Kuari Pass Trek Highlights

  • Experience altitude of 12,516 ft and views of the mighty Dronagiri, Chitrakantha, Chaukhamba and Tali top

  • Capture the breathtaking scenic views of India’s second-highest peak – the Nanda Devi

  • Through the trail you can simply treat your eyes on the spectacular views of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers in their glory.

  • ‘The Kuari pass trek passes through the thick alpine forests of oak and conifer, Rhododendron and birch, teeming with a variety of animals like leopard pugmarks or a Himalayan black bear and birds life


Kuari Pass Trek Overview


Amongst the numerous treks sustaining with the credibility of being one of the best winter treks of India, the Kuari pass trek with Pangarchulla Summit without a second thought tops the list. The trek is a bliss for the routine trekkers and mountain lovers, especially when done during winters. Kuari Pass trek is located in Nanda Devi Biosphere and is considered one of the most challenging treks of all. With this comes the necessity of being physically fit and fine to plan up for this trek.


Situated at the maximum altitude of 12,763ft. Kuari Pass offers you the most spectacular views of the gigantic mountain ranges along with a beautiful skyline. The trek begins from another gorgeous location Joshimath and is a four days long trek. The best treks are the ones that serve a lot of variety and so is this trek, serving us a lot of trek route options. The trek has four alternative routes giving you an ample amount of choice to make. If you take the route from Joshimath’s Dhak village via Auli then you won’t only enjoy the magnificence of Auli but would also love to come across Gorson Bugyal,3kms away from Auli at the height of 11105ft. Otherwise surrounded with greenery, a variety of flowers and tall oak trees; in winters it appears to have been covered with a thick blanket of snow becoming a perfect skiing destination. You can also take a look at the majestic Nanda Devi and Mount Dronagiri. Residents of Dronagiri village don’t worship Lord Hanuman since they consider Parvat devta as their local deity and believe that while collecting Sanjivani booti for Lakshman, Lord Hanuman took away the arm of their Parvat devta. You can take an overnight halt over here and can begin towards Kuari pass the next day trekking from one day’s meadow to another and finally reaching your destination. The whole of this trek route is full of meadows just with changing appearances as per the seasons. Since this is a lesser chosen route, the best alternative is going via Dhak village, trekking till Gulling campsite. You can find mules very easily to carry your luggage on this route and it is also densely covered with oak trees. This campsite is like a huge snow ground, with oak trees and mountain peaks all around. As you will trek further, Khullara campsite will be another stoppage at 11,056ft at about 5-6kms of distance. With every mile you will cover, the snow level will keep increasing and in no time, you will find snow slopes all around. Once you reach Khullar you can set your camps for the night. It is going to be a memorable one with snowy peaks on one side and oak trees drenched in multilayers of snow on the other. Though the days are much hot, the temperature instantly hits low once the sun goes down. After the night stay, you can begin moving ahead towards the Kuari pass.


The trek trail gives you the most beautiful views of the blue skies, mountains top and knee-deep snow all around. The trail leading to the Kuari pass is also one of the popular skiing destinations amongst skiing enthusiasts. In the latter part, the trail diverts into two, one leading to Pangarchulla peak and another one to Kuari Pass. From here you can locate Dronagiri Peak very easily. The surrounding looks like a snow desert with the sun shining brightly. At Kuari top, you can feel the pangs of ice-cold breeze on your face and enjoy the alluring beauty of mountains all around. Now, after a while trekking back to Khullara campsite and resting overnight after such an adventurous trek to Kuari top, we will head over to Pangarchulla Peak summit before even breaking of the dawn. Since it’s the summit day and we will have to trek down to our campsite also, we need to begin it early. It is a challenging and steep climb that demands you to be fit and make it to the top. Pangarchulla Peak has two divisions known as the Bada Pangarchula and Chota Pangarchulla. During winters it becomes a tough job to reach the summit for Bada Pangarchula because of the uncertainty of snow depth and the huge boulders all around. The final ascent to our ultimate destination will add another layer to our inner excitement and you will need to gulp down your breath once you are on top of Pangarchulla Peak. Keeping your eyes wide open and taking a 360-degree view from the peak, you can catch a sight of Mt. Chaukhamba and Neelkantha Parvat.


In the plethora of treks on your bucket list, this is one unique trek that holds historical importance with its discovery. The trek was discovered by the British Viceroy of India Lord Curzon which is why it is famously known as Lord Curzon’s trail.


Day 1: On your Day 1 Start your journey from Rishikesh to reach the Ghat which is the base of the Trek via Devprayag. It’ll take you about 7 to 8 hours to cover this 210 km of journey. 

Day 2: On your Day 2, from Ghat you have to go towards Jhinjhi village via Sutol and Ghunni which is 28 km by road and takes about 12 hours. Take some rest here. 

Day 3: On your 3rd Day start your journey towards Pana village to rest at the Dakhwani for the night. This whole journey is 28 km and it will take you about 12 hours again. 

Day 4: On your 4th day you have to start your final trek towards Kuari Pass from Dakhwani which is at a distance of 3.8 km. After reaching here you will be able to see the magnificent view of peaks like Nanda Devi, Chand Bagh, Dronagiri etc. 

This long and challenging trek will come to an end, the memories you will make will stay with you forever. To gain an experience of a lifetime you must visit this place!

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