Kuari Pass Trek

Also known as the Curzon Trail (though Lord Curzon’s party abandoned its attempt on the pass following an attack of wild bees), the trek over the Kuari Pass (3640m) was popular in the Raj era. It’s still one of Uttarakhand’s finest and most accessible treks, affording breathtaking views of the snow-clad peaks around Nanda Devi – India’s second-highest mountain, at 7816m – while passing through the outer sanctuary of Nanda Devi Sanctuary. The trailhead is at Auli and the 75km trek to Ghat past lakes, waterfalls, forests, meadows and small villages takes five days, though it’s possible to do a shorter version that finishes in Tapovan in three days. A tent, guide, permit and your own food supplies are necessary, all of which can be organised easily in Joshimath.