Every corner in the Himalayas has a distinct personality, a unique temperament, and a singular identity it proudly owns. Pangarchulla Peak is no different. At its humble height of 4,590M, it holds so much strength that it could make climbers sweat. As tough as it is, it is also stunning.
And instead of telling you about it, we’d like to show you.
A Dual Personality
Pangarchulla is a complex peak, very difficult to predict and understand fully. It has a dual face – one that it acquaints you to in peak season and the other completely different personality it unveils in the winters when no one’s looking! Can you tell which ones’ which?
A Posh Colony
Pangarchulla’s found the perfect place to set up base, bang in the middle of the richest colony in the Himalayas! It has as its neighbours bigwigs of the Garhwal Range such as Nanda Devi – India’s second highest peak, Kamet – India’s third highest, Dhronagiri, Chowkhamba, Mana, Neelkanth, Trishul, Hathi Ghoda – to name a few.
If you stay really quiet and listen, you’d witness the most striking visual conversations between the skies and the mountains all along the trail of Pangarchulla. The way the skies blush as the sun makes an appearance and the way their colour flushes out as it (the sun) makes an exit for the day – if you didn’t know any better, you’d think they had a thing going. What’s even better is that the skies rope in the peaks in this beautiful exchange of silent messaging.
Its Many Riches
Pangarchulla is not just rich with its neighbours, but also has other treasures hidden along the way in the form of its terrain. Taking you through Nanda Devi National Park , Pangarchulla Trek offers up the most spectacular views all throughout - from dust trails leading you through high-mountain villages, giving you a glimpse of mountain living, to massive expanses of Oak and Pine tree forests to large meadows and of course some snow and big boulders to end the trail. There are also plenty of water bodies along the way in all forms, to keep the trail fresh. The clear winter skies sure add to the magic of the trail.
Pangarchulla is a short trek which delivers a lot in its limited time of 6 days. It's a perfect union of beauty and challenge. And what we like the best about it is that it’s got such a unique face in each of its seasons making it an accessible peak – a climb up this tiny peak is a delight no matter which season you pick!