Kauri Pass Trek
Kauri Pass Trek
8 Nights / 9 Days
“Kauri Pass” trek is a highly beautiful & scenic trek in the Garhwal Himalayas which starts from Joshimath at an altitude of 4264 meters. The truly refreshing part of the trek is while walking through the luxurious himalayan meadows. From kauri Pass top the imposing view of the Himalayas like The Kamet, Trishul, Chaukhamba, and Nanda Devi along with numerous other peaks. The trail takes you through Lush green fields, Meadows, and Remote villages. Max. Altitude: 4500m Best Time: May to June/Sept to Nov Category: Moderate Starts/Ends: Rishikesh to Rishikesh
Day 01: Rishikesh – Ghat - Chefna (2000m/ 9-10hrs)
our trip with an early morning drive to Ghat and then to Chefna (the starting
point of the trek). We will have lunch on the way. There are many scenic place
on the way where we can stop and take pictures as we follow the ganga valley
upstream. On arrival we set up our camp for the night by the river and freshly
cooked dinner will be served by our Chef and overnight stay in tent.
Day 02: Chefna – Ghuni (2550m/ 3-4hrs)
After breakfast, we start our trek to Ghuni. It’s a nice walk next to the river followed by an ascent through farming land. The walk takes us to a village called Ghuni (2550m) just little before we reach our camping. It is a typical Garhwal village with friendly people and attractive houses with heavy slate roofs and paved alleys surrounded by fertile fields. It has a solar-powered electricity scheme. After dinner overnight stay in camp at Ghuni.
Day 03: Trek to Semkherk Meadow (2600m/ 5-6hrs)
Morning after breakfast from the
campsite, we climb steeply for 1,000ft/300m on a good zigzagging track to
emerge on an open grassy grazing meadows. Snow peaks begin to emerge above the
forest to the north. The path continues up through forests of rhododendron,
pines and oak with more pastures for summer grazing with shepherds huts. You
may meet flocks of sheep and goats moving along the track. The highest point is
reached in 2¼ hours from the camp, at 3,064m/10,053ft, is the Ramni Pass, also
called Binayak Top. From now on there
may be a chance to see the multi-coloured monal pheasant but they are very shy,
being hunted by the locals for the pot. You then trek gently down across more
pastures and open glades, then into lovely forests of horse chestnuts and
walnut trees with waterfalls. From here, the trek is a zigzag descent to
Camping place. After dinner overnight stay in camp at Semkherk.
Day 04: Trek to Pana-rani (2700m/ 6hrs)
Day starts with a descent to the
colorful village of Jhinjhi. The trail passes small farms through woods to the
spectacular suspension bridge at 1,840m/6,037ft across the Birehi Gorge,
currently inhabited by a large number of monkeys. From here it’s a very steep
climb back to 7,382ft/2,250m, where the track eases after a one and a half-hour
ascent. From here the path is almost flat passing through fine rhododendron
forest with long-tailed magpies flitting about. If you look down to the deep
gorge below you can see the landslide and the Gauna Lake, which burst and flooded the whole of the Ganga Valley down
to Rishikesh in 1898. After going round the head of a horseshoe valley you
reach two lovely rivers cascading down under the path. From here there is a
short climb to a spot called Kaliaghat, which is a good campsite near the
village of Pana. After dinner overnight
stay in camp at Panarani.
Day 05: Trek to Dhakauni 3400m via Sartoli (3000m/ 6-7hrs)
This is another long, but spectacular day. The route traverses above the village and then starts a steep climb up into a rhododendron forest with many zig-zag. It is a broad, well-made track and after a number of small summits, a Col is reached at 3,000m. The path now descends gently, traversing along the valley to open meadows with views across to the Kauri Pass. The track then traverses down around the side of the valley, across several streams.
