Uttarakhand Trekking
 
Kuari Pass Trek - 9 Days

Season: March – June and September - November
Number of Days: 9 Days
Grade: Moderate

Day 1: Delhi – Rishikesh – The Paddle Pundits Beach Camp (Time - 5 – 6 hours):
Board the morning Shatabdi Express departing New Delhi at 0700 hours to be in Hardwar by 1130 hours. Transfer to the Paddle Pundits Beach Camp by the Ganga at Shivpuri to reach just in time for hot lunch. Rishikesh, a bustling pilgrim township, a popular meditation centre and the Yoga Capital of the world. After lunch, optional rafting on the Ganga till short of Rishikesh. Evening explore the township and attend the aarti (evening prayers) by the banks of the river Ganga. Overnight at The Paddle Pundits Beach Camp.

Day 2: Drive Rishikesh - Ghat (1330 m | Time - 7 - 8 hours):
The drive takes one into the rugged country of the Garhwal along the Alaknanda River. Going past a few holy confluences and then finally into the narrow valley of Mandakini we reach Ghat, the road head for the trek in the evening. Overnight guesthouse / camp.

Day 3: Ghat – Ramni / Ghunni (2550 m | Time - 6 - 7 hours):
For the first half the trail goes along the river and then finally starts climbing, some parts being quite steep. We camp just above the fairly large village of Ramni in a nice grassy patch and visit the village in the evening. Overnight camp.

Day 4: Ghunni – Sem Kharak (2400 m | Time - 5 - 6 hours) :
The trail starts climbing up to the pass, crosses a lot of small tributary rivers and waterfalls including one which offers a great opportunity for a shower. After a steady climb we arrive a small pass called Ramni pass (3060 m) which offers views of Kuari Pass and then we descend gradually to the grazing meadows of Sem Kharak. Overnight camp.

Day 5: Sem Kharak – Pana (2450 m | Time - 5 - 6 hours):
From Sem Kharak we descend down to the suspension bridge over the Birthi Ganga then climb up again to another prosperous village of Pana. Overnight camp.

Day 6: Pana – Dhakwani (3341 m | Time - 6 - 7 hours):
Option of camping at Sartoli (2980 m), an hour and a half short of Dhakwani. A few ascends, descends and traverses bring us close to the foot of the Kuari Pass. The trail comes out of the tree line and goes through the grazing grounds in the meadow country to reach Dhakwani. Overnight camp.

Day 7: Dhakwani – Khulara (3180 m | Time - 4 - 5 hours):
The trail is steep up to the Kuari Pass (3690 m) and it takes about 2 - 3 hours to get there. Once we are up on the pass, the views are simply breathtaking, a wide panorama of high Himalaya - the Chaukhamba range, Nilkanth (6596 m), and Abigamin (7355 m) extend to the Tibetan border. In the middle foreground, the main Himalayan chain in the vicinity of the Bhyundar valley & Hemkund includes Nilgiri Parbat (6474 m), Rataban (6166 m). Overnight camp.

Day 8: Khulara – Tapovan (1850 m) (Time - 5 - 6 hours - drive to Pipalkoti (1330 m):
The last day of the trek is all the way down to the Tapovan. It’s about 3 hours drive from here to the comforts of the hotel in Pipalkoti. Overnight guesthouse.

Day 9: Pipalkoti – Delhi:
After an early morning breakfast set out for the long 8 hour drive to reach Haridwar in the evening to board the evening Shatabdi Express leaving at1810 hours to be back in Delhi by 2230 hours.
Trip ends

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