Panpatia Glacier Trek 2021

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: Uttarakhand Himalayas


: 13 days  


: difficult

Trekking distance

: 135 Kms

Max Altitude

: 5250 Meters

Pickup Point

: Dehradun /Rishikesh

Best Season

: June and September-October

About Panpatia Col Trek

This is a historic trek route, where many of the trekkers lost their way for ever. Panpatia Col is a snow lamented belt, beautiful for the views all around. More than the beauty here, this route is a challenge for all the trekkers. You will get a guide now, but ten years before now, the route has been a total mystery. The route connects two of the top Hindu pilgrimage points, Kedarnath and Badrinath. The route is one of the highest pass in the Himalayas, where Panpatia glacier will have to be crossed. Top peaks surround the cold belt will seem to be like monsters. This place is called the labyrinth of Himalayas. There are different mythological mysteries related to the place. Nilkantha, Balakun and Kunaling are the top among all, although Januhat to Ransi are all crowded at the corner. The route is so challenging that you will feel nervous. If you gave taken a guide, then there is no reason to feel shaky – just enjoy the beauty, nature has preserved there for you.

A historic route connecting two holy spots: The journey through this trek seems to be like a path through a grapevine, with so many things to do. Start the journey from Madhmaheshwar, the temple spotted to be built by the Pandavas. It is better to trek the route in the summers, since monsoon and winter turns out the area to be very much risky. It is the glacier of Panpatia and is a wide area that becomes really rough in the monsoons. Snow fall in winter is again treating for even the expert trekkers too. In summer, you will find a day temperature here around 8 degrees centigrade and at night it goes down till -10 or -15. Maidagala Tal at the end part of the trek is really aspiring one for you. Get there and find the decent weather condition in summer and autumn.

The trek route here is tough and is not at all fit for novice trekkers. However, you will like to get to the spot and find the natural beauty. Although mountains and snows will seem here to be villain, but Nature Goddess is ever ready to escort you to her home. The serene beauty on all sides will make your mind filled with tranquillity, when you get the spare time at the camp. The night sky with the shining peaks especially when moon light sparkles on the top will take you to a distant dreamy location. Enjoy the excellent beauty of nature here, but do not forget to take a note of the old stories, preserved here.

It is a valley which is noted to be covered by the priest of Kedarnath and Badrinath in a day. However, it took him long time to travel and with the blessings of Lord Shiva, a route was made for him and the rest part was totally spoiled to form a labyrinth. Myths say that they are created by lord alone, so that no one else can find the path again.

Panpatia Col Trekking Tours Highlights

  • Pay obeisance at the Badrinath Temple, a shrine of Chardham tour
  • Experience the thrill of trekking through dangerous ice fields of Panpatiya and the most challenging trails of Garhwal
  • See the Hathi Parvat & Dhauliganga peaks
  • Witness high altitude streams
  • A historic route!! An interesting mythological story has it that a sage used to perform his daily rituals of worship in Badrinath and Kedarnath on the same day.

Best Time to Visit

Best time to travel to Panpatia Col Trek is in summers (Mid May – June) and Post Monsoon (September – early October).

Summer: The weather of Panpatia Col Trek remains salubrious and pleasing during summers. The Himalayas are distinctly visible and the cool breeze adds charm to the vacation. Carry woolens with you.

Post Monsoon: Serenity and solitude are at its best during post monsoon at Panpatia Col Trek. The region is blessed with snowfall during winters and the accommodation options also remain few. But you can see the best of Panpatia Col Trek during post monsoon as it looks like Heaven on earth.

Where is the Panpatia Col Trek ?

Panpatia is a high mountain pass, connecting the two holy shrines- Badrinath and Kedarnath. According to the mythological accounts, sages used to perform sacred here. Many trekkers and mountaineers tried to complete this trek, but due to some misadventure or other they were not able to do so. However, in 2000, an English mountaineer Martin Moran lead an expedition to Neelkanth, a nearby peak in Badrinath area to find a route and then successfully negotiated the Panpatia ice falls to exit through Kedarnath making it the first successful attempt completing Shipton's route.

How to Reach?

