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Kuari Pass Trek

The trek with the grandest mountain views of Uttarakhand

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Kuari pass is a mountain lovers’ delight. You have an unending vista of the biggest mountains in India opening up right from day one. You even get to see the clearest view of the full face of Mt Nanda Devi, India’s highest mountain.  

More than this, Kuari Pass is a near-perfect trek. You go through ancient forests filled with oaks and rhododendrons. Just as your eyes are getting used to the tree canopy above, the trail opens into meadows. This interplay of different kinds of landscapes makes the trek very exciting. 

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You camp at outstanding locations on this trek. Whether it is the forests of Chitrakantha or the Khullara meadow in the shadow of Mt Dronagiri, each campsite leaves you in awe of your surroundings.

If you are stepping into the Himalayas for the first time then Kuari Pass is the trek to do. It is almost crafted perfectly for the beginner.

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What I Like and Don’t Like About Kuari Pass Trek

What I Like About the Kuari Pass Trek

Sandhya is a founding partner at Indiahikes. Over the past ten years, she has explored and put on the map a few of the greatest Himalayan treks in India, including Kashmir Great Lakes and Kedarkantha. She is a TedX Speaker and has been awarded the Women of Worth Award by Outlook Business in 2017. Here’s Sandhya talking about one of our most Beautiful Trek Amidst the Tallest Summits treks in our country.

1 . The rare view of Mt Nanda Devi

What I like about the Kuari Pass trek is that it offers easy access to this spectacular view. You see Mt. Nanda Devi from Gorson Bugyal to Auli. After you cross the Gorson Bugyal, the view disappears.

This view of Nanda Devi is one top reason why I would do the Kuari Pass trek. 

Not only, Nanda Devi, you see other big mountains also, like the Dronagiri mountains. Dronagiri and Mt. Nanda Devi stand side by side. You see Neelkanth, Chaukhamba, Hathi, Ghoda all pretty close.

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Mt Nanda Devi – Gorson Bugyal offers outstanding views of India’s tallest summit. Picture by Vaibhav Jain

2 . The picturesque oak forests 

The lovely oak forests of Kuari Pass are the second reason why I like this trek. These forests are typical in the Uttarakhand region, but you find them only in certain treks like Roopkund, Brahmatal, and Dayara Bugyal. 

Compared to the rest, I like the oak forest of Kuari Pass the best. This is simply because oak forests on this trek are placed so beautifully. These oak forests come in a section where the climb is not very steep. So, you have an easy walk through the oak forest. 

It’s magical to see oak forests in snowfall. Usually, our mind conjures up images of pine forests in snowfall. But here, the experience is different. 

As snow falls through the oak forests, it’s almost like you see bows being formed on the trees. It feels like only the red balls are missing now to complete the look. 

Apart from the look, the Kuari Pass trek has an interesting landscape with oak forests merging into meadows. Unlike the steep forest sections on Roopkund and Brahmatal trek, here it is gradual. So it’s like a flattish oak forest walk where you can appreciate the beauty. And this section is not very long. You come across it on Day 3 and Day 4 of the trek for around one and a half and two hours. 

This, especially with the snow and oak forest combination, makes for a very beautiful experience. 

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Kuari Pass trek – A trail amidst the magical Padiyar forest Picture by Jothiranjan

3 . The unforgettable walks in the meadows

The next big reason to do the Kuari Pass trek is the Gorson Bugyal. Once you cross the tree line, the Gorson Bugyal stretches in front of you. It’s not like Ali Bugyal. But the setting of this bugyal lingers in your mind long after you are back from the trek. 

As you step into Gorson Bugyal, on one side you have the grand Dronagiri and Nanda Devi.  And then, on the other side, you have these green meadows stretched in front of you. 

The pretty Gorson Bugyal is one part of it. The other part is Chitrakantha. This is a meadowy ridge at 12,000 feet. To walk on this ridge is also an experience to cherish.

What’s great is that the meadows of Kuari Pass are extremely beautiful in any season. If you go in early autumn, it’s lush green. In late autumn it is golden, and it is also extremely beautiful. And winter offers a stark, white setting. 

In all settings, the meadows and the mountain views in contrast are very beautiful. 

Through and through it’s a meadow. The trek ends with the setting of a meadow. During summer, snow melts from the meadow and you have fresh green grass growing.

It is a legendary trail. You have the Lord Curzon trail passing through it. Kuari Pass is an old trek.

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Lord Curzon trail passing through Kuari Pass

What I don't Like About the Kuari Pass Trek

1 . Trek Route from Auli

I wish the Kuari Pass trek had started from the Auli side. Now, the trek starts from Karchi and ends at Auli. I wish it was the other way round. 

I’ll tell you why. When you trek to Kuari Pass from the Karchi side, all the spectacular mountain views are behind you. I miss having these views in front of me. You get this when you do the trek from Auli. But that route is not very practical. 

From Auli, you tend to gain altitude too quickly while reaching the next campsite at Tali. And, availability of water here is also a challenge. 

Due to these reasons, it’s better to begin the trek from the Karchi side. But I wish it was the other way round. 

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Mt Nanda Devi in the distance as seen from the popular artificial lake at Auli.

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The Grand Mountain Views from Kuari Pass Trek

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You see Mt. Nanda Devi from Gorson Bugyal to Auli. After you cross the Gorson Bugyal, the view disappears.

Not only, Nanda Devi, you see other big mountains also, like the Dronagiri mountains. Dronagiri and Mt. Nanda Devi stand side by side. You seeNeelkanth, Chaukhamba, Hathi Ghoda all pretty close.

Do you know the story behind the naming of Kuari Pass?

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The name Kuari Pass was coined in 1905. It was coined by Lord Curzon, who trekked from Ghat, Gwaldam to Kuari Pass. The trail is well known as Kuari Pass or Lord Curzon Trail now. 

Before 1905, the locals did not take this pass and were fairly untouched. The pass was untouched because of the local deity. 

Lord Curzon took this cue from the local language of what stands for Virgin land and termed it Kuari Pass. 

There is another mystery about the name of Kuari Pass. It is said that there was a Japanese traveller who attempted to climb Nanda Devi with her daughter. But, unfortunately, they disappeared on this climb. 

After multiple search attempts, the daughter was found on Kuari Pass, but the mother wasn't. Legend says that the daughter's name was Kurai and the mother's name was Nanda. Hence, the names were given to the mountains.

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The Kuari Pass Trek also known as “the Lord Curzon trail” , is an exhilarating adventure that takes you through the breathtaking landscapes of the Himalayas. Nestled in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, India, this trek offers a mesmerizing experience for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

In this article, we will delve into the details of the trek, including its scenic beauty, difficulty level, the best time to visit, trek itinerary, safety measures, and much more.

Kuari Pass Trek

  • Max Altitude:  12,516 Ft. (3,815M)
  • Average Trekking Fees: INR 7000 – INR 12,000
  • Distance: 32 - 35 kms
  • Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
  • Duration: 5-6 days
  • Ideal For: Both First Time & Experienced Trekkers
  • Best Season: October – March
  • Region: Uttarakhand

Overview of Kuari Pass Trek

Kuari Pass Forest Trail

The Kuari Pass Trek is a popular trail that spans approximately 33 kilometers . Situated at 3,800 meters, it offers panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, including Nanda Devi, Dronagiri, Kamet, and Trishul.

The trek usually starts from the picturesque village of Joshimath and takes you through dense forests, charming meadows, and snow-clad landscapes.

The Scenic Beauty

As you go on this trek, you’ll be mesmerized by the stunning natural beauty that unfolds before your eyes. The trail takes you through enchanting rhododendron and oak forests, where you can witness various flora and fauna.

The vibrant colors of the wildflowers, such as primroses and blue poppies, paint a picturesque canvas against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks.

The serene meadows of Gorson Bugyal and Tali Top offer breathtaking views of the Himalayas, making it a photographer’s paradise.

Kuari Pass Trek Difficulty Level

The Kuari Pass Trek is moderately difficult and suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers . The trail involves a gradual ascent, allowing trekkers to acclimatize to the high altitude.

However, it is essential to maintain a good level of fitness and stamina as the trek involves walking for several hours each day.

Prior trekking experience is not mandatory, but regular exercise and cardiovascular training will enhance your trekking experience.

Best Time to Visit Kuari Pass Trek

The best time to go on this trek is from April to June and September to November . During these periods, the weather is pleasant, and the clear skies offer magnificent views of the surrounding peaks. The months of April and May bring the blossoming of rhododendrons, adding a vibrant touch to the landscapes. Avoid trekking during the monsoon season (July and August) due to heavy rainfall and the risk of landslides.

One can else do the trek in the months of December – February to enjoy the snowfall and see the winter wonderland.

Cost and Budgeting for Kuari Pass Trek

The cost of the trek can vary depending on various factors, such as the duration of the trek, accommodation choices, and transportation. The trek costs range from INR 8,000 to INR 12,000 +GST per person , including meals, accommodation, permits, guide charges, and equipment rental. 

It is advisable to book through a reputable  trekking agency  that provides experienced guides and ensures safety standards.

How to Reach Kuari Pass

To reach the starting point of the Kuari Pass Trek, you need to reach Joshimath, a town in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Joshimath is well-connected by road from major cities like Delhi, Dehradun, and Haridwar.

The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, and the railway station is Rishikesh. You can hire a local taxi or take a shared cab from Joshimath to reach the trek starting point0

Kuari Pass Trek Itinerary

Kuari Pass Summit

Day 1: Arrival in Joshimath, Acclimatization, and Orientation

Upon your arrival in Joshimath, a picturesque town in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, you will be greeted by the stunning vistas of the Garhwal Himalayas. Joshimath is the base camp for the Kuari Pass Trek, and you will spend the first day acclimatizing to the high altitude and getting oriented for the upcoming adventure.

After checking into your accommodation, you can stroll through the town, exploring the local markets and soaking in the serene atmosphere. You should visit the famous Narasimha Temple, which holds great religious significance for the locals. Take this day to relax, adjust to the altitude, and prepare yourself physically and mentally for the trekking experience ahead.

Day 2: Joshimath to Auli (Drive) and Auli to Tali Top (Trek)

On the second day, you will go on your trekking journey. After an early morning breakfast, you will drive from Joshimath to Auli, a beautiful ski resort renowned for its panoramic views of the Nanda Devi and Kamet peaks. The drive to Auli is approximately 15 kilometers and takes about an hour.

Upon reaching Auli, you will start your trek toward Tali Top, which is situated at around 11,070 feet (3,375 meters) above the tree line. The trail winds through lush meadows and enchanting oak and rhododendron forests and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks. It takes around 4-5 hours to reach Tali Top, where you will set up your camp for the night.

Day 3: Tali Top to Khulara (Trek)

After a rejuvenating night’s sleep amidst the tranquil surroundings of Tali Top, you will continue your trek toward Khulara. The trail gradually ascends, offering awe-inspiring views of the Himalayan ranges, including Mt. Nanda Devi, Mt. Dronagiri, and Mt. Chaukhamba.

As you go through the enchanting landscape, you will come across pristine alpine meadows dotted with vibrant wildflowers during the summer months. After approximately 5-6 hours of trekking, you will reach Khulara, a scenic camping spot at about 12,516 feet (3,815 meters). Settle into your camp, enjoy a delicious meal, and spend the night under the starry sky.

Day 4: Khulara to Kuari Pass (Trek) and Back to Khulara

The fourth day of the trek will be the most exhilarating as you make your way to the highlight of the journey, the Kuari Pass. After an early morning start, you will ascend through a steep trail, sometimes covered with snow, adding adventure to the experience.

Upon reaching the Kuari Pass, located at an altitude of approximately 12,516 feet (3,820 meters), you will be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of majestic peaks like Nanda Devi, Kamet, Chaukhamba, Trishul, and Dronagiri. Take time to soak in the awe-inspiring scenery, capture memorable photographs, and relish the sense of accomplishment.

After spending some time at the pass, you will retrace your steps and descend back to Khulara, where you will spend the night in your camp, surrounded by the serene beauty of the Himalayan wilderness.

Day 5: Khulara to Auli (Trek) and Auli to Joshimath (Drive)

On the final day of the trek, you will bid farewell to Khulara and commence your descent towards Auli. The trail offers mesmerizing views of the snow-clad peaks and verdant valleys, making for a memorable journey. The trek from Khulara to Auli takes around 3-4 hours.

Upon reaching Auli, you will board the waiting vehicle for a scenic drive back to Joshimath. The drive offers a final opportunity to immerse yourself in the majestic landscapes and reflect on the incredible experiences of the past few days. Upon reaching Joshimath, you can rest, celebrate your successful trek, and reminisce about the mesmerizing sights you encountered.

Please Note:  This is a general itinerary, which is followed by most of the trekking groups in India. However, there might be slight differences on the itinerary depending on the trekking group you opt to go with. Some groups also start from Dhak village about 12 kms from Joshimath

Highlights of the Kuari Pass Trek

Camping on The Trek

The Kuari Pass Trek is a spectacular journey through the Garhwal Himalayas, offering a multitude of highlights that leave trekkers in awe of their surroundings.

  • Panoramic Himalayan Views:  The trek provides breathtaking panoramic views of towering Himalayan peaks such as Nanda Devi, Kamet, Chaukhamba, Trishul, and Dronagiri. The snow-capped summits create a mesmerizing backdrop throughout the journey.
  • Kuari Pass Summit:  The high point of the trek is reaching the Kuari Pass, situated at an elevation of around 12,516 feet (3,820 meters). Standing at the pass, trekkers are rewarded with a jaw-dropping 360-degree view of the surrounding peaks and valleys.
  • Enchanting Campsites:  The trek offers opportunities to camp in serene and picturesque locations. Camping amidst alpine meadows, surrounded by colorful wildflowers during the summer months, adds to the enchanting experience of the trek.
  • Rich Biodiversity:  The trail takes trekkers through lush forests of oak and rhododendron, showcasing the region’s rich biodiversity. Spotting exotic flora and fauna along the way, including vibrant Himalayan bird species, adds to the trek’s allure.
  • Local Culture and Villages:  Interactions with local villagers during the trek offer insights into the traditional mountain lifestyle and warm hospitality. Trekkers can witness the unique culture, architecture, and way of life of the Garhwal region.
  • Scenic Beauty of Auli: The trek begins from Auli, a famous ski resort known for its stunning beauty and panoramic vistas. The meadows of Auli, adorned with vibrant flowers, create a picturesque setting at the start of the journey.

Exploring Nearby Attractions​

After completing the Kuari Pass Trek, you can explore nearby attractions like Auli, a popular skiing destination, and Badrinath, one of the Char Dham pilgrimage sites. The Valley of Flowers National Park, known for its vibrant alpine flowers, is also a must-visit attraction in the region.

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Essential Gear and Equipment for the trek

Proper gear and equipment are crucial for a successful and comfortable trek. Here’s a checklist of essential items:

  • Sturdy trekking shoes
  • Trekking poles
  • Warm clothing, including thermals, fleece jackets, and down jackets
  • Raincoat or poncho
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water bottles and hydration system
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Sunscreen lotion and sunglasses
  • First aid kit
  • Snacks and energy bars

Safety Measures and Precautions

While undertaking the Kuari Pass Trek, it’s important to prioritize safety. Here are a few safety measures and precautions to keep in mind:

  • Acclimatize properly to the high altitude.
  • Stay hydrated and carry water purification tablets.
  • Follow the instructions of your trek leader or guide.
  • Carry necessary medications and a first aid kit.
  • Dress in layers to adapt to changing weather conditions.
  • Be cautious while walking on steep or slippery terrain.
  • Respect the local culture and environment.

Tips for a Successful Kuari Pass Trek

Snowfall on the trek

To make your Kuari Pass Trek memorable and enjoyable, here are some valuable tips:

  • Start preparing and training your body at least a month before the trek.
  • Carry sufficient cash, as ATM facilities might be limited in remote areas.
  • Pack light and carry only essential items.
  • Stay hydrated and consume a balanced diet during the trek.
  • Engage with the local community and learn about their culture.
  • Respect the environment and leave no trace of your presence.
  • Enjoy the journey and embrace the challenges that come your way.

Commencing on the Kuari Pass Trek is an experience that will leave you awe-struck by the majestic beauty of the Himalayas. With its scenic landscapes, moderate difficulty level, and a chance to immerse yourself in nature, this trek is an ideal choice for adventure seekers. So, pack your bags, lace up your trekking shoes, and get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Kuari Pass is famous for its panoramic views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks, including Nanda Devi, Kamet, Chaukhamba, Trishul, and Dronagiri. It is also known for its alpine meadows, pristine forests, and enchanting campsites.

Yes, the Kuari Pass trek is considered moderately difficult. It involves trekking through varied terrains, including steep ascents, rocky trails, and sometimes snowy paths. Prior trekking experience and a good level of fitness are recommended to fully enjoy the trek.

Kuari Pass is located in the state of Uttarakhand, India.

Kuari Pass is situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India.

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Kuari Pass Trek was explored by Lord Curzon when the British ruled India. It is a perfect Trek for Beginners which lies in the Garhwal Himalayas at an altitude of 4,264 meters.

So, if you are a beginner and thinking to start in the Himalayas then Kuari Pass can be the first trek of your Himalayan journey. And, it is best for nature lovers because of its untouched surroundings, scenic vistas and views of lofty peaks.

The Kuari Pass Trek is a popular trekking route in the Garhwal region of the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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Here is some important information you should know before planning your trip:

Trek Duration: The Kuari Pass trek is typically a 5-6 day trek, covering a total distance of around 33-35 km.

Trek Difficulty: The trek is considered to be of moderate difficulty level and can be done by beginners as well as experienced trekkers.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to do the Kuari Pass trek is between April to June and September to November. or Winter December to April end

Starting Point: The trek usually starts from a small village called Dhak in Uttarakhand.

Altitude: The highest point of the trek is the Kuari Pass which is situated at an altitude of 12,516 ft (3,815 m).

Weather Conditions: The weather conditions on the trek can be unpredictable and can change rapidly. It is important to be prepared for rain, snow and cold weather conditions.

Permits: A permit is required to do the trek, which can be obtained from the forest department office in Joshimath.

Accommodation: There are several options for accommodation on the trek, including tents, guesthouses and lodges.

Fitness Requirements: The trek requires a moderate level of fitness, and it is recommended to do some physical training before embarking on the trek.

Equipment: It is important to carry appropriate trekking equipment such as trekking shoes, warm clothes, rain gear, sleeping bags and a backpack.

Here are some of the notable peaks that are visible from the Kuari Pass summit:

  • Nanda Devi: Nanda Devi is the highest peak entirely within India, standing at an elevation of 7,816 meters (25,643 feet). It is one of the most prominent and revered peaks in the region.
  • Kamet: Kamet is the second highest peak in the Garhwal region, with an elevation of 7,756 meters (25,446 feet). It is known for its pyramid-like shape and challenging climbing routes.
  • Dronagiri: Dronagiri is a group of peaks, with the highest point reaching 7,066 meters (23,182 feet). It is notable for its picturesque beauty and mythological significance.
  • Chaukhamba: Chaukhamba is a group of four peaks, with the highest peak reaching an elevation of 7,138 meters (23,419 feet). The name Chaukhamba translates to “four pillars” and represents the four celestial deities.
  • Hathi Parvat: Hathi Parvat, meaning “Elephant Peak,” is a prominent mountain in the region, resembling the shape of an elephant. It stands at an elevation of 6,727 meters (22,073 feet).
  • Ghori Parbat: Ghori Parbat is another significant peak visible from the Kuari Pass summit, reaching an elevation of 6,708 meters (22,008 feet).

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Why Kuari Pass Trek?

The Kuari Pass trek is a popular trek in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, known for its breathtaking views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks. There are several reasons why people choose to do this trek:

Scenic Beauty: The Kuari Pass trek offers stunning vistas of some of the highest peaks in the world, including Nanda Devi, Kamet, and Trishul. The trail takes you through lush green meadows, dense forests, charming villages, and alpine landscapes, providing a visual treat for nature lovers and photographers.

Adventure and Challenge: The trek presents a moderate level of difficulty, making it suitable for both experienced trekkers and beginners. It involves ascending to an altitude of around 4,264 meters (13,990 feet) at Kuari Pass, which adds a sense of adventure and achievement. The trail includes steep climbs, narrow ridges, and sometimes even snow, providing a thrilling experience for adventure enthusiasts.

Cultural Immersion: The region is inhabited by local communities like the Garhwali and Tibetan people, giving trekkers an opportunity to interact with and learn about their rich culture and traditions. You can visit small mountain villages, interact with the locals, and get a glimpse of their lifestyle, architecture, and cuisine.

Flora and Fauna: The Kuari Pass trek takes you through diverse ecosystems, including oak and rhododendron forests, which are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. You may come across different bird species, Himalayan wildlife like musk deer, and if you’re lucky, you might spot the elusive snow leopard.

Solitude and Serenity: While the Kuari Pass trek is gaining popularity, it still offers a sense of solitude and tranquility compared to more crowded treks in the region. The pristine surroundings, untouched landscapes, and peaceful atmosphere make it an ideal choice for those seeking a break from the chaos of daily life.

Trekking Infrastructure: The trek is well-established with designated campsites, trekking routes, and experienced local guides and porters available. This infrastructure ensures a relatively comfortable and safe trekking experience, especially for those who are new to trekking or prefer some level of support.

snowfall in kuari pass trek

About Base camp Joshimath in Kuari Pass Trek

It is a picturesque town in Chamoli at an altitude of 1875 m nestled amid high Himalayan peaks. It is the base camp of many Himalayan treks and the gateway to famous pilgrim sites like Badrinath .

There is spirituality in the air because of the presence of ancient temples. It is home to one of the four “Math” “Atharva Veda” by Adi Shankar Acharya. Joshimath has a tranquil charm away from the cacophony of cities.

The gushing rivers and silent streams with the cover of verdant green and the pious ancient temples in the area will surely lure you to come here again and again.

Overwhelming sight of the Himalayas in Kuari Pass Trek

Get exotic mountain views from the very first day of the trek. Go higher and get welcomed by the great view of gigantic peaks which will accompany you all along the way.

Kuari pass top is known for the clear and overwhelming sight of the Himalayas because close and imposing views are the real attraction of this trek.

Therefore, the peaks visible from the summit are – Trishul, Chaukhamba, and Kamet, Nanda Devi peaks, Nanda Ghunti, Neelkanth, Dronagiri, Changbang, Mana, Mukut Parbat, Rishi pahad and others.

During the trek, pass through remote villages of the Himalayas and dense forests. Mainly of Oaks and Deodar. Moreover, spot Himalayan animals and rare species of birds on the way. And, in this region the Rhododendron (Burans) trees with beautiful crimson flowers are found in abundance.

In addition to the beauty of Kuari Pass trek, the meadows present here are lavish and walking on their velvety grass is a great pleasure!

Further, traverse Vinayak Pass and head to Kuari Top, it is the highest point of this trek. From here, Nanda Devi Massif looks beautiful among all other peaks and becomes the highlight.

kuari pass trek basecamp

Here are some brief details about the Trek

Before heading towards the itinerary, it is really essential to perceive the reason behind choosing Kuari Pass trek.

See firstly, the trekking distance is a total of by taxi 588 Kms and on foot 33 km which is to be covered in 6 days.

Kuari pass is the best winter trek of Uttarakhand Himalayas, this is the best trek for families, Students, and Beginners Altitude is 12516 feet

Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature winter?

You got to see so many heavenly bodies in one place like the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges, meadows, one of the beautiful Trishul, Chaukhamba, and Kamet, Nanda Devi peaks, Nanda Ghunti, Neelkanth, Dronagiri, Changbang, Mana, Mukut Parbat, Rishi pahad and others. , pine forests, and different variety of flora and fauna surpassing through bona fide Garhwali heritage and culture.

Do spare time in Interaction with locals, and you will get to know about some of the ancient tales of Indian mythology. And our Garhwali Culture

And, in winter / summer, the Kuari pass trek turns totally different and amusing because of meadows, wildflowers and woods blooming in different colors.

Beautiful landscapes so carry proper photo gear & Extra battery backup.

The backpack should not exceed 10 to 12 kg only

Is it safe trek for me ?

Yes the Kuari pass trek is very safe. All our professional strive our best to provide trekkers with the best experience possible. Kuari Pass Trek is a moderate trek that starts from Dhak Village. These treks are uphill, You can do this trek comfortably, it is a good way to go through beautiful forests, which makes your trek easy.

Whenever you go for a trek, do it with full enthusiasm, do not think much, you keep adding yourself day by day with Himalayas, then everything will be easy for you. all trek route more beautiful

During the day the temperature of Kuari pass is around Winter temperature is  -3°C to -5 °C  and during the night the temperature comes down to -5 °C  to -15 °C  which is not bad.

Summer may ot june months  temperature is  8 °C to 15 °C  and during the night the temperature comes down to  5 °C  to 12°C  which is not bad. this is very good for summer trek kuari pass.

Kuari Pass Trek Weather

How to difficulty level kuari pass

Kuari Pass Trek is a very beautiful winter or summer trek and an uphill trek in the Uttarakhand Himalayas, The Kuari pass Trek is great for those people who have a great passion for mountaineering and consider it a special purpose in their life. Despite the fact that the top is relatively low in elevation, we recommend physical endurance and a strong fitness record.

You have to travel 544 kms from Dehradun to Joshimath and return Joshimath to Dehradun by taxi and 33 kms on foot from Dhak Village to kuari pass summit 12516 Feet and back to Joshimath.

These treks are not very difficult but you can, we are doing it for the last 30 years, some people come from all over the world who have their own fitness level and all people easily do trek to Kuari pass.

Don’t think much, dedicate yourself to nature, it will be easy for you, and always take the help of your trek leader, wake up in the morning during the trek, do some yoga and pranayam per day morning.

When does snowfall start in Kuari Pass trek?

In the Kuari pass trek, especially snowfall time occurs only in December, but sometimes it happens in early November as well, it is seasonal.

By the way, if it rains sometimes even in October, then the Kuari pass trek Summit  becomes snowfall, but I do not know much longer.

The snow that falls from 15th December lasts for a long time.

Kuari pass trek has the highest snowfall in the months of January and February, which lasts till the last of May, and does not melt easily.

  What should you keep in mind for the Kuari Pass trek?

Physical Fitness: The Kuari Pass trek involves moderate-level difficulty, including steep ascents and descents. It is advisable to engage in regular physical exercise and cardio workouts to build stamina and endurance before the trek. Additionally, consult with a healthcare professional to ensure you are physically fit for the trek.

Acclimatization: As the trek involves gaining significant altitude, it’s essential to acclimatize properly to avoid altitude sickness. Plan your itinerary in a way that allows for gradual ascent and includes rest days at higher altitudes. Stay hydrated, maintain a slow and steady pace, and be aware of any symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headache, nausea, or dizziness.

Trekking Gear: Invest in appropriate trekking gear to ensure your comfort and safety on the trail. Essential items include sturdy trekking boots, moisture-wicking clothing, a warm and waterproof jacket, thermal layers, a sun hat, sunglasses, gloves, and a good quality backpack. Don’t forget to pack essentials like a first aid kit, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a headlamp.

Weather Conditions: Be prepared for changing weather conditions in the mountains. Pack clothing that caters to both warm and cold temperatures, as the weather can vary throughout the day. Check the weather forecast before the trek and plan accordingly.

Permits and Regulations: Obtain the necessary permits from the forest department or local authorities before starting the trek. Familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations of the trekking area, and follow the guidelines to ensure minimal impact on the environment. Respect the local culture and customs during your interactions with the communities along the trail.

Hydration and Food: Carry an adequate supply of water and stay hydrated throughout the trek. There are several water sources along the trail, but it is advisable to treat or purify the water before consumption. Carry high-energy snacks and packed meals to keep yourself fueled during the trek.

Trekking Support: Consider hiring a local guide or trekking agency that has experience in organizing the Kuari Pass trek. They can provide valuable assistance, local knowledge, and ensure your safety throughout the journey. If you are trekking independently, inform someone about your itinerary and keep them updated on your progress.

Leave No Trace: Practice responsible trekking by following the principles of “Leave No Trace.” Respect the environment by not littering and disposing of waste properly. Minimize your impact on the surroundings and leave the trail as you found it.

kuari pass trek Campsite

  Winter Season

  • In Kuari pass winter trek , you will need warm clothes a lot, for which you will need proper good uniform clothes
  • Winters are always cold, so only warm clothes can keep you safe on trek
  • Always take the information from the company with which you are booking the trek before going on the trek, what do we need to bring
  • In the winter season, the temperature always drops day by day , so warm clothes will help you a lot.
  • The minimum snowfall in Kunari Pass trek is 2 feet and more than 5 feet.

Summer Season

  • Summer trek to Kuari pass trek is very special, the view and the temperature are all favorable to you
  • For summer trek, you have to bring only normal clothes, so that your trek can be good, there is no need for hot clothes, but in hiking it is also necessary to bring all the equipment which is necessary for you.
  • It is necessary to have 3 pairs of clothes from trekking, especially the poncho, you will have to bring every season
  • In the summer season, the temperature is always normal, so there is no need for hot clothes.

 Monsoon Season

  • During the monsoon season, it rains occasionally during the Kuari pass trek especially in the Uttarakhand Himalayas , so if you have dry clothes here, it is very good, even when wet, it dries quickly.
  • At this time you have to bring at least 3 pairs of clothes, for monsoon trek you do not have to bring too warm clothes, at this time you, hiking pants and t-Sart, I can trek
  • It’s only a little cold in the morning and evening and the day is a good temperature for you
  • Before going on any trek, it will be easy for you to take information related to each season.
  • Trekkers need to know about these, you can ask us anytime like, Kuari pass trek route, trek map, temperature, weather conditions, difficulty level, trek starting point, end point, transport, view of the trek, best time to visit, How to reach Kuari pass  trek distance etc, Trek Location, keep this information before going
  • 5. You also find some types of flowers in the Kuari pass trek which are very beautiful, these treks are very safe trek for monsoon.

