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Kuari-Pass Trek

Kuari Pass Trek, Salud Dugra, Uttarakhand
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5 Nights 6 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

30 people



About Kuari-Pass

Lord Curzon went up to the Kuari-pass in 1905 and since he made the trek, it was named after him as the ” Curzon Trail “. Kuari Pass means “doorway” and is one of the well-known treks in Uttarakhand, located at an altitude of 4268 m in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is among the most scenic excursions that you will ever take through the Himalayan Mountains that end with a mesmerizing view of the Kamet, Dronagiri, Trishul, Bertholi, and Hathi Ghodi Parvat, Mana, and Nanda Devi summit in all its glory.

Kuari Pass Trek Distance | Map

Kuari Pass Trek starts from Joshimath also known as Jyotirmath, a city in Chamoli District (Uttarakhand). It is a 6 days trek including travel from Rishikesh. The total Kuari Pass Trek distance is 33km from Dhak Village. We will go to Dhak by taxi which is just 15km from Joshimath.

Trek Difficulty Level:

Kuari Pass is an easy trek and good for first-timers. Sometimes the amount of snow on the trek makes trekking a little challenging for beginners.

Best Time to Visit Kuari Pass:

Kuari Pass is a winter trek and is best done between November to May.

Kuari Pass Trek Weather/Temperature:

The temperature at Joshimath in the daytime is pleasant between 10 to 15 degrees Celsius and at night it goes down to 0 to -5 Degree Celsius. During the trek, the day temperature will be 5 to 10 degrees and at night it goes down up to -10 degrees.


At Joshimath, trekkers will have to share the room on a triple and quad basis. The dormitory will also be there. During the trek, you will be provided with 3 person tent on a twin-sharing basis and 4 person tent on a triple-sharing basis. Female trekkers will share a room/tent with female trekkers only. Solo female trekkers will be provided with a separate tent.


Meals start from day 1 dinner to day 5 dinner. On Day 6 early departure after tea. During the trek, you will be provided healthy hot meals, including breakfast, lunch, evening tea and snacks, hot soup, and dinner with daily different desserts. Hot drinking water will be provided daily at the campsite.

Kuari Pass Trek Height/Altitude:

The lowest altitude will be 5974 ft at Joshimath and the highest at 12,760 ft at Kuari Pass Summit.

How to Reach Joshimath | Delhi to Joshimath Distance and Trek Route:

Route Via Rishikesh:
The nearest best railway station is Rishikesh/Haridwar. From there 9-10hr journey takes us to Joshimath via Rishikesh, Devaprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandprayag, and Chamoli. Rishikesh to Joshimath distance is around 250 km and the distance from Delhi to Joshimath via Rishikesh is approx. 487 km.

Departure: Points:
We have fixed departures from Rishikesh and Dehradun.

How to Reach Dehradun:

By Train: The nearest best railway station is Dehradun. You can board Ddn Nzm Ac Express(2205), Nanda Devi Express or Dehradun Express from Delhi. People usually prefer trains over flights because it is more economical. Take a bus or cab to reach Rishikesh.

By Bus: There are regular buses from Delhi to Haridwar/Rishikesh, Delhi (ISBT Kashmiri Gate ).  You can easily rely on government buses as they are also safe.

By Flight: Nearest Airport is Jolly Grant Airport – Dehradun. You can take a bus or local cab to reach Dehradun/Rishikesh. It just takes 30-40 min to reach Rishikesh from Dehradun Airport.

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  • Traverse through an open meadow with stunning views of some of the Himalayan peaks.
  • The peaks visible from the summit are – Trishul, Chaukhamba, and Kamet, Nanda Devi peaks, Nanda Ghunti, Neelkanth, Dronagiri, Changbang, and many others.
  • You will get to see the beautiful forests of Rhododendron, followed by pasture grasslands for sheep and cattle with some nomadic huts.
  • Varied landscapes and wildlife make this trek truly surreal.

Day 1 Rishikesh to Joshimath

🏔️ Altitude: 6,696 ft.

🏠 Stay: Guest House.

🚗 Drive: 250 km (10-11 hrs drive).

⌚ Pick-up time: 06:00 am near Rishikesh Bus station.

📶 Network: All networks available.

Pickup will be from Rishikesh in the morning and the drive to Joshimath will take approximately 9 to 10 hours. The drive from Rishikesh to Joshimath is a beautiful one. The route passes through many mesmerizing views and the drive goes along hugging the mountainside and you see the forests and valleys of Garhwal below you. We will also be passing by the panchayat or the five holy confluences of Ganga - Devaprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag, and Vishnuprayag. Breakfast and Lunch will be on the way at a roadside inn, exclusive of charges.

Day 2 Joshimath to Dhak To Gulling

🏔️ Altitude: 9,875 ft.

⛺ Stay Tents.

🚗 Drive: 12 km (50 min drive).

🚶‍♂️ Trek: 6 km trek through village and forest.

🍱 Lunch: At Camp.

📶 Network: No network.

