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Panpatia Col Trek

Panpatia Col Trek

A Himalayan High Experience
About The Panpatia Col Trek

Connecting two of the holy shrines of Hindu - Badrinath and Kedarnath, a mythological story has it that a sage used to perform rituals in both the temples on the same day using this route known as Kedar Badri. This created enough crest amongst the mountaineers and explorers to find a route connecting the two shrines of Kedarnath and Badrinath.

British explorers to the likes of Tillman and Eric Shipton set their foot to find a route through them in 1934. They entered through the Satopanth glacier from Badrinath side, crossed the col, but got trapped in dense bamboo forest of Gondharpongi valley, before returning to Joshimath for his Nanda Devi expedition. Before them, Meade had his share of efforts in 1912. From then on, lots of steps has been take by mountaineers of our country to find a route connecting them, mostly mountaineers from Bengal including Harish Kapadia in 1997, who was stopped by the Ice fall. In 2000, an English mountaineer Martin Moran lead an expedition to Neelkanth, a nearby peak in Badrinath area to find a route and then successfully negotiated the Panpatia ice falls to exit through Kedarnath making it the first successful attempt completing Shipton's route.

Neelkanth and Parvati seen on Panpatia Trek
Neelkanth and Parvati seen on Panpatia Trek
photo by Debabrata Mukherjee

Some dedicated and continuous efforts was made by mountaineer Anindya Mukherjee with other fellow mountaineer friends on the same crest. He tried 3 years in row from Madhameshwar side with little more success at each attempt and in his 4th attempt, he tried from the other side.

In 2007, A Bengali team in lead by Tapan Pandit and Debabrata Mukherjee successfully crossed the crevasse laiden ice fields of the Panpatia creating a history, making it a first Indian success on the route. The advantages of Google Earth helped the team to plan a safer route through the ice falls.

The beauty of the 2007 expedition was that, though difficult, this route was trekkable, and In recent times, trekkers crossing it successfully has been reported quite a few times, following the same route. It was a gift to the trekking community by the efforts of the 2007 team.

As understandable, this is not a mere trek. It needs to be treated as a semi-expedition which requires climbing gears like mountaineering boots, ice axes, anchoring devices, ropes and thye most important - right mentality

There is a Himalayan High in trekking this historic route !!

Detailed Daywise Itinerary For Panpatia Col Trek

Day 1From Rishikesh To Joshimath

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Journey from Rishikesh to Joshimath is a long one, but definitely not a boring one. As you swirl up, you come accross the Prayags ( confluence of rivers) of Uttrakhand, coming down from the Himalayan Glaciers on the higher reaches of the Himalayan state. These rivers unite to form the mighty Ganga which flows down Haridwar to rest for India. Ganga is known as the lifeline of India, and Uttrakhand - The Dev Bhoomi ( God's Land)

The streets are colorful too !! 

Travelling in mountain roads for 280 KMS can be really tiring. So take a good sleep in your hotel tonight.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: All Meals

Day 2From Joshimath To Khirao Camp 1, Via - Khirao Road Head

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Brief Details Of The Day:

Today morning we drive to Khirao, and the trek some 30 minutes to reach our base camp for the trek. We may chose to visit the holy Shrine of Badrinath, offer prayers and then come back to our base camp as we have little less to do.

Reach base camp and relax for the day

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Day 3From Khiroi Camp 1 To Khiroi Camp 2

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Following the Khiroi Ganga upwards, we climb and climb to reach the campsite for the day

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Day 4From Khiroi Camp 2 To Khirao Snout Camp

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Brief Details Of The Day:

Reach the snout of the Panpatia glacier.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Day 5From Khirao Snout Camp To Moraine Camp

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  • Khirao Snout Camp: 3897 meters / 12861 feets
  • Moraine Camp: 4300 meters / 14190 feets
  • Approximate Time: 5 - 6 hours
  • Day's Activity: Trek
Brief Details Of The Day:

