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Joshimath, a quaint town located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand is a prime religious and pilgrimage destination. Also being one of the finest hill stations nestled amid the snow-capped Himalayas, trekking, biking, hiking, camping, and skiing are some of the Best Things to Do in Joshimath. Perched at a height of 6000ft, this enchanting town boasts of salubrious weather all year round emitting serenity away from the humdrum busy life of cities.

Overlooking the tinsel town of Joshimath are the two mighty rivers, Dhauli Ganga and Alaknanda, who meet at the convergence of Vishnuprayag. It is nicknamed Jyotirmath- the winter seat of Lord Badri, since it is just 44km away from Badrinath, one of the famous Char Dhams founded by Guru Shankaracharya in the 8th century. This holy town is revered by Hindus all over the world.

24km away from the city center is the Nanda Devi National Park, bordered on 3 sides by the magnificent Nanda Devi Mountains. Sprawled across a massive area of 630 sq km, its rich flora and fauna is seventh heaven for all nature enthusiasts. Tapovan, mainly known for its hot springs is situated 99km away from Joshimath, and offers pictorial views of mountain peaks like Nanda Devi and Dronagiri Chaukhambha and grasslands locally used for step farming. Joshimath is the base point for the famous Ski resort of Auli and the transit spot for trekkers to the Valley of Flowers.

It is also the route to the Sikh Pilgrimage Centre of Hemkunt Sahib, the ‘lake of snow’, located on the banks of River Alaknanda in Govindghat, about 19 km away from Joshimath.
Blessed with lush green beauty and an exceptional view of landscapes, snow-capped mountains, and countless lakes, rivers and streams, Joshimath is a beautiful little town. Visiting places like Chenab Valley, Thaing Village, Chenab Lake and Vishnuprayag are some of the Best Things to Do in Joshimath.

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    About the Activity:Fixed departure dates: 19-02-2017, 26-02-2017, 02-04-2017, 09-04-2017, 12-03-2017, 19-03-2017, 26-03-2017Kuari Pass is a splendid serenity in the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. A trek to Kuari Pass indeed is a short one. The trail allows you to relish the undulating nature prevailing in the region along with a few snow-capped mountains.During this 6 day trek, you will be passing through the stunning small villages like Jhinji and Pana. Also, get amused by the incomparable beauty of Mt. Nanda Devi, Mt. Kamet, Dunagiri, Haathi Ghoda Parvat, Chaukhamba, Mana Parvat, Rishi Parvat etc.Get ready to climb 2000 feet height everyday during the trek in which you will have to switch the track from soil to the snow.Witness other attractions like Auli or the hot spring of Tapovan or the holy shrine of Badrinath from Joshimath.Short itinerary is as follows:Day 1: Haridwar To Joshimath Or Auli (Camping)Day 2: Auli to Tali Forest campDay 3: Tali forest camp to KhularaDay 4: Khulara to Kauri pass and Back to Tali forest campDay 5: Tali forest camp to AuliDay 6: Auli to HaridwarHow to reach:By air: - Daily flights from Delhi to Dehradun (Jolly Grand Airport) which is around 50 kms from Haridwar.By train: - An excellent rail network connects Haridwar to other important cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Chennai, and Kolkata.From Delhi Ddn Nzm Ac Express (12205) Arrival At 4 Am Haridwar JnFrom Delhi Mussoorie Express (14041) Arrival At 6 Am Haridwar JnFrom Mumbai Dehradun Express (19019) Arrival At 3.20 Pm Haridwar JnFrom Chennai Dehradun Express (12687) Arrival At 3.15 Am Haridwar JnBy Road: By road, Haridwar is well connected with major destinations of the country. Haridwar is located at 235 km from Delhi.  While NH 58 connects Haridwar with the country's capital - Delhi, NH 72 connects it with Uttarakhand state's capital - Dehradun.There is also good road connectivity between Haridwar and Rishikesh (25 km). There is regular bus service from Delhi for Haridwar from Delhi’s ISBT Kashmere Gate.

