Kuari Pass Trek
Kuari pass trek is also known as the Lord Curzon trail which was first achieved by Lord Curzon himself in 1905. The trek is famous among a lot of American and European travelers who wish to explore the Kuari pass situated at an elevation of 4264 m above the sea level.
Kuari pass was first explored by Lord Curzon who was the Viceroy of India at that time and was into the idea of exploration of winter trails and happen to find the Kuari pass. His trek started from Joshimath and ended at Kuari pass, which is how everyone trails Kuari pass even today.
Kuari pass trek is famous for its trekking route mainly and is a hub for winter trekking or snow expedition in the mountains. You can spend time in campsites during the Kuari pass trek and you’d happen to experience some of the scenic views along green pastures and a beautiful night sky.
There are quite a few places to visit in Kuari pass namely green Gorson meadow, Tali lake, Verdant forest, Panchachuli base camp along with a view of some of the Himalayan peaks such as Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Mana, Kamet, Hathi, Ghodi, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Nanda Devi, Dunagiri.
The best time to do the Kuari pass trek is from the months of April to June and November to February, during which the weather in kuari pass is at its best and meets the condition for a wonderful experience of the Kuari pass trek.
1st Day: Rishikesh to Karnaprayag (12 Hours Drive )
2nd Day: Karnaprayag to Dhak Drive | Dhak to Guling Trek | Overnight Stay at Guling
3rd Day: Guling to Lower Khullara Trek
4th Day: Lower Khullara to Khullara via Kuari Pass
5th Day: Khullara to Auli Trek | Auli to Karnaprayag Drive
6th Day: Karnaprayag to Rishikesh Drive | End of Tour
Itinerary (Rishikesh to Rishikesh)
1st Day : Rishikesh to Karnaprayag (12 Hours Drive )
- The group assembles at the pick-up point by 06:00 AM.
- We'll meet the team captains and a small tour briefing would also be provided.
- Afterwhich, we’ll head out for Karnaprayag.
- We'll reach Karnaprayag by the evening and check into our respective rooms in the designated homestay.
- Dinner will be served in the evening.
*The pick-up point would be Rishikesh ISBT (tentative).
2nd Day : Karnaprayag to Dhak Drive | Dhak to Guling Trek | Overnight Stay at Guling
- Post breakfast, we'll head out for Dhak.
- We'll reach Dhak quite shortly and start our trek to Guling.
- We'll reach Guling by the afternoon and will check into our campsite followed by lunch.
- The rest of the day is at leisure.
- Dinner will be served followed by an overnight stay in Guling.
3rd Day : Guling to Lower Khullara Trek
- Breakfast will be served early in the morning.
- After that, we'll head out to Lower Khullara.
- We'll reach Lower Khullara by the afternoon and check into our campsite.
- Lunch will be served here.
- The rest of the day is at leisure.
- Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Lower Khullara.
4th Day : Lower Khullara to Khullara via Kuari Pass
- Post breakfast, we'll head out for Khullara quite early in the morning.
- Midway, we'll be crossing Kuari Pass and will stop there for a short sightseeing tour. Here you can get a scenic and clear view of Pangarchulla, Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Dronagiri, Hathi Ghoda, and Nilgiri.
- We'll reach Khullara by afternoon.
- Post-check-in, lunch will be served here.
- The rest of the day is at leisure.
- Dinner will be served here followed by an overnight stay in Khullara.
5th Day : Khullara to Auli Trek | Auli to Karnaprayag Drive
- Post breakfast, we'll move out from Khullara towards Auli.
- We'll reach Auli by the afternoon.
- On reaching Auli, we'll change our route for Karnaprayag, which is just 45 minutes away from here.
- Post-check-in, lunch will be served at Karnaprayag.
- The rest of the day is at leisure.
- Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Karnaprayag.
6th Day : Karnaprayag to Rishikesh Drive | End of Tour
- Breakfast will be served early in the morning.
- After that, we'll head out for Rishikesh.
- On reaching Rishikesh, the group disassembles.
- The trip ends here.
Transporation in Tempo Traveller from Rishikesh to Rishikesh.
