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Panchachuli Base Camp Trek

Panchachuli Base Camp Trek

The Panchachuli Base Camp Trek is a popular trekking route located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, India. It takes you to the base camp of the majestic Panchachuli peaks, a group of five snow-capped peaks that form a magnificent mountain range.

Trek Difficulty: The trek is considered moderate to challenging, suitable for experienced trekkers. It involves a significant amount of ascent and descent, and requires a good level of fitness.

Duration: The trek usually takes around 7 to 9 days to complete, depending on the itinerary and pace of the trekking group. This includes the time for acclimatization and exploration at the base camp.

Best Time to Visit: The ideal time to undertake the Panchachuli Base Camp Trek is during the summer and autumn months, from May to October. During this period, the weather is relatively stable and the trails are accessible. Winter months are harsh and not recommended for trekking.

Starting Point: The trek typically starts from the village of Dharchula, which is well connected by road transport. From Dharchula, the trail leads through lush green forests, scenic meadows, and remote Himalayan villages.

Highlights of the Trek: The Panchachuli Base Camp Trek offers stunning views of the Panchachuli peaks and surrounding Himalayan ranges. The trail passes through picturesque landscapes, including dense forests, gushing rivers, alpine meadows, and high altitude moraines. You will also get a chance to interact with the friendly locals and experience their unique culture.

Permits and Guide: Since the trek is located in a restricted border area, obtaining permits is necessary. It is recommended to hire a local guide or join an organized trekking group who can assist with the necessary paperwork and provide guidance throughout the trek.

Accommodation and Facilities: Accommodation during the trek is primarily in tents or basic guesthouses. Facilities are limited, and trekkers need to carry their own camping equipment and food provisions. It’s advisable to carry all the necessary supplies, including warm clothing, trekking gear, and a first aid kit.



Total Trekking



Easy To Moderate


13,975 Ft.



Minimum Age

12 Year


May — June (15C to 20C and night 7C to2C) Sept — Oct (15C to 10C and night 5C to -5C).

Best Season

Pre Monsoon Season:— May first week to June end and post monsoon Season:- September 2nd week to Nov first week.


Day 1 : Kathgodam to Dharchula

  • Arrive at Kathgodam in the morning to start off with a long drive to Dharchula.
  • You won't get bored on the scenic drive because the entire route is lined with beautiful scenery.
  • You will cross Pitholagarh and witness the continuous change in serenity while you pass through the towns of Bhimtal, Almora, Dhaulchina, Sera- gat, Chaukhori, Thal and Ashkot.
  • Till you reach Dharchula, observe the high Himalayan mountains, the canyons below, local communities, and the breathtaking beauty of the forests.
  • Between India and Nepal, Dharchula is a lovely, rural valley settlement surrounded by snow-capped mountains, with the Kali River serving as one of its key rivers.
  • It served as an ancient trading route between India and Nepal.
  • Spend the night in a guesthouse in the village of Dharchula.

Day 2 Dharchula / Dhar / Urthing

  • Drive 2 Hrs trek 04 hrs
  • Dar is the last road head in Darma Valley for this trek.
  • Start in Dharchula and travel for three hours through Tawaghat and New Sobla, two small tribal towns, before arriving in Dar.
  • From Dar it is a 3-4 hour walk to reach the campsite of Urthing and on the way, you need to pass through the beautiful Bongling forest.
  • The Dhauliganga river is rushing below on your right as you make your way to Urthing along a precarious cliff edge.
  • It unwinds through a rock cut stretch to reach the village of Bongling.
  • To get to the campsite, there are then level treks with little ascents in between.
  • Stay overnight in the camps.

Day 3 : Urthing - Nagling

  • Trek 10 km, 04 hrs
  • Today's walk will be simple with only a few minor peaks and descents.
  • You will find a mule track that goes from Urthing to Naagling letting you pass through the hill sides of green pastoral land, with Dhauli Ganga flowing below cutting through the gorges.
  • The trail begins to go to the expansive, verdant meadows of the inner Himalayan peaks and a suspension bridge that spans a river to the Sela campground.
  • The campground is located alongside the river in the lush meadow outside of Naagling.
  • Stay overnight in the camps.

