The Lord Curzon Trail ‘Kuari Pass Trek’
The views are simply breathtaking: Facing north our vision sweeps from the gorges of Trishul in the east to the snow clad peaks of the Kedarnath Range in the west - Kedarnath (6940 m/22,763 ft), Chaukhamba (7140 m/23,419 ft), Nilkantha (6597 m/21,638 ft), Kamet (7756 m/25,439 ft), Gauri Parbat (6727 m/22,064 ft), Hathi Parbat (6738 m/22,100 ft), Nanda Devi (7817 m/25,639 ft) and Nanda Devi East (7434 m/24,383 ft), Bethartoli (6352 m/20,834 ft) and Dunagiri (7066 m/23,176 ft) lined one after the other in a magnificent arc. Southwards the foothills stretch wave upon wave into the haze of the distant floodplains of the River Ganges. We pass remote villages along this route giving one a great insight into local traditions and customs.
Walking across vast alpine meadows, locally known as ‘Bugyals’, the trail continues through mixed pine and oak forest, to the Kuari Pass (3647m) on a grassy ridge. Though not high in comparison to other Himalayan Passes, the views from this pass are spectacular, especially of the Nanda Devi massif and the twin peaks of Nanda Devi (7817 m/25,639 ft) and Nanda Devi East (7434 m/24,383 ft) surrounded by a great group of 7000 m Himalayan giants
Lord Curzon Trek
Lord Curzon Trail - 12 days
A wonderful trek through beautiful countryside, following a trail that winds through a series of pastures and shepherd camps, with superb views of the Indian Himalayas and the crossing of the Kauri Pass where views can be had of towering Nanda Devi (7816m).
Day 1: New Delhi
Welcome to India! Airport arrival transfer to your hotel and the remains of the day at leisure. Overnight - New Delhi.
Day 2: Rishikesh
Delhi - Rishikesh. Early in the morning, you will be transferred from your hotel to the New Delhi railway station to board the Shatabdi Express train to Haridwar. From Haridwar, drive to Rishikesh and check in to your hotel. Overnight - Rishikesh.
Day 3: Ghat Camp
Rishikesh - Ghat. Morning drive to Ghat, the starting point to begin your walk. Enroute see the holiest river confluences of the area namely Deoprayag, Rudraprayag, Karna Prayag & Nandprayag. Arrive at the campsite in the evening where you will be welcome by our Trek staff. Overnight - Ghat Camp.
Day 4: Start the trek
Ghat - Ramni. Trek 6 hrs. Today you will begin walking, and memorable walking it is! The trek is gradual with ascending and descending stretches. The countryside is fascinating - green and dramatic with distant peaks always in view. You will go through enchanting little villages of thatched mud houses, terraces and lush agricultural scenery. Overnight - Ramni Camp.
Day 5: Jungle scenery
Ramni - Jhenji. Trek 5 hrs. It’s a beautiful walk through the jungle of wild silver oak and rhododendron to the village of Jhenji. En route enjoy the view of snowcapped peaks from Ramni Pass. Overnight - Jhenji camp
Day 6: Wild countryside
Jhenji - Pana
Trek 6 hrs. The countryside is wild with more descending and ascending, to village of Pana and the impressive suspension bridge. Overnight - Pana Camp.
Day 7: Ascend the mountain
Pana - Dhakwani - breakfast. Trek 6 hrs. Today a long but immensely satisfying climb on up towards Kauripass brings you to Dhakwani. Its height, chilly winds and isolation is very impressive. In the distance you will see peaks of up to 6000mtrs. Overnight - Dhakwani Camp.
Day 8: Himalayan Peaks
Dhakwani - Gorson. Trek 7hrs. Over the Kauri Pass today, with unforgettably beautiful mountain views, considered by some to be among the finest in the world. Here you are on the edge of the great divide between the Lesser and the Greater Himalaya. After the pass, the trek passes through beautiful alpine meadows. You will have spectacular view of mighty Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi (7817mtrs), Kamet (7756mtrs), Dronagiri (7066mtrs) Kedarnath (6940mtrs) Hathi Parbat (6727 mtrs) & Neelkanth (6596mtrs). . Overnight - Gorson camp.
Days 9 - 10: The end of the trek
Gorson - Auli - Joshimath. Enjoy a day of relaxation on day 9 to recover or to explore. Day 10 is the last day of trek. Trek 2 hrs. In the morning relax and enjoy the stunning wide angled view of mighty Himalayan peaks. Then its a downhill walk to the skiing resort of Auli. Here you will board our waiting vehicle and drive down to Joshimath. Overnight - Gorson Camp.
Day 11: Rishikesh
Joshimath - Rishikesh. After breakfast you will drive to Rishikesh. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, exploring or simply relaxing. Overnight - Rishikesh