Kuari Pass Trek
- 6 Days
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- Easy Moderate
- 12500 ft
- -2 to 6°C
- BSNL, Airtel, Vodafone till Auli and Gorsonbugyal
If you dream of trekking the Himalayas, and are looking for something slightly on the easier side Kauri pass is the trek meant for you!
It is an easy-moderate trek and the sheer tranquility of the mountain ranges is sure to overwhelm you. The trek includes walking through ancient forest trails, witnessing the snowcapped mountains up close, trekking to an elevated Tali lake and living amidst the pristine wilderness in outstanding campsites.
However, the scarcity of water during this trek can be challenging. Considering it as you most prized possession, you will have to be resourceful and economic in its usage.
Outstanding view of Himalayas
This trek is one of its kinds owing to its grand views of great mountains in isolation. Imagine walking on the meadows and across the valleys, you see Mt. Dronagiri, Mt. Neelkhanth, Mt Haathi Ghoda, simply standing there to take your breath away.
The grand experience this trek holds in store for you is something you can enjoy solo or with your family and friends and even your kids!
The experience you shall gain after this trek is sure to stay with you forever, because of the variety of adventure it offers. With all the benefits of a high-altitude trek, this trek can be done any time of the year barring the monsoons of course.
Hey, this isn’t for everyone
This trek is apt for someone who likes to overload on adrenaline and yearns to get lost into the wide green yonder of the Rhedrondrone going through ice snow as if they were guardian elements.
It’s preferable if you’ve fresher or already had your fair share of trekking in the Himalayas or other mountains. Also, physical fitness and agility goes hand in hand with the trek as it falls under the above average Difficulty category. On paper, it is the minimum required age is 8 to 9 years.
Day 1: Haridwar to Joshimat (12 hr drive; discovery hike will arrange the pickup from Haridwar railway station at 6.30 am)
Day 2: Joshimat (6900ft) to Gulling (9800ft) via Dhak 7km,
Day 3: Gulling (9800ft) to Khullara (10400ft), 6km
Day 4: Kullara (10400ft) to Tali Lake (11030ft) via kauri pass (12500ft), 11 km
Day 5: Tali Lake (110300ft) to Joshimat (8600 ft), 6km
Day 6: Joshimat to Haridwar (Departure day)
NOTE: stay will be in 3 men tent in all the days except joshimat
Day 1: Haridwar to Joshimath
Estimation time of completion: 10 hrs drive
Estimation distance of drive: 243km
Tip: get ready to make memory
Our trek starts at Joshimath. We get there from Haridwar by taking a scenic drive. The drive is consistently alongside Alaknanda River – an important tributary to the Ganga. The road is marked by high mountains and the valleys of Garhwal which make the passing view absolutely stunning.
Day 2: Joshimath (6900ft) to Guling (9800ft)
Estimation time of completion: 6 hrs
Estimation distance of trek: 6 – 7 km
Tip: carry sufficient water at least 2 liters or refill from the small villages pass by your way
Once we are at Joshimath, we now have to get to Guling. We drive to Dhak which will take a good part of an hour. Once at Dhak, we take the dirt trail leading to Tugasi Village off the main road.
Even during the winter season, there is very less or almost no snowfall which makes these mountain ridges quite plain. During this climb to Guling, you will see the Dhauli Ganga River passing. The trail is well maintained and raised into a continuous elevation. After about 20 minutes, you will find a rain shelter pointing out that you are now close to the Kharchi Village. At this pointer, i.e. the rain shelter, we take a sharp right.
Upon noticing the valley on your left, you will know you are on the right path. Do enjoy the view of the valley in all its glory. As we continue for the next 45 mins on a path which is well defined by its hairpin bends, we will come upon Lower Tugasi. We then take the road past the flour mills and then turn a left to ascent on to Upper Tugasi.
The path again here is made of multiple switchbacks or hairpin bends. At this point, you will notice multiple fields of wheat, poppy and beautiful flowers. Adding to this beauty are the various streams that you will pass through. These are utilized by the water-based flour mills in Tugasi hence cannot be potable.
We should be at Upper Tugasi in less than 2.5 hours and the path is only going to get steep. While we pass through various small villages at regular intervals, you will notice Dronagiri in the far-off mountains. After 20 more minutes of climbing to cross the last village on the trail, you will find a water source near the last hut of the village has potable water that you can use to replenish your canteens.
