Kuari Pass trek is a beginner’s trail for trekkers who are training for their climb to the Himalayas. The pass consists of easy to moderate treks fit for someone who is hiking the Himalayas for the first time. It’s also known as the “Lord Curzon Trail,” after Lord Curzon who first traversed the pass in 1905.

The Kuari Pass trek is a rich trek where you will encounter different elements of nature, a variety of ascends and descends, different sizes of pathways, and rich flora and fauna. The forest in the area is mostly filled with oak and rhododendrons. The trek has a fantastic pattern going through a forest and then a clearing, and back to the forest again. The trail also has meadows that serve as camping grounds for trekkers.

The Kuari Pass trek also promises a stunning view of the horizon, as well as of different amazing sights. You will see Trishul, Kedarnath, Kamet’s pyramid of granite, Neelkanth, the square-topped apexes of Hathi Parbat and Gauri Parbat, Badrinath, the glacial peaks of Rishikot, Dunagiri, and Changabang, and the famous twin peaks of Nanda Devi. The trek offers an all-around experience that includes rock climbing, dense forest walks, and snow-laden trails.

Trek begins in the ancient city of Haridwar, a pilgrimage site for Hindus in Northern India, then to Joshimath, a gateway to different Himalayan trails and camps. Joshimath is also considered as a holy town among Hindus.

The whole trip consists of six days. The start of the trek will be on the second day and the last day of the trek will be on the fifth day. Each trekking day will consist of seven to nine kilometers with five to seven hours of walk.

Destination Highlights

  • Gorson Meadows (Gorson Bugyal in other references). The Gorson Meadows is lush and green in the summer and snow-capped in the winter. It is a calm and peaceful site where you can camp for the night and take photos of the scenery.
  • Khulara (Khullara in other references). Khulara is one of the campsites on the trek to Kuari Pass. On the way to Khulara, trekkers are welcomed by forest trails and mountain ranges. Stunning photos can be taken in this campsite, as well as on the way going up the site.
  • Kuari Pass. Kuari Pass is the peak of the whole trek. As you hike through this area, you will be mesmerized by the view of Kali Ganga, Pindar, Dhauliganga, Nandakini and Birahi Ganga Rivers. Take a lot of photos of the scenery with you.

Location Of Kuari Pass

The Kuari Pass is found in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. It is situated at the south of the Tibetan Plateau and can be seen encircled by the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. It is located at an altitude of 4265 meters above sea level.

Best Time to Trek Kuari Pass

There are two seasons regarded as the best time to explore Kuari Pass: summer and winter.

Summer is experienced from April up to mid-June. During the season, the pass has an average temperature of 19 degrees Celsius (66.2 degrees Fahrenheit) to 29 degrees Celsius (84.2 degrees Fahrenheit). During the summer, climbers can experience a pleasant trek with the light temperature and calm constant sunlight.

Winter Kuari pass Trek – Winter comes from December to January in Kuari Pass. During this time of the year, the temperature ranges from negative 8 degrees Celsius (17.6 degrees Fahrenheit) to 12 degrees Celsius (53.6 degrees Fahrenheit). Despite the cold and the difficulty of trek due to the snow, winter is considered to be a good time to cross the pass because it showcases the snow-capped view of the mountains.

Kuari Pass Trek  Itinerary :


Day 01 - Ride from Haridwar to Joshimath

Ride from Haridwar to Joshimath. This 275 km drive will take seven to eight hours where you will pass by Karnaprayag and Devprayag. Choose a lodging for an overnight stay in Joshimath before the morning trek. Hostels and lodges are available at Joshimath for you to stay the night. Prepare your belongings, food, and medicine for the remaining days of the trek.

Day 02 - Ride to Auli and Trek to Gorson Meadows

After a night at lodging in Joshimath, have your breakfast and take a 15 km ride to Auli. The first part of the trek is a steep 5 km climb to Auli where you will traverse through oaks, rhododendron, and hemlock. The trail will lead you to the Gorson Meadows. Tented accommodations are available in the Gorson Meadows. Stay in the area for the night.

Day 03 - Trek to Khulara

Brace yourself for a challenging trek that involves a lot of ascending trail. The 6 km trek showcases green grass and rhododendron bushes on the way. The trek will take two hours and 30 minutes through the forest. After the crossing the forest trail, it will take another hour of walk to the top of the ridge that is around 3,500 meters above sea level. Then, it will take another half an hour to get to the Tali Top. You will then trek to Khulara where you may spend your night in tents.

Day 04 - Trek to Kuari Pass then back to Khulara

As you awake at Khulara, you will have a long journey to the peak of Kuari Pass. The pass is encapsulated by mountains. Among these mountain ranges, Nanda Devi is the most prominent. Take photos of the scenery and enjoy the sight at the crest of Kuari Pass, and then trek back through the path going to Khulara where you will again stay for the night in tents.

Day 05 - Hike down to Tapovan and Drive to Joshimath

Hike down the mountain trail to Tapovan. The 10 km trail will take four hours of hike. The hike down promises an amazing view as well, so don’t forget to take photos. Then from Tapovan, take a ride to Joshimath where you will stay for the night.

Day 06 - Drive to Haridwar

In the morning, you will ride back to Haridwar to conclude the trip.

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