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Roopkund - Kuari Pass Circuit Trek With Pangarchula Summit | Best Of Uttrakhand

Roopkund - Kuari Pass Circuit Trek With Pangarchula Summit

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  • Duration: 18 days, Kathgodam to Rishikesh
  • Highest Altitude: 5510m
  • Grade: Strenuous ( learn more )
  • Best Time: May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov
  • Terrain: Meadows, forest , snow field
  • Activity Type: Trek
  • Trail Type: Different Entry Exit Point
  • Starts At: Lohajung
  • Ends At: Joshimath
  • Region: India - Uttrakhand
  • Country: India
  • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehraoon, Uttrakhand
  • Nearest Rail Head: Kathgodam, Uttrakhand
  • Mobile Network: Some odd days in treks. BSNL preferred
  • Internet Option: No
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  • Is Cloak Room Available: No
  • Generic Food Menu: Indian
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The Roopkund Kuari Pass Trek with Pangarchula summit is an ultimate treks in the Garhwal Himalayas and perhaps one of the best in the region. It has a lot to offer. Firstly, it takes you to the mysterious skeletal lake of Roopkund passing by the beautiful meadows of Ali Bugiyal and Bedni Bugiyal. It then climbs up to the high pass of Junargali to gift you a grand view the peaks of Trishul, Nanda Ghungti and the glacier of Sheela Samudra. Well, it doesnt just end there !

We return to meet another wonderful trail in the Himalayas of Grahwal - popularly known as the Lord Curzon's trail to the another popular trek in the Himalayas - The Kuari Pass Trek

 

The Kuari Pass trek offers great views of many peaks of the Himalayas. On this trek your eyes are treated with grand views of the four peaks of Chaukhamba and then the peaks of Neelkanth, Mana, Kamet, Hathi, Ghodi, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Nanda Devi, Dunagiri, etc.

No, we are not done !! We top this trek with a summit climb to the Pangarchula Peak Trek which offers a summit climb feel and takes you as high as 4575 meters to witness yet another panoramic view of the beautiful Himalayas.

 

The Roopkund Kuari Pass Trek with Pangarchula summit trek is a merger of 2 of the best treks in the Himalayas and makes for a great experience and your vacation in the Indian Himalayas

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  • Day 1

    Drive

    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Lohajung (2300m ), Via - Debal (1372m ), Mundoli (2125m ). 7 - 8 Hrs. 222 Kms
    Overnight In: Lohajung (2300m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: Evening Snacks, Dinner
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
  • Day 2

    Trek

    From Lohajung (2300m ) To Didina (2450m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs. 10 Kms
    Overnight In: Didina (2450m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 3

    Trek

    From Didina (2450m ) To Ali Bugiyal (3400m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs. 12 Kms
    Overnight In: Ali Bugiyal (3400m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 4

    Trek

    From Ali Bugiyal (3400m ) To Patharnachaunia (3887m ), Via - Ghora Lotani (3703m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Patharnachaunia (3887m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 5

    Trek

    From Patharnachauni (3887m ) To Baghuabasa (4300m ), Via - Kalu Vinayak (4328m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Baghuabasa (4300m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 6

    Trek

    From Baghuabasa (4300m ) To Baghuabasa (4300m ), Via - Roopkund (4930m ), Junairagali Pass (5150m ). 6 - 7 Hrs. 10 Kms
    Overnight In: Baghuabasa (4300m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 7

    Trek

    From Baghuabasa (4300m ) To Bedni Bugyal (3600m ), Via - Pattharnachauni (3887m ), Ghora Lotani (3703m ). 4 - 5 Hrs. 12 Kms
    Overnight In: Bedni Bugyal (3600m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 8

    Trek, Drive

    From Bedni Bugyal (3600m ) To Wan (2459m ), Via - Gharauli Patal (3205m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Wan (2459m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 9

    Trek

    From Wan (2459m ) To Sitel (2192m ), Via - Kukina Khal (3123m ), Kanol (2523m ). 6 - 7 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Sitel (2192m )
    Accommodation: Tents/ Homestay
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 10

