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.