Kuari Pass Trek
A short 5-day trek into the Nanda Devi Sanctuary the Kauri Pass trek that gives you spectacular views of the Nanda Devi sanctuary and a host of 7000m snow-capped peaks that extend into Tibet. Winter Kuari pass trek is famous for its views. The views on the winter Kuari Pass trek are often cited as the best in the Indian Himalayas.
The history of this wonderful astounding beauty of nature lies somewhere during the British rule in India when Lord Curzon was Viceroy of India, he undertook several treks in the Garhwal, including one over the Kuari Pass to Joshimath and since then it has come to be known as Curzon’s trail. It is very popular among European and American travellers. In 1905, Lord Curzon reached Kuari Pass from Ghat via Ramni. Today many trekkers prefer to undertake the trek in the reverse direction. The main attraction of Curzon’s trail is the majestic view of the Twin Peaks of Nanda Devi–the main summit (7816 m), which is the highest peak situated completely within India and the east summit (7434 m) of Nanda Devi, Kamet (7756 m), Dronagiri (7066 m) and Hathi Parbat (6727 m) and Ghori Parvat (6708 m). Along the trek, we will pass through pristine Rhododendron, Oak and Deodar forests. Rare Himalayan flora and fauna found in abundance on the Curzon’s trail.
As the Curzon Trail takes you through lush green fields, remote villages and virgin forests. Providing an enchanting view of the imposing peaks of Nanda Devi, Kamet, Chaukhamba, Dronagiri and Hathi-Ghodi Parvat, It takes you through lush green fields, remote villages and virgin forests. The arms length view of ranges like the Mt.Nanda Devi, Kamet, Dronagiri and Hathi-Ghodi Parvat, is the reward that awaits the trekker atop this pass. When Lord Curzon trekked this route he started from Ramni to reach Kauri pass. We shall be trailing the same path as did Curzon, but in the reverse direction, starting from Ramni and then climbing the pass.
“Life is about experiencing the great adventure and sustain with full enthusiasm. For this we need a change in our schedule and try something new.”
"The Winter is coming!” is one of the most often repeated phrase in the HBO series "Game of Thrones". And this they have been repeating for the past 3 seasons and still there are no signs of the so-called fierce winter on screen. With such a backdrop, dare yourself to undertake your first ever-Himalayan Winter trek. With this summer, Himalayan treks under your belt you can look for something different this time and this winter trek will be an obvious answer to that. Kauri Pass is one of the few trekking destinations of Himalayan region that is available for trekking in winter season when the paths are wrapped with heavy snowfall.a
The maximum height reached during the course of trekking is 4268 mts and the trek is generally not very difficult. In the background below, the valley is the entrance to the formidable Rishi Gorge, which until 1934 was considered un-penetrable. Kuari Pass is at a relative moderate altitude of 12,200 feet. What it lacks in altitude is compensated with unprecedented views. The beautiful camping grounds of Gulling, Chitrakantha & Tali are the key attraction of the trek. The trails leading from Tali Top to Kuari Pass gives an impression of doing a full-scaled Himalayan alpine expedition in truck loads of snow.
No matter how tired you get the fresh mountain breeze and the glorious scenery around will always rejuvenate you. Apart from the Pass, the two major attractions of this trip are Joshimath and Auli. Joshimath is where Sri Shankaracharya is said to have attained enlightenment. Auli is well known for its skiing slopes. There will be star watching sessions for those who are interested in astronomy. Also, there is opportunity for rock climbing and moon light trekking. At the concluding part of the trek, there is an irrestible chance for bathing in the hot springs of Tapovan to rejuvenate your tired nerves after an exhaustive Trek! This trek is the perfect getaway from the monotony of your daily life and will be an unforgettable experience.
This is a great trek and an unforgettable journey into the mystical Hindu territory of Garhwal.
