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Kuari Pass Trek, Uttarakhand (with transport)

Created with Sketch. Uttarakhand, India


6 days 5 nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

30 people


English, Hindi


Group of 5+ can customise dates

Kuari means “doorway” which is a Himalayan high mountain pass situated in the Garhwal region of northern India, south of the Tibetan border and on the western rim of the “Nanda Devi Sanctuary” Biosphere Reserve and falls in the Chamoli district. This Trek found fame in the early 1900’s when intrepid adventurers and mountaineers such as Lord Curzon, Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman used the passage in their pioneering explorations of the region. Winter Kuari Pass trek is also can be undertaken to enjoy the snow trekking. Its top looks like a peaceful scene with great views of some of the most magnificent Himalayan Peaks, a few amongst them include Mt. Kamet (7756m), Mt. Trishul (7120m), Chaukhamba (7128m), and the most majestic Himalayan Peaks Nanda Devi (7817m). more than a few peaks present an equally picturesque view include – Nanda Ghunti, Dronagiri, Neelkanth, Hathi Ghoda Parbat, Mana, Mukut Parbat, etc. The Kuari Pass trek route is short yet amazing in the sense it takes in three lesser passes and five major rivers of the region – Pindar, Kaliganga, Mandakini, Bheriganga and the Dhauliganga.

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  • Walk through the thick alpine forests of oak and conifer, Rhododendron and birch
  • Spot animals like leopard pugmarks or a Himalayan black bear and birds life on the way
  • Spectacular views of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers
  • Capture the breathtaking scenic views of India’s second-highest peak - the Nanda Devi and its twin Nanda Devi East
  • Experience altitude of 12,516 ft and views of the mighty Dronagiri, Chitrakantha, Chaukhamba and Tali top


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Day 1 : Rishikesh to Joshimath (298 km)

  • Drive to Joshimath via Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnprayag and Nandprayag, The most famous confluences of Garhwal Himalayas.

  • Lunch enroute.

  • Arrival at Joshimath by evening. Check in to Hotel.

  • Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.
  • Day 2 : Joshimath to Chitrakhana (3310 mts/10857 ft)

  • Wake up early and refresh yourself with a delicious breakfast and take a 12 Km drive to Dhak village to start the trek.

  • 6 km trek to lower Chitrakhana starts from Dhak

  • The valley opens up after climbing quite steeply to an overhanging cliff which shelters a local deity.

  • The route enters progressively drier terrain.
    Overnight stay in tents in Chitrakhantha
  • Day 3 : Chitrakhana to Tail Top

  • 4 KM trek from Chitrakhantha to Tali top above 11070 ft

  • Indulge your self in a strenuous 6 km and a 4 hour trek through lush green vegetation, mostly pink and white rhododendron flowers.

  • Witness the mesmerizing Mt. Nanda Devi and Mt. Doonagiri. An exhilarating experience to witness.

  • Camping in the alpine meadow at the head of the Tali Top which lies on the North Face of Mt. Nanda Devi and Other higher mountains.

  • Overnight stay in tents.
  • Day 4 : Tali top to Kuari pass and back to Tali top (15 km Trek, 8 hrs)

  • Trek for 15 km from Tali top to Kuari pass and back to Tali top via Khullara top

  • Post breakfast start your trek to Kuari pass.

  • Initially a easy trail to reach the khullar place and then a steep climb to khullara top.

  • Trail through the snow patch to reach the Kuari pass top.

  • Spend some time feeling the jet wind.

  • Ascend back to the camp.
  • Day 5 : Tali to Joshimath via Auli (8 km, 4hrs)

  • Trek from Tali top to Joshimath above 6724 ft

  • After having breakfast, trek downhill along the Rishi Ganga River to reach Joshimath.

  • View the awseomeness of Auli( famous for skiing) on the way to Joshimath
  • Day 6 : Joshimath to Rishikesh

  • Will leave to Rishikesh from Joshimath, and this comes as and end of memorable trip.
  • Included/Excluded

    • Group of 5+ can customise dates
    • Transport to and from Haridwar
    • Safety equipment
    • First aid
    • Oxygen cylinders
    • Stay in Tents / Homestays / Lodges
    • Veg Meals only
    • Permits/ Forest fees
    • Experienced Trek Leader & Team
    • Meals during Haridwar transport
    • Mules/Porter (₹350/day)
    • Personal expenses
    • Tips

    Additional information

    Things to Carry

      Trekking Gear

    • A rucksack with rain cover
    • A water bottle or a hydration pack
    • A Hand/Head Torch with spare batteries
    • UV protection Sunglasses
    • Clothing

    • Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants- 1
    • Full sleeves T-shirts/ Sweatshirts- 1 or max 2
    • Thermal Bodywarmer Upper & Lower- 1
    • Fleece jacket- 1
    • Full sleeves sweater- 1
    • Rainwear (Jacket & Pants) -1
    • Woolen sock - 1 pair
    • Cotton Socks- 1 or 2 pairs
    • Undergarments - 1 for every day of trekking
    • Pair of Warm Gloves - 1
    • Woolen cap - 1
    • Sun cap or Biker Scarf for protection from sun- 1
    • Footwear

