Kuari Pass Trek

Kuari Pass Trek

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Kuari which means "doorway" is a Himalayan high mountain pass situated in the Garhwal region of northern India, south of the Tibetan border and on the western rim of the "Nanda Devi Sanctuary" Biosphere Reserve and falls in the Chamoli district. The Kuari Pass Trek found fame in the early 1900's when intrepid adventurers and mountaineers such as Lord Curzon, Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman used the passage in their pioneering explorations of the region.
The Kuari Pass trek is known as The Curzon Trail (named after the former British Viceroy Of India "Lord Curzon").
The views on the Kuari Pass trek are often cited as the best in the Indian Himalayas. It is not hard to discover why. To the north of the Kuari Pass is the Chaukhamba Range, while the summits of Mana (7272m), Kamet (7756m) and Abl Gamin (7355m) extend to the Tibet border.In the middle foreground, a number of spectacular peaks including Dunagiri (7066m) and Changabang (6864m) enclose the Nanda Devi Sanctuary while to the west the snowcapped ranges extend to Gangotri.


Area : Garhwal Himalayas (Uttarakhand)

Trip Duration : 8 Day Trek

Trek Grade : Easy to Moderate

Highest Point : 4269 mts (kauri Pass)

Best Time to Go: Mid April to June – September to November

Day Itinerary:-

  • Day 1


  • (1445 MTS, 215 KMS BY ROAD)

  • We start the trip after breakfast by driving from Rishikesh to Chefna. On the way we cross the four holy confluences of the various tributaries of Ganges River. These are five auspicious confluences named as "Panch Prayag": Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karanprayag, Nandprayag and Vishnuprayag. Devprayag is considered the most sacred of all the prayags as it's the very first confluence of Bhagirathi (originating at Gaumukh) and Alaknanda (originating from snowy peaks above Badrinath) to merge and form Ganges. Then we continue to drive to Chefna, through Garhwali Himalayan landscape dotted with small ethnic settlements following the river. Dinner and Overnight stay at Camp.

  • Day 2


  • (2350 MTS, 10 KMS , 4-5 HRS)

  • After breakfast we start the trek next to a river followed by an ascent through Deodar forest and Bhotias (local inhabitants) villages. On the trail we leave behind the Nandakini river with packed lunch with us. We will have dinner & overnight stay at camps in Ramni.

  • Day 3


  • (2650 MTS, 13 KMS, TREK 6-7 HRS)

  • We continue the trek from Ramni making a steep climb to make our way through the grassy meadows. We trek across the dense pine and oak forests reaching Ramni pass from where we descend to the village of Jhijipanni. Here we put our camps and stay overnight.

  • Day 4


  • (2600 MTS, 12 KMS, TREK 5-6 HRS)

  • From Jhinjipani we trek towards Pana by descending for about half an hour to reach the suspension bridge on Birehiganga river. The trekking trail includes the bridge crossing and climbing through the zigzig path of the narrow valley to a ridge. We move ahead on the trails for two hours of climbing to reach Pana where we put our camps for the night.

  • Day 5


  • (3341 MTS, 10 KMS, TREK 4-5 HRS)

  • After breakfast we start trekking by climbng the ridge making our way through the dense forests. The trail leaves the rocky nature and levels out after a trek of about an hour. We then descend and reach to the big waterfall from where the trail goes steep and uphill for almost an hour. The trek is continued for about one more hour and then we arrive our campsite for the night.

  • Day 6


  • (3200MTS, 10 KMS TREK 6 HRS)

  • This is a strenous day where we trek for almost 6 hours and start early in the morning. The trek through steep zig zag trail takes us to the breathtaking panoramic views of the ultimate Kuari Pass. It is the major attraction point of the trek to Kuari Pass where you can witness the spectacular views of the Greater Himalayas. After spending sometime with the surroundings we trek back to the camp in the meadows of Chitrakanta. The trail presents an amazing view of the Nanda Devi and Pangarchula peaks. Overnight stay at the camp.

  • Day 7


  • ( 3000 MTS, 4-6 HRS ) DRIVE TO JOSHIMATH

  • This day we descent towards Auli through green woods and green pastures. We trek down for about 4-6 hours enjoying the silent beauty of the trail. At Auli our car will be waiting for us to drive us to Joshimath. Check into the hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel in Joshimath.

  • Day 8


  • (8/9 HOURS)

  • It's a very scenic drive as you pass through the pilgrimage towns of Nandprayag, Karanprayag, Rudraprayag, Devprayag. Lunch enroute. Upon arrival at Rishikesh, trip concludes.