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Kafni Glacier Trek

Kafni Glacier Trek

A Himalayan High Experience
About The Kafni Glacier Trek

Venturing out in the outer reaches of the Nanda Devi National park in the Kumaon region of the Himalayas. this trek probably offers you one of the easiest opportunity of viewing the beautiful and mighty peaks guarding the Nanda Devi.

Here the beautiful peaks of Changuch, Maiktoli, Mrigthuni, Nanda Khat,  Nanda Kot, Panwali Dwar, Sunanda Devi ( Nanda Devi East), Tharkot, Nanda Bhanar, Nanda Khani, Bauljuri, Lapsa Dhura present themselves in full glory. The village and local dwellers of Khati is a good opportunity the experience and understand the rural settings of Kumaon. Right from its start, this trek takes you through a dense forest of the outer Nanda Devi National Park consisting of fir, birch and rhododendrons. From Khati, the trail separates from the Sunderdhunga and follows the Pindar river until Dwali, where it further forks - one on your left goes to the Pindari Glacier and the other on your right goes to the Kafni Glacier following the Kafni river. 

This trek curretly start at Kharkiya from where its just about 5 kilometers of gradual trek to Khati because of the newly built jeep able road. It helps you skip the 'good climb' to Dhakuri crossing the Dhakuri pass right in the first day. However, Dhakuri is a picturesque and a special campsite with a wide panorama on a beautiful meadow, so skipping it might not be a good idea unless you are on a time crunch.

Detailed Daywise Itinerary For Kafni Glacier Trek

Day 1From Kathgodam To Loharkhet, Via - Almora, Bagheshwar

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Brief Details Of The Day:

Early morning we board our cabs to take a picturesque mountain drive to reach the remote settlement of Loharkhet, passing by Almora, Bagheswar, Suong.

We reach by evening. One of our staffs receives you and guides you to your hotel room. After freshening up, we meet over a light snacks and tea and share few updates on the trek. 

We have early dinner and go to bed. Tomorrow's gonna be a hard day right away. So we prepare ourselves mentally for the game

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Evening Snacks, Dinner

Day 2From Loharkhet To Dhakuri , Via - Dhakuri Pass

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Starting in the morning, we trek on a steep route, through the forest to climb up the Dhakuri Pass.  On the top of the pass, be ready to be greeted by the aura of the Himalayan Peaks. The beautiful peaks of the Sunderdhunga valley - Maiktoli, Mrigthuni and Devtoli stands on the left slowly easing-in to the peaks surrounding the Pindar Valley, namely Nandakhat, Changuch, Nanda Bhanar. Nanda Kot. The panorama further extends towards your right with the peaks of Rajrambha and Ngalaphu near the Dharma Valley. Peaks as far as those bordering Nepal are visible too, namely Api, Jethibahurani, etc.

After s good rest on the pass top, we descend down to the Dhakuri campsite, which is just few kilometers away. A lovely campsite with flat green meadow, surrounded by the beautiful snow cladded peaks.

Its indeed a Himalayan luxury here, and one of the best campsite in the entire route. All the pain we took in climbing the Dhakuri Pass pays off. It helps us acclimatize well too ! 

Accommodation: Hotel / Tents
Meals: All Meals

Day 3From Dhakuri To Khati, Via - Kharkiya, Jaikuni

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Trek through the forest and open meadows to the village of Khati. The route descends down most of the part while climbing up few stretches, passing by the villages of Bagdanu, Kharkiya, Umula, Jaikuni and Dau.

Khati is a small village staged perfectly with a background of few elegant Himalayan peaks. It has quite a few huts, private guest houses and tourist rest house as well 

Accommodation: Homestay / Tents
Meals: All Meals

Day 4From Khati To Dwali

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A long trek through the forest, following the Pindar river upstream. Dwali is a common campsite located at the confluence of the Pindar and Kafni rivers emerging out of the respective glaciers. From here, the trail on left goes to the Pindari Glacier and the once on the right goes to Kafni Glacier. It is marked by a PWD rest house

Accommodation: Hotel/ Tents
Meals: All Meals

Day 5From Dwali To Khatia

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Follow Kafni river to camp on Khatia today 

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Day 6From Khatiya To Dwali, Via - Kafni Glacier

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Today we trek till the snout of the Kafni glacier, which is the source of Kafni river, a tributary of Pindar. The trek offers promising views of Nanda Kot. We return to Dwali for the night

Accommodation: Hotel / Tents
Meals: All Meals

Day 7From Dwali To Kharkiya, Via - Khati

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Retrace back on the same trail to reach the village of Khati, and then to the roadhead of Kharkiya

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: All Meals

Day 8From Kharkiya To Kathgodam, Via - Baghehwar, Almora

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  • Kharkiya: 2186 meters / 7214 feets
  • Baghehwar: 1004 meters / 3314 feets
  • Almora: 1642 meters / 5419 feets
  • Kathgodam: 554 meters / 1829 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 220 Km
  • Approximate Time: 7 - 8 hours
  • Day's Activity: Drive
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We end our beautiful trek today and drive back to Kathgodam for our onward journey to home

Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast

Covid19 Safety Protocol For Himalayan Treks

Unnatural times call for an unusual response. We at Himalayan High are facing it with even more stringent safety measures to ensure our treks, trekkers, and the local support team are safe. The Covid19 Pandemic has completely changed the way we look at the World and do things. It has changed the way we trek as well. Here is a brief.

