Kuari Pass Trek

Kuari Pass Trek


Lord Curzon Explored “Kuari Pass”

Kuari Pass was explored by Lord Curzon when the British ruled India. It is a perfect trek for beginners which lies in the Garhwal Himalayas at an altitude of 4,264 meters.
So, if you are a beginner and thinking to start in the Himalayas then Kuari Pass can be the first trek of your Himalayan journey. And, it is best for nature lovers because of its untouched surroundings, scenic vistas and views of lofty peaks.

Why Kuari Pass Trek?

Firstly, Kuari Pass trek has perfect old forests of Rhododendrons and Oaks. And, the trail snaking its way through the dense forests is spectacular. On the way, come across mesmerising clearings and lavish meadows and witness changing landscapes.

Secondly, this trek has perfect idyllic campsites like Chitrakantha and Khullara. One amidst the forest and the other with splendid view of Mt. Dronagiri in the backdrop.

About Basecamp Joshimath

It is a picturesque town in Chamoli at an altitude of 1875 m nestled amid high Himalayan peaks. It is the basecamp of many Himalayan treks and the gateway to famous pilgrim sites like Badrinath.

There is spirituality in the air because of the presence of ancient temples. It is home to one of the four “Math” “Atharva Veda” by Adi Shankaracharya. Joshimath has tranquil charm away from the cacophony of cities.

The gushing rivers and silent streams with the cover of verdant green and the pious ancient temples in the area will surely lure you to come here again and again.

Kuari Pass

Overwhelming sight of the Himalayas

Get exotic mountain views from the very first day of the trek. Go higher and get welcomed by the great view of gigantic peaks which will accompany you all along the way.

Kuari top is known for the clear and overwhelming sight of the Himalayas because close and imposing views are the real attraction of this trek.

Therefore, the peaks visible from the summit are – Trishul, Chaukhamba, Kamet, Nanda Devi peaks, Nanda Ghunti, Neelkanth, Dronagiri, Changbang, Mana, Mukut Parbat, Rishi pahad and others.

Kuari Pass

Dense Forests & Remote Himalayan Villages

During the trek, pass through remote villages of the Himalayas and dense forests. Mainly of Oaks and Deodar. Moreover, spot Himalayan animals and rare species of birds on the way. And, in this region the Rhododendron (Burans) trees with beautiful crimson flowers are found in abundance.

In addition to the beauty of Kuari Pass trek, the meadows present here are lavish and walking on their velvety grass is a great pleasure!

Kuari Pass

Go through beautiful Passes

Further, traverse Vinayak Pass and head to Kuari Top, it is the highest point of this trek. From here, Nanda Devi Massif looks beautiful among all other peaks and becomes the highlight.

Key Points of Kuari Pass trek

  • Level: Moderate (this trek is good for beginners)
  • During the trek, proper conditioning & training of body required
  • Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature
  • Shoes are the single most important equipment.
  • High Altitude requires proper acclimatization.
  • Beautiful landscapes so carry good photo gear & Extra battery backup.
  • Travel light
  • The backpack should not exceed 10 kg.

Must read about Kuari Pass Trek

Trek Fee: Rs.8,500 Per Person (Includes GST and all costs of the Trek from Joshimath to Joshimath)

Duration: 6 Days

temperatureSummer Temperature:(5°C to 15°C)

temperatureWinter Temperature: (-2°C to -10°C)

altitudeAltitude: (4,264 m)

Best Time: April, May, June, Sep, Oct, December

Level: Moderate

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Day 1– Drive from Dehradun to Joshimath

Altitude – Joshimath (1,875 m/6,152 feet)

Distance –300 km

Time taken – 10/12 hours

Night stay – Hotel

Day 2– Drive from Joshimath toDhak and trek to Gulling

Altitude – 2997 m/9,832 feet

Distance – Drive (12 km) Trek (6 km)

Time taken – 5/6 hours

Night stay – Camps

Day 3– Trek from Gulling to Khullara

Altitude – 3,200 m/10,492 feet

Distance – 5 km

Time taken – 4/5 hours

Night stay – Camps

Day 4– Trek from Khullar to Chitrakantha/Tali via Kuari Pass

Altitude – Chitrakantha/Tali (3,362 m/11,032 feet) Kuari Pass (4,264/13,989 feet)

Distance – 12 km

Time taken – 7/8 hours

Night stay – Camps

Day 5– Trek from Chitrakantha/Tali to Auli and drive to Joshimath

Altitude – Auli (2,630 m/8,625 feet)

Distance – Trek (8 km) Drive (13 km)

Time taken – 7/8 hours

Night stay – Hotel

Day 6– Joshimath to Dehradun

Distance –300 km

Time taken – 10/12 hours


Kuari Pass Temperature Chart
Temperature Chart of Kuari Pass Trek
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Rainfall Chart of Kuari Pass Trek
The trek package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this package?Items that are included in the cost of trek price.

