The Panpatia Col Trek is considered to be one of the most significant and mystical treks in the world. Situated in the Garhwal, Himalayas amidst snowy mountain slopes, this historical route connects two Hindu holy pilgrimage shrines namely Badrinath and Kedarnath. According to Hindu legend, a sage was able to use this path to travel between the two shrines in the span of only one day. The said route is more popularly called the Kedar Badri.

In the olden days, the route was considered a mystery and is unfathomable by ordinary people. It was a passage that was blessed by Lord Shiva and was meant only for the priests. But soon after, part of the passage was destroyed, forming a natural labyrinth that was next to impossible to use as a path. It was a route that seemed to quickly disappear and simply cannot be found.

This mystery led world-renowned British explorers, Bill Tillman and Eric Shipton, to traverse and re-discover the mystical route in the year 1934. After two weeks of finding themselves trapped in snow-clad boulders and surviving on bamboo shoots for food, they finally cracked the mysterious Panpatia Col Trek. Since then, it has been one of the most dangerous treks on the face of the planet.

The route is one of the high altitude passes in the Himalayas, having an elevation of 4,200 meters. This is also where the Panpatia glacier can be found. It also offers a majestic view of Chaukhamba, Neelkanth and Parvati peaks. You can also see the glacial lake called Sujal Sarovar. The ideal time to pursue this trek is during the summer when the temperature is around 8 degrees Celsius in the morning and it can fall to around -10 to -15 during nighttime. It will take you approximately fourteen (14) days to finish the trek.

Panpatia Col trek is definitely not for a first-time hiker, and not for the faint of heart because of its seemingly treacherous trails. But, for the professional trekker, this can be a most rewarding experience. Despite the challenges that this trail has to offer, a heightened sense of spirituality and calmness is experienced as the destination is reached.

Through the years, conquering this mystical wonder of nature has become more of a homage to the forerunners who took the so-called leap of faith and braved treacherous obstacles for the sake of discovery and exploration. So, this is not merely a trek but an expedition that needs to be taken seriously; an expedition into our lives; an expedition into our souls.

Panpatia Col Trek Highlights

  • Walk through the mystical pathway that the holy priest took to go to Badrinath and Kedarnath on the same day; a spiritual experience along the pathways of the Panpatia Col Trek.
  • Begin your journey with a short meditation in the temple of Madhmaheshwar, which was built by the Pandavas
  • Pay homage to the gods in the Badrinath Temple, a shrine of Chardham.
  • Conquer the treacherous ice fields of Panpatiya and the most tricky trails of Garhwal
  • Marvel at the majesty of the Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Hathi, Parvat & Dhauliganga peaks and view high altitude streams and silky snow slopes.

Best Time to Trek Panpatia Col

  • The best time to experience Panpatia Col Trek is during the summer months particularly May-June, and after the monsoon season which is September to early October.
  • During the summer, the weather remains tolerable and cool. The Himalayan breeze brings with it a welcoming feeling. The Himalayas are clearly visible and the cool breeze adds a certain charm to the vacation. It is best to wear and carry woolen clothes with you.
  • During the post-monsoon months, you can experience a colder but otherwise blissful feel of the place. You can experience some snowfall but otherwise, the weather is mesmerizing.
  • You can see the best view as you go along the Panpatia Col Trek during the post-monsoon months. It looks like billowing clouds carrying you into a peaceful slumber.

Panpatia Col Trek Itinerary :

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Day 01 - Arrival at Haridwar

A representative will meet you upon arrival at Haridwar. From Haridwar, you will transfer to Rishikesh. There, you will check into a hotel. You can explore the city life with all its shops, restaurants and other attractions during the evening.
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Day 02 - Rishikesh - Joshimath (1875 M)

After breakfast, you will travel via land to Joshimath via Rudraprayag, Devprayag, and Chamoli. You will have one stop over around lunchtime. Upon arrival at Joshimath, you will be staying overnight in a designated hotel for you.
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Day 03 - Joshimath - Badrinath (3133 M)

After breakfast, you will travel via land to Badrinath. Upon reaching your destination, you will check into a hotel. As a starting point to your journey, you will go to the sacred Badrinath Temple in the evening, then trek for around 20 minutes to get to the campsite where you will stay overnight.
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Day 04 - Badrinath - Shepherd Camp

In the morning, the trek begins towards the Shepherd Camp. You will climb up the tree line marked by flags around the boulders. After trekking, you will reach the camp site where you can admire the majestic view of the trek and spend the night there.
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Day 05 - Shepherd Camp - Snout Camp

The day offers an interesting trek because of the combination of terrains that you are going to hike. You will have moderate to steep uphill hikes and climbs to reach the nose of the grandiose Panpatia glacier. You will spend the night at the camp.
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Day 06 - Snout Camp - Moraine Camp (4300 M)

Today, the trek will be a longer but more moderate one. There will be some gentle ascends. You will be passing through moraines and cross snowy pathways, After that, you can relax and marvel at the spectacular view of the lofty Himalayan Mountains. You will spend the night in the Moraine Camp.
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Day 07 - Rest and Acclimatize (4300 M)

This is the rest day and a chance for your body to acclimatize and prepare for the more challenging trek ahead. You will spend the night at the camp.
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Day 08 - Moraine Camp - Base of Parvati Col

Today is the start of your next trekking destination, which is the Parvati Col base. The first step is to get past the Panpatia Snow Field, which involves precipitous inclines. The group will set camp just below the Parvati Col and spend the night there.
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Day 09 - Base of Parvati Col - Panpatia Snowfield Camp

After breakfast, you will climb to the terrace edge, and go upwards through a vertical gully covered with snow and rock. From there, you can marvel at the magnificence of the Chaukhamba Peak. You might also see the majestic Nanda Devi Peak. You will spend the night at the Panpatia Snowfield.
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Day 10 - Camp I across Panpatia Col (5260M) - Camp at Sujal Sarovar (4750M)

Today, you will trek a snow plateau to get to Panpatia Col (5260 M). Then you will descend into the steep slopes leading to the Madhyamaheshwar watershed. You will spend the night beside a tiny lake.
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Day 11 - Sujal Sarovar - Kachni

After breakfast, the trek to Kachni begins. You will pass through hilly and rocky zones via a small pass above the Sujal Sarovar. This trek will take some time before reaching the campsite which faces the Madhmaheshwar Ganga. You can see the temple beneath, as well as the lights of Guptkashi from the campsite. You will spend the night in the camp.
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Day 12 - Kachni - Nanu Chatti

You will start the day with a 3 to 4-hour hike to the Madhmaheshwar temple for a short visit. Then, you will partake of lunch at a tea shop nearby. After lunch, you will go to the camp at Nanu chatty, a community from the villages of Gaundhar. You will spend the night in the camp.
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Day 13 - Nanu Chatti - Ransi and Drive to Rudraprayag

This is the last day of the trek. You will descend lush pine forests and arrive at the Madhmaheshwar Ganga bank. From Ransi you will go to Pansi and, then drive towards the Rudraprayag. You will spend the night at a hotel in Rudraprayag.
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Day 14 - Rudraprayag - Haridwar

After breakfast, you will travel by land to Haridwar, and pass by Devprayag where the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda Rivers converge. This is the end of the journey.

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