Board the morning Shatabdi train from NDLS to arrive at Haridwar by 11:30. Alternatively you can fly in to the Jolly Grant Airport by 12 noon.Board waiting vehicles to be driven to Pipalkoti (8hrs). The drive takes one into the rugged countryside of the Garhwal along the Alaknanda River. Drive past a few holy confluences, and break for the night at a basic transit hotel in Pipalkoti.
Meals: L, D
Post breakfast drive 48 kms to Auli, one gets to see a distinct profile of Nanda Devi at the head of the sanctuary. The walk takes you through old forests of oak and rhododendron to reach the picturesque meadows of Gorson. We camp at Gorson and go for an afternoon walk to explore the vast meadows.
Meals: B, L, D
Have a relaxed start. Post breakfast carry on towards Tali. The trail climbs diagonally up on the Gorson Bugyal and then traverses down to the forest. We camp a little ahead of a small water body at Tali.
Meals: B, L, D
Today the trail ascends the ridge above Tali. Just below the high point on the ridge, the trail leads through a large meadow affording spectacular views of the Himalayas. North of Joshimath is the Chaukhamba range, Nilkanth (6596 m) and Narayan Parbat (5965 m), while Mana peak (7272 m), Kamet (7756 m) and Abi Gamin (7355 m) extend to the Tibetan border. In the middle foreground, are Bhyundar valley and HemKund, also view Nilgiri Parbat (6474 m), Rataban (6166 m), Ghori Parbat (6708 m) and Hathi Parbat (6727 m). Dunagairi (7066 m) dominates the peaks to the north of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary.
Meals: B, L, D
Have an easy start. After breakfast, walk the moderate terrain we covered the previous day to come onto a diversion that takes us onward to Kuari Pass. Spend some time at the pass, the more enthusiastic ones have the option of walking up 2 hrs towards the summit of Pangarchulla to glimpse the beautiful sunrise on the snow-capped peaks. We return to camp for hot lunch.
Meals: B, L, D
The last day of the trip is a descent all the way down to Tapovan. It’s about a 3 hrs drive from here to the comforts of the hotel in Pipalkoti.
Meals: B, L, D
After an early morning breakfast set out for the long 8 hr drive to reach Haridwar/Airport in the evening. Reach Delhi by the night. Trip ends!
Meals: B, L
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The winter Kuari Pass trek offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the stunning Garhwal region at its most magical. Hikers will lose themselves in silent snow-covered forests and expansive glacial fields, and get up close and personal with one of the highest peaks in the world, the Nanda Devi.
Understand the effects of high altitude on your body before you begin the trek. The symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness include headaches, nausea, and muscle weakness. Follow the instructions of the trek leader if you feel any of these symptoms.
Himalayan weather can be unpredictable, particularly in the winter months. It’s important to keep up to date with the latest forecasts and to follow the instructions of your trek leader.
Chances are that your mobile telephone will be out of service for the duration of the hike. Many tour operators use walkie-talkies to communicate. If you are completing the trek without a guide, ensure you have a way of reaching out for help in an emergency.
If you face any emergency while embarking on this trek, you should contact the following.
- Uttarakhand Glacier burst helpline- 1070/9557444486
- Police: 112
- Ambulance: 108/102
- Fire: 101
- Child helpline: 1098
- Women helpline: 1090
- NDMA (Disaster management): 1070/1078/9711077372
- Anti poison helpline- 011-1066 (Delhi)