Kuari Pass is located in Uttarakhand in the Garhwal Himalayas. At an altitude of 4264 meters, Kuari Pass Trek is like an amphitheatre where you can see the Kamet (7756m), Trishul (7120m), Chaukhamba (7128m), and the great divine peak of Nanda Devi (7817m) along with her twin sister Nanda Devi East (7434m) . Lord Curzon, the then Viceroy of India undertook several treks in the Garhwal Himalayas, including one over the Kuari Pass to Joshimath and since then it has come to be known as Curzon's trail.
This trek can be categorized under “Easy to Moderate” grade spanning over 6 days, ideal for a quick break. We will be trekking for approximately 33 kms starting from Joshinath, in the Chamoli district of Himalayas. Each batch has around 15-18 trekkers with the minimum age being 12 years and maximum depending on the individual’s fitness levels. December to March is best time for winter trekking in India. Trek are lead by mountaineering and wilderness first aid certified trek leader along with cooking and supporting staff.
Day 1: Haridwar - Joshimath
When you arrive at Haridwar in the morning, you will be picked up at the Railway station at around 7 a.m. and the journey begins from here to Joshimath on a Tata Sumo/ Qualis for 265 kms. We get to traverse through the picturesque valley of Devprayag, Rudrapryag, Karnaprayag – part of the Pancha Prayag of Uttarakhand.
Karn Prayag is the place where Alaknanda River is joined by the Pindar River that originates from the Pindar glacier, below the Nanda Devi hill range. At Rudra Prayag, the Alaknanda meets the Mandakini River. Dev Prayag is the confluence of the two holy rivers, the Bhagirathi - the chief stream of the Ganges and the Alaknanda. Beyond this confluence, the river is known as Ganges.
We will have Breakfast and lunch on the way at the local eateries. What better way to taste the local cuisine !
At the end of the day, we spend the night in GMVN rest house.
Day 2: Joshimath – Chitrakhana
We will have early morning breakfast and then drive to Dhak village. From Dhak we will start the 6 km trek to lower Chitrakhana. After climbing a steep hill, the valley slowly transforms into an overhanging cliff which shelters a local deity and the terrain changes from green pastures with trees to a drier terrain. The trek continues to climb to the village of Tugasi village where we will pack lunch enroute. We finally trek our way to Chitrakhana, have dinner & overnight camping.
Day 03: Chitrakhana - Tali Top
We begin the trek in the morning through lush green vegetation with Mt. Nanda Devi and Mt. Doonagiri looming in the distance. Mt. Nanda Devi is the second highest mountain in India. The trek is 4 hours and 6 km long and gets strenuous from this point. We will camp in an alpine meadow at the head of the Tali Top which lies on the North Face of Mt. Nanda Devi. We will rest for the evening in tents.
Day 04: Tali top - Khullar - Kuari pass and back to Tali
Day 04 can be considered the challenging segment of the whole trip with 8km to trek over a span of 4 hours. This will test your endurance and stamina but it is all worth the sweat and struggle as the experience is unmatched when you reach the Kuari pass. The view from the top is breath taking with snow capped mountains all around. After this sojourn with the Kuari pass we trek back to the camp for night stay.
Day 05: Tali - Joshimath via Auli
After the tryst with snow capped mountains, day 05 is the day to head back to where we had all started. The return trek to Joshimath begins from now. En route we will get views of the route leading to the famous Nanda Devi sanctuary, along the Rishi Ganga. The surrounding Nanda Devi National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a gradual descent to Auli down through woods and pastures. We will finally reach our destination where our vehicle is waiting to pick us up and drop us back to Joshimath.
Day 06: Joshimath - Haridwar
From Joshimath, we will head back to Haridwar. Here comes end to one of the most mesmerizing unforgettable treks you will have for a long time.