Negotiate moraines and difficult terrain. Will be a long day.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Day 6Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

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  • Moraine Camp: 4300 meters / 14190 feets
  • Moraine Camp: 4300 meters / 14190 feets
  • Approximate Time: 3 - 4 hours
  • Day's Activity: Rest and Acclimatize
Brief Details Of The Day: Rest and acclimatization Day
Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Day 7From Moraine Camp To Parvati Col Base

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The penultimate day before crossing the Panpatia Col. We trek to the base of the Parvati Col

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Day 8From Parvati Col Base To Panpatia Snowfield, Via - Parvati Col

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Will be a hard day. We negotiate steep and difficult climbs through a gully to summit the Parvati Col. We camp in the vast Panpatia snowfield

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Day 9From Panpatia Snowfield To Sujal Sarovar Camp, Via - Panpatia Col

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We negotiate the rest of snowfields, cross the Panpatia Col to descend down sharply to Sujal Sarovar.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Day 10From Sujal Sarovar Camp To Kachni Dhar

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Cross a pass to descend sharply to Kachni.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Day 11From Kachni Dhar To Nanu Chatti

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We trek to Madhyamaheshwar temple, offer our prayers and then trek to Nanu Chatti

Accommodation: hotel/ tents
Meals: All Meals

Day 12From Nanu Chatti To Ransi

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Today We finish the trek at Ransi 

Accommodation: Hotel / Ransi
Meals: All Meals

Day 13From Ransi To Rishikesh

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  • Ransi: 1619 meters / 5343 feets
  • Rishikesh: 372 meters / 1228 feets
  • Approximate Time: 6 - 7 hours
  • Day's Activity: Drive
Brief Details Of The Day:

We drive back to Rishikesh

Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14Extra Buffer / Reserved / Contingency Day

Brief Details Of The Day: Buffer Day
Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals
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Covid19 Safety Protocol For Himalayan Treks

Unnatural times call for an unusual response. We at Himalayan High are facing it with even more stringent safety measures to ensure our treks, trekkers, and the local support team are safe. The Covid19 Pandemic has completely changed the way we look at the World and do things. It has changed the way we trek as well. Here is a brief.

  • Small Groups of less than 15 members
  • No Fixed Camps at all. Use a single sleeping bag, mattress & sleeping bag inners throughout the trek without any mixup
  • Sanitized Transportation
  • Contactless Screening of Participants on arrival
  • Contactless Paperwork and Online Booking Procedure
  • Mandatory Sanitization Before Entry
  • Sanitized Accommodation, Linens, Sleeping Bags, etc
  • Sanitized and sun-dried Camping Equipment
  • Monitored Support Crew with extra protection of masks, gloves and frequent use of sanitizers
  • Social Distancing from other unmonitored groups
  • Daily evaluation of Health for Safe Mountain Health
  • Twin Sharing Accommodations on the trek
  • Single tent supplement available
  • Proper Dining Hygiene in Dining Tents
  • Dry Toilets in toilet tents.
  • Covid Hygiene Kit including personal Sleeping Bag Inner for free
  • Precautionary Quarantine Tents On Trek
  • Immunity-Boosting Food Menu and Drinks
  • Filtered, Boiled and Treated Drinking Water

Read more on the following link about our Covid19 safety measures to ensure a safe trek. Safe trekking in the Himalayas during COVID-19

With this protocol, we have resumed our Himalayan Treks.

