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Kuari Pass Trek

Joshimath, Uttarakhand, India
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Kuari Pass Trek

Temprature

-8 to 20°C

length

25km

Altitude

12,500 ft.

Best Time

Dec-March

Duration

6 days

Difficulty

Easy-Moderate

Overview

Kuari Pass means Doorway. Kuari Pass Trek is also known as Lord Curzon’s trail and he was the first one to cross this beautiful trail. The trail is blessed with oak trees, deodar forests and untouched Rhododendron. It provides stunning 360 views of the Himalayas like Kamet, Dronagiri, Hathi Godhi, Kamet Dronagiri, Bertholi, Trishul, Mana, Neelkanth.

Kuari Pass is the only trekkable himalayan pass which can be done in winters.

Kuari Pass is a scenic trek covered under a thick blanket of snow during winters. There are a lot of surprises on the way to the trail. It is not a very tough trek, perfect for beginners & all mountain lovers. Even experienced trekkers can do this trek. Kuari Pass is open throughout the entire year. The best time to do the trek is during winters. There are a lot of surprises on the way to the trail. The trekkers will enjoy the scintillating views and can cherish the beautiful moments spent.
 
 

FOLLOW COVID-19 PROTOCOL AS PER ADVISORY

– Wear Mask
– Maintain Social Distance
– Vaccination 
– Wash Your Hands or carry sanitizer 
– If you feel anything bad inform Trek Leader/Guide or visit nearby hospital or doctor
 
 

How to Reach

Dhak village is the base village for Kuari pass trek. It is 12 km from Joshimath. Joshimath is a town located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Joshimath has a well established connectivity to Rishikesh, Haridwar and Dehradun. Rishikesh is a well established tourist destination and known as ‘Yoga Capital of World‘. There are plenty of hotels and hostels for you to stay. 
 

Book a cab to reach Rishikesh or overnight Volvo is the most convenient mode of travel to reach Rishikesh from Delhi. Stay a night in Rishikesh and rest before you start the trek.

 

Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun is the closest airport. Which is 20 km from Rishikesh and 268 km from Joshimath. Airport is closer to Rishikesh as compared to Dehradun. There are daily flights operating from Delhi to Jolly grant airport.
Nearest Railway Station: Rishikesh junction is the nearest railway station. Haridwar is also well connected to the rail network that connects to major cities of India. From Haridwar you can book taxi or travel to Rishikesh by shared cab or local bus. 
By Road: You can find overnight Volvo Bus from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi to Rishikesh. Volvo buses need advance booking especially during peak season of travel like X-mas, New Year, Republic Day or long weekends. We advise you to book in advance.
 
 

Facts About Kuari Pass Trek

Region: Joshimath, Uttarakhand
Duration: 6 Days
Hike: 25 km approx.
Altitude:12,500 Ft.
Grade: Easy-Moderate
Best Time: Dec-March
Pick/Drop: ISBT, Rishikesh
ATM: Joshimath, better to withdraw from Rishikesh.
Mobile Network:  Joshimath | Vodafone, Jio, Airtel and BSNL.
Temperature: -8 to 20°C
Group Size: 8-15

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Highlights

  • ONLY TREKKABLE MOUNTAIN PASS IN WINTER
  • STRIKING VIEWS OF Mt. NANDA DEVI, Mt. DRONAGIRI
  • LEGENDRY LORD CURZON TRAIL PASSING THROUGH KUARI PASS
  • TREK THROUGH MAGICAL OAK FOREST COVERED IN SNOW

Itinerary

Day 1: Rishikesh to Joshimath (Drive)

Joshimath Altitude: 6,700 feet
• Drive 256 km, 10 hours
• Trekkers will be picked from ISBT, Rishikesh at 5:45 am in a Bolero/Sumo/Tempo Traveler or a similar vehicle. These are the best vehicles for the himalayan roads.
• 5:00 p.m. is the expected arrival time at Joshimath.
• Tea with Briefing/Orientation, check list
• Buy/Rent Personal gears
• network available
• overnight stay

Our staff members will pick you up from Rishikesh early in the morning and head towards
Joshimath. Enjoy the beautiful ride and watch out for the loft mountains. Overnight stay will be in a guest house/home stay in Joshimath.

