Silence is sacred in the Garhwal Himalayas. Spread across the north of Uttarakhand, where India bumps into Tibet and Nepal, this is Hinduism's spiritual heart.
In 1905, the then Viceroy of India Lord Curzon, first blazed the Kuari Pass trail and left it with his name, also known as Curzon's Trail. Kuari (which means doorway) Pass is a moderate trek, which makes it easy enough for someone starting out in the Himalayas.
Be it the Ancient forest trails, mesmerizing meadows of Auli, the beautiful campsites or the magnificent views of some of the most beautiful mountain peaks of the Indian Himalaya, Kuari Pass/Pangarchulla Peak trek is among the best hikes you could take in this region.
Day 1: Haridwar to Josimath
Day 2: Josimath to Auli (road) to Gorson Bugyal (5 Kms)
Day 3: Gorson Bugyal to Khullara (7 kms)
Day 4: Khullara to Kuari Pass to Pangarchulla Base (7 Kms)
Day 5: Base camp to Pangarchulla Peak to Basecamp/Khullara (10kms)
Day 6: Base Camp / Khullara to Dhak. Drive from Dhak to Auli (11kms)
Day 7: Auli to Haridwar (in Taxi)
Day 1: Drive from Haridwar – Auli (2450 m, Drive of 280 km, 8-9 hour)
Start your tour by meeting at the Haridwar railway station at 7:00 AM and from here drive to Auli. This drive will surpass through the holy townships of Devprayag and Rudraprayag as you follow the rivers of Ganga and Alaknanda. Arrive at Auli and unwind at a lodge arranged for you where you can spend the night.
Day 2: Trek from Auli – Gorson Bugyal(3225m, 3-4 hour trek)
Start your day by relishing a delectable breakfast and after a short drive of 5kms, reach the point where the trek starts from where you can begin hiking to Gorson Bugyal. Cut through Auli meadows that make an ideal skiing location. On the way, capture sights of Nanda Devi peak and other majestic mountains. From the meadows, continue trekking through verdant forests thriving with a variety of bird species and reach the beautiful prairies of Gurson. Climb down to arrive at another expanse of thickets with Oak, Chestnut, Deodar and Maple trees. Post this you will arrive at the campsite of Tali but continue onwards for a couple of more hours. After a long walk, reach Gorson Bugyal camp flourished with a meadow and sights of mountainous landscapes. Set up camp here in tents and retire for the night under the star-lit sky.
Day 3: Trek from Gorson Bugyal to Khulara via Tali Top
Begin with an early breakfast after which you can start your Kuari pass trekking climbing up pastures painted in several of colours of green and dotted with shepherds and their sheep grazing around. Continue hiking for another 3 hours to reach Khullara. Thereafter you can either head towards Kuari pass directly or to another vantage point for scenic scenes of the environs. Post this, climb down to the base camp of Pangarchula peak where you will get the chance to marvel at several peaks such as Chaukhamba, Kedarnath, Neelkanth, Haathi-Ghodi, Kamet, Mana and Dronagiri. At the base camp, settle down in your tents for the night.
Day 4: Khullara – Kuari Pass (3650 m) – Pangarchulla Base camp (5 hour trek)
Begin your day early at about 5:00 AM with a hearty breakfast after which you can start your day’s trek by ascending slopes of mountains to arrive at a ridge taking you to the summit. This challenging climb passes through uneven rocky terrains. Walk across deep snowy routes and due to the early start, get awe-struck by the clear mesmeric views around dawn. On this route to the top of the peak, the Nanda Devi, Trishul, Changabhang peaks are a spectacle to the eye. Spend some time feasting your eyes with the marvels before you after which you can resume walking down to the camp. Upon reaching the camp, have a celebration for the success of the trek and unwind here. You can even opt to trek down to Khulara if you arrive early at the base camp. Spend the night in the comfort of your tent.
Day 5: Base camp to Pangarchulla Peak to Base Camp
Hike to Pangarchulla peak and catch 360 panaromic view of the garhwal himalaya. Get back to Base camp/Khullara
Day 6: Trek from Base camp/Khulara – Dhak (2000 m, 3.5 – 5.5 hour trek) – Drive from Dhak – Auli (Drive of 45 minutes)
Start your day with a delicious breakfast and then head on out for a trek towards the road linking Joshimath to Niti-Malari valley. Hike all the way to Dhak through dense thickets and charming villages. You can even make a pit stop at the villages of Tugasi and Kharsi in order to learn more about the locals and their indigenous culture. From Dhak make a car journey to Auli where your lodge awaits you with a warm meal and a steam shower. This is where you can reside at night.
Day 7: Drive from Auli – Haridwar (Drive of 280 km, 8-9 hour)
After breakfast drive down to Haridwar and bid adieu to Auli’s snowy environs. Continue onwards to your destination bringing this exciting Pangarchula Peak trek via Kuari Pass comes to an end.
- All Trekking Equiments
- Necessary permits
- First Aid Medical Kits
- Qualified and experienced trek leader, guide, and support staff
- All Meals