Kuari Pass Trek – A Complete Trekking Guide For Beginners!!

It is always tuff for people to do some adventure for the first time. Whether, if it is an adventure of trekking or something else. A trek in the mountains always comes with so much preparation and responsibilities. Mountains are great classrooms and always teach you so many skills.

 The first trek is always a memorable one. A trekking adventure in Kuari Pass is something you should be prepared for in advance. Kuari pass trek is one of the most popular treks in India.

Here are some travel tips or a trekking guide for people who are doing this adventure for the first time:

Firstly brief information about the trek.

Kuari Pass or Lord Curzon’s Trail attracts thousands of explorers every year from all over the world. It is said that In 1905, the British viceroy of India had passed through this trail. The trek is very famous among adventure seekers, nature lovers, and backpackers. It is an easy to moderate difficulty trek which can be covered in 6-7 days. The trail passes through quaint villages, thick dense forests of Oak and conifer, rhododendrons and birch, and rich flora & fauna.

The trek will take you up and down, narrow to curvy trails, and gushing streams.

You will be pass by so many small hamlets and villages like Joshimath, Dhak, Khullara and beautiful Tali forest that will give you a chance to explore the Pahadi culture and get to more about their mountainous life. You will experience the most beautiful sunrise and sunsets of your life.

The high point of the trek offers you spectacular views of Himalayan Peaks like Mt. Trishul (7,120m), Nanda Devi ( 7,816m), Dronagiri (7,066m), Chaukambha (7,128m), and Kamet (7,757m).

Camping at the Kuari Pass Trek will add more adventure to this trek.

The highlight of the trek is Auli, a ski resort. All covered with snow and offers exciting snow activities.

The best time to visit Kuari Pass is in winters, as the place is all covered with snow and offers captivating views of the Himalayan Peaks. The temperature drops down in negatives. In summers and springtime, the meadows bloom and weather remains pleasant and calm.


  • Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun is the nearest airport which is 268km from Joshimath. You will easily find local buses and taxis that will drive you to Joshimath.
  • Rishikesh railway station is the nearest railhead which is 251km away from Joshimath.
  • Nandprayag and Joshimath are well connected with all the major cities of Uttarakhand.

Here is a list of some important which you should carry while trekking:

  • Woolen clothes, gloves, socks, mufflers, scarfs.
  • Trousers, t-shirts, jackets, thermal inner-wear.
  • Comfortable trekking/ hiking shoes.
  • Flashlights and torch with extra batteries
  • Water bottle (3-4 liters)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen, lip balm, and moisturizers
  • Raincoat and rain covers
  • Trekking pole or walking stick
  • First aid kit
  • Personal medicines if required
  • Personal toiletries
  • Cap/hat
  • Wollen sweater
  • Camera (if needed)


  •  Important Documents

Always carry ID proofs and important documents that will help you to travel smooth and can come in use while checking in some hotel or guesthouse or booking a ticket.

  • Positive Mental Attitude

Positive mental attitude helps you in anything you do. Be mentally strong and prepared. Do not panic in some negative situations. Always motivate yourself and other people on the trek.

  • Money

Always carry minimum cash with you as there will be no ATM’s up in the hills. People usually deal in cash there and your card might get used in Hotels or guest houses.

  • Inform

Prior inform your family or concern person about the trip and explain your itinerary to at least one person. So, that in case of emergency he can reach.

There is poor network connectivity in the mountains. Carry a small journal of emergency contacts and whenever you find networks do inform your family that you are fine.

  • Be Nice and Respect

Be nice to people and read all the social norms of the place where you are travel to. Respect their beliefs and culture. Don’t misbehave or hurt anybody’s intentions by doing something inappropriate.

  • Listen to Your Trek Leader

Always listen to your trek leader and follow his instructions. Do not wander alone, it might be dangerous to roam alone in the mountains.

  • Exercise and yoga

Exercise daily and do yoga to keep yourself fit. Going on higher altitudes demands stamina and energy. Do not skip your meals, eat healthily.

Make your first adventure worth remembering and get yourself prepared for this amazing adventure. Every trek is a thrilling and challenging adventure. Do not fear those challenges. Take a step ahead and start your trekking journey.

Kuari Pass trek is an amazing trek and I assure you that you will learn a lot on this adventure.

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