Pindari Kafni Glacier Trek

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The Complete Guide To Pindari Glacier Trek

Pindari Glacier Trek is one trek where Zero is the epitome of success. The trail to the Pindari Glacier is like a full-course meal for trekkers.  For starters, there are level walks through peaceful rhododendron forests, where exotic birds thrive. Next, one has to traverse varied mountain ridges, spider-walls and stream crossings. The appetizing dessert comes in the form of the Pindari Glacier at Zero Point, whose unearthly beauty at 12,300 feet will fill you up with boundless joy. The best part of it? This trek is perfectly suited for families, including children.

History of explorations in Pindari Valley

Ancient trade routes flourished in the Pindari and Milam Valley, linking it to Tibet for centuries. Back in 1830, GW Traill, the first Deputy Commissioner of Kumaon, explored a shorter route to Martoli in Milam Valley from Pindari Glacier.

This route was through the Pindari ice-fall, crossing a Col named Traill’s Pass (17,700 feet). This was followed by a series of explorations by Schlagintweits (1850), Ruttledge (1926), Japanese Mt. Nanda Kot Expedition team (1936), Osmaston and the surveyors (1938), Arnold Heim (1937) and S.S Khera (1941).

Pindari is not the longest or largest glacier in the Himalayas. However, you will seldom find the easy approach to the huge ice-fall section elsewhere.

➤  Short Itinerary

The one trek where zero is the epitome of success.

  • The trail to the Pindari Glacier is like a full-course meal for trekkers. For starters, there are level walks through peaceful rhododendron forests, where exotic birds thrive. Next, one has to traverse varied mountain ridges, spider-walls and stream crossings.
  • The appetising dessert comes in the form of the Pindari Glacier at Zero Point, whose unearthly beauty at 12,300 feet will fill you up with boundless joy. The best part of it? This trek is perfectly suited for families, including children.

➤  Detailed Trail Information

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Mt. Nanda Devi & Nandi Devi East

Day 1: Loharkhet to Khati via Kharkiya

  • Altitude: 5,502 ft to 7,355 ft
  • Time took: 3 hour Jeep drive, 1-hour trek
  • Distance: 3-4 km 
  • Coordinates:  Loharkhet GPS Coordinates: N 30°02.316, E 079 °56.939 Kharkiya GPS Coordinates: N 30°05.638, E 079 °55.120 Khati GPS Coordinates: N 30°06.783, E 079 °56.442

Thanks to an off-trail motor-able road from Loharkhet to Kharkiya, one does not need to trek to Khati via Dhakuri. The road journey winds through a series of scissor bends and is painfully slow due to bad conditions of the road, especially during monsoons. Kharkiya is the last village on the road head. It intersects a trekking trail to Khati and Jatoli village. There are a few local  dhabas  here and you will find basic items for purchase from a store in the vicinity. Looking up towards the back of the village, you can see a trail meandering up all the way to the Dhakuri campsite. Cross over the topmost Col and one can descend down to Loharkhet.

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Khati Village

Cross the first scissor-bend of the motor-able road at Kharkiya. Look towards your right for a well-laid trail descending down towards Khati village. The trail has a beautiful mixture of rhododendrons and oak trees. Follow the trail that descends to a bridge over a stream. The trail from here to the second bridge is five minutes’ level walk.

The forest here is dense and you get respite from the afternoon sun. There are a few steep sections in the forest trail. Around 15-20 minutes into the hike, you leave the forest behind. Spot a hut next to a beautiful field. From here, you can see Kharkiya village behind you and in front a clear view of the trail to Khati. Pindari and Sunderdhunga valley are not visible yet. This is a good spot to take a small break. Follow the trail that goes down the ridge.

After 10 minutes, there is a small level walk section. Look for a Tourist View Hut in the distance above you. It takes another 10-15 minutes to reach this spot. The trail has a steep ascent till Jakoni Village, which is another 20 minutes away. The trail has 3 scissor-bend sections and is very steep. As you reach Jakoni Village, you get a stunning view of Sunderdhunga Valley (towards your left) and Pindar Valley (towards your right). Jakoni is at 7,470 feet. There are a few  dhabas  here. This is also your second water point of the day. After resting for a while, follow the level trail ahead towards Pindar Valley, until you see the third bridge.

Cross the bridge and climb up to a forest ridge until Khati Village is visible in front of you. Khati Village is the base for backpackers. It is a fairly large village compared to others in the valley and is the last inhabited village on the way to Pindari Glacier. Looming behind the village are some stunning peaks, namely, Nandabaner (6,236 m), Nandakot (6,861 m) and Laspadhura (5,913 m). 

Apart from KMVN and PWD guest houses, Khati also has a plethora of private guesthouses. A new KMVN Guest House has been set up a kilometre ahead from Khati on the trail to Dwali. There is no electricity in Khati and locals rely on solar energy. Only BSNL mobile signal works here for a few hours a day.

Day 2: Khati to Dwali  

  • Altitude: 7,355 ft to 8,566 ft 
  • Time taken: 6-7 hours 
  • Distance: 13 km 
  • Coordinates:  Dwali GPS Coordinates: N 30°10.647, E 079 °59.690

From Khati to Dwali, what used to be a refreshing trek, has become quite a mess after a natural calamity struck the region in 2013. The trail from Khati to Dwali has six major bends. The trail, however, is fractured and non-existent at many points. Many kilometre-long trails have caved in due to landslides. One has to take an alternative route by climbing down and trekking next to the river-side moraines of Pindari and then climb back up to join the broken trail. This might bring down your spirit a bit, as it is the lowest altitude moraine trek you will get to do in the Himalayas. 

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On the way to Dwali

The weather in Pindar Valley is very unpredictable. If you want to avoid rain, start trekking early in the morning. Even on clear days, one can expect to see a few heavy spells of rainfall after 10 or 11 am.

Start by taking the trail that ascends up from Old PWD Guest House towards Dwali. The initial 20 minutes of the hike is a slog over a very steep section. Behind you, you can see the whole of Khati village. After 15 minutes, the gradient of the ascent gradually reduces. You will pass by a stream. This is your first water point for the day.

Follow the trail that passes by KMVN Guest Lodges, towards your left. From here, the trail ascends towards a wooden bridge. This is the new trail, taken to cross over the first landslide zone. Once you cross over, the trail becomes narrow and descends rapidly as you re-enter the forest cover. Down towards your left is the Pindar River raging through. The trail now has a sharp descent. After 15 minutes of downhill walk, the trail will level out. Walk for about five minutes and look for the second landslide section. 

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Landslide Zones

The trail ahead is broken. So take a left turn and climb down towards the bank of Pindar River. The descent is through a slippery section so be cautious. Once you are next to the river, look for a way through the boulders to cross the landslide zone. Once you have crossed this section, look for a temporary trail winding up from the same ridge that you came down. This is a slippery and steep climb, which will reconnect you to the old trail to Dwali.

Once you rejoin the old trail, proceed straight ahead inside the forest ridge. After 10 minutes of level walk, you will find yourself facing a third landslide zone. Leave the old Dwali trail and take a left and climb down next to the riverbank. You now have to cross a long section of broken bends and mountain ridge. Walk along the bank on the moraine and cross two mountain bends towards your right. This will take around 20 to 25 minutes to traverse. The trail has been marked by stones. Look for the trail exiting the moraine zone and getting you back up to the old Dwali trail. 

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Pindari river

A swift 15-minute walk will bring you to your fourth landslide zone. Descend to the river bed from your left. Walk along the river bed. In front, you will see some shepherd huts. One can set up an emergency campsite here if required. Proceed straight to the huts and take the marked trail going up to the ridge ahead of you. The ridge walk is a short one through the forest and after five minutes of trekking, you will reach a spot from where you can see the fifth landslide zone below. Climb down to the river bed and prepare yourself for the longest moraine detour of the trek. This section is the hardest part with huge boulders to traverse. You will have to cross as many as four scissor bends and a distance of about 3 – 4 km on this stretch.

There is a point where you climb up the dense ridge towards your right. It is advisable to take help here from a reliable guide. Locating this section is tricky and the trail is hidden. Trekkers who miss this spot and proceed straight ahead will find themselves stuck next to the river bank with no logical trail to follow. Keep in mind that the old Dwali trail is towards the right side of the ridge above you. So if you find yourself stuck with no route ahead, climb the forest ridge towards your right until you cross a properly laid trail.

The climb is approximately 60 meters and is strenuous. Once you re-connect with the old Dwali trail, walk for 15 minutes till you reach an uphill section. The uphill trail is around 2 km long. The final section of the old Dwali trail is broken at this sixth and final landslide zone. You need to climb down 80 meters back to the river bed below you. The descent is through an unstable section of loose gravel and boulders. Extreme precaution needs to be made while descending.  The soil is loose and at many points, you may cause small unstable boulders to roll down. Once at the river bed, walk on the moraine zone until you reach the river crossing section. Dwali is across the river, with a very prominent PWD Guest House. 

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Dwali Campsite

Towards the left of Dwali lies Pindar Valley and towards the right is Kafni Valley. Dwali is located next to the confluence of rivers from Pindari and Kafni. The magnitude of the destruction caused by a cloud burst is evident. The old Dwali trail is barely existent; the bridge is broken and the banks of Dwali washed away in multiple sections. There is a small camping ground next to PWD Guest House for pitching tents. Drinking water is available behind the PWD Guest House on the starting point of Phurkiya trail. 

Day 3: Dwali to Phurkiya 

  • Altitude: 8,566 ft to 10,465 ft 
  • Distance: 5 km 
  • Time t aken : 3 hours
  • Coordinates:  Phurkiya GPS Coordinates: N 30°12.970, E 079 °59.878

Today’s is a short trek, but has considerable altitude gain of over 1,900 feet. The trek from Dwali to Phurkiya with an overnight camp at Phurkiya is highly recommended for acclimatisation purpose. Taking the trail towards the backside of PWD Guest House leads to the inner Pindar Valley. From here, the trail ascends gradually through beautiful rhododendron and oak forest.

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Beautiful forest trail to Phurkiya

There are a total of five streams crossing your path for the day. Expect the last few streams to be completely frozen in late April and early May. The first stream is a small one, which is a good drinking point. It takes around 15 – 20 minutes to reach this stream crossing. Once crossed, the trail has a series of forested switchbacks as you gain altitude. Observe Pindar River flowing below you in a narrow gorge. On a clear day, you can see Mt. Nanda Khat and the pinnacle of Nanda Devi East in front of you. 

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Mt. Nandakhat & Nanda Devi East en route to Phukriya

At a distance, you can see a small green meadow, which looks very inviting. It takes 30 minutes to reach this spot. This is a good vantage point for photography. There are glacial formations on the stream that’s gushing down to join the river. Across the river, one can find a few Himalayan Ibex grazing near mountain walls with lovely cascading waterfalls.

The trek now is along the long stretch of grassland. Cross another glacial stream section and enter the second, more scenic meadow. At the top of the meadow is a picturesque rhododendron forest. It takes about 20 minutes to reach there. 

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Rhododendron Forest en route to Phukriya

As you enter the forest, there are a few small landslide-prone sections that you have to cross. There is no alternative path; you have to cross over the fragmented trail. Look out for a tricky spider-wall section. You will need to assist each other to cross this section, which has really tiny footholds.  You can place a rope here for safety if need be. 

Notice that all these fragmented trails are at the spot where a stream is running down. These spots look extremely vulnerable to further fragmentation and collapse. These sections take around 30 to 45 minutes to traverse safely.

Now, there are two final stream crossings that are basically hard snow and scree. In April and early May, expect these sections to be covered in hard snow. You will have to make footholds here with the help of an ice axe. Microspikes or crampons can be very useful here. Remaining on the true left of the river, look for KMVN and PWD huts in front of you. 

You have finally reached Phurkiya. You can pitch your tents on the right side of your trail on an abandoned slope. There is a small  dhaba , where you can get food and tea, provided the caretaker has provisions. From here, you can catch a breathtaking view of Nanda Khat Peak. 

Day 4: Phurkiya to Zero Point and back to Phurkiya 

  • Altitude: 10,465 ft and 12,300 ft 
  • Time taken: 7 hours 
  • Distance: 16 km 

The trek to Pindari Glacier goes till Zero Point. Going ahead from Pindari Glacier requires special permits and peak expedition-like preparedness (Traill’s Pass – Milam expedition*). Today’s trek is a beautiful walk to the inner realm of Pindar Valley. Start the trek very early in the morning to get good views and to avoid bad weather. The weather at Pindari Glacier can fluctuate in a matter of minutes. Ideally, you want to be at Zero Point by not later than 9 am. It takes 3 – 4 hours to reach Zero Point from Phurkiya. So plan your day accordingly.  

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Mt. Nandakhat from Phukriya

Leave Phurkiya campsite and take the trail from the left side of the huge rock behind KMVN hut. After around 15 minutes of an uphill hike, you reach your first stream crossing. Depending upon the time of the year, you will find the stream in different forms. The glacial stream is entirely a hard chunk of snow block. Walk across it to reach the base of the first meadow. 

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Pindari Valley

From here, you can see the trail surging ahead from the left side of the valley. In front, Mt. Nandakhat (6,545 meters) is clearly visible. The Pindar River flows in the gorge below, on your left side. After 20 minutes of following a well-laid trail, you will cross by a rock-fall section. Pass this sensitive zone with caution and keep a lookout for any rock falling from above.  The patches of hard snow on the trail start to become more visible now. They can also be very slippery. Use your crampons here to get better traction.

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Pindari Ice Fields

After 20 minutes, you will come across a series of broken trails. One of the sections here is completely broken with very little space for your foot placing. There are also a few spider-wall sections. Towards your left, across the river, observe a prominent snow-capped peak. This is Mt. Bauljuri (5,922 meters). After crossing these tricky sections, proceed towards the valley, which now turns towards your right. Leaving behind the greenery, you now enter the snow ridge of upper Pindar Valley.

This is a long trail. From June onwards, the snow will melt and the trail will be easier to trek on. Pindari Glacier is still not visible and is behind the snow ridge that you can see straight ahead. It takes about 30 – 40 minutes to reach the top of the ridge. The ascent is gradual. You will pass by multiple small rivulets and they are excellent water points.

Once on top of the ridge, you will get the first view of Pindari Glacier at the far left. Towards the right, a huge humpback snow-capped peak, Changuch (6,322 meters), looms into view. 

Below these peaks, the Pindari ice-field is entirely covered with snow. The walk from here to Pindari Baba’s hut is an hour’s trek away. You will cross over as many as three ice fields. The snow here is overwhelming in April and early May and slows you down. Look for a temple and a hut towards your left side ahead. This is the home of the famous Pindari Baba, Dharmanand ji . 

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View from Pindari Baba’s hut

Zero Point is another 40 minutes ahead. Take the trail straight ahead from Pindari Baba’s hut till you reach a moraine ridge towards your left. Cross over and climb till you reach a vantage point with a board stating, “You have reached Zero Point.”  

Pindari Glacier is towards your left. The Glacier is 5 km long. The snout is about 6 metres high and 3 metres wide. The amphitheatre-like view from here is impressive. You are surrounded by beautiful high-rise snow-capped mountains from three sides. Looking towards the right of Changuch is Mt. Nandakot (6,861 metres).

The trail back to Phurkiya is the same route taken to reach Zero Point. The return can be done swiftly in two hours’ time. 

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Pindari Glacier Ice-Fall

Note: I.H. Team was only able to reach Pindari Baba’s hut and could not reach Zero Point due to bad weather. You can also trek back to Dwali from Zero Point and camp there.

Day 5: Phurkiya to Khati via Dwali 

  • Altitude: 10,465 ft to 7,355 ft 
  • Time taken: 7-8 hours 
  • Distance: 18 km

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Broken Moraine as seen from Dwali Campsite

After successfully reaching Pindari Glacier, it is time to head back. Take the trail back to Khati via Dwali. The descent from Phurkiya to Dwali can be done swiftly in 1 – 2 hours. From Dwali to Khati, follow the same route passing the six major landslide zones. It takes around 4 – 5 hours to complete this stretch. 

Day 6: Khati to Kharkiya– 4 km (approx), 45 – 60 minutes trek. Jeep drive from Kharkiya to Kathgodam via Bageshwar

  • Altitude: 7,355 ft to 7,395 ft 
  • Time taken: 45-60 minutes trek 
  • Distance: 4 km 

Start early in the morning if you plan on reaching Kathgodam by evening. Trek from Khati to Kharkiya and reach the road-head. Board pre-arranged jeeps for a drop to Bageshwar. You may have to break the journey and take another mode of transportation from Bageshwar for Kathgodam. Local jeeps only ply from Kharkiya to Bageshwar, unless a direct drop is arranged on request.

➤  How To Get Fit For The Trek

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The Pindari Glacier Trek is classified as a trek of  moderate difficulty . You trek up to an altitude of 12000 feet. You have to make sure your lungs are strong for this.

Cardiovascular endurance

On the Pindari, apart from huge altitude gains and possibility of rain, the trail is tricky and risky. Hence, this requires a good amount of endurance. You can  begin by jogging everyday .  Start jogging at a slow pace and then keep increasing your pace day by day. Make sure you are able to  jog 4 km in 20 minutes  before the start of the trek. It takes time to be able to cover this distance in the given time. Swimming, cycling and stair climbing without too many breaks in between can help too.

This is another area you should work on. There is a lot of trekking distance that you will cover in high altitude carrying your backpacks.  You have to walk on uneven terrain during the trek. It could be taxing for your legs. For this, strengthening your legs will help. You can do some squats to strengthen them. Do around  3 sets of squats, with 8 squats in each set .

Flexibility

Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises –  stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders  regularly. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.

Working out indoors

If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints,  here’s a video  you can use to work out indoors.

➤  What To Pack For The Trek

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The  Pindari Glacier Trek  is conducted during the monsoon months, so it is highly likely you’ll encounter rain/snowfall on your trek. Ensure you carry a  poncho  to have a comfortable trek.

Bare Necessities:

  • Trekking shoes:  Carry trekking shoes and not sports shoes. The trail will be slippery at several places and will require shoes with good grip and ankle support. You can watch this video to learn to  choose the right trekking shoes .
  • Backpack (40-60 litres):  A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
  • Daypack (20 litres):  As this is a crossover trek, you would only need a daypack if you are offloading your backpack.
  • Three layers of warm clothes:  Carry two sweaters, and a padded jacket. If you are more susceptible to feeling cold, add another layer.
  • Three trek pants:  Carry light cotton trek pants. One of your pants can be tights that you can wear as an inner layer while trekking, especially on the Pass day.
  • Three collared t-shirts:  Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. If you’re too cold, you can wear two tshirts together for more insulation.
  • Thermals:  Carry thermals (top and bottom) to keep yourself warm at night. Keep your thermals fresh and don’t wear them while trekking.

Accessories

  • Sunglasses:  Sunglasses are mandotory. In June, there will be abundant snow on Hampta Pass, and you would need it to protect yourself from snow blindness.
  • Suncap :  At high altitude, the sun is extra harsh, as the UV rays don’t get filtered. So carry a suncap to protect yourself.
  • Synthetic hand gloves:  Avoid woollen gloves as they will get wet if you touch snow. You can add a fleece glove as an inner layer, and wear two gloves on each hand if you’re more susceptible to cold.
  • Balaclava :  You’ll need this to cover your head, as most of the heat escapes from your head.
  • Socks (2 pairs) and a pair of woollen socks:  Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
  • Headlamp/LED torch:  Mandatory
  • Trekking pole :  Watch this video to understand  why you need a trekking pole .
  • Toiletries  ( Sunscreen , moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste)
  • Cutlery:  Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons.
  • Two water bottles:  1 litre each
  • Plastic covers:  While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.

Mandatory Personal Medical Kit 

  • Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)
  • Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
  • Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
  • Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
  • Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
  • Disprin – 6 tablets (headache)
  • Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
  • Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
  • Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)
  • Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
  • Gauze – 1 small roll
  • Band aid – 10 strips
  • Cotton – 1 small roll
  • ORS – 10 packets
  • Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  • Moov spray (aches, & sprains)

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the below documents. Document two and three need to be downloaded (PDF), filled in, signed and handed over to the trek leader at the base camp.

  • Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (driving license, voters ID, etc.)
  • Medical Certificate and Disclaimer (to be filled by the trekker) –  Download PDF
  • Medical certificate (to be filled by a doctor) –  Download PDF

➤  An alternative Indiahikes trek you can do:

Arjun Majumdar, Founder

Pindari Glacier is a beautiful trek– but the rewards, we notice, are too little in span of 6 days. If you are not too sure of doing a trek on your own, we have alternatives you can try.

Our founder Arjun Majumdar thinks Kuari Pass would make a good alternative. “For treks in the Kumaon region, you need to get close to the Tibet border for big mountain views. Garhwal, that way, has greater mountain views because of how the ranges move towards Himachal Pradesh. Kuari Pass would give you the great mountain views, the meadows and the rhododendron forests on the trail”

Check out Kuari Pass here.

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About Author:   VAIBHAV CHAUHAN

Vaibhav works with Indiahikes as a Writer & Chief Explorer. He is an avid traveller with a passion for trekking in Indian Himalayas. With his roots in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh, the love for the mountains is in his blood. When not travelling he likes to spend time interacting with like-minded trek enthusiasts and read books on travel and mountaineering.

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Situated in the mesmerizing Kumaon Himalayas,   Pindari Glacier is a most accessible of all glacier treks and attracts amateur as well as experienced trekkers. Pindari Trek is one of the most beautiful trek is operations in summers and early winters.

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About Pindari Glacier

Pindari Glacier is the source of Pindar River which meets with Alaknanda River at the confluence of Karnaprayag . The trekking route to the glacier traverses along the southern wilderness of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary offering captivating and invigorating views of peaks like Panwali Dwar (6,683m) and Maiktoli (6,803m). Trek to Pindari Glacier is a "soft adventure" experience, within the capacity of amateur trekkers in love with nature and its pristine glory.

Perched at an astounding elevation of 3,860mts above sea level, Kafni Glacier is situated to the right of Pindari Glacier. The route to Kafni Glacier and Pindari Glacier is exactly the same till Dwali. The trail to Kafni Glacier diverts from Dwali. Kafni Glacier is situated 12kms beyond Dwali. It is an exquisite and untouched place situated on the east side of Pindar valley, at the footsteps of Nanda Kot peak. 

