Why This Trek?

Sitting at a height of 4264 m and getting 360 panoramic degree views of Himalayas. Who won’t like to experience this mesmerising scenic beauty of Himalayas? Kuari pass is also called as“Lord Curzon trail” after Lord Curzon or “Untouchable pass”. It is situated in Garhwal Himalayas. It is one the highly varied and scenic trek in India. The trek pass through the dense forest of Deodar, Oak and Rhododendron. To the north of the Winter Kuari Pass trek is the Chaukhamba Range, while the summits of Mana (7272m), Kamet (7756m) and Abl Gamin (7355m) extend to the Tibet border.In the middle foreground, a number of spectacular peaks including Dunagiri (7066m) and Changabang (6864m) .

  • DIFFICULTY :Moderate.

  • MAX AlLTITUDE : 12,763 ft.

  •  BASE CAMP : Kuari Pass

  • DURATION : 6 Days 5 Nights.

  • BEST SEASON : Dec, Jan.

TREK FEE PER PERSON

Rs. 8,050

Trek Cost: Rs 8050 + 9% Service Trek.

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Sitting at a height of 4264 m and getting 360 panoramic degree views of Himalayas. Who won’t like to experience this mesmerising scenic beauty of Himalayas? Kuari pass is also called as“Lord Curzon trail” after Lord Curzon or “Untouchable pass”. It is situated in Garhwal Himalayas. It is one the highly varied and scenic trek in India. The trek pass through the dense forest of Deodar, Oak and Rhododendron. To the north of the Winter Kuari Pass trek is the Chaukhamba Range, while the summits of Mana (7272m), Kamet (7756m) and Abl Gamin (7355m) extend to the Tibet border.In the middle foreground, a number of spectacular peaks including Dunagiri (7066m) and Changabang (6864m) .

Places Covered: Haridwar – Joshimath – Kuari Pass

Inclusions:

  • All veg meals from day 2nd lunch to day 5th lunch
  • Tented on triple share basis during trek.
  • Guest House / Hotel in Joshimath / Govindghat on triple sharing.
  • All necessary fees and permits.
  • Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff.
  • All camping gears complying with International standards
  • First aid qualified instructor
  • Surface Transfer from Haridwar – Joshimath – Haridwar by Qualis / Sumo / Bolero / Max / Tempo Traveller depends on the number of trekkers.

Exclusions:

  • Any other surface transfer.
  • Any expenses of personal nature.
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Any meal during transit.
  • Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag.
  • Anything not mentioned explicitly in the above program.

Here's a short itinerary of Winter Kuari Pass Trek:

Day 1: Haridwar – Joshimath(260 kms drive)
Day 2: Joshimath – Dhak Village – Gulling(12 kms Drive, 6 km Trek)
Day 3: Gulling – Tali Top (4 kms trek)
Day 4: Tali Top – Khullara – Kuari Pass – Tali Top (11 kms trek)
Day 5: Tali Top – Dhak – Joshimath(10 kms trek / 12 kms drive)
Day 6: Joshimath – Haridwar (260 Km Drive)

Detailed trek itinerary

Day 1: Haridwar to Joshimath(260kms drive)

It’s a 260 kms drive from Haridwar to Joshimath and takes around 10 hours. Joshimath is a town which is located in the district of Chamoli of Uttarakhand state. Reach Joshimath by evening and check in to hotel / guest house at Joshimath.

Day 2: Joshimath – Dhak Village- Gulling(12kms Drive, 6 km Trek)

After breakfast drive to Dhakvillage,which is a starting point of Kuari Pass trek. It take 30 minutes to reach there. We pass through a deodar, oak and rhododendron forest for 3kms before a short descent to the meadow and campsite at Gulling village. Reach Gulling by afternoon. The campsite is surrounded by Oak, Pine and Rhododendron trees. Here you can see a lush green farms along with small canals. Overnight at gulling campsite.

