Grade 3Curzon's Trail, India


Duration 17 days (Delhi to Delhi)

6 car days, 2 rest days and 9 trek days

Grade 3

Season May June / Sep Oct

Highest Point - ( 3,800m/12,470ft )

Trek distance *****


A spectacular trek skirting the outer wall of the Nanda Devi sanctuary, crossing three passes and each day unveils a new glittering peak including the famous Nanda Devi, Kamet, Dronagiri and Hathi Ghodi Parvat. The trek is most popularly known as Curzon's trail as in 1905 lord Curzon did this trek.

This is one of the most popular treks in Garhwal Himalaya as it covers a wide range of subjects from famous Himalayan peaks, dense forests, meadows and lots of interior remote villages and low and high passes from one valley into another.

Day 1. Arrive New Delhi and drive straight from airport to Mussoorie, 8 hrs Option is to catch early morning 7 am Shatabdi express from New Delhi railway station to Dehra Dun and drive 1 hr. uphill to Mussoorie.
Mussoorie is a beautiful British time hill station at 6000ft. And has a choice of nature walks for acclimatization.
Overnight Hotel or Guest house.

Day 2. Around Mussoorie.

Day 3.Mussoorie/Srinagar After breakfast drive, 6 hrs from Mussoorie through beautiful ridge road for Srinagar. On way we'll cross the famous Tehri Dam and the lake which has been formed after damming the famous Bhagirathi River and Bhilangna has drowned the ancient town of Tehri built in 1815 and was the seat of the king of Garhwal. Overnight in a beautiful guest house at Srinagar.

Day 4. Srinagar/ Lohjung
We drive into the Garhwal Hills (6 hours drive) following the Alaknanda and Pinder rivers to the road head at Lohjung situated at 2000 meters. The drive is along the banks of Ganga, Alaknanda and Pinder rivers partly on the pilgrimage route of Badrinath and Kedarnath. The road passes through several small views of the mountains forest, valleys, and villages.
Overnight Simple village hut.

Day 5. Lohjung/ Tolpani (2900 meters)
We set off walking along terraced hillside alternating with conifer forest, passing the occasional small village. The trek goes steep downhill till we cross a stream and then uphill to camp at Tolopani. The local villagers also camp at this place with their cattle during summer and Monsoon.

Day 6. Tolpani/ Bednibugyal (3500 meters The climb gets steeper in places, but we are rewarded with spectacular views of the Nanda Devi group, Trishul (23360 ft) and Nandaghunti (21000 ft) being especially prominent. Most of the walk in order to reach Bednibugyal is all along the ridge with silky grass and provides excellent view all over. Eventually we emerge into the lush green meadows at Ali bugyal and Bednibugyal at a little over 3500 meters.
We camp at Bednibugyal.

Day 7.Around Bedni. From our camp we have wonderful panoramic views of the great Himalayas with Badrinath group of peaks on the left and Mt. Nandaghunti, Mt.Trishul and Mt. Mrigthuni groups of peaks on the right. Some of them are above 7000mt.
We can make an excursion to the ridge at Kalwavinayak at about 13500 ft. for even better views of Trishul, Nandaghunti and Mrigthuni range of peak rising sheer above the Shilasamudra glacier. The more adventurous participants can continue the walk up to the Mystery lake of Roopkund situated at 14500 feet.
However the walk up to Roopkund shall be entirely optional.

Day 8 & 9. Bednibugyal/ Kanol Kanol/ Dakhindhar (2900 meters)
These two days take us from Bednibugyal along Shipton & Tillman's trail into the Nandakini valley. Nandakini River originate from Mt. Nandaghunti. We descend down the village of Wan and then climb again towards Kanol passing the Kukin Khal. The route is through dense forest of Rhododendron and Silver oak and cultivated terraces with occasional villages. There are many fine viewpoints. Water is likely to be a bit short at our campsite on the last night but the beautiful location should make up for this! Camping.

Day 10/11/12 Dakhindhar/ village Panarani/Kanukharak/Dhakwani
The trail now takes us across the valleys and ridges, which run off the west side of the Nanda Devi group, with alternating, stretched of meadow and forest. The walk gets a little tougher, as we begin the approach the Kuari Pass. At Sartholi Kharak we get our first views of the peaks to the north of the Kuari Pass. All over the Sartholi Kharak have the wonderful 180* panoramic view of the Garhwal Himalaya. More stretches of up and downhill bring us up to Dhakwani, the last settlement on the southern approach to the pass at about 11,000 feet. These are the longest days of the trek.
Camping

Day 12/14 Dhakwani / Kauri pass (3800 meters) / Gorson (3500 meters)
We continue our walk and complete the trek to the Kuari Pass, at 12200 ft., one of the high spots of the trek. There may be snow in the pass, but the view from the summit will more than compensate for any difficult on the trail. Almost the whole of Garhwal Himalayas is in view- the great Badrinath groups of peaks to the north and to the west the Nanda Devi sanctuary; Dunagiri; Bethartholi; Hathi Parvat, Kamet, Nilkanth; Manna and Trishul are among the peaks we expect to see. Now we see the most impressive Mt. Nanda Devi (7916) at the stone through distance!
Camping

Day 15. Gorson/Srinagar
A 45 minutes short walk brings us down to Auli the longest ski slopes of the country. We take our transport from here drive down to Srinagar, 6 hrs.
Overnight at guest house.

Day 16. Srinagar/ Rishikesh
A 4 hours drive takes us to the holy city of Rishikesh.
Afternoon visit Swargashram area and later in the evening, witness Ganga Arti.
Overnight Hotel.

Day 17. Rishikesh/ Delhi.
Morning visit few more temples around Rishikesh and then drive 1 hour to Haridwar. Afternoon sightseeing around Haridwar and later take evening or overnight train back to Delhi