Location of Kuari Pass
Kuari Pass is located in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, 4265 meters above sea level. This is the major trekking destination in the great Himalayan ranges of the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The tourists plan their vacation to this particular destination for freshness in the air, the green valleys, Himalayan Ranges, captivating view of the rivers and the passes. For the first-timers, the Kuari Pass trek can be an enthralling experience with so much adventurous activities to do like rock climbing, walking through the dense forests, etc
"With the first step, the number of shapes the walk might take is infinite, but then the walk begins to define itself as it goes along, though freedom remains total with each step: any tempting side road can be turned into an impulse, or any wild patch of woods can be explored. The pattern of the walk is to come true, is to be recognized, discovered."
– A.R. Ammons, A Poem is a Walk
Some Interesting facts about Kuari Pass (A Trekkers Delight)
Kauri pass is altogether a mystic stupendous place an ideal dream destination for tourists but we can still highlight some points which makes this place such a irrestible treat – fresh air, majestic view of rivers, passes, green valley and Himalayas in Kuari Pass trek do not just invigorate the tourists but also fills with tremendous contentment to forget all the stress and workload back home. Fun could be unmitigated by involving in rock climbing and moon light trekking. In the route to Kuari Pass, trekkers may bump into shepherds with their flock and if interested, the trekkers can even rest in the shepherd’s hut treasuring the most unforgettable moments of life. Living the life of someone for even a few minutes give knowledge of the life they are living. Travellers no doubt rejuvenate. Or else, there is always the option of camping on tent. To the first timers, this will be the most stirring experience- living under the sky in an open area, smelling the earth and breathing the fresh air.
THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR !!
- Grandiose view of Mountains including Touring Nanda Devi, Dronagiri, Mukut Parbat, etc.
- Amazing unlimited combinations of clouds and snow-capped mountains.
- Walking through deep snow above Knee level.
- Thousands of glittering stars at night.
- Bonfire and the warmth.
- Stunning Sunrise and sunset.
Nature lovers can surely experience Beauty, Purity, Serenity, peace, harmony, Freedom all at this mystical place called the “Kuari Pass”.
“Life is brought down to the basics: if you are warm, regular, healthy, not thirsty or hungry, then you are not on a mountain. Climbing at altitude is like hitting your head against a brick wall – it is great when you stop”
Chris Darwin, the Social Climbers.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit this awesome place can be the non-monsoon months to break away from slippery way and untimely rainfall extending your trip; you can trek to Kuari Pass any time of the year. Temperature in summer remains between 19̊C to 29̊C while in winter the temperature falls upto -8̊C and the maximum temperature can go up to 12̊C.
Weather in Kuari Pass
- Summer: Kuari Pass Trek is at its best during summer season starting from April until mid-June. The unruffled and enjoyable summer sun makes the trek enjoyable. Light clothes are okay during the trek.
- Monsoon: Some untimely rainfall of monsoon at Kuari Pass makes the route muddy and slippery for the trekkers. It is better to avoid trekking though many tourists enjoy the monsoon rain in Kuari Pass.
- Spring: Spring month’s mid-September to early November are well thought-out as the best time to trek Kuari Pass. The trekking is fun with green vegetation all around and the calm weather favours the trekkers.
- Winter: Chilling cold at Kuari pass makes the trek difficult during winter season. Besides the tough climatic conditions, always like by trekkers. Heavy woollen outfit and shoes are must for trekking through winter.
How to Reach Kuari Pass ?
The trip to Kauri Pass begins from Rishikesh, Dehradun and Haridwar are the nearest places to begin from Rishikesh. From Rishikesh, drive through Devprayag, reach Rudraprayag passing through Srinagar, go to Karnaprayag and head up to Nandprayag. Here the trekkers can start their way to Ghat and begin the trek. You will pass through Ramana-Pana and Dakhwani finally reaching Kauri pass. If the tourists plan to drive further from Nandprayag through Chamoli to Joshimath, the alternate route can be taken. Trek to Auli, pass through Gorsan Bugyal and reach Kuari Pass. Usually the trekkers enter through one trekking route and exit through another trekking route to make the most of their trek. Auli-Gorsen Bugyal route to Kauri Pass is not recommended for winter trek.
Dehradun > Rishikesh > Srinagar > Rudraprayag > Karnaprayag > Nandprayag –> Ghat – Ramana > Pana >Dakhwani >Kuari Pass