Day 3: Gulling to Tali top(4kms trek)

Start the day with few stretching exercises in the morning followed by breakfast. Today is a trek of 4 kmsto Tali Top through lush green vegetation and red / white rhododendron flowers. The last 2 kms are a steady ascent. Ascent through the forested ridge of Rhododendron, Spruce, Deodar and Oak above ChitraKantha. It takes around half an hour to reach an open meadow where it Tapovan. At the end of Tali top we will pitch our tents. Overnight at campsite.

Day 4: Tali top to Kuari Pass via Khullara and back(11kms trek)

After Breakfast, we head towards Kuari Pass, the trail takes us through Chitrakhana and soon we follow a ridge to get to Khullara Top, after traversing the hill side on more or less level walk we start a steep ascent towards another hill, we will be traversing snow patches as we approach the pass, after a visit to Pass we follow a ridge to get to Kuari Top at almost 4000 Meters offers breath taking views of Dunagiri and other peaks like Kamet, Haathi and Ghori Peak, Mana Peak and Chaukhamba. After spending some time we retrace the same route to get back to Tali Top camp site. After dinner overnight at Talli Top Camp Site.

Day 5: Tali to Joshimath via Dhak(10 kms trek / 12kms drive)

It’s a last day of our trek after having breakfast we start trek downhill along the Rishi Ganga River till the road head. Here taxi will be waiting for us, which takes us to Joshimath. Overnight at hotel in Joshimath.

Day 6: Joshimath to Haridwar

Today we start an early drive to reach Haridwar with a beautiful mosaic of memories to keep us company. Reach Haridwar by evening.Our trek ends here #HappyTrekking.

Fitness requirements for Winter Kuari Pass Trek:

Basic fitness is a must for all trekkers (First timers as well as experienced) the effects of High Altitude can be experienced from 7000 Feet above sea level. As we gain altitude the atmosphere thins and availability of Oxygen in the air drops. However a gradual ascent along with proper precautions makes it easier for human body to acclimatize to High Altitude.

Winter Kuari Pass Trek is at an approximate height of 14200 Feet AMSL it is an easy trek and is suitable for first time trekkers.

 Experience: Suitable for first time trekkers.

Fitness required for Winter Kuari Pass Trek: The trail is more or less laid out path, with few steep ascents and descents , with availability of water is more or less frequent. But not to face last minute upsets we advise to keep certain things in mind. We plan our itineraries in a way that our trekkers will have to walk 8 to 9 Kms and approximately 6 to 8 Hours a day. Which means approximately 1.5 Kms in an hour. However given the terrain and the altitude its considered to be equivalent of 3 Km in 1 hours in Plains.

If you can run or cover 3 Km in 1 Hour you are fairly fit for the trek, however we have a 3 week schedule that can be followed to prepare your body for the trek:

Training Schedule:

Stretch your arms and legs following some basic stretching exercises before your training every day.

A Month Before The Trek: The curriculum should follow a 10 Minute Brisk walk, 10 Minutes Jog and 10 Minutes Brisk walk to end the session. Follow this for a week

3 Weeks Before the Trek: We go one notch up and start 5 Minutes Brisk walk, 15 to 20 Minutes of Jog and Minutes of easy walk to end the session. Follow this for one week.

2 Weeks Before the Trek: Repeat the schedule followed in the previous week

1 Week Before the Trek: Brisk Walk for 5 Minutes and 25 Minutes of Jog, after the Jog cool down your body. Follow this regime till the beginning of the trek.

List of Things to Carry for the Trek:

Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs)
Trekking Shoes
2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
3 Pair of Socks
One Heavy Jacket
Floaters or Sandals
Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
Sun Cap
One Scarf
Lip Balm
Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
Light towel
Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
Gloves
Trekking Pole
Water Bottle 1 Lt
Personal Medicine Kit
Dark Sunglasses
Poncho, Rain Coat or Umbrella any one is must
CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries !

FAQ

What is Winter Kuari Pass Trek?