Keep handy: water bottle, camera, wallet, jacket, cap and rest at main baggage, which will be placed on the top of the vehicle.

On the way places to see:
• Devprayag (confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda) 'Where Ganga Starts'
• Rudraprayag (confluence of Mandakini and Alaknanda)
• Nandprayag (confluence of Alaknanda and Pindar)

Day 2: Joshimath to Gulling (Drive & Trek)

Gulling Altitude: 9,600 feet
• Drive to Dhak village 12 km, 1 hour
• Trek 6 kms, 4-5 hours
• mix trail
• enough water points available enroute
• hot lunch at campsite
• overnight stay (camps)

Today will be an exciting day, get ready for some adventurous day. We will leave
early after breakfast around 7;30 AM, and move towards the Dhak village. To avoid the cold wind, keep a jacket with you . But if the sun is up, you don’t have to trek with a t-shirt, a full sleeve T-shirt would do and a fleece.

As you walk there will be a water source, the trail leads to Tugashi village. It is an enchanting village, where you will get to experience the local culture . After this you will find yourself walking amidst the oak forests. The trail then further opens up to vast meadows blessed with many wildflowers.

Day 3: Gulling to Khulara (Trek)

Gulling Altitude: 11,000 feet
• Trek 4 kms, 4-5 hours
• steep ascent upto Tali top, later gradual
• two water points available enroute
• vast meadows, stunning himalayan views
• mixed forest of Oak, Rhododendron (mostly pink and white), & walnut
• overnight accommodation in tent

You will be very happy to reach the campsite as the entire team will be waiting for you to serve hot beverages, snacks at a lovely campsite.

Day 4: Khulara to Kuari Pass & return (trek)

Kuari Pass Altitude: 12,500 feet

• Summit Day
• Trek 15 kms, 10-11 hours
• early morning breakfast, start the trek
• strenuous ascent to Kuari Pass, toughest day
• Carry enough Water, no water source enroute
• mixed forest of Oak, Rhododendron (mostly pink and white), & walnut
• overnight accommodation in tent


The trek will leave you speechless because of the charming views. You
cannot stop gushing over the scenery which you will get to witness as you reach the top of Kuari Pass. It will take around 5 hours to reach the Kuari top. It is the highest point on the trail. The pass is just 700 metres, just like 40 minutes away.

Along the trail you will be welcomed by the beautiful mountains like Neelkanth, Nanda Devi, Hathi Godha Parvat, Dronagiri, Pangarchulla and Chaukhambha. The perfect spot to click photos and take videos especially for photographers and bloggers. We will head back towards the same route to the campsite by late afternoon. Rest in camps.

Day 5: Back to Joshimath via Gorson Bugyal & Auli

Joshimath: 6,700 feet

• Trek 9 km, 6-7 hours
• route: Gorson Bugyal - Auli - Joshimath
• one water-point, carry 2 liters per person
• packed lunch provided
• overnight stay in rooms

The views keep on getting better each day. Today’s view will surely blow up your
mind. Walk 800 metres and you will be out of the forests. It is a steep climb . Nanda Devi is clearly visible. It is the second highest mountain in India. The narrow path follows with the mountain on one side and a steep drop on the other side. You have to make sure you stay with the team. Do not walk alone.

People who are scared of heights and have vertigo problems, do not go alone as it will make you feel more comfortable. This path continues for like 1.5km till you enter Gorson Bugyal. Gorson Bugyal is a beautiful meadow with jaw dropping landscapes.

The drive from Auli to Joshimath is around one hour. Now after a hectic trek, it's time for you to take a hot shower, have tea and relax.

