Kuari Pass trek's best time is from December to March as the entire trail is covered in snow. The pass lies at an altitude of 3876m. This trek is suitable for beginners as well as frequent trekkers. It’s the best trek to revel in the beauty of nature and to taste the trekking experience in the Himalayas for beginners.
The Kuari Pass Trek has its roots in history as it is famous to have been explored by Lord Curzon. Thus, Kuari Pass is also known as the Curzon Trail. What it really means though is “the doorway”. Well, living up to its name, Kuari Pass is a doorway to heavenly sights to behold. It is a trek that passes through Oak and Rhododendron trees along with other coniferous forests. It has a plethora of forests and meadows throughout its trail. These often overlook the peaks of Kamet, Dronagiri, Trishul, Bertholi, HathiGhodiParvat, Mana, and Neelkanth. The Kuari Pass Trek has its roots in history as it is famous to have been explored by Lord Curzon. Thus, Kuari Pass is also known as the Curzon Trail. What it really means though is “the doorway”. Well, living up to its name, Kuari Pass is a doorway to heavenly sights to behold. It is a trek that passes through Oak and Rhododendron trees along with other coniferous forests. It has a plethora of forests and meadows throughout its trail. These often overlook the peaks of Kamet, Dronagiri, Trishul, Bertholi, HathiGhodiParvat, Mana, and Neelkanth.
Day 1: Arrival at Joshimath
The journey commences with splendor and sights to behold as we pick you up from Haridwar Railway Station and commence the journey from Haridwar. We shall cross Rishikesh on our way and arrange a suitable pick up from there as well. Therefore, if you’re eager to start off on a note of viewing the cultural experiences around the Ganges or take part in water sports activities, you can arrange a brief stay at Rishikesh before the trek begins. We shall be picking up our wonderful companions from Rishikesh as well. Once everyone is on board, we start our drive towards Joshimath which can be a little excruciating as it is 9 hours long however, it is far from boring. You shall witness sights to behold and lots of capture-worthy scenery. On our way we will pass by the panchprayag — Devaprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag, and Vishnuprayag. Therefore, it would be a long but definitely exciting journey.
Day 2 : Joshimath to Gulling Top
Joshimath will be a welcoming sight of snow-capped peaks. We shall have an appetizing breakfast here and then, head off to Dhak village, which is a 45-minutes’ drive. This is where the trek commences, on a trail of gentle slopes.
The trek begins with a steady ascent on a trail that cuts off from the main road and ascends towards Tugasi village. The track has a few twists and turns before it comes to level ground. The terrain here is rough and there isn’t much forest cover to witness. However, you can witness the Garhwal frontier, terrace farmed lands, and the mesmerizing Dhauli-Ganga stream. You shall also come across the Vishnugad-Tapovan Hydroelectric Power Station.
Almost in half an hour of the trek, you shall reach village Kharchi. We continue on the same rocky track from the village. The trail upwards is steep with a couple of switchback turns. But soon, we reach the lower area of Tugasi village. The trails forks and we shall take the path which curves towards the hydro run flour mill. In the next 10 minutes, we shall reach the upper Tugasi region and a lovely sight awaits. There lie wheat fields, flower beds, and thatched-roofed huts. You can also find little streams coming down in this area. Nature and human habitat in harmony is a peaceful sight to witness. We shall continue on this path till we reach the Dronagiri peak. Dronagiri peak is ahead of the farmlands and rises humongous at a distance. The tents shall be pitched here in the open meadows, overlooking the peak and surrounded by the oak forests. You can walk up to the Gulling Top and explore the surrounding forests. The Dronagiri peak looks mesmerizing at the break of dawn. The trek for the day is done and one can rest as well as prepare themselves for the adventures which await the next day.
DAY 3: Gulling Top to Tali Forest Camp
We wake up to a beautiful sunrise and prepare ourselves for the journey ahead. We shall head towards the Talli forests. The trek today shall be comparatively easier as the trail is smoother. Therefore, it shall be a little more enjoying today and a little less of a strenuous ascent.
The trail shall lead you to green clearings with a vista of the snow-capped mountains. After almost 20 minutes into the trek, we come across a little rivulet that leads towards a forest of oaks and rhododendrons. Their lovely flowers blossom in March. Apart from rhododendrons, one can find walnut and other coniferous trees. In these Gulling forests, our second base camp shall be placed. The Hathi-Gori peaks shall be visible in all their glory along with the Dronagiri peaks.
Day 04: Tali forest camp to Kuari pass and back via Khullara top
Today is the day we ascend towards the summit. The journey shall be carried out up to 10-11 hours depending on the pace of our trekkers. Our track shall be a tough one as we shall be covering a snow-covered trail. There is no water source on the way therefore, we shall be carrying our water supply accordingly.
We shall be aiming for the Khullara top which is an ascent up to 3.5km. We will cross a broken bridge that lies over a frozen stream at the peak of the winter season. Then we shall climb a ridge to the high pass, the trek turns challenging here. Therefore, you are allowed to prepare yourself for short breaks that we’ll take on our way. You will get to take a longer break at JhandiDhar, a resting point that comes after 2 hours into the trek. We shall have lunch accordingly as we take a longer break on the trek.
The trek leads to a magnificent vista as we hit the spot which exposes some of the most stunning Garhwal peaks namely, Kedarnath Peak, Kedardome, Chaukhambha, Balakun, Neel Kantha, MukutParvat, Kamet, Abhi Gamin, Mana, GhoriParvat, HathiParvat, Dronagiri, Kalanka, Changabang, Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti.
Day 05: Tali forest camp - Joshimath via Gursonbugyal and Auli
On our 5th day, we shall advance towards the skiing capital of India – Auli. We shall also explore GorsonBugyal valleys on our journey. The trek shall be easy as we journey through Bugyals of Gorson. On reaching Auli, we shall explore the beautiful place and you are free to capture the vista through cameras and memories. From Auli, we shall go back to Joshimaththrough a ready cable-car ride. It will be an adventurous journey back floating over the snow-capped slopes and coniferous forests.
Day 06: Joshimath to Haridwar
It is a 256 km drive which shall take approximately 10 hrs.
On Day 6, you’ll reach Haridwar between 6 pm and 7 pm and can book your transport any time after 8 pm.
This marks the end of an adventurous trek and a memorable journey!
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