Panchchuli Peaks

Situated in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, Panchchuli is a group of five majestic snow-capped peaks with altitude ranging from 6,334 metres (20,781 ft) to 6,904 metres (22,651 ft). The peaks’ name is derived from the Mahabharata Pandavas's ‘Five Chulis’ (cooking hearths), where they cooked their last meal before left for their heavenly abode. The five peaks and their respective elevation are as follows:Panchchuli I (6,355 m)Panchchuli II (6,904 m)Panchchuli III (6,312 m)Panchchuli IV (6,334 m)Panchchuli V (6,437 m)

The highest peak is Panchchuli II, which was first scaled by an Indo-Tibetan Border Police expedition, led by Mahendra Singh, on 26 May 1973. The first ascent of this peak was made in 1992 by an Indo-British team jointly led by Chris Bonington and Harish Kapadia by the south ridge.



The nearest place to Panchchuli which is accessible through motorable road is Munsiyari. This place is starting point of many treks into the Kumaon Himalayas.

Posted by: eUttaranchal/ Brijmohan Bisht
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