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Kuari Pass Trek

Area : Garhwal Himalayas

Duration : 9 Days (6 days trekking and 3 days travelling)

Best Season : Mid April - November

Grade :

Moderate
On these treks one does not require to trek for more than 5 - 6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less challenging.

Altitude : 4150 mts

Total Trekking : 55 K.M

About Kuari Pass Trek

One of the most popular treks in the Indian Himalayan region that is located in the Garhwal Himalaya, the Kuari Pass trek draw in thousands of explorers from all over the world every year. The route to Kuari Pass was once traversed by Lord Curzon in 1905 and hence the Kuari Pass trek is often dubbed as 'Lord Curzon Trail'. The trek passes through the thick alpine forests of oak and conifer, Rhododendron and birch, teeming with a variety of animals and birds life and NOT TO YOUR SURPRISE, you may even come across leopard pugmarks or a Himalayan black bear on this trail. The trek to Kuari Pass is thus connected with each and every elements of adventure that embarks upon often and on steep ascends and descends, narrow and tricky paths and gushing streams. Further, the journey is worth the effort something you will soon realize when you capture the picturesque silver horizon keeping parallel to the spotless blue sky. Throughout the trail you can simply treat your eyes on the spectacular views of the Trishul at 7,120 meters, Kedarnath at 6,968 meters, Kamet's pyramid of granite 7,756 meters, Neelkanth at 6,596 meters, the square-topped summits of Gauri Parbat and Hathi Parbat, Badrinath, the icy crest of Dunagiri, Rishikot, Changabang at 6,864 meters and the legendary twin peaks of Nanda Devi at 7,740 meters.

Kuaripass Trek

The trek to Kuari Pass starts from Selu Bagar, which is a drive able distance from Ghat. The trail from Selu Bagar heads to Ghunni, which is a short trek of approximately 2–3 hours. From Ghunni the trail snakes through a rich undulating landscape that is bedded with several species of alpine trees and wild flowers. You will also come across a small village, Ramni, which is inhabited by a Himalayan tribe who are living a harmonious life full of colours and spirits. Thereafter, the trek to Kuari Pass becomes strenuous as the trail continues with a steep climb to Jhinjhi village en route to Vinayak Pass. Throughout the trail, from Ghunni to Jhinjhi that traverses through an open meadow with stunning views of some of the Himalayan jewels, one can frame the panorama of Nanda Ghunti and Chaukhamba. Gradually the journey passes through the beautiful forests of Rhododendron, followed by pasture grasslands for sheeps and cattle with some nomadic huts. At Vinayak Pass one can pay a visit to the Ganesha temple that is embroidered with a prayer flag. From Jhinjhi the trail continues along the river Birahi Ganga and leads to Pana village. From Pana the trek to Kuari Pass via Dakhwani cuts across every element of nature, thick forest, streams, varied landscapes and wildlife making it truly surreal. The trek downhill from Kuari Pass leads to Tali and thereafter to Joshimath via Auli.

Kuari Pass Trekking Tour Highlights

  • The lush green Gorson meadow
  • Grand views of 4 peaks of Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Mana, Kamet, Hathi, Ghodi, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Nanda Devi, Dunagiri
  • Witness an ancient trading route.
  • Tali lake
  • Verdant forest
  • Panchachuli base camp

Best Time to Visit

Temperature in summer remains between 19̊C to 29̊C while in winter the temperature falls upto -8̊C and the maximum temperature can go up to 12̊C. Thus, these two seasons are fit for the trek to Kuari Pass.

Weather in Kuari Pass

Summer: Kuari Pass Trek is best during summer season starting from April till mid-June. The calm and pleasing summer sun makes the trek enjoyable. Carrying Light woolens is adviced.

Monsoon: In monsoon, the route becomes muddy and slippery for the trekkers. It is better to avoid trekking in this season.

Spring: Spring month's mid-September to early November are considered best time to trek Kuari Pass. The trekking is fun with lush greenery all around and the calm weather.

Winter: The trek becomes difficult during the winter season. Heavy woolen clothes and shoes are must for trekking during winter.

Where is the Kuari Pass?

Kuari Pass is located in the vicinity of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, which is at an altitude of 4265 meters above sea level. Kuari Pass is the major trekking destination in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The Pass is at the center of the most incredible regions of Garhwal and is known for its unique wild grandeur. The background below the valley is the entrance to the formidable Rishi Gorge, which was once considered un-penetrable. Kuari Pass is has a moderate altitude of 12,200 feet but it is replete with views that are unprecedented. The camping grounds of Gulling, Chitrakantha & Tali are the major attractions of the trek. The trails leading from Tali Top to Kuari Pass gives an impression of doing a full an alpine expedition as one traverse through grounds that are layered with snow. For the first-timers, the Kuari Pass trek can be an enthralling experience as the trek includes rock climbing, walking through the dense forests and the snow-laden trails.

