Kuari Pass – Climbing the North Face

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The views are simply breathtaking, facing north the vision sweeps from the gorges of Trishul in the east to the peaks of Kedarnath in the west. Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Nilkantha, Kamet, Gauri Parbat, Hathi Parbat, Nandadevi, Bethartoli, Dunagiri – (all high 6000m to 7000m peaks) lined one after the other in a magnificent arc.

Day 00 : Overnight train to Haridwar
Board the overnight Nizamuddin Dehradun AC Special to be in Haridwar early in the morning.

Day 01: Drive Haridwar to Joshimath (1560m) 9 hrs
Arrive haridwar early in the morning and board the waiting vehicles to be driven to Joshimath. The drive takes one into the rugged country of the Garhwal along the Alaknanda river. Going past a few holy confluences the road keeps ascending to the small township of Joshimath, which is the base for the Indian Army and the Indian Tibet Border police for this area. Breakfast & Lunch enroute. Overnight Guest House in Joshimath.

Day 02: Joshimath – Tali (3310m) 1 hr drive & trek 5-6 hrs
Drive 14km to Auli (2750m). From Auli one gets to see a distinct profile of Nanda Devi at the head of the sanctuary. The walk takes one through the forests of oak and rhododendron to reach meadows of Gorson. From here the trail descends steeply down to the forest and we camp by a small water body at Tali. Overnight Camp.

Day 03: Tali to Khulara (3395m) via the Kuari Pass 5-6 hrs
Today the trail ascends the ridge above Tali and cairns marks our track. Just below the pass, the trail leads through a large meadow affording spectacular views of the Himalayas. North of Joshimath is the Chaukhamba range, Nilkanth (6596m) and Narayan Parbat (5965m), while Mana peak (7272m),Kamet (7756m) and Abi Gamin (7355m) extend to the Tibetan border. In the middle foreground, the main Himalayan chain in the vicinity of the Bhyundar valley and Hem Kund includes Nilgiri Parbat (6474m), Rataban (6166m), Ghori Parbat (6708m) and Hathi Parbat (6727m). Dunagairi (7066m) dominates the peaks to the north of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. The Kuari pass (3840m) is by no means demanding – we have our lunch here and then descent an hour to the base camp at Khulara.

Day 04: Rest Day at Khulara (3395m)
Have an easy start to the day, post breakfast relax or amble around camp. The more enthusiastic ones have the option of walking up 2 hrs towards the summit of Pangarchulla to glimpse the beautiful sunrise on the snowcapped peaks. Hot lunch at camp, evening campfire and overnight camp.

Day 05: Khulara – Tapovan (1905m) 4-5 hrs and drive to Pipalkoti (1330m)
The last day of the climb is all the way down to the Tapovan. It’s about 3 hours drive from here to the comforts of the hotel in Pipalkoti.

Day 06: Pipalkoti – Delhi
After an early morning breakfast set out for the long 8 hr drive to reach Haridwar in the evening to board the evening Shatabdi Express leaving at 6:10 pm to be back in Delhi by 10:30 pm. Trip ends

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Trip Details

Location: Uttarakhand
Duration: 7 Days
Grading: Easy
Departure: April 21- 28, 2017

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