Kuari Pass Trek

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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!

Among the several things that Lord Curzon did in India, the hands-down winner is exploration and popularising of a marquee trek route starting from Joshimath to Kuari Pass in the Garhwal Himalayas. At an altitude of 4264 meters, Kuari Top is like an amphitheatre where some of the stalwart peaks of Himalayas take stage. The 7000 meters club includes the Kamet (7756m),Trishul (7120m), Chaukhamba (7128m), and the great divine peak of Nanda Devi (7817m) and its twin Nanda Devi East (7434m). More peaks make an equally imposing appearance – Nanda Ghunti, Hathi Ghoda Parbat, Neelkanth, Dronagiri, Mukut Parbat, Mana, Rishi Pahad, and Changbang, to name a few. The Kuari Pass Trek gives you a chance to view this impressive skyline of these mighty mountains from close quarters.

Outstanding view of Himalayas

The trek begins from Joshimath, in the Chamoli district of Himalayas, which has evolved into the hub for trekkers and pilgrims in this part of the Himalayas. Confluences of several rivers – the Pinder, Kaliganga, Nandakini, Birehiganga & Dhauli Ganga give make up the Pancha-Prayag – namely, Devprayag, Karnaprayag, Devprayag and Rudraprayag. The trek then proceeds through small remote Himalayan villages. Walking along the Curzon trail through these villages is a great way to get acquainted with the life of the mountain folks. The trees are ablaze in the yellow-orange colors of autumn, striking a deep contrast to the blue-brown mountains and the snow caps. On this trek one walks through gorgeous jungles of Oak and Deodar trees. And these jungles, of course, are house to some wildlife. Pug marks of leopards or Himalayan black bears can be sighted in the forests. Rhododendron trees, which bear flowers of a fiery red color, are also found in abundance in these mountains.

The truly refreshing part of the trek is while walking through the luxurious Himalayan meadows, called ‘Bugyals’ in the local tongue. The beauty and serenity of a Himalayan meadow is an experience no one should miss out on. The most remarkable is the Gorson Bugyal, consisting of vast undulating green pastures. On this trek you will also visit Auli, which is famous for its beautiful skiing slopes in the winter kuari pass.

The trek takes you up and down a few other lesser passes – the Vinayak pass and Tali top, eventually taking you to the highest point in the trek – the Kuari Top at which is at 13990 feet. This trek is not too difficult, and pays huge dividends for the physical effort with the most mesmerising views of some of the best mountains in the Himalayan Range. The sight of the Nanda Devi Massif is the highlight of this trek. So if you want to have some fun in the meadows and on the snowy slopes of the Garhwal Himalayas, pack your rucksacks and head on towards Haridwar. The TTH team will take you on the Curzon Trail to Kuari Pass, while you feast your eyes on the spectacular sights.

We have sketched out an itinerary slotting in all the best attractions the trail has to offer—
-a passage through a handful of typical Garhwal villages,
-an open meadows campsite overlooking the majestic Dronagiri Parvat,
-a day of easy clamber through oak and rhododendron forests,
-camping on snowdrifted forest floor,
-a thoroughly taxing snow hike on the summit day,
-a 360 degree glittering Greater Himalayas peak panorama,
-an initiation in the art of snow hiking with gears, and
-a field day in the gently rolling slopes of Gorson Bugyal.

Day 1: Haridwar to Joshimath(6,960ft) (265km; 9-10hr drive)

You will be welcomed by The trail himalaya representative. Followed by a drive of 260km across Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Karnprayag. This should take about 9-10hrs and should reach Joshimath at around 18:00hrs. Joshimath is a hub for pilgrim tourists traveling to Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib. Check in to hotel at Joshimath which is our base camp for Kuari pass trek. Briefing a the hotel by The trail himalaya Trek Lead Get along with everyone at the dinner table. Night at the hotel.

Day 2: Joshimath(6,960ft) – Dhak Village (12km drive) – Chitra khantha(9,600ft) (5.5km trek)

After having a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel. We shall start off the day with a drive to Dhak village which is 12km away from the hotel. Kuari pass trek starts this location, trekking is through hemlock, oak and rhododendron forests for about 3km to Tugasi village(8,052ft), follows an ascend for about 2 km to Gulling village (9,012ft), then follows a decent of about 0.5 km i.e. into meadows where the campsite awaits for you at the Chitra Khantha(9,600ft). You can gaze at the snow-capped ridge including the Chaukhamba 1(7,138m), Dronagiri(7,066m), Gori Parvat(6,708m), Hathi Parvat(6,727m). Water can be replenished from the small spring line at the head of the meadow. After an exhausting first day trek, enjoy dinner at the campsite. Night in the tent.

