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It was a good and satisfactory trek. While initially we had some issues with finding the place, getting to know others and stuff, once the trek started...
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 ...
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About the Kuari Pass Trek:
Kuari Pass trek for six days would enable you to witness the holy destinations in the Himalayas and it starts once you reach Haridwar and then the drive to Joshimath will be a beautiful one showcasing the pilgrim spots located at different places. Devprayag, Bhagirathi and Alakananda confluence, and Joshimath will take you to the enthralling moments with their unbeatable naturalness.
Chitrakantha and Chaukhamba will be arranging the most exotic sights to surprise you with their enjoyable serenity and the valuable views of the Himalayas from the summits. Leaving Chitrakantha to reach the Tali Top will be a difficult one but what are waiting for you atop Tali will definitely let your hearts bewitched. Lush meadows and well-defined tracks can be clearly seen from Tapovan and staying in the middle of alpine meadows would soothe your heart surely.
Nanda Devi Peak, Rishi Ganga River, and the views of the mighty Himalayas from Kuari Pass will be stuck to your heart forever. The chilling wind at the top has something special always to drag you to the unending charm of the place and let you remain in a heaven like feeling for a while. When you come to Auli, you get a separate invitation as it is the best destination for skiing and the serenity has a lot to do here. The trek to Kuari Pass winds up at Haridwar after you reach there via Joshimath, the same route you took to reach Kuari Pass top.
About the Destination:
Kuari Pass, a place with a lot of mesmerizing sights to relish is situated in Garhwal Himalayas. If you are a beginner in treks, then Kuari Pass trek would be the right step to start with. On the route, you will find numerous beautiful forests which are really old with blooming rhododendron and oak trees. There is an interlude of meadows which gives the forest entry so beautiful every time. The region is used extensively by the local shepherds, and it is a great activity to explore one of the richest meadows in the Himalayas to get a full view of the splendid snow-clad peaks. Their imposing and scenic presence can be witnessed from atop Kuari, which literally means “a getaway”.
The mountain views coming to your from the first day of the trek are the major attraction about Kauri Pass trek. Mount Nanda Devi, Dronagiri and some other peaks are the first ones visible and as you climb more, the array of several mountains will come to welcome you. It is always a splendid sight to gaze at the sky with the mountains touching the clouds every other time.
The campsites are also a pleasing inclusion every trekking expedition to Kuari Pass has. After each day’s trek, the camping will be the time which lets you get refreshed and prepare for the next day’s expedition. The Chitrakantha campsite amidst the thick forest or the Khullara campsite letting watch you the peaks rising in the background will be equally suitable to have a rejuvenating stay while Kuari Pass trek is processing.
Trip Starting From: Haridwar
Temperature: Day: 13°C to 18°C and Night: -3°C to 4°C
Trekking Distance: 33 km
Maximum Altitude: 12,516 ft
Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate
Railway Station: Haridwar is the nearest railway station
Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
ATM: ATMs are there in Joshimath.
Uphill Picturesque Drive, Devaprayag, Confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda
Around 6am, assemble at Haridwar Railway Station. Begin a long distance, uphill drive from Haridwar to Joshimath. Along the way, stopover at Devaprayag, to witness the holy confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda Rivers to form the River Ganges. Arrive at Joshimath. You’ve the choice of overnight stay in tents/ a local guesthouse/ home stay.
Chitrakantha Peak (3,310m), Chaukhamba (7,138m), Oak and Rhododenron Forest, Local Life
Today begins with a short 12km drive to Dhak Village, which is the start point of the trek. The meandering trail from here has gradual ascents and several shepherd trails. Take a look down below to watch the Dhauli Ganga River force its way to the nearby hydro power plant. Follow the trail to cross dense forests of oak, deodar, and rhododendrons.
At the end of the descent is Chitrakantha, your first campsite. This is an impressive snow-capped ridge with views of the Chaukhamba peak. Replenish water supply from a nearby stream. Pitch tents. Retire for the day.
Mountain Forests, Alpine Meadows
Start your day early with warm up exercises followed by a wholesome breakfast. Today, you’ll trek for 6km to scale heights up to 3,500m. An interesting and magnificent trail taking you through dense mountain forests filled with rhododendrons, spruce, and silver birch before reaching a prominent ridge.
An uphill trek for around 3km opens to lush meadows where you’ll find well defined tracks from a place called Tapovan. Camp in alpine meadows at the end of Tali Top.
Nanda Devi Peak (7,816m), Himalayan Vistas, Rishi Ganga River
This is a strenuous day. With a long distance trek ahead of you with gradual ascend leading to Khullar Top. To completely savour the unbelievable views of the imposing Himalayas, you’ll traverse over snow-filled patches to arrive at Kuari Pass. Gushing chill top winds greet you here. But the adversity is barely a hindrance for the view of the towering Nanda Devi Peak from here is truly phenomenal.
Surrounded by what seems like an unending wall of mountains, find the Rishi Ganga River force its way out from the only available outlet to meet River Alaknanda. Spend quality time here. Prepare for a return trek to Tali Top along the same path. Savour campfire and savoury dinner by the campsite.
Skiing destination Auli, Rishi Ganga River
Dig into breakfast early in the morning after a round of routine exercises. Follow the downhill trail alongside Rishi Ganga River. Arrive at a motorable road and board vehicle to reach Joshimath.
