Kuari Pass trek


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6 Days
Max Altitude
12516 m
Low Temp
-3 - 4 ° C
High Temp
13 - 18 ° C


Kuari Pass trek is a short trek in the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. The trail provides you stunning views of the Nanda Devi sanctuary and few 7000m snow-capped peaks that extend into Tibet. Kuari means "doorway" is a Himalayan high mountain pass located in the Garhwal region of northern India, south of the Tibetan border and on the western rim of the "Nanda Devi Sanctuary" Biosphere Reserve. During the trek, you will pass through some beautiful villages of Uttarakhand like Jhinji and Pana. You can have magnificent views of Mt. Nanda Devi Mt. Kamet, Dunagiri, Haathi Ghoda Parvat, Chaukhamba, Mana Parvat, Rishi Parvat etc.

Kuari Pass trek is although a short trek in terms of the number of days but, each day you need to ascend at about 2000 feet in terms of altitude that makes it tough for few of the trekkers. The switch from walking on the soil to walking on snow with micro-spikes can take some time to get used to. British Governor General Lord Curzon charted this route in 1905 for the first time and thus also known as Curzon’s Trail. Other attractions of this trek are the classy hill station of Auli or one may take a short detour to reach the hot spring of Tapovan or the holy shrine of Badrinath from Joshimath.

Brief Itinerary


Day 1 Haridwar to Joshimath OR Auli

Arrive at Haridwar and you can take a shared cab to Auli via Joshimath. Auli also known as Auli Bugyal is an important ski destination in the Himalayan mountains of Uttarakhand, India is located at an elevation of 2500 to 3050 meters above sea level. We will arrange a camp there where you can stay overnight and enjoy with fellow trekkers.

Day 2 Auli to Tali Forest camp

Early in the morning, we will start our journey after breakfast. After this, our trek leader will brief us about today’s trek schedule. We will trek towards Tali Top through green vegetation and red rhododendron flowers which turn red during the blooming season. We will pass through a forested ridge of Rhododendron, Spruce and Silver Birch above Chitra Kantha. It takes around an hour to reach a prominent ridge top (3500m) and a further 30 minutes around to an open meadow where it meets the well-defined track from a place called Tapovan. We will camp at the alpine meadow at the end of Tali top.

Day 3 Tali forest camp to Khulara

We will start early from Tali camp towards Khulara. First, we will trek towards Khulara top and you can view the unending vistas of great Himalayan peaks including the famous Nanda Devi.  We will camp there and have splendid dinner at the campsite.

Day 4 Khulara to Kauri pass and Back to Tali forest camp

Morning post breakfast we will trek through some breathtaking views to reach Kauri pass. The trail is surrounded by a huge circle of mountain walls with only one outlet, where the Rishi Ganga forges a route through deep, almost impassable gorges before flowing into the Alaknanda River. Return to Tali Top through the same route and enjoy camp bonfire and dinner.

Day 5 Tali forest camp to Auli

After having breakfast in the morning, we will start out trek towards Auli. Auli is famous for its skiing slopes. The snowcapped slopes of Auli are flanked but stately coniferous and Oak forests which Cut wind velocity to minimum Auli(Garson ) offers a 360 degrees panoramic view of World famous Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi(7817m), Kamet(7756m) Mana (7273m), Dunagiri(7066m), & many more, these seemingly only snowball's throw away.

Day 6 Auli to Haridwar

Today is the last day of the trek where we will start driving to reach Haridwar with cherished memories to keep us company. If we reach Haridwar on time, then you can take part in Ganga aarti at Har ki Pauri. Trek ends.

Things to carry


  1. Trekking shoes **: Trekking shoes with good grip and ankle support is compulsory for the trek. Please ensure that the trekking shoes are not new and used by the trekker prior to the trek. The trail is slippery and requires you to walk through rocks and boulders so good grip and water resistance shoe is necessary.  Do keep an extra floater in case of rain and for use in camps.
  2. Backpack (50-70 litres) **: A backpack with comfortable straps and a supporting frame is very important as you have to carry it on your own during the trek. Invest in a good backpack that is lightweight and comfortable to carry on long treks. 
  3. Daypack (20 litres): Keep a daypack incase you off load your backpack during the trek for your essential day items.
  4. Torch or Headlamp **: Please bring a torch or headlamp for all treks.
  5. Cutlery: Carry a spoon, mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons and for packed lunch.
  6. Sunglasses **: Invest in a good pair of sunglasses as you are going to be out in the sun for most of day. If you are trekking in snow it will be a mandatory as it protects you from snow blindness.
  7. Two water bottles **: 1 litre each for water during the trek. 