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    About the Activity:Fixed Departures in November and December of 2016, and January of 2017.Invoke in this exciting 6 days 5 nights exciting winter trekking expedition in Kuari Pass and get a chance to explore the enduring beauty of this region.Start your tour after getting driven Joshimath via Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnprayag and Nandprayag from Haridwar. Enjoy the mesmerizing view of the valleys and reach Joshimath.The next day, after enjoying a delicious breakfast drive to Auli, from where you will begin your trek, marvel at the sight of the Nanda Devi peak on your drive.Start trekking from Auli and en route cross the famous Bugyals (meadows) of Gorson witness the entire range of Nanda Devi sanctuary, along the Rishi Ganga.Hike through the lush green vegetation and rhododendron flowers with Mt. Nanda Devi Mt. Doonagiri and cover a distance of 6 kms.Camp for the night at the head of the Tali Top which lies on the North Face of Mt. Nanda Devi.Continue trekking to the Kuari pass and reach the top of the Khullar. Enjoy the magnificent views from this here and then trek to the top of the Kuari Pass.Marvel at the sight of the Nanda Devi sanctuary and the Bugyals as you descent from Auli thorugh the woods and the pastures.Reach Auli and then drive back to joshimath by a car while enjoying the stunning view of the region.Delight in  refreshing breakfast in the morning and then drive back to Haridwar.

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    About the Activity:Embark in this exciting trekking expedition in Kuari Pass and get a chance to explore the enduring beauty of this region.Arrive at Joshimath at anytime during the day and check into hotel with a introduction to your team in the evening.Start at around 7.00 AM and reach the Dhak village after covering a distance of 10 kms.Trek through the stunning feature of the Dhak at about 9.00 AM and pass the Karachi village .Hike through around 500 metres and pass through the Tugashi village wwhile enjoying the daily life of the people.Pass through the rocky terrain and reach the forest which offers a best view of the vast greenary.Hike to your campsite at Gulling and walk for about 4 kms and enjoy a delicious lunch.Reach Tali and start trekking through the jungles consisting of several patches of snow. reach Chritakantha and ascent the Kuari Pass after trekking for 4 kms.Beware of the ice as you trek as this can be very slippery and witness some of the most famous peaks Chaukhamba, Mt. Kamet, Neelkantha and Bharirath.Reach the highest altitude on this trek which is 3876 M is reached about 700 Meters before the Kuari Pass (3754 M). After spending some time at the pass we retrace on the same route to reach Tali by late afternoon.

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    About the Activity:Embrace this amazing hill station that is certainly a trekkers and skiers paradise! Auli is a stunning hill-station in the beautiful state of Uttarakhand which is gradually evolving as much more than just a beautiful hill station. Delight in the lush-greenery and soothing climate! camping in Auli opens doors to completely new-unforgettable experience. Enjoy the stunning amphitheater views of the colossal Himalayan ranges. Wake up to a beautiful sunrise and please in the stunning mountain glory of this paradise on earth. Trek through narrow pathways that will take you through beautiful trails providing you glimpses of spectacular Himalayan ranges including Nanda Devi Peak which is the second highest peak in India. Delight in the ‘Sleeping beauty mountain’ which bears a close resemblance to somebody sleeping while camping in Auli. Spend some quality time while sharing best moments of your excursion around a campfire with rest of the group members while camping in Auli. . Every opening in this nature’s abode open doors to a new and blissful scenery that will allure you with its charms.

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    About the Activity: Pangarchulla Peak Climb, Joshimath is one riveting trek that has been known for enticing trekkers from all over the world. One of the most fascinating thing about this unique trek is its well-rounded trail that provides you with a fun-filled trekking experience. Delight in this easy trek that provides you with bounties of natural beauty accompanying you throughout your journey. This stunning Pangarchulla Peak transforms from a lush green beauty in summers to a snow enveloped ground as soon as the winter approaches. An idyllic trek that assures you with a mesmerizing experience no matter which season you choose to travel – get ready for an exhilarating experience. Delight in the panoramic views of the surrounding Garhwal ranges while you make your way through rhododendron and Oak thickets. Take a break from the cobwebs of routine life and enthral in this perfect thrilling escapade. Enjoy the vivid flowers that adorn Pangarchulla Peak throughout the spring season- rivet in the experience of walking through a colourful paradise. Witness wide diversity of flora – delight in the blushing beauty of rhododendron and gigantic Oak thickets embracing this stunning peak. Make some wonderful memories with rest of the group members while enthralling in this gorgeous trekking experience to Pangarchulla Peak.   Meal Types: Vegetarian (From Dinner on Day 01 to Dinner on Day 05) Accommodation Types: Accommodation in Joshimath / Auli.  Guest house / Camp. Tents on triple sharing bases with all meals Transportation Types: Local Transport Activities: Trek to Tali, Trek to Bhakarabudhha base of Pangarchulla Peak, Camping at the base,  Climb Pangrchulla and back to Base Camp Difficulty Level: Easy 