Along the way pass by Auli, a popular hill station and skiing destination. During winter months, you could also opt for a skiing experience here. Overnight stay at Joshimath.
Trip ends here
Leave Joshimath early for your return journey home from Haridwar. This will be the last leg of your trip to the mountains. Take along a large pile of unforgettable memories in this Kuari Pass Trek.
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Rated : 4.0
It was a good and satisfactory trek. While initially we had some issues with finding the place, getting to know others and stuff, once the trek started, it was very beautiful and just the best. I am so glad that we took this trek.
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 : 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
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 : 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
Kuari Pass Trek via Auli was an interesting and a nice trek. This is one of the easy treks to take. I am not sure if I would have done this trek with such ease as a first timer, but now that I have been into constant trekking, I guess this is a fun and nice trek. The beauty of the trek surroundings is so lovely that words won’t suffice.
Rated : 5.0
The Kuari Pass trek started after we were driven to Dhak village by our trek guides. From there, we started hiking through dense forests, snowy trails and lot more and reached the Chitrakantha camp. The tents for our overnight stay were of very good quality and we got the required break and rest in them. Following this, the third, fourth and fifth day also followed the same routine: trek and rest. The overall experience was really fascinating and One must go for this atleast once.
Rated : 5.0
All the days were equally exciting and there were lot of options to enjoy the beauty of nature during the Kuari Pass trek. The guides and instructors helped our group throughout the trek with all their energies. The Kuari Pass route was also not so challenging and with our guide's help and suggestion we completed the entire trek on an exciting note. Thanks team; great job!
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.
What is the best time to go for Kuari Pass Trek?
From April to mid June. Not during the monsoons. There are flash floods and landslides during that time. Monsoons start around July.
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'm a first timer. Should I go for Kuari Pass trek?
Kuari Pass Trek is situated in Garwhal Himalayas and this route will pave the way for exploring the gigantic Himalayas in a splendid manner. It is a easy to moderate level trek and as a first time trekker you can definetly go on this trek.The beauty of the surroundings and clean air would get you on the top and your expression will be priceless.
Which type of shoes should I carry?
Please avoid your formal shoes, which you would get to your work every day. It is trekking and the shoes that are demanded here are totally different. At the same time, you should also avoid the sport shoes which has the spikes at the bottom. In the intervene, there are some shoes, which are comfortable for trekking as it would help you to have a nice grip and ankle support. But make sure, it is comfortable. Uncomfortable shoes can damage your experience. Forclaz shoes 100 or 500 is recommended for people coming for Kuari Pass Trek.
Will there be porters to carry my luggage?
Yes, at an extra cost.
What clothing or equipment do we need to carry from our side?
Carry jeans or trekking pants, shirts or T shirts, windproof jackets, warm and thick fleece, woolen sweater, thermal inner wear, socks, scarfs, woolen gloves etc as clothing essentials to prevent the spine chilling cold weather at Kuari Pass. Comfortable trekking shoes, lightweight floater or sandals, raincoat, water bottle, caps and hats, sun glasses, torch, medicines, personal toiletries, comfortable backpack bag, waterproof covers or bags etc can be the essential equipment you can carry from your side.
Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?
As we are in trekking, the control is much obvious here. One should have a sound mindset to make through the difficult forest phase and there would be blind curves while in the trek. Making use of smoke and alcohol will seriously damage the overall function of the body to lose control and you may face some serious consequences. So, while you are in the Kuari Pass Trek, smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited.
Will food and water be provided?
You need energy for walking. You need damn good energy to focus on the way you are travelling. So, the essentials like water and food are provided sufficiently to help for the continuous journey in the trek. At the same time, it is not provided so much that you would feel sleepy. While you are walking long way in the trek, these things are essential and are not denied to the people who are in need of it. So be happy.
How difficult is the Kuari Pass trek?
Kuari Pass trek is an easy-moderate one and hence anyone without a prior experience can also take part in this trek. The highest point you will reach with the trek is 12516 feet through an average temperature of around 13-18 degree Celsius during day time and -3 to -4 degree Celsius at night time. A lot of beginners and children beyond the age limit of eight come to do this trek.
Is diamox is advisable on Kuari Pass trek?
Yes, Diamox is an essential medicine to be carried with you to prevent from falling sick due to the change in altitude. You will be reaching a height of about 12500 feet on this Kuari Pass trek and having Diamox handy will help you to avoid the uneasiness happens due to acute mountain sickness. 10-12 tablets should be there with you as each day, you will climb more distances to experience a drastic climatic variations.
I am the only girl in the Kuari pass trek, is it safe?
Sure. Security of girls is the primary important factor for our tour agency and almost all the treks will have solo woman traveler from different parts of the world. All the treks will have a friendly environment with people who are ready to help each other. The guides and the supporters are selected carefully by the crew members and hence there is nothing to worry about safety and security.
Will there be snow on this trek?
December to April is the winter season when the entire region near Kuari Pass will be covered by thick snow cover. The cold climate will be making the trek somewhat challenging at some points. In April, the snow cover will be at the campsites or may be at the Pass only and these are varying each year according to the snow fall.
Is there mobile network on this trek?
You will get network connection of most of the companies at Auli and at Gorson Bugyal, you will be able to get connection of BSNL, Aritel and Vodafone, generally. But at the top of the Pass, there will be no chance to get any connection though at times, intermittent signal comes and goes. Complete the calls at Auli for informing your anxious family that you will be going to the top of the peak and phone connection will not be there
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