Kuari Pass Trek

6 days/ 5 nights -

Ex Rishikesh

Region

Uttarakhand

Trek Difficulty

Easy - Moderate

Trek Duration

6 days/ 5 nights

Highest Altitude

12,800 Ft

Trek Distance

22 KM

Overview

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. The road goes along hugging the mountain side and you see the forests and valleys of Garhwal below you. 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.

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. Even if you leave these aspects out, the Kuari Pass trek is a superb trek. The beautiful sights and challenges of the trek make it a trek worth doing – whether it is your first time to the Himalayas or not.

Quick Look

  • Day 1 – Rishikesh to Joshimath (250 km drive, approx 10 hrs)
  • Day 2 – Joshimath – Karchi – Akhorgetta (12 km drive, 4 km trek, approx 4 hrs)
  • Day 3 – Akhorgetta to Khullara (3 km trek, approx 4 hrs)
  • Day 4 – Khullara – Kuari Pass – Khullara (7 km trek, approx 8 hrs
  • Day 5 – Khullara – Joshimath via Karchi (7 km trek, approx 4-5 hrs & 12 km drive)
  • Day 6 – Joshimath to Rishikesh (250 km drive, approx 10 hrs)

Day 1

Rishikesh to Joshimath (250 km drive, approx 10 hrs)

Starting the drive from Rishikesh from the appointed pickup point (Hotel The Pipal Inn), we will take the fabled Badrinath Road. The drive from Rishikesh to Joshimath is a beautiful one. The route is along tributaries of Ganga. The ten hours drive to Joshimath is long and arduous, but you are never going to run out of mesmerizing views. So, keep your cameras on the ready and remain awake for most of the journey.
Meal - Dinner

Day 2

Joshimath - Karchi - Akhorgetta (12 km drive, 4 km trek, approx 4 hrs)

After an early breakfast on this day, we will head off to Karchi village in the Joshimath tehsil, a rocky drive of 45 minutes. From here our trek will commence. The terrain is mostly rough here. Leaving out the terrace farming lands, there is no affluence of greenery, but offers a sweeping view of the Garhwal frontier all around. You are not likely to find any snow in this zone. The trail is a mix of steep and moderate climbs. Look back as you approach your first camp. Hathi and Ghora parvat make their first appearance here. From your first camp you get the access to the beautiful views of Behemoth Peaks, unveiling Kedarnath Peak, Chaukhambha, Neel Kantha, Mukut Parvat, Kamet, Ghori Parvat, Hathi Parvat, Dronagiri, Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti. The magnificence of this vision is incomparable.
Meal - Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 3

Akhorgetta to Khullara (3 km trek, approx 4 hrs)

The trail today ascends all the way to Khullara but it's not as steep as the previous day. Within 40 minutes of starting from Guling, you reach the first clearing. You will be surrounded by oak forests on all sides; you will come to a green clearing overlooking the magnificent snow peaks. Continue on the trail leading into the forest. Along this path, the Hathi-Ghora peaks will be manifesting gloriously along with Dronagiri now somewhat flipped to the side. Throughout the day, you see Dronagiri to the left, slightly at the back. The peek-a-boo that the mountains play through the forests makes for very enchanting sights.
Meal - Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 4

Khullara - Kuari Pass - Khullara (7 km trek, approx 8 hrs)

Fourth day is the summit day, likely to span 7-8 hours depending on the group's pace. In 1-1.5 hours you reach a ridge, which is a part of Lord Curzon's trail. From here 360 degree views of the Himalayas open up before you. From the ridge, trek up to Kuari top. This is a moderate climb with a few switch backs. From here It will take you 40 minutes to reach the top. We take the same route in return to reach Khullara Camp.
Meal - Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 5

Khullara – Joshimath via Karchi (7 km trek, approx 4-5 hrs & 12 km drive)