Day 3: Chitra khantha(9,600ft) – Tali top(11,520ft) (8km trek)

We shall kick start our day with a few expert guidance from our trek leader, few exercises, followed by energy packed breakfast. Trek lead will be briefing about the plan of action for the day. Trek to Tali top is through fresh green vegetation and red rhododendron flowers. Forest hut(9,920ft) which is 1km away from Chitra khantha is the last water point so make sure you got your’e water bottles filled. Followed by a steep hike through the forested ridge of Rhododendron, Spruce and Silver Birch. The ridge top takes around 60min and then follows a 30 min trek which opens up into a meadow where it meets Tapovan. Spend the evening admiring the beauty of nature. Peaks visible are Nanda Devi(7,816m), Dronagiri(7,066m), Hathi Parvat(6,727m), Gori Parvat(6,708m). Night in the tent.

Day 4: Tali top(11,520ft) – Kuari pass(12,920ft) – Tali top(11,520ft) (11km trek)

Since today is the longest day and the toughest day on the Kuari pass trek, we shall kick start our a day early. Trek leader will start off the day with the daily briefing, after the breakfast. Pack enough water for the day as their are no water sources. Today’s trek starts off with a moderate ascent for about 3.5km to Khullara top(11,780ft), follows a traverse walk of about 2.5km to a broken bridge(12,280ft), and then traversing through the snow patch we reach Kuari top(12,920ft). Top winds will gush past you at the Kuari Pass. Rejoice with the accomplishment of the summit and experience rush where the silence dominates every sound other than your’e foot steps and heart beat. Peaks visible Neelkantha(6,576m), Kamet(7,756m), Kedarnath(6,968m), Nanda Devi(7,816m), Dronagiri(7,066m), Hathi Parvat(6,727m), Gori Parvat(6,708m). Trek back to Tali top, for dinner and bonfire at the campsite. Night in the tent.

Day 5: Tali top(11,520ft) – Auli (8km trek) – Joshimath(6,960ft) (12km drive)

Following breakfast at the Tali top(11,520ft) is downhill trek to gorgeous Tali lake(11,140ft) which is easy 1km trek. Then follows trek to Gurson Bugyal(meadows; 11,150ft) which is 3.5km trek, follows another 3.5km trek to the road beside Rishi Ganga River where is the taxi is waiting to drive you back to Joshimath(6,960ft). Dinner and de-briefing at the hotel Night at the hotel.

Day 6: Joshimath(6,960ft) – Haridwar (265km drive)

Drive back to Haridwar after breakfast

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!

Among the several things that Lord Curzon did in India, the hands-down winner is exploration and popularising of a marquee trek route starting from Joshimath to Kuari Pass in the Garhwal Himalayas. At an altitude of 4264 meters, Kuari Top is like an amphitheatre where some of the stalwart peaks of Himalayas take stage. The 7000 meters club includes the Kamet (7756m),Trishul (7120m), Chaukhamba (7128m), and the great divine peak of Nanda Devi (7817m) and its twin Nanda Devi East (7434m). More peaks make an equally imposing appearance – Nanda Ghunti, Hathi Ghoda Parbat, Neelkanth, Dronagiri, Mukut Parbat, Mana, Rishi Pahad, and Changbang, to name a few. The Kuari Pass Trek gives you a chance to view this impressive skyline of these mighty mountains from close quarters.

Outstanding view of Himalayas

The trek begins from Joshimath, in the Chamoli district of Himalayas, which has evolved into the hub for trekkers and pilgrims in this part of the Himalayas. Confluences of several rivers – the Pinder, Kaliganga, Nandakini, Birehiganga & Dhauli Ganga give make up the Pancha-Prayag – namely, Devprayag, Karnaprayag, Devprayag and Rudraprayag. The trek then proceeds through small remote Himalayan villages. Walking along the Curzon trail through these villages is a great way to get acquainted with the life of the mountain folks. The trees are ablaze in the yellow-orange colors of autumn, striking a deep contrast to the blue-brown mountains and the snow caps. On this trek one walks through gorgeous jungles of Oak and Deodar trees. And these jungles, of course, are house to some wildlife. Pug marks of leopards or Himalayan black bears can be sighted in the forests. Rhododendron trees, which bear flowers of a fiery red color, are also found in abundance in these mountains.

The truly refreshing part of the trek is while walking through the luxurious Himalayan meadows, called ‘Bugyals’ in the local tongue. The beauty and serenity of a Himalayan meadow is an experience no one should miss out on. The most remarkable is the Gorson Bugyal, consisting of vast undulating green pastures. On this trek you will also visit Auli, which is famous for its beautiful skiing slopes in the winter kuari pass.