After an early breakfast, we will head off to Dhak Village which is around 11 km from Joshimath. The drive usually takes around 45-50 minutes to reach Dhak Village. From here our trek will start with an ascending, dirt trail that leads away from the main road, toward Tugasi village. After 20-30 mins you will reach Kharchi village, you can fill your bottles here and take some rest. The trail for the next 45 minutes ascends gradually, with a few switchbacks in between and leads you to Lower Tugasi. After 40 minutes of starting from Lower Tugasi, you reach the first rest point. You will be surrounded by oak forests on all sides. Continue on the trail leading into the forest. You will reach the second clearing after about an hour. All this time, you will cross small streams along the trail. The water in them is clean and you can drink it.

Day 3 Gulling to Khullara

🏔️ Altitude: 11,075 ft.

⛺ Stay: Tents.

🚶‍♂️ Trek: 4 km trek.

🍱 Lunch: At Camp.

After breakfast starts on a 5-hour journey to Khullara campsite. After the steep climb of the last day, the trek today will be less tiring. The gradients of ascent are relatively smooth and will allow you an enjoyable trek. After half an hour, you will come to a green clearing overlooking the magnificent snow peaks. Except for rhododendrons, you can find walnut and some other varieties of conifers here. It is located in a clearing at Khullara.

Along this path, the Hathi-Ghori peaks will be manifesting gloriously along with Dronagiri now somewhat flipped to the side.

Day 4 Khullara to Kuari Pass and back

🏔️ Altitude: 12,763 ft.

⛺ Stay Tents.

🚶‍♂️ Trek: 14 km trek.

🍱 Lunch: Packed Lunch.

Today will be the summit day, which will take around 8-10 hours depending on the group’s pace. You need to gear up appropriately for high snow and squalling wind on the ridges today. There are no water sources on the way today, so carry enough to sustain you through. The trail from Khullara begins to climb steeply out of the tree line. 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. You will witness some amazing peaks of the Himalayas like Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Dronagiri, Nilgiri and Hathi Ghoda, Trishul and Nanda Devi.

Day 5 Khullara to Joshimath via Gorson Bugyal and Auli

🏔️ Altitude: Gurson bugyal (11,150 ft) and Auli (9,680 ft)

⛺ Stay: Guest House

🚶‍♂️ Trek: 10 km trek.

🍱 Lunch: Packed Lunch.

🛣 Route: Trek to Joshimath via Auli depends on weather conditions. If the weather doesn't permit then we will take the Dhak route instead.

Today we will be back to Joshimath via Auli—the skiing capital of India, and one of the most famous Ski resorts in Asia. Exploring the beautiful snow-patched rolling valleys of Gorson Bugyal at 11,150ft. Gorson Bugyal is a completely smooth and rolling terrain, requiring no effort or difficult climb to traverse. Upon reaching Auli, get on a vehicle to head back to Joshimath.

Day 6 Joshimath to Rishikesh

🚗 Drive: 250 km (10-11 hrs drive).

⌚ Pick up time: 06:00 am from Guest House.

You will start off on an early morning ride downhill; Rishikesh-Haridwar will be reached at sundown, around 6 in the evening. Breakfast and Lunch will be on the way at a roadside inn, exclusive of charges.

  • Food as per menu on the trek.
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, mats.
  • Forest permits and camping fee.
  • Trek guide, cook, and support staff
  • Porters/mules to carry trekking equipment.
  • First aid medical kit, oxygen cylinder and UIAA certified safety equipment.
  • Trek Certificate
  • Experience that you will gain.
  • Any kind of personal expenses on the trek.
  • Transport is available from Dehradun at an additional cost.
  • Meal during road journeys.
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Any kind of travel insurance.
  • Anything not specified in the inclusion list.
  • Note* If you don't want to carry your backpack 🎒 you can give it to porter/Mules🐴, but you have to inform us in advance and have to pay Rs. 1200/- extra per bag for the whole trek.

6 – 7 Days

Spring (Mar-Apr)
Winter (Dec-Feb)

Tour's Location

Kuari Pass Trek, Salud Dugra, Uttarakhand

How long we have to trek every day?
The average walking distance is 7- 8 km each day and trekkers complete it in 5-7 hrs. Please refer to the trek itinerary for more details.
What kind of food is provided on the trek?
Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. Breakfast varies from bread and butter, semia, poha and cornflakes etc. Lunch mainly comprises roti or puri with sabzi. Dinner is complete with Dal, rice, roti and dessert. A dry ration of biscuits and toffees will be provided as well. You may carry nuts and dry fruits if necessary.

