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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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Pangarchulla Peak Climb, Joshimath 7D 6N ₹ 10800 4.0 star View Details
Kuari Pass Trek For 6 Days 6D 5N ₹ 7900 3.0 star View Details
Winter Kuari Pass Trek 6D 5N ₹ 9500 4.0 star View Details
Auli Skiing Tour, Uttarakhand 2019 3D 2N ₹ 7500 4.0 star View Details
Winter Trekking in Kuari Pass 3D 2N ₹ 7255 4.0 star View Details
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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 tre...

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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 undul...

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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 gettin...

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    About Skiing in Auli: A paradise for the avid skier, Auli is located in Garhwal Himalayas, about 250km away from Rishikesh and can be easily accessed by a 3.5km long cable car to Joshimath that offers panoramic views of peaks Nanda Devi, Kamet, and Dronagiri. Auli off...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 exhi...

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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 journ...

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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 reputat...

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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...

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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

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One of earliest maths (temples ) created by Adi Shankaracharya, Joshimath is also known at Jyotirmath and is a common destination for both devotees and adventurers amongst places to visit in Auli. The biggest draw to this peaceful abode is that it is the gateway to Badrinath Temple and Hem Kund and the starting point for man treks in the Garhwal Himalayas. 

Joshimath is best known as the place sanctified by the presence of devotees and enlivened by the spirits of thousands of trekkers who come here each year. The destination is perched at a height of 1,890m above sea level and is sited in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. What’s more? It is also the confluence of the mighty Dhauliganga and Alaknanda Rivers at Vishnuprayag. 

The view of the tall, towering and majestic mountains while these rivers giggle at your feet is truly marvelous and unforgettable.

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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. ...

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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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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 ...

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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 A...


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 grea...

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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 a...

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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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Chakor Iyengar

17 May 2016

It was a delightful trip for us in the lush-greenery and soothing climate. camping in Auli opens will give you new-unforgettable experience.The stunning views of the colossal Himalayan ranges, the beau...

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What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Joshimath

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.