Gurson Meadows trek in Uttarakhand, India

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Auli is one of the prettiest meadows in the Garhwal Himalayas, and is a popular spot for winter sports and treks. In the winter, the meadows here are covered in a blanket of snow, and the slopes around it provide some of the best skiing in India. Gurson meadows is about 4 kms away from Auli, and has even more gorgeous views.

What you’ll see on the Auli Gurson meadows trek:

Auli marks the starting point for some of the most iconic treks like Valley of Flowers trek, Kuari Pass trek, and the Roopkund trek. It is the gateway to some of the best treks in the region, and gives you spectacular views of the snowy peaks around. If you’re relatively fit and love the idea of being in the mountains, there are snow treks that are apt even for beginners. The Auli Gurson meadows trek gives you uninterrupted views of the Himalayan peaks, meadows, and beautiful horizons.

About the Auli Gurson Meadows trek:

On the Auli Gurson meadows trek, you’ll be walking through apple orchards, up to vantage points for views of the Himalayan peaks around. You'll also trek through quaint Himalayan settlements and villages, and can choose to take a dip in the hot springs at Tapovan, or go on a cable-car ride up to the slopes for better views.

Any trek to Auli Gurson meadows takes you through charming villages and fields, and up into the quiet mountains and forests. You'll eat lunch by streams and camp in meadows. All the way, you'll be surrounded by iconic peaks like Chaukhamba, Mt. Kamet, Neelkantha, and more. From Gurson, you’ll be able to see the Lampak Massif, Dronagiri, and Nanda Devi from here.

Summer trekking in Auli Gurson Meadows

In the summer, trekking in Auli Gurson meadows is filled with pretty sights of Himalayan landscape and clear views of the mountains in the distance. The slopes are covered in green grass, rivers and streams sparkle in the sunlight, and the trees and flowers are in bloom, making it feel like your own paradise. During the day you’ll trek in pleasant weather, and at night, when it gets chilly, you’ll retire to cosy tents to fall asleep with the sounds of nature outside.

Snow treks at Auli Gurson Meadows

If you’re doing a snow trek in the Auli Gurson meadows, you’ll also get to see how the winter completely transforms the green pine forests and the stark rock faces into sparkling white perfection. You’ll walk through meadows and apple orchards buried in snow. You can choose to stay in lodges instead of tents during winter treks to Auli Gurson meadows, so that you’ll enjoy the snow during the day and return to warm rooms and dry clothes at night.

Best season to visit Auli Gurson Meadows

Trekking in Auli Gurson Meadows is beautiful during any season. In the summer and spring, the skies are blue, the views are lush and green, and the apple trees have sweet red apples hanging on the branches. But for the real thrills, do the Auli Gurson meadows trek in winter once it has snowed, between late December and Feb/Mar. During this time, you’ll be able to enjoy some spectacular snow trekking.

Top Auli Gurson Meadows treks: Snow trek in Auli

Winter is the most beautiful time to visit Auli, when the ski slopes are filled with skiiers, and the peaks around are capped in white. Explore the snow-carpeted meadows of Auli and Gurson, with the comfort of 3 nights in a hotel and 1 night in a lodge.
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This snow trek in Auli takes you over a fairly easy, snow-covered trail to small villages around Auli, through dense alpine jungles of deodar and rhododendron. Apart from hiking past roaring waterfalls and snowy landscapes, you'll grab enchanting views of mountains peaks like Dronagiri, Barmal, Kamet and even Nanda Devi, the tallest mountain peak in India. This trip also takes you over the Auli chair car to the Gorson Bugyal, one of the most breathtaking meadows in Uttarakhand. Apart from trekking, you'll also visit the natural hotsprings at Tapovan and the ancient, heritage temples of Joshimath.

A mix of adventure and sightseeing, this relatively easy trek is perfect for families and groups of friends looking for the classic winter experience in Uttarakhand.
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  • Accommodation in a hotel for 3 nights in Auli and Joshimath on twin-sharing basis
  • Accommodation in tents for 1 night in Tugasi on twin-sharing basis
  • All equipment required for camping: sleeping bag, mattresses, dome tents
  • Common kitchen/dining tent and washroom tent while camping
  • All vegetarian meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 5 (including evening snacks)
  • Travel arrangements from Dhak-Joshimath in shared, private vehicle
  • One round ticket of the Auli chair car
  • Services of experienced, English-speaking trek leader and support crew
  • Services of porters/mules to carry personal luggage while trekking (maximum of 10 kgs soft luggage)
  • All government permits and entry fees
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements from home city to Auli and Joshimath to home city
  • Personal expenses like tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

Top Auli Gurson Meadows treks: Kuari Pass trek

Experience the true beauty of the gorgeous meadows around Auli and Gurson with these Kuari Pass treks. You'll see some of the most spectacular views, and camp in the midst of this landscape for days.
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Haridwar, Uttarakhand
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Fresh mountain air. Snowy trails. Wide open spaces. 360 degree views extending from the Tibet border, encompassing the entire Garhwali Himalayan range. Sounds like heaven right? Go on the Kuari Pass Trek in winter, and that’s exactly where you feel like you’re going!

