Kuari Pass Trek (Garhwal Tour Packages)

Amazing Treks in the Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand

First time trekking in the Himalayas? Kuari Pass Trek is the perfect place to start. It is an easy-moderate trek perfectly crafted for beginners.

In 1905, Lord Curzon reached Kuari Pass (3757 meters). Kuari pass means doorway. He made the trek, and since then it has also been known as the Curzon trail. The main attraction of it is the impressive view of the eastern peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas, including the twin peaks of Nanda Devi, Kamet, Dronagiri, Trishul, Berthold, Hathi Ghodi Parvat, Mana, and Neelkanth peaks. The trek passes through pristine rhododendron, oak, and deodar forests. The Kuari Pass trek is a highly varied and scenic trek.

Please note: During the Kuari Pass winter trek, you may require crampons and other technical equipment. We will make sure we provide you with professional materials and crampons. Please confirm and cross check with your trek leader during the first day of the introduction session.

Highlights of the Kuari Pass Trek:

  • Trekking through the ancient trading route to witness the lush green Gorson Meadow

  • time spent on clicking pictures of the enchanting views of the meadows.

  • Enjoy the camping and bonfire with your friends at the high summit and clear night sky.

  • Grand views of 4 peaks: Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Mana, Kamet, Hathi, Ghodi, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Nanda Devi, Dunagiri.

Basic Details of the Kuari Pass Trek:

• Trekking and camping

• Nearest Town: Kuari Pass Winter Trek Joshimath

• Kuari Pass Trek duration: 6 days/5 nights

• Trek Grade Kuari Pass is moderate.

• Total distance you will cover on Kuari Pass is approximately 30 km (both ways)

• Accommodation: Hotel or tent on double or triple sharing basis.

• Trek start point and end point Joshimath for Kuari Pass Trekking

How to Reach Kuari Pass Trek:

Dehradun is the nearest location for our trek basecamp and is well connected with most of the states and cities within India.

By Air:

Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 25 km from the city. There is a daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun.

By Train:

Take the overnight train to Dehradun from Delhi.

• Nandadevi Express: Train No. 12205 (Departure: 11:50 p.m.; Arrival: 5:40 a.m.)

• Dehradun Express: Train No. 12687 (Departure: 9:10 p.m.; Arrival: 5:00 a.m.)

By Road:

There is regular bus service from Delhi to Dehradun from Delhi ISBT Kashmere Gate. Usually, buses drop you off at the Dehradun ISBT. From there, you have to come to Dehradun Railway Station.

Vehicles are available for pickup from Dehradun Railway Station at 6:30 a.m.

Dehradun is around 2.5 hours away from Haridwar and 1.5 hours from Rishikesh. Our campsite is Joshimath, which is a 7-hour drive from Haridwar, so plan accordingly.

Kuari Pass Trek Itinerary:

Day 1: Dehradun to Karnaprayag (drive: 7 hours)

Leave from Dehradun in the morning and drive towards Karnaprayag. Enjoy the scenic views on the way and reach Karnaprayag by late noon. We will try to attend the aarti at the banks of the river Alaknanda. We have an introductory meeting with the respective Trek leader in the evening, so we will make sure we arrive before then. Dinner and overnight in a hotel or lodge at Karnaprayag

Day 2: Karnaprayag to Dhak (drive), Dhak to Gulling (trek) (drive: 4 hours)

We start with our drive from Karnaprayag to reach our start point of the trek at the Dhak village. Dhak village is almost like a 4-hour drive away, with beautiful views of peaks like Dronagiri and more. Around 11 a.m., we gear up to start the trek from the village. It is fantastic to find green farms, dusty trails, and villages in the Himalaya (Karachi and Tugashi Village). Post this, we reach our first campsite almost by 3 p.m. to have our lunch. Dinner and overnight at the campsite

Day 3: Guling (2,800 m) to Khullara (3,350 m)

  • 4-5 hours' trek

The trail today has a gradual slope up. We walk among oak, rhododendron, and pine forests. Khullara is an open meadow with a view of surrounding peaks like Dunagiri, Hathi, and Ghodi.

