Kuari-Pass Trek

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Kuari Pass Trek, Salud Dugra, Uttarakhand
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6 Days

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Specific Tour

Group Size

30 people



About this tour

The Kuari Pass Trek, situated in the Garhwal region of the Indian Himalayas, is a remarkable high-altitude journey known for its stunning vistas and unique experiences. It provides a grand spectacle of some of the Himalayas’ most iconic peaks, including Nanda Devi, Kamet, Dronagiri, and Trishul.

This trek, with a moderate difficulty level, spans approximately 28 kilometers, making it suitable for a diverse range of trekkers, from novices to seasoned adventurers. It is a year-round trek, but it transforms into a winter wonderland from December to March, offering a completely different experience with snowy landscapes.

The trail takes you through dense oak and rhododendron forests, vibrant alpine meadows like Gurson and Khullara, and pristine alpine lakes such as Tali and Khullara Lake. These natural wonders create a picturesque backdrop for the trek and offer plenty of opportunities for photography.

Cultural encounters with the local villagers in the Joshimath region provide a deeper understanding of the indigenous culture and way of life. The trek is named after Lord Curzon, the former Viceroy of India, who explored this route in the early 1900s.

Quick Information about Kuari Pass Trek

  • Trek Duration: 5 Night & 6 days.
  • Trek Difficulty: Easy to Moderate.
  • Trek Starting Point: Joshimath (Uttarakhand, India).
  • Best Time to Visit: April to June and September to November.
  • Highest Altitude: Approximately 12,760 feet (3,890 meters) at Kuari Pass Summit.
  • Total Trek Distance: Around 28-30 kilometers.
  • Temperature: Daytime temperatures range from 7°C to 15°C, while nighttime temperatures can drop to 0°C to -10°C.
  • Meals: Vegetarian meals are provided during the trek.
  • Accommodation: Tented accommodation during the trek, and homestays or guesthouses at Joshimath.
  • Age Group: The trek is suitable for individuals aged 6-60 years.
  • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, located approximately 205 kilometers away from Joshimath.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Rishikesh Railway Station, approximately 250 kilometers away from Joshimath.

Kuari Pass Trek – Short Itinerary:

Day 1: Rishikesh to Joshimath

  • Altitude: Rishikesh (1,135 ft) to Joshimath (6,696 ft).
  • Driving Distance: Approximately 250 km (9-10 hours drive).
  • Overnight stay in Joshimath.
  • Meals: Dinner.

Day 2: Joshimath to Dhak to Gulling

  • Altitude: Joshimath (6,696 ft) to Dhak (6,890 ft) to Gulling (9,875 ft).
  • Trekking Distance: Approximately 6 km (4-5 hours trek).
  • Overnight camping at Gulling.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 3: Gulling to Khullara

  • Altitude: Gulling (9,875 ft) to Khullara (11,075 ft).
  • Trekking Distance: Approximately 5 km (4-5 hours trek).
  • Overnight camping at Khullara.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 4: Khullara to Kuari Pass and back

  • Altitude: Khullara (11,075 ft) to Kuari Pass (12,763 ft) and return.
  • Trekking Distance: Approximately 10 km (7-8 hours trek).
  • Overnight camping at Khullara.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 5: Khullara to Joshimath via Gorson Bugyal and Auli

  • Altitude: Khullara (11,075 ft) to Gorson Bugyal to Auli to Joshimath (6,696 ft).
  • Trekking Distance: Approximately 12-14 km (8-9hours trek).
  • Overnight stay in Joshimath.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Vegetarian).

Day 6: Joshimath to Rishikesh

  • Driving Distance: Approximately 250 km (9-10 hours’ drive)
  • Meals: Tea Biscuits
  • Trek concludes in Rishikesh

Kuari Pass Trek Difficulty Level

The Kuari Pass trek offers a moderate level of difficulty, suitable for both novice and experienced trekkers. The trail consists of varied terrains, including well-defined paths, rocky sections, and occasional steep ascents and descents. Trekkers should be prepared for uneven surfaces and changing trail conditions.

Reaching a maximum elevation of 12,760 ft (3,890 m) at Kuari Pass, proper acclimatization is important to handle the effects of higher altitudes. Trekkers may experience symptoms of altitude sickness, and it is essential to acclimatize, stay hydrated, and maintain a steady pace.

Physical fitness and prior experience with hiking or trekking are beneficial in tackling the challenges of the Kuari Pass trek. Regular exercise, including cardiovascular activities and strength training, can help build endurance and stamina.

