Kuari Pass Trek
Kuari which means “doorway” is a Himalayan high mountain pass situated in the Garhwal region of northern India, south of the Tibetan border.
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Activity Level Easy
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A nature lover’s paradise
Uttarakhand, the pilgrimage capital of India, is not only the house to the Ganges but also holds a part of the Himalayas spreading their pristine beauty. The peaks here offer some of the breath taking views, while you are on the move through the ghats and cross roads. Kuari pass is one such winter trek in Uttarakhand offering the best window through which you can see these Mighty Himalayan mountain trails.
Kuari pass is the gateway to reach the mighty peaks of Himalayas nesting in Uttarakhand for those who prefer not too much of adrenaline-rush but still wish for some of the most beautiful views of the mountains, snow and the greenery. Trekking in Uttarakhand, through the Kuari pass one sees Nanda Devi Mountain, Trishul, Chaukhamba, Dronagiri, meadows and beautiful forests which offer some of the scenic beauties on the journey.
Kuari Pass Peak Trek is reckoned to have been explored by Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon, and thus is also named as Lord Curzon Trail. Tucked in the Garhwal Himalaya and a short distance from skiing destination called Auli, Kuari Pass Trek is ideal for beginners and those who wish for the real feel of being amidst the snow. The trek also opens up gateways for the unexplored to be witnessed, the rural culture to be seen and the simple living to be experienced. The trek furloughs you from your daily hustle and bustle of your life by providing you the everlasting vista of the beautiful meadows on the arm of towering peaks while cherishing the silence of the environment. The trek through Ghat is a Nature lover’s paradise with some exotic flora and fauna on display, plus the meadows of Auli and Gorson add to the picturesque Himalayan splendors.
The area here is really wild because the higher reaches of the river in the valley are still unexplored. The route is through various remote villages in the wilderness where the concrete jungle has not yet managed to cast its shadow. One can see passes through vast expanses of dense forests & alpine meadows. To reach the Pass the last ascend is very steep & exerting because the ridge on which the Pass is situated is the edge of the divide between the Lesser & the Greater Himalayas. The ridge-top is a continuous grassy meadow & affords next-door Himalayan views, one of the finest in the world.
One can experience stretches of green meadows with a complete rural outlook. The local shepherds are often seen making their herds walk through these vast meadows and the horses graze through the greenery. These scenes are priceless for those of us who are forced to live in the city-life and modernized arenas. The views offer you utter inner peace for exploring yourself. You can also know more about the rural cultures and the people by having a talk with the locals while sipping a hot cup of tea or coffee.
Come, join us in the adventurous trip and help us make your Uttarakhand experience a memorable one.
Grade – Easy to Moderate
Duration – 6 days
Max. Altitude – 12760ft
Total trekking – 30 – 32 kms approx.
Region – Garhwal, Uttarakhand
- Accommodation during trek on triple/quad (Guest House/Hostel/Camping)
- All veg meals while on trek (Veg)
- All necessary permits and entry fees
- First aid medical kit
- Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff
- All taxes
P.S. Transport from Haridwar/Rishikesh to Joshimath and return will cost you Rs. 2200/- per person
- Any meals during transit
- Personal expenses
- Cost Escalation due to unforeseen reason
- Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head
Drive from Haridwar – Joshimath (6300ft)
Arrive at Haridwar in the morning, you will be picked up at the railway station and the journey begins from here to Joshimath. We get to traverse through the picturesque valley of Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnapraya – part of the Panch Prayag of Uttarakhand. Beyond this confluence, the river is known as Ganges. We shall have breakfast and lunch on the way at the local dhabas. What better way to taste the local cuisine! We will arrive at Joshimath by evening, upon arrival we spend the night in a guest house.
Joshimath – Dhak Village – Chitrakantha (9600ft)
Relish a scrumptious breakfast at your lodgings and then drive to the village of Dhak. Begin your Kuari Pass trek after you arrive in Dhak village, which is approximately 12 km from Joshimath. You first encounter a steep climb through forests of oak, rhododendron and hemlock. After climbing a steep hill, the valley slowly transforms into an overhanging cliff which shelters a local deity and the terrain changes from green pastures with trees to a drier terrain. The trek continues to climb to the village of Tugasi village where we shall have our pack lunch enroute. We finally trek our way to Chitrakhantha, have dinner & overnight camping.
Chitrakantha – Tali top (11070ft)
We will start our day early with a few stretching exercises in the morning followed by breakfast. After this our trek leader will brief us about today’s trek schedule. Today we will trek for around 6 kms to Tali Top through green vegetation and red rhododendron flowers which turn red during the blooming season in April & May. Climb up through the forested ridge of Rhododendron, Spruce and Silver Birch above Chitra Kantha. It takes around an hour to reach a prominent ridge top and a further 30 minutes around to an open meadow where it meets the well-defined track from a place called Tapovan. We will camp at the alpine meadow at the end of Tali top.
Tali top – Kuari Pass (12760ft) via Khullara
We will start early as this is the longest day on the Kuari Pass Trek. First leg of today’s trek is a gradual ascend till Khullara top and from there traversing through the snow patch we reach Kuari Top. At Kuari Pass top winds will gush past you. Savour the unending vistas of great Himalayan peaks including the famous Nanda Devi. Nanda Devi (7816m) is the highest peak completely within India. It is surrounded by a huge circle of mountain walls with only one outlet, where the Rishi Ganga forges a route through deep, almost impenetrable gorges before flowing into the Alaknanda River. Given these natural defenses, it was not until 1934 that the first mountaineers were finally able to reach the base of Nanda Devi. Return to Tali Top through the same route and enjoy camp bonfire and sumptuous dinner at Tali campsite.
Tali top – Joshimath via Auli(9680ft)
After the tryst with snow-capped mountains, today we head back to where we had all started. Continue on this trail. After about an hour of moderate ascent, the overhanging trail ends abruptly at Gorson Bugyal. At Gorson Bugyal, the trail turns sharply to the left. Wide mountain views open up to the right and behind you. This is a lovely, descending walk. In 2-2.5 hours you will reach Padiyar. From Padiyar temple, the trail continues to descend. Upper Auli, which is the end of the ski lift , appears in 10-15 minutes. Once you you reach Auli, we will head back to Joshimath.
Joshimath – Haridwar
Today will be the last day in the Himalayas! With a heavy heart we bid a goodbye to the Himalayas. After breakfast we shall depart for an early morning drive towards Haridwar. Arrive at Haridwar by evening and say goodbye to your trek mates. Kuari Pass trek ends here.
- Backpack with rain cover(40-60lts)
- Daypack/Knapsack – Optional
- Floaters or Sandals
- Trekking Shoes – Medium or High ankle length(Get a pair and “break-in” well in advance that you don’t face any sores/blisters once you are on mountains)
- 2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
- 3 Pair of sports Socks and 1 pair of woolen
- Woolen Gloves
- Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
- Windproof Jacket
- Sun Cap
- One Scarf/Balclava
- Quick dry towel/Light towel
- Lip Balm
- Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
- Water Bottle 1 Lt – good quality plastic bottle
- Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
- Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
- Personal Medicine Kit –
- General medicines comprising of headache, fever, vomiting, stomach upset and pain killer
-Anti-inflammatory -Nurofen or diclofenac sodium
- Dark Sunglasses
- Trekking Pole
- CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries.
- Extra Polythene bags.
- Dry fruits/Energy bars
P.S You may use and share common kit for toiletries and medicines if travelling in a group