✅ Transport facility from Dehradun to Dehradun
✅ Forest Permit and entrance fee
✅ Accommodation in tents on twin share basis
✅ All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner
✅ (All camping gears)
✅ High quality tents
✅ Sleeping bags
✅ Mattress
✅ Liner
✅ Pillow
✅ Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents
✅ Dining Tent
✅ Dining Table
✅ Porters
✅ Helper
✅ Mules
✅ Kitchen team
✅ Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication
✅ Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide
✅ Medical Kit
✅ Oxygen Cylinders
✅ Crampons and Gaiters

What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

❌ Personal Insurance
❌Medical Certificate
❌Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit
❌On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included
❌Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included


Full payment confirms your booking

We serve three meals a day including snacks and soup. A variety of delectable and healthy food is provided which includes; Indian, Chinese and other Western meals. They are nutritious and keeps you fit and healthy on your trek.

Kuari Pass Trek FAQ’s

Vehicle will be arranged from Dehradun Railway Station to Joshimath  .

On Day 1 and Day 5 in a hotel at Joshimath and rest of the days in tents.

We provide tents on twin share basis and 3 people can also accommodate.

We provide a variety of healthy and delicious food. Check the food menu here – Food Menu

Best time to do Kuari Pass trek is April, May, June, September, October, November and December.

Snow is there from the month of December to April. Light snowfall may occur before December.

The tents are waterproof and if it rains while trekking then use rain cover for your backpack and poncho will keep you dry.

Yes, it is a great trek for beginners and the child should be above 5 years to do this trek.

Yes, you can rent jackets, trekking shoes, hiking pole and backpacks

If for some reason you are unable to carry your backpack then you can offload it. Applicable charges are Rs 300 per Backpack and per day.

Joshimath has the last ATM point. All networks will be available at Auli, BSNL, Vodafone and Airtel networks are available at Gorson Bugyal but you cannot depend on the signal strength. So finish all your important calls and work before starting of the trek.

At hotel in Joshimath, there are concrete washrooms and during the trek we set up separate toilet tents for ladies and gents. There will be a deep pit, use it and cover it with help of a shovel. (Use toilet paper instead of wet wipes).

There are some risks on every trek but Kuari Pass trek is safe. Follow the instructions of your guide and make your every trek safe.

 Joshimath (1,875 m/6,152 feet)

Gulling (2997 m/9,832 feet)

Khullara (3,200 m/10,492 feet)

Kuari Pass (4,264/13,989 feet) Chitrakantha/Tali (3,362 m/11,032 feet)

Auli (2,630 m/8,625 feet)

  1. Day 1 Drive from Dehradun to Joshimath

    Altitude – Joshimath (1,875 m/6,152 feet)

    Distance –300 km

    Time taken – 10/12 hours

    Night stay – Hotel

    The drive to Joshimath is 10/12 hours long, along the sacred rivers – Alaknanda, Mandakini and Ganga. Devprayag is en route at the confluence of river Bhagirathi and Alaknanda.

    The journey won’t get boring because there are sudden changes in the scenery as you go further.

    Reach Joshimath, relax in ahotel, in the evening you can explore nearby areas. Get back, have dinner and enjoy comfortable stay in the hotel.

  2. Day 2 Drive from Joshimath to Dhak and trek to Gulling 

    Altitude – 2997 m/9,832 feet

    Distance – Drive (12 km) Trek (6 km)

    Time taken – 5/6 hours

    Night stay – Camps

    Start early today and leave for Dhak village which is 12 km away from Joshimath, this is the starting point of Kuari Pass trek.

    Start the ascent and on the trail some shepherded huts are visible . Then trek through the forests of Oak, Deodar and Rhododendrons. Dhauli Ganga River flows below near the Hydro power plant, now you are about to reach a village named “Tugasi” trekking here would be a relief because the trail is leveled.

    Go further, reach a ridge and cross a descent to reach your campsite “Gulling”. It lies amid a forest and offers beautiful views of Chaukhamba peaks.

    Set your tents here, have dinner and retire for the night.

  3. Day 3 Trek from Gulling to Khullara

    Altitude – 3,200 m/10,492 feet

    Distance – 5 km

    Time taken – 4/5 hours

    Night stay – Camps

    Wake up early in the morning and do not miss the morning sight of Chaukhamba peaks. After having breakfast leave for Khullara.

    Today’s trek is an easy one but you have to ascend all the way to reach your campsite.While ascending notice how beautiful it is to walk under the shade of trees. Once you cross this forest section multiple streams will be flowing around. Continue trekking and reach the campsite.

    This campsite is a forest clearing with some exotic views of Dronagiri Mountains and Hathi Ghoda peaks. Enjoy spending a night here in peace.

    After having dinner sleep comfortably in your tents.

