Kuari Pass Trek

6 Days - 5 Nights
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Lord Curzon Explored “Kuari Pass Trek”

Kuari Pass Trek was explored by Lord Curzon when the British ruled India. It is a perfect Trek for Beginners which lies in the Garhwal Himalayas at an altitude of 4,264 meters.

So, if you are a beginner and thinking to start in the Himalayas then Kuari Pass can be the first trek of your Himalayan journey. And, it is best for nature lovers because of its untouched surroundings, scenic vistas and views of lofty peaks.

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Why Kuari Pass Trek?

Firstly, Kuari Pass trek has perfect old forests of Rhododendrons and Oaks. And, the trail snaking its way through the dense forests is spectacular. On the way, come across mesmerizing clearings and lavish meadows and witness changing landscapes.

Secondly, this trek has perfect idyllic campsites like Chitrakatha and Khullara. One amidst the forest and the other with splendid view of Mt. Dronagiri in the backdrop.

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About Base camp Joshimath in Kuari Pass Trek

It is a picturesque town in Chamoli at an altitude of 1875 m nestled amid high Himalayan peaks. It is the basecamp of many Himalayan treks and the gateway to famous pilgrim sites like Badrinath.

There is spirituality in the air because of the presence of ancient temples. It is home to one of the four “Math” “Atharva Veda” by Adi Shankar Acharya. Joshimath has tranquil charm away from the cacophony of cities.

The gushing rivers and silent streams with the cover of verdant green and the pious ancient temples in the area will surely lure you to come here again and again.

Overwhelming sight of the Himalayas in Kuari Pass Trek

Get exotic mountain views from the very first day of the trek. Go higher and get welcomed by the great view of gigantic peaks which will accompany you all along the way.

Kuari pass top is known for the clear and overwhelming sight of the Himalayas because close and imposing views are the real attraction of this trek.

Therefore, the peaks visible from the summit are – Trishul, Chaukhamba, and Kamet, Nanda Devi peaks, Nanda Ghunti, Neelkanth, Dronagiri, Changbang, Mana, Mukut Parbat, Rishi pahad and others.

During the trek, pass through remote villages of the Himalayas and dense forests. Mainly of Oaks and Deodar. Moreover, spot Himalayan animals and rare species of birds on the way. And, in this region the Rhododendron (Burans) trees with beautiful crimson flowers are found in abundance.

In addition to the beauty of Kuari Pass trek, the meadows present here are lavish and walking on their velvety grass is a great pleasure!

Further, traverse Vinayak Pass and head to Kuari Top, it is the highest point of this trek. From here, Nanda Devi Massif looks beautiful among all other peaks and becomes the highlight.

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Why to chosse Kuari Pass Trek?

Before heading towards the itinerary, it is really essential to perceive the reason behind choosing Kuari pass trek.

See firstly, the trekking distance is a total of by taxi 625 Km and on foot 33 km which is to be covered into 6 days. .

Kuari pass is a best Uttarakhand Himalayas trek this is best trek for family, Students, Beginners Altitudes is 12516 feet

Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature winter?

You got to see so many heavenly bodies at one place like the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges, meadows, one of the beautiful Trishul, Chaukhamba, and Kamet, Nanda Devi peaks, Nanda Ghunti, Neelkanth, Dronagiri, Changbang, Mana, Mukut Parbat, Rishi pahad and others. , pine forests, different variety of flora and fauna surpassing through bona fide Garhwali heritage and culture.

Do spare time in Interaction with locals, and you will get to know about some of the ancient tales of Indian mythology. And our Garhwali Cultures

And, in winter / summers, the Kuari pass trek turns totally different and amusing because of meadows, wildflowers and woods blooming in different colors.

Beautiful landscapes so carry proper photo gear & Extra battery backup.

The backpack should not exceed 10 to 12 kg only

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Altitude we are going to cover in Kuari Pass Trek

Dehradun (1920 Meters)

Joshimath (1875 Meters)

Dhak – 6956 feet

Gulling camp – 9832 feet

Khullara camp – 11,102 feet

Kuari pass Summit – 12516 Feet

Auli – 8625 feet

Key Points of Kuari pass trek

Duration: –   5 Nights 6 Days

Base camp: – Joshimath

Summer Temperature: – Day (5°C to 15°C)   Night (2° C to 8° C)

Winter Temperature: – Day (-2°C to -5° C) Night (-5°C to -10°C)

