Kuari Pass trek for six days would enable you to witness the holy destinations in the Himalayas and it starts once you reach Rishikesh/Dehradun and then the drive to Joshimath will be a beautiful one showcasing the pilgrim spots located at different places. Devprayag, Bhagirathi and Alakananda confluence, and Joshimath will take you to the enthralling moments with their unbeatable naturalness. It is situated in the Nanda Devi National Park.
Irrespective of you being a seasoned trekker or a beginner the Kuari Pass is a trek you needto do. It is a must do for its views of some of India’s most celebrated mountains in any season. In winter there is an added attraction. The snow in its almost perfectly crafted forests. Snow flakes settled on the Oak leaves above a white carpeted forest floor.
Day 1 – Drive Rishikesh to Joshimath
256 km drive, approx 10 hours
Trekkers will be picked from Rishikesh in a Tata Sumo or a similar vehicle (cost is included)
Arrive at Joshimath approx by 5 pm – (tea, briefing of the trek & dinner) Breakfast and Lunch on the way (exclusive of charges) Accommodation at the guest house / luxury camps.
Telephone Network- Available.
Rishikesh (best place for white water rafting, trekking gear available on rent and purchase)
Rishikesh to Devprayag (confluence of Bhagirathi river and Alaknanda river) Devprayag to Srinagar
Srinagar to Rudraprayag (confluence of Mandakini river and Alaknanda river) Rudraprayag to Karnprayag (confluence of Pindar river and Alaknanda river)
Day 2 – Drive Joshimath to Dhak and Trek to Gulling top
12 km drive and 5 km trek, approx 4hrs First 1 hour trek till the road head The trail is a mix of steep and gradual ascent, mostly through villages Hot lunch at campsite Water Points- Available at villages in passing Accommodation in a tent Peaks spotted: Dronagri, HathiParvat, GoriParvat Route:
Drive from Joshimath to Dhak village (2,050m/6750ft) (12 km)
Trek from Dhak village to Tugasi village (2,450m/8050ft) (3.5 km trek)
Trek from Tugasi village to Gulling village (2,750m/9,000ft) (2 km trek)
Gulling village to Gulling top campsite (2,900m/9600ft) (0.5 km Trek)
DAY 3 – TREK GULLING TOP TO KHULARA
Altitude: 3,350m/11,000ft 5.5 km trek, approx 5 hrs A steep ascent through oak, rhododendron (mostly pink and white), walnut forest Lunch at campsite Accommodation in a tent
DAY 4 – TREK, KHULARA TO KUARI PASS AND BACK TO KHULARA
Altitude: 3,800m/12,9500ft Approx 7-8km Trek, 5-6 hrs(3-4 km each way) The first half is steep ascent and second half is a gradual ascent Wide meadows with golden to bright green grass cover to cross in the summer that turns into rolling snowfields in the winter Khullar top to broken bridge with frozen stream (traverse walk) (12,200 ft) Broken bridge to KUARI PASS (Strenuous climb) (12,500 ft) Carry enough water (no water source on the way) Early morning after breakfast start trek to Kuari pass Special care for protection from the harsh sun is required in these open meadows
Peaks Spotted: Kedarnath Peak, Kedardome, Chaukhambha, Balakun, Neel Kantha, Mukut Parvat, Kamet, Abhi Gamin, Mana I, Ghori Parvat, Hathi Parvat, Dronagiri, Kalanka, Chang Bang, Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti.
DAY 5 – TREK KHULARA TO DHAK VILLAGE AND DRIVE TO JOSHIMATH
Altitude: 2,050m/6,750ft 11km trek, approx 7hrs and 12km drive to Joshimath
9Breakfast at Camp I Trek to Dhak village Drive from Dhak village to Joshimath Reach Joshimath by late afternoon Joshimath (tea, dinner) Clean drinking water for filling your bottles will be available at Tugasi and Dhak Accommodation: Guest House
DAY 6 – DRIVE JOSHIMATH TO RISHIKESH
256 km drive, approx 10 hrs The ride will commence at 6 am, reaching the destination at around 6 pm Lunch will be on the way at a roadside inn, exclusive of charges Note: On Day 6, you’ll reach Rishikesh between 6 pm and 7 pm. You can book your travel any time after 8pm
THINGS TO CARRY
Backpack (min 60 Ltrs) with rain cover
2 pairs of full sleeve shirts/T-shirts and track Pants
2 pairs of cotton socks. 3 pairs of woollen socks
1 full sleeves sweater or fleece jacket (preferable)
Thermal inners – 1 Pair 1 pair gloves.
Cold cream and sun screen (SPF 40+)
Water bottle 1 Lt
Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
Personal toilet kit and toilet paper
Personal medicine kit
Dark sunglasses (U/V protected)
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