Maximum Altitude: 12516 ft
Duration: 6 days
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Kuari Pass is one of the best treks for the beginners. In 1905, Lord Curzon explored the trek and therefore it is also known as the Curzon trail. The trek starts from Joshimath, in the Chamoli district. You have to reach Dhak, a small village from where you start the climb.
From here, you proceed through the small remote Himalayan villages. You will be following a well defined path which meanders along the mountain ridge. On the second day, you will be walking in a forest trail covered with beautiful oak and Rhododendron trees. The forests are really old and it feels magical walking through them. In few places the forests are so dense that sunlight can’t reach the ground.
Kuari Pass trek also has one of the best campsites. Each morning, you will wake up to a mesmerizing view. There is the Chitrakantha campsite which lies in the middle of a forest. Sleeping between the tall trees while listening to the stream flowing nearby is a beautiful experience.
While camping at Khullara , you can see Mt Dronagiri rising in the background. Imagine how beautiful the sunrise will be.
The views are beautiful and you get to see Nanda Devi and Dronagiri from the first day of the trek. The breathtaking peaks of Neelkhant, Hathi Ghoda Parvat, Chaukhambha and Kamet can also be viewed on the trek.
Best Time to Visit
March-May: During this time the Rhododendron trees are loaded with fiery red flowers and the forests are full of colours.
December-February: For all the people who want to trek in snow, this is the time to come. The path is covered in a white snowy blanket.
How to Reach
You can take a cab from Dehradun/Rishikesh/haridwar to directly reach Dhak village. There are also regular bus and shared taxis till Joshimath. From Joshimath, it will take you around half an hour to reach Dhak.
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