Kuari pass Altitude: – 4264 Meters / 12516 Feet

Best Time: – All year

Trek Level: – Moderate

Trek distance: – On foot 33 Km – By taxi 544 km

Group Size: – 20 people

Short Itinerary ofKuari pass Trek –

Day 1– Drive from Dehradun to Joshimath Altitude – Joshimath by taxi (256 Km) (10/11 Hours) (1,875 m/ 6,152 feet)

Day 2– Drive from Joshimath to Dhak by taxi (12 km) same day trek to Gulling (06 km) (4/5 Hours) (Altitude –9,832 feet

Day 3– Trek from Gulling to Tail camp (05 km) (3/4 Hours) Altitude – 11,072 feet

Day 4– Trek from Tail camp to Kuari Pass (4,264/13,989 feet) back to Khullara camp (13km) (8/9 Hours)

Day 5– Trek from Khullara camp to via Gorson Bugyal to Auli / Joshimath (09 km) (5/6 Hours) over night stay hotel

Day 6– Drive from Joshimath to Haridwar via Rishikesh by taxi (258 km) (9/10 Hours)


Day 1 : Pickup from Haridwar Railway Station and Drive to Joshimath (base camp) by taxi

Total distance 257 km – 10/11 Hours journey

Mode of journey – By taxi

Altitude – Joshimath– 6152 feet

Night stay –Hotel on twin share basis

Himalayan Hikers organizes transport for trekkers from Haridwar Railway Station in the morning which will leave for Sankri around 6:00 am to 7:00 am.

Today start your journey with team Himalayan Hikers from Haridwar,

The drive to Joshimath is 10/11 hours long, along the sacred rivers – Alaknanda, Mandakini and Ganga. Devprayag is en route at the confluence of river Bhagirathi and Alaknanda. This is beautiful place
The journey won’t get boring because there are sudden changes in the scenery as you go further.
Reach Joshimath base camp, relax in a hotel, in the evening you can explore nearby areas. Get back, have dinner and enjoy comfortable stay in the hotel.


Day 2 : Drive Joshimath to Dhak by taxi (12km) same day trek to Gulling camp

Total distance 18 km – 4/5 Hours journey

Mode of journey – By taxi -12 km – On foot – 6 Km

Altitude – Gulling camp – 9,832 feet

Night Stay – Our Camp site – on twin share basis

Start early today and leave for Dhak village which is 12 km away from Joshimath, this is the starting point of Kuari Pass trek.

Start the ascent and on the trail some shepherded huts are visible. Then trek through the forests of Oak, Deodar and Rhododendrons. Dhauli Ganga River flows below near the Hydro power plant, now you are about to reach a village named “Tugasi” trekking here would be a relief because the trail is leveled.
Go further, reach a ridge and cross a descent to reach your campsite “Gulling”. It lies amid a forest and offers beautiful views of Chaukhamba peaks.

Set your tents here, have dinner and retire for the 1st night our camp site


Day 3 : Trek from Gulling to Tail camp site

Trek Distance 05 km – 3/4 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot – 5 Km

Altitude – Sankri base camp – 9,832 feet

Night Stay – Our Camp site on twin share basis

Wake up early in the morning and do not miss the morning sight of Chaukhamba peaks. After having breakfast leave for Tail camp.

Today’s trek is an easy one but you have to ascend all the way to reach your campsite. While ascending notice how beautiful it is to walk under the shade of trees. Once you cross this forest section multiple streams will be flowing around. Continue trekking and reach the campsite.

This campsite is a forest clearing with some exotic views of Dronagiri Mountains and Hathi Ghoda peaks. Enjoy spending a night here in peace.

After having dinner sleep comfortably in your tents.


Day 4 : Trek from Tail camp to Kuari pass summit – (4264 Meters) back to Khullara camp site

Trek Distance 13 km – 8/9 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot – 13 Km

Altitude – Bakaria Top Summit 12,645 feet

Night Stay – Camp site – on twin share basis

Today Wake up early and get ready to conquer the Kuari Top and Kuari Pass today.
Start your trek and when the altitude is gained, the tree line recedes. The ascent is steep but once your reach the ridge top the panorama views of Himalayan peaks will leave you spell bind and the efforts will be totally rewarding.

Stare at majestic Nanda Devi and Mt. Trishul. Now, go further and stand at Kuari Top with a sense of joy and happiness. Look around at every peak visible and praise its beauty.

Now, start descending and reach Kuari Pass, do not spend much time here because better views awaits you ahead!

