Kuari Pass Trek
The Kuari pass trek is amongst the best in the Garhwal Mountains. The trail takes you through lush green fields, remote villages and virgin forests. The close range view of Mt.Nanda Devi along with numerous other peaks is the reward that awaits the trekker atop the Kunwari pass.
In 1905 Lord Curzon trekked over the Kuaripass from Ghat via Ramni and hence the trek is named after him as the “Curzon Trail. In the modern times many trekkers prefer to undertake the trek in the reverse direction. The main attractions of Curzon’s trails is the majestic 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 an elevation of 4265 mts. Standing at the Kwari-Pass facing north, one gets to see Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Nilkhantha, Kamet, Gauri Parbat, Hathi Parbat, Nandadevi, Bethartoli, Dunagiri, etc. all arranged in a fantastic arc- southwards the foothills stretch onwards till they merge with the haze of the distant plains .The trek takes one through dense oak and conifer, bamboo and birch forests, teeming with fauna. A visitor has a good chance of viewing wildlife during the course of the trek.
Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the hotel. Sightseeing of Old & New Delhi, visiting, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Shanti Van, Humayun Tomb, President House, India Gate and Qutab Minar.
02 DELHI/RISHIKESH (340 m)
We drive 224 km/ 7 to Rishikesh. Check in hotel. Evening at Sun set witness Ganga Arti (worship) on the Bank of Ganga river.
03 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 more or less happening market for the nearby villages. The Forest Rest House can also be used as a reasonably priced accommodation. The river Nandakini emerging from Mt Trishul passes near this village (hence the name “Ghat”)Overnight in guest house/ hotel.
04 Ghat – Selu Bagar – Ghunni (6 kms/2-3 hrs)
Today we drive to Selu Bagar ,This drive covers 7 km and takes around 30 minutes. Meet the ponies/porters at this point. The trail from here is well marked with continuous switch backs to the ridge from where one can see the settlements of Ramni and Ghunni villages after covering a total of 6 kms and climbing steeply for 3 hrs, one arrives at an open plateau , known as Ghunni, which is the campsite for the day. The massive campsite is also used as a playground and hosts innumerous sporting events. Overnight in tents.
05 Ghunni – Vinayak Pass – Jhinjhi Village (13 kms/6-7 hrs)
Trek through beautiful forest, sometimes with a nice view of snow peaks. It is uphill trek for first 2 hrs till Binayak top. We can see the glorious view of Nanda Ghunti peak from this top. Then very steep descend to village Jhenji, . The 4 hrs of descent through the well laid path finally takes one to the village of Jhinjhi- inhabited by 30 – 35 families, and located by the side of a mountain stream. This is also on the route to the trek to Saptrishi Tal. Overnight in the small campsite in tents.
06 Jhinjhi – Pana Village (8 kms/4-5 hrs)
Trek to Pana, which is the last village on our route before we reach Kuari Pass. First ½ hr. steep descend and then steep ascend till Pana. A final ascend of less than a kilometer will brings one to the campsite above village of Pana- a bustling village located on the ridge. The campsite is very small and often with smaller groups one prefers a family stay over tented accommodation. Overnight in tents .
07 Pana – Dakhwani (3300 mts/10824 ft) 14 kms/5 hrs
The trail is well marked above the camp site passing through a thick Rhododendron forest with a few false summits. The 2 kms finally takes one to the ridge. The trail now, gradually passing through the forest enters an open meadow at Sartoli – which serves as a camping site as well as pasture land for a sheep & cattle. This is an ideal place to view KuariPass dominating the horizon. Overnight in tents.
08 Dakhwani – KuariPass (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 one crosses 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. The pass looks deceptively close and seems to take ages to reach . It is customary to make an early start so as to see the sun rise at the pass.Take your time, relax and enjoy photography at the pass, and capture beautiful memories forever! After that goes past through pasture land and enters the forest and finally leads to the campsite at Tali. Overnight in tents.
09 Tali – Auli- Joshimath (2550 mts/8364 ft) 17 kms/5-6 hrs
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 it is Himalayas all around! The great Nanda Devi peak dominates all the other peaks. The crossing of Gorson meadows with its vast meadows and wild flowers is most enjoyable, After reaching Auli we take a Jeep to Joshimath – a 13 kms drive away. The town of Joshimath is a bustling market place and serves as the main bazaar for nearly all the nearby villages. The town was thus named in honour of Guru Adi Shankaracharya, who visited the town in 300 CE, and established a temple here.Overnight in hotel.
10 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.
Sightseeing of Ashrams, Ghats, Yoga Centre in the morning. Afternoon free.
Drive 225 km/6 hr via Haridwar. En route small stop at Haridwar for sightseeing.
Transfer to the International Airport.