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  • Panpatia Col - 17 Days

"Between two of the most haloed pilgrimage sites in the Himalayas lies a land that nurtures a legend worthy of difficult discovery and extreme exploration."

- Avilash Bisht, Mountain Guide.

A tale that has drawn feted explorers of the like of C.F.Meade, Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman, and countless other intrepid souls. They were all drawn by the lore that a priest from Badrinath would trek to Kedarnath in a day. The explorations, which began as early as 1934, have mostly come a cropper, with weather, terrain and nerves beating each party back. The prize of the exploration is the crossing of the Panpatia col, a pass that hides its approach within drifts of moraines, crevasses and massive icefalls. But a route across it exists, and we know that from the many reports submitted by the mountaineers, and the final successful crossing by a duo from West Bengal, in 2007. In 2015, a successful exploritory crossing of this legendary route by our mountain guides and a few friends has paved the way to open a once-hidden expanse of the Himalaya to the inquisitive of mind and sturdy of heart. From the holiest of holy Vishnu shirines in Badrinath, we will travel, trek and climb over the Panpatia Col to reach Madhyamaheshwar, and a temple dedicated to lord Shiva, drawing a line between the preserver and the destroyer. Join us as we unravel the mythical Panpatia col bit by alluring bit.

Highlights Include:

  • Visit Haridwar
  • Vishnu Temple in Badrinath
  • Shiva Temple in Madhyamaheshwar
  • 10 days trekking
  • 2 train journeys
  • True exploration

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Delhi, transfer to hotel, rest and explore.

Day 02: Morning to rest, board the overnight train to Haridwar.

Day 03: Reach Haridwar. Drive to Joshimath (1875m)

Day 04: Drive to Badrinath (3,133m) and drive back to Khirao

Day 05: Trek to Shepherd camp

Day 06: Trek to Snout camp

Day 07: Trek to Moraine Camp (4300m)

Day 08: Rest & acclimatize (4300m)

Day 09: Trek to the base of Parvati Col

Day 10: Trek to Panpatia Snowfield – Camp I

Day 11: Across Panpatia Col (5260m), camp at Sujal Sarovar (4750m)

Day 12: Trek to Kachni

Day 13: Trek to Nanu chatti

Day 14: Trek to Ransi & drive to Chopta

Day 15: Contingency day. Overnight in Camp

Day 16: Drive to Haridwar to board the evening Shatabdi. Arrive Delhi by 2245hrs

Day 17: Depart to onward destination

Day 01: Arrive from in Delhi

You will be met at the airport by one of our representatives who will transfer you to the hotel and brief you on the following days procedings.

Day 02: Board the overnight train to Haridwar.

Board the overnight NDLS Dehradun AC Express leaving New Delhi at 11:55pm to be in Haridwar by 4:00am. 

Day 03: Reach Haridwar. Drive to Joshimath (1875m)

Arrive Haridwar at 4:00am & set off on long drive to Joshimath. We stop at a restaurant for freshening up & breakfast. Overnight hotel in Joshimath

Day 04: Drive to Badrinath (3,133m) visit the temple, seek blessings and drive back to Khirao.

After taking blessings for the good trip from Badrinath temple we drive back to Khirao road head and trek from another 20min before reaching to our campsite. Overnight in Camp

Day 05: Trek to Shepherd camp.

We gain altitude to reach Khirao village.From the village it is a steep climb up to the tree line, which is marked by some flags on the boulders. Our campsite — a little alcove that offers views of splendid snowcapped peaks in the distance. Overnight in Camp

Day 06: Trek to Snout camp.

A short day where we tackle a combination of terrain — from gentle uphill walks to steep inclines — all the way to the snout of the Panpatia glacier. Overnight in Camp

Day 07: Trek to Moraine Camp (4300m)

This will be a relatively long day of gradual height-gain — ideal to spruce up the lungs for the days ahead. We cross never-ending moraines and weave across patches of snow to ease our march but then will be rewarded by magnificent views of mountains. Overnight in Camp

Day 08: Rest & acclimatize (4300m)

We take it easy though. High altitudes are tricky places, and we rest a day to prime ourselves physically and also try out our snow boots. Overnight in Camp

Day 09: Trek to the base of Parvati Col

A say short on time and steep on inclines brings us closer to the Panpatia snow field. We camp just below the Parvati Col. Overnight in Camp

Day 10: Trek to 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 Camp 

Day 11: Across Panpatia Col (5260m), camp at Sujal Sarovar (4750m)

We traverse the snow plateau and a short climb from the camp brings us to the col. Ahead is a steep downhill descent that leads to the Madhyamaheshwar watershed. We camp near the small lake of Sujal Sarovar. Overnight in Camp

Day 12: Trek to 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 Camp

Day 13: Trek to 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 Camp

Day 14: Trek to Ransi & drive to Chopta

On the last leg of the trek we descend through the pine forests to get to the floor of Madhmaheshwar Ganga. We finish the trek at Ransi and drive to the beautiful camping grounds of Chopta. Overnight in Camp

Day 15: Contingency day. Overnight in Camp

Day 16: Drive to Haridwar to board the evening Shatabdi, arrive Delhi by 2245hrs. Over night in hotel.

Day 17: Depart home, or continue on your onward journey.

We will provide transfers to the International Airport.

 

Expedition cost is $3400* twin share, ex Delhi, India.

*minimum number of bookings required, Contact us for guaranteed departures.

COST INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation on twin share basis in tents/rest houses/hotels as set out in itinerary
  • Transfers to and from Delhi international airport
  • All travel from Delhi and back to Delhi by road/rail stated in itinerary
  • All group climbing gear like ropes, anchors, slings etc. and individual climbing kit which would be hired - e.g. climbing boots, ice-axes, crampons and gaiters
  • All meals, tea/coffee and snacks
  • Professional guide fees, permit fees, sanctuary fee/royalty where applicable
  • Full trekking support, with India’s most experienced team, guides, porters, camp staff, cook etc.
  • Includes All Govt taxes

COST EXCLUDES:

  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • International Flights to Delhi
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Additional personal expenses such as alcohol and additional snacks
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Cost raised by cancelation or modification due to events beyond our control, e.g., landslides necessitating trail diversions, weather delays, political unrest, illness, et cetera.

Note the below items can be added at the time of booking.

 

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Location: Uttarakhand, India
Activity: Mountaineering, Trekking
Duration: 17 Days
Difficulty Rating: Grade 3 - difficult
Comfort Level: Expedition Camping
Season: May, Jun,