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Lord Curzon Trail To Kauri Pass - Pangarchula Peak

  • Category: Trekking/Camping/Moderate/11days
  • Season: June / September / October
  • Location: Garhwal in Uttarakhand
  • Cost: 33600/- per person approx plus tax
  • Min Group: 4
  • Customizable: Yes

About the trip

On this trek you get a firsthand experience of climbing a Himalayan peak. Though not very difficult, it still gives you a great feel of what it means to climb a mountain. Also you will walk along the parts of the famous Lord Curzon Trail, named after an English lord who discovered it a long time ago.

Initially, the trek takes you through a few quaint Garhwal villages, giving you an insight into the culture and the local ‘way of life’. The trail is mostly through rich forest and alpine grazing pastures. Interactions with the local shepherds can be pretty humbling and interesting. After a few days of mostly climbing, the trail takes you to a fabulous destination in the Indian Himalayas - Kuari Pass. Though not very high by Himalayan standards, it offers the most stunning views of some of the popular Himalayan peaks. This trail is internationally popular as the Lord Curzon’s Trail. 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.”

Towards the end, a rafting trip on the holy Ganges, a river worshiped by millions of Indians and visit to Rishikesh, the spiritual capital of the country made popular by the band ‘Beatles’ adds just the right flavour to the trip.

 

Note: A detailed packing list will be shared with you once you have signed up for the trip

 

Duration – 11 days
Trekking days – 07 days
Max Altitude – 4575 mts
Acco - Alpine Camping - 7 Nights,
Fixed Camp - 1 Night, Hotel/Guesthouse - 1 Night, 
Train - 1 Night

Cost Inclusive of

1.    All road transfers by private vehicles from Haridwar to Haridwar.
2.    Accommodation will be provided throughout the trip as mentioned in the itinerary on twin sharing basis.
3.    Meals: As per itinerary. Tea /coffee, snacks & drinking water during the trek. All meals would be vegetarian. The cuisine would be a mix of Indian, Chinese, Continental & Local.
4.    English speaking & professionally trained mountain guide.
5.    Kitchen staff would accompany the group on the trek.
6.    Porters / Mules will carry one bag per client ( not to exceed 20 Kgs)
7.    Camping equipment: 3/4 season tents (Mountain Hardwear, Black Diamond or similar), sleeping bags, ground mattress, mess tent & camping tables & stools.
8.    All trekking permits and park entry fees.
9.    First Aid Kit.

Cost Not Inclusive of

1.    Air Fare
2.    Travel Insurance
3.    Accommodation in Delhi - We can arrange it if required. Rooms starting at Rs.2500 and upwards.
4.    Single supplements.
5.    Additional meals/services not mentioned in the above.
6.    Charges for video/ still cameras etc.
7.    Alcohol, beverages, soft drinks etc.
8.    Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
9.    Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
10.  Insurance
11.  Train fare. Can be arranged on request

Itinerary

DAY 01: DELHI – HARIDWAR
Arrive the previous night in Delhi. Day can be spent visiting old Delhi and other historical monuments. Take the late night train from Delhi for Haridwar.

DAY 02: HARIDWAR - GHAT - CHEPNA (1540m, Drive 240 kms /8-9 hrs)
Early morning arrive at Haridwar railway station and depart by road for Chepna, the road head for the trek. Camp by the riverside. Overnight in tents

DAY 03: CHEPNA - GHUNI (2400m, Trek 7 kms/3-4 hrs) or MEADOW CAMP (2650M, 9 kms/5 hrs)
Initially the trail runs parallel to the river and then finally starts climbing from the river bottom, some parts being quite steep. You walk through the fairly large village of Ghunni. Today you can camp just above the village in a nice grassy patch or trek further 2-3 kms to reach a beautiful meadow only if water is available at the meadow campsite. Overnight in tents.

DAY 04: GHUNI - SAMARTOLI (2600m, Trek 12 kms/5-6 hrs)
After a steady climb we will arrive at a small pass called Ramni pass (3060m) which offers views of Kuari Pass. The trail crosses a bunch of small tributary rivers and waterfalls including one which offers a great opportunity for a bath. We descend gradually to the grazing meadows of Samartoli. Overnight in tents.

DAY 05: SAMARTOLI - PANA (2700m, Trek 10 kms/ 6-7 hrs)
From Samartoli theres a steep descent to the suspension bridge over the Birhi Ganga. From here we climb up again to another prosperous village of Pana. We go beyond the village and set up the camp. Overnight in tents.

DAY 06: PANA - DAKHWANI (3200m, Trek10-11 kms/6-7 hrs)
We climb for about two hours to reach the beautiful meadow of Sartoli where there is a complex of shepherds shelters. We are bound to meet flocks of sheep here. Dhakwani is a high alpine meadow and from here we can see the Kuari pass high above the campsite. If lady luck is taking the trip with you, you can actually see bears here! Overnight in tents.

DAY 07: DAKHWANI - KUARI PASS (3700m) - BASE CAMP (3950m, Trek 5 kms/4-5 hrs)
A steady climb will take us up on to the Kuari Pass and, weather permitting, to one of the grandest views in the Himalaya. Welcome to the world of high mountains; the panorama of snow clad mountains - right from Chaukhamba to Hati-Ghoda Parbat to Dhaulagiri & Changabang, the Shining Mountain. From here we trek to the base camp. Overnight in tents.
 
DAY 08: BASE CAMP - SUMMIT PANGARCHULLA PEAK (4575m) - CHITRAKANTHA (3300M, Trek 10 kms/7-8 hrs)
Early morning we set out on our climb. It’s a steep but non-technical trail leading to the summit. View from the top is surely worth all the effort. Afternoon we head back for the base camp and from there it’s off to Chitrakantha. Overnight in tents.

DAY 09: CHITRAKANTHA - GURSON MEADOWS - AULI (2700m, trek /4-5 hrs)
Another day of pleasure walking offering magnificent views of Nanda Devi and other big peaks. We cross the famous bugyals (high altitude meadows) of Gurson and also get views of the route leading to the famous Nanda Devi sanctuary, along the Rishi Ganga. We will spend time in Gurson soaking in the sights and interacting with the local shepherds here. Overnight in a hotel.

DAY 10: AULI - CAMP HIGH 5, JAYALGARH/KIRTINAGAR (750m, drive / 175 kms / 5-6 hrs)
Today you will drive down to a riverside camp, Camp High 5, set on the banks of the River Alaknanda. This is a fabulous location and one can spend time sitting next to the river and relaxing. Taking a dip in the clean green water is also an option. During summer months one will stay in an air conditioned hotel at Kirtinagar instead of the camp as it gets warm there. Overnight in Swiss cottage tents/hotel.

DAY 11: KIRTINAGAR/JAYALGARH - RISHIKESH (drive 75 kms, raft /2-3 hrs)
Drive 75 kms to reach Shivpuri. From here we will get into the waiting rafts and go down the river for about 16 kms to reach the spiritual capital of the country, Rishikesh. This is a great river trip with some exciting rapids and lots of opportunities to just lie down flat on the river and float. Time permitting you will visit the ghats (holy bathing place) & ashrams at Rishikesh. Towards evening you will drive a short distance to Haridwar to catch the evening Shatabdi express train for Delhi. Arrive in Delhi by 22:40 hrs.

Trip Ends Here!

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