Pindari Glacier is one among the most popular attractions of Uttarakhand. The glacier forms in the upper areas of Kumaon Himalayas and lies on the southeast of the snow-covered mountains of Nanda Devi and Nand Kot. Pindari also shifts south for around 3km giving rise to Pindari River. Then, Pindari meets River Alakhnanda in Garhwal District of Uttrarakhand.
You can enjoy natural splendors throughout your trek. The impeccable scenery formed by variety of flowers, lush greenery, cascading falls, pristine rivers and tranquility will simply leave you enthralled. Trekkers come across unexplored locations and villages of Uttarakhand which have several mythologies associated with it. There are wooden bridges from where you can adore the vast expanse of lush greenery. Trek to Pindari Glacier is one of the unmatched and refreshing experiences for both beginners and experts. In fact, it is a must-visit place for adventure-enthusiasts, shutter-bugs and nature-lovers. Located in close vicinity with Pinadari glacier is Kafni Glacier that is also listed among the best trekking-sites in India.
Pindari Glacier Trek Information
- Duration - 7 days and 6nights
- Altitude - roughly 3,660 meters –Pindari Glacier
- Level - Moderate to difficult
- Season - April to November (except monsoons)
- Rail head- Kathgodam is the nearest rail head from Loharkhet.
- Road head - Buses are available from Delhi, Haldwani, Tanakpur and Almora till Bageshwar. Further, you can hire a cab from Bageshwar to Loharkhet, Kharkiya.
Day 1: Delhi – Kathgodam (278 km / 5 to 6 hours) – Loharkhet
On first day prepare for an overnight journey from Delhi to Kathgodam. On reaching Kathgodam, get transferred to Loharkhet in a bus or cab. Night stay is scheduled in Loharkhet.
Day 2: Loharkhet - Kharkiya – Khati (4 km / home stay at Khati)
Today, take a 3-hour-jeep drive from Loharkhet to Kharkiya. On your arrival at Kharkiya, you trek to Khati, which is around 4 km and takes about 60 to 90 minutes. Further, on entering Khati, set a base-camp and relax.
Day 3: Khati to Dwali (13 km approximately / 6 – 7 hrs)
Today, from Khati you indulge in a 13-km-long trek to Dwali, which takes approximately 6 to 7 hours to cover. Night stay in Dwali.
Day 4: Dwali to Phurkiya (5 km / 2 – 3 hours)
On fourth day of your trekking tour to Pindari Glacier, continue your trek from Dwali to Phurkiya, which is 5 km away and takes 2 to 3 hours. Overnight stay in Phurkiya.
Day 5: Phurkiya to Pindari-Zero Point and back to Phurkiya (16 km approximately / 7 hours)
Today, from Phurkiya you trek to the main destination Pindari Glacier. As you reach Pindari, enjoy the scenic surrounding and again start your return trek to Phurkiya. Overall, it takes 7 hours to complete 16 km. Overnight in Phurkiya.
Day 6: Phurkiya to Khati via Dwali (18 km / 7 – 8 hours)
On sixth day, from Phurkiya trek back to Khati via Dwali, which roughly takes 7 to 8 hours to cover is 18 km. Overnight stay in Dwali.
Day 7: Khati to Kharkiya (4 km approximately / 45 – 60 minutes)
On seventh and last day, get transferred to Kharkiya and further to Bageshwar. On reaching Bageshwar, travel back to Kathgodam for your onward journey.