Being one of the few trekking destinations that are open in the winter, this is a popular end-of-the-year trek. But it’s also the spectacular views that make this so famous. As trekkers walk through lush fields, forests and remote villages, they are rewarded with enchanting views all around of the Chaukhamba Range to one side while the summits of Mana, Kamet and Abl Gamin extend on the other side all the way to the Tibet border.
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  • Accommodation in camp sites and guest house at Joshimath
  • Trekking equipment
  • Permits and entry charges
  • All meals starting from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 6
  • First aid kit
  • Trek guide and support staff fees
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  • Transport from Haridwar-Joshimath-Haridwar (Can be arranged at an additional cost - The total cost of transportation one way is Rs. 6000 (to be shared among 5-6 people, i.e Rs. approx Rs.1000 per person one way) – to be paid directly to the driver.
  • Personal porters
  • Meals during the drive to Joshimath
  • Meals in Joshimath
  • Insurance
  • Charges for still/video cameras
  • Personal expenses including telephone calls, laundry, tips, portage charges, etc.
  • Additional costs incurred due to weather or other unforeseen situations
  • Anything not mentioned above in the inclusions
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The Kuari Pass trek is one of the most gorgeous treks in the Himalayas, and is suitable for fit beginners looking for a bit of a challenge. However, with Pangarchulla Peak added on to the itinerary, you'll find an element of thrill too. Getting to the peak involves waking up early, in the dark hours of the morning. You'll trek through the dark forests as the sun rises slowly from behind the peaks. As the sky grows brighter, you'll see Pangarchulla Peak ahead of you. You'll never forget seeing the morning sun turning the Himalayas gold. nding elements.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Haridwar to Haridwar
  • Accommodation in tents on triple sharing basis
  • Accommodation in guesthouse (2 nights) on triple sharing basis
  • Sleeping bags and mattresses
  • Meals while on trek (veg + egg)
  • Trek equipment
  • All necessary permits and entry fees
  • First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder
  • Mountaineering qualified and professional trek leader, guide and support staff
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Food during transit
  • Insurance
  • Mules or porters to carry personal luggage
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the inclusions
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The Kuari Pass trek is one of the best treks in India, not just because of the route and views, but because of the experience of trekking. You'll trek through vast rolling meadows, through pine and deodar forests, and up beyond the tree line, where the views of snowy mountains surrounds you. From this trek, you'll get to see views of Himalayan legends like Nanda Devi, Dronagiri, Kamet, Kedarnath and Neelkanth up close.

This trek combines the gorgeous route to Kuari Pass with a climb to Pangarchulla Peak at 14,700 feet, which can be quite tricky, with a steep trail and unpredictable weather. But you'll end with a dip in the hot springs at Tapovan, which is perfect to soothe those aching muscles.
    Inclusions
  • Porters for client's personal bag (1 soft bag of 10 kgs per person)
  • Transport in shared private vehicle from Haridwar-Joshimath-Auli-Haridwar
  • Accommodation in Himalayan Abode hotel on twin sharing basis for 2 nights in Joshimath
  • Accommodation in twin-sharing tents for 3 nights on trek
  • Sleeping bags
  • Sleeping mats
  • Toilet tent
  • Kitchen and dining tent
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 6 (veg and egg)
  • Mules/porters for camping gear
  • Conservation and trekking permits
  • English speaking guide
  • Trekking crew charges
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Any transport, activities or accomodation not mentioned in inclusions
  • Any accommodation in Haridwar
  • Travel insurance or any kind of insurance
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks, medical evacuation, etc
  • Mules or porters for extra personal luggage
  • Any extra meals or beverages
  • Personal expenses like gifts, sightseeing, tips or donations

Top Auli Gurson Meadows treks: Skiing in Auli

Try your hand at skiing, in one of India's top ski destinations. This ski course is perfect for beginners who love the snow and want to learn how to fly down the slopes.
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Head to the Himalayas to experience Auli, one of the best winter sport destinations in India. This is where you'll take your first shaky steps on skis, slipping and sliding as you struggle to keep your balance. But four days later, you'll glide down the same slope with ease, admiring your own skills and how great it feels to ski. This 6 day skiing adventure in Auli involves 4 days of skiing lessons, where you'll learn the basics, like how to stand, balance, apply brakes, and manage runs and turns. There are experienced instructors to guide you through each step, although they can't prevent you from falling over many times during this course.

