Panwali Kantha trek is one of the best Trek in Tehri Garhwal. It has high altitude meadows of Garhwal Himalayas. Apart from exhilarating bugyals, the varieties of flowers and herbs are fascinating about it. In the month of April and May the place is full of with Red and Pink Rhododendrons (a shrub or small tree of the heather family, with large clusters of bell-shaped flowers and typically with large evergreen leaves, widely grown as an ornamental).
However, the bonus for trekkers is most captivating views of Himalayan ranges. A beautiful view of the complete range of Yumnotri- Gangotri- Kedarnath- Badrinath mountain peaks makes you day. During the Snowfall, trekkers can view the snow covered peaks of Thalaysagar, Meru, Kirti Stambh, Kedar Dome, Kedarnath, Chaukhambha, Nilkanth, etc. The Sunset view from Panwali Kantha makes this place so special for trekkers.
This trek is situated along the old pilgrimage route from Gangotri to Sri Kedarnath. Here the trekkers find the remote areas villages, where one can see the life of Garhwal villages.You can see the lot of shepherds here during your trek who live between the Shivalik Ranges and the Great Himalaya.
This trek is open for around the year. At the time of monsoon, You will go through the littered bughyals of Panwali Kantha along with birds and flowers of different colors. During winter, you will get to see snow-covered peaks who kiss the high blue sky.
On the other side, this trek becomes more challenging for trekkers to reach the Kyunkhola Pass because bugyals along this trek are covered with snow at the time of december to march.
Autumn is the best time due to rains and mostly clear sky. The Himalayan range and lively green meadows decked with colorful wild flowers are clearly visible. This trek can be approached from from Ghuttu and end up with Sonprayag / Triyugi Narayan. At Triyugi Narayan, one can visit the Triyugi Narayan temple. It is of great religious importance, as it is believed that Lord Shiva and Parvati’s wedding ceremony was conducted here, in the presence of Lord Vishnu.
You can also extend the trek further from Ghuttu all the way to Lata near Uttarkashi. The scenic landscapes and relatively lower altitudes make it a pleasant trek.
The Panwali meadows, in the northern Garhwal Himalayas, are home to several wild animals. So, if you’re lucky, you can spot high-altitude animals like Bharal (blue sheep) Ghoral, Himalayan bears, weasels and the rare musk deer.