Getting to Guling after a small break should take us fair bit of climbing for the next two hours. You will again be passing through a similar setting of mountains and valleys around you. Do not miss out on the splendid view you are leaving behind as you escalate towards Guling.
When the Oaks begin to appear in the stunning mixed forest, to get to the Guling campsite, which is set amidst a patch within the forest, we will have to climb through a narrower path and ascend higher. If you turn around from this point towards the Himalayas, you will be able to see the Hathi and Godha Parvats in all their magnificence.
Day 3: Guling (9800ft) to Khullara (10400ft)
Estimation time of completion: 4 hrs.
Estimation distance of trek: 6 – 7km
Tip: fill ample water 2 liters at least or refill it from the small stream on your way
From Guling, after a night of well deserved rest, we climb towards Khullara which is a campsite for Chitrakantha. The climb is not as steep as Day 2 and is also lined with some pretty terrific views. Once we cross through the forests for an hour or so, we will come to a clearing.
While we climb through the forests surrounded by oaks, do notice the Dronagiri on the left.
We will be approaching a second clearing as well where we can wish to rest if necessary. Also during this entire journey, there are various streams that you can use to refill and enjoy fresh mountain water.
The journey in its entirety is very life-affirming given the fact that it’s surrounded by beautiful and eye-widening mountains. You will certainly notice the peaks of Hathi and Ghoda mountains. Between you and these peaks lies a beautiful view of the entire valley in waves of mountains. Once at Khullara campsite, we would settle and camp for the night within a clearing.
Day 4: Khullara (10400ft) to Tali Lake via Kuari Pass (12500ft)
Estimation time of completion: 9 hrs.
Estimation distance of trek: 10 – 12 km
Tip: carry sufficient water at least 2 liters from the campsite or refill from streams on your way
From Khullara we will be ascending towards the Chitrakantantha. After a trek from Khullara for about 90 minutes we would come upon the Lord Curzon trail and move out of the tree linings.
This makes way to the opening up of the Himalayas on a complete eagle eye view of the mountains. It’s immensely satisfying to see the peaks of Dronagiri, Nilgiri, Hathi Ghoda, Chaukhamba and Neelkanth on one side while straight ahead the Trishul and parts of Nanda Devi are unmissable. From this point, a climb of 40mins should take us to the top of Kuari. A slowly descending path for another 40 mins should bring us to the ever famous Kuari pass.
Our next destination would be to reach Jhandi top. This takes about one hour of moderate climbing towards the ridge rather than turning towards Khullara. The backpedal is quite scenic and beautiful than the Kuari pass. We would have to descend towards the Chitrakantha meadows which is simply put a trail among the woods.
The thick woods and tall trees would cover the mighty mountains although visibility is not affected. In about 75 minutes we should reach Chitrakantha. From this point of view, the scenery is amazing furthered by the all-round sight. You will be able to see the whole valley from up here but Dronagiri will be the highlight of this landscape portrait.
We will now move down towards Tali through a very thick forest that is abundant with oaks, pine trees, and rhododendrons.
The forest is thick during the season that there is hardly any sunlight passing through the branches. With a small stream flowing close by, Tali is located right in the middle of the woods. We will take around 40 minutes to reach this point and will be camping here.
Day 5: Chitrakantha/Tali Lake (11030ft) to Auli (8600ft) Drive to Joshimath
Estimation time of completion: 6 hrs.
Estimation distance of trek: 4- 6 km
Tip: No water source carry at least 2 liters of water from the campsite
Beginning of the day we will be ascending towards the Tali Lake for about 40mins. The climb is quite small and given the lake being elevated, it has a magnificent view of the mountains. For the next 20 mins, we will have a steep climb to conquer which will take us from the lake towards an overhanging pathway cutting through the cliff.
We will take this trail to get to Tugasi. The contrast is set by the valley underneath you while the rhododendrons hover over you to take you closer to lower and then Upper Tugasi. At Gorson Bugyal, which we tend to reach after around 40 mins, the rhododendrons recede.
We will be trekking through Gorson Bugyal which is a quite a beautiful walk in itself and descend gradually towards Padiyar. Slowly, the oak forests begin to form the pathways and the walk of around 150 mins should bring us to Padiyar. The temple is around 15 minutes walk ahead and should form a nice resting spot before we continue.