This region has its own charm and allures with the solitude terrain. The trekking trail  is rich in flora and fauna. Trek to Kafni glacier is visually captivating and it ends up at the foot of Nandakot parbat (6,860m).

A Trek to Pindari Glacier

Trek to Pindari Glacier and Kafni Glacier are quite long but easy to complete in comparison with other glacier treks of India. The Himalayan region of Kumaon is enriched with scenic natural beauty beyond belief.

Pindari Glacier has invariably lured mountaineers and trekkers because it offers varied splendours of nature and is one of the easiest accessible Himalayan glaciers. Pindari Glacier lies on the edge of Nanda Devi (7,816), which is the highest peak of India. Zero Point of Pindari Glacier is situated at a breathtaking altitude of 3,660mts above sea-level, 5km ahead of Phurkia.

Trekking in India is incomplete if you have not trekked Pindari Glacier. This glacier is situated in  the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand between snowcapped NANDA DEVI and NANDAKOT mountains and has lured mountaineers and trekkers since the last century.

It owes its existence primarily to the vast quantities of snow precipitated from the Nanda Devi and other surrounding summits of the Greater Himalayan range. The locals proudly refer to it as the Soul of Kumaon . It is one of the most easily accessible of all the Himalayan glaciers and is well within the reach of anyone who wishes to go for a trek.

Activities in Pindari Glacier

Trekking :  The trek to Pindari Glacier offer mesmerizing Himalayan views that takes one through dense forests, verdant meadows, lush green valleys, and cascading rivers. One can get spellbinding worm’s-eye view of the majestic Nanda Devi peak from Pindari Glacier.

Village Tourism : Pindari Glacier trek not only takes one through dense forests, rivulets but also gives a glimpse of the towns and villages of Kumaon region. Almora  and Bageshwar can be explored during this trek.

Pindari Glacier Travel Tips

  • Pindari Glacier trek is of easy to moderate difficulty level. 
  • Always book with authentic adventure company or with local guides of that region.
  • It is wise to check with local authorities, tour guides or tour operators about the weather and road conditions during monsoons before you actually start your trek.

Staying in Pindari Glacier

As it is a long trek and less traveled, we recommend to book Pindari Glacier Trek package from authentic adventure company or local guides. They will take care of your stay whether in camps or local homestays with meals and other necessary permits for your trek to Pindari.

Mythology about Pindari Glacier

According to myth Pandavas done pind dan in this places before going to heaven after that this place is know as Pindari.

Pindari Glacier Suggested Trek Itinerary (Short Trip - 7 Days)

Day 1:   Kathgodam to Dhur/Dhakuri : 241 km & 2 km Trek Day 2: Dhakuri to Khati village (Ringladhar Camp) : 12 km Trek Day 3: Ringladhar Camp to Furkiya camp : 16 km trek Day 4: Furkiya camp to Pindari (0 point) and back Furkiya camp : 15 kms Day 5:  Furkiya camp to Khati village (Ringladhar camp) : 16 km trek Day 6:  Khati village (Ringladhar camp) to Bageshwar : 8 km trek & 56 km Drive Day 7: Bageshwar to Kathgodam : 185 km Drive

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What is Pindari Glacier famous for?

Pindari Glacier is famous among tourist as Trekking .

Pindari Glacier is recommended destination for Foreigners, Groups.

Pindari Glacier is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Adventure , Camping , Glaciers , Trekking .

Pindari Glacier Highlights

  • Trek amidst dense forests, alongside streams ending at two massive glaciers
  • Moraine less Glacier which offers Blue ice view.
  • Close view of Glacier and Mountain range.
  • Breathtaking experiences of the snow-clad Mountains, waterfalls, rivers and water streams.
  • Budget Trek which can be done in 1 week only
  • Most reachable and Accessible Glacier in Himalayan region, which suitable for beginner, Experienced and youngster.
  • Gradual walk through the Trail along with Pinder River and Saryu River.
  • Chance to meet Baba Dharmanand who is meditating since 22 years
  • Rich variety of Wild Animals like Himalayan Black Beer, Mountain Deer,Blue Sheep and Bear can be seen easily.
  • Explore the towns of Bageshwar and visit the famous temple of Bagnath .
  • Village treks depicting simple and rich in culture life

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Pindari Glacier overview

  • Best time to visit Pindari Glacier Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov,
  • Starts from Khati Village
  • Trek Distance 43 kms / Entire Trek
  • Trek grade Moderate
  • Trek duration 6 days
  • Altitude range 3350 mts
  • Located in Bageshwar, Kumaon
  • Recommended stay 6 days
  • Railway Station Kathgodam
  • Nearest Airport Pantnagar
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Pindari Glacier Trek Itinerary: All You Need To Know

Off late, the Pindari Glacier trek, in the Kumaon region in Uttarakhand, has picked up a lot of popularity. A massive glacier structure gauging over 3 km in length and 1km in breadth is attracting both serious trekkers as well as seasonal tourists.

During my recent one-month motorcycle trip across the Kumaon region (that also took me to Panchachuli Base Camp in Darma Valley , and the newly built Lipulekh Pass on Kailash Mansarovar Road ) I ended up doing a part of Pindari Glacier Trek itinerary and gosh, I loved it.

From beautiful landscapes to the warmth of local people, Pindari Valley has become my new favorite.

Here’s a video from my Youtube channel about the place…

Pindari Glacier Trek: A 5-Day Itinerary

Before I talk about my experience (which you can find later in this travel blog) and tell you all the reasons why I loved this place, let’s get into practical details and talk about a suggested 5-day trek itinerary for Pindari Glacier Zero Point.

Think of Zero Point as the base-camp — the closest point to get the spectacular views of Pindari Glacier.

pindari glacier

Please note that most itineraries on the internet suggest Loharkhet as the starting point for the Pindari Glacier trek, with Dhakuri being the first night’s stay location.

Loharkhet was the starting point until 2019.

In 2020, another motorable road was constructed for a village called Kharkiya. It is, therefore, possible to reach Kharkiya (and avoid Loharkhet and Dhakuri) by road and save yourself one day or a total of 14km of the trek.

Here’s a picture of the Pindari Valley trekking route (installed by Uttarakhand Tourism) before 2020. Since the road reached Kharkiya in 2020, it has no mentions of Kharkiya:

pindari glacier trekkking itinerary

And here’s how it will look if I will add Kharkiya village to the same map:

pindari glacier itinerary

In the map above: Kapkot/Bharadi Market-Kharkiya (motorable road 33km) | Loharkhet-Dhakuri (10km trek) | Dhakuri-Kharkiya (4km trek) | Kharkiya to Khati (5km trek)

I visited Pindari Valley in October 2020.

Now let’s get to the detailed itinerary…

Day 1: Kapkot-Kharkiya-Khati

Kapkot-Kharkiya (33km drive) | Kharkiya-Khati (5km trek)

The road to Pindari Valley bifurcates from Bharadi Market (in Bamsera) located 4km from the popular town of Kapkot. It is possible to Google Map Navigate for Kapkot and Bharadi Market.

From Bharadi, phone networks, Google Maps and other forms of technology start losing their significance. As of October 2020, only it was only BSNL that had a reception in Pindari Valley — that too for only calling. No internet!

As soon as you leave Bharadi Market, take the left turn (the other route that goes straight will take you to the older Pindari Glacier trekking route — one that starts from Loharkhet).

From Bharadi, kharkiya village (the last point on the motorable road) is only 33km. But it can take over 2 hours as the road is quite bad in shape. There will be a few water-crossings on the way too.

Please note that the road doesn’t end in Kharkiya village but at an overbridge 2km further from the village.

pindari valley road

There is no parking there. Moreover, the trek to Khati village starts from Kharkiya Village itself. So if you ended up at a dead-end return to Kharkiya to park your vehicle.

It is possible to find a room (for 200-500 Rupees for a double bed) in Kharkiya as well as Khati. If you managed to reach Kharkiya by 4 in the evening, I suggest you park your vehicle in Kharkiya and trek to Khati, as Khati is more picturesque.

khati village

If, however, you arrived in Kharkiya late or you feel tired to trek for an hour, make Kharkiya your base for the night. Kharkiya to Khati is a 5km (or one hour) trek.

Kharkia to Khati trekking route is pretty easy with no uphill or downhill. The entire 5km route is moreover well-maintained and well-marked with no chance of losing the trail (once you are on it).

There is ample space to park your car/motorcycle in Kharkiya. The parking is moreover free and safe.

Day 2: Khati-Dwali-Phurkia

Khati-Dwali (11km trek) | Dwali-Phurkia (5km trek)

Day 2 is when the real Pindari Glacier trek begins. Start early (as early as you can) from Khati and reach Dwali by afternoon. The trekking route is easy to identify with no chance of feeling directionless.

dwali to phurkia

Khati to Dwali can be a little uphill at times though mostly flat. You will be walking alongside the Pindari River for pretty much the entire time. It can take up to 7 hours to trek from Khati to Dwali.

It is possible to find a TRC Guesthouse in Dwali (with beds available for 300-500 Rupees per person per night) as well as Phurkia for the same rate.

Dwali to Phurkia is when the valley starts widening and you start getting more picturesque 360-degree views. Comparatively, Dwali to Phurkia is a harder walk as you climb from 2600m above sea level in Dwali to 3200m above sea level in Phurkia (a whopping 600m climb within just 5 km).

pindari glacier trekking route

It can take 3 to 4 hours to trek from Dwali to Phurkia.

Day 3: Phurkia-Zero Point-Phurkia

Phurkia-Zero Point (8km trek) Zero Point-Phurkia (8km trek)

Phurkia to Zero Point is again a little uphill where you climb from 3200m above sea level in Phurkia to nearly 3750m at the Zero Point in about 8km stretch. It can take as long as 4 to 5 hours to reach the Pindari Glacier Zero Point from Phurkia. On the way back, since it will be mostly downhill, you can do the same distance in 3 hours.

It is a good idea to reach Zero Point as early in the morning as possible to catch a good view. Starting at noon, the top of Pindari Glacier getting cloudy.

A few trekkers doing the Pindari Glacier trek itinerary also stay at Madtoli located (located 2km from Zero Point. No TRC guesthouse there but a massive campground) to reach the Pindari Glacier Zero Point early morning before sunrise. You will also find an Ashram located 1 km before the zero points. Unfortunately, it’s not possible for big groups to stay in the Ashram. However, solo travellers are sometimes granted permission to stay in the Ashram.

pindari glacier trek photo

Day 4: Phurkia-Dwali-Khati

Phurkia-Dwali (5km trek) | Dwali-Khati (11km trek) 

If you are a serious trekker, it’s possible to do Phurkia to Dwali to Khati to Kharkia and back (in the night) all in one day because it’s mostly downhill and complete the Pindari Glacier trek itinerary in 4 days rather than 5 days.

If not, head back to Khati (or Kharkiya) and spend a night there.

If you will be able to reach Kharkiya on Day 4, it will be possible for you to do Kharkiya to Dhakuri early morning on Day 5, before returning to Kapkot. Dhakuri is located at nearly 3000m above sea level and offers beautiful views of the Pindari Glacier and other peaks of the Nanda Devi Mountain range.

dhakudi

Day 5: Khati-Kharkiya-Kapkot & BACK

Khati-Kharkiya (5km trek) | Kharkiya-Kapkot (33km drive) 

Day 5 includes your return journey from Khati/Kharkia to Kapkot and back home.

Pindari Glacier Trek Costs

If you are going to join one of the paid Pindari Glacier tours, it is going to cost you somewhere between 7 to 15 thousand Rupees. Most of these paid trips start from Kathgodam, Almora and Bageshwar, and include everything — from transportation to stay to food to guide charges.

If, however, you are doing it on your own you can save heaps.

Let’s imagine you are a group of 2 people and you hire a guide…

  • 1000*3 days (hire a guide from Khati) = 3000 Rupees
  • 500*5 nights*2 people (for stay) = 5000 Rupees (500 would be the max you will be charged. Most probably you will be staying for 300 Rupees per night).
  • 150*3 times*2 people (meals) = 900 per day | 900*5 = 4500 Rupees (for food)

Total = 3000+5000+4500= 12500 in total | 12500/2 = 6,250 per person for the entire trip. This will be when you are not trying to save money during your Pindari Glacier trek itinerary and doing the trip lavishly.

  • It’s not necessary to hire a guide as the route is well marked.
  • If you are travelling during offseason (as I did in October 2020 during COVID-19 you can find a room with a double bed for 200 Rupees).
  • If you are carrying your own tent, you can do camping everywhere and save 100 percent on stay.

What Is The Best Time For Pindari Glacier Trek?

The best time is between September and early November when the temperature is moderately cold and water-crossings (between Kaptkot and Kharkiya) and river-crossing (on the trek) are least fierce.

It is also possible to do Pindari Glacier trek in the months of May and June.

During winter heavy snowfall makes it too hard to access the Kapkot-Khakiya road. If, somehow you manage to reach Kharkiya and Khati, forget trekking anywhere beyond Khati.

Here’s how it looks during winter (October vs February). The photo was taken somewhere between Kharkiya and Khati village…

pindari winter snow photo

Monsoon months of July and August are also not advisable to do Pindari Glacier trek.

Located in the upper Himalayas in the Kumaon division in Uttarakhand and on the southeast corner of Nanda Devi and  Nanda Kot mountain ranges Pindari Glacier is the source of Pindari River. The river then submerges into Alaknanda River at Karnaprayag.

How To Reach Kharkiya: The Starting Point of The Trek

It is possible to reach Kharkiya on a motorcycle (as I did) as well as in a car. Most locals drive a Bolero as a Taxi so having a 4*4 is not necessary. Alternatively, you can find shared taxis from Bharadi Market to Kharkiya Village.

Shared Taxis take about 300 Rupees per person, which can go as much as 500 Rupees in peak-season.

Pindari glacier route map

Is It Necessary To Hire A Guide For Pindari Glacier?

Not really. The entire route is quite well-marked. You will also keep meeting trekkers on the way to ask for directions. If, however, you want to hire a guide, I suggest you do it in village Khati.

Most guides take around 1000 Rupees per day (say, +- 300 Rupees depending upon the group size).

Which Phone Network Works In Pindari Valley?

During my visit in October 2020, it was only possible to do calling using BSNL network. Surfing the internet is a distant dream in Pindari Valley. There was absolutely no network for Airtel and Vodafone after Bharadi Market (near Kapkot).

There was also no electricity anywhere except for in Kharkiya Village. Khati had electricity line distributed but the power was not through. Most guesthouses (including the TRC and PWD) had solar charging points for charging mobile phones and cameras.

Local Contacts In Pindari Valley

  • Guesthouse in Kharkiya (where I stayed for 200 Rupees per night): 7579454356.
  • Anand Singh (Khati Village | Guide and Stay): 7579055116
  • Hira Singh Danu (PWD Guesthouse in Dhakuri): 9458116880
  • Hayat Singh (local Guide in Kharkiya): 9411759304

Other Popular Viewpoints

Since Dhakuri is now not on Pindari Glacier trekking route, most people miss visiting it. However, it still remains one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the entire area. From Dhakuri, you get to see Pindari Glacier, Panwali Dwar (6,683m) and Maiktoli peak (6,803m).

Other than Dhakuri, it is worth visiting Takuli Chilta (2km from Dhakuri) and Pongu Top (7 km from Khati Village). Pongu Top is a popular site to spot some wildlife too including the snow leopard.

It is possible to camp at Pongu Top as it’s a big flat meadow or do a day trip from Khati to Pongu Top, and back!

That’s all in this travel blog on Pindari Glacier trek itinerary. If you have more to add in this blog or you found any error in the information given above, please leave a comment below.

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How can we hire a trek guide? Got any way for that?

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Dev, the information you have shared is really very comprehensive.

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Yes doable around that time. March: comparatively colder, more fierce water crossings but better views Pindari top will have more snow. April: comparatively safer, better weather.

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Pindari Glacier Trek: Everything you Need to Know.

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  • posted on March 8, 2021 April 28, 2021

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The Pindari Glacier Trek is an 8-day trek that explores the Kumaon Region of Uttarakhand. The trek has the same start point as the Sundherdunga Valley which is the village of Kahrkia. It takes you to a maximum altitude of 3800 metres and you end up trekking through some of the most beautiful landscapes in India and is recommended for people with some experience of trekking.

The Pindari Glacier Trek is perfect for individuals looking for their first High-Altitude Trek as the maximum altitude is less than 4000 metres and is relatively short trek as compared to Everest Base Camp. The longest day is when you trek from Phurkia to Pindari Glacier and back which is close to a 10-hour trek. On average, you will be walking for roughly 5-6 hours.

What’s the itinerary like?

From Kathgodam, the Itinerary is as follows:

Day 1: Arrival at Kathgodam/Pantnagar and drive to Binsar

This is the first day of the Pindari Glacier Trek. The nearest airport to the trek is Pantnagar and the nearest train station is Kathgodam. There are regular flights and trains from Delhi. As you arrive, an Adventure-Pulse representative will be there to receive you and they’ll drive you to Binsar. The first night of the trek will be spent in swiss tents at the Binsar Adventure Camp, where you’ll get a chance to learn about Kumaon culture. The camp is on the periphery of the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Day 2: Drive from Binsar to Kharkia and trek to Khati (2210 Mts/7293 Ft)

After a hearty breakfast at Binsar, we’ll start our journey to Kharkia. Kharkia is a 6-hour drive through mountainous roads from Binsar. Once we reach Kharkia, we’ll have a quick lunch at a local homestay and start our journey to Khati. It’s a 5 km trek today that takes you down into the bottom of the valley where we’ll see the conjunction of the Sunderdhunga and Pindari rivers. From the confluence, we’ll hike back up to Khati. The trail is well defined and paved with stones. 

Day 3: Trek from Khati to Dwali. (2575 Mts/8498 Ft)

The trekking distance today is 11 km (5-6 hrs) with the roar of the Pinder Ganga not too far off. Along the way, there are many waterfalls and suspension bridges to be crossed. This day’s trek is one of the harder days as it involves a long trek. On the way, you’ll get a chance to marvel at the awesome views of the Pindari valley. We should reach Dwali at around 4-5 pm. Our camp will be set up on the banks of the river.

Pindari Glacier Trek Day 2_  Adventure-Pulse

Day 4: Trek from Dwali to Phurkia (3206 Mts/14300 Ft)

A short 5 km trek takes you to Phurkia. The barren icy peaks seem to be carefully watching your every step. The trek crosses beautiful rhododendron forests that will be in bloom from March to early June. Keep your cameras ready as you’ll get a chance to witness a meadow, a glacial formation and a few Himalayan Ibex grazing nearby all in the same frame. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 5: Trek from Phurkia To Pindari Glacier (3900 Mts/12870 Ft) To Phurkia.

Today is an early start as it is a 7 km trek each way. We’ll reach zero point from where the Pindari glacier can be viewed in all its magnificence at the break of dawn. The Pindari Glacier is a 5km long glacier. The Pinder valley is also prominent with its patches of lush greenery over the stark white landscape. Return to Phurkia. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 6: Trek from Phurkia to Khati.

Today’s 17 km trek will take 4-5 hrs. We’ll follow the same route. At Khati you can try some of the local cuisine and learn about the way of life in the mountains. Dinner and overnight stay in tents/rest house.

Day 7: Trek from Khati to Kharkia and drive to Kathgodam

Today is the last day of trekking on the Pindari Glacier Trek. We begin with a 5 km trek (2 hrs) to Kharkia followed by a long drive to Kathgodam where you’ll stay at a comfortable hotel.

Day 8: Departure from Kathgodam

The next morning, you will start your journey back home. Adventure-Pulse representatives will drop you at the railway station or airport.

What to expect?

The trek is a moderate trek with significant climbs and descends as well as a significant altitude gain. You start at an altitude of 2200 metres and climb up to 3800 metres. Luckily, most of the trail leading up is paved with rocks and stones. The Trail is well marked, and ponies and mules are used to transport bags and equipment.

On average, you will be walking for around 4 to 6 hours a day at a comfortable pace. Your main bags will be put on mules or ponies and will be transported to the next campsite.

From Kharkia, you trek up to Khati which is one of the larger villages on the trail and you’ll get a chance to learn about the rich culture of the Kumaon. The trail up to Khati is through a rich forest with oak trees. The Sturdy oaks add to the watershed of the region as well. From Khati you trek up to Dwali. Dwali is where you’ll hit the famous Rhododendrons, also the state flower. If you trek in the summers, you’ll get a chance to see them in full bloom with reds and purples throughout. From Phurkia the icy peaks of Baljouri, Nanda Kot and Maiktoli will accompany you while you trek. The trek takes you near the outer sanctum of Nanda Devi. The Mountains of Maiktoli and Nanda Kot form part of the sanctum and is one of the most majestic sights in the Himalayas.

Pindari Glacier Trek_view from Khati_Adventure-Pulse

Where will I be staying?

At Binsar, you’ll be staying in comfortable Swiss Tents. Swiss Tents are tents with a bed, mattress and attached washrooms. The camp is located on the periphery of the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary and is one of the highlights of Uttarakhand. We’ve added this night to break the hectic road journey from Kathgodam to Kharkia.

While on the trek, Adventure-Pulse will provide comfortable tents on a double sharing basis. These tents will be waterproof and will stay dry from the inside even in the rain. The tents will be lined with a foam mat followed by another sleeping mat where your sleeping bag will be placed. Your sleeping bag will be rated for -5 to 0 C and will be warm enough.

When is the best time to trek to Pindari Glacier?

There are two seasons to head to Pindari Glacier; Summer and Autumn. The summer season starts from March and ends when the monsoon arrives which is usually around late June. The Autumn season starts right after the monsoon and is from September to November. Trekking in the monsoons is avoidable as the rain increases the chance of landslides and road blockages.

How will the weather be like?

In the summer season, the weather is pleasant and should range from 15-20C at Kharkia and Khati. As you reach 3200 metres, the average temperature will fall and the temperature at Dwali should be around 5-10C. At Pindari Glacier, the temperatures will remain just above freezing.

The Autumn season will see a fall in temperatures by around 5C. Temperatures at Kharkia and Khati will range from 10-15C, and above Dwali, -5- 0 C.

