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Winter Trek to Kuari Pass

This trip to the Garhwal region in state of Uttarakhand also called ‘Dev Bhoomi’ or land of the gods takes you on a remote trail that offers the most stunning views of some of the famous Himalayan peaks. This trail is internationally popular as the Lord Curzon’s Trail (named after the Indian Viceroy, Lord Curzon, who undertook this trek during his stay in India). The main attraction of this section of the trek is the majestic views of the peaks of Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, Hathi-Ghodi, Kamet, Dronagiri, etc. The beauty of the region is best described by the famous explorer Eric Shipton, who said, “A vision of such beauty is worth a world of striving.”

For mountain lovers this trail offers king size views of Himalayas and an opportunity to be transported into inner Himalayan region in a very short duration. This is a spectacular trek where you will, for most of the times be walking on endless meadows, with big and small mountains jutting out. There are beautiful forest sections, magnificent campsites, and sunrise & sunsets to die for, in addition to many more enjoyable facets of the Himalayas which make trekking a worthwhile activity.

 

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TRIP VITALS
LOCATION: GARHWAL HIMALAYAS, UTTARAKHAND
DURATION:  6 DAYS
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: KUARI PASS (3650M)
GRADE: MODERATE +
SEASON: DECEMBER TO FEBRUARY

Activities : Trekking
 
Eligibility : Above 18 years

Please Carry :
Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you start the trip so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags.

  1. Jeans / Trekking Pants-2
  2. Shirts / T-shirts – 2/3
  3. Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood
  4. Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
  5. Good quality jacket
  6. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
  7. Woolen cap
  8. Woolen gloves
  9. Woolen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
  10. Scarf/muffler (optional)
  11. Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
  12. Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
  13. Raincoat / Poncho
  14. Small light weight towel
  15. Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)
  16. Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  17. Sun glasses
  18. Walking stick / Trekking pole
  19. Sunscreen Lotion
  20. Lip Balm
  21. Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  22. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  23. Personal toiletries
  24. Book, if you like reading
  25. Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
  26. Carry rain cover for your bags
  27. Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain
  28. Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

All the items : Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trip.

Note : In case you are planning to put your bag on a mule or taking a porter please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or a tree and get slightly damaged so don't get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.

Equipment Rental/Purchase :

EQUIPMENT RENT
Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood) 250
Down jacket (for additional warmth) 300
Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover 75
Warm Gloves 50
Waterproof Trekking boots 300
Balaclava 50
Rucksack (60 ltrs) 150
Waterproof gaiters 50
Warm high-length woollen socks 50
Poncho/Raincoat 50
Trekking poles 60

*Cost in INR per day
*Taxes extra

Registration: Please fill up the registration form and pay an advance of Rs.7500/- to confirm your booking. The balance payment should reach our office at least 30 days before the commencement of the journey. Reservation is done on first come first served basis. Cheques, NEFT/RTGS should be in favour of ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD., payable at Ahmedabad only.

Medical Facilities:  First aid would be available throughout the programme. All emergences would be treated by the nearest available doctor/medical facility.

Disclaimer : Anala Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Anala Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in Ahmedabad only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD. reserves  the unconditional right to refuse a booking/terminate a participant during the camp/eco-tour in event of unreasonable behaviour in such cases no refund will be given.

 

Dates: Any date in the month of December to February. Make your own safe group in your convinient date.

We will pick up the participant on the first day of Trek from Haridwar/Rishikesh and drop them on the last day.

Rates: (Per Person)

 

Kuari Pass/ 6 days

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Rates 39700 26800 21400 19900 18700 17000 15800 15100 14300 13800 13400 13000

Transport Cost from Dehradun/Haridwar& back

Non Ac Bolero 18000
Non Ac Innova 22800
Non Ac Tempo Traveller 24000

Registration: Please fill up the registration form and pay an advance of Rs.7500/- to confirm your booking. The balance payment should reach our office at least 30 days before the commencement of the journey. Reservation is done on first come first served basis. Cheques, NEFT/RTGS should be in favour of ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD., payable at Ahmedabad only.


