Located in the heart of Gharwal Himalayas, Kuari Pass is one of the most magnificent treks in Uttrakhand to explore. Being an easy trek, it is an absolute blessing for anyone who is not prepared for a rigorous one and yet wants to experience the marvellous feeling of wandering along the trails of relatively unspoiled wilderness. The maximum altitude of the trek is 12,763 ft.
The trek is also known as Lord Curzon’s Trails because it was Lord Curzon who happened to make the discovery of this trek-route.
Several regions of the trek allow you to have a 360-degree view of the Himalayan peaks which undoubtedly form the heart of the trek. It offers the view of peaks from 7000 meters club including Trishul (7120m), Kamet (7756m), Nanda Devi (7817m), Chaukhamba (7128m), and the majestic twin peaks of Nanda Devi East (7434m). Other prominent peaks that make their appearance include Mukut Parbat, Mana, Rishi Pahad, and Changbang, Nanda Ghunti, Hathi Ghoda Parbat, Neelkanth, Dronagiri, and many such mountains tops.
The trek commences at Joshimath, which lies in the Chamoli district of Himalayas. Gradually, Joshimath has come to be popular as a hub for trekkers and pilgrims in the Gharwal region of the Himalayas. Apart from mighty mountain ranges, the region is also the home of several perennial rivers which most importantly includes the Pancha-Prayag – namely, Devprayag, Karnaprayag, and Rudraprayag. Other rivers include Pinder, Kaliganga, Nandakini, Buriganga & Dhauli Ganga. Another treasure that this trail beholds is the cultural treasure, the small remote hamlets that you will cross through on your way uphill. It will enrich your knowledge about the culture and life of mountain folks.
Flora and fauna found in the place make it even more captivating and enticing. Himalayan black bears and the paw prints of leopards are also sometimes sighted on the track uphill. The trail is almost throughout accompanied by thick forest covers with mixed vegetation of Oak, rhododendrons, and other coniferous trees. In the month of March, the glimpses of white and pink cherry blossoms are seen. The trail with a combination of smooth and rugged terrain, mostly covered with snow is no less than a paradise for trek enthusiasts.
- Difficulty- Easy-Moderate
- Duration- 6 Days
- Maximum Altitude- 12,763 ft
- Pickup point - Rishikesh
- Base Camp- Dhak
- Minimum Age to opt for Kuari Pass Trek- 8 Years
- Best time to visit- Mid-September to Early November
- Nearest Railway Station- Rishikesh Junction
- Nearest Airport- Jolly Grant Airport
- Start Point-Rishikesh
- Pickup Point on Day 1- Rishikesh Railway Station
- Departure time from Rishikesh Railway Station on Day 1- 6am
- Drop Point on Day 6- Rishikesh Railway Station
- Arival time on Day 6 at Rishikesh Railway Station- 6pm
- Base Camp- Joshimath
- Distance from Rishikesh to Basecamp, Joshimath- 260 km
- Cloak room: There is no separate cloak room available. You can handover your luggage to our team and collect while returning. We keep it safely at Joshimath in the same Homestay.
- The shared vehicle will be Tata Sumo, Bolero, or of similar kind and may be shared with a few other local passengers. The cab will be arranged from Rishikesh to Joshimath and back.
- We charge Rs.1200/- per person each side per person.
- The cab is a 7-seater.
- The whole journey by cab costs 7000/- from Rishikesh.
- Trekkers may choose to travel by bus or local cab to reach Joshimath.
What is the best time to do the Kuari Pass trek?
KAURI PASS IN MARCH AND APRIL
March and April herald the end of winter and the advent of spring. During these months, the Pass is distinguished by melting remnant snow, vibrantly colored meadows, and trees that become a rich emerald green. It also provides hikers with the invigorating scent of flowers, particularly Rhododendrons. The temperature is also pleasant and soothing throughout these months. During the day, the temperature ranges from 15 degrees Celsius to 18 degrees Celsius, while at night, it frequently drops to 0 degrees Celsius. If you want to see new greenery intermingled with snow, the springtime is the ideal time to arrive.
KAURI PASS IN MAY AND JUNE
During the summer, the pass sheds its snow accumulation. The days get lighter, allowing visitors unobstructed vistas of the snow-covered mountains. During these months, the Gorson Bugyal develops a rich verdant green cover. The meadows take on a bright golden tint as they are encircled by age-old evergreen trees. This walk is less busy during these months, so you may experience it in greater solitude and peace. The temperature during the day is fairly warm, ranging from 18 degrees Celsius to 24 degrees Celsius, while at night it ranges from 3 degrees Celsius to 8 degrees Celsius. Mild rains are anticipated towards the latter part of these months, indicating the onset of the rainly season.
KAURI PASS IN SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
These post-monsoon months offer the greatest trekking oppoptunities in Kauri pass. After the monsoon season, the grasslands and woods spring to life and shimmer. The perfect weather throughout these months attracts a large number of hikers. During these months, the pleasent weather patterns, as well as the stunningly clear and sharp vistas of the lofty Dronagiri and Nanda Devi peaks, are unrivalled. By the end of November, the days become shorter and the nights begin getting chilly. The temperature ranges from 10 to 15 degrees Celsius throughout the daytime and dips to 0 degrees Celsius over nightfall.
