Kuari Pass or Pindari Glacier Trek?

#1 Nov 16th, 2008, 03:40
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Hi, I will have limited time in northern India from around 20th April to 6th May 2009. I like the look of both these treks but have never been in the Himalaya before. If you have done both, or even just one, which one would you suggest is the more beautiful / cultural etc, and I guess considering the quality of the walk itself. Very many thanks! Mike
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If you wish to see the panorama of the Himalayan peaks from the close range, alpine meadows and less crowd, go for Kuari Pass. You will, however,be required to carry tent, food provisions and the services of a guide.

If you like to see glacier from the close range, easy trek through dense forest with a river for your company, inter-act with a crowd of trekkers and villagers, Pindari Glacier is the trek for you. It is a tea-house trek and you may not need the services of a guide for this trek.

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Do I need a permit to do the Kauri Track?

Hi I'm just completing my Visa application from Australia for a 6 month tourist Visa. I have completed a form A. There is a form H, 'Application for Special Permit to Restricted and Protected Areas', and I am wondering if I need one of these for the Kauri Track? I hope not: I imagine it is the areas nearer Pakistan that might have this requirement. Any help appreciated! Mike
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I did Kauri Pass Trek couple of years ago and there was no special form than needed to be filled.
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Agree with Sadanand, Kauri Pass is good and not many trekkers.
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I too have done Kuari Pass and I recommend it highly. The views are fabulous but yes a guide and provisions are required. However that can easily be arranged in Joshimath.

I have not done Pindari Glacier because of the reputation that there are too many people. But then I must be wrong.
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Late April OK for Kauri track? And a side tour to take in a summit?!

Thanks very much for the replies: very useful information! I will be in the area around 25th April. Would you know if the trek is open at that time? I take it that 'normal' walking boots are required, not crampons? And I'd love to do a summit!! Is there any, say approximately 5000 metre summit just off the Kauri track that one could do a quick detour up? Thank you!
#8 Jan 11th, 2009, 18:18
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I used just the Hunter shoes, I do not even know what crampons are. Not sure how it would be in April but someone should come along who would know.

There are many peaks but all look scary to me but that is expected out of prson who does not know what crampons are, no?
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mridula, crampons are metal spikes that attach to your boots for walking on icy mountains
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Hi,

Thanks again. So if I just arrive in Joshimath it would be possible to make all these arrangements in a day or two to do the Kauri Trek? Is there a guide or organisation you would recommend? What sort of cost would I be looking at? Thank you! Mike
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Marcher thanks for the attached image, now I know!

Fables, it is possible to do all the arrangements once you arrive at Joshimath. We went with an agency called Grand Adventures but my husband has trekked 3 times with our Kuari Pass trek guide, Mr. Shohan Singh Bisht.
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Hey I have done the Pindari Glacier almost 12 years back... people say it takes almost 6 days to & fro base. Even though we did it in July , almost start of monsoon, yet completed the trk in 4.5 days flat.... easy trek, except the first day itself is the steepest climb , followed by majority river bank travel in day 2, whereas day 3 is also a good climb, be carefull of the ice plates in between, good if you can take your ice boots for the last dat. The whole trek is lines with basic accomodation of the Kumoun Vikas nigam as well as last village there called kati. People are nice along the route an you get to eat lot of instant noodles for want of anything else.

Last bit at the Pindari.. you will get to meet Pindari baba.. a young lad who has taken to Worldly wisdom.... speak 10-12 languages... good soul.. treated us with hot cup of tea at 5am in the morning...

Also you can contact the Youth Hostel at Bageshwar for details before proceeding for the trek.

cheers
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Originally Posted by fables View Post Hi,

Thanks again. So if I just arrive in Joshimath it would be possible to make all these arrangements in a day or two to do the Kauri Trek? Is there a guide or organisation you would recommend? What sort of cost would I be looking at? Thank you! Mike
You need atleast one day to arrange for porters, doing the paperwork (one needs to get the forest officer's permission) and buy food stuff. There are few trekking agencies in Joshimath and I had gone with Grand Adventures. In 2006, it cost me arnd 5k for 3days. All inclusive.
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mridula... but I was in the same shoes as you last year when my pal suggested the Pindara Glaciers! {read: http://penelopegan.blogspot.com/2008...ng-anyone.html}

I have since been diagnosed with arthritis and rapid thinning of cartilages tissues in one knee and so before I deteriorate futher I am resolute to do the Manali, Leh, Ladakh first in late July (which coincides with a photography workshop) rather than the Pindari glaciers as planned in April. However, I've done research (formal and informally with pass trekkers) on both the treks you are interested in fables, it seems easy and hassle free. Good luck ad have fun - oh, post the stories/outcomes and photos.

Cheers!
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Dear sir
Both trek is very nice but I think kauripass is much beautiful trek

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