Panpatia Col is located between the holy shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath. This trekking expedition starts from Badrinath and takes you through diverse terrain including high-altitude passes, moraines, crevasses, terrifying cliffs, and roaring streams.
Between two of the most haloed pilgrimage sites in the Himalayas lies a land that nurtures a legend worthy of difficult discovery and extreme exploration. A tale that has drawn feted explorers of the likes of Meade, Shipton and Tilman, Martin Moran, Harish Kapadia, and countless other intrepid souls. They were all drawn by the lore that a priest from Badrinath would trek to Kedarnath in a day. The explorations, which began as early as 1934, have mostly come a cropper, with weather, terrain, and nerves beating each party back. The prize of the exploration is the crossing of the Panpatia col, a pass that hides its approach within drifts of moraines, crevasses, and massive icefalls. But a route across it exists, and we know that from the many reports submitted by the mountaineers, and the final successful crossing by a duo from West Bengal, in 2007. After extensive research and reading, we made the crossing of this legendary pass for the first time in 2012 (it was probably the first time when the trip was offered commercially by any operator). We at White Magic have since successfully crossed the past 8 times. Join us in the upcoming summer as we unravel the mythical “Panpatia Col Trek” bit by alluring bit.
Duration – 14 Days
(Dehradun to Dehradun)
Max. altitude – 17,260 ft.
Trek Grade – Difficult
Day-1: Dehradun to Joshimath
( Drive – 274 km / Duration – 7-8 hrs / Altitude – 6,162 ft.
Day-2: Joshimath – Khiro village
( Drive – 35 km, Trek – 4 km Duration – 4-5 hrs / Altitude – 9,488 ft. )
Day-3: Khiro village to Audar Camp
( Trek – 9 km / Duration – 6-7 hrs / Altitude – 11,945 ft. )
Day-4: Audar camp to Snout camp
( Trek – 6 km / Duration – 4-5 hrs ) Altitude – 12,554 ft. )
Day-5: Acclimatisation day ( Acclimatisation walk will be towards Mt. Neelkanth camp – 1 )
( Trek – 4 km / Duration – 2-3 hrs
Day-6: Snout camp to Moraine camp
( Trek – 8 km / Duration – 6-7 hrs / Altitude – 14,192 ft. )
Day-7: Moraine camp to Parvati Gully base
( Trek – 6 km / Duration – 5-6 hrs / Altitude – 15,708 ft. )
Day-8: Parvati Gully base to Panpatia Icefield
( Trek – 5 km / Duration – 5-6 hrs / Altitude – 17,129 ft. )
Day-9: Panpatia Icefield to Sujal Sarovar via Panpatia col
( Trek – 9 km / Duration – 6-7 hrs / Altitude – 15,551 ft.)
Day-10: Sujal Sarovar to Kachni khal
( Trek – 10 km / Duration – 6-7 hrs /b Altitude – 13,648 ft. )
Day-11: Kachni khal to Madmaheshwr
( Trek – 8 km / Duration – 4-5 hrs / Altitude – 11,473 ft.
Day-12: Madmaheshwar to Srinagar
( Trek – 16 km, Drive – 45 km/ Duration – 5-6 hrs
Day-13: Srinagar to Haridwar
( Drive – 130 km / Duration – 3-4 hrs )
DAY 14: EXTRA DAY