Kuari Pass trek is one of the oldest and historic treks in India. It is one of the best easy-to-moderate treks which gives huge visual rewards in comparison to the effort put in. The views of the mountains peaks on the Kuari Pass trek are often cited as the best in the Indian Himalayas. Name a mountain in Garhwal Himalayas and you are most likely to see it during the Kuari Pass trek! At Kuari Top the towering peaks of Kamet (7756m),Trishul (7120m), Chaukhamba (7138m), the great divine peak of Nanda Devi (7817m) and its twin Nanda Devi East (7434m) open up their grandeur in front of your eyes. More peaks like Nanda Ghunti, Hathi Ghoda Parbat, Neelkanth, Dronagiri, Mukut Parbat, Mana, Rishi Pahad, and Changbang leave you speechless with their beauty. The Kuari Pass trek gives you an opportunity to visualise the majestic Himalayan vistas really close along with a flavour of the deep mountain forests and ridges…Need I say more to get you excited for this trek?!
What is included in the tour
- Triple Sharing Accommodation (camping during trek)
- Guest House/Homestay in Joshimath
- Transport from Haridwar to Haridwar
- All veg meals from day 3rd lunch to day 6th lunch
- Trekking equipment(Tents, Sleeping bags)
- Necessary permits
- First aid medical kits
- Qualified and experienced trek leader, guide, and support staff
What is NOT included in the tour
- Any expenses of personal nature
- Traveling Till Haridwar
- Any surface transfer
- Insurance of any kind.
- Any meal during transit.
- Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag.
- Anything not mentioned explicitly in the above program
- 5% GST
- Trekking through snow
- Views of Chitrakantha Peak (3,310m), Chaukhamba (7,138m), Nanda Devi Peak (7,817m), Trishul (7120m) to name a few.
- Witnessing the grand Himalayan Vistas.
- Rishi Ganga River and confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda at Devprayag.
- Crossing deep mountain forests of oak, rhododendron and hemlock.
- Stargazing at night.
- Interacting with the locals and getting a sneak peek into their traditions and culture.
Day 1 : Delhi to Haridwar
- Reach New Delhi Station (NDLS) @16:30 hrs
- Catch the train 14041 MUSSOORIE EXP DEE @21:30 hrs
Day 2 : Haridwar to Joshimath (260 Kms drive)
We will be leaving Haridwar at 6am and driving from Haridwar to Joshimath which is about 260 Kms away. The drive is a picturesque one via Devprayag, the confluence of the rivers Bhagirathi and Alaknanda. We make a stop here to be a witness to spirituality and divinity and to take some quick snaps. Later we pass Srinagar, Rudraprayag and Karnprayag to reach Joshimath which is a hub for pilgrim tourists traveling to Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib.
- Reach Haridwar Station @05:45 hrs
- Drive from Haridwar to Joshimath (260 Kms/10 hours)
- Stay in guest-house/homestay at Joshimath
Day 3 : Joshimath to Dhak Village to Chitrakantha (12 kms Drive, 6 km Trek)
- To start the Kuari Pass trek we first drive for around 12Kms to Dhak village. This is the starting point of the Kuari Pass trek.
- We ascend gradually through hemlock, oak and rhododendron forests for 3km before a short descent to the meadow to reach Chitrakantha (3310m). Chitrakantha will be our first campsite.
- The impressive snow-capped ridge including Chaukhamba peak (7138m) can be seen from here. The shepherds living between here and the Kuari Pass are from Rishikesh or Haridwar and graze flocks of sheep and goats throughout summer. At the start of the meadow there is a small spring for replenishing your water supply. We pitch tents here for the night.
Day 4 : Chitrakantha to Tali top (6 kms trek)
- We will start our day early with a few stretching exercises followed by a delicious breakfast. After our trek leader briefs us on today’s trek schedule, we will start our trek to Tali Top, around 6 kms away.
- We gradually ascend through the forested ridge of Rhododendron, Spruce and Silver Birch above Chitrakantha to reach a prominent ridge top (3500m) in around an hour. Another 30 minutes into an open meadow, we come across the well-defined tracks of Tapovan. We camp at the alpine meadow at the end of Tali top.
Day 5 : Tali top to Kuari Pass via Khullara and back (11 kms trek)
- This is the longest day of the Kuari Pass Trek. The first phase of today’s trek is a gradual ascend till Khullara top and from there, by traversing through the snow-filled patches, we reach Kuari Pass top.
- At Kuari Pass top we will get unhindered views of the great Himalayan peaks including the highest peak of India, Nanda Devi (7816m). Though Nanda Devi is surrounded by a natural wall of mountains, river Rishi Ganga finds an outlet through deep, almost impenetrable gorges before flowing into the Alaknanda River. Savour the view here.
- After spending quality time at the top, we return to Tali Top through the same path. Camp bonfire and wholesome dinner awaits at Tali campsite.
Day 6 : Tali to Joshimath via Dhak(10 kms trek / 12 kms drive)
- After breakfast we start descending along the Rishi Ganga River till the road where our taxi awaits to take us to Joshimath.
- We drive to Joshimath and put up for the night at guesthouse/homestay.
Day 7 : Joshimath to Haridwar (260 Kms drive) to Delhi
- We drive to reach Haridwar via the same route with the memories of a mind-blowing trek. At Haridwar, one can take part in Ganga Aarti at Har ki Pauri.
- Catch the train 14042/MUSSOORIE EXP HW @23:15hrs from Haridwar station
Day 8 : Delhi to Mumbai
- Reach Old Delhi Station (DEE) @08:30hrs
Things to Carry
- A photocopy of your Identity Proof (Passport / Voter ID Card/PAN Card/Aadhar Card/ Driving License)
- Rucksack – If you are offloading your Rucksack, you will need a small daypack to carry your basic essentials
- Good trekking shoes and a pair of slip-ons, if required for campsite
- 2 Water Bottles (1 litre each)
- Woolen or Fleece Gloves and a pair of waterproof gloves
- Cotton socks and woolen socks (2 pairs each)
- Balaclava, Woolen scarf – If you do not have a Balaclava, you can carry Monkey cap instead
- Thermal Inners
- Fleece Jacket, Snow Jacket or Padded Jacket (1 each)
- Windcheater or Poncho
- 2-3 pairs of trek pants
- 2 collared and full sleeved t-shirts – Do not carry loose t-shirts as they tend to make you feel cold
- Camera or Binoculars
- Ready to eat snacks, Enerzyl Powder or Glucon D Powder – Carry nuts, dryfruits, energy bars to munch during the trek. They provide instant energy whenever it hits the lower base.
- Cap, Sunglasses – Do ensure that your sunglasses are UV Protected. Do not carry reflectors.
- Headlamp/LED Torch – Mandatory
- Toiletries – Sunscreen, Moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste, Hand Sanitizer, Mosquito repellent, if required
- Polythene Bags or Zip-lock Bags – These help to segregate wet clothes, used wet wipes or sanitary napkins on trek
- Any medicines that you normally consume – Please consult your doctor in this regard
Consuming liquor or any kind of Alcoholic substance is prohibited. Carrying any kind of substance that’s illegal is not allowed. Smoking is strictly not allowed. Anybody found smoking or consuming alcoholic drinks will be expelled from the event without refund.
Fitness & Health – Though trekking is a fun-filled activity, it demands good amount of physical fitness. If you are under medication, please carry your medicines. During the trek, leaders will have over the counter medication for temporary treatment, so do give a heads up to them if you need any medical assistance.