Season: May to October
Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
Routing: Delhi – Haridwar – Ghat – Ramni – Jhenjhenpatni – Pana – Dakwani – Kuari Pass – Gailgarh – Joshimath – Rishikesh – Delhi
Considered by many as characteristically the most beautiful trek in the Garhwal Himalayas, the Kuari Pass (4268 m) is a once in a lifetime experience. The area here is really wild because the higher reaches of the river in the valley have not yet been fully explored. The route is through various remote villages in the wilderness where the industrialized world has not yet managed to cast its shadow.
With Kuari Pass Trekking Tour, one passes through dense forests & alpine meadows. To reach the Pass the last ascent is very steep & exerting because the ridge on which the Pass is situated is the edge of the divide between the Lesser & the Greater Himalayas. The ridge-top is a continuous grassy meadow & affords next-door Himalayan views, one of the finest in the world.
From the Pass one can view the peaks like Nanda Devi (7818 m), Dunagiri (7066m), Hathi Parvat, Ghori Parvat, Kamet, Kalanka (6932m), Chaukhamba, Changabang (Shining Mountain) (6864m), Neelkanth, Rishipahar (6992m), Mrigthuni (6565m), Bethratoli, Trishul (7210m), etc., and one feels truly on top of the world. From Kuari Pass a day trek to Pangerchuli peak is possible from where the Greater Himalayan peaks are a whisper away.
Day 01Arrive Delhi
Arrive by International flight, after traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representative would assist you at airport & transfer to hotel for check in.
Delhi, the National Capital, successfully combines in its folds the ancient with modern. It was chosen by various dynasties as a seat of power. The city of Indraprastha; from Hindu epic Mahabharata, dating back to 5000 BC. Numerous monuments were built by rulers like Qutub-ud-din Aibek, Alauddin Khilji, Tughlaks, Humayun & Shah Jahan, also the Walled City Shah Jehanabad.
Later in first half of 20th century, Sir Edwin Lutyens planned New Delhi and laid out the imposing central administrative area that till date stands as a testament to British Raj in the country. The division in walled city & New Delhi also marks the division in life styles.
Overnight Hotel – Delhi (B)
Day 02Delhi – Haridwar (225 Km / 05 Hrs)
Today we drive to Haridwar, literally meaning Gateway to God, nestled on the banks of holy river Ganga. It is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Hindus.
We begin with Mansa Devi temple, situated at the top of Bilwa Parwat (hill). The rope-way with its brightly coloured cable cars take devotees to the top of the temple on the hill. Later we witness spectacular view of Aarti at Har Ki Pauri. This sacred ghat (stepped holy river bank for bathing), was built by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother. This sacred bathing ghat is also known as Brahmakund. There is activity all around & we observe various rituals performed on the Ghat.
Overnight Hotel - Haridwar (B)
Day 03Haridwar – Ghat (236 Km / 09 Hrs)
We continue to drive till Ghat through the mountain road. The entire route winds up & down as it move through the valley that is carved by Alaknanda River. It gives a spectacular scenery all the way. At the confluence where River Nandakini meets River Alaknanda, we take a turn towards another beautiful valley formed by the River Nandakini and reach Ghat. On our way we stop for sometime and enjoy our packed lunch amid beautiful surroundings. We then reach Ghat by the evening and check-in to our respective Tents.
Overnight Tent – Ghat (B, L, D)
Day 04Ghat – Ramni (1982m) (10 Km Trek)
The trek begins today, as the path gradually contours around the beautiful valley, through the terraced fields. We stop in this natural beauty and have our packed lunch. Then we walk towards Ramni Village. Camping will be done at a little distance from the houses on a ridge.
Overnight Tent – Ramni (B, L, D)
Day 05Ramni – Jhenjhenpatni (1524m) (13 Km Trek)
We begin our day with rafting from Ramni, that passes through thick forests. Flow with the river among the thick woodlands while being accompanied by the Himalayas. Stop on the way to enjoy our packed lunch. By afternoon, we will reach Jhenjhenpatni.
Overnight Tent - Jhenjhenpatni (B, L, D)
Day 06Jhenjhenpatni – Pana (2043m) (12 Km Trek)
After breakfast we begin our trek towards Pana; this climb is a bit steeper compared to others. While walking through the forest; we stop en route to enjoy packed lunch and continue our journey to Pana-Irani; the twin villages.
Overnight Tent – Pana (B, L, D)
Day 07Pana – Dakwani (3552m) (8 Km Trek)
On our trek today, we climb higher from the forests to reach the picturesque alpine meadows. We stop here to enjoy our packed lunch and do some photography of the beautiful spot. Later reach Dakwani, which is home to the Himalayan bear.
Overnight Tent - Dakwani (B, L, D)
Day 08Dakwani – Kuari Pass (4268m) (5 Km Trek) Kuari Pass – Gailgarh (5 Km Trek )
Today?s trek is a steady climb to reach the top of Kuari Pass. On a day with clear weather, we can enjoy the views of Himalayas. From this point, popular peaks of Nanda Devi (7818m), Mrigthuni (6565m), Dunagiri (7066m), Ghori Parvat, Kamet, Kalanka (6932 m), Chaukhamba, Changabang (6864 m), Neelkanth, Trishul (7210 m) and many others are visible.
To enjoy these picturesque views, we must begin the trek very early and reach here before 6:00 am. After crossing the pass, about 5 km downhill, we trek through the meadows of Gailgarh, where we stop to enjoy some hot lunch.
Overnight Tent – Gailgarh (B, L, D)
Day 09Gailgarh – Tapoban (1829m) (10 Km Trek) – Joshimath (15 Km Drive)
After breakfast we walk through the beautiful environs and the seemingly endless meadows. Post early lunch, we trek down to Tapoban through the forest. From Tapoban, we drive towards Joshimath; which is about 15 kms.
Overnight Hotel – Joshimath (B)
Day 10Joshimath - Rishikesh (275 Km / 09 Hrs)
Today we drive to Rishikesh, an important Hindu pilgrimage. The city on the banks of Goddess River Ganga has a cluster of ashrams and temples that emit a spiritual atmosphere. Rishikesh is famous as the Yoga Capital of the World and hence offers a plethora of yoga & meditation sessions. Meet the yoga experts here and next time you can plan a Yoga tour in the city.
Apart from Yoga, Rishikesh is also a very popular centre for Ayurveda; which is the traditional Indian medicine system. As we visit the pilgrimage sites, we can also go to the adventure destinations for river rafting, trekking, rock climbing, hiking etc.
Overnight Hotel – Rishikesh (B)
Day 11Rishikesh – Delhi Departure (250 Km / 06 Hrs)
After breakfast we will visit Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Geeta Bhawan and other temples & ashrams. Later we drive back to Delhi airport and assist you with a punctual transfer for your onward flight.
Our tour concludes: We thank you for your patronage and looks forward to serving you again in the near future.