Kuari Pass Trek

A winter paradise, Kuari pass is the only trekkable mountain pass in winter. The mesmerizing views of the majestic Garhwal Mountains will surely leave you stunned. The beautifully landscaped oak forests you will be trekking through will be another surprise element for you. You will also witness the glorious Nanda Devi Mountain, Dronagiri, Hathi Ghora Parbat, Neelkanth and Chaukambha peaks closely during your Kuari Pass Trek. The whole experience would be very grand indeed. And the experience of camping here will make it all worth it, as the campsites are deep in the forests, offering you the undisturbed beauty of nature. Also, you will be camping at some of the most amazing and breathtaking locations, enhancing your whole experience.
 
Trek Route : 

Rishikesh — Pipalkoti — Dhak Village — Gulling Top — Tali Forest Camp — Kuari Pass — Khulara Top — Tali Forest Camp — Pipalkoti — Rishikesh

Quick Facts:
  • Starting point: Pipalkoti
  • Ending point: Pipalkoti
  • Best time: March to Mid-June, Mid-September to Early-November
  • Distance: 33 km
  • Duration: 6 days

About the kuari pass trek:

The Kuari Pass Trek is a beautiful 6-day long trek. You will be trekking a total distance of 33km in 4 days. It is an easy to moderately difficult trek. The trek will begin and end at Pipalkoti only. You will be coming across some of the most amazing views of the Garhwal Himalayas during the Kuari Trek. The maximum altitude at which you will be trekking is 12750ft. Although the altitude would vary from 4,950 ft to 12,750 throughout the trek. 

Trek Distance: 

The Trek is 33 km long. It is a 4-day-long trek (excluding 2 days for travelling to & fro Rishikesh).  

Trek Height:

The Kuari Pass Trek has a high-altitude trekking trail. You will be trekking at the highest altitude of 12750 ft on the Kuari Pass Trek. 

Trek Temperature:

The Kuari Trek Temperature varies from season to season. The temperature in summer goes between 19 C to 29 C. The winter temperature can vary from -8 C to 12 C. Due to this much drop in temperature, April to Mid-June (summer season) is considered the best season for the trek. 

Best Time to Kuari Pass Trek:

There are two timings in which you can trek kuari pass, 1st from March to Mid-June and second from Mid-September to Early-November. These seasons are believed to be perfect for trekkers, mainly for beginners. As the weather is calm and greenery is also stunning around these seasons.

Kuari Pass Trek Cost:

Kuari Pass trek Packages:CostDuration
From Haridwar95006 Days
From Joshimath75006 Days

Inclusions:

  • Meals 
  • Transportation
  • Transfers
  • Accommodations
  • All permits and entry fees
  • Trekking equipment
  • First aid kits
  • Oxygen cylinder

Exclusions:

  • Anything not mentioned under “Inclusions”.

Kuari Pass Trek Detailed Itinerary: 

Day 1: Beginning at Rishikesh – Rishikesh to Pipalkoti

Your trekking journey would begin at Rishikesh. Our agent will pick you up at the Rishikesh station/airport. We will be travelling towards Pipalkoti on day 1. Rishikesh to Pipalkoti is 200km, which can be covered in 10hrs. The drive will be filled with beautiful scenic views, and you will be driving by the Panchprayag (Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag, and Vishnuprayag). You will reach Pipalkoti by evening, stay in your hotel, and enjoy the rest of your day as you like.

Day 2: Pipalkoti to Gulling top

Day 2 would be travelling towards Gulling Top. It is located at an altitude of 9,000ft. Have your breakfast at Pipalkoti, and start your day early. You will be trekking to Gulling Top via Dhak Village. Reach Dhak Village from Pipalkoti by a drive (50km). Dhak to Gulling Top will be a 7km trek. This would take 5-7 hrs. You will be trekking through the villages where the trail is not difficult. You will come across many drinking water points, so you don't have to worry about that. The Dronagiri, HathiParvat, and Gauri Parvati peaks would be a sight to witness on the trek. Reach Gulling Top by evening and accommodate yourself in the tent.

Enjoy an overnight stay in the tent at Gulling Top under the beautiful Uttrakhand sky.

Day 3: Gulling Top – Tali Top – Tali Top Forest Camp

We will be trekking towards the Tali Top from the Gulling Top on this day. You will cover a total distance of 4 km by trek within 4-5 hours. The Tali Top is located at an altitude of 11,500 ft. Start from Gulling Top and reach the Forest Hut in a kilometer trek. Forest Hut is the first and last water point of today's trek. Forest Hut to Tali Top is a 2 km trek. The whole journey would take you deeper into the Talli Forest. You will spend your night in the Tali Top Forest Campsite, a km trek away from the Tali Top. The beautiful sight of the Nanda Devi, Kalinka, Chang Bhang, Dronagiri, Hathi Parvat, and Gauri Parvat peaks would enhance your trekking experience.