Where will we go to the loo?

As part of our services, we provide a toilet tent with a flushable loo. After the porters reach the next campsite, they will set up the loos on one end of the campsite, away from running water. The toilet tents will then be pitched, and the portable flushable commode will be placed. At the start of the trek, your trek leader will explain how the loo works. Each Toilet Tent will also come equipped with sanitizing sprays, toilet paper and a packet for the waste. While on the trail, you will have to go Au Natural behind a rock.

Why does the itinerary show a night at Binsar?

We have added a night at Binsar to break the road journey. As you reach Kathgodam or Pantnagar our team will meet you and we’ll start the road journey. The drive from Kathgodam to Kharkia is a strenuous drive and the lodging options at Kharkia are limited. By adding a night at Binsar, we can break the journey into two and then make the trek to Khati from Kharkia which takes close to 4 hours. Additionally, a night at Binsar allows you to visit another highlight of Uttarakhand, the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary.

How do I get to the start point?

There are a couple of ways you can use to get to Kathgodam/ Pantnagar. Kathgodam is easily accessible by rail with regular trains from New Delhi . The New Delhi Shatabdi leaves New Delhi by 6:20 am and reaches Kathgodam by 11:40 am. The Ranikhet Express reaches Kathgodam at 5:05 am. Pantnagar is connected by flights from New Delhi as well. Spicejet and Air India fly daily from New Delhi. There are overnight busses from New Delhi as well that you can use to reach Kathgodam.

What are the camp arrangements?

Each campsite will have a few toilet tents (number depends on the group size), a kitchen tent, a dining tent and numerous dome tents.

The kitchen tent is where all meals and hot beverages will be prepared. The cook and their helpers will prepare your meals. The dining tent is where the meals will be served. All treks with Adventure-Pulse will have a dining tent with a dining table and camping stools. The dining tent is also where you can relax and discuss the day’s trek.

Dome tents are the tents where you’ll be staying. We provide tents on a double sharing basis and you can upgrade to a single tent if you wish (Charged on actuals).

How fit do I have to be for the Pindari Glacier Trek?

The Pindari Glacier Trek is not a very difficult trek. However, you do need to have a certain level of fitness. We would also recommend going for a couple of day treks around the city that you live in. There are many day treks around Pune and Bangalore .

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With respect to fitness, you will need to work on your ability to walk for long periods of time with some weight on your back. This is to prepare your body for walking in the mountains with your day pack. If you need any advice on how to go about training for any trek please feel free to contact us. A sample fitness plan can be found here .

Planning to go for the Pindari Glacier Trek, contact us at [email protected] or drop us a comment below and we’ll get back to you.

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Pindari Glacier, situated in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, India, is one of the most captivating and accessible glaciers in the Himalayas. Spanning approximately 3.2 kilometers in length and situated at an elevation of around 3,660 meters, it offers a mesmerizing experience for nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts, and trekkers alike. With its stunning vistas, pristine beauty, and rich biodiversity, Pindari Glacier attracts visitors from around the world.

The journey to Pindari Glacier begins at the village of Saung, located near Bageshwar in Uttarakhand. From there, trekkers embark on an approximately 45-kilometer round-trip trek that takes them through enchanting landscapes, quaint villages, and lush forests. The trail gradually ascends, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks, verdant valleys, and gushing waterfalls.

The Pindari Glacier trek is a moderate-level trek that can be completed in around 7 to 9 days. The trekking route passes through scenic locations such as Dhakuri, Khati, Dwali, Phurkiya, and finally reaches Zero Point, which provides a panoramic view of the glacier. Along the way, trekkers are treated to the beauty of the Pindar River, which accompanies them throughout the journey.

One of the highlights of the Pindari Glacier trek is the opportunity to witness the diverse flora and fauna of the region. The trail is adorned with a variety of alpine flowers, including rhododendrons, orchids, and primroses, adding splashes of color to the lush green surroundings. The region is also home to a wide range of animal species, such as Himalayan black bears, musk deer, snow leopards, and numerous bird species, making it a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts and birdwatchers.

As trekkers approach the Pindari Glacier, they are greeted by a magnificent sight. The glacier, with its massive expanse of ice, exhibits nature's grandeur and power. The glacier is fed by the snow melting from the surrounding peaks, including Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, and Changuch. The serenity of the glacier and the surrounding snow-capped peaks create a surreal atmosphere that leaves a lasting impression on visitors.

Apart from its natural beauty, Pindari Glacier holds cultural and mythological significance. According to legends, it is believed that the Pandavas, heroes of the Indian epic Mahabharata, traveled through this region during their final journey to heaven. The local villagers consider the glacier sacred and hold an annual festival called the Pindari Mela to honor it.

While Pindari Glacier is a captivating destination, it is important to be well-prepared for the trek. Trekkers should have a reasonable level of fitness and endurance to navigate the trails and handle the changing altitudes. Proper trekking gear, including sturdy shoes, warm clothing, and camping equipment, is essential. It is advisable to trek with a local guide who has knowledge of the route, weather conditions, and safety precautions.

The best time to undertake the Pindari Glacier trek is from May to June and September to October. During these months, the weather is relatively stable, with clear skies and mild temperatures. The monsoon season should be avoided due to the risk of landslides and difficult trail conditions.

As with any adventure in the mountains, it is important to respect the environment and practice responsible tourism. Trekkers should ensure that they leave no trace behind, carry their waste back, and follow the principles of Leave No Trace ethics. It is also advisable to acquire the necessary permits and inform local authorities about your trekking plans for safety purposes.

In conclusion, the Pindari  Glacier trek offers a remarkable journey through pristine natural beauty, diverse wildlife, and a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the region. It is a trek that rewards adventurers with awe-inspiring views, tranquility, and a deep connection with nature. For those seeking an unforgettable experience in the lap of the Himalayas, Pindari Glacier is a destination that promises to leave an indelible mark on their hearts and minds.

Itinerary of Pindari Glacier

Here is a detailed itinerary for the Pindari Glacier Trek:

Day 1: Arrival in Kathgodam - Loharkhet (1,760 meters)

On Day 1, you will arrive at Kathgodam, which is the nearest railway station to Loharkhet. From Kathgodam, you will proceed towards Loharkhet, which serves as the starting point of the Pindari Glacier trek. Loharkhet is located at an altitude of 1,760 meters. You can reach Loharkhet by either private vehicle or shared taxi. The journey from Kathgodam to Loharkhet takes approximately 5-6 hours, covering a distance of around 190 kilometers. Enjoy the scenic drive as you pass through picturesque landscapes and small villages along the way. Once you reach Loharkhet, you will settle into your accommodation and prepare for the trek that begins the next day. Take this time to rest, acclimatize to the altitude, and familiarize yourself with the surroundings. Overnight stay in Loharkhet.

Day 2: Loharkhet to Dhakuri (2680 m, 11 km trek, 6-7 hours)

On Day 2 of the Pindari Glacier Trek, you will commence your trek from Lo harkhet to Dhakuri. The distance covered on this day is approximately 11 kilometers, and it usually takes around 6 to 7 hours to complete the trek.

The trail from Loharkhet initially ascends gradually through a forested area, offering glimpses of the surrounding valleys and mountains. You will pass through small villages, terraced fields, and charming hamlets along the way. The route continues to ascend steadily, providing occasional clearings that present beautiful panoramic views.

As you hike further, you'll reach the picturesque meadow of Dhakuri, situated at an altitude of 2,680 meters. Dhakuri serves as a resting point for trekkers, with its scenic views and pleasant atmosphere. You can relax, enjoy the natural surroundings, and soak in the tranquility of the Himalayan landscape.

After reaching Dhakuri, you will settle into the campsite or guesthouse, depending on your chosen accommodation option. Rest, rejuvenate, and prepare for the next day's trekking adventure. Overnight stay in Dhakuri.

Day 3: Dhakuri to Khati (2210 m, 7 km trek, 4-5 hours)

On Day 3 of the Pindari Glacier Trek, you will continue your trek from Dhakuri to Khati. The distance covered on this day is approximately 7 kilometers, and it usually takes around 4 to 5 hours to complete the trek.

Leaving Dhakuri, the trail gradually desc ends through the lush green forest. You will pass through charming villages, cross small streams and enjoy the serene surroundings. The trail offers occasional glimpses of the snow-capped peaks and the Pindari River flowing alongside.

As you trek further, you will reach Khati, which is the last inhabited village on the Pindari Glacier trek. Situated at an altitude of 2,210 meters, Khati offers a glimpse into the traditional way of life in the region. The village is known for its warm hospitality and picturesque setting.

Upon reaching Khati, you will settle into your accommodation, which can be a guesthouse or camping site. Take some time to explore the village, interact with the locals, and immerse yourself in the cultural heritage of the region. Overnight stay in Khati.

Day 4: Khati to Phurkia (3110 m, 16 km trek, 7-8 hours)  

On Day 4 of the Pindari Glacier Trek, you will embark on a trek from Khati to Phurkia. The distance covered on this day is approximately 14 kilometers, and it usually t akes around 6 to 7 hours to complete the trek.

The trail from Khati gradually ascends through the enchanting forest, offering occasional glimpses of snow-capped peaks and breathtaking valleys. As you trek higher, you will cross the Pinder River and witness the natural beauty that surrounds you.

The route continues with moderate inclines and serene landscapes, leading you to the beautiful campsite of Phurkia. Located at an altitude of 3,240 meters, Phurkia serves as the base camp for the Pindari Glacier. From here, you can enjoy stunning views of peaks like Nanda Kot and Nanda Devi.

Upon reaching Phurkia, you will settle into your camping site or guesthouse, depending on your chosen accommodation option. Rest, relax, and soak in the serene atmosphere as you prepare for the next day's trek to the Pindari Glacier. Overnight stay in Phurkia.

Day 5: Phurkia to Pindari Glacier (3660 m) and back to Phurkia (14 km trek, 7-8 hours)

On Day 5 of the Pindari Glacier Trek, you will undertake the trek from Phurkia to the Pindari Glacier and then return to Phurkia. Th e distance covered on this day is approximately 14 kilometers, and it usually takes around 7 to 8 hours to complete the trek.

From Phurkia, the trail gradually ascends, leading you closer to the majestic Pindari Glacier. As you trek higher, you will be surrounded by stunning Himalayan peaks and panoramic vistas. The trail takes you through rocky terrain, moraines, and snow patches, adding to the adventurous nature of the trek.

After a challenging but rewarding hike, you will reach the Pindari Glacier at an altitude of 3,660 meters. The glacier, with its pristine beauty and awe-inspiring presence, is a sight to behold. Take some time to soak in the breathtaking views, capture memorable photographs, and appreciate the natural wonders around you.

After spending enough time at the glacier, you will retrace your steps back to Phurkia. The return trek follows the same route, allowing you to relish the scenic landscapes once again.

Upon reaching Phurkia, you will settle into your camping site or guesthouse, where you can rest, relax, and reflect on the incredible experience of witnessing the Pindari Glacier. Overnight stay in Phurkia.

Day 6: Phurkia to Khati (16 km trek, 7-8 hours)

On Day 6 of the Pindari Glacier Trek, you will begin your descent from Phurkia and trek back to Khati. The distance covered on this day is approximately 16 kilometers, and it usually takes around 7 to 8 hours to complete the trek.

The trail from Phurkia descends through the scenic landscapes, offering a different perspective of the surrounding mountains and valleys. You will retrace your steps through the enchanting forests, crossing streams and enjoying the natural beauty along the way.

As you make your way back to Khati, you will pass through charming villages, where you can interact with the locals and learn more about their way of life. Take breaks to rest, refuel, and appreciate the serene ambiance of the Himalayan region.

Upon reaching Khati, you will settle into your accommodation and have the opportunity to relax and reflect on the memorable journey you've undertaken. Overnight stay in Khati.

Please note that the trekking duration mentioned is an approximation and can vary depending on individual fitness levels, weather conditions, and group dynamics. It's essential to maintain a steady pace, stay hydrated, and listen to the guidance of your trek leader or guide throughout the trek.

Day 7: Khati to Dhakuri (7 km trek, 4-5 hours)

On Day 7 of the Pindari Glacier Trek, you will continue your descent from Khati to Dhakuri. The distance covered on this day is approximately 7 kilometers, and it usually takes around 4 to 5 hours to complete the trek.

The trail from Khati descends gradually, allowing you to enjoy the scenic beauty of the surroundings. You will pass through picturesque landscapes, charming villages, and lush forests as you make your way back toward Dhakuri.

Take your time to soak in the tranquility of the Himalayas, appreciate the local flora and fauna, and interact with the friendly villagers you encounter along the way.

Upon reaching Dhakuri, you will settle into your campsite or guesthouse, depending on your chosen accommodation option. Relax, rejuvenate, and relish the final moments of your trekking adventure. Overnight stay in Dhakuri.

As always, the trekking durations mentioned are approximate and can vary depending on various factors. It's important to maintain a steady pace, take necessary breaks, and listen to the guidance of your trek leader or guide for a safe and enjoyable experience.

Day 8: Dhakuri to Loharkhet (11 km trek, 6-7 hours) and drive to Kathgodam

On Day 8, you will embark on the tr ek from Dhakuri to Loharkhet, followed by a drive to Kathgodam. The distance covered on this day is approximately 11 kilometers, and it usually takes around 6 to 7 hours to complete the trek.

The trail from Dhakuri gradually descends, retracing the same path you took during the initial days of the trek. As you hike downhill, you can enjoy the serene landscapes, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and appreciate the beauty of the Uttarakhand region.

Passing through the forests, villages, and scenic vistas, you will make your way back to Loharkhet, which serves as the endpoint of the trek. Once you reach Loharkhet, you will bid farewell to the mountains and prepare for the onward journey.

From Loharkhet, you will embark on a drive to Kathgodam. The drive takes approximately 5-6 hours, covering a distance of around 190 kilometers. Once you reach Kathgodam, you can either stay overnight in Kathgodam or proceed with your onward travel arrangements.

This marks the end of your Pindari Glacier trek adventure. Take some time to reflect on the incredible experiences, memories, and achievements you've made during the trek.

Note: The itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions and other factors. It is advisable to check with us for the latest updates and recommendations.

How difficult is Pindari Glacier Trek?

The Pindari Glacier Trek is a moderate to difficult level trek in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand in India. The trek covers a distance of approximately 90 kilometers (55.9 miles) round trip and is usually completed in 7-8 days.

The trek starts from the village of Saung, passes through dense forests, remote villages, and scenic meadows before reaching the Pindari Glacier, which is located at an altitude of approximately 3,660 meters (12,008 feet).

The difficulty level of the trek varies along the route, with some sections being steep and challenging. The trek involves crossing several streams and rivers, including the Pindari River, which can be difficult during the monsoon season.

Trekkers need to be in good physical condition and have some prior trekking experience to complete the Pindari Glacier Trek. The trek also involves camping in the mountains, which requires carrying all necessary equipment and supplies, including warm clothing and proper trekking gear.

Overall, the Pindari Glacier Trek is a challenging trek that offers stunning views of the Himalayan peaks and the Pindari Glacier. The trek is suitable for experienced trekkers who are up for a challenging adventure in the Himalayan region.

How long is Pindari Glacier Trek?

The Pindari Glacier Trek is a popular trekking route in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand in India. The trek covers a total distance of approximately 90 kilometers (55.9 miles) round trip and is usually completed in 7-8 days.

The trek starts from the village of Saung and passes through dense forests, remote villages, and scenic meadows before reaching the Pindari Glacier, which is located at an altitude of approximately 3,660 meters (12,008 feet).

The trek to Pindari Glacier is divided into several stages, with trekkers covering a distance of 10-15 kilometers (6.2-9.3 miles) each day. The trek involves crossing several streams and rivers, including the Pindari River, which can be difficult during the monsoon season.

The trek also involves camping in the mountains, requiring all necessary equipment and supplies, including warm clothing and proper trekking gear. The trek offers stunning views of the Himalayan peaks and the Pindari Glacier, and trekkers have the opportunity to explore remote villages and experience the local culture.

Overall, the Pindari Glacier Trek is a challenging yet rewarding trek that offers a great opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the Himalayan region.

What is the best time to visit Pindari Glacier?

The best time to visit Pindari Glacier is between the months of May and June and then again from September to November. During these months, the weather is pleasant, and the skies are clear, providing excellent visibility of the surrounding peaks and glaciers.

During the summer months of May and June, the weather is warm, and the snow starts to melt, making the trek easier and more comfortable. This is also a good time to see the alpine flowers and meadows in full bloom.

In September and November, the weather is cooler, but the skies are usually clear, providing excellent visibility of the snow-capped peaks and the Pindari Glacier. The autumn months are also a good time to see the changing colors of the trees and foliage.

The monsoon season from July to August should be avoided as the trekking routes can be slippery and dangerous due to heavy rainfall and landslides. The winter months from December to February should also be avoided as the trekking routes are covered with snow, and the temperatures can drop below freezing.

Overall, the best time to visit Pindari Glacier is during the summer and autumn months when the weather is pleasant and the skies are clear, making it a great time to enjoy the natural beauty of the region.

Included in the package

Certified Trek Leaders are provided to you by Walking The Himalayas. 

All the trekking e ssentials like  Tents, Sleeping Bags, Gaiters, Crampons, Liners, Cutlery , etc.

All the staff members from team Walking The Himalayas are experienced that including Guides, Cooking Staff, Helpers, Porters .

We promise our travellers to provide delicious, hygienic & nutritious meals during the trek  that includes morning tea, breakfast, lunch, evening snacks & dinner ).

Fully equipped medical kit, oxygen and safety equipment .

All f orest permits and camping charges .

Not included in the package

Transport to and from Loharkhet  – Walking The Himalayas will arrange shared taxis for trekkers. These shared taxis will pick you up from Kathgodam/Haridwar Railway Station or Airport. Taxi from Kathgodam to Wan Village costs around Rs. 6000 - 7000 per taxi and Rs. 9000 - 10000 per tempo one way. So if you are in a group of 6 - 10 persons then a taxi/tempo will cost around 1000 per person for one side.  

Food during transit to and from the base camp – Walking the Himalayas doesn't include meals purchased during the journey to Loharkhet and back.

Backpack offloading charges – If you wish to offload your backpack, there will be an additional charge of Rs. 1,500 - 2000. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 - 10 kgs. Walking The Himalayas does not allow Suitcases/Strollers/Duffel bags during the trek, so if you are bringing these then you have to take care on your own. These charges can vary for last minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Loharkhet Village (Rs.350 per day inclusive of taxes).  

Personal expenses - Your trekking package doesn't include any kind of personal expenses. 

Cancellation

If your trek gets called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.) we will not refund your money. Instead of money, Walking The Himalayas will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. You can easily redeem that voucher for the same amount for any of the treks available at the same price. 

In case you wish to cancel your trek please email us at [email protected]

Cancellation charges are based on the total trek fee, irrespective of the amount paid either full or partial.

The cancellation policy of Walking The Himalayas is based on the original booking time and the original start date of the trek.

If you cancel a trek before 30 days of the trek start date and get a full refund after the deduction  of a 1.99% payment processing fee.

If you cancel a trek before 15 days of the trek start date and get a refund after a deduction of 20% of the total trek fee.

If you cancel a trek before 10 days of the trek start date and get a refund after a deduction of 40% of the total trek fee.

If you cancel a trek before 5 days of the trek start date and get a refund after a deduction of 60% of the total trek fee.

The Trek fee is non-refundable if you cancel within 4 days before the Trek start date.

Trek cancellation due to weather:

In case of an incomplete trek due to weather conditions, you can opt for the same trek again throughout your lifetime on all our fixed departures for the same trek.

This attempt only covers the trek fee and will not include any rentals or the transportation amount paid earlier.

This is non-transferable.

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The Kumaon range in the Himalayas is known to be pristine and serene and is the hub for various adventurous treks. One such trek is Pindari Glacier Trek. It is located in the upper region of Kumaon Himalayas and to its southeast lies Nanda Cot and Nanda Devi.

The Pindari Glacier Trek gives origin to the pious Pindari River and is filled with natural beauty. The trek is also filled with snow-clad glaciers, the beautiful habitations of Kumaon region, the amicable locals and picturesque scenarios for you to click on some drool-worthy photographs.

The trek is of moderate grade and the drop in temperature often makes your journey difficult and enduring. The trek also challenges you with mountain crossings, spider walls, and gushing streams.

The trek to Pindari Glacier previously starts from Loharkhet village which is situated 20km away from the Bageshwar district. From Loharkhet there is an uphill trek to Dhakuri which is an 11 km continuous journey. But, a new updated, and popular route to the Pindari glacier trek starts from Khati. The surrounding areas keep on becoming greener and the temperature keeps falling on the low side and occasionally hits you with the cold, refreshing wind.

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Khati village provides you with an eye-soothing view of the snowclad mountains of Nanda Valley. Once you cross Dwali, and Phurkiya you reach your final destination of the trek, Zero Point.

The trek to Pindari Glacier is also tucked between rhododendron forests lying transversely in Nanda Devi Sanctuary. Behold the spectacular views of the Panwali Dwar Peak (6,683)m and Maiktoli (6,803)m peaks. 

If you want to experience all this firsthand, make sure to book that seat for your unforgettable trek to the Pindari Glacier and let your adventurous spirit bloom. 

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Overview of Pindari Glacier Trek

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Where is Pindari Glacier Trek?

It is located at a height of 3,353mts above sea level. It falls in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand. The Pindari Glacier Trek is one of the most approachable glaciers in the Kumaon region. It is rolled out over an area of 3.2km.

The glacier gives its origin to the river Pindari, which converges with the Alaknanda at Karnaprayag in the district of Garhwal. The trek to the glacier amazes the trekkers as the entire journey is charged with magnificent beauty and serenity.

Also, the Kafani Glacier is located to the right side of the Pindari glacier at an elevation of 3860m above sea level.

Pindari Glacier Trek Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the Pindari glacier is mid-March to mid-June as it is summer and the weather stays suitable for trekkers. Also visiting from September to late October can be pleasant for the trekkers as it is a spring season 

Trekkers should strictly avoid the mid-June to September months because of heavy rain, road blockage and in worst cases, landslides can be experienced. It will make it unpleasant and dangerous, hence the trek remains closed during the monsoon season.