From the temple, the walk is easy and downhill. After around 15 mins of walking, it should bring us to Upper Auli which has a Ski Lift and 1000 feet underneath it lays Auli. We walk for another 90 minutes slowly descending ourselves along the meadows wherein we will make it to Auli surrounded by small’s hamlets and settlements.
On reaching Auli, we will be moving towards GMVN, walk to the exit and take a drive back to Joshimath from where we would depart to Haridwar.
Type: Depending on Terrain & the difficulty of the Trek, you will to choose the right kind of Grip & Sole for the Shoe. We recommend that you check for water-resistance & a deep yet flexible sole for the all factors that you will face
Importance: Your legs need to be well taken care of by the shoes over the course of the Trek. Different Terrains pose different threats & the right kind of shoe will make all the difference in the world.
Type: This purely depends on the kind of Trek you are undertaking
- Short Treks (1 – 3 Days) – 15litres to 20litres
- Long Treks (3 – 10 Days) – 40litres to 60litres
Importance: Your Backpack is as important as your Shoe. Your entire journey will be with the Backpack full of your belongings and all the essentials you need. We recommend that you test the back and choose according to the Trek, your height & comfort it provides.
Type: This is 10 liters – 15 liters Daypack Backpack you need to have with you for the Summit.
Importance: Your Daypack will be for those Summit days and shorter days when you just need your essentials with you.
Padded Jacket – You will need 1 pair of the Jacket for Summer & Winter. Ensure that the jacket is wind-resistant & capable of keeping your warm up to -10 degrees.
Fleece Jacket – You will need 2 pairs of the Fleece Jacket. Make sure it’s Cotton or contains more Cotton.
Thermals – You will only require 1 pair of this in the Winter, Summer is optional. It should also be made primarily of Cotton. This will keep your warm during the nights when the temperature usually tends to drop.
Trek Pants – Exclusively meant for Trekking, you will need minimum 2 pairs of Trekking Pants with you always. Ensure it is made of Cotton & provides you maximum comfort to you and is durable.
Collared T-shirts – Carrying 2 – 3 pairs are normally recommended. The collar will help keeping the neck from being too exposed to the Sun and being Sun-burnt.
Sun Caps – At high Altitudes, the Sun might be harsh and direct exposure of your head to the sun is not something we would recommend. Carry Sun Caps in case these situations arise to keep your head cool.
Woolen Caps – The nights get very cold in the Mountains and you must protect your ears and head from the cold winds. Woolen caps are essentials during the nights to keep your ears and head warm.
Water-proof Gloves – You will need water-proof gloves as you move towards colder and wet parts of the Trek. Keep your hands clean & warm without getting them wet and most importantly to give you the grip and firmness you need.
- Trekking Pole: The Trekking/Hiking Pole saves you almost 60% of your energy when you are climbing a steep slope during high altitude conditions. We make it mandate to carry a Trekking Pole with you for our Treks.
- Head-lamp or Torch: A Head-Lamp is something we make mandate too for our Treks. Carrying this will help you see better in dark places. In case, you are unable to procure a Head-lamp then we suggest carrying a Torch.
Toiletries: We recommend that you carry all your Toiletries essentials and all other cosmetic & personal requirements by yourself to avoid borrowing. (Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Lip-balm, Moisturizer, Face-wash, Other creams & essentials, Toilet roll, Sanitary Pads, etc.)
Bottles & Boxes: We recommend that you carry all your own Water Bottle, we suggest two 1litres bottles that you will need. And also, your own Boxes to eat the food we provide for both convenience and hygienic purposes.
Mandatory Documents to bring:
Carry these document mentioned below and hand them over to the trek leader at the base camp. You need to bring one copy of Disclaimer and one photocopy & Original copy of Government Photo ID.
You also need to bring the Medical certificate approval from the doctor that you are physically fit for high altitude point.
The following possible risk/ challenges many come across in the trek of Kauri pass.
Risk of slip/skid-
Kuari pass is a easy moderate trek with lists the patience of challenge facing trekker, it develops confidence, patience and planning strategy.
While trekking in winter season there is a possibility of slip/ skidding as the track is covered with snow especially in the month of December, February and as weather is unpredictable in Himalayas.
