Day 1:- Reach Joshimath; 10-12 hours drive from Haridwar. Pick up from Dehradun Railway Station at 6, 7 am. Cost of cab – Rs.6000 per vehicle (5-6 seater) and tampo traveler – 10 person –
Morning meet our Himalayan hikers trekking team , and then drive to .Joshimath which takes about (8 hours) . The drive is spectacular and along the Shrinagar , Ganga, Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers. En route visit at Devprayag. The historical town is situated on the confluence of river Alaknanda & Bhagirathi River which makes the holy Ganges. Reach .Joshimath and from here trek to the most beautiful, uttarakhand over night stay in hotel
Day 2:- Aftrer breakfast from Drive to Dhak; 45 minutes. Trek from Dhak (6,956 feet) to Guling (9,832) feet; 5-6 hours over night stay in tents.
chitrakantha Peak (3,310m), Chaukhamba (7,138m), Oak and Rhododenron Forest, Local LifeToday begins with a short 12 km drive to Dhak Village, which is the start point of the trek. The meandering trail from here has gradual ascents and several shepherd trails. Take a look down below to watch the Dhauli Ganga River force its way to the nearby hydro power plant. Follow the trail to cross dense forests of oak, deodar, and rhododendrons.
trail that leads away from the main road, towards Tugasi village. This is the trail going inside the village. You will reach a T point where you need to take a sharp left. The trail goes through a series of level walks and gradual ascents along farms. The mountain ridge here is barren with few or no presence of snow-fall in winter season. Look out below for Dhauli-Ganga River forging its way past Vishnugad-Tapovan Hydro Power Station. The trail is well defined and meanders along the mountain ridge with a series of steep and gradual ascents.
At the end of the descent is Chitrakantha, your first campsite. This is an impressive snow-capped ridge with views of the Chaukhamba peak. Replenish water supply from a nearby stream. Pitch tents. Retire for the day.
The village comes after a short (40 mins) but very picturesque ride of around 10 Kms from Joshimath where you get beautiful views of peaks like Dronagiri on your left. We gear up to start the trek by around 9 am from Dhak, after having a hearty breakfast and collecting the pack lunch. With Himalayan villages & their beautiful step farms on our left, we move up the dusty trail that offers a consistent and moderate incline. After 1.5 Kms, we will pass Karachi village .
Day 3: After breakfast from Guling (9,832) feet to Khullara (10,492 feet); 4-5 hours over night stay in tents.
Mountain Forests, Alpine Meadows – Start your day early with warm up exercises followed by a wholesome breakfast. Today, you’ll trek for 6km to scale heights up to 3,500m. An interesting and magnificent trail taking you through dense mountain forests filled with rhododendrons, spruce, and silver birch before reaching a prominent ridge.The Khullara begins to climb steeply out of the tree line. In 1-1.5 hours you reach a ridge, which is a part of Lord Curzon’s trail. From here 360 degree views of the Himalayas open up before you. On one side you see Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Dronagiri, Nilgiri and Hathi Ghoda peaks. Straight ahead of you are Trishul and parts of Nanda Devi. Continue on this trail to reach the upper grasslands of Kuari Pass. Khullar Top. To completely savour the unbelievable views of the imposing Himalayas, you’ll traverse over snow-filled patches to arrive at Kuari Pass. Gushing chill top winds greet you here. But the adversity is barely a hindrance for the view of the towering Nanda Devi Peak from here is truly phenomenal.
Day 4: After breakfast from Khullara (10,492 feet) to Chitrakantha/Tali (11,032 feet) via Kuari Pass (12,519 feet); 8 hours over night stay in tents.
Kuari Pass, retrace your way back to the ridge. Once you reach the ridge, walk along ahead instead of turning towards Khullara. An hour’s moderate climb will bring you to Jhandi top, which is on top of the ridge. The views from Jhandi top are even better that what you get at Kuari Pass
Kuari Pass.Trek But the real Kuari pass is 4.5 Km further from here. The trail curves gradually westwards as we move closer to Kuari Pass. Beware of ice formations on the trail in the months of winter. Some of the prominent peaks which are visible today are Chaukhamba, Mt. Kamet, Neelkantha and Bharirathi 1,2,3,. The highest altitude on this trek which is 3876 M is reached about 700 Meters before the Kuari Pass (3504 M).
Day 5: After breakfast from Chitrakantha/Tali (11,031 feet) to Auli (8,625 feet); 4-5 hours. Drive to Joshimath; 45 minutes over night stay in tents.
Climb from camp & we are out of jungle. Spot the small pond here which is the real Tali campsite but is not frequently used because of lack of nearby clean source of water. Trail from here climbs onto a narrow ridge. Gorson Bugyal, the trail turns sharply to the left. Wide mountain views open up to the right and behind you. You will trek across the entire length of Gorson Bugyal, which gives you enough time to savour the views. This is a lovely, descending walk. In 2-2.5 hours you will reach Padiyar. From here, the trail enters an oak forest. Within 15 minutes you reach Padiyar temple. You can take a break here if you wish.
From Padiyar temple, the trail continues to descend. Upper Auli, which is the end of the ski lift (number 10), appears in 10-15 minutes. Auli is 1,000 ft below this. You will reach after gradually descending through the meadows for 2 hours. The trail in this section is quite populated.
Once you you reach Auli, get to GMVN. Take the exit here to the parking lot and get a vehicle to head back to Joshimath. The narrow ridge continues for one and half Kms till we enter the Gorson Bugyal. Next 5 kms is through Gorson Bugyal. The views of peaks like Vasudhara falls, Mana, Mandir, Ghodi, Hathi, Barmal, Lampak Massif, Dronagiri, Nanda-Devi, and Bertholi can leave you humbled. Podiyar Temple, situated at the tip of Gorson Bugyal, is also a good camping spot that is generally used by people doing this trek from Auli. Take a small halt at Podiyar temple & head towards Auli Ski resort which is about a Kms from here. In winters you will see lot of tourists in Auli who come to experience snow here.
Day 6: After breakfast from Drive from Joshimath to Haridwar. You will reach Haridwar between 6.00 pm .6:30 pm.