Winter Kuari Pass trek:

  • Available Group Departures to Winter Kuari Pass will be published soon for autumn/winters 2023!
  • Private/customised treks for your own group/family is open as per your preferred date. TREK FEE will be same for a group of 8 to 10 persons i.e. ₹ 9950 + 5% GST per person (Joshimath to Joshimath). For lower (min of 4) or higher number of group members, TREK FEE will increase or decrease.

About the trek:

Winter Kuari Pass trek is an essential snow trek for trekkers and adventure seekers during November to April. The trail offers you exquisite panoramic views of the central Garhwal peaks and delightful snow to walk upon. The circuit from Joshimath doesn’t involve crossing the Kuari pass and approachable during winter and spring, when the snow conditions deter trekking  along Kuari Pass on Curzon’s trail.

Although you can’t see Nanda Devi from the pass itself, you can witness a vast panorama starting from north east and moving from right to left. All major peaks of Badrinath valley and finally stretching to Kedarnath valley peaks on west. Dronagiri, Changabang, Rishi, Mukut, Kamet, Abi Gamin, Mana, Hathi, Ghoda, Neelkanth and Chaukhamba massif to name a few! You will see the unmistakable Nanda Devi from Tali and Gurson Bugyal.

Winter Kuari Pass trek: A view from Pass (PC: Ayan)
@ Kuari Pass (~ 3850 m/12630 ft)
Dronagiri (L) and Nanda Devi (R), PC : Pratik

Starting from October weather becomes clear and you can view mesmerising vista throughout the trek. On a regular winter in starts snowing between late November to early December. As the winter progresses, deposited snow increases and reaching a maximum during February. Exquisite campsites add more charm and delight. You will camp inside conifer forest at Tali.

On the way to Auli over Gurson Bugyal
Tali Forest Camp: Snowing in mid November

This is not all! Once the tree line ends, landscape switch into fur flung meadows. From Khullara to Kuari pass, you will walk on these grassy slopes. Towards the end of the trek, you will cross Gurson Bugyal, a prominent meadows of the Himalayas.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1:  Drive from Rishikesh to Joshimath – 10/11 hours – 250 Km. Lodge accommodation.
Day 2: Drive to Dhak (7000 ft) – 10 Km – 30 minutes. Trek to Upper Guling (9,650) ft – 6 Km – 4 hours. Camp.
Day 3: Upper Guling (9,650) ft to Kuari Pass (12,630 ft) – 5 hours – return to Lower Khulara (11,100 ft) – total 12 – Km – 8/9 hours. Camp.
Day 4: Lower Khulara to Auli (8600 ft) via Gurson Bugyal – 8 Km –  4/5 hours. Drive to Joshimath – 14 Km – 45 mins. Lodge/hotel.
Day 5: Drive from Joshimath to Rishikesh- 250 Km – 10 hours. Haridwar is another hour from here ~ 1 hour.

You need to reach Rishikesh on Day 1 morning by 6 am latest or the night before. Similarly book your return tickets from Rishikesh on Day 5 evening, 8 pm evening or later.

  • From Oct 2018, due to an order from Uttarakhand High Court, one is NOT allowed to camp on alpine meadows/grasslands, locally called “Bugyal”. In this trek our high camp will be at Khulara. We will visit Kuari Pass and return. Itinerary duration will remain same, 5 days, Haridwar to Haridwar including 3 days of trek.
  • If you wish to attempt Pangarchulla peak along with Kuari Pass, then you will require one more trekking day. Tali Forest camp to Pangarchulla is an arduous trek around 10/12 hours. Check here our Pangarchulla peak trek with Kuari Pass trek for details.

Altitude and distance profile graph for Winter Kuari Pass trek

Below graph will give you an idea of places and corresponding altitude, day wise elevation, ascents and descents on the trail.

Kuari Pass trek: Altitude Vs Distance profile

Clothing and expected temperature in Kuari Pass trek during winters:

It is important to carry proper clothing in winter as the campsite temperatures are sub zero in winter.

Winter:  From November the daytime temp remains cool and nights are cold.  Late night/early morning  temperatures will be minimum as you camp higher. At Lower Khullara and  Tali Jungle Camp temperature may go down to -10° C/-15° C as winter progresses during December to February. Though inside tent the temperature will be somewhat 8°C  to 10°C warmer than outside but still can be freezing.

Three layers of clothing is mandatory in the campsite while outside tent.

a) A thermal base layer (warm woolly-cot material).
b) A heavy jacket (Double layer or Fleece jacket ) as middle layer.
c) A windproof cum waterproof with hood as the outer layer.

You will not require the thermal base layer from May to October.

Don’t forget to check and download the “list of things that you need to carry during Winter Kuari Pass trek“.

Spring & Summer : Day time weather remains warm and pleasant. Night/early morning temperatures at camp sites  can be from 10°C (lower camps) to 2°C (higher camps)

Access to Winter Kuari Pass trek base (Joshimath):

We will arrange a pickup  from Rishikesh to Joshimath and drop from Joshimath to Rishikesh/Haridwar. This will be shared by the team members on actual basis and paid directly to the driver.

The fare is as per following:
Rishikesh to Joshimath: ₹ 7500 for a Tata Sumo/Bolero and ₹ 10500 for a Tempo Traveller, one way.

Above is NOT included in TREK FEE.

To reach the trek base Joshimath independently/public transportation check the details in GETTING THERE TAB.

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Why treks with HT?

Highest Point3850 m/12630 ft
Trail Length25 Km
Expertise:10 years on ground experience
Support staff:Qualified local & office staff
Group size:Small groups up to 15
Insurance:Travel insured trek and tour itinerary
Easy Bookings:25% Booking Deposit

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