Between the 2 coveted Pilgrimage sites, their exists a vast stretch of land over the mountains steeped in deep legends that is mythical and still worth a exploration. This is a High-altitude pass located at an altitude of 5260 m/17260 feet and is considered as one of the daring treks till today. Being one of least traversed in entire Gharwal Himalaya, this expedition type trek is suitable for experienced trekkers and passionate mountain climbers. A mythological story revolves around and story has it that a Priest used to perform pooja rituals in both the temples on the same day using this route.

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Firstly, we pass through Mana village, about 3kms from Badrinath dham, the last village on the Indo-Tibet border has a lot of Mythological importance. It is the confluence point of Alaknanda and Saraswathi rivers – also known as Guptha gamini, and is popularly known as Keshava prayag. Cave temples dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Sage Vyasa and the Muchkund cave are noteworthy places here for Hindus to visit.

A tale that drew the attention of most Accomplised explorers of the like of Meade, Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman, Martin Moran, Harish Kapadia, and other myriad souls. They were stopped at the most treacherous icefall of Panpatia.
In year 2000 team led by Martin Moran successfully crossed the Panpatia Icefall and created a history.

In the later years in 2007, a team led by Tapan Pandit from Bengal crossed the Panpatia col. The real zeal of the exploration is the crossing of the Panpatia col, a pass that hides its approach within drifts of moraines, crevassed snow fields longest of about 7 km stretch and massive icefalls. It is a treat for though aspiring trekkers willing to take this epic trail off their bucket list. The Journey starts from Hanumanchatti at Vishnu Prayag or from Badrinath dham crossing Neelkanth col 4650 m or Holdsworth Col traversing through Khirao Nala, finally traversing Panpatia glacier 4450 m to reach Parvathy gully.

After crossing Parvathi col 16, 732 ft the vast and treacherous snow bound Panapatia snow field greets us with unparalled views of Neelkanth peak - Known as Jewel of Gharwal, Balakun, Nandadevi, Chaukamba peak, Hathi Parvat and Parvati peak 6257 to south west of Badrinath.
After plodding over the snow field of 7 km, brings to much awaited Panpatia col 5260 m.

A steep descent from here leads to Sujal Sarovar 4750 with views of Mandani Peak and finally reaching Madhyamaheshwar shrine enroute Kachni Khal 4115 m. A descent along the wellmaked trail thus brings to village of Ransi 6397 ft in a day walk.

Join us to unravel the mysteries and experience this breathtaking glimpses of this Himalayan oddessey, with high passes and raw glaciers. Get lost in this mythical journey and surreal heaven, as your eye’s sways in search of Majestic mountain views and soul in absolute wilderness.

Trip Highlights
  • Panpatia is one of the challenging High-altitude Treks in Gharwal Himalaya
  • Panpatia col connects 2 shrines Badrinath and Kedarnath enroute Madhyamaheshwar
  • View of Himalayan peaks Neelkanth, Nandadevi, Parvati and Chaukamba Massif, from close quarters
  • Experience of a lifetime
Trip Facts
  • Start & End : Dehradun
  • Difficulty level : Difficult (Strictly for Expereince trekkers only)
  • Duration : 14 days
  • Neelkanth col : 4650 m
  • Kachni Khal : 4115 m
  • Panpatia Col : 5260 m
  • Best time to visit : Pre monsoon May – June / Post Monsoon Sep – October
  • Trek Length : 80 Kms
  • Start & End : Dehradun
  • Highest point : 5260 m / 17260 feet Panpatia col
  • Weather : Days will be sunny / clouded / Windy / Snowing & Nights will be chilling and may rain.
  • Satopanth Tal Altitude : 14,455 ft
Why to choose?

As a Himalayan lover it is necessary to understand the reason for choosing Panpatia Trek.

