Not everyone is aware that India is one of the most sought after trekking spots in Asia, the reason of course being the amazing landscapes the Uttaranchal Himalayan ranges offer to us. Trekking in Uttarakhand is an experience one should not surpass in his lifetime. The reasons are many and moreover, the whirlpool of emotions that we come across while Trekking in Uttarakhand passes is unfathomable in words. Each year trekkers find new trails and new heights to scale but if we have to seek through the Best Winter Treks in India, then the focus definitely turn towards the Kauri Pass Trek in Uttarakhand.
The Kauri Pass is a 5 day trek through the Nandi Devi Sanctuary that hosts many snow-capped peaks of the altitude 7000 m and which connects us with Tibet. It also prides in projecting stunning views of the Himalayan Ranges.
According to the traditions, Kauri represents the word Doorway- ‘a doorway’ to the Himalayan Pass that is nestled in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. This Winter Trek will take you to the south of Tibetan Border of Northern India and passes through the western rim of Nanda Devi Sanctuary Biosphere Reserve and finally the trail ends at the Chamoli District. The Kuari Pass was pioneered in the 1900 and is also known as The Curzon Trail, named after the then British Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon, who climbed the Pass.
Here are the 5 reasons why the Kauri Pass is known as the Best Winter Trek in India:
- Easy Winter Trek:
If you are a start-up or a novice in trekking, yet looking forward to scale the snow-covered mountains in the winter, the Kauri Pass is the one for you. The trek is almost risk free since the altitude achieved is not higher than 12, 500 ft. Its moderate altitude forms an easy and safe winter trek for mountaineers and with the right amount of snow, this trek is perfect for an introduction to snow trekking.
- Pristine snow-capped mountains and unprecedented landscapes:
The lack of altitude is beautifully compensated by the unprecedented views of the alpine forests, snow fall, camping in the snow and the stunning range of landscapes of Uttarakhand. Garhwal is known for its majestic locales and you will experience it in Auli and Gorson at its full form. trekking in india
- Circular trekking trail:
The Kauri Pass is a circular trail; hence the chances of getting lost or wandering off is out of question. Also the trail offers a lot of opportunity to rest and enjoy the photogenic views.
- Most scenic camping ground:
The moderate snow fall offers a perfect camping ground in Gorson, Khullara and Chitrakantha. Mt. Dronagiri, Changabang and Kalaanka and Oak Tapovan are few of the prominent attractions here.
- Cost effective:
The 5 day trek commencing at Joshimath is cost effective as it is short, low in altitude and less in risk factor. It can be scaled by anyone above the age of 7 and at any time of the year, although it is a renowned winter trek.