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    About the Activity:Fixed Departure: 01-12-2016Join this six days long trek to Kuari pass near Khullar in Uttarakhand and then enjoy the complete trekking experience.Arrive at the base camp in Joshimath, feel calm with an overnight stay there and get prepared for the exhilarating trip to Chitrakhana the next day.Start the original trek from Chitrakantha to Tali top from where you will get an enhancing view of the mountain peaks.Reach Kuari pass via Khullar from Tali top, spend some magnificent time there and trek back to Tali top.On the fifth day, trek from Tali to Jshimath via Auli and your trekking trip ends there but you will be driven to Haridwar from Joshimath on the last day.This package includes food, accommodation and transportation during the trip.Starting Point: Haridwar Railway Station at 10:00 A.MEnding Point: Haridwar Railway Station at approximately 4:00 P.M

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    About the Activity:Enjoy this 6D/5N trekking tour to Pangarchulla peak near Khullara in Garhwal ranges.Reach Joshimath in the afternoon where you will meet your group mates for trekking and check in at the hotel, relax thinking about an eventful trekking.Start your journey from Joshimath around 07:00 AM next morning and then you will travel to Dhak village from where the invigorating trekking commences.Trek to reach Khullara, the campsite from Dhak village at 09:00 AM after breakfast and pass through many cedar forests and sights in between.En-route find the local lifestyle of mountain villages such as Karachi and Tugashi, also have a halt at Gulling to have lunch.Spend some time in Gulling and continue trekking to reach the campsite in Khullara which is covered by thick forests and chilled breeze will sooth your heart.Khullara to Gelgad is a short trek the next day and you will take rest for the whole day to wake up for a triumphant trekking the next morning.Start trekking around 04:00 AM to reach Pangarchulla peak to see the majestic sunrise and spend time in the serenity, then trek back to Khullara for camping.Enjoy the next day trek to Auli through beautiful Gorson Bugyal and you will reach Joshimath for an overnight stay.Checkout the guest house the next morning and then your trip ends.

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    About the Activity: Auli – the paradise for ski lovers awaits your presence. Enthral in this extreme level of adventure with friends and family for a completely ravishing experience. With its idyllic conditions and amicable environment, Auli, has earned the reputation of being one of the best skiing destinations in South Asia continent. Embark in this adventurous ride for a completely unparalleled experience! Take a break from the cobwebs of routine life and enthral in this perfect thrilling escapade. The sheer vertical drops provide you with ideal conditions for perfect skiing experience and amidst random trees makes your landing smooth. Delight in the serene calmness while enthralling in this thrilling adventure ride. Crowned on the pinnacle, the skiing ground is enveloped with thickets of snow further glorifying your experience here. For beginners – this is your chance to learn basics of skiing. Know more about the techniques required for standing, balancing while on skies. The trained professional will make sure about your safety and will assure you have the fun of your lifetime while embarking on this unparalleled experience of Skiing in Auli, 2016. Meal Types: Vegetarian (From Dinner on Day 01 to Dinner on Day 05) Accommodation Types: Accommodation in Joshimath / Auli.  Guest house / Camp. Tents on triple sharing bases with all meals Activities: Skiing and Skiing Lessons Difficulty Level: Easy – Moderate

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    About the Activity: Rivet in this enthralling Kuaripass North Face winter trek, Joshimath with friends and family for an unparalleled experience! Delight in the beautiful environs of this serene land as you make your way through winding trails. Enjoy the beautiful greenery and colossal mountain ranges accompanying you throughout your stay. Crowned at a soaring altitude of around 4264m, Kuari Top is best known for providing beautiful amphitheatre views of the surrounding Himalayan Ranges. Enjoy the magical skyline of the mighty mountains while trekking through this enchanting land. Witness luxuriant greenery as make your way through rhododendron and oak forests. Witness beautiful majestic Himalayan peaks such as the Kamet, Trishul, Chaukhamba and the great divine peak of Nanda Devi and its twin Nanda Devi East. Make your way through zig-zag trails and witness the virgin beauty of Kuaripass North Face winter trek with friends and family like never before! Meal Types: Vegetarian: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (3) Accommodation Types: Guest house / Camp, Tents on triple sharing bases Transportation Types: Local Transport Activities: Trek to Tugasi village Guling Camp side. Trek to Kuaripass and back to Guling Camp. Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

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Valley of Flowers Trek

Amongst all the exhilarating trekking in Uttaranchal or Uttarakhand, the trek to the Valley of Flowers is known to be the most enchanting and mesmeric. Discovered in 1931 by Frank Smith, a vivid botanist, explorer and mountaineer, the locals still believes the valley to be the abode of the angels and fairies.

