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Kuari Pass is an easy trek, but challenging nonetheless. The first 2 days of the trek were like a walk in the park. The challenge mounted on the 3rd da...
Thought to be a easy trek in the beginning but it became challenging as we kept acenting. One of the best trek for scenic beauty. The trek wouldn't be...
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Discovered by Lord Curzon during the Bristish Raj in India, the Kuari Pass Trek in the Garhwal Himalayan Range originates from Joshimath in Chamoli. The hike to the Kuari Pass route is one of the most enthralling treks in this range and is known for the panoramic views and challenges it offers.
From the pass, one can enjoy the captivating views of other scenic ranges like Kamet (7,756m), Trishul (7,120m), Chakhamba (7,128m), Nanda Devi (7,817) and its twin Nanda Devi East (7,434m). Also known as the 'Curzon Trail', this trail takes you through the confluence of several brooks, scenic Oak and Deodar forests, verdant meadows or ‘Bugyals’ and rhododendrons. On some occasion, you can also come across the footprints of the rare Himalayan Bear or Leopard.
This snow-clad Kuari pass winter trek also takes one through other passes- the Vinayak Pass, Tali Top and the Kuari peak. As you are traversing through this Curzon trek, also get a chance to feast your eyes with one of the most mesmerizing snow skiing tourism destination in India, Auli, the best time to visit is in December and January.
Temperature: December to March day time 11C to 4C and night -2C to -8C. Wind chill, freezing climate with snow fall.
Drive from Haridwar - Joshimath (265km/6 Hours Drive)
Arrive at Haridwar and drive up to Joshimath through the confluence points of rivers namely, Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Karnprayag covering a total of around 265km. Relish scrumptious breakfast and lunch on the way to Joshimath and upon arrival at the destination, check-in into the GMVN rest house for an overnight stay.
Drive from Joshimath - Dhak (12km), Trek from Dhak - Chitrakhana
After a filling morning meal, drive off 12km to Dhak Village after which you can embark on a 6km trek down to Chitrakhana and mark the beginning of your trek. Kuari Pass Trek route will take you through dry rugged terrain towards Tugasi Village where you can pack Lunch. After arriving Chitrakhana, dinner and overnight stay will be arranged in the campsite.
Trek from Chitrakhana - Tali Top (6km)
The next day entails a trek of 6km through rich natural foliage and Rhododendrons with the Mt. Nanda Devi posing as a majestic backdrop. With the passage taking you through alpine thickets to reach Tali top, this trek is invigorating to state the least. Spend your night camping in tents.
Trek from Tali Top - Khullar, Khullar - Kuari Pass, Kauri Pass to Tali (15kmTrek)
On the fourth day of the Kuari Pass Trekking, start with a one hour gradual trek to Khullar. Hereafter, start trekking through the high snow clad areas to reach the Kauri Pass. On arrival at the pass, you can feel the chilling touches of the snow-wind and witness some of the best panoramic views. After spending some of the pleasant moments at the pass, start trekking back to the base camp; dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Trek from Tali – Joshimath (8km)
Start the day with a proper meal and then set off for a trekking journey through the meadows or ‘bugyals’ of Gurson. During this hike, enjoy the panorama of the trail that heads to the Nanda Devi along with Rishi Ganga. Descend down to Auli and arrive at a car that will take you to Joshimath; overnight stay in Joshimath.
Drive from Joshimath to Haridwar
Rising up early morning, savour on a delicious breakfast. Post this; you will be driven back to Haridwar. With your arrival in Haridwar, this fascinating Kuari Pass Trek will come to an end.
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Rated : 5.0
Kuari Pass is an easy trek, but challenging nonetheless. The first 2 days of the trek were like a walk in the park. The challenge mounted on the 3rd day, the day of Kuari Pass, when one needs to trek in knee-deep snow. Our Crew was amazing and very hospitable. Our guide made the whole trip very adventurous. He taught us snow sliding, finding routes, spotting peaks, and identifying clean streams of water. I was never bored with his narration of folklore. A warm and adventurous personality! We had the best cooks! The food they served us in the mountains was better than the food in the best restaurant in Joshimath. And they were very conscientious of the food they made. Changing the menu as per the requirements of the day, so that we are fresh and active all the time! Thank you Manish and Sohan :) I cannot recommend this trek enough. Astounding and humbling views, fresh air, face off with the elements of nature and a life altering experience!
Rated : 5.0
Thought to be a easy trek in the beginning but it became challenging as we kept acenting. One of the best trek for scenic beauty. The trek wouldn't be easy without proper support of staff. Food was truly delicious and nutritious. Cant expect such amazing tasty food even at ground level. Trek leader had well Knowledge of Pass, nearby peaks and basic medicines. All the arrangements from very beginning to the end was all perfect. Just a recommendation to the crew to carry extra sleeping bag and a tent. Crew was more like a friend and family then just a crew. It is truly said that distance is best measure in friends rather than miles. A lifetime remembering experience....:-)
Rated : 5.0
Caring crew!! Tasty food!! Awesome hospitality!! Super cool experience!! Worth every cent !! A must visit !!
