Kuari Pass is an excellent winter trek in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand. The trek begins from the town of Joshimath, which is a known destinations for trekkers as well as pilgrims. The trek takes you through the remote villages, ancient forests, vast snowy meadows, etc. On this trek one crosses several scenic meadows or bugyals and one such is ‘Gorson Bugyal’. The trek also covers the famous skiing destination, Auli.
Kuari Pass trail is also called as Curzon Trail as it is discovered by Lord Curzon. The pass is situated at an altitude of 4264 meters and is like an amphitheatre as it offers lucid and amazing views of number of peaks such as Kamet, Trisul, Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, Nanda Devi East, Nanda Ghunti, Hathi Ghoda Peak, Neelkanth, Dronagiri, Mukut Parbat, Mana Peak, Changbang, Rishi Pahad and few more. The difficulty level of this trek is moderate and is recommended for novice trekkers as well as experienced ones.
Drive from Haridwar/Rishikesh to Joshimath; 10-12 Hours drive
Drive from Joshimath to Dhak; 45 minutes. Trek from Dhak (6,956 ft) to Guling (9,832) ft; 5-6 hours
Guling (9,832) ft to Khullara (10,492 ft); 4-5 hours
Khullara (10,492 ft) to Chitrakantha/Tali (11,031 ft) via Kuari Pass (12,516 ft); 8 hours
Chitrakantha/Tali (11,031 ft) to Auli (8,625 ft); 4-5 hours. Drive to Joshimath; 45 minutes
Drive from Joshimath to Haridwar. You will reach Haridwar between 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm
Joshimath is 277 km from Haridwar and it takes around 10-12 hours to reach there. We will be driving on the Rishikesh Badrinath highway and pass through the towns of Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag and then Joshimath.
Reach Joshimath and stay in a hotel/lodge.
After breakfast in the early morning, we will start our drive towards Dhak village, which is the starting point of trek. The drive will be 45 minutes long and then we will start our trek. The trek will be 5-6 hours long and take you to the Guling campsite situated at 9832 feet. You will enter a huge valley after climbing a steep section. The trail is uphill throughout the way. Reach the campsite and relax.
Dinner and overnight stay in camps.
Wake up and start your trek towards Khullara after having breakfast. The trek will be mild steep and it ascends throughout the way to Khullara. The trail passes through the dense forest of oak and small streams on the way. Enjoy the views at the campsite.
Dinner and overnight stay in camps.
Today you will be crossing the Kuari Pass. The initial trail starting from Khullara is steep and continues for around 1 hour. The trail goes on the mountain ridge and reaches to the top. From the top, get ready for the heavenly views of Himalayas.
Enjoy the breathtaking views of Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Dronagiri, Hathi Ghoda, Nilgiri, etc. Take the descending trail from the Kuari top which will lead you through the Kuari Pass. Have lunch and get back by retracing the same route through the ridge. Reach the Chitrakantha campsite.
Dinner and overnight stay in camps.
Your day will start with a moderate climb towards Tali lake. It will take around 40 minutes to reach the lake. After this ascent, the remaining trail will be downhill. You can spot the Gorson Bugyal and villages from the trail. Descend down to Auli and drive to Joshimath.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel/lodge.
We begin our drive back to Haridwar/Rishikesh in the early morning. The return journey will be through the same route and take 10-12 hours.
We will reach Haridwar/Rishikesh by evening.
Transport from Rishikesh to Joshimath and return
Trek Guide , porters /mules , cook, helpers.
Tents , Sleeping Bags Mattress.
All meals during the trek
Forest Permits / Tourist Permits / Camping Permits if any .
Everyday use utensils including lunch boxes , plates , mugs etc .
Any expenses for optional activities or tickets, unless quoted in Inclusions.
Insurance, Items of personal nature like porterage, tips, laundry etc
Any Entry Fees
Any additional expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellation / roadblocks/landslides/ strike or any other natural causes out of human control or any emergency evacuation expenses.
Anything not mentioned in Inclusions
Any Kind of Expense for Loss / Misplaced / Theft of personal belongings.???????
Q. What will be the group size?
Usually, we take maximum 12-15 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.
We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.
Q. Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?
All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certified mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.
All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.
Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?
Yes definitely it is, safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.
Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?
Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.
Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?
We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.
Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?
We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.
Q. Which shoes should I buy?
Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.
Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.
Q. What will be the type of accommodation?
It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.
Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?
Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.
Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?
It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.
Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?
After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.
Q. What type of food is served during the trek?
We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.
Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?
Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.
In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.
Q. Can we change the itinerary?
Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.
Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?
Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.
Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?
No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.
Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?
Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.
Q. Diamox is advisable or not?
Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.
Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.
Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?
It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.
Q. What will we do if it rains?
If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.
Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?
Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.