On this skiing trip, you'll be staying in Joshimath and taking the daily chair car to Auli for your skiing lesssons. After the lessons are over, you'll walk back to Joshimath. The chair car takes you over 3.5-4 kms, with spectacular views of the white slopes and the peaks all around, especially Nanda Devi, Kamet, and Dronagiri.

NOTE: This trip requires no previous experience and can be undertaken by enthusiastic beginners.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Haridwar-Haridwar in shared private vehicle (for 7-8 pax)
  • Accommodation for 5 nights in a guesthouse on triple/quadruple sharing basis (couples will be given twin-sharing rooms)
  • In-room amenities: heater, running hot water, TV, geyser and an attached washroom
  • Meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 6
  • One way chair car transfers from day 2 to day 5
  • Basic skiing equipment: ski boots, skis and poles
  • Trained and qualified instructors and support crew
  • First aid kit
    Exclusions
  • Meals during transit
  • Snow boarding (can be arranged for INR 1500 per person, per day, with advanced notice)
  • Winter wear and equipment hire which includes jacket, trouser, ski goggles and gloves (can be arranged for approx. INR 700 per person, per day and is payable on the spot)
  • Personal expenses like extra meals, packaged water, soft drinks, telephone calls, tips, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
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This 4-day ski course in Auli allows you to spend time on the famed slopes, learning how to use your ski equipment and enjoying the gorgeous views. You'll be taught by experienced skiing instructors, and will soon master the basic skills and techniques required to glide down the snow-covered slopes of Auli. Over 2 days, you'll spend 10-12 hours learning to ski.

This is a beginner's course, so you are not expected to know anything about skiing. No prior experience is necessary.

NOTE: A minimum of 2 persons is required to make/confirm this booking.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation in a ski lodge in Auli for three nights on twin/triple-sharing basis
  • In-room facilities: King-size double bed, attached toilet and bath with hot water geyser, private sit-out, wooden flooring, tea-coffee maker, free Wi-Fi, room heater
  • All vegetarian meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 4, including evening snacks (veg and eggs)
  • All equipment required for skiing: ski, ski poles and snow boots
  • One round ticket of the Auli chair car on Day 3
  • Two tickets of Auli Ski Lift per person on Day 3
  • Services of experienced skiing instructor (1 instructor for 8 persons)
  • All applicable charges
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements between home city and Auli
  • Non-veg option for dinner (can be arranged for INR 300 per person, per dinner)
  • Services of personal skiing instructor (arranged at INR 2000 per instructor, per day)
  • Personal expenses like tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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Auli is beautiful at any time of the year, but during the winter, once the snow has begun, it turns into a winter wonderland. The skiing slopes here are some of the longest and finest in India, and attract skiiers from around the world. This is where you'll be learning the basics of skiing and and doing some snow boarding too.

You'll have 6 days in this winter paradise, where you'll head out to the slopes every day and practise your skills. After a long day in the snow, you'll return to a warm lodge where you can relax and chat about your day's progress.

This skiing course is open to anyone, including children over the age of 5. It is not difficult, and you will be guided at all times by experienced instructors.

NOTE: This trip requires a minimum of 4 persons to confirm the booking.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Haridwar-Haridwar by private shared Indigo, Innova or Tempo Traveller
  • 5 nights accommodation in twin-sharing deluxe hotel room with wooden flooring, large glass windows with mountain views, with private verandah and attached washrooms with running hot water
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 6 (veg and eggs)
  • Basic ski equipment provided per person: one pair of ski poles, snow boots and one pair of skis
  • Round trip ticket for chair car on days 3 and 4
  • Three tickets for the Auli Ski Lift per person on days 3 and 4
  • Charges and fees for experienced local ski instructor (1 instructor for upto 12 people)
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Accommodation in Haridwar/Dehradun/ Rishikesh
  • Non-veg food can be arranged (for dinner only) at INR 300 per person, per dinner
  • Any accommodation, travel or transport outside the itinerary
  • Costs and expenses for medical treatment in case of evacuation, medical condition, emergency or otherwise
  • Rental for additional ski equipment such as ski suit, gloves, snow goggles, snowboard. These are available on hire.
  • Fees for private instructor (can be arranged at INR 2000 per day, per instructor
  • Tickets for Joshimath-Auli-Joshimath ropeway or charges for extra Auli ski lift or extra chair car ride
  • Snowboarding instead of skiing (can be arranged for INR 1500 per person per day) (with prior request made 1 day before)
  • Charges for evening sightseeing in Joshimath
  • Travel insurance or any other kind of insurance
  • Additional meals, snacks, beverages
  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Any other cost or expense which is not specifically included in the price inclusion