The mystical and heavenly appearance, mesmeric beauty and the splendid outlook of the valley make it such.
Originating from Ghangria; on the foothills of the Western Himalayas, this fascinating trek comprises of rugged terrains, narrow passages, enticing views of the nearby peaks and steep climbs.

 Ascending the strenuous terrains, it takes around a few hours to reach the main valley and upon reaching the flat land, one should spend enough time exploring and witnessing the wonders of the nature.

Best season:
 Mid July to Mid August
Duration: 6 Days
Altitude: 3,600 m

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What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Joshimath

  • What are the activities that we can do in Joshimath?

    The holy town of Joshimath is one of the best hill stations in India offering a multitude of adventure activities you can engage yourself in:

    •    Trekking: Joshimath allows various summer as well as winter treks to nearby valleys. Most popular of them being in Govindghat- the Valley of Flowers trek that is merely 26 kms away from Joshimath. Other famous treks include Auli meadow, Kuari Pass, Hemkund Sahib, and Bagini Glacier.
    •    Camping: Camping accounts for another popular activity in Joshimath. Tents are available with an abundance of level ground in places like The Himalayan Abode and Auli which are close to nature and makes for a quality fun-filled adventure.
    •    Skiing: The Auli Ski Resort provides one of the greatest skiing tours in India. Both professionals and amateurs can enjoy the snow slopes during winters. Special certification courses of 4 days to 2 weeks are also available.
    •    Ropeways: The Auli Ropeway provides a panoramic view of the oak forests and Himalayas around. It is the second longest and highest ropeway in Asia.
    •    Festivals: The Auli Skiing Festival near Joshimath held every year during February/March projects the competition between skilled skiers from all over the world. Social projects presenting the rich legacy of Uttarakhand are also showcased.

  • Which are some famous camping sites in Joshimath?

    Base camps make for one of the most fun-filled adventures in Joshimath.

    •    The Himalayan Abode: The ideal destination for nature enthusiasts, it provides a wide range of facilities amid the scintillating views of the extensive Himalayan Ranges and narrow streams and rivers. Snowboarding, rappelling, yoga training and mountaineering are some of the other activities you can take part in apart from the mesmerizing night sky view and welcome drinks.
    •    Auli Adventure: Tranquil surroundings, jungle walks under starry skies, bonfires, deluxe tents, and buffet meals make for the amazing Himalayan Snow Runner adventure camp at Auli. Rafting, hiking, and biking are some of the additional activities offered.

  • Which are some famous winter treks in and around Joshimath?

    Some of the most favored winter treks in Joshimath include:

    •    Bagini Glacier Trek: The Bagini Glacier, towering 14816 feet above sea level, is situated in the Garhwal region of Himalayas. Amidst the raw natural beauty of the rare alpine flowers, fresh and clean air, serene atmosphere and crystal clear waters, it is the dream trail for every trekker.
    •       Winter Kuari Pass Trek: Winter’s icy spell of Kuari Pass works as a magnetic pull for Himalayan lovers. The divine snow peaks of Kamet, Chaukhamba, Trishul and Nanda Devi along with the sparse green meadows and ever-changing sky makes for the perfect trek thrills and skiing slopes.

  • Which are some famous summer treks in and around Joshimath?

    Summer treks with their fun-filled and colorful adventures include:

    •       Valley of Flowers: The striking dewy land with around 300 types of colorful flowers, carpet green landscape, and snow-capped hills make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must trekking experience.
    •       Pangarchulla Peak Trek: An idyllic trek packed with delightful views of the Garhwal ranges and blushing beauty of Oak thickets and rhododendron, it is ideal for beginners for an enthralling trek experience.

  • How long is Kuari Pass trek in Joshimath? How much time will it take to reach the top?

    Located in the Garhwal Himalayas, the Kuari Pass Trek starts from Rishikesh, about 256 kms from Joshimath, with an average elevation of 3650m.

    With an approximate trek of 50 km, it takes about 10 days in winter to reach the top.

  • Where can I enjoy skiing in Joshimath?

    Famous for its 3km long skiing slope, Auli is the favorite skiing destination in the Garhwal Himalayas and is located about 16 km from Joshimath. Sited 3000m above sea level, the potential of vast open spaces and sheer height of the snow-clad slopes provides the adrenaline rush to all ski enthusiasts- beginner or professional.

