Kuari Pass is situated in Garhwal Himalayas. used extensively by the local shepherds, exploring this route is one of the richest manners to get a full view of the splendid Himalayas. Their imposing and scenic presence can be witnessed from atop Kuari, which literally means “a getaway”.
Originating in Joshimath, a meeting point for many a religious pilgrimage, the path gives you a brief stopover at Devaprayag, before it gradually ascends to take you to heights that end with a mesmerising view of the Nanda Devi summit in all its glory.
When Lord Curzon was Viceroy of India, he undertook several treks in the Garhwal, including one over the Kuari Pass to Joshimath and since then it has come to be known as Curzon’s trail. It is very popular among European and American travellers. In 1905, Lord Curzon reached Kuari Pass from Ghat via Ramni. Nandadevi Nantional Park and Spiritual Treks in Nanda devi Area are possible. Today many Himalayan trekkers who come and explore the Trekking in Himalayas prefer to undertake the trek in the reverse direction. The main attraction of Curzon’s trail is the majestic view of the Twin Peaks of Nanda Devi–the main summit (7816 m), which is the highest peak situated completely in India. Replete with tributaries of the Ganges, dense mountain forests, and a fleeting interaction with local life, Kuari Pass trekking can be best enjoyed during winter months.
The mountain views coming to your from the first day of the trek are the major attraction about Kauri Pass trek. Mount Nanda Devi, Dronagiri and some other peaks are the first ones visible and as you climb more, the array of several mountains will come to welcome you. It is always a splendid sight to gaze at the sky with the mountains touching the clouds every other time.
Duration: 6 days
Highest altitude: 12,516 ft
Average temperature: Day time: 13°C-18°C; Night time: -3°C-4°C
Day 1 – Road journey from Haridwar to Joshimath. Overnight stay at Joshimath. (Drive/ 260km 10hrs)
Uphill Picturesque Drive, Devaprayag, Confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda
Around 6am, assemble at Haridwar Railway Station. Begin a long distance, uphill drive from Haridwar to Joshimath. Along the way, stopover at Devaprayag, to witness the holy confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda Rivers to form the River Ganges. Arrive at Joshimath. You’ve the choice of overnight stay in tents/ a local guesthouse/ home stay.
Day 2 – Drive from Joshimath to Chitrakantha. Trek begins. (Drive to Dhak Village 12km/ 1hr) (Chitrkantha trek 6km/ 4hrs)
Chitrakantha Peak (3,310m), Chaukhamba (7,138m), Oak and Rhododenron Forest, Local Life
Today begins with a short 12km drive to Dhak Village, which is the start point of the trek. The meandering trail from here has gradual ascents and several shepherd trails. Take a look down below to watch the Dhauli Ganga River force its way to the nearby hydro power plant. Follow the trail to cross dense forests of oak, deodar, and rhododendrons.
At the end of the descent is Chitrakantha, your first campsite. This is an impressive snow-capped ridge with views of the Chaukhamba peak. Replenish water supply from a nearby stream. Pitch tents. Retire for the day.
Day 3 – Trek from Chitrakantha to Tali Top (Trek 6km)
Mountain Forests, Alpine Meadows
Start your day early with warm up exercises followed by a wholesome breakfast. Today, you’ll trek for 6km to scale heights up to 3,500m. An interesting and magnificent trail taking you through dense mountain forests filled with rhododendrons, spruce, and silver birch before reaching a prominent ridge.
An uphill trek for around 3km opens to lush meadows where you’ll find well defined tracks from a place called Tapovan. Camp in alpine meadows at the end of Tali Top.
Day 4 – Trek from Tali Top to Kuari Pass via Khullar, Trek back to Tali Top
Nanda Devi Peak (7,816m), Himalayan Vistas, Rishi Ganga River
This is a strenuous day. With a long distance trek ahead of you with gradual ascend leading to Khullar Top. To completely savour the unbelievable views of the imposing Himalayas, you’ll traverse over snow-filled patches to arrive at Kuari Pass. Gushing chill top winds greet you here. But the adversity is barely a hindrance for the view of the towering Nanda Devi Peak from here is truly phenomenal.
Surrounded by what seems like an unending wall of mountains, find the Rishi Ganga River force its way out from the only available outlet to meet River Alaknanda. Spend quality time here. Prepare for a return trek to Tali Top along the same path. Savour campfire and savoury dinner by the campsite.
Day 5 – Trek from Tali to Joshimath via Auli
Skiing destination Auli, Rishi Ganga River
Dig into breakfast early in the morning after a round of routine exercises. Follow the downhill trail alongside Rishi Ganga River. Arrive at a motorable road and board vehicle to reach Joshimath.
Along the way pass by Auli, a popular hill station and skiing destination. During winter months, you could also opt for a skiing experience here. Overnight stay at Joshimath.
Day 6 – End of journey. Drive from Joshimath to Haridwar
Trip ends here
Leave Joshimath early for your return journey home from Haridwar. This will be the last leg of your trip to the mountains. Take along a large pile of unforgettable memories in this Kuari Pass Trek.
• All Meals Included
• Accommodation (camping during trek)
• Guest House Stay in Joshimath
• Veg meals while on trek
• Trekking equipment(Tents, Sleeping bags)
• Necessary permits
• First aid medical kits
• Qualified and experienced trek leader, guide, and support staff.
• 3.5% Service Tax
Things To Carry
• Backpack (min 60 Ltrs) with rain cover
• Trekking Shoes (Forclaz 100, 500 recommended)
• 2 pairs of full sleeve shirts/T-shirts and track Pants
• 2 pairs of cotton socks. 3 pairs of woollen socks
• 1 full sleeves sweater or fleece jacket (preferable)
• One jacket
• Thermal inners – 1 Pair
• 1 pair gloves.
• Sun cap
• One scarf
• Light towel
• Lip balm
• Cold cream and sun screen (SPF 40+)
• Water bottle 1 Lt
• Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
• Personal toilet kit and toilet paper
• Personal medicine kit
• Dark sunglasses (U/V protected)
• Walking stick (one)
• This package has two variation. The one with transport includes a pick and drop from Haridwar to Joshimath and then back to Haridwar, Joshimath is the start point of the trek. The one without transport, Trekker have to reach Joshimath on his own .
• Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
• Pay heed to the trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience.
• Do not consume alcohol or any other intoxicants during the trek.
• Avoid trekking during the nights.
• Before undertaking the trek, consult a physician.
• Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the trek.
• The trek takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.
• This trip has two variants with transport and without transport.
Cost for Indian nationals: Contact us