An easy trek with the view of some of the mightiest peaks of Indian Himalayas!
Dehradun to Joshimath drive 9 hours' drive 294 km
Day 01 We start very early from Dehradun and reach Joshimath by evening.
The drive is through the towns of Devprayag, Rudraprayag and Karnaprayag. We rest at night in a guest house.
Day 02 Joshimath to Guling (2,800 m) via Dhak (2,100 m) 30 min drive 3-4 hours' trek : 5 km
After breakfast we drive from Joshimath to Dhak towards the road to Tapovan. The trek begins at Dhak. The trail goes uphill towards our right away from the road. Over half of the path is open and without shade. We pass two villages on the way. We enter a forest about a kilometer before reaching the campsite of Guling. The camp has views towards the peak of Dunagiri.
Day 03 Guling (2,800 m) to Khullara (3,350 m) 4-5 hours' trek 05 Km
The trail today has a gradual slope up. We walk among oak, rhododendron and pine forests. Khullara is an open meadow with a view of surrounding peaks like Dunagiri, Hathi and Ghodi.
Day 04 Khullara to Kuari pass (3,820 m) and back to Taali (3,510 m) 5-6 hours' trek 9-10 km
We have an early breakfast and start walking uphill towards the pass. We reach a ridge, cross it and take a left. The path leads us away and towards our right to the pass. We spend some time here and then head back along the same way till we reach the ridge again. From here instead of heading down towards Khullara, we walk along the ridge towards Taali. We reach a small hillock with flag, named Chitrakantha. From here we get This spot has stunning panoramic views. We can see the peaks including Chaukhambha, Neelkanth, Mana, Hathi, Ghodi and Dunagiri. We walk down the other side and proceed towards our campsite. Taali is located inside the forest and is closed from all sides.
Day05 Taali to Auli trek; Drive to Joshimath 4 to 5 hours' trek 30 min drive
On this day, the walk is easy. The forest clears away soon. We pass by Taali lake, which is often frozen in winter. As we keep traversing towards Auli, the view of Nanda Devi peak becomes clearer towards our back. After crossing Gorson Bugyal, a large meadow, we enter a forest. A short walk further, the skiing destination of Auli presents itself. A vehicle takes us back to Joshimath from here.
Day06 Joshimath to Dehradun 9 hours' drive 294 km
We leave from Joshimath and reach Dehradun by early evening.