Kuari Pass Trek
- Altitude: 12516 Ft.
- Trek Length: 28 Km.
- Duration: 6 Days
- Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
- Base Camp: Joshimath
- Nearest Town: Joshimath
- Pick & Drop: Rishikesh to Rishikesh
- State: Uttarakhand
Nestled in the Garhwal region of Himalayas, Kuari pass trek is one of the best winter treks out there. Situated at an elevation of 4264 meters above, it is also known as the Lord Curzon trail, named after the former viceroy of India during the British Raj who was the first person to complete this trek in 1905. His connection to this trek is one of the reasons why it’s popular among not just Indian travelers but fascinates a lot of American and European travelers from all over the world as well.
The trek, as it was carried out back in the day and continues to follow the same path till today, starts from Joshimath and ends at Kuari pass, covering a 28km long trail. In this Kuari Pass Trek Package, we traverse through some of the hidden nearby villages like Dhak, Guling, Khullara where you get to take a closer look at the local customs and traditions of Uttarakhand.
The trekking route with its scenic views of the Pangarchulla, Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Dronagiri, Hathi Ghoda, and Nilgiri mountain ranges is what captivates the attention of travel enthusiasts and makes people seek out this particular trek. Not to mention that with its snow covered oak forests and pearly meadows, it manages to leave a lasting impression on snow fanatics and nature lovers alike.
Camping under the stars, waking up to a spectacular view of the Himalayas, all while making memories that you will reminisce upon for the rest of your life, this trek is more than just an adventure, it's an experience of a lifetime, one that you can’t miss out on.
Along with the majestic peaks, There are other places that you must visit during your Kuari Pass trek in Uttarakhand, like the lush green Gorson meadow, Frozen Tali lake, Panchachuli base camp etc.
Since, this trek comes in the easy to moderate category, it is convenient for both beginners as well as experts, making it accessible for a large group of people who are looking for trekking destinations during winter season.
Among other wonders that this journey has to offer, some lucky trekkers are able to discover paw prints of Himalayan bears and snow leopards giving them a glimpse at the wildlife that coexists in peace with nature. Over all, The trek to Kuari Pass is a blessing because it provides a perfectly balanced trip that offers adventure for thrill seekers as well as serenity for people who want to attain a certain sense of peace.
The conclusive destination of this trip before we begin our return trip to Joshimath and prepare for our departure is Auli, which is connected to the town of Joshimath by long cable car links and remains one of the most popular attractions among travelers.
The best time to do the Kuari pass trek is from the months of April to June as well as from the month of November to February. Although it’s one of the few particular treks that is accessible for travel enthusiasts throughout the year, during these months, the weather in this region is perfect, and makes the overall experience a thousand times better. So, if you have been spending your time, wondering and trying to plan the perfect winter trek, then look no further because this is as good as it gets.
1st Day: Rishikesh to Joshimath (10 Hours Drive )
2nd Day: Joshimath 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 Joshimath Drive
6th Day: Joshimath to Rishikesh Drive | End of Tour
Rishikesh to Rishikesh:
|Triple Occupancy||9700 / Person|
Delhi to Delhi:
|Triple Occupancy||11300 / Person|
Itinerary (Rishikesh to Rishikesh)
1st Day : Rishikesh to Joshimath (10 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 Joshimath.
- We'll reach Joshimath by the evening and check into our respective rooms in the designated hotel.
- Dinner will be served in the evening.
*The pick-up point would be Rishikesh ISBT (tentative).
2nd Day : Joshimath 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 Joshimath 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 Joshimath, which is just 45 minutes away from here.
- Post-check-in, lunch will be served at Joshimath.
- The rest of the day is at leisure.
- Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Joshimath.
6th Day : Joshimath 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.
Accommodation: 2 Nights in a Hotel / Homestay on a triple/quad sharing basis. 3 Nights Tented accommodation on a triple sharing basis.
Transportation: Surface transfer from Rishikesh - Joshimath - Rishikesh by Sumo / Bolero / Tempo Traveller ( Depends on the number of travellers).
