Panikhar Warwan Trek
Panikhar Warwan Trek is a high altitude Trans-Himalayan trek and is about 95kms in length. This trek is moderate and needs a good fitness level. The trek trail goes through many descends and ascends and on one of the days the trail goes over Batkol glacier. This trek spans over grasslands, pastures and glaciers. This trek takes one into the most pristine and serene trekking places in India. This trek is unique in a way that this gives the trekkers glimpses of both Ladakh and Kashmir landscapes. Another main attraction of the trek is trekking on a long patch of glacier spreading on around 10kms.
It has remained a go-to place for trekkers for centuries now, and was part of an ancient route that connected Kargil to Kashmir. This trail is one of the ancient Trans-Himalayan routes.
Best time to do Panikhar Warwan Trek
- The best time to do this trek is from June to October.
How to reach the Base Camp
- After landing in Srinagar, the cab from will ferry you to the base camp situated at Panikhar, Kargil.
Safety and Expertise
- Panikhar Warwan Trek is an easy trek. There is no technical climbing or advanced mountaineering involved. it is recommended for all age groups.
Things to Carry
- Backpack & rain cover, trekking shoes preferably high-ankle one, day pack to carry on-the-trek essentials like a lunch box, water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, protein bars etc, headlamp/torch, trekking pole, personal medical kit.
- Thermals, fleece jacket, down feather jacket, waterproof pants, sun cap, woollen cap: toiletries: sunscreen, lip balm, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, toothbrush & toothpaste, hand towel, sanitary napkins etc.
Terms & Conditions:
Please read the below-mentioned policies carefully before finishing your booking with us.
1. Cancellation policy
- Cancellation of any expedition/trek/tour must be notified immediately in writing. The cancellation process will be initiated only after receiving a cancellation mail from your end.
- For any cancellation requested 40 days prior to the first day of any expedition/trek/tour, the full amount will be refunded with 10% of the amount deducted as processing fee.
- For any cancellation requested between 40 to 30 days prior to the first day of expedition/trek/tour, only 50% of the amount will be refunded without any processing fee deduction. If cancellation is requested 30 days prior to the first day of expedition/trek/tour, there will be no refund.
- The rates/fees for the trek once decided will remain the same; however, if the group size is trimmed from the client end, the rates/fees may vary. In case of any untoward situation like a natural disaster, national emergency, terrorist activity, adverse weather conditions or any other unforeseen situations, the refund may or may not be entertained which will solely be upon Cliffhangers to decide. However, there will be no cash refund. The clients will get the voucher which they can redeem anytime for another trek/trip of their own choice organised by Cliffhangers India.
2. Medical Fitness
- Please get a recommendation from a registered medical officer/institute; getting a medical certificate is a must before embarking on an expedition/trekking. If you suffer from a severe lung/heart/muscle disorders or any disease that can turn fatal, you are advised not to take any expedition/trekking with us.
- In case you lack the required fitness, or are suffering from diseases that have the potential of becoming fatal in the mountains/ high altitude, Cliffhangers reserves the right to bar your participation from any expedition/trekking without any refund/compensation.
3. Travel Insurance
- You are advised to have a travel insurance cover. Our prices/fees don’t cover insurance or any other travel cover. Your travel insurance must cover accidents, injury, illness, and death medical expenses including any related to pre-existing medical conditions, emergency repatriation including helicopter rescue and air ambulance where applicable and personal liability.
4. Promotional Material
- Cliffhangers India reserves the right to take photographs/videos of participants and use them for any marketing/promotional activity. Any objection should be sent in writing before the commencement of any expedition/trek with us.
5. Identity Proof
- Please carry a valid Identity Proof. A valid passport and visa for all the tourists from outside India, and for Indians a valid identity proof preferably Aadhaar Card.
6. Environment Consciousness
- Please keep the environment cleanliness strictly into consideration. Any behaviour/activity that is averse/harmful to environment conservation is strictly prohibited. You are recommended to avoid carrying any non-biodegradable items during the expedition/trek/tour; in case it’s a medical or other necessity, please dispose of them off properly (dustbins) after the expedition/trek is over.
- Cutting a tree/plant, killing/injuring any animal, polluting water bodies/glaciers will prompt legal action. Please refrain yourself from harming any plant/animal or water body.
Day 1. Srinagar to Pankihar
This drive from Srinagar to Panikhar in itself is a tour winding through beautiful mountains. The drive makes its way through famous Sonamarg resort and goes uphill from there to Zojila Pass and gets down to Kargil. From Kargil it takes couple of hours to reach to Panikhar.
Day 2. Panikhar Acclimatization and Exploration
This day is a rest day before you start for this long Trans-Himalayan Trek. Explore this beautiful Panikhar Village which is in Suru Valley. The village is vast and green. It has a way that goes to Zanskar and towards the Nun Kun Expedition. You will see villagers busy in their farming life and will relish thier hospitability.
Day 3. Panikhar to Sumdo/Denora (14km)
Panikhar is a lush village in Suru Valley encircled by mountians which are mostly barren. This village is dotted with houses that are quite distant from each other, and it has Tourism Bunglow where the traveller can lodge for a night.
Trek takes a gradual climb leaving behind Panikhar Village and going into a landscape with barren mountains around. On the way one sees Bakerwal lodges, police check post, Pankihar Nala, lofty mountainn cliffs projecting towards an absolute blue sky and a wide river basin that carries the water of two rivers.
Day 4. Denora to Kalapari (3km)
This is the second trekking day. This day witness varied colourful flowers and cross throug shallow, icy streams. It also gives a wide view of Denora and Sumdo basin.
Day 5. Kalapari to Kaintal via Batkol Pass (17km)
This day see a beautiful alpine lake that gets its waters from Kalapari Peak. The trek to the Batkol Pass goes through patches of glaciers. The pass stands at an altitude of 4400m.
This is the strenous day, start early in the morning and get your laces firmly tied. Stay overnight in the beautiful meadow of Kaintal.
Day 6. Kaintal to Humpet (17km)
This trek day is mostly a descend walk that will take the trekkers to a lush meadow, Kaintal river and Bakerwarl settlements. This day trekkers will see the contrast between the landscape of Ladakh and Kashmir. Towards the east is Ladakh and towards the west is Kashmir. On this day one has to cross many streams before one reaches to Humpet for an overnight stay.
Day 7. Humpet to Sukhnai (16km)
This day of trek is a long downward trek towards Sukhani Valley. On the way one gets the view of route that leads to Amarnath Yatra. Sukhani is in Warwan valley which holds varied 285 plant species of which 26 species are said to be threatened.
Day 8. Sukhnai to Chaudraiman (18km)
This is the last trekking day of this trans-himalayan trek. This day of the trek beholds the beautiful grasslands and Marwah river and the pretty village Rekenwas.
Day 9. Chaudraiman to Srinagar
This is the last day of the trekking trip. Drive from Chaudraiman to Srinagar.
Panikhar Warwan Trek Ends Here
- Sleeping bags, Sleeping Mattresses, Toilet Tents & Kitchen Tents.
- Daily meals (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner).
- Passes and Permits.
- Load ferrying.
- Basic Medical / First Aid Kit.
- Staff (Trek Leaders, Cooks and Helpers).
- Expenses of personal nature like Laundry, Phone Calls, Alcohol, Cigarettes, Camera Fee, and Bottled Water etc
- Travel Insurance and other Emergency Expenses.