The altitude we are going to cover in Kuari Pass Trek

  • Dhak village – 6956 ft
  • Gulling camp – 9632 ft
  • Khullara camp – 11,102 ft
  • Kuari pass Summit – 13,989 ft

Key Points of Kuari Pass Trek

  • Duration: –   5 Nights 6 Days from Rishikesh to Rishikesh
  • Base camp: – Joshimath
  • Summer Temperature: – Day (5°C to 15°C)   Night (2° C to 8° C)
  • Winter Temperature: – Day (-2°C to -5° C) Night (-5°C to -10°C)
  • Kuari pass Altitude: – 4264 Meters / 13,989 Feet
  • Best Time: – Kuari Pass Trek is perfect for both Summer and Winter treks,
  • Trek Level: – Moderate
  • Trek distance: – On foot 33 Km – By taxi 588 km

Short Itinerary of Kuari pass Trek –

  • Day 1– Pick-up to you from Rishikesh drive  to Joshimath  by taxi (256 Km) (10/11 Hours) (1,875 m/ 6,152 feet) overnight stay Hotel
  • Day 2 – Drive from Joshimath to Dhak by taxi (12 km) Same day trek to Gulling (06 km) (4/5 Hours)  ( Altitude –9,832 feet overnight stay Camp
  • Day 3 – Trek from Gulling to  Khullara camp  (05 km) (3/4 Hours) Altitude – 11,072 feet overnight stay at Camp
  • Day 4– Trek from Khullara camp  to  Kuari Pass (4,264/13,989 feet) back to Khullara camp (12  km) (6/7 Hours)  overnight stay at Camp
  • Day 5– Trek from Khullara camp to Dhak Village same day Drive to Joshimath  (09km) (5/6 Hours) overnight stay at hotel
  • Day 6– Drive from Joshimath to Haridwar via Rishikesh by taxi  (258 km) (9/10 Hours)

Your Travel Plan for the Kuari Pass Trek

You can book trains, air flights, and bus tickets for your journey only according to the information given by us.

The Kuari pass trek will be of 4 days and 02 days of your journey total of 06 Days from Haridwar to Haridwar or Dehradun to Dehradun

First of all, all the trekkers will have to book their flight and train bus according to our timetable as our pick-up is from 6 am to 7 am, and you will have to reach Haridwar in the morning.

A taxi from Himalayan hikers will link you to the Haridwar railway station.

In the Haridwar railway station, you will get our staff that will arrange transport for you. The contacts no Transport coordinator or our office team will give you a week ago to your departure

Please you guys book your transport facility according to your own timetable, after Himalayan Hikers take all the responsibility of Haridwar to Haridwar, you will not face any problems.

How to reach Kuari Pass Trek?

To reach Rishikesh, the starting point for the Kuari Pass trek, you have several transportation options depending on your location. Here are some common ways to reach Rishikesh:

By Air: The nearest airport to Rishikesh is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which is approximately 21 kilometers away. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a pre-booked private transfer to reach Rishikesh. Several domestic airlines operate regular flights to Dehradun from major cities in India.

By Train: Rishikesh has its own railway station called “Rishikesh Railway Station” (IR station code: RKSH). It is well-connected to various major cities in India. From the railway station, you can hire a taxi or an auto-rickshaw to reach your desired location in Rishikesh.

By Road: Rishikesh is well-connected by road and can be reached by bus or taxi from nearby cities. Regular bus services operate from Delhi, Dehradun, Haridwar, and other major towns in Uttarakhand to Rishikesh. If you prefer a more comfortable and private journey, you can hire a taxi or take a self-drive car to reach Rishikesh.

Once you reach Rishikesh, you can make further travel arrangements to reach the specific starting point of the Kuari Pass trek, which is usually Joshimath. You can hire a taxi or take a shared cab from Rishikesh to Joshimath, which is approximately a 9 to 10-hour drive. Joshimath serves as a base camp for the trek, and from there, the trekking route to Kuari Pass begins.

It’s advisable to plan your travel in advance, especially during the peak trekking season, and consider the weather conditions and road conditions while making your travel arrangements.

What is the distance to reach Kuari Pass from another state?

The distance to reach Rishikesh for the Kuari Pass trek from another state in India will depend on the specific starting location within that state. Here are the approximate distances from some major cities to Rishikesh:

Delhi: The distance from Delhi to Rishikesh is approximately 240 kilometers (149 miles) via road. It takes around 6-7 hours to reach Rishikesh from Delhi by car or bus.

Mumbai: The distance from Mumbai to Rishikesh is approximately 1,650 kilometers (1,025 miles) via road. It is a long journey, typically taking around 30-35 hours by car or bus.

Kolkata: The distance from Kolkata to Rishikesh is approximately 1,525 kilometers (948 miles) via road. It is a long journey, usually taking around 30-35 hours by car or bus.

Bengaluru: The distance from Bengaluru to Rishikesh is approximately 2,350 kilometers (1,460 miles) via road. It is a considerable distance, and travel time can range from 40-45 hours by car or bus.

Chennai: The distance from Chennai to Rishikesh is approximately 2,440 kilometers (1,516 miles) via road. It is a significant distance, and travel time can range from 40-45 hours by car or bus.

ATM Point and Mobile Connectivity in Kuari Pass Trek

Before starting the journey to Kuari trek, make sure that you need payments, and then take out the cash on the way, Joshimath, the market is the last place where you can withdraw cash from ATM,  (If you want to withdraw money then do it in Haridwar or Rishikesh.)

Mobile Connectivity

The phone does not work well on this trek. Therefore, you should ensure that you do not have to make any important calls. So make sure you finish all your important work and calls before starting the trek. Last Joshimath, your device will receive good networks.

What do we do for safety in Kuari Pass trek?

First of all, the safety of trekkers is much more for us, if you see at the trek, then there are all the risks, which I do not think about.

Himalayan Hikers worry more about you than no one should ever have any problem on the trek.

What should we and you keep more safety in the trek

  • Whenever you are going for any trek, it is very important that you go completely fit and ready.
  • The trek is not difficult, if you make your feet and your mind calm and strong, you will find the trek very easy.
  • While trekking, keep in mind that you are walking on the right route or not always with your guide.
  • Most people look somewhere and where they are walking, this can cause twitching in your legs, which can ruin your entire trek.
  • It is important to ask your doctor if you have any medical problems
  • I should always keep my medical kit with me, it is very important.
  • Himalayan Hikers always keep a medical kit with them, such as oxygen cylinders, and medicine to be given in an emergency on the trek
  • If any trekkers have any more problems, then they are brought back to the base camp by laying them on the stretcher.
  • Our camp in Kuari Pass trek is around the tree line where you can not have any problem with oxygen
  • In case of any medical problem, the help of your guide or well-informed trekkers should be taken

Day 1: Pickup from Rishikesh  Drive to Joshimath (base camp) by taxi or tempo travellers 

Total distance 257 km – 10/11 Hours journey

Mode of the journey – By taxi

Altitude – Joshimath– 6152 feet

Night stay –Hotel on twin/three share basis

Himalayan Hikers organizes transport for trekkers from Haridwar or Rishikesh in the morning which will leave for Joshimath around 6:00 am to 7:00 am.

Today start your journey with team Himalayan Hikers from Haridwar,or Rishikesh

The drive from Rishikesh to Joshimath, which serves as the base camp for the Kuari Pass trek, offers several scenic viewpoints along the way. Here are some notable viewpoints you can encounter during the journey:

  • Devprayag: Devprayag is the confluence of the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers, where they merge to form the holy river Ganges. It is a significant pilgrimage site and offers a picturesque view of the river’s meeting point.
  • Rudraprayag: Rudraprayag is another confluence point on the route, where the Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers merge. The town is surrounded by the scenic beauty of the Himalayas and is considered sacred by Hindus.
  • Karnaprayag: Karnaprayag is yet another confluence point, where the Alaknanda River meets the Pindar river. It is located at the confluence of the Pindar and Alaknanda valleys, providing beautiful views of the rivers and surrounding mountains.
  • Vishnuprayag: Vishnuprayag is the confluence of the Alaknanda river and the Dhauliganga river. It is named after Lord Vishnu and is considered one of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) in Uttarakhand.

Day 2: Drive Joshimath to Dhak by taxi (12km) same-day trek to Gulling camp

Total distance 18 km – 4/5 Hours journey

Mode of the journey – By taxi -12 km – On foot – 6 Km

Altitude – Gulling camp – 9,600 feet

Night Stay – Our Campsite – on a twin/three  share basis

travel from Joshimath to Dhak by taxi, which is a distance of approximately 12 kilometers (7.5 miles). Once you reach Dhak, you can start your trek to the Gulling camp viewpoint on the same day. Here’s a suggested plan:

  • Arrive in Joshimath: Start your day by reaching Joshimath, which serves as the base camp for the Kuari Pass trek.
  • Hire a Taxi: Hire a taxi or a shared cab from Joshimath to Dhak. The journey takes about 30-45 minutes, depending on the road conditions.
  • Trek from Dhak to Gulling: Once you reach Dhak, you can begin your trek towards the Gulling camp viewpoint. The trail from Dhak to Gulling is approximately 06 kilometers and can take around 4/5 hours, depending on your pace.
  • Enjoy the Viewpoint: As you trek from Dhak to Gulling, you will be treated to beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, forests, and valleys. The Gulling camp viewpoint offers a panoramic vista of the Himalayan landscape.
  • Overnight Stay: After spending some time at the Gulling camp viewpoint and enjoying the scenery, you can either choose to camp overnight at Gulling or trek back to Dhak and find accommodation there.

Please note that the trekking time and distances mentioned are approximate and can vary depending on your fitness level and the pace at which you trek. It’s advisable to start early in the day to allow ample time for the trek and ensure that you have enough daylight to reach your destination.

Day 3: Trek from Gulling to the Khullara Camp 

Trek Distance 05 km – 3/4 Hours journey

Mode of the journey – On foot – 5 Km

Altitude – Khullara  camp – 11,072 feet

Night Stay – Our Campsite – on a twin/thee  share basis

Wake up early in the morning and do not miss the morning sight of Chaukhamba peaks. After having breakfast leave for khullara  camp.

Apologies for the confusion in my previous response. The Kuari Pass trek does not typically include a campsite or viewpoint called “Gulling” or “khullara  campsite.” Therefore, there may have been a misunderstanding or misinformation.

The usual route for the Kuari Pass trek involves trekking from Dhak village to Tugasi, Khullara, and then reaching the Kuari Pass. After descending from the pass, trekkers typically stay at the Tali campsite. From Tali, the trek continues to Auli and ends at Joshimath.

If you have specific information about a different route or campsite named “Gulling” or “Tail campsite,” it would be best to consult a local trekking agency or experienced guides who are familiar with the region. They will be able to provide accurate information about the trekking routes, campsites, and viewpoints that are available.

Remember, it’s essential to have reliable and up-to-date information before undertaking any trek to ensure your safety and enjoyment.

Day 4: Trek from Khullara  camp to Kuari pass summit – (4264 Meters) back to Khullara campsite

Trek Distance 13 km – 8/9 Hours journey

Mode of the journey – On foot – 13 Km

Altitude – Kuari pass  Summit – 13,989 feet

Night Stay – Campsite – on a twin/three share basis

The trek from the Tail campsite to the Kuari Pass summit and back to the Khullara viewpoint is a significant part of the Kuari Pass trek. Here’s a breakdown of this section of the trek:

Khullara  Camp to Kuari Pass Summit:

  • Start early in the morning from the Tail campsite, which is located near Tali.
  • Begin the ascent towards the Kuari Pass summit, situated at an altitude of 4,264 meters (13,993 feet).
  • The trail involves a steep and gradual climb, crossing through alpine meadows, rocky terrain, and possibly some snow patches, depending on the season.
  • As you gain altitude, the panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and the surrounding Himalayan range become increasingly spectacular.
  • Reach the Kuari Pass summit, which offers breathtaking vistas of peaks such as Nanda Devi, Kamet, Dronagiri, and Chaukhamba.
  • Spend some time at the summit, taking in the awe-inspiring views and capturing memorable photographs.
  • Kuari Pass Summit to Khullara Viewpoint:
  • Descend from the Kuari Pass summit, retracing your steps back towards Khullara.
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery as you descend through the mountainous terrain, alpine meadows, and forests.
  • Reach the Khullara viewpoint, which offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and meadows.
  • Rest, relax, and soak in the natural beauty before continuing further.

Day 5: Trek from Khullara camp to Dhak Village same day Drive to Joshimath  (09km) (5/6 Hours) overnight stay at hotel

Trek Distance 09 km – 4/5 Hours journey

Mode of the journey – On foot – 09 Km

Night Stay – Hotel – on a twin/three share basis

The trek from Khullara camp to Dhak Village and the subsequent drive back to Joshimath can be done on the same day. Here’s a suggested plan:

  • Trek from Khullara camp to Dhak Village:
  • Start early in the morning from the Khullara campsite.
  • Descend from Khullara towards Dhak Village, following the trail downhill.
  • The trek from Khullara to Dhak Village is approximately 10-12 kilometers (6-7 miles) and can take around 4-5 hours, depending on your pace and the trail conditions.
  • Drive from Dhak Village to Joshimath:
  • Once you reach Dhak Village, arrange for a taxi or shared cab for the return journey to Joshimath.
  • The drive from Dhak Village to Joshimath is approximately 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) and takes about 30-45 minutes, depending on the road conditions.
  • Return Time and Viewpoints:
  • The return time from Dhak Village to Joshimath can vary depending on your specific arrangements and the pace of your trek.
  • During the drive from Dhak Village to Joshimath, you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and rivers. You may also have opportunities to stop at viewpoints or take short breaks to admire the landscape and capture photographs.

Day 6 : Return: Drive from Joshimath to Haridwar via Rishikesh by taxi (258 km) (9/10 Hours)

Today’s last breakfast with Himalayan Hikers After breakfast leave early 6 am, have your lunch en route and you can reach Haridwar evening between 5 to 6 pm,

The return journey from Joshimath to Rishikesh typically involves a scenic drive through the mountains, offering beautiful views of the valleys, rivers, and Himalayan landscapes. The distance from Joshimath to Rishikesh is approximately 250 kilometers (155 miles), and the drive takes around 8-9 hours, depending on the road and traffic conditions.

During the drive, you may pass through picturesque towns and villages, such as Chamoli and Devprayag, where you can witness the confluence of rivers and visit temples or other attractions. The road winds through the mountains, offering glimpses of the stunning natural beauty of the region.

It’s always advisable to start early in the morning to allow ample time for the drive and to avoid traffic congestion. Along the way, you can take breaks at roadside dhabas (local eateries) to enjoy local cuisine or simply stretch your legs and soak in the surroundings.

Once you reach Rishikesh, you can unwind and reflect on the memories and experiences of the Kuari Pass trek. Rishikesh, known as the “Yoga Capital of the World,” offers a serene and spiritual atmosphere, with the Ganges River flowing through the town. You can explore the famous Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula bridges, visit ashrams, attend yoga or meditation sessions, or simply relax by the river.

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below.

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc, Passport and Visa important to foreigners Medical Certificate (First part should be filled by the Doctor and Second part by the Trekker) Declaration Certificates

Note: –   Many trekkers commit the same mistake of carrying unnecessary items on a trek which only makes the backpack heavy. It is important to know the right items to carry. It differs from season to season if you are trekking in summers then carry less layers of warm clothing and if you are trekking in winters carry enough layers to protect yourself against chilly cold.

Necessary Items for trekkers

carry on a trek

Backpack (50 to 60 liters) A strongly built backpack with good support is compulsory for a trek. (Rain cover is important)

Sturdy Trekking Shoes The shoes should be strong enough with good support. The people ask if sports shoes would be comfortable but it is good to bring the right trekking shoes.

The Clothes You Should Bring On a Trek Avoid keeping extra clothes because it only makes you backpack heavy.

Trek Pants – The jeans are never suitable for a trek so you need at least 2-3 trek pants for treks carry more for longer treks.

Jacket – Jackets are very important to carry on a trek it protects you against the chilly weather. So carry 2 jackets on a week long trek.

Layers of warm Clothing  Carry warm woolen layers or fleece. Carry more layers during winter season (at least 2 to 3) and less during summer.

Thermals – The Temperature decreases at night so you might be need thermals for Night.

T- Shirts – Bring those t shirts which dry fast.

Poncho –They are needed if you are trekking on a Rainy day to keep you dry.

Hiking Pole

Water Bottle 2

Cap or Balaclava

Woolen and Waterproof Gloves

Socks (Woolen and Regular)

Torch head light

Personal Toiletry Items –  (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)

Carry Personal Medical Kit

Personal Medical Kit (Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)

Medicine for Altitude Sickness

Medicine for acidity and discomfort.

Fever and Headache Medicines

Pain Reliever

Motion Sickness Medicine

Medicine for Allergies

Medicine for Diarrhoea

Sprains Cream or Spray

Antiseptic Cream

Stretchable/Elastic bandage

Note:- Please take all medicines only when prescribed by the doctor. In case you face any problem during your trek, discuss and take advice from the Professional guide.

It is important to have some guidelines in place in case something unexpected happens. Here are some general guidelines that may be helpful:

  • Have a first-aid kit: Make sure to carry a well-equipped first-aid kit that can be used to treat minor injuries and ailments.
  • Follow safety protocols: It is important to follow all safety protocols and guidelines related to the trek. This includes staying on designated trails, avoiding risky or dangerous areas, and staying with your group.
  • Have a communication plan: Make sure to have a communication plan in place in case of emergencies. This may include carrying a mobile phone or a satellite phone, or using a walkie-talkie to stay in touch with other members of your group.
  • Know the local emergency services: Be aware of the local emergency services available in the area where you will be trekking. This includes knowing the location of the nearest hospital, police station, or rescue service.
  • Carry proper gear and equipment: Make sure to carry appropriate gear and equipment for the trek, including proper footwear, warm clothing, and rain gear. This will help you stay comfortable and safe during the trek.
  • Follow Leave No Trace principles: Follow Leave No Trace principles and leave the trekking area as you found it. This includes packing out all trash and waste, avoiding damaging vegetation, and respecting wildlife.
  • Stay calm and collected: In case something unexpected happens, try to stay calm and collected. Assess the situation and take appropriate action to stay safe and help others in your group.

It’s also a good idea to consult with a local trekking agency or experienced guide before embarking on a trek, as they can provide additional guidance and support to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Are you Looking for Trekking Equipment on Rent?

If any trekker needs trekking equipment on Rent then Himalayan Hikers has the best trekking equipment available on rent.

There are many people behind this who are in great need of it, it is better to hire it at affordable price without spending much money for just a few days.

Rent Costs per Day

1. Hiking shoes Per day Rs. 100/-

2. Hiking Pant Per Day Rs. 100/-

3. Down Jacket Per Day Rs. 100/-

4. Hiking Pole Per Day Rs. 50/-

5. Headlight Per Day Rs. 50/-

6. Trekking Bag 50 to 60 litter Per Day Rs. 50/-

7. Gloves Per Day Rs. 50/-

Trek Equipment You can book directly at the Base Camp of your trek.

What is Included In This Trek?

Transport from Dehradun to Dehradun/Rishikesh  – Tempo Travellers or Bolero Taxi

Forest Permit and entrance fee

Accommodation in Hotel Joshimath

Accommodation in tents on twin/three share basis

All meals: Breakfast,  Lunch, Tea, Coffee, Snacks, Soup and Dinner

High quality Dome tents

Sleeping bags

Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents

Dining Tent

Dining Table

Kitchen team

Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication

Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide

Medical Kit

Oxygen Cylinders

Crampons and Gaiters

What is Not Included In This Trek?

Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included

Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included

Offloading Costs Per Bag Per Day Rs. 350.00 Pay to Directly our manager at Joshimath

5 reviews for Kuari Pass Trek

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swagnik1998 – January 26, 2024

I have had the honour of being part of their team thrice and that too for the most popular winter treks of India Kedarkantha,Bramhatal and Kuari Pass trek. For the very first time I chose Himalayan Hikers for being budget friendly. But after completing Kedarkantha trek, everytime I think of going for trek I never went for other providers. According to my experience they are very much clear about what you may expect during trek like now a days even on last week of Dec snowfall is nothing more than luck and in many cases service providers say that ya you’ll get snow and all but Himalayan Hikers have never made any such false statements ever in my experience. They have a set of highly experienced and trustworthy guides who makes the trek more enjoyable. No matter if you’re fast or slow there’ll be always one of them to accompany you.I bonded with each of them and remember each of their name even today due to the memories i had during the trek. Thank you Tirpan bhaiya,Rawat ji, Pankaj, Suresh and all of you for making these days of trek such memorable. Waiting for my next Trek and to meet you guys

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Ayush Sharma – January 5, 2021

Absolutely, amazed by the experience. Kuari Pass is a great trek to feel Himalayas. Himalayan Hiker Team is consistent with their good work and service.

I personally have done 4 winter treks with them in the last two years and many more to come. I personally want to Thanks Kuldeep and Pradeep Ji for making the experience amazing.

Cheers to more peaks and heights in the coming days.

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Pranjal shrivastava – January 5, 2021

I have just completed the Kuari Pass trek. The overall experience was awesome. The whether at Kuari Pass is more challenging, despite of that Himalayan hikers provides you the best services there. Camps and food was very good as well. Thank you Himalayan hikers for a beutiful and memorable experience.

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Sulagna – November 24, 2019

It was an amazing experience to complete Kuari Pass Trek with Himalayan Hikers.. . Kudos to entire team. Awesome experience.

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Arindam Saha – November 23, 2019

A awesome route and a Awsome Himalayan Hikkers team… Really enjoyed the trip. Now my every North India trek route I book with Himalayan Hikkers. They are well organized and co-ordinated, believe me they always take care of their guests with utmost importance. I recommend Himalayan Hikkers strongly. They do customized trekking / tours also as per your convenience. Keep it up team Himalayan Hikkers ?

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The Complete Kuari Pass Trek Guide (Best Winter Trek) 

Kuari Pass Trek Guide

It is impossible to make a list of best winter treks in India without including Kuari Pass Trek. With its snowy mountain peaks, breathtaking meadows and mesmerizing 360 degree mountain views Kuari Pass will conquer your heart in each step you take. The Kuari Pass Trek Guide will answer all your unanswered questions regarding this majestic Trek. Let’s dive in together!

Nestled in the state of Uttarakhand, Kuari Pass trek will offer you the best mountain views that you could ever dream of. Located at an impressive altitude of 12,516ft, this renowned route is also referred to as the Lord Curzon trail, paying homage to the former Viceroy of India during the British Raj. In 1905, Lord Curzon became the first person to successfully complete this trek, which is why it has gained popularity not only among Indian adventurers but also captivates the interest of travelers from America, Europe, and all corners of the globe.

The Kuari Pass trek, following the same path as it did in the past and still does today, commences from Joshimath and concludes at Kuari Pass, encompassing a 28 km stretch that showcases gentle inclines, enchanting coniferous forests, and breathtaking vistas of majestic snow-capped mountains in the distance.

Table of Contents

Kuari Pass Trek Guide

Basic Details 

  • Altitude : 12516Ft. 
  • Base Camp : Joshimath 
  • Duration : 6 Days 
  • Difficulty : Easy To Moderate 
  • Length : 28km

What is a Mountain Pass Trek? 

Scenic view from Kuari Pass Trek

A mountain pass serves as a viable pathway through a range of mountains or across a ridge. Due to the challenging nature of mountainous terrains, passes have been instrumental in facilitating trade, warfare, and the movement of both humans and animals throughout history. At lower altitudes, these passes may be referred to as hill passes. Typically, a mountain pass emerges either between two volcanic peaks or as a result of erosion caused by water or wind.

Mountain Pass Treks are conducted between mountain ranges or over a ridge. The mountain pass treks can be short, which includes steep slopes to the top of the pass or the pass can spread to kilometers. In between many mountain passes roads are constructed and others are kept natural to do trek. The famous mountain Pass Treks of India are Buran Ghati Pass Trek, Rupin Pass Trek, Sar Pass Trek , Bali Pass Trek, Pin Bhaba Pass Trek, Pin Parvati Valley Trek and Kuari Pass. 

Where is Kuari Pass Located? 

Bird's eye view of Joshimath

Located in the mesmerizing beauty of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand Kuari Pass can promise you unparalleled trekking experience and adventure. Kuari Pass, nestled in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, stands proudly at an elevation of 3890 meters above the sea level within the enchanting Nanda Devi Sanctuary. This pass acts as a gateway, connecting the picturesque valleys of Joshimath and Ghat in Uttarakhand. Known as “doorway” in the local language, Kuari Pass is a majestic high-altitude mountain pass situated in the awe-inspiring Garhwal region. It gracefully resides south of the Tibetan border and graces the western edge of the renowned “Nanda Devi Sanctuary” Biosphere Reserve.


How to Reach Kuari Pass Trek 

Scenic view from Kuari Pass

The starting point of the Kuari Pass Trek is Joshimath, a hill station in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Joshimath is well-connected to other parts of the country by air, road, and rail. Upon reaching Joshimath, you can follow the preferred itinerary provided below to reach Kuari Pass. The Kuari pass Trek Guide is not complete without detailing how to reach.

By Air: The nearest airport to Joshimath is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, located at a distance of 272 km from Joshimath. This airport is well-connected to major Indian cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore. From the airport, you can either hire a cab or take the road to reach Joshimath.

By Rail: If you prefer to travel by train, the closest railway station to Joshimath is Rishikesh railway station, which is located 250 kilometers away. Rishikesh has excellent railway connections to major destinations in India. From Rishikesh, you can easily reach Joshimath by well-maintained roads via taxis or buses. These transportation options are also available from other popular destinations like Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Chamoli, and more.

By Road : To reach Joshimath from Delhi by road, you have a distance of 484 km to cover. The journey takes approximately 14 hours via NH334. Alternatively, you can opt for the NH 7 route, but be aware that it will increase both the distance and the time taken. If you choose this road, you will need to cover 527 km, and it will take around 15 hours to reach Joshimath. Another option is to take a bus from Delhi to Rishikesh. From Rishikesh, you can then continue your journey to Joshimath by either hiring a private car or sharing a taxi.

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Routes for Kuari Pass Trek

Kuari Pass Trek Route

Kuari Pass Trek presents four distinct routes, each promising unique and captivating views that will enchant you with every step. The choice of route should be made by taking into account factors such as difficulty level, altitude gain, and the specific experiences that each route has to offer. Here are the four different routes to the Kuari Pass Trek:

  • Trek Route 1 , also known as the Curzon Trail , encompasses a journey from Ghat to Kuari Pass. Ghat, a charming settlement in the Nandakini Valley, is situated approximately 19 km away from Nandprayag. The trekking route from Ghat takes you through Ramni, Sarkot, Jhenjipatni, Pana, Irani, Sanatoli, and Domabhiti before reaching the magnificent Kuari Pass.
  • Trek Route 2 , starting from Joshimath , Auli, and Gorson, leads you to Kuari Pass in just 5 days. As you embark on this trail from Auli, you will be captivated by the breathtaking bugyals and lush green forests, with the majestic Himalayas always in sight. The camping grounds along the way are a true delight, offering undulating slopes covered in vibrant green grass, surrounded by stunning natural beauty. However, it’s important to note that the path from Tali to Chitrakantha is only accessible by a narrow goat track, making it unsuitable for horses and mules.
  • Trek Route 3 , starting from Joshimath, Mirag, Tugasi, and Khulara, is another 5-day trek to Kuari Pass. This route is popular among those who are not particularly interested in the bugyals of Auli and Gorson. The journey begins in Joshimath and takes you through Mirag, Tugasi, and Khulara before reaching Gailgarh and eventually Kuari Pass.
  • Trek Route 4 , commencing from Tapovan and Khulara, is a 5-day trek that starts 16 km away from Joshimath on the main road to Malari. This route takes you through the magnificent Tapovan Valley, offering breathtaking views throughout. Although it is the shortest route and intersects with the third trek at Khulara, it is important to note that the climb on this path is extremely steep and arduous. Therefore, it is recommended to descend via this route rather than ascend.

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Preferred Itinerary for Kuari Pass Trek

Altitude Graph for Kuari Pass Trek

Day 1: Rishikesh to Joshimath (254 Kms, 10 Hours Drive)

Start your adventure to Kuari Pass from the scenic yoga capital of India, Rishikesh, the group will gather at the pickup point, likely Rishikesh ISBT. Subsequently, the journey will lead to Joshimath, the starting point of the Kuari Pass Trek. Upon reaching Joshimath, we will check into our designated homestays. The remaining day is at leisure, allowing for peaceful rest in anticipation of commencing the adventure the next day.

Day 2: Drive from Joshimath to Tugasi (14 Kilometers, 45 Mins Drive) | Trek to Guling (4 Kilometers, 5 Hours)

Waking up in close proximity to nature imparts extra energy to the day. After an early morning breakfast, the group will proceed to Tugasi Village for the trek commencement. As the trek begins, roads transform into dirt trails, guiding through tiny Himalayan hamlets along the route. The journey progresses through dense forests and beautiful meadows, culminating in the Guling campsite, a site boasting picturesque meadows and lush greenery. Upon reaching Guling, bonding activities will ensue, allowing time for personal exploration of the campsite. Sleep tonight, envisioning the mountain views awaiting you on the morrow.

