An explorer who loves to roam like a nomad in the mountains, the Panchchuli Base Camp Trek is just another hypnotizing journey for him.
The vicinity showcases the snow capped towers of Panchachuli that is a cluster of five 6thousnader peaks in the Kumaun region of Indian Himalayan belt in Uttarakhand. Panchachuli –II is the highest at an elevation of 6,904 meters followed by Panchachuli – V at 6,437 meters, Panchachuli – I at 6,355 meters, Panchachuli – IV at 6,334 meters and Panchachuli – III at 6,312 meters. Panchachuli – I was the first peak to be expedited by the Indo – Tibetan Border Police in 1972 followed by Panchachuli – II in 1973. Later an Indo – British team made the first ascent to Panchachuli – V in 1992 and in 1995 Panchchuli – IV was climbed by a New Zealand expedition team. Panchchuli – III was successfully climbed in the year 2001.
The silver horizon secludes the rich Gori and Darmaganga valleys and according to a legend, which is derived from the Hindu epic, Mahabharata, Panchachuli was the cooking hearth of the ‘Pandavas’ before they headed for their heavenly abode. The region is further endowed with the exuberance of several elements of nature spread across different altitudes. From shifting glaciers and jetting streams to alpine meadows dotted with a rich variety of flora and thick forest, which is a home to several Himalayan wildlife, the moderate trek in the Kumaun Himalayan region to Panchchuli Base Camp is a wooing scenic grandeur.
Located in Pithoragarh district, the trek to Pancha Chuli Base Camp starts from Dharchula, which is at an elevation of 915 meters and is approximately 90 kilometers away from Munsiyari by road. The trail heads to the first tribal village on the route at Dhar, which is approximately 40 kilometers up via Tawaghat and Sobla. Now you are standing on the gateway to Darma valley. The trek to Panchchuli Base Camp continues towards Sela and thereafter turns to Balling. The trail from Sela to Balling has several downhills and uphills making the journey a bit strenuous and difficult. From Balling the journey maneuvers to Panchchuli Base Camp via two tribal villages, Duktu and Dantu, and here you are right over a alpine meadow wherefrom you can catch a glimpse of the Panchchuli peaks. Further heading towards the horizon you step on the glaciated track, which is bordered with a forest of oak and birch trees. The journey back from Panchchuli Base Camp leads to Nagling via Duktu and thereafter leads off at Dharchula via Sobla.
The Panchchuli Base Camp trek being a moderate to challenging trek in the Kumaon Himalaya, trekkers need to get acclimatized to different altitudes. The best time to hit the track is from the month of May to October. The trek to Panchchuli Base Camp requires an Inner Line Permit from SDM’s office.
|Altitude||4260 mts/13973 ft|
|Season||May – Jun & Sept – Oct|