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Trip Starting From: Haridwar
About the Destinations:
Kuari Pass is situated in Garhwal Himalayas. used extensively by the local shepherds, exploring this route is one of the richest manners to get a full view of the splendid Himalayas. Their imposing and scenic presence can be witnessed from atop Kuari, which literally means “a getaway”.
Originating in Joshimath, a meeting point for many a religious pilgrimage, the path gives you a brief stopover at Devaprayag, before it gradually ascends to take you to heights that end with a mesmerising view of the Nanda Devi summit in all its glory. Replete with tributaries of the Ganges, dense mountain forests, and a fleeting interaction with local life, Kuari Pass trekking can be best enjoyed during winter months.
Total Trekking Distance: 33km
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
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 : 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
All right, you are a first timer. You have come into an exciting and fun filled place. Kuari Pass Trek is situated in Garwhal Himalayas and this route will pave the way for exploring the gigantic Himalayas in a splendid manner. As a first timer, the fear factor will be huge. But instead, after getting inside the trip, you would be forgetting that you have feared once to get into this. It is easy, and this will boost up your enthusiasm to go on trekking for various places. 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?
Be well prepared and carry the following: A Backpack (min 60 Ltrs) with rain cover, appropriate clothing, Comfortable shoes, and woolen jackets to keep warm.
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. Also don’t try to bring the drinks and packets of smoke hidden in your baggage.
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.
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