Walk Amongst The Tallest Summits In India
1. The Kuari Pass Trek, explored and popularised by Lord Curzon, is an easy-to-moderate trek that begins at Joshimath and culminated at the Kuari Pass in the Garhwal Himalayas. 2. The trek takes you to an altitude of 4264 meters.
3. The best part about this trek is that whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned trekker, it will be an experience like none other with gorgeous, up-close and personal views of some of India’s most well-known mountain ranges including Nanda Devi (25,673 ft) and Dronagiri (23,182 ft) in whichever season you visit in.
4. On the way, from the 7000-metre mark, you get to experience a whole lot of peaks - such as Kamet, Trishul, Chaukamba, the Nanda Devi, among others. They almost appear to be right in front of you the whole way, it’s truly a very humbling feeling to bear witness to such old and magnificent peaks.
5. During the winter months, the snow is an added bonus with it covering the Oak trees and carpeting the forest land, transforming it into a winter wonderland. Although, it’s absolutely wonderful all the while it’s available from March to December - each season giving you different views from snow carpeted terrain to lush green forests with golden trees.
6. Throughout this marquee trek route, you will get to walk through ‘Bugyals’, beautiful meadows in the Himalayas, an experience one shouldn’t miss out on owing to their beauty, peace, and calm.
7. You will get to visit Auli, a location known for its skiing slopes that are unparalleled, in the winter Kuari Pass.
The trek itself begins in the Chamoli district of the Himalayas at the basecamp of Dhak near Joshimath, situated within the Nanda Devi National Park, proceeding through remote villages through the Curzon trail — a great way to familiarise yourself with local culture and habits.
The entire experience starts at the Kashmiri Gate McDonalds (re: ‘How To Reach’), where a bus will take you to Dhak through Rishikesh and then to Joshimath.
From Joshimath, after a night of rest and great food, we shall proceed to Dhak. From Dhak we shall head to Tapoban, which is the base camp for this trek around 7 km away from Dhak.
After resting here for a bit, we shall continue onto Karchhi village which is where the Kuari Pass trek actually starts from.
It is a 6-day trek (Including travel from Rishikesh)
Drive to Dhak Village, Karchhi, then trek to Akhrotghetta 9,396 ft (2,864 m)
Akhrotghetta, Guling to Khullara 11,125 ft (3,391 m)
Khullara to Chitrakantha/Tali via Kuari Pass 12,516 ft (3,815 m)
Chitrakantha/Tali to Auli
1. Nutritious Food
2. Tent accommodation on sharing basis during the trek. As per itinerary.
3. All meals during the trek. Regular Indian style nutritious vegetarian food during the trek (occasional eggs), breakfast packed/hot lunch (depending upon the time you reach a campsite), snacks, dinner along with coffee/tea/soup.
4. Qualified Trek Leader.
5. Excellent Mountain Guide, who will be a local to this particular area and has profound knowledge of the trekking trails around.
6. Specialized Cook, Support staff, Porters for carrying the central logistics of the trek.
7. Camping equipment like Sleeping bag, Carry mattress, Dining tent, Toilet tent, Gaiters, Micro spikes/Crampon.
8. Permit fee, camping charges, forest levy as required in the trek. These are only covered for Indian Nationals. Charges for foreign Nationals may vary as per government Policy.
9. Basic Medical & First Aid kit.
1. Food during the transit and stay at Rishikesh, Joshimath, Tapovan & Auli. There are decent options of restaurants/hotels for veg, non veg and vegan food.
2. We assume that you will carry your personal Rucksack/Backpack with all your personal belongings. If you want to offload your rucksack and carried by our horse then you need to pay additional Rs 1200 for the entire duration of the trek (4 days). one such bag should not weigh more than 10 Kg.
3. Any tip/gratuity to the HT supports staff.
4. Anything that is NOT mentioned in the "Inclusions".
5. No insurance is provided.
6. Personal expense of any nature.
7. Permit fee, camping charges, forest levy as required in the trek for foreign Nationals. This may vary as per government Policy.
The Kuari Pass Trek is a total of 21.5 km long at maximum altitude of 12,516 ft.
The maximum altitude reached during the Kuari Pass trek is 12,516 ft. The trek ensues with a climb of approximately 5,600 ft. from Dhak, a steady climb which is not particularly challenging. Refer to the itenary for more details.
There is an unavailability of network on the Kuari Pass trek. However, a few locations offer good connectivity - including Joshimath, Dhak, and Guling. Jia, Airtel, and Vodaphone provide the best network.
The last ATM available is on the way to the base camp at Joshimath since it is a big town and has a good number of ATMS.
During the trek itself there will be no electrictiy until you reach Auli. Joshimath is the last place where electricity is available. IT is thus recommended that you bring enough batteries and a power bank to charge your torches and electirical devic