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The Winter Kuari Pass Trek From Haridwar

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Kuari Pass is located in the vicinity of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, which is at an altitude of 4265 meters above sea level. In 1905, Lord Curzon reached Kuari Pass, which led it to be called the Curzon trail. The Kuari Pass Trek gives people a chance to view a splendid skyline of these mighty mountains from close quarters.

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About The Winter Kuari Pass Trek From Haridwar

The main attraction of this trek is the grandiose view of the eastern peaks of Garhwal Himalayas, the twin peaks of Nanda Devi, Kamet, Dronagiri, Trishul, Bertholi, Hathi Ghodi Parvat, Mana, and Neelkanth peaks. The trek passes through Pristine Rhododendron, oak and deodar forest.

The trek begins from Joshimath, in the Chamoli district of Himalayas, which has evolved into the hub for trekkers and pilgrims in this part of the Himalayas. A junction of several rivers - the Pinder, Kaliganga, Nandakini, Birehiganga & Dhauli Ganga make up the Pancha-Prayag – namely, Devprayag, Karnaprayag, Devprayag and Rudraprayag. The trek then passes through small and secluded yet beautiful Himalayan villages. The stark contrast of the scenery is breathtaking; the green and yellow trees compliment the icy white snow and clear blue sky perfectly. You can walk through the magnificent jungles of Oak and Deodar trees, which are known to be home to some wildlife.

Kuari Pass Trek Highlights

  • The lush greenery of Gorson meadow
  • Spectacular views of the peaks of Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Mana, Kamet, Hathi, Ghodi, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Nanda Devi, Dunagiri
  • Witnessing an ancient trading route
  • Tali lake
  • Verdant forest
  • Panchachuli base camp

Detailed Itinerary The Winter Kuari Pass Trek From Haridwar

Kuari Pass Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Haridwar to Joshimath

Altitude: 6724 ft.

256 kmsdrive, approx. 10 hours

  • Trekkers will be picked from Haridwar at 6:30am in an SUV vehicle
  • Arrive at Joshimath by approx. 5 pm – (tea, briefing of the trek & dinner)
  • Breakfast and Lunch on the way
  • Accommodation at the guest house
  • Telephone Network is available
  • Route:
  • Haridwar to Rishikesh (best place for white water rafting, trekking gear available on rent and purchase)
  • Rishikesh to Devprayag (confluence of Bhagirathi river and Alaknanda river)
  • Devprayag to Srinagar
  • Srinagar to Rudrapryag (confluence of Mandakini river and Alaknanda river)
  • Rudrapryag to Karnprayag (confluence of Pindar river and Alaknanda river)
  • Alternate route: You can reach Rishikesh a day earlier for rafting. On the day of the trek, we can arrange your pickup from Rishikesh.

Day 02: Joshimath- Gulling Top

Altitude: 9600 ft.

  • 12 km drive and 6 km trek, approx. 4 hrs
  • The trail is a mix of steep and gradual ascent, mostly through villages.
  • Hot lunch at the camp site
  • Water Points are available at villages on the way
  • Accommodation in tents
  • Peaks spotted: Dronagri, Hathi Parvat, Gori Parvat
  • Drive from Joshimath to Dhak village (6790 ft, 12 km)
  • Trek from Dhak village to Tugasi village (8040 ft, 3.5 km trek)
  • Trek from Tugasi village to Gulling village (8990 ft, 2 km trek)
  • Gulling village to Gulling top camp site (9600 ft, 0.5 km Trek)

Day 03: Gulling Top to Tali Forest Camp

Altitude: 11070 ft.

4 km trek, approx. 5 hrs

  •  Gulling Top to Forest Hut - first and last water point (9840 ft, 1 km trek)
  •  Forest hut to Tali top - Tali lake, steep ascent (11480 ft, 2 km trek)
  •  Tali top to Tali top forest camp site - gradual descent (11070 ft, 1 km trek)
  •  Oak, Rhododendron, walnut forest
  •  Accommodation in tents

 Peaks: Nanda Devi, Kalanka, Chang bang, Dronagri, Hathi Parvat, Gori Parvat

Day 04: Tali forest camp to Kuari pass and back via Khullara top

Altitude: 12,763 ft.