Day 3: Trek from Guling to Khullara (6 Kilometers, 7 Hours)

The third day unfolds with panoramic mountain views. Following an early breakfast, the trek commences from Guling to Khullara, characterized by a moderate ascent through dense forests and captivating meadows. Khullara, an open meadow, offers breathtaking views of peaks such as Dunagiri, Hathi and Ghodi, Nanda Devi, Trishul, Kamet, Mana, and Nilgiri. The campsite will be set up at Khullara, where we will spend the night.

Day 4: Trek to Kuari Pass | Back to Khullara (6 Kilometers, 7 Hours)

The much-anticipated fourth day involves trekking to the spectacular Kuari Pass. Early in the morning, the group will ascend to Kuari Pass to witness a picturesque sunrise. Against the backdrop of the sunrise, the grandeur of the Himalayan ranges, including Chaukhamba Massif, Nilkantha peaks, Nanda Devi peaks, unfolds. After ample time at the pass, the descent back to the Khullara campsite begins. Even during the descent, mountain views continue to captivate the mind, akin to scenes on a cinema screen. You’ll find yourself sitting atop a mountain, marveling at every view.

Day 5: Trek from Khullara to Tugasi (12 Kilometers, 6 Hours) | (Drive to Joshimath (14 Kilometers, 45 Mins Drive)

This day begins with a heavy heart as the descent proves challenging, not due to the trail but the memories left behind. After breakfast, the journey leads back to Tugasi, followed by a drive to Joshimath. Upon reaching Joshimath, check into your designated hotel.

Day 6: Drive from Joshimath to Rishikesh (254 Kms, 10 Hours Drive) | End of Tour

Bid farewells, the most challenging part of any journey. Kuari Pass is no exception. After an early morning breakfast, the journey heads back to Rishikesh. Upon reaching Rishikesh, it’s time to say goodbye to the team, carrying a heart full of memories gifted by Kuari Pass.

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Who can Participate in Kuari Pass Trek ?

The Kuari Pass trek is an excellent choice for both beginners and well-trained trekkers. Given that the trail is not overly challenging, beginners have the opportunity to learn about trekking and immerse themselves in the Himalayan experience. Participants above the age of 15 can engage in the trek, but beginners should undergo some preparation. It is important to discuss who can participate in the trek in Kuari Pass Trek Guide.

Trekkers are expected to walk 3 to 4 km within a time span of 30 minutes, and throughout the trek, you need to carry your backpack, which will have a certain weight. If you have any medical issues or are under medication for prolonged diseases, it is advisable to consult a doctor before deciding to undertake the trek.

History of Kuari Pass Trek

Lord Curzon Trail in Winters

The challenging trails of Kuari Pass hide a captivating historical story. It is a story of the trek’s discovery, an accidental revelation that altered the lives of many. The renown of the Kuari Pass Trek burgeoned after Lord Curzon, Eric Shipton, and Bill Tilman ventured through its passage during their groundbreaking explorations in 1905. This trek, also known as The Curzon Trail in honor of Lord Curzon, the former British Viceroy of India, was specially enhanced to accommodate his journey. Lord Curzon embarked on this trek, starting from Ghat via Ramni, conquering several lesser passes (Vinayak Pass, Tali Top), and traversing five significant rivers – the Pindar, Kaliganga, Mandakini, Bheriganga, and the Dhauliganga. This trail has captivated the hearts of European and American travelers, earning the moniker of Curzon’s Trail. Revered by British and American trekkers, the Kuari Pass trek offers awe-inspiring vistas of the Twin Peaks of Nanda Devi (7816m) and Nanda Devi East (7434m), as well as Kamet (7756m), Dronagiri (7066m), Hathi Parbat (6727m), and Ghori Parvat (6708m).

It’s your time to start the adventure! Kuari Pass is waiting

Reasons to do Kuari Pass Trek 

View  from Campsite

The unending beauty that Kuari Pass offers is one of the main reasons to undertake the Kuari Pass Trek. Whether it’s the mountain views or the meadows, each step of the trek will leave you in awe. Witnessing the color-changing meadows is another compelling reason for this trek. The trail unfolds panoramic views in shades of green, yellow, orange, and white. Kuari Pass also treats trekkers to a scenic forest trail, adorned with smiling streams, a mix of rhododendrons and oaks, and, in season, the chance to witness white and pink blossoms along with walnut trees.

While other treks in Uttarakhand may offer oak forests, those found here are uniquely positioned, providing a delightful and effortless stroll amidst the beauty of nature. The magic of snowfall in these forests is extraordinary, with snow-covered trees resembling elegant bows, creating a whimsical atmosphere.

If you ask anyone who is choosing Kuari Pass as their trek in the months of November to March the snow is its large offerings as a winter trek. The trek will give you the right kind of experience that is merged with adventure and pleasure. Witnessing the snow-capped mountains and playing with the freshly rained snow from last week will amuse and surprise you at the same time. 

The Kuari Pass trek offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring sight of Mt. Nanda Devi, one of India’s highest peaks. This majestic mountain can be seen in all its glory from Gorson Bugyal to Auli, providing a rare and unobstructed view. The trek’s allure also lies in the remarkable walks through the meadows. Upon reaching Gorson Bugyal, after crossing the tree line, the captivating scenery of this vast meadow remains etched in your memory long after the trek is over.

Gorson Bugyal is just one part of this stunning landscape, accompanied by the picturesque Chitrakantha, a meadowy ridge at 12,000 feet. The beauty of the meadows in Kuari Pass is unparalleled in any season, whether it be the lush green of early autumn, the golden hues of late autumn, or the pristine white of winter.

Highlights of Kuari Pass Trek 

Winter Wonderland - Kuari Pass Trek

You might be pondering why you should embark on a trek that challenges and tests your physical endurance. This section of the Kuari Pass Trek Guide aims to address that question. This Kuari Pass Trek Guide is highlighted all the important attractions of Kuari Pass. While the journey towards Kuari Pass may pose difficulties, the reward awaiting you at the end of the trek is something that will inspire you to persevere even more.

  • Experience the Majestic Himalayas: Embark on a trek that unveils awe-inspiring panoramic views of the towering Himalayan peaks, such as Nanda Devi, Kamet, Chaukhamba, Trishul, and Dronagiri. Throughout the journey, the snow-capped summits serve as a mesmerizing backdrop, leaving trekkers spellbound.
  • Conquer the Kuari Pass Summit: The pinnacle of this adventure lies in reaching the Kuari Pass, positioned at an impressive elevation of approximately 12,516 feet (3,820 meters). Standing at this vantage point, trekkers are rewarded with a jaw-dropping 360-degree vista, encompassing the surrounding peaks and valleys in all their glory.
  • Discover Enchanting Campsites: Immerse yourself in the serenity of picturesque locations that beckon you to set up camp. Amidst alpine meadows, adorned with vibrant wildflowers during the summer months, the experience becomes truly enchanting.
  • Rich Biodiversity: Traverse through lush forests adorned with oak and rhododendron, showcasing the region’s remarkable biodiversity. Spotting exotic flora and fauna, including vibrant Himalayan bird species, adds an irresistible allure to the trek.
  • Local Culture and Village Life : Engage in meaningful interactions with the local villagers, gaining insights into their traditional mountain lifestyle and experiencing their warm hospitality. Witness the unique culture, architecture, and way of life of the Garhwal region, leaving an indelible mark on your journey.
  • Scenic Beauty of the trek: The Kuari Pass trek unveils breathtaking vistas of some of the world’s highest peaks, such as Nanda Devi, Kamet, and Trishul. As you traverse through lush green meadows, dense forests, charming villages, and alpine landscapes, nature lovers and photographers alike will be treated to a visual feast.

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Best Time to do Kuari Pass Trek

Snow-capped mountains of Kuari pass

It might come as a surprise, but the truth is, Kuari Pass Trek is an all-year-round adventure. Each season presents a different color canvas for trekkers. The best time for the Kuari Pass Trek depends entirely on what you wish to experience during the trek. If you are a snow enthusiast, then winter is the best time for you. Similarly, if you desire to witness lush green meadows, then spring is the best time. 

Kuari Pass in Winter 

During the winter season, people trek to Kuari Pass in search of snow-covered landscapes and breathtaking views. Once vibrant scenery transforms into a majestic winter wonderland, adorned with snowy blankets that gracefully drape the surroundings you won’t be able to resist yourself. Immersed in this winter wonderland, one can find themselves amidst towering pines, majestic oak trees, and delicate dwarf rhododendrons. From the very first day, a vast panorama of India’s mightiest mountains unfolds before your eyes, leaving you in awe. However, it is important to note that the presence of snow adds an extra level of difficulty to the trek. Therefore, thorough preparation is essential for those embarking on this winter adventure. 

Kuari Pass in Spring

After winter one of the best times to do Kuari Pass Trek is Spring. In Kuari, spring emerges in mid-March and lingers until the end of April. As the upper regions shed their snowy blankets, the lower meadows burst with vibrant greenery. Delicate flowers peek through the grass, while rhododendrons adorn the trees with their blooming beauty. The Khullara’s higher reaches remain under a snowy veil until mid-April. Spring offers a splendid opportunity to witness a kaleidoscope of colors on the meadows, where snow, greenery, and blossoms coexist harmoniously.

Kuari Pass in Summer

As summer arrives, expect sun-drenched days and pleasantly cool nights. If you seek a trekking adventure amidst comfortable temperatures, this is the opportune time. Towards the end of summer, anticipate the arrival of gentle showers. These rains usually grace the afternoons and extend into the evening, signaling the onset of the monsoon season.

Kuari Pass in Autumn

This season presents an ideal opportunity to marvel at the majestic mountains, offering clear and crisp views. The meadows take on a golden brown hue, adding a touch of warmth and vibrancy. However, it is important to note that winter is approaching during this time. The days gradually shorten, and the nights grow increasingly colder, reminding us of the impending change in seasons.

Peaks You Can Witness From Kuari Pass 

Sky-touching Mount Nanda Devi

A primary and crucial motive for embarking on the Kuari Pass trek is to behold the grandeur of the Himalayan Peaks. Sequentially, you will have the opportunity to encounter the splendor of the mountains all at once. A 360-degree panorama will be a visual delight. Standing at the pinnacle of Kuari Pass, you can witness a spectacular view of numerous mountain peaks. Here is a compilation of peaks visible from the Kuari Pass Trek:

  • Chaukhamba Range – The majestic Chaukhamba Range, nestled within the Gangotri Group of the Garhwal Himalaya, boasts an impressive mountain massif. At the pinnacle of this range stands Chaukhamba I, the highest peak in the entire group. One can easily catch a glimpse of the awe-inspiring Chaukhamba while embarking on treks across the breathtaking landscapes of Uttarakhand. 
  • Mana Peak (7272m) – Rising proudly within the boundaries of Uttarakhand, Mana Peak holds the distinction of being the fifth highest mountain entirely located within this region. This magnificent peak can be approached via two well-known routes. The eastern approach takes you through the enchanting East Kamet glacier, while the southern approach leads you through the captivating Nagthuni and Banke Kund glacier. 
  • Kamet (7756m) – Kamet, situated in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, India, proudly stands as the second-highest mountain in the area, only surpassed by the majestic Nanda Devi. Nestled within the enchanting Chamoli District, Kamet’s awe-inspiring presence takes the form of an immense pyramid, adorned with a grandiose flat summit that proudly bears two magnificent peaks. 
  • Abl Gamin (7355m) – Abi Gamin, a majestic mountain peak in the Himalayas, proudly stands in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state in India. Nestled 2 km northeast of Kamet, this awe-inspiring summit gracefully marks the border between India and Tibet. 
  • Dunagiri (7066m) – Situated in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, the Chamoli District Himalayas boast an awe-inspiring peak. This majestic mountain, nestled at the northwest corner of the Sanctuary Wall, forms part of a remarkable ring of peaks encircling the sacred Nanda Devi and embracing the breathtaking Nanda Devi Sanctuary. 
  • Changabang (6864m) – Changabang, situated in the Garhwal Himalaya of Uttarakhand, India, proudly stands as a majestic mountain. This awe-inspiring peak is a prominent member of a cluster of summits that compose the northeastern boundary of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. Renowned for its sheer incline and rugged terrain Changabang presents a formidable breathtaking view.
  • Nanda Ghunti (6309m) –  Nanda Ghunti, standing tall at an impressive elevation of 6,309 meters (20,699 ft), graces the Garhwal region of India. This majestic mountain finds its place on the outskirts of the revered Nanda Devi Sanctuary. Often referred to as the “Veil of Goddess Nanda Devi,” this peak proudly resides within the Garhwal Himalayas, nestled in the heart of the Nanda Devi National Park. 
  • Hathi Ghoda Parbat (6,727 m) – Hathi Parbat, famously referred to as Elephant Peak, stands tall amidst the majestic Garhwal Himalayas in India. Nestled in the picturesque Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state, this mountain boasts a summit that reaches an impressive elevation of 6,727 meters (22,070 feet). 
  • Trishul (7120m) – Trisul, located in the western region of Kumaun, Uttarakhand, is a majestic trio of Himalayan peaks. Among them, Trisul I stands tall at an impressive height of 7120m. These three peaks gracefully resemble the divine trident, known as Trishula in Sanskrit, which is the sacred weapon of Lord Shiva.

Other major mountains you can witness are Neelkanth, Dronagiri, Mukut Parbat, Rishi Pahad, and Changbang.

Temperature in Kuari Pass 

Alpine Glow from Kuari Pass

During the winter season, which spans from December to February, the temperature plummets to freezing levels, reaching as low as -15°C in higher areas. As spring gradually takes over, March brings a gentle rise in temperature. Daytime temperatures vary between 5 and 12 degrees Celsius, although nights still retain a chilly atmosphere, hovering around the freezing point or slightly below. Moving into the summer season, the thermometer reads a range of 5°C to 15°C during the day, while the nights cool down to a range of 2°C to 8°C. Conversely, in winter, the thermometer indicates daytime temperatures between -2°C and -5°C, while the nights become even colder, dropping to -5°C to -10°C. 

Story of Kuari Pass Trek 

Panoramic Mountain View

In 1905, Lord Curzon bestowed the name Kuari Pass upon a previously untouched trail that he trekked from Ghat, Gwaldam. This path, now famously known as Kuari Pass or Lord Curzon Trail, had remained undiscovered by the locals until then. The pass had been left undisturbed due to the presence of a local deity. Inspired by the local language’s term for “Virgin land,” Lord Curzon aptly named it Kuari Pass. Interestingly, there is another intriguing tale surrounding the origin of this name. It is said that a Japanese traveler and her daughter embarked on a journey to climb Nanda Devi, but mysteriously vanished during the ascent. After numerous search efforts, only the daughter was found on Kuari Pass, while the mother remained missing. Legend has it that the daughter’s name was Kuari and the mother’s name was Nanda, thus bestowing these names upon the mountains themselves. 

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Accommodation in Joshimath 

Aerial View of Joshimath

The starting point of the Kuari Pass Trek is Joshimath in Uttarakhand, a rural village renowned for being the starting point of thrilling treks like Valley of Flowers, Surya Kund, Panpatia Col Trail, and more. In Joshimath, you can easily find hotels, homestays, and even hostels. If your trekking package does not include accommodation facilities in Joshimath, it is advisable to book your stay in advance.

Did you Know – Joshimath, also known as Jyotirmath, holds the esteemed title of being the winter abode for Lord Badri. During this season, the divine idol of Lord Badri is gracefully transferred from the Badrinath temple to the Vasudeva temple in Joshimath.

Food at Kuari Pass Trek 

The best option for arranging food and accommodation is to choose a trekking package that includes these services. For those who prefer trekking independently, carrying necessary supplies, including a portable stove and fuel, is essential. If you choose JustWravel as your trekking partner, you won’t have to worry about the food aspect at all. Justwravel will provide you with all meals.

Flora and Fauna in Kuari Pass Trek

Snow Leopard

The Kuari Pass Trek stands out as a hotspot of diversity, offering a journey through a trail where various plants, birds, and wildlife thrive. It can be considered a true immersion into the heart of nature. Winding its way through enchanting rhododendron and oak forests, the Kuari Pass trail reveals a magnificent showcase of diverse plant life and wildlife. Experience the vibrancy of wildflowers like primroses and blue poppies set against the majestic backdrop of snow-capped peaks. The trek provides an extraordinary opportunity to catch glimpses of elusive wildlife species in the Himalayas, including the snow leopard, Himalayan Monal, Himalayan Tahr, Red Fox, Blue Sheep, musk deer, and Himalayan black bear.

How Difficult is the Kuari Pass Trek? 

Mind-blowing mountain views from Kuari Pass

The Kuari Pass Trek is considered an easy to moderate trek, with difficulty influenced by factors such as altitude, terrains, and daily distance covered. It serves as an excellent choice for beginners and those with a passion for mountaineering and trekking. While the summit’s elevation is relatively low, physical endurance and a strong fitness record are recommended. With proper preparation and training, conquering the Kuari Pass Trek is easily achievable. For beginners aspiring to embark on higher Himalayan treks, Kuari Pass is an ideal option due to its breathtaking views. The trek can pose a bit of a challenge in winter due to snow and slippery conditions, but in other seasons, it is considered easy. The moderate difficulty nature makes Kuari Pass Trek suitable for beginners aiming to undertake a high-altitude trek.

Activities To Do in Kuari Pass

Campsite in Kuari Pass

The Kuari Pass trail provides ample opportunities for various activities, allowing each day to bestow upon you the time and mental strength to engage in these pursuits. If you find yourself on the Kuari Pass trail, never overlook any of these exhilarating activities. Here is a list of the most thrilling activities you can take part in during the Kuari Pass Trek.

  • Trekking – Trekking in Kuari Pass will allow you to immerse in the real beauty of the Himalayas and the surrounding scenery, creating an indelible and unforgettable experience.
  • Camping – You can also indulge in the enchanting practice of camping amidst the meadows, basking in the ethereal charm of the Himalayas beneath a star-studded sky. The camping in Kuari Pass will allow you to experience napping in the lap of nature and waking up to the surreal views of mountains. 
  • Bird Watching – Additionally, the forests and meadows along the trek serve as a sanctuary for a diverse range of avian species, including the Himalayan monal, snow partridge, golden eagle, and other captivating Himalayan birds, making birdwatching a popular and rewarding activity.
  • Mountain Listing – The Himalayan mountain peaks, such as Nanda Devi, Dronagiri, Kamet, Hati-Ghoda Parvat, Keelkanth, Rishi Pahad, and Trishul, will inspire you explore more into their geography, terrain and altitudes. 
  • Photography -For those with a passion for photography, the Kuari Pass trek presents countless moments to capture breathtaking shots of the majestic Himalayas, verdant meadows, lush forests, and captivating wildlife. 
  • Village visit – As you traverse through the trek, you will encounter quaint villages where you can engage with the local inhabitants, gaining insight into their unique way of life, rich cultural heritage, and age-old traditions of Uttarakhand.

Is Kuari Pass Trek Safe? 

Snow-covered trails of Kuari Pass

When planning a trek, the first concern that arises is the safety of the journey. Safety inquiries about the Kuari Pass Trek are common, and the answer is a resounding YES. The Kuari Pass Trek is entirely safe for both beginners and experienced trekkers. While the trek may pose some challenges in winter, the altitude gain in our itinerary is gradual, and the days are arranged perfectly to provide ample space and time to enjoy the trek and relax. The question of safety is something that we hear a lot, that is the reason why we decided to include this question in this Kuari Pass trek Guide.

The Kuari Pass trek is considered safe due to the well-marked and trodden route along the entire trail. Campsites are strategically placed with access to exit points, and there are multiple exit points on the Kuari Pass trek. The gradual ascents also reduce the chances of encountering AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).

Here are some safety measures you can take for the Kuari Pass Trek:

1. Take time to acclimate yourself to the altitude.

2. Stay hydrated throughout the trek.

3. Follow the instructions of your trek leader.

4. Keep a check on your health and that of your fellow trekkers.

5. In winter, layer properly to combat the chilly weather.

6. Be cautious of the slippery trail due to snow.

Permit for Kuari Pass Trek

Kuari Pass Trek requires a trek permit, and it is essential to obtain the necessary permits from the forest department or local authorities. Familiarize yourself with trekking area regulations and guidelines, ensuring compliance to minimize environmental impact. Show respect for local culture and customs when interacting with communities along the trail. Permits can be obtained from the forest office of Nanda Devi Park .

Things to Carry to Kuari Pass Trek 

Trek Essentials Kuari Pass

Going for a trek like Kuari Pass Trek can be very exciting and take you over the moon for sure. But don’t drown your responsibilities of preparing everything for the trek in that excitement. Here is a detailed list of Things to Carry for Kuari Pass Trek. 

  • Documents – Please make sure you are carrying all your necessary documents with you. First of all bring a government ID card, you can choose anyone from this like Aadhar Card, Driver’s License, Voters ID, and so on. Another important document you need is Permit to do the Kuari Pass trek. If you are a foreigner please make sure to carry your passport and visa, this part is not applicable for Indian Trekkers. Make ready your medical certificates and certificate of declaration ready in hand. 
  • Trekking Necessaries – Bring a Backpack that is capable of carrying 50 – 60 liters with enough support. Also note here you need a rain cover for your backpack. The weather in mountains is always unpredictable and you should be prepared for any kind of changes. 
  • Trekking Shoes – Trekking shoes is an important part of the trek like Kuari Pass.. It is crucial to have durable and supportive shoes for trekking. Although some may question the comfort of sports shoes, it is advisable to opt for the right trekking footwear.
  • Trek Pants – Jeans are never suitable for a journey, so it’s essential to have 2-3 pairs of trekking trousers for shorter trips and even more for longer treks.
  • Jacket –  A must-have on any hike as it shields you from the elements. Therefore, if you’re embarking on a week-long hike, make sure to bring along two coats.
  • Layers of Warm Clothing – Don’t forget to pack warm woolen layers or cozy fleece. In winter, it’s advisable to carry at least two to three layers, while in summer, you can get away with fewer garments.
  • Thermals – As temperatures tend to drop at night, it might be necessary to have thermals on hand.
  • T-Shirts – Don’t leave behind your quick-drying t-shirts.
  • Poncho – If you’re planning a hike on a rainy day, a poncho will keep you dry.
  • Medical Kit – It is also Important for you to maintain a personal Medical Kit with all the medicines you need from time to time. The kit should include items like Diamox, Digene, Crocin Advance , Aspirin/Combiflam, Disprin, Avomine, Avil, Norflox TZ & Lomofen, Ranitidine, Volini/Moov spray, Betadine/Savlon, ORS, Band-aid, Cotton, Stretchable/Elastic bandage and Gauz. 

Other Necessary Items Include 

EXTENDED READ: Winter Trek Essentials

How to Prepare for Kuari Pass Trek? 

Clear Sky view from Kuari Pass

Kuari Pass Trek stands out as one of the thrilling popular Himalayan treks, offering a challenging yet rewarding experience. Given the high altitude and the nature of the trek, adequate preparation is crucial for a successful journey. Fortunately, as Kuari Pass Trek falls under the Easy to Moderate category, the following preparations should suffice. Kuari Pass Trek Guide will be incomplete without mentioning the preparation methods, and here it goes…

  • Uphill Training: Dedicate 6 to 8 minutes to Uphill Training, a crucial aspect to enhance your leg muscle strength, quicken your stride, and develop your cardiovascular system.
  • Push Ups: Incorporate Push Ups into your training regimen. Practice 10 reps of 2 push-ups each to build upper body strength, essential for the demands of Kuari Pass Trek.
  • Squats: Include Squats in your routine. Similar to push-ups, aim for 10 reps of 2 squats each. This will contribute to overall lower body strength, helping you tackle the varied terrains of the trek.
  • Jogging: Improve your cardiovascular fitness through jogging. Aim for 20 to 30 minutes of jogging every day, a highly effective way to enhance your endurance for the trek.
  • Crunches: Like push-ups and squats, incorporate 10 reps of 2 crunches each into your training. This will strengthen your core muscles, providing stability during the trek.

How to Prepare Mentally for Kuari Pass Trek?

When discussing trek preparation, the focus is often on physical readiness, but mental preparation is equally vital for a trek like Kuari Pass. To easily conquer Kuari Pass, it’s recommended to start mental preparation at least two weeks before the trek. This guide will outline how to mentally prepare for the Kuari Pass Trek.

  • Talk it out : Feeling stressed is normal, and the best way to deal with it is to talk it out. Engage in self-talk or seek support from friends or family. Envision yourself on the trek, identify potential challenges, and brainstorm possible solutions.
  • Read and Learn: Since trekking might be unfamiliar, consistent reading and learning can help. Conduct thorough research to understand the trek, allowing you to deal with anxiety more effectively.
  • Stay Healthy : Prioritize your mental health by staying physically healthy. Plan a nutritious diet with a focus on fiber and protein.
  • Yoga and Meditation : Incorporate yoga and meditation into your routine. These practices are proven to be beneficial for mental well-being and can bring peace to your mental health journey.

EXTENDED READ: Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Things NOT to do in Kuari Pass Trek 

Avoiding common mistakes is crucial for a positive trekking experience in high-altitude treks like Kuari Pass. Take note of these common errors to ensure a happy trekking experience.

1. Not Understanding the Trek

2. Improper Packing

3. Ignoring Weather Conditions

4. Not Following Trip Captain’s Instructions

5. Contributing to Environmental Degradation

6. Neglecting Hydration

7. Inadequate Preparation

Conservation in Kuari Pass Trek

Smoking mountains in Kuari Pass

If you’ve ever experienced solitude or serenity in the mountains, it becomes your duty to leave them better than you found them. In terms of conservation, as trekkers, we play a crucial role. Our responsibilities as custodians of the mountains go beyond the allure of the trek itself. Small yet impactful initiatives, such as diligently collecting plastic debris from the mountains, contribute significantly to preserving this fragile ecosystem. Ensuring the safety and cleanliness of the trails becomes a paramount duty, showcasing our commitment to sustainable trekking practices. With each footstep, we should pledge to maintain the sanctity of the natural surroundings.

The ultimate aim of preparing a Kuari Pass Trek Guide is not only to provide you information, but also to pass you the spirit of Trekking!

Nearby Places to Explore – Kuari Pass Trek

Nanda Devi from Auli

Uttarakhand is truly Devbhoomi in every sense. If you find yourself undertaking the Kuari Pass Trek and are already in Uttarakhand, there are certain places you simply can’t afford to miss:

  • Auli – Nestled in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, Auli is a quaint town renowned for its captivating views of some of the highest peaks of the majestic Himalayas and snow-laden inclined slopes. It has garnered acclaim as one of the most sought-after winter destinations in India. If you’ve been contemplating where to indulge in skiing in India, then Auli stands out as the perfect answer for you.
  • Badrinath – Situated at an impressive altitude of approximately 3,100 m, Badrinath finds its home nestled within the majestic Garhwal Himalayas, gracefully resting on the tranquil banks of the Alaknanda river. This hallowed town occupies a serene space between the awe-inspiring Nar and Narayana mountain ranges. Legend has it that the esteemed sage Adi Shankaracharya himself laid the foundation of the sacred temple in the 8th century, infusing it with divine significance. 
  • Dehradun – Dehradun’s scenery is vibrant and vivid, lending the city an enchanting allure that perfectly complements its exquisite temples and architectural wonders. Situated in close proximity to renowned pilgrimage destinations like Haridwar and Rishikesh, Dehradun offers a captivating blend of natural beauty and spiritual significance. 

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Loved Kuari Pass Trek, What to do next? 

Frozen Lake in Kedarkantha

If you are someone who loved the Kuari Pass Trek, then it’s time for you to explore some of the mind-blowing treks in Uttarakhand itself. 

Kedarkantha Trek – Witness the queen of winter treks – Kedarkantha and immerse yourself in the breathtaking summit views. From frozen lakes to sky touching snow-capped mountains Kedarkantha Trek will amuse you with it’s charm. 

Unlock the magic of Kedarkantha HERE!

Brahmatal Trek – Providing a diverse panoramic vista encompassing majestic mountains, snow-laden trails, high-altitude serene lakes, and lush green forests, Brahmatal stands out as a truly mesmerizing trek.

Look what Brahmatal has to offer!

Dayara Bugyal – Tailored for both novice and seasoned trekkers, this 22km long trek unfolds incredible rewards, treating you to the majestic peaks of the Himalayas. From the Gangotri massif and Black peak to the Bhgirathi massif and Bandarpoonch massif, Dayara Bugyal offers a breathtaking Himalayan spectacle.

Dayara Bugyal welcomes you with it’s whole heart!

It’s your time to decide, Kuari Pass with all it’s glory is waiting for you call back….

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Kuari Pass Trek: The Best Himalayan Trail for Beginners

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traveller Aarush

Kuari Pass trek is located amidst the gorgeous Garhwal Himalayas. It offers majestic views, an easy trail and fairly good weather conditions. The best part about the Kuari Pass trek is that beginners will love it. In fact, if you are a first timer, Kuari Pass trek will be a good experience to start.

I won an all-expenses-paid trek to Kuari Pass courtesy of Tripoto and India hikes for being the 2nd topper in the leader board list for the most credits achieved in the month of June.

I had to spend six months waiting before the day arrived when I set foot on the Himalayan terrain. The hype was built up with each passing day. Two weeks before the big week, there were reports of the cancellation of the Har-ki-Dun trek for the season.

This was followed by more bad news stating the Kuari Pass trek had been cancelled for a recent batch due to an unexpected snowstorm. My heart shook. All that time I had spent imagining how it would be, all that hype could be sucked out from me in a jiffy, I had my fingers crossed and thankfully it worked. 

