The Ultimate Guide to Riding the KUARI PASS Trek

Kuari Pass is one of the most scenic winters treks in the state of Uttarakhand, widely known for its mesmerizing snow-filled mountain peaks and wide-stretched grassy land in the Garhwal Region of the Himalayas in India.  Kuari stands for “ Vergin ” and passes sands for “ Way”.

Kuari Pass Trek

In the winter you admire the chief charmingness of this trail is the awe-inspiring scenic natural settings of the eastern peaks of Garhwal Himalayas, the eye-arresting peaks of Nanda Devi(7848m), Kamet(7756m), Dronagiri, Trishul(7120m), Changabang (6864m), Neelkanth (6596m), Kalinka, Chaukhamba (7128m), and others.

On a very unclouded day, these peaks of the mountains are throwing back a galvanizing experience of the great Himalayas, precisely the MASSIF  of NANDA DEVI. These mountains though far far away but they seem very close to you.

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Crossing the Gorson Bugiyal enroute Kuwari Pass
Crossing the Gorson Bugiyal enroute Kuwari Pass

British Explorer 

In the year 1905, Lord Curzon arrived at Kuari Pass  Trek (3850m). He explored this trek route and since then it is locally famous as “ Lord Curzon’s trail”.

The trek travels through immaculate Rhododendron, oak, and deodar woods.  The flora and fauna are seen abundantly while chasing this trail.

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Mt. Pangarchulla at the backdrop on way to Kuwari pass
Mt. Pangarchulla at the backdrop on way to Kuwari pass

Kuari Pass Trek Winter

The Kuari (virgin) Pass winter trek is a different manifold and a picturesque trek that crosses through 3 lesser-known Passes and five chief water bodies of the Himalayas – the Pindar, Kaliganga, Mandakini, Birehiganga, and Dhauliganga.

There are trek routes existing to approach the Kauri Pass.  The first one is via the Curzon Trail i.e from Ghat via Ramni and the second trek route is from Auli Bugyal via Gorson top.

Recommendation -If you are an exotic nature lover then you choose to trek through Ghat, this trek route is the showcase of the Himalayan flora and fauna.

Kuari Pass Trek Distance

The Auli trek, a 24 Km trail winds its way through the Himalayas in Garhwal And is a part of the Kuari Pass trek. While you might be tempted to spend all your time marveling at the snow-covered peaks and trekking through thick forests, what makes this region truly unique is that it borders Tibet and China.

So, during your trekking journey, you’ll pass by Bhagirathi River which takes its source from Mount Nanda Devi (the 2nd highest mountain peak in India and Chandrashila Peak which lies behind Hemkunth River near Gauri Kund.

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Trek facts:-

  • Trip Duration:- 07 nights / 08 days
  • Trip Grade:- Moderate
  • Highest Point:- 3850 mts (Kuari Pass Top)
  • Highest Camping Point:- 3341 mts
  • Best Time To Go:- Mid April to June – September to November

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Rishikesh – Chefna (1445 mt, 215 km by surface)

After morning breakfast you will proceed to Chefna. En route, you pass through 4 confluence spots of the Hindu holy rivers such as  ” Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karanprayag, Nandprayag”.

Devprayag is the holiest confluence out of five confluence of the holy rivers in the Garhwal Himalayas, the Bhagirathi river ( Source Gaumukh), and Alaknanda (Source Badrinath).

Then after continuing driving to  Chefna, through Himalayan valleys spotted with picturesque beauty and old habitations of the people of  Garhwal. Upon arrival, check-In,  Dinner, and Overnight stay at Camp.

Dhak village Kuwari Pass
Dhak village Kuwari Pass

Day 02: Chefna – Ramni (2350 mts, 10 kms , 4-5 hrs. Trek)

Morning breakfast at the campsite and you start trekking along the river with packed lunch, ascending through followed Deodar woods and Bhutia’s villages, losing sight of the Mandakini river slowly.

A primary school visit that is on the way, very next to Ramni village. Dinner & Overnight stay at Camp in Ramni.

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Day 03:  Ramni – Jhinjipani (2650 mts, 13 kms, Trek 6-7 hrs.)

Just after morning breakfast, you leave Ramni village and start climbing due to the steep trek route, but soon after it will be over and you appear surprisingly on the grassy flat land then after through densely grown oak and pine trees.

And now, you trek up to reach the Ramni Pass and from this point, the trek route is long and has gradually downhill up to Jhinjipani village, and this is your next campsite. Dinner and overnight at Campsite.

Day 04:  Jhinjipani – Pana (2600 mts, 12 kms, Trek 5-6 hrs.)

It’s all the day-long trek as you trek down for the first half an hour until you touch the suspension iron-wired bridge on the Birehiganga river. As you cross the suspension bridge and you find zig-zag climbing in the narrow valley up to the ridge.

And you keep climbing for 2 hours, then the trail level out at least for 1 hour, and when you reach Pana and follow the trail that takes you to the campsite which is situated above the village. Overnight in Camp.

Day 05: Pana – Dhakwani ( 3341 mts, 10 kms, Trek 4-5 hrs.)

You start the trek with an immediate climb that is above your campsite via densely forested land. Thereafter the trek route levels out for at least one hour before it falls steeply to a big waterfall.

The trek route then happens to be tough and steep, uphill again for one and half hours before it is leveling out as you touch another water stream then after you start to have the final hour engagement with trail and half’s ascent that brings to you the campsite. Overnight in the camp.

Crossing the Gorson Bugiyal on way to Kuwari
Crossing the Gorson Bugiyal on way to Kuwari

Day 06: Dhakwani – Kuari Pass (3850 mts) – Chitrakanta (3200mts, 10 kms Trek 6 hrs.)

On this day you have to start early morning and the steep zig-zag trail brings you surprisingly panoramic scenic views that unfold the climax of  Kuari Pass  – with enchanting views of the Great Himalayas.

Later,  you keep engaging for an easy descent up to the camp which you find in the midst of the flat grassy land of Chitrakanta.

The trail crosses a deep silent forested terrain and opens up into a meadow giving you the first divine experience of Nanda Devi and Pangarchula peaks.

It is a divine arena of the Himalayas which is dotted in the meadows with sheds of the clouds and grazing sheep and cattle. Overnight stay at Camp.

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Day 07: Chitrakanta to Auli ( 3000 mt, 4-6 hrs. ) Drive to Joshimath

Auli is famous for skiing in India,  a half-day-long walk from the to reach Auli.  It is a gradual descending hill up to the Auli through forested and pastured lands though there are a few ups and downs.

After reaching  Auli, you proceed in a private car for  Joshimath. Check-in the hotel. Overnight at Hotel in Joshimath.

Day 08: Drive to Rishikesh (8/9 hours)

A day-long motor drive up to Rishikesh (8 / 9 hrs). It’s a very adventurous drive as you pass through some holy Himalayan towns such as  Nandprayag, Karanprayag, Rudraprayag, Devprayag.

Lunch en-route lunch break. Upon arrival, the tour ended.

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Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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