The following measures are arranged by the Discovery Hike to overcome these problems.
There shall be a briefing session about the risk of slip/skidding under a trained person who will be your trek leader at the base camp and make the trekker aware about do’s and don’ts.
- The Discovery Hike shall provide with crampons to the trekker for safety in winter trek. These crampons are especially design to have a better grip on snow trail and minimize the risk of skid up to 95%.
- Trek leader shall accompany the team and shall aware to the team members about the situation.
- While choosing your shoe the shoe should have a good grip
Risk related to AMS
There are chances of AMS at high altitude trek. On Kuari pass trek as the altitude gradually changes from 6900 ft to 12500fts in 6 days duration. There are few chances of AMS, HAPE and HACE at higher altitude campsite.
Anticipating the above situation, there is a provision to start a course of DIAMOX from the day one as DIAMOX decreases the chances of AMS to a great extent
The trek is well trained to identify the symptoms of AMS; he should immediately inform the trek leader for their advice. The trek leaders are equipped with high altitude medical kit and oxygen cylinder. The use of these precautions shall help the trekker. If the situation is not under control trekker shall have to descend from high campsite to low altitude campsite
Risk related to blister, cuts and cramps:
Blisters cuts and cramps are very often occurring while we are walking or trekking on uneven trail.
If the trekker gets blister or cramp, should immediately inform the trek leader for its treatment who is accompanying with treatment kits.
To avoid blister it is suggested that to carry/wear proper trekking shoes that fit your foot well and shoes should be of breathable nature and good grip.
For legs cramps condition put cramps spray that is available with your and also with the trek leader.
Risk related to harsh weather conditions:
It is well known fact, that the weather condition at high altitude especially in Himalayan region is unpredictable, it many turn into worst condition.
The trek leader shall decide whether proceed further or stay till suitable condition. if conditions remains harsh and the situation may diorite further, for safety measure team shall have to descend, though company has provision to provision to provide all weather tents to meet the weather challenges.
Risk related to communication:
On the trek of Kuari Pass the altitude raises from 6900 ft to 12500 ft the communication link gets weak and weaker as we proceed ahead towards Kuari Pass and from a certain altitude we lose total communication, consequently are cut off from the rest of the world. We need not worry about the disconnection or delinking.
To link ourselves to the rest of the world we have alternative way to maintain the communication to the different people with the help of wakie -takie. This will help us to communicate with different people at the different campsite.
Emergency/ immediate rescue
These are chances to become serine due to health reason or any other reason and the trekker is to be rescued immediately
The situation becomes serious any point of time due to any reason, as due to AMS, Cramps , illness , breathing congestion and need to rescue to trekker. The team leader and trek staff will immediately movalise the resources (porters, mules) accompanying the team as well as a team which is standing by at different campsite will help to rescue the trekker. Airlift in acute situation will be arranged as soon as possible.
Risk of low level of oxygen level at higher altitude
It is natural and scientific fact that the oxygen level gets thin, thinner and thinnest as we proceed from low altitude to high, higher and highest altitude as a consequence of that we feel problem in breathing and problem may arises, it doesn’t with trekker. In Kauri pass trek they may no such cases of low oxygen level but still any one faces it here are the safety measure
If someone come across that situation and feels breathing problem and any other problem related to low quantity or low level of oxygen. The company have a full prove provision to cope up with such situation. The ample no of oxygen cylinders are with the trek leader, staff and accompanying person of the company. If any trekker feels problem due to less level of oxygen, he/she should immediately inform the trek leader or decent down to lower campsite for immediate remedy.
You enjoyable and purposeful trekking, your safety during entire course of trekking is our prime motto. Hand to hand your corporation in this regard is highly solicited. It is desirable to keep yourself away from away kind of objectionable sustenance’s
Trek fees = Rs. 8550 + 5% GST
Services Included in your trek fee
- Accommodation – (guest house, home-stay, camping)
- All meals during trek
- Forest permits – and allowance
- Medical Equipment – First aid medical kit and medical equipment (oxygen cylinder, BP machine and oximeter)
- Trek leader – Qualified and experienced trek leader services
- Trek staff – Qualified and experienced trek staff services (cook, porters, mules, and helper)
- Trekking equipment – (crampons, stretcher, ice ax, rope, all-weather tents, sleeping bags etc)
Services Excluded in your trek fee
- Transport from Haridwar to Joshimath and back
- Food during transit
- Mules or porter carrying personal luggage
- First and last day stay at Haridwar
- Anything not mentioned under Services Included
Option 1: The trek fee can be paid by making an online transfer.