Day 4 : Nagling - Son

  • 11 km, 5 hrs
  • The trail to Naagling goes along hill sides and is a rocky terrain for the first 3 kilometeres.
  • As you continue, you can see Nagling's tabletop meadow as you approach the coniferous forests with tall oak and birch trees.
  • Baaling is a further 3 km trek through the tribal lands' greenery from the meadow.
  • Son is a picturesque mostly uninhabited settlement of the Darma Valley.
  • Stay overnight in the camps.

Day 5 : Son - Panchachuli Base Camp

  • In the morning, get a walk to the Base camp along a narrow trail, goes through the vast expanse of the Dantu Bugyals.
  • You might encounter the difficult ascents to the base camp, with the forest cover to reach the glacier on one side and the lovely Meola river bed on the other.
  • The path is lovely because of the long, sprawling bogyals and the birch- and conifer-tree forests.
  • On the winding path that has high rises and descents to PCBC, take in the fragrance of the wild flowers and get glimpses of wild strawberries.
  • Next there will be a never-ending string of images, such as soaring hills above and infinite lengths of ice.
  • The complete trail will show you endless meadows and the tall oak and birch trees with the Panch Chulli (6904 mts./22652 ft.) towering in the background.
  • Retrace your steps to Nagling, where you can set up tent for the night.

Day 6 : Panchachuli base camp - Nagling (16 km)

  • In the morning, Trek down to Nagling.
  • The trek is easy downwards.
  • Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 7 : Nagling - Urthing

  • You will make the walk from Nagling to Urthing in the morning.
  • Stay overnight in Urthing.

Day 8 : Urthing – Dharchula

  • Take a walk from Urthing to Sobla on the final day of the journey before taking a vehicle to Dharchula.
  • Stay overnight in Dharchula.

Day 9 : Dharchula – Kathgodam

  • Say Goodbye this beautiful , that you will always remember .
  • Get a drive down to Kathgodam and reach by evening to take the overnight train/bus to New Delhi.
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 Rs 30,000  
Rs 10000 per person
Kathgodam to Kathgodam
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Departure Dates

Day 1:- Kathgodam – Dharchula (295 km)
Day 2:- Dharchula / Dhar / Urthing ( Drive 2hrs + trek 04 hrs)
Day 3:- Urthing - Nagling ( trek 10 km, 04 hrs)
Day 4:- Nagling - Son (11 km, 5 hrs)
Day 5:- Son - Panchachuli Base Camp ( 05 km)
Day 6:- Panchachuli base camp - Nagling (16 km)
Day 7:- Nagling - Urthing
Day 8:- Urthing – Dharchula
Day 9:- Dharchula – Kathgodam

Reporting Information

Reporting Time
6.30 am To 7.30 am
On Last Day
5.30 pm To 6.30 pm

Trek Inclusions/Exclusions


Transport to and from the base camp
The above trek cost includes transport to and from base camp.
Safety equipment
First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers, Walkie-Talkie etc. will be available at campsite.
Stay is included from Day 1 to Last Day. Tents/Homestays/lodges will be provided. Tripple sharing Accommodation and separate accommodation for girls/ladies will be provided
All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast at Last day are included. Veg food will be provided during the trek.
Permits/ Forest fees
UTT will arrange trekking permits and forest passes.
Experienced Trek Leader & Team
Qualified trek leaders haing in basic / advanced mountaineering courses certificates/ degrees will assist trek.
Other staff member includes qualified cooks, helpers and porters.


Food during transit to and from the base camp
Food would not be provided during transit and trekkers have to bear the cost at their own.
Mule and Porter charges
Generally we expect trekkers to carry their bag-pack and luggage themselves. For those who wish to use Mule/Porter need to pay Rs 350 per day for same.
Personal Expense
Personal Expense of any kind. The trek cost does not include stay at any location on last day
*Anything apart from inclusions

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