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Ahilya Bhat

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.

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Aryan Menon

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.

Overview

Fixed departure dates to join a group are 

December:24,25,27,30
January: 6,13,20,27
February: 3,10,17,24

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.

About the 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.

Quick Facts:

Trip Starting From: Haridwar

Temperature:  Day: 13°C-18°C and Night: -3°C-4°C

Trekking Distance:  33km

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.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Road journey from Haridwar to Joshimath. Overnight stay at Joshimath. (Drive/ 260km 10hrs)

    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.

  • Day 2 - Drive from Joshimath to Chitrakantha. Trek begins. (Drive to Dhak Village 12km/ 1hr) (Chitrkantha trek 6km/ 4hrs)

    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.

  • Day 3 - Trek from Chitrakantha to Tali Top (Trek 6km)

    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.

  • Day 4 - Trek from Tali Top to Kuari Pass via Khullar, Trek back to 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.

  • Day 5 - Trek from Tali to Joshimath via Auli

    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.

  • Day 6 - End of journey. Drive from Joshimath to Haridwar

    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.

Stay

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  • Guesthouse

Meal

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  • Nutritious Veg. Meals during the trek

Activity

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  • Trekking
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  • Camping

Other Inclusions

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  • Accommodation (camping during trek)
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  • Guest House Stay in Joshimath
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  • Veg meals while on trek
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  • Trekking equipment(Tents, Sleeping bags)
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  • Necessary permits
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  • First aid medical kits
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  • Qualified and experienced trek leader, guide, and support staff.

Transport

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  • Transportation from Haridwar (start) to Haridwar (end) can be availed at an extra cost

Things To Carry

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  • Backpack (min 60 Ltrs) with rain cover
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  • Trekking Shoes (Forclaz 100, 500 recommended)
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  • 2 pairs of full sleeve shirts/T-shirts and track Pants
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  • 2 pairs of cotton socks. 3 pairs of woollen socks
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  • 1 full sleeves sweater or fleece jacket (preferable)
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  • One jacket
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  • Thermal inners - 1 Pair
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  • 1 pair gloves.
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  • Sun cap
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  • One scarf
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  • Light towel
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  • Lip balm
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  • Cold cream and sun screen (SPF 40+)
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  • Water bottle 1 Lt
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  • Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
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  • Personal toilet kit and toilet paper
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  • Personal medicine kit
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  • Dark sunglasses (U/V protected)
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  • Walking stick (one)

Advisory

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  • This package has two variation. The one with transport includes a pick and drop from Haridwar to Joshimath and then back to Haridwar, Joshimath is the start point of the trek. The one without transport, Trekker have to reach Joshimath on his own .
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  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
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  • Pay heed to the trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience.
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  • Do not consume alcohol or any other intoxicants during the trek.
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  • Avoid trekking during the nights.
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  • Before undertaking the trek, consult a physician.
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  • Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the trek.
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  • The trek takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.
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  • This trip has two variants with transport and without transport.

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-30 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

Refund Policy

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

Confirmation Policy

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.
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    Story by Ahilya Bhat

     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.

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    Story by Aryan Menon

     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.

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    Story by Dakshayani Dhawan

     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!

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    Story by Shashi Iyengar

     Rated : 4.0

    The trek was great. The bird’s eye view from the trek top was WOW! That moment all the leg pain, feet swelling, etc. seemed worthy. The trek was awesome, and the whole trip was enjoyable. Of course, it is not a trip if it had no hassles, right? We had our fair share of hassles during the trip, but that being said, the trek was awesome to say the least. I personally would recommend this trek to all the trekking freaks.

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    Story by Kin Naik

     Rated : 4.0

    Kuari Pass trekking was always a part of Uttarakhand that has fascinated me. I had actually planned to go to Nainital but instead of going to touristy places, I decided to do something offbeat. So! The obvious choice was going on the net and thanks to the awesome help and facilitation by the guys at Thrillophilia, I was able to book this trek. I haven’t regretted a single moment that I spent there. Awesome experience!

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    Story by Rajendra Reddy

     Rated : 4.0

    I could write and write and yet not do justice to the beauty that we saw whilst on the trek! Everything was perfectly organized by the people at the tour and perfectly facilitated by Thrillophilia,and helpful even about the smallest of details. Excellent organizational skills and logistics. The best part was that the leaders slowed down for us everytime we needed them to, without affecting the rest of the group.

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    Story by Akash pant

     Rated : 5.0

    Trekking to the Kuari Pass was like a dream come true for our entire group. Being students, we didn't had enough budget and so had to do a lot of research on the trek. Finally got it booked with Thrillophilia and things got sorted out so easily. Talking about the trek, it was a brilliant experience all through. Nice trails, stunning views all around and easy climbs. At times, though the challenged got high, but it was expected as we were a fresh bunch of trekkers.

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    Story by Tanirika Adiga

     Rated : 5.0

    Booking the Kuari Pass trek was a big time headache for us as we already had a bad experience of trekking in Uttarakhand. Luckily, this time we got one of the best facilitators and started the trek smoothly. The weather was good and clear and we were able to enjoy the wonderful views all around. Talking about the terrains, they were not so harsh and requires a bit of expert guide and instruction. It was a great experience this time. Hope to do more of this kind of trek in Uttarakhand.

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    Story by Dwaipayana Naik

     Rated : 5.0

    First of all, I'm really thankful to the trek guides and the entire staff for arranging the Kuari Pass winter trek with such an ease and enthusiasm. Really, every moment spent in this trek was so amazing and a pure dose of excitement. From the second day to the last day (fifth) of the trek, we had a great deal of fun. The entire expedition was easy. However at certain places, you might find a bit of challenges but they can be overcome easily if you stick to rules laid by the trek guides.

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    Story by Bhagvan Varman

     Rated : 5.0

    After starting the trek from Dhak to Chitraknatha, the real experience of your Kuari Pass trek itinerary will engulf you. The views of the rivers, dense forests and the sky-kissing peaks were really great. Following this, on the third day we trekked to Tali Top and finally to the Kuari Pass on the fourth day. This part was quite challenging as the terrains were pretty tricky. Over all, the Kuari Pass trek was a great experience for me and our entire group.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. Will there be porters to carry my luggage?

      Yes, at an extra cost.

    6. 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.

    7. 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.

    8. 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.

    9. 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.

    10. 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.

    11. I am the only girl in the Kuari pass trek, is it safe?

      Sure. Security of girls is the primary important factor for every 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.

    12. 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.

    13. 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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