Trek to Kuari Pass in Uttarakhand

Kuari Pass trek, the paradise for the on – lookers is also known as Curzon’s trail after the name of Lord Curzonis. It is a very popular trek among European and American travelers.

Kuari Pass trek, the paradise for the on – lookers is also known as Curzon’s trail after the name of Lord Curzonis. It is a very popular trek among European and American travelers. The trek Kuari Pass is placed above all popular treks for its exotic flora and fauna on display. With its astonishing scenic beauty, the Kuari Pass is sourranded by some of the most fascinating mountain peak e.g. Dunagiri(7066meters), Kalanka(6932 meters), Rishipahar(6992meters), Trishul I and II (7210 meters & 6319 meters), Changbang (6864 meters), Bethartoli Hemal (6352 meters), Nanda Devi, Gauri Parvat, Kedarnath and many more lined up one after other in a magnificent arc. If one looks southward, the foothills stretch wave upon wave on to the dim haze of the distant plains. Surrounded by some remote villages, one also gets good insights into the local life. Some of the rare Himalayan fauna can also be seen out here like Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, with variety of birds and butterflies and rare Himalayan flora. At Kuari Pass the above all can be experienced and encountered at its best. Auli, one of the best ski slopes and Gorson add to the completeness of experiencing the entire display of Himalayan splendors.

Itinerary Kuari Pass trek
Day 01: Delhi to Rishikesh (330m) 5-6hrs.

Board the early morning train departing from New Delhi to reach Haridwar. Transfer to a hotel in Rishikesh, a pilgrim township, a spiritual hub and a favourite meditation centre which also happens to be the Yog Capital of the world. After lunch, there is a choice to raft on the Ganga till short of Rishikesh. In the evening explore the township and attend the aarti (evening prayers) by the banks of the river Ganga. Stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 02: Drive Rishikesh to Ghat (1330m) 7-8 hrs.

The drive will take us into the region of the Garhwal along the Alaknanda River. Travelling along few holy confluences and into the narrow valley of Nandakini, we will reach Ghat, the road head for the trek in the evening.

Day 03: Ghat – Ramni / Ghunni (2550m) 6-7 hrs

For the first half of the journey, the trail runs parallel to the river and then finally starts climbing from the river bottom, some parts being quite steep. We can camp just above the fairly large village of Ramni in a nice grassy patch and visit the village in the evening.

Day 04: Ghunni – Sem Kharak (2400 m) 5-6 hrs

The trail leads up to the pass, crosses a bunch of small tributary rivers and waterfalls including one which offers a great opportunity for a bathe. After a steady climb we will arrive at a small pass called Ramni pass (3060m) which offers views of Kuari Pass. We descend gradually to the grazing meadows of Sem Kharak.

Day 05: Sem Kharak – Pana (2450m) 5-6 hrs

From Sem kharak we will come down to the suspension bridge over the Birthi Ganga. We climb up again to another prosperous village of Pana.

Day 06: Pana – Dhakwani (3341m) 6-7 hrs

An option of camping is available at Sartoli (2980m), located an hour and a half before Dhakwani. Further on, a few ascends, descends and traverses brings us close to the foot of the Kuari Pass. The trail extends beyond a tree line and stretches up to the grazing grounds in the meadow country to reach Dhakwani.

Day 07: Dhakwani – Khulara (3180m) 4-5 hrs

The steep track to the Kuari Pass (3690m) takes about 2-3 hours. Breath taking views present themselves once up on the pass. A wide panorama of high Himalayas – the Chaukhamba range, Nilkanth (6596m), and Abigamin (7355m) extend to the Tibetan border. In the middle foreground, the main Himalayan chain in the vicinity of the Bhyundar valley & Hemkund includes Nilgiri parbat (6474m), Rataban (6166m).

Day 08: Khulara – Tapovan (1850m) 5-6 hrs and drive to Pipalkoti (1330m)

The last day of the trek is spent traveling all the way down to the Tapovan. It’s takes about 3 hours by road to reach the comforts of the hotel in Pipalkoti.

Day 09: Pipalkoti – Delhi

After an early morning breakfast, set out for the long 8 hr drive to reach Haridwar and in the evening to board the evening train leaving for Delhi.

Start Point: Haridwar railway station

Nearest Railway Station: Haridwar Junction Railway Station

Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport

Best Season/Time: December to march is best time for Winter trekking in India

Things to Carry:

Windproof jacket,
Warm and thick Fleece
Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
Woollen cap,
Woollen gloves,
Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
Scarf/muffler (optional)
Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes
Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippersRaincoat / Poncho
Small light weight towel
Sturdy Water bottle,
Sun glasses
Walking stick
Lip Balm
Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
Personal medicationsPersonal toiletries

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Package Includes:

Pick up from the Airport / Railway Station
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners
Airport transfers
Group medical kit
Good quality accommodation
Trek pack including sleeping bag, down or fiber filled jacket and insulated mat
Private transportation
All park entrance fees and trekking permits
Porters to carry all personal and group equipment.