Nearest Railhead: Haridwar (315 kms)

Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun (300 kms)

Badrinath is well connected by road by most part of the Garhwal Himalaya like Joshimath, Rishikesh, Haridwar and Dehradun (NH 58)


Day 1 – Dehradun to Joshimath

Time taken : 9 hours (294.4km)

Altitude : 6,257ft.

Early morning we are going to drive to Joshimath from Dehradun which takes 9 hours to reach there. On the way to Joshimath we will take halt for some time and we will drive to Joshimath through Rudraprayag, Devprayag and Chamoli. Where on the way you can witness the Mother Nature and capture the beauty of mountains.


Day 2 : Joshimath to Badrinath

Time taken : 2 hours approx (47km)

Altitude : 2,611ft.

Good morning , have your breakfast and get ready for today, we will drive towards Badrinath on the way to you can see the wonderful mountains, after reaching badrinath we will visit the prominent Badrinath Temple.


Day 3 : Badrinath to Shepherd Camp

Time taken : 5 to 6 hours

Altitude : 11,636ft.

Today we are going to trek towards the shepherd’s camp. We will ascend up to the tree line; now after trekking for a long time we will reach at a position from where you get the spectacular the views of the surrounds. We will be staying overnight in the camp.


Day 4 : Shepherd Camp to Snout Camp

Time taken : 5 to 6 hours

Altitude : 12,861ft.

Good morning, get ready for today’s trek; we will be trekking on the combination of terrains. While we will take a moderate uphill hike to climbs in order to reach the snout of the spectacular Panpatia glacier.


Day 5 : Acclimatization Day at Rudugaira Camp

You drastically gained altitude in the last two days so allow your body to acclimatize according to the environment. Today you can for a short hike towards Rudugaira peak and from above you can have a glimpse of Auden’s Col.

Come back to the Rudugairacampsite, rest and retire for the night.


Day 6 : Snout Camp to Moraine Camp

Time taken : 5 to 6 hours

Altitude : 14,190ft.

Today, we are going to trek for a long time but no worries it will be a moderate trek with some ascends; we will cross the moraines and traverse so after trekking for a long duration up in the hills you will see the versatile beauty of Himalayans and the wide eyes capturing view.


Day 7 : Rest and Acclimatize



Day 8: Moraine Camp to Base Of Parvati col

Time taken : 6 to 7 hours

Altitude : 15,411ft.

New day new place to explore so today our next trekking destination will be a base of Parvati col to reach Parvati Col. We will pass through the Panpatia Snow Field. The trekking pathway is inclines and may be a little tiring.



Day 9 : Base Of Parvati Col to Panpatia Snowfield to Camp

Time taken : 6 to 7 hours

Altitude : 17,104ft.

So this day has its own unique quality after breakfast we are going to move ahead to trek to the edge of the terrace from where the only way to go upwards is through a vertical gully which is covered with rock and snow from where we will be able to see the magnificent Chaukhamba Peak and the Nanda Devi peak


Day 10: Camp to Panpatia Col,Panpatia Col to Sujal Srovar

Time taken : 5 to 6 hours

Altitude : 16,137ft.

Today we will pass through snow upland to reach Panpatia Col. Moving ahead is a steeo descent that will lead to the Madhyamaheshwar watershed.


Day 11: Sujal Srovar to Kachni

Time taken : 6 to 7 hours

Altitude : 13,629ft.

Today after having a breakfast, we are going to start our trek towards Kachni. To reach Kanchi we will be trekking through incline way and rock-strewn zones so from here one can see the temple below and the glowing Guptkashi.


Day 12: Kachni to Nanu Chatti

Time taken : 6 to 7 hours

Altitude : 5,940ft.

Today we are going to trek to the Madhmaheshwar temple and while coming back, We will hike through the forests stay in Ransi


Day 13 Ruderprayag to Dehradun

What is Included In This Trek?

Accommodation in Camp/ on share basis

All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, and dinner

High quality tents

Medical Kit


What is Not Included In This Trip?

Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc,
Passport and Visa important to foreigners

Water Bottle 2

Cap or Balaclava




Torch head light

Personal Toiletry Items – (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)