Day 6: Joshimath to Rishikesh (drive)

The last day of Kuari Pass Trek, drop to ISBT, Rishikesh will be provided.

• Drive 256km, 9-10 hours
• start early in the morning, breakfast
• drop at Rishikesh by 6pm. Schedule further bookings by 8pm with buffer time.
• Fly back home with lots of sweet memories.

  • • Accommodation as per the itinerary (2N Rooms, 3N Camps)
  • • Travel/Transfer/Transportation as per itinerary (Rishikesh to Rishikesh) through Bolero/Sumo/Sedan/Tempo Traveler
  • • All Meals while on the trek, healthy and nutritious meals (starting from Day 1 Dinner to Day 6 Breakfast). We Serve Veg Indian Cuisine with Eggs.
  • • Morning & Evening Tea with Cookies.
  • • Soup in the evening.
  • • Pick & Drop from/at ISBT Rishikesh.
  • • Camping Equipment like Tents, Sleeping Bag, Mattress, Kitchen & Dining equipment etc.
  • • All required Forest, Camping, and Trekking Permits as well as entry fees.
  • • Basic First Aid Medical Kit with Oximeter and portable oxygen.
  • • Expert Trek Leader
  • • Support staff Local Guide, Cook, Helper, Mules/Porters to carry camping equipment & Grocery
  • • Safety equipment
  • • Fullpower Fun
  • • Any Services not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • • Any insurance, emergency evacuation or rescue charges, any cost of hospitalization.
  • • Any change in itinerary, cost arises due to road blockage, natural calamity, sudden halt or any cost beyond our control to be borne by trekker/you on the spot.
  • • Expenses personal in nature like mountain tips, mineral water, drinks, snacks/meals, refreshments not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • • Backpack off-loading
  • • Liability for or insurance against injury, loss of life, accidents or loss of goods.
  • • Taxes.
  • Wind & Waterproof Jacket (lightweight).
  • Fleece-2, Trek Pant -2, Full Sleeve T-shirt-2, Pullover-2, Warm nightwear set-2.
  • Thermal-1 pair (Top & Bottom).
  • Woolen Cap, Neck-Warmer, Waterproof Gloves, Woolen Socks-2, Normal Socks-5, Sun Cap, Early-Dry Towel.
  • Poncho/Rain Suit (Mandatory).
  • Waterproof Trekking Shoes with Good Grip.
  • Cold Cream, Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm/ Lip Guard, Personal Toilet Kit and Toilet Paper.
  • Personal Medicines.
  • Water bottle – 2 (Mandatory).
  • Goggles – 2, Trekking Pole – 2 (Mandatory).
  • Personal Medications
  • Backpack 45 Ltrs.
  • and most important the Adventure Spirit.
Note
– Trekker has to carry his/her backpack by himself if someone requires an off-loading or personal porter, ask while bookings so we can arrange accordingly. Charges extra.
– Please don’t come with Sports Shoes, Trolley Bags, & Jeans.
– Pack light as much as you can or ask an HRI expert after bookings to help you.
  • Secure Bookings: We at Team Heaven Riders India works with safe & secure bookings gateway. Don’t worry about your credentials. Our expert team will help you to book your next Himalayan experience.
  • Safety: We breath in the term ‘Safety’ as this our utmost priority. Suitable environment for all members so don’t no worry in that case. We have tremendous experienced leaders where all of them are well-trained professionals. They know the safety protocols like the back of their hand. Also our support staff is well-behaved & they respect all.
  • Smaller Batches: We believe in the concept of Small batches’ that improves quality & focus. also helps our Leader to get connect all members.
  • Itinerary: Our team of experts crafted all the itineraries very carefully so all the travelers can acclimatize properly & refined from our experience of leading hundreds of expeditions.
  • Equipment: While organizing trekking in Himalayas Team Heaven Riders uses high quality equipment as per the guidelines of IMF Indian Mountaineering Foundation. From tents to sleeping bags to ropes & other technical equipment like rope, micro spikes, gaiter etc. everything is tested and certified. HRI trek leaders always carry portable Oxygen & Basic First-Aid Medical Kit, Oximeter with them.
  • Clean Trails: We at Team Heaven Riders strong believers in the Leave No Trace policy and encourage our all members to don’t throw garbage & plastic during our trips. Also our aim is to improve welfare of local people and Keep Himalayas clean & green. We respect nature and working on it simultaneously.

