Kuari Pass Trek

07 Nights / 08 Days

When should you go: 15 October - 23 October

If Chamoli is the heart of Garhwal Himalayan region, Kuari Pass is its heartbeat and you can feel the pulse the same way Lord Curzon did when you retrace his and Shipton and Tilman's footsteps along the Pass in an eight-day trek. Navigate thickly wooded forests of oak, pine, deodar, fir and rhododendron with breaks of several alpine meadows, punctuated by playfully meandering streams and skittish waterfalls, the area sprinkled by rare flora and fauna.

The legendary Pass is the curtain raiser to the impressive range of eastern Himalayan peaks comprising the Nandakini, Chaukhamba, Nilagiri, Hathi Parbat, Neelkanth, Barmal, Ghodi Parbat, Dhunagiri, Ghodi Parbat and the Bithartoli that together provide an awe-inspiring spectacle of unparalleled grandeur of nature on Earth. The trip is worth making for this sight alone. The aperitif is in the form of scalloped ridges of trishul and the Nanda Devi on your way to the magnificent spectacle. Don't miss it for anything.

  1. Day 00: New Delhi to Haridwar by overnight train

    Start from New Delhi through an overnight train. Reach Haridwar early in the next morning.

  2. Day 01: Drive Haridwar to Ghat (1,330m)

    Board the vehicles at the station setting off on a long drive to Ghat. Drive along the Ganges (called Alaknanda from Devprayag onwards) and pass the holy confluences at Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnprayag and Nandprayag. At Nandprayag, we leave the Alaknanda and follow the Nandakini river to our first campsite on the banks of the river. Overnight at Camp.

  3. Day 02: Trek Ghat to Ghunni (2,550m)

    Cross the bridge on the Nandakini river immediately after leaving our campsite. It is a long but gently undulating climb up to the village of Ghunni. Our camp is just next to the village school. Overnight at Camp.

  4. Day 03: Trek Ghunni to Sem Kherak (2,400m)

    As we leave Ghunni the climb is steep, but soon it levels out and we proceed through grassy meadows and later through dense oak and pine forests. We climb up to cross the Ramni pass and from here it’s a long but gradual descent to Sem Kherak, our next campsite. Overnight at Camp.

  5. Day 04: Trek Sem Kherak to Pana (2,450m)

    Begin walk with a long descent through dense forests to the village of Jhenjipani. Continue descending for another half an hour till we reach the suspension bridge on the Birahiganga river. After two hours of climbing, the trail levels out and another hour or so, we reach Pana and take the trail that leads us to our campsite above the village. Overnight at Camp.

  6. Day 05: Trek Pana to Upper Dhakwani (3,341m)

    Climb the ridge immediately above our campsite through dense forests. Thereafter the trail levels out for about an hour before it descends steep to a big waterfall. The trail then goes steep uphill again for an hour and half before levelling out as we reach another gushing stream. We go on to make the final hour and half’s ascent of the day to reach Upper Dhakwani. Overnight at Camp.

  7. Day 06: Trek Upper Dhakwani to Kuari Pass (3650m) to Khulara (3,200m)

    Start early to take advantage of good weather conditions so that we have clear skies when we reach the Kuari Pass. This is the highlight of the trip with breathtaking views of the Greater Himalayas. It is only a 2-3 hours pleasant walk through lush alpine meadows as we descend to our campsite at Khulara. Overnight at Camp.

  8. Day 07: Trek Khulara to Auli (3,000m) and drive to Pipalkoti

    Continue to descend through dense fir forests. After passing Tali, the forests give way to meadows to give us a magnificent view of Nanda Devi, the highest mountain in India. Our vehicles will be waiting for us at Auli to drive us to our hotel at Pipalkoti. Overnight at hotel in Pipalkoti.

  9. Day 08: Drive from Pipalkoti to Haridwar and board the train to Delhi

    Start early in the morning to be able to complete the long drive to Haridwar and to catch the evening train to Delhi. Reach Delhi at about 10.45 pm.

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