|Suitable for:||10+ years.|
|Experience:||First timer can apply, previous trekking experience is more appreciated.|
|Fitness:||cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.|
Why Pindari Glacier Is A Must Do Trek
Located in the beautiful Kumaon Himalayas, this glacier attracts both beginners and expert trekkers every year. Pindari glacier is situated in Nanda Devi Sanctuary and is the source of the Pindar River, which meets Alaknanda at Karanprayag. The route traverses through the southern face of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary amidst its wilderness and along the way, you will catch arresting views of Himalayan peaks like Maiktoli (6,803 m) and Panwali Dwar (6,683 m). To the right of the Pindari Glacier lies the Kafni glacier. The route to the two glaciers in the same until Dwali, where the road bifurcates, one towards the Pindari Glacier and one towards Kafni Glacier.
The Kumaon Himalayas are blessed with an abundance of natural beauty and this trek offers varied natural splendors all along the trek. Pindari Glacier lies at the edge of Nanda Devi Peak and the zero point takes you to an astounding altitude of 3,660 meters. This is one of the most easily accessible glaciers in our country and is suitable for anyone who wishes to do the trek. Throughout the trek, you will pass through Rhododendron forests, lush meadows, green valleys, and cascading rivers to the Pindari Glacier summit, where you are welcomed with spellbinding views of Nanda Devi peak. This is one of the most beautiful treks that will leave you speechless after with its incredible sceneries.
About The Trek
Your trek to this beautiful Himalayan glacier starts at Kharkia, a small village approximately 100 km from Bageshwar, and after crossing a series of remote Himalayan parts like Dwali and Phurkia, you will touch the zero point of the glacier at an altitude of 12,300 ft.
From Kharkiya it’s a short trek to Khati, where you will get to witness beautiful Rhododendron blooms and views of Himalayan peaks like Nandabaner, Nandakot, Lapsadhura. BSNL network is available in some parts of the trek. Day 3 is a longer trek to Dwali. Whether here can be unpredictable, so be prepared accordingly. You will pass through a landslide zone and also et glimpses of Kafni Valley on your left.
The next day is another short trek to Phurkia and you will get to see the Pindar River flowing below you, the glacier is not too far from here. On clear days, Mt. Nandakhatt amp Nanda Devi is vividly visible. You will pass through a meadow where you may spot Himalayan Ibex and also cross a frozen stream. The following day is your summit day as you reach the pinnacle of the trek at 12300 ft. Mt. Nanda Khat is clearly visible from here and you will get to see other mountain peaks like Mt. Bauljuri and Mt. Changuch as well. Spending some time at the glacier you will return back to Phurkia.
The next day descend begins as you trek down to Khati via Dwali through the same path that you came in and the next day you will descend from Khati to Kharkia and drive back to Kathgodam ending your incredible Himalayan journey.
What Can You Expect At The Trek
The trek to Pindari Glacier is long but it is easier to complete as compared to other glacier treks in the country. The trek has a medium gradient and from Khati to Phurkia, you will have to cross some caved-in sections and land-slide zones. The glacier itself is 3.2 km in length and 1.5 km in breadth....
Mid-April to November is a great time to do the trek, however, it is best to avoid the monsoon season due to landslides and roadblocks.
During the months of April and May, the temperature ranges from 15°C to 20°C during the day and drops between 7°C to 2°C at night. During the months of September to November, the daytime temperature ranges between 15°C to 10°C, and at night it ranges between 5°C to -5°C
The trail has well-defined paths with only one minor pass crossing. It starts with flat hikes through Rhododendron covers followed by mountain ridges, spider walls, and stream crossings. You also get to learn about local culture and tradition from the local villages that you will pass on your way.
Our mountaineering-certified trek leaders are there to assist you along with the rough patches and all along the way. Our guides are locals who know the mountains like the back of their hands and thus give you a very intimate and comprehensive experience of the Himalayan terrains. Safety is one of our top priorities and our Trek Leaders are also Wilderness First Aid Responders, so you can be assured that you will be safe at all times during the trek.
We offer comfortable transfers from Kathgodam to Khati and back, and a cook accompanies us on our trek, who can serve up delicious local cuisine. At night you will stay in comfortable camps. We provide 3-person tents on twin sharing basis to make your stay in the mountains as comfortable as possible.
Since it is a high-altitude trek, the weather may get unpredictable at times, so you should dress appropriately in layers so that you are prepared to tackle all kinds of weather.