Also, during winter, the temperature can stoop to low to -°10 and chances of heavy rainfall closure of roads, hence not suitable for trekking.

Pindari Glacier Trek Highlights

  • Having the opportunity to walk amidst the stunning surrounding of Pindari Glacier Trek.
  • Witness the earthy green picturesque landscapes of the hill of Pindari.
  • On every turn of the trail, you will behold views of neighboring mountains. 
  • Zero Point is one of the main attractions of the trek. It offers you the view of stunning mountain peaks all around. It is at an elevation of 12,300 ft. 
  •  Get the opportunity to have a sneak peek at  culture and local life of inhabitants of Pindari.
  • Rhododendron forests accompany you through your tour. 
  • Get an opportunity to even bird watch in the forests over there. 

How do you reach Pindari Glacier Trek? 

Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport located at a distance of 205 km from Bageshwar. So you can board your flight to Pantnagar and then take a cab further to your hotel. But, it depends upon availability another option is Jolly Grand Airport, Dehradun.

Almora-Bageshwar-Munsiyari road gives access to Khati which is approx 59 km from Bageshwar and approx 210 km from Kathgodam. The trekkers will start their trek from here as that is the starting point of the trek. 

The nearest railway station is Kathgodam railway station which is situated at a distance of 171 km from Bageshwar. 

Pindari Glacier Trek Itinerary

Day 0: Delhi – Kathgodam (by train )

Arrive in Delhi. Board your AC train/Bus for Kathgodam/Haldwani railway station in the evening. After arriving at Kathgodam in the morning take your cab to Khati village. You can be reached by evening. 

Relax and take a good bath. Eat your dinner and take plenty of rest to get yourself acclimatized. In the evening go hunt local markets and do some last-minute shopping. Although the options are limited in Khati.

Day 02: Khati – Dwali (12km)

Get up early in the morning and have breakfast. Post breakfast you will start your trek to Dwali. This trek route passes through dense forests and small streams, providing beautiful views of the Himalayas.

Day 03: Dwali – Phurkiya 

Again wake up early in the morning and have breakfast and begin your trek from Dwali and hike for 5-6 hours to reach the campsite in Phurkiya. The Trek route passes through scenic landscapes and offers panoramic views of the Pindari Glacier and surrounding peaks. Set up camp at Phurkiya and rest for the night.

Day 04: Phurkiya – Pindari Glacier & Back to Phurkiya/Dwali 

Wake up early in the morning and have breakfast. Begin the trek from Phurkiya and hike for 3-4 hours to reach the Pindari Glacier. Spend some time exploring the glacier and taking in the breathtaking views.

Day 05: Phurkiya/Dwali to Khati 

Wakeup early in the morning and have breakfast. begin the trek back to Khati, which takes around 7-8 hours. Check-in to a guest for an overnight stay and rest for the night.

Day 06: Khati – Kathgodam

Start early today and have breakfast. Board a taxi or bus to reach Kathgodam, which is a 6-8 hour drive from Khati. Reach Kathgodam in the afternoon and take a train or bus back to your destination.

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Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ’s) for Pindari Glacier Trek

When do i book for the pindari glacier trek.

The trek should be booked two months in advance so that you get the required time for all the arrangements you want to do. Hence, if you are planning to visit in either the summer or spring, book your trek accordingly. 

How Long Does it Take to Acclimatize? 

It takes a while to acclimatize. So when you reach your hotel take an ample amount of rest so that you don’t feel tired and can get accustomed to the climate as well. Also, drink plenty of water and fruit juices to provide you with enough hydration. Take a balanced and healthy diet rich in protein and non-oily. Try to avoid meat and eat light. 

What is the Minimum Temperature During Pindari Glacier Trek? 

The temperature can stoop low to 10° C during the night hours. In the winter months the temperature falls to minus and July and August are the season of monsoon hence receive heavy rainfall. 

What is the Pindari Glacier Trek Cost?

According to Thrillopilia, the usual cost of the Pindari Glacier trek is 12500.

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Pindari Glacier Trek, Bageshwar

The Pindari Glacier Trek is a popular trekking route in Bageshwar, Uttarakhand , India, which takes you through some of the most scenic and remote areas of the region. The trek is approximately 40-45 kilometers long and takes around 7-8 days to complete. It starts from the village of Saung and takes you through several small villages, dense forests, and high altitude meadows, such as Khati and Dwali, before reaching the Pindari Glacier.

The Pindari Glacier is one of the most accessible glaciers in the Himalayas, and it is surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountain peaks, including Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Nanda Kot. The glacier is approximately 3.2 kilometers long and is situated at an altitude of 3,860 meters.

The trek is suitable for trekkers of all levels of experience, as the trail is well-defined and not too steep. However, the trek does require a good level of fitness, as you'll be trekking at high altitudes, and the weather can be unpredictable, with rain or snow possible at any time of the year.

The best time to undertake the Pindari Glacier Trek is between May and June and from September to November when the weather is clear, and the views are spectacular. During the trek, you'll have the opportunity to experience the local culture and traditions of the region, as well as the natural beauty of the surrounding landscapes.

Famous tourist attractions near Pindari Glacier Trek | Places to visit near Pindari Glacier Trek

The Pindari Glacier trek is located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, India. There are several famous tourist attractions near the Pindari Glacier trek that you can visit before or after your trek. Here are some of them:

Nanda Devi National Park : This national park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is home to the Nanda Devi peak, which is the second highest mountain in India. The park is known for its rich biodiversity and stunning landscapes.

Almora : This hill station is located about 90 km from Pindari Glacier and is known for its scenic beauty and rich cultural heritage. It is also famous for its traditional handicrafts and local cuisine.

Kausani : This hill station is located about 130 km from Pindari Glacier and offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas. It is also known for its tea gardens and is a great place to relax and unwind.

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary : This wildlife sanctuary is located about 150 km from Pindari Glacier and is home to several species of birds and animals, including leopards, barking deer, and Himalayan black bears.

Mukteshwar : This town is located about 170 km from Pindari Glacier and is known for its scenic beauty and adventure activities like rappelling and rock climbing. It is also home to the Mukteshwar Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Jim Corbett National Park : This national park is located about 240 km from Pindari Glacier and is known for its tigers and other wildlife. It is a popular destination for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Khati Village : Khati village is from where Pindari Glacier trek starts, you will love to stay there for 1 or 2 days to explore local culture of village and love to connect with local people and how they live pahadi life.

Activities to do near Pindari Glacier Trek | Things to do while Pindari Glacier Trek

The Pindari Glacier trek is located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, India, and offers many opportunities for adventure and exploration. Here are some of the activities you can do near the Pindari Glacier trek :

Trekking : The Pindari Glacier trek itself is a popular trekking route and offers stunning views of the Himalayas. You can also explore other nearby treks, such as the Kafni Glacier trek and the Sunderdhunga trek.

Camping : There are many beautiful campsites near the Pindari Glacier trek, where you can enjoy the serene beauty of nature and the starry night sky.

Rock climbing and rappelling : Mukteshwar, which is located about 170 km from Pindari Glacier, offers several opportunities for rock climbing and rappelling.

Wildlife safaries : You can visit the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary or the Jim Corbett National Park for a wildlife safari and get a chance to spot tigers, leopards, and other exotic animals.

Bird watching : The Kumaon region is home to several species of birds, and bird watching is a popular activity here.

Yoga and meditation : Many yoga and meditation retreats are located in the Kumaon region, offering a peaceful environment for spiritual and physical rejuvenation.

River rafting : You can also go for river rafting in the Kali and Gori rivers, which are located near Pindari Glacier.

Tour Itinerary

Day wise itinerary to pindari galcier trek | pindari glacier trek route full details.

The Pindari Glacier Trek is a popular trekking route in Kumon Region, Uttarakhand in Bageshwar District, which takes you through some of the most scenic and remote areas of the region. Here is a day-wise itinerary for the Pindari Glacier Trek:

Day 1: Kathgodam to Loharkhet (210 km, 10-11 hours)

The trek starts from the village of Loharkhet, which can be reached by road from the town of Kathgodam. The journey takes around 10-11 hours and passes through several small villages and towns.

Day 2: Loharkhet to Dhakuri (11 km, 5-6 hours)

Today's trek takes you through a forested trail to Dhakuri, a scenic meadow that offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks.

Day 3: Dhakuri to Khati (10 km, 5-6 hours)

Today, you'll trek through several small villages and cross several streams before reaching the village of Khati. Khati is a small village located on the banks of the Pindar River and is known for its ancient wooden temples.

Day 4: Khati to Dwali (11 km, 6-7 hours)

Today's trek takes you through dense forests of oak and rhododendron to the village of Dwali. Dwali is located on the banks of the Gori Ganga River and is known for its beautiful camping sites.

Day 5: Dwali to Phurkiya (8 km, 5-6 hours)

Today, you'll trek to Phurkiya, a high altitude meadow located at an altitude of 3,200 meters. The meadow offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks, including the Nanda Devi peak.

Day 6: Phurkiya to Pindari Glacier and back to Phurkiya

(14 km, 8-9 hours) Today is the most challenging day of the trek as you'll trek to the Pindari Glacier and back. The trek takes you through rocky terrain and steep slopes, but the views of the glacier are well worth the effort.

Day 7: Phurkiya to Khati (19 km, 8-9 hours)

Today, you'll retrace your steps back to the village of Khati.

Day 8: Khati to Loharkhet (20 km, 9-10 hours)

The final day of the trek takes you back to the village of Loharkhet, where the trek ends.

Note: Some of the villages like Khati, Dwali and Loharkhet are connected with motorable roads but shared taxies are not regular in these route. Either you can drive or book taxi to reach early.

How to Reach

Location and how to reach pindari glacier trek.

Location: Bageshwar District, Kumaon Region Uttarakhand

Nearest Railway Station to Pindari Glacier Trek : 215km, Kathgodam Railway Station

Nearest Airport to Pindari Glacier Trek : 260 km, Pantnagar Airport – Udham Singh Nagar

Total Trek Distance for Pindari Glacier Trek : 60 kilometers

Pindari Glacier Trek Starts from Loharkhet and ends at same place in Bageshwar District, Uttarakhand. Loharkhet Village is well connected with motorable roads, nearby towns and cities.

Best Time to Visit

Best time to explore pindari glacier trek | best time to visit pindari glacier trek.

The best time to explore the Pindari Glacier trek is from April to June and from September to November. During these months, the weather is pleasant, and the skies are clear, offering breathtaking views of the Himalayas, making it an ideal time for trekking and sightseeing.

In the summer months of April to June, the temperature ranges from 10°C to 20°C during the day and drops to 0°C to 7°C at night. The snow starts melting, and the vegetation begins to bloom, offering beautiful landscapes and an abundance of flora and fauna to observe.

The monsoon season from July to August is not a recommended time to visit the Pindari Glacier trek as the heavy rainfall can lead to landslides, making it difficult to trek and explore the region. If you are still planning to visit during monsoon season, be update with roads and weather conditons.

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • During the trek, there will be places to stay in Camps or Tents (Camping)
  • At Trek, all meals will be provided ( Healthy Food)
  • At Camps, Bonfire will be provided according to weather conditions.
  • For the Trek, there is fees for trekking permits and forest campsites.
  • Trekking Supplies (Tents, Sleeping Bags, Ice Axes, Ropes, etc.)
  • Expert Trek Leaders will there to Guide (Certified in basic/advanced mountaineering courses)
  • A skilled trek crew (Guides, Chefs, Assistants, porters/mules) is available.
  • Protective Gear (First Aid Kit, Medical Kit, Oxygen cylinders (if necessary), stretcher, etc.)
  • Trek Certificate for Completion.
  • Basic Survival Techniques in forest by using natural resources etc.
  • GST (Service Tax)
  • Offloading Fees for Backpacks (Rs.250 Per day/Per bag)
  • Food on the way to Base and from Pick and Drop
  • Offloading fees for backpacks (Rs. 250/day/bag)
  • Anything not mentioned in Inclusion
  • Any personal Expense

Cancellation Policy

At the time of booking, full payment is required.

For the Cancellation due to any reasons, Uttarakhand Guide must be notified of the same in writing at [email protected] . At the time we receive your written cancellation statement, refunds policies will be applicable according to following conditions:

Cancellation before 30 days from the start of Trip

10 % will be deducted from total

Cancellation between 21 to 30 Days from start of Trip

35 % will be deducted

Cancellation between 10 to 21 Days from start of Trip

50 % will be deducted

Cancellation less than 10 days from start of Trip

No amount will be refunded

Note: After the cancellation date, the refund will be handled within 10 working days.

Cancellation fees will be determined based on the total trip cost, and they may vary depending on the date of departure and the date of cancellation.

There will be no refunds:

  • For any missed/unused tour services, including meals, owing to any reason.
  • If the tour's services are changed, altered, revised, cancelled, or not used.
  • If a customer cancels or is forced to cancel the tour due to changes in the itinerary or travel
  • If the consumer is dissatisfied with any of the operator's services

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Pindari Glacier Trek

Pindari glacier.

Pindari glacier Trek

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Pindari Glacier trek hides in the best remote regions of Kumaon with extremely beautiful diverse landscapes. Situated at an altitude of 12,300 feet it offers perfect adventure and thrill to avid trekkers.

Its divine surroundings and rewards offered are enough to leave anybody awestruck.

The gradient of Pindari Glacier trek is easy to moderate which turns out to be one of the best-isolated treks in Uttarakhand.

It offers mind-blowing views of snow-capped Himalayan peaks and it is a great pleasure to walk through forests of Rhododendrons with vibrant flowers lined up. This region is highly rich in Flora and Fauna; therefore, it is a treat for nature lovers.

During this trek, pass through some quaint villages with strong mythological stories and peek into the life of local villagers with a taste of their culture.

Pindari Glacier Trek

The Adventurous Trail of Pindarr Glacier

  • Pindari Glacier trek has some thrills for the trekkers though the trail is easy to moderate.
  • The thrills include crossing Dhakuri pass on the way to Pindari glacier which offers phenomenal views of towering Himalayan peaks that together makes Nanda Devi Sanctuary’s southern rim.
  • The attractive water-bodies on the route are a real delight! Cross wooden bridges and spot cascading waterfalls that surely feast for the eyes.
  • To reach Pindari glacier you have to pass through dense forests of Rhododendrons where you can easily spot a variety of Flora and Fauna. Crossing small streams and rivulets makes this trek a pretty adventurous one.

Pindari Glacier Trek

Why Choose Pindari Glacier Trek? 

1. Pindari Glacier is perched in the remote Kumaon Himalayas and it is one of the best-isolated treks in Uttarakhand. Pindari Glacier trek is best for adventure and nature lovers.

During the trek, pass through quaint Himalayan villages and peep into the lifestyle of villagers and their culture. Also, get stunning mountain views. The Dhakuri pass crossing with small rivulets and bridge crossing adds adventure to this trek. Pass through diverse landscapes and spot a variety of Flora and Fauna.

Pindari Glacieris one of the most accessible trekking glaciers amongst the others and attracts a large crowd of amature trekkers.Jam packed with variable terrains, exotic flora-fauna and easy in accessibility; Pindari GlacierTrek is nothing less than a dream to aspiring mountaineers. The trek view of this glacier establishes a fantastic view of the Nanda Devi and Nandakhot mountains.

  • Experience the best of Pindari Glacier
  • Get a panoramic view of many snow covered peaks like Nanda Devi and Nandakhot mountains visible form the top.
  • Test your endurance limits both physically and mentally
  • Zero point of this glacier is situated at a towering height of 3660m
  • Encounter the charm and pride of Kumaon region through Pindari Glacier.
  • View the lush green Landscapes of Pindari hills.

Pindari Glacier Trek

Key Points of Pindari Glacier Trek 

Level: Easy to Moderate

Proper conditioning & training of body required

Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature.

Shoes are the single most important equipment.

High Altitude requires proper acclimatization.

Beautiful landscapes so carry good photo gear & Extra battery backup.

The backpack should not exceed 10 kgs.

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Duration : 7 days (Kathgodam to Kathgodam)

Best Season: May, June, September, and October

Level : Easy to Moderate

Highest Point: (12,300 feet)

Trekking distance (Total):  (50 km)

Weather: Nights are cold and day temperature is pleasant according to the season.

Summer temperature: (5°C to 12°C)

Starting point: Kathgodam

  Some of the trek highlights

The gradient of the Pindari Glacier trek is easy to moderate, making it one of the best-isolated and family-friendly treks in Uttarakhand. It provides breathtaking views of snow-capped Himalayan peaks, and it is a joy to walk through forests of crimson Rhododendrons with vibrant flowers lined up.This region is abundant in flora and fauna, making it ideal for nature enthusiasts. The trektraverses along the wilderness of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary, offering impressive views of peaks like PanwaliDwar and Maiktoli.

The trail to the glacier passes through some quaint villageslike Saung and Loharkhet with strong mythological stories, then further crosses the Dhakuri Pass, and continues on to Khati (the last inhabited village on the trail). The trek finally concludes at Zero Point, Pindar. Despite the fact that the majority of the trail runs along the banks of the Pindari River, the river is mostly hidden until after Khati

Things to Look out for-

  • The trek is certain to provide unrivalled feelings of accomplishment.
  • Souvenirs fromKathgodam and Dehradun are great for memories.
  • There are countless photogenic peaks, so we recommend that you prepare yourself for any aesthetic shoots. The best pictures are those taken under a blue sky with snow-covered peaks in the background.
  • Experience the grandeur of the peaks like Nanda Devi and Maiktoli.

Short Itinerary Pindar Glacier Trek

Day 1 – Drive from Kathgodam to Loharket (180 km) (7/8 Hours) (5500 feet)

Day 2 – Drive from Loharkhet to Kahrkia and trek to Khati (04 km) (3/4 Hours) (7,300 feet)

Day 3 – Trek from Khati to Dwali (13 km) (6/7 Hours) (8,600 feet)

Day 4 – Trek from Diwali to Phurkia (05 km) (3/4 Hours) (10,500 feet)

Day 5 – Trek from Phurkia to Zero Point Pindari Glacier and back to Phurkia (16 km) (7/8 Hours) (12,300 feet)

Day 6 – Trek from Phurkia to Khati via Dwali (18 km) (7/8 Hours) (7300 feet)

Day 7 – Trek from Khati to Kharkia (04km) Same day Drive to Kathgodam (180 km) (7/8 Hours)

View during the journey

Top of the Zero Point of Pindari Glacier provides the views of high and mighty Nanda Devi and Nandkhot mountains.

Trekkers will be able to experience the exotic flora and fauna of the southern parts of Nanda Devi Sanctuary.

While on the trail near the Sanctuary, the mighty views of PanwaliDwar and Maiktoli peaks will follow trkkers.

Nearby places to visit

Trekkers are most likely recommended extending their stay at Kathgodam and explore the city. Sheetla Devi Temple, Kalichaud temple, Sat Tal and Hanuman Garhi are just some of the few places trekkers can visit in the city of Kathgodam.

While on their trek to Pindari Glacier trekkers can take time to explore the villages they will be crossing. The trail is perfectly laid with easy accessibility and small shops at every few points.

Best Time to Visit  Pindari Glacier Trek

Both the ascent and the descent of Pindari Glacier are moderate in level  as the trekkers hike forward. The best time to hike these paths is during the months of May to October. The unfavorable temperatures and precipitation make this trek a pre and post monsoon season trek. Temperatures typically range from 5 to 12 degrees Celsius during the day, with substantially colder nights.

Is it safe?

Set amidst the high altitudes, concerns regarding Pindari GlacierTrek safety are indeed very valid questions. To brush off all the concerns we would like to confirm that the teams of Himalayan Hikers have calculated all the possible probabilities if anything goes off the schedule. All the new trails after the 2013 cloud burst have been repaired and completely furnished.

All of our professionals strive to provide the best experience possible for trekkers, so a collaborative contribution of a relaxed mindset and morally communicative behavior with fellow trekkers will be greatly appreciated.

Difficulty level

The moderate journey of Pindari GlacierTrekwould precisely require a good camera concerning how good the views are. Because the top is relatively high in elevation, we strongly recommend a reasonable level of physical fitness.Weadvise trekkers to physically and mentally prepare themselves prior to this trek.

Any medical assistance that is required will be provided at any point of the journey; however, trekkers must consult their professional care before beginning any trek. We also strongly advise trekkers to learn about altitude sickness and to notify our teams as soon as any symptoms appear.

  Weather conditions

Weather conditions depend on the time of the year trekkers are travelling. Months from pre and post monsoon experience moderate temperatures during the day with substantially colder nights.

Easier trails with less confusing journey makes this trek a perfect summer and early winter trek. The weather during summers are quite favorable for trekking elevation and safer trails.

Things to carry

1) Because nights at elevations tend to be considerably colder, we suggest having well-graded, warm and comfortable clothing along with good quality shoes.

2) Despite the fact that we handle medical crises, we urge individuals to keep their emergency kits at hand in any case of personal underlying illnesses.

3) Since the journey provides you with a picturesque view of many peaks, don’t forget to bring your camera along with extra batteries.

4) Our staff will consult with fellow trekkers about their luggage and, if lacking, will assist trekkers in obtaining any necessary equipment. Only the relevant luggage should be brought, as a result.

Other trekking Essentials-

Connectivity and Transactions

1) Because connectivity along the route is unpredictable, we urge people to do all of their work ahead of time.

2) Trekkers will be provided with walkie- talkies beforehand in case of emergency

3) Last ATM transactions available will be at some stops after Kathgodam but we recommend travellers to collect cash beforehand or while in Kathgodam as ATM available at other places might not dispense cash at times.

  How to Reach Pindari Glacier Trek 

If you are travelling from any metropolitan city in India or from outside India, getting to the capital city of Delhi may be the first and most important step. All major modes of transportation, such as air, road, and rail, can take you to Delhi.

Kathgodam is connected to most major cities in India via all chief modes of transportation. Trekkers could perhaps conduct extensive research for their direct mode of transportation to ensure a much smoother arrival.

How to reach Kathgodam from Delhi

By air – Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport to Kathgodam. It is well connected to Delhi with atleast 4 flights in a week. Cabs are easily available from the airport to Kathgodam.