Clothes and Other accessories

  1. Warm jacket and Sweater (couple of them if you feel more susceptible to cold) 
  2. Thermals: Carry thermals to keep yourself warm in the camp.Trek pants (2)  for daily use during the trek which are light and comfortable.
  3. Collared Shirts (3-4) Full sleeves and quick dry so that it prevents sunburn on the arms and neck area. 
  4. Poncho: Poncho is very important when you are trekking in monsoon season to protect you from the rain. You can rent one from us @ INR 50 per day.
  5. Cap: To protect your hair and face from the scorching sun carry a cap.
  6.  Synthetic gloves for your hands as it will protect your hands from water, snow and keep you dry and warm.
  7. Socks (2 pair) + Wollen socks(2 pair)  for keep you warm in the camps.
  8. Trekking pole: You should carry your own trekking poles for the steep uphills and downhills. You can carry them or rent one from us @ INR 50 per day
  9. Toiletries: Sunscreen **, moisturiser, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser, wet wipes and tissues. 
  10. Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes and to bring back your non biodegradable material back. Mountains are the source of water and life on this planet. Please try and keep it clean and healthy.

Mandatory Personal Medical Kit

  1. Diamox – 5 tablets (to prevent AMS)
  2. Crocin – 3 tablets (fever)
  3. Avomine – 2 tablets (motion sickness)
  4. Avil 25mg – 2 tablets (allergies)
  5. Disprin – 3 tablets (headache)
  6. Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 3 tablets each (diarrhea)
  7. Digene – 5 tablets (acidity)
  8. Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
  9. Gauze – 1 small roll
  10. Band aid – 5 strips
  11. Cotton – 1 small roll
  12. ORS – 105packets
  13. Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  14. Moov spray (aches, & sprains) 

How to prepare


How to reach

ByAir: -

Daily flights from Delhi to Dehradun (Jolly Grand Airport) which is around 50 kms from


ByTrain: -

An excellent rail network connects Haridwar to other important cities like Delhi, Mumbai,

Varanasi, Chennai, and Kolkata.


By road, Haridwar is well connected with major destinations of the country. Haridwar is

located at 235 km from Delhi. While NH 58 connects Haridwar with the country's capital

- Delhi, NH 72 connects it with Uttarakhand state's capital - Dehradun.

There is also good road connectivity between Haridwar and Rishikesh (25 km). There

is regular bus service from Delhi for Haridwar from Delhi’s ISBT Kashmere Gate.


1. What is the style of accommodation in this trek?

Stay in Joshimath will be in a guest house, where you will be sharing rooms with fellow trekkers. The stay on all other days will be in tents. Each tent accommodates 3 people and will have to be shared accordingly among trekkers.

2. Will you provide us with tents and sleeping bags?

Yes, Indiahikes trekkers will be provided with tents and high altitude sleeping bags that can withstand temperatures as low as -10 ºC.

3. What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

Day time temperatures in summer will range from 13-18ºC and night time temperature will range from 0-6ºC. Winter day time temperature will range from 14-18 ºC and night time temperature can drop to -4ºC.

4. Will there be snow on this trek?

There will be snow on from December to April. Towards April, you might find snow at fewer campsites or only at the Pass, but this will vary each year, depending on the amount of snow fall.

5. What will we do if it rains?

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. When it rains at the campsite, we usually get together in the dining tent and play games. The tents that you will be staying in, the dining tent, kitchen and toilet tents are all water proof, so you will stay dry inside.

6. How do we reach Joshimath?

Indiahikes will arrange pick – up vehicles/shared cabs from Haridwar railway station to Joshimath, the base camp. This transport cost is to be borne by the trekkers and will amount to approximately Rs 5,800 per vehicle (5-6 seater). You will have to pay the driver directly. The drive to Joshimath will take 10-11 hours.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek

You can either transfer the same trek to any of your friends/family or get a voucher

for the same amount and register for any of our treks in future (validity 1 year) Or Get a refund of 90 %

(If the trek amount varies, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)

Cancellation between 30 days and 15 days to the start of the trek

You can either choose to go for any other trek or other batches for the same trek

depending on availability Or Get a refund of 75%

Cancellation between 15 days and 10 days to the start of the trek

You can choose to go on the same trek with other batches in the same season

Or Get a refund of 50%

Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek

You can transfer your trek to your friend/family (same trek) No cash refund.

Trek Fee Per Person


GST 5% is applicable on the fee.

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