The Kuari Pass trekking which is also known as the Lord Curzon Trail being first achieved by Lord Curzon, (the famous former Viceroy of India and a keen trekker) is a spectacular trek to the Kuari Pass skirting through the outer wall of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary, crossing passes and beautiful river systems in the Garhwal trekking Himalaya. A trek to Kuari Pass is exclusively popular among the European and American travelers. At an elevation of 4265m in the heart of Chamoli District of Uttaranchal in the northeastern region of Garhwal, the Kuari Pass Trek brings the high altitude meadows of Gorson Stunning views of the big Himalayan peaks, of Nanda Devi, Hathi Ghodi and Dronagiri. The trek will take the travelers through the blossoming green fields, remote villages and the virgin forests of the area along some mightiest rivers of India like the Ganges, Alaknanda, Bhagirathi, Mandakini etc.

Basically, there are two ways through which one can arrive at the Kuari trek; one is through the Curzon Trail i.e. from Ghat via Ramni and the other one is from Auli Bugyal through Gorson Top which the trekkers generally avoid during winters. If anyone takes the Lord Curzon trail, she/he would be able to notice the royal twin peaks of Nanda Devi, Kamet, Dronagiri, and Hathi- Ghodi Parvat. Rare Himalayan flora and fauna are found galore on the track.

The Kuari Pass trek was the route followed by Shipton and Tilman on their way to the Rishi Gorge and by other mountaineers en route to the peaks on the Indo-Tibetan border. In 1905 Lord Curzon reached Kuari pass from Ghat via Ramni. It is said that the path was specially improved so that he could do the trek and today many trekkers prefer to undertake the trek in the reverse direction. 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. The Pass (Khal) is approached through a narrow goat track at an elevation of 4265 mts. A trekker might even be lucky enough to come across the leopard pugmarks or a Himalayan black bear on his route.

The spectacular views of Himalayan peaks like - Trishul (23,496 ft/7,120 m)  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 legendary twin peaks of Nanda Devi, (25,643 ft/7,740 m), surrounded by the majestic walls of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary will add delights to the trail.

Overview

  • Altitude: 12516 Ft

  • Trek Length: 28 -35 Km.

  • Duration: 8 Days

  • Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate

  • Base Camp: GHAT

  • Pick & Drop: Rishikesh To Rishikesh

  • State: Uttarakhand

08 Days
Rishikesh to Rishikesh
From
INR 12,700  per person + 5 % GST.

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Tour Itinerary 

Day 01  
Rishikesh - Ghat
After an early breakfast drive to Ghat via Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnprayag, and Nandprayag, the most famous confluences of Garhwal Himalayas. Ghat is a huge village with more than a couple of schools, government offices, and a more or less happening market for the nearby villages. Overnight in guest house/ hotel.

Day 02   
Ghat - Selu Bagar - Ghunni (6 kms/2-3 hrs)
It's time to board typical Himalayan village jeeps which will take you to Selu Bagar, a small center with a handful of shacks serving as village shops and is our starting point for the trek. This drive is of 7 km and will take around 30 minutes. You meet our ponies/porters at this point. The trail from here is well distinctive with continuous switch backs winds to the ridge from where you can see settlements of Ramni and Ghunni villages. From here walking through the village full of colors of Himalayan inhabitants makes the hike more entertaining. After passing through couple of cluster settlements the trail takes you go past the village to an open plateau above Ghunni which is our campsite for the day. Overnight in the tents.

 

 

Day 03  
Ghunni - Vinayak Pass - Jhinjhi Village (13 kms/6-7 hrs)
The day requires an essential early start not only to negotiate the long days but also to acquaint beautiful Himalayan views. The trails winds up to the ridge top towering high above the campsite at Ghunni. After crossing the ridge you will come to an open meadow with stunning views of some of the Himalayan jewels i.e. Nanda Ghunti, Chaukhamba and an awesome view of Ramni and Ghunni settlements just lower down the valley. From here the trail continues to climb gently, passing through beautiful forests of Rhododendron, followed by pasture grasslands for sheeps and cattles with some nomadic huts. The trail from this point climbs with a couple of switchbacks which again becomes gentle and takes you to an open meadow with gorgeous views of Nanda Ghunti peak. Continue with the trail which is more or less gradual finally takes you to Vinayak Pass. The pass is marked with a Ganesha temple with a prayer flag. From here you will get to see some excellent view of Himalayas and first glimpse of Kuari pass at a distant. From the pass, the trail starts to drop down gently and in point in times becomes steep, which continues to drop passing through Sem Kharak and finally takes you to the village of Jhinjhi. Overnight in the tents

Day 04   
Jhinjhi - Pana Village (8 kms/4-5 hrs)
The days walk starts with an aroma of living style and culture of people of Jhinjhi village. The trail continues to descend through the village finally comes to the valley floor and brings you to a high suspension bridge over river Birahi Ganga. After crossing the bridge you get to the true right of the valley. The trail now climbs steeply with zig zags initially and later with some false summits finally to the ridge. Again some compensating views of the nearby settlements and some Himalayan peaks are really appreciable. From this point path is gradual and passes through a beautiful forest of Rhododendron finally go past Kaliagad to the settlement at Pana. A final ascend of less than a kilometer will bring us to the campsite above village of Pana. Overnight in the tents.