Package Cost Includes :

Accommodation: On double sharing. In case of odd numbers, that person will share the base hotel/guesthouse/lodge on triple sharing.
Day 01: Standard tents in Jayalgarh
Day 02: Alpine tents in Gulling
Day 03: Alpine tents in Khulara
Day 04: Alpine tents in Gulling
Day 05: Standard tents in Jayalgarh

Meals: We provide simple, hygienic  veg meals on all days of the trek
Day 01: Dinner
Day 02: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner
Day 03: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner
Day 04: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner
Day 05: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner
Day 06: Breakfast

Good Quality Camping Arrangements. The following equipments are provided on the trek:
•    Good quality alpine tents
•    Fresh & clean Sleeping bags
•    Comfortable camping mattresses
•    Mess Tent
•    2 Toilet tents having portable toilet seat (1 for ladies & 1 for gents)

•   Professional guide(s): To ensure high safety and personal attention, all our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.
•   Porter / Mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations
•   Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee for Indian guest only
•   Basic first aid for the group

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  •  Transport of any nature
  •  Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag (can be arranged on extra cost @Rs. 1250/-)
  •  Any meals/services not mentioned above
  •  Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  •  Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  •  Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  •  Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, roadblocks, bad weather, etc.
  •  Insurance
  •  GST 5%

Medical Facilities: First aid would be available throughout the programme. All emergences would be treated by the nearest available doctor/medical facility.

Payment terms & Condition

All payments for the trips, transfers, gears, porterage, etc. should be made in full before the trip starts.

Cancellation Policy
In the event that you need to cancel your booking due to any avoidable or unavoidable circumstances:

We must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive the request in writing. Payment for this trip will not be adjusted towards any future trip(s)

Cancellation charges will be as follows

    Minimum: 10%
    between 45 to 30 Days: 25%
    between 30 to 15 Days: 50%
    Last 15 Days: No refund

Cancellation charges will be applicable on total programme cost.

Please Note : Written cancellation will be accepted on working days (only). Any cancellation sent on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be considered on the next official working day.In the event of any cancellation(s) after trip commencement, there will be no refunds and any costs incurred due to this cancellation will be borne by you. Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true.

SKETCH ITINERARY

DAY 01: HARIDWAR/RISHIKESH – JAYALGARH (550M) (DRIVE/90 KMS/ 3.5HRS)

DAY 02: JAYALGARH- DHAK/TUGASI (2300M) – GULLING (2800M) (DRIVE/20 KMS & TREK/4 – 4.5HRS)

DAY 03: GULLING (2800M) – KHULARA (3200M) (TREK/3 – 3.5 HRS)

DAY 04: KHULARA (3200M) - KUARI PASS MEADOWS (3650M) – GULLING (2800M)

DAY 05: GULLING (2800M) - DHAK/TUGASI (2300M) - JAYALGARH (TREK/ 3 HRS & DRIVE/170 KMS/ 5 – 5.5 HRS)

DAY 06: JAYALGARH (550M) – HARIDWAR/RISHIKESH (DRIVE/90 KMS/ 3 - 3.5HRS)

DETAIL ITINENARY

DAY 01: HARIDWAR/RISHIKESH – JAYALAGARH (DRIVE/90 KMS/3.5 HRS)
You will start your drive from Haridwar/Rishikesh. You will for most part of the journey drive along the Ganga river. En route you will be crossing the holy towns of Rishikesh & Dev Prayag. Overnight at Jayalgarh.

DAY 02: JAYALGARH – DHAK/TUGASI (2300M) – GULLING (2800M) (DRIVE/20 KMS & TREK/4 – 4.5 HRS)
Post breakfast, drive to Dhak/Tugasi, the starting point of your trek which is marked with a few shops. From Dhak, we start trekking towards Gulling. The trek starts through village fields on a prominent trail & goes past few Himalayan villages, letting you capture some up close views of day to day life of the inhabitants. The trail winds up on top of the villages & sets you into the wilderness of the forest, finally taking you to the camp at Gulling. Overnight at Gulling.

DAY 03: GULLING (2800M) – KHULARA (3200M) (TREK/3 – 3.5 HRS)
After breakfast, we will start our trek towards Khulara. The trail from Base Camp Gulling climbs to reach Khulara which is a slightly steep climb. The climb is little demanding but extremely scenic. The trail further moves in an enchanting mixed forest covered, opening into the alpine meadow covered with snow at Khulara. It’s a beautiful open snow covered meadow giving magnificent views of massive giants of the Garhwal Himalayas. Overnight at Khulara.