Winter Kuari Pass is a must do trek for all, though its rated as an easy trek is one of the kind experience, starts from Joshimath so is well connected by road, in winters this region is under snow and the trek is amazing as we climb up we get to see all the Greater Himalayas and Lower Hills Covered with Snow.

When is the best time to go for the Winter Kuari Pass Trek?

Kuari Pass can be done through the year however in Summers the best time is Pre and Post Monsoon, and winter treks starts from December and can be done till March. Otherwise it can be done year round.

How difficult is the Winter Kuari Pass Trek?

Good physical fitness is must for all treks and so it is for this trek, doing regular walks and jogging for 25 Minutes every day is recommended, please check the fitness section for more information on the same, Winter Kuari Pass is considered to be a High Altitude and an easy trek.

What are the temperatures during the Winter Kuari Pass Trek?

The day time temperatures are pleasant and can be upto 20 Degrees however in mornings and evenings single digit temperatures can be expected and it might drop below zero in the nights.

How much we have to Trek Each day?

The itineraries are designed in a way that we cover 9 to 10 Kms in a day or walk for about 6 to 7 Hours is the average time taken by a trekker to cover this distance, enabling us to reach the camp site by lunch time.

What Medicines should I carry for the trek?

 

Tablets:
Digene – 10 tablets
Crocin – 5 tablets
Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
Disprin – 10 tablets
Norflox – 10 tablets
Diamox – 10 tablets

Avomine – 4 tablets
Combiflam – 5 tablets
Below is a list of basic medicines you should carry for a high altitude trek.
Cotton – 1 small roll
Band aid – 10 stripsGauze cloth – 1 small role
Betadine cream
Leukoplast – 1 small roll
Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
Moov spray

ORS – 5 packets

Is Diamox advisable?

Diamox is a medicine which is helps in acclimatization, but it also has certain side effects not recommended to people allergic to Sulpha Class of medicines, we advise otherwise and instruct all trekkers to consult a physician before taking any such medicine.

Who will lead and who all will go with us?

All our treks are accompanied by certified and experienced Trek leaders, following the principal of sustainable tourism we source our local teams from neighbouring villages who also are familiar with the region, along with the trek leader our support staff consists of Cooks, Helpers, Mules and Local Guides, the size of the team depends on the group size.

How Big are the trekking groups?

Our Group size seldom crosses 15 Pax, we ensure that we keep the group sizes below the said number as it’s the best way to enjoy the trek and have better team bonding among the trekkers.

What is the minimum number of trekkers required for Fixed Departures?

If you have booked on a date of one of our fixed departure. We ensure that the trek goes on even if there is only one person who has booked a trek. Our fixed departures are our promise to our customers and taking a loss in fulfilling the same is something we are willing to bare to ensure customer satisfaction.

I am the Only Girl on the trek, is it Safe?

Mountains are safer in these terms compared to Plains, people are always helpful and respectful. However we try and maintain a ratio of 2:1 on all treks and its ensured solo female trekkers either share tents with other solo female trekkers or are provided a separate tent.

What things we need to carry for the trek?

Kindly refer to things to carry section for more information.

Can I offload my backpack on a mule/porter. What are the charges for the same?

We recommend to carry what is needed while on the trek and leave excess stuff behind, in case you want to offload your bags we provide that option to all trekkers, the charges for the same are Rs 250/- Per Bag Per Day with a weight limit of 9 Kgs or Less.

Which type of Shoes should I Buy?

Good trekking shoes are recommended for all treks, read more at “How to Buy Trekking Shoes”

How Many Trekkers will be in One Tent?

Tents provided are 3+1 which comfortably accommodates 2-3 trekkers.

What level of fitness is expected from the trekkers?

This trek can be done by the first time trekkers who want to familiarize themselves with High Altitude treks. HoweverValley Of Flowers Trek will need basic fitness level both physically and mentally. However to achieve the recommended level of fitness please refer to our article “How to Prepare for a High Altitude Trek”.

What is there in food menu during the trek?