Accommodations in Homestay/Camps on sharing basis as per itinerary.
Meal Plan: AP (Breakfast+ Lunch + Dinner, starting from Day 01 Dinner till Day 06 Breakfast)
Trip Lead will be present at all times during the tour.
First Aid Kits
All Required Permits
Early check-in at the hotel.
Any additional expenses such as of personal nature.
Additional accommodation/food costs incurred due to any delay travel.
Any lunch and other meals not mentioned in Package Inclusions.
Any Airfare / Rail fare other than what is mentioned in “Inclusions” or any type of transportation from Manali or Srinagar.
Parking and monument entry fees during sightseeing.
Additional Costs due to Flight Cancellations, Landslides, Roadblocks, and other natural calamities.
Any other services not specified above in inclusions.
No cancellations will be taken over the call or WhatsApp message. Please reply to the email of the payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking regarding the cancellation.
Free Cancellation up to 45 days before the departure date (Booking amount is non-refundable)
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 44 days to 30 days of the Departure Date then only 10% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 29 Days to 20 Days of the Departure Date then only 25% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 19 Days to 10 Days of the Departure Date then only 50% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 10 Days to 06 Days of the Departure Date then only 75% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 06 Days from the Departure Date then 100% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
You are not applicable for a refund if you fail to show up on the day of departure under the given timeline that has been provided to you beforehand.
There would be no refund provided in case there occur some problems due to government orders, harsh weather conditions, protests, landslides, or any other unforeseen circumstances. On the occasion of any such happenings, we have a backup plan ready most of the time and we'll be moving onto that. There are times when we would have to cancel some activities mentioned in the itinerary but it's only due to the reason that we would be bound by a circumstance that is not in our control.
If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.) then the participants would be provided with a travel voucher for the same amount that can be used within 365 days of the issuance date for any package worth the same amount.
If a trek/trip has to be aborted midway due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.). In that case, no refund would be provided.
JustWravel will not bear any extra expense due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.).
Cancellations policy differs for popular destinations and also during peak season, kindly confirm with your operator once.
Things To Pack
Rucksack (40 Liters+)
Backpack Rain Cover
Inner Thermals (2 pairs)
Comfortable Pants (Trek Pants)
Down Jacket/Main Jacket
Socks (2 Woolen/2 Cotton)
Trekking Shoes (Forclaz 100/Arpenaz 100 or better)
First Aid Kit
Mobile Charger/Travel Charger
Sunscreen Lotion(SPF 40+)
Documents – ID(Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID:: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)
You can camp amidst the lush green meadows, consisting of vast green pastures with Himalaya Views.
There are a total of four routes for the destination:
1. Ghat, Ramni, Sanatoli to Kuari Pass, 6 days
2. Joshimath, Auli and Gorson to Kuari Pass, 5 days
3. Joshimath, Mirag, Tugasi and Khulara to Kuari Pass, 5 days
4. Tapovan, Khulara to Kuari Pass, 5 days
Joshimath is the starting point for the Kuari Pass Trek.
Diamox will not be needed since the highest altitude you will reach on the excursion is approximately 13500 feet. However, if you have had trouble adjusting to such elevations in the past, you should consult a doctor first.
14 years is the minimum limit, however they are supposed to be accompanied by their parents
The most important aspect of the trek are good trekking shoes, your trekking shoes should be warm, and made of waterproof material.
Any trek needs a high level of fitness to ensure that you have a good time.
Yes, it is always advisable to bring your own medicine on every trek, regardless of whether the organisers have it.
If you are a senior citizen, bring a medical certificate from your doctor stating that you are eligible for adventure activities such as trekking.
Kuari Pass is an easy-moderate trek
Vodafone, Jio, Airtel and BSNL are the prominent networks, Kuari Pass has a limited network and connectivity.
Mountain dwellers are generally truthful and respectful of women, so females need not fear.
Auli, Nanda Devi Peak, Trishul Peak, Gorson Bugyal, Tali Lake
Yes! a good level of fitness is required for the person to complete the trek.
Kuari Pass trek reaches a maximum altitude/height of 12,516 ft.
Joshimath has the last ATM on the way to the base camp.
