Kuari Pass Trek also known as the Lord Curzon trail is amongst the finest Easy-to-Medium treks of Garhwal Himalayas. Kuari Pass is about 65-km trekking trail and rises to an altitude of over 4200 meters above MSL at the Kuari top. It is rated as the Top-5 easy-medium (non strenuous) treks of India because of several reasons. The trail gives you the glimpse of remote Himalayan villages, the eeriness of dense forests, views of highest Himalayan peaks and a panoramic 360° view of snow-clad Himalayas from Kuari Pass top. A glance at Nanda Devi peak is a moment to savor for lifetime.
About Kuari Pass - Lord Curzon Trail
For first few days the Kuari Pass Trek goes through villages and Oakwood and Rhododendron forest passing through Ghooni, Jhinjhi villages. You witness the remote Himalayan culture that is bang opposite from a city life - a slow paced, carefree life. We will come across Shepherds, wild animals, streams and Alpine tress during the first half of the trek. The walk goes up and down the mountains zigzagging through trans-Himalayas. As we enter the 4th day of trek we leave the tree-line and begin to a view snow-clad peaks that are highest in world. The scenes at Kuari pass top are mesmerizing with white peaks visible in all all aound. We descend from here for 2-3 days and reach road head at either at Auli or Tapovan.
Today, you’ll drive to Joshimath town in Garhwal that’ll be 255 km drive and should take 9-10hours. You must reach Tapovan, Rshikesh before 6:30 am to board the vehicle. Our team will escort and facilitate your transport to Joshimath. Overnight stay at the designated hotel/guesthouse on triple sharing basis.
After an early breakfast, you’ll start the drive to Tugasi/Karcho village and then begin the trek to Guling campsite. The trail kicks moderately uphill for a few km. We’ll cross a couple of villages before we reach the pristine alpine forest - a perfect dest to camp & spend the evening. Tea & snacks and dinner later. Overnight stay in tents.
Begin the trek through the dense forest of pine and oak trees. The terrain is moderately steep initially before leveling out in the later part. If it is late winter then you’ll start noticing the patches of snow as well. On the trail, you might meet shepherds and locals doing their daily activities. We can take a break and re-energize ourselves. Throughout the walk you’ll witness snowcapped mountains of Kamet, Nanda Devi, Dunagiri, Haathi-Ghori and Neelkanth.
Today, we hike to Kuari Pass ridge perched at an elevation of about 4000m. We start every early dawn to conquer the last climb and witness the majestic sunrise of the Himalayas. Patches of the trail can be little a strenuous but the location is amazing and worth all the effort. At the top of the pass, you will get a spectacular 360 degree view of great Himalayas. You can relax and soak in the magical beauty of nature for a while. After a while we’ll descend back to our campsite at Khulara. Relax through the evening and spend the night chatting and enjoying with your fellow travelers.
Time to descend back to the road-head. After having breakfast, we'll start our downhill walk through the dense Pine & Oak forests On the way you can explore remote villages like Karcho & Karchi to explore the real heritage of Garhwal Uttarakhand. On reaching the road-head, we’ll board our vehicle to reach Joshimath. Night stay in a guesthouse.
Today, you’ll drive to Rishikesh after an early morning breakfast. The journey should take 9-10 hours on average. You should reach Rishikesh at 6-7 pm. The tour terminates after dropping you in Rishikesh.
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