The trek takes you up and down a few other lesser passes – the Vinayak pass and Tali top, eventually taking you to the highest point in the trek – the Kuari Top at which is at 13990 feet. This trek is not too difficult, and pays huge dividends for the physical effort with the most mesmerising views of some of the best mountains in the Himalayan Range. The sight of the Nanda Devi Massif is the highlight of this trek. So if you want to have some fun in the meadows and on the snowy slopes of the Garhwal Himalayas, pack your rucksacks and head on towards Haridwar. The TTH team will take you on the Curzon Trail to Kuari Pass, while you feast your eyes on the spectacular sights.

We have sketched out an itinerary slotting in all the best attractions the trail has to offer—
-a passage through a handful of typical Garhwal villages,
-an open meadows campsite overlooking the majestic Dronagiri Parvat,
-a day of easy clamber through oak and rhododendron forests,
-camping on snowdrifted forest floor,
-a thoroughly taxing snow hike on the summit day,
-a 360 degree glittering Greater Himalayas peak panorama,
-an initiation in the art of snow hiking with gears, and
-a field day in the gently rolling slopes of Gorson Bugyal.

Day 1: Haridwar to Joshimath(6,960ft) (265km; 9-10hr drive)

You will be welcomed by The trail himalaya representative. Followed by a drive of 260km across Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Karnprayag. This should take about 9-10hrs and should reach Joshimath at around 18:00hrs. Joshimath is a hub for pilgrim tourists traveling to Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib. Check in to hotel at Joshimath which is our base camp for Kuari pass trek. Briefing a the hotel by The trail himalaya Trek Lead Get along with everyone at the dinner table. Night at the hotel.

Day 2: Joshimath(6,960ft) – Dhak Village (12km drive) – Chitra khantha(9,600ft) (5.5km trek)

After having a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel. We shall start off the day with a drive to Dhak village which is 12km away from the hotel. Kuari pass trek starts this location, trekking is through hemlock, oak and rhododendron forests for about 3km to Tugasi village(8,052ft), follows an ascend for about 2 km to Gulling village (9,012ft), then follows a decent of about 0.5 km i.e. into meadows where the campsite awaits for you at the Chitra Khantha(9,600ft). You can gaze at the snow-capped ridge including the Chaukhamba 1(7,138m), Dronagiri(7,066m), Gori Parvat(6,708m), Hathi Parvat(6,727m). Water can be replenished from the small spring line at the head of the meadow. After an exhausting first day trek, enjoy dinner at the campsite. Night in the tent.

Day 3: Chitra khantha(9,600ft) – Tali top(11,520ft) (8km trek)

We shall kick start our day with a few expert guidance from our trek leader, few exercises, followed by energy packed breakfast. Trek lead will be briefing about the plan of action for the day. Trek to Tali top is through fresh green vegetation and red rhododendron flowers. Forest hut(9,920ft) which is 1km away from Chitra khantha is the last water point so make sure you got your’e water bottles filled. Followed by a steep hike through the forested ridge of Rhododendron, Spruce and Silver Birch. The ridge top takes around 60min and then follows a 30 min trek which opens up into a meadow where it meets Tapovan. Spend the evening admiring the beauty of nature. Peaks visible are Nanda Devi(7,816m), Dronagiri(7,066m), Hathi Parvat(6,727m), Gori Parvat(6,708m). Night in the tent.

Day 4: Tali top(11,520ft) – Kuari pass(12,920ft) – Tali top(11,520ft) (11km trek)

Since today is the longest day and the toughest day on the Kuari pass trek, we shall kick start our a day early. Trek leader will start off the day with the daily briefing, after the breakfast. Pack enough water for the day as their are no water sources. Today’s trek starts off with a moderate ascent for about 3.5km to Khullara top(11,780ft), follows a traverse walk of about 2.5km to a broken bridge(12,280ft), and then traversing through the snow patch we reach Kuari top(12,920ft). Top winds will gush past you at the Kuari Pass. Rejoice with the accomplishment of the summit and experience rush where the silence dominates every sound other than your’e foot steps and heart beat. Peaks visible Neelkantha(6,576m), Kamet(7,756m), Kedarnath(6,968m), Nanda Devi(7,816m), Dronagiri(7,066m), Hathi Parvat(6,727m), Gori Parvat(6,708m). Trek back to Tali top, for dinner and bonfire at the campsite. Night in the tent.

Day 5: Tali top(11,520ft) – Auli (8km trek) – Joshimath(6,960ft) (12km drive)

Following breakfast at the Tali top(11,520ft) is downhill trek to gorgeous Tali lake(11,140ft) which is easy 1km trek. Then follows trek to Gurson Bugyal(meadows; 11,150ft) which is 3.5km trek, follows another 3.5km trek to the road beside Rishi Ganga River where is the taxi is waiting to drive you back to Joshimath(6,960ft). Dinner and de-briefing at the hotel Night at the hotel.

Day 6: Joshimath(6,960ft) – Haridwar (265km drive)

Drive back to Haridwar after breakfast