Kuari pass trek is one of the well-known treks in Uttarakhand, located at height of 4268 mts. above sea-level. It is referred to as the Lord Curzon trail trek & one of the most popular treks in the Indian Himalayan region that is located in the Garhwal Himalaya, the Kuari Pass trek draw in thousands of explorers from all over the world every year. In 1905, Lord Curzon reached Kuari Pass (4652 m). Kuari pass means “doorway”. He made the trek, and since then it is also known as the Curzon trail. The main attraction of it is the imposing view of the eastern peaks of Garhwal Himalayas, the twin peaks of Nanda Devi, Kamet, Dronagiri, Trishul, Bertholi, HathiGhodiParvat, Mana, and Neelkanth peaks. The trek passes through Pristine Rhododendron, oak, and deodar forest. Rarely Himalayan flora and fauna are found as plenty as on this trail.
For mountain lovers, the trek to Kuari Pass offers king size views of the Himalayas and an opportunity to be transported into the inner Himalayan region in a very short duration. This trek is a highly varied & scenic trek which passes through three lesser Passes & five major rivers – the Pinder, Kaliganga, Nandakini, Birehiganga&Dhauli Ganga. This is a moderate trek barring one challenging day when you will literally climb to the top of the world when you summit Pangarchulla peak at about 4700m.
The Kuari pass trekking can be organized from three different starting points of Ghat, Joshimath, and Tapovan. The trek from Ghat is the longest one. All the starting points reach Gailgarh, where from the Kuari pass is scaled on the same day and returned back to the base camp or further ahead to the finishing point. The trek starts from Tapovan, which is 16 km from Joshimath on the main road to Malari. The trek begins and ends with a climb and takes one through the glorious Tapovan Valley. Although it is the shortest route and meets the third trek at Khulara the climb on this route is very steep and tiring. In this way, the trekkers will have an opportunity of visiting the beautiful bugyals of Auli and Gorson, and have the benefit of a rejuvenating bath in the hot water springs of Tapovan before returning to Joshimath. The options of trekking routes shall be intimated before the departure so a proper arrangement could be made in advance.
Region – Gharwal (Uttarakhand)