Please note: if we are unable to camp at Khulara due to heavy snow, we will do an exploration hike from Gulling towards Taali & we will be camping at Gulling. This will be decided by the guide, keeping your safety in mind.

DAY 04: KHULARA (3200M) - KUARI PASS MEADOWS (3650M) – GULLING (2800M) (TREK/5 HRS)
From Khulara, the trail continues to climb initially and becomes gradual as it proceeds towards Kuari meadows/Kuari pass. The trail today will entice you with snow, walking on thick sheets of fresh snow with the crisp mountain air and brilliant views will be a blissful delight. The white sheets of snow will surely set the mood in happy spirits. Today we go through a series of ascends on snow carpeted meadows which keeps on getting better as we move up. Walking on white hues of snow is just blissful. The mountain air is crisp. The views are going to be great throughout so we keep your cameras handy. Our guide might give you the option of not going to the actual pass (which is nearby) and instead climb another vantage point with better views so take a call depending upon what you feel like doing. After spending sometime at the vantage point (Kuari meadows) we will start walking back to Base camp Gulling. On reaching Gulling, we will enjoy awaited hot cup of tea and overnight stay in tents.

DAY 05: GULLING (2800M) – DHAK/TUGASI (2300M) – JAYALGARH (TREK/1.5-2 HRS & DRIVE/170 KMS/6-7 HRS)
After breakfast we set on the trail that traverses gradually from Gulling to Dhak/Tugasi. On your way back you will witness the last of Himalayan panorama of underlying valleys, gigantic Himalayas & beautiful villages. From Dhak, we descend down to the road head boarding our awaiting vehicle which takes us to our River Side Camp, Jayalgarh. Check into the campsite by the Alaknanda River & unwind. Dinner & Overnight at Jayalgarh.

DAY 06: JAYALGARH (2505M) – HARIDWAR /RISHIKESH (DRIVE/90 KMS/ 3 - 3.5HRS)
After breakfast, drive down to Haridwar. Trip ends here.

Reporting : Participants have to report at Haridwar/Rishikesh on the first day at given time and will be dropped back to Haridwar/Rishikesh on the last day of the Trek.

Food : Wholesome & Hygienic vegetarian Food will be served, including Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Special Jain / Swaminarayan food is also served at the campsite if mentioned in the application form.

Please Note : If due to bad weather, sickness, natural calamity or any other personal reasons, the itinerary is changed on ground the extra charges arising due to it will be borne by the guests. same will be applicable if a guest decide to change the itinerary due to personal reason. Also if days are cut short on the trek/trips for any of the above reasons we will not be liable to make hotel arrangements at the base or any other location for the guests

  •         Guest will be required to fill up an indemnity form before embarking on the trek/trip
  •         We request you to kindly disclose/share information if suffering from any major ailment. We request you to submit your health Certificate.
  •         On our fixed group departures please note that we will follow a fixed schedule & standardised services. In case of individual requirements other than what is offered as part of the package, we might not be able to entertain them so please be aware of this fact
  •         In case of trips/treks with a backup day, where this backup day is not utilised for whatever reasons we will not be liable to make hotel or any other arrangements
  •         In case a departure cancelled due to bad weather conditions guest will receive full refund.

Optional Charges :
Charges for a porter/mule to carry personal bag throughout the trek (not more than 10 kgs) per person for the complete trek. If you want us to arrange for portage of your personal luggage you can book the same by selecting the option of Personal Luggage Charges.

Personal trekking Gear
You can save on buying expensive trekking equipment for the trek by hiring the same from our gear store. High quality equipment is provided at reasonable rental/sale and you are assured of clean equipment that has been checked for its efficacy.

Transport Options (DELHI – DEHRADUN – DELHI)

For travel to Dehradun and back one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport (at Dehradun) and is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines & Spice Jet. Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in
There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Dehradun that cost about Rs. 200-500 per person. These buses depart from Delhi ISBT every 30 mins. or so and take about 7 hrs to cover the distance. The same is also applicable on the return journey. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.