Day 05  
Pana - Dakhwani (3300 mts/10824 ft) 14 kms/5 hrs
The trail is well distinctive above the campsite passing through a forest of Rhododendron with a couple of fall summits and finally takes you to the ridge. Now trail continues gradually through the forest to an open meadow of Sartoli which serve as a camping site as well as pasture land for a sheep & cattle. This is an ideal place to view Kuari Pass dominating the horizon. Initially, the trail from Sartoli starts to descend gradually for a couple of kilometers but in the later part the final descent to the sidestream is very steep with loose moraine (The guest are required to use their trekking poles during this stretch). Cross over the sidestream and start a steep ascend with a series of switchbacks to the ridge top. From here trail traverses slightly with a couple of ascending again and finally takes you to another sidestream just under Dhakwani. From this point its about a half an hour climb to the campsite at Dhakwani. A cup of tea with a cherishing flavor is worth it. Overnight in the tents.

Day 06   
Dakhwani - Kuari Pass (3800 mts/ ft) - Tali (9 kms/5-6 hrs)
This day requires an early start in order to get a magnificent view at the pass. The trail from Dhakwani continues to climb through the forest until we cross the tree line. From this point the path traverses to the left of the valley just under the pass and continues with a series of switch backs straight to the pass. Ohhhhhhhh what a fabulous, stunning, magnificent views of greater Himalaya is waiting to be admired. Take your time, relax and enjoy photography at the pass. The trail from the pass slightly ascends to a hump. From where you will find an excellent view of Dronagiri peak. After this the trail descends to a point with a bifurcation to Tapovan & Tali. Continue on the trail to Tali which leads to a ridge with temple and prayer flags. From here the Great Nanda Devi peak comes in view. The trail goes past through pasture land and enters the forest and finally leads to the campsite at Tali. Overnight in tents.

Day 07  
Tali - Auli - Joshimath (2550 mts/8364 ft) 17 kms/5-6 hrs
This morning is the morning at ease. The trail from Tali is a gradual climb across mountain ridge. This trail is narrow and requires cautious walking until it reaches Gorson meadows. From here its all Himalayas all around. Great Nanda Devi peak is utmost admirable and dominating amongst the many. The crossing of Gorson meadow is real fun and most enjoyable walk. Finally the man made concrete contractions could be seen from a distant marks the village of Auli. Its time to say bye to the ponies and porters. Board a Jeep to town of Joshimath which is 13 kms drive. Joshimath is a happening market place and serves as a supply to nearby villages. Overnight in hotel.

Day 08   
Joshimath - Rishikesh
Early morning drive to Rishikesh. On the way visit Rudraprayag where river Mandakini and Alaknanda meet. Lunch enroute. Arrive Rishikesh by evening. Check into the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

 and from here catch an AC train for Delhi. Arrival at Delhi by afternoon.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

 

  • Accommodation: 2 Nights in a Hotel / Homestay on a triple/quad sharing basis. 5 Nights Tented accommodation on a triple sharing basis.

  • Transportation: Surface transfer from Rishikesh to Rishikesh by Sumo / Bolero / Tempo Traveller (Depending on the number of travelers).

  • Meals: All Meals from (day 1 dinner to day 8 Morning tea Only) are included. We provide simple nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.

  • Snacks: Morning / Evening Tea / Coffee with light snacks.

  • Camping logistics: Tent, Sleeping bags, Mattress, Dining tent, Toilet tent, Sitting Stools.

  • Trek Leader Qualified and Experienced Trek leader and support staff.

  • Permits: All necessary fees and permits.

  • Trekking Equipment: Gaiters, Micro Spikes, and Rope if required.

  • Safety Equipment: Basic First Aid kit with Oximeter and Oxygen Cylinder.

  • Guide ratio: 1:10

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

 

  • Any expenses of personal nature.

  • Meals during transit.

  • Insurance of any kind.

  • Unscheduled delay due to landslide.

  • Cost Escalation due to “ Force Majeure and Evacuation charges”.

  • Anything not mentioned explicitly in the above program.

Cancellation Policy

 

The Trans Himalayan reserves the right to cancel trips. The Trans Himalayan is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by preparing for the trip (for example non-refundable advance purchase air tickets, clothing, equipment, visa fees, medical expenses, etc.).

  • If you cancel or leave a multi-day trip for any reason:

  • More than 60 days prior to the trip start date, we will grant you a full refund less a INR 2500 per person administrative fee.

  • Between 59 and 30 days prior to the trip start date, we will retain 25 percent of the trip cost

  • Between 29 and 15 days prior to the trip start date, we will retain 75 percent of the trip cost.

  • Less than 15 days prior to the trip start date, or once the trip has begun, there will be no refund.

  • Day Hike Cancellation Policy: 50% refund with 48 hours notice; no refund within 48 hours

Things To Pack

  • Thermals (Upper & Lower)

  • Down Jacket /Main Jacket

  • Clothes

  • Socks

  • Undergarments

  • Gloves

  • Slippers

  • Running Shoes/ Outdoor Shoes

  • Hats/Caps

  • Daypack

  • Medicines (Diamox – to reduce chances of AMS)

  • First Aid Kit

  • Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID :: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)

  • Sun Glasses

  • Torch

  • Water Bottle

  • Power bank

  • Mobile Charger / Travel Charger

  • Raincoat

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Toiletries

  • Cold Cream

  • Lip Guard

  • Sunscreen Lotion

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