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Pindari Kafni Glacier Trek

Pindari Kafni Glacier Trek - Quick Informations

  • 📅 Duration: 10 Da
  • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3895m
  • 🛑 Grade: Moderate ( know trek grades )
  • 👍 Best Time: May. Jun, Sep, Oct
  • 🏃 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

Pindari Kafni Glacier Trek - Key Geographical Highlights

12 Popular Peaks:
Changuch ( 6322m ), Maiktoli ( 6803m ), Mrigthuni ( 6855m ), Nanda Khat ( 6611m ), Nanda Kot ( 6861m ), Panwali Dwar ( 6663m ), Sunanda Devi ( 7434m ), Tharkot ( 6099m ), Nanda Bhanar ( 6236m ), Nanda Khani ( 6029m ), Bauljuri ( 5922m ), Lapsa Dhura ( 6000m )
1 High Passes:
Dhakuri Pass ( 2940m )
3 Mind-boggling Glaciers:
Pindari Glacier, Kafni Glacier, Buria 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

Pindari Kafni Glacier Trek - Elevation Profile & Itinerary Overview

Day 1
D1Kathgodam
Day 1
Almora
Day 1
Bagheshwar
Day 2
D2Loharkhet
Day 2
Dhakuri Pass
Day 3
D3Dhakuri
Day 3
Kharkiya
Day 3
Jaikuni
Day 4
D4Khati
Day 5
D5Dwali
Day 6
D6Phurkiya
Day 6
Zero Point
Day 6
Phurkiya
Day 7
D7Dwali
Day 8
D8Khatia
Day 8
Kafni Glacier
Day 9
D9Dwali
Day 9
Khati
Day 10
D10Kharkiya
Day 10
Baghehwar
Day 10
Almora
Day 11
Kathgodam

Pindari Kafni Glacier Trek Daywise Itinerary

Day 1Arrival In Loharkhet

Overnight In: Loharkhet (1834m )
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Evening Snacks, Dinner
Cost Of Transport Included: No
Activity: Drive 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 )

Day 2
1835 - Loharkhet
Day 2
2940 - Dhakuri Pass
Day 2
2650 - Dhakuri


11Km, 5 - 6hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Dhakuri (2650m )
Accommodation: Hotel / Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

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 )

Day 3
2650 - Dhakuri
Day 3
2190 - Kharkiya
Day 3
2120 - Jaikuni
Day 3
2230 - Khati


8Km, 4hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Khati (2230m )
Accommodation: Homestay / Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

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 )

Day 4
2230 - Khati
Day 4
2635 - Dwali


12Km, 5 - 6hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Dwali (2632m )
Accommodation: Hotel/ Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

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 )

Day 5
2635 - Dwali
Day 5
3215 - Phurkiya


6Km, 3hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Phurkiya (3211m )
Accommodation: Hotel / Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

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 )

Day 6
3215 - Phurkiya
Day 6
3775 - Zero Point
Day 6
3215 - Phurkiya
Day 6
2635 - Dwali


20Km, 6 - 7hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Dwali (2632m )
Accommodation: Hotel / Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

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 Khatia ( 6 Kms,3 hours )

Day 7
2635 - Dwali
Day 7
3315 - Khatia


6Km, 3hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Khatia (3314m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

Follow Kafni river to camp on Khatia today 

Day 8From Khatiya To Dwali, Via - Kafni Glacier ( 18 Kms,6 - 7 hours )

Day 8
3315 - Khatiya
Day 8
3895 - Kafni Glacier
Day 8
2635 - Dwali


18Km, 6 - 7hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Dwali (2632m )
Accommodation: Hotel / Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

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

Day 9From Dwali To Kharkiya, Via - Khati ( 16 Kms,5 - 6 hours )

Day 9
2635 - Dwali
Day 9
2230 - Khati
Day 9
2190 - Kharkiya


16Km, 5 - 6hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Kharkiya (2186m )
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: All Meals

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

Day 10From Kharkiya To Kathgodam, Via - Baghehwar, Almora ( 220 Kms,7 - 8 hours )

Day 10
2190 - Kharkiya
Day 10
1005 - Baghehwar
Day 10
1645 - Almora
Day 10
555 - Kathgodam


220Km, 7 - 8hrs.

Activity: Drive Day
Overnight In: Kathgodam (554m )
Accommodation: None
Meals Included: Breakfast

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

Pindari Kafni Glacier Trek - - Why Its A Must-Do

  • 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

Pindari Kafni Glacier Trek - An Elaborate Description

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 Kafni Glacier Trek Package Cost Details

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  • Day 1

    Drive

    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Loharkhet (1834m )
    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 Khatia (3314m ) . 3 Hrs. 6 Kms
    Overnight In: Khatia (3314m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 8

    Trek

    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 9

    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 10

    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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Rules Of Cancellation: 

  1. Up to 10 days or more before the trek start date  - Full Refund of the total paid amount
  2. Between 10 days to 0 days before the trek start date - No refund. Free rescheduling or transfer of slot is allowed.
  3. 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 5 days before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  4. Transfer of Seat to Friend/ Family: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 5 days before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  5. Validity: This rule is only applicable for treks below 4000 meters and not graded as Challenging or Challenging+

 

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