Panchachuli Base Camp is in the lap of Darma Valley of Pithoragarh district. Literally meaning “Five Chulis” (five hearths), Panchachuli forms a group of five massifs peacefully snuggled in the eastern Kumaon region. If you desire to be in the lap of mountains, then the majestic Panchachuli should be your next forte!About the trek
The trek is about 100 km long. It needs a week long dedication and consistency to cover such distance. After all good things are always hard to win. With each step you put forward you discover a captivating view; next time more worth it than the previous and so on. That’s how one gets going and gradually completes a herculean trek. The journey begins at the Dugtu village which is the closest to our base camp. Earlier Dar village used to be the initiator until Dugtu gained the road connectivity. Dugtu village is about 60 km from Dharchula. Dharchula town is the last stop where facilities like ATMs, market and petrol pumps are available. The trekking route ahead is totally remote and forms the watershed between the Gori Ganga and Darma Valleys. Trekkers go through beautiful Darma valley whose rich flora and fauna leave them spellbound. The complete journey to Panchachuli camp is remarkably amazing. For the trek, you will be accompanied by a river named Dhauliganga. The thick deodar and conifer forests escorts you to colourful meadows, amazing views of wildflowers and strawberries. Finally, the moderately difficult trek will take you at an elevation of whopping 4260 m, high enough to get you high!Best time to visit
The best time to experience the beauty of Panchachuli trek is in summers. When the balmy weather welcomes trekkers for a fascinating expedition. Trekking during monsoons is perilous as the trail is slippery and roads are blocked for hours due to frequent landslides. Panchachuli base camp trek is closed during winters as it becomes arctic cold.