    Run by skilled instructors and professional supporting and cooking staff, Auli ski resorts offer the thrill of fresh powder snow and long distance skiing. The best time to visit is from January to April.

  • Which is the best time for Pangarchulla peak climbing in Joshimath?

    The best time to trek Pangarchulla Peak is in:

    •    Summers (May-June): The weather remains pleasing with cool breezes, and the Himalayas are noticeable.
    •    Post-monsoon (September-November): Though accommodation options are few, with the blissful snowfall and serenity around, it looks like paradise on earth.

  • Where can I experience ropeway in Joshimath and how much will it cost me?

    The Auli ropeway starts from Joshimath and ends at Auli and is the second highest ropeway in Asia with a height of 1110m. With 2 cable cars (locally called Gondola) and 10 towers, it covers a track distance of 4.15km and offers majestic and grandiose 180-degree views of the Himalayas.

    With a travel time of 25 minutes, tickets are priced at Rs 500 per person including the return journey. Kids above 5 years of age are charged fully.

  • Which are some famous temples in and around Joshimath?

    Primarily a sacred town and one of the top pilgrimage destinations, some of the famous temples of Joshimath are:

    •    Narsingh Temple: Dedicated to the Hindu God Narsingh, the half-man and half-lion are regarded as the 4th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple is about 12000 years old and is believed to have been the abode of Saint Shri Badrinath. With the famous Narsingh statue shrinking day-by-day, the local belief is that a major landslide would block the road towards Badrinath the day it falls.


    •    Vasudeva Temple: Situated about 30 yards away from the Narsingh Temple, it is one of the most popular Vishnu temples of North India and considered a supremely sacred temple by the Tamil Vaishnavite Saints. The presiding deity is Lord Vasudeva, identified with Lord Vishnu. The idol measures 6 feet in height and is carved out of a shiny black stone, making it a sculptural marvel to look at.

Traveller Tales From Joshimath


Pran Adiga

17 December 2015

Camping is something that was long forgotten after school. Recently, I happened to camp at Auli and it was the best thing ever. I had an amazing vacation. The camp was well organized and well managed. I really loved my vacation to the core. The best time to do camping here is in summer. It is a good vacation spot to take your children to.

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Kalinda Verma

28 July 2015

i had always heard of places like manali and ladakh but this place was no lesser than heaven, we had camped in a valley beside a river and the view was so beautiful i cannot express in few words. Snow covered mountains all around and the cool flowing river covered with rich vegetation . it is one of the best place in India.

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Suryakanta Patil

20 October 2015

Uttrrakhand is the perfect destination for trekkers and skiers like me, And Auli is a stunning hill-station and quite challenging as well.Plus its a chilly and moderate difficulty level trek.

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Anshula Bharadwaj

16 October 2015

Beautiful place, lovely weather and amazing people to be around with. This camping experience was something that we enjoyed a lot and we wish we could have done this for a longer time.

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Chandraketu Bharadwaj

13 September 2015

I think Auli is the most suitable site for photographers especially, there are location which will catch your eyes attraction, its so nice to see the amazing panoaromic views from the peak.We reached Auli from Joshimath by taking an enchanting 3 km ride on the world's most highly situated and longest ropeway . This holiday spot is a delight for winter sports enthusiasts where the adventure Sports in the Indian outdoors, bring out a great sense of challenge and excitement. Awesome Place to visit.


Ganak Bhattacharya

08 December 2015

Camping is awesome. Camping is fun! At Uttarakhand, Auli camping is pretty famous and lots of fun. I recently visited this place along with a couple of other places and took this camping deal. It was an amazing steal. The food could have been far better for the rates charged. Otherwise, a nice camp that was very much enjoyable and fun.

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Chandani Achari

23 December 2015

This was a truly amazing experience and i got the chance to camp in one of our most favourite spot. It was so lovely the view was and the folks we met there were also really nice! Overall it was a great experience for me and my group.Totally refreshed we feel after this trip.Amazing place.

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Vasudeva Shah

28 December 2015

it was so chilly and you are completely covered with the snowy mountain. i even got to learn the skiing..well it was too difficult if you are just a beginner but it was amazing.

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Trilochan Varrier

12 December 2015

I got lucky enough to get tickets to go here for a low rate and this place was really beautiful and I am guessing it is still one of those few places in India that people still do not know much about. Liked the ambience a lot and we wish we could have been here for longer. Good place to go for a college hangout.

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