If you are starting out with a trekking expedition in the Himalayas for the first time, then Kuari Pass is the trek for you. It is crafted perfectly for beginners, since it’s an easy to moderate trek, and a super scenic one at that.
The ancient forest trails on this trek are absolutely stunning. These forests are mostly of oaks and rhododendrons, and are a delight to walk through. What’s magical about this trek is that, you constantly go in and out of these forests, interspersed with clearings or lush meadows. If you a nature lover, this experience will stay with you forever, the peace and the beauty experience here unparalleled.
What’s a trek in the Himalayas without gorgeous mountain vistas; and in this trek, you’re afforded the best views since day one. The peaks of Mt Nanda Devi and Dronagiri reveal themselves right away, and as you climb higher, you see more in the horizon. The base camp for Kuari Pass trek is Lata; and takes roughy 5-6 days to traverse the mountains. The trek usually begins from Dhak at 6,956 feet, and then goes through Guling – Khullara – Chitrakantha/Tali via Kuari Pass perched at an altitude of 12,516 feet. On your way down, you take the Chitrakantha/Tali – Auli – Joshimath – Haridwar trail.
The trek is incomplete without camping. Look out for campsites with spectacular settings. Trekking is not just about going from place to place; it is also about the pauses you take aka the camping experience. Wether it is the Chitrakantha campsite in the heart of the forest or the Khullara campsite with Mt Dronagiri in the background, a Kuari Pass trek really is a complete experience in itself. The best part is it can be enjoyed alone as well as in a large group; and guarantees some beautiful memories to the traveller.