Pindari Glacier Trek

7 Days 6 Nights
  • Pindari glacier Trek
  • Pindari Glacier Trek
  • Pindari Glacier Trek
  • Pindari Glacier Trek
  • Pindari Glacier Trek

Description

Pindari Glacier – Hidden in the Kumaon Himalayas

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 Pindari 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?

Attractions

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 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.

Travel light

The backpack should not exceed 10kgs.

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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

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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Total distance – 16 km

Time taken – 7/8 hours

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.

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Day 6 : Trek from Phurkia to Khati via Dwali

Total distance – 18 km

Time taken – 7/8 hours

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.

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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.

Things to carry on trek

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

Sunglasses

Slippers

Woolen and Waterproof Gloves

Socks (Woolen and Regular)

Sunscreen

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)

ORS

Band aid

Cotton

Stretchable/Elastic bandage

Gauze

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

Mattress

Liner

Pillow

Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents

Dining Tent

Dining Table

Porters

Helper

Mules

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

What is Included In This Trek?

Transport Facility Kasol To Kasol

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

Mattress

Liner

Pillow

Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents

Dining Tent

Dining Table

Porters

Helper

Mules

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

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