We start very early from Dehradun and reach Karanprayag by evening. The drive is through the towns of Devprayag, Rudraprayag, which happen to be two of the 5 prayags or confluences of rivers, having religious significance. We can arrive at Karanprayag by early evening and proceed to witness the Aarti at the Prayag in the evening.
After breakfast we drive to Joshimath amd onwards 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. The camp has views towards the peak of Dunagiri.
Meals: B, L, D
The trail today has a gradual slope up. We walk among oak, rhododendron and pine forests. Khullara is an open meadow with a view of surrounding peaks like Dunagiri, Hathi and Ghodi.
Meals: B, L, D
We have an early breakfast and start walking uphill towards the pass. We reach a ridge, cross it and take a left. The path leads us away and towards our right to the pass. We spend some time here and then head back along the same way till we reach the ridge again. From here instead of heading down towards Khullara, we walk along the ridge towards Taali. We reach a small hillock with flag, named Chitrakantha. From here we get This spot has stunning panoramic views. We can see the peaks including Chaukhambha, Neelkanth, Mana, Hathi, Ghodi and Dunagiri. We walk down the other side and proceed towards our campsite. Taali is located inside the forest and is closed from all sides.
Meals: B, L, D
On this day, the walk is easy. The forest clears away soon. We pass by Taali lake, which is often frozen in winter. As we keep traversing towards Auli, the view of Nanda Devi peak becomes clearer towards our back. After crossing Gorson Bugyal, a large meadow, we enter a forest. A short walk further, the skiing destination of Auli presents itself. A vehicle takes us back to Karanprayag from here.
Meals: B, L, D
We leave from Karanprayag and reach Dehradun by early evening.
When humans set their feet and eyes on the Himalaya, it is a romantic meeting between the Earth´s youngest species and the earth´s youngest mountain. As the Himalayan mountains have developed on Earth, the evolution of humans has also been accompanied by the making of an inner Himalaya. Every human has a Himalaya within himself or herself. It is the peak of human potential and challenge as well as a place of silence and peace. Our Journey started in the humble roots & persistent efforts of an authentic mountain trek leader, Bachan Rana, who founded Himalaya Shelter, after he had to forego his long journey as a Trek Leader at one of the finest Outdoor Activities organizer in India, in 2013, following Kedarnath Disaster which led to dwindling tourist influx, crippling the tourism sector in Uttarakhand. A native of Village Osla, of the majestic Har Ki Dun valley, where daily commute to the nearest roadhead is 14 Kilometers trek even today, Bachan with his two decades of experience in the outdoors industry as Mountain Leader started Himalaya Shelter with an aim to provide an authentic trekking experience in the Himalayas, keeping in mind to safeguard the fragile ecology that the Himalayas inherit. Today we have since come a long way but our vision remains the same "To provide access to Trekking in the Himalayas, while maintaining low impact, sustainable trekking practice, passing the benefits to the inhabitants of these remote trekking destinations." More than 80% of our teammates are locals from far off villages of Uttarakhand & we support our teammates by getting them trained professionally to further their skills for their roles. We are striving to build an ecosystem where we can maximize the benefits of trekking for the Trekkers and the Locals, meanwhile minimizing the impact of Trekking on Himalayan Biodiversity.
*for 15 pax
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)