So, in the current article, I’d like to provide first-hand travel information to future trekkers and hikers.

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Kuari Pass trek is located amidst the gorgeous Garhwal Himalayas. Photography by Sachin

Kuari Pass: An Overview

Kuari Pass trek being easy to moderate in nature is extremely convenient for beginners. Sure, there will be obstacles but none that cannot be managed easily. The campsites along the Kuari Pass trek are spectacular and so are the natural landscapes. 

For a first-timer, the Kuari Pass trek will come across as a beautiful experience since it offers a decent natural introduction to the Himalayas. There are not many treks in India that offer magnificent views on the first day itself. 

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Kuari Pass trek being easy to moderate in nature is extremely convenient for beginners. Photography by Niveditha Narayanan

Kuari Pass Trek: The Usual Itinerary 

Kuari pass trek:  my 6 day itinerary.

The Kuari Pass trek route that I followed was different from the usual route. But it was worth it.

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Dhak Village. Photography by Arunava Chakraburthy

What to Pursue After Kuari Pass Trek?

Kuari pass trek: a discovery by lord curzon.

Lord Curzon – the Viceroy of India from 1899 to 1905 A.D was a curious trekker. He is credited for having discovered the Kuari Pass trek. There is an interesting story behind the discovery as well as the name.

When Lord Curzon discovered the trail and witnessed Kuari Pass (not named at that time), curiosity hit him. He kept trekking and on reaching a place called Auli, he asked the locals about the name of the place. To his question, the locals responded and told him that the place was holy, untouched and without a name.  

The witty man he was, Lord Curzon asked the local people as to what they call ‘untouched’ in their regional dialect. “Kuari” was the reply and henceforth the name was kept as Kuari Pass. The trail began to be known as the Kuari Pass Trek.

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The beautiful town of Auli. Photography by Anmol Rikhra

My Journey Along the Kuari Pass Trek

Each long journey begins with a single step. When it comes to trekking, each destination has its own significance.

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The ravishing Nanda Devi Peak is seen from a distance. Photography by Ravi Singh Rana

Reaching Haridwar 

I reached Haridwar at 3:30 am. From here, we had to make our way to the majestic Joshimath base camp for the first night.

I had time before heading to the Kuari Pass trek. So I decided to pay a visit to Har Ki Pauri. 

Har Ki Pauri was covered in fog and strong cold winds that could blow anyone away.  Early morning in North India is chilly. However, this did not stop the devotees at Har ki Pauri from taking a dip in the holy Ganges.

Ganga Arti starts at 6:30 am in case any website or person tells you otherwise ignore it.

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Har ki Paudi at Haridwar. Photography by Ved Prakash Thawait

Heading to Joshimath

A company of 22 people left for an 11-hour journey to Joshimath. The view along the way made it seem like a fairy tale. The distant mountains looked majestic with snow-clad peaks hit by the first rays. 

We made our way to the arrangements for the night stay. There were scrumptious snacks and welcome drinks for us followed by a good dinner and sweets. Lastly, we were made to undertake Oximeter and Pulse checks.

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Joshimath from a distance. Photography by Francesca Daws

Reaching the first Base Camp Akhrot Geta

Dhak was the point from where we started the Kuari Pass trek. We didn’t follow the itinerary that is usually taken by people due to some unavoidable circumstances.

The initial stages are always the hard ones. The experienced trekkers knew how to deal with them. The rest of us were helped by the trek leaders.   Long strenuous walks were the order of the day. The mountain ranges with tall peaks could be clearly seen from the beginning. Some of the teammates struggled in stages. But all in all, we delivered a pretty impressive performance.

It took us 4 hours to reach our first camp – Akhrot  Geta. Fortune was with me as I was lucky enough to find the only Akhrot (walnut) from Akhrot Geta.   The base camp had figments of snow which seemed manageable. At a distance though we could see the snowy trail that we had to take the next day.

A breathtaking view of some of the major peaks – Hathi-Godha, Kamat, Dronagiri could be seen. Serenity could be felt by us.

In the following hours, instructions were given to us. They comprised of learning how to pitch a tent, snack time, wearing warmers, tea time, dinner time etc.  After receiving instructions,  we finally had time to ourselves to play tent games. The best part was that almost the entire team joined in including a 60-year-old man.

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The dazzling Dronagiri peaks at the moonrise. Photography by Arun Singh

 Base Camp 2 – Khullara Campsite

The next day was another early start but we didn’t have packed lunches for the day.  This meant the trek was even shorter than the previous day.  There were phases where we trekked on patches of snow but mainly the trek was on familiar terrain.

The level of difficulty was easier than the previous day but consecutive 2 days trekking took its toll on one of the trekkers. The gentleman was my tent mate. He made the basic mistake of not taking Diamox being a first-time trekker and not being used to high altitude.

His oxygen levels had dipped, the colour of his face had faded, and life seemed to be stuck out of his body. He was in immediate requirement of care when he reached the Khullara Base Camp. A supply of artificial Oxygen was required to put him through the night.

The rest of us went through the same chores as the day before. The highlight of the day was the time spent with 9 others (a group) to venture to a cliff, finding our own spot and spending quality time admiring the beautiful multi-coloured tents in white background complimenting the tranquil Himalayas.

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Magnificent  view from Khullara campsite. Photography by Shubhodeep Roy

Reaching the Majestic Kuari Pass

The next day started with bad news from the camp, unfortunately, our sick mate had to be sent down. We started off earlier than usual with microspikes attached to our footing. We were ready to face the steep snowy incline. Adrenalin rush hit me as from the end of the pack I was in the front of the pack in no time.

There was snow everywhere. We were leaving the mountain range that had us entrapped in its magic from the moment we started our journey. However, what was in front of us was even better – A panoramic view of the range. Group photos were the order of the day and this was the first one of the many that followed.

Kuari Pass grabbed us by the neck and let us loose as all that effort we had put in was to reach till this point. The weight on us was brought down and we were as relaxed as monks.

Last Set of Complexities

The relaxed mood after the achievement of completing the trek got reflected during the next day. We had our eyes set on the untouched Nanda Devi – the highest peak with a presence only in Incredible India.

There were snowflakes falling on us not from the skies but from a horizontal trajectory. Well, it was a snow fight!

The progress was slow and it was not due to the fun we were having but due to the 5 new joiners from the other batch who refused to complete the trek and joined us. 

Nanda Devi’s top was all covered in mist.  It cleared with gushing winds for only a brief moment of time but I must say that the moment was worth the time.

This brief experience of observing the peak brought me some insight- “ Your goals might not be clear enough at first but those who are willing to continuously stride will achieve clarity in life and eventually success.”

From here, things weren’t as easy as they seemed. The slope wasn’t all downward.  I had to bring a person from the other batch down in his bid to get back. This took a significant toll on me.

Eventually, we reached back but not before nightfall. So, the day that started out with all the fun turned out to be quite gruelling in the end.         

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Every journey begins with a single step. Make sure you start your journey soon. Photography by Ravi Singh Rana

Kuari Pass Trek: Why I didn’t want to go back home?

I didn’t want to leave the sight of Nanda Devi. I just wanted to sit there watching the mist and admiring the peak. I didn’t want to leave the people that I had bonded with so much in the past week.

Most of all, I didn’t want to leave the adrenaline rush that my body experienced so often as compared to the normal boring days. 

Important Merchandise to Pack for Kuari Pass Trek

Miscellaneous items, commonly asked questions by beginners taking the kuari pass trek.

I had a fantastic experience heading along the Kuari Pass trek. You should too. So pack your bags next season and sweat it out amidst the Himalayas.

Happy wayfaring 🙂


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Kuari Pass Trek

The most scenic winter trek for beginners

Available Batches

Brief description.


Brief Itinerary

Detailed itinerary.

Arrive in Joshimath (2040 M)

Arrive in Joshimath. If you opt for transportation from us then we will assemble early morning in Dehradun ISBT by 7 AM and drive towards Joshimath. Overnight in guest house / hotel in Joshimath

Joshimath to Tugashi (by car) and trek to Tali (3362 M)

Distance: 6 kms

Duration: 5-6 hours

After breakfast around 7:30 AM, we head to Tugashi Village to start our trek. Keep a jacket handy, you may need it along the way, but if the sun is up, you can easily trek in a t-shirt and a fleece. You’ll start walking through the dusty trails up to Tugashi village, which will be your first water source. It’s a charming little village, where you’ll get a glimpse of the traditional way of life of the locals. As you move further up from Tugashi village, the terrain changes and you’ll find yourself walking in and out a beautiful oak forest. The forest opens up to a clearing or a meadow every now and then. You’ll have your lunch at Gulling around 1 pm, rest up here but gear up for the final ascend to the Tali Campsite from here. It’s not a steep ascend, but for the next 4 kms, you’ll be walking uphill. Tali campsite is right in the middle of the forest, and you’ll be delighted to be there because you’ll have a team waiting with hot beverages and snacks for you.

Tali to Kuari Pass (3814 M) to Tali

Distance: 12 kms

Duration: 7 hours

Today is going to be an epic day. It’s much easier than the previous day, as you will go up and down hills and snow slopes (in the winter months). The trek today will amaze you with the glorious views of the mountains around you, the snowfield you’ll traverse through and the feeling of being on top of the world at Kuari Top. It would take you around 4 hours to reach Kuari Top, which is the highest point on the trail, from there, Kuari Pass is just 700 meters (40 minutes) away. Today you’ll see peaks like Neelkantha, Nanda Devi, Hathi Ghoda Parvat, Dronagiri, Pangarchulla, and Chaukhamba. After spending some time at the pass, we retrace the same route to reach Tali by late afternoon.

Tali to Auli (3048 M) via Gorson bugyal. Drive to Joshimath.

Distance: 10 kms

If the views blew your minds away yesterday, today is going to be an even better day. 800 meters of steady climb after the camp, you’ll be out of the forest. Your first break point would be at the beautiful Tali lake. You’ll be able to get clear views of Nanda Devi from Tali lake, which is the highest mountain in India. The trail from here climbs onto a narrow path, with the mountain on one side and a steep drop on the other. Make sure you walk as a team on this path, as people scared of heights or prone to vertigo, might feel a little uncomfortable here. This narrow path continues for 1.5 KMs till you enter Gorson Bugyal. For the next 5KMs you’ll walk in a beautiful wide open meadow, and in the winter months, the snow makes the landscape absolutely stunning. You’ll find a lot of day hikers here from Auli, who come here to experience the snow. Reach Auli Ski Resort and board the vehicle for Joshimath from Auli road head. The drive from Auli to Joshimath is around an hour. Your trip ends here, and now it’s time to take a hot shower, relax and celebrate.

Depart from Joshimath (2040 M)

The trip ends today. Checkout of the guest house. If you opt for transportation from us then we will reach Dehradun by late evening.

What's Included

  • Food as per menu on the trek (Starting Lunch on Day 2)
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges , if any
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, mats,Technical equipment
  • Safety Equipments.
  • Trek guide, cook, helpers, porters & mules for carrying common luggage.
  • Services of a Trek Leader.
  • 2 Nights Hotel stay in Joshimath.

What's Not Included

  • Meals during road journeys
  • Meals during hotel stay
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
  • Transportation from Dehradun to Joshimath and back to Dehradun.

Are you Eligible for this Adventure?

Max Altitude

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BRS Level Required

Kuari Pass Trek is a level 3 adventure on the Bikat Rating Scale.

Since it is a beginner’s trek, you need no special prior experience. Although any high-altitude trek requires a certain level of stamina and physical endurance.

If you do not know what level of BRS trek would suit you best, worry not! Fill out this Form:

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we will send you a progression chart to help you comfortably get out of your comfort zone in order to level up and ultimately reach your highest potential in the big, bad world of outdoor adventure.

Packing List

This is a list of essential items for individuals doing the trek with Bikat Adventures. This list contains only those items which the participants are required to bring with them. The list excludes those items which are provided by Bikat Adventures on the trek. We have divided the items into five categories. All the items in the list are essential except for those marked as optional.

Trekking Gear

  • Ruck sack bag with rain cover. Qty -1
  • Day Pack Bag - Recommended for treks with summit day
  • Head Torch with spare Batteries. Qty -1
  • U V protection sunglasses. Qty -1 Here is how you can choose the best sunglasses for trekking.
  • Water Bottles: 2 bottles of 1 liter each
  • Non-skid, deep treaded, high-ankle trekking shoes Qty -1
  • Pair of light weight Slipper/Sandals Qty -1
  • Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants. Qty - 2
  • Full sleeves T-shirts/ Sweatshirts. 1 for every 2 days of trekking
  • Pair of thick woolen socks. 1 pair for every two days of trekking
  • Thermal Body warmer Upper & Lower. Qty-1
  • Undergarments. Qty - 1 for every day of trekking
  • Warm jacket closed at wrist & neck .Qty-1
  • Full sleeves sweater. Qty -1
  • Rain wear ( Jacket & Pants ) . Qty-1
  • Pair of waterproof, warm gloves. Qty-1
  • Woolen cap. Qty-1
  • Sun shielding Hat. Qty -1
  • Personal toiletries kit (Small Towel, Toilet paper, paper soap, Bar soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, cold cream, etc.)
  • Sun screen lotion small pack. Qty -1 Here is your Sun Protection 101 to stay safe in the bright sunny outdoors.
  • Lip Balm small pack. Qty-1
  • Small size, Light weight & Leak proof lunch box. Qty-1
  • Plate. Qty- 1
  • Spoon.Qty-1
  • Tea/Coffee (plastic) Mug.Qty-1


  • Camera (Optional)
  • Carry your medicines in plenty in case you have any specific ailment. Consult your doctor before joining the trek.
  • Dry fruits, Nuts, Chocolate bars (Optional)

Frequently Asked Questions

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Our batch sizes are capped at 15 for smaller treks with the trek leader and trekker ratio of 1:8. This ratio, in our years of experience, has proven to deliver the best trekking experience for individuals as well as groups. Capping the size of the group ensures individual attention to each trekker so that no signs of distress or need during the trek go unnoticed. It also helps to form a more cohesive cohort with better group energy which helps define the rhythm and pace of days on the trek. As you go higher up on the BRS scale, since the stakes are higher, expeditions have an even smaller group size with the ratio of expedition leader to climber set at 1:2.

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We follow a rigorous regime of hiring and training our experts in the field. Each trek leader is a certified mountaineer with years of experience in the field. In addition to their qualification, they also go through practical and situational training to tackle any and all kinds of sudden conditions that may present themselves on the ground. Being unpredictable is the core nature of the mountains but being ready for any circumstance as best as possible is a controllable asset that we try to nurture. Our field experts are also trained in basic medicine and first-aid response. Watch: Forerunners - The Making of A Trek Leader At Bikat Adventures

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Since Bikat Adventures is a learning-based organization, we help you climb up the ladder of difficulty within the sphere of outdoor adventure systematically. Our on-ground training modules are designed to handhold you through the upskilling process so that you are ready to take on bigger challenges.

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All the gear used on our treks and expeditions is tried and tested, maintained for good quality, and is overall top-notch in quality and condition. We are continually looking to obtain the best of everything there is in the market so as to ensure optimum safety.

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Along with the staff you see on-ground, we have a team of superheroes working in the background to give you the best experience possible. Our background team also comprises local staff from each area who know the region best. Having local support helps with studying the area, pre-planning, execution, and in receiving timely support in case of emergencies in these remote locations.

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If you’re looking for an easy trail to start your Himalayan journey, look no further, Kuari Pass trek is the just the right trek for you. This easy to moderate trail was discovered back in early 1900s by the then Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon.  The trail then got named after the keen trekker and has been called the Lord Curzon trail ever since. Kuari pass trek height is 13,989 ft (4,264 m), this trail is blazing with gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains, mystical forests and breathtakingly gorgeous meadows.

Situated in the heart of the Garhwal region in Uttarakhand, this trail offers a diverse terrain that is perfect for a beginner to explore the Himalayas and fall in love with it. The total Kuari pass trek distance is 40+ kms.

Snow Trekking

The winters are a great way to explore the Garhwal region when it is drenched entirely in snow. Kuari Pass Trek offers the best experience during winters. The forests would be making way to the autumn and the meadows would be carpeted in snow. For a first-timer, this is a brilliant opportunity to trek through the thrilling terrains of the Himalayas. If you’ve trekked to the Himalayas before, this trek will surely be an epic snow adventure waiting to happen.

Rhododendron Forests:

All through the Kuari pass trek, you get to trek through the mystical and ancient forests adorned with Oak and Rhododendron trees. The forests are a perfect treat for photography lovers with tall trees touching the sky, the rays of the sun making its way through the canopy to the ground and a trail with a clearing leading to a magical meadow.

The Kuari Pass trek route goes through Nanda Devi Sanctuary. The entire trek route gives you a good close up view of the revered Mt. Nanda Devi along with other peaks such as Mt. Chaukamba, Mt. Dronagiri, Hathi Parvat, Ghoda Parvat, and Trishul Parvat. All of this makes this trek a perfect escapade from the monotony of daily life. Best time for Kuari pass trek is considered to be in the spring season. But Kuari pass winter trek is a different experience altogether.

Picture Perfect Campsites

Ever imagined what it would feel like to wake up with a view of the snow-capped mountains? This trek is all about picture-perfect campsites and great camping experiences for kuari pass winter trek. Cozy up in your camps with blankets or brave the snow and chat the night away in front of a bonfire, make new friendships and be a true nature’s nomad. When you camp in the Himalayas, you’ll get to experience what a nomadic life feels like. Making this wild enough for an unforgettable experience.

Panch Prayag

To reach the Kuari pass trek Uttarakhand, you have to travel via the five sacred river confluences in the Garhwal Himalayas. Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag, and Vishnuprayag in the ascending flow sequence of their occurrence.

  • Devprayag is the confluence of the two holy rivers, the Bhagirathi - the chief stream of the Ganges and the Alaknanda. It is the first Prayag on the way to Badrinath. Beyond this confluence, the river is known as the Ganges.
  • Rudra Prayag is the confluence where the river Alaknanda meets the Mandakini River. The confluence is named after god Shiva, who is also known as Rudra.
  • Karn Prayag is the location where Alaknanda River is joined by the Pindar River that originates from the Pindar glacier, below the Nanda Devi Mountain range.
  • Nandaprayag is the confluence where the Mandakini River joins the main Alaknanda River.
  • Vishnuprayag - The Alaknanda River, which originates from Satopanth glacier is joined by the Dhauli Ganga River near Joshimath (on Joshimath - Badrinath route). Alaknanda flows in front of the Badrinath temple, one of the most revered Hindu shrines.
  • 4 Treks in one trip
  • 1N stay at Auli
  • 3N camping stay along the trail
  • Travel via the 4 major confluences of River Ganga
  • Camp along the trail to Kuari Pass
  • Trek to Khullara and get a glimpse of Pangarchulla Peak 
  • Day 1: Arrive in Rishikesh and witness the Ganga Arati
  • Day 2:  Travel to Auli via 4 holy confluence on River Ganga (Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnprayag, Nandprayag).
  • Day 3:  Trek to Taali from Auli via Gorson Bugyal
  • Day 4:  Acclimatisation trek to Gorson Top
  • Day 5:  Trek to Kuari Pass and then to base camp at Khullara
  • Day 6:  Trek to Dhak from Khullara and then take a jeep drive to Joshimath
  • Day 7:  Travel back to Rishikesh
  • Day 8:  Travel back home
  • Day 1:  Arrive in Rishikesh and witness the Ganga Arati
  • Day 2:  Travel to Joshimath via 4 holy confluence on River Ganga (Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnprayag, Nandprayag).
  • Day 3: Travel to Dhak and Trek to Guling from Joshimath
  • Day 4:  Trek to Khullara 

Detailed Itinerary for Kuari Pass Trek:

Day 1: Rishikesh

Altitude:  1,220 ft (372 m)

For the Kuari pass trek, arrive in Rishikesh and check in to the hotel. Meet your fellow trekkers in a meet and greet session where you will also be prepped for the upcoming trek. In the evening, head out to witness the magnificent Ganga Arati and explore the authentic local cultures of India. Stay the night at Rishikesh. 

Day 2: Auli

Altitude:  8,218 ft (2,505 m)

Travel Duration: 7-8 hours

On day 2 you start your journey from Rishikesh to Auli for kuari pass trek india. Witness the four confluences of the sacred River Ganga (Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandprayag) en route and also get the very first glimpse of the snow-clad peaks when you're about to arrive in Joshimath. Check in to the hotel and stay the night at Joshimath. 

Day 3: Taali

Altitude:  10,887 ft (3,318 m)

Trek Duration: 6-8 hours

Kuari pass trek route starts from here. On day 3, we start trekking towards Taali from Auli. During this trek, we meander through the narrow pathways right behind the Gorson Top trail. The trail is gorgeous with an open meadow all through. Tonight, we camp in Taali. 

Day 4: Gorson Top

Altitude: 12,772 ft (3,893 m)

Trek Duration: 6 hours

Today we start trekking from Taali to Gorson Top. This trek, although slightly steep, is breathtaking and extremely rewarding because of the majestic views of the revered Mt. Nanda Devi, Hathi Parvat, Ghoda Parvat, Mt. Neelkant and the mighty Mt. Dronagiri.

Day 5:   Kuari Pass

Altitude:  13,989 ft (4,264 m)

Wake up early and start your trek to Kuari Pass. Get enchanted with the majestic views along the way. On the kuari pass trek route, you will get to see various Himalayan peaks and frozen waterfalls along the way as you head towards your camp to Khullara base. Today's trek will be the toughest and you challenging as you will be trekking in snow entirely. Kuari pass trek height is 13,989 ft (4,263 m).

Day 6:   Joshimath

Altitude:  6,150 ft (1,875 m)

Today is an easy trek to Dhak through the beautiful meadows and small villages. We will pass through Dhak, a smaller block in Joshimath. The views of peaks like Hathi Ghoda, Barmal & Mana will be your constant companion in today’s trek. We will reach Dhak by afternoon. Travel to Johsimath and stay overnight.

Day 7: Rishikesh

Altitude: 1,220 ft (372 m)

On your last day, you travel back to Rishikesh from Joshimath via road. 

Day 9: Your City

Travel back to your city.

Trek Insurance

Trekking in the Himalayas comes with its own set of risks. While adventure is fun and can be extremely thrilling, nature can be unpredictable, and to help secure you during your trek, it is of utmost importance that you are covered with insurance.

We've gone a step ahead and made sure that you don't have to worry about scouting for the best insurance option out there. When you trek with us, your insurance comes as a part of your inclusions.  To know more about the benefits covered and sum insured, click here .

Risk and Liability 

We will endeavor to make your program smooth and as pleasant as possible. However, the entire course of trekking depends on the ranges of the mighty mountains, physical health, and environmental conditions. Therefore, TrekNomads shall not be responsible for any changes in the itineraries due to unavoidable circumstance and natural disasters such as landslide, road blockage, flood, snowing, cancellation of flight and delay, any types of sickness including altitude sickness.

Fitness Criteria 

This trek requires a good level of fitness.

If you're not already following a fitness regime, you would need to follow the regime that will be shared with you. The training routine is spread over four months and you would be expected to work out at least 4 times a week. The regime is designed to help you climb smarter even in higher altitudes. The regime consists of a good combination of exercises that works on all parts of your body including - Upper Body, Core, Endurance, Lower Body, Shoulder strength and along with streamlining your breathing pattern. When followed religiously, you can rest assured that you will be ready for the trek. Not only does this regime help you with the trek, but it will also help you inculcate a sense of fitness in your day-to-day life. 

Do’s and Don’ts:

  • We believe in leaving the mountains in a better condition, which is why we follow a no-litter policy on our treks. Each trekker will have to bring back the waste that is created during the trek.
  • Trekking is best enjoyed when you’ve worn comfortable clothes. Try and avoid wearing Jeans, bright colours and heavy apparels as much as possible.
  • A lighter backpack always helps you have a better trek, try and carry just as much as needed.
  • Always be in sight of your trek lead, if you feel the need to stop for any reason at all, please keep the trek lead informed.
  • If you do come across any reptiles, animals or even insects during the trek, please keep your calm and let it patiently pass by. Any kind of noise and panic will scare them as well.
  • Do not venture out into the forest/waterfalls on your own as it may be dangerous.
  • Trekking is a good adventure, having said that, it is our primary responsibility to take good care of ourselves and be compassionate towards fellow trekkers
  • If, at any point, during the trek, you feel uneasy or unwell, please inform the trek lead immediately
  • Tune in to the sounds of nature while on a trek and avoid carrying speakers or playing music during the course of the trek
  • To help you enjoy the trek to the fullest, we avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol, and other intoxicants during the course of the trek

What is included in the tour

  • Transportation to & fro from Rishikesh in a private vehicle
  • 2 nights 3-star hotel stay with breakfast at Rishikesh
  • 1-night resort stay at Auli
  • 1-night hotel stay at Joshimath
  • 3 nights of tented accommodation
  • Accommodation on a double/triple sharing basis
  • Trek equipment: Sleeping bags, Mattresses, Utensils, Ropes
  • Tents: Trekkers tent (twin/triple sharing), Kitchen & Dining tent, Toilet tent
  • Porter for 1 - 60 ltr Bag (Max 10 kgs)
  • Entry Permit Fee, Guide Fee & Driver Bata
  • Standard vegetarian food for breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, and dinner during trek days
  • 4 days of trekking with an experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek guide and assistant trek guide (Number of guides depending on the group size)
  • 1 Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader
  • Insurance, meals, transportation daily salary of guide & porter
  • Nomads are allowed to carry only 10 kg personal luggage on trek
  • Basic First Aid Kit 
  • Personal accident insurance
  • All government, local taxes and service charges
  • TrekNomads Fee, Trek Captain support and expertise
  • 10% discount on Fast&Up products
  • 25% discount on HappyBars products 
  • Personalized Dri-Fit T-shirt
  • TrekNomads goodies

What is NOT included in the tour

  • The cost to reach Rishikesh and back
  • Airport Pick up and Drop Off
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Tips for guide, chef, porter, etc (calculated per person)
  • Excess baggage charges, if it exceeds 10 kg
  • Local sightseeing and entrance fee, camera fee, etc
  • Mineral water or any type of soft drinks
  • Hot water for shower, etc, during the trek 
  • Extra meals apart from inclusions
  • Food during travel days
  • Lunch and dinner at Rishikesh 3-star hotel stay
  • Any other expenses incurred apart from inclusions
  • All personal, medical, evacuation and emergency expenses like extra day stay out of itinerary, helicopter services and vehicle charges due to delays, landslides, evacuation
  • Expenses incurred for guide or porter during extra days stay, transport, flight, helicopter service, etc (divided amongst the group which utilises the services of guides/porters on extra days)

Altitude Map:

  • Joshimath: 6,150 ft (1,875 m)
  • Auli: 8,218 ft (2,505 m)
  • Dhak: 7,601 ft (2,317 m)
  • Khullara: 11,100 ft (3,383 m)
  • Kuari Pass: 13,989 ft (4,263 m)

Other Details:

  • Trek Gradient: Moderate-Difficult
  • Trek Distance: 40+ Km
  • Assembling Point: Rishikesh
  • Average Temperature: -2°C to 20°C
  • Travel Distance: 700+ Km  
  • Best Months to trek: March, April, May, June, From Mid September, October, November, December

Kuari Pass Trek FAQs

How difficult is the kuari pass trek.

Kuari Pass is categorized as an easy-to-moderate trek. It is one of the best winter treks for beginners to start with.

Where Is the Kuari Pass Trek?

Kuari Pass is situated in the Nanda Devi National Park in Chamoli District of Uttarakhand state in India.

What are the base and trek distances of the Kuari Pass Trek?

Kuari Pass trek distance is 37 km. It is a long trek that starts from Auli or Dhak village.

Is there any trekking experience needed to do this trek?

It is not essential to have a trekking experience to do the Kuari Pass trek. But if you are an experienced trekker, it is the cherry on the cake. We also recommend undertaking a fitness regimen that includes cardiovascular and running exercises one week before the trek.

What is the best time to visit Kuari Pass Trek?

March - June and September - December is the best time to visit the Kuari Pass trek. In winter, Kuari Pass Trek offers the best views.

Is the Kuari Pass Trek safe?

Yes, the Kuari Pass Trek is relatively safe. The Kuari Pass Trek's difficulty level is "easy-moderate," so the route is not very dangerous. Although, staying attentive and taking the necessary precautions during the trek always helps avoid any hassles.

How to reach the base camp?

The assembling point of this Kuari Pass Trek is Rishikesh. You can reach Rishikesh by bus, train, flight, or private vehicle. From Rishikesh, you will travel to Auli/Joshimath. The trek will start from Auli. Kuari pass trek distance is 37 km. Kuari pass height is 3,814 m (12,516 ft).

Will there be an A.T.M. on the trail?

A.T.M.s are available at Joshimath. Carry enough cash when you leave Rishikesh or from your base city.

What is Kuari Pass altitude?

Kuari Pass trek reaches a maximum altitude/height of 3,814 m (12,516 ft)

Will there be toilets/restrooms on the Kuari Pass trek?

The lodges at Tapoban and Auli will have concrete toilets. On the other days, bio-toilets will be set up along each campsite. A bio-toilet has a deep pit, where one can answer nature’s call. Do reach out to us for Kuari Pass Trek package details.

Is a good cellular network available on the Kuari Pass trek?

On the Kuari Pass trek route, You will get a good network signal till Joshimath. You will also get a 4G network at Auli on day 1. On the trail, you might have intermittent signals on the first and last day of the trek. You will get Jio and B.S.N.L. network coverage at the base camp if the weather conditions are good.

