About Kuari Pass Trek (Garhwal Tour Packages)
Amazing Treks in Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand
First time trekking to the Himalayas? Kuari Pass Trek is the perfect place to start. It is an easy-moderate trek perfectly crafted for the beginners.
In 1905, Lord Curzon reached Kuari Pass 3757 meter, Kuari pass means doorway. He made the trek, and since then it is also known as the Curzon trail. The main attraction of it is the impressive view of the eastern peaks of Garhwal Himalayas, the twin peaks of Nanda Devi, Kamet, Dronagiri, Trishul, Berthold, Hathi Ghodi Parvat, Mana, and Neelkanth peaks. The trek passes through Pristine Rhododendron, Oak Forest and Deodar forest. The Kuari Pass trek is a highly varied & scenic trek.
Please Note: During Kuari Pass winter trek you may require Crampons and other technical equipment. We will make sure we provide you professional materials and crampons. Please confirm and cross check with your trek leader during the first day of the introduction session.
Highlights of 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 of Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Mana, Kamet, Hathi, Ghodi, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Nanda Devi, Dunagiri.
Basic Details of Kuari Pass Trek:
• Trekking and Camping
• Nearest Town Kuari Pass Winter Trek Joshimath
• Kuari Pass Trek duration 6 Days / 5 Night
• Trek Grade Kuari Pass moderate
• Total distance you will cover on Kuari Pass 30 Km Approx (Both the ways)
• Accommodation Hotel / Tent on double and triple sharing basis
• Trek start point and end point Joshimath for Kuari Pass Trek
How to Reach Kuari Pass Trek:
Dehradun is the nearest location for our trek basecamp is well connected with most of the state and city within India.
Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 25 km from the city. There is a daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun.
Take the overnight train to Dehradun from Delhi
• Nandadevi Express - Train no: 12205 (Departure 11:50pm; Arrival - 5:40am)
• Dehradun Express - Train no: 12687 (Departure - 9:10pm; Arrival - 5:00am)
There is regular bus service from Delhi for Dehradun from Delhi ISBT Kashmere Gate. Usually, buses drop you at Dehradun ISBT. From there you have to come to Dehradun Railway Station.
Vehicles are available for pick-up from Dehradun Railway Station at 6:30 am.
Dehradun is around 2.5 hours away from Haridwar and 1.5 hours from Rishikesh. Our campsite is Joshimath which is a 7hrs 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 and 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 evening. Dinner and overnight in a hotel/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 at almost like a 4 hours drive with beautiful views of peaks like Dronagiri and more. Around 11 am we gear up to start the trek from the village. It is fantastic to find green farms, dusty trails and we cross Himalaya’s village (Karachi and Tugashi Village). Post this we reach our first campsite almost by 3.00pm 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 our right to 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 hillock with 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 Ski destination in the Rishi Ganga River. Pick and feed on the early breakfast for a round of routine exercise as we follow the downhill trail alongside Rishi Ganga River, to arrive at a motorable road to reach Joshimath. From there we drive back to karnaprayag and stay overnight in hotel/lodge at karnaprayag.
Day 6: Karnaprayag to Dehradun
- 7 hours' drive
We leave from Karnaprayag in the morning after breakfast and reach Dehradun by early evening.
Rental rates for a duration 5N6D:
- Waterproof shoes - INR 700
- 3 in1 jacket - INR 600
- Walking sticks - INR 200
- Headtorch - INR 120
- Poncho - INR 200
- Waterproof gloves - INR 120
- Gaiters - INR 200
- Rucksack: INR 600
The FAQ on Kuari Pass Trek:
1. When is the best time recommended for the trek?
Best time to go for Kuari Pass Trek is during late May till Mid June, September till the first week of October (Except Monsoon season.)
2. How difficult is the Kuari Pass Trek?
Kuari Pass Trek in comparison is moderate difficulty with another high altitude trek.
3. How much distance do we have to trek each day?
On an average, we cover roughly 6-20kms between our camping stations.
4. What will happen if a trek is extended?
Beyond our controllable reasons when the trek is extended, then additional charges tend to be applied.
5. Who will be our lead guide person?
Lead guide person is certified & experienced personnel. These guides are locally sourced and have other team members including local guides, cook, helpers and porters.
6. Is this trek safe for girls?
Our treks are planned with a male: female ratio. As an organizer, we make sure that their tents are shared only with other female trekkers.
7. Many people 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 is expected to complete the Trek.
9. Ideal Food menu during a trek?
We make sure that wholesome and nutritious breakfast, lunch and evening snacks are served. We believe and serve only vegetarian food as it is easy to digest and preferable in high altitudes.
10. What if we encounter a medical emergency?
We are trained to manage emergencies in high altitudes. Our lead guide is professional and experienced. Our team do carry emergency first aid kits and oxygen cylinder.
What is included in the tour
- Transport support from Dehradun to Dehradun
- Starting from a pickup on Day 1 to drop last day
- All vegetarian meals starting from dinner on day 1 breakfast on the last day
- Professional guide, cook and support staff
- Rent for camping equipment
- Clean sleeping bags and mats
- Good quality ‘A’ shaped or dome tents
- Kitchen tents, common tents, toilet tents with portable toilet seats
- Crampons if required
- Forest entry charges for Indian nationals
- For non-Indian passport holders; there will be an additional charge
- Porter and mule support to carry camping equipment and NOT personal luggage
- Tented accommodation throughout the trek on a twin sharing basis
- Guesthouse accommodation on the first and last day on twin sharing basis
- INR 3000 extra for single sharing throughout the trek
What is NOT included in the tour
- Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.
- Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above
- Any cost or services not mentioned in the Inclusions
- Accommodation in Dehradun
- Cost arising due to unforeseen incidents like bad weather, medical evacuation, road blocks etc
- Porter/mule charges to carry personal luggage
- Can be arranged at an additional cost of INR 300 per day (1 soft bag per person < 12 kg)