  4. Day 4 Trek from Khullar to Chitrakantha/Tali via Kuari Pass 

    Altitude – Chitrakantha/Tali (3,362 m/11,032 feet) Kuari Pass (4,264/13,989 feet)

    Distance – 12 km

    Time taken – 7/8 hours

    Night stay – Camps

    Wake up early and get ready to conquer the Kuari Top and Kuari Pass today.

    Start your trek and when the altitude is gained, the treeline recedes. The ascent is steep but once your reach the ridge top the panorama views of Himalayan peaks will leave you spell bind and the efforts will be totally rewarding.

    Satre at majestic Nanda Devi and Mt. Trishul . Now, go further and stand at Kuari Top with a sense of joy and happiness. Look around at every peak visible and praise its beauty.

    Now, start descending and reach Kuari Pass, do not spend much time here because better views awaits you ahead!

    Ahead lies Jhandi Top, climb to this top is moderate but the views are extremely amazing and better than Kuari Pass. Spend some time at the top in happiness of successfully completing the summit. Then descend to your campsite.

    Chitrakantha is a meadow and your campsite for the day. Descend through forests and reach there. It offers clear views of Dronagiri .

    Setup your tents at this meadow, celebrate the completion, have delicious food and retire for the night.

  5. Day 5 Trek from Chitrakantha/Tali to Auli and drive to Joshimath 

    Have breakfast and today you will be going back to Joshimath. After starting the trek visit Tali Lake, the reflection of mountains on the water will amaze you. There is a steep climb from Tali to reach another trail which leads to Auli.

    Come to the trail and Himalayan villages becomes visible. Reach “Gorson Bugyal” a beautiful meadow with clear and splendid mountain views. Halt here for a while and again start descending.

    On the way is a temple, from here, the downhill trek gets easy. Ahead, reach the Upper Auli and head to main Auli.Continue trekking and reach there in an hour. Auli is a great snow destination in winters.

    Spend time here and leave for Joshimath, the arrangements will be made in a hotel there.

  6. Day 6 Joshimath to Dehradun 

    Distance –300 km

    Time taken – 10/12 hours

    After breakfast leave early, have your lunch en route and you can reach Dehradun in 10/12 hours.

Things to Take

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

  • Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, driving license, voters ID, etc.)
  • Medical Certificate (first part to be filled by a doctor and second part by the trekker)
  • Risk Certificates

Trekkers must bring :

  • Strongly built hiking shoes, if you do not own a pair you can rent it from Sankri.
  • Sandals or slippers to wear in campsite
  • Thick woollen socks, it will keep your feet warm
  • Daily wear socks
  • Thermals are very important
  • 1 shirt, it should be long sleeved
  • Shirts and pants for campsite, should be warm
  • 1 raincoat or poncho
  • Jacket
  • Thick gloves
  • Trek pants
  • Cap and Balaclava (or a scarf)
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun tan lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Water bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Personal toiletry items

ATM Point & Mobile connectivity:-

ATM POINT: Joshimath has the last ATM point.

Mobile Connectivity

All networks will be available at Auli, BSNL, Vodafone and Airtel networks are available at Gorson Bugyal but you cannot depend on the signal strength. So finish all your important calls and work before starting of the trek.

We Have a Money Saving Announcement for all the Trekkers.
Now You Can Get Your Trek Gear on Rent by Spending Less

Trekking demands a good investment and this extremely expensive activity is the passion of many, so we have a great announcement to make which will be a great relief to your pockets. Now get your Trek Gear on Rent and all you have to do is make a special renting request while booking your trek. That’s it! We have kept it simple for you.

Rent Equipment

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kitPersonal Insurance

We carry first aid kits but it’s necessary to carry a personal medical kit.


(Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)


– Diamox – (prevents altitude sickness)

– Digene – (it cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)

– Crocin Advance – (cures fever and headache)

– Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)

– Disprin/Saradon – (cures headache)

– Avomine – (prevents motion sickness)

– Avil – (it treat allergies)

– Norflox TZ & Lomofrn – (prevents Diarrhoea)

– Ranitidine – (reduces the amount of acid in stomach)

– Volini/Moov spray – (for sprains)

– Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)


– Band aid

– Cotton

– Stretchable/elastic bandage

– Gauze




– Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor in case you face any problem in your trek, take advice from Professional guide before taking any medicine.

– Drinking water is necessary during your trek, keep 1 litre of water bottle filled and drink it on proper interval of time, it is very important while hiking.

Cancellation Policy?

- Make your booking one or two months prior in advance. If you cancel the trek due to any reason, it is mandatory to notify us. Cancellation charges will only be effective from the date we get your request to cancel the trek.

- If the trek gets cancelled from our side due to natural disaster,rainfall, heavy snowfall or any other reason then the refund will not be initiated but we will arrange another trek.

The cancellation charges are as follows –

(Bank charges deducted are not Refundable)

  • Up to 30 Days – 90% cost is Refundable
  • Between 21 to 30 Days – 50% cost is Refundable
  • Less than 20 Days – No Refund

(Refund is initiated within 7-8 business days)