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 trek and yet wants to experience the marvellous feeling of trekking. 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 made this beautiful discovery of exploring the trek.
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, Dronagirito, and many such peaks.
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, Devprayag, and Rudraprayag. Other rivers include Pinder, Kaliganga, Nandakini, Birehiganga & Dhauli Ganga. Another treasure that this trail beholds is the cultural treasure, the small remote hamlets that you will cross through while your way uphill will enrich your knowledge but 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 od Oak, rhododendrons, and other coniferous trees. In the month of March, the sight of white and pink cherry blossoms is also possible. 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- 12,516 ft
- Pickup point - Rishikesh
- Base Camp- Dhak
- Minimum Age to opt for Kuari Pass Trek- 8 Years
- Best time to visit- March-May, September-December
- 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 seperate cloak room available. You can handover your lugguage to our team and collect while returning. We will be keeping it safely at Joshimath in the same Homestay.
- The shared vehicle will be Tata Sumo, Bolero, or similar and may be shared with a few other local passengers. The cab will be arranged from Rishikesh to Joshimath and Joshimath to Rishikesh.
- We charge Rs.1200/- per person each side per person.
- The cab is a 7-seater.
- The whole 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?
Kuari Pass trek can be done in two seasons. Pre-monsoon and post-monsoon.
The good time to do the Kuari Pass journey would be within the months of March, April and May. If you cannot make it to the journey amid the spring, another great time to do the Kuari Pass journey is within the post-monsoon season. Once the storm clouds take off the skies, you’ll get a few of the foremost astonishing sights of the adjacent high elevation crests like Mt. Nanda Devi and Mt. Drona Giri.
Winter is also a good time to do Kuari pass, the panoramic view will keep you amazed. Though the Kuari Pass isn’t crossable at that time but snow-flooded route and the surrounding sky-touching snow-laden peaks, will make your trek worth it. In winter, it’s also a good chance to witness snowfall at Kuari Pass.
The path passes through Oak and Rhododendron woodlands right from the basecamp. In case you are doing the Kuari Pass in Spring, you will get snow on the higher segments of the journey. This wonderful switch, from the woodland to the snow-clad land is in itself a reason sufficient to do the Kuari Pass journey in Spring Season!
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 ever-flowing list. The view of the horizon adorned with these jewels is beautiful enough to restore dead to life. Kuari Pass trek with the view of such 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 to 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 12,516 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 for the Kuari pass trek?
Starting from Dhak through Kuari pass up to Auli, the trail covers a complete distance of 21.5 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 48 km from Haridwar. The airport is at a distance of 208 km from Nandprayag and 268 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 19 and 29 C. The winter temperature falls to the extreme of -8C with the maximum temperature not more than 12 C. In the Tali Jungle region and the Lower Khullara region the temperature might even drop to the extent of -15 C 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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