Rated : 5.0
Kuari Pass Trekking is one of the very beautiful winter treks to take. I always had this in my mind, but I had no idea how to proceed forward with it. And, finally, when I did proceed forward with it, using the tour pack, I was indeed so happy and satisfied. It was a well-executed trip. One must be well-equipped to the climatic changes and such. I personally had a really great time with the trip here and I am so happy about it. The food, the guides, the itinerary were all good.
Rated : 5.0
Kuari Pass trekking was something that I thought would never do myself. I have read all the fancy tales and I was wondering when I would get a chance like this to do. Thanks to this team of organizers, they made it all so easy. As I had been trekking for past few years, the trek seemed quite moderate. The weather was cold and good. Also, the food provided at the camp was nice for a trek. Also, the trek leader guy involved all of us in organizing and moving forward in the trek that we felt involved and motivated.
Rated : 5.0
A lovely trek: Himalayan treks are tedious. May be that is why we call tough tasks as Himalayan tasks. While the trek was challenging, it was nevertheless very lovely. We had a really great time. I personally loved the whole experience. It was nice to eyes and tough on legs. Ha! Overall, enjoyed.
Rated : 5.0
Our trip started from Haridwar from where drove to Joshimath. In between we had seen confluence of rivers which was amazing. Our trekking expedition started from day 2 from Dhak village. 4th day trek was very challenging as we trekked for 15 kms to Kauri Pass. Camping arrangement for very good and sleeping were of good quality. Terrain is tough so make sure you carry good trekking shoes.
Rated : 5.0
I had a nice time during the Kuari Pass trekking. This trekking was a lot of fun and it was very interesting. Also, the camping done was very relaxing and rejuvenating in between. It was planned trek and our trek leader was amazing. He made sure that we are enjoying the trek and shared lot of his trekking stories with us.
Rated : 4.0
We are a group of 5 without prior trekking experience. Although it's rated as an easy trek, I assume its moderate difficulty. By the end of the first day we get to see snow here and there and on the third day, all we could see is just snow. You will get to trek in woods, snow and on the verge of valleys. We got to see a frozen lake which is completely surrounded by mountain ranges, it's just a breathtaking view that you could never forget. We made to the top of Kuari Pass on the 3rd day. The journey involves trekking at 2-3 feet snow. While trekking the downhill, it's pointless to count the number of times you slipped (although you will enjoy it!). Overall, it will be an amazing winter trek. If this is your first trek, I would recommend being positive on stretching your limits and not to mention get all possible medicines along with you. Cheers :)
Rated : 4.0
If you are looking to trek at Uttarakhand, then this is it. This trek is not as tedious as the other treks in this area, but it is quite tricky for beginners.
What is the best time to go?
From April to mid June. Not during the monsoons. There are flash floods and landslides during that time. Monsoons start around July. You can also visit this trek during November to February to witness and indulge in snowfall.
What is the level of fitness expected from the participants? Is there a minimum age?
You need to be in good physical condition before the start of the trek. You should be able to jog 4.5 kms in 30 minutes to make your lungs strong to bear the high altitudes. Minimum age for this trek is 12 years.
I am a first timer. Should I go for Kuari Pass trek?
The Kuari Pass Trek is an enthralling experience for first timers. A guide and trekking head will be there throughout for hands on guidance and help at any point of the trek.
Which type of shoes should I buy/carry?
Good quality and sturdy trekking shoes that cover your ankles. Refrain from usong sport shoes for your own safety and the trails are uneven and tricky hence requiring good grip trekking shoes. If you are buying new shoes for your trek, please remember to use them for at least a month before you commence your holiday.
Will there be porters available to carry my luggage?
Porters and mules will be available at an extra cost, please take the time to inform us a week in advance so we can arrange these facilities for you.
What clothes and equipment should I carry?
Make sure to carry warm and comfortable clothing as temperature can drop, pack good quality trekking shoes, slippers and extra pair of socks. It’s advisable to carry sunscreen lotion or any other skin moisturisers as the sun at the top can be harsh. Water bottles and energy bars/snacks are advisable. A Flashlight (with spare batteries) will help once the sun goes down and it’s always smart to carry insect repellent and emergency medical kit.
Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?
No, consumption of these substances are strictly prohibited.
Will food and safe drinking water be provided during this trek?
All your meals are included in this trek. You will be served Indian vegetarian food and eggs during this trek. Himalayan water is considered a clean and mineral water but to be on the safe side you will get boiled water with chlorine tablets.
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