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Panpatia Col Trek

Walking the Mythological Legend's route to connect Kedarnath and Badrinath

Details Of The Panpatia Col Trek

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Key Himalayan Geographical Offerings Of The Panpatia Col Trek


9 Popular Peaks:
Balakun ( 6471m ), Chaukhamba I ( 7138m ), Chaukhamba II ( 7058m ), Chaukhamba III ( 6974m ), Chaukhamba IV ( 6854m ), Gauri Parbat ( 6708m ), Hathi Parbat ( 6727m ), Mandani Parvat ( 6193m ), Nilkantha ( 6596m )
2 High Passes:
Kachni Khal ( 4400m ), PANPATIA COL ( 5200m )
1 Mind-boggling Glaciers:
Panpatia Glacier
1 Beautiful Remote Villages:
Badrinath

Why Should You Do The Panpatia Col Trek

  • 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
  • 📅 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 From: Joshimath
  • 🚩 Ends In: 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
  • 🍵 Generic Food Menu:

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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 !!

Panpatia Col Trek Package - Daywise Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Arrival In Joshimath ( 250 Kms,8 - 9 hours )

Drive Day

Brief Details Of The Day:

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.

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

Drive, Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
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

Day 3From Khiroi Camp 1 To Khiroi Camp 2

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

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

Day 4From Khiroi Camp 2 To Khirao Snout Camp

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

Reach the snout of the Panpatia glacier.

Day 5From Khirao Snout Camp To Moraine Camp

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Khirao Snout Camp: 3897 meters / 12783 feet
  • Moraine Camp: 4300 meters / 14104 feet
Brief Details Of The Day:

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

Day 6Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

Rest Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Moraine Camp: 4300 meters / 14104 feet
  • Moraine Camp: 4300 meters / 14104 feet
Brief Details Of The Day: Rest and acclimatization Day

Day 7From Moraine Camp To Parvati Col Base

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

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

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

Trek Day

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Brief Details Of The Day:

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

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

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

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

Day 10From Sujal Sarovar Camp To Kachni Dhar

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

Cross a pass to descend sharply to Kachni.

Day 11From Kachni Dhar To Nanu Chatti

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

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

Day 12From Nanu Chatti To Ransi

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

Today We finish the trek at Ransi 

Day 13From Ransi To Rishikesh

Drive Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Ransi: 1619 meters / 5311 feet
  • Rishikesh: 372 meters / 1221 feet
Brief Details Of The Day:

We drive back to Rishikesh

Day 14Extra Buffer / Reserved / Contingency Day

Buffer Day


Brief Details Of The Day: Buffer Day

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  • Day 1

    Drive

    Arrival Day
    From Rishikesh (372m ) To 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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