Will there be water sources on the way? Will two liters of water be enough?
Our campsites are pitched near water sources. For your day’s trek, two liters of water should be enough. You will find water sources on the trek to refill your water bottles. Your trek leader will brief you about these before starting the day’s trek.
What is the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
During the trek, toilet tents will be set up along each campsite. A toilet tent will have a deep pit, where one can answer nature’s call. There will be a mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. These are dry toilets, where you’ll have to use toilet paper. This is the most hygienic and convenient way to answer nature’s call in the wild. Please use plain toilet paper and refrain from using wet wipes since these are not biodegradable.
What will be the accommodation?
The stay on Day 1 and Day 5, at Joshimath, will be in a guest house, where you will share rooms with fellow trekkers. Stay on all other days of the trek will be in tents. Each tent will be shared among 2 trekkers. Toilet tents will be set up for the convenience of trekkers.
Do you provide tents and sleeping bags?
Yes, you will be provided with tents and high-altitude sleeping bags that can withstand temperatures as low as -10 ºC.
Which are the best seasons for the Kuari Pass trek?
Kuari Pass Trek is best done between April to Mid-June and October to Mid-November.
What is the best time to see snow?
In the Kuari pass trek, especially snowfall time occurs only in December, but sometimes it happens in early November as well. The highest snowfall in the months of January and February, which lasts till the last of May.
What if it rains while trekking?
If it starts raining while you’re trekking, we will continue on the trail as planned. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings.
What will be the temperature on the trek?
During the winters, daytime sunlight is good and the weather is clear but you have to dress in layers at the night. The nights will witness a temperature drop to -4 degrees celsius. And in summers, the nights will get the temperature up to 0-6 degrees celsius.
When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol?
Alcohol is dangerous in extreme cold, especially at high altitudes. Contrary to what people believe, alcohol does not make you warmer. Instead, it opens your pores, making your body colder. Moreover, it dehydrates you very quickly. Hence consumption of alcohol is absolutely prohibited on all Nomad Adventures treks. Anyone found with alcohol is quickly removed from the trek. Smoking, similarly, is not allowed on Nomad Adventures treks.
What all do I need to carry on the trek?
Please visit the 'Things to Carry' tab to check the essentials required for the trek.
Are trek poles, jackets and other equipment available for rent from Nomad Adventures?
No, but there are shops on the base camp from where you can rent shoes, jackets and trek poles, headlights etc.
Do I need special snow shoes on this trek?
You don’t need special snowshoes. A good waterproof trekking shoe is sufficient for the trek. When there is snow, we provide micro spikes and gaiters.
Why is the trekking pole necessary?
A trekking pole gives you stability and balance and helps reduce fatigue.
What is the age limit?
The minimum age limit is 8 years. However, minors aged between 8 to 17 should be accompanied by their parents or guardians. The maximum age is 60 but please follow the fitness regime before coming on the trek.
Can I take my child along on this trek?
Kuari Pss is an easy trek but requires trekkers to be physically fit. The minimum age eligibility is 8 years. As a parent or guardian, if you feel that your child can adapt to the conditions of the mountains and would be able to walk every day as required, then certainly, yes!. It is recommended to maintain good physical stamina before coming on the trek.
At what time should we reach Dehradun?
It is advisable to reach Dehradun railway station by 6 am. Nomad Adventures pick up is lined up at that time. From there 9-10 hr journey takes us to Sankri (trek starting point)
What kind of vehicle will be there?
Tata Sumo/ Bolero/Max kind of vehicles we arrange and accommodate 6-7 People in a vehicle.
Is this a good trek for a first timer?
Kuari Pass is graded as an easy trek. Beginners can attempt this trek provided they stick to the fitness schedule and meet the health requirements. As in all treks, physical preparation is mandatory.
Is there a mobile network on this trek? And, what about charging points?
The last electricity charging point would be in Joshimath. You’ll get only the Bsnl/Airtel network over there. However, come prepared for the possibility of power cuts at Sankri. It is good to carry your power banks and extra batteries for your camera.
Who will be there with us on the trek from Nomad Adventures?
Nomad Adventures team consisting of a qualified Trek leader, trek guides, porters and cooks will be with you throughout the trek.
What places I can visit before or after the trek?
You can spend time exploring tourist attractions around Dehradun like Sahastradhara, Robber’s Cave or Guchhu-Pani, Tapkeshwar Temple, and Kempty Falls in Mussoorie. Note that these are suggestions and Nomad Adventures does not make any arrangements for visiting them.
I am solo female trekker. Do I need to share a tent with a male?
No, Female Trekkers share Room/Tent with female co-trekkers and the same applies to others.
Is it safe to trek with Nomad Adventures?
All high-altitude treks come with their share of risks. We pay utmost importance to the safety of trekkers. While we do our bit to ensure a trekker is safe, we also expect any trekker who is enrolling with us to know what could go wrong, and if it does, how to tackle it.
Can I leave travelling clothes behind and collect them after the trek?
Since you will be starting and returning to the guest house in Joshimath, it is possible for you to leave some luggage behind, if required. However, make sure you do not leave any valuables. Nomad Adventures is not responsible for loss or damage to any belongings.
How many members will be joining the batch?
Minimum 6 people and maximum 20 we take in one batch. We need a minimum of 6 people to run a fixed departure but for the customized trip group size doesn’t matter.
Is Diamox advisable?
No, but in case you are having so please consult your doctor because there are lots of myths about Diamox.
What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?
Carry Adhar ID proof, medical certificate and Covid vaccine certificate.
Is there any chance of offloading the backpack?
If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to inform us in advance so that the necessary arrangements are made. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. If you decide on the spot then the charges are higher than usual.


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