The Panchachuli peaks are a group of five snow-capped Himalayan peaks lying at the end of the eastern Kumaon region, near Munsiari, in Pithoragarh district, Uttarakhand state, India. The peaks have altitudes ranging from 6,334 m to 6,904 m. They form the watershed between the Gori and the Darmaganga valleys. Panchchuli is also located on the Gori Ganga-Lassar Yankti divide. The group lies 138 Km from Pithoragarh.
One theory of the group’s name is derived from the legendary Pandavas’s “Five Chulis” (cooking hearths), where they cooked their last meal before proceeding toward their heavenly abode. Another theory is that this region was once part of the old Nepal Kingdom and in the Nepalese language Chuli refers to peaks, hence the 5 peaks.
Our Itinerary :-
Day 1 :- Kathgodam to Dharchula by Cab @ Rs 2400/- ( 290 Km -11Hrs Approx)
Day 2 :- Dharchula to Dhugtu Village to Dharchula by Cab @ Rs 4500/- (65 Km- 4Hrs Approx- One Side)
- (But I would highly advised to give one night halt at Dhugtu Village to experience the mesmerizing sunset & sunrise of Panchachulli Peaks )
Day 3 :- Dharchula to Kathgodam
We group of four friends made this trip in first weekend of November 2017. We reached to Dharchula Via Kathgodam Staion (290 Km) but Tanakpur is the nearest railhead to Dharchula (210 Km). Hence it is better to go via Tanakpur if possible. Although this journey was quite long about 11 hrs from Kathgodam to Dharchula but we found super delicious food during this time and enjoyed the road trip of mountains. We found no difficulty during this whole trip as food was delicious, accommodation was good and transportation was also not so expensive. However Panchachuli BC is truly very far away but after reaching there we found ourselves very blessed to be at such extraordinary place with such beautiful and remote village of Himalayas called Dhugtu.
The Dhugtu Village is nearest one to Panchachulli Glacier Which recently got connected by road so that now this amazing place is easily accessible now than ever before. Panchachuli Base Camp is 3 Km away from this village and makes it perfect destination to visit massive peaks of India i.e. Panchachuli without any trek or hurdle. Dhugtu Village remains empty due to massive snow fall in this region in the winters, So best time to visit this place is April-June & September-November. It is less crowded and less known place so far which makes it more special place than others.
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These are few pics of Panchachuli BC experience.
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