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Panpatia Col Trek

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Panpatia Col Trek

- Popular Names: PanpatiaPanpatia Col

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Introduction To The Panpatia Col Trek
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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 !!

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  • 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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Detailed Itinerary

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

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

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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

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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

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Day 4From Khiroi Camp 2 To Khirao Snout Camp

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Reach the snout of the Panpatia glacier.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Day 12From Nanu Chatti To Ransi

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Today We finish the trek at Ransi 

Accommodation: Hotel / Ransi
Meals: All Meals

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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
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We drive back to Rishikesh

Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Day 14Extra Buffer / Reserved / Contingency Day

Brief Details Of The Day: Buffer Day
Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals
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