Will there be a safe place available to store all the luggage that I do not require?

On the Kuari Pass trek route, you can keep your luggage at the base camp for the duration of the trek. At the end of the trek, all the belongings from the cloakroom can be collected.

What is the Nearest railway station for the Kuari Pass trek?

The nearest railway stations are Dehradun, Kathgodam, and Haridwar.

What is the Kuari pass temperature like?

The Kuari Pass temperature during summer remains between 19 and 29 C while the winter temperature drops to -8 C. Kuari Pass weather may get extremely cold during winter.

Which is the nearest big city? How to reach from here? 

The nearest big city is Rishikesh. The further journey to Joshimath shall be made by road. Rishikesh to Joshimath/Auli will take around 8-12 hours by road. The travel time may vary due to road conditions, landslides, weather, traffic, and other similar reasons.

What types of stays/accommodations will be available on the Kuari Pass trek?

There will be a resort/hotel stay in Auli, and the rest will be in campsites. Do reach out to us for Kuari Pass trek package details.

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Kuari Pass Trek 2023 – Winter Treks in Uttarakhand

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Kuari Pass Trekking 5 night 6 days

The Kuari pass is an awe-inspiring trekking route in the Garhwal region of the Indian Himalayas . Nestled amidst the majestic snow-capped peaks and pristine alpine meadows, this trek offers a rewarding experience for adventure enthusiasts. The kuari pass trek starts from the serene village of Joshimath and takes you through dense forests, picturesque valleys, and charming Himalayan villages. As you ascend towards the Kuaripass at an altitude of 3,650 meters, you are greeted with panoramic views of peaks like Nanda Devi, Drona Giri, Chaukhamba, and Kamet, making it a truly mesmerizing sight for nature lovers. Moreover, the trek also offers an opportunity to interact with the locals and experience their unique culture and traditions, adding to the overall enriching experience of the Kuaripass Trek .

One of the highlights of the Kuari pass Trek is the stunning view from Khulara and Gorson meadow as well Tali Lake, kuari pass doorway is also known as the Lord Curzon Trail . Another noteworthy feature of this trek is its moderate difficulty level, making it accessible for both experienced trekkers and beginners seeking a thrilling adventure in the mountains. In addition, the trek offers a diverse range of terrains, from steep ascents to gradual descents, ensuring a challenging yet gratifying experience. Whether you are a nature lover, a photography enthusiast, or someone seeking solitude in the lap of nature, the Kuaripass Trek guarantees an unforgettable journey through some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the Himalayas.

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The Kuaripass Trek itinerary is an exhilarating adventure that takes trekkers through the magnificent landscapes of the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand , India. Spanning over 6 days, this journey begins in the charming village of Auli Joshimath and winds its way up to the Kuari pass , situated at an altitude of 3,800 meters. Along the way, trekkers are treated to breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, lush green meadows, and mystical forests. This itinerary is carefully designed to allow for acclimatization, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience, with ample opportunities to engage with the local culture and witness the traditional way of life in the remote villages dotting the route. The Kuaripass Trek itinerary promises a truly unforgettable adventure for those seeking to connect with nature and embark on a soul-stirring journey in the lap of the majestic Himalayas.

Here is a suggested itinerary for the Kuari Pass trek:

Day 1: Arrival in Joshimath

Arrive in Joshimath and check into a hotel. Spend the day exploring the town and acclimatizing to the altitude.

Day 2: Joshimath to Auli Tali Trek via Gorson Top meadow (Uttarakhand)

Drive from Joshimath to Auli, which is the starting point of the trek. Begin the trek from Auli to Tali, which is a 7 km trek and takes around 5 hours. Overnight stay at Tali. Crossing beautiful Meadow Gorson Too and crossing tali ridge we arrive at Tali lake have lunch and trek further to Tali forest.

Day 3: Tali to Khullara

Start the trek from Tali camp to Khullara, which is a 6 km trek and takes around 4-5 hours. The trail offers beautiful views of Nanda Devi and other peaks. We cross chitrakantha Overnight stay at Khullara.

Day 4: Khullara to Kuari Pass and back to Khulara. Camp

Trek from Khullara to Kuari Pass , which is around 7 km and takes 5-6 hours. Reach Kuari Pass , enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas and the surrounding peaks. Descend back to Khulara and spend the night there.

Day 5: Khulara to Dhak village via tugasi village

After breakfast trek down to Dhak village totaly decent trek it take around 5/6hrs to reach road head beautiful trek crossing forest area and then to tugasi village and reach road head further drive to dhak village that continue till Joshimath and overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 6: Departure from Joshimath

Breakfast and check out from the hotel and depart from Joshimath onwards Journey. Arrive Rishikesh. Trip end up

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Kuaripass Winter Trek Campfire

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With this package 1night stay in joshimath + 1 night in auli + rest in 4 season tents on trek.

All veg meals on trek , rice chapatti, magi, vegetables, rice etc + tents on triple sharing and one double sharing + sleeping bags + kitchen tent + stools + trekking permits + guide + pony .

Not Include – Insurance – Personal luggage – walking sticks  – duffles bag – Transport to and from Rishikesh/Dehradun .

Difficulty level :- How difficult is Kuaripass Trek

Trek Is longer which is easy to moderate level. In winter its not easy for infit person. First time trekker can do this trek easily.

Kuari Pass Travel Tips

  • Kuari Pass trek is of moderate difficulty level, thus it is a perfect trek for amateur trekkers, adventurers and first timers to gain some experience. 


  • Kuari Pass trek is also famous during the winters when the snow is just the right amount thus making it a perfect trek to introduce amateur trekkers to snow. 


  • Hire an experienced trekking guide to accompany you on your trek. These guides have much knowledge and expertise about the route. 

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24 x7 Medical –> How Ever we carry first aid box, oxygen cylinder on kuaripass trek or at base camp, for air ambulance or rescue .

Variety of Meals –> We offer quality of meals with variety each day, veg, fruits refreshment, tasty and hygiene .

Local Community –> We know the adventure, your 75% amount paid to any trek goes to local who work with us you employ them .

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Kuaripass Trek Cancellation Policy

  • The cancellation policy is based on the original booking time and original start date of the trek.
  • Cancel before 30 days of trek start date and get full refund after deduction of 1.99% payment processing fee.

Refund Terms & Condition of Kuaripass

before 15 days of trek start date and get refund after deduction of 20% of total trek fee.

10 days of trek start date and get refund after deduction of 40% of total trek fee.

5 days of trek start date and get refund after deduction of 60% of total trek fee.

Mail us at – Auli Adventure Camps (A Local Community At Your Services) [email protected]  or Wats up @  +91 09837937948

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Easy to Moderate Trek Level. How long is we have to trek ?

3days Trek or 21km trek route . Is Kuari pass good for beginners?

Yes easy is summer, tough in winter.

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Kuari Pass Trek

₹12500  (flat 40% off), ₹ 7,500, (pipalkoti to pipalkoti), service tax @ 5% (gst),  + ftg (100% refundable*): ₹ 3,000,  + backpack offloading: ₹ 1,800,  + single tent occupancy: ₹ 2,000, batch availability.

  • Overview & Itinerary

The Kuari Pass Trek, also known as the Curzon Trail, is a breathtaking journey through the Doorway at an altitude of 3,900 m. Lord Curzon himself explored this trail, which passes through pristine forests of rhododendron, oak, and deodar, all blanketed in layers of snow. The trek offers a highly varied and scenic experience, with a series of forests and meadows leading to majestic peaks such as Kamet, Dronagiri, Trishul, Bertholi, Hathi Ghodi Parvat, Mana, and Neelkanth. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned trekker, the Kuari Pass Trek is a great choice. Beginners can learn all about trekking and experience the Himalayas on a trail that is not too tough, while seasoned trekkers can rejuvenate themselves in this stunning environment. The best time to embark on this adventure is from December to March when the entire trail is covered in snow. 

Trek Itinerary

Embark on a thrilling trek starting from Rishikesh - a beautiful city nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. Beginning at the Rishikesh railway station, we will set off on our journey, traversing the scenic Badrinath Road. Witness breathtaking views of the majestic mountains as we make our way towards our destination. Get ready for a memorable adventure filled with exciting experiences and beautiful natural wonders.

The 9-hour drive to Pipalkoti offers stunning views that will keep you entertained throughout the journey. The river flowing alongside us becomes more exhilarating as we ascend. On the way, we will pass through Panchprayag, where five rivers converge. The drive may be tiring, but the majestic landscapes will make it worthwhile.

We arrange shared taxis for trekkers from Rishikesh Bus Stand to Pipalkoti and drop you back from Pipalkoti. This will cost approx. Rs. 8,000/- one way per 5-6 seat vehicles. You will have to share this value with the other trekkers.

The trek starts at Dhak and involves a gradual ascent towards Tugasi village. There are some sharp turns on the dirt trail before it levels out and turns into gently sloping terrain. The ground can be rough at times but generally manageable. After hiking for 20-25 minutes, you will reach Kharchi village where you can replenish your water bottles and take a break. From there, continue on the rough path with the valley to your right. The ascent is steep and has switchbacks. Take the steady climb, leaving farmland to the left, and be greeted with a breathtaking view of Dronagiri mountain rising in terror from infinity. We'll pitch tents in open meadows surrounded by oak forest, with views of Dronagiri.

Set your alarm and prepare for an early start to embark on a 4-hour journey to Khullara. Despite the previous day's grueling climb, today's ascent will be gentler, with smooth slopes that make for a pleasant walk. Wake up refreshed and ready to take in the natural beauty of your surroundings. The forests await your exploration, so be sure to make the most of this opportunity to immerse yourself in nature.

The hike leads to an open green area that provides stunning views of snow-capped mountains. Further along, there's a small stream to cross and an expanding mixed forest with rhododendrons and oaks. The hike takes about 20 minutes to reach the picturesque spot and offers an invigorating experience for adventure enthusiasts. Take a break, soak in the natural beauty, and continue the hike for an enriching experience. During the wintertime, the forest is transformed into a stunning snowy wonderland. Every corner of the woods is blanketed with thick snow, creating a play of light and shade. As you continue your trek, you'll come across Gulling, the second campsite located in a coniferous forest. The snowy scenery adds a touch of magic to the experience, making it an unforgettable journey.

The fourth day of the trek is the summit day and may last for 8-9 hours. Ensure that you are properly equipped for snowy conditions and high winds. There will be no water source available on the route, so make sure to bring enough water to last the day. The first phase of the trek will take you up to the Khullara top, covering a distance of 3.5 km. This includes crossing a broken bridge and a stream that freezes over in the winter, followed by a ridge climb to the high pass. The high pass trek is quite challenging and becomes even more demanding due to the presence of snow. Trekkers are advised to take breaks every 15 minutes to catch their breath and rest their muscles. Overall, this phase requires moderate to severe physical exertion. The trek culminates in a stunning display of Garhwal's towering peaks including Kedarnath, Chaukhambha, Kamet, Nanda Devi, and more. The breathtaking panorama includes a total of 14 mountains, making it a truly unforgettable experience.

In the morning, begin your journey from Khullara campsite and make your way to Dhak Village by following the descending trail. This 11-kilometer trek may take 6-7 hours to complete, depending on your walking speed and the trail's conditions. Enjoy the scenic route and be prepared for a fulfilling adventure. Once you reach Pipalkoti, you'll drive to Pipalkoti and settle into your guest house, camp, or homestay for the night.

On Day 6 of the Kuari Pass Trek with Trekkaro, you'll be making the journey from Pipalkoti (1883 m / 6,175 ft) to Rishikesh, covering a distance of 215 km over an 8-hour drive. At Trekkaro, we believe that knowledge is key to a safe and fulfilling trekking experience in the Himalayas. That's why we provide in-depth information about each day of the trek, including what to expect and how to prepare for it. Our expert team has put years of experience into creating this content, which our trekkers find extremely useful.

You are expected to be back in Rishikesh by 7:00 PM. This transport cost has to be shared by trekkers and paid directly to the driver. Cost of the cab – Rs. 8,000 per vehicle, shared among 5-6 trekkers, and Rs. 12,000 for a Tempo Traveler.

How to reach

Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun is located 17 kilometers from the city, serving Rishikesh. Daily flights are available from Delhi to Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun.

Take the train from  Delhi to Rishikesh

• Yoga Express (19031):- Departure:- 05:05; Arrival:- 12:30

• Kalinga Utkal Express (18477):- Departure:- 13:23; Arrival:- 21:50

Regular bus service is available from Delhi (ISBT Kashmere Gate) to Rishikesh. We suggest that you take only government buses from the ISBT Kashmere Gate. Private buses run from outside ISBT Kashmere Gate and they are not trustable.

Things to carry

  • Basic Gears
  • Accessories
  • Mandatory Documents

• Backpack & Rain Cover (40-60 Litres)

• Trekking Shoes  (included in FTG)

• Trekking Pole  (included in FTG)

• LED Torch/Headlamp

• Two Water Bottle (one liter each)

• Basic Medications (or prescribed if any)

• Trekking Jacket  (included in FTG)

• Three (Five in winter) Warm Layers

• Two trek pants (one Wear and one carry)

• Two collared t-shirts

• Thermals

• Sunglasses

• Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 50/70)

• Lip Balm (SPF 30)

• Sun cap

• Synthetic hand gloves

• Two pairs of Socks

• Raincoat/Ponchos

• Daypack (20 liters), if you opt to offload your backpack

• Toiletries

• Cutlery

• Plastic cover (for wet clothes)

• Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Passport, Aadhaar Card, Driving license, or voter's ID).

Terms & Conditions

1-  Free Trekking Gears:  Shoes, Jacket(-10°C), and Pole.

2-  Accommodation: Full-load camping arrangements on the mountain with a large mess tent and tables. Stay from Day 1 to Day 5 (Pipalkoti to Pipalkoti). In Pipalkoti, the Stay will be in a Guest House/Camp/Home Stay on a triple/quad sharing basis. You will camp on the trek (3 people per tent).

3-  Meals: All meals during the trek starting with dinner on Day 1 till Dinner on Day 5. (Simple Nutritious Vegetarian food) Tea/Coffee/Soups/Snacks will be served throughout.

4-  Camping charges:  All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included (if any).

5-  Leaders & Guides:  Trek leaders are assisted by certified and experienced local guides.

6-  Trekking Equipment: High-quality tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, ropes, micro spikes, gaiters, etc. as required.

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

1-  Transport to and from the base camp: We arrange shared taxis for trekkers from Rishikesh (Jumping Point, Tapovan) to Pipalkoti and drop you back from Pipalkoti. This will cost approx. Rs. 8,000/- one way per 5-6 seat vehicles. You will have to share this value with the other trekkers.

2-  Food during transit to and from the base camp.

3-  Backpack offloading charges: Rs. 1,800/- for the full trek + 5% GST. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. Suitcases/trolleys/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note that charges will vary for the last-minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Lohajung.

4-  Anything apart from inclusions.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests are not taken over the phone.

In case you wish to cancel your trek please e-mail us at  [email protected]

1- Cancellations up to 21 days before departure date - 70% refund

2- Between 21 days to 14 days before departure - 50% refund

3- Between 14 days to 10 days before departure- 30% refund

4- Less than 10 days of departure –  No refund  or you can transfer your trek (same batch date & same trek) to your dear one OR apply for TREKCASH Voucher 10 days before your trek date which comes with 2-year validity.

a) Change of trek batch date is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.

b) In case of transferring a trek to your dear one, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements laid down by Trekkaro.

c) Trekkaro holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

Refund Policy  The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 working days. If we have to cancel/suspend your trek before the date of departure or at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, curfew, etc.), then you will get the TrekCash Voucher of the total fee you have paid to us and you can redeem it with 2 years on any trek but where this is of a higher price, you will be expected to pay the difference. The TrekCash voucher will be generated within 10 working days and sent to your email address by us.

Note:  In the instance of exchanging a TrekCash Voucher for your dear one, he/she ought to fulfill all the obligatory necessities set around Trekkaro.

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Trekkaro team will specifically ensure your safety with...

1.  Daily oxygen saturation & pulse reading (if required in trek) W e do treks that have a different environment than our daily life. We live in an environment where we less care about a healthy lifestyle. When it comes to doing treks or surviving in a not-so-pure environment for more than a day our body should accept the changes. Oxygen saturation is the fraction of [oxygen]-saturated hemoglobin relative to total hemoglobin in the blood. So we ensure the specific balance of oxygen in your blood. Our team ensures the health condition by oxygen saturation and pulse reading before trekking so everyone should be aware of their health.

2.  Oxygen cylinders and medical kit  When it comes to high-altitude trek the body doesn't get enough oxygen. It’s not always that you cannot survive in high-altitude treks but for a safer side if your body is not adjusted to the environment we are always ready with the oxygen cylinders. Our team member carries the portable oxygen cylinder and all the basic medicines on the trek. To prevent high altitude conditions - do more exercise, cycle, and swim. The more you practice it’ll easier for you.

3.  Stretchers on every campsite  Although we are physically and mentally ready for the environment there are chances of accidents or uncertain things. In those situations, we have stretchers at every campsite so, in an emergency, the porter will safely drop you at base camp where we can do further treatment.

4.  High-Quality Trek Gear and Equipment Trekkaro is the only trekking company in the world that provides Free Trekking Gear (FTG) at no charge/rent only for use during the treks. Expensive FTG includes Decathlon Quechua Trek 100 Shoes, Quechua SH 100/300 Jackets, Hiking Pole/Stick, Gaiters, and Crampons. Now, before registering for the trek, there is no need to think about the expensive trekking gear, and you also, do not need to buy or rent expensive trekking gear to go on a trek.

Trekkaro team will ensure you with quality tents and sleeping bags where you can survive in extreme cold. We provide sleeping bags that can hold cold up to -5 to -20 degrees Celsius. It’s always warmer in tents so we ensure you with quality shelter. So even though we are ready for the storm you should tell us if anything bothers you regarding safety.

5.  Radio (for communication between camps and guides) Our camps are a bit far from each other. But they connect through radio though the network is the issue in the hills. Although you miss anything or the weather is not good or we need medical help from the base we can communicate through radios.

6.  Technical team on all snowy slopes All the treks come up with an adventure. But safety is important in all trails and treks. Wherever we find risky slopes or areas we ensure the turn with the technical team. As we already mentioned earlier we have a well-trained team knowing handling hustles in emergencies and even knows how to take care of the trekkers.


When you take an adventurous trek with us, then be assured that whatever we do is more than your expectations. Our wish to excel goes beyond the point where your boots hit the trail – it begins the moment that you get in contact with us, and it never ends. There is nothing more satisfying than hearing from our trekkers that they’ve just had “another trip of a lifetime with Trekkaro ”.

Your Expectations

•  Safety  Of course, this is a non-negotiable. Safety is embedded in our business and it’s something that we take very seriously in all our treks. It's the primary reason we're very popular in just a year.

•  Personalized Service, Care, and Attention to Detail  For some organizations, this is, surprisingly, negotiable. But it isn’t for us. After safety, if we can do one thing right, every time, it’s to ensure that we sweat the small things.

•  The Best Guides If you are already trekking with us, then you’d be forgiven for thinking our guides are superhuman. It doesn’t mean a feat to entertain, cook, guide, and facilitate, but our guides, handle it with grace, and all the while the attention is on you.

•  The Best Itineraries  It takes a lot of refinement to make a perfect trek, from dawn to dusk there are a lot of moving parts and the potential for things to go awry. For the last year, we’ve balanced on the tightrope of offering the right amount of activity, flexibility, and trek time. Whilst utilizing the best lodgings in the most unique places.

•  Value  We’re not in the business of making money and providing you with nothing. Our treks aren’t expensive, they represent excellent value for money, and for those seeking to maximize their time, there is no better way.

Our Expectations

It may come as a surprise, but the reality is that it is a two-way street (or trail), and you are ultimately responsible for the nature of the experience that you have with us. And not only that, but you also influence the experience of others in your small group.

•  Attitude  This is your vacation, and the attitude that you bring will set the tone for your experience. We get that at times it’s difficult (we plan to challenge you) and we get that at times it’s a bit uncomfortable (this is not a cruise trip). All we ask you to keep an open mind, a big smile on your face, and readiness for the unexpected.

•  Physical preparedness Our treks are designed for everyday people. You don’t have to be an athlete, but to be fair to yourself and your group members, you do need to be ready. Worried about it? Do not stress it, our team is 100% dedicated to helping you pick the right trek, bring the right gear, and be physically and mentally prepared.

•  Know who’s in charge As we’ve mentioned, you rightly expect when you join our trek to be in good, safe hands. For us to ensure the entire group’s safety, we suppose you, as our guest, to listen to your lead guide. They are the expert when it comes to decisions made on the trek.

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How To Reach

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We arrange shared taxis for trekkers from Pipalkoti to Rishikesh Bus Stand. This will cost approx. Rs. 8,000/- one way per 5-6 seat vehicles. You will have to share this value with the other trekkers.

ATM point and Mobile connectivity

There is no ATM at the base camp of Pipalkoti. Carry enough cash when you leave Rishikesh or from your base city.

It's important to note that network coverage is limited. You won't have a reliable signal until you reach Pipalkoti, and even then, it may be spotty. During the trek itself, you may only have intermittent coverage on the first and last day. However, if the weather is good, you should be able to get Jio and BSNL network coverage at the base camp.


Why trekkaro?

We’ve been the leaders in providing Free Trekking Gear (FTG) on treks for more than 5 years. How’d we get here? By redefining the way, everyone must trek. Check out how we’re creating the future of trekking around the globe.

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Trekkaro is the world's only free trekking gear company, providing high-quality gear from the Decathlon brand to trekkers at no cost. Say goodbye to the hassle and expense of buying or renting gear for your next trek. Trekkaro offers everything from trek shoes to jackets rated for temperatures as low as -10 degrees, as well as poles, gaiters, and microspikes. Join Trekkaro today and experience the freedom of trekking without the burden of expensive gear.

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Trekkaro offers free cancellation policies for all trekkers. If you need to cancel your trek for any reason, we provide a TrekCash Voucher that is equal to 100% of the amount you paid. This voucher has a 2-year validity, so you can use it towards any future trekking adventure with us. We want to make sure that our trekkers have the flexibility they need to plan their trips with confidence.

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We always help keep you safe from the moment you book to the moment you (reluctantly) head home.


No matter the trek difficulty, our treks balance well-planned itineraries with the flexibility to do your own thing and make the experience your own.

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Kuari pass trek.

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Via khullara, batches: january to december, up to 15% off in may-jun batches for a limited period ✨, joshimath-  6 days , difficulty level - 3, + rs. 1989 backpack offloading + rs. 688 mandatory insurance + rs. 2000 transport to and fro haridwar, josimath to josimath, ₹7999+ 5% gst.

Nestled in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, the Kuari Pass stands as a gateway to a world of breathtaking beauty and adventure. Situated at an altitude of 12,516 feet, this enchanting trek offers a mesmerizing journey through pristine alpine meadows, dense forests, and panoramic vistas that leave trekkers in awe.

The Kuari Pass Trek, also known as the Lord Curzon Trail, is a popular and captivating trekking adventure in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, India. This picturesque trek offers a blend of stunning natural beauty, breathtaking vistas, and a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the Himalayan region.

The trek begins from the scenic town of Joshimath, which serves as the base camp. From here, trekkers embark on a thrilling journey through forests, meadows, and high-altitude landscapes, eventually reaching the majestic Kuari Pass at an altitude of approximately 12,516 feet.

The trail takes you through dense forests of oak, rhododendron, and deodar trees, offering a refreshing and serene environment. As you ascend, the forests give way to vast alpine meadows adorned with vibrant flowers, providing a feast for the eyes and a sense of tranquility.

One of the highlights of the Kuari Pass Trek is the panoramic views it offers. Reaching the pass, trekkers are rewarded with a spellbinding vista of snow-capped Himalayan peaks, including Nanda Devi, Kamet, Chaukhamba, and Trishul. The sight of these majestic giants against the clear blue sky is truly awe-inspiring and leaves trekkers with a profound sense of wonder.

The cultural aspect of the trek is equally captivating. Passing through remote villages like Auli and Dhak, trekkers have the opportunity to interact with the warm and friendly locals. These encounters provide insights into the traditional way of life, customs, and folklore of the Himalayan communities, adding a rich cultural dimension to the trekking experience.

Camping is an integral part of the Kuari Pass Trek. Setting up camps amidst the natural beauty of the surroundings allows trekkers to fully immerse themselves in the peacefulness of the mountains. Waking up to breathtaking sunrises, stargazing under the clear night sky, and bonding with fellow trekkers around the campfire create memories that will last a lifetime.

The Kuari Pass Trek is suitable for both novice and experienced trekkers, although a reasonable level of fitness is required. The best time to embark on this adventure is from April to June and September to November when the weather is pleasant and the views are clear.

In conclusion, the Kuari Pass Trek is a captivating and unforgettable journey through the enchanting landscapes of the Garhwal Himalayas. From the lush forests and vibrant meadows to the majestic peaks and cultural encounters, every step of this trek is a feast for the senses. Embark on this adventure and let the Kuari Pass mesmerize you with its natural beauty and cultural richness.

Itinerary of Kuari Pass

Here is a detailed itinerary for the Kuari Pass trek:

Day 1: Arrival in Joshimath

On day 1 of the Kuari Pass trek, you will arrive in Joshimath, a small town in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The town is well-connected to major cities like Dehradun and Haridwar via road. You can also take a train or flight to Dehradun or Haridwar and then hire a taxi or take a bus to Joshimath

Once you reach Joshimath, you can check into your hotel or guesthouse and spend some time exploring the town. Joshimath is known for its beautiful temples, including the Adi Badri temple and the Narsingh temple. You can also visit the local market and shop for souvenirs or trekking gear that you might need for the trek.

In the evening, you will attend a briefing session with your trek leader who will give you more details about the trek, the route, and the safety precautions that you need to take. You will also be introduced to the rest of the trekking team, including your guide, cook, and porters.

After the briefing session, you can retire to your hotel or guesthouse and rest for the night. You will need to wake up early the next morning for the start of the trek.  

Day 2: Joshimath to Auli (2,500 m) - 14 km drive

On day 2 of the Kuari Pass trek , you will be driven from Joshimath to Auli. The distance between the two places is around 14 km and it takes around 1 hour to reach Auli from Joshimath.

Auli is a popular skiing destination in Uttarakhand and is situated at an altitude of 2,500 meters. Upon reaching Auli, you will check into your guesthouse or campsite and rest for a while. You can spend the rest of the day exploring the beautiful surroundings of Auli, take a walk in the pine forest, or simply relax and soak in the beautiful views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks.

In the evening, you will have a briefing session with your trek leader who will give you all the necessary information about the trek and also check your trekking gear to make sure you have everything that is required for the trek. Overnight stay will be at Auli.

Day 3: Auli to Khulara (3,380 m) - 6 km trek  

On day 3 of the Kuari Pass Trek , you will begin your trek from Auli to Khulara. The distance covered on this day will be 6 km and it will take approximately 4-5 hours to reach Khulara.

The trail starts with a steep ascent through the forest of oak and rhododendron trees. After a while, the trail will open up to a vast meadow called Gurson Bugyal. This meadow offers breathtaking views of the Nanda Devi Peak and the surrounding mountains. Take some time to enjoy the views and rest at the meadow.

After crossing the meadow, the trail will lead you through a dense forest of oak and rhododendron trees. You will come across several small streams and waterfalls on the way. After a few hours of trekking, you will reach a small clearing called Tali Top. This is a good place to take a break and have lunch.

After lunch, you will continue your trek toward Khulara. The trail will lead you through a series of switchbacks and steep ascents. The last section of the trail is particularly steep and challenging, but the views from the top are worth the effort. You will reach Khulara by late afternoon or early evening.

Khulara is a beautiful campsite located in a meadow with a small stream running through it. The campsite offers great views of the surrounding mountains and is a perfect place to spend the night. Set up your tents and enjoy a hot cup of tea while taking in the stunning views of the Himalayas.

Day 4: Khulara to Kuari Pass (3,840 m) to Tali (3,580 m) - 12 km trek  

On day 4 of the Kuari Pass trek , you will start early in the morning from Khulara campsite after having breakfast. The trek to Kuari Pass is a steep ascent and takes around 3-4 hours to complete. As you climb higher, you will be treated to stunning views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks. Once you reach the Kuari Pass, you will be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, including Nanda Devi, Dronagiri, Chaukhamba, and Kamet.

After spending some time at the pass and taking in the beautiful views, you will begin the descent toward the Tali campsite. The trail is a gradual descent and takes around 2-3 hours to reach the campsite. The Tali campsite is located in a beautiful meadow surrounded by oak and rhododendron forests. You can spend the evening exploring the area around the campsite and enjoying the beautiful views of the sunset over the mountains.

Overnight stay will be in tents at Tali campsite.

Day 5: Tali to Auli - 8 km trek  

On day 5 of the Kuari Pass Trek , you will descend from Tali to Auli. The trek is 8 km long and takes around 4-5 hours to complete.

You will start your trek after breakfast and follow the same trail that you took to reach Tali. The trail is mostly downhill, making it a relatively easy descent. You will pass through dense forests of oak and rhododendron and will also get to see some beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.

After a few hours of trekking, you will reach the Auli ski resort. Auli is a popular skiing destination in the winter months and is known for its beautiful views of the Nanda Devi range. You can take some time to explore the area and enjoy the stunning scenery.

In the evening, you will stay in a guest house or campsite in Auli and enjoy a well-deserved dinner.

Day 6: Auli to Joshimath - 14 km drive  

On day 6 of the Kuari Pass trek, you will make your way back to Joshimath from Auli.

