Special Himalayan Trek for Children – Kuari Pass

From May 5th to 11th, 2017, we are running a special Himalayan trek for children to Kuari Pass.

Trekking has a tremendous influence on children. It ingrains a sense of independence and leadership. It also teaches them the value of a team. Having this experience early on in life makes it all the more profound and lasting. This has been our learning after observing more than 2000 children since we started Hiking Clubs in several schools.

Until now, we had not opened our Himalayan treks for children. Starting May 5, 2017, we are happy to announce the opening of an exclusive trek to Kuari Pass for children.   

Kuari Pass is a grand amphitheatre of mountains in the Garhwal Himalayas. Right at the start of the trek you see the classic north face of Nanda Devi, India’s tallest mountain. The trek has lots of thrill and adventure. As a bonus, you trek through superb forests and meadows. It makes for the best Himalayan trek for children.

Parents who wish to accompany their children are welcome to join in.

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Trekking through the forests of Chitrakantha. Far into the picture, you can see the tens where children will camp overnight. Picture by Rahul Mandaan

The itinerary goes like this

May 5: Get to base camp – Joshimath. The transport is arranged from Rishikesh at 6.30 am

May 6: Drive to Auli. Trek to Padiyar; 4.2 km, 4 hours

May 7: Acclimatization / rest day at Padiyar

May 8: Padiyar to Chitrakantha; 7.2 km, 4.5 hours

May 9: Chitrakantha to Kuari Pass and back to Khullara; 7.7 km, 6 hours

May 10: Trek from Khullara to Dhak, then drive to Joshimath. Stay at Joshimath

May 11: Drive from Joshimath to Haridwar. You will reach Haridwar between 6 and 7 pm.

This itinerary is different from the regular itinerary on our website. There’s an extra rest day in between for children.

All trekkers have to reach Rishikesh by early evening of May 4th. A good night’s rest is necessary before starting to base camp the next morning.

Please note: Indiahikes will not organise transport from your city and back. Children will meet Indiahikes representatives only at Rishikesh. We suggest parents accompany them during their travel, at least until Rishikesh. But parents are welcome to tag along throughout the trek.

Getting to Rishikesh 

The best way to get to Rishikesh is to take a train from Delhi to Haridwar.  You could also fly into Dehradun and take a bus or cab to Rishikesh. At Rishikesh you can stay at the GMVN Guest house or any other hotel. Indiahikes has known hotel contacts if you need any help.

From Rishikesh, you will be picked up by our pick up vehicles at  6.30 am on the 5th May in front of Zostel in Lakshman Jhula. Here’s the exact location. You are expected to report to our base camp at Joshimath/Auli by 6 pm.

Trek Cost

Trek fee: 8950 + 9% Service Tax. Children between the ages of 8 and 12 get a scholarship of 50% of the trek fee.

Travel from Rishikesh to Base camp and back: Approx Rs 2,500 both ways put together per person

Approximate cash in hand to keep for other expenses: Rs 2,000 per person

To register, write to suhas@indiahikes.com with the Subject line: Special Himalayan Trek for Children

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The Khullara campsite makes for a great outdoor camping  a experience for children. Picture Alagarajah
Arjun Majumdar

Arjun Majumdar

An entrepreneur by profession and a trekker by passion, Arjun started Indiahikes in 2008. Long years of trekking and facing problems in getting information about trails led Arjun to start Indiahikes. With a vision to explore and document new trails, solve problems in the mountains and implement sustainable ways of trekking, he leads Indaihikes, a community that has changed the face of trekking in India.

13 thoughts on “Special Himalayan Trek for Children – Kuari Pass

  1. You should arrange something from Mumbai to kauri and return option too. If children are coming how can they reach to Dehradun or Delhi alone … Give some option if we need to send children alone on a trek from Mumbai.

    1. Hi Tejal, we know that most parents aren’t comfortable sending their children alone on a trek, let alone let them travel by themselves. So we’ve invited parents to join this batch as well. The main idea is that there will be other children they can gel with.

      1. Hi! What a great idea. How often do you plan these types of trips and how far in advance can we learn about one of these treks?



        1. Hi
          Keep checking our website for more of these treks. But we will be sure to send you a mailer well in advance so your children can sign up for the trek.

  2. This is so cool! My child will def join in. just need to work out the logistics of how he reaches haridwar from the dehradun airport!

  3. I would love to send my daughter to start her trekking adventures with this trek. unfortunately, she will turn 8 in October 2017. I hope to send her next year and hope this trek will be an annual arrangement.

  4. Hi team,

    Will this trek be happening again in May 2018? Hope it is!! Please update as soon as this is decided!!

    Thank you!!! I loved trekking with India hikes and completely trust my 8 year old to go with you all, by himself

    1. Hello Astha
      It’s a wonderful idea to send your child on a trek. But 8 years is too young to do a trek alone. We do not allow anyone below 12 years of age to trek alone with us. You can go for the Kuari Pass trek in May. It’s an excellent trek for children with big big mountain views, beautiful golden oak forests and the absolutely stunning Khullara campsite where you can see the Bhagirathi peaks right in front and the Dronagiri right behind you. You can get all the details for this trek here – https://indiahikes.com/kuari-pass/

    1. Hello, we do have an age limit for kids. For the Kuari Pass trek, your child must be atleast 8 years old. Which month are you planning to trek in? Kuari Pass is a wonderful trek for both kids and adults alike. I myself did this as my first himalayan trek and I loved it.

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