How to Reach Kuari Pass?

By Air: Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport, which is 208Km from Nandprayag and 268Km from Joshimath.

By Rail: Rishikesh Railway Station is the nearest rail-head, which is 191Km from Nandprayag and 251Km from Joshimath.

By Road: Nandprayag and Joshimath is well connected with other parts of Uttarakhand.

Kuari Pass Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day 01: Delhi – Haridwar – Rishikesh

In the morning, take an AC train for Haridwar at 06:50 hrs. After arriving at Haridwar, meet our guide and who will help you transfer to Rishikesh and assist you with checking in to your hotel. Evening time is free for leisure activities. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02: Rishikesh - Nandprayag - Ghat (210 kms/7-8 hrs)

After the breakfast, we will drive towards the Ghat via Devprayag. The Ghat is the base of our trek. Arrival at the Ghat by evening, here we will have a night stay at a guest house.

Day 03: Ghat - Sutol - Ghunni (14 kms by road & 3 kms trek)

In the morning, we will board local jeep for Sutol village, and from here trek to Ghunni village. In this day, we will camp at Ghunni school ground. Overnight stay in the tent.

Day 04: Ghunni - Jhinjhi Village (14 kms/6-7 hrs)

Today, we shall wake up early as the day is scheduled for a long trek towards Jhinjhi village. The trek is a mix of many up & down. Overnight stay in the tents.

Day 05: Jhinjhi - Pana Village (14 kms/6-7 hrs)

After breakfast, we will set out for the Pana village. Today, we will be trekking through a valley, forest, along the river and finally cross the bridge. We will pitch our tents at Pana village. Dinner and overnight in the tents.

Day 06: Pana - Dakhwani (14 kms/6 hrs)

Today, we will be trekking towards Dakhwani, the trek is mix of forest, alpine meadow, water fountains and side streams. Overnight stay in the tents.

Day 07: Dakhwani - Kuari Pass (3800 mts/ ft) - Tali (9 kms/5-6 hrs)

After an early breakfast, we will trek towards Tali meadow via Kuari Pass Trail. One will be able to see the magnificent view of peaks like Dronagiri, Nanda Devi, Changbang, Hathi Godhi Parvat etc from the pass. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 08: Tali - Auli- Joshimath - Rudraprayag (7 kms trek and 115 kms drive/7-8 hrs)

The last day of our trek is going to be easy. We will trek towards Auli meadow, which is one of the beautiful ski resorts in Indian Himalaya. From there, we will drive downwards to Rudraprayag via Joshimath, Chamoli and Karnprayag. Overnight stay in hotel in Rudraprayag.

Day 09: Rudraprayag – Haridwar (160 kms/5 hrs) - Delhi

In the morning after the breakfast, we will drive to Haridwar and from here catch AC Train for Delhi at 18:05 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 22:45 hrs.

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Things to Carry for Kuari Pass Trek

The following list only mentions the essential elements. You have to prepare a list of clothes and small personal articles that will be needed during the trek.

  • A small backpack of about 40 ltr. It shall contain all that is required during a trekking day.
  • A kit-bag with padlock or a big backpack. It will contain the 12 kg of personal belongings, which will be carried by porters. We advise you to protect the inside of the kit-bag with a plastic bag.
  • A good sleeping bag.
  • A walking stick (optional).
  • A frontal lamp or an electric torch.
  • A foam mattress is provided, but if you have a self-inflating mattress, we advise you to bring it.
  • Hiking shoes.
  • A sweater
  • A fleece jacket
  • A waterproof jacket preferably Gore-Tex
  • Good trousers
  • Waterproof trousers preferably Gore-Tex
  • Gloves and cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • A water bottle

Booking Terms and Conditions:

Please read the booking terms as set out with your agreement with Tour My India Pvt. Ltd. A Noida based Tour operator herein called TMI. For More Click Here...

When to book Kuari Pass Trek?

You should book Kuari Pass Trek at-least two months in advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare for the trek.

Who will carry my backpack?

There shall be pony/porter that will carry your backpack while on trek; you only need to carry small knapsack.

What will be the weight of the backpack?

Once you book your trek with us we will provide you a list of things to carry, which should not weigh more than 8 Kgs.

Where to meet us?

Our pick up and drop point for Kuari Pass Trek is New Delhi Railway Station at platform no. 16. We will hand over the train tickets and you can board train from there to Haridwar. At Haridwar, our guide will pick you from the railway station and then will assist you further

How we run the trek?

We have an experienced Kuari Pass trekking guide who leads the trek.

What is the batch size?

