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Duration: 5 Night / 6 Days
Destinations: Uttarakhand

This is basically a shorter version of the main Kuari Pass trail which begins at the Ghat and goes all the way up to Joshimath and takes 6 days to complete. This , North face trek however is an easy trek only categorized as moderate if one wants to climb one of 5000m trekking peaks; However this expedition adds an extra day to the itinerary. The trail gives you a view of the highest peak of the Himalayas in India- The Nanda Devi! In all, the view on this trek is so that no matter how many times you may gaze up at it, you will never get tired of it. This trek has been popularized by Lord Curzon when he was the viceroy of India.

A story goes that the party had been trekking here for some days when they were attacked by a swarm of bees just below the Kuari Pass. The trek was abandoned but the Kuari is often referred to as Curzon Pass as a token of the respect the local held for the viceroy. The Kamet peak which comes along this way had been coined 'The Valley Of Flowers' by noted British mountaineer and botanist Frank Smythe.

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Day 01: Rishikesh to Joshimath:
The drive takes one into the rugged country of the Garhwal along the Alaknanda river. Going past a few holy confluences and 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. Overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 02: Joshimath to Tali:
Drive to Auli, ski slopes of 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 steepily down to the forest and we camp by a small water body at Tali. Overnight Camp.

Day 03: Tali to Khulara:
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: Fully snow trek and snow climb:
Wake up early to be up on the summit to see the sunrise on wide Himalayan panorama. Loads of photo opportunity ! The walk up to the summit would take a couple of hours and we descend to be in time for hot lunch at base camp.

Day 05: Khulara to Tapovan to Joshimat:
The last day of the climb is all the way down to the Tapovan. It's about 3/4 hours trek and then 1 hours drive from here to the comforts of the hotel in Joshimath.

Day 06: Joshimath to Rishikesh:
Morning after breakfast drive back to Rishikesh.Trip End.

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