By road -Delhi have direct road routes to Kathgodam. Trekkers will have to book either a bus or private cabs. Prior booking for cabs and bus are easily available at various sites.

Delhi>Kathgodam

By railway – Nearest Railway station to Kathgodam will be KathgodamRailway station. Since Kathgodam is connected to all major railway routes, trekkers can opt for a direct route or via Delhi.

. Some important points to note-

  • Please note that we don’t provide timings schedules for transportation before Kathgodam. Subjected to various conditions the scheduled timings and availability of particular rides may differ. We recommend trekkers to reach out our teams for any queries. You can drop an email or call us for an initial guided session.
  • Our teams will be collecting trekkers at fixed points of airports, railway stations and bus stands.
  • It is recommended that unless any delay arrives, trekkers are advised to reach the destinations at least 2 hours prior.

Things Himalayan Hikers recommend

As previously stated, a camera, as well as spare batteries and memory cards, are recommended. We can assure and guarantee that you will be stopping frequently along the trail to observe the grandeur of the trekking experience.

We strongly recommend trekkers to prepare beforehand for the journey ahead. Regular practicing physical fitnessand mental endurance will surely assist trekkers in great time.

After the trek, we strongly encourage trekkers to tag us on social media when they post any memories from the trip; this will not only prove invaluable to us with our work, but will also serve as a motivational example for all of our experts.

Why you should choose us

We’re here to give you the greatest experience possible through the eyes of highly skilled and qualified specialists who have a passion for adventure sports. We are community members attempting to promote our favorite adventure sports while also supporting local businesses. We, at Himalayan hikers, dedicate ourselves to providing you with an unforgettable experience.

Day 1 : Drive from Kathgodam to Loharket

Trek Distance – 180 km

Time taken – 7/8 hours

Altitude – 5,500 feet

Reach Kathgodam Railway Station on your own, vehicle will be arranged from there to reach Loharkhet. Have breakfast en route. The drive is through some beautiful places i.e. Bheem Tal, Almora, Bageshwar and Kapot.

Reach Loharkhet and the arrangements will be made in a guest house there.

Day 2 : Drive from Loharkhet to Kahrkia and trek to Khati

Total distance – 4 km (Trek)

Time taken – 3 hours (Drive) 2 hours (Trek)

Altitude – 7,400 feet (Loharkhet) 7,300 feet (Khati)

Have breakfast at Loharkhet and leave for Kahrkia, it is the last village on road and starting point of Pindari Glacier trek. From Kahrkia the trek starts to Khati which can be reached in an hour or two.

Go through beautiful trail full of Rhododendrons and Oaks on both the sides. Get pleasure to walk under the shade of trees, this dense forest is different from others because of its tranquil charm and vibrant colors. Reach Khati which is a great campsite because of the ravishing mountain views from there.

The high peaks visible from Khati are – Nandakot, Laspadhura and Nandabaner. Explore the area in leisure time. Have sumptuous food and settle for the day.

Day 3 : Trek from Khati to Dwali

Trek Distance – 13 km

Time taken – 6/7 hours

Altitude – 8,600 feet

Today is a long trekking day, so make sure you have enough breakfast to remain energized. Start trekking and after few steps come across the very first water point; a stream. The trail is a mixture of ascents and descents, be careful because some areas are slippery.

Look back and relish the beguiling sight of entire Khati village. Descent and see Dwali on opposite side of the river, from there the Pindari valley is visible towards the left and Kafni valley towards the right.

The Dwali village is meeting point of both the rivers; Pindari and Kafni. Setup your camps at the ground of Dwali and settle for the day.

Day 4 : Trek from Dwali to Phurkia

Total distance – 5 km

Time taken – 3 hours

Altitude – 10,500 feet

From Dwali to Pukhria the terrain snakes its way through the forest of Rhododendrons and Pindari River can be seen flowing below. On a clear weather day, lofty Nanda Devi and Mt. Nanda Khat are clearly visible.

Come across a wide meadow where the Himalayan Ibex are common to find. Ahead are some beautiful forests clearings which are beautiful enough to leave you awe struck!

Today, enjoy crossing glacial streams. Here the hard snow is also found in the months of April and May. Reach the campsite; Phurkia. Pitch your tents and retire for the night.

Day 5 : Trek from Phurkia to Zero Point Pindari Glacier and back to Phurkia

Total distance – 16 km

Altitude – 12,300 feet

The trek to Pindari Glacier is a thrilling and adventurous one. Start the day young because you have to return and it will again take 3 to 4 hours. The trail offers scenic sights with just mind blowing clear views of Mt. Nandakhat on a clear weather day. Ahead snow patches appear, be careful because they remain slippery.

Have a look at snow covered peak of Mt. Bauljuri. The path is tricky towards the valley, so cross this section carefully and start climbing the ridge. From here, the Pindari Glacier on the left comes into sight with Changuch looming in the background.

With Pindari Glacier the whole snow clad Himalayan peaks shine in the glory. Now, plan you return soon. Retrace your steps and get back to Phurkia campsite. Descending takes less time. Reach the campsite and wait for the delicious food to be served then retire for the night.

Day 6 : Trek from Phurkia to Khati via Dwali

Total distance – 18 km

Altitude – 7,300 feet Today is the longest trekking day and may also be the tiring one. Phurkia is 18 km away from Khati.

Get down to Dwali and after a 4 to 5 hours hike from there reach Khati. Setup your camps there, relax! Wait for the sumptuous food and retire for the night.

Day 7 : Trek from Khati to Kharkia and Drive to Kathgodam

Total distance – 4 km (Trek) 180 km (Drive)

Time taken – 2 hours (Trek) 7/8 hours (Drive)

Khati to Kharkia, the distance is 4 km but the descent is easy so it can be covered in an hour or two.

Vehicles will be arranged from Kharkia to reach Kathgodam. The Pindari Glacier trek ends here.

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below.

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc, Passport and Visa important to foreigners Medical Certificate (First part should be filled by the Doctor and Second part by the Trekker) Declaration Certificates

Note: –   Many trekkers commit the same mistake of carrying unnecessary items on a trek which only makes the backpack heavy. It is important to know the right items to carry. It differs from season to season if you are trekking in summers then carry less layers of warm clothing and if you are trekking in winters carry enough layers to protect yourself against chilly cold.

Necessary Items for trekkers

carry on a trek

Backpack (50 to 60 liters) A strongly built backpack with good support is compulsory for a trek. (Rain cover is important)

Sturdy Trekking Shoes The shoes should be strong enough with good support. The people ask if sports shoes would be comfortable but it is good to bring the right trekking shoes.

The Clothes You Should Bring On a Trek Avoid keeping extra clothes because it only makes you backpack heavy.

Trek Pants – The jeans are never suitable for a trek so you need at least 2-3 trek pants for treks carry more for longer treks.

Jacket – Jackets are very important to carry on a trek it protects you against the chilly weather. So carry 2 jackets on a week long trek.

Layers of warm Clothing  Carry warm woolen layers or fleece. Carry more layers during winter season (at least 2 to 3) and less during summer.

Thermals – The Temperature decreases at night so you might be need thermals for Night.

T- Shirts – Bring those t shirts which dry fast.

Poncho –They are needed if you are trekking on a Rainy day to keep you dry.

Hiking Pole

Water Bottle 2

Cap or Balaclava

Woolen and Waterproof Gloves

Socks (Woolen and Regular)

Torch head light

Personal Toiletry Items –  (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)

Carry Personal Medical Kit

Personal Medical Kit (Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)

Medical Kit

Diamox – (Prevents altitude sickness)

Digene – (It cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)

Crocin Advance – (Cures fever and headache)

Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)

Disprin – (Cures headache)

Avomine – (Prevents motion sickness)

Avil – (It treat allergies)

Norflox TZ & Lomofen – (Prevents Diarrhoea)

Ranitidine – (Reduces the amount of acid in stomach)

Volini/Moov spray – (For sprains)

Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)

Stretchable/Elastic bandage

Note:- Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor. In case you face any problem during your trek, discuss and take advice from the Professional guide.

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What is Included In This Trek?

Transport Facility Kathgodam To Kathgodam

Forest Permit and entrance fee

Accommodation in tents on twin share basis

All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner

(All camping gears)

High quality tents

Sleeping bags

Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents

Dining Tent

Dining Table

Kitchen team

Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication

Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide

Medical Kit

Oxygen Cylinders

Crampons and Gaiters

What is Not Include In This Trek?

Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included

Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included

Transport Facility Kasol To Kasol

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PINDARI GLACIER TREK

The Pindari Glacier trek is a relatively easy trekking trail. The Pindari glacier is situated between the Nanda Kot and Nanda Devi peaks and is a major destination for tourists and high altitude trekking in India. The pristine white glacier measures 3.2 km in length and 1.5 km in width and has gigantic mountains in its background.

The Pindari glacier trek is a must-do activity for all those who wish to experience nature very closely without compromising on peace and tranquility. The journey to the Pindari glacier begins at Nainital and goes on to Lahorekhet. Usually, night camps are set up and the evening is spent in these camps. On your way to the Pindari glacier, you will also come across Dhakuri, which is a place of great scenic splendour.

On moving ahead from Dhakuri, you come to the Khati village, which is the largest village in the region. Situated on the banks of the River Pinder, the village serves as a perfect spot for a night halt. From Khati you will need to trek another 11 kms to reach Dwali. Dwali has beautiful surroundings to offer and you can relish the beauty of the place as you trek on ahead to Phurkia, situated about 6 kms away.

Pindari glacier is situated at a distance of about 17 kms from Dwali. The vista opens into a beautiful view as you reach the Pindari glacier. Your efforts are paid off with the panoramic view of the surroundings that the Pindari Glacier offers you.

Best Season:  March - October Difficulty Level:  Moderate Max. Elevation:  3627 m

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  • Transportation available at ₹ 2000/person from Kathgodam to Kathgodam
  • Transportation available at ₹ 3200/person from Delhi to Delhi
  • Jumbo Bag at ₹ 2200/person for entire Trek (Click here to know more)
  • Back Pack offloading ₹ 1200/person
  • River Rafting in Rishikesh ₹ 800/person
  • Transportation from Bageshwar to Bageshwar
  • Meals - (Veg Only- Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks and Dinner)
  • Equipment: Tents(Triple/Double Sharing), Sleeping Bags, Sleeping Matts
  • Accommodation in Hotel/Guest House and Tents
  • Experienced Trek Leader, Professional Guides and a very supportive staff
  • Forest permits
  • Medical Amenities – First Aid Kits, Oxymeters, oxygen cylinders.
  • Sanitised and Hygienic Camp sites and Hotels
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusion list
  • Meals during Transportation
  • Any kind of personal Expenses
  • Unscheduled or extended stay due to road blocks, Landslides
  • Porter/mule charges (Personal), Back pack offloading Charges
  • Cost of Evacuation in case of emergency

MODE OF TRANSPORTATION

  • No of Persons (1-4) : Hatch Back - Alto, Swift or Equivalent Vehicle
  • No of Persons (5-8) : Tata Sumo/Mahindra Bolero or Equivalent Vehicle
  • No of Persons (9-12): Tempo Traveler
  • April: 03, 04, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25
  • May: 01, 02, 08, 09, 15,16, 22, 23, 29, 30
  • June: 05, 06, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
  • Oct : 01, 02, 08, 09, 15
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SUMMARY PINDARI GLACIER TREK

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Pindari Glacier Trek is one of the best treks in Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. It is the source of River Pindar which is a major tributary of the Alakananda river and meets Alakananda at Karnaprayag. 

The Pindari kafni glacier trek is along streams and rivers, with view of the Himalayan peaks like Panwali Dwar, Maiktoli, Nanda Kot, Nanda Khat, Mt. Baljouri and many more. Though it is a long trek but is easy and offers a lot to both beginners and experienced trekkers

What is special about Pindari Glacier trekking?

  • Easy to Moderate grade trek
  • Ideal for beginners as well as experienced trekkers
  • Mesmerizing Landscapes with view of Himalayan Peaks
  • Gushing Rivers and streams along the way
  • Explore the remote villages of Kumaon
  • Artistic and picturesque landscapes
  • Snow capped peaks of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary like Nanda Khat, Nanda kot, Nand Baner, Laspadhura, Baljouri

PINDARI GLACIER TREK ITINERARY

Day 1: Bageshwar to Khati , 60 km drive, 4 km trek

  • Report at Bageshwar at 12:00 PM 
  • Leave for kahrkia at 1:00 PM
  • Trek to Khati 4 Kms
  • Stay in guest house
  • Dinner followed by rest

Day 2: Khati to Dwali , 13 km Trek

  • Today we will walk with a heavy breakfast as it is going to be a long day trek
  • Many water points and stream on this day
  • You will witness both Pindari Glacier Trek and kafni valley today
  • Stay at Dwali
  •  Dinner followed by Rest

Day 3: Dwali to Phurkiya

  • Leave Dwali after Breakfast 
  • Trek to Phurkiya
  • Acclimitization walk in evening
  • Dinner and Rest

Day 4: Phurkiya to zero point and back to Phurkiya

  • Today we leave early at 5 to reach zero point on time
  • Zero point is the last point from where we can see the complete Pindari Glacier Trek
  • Return and stay at Phurkiya
  • Today you will see Nandakhat and Baljouri Peaks
  • Dinner and Stay at Phurkiya

Day 5: Phurkiya to Khati , 18 Km Trek

  • Early Breakfast
  • Descend down to Khati village
  • Stay at Khati village

D ay 6: Khati to Bageshwar

  • Trek down and Drive to Bageshwar.
  • Arrival by evening
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Trek Essentials

Tss jumbo bag.

  • Backpack/Ruck Sack (at least 55 Litres) and a small day bag ( upto 15 litres) for summit day
  • Poncho/Raincoat and Rain Cover for Ruck Sack
  • 2 Quick Dry T-shirts (preferably Full Sleeves) and Track Pants
  • Warm Jacket preferably a down jacket or an equivalent heavy jacket to protect from cold at night
  • Comfortable Shoes with a good grip and ankle support. We recommend Quechua Forclaz 100 or similar shoe
  • A pair of fleece jacket or fleece upper
  • Good Thermals for insulation at night
  • Lip Balm and Cold Cream
  • Sun Cap or Sunscreen (SPF 30+)
  • Dark Sunglasses. People who wear spectacle may use photochromatic lenses in their spects
  • 2 pair of warm socks and at least 2 pair of normal cotton socks
  • 1 Pair of slippers/Sandals
  • Woolen Cap and Gloves for night
  • Toiletries – Tooth brush, Tooth paste, Liquid soap, Hand Sanitizers, Slippers, Light Towel, Toilet Roll (Avoid wet tissues as they are not eco friendly)
  • Torch or Headlamp with extra pair of batteries
  • Personal Medical Kit: Crocin-Fever, Avomine-Motion Sickness, Avil 25mg – Allergies, Combiflam, Disprin-headache, Norflox TZ & Lomofen-diarrhea, digene-acidity, omez/rantadine  antacid, crepe bandages, band aids, ORS, betadiene or antiseptic cream, moov spray/volini, cotton, gauze.
  • Water bottle 1 L or Hydration bag 2 L
  • Other personal accessories – Camera, Tripod, mobile charger, power banks(as there will be no electricity during the trek)
  • Being a high altitude trek, this trek is suitable for climbers with good physical condition and stamina.
  • This is a tentative itinerary which may change as per weather conditions
  • We expect you to carry your rucksacks, in case if you want them to be carried by mules back pack offloading charge up to Rs. 300/bag/day is applicable
  • In case of any natural calamity the company will not be able to refund the trip charges, for more details check our cancellation policy

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Explore the Stunning Pindari Glacier Trek with the Searching Souls

The Pindari Glacier Trek is a Zero point  trek that offers a diverse range of terrain, including level walks through beautiful rhododendron forests, mountain ridges, spider-walls, and stream crossings. The highlight of the trek is the breathtaking Pindari Glacier Trek located at 12,300 feet is a not only a sight to behold but is suitable for families with children, making it a favorite among trekkers.

Pindari Glacier Trek History 

The Pindari and Milam Valley have a rich history of ancient trade routes connecting them to Tibet for many centuries. In 1830, GW Traill, the first Deputy Commissioner of Kumaon, explored a shorter route to Martoli in Milam Valley from Pindari Glacier, which involved crossing Traill’s Pass, a col at 17,700 feet, through the Pindari ice-fall.  Pindari Glacier Trek

This sparked a series of explorations by various individuals and teams, including Schlagintweits (1850), Ruttledge (1926), the Japanese Mt. Nanda Kot Expedition team (1936), Osmaston and surveyors (1938), Arnold Heim (1937), and S.S Khera (1941). Although Pindari Glacier Trek is not the largest or longest glacier in the Himalayas, its approach to the huge ice-fall section is rarely as easy to navigate as it is here.

How to reach the base camp of Pindari glacier trek- Khati Village?

By Bus: There are regular bus services available from major cities in Uttarakhand like Nainital, Almora, and Ranikhet to the town of Bageshwar. From Bageshwar, you can take a local bus or taxi to reach Khati village. The distance between Bageshwar and Khati is around 40 km, and it takes approximately 3 to 4 hours to reach Khati from Bageshwar.

By Train: The nearest railway station to Khati is Kathgodam Railway Station, located around 200 km away. From there, you can take a train to Haldwani, which is the nearest major town to Khati. From Haldwani, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Khati village.

By Road: Khati is well connected by road to major cities in Uttarakhand. Buses and taxis are available from cities like Delhi, Dehradun, Haridwar, and Kathgodam. The nearest major town to Khati is Almora, which is around 60 km away. From Almora, you can hire a taxi or take a local bus to reach Khati.

Safety with TSS

The Searching Souls have always taken Safety as the utmost Priority in their Treks. We Have a “Zero Negligence” approach toward Safety. As a result, we have taken the Following Steps.

Medical Tents: TSS is the Only Company in the Country that Pitches dedicated Medical Tents to The Slopes at all their Campsites. The Medical Tents consist of a Stretcher, Oxygen Cylinder, First Aid Kits, Oxymeters, and a few other facilities depending on the Slope and the nature of The Terrain.

Qualified Trek leaders: All Our Trek Leaders are Qualified From the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering and have thorough knowledge and experience of the Mountains.  Pindari Glacier Trek

Emergency Planning: Team TSS always plans a step ahead in the Mountains as we believe anything at any time can happen in the Mountains, All Our trek leaders, Camp managers, and Cooks are aware of what should be the Course of Action in case of Medical emergency and Natural Calamities.

TSS Support Team: Safety in the Mountains begins at Home, Proper Planning and preparation are Key in any Mountain Trek. TSS Support Team is always available and will help you prepare better for the Trek through their Expert Knowledge and Guidance.

TSS Jumbo Bags: For executive travelers seeking adventure, trekking is a popular way to explore unfamiliar terrain and find inner peace. However, selecting the right equipment can be crucial to ensure safety and comfort during the journey. TSS recognizes this and offers a solution with their MY JUMBO BAG – BUDDY, which includes all necessary gear for a high-altitude trek at an affordable price. 

The company also emphasizes the importance of quality equipment in ensuring a successful and memorable trek, while cautioning against overpriced or unnecessary items. With TSS, travelers can confidently embark on their trek, knowing they have a reliable companion in their trek bag.

Are you tired of spending a fortune on expensive trekking equipment? Look no further than MY JUMBO BAG – BUDDY. 

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Why Experience the Magic of Kheerganga with The Searching Souls?

Expertise: The Searching Souls is a team of experienced trek leaders who are passionate about sharing their love for the outdoors with others. They have extensive knowledge of the Nag Tibba trek and the surrounding areas, ensuring that you have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Personalized attention: The Searching Souls focuses on small group sizes, allowing them to provide personalized attention to each trekker. They take the time to understand your individual needs and interests and customize the trek to ensure that you have the best experience possible.

Safety: Safety is a top priority for The Searching Souls. They provide all necessary safety equipment, including first aid kits and emergency communication devices, and their trek leaders are trained in wilderness first aid.

Responsible tourism: The Searching Souls is committed to responsible tourism practices. They follow Leave No Trace principles, minimizing their impact on the environment, and also support local communities by using local guides and porters.

Memorable experience: The kasol kheerganga trek with The searching Souls is not just a trek, but an experience. From the stunning views to the warmth of the local hospitality, the trek is sure to leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.

What should you pack for the Pindari Glacier Trek ?

Basic trek essentials​.

  • Rucksack (60-70 ltr with cover)
  • Down Jacket
  • Gloves (Woollen and Waterproof)
  • Poncho or a Rain Coat
  • Trekking Pole
  • Trek Shoes - Men or Women
  • Trek Pant – 2 Nos. Preferred
  • Day Pack ( 20-30 litres)
  • A pair of Thermals
  • Warm Socks and cotton socks ( 2-3 pair)
  • Woollen Cap
  • Gloves ( Woollen and waterproof)
  • Extra Layering of Warm Clothing as per necessity
  • Extra lowers for Nights
  • Utensils : Plates, Spoon and Coffee Mug
  • Photo ID proof

Personal Utilities :​

  • Sun Glasses ( UV Protected )
  • Sun Screen Lotion (Min SPF- 30 min)
  • Moisturiser
  • Lunch box, Coffee mug and spoon
  • Water bottle or Hydration Bag
  • Basic First Aid
  • Energy Bars

Toiletries :

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Wet wipes (unscented)
  • Zip Lock Bags
  • Sanitizing Toilet Spray
  • Soap and Handwash (pocket sized)
  • Tooth Paste and Tooth Brush

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Pindari Glacier Trek via Dhakuri Pass

Pindari Glacier Trek or Pindar Valley Trek was perhaps one of the most popular treks in India back in the 80’s and 90’s. Apart from its picturesque trail, one of the main reasons for its popularity was the simplicity of “Tea House” style. People from different corners of the world came to explore this superb and classy trail. Although camping is the only way to complete this trek at present, that’s nothing short of a lifetime experience.

