When the British governed India, Lord Curzon explored the Kuari Pass Trek. It is a great beginner’s trek that takes place in the Garhwal Himalayas at an elevation of 4,264 metres. So, if you’re a beginner and want to start hiking in the Himalayas, Kuari Pass could be the first stop on your journey. Because of its unspoiled surroundings, breathtaking landscapes, and views of steep peaks, it is ideal for nature enthusiasts. Whether you’re a seasoned trekker or a novice, the Kuari Pass is a trek you must attempt.
In any season, it is a must-do for vistas of some of India’s most famous mountains, including Mt. Nanda Devi (25,673 feet) and Mt. Dronagiri (23,182 feet).
BEST TIME TO VISIT KUARI PASS TREK
There is an added interest if you go for Kuari Pass in the winter. It is one of the himalayan treks that is trekkable in the winter, when most other mountain passes in the Himalayas are buried in snow. Despite the fact that you do not cross the pass in the conventional manner, you trek all the way to the summit to witness the breathtaking vistas.
On the other hand, the trip in the snow is an adventure in and of itself. The flawlessly constructed woodlands’ snowy floor, snowflakes falling on the Oak leaves atop a white carpet transports you instantly to a paradise that would make Santa Claus jealous.
WHERE IS KUARI PASS LOCATED?
Kuari Pass is located near Joshimath in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It is well-known place for himalayan mountaineering expeditions, trekking trails. pilgrims. Joshimath is also known as Jyotirmath and a sacred place in the state of Uttarakhand. It is the winter seat of Lord Badri. one of the four cardinal institutions set up by the great Indian philosopher Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century.
HOW TO PREPARE YOURSELF FOR KUARI PASS
Trekking is extremely difficult if you haven’t prepared for hard core physical activity or a high level of fitness. Let’s face it: it takes a lot of effort. Sweat is the cost of an amazing journey. Blisters and missing toes are honorific designations, as are sore calves and aching quads.
In exchange, you get some of the world’s most pristine, untouched, and breathtaking scenery. The more you prepare for a long hike, the easier it will be.
Here are some pointers to help you prepare
1. Start Jogging (3-4 times a week, 8-10kms/per day).
2. Start leg based cardio exercises.
3. Make sure you include stair climbing in your daily routine with load of 10-12 kgs.
4. Eat healthy food, remain hydrated, and get adequate rest for the greatest results.
5. Some of the activities you can do for an intense level of cardio are : pull-ups, push-ups, sprints, mountain climbers, burpees, jumping jacks, and a 60-second plank
(3-5 sets each).
THINGS TO CARRY FOR KUARI PASS TREK
The following are some of the items that must be brought to the Kuari Pass Trek. Please keep in mind that if you are planning to hike the trail alone rather than with a group or package, you will need to bring additional camping and cooking supplies.
- T-shirts/shirts, trekking pants
- Windproof Jacket
- Sunglasses with UV protection
2. Winters Cloths
During the winter, at least four to five layers of clothing are required, including woolen fleece jackets, thermals, gloves, caps, mufflers or neck warmers, and woolen socks.
- Hiking Boots
- Sandals or slippers for nights
- Microspikes and Gaiters (If You doing it in winters)
- Toothpaste and brush, liquid soap, Sanitizer, Tissues
- Sunscreen lotions, and lip balm are all items to have on hand.
- Power banks and chargers
- Extra memory cards and batteries for the camera
- Headlamp Torch
- ORS, glucose, energy bars, biscuits, chocolates, dried fruits
7. First Aids
- Diamox is an essential drug for headaches, stomach distress, and other symptoms of altitude sickness.
- Also keep sprains, band-aids, volini spray.
- consult a registered medical practitioner for more.
ITINERARY FOR KUARI PASS TREKKING
DAY 1 : Haridwar & to Joshimath (273 km ) ( 8 to 9 hours)
DAY 2 : Transfer by off-road vehicle to Dhak village & Trek to Gulling camp (05 km)
DAY 3 : Trek to Tali camp (06 km) (4-5 hours)
DAY 4 : Trek to Kuari Pass & back Tali Camp
DAY 5 : Trek to Dhak to Joshimath
DAY 6 : Transfer by car to Haridwar (273Km)
HOW TO REACH KUARI PASS TREK
This is a step-by-step method to getting to Kuari Pass. To organize your trip, rely solely on this information. You need to first reach Haridwar/ Rishikesh. For that you can use the following information:
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun. Which is roughly 21 kilometers from Rishikesh city. Flights to Dehradun Airport are available from all states; you may book your tickets online. These are simple and straightforward methods for you to follow, and they will also save you time. Taxis are accessible at all times from the airport to Rishikesh for Rs. 1000* one-way fare.
There are few trains that run 7 days a week between New Delhi and Haridwar Jn.
● The Haridwar Mail (19031)
● Dehradun Express (19019)
● Dehradun Shatabdi (12017)
● Utkal Express (18477)
● Dehradun Janshatabdi (12055)
You can take a bus from Delhi to Rishikesh; catch it at (Delhi) Kashmiri Gate ISBT; it is best if you have reserved seats. There are multiple buses operating from there.
