The Shipton Tilman Route
In 1905, Lord Curzon reached Kuari Pass (3640m). Kuaripass means “door way”.He made the trek, and since then it is also known as the Curzon trail. The main attraction of it is the imposing view of the eastern peaks of Garhwal Himalayas,the twin peaks of Nanda Devi, Kamet, Dronagiri, Trishul, Bertholi,Hathi Ghodi Parvat, Mana, and Neelkanth peaks. The trek passes through Pristine Rhododendron, oak and deodar forest. Rarely Himalayan flora and fauna are found as plenty as on this trail.
The Kuari (virgin) Pass treks is a highly varied & scenic trek which passes through three lesser Passes & five major rivers – the Pindar, Kaliganga, Nandakini , Birehiganga & Dhauliganga.The pass or “KHAL” is approached from the ancient trek (Goat Track) route to Joshimath, Badrinath along the pilgrims route. This trek can be undertaken from Auli or from Debal or Ghat near Nandaprayag.
The Kuari pass is one of the most beautiful trek, famous for the enchanting view of the snow clad peaks of Neelkanth (6596m), Kamet (7756m), Mukut Parbat, Mana, Nilgiri Parbat, Trishul (7120m), Hardeol, Dronagiri, rishi pahar, Kalanka, Chaukhamba (7128m), Lampak, Changabang (6864m) , Ronthi , Beathertoli, Kamatt (7757m) and others. On a clear day most of the time you are trekking in the company of these mountains giving you a thrilling experience of the mighty Himalaya , particularly the NANDA DEVI MASSIF. These mountains though far away appear very close. The trail was named after Lord Curzon, who was a keen trekker & it is said that the path was specially improved so that he could trek. With independence it was renamed the Nehru Trail.
LORD CURZON TRAIL – ” KUARIPASS TREK “
Region : Garhwal Himalayas
Duration : 7 / 8 Days.
Altitude : Max. 4268 mt.
Grade : Moderate
Place covered :Joshimath (1890m) : Auli (2750m) : Gorson (3658m) : Tali (3506m) : Chitrakantha (3506) : Khulara (3354m) : Kuari Pass (4268m) :
Best Season : April : May : June : July : September : October : November