After breakfast, you will take the same route back to Joshimath. The drive will take around 2-3 hours, depending on the traffic and road conditions. Once you reach Joshimath, you can relax for the rest of the day or explore the local markets and temples.

You can visit the famous Shankaracharya Temple, which is one of the most important temples in the region. The temple is located at the top of a hill and provides a stunning view of the surrounding mountains. You can also visit the Narsingh Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu's half-lion incarnation.

Overnight stay in a hotel or guesthouse in Joshimath.

Day 7: Departure

On day 7, the Kuari Pass Trek officially comes to an end. After breakfast, you can check out of the hotel in Joshimath and make your way back home or to your next destination.

Alternatively, if you have more time and want to explore the surrounding areas, you can extend your trip by adding on additional treks or sightseeing tours. The nearby Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib are popular destinations for trekkers, and the town of Rishikesh is known for its scenic beauty and adventure sports.

Before leaving, it's important to thank your guides and porters for their hard work and assistance during the trek. They play an integral role in making the experience safe and enjoyable for everyone involved.

Overall, the Kuari Pass Trek is a challenging yet rewarding adventure that showcases some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Indian Himalayas. Whether you're an experienced trekker or a beginner looking to push your limits, this trek is sure to leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Note: The itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions and other factors. It is advisable to check with your trek operator for the latest updates and recommendations.

Important Tips:

- It is recommended to carry warm clothes and good quality trekking shoes.

- Keep yourself hydrated during the trek.

- Do not litter and maintain the sanctity of the trekking trail.

- Carry a first-aid kit with essential medicines.

- It is advisable to hire a local guide for the trek.

Is Kuari Pass trek difficult?

The Kuari Pass trek is a moderate-level trek in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand in India. The trek covers a total distance of approximately 33 kilometers (20.5 miles) and is usually completed in 4-6 days.

The trek starts from the village of Dhak and passes through dense forests, scenic meadows, and remote villages before reaching the Kuari Pass, which is located at an altitude of approximately 3,658 meters (12,000 feet). The trek offers stunning views of the Himalayan peaks, including Nanda Devi, Dronagiri, Kamet, and Trishul.

The difficulty level of the trek is moderate, with some sections being steep and challenging. The trek involves ascending to high altitudes, which can cause altitude sickness in some trekkers. Therefore, it is important to acclimatize properly and maintain a slow and steady pace throughout the trek.

Trekkers need to be in good physical condition and have some prior trekking experience to complete the Kuari Pass trek. The trek also involves camping in the mountains, requiring all necessary equipment and supplies, including warm clothing and proper trekking gear.

Overall, the Kuari Pass trek is a moderately challenging trek that offers stunning views of the Himalayan peaks and is suitable for experienced trekkers who are up for a challenging adventure in the mountains.

Is Kuari Pass trek for beginners?

The Kuari Pass trek is not recommended for beginners or inexperienced trekkers. The trek covers a total distance of approximately 33 kilometers (20.5 miles) and reaches an altitude of approximately 3,658 meters (12,000 feet). The trek involves ascending to high altitudes, which can cause altitude sickness in some trekkers. Therefore, it is important to acclimatize properly and maintain a slow and steady pace throughout the trek.

Additionally, the trek involves some steep and challenging sections, and the weather conditions can be unpredictable, with sudden rain, snowfall, and temperature drops. The trek also involves camping in the mountains, requiring all necessary equipment and supplies, including warm clothing and proper trekking gear.

Therefore, it is recommended that trekkers have some prior trekking experience and are in good physical condition before attempting the Kuari Pass trek. It is important to be well-prepared with the right equipment, clothing, and supplies to ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

What is Kuari Pass famous for?

Kuari Pass is a high mountain pass in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand in India. The pass is famous for its scenic beauty and offers stunning views of some of the highest peaks in the Himalayan range, including Nanda Devi, Dronagiri, Kamet, and Trishul.

The Kuari Pass trek is famous among adventure enthusiasts and trekkers for its picturesque landscapes and challenging trekking routes. The trek takes you through dense forests, scenic meadows, and remote villages, offering a unique glimpse into the traditional lifestyle of the local people.

In addition to its natural beauty, the Kuari Pass is also famous for its historical significance. The pass was an important trade route in ancient times, connecting the people of the Chamoli district with the Tibet region of China. Today, the pass attracts trekkers from all over the world, seeking adventure, scenic beauty, and a glimpse into the history and culture of the region.

Overall, the Kuari Pass is famous for its scenic beauty, adventure, and historical significance, making it a popular destination for trekkers and adventure enthusiasts.

Included in the package

Food as per menu on the trek (Starting Lunch on Day 2)

Forest Permits/Camping Charges, if any

Tents, Sleeping bags, mats, Technical equipment

Safety Equipment.

Trek guide, cook, helpers, porters & mules for carrying common luggage.

Services of a Trek Leader.

2 Nights Hotel stay in Joshimath.

Not included in the package

Meals during road journeys

Meals during the hotel stay

Any expense of personal nature

Any expense not specified in the inclusion list

Transportation from Dehradun to Joshimath and back to Dehradun.  


If your trek gets called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.) we will not refund your money. Instead of money, Walking The Himalayas will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. You can easily redeem that voucher for the same amount for any of the treks available at the same price. 

In case you wish to cancel your trek please email us at [email protected]

Cancellation charges are based on the total trek fee, irrespective of the amount paid either full or partial.

The cancellation policy of Walking The Himalayas is based on the original booking time and the original start date of the trek.

If you cancel a trek before 30 days of the trek start date and get a full refund after the deduction of a 1.99% payment processing fee.

If you cancel a trek before 15 days of the trek start date and get a refund after a deduction of 20% of the total trek fee.

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The Trek fee is non-refundable if you cancel within 4 days before the trek start date.

Trek cancellation due to weather:

In case of an incomplete trek due to weather conditions, you can opt for the same trek again throughout your lifetime on all our fixed departures for the same trek.

This attempt only covers the trek fee and will not include any rentals or the transportation amount paid earlier.

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Duration :   6 days 5 nights, the price :    ₹ 11,500.00, max people :    50, start location:   dehradun, age range :   12-60, total seats :  50 /50, date expired .

Kuari Pass Trek , nestled in the pristine Garhwal Himalayas at 12,500 ft. altitude . This Trek offers a breathtaking high-altitude adventure that beckons both seasoned trekkers and novices. This awe-inspiring trek leads you through enchanting rhododendron forests, charming remote villages, and meadows adorned with a riot of wildflowers. The main highlight is the awe-inspiring panorama of towering peaks, including Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Dronagiri  that unfolds as you reach the pass. With its stunning vistas and moderate difficulty level, Kuari Pass Trek is an excellent choice for those seeking a rewarding Himalayan experience. Discover nature’s beauty and challenge your limits on this unforgettable journey in the heart of Uttarakhand.

Schedule Details

Day-1 : dehradun to joshimath (290 km).

  • Pick up from Dehradun Railway Station/ISBT.
  • Drive to the Joshimath.
  • Enjoy the Dinner.
  • Overnight stay at Guest House / Home stay.

Day 2 - Joshimath to Dhak Village, Trek start to Gulling Top (3 km/9,000 ft.)

  • After breakfast we drive to Dhak village.
  • Trek to Guilling Top from Dhak village.

Day 3 - Gulling Top to Forest Camp (5 km / 11,000 ft.)

  • Enjoy the Breakfast.
  • Trek to forest camp which is abour 5 km.
  • Enjoy the dinner in the beautiful campsite.
  • Overnight stay at Camp.

Day 4 - Forest Camp to Kuari Pass Summit (15 km / 12,500 ft.) Descend to Khullara Base-camp

  • Wake up early then have your breakfast.
  • Start your trek towards Summit.
  • After spend some time and capturing some photos.
  • Descend back to Khullara Base-camp.
  • Overnight Stay at Camp.

Day 5 - Khullara Base Camp to Joshimath (10 km)

  • After breakfast, Descend to Joshimath.
  • Overnight stay at Guest house / Home stay.

Day 6 - Joshimath to Dehradun (290 km)

  • This is the last day of our trip.
  • Pack your bags and have breakfast.
  • Drive to Dehradun.

What's Included

  • All necessary permits and entry fees
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Medicines (If Required)
  • Professional Trek Leader, Guide and Supporting staff
  • Stay in Guest House/Camp
  • Transportation

What's Excluded

  • Any other personal expenses

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Kuari Pass Trekking Guide: How to Safely Hike the Kuari Pass

It’s no secret that I had a spectacular time completing my Kuari Pass trek. (Read Part I and Part II of my experience here.) I loved the Indian Himalayas — I truly have never seen more beautiful mountains.

But often when travelers decide to hike the Himalayas, they head to Nepal . I get it- Nepal is home to the tallest mountains in the world: Everest, K2, Annapurna. But most of us aren’t looking for a one-in-three chance of death (Annapurna) or a ten-week trek (Everest); we just want to enjoy nature and see big mountains.

Which is why I whole-heartedly recommend hiking the Indian Himalayas; they’re uncrowded, cheap and absolutely beautiful.  And why hike in Nepal, which is becoming increasingly touristy, crowded and expensive , when you can have the Indian Himalayas all to yourself?

And I mean all to yourself. We came across eight other hikers in our entire eight-day Kuari Pass trek.


Our trek started and ended in Rishikesh, and lasted 10 days total: two days in transit, and eight days of hiking.

Table of Contents

Things to consider when planning your Kuari Pass trek:

What do you want to see.


Hankering for ancient monasteries? Head to Ladakh, a Tibetan Buddhist region. Verdant forests? Think Sikkim. Stunning mountain vistas? The Garhwal Mountains, especially around Nanda Devi. (This was my trek!)

Do you want to hike the Kuari Pass independently, or with trekking company?

Personally, I didn’t even consider independent trekking as I’m not an experienced enough hiker. But on my trek, we met four hikers who were hiking independently so it can be done.

How to pick a trekking company:

When in doubt, check TripAdvisor. Our trekking company, Red Chilli Adventure , came highly recommended on TripAdvisor, ranked #1 in Rishikesh and with a Certificate of Excellence.

I absolutely adored Red Chilli- there wasn’t a kink in the whole operation. We had charming guides, delicious food and smooth logistics. Really I couldn’t recommend them highly enough. Plus, the value for your money is incredible.

One thing to note is some trekking operators prefer to take on a certain number of clients; for example, Red Chilli has a minimum of four hikers and a maximum of ten. If you have a smaller or larger group, you will pay an additional fee.

How much will your Kuari Pass trek will cost?

We had a group of four, and each of us paid $440 USD . Costs became incrementally cheaper with more trekkers:

Group of 2 pax INR 34000 per person Group of 3 pax INR 28500 per person Group of 4-5 pax INR 25000 per person Group of 6-7 pax INR 22500 per person Group of 8-10pax INR 20000 per person

Note: we paid 50% of the total in advance as a deposit, and there was a 3.09% government service tax.

And don’t forget to factor in tips for your guides and porters!  We tipped our guides $75 each, and our porters $40 each.

What does your trek include?


Our trek included transportation to and from Rishikesh, one night in a hotel, tents, three meals a day and all permits and entrance fees. This also included a staff of two guides, five porters, one cook and a team of mules.

Our trek didn’t include sleeping bags, but they could be rented for 100 rupees ($1.50 USD) a day. (Pro tip- bring a silk liner if you’re planning on renting!)

The difficulty of the Kuari Pass Trek:

If you’re an avid and experienced hiker, then a difficult hike may be right up your alley. Our trek was moderate which was the perfect difficulty level for me; challenging but bearable.

Best time of year to hike the Kuari Pass:

As a rule, the best times to hike the Himalayas are spring (March-May) and fall (September to November) . The summer months are monsoon season and the winter months are quite cold, so spring and fall are optimal.

We did our trek in May and the weather was sunny most days.

How long your trek will last:

If you’re short on time, a five-day trek might be perfect. Our trek lasted ten days total: two days of transit, eight days of trekking. For me this was the perfect length; any longer and I think I would’ve lost it.

What to pack for your Kuari Pass trek:

Day-pack – I absolutely adore this backpack, and it was essential for carting around my snacks, Camelbak and extra layers on the trail. ( Note – the backpack I used at the time of the trek, the North Face Refugio, has been discontinued. This one is very similar though! )

Sleeping bag – I love, love, love my Marmot Angel Fire and am so glad I brought it. (I also slept in it for the entire month of Yoga Teacher Training!) But if you’re renting a sleeping bag from the trekking company, pack a silk sleeping bag liner – they’re also great for grimy hostels.

Power bars –  While Red Chilli supplied us with snacks on the trail, sometimes I was glad to have a Luna Bar or two.

Camelbak  – for quick hydration. This went straight in the daypack and was an absolute lifesaver.

iPhone and headphones – great for taking photos and listening to music. To save battery life, I turned off a bunch of my phone’s functions with this list .

Solar charger – Not essential, but great if you’re on a longer trek and need to charge your phone. Note- pre-charge it in an outlet before the trek- the solar function didn’t seem to work very well.

Face wipes –  to clear away sweat and grime after a long day.

Headlamp – Essential for midnight or pre-dawn bathroom runs.

Pain killers  – I packed Advil for headaches and back pain.

Sunscreen with SPF 50 – Essential when you’re hiking at high-altitude. And don’t forget your your ears and the tops of your hands- that’s where we got burnt the worst! Consider bringing aloe vera too if you burn easily.

Small scissors, Neosporin, band-aids –  a godsend to those of us who blister!

Kindle – great for lazy post-trekking afternoons. Bonus points if the light is built-in.

Plastic bags –  for dirty or wet clothes.


Note- pack warm , with lots of layers . Ski socks are especially great for cold nights!

My usual outfit: a tank top or t-shirt and Hot Chillys thermal top, with a fleece and rain coat in my bag. For bottoms I wore either athletic shorts or Hot Chillys thermal leggings layered with Zella leggings on top. For my shoes I wore hiking boots and socks, with a dorky wool hat and sunglasses to finish off the look.

Warm jacket

Hiking boots and socks

Ski socks for sleep

Flip flops – to change into post trekking. SO nice!

Wool hat

Sunglasses with UV protection

Hot Chillys  thermal top and bottom   – I’m a lifelong fan of Hot Chillys, so silky and warm or cool depending on what you need!

Leggings and/or hiking pants

Tons of tank tops or undershirts

Pijamas – in my case, a big t-shirt and athletic shorts

Rain cover for both day-pack and backpack


Would you ever try the Kuari Pass trek?

Red Chilli Adventure did not pay or perk me in any way for this mention- I really just loved them this much! And the Amazon links in this post grant me a small commission at no extra cost to you- thanks for helping keep Ashley Abroad afloat.

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About Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is a travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Uganda. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour Magazine.

40 thoughts on “Kuari Pass Trekking Guide: How to Safely Hike the Kuari Pass”

You’ve definitely sold the Indian Himalayas to me! If I had a bucket list, they would totally be getting written on it.

I love your comment about Nepal being the better choice if you have a penchant for maybe-dying or hiking for weeks (and spending thousands to do so). For the average hiker, it seems like India is the better option.

I totally agree. Plus, it’s definitely more unique!

Ahh I can’t get enough of those gorgeous mountain vistas. Looks like a photographers dream. Thanks for all of the tips – I will definitely be leaning toward the Indian Himalayas if I ever plan a trek there.

It really was a photographer’s dream! Some of the best views I’ve ever seen.

Lately, I’ve grown more and more obsessed with the idea going to India. And after reading this post, India has moved up another notch on my place-to-go-next list. I would LOVE to go on a trek like this. I’ve never done any serious trekking, so it seems like it could be a great option for someone who’s inexperienced, like me. And I really like that you can choose what sort of terrain to hike through. Although based on your photos I’d probably choose to do your same route! I still think $440 per person is a steal. There are a lot of things that draw me to India, but I really love that it’s such an affordable place to travel!

$440 was SO cheap for what we got. We were essentially glamping with a huge team of men and mules. In any other place on earth it would’ve cost $1500 easy!

this sounds pretty amazing. I’m not sure I realized people even did trekking in India. Those views are amazing. I have to admit though- Everest had a pretty big draw for me.

I totally know what you mean. But I guess what’s great about India is that it’s cheaper, less crowded and the views are so great! I imagine Nepal is amazing in a totally different way though.

I had never thought of hiking the himalaya through India, but I will definitely consider it now. You’re hats not dorky either, it’s cute!

Haha thanks! My outfits in the Himalaya were kind of hideous, but who cares- you’re in the middle of nowhere anyway, haha.

While I’m heading to Nepal in December to hike, you’ve inspired me to head to hike the Indian Himalayas as well. What can I say, you had me at seeing eight people in eight days.

It was the best! We saw tons of locals but almost no fellow trekkers.

I love packing lists :) great trips! Still something I’d like to do… although I’m far too lazy for 10 days. Maybe a 3-day lol

Lol I know, 10 days without showering was LONG. We were all so filthy by the end…

I’d say within the next few years. I’m actually considering a 6 month hike on the east coast of the US along the appalachian trail.

I’ve heard great things about the AT- definitely read Bill Bryson’s book about it, hilarious! :)

Very thorough post on a topic that I’m really interested in! I’d love to hike the Himalayas one day but am not dead set on hiking the big ones in Nepal. When I go to hike there, I’ll definitely be going in India. Thanks!

Glad to hear it, Mike! My next trek would probably be Everest Base Camp- that looks amazing.

This sounds absolutely incredible. Honestly, it’s refreshing to get to a travel blog that tells about not-so-known places and experiences. Great post with great information as well, makes me want to go to the Himalaya right now!

I was so blown away by what I saw I had to share! :)

I would like to go to the Himalayas one day and previously, I would have thought to do it in Nepal rather than in India as it seemed to be better organised. However, this trek sounds so much more manageable especially coming in the wake of the awful tragedy in Nepal. I can’t even imagine how their friends and family are feeling right now. Safety and an experienced guide is absolutely essential. Thanks for the tips Ashley.

Definitely. The area I was trekking was so much safer than Everest- Everest is so high and avalanches do happen.

Thanks for sharing this, Ashley! I might prepare myself to trek Himalaya next year and I was looking for some useful info, thanks again :)

Great to hear! And enjoy the Himalayas, they’re mind-blowing!

Gosh, I’m so behind in your posts. But, I would absolutely 100% do this! One of my top travel “bucket list” items is to do the Everest Base Camp trek. I love the mountains so this is right up my alley. Glad you had a great experience. :-)

Well if you’re a mountain lover than this is definitely right up your alley! And I would LOVE do do the Everest Base Camp Trek. I’ve read so many biographies about climbing Everest, K2 and Annapurna!

I trekked Ladakh for two months in 1979 and again two months in 1982. Glad you finally made it. ✨

I’ve been to Nepal twice. As long as you don’t climb summit it’s pretty safe. I’m afraid above message is a bit misleading. Views are stunning and you can’t say where it’s better in India or Nepal. And yes, Nepal is more organized in terms of trekking since they do it for years.

I think she’s just trying to say that altitude sickness is at a much higher risk when you are trekking in Nepal. Trails in Nepal require you to climb high mountain passes. I plan to trek Everest Base Camp and my fellow travel buddies advise me to train harder because we will be reaching an altitude of 5300 meters. I agree with the other poster here, for the average hiker who wants to get a striking views of The Himalayas, India is a better option.

Btw, I enjoyed reading this entry and I’m also looking forward to explore The Indian Himalayas.

I’m so happy I found this post Ashley! Only now, I know -sorry :-p I’ve been to India several times but always postponed a trip to the Himalayas with several excuses, even though it’s on my top bucket list. All your info are so useful that I think I will definitely do 10 days trekking trip next time ;-) Thank you x

Hi Lucy, I’m glad that you found it useful! I absolutely loved my trek and couldn’t recommend it more :). Best of luck to you.

Great post Ashley, glad I got to read it. Trekking in Himalayas has always been a wonderful experience and the things you mentioned above is the most important things to consider. Check out some of the top hiking destinations of Nepal , I am sure you are going to like it.

Thanks so much :)

Brilliant, well written article, thank you. You’ve definitely sold the Indian Himalayas to me! You may find of interest the following article, about the top 10 treks in Nepal, it features the crowded options but also the more remote and interesting ones as well! http://www.thetravellerspost.com/asia/writers-pick-the-10-best-himalayan-treks-in-nepal/

Hey, thanks for sharing this informative post. Recently, I was planning a Himalaya trek with my friends and consulted an Adventure travel agency named as adrenaline-travel.com/tours/everest-base-camp-trek who offered a very affordable plan and now we are going next week for a trek. Will definitely share my experience once I am back. :)

That sounds awesome!

Hi Ashley.. just read your blog..great reading and some lovely snaps.. looks like an ace trip and looks like i am sold on India over Nepal.. well maybe still might look at Anapurna Basecamp though… anyhow which Red Chilli Trek did you do.? the only Nanda Devi one I can find is for 15days. your assistance would be most appreciate… kind regards Matthew

Hi Matthew, I’m not sure what is available now because I did the Red Chilli Trek four years ago. Best of luck!

what about hiking on your own with only a guide and staying in hotels/rooms with shower and food on the trek. what can you advise about that

Hi Miranda, I can’t say I recommend that as I’m not sure it would be safe. Best of luck!

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Rishikesh — Pipalkoti — Dhak Village — Gulling Top — Tali Forest Camp — Kuari Pass — Khulara Top — Tali Forest Camp — Pipalkoti — Rishikesh

  • Starting point: Pipalkoti
  • Ending point: Pipalkoti
  • Best time: March to Mid-June, Mid-September to Early-November
  • Distance: 33 km
  • Duration: 6 days

Trek Details

  • Things to Know
  • Things to Carry

About the kuari pass trek:

The Kuari Pass Trek is a beautiful 6-day long trek. You will be trekking a total distance of 33km in 4 days. It is an easy to moderately difficult trek. The trek will begin and end at Pipalkoti only. You will be coming across some of the most amazing views of the Garhwal Himalayas during the Kuari Trek. The maximum altitude at which you will be trekking is 12750ft. Although the altitude would vary from 4,950 ft to 12,750 throughout the trek. 

Trek Distance: 

The Trek is 33 km long. It is a 4-day-long trek (excluding 2 days for travelling to & fro Rishikesh).  

Trek Height:

The Kuari Pass Trek has a high-altitude trekking trail. You will be trekking at the highest altitude of 12750 ft on the Kuari Pass Trek. 

Trek Temperature:

The Kuari Trek Temperature varies from season to season. The temperature in summer goes between 19 C to 29 C. The winter temperature can vary from -8 C to 12 C. Due to this much drop in temperature, April to Mid-June (summer season) is considered the best season for the trek. 

Best Time to Kuari Pass Trek:

There are two timings in which you can trek kuari pass, 1st from March to Mid-June and second from Mid-September to Early-November. These seasons are believed to be perfect for trekkers, mainly for beginners. As the weather is calm and greenery is also stunning around these seasons.

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Kuari P ass Trek Cost:


  • Transportation
  • Accommodations
  • All permits and entry fees
  • Trekking equipment
  • First aid kits
  • Oxygen cylinder


  • Anything not mentioned under “Inclusions”.

Kuari Pass Trek Detailed Itinerary: 

Day 1: Beginning at Rishikesh – Rishikesh to Pipalkoti

Your trekking journey would begin at Rishikesh. Our agent will pick you up at the Rishikesh station/airport. We will be travelling towards Pipalkoti on day 1. Rishikesh to Pipalkoti is 200km, which can be covered in 10hrs. The drive will be filled with beautiful scenic views, and you will be driving by the Panchprayag (Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag, and Vishnuprayag). You will reach Pipalkoti by evening, stay in your hotel, and enjoy the rest of your day as you like.

Day 2: Pipalkoti to Gulling top

Day 2 would be travelling towards Gulling Top. It is located at an altitude of 9,000ft. Have your breakfast at Pipalkoti, and start your day early. You will be trekking to Gulling Top via Dhak Village. Reach Dhak Village from Pipalkoti by a drive (50km). Dhak to Gulling Top will be a 7km trek. This would take 5-7 hrs. You will be trekking through the villages where the trail is not difficult. You will come across many drinking water points, so you don’t have to worry about that. The Dronagiri, HathiParvat, and Gauri Parvati peaks would be a sight to witness on the trek. Reach Gulling Top by evening and accommodate yourself in the tent.

Enjoy an overnight stay in the tent at Gulling Top under the beautiful Uttrakhand sky.

Day 3: Gulling Top – Tali Top – Tali Top Forest Camp

We will be trekking towards the Tali Top from the Gulling Top on this day. You will cover a total distance of 4 km by trek within 4-5 hours. The Tali Top is located at an altitude of 11,500 ft. Start from Gulling Top and reach the Forest Hut in a kilometer trek. Forest Hut is the first and last water point of today’s trek. Forest Hut to Tali Top is a 2 km trek. The whole journey would take you deeper into the Talli Forest. You will spend your night in the Tali Top Forest Campsite, a km trek away from the Tali Top. The beautiful sight of the Nanda Devi, Kalinka, Chang Bhang, Dronagiri, Hathi Parvat, and Gauri Parvat peaks would enhance your trekking experience.

Enjoy an overnight stay at a campsite at Tali Top.

Day 4: Finally to Kuari Pass – back to Tali Forest Camp via Khullara Top

Day 4 would be the toughest day of the whole Kuari Pass trek. On this day, you will be trekking a distance of 15 km (11-12 hrs). You will not get any water sources on the trail, so you must carry sufficient water. You will first trek to the Khullar Top, which is 3.5 km from the Tali Forest Camp. Then trekking to the broken bridge from the Khullara Top (2.5km) would be moderately difficult. Finally, reach the Kuari Pass after a 1.5km trek from the broken bridge. Kuari Pass is located at an altitude of 12,750 ft. Take sufficient rest throughout the day’s trekking. You will witness some of the most majestic Garhwal Peaks at the Kuari Pass: Kedarnath Peak, Kedardome, Chaukhamba, Balakun, Neel Kantha, Mukut Parvat, Nanda Ghunti, Nanda Devi, Changabang, Dronagiri, Kalanka, Hathi Parvat, and more. Trek back to the Tali Forest Camp via Khullara Top before sunset.

Rest in an overview stay at the Tali Forest Camp. 

Day 5: Talli Forest Camp – Pipalkoti

Day 5 would be returning to Pipalkoti, where the Kuari-Pass trek began. This will be a 13km trek. You can complete it at your own pace. Reach Pipalkoti through Gulling top and Dhak village.

You will reach Pipalkoto by evening, check into your hotel/camp, and enjoy an overnight stay.

Day 6: Pipalkoti to Rishikesh  

The Kuari-Pass Trek comes to an end. We will be travelling towards Rishikesh from Pipalkoti on the last day. This will be a 9-10 hr drive (200km). Start your day early in the morning at Pipalkoti. Reach Rishikesh by the end of the day through a long and tiring drive.

You will be dropped off at your mentioned location in Rishikesh and continue your journey to your respective locations.

Important Things to Know before planning a trek to the Kuari Pass:

  • Always listen to your trek guide and their instructions (if you have one).
  • Know about the weather conditions of the season you are trekking in.
  • Do the trek according to your own pace, do not rush.
  • Take necessary stops in between the trek, at safe spots only.
  • Go for a complete medical check-up before planning for the trek.
  • Do not go for this trek if you suffer from any respiratory disease.
  • Go through some videos about the trek on the web to get a clear view.
  • Do not carry unnecessary things with you on the trek.
  • Pack your bags according to the season.

Kuari-Pass Trek – Things to Carry:

Carry your original ID proofs and photocopy of your photo ID. 

  • Carry extra batteries, socks, blankets, headlamps, poles, sunglasses, suncap, etc., with you.
  • Pack clothes suitable for the weather conditions you are trekking in.
  • Keep a handy first-aid kit with you during the trek.
  • Carry a comfortable and spacious backpack.

FAQs about Kuari Pass Trek:

Kuari Pass is famous for trekking for various reasons. It is the only trekkable mountain pass in winter, which tops the list of reasons. From here, one can also have the closest view of India’s Highest Mountain, Nanda Devi.

The Trek is around 33km long. It is easy to moderately difficult trek, which one can complete in 4 to 6 days. You will be covering various places in these 33 km. To know more about this trek, have a look at the trek map of the Kuari-Pass Trek above.

March to mid-June and September to early November is the Best time to go for the Kuari Pass for Trekking. The Kuari-Pass Trek in June, September, and October is the trekkers’ favourite. It is due to the manageable climatic conditions and stunning views of nature.

The Trek is perfect and suitable for solo trekkers. As you join our trek group, you’ll find this place a magical trekking spot. The coordination between the group does not make you feel solo.

The distance of the Kuari Pass Trek from Rishikesh and Haridwar is around 131km. You can reach Rishikesh from your preferred vehicle and start the trek from there. The Trek distance is around 33 km.

The Kuari Pass is located at a distance of 580 km from Delhi. You can cover this distance till Rishikesh in a 6 hr (approx) drive. From there, you’ll travel with our trekking group to Dhak Village, the start of this trek.

Yes, the Kuari Pass Trek is easy for a beginner’s trek. This is a trek with easy to moderate difficulty levels. The stunning views of the Garhwal Himalayas would prove to be a sight for anyone, vanishing all the difficulties.

Yes, you can easily go trekking in winter at the Kuari Pass. The Kuari Pass Trek is a famous winter trek of Uttrakhand. November to March is the winter season in Kuari Pass.

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Yes, you can do the Kuari Pass Trek in September. Mid – September, the autumn month, is considered the best time to go for this trek. The weather is calm, and greenery blesses your eyes around the season.

