Kuari Pass - The Famous Winter Trek

Kuari Pass offers some of the most beautiful views of imposing Himalayas. From there you can see the Chaukhamba Range, Mana (7272m), Kamet (7756m) and Abl Gamin (7355m) which extends to the Tibet border. In the middle foreground, a number of spectacular peaks including Dunagiri (7066m) and Changabang (6864m) enclose the Nanda Devi Sanctuary while to the west the snowcapped ranges extend to Gangotri.

More peaks visible are Nanda Ghunti, Hathi Ghoda Parbat, Neelkanth, Dronagiri, Mukut Parbat, Mana, Rishi Pahad, and Changbang, to name a few. The Winter Kuari Pass trek gives you a chance to view this impressive skyline of these mighty mountains from close quarters. On some occasion, you can also come across the footprints of the rare Himalayan Bear or Leopard.

Why Kauri Pass Trek?
- Explore the less traveled region of Himalayas
- Visit Auli, Joshimath, Gorson Bugyal during Kauri Pass Trek
- Easy to Moderate Trek
- The landscape changes with each uphill
- Enjoy Fresh air, majestic view of rivers, passes, green valley and Himalayas
- may encounter shepherds with their flock during summers.

The trek to Kauri Pass begins from Joshimath, which has evolved into the hub for trekkers and pilgrims. The best of the Kuari Pass is that you get to visit the most remarkable Gorson Bugyal (meadows), consisting of vast green pastures with Himalaya Views. On this trek you will also visit Auli, which is famous for its beautiful skiing slopes in the winter.

Kuari Pass Winter Trek: The snow-clad Kuari pass winter trek is also equally popular among trekkers. It offers totally a different scenic beauty when the meaodws are covered with snow and lakes are frozen. Also you get to visit Auli in its best season and you can also enjoy skiing as well.

There are four routes to reach Kuari Pass

Trek Route 1 or Curzon Trail: Ghat, Ramni, Sanatoli to Kuari Pass ( 06 days)
 Ghat is a small friendly settlement in the Nandakini Valley and located about 19 km from Nandprayag. From Ghat, the trekking route goes via Ramni, Sarkot, Jhenjipatni, Pana, Irani, Sanatoli, and Domabhiti to the Kuari Pass.

Trek Route 2 : Joshimath, Auli and Gorson to Kuari Pass (05 days)
From Auli, the trekking route trails its way though the bugyals and rich green forests, with the Himalayas always in view, to Gailgarh and Kuari. The camping grounds are an absolute delight – areas of undulating slopes, carpeted with rich, green grass and set in beautiful natural surroundings. From Tali to Chitrakantha, there is only a goat track and horses and mules cannot go along here.

Trek Route 3 : Joshimath, Mirag, Tugasi and Khulara to Kuari Pass (05 days)
This trek starts from Joshimath via Mirag, Tugasi and Khulara to Gailgarh and Kuari pass is popular with those who have no interest in the bugyals of Auli and Gorson.

Trek Route 4 : Tapovan, Khulara to Kuari Pass (05 days)
 This trek starts from Tapovan, which is 16 km from Joshimath on the main road to Malari. The trek begins and ends with a climb and takes one through the glorious Tapovan Valley. Although it is the shortest route and meets the third trek at Khulara the climb on this route is very steep and tiring. It is always better to climb down on this route.

Staying in Kuari Pass

Situated in the vast Garhwal Himalayas, Kuari Pass is a trek to remember due to its breathtaking views of some of the majestic peaks in Uttarakhand. Trekkers tend to take camping equipments along with them and set up camps at suitable location at night. Tour and trek operators usually provide tents and other equipments to the trekkers.

Kuari Pass Food Guide

Again, it is not possible for anyone find a restaurant at Kuari Pass as the place is uninhabitable. Trekkers take the some snacks with themselves that they can purchase at lower altitudes, preferably before starting the trek. A cook can prepare a delicious cooked meal provided the ration is taken along with. Packaged food is usually the best option when travelling to higher altitudes.

History of Kuari Pass

The Kuari Pass Trek got famous after Lord Curzon, Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman used the passage in their pioneering explorations of the region in 1905. The Kuari Pass trek is also known as The Curzon Trail (named after the former British Viceroy Of India “Lord Curzon”) and it is said that the path was specially improved so that he could do the trek.

In 1905 Lord Curzon reached Kuari pass from Ghat via Ramni, crossing few lesser passes (Vinayak Pass, Tali Top) and five major rivers - the Pindar, Kaliganga, Mandakini, Bheriganga and the Dhauliganga. This trek is very popular among European and American Travelers.

Location of Kuari Pass

Kuari means "doorway" and Kuari Pass is a Himalayan high mountain pass situated in the Garhwal region. It is located on the south of the Tibetan border and on the western rim of the "Nanda Devi Sanctuary" Biosphere Reserve.

How to Reach base of Kuari Pass?

The trip to Kauri Pass can begin from Delhi, Dehradun or Haridwar but all routes must go from Rishikesh to Devprayag, then reaching Rudraprayag enroute Srinagar, and then from Karnaprayag and to Nandprayag.

Option 1: Here the trekkers can start their way to Ghat and begin the trek, which Route Number 1 as mentioned above. You will pass through Ramana-Pana and Dakhwani finally reaching Kauri pass.

Options 2: For other trek routes you can continue to the journey from Nandprayag to Chamoli and then Joshimath, the alternate route can be taken. Trek to Auli, pass through Gorsan Bugyal and reach Kuari Pass.

Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant airport Dehradun is the nearest airport 208 Kms from Nandprayag and 268 Kms from Joshimath.
 Nearest Railway Station: Rishikesh railway station is the nearest rail-head 191 Kms from Nandprayag and 251 Kms from Joshimath.

  • Kuari Pass trek is of moderate difficulty level, thus it is a perfect trek for amateur trekkers, adventurers and first timers to gain some experience. 
  • Kuari Pass trek is also famous during the winters when the snow is just the right amount thus making it a perfect trek to introduce amateur trekkers to snow. 
  • Hire an experienced trekking guide to accompany you on your trek. These guides have much knowledge and expertise about the route. 
  • It is wise to check with local authorities, tour guides or tour operators about the weather and road conditions during monsoons before you actually start your trek.

What is Kuari Pass famous for?

Kuari Pass is famous among tourist as Trekking.

Kuari Pass is recommended destination for Foreigners, Groups, Solo.

Kuari Pass is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Adventure, Christmas and New Year, Trekking.

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