15 km trek, approx. 11 hrs

  •  Tali forest camp to Khullara top - moderate ascent (11800 ft, 3.5 km trek)
  •  Khullara top to broken a bridge with frozen stream - traverse walk (12300 ft, 2.5 km trek)
  •  Broken bridge to Kuari Pass - strenuous climb (12763 ft, 1.5 km trek)
  •  Carry enough water; no water source on the way
  •  Early morning breakfast

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

Day 05: Tali forest camp - Joshimath via Gurson bugyal (11150 ft) and Auli (9680 ft)

8 km trek, approx. 7 hrs, 13 km drive

  • Tali forest camp to Tali lake (111480 ft, 1 km trek)
  • Tali lake to Gurson bugyal (11150 ft, 3.5 km trek)
  • Gurson bugyal to Auli (9680 ft, 3.5 km trek)
  • Auli to Joshimath (6724 ft, 13 km drive)
  • Breakfast at Tali camp site
  • Packed lunch on the way
  • Joshimath - evening tea, debriefing, dinner

Day 06: Joshimath to Haridwar

256 km drive, approx. 10 hrs

  • The ride will commence at 6 am, reaching destination at around 6 pm
  • Breakfast and Lunch will be on the way at a roadside inn

Note: On Day 6, you will reach Haridwar between 6 pm and 7 pm. You can book your travel any time after 8 pm.

4. Itinerary The Winter Kuari Pass Trek From Haridwar

Day 01: Haridwar to Joshimath

The journey begins at Haridwar. From the Haridwar railway station pickup point, we will take the legendary Badrinath Road.

If you are interested in cultural sightseeing and adventure water sports, you may like to arrange a brief stay at Rishikesh, an hour’s drive away from Haridwar. It is an ideal location for rafting and adventure.

The nine-hour drive to Joshimath will be quite strenuous, but it will be filled with mesmerizing views. The great river running with us on parallel will get wilder and more fascinating as we trudge uphill. You will pass by the panchprayag or the five holy confluence of Ganga—Devaprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag, and Vishnuprayag.

Day 02: Joshimath - Gulling Top

Joshimath is marked by a host of ice peaks. After having your morning breakfast, you will head off to Dhak village in the Joshimath tehsil, a rocky drive of 45 minutes. From there the trek begins. Look out for the gentle slopes of the Sleeping Lady Mountain of Joshimath on this drive.

The trek ascends from Dhak along a solid climb. 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 gently escalating slopes into a more rough terrain. Upon leaving the terrace farming lands, there is not much of greenery, but it offers a broad landscape of the Garhwal confines all around. Look out especially for the bright silvery sun-dazed stream of Dhauli-Ganga snaking its way in the void, and the Vishnugad-Tapovan Hydroelectric Power Station. It’s not very likely to find any snow in this zone.

About 20 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 is 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 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 astonishing sight of Dronagiri peak rising at a distance. We will be pitching tents in the open meadows overlooking Dronagiri.

Get ready for a mesmerizing vista of the glistening Dronagiri peak in the morning light from this camp site.

Day 03: Gulling Top to Tali Forest Camp

The next morning you have to start on a 5 hour journey deeper into the forest of Talli. After the demanding trek of last day, today will be less tiresome. The gradients of ascent are relatively smooth and will allow you to enjoy the hike.

Twenty minutes into the trek, you will come to a green clearing overlooking the impressive 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 rhododendrons, you can find walnut and some other varieties of conifers in here.

At the height of winter’s splendor, 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 visible attractively.

Day 04: Tali forest camp to Kuari pass and back via Khullara top

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 templeat the base of the Kuari high pass.

Make sure to crampon your shoes properly. Trek the Himalayas will provide you good quality crampons, but you are requested to bring your own gaiters. You can also buy gaiters from the market of Joshimat at reasonable prices.

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.

