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Kuari Pass Trek

Kuari Pass trek, famously known as Lord Curzon trail, is one of the most adventurous and popular treks in Uttarakhand.

Kuari Pass Trek

Duration

6D/5N

Pickup Point

Joshimath/ Rishikesh/Dehradun

Minimum Age

14+

Maximum Altitude

12,516 ft

Best time to visit

Summer, Spring, Autumn

Thrill level

Easy, Moderate

Accomodation

Tent, Hotels

Overview

It is Situated in Garhwal Himalayas at an altitude of 12,516 feet, Kuari Pass offers spellbinding views of Dronagiri, Chitrakantha, Chaukhamba, Tali top, Neelkanth, Trishul, Nanda Devi, etc. We will start the trip in Rishikesh and cover Joshimath, Dhak, Gulling, Khullara and Tali top to reach the magnificent Kuari Pass. Later, we will return to Rishikesh via Dhak Village. While on the trail, you will get to witness the astonishing views of sacred Indian rivers like Bhagirathi and Alaknanda. Kuari Pass is famous for winter treks or snow expeditions and you can enchant your soul with the scenic views of some of the most magnificent Himalayan peaks and starry nights.

 

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Rishikesh to Joshimath
  •  Pickup point: goSTOPS Rishikesh
  • Drive to Joshimath

  • Altitude: 6,724 ft

  • 256-km drive, approx 10 hours

  • Group introduction

  • Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Joshimath to Gulling Top
  • Drive from Joshimath to Dhak Village

  • Altitude: 9,600 ft

  • 12-km drive and 6-km trek, approx 4 hours

  • Trek from Dhak village to Gulling top

  • Overnight stay in camps

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3:Gulling Top to Camp
  • Trek from Gulling top to Tali

  • Altitude 11,070 ft

  • 4-km trek, approx 5 hours

  • Overnight stay in camps

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 Day 4: Camp to Kuari Pass and back to Camp
  • Trek to Kuari Pass via Khullara Top
  • Altitude 12,516 ft

  • 15-km trek, approx 11 hours

  • Descend back to the base camp

  • Overnight stay in camps

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Back to Joshimath via Auli
  • Trek to Auli, 8-km trek, approx 7 hours 

  • Drive from Auli to Joshimath, 13-km drive

  • Overnight stay in hotel

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Return to Rishikesh
  • Drive from Joshimath to Rishikesh

  • 256-km drive, approx 10 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1:
Rishikesh to Joshimath 

Everyone is expected to assemble at goSTOPS Rishikesh. The journey starts in a private vehicle and takes you to Joshimath. The drive is a long one but the surrounding beauty keeps you busy throughout. Get mesmerized by the various picturesque routes along the way. Upon reaching Joshimath, check into the hotel and freshen up. Evening will be free for exploration. Meet your fellow travelers, have a hearty chit- chat around the warm bonfire and enjoy the dinner. There will be an overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2:
Joshimath to Gulling Top

Start your journey to Dhak Village early in the morning. It’s a 12-km drive. Upon reaching Dhak, meet your trek leader and begin your trek to Gulling. It’s a 6-km trek and will take around 4-5 hours to reach the campsite. On your way, get awestruck as you witness beautiful peaks such as Dronagiri, Hathi Parvat and Gauri Parvat. Upon reaching the campsite, check in and freshen up. Evening will again be free for exploration. You can treat your eyes to the beautiful view of different peaks all around. Enjoy the dinner. There will be an overnight stay in camps.

Day 3:
Gulling Top to Camp

Wake up early, refresh yourself with a delicious breakfast and resume your journey. As the trek continues, you discover mesmerizing views of peaks, oaks, rhododendrons (mostly pink and white) and walnut forests. Enjoy your lunch while looking at the magnificent Mt. Nanda Devi and Mt. Dronagiri. Upon reaching the campsite, freshen up and have an early dinner. The next day is going to be extremely exciting as you will be heading towards your final destination- Kuari Pass. There will be an overnight stay in camps.