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At the highest point, you see a remarkable view of the Pindari Glacier icefall and the surrounding mountain peaks (there are many of them forming the outer rim of Nandadevi Sanctuary, including Mrighthuni, Panwali Dwar, Nandakot, and Chhanguch). On top of that, we take the classic longer trail via Dhakuri Pass (also called Dhakuri Top), which opens a new vista of panoramas from the pass and subsequent points. From Dhakuri, we can witness the beautiful Sunderdhunga valley at its fullest, with a series of peaks on its head (some are Bhanoti, Tharkot, Devtoli and Devistan) combined with the adjacent Pindari valley.

from-dhakuri-sunderdhunga-and-pindar-valley

 Pindari glacier trek itinerary: 

Day 1: Drive from Kathgodam to Loharkhet via Almora, Bageshwar and Song. 9/10 hours drive, ~ 180 Km. Tent. (~ 2000 m/6560 ft) Day 2: Trek from Loharkhet to Dhakuri campsite via Dhakuri Pass/Khal (~ 2900 m/9500 ft) – gradual uphill till pass and then a descent to the camping ground. ~ 10 Km, 6/7 hours. Tent. ~ 2700 m/8850 ft. Day 3: Witness the beautiful sunrise and start comfortably after breakfast. Trek down to Kharkiya, 3 Km and then trek to Khati village 4 Km and camp. Total walk, 7 Km, 4 hours. ~ 2200 m/7220 ft. Day 4: Trek to Dwali, 12 Km, 6/7 hours. Camp ~ 2700 m/8850 ft. Day 5: Trek to Phurkiya, 5 Km, 3/4 hours. Camp. ~ 3200 m/ 10500 ft. Day 6: Visit Pindari Zero point (~ 3750 m/12300 ft) and return to Phurkiya ~ 15 Km, 9/10 hours. Camp Day 7: Trek back to Khati via Dwali, 17 Km, 6/7 hours. Camp Day 8: Trek to Kharkiya road head, approx 1 hour and drive to Kathgodam in 9/10 hours time.

Important notes:

  • You need to reach Kathgodam on Day 1 morning (latest by 8 am) or the previous night. Return to Kathgodam on Day 8 evening (by 7 pm). Arrange your tickets for inward journey and return from Kathgodam accordingly. We may arrange transport to reach Loharkhet and return but are NOT included in the TREK FEE.
  • A shorter itinerary excluding Dhakuri pass takes 6 days from Kathgodam to Kathgodam. You can directly reach Kharkiya by car and walk to Khati the same day. In 4 days you will trek to Pindari glacier Zero point and back to Khati. On Day 6 walk to Kharkiya and take a car to Kathgodam. Although we strongly suggest you cross Dhakuri Pass for fascinating views of Pindari and Sunderdhunga valleys together.
  • The route from Dwali to Kafni glacier is still not operational. The route was completely washed off during 2013 cloudbursts and yet to be reconstructed.

About the trail:

Loharkhet to khati village via dhakuri khal:.

On the first day of the itinerary, we drive from Kathgodam or the adjacent city of Haldwani to our base camp at Loharkhet. We drive through Kumaon, starting from the lower hills starting at Kathgodam, and then through Almora and Bageshwar town to the village of Loharkhet at ~ 2000 m/6560 ft. We set our tent beside the Forest Guard office.

reaching-loharkhet-basecamp

Our trek base, Loharkhet, is in the Bageshwar district of Kumaon division. It is on top of a ridge going straight up from Song Village, which is in Saryu Valley. Starting from Loharkhet, the Pindari glacier trail is broad and crosses the gentle Dhakuri Khal. Once we enter the Pindari River Basin, the trail gradually rises towards the Pindari Glacier.

loharkhet-village

As we start trekking from Loharkhet, we follow the broad trail, climbing steadily up towards the Dhakuri Khal (2902m/9520ft). It is a moderate steep ascent of almost 900m (2953ft) in 9 Km, and there is no water available en route. Situated on a forested ridge, Dhakuri is a broad pass that provides a wonderful view of some of the peaks on the southern wall of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary.

climb-start-from-loharkhet-forest-hut

As we descend from the pass, we will find the Dhakuri rest house, 2 Km lower down at ~ 2700m/8860ft, about an hour away. A lovely forest with summer strawberries surrounds the rest houses and adjacent camping ground. Moreover, the view of the Sunderdhunga valley and the peaks on its head is breathtaking.

dhakuri-camp-pindari-glacier-trek

On the following day, the trail continues its winding path downward through the forest. Once it reaches the valley’s lowest point, the trail turns towards the east, leading to Khati, the largest village in the region, situated at an altitude of ~ 2050 m/6725 ft.

jaikuni-village

The inhabitants of these villages have regular communication with each other, and there are several smaller crossings towards the ridge in the east, such as Dhakuri Khal. For instance, Khati Khal (3000 m/9840 ft), which locals use to reach Juni in Saryu Valley. These crossings are alluring and can be easily undertaken with a guide, allowing trekkers to connect with longer treks, such as Saryu to Ram Ganga Valley .

Khati village to Pindar valley head and return to Khati

The Pindari Valley’s head is located about two days’ trek away from Khati, which means a round trip takes four days. We start our journey from Khati and trek gradually towards Dwali, located approximately 12 Km away along the valley at an altitude of ~2910m/9550ft. This place is a confluence where a side stream from Kafni Glacier meets Pindar. Beautiful camping ground adjacent to desolated KMVN. and PWD huts.

dwali

The second stretch is a relatively shorter walk to Phurkiya (3200 m/10510 ft) in the valley 5 Km further ahead. The camping ground is on the true left of Pindar, again accompanied by a desolated Forest Rest House (FRH)/PWD hut. The next day, early in the morning, we start to get a view of the Pindari icefall, which is about 500 m wide and about 4km long. We continue to Zero Point (3750 m/12300 ft), a place marked on the lateral moraine ridge that gives a wonderful view of the icefall. After spending an hour or so there, we return to the Phurkiya campsite. From here on, we trace our way back to Khati village for a night halt.

from-phurkiya

Altitude and distance profile graph for Pindari trek:

Here you will get a pictorial representation of the trail for your understanding (1 m  = 3.28 ft).

pindari-glacier-tek-distance-vs-altitude-graph

Best time for Pindari trek?

Pindar valley trek is done best in two distinct seasons.

Spring/Summer (April to June): Rhododendron and deposited snow at the head of the valley

Post Monsoon/autum (Oct and Nov): Clear skies, fall colours, colder temp.

What type of clothing should I bring for this trek?

It is important to carry proper clothing in this trek. Three layers of clothing is recommended in the campsite in early morning or evening, while you are outside tent.

  • Base layer (moisture wicking layer): A quick-dry base layer (Dry-fit t-shirt, half or full sleeves).
  • Mid layer (warm clothing): Usually a warm jacket (Synthetic/Hollow fibre/Fleece or a Down jacket, you may use combination of layers as well) ) – which constructs your  middle layer.
  • Outer layer (weatherproofing): A windproof cum waterproof with hood/poncho/raincoat.

Check comprehensive List of things to carry in a himalayan trek  or  download the PDF. Also read how to choose right trekking gear before purchasing any gear.

Access to trek base (Loharkhet):

Based upon your need, we may arrange a pick up from Kathgodam to Loharkhet and a drop from Kharkiya to Kathgodam.

The fare in a Tata Sumo/similar Jeep is as per following:

Kathgodam or Haldwani to Loharkhet: ₹ 8,000 Kharkiya to Kathgodam or Haldwani: ₹ 10,000

You pay directly to the driver/transporter sharing qually among with the other trekkers. This cost is NOT included in the TREK FEE listed on the website.

All photos by Meenakshi Sarkar and Bijoy Chakraborty.

Why treks with HT?

Tour highlights:.

  Duration: 8 days from Kathgodam to Kathgodam. 6 days of trekking; Walking from Loharkhet over Dhakuri Pass and to Pindari valley and return to Khati/Kharkiya.

  Prerequisite: Prior trekking is desired. Active and fit beginners can try as well.

 Grade: Moderate

Physicality:  6.5/10

  Trail Length: 70 Km

  Highest Point: Pindari glacier Zero point ~ 3750 m/12300 ft.

  Seasons: April to June(Spring/Summur),  Sep to November (Post Monsoon/Autumn),

Further Option: Can be combined with Suderdhunga valley.

  Access: Trek starting point (trek base) is Loharkhet, 180 Km from Kathgodam.

  Rail station: Kathgodam (Station Code: KGM). Overnight Ranikhet express (15013) from Delhi.

  Airport: Delhi

How to reach Loharkhet (The trek base):

  Nearest Rail station: Kathgodam (Station Code: DDN)

  Nearest   Airport: Delhi

Based upon your request we will arrange a pick up and drop from Kathgodam to Loharkhet Sankri and back. This will be shared equally by the team members on actual basis. You pay directly to the driver/transporter. The fare is Rs 5500 for a Tata Sumo/Mahindra Maxx one way. This can accommodate 6 to 8 people. A Tempo Traveller charges Rs 9000 (12-14 seat) one way.  This is NOT included in TREK FEE and to be paid directly to the driver/owner.

If you wish to reach our Trek Base Sankri on your own by public transportation:

  • There are 2/3 privately operated buses from Dehradun (near DDN railway station on Gandhi road) To Sankri. The 200 Km journey will take around 10/12 hours. The busses start at  5:30/6/7 am.
  • While returning from Sankri take the morning bus to Dehradun/Vikasnagar and reach by 7 pm.

How to reach Dehradun:

For the treks at Uttarkashi district in Garhwal , one has to reach the capital city of Uttarakhand, Dehradun, specially the trek starting from Sankri, Yamunotri etc. Haridwar, Rishikesh and Dehradun are 3 nearby cities in the area and one can move from one to another by public vehicles like bus or shared Jeeps.

For more options to reach Haridwar you can check  here .

Haridwar to Dehradun: 55 Km and may take one and half to 2 hours.

Dehradun to Rishikesh: 45 Km and may take around one and a half hour.

You can fly or by train reach New Delhi as per your convenience from any part within India.

There are direct trains from Kolkata to Dehradun.

KUMBHA EXPRESS – Train No. – 12369  ( Very good option to reach Haridwar by 5 pm; You can take a bus from the terminus just opposite to the railway station referred as Roadways bus stand/ISBT and reach Dehradun in one and half hour. Spend the night in Dehradun and start your onward journey by car next morning.)

UPASANA EXPRESS – Train No. – 12327  ( Very good option to reach Dehradun directly by 5 pm; Spend the night in Haridwar and start your onward journey by car next morning)

DOON EXPRESS – Train No. – 13009 ( Don’t book this train when you plan a long onward journey immediately in the morning)]

Avoid booking wait listed (WL) tickets in AC classes (1A/2A/3A) or Chair Car (CC). Book Sleeper class (SL)/Second Sitting class (2S) tickets which have normally more seats/berths and hence much better chance to get confirmed.

You can reach Dehradun easily  from New Delhi by train or bus (~ 6/7 hours) and is around 260 Km.

Upcoming scheduled dates for pindari glacier trek:  .

  • You can check the scheduled Fixed Departure dates in the calendar available inside Booking Form or inside REGISTER NOW form, if there is any. Submit the enquiry form to get all the details in email.
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  • If you are a group of people and available dates are not matching then you may select Custom date mode  (by clicking the Select your custom date) and fill in the displayed form.
  • You can also check all the available dates at a glance in our TREK CALENDAR .
  • Trekkers need to reach KAthgodam on Day 1 morning (latest by 7 am) or the previous night. Return to Kathgodam on Day 8 evening (around 7 pm). Arrange your tickets for inward journey and return accordingly.

  TREK FEE: ₹ 17500 (Loharkhet to Kharkiya) + 5% GST  

The above TREK FEE is applicable for a group of 6 to 8  persons.

Inclusions:

All accommodation in tents as per itinerary on a twin sharing basis.

 All meals during the trek. Regular Indian style nutritious vegetarian food during the trek (including occasional eggs), breakfast packed/hot lunch (depending upon the time you reach a campsite), snacks, dinner along with coffee/tea/soup.

Excellent Trekking Guide , who will be a local to this particular area and has profound knowledge of the trekking trails around.

 Specialised Cook , Support staff , Porters/Packed Animals for carrying the central logistics of the trek.

Camping equipment /gears like Sleeping bag, Carry mattress, Gaiters, Micro spikes/Crampon. (If you have a high altitude specific personal Sleeping Bag use it for better hygiene). You need to bring personal rucksack, trekking shoes and suitable clothing for the trek.

Kitchen tent, dinning tent and toilet tent as required during the trek.

All permit fee, camping charges, forest levy required for the trek.

Basic medicines & First Aid kit. Always bring your personal medicines kit.

Travel cum Medical Insurance Policy covering high altitude trekking tours (For Indian nationals it is included in the TREK FEE, up to 60 years of age).

Exclusions:

Transportation from Kathgodam to Loharkhet and return. ₹ 7,000 for Tata Sumo drop to Loharkhet. ₹ 8,000 from Kharikiya to Kathgodam return. Either you can reach independently or we may arrange the same. You pay directly to the driver.

We assume that you will carry your personal Rucksack/Backpack with all your personal belongings. If you want to offload your Rucksack and be carried by our Pack Animal/Porter then you need to pay additional ₹ 2000 for the entire duration of the trek. The Rucksack should not weigh more than 10 Kg. Always carry your personal daypack in case of you opted for rucksack offloading.

 Any tip/gratuity to the HT supports staff.

Anything which is NOT mentioned in the “Inclusions” or personal in nature.

  • We assume that you have read and understood our “Terms & Conditions” ( https://himalayatrekker.com/terms-and-conditions ) before Booking a trek/tour.
  • To reserve your place in a scheduled Fixed Departure trek or a Customised/Private trek  pay 25% of the TREK/TOUR FEE  as the initial  “Booking Deposit” . You can pay by Net banking/Draft/Cheque/Credit/Debit/AMEX cards. This will ensure your participation in the desired trek and we will reserve your place in the scheduled date. You need to pay the remaining amount at least  15 days before Trek Starting Date .
  • If you book a Trek/Tour before 14 days or less from Trek/Tour Starting Date, you need to pay the full TREK/TOUR FEE .

  Cancellations:

  • “Booking Amount” i.e. 25% of the TREK/TOUR FEE is Non-Refundable  at any stage.
  • If in case you are not able to make it due to unavoidable reason(s), we provide you a  very flexible choice of Shifting to another trek within next one year . One year is counted from the starting date of the trek/tour you booked initially with us.
  • In case you postpone your trip you need to inform minimum of 15 days before  the trek/tour starting date. (Though we suggest to inform us earlier if known)
  • In case you postpone a trek/tour before 15 days of the scheduled Trek/Tour Starting date or prior , you may shift to another group of the same trek/tour scheduled in the same season or within next one year. You may shift to another suitable route also. For changing any, you need our approval first. Your request must be in written communication through your registered email with us.
  • If you cancel/postpone a trek/tour from 14 days to 8 days before tour starting date , your Booking Amount is Non-Refundable. We will not take any request of shifting dates. We will charge 50% of the amount as Cancellation Charges and process refund of remaining 50%. You may also shift to another group within next year but 25% Booking Amount will be deemed as Cancellation Charge and the rest amount will be transferred to the shifted group.
  • If you cancel a trek/tour  7 days (i.e. a week) before Trek/Tour Starting Date or later , there will be NO REFUND.
  • In case of any unforeseen incident including but not limited to natural calamities like flood, earthquake, landslide, forest fire or any political unrest, if we are compelled to cancel the trek/trip, you will be entitled to redeem the full amount for the same/similar kind of trek/trip within next one year.

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₹ 11333 ₹ 8500 +5% gst.

  • 6 Days 3456 103
  • Start : Bageshwar End : Bageshwar
  • Easy to Moderate Uttarakhand
  • Best season :Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov

Tour Highlights

✔ Pindari Trek is a standout amongst the most delightful treks in the Kumaon Himalayan district that interests every explorer mind. ✔ Pindari Trek is one trek where Zero is the encapsulation of accomplishment. ✔ The trail to the Pindari Glacier resembles a full-course supper for trekkers. ✔ It is the best trek if you want to avoid crowd. ✔ We will get an opportunity to witness both Pindari and kafni valley today. ✔ panoramic view of peak around with clear & bright sunrise like Mt Baljuri, Panwalidwar, Nandakhat, Traill’s pass trek, Changuch peak, Nandakot. ✔ This trek is flawlessly suited for families, including kids.

Inclusion/Exclusion

Inclusion in cost during the trek:

✔  Accommodation for 05 Nights will be provided using Alpine / Dome trekking tents on triple sharing basis (Possibilities of staying in Guest house in Khati). ✔  Transportation from Bageshwar to Kahrkia and back using local public mode of transportation Meals during the trek staring with dinner on 1st day and ends with Breakfast on 6th day (Vegetarian). ✔  Basic First Aid kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Ox meter, Bp Meter, etc. ✔  All kind of Forest permits and camping permits. ✔  Experienced and qualified Trek Leader.  ✔  Experienced trek cook and support staff. ✔  All important / necessary trekking equipment’s such as Tent, Sleeping Bag, Mattress, Inner, Toilet Tent, Kitchen Tent, Dining Tent, etc.

Exclusion in cost during the trek:

✖ Mandatory GST of 5% on Invoice Amount. ✖  Any kind of Travel / Health Insurance (Trekveda strictly recommend each traveller to please carry your own travel / health insurance). ✖  Any specific Meals /Snacks / Beverages unless mention in the cost included section. ✖  Any of Cost for Airfare, Train fare. ✖  Any kind of medical expenses. ✖  Any tips, laundry, Phone call, liquors, mineral water, camera fee or any other personal nature expenses. ✖  Airport pickup and drop services ( Will be subject to additional cost). ✖  Any other fee / charges not mentioned in the cost included section. ✖  Backpack offloading charges, the backpack should not weigh more than 9 kgs.  ✖  Suitcases/strollers/duffel bags will not be allowed (Subject to additional cost).

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  • OVERVIEW & ITINERARY
  • THINGS TO CARRY
  • SAFETY & SECURITY
  • FITNESS TIPS

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Bageshwar to Khati by surface 60 Kms approx 2 Hrs and by trek 4 Kms approx 1.5-2 Hrs. 

Day 02: Khati – Dwali by trek 13 Kms approx 4-5 Hrs.

Day 03: Dwali to Phurkiya by trek 5-7 Kms approx 2-3 Hrs.

Day 04: Phurkiya to zero point and back to Phurkiya 7 Kms 3 Hrs – Each way.

Day 05: Phurkiya to Khati by Trek 16-18 Kms approx 6-7 Hrs.

Day 06: Khati to Bageshwa.

Kareri Lake Trek Map

Simple to access and difficult to overleap the enchanting condition that is concealed with swaying moraines, bulky high snow clad pinnacles adjusting the silver skyline under the blue sky and mitigating atmosphere, the Pindari Trek is a standout amongst the most delightful treks in the Kumaon Himalayan district that interests every explorer mind. The Pindari icy mass owes its reality basically to the immense amounts of snow that encourages from the Nanda Devi and other encompassing summits of the Greater Himalayan range. Local people gladly allude to it as the Soul of Kumaon and pindari kafni glacier trek best time is between mid April to end November. Pindari Trek is one trek where Zero is the encapsulation of accomplishment. The trail to the Pindari Glacier resembles a full-course supper for trekkers. First of all, there are level strolls through serene rhododendron timberlands, where fascinating flying creatures flourish. Next, one needs to navigate shifted mountain edges, insect dividers and stream intersections. The tempting treat comes as the Pindari Glacier at Zero Point, whose unearthly magnificence at 12,300 feet will top you off with unlimited satisfaction. Its best piece? This trek is consummately suited for families, including youngsters and pindari kafni glacier trek package is worth taking. The appealing treat comes as the Pindari Glacier at Zero Point, whose unearthly magnificence at 12,300 feet will top you off with unfathomable happiness. Its best piece? This trek is flawlessly suited for families, including kids.

What makes this Trek different? Pindari Glacier is a delightful trek– yet the prizes, we see, are too little in traverse of 6 days. On the off chance that you are not very beyond any doubt of completing a trek without anyone else, we have options you can attempt.

Trek Itinerary : Pindari Glacier Trek

Day 01: Bageshwar to Khati by surface 60 Kms approx 2 Hrs and by trek 4 Kms approx 1.5-2 Hrs.

Report at Bageshwar at 12:00 PM Leave for kahrkia at 1:00 PM  Trek to Khati 4 Kms  Stay in guest house  Note: If required we can pick you up from Kathgodam Railway station.

Overnight stay in Guest House or Alpine / Dome Tents                             Meals Dinner

Day 02: Khati – Dwali by trek 13 Kms approx 4-5 Hrs. 

Today wake upto to fresh morning with cup of Himalayan Tea, enjoy breakfast  Today will be one of the log trekking days with many water points and stream on the way. We will get an opportunity to witness both Pindari and kafni valley today  Later afternoon arriving at our campsite Stay at Dwali 

Overnight stay at Camps                                                         Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 03: Dwali to Phurkiya by trek 5-7 Kms approx 2-3 Hrs. 

Leave Dwali after Breakfast  Trek to Phurkiya, through the dense forest can enjoy many view points, streams and waterfalls. Flora & fauna wild animal like Leopard, Dear, Mountain got, a family of Himalayan black bear etc. Acclimatization walk in evening  Dinner and Rest

Early Morning after light breakfast and trek to summit Zero point (Pindari Glacier) 7 Kms, 3 hrs (Each way) max altitude 3456 mtrs trek and reach at Zero point for sunrise and feel mighty power of nature with panoramic view of peak around with clear & bright sunrise like Mt Baljuri, Panwalidwar, Nandakhat, Traill’s pass trek, Changuch peak, Nandakot also meet baba Dharmanand Visit Pindari Glacier and move back to camp Furkiya.

Overnight stay at Camps        Meals: Breakfast / Lunch & Dinner

 After having hot breakfast in Furkiya camp depart for Khati village trek descends to Dwali camp and continuing further gradually trekking to khati village alongside with Pinder River. 

Overnight stay in Guest House or Trekking Tents        Meals: Breakfast / Lunch & Dinner

Day 06: Khati to Bageshwar.

Trek down and Drive to Bageshwar.  Arrival by 2:00 PM  Your Trip with TREKVEDA  Ends here Note:  If required, we can drop you to Kathgodam Railway station.

