Lord Curzon Trial Kuari Pass Trek

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Area                          : Garhwal Himalayas
Duration                    : 12 Days
Max Altitude              : 4150 mts/13990 ft)
Grade                        : Moderate
Season                      : April – June & Sept – Nov

Kuari pass is one of the most famous trek in the Garwal Himalaya, for its enchanting view of snow clad  Neelkanth (6596m), Kamet (7756m), Trishul (7120m), Chaukhamba (7128m), Changabang (6864m),Mukut Parbat, Mana, Nilgiri Parbat, Hardeol, Dronagiri, Rishi Pahar, Kalanka , Lampak,  Bithartoli, and others. The trek passes through three lesser Passes & five major rivers – the Pinder, Kaliganga, Nandakini, Birehiganga & Dhauli Ganga. It is also known as Curzon Trail as former Viceroy of  India Sir Lord Curzon reached Kuari pass through Ghat via Ramni during 1905 . The trek passes through forests of oak , conifer, bamboo and birch, teeming with a variety of animals and birds life. A trekker might even be lucky enough to come across leopard pugmarks or a Himalayan black bear on this trail. The trek also passes through remote villages providing an insight view of traditions and customs of  local people of Garhwal.

Day 01 : Delhi Arrival

On arrival at Delhi airport meet our representative, who will assist & give you briefing about your tour at the time of arrival & transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel. Evening is free for sightseeing & necessary shopping. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02 : Delhi – Haridwar

Drive to Haridwar (220 km) via Meerut , Roorkee . Haridwar is known as ‘Gateway to Himalayas’ and center of Yoga & Meditation. In the afternoon visit various Ashrams and Temples. Enjoy the ‘Ganga Aarti’ in the evening. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 03 : Haridwar – Ghat – Chefna ( 1331 Mts ,220 kms /7-8 Hrs)

After an early breakfast drive to Ghat via Devprayag , Rudraprayag, Karnprayag and Nandprayag, the four major confluences of Panch Prayag of Garhwal Himalayas. The last leg of the long road journey ends to Chefna via Ghat and the trek to Ramni begins from here .Overnight in camp.

Day 04 : Chefna – Ghunni ( 6kms/2-3 hrs )

This is a long but rewarding day. The trail from here is well distinctive to the ridge from where you can see settlements of Ramni and Ghunni villages.Snow peaks begin to emerge above the forest to the north. The path continues up through forests of rhododendron, pines and oak with more pastures for summer grazing with shepherds huts. The highest point, reached in 2¼ hours from the camp, at 3,064m/10,053ft, is the Ramni Pass, also called Binayak Top. After passing through couple of cluster settlements the trail takes you go past the village to an open plateau above Ghunni which is our campsite for the day. Overnight in the tents.

Day 05 : Ghunni -Vinayak Pass – Jhinjhi Village (13 kms/6-7 hrs)

The day requires an essential early start not only to negotiate the long day walk but also to acquaint beautiful Himalayan views. The trail winds up to the ridge top towering high above the campsite at Ghunni. After crossing the ridge you will come to an open meadow with stunning views of some of the Himalayan jewels i.e. Nanda Ghunti, Chaukhamba and an awsome view of Ramni and Ghunni settlements just lower down the valley.

From here the trail continues to climb gently, passing through beautiful forests of Rhododendron, followed by pasture grasslands for sheeps and cattles with some nomadic huts. Gradual approach from here finally takes you to Vinayak Pass. The pass is marked with a Ganesha temple with a prayer flag. From here you will get to see some excellent view of Himalayas and first glimpse of Kuari pass at a distant. After crossing the pass the trail starts to ascend and then again after a steep climb the trail continues to drop passing through Sem Kharak and finally takes you to the village of Jhinjhi. Overnight in the tents.

Day 06 : Jhinjhi – Pana Village (2043 mts , 8 kms/4-5 hrs)

The day’s walk through the descend through the village finally comes to the valley floor and brings you to a high suspension bridge over river Birahi Ganga. After crossing the bridge you get to the true right of the valley. The trail now climbs steeply through the ridge and  from the final slope of the point the trail gradually passes through a beautiful forest of Rhododendron finally go past Kaliagad to the settlement at Pana. A final ascend to almost 1 mk will bring you to the campsite of Pana. Overnight in the tents.

Day 07 : Pana – Dakhwani (3300 mts/10824 ft) 14 kms/5 hrs

The trail is well distinctive above the camp site passing through a forest of Rhododendron . It  further continues gradually through the forest to an open meadow of Sartoli which serve as camping site as well as pasture land for a sheep & cattle.

This is an ideal place to view Kuari Pass which dominating the horizon. Initially the trail from Sartoli starts to descend gradually for a couple of kilometres but in the later part the trail descends steeply to the side stream with loose moraine. From here trail traverses slightly with a couple of ascend again and finally takes you to another side stream just under Dhakwani campsite which is about a kilometer climb from here. Overnight in the tents.

Day 08 : Dakhwani – Kuari Pass (3800 mts/ ft) – Tali (9 kms/5-6 hrs)

This day requires an early start in order to get a magnificent view at the pass. The trail from Dhakwani continues to climb through the forest until we cross the tree line. From this point the path traverses to the left of the valley just under the pass and continues with a series of  stunning, magnificent views of greater Himalaya is waiting to be admired. Take your time, relax and enjoy photography at the pass. The trail from the pass slightly ascends to a hump.

From where you will find an excellent view of Dronagiri peak. After this the trail descends to a point with a bifurcation to Tapovan & Tali. Continue on the trail to Tali which leads to a ridge with temple and prayer flags. From here the Great Nanda Devi peak comes in view. The trail goes past through pasture land and enters the forest and finally leads to the campsite at Tali. Overnight in tents.

Day 09 : Tali – Auli- Joshimath (2550 mts/8364 ft) 17 kms/5-6 hrs

Most of summer treks finish in Auli and early summer/early winter treks finish in Tapovan because of the icy conditions on the trail to Auli. The trail from Tali is a gradual climb across mountain ridge. This trail is narrow and requires cautious walking until it reaches Gorson meadows. From here it’s Himalayas all around.

Great Nanda Devi peak is utmost admirable and dominating amongst the many. The crossing of Gorson meadow is real fun and most enjoyable walk. Finally the man made concrete constructions could be seen from a distant marks the village of Auli. We will board a Jeep from here to Joshimath which is 13 kms drive. Overnight in hotel.

Day 10 : Joshimath – Rishikesh

Early morning drive to Rishikesh. The drive towards Rishikesh is equally beautiful with excellent views lower down the valley. Upon arrival, check in at Hotel. Rishikesh is located on the bank of holy river Ganges & surrounded from the three sides by the hills. It is also the Yoga capital of the world. Later visit Shivanand Jhula (the suspension bridge), Ram Jhula,Lakshman Jhula (this suspension bridge, Built in 1929), Bharat temple, Ashrams, Swarg Niwas & Shri Trayanbakshwar 13 storey temple & many other more temples. Evening visit- Triveni Ghat to witness the Aarti on the holy river Ganges. Triveni Ghat is the holy place in the Rishikesh where the followers take dips into the river Ganges & do prayer. In the evening, priest & devotees also put floating lamps on the water during the Ganga Aarti. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11 : Rishikesh – Haridwar – Delhi

In the morning drive to Delhi ( 238 km ) via Haridwar through the same route . Which takes appx. 6 hrs . The remaining day is free for relax & shopping. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12 : Delhi Departure

Transfer to international airport according to your flight schedule .

Trip  & services end.

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