 Day 4:
Camp to Kuari Pass and back to Camp 

After a delicious breakfast, start your trek again. Moderately difficult, the trek trail will pass through the rolling snowfield to reach Kuari Pass. Once you reach there, witness the breathtaking 360° view of peaks such as Kedarnath Peak, Kedar Dome, Chaukhambha, Neel Kantha, Mukut Parvat, Ghori Parvat, Hathi Parvat, Dronagiri, Nanda Devi and many more. It is surely going to be an unforgettable experience. Spend some leisure time at the spot before lunch and then start trekking back towards the campsite. Enjoy your dinner. There will be an overnight stay in camps.

Day 5:
Back to Joshimath via Auli

Wake up early and get mesmerized by the beautiful sunrise. After a sumptuous breakfast, head towards the Skiing Capital of India- Auli. On your way, stop at the stunning Tali Lake. Upon reaching Auli, you will be driven to Joshimath where you can check in to the hotel and freshen up. It’s day 5 and you have definitely made some new friends on the trip. Spend the evening with them and enjoy the dinner together. There will be an overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 6:
Return to Rishikesh

Wake up and soak your eyes with the sunrise views. Post breakfast, you start your return journey to Rishikesh. It's an 11-hour long drive. Upon reaching Rishikesh, bid a warm farewell to the fellow trekkers. The trip ends here.

How to reach?

By Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun serves as the nearest airport to Rishikesh. Visitors can take a direct flight to Dehradun from Mumbai or Delhi or connecting flights from anywhere in India. Local vehicles can be availed from outside the airport to reach Rishikesh by road from Dehradun.

By Train: Rishikesh Junction Railway Station is well-connected to all the surrounding major cities. Visitors can easily find frequent trains to Rishikesh from Delhi and Dehradun.

By Road: Rishikesh is well connected by roads to all major cities and towns, so visitors as per their choice and comfort can take the bus to reach Rishikesh smoothly. Rishikesh is connected to Chandigarh, Delhi, Dehradun, and Nainital through a good network of roads.

Things to Carry

  • Rucksack (Min 55 Ltrs with rain cover)
  • Trekking Shoes, Floaters or Sandals
  • Quick Dry Tees
  • Track Pants
  • Cotton socks
  • Pair of woolen socks
  • Rain jacket or Poncho 
  • 1 Full Sleeves Sweater or Fleece Jacket,1 Heavy Jacket, 1 Pair of Thermal
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Woolen Cap
  • Gloves
  • Sun Cap
  • Scarf
  • Lip Balm
  • Cold Cream & SunScreen (SPF 40+)
  • Packed food
  • Water Bottle 1 
  • Powerbank
  • Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
  • Personal Toiletries 
  • Personal Basic Medical Kit
  • Sunglasses
  • People who use spectacles (Use Photochromic glasses instead of contact lenses)
  • Trekking Pole
  • Extra Polythene

Inclusion

  • Transportation from Rishikesh to Rishikesh: AC Semi-Sleeper Volvo bus/Tempo Traveler

  • Accommodation (sharing basis)

  • Experienced and cool trip leader/trek guide

  • Meals: Dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 6

  • First Aid Kits

  • Driver allowances, toll taxes, parking, state taxes

Exclusion

  • Personal essentials -
  • (i) Equipment- Gumboots, trekking poles, etc.
  • (ii) Insurance- Personal and travel insurances
  • (iii) Beverage- Mineral water bottles, bottled or canned beverages
  • (iv) Snacks- Chocolates, dry fruits, protein or nutrition bars
  • (v) Entertainment- Camera or drone fees
  • In case your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure" or due to personal reasons after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get a refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by you
  • Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel/trek/COVID-19 will be borne by the trekkers
  • Loading and unloading of personnel luggage
  • Any kind of emergency evacuation charges

Advisory

  1. Rent gear: You can reduce the hassle of buying gear like trek pants, jackets, shoes and rent them for the trek at an additional cost.

  2. RT-PCR negative certification: This is mandatory for goSTOPS treks. Without it, you will not be allowed to join us. You are exempted only if you’ve taken two doses of vaccine or were infected with COVID-19 in the last three months. 

Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellation is made 30 days before the date of travel, 25% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees

  • If cancellation is made 15 to 30 days before the date of travel, 50% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees

  • If cancellation is made 0 to 15 days before the date of travel, 100% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees

  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

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