  • Small Groups of less than 15 members
  • No Fixed Camps at all. Use a single sleeping bag, mattress & sleeping bag inners throughout the trek without any mixup
  • Sanitized Transportation
  • Contactless Screening of Participants on arrival
  • Contactless Paperwork and Online Booking Procedure
  • Mandatory Sanitization Before Entry
  • Sanitized Accommodation, Linens, Sleeping Bags, etc
  • Sanitized and sun-dried Camping Equipment
  • Monitored Support Crew with extra protection of masks, gloves and frequent use of sanitizers
  • Social Distancing from other unmonitored groups
  • Daily evaluation of Health for Safe Mountain Health
  • Twin Sharing Accommodations on the trek
  • Single tent supplement available
  • Proper Dining Hygiene in Dining Tents
  • Dry Toilets in toilet tents.
  • Covid Hygiene Kit including personal Sleeping Bag Inner for free
  • Precautionary Quarantine Tents On Trek
  • Immunity-Boosting Food Menu and Drinks
  • Filtered, Boiled and Treated Drinking Water

Read more on the following link about our Covid19 safety measures to ensure a safe trek. Safe trekking in the Himalayas during COVID-19

With this protocol, we have resumed our Himalayan Treks.

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+ Quick Info
  • Duration: 8 Days, Kathgodam to Kathgodam
  • Highest Altitude: 3895m
  • Grade: Moderate ( know trek grades )
  • Best Time: May. Jun, Sep, Oct
  • Terrain: Forest, Meadow, Ravine, Glacial moraine
  • Activity Type: Trek
  • Trail Type: Same Exit Entry Point
  • Starts At: Lokharkhet
  • Ends At: Lokharkhet
  • Region: India - Uttrakhand
  • Country: India
  • Nearest Airport: Pantnagar, Uttrakhand
  • Nearest Rail Head: Kathgodam, Uttrakhand
  • Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Lokharkhet
  • Mobile Network: BSNL till Khati
  • Internet Option: No
  • Temperatures:
  • Is Cloak Room Available: No
  • Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali, Kumaoni
+ Short Travel Itinerary

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  • Day 1


    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Loharkhet (1834m ), Via - Almora (1642m ), Bagheshwar (1004m ). 8 - 9 Hrs. 225 Kms
    Overnight In: Loharkhet (1834m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: Evening Snacks, Dinner
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
  • Day 2


    From Loharkhet (1834m ) To Dhakuri (2650m ), Via - Dhakuri Pass (2940m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs. 11 Kms
    Overnight In: Dhakuri (2650m )
    Accommodation: Hotel / Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 3


    From Dhakuri (2650m ) To Khati (2230m ), Via - Kharkiya (2186m ), Jaikuni (2120m ). 4 Hrs. 8 Kms
    Overnight In: Khati (2230m )
    Accommodation: Homestay / Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 4


    From Khati (2230m ) To Dwali (2632m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs. 12 Kms
    Overnight In: Dwali (2632m )
    Accommodation: Hotel/ Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 5


    From Dwali (2632m ) To Khatia (3314m ) . 3 Hrs. 6 Kms
    Overnight In: Khatia (3314m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 6


    From Khatiya (3314m ) To Dwali (2632m ), Via - Kafni Glacier (3895m ) . 6 - 7 Hrs. 18 Kms
    Overnight In: Dwali (2632m )
    Accommodation: Hotel / Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 7


    From Dwali (2632m ) To Kharkiya (2186m ), Via - Khati (2230m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs. 16 Kms
    Overnight In: Kharkiya (2186m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 8


    From Kharkiya (2186m ) To Kathgodam (554m ), Via - Baghehwar (1004m ), Almora (1642m ). 7 - 8 Hrs. 220 Kms
    Overnight In: Kathgodam (554m )
    Accommodation: None
    Meals Included: Breakfast
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+ Trek Highlights
  • Days of wonder in the lap of one of the very beautiful valley in the Kumaon
  • The beautiful peaks of Changuch, Maiktoli, Mrigthuni, Nanda Khat,  Nanda Kot, Panwali Dwar, Sunanda Devi ( Nanda Devi East), Tharkot, Nanda Bhanar, Nanda Khani, Bauljuri, Lapsa Dhura
  • Understand the Himalayan geography and river systems by taking yourself closer to its glaciers. Also witness the effect of Global Warming and the receding of a glacier which is highly affecting the ecology not just locally, but throughout our country
  • An opportunity to experience some of the most remote villages of Kumaon - namely Khati which also offers a unique way to experience the Himalayas of Kumaon through the locals
  • Walking through the dense forest of rhododendrons, birch and fir and the meadows
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+ Cancellation Policy

When Should You Book?

We typically get booked about 3 - 6 months in advance. It is advisable to book this much in advance as you get early bird discounts and also your travel costs like flights/hotels/trains etc are much cheaper and confirmed if you book well in advance.


(1st OCTOBER 2020 TILL 31st MARCH 2021 )

Considering the uncertainties during the COVID19 pandemic, we have eased our cancellation rules. 

  • Up to 3 days or more before the trek start date  - Full Refund of the total invoiced amount. No questions asked.
  • 2 days to 1 day before the trek start date - We will either issue you a trek voucher with a value of 100% of the trek fee or refund 85% of the trek fee if you want us to transfer the money back.
  • Transfer Of Seat to Different Batch/ Trek: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 1 day before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  • Transfer of Seat to Friend/ Family: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 1 day before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  • Validity Of The Covid19 Cancellation Policy: The above-listed cancellation rules apply only to bookings for which the trek start date falls between 1st October 2020 till 31st March 2021.

Find detailed info on Cancellation & Refund Policy

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