Reviews of Kuari Pass • 6
For my first trek of 2017 I decided to take the Kuari pass winter trek in early March. From the recent report I learnt that mountains in Uttrakhand have recently received heavy snowfall, so i figured this is the perfect time.
THIS was the best day of my life!! We got up really early and were ready at 7 to move towards summit point, as wished I decided to summit before all my team members, I started moving quickly. But Rahul bhaiyya said, “Till the broken bridge, Girls will go ahead of Boys.” So I chilled myself a little bit and enjoyed the beautiful view of the peaks- Nanda Devi, Dronagri, Kedarnath Peak, Chaukhambha. Wished I could have taken the view, the feeling they gave with myself back home. Watching this beauty all along the route, we reached the broken bridge. We saw a frozen stream through which climbers had made a way to the other end. It took few minutes to cross the bridge and reach the other end. I decided to quickly move ahead and summit the top first. Mohan and I were competing each other to reach first. Eventually I reached the summit at 12:11 PM and was the first to reach. I felt good to achieve what I planned and dreamed of. We ate our packed lunch and clicked a lot of selfies and pictures. Later, while descending it drained all the energy. It was a tough and tiring day. We came back to Tali top forest camp and had dinner. Team TTH had a surprise for us they brought a cake for NEW YEAR celebration. Special Thanks to Pushkar bhaiyya and Deepak bhaiyya for taking permission for camp fire for New Year celebration. We thanked God for such a wonderful 2016. Later, Deepak bhaiyya shared his mountaineering experiences with us.
We reached our campsite which was in and around the snow. Day went well with campfire, drying our shoes and socks around the campfire while few of them end up burning too, hot soup, unplugged music which never felt so beautiful and the full moon rise. Nitin himself said this batch is really lucky as we got to see the full moon rise in the Himalayas as it also was his first time to see the full moon there. We also came across the 2nd Jan batch which comprised of only 4 people and with their strict trek leader, they had to exercise each morning and then I was feeling good that the train got cancelled and I joined this group.
The trek to Kuari Pass is perfect for beginners who wish to enter the world of snow treks. The route is inside the massive Nanda Devi Biosphere, and provides views of the marvellous Mount Nanda Devi on the final day of ascend.The first basecamp, also the starting point, is in Auli. From there you trek for four hours to reach Gorson Bugyal, a picturesque meadow, and camp at Chitrakantha the next night. On the final day, you trek through the Kuari Pass, exit via Khullara to Dhak and drive to Joshimath.
The Kuari Pass trail dates back to the 1800’s. It is a trail with everything one can ask for – meadows at Gorson Bugyal, forests at Chitrakantha and mind-blowing views of the Nanda Devi, and most other peaks in the Garhwal Himalayas.