The Kuari Pass is beautiful in November. The time of early November is the trekker’s favourite to trek towards Kuari Pass. You can also witness some early snowfall at the beginning of November here.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Why should i go for kuari pass trek.

    The winter Kuari Pass trek offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the stunning Garhwal region at its most magical. Hikers will lose themselves in silent snow-covered forests and expansive glacial fields, and get up close and personal with one of the highest peaks in the world, the Nanda Devi.

    What are the important considerations for Kuari Pass Trek?

    Understand the effects of high altitude on your body before you begin the trek. The symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness include headaches, nausea, and muscle weakness. Follow the instructions of the trek leader if you feel any of these symptoms. Himalayan weather can be unpredictable, particularly in the winter months. It’s important to keep up to date with the latest forecasts and to follow the instructions of your trek leader. Chances are that your mobile telephone will be out of service for the duration of the hike. Many tour operators use walkie-talkies to communicate. If you are completing the trek without a guide, ensure you have a way of reaching out for help in an emergency.

    Who do I contact in case of any emergency?

    If you face any emergency while embarking on this trek, you should contact the following. - Uttarakhand Glacier burst helpline- 1070/9557444486 - Police: 112 - Ambulance: 108/102 - Fire: 101 - Child helpline: 1098 - Women helpline: 1090 - NDMA (Disaster management): 1070/1078/9711077372 - Anti poison helpline- 011-1066 (Delhi)


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    Mt. Nanda Devi (7816 meters) is an elusive Himalayan peak for the trekkers in Uttarakhand. The second highest mountain in India can barely be seen from up close in any trek. From the Winter Kuari Pass trek , one can view the Nanda Devi erected right in front of them.

    Weaving through the soaring peaks of Mt. Nanda Devi and Mt. Kamet (7756 meters), the Kuari Pass winter trek is one for the seasoned as well as beginner trekkers. The entire landscape carpeted by white, powdery snow evokes the image of a winter wonderland. The trekker trudges along the trail laid out among forests of oak and poplar trees merging into the Gorson Bugyal, rolling alpine meadows stretching for miles.

    Some of the highlights of the Kuari Pass trek are:

    Sighting the Nanda Devi peak:

    The only other trek from where Nanda Devi can be spotted in her regal galore is the Chandrashila summit trek. But that seems to be too far compared to the sight of the peak from the Kuari Pass trek. The Nanda Devi East, locally known as Sunanda Devi, can only be seen from the Joshimath region in the Chamoli district, where the Kuari Pass trail lies.

    Peaks like Neelkantha (6596 meters), Chaukhamba (7138 meters), Dronagiri (7066 meters), Hathi (6727 meters), and Ghori (6708 meters) mountains can also be viewed from here. Sunrises and sunsets against these tall structures are a breathtaking sight, making it the main objective of this trek.

    Oak forests and Bugyals- sprawling meadows:

    The oak forests of the Kuari Pass trek are the most beautiful ones in all of India. Especially in winter, the snow accumulates on the top of the trees and the ground, making the area look like it is out of a fairytale.

    Beyond the tree line, the Gorson Bugyals and the Chitrakantha meadows lie side by side on this trail. The Auli and Tali villages consist of sprawling meadows that stretch across the region, providing beautiful sights for the trekkers to walk along. Thickets of oak and conifers guard them. 

    In spring, the meadows are brown with some patches of white snow, while in summer, some patches of green break open the brown crust. In autumn, the grasslands are lush green and soon turn golden as late autumn rolls in. With the first snowfall of winter, the meadows take on a shade of breathtakingly pure white. This is the charm of the grasslands on this trek that keep on embracing novel hues with changing seasons.

    The beauty of Tali Lake:

    6 km away from Auli, the Tali Lake is a gorgeous alpine lake situated at 3500 meters. At the end of the 4 days of trekking, the trekkers finally get to visit the beautiful Tali Lake surrounded by lofty peaks and a huge meadow. It is around 153 meters away from the Tali forest camp.

    In winter, this lake freezes completely. Spectacular views of the peaks like Dronagiri, Nanda Devi, Pangarchulla, Nanda Ghunti, Garud, Lampak, Rishi, Chang Bang, and Burmal can be spotted from here. The trekkers can experience enchanting sunrises and sunsets from Tali Lake. This region provides an ideal ambiance for mountain and landscape photography.

    Overview of the Kuari Pass Trek:

    Cradled in the Garhwal Himalayas, the Kuari Pass trek is one such rare trek from where the trekkers can see the Nanda Devi peak, along with Dronagiri, Kamet, Trishul, Hathi Ghodi Parvat, and Kedarnath. It lies in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The trip can be completed in approx 6 days, out of which 4 days are reserved for trekking purposes. The trekkers reach the Kuari Pass on the fourth day of the trek.

    Not only mountain peaks, but one can also witness the meadows of the Gorson Bugyals dotted by forests of oak, rhododendrons, and pines, along with several species of ferns and wildflowers. Few waterfalls intersect the trail.

    The trek costs around USD 137 to 165 (INR 10000 to 12000) and covers a distance of 33 km, starting from Karchhi village of Tapoban and ending at Auli in Joshimath. This lies in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve to enter which trekkers require a permit issued by the forest department office of the DFO posted at the Nanda Devi National Park. It costs around USD 12 to 13 (INR 870 to 950). This permit may or may not be included in the package provided by the trekking agent.

    How Difficult is the Kuari Pass Trek?

    The Kuari Pass trek is one of moderate level difficulty. It has short daytime hikes of 5 to 6 hours each day and climbs to a maximum altitude of 3810 meters, thus being well-suited for amateur trekkers. But the ascent of 914 meters on the first day of the trek itself makes the rookie or unacclimatized trekkers prone to AMS.

    It's easy to lose one's way on the Padiyar to Gorson-Tali trail, more so if the weather is foggy. The complex and challenging part of the trek is when one crosses the overhanging stretch from the Tali campsite and Gorson Bugyal. Especially in winter, this narrow trail of about 1 km is difficult to cover.

    These factors make experts recommend trekkers to have some previous experience before embarking on the Kuari Pass trek. However, there are multiple exit points and resting areas. So, with a bit of determination and adequate physical fitness, this trek can be completed easily.

    Best Time to Visit the Kuari Pass Trek:

    The Kuari Pass trek is doable all of eight months, barring the monsoons. March to June covers the spring and summer beauty of the glade, and mid-September to December captures the shift from autumn to winter. However, the Kuari Pass trek best time is in December, to experience the first snow of the year.

    Early in the season, trekkers in March witness remnants of snow on the tracks that melt away completely by April. Summertime brings fresh sprouts of greenery here and there with light pre-monsoon showers. The Kuari Pass trek is the least crowded in summer.

    Fresh, green forests rejuvenate the surrounding sights with a clear blue sky from September to November following the monsoons. Views of Mt. Dronagiri and Mt. Nanda Devi are the best during this season. Colder weather sets in from the end of November, inching towards winter.

    In winter Kuari Pass trek has the most beautiful sights to offer. Walking along the snow-covered Gorson Bugyal, camping under the canopy of oak trees heaped in the snow – these are some experiences the trekker can never forget.

    Gear Guide and Checklist for the trek to Kuari Pass:

    One should pack light on a mountain trek but enough so that they can be ready to face any eventualities. Find a list of essential items to be carried on such a trek here:

    Apparel and footwear:

    The best clothing choice for a mountain pass trek would be 3 to 4 quick-dry polyester full-sleeve t-shirts and 2 to 3 pairs of sweatpants, joggers, or track pants. These can be easily layered on top of each other when required to maintain optimum body temperature. Otherwise, trekkers with thick, warm clothes run a risk of overheating during the day treks. A thermal innerwear set is necessary for keeping warm, especially in late autumn and winter. Light fleece sweaters layered with padded jackets with hoods will also help in sub-zero conditions.

    In winter, trekkers also tend to lose a lot of heat from the head. Woolen caps, ear-covering beanies, or a balaclava are perfect for wearing beneath the hood of the padded jacket to protect the head from losing this heat. Only the high collars of the clothes would not be enough; woolen mufflers will have to be paired with them to protect the neck against the biting cold. Thick, woolen gloves are best to keep the hands warm. If need be, one can also wear cotton gloves inside to provide protective padding. Several synthetic sports socks will dry quickly, and layering with a pair of woolen socks will help keep warm at night.

    The trekker should invest in proper footwear well within their budget that will help them trek across some streams on foot easily and tread on the rocky terrain. Sturdy trekking shoes with a robust and waterproof body, good grip, and ankle support are ideal for mountain treks. For a winter adventure like the Kuari Pass trek, purchasing hiking boots with microspikes and gaiters will help with the grip and prevent debris from entering and hurting your feet.

    Other Accessories:

    UV protection sunglasses and a sun cap are a must for a mountain pass trek. A pair of strong trekking poles will be essential for this trek to navigate through the narrow parts of the trail. Additionally, a battery-operated torch or a headlamp to easily find the trail or the camp at sundown will be beneficial.

    The trekkers must also have their own set of reusable cutlery. Stainless steel utensils will be the best since they are non-reactive and easy to wash. A plate or a lunchbox, a fork, a spoon, and a mug should be sufficient for your needs.

    Backpacks, waterproof covers, and sleeping bags:

    For doing this trek comfortably, you will need a 60 to 65 liters capacity backpack. Offloading is allowed in Rishikesh, and in case of extra luggage to be carried, one can hire porters or mules from Karchhi at affordable rates. However, these bags cannot be accessed prior to reaching the campsites, so the trekkers must pack accordingly by keeping all their essentials in the backpack they will be carrying themselves.

    Waterproof covers for the backpack and water-resistant bags or fanny packs to put in your electronics, wallet, and essential documents will also be essential.

    Temperatures can often fall to sub-zero levels, especially since the Kuari Pass trek best time is in early winter. So a thick, good-quality sleeping bag will help you to sleep at night while keeping you warm.

    Toiletries and hygiene products:

    Trekkers must always carry a toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, hand sanitizer, lip balm, moisturizer, and deodorant for their toiletry uses. Toilet paper, tissue rolls, and wet wipes will help to freshen up quickly. Women should carry a sufficient amount of tampons, sanitary napkins, or menstrual cups to maintain their menstrual hygiene.

    Medical kit with first-aid:

    Common medicines like paracetamols, antihistamines, anti-nausea medicines, antacids, and painkillers should be packed. A first-aid kit should contain bandaids, antiseptic liquid, ointment, gauze swabs, crepe bandages, insect repellent, and a pain-relieving spray. This should be enough to treat any minor sprains or injuries. You will be drinking water from the streams on the trek, so water-purifying tablets should also be carried.

    Important documents:

    A government-issued photo ID with address proof, a few photocopies of it, and two passport size photographs must be carried when on a trek. For non-Indians, the passport and the visa are necessary items; take care not to lose them. Much of the area covered when doing the Kuari Pass trek falls under the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. This requires a permit to be obtained from the office of the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) at Nanda Devi National Park. Keep this document safe throughout the trek, as officials will want to check it anytime while you are there. 

    Kuari Pass Trek Itinerary:

    • Day 1: The basecamp for the Kuari Pass trek is at Tapoban. It can be reached from Rishikesh via hired cabs. Photography enthusiasts should look out for the tributaries of Ganga, forests, and dales of Garhwal. It will take approx 8-9 hours to reach Tapoban.
    • Day 2: The next day entails reaching Karchhi (2103 meters) by car. This is the starting point of the trek—the trail alternates between steep and gentle ascent. In about 5 to 6 hours, the trekkers will reach Akhrotghetta (2997 meters). Carrying a 2-liters water bottle is ideal as the next stop is around 2.5 hours away. It meanders through the Tugasi villages towards the Gulling campsite (2740 meters) in Akhrotghetta, with the Hathi and Ghodi peaks being visible for the first time.
    • Day 3: A short trek of around 3-4 hours takes the trekkers across several streams. Dronagiri falls to the left while the Hathi-Ghodi peaks alternatively appear and disappear from the trekker's view. The Khullara campsite (3383 meters) provides camping grounds for the night in a picturesque setting.
    • Day 4: The trekkers leave behind the tree line on the fourth day of the trek. Lord Curzon's Trail overlaps in some places here. One can see the majestic peaks of Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Dronagiri, Hathi Ghodi, Nilgiri, Trishul, and Nanda Devi on this trail toward the upper grasslands of Kuari Pass.

    From here, 40 minutes of a climb will take one to the Kuari Top (4264 meters), following which 40 minutes of a gradual descent will take them to the Kuari Pass (3815 meters). Chitrakantha offers the best views of Dronagiri – a complete panoramic location. Oaks, pines, and rhododendrons follow the trekkers to the Tali forest campsite.

    • Day 5: Visiting the Tali lake is the first objective of the day. It leads to an overhanging trail through a cliff that overlooks Lower and Upper Tugasi villages. Through the Gorson Bugyal (3519 meters), the trekker reaches Padiyar temple to take a break and pay their respect. Reaching Auli (2909 meters), the trekkers can hire a cab to drive down to Joshimath (1890 meters). Staying here overnight will help them make bookings for vehicles the next day.
    • Day 6: From Joshimath, cabs and buses will take the trekkers back to Rishikesh. From there, they can easily and safely return to their hometowns.

    Getting Fit For Kuari Pass Trek:

    Physical fitness, especially good cardiovascular endurance on the part of the trekker, is essential for the winter Kuari Pass trek . Light jogging and spot jogging can build the necessary stamina while increasing the speed gradually over the weeks can increase the walking speed of the trekkers. The faster one can walk, the better they can catch the ideal daylight along the trail and at the camping spots for photography.

    Cycling, swimming, skipping ropes, squats, and pushups are some exercises that can help strengthen the core muscles. This will prove to be beneficial to cover the challenging parts of the trail. Practicing yoga and meditation can help with strengthening one's determination to overcome any unprecedented situation, working out the difficulties with a calm mind.

    The Kuari Pass trek is an old and popular winter adventure in India that offers enchanting views of the Nanda Devi summit. Trekking on a white blanket of fresh snow in December is an exciting experience that appeals to any trekker. This Himalayan trek demands the trekkers gear up properly for the biting cold and exercise precautions to stay safe. The snowy beauty of the Kuari Pass trek is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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    Kuari Pass with Pangerchulli Peak Trek

    • Duration: 9 days

    Best season: March to June and September to December

    Category: Moderate

    Maximum height gained: 4,600m (15,091ft)

    Kuari which means “doorway” is a Himalayan high mountain pass situated in the Garhwal region of northern India. Kauri Pass Trek has been a favorite one with many trekkers, nature lovers and mountaineers. In spite of the spectacular mountain views this trek promises to offer, it is a fairly moderate one, which introduces everyone to most enchanting mix of the Himalayan village life, culture, pristine wilderness, wild life and great Himalayan ranges. On a clear day one can see mountains like Nanda Devi (7816m), Dunagiri (7066m), Kamet (7756m) and many more. The Kuari Pass trek is known as The Curzon Trail, named after the former British Viceroy of India “Lord Curzon”.

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    RISHIKESH / CHEFNA – 220km (136mi) / 7-8hrs drive

    Departure: 8am

    Morning, after breakfast we drive for a good 7/8 hours to Nandprayag and Ghat and then to Chefna (starting point of the trek). The drive, though long is very scenic as we drive along the Ganga, Alaknanda and Nandakani rivers. Enroute we stop at Deoprayag which is another important Hindu site, known for the confluence of two rivers: Bhagirathi and Alaknanada, which then flows down as the Ganga. We camp for the night at Chefna, next to the river. Overnight in tents.

    CHEFNA / GHUNI – 2,550m (8,366ft) / 3-4hrs trekking

    Departure: 9am

    After breakfast we start our trekking, first next to the river followed by an ascent. The walk takes us to a village called Ghuni at elevation of 2,550m (8,366ft). It is a typical Garhwal Himalayan village with friendly mountain people and cute attractive houses. Overnight stay and meals in camp area at Ghuni.

    GHUNI / SHEMKHARAK – 3,064m (10,052ft) / 5-6hrs trekking

    From the campsite we climb steeply for 300m (984ft) on a zigzagging trek to emerge into open, grassy, grazing meadows. Snow peaks begin to emerge above the forest to the north. The highest point, reached in 3 hours from the camp at elevation of 3,064m (10,052ft) is the Ramni Pass, also called Binayak Top. The trek is now gentle, mainly through open pastures into forests of horse chestnuts and walnut trees complete with waterfalls. Lastly, downward trail will bring us down to the campsite at Shemkharak. Dinner and overnight in tents.

    SHEMKHARAK / PANA – approx. 2,900m (9,514ft) / 5-6hrs trekking

    Trekking starts with a descent to the colorful village of Jhinjhi. Then walk continue to the old suspension bridge on the river Birahi Ganga followed by steep climb. After that trail becomes almost flat passing under the cool shades of the rhododendron forests. There are many streams and waterfalls on the way. We cross a village named Pana from where there is a short climb to a spot called Kaliaghat, which is a very good campsite. We can see an open valley of the village. Overnight in tents.

    PANA / DHAKWANI – 3,200m (10,498ft) / 5-6hrs trekking

    The trekking traverses above the village followed by a steep climb into a rhododendron forest. Then the trail descends gently, traversing along the valley to open meadows with scenic views of the Kuari Pass. We continue downhill through the valley along several streams, followed by another steep climb of about 900m (3,000ft) with a small break about half way up, to cross a large stream. The final climb brings us above the tree-line to the Dhakwani campsite – a large pasture where sheep and goats graze in summer, with the Kuari Pass towering above. Dinner and overnight in tents.

    DHAKWANI / KUARI PASS / KHULLARA – 4,000m (13,123ft) / 4-5hrs trekking

    Today the hike is not so long but strenuous, we will take our time to take breaks and to take pictures of the breathtaking surroundings all along the trail. To cross Kuari Pass we have to climb to the highest point of the trail at elevation of 4,000m (13,123ft). Once we have had our fill of the mountain views we walk down to our campsite which is set up in advance for us across a small stream in Khullara. Overnight in tents.

    KHULLARA / PANGERCHULLI PEAK / KHULLARA – 4,600m (15,091ft) / 8-9hrs trekking

    Departure: 7am

    After early breakfast, 4 to 5hrs steep climb up takes us to Pangerchulli peak at elevation of 4,600m (15,091ft). Some of the highest mountains which can be seen from today’s trail are: Mt.Kamet 7,756m (25,446ft), Mt.Nilkanth 6,596m (21,640ft), Mt.Dunagiri 7,066m (23,182ft) , Mt.Changabang 6,864m (22,520ft) and Mount Nanda Devi  7,816m (25,643ft) – a highest mountain in India, herself visible if we walk along the ridge for a while.  The blinding vision of snow peaks make all the effort worthwhile, for it is often said that this trail has the greatest mountain views in the world.  After summit we trek down for about 3 to 4hrs to our base camp in Khullara for overnight stay in tents

    KHULLARA / AULI / JOSHIMATH 4-5hrs trekking downhill

    Most of summer treks finish in Auli and early summer/early winter treks finish in Tapovan because of the icy conditions on the trail to Auli. It is a 4 to 5hrs trek down to either place. Starting with a gradual descent to Auli – a charming hill station, the center of the Indian ski scene, down through the woods and pastures where we will meet our car waiting to drive us to Joshimath (half an hour drive), a small mountain town with ancient Hindu temples. Overnight in a hotel in Joshimath.


    Today approximately 8hrs mountain drive till Rishikesh for overnight stay in a hotel.

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    Kuari Pass Trek

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    Kuari which means "doorway" is a Himalayan high mountain pass situated in the Garhwal region of northern India, south of the Tibetan border and on the western rim of the "Nanda Devi Sanctuary" Biosphere Reserve and falls in the Chamoli district. The Kuari Pass Trek found fame in the early 1900's when intrepid adventurers and mountaineers such as Lord Curzon, Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman used the passage in their pioneering explorations of the region. The Kuari Pass trek is known as The Curzon Trail (named after the former British Viceroy Of India "Lord Curzon"). The views on the Kuari Pass trek are often cited as the best in the Indian Himalayas. It is not hard to discover why. To the north of the Kuari Pass is the Chaukhamba Range, while the summits of Mana (7272m), Kamet (7756m) and Abl Gamin (7355m) extend to the Tibet border.In the middle foreground, a number of spectacular peaks including Dunagiri (7066m) and Changabang (6864m) enclose the Nanda Devi Sanctuary while to the west the snowcapped ranges extend to Gangotri.

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    Day Itinerary:-


    (1445 MTS, 215 KMS BY ROAD)

    We start the trip after breakfast by driving from Rishikesh to Chefna. On the way we cross the four holy confluences of the various tributaries of Ganges River. These are five auspicious confluences named as "Panch Prayag": Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karanprayag, Nandprayag and Vishnuprayag. Devprayag is considered the most sacred of all the prayags as it's the very first confluence of Bhagirathi (originating at Gaumukh) and Alaknanda (originating from snowy peaks above Badrinath) to merge and form Ganges. Then we continue to drive to Chefna, through Garhwali Himalayan landscape dotted with small ethnic settlements following the river. Dinner and Overnight stay at Camp.


    (2350 MTS, 10 KMS , 4-5 HRS)

    After breakfast we start the trek next to a river followed by an ascent through Deodar forest and Bhotias (local inhabitants) villages. On the trail we leave behind the Nandakini river with packed lunch with us. We will have dinner & overnight stay at camps in Ramni.


    (2650 MTS, 13 KMS, TREK 6-7 HRS)

    We continue the trek from Ramni making a steep climb to make our way through the grassy meadows. We trek across the dense pine and oak forests reaching Ramni pass from where we descend to the village of Jhijipanni. Here we put our camps and stay overnight.


    (2600 MTS, 12 KMS, TREK 5-6 HRS)

    From Jhinjipani we trek towards Pana by descending for about half an hour to reach the suspension bridge on Birehiganga river. The trekking trail includes the bridge crossing and climbing through the zigzig path of the narrow valley to a ridge. We move ahead on the trails for two hours of climbing to reach Pana where we put our camps for the night.


    (3341 MTS, 10 KMS, TREK 4-5 HRS)

    After breakfast we start trekking by climbng the ridge making our way through the dense forests. The trail leaves the rocky nature and levels out after a trek of about an hour. We then descend and reach to the big waterfall from where the trail goes steep and uphill for almost an hour. The trek is continued for about one more hour and then we arrive our campsite for the night.


    (3200MTS, 10 KMS TREK 6 HRS)

    This is a strenous day where we trek for almost 6 hours and start early in the morning. The trek through steep zig zag trail takes us to the breathtaking panoramic views of the ultimate Kuari Pass. It is the major attraction point of the trek to Kuari Pass where you can witness the spectacular views of the Greater Himalayas. After spending sometime with the surroundings we trek back to the camp in the meadows of Chitrakanta. The trail presents an amazing view of the Nanda Devi and Pangarchula peaks. Overnight stay at the camp.


    ( 3000 MTS, 4-6 HRS ) DRIVE TO JOSHIMATH

    This day we descent towards Auli through green woods and green pastures. We trek down for about 4-6 hours enjoying the silent beauty of the trail. At Auli our car will be waiting for us to drive us to Joshimath. Check into the hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel in Joshimath.


    (8/9 HOURS)

    It's a very scenic drive as you pass through the pilgrimage towns of Nandprayag, Karanprayag, Rudraprayag, Devprayag. Lunch enroute. Upon arrival at Rishikesh, trip concludes.

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    Winter Kuari Pass Trek

    kuari pass trek up india

    Max Altitude

    Trekking KM.

    9,500 /Person

    • +5% GST (Goods and Services Tax)
    • Pipalkoti to Pipalkoti
    • Rs 210 Insurance (Mandatory) | Rs 1,600 Transportation (Optional)

    Help & Support

    • +91 7302321133
    • 10:00 hrs to 18:00 hrs Monday - Saturday GMT +5:30 Sunday Closed
    • [email protected]
    • Cost & Cancellation Terms
    • Risk & Respond

    How To Reach

    Trek essential, important links, fixed departure.

    • Trail Type Round trail. The trek starts and ends at Pipalkoti
    • Rail Head Haridwar/Rishikesh is the nearest rail head to the base camp
    • Airport Jolly grant airport Dehradun
    • Base Camp Pipalkoti
    • Winter Treks (Mid Nov - Mid Feb)
    • Spring Treks (Mid Feb - Mid Apr)
    • Snow December to April
    • Services from Pipalkoti Pipalkoti
    • Meals Meals while on trek & at Hotel/Guesthouse (Veg & Eggs)
    • Stay Camping (Twin sharing) & Hotel/Guesthouse
    • Region - Uttarakhand
    • Duration - 6 Days
    • Grade - Moderate
    • Max Altitude - 12750 Ft.
    • Approx Trekking Km - 33 Kms.

    The Winter Kuari Pass Trek is a mesmerizing high-altitude adventure in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is renowned for its breathtaking vistas of the Garhwal Himalayas, including the Nanda Devi, Dronagiri, and Kamet peaks. This winter trek offers a unique experience for trekkers, allowing you to explore the Himalayas in their snow-covered splendour. All along the trek mountain views keep you company as you immerse yourself in the wintry charm of the Himalayas. The best thing about this trek is that its moderate grade allows both seasoned trekkers as well as fit beginners to embark on the journey.

    The Winter Kuari Pass Trek is an extraordinary journey that allows you to immerse yourself in the snowy beauty of the Himalayas. It combines the natural grandeur of the mountains, cultural immersion, and the thrill of high-altitude trekking, making it a memorable and transformative experience.

    The Breathtaking Views from Kuari Pass

    The main attraction of the trek, of course, is standing atop Kuari Pass. From the pass, you get an unrivalled view of the Himalayan Ranges that encircle you all around. The Dronagiri Parvat is the most prominent along with Hathi and Gauri Parvat, Nanda Devi and several other Himalayan peaks.

    Suitable for Beginners

    While the views from Kuari Pass rival those from more challenging treks, the trail itself is relatively accessible, making it an excellent choice for novice trekkers. The well-defined path and gradual elevation gain provide an ideal introduction to high-altitude trekking.

    Varied Terrains

    The trek offers a diverse range of landscapes, from dense rhododendron forests to open meadows and high-altitude alpine zones. This variety keeps the trek interesting and engaging for trekkers who appreciate the changing scenery.

    Sunset Views

    The sunset view on this trek is unlike any other. Witness the last rays of the sun casting a golden glow over the Dronagiri Parvat making it appear as made of molten gold. It is such a surreal sight to watch and will last in your memory forever.

    A Scenic Descent

    As we descend through the route via Gorson Bugyal and Auli, the view of Mt. Nanda Devi becomes prominent. You get close-up views of the tallest mountain in India, which is a wonderful experience. Also, you will descend via the vast Gorson Bugyal – a snowy expanse surrounded by high mountains and the charming snow-draped town of Auli. Keep your cameras on the ready as the views are simply mesmerizing.

    Who can participate

    • Age; 10 years.
    • First timer can apply; previous trekking experience is more appreciated.
    • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 4 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.
    • The climber should be able to carry a 10-15 kg backpack.

    Health Awareness

    • Pulse rate at rest must be in between (60 to 90 beats per minute)
    • Blood Pressure Reading must be in between (DIASTOLIC 75 – 85, SYSTOLIC 100 - 130 mm Hg)
    • Respiratory rate at rest must be in between (12 to 20 breaths per minute)
    • Should not have Liver and kidney issues
    • Should not have Diabetes Mellitus, Bronchial Asthma, Epilepsy, Heart problems, Hypertension etc
    • No pacemaker implant
    • People with the Sinus issues please contact to trek coordinator before booking the trek
    • If your BMI is not normal, Please contact our Trek coordinator before Trek booking.

    Government Employees {SCL}

    Government Employees can avail the benefit of Special Casual Leave (SCL) when you join us for a trekking expedition. As per the rules of the Pay Commission, Special Casual Leave can be availed  for up to 30 days in a calendar year for trekking/mountaineering expeditions through a registered organization. Trek The Himalayas is a registered adventure tour operator by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) and Ministry Of Tourism (MOT)  Trekkers have to apply for leave at least 20 days before trek departure date.

    • Junior trekkers (below 15 years) should have a company of parent/guardian.
    • Trekkers between 15 to 18 years can come solo with the disclaimer form signed by parent/guardian.
    • Medical & Disclaimer Form (Mandatory Documents)    Click here
    • Altitude: 1,500m/4,950ft
    • 200 km drive, approx 10 hours
    • Trekkers will be picked from Rishikesh TTH office at 6:00am in a Tata Sumo or a similar vehicle (cost is not included)
    • Arrive at Pipalkoti approx by 5 pm – (tea, briefing of the trek & dinner)
    • Breakfast and Lunch on the way (exclusive of charges)
    • Accommodation at the guest house
    • Telephone Network- Available

    1 - Distance, Altitude and Trekking hours are approximate and rounded off

    2 - Keep the original and copy of ID proof handy

    3 - Please arrive one day early to ensure you reach the pickup point on time for your 6 am departure.

    You will begin your journey with us from Rishikesh. Starting the drive from Rishikesh from the appointed pickup point (Rishikesh TTH office), we will take the fabled Badrinath Road.

    If you are enthusiastic about cultural sightseeing and adventure water sports, you may like to arrange a brief stay at Rishikesh.

    The 9 hour drive to Pipalkoti will surely be long and arduous, but you are never going to run out of mesmerizing views. The great river running with us on parallel will get wilder and more fascinating as we trudge uphill. We will be passing by the panchprayag or the five holy confluences of Ganga—Devaprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag, and Vishnuprayag.

    So, keep your cameras on the ready and remain awake for most of the journey!