Option 2: The trek fee can be paid via cheque /demand draft (Mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org)
Note: If you choose Option 2, ignore the online registration procedure. Once you send us the email for the payment through cheque/demand draft, our team will get back to you immediately to help you through the complete payment process and respond to any of your queries.
The first step to cancel the trek is by emailing us on email@example.com
If the trek is canceled due to natural reason like natural calamities, flood or other political reasons, Discovery Hike will issue a trek voucher that can be redeemed for the same or a different trek with a time frame of one year.
If you wish to cancel your trek due to your personal reasons then these are the parameters under cancellation policy
Prior to 25 days full refund
Cancellation between 20 – 25 days to start of the trek 50% refund
Cancellation less than 20 days to start of the trek no refund
Backpack offloading policy
If you can’t carry your own backpack and would require a porter for the whole trip then you will have to bear these charges.
If Informed well in advance Rs 1350 + 5% GST
Informed on the day of the trek day Rs 340 per day plus 5% GST
Note: (The last moment backpack offloading amount needs to be paid at the base camp to the trek leader)
The transportation charges for the trek amounts to Rs. 9000 for Tempo traveler and for cab it would be Rs. 5500 . the cab cost need to be shared by the trekkers and paid directly to the driver (GST is only applicable on trek and not on transport
The light vehicle can hold 5 to 6 trekkers
The Tempo traveler can accommodate 8 to 10 trekkers
On- Trek Policy
- If the participant is sent down due to safety reason by the trek leader the money will not be refunded to the participant.
- If the participant is expelled from the trek due to misbehavior, misconduct, threat or danger to another trekker the trek fee will not be refunded to the participant.
- If the participant is caught consuming alcohol & other objectionable substances, the participant is expelled from the trek with no refund.
- If the participant is not found fit during the course of the trek, he/she is legally bound not to be carried on the trek.
- The participant has to follow the instruction and guidelines set by Discovery Hike and submit the necessary documents to the trek leader at base camps.
NOTE: (Discovery hike has full rights to expel the participants during the trek if he/ she is not fit under the criteria set by us)
- If the participant is sent down or asked to return for safety reasons, the participant needs to abide by it.
- Discovery hike has employed experienced staffs, who can deal with the high altitude conditions with expertise, however they are not professional doctors.
- If any participant is asked to return or taken to the hospital due to a worsening medical condition, then he/she needs to bear the hospital and medical expenses
Discovery hike is not responsible for your belongings if in case it is damaged or lost
Discovery Hike transport departs from Haridwar Railway station at 6.30am. You are expected to arrive and contact the driver before the departure from Hariduwar station to ensure that there is no inconvenience caused for other trekkers
Delhi -> Hariduwar -> Joshimath
For the Kauri Pass trek, the vehicle arranged departs from Haridwar. You will have to gather at the Haridwar station in the morning. The station is well connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Varanasi and Kolkata. It is highly recommended that you book your tickets well in advance as Haridwar is a very popular tourist destination.
Delhi -> Haridwar
Train Name: DDN NZM AC EXPRESS
Train Number: 12055
Departure: Delhi at 3.20 PM
Arrival: Haridwar at 7.50 pm
Kolkata -> Haridwar
Train Name: Doon express
Train Number: 13009
Departure: Howrah Jn at 8.25 PM
Arrival: Haridwar at 04.45 am
Mumbai -> Haridwar
Train Name: Dehradun express
Train Number: 19019
Departure: Mumbai at 00.05 am
Arrival: Haridwar at 12.45 pm
Chennai -> Haridwar
Train Name: Dehradun express
Train Number: 12687
Departure: Chennai at 9.40 PM
Arrival: Haridwar at 03.00 am
(Please ensure that your dates of arrival are before the date of the treks. Do note that all of these are overnight journeys.)
Delhi -> Haridwar
There are frequent busses that depart from ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar Station.