    Trek

    From Sitel (1990m ) To Ghunni (1900m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Ghunni (1900m )
    Accommodation: Tents / Homestay
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 11

    Trek

    From Ghunni (1900m ) To Jhinjhi (1800m ), Via - Chechni Vinayak Khal (2700m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs. 12 Kms
    Overnight In: Jhinjhi (1800m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 12

    Trek

    From Jhinjhi (1800m ) To Pana (2460m ), Via - Kaliagad (2260m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs. 8 Kms
    Overnight In: Pana (2460m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 13

    Trek

    From Pana (2460m ) To Dakhwani (3430m ), Via - Sartoli (2900m ), Falchwani (3230m ). 5 - 6 Hrs. 12 Kms
    Overnight In: Dakhwani (3430m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 14

    Trek

    From Dakhwani (3430m ) To Pangarchula High Camp (3900m ), Via - Kuari Pass (3900m ) . 6 - 7 Hrs. 12 Kms
    Overnight In: Pangarchula High Camp (3900m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 15

    Trek

    From Pangarchula Summit Camp (3900m ) To Khullara (3400m ), Via - Pangarchula Summit (4575m ) . 7 - 8 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Khullara (3400m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 16

    Trek

    From Khullara (3400m ) To Gorsons (3200m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Gorsons (3200m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 17

    Trek, Drive

    From Gorsons (3200m ) To Joshimath (1850m ), Via - Auli (2500m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs. 10 Kms
    Overnight In: Joshimath (1850m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 18

    Drive

    From Joshimath (1850m ) To Rishikesh (445m ) . 8 - 9 Hrs. 250 Kms
    Overnight In: Rishikesh (445m )
    Accommodation: None
    Meals Included: Breakfast
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+ Detailed Itinerary

Day 1From Kathgodam To Lohajung, Via - Debal, Mundoli

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Early morning, board your vehicle to get you to Lohajung Its a long journey and reaching Lohajung early will help

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Evening Snacks, Dinner

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Day 2From Lohajung To Didina

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Today after breakfast, we have a small briefing on the trek and most importantly the team introduction. After we wrap up formalities quicly, we get ready for the trek. Our loads are packed and there we are, ready to hit the trail.

Our trail for the day is easier as compared to the entire trek and soon we get lost in the beauty of it. We trek through the forest following the Neel Ganga. The trail is initially easy which then starts to climb up steadily.  As the trek continues, we get set into it and start negotiating the climb to Ali Bugiyal. After a good climb, we reach our destination for the day.

Didina is a beautiful campsite and we spend rest of the time exploring the place. 

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 3From Didina To Ali Bugiyal

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As we start the day, to leave our campsite at Didina behind and begin with an easy trek up to Tolapani. Tolapani is a cluster of some 6/7 huts of shepherds. It makes the place very picturesque and we spend some time here.

After Tolapani, we now start to negotiate switch-backs through the forest for about 2 hour which brings us to one of the best Himalayan meadows - Ali Bugyal. Its a lovely meadow amidst the forest and takes our heart instantly.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 4From Ali Bugiyal To Patharnachaunia, Via - Ghora Lotani

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Our morning is delightful today with views of great number of Himalayan peaks like Trishul, Nandaghungti. Chaukhamba and Nilkantha. The sight definitely energizes us all as we prepare to start the trek for the day. We can see our route through the mountains as we are above tree line now. The trail is a easy walk and soon reach Ghora Lotani.

From Ghora Lotani, Patharnachauni is a gradual ascend. It is marked by the green trekker's hut built by the Forest Department for trekkers to rest for the night.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 5From Patharnachauni To Baghuabasa, Via - Kalu Vinayak

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From Patharnachauni, our climb becomes tougher as we now start negotiating the switch backs to ascend Kullu Vinayak. Its a 2 hour steep climb. This stretch tests our mental stamina and physical health too. The Kalu Vinayaka top is marked by a small temple of lord Ganesha.