Dig into breakfast early in the morning after a round of routine exercises. Follow the downhill trail to Karchi village. Arrive at a motorable road and board vehicle to reach Joshimath. Stay overnight at Joshimath.
Meal - Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 6

Joshimath to Rishikesh (250 km drive, approx 10 hrs)

You will start off on an early morning ride down hill, homeward-bound. We reach Rishikesh around 4-5 in the evening.
Meal - Breakfast
  • All Veg meals as indicated above in the itinerary
  • Tented accommodation on triple sharing basis
  • Guest House in Joshimath on sharing basis
  • Morning and Evening tea with light snacks during the trek
  • All necessary fees and permits
  • Trekking equipment (tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, ropes, Micro Spikes, Gaiters etc.)
  • Medical First Aid Kit
  • Services of an expert trek leader
  • Services of an expert trek team (guides, cooks, helpers, porters/mules)
  • Transport from Rishikesh to Joshimath and return by tempo traveller
  • All Permits of the trek.
  • Food during the transit
  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag
  • Any expenses for optional activities
  • Travel insurance
  • Anything apart from the inclusions
  • Trekking Shoes
  • Backpack(40-60 litres)
  • Daypack(10 litres)
  • Plastic Bags
  • Personal medication Kit
  • Two warm layers
  • Two trek pants
  • Two collared t-shirts
  • Thermals
  • Jackets
  • Dark Sunglasses
  • Cap
  • Power Bank
  • Toiletries
  • Water bottles
  • Rain covers
  • Umbrella
    • Fitness: A high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Therefore, on treks, cardiovascular training is critically important. You need to be able to jog a distance of 4 km in 40 mins before the start of the trek. Unable to do so can make your trek difficult. In addition, preparation of trek needs to include strength and flexibility training. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training.

 

    • Backpack carrying: Tripsaa expects all trekkers to carry their own backpacks. All common gear will be carried by the support team. If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge before they start the trek. No suitcases/trolleys will be allowed.

 

    • Drop out during trek: If for any reason a participant has to drop out from the trek on any day then Tripsaa will help the trekker to reach the nearest road head. A support staff will accompany the participant to the nearest road head.

 

    • Non-liability: Tripsaa is not responsible for any loss/damage of your gears/ equipment or other belongings on the trek.

 

    • Payment: You may make this payment by Cash, Cheque, Online, DD or NEFT. Once you done the payment kindly provide us the payment detail through an email. (Go through payment procedure also.)

 

    • Payment procedure: To confirm your registration you need to pay at least 30% of trek fee as an advance and the balance payment has to be cleared before your pickup.

 

    • Cancellation: If the trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike etc), Tripsaa will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year. The cancellation charges are as under:
        • Cancellations prior before 30 days from the start of the trek – Full Refund.
        • Cancellations prior to 29-15 days from the start of the trek – 80% Refund or Trek Voucher worth paid amount (Trek Voucher is valid 12 Months).
        • Cancellation prior to 7-14 days from the start of the trek — 50% refund or Trek Voucher worth paid amount (Trek Voucher is valid 12 Months).
      • Cancellation prior to 7 days from the start of the trek — no refund or Trek Voucher worth paid amount (Trek Voucher is valid 12 Months).

 

    • Drinking and smoking during the trek are strictly prohibited. If found flouting the rules, your participation on the trek will be canceled with immediate effect.

 

    • Route changes, postponement, delay or finishing the trek a day earlier: Under some extraordinary circumstance, your trek may end a day earlier or start a day later. This may become necessary due to inclement weather, snow and ice conditions, political restrictions or any other cause. In the event of a change, postponement or delay, participants have no right to refund of the trek (in whole or in part) or other compensation for any injury, loss or damage. Trek fee is not charged broken down in terms of days but is a composite fee for the whole trek.

 

  • Carry a valid govt. issued I’d. (Original and photocopy both)

Trek Fee

₹11,999/-

₹9,999/-

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