Vegetarian meals are provided all three times during the trek, Vegetarian food is recommended as it is easy to digest vegetarian food in high altitudes, we provide Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks and Dinner.

Is Water of Trek Safe?

The water found in Himalayan streams is generally safe to drink, and you have plenty of them when you are trekking Himalayas, your trek leaders/local guides know where to fill your water bottles, in case you are still unsure about drinking the water we recommend you carry your own purifying pills.

Can we change the itinerary?

Our operations/treks take us to remote regions with more or less zero connectivity and extreme conditions, right next to harshest elements that nature can throw at us. There are possibilities of unforeseen circumstances which may forces us to change the itinerary. In such cases your trek leader will inform you about the change in plan and best available options similar to existing itinerary. In these events Renok Adventures LLP reserves right to change the itinerary which can be due to various different factors.  Any additional cost which is incurred due to these changes will be borne by the trekkers and the same will be communicated to the trekkers beforehand.

What Type of Vehicles are used for Transportation?

Depending on the group size the transport vehicles are determined and can be anything from a Sumo, Xylo or similar vehicles and in certain case tempo travellers.

What do we do if we encounter a medical emergency?

We have certified and experienced trek leaders who have loads of experience in dealing with illness at high altitude. Our teams are experienced in handling such situations. However we carry a basic medical kit along with oxygen cylinders with us for situations of emergency and our first objective is to rescue the trekker to the road head and the cost for the same is to be incurred by the trekker. In addition to this it’s a trekkers responsibility to get our medical fitness certificate filled and duly attested by a certified physician indicating that you are medically fit for the trek.

Can you customize Winter Kuari Pass Trek?

Yes you have an option of always customizing the trek, the cost for the same is decided as per the number of pax in your personal group, trek style and region where the trek will be conducted.

What if the trek is cancelled last minute due to ‘force majeure’?

In such events we provide you an alternate trek option of similar value depending upon weather conditions if the trek is cancelled due to ‘force majeure’. As all our arrangements are prepaid and pre planed. In case of non-completion of trek for any reason whatsoever, there will be no refund for any unutilized services.

What is your Cancellation Policy
Up to 24 Days :- 95% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-24 Day :- 70% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-08 Days :- 50% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Less than 7 Days :- No refund

 

What is your Rescheduling Policy?
We will reschedule your trek without any extra charge if this is conveyed to us in writing at least 1 month before the trek starting date.
Between 07-24 Days before start of the trek: – 30% of Trek/Tour cost will be charged for rescheduling.
Less than 7 days:- 100% of Trek/Tour cost  will be charged for rescheduling.

Getting to Winter Kuari Pass:

The trek starts from Joshimath in the Gharwal Region of Uttrakhand:

Haridwar:

One can easily reach Haridwar by overnight buses which ply from New Delhi and other northern states. Among the options trains are also available. From Haridwar you can opt for Buses or Shared cabs which leave early morning, if you wish you can opt for the transportation that is organized by us.

How to reach Haridwar (Bus)

Haridwar being a famous Holy town has regular Volvo/Deluxe Bus service plying from Delhi, these buses leave from Cashemere Gate ISBT in New Delhi and are operated by both Govt. and Private Operators, the journey is around 8 to 10 Hours.

How to reach Haridwar (Air)

Dehradunis the nearest airport to Deharadun, which is connected by air from Delhi. Please check the availability of the same with online Air Ticket Selling Companies like Make My Trip, Go Ibibo etc.

AVAILABLE DATES

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May

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Here’s a short itinerary of Winter Kuari Pass Trek:

Day 1: Haridwar – Joshimath(260 kms drive)
Day 2: Joshimath – Dhak Village – Gulling(12 kms Drive, 6 km Trek)
Day 3: Gulling – Tali Top (4 kms trek)
Day 4: Tali Top – Khullara – Kuari Pass – Tali Top (11 kms trek)
Day 5: Tali Top – Dhak – Joshimath(10 kms trek / 12 kms drive)
Day 6: Joshimath – Haridwar (260 Km Drive)

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