Kuari Pass Trek

It’s always great to share travel experiences with fellow travel lovers. And this time its my friend, Saloni Desai who loves to trek that wishes to share it with all of you. An avid traveler, Saloni loves to explore new places just like all of us. But what’s more exciting is the way she loves to document her travels.Under the banner of The Tangerine Studios, Saloni is just starting out to share her story with the world.
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Kuari pass trek or Lord Curzon’s trail, starts from Joshimath into the Garhwal Himalayas. The highest point, Kuari Top is at an altitude of 4264 meters. This trek gives you a chance to view the magnificent skyline of Himalayas. Changing landscapes throughout the trek is what makes this trek unique.

To Joshimath

This is typically a 4 day trek from Joshimath, where you will be covering a distance of approximately 33km and an altitude gain of 1800 meters.
Starting the road trip from Haridwar, the drive will be along the turquoise waters of Ganga. On the way you will cross many holy river confluences or Prayags – Devprayag, Karnaprayag, Devprayag and Rudraprayag. This 256km drive won’t let you get bored, all thanks to the beautiful view.
The next day, the first day of the trek, is an pleasant 4 hour ascend. Passing by the last village – here on the mountains are all yours. You can spend the rest of the day exploring the surrounding pine woods. The night stay will be in tents now on.

Camping is the best place to see the stars


Day 2, is a 5 hour trek through the woods. At the end of your trek we reach the alpine meadows of Tali top.

The trekking group at Tali Top


On the third day crossing snow covers we reach our summit – The Kuari Pass Top. Return back to our camp. This is the longest day of the trek and the most rewarding one.
The last day, we start our ascend and then descend through the Himlayan meadows or Bugyals, to reach Auli, a place famous for its skiing slopes. From Auli we take the 2nd longest cable car of India, to reach Joshimath and collapse in beds and not sleeping bags for a change!

Plan your Trek

  1. Best time to visit: The trek is fully covered in snow from December to March and this time is generally considered to be the best time to trek. But snow covers make trekking and living conditions tougher. So April is more appropriate for beginners, where climate is pleasant yet you can experience snow on the higher altitudes.
  2. Difficulty level: Easy without snow. Medium during snow covers.
  3. How are the living conditions? You will be staying at a height where there is no human population. So the stay will be in tents, food as arranged by your trek group. No electricity. No network, not even airtel 4G. And… no washrooms.
  4. How cold does it really get? Depending on the time of the year and height – it can go anywhere between 25 degrees to -10 degrees. Check the current weather of Joshimath and carry woolens accordingly.
  5. How long do you walk each day? Around 5 hours of trekking everyday, which will be 7-9 kms.
  6. Is it suitable for non-trekkers/beginners? The trek is suitable for beginners. It is less about your trekking experience, and more about your general fitness. It is highly recommended to do at least 15 mins of exercise for 15 days before the trek.
  7. How to reach? The nearest railway station is Haridwar. Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehra Dun. From here a private vehicle to Joshimath, is the best bet. This is mostly arranged by trek organizers.
  8. Can you trek without a guide? Not advisable. The local trek guides are familiar with the weather conditions and good camping location where there are sources of water. Carrying your own tents, kitchen stuff and even your own backpacks can be a tough task. So choosing a experienced trek organizer is very important.

Saloni Desai – The Tangerine Studio