  • It is one of less traversed Challenging High-altitude Expedition Type Trek in Uttarakhand Himalaya, Situated at an altitude of 5260 m.
  • Total trekking distance of 110 kms from Badrinath to Madhyamaheshwar is covered in 12 days.
  • The trail which giving an adrenaline experience of Climbing, crossing glaciers, rappelling and exposure of camping at High altitude
  • You get to see a few prominent peaks such as Mt. Chaukhamba, Mt. Parvati, Mt. Neelkanth, Hathi Parvat and Nandadevi peak.
Trip Cost Includes
  • Food : During Stay and Snacks during Evening Refreshments only
  • Travel : Tempo Traveler/SUV Similar Non/Ac/Bus
  • Accommodation : Basic Multiple sharing or dormitory/Tent.
  • Group Size : Group size 12 and Above.
Trip Cost Excludes
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, alcohol, cigarettes, insurance, tips for guides, cooks & porters.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Personal Porter to carry your Rucksack during the trek can be arranged at extra cost.
Itinerary:
Day one - Arrival at Haridwar/Dehradun. Meet and greet. Journey to Joshimath. Dur 10 Hours.
As you arrive in Haridwar or Dehradun Airport at Jolly grant, you will be getting a transfer to Joshimath, driving via the amazing Rudraprayag, Devprayag, and Chamoli.
After lunch, you will continue driving towards Joshimath, where you will check in and take the rest of the day for acclimatization.
Day two - Drive Badrinath 3133 m. Trek to Dumkal Kharak 3528 m. Stay overninght in Tents.
After breakfast this morning, you will continue the drive to reach Badrinath.
You have now reached a really high altitude. Visit the Badrinath Temple Tek to Charan sparsh and stay in tents for the night.
Day three - Trek to Base of Nilkanth peak Base Camp (4300m). Overnight in Tents.
After breakfast this morning, you will trek uphill on the moraine, negotiating snow field and reach Base of Neelkanth peak. Neelkanth col is visible from Campsite.
Day four - Trek & Cross Nilkanth Khal (4650m). Overnight at camp.
After breakfast trek to base of Col. Climb the 60 deg gradient to reach col. You climb slowly on snow, Ice or scree. The slope offers surreal views of Nilkanth peak. On a clear day the you will be greeted with view of Hathi Parvat, Nandadevi and adjoining peaks. Reach campsite by evening.
Day five - Trek to Khirao Nala Camp. Overnight at camp.
After Breakfast descend to Khirao nala on steep slopes. After passing through rough patches of snow and rock reach Khirao Nala Camp. Overnight stay in Tents.
Day six - Trek to Moraine Camp (4300m).
This will be a relatively long day of gradual height-gain walking on boulders — ideal to fill up the lungs with fresh air for the days ahead. We cross tricky, never ending moraines and negotiate across patches of snow to ease our march but then will be rewarded by fantastic views of mountains. Overnight in Camp.
Day seven - Rest & Reserve day to Acclimatize (4300m).
After breakfast dry you sleeping bags, walk around climb high and sleep low. The day will be for you to acclimatize to the high-Altitude weather. Bask in the sun light. Overnight stay in tents.
Day eight - Trek to the base of Parvati Col.
A day short on time, with a steep ridge walk and distant icefall in view brings us closer to the Panpatia snow field. We camp just below the Parvati Col. Overnight in Camp.
Day nine - Trek to Panpatia Snowfield – Camp
A steep climb from our camp brings us to the edge of the terrace from where the only way up is through a steep gully with mixed traverse in snow and rock. We see Chaukhamba in all its glory and camping below, with some luck, may also be treated to a different view of the mesmerizing Nanda Devi. Our campsite is in the snowfield surrounded by high snow mountain peaks. Night is cold and night sky offers a closer view of stars. Overnight in Camp.
Day ten - Across Panpatia Col (5260m), camp at Sujal Sarovar (4750m).
On this day of the trek, you will be crossing a snow-covered plateau to finally arrive at the Panpatia Col.
A small and steep descent from here will brings you to Sujal Sarovar. Overnight stay next to glacial lake.
Day eleven - Trek to Madhyamaheshwar enroute Kachni Khal.
A few metres above Sujal Sarovar is a small pass from where it is a steep descent through snowy slopes and boulder zones to Kachni. The camp overlooks the Madhmaheshwar Ganga, and one can see the temple below and sounds of temple bells. After a downhill trek of 5 -6 hours we reach the abode of lord. Overnight in Camp.
Day twelve - Trek to Nanu Chatti
After puja and breakfast walk downhill through the forests to camp at Nanu chatti which is a small hamlet for people from the villages of Gaundhar. Overnight in tents/Similar.
Day thirteen - Trek to Ransi and reach Rudraprayag. Dur 5 Hours
On the last leg of the trek we descend through the pine forests to get to the floor of Madhmaheshwar Ganga. We finish the trek at Ransi and drive to a hotel in Rudraprayag. Overnight in Hotel.
Day fourteen - Early Morning Drive to Dehradun. Dur 5 hours
Drive to Dehradun via Dev Prayag. Drop to Railway station/Jolly Grant Airport.
What to Expect?

On a Strenuous or Technical the average day could involve more than 7- 5 hrs of walking. These trips might cover difficult and glaciated terrain where use of ropes and technical mountaineering equipment like crampons, harness, carabiners, descenders etc could come into action. On these trips one is required to stay at high altitudes for lengthy periods of time and hence acclimatization is always a big concern. These treks can also throw a bit of surprise largely because of unpredictable nature of the terrain and the snow/ ice conditions in the high mountains, Landslides and hence we always have a Reserve day of two planned accordingly.
These trips would last more than two weeks and go to wild, remote places completely cut off from civilization. Trekking peaks also come under the same category as the level of technicality required to climb a trekking peak also fall in same category.