Ahead lies Jhandi Top, climb to this top is moderate but the views are extremely amazing and better than Kuari Pass. Spend some time at the top in happiness of successfully completing the summit. Then descend to your campsite Khullara camp.

Khullara camp is a meadow and forest and your campsite for the day. Descend through forests and reach there. It offers clear views of Dronagiri.

Setup your tents at this meadow, celebrate the completion, have delicious food and retire for the night.


Day 5 : Trek from Khullara camp to Via Garson Bugyal to Auli same day drive to Joshimath hotel

Trek Distance 09 km – 4/5 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot – 09 Km

Altitude – Kuari pass – 13,989 feet

Night Stay – Our GMVN on twin share basis

Have breakfast and today you will be going back to Joshimath via Auli. After starting the trek visit Garson Bugyal, the reflection of mountains on the water will amaze you.

Come to the trail and Himalayan villages becomes visible. Reach “Garson Bugyal” a beautiful meadow with clear and splendid mountain views. Halt here for a while and again start descending.

On the way is a beautiful small temple, from here, the downhill trek gets easy. Ahead, reach the Upper Auli and head to main Auli. Continue trekking and reach there in an hour. Auli is a great snow destination in winters.

Spend time here and leave for Joshimath by taxi 18 km, the arrangements will be made in a hotel there.


Day 6 : Return : Drive from Joshimath to Haridwar via Rishikesh by taxi (258 km) (9/10 Hours)

Today last breakfast with Himalayan Hikers After breakfast leave early 6 am, have your lunch en route and you can reach Haridwar evening 5 to 6 Pm

Things to carry on trek

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc,
Passport and Visa important to foreigners
Medical Certificate (First part should be filled by the Doctor and Second part by the Trekker)
Declaration Certificates

Note: –  Many trekkers commit the same mistake of carrying unnecessary items on a trek which only makes the backpack heavy. It is important to know the right items to carry.
It differs from season to season if you are trekking in summers then carry less layers of warm clothing and if you are trekking in winters carry enough layers to protect yourself against chilly cold.

Necessary Items for trekkers

carry on a trek

Backpack (50 to 60 liters)
A strongly built backpack with good support is compulsory for a trek. (Rain cover is important)

Sturdy Trekking Shoes
The shoes should be strong enough with good support. The people ask if sports shoes would be comfortable but it is good to bring the right trekking shoes.

The Clothes You Should Bring On a Trek
Avoid keeping extra clothes because it only makes you backpack heavy.

Trek Pants – The jeans are never suitable for a trek so you need at least 2-3 trek pants for treks carry more for longer treks.

Jacket – Jackets are very important to carry on a trek it protects you against the chilly weather. So carry 2 jackets on a week long trek.

Layers of warm Clothing 
Carry warm woolen layers or fleece. Carry more layers during winter season (at least 2 to 3) and less during summer.

Thermals – The Temperature decreases at night so you might be need thermals for Night.

T- Shirts – Bring those t shirts which dry fast.

Poncho –They are needed if you are trekking on a Rainy day to keep you dry.

Hiking Pole

Water Bottle 2

Cap or Balaclava



Woolen and Waterproof Gloves

Socks (Woolen and Regular)


Torch head light

Personal Toiletry Items –  (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)

Carry Personal Medical Kit

Personal Medical Kit (Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)

Medical Kit

Diamox – (Prevents altitude sickness)

Digene – (It cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)

Crocin Advance – (Cures fever and headache)

Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)

Disprin – (Cures headache)

Avomine – (Prevents motion sickness)

Avil – (It treat allergies)

Norflox TZ & Lomofen – (Prevents Diarrhoea)

Ranitidine – (Reduces the amount of acid in stomach)

Volini/Moov spray – (For sprains)

Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)


Band aid


Stretchable/Elastic bandage


Note:- Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor. In case you face any problem during your trek, discuss and take advice from the Professional guide.

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Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included

Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included


Reviews (2)

2 reviews for Kuari Pass Trek

  1. Sulagna

    It was an amazing experience to complete Kuari Pass Trek with Himalayan Hikers.. . Kudos to entire team. Awesome experience.

  2. Arindam Saha

    A awesome route and a Awsome Himalayan Hikkers team… Really enjoyed the trip.
    Now my every North India trek route I book with Himalayan Hikkers. They are well organized and co-ordinated, believe me they always take care of their guests with utmost importance.
    I recommend Himalayan Hikkers strongly.
    They do customized trekking / tours also as per your convenience.
    Keep it up team Himalayan Hikkers 👍

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