Our group size is minimum 2 people and maximum 12 people with mix of men and women.

What is minimum age required for Kuari Pass Trek?

Kuari Pass Trek is a challenging trek with a maximum altitude of 13615ft (4150m), so the minimum age required is 12 years.

What will be the minimum temperature during Kuari Pass Trek?

In the month of May & June the temperature during the trek can go as low as 16 Degree Celsius during the night and in between September – Mid October the temperature can drop to minus by night.

How long do we trek during Kuari Pass Trek?

We plan our treks in such a way that after 6-8 hours of trekking we reach next camp in between 2 – 3PM and normally one has to trek 8-14 Kms a day.

What will happen if a trek is extended because of landslides or any other reason?

If we have to extend the trek because of the reasons which is beyond our control then additional charges will be applied for hotel stay and food.

Can I take Diamox?

Diamox is indeed helpful when you have little time for acclimatization but we strongly advise to consult the doctor before taking Diamox.

Is it safe for girls to go on a trek?

Safety is of prime importance for us that is why the tours are managed by us personally and not by a third party. Thus, we assure that the trek is absolutely safe even for solo female trekkers, who can join us for fixed departure treks.

What kind of shoes will be required?

Trekking shoes with ankle support are a must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua is a good shoe brand with value for money.

What kind of food is served during the trek?

We serve nutritious simple vegetarian food during the trek. We maintain variety in lentils, vegetable and breakfast. At times, we also treat our trekkers in the Himalayas with delicacies like Pakora, local dishes etc.

Is it safe to drink water from the stream?

Himalayan stream water is safe to drink as well as for cooking but we also have water filters, and chlorine tablets in case of an emergency.

Which vehicle do we use for transportations?

Most of the Himalayan roads towards the trek are in bad shape, so vehicle with high ground clearance like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller etc are used for transportation.

Are your fixed departures dates are definite?

We guarantee that even if that there will be only one trekker, we will head out on that particular date.

How do you deal with emergency situation?

Our trek leaders are certified mountaineers with knowledge of first aid in wilderness and they carry necessary first aid kit. At each camp they asses your condition and can take relevant and prompt action in case a rescue is required. Please note in the case of a rescue, all the additional cost will be borne by the trekker.

How to book the trek?

Register for the trek on the website and we shall send the details about the booking procedure.

Fixed Departure with Dates 2016

09 April 2016 16 April 2016 23 April 2016
30 April 2016 06 May 2016 13 May 2016
20 May 2016 27 May 2016 03 June 2016
10 June 2016 17 June 2016 24 June 2016
16 Sept 2016 23 Sept 2016 30 Sept 2016
07 Oct 2016 14 Oct 2016 21 Oct 2016
28 Oct 2016 05 Nov 2016 12 Nov 2016
19 Nov 2016    

Dear Team,
I want to take this opportunity to thank you and your entire team, especially our guide Mr. Satish, for their outstanding endurance in making sure we return safely to Rishikesh (and to Pune via Delhi).
Even though we couldn't trek up to Kuari Pass, it has been a memorable trek which I will cherish thoroughly (and I am sure the entire team will agree).
I specially want to thank Satish for his courage and endless endurance in making sure "Safety First" approach. Satish and the entire kitchen staff were on their toes to help us out of difficult situation we were in at Khulara.
I must say that it was unbelievable to see Satish outside our dinning tent on the morning of 18th at 8am. He took off from the camp on 17th around 11pm to find some help (as you know one of our team member broke her leg). It was raining/pouring endlessly and the next day when we were having hot cup of tea, someone said, it will take Satish the entire day (i.e. 18th) to find some people who can carry the injured team member. But there he was, as always with a broad smile on his face, at the stroke of 8am.
I also want to thank you for remotely managing all the lodging facilities where ever we needed them at 11th hour and of course the never ending air ticket saga!
I am sure I will definitely choose your team for future travel in Himalayas and/or north India.
I know you must have seen millions of trek photos, even then if you are interested you can see our treks photo's on my PICASA album. The link to the same is as below.
http://picasaweb.google.com/bhide.vinay/KuariPassTrek?feat=directlink
Looking forward to doing business with you again at the earliest opportunity.
Warm Regards,
Vinay Bhide

Dear Team,
After our trek to Kuari Pass, we are just settling down to routine life. We enjoyed our trek very much. The arrangements done by you were quite comfortable. We would like to thank you and your team for taking extra efforts in making this trek memorable for us. We enjoyed Anilji's cooking and Baldevji's hospitality. We also enjoyed the time spent with Uncle and Aunty at Haridwar. They made us feel at home in their company.
We are looking forward to doing another trek with you probably in September-October season.
Regards,
Narendra Athnikar (Mumbai)

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