Important Information:
Things To Carry
  • 1 pair of Shoes : Carry well broken/used Shoes with good Sole & ankle protection and that will sustain usage during the trek. Avoid wearing new shoes to avoid bite and blisters.
  • 1 Backpack : Light Weighted & approx 30 litres in volume with multiple pouches,good zip & straps.
  • Clothing & Toiletries : For your daily usage
  • 1 Jacket : Early mornings and nights can get really cold.
  • 1 Cap/hat : help in protecting your head and face from direct sunlight during treks.
  • 1 Water bottle : carry some reusable water bottles along.
  • 1 Towel : quick dry light towel.
  • 1 Head lamp / Torch : Keep it handy and use it only required.
  • 1 Personal Medical Kit : Carry few tablets such as crocin, Paracetamol, Band aid, cotton. ORS satchets. Glucose, Volini spray and crape bandage.
  • 1 Medic Kit : always pack a first-aid kit in case things go the other way.
  • 2 Batteries: Carry recharged spare batteries.
  • Gloves : Gloves that will keep your palms warm during extreme cold.
  • 1 Whistle : Whistle for signalling and use in times of distress only.
  • 1 Sun glasses : Carry tested and right one to protect from harsh Sunlight only.
  • Sleeping Bag : At times, there might be extreme cold and the camp beds might not be good enough to give you a good night’s sleep. It is better if you have your own warm sleeping bag.
  • Mobile : Use if for communication only. Check with trek coordinator of network availibility carry BSNL SIM if required.
  • 1 Poly Bags : To carry trash and wet clothes.
  • 1 ID Proof : Carry Photo ID proof DL / Voter Id/ similar.
Routes to reach
    • By Train:We recommend to Overnight train to Dehradun from Capital city of Delhi. New Delhi to Dehradun A/c special train from New Delhi is the best option. The Scheduled reaching time to Dehradun Railway station is at 5:40 am.
      Nanda Devi Express – Train No 12205 (Departure 11:50 pm: Arrival 5:40 am)
      Dehradun Express - Train No 12687 (Departure 21:10 pm: Arrival 5:00 am)
    • By Flight: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to reach Dehradun, located about 25 km from the city. There are daily flights from Delhi to Dehradun.
    • By Bus: Buses ply frequently from New Delhi to Dehradun from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Private buses options too are available.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What do I need to trek?
A. One must be able hike to a minimum of 10 kms without any issues, that’s all! Also, if you have any particular health problems such as respiratory problem, heart problems, one must check with the doctor regarding the hike.

Q : Is Satopanth Tal suitable for Beginners ?
A: Individuals desiring to do Satopanth tal should be experienced trekkers, we often suggest people wishing for Satopanth and Swargarohini Yatra that this must be taken as a high-altitude Himalayan trek and the pilgrims must have prior trekking experiences like Kailash, Adi Kailash, Kinnaur kailash or similar, preferably all.

Q: How chilly is it?
A: It is a question of where you belong to, but in terms of Indians – it is quite freezing. The temperature in the high altitudes can even be about -5 degrees during night time. Warm clothing is a must, though it adds to the weight of your luggage.

Q: What type of food will be provided during the trip?
A: Summiters give plain vegetarian food which is not too heavy and apt for hiking. Pizza hut or Anand Bhavan will not be in the picture nor will hunting be an option. There will be enough to sustain and apt will be served when hungry.

Q: Does mountain water cause harm?
A: No. The mountain water is clean. But if you are skeptical – a mineral water can be bought.

Q: Is there a charger point for my phone during the trek?
A: The end point that you can charge during the trek is at Mana Village but depends if electricity is there during the stay.

Q: How to prepare for this trek?
A: You must try and get accustomed to walks or jogs on a daily basis.

Q: How to Reach Joshimath?
A: Private SUV vehicles ply regularly between Haridwar, Rishikesh and Dehradun. It takes 10 hours to reach Joshimath.

Q : What does Vehicle to Joshimath cost ?
A : It would cost around Rs 5500 to Rs 6000 for one trip either way.

Q : Is Camping next to Satopanth tal is allowed ?
A : No. From 2018 as per Uttarakhand High Court order (Petition No: 123/2014), one cannot camp on alpine and subalpine meadows/grasslands, locally called “Bugyal”. Therefore, forest department has revoked the permit to camp at the lake, i.e. Satopanth Tal. Starting from Sep 2018, one has to reach the highest camp which is at Chakratirtha and visit Satopanth and return to the same camp.