache and nausea, inform your trek leader without any delay. Trek leaders always carry medical kits and well equipped oxygen cylinders for emergency situations.
Please carry good quality shoes with high ankle support and steady grip. DO NOT carry regular sports shoes as they are not built to endure such terrains, and can cause fatals slips due lack of grip. Remember to break your new shoes in at least a month before the trek to avoid chafing and blisters. Carry at least 5-6 pairs of cotton socks for trekking.
Yes, the trek is absolutely safe for female solo trekkers. Above everything else, prioritise the safety of our trekkers. We have separate accommodations for our male and female trekkers, and our trek leaders are friendly and supportive.
The weather conditions during summers and post monsoons are quite pleasant. During daytime, the temperature ranges between 15 to 20 degrees, while nights get incredibly cold, with temperatures plummeting to 5 to 10 degrees. The weather will turn a lot colder on higher altitudes. Please carry a minimum of 3 to 4 warm layers, and 2 clean sets of thermals for the night.
The Panpatia glacier is located in the Himalayas, Garhwal region. It is considered as the highest passes in the world. The path is known for its pilgrimage tour of Kedarnath and Badrinath. Thousands of devotees take this route every year.
Once on the Panpatia glacier trek, you realize how magnificent and dangerous nature can be. Some parts of the trek, you may come across loose soil, icefalls, rocks, and crevasses. Hence, it is also known as the labyrinth of Himalayas.
You can reach the Panpatia trek through all modes of transportation.
The nearest airport to here is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. For further destinations you can book a cab or bus.
If you are planning to travel by train, then you can board a train to Haridwar, which is located around 300kms away from Panpatia glacier. You will then have to reach your final destination by road.
Since this is a pilgrim route, the roads are well-maintained, and during snow, it is plowed too. By road, you have to use NH 58 and cross well-known places like Rishikesh, Joshimath, Haridwar, and Dehradun (NH 58)
The trekking is a 13-day affair, usually. However, it entirely depends on the weather. The starting point of this trek is Rishikesh, and visitors have to trek 6-8 hours daily.
The Panpatia glacier is located at an altitude of 17,257 feet or 5260 meters. Hence, trekkers must prepare themselves a few months in advance before planning to come down over here.
Once you have booked your travel to Panpatia glacier trek, you may want to perform several physical activities and monitor your endurance capabilities.
Having some knowledge about the Himalayan mountains can be an added advantage. Remember, you need to trek on tough terrain for at least 6-7 hours a day. The ideal way to begin preparation is to jog a few kilometers a day.
One must also improve the stamina by squatting and climbing 50 steps a day. Your knee strength, overall body condition, and ability to walk without much water should be tested during the few months before you actually decide to trek.
Your Panpatia trek can be a successful adventure when you carry the right gear as per its weather condition. Since this is a 17,257 feet mountain having the right kind of clothing, equipment, and oxygen cylinder is crucial.
So, make sure to carry along following items:
-Comfortable clothes like shirts, t-shirts, trousers, track pants
-Woollen clothes like sweaters, jackets, full-sleeves, thermal inner wear and other similar
-Waterproof and windproof jackets, raincoats or poncho
-Woollen cap, scarf, mittens, woollen socks (additional pair is suggested)
-Good quality trekking/hiking shoes Flashlights with extra pair of power cells and bulb
-Caps or hats, sunglasses and camera (if required)
-Sunscreen lotion or any other skin moisturisers
-Personal toiletries and basic medications (if any)
-A diary and a pen; books in case you love reading Insect repellent and an emergency first-aid kit
The temperature at this altitude is usually cold and freezing during the winter months. The daytime temperature is around 20 degrees, and the night is colder. Since it is only bound to become colder as you trek higher, you need a few layers of clothing.
You can visit the glacier during the months of April and June, and September to October. The post-monsoon would be the ideal time because you not only get to trek peacefully without rain but also get some fantastic sights.
We are talking about trekking on a 17,257 feet mountain. Hence, it can be difficult when you do not have proper training at times. However, it does not have to be impossible. You would be amazed to know that legendary mountaineers Tilman and Shipton made their successful Panpatia glacier trek attempt during 1934 with some difficulty.
The minimum age to trek is 18 years. Young children, senior citizens, and people physically unfit are not allowed because it tests your mental and physical endurance.
The trek can cost you close to INR 85,000. Please go through the details and discuss the plan with tour agents, then place your booking on Thrillophilia.
No, this trek is suitable for advanced level trekkers. The starting age of doing the Panpatia glacier trek is 18 years. If you are less than 18 years, then you cannot participate in the trek, which is at a massive 17,257 feet.
Though local guides are there to help and guide you, ensure that you place your footings, and avoid loose soil.
Yes, it is entirely safe to do the Panpatia glacier trek by yourself. You could be a solo woman traveler too. You have no reason to fear or worry. Usually, families book the trek, and many women take part in it.
The trekking is done in batches of 10-14 people, mostly along with the guides.
The guides are experienced mountaineers who are also trained in providing primary medical care and attention. If at all, you fall sick during the trek, you will be offered prompt medical attention. You are advised not to travel during the rainy season that is usually between months of July to August.
Please listen to your guide and instructor before trekking and avoid drinking during the time. At nighttime, do not venture outside alone. If you are a photo enthusiast, then please talk to the guide about safe spots before clicking photos.
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