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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.

 

BRIEF ITINERARY

 

Day 1- Haridwar to Joshimath by taxi. Staying arrangements in tent/guesthouse/homestay.

 

Day 2- Drive & then trek from Joshimath to Chitrakhana

 

Day 3- Trekking from Chitrakhana to Tali Top

 

Day 4- Tali top to Kuari Pass via Khullar and back

 

Day 5- Trek from Tali to Joshimath via Auli

 

Day 6- Joshimath to Haridwar

 

Detailed Itinerary

 

Day 1- Haridwar to Joshimath

 

The participants are requested to assemble at the Haridwar Railway station by 6 AM. After all have assembled, we will start from Haridwar towards Joshimath with a stoppage at Devprayag, the confluence of the rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi. The distance between Haridwar and Joshimath is nearly 260 Kms and the distance will be covered in approximately 10 hours. Joshimath is a pilgrim place where the pilgrims travelling to Hemkund Sahib and Badrinath pass through.

 

Day 2- Joshimath to Chitrakhana

 

We have to reach the Dhak village in order to start for the Kuari Pass trek. The trekkers are required to trek through rhododendron and oak forests for a stretch of almost 3 Kms before they reach a point from where a descent towards the meadows and the campsite is witnessed at Chitra Kantha (3310 m). The trekkers can take the views of the snow kissed ridges, particularly Chaukhamba 1 (7138m) from Joshimath. There are a number of shepherds in this region belonging to Haridwar and Rishikesh region who trek in the regions in and around Kuari Pass trek so that their flock of goats and sheep can graze. For the purpose of water replenishment, a spring line is also present at the meadow's head.

 

Day 3- Chitrakhana to Tali Top

 

The Day 3 will begin in the early morning hours with some stretching exercises for the participants followed by the breakfast. Once the breakfast is done, the trek leader will give a briefing about the trek's schedule to the participants. The participants will trek nearly 6 Kms to reach Tali Top after passing through red rhododendron and green vegetation. These plantations turns to red when the months of April and May approaches. Trekkers have to climb up through the forested bridge covered with rhododendron forests that lies above Chitra Kantha. The top of the ridge which is 3500 m can be reached in an hour and a half an hour more to reach the meadow where the track meets the meadow from Tapovan. The camp will take place at the alpine meadow present at the end of the Tali top.

 

Day 4- Tali top to Kuari Pass via Khullar and back

 

The Day 4 is the longest day of the Kuari Pass trekking expedition. In the first phase of this day, the trekkers will ascend to reach the Kullar top, thereafter the trekkers traverse through the snowy patch in order to reach the Kuari top. Once you reach the Kuari top, you will be amazed to find winds passing through you. One can glance through the highest Himalayan Peak within India, The Nanda Devi that is surmounted by the mountain walls, giving a pass to the Rishi Ganga to create a gorge before falling into the Alaknanda River. Before the year 1934, the first mountaineers were unable to reach even the base of the beautiful Nanda Devi range. The trekkers are then required to return back to the Tali top by following the similar route in order to enjoy the bonfire at the camp and a scrumptious dinner served at the campsite of Tali top.

 

Day 5- Tali to Joshimath via Auli

 

After having breakfast, the trekkers need to trek the hill down beside the River Rishi Ganga to reach the roadside from where a taxi will take all the participants to Joshimath. On the way, the trekkers can also see Auli which happens to be one of the renowned skiing slopes of the country. Auli is the home for the winter skiing resort which is successfully run by GMVN (Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam). GMVN has snow beaters for the purpose of beating the snow off the peaks in order to keep the slopes ideal for skiing activities. They also conduct skiing courses in Auli that runs for a span of 7 to 14 days.

 

Day 6- Joshimath to Haridwar

 

On the last day, the participants will drive back to Haridwar in the morning hours only. If we drop the trekkers to Haridwar in time, they can also participate in the Ganga Aarti that takes place at Har ki Pauri. The trek will come to and end this way, with beautiful memories stored in the heart forever.

 

 

 

Cost per person (INR)
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