At the bottom, you will see that the
river has cut through a deep rocky, dramatic gorge to the right. This is wild
country and there are no settlements where blue sheep and the Himalayan black
bear are said to be roaming. From the river, it is a very steep climb of about
3,000 feet (900 m) with a small break about half the way up to cross a large
stream. A final climb brings you above the tree-line to the campsite on the
large pastures where sheep and goats graze in summer, with the Kauri Pass
towering above. After dinner we stay overnight in tent at Dhakauni.
Day 06: Trek across Kauri Pass (Kauri Khal- 3800m)
to Khulara (3400m)- 3-4 hrs to Khulara
Morning after breakfast we start trek
to Khulara, It is not a day but altitude can slow you down, so we take lots of
breaks on the way to pass and enjoy the spectacular views after getting over
the pass. We aim to cross the pass so that you will have the benefit of the
clear early morning the following day. The climb up to the pass is made on a
zigzag track to the top. You make a traverse along the high ridge past a shrine
to Shiva before dropping down to your camp at Khulara. This is the name given
to a clearing amongst the Rhododendrons about half an hour and 500ft/150m below
Shiva's shrine. Here we await the spectacular views of the morning. We mostly
try to go to camping at Tali as there is beautiful view of Nanda Devi (second
highest peak of India) from the camp. The other option is to go down to
Khulara. After dinner overnight stay at scamp to Tali.
Day 07: Excursion to Pangarchuli Peak (4700M)
For the keen types among you, it is
worth getting up early to go back up to
Pangerchulli peak which is small mountains of 4800. It takes up 6-7
hours to climb this and about 3 hours for return. Frank Smyth, who came this
way in 1931 en route to Kamet (25,443ft/7,757m), the second highest mountain in
this region, summed it up beautifully. "We breasted the slope and halted,
silent on the path. No words would express our delight. The Himalaya was
arrayed before us in a stupendous arc". Some of the mountains seen are Kamet,
Nilkanth (7,141m/23,425ft), Dunagiri (7,067m/23,182ft) and Changabang
(6,864m/22,516ft), with even Nanda Devi herself visible if you walk along the
ridge for a while. The blinding vision of snow peaks make all the effort
worthwhile, for it is often said that this is one of the greatest mountain
views in the world.
Day 08: Trek to Auli (2500m) Drive to Joshimath
Most of summer treks finish in Auli
and early summer/early winter treks finish in Tapovan because of the icy
conditions on the trail to Auli. It is a 3-4-hr walk to either place. It is a
gradual descent to Auli down through woods and pastures and we meet our driver
waiting for us at Auli & drive us to Joshimath which, although having none
of the elegance of its sister hill resorts, does have a charm and beauty of its
own. It is the site where the famous Adiguru Shankaracharya attained
enlightenment before beginning his campaign for the unification of India and
the revitalization of Hinduism. There is a temple here called the Na Singh where
the statue of Na Singh involves a legend that when the arm of the idol finally
breaks, the road to Badrinath will be blocked. The arm gets smaller every year!
It is the centre of the Indian ski scene, and the cable car up to the resort of
Auli starts in the middle of Joshimath. Overnight in the Hotel Mount View.
Day 09: Drive
Morning After breakfast from Joshimath
is a 10 hrs drive to Rishikesh. Lunch is on the way. Trip ends at arrival in
Package Cost Per Person
Group of 4
Single Supplementary: INR 5200/-
transportation from Rishikesh to Rishikesh by car.
Accommodation in medium class Hotels (where
applicable) on a twin sharing basis.
Accommodation in tents on twin share basis
All meals (Day 1 Lunch to Day 9 Lunch).
All camping gear including tents and sleeping
Kitchen, Dining and Toilet tent
speaking guide, cooks and porters/ mules.
Accommodation in Rishikesh.
All alcoholic beverages and
expenses of a personal nature.
Good down sleeping bags can be
provided at an additional cost of Rs.150
05% GST extra on total billing amount
- 50% advance payment confirms your booking.
- We will transport all your belongings for you so that you only have to carry your day pack with camera, water bottle and jacket.
- We serve three meals a day including snacks and drinks. We provide a variety of tasty healthy food including Indian, Chinese and Western meals with lots of vegetables and fruit.