No Accommodation                                                                                            Meals: Breakfast

Pindari Glacier Trek : Essentials Trekking, no doubt, is one of the most thrilling adventure one could ever have in his/her life. With an elegance of nature and unmatchable experience of the pristine mountain ranges, trekking stands out among all the adventures across the world, but nothing comes free, there are certain aspects of the trekking which one needs to consider while he/she is making up his/her mind for trekking. Here’s a list of some basic requirements which one would need during his/her camp trekking. Let’s pay some heed to these prerequisites for trekking.

Pretrip checklist

Things You Can’t Afford Missing On Trek

1. A Sturdy Backpack/RukSack

RukSack

RukSack   A high-quality backpack with an ease of carrying facility with durable and stern straps is one of the pivotal thing that you’d need during the entire trekking. The easier it’s to carry, the more fun you can have during your trek.

2. A Pair of Trekking Shoes

Trekking Shoes

Your regular sports shoes can be a mess during the trek and one of the most regretting thing that might take away the joy of trekking. To prevent yourself from slippery patches through the streams, a pair of trekking shoes with good grip would do a great work for you and reciprocate your experience of trekking to the manifolds.

Clothing Clothing is one of the most important aspect of trekking but that doesn’t imply the “what if situation”, hence carry the clothes that you’d need normally. Carrying more and more clothes will only add the weight, thus problem. Once on the trek, you’d not generally need to change the clothes every now and then, provided if you maintain your hygiene properly.

Three Warm Layers Jacket

Jacket

On high altitude treks, temperature after the sunset drops to the considerable degrees. So during these campsites, you might need an additional layer along with the padded jacket coupled up with a fleece and a warmer.

Trekking Pants

Please don’t go for jeans/ denims for the substitute for the trek pants since they’d not add comfort to your stay at the campsites. Wear one pair and carry the remaining two.

T-Shirt

It’s advised to wear full sleeved t-shirts in order to prevent ourselves from the sun-burn. Carrying a dry-fit t-shirt or two can be a wise idea if you’re trekking during the rainy season. Regardless of the cold weather, trekkers’ bodies tend to sweat and to prevent yourself from falling ill, you’re advised to change your clothes at campsites.

Warmer

Warmers or thermals can be added on one’s own concern related to their health and their exposure to the cold climate.

Accessories Shades

Sunglasses

Sunglasses are to counteract snow visual deficiency. While at the same time you're probably not going to discover snow in October, convey a couple in any case.

SunCap

The sun feels more grounded while at the same time strolling on the mountain slants. Convey a sun cap to shield your head and neck from the warmth, particularly in case you're trekking later in the day.

Engineered Hand Gloves

Hand Gloves

One sets of downy or woolen hand gloves. One sets of water evidence/safe, wind verification gloves.

Balaclava

You may utilize woolen scarves rather too.

Socks

A part from two sports socks, you can take a couple of woolen socks for the night as they’d spare you from the dripping temperature.

Headlamp/LED Burn

Headlamp

Trekking Pole

Trekking pole

Having a trekking pole in your hand during the trek is boon, although at times it may bother you as an unnecessary article but it proves out most handy during the submit as it curbs your effort of straight inclinations of the high altitudes which often turns out tiring.

Other Essentials to Carry

An Additional Pack: This is one of the best practice you can do on one-day submits or treks where you need to get back to your campsite by the end of the day. Here you can pack your essentials like, water bottle, medical aids and snacks. This keeps you away from carrying the unnecessary weight.

Toiletries

Be wise while choosing your cosmetic needs and daily use products. Refrain from using the non-biodegradable products, if you do so then make sure that you leave residue on the mountains. Always carry a zip bag to put such piece of stuff after use. Sanitary napkins also needs to be treated in the same manner.

Indispensable Water Bottles

Water Bottles

To keep your body hydrated during the trek, you are advised to carry your own water bottles during the treks since leaving plastic and its product is not advised on the mountains since they are not suitable for the environment of the altitudes.

Plastic Bags

Plastic Bags

To keep everything organized, you should compartmentalize the stuffs into plastic zip bags and also carry a few in spare for wet clothes and other by-products.

Mandatory Documentation There are certain rules and laws that you need to abide by, while going for the treks, however Trekveda takes care of all such kind paper works which is inclusive in the package. Certain registration fees and document verification along with some permissions are required in order to protect the nature and its evergreen heritage for future. In addition to this, if you need to avail a guide, you can also hire a guide with some bucks and a nominal paper work.

Please carry the documents mentioned below. Documents two and three need to be downloaded (PDF), filled in, signed and handed over to the trek leader at the base camp.

✔   1 passport size photos and an original + copy of government photo ID document – required for Sanctuary registration and TIMS (Trekker’s Information Management System) ✔  Medical Certificate (first part to be filled by a doctor and second part by the trekker) ✔  Disclaimer form (to be filled by the trekker)

Measures Taken by Trekveda to Ensure the Security of Trekkers

Trekking is altogether a different kind of adventure where you required to be physically and mentally prepared for the best and adverse, all at once. With high altitudes making it tough to breath, the scenic beauty of those pristine mountains leave you spell-bounded so that you forget to breath for a moment or two. In addition to the physical and mental preparation, there are certain aspect of the health that are needed to be considered at the first hand when you make up your mind for the trekking,

Trekveda, by dint of its team of trained professionals, leave no stone unturned to provide you with the best trekking experience while ensuring your safety as its priority. Here are some vital aspects that Trekveda includes in its checklist to ensure the safety of its trekkers.

Criteria for Fitness Analysis

Trekking at high altitudes demands endurance and fitness and those who are prone to any kind of physical or physiological ailments are advised to not to go for high altitude treks in the beginning. To get assurance about the trekker’s fitness, we comply with certain aspects of the being fit such as BMI (Body Mass Index) along with the fitness proof since we can’t put the trekkers into the risk.

Acclimatization  is another important aspect when it comes to getting an adaptation to the climate at the high range treks. A day at rest is not just the rest but a chance to get used to of the place and its habitat.

Monitoring the health  is one thing that is conducted regularly during the trek by the trek leaders which includes the monitoring of your blood pressure, oxygen level and pulse rate. Details of your health during the trek is maintained in the health card on the regular basis. Health card can be collected from the trek leader at the end of the trek.

Medical Kit for High Range Trekking

An ideal medical kit that’s developed for the trekking has Blood Pressure Monitor/checker, Stature, Oxygen checker and Oxygen Cylinder coupled up with certain must have medicines, in case of medical emergency:

  •   Dexamethasone
  •   Nifidipine
  •   Asthalin Inhaler

Trekking Equipment for High Altitudes

Trekveda provide you all the necessary equipment for trekking from tents to ropes. In addition to that, our trek leaders also ensure the safety by various safeguards they take time to time for your safety. Micro spikes are provided to attach to your shoes which help you to keep the traction on the snow and make it easier to climb. An additional gaiters are provided to cover the shows which prevent the entering of snow into the shoes. Customized tents are provided to the trekkers which ensure the warmth and temperature 10 degrees higher than the outside coupled up with high quality sleeping bags which can endure the temperature up to 15 degree Celsius below the freezing point.

Nutrition and Hydration

Trekveda, keep all your nutritional and hydration requirements on its checklist, our trek leaders will guide you to keep your body hydrated on the high altitudes as de-hydration can attract to the severe medical emergencies on high altitude treks.

We provide the highly nutritious meal to energize your body for the trek, however before certain long trails we ensure your nutritional requirements to be fulfilled with some high energy snacks or packaged lunch.

Make sure you keep up with your hydration and nutritional part as this can lead to some fatal consequences for your health.

In case of any symptoms you feel during the trek, don’t ignore or avoid them, immediately tell the trek leader.

Keeping up with the pre-defined processes and the guidelines will help you to have a memorable trekking experience.

What Trekveda has to offer in case of medical emergency like AMS, HAPE or HACE?

In case of medical emergencies, Trekveda and its trek leaders bear the sole responsibility to get you back to your wellbeing with their training and techniques. Suspecting any physiological disturbance in your body, immediately report to your trek leader as they are trained to counter such problems.

Problems like Acute Mountain Sickness can be prove fatal if not taken into consideration seriously on time. If you encounter/experience any of the symptoms such as persistent headache, fatigue or weakness, nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite, difficulty in sleeping, you shouldn’t let it go or treat it by your own either.

Acute mountain sickness is one of the most common yet the fatal problem trekkers face due to number of reasons, if the problem continues to persist, then you’re advised to descend down to the basecamp and then to visit the doctor immediately.

People with AMS are treated with number of medicines such Diamox, Nifidipine etc. coupled up with methods like Triple One Test- where one disprin is given with a liter of water along with the rest for an hour.

While AMS is most common at the high altitudes yet it can’t be risked taken casually as it leads to severe fatal conditions like HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema) or HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema) which, if not treated on time can lead to number of serious chronic disorders. These conditions need to not to comply with AMS, they can occur without AMS preceding.

It’s suggested to take every single disturbance into the consideration while you’re on the trek.

However, Trekveda is capable of tackling all the medical emergencies with its trained professionals yet there are several things that you need to consider, specially the intake of medicines and the knowledge about their advantages and side-effects. Don’t administer the medicine if you’re trekking through an organization, always seek help from the trek leaders, they are trained for such purposes, while in case of being a solo trekker, you should know about the medicines.

Keeping yourself hydrated and nutritionally fulfilled curbs the chances of AMS.

Risk and Response

A high altitude trek requires an audacious state of mind, however leaving on a bold excursion without computing the dangers is absolute idiocy. That is the reason we have recorded a couple of Risk and the Response arranged by Trekveda to limit or address the dangers in the most ideal way.

Risk: Altitude

Before you begin the trek, it is critical to comprehend the ramifications of high altitude on your body. Know about side effects of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mellow cerebral pain, queasiness and general distress.

Response:  If you feel any of these indications, illuminate the trek pioneer on need and take after his directions. Each campground has as stretcher, completely prepared medical aid pack, oxygen chambers to address the circumstance.

Risk: Weather

Weather is unusual in the Himalayas. Despite the fact that we are constantly attentive about the evolving climate, nobody can ensure a snowfall, rain or Sun. Do comprehend that your security is of most extreme significance to us and we won't continue any further from the campground if the climate isn't ideal.

Response:  The choice of the Trek Leaders and Guides to continue or sit tight for the climate to show signs of improvement will be last.

Risk: Injuries

Often, while trekking over troublesome territories, you may have minor wounds like leg sprain, wounds and so forth. Genuine wounds like breaks or real cuts are exceptionally uncommon.

Response:  All our Trek Leaders are Certified Wilderness First Aid responders. They are prepared to deal with crises and can handle minor wounds with an all-around prepared medical aid unit. If there should arise an occurrence of genuine wounds, the patient is carried on a stretcher to the closest street head and is directed to closest therapeutic focus.

Risk: Lack of Communication

In the remote zones of the Himalayas, portable systems don't reach. On a trek, one is cut off from the universe of calls, SMS or WhatsApp Messages.

Response:  We’d depend on walkie-talkies and sprinters to communicate between the campgrounds and the base camps.

Pre-Trek Preparations

Trekking, for its ever-lasting memories and experience, demands just a few things which involve physical endurance with physiological wellness. Not just the one who’s physically fit would do the magic in trekking but one also needs to be mentally fit as well in order to cope up with the adversities one might have to face during the treks such natural calamities, rains or other unforeseen conditions. To keep up with such requirements of trekking here are a few things you can do to get yourself physically fit.

Prerequisites of the Trek

Cardiovascular endurance and stamina.

Cardiovascular endurance is the primordial thing that this trek asks for along with the stamina to withstand the stringent conditions during the trek. There are number of ways you can increase your endurance level but Jogging regularly with gradual increase in the pace would do the magic in just 2 or 2 and a half months. You can also increase your endurance and stamina through swimming, cycling and much more.

Combining the speed and distance target is the most effective way to get your body and mind prepared for the Bali Pass Trek . If you’re planning to build your stamina in a phased manner then here you should pay heed to:

✔ Target completing the distance of 5 km in 35 minutes or less at the beginning

✔ Pace up your legs to complete the 5 km in 30 minutes or less

✔ Before you begin the trek, you should be able to complete 10 km in 60 minutes or less

To build the strength is another most important thing and a major requirement for this trek. The whole journey of the trek is like an eternal staircase, the more you climb the better you can have the view. It goes with a climb followed by a flat then again, a climb followed by a flat. All the scenic beauty of the trek demands no less than the power of your legs.

The strength of your legs is something you need to work upon. Here is what you can do to strengthen your leg muscles to bear the pain of the trek.

Doing the squats can help. Goal for 3 sets of 15 repetitions without fail. You can begin with 8 squats in each set at the beginning, subject to your core strength for the exercise.

Flexibility

The more flexible you are the more you have the chances to get the glimpse with lesser hustle. Stretching is another major aspect of the trekking which provides you the much-needed flexibility to climb the altitudes with ease while carrying the backpack altogether is not an easier errand.

Stretching your body at large can bring you the utmost comfort during the trek. Here are some stretching you can do to get the flexibility-Stretch your hamstring, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders. They’ll give strength and help you arrive on the slopes with the relaxed muscles. All these exercises would help you to get through the trek with ease and comfort provided you give an ample time to these.

Cardiovascular Exercise

Cardiovascular exercise is one of the most sought-after method which provide not just the physical endurance but also the strength to withstand any unavoidable circumstances sternly. Trekking demands the high endurance which you can develop in a month or two where you need to begin with the jogging or running (only if you could do). This practice needs to be combined with the speed and distance targets. You need to keep on increasing both with the time.

Begin with the small chunks of the targets and gradually increase for the bigger one. For instance,

Begin with a target of completing a distance of 5km. in 45 minutes and then gradually increase it to 7 km. in the same time and remain stick to this practice until you are able to cover 10 km. in 80-90 minutes without fail, at a stretch.

Strength Building Exercise

Another vital area of improvement, you need to work upon. Before you head to the trek, you need to have the physical strength in order to carry backpacks on the uneven terrains. Considering everything under the sun, you ought to prepare yourself for the core strength. A strength would be make you suffer less than others who’d not pay the heed.

Flexibility in the body is what the trekking demands the most. Carrying the backpacks without flexibility in your hamstrings, quadriceps, shoulder, lateral sides etc. can prove out to be fatal. More the muscles relaxed, easier would be your trekking experience. Carrying a backpack, however light in weight, can bring you the unnecessary pain which may spoil your entire trek.

Concentration

To pacify yourself or any other companion, yoga and meditation are the key. These practices not only give you the mental peace but also provide you with a placid inner conscience which is extremely important in order to withstand the cons during the trek.

This also improves your decision-making ability in the direst stressful situations, during the trek.

Tour Payment Terms Initial amount of 20% of the Invoice amount, the Client must pay the balance amount 15-20 days prior to the date of departure of the Tour. 

Adventure Tours (Trek & Expedition) Payment Terms:

  • INR 1500/- per person as an advance booking amount to confirm your adventure tour.
  • Remaining amount of your booking will have to be paid 1 days before the date of travel .

Tour Amendments / Cancellations Policy If the Client is willing to amend or cancel his/her booking because of whatsoever reasons including death, accident, illness, or any other personal reasons including non-payment of the balance payment, the Company is liable to recover Cancellation charges from the Client, as company had already paid your amount in advance in order to Guarantee your services.

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Note:- 1.    100 % Voucher will be provided if the trek/ tour is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances or any kind of Natural Calamities, Political Unrest, and Sudden Global Health Concern, Riots, Lockdown Government instructions etc. in this case Trekveda will issue you a voucher of respective amount having 1 year validity from Voucher date, which can be used in any trek of your interest operated by Trekveda

2.    In case of any restriction/health issue (guest gets Covid +ve), we will be avoiding charging any cancellation basis documents been shared .The credit note for the same amount will be issued which guest can use in future.

Itinerary Policy

This itinerary is a sample itinerary based on the information available at the time of publication, all information given in this program Trekveda reserves the right to change any program information before or after your booking the tour due to any events beyond our control. In case if we are aware of any changes sufficiently in advance we will notify you at the time of booking, otherwise our Tour Manager or Local representative will inform you of the changes. Major road works or floods, landslides may necessitate route changes in the itineraries. All of these may cause us to make changes in the itineraries. The Company has mentioned the detailed itinerary, price inclusions & exclusions, special notes etc. in the pdf.

ACTIVITIES OF THE ITINERARY 

Trekveda is a travel and holiday organizers only, we do not control or operate any airline, neither do we own or control any shipping company, coach or coach company, Hotel, Transport or any other facility or service mentioned in this program. We take care in selecting all the ingredients in your holiday; but because we only select and inspect them and have no control in running of them, we cannot be responsible for mechanical fault or any injury, death, loss or damage which is caused by the act or default of the management or employees of any hoteliers, airlines, shipping company, coach owner/ Transport operator who are the company’s independent contractors arising outside our normal selection and inspection process.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:-

1. There is no Contract between the company and the client until the company has received the initial deposit amount per person as specified for each tour package. The full payment must be received in accordance with procedures laid down under Payments Terms. If not paid in that time, the company reserves the right to cancel the booking with consequent loss of deposit and apply scale of cancellation charges as mentioned in the cancellation policy hereunder.

2. The Company has the right at any time and for any reason:-

  • To terminate the Contract after acceptance of the deposit but prior to the Commencement of Tour without assigning any reason whatsoever. In the event, the Company terminates the Contract, the company shall refund the initial deposit amount without payment of any interest.
  • To amend, alter, vary or withdraw any tour, holiday, excursion or facility it has advertised or published or to substitute an Independent Contractor of similar class if it is deemed advisable or necessary. In either case, the Company shall not be liable for any damage, additional expense, or consequential loss suffered by the Clients or for any compensation claims made.
  • The Company would be operating its Group Tours with minimum group strength of 6 adult passengers in each group. If the group strength falls below 6 passengers, the Company reserves the right to Pre-pone OR Postpone OR Merge or Cancel the group. If the Company cancels the Group Tour for any of the above reasons then the monies paid till then by Clients will be refunded against the receipt copies. It is clear understanding between either parties that any loss arising on account of cancellation of flight / train / bus tickets booked by the Clients; either through the Company or on his/her own or through a third party; the Company shall not be liable for such losses or additional expense, or consequential loss suffered by the Clients.

3. No person other than the Company, in writing, has the authority to vary, add, amplify or waive any stipulation, representation, term or condition in this program.

4. In the event of the Company exercising its rights to amend or alter any of the services as mentioned in the itinerary, after such tour or holiday has been booked, the Client shall have the right:

  • To continue with the tour or holiday as amended or altered.
  • To accept any alternative tour or holiday which the company may offer. In either of these above cases the Client shall not be entitled to, or the Company shall not be liable to the Client for any damage. Additional expense, consequential loss suffered by him or to pay any amount as refund.

5. In case of any dispute, decision of TREKVEDA will be final and binding.

6. TREKVEDA reserves the right to call you back on the contact number shared by you on the website. Health & Safety: The Company shall in no circumstances whatsoever will be liable to the Client or any person traveling for:

  • Any death personal injury, sickness, accident, loss, delay, discomfort, increased expenses, consequential loss and / or damage or any misadventure howsoever caused
  • Any act, omission, default or Independent Contractor or other person or be any servant or agent , employed by them who may be engaged or concerned in the provision of accommodation, refreshment, carriage facilities or service for the Client or for any person travelling with him howsoever caused.
  • The temporary or permanent loss of or damage to baggage or personal effects howsoever caused In this condition the expression “Howsoever caused” includes negligence on the part of any person.

7. No liability on the part of the Company arising in any way out of this Contract in respect of any tour, holiday, excursion facility shall exceed the total amount paid or agreed to be paid for the tour holiday, and shall in no case include any consequential loss or additional expense whatsoever.

8. If the Client has any complaint in respect of the services provided by any of the Independent Contractors, the Client shall immediately notify the same in writing to the Independent Contractor and a copy thereof should be handed over to the Tour Manager of the Company in order to enable the Company to take up the matter with the Independent Contractor so that in future other Clients do not face the same difficulty. a) Any claim or complaint by the Client must be notified to the Company in writing within 07 days of the end of this holiday tour. No claim notified to this Company beyond this period will be entertained and the Company shall incur no liability whatsoever in respect thereof.

9. Each of this condition shall be severable from the other end if any provision be invalid, illegal or unenforceable. The remaining provisions shall nevertheless have full force and effect.

10. Insurance: The tour cost does not include any costs towards the Travel / Meclaim Insurance premium. In case if the Client needs an Insurance coverage, it is suggested to go for suitable insurance policy on your own. The Client has to deal directly with the Insurance Company in case of settlement of any claim. 

11. Change in Tour Price: The tour prices printed / advertised / quoted to Client are dynamic prices. The person booking tour early is likely to get the lowest price as communicated / offered by the Company, subject to availability of seats. Similarly, person booking tour at the last will be offered the highest prices. This pricing module has been adopted to get early bookings on tours. Hence it is quite obvious that persons travelling on a same group tour are likely to have paid different tour prices. The Company will not entertain any claim whatsoever on account of the same. Also it is clear agreement between either parties that the prices quoted in the proposal / brochure have been calculated based upon the prevailing hotel / transport tariffs and applicable taxes thereon at the time of printing this brochure. The Company reserves the right to amend the price published in this program in case of costs increased before the date of departure. All such increases in price must be paid for in full before departure by the Client. The company also reserves the right to charge offer time to time as per the present situation demand / circumstances.  

12. Force Majure:-Acts of god (including exceptional adverse weather conditions), earthquake, fire , war (declared or undeclared), invasion, rebellion, revolt, riot, civil commotion, civil war, nuclear fission, Lockdown, strike, act(s) of omission/commission by any concerned government(s), or government agencies, judicial or quasijudicial authorities, occurrence of any event can force the Company to change or extended. Hence any additional expenditure occurred due to the above reasons the same will be borne by the passengers.

13. Please note trekking / driving time given in the program are approximate and it may vary due to break for refreshments, photography, bad weather and Road conditions.

