The road from Joshimath to Clifftop Club (17 km) is a steep climb from about 5000 feet to 10,000 feet above sea level. The steep gradient coupled with ice on the road makes it unfit for vehicles during winters. The road is motorable by sturdy 4-wheel vehicles up to the doorstep of the resort at other times of the year.
In winters (from December end till mid March) the motor road from Joshimath to Auli is not operational due to heavy snowfall. Cable car is the only mode of transportation from Joshimath to Auli. The last trip of the cable car to the resort leaves Joshimath at 4:20 pm during winters and 5:30 pm during summers. Tourists must reach Joshimath before the last trip of cable car. Tourists reaching late may have tostay in Joshimath overnight at their own expense. Guests visiting Clifftop Club have to alight at tower number eight of the cable car. Tower number eight is a high tower and the elderly may find it difficult to use the stairs and walk down to the resort in snow. Visitors are also kindly advised to be careful with small children while getting down or climbing up the tower. The road to Clifftop Club is a difficult hill track. Guests who drive up to Joshimath can also leave their vehicles in the parking area at the Rope way Park at Joshimath and travel to Clifftop Club by ropeway to tower number eight with their luggage. The ropeway is Asia's highest and second largest, and charges (Rs. 750/- per person for a round trip). The other alternative is to travel by road from Joshimath to Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam's Tourist Reception Center at Auli (14 km). The exciting and fun filled chair lift ride from there to Clifftop Club costs Rs. 300/= per person for a round trip. Members can hire a Jeep/Sumo from Joshimath to reach Clifftop Club which roughly costs Rs. 2000 (Two thousand only).