Day 4: Khullara to Kuari Pass (3,820 m) and back to Taali (3,510 m)

  • 5-6 hours' trek

We have an early breakfast and start walking uphill towards the pass. We reach a ridge, cross it, and take a left. The path leads us away and towards the pass. We spend some time here and then head back along the same way till we reach the ridge again. From here, instead of heading down towards Khullara, we walk along the ridge towards Taali. We reach a small hill with a flag, named Chitrakantha. From here, we get This spot has stunning panoramic views. We can see the peaks, including Chaukhambha, Neelkanth, Mana, Hathi, Ghodi, and Dunagiri. We walk down the other side and proceed towards our campsite. Taali is located inside the forest and is closed from all sides.

Day 5: Trek from Tali to Auli, later drive to Karnaprayag

Auli is a ski destination on the Rishi Ganga River. Pick and feed on the early breakfast for a round of routine exercise as we follow the downhill trail alongside the Rishi Ganga River to arrive at a motorable road to reach Joshimath. From there, we drive back to Karnaprayag and stay overnight in a hotel or lodge in Karnaprayag.

Day 6: Karnaprayag to Dehradun

  • 7 hours' drive

We leave Karnaprayag in the morning after breakfast and reach Dehradun by early evening.


Rental rates for a duration of 5N6D:

  1. Waterproof shoes: INR 700
  2. 3 in 1 jacket: INR 600
  3. Walking sticks: INR 200
  4. Headtorch: INR 120
  5. Poncho, INR 200
  6. Waterproof gloves: INR 120
  7. Gaiters: INR 200
  8. Rucksack: INR 600
5 Nights 6 Days Available on request
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  • Inclusions/Exclusions
    What we'll give/What we won't

    What is included in the tour

    • All meals starting from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on last day
    • Accommodation on double occupancy for 5 nights
    • Transport from Dehradun onwards
    • Tempo Traveler with Push Back seats
    • Mules to carry camping equipment
    • Camping equipment
    • Camping tents, dining tent, Kitchen tent
    • Toilet tents with portable toilet seats
    • Camping stools, table
    • Sleeping Bags
    • Foam Mattresses
    • Gaiters, Micro-spikes if needed
    • Forest entry for Indian national
    • INR 1,500/- additional for Non Indian Citizens
    • GST @5%
    • Dedicated experienced guide, cook and support staff
    • Certified Guide with BMC certified & First Aid course

    What is NOT included in the tour

    • Any Expenses or services not mentioned in the above inclusions
    • Trek Insurance
    • INR 390 PER Person Add On Cost
    • Coverage for
    • Medical Evacuation
    • Hospitalization due to Illness or Injury during the trek
    • Can be upgraded for Missed flights, cancellations, baggage loss
    • Any costs incurred due to bad weather or roadblocks
    • Baggage Offload Charge
      • INR 350/- for one bag up-to 12 KG per day
      • INR 1,400/- for the complete trek
    Things to Carry
    Things to Carry

    Things to Carry

    • 2/3-liter water bottle
    • Masks and sanitizer
    • Sunscreen
    • Goggles
    • Hiking/ trekking shoes
    • Lip balm
    • Thermals
    • Woolen socks, Woolen cap, Muffler
    • Wind cheater
    • Sweat shirt, Jacket
    • Woolen gloves
    • Toilet paper
    • Moisturizer
    • Extra camera batteries / Portable Charger
    • Personal first aid kit and personal medicines 
    • Identity proof
    • Cap
    • Face Wash
    • Body Soap
    • Vaccine Certificate of 2 Doses Completed / RT-PCR Certificate in case of 1 Dose completed



    Cancellation Policy

    In case you need to cancel your plans for the trip due to avoidable/unavoidable reasons, please do notify us via email.

    The cancellation charges will be as follows:

    • 60 to 46 days prior to date of departure: 20% of the tour cost
    • 45 to 16 days prior to date of departure: 30% of the tour cost
    • 15 to 8 days prior to date of departure: 50% of the tour cost
    • Less than 7 days prior to date of departure: No refund
    • No show No Refund
    • Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another date against cancellation
    • Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another person against cancellation


    Frequently Asked Questions

    The FAQ on the Kuari Pass Trek:

    1.  When is the best time recommended for the trek?

    The best time to go on the Kuari Pass Trek is from late May until mid-June, and from September until the first week of October (except during the monsoon season).


    2. How difficult is the Kuari Pass Trek?

    Kuari Pass Trek in comparison is moderately difficult with another high altitude trek.

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    3. How much distance do we have to trek each day?

    On average, we cover roughly 6–20 kilometres between our camping stations.


