The Kuari pass, located in the heart of GARHWALI HIMALAYAS, derives its name from “GODDESS NANDA DEVI” considered to be the “MOUNTAIN GODDESS”, and it offers unseen sceneries to relish. As with every Himalayan trek, the route is filled with blooming forests of Oak and Rhododendron trees. Interspersed with lush green meadows, the entry to forests presents stunning views. Trekkers can interact with the local shepherds. These giant peaks seen, from the top of the KAURI which means – “A GATEWAY FOR HIMALAYAS”. The first day with views of Mount Nanda Devi, Dronagiri and other peaks, all lined in a row is a delight to watch with sky high mountains!. Trekkers can justifiably feel ‘on top of the world’ with campsites on mountain peaks. The Chitrakantha campsite in the midst of the dense forests or Khullara camps, with the backdrop of beautiful peaks is a truly refreshing feeling and a rare occasion to rejoice during your Kuari Pass Trek.
About Kuari Pass Trek:
During the six day adventure trek, one can see some of the holy places of historic significance in the Himalayas, starting from Haridwar to Joshimath. Watch the convergence of three rivers of Rudraprayag, Devaprayag and Alaknanda at Joshimath. Chitrakantha and Chaukhamba peaks of the Himalayas present a visual delight. From Chitrakanta trekkers reach the Tali top for another heavenly experience. The lush green meadows, and the clear cut tracks of the Tapovan, in the midst of alpine meadows , the majestic peaks of Nanda Devi, Rishi Ganga River and the Himalayas from the Kauri pass presents an opportunity to relish the endless beauty of this region. At Auli, it is a totally a different feeling – this being the best destination for skiing.
Highlights of Kuari Pass Trek:
Some of the highlights of this trek are:
- See the beauty of the lush green Gorson meadows – ie. land of green pastures surrounded by coniferous forest and oak trees
- See the majestic mountain peaks of Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Mana, Kamet, Hathi, Ghodi, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Nanda Devi, and Dunagiri.
- Walk around and relax near the quaint lake of Talli.
- Trek through the ancient trading routes.
- Experience a piece of history! – explore the land where Lord Curzon ruled.
- Trek through the ridges of the Rhododendron, Spruce and Silver Birch.
- Enjoy camping at alpine meadows, and get an insight into the life and culture of the locals.
- Drink water directly from the cold streams, camp under open skies, gaze at the stars and see sunrise from 3500m above the sea level over Nanda Devi peak, the 2nd highest peak reflecting illuminating hues of Golden color.
Key Facts About Trek To Kuari Pass:
|Region||Garhwali Himalayas, Uttarakhand|
|Duration||6 Days 5 Nights|
|Ideal Time||The best time to visit this place is March-June (summer). The region is warm and pleasant with clear and sunny skies. During monsoon June – September the region receives heavy rainfall and the roads are blocked with risk of landslides.|
|Temperature||Day temperature is generally between 13*C-18*C and it can drop to -4*C at nights.|
|Level||Difficult. The trek requires high amount of physical fitness. Suggested to undergo regular fitness exercises and training for about 3 months before this trip. One should be free of ailments.|
|Total Distance||33 Kms|
|Maximum Elevation||The trek starts at an elevation of 1300 m at the Gorson meadows and reaches a maximum altitude of 3800 m at the Kauri pass.|
|Weather||In summer the weather is warm and pleasant with temperature between 15*C-22*C and it drops to -5*C. In winter the entire region receives heavy snowfall and covered with sheets of snow.|
|Communication||At Auli and Gorson Bugyal, all telecommunication operators have good connectivity. In the mountains trekkers get only intermittent signals which may be completely lost. In case of emergency only satellite communication works.|
|ATM Point||The last ATM point that trekkers can find is at Joshimath before the trek starts.|
Haridwar to Joshimath – 260 Kms / 10 Hrs / Drive – This drive is a steep but filled with scenic beauty all thru to Devaprayag, where trekkers see the confluence of the of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers. After arriving at Haridwar station early morning this is a long drive to Joshimath with a stop at Devaprayag. By evening arrive at Joshimath and overnight stay will be at tents / camps / home stay or guesthouses.
Joshimath to Chitrakantha – Drive to Dhak Village – 12 Kms / 1 Hr / Trek to Chitrakantha – 6 Kms / 4 Hrs – During the trail, see the majestic peaks of Chitrakantha (3310m), Chaukhamba (7138m), rhododendron forests and witness locals. Trekkers drive to the Dhak village and thereafter meandering trek has steep ascends and passes thru lot of shepherd routes. The view below is beautiful where trekkers can see the Dhaula Ganga River, gushing from the hydro power plant. Further, the route passes through the dense forests of Oak, Rhododendron and Fir. During descend from Chitrakantha trekkers see the beautiful snowcapped peaks of Chaukhamba. Replenish water supply from the nearby stream, set up tents and enjoy the night stay here.