    • Proper hiking shoes (Preferably ankle high) - 1 pair (no sport shoes)
    • Lightweight Slipper/Sandals - 1 pair
    • Toiletries

    • Sunscreen lotion, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, toilet roll, cold cream, small towel.
    • Anti-fungal cream: Carry an antifungal cream if you are sensitive to sweating and prone to skin irritations around genitals or groin area due to lack of bathing.
    • For women

    • Tampons or sanitary napkins.
    • 2-3 zip pouches to dispose of non-biodegradable waste.
    • Vaginal wash to avoid any irritation due to lack of bathing.
    • Utensils

    • A small size, lightweight, leak-proof lunch box - preferably aluminum
    • A plate and a spoon
    • A mug - preferably aluminum
    • Miscellaneous

    • Camera (optional)
    • Personal medicine kit. Though our trek leaders carry a fully equipped first-aid kit, make sure you consult your doctor before the trek in case you have any special ailment.
    • Dry fruits, energy bars
    • Mobile charging powerbank

    ATM & Mobile Network

    • We recommend to either carry cash or withdraw at Rishikesh or Joshimath as there are hardly any ATMs in Dhak Village or post that.
    • All major mobile networks are available till Joshimath.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    • If cancellation are made 30 days before the date of travel then 25% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
    • If cancellation are made 15 days to 30 days before the date of travel then 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
    • If cancellation are made 0 days to 15 days before the date of travel then 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
    • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days..

    Tour Advisory

    • All meals on the trek will be only veg. This is to avoid digestive issues due to stale meat at high altitudes.
    • People suffering from Bronchitis, Asthma, TB, Epilepsy & heart conditions are not eligible for the trek.
    • People with high blood pressure and higher BMI are also not eligible for the trek.
    • Children below 8 years are not allowed.


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    What is the height of the Kuari Pass trek?
    Kuari Pass trek height is 12,516 ft above sea level, and at this altitude, the 180-degree views of the Himalayas will make you feel as if you have been transported to the world of the Gods. it offers stunning views of some of the highest peaks of the Great Himalayas, like the Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, Trishul, and Kamet - all of which rise above 7000 m.

    The Kuari Pass Trek is probably the only place where you can see such nature in its naked and raw form. Do take your camera along to capture the views.
    How is the toilet facility at the trek?
  • Toilet facilities on all treks in Uttarakhand are dry toilet systems.

  • Process: Once you are inside the toilet tent, you find a pit. This will be very much similar to the Indian-Style of Toilets. You need to squat down and find peace. After you are done, wipe yourself with a tissue paper. Dispose of the tissue itself along with the waste and then cover all the waste with the loose mud, already available at your hands reach.
  • Is there mobile charging facility during trek?
    No, there will be no charging facility during trek. Advice you to carry powerbanks for phones/cameras.
    What About drinking water?
    The Himalayas are filled with streams and rivers. This is the main source of drinking water for the trek.
    Our kitchen staff use the same water for cooking purposes as well.
    The water is clean and is perfectly healthy to consume. In fact it is much better than the chlorinated water that you get in your cities.
    We do understand that you might have concerns with the water and want to be extra careful.
    Here is what you can do.
  • You can use chlorine tablets or water purification tablets in your bottle. You can find these tabs on Amazon. Try searching for water purification tablets.

  • You can also go for a slightly more expensive but more permanent option. You can buy the life-straw bottle which ensures clean water.
  • How long will be trek each day?
    The trek will last for a total of 6 days, and each day, the number of hours you spend trekking will range anywhere from 3-4 hours to 10 hours. The first day from Haridwar to Joshimath will cover 256 KM in 10 hours, and the 2nd day to Gulling top will involve walking for 4 hours.

    The 3rd day to Tali forest camp will be easy, with only 5 hours of trekking. The 4th day is the hardest, with an 11-hour trek, and the next two days will each involve 7-10 hours of walking and climbing.
    How difficult is the Kuari Pass trek?
    Kuari Pass trek is an easy-moderate one and hence anyone without prior experience can also take part in this trek. The highest point you will reach with the trek is 12516 ft. through an average temperature of around 13-18 degrees celsius during daytime and -3 to -4 degrees celsius at night time. A lot of beginners and children beyond the age limit of eight come to do this trek.
    Will there be porters to carry my luggage?
    Yes, one has to pay an extra cost for the porters.
    Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?
    As we are trekking, control is much obvious here. One should have a sound mindset to make through the difficult forest phase and there would be blind curves while in the trek. Making use of smoke and alcohol will seriously damage the overall function of the body to lose control and you may face some serious consequences.

    So, while you are in the Kuari Pass Trek, smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited.
    What should I keep in mind before going for Kauri Pass trekking?

    • Always follow your trek guide and do as directed.

    • Be patient with food and water as it is limited and will be divided equally.

    • Wasting of food and water should be avoided.

    • Wear the shoe that fits you, has proper grip, and is waterproof so that you can trek comfortably.

    • Never forget to bring your personal medications as you might not find specific medicines there.

    • Pack well and make sure that you do not bring unnecessary items.

    • From loose cash to proper IDs, make sure you carry these basic items.

    • You will be traversing along all natural areas, dumping of garbage is prohibited.


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