The menus are pre – set menus provided for breakfast/lunch/dinner on the tour as mentioned under each Tour itinerary and inclusions as printed in our brochure. The meals will be served at restaurants of hotel of stay. The enroute meals or meals during excursions could be packed meals or served by enroute/local restaurants / Dhabas. We cannot process a special meal nor do we guarantee the special diet to the customer. We however reserve the right to change the meal arrangement if circumstances make it necessary to do so. If a tour participant does not avail his/her meal in stipulated time; he/she has to avail the meal on his/her own arrangement and expenses. No claim can be made for the meal which he/she has missed and not utilized.

Itinerary Changes

For the comfort and convenience of our clients, we will sometimes reverse the direction, or slightly amend the itinerary. We will try to advise you of these amendments, prior to the start of the tour or on tour. In the event that a tour participant misses on any part of the sightseeing tour or any such tour due to delay on his part, he will not be entitled to claim refund of the same.

We have mentioned the indicative names of the Hotels for each tour. We reserve the right to change the same due to unavoidable circumstances. In that case we may provide alternative, similar accommodation for which we are not liable to pay any refund. We will not be responsible or liable in case of loss of property or life at the Hotel. Similarly any damages caused to the hotel rooms during your stay, shall be payable by the Clients and the Company will not be liable for the same.

Transport / Coach / Sitting

We use Deluxe 2 X 2 Coaches or vehicles such as Tempo Traveller, Tata Winger, Chevrolet Tavera, Mahindra Scorpio, Toyota Qualis, Tata Sumo or similar as per the availability of vehicles and actual size of the group. Our tour manager / local representative will take reasonable care of your luggage but if you are carrying any high value items on the coach, we advise you not to leave them behind when you leave the coach. We will not be responsible or liable in case of theft or robbery of the said items from the coach. All baggage and personal effects are at all times and under all circumstances your responsibility. Any damages caused to the hotel rooms / coach during your stay, shall be payable by the Clients and the Company will not be liable for the same. The drivers of the vehicles are bound by specific rules like maximum driving hours within a day/during a week, rest period per day/week etc. Clients will have to strictly adhere to the prescribed timetable for the day so that the driver can complete the travel. In case, any of the sightseeing schedules is missed due to delays caused by the client, the same will not be refunded to the client under any circumstances.  Please note that AC will not work in Hills and no claims to this regard shall be entertained.

Risk and Liabilities - Clients shall agree that Trekveda shall not be held responsible for consequences of natural calamities, weather condition, failure of scheduled airline, detention and delays due to quarantine, strike, theft, force major, civil disturbance, government restriction or regulation, accident by aircraft, car, bus or any other form of transport relating to program schedule. The travelers understand that such situations may occur, and we will inform you of the situation as soon as we have knowledge of it. The right is reserved to cancel or alter any package as conditions require, all additional cost occurs in such case will fully be borne by the travelers. Also, Trekveda shall not be held responsible for any loss/damage of your personal belongings.

  • Price is subject to change without any prior notice  
  • Price is based on the “Base” Category of Hotel Room; this is Irrespective of the Package Category Chosen. Upgrade to Higher Category is available at an extra cost. 
  • All domestic Hotels/Transport rates are based on current tariff & subject to change without prior notification; the revised rates will be charged extra.
  • Many regions do not have star category hotels. Generally there isn’t any star categorization in this sector, however the same is demarcated as per prices and put into slabs of 2*/ 3*/ 4*or STD/ DLX/ PRM or equivalent.
  • Quote based on Non-Ac Rooms in Hills. AC Rooms on Extra Charges 
  • Please be reminded that all special requests like early check-in, smoking, non-smoking, views, floors, king, twin, adjoining and/or interconnecting rooms are strictly subject to availability upon arrival and cannot be guaranteed prior. Any expenses arising out of this is to be borne by the customer.
  • Only 01 extra bed/mattress is allowed per room. This extra bed means a Mattress / Roll over Extra mattress on floor provided where proper extra bed isn’t available. 
  • In case of guests cannot climb the higher floors, we request you to update this at the time of booking so that we may take appropriate action and try for rooms in the Ground floor. This is again subject to availability and difference if any will have to be settled directly before check out.
  • In hills, hotels may be located in a way where the view might be of a building in the front, beside or behind it. 
  • There will not be any refund in cased any of the sightseeing is missed/uncovered during the trip.
  • The Hotels may/may not have some of following amenities as per its policy. Tea/coffee maker/ mini fridge/ enhanced toiletry kit (with moisturizer, tooth paste, brush, shaving kit, lufa, bathroom sleepers, bath-robe) etc.
  • For meal plans, menu will be on fixed plan/ buffet basis and not on A-la-Carte basis. MAP & AP Meal plans do not include Evening snacks & cold drinks / liquor, Soups or Deserts. For order on A-la-Carte basis, guests are requested to make direct payment for additional items.

Incidental charges due to unforeseen situations 

All arrangements made by Company are in the capacity of an agent only. Company will not be liable for claims or expenses arising from circumstances beyond our control such as accidents, injuries, delayed or cancelled flights & acts of Force majeure/ traffic jams / traffic halts/ diversions/ bandh/ curfew, Union strike, VVIP movement, etc. – We will request you to bear with us the situations beyond our control. We will arrange for alternate sightseeing. In case of discontinued itinerary due to these reasons no refund on the hotel booking will be provided and alternate accommodations (as per availability) are managed in the place where you have to stay back. While it is our endeavor to manage the alternate arrangements during such scenarios, please note the difference may be charged for the same.   

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Pindari Glacier Trek

Pindari Glacier Trek is an easy trek in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. This trek offers well-defined trails with only one minor pass crossing en route to the Pindari Glacier Dhakuri Pass. The views from the pass the Dhakri Khal (2830m) – are particularly impressive and include the many snow-capped peaks that form the southern rim of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary.

Short Itinerary

Day 1-kathgodam to kahrkia, day 2-trek to khati, day 3-khati to dwali, day 4-dwali to phurkia, day 5-phurkia to zero point (pindari glacier) and return to phurkia:, day 6-phurkia to khati via dwali, day 7-khati to kharkia and drive back to kathgodam, detail itinerary, kathgodam to kahrkia.

Pick up arrangements will be made from the Kathgodam station as we start our journey to Kahrkia. Approximately it is a 210 km drive which will take around 9-10 hours. You will be having your breakfast and lunch on the way to Kahrkia. On the way, we'll go past Bheem Tal, Almora, Bageshwar, Kapkot. The drive from Kathgodham to Kahrkia is a scenic one and you'll be glued to the greenery which surrounds you on this route.

Duration: 3 hours

Trek to Khati

Today, after having your breakfast at Campsite we shall leave for Khati. On this trail, you'll get to see a blend of both rhododendrons and oak trees which add a different charm to the environment. We will be reaching Khati before lunch time and your accommodation will be in a tent. Get a taste of the surroundings by indulging in the hot served lunch. The forest here is a bit dense and offers you a splendid view of the area. Khati is an ideal spot for the trekkers and backpackers.

Khati to Dwali

As you walk ahead you'll see the whole of Khati village in the background. The end of the section of the old Dwali trail is a landslide zone which is broken. While descending you'll have to be a bit careful as the soil is loose on this trail. Dwali is on the other side of the river from where you'll be able to see the Pindari Valley on the left and the Kafni Valley on the right. Both the rivers, Pindari and Kafni meet at a point where the village is located. There is a camping ground where you'll be staying for the night.

Dwali to Phurkia

Today you'll be walking for a short distance compared to the day earlier as it is a 3-hours walk which is approximately 5kms. After having a hot cup of tea and breakfast we'll be heading to Phurkia through some of the most beautiful rhododendron forests which a treat to your eyes. You will get to see the Pindari river flowing below. On clear days you'll be treated with views of Mt. Nanda Khat and Nanda Devi right in front of you.Today there will be the final two stream crossings which are layers of hard snow. You will find hard snow in the month of April and May when you may require the help of an ice axe, microspikes and crampons. As you reach the Phurkia campsite, your tents will be pitched where you'll be served hot tea and some snacks. Relax and enjoy your time at the campsite. Later in the evening, hot dinner will be served.

Phurkia to Zero Point (Pindari Glacier) and return to Phurkia:

Today we'll be heading to zero point and then will come back to Phurkia. The weather at the Pindari Glacier fluctuates a lot so it is important that you keep a note of time. It is a beautiful walk toward the Pindari Glacier which will thrill you to the fullest. We will begin our day early and try to make it as early as possible to reach the Pindari Glacier. It takes 3 to 4 hours to reach the glacier and later that amount of time to come back to Phurkia.Across the river, you can see the mighty snow-capped peak, Mt. Bauljuri. You will walk along a tricky passage while proceeding towards the valley. Make sure that you walk cautiously on this trail. Once you climb up the ridge, you'll be able to get the first view of Pindari Glacier at the left side and also the mighty Changuch in the background.You will finally see the Pindari Glacier which is 5kms long. Along with the glacier the entire view of the snow-clad mountains. While coming back to Phurkia we'll take the same route which can be covered in a couple of hours.

Phurkia to Khati via Dwali

Today will be one of the longest trekking days on this trek where you'll have to walk for almost 18 kms as we'll be coming from Phurkia to Khati. It is a 7-8 hour trek and we'll begin by having our morning breakfast. We'll be descending from Phurkiya to Dwali which will take less than 2 hours and then from Dwali to Khati which is a 4-5 hours stretch.

Khati to Kharkia and Drive back to Kathgodam

Plan your day accordingly so that you reach Kathgodam by evening. Khati to Kharkia will be a one hour trek. From Kharkia pickup facility will be arranged to take you back to Kathgodam.

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Price Includes

  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners from Dhaula to Sangla (VEG).
  • All accommodation from Dhaula to Sangla.
  • All campaign equipments Medical Kit.
  • Professional Trek Leaders (Experienced Guide/Staff) All forests permits

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance and other emergencies.
  • All Meals from Kathgodam-Lohajung & Lohajung-Kathgodam
  • Mules (A Hybrid Animal) to carry personal luggage Single room accommodations
  • Hard Drinks (This also includes undistilled fermented beverages)
  • Photography accessories like cameras etc.

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Prices are "from", per person, based on 2 adults and 2 children (under the age of 12) sharing, and include all taxes. Day touring as per the itinerary.

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About Pindari Glacier

Ready for a trekking adventure in the upper reaches of the Kumaon Himalayas? If you are a guy enriched with endeavor and commitment, then, Pindari Glacier trek seems to suit your persona! To the southeast of Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot lies the Pindari Glacier. The glacier flows to the south for a short distance of about 3 km and eventually, gives rise to the Pindari River which meets the Alakananda at Karnaprayag in the Garhwal district. The trail towards the Pindari glacier crosses the villages of Saung, Loharkhet, followed by crossing over Dhakuri Pass, which is continued onto Khati village (the last inhabited village on the trail), Dwali, Phurkia and finally terminated at the Zero Point, Pindar. Though most of the trail is along with the Pindari River, for most of the time until after Khati the river seems mostly hidden. Apart from the trek, Pindari Glacier is also famous for other adventure sports like ice climbing and mountain biking. Pindari Glacier trek is pretty enough to pursuit each travelers heart and soul. The Pindari glacier owes its existence to the vast quantities of snow that precipitates from surrounding summits of the Greater Himalayan range. It is often referred to as the ?Soul of Kumaon? by the locals.

The Pindari Glacier Trek initiates from Loharkhet at 1,760 meters and heads to Dhakuri at 2,680 meters, which is a trail of around 10 kilometers. From Dhakuri, the further track leads to Khati which is located at an altitude of 2,210 meters passing through a vast forest, from where its paces along the River Pindar to Dwali at 2,575 meters. The route onwards, at Dwali splits to Phurkia and heads up to Pindari Glacier, which is the Zero Point. The beauty of this place is further enhanced by the presence of a beautiful waterfall just before Phurkia where you can rest for a while. The trek downhill from the Zero Point to Loharkhet follows the same trekking route passing through villages, meadows, and forests.

Day 1 :  Kathgodam to Loharkhet

The trek starts from Kathgodham Railway Station as we start our journey to Loharkhet in a shared vehicle. It is a 180 km drive which will take around 7-8 hours. You will be having your breakfast and lunch on the way to Loharkhet. At Loharkhet your dinner and stay will be in a guest house.

Day 2 :  Loharkhet to Kahrkia and Trek to Khati

At an elevation of 1,760mts above sea level is located Loharkhet. The route for today will be covered partly, a 3-hour drive and an hour long trek. We will take a vehicle all the way to Kahrkia and than trek for approx an hour to Khati. Majestic Peaks such as Nandabaner, Nandakot, and Laspadhura are visible from Khati. The stay for tonight will be in tents.

Day 3 :  Khati to Dwali (11 km/ 6 hrs)

During the trek towards Pindari Glacier, Khati is the biggest human settlement that one would come across. At an altitude of 2210m, lies the Khati village which is situated on the banks of Pindar Ganga River. Embedded in the trail lies the element of a thick forest of Rhododendrons. From here, one can also have the view of some stunning peaks, namely, Nandabaner (6,236 m), Nandakot (6,861 m) and Laspadhura (5,913 m). Day 3 targets the trail towards Dwali, which is a trek of around 11 km. The trail towards Dwali goes along with Pindar River along with two wooden bridges to cross. Along the way, one may also witness many waterfalls.

Day 4 :  Dwali to Phurkia (5 km/ 3 hrs)

The element of the trail for day four is quite cheerful. The gradient of the trek from Dwali to Phurkia is steep and at a moderate level. The waterfall present just before Phurkia is an increment to the incredible experience one gains on his/ her visit to Phurkia. Phurkia is considered to be a picturesque place blessed with natural beauteousness. Also, are present few small Dhabhas which run during the season where one can have Maggi and tea. Phurkia is situated at an elevation of 3,250mts above sea level.

Day 5 :  Phurkia to Zeropoint to Phurkia (10 Km/ 8 Hrs)

The trail for day five is quite lengthy, so, starting early is advised. Throughout the trail, embedded in the panoramic views, on left is the glance of Mt Baljuri, Mt Panwali Dwar. Zero point is the point from where the Snout of Pindari Glacier is visible and it is situated at an astounding elevation of 3,660mts above sea level. After exploring the praiseworthy beauty of Pindari Glacier trek back to Phurkia.

Day 6 :  Phurkia to Khati via Dwali (16 Km/ 6 hrs)

Day six includes trekking back to Khati and over there, sharing your experiences with hospitable villagers. The element of descending back is quite impressive because of the surrounding atmosphere which has got purity integrated into it.

Day 7 :  Khati to Kharkia and Drive back to Kathgodam (10 km/ 5 hrs)

The trek for the seventh day is of an easy gradient. Although, being a long trek consuming around five hours, this element of the trail is quite interesting because of the stunning views of the environment including a glimpse of the beautiful Mt Maiktoli. The last day of the trip constitutes a long drive back to Kathgodam.

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  1. Pindari Kafni Glacier Trek

    The Complete Guide To Pindari Glacier Trek. ... It is a fairly large village compared to others in the valley and is the last inhabited village on the way to Pindari Glacier. Looming behind the village are some stunning peaks, namely, Nandabaner (6,236 m), Nandakot (6,861 m) and Laspadhura (5,913 m). ...

  2. Pindari Glacier Trek Guide 2024

    The Pindari Glacier Trek is a moderate-level trek and can be completed by anyone who is physically fit and able to walk for several hours a day. The trail is well-defined, and there are many rest points along the way.

  3. Pindari Glacier: A Trek to the Hidden Frozen Wonderland

    The Pindari Glacier Trek also offers glimpses into the local culture and traditions of the region. Along the way, you will encounter remote villages inhabited by warm-hearted locals. Interacting with them provides insights into their way of life, and their hospitality adds a special charm to the trek. Indulge in local cuisine, listen to their ...

  4. Pindari Glacier Trekking Guide

    About Pindari Glacier. Pindari Glacier is the source of Pindar River which meets with Alaknanda River at the confluence of Karnaprayag.The trekking route to the glacier traverses along the southern wilderness of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary offering captivating and invigorating views of peaks like Panwali Dwar (6,683m) and Maiktoli (6,803m).

  5. Pindari Glacier Trek: Itinerary & Route Map

    It can take as long as 4 to 5 hours to reach the Pindari Glacier Zero Point from Phurkia. On the way back, since it will be mostly downhill, you can do the same distance in 3 hours. ... Starting at noon, the top of Pindari Glacier getting cloudy. A few trekkers doing the Pindari Glacier trek itinerary also stay at Madtoli located (located 2km ...

  6. Pindari Glacier Trek: Everything you Need to Know

    Day 5: Trek from Phurkia To Pindari Glacier (3900 Mts/12870 Ft) To Phurkia. Today is an early start as it is a 7 km trek each way. We'll reach zero point from where the Pindari glacier can be viewed in all its magnificence at the break of dawn. The Pindari Glacier is a 5km long glacier.

  7. Pindari Glacier Trek

    As you make your way back to Khati, you will pass through charming villages, where you can interact with the locals and learn more about their way of life. Take breaks to rest, refuel, and appreciate the serene ambiance of the Himalayan region. ... The Pindari Glacier Trek is a popular trekking route in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand in India ...

  8. Pindari Glacier Trek, Uttarakhand, India

    The trek to Pindari Glacier is one such trekking trail that will take you through the spectacular landscapes, snow-clad glaciers, and far-flung villages of the Kumaon region, which you might have only seen in the fairy tales and will remain etched in one's mind forever. Kumaon region of Uttrakhand, bestowed with natural beauty in abundance, has always been eye candy for trekkers from all ...

  9. Pindari Glacier Trek

    The Pindari Glacier, in the Bageshwar district, falls in the Kumaon Himalayas. It is one of the most easily accessible of all the Himalayan glaciers. The max. altitude you reach during Pindari Glacier trek is 12300 ft. The glacier flows to the south for a short distance of about 3 KM and gives rise to the Pindari River which meets river ...

  10. Pindari Glacier Trek: Journey to Glacial Grandeur

    DAY 5: Phurkia to Pindari Glacier Zero point (12350 ft) and return, Trek 14km/7-8 hrs (7km each way) Finally, the day has arrived; today we will trek to Pindari Zero Point and then return back to Phurkia.

  11. Pindari Glacier Trek 2024: Best time to visit, Cost, Route, Itinerary

    Pindari Glacier Trek Best Time to Visit. The best time to visit the Pindari glacier is mid-March to mid-June as it is summer and the weather stays suitable for trekkers. Also visiting from September to late October can be pleasant for the trekkers as it is a spring season. Trekkers should strictly avoid the mid-June to September months because ...

  12. Pindari Glacier Trek

    The Pindari glacier is over 3.2 km in length and 1.5 km in breadth. The history of mountain climbing in the Pindari glacier region began with the conquest of the Traill's Pass by Malak Singh Buda of Supi in 1830. After enjoying the beauty of the glacier, visit the Pindari Baba Ashram nearby and trek back to Phurkia (14 km by trek ) for lunch.

  13. Pindari Glacier Trek, Bageshwar

    The Pindari Glacier Trek is a popular trekking route in Bageshwar, Uttarakhand, India, which takes you through some of the most scenic and remote areas of the region.The trek is approximately 40-45 kilometers long and takes around 7-8 days to complete. It starts from the village of Saung and takes you through several small villages, dense forests, and high altitude meadows, such as Khati and ...

  14. Pindari Glacier Trek

    The Pindari Glacier Trek is one of the most popular treks in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. It takes you through lush green forests, charming villages, and scenic meadows, all the way up to the stunning Pindari Glacier. ... offering trekkers a glimpse into the local culture and way of life. Day wise Details and Description. Day 1: Kathgodam ...

  15. Pindari Glacier Trek

    The Adventurous Trail of Pindarr Glacier. Pindari Glacier trek has some thrills for the trekkers though the trail is easy to moderate. The thrills include crossing Dhakuri pass on the way to Pindari glacier which offers phenomenal views of towering Himalayan peaks that together makes Nanda Devi Sanctuary's southern rim.

  16. Pindari Glacier Trek, Shimla: How To Reach, Best Time & Tips

    The Pindari glacier trek is a must-do activity for all those who wish to experience nature very closely without compromising on peace and tranquility. The journey to the Pindari glacier begins at Nainital and goes on to Lahorekhet. Usually, night camps are set up and the evening is spent in these camps. On your way to the Pindari glacier, you ...

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  18. PINDARI GLACIER TREK

    The Pindari Glacier trek, situated in the enchanting Kumaon Himalayas, stands out as one of the most accessible glacier hikes, attracting both beginners and seasoned trekkers alike. Nestled in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, this trek offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, snow-covered landscapes, and a glimpse into the remote settlements ...

  19. Pindari Glacier Trek 2024

    The Pindari Glacier Trek is a picturesque valley trail culminating in a glacier and ice fall. Get complete trek guide with photos. 9163283000/9836133166. 10am-6pm (Mon to Sat) ... (12-14 seat) one way. This is NOT included in TREK FEE and to be paid directly to the driver/owner. If you wish to reach our Trek Base Sankri on your own by public ...

  20. Pindari Glacier Trek

    Pindari Trek is a standout amongst the most delightful treks in the Kumaon Himalayan district that interests every explorer mind. Pindari Trek is one trek where Zero is the encapsulation of accomplishment. The trail to the Pindari Glacier resembles a full-course supper for trekkers. It is the best trek if you want to avoid crowd. We will get an opportunity to witness both Pindari and kafni ...

  21. Pindari Glacier Trek

    Pindari Glacier Trek is an easy trek in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. This trek offers well-defined trails with only one minor pass crossing en route to the Pindari Glacier Dhakuri Pass. ... On the way, we'll go past Bheem Tal, Almora, Bageshwar, Kapkot. The drive from Kathgodham to Kahrkia is a scenic one and you'll be glued to the ...

  22. Pindari Glacier : A trek to the Kumaon Himalayas| Moxtain

    The Pindari Glacier Trek initiates from Loharkhet at 1,760 meters and heads to Dhakuri at 2,680 meters, which is a trail of around 10 kilometers. ... The route for today will be covered partly, a 3-hour drive and an hour long trek. We will take a vehicle all the way to Kahrkia and than trek for approx an hour to Khati. Majestic Peaks such as ...

  23. Pindari Glacier Trek by TTH

    The Pindari glacier trek is a forgotten trek that has not lost its charm. With numerous waterfalls, rhododendrons-laden paths, typical kumaoni homestays, cro...