    • Altitude: 2,750m/9,000ft
    • Drive from Pipalkoti to Tugashi village 50 km drive and Tugashi to Guilig Top 7 km trek, 4-5hrs
    • First 1 hour trek till road head
    • The trail is a mix of steep and gradual ascent, mostly through villages
    • Hot lunch at camp site
    • Water Points- Available at villages in passing
    • Accommodation in tent
    • Peaks spotted: Dronagri, HathiParvat, GoriParvat

    A host of ice peaks will greet us at Joshimath. After an early breakfast on this day, we will head off to Dhak village in the Joshimath tehsil, a rocky drive of 1:45 minutes. From here our trek will commence. Look out for the gentle slopes of the Sleeping Lady Mountain of Joshimath on this drive. The gentle ups and downs of this mountain seem to form an outline of a lying lady.

    The trek flags off from Dhak along a steady ascent. The dirt trail steers away from the main road and rises towards Tugasi village. There are a couple of sharp T-turns on this trail after which the walk takes place on a level ground followed by gradually ascending soft slopes. The terrain is mostly rough here. Leaving out the terrace farming lands, there is no affluence of greenery, but offers a sweeping view of the Garhwal frontier all around. Look out especially for the bright silvery sun-dazed stream of Dhauli-Ganga snaking it way in the abyss, and the Vishnugad-Tapovan Hydroelectric Power Station. You are not likely to find any snow in this zone.

    Twenty to twenty-five minutes into the trek, you will be reaching village Kharchi, where you can fill your bottles and take some rest. The trail continues from the village on the same rocky path, keeping the valley to the left. The ascent id steep and encounters a couple of switchback turns, finally reaching the Lower Tugasi area. You can find the trail forking into two here and must take the one curving along a hydro run flour mill. Approximately 10 minutes from here you will reach the Upper Tugasi region, marked with a handful of wheat fields, flower beds, and thatched roofed huts. You can also find little streams coming down in this area.

    Continue on this path, maintaining a steep climb, leaving the farmland behind and you will find the awe-inspiring sight of Dronagiri peak hauntingly rising at a distance. We will be pitching tents in the open meadows overlooking Dronagiri and fringed around with oak forests.

    You can ask your trek leader to take you on an acclimatization walk to Gulling Top point this afternoon to enjoy the snow laden forests in your own way. Also, brace up for a mesmerizing vista of the Dronagiri peak caught in the shimmer of morning light from this camp site the next dawn.

    • Altitude :3,350m/ 11000 ft
    • Trek: 5 km ,approx 4 hrs
    • Altitude Gain: 600m/ 2,000ft
    • Gulling Top to Forest Hut (first and last water point) (3000m/9850 ft) (1 km trek)
    • Forest hut to Tali top (Tali lake is there, steep ascent ) (3,500m/ 11500 ft) (2 km trek)
    • Tali top to Tali top forest camp site (gradual descent) (3,400m/ 11,100 ft) (1 km trek)
    • Oak, Rhododendron (mostly pink and white), walnut forest
    •  Accommodation in tent
    •  Peaks :- Nanda Devi, Kalanka, Chang bang, Dronagri, Hathi Parvat, Gori Parvat

    Wake up in time next morning to start on a 5 hour journey deeper into the forest of Talli. After the exacting climb of last day, the trek today will be less arduous. The gradients of ascent is relatively smooth and will allow you an enjoyable hike.

    Twenty minutes into the trek, you will come to a green clearing overlooking the magnificent snow peaks. After a few moments of rest, the climb must continue crossing a little stream to enter a mixed forest slowly thickening with oaks and rhododendrons. If you are coming in late March you might still find some white and pink blossoms. Except for rhododendrons, you can find walnut and some other varieties of conifers here.

    At the height of winter’s splendour, you can find everything in the forest coated with a cover of snow. In the thickening snow, light, and shade of the conifer forests of Gulling, your second camp on the trek will be pitched.

    Along this path, the Hathi-Ghori peaks will be manifesting gloriously along with Dronagiri now somewhat flipped to the side.

    • Altitude: 3,800m/12,500 ft
    • Trek: 15 km, approx 11 hrs
    • Tali forest camp to Khullara top (moderate ascent) (3,600m/11,800 ft) (3.5 km trek)
    •  Khullara top to broken bridge with frozen stream (traverse walk) (3,750m/ 12,300 ft) (2.5 km trek)
    •  Broken bridge to KUARI PASS (Strenuous climb) (3,900m/ 12,750 ft) (1.5 km trek)
    •  Today is the toughest day
    •  Carry enough water (no water source on the way)
    •  Early morning after breakfast start trek to Kuari pass
    •  Peaks:- Kedarnath Peak, Kedardome, Chaukhambha, Balakun, Neel Kantha, Mukut Parvat, Kamet, Abhi Gamin, Mana I, Ghori Parvat, Hathi Parvat, Dronagiri, Kalanka, Chang Bang, Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti

    Fourth day is the summit day, likely to span 10-11 hours depending on the group’s pace. You need to gear up appropriately for high snow and squalling wind on the ridges today. There is going to be no water source found on the way today,so carry enough to sustain you through.

    In the first phase, the trek will move up to the Khullara top—a moderate ascent of 3.5 km. You will need to traverse a broken bridge and a stream frozen at the heights of winter, followed by a ridge climb to the high pass, severely strenuous and made more challenging with the snow. Every 15 minutes, you are welcome to take a break and catch your breath. At Jhandi Dhar, a suitable rest point 2 hours into the trek, you can afford a long break. Lunch will be had on the way or after reaching the temple at the base of the Kuari high pass.

    Make sure to crampon your shoes properly. Trek the Himalayas will provide you good quality crampons and  gaiters. 

    The climax of this trek comes with a visual bang exposing a host of Garhwal behemoth peaks, unveiling—Kedarnath Peak, Kedardome, Chaukhambha, Balakun, Neel Kantha, Mukut Parvat, Kamet, Abhi Gamin, Mana I, Ghori Parvat, Hathi Parvat, Dronagiri, Kalanka, Changabang, Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti.

    The magnificence of this vision is incomparable.

    • Altitude:1,500m/ 4,950ft
    • Trek: 8 km, approx 7 hrs,
    • Drive 13km, 25min
    • Tali forest camp to Tali lake (3,500m/ 11,500ft) (1 km trek)
    • Tali lake to Gurson bugyal (3,400m/ 11,150 ft) (3.5 km trek)
    • Gurson bugyal to Auli (2,950m/ 9,700 ft) (3.5 km trek)
    • Auli to Pipalkoti (1,500m/ 4,950ft) (45 km drive)
    • Breakfast at Tali camp site
    • Lunch Pack on the way
    • Pipalkoti (evening tea, debriefing, dinner)

    Note: If weather and route condition will be fine and safe then only we will descend through Gurson Bugyal and Auli otherwise, we will descend through Gulling Top to Tugashi.

    Today we will advance towards Auli—the skiing capital of India, and one of the most famous in south Asia. Exploring the beautiful snow-patched rolling valleys of Gorson Bugyal, we will come down to Auli through a sweetly enjoyable journey.

    Traversing the Bugyals of Gorson is completely free of any arduous and hassling climb, mainly on a smoothly rolling terrain, though the snow of high winter might leave the place a tad desolate. In the thaw season of March, skiing is a big activity here.

    Please be advised that the cable car ride to Pipalkoti is not included in the trek package. However, trekkers have the option to experience the scenic cable car ride at their own expense upon reaching Auli. The cable car journey offers breathtaking vistas of the majestic ski resort, the gently sloping snow-covered slopes, and the captivating pine forests.

    • Drive: 200 km, approx 9 hrs
    • Ride will commence at 6 am, reaching destination at around 6 pm
    • Breakfast and Lunch will be on the way at a roadside inn, exclusive of charges

    Note:  On Day 6, you’ll reach Rishikesh between 6 pm and 7 pm. You can book your travel any time after 8 pm.

    • Pick Up Place

    At first you have to reach Rishikesh

    Plz Note:-  Transportation Amount is not included in the trek cost.  

    Our Pick-up place

    Trek The Himalayas Head office , Tapovan Laxmanjhula, Landmark -Nainital Bank opposite Shiv Vilas Hotel

    Options to reach Rishikesh

    1.  Take overnight train/bus to Rishikesh.

    2.  Take overnight train/bus to Haridwar and drive to Rishikesh (35 min drive with normal traffic).

    We always recommend to go for the govt. Buses over the private ones outside the bus station as based on the experience we have found that there are very high chances of delay involved with private buses. Also, govt. Buses are always more reliable. Whichever bus you choose, just make sure to reach Rishikesh at least by 05:30 am positively.

    3.  Take the flight to Dehradun airport (Jolly Grant Airport) and drive to Rishikesh (20 km, 30 min), if coming by flight then come one day early.

    • TTH’s Tata Sumo, Tempo Traveller or similar vehicles will pick-up you.
    • Pick-up is not excluded in the cost of the trek.
    • If you wish to upgrade the transport service, please contact the Trek Coordinator.
    • After morning tea move to Rishikesh
    • Reach Rishikesh by 6:00 pm
    • Drop off point is Trek The Himalayas Office (Tapovan) Laxmanjhula 
    • Plan your further travel plan after 7:00 pm
    • Cancellation Policy

    1. Inclusions : Accommodation :        • Guest house in Pipalkoti (Day 1 and Day 5 as per the itinerary)        • Camping while on trek (twin sharing)

    2. All meals while on trek (veg + Egg) :        • All meals (including tea, soup, snacks etc.) from Day 1 Dinner to day 5 dinner

    3. Support :        • Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader.        • High Altitude chef.        • Support staff.

    4. Safety Equipment :        • First aid medical kits        • Stretcher        • Oxygen Cylinder

    5. Trekking Equipment :        • Sleeping bag, Mattress.        • Trekker’s tent (twin sharing), Kitchen & Dinning tent, Toilet tent        • Gaiters and micro spikes (if required)

    6. All necessary permits and entry fees 7. Mules to carry central equipment 8. Trek Completion Certificate

    1. Any kind of personal expenses. 2. Food during the transit. 3. Transportation - Rishikesh to Pipalkoti and return 4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage. 5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head "Price Includes".

    Things can be provided on demand and availability (participant has to pay extra for these things)

    1- Satellite phone/setphone -  is a type of mobile phone that connects via radio links via satellites orbiting the Earth instead of terrestrial cell sites like cellphones. Therefore, they can operate in most geographic locations on the Earth's surface.

    2- Gamow/PAC HAPO Bag (Portable Hyperbaric Bag) -  is a unique, portable hyperbaric chamber for the treatment of acute mountain sickness (AMS), also known as altitude sickness.

    3- AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) -  are portable life-saving devices designed to treat people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, a medical condition in which the heart stops beating suddenly and unexpectedly

    Insurance is mandatory  and can be obtained through TTH or other providers. Non-Indian rates are slightly higher, trek coordinator will share the balance payment link after booking. If you choose not to book through us, we will refund your insurance fee; email us immediately after booking for the refund.

    Normally  TTH  expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule. Charges of offloading backpack:- INR 1200/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance INR 1800/- if you inform us after reaching Pipalkoti The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.

    To book a Trek/ adventure program please use our online booking form or, alternatively, you can call us on the given for confirmation of tour you have to wire a deposit and initial deposit.

    Special Offers

    Make a single payment and trek the number of times you want.

    If you book a trek with Trek The Himalayas and are unable to complete the same or you have successfully completed that trek and want to do it again, you can repeat it multiple times without paying the cost of the trek.

    Terms and conditions

    • This offer is a non-transferable.
    • This offer is valid for Trek The Himalayas limited fixed departures.
    • This offer is valid for 5 years from the date of booking.
    • This offer is not valid if the participant has received a cash refund or voucher at the time of cancellation.
    • Participants don’t have to pay for the trek cost but have to pay for transportation and trek permit costs.

    Trek Cost - Rs 9,500 (Pipalkoti to Pipalkoti)

    GST - 5% (Mandatory)

    Insurance - Rs 210 (Mandatory)

    Transportation - Rs 1,600 (Rishikesh to Piplakoti and return) (Optional)

    Off load Backpack - Rs 1,200 Online (Optional)

    The add-on options can be selected during the booking process. In case you miss selecting it at that time, you can simply log in to your account and book the add-on option from there.

    Cancellation terms:

    For the cancellation of services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, Trek The Himalayas must be notified of the same in writing at [email protected]   At the time we receive your written cancellation, refunds based on the total fare are as follows.

    Cancellations prior to 25 days from the start of the Trip

    Refund options

    • 5% deduction of trek fee
    • 100% cash voucher for any trip till one year

    Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip

    • 30% deduction of trek fee
    • 100% cash voucher for same trip till one year
    • 85% cash voucher for any trip till one year

    Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip

    • Book the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch
    • 50% deduction of trek fee
    • 80% cash voucher for same trip till one year
    • 70% cash voucher for any trip till one year

    Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek

    • Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend
    • No cash refund
    • 20% cash voucher for the same trip till one year
    • 10% cash voucher for any trip till one year

    In the unlikely event that TTH cancels a trek prior to the scheduled departure date:

    While it is extremely rare for TTH to cancel a trek, we understand that unforeseen circumstances or natural disasters may occasionally require us to do so before the scheduled departure. These circumstances could include continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that poses a risk to the safety of our trekkers. Additionally, unforeseeable events such as local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any similar situations that compromise the safety of the trekking experience may also necessitate a cancellation.

    In the event of such a cancellation, TTH will provide you with a voucher equivalent to the amount you paid for the trek. This voucher can be redeemed for any of our treks within the next year, allowing you to still enjoy an adventure with us at a later date.

    • The issuance of a voucher is not applicable in situations where you are required to descend from the trek for any reason. The trek leader may make the decision to send you down from the trek due to factors such as insufficient fitness level, symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), high blood pressure, exceeding the designated turn-around-time, health concerns, or if you are found smoking, drinking, or violating the rules set for the trek. In such cases, the provision of a voucher does not apply.

    In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:

    We would like to emphasize that weather conditions in high-altitude areas are highly unpredictable and can undergo sudden changes at any time, irrespective of the day. Additionally, circumstances beyond our control, such as natural disasters, political unrest, pandemics, and lockdowns, may impact the feasibility of conducting a trek. In cases where we are unable to proceed with an event due to such circumstances that are beyond our direct control, we will make every effort to provide you with an alternative trek that is safer and more suitable.

    In such situations, we will issue a voucher to offset the cost difference between the originally scheduled trek and the alternative trek. This voucher can be redeemed at any time within one year from the date of issue. Please note that a refund fee or reimbursement of the cost difference is not applicable in these cases.

    • Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch
    • In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH
    • TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice
    • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers

    Cash Voucher Terms:

    • This is a non-transferable voucher
    • The voucher cannot be merged with any other offer of Trek The Himalayas
    • The voucher is valid for Trek booked directly with Trek The Himalayas in India
    • To avail the voucher please use your register phone number or e-mail id
    • All the other Terms of booking a trek with Trek The Himalayas are applicable to the voucher
    • Trek The Himalayas holds rights to add/remove any of the Terms and Conditions without prior notice

    Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Trek The Himalayas" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which TTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. TTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.

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    Winter Kuari Pass , a breathtaking slice of paradise nestled in the heart of the Indian Himalayas, beckons adventurous souls with its ethereal beauty and enchanting allure. As the snow-covered trails wind their way through dense forests and pristine meadows, nature's masterpiece unfolds before your very eyes. The towering peaks stand tall, their majestic presence inspiring a sense of awe and wonder. The crisp, cold air fills your lungs, invigorating your spirit as you embark on this unforgettable journey. Each step brings you closer to the summit, where a panoramic vista of snow-clad mountains embraces you, leaving you spellbound. The serenity and solitude of this winter wonderland create the perfect canvas for self-reflection and introspection, allowing you to connect with the raw power of nature.

    It takes 6 days to complete the Winter Kuari Pass Trek.

    Winter Kuari Pass Trek is a 33 km trek.

    Winter Kuari Pass Trek is a moderate-grade trek.

    The best time to do Winter Kuari Pass Trek is winter (Mid-Nov - Mid-Feb) and Spring (Mid-Feb - Mid-Apr) .

    The maximum altitude reached during the Winter Kuari Pass Trek is 12,750 ft .

    The cost of Winter Kuari Pass Trek is INR 9,500+5% GST per person. Rs 210 Insurance (Mandatory) | Rs 1,600 Transportation (Optional) Rs 1,200 Bag offloading (Optional)

    Here are some of the essential items that you should bring for the trek: 1. Mountaineering Boots: Sturdy, waterproof boots with good ankle support and crampon compatibility are a must. 2. Warm Clothing: This includes a warm-down jacket, thermal inner layers, and waterproof outer layers. 3. Backpack: A durable backpack to carry your equipment and personal items. 4. Sunglasses: To protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and snow glare. 5. Gloves: Waterproof and warm gloves that provide dexterity and grip. 6. Headlamp: A powerful headlamp with extra batteries for se during early morning starts or late night hikes.

    The Winter Kuari Pass Trek falls under the jurisdiction of the Forest Department and as such it is necessary to obtain Forest Permit for the trek. When you trek with us, we obtain the permit ourselves.

    Yes, it is safe to do the Winter Kuari Pass Trek with an expert organization. However, it is always advisable to take necessary precautions and follow safety guidelines issued by the Trek Leaders and guide while trekking in the mountains.

    On the Winter Kuari Pass Trek , you will be camping in different campsites. We provide twin-sharing tents for optimum comfort.

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    Kauri Pass Trek

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    History of Kuari Pass Trek

    In 1905 Lord Curzon reached Kuari pass from Ghat via Ramni, crossing few lesser passes (Vinayak Pass, Tali Top) and five major rivers - the Pindar, Kaliganga, Mandakini, Bheriganga and the Dhauliganga. 

    Why it is famous as Kuari Pass Trek?

    Neelkanth is the place where Lord Shiva is believed to reside, it is situated right in front of the Pass. Lord Shiva got impressed by her determination and temperance and took her away to marry her. Since then Goddess Parvati was a bachelor at that time, hence, it is called Kuari. Now known as the kuari pass trek

    Kuari pass trek best time is in winters

    The kuari pass trek distance basically begins from Joshimath which is the hub for trekkers and pilgrims. The   Kauri pass trek' s best time is winter. Also known as the Winter Kuari Pass trek. The best of the Kuari Pass Trek distance is that you have the possibility to camp amidst the lush green meadows, consisting of vast green pastures with Himalaya Views.  Kuari Pass Trek's best time  is during September and October: Autumn months from mid-September to early November. All these mesmerizing views in low kuari pass trek cost.

    The best time for the kuari pass trek distance is during winters the snow deposited increases during February and reaches a maximum. Exquisite campsites add more delight and charm. The daytime temperature stays cool from November, and the nights are extremely cold. Temperatures will be minimal late at night / early in the morning as you camp at a more elevated site.

    Kuari Pass Trek Quick Facts:

    Duration:  4D/3N

    Maximum Altitude:  12,516 ft

    Trek Difficulty Level:  Easy to Moderate

    Trekking Distance:  33km

    Temperature:  Day: 13°C to 18°C and Night: -3°C to 4°C

    Best Time to do:   March till mid-June & mid-September to early November 

    Nearest Railway Station:  Haridwar

    Nearest Airport:  Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

    Kuari Pass Trek Itinerary:

    ● Altitude: 3,200 ft

    ● Time Taken: 6 hours drive

    From Dhak We Trek to Guling. You might find the trek is a steep ascend. Right from the beginning, we have steep patches that get incremental after a few hours of the trek. At reaching tugasi we will rest for 10 mins before we continue the climb. We ascend nearly 3,200 feet for the next campsite, Guling. Guling is at an altitude of 9850 feet. We get to see Dronagiri, Hathi Parbat and Ghoda Parbat Today.

    ● Distance: 3 km

    ● Time: 4 hours

    ● Altitude: 9,850ft

    Today is a gradual ascend to our next campsite Khullar. We trek through the thick dense oak forest crossing 2 clearings. The next clearing is our camp for the day Khullar. Kuari's pass trek distance & kuari pass trek height difficulty is a bit less today. 

    ● Distance: 11 km

    ● Time: 9 hours

    Today we attempt the kuari pass trek. We climb a steep patch for about three hours followed by a gradual descent to reach Kuari Pass. Kuari pass trek height is an altitude of 12,520 feet. From here we will be retracing our steps for about 1 km and descending to Chitrakanta/ Talli top. Talli top is another clearing in the middle of the forest.

    ● Trek: 4 km/5 hours

    ● Drive: 11 km/40 mins

    Today's  Kuari Pass Trek  height Involves gentle and steep ascends for approximately 1 Hour. Post the steep ascend we will be climbing for another hour followed by a gentle descent for 3 Hours. Here we cross Padhiyaar Temple on our way back down. The Views of Nanda Devi are astonishing from here. We get down to the famous Rope-way of Auli. In the winter, numerous people visit this slope to try skiing. A Thousand Feet of the descent takes us to the Gmvn Auli. From here We Drive Back to Joshimath. From there back to Dhak.

    Kuari pass trek map to get a better overview

    In this  kuari pass trek map  overview, you will find all the answers about your visit. This trek also is closed during the rainy season in July and August. The kuari pass trek best time is winter. It is a multi-day trek generally running 4 days from Dhak village to Auli. Significantly, it lies in the most ravishing region of Nanda Devi national park. Being in the Nanda Devi national park has various kinds of flora and fauna to be seen on the way & surrounding this region. Oak forests are just tranquil but it just becomes even more promising during the winter seasons when it snows. Undeniably, different seasons just show medleys of colors throughout the trail, & change in each season is something that everyone should feel. 

    Kuari Pass Trek map

    Kuari pass trek cost with India Treks is most affordable & value for Money

    Visiting mountains doesn't have to be always costly. However, we are here to decrease your worries, India trek will help you fulfill your travel dreams at affordable prices. Kuari pass trek cost  will be very less as we are giving you a 25% discount on your travel. Imagine saving your money for this travel and getting more than your expectations at such less prices. Our  Kuari Pass trek cost or we can say the kuari pass trek package  can leave you awestruck. Along with that, we promise to help you and support you at every step of your trek. No matter whether you are a beginner or a usual traveler, we will make sure to make every second of the journey memorable for you. We will guide you through the way. Do not miss the opportunity for this time kuari pass trek cost is very low.

    Kuari Pass Trek Mountain Mysteries

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    Every place we visit is full of mysteries & surprises, & undoubtedly a pack full of knowledge. While being part of this journey can give you wings definitely since you are about to admire the impressive skyline of the mighty mountains from close quarters. An exciting thing about traveling through mountains is the uncertainty it possesses, as you never know what you might encounter next. Several occasions might make you witness the footprints of the rare Himalayan Bear or Leopard. So get ready to take more than you give, it will be a journey full of fun, and lots of surprises. You also might find some travel friends around, in the kuari pass trek distance with whom you can paint your totally new & amazing stories. Getting along with strangers is the X-factor of excitement and memories in the heights of the kuari pass trek. 

    Along with that, we have stress relieving statement for you: Do not worry about the payment options, you can pay for the kuari pass trek cost via any means USPs, Payment options like EMI, and others. Payment options are absolutely your choice.

    Kuari Pass Trek Distance

    India’s highest inland mountain peak Mt. Nanda Devi can be seen on the  Kuari Pass trek  height, right from Auli. Along with Mt. Nanda Devi, it also operates as a natural amphitheater for other peaks including Kalinka, Chang Bhang, Hathi Parvat, Gori Parvath, Neelkanth, Chaukhamba, etc. Throughout the 15 km  Kuari Pass trek distance,  you will be at your serene level while watching those peaks playing peek-a-boo with you. Especially, the fascinating sunrises and sunsets at these mountain peaks are so mystical in their own way that you’d wish to stay back forever!

    Kuari Pass Trek Scenic Beauties

    Often people visit foreign countries for hills & natural beauty. But surprisingly people are barely aware of what our country possesses. India is full of nature & beauty, our country has pretty amazing meadows too. And in Uttarakhand, they go by the name “bugyal”. Since the  Kuari pass trek  is in Uttarakhand, the vast sweep of Gorson Bugyal falls on the   Kuari Pass trek distance/route . It’s a lovely meadow walk with snow-capped massifs in the background. Along with that, you could also come here for a skiing adventure in the winter months with so less kuari pass trek cost. On Easy-Moderate excursions, you’re likely to trek for around 5-6 km each day. Nevertheless, you might find the small sections of steep gradients or tricky patches in the kuari pass trek height that mandate you to be surefooted.

    For everyone, the basic goal is to 5 km intending to finish within 40 minutes. Kuari pass trek will be beneficial for those more than 58 years of age then you are required to submit your fitness test within 7 days of registration to kuari pass trek distance.

    Kuari Pass trek height   is in itself exceeding 12,500 ft. and only on day 4, you’d be overpowering this. What might add up to this challenging journey are the moraines and rough patches once you cross Dhak village, making this section particularly tricky to cover. So, while covering the  Kuari Pass height  & Kuari pass trek distance is classified as an easy-moderate climb, you should be prepared well beforehand since the entire journey of 4 days can wear you out! 

    Undoubtedly, this trek is a trekker’s paradise. It’s well-known for its mesmerizing views of the Garhwal Himalayas but what also comes in the  Kuari Pass trek cost are the major holy destinations of the country. An unknown fact is that Joshimath, for instance, is the winter seat of Lord Badri and is famous for being one of the four ‘Maths’ established by Adi Shankaracharya back in the 8th century! Also, your determination of yours will prove it all, although when you walk through the Kuari Pass Trek distance at the best time for the kuari pass trek the feeling of tiredness or hard work will be defining its worth. Those moments of calm & serenity will wear off every tension you could ever have while keeping an eye on the mountains. After all, who wants to share a paradise with the crowd, right?

    It often happens that when we visit the mountains you might face some medical attention due to altitude, or tiredness of the journey to kuari pass trek height. You must carry these medicines with you, easily available at all times.   Also do not take any medicine unless you have conferred with your trek leader. 

    These are documents required for legal objectives by India Treks and the forest department. Without any of these, you will not be allowed for the  Kuari Pass trek best time.

    • Original and photocopy of government photo identity card.  Anything document such as a driver’s license, Aadhar Card, or passport will do. This is also required by the forest department for your identification.  
    • Disclaimer certificate.  This is a legal necessity. You have to sign it before the trek. This must be conveyed over to your Trek Leader during the enrollment at the base camp.
    • Medical certificate.  There are two sections in this. The first part must be filled by a practicing doctor. The second part must be filled by you. Without the medical certificate, the forest department will not issue approvals for your trek.

    Trekking Shoes:  Kuari Pass requires sturdy trekking shoes, has a good grip, and ankle support, and can handle snow.

    Backpack:  For a trek like Kuari Pass, you need approximately a 50-60 liter backpack. Make sure your backpack has good hip support, shoulder mounting, and quick access pockets.  For More Information Please Click Here

    Clothes:  Wearing more layers is the secret in the mountains. Layers give you maximum protection from all elements. You can also adjust accordingly to the weather.

    Insulation layers:  For the  Kuari pass trek , you will need a minimum of 4 warm layers.

    You will need 1 pair of inner thermals, light fleece layers, 1 light sweater, and 1 padded jacket. Two trek pants

    Two pairs of trek pants:  Wear one pair and carry one just in case it rains. Also, choose quick-dry pants over cotton. They will dry up soon in case of small streamlet crossings/rain.

    Mandatory Accessories.

    These accessories are obligatory. Don’t go to  Kuari Pass Trek  without them. Start gathering these accessories first so that you don't have to arrange or borrow them at the last minute. 

    • Synthetic hand gloves
    • Woollen cap or Balaclava
    • Socks (3 pairs)
    • Trekking pole (pair)
    • Rain cover for your backpack
    • Daypack (20-30 liters, optional)
    • A toilet kit 
    • Plastic covers

    All these are the basic necessities you must carry along for your aid.

    • Diamox  (1 Strip): Be on a course of a half tablet of Diamox starting from Delhi every 12 hours (125 mg). Although you must maintain the medicine until you descend to Auli. Being on a preventive course of Diamox significantly reduces the chances of Acute Mountain Sickness on the  Kuari pass trek .    
    • Dolo 650  (5 tablets): This is a paracetamol. It helps to tackle fever, mild pain
    • Avomine  (4 tablets): Carry this especially if you have motion sickness. Pop one-half hour before the start of your road journey.
    • Combiflam  (5 tablets): Take a combiflame if you get a hasty twist of the leg or a muscle strain. It is a pain reliever. It also contains paracetamol. 
    • Digene  (4 tablets): Take it if you feel the food that you’ve taken is unprocessed. Therefore, alert your trek leader instantly. It could be a sign of AMS. 
    • ORS  (6 packs): Consume a pack of ORS water at least once a day, usually mid-day when you are in the middle of your trek. It replenishes necessary salts lost while trekking. It also makes cold water effortless to drink.
    • Knee Brace  (optional) :  Carry this if you are prone to knee injury or have known cases of knee pain.

    Nonetheless, our trek leaders will be carrying a high-altitude medical kit with them which also consist of Life Saving Drugs. For emergency, our trek leaders are well trained to handle them with care. Moreover, you must trust them and also inform them immediately if anything concerning health problems. Meanwhile, contact your trek leader before consuming any of these medicines listed here.

    Payment Terms & Methods :

    * Some Advance Percentage of the total booking amount

    * Airfare/Transport fare to be paid entirely at one time in advancement.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy :

    * For cancellation, a refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount.

    * Retention Amount varies as per the number of days left before your package start date.

    Legal Documentations: 

    * It is mandatory to submit a copy of your identity documents as required.

    * There is a disclaimer document that you need to read & sign before the registration.

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