Day 05: Tali forest camp - Joshimath via Gurson bugyal (11150 ft) and Auli (9680 ft)

Today we will advance towards Auli—the skiing capital of India, and one of the most famous in South Asia. Exploring the beautifully 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.

Upon reaching Auli, a ready cable-car ride will take you to Joshimath, floating over the magnificent ski resort, the softly undulating snow covered slopes and browning pine forest fringes.

Day 06: Joshimath to Haridwar

256 km drive, approx. 10 hrs

The ride will commence at 6 am, and you will reach the destination at around 6 pm. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided on the way at a roadside inn, exclusive of charges.

 The Winter Kuari Pass Trek From Haridwar Inclusions

  • Accommodation (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
  • Meals while on trek (Vegetarian, Egg)
  • Trek equipment
  • Permits
  • First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder
  • Qualified & experienced Trek Leader, Guide and Support staff.
  • Transport from Haridwar to Joshimath and return.

The Kuari Pass Trek Guide

When is the best time to go to Winter Kuari Pass Trek?
Winter Kuari pass trek is best in mid-December, January, February and early march. In winter this trek is fully covered with thick snow layer. If you dream of any snow trek then this is the best trek where you find with snow everywhere.

How difficult is the Winter Kuari Pass trek?
Winter Kuari pass trek varies easy to moderate depend upon snow level, otherwise it is an easy trek to do.

How cold does it really get on the Winter Kuari Pass trek?
First two days temperature is normal as you don't find snow. Afterwards you can see the snow but in day time sunlight is good and weather is clear but you have to dress yourself in layers at night. The temperature will be between 10 to -8 degrees.

How long do we walk each day for Kuari Pass Trek?
Average walking distance is 7- 9 km an each day and trekkers complete in 5-7 hrs. As trek is easy so walking will not be a problem for anyone.

Who will lead and who all will go along with us?
Always trek leads by professional Trek leader who has completed Basic and Advance mountaineering course and certified in first-aid course and along with one local guide, cook, helper, porter and other staff.

How big are the groups for Kuari Pass Trek?
We try to bring together a small group of like-minded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience, normally we take 18 - 20 people in one batch including male and female. We need minimum 6 people to run a fix departure but for the customized trip group size doesn't matter.

I am the only girl in trek, is it safe?
Yes definitely, Security of girls is the foremost important for us. We always create friendly environment on trek. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. They are very honest and reliable, but we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings.

How many trekkers will be in one tent during the Kuari Pass Trek?
We have three men tents but two people will be accommodating in one tent.

What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?
Optimum level of fitness is always required in any trek so that you can enjoy your journey.

What type of food is served during a Kuari Pass Trek?
We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs during our trek.

How to get safe drinking water on the Kuari Pass Trek ?
Himalayan water is considerd as a clean and mineral water but for safe side we use boil water / chlorine tablet in our camps, during the trek ask once to trek leader or guide from where to fill water bottles.

Will a doctor accompany the Kuari Pass Trek trek?
No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wilderness first-aid" and be aware of high attitude problems, and we carry whole first-aid kit and necessary medicines with us. Make sure you are medically fit for a trek or take professional advice if you feel you are unable to judge yourself.

Do you think I should bring some medicines with me for Kuari Pass Trek?
Yes, it is always advisable that in any trek carry your own medication weather organizers carrying it or not.

Can we change the Kuari Pass Trek itinerary?
Depending on the prevailing situation, however the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your trek leader will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.

Can you customize a Kuari Pass Trek trip?
Yes, if you would like to travel independently, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people. Cost for private trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style.

The Winter Kuari Pass Trek From Haridwar Exclusions
Any kind of personal expenses.
Food during the transit.
Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
Anything not specifically mentioned under the head "Price Includes".


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The Winter Kuari Pass Trek From Haridwar

The Winter Kuari Pass Trek From Haridwar

Kuari Pass is located in the vicinity of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, which is at an altitude of 4265 meters above sea level. In 1905, Lord Curzon reached Kuari Pass, which led it to be called the Curzon trail. The Kuari Pass Trek gives people a chance to view a splendid skyline of these mighty mountains from close quarters.

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