KUARI PASS 7 Days
You crossed the 12,000 feet mark today. There’s a nip in the air and you can’t help but notice how magnificent the rugged sharp edged mountains stand out against the azure sky. The sunlight streams through the deodars, waking up the forest. It really feels like another day in paradise. Every morning is entirely different from the last and every evening the insane joy of accomplishment enmeshed with deep humility renders you silent. It is truly beautiful.
Kuaripass, the ‘doorway’ to the Garhwal Himalayas opens out to the the imposing twin peaks of Nanda Devi, the second highest mountain in India. It is surrounded by the equally awe-inspiring eastern peaks Kamet, Dronagiri, Trishul, Bertholi, Hathi Ghodi Parvat, Mana, and Neelkanth. The region’s pristine rhododendron, oak and deodar forests become your home for eight days. The trail follows the lush, rolling ‘bugyals’ where the locals bring their herds to graze. The region is rich in rare species of fauna like the Bharal, Indian Pangolin, Yellow-throated Marten, and stunning birds and butterflies.
This moderate level day trek can be taken all year round. Named after Lord Curzon who reached Kuari Pass (4652 m) in 1905, the trek takes you through quaint, rustic villages, pine forests and grazing pastures, a charming climb.
Day 1 - Rishikesh – Auli (260 kms/8-9 hrs): After an early breakfast,we drive to Auli (2750m) via Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnprayag and Nandprayag, the most renowned confluence of the rivers of the Garhwal Himalayas. Lunch en-route. Arrive in Auli by the evening and check into the Tourist Rest house. In winter Auli’s meadows turn into white blankets perfect for skiing. Dinner and overnight stay at TRH.
Day 2 – Auli – Chitrakantha (3310 mts/10857 ft) 15 kms/6-7 hrs: Catch the sunrise glisten on the immaculate white Nanda Devi peak early in the morning. After breakfast we start our trek from Auli. Enroute we cross the famous Bugyals (meadows) of Gorson from where we can see the entire range of Nanda Devi Sanctuary, along the Rishi Ganga. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 3 – Chitrakantha – Kuaripass (3640 mts/11940 ft) Dakhwani (3300 mts/10824 ft) 14 kms/5 hrs: Beginning after breakfast, we trek to Dakhwani via the Lord Curzon trail, it offers the best view of Kuaripass on the horizon. The trail meanders through pasture lands where contented shepherds are a common sight. The climb today is gradual, with a slight decent to Dakhwani. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 4 – Dakhwani – Pana (2450 mts/8036 ft) 14 kms/5-6 hrs: Post-breakfast we begin trekking to Pana. As we pass through thick forest, look out for wildlife, you’d be considered lucky if you spot a leopard pugmark! Enroute are lush green meadows and water falls. The climb involves some variation, both ascends and descends, but the gorgeous snow capped mountains keep the spirits high. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 05 – Pana – Ramni (2550 mts/8364 ft) 17 kms/5-6 hrs: We start our day trekking to Ramni village right after breakfast. It is a rewarding day with a couple of challenging climbs. The friendly village is especially picturesque with its slate roofs & cemented alleyways surrounded by bountiful fields. The locals often visit the bordering forests to collect medicinal herbs and plants. There is a traditional Bhotia school at Ramini that is especially interesting to visit. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 06 – Ramni – Ghat (1330 mts/4363 ft) 15 kms trek/4 hrs – Srinagar: Today is a more relaxing trek down to the Ghat road from where we drive to Srinagar (110 kms/3 hrs). There’s time to rejuvenate, the rest of the evening is at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.
Day 07 – Srinagar – Haridwar (125 kms/4 hrs): After breakfast, we drive to the holy town of Haridwar, where mythology explains, Garuda (the mount of Vishnu) accidentally spilled Amrut, the elixir of immortality here. Check-in on arrival. No visit is complete without an Aarti ceremony at Har Ki Paudi (transl. the footsteps of Lord Shiva) in the evening twilight. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Min 6 people required to operate this trip
- All road transfers from and back to Rishikesh in reliable, good-quality vehicles
- Accommodation in deluxe rooms and/or 3/4 capacity season tents
- All vegetarian meals
- Camping equipment – international standard equipment
- Professional guide (trained from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi or equivalent) and kitchen staff to accompany the group
- Park entry fee.
COST DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Travel between Delhi and Rishikesh (can be arranged by us on request)
- Any meals/services not mentioned above
- Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
- Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
- Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.