Chitrakantha to Talli Top – Trek – 6 Kms / 4 Hrs – Trekkers cross through the alpine meadows and dense forests. The day starts with some warm up exercises, followed by breakfast. The trekking is at an altitude of 3500 m. The trekkers pass through the forests of Rhododendrons, Spruce, Silver Birch before reaching a prominent ridge. During the 2nd stretch of trek they see the lush green meadows and reach Tapovan. Camp in the alpine meadows which the end of the Talli top.
Talli Top to Kuari Pass via Khullar and back – Trek – Trekkers see the splendid views of the Nanda Devi peak (7816 m), Himalayas and Rishi Ganga River. This day is a little tough. It is a long distance trek that leads the trekkers to the Khullar top- Adding to this is the beauty of the Himalayan ranges covered with snow as trekkers come to the Kauri pass. The enchanting views of Nanda Devi peaks is the reward for passing thru freezing winds, and the adverse terrains. Surrounded by towering mountains gushing force of the Rishi Ganga River converging is a pleasant view. Enjoy sometime here, and thereafter return to the Talli top along the same route. The night will be followed by a campfire and a tasty dinner at the campsite.
Talli to Joshimath via Auli – Trek – Trekkers can enjoy skiing at Auli and see the beautiful river of Rishi Ganga. After some routine exercises, have breakfast, and start trekking downhill along the Rishi Ganga River. Arrive at a well connected motorable road and board vehicle for Joshimath. Pass Auli along the way that is a small hill station and a famous skiing destination – the right place for winter skiing. Overnight stay will be at Joshimath.
End of journey. Drive from Joshimath to Haridwar- Trekkers conclude their pleasant and enjoyable journey here. Leave early in the morning and reach Haridwar. Trekkers are dropped at railway station / airports from where they proceed to their respective destinations.
Some of the inclusions of the kuari pass trek are:
“Hotel Shiva” and the “Radisson Blue Haridwar ” are located in the heart of Haridwar on the main road and is 2 km from bus stand. The hotels have the following facilities:
- Hot and cold running water
- Attached bathrooms
- Free Wi-Fi
- Electric kettle
- Room and suites
- Banquet hall
- Ample parking.
- Coffee shop and multi cuisine restaurant.
- Spa and health clubs
“Hotel Rio ” has super deluxe bedrooms, deluxe double bed room, family suites and presidential rooms. “Hotel Grand Shiva” is best in quality service, and the timely service increases the reputation of the hotel. Travelers can see the sight of beautiful of the Ganges River from these hotels. Both these hotels has received awards, acknowledgements and laurels from the customers for their timely and dedicated service.
Online travel portals offer lot of choices to book accommodation at desired prices, preferred time and conveniences. Besides, on early bookings travelers can avail discounts and offers.
The meals of the region are called the “Kumaoni” or “Garhwali” dishes. The people of this region use lot of spices in the preparation of their dishes, and the cuisine of the region is called the “Pahadi Cuisine”. They use lot of spices and herbs in the preparation of their dishes. The vegetarian dishes are Chainsoo, Phanu, Jholi, Rice, Dal, Mandua Ki Roti, Ghatak Ki Dal or Parathe, Sisunk Ka Saag, Kafuli, Jhangori Ki Kheer, Arsa, Raita, Urad Daal Ke Pakode and the non vegetarian dishes are Aadab Ke Gohst, chicken curry, meat bhaat, kullu trout fish, marinated fish and mutton. The dishes of this region always keep the body warm and energize the body.
The other inclusions of the trek are:
- Accommodation during the trek. (camping) / Guest House
- Stay in Joshimath
- Transport from Haridwar to Joshimath and return (This is excluded in the case of some tour operators)
- Vegetarian meals while on trek
- Trekking equipment (Tents, Sleeping bags)
- Necessary permits
- First aid medical kits
- Qualified and experienced trek leader, guide, and support staff.
- Any kind of personal expenses
- Meals during the drive and in Ghat and Auli
- Taxi booked in the middle of the trek
- Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Price Includes”.
- Air / Train fare
- Cost incurred in case of Rescue
- Service Tax.
- Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary / stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, and road blocks and / or any factors beyond control.
Haridwar can be reached by either air, train or road.
The Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, is the nearest airport that is 286 Kms from Joshimath with an approx. travel time of 8 Hrs. The airport has good connectivity with Delhi, Mumbai and other destinations. There are lot of taxis outside the airport to reach Haridwar from Dehradun.
The Rishikesh railhead is the nearest railway station that is 251 Kms away from Joshimath (Travel time – 8 Hrs) and 191 Kms (Travel time – 6 Hrs) from Nandaprayag. There are trains to Delhi, Haridwar, Katra (Jammu and Kashmir) various destination on a daily basis.
Haridwar, is well connected by buses to all major destinations from Punjab, Delhi, U.P and other places in Uttarakhand. There are lot of private and state owned buses that ply to these places. The travel is comfortable and the fares are reasonable.
How to Reach:
Haridwar (located on the NH 58) is well connected with motorable roads that serves as a gateway to the Shivalik ranges, Uttharakhand. There are lot of private and luxury buses, from the Delhi ISBT- Kashmiri gate. There are taxis and buses available from here to different destinations of Uttharakhand. The route to the Kuari pass trek from Haridwar:
- There are pick up and drop facilities from Haridwar to Ghat and back from Auli to Haridwar. The cost will be shared by the trek members on an actual basis.
- Trekkers can even reach Haridwar and catch early morning buses, and board buses to the Ghat. It starts from the GMOU- Private Bus stand, opposite to the railway station at 5 am and reaches around noon.
- Travelers can also take, private/ state owned buses, for Nandaprayag / Karnaprayag. There are also lot of shared jeeps / taxis just outside the Haridwar station. The Ghat is 40 km from Karnaprayag and 20 km from Nandaprayag, from here there are lot of shared taxis to reach the Ghat.
- From Auli, Joshimath is 14 km. Trekkers have the choice of trekking 2 Kms downhill or they can go by taxis/ cabs.
- Joshimath is in Badrinath highway, and there are lot of early morning buses for Rishikesh / Haridwar.
- Haridwar is well connected to different destinations, and there public and private buses that ply almost every hour.
The distances and approximate travel time between Haridwar and major destinations are :
- Gurgaon – 240 Kms / 6 Hrs
- Ghaziabad : 186 Kms / 4 Hrs
- Noida – 210 Kms / 4 Hrs
- Lucknow — 506 Kms / 11 Hrs
- Delhi — 220 Kms / 5 Hrs
- Jaipur – 473 Kms / 9 Hrs
- There are lot of taxis/ cars outside the Jolly Grant Airport that provides best reliable service at economical cost.
- There are different taxis/ cabs that provide fast service, and have chauffer driven cars at the airport.
- The NH 58 and 74 are the closest highways that connect Haridwar to other cities. There are also local buses, taxis and autos to commute within the city.
- In case trekkers prefer safety and privacy they can book taxis from the The Haridwar Taxi Service Association and travel safely and comfortably, the drivers are friendly and hospitable. There is also an option of taking journey break in between at their preferred time and convenience.
The best time to visit the Kuari Pass Trek is between March – May as the temperature is warm and pleasant. Winter is not a good time for visit, since the region has harsh cold and receives heavy snowfall.
Winter (December – Mid March):
The temperature drops to -8*C with cold winds blowing and heavy snowfall. Woolen clothes are a must in case trekkers want to go on a trek. This season is not recommended for trek.
Monsoon (July – September):
This region receives heavy rainfall making the trails muddy and slippery. The entire roads are blocked. Another season not fit for trekking.
Summer (May – June):
This season is a perfect time for trekking. There are calm and light winds blowing with clear and sunny skies, and it makes the trek enjoyable. However carrying woolen clothes is advisable as the temperature may drastically fall at night.
Autumn/ Spring (October – November):
This season is ideal for trekking. There are variety of flowers blossoming- Dahlia, Begonia, Cyclamen Hederifolium, Snowdrop, Sternbergia and are in full bloom. There are lot of adventure activities that can be done in this season. There is lush foliage and vegetation all around with pleasant weather.
The region aptly called “Gateway to Himalayas” and transports them to a different world altogether where one can de-stress, relax and re-energize one’s body and soul. If you are searching for relatively short yet an exciting trip, then this trek should be first on the list!
Some guidelines to follow are:
- Climatic conditions in the high altitudes differ from those of that in the plains hence, trekkers should take enough time to get themselves acclimatized to the high altitudes.
- Listen to the Guide’s instructions and follow the guidelines given by him for a safe, smooth and enjoyable trekking experience.