Weather Condition
This snow trek is organized between Dec & mid-March when the region has had good snowfall. Contrary to the popular belief winters is a good time to be in the mountains if one is equipped properly. Most locals inhabiting higher reaches of the mountains don’t mind the problems associated with snowfall and seem to have a good time during these months. Also there are lots of local festivals in these months. In these months weather is generally clear most of the days. Day time is normally pleasantly warm with one getting to enjoy sitting out in the sun. Temperature would be around 12-17 °C. Evenings are quite cold and one would need to be inside a tent/room or sitting outside next to fire with proper winter clothes. The evening temperatures will be around – 3 to 5 °C. Nights can be very cold with temperatures in the range of – 8 to 0 °C.
Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions, rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.

Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.

Group size?
Anala Outdoors has a strict policy on Responsible Travel and keeping this in mind we do only small groups on any of our treks(max 12 people). This also means extra safety & personal attention for our guests.

Solo lady trekker?
They are as invited as anybody else and as safe as anybody else, which is absolutely safe. Also single women get to share the tent/room with other women only unless they have opted to take rooms/tents on single basis. If there is no other lady on the trip then they get to stay in the room/tent on single basis. Even if there is a single lady on our trip we will have a separate toilet tent while camping, only for ladies. Every trek is lead by two highly skilled and experienced mountaineering guide with good experience of travelling with groups so they ensure that within the group also a certain decorum is maintained
 
Drinking water?
Natural mineral water is present all over the trail. You have to carry water bottles.

Medical emergencies?
In case of any emergency one of our guides along with the porters and support staff will carry/accompany the guest back to the starting point of the trek from where he/she will be driven to the near hospital for treatment. We carry first aid arrangements and basic medicines with us on the trek.

Fitness level?
Good physical fitness as well as mental fitness is required for the Har Ki Dun Trek. This is an ideal trek for a beginner who wants to familiarize him/herself with high altitude treks.To get into  optimum level of fitness you can go through our article How to prepare for a high altitude trek.
 
Type of Footwear?
Although we recommend a high quality waterproof hiking shoes with good grips under them.

Loads of Enthusiam!! And a  pledge to leave no trace.

Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trip. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trip
Also please note this is a comprehensive list & there might be few items which you might not need depending upon the month of travel. Kindly check with us on the final list with us before travelling.

  • Cheque/Demand Draft should be drawn in favour of ‘ANALA OUTDOORS PVT. LTD.’
  • Outstation cheques shall not be accepted.
  • Payment against dishonoured cheque/s shall have to be paid in cash with additional charge of Rs.200/- per cheque.
  • The balance payment is to be paid atleast 30 days before the departure of the batch. If the balance payment is not made on time, it would automatically be considered cancelled without any prior intimation and no refund would be given in this regard.
  • Camp may be cancelled if there is not enough strength, actual amount paid by the participant towards the camp will be refunded by A/c payee cheque only. No other claims will be entertained.
  • No refund shall be given if the participant terminates the camp at any point due to any reason.
  • Anala outdoors reserves the unconditional right to refuse a booking/terminate a participant on camp in event of unreasonable behavior at any time and no refund will be given in this regard.
  • The amount paid once is not-transferable to any other programme or to any other person.
  • Jain food may be served on specific request, subject to availability.
  • In case the camp duration is extended due to unforeseen circumstances, each participant will have to pay Rs. 400/-per head, per day to the group leader.
  • It shall be the participant's responsibility to collect the necessary travel documents from our office on time.
  • The organisers or any individual connected with the camp shall not be held responsible in case of any accident or any unforeseen natural calamity.
  • In any case of injury or severe illness where upon the participant has to be admitted to the hospital or sent back by flight or any other means of transport, then those charges shall be entirely borne by the participant .
  • Organisers will not be responsible towards any internal disputes arising with fellow participants.
  • We are not bound to provide name address or any other personal details of other participants.
  • The organisers shall not be held responsible for loss/theft of the participant’s luggage and belongings.
  • Anala outdoors has the right to use the participant's name, information and photographs in promotional materials, brochures and press releases.

Disclaimer: Anala Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Anala Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in Ahmedabad only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD. reserves  the unconditional right to refuse a booking/terminate a participant during the camp/eco-tour in event of unreasonable behaviour in such cases no refund will be given.
 

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