Kuari Pass Trek is regarded as an easy-moderate trek. The trail goes upto a height of over 12,500 feet. There is a constant altitude gain, which necessitates the use of very powerful lungs. To begin, go for a jog every day. Begin jogging slowly and gradually increase your speed. As a result, cardiovascular endurance exercises are highly vital for making your lungs stronger than before.

The Workouts

    • Walking with a 10kg rucksack strapped on your back is a terrific way to shape your legs and body. It aids in the burning of calories, the reduction of excess weight, and the strengthening of your body.
    • For high ascents, stair climbing is the finest workout. Include it in your training routine.
    • Jogging can help you live longer by strengthening your lungs and improving your life. It’s a high-intensity aerobic activity that necessitates a lot of oxygen. This is an excellent activity for preventing weight and maintaining good health.
    • Squats are the most effective functional exercise for improving balance. Legs, thighs, hips, and hamstrings are also strengthened.
    • Pull-ups, push-ups, sprints, mountain climber, burpee, jumping jacks, and 60-second plank (3-5 sets each).
    • Pushing your body upstairs after stair climbing is another fantastic cardiovascular exercise. This is often considered to be the most effective workout for improving strength and power. Carrying an 18kg pack also helps a lot.
    • Finally, remember to pamper your body with some breathing exercises, Yoga, and Meditation.
    • For the best outcomes, eat well, stay hydrated, and get enough rest.

    Remember to bring appropriate clothing, remain hydrated, and stay warm to properly acclimate.

We totally understand that unforeseen circumstances might need you to change plans, and so HRI cancellation policy makes it easier to do that. Please read them very carefully.

  • Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date – 10% deduction (payment gateway & bank charges).
  • Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure – 50% deduction.
  • There will be no refund if you cancel within 15 days before your departure.
  • In any case, the Booking money is non-refundable under the partial payment arrangement.

In case of any unforeseen weather conditions, government restrictions, road blockage or any other unavoidable circumstances beyond our control, certain activities during the expedition or the event itself may be cancelled/skipped, or there could be change in the itinerary.

In such instances, we will do our utmost to find an alternative activity or offer you with a voucher (in the case of event cancellation or rescheduling).

However, there would be no financial refund for the same. You will receive a full refund if the trip is cancelled by us due to a lack of a minimum number of individuals in the batch. Additionally, if you purchased trip insurance, rentals, off-loading, or other activities, you will not receive a refund. 

The booking cost is non-refundable in any case while using the partial payment mechanism.

All refunds will be sent to the same bank account or credit card account that was used to make the purchase. Within 10 working days, the refund amount will be completed. The amount of the refund will always be computed based on the net amount paid* for the event booking and the Base Price of the event. (excluding all additional services transport, rent, portage, etc.). Any voucher issued would not include the service tax amount paid while making the booking. For more info : Terms & Condition

Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. “Heaven Riders India” reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which HRI or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. HRI reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.

