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Kuari Pass Trek

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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.

Short Itinerary

1st Day : Drive from Haridwar/Rishikesh to Karnaprayag ( 10-12 Hours drive )

2nd Day : Drive from Karnaprayag to Dhak; 45 minutes. Trek from Dhak (6,956 ft) to Guling (9,832) ft; 5-6 hours

3rd Day : Guling (9,832) ft to Lower Khullara (10,492 ft); 4-5 hours

4th Day : Lower Khullara (10,492 ft) to Khullara via Kuari Pass (12,516 ft); 8 hours

5th Day : Lower Khullara (11,031 ft) to Auli (8,625 ft); 4-5 hours. Drive to Karnaprayag; 45 minutes

6th Day : Drive from Joshimath to Haridwar. You will reach Haridwar between 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm

Fixed Departures

24th Jan to 29th Jan Open {24th Jan (Sunday) 06:00 AM to 29th Jan (Friday) 08:00 PM}

6th Feb to 11th Feb Open {6th Feb (Saturday) 06:00 AM to 11th Feb (Thursday) 08:00 PM}

13th Feb to 18th Feb Open {13th Feb (Saturday) 06:00 AM to 18th Feb (Thursday) 08:00 PM}

27th Feb to 4th Mar Open {27th Feb (Saturday) 06:00 AM to 4th Mar (Thursday) 08:00 PM}

6th Mar to 11th Mar Open {6th Mar (Saturday) 06:00 AM to 11th Mar (Thursday) 08:00 PM}

Itinerary (Dehradun to Dehradun)

  • 1

    1st Day : Drive from Haridwar/Rishikesh to Karnaprayag ( 10-12 Hours drive )

    Karnaprayag is about 250 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 Karnaprayag

    Reach Karnaprayag and stay in a hotel/lodge.

  • 2

    2nd Day : Drive from Karnaprayag to Dhak; 45 minutes. Trek from Dhak (6,956 ft) to Guling (9,832) ft; 5-6 hours

    After breakfast in the early morning, we will start our drive towards Dhak village, which is the starting point of Kuari Pass 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.

  • 3

    3rd Day : Guling (9,832) ft to Lower Khullara (10,492 ft); 4-5 hours

    Wake up and start your trek towards lower 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.

  • 4

    4th Day : Lower Khullara (10,492 ft) to Khullara via Kuari Pass (12,516 ft); 8 hours

    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.

  • 5

    5th Day : Lower Khullara (11,031 ft) to Auli (8,625 ft); 4-5 hours. Drive to Karnaprayag; 45 minutes

    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 Karnaprayag.

    Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel/lodge.

  • 6

    6th Day : Drive from Joshimath to Haridwar. You will reach Haridwar between 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm

    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.

    End of Kuari Pass Trek.

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Accommodation: Stay is included from day 1 to Day 6 – you will be staying at hotel and camps on all days of trekking.

Transportation: Dehradun To Dehradun

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.

Camping Charges: All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.

Support Staff: Certified Trek Leader and Local Guide.

Trekking Equipment: you will be staying in high quality tents and sleeping bags in all the camps. We provide high altitude sleeping bags which can stand temperatures as low as - 10? c. We also provide ropes, micro spikes, gaiters etc. As required.

Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, Stretchers etc. will be available at all campsites to deal with emergencies. 


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.

Cancellation Policy

No cancellations will be taken over call or whatsapp msg. Please reply to the email of payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.

 Free Cancellation upto 60 days before the departure date

 59 Days to 45 days of Departure date. 10% of total Trip cost. (Booking amount is non-refundable)

 44 Days to 30 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost

 29 Days to 15 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost.

 15 Days to 8 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost.

 7 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost.

 No Show . No refund.

Incase 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 even certain activities are cancelled , 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 upto 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 customer. Company will not be liable.

 Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.

Things To Pack

Down Jacket (Main jacket)

Raincoat/ Poncho

Inner Layer

Tshirt or Fleece

Track Pant

Extra pair of Socks

Trekking/ Hiking Shoes (Forclaz 100 and above or Arpenaz 100. Checkout in Decathlon stores)

Woolen Cap

Rucksack (At least 40L)

Mufflers/ Neck Warmer

Extra pair of Clothes



Power Bank

Sunscreen Lotion



Water Bottle

Tissue Roll

Hand Sanitizer

Personal Toiletries


First Aid Kit

*Add extra thermal layers and sweater during the winter season


Q. What will be the group size for Kuari Pass Trek?

Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 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 Kuari Pass 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 trek solo?

Yes definitely it is, the 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 Kuari Pass Trek?

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 trek?

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 Kuari Pass 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 Kuari Pass Trek 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 Kuari Pass 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 Kuari Pass 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.

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