After reaching there you will head towards Joshimath & after that Dhak village. For that purpose you can book a cab from there or simply book your trek with HRI & they will arrange everything for you.
ATM POINT AND MOBILE CONNECTIVITY ON KUARI PASS TREK
Make sure you have made all of your necessary cash before beginning your trek to Kuari Pass, because there are no ATMs at Dhak Village. Joshimath’s market is the last spot where you can withdraw cash from an ATM but it is advisable to withdraw money then do it in Rishikesh.
Mobile Connectivity on Kuari Pass Trek
On this excursion, the phone doesn’t operate too well. As a result, make sure you don’t have to make any essential phone calls. So, before you start the trek, make sure you finish all of your crucial work and phone calls. Your phone will receive good networks till Joshimath.
RENTING GEARS FOR KUARI PASS TREK
Don’t worry if you have not purchased gear for your trekking. In Dhak village which is also
the Base Camp, HRI’s team will provide you the rental gears like :
1. Trek Pole
3. Trek Shoe
5. Gaiters & Crampons
For Gear Rentals Availability Call +91 73800 87934
THINGS YOU CAN BUY IN JOSHIMATH
2. Woolen Socks
3. Woolen Cap, Sun Cap
4. Water Bottle
6. Neck warmer/Muffler
PLACES YOU CAN VISIT AFTER THE KUARI PASS TREK
Auli, India’s most popular ski resort destination, is a small but picturesque village. The ski slopes at Auli, which were originally built as a paramilitary outpost, are popular with both tourists and professionals. Throughout the winter, Auli hosts a variety of snow adventure events. This location also offers skiing lessons.
2. Haridwar & Rishikesh
If you have an extra day or two in your itinerary, consider visiting Haridwar and Rishikesh. In Haridwar you can visit the Har ki Pauri Ghat, Maa Mansa Devi Temple, and Maa Chandi Devi Temple. It is an ancient town set against the Himalayas with the beautiful Ganga running through it. It is a popular tourist and pilgrimage destination in northern India, attracting visitors from all over the world in search of peace.
Now is the time to visit Rishikesh, also known as the “World Yoga Capital”. Tourists have flocked to this city to practice yoga and meditation. Rishikesh is home to a number of ashrams, some of which are internationally renowned as centers for philosophical study, yoga, and other ancient Indian healing practices. The main attractions of this place are the legendary Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula.
3. Nanda Devi National Park
The Nanda Devi National Park is located in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, close to Nanda Devi, India’s second highest peak. This park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet, and it is home to some of the world’s rarest and most unique high-altitude flora and fauna. The breathtaking views, combined with the biosphere’s richness, distinguish this national park from all
others in the country. In 1982, the area was designated as a national park in order to protect and conserve the region’s exotic flora and fauna and to prevent further environmental degradation.
Tapovan, located in the picturesque state of Uttaranchal, is best known for its hot springs. These springs are thought to have medicinal properties and can cure skin diseases. This destination also provides spectacular views of peaks such as Nanda Devi and Dronagiri Chaukumbha and serves as a gateway to many other popular tourist destinations, including Badrinath and the Valley of Flowers. The
spring is at an appropriate height and is also suitable for bathing.
Vishnuprayag, the first of the famous Panch Prayags, is a beautiful location where the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers meet. The area also has many ashrams and the Vishnuprayag Temple, and it is a great place for river rafting. The area is captivating, with raging rivers, lush greenery, mountains, and wildlife, making it an ideal location for soul searching and relaxation.
THINGS TO DO AFTER KUARI PASS TREK
This ropeway is a popular attraction in Joshimath, and it is the longest ropeway in Asia, leading to Auli. The services are only available during the summer and cost more than Rs. 500. They provide a breathtaking view of the snow-capped Himalayas.
2. Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh
Enjoy a spectacular bungee jumping experience at Mohan Chatti, India’s first fixed-platform bungee jumping location. Buckle up because this adrenaline-pumping adventure sport will present you with a thrilling adventure. It is India’s highest bungee jumping spot, at a height of 83 meters.
3. Rishikesh Rafting
Rishikesh is a well-known rafting destination in India. Rafting in Rishikesh attracts adventurers from all over the world. The Ganga River, which runs from Gangotri to Rishikesh, is full of thrills and excitement. Rishikesh has several rafting spots, including Brahampuri, Shivpuri, Marine Drive, and Kaudiyala.
4. Rishikesh’s Flying Fox
Rishikesh is not only a hub for a variety of adventure activities, but it is also one of the best. Flying fox is an adventure sport in which the participant is attached to a chord and descends across a valley. Rishikesh’s most notable feature is Asia’s longest flying fox track.
5. Skiing and Snowboarding at Auli
If you’ve ever wanted to go for skiing or snowboarding, now’s your chance. Auli’s skiing slopes are ideal for all types of skiing activities. There are numerous schools there that will properly guide you and provide you with all types of skiing equipment.
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
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