Kuari Pass Trek Uttarkhand
Region: Chamoli Garhwal, Uttarakhand
Duration: 6 Days
Grade: Easy to Moderate
Max altitude: 4200 meters
Approx trekking: 33 kms
Kuari is a well known name to those interested in trekking. It is a favorite camping spot approached through a narrow goat trek route. It offers panoramic views of the Himalayas to the north-east and the vast stretches of valleys to the south-east. Kuari, which basically means a “doorway”, is a mountain pass situated in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand in the Chamoli district.
To the north of the Kuari Pass is the Chaukhamba range, while summits of Mana (7272 m), Kamet (7756 m), Abhigamini (7355 m) extends to the Tibet border. A number of spectacular peaks including Nanda Devi, Doonagiri, Bethatoli, Hathi Parbat and Changabang can be viewed.
The trek to the Kuari Paas can be organized from Ramni, Joshimath and Tapovan. The trek route from Ramni is the longest. The trek passes through a picturesque area around Ramni, and then trails along to Sarkot and Sanatoli.
The Kuari Pass trek found fame in the early 1905’s when heroic adventurer and mountaineer Lord Curzon used the passage in his pioneering explorations of the region. The Kuari Pass trek is known as the Curzon Trail (named after the former British viceroy of India “Lord Curzon”). This trail is very famous among European and American travelers.
WHEN SHOULD I GO?
Summer allows the trekkers to explore the ranges. However, trekkers also prefer exploring the Kuari Pass during winters when the ranges are totally immersed in snow making it an ideal winter trek.
WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF FITNESS REQUIRED?
The difficulty level of this trek ranges from easy to moderate thus, if you want to do this trek, your fitness level must be quite good and you must have habit of exercising and walking.
WHAT IS THE DURATION OF THE TREK?
5 nights and 6 days
WHAT ARE THE DESTINATIONS COVERED DURING THE TREK?
Haridwar – Joshimath – Auli – Gorson – Tali – Chitakantha – Khulara – Kuari Pass – Tugasi – Regni – Tapovan
WHAT IS THE TREK ITINERARY?
Day 1: Drive from Haridwar to Joshimath (8 to 9 hours) by Jeep on sharing basis & an overnight hotel stay
Day 2: Drive from Joshimath to Gorson (3510 m) – 13 kms drive to Auli – 5 kms trek – Overnight stay in tents on sharing basis
Day 3: Trek from Gorson to Khulara (8 kms)
Day 4: Trek from Khualara to Kuari Pass (4268 m) to Pangarchulla (5700 m) and Khulara (9 kms)
Day 5: Trek from Khulara to Tapovan to Joshimath
Day 6: Drive from Joshimath to Haridwar
HOW TO REACH?
By Air: The nearest Airport is Jolly Grant Airport which is located around 27 kms from the Dehra Dun city has a daily flight from Delhi to Dehra Dun.
By Train: Dehra Dun railway station, lies in the heart of the city and Haridwar railway station, are well connected by major Indian cities.
By Road: Uttarakhand Transport Corporation and many private transport services provide road connectivity from Dehra Dun, Haridwar and Rishikesh to Govindghat. and also regular bus services are from Delhi to Dehra Dun, Haridwar and Rishikesh from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi.
WHAT IS THE COST OF THE TREK?
Included in the cost:
- Meals while on trek (vegetarian food only). Breakfast, packed lunch & dinner
- Qualified & experienced guide
- First aid medical kit
Not included in the cost:
- Transport from ________ to ________ & back to _______
- Meals during drive from ________ to ________ & back to _______
- Unscheduled stay due to road blocks etc.
- Mineral water during trek
WHAT ARE THE GEAR RECOMMENDATIONS?
1. Rucksack with a rain cover (50 to 60 liters)
2. Day Sack with rain cover (30 to 40 liters)
A sturdy rucksack and day sack with a water/rain cover is recommended as during the monsoon the rain showers will greet the trekker as s(he) walks into the majestic valley
3. Trekking shoes
A good pair if trekking shoes with a quality bottom is a must for doing this trek. Waterproof shoes are recommended. Avoid shoes made of foam and cloth.
4. Thermal wear (Upper and Lower)
Temperatures dip specially in night and morning even in June. Thus, make sure you keep thermal wear.
5. Cotton sock (2 pairs)
6. Woolen socks (2 pairs)
7. Undergarments (2 pairs)
8. Gloves (1 pair)
10. Trek Pants
11. Woolen cap
12. Sun cap
13. Heavy jacket
15. Water bottle
17. Sunscreen lotion
18. Toiletries: Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste, Toilet Soap, Tissue papers, etc.
19. Head lamp or torch with extra batteries
20. Personal first aid kit