The Kuari Pass Trek

The Kuari Pass trek, with its wonderful views of big mountains, is a must-do for mountain lovers. It takes you through the meadows of Gorson Bugyal, forests of Chitrakantha, while all along, Mt Nanda Devi, India’s tallest mountain, blesses you with her presence.

But apart from being the perfect vantage point, the Kuari Pass trek also doubles up as a beautiful winter trek. Dr Santanu Sain witnessed the Kuari Pass trek like none of us have before. He and his friends experienced the first winter snow!

This photo story takes you through the golden brown layers of the Auli Ski slopes to the first flakes of snow that submerged the trail.

Short itinerary

Day 1: Reach Joshimath; 10-12 hours drive from Haridwar. Pick up from Haridwar Railway Station at 6.30 am. Cost of cab – Rs.5,800 per vehicle (5-6 seater)
Day 2: Drive to Dhak; 45 minutes. Trek from Dhak (6,956 ft) to Guling (9,832) ft; 5-6 hours
Day 3: Guling (9,832) ft to Khullara (10,492 ft); 4-5 hours
Day 4: Khullara (10,492 ft) to Chitrakantha/Tali (11,031 ft) via Kuari Pass (12,516 ft); 8 hours
Day 5: Chitrakantha/Tali (11,031 ft) to Auli (8,625 ft); 4-5 hours. Drive to Joshimath; 45 minutes
Day 6: Drive from Joshimath to Haridwar. You will reach Haridwar between 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm

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