Enjoy an overnight stay at a campsite at Tali Top.

Day 4: Finally to Kuari Pass – back to Tali Forest Camp via Khullara Top

Day 4 would be the toughest day of the whole Kuari Pass trek. On this day, you will be trekking a distance of 15 km (11-12 hrs). You will not get any water sources on the trail, so you must carry sufficient water. You will first trek to the Khullar Top, which is 3.5 km from the Tali Forest Camp. Then trekking to the broken bridge from the Khullara Top (2.5km) would be moderately difficult. Finally, reach the Kuari Pass after a 1.5km trek from the broken bridge. Kuari Pass is located at an altitude of 12,750 ft. Take sufficient rest throughout the day's trekking. You will witness some of the most majestic Garhwal Peaks at the Kuari Pass: Kedarnath Peak, Kedardome, Chaukhamba, Balakun, Neel Kantha, Mukut Parvat, Nanda Ghunti, Nanda Devi, Changabang, Dronagiri, Kalanka, Hathi Parvat, and more. Trek back to the Tali Forest Camp via Khullara Top before sunset.

Rest in an overview stay at the Tali Forest Camp. 

Day 5: Talli Forest Camp – Pipalkoti

Day 5 would be returning to Pipalkoti, where the Kuari-Pass trek began. This will be a 13km trek. You can complete it at your own pace. Reach Pipalkoti through Gulling top and Dhak village.

You will reach Pipalkoto by evening, check into your hotel/camp, and enjoy an overnight stay.

Day 6: Pipalkoti to Rishikesh 

The Kuari-Pass Trek comes to an end. We will be travelling towards Rishikesh from Pipalkoti on the last day. This will be a 9-10 hr drive (200km). Start your day early in the morning at Pipalkoti. Reach Rishikesh by the end of the day through a long and tiring drive.

You will be dropped off at your mentioned location in Rishikesh and continue your journey to your respective locations.

Important Things to Know before planning a trek to the Kuari Pass:

  • Always listen to your trek guide and their instructions (if you have one).
  • Know about the weather conditions of the season you are trekking in.
  • Do the trek according to your own pace, do not rush.
  • Take necessary stops in between the trek, at safe spots only.
  • Go for a complete medical check-up before planning for the trek.
  • Do not go for this trek if you suffer from any respiratory disease.
  • Go through some videos about the trek on the web to get a clear view.
  • Do not carry unnecessary things with you on the trek.
  • Pack your bags according to the season.

Kuari-Pass Trek - Things to Carry:

Carry your original ID proofs and photocopy of your photo ID. 

  • Carry extra batteries, socks, blankets, headlamps, poles, sunglasses, suncap, etc., with you.
  • Pack clothes suitable for the weather conditions you are trekking in.
  • Keep a handy first-aid kit with you during the trek.
  • Carry a comfortable and spacious backpack.

FAQs about Kuari Pass Trek:

Kuari Pass is famous for trekking for various reasons. It is the only trekkable mountain pass in winter, which tops the list of reasons. From here, one can also have the closest view of India’s Highest Mountain, Nanda Devi.

The Trek is around 33km long. It is easy to moderately difficult trek, which one can complete in 4 to 6 days. You will be covering various places in these 33 km. To know more about this trek, have a look at the trek map of the Kuari-Pass Trek above.

March to mid-June and September to early November is the Best time to go for the Kuari Pass for Trekking. The Kuari-Pass Trek in June, September, and October is the trekkers’ favourite. It is due to the manageable climatic conditions and stunning views of nature.

The Trek is perfect and suitable for solo trekkers. As you join our trek group, you’ll find this place a magical trekking spot. The coordination between the group does not make you feel solo.

The distance of the Kuari Pass Trek from Rishikesh and Haridwar is around 131km. You can reach Rishikesh from your preferred vehicle and start the trek from there. The Trek distance is around 33 km.

The Kuari Pass is located at a distance of 580 km from Delhi. You can cover this distance till Rishikesh in a 6 hr (approx) drive. From there, you’ll travel with our trekking group to Dhak Village, the start of this trek.

Yes, the Kuari Pass Trek is easy for a beginner’s trek. This is a trek with easy to moderate difficulty levels. The stunning views of the Garhwal Himalayas would prove to be a sight for anyone, vanishing all the difficulties.

Yes, you can easily go trekking in winter at the Kuari Pass. The Kuari Pass Trek is a famous winter trek of Uttrakhand. November to March is the winter season in Kuari Pass.

Yes, you can do the Kuari Pass Trek in September. Mid – September, the autumn month, is considered the best time to go for this trek. The weather is calm, and greenery blesses your eyes around the season.

The Kuari Pass is beautiful in November. The time of early November is the trekker’s favourite to trek towards Kuari Pass. You can also witness some early snowfall at the beginning of November here.

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