Ghuttu to Panwali trek located in Garhwal region of Himalayas is a moderate trek offering you views of majestic Himalayas and nature. This trek is suitable for beginners and anyone with a moderate level of fitness. At an elevation of about 3965 meters above sea level, this trek has gentle slopes avoiding narrow ridges. Apart from the panoramic views of the mountain ranges, it is blessed by the view of the Kedar trek surrounding Panwali.
TREK TO PANWALI
The trek to Panwali may appear long but runs smoothly. It starts from Mala and ends with a strenuous climb uphill of Ghuttu. From Mala, your actual trekking starts. You have to trek your way from Mala to Belak through dense woodlands, hamlets, lush meadows and enormous varieties of alpine trees. Reaching Belak the trek gets tricky. You need to turn towards Budakedar at 1,525 meters from Belak and continue a steep climb to Ghuttu. The trek is divided in days because it may take 5-7 hours to trek to reach one destination. The trek from Ghuttu continues being steep until you reach the summit. Upon reaching the Panwalikantha you will see the wide expanse of hanging glaciers and greenery all around. It is all in one experience. You enjoy the greenery of the grass as well as the snow of the glaciers along with the scenic beauty.
POPULAR ATTRACTIONS OF PANWALI
Panwali is popular amongst the tourists for trekking. Many couples, friends, families, and tourists visit this area. There are many other activities which can be done here.
1) TREKKING:-Trekking is the sole purpose for which people visit here, the scenic beauty, moderate trek, the evergreen environment is a blessing to the eyes. As the climb follows gently it is a perfect experience for amateurs.
2) CAMPING:– Camping is allowed at Panwali. The treks are long and camping is done along the way to revive energy. Camping at night amongst nature gets pleasant and everlasting memory.
3) SIGHTSEEING:- Tourists and people who are a fan of nature’s beauty often go for a trek to Panwali. It offers grand views of the Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath peaks and Himalayan ranges. Trekking your way through the alpines, rippling small streams, deodar trees and hamlets rejuvenates your mind. On reaching the summit you are completely surrounded with the surreal beauty of Himalayan peaks and terraced fields of meadow all around.
HOW TO REACH PANWALI?
The Panwali trek starts after you reach Rishikesh. The nearest railway station to reach to Panwali is that of Rishikesh and the nearest airport is Jolly Grant airport of Dehradun. Once in Rishikesh reach to Mala passing Uttarkashi to begin your Trekking journey.
BEST TIME TO VISIT?
Surrounded by the hills and nature’s creation this place is not suitable to be visited throughout the year. It is avoided during monsoons and winters. The favorable time to visit Panwali is during the summers from April to June. During the summers the temperature is moderate and all the snow is mostly melted off making the journey less risky. Also, the month from September to November before the start of winter is also suitable. During this time the meadows are covered with bright, vibrant flowers with Rhododendron all around. This feeling of freshness drives you to reach the summit and enjoy the endless vicinity of its beauty.