Among the several things that Lord Curzon did in India, the hands-down winner is exploration and popularising of a marquee trek route starting fromJoshimath to Kuari Pass in theGarhwal Himalayas. t an altitude of 4264 meters Top is like an amphitheatre where some of the stalwart peaks of target take stage. The 7000 meters club includes the Kamet (7756m),Trishul (7120m), Chaukhamba (7128m), and the great divine peak ofNanda Devi and its twin Nanda Devi East (7434m). More peaks make an equally imposing appearance – Nanda Ghunti, Hathi Ghoda Parbat, Neelkanth, Dronagiri, Mukut Parbat, Mana, Rishi Pahad, and Changbang, to name a few. The Winter Kuari Pass trek gives you a chance to view this impressive skyline of these mightymountainsfrom close quarters.
The trek begins from Joshimath, in the Chamoli district of Himalayas, which has evolved into the hub for trekkers and pilgrims in this part of the Himalayas. Confluences of several rivers – the Pinder, Kaliganga, Nandakini, Birehiganga & Dhaul Ganga give make up the Pancha-Prayag – namely, Devprayag, Karnaprayag, Devprayag and Rudraprayag. The trek then proceeds through small remote Himalayan villages. Walking along the Curzon trail through these villages is a great way to get acquainted with the life of the mountain folks. The trees are ablaze in the yellow-orange colors of autumn, striking a deep contrast to the blue-brown mountains and the snow caps. On this trek one walks through gorgeous jungles of Oak and Deodar trees. And these jungles, of course, are house to some wildlife. Pug marks of leopards or Himalayan black bears can be sighted in the forests. Rhododendron trees, which bear flowers of a fiery red color, are also found in abundance in these mountains.
The truly refreshing part of the trek is while walking through the luxurious Himalayan meadows, called ‘Bugyals’ in the local tongue. The beauty and serenity of a Himalayan meadow is an experience no one should miss out on. The most remarkable is the Gorson Bugyal, consisting of vast undulating green pastures. On this trek you will also visit Auli, which is famous for its beautiful skiing slopes in the kuari passwinter kuari pass.The trek takes you up and down a few other lesser passes – the Vinayak pass and Tali top, eventually taking you to the highest point in the trek – the Top at which is at 13990 feet. This trek is not too difficult, and pays huge dividends for the physical effort with the most mesmerising views of some of the best mountains in the Himalayan Range. The sight of the Nanda Devi Massif is the highlight of this trek. So if you want to have some fun in the meadows and on the snowy slopes of the Garhwal Himalayas, pack your rucksacks and head on towards Haridwar.
|Altitude||4268 to 5100 mts.|
|Best time to visit||April to November|
RISHIKESH – AULI – GARSON (3658M) – TALI (3502) – CHITRAKANTHA (3506M) – KHULARA (3658M) – KUARIPASS (3736M) – TUGASI VILLAGE (2012M) – REGRI – TAPOVAN (1829)
ITINERARY OF KUARI PASS TREK
Day 1): Rishikesh to Joshimath (8-9 hours)
Day 02): Joshimath – Garson (3510 mts) 13 kms / 5km trek
Day 03): Garson – Khulara (3310Mts) 8km trek
Day 04): Khulara To Kuari pass (4268 mts) /Climb Pangarchulla(5100M)- Khulara 9km trek
Day 05): Khulara – Tapovan – Joshimath
Day 06): Joshimath – Rishikesh
Day 07): Rishikesh – Haridwar – Delhi