Auli to Tali stretch of Kuari Pass or Pangarchulla Peak trek offers Breathtaking and Jaw dropping views of mighty Himalayan Mountains of Nanda Devi National Park, Garhwal Region, Uttarakhand, India. It is my sincere effort to document and show case to the world what we seen during our final day trek from Tali camp-site to last destination of Pangarchulla trek Auli.
Himalayan Mountains of Nanda Devi & Valley of Flowers National Park
About Nanda Devi National Park: The Nanda Devi National Park which is established in 1982, is a national park situated around the peak of Nanda Devi (7816 Mtr) in the state of Uttarakhand in northern India. Along with the adjoining Valley of Flowers National Park to the Northwest, it was inscribed a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.
Please find list of Mountains can be seen from Gorson & Auli Bugyal below with Photographs & their Altitude details:
Information Courtesy: Google
Note: I have tried my best to document most of the Mountains of Nanda Devi & Valley of Flowers National Park in this short blog, still I haven’t able to collect details of few Mountains.
Mt. Nanda Devi: Nanda Devi which literally means ‘Blessed Goddess’ is the second highest among the Garhwal Himalayas. Towering over an altitude of 7818 Mtr, it is a rare example of perfect twin peaks. The graceful symmetry of its double peaks is a visual treat. The mountain has been revered by the inhabitants of the region as a dwelling place of the Gods. The names of various mountains and passes in the region illustrate this belief. Due to its unfriendly terrain only a few mountaineers had succeeded in conquering the peak. It is difficult for the climbers to reach even the foothills, for its entrance is guarded by long and deep gorges. It was only in 1934 that the first group succeeded in crossing the gorges.
Altitude: 7818 Mtr
Mt. Dronagiri: Dronagiri or Dunagiri is one of the high peaks of the Chamoli District, Uttarakhand, India. It lies at the Northwest corner of the Sanctuary wall, a ring of peaks surrounding Nanda Devi and enclosing the Nanda Devi Sanctuary.
Altitude: 7068 Mtr
Mt. Nanda Gunti: Mt. Nanda Ghunti is a 6309 Mtr high (20,699 ft) mountain in Garhwal region, Uttarakhand, India. It lies on the outer rim of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary.
Altitude: 6309 Mtr
Note: Not able to capture the photograph of this Mountain.
Mt. Neelkanth: Nilkantha (or Neelakant, Neelkanth, Nilkanth, Nilkanta) is a major peak of the Garhwal division of the Himalayas, Uttarakhand, India. Although substantially lower than the highest peaks of the region, it towers dramatically over the valley of the Alaknanda River and rises 3474 Mtrs (11,398 ft) above the Hindu pilgrimage site of Badrinath, only 9 Kms. (6 mi) to the east. Frank Smythe described the peak as “second only to Siniolchu in Himalayan beauty.” Popularly known as ‘Garhwal Queen’, Neelkanth is a pyramidal snowy peak towering above Badrinath. No history of central Garhwal would be complete without a detailed mention of its scenic splendor and unsurpassable beauty. Standing at an altitude of 6596 Mtr, it is a sought after destination of the pilgrims, though a difficult proposition for mountaineers.
Altitude: 6596 Mtr
Nar Narayan Parbat: Nar Parbat is a snow clad peak situated near the Valley of Flowers in Chamoli District of Uttarakhand, India. This majestic peak is perched at an altitude of 5855 Mtr in central Garhwal region. Nar Parbat is trekker’s delight which was first ascended by Kalyan Banik and Susants Gayn from the Bengal expedition team on 18th September 1996. This is one of the two peaks (Narayan being the other) between which Badrinath Dham is situated. Legend has it that one day Nar and Narayan Parbats will fall and block the route to the current Badrinath. Then, the Dham would move to the Bhavishya Badri.
Altitude: 5855 Mtr
Bethartoli Peak: Bethartoli Himal is a massive peak located at the west of Nanda Devi on the outer rim of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary in Uttarakhand, India.
Altitude: 6352 Mtr
Rataban Peak: Rataban Peak is situated near the Valley of Flowers in Badrinath of Chamoli District, Uttarakhand, India. Pushpawati River flows along the side of this peak. Rataban peak can be reached from Joshimath and viewable from Auli Bugyal.
Altitude: 6166 Mtr
Deoban Peak & Nilgiri Parbat
Deoban Peak (Devban): Deban or Devban Peak is a high and difficult peak situated near the south-east of Kamet in the Garhwal region, Uttarakhand, India. Deoban Peak was first climbed by Frank Smith and Peter Oliver during their historic expedition in the Valley of Flowers.
Altitude: 6820 Mtr
Nilgiri Parbat: Nilgiri Parbat is located at east of Badrinath. This peak is on the ridge going Northwest from Hathi & Ghori Parbat all the way to Mana Parbat.