- This package has two variation. The one with transport includes a pick and drop from Haridwar to Joshimath and then back to Haridwar, Joshimath is the start point of the trek. The one without transport, Trekker have to reach Joshimath on his own.
- Refrain from consuming alcohol or any other intoxicants during the course of the trek.
- Do not bring any sort of non- biodegradable materials.
- Carry identification proof.
- Avoid carrying snacks and junk food
- Always pack light and carry only the essentials
- Do not use disposable plastic water bottles, plastic-wrapped items
- Do not trek during nights.
- Consult a physician to know whether the individual is fit enough to undertake the trek.
- Do not litter the local sites or campsites as the whole trek takes place through eco- friendly zones.
- Physical and mental preparation is essential, be ready to trek in high altitudes. Trekkers should be ready to trek in high altitude terrains and face rough weather and trek in harsh climate.
- Trekking crew is essential since they may help in dealing with any sort of emergencies that arise on the way.
- Getting a proper insurance is necessary and it should cover medical rescue evacuation in case of emergencies. It is advisable to have safety backup like oxygen pressurize altitude chamber in emergency cases.
- To prevent frostbites from extreme freezing temperatures, wear proper trekking boots and socks to keep warm.
- Always carry a couple of pairs of thermal innerwear.
- Avoid wearing more than one pair of socks to have good blood circulation.
- Wear track pants instead of denim jeans.
- Vision and contact lenses- A spare will help in case the one in use is damaged.
- Suture Kit- Kit is for use by local health care providers and requires a letter from the doctor on a letterhead stationery.
- The trip organizer reserves all the right to modify the trek during any emergencies or natural calamities.
- Medical / Clinical Items:
- Syringe Kit- ( for diabetics)
- Medical alert tags, necklace, bracelets ( for emergency identification)
- Antifungal ointments
- Insect bite ointments
- Bandages- Multiple sizes, adhesive tape and gauze
- Moleskin or molefoam for blisters
- Elastic compression bandage wrap for sprains and strains.
- Disposable gloves
- Digital thermometer
- Scissors and safety pins
- Eye drops
- Cotton swabs
- Oral rehydration drops
Some of the basic essentials recommended are:
- Comfortable footwear
- Comfortable warm clothes
- Insect repellent
- Gloves (inner fleece, water proof)
- Jackets or sweaters
- Warm T-shirts (full sleeve)
- Light micro fleece pullover
- Waterproof trekking pants
- Windproof/water resistant jackets
- Sleeping bags
- Down / Fleece jackets
- Thick fleece
- Trekking pants
- Full sleeve woolen pullover / Sweaters
- Thermal inner wear/bottoms
- Woolen cap
- Thick woolen socks and regular socks
- Bandara scarf/muffler (optional)
- Hiking / trekking shoes with a thick sole
- Trekking poles.
- Gore-Tex jackets
- Walking stick
- Cotton socks/sneakers
- Water purification filters
- Towel / small / Camp towel / sarong
- Duffel bags down/ synthetic camp booties
- Headlamp/flashlights with extra batteries
- Insulated water bottle
- Hydration pack
- Sun glasses
- Sunscreen Lotion
- Skin ointment
- Swiss army knife
- Sun hat/ baseball cap
- Video camera.
- Extra passport photos
- One liter water bottle wide open mouth
- Wind and rain gear with hoods
- Money pouch/ belts
- Note book with pen and pencils
- Energy bars
- Mobile charger and power banks
- Lip Balm
- Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
- One pair cotton trousers or shorts
- Personal toiletries
- Personal medication
- Wet wipes (tissues and wipes) in the mountains is not advisable since these are not biodegradable, sanitary pads should be carried in a Ziploc bag and after using them dispose them after coming to the city.
- Travelers should carry a spoon, lunchbox and coffee mugs with them. If needed they can also bring their own cutlery set with them for hygienic reasons.
- Carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
- Medications for common ailments:
- Diamox- To prevent acute mountain sickness
- Dexamethasone- One strip
- BP tablets as necessary
- Crocin- for fever
- Vitamin tablets for energy
- Avomine- to prevent motion sickness
- Avil- for allergies
- Combiflam- Painkiller
- Disprin- Headaches
- Norflox TZ and Lomofen- Diarrhoea
- Digene- for acidity
- Omez/ rantadine- antacids
- Crepe bandage- 3 to 5 meters
- Guaze- 1 small roll
- Band aid- 10 strips
- Cotton- 1 small roll
- Oral Rehydration solution fluids- 10 packets
- Betadine or any antiseptic cream
- Moov spray (aches and sprains).