Many abandoned shepherd’s huts are often found on the way to Kuari Pass. There is very little water on this trail, so it is recommended to bring enough water. The trail is very strenuous because the initial slope becomes quite steep. This is a continuous uphill hike until the Chechnya Vinayak passes at approximately 9,000 feet. Continue along with a series of bends until you reach the Chechnya Vinayak pass. It takes about 3 hours to reach the port. There is a Ganesha temple with prayer flags in the past. On a clear day, you can see a wide panorama of mountain peaks from the top of this mountain, including Banderpunch, Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, and other peaks. From this point, turn right and follow the path down to Jhinjhi Village, passing Ken Kharak. The
Jhinjhi camp is at the other end of the village, on the village school grounds. It is necessary to bypass the village house and cross the entire village. Finding water here has never been a problem because there is a constant flow of water from the nearby streams in the village. From the camp, a slight roar of the Birahi Ganges can be heard.
Jhinjhi to Pana 3 hours, 8,500 feet
dawn turned into a sunny morning, we soon began to prepare for a day of Pana trekking. Dev and her team are busy making breakfast for roti and sabzi. It’s time to say goodbye to Jhinjhi and descend to the Birahi Ganga riverbed from the famous Roopkund area. The descent was nearly 2 kilometers and 45 minutes, and it was steep in some places. The original trail passes through the farmland of Jhinjhi village and then passes under the cover of the oak forest. The rocky path is covered with dry leaves and is very slippery. The sound of the camp seemed to be a slight roar, and now it began to feel like thunder. Soon, the suspension bridge over the river came into view.
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Continue to enjoy another hour of forest beauty on the gentle path. Slightly to the left in front is the town of Pana, a bustling town on the ridge. It is surprising to find such a large settlement deep in the Himalayas and miles away from any motorized roads. The trail overlooks the village and begins to climb the ridge. It’s about five hundred feet from here to the campsite in town, and it takes another hour. The camp is small. Find a flat ground to set up the tent. Although there is water available here, it is wise to check in advance before planning to camp here. Suggestions from locals along the way may be helpful. Alternatively, you can choose to stay in Pana Village.
7 hours from Pana to Dakwani, 11800 feet
Our destination today is Dakwani at the foot of Kuari Pass trek. After breakfast, we packed up and headed to Pana Top. It is 2 kilometers from the top of the ridge. This is a mid-level hike that takes nearly an hour. The advantage of camping in the village over staying at home is that you are already on a long hike to half of the top of Phan Mountain. We met a shepherd who led the flock to the grass for seasonal grazing.
From the top of the ridge, turn right into a flat path through the rhododendron forest. At the end of the trail is the vast open Sartoli meadow, which is both a camping ground and a good pasture for cattle and sheep. You often see the shepherd’s flock dotted across the landscape. From here, you can see that the Kuari Pass occupies the horizon in the distance.
11 hours from Dakwani to Auli via Kuari Pass (13500 feet), 8500 feet
Today is a long day, we leave Dakwani at 6:30 and finish the day at Auli Campground at 5:15 in the afternoon. I woke up at 5:00 and started to prepare. Meanwhile, Dev and Shero are busy making breakfast. We plan to have breakfast at the top of Kuari Pass. We depart from Dakwani at 6:30. Dev and her team want to clean up the camp and join us. The Dakwani trail cuts through flat terrain for about two hundred meters in a straight line, then begins to climb the ridge above the camp in a zigzag pattern.
We reached the bottom of the steep incline relatively quickly. Here, you will feel surrounded by towering ridges and rugged cliffs. Soon the trail got steep and our pace slowed down. Every now and then we take a break on the steep ridge. The step can be seen as an arch at the top.
The aisle is very windy, so we fasten our windbreaker jackets.
The path from here arches over the ridge in a narrow path. If you take this hike in late summer (late May/early June), you may find snow on both sides of the trail. Local villagers often look for a herb called Kida Jadi on the hillside. This herb is rare but sells well because of its medicinal value. On the other side, the trail dropped nearly three hundred feet, following a semicircular path. This trail is often crossed by small streams, mainly from the melting snow on the adjacent ridge. After a while, you have to cross a stream on the rock. Now, on both sides of the trail, beautiful off-road vehicles stretch for miles, and flocks of sheep and goats dot the landscape, which is a typical feature