Kuari Pass Trek: A Snow Winter Trek
Another amazing snow adventure in Uttarakhand.
Kuari pass is nestled in the Chamoli district of the Garhwal Himalayas. It is perched at an elevation of 3,650m above sea level. Kuari Pass is also called as The Lord Curzon Trail. In 1905, the British viceroy of India has passed this trial and after 30 years Shipton and Tilman also passed the trail.
Kuari Pass becomes a popular trekking destination which attracts thousands of trekkers and travelers from all over the world.
The trek starts from Joshimath and further moves to Dhak Village which is the starting point of the trek. The trek will take you through dense oak, rhododendron, deodar, pine & fir forests, several lush meadows, rare species of flora& fauna, and cascading waterfalls.
You will pass by small villages and get a chance to explore the culture and lifestyle of the people living up in the hills.
The Gulling top and Gorson’s meadow is a delight to every traveler’s eyes. Kuari Pass is an amphitheater to so many mighty Himalayan peaks like Chaukambha, Kamet, Neelkanth, Hathi Ghoda, Barmal, Nilgiri, Changbang, Dunagiri, Bithartholi, Nanda Devi and its twin Nanda Devi East. All these peaks come under the 7000ft altitude club.
The trek is an easy to moderate one with steep ascends and descends tricky and narrow paths.
Not to surprise if you see some pugmarks of leopards and black bears on the trail. Explore
the Himalayan tribe in small villages who are living a colorful and peaceful life up in the
mountains. The stunning views, cold surroundings, and pristine white snow on the trail will
leave you awestruck. Also, get a chance to visit the popular ski destination Auli. And have some fun in the snowy wonderland.
Highlights of the trek:
– Gorson Bugyal: the lush green beautiful meadow
– The captivating views of amazing peaks Mana, Kamet, Neelkantha, Trishul,
Nandaghunti, Dunagiri, and Chaukhamba.
– Tali lake and forest.
– Auli- the ski resort
– Exploration of small villages.
Best time to visit:
The best time to visit Kuari Pass is from April to January. In the summer season, the weather
remains pleasant and calm. It is advised to carry light woolen clothes, hat, sunscreen, and
sunglasses. In the winter season, the trek becomes difficult due to snow and offers breathtaking views of the snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas. The weather remains chilly and the temperature
drops down in negatives. In monsoons, the trail becomes slippery and muddy and it would be good to avoid trekking in the rainy season.
How to reach Kuari Pass:
First, you have to reach Dehradun which is well-connected to all the major cities like Delhi.
Take a direct flight, bus, or train from Delhi and reach Dehradun and reach Joshimath by
taking a bus or taxi.
– BY RAIL: The nearest is the Rishikesh Railway station 251km from Joshimath.
– By AIR: Jolly Grant airport is the nearest one which is 268km from Joshimath.
– BY ROAD: Joshimath is well-connected to all the major cities and towns of
Things to Carry:
– Trekking pole
– Trekking shoes or gumboots
– Woolen sweater, jacket, and clothes.
– Scarfs, & mufflers.
– Woolen gloves
– Woolen cap
– Sunscreen & lip balm
– Water bottle
– Eatables like energy bars, cookies, etc.
– Raincover for rucksack
– Thermal inner wear for top & bottom
– Extra polythene or carry bag
– Torch & flashlights
– Extra batteries
– Mandatory ID Proofs
– First aid kit
– Extra pair of socks
Kuari Pass is a thrilling adventure that will take you to an extraordinary journey. The snow
and thrill of the trek will leave you spellbound and take you close to the life of mountainous
people. Plan a long week trip to Uttarakhand and experience the beauty of nature.
Live. Travel. Explore!!
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