There are a few places where you can rely on a stable communication network. At Joshimath, Dhak village, and Guling, you can find decent network and internet connectivity.
As Kuari Pass trek area is uninhabitable, there are no guest houses amidst the trek, though you can bring your tents and equipments to help with
The average daily walking distance is 7- 9 km, and trekkers can complete it in 5-7 hours. Walking will not be a challenge for anyone because the trek is simple.
Karchhi village is the base camp for Kuari Pass
Rishikesh railway station is the nearest main railway station.
There are no direct buses from Delhi to Joshimath. From ISBT Kashmere Gate in Delhi, you can take overnight UKRTC buses and Volvos to Haridwar. The gap between Delhi and Haridwar is approximately 222 kilometres. From Delhi to Haridwar, you can also take a taxi or an outstation cab.
Dehradun Airport is the nearest Airport for visiting Kuari Pass.
Kuari pass is located in the western part of Nanda Devi Sanctuary in Uttarakhand.
The total distance covered during the Kuari pass trek on the Dhak-Kuari Pass-Auli trail is 21.5 km.
Resting is reccomended before reaching Deharudun - the Nanda Devi Express usually starts off at 12 AM, and ticket checking occurs around 1-1:30 AM
The nearby Valley of Flowers is one of the most enthralling and scenic sites. The Shree Badrinath temple is a must see for pilgrims, with it's beautiful architecture and holy significance.
The distance is 148 kilometres. As mentioned, buses are the reccomended method over the Nanda Devi Express.
Mt. Nanda Devi is about 40 kilometres from the pass. The mountain's view is the highlight of the trek.
Costs range from Rs. 10,000-11,000. The Kuari Pass trek is bang for buck, with immersive scenery and time for a relatively cheap price.
Trekking footfall is usually less common in the winter, as it's usually the more experienced trekkers who do so. Novices are reccomended to go in the spring.
Yes it is. Kuari Pass is a easy to moderate trek, and is ideal for novice trekkers.
The reccomended route is a plane from Delhi to Jolly Grant airport. From there, both public and private buses are avaliable to reach the foothills.
Kuari Pass is of a moderate incline, making it not that difficult to climb. At 25,446 feet, it's the 2nd tallest peak in the region.
Spring is definitely the reccomended season - with milder temperatures ad the meadows oin full bloom, it's easier and presents picture perfect opportunities.
Winters at Kuari are difficult - temperatures range from 12 degrees celsius all the way to -8 degrees
Kuari Pass treks are a little under a week. It's highly reccomended to do the Rishikesh leg, bringing the trek to 6 days
The Mt. Nanda devi peak is a must see. It's one of the tallest peaks in te region and sorrounded by scenic oak forests.
Spring offers you the best of both worlds - while not too cold, the national park's spring flowers are in full bloom, and trekkers and can still see remnant snow.
Kuari Pass is filled with fresh snowfall in December. The oak forests and open meadows become even more beautiful to walk through. Sun down can be extremely cold, although mornings are much milder.
Stretching over 4 days and 6 if you include the Rishikesh stops, the trek starts from the village of Dhak, in the beautiful Nanda Devi National Park. The spectacular view of Mt. Nanda Devi and the forest views are the trip's highlights
Kuari Pass is a forest covered trek is in the poctureseque foothills of Mt. Nanda Devi and Mt. Dronagiri. It’s a trek for people of all aptitudes, and it incredibly scenic, making it a high value trip.
There are no restaurants available, trekkers can carry some packaged foods or snack items with them
Kuari Pass Trekking is best done in the summer, from April to mid-June. The trek is made more enjoyable by the cool and pleasant summer sun. During the trek, light clothing is appropriate. Summer temperatures range from 19°C to 29°C.
Monsoon rains arrive too soon at Kuari Pass, making the trail muddy and dangerous for trekkers. Although many tourists enjoy the monsoon rain in Kuari Pass, it is best to avoid trekking.
The best time to trek Kuari Pass is during the autumn months, from mid-September to early November. Trekking is enjoyable because of the lush vegetation all around and the pleasant weather that benefits hikers.
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