Nanda Devi Peak
Nanda Devi peak as seen from the trail towards Auli; PC: Arnab

Kuari Pass trek is very popular. The Kuari pass is also known as Curzon's trail since the British viceroy George Curzon attempted crossing it and loved exploring this area. Though the pass is not very high it offers excellent views of Nanda Devi, Dunagiri and other Himalayan peaks. The Nanda Devi national park and the Rishi Ganga gorge are visible from the first day itself. The eyes are gifted with grand views of the peaks of Chaukhamba massif, Neelkanth, Mana, Kamet, Hathi, Ghodi, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Nanda Devi, Dunagiri.

Pangarchulla peak adds an exciting element to the trek. The route goes to well over 4,000 m and offers exhilirating views of the Himalayas. The trail to the peak is the most difficult part of the trek as it goes over boulders and scree. The name 'Pangarchulla' has its origin in apricot which is locally called 'chullu'.

Trekkers' safety and comfort are of the utmost priority to us at Himalaya Shelter. This is reflected in conduct of our treks, through our curteous and experienced staff, our equipment standards, hygiene, and respect for the nature and outdoors. We equally value the fragile nature of biodiversity and thus indulge in organizing minimum impact treks, while ensuring an authentic and complete experience for our trekkers.
  • Our Equipment: We use 4 season tents on all our treks to ensure an added layer of safety. We have high quality tents from premier mountaineering equipment companies such as Simond, Vango and Alps Mountaineering.
  • Our Sleepings bags are high altitude ready and ensure comfort during cold weather. We take into account hygiene and thus ensure the cleanliness of our sleeping bags.
  • Our Conduct: Our guides are experienced in the outdoors and always put guest safety first, even if that means making tough decisions.
  • We emphazise on localization as being integral to sustainable growth and thus try to the extent possible to use local food products, which in turn provides trekkers an added experience of getting familiar with local cuisine and culture.
  • At Himalaya Shelter we employ locals while organizing treks, and support their training from institutions such as Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, thus contributing towards rural development through empowering local people.
  • Himalaya Shelter never indulges in setting up of fixed camps which work as achilles heel for the fragile environs of meadows. We urge trekkers to trek responsibly and always raise these concerns with their organizers.
  • Joshimath ground
    A playground in Joshimath; PC: Arnab
    Dehradun to Joshimath drive

    We start very early from Dehradun and reach Joshimath by evening. The drive is through the towns of Devprayag, Rudraprayag and Karnaprayag. We rest at night in a guest house.

  • Taali camp
    Dunagiri peak as seen on the way to Khulara; PC: Arnab
    Joshimath to Khulara (3,380 m) via Dhak (2,100 m)

    After breakfast we drive from Joshimath to Dhak towards the road to Tapovan. The trek begins at Dhak. The trail goes uphill towards our right away from the road. Over half of the path is open and without shade. We pass two villages on the way. We enter a forest about a kilometer before reaching the campsite of Guling. From here we get views towards the peak of Dunagiri. We trek further and the forest opens up at the large meadow of Khulara. The camp is set here for the night.

  • Khulara (3,380 m) to Kuari pass (3,820 m) and to Pangarchulla basecamp

    We trek towards Kuari pass and then onwards to the base of Pangarchulla peak.

  • Way to Pangarchulla peak
    Trail to Pangarchulla peak; PC: Bachan Rana
    Basecamp to summit of Pangarchulla peak (4,570 m) and back to camp

    We start very early on this day. And head towards the boulder and scree dominated path leading to the top of Pangarchulla peak. After climbing for about 4 hours, we reach the top are are greeted by commanding views of the Himalayan peaks. We start our descent by noon and reach campsite by late afternoon.

  • Nanda Devi from the trail towards Auli
    Nanda Devi from the trail towards Auli; PC: Arnab
    Pangarchulla basecamp to Auli; drive to Joshimath

    The journey back traverses through the trail to Auli. On this day we get an amazing view of Nanda Devi peak behind us, which becomes clearer as we keep moving. After reaching, we board the vehicle and head to Joshimath.