Altitude: 6474 Mtr
Kamet: Kamet is the second highest mountain in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand after Nanda Devi. It lies in the Chamoli District of Uttarakhand, India close to the border with Tibet. It is the third highest mountain in Indian-controlled territory, although it ranks lower if counting mountains inside Indian-claimed territory in Pakistan, and it is the 29th highest in the world. In appearance it resembles a giant pyramid topped by a flat summit area with two peaks.
Altitude: 7756 Mtr
Hathi & Ghori Parbat: Ghori Parbat also spelled Gauri Parbat is a mountain peak which is located in Uttarakhand state of India and the height of the peak is 6708 Mtrs (22,008 feet). Also called “Horse” peak, it is near Joshimath and another peak nearby is Hathi parbat 6727 Mtrs (22070 feet). As its height is 20,000 + feet, it was a popular destination for several mountaineering expeditions during 20th Century. Gauri Parbat along with Haathi Parbat, Nilgiri Parbat and other mountains of Kamet range tower over Valley of Flowers.
Altitude: Hathi Parbat (6727 Mtr) & Ghori Parbat (6708 Mtr)
Mana Peak: Mana is located 36 Kms. north of the Badrinath shrine, beyond Joshimath in Garhwal Himalaya which is a serene and impressive mountain range. Mana itself marks the eastern extremity of the Zanskar range and lies between the high Niti and Mana passes, two of the best known, most trodden and traditional land routes between India and Tibet. Rising enticingly into the sky to a height of 7272 Mtr, the mountain stands like an eternal sentinel, ever watchful, on the Indo-Tibet border and is a standing challenge to intrepid explorers and climbers.
Altitude: 7272 Mtr
Mukut Parbat: Mukut Parbat 7242 Mtr(23,760 ft) is easily viewable from Auli Bugyal, Uttarakhand, India. Mukut Parbat is ranked 97th which is situated Northwest of Kamet. First ascent was done in 1951. The lower of Mukut Parbat’s twin summit has an elevation of 7,130 Mtr(23,392 ft).
Altitude: 7242 Mtr
Barmal Peak: Peak is named as Barmal Peak from locals as it appears similar to the Bhrama Kamal flower which is state flower of Uttarakhand.
Altitude: 5880 Mtr
KUARI PASS & PANGARCHULLA PEAK history : When Lord Curzon was Viceroy of India, he undertook several treks in the Garhwal, including one over the Kuari Pass to Joshimath and since then it has come to be known as Curzon’s trail. It is very popular among European and American travellers. In 1905, Lord Curzon reached Kuari Pass from Ghat via Ramni. Today many trekkers prefer to undertake the trek in the reverse direction. The main attraction of Curzon’s trail is the majestic view of the Twin Peaks of Nanda Devi–the main summit (7816 m), which is the highest peak situated completely within India and the east summit (7434 m) of Nanda Devi, Kamet (7756 m), Dronagiri (7066 m) and Hathi Parbat (6727 m) and Ghori Parvat (6708 m). Along the trek we’ll pass through pristine Rhododendron, Oak and Deodar forests. Rare Himalayan flora and fauna found in abundance on the Curzon’s trail.
As the Curzon Trail takes you through lush green fields, remote villages and virgin forests. Providing an enchanting view of the imposing peaks of Nanda Devi , Kamet ,Chaukhamba, Dronagiri and Hathi-Ghodi Parvat,It takes you through lush green fields, remote villages and virgin forests. The arms length view of ranges like the Mt.Nanda Devi, Kamet , Dronagiri and Hathi-Ghodi Parvat, is the reward that awaits the trekker atop this pass. When Lord Curzon trekked this route he started from Ramni to reach Kauri pass. We shall be trailing the same path as did Curzon, but in the reverse direction, starting from Ramni and then climbing the pass. The maximum height reached during the course of trekking is 4268 mts and the trek is generally not very difficult.
No matter how tired you get the fresh mountain breeze and the glorious scenery around will always rejuvenate you. Apart from the Pass, the two major attractions of this trip are Joshimath and Auli. Joshimath is where Sri Shankaracharya is said to have attained enlightenment. Auli is well known for it’s skiing slopes. there will be star watching sessions for those who are interested in astronomy. Also there is opportunity for rock climbing and moon light trekking. At the concluding part of the trek there is an irrestible chance for bathing in the hot springs of Tapovan to rejuvenate your tired nerves after an exhaustive Trek!!! This trek is the perfect getaway from the monotony of your daily life and will be an unforgettable experience.
Altitude: Kuari pass (3840 Mtr), Pangarchulla Peak (4575 Mtr) & Mini Pangarchulla Peak (4300 Mtr)