Best Time to Visit Kuari Pass Trek

The best time to visit Kuari Pass Trek varies depending on the season and the experience you’re seeking. Here’s a breakdown of the best times season-wise:

Winter (December to February):

If you’re an adventure seeker and love snow, winter is the best time to visit Kuari Pass. The region transforms into a winter wonderland, with heavy snowfall and temperatures dropping to as low as -6°C at night. Trekking during this season offers a unique and challenging experience, with the landscape covered in pristine snow. However, winter treks require specialized gear and experience, so they are suitable for seasoned trekkers.

Spring (March to April):

Spring is a fantastic time to visit Kuari Pass. During this period, the snow begins to melt, and the rhododendron and other alpine flowers start to bloom. The weather is generally pleasant, with daytime temperatures ranging from 7°C to 15°C. It’s an ideal season for trekkers who want to witness the vibrant flora and the snow-capped peaks.

Summer (May to June):

Early summer is another great time to trek to Kuari Pass. The snow has mostly melted, offering clearer trails and warmer temperatures. Daytime temperatures range from 15°C to 20°C, making it comfortable for trekking. The lush green meadows are in full bloom, and you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks.

Monsoon (July to August):

Kuari Pass is not recommended during the monsoon season. The region experiences heavy rainfall, which can lead to slippery and muddy trails, making it unsafe for trekking. Landslides and leeches are common in the monsoon, so it’s best to avoid this season.

Autumn (September to November):

Autumn is a popular season for Kuari Pass trekking. The post-monsoon period offers clear skies, pleasant daytime temperatures (15°C to 20°C), and fewer chances of rain. It’s an excellent time for trekkers who want to experience the trek without the heavy monsoon crowd.

Ultimately, the best time to visit Kuari Pass Trek depends on your preferences, whether you prefer a vibrant spring, a lush summer, a serene autumn, or a snowy winter adventure. Be sure to plan accordingly and consider your trekking skills and equipment for the chosen season.

How to Reach Joshimath

It is recommended to arrive in Rishikesh a day prior to the trek’s commencement. Our trek starts from Rishikesh, and our pickup time is set for around 6 am in the morning.

Modes of Transportation to Reach Rishikesh:

  1. By Air (To Dehradun Airport):
    • If you are arriving by air, the nearest airport is Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport. Upon landing, you can choose to hire a taxi or make use of bus services to reach Rishikesh. The journey from the airport to Rishikesh typically takes between 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. By Train (To Rishikesh Railway Station or Haridwar Railway Station):
    • Rishikesh has its own railway station, known as Rishikesh Railway Station. From there, it is easy to find auto-rickshaws and taxis to take you to your accommodations in Rishikesh.
  3. By Bus (From Major Cities):
    • There are regular bus services from Delhi, Haridwar, and other nearby cities to Rishikesh. The bus journey from Delhi to Rishikesh takes approximately 6-7 hours, depending on traffic and the type of bus.

Travel from Haridwar to Rishikesh:

  • If you arrive at Haridwar Railway Station, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to travel to Rishikesh. The road distance between Haridwar and Rishikesh is roughly 20 kilometers, and the journey typically takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour by road.

Direct Travel to Joshimath:

  • If you prefer to reach Joshimath directly, you can hire a taxi or drive your own vehicle. The road journey from Rishikesh to Joshimath covers an approximate distance of 250-260 kilometers and usually takes around 9-10 hours. This route offers stunning landscapes and meandering mountain roads.

Transportation to Joshimath:

Trekkers joining Nomad Adventures will be transported from Rishikesh to Joshimath in rugged and dependable vehicles, such as Bolero, Tata Sumo, Traveller, and other similar vehicles.

To ensure a smooth and enjoyable Kuari Pass Trek experience with Nomad Adventures, we recommend planning your travel and arriving in Rishikesh a day before the trek’s commencement. Safe travels, and get ready for an amazing adventure! 🏔️✨

Accommodation and Meals

If you’re gearing up for the Kuari Pass adventure, you’ll want to know about the accommodations and culinary treats along the way. The journey commences from the charming town of Joshimath, located in Uttarakhand. This will serve as your base camp, and while the accommodation options here are cozy, they may require sharing rooms on a triple or quad basis, with dormitories as an option.

As you venture further into the trek, you’ll find yourself nestled in spacious and comfortable tents. These tents, on twin, triple, and quad sharing bases, are the perfect retreat after a day of exhilarating hiking. For our female trekkers, we’ve arranged separate tents and rooms, ensuring privacy and safety throughout the expedition.

When it comes to meals, your culinary journey begins with dinner on day 1 and continues until morning tea on day 6. You’ll be treated to scrumptious and wholesome hot meals, including breakfast, lunch, evening tea with delectable snacks, steaming hot soup, and dinner, each accompanied by different desserts daily. These thoughtfully crafted meals provide the essential nutrition you need to conquer the trek.

