Kuari Pass Trek
Upcoming Summer Treks to Kuari Pass:
Trek Code KP17S1 – 7th May (Day 1) to 13th May’17 (Day 7)
Trek Code KP17S2 – 27th May (Day 1) to 2nd June’17 (Day 7)
Cost : Rs 9800 (Ramni to Auli) + 9% Service Tax
(Book for 3 persons and get a discount of 5%; Book for 5 or more to get a 10% Group Discount)
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Customised Trek: We are pleased to offer customised tailor made trekking trips to Kuari Pass and Pangarchula peak for individuals and small group of people according to their preferred dates and service.
Fixed Departure Trek: Please see the “Fixed Departure Treks” link for the schedule or click here.
The Trek Highlights:
About Kuari Pass: Kuari pass trek is among the most beautiful treks in the Garhwal Himalaya, yet can be considered easy to medium grade. It is also one of the underrated trails which offers some of the amazing views of greater Himalaya accompanied by virgin forests and bugiyals. The route also touches few interior villages inside Himalaya like Jhinji and Pana. One can see the magnificent views of Mt. Nanda devi Mt. Kamet, Dunagiri, Haathi Ghodi Parvat, Chaukhamba, Mana Parvat, Rishi Parvat and many others. During the summer and monsoon the trail is particularly rich with alpine flora. British Governor General Lord Carzon charted this route in 1905 for the first time and thus also known as Carzon’s Trail. Other attractions of this trek are the classy hill station of Auli or one may take short detour to reach the hot spring of Tapovan or the holy shrine of Badrinath from Joshimath.
Access to Ghat (The trek base): We will arrange a pickup and drop from Haridwar to Ghat and back from Auli to Haridwar. This will be shared by the team members on actual basis. The car fare is Rs 6000 one way for a Ta Ta Sumo/Mahindra Maxx vehicle.
Otherwise if a trekker wants to reach Ghat by public vehicle then there are two options:
1) Reach Haridwar in the previous night or earlyin the morning and board the direct bus for Ghat. It starts from Haridwar (GMOU Private Bus stand, opposite to Haridwar Railway Station) at 5 am in the morning and takes around 12 hrs to reach Ghat. This is a privately operated bus and may not operate during the high Chardham yatra season. The route is via Rishikesh, Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karanprayag, and Devprayag.
2) Take a State or Private operated bus for Karnaprayag or Nandaprayag.Also sometime you can get shared taxis just outside the Haridwar Railway Station. Ghat is 40 Km from Karnaprayag and 20 Km from Nandaprayag. From here you can get shared taxi for Ghat.
3) From the trek end point Auli, Joshimath is 14 km downhill. You have to reserve a taxi from Auli or simply you can trek down in 2 to 2 and 1/2 hrs. Joshimath is on the Badrinath highway and early in the morning you can get buses for Haridwar or Rishikesh.
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The trip itinerary:
Day 1: Pickup in the morning from Haridwar and reach Ghat (~ 1330 m, 4360 ft) via car. Distance around 250 Km. The entire journey is along the Ganges and its tributaries and touching several confluence points named as Prayag, e.g. Deoprayag ( Bhagirathi and Alaknanda), Rudraprayag (Alaknanda and Mandakini), Karnaprayag (Alaknanda and Pindar).The road till Nandaprayag (Alaknanda and Nandakini) is the one which leads to Badrinath and we take a detour from Nandaprayag to the right and get into the Nandakini valley. Ghat is a small lower Himalayan town with few provisions store and mobile network connectivity. Night stay in lodge.
Day 2: Our trek starts from today. One can hit the Curzon’s trail either through the village of Ghunni or Ramni. The road to the prior goes through the true left of the Nandakini bank and the later on the true right. Now there is a motor-able road constructed till Ramni which is around 30 Km in length and can take upto 2 hrs by Jeep. Eventually both the trail merge before Chechni Vinayak pass. Either we take a car till Salvagarh for which the road goes on the true left of Nandakini or we walk on the level ground road. Then we climb up the ridge inside the sub tropical montane forest and reach the villgae of Ghunni (~ 2000m, 6500 ft). The place has a lovely camping ground beside the school compound. Total ditance is 10 Km and can take 5/6 hrs. Night stay in tent.
Day 3: Today we start early and trek to Jhinji village (~ 1800 m, 5900 ft). The route may be tiring as we climb first to Ghunni top and then further steep climb to Chechni Vinayak Khal (~ 2600 m, 8500 ft). We can see temporary summer settlements of the villagers for firming and grazing cattle.Around the pass there are Rhododendron trees which bloom in May. One can see broad panorama of peaks from this pass including Banderpunch, Chowkhamba, Neelkanth and others.After crossing the pass we start descending to the other side. There is an opening called Ken Kharak with a camping ground. Distance around 12 km and can take 7/8 hrs. Jhinji has a one homestay and few camping grounds. We camp Overnight.