Highlights of the Kuari Pass Trek
One of the major attractions of the trek is the expanse of dense forest consisting of oak and rhododendrons. The forests are of ancient origin which makes them even more spectacular. The trails make its way through patches of thick forests followed by open grounds and lush green meadows further followed by forests. This interplay of landscapes makes the trek much more interesting and intriguing.
A gorgeous feature that attracts swarms of people from across the globe to this place is the army of mountains that it unravels to you- starting from Nandadevi and Dronagiri and further ascending to the sight of Neelkanth, Mukut Parbat, Rishi Pahad, Changbang, and the like. The view of the horizon adorned with these jewels is beautiful enough to restore the dead to life. Kuari Pass trek with the view of such a skyline introduces you to the eternal beauty of Earth.
Another major highlight which makes Kuari Pass Trek a wonder that it is, is the ethereal setting of the campsites. Contrary to the popular belief that trekking is all about ascending and descending rush, Kuari Pass trek compels you to pause. It offers you the campsite that makes you want to stay and adore the blessings of nature. Whether it be the Khulla campsite with Mt. Dronagiri forming the backdrop or the campsite at Chitrakantha amidst the mighty forests, everything about the campsites at Kuari Pass Trek is awe-inspiring.
What is Kuari pass trek difficulty?
Kuari Pass is classified under the category of the easy-moderate trek. Therefore this is considered as the most ideal trek for a beginner. Yet being a trek it offers its own sets of challenges, which include the high altitude, rocky terrains, and trail that involves a steep climb. One should, hence, be both physically fit and ideally equipped before undertaking the trek.
The trek starts at an altitude of 6,900 feet from Dhak which further reaches up to a maximum altitude of 12,763 feet above sea Level which is encountered at the pass. The temperature variations and the weather conditions are also fierce which demands before-hand preparations. The average trek duration experienced everyday forms an average of 4-5 hours except on the day involving the crossing of the pass when it takes an average of 8 hours. This short span of the trek is another factor which makes it favourable for beginners.
What is the distance of the Kuari pass trek?
Starting from Dhak through Kuari pass up to Auli, the trail covers a complete distance of 33 km. Kuari Pass Trek is extremely flexible in the context of its itinerary and trail because it can be approached from many different tracks. If approached with Dhak as the starting point, further two trails options are available up to Khullara campsite- one through Guling and another through Akhrotghetta. On the way down from Auli, there are again two options for camping which include the beautiful site of Chitrakantha and Tali.
How to Reach Kuari Pass ?
Kuari Pass Trek has a very well established connectivity with the important towns of Uttrakhand which makes it very easily accessible.
The airport that’s accessible in Dehradun is Jolly Grant Airport. It is located at a distance of 43 km from Haridwar. The airport is at a distance of 204 km from Nandprayag and 265 km from Joshimath. There are flights operational from Delhi to Dehradun on a daily basis which makes the journey very flexible. If opting for flight, try reaching one day prior.
Haridwar has a well-established rail network that connects it to the major cities of the country like Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow to name a few.
- From Delhi- DDN NZM AC EXPRESS (2205)
- From Kolkata- Doon Express (13009)
- From Mumbai- Dehradun Express (19019)
- From Chennai- Dehradun express (12687)
Haridwar bus stand has connectivity with all the important towns across the country. Direct buses are available from the bust stands of different towns. Both government-run buses and private buses are available thus providing ample options.
WEATHER AND TEMPERATURE
The most favorable temperature is observed in the summer months starting from April and continuing to mid-June because the temperature ranges between 18 to 24 degrees Celsius. The winter temperature falls to the extreme of -8 degrees Celsius with the maximum temperature not more than 12 degrees Celsius. In the Tali Jungle region and the Lower Khullara region the temperature might even drop to the extent of -15 degrees Celsius as the winter in the region is fierce in the months from December to February. As the winter advances, heavy snowfall results in major snow deposits which further enhance the beauty of the landscapes. In the month of November, the daytime temperature is optimal and cool whereas the nights are a bit cold.
During the months of spring season including September and October, the weather is pleasant and clear skies are observed. Yet, during the night, the temperature of the Kuari Pass Trek can fall to sub-zeros.
Health and Safety
- For any Himalayan Trek, Ideal BMI for a trekker should be 18.5 to 24.9
- To keep a check of this please calculate BMI here
- Below given Safety checks should be done to get prepared for any Himalayan Trek.
- Balance : As well said a balanced mind and body gives out best in every condition and that too works in Himalayan treks as well.
- Legs Strength : Body and Legs Strength is required to carry body weight as well as the backpack while trekking in uneven multi terrains. Generally, a good strength on legs works out good in any Trek. One can gain legs strength by doing simple Squats.
- Muscle Flexibility : While trekking in Trans Himalayan region with a flexible body one can easily achieve full range of movement and this can be really helpful for trekkers as well as trek leads. A good flexible will be an advantage while walking on trails, climbing and river crossing etc. Flexibility can be achieved by simple stretching, yoga etc.
- Cardiovascular Endurance : Cardiovascular endurance is defined as the ability of lungs and heart to transmit oxygen to the body muscles. All Himalayan treks are basically ascending descending the slopes and for this trekkers should be having a good cardiovascular endurance. Anyone planning for a Himalayan trek can attain this capacity by doing any cardio exercise like running, swimming, cycling etc.
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