Kuari Pass trek is one of the major trekking destinations in Uttarakhand, which is located at an altitude of 4,265 m above sea level. Every year, a huge number of trekking enthusiasts from all around the country trek to this exotic location and enjoy the breathtaking views of enchanting ranges. From Kuari Pass, you can admire the breathtaking views of Mt. Trishul (7,120m), Mt. Nanda Devi (7,817), and its twin peak Nanda Devi East (7,434m). Also, you can witness the sheer beauty of Mt. Chaukhamba (7,128m) and Mt. Kamet (7,756m).
The difficulty level of the Kuari Pass trek ranges from easy to moderate. Throughout the trekking, you enjoy the scenic beauty of pristine rivers, striking Himalayan peaks, greenery, and a serene ambiance. You also make your way through lush velvet meadows, beautiful rhododendrons, and other passes like Tali Top and Vinayak Pass.
Kuari Pass Trek is also popular as ‘Curzon Trail’ and is located in Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. The trek starts from Dhak Village to Tali camp and Gorsen Bugyal. At some locations, along with trekking, you get to indulge in camping. Explore new trekking paths and have an experience of a lifetime.
Kuari Pass Trek Info
- Duration – 6 days / 5 nights
- Altitude - 4265 m
- Level - Easy to Moderate
- Season - April till mid-June
- Rail Head – Rishikesh is the nearest railhead.
- Nearest Major Town – Joshimath is the nearest major town, which is easily accessible from Rishikesh.
Best Time to Visit Kuari Pass
April to mid-June is the best time to visit Kuari Pass. This pass is accessible for 10 months in a year except for July and August, when the region experiences moderate to heavy rainfall. This is the only trekkable pass in winter. In the summer months, the trekking trail is covered with lush green surroundings, which make the trek memorable. However, in the winter season, snow covered forest and grassland look ethereal, making forest walk turns magical.
Where is Kuari Pass Located?
Nestled in the lap of the Garhwal Himalayas, Kuari Pass is a high-altitude mountain pass that is located at an altitude of 4,265 m above sea level. Joshimath is the base camp of Kuari Pass Trek, which is easily accessible from Rishikesh. The nearest railhead is the Rishikesh railway station, and Dehradun Airport is the nearest airport.
Kuari Pass Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Haridwar Railway Station – Joshimath
On your arrival at Haridwar Railway Station, meet our trek tour guide and get transferred to Joshimath in a cab. On reaching Joshimath, check in at a hotel and stay overnight.
Day 2: Joshimath – Dhak Village (12 km drive) – Dhak – Gulling Campsite (6 km trek / 4 hours)
Today, check out from the hotel and travel to Dhak Village. On entering Dhak Village, indulge in a 6 km trek to Gulling Campsite, which takes 4 hours to reach. Stay overnight at the camp.
Day 3: Gulling campsite – Chitrakantha Winter Campsite via Bor Tal and Tali Top (9 km trek / 5 – 6 hours)
On day three of your Kuari Pass Winter Trek tour, continue your trek from Gulling campsite to Chitrakantha via Bor Tal and Tali Top. Overall, it is a 9 km trek, which takes 5- 6 hours to complete. Overnight stay at ChitrakanthaWinter campsite.
Day 4: Chitrakantha campsite – Kuari Pass Trek – Chitrakantha campsite (roughly 14 km trek / 9 hours)
Continue your trek from the Chitrakanthacampsite to Kuari Pass Trek. Enjoy the views of striking peaks such as Chaukhamba (7128 m), Nanda Devi (7817 m), Trishul (7120 m), and Kamet (7756 m). Now, trek back to the Chitrakatha campsite. In total, you cover 14 km in 8 - 9 hours. Overnight stay at Chitrakantha camp.
Day 5: Chitrakantha Campsite – Auli via Tali camp and Gorsen Bugyal (9 km trek / 4 – 5 hours)
Start your trek from Chitrakantha Campsite to Auli via Tali camp and Gorsen Bugyal, covering a 9 km trek in 4 – 5 hours. Thereafter, straight away travel from Auli to Joshimath. Night stay at Joshimath.
Day 6: Joshimath – Haridwar
On the sixth and the last day of your Kuari Pass Winter Trek tour, you will have an assisted transfer from Joshimath to Haridwar for your onward journey.