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 like 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(5260m), 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, and fresh from the successful crossing of this legendary route, we at White Magic are ready to open a once-hidden expanse of the Himalaya to the inquisitive of mind and sturdy of heart. Join us as we unravel the mythical Panpatia Col bit by alluring bit.
Cost Per Person (min 4): INR 89,390 + 3.09% (Service tax)
Day 01: Board the overnight train to Haridwar
Day 02: Reach Haridwar. Drive to Joshimath (1875m)
Day 03: Drive to Badrinath (3133m) and drive back to Khirao
Day 04: Trek to Shepherd camp
Day 05: Trek to Snout camp
Day 06: Trek to Moraine Camp (4300m)
Day 07: Rest; acclimatize (4300m)
Day 08: Trek to the base of Parvati Col
Day 09: Trek to Panpatia Snowfield – Camp I
Day 10: Across Panpatia Col (5260m), camp at Sujal Sarovar (4750m)
Day 11: Trek to Kachni
Day 12: Trek to Nanu Chatti
Day 13: Trek to Ransi; drive to Chopta
Day 14: Contingency day
Day 15: Drive to Haridwar to board the evening Shatabdi. Arrive Delhi by 2245hrs
We also have an X-Treme Series departure of the same trip between 30 May to 9 Jun, 2015. Different costs apply!