– STRICTLY NO LITTERING take belongings back
– Carry original and copy of valid ID
– Insurance is mandatory & it’s participants responsibility
– Participants should be 12+ years old with parents consent
– Leader’s decision is final, and will have to be followed by all the climbers
– Behave well with staff and respect locals, their beliefs & rituals
– consumption of alcohol and smoking is prohibited during Brahmatal trek
– Any tax/entry fee imposed by the Govt. budget, Administration, or new policy
– All Gears will be UIAA Certified. Any loss/damage will be charged @1.5 times of actual value to cover up shipping and custom duties OR you can arrange by you
– No show and trek changes/cancellation due to bad weather or natural calamity will be Non-Refundable
– In case buffer/reserve day for summit attempt is utilized, an additional amount would be charged
– Our team reserves the right to change the plan/itinerary in case there is danger involved
– Any additional costs due to weather/unforeseen situations, cost of rescue will have to be borne by the trekker/you
– Carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don’t wish to carry it, you can give it to the porter, but you have to inform us in advance and have to pay extra on the basis of per day per bag.
– Extreme Himalayan Trips require a good amount of physical fitness, stamina and endurance so prepare accordingly.
– In case of bad health, sickness/illness, AMS the participant would be sent back and no refund would be provided. Participants have to bear all the cost beyond.

For any further clarifications ask while booking.

FAQs

What documents do I have to carry for Kuari Pass Trek?
You must have to carry both original & copy of valid Govt. Id (any of Passport/Aadhar card/Driving License), Disclaimer form (by participant), Medical Certificate (signed by a registered MBBS doctor with stamp), 2 passport size photos along with you and submit them to Trek Leader at base during briefing.
What is the difficulty level of the Kuari Pass Trek?
The trek to Kuari Pass is easy-moderate in difficulty level, however, it varies depending on snow and weather conditions. Otherwise, it's the only trekkable himalayan mountain pass in winter. Recommended for all age groups & first timers.
How big are the groups?
We at HRI believe in the concept of 'Small batches' that improve quality & focus and help trek leaders to connect all members. For private & customized groups, there's no limit of group size.
How many trekkers will be in one tent?
We use 3 person Dome & Alpine tents at our campsite. There will be three persons accommodating in one tent. If you want a tent for One or Two, please ask while booking. Customization available at an extra cost.
What kind of toilet facility are you providing?
Toilet tents would be there at campsites. We use dry toilets, means, we dig a pit and keep mud & shovel so once you are done with your business you can cover it up using mud. It is the most hygienic & one of the best ways to answer nature calls in the wilderness.

As we indicated in the things to carry section, you should bring toiletries.
What type of food is served during trek?
We serve nutritious Indian vegetarian food with eggs. Jain food is also available on request, please ask while booking.
Is it possible to hire a porter/mule to help me discharge my rucksack?
Yes, trekkers' rucksacks can be off-loaded for an additional fee. Please inquire throughout the booking process. We'll make the necessary arrangements for off-loading in advance.
Which type of shoes should I buy for Kuari Pass Trek?
The good trekking shoes are the most vital component of the walk, you must be extremely cautious while purchasing them. Always buy .5 or 1.0 extra size for better results. They must be waterproof. Decathlon sells trekking shoes from Quechua and other well-known brands. Don't come to trek with sports shoes, they are the worst on trek.

Trekking shoes available on rent from HRI Rental Store. Please ask while booking.
Can take or have smokes or liquor on the trek?
Without any doubt NO. During Kuari Pass Trek, smoking, drinking or any restricted substances are strictly prohibited. On higher altitudes, this produces dehydration, which invites Acute Mountain Sickness. We are not responsible for any mishap.

We strongly advise you not to bring such items with you, as you will be disqualified and sent back in the middle of the trek.
How much weight do I have to carry?
Your load will depend on things that are packed by you in the sack. On an average trekker's carry between 8-10 kg of weight with clothing, cameras, energy bars, dry fruits, water bottles etc. We advise you to pack light & only essentials.

Backpack Off-loading option available on extra cost. Please ask while booking.
Is diamox advisable?
NO, but in case you are having so please consult your doctor because there
are lots of MYTH about Diamox.?
Is it possible to hire a porter/mule to help me discharge my rucksack?
Yes, trekkers' rucksacks can be off-loaded for an additional fee. Please inquire throughout the booking process. We'll make the necessary arrangements for off-loading in advance.

Tour's Location

Joshimath, Uttarakhand, India

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