    4. What will happen if a trip is extended?

    For reasons beyond our control, when the trek is extended, additional charges tend to be applied.


    5. Who will be our lead guide person?

    The lead guide is certified and experienced personnel. These guides are locally sourced and have other team members, including local guides, cooks, helpers, and porters.

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    6. Is this trek safe for girls?

    Our treks are planned with a male-to-female ratio. As an organizer, we make sure that their tents are shared only with other female trekkers.


    7. How many people are in a tent?

    Our tents are all three person tents.


    8. What is the level of fitness expected from the trekkers?

    Good physical and mental fitness are expected to complete the trek.

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    9. What is the ideal food menu during a trek?

    We make sure that wholesome and nutritious breakfast, lunch, and evening snacks are served. We believe in and serve only vegetarian food as it is easy to digest and preferable at high altitudes.


    10. What if we encounter a medical emergency?

    We are trained to manage emergencies at high altitudes. Our lead guide is professional and experienced. Our team does carry emergency first aid kits and an oxygen cylinder.


    11. Why you should not drink alcohol or smoke on Kuari Pass Trekking?

     Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) may arise from drinking alcohol and smoking which lowers your body temperature. In addition to being a significant health risk, this is also an extremely common illness among hikers. So it's advisable to not consume alcohol or smoke during trek.


    12. What is Kuari Pass trek Altitude/ Elevation?

    12,500 feet approx

    The Kuari Pass is located in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas, at an elevation of over 4,000 metres (about 12,500 feet). The Chamoli district of Uttarakhand is home to Kuari Pass, one of the most popular hiking destinations in the state.


    13. Kuari pass trek distance

    Dehradun is the nearest location for our trek basecamp and is well connected with most of the states and cities within India.

     from dehradun to kuari pass trek - 148 km

    Nearest Town: Kuari Pass Winter Trek Joshimath

    • Kuari Pass Trek duration: 6 days/5 nights

    • Total distance you will cover on Kuari Pass is approximately 30 km (both ways)


    14. How do I get from Delhi to Kuari Pass?

    The trip to Kauri Pass can start in Delhi, Dehradun, or Haridwar, but all routes must go from Rishikesh to Devprayag, then to Rudraprayag on the way to Srinagar, and then from Karnaprayag to Nandprayag.


    15. Is Kuari pass hike for beginners?

    It's a great trek for first-timers, and it's in the Garhwal Himalayas at an elevation of 4,264 metres. So, if you have never been hiking before and want to start in the Himalayas, Kuari Pass can be your first trek.


    16. Kuari pass climate and temperature

    In the spring, the weather is not too cold, but there is a subtle chill in the air. With temperatures between 12 and 2 degrees at Joshimath, the lowest campsite on this trek, and -5 degrees at Khullara, the highest campsite, the normal changes in wind and temperature aren't too bad. In the spring, the temperature at Kuari Pass ranges from 10 to -3 degrees Celsius, so it makes sense for all trekkers to bring heavy woollen clothes. In December, it gets pretty cold at Kuari Pass. At night, the temperature drops below zero. Also, the ascent is steady and slow, and because the slope is low, it is easy to get used to the change in temperature. So, it's a great trek for both first-time trekkers and trekkers of all ages.


    17. Kuari Pass trekking package

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    18. What makes the Kuari Pass trek unique?

    Lord Curzon, a govt representative and keen traveller and explorer, picked this walk path in 1905 to explore and wonder at the Garhwal districts of the Himalayas. He named it Lord Curzon's Trail. Auli, known for its ski slope and breathtaking vistas of snow-covered Nanda Devi, starts the hike. Auli's 9.4-km Kuari Pass trip. From Auli, you can see the entire Nanda Devi Mountain against the blue sky without any trees or plants, showing its massive posture.

    The journey offers stunning views of snow-capped mountain ridges and uncommon views of isolated mountains standing tall against the red sky. 
    This is what makes it special

    The greenery softens the sun and the undulating trees warm the hike. The hike's oak woodlands stand out for their rich flora and fauna and how the sun shines through the leaves and hits the ground in golden brilliance. Even camping in the woods makes you feel connected to nature.

    At the trek's summit, the view is unforgettable. As you reach the crest to the summit, mountains appear in front of you. From the summit of the Garhwal Himalayas, you can see huge valleys and forests with white streams of clean water pouring down from melting snow.


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