Uttarakhand Treks - Kuaripass Trek


Region: Garhwal Himalayas
Duration: 8 Nights 9 Days
Destination covered: Rishikesh - Ghat - Ramni - Jhinjipani - Panairani - Kuari Pass - Auli - Joshimath - Rishikesh
Altitude: 4500 m above sea level
Grade: Moderate Trek
Best Time: May to October

Kuari Pass was the way followed by Shipton and Tilman on their way to the Rishi Gorge and by other mountaineer's en path to the peaks on the Indo-Tibetan border. It is also known as the Curzon Trail, as the well-known former Viceroy of India also travelled this route. The path was named after Lord Curzon who was a keen explorer and it is said that the path was particularly improved so that he could do the trek. The crossing of the pass is a fitting conclusion to a trek that takes in three lesser passes and five major rivers - the Pindar, Kaliganga, Mandakini, Bheriganga and the Dhauliganga.

Lord Kurzon made the trek to Kuari pass , and since then it has come to be known as Curzon's trail. It is very popular among European and American Travelers.

In 1905 Lord Curzon reached Kuari pass from Ghat via Ramni. These days many trekkers favor to undertake the trek in the reverse direction. The major attraction of Curzon's trails is the royal view of the twin peaks of Nanda Devi , Kamet , Dronagiri and Hathi-Ghodi Parvat. The Pass (Khal) is approached through a narrow goat track at a height of 4265 mts. Standing at the Kwari-Pass facing north, the vision sweeps from the gorges of Trishul in the east to the peaks of Kedarnath in the west - the Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Nilkhantha, Kamet, Gauri Parbat, Hathi Parbat, Nandadevi, Bethartoli, Dunagiri, etc. all arranged in a fantastic arc- southwards the foothills stretch wave upon on to dim haze of the distant plains one of the most interesting trek in the Garhwal area.The trek passes through forests of oak and conifer, bamboo and birch, teeming with a variety of animals and birds life. A trekker might even be lucky enough to come across leopard pugmarks or a Himalayan black bear on this trail. Lord Curzon went up to the Kwari-pass in 1905 and hence the trek is named after him as "Corzon Trail".

You get really impressive views of the Himalayas - Trishul (23,496 ft/7,120 m) o Kedarnath (22,994 ft/6,968 m), Kamet's pyramid of granite (25,595 ft/7,756 m), Nilkanth (21,767 ft/6,596 m), the square-topped summits of Gori Parbat and Hathi Parbat, Badrinath, the icy crest of Dunagiri, Rishikot, Changabang (22,651 ft/6,864 m), Kedarnath and Chowkhamba (23,522 ft/7,128 m) and the famous twin peaks of Nanda Devi, (25,643 ft/7,740 m), surrounded by an awesome 19,800-foot (6,000 m) wall which forms a sanctuary.

Kuaripass trek is possible in winter and short version trek available for 6 days from Rishikesh

Kuari Pass Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Rishikesh - Ghat

Morning after breakfast drive to Ghat (1331 mts) by covering approx 220 kms (7-8 Hrs). Arrive Ghat and overnight stay in tents.

Day 02: Ghat - Ramni

Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Ramni (1982 Mt) by covering approx 10 kms (4 - 5Hrs). Arrive and overnight stay in tents.

Day 03: Ramni - SEM Kharak - Jhinjipani

Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Jhinjipani (2015 Mt) via Sem Kharak by covering approx 13 kms. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 04: Jhinjipani - Panairani

Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Panairani (2043 Mt) by covering approx 12 kms. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 05: Panarani - Dhakwani

Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Dhakwani (2486 Mt) by covering approx 13 kms. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 06: Dhakwani - Kuari Pass

Morning after early breakfast start trekking (10 km / 4-5 Hrs)) to cross Kuari Pass (4268 Mt). From the Pass you can have a breathtaking view of Nanda Devi, Dronagiri Chaukhmba and other numerous peaks of Garhwal Himalaya. Overnight stay in tents on the other side of the pass.

Day 07: Kuari Pass - Tali

Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Talii crosing through the medows and pine forest.Arrive and set the camp for over night stay.

Day 8: Tali - Auli - Joshimath

Morning after breakfast starts trekking to reach Auli. (12 kms/4 - 5 hrs to reach Auli (2519 Mt). En route cross the famous bugyals (meadows) of Gurson and will also get views of the route leading to the famous Nanda Devi sanctuary, along the Rishi Ganga. Auli has one of the longest ski slopes and one can also have a panoramic view of the Nanda Devi group of peaks. Further drive to Joshimath. Overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 9: Joshimath - Rishikesh

Morning after breakfast start journey to reach Rishikesh (275 km Drive). Trip End.




All price is per person
Minimum group required to run this trip for fixed departures : 6 Participants

Surface transfers ex Rishikesh, all camping gear, kitchen and mess arrangements, manpower for cooking, portaging of luggage and equipment, rations, fuel, all en-route stay as described in the schedule.

Train fares, expenses of personal nature, insurance of any kind, alcoholic drinks, refreshments/meals during the road journey and at any hotel/guest house, anything not mentioned explicitly in the above program.

Tour needs to be booked at least 45 days in advance. Full payment is required to confirm a booking.
75 % refund if cancellation happens 20 days prior to departure
50 % refund if cancellation happens 10 days prior to departure
No refund for any cancellation/no show in the last 10 days prior to departure

Prior to making a booking, please take a look at WHAT TO BRING section.

The following is what we recommend you take, and is a guideline of what to bring. You are responsible for having the necessary personal equipment you need for this trek.

Walking boots. (not trekking shoes) If you are buying new boots for this trip please ensure they are well broken in before hand. Few things will make you more miserable during the trek than blisters.

Walking pole or poles.
Two pairs of thick socks and two pairs of thin socks.
Two or Three cotton t-shirts to wear in the evenings.
A long sleeved shirt for sun projection on hot days.
Two pairs of lightweight trousers or pants, one for trekking and one to wear at night.
One pair of shorts.
A good thermal (polypropylene) layer consisting of long johns and pullover.
Two light weight fleeces or wool jumpers.
A down jacket.
Rain and wind proof jacket and trousers.
A warm sleeping bag (4 seasons).
A thermorest if you have one. We provide karrimats for all clients.
A woolen hat to wear in the mornings and evenings.
A sun hat with a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
Suncream at least factor 30.
A pair of gloves.
A camera.
A book and/or writing paper.
Underwear, we recommend you bring enough so you are comfortable at all times. Washing can be arranged in any of the large towns on your itinerary upon request.
Duffel bag or large rucksack to carry to gear while trekking. We recommend you use something strong and sturdy, as this bag will be carried by a porter or packed on a mule or yak.
Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry the gear you will need while trekking. Camera, spare jacket, waterproof jacket, water bottle, pack lunch etc.
Water bottle.
Small towel for washing.
Toiletries, N.B as little as possible, if you are travelling with friends try to share toiletries.
Headlamp or small torch with spare batteries.

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