Day 4: Today we Trek to Pana village (~ 2400 m, 8000 ft). Starting from Jhinji, we descend till Jhinji Pool to cross the Birahi Ganga River. This bridge needs a special mention for its long length and cabled suspension type. On the left the Birahi valley is wide open with severl villages seen at a distance and an exit route goes to a place called Birahi (via Durmi village)which is near Chamoli town. After crossing the bridge we start gradually climbing up till we reach a vantage point from where the trail turns right. Surrounding is rich with thick vegetation and Pana villge can be seen on the other side of the hill. We encircle the trail on a level track and reach a camping ground called Kaliaghat before Pana.Continue to walk and slowly cross the last village of the route. We climb firther up and camp at the top of the Pana village.and and then a gradual climb to the last village in this route named Pana. Distance around 10 km and can take 5/6 hrs. Overnight in tent.
Day 5: Start in the morning to trek to our today’s destination Dakwani (~ 3500m/11500ft). We start gradually climbing the ridge for the Pana top and then a wide open vista opens up. Now we enterinto the grazing ground of Sartoli which is in a lower elevation to that of Pana top. There are several shepherd huts on this meadow who stay till the end of September before cold starts to set in. On a clear day we can see the Kuari pass cleary from this place.Crossing the meadow we descend to a side stream and cross the bridge at Domabhiti. From this point the switchback climb strats on the trail. This climb can be tiring due to scorching sun. After an hour and half we come to a small clearing called Falchwani. Crossing another small bridge the trail starts climbing again keeing the stream on right.After climbing for an hour the tree line starts receding. Finally we enter into the open pastures and camp at Dakwani.This place is specially notable for Himalayan Monal which is the state bird of Uttarakhand. Distance is 10 Km and may take 5/6 hrs.
Day 6: We Start early in the morning to reach Kuari Pass (~3900m/12800ft) and get the mesmerising views of the surrounding Himalaya. The pass is formed by two ridges bent in an arch shape and is clearly visible from Dakwani. The climb is moderately steep and can take around one and half hour. As we go higher the lower level of oxygen is felt. Once we reach the Pass, a panorama of massive snow clad peaks accompanied with far streched Bugiyal (alpine meadow) open up. Straight ahead is the twin peak of Hathi Parvat and Ghori Parvat. On a clear day one can witness the sheer expanse of great Himalayan range spanning from Kumaon side (in the right ) to the Garhwal ranges farthest till Gangotri (on the left). We take a right from the pass and encirle the track to reach the opposite side. On the way we cross a small camping ground called Kuari Khana and a Place Khulara from where a trail descends on our right to Tapovan. From here we see the broad Dhauli Ganga valley to our right. We continue on the left trail and then descend to Tali (~3500m, 11500ft). This is a beauiful camping ground with a small pond. After this point we enter into the forest of Oak and Rhododendrons till we come to a clearing. We climb a little on the grassy slope and traverse to reach Gurson Bugiyal. On our right the chain of high Himalayan peaks loom throughout. After crossing the bugiyal tree line reappears. There is a small clearing after finishing the meadows surrounded with trees and desolated camp of police, which is a potential camping ground. There is a small temple beside the trail nearby. We continue further down to reach Auli top where we find a forest check post and the famous Auli cable car station. From here we descend fo another half an hour to reach our camping ground at Auli (~2600m, 8500 ft). A long day of walk finally halts. Total distance is around 18 Km and can take upto 10 hrs.
Additional days for Pangarchula peak: If we decide to go to the Pangarchula peak (~ 4400m/14400ft) then we need an extra day to climb the peak and a day to descend to Auli. After crossing the pass we camp at a place called Kuari Khana. Pangarchula is a uniform triangular shaped peak standing alomost 2000 ft (~ 600m) higher from this point. Till the end of May snow remains on the grassy slope of the peak. During monsoon and till October the climb is easy on the gradual grassy slope. This is the highest point of the surrounding area and the views from the peak are captivating. It may take 5 hrs to climb the peak from the camp and another 3 hrs to return.
Day: 7 Auli is the road head. In the morning we take the car and decend to Joshimath and take the Badrinath highway back to Haridwar via Chamoli, Karnaprayag and Deoprayag etc. It may take upto 12 hrs to cover the distance of 270 Km.
P.S.: Distances and altitudes are approximate and may not be exact.