Kuari Pass Trek (Lord Curzon’s Trail)
The Kuari Pass is one of the most beautiful treks, famous for the enchanting view of the snow clapped Peaks of the Garhwa Himalayas. Kuari pass means ‘door way’. The main attraction of the trek is the imposing view of the eastern peaks of Garhwal Himalayas, the twin peaks of Nanda Devi(7848m), Kamet(7756m), Dronagiri, Trishul(7120m), Changabang (6864m), Neelkanth (6596m), Kalanka, Chaukhamba (7128m), and others. On a clear day these mountains are giving us a thrilling experience of the Mighty Himalayas, particularly the NANDA DEVI MASSIF. These mountains though far away, appear very close. In 1905, Lord Curzon reached Kuari Pass (3850m). He made the trek and since then it is also known as the Lord Curzon’s trail. The trek passes through Pristine Rhododendron, oak and deodar forest. Rarely Himalayan flora and fauna are found as plenty as on this trail. The Kuari (virgin) Pass treks is a highly varied and scenic trek which passes through three lesser Passes and five major rivers – the Pindar, Kaliganga, Nandakini, Birehiganga and Dhauliganga. There are two ways through which one can reach the Kauri Pass. One is through the Curzon Trail i.e from Ghat via Ramni and the other route is from Auli Bugyal via Gorson top. The trek through Ghat is a Nature lover’s paradise with some exotic flora and fauna on display, plus the meadows of Auli and Gorson add to the completeness of experiencing the entire display of Himalayan splendors
Day 1 : Drive Rishikesh – Chefna (1445 mts, 215 kms by Road)
Morning, after breakfast we start drive to Chefna. On the way we cross the Four holy confluences of the various Tributaries of Ganges River. There are five auspicious confluences named “Panch Prayag”: Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karanprayag, Nandprayag and Vishnuprayag. Devprayag is the most sacred of all the prayags because it’s the very first one at the confluence of Bhagirathi (originating at Gaumukh) and Alaknanda (originating from snowy peaks above Badrinath). The two becomes the Ganges from Devprayag. Then after drive to Chefna, through Garhwali landscape dotted with ethnic settlements following the river. Evening explore the mini township. Dinner and Overnight stay at Camp
Day 2 : Trek Chefna – Ramni (2350 mts, 10 kms , 4-5 hrs.)
After breakfast we start trek next to a river followed by an ascent through Deodar forest and Bhotias (local inhabitants) villages, leaving behind the Nandakini river, with packed lunch. An ethnic school near village of Ramni is very interesting to visit. Dinner & Overnight stay at Camp in Ramni.
Day 3 :- Trek Ramni – Jhinjipani (2650 mts, 13 kms, Trek 6-7 hrs.)
As we leave Ramni the climb is steep, but soon it levels out and we wend our way through grassy meadows and later through dense oak and pine forests. We climb up to cross the Ramni Pass and from here it is a long but gradual descent to village Jhinjipani, our next campsite. Overnight at Camp.
It’s a long day today as we descend for first half an hour till we reach the suspension bridge on the Birehiganga river. We cross the bridge and climb zig zag out of the narrow valley to a ridge. After two hours of climbing, the trail level out and another hour or so, we reach Pana and take the trail that leads us to our campsite above the village. Overnight at Camp.
Day 5:Trek Pana – Dhakwani ( 3341 mts, 10 kms, Trek 4-5 hrs.)
We first climb the ridge immediately above our campsite through dense forests. Thereafter the trail levels out for about an hour before it descends steep to a big waterfall. The trail then goes steep uphill again for an hour and half before levelling out as we reach another gushing stream . We go on to make the final hour and half’s ascent of the day to reach the campsite. Overnight at camp.
Day 6 : Trek Dhakwani – Kuari Pass (3850 mts) – Chitrakanta (3200mts, 10 kms Trek 6 hrs.)
We make a very early start today and the steep ziz zag path takes us to a col from where the panoramic views dramatically unfold climaxing at Kuari Pass – an amphitheatre of the Himalayan peaks . This is the highlight of the trip with breathtaking views of the Greater Himalayas. Later we continue for an easy descent to camp in the meadows of Chitrakanta. The trail passing through silent forest and emerging into a meadow presenting the first dramatic views of Nanda Devi and Pangarchula peaks. The panorama is beyond imagination and the meadow presents an ethnic arena of the locals and nomads punctuating the meadow with their sheds while grazing their sheep and cattle. Overnight stay at Camp.
Day 7 :
Layover day in the lap of Great Himalayas.
Day 8 : Trek to Auli ( 3000 mts, 4-6 hrs. ) Drive to Joshimath
Auli is a long way from base camp. It is a 5-6-hr walk to Auli. It is a gradual descent to Auli through woods and pastures though there are few and downs. At Auli our car will be waiting for us to drive us to Joshimath. Check in hotel. Overnight at Hotel in Joshimath. .
Day 9 : Drive to Rishikesh (8/9 hours)
Drive to Rishikesh (8 / 9 hrs). It’s a very scenic drive as you pass through the pilgrimage towns of Nandprayag, Karanprayag, Rudraprayag, Devprayag. Lunch enroute. Upon arrival at Rishikesh, trip concludes.