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Panpatia Col Trek

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

Panpatia Col Trek - Quick Informations

  • 📅 Duration: 14 days 14 nights
  • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 5260m
  • 🛑 Grade: Challenging ( know trek grades )
  • 👍 Best Time: Mid May, Early Jun, Mid Sep
  • 🏃 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

Panpatia Col Trek - Key Geographical Highlights

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

Panpatia Col Trek - Elevation Profile & Itinerary Overview

Day 1
D1Rishikesh
Day 2
D2Joshimath
Day 2
Khirao Road Head
Day 3
D3Khirao C1
Day 4
D4Khiroi C2
Day 5
D5Khirao Snout Camp
Day 6
D6Moraine Camp
Day 7
D7Moraine Camp
Day 8
D8Parvati Col Base
Day 8
Parvati Col
Day 9
D9Panpatia Snowfield
Day 9
Panpatia Col
Day 10
D10Sujal Sarovar Camp
Day 11
D11Kachni Dhar
Day 12
D12Nanu Chatti
Day 13
D13Ransi
Day 14
D14Rishikesh
Day 15
Rishikesh

Panpatia Col Trek Daywise Itinerary

Day 1Arrival In Joshimath

Overnight In: Joshimath (1850m )
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: All Meals
Cost Of Transport Included: No
Activity: Drive 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 C1, Via - Khirao Road Head

Day 2
1850 - Joshimath
Day 2
2400 - Khirao Road Head
Day 2
2590 - Khirao C1


3hrs.

Activity: Drive, Trek Day
Overnight In: Khirao C1 (2586m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

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 C1 To Khiroi C2

Day 3
2590 - Khiroi C1
Day 3
3530 - Khiroi C2


5 - 6hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Khiroi C2 (3526m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

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

Day 4From Khiroi C2 To Khirao Snout Camp

Day 4
3530 - Khiroi C2
Day 4
3900 - Khirao Snout Camp


5 - 6hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Khirao Snout Camp (3897m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

Reach the snout of the Panpatia glacier.

Day 5From Khirao Snout Camp To Moraine Camp

Day 5
3900 - Khirao Snout Camp
Day 5
4300 - Moraine Camp


5 - 6hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Moraine Camp (4300m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

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

Day 6

Rest / Acclimatization Day


Day 6
4300 - Moraine Camp
Day 6
4300 - Moraine Camp


3 - 4hrs.

Activity: Rest and Acclimatize Day
Overnight In: Moraine Camp (4300m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals
Rest and acclimatization Day

Day 7From Moraine Camp To Parvati Col Base

Day 7
4300 - Moraine Camp
Day 7
4670 - Parvati Col Base


6 - 7hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Parvati Col Base (4670m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

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

Day 8
4670 - Parvati Col Base
Day 8
5185 - Parvati Col
Day 8
5210 - Panpatia Snowfield


6 - 7hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Panpatia Snowfield (5210m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

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

Day 9
5210 - Panpatia Snowfield
Day 9
5225 - Panpatia Col
Day 9
4890 - Sujal Sarovar Camp


5 - 6hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Sujal Sarovar Camp (4890m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

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

Day 10
4890 - Sujal Sarovar Camp
Day 10
4130 - Kachni Dhar


6 - 7hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Kachni Dhar (4130m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

Cross a pass to descend sharply to Kachni.

Day 11From Kachni Dhar To Nanu Chatti

Day 11
4130 - Kachni Dhar
Day 11
1800 - Nanu Chatti


6 - 7hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Nanu Chatti (1800m )
Accommodation: hotel/ tents
Meals Included: All Meals

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

Day 12From Nanu Chatti To Ransi

Day 12
1800 - Nanu Chatti
Day 12
1620 - Ransi


4 - 5hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Ransi (1619m )
Accommodation: Hotel / Ransi
Meals Included: All Meals

Today We finish the trek at Ransi 

Day 13From Ransi To Rishikesh

Day 13
1620 - Ransi
Day 13
375 - Rishikesh


6 - 7hrs.

Activity: Drive Day
Overnight In: Rishikesh (372m )
Accommodation: None
Meals Included: Breakfast

We drive back to Rishikesh

Day 14

Reserved Day For Contingency



This is a planned reserved day to keep window for bad weather and other contiongencies. If unutilized, we can spend this day in any other campsite of our liking. The cost of this day is included in the trek package. If you decide to finish your trek instead of utilizing this resereved day, no money will be refunded and the local resources will be paid in full.

Panpatia Col Trek - - Why Its A Must-Do

  • 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

Panpatia Col Trek - An Elaborate Description

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 Cost Details

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

  • Day 1

    Drive

    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Joshimath (1850m )
    Overnight In: Joshimath (1850m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: All Meals
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
  • Day 2

    Drive, Trek

    From Joshimath (1850m ) To Khirao C1 (2586m ), Via - Khirao Road Head (2400m ) . 3 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Khirao C1 (2586m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 3

    Trek

    From Khiroi C1 (2586m ) To Khiroi C2 (3526m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Khiroi C2 (3526m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 4

    Trek

    From Khiroi C2 (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

    Reserved Contingency Day

    Overnight In: Rishikesh (372m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
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We typically get booked about 2 - 5 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.


Rules Of Cancellation: 

If cancellation is done:

  1. Up to 90 days or more before the start date - 100% Refund of the total invoiced amount
  2. 89 days to 46 days before the start date - 60% refund of the total invoiced amount. 40% of the invoice amount will be charged as the cancellation penalty.
  3. 45 days or less before the start date - No Refund of the total invoiced amount
  4. 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 30 days before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  5. Transfer of Seat to Friend/ Family: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 30 days before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  6. Validity: This rule is applicable for both trekking and technical peaks above 6000 meters, categorized as a climbing expedition and graded as Challenging or Challenging+

 

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