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+ Quick Info
  • Duration: 14 days/ 14 nights Haridwar to Haridwar
  • Highest Altitude: 5260m
  • Grade: Challenging ( know trek grades )
  • Best Time: Mid May, Early Jun, Mid Sep
  • Terrain: Meadows, forest , snow field
  • Activity Type: Trek
  • Trail Type: Different Entry Exit Point
  • Starts At: Joshimath
  • Ends At: Ransi
  • Region: India - Uttrakhand
  • Country: India
  • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehraoon, Uttrakhand
  • Nearest Rail Head: Rishikesh, Uttrakhand
  • Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Joshimath
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  • Is Cloak Room Available: No
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+ Short Travel Itinerary

** click on the DayNumber to read detailed itinerary for the day

  • Day 1

    Drive

    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Joshimath (1850m ) . 8 - 9 Hrs. 250 Kms
    Overnight In: Joshimath (1850m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: All Meals
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
  • Day 2

    Drive, Trek

    From Joshimath (1850m ) To Khirao Camp 1 (2586m ), Via - Khirao Road Head (2400m ) . 3 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Khirao Camp 1 (2586m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 3

    Trek

    From Khiroi Camp 1 (2586m ) To Khiroi Camp 2 (3526m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Khiroi Camp 2 (3526m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 4

    Trek

    From Khiroi Camp 2 (3526m ) To Khirao Snout Camp (3897m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Khirao Snout Camp (3897m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 5

    Trek

    From Khirao Snout Camp (3897m ) To Moraine Camp (4300m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Moraine Camp (4300m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 6

    Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

    Overnight In: Moraine Camp (4300m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 7

    Trek

    From Moraine Camp (4300m ) To Parvati Col Base (4670m ) . 6 - 7 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Parvati Col Base (4670m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 8

    Trek

    From Parvati Col Base (4670m ) To Panpatia Snowfield (5210m ), Via - Parvati Col (5183m ) . 6 - 7 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Panpatia Snowfield (5210m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 9

    Trek

    From Panpatia Snowfield (5210m ) To Sujal Sarovar Camp (4890m ), Via - Panpatia Col (5222m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Sujal Sarovar Camp (4890m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 10

    Trek

    From Sujal Sarovar Camp (4890m ) To Kachni Dhar (4130m ) . 6 - 7 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Kachni Dhar (4130m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 11

    Trek

    From Kachni Dhar (4130m ) To Nanu Chatti (1800m ) . 6 - 7 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Nanu Chatti (1800m )
    Accommodation: hotel/ tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 12

    Trek

    From Nanu Chatti (1800m ) To Ransi (1619m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Ransi (1619m )
    Accommodation: Hotel / Ransi
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 13

    Drive

    From Ransi (1619m ) To Rishikesh (372m ) . 6 - 7 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Rishikesh (372m )
    Accommodation: None
    Meals Included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Extra Buffer / Reserved / Contingency Day

    Overnight In: Rishikesh (372m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
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+ Trek Highlights
  • A historic route !! An interesting mythological story has it that a sage used to perform his daily rituals of worship in Badrinath and Kedarnath on the same day.
  • Lots of World class explorers like Tillman, Eric Shipton, Meade have put their efforts to find a route connecting the 2 shrines.
  • Lots of Indian mountaineers put their effort in connecting the same, and in 2007 a gift was given to the trekking community in form of a trekkable route. 
  • The dangerous, crevasse laiden massive and wide spread ice field of Panpatiya
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+ Cancellation Policy

When Should You Book?

We typically get booked about 3 - 6 months in advance. It is advisable to book this much in advance as you get early bird discounts and also your travel costs like flights/hotels/trains etc are much cheaper and confirmed if you book well in advance.

 

SPECIAL CANCELLATION TERMS DURING COVID19:  
(1st OCTOBER 2020 TILL 31st MARCH 2021 )

Considering the uncertainties during the COVID19 pandemic, we have eased our cancellation rules. 

  • Up to 3 days or more before the trek start date  - Full Refund of the total invoiced amount. No questions asked.
  • 2 days to 1 day before the trek start date - We will either issue you a trek voucher with a value of 100% of the trek fee or refund 85% of the trek fee if you want us to transfer the money back.
  • Transfer Of Seat to Different Batch/ Trek: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 1 day before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  • Transfer of Seat to Friend/ Family: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 1 day before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  • Validity Of The Covid19 Cancellation Policy: The above-listed cancellation rules apply only to bookings for which the trek start date falls between 1st October 2020 till 31st March 2021.

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