About Kuari Pass Trek
The Kuari Pass Trek is among the few winter treks in the Garhwal Himalayas. The place is also well-known as the Lord Curzon trail at an altitude of 4264 meters/12,763 feet, as the place was explored by him. Owing to its varied and scenic views, the entire trail is beautiful. This place’s main attraction is the magnificent views of some prominent Himalayan peaks, such as Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, Hathi-Ghodi, Kamet, Dronagiri, etc. Through the gorgeous jungle of Oak, Deodar, and the blooming rhododendron, the trail begins. These jungles are also home to a lot of wildlife, apart from trees. The trek begins in Joshimath, the hotbed of some famous Himalayan treks.The place is also where many rivers, such as Pinder, Kaliganga, Nandakini, Birehiganga and Dhauli Ganga, converge. Walking through the beauty and serenity of the Himalayan meadows, called ‘Bugyal’ in local words, is the most thrilling aspect of this trek. The trek is not difficult and provides some panoramic views of the surrounding area. This location is a perfect destination for a lover of adventure and thrills to rejuvenate themselves.
Trek distance: 33 km
Grade: easy to moderate
Trek duration: 6 days
Start/End point: Haridwar
How to reach Kuari Pass
The nearest airhead to this place is the Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun which is connected to major cities of the country and located 268 km away from Joshimath, which is the base camp of the trek.
The nearest railway station is the Rishikesh railway station which is situated 251 km away from Joshimath.
This place has a good connectivity with other cities of Uttarakhand. Buses are available from the other North Indian cities towards this place. One may also take a cab to reach towards this place
Kuari Pass Trek-best time to visit
The trek is not ideal for the monsoon months of the year as the paths get slippery and muddy for hiking. The trek from April to June, which is due to calm and nice weather during the season, is most preferable. And even in winter to get the snow-clad peaks and walk along the road that remains covered with snow.
Why is Kuari Pass Trek a must do activity?
1.Views of some stalwart peaks of Garhwal Himalayas
The first and main draw of the Kuari Pass Trek is to enjoy some spectacular views of the Garhwal Himalayas’ eastern peaks. Nanda Devi, Kamet, Dronagiri, TrishulBerth, Hathi Ghodi Parvat, Manoa and Neelkanth peaks are twin peaks.
2.The picturesque forest of Himalayas
You will find the trek route through the beautiful jungle of Oak, Deodar and the beautiful Rhododendron trees with fiery red flowers. These jungles, including Himalayan black bears and even leopard pugmarks, are also home to many wildlife. One would certainly be able to enjoy the snow-covered views of these forests during winter..
3.Walking through the meadows
Walking through the luxurious Himalayan meadows, which is called ‘Bugyals In Local Accent, is the other major reason to undertake this trek. The most famous Gorson Bugyal consists of vast green pastures and offers the Himalaya’s mind-blowing views. In different seasons, these beautiful meadows offer different views. The view in late autumn is lush green and golden in early autumn. And it remains covered with a blanket of snow in winter.
Other things to visit near Kuari Pass Trek
Kalpeshwar, located in the Garhwal area, is the fifth temple of Panch Kedar, which is Lord Shiva’s five temples, where Kedarnath, Rudranath, Tungnath and Madhyamaheshwar are the other four. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is the only one that can be visited all year round. Trekking 12 km from Helang will reach the place and is a favourite among trekkers.
The place lies at the sacred confluence of the Alakananda and Dhauliganga rivers in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It is the first among the Panch Prayags to be nestled at an altitude of 1372 metres above sea level. Sitting on top of majestic Himalayan mountains, the town is the perfect place for adventure seekers as the place is suitable for trekking and adventure sports such as rafting on the White Water River.
Bhavishya Badri Temple
At an altitude of 2744 m above sea level, Bhavishya Badri Temple is situated near the village of Subhain, which is 17 km from Joshimath. Adi Shankaracharya believes the temple is built and is one of the Panch Badri where four others, namely Badrinath, Yogyadhya Badri, Adi Badri and Vridha Badri. The temple is tucked between the dense forests and can only be reached by trekking.
The Purnagiri Temple is considered the back of the Hindu Goddess Mahakali at an altitude of 5500 feet on the Annapurna hill. This temple is also considered to be Punyagiri and is visited during the Chaitra Navratri by millions of pilgrims. One of the 108 Siddha Peeths is counted by this temple.
Auli Lake is the world’s highest man-made lake that the government has built to produce artificial snow on the new ski slopes. This pristine lake is situated next to the Clifftop club, a private hotel. The goal of building this lake is to encourage tourism and make it perfect for adventure sports, as it is a ski hotspot.