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Aleena Ariz
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Published: Sep 05, 2018 | 27 Views

Kuari pass trek- a perfect winter guide

LOCATION :

Kuari Pass famously known as “The Curzon Trail” is situated in the adventurous state of Uttarakhand and is located in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. The trek experience at the Kuari Pass is one of the best in India as it is situated at 12,763 ft or 4264 meters.



QUICK FACTS :

Temperature: Day time: 13°C-18°C; Night time: -3°C-4°C

Altitude (Maximum): 12,516 ft

Level: Easy-Moderate

Best Time: December to March

Region: Uttarakhand


HOW TO REACH KUARI PASS?


By Air :

The nearest airport to the base camp is Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun.


Distance from Nandprayag to Dehradun Airport : 208 km

Distance from Joshimath to Dehradun Airport : 268 km


By Rail :

The nearest rail-head to the base camp is Haridwar.


Distance from Nandprayag to Rishikesh Railway station : 191km

Distance from Joshimath to Rishikesh Railway station : 251 km


By Road :

Nandprayag and Joshimath are well connected with other parts of Uttarakhand.



ROUTES TO KUARI PASS

ROUTE 1 : Joshimath, Auli, and Gorson to Kuari Pass (04 days).


Place Altitude (m) Distance (km)

Joshimath 1890 —

Mirag 1982 7 motorable

Tugashi 2012 10 trek

Khulara 2896 6 trek

Gailgarh 3658 6 trek

Kuari pass 4268 5 trek

Place Altitude (m) Distance (km)



ROUTE 2 : Ghat, Ramni, Sanatoli to Kuari Pass ( 06 days)


Place Altitude (m) Distance (km)

Nandaprayag 914 -

Ghat 1331 19 motorable

Ramni 1982 10 motor/trek

Sarkot 2439 4 trek

Jhenjipatni 1524 9 trek

Panarani 2043 12 trek

Sanatoli 2439 5 trek

Domabhiti 2286 5 trek

Kuari Pass 4286 5 trek



ROUTE 3 : Joshimath, Tugasi,Khulara to Kuari Pass (05 days)


Place Altitude (m) Distance (km)

Joshimath 1890 —

Mirag 1982 7 motorable

Tugashi 2012 10 trek

Khulara 2896 6 trek

Gailgarh 3658 6 trek

Kuari pass 4268 5 trek



ROUTE 4 : Tapovan, Khulara to Kuari Pass (5 days)


Place Altitude (m) Distance (km)

Joshimath 1890 —

Tapovan 1892 16 motorable

Khulara 2896 10 trek

Gailgarh 3658 6 trek

Kuari pass 4268 5 trek



BEST TIME TO VISIT KUARI PASS

Summer in Kuari Pass : The best time to visit Kuari pass if you like the calm and pleasing weather is the Summer Season. Starting from April till mid of June, the weather is pleasant.

Advice : Carry light woolen clothes.


Monsoon in Kuari Pass : With monsoon, comes the mud and the slippery pathways. It is better to skip the visit this month. Monsoon Season kills the vibe of the trek, but other than that, the trek is equally interesting throughout the year.

Advice : In case you do have plans, do not forget to carry rain coat.


Spring in Kuari Pass : The spring season starts from mid of September to the early Novembers. It is considered as the best time to visit because of lush green view and calm pleasant weather.

Advice : Carry light woolen clothes.


Winter in Kuari Pass : Winter starts in early November and last time end of March. The temperature goes down to as low -8̊C and the chills are worth to be enjoyed. December to April one can see dense snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan ranges from the top of the Kuari Pass

Advice : Heavy woolen clothes with good trekking shoes is a must.



OTHER ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

Eligibility : Kuari pass is an easy level trek ideal for both beginners and experienced trekkers. For all those who are planning to enter into the trekking zone - Kuari Pass is a great start for them. However, the trek requires good physical stamina.


Trekking : The trek is moderately easy in nature and the view from the top acts like an amphitheatre where the tall peaks of the Himalayan Range take the stage.

All of these can be seen in the form of an impressive skyline from the Kuari Top that gives the trekkers a view so magical and breathtaking that they cannot resist not coming here another time.



Camping Grounds : The beautiful camping grounds in Kuari Pass are Gorson, Chitrakanta and Khullara.


Fitness Required for Kuari Pass Trek : The Kuari Pass Trek is an easy trek ideal for a beginner. It is suitable for first time trekker with basic fitness. The trek trail is laid out to the path of few steep ascends or descends.


Peaks to Enjoy in Kuari Pass :

  • Nanda Ghunti
  • Hath Ghoda Parbat
  • Neelkanth
  • Dronagiri
  • Mukut Parbat
  • Mana
  • Rishi Pahad
  • Changbang



Temperature in Kuari Pass :


Temperature in summer : 19̊C to 29̊C

Temperature in winter : Up to -8̊C and the maximum temperature can go up to 12̊C.


Nearby places to enjoy in Kuari Pass :

  • Neelkantha
  • Nandprayag
  • Nanda Devi National Park
  • Nanda Devi Temple
  • Auli
  • Badrinath
  • Joshimath



Kuari Pass Accomodation :

Kuari Pass is a perfect place to trek as well as enjoy camping. One can pitch in tents and enjoy with the perfect majestic peaks in Uttrakhand.


Food :

Keeping a packaged food item is the best advice, especially when travelling to higher altitudes. If you are in group, hiring a cook is the best option.


WHAT TO EXPECT :

The view of the Himalayan ranges covered with white dazzling snow will never fail to leave you feeling mesmerized. Grand views of 4 peaks of Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Mana, Kamet, Hathi, Ghodi, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Nanda Devi, Dunagiri


Enjoy fresh air, snow clad mountains, serene view of rivers. The trek is truly refreshing and a beautiful experience for all nature lovers as one can get to walk through the beautiful forests of Deodar and Oak Trees. The everchanging landscapes and green valley


The mystical view of the forest will leave you intrigued. The enchanted forest also has wildlife including animals like Leopards and Himalayan Black Bears.



THINGS TO CARRY

  • Backpack (min 60 Ltrs) with rain cover
  • Trekking Shoes (Forclaz 100, 500 recommended)
  • 1 full sleeves sweater or fleece jacket (preferable)
  • 2 pairs of full sleeve shirts/T-shirts and track Pants
  • 2 pairs of cotton socks. 3 pairs of woollen socks
  • One jacket
  • Thermal inners - 1 Pair
  • 1 pair gloves.
  • Sun cap
  • One scarf
  • Personal toilet kit and toilet paper
  • Personal medicine kit
  • Dark sunglasses (U/V protected)
  • Walking stick (one)
  • Light towel
  • Lip balm
  • Cold cream and sun screen (SPF 40+)
  • Water bottle 1 Lt
  • Headlamp or torch with a fresh pair of batteries



TIPS TO REMEMBER

  1. Trek ideal for both beginner and experienced trekkers.
  2. Good physical stamina. Fit and healthy.
  3. The Climber should be able to carry their backpacks.
  4. Individuals with high blood pressure, heart problem, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission.
  5. Consumption of alcohol must be avoided.
  6. One should carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the trek.
  7. Littering the local sites or campsites must be avoided.
  8. Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.





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