If you’re looking for an easy trail to start your Himalayan journey, look no further, Kuari Pass is the just the right trek for you. This easy to moderate trail was discovered back in the early 1900s by the then Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon. The trail then got named after the keen trekker and has been called the Lord Curzon trail ever since. Located at an altitude of 13,989 ft (4,264 m), this trail is blazing with gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains, mystical forests, and breathtakingly gorgeous meadows.
Situated in the heart of the Garhwal region in Uttarakhand, this trail offers a diverse terrain that is perfect for a beginner to explore the Himalayas and fall in love with it.
The winters are a great way to explore the Garhwal region when it is drenched entirely in snow. The forests would be making way to the autumn and the meadows would be carpeted in snow. For a first-timer, this is a brilliant opportunity to trek through the thrilling terrains of the Himalayas. If you’ve trekked to the Himalayas before, this trek will surely be an epic snow adventure waiting to happen.
All through the trail, you get to trek through the mystical and ancient forests adorned with Oak and Rhododendron trees. The forests are a perfect treat for photography lovers with tall trees touching the sky, the rays of the sun making its way through the canopy to the ground and a trail with a clearing leading to a magical meadow.
The trail to Kuari Pass goes through Nanda Devi Sanctuary. The entire trek route gives you a good close up view of the revered Mt. Nanda Devi along with other peaks such as Mt. Chaukamba, Mt. Dronagiri, Hathi Parvat, Ghoda Parvat, and Trishul Parvat. All of this makes this trek a perfect escapade from the monotony of daily life. The landscapes will surely make you fall in love with photography.
Ever imagined what it would feel like to wake up with a view of the snow-capped mountains? This trek is all about picture-perfect campsites and great camping experiences. Cozy up in your camps with blankets or brave the snow and chat the night away in front of a bonfire, make new friendships and be a true nature’s nomad. When you camp in the Himalayas, you’ll get to experience what a nomadic life feels like. Making this wild enough for an unforgettable experience.
Travel via the five sacred river confluences in the Garhwal Himalayas. Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag, and Vishnuprayag in the ascending flow sequence of their occurrence.
Devprayag is the confluence of the two holy rivers, the Bhagirathi – the chief stream of the Ganges and the Alaknanda. It is the first Prayag on the way to Badrinath. Beyond this confluence, the river is known as the Ganges.
Rudra Prayag is the confluence where the river Alaknanda meets the Mandakini River. The confluence is named after god Shiva, who is also known as Rudra.
Karn Prayag is the location where Alaknanda River is joined by the Pindar River that originates from the Pindar glacier, below the Nanda Devi Mountain range.
Nandaprayag is the confluence where the Mandakini River joins the main Alaknanda River.
Vishnuprayag – The Alaknanda River, which originates from Satopanth glacier is joined by the Dhauli Ganga River near Joshimath (on Joshimath – Badrinath route). Alaknanda flows in front of the Badrinath temple, one of the most revered Hindu shrines.
4 Treks in one trip
3N camping stay along the trail
Travel via the 5 confluences of River Ganga
Camp along the trail to Kuari Pass
Trek to Khullara and get a glimpse of Pangarchulla Peak
Visit the sacred Badrinath Temple, one of the Char Dham’s
Explore India’s last village Mana
River Rafting in Rishikesh
Joshimath: 6,150 ft (1,875 m)
Auli: 8,218 ft (2,505 m)
Dhak: 7,601 ft (2,317 m)
Khullara: 11,100 ft (3,383 m)
Kuari Pass: 13,989 ft (4,263 m)
Trek Gradient: Moderate-Difficult
Trek Distance: 40+ Km
Assembling Point: Rishikesh
Average Temperature: -2°C to 20°C
Travel Distance: 700+ Km
Arrive in Rishikesh and check in to the hotel. Meet your fellow trekkers in a meet and greet session where you will also be prepped for the upcoming trek. In the evening, head out to witness the magnificent Ganga Arati and explore the authentic local cultures of India. Stay the night at Rishikesh.
