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Whether you are a seasoned trekker or just getting started, the Kuari Pass Trek is an experience that every trekker must have! With views of some of India’s most celebrated mountains including Mt Nanda Devi (7816 m) and Dronagiri (7066 m), this pass makes it possible to trek in winters!
The trek to Kuari Pass is an exciting, yet easy trek.
Kuari Pass, first explored by Lord Curzon is a perfect trek for beginners. The trail passes through forests covered in snow in winters, which makes it a really scenic trek.
You also get views of some of the pristine mountains of India like Mt. Nanda Devi, Mt. Kamet, Mt. Dronagiri, and several others. The best time to do this trek is from November to March, as the snow makes it a winter wonderland.
Distance: 290 km
Time: 11 Hours
Altitude: 1,821 m (5,975 ft)
At sunrise, we start our road trip from Dehradun to Joshimath, which is a long ride.
We’re going to drive along the banks of the great river Ganga.
During this remarkable road journey, we’ll drive through Panch-Prayag or the five holy confluences of the Alaknanda river — Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag, and Vishnuprayag.
The river gets wilder and fascinating as we move uphill. So, keep your cameras ready for the journey! A host of snow-covered peaks will greet us at Joshimath. Have a delicious dinner, and have a peaceful sleep at the guesthouse before the start of the trek.
Distance: 12 km (Drive) & 7 km (Trek)
Time: 45 minutes (Drive) & 7 Hours (Trek)
Altitude: 3,362 m (11,030 ft)
After an early breakfast, we will head to Dhak village, a rocky drive of 45 minutes. At Dhak village, we start our trek and the Kuari pass trail will get you into the serene forest of tall oak trees.
The magic of this trail starts to unveil as you climb higher and witness the mesmerizing landscape.
As you climb, the magnificent oaks welcome you to the stunning campsite with pink and white rhododendron.
We’ll trek through walnut forest and meadows to reach Tali campsite located right in the middle of the forest. You can spot Dronagiri, Hathi-Ghori Parvat from the campsite.
Distance: 12 km
Time: 10 Hours
Altitude: 3,850 m (12,630 ft)
Today we’ll be starting our trek to Kuari Top to enjoy the incredible views of the surrounding peaks. The summit day will last around 10 hours depending on the group’s pace.
You need to gear up appropriately for high snow and high-speed winds on the ridges today. From the summit, you get a 360-degree view of the mighty mountains of the Uttarakhand Himalayas.
You can see Kedarnath Peak, Kedar dome, Chaukhambha, Balakun, Neel Kantha, Mukut Parvat, Kamet, Abhi Gamin, Mana I, Ghori Parvat, Hathi Parvat, Dronagiri, Kalanag, Chang Bang, Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti.
The magnificence of this view is incomparable and likely to imprint on your soul. We descend to the Tali forest campsite, have a warm meal and rest.
Distance: 10 km
Time: 7 Hours
Altitude: 1,821 m (5,975 ft)
The views do not end here! Today we’ll have even better views of the mountains that will take your breath away. We’ll first visit the beautiful Tali lake from where we’ll get clear views of Nanda Devi, the highest mountain that lies completely in India.
For the next 5 km, you’ll walk in a beautiful wide-open meadow of Gorson Bugyal, the snow makes the landscape absolutely stunning.
Enjoy the snow and the landscape from Auli and drive back to Joshimath. Your trek ends here, and now it’s time to take a hot shower, relax and celebrate.
If you have some extra days in your holiday, you can take an extra day in Auli and enjoy skiing here in the soft winter snow.
Distance: 290 km
Time: 10 Hours
Altitude: 430 m (1,410 ft)
The trek ends today. We’ll check out of the guesthouse early and start our drive from Joshimath to Dehradun. Reminisce about the trek and share your experience and memories on the drive.
The best time and season to do this trek is in the winter season because the snow transforms this trek into a winter wonderland, and makes it many fold beautiful.
But this trek can be done in all seasons except the monsoon season
Kuari Pass Trek is one of the easy treks in the Himalayas. However, you will need basic fitness to complete the trek. Even the easiest of treks can be very difficult to complete if you’re not prepared.
Kuari Pass is one of the easy rated treks in the Himalayas. But even the easiest of treks can prove to be dangerous when the weather is bad in the Himalayas. We put safety before anything else in all our treks and expeditions.
It requires camping skills, navigational skills, and mountaineering skills to complete a multi-day trek in winters in the Himalayas. You will need to carry camping equipment, a sleeping bag, food ration with you.
If you’re planning a solo trek, make sure that you have enough knowledge and can rely on yourself if anything goes wrong. I will not suggest anyone do a solo trek if they have not completed a basic mountaineering course, at the least.
All participants are expected to be confident that they are physically and mentally fit and able to complete the itinerary of their chosen event as defined in the itinerary.
Any minors between 10 and 17 years of age must accompany their parent or guardian who assumes full responsibility for them to participate in the adventure activity or event. Any unaccompanied, underage minor will not be allowed to participate in the adventure activity.
You must be at least 18 years old to make a booking with us. After the booking, our team will send you a confirmation of the booking.
We understand that you may have to change your travel plans due to the Covid-19 situation, so considering this we have introduced a Book Now, Pay Later facility for all the participants. However, you will be required to pay the full amount at least 15 days prior to the departure date.
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Trek to Kuari Pass was our very first trek which started on 25 Dec 22. It was a winter trek and we were with our 10 and 11 year old daughters. We had an amazing experience. All thanks to our superb trek leader and equally proficient and professional guides. We had an excellent team which enabled us to complete our trek. An unforgettable experience. Looking forward to the next trek we’ll go on.