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. A tale that has drawn feted explorers of the like of Meade, Shipton and Tilman, Martin Moran, Harish Kapadia, 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. After extensive research and reading, and fresh from the successful crossing of this legendary route, we at White Magic are ready to open a once-hidden expanse of the Himalaya to the inquisitive of mind and sturdy of heart. Join us as we unravel the mythical Panpatia col bit by alluring bit.
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Day 01: 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 02: 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 03: Drive to Khirao road head and start trek.
We drive to Khirao road head (2 hrs) and trek for another 2-3 hours to reach to our campsite. Overnight in Camp
Day 04: 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 05: 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 06: 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 07: 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 08: Trek to the base of Parvati Col
A day 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 09: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: Trek to Ransi & drive to Rudraprayag
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 a hotel in Rudraprayag. Overnight in Hotel
Day 14: Drive to Haridwar to board the evening Shatabdi. Arrive Delhi by 2245hrs
DELHI TO DELHI
- - All travel from Delhi and back to Delhi by road/ rail / air as applicable (by non ac car / 2 or 3 tier ac coach)
- - All arrangements for overnight stay while on the trip
- - Accommodation on twin share basis in tents / rest houses / hotels
- - 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
- - Professional guide fees, permit fees, sanctuary fee / royalty where applicable
- - All trekking arrangements with India’s most experienced guiding team, camp staff, cook etc.
- - All meals, tea/coffee and snacks
- - GST as applicable (Subject to change as per govt rules).
- - Railway station / airport transfers in Delhi
- - Any stay and meals in Delhi
- - Sleeping bag, items of personal clothing etc
- - Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, alcohol, cigarettes, insurance, tips for guides, cooks & porters
- - Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
- Note -
1. Single Room in Pipalkoti during the trip can be booked at an additional cost of INR 1500.
2. Personal Porter to carry your day-pack during the trek can be arranged at INR 14000.
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of White Magic