Travel Duration: 7-8 hours
On day 2 you start your journey from Rishikesh to Auli. Witness the four confluences of the sacred River Ganga (Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandprayag) en route and also get the very first glimpse of the snow-clad peaks when you’re about to arrive in Joshimath. Check in to the hotel and stay the night at Joshimath.
Trek Duration: 6-8 hours
On day 3, we start trekking towards Taali from Auli. During this trek, we meander through the narrow pathways right behind the Gorson Top trail. The trail is gorgeous with an open meadow all through. Tonight, we camp in Taali.
Trek Duration: 6 hours
Today we start trekking from Taali to Gorson Top. This trek, although slightly steep, is breathtaking and extremely rewarding because of the majestic views of the revered Mt. Nanda Devi, Hathi Parvat, Ghoda Parvat, Mt. Neelkant and the mighty Mt. Dronagiri.
Trek Duration: 6 hours
Wake up early and start your trek to Kuari Pass. Get enchanted with the majestic views along the way. You will get to see various Himalayan peaks and frozen waterfalls along the way as you head towards your camp to Khullara base. Today’s trek will be the toughest and you challenging as you will be trekking in snow entirely.
Trek Duration: 6 hours
Today is an easy trek to Dhak through the beautiful meadows and small villages. We will pass through Dhak, a smaller block in Joshimath. The views of peaks like Hathi Ghoda, Barmal & Mana will be your constant companion in today’s trek. We will reach Dhak by afternoon. From here, if the weather permits we head out to visit the Badrinath Temple and Mana Village.
Trek Duration: 7-8 hours
On day 7, we either visit the Badrinath Temple early in the morning or journey from Joshimath to Rudraprayag.
On your last day, you travel back to Rishikesh from Rudraprayag via road. Once you reach Rishikesh, enjoy an exciting adventure sport River Rafting in the river Ganga.
Travel back to your city.
We will endeavor to make your program smooth and as pleasant as possible. However, the entire course of trekking depends on the ranges of the mighty mountains, physical health, and environmental conditions. Therefore, Monks on wheels or our partner TrekNomads shall not be responsible for any changes in the itineraries due to unavoidable circumstance and natural disasters such as landslide, road blockage, flood, snowing, cancellation of flight and delay, any types of sickness including altitude sickness
High-altitude/Himalayan treks require every participant to maintain a certain form of physical fitness that will help them trek with ease. A good fitness regime followed by a healthy diet can help you get fit for a Himalayan/high-altitude trek. However, it is advised that you consult with your doctor and then participate in a Himalayan/high-altitude trek.
Begin your training about 6 weeks before your departure
Focus on building your stamina through Aerobics, Running, Stair Climbing, Swimming or Cycling about 3 – 4 times a week
Build your core strength with resistance training through Squats, Lunges, Hip Hinging, Step Ups, Planks at least 3- 4 times a week
Work on developing a breathing rhythm and expanding your lung capacity with deep breathing and Yoga
As your trek approaches, head out on smaller treks to help you acclimatize yourself
Don’t miss out on exercising if you can help it, even a 30-minute workout regime followed religiously can take you a long way.
We believe in leaving the mountains in a better condition, which is why we follow a no-litter policy on our treks. Each trekker will have to bring back the waste that is created during the trek.
Trekking is best enjoyed when you’ve worn comfortable clothes. Try and avoid wearing Jeans, bright colours and heavy apparels as much as possible.
A lighter backpack always helps you have a better trek, try and carry just as much as needed.
Always be in sight of your trek lead, if you feel the need to stop for any reason at all, please keep the trek lead informed.
If you do come across any reptiles, animals or even insects during the trek, please keep your calm and let it patiently pass by. Any kind of noise and panic will scare them as well.
Do not venture out into the forest/waterfalls on your own as it may be dangerous.
Trekking is a good adventure, having said that, it is our primary responsibility to take good care of ourselves and be compassionate towards fellow trekkers
If, at any point, during the trek, you feel uneasy or unwell, please inform the trek lead immediately
Tune in to the sounds of nature while on a trek and avoid carrying speakers or playing music during the course of the trek
To help you enjoy the trek to the fullest, we avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol, and other intoxicants during the course of the trek