  • Devprayag
    Devprayag, which is one the way to Dehradun from Joshimath; PC: Bachan Rana
    Joshimath to Dehradun

    We leave from Joshimath and reach Dehradun by early evening.



    Mammals

  • Langur
  • Wild Fox
  • Indian Crested Porcupine
  • Wild boar
  • Black bear
  • Leopard

    Birds

  • Mistle Trush
  • Blue-capped Redstart
  • Blue-fronted Redstart
  • Himalayan Griffon
  • Plain Mountain Finch
  • Chaffinch
  • Grey Bushchat
  • Rock Bunting
  • Rufous-bellied Woodpecker
  • Common Kestrel
  • Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher
  • White-throated Fantail
  • Rufous-bellied Niltava
  • Greenish Warbler
  • Dunagiri (7,066 m) (Visible prominently on our backside from Guling and then on the pass day)
  • Hathi peak (6,727 m) and Ghodi peak(6,708 m) are visible clearly adjacent to each other
  • Barmatia (6,041 m) (Visible between Hathi peak and Dunagiri)
  • Rataban (6,166 m), Bidhan parbat (6,520 m) are visible on the left of Ghodi peak
  • Nilgiri peak (6,474 m) is also prominently visible further left
  • Deoban (6,855 m), P6977, Mana peak (7,272 m), Kamet (7,756) and Mukut Parbat (7,242 m) can be seen further left from Nilgiri.
  • Nilkantha peak (6,596 m) is visible further and its distinct shape can be recognised.
  • Chaukhambha massif (Chaukhamba I - 7,138 m) is visible left from Nilkantha peak and the huge crown like appearance can be easily identified.
  • Nanda Devi (7,816 m) can be seen occassionally during the pass day, towards the right of Dunagiri and behind Pangarchula. It is more clearly visible if one walks on the the trail towards Auli from Taali.
  • Bhagirathi and Alaknanda during first and last day's drive.
  • Rishi ganga during the drive to Dhak and back.

Transport support from and to Dehradun: starting from pickup on day 1 to drop on day 6.

Guide and cook fees.

Rent for camping equipment.

Forest entry charges.

Porter and mule support to carry camping equipment. Please note that personal luggage can be carried by mules and/or porters on chargeable basis.

All veg meals starting from day 1 dinner to day 6 breakfast.

Tented accommodation throughout the trek.

Transport to reach Dehradun from hometown.

Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.

Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above.

Accommodation in Dehradun.

Personal luggage with mass not exceeding 12 kg per bag per person can be carried by porters/mules @ Rs 250 per day per bag.

  • Trekking Boots: Waterproof, high ankle with good grip.
  • One Raincoat/Poncho
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Wind & waterproof pant
  • 2-3 t-shirts/shirts preferably quick dry
  • 2 trousers (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
  • Warm Fleece, Alternative: a woolen sweater
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Waterproof Rucksack or Rucksack with rain-cover
  • Water Bottle
  • Slippers/Sandals/Floaters: Non-slippery
  • Hat or sun protection cap
  • Woolen cap/scarf
  • Head Torch (hand torch would be an alternative)
  • Sunglasses (it should be UV protected.) or use Photo chromatic glasses.
  • Identitiy cards
  • Personal Toiletries (toothbrush,toothpaste etc)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet and dry tissues
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Towel
  • Personal medical kit
  • Sunscreen cream/moisturizer/lip balm
  • Thermal inner wears
  • One pair of woolen socks
  • Waterproof thick gloves
  • Hot water bag if needed
  • Diamox - to prevent AMS
  • Crocin - fever
  • Avomine - (motion sickness)
  • Avil 25mg - (allergies)
  • Combiflam - (Pain killer)
  • Disprin - (headache)
  • Digene - (acidity)
  • Norflox TZ & Lomofen - (diarrhea)
  • ORS
  • Omez/ Rantadine - (antacids)
  • Crepe bandage - 3 to 5 meters
  • Gauze - 1 small roll
  • Band aids - different sizes
  • Cotton - 1 small roll
  • Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  • Moov/Volini spray (aches, & sprains)
  • Knee caps
  • Hot water bag in winter if needed

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