Kuari Pass Trek



Base Camp



6 Days

Trek Difficulty

Easy To Moderate

Trek Length





Nestled in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas, the Kuari Pass trek is one of the best winter treks that our country has to offer. Situated at an elevation of 12,516ft, it is also known as the Lord Curzon trail, named after the former Viceroy of India during the British Raj who was the first person to complete this trek in 1905. His connection to this trek is one of the reasons why it’s popular among not just Indian travelers but fascinates a lot of American and European travelers from all over the world as well.

The Kuari Pass trek, as it was carried out back in the day and continues to follow the same path till today, starts from Joshimath and ends at Kuari Pass, covering a 28km long trail that consists of gentle slopes, coniferous forests, and stunning views of the snow-capped mountains in the backdrop.

During the long trail of the Kuari Pass Trek, we traverse through some of the hidden nearby villages like Tugasi, Guling, and Khullara where you get to take a closer look at the local customs and traditions of Uttarakhand.

The trekking route with its scenic views of the PangarchullaChaukhamba, Neelkanth, Dronagiri, Hathi Ghoda, and Nilgiri mountain ranges is what captivates the attention of travel enthusiasts and makes people seek out this particular trek. Not to mention that with its snow-covered oak forests and pearly meadows, it manages to leave a lasting impression on snow fanatics and nature lovers alike.

The trek starts from the town of Joshimath which is the base camp for the Kuari Pass trek and traverses through Himalayan hamlets followed by Oak and Deodar Forests and then giving way to some pristine Bugyals which are meadows stretched like a tapestry on the trail. The breathtaking view of the Nanda Devi Massif in the backdrop is the highlight of this trek.

Camping under the stars, waking up to a spectacular view of the Himalayas, all while making memories that you will reminisce upon for the rest of your life, the Kuari Pass trek is more than just an adventure, it’s an experience of a lifetime, one that you can’t miss out on.

Since the Kuari Pass trek comes in the easy to moderate category, it is convenient for both beginners as well as experts, making it accessible for a large group of people who are looking for trekking destinations during the winter season.

Among other wonders that this journey has to offer, some lucky trekkers can discover paw prints of Himalayan bears and snow leopards giving them a glimpse at the wildlife that coexists in peace with nature. Overall, The trek to Kuari Pass is a blessing because it provides a perfectly balanced trip that offers adventure for thrill seekers as well as serenity for people who want to attain a certain sense of peace.

The best time to do the Kuari pass trek is from the months of November to March. Although it’s one of the few particular treks that is accessible for travel enthusiasts throughout the year, during these months, the weather in this region is perfect and makes the overall experience a thousand times better. So, if you have been spending your time, wondering and trying to plan the perfect winter trek, then look no further because this is as good as it gets.


  • Accommodation: 2 Nights in a Hotel / Homestay in Joshimath on a triple-sharing basis. 3 Nights Tented Accommodation on a triple sharing basis.
  • Transportation: Surface transfer from Rishikesh - Joshimath - Rishikesh by Sumo / Bolero / Tempo Traveler (Depending on the number of travelers).
  • Meals: All vegetarian meals from day 1st Dinner to day 6th Breakfast.
  • Snacks: Morning / Evening Tea / Coffee with light snacks and soup while on the trek.
  • Camping logistics: Tent, Sleeping bags, Mattresses, Dining tent, Toilet tent.
  • Trek Leader Qualified and Experienced Trek leader and support staff.
  • Permits: All necessary fees and permits.
  • Trekking Equipment: Gaiters, Micro Spikes, and Rope if required.
  • Safety Equipment: Basic First Aid kit with Oximeter and Oxygen Cylinder.
  • Free Travel Insurance up to 4.5 Lakhs.
  • Guide ratio: 1:10
  • 5% GST
  • Any expenses of personal nature.
  • Meals during transit.
  • Any insurance of any kind.
  • Unscheduled delay due to landslide.
  • Cost Escalation due to “ Force Majeure and Evacuation charges”.
  • Anything not mentioned explicitly in the above program.

Tour Plan

Day 1 Rishikesh to Joshimath (254 Kms, 10 Hours Drive)
      • The group will assemble at the pickup point at 06:00 AM.
      • Upon reaching Joshimath, we will check into our designated homestays. The rest of the day is at leisure.
      • Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an Overnight stay.

      Note: The pick-up point would be Rishikesh ISBT (tentative).

Day 2 Drive from Joshimath to Tugasi (14 Kilometers, 45 Mins Drive) | Trek to Guling (4 Kilometers, 5 Hours)
  • After early morning breakfast, we’ll head out for Tugasi Village.
  • Upon reaching Tugasi, we will start our trekking journey. The roads will be replaced by dirt trails taking you through the tiny Himalayan Hamlets that adorn this trail. The clearing then gives way to green canopies as you move closer to Guling which is our campsite.
  • Upon reaching Guling, we will have lunch. The rest of the day is at leisure.
  • In the evening, we will have some ground bonding activities followed by dinner and overnight stay in camps.
Day 3 Trek from Guling to Khullara (6 Kilometers, 7 Hours)
  • After early morning breakfast, you will be given necessary instructions regarding the trekking trails.
  • We will start trekking from Guling to Khullara.
  • En-route, we will have our packed lunch. Later in the evening, we will check into our campsite at Khullara base.
  • The rest of the day is at leisure. As the dawn starts to fall, you will get to witness the magical starry skies above.
  • Dinner followed by overnight stay at Khullara base camp.
Day 4 Trek to Kuari Pass | Back to Khullara (6 Kilometers, 7 Hours)
  • Post breakfast, a small briefing session with necessary details about the rest of the trek will be provided.
  • Afterwards, we will begin our trek to Kuari Pass. Witness the sun rising from the great Himalayan ranges where you will catch a glimpse of Chaukhamba Massif, Nilkantha peaks, Nanda Devi peaks, and many more.
  • After spending some time at the summit, marveling at the beauty of the majestic mountains, we will descend towards the Khullara basecamp.
  • Dinner followed by an overnight stay in tents at Khullara.
Day 5 Trek from Khullara to Tugasi (12 Kilometers, 6 Hours) | (Drive to Joshimath (14 Kilometers, 45 Mins Drive)
  • After early morning breakfast, a small briefing session with necessary details about the rest of the trek will be provided.
  • We will begin trekking from Khullara to Tugasi Village.
  • En-route, we will have our packed lunch.
  • Upon reaching Tugasi, we will start the drive to Joshimath.
  • Check in to our designated homestay at Joshimath where we will have dinner and spend the night.
Day 6 : Drive from Joshimath to Rishikesh (254 Kms, 10 Hours Drive) | End of tour
  • Post breakfast, we will check out of our accommodations.
  • We will drive from Joshimath to Rishikesh. You can enjoy the scenic views of some of the Prayag’s like Dev Prayag, Rudra Prayag, Karn Prayag.
  • Upon reaching Rishikesh, the group will dissemble and part their ways with fond memories.
  • End of Tour.


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