Kuari Pass Trek (Lord Curzon Trail)

Kuari pass Top

When nothing in life makes sense, when you feel lost in the polluted urban jungle which you call home, then you have to go back to your roots, the wilderness from where your species evolved. That place, those mountains from where you truly belong.

After another difficult year , I decided to go for another Himalayan trek in the last week of October 2021 and my destination was Kuari Pass which lies at 3876m height (from sea level) in the Garhwal region of Himalayas ,Uttarakhand.

It was an autumn season in the Garhwal Himalayas and the entire trail was coloured in green , brown and golden colours. You can only see snow above 4100 meters at various mountain peaks that surround you through out the trek.

Among clouds above tree line

Some of the peaks that takes your breath away during this trek are Mt. Dronagiri (7066m), Mt Kamet (7756m ), Mt Nanda Devi (7816m) and the nearest to Kuari pass, Mt Pangarchulla (4575m). You feel their presence like a shadow through out the trek.

Mt. Dronagiri, Mt. Kamet and Nanda Devi behind
Pangarchulla Peak , lies in the same trail of Kuari Pass

The trek starts from Dhak Village in Joshimath (about 513km from New Delhi) and from there the entire trail is a steep ascend. The trail takes you through beautiful Deodar and oak forest called as Tali . From your camp in tali forest , you ascend above tree line, walk through golden bushes and various ridges to reach Kuari pass summit. And from there you return back to your camp in Tali forest.

Dhak Village

From Tali forest camp you then trek to magnificent Tali Lake and descend to Auli via Gorsan Bugyal, a breath taking green meadow. From Auli you finally return back to Joshimath via ropeway which in itself a breath-taking experience. The entire duration of the trek is 4 days.

Tali Lake

The entire trail is covered in snow from December to march and since this trek was firstly explored by Lord Curzon during British rule, it is also known as Lord Curzon Trail.

The Glistening forests , the shining bushes, walking among clouds and the stunning view of the lake were the hallmarks of the entire trek. Camping in the middle of a Himalayan forest and the stunning milky way galaxy watching you from above during chilly nights , is an experience that you will never forget.

These wilderness pushes you towards your roots, which is free from all tainted thoughts you have spoilt yourself with. And when you finally get to know what wrong you have done it is often too late.

So travel, trek to these places and see yourself correcting yourself with each heavy breath you take during the ascend.

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13 thoughts on “Kuari Pass Trek (Lord Curzon Trail)

  1. radhikasreflection January 9, 2022 / 7:11 am

    Stunning captures, Piyush. Those magnificent mountains have a magnetic allure. They truly help us declutter our minds and rejuvenate the soul.
    Had been to Rishikesh, Auli, Badrinath many years back. Those pictures are still vividly etched in my mind.
    With all the development going on there, I hope the place will be able to maintain its tranquil sanctity.

    • singhpiyush6089 January 9, 2022 / 7:25 am

      Well said….these places have something to give, it’s upto us to embrace it and learn from them…thank you for your precious words….

  2. swadharma9 January 9, 2022 / 1:31 pm

    beautiful & inspiring! i feel the same about being out in raw nature🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼

    • singhpiyush6089 January 10, 2022 / 3:41 pm

      Yes it was…a much needed break…thank you for reading…

  3. Jorge Medico January 16, 2022 / 5:56 pm

    I love hiking in the mountains! Great photos! Be well.

  4. The Baron February 1, 2022 / 5:53 pm

    A friend of mine went voyaging in Tibet years ago. She told me that there are flowers that bloom only at night with colors that are visible only in moonlight. Did you see any flowers like that.
    Lovely photographs. Especially the lake….

    • singhpiyush6089 February 1, 2022 / 6:26 pm

      Actually our trek leader told us that medicinal herbs of some extraordinary benefits grew in some parts of region which was not in our trail. But no flowers of that sort grew in our trail. There r various legends n secrets about the region which r very interesting n gripping to read. …thank you for liking this post..

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