To keep you hydrated and energized, we supply hot drinking water daily at the campsite, ensuring you remain in peak form throughout the journey, free from the impacts of altitude sickness.

What to Carry on The Trek?

When preparing for an active adventure like the Kuari Pass Trek, it’s vital to think about how to remain comfortable in varying weather conditions. The key to achieving maximum comfort with minimal weight lies in appropriate layering. Versatile layers that can be mixed and matched provide the right balance of insulation, ventilation, and weather protection.

To help you select the right gear, we’ve compiled a comprehensive gear list. It’s essential to pack only what is necessary, not only for your comfort but also to make the trek more manageable for the field staff.

What to Bring on the Trek:

  • Thermals – Tops and Bottoms for staying warm in cold temperatures.
  • Day Pack (20 L-30 L) and Rucksack 50 L – 60 L to carry your essentials.
  • Bag Rain Cover to safeguard your belongings from rain.
  • Fleece pants, Woollen gloves, and Woollen cap for added warmth.
  • Fleece/Woollen Jacket or Sweater to keep you cozy on chilly evenings.
  • Headlamp with Fresh Batteries for navigating in the dark.
  • Hiking Pants (Warm, Convertible, Quick-Dry, Lightweight) for comfort and flexibility.
  • Woollen Socks (4-5 pairs) to keep your feet warm and dry.
  • Trekking poles (1 Pair) to support your body during the trek.
  • Insulated Jacket for an additional layer of warmth.
  • Long Sleeve Shirts (Synthetic, Lightweight) to shield you from the sun and bugs.
  • Rain-Coat/Poncho for staying dry during rain showers.
  • Sport Sunglasses and Sun cap for protection against the sun.
  • Hiking shoes for a firm grip and ankle support.
  • Water Bottles to stay hydrated during the trek.

Remember to pack wisely and leave unnecessary items behind to keep your backpack light. A well-planned packing list ensures a safe and comfortable trek, allowing you to fully savor the beauty of nature.

Mule/Porter Bag Offloading:

If you prefer not to carry your backpack, you have the option to entrust it to a porter or mules. Please inform us in advance.

  • INR 1200/– if you make an online payment, 7 days in advance.
  • INR 1400/- if you inform us after reaching Lohajung.

Clock/Baggage Room for Extra Luggage:

Trekkers can utilize the luggage storage facility at the Joshimath base camp to store any extra belongings before commencing the Kuari Pass trek. However, it’s advisable not to store valuable items in the facility to ensure the safety of your possessions.

Important Tips to Know Before You Go on the Trek

  1. Altitude Adjustment: Gradually acclimatize to high altitudes for a safer trek.
  2. Flexible Itinerary: Be ready for itinerary adjustments during emergencies or unforeseen circumstances.
  3. Health Precautions: Consult a doctor, carry essential medications, and a first-aid kit.
  4. Power Banks: Since basic camping may lack electricity, bring power banks for mobile and camera charging.
  5. Eco-Friendly Practices: Respect the environment by avoiding littering and conserving water for future generations.
  6. Cash Reserves: Ensure you carry enough cash, as ATMs may be scarce during the trek.
  7. Night Trek Caution: Only embark on night treks with a guide when part of the planned itinerary.
  8. Earphone Avoidance: For safety reasons, avoid using earphones, which can hinder communication with trek guides.
  9. Eco-Friendly Bags: Use reusable bags or containers instead of plastic to preserve the ecosystem.
  10. Guide’s Expertise: Trust the experience and knowledge of trek guides and instructors for a hazard-free journey.
  11. Cancellation Protocol: In case of a cancellation, notify the authorities in advance to ensure a smooth process.
  12. Light Packing: Travel with minimal luggage for a more comfortable trekking experience.
  13. Age Restriction: Trekking is not recommended for children under 6 years due to altitude-related risks.
  14. No Alcohol or Intoxicants: For safety, abstain from alcohol and other intoxicants during the trek.


  • Explore Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi, Kamet, and Trishul.
  • Witness dawn from Tali Top and Kuari Pass, lighting up snow-capped peaks.
  • Trek amid vibrant oak and rhododendron forests, a nature lover's paradise.
  • Walk Lord Curzon's path, a historic trek etched in the region's legacy.
  • Encounter Himalayan blue sheep, pheasants, and diverse alpine plants.
  • Immerse in Garhwal's culture, enriching your trek with heritage.


  • Meals start from day 1 dinner to day 6 Tea Biscuit.
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, mats, kitchen tents, toilet tents, and Dining Tents.
  • 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 Rishikesh 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.


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


5-7 Days


Easy to Moderate

Frequently asked questions

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.

No, Female Trekkers share Room/Tent with female co-trekkers and the same applies to others.

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.

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Kuari Pass Trek, Salud Dugra, Uttarakhand


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