Pindari Glacier Trek

Pindari Glacier Trek

Details Of The Pindari Glacier Trek

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Key Himalayan Geographical Offerings Of The Pindari Glacier Trek


12 Popular Peaks:
Changuch ( 6322m ), Maiktoli ( 6803m ), Mrigthuni ( 6855m ), Nanda Devi ( 7816m ), Nanda Khat ( 6611m ), Nanda Kot ( 6861m ), Panwali Dwar ( 6663m ), Sunanda Devi ( 7434m ), Nanda Bhanar ( 6236m ), Nanda Khani ( 6029m ), Bauljuri ( 5922m ), Lapsa Dhura ( 6000m )
1 High Passes:
Dhakuri Pass ( 2940m )
1 Mind-boggling Glaciers:
Pindari Glacier
4 Tranquil Rivers:
Pindar River, Sunderdhunga River, Saryu River, Kafni Gad
3 Beautiful Remote Villages:
Khati, Lokharkhet, Kharkiya
1 National Parks Or Forest Reserve:
Nanda Devi Outer Sanctuary

Why Should You Do The Pindari Glacier Trek

  • 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
  • 📅 Duration: 8 Days, Kathgodam to Kathgodam
  • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3771m
  • 🛑 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 From: Lokharkhet
  • 🚩 Ends In: 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

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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 currently start at Kharkiya from where its just about 5 kilometers of gradual trek to Khati because of the newly built jeepable 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.

Pindari Glacier Trek Package - Daywise Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Arrival In Loharkhet ( 225 Kms,8 - 9 hours )

Drive Day

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

Day 2From Loharkhet To Dhakuri , Via - Dhakuri Pass ( 11 Kms,5 - 6 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

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 ! 

Day 3From Dhakuri To Khati, Via - Kharkiya, Jaikuni ( 8 Kms,4 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

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 

Day 4From Khati To Dwali ( 12 Kms,5 - 6 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

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

Day 5From Dwali To Phurkiya ( 6 Kms,3 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

A short trek following the Pindar river takes us to the campsite of Phurikya today. We are yet to cross the tree line and our trek passes through sparsely dense forest. Few of the sections requires safe steps. The peaks of Nandakhat keeps us motivated throughout and soon we reach our campsite of Phurkiya, marked by a KMVN guest house.

Day 6From Phurkiya To Dwali, Via - Zero Point, Phurkiya ( 20 Kms,6 - 7 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

Today is the most important day of our trek and we start our day early morning as we will need to trek back to Dwali for the night. Few minutes into the trek and the peaks start to show up. Nanda Bhanar, Nanda Kot, Changuch, Bauljuri, and Nanda Khat makes your day today. The Pindari Ice Fall is a great sight, specially at such a low altitude. A baba by the name of Pindari Baba stays here and also accommodates few odd trekkers too !

After satisfying ourselves, we retrace our path till Dwali, where we camp for the night. The distance might be long, but the return happens much quicker. 

Day 7From Dwali To Kharkiya, Via - Khati ( 16 Kms,5 - 6 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Dwali: 2632 meters / 8633 feet
  • Khati: 2230 meters / 7315 feet
  • Kharkiya: 2186 meters / 7171 feet
Brief Details Of The Day:

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

Day 8From Kharkiya To Kathgodam, Via - Baghehwar, Almora ( 220 Kms,7 - 8 hours )

Drive Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Kharkiya: 2186 meters / 7171 feet
  • Baghehwar: 1004 meters / 3294 feet
  • Almora: 1642 meters / 5386 feet
  • Kathgodam: 554 meters / 1818 feet
Brief Details Of The Day:

We end our beautiful trek today and drive back to Kathgodam for our onward journey to home

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  • Day 1

    Drive

    Arrival Day
    From Kathgodam (554m ) To 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

    Trek

    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

    Trek

    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

    Trek

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

    Trek

    From Dwali (2632m ) To Phurkiya (3211m ) . 3 Hrs. 6 Kms
    Overnight In: Phurkiya (3211m )
    Accommodation: Hotel / Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 6

    Trek

    From Phurkiya (3211m ) To Dwali (2632m ), Via - Zero Point (3771m ), Phurkiya (3211m ). 6 - 7 Hrs. 20 Kms
    Overnight In: Dwali (2632m )
    Accommodation: Hotel / Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 7

    Trek

    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

    Drive

    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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