Baghua Basa is an easy walk from Kalu Vinayak top. The trail gently climbs down and take a slow left turn to reach the campsite of Baghua Basa, which too has green Trekker's hut.

Enjoy the beauty around !!

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 6From Baghuabasa To Baghuabasa, Via - Roopkund, Junairagali Pass

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Today is a special day for us. We begin our climb to Roopkund which takes us around 3 hours. The trail climbs up steadily and the last stretch is a good steep climb for an hour. We will find many trekkers walking on this trail and once we reach, we spend some time resting and enjoying the place

We are to cross the Junargali and hence do not have much time to kill. Much difficult task is still to be completed and we get ready for it and that's climbing the Junairagali Pass. We are up against a very steep wall of hard snow and is difficult to climb without support of ice axe. The fall is exposed and a slip can be fatal. Hence rope is necessary. Anti slip traction crampons can help if there is too much hard snow. Its takes about an hour to climb to the top.

From the top, the view is phenomenal. The vast stretch of Sheela Samudra - the glacier coming down from Trishul is visible. The Peaks of Trishul and Nanda Ghungti stands right in front. Also seen is Ronti Saddle in between Nandaghungti and Trishul.

Its been a tiring but rewarding day. We now safely bring ourselves down, to the safety of our campsite at Baghuabasa. 

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 7From Baghuabasa To Bedni Bugyal, Via - Pattharnachauni, Ghora Lotani

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Today we retrace our track and bring ourselves to one of the most beautiful campsite in the Himalayas - Bedni Bugyal. Relax for the rest of the day enjoying great views

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 8From Bedni Bugyal To Wan, Via - Gharauli Patal

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To we end our trek by descending down to Wan, a small village near to Lohajung. From Wan, we drive back to Lohajung.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: All Meals

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Day 9From Wan To Sitel, Via - Kukina Khal, Kanol

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Cross Kukina Khal to reach the village of Kanol. After lunch, proceed further to Sitel

Accommodation: Tents/ Homestay
Meals: All Meals

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Day 10From Sitel To Ghunni

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Trek to Ghunni from Sitel

Accommodation: Tents / Homestay
Meals: All Meals

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Day 11From Ghunni To Jhinjhi , Via - Chechni Vinayak Khal

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The day is long but the super Himalayan views for which we have come here, makes our day. We have steep climbs to negotiate today to climb to the top of Chechni Vinayak Khal ( 2700m). Gorgeous views of the peaks, namely Banderpoonch, Neelkanth, Chaukhamba, Nandaghungti, etc open up for you. You can also get a first glimpse of Kuari pass.

Spending some good time on top of the pass helps. We then start with our descend which winds down to the opening of Sem Kharak, crossing which we reach the village of Jhinjhi, our destination for the day. 

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 12From Jhinjhi To Pana , Via - Kaliagad

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We start with a descend to the river Birahi Ganga, and come across a lovely the suspension bridge amidst the forest. After taking few pictures, we cross it to go to the other side of the river. From here, we climb gradually to the village of Pana. We camp after crossing the settlement of Pana. The day was beautiful, so is the campsite !!

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 13From Pana To Dakhwani , Via - Sartoli, Falchwani

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  • Pana: 2460 meters / 8118 feets
  • Sartoli: 2900 meters / 9570 feets
  • Falchwani: 3230 meters / 10659 feets
  • Dakhwani : 3430 meters / 11319 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 12 Km
  • Approximate Time: 5 - 6 hours
  • Day's Activity: Trek
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Today is comparably a little difficult day and gives us the feel of a good trek. As we start the day, we descend gradually to Sartoli, a summer grazing ground. From here, we descend down to Domabhitti, cross the bridge and then start climbing the switch backs to Dhakwani.

