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Winter Kuari Pass Trek

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Since, the trek does not take the participants to a high altitude, this 6 day long trek in Kuari Pass is considered relatively an easier one. The experience of trekking this winter trek is in all sense similar to the alpine expedition that take place in the snow capped ranges of the Himalayas. Upon reaching the upper stretches of the Kuari Pass trek, the trekkers can explore many of the uninhabited zones of the famous Gharwal region of the Himalayas. One beautiful aspect about trekking in Kuari Pass trek is that the trekkers get to trek in the naturally peaceful and calm environment of the mountains that soothes the mind and soul of the trekkers who are tired of the hustle bustle of the city life; they feel the joy of rejuvenation here by undertaking the  trekking expedition instead of being tired.


One of the biggest factors that attracts a lot of trekkers to this trail is the fact that it provides picturesque views of the second highest peak of the Himalayan ranges, Nanda Devi. Apart from Nanda Devi, the trekkers also gain the opportunity to take views of other significant peaks in their fullest form. The trail also takes the trekkers through a dense cover of wilderness and also introduce them to the different tributaries of the river Ganges. The landscape of the Kuari Pass trek trail keeps changing, giving space to the clouds which keep hovering over the region. The charm of camping in this region is phenomenal because of the presence of the snow capped terrain present in this region. However, the entire trekking expedition will change if you go trekking during the summer months.


The adventure and thrill which are attached with Kuari Pass trek during the months of the winters is something which can never be poured into words, it is something which only the heart can feel and the soul can rejoice. The mesmerizing scenery of the snow kissed peaks of the mountains makes the trekkers feel that they are sitting in the lap of the Mother Nature. While trekking, the participants can also learn about the small nothings of life which are often left in abeyance during the daily conduct of the life business. While trekking here, you will realize that life changes every moment and brings loads of challenges. Tagging the Kuari Pass trekking expedition as an educational and recreational trip would certainly not be wrong.


Detailed Itinerary


Day 01 :  Haridwar to Joshimath(260kms drive) : Today’s journey from Haridwar to Joshimath is about 260 kms long and takes around 10 hours. Joshimath is a hub for pilgrim tourists traveling to Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib. Check in to the guest house at Joshimath.


Day 02 :  Joshimath – Dhak Village- Gulling(12kms Drive, 6 km Trek) : To start the Kuari Pass trek we first drive to Dhakvillage.At this village we will start our trekking adventure to the Kuari Pass. We trek through a hemlock, oak and rhododendron forest for 3km before a short descent to the meadow and the campsite at ChitraKantha (3310m). The impressive snow-capped ridge, including Chaukhamba 1 (7138m), can be seen beyond Joshimath. The shepherds living between here and the Kuari Pass Trek are from Rishikesh or Haridwar and graze flocks of sheep and goats throughout summer. There is a small spring line at the head of the meadow for replenishing your water supply.

Day 03 :  Gulling to Tali top(4kms trek) : We will start our day early with a few stretching exercises in the morning followed by breakfast. After this our trek leader will brief us about today’s trek schedule. Today we will trek for around 6kms to Tali Top through green vegetation and red rhododendron flowers which turn red during the blooming season in April & May. Climb up through the forested ridge of Rhododendron, Spruce and Silver Birch above ChitraKantha. It takes around an hour to reach a prominent ridge top (3500m) and a further 30 minutes around to an open meadow where it meets the well-defined track from a place called Tapovan.We will camp at the alpine meadow at the end of Tali top.

Day 04 :  Tali top to Kuari Pass via Khullara and back(11kms trek) : We will start early as this is the longest day on the Kuari Pass Trek. First leg of today’s trek is a gradual ascend till Khullara top and from there traversing through the snow patch we reach Kuari Top. At Kuari Pass top winds will gush past you. Savor the unending vistas of great Himalayan peaks, including the famous Nanda Devi. Nanda Devi (7816m) is the highest peak completely within India. It is surrounded by a huge circle of mountain walls with only one outlet, where the Rishi Ganga forges a route through deep, almost impenetrable gorges before flowing into the Alaknanda River. Given these natural defences, it was not until 1934 that the first mountaineers were finally able to reach the base of Nanda Devi. Return to Tali Top through the same route and enjoy the camp bonfire and sumptuous dinner at Tali campsite.

Day 05 : Tali to Joshimath via Dhak(10kms trek / 12kms drive) : After having breakfast we trek downhill beside the Rishi Ganga River till the road where the taxi will take us to Joshimath. Overnight at hotel.


Day 06 : Joshimath to Haridwar : Today we start driving early to reach Haridwar with a beautiful mosaic of memories  to keep us company. If we reach Haridwar on time, then you can take part in Ganga Aarti at HarkiPauri.

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