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.
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.
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.
We wake up to a beautiful sunrise and prepare ourselves for the journey ahead. We shall head towards the Khulara base camp. 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. Evening snacks, Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Today is the day we ascend towards the summit. The journey shall be carried out up to 6-7 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 Kuari pass Top which is an ascent up to 4-5km.. 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. Evening snacks, Dinner and overnight stay in tents
On our 5th day, we shall advance towards the Joshimath. It will be an adventurous journey back floating over the snow-capped slopes and coniferous forests. On reaching Joshimath, you can explore the Narsongh temple and you are free to capture the vista through cameras and memories. Dinner and overnight stay in Joshimath.
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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Kuari Pass Trek from Joshimath Includes :-
Certainly, here are some common inclusions that you might find in a Kuari Pass Trek From Haridwar or Rishikesh package:
1. **Transportation:** Typically, the package includes transportation from a designated meeting point (often in a major city like Haridwar or Rishikesh) to the starting point of the trek and back.
2. **Accommodation:** Accommodation is usually included for the duration of the trek. This could involve camping in tents along the trek route or staying in guesthouses/lodges at base camps or designated stopping points.
3. **Meals:** All meals throughout the trek, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Meals are usually provided at the campsites or base camps, and they are designed to provide the necessary energy for trekking.
4. **Experienced Guides and Support Staff:** A knowledgeable trekking guide familiar with the route is often part of the package. They provide guidance, share insights about the trail and local culture, and ensure your safety. Support staff might include cooks, porters, and helpers.
5. **Camping Equipment:** If the trek involves camping, the package usually includes tents, sleeping bags, mats, and other necessary camping gear.
6. **Permits and Entry Fees:** The cost of permits and entry fees to protected areas or national parks that the trek passes through is often included in the package.
7. **Safety Equipment:** Basic safety equipment like a first aid kit, oxygen cylinders, and communication devices might be provided as part of the package.
8. **Certificate of Completion:** Upon successfully completing the trek, some organizers provide a certificate as a token of achievement.