About 3 hours of climb brings us above tree line to the beautiful campsite of Dhakwani.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 14From Dakhwani To Pangarchula High Camp , Via - Kuari Pass

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Moderately steeper climb awaits us to gift us the grand views of the mighty and coveted Himalayan peaks. Kuari pass top offers beautiful views of peaks ranging from Chaukhamba in the left belonging to the Gangotri area to Nandaghungti of Kumaun. We spend some good time here soaking in the view.

 

From here we move on to camp at Pangarchula Summit Camp

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 15From Pangarchula Summit Camp To Khullara, Via - Pangarchula Summit

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We have climbed higher on this trek before while climbing to Roopkund an Junargali. However, climbing a peak has its own charm. This region is has a unique gift i.e. a grand panorama of peaks of Garhwal right from Chaukhamba, Kamet, Neelkanth, to Trishul.

We start before dawn to reach the summit just at the right time to witness the most beautiful views of the Himalayas. Your headlamps come to great use here. 

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 16From Khullara To Gorsons

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From Khullara, we take left to reach a beautiful lake of Tali. Take some break here as this site offers the view of the magnificent Nanda Devi and Dunagiri together. You might catch their reflection on the beautiful lake amidst the forest.

A gentle climb from here takes us to one of the best meadows of the Himalayas - The Gorsons. Enjoy an all round view from this campsite throughout the day. Don't forget to capture the golden peaks, specially Nandadevi from here.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 17From Gorsons To Joshimath, Via - Auli

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Half a day with tired body was injustice to the Gorsons. So we have a half more day now to explore and enjoy the beautiful meadow. Its unending humps with a fusion of trees and rocks below,and all round views of mighty coveted peaks make it very desirous campsite. 

We leave post lunch to reach Auli and then to Joshimath by evening. That's how we bring an end of this beautiful trek.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: All Meals

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Day 18From Joshimath To Rishikesh

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  • Joshimath: 1850 meters / 6105 feets
  • Rishikesh: 445 meters / 1469 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 250 Km
  • Approximate Time: 8 - 9 hours
  • Day's Activity: Drive
Brief Details Of The Day:

We start early to reach Rishikesh by evening, in order to leave for Delhi by time.

Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast

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+ Why Is This Special
  • Grand views of Nandaghungti (6309m), Trisul I (7120m), II (6690m), III (6007m) and other lots of other peaks of Garhwal and Kumaon.
  • The mystery and history of the Skeletal Lake - Roopkund. Its a small circular high altitude glacial lake surrounded by snow on most part of the year. The lake is surrounded by human bones which reveals itself mostly when the snow cover is lesser.
  • The top of Junargali pass not only takes you atop 5150 meters, but also opens up the view of the valley of Sheela Samudra to you, which is just breathtaking.
  • The best bugiyals or meadows of the Himalayas - Bedni Bugiyal and Ali Bugiyal.
  • The ever charismatic locals and their way of life.
  • Keeda Jadi or Yartsa Gumba and its crazy drive amongst the locals during June, July.
  • Grand view of Himalayan peaks - the twin peaks of Nanda Devi ( 7817m ) and Nanda Devi East ( 7434m ), Trishul ( 7120 m), Kedarnath ( 6940m ), Chaukhamba ( 7140m ), Nilkantha ( 6597m ), Kamet ( 7756m ), Gauri Parbat ( 6727m ), Hathi Parbat ( 6738m ), Bethartoli ( 6352m ), Dunagiri ( 7066m ), Mana, Nandaghunti, etc.
  • The bugiyal or the meadow of Gorson is one of the best high altitude Himalayan meadow you can camp on. A neverending curves and humps of green soft grasses with an all round view of the snow cladded peaks of Garhwal and Kumaon.
  • This trail is a historic trail taken by early British explorers and adventurers including Sir Eric Shipton.
  • 5 major rivers of Uttrakhand - Birehiganga, Dhauliganga, Kaliganga, Pindar and Nandakini
  • Kuari Pass is also known for its rare species of flowers.
  • Finally, the summit of the peak Pangarchula - 4575m to get the ultimate view of the Garhwal and Kumaon Himalayas
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