Trekking the Curzon's Trail and the Kuari Pass
India, Trek & Walk, 16 days - from £995 (land only) - from €1,245 (land only) - from $1,740 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Delhi. Airport transfers are provided for all clients arriving on Day 1. We have the use of day rooms at a comfortable hotel close to Delhi Airport and KE Land Only package services begin with lunch at that hotel. In the early afternoon, we drive to the railway station and board the train for the 4 hour journey to Haridwar. Overnight at a hotel in Haridwar.
Day 2: Leaving Haridwar, we journey by bus into the Himalayan foothills to Rudraprayag located at the confluence of the holy rivers of Alaknanda and Mandakini. We reach our destination mid afternoon and have the chance to walk to the confluence of the two rivers. Overnight at a simple hotel in Rudraprayag.
Day 3: Another day of spectacular scenery, as we drive for approximately 6 hours to a campsite near Wan (2510m). Here, we meet our crew, who will have already established camp.
Day 4: Today, we start our classic trekking journey with a hike through ancient oak and rhododendron forest. We cross the Neel Ganga River to reach our picturesque camp at Bedni Bugyal (3400m). A 6-hour day, with 1250 metres of ascent and 200 metres of descent.
Day 5: An easier day, descending back towards the village of Wan, before turning off to enter another valley and climbing to cross a ridge to finally arrive at our camping place on pasture at the village of Kanol. A 7-hour day with 800 metres of ascent and 1450 metres of descent.
Day 6: Trekking first through terraced fields of wheat and amaranthus, we then follow forest trails to Sitiel where we camp on the riverbank (1750m). A 4 to 5-hour day with 200 metres of ascent and 1200 metres of descent.
Day 7: A longer day, through farmland and villages with views of distant snow-capped peaks, to Ghunni (2470m). A steep ascent to camp in grazing areas on the hilltop below the Ramni Pass. A 6-hour day with 1200 metres of ascent and 250 metres of descent.
Day 8: We climb up through forest and meadows to cross a low pass, then descend to the small village of Jhenjipani (2300m). Passing through forest, we make camp in a pleasant clearing. A 5 to 6-hour day with 600 metres of ascent and 1200 metres of descent.
Day 9: Another pleasant valley walk, crossing small rivers and passing many waterfalls. We take lunch on the top of a narrow ridge and then contour round to our camp above the village of Pana (2700m). A 5 to 6-hour day with 1050 metres of ascent and 400 metres of descent.
Day 10: Climbing gradually, we follow the ridge through more forest and out onto a high grazing area at Siyartoli. We then climb to a camp before the Kuari Pass at Dhakwani. A 5 to 6-hour day with 1250 metres of ascent and 700 metres of descent.
Day 11: Cross the Kuari Pass (3650m). After a steep start, the ascent becomes more gradual through forest. There are superb views of Nanda Devi. We set up our camp on the meadows at Chitrakanta (3200m). A 5-hour day with 700 metres of ascent and 550 metres of descent.
Day 12: A short and scenic day of trekking leads downhill to the ski resort of Auli. Here, we meet our transport for the drive through Joshimath to Pipalkoti and our overnight lodge. A 5-hour day with 400 metres of ascent and 1750 metres of descent.
Day 13: Today, we have a long (approximately 8 hours) and spectacular drive to Rishikesh, where we check in at a hotel. If we arrive in time, we can watch the evening aarti lamp ceremony by the River Ganges.
Day 14: The morning is free to enjoy this famous town on the Ganges. After lunch we will make the short drive to Haridwar where we check in at our hotel. The afternoon is free to explore the bazaar.
Day 15: We take the morning train to Delhi and transfer to our airport accessible hotel in time for lunch. In the afternoon, a city sightseeing tour of New Delhi is provided. Alternatively, you may choose to take it easy at the hotel.
Day 16: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.
This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.
GPS Trip Data
Click on the link below to view the detailed stats for this holiday via Garmin Connect. Tracked using a Garmin etrex20 you can see detailed mapping of the route, daily distances travelled, the total ascent and descent each day and maximum altitude.