Panpatia Col Trek
Panpatia Col lies between two unnamed 5500 m + peaks. According to a mythological story, a priest used to perform rituals at the shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath on the same day, using a route known as Kedar Badri connecting the two temples. This legend fuelled explorations to find a route connecting the two shrines drawing the likes of Shipton and Tilman, Meade and Harish Kapadia. The first reported crossing of the mythological pass at almost 18000 ft was in 1934 by Shipton and Tilman, while subsequent attempts in 1984 and 1997 were thwarted by its complex approach across massive icefalls. Shipton and Tilman’s crossing of the pass remained unrepeated till 1999, when Martin Moran led a team across the pass through a variation of the original route, avoiding some of the icefall danger. Finally, in 2007, a Bengali team led by Debabrata Mukhejee, opened a trekkable route to the pass climbing the Parvati Col to gain access to the upper snowfields of Panpatia Col. The new route, however, is no less a serious endeavour, and remains, till date, one of the least traversed passes in the Indian Himalaya.
Panpatia Col is made only for experienced trekkers who want to test their limits. The challenges faced in the trek should not be underestimated. You should attempt this trek only If you have already done a trek that climbs to 4700-5000 metres. It is recommended not to opt this trek if you cannot get acclimatized in high altitudes. Besides you need to have a strong physical endurance to complete this trek. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale
A basic mountaineering course is recommended though not mandatory in case of highly experienced & skilled trekkers. At least 2-3 challenging treks along with 20 – 25 total trekking days in the Himalayas. Medical fitness certificate from CMO of a recognized hospital.
Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins Or Walk continuously for 10 kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) and
Hold your breath for 40 seconds and
3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch and
Push Ups – 10 and
Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
How to use an Ice Axe
How to use Climbing boots & Crampons
How to rope up & follow queued climbing/descending
How to self-arrest using an ice axe
Knowledge of Basic First aid
This trek follows the mythical and rarely repeated route between Badrinath and Kedarnath. It offers majestic views of peaks like Nilkantha, Chaukhamba and Parvati Parvat.
May - June
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There is coverage for all major networks till Badrinath. You will get mobile connection after that only once the trek ends.
The base for the trek is Badrinath. To reach Badrinath
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport from Badrinath, at the distance of 311 kilometers. The airport has flights connecting to Delhi, Lucknow and Mumbai. You can opt to hire a taxi from the railway station or can board a bus from nearest bus station to reach Badrinath.
By Rail: Nearest railway station from Badrinath is Haridwar Railway Station, at the distance of 318 Kilometers. This railway station is a broad-gauged station is connected to other major railway stations of the country. From Haridwar, you can board a bus or hire a private taxi.
By Road: Intrastate and interstate buses run in Badrinath, making it easily connected to different towns and states like Rishikesh, Haridwar, Srinagar, Dehradun, Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh and others. These buses have affordable fares and are the best options to cover great distances. You can also hire private taxis.
Badrinath Temple: The Badrinath temple is the main attraction in the town. According to legend Shankar discovered a black stone image of Lord Badrinarayan made of Saligram stone in the Alaknanda River. He originally enshrined it in a cave near the Tapt Kund hot springs. In the sixteenth century, the King of Garhwal moved the murti to the present temple. The temple is approximately 50 ft (15 m) tall with a small cupola on top, covered with a gold gilt roof. The facade is built of stone, with arched windows. A broad stairway leads up to a tall arched gateway, which is the main entrance. The architecture resembles a Buddhist vihara (temple), with the brightly painted facade also more typical of Buddhist temples. Just inside is the mandapa, a large pillared hall that leads to the garbha grha, or main shrine area. The walls and pillars of the mandapa are covered with intricate carvings.
Kedarnath Temple: The Kedarnath Temple on the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India and the holiest Hindu shrines of Lord Shiva. The temple is also one of the four major sites in India’s Chota Char Dham pilgrimage of Northern Himalayas.
Madhyamaheshwar Temple: The Madhyamaheshwar Temple is an integral part of the legend of Panch Kedar and is the fourth temple to be visited in the Panch Kedar pilgrimage circuit. The temple is situated in a picturesque green valley surrounded by snow peaks of Chaukhamba and gives a spectacular view of the Himalayan mountains.