Among the several things that Lord Curzon did in India, the hands-down winner is exploration and popularising of a marquee trek route starting from Joshimath to Kuari Pass in the Garhwal Himalayas. At an altitude of 4264 meters, Kuari Top is like an amphitheatre where some of the stalwart peaks of Himalayas take stage. The 7000 meters club includes the Kamet (7756m),Trishul (7120m), Chaukhamba (7128m), and the great divine peak of Nanda Devi (7817m) and its twin Nanda Devi East (7434m). More peaks make an equally imposing appearance – Nanda Ghunti, Hathi Ghoda Parbat, Neelkanth, Dronagiri, Mukut Parbat, Mana, Rishi Pahad, and Changbang, to name a few. The Kuari Pass trek gives you a chance to view this impressive skyline of these mighty mountains from close quarters.
The trek begins from Joshimath, in the Chamoli district of Himalayas, which has evolved into the hub for trekkers and pilgrims in this part of the Himalayas. Confluences of several rivers – the Pinder, Kaliganga, Nandakini, Birehiganga & Dhauli Ganga give make up the Pancha-Prayag – namely, Devprayag, Karnaprayag, Devprayag and Rudraprayag. The trek then proceeds through small remote Himalayan villages. Walking along the Curzon trail through these villages is a great way to get acquainted with the life of the mountain folks. The trees are ablaze in the yellow-orange colors of autumn, striking a deep contrast to the blue-brown mountains and the snow caps. On this trek one walks through gorgeous jungles of Oak and Deodar trees. And these jungles, of course, are house to some wildlife. Pug marks of leopards or Himalayan black bears can be sighted in the forests. Rhododendron trees, which bear flowers of a fiery red color, are also found in abundance in these mountains.
The truly refreshing part of the trek is while walking through the luxurious Himalayan meadows, called ‘Bugyals’ in the local tongue. The beauty and serenity of a Himalayan meadow is an experience no one should miss out on. The most remarkable is the Gorson Bugyal, consisting of vast undulating green pastures. On this trek you will also visit Auli, which is famous for its beautiful skiing slopes in the winter kuari pass.
Itinerary (Day by Day)
Rishikesh to Joshimath 245 km by taxi 7-8 hr by trek
Joshimath to Chitrakhan 45 km drive and trek
Chitrakhan to Tali top 15 km trek
Tali to Khullar Kuari Pass back to Tali 15 km trek
Tali to Auli Bugyal 12 km trek
Auli Bugyal to Devparyag 135 km by taxi
Devprayag to Haridwar 140 km by taxi and departure
Tent, Local Homestay, Hotels or Resorts, Rest House according to the Altitude
Non Veg & Veg (Traditional & Continental)
Tent, Mattresses, Sleeping Bags, Sitting Chairs as required, Utensils, etc. (all are branded)
Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Rock Craft, Snow Craft, River Crossing, Zipline, etc. as required
We have well experienced guides who has good knowledge of flora & fauna
Our supporting team is well experienced and active