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, 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 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.
Day 0 - 11th Sep - Travel from Home country.
Day 1 - 12th Sep - Arrive Delhi and take overnight train.
Day 2 - 13th Sep - Reach Haridwar. Drive to Pipal Koti. Overnight Hotel.
Day 3 - 14th Sep - Drive to Badrinath (3133m). Visit the Temple. Rest and Acclimatise. Overnight Hotel.
Day 4 - 15th Sep - Trek to Dumkal Kharak (3528m). Overnight at camp.
Day 5 - 16th Sep - Trek to Base of Nilkanth Khal (4300m). Overnight at camp.
Day 6 - 17th Sep - Rest & acclimatise. Overnight at camp.
Day 7 - 18th Sep - Cross Nilkanth Khal (Holds worth's Pass-4650m) - camp at 4500m. Overnight at camp.
Day 8 - 19th Sep - Trek to Snout camp. Overnight at camp.
Day 9 - 20th Sep - Rest & acclimatize. Overnight at camp.
Day 10 - 21st Sep - Trek to Moraine Camp (4300m). Overnight at camp.
Day 11 - 22nd Sep - Trek to the base of Parvati Col. Overnight at camp.
Day 12 - 23rd Sep - Trek to Panpatia Snowfield – Camp I. Overnight at camp.
Day 13 - 24th Sep - Across Panpatia Col (5260m) - camp at Sujal Sarovar (4750m). Overnight at camp.
Day 14 - 25th Sep - Trek to Kachni. Overnight at camp.
Day 15 - 26th Sep - Trek to Nanu Chatti. Overnight at camp.
Day 16 - 27th Sep - Trek to Ransi and drive to Rudraprayag Overnight Hotel..
Day 17 - 28th Sep - Contingency day. Overnight in Camp.
Day 18 - 29th Sep - Drive to Rishikesh. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 19 - 30th Sep - Day in Rishikesh. Overnight at Hotel
Day 20 - 1st Sep - Drive to Haridwar to board the evening Shatabdi. Arrive Delhi by 2245hrs.
Day 21 - 2nd Sep - Transfer to Airport and fly Home