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One of the most popular treks in the Indian Himalayan region that is located in the Garhwal Himalaya, the Kuari Pass trek draw in thousands of explorers from all over the world every year. The route to Kuari Pass was once traversed by Lord Curzon in 1905 and hence the Kuari Pass trek is often dubbed as ‘Lord Curzon Trail’. The trek passes through the thick alpine forests of oak and conifer, Rhododendron and birch, teeming with a variety of animals and birds life and NOT TO YOUR SURPRISE, you may even come across leopard pugmarks or a Himalayan black bear on this trail. The trek to Kuari Pass is thus connected with each and every elements of adventure that embarks upon often and on steep ascends and descends, narrow and tricky paths and gushing streams. Further, the journey is worth the effort something you will soon realize when you capture the picturesque silver horizon keeping parallel to the spotless blue sky. Throughout the trail you can simply treat your eyes on the spectacular views of the Trishul at 7,120 meters, Kedarnath at 6,968 meters, Kamet’s pyramid of granite 7,756 meters, Neelkanth at 6,596 meters, the square-topped summits of Gauri Parbat and Hathi Parbat, Badrinath, the icy crest of Dunagiri, Rishikot, Changabang at 6,864 meters and the legendary twin peaks of Nanda Devi at 7,740 meters.
The trek to Kuari Pass starts from Selu Bagar, which is a drive able distance from Ghat. The trail from Selu Bagar heads to Ghunni, which is a short trek of approximately 2–3 hours. From Ghunni the trail snakes through a rich undulating landscape that is bedded with several species of alpine trees and wild flowers. You will also come across a small village, Ramni, which is inhabited by a Himalayan tribe who are living a harmonious life full of colours and spirits. Thereafter, the trek to Kuari Pass becomes strenuous as the trail continues with a steep climb to Jhinjhi village en route to Vinayak Pass. Throughout the trail, from Ghunni to Jhinjhi that traverses through an open meadow with stunning views of some of the Himalayan jewels, one can frame the panorama of Nanda Ghunti and Chaukhamba. Gradually the journey passes through the beautiful forests of Rhododendron, followed by pasture grasslands for sheeps and cattle with some nomadic huts. At Vinayak Pass one can pay a visit to the Ganesha temple that is embroidered with a prayer flag. From Jhinjhi the trail continues along the river Birahi Ganga and leads to Pana village. From Pana the trek to Kuari Pass via Dakhwani cuts across every element of nature, thick forest, streams, varied landscapes and wildlife making it truly surreal. The trek downhill from Kuari Pass leads to Tali and thereafter to Joshimath via Auli.
7:00 AM Leave from Dehradun railway station.
The 11 hours uphill picturesque drive, parallel to streams and rivers, will take you through beautiful sights including Panchprayag - 5 holy confluences to form river Ganga.
8:00 PM Dinner followed by an overnight stay at Joshimath campsite. Make sure to take proper rest, your 5-day trek starts the next morning!
Early breakfast and a 45minute drive to Dhak village. Your trek begins here! The trail is well defined and meanders along the mountain ridge with a series of steep and gradual ascents. Passing above Dhauli Ganga, a rain shelter is the first landmark of the trek before reaching Kharchi Village. This takes around 20 minutes to reach.
The trail for the next 45 minutes ascends gradually, with a few switchbacks in between. Leading towards Lower Tugasi, it is marked with a handful of wheat fields, flower beds, small streams, and thatched roofed huts.
Continuing on this path, the Donagiri Peak rises above the clouds. Your tents will be pitched in meadows nearby overlooking the mighty mountains, which shall be a treat to watch at dawn and dusk. The Gulling top is around 2 hours from there nestled between mighty snow-laden mountains.
This comfortable trek will take you through dense forest cover, which at the height of winter is covered by a Tali top to Kuari pass via Khullar and back pristine white cover.
Hathi Ghodi mountains will peak through the sky throughout the trail. The campsite is amidst the alpine meadows at the end of Tali top.
You can play camp games, have an early dinner, and rest early, for an arduous and exciting trek awaits tomorrow.
Two hours into the trek is a long break atop Jhandi Dhar for lunch, You then continue a moderate climb towards Kuari top. A gradually descending trail from here will bring you to Kuari Pass in about 40 minutes.
You will be surrounded by towering Garhwal peaks from Kedarnath Peak, Kedardome, Chaukhambha to the Ghori Parvat, Hathi Parvat, Dronagiri you trekked through and also Changabang, Nanda Devi, and Nanda Ghunti.
Breathe in this view after a long rest, prepare for a return trek to Tali Top along the same path.
Get an early start towards the skiing capital of our country- Auli. 40 minutes into the trek, you will reach the pristine Tali Lake. A steep climb ahead takes you through cliffs and terrains via snow-patched valleys of Gorsan Bugyal towards Padiyar temple.
You will reach Auli descending through these meadows for about 2 hours. The scenic Auli is quite popular and you might see many trekkers on this trail.
Take your time, for the sights here, will linger in your memory timelessly. A cable-car ride will take you to where you started your trek, Joshimath. You will breeze over the mighty peaks and forests where you left your trail.
7:00 AM Drive back through the similar 11-hour route to Dehradun after having Breakfast.
Your trip ends with a lifetime’s worth of memories!