Panchachuli Trek is among the most exciting base camps trek that attracts an influx of travelers from all over the world every year. Cozily tucked amidst the snow-capped peaks of Panchachuli, the Darma valley of Pithoragarh district (Uttarakhand) is a blessed, scenic location with copious natural wonders. The route that takes trekkers to the glacier offers a spectacular amalgamation of enthralling scenery, glistening mountains, humming streams, Alpine meadows and an expansive variety of natural flora & fauna.
Located in Eastern Kumaon Himalaya, the Panchachuli trek route creates the division linking the Gori Ganga and Darma Valleys. A lot of people flock here to witness the ethereal beauty and experience the adventure Himalayas foothills offer. Panchachuli Glacier, located in the laps of Kumaon Himalayan range in the Darma Valley is situated close to the borders of Nepal and Tibet which are further regarded for their outstanding natural beauty and pristine condition.
Travelers find the trek to the glacier through the walk along river Dhauliganga quite enticing.
If you are a spirited trekker or considering undertaking this one as your first one, then we have a detailed itinerary for you. While the whole scene might appear puzzling to you at first, once you are familiar with the names and understand the nooks and crannies of strenuous treks, it will appeal to you more.
Best Time to Visit
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.
How to Reach
The Kathgodam station is one of the main stations in the district and it is an old station. It has good connectivity to many places and these include Lucknow, Delhi, and Howrah. Tickets from Delhi to Kathgodam by train cost around Rs. 180 for a second class sleeper ticket and Rs. 450 for a third A/C sleeper ticket. It is essential to book the tickets at least one month in advance as this route is always in demand.
By Train:- From Delhi take the Ranikhet Express (5014) Dep. Delhi at 10:40pm arrival Kathgodam at 5:30am (Overnight Journey) or the Uttar sampark kranti (5035) Dep. Delhi at 4:00pm arrival Kathgodam at 10:40pm (6 hrs.40min.Journey).
From Dehardun take the Doon Express (4120) Dep. Dehardun at 10:30 pm arrival Kathgodam at 7:10 pm (8hrs.journey).
By Bus:- Regular buses ply from ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar station to Kathgodam. Buses that go to Nainital stops at Haldwani which is a twin town of Kathgodham (8 hrs. Journey).
Usually buses drop you at Haldwani bus staiton. From there you have to come to Kathgodham Railway Station which is 4km away.
TTH’s Tata Sumo or similar vehicles will pick-up you from Kathgodham Railway Station
We would suggest you to take only government buses from ISBT Anand Vihar. Private buses ply from outside ISBT and they are not trust worthiness.