Winter Kuari Pass trek is among the most scenic excursions that you will ever take through the Himalayan Mountains. The mountain pass is located in the Garhwal region of the state of Uttarakhand. It lies to the south of the Tibetan Plateau, and is within the enchanting Nanda Devi National Park. The path to the pass is also known as Curzon's Trail in honour of Lord Curzon who first travelled on it. Kuari Pass is world-renowned for offering clear views of some highly prominent mountains, such as Nanda Devi, Kamet, Trishul and Dunagiri. The winter season is the ideal time to undertake the excursion as the snow makes the region look amazing.
Your expedition begins in the revered town of Haridwar, from where you drive through the mountains to Joshimath, which is another holy place. The important Hindu saint named Adi Shankaracharya established a monastery here in the 8th century to strengthen the religion. After spending one night in Joshimath, you drive to the small village of Dhak, from where this winter Kuari Pass trek commences.
Beyond the village of Tugasi, the trail will descend till you reach the picturesque meadow of Chitrakhana. Here you will camp beside a hissing stream, which will double up as a drinking water source. The phase of Kuari Pass trekking that will get you from Chitrakhana to Tali Top will be long and challenging. The sight of lush grass and bright red rhododendron flowers will greatly compensate for the tough hike. The next section of the excursion brings more gruelling hiking, involving a lot of climbing.
An easily-conquered phase will get you to Khullar, beyond where the track will again ascend. Complete a long trek from Khullar Top, and arrive at Kuari Pass, your highest destination of the Kuari Pass trek. During the entire tour, you will meander through picturesque valleys of the Kali Ganga, Pindar, Dhauliganga, Nandakini and Birahi Ganga Rivers.
Day 01: Haridwar to Joshimath
On arrival in Haridwar, board a vehicle and drive to Joshimath. The distance between the two towns is roughly 275 km, and it can be covered in about 7-8 hours. Rudraprayag, Srinagar, Karnaprayag and Devprayag are some of the places that you will pass by on the way to Joshimath. After you arrive here, transfer to your lodging for overnight stay.
Day 02: Joshimath to Dhak (4 hours) | Dhak to Chitrakhana
Relish a scrumptious breakfast at your lodgings and then drive to the village of Dhak. Begin your Kuari Pass trek after you arrive in Dhak village, which is approximately 12 km from Joshimath. You first encounter a steep climb through forests of oak, rhododendron and hemlock. After a while, the trail enters a picturesque valley.
Enjoy lunch on the way, and later make for Tugasi village, which is about 6 km from Dhak. You walk on terrain with gentle slope, and beyond Tugasi, the track starts descending. After walking for sometime, you will reach the meadow of Chitrakhana. The meadow gives panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, and you will also see huts of shepherds here. There is even a mountain spring here, which will serve as a source of clean drinking water for you. On arrival at Chitrakhana, have a nice dinner and then stay overnight in camps.
Day 03: Chitrakhana to Tali Top
This is a rather gruelling section of the Winter Kuari Pass trek as it involves a lot of ascending. Throughout the approximately 6 km journey, your eyes will treat themselves to the sight of lush green grass and red rhododendron bushes. It will take around 2 hours 30 minutes to meander through the forests of rhododendrons, silver birches, and morinda spruces. Once the forest is crossed, walk for another hour to reach the top of the ridge, which is about 3500 metres above sea level.
Another short walk of about half an hour takes you to the gently sloping meadow of Tali Top, where you will stay overnight. All along the journey, the peaks of Nanda Devi and Dunagiri will be clearly visible to you.
Day 04: Tali Top to Kuari Pass | Kuari Pass to Tali Top
The following is the longest phase of Kuari Pass trekking because it takes you to the pass, and then back to Tali Top. In all, you will hike for about 15 km, and the total time taken will be around eight hours. An easy hike of about an hour will get you to Khullar, from where the track again becomes steep. From Khullar Top, it is a long journey to the crest of Kuari Pass. The pass is encircled by towering mountains, with Nanda Devi being the highest and most prominent among them. Due to its altitude, it is extremely windy and cold up here. Post looking at the scenery and taking pictures, follow the path to Tali Top. On arrival in Tali Top, set-up your tents and stay overnight.
Day 05: Tali Top to Joshimath via Auli
Relish hiking down the mountains on this last day of your wonderful Himalayan excursion.
This phase of the journey is almost 8 km long and takes approximately four hours to complete. You will trek through the lovely meadow of Gurson, where you will see huge boulders scattered here and there. Here you may also get to see long-haired sheep and goats, grazing on lush grass. Hiking down from here, you reach the famous ski resort of Auli, where you board a vehicle and drive down to Joshimath. On arrival in the holy town of Joshimath, travel to your lodging for overnight stay.
Day 06: Joshimath to Haridwar
Early in the morning, leave Joshimath and drive back to Haridwar.
1. Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.)
3. Trek equipment.
5. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
6. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff
7. Transport from haridwar to Haridwar
1). GST @ 5.0%
2). Air/Train fare
3). Anything not mentioned under the head inclusions.
4). Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary / stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, road blocks and / or any factors beyond control.
5). The tariff does not include barbeque, personal expenses like telephone, laundry etc.
Duration: 06 Days
Max Altitude: 13990 ft.
Approx Trekking Km:41 kms
Best Time to go: December to March
COST: INR 10,500/- Per Person
Open in All Season
Choose Your Own Dates mimimum 8 pax
(Includes all costs of the trek from Joshimath to Joshimath)
(Service tax 5% Extra)
Things to Carry:
• Rucksack 60L
• Cotton clothes
• Good trekking shoes
• Warm jacket
• Woolen or monkey cap covering head and ears
• UV rays protected sunglasses
• Extra socks
• Water bottle
• Cold Cream, Sunscreen, Toilet Soap, Towel
• Walking Stick
• Personal Medicines
Hotel checks in & check out time as per the hotel.A/C will not work on hills.Vehicle is as per itinerary and not on disposal. Additional sightseeing or transfer which are not mentioned in itinerary is payable to the driver directly.Company is not responsible for any accident/injury/death/theft of person or property during the course of the tour.No refund for short stay or unveiled facilities.Refund of against cancellation of hotel as per hotel rules.Vogovo Holidays acts only as a booking agent on behalf of third party service providers; it shall not have any liability whatsoever for any aspect of the standards of services provided by the service providers such as hotels or car rental providers.All legal disputes are subject to the jurisdiction only in the courts of Haridwar.