Kuari Pass Trek is a popular trekking route in the Indian Himalayas. It is located in the Chamoli district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand, and is known for its stunning views of the Himalayan mountain range, including peaks such as Nanda Devi and Trishul.
The trek typically starts from the town of Joshimath and takes about 5-6 days to complete, depending on the route and pace of the trekker. Along the way, trekkers can enjoy the natural beauty of the region, including forests, meadows, and streams. The trek is considered to be of moderate difficulty, and is suitable for people with some previous trekking experience.
It is important to be properly acclimatized and physically fit before attempting the trek, and to be prepared for the challenges of high altitude. It is also important to be well-equipped with the necessary gear and supplies, and to follow Leave No Trace principles in order to minimize impact on the environment.
Why Kauri Pass Trek?
By commencing the Kuari Pass Trek, the avid trekkers can explore the Himalayan areas that are waiting to be discovered. With every climb, a totally different hue of the natural vista unfolds in front of your eyes. From the rosy rhododendrons, the green meadows to the pristine snow-shrouded lakes, one can see everything here.
The Kuari Pass offers spellbinding views of the imposing Himalayas. From here, one can behold a magnificent sight of the Chaukhamba Range, Mana (7272m), Kamet (7756m) and Abl Gamin (7355m), extending 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 the snowcapped ranges extend to Gangotri, on its west. Apart from these, Nanda Ghunti, Hathi Ghoda Parbat, Neelkanth, Dronagiri, Mukut Parbat, Mana, Rishi Pahad, and Changbang are some of the peaks that can also be seen from here.
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 in Auli 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 â€“ 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.