It is recommended that you book your tickets in advance. Please do note that if you leave around 9 pm from Delhi you will reach Haridwar by 5.30 in the morning.
You can also book ticket online from red bus app
Air Travel Options
You can also book flights from Delhi to Jolly Grant. The distance between Jolly Grant and Haridwar is approximately 50 kms.
We recommend that all trekkers first meet at Haridwar and opt for the Discovery Hike travel arrangement before proceeding towards the base camp. This also helps in adapting to the different members of the expedition.
Fitness Tips for the Mountains:
The Mountaineer Fitness Plan starts with training both the Mind & Body. It’s a physically grueling task to trek a mountain, but the mindset wins it all in the end and the body will come to the rescue. Persistence consists of 50% you Mind & 50% your Body.
We at Discovery Hike believe that with our Mantra of SSS, you get in the right shape of mind and body before you come to trek with us. Whether you are a Beginner or a Pro. An adult or a teenager you follow this regiment for 30 days prior to your Trek, it will provide you the desired results.
What is the SSS, you ask? It is:
Stamina – You will need to particularly enhance your current stamina to a fiercer one to undertake any Trek. You will need spare 30 – 45 Daily for this activity and increase it based on the Trek.
You will need to start with walking 4 km & more gradually. Effectively your goal will be to walk for 4+km a day.
Once you have successfully completed walking, turn this into running/jogging for the same distance. Effectively your goal will be to run 4+ km a day
Strength – Working on Stamina is just restricted to your running. Strength is working on various parts of your body to compliment your Stamina. Upper Back, Lower Back, Core, Legs, Arms & more.
Upper Body – You will need to do Push-ups after you have done with your running exercise. You will need to make it 5 – 10 push-ups a day. Repeat the same in sets of 3 daily. Effectively your goal will be to reach 15 – 30 push-ups daily.
Lower Back – Perform a Plank starting with 30 seconds a Day. Add 10 – 15 seconds more daily to improve the strength you add to you core. Effectively your goal will be to perform a Plank for 3 – 5 minutes.
Arms – You can do lights lifts in the Gym. If not the gym, you can use a heavy book or object & move it towards your shoulder without losing form & repeat the same for both arms for about 30 times in sets of 3. Effectively your goal will be to perform 100 lifts in each arm.
Legs – You will have to start with squats of 5 – 10 in sets of 3. Alternatively, you can also do Wall sits-up of 5 – 10 in sets of 3. Effectively your goal will be to perform 15 – 30 squats/sit-ups.
Core – You will need start with crunches of 5 – 10 in sets of 3 and keep adding more towards by the day. This will build not just the core but your Lower back & Stamina too. Effectively your goal will be to reach 30 – 50 squats in a day.
Stretch – Probably the most neglected but the most crucial part of the exercise Stretching. This will enable all your muscles to stay intact & be activated rather than cramping. It will improve your performance in all activities you undertake. decrease your risk of injuries, help in your joints movements & enable your muscles to work at their best.
Mental Health – The other 50% of your Training comes from Mental Wellness. This will surely help you when you are faced against the harness of nature to give you the strength required to overcome obstacles of any kind. The best mind that can achieve this is a calm mind. We recommend that you partake in Yoga for some Mental Rest & Relaxation.
Take slow, deep breaths. Or try other breathing exercises for relaxation
Soak in a warm bath
Listen to soothing music
Practice mindful meditation
Sleep early and Rise Early
Hope the above suggestions proved to be useless. These are merely guidelines to be in the right shape of Mental & Physical state. If you are already following a regiment that is suitable to your body, we suggest that you continue. This is for Beginners and Start-up kit for those who are about to undertake the Trek with us.
BMI for different trek grade conditions are different. If anyone above the cutoff will be considered as overweight and not be allowed to trek with us.
BMI cut off for high altitude trek
|1.||BMI For easy trek||Not above 29|
|2.||BMI for moderate trek||Not above 28|
|3.||BMI for difficult trek||Not above 27|
BP CUT OFF
BP cut off is different for different altitude. If BP is above our cutoff the trekker need to Decent down as soon as possible to the core base. Higher reading is dangerous.
BP cut off for high altitude trek
|1.||Systolic reading||Not more than 160|
|2.||Diastolic reading||Not more than 100|
We shall see you soon
– Discovery Hike Team