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 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.
Kuari Pass is an easy trek and good for first-timers. Trekking might be a little difficult for beginners at times due to the steep grades and amount of snow on the trail during the peak winter months. Read more – Fitness preparation for Himalayan trek.
Kuari Pass is a winter trek and is best done between November to May.
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.
The lowest altitude will be 5974 ft at Joshimath and the highest at 12,760 ft at Kuari Pass Summit.
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.
We have fixed departures from Rishikesh and Dehradun.
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.
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.
The 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.
The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation, and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you choose the proper equipment. Try to bring only what is necessary; this will help you and the field staff.
🏔️ 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.
🏔️ 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.
🏔️ 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.
🏔️ 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.
🏔️ 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.
🚗 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, but there are shops on the base camp from where you can rent shoes, jackets and trek poles, headlights etc.
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.
A trekking pole gives you stability and balance and helps reduce fatigue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, but in case you are having so please consult your doctor because there are lots of myths about Diamox.
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.