Winter Kuari Pass Trek
Kuari Pass Trek is probably the best opportunity to view the high Himalayan peaks. The views are simply breathtaking. With a moderate trekking, anyone with no or little experience in trekking can venture out to please themselves with some glorious view of the great Himalayas. During winter most part of our trail will be covered in snow. The green meadows will be covered with a blanket of snow so are the trees.The Trishul in the east to the peaks of Kedarnath in the west - the Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Nilkantha, Kamet, Gauri Parbat, Hathi Parbat, Nandadevi, Bethartoli, Dunagiri - (6000 m or 7000 m peaks) lined one after the other in a magnificent arc. Southwards the foothills stretch wave upon wave onto the dim haze of the distant plains. Dotted by some remote mountain villages you will also get a chance to have some good insight into the local life.
- Panoramic views of Nanda Devi
- Trek through alpine and rhododendron forests
- Witness the famous bugyals or alpine green meadows
Day 1: Arrival in Joshimath/Auli
Today’s journey from Haridwar to Joshimath is about 260 km long and takes around 10 hours. Joshimath is a hub for pilgrim tourists travelling to Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib. Check in to the guest house at Auli at the end of the day.
Day 2: Joshimath- Chitrakhana | 6 km Trek - 4 hrs
To start the Kuari Pass trek we first drive to Dhak village. At this village, we will start our trekking adventure to the Kuari Pass. We trek through a hemlock, oak and rhododendron forest for 3 km before a short descent to the meadow and campsite at Chitrakantha (3310m). The impressive snow-capped ridge, including Chaukhamba-1 (7138 m), can be seen beyond Joshimath. The shepherds living between here and the Kuari Pass Trek are from Rishikesh or Haridwar and graze flocks of sheep and goats throughout summer. There is a small spring line at the head of the meadow for replenishing your water supply.
Day 3: Chitrakhana - Tali Top | 8 km Trek - 4 hrs
We will start our day early with a few stretching exercises in the morning followed by breakfast. After this our trek leader will brief us about today’s trek schedule. Today we will trek for around 6 Kms to Tali Top through green vegetation and red rhododendron flowers which turn red during the blooming season in April & May. Climb up through the forested ridge of Rhododendron, Spruce and Silver Birch above Chitrakantha. It takes around an hour to reach a prominent ridge top (3500m) and a further 30 minutes around to an open meadow where it meets the well-defined track from a place called Tapovan.We will camp at the alpine meadow at the end of Tali top.
Day 4: Tali Top - Kuari Pass via Khullara and back | 11 km Trek - 8 hrs
We will start early as this is the longest day on the Kuari Pass Trek. First leg of today’s trek is a gradual ascend till Khullara top and from there traversing through the snow patch we reach Kuari Top. At Kuari Pass top winds will gush past you. Savour the unending vistas of great Himalayan peaks including the famous Nanda Devi. Nanda Devi (7816 m) is the highest peak completely within India. It is surrounded by a huge circle of mountain walls with only one outlet, where the Rishi Ganga forges a route through deep, almost impenetrable gorges before flowing into the Alaknanda River. Given these natural defences, it was not until 1934 that the first mountaineers were finally able to reach the base of Nanda Devi. Return to Tali Top through the same route and enjoy camp bonfire and sumptuous dinner at Tali campsite.
Day 5: Tali to Joshimath via Auli | 7 km Trek - 4 hrs
After having breakfast we trek downhill beside the Rishi Ganga River till the road where the taxi will take us to Joshimath. On the way we will pass Auli which is famous for its skiing slopes and is home to winter skiing resort run by GMVN (Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam). The Auli resort run by GMVN has snow beaters which beat the snow to keep the slopes fit for skiing at all times. GMVN also conducts 7 and 14 day skiing courses at Auli.
Day 6: Departure from Joshimath/Auli
After morning breakfast, we check-put from Joshimath/Auli and proceed onwards towards Rishikesh/Haridwar.
- Accommodation - Twin sharing at Guesthouse on Day-1 & 5 and Camps on Day-2,3 & 4
- All Meals from Day 1 Dinner to Day 6 Breakfast
- Forest entry fees & permits
- All camping equipments, Sleeping bag, Camping chairs, Toilet tents
- Experienced Guide.
- Support Staff and Porter for camping equipment
- Any extra meals not mentioned in inclusions
- Transport from Haridwar/Rishikesh
- Rucksacks and other personal items
- All items of personal nature
- Mineral water
- Any cost arising due to natural calamities like landslides, roadblocks, etc.
- Any increase in taxes or fuel leading to an increase in surface transportation
- Anything not mentioned in Inclusions
- 30 days prior departure date - 75% refund
- 30 to 8 days prior departure date - 50% refund
- 7 days or less prior departure date - No refund
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Best time to do Winter Kuari pass trek is from mid December to early march. During winter months of December, January, February and early March, most of the trail is covered with snow. This is the Snow trek to go for if you are looking for lot of snow.
Kuari pass trek is typically an easy trek but snow makes is moderately difficult. Key to having a good trek is being prepared for conditions, which means adequate cold weather clothing.
We keep our groups small for better over all experience. Typically our group size is between 6 to 10 trekkers. On few long weekends and holidays could see a group size of upto 15.
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Our tented accommodation is provided at twin sharing basis. The tents that we provide are best in class and are professional grade. You can read more about it here: http://www.vango.co.uk/gb/blog/15_vango-halo-300-technical-trekking-tent.html
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We serve delicious Indian vegetarian food and eggs during the trek.
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Ideally trekking shoes/boots with ankle support are needed for any trek in the Himalayan region. Quechua shoes available at Decathlon are a value for money option.
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Yes all published dates are final and departures are guaranteed. Even if that its just you, we will proceed with the trek.
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Toilet tents are set-up at the campsites. These are dry-pit temporary toilets and most hygienic as well as convenient way to answer nature’s call in the wild.
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You will receive good network up to the towns of Mussoorie, Rishikesh. Beyond these network is intermittent and quite weak. Please inform anxious family members in advance that you will be out of coverage area during this trek. There will be no electric charging points anywhere on the trek.
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