Meals: All Meals from (day 1 dinner to day 6 Breakfast) are included. We provide simple nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.
Snacks: Morning / Evening Tea / Coffee with light snacks.
Camping logistics: Tent, Sleeping bags, Mattress, Dining tent, Toilet tent, Sitting Stools.
Trek Leader Qualified and Experienced Trek leader and support staff.
Permits: All necessary fees and permits.
Trekking Equipment: Gaiters, Micro Spikes and Rope if required.
Safety Equipment: Basic First Aid kit with Oximeter and Oxygen Cylinder.
Guide ratio: 1:10
Any expenses of personal nature.
Meals during transit.
Insurance of any kind.
Unscheduled delay due to landslide.
Cost Escalation due to “ Force Majeure and Evacuation charges”.
Anything not mentioned explicitly in the above program.
No cancellations will be taken over the call or WhatsApp msg. Please reply to the email of the payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.
Free Cancellation up to 45 days before the departure date
44 Days to 30 days of Departure date. 10% of the total trip cost. (Booking amount is non-refundable)
29 Days to 20 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost
19 Days to 10 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost.
9 Days to 6 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost.
5 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost.
No Show. No refund.
In case of government orders, harsh weather conditions, protests, landslides, or any other unforseen circumstances, we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even certain activities are canceled, the organization provides the best alternate but no refunds are provided.
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.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed up to the same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.
If a trek or trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.). No refund would be provided.
Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.), Will be beared by the customer. The company will not be liable.
Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.
Things To Pack
Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs with rain cover): A good quality backpack from a good brand and try it before buying.
Day backpack:20 – 30 Ltrs.
Floaters or Sandals: When you are at the camp they help you to move freely
Trekking Shoes: Always invest in good quality high ankle trekking shoes. They are lightweight, have a good grip, are sturdy, and are easily available throughout India.
3 Quick Dry Tees
2 Track Pants
3 Pair of Cotton Socks
1 Pair of Woolen Socks
1 Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
1 Heavy Jacket
1 Pair of Thermal
Cold Cream & SunScreen (SPF 40+)
Water Bottle 1 Lt.
Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
Personal Basic Medical Kit
Dark Sunglasses / People who use spectacles (Use Photochromic glasses instead of a contact lens)
CAMERA with a huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries !!
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.
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
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.
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.
Kuari Pass treks are a little under a week. It's highly reccomended to do the Rishikesh leg, bringing the trek to 6 days
Winters at Kuari are difficult - temperatures range from 12 degrees celsius all the way to -8 degrees
Spring is definitely the reccomended season - with milder temperatures ad the meadows oin full bloom, it's easier and presents picture perfect opportunities.
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.
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.
Yes it is. Kuari Pass is a easy to moderate trek, and is ideal for novice trekkers.
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.
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.
Mt. Nanda Devi is about 40 kilometres from the pass. The mountain's view is the highlight of the trek.
The distance is 148 kilometres. As mentioned, buses are the reccomended method over the Nanda Devi Express.
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.
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 total distance covered during the Kuari pass trek on the Dhak-Kuari Pass-Auli trail is 21.5 km.
Dehradun Airport is the nearest Airport for visiting Kuari Pass.
Kuari pass is located in the western part of Nanda Devi Sanctuary in Uttarakhand.
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.
Karchhi village is the base camp for Kuari Pass Trek.
Rishikesh railway station is the nearest main railway station.
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.
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
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.
Joshimath has the last ATM on the way to the base camp.
Kuari Pass trek reaches a maximum altitude/height of 12,516 ft.
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.
Mountain dwellers are generally truthful and respectful of women, so females need not fear.
Vodafone, Jio, Airtel and BSNL are the prominent networks, Kuari Pass has a limited network and connectivity.
Kuari Pass is an easy-moderate trek
If you are a senior citizen, bring a medical certificate from your doctor stating that you are eligible for adventure activities such as trekking.
Yes, it is always advisable to bring your own medicine on every trek, regardless of whether the organisers have it.
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.
14 years is the minimum limit, however they are supposed to be accompanied by their parents
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.
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
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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