This is the first day of your journey towards Pindari Glacier and we will meet you at the Kathgodam Railway Station. A pickup will be scheduled early in the morning around 6:00 AM, where our representatives will pick you up and drive you to Kharkia, your base camp for the Pindari Glacier trek. Kharkia is approximately 210 km away from Kathgodam and it takes approximately 9 to 10 hrs to reach Kathgodam.
From Kathgodam to Kharkia it\'s a scenic drive through the beautiful Kumaon region. You will pass through many scenic destinations like Bheemtal, Almora, Bageshwar, and Kapkot to arrive at the quaint hamlet of Kharkia. Almora and Bageshwar are two beautiful towns of Kumaon and all along the route, you will see a lot of greenery all around. Kharkia is the last village on the road that connects the trail to the village of Khati and Jatoli. After reaching Loharkhet, you will follow an off-trail motorable road to reach Kharkia.
If you wish to withdraw cash, Kapkot is the last ATM point, there are no cash facilities in Kharkia. Once we reach Kharkia, we will stay the night at the Kharkia campsite. Make yourself comfortable and after dinner rest in your tents.
Today is a short trek from Kharkia to Khati campsite through Rhododendron and Oak covers. Today we will head from Khakria to Khati, an ancient village with exciting mythological stories attached to it. As we head through the forest cover, you will get to witness the native flora and fauna of the Himalayan region. Continue on the route, and you will reach a bridge that descends to a stream. Walk for five minutes more and you will reach another wooden bridge. The forest starts to get dense here, which is great because it gives you a respite from the afternoon sun. The forest continues for 15 to 20 more and soon fades away as you enter a clearing. From here, you can spot the Kharkiya village behind and a clear trail to Khati lies in front of you.
The trail descends down a ridge and after 10 minutes of walking you will come to a level section. After a 10 to 15 minutes walk, the trail follows a steep ascent to Jakoni village and continues walking for 20 minutes you will arrive at Jakoni village, however, you have to cross three difficult scissor bend sections. Entering Jakoni, you get an exquisite view of the beautiful Sunderdhunga valley and Pindar Valley. Sunderdhunga will be on your left and Pindar Valley will be on your left. There are a couple of dhabas here and you can get some quick refreshments. From here the trail leads you towards Pindar Valley, continue on the trail until you arrive at the third wooden bridge. Cross the bridge and climb up the ridge ahead and keep walking until the Khati village begins to appear.
Khati is a fairly large village and a base for backpackers. From here, you can get clear views of Nanda Kot, Nandabaner, and Laspadhura. The locals in Khati village are very friendly and hospitable and you can chat with them and get a glimpse into the rural lifestyle. According to the folklore, it is believed that this village served as a home for the Pandavas when they were in exile. Arriving at Khati Campsite, you will enjoy a delicious lunch post which you can spend the day at your leisure, exploring the areas nearby. Khati is the perfect camping spot as it offers amazing views of Nandakot, Nandabaner, and Laspadhura peaks. Only the BSNL network is available in some parts of the village. There is also no electricity in the village and the locals rely on solar power for electricity generation. We will reach the Khati campsite by lunchtime and have our lunch at the campsite. You have the evening to yourself where you can explore the village and at night rest in your camps.
Today is a long trek and we have quite a bit of walking to do so we will start our day with a hearty breakfast. From Khati to Dwali, you will cover a distance of 13 km which takes around 6 to 7 hrs depending on the speed of the trekker.
A significant part of today’s trek will be filled with the sound of gurgling water as the Pindar Ganga river accompanies you on the trek. You will cross some log bridges and beautiful waterfalls as you stride towards Dwali. You will come across many caved-in zones and landslide-prone areas in today’s trek. Many parts of the trail have been broken by the 2013 calamity and thus the trail is quite fractured, the trekkers need to be cautious and follow the instructions of the trek leader for safe passage. Weather in the Pindar Valley is quite unpredictable and is prone to rain and as such we will start early.
The initial part of the trek for about 20 minutes is a little strenuous with a steep ascent. Completing the ascent, you will get a bird’s eye view of the Khati village behind you. After another 15 minutes, the uphill gradient gradually reduces and soon you will pass by a stream. This is your first water point in today’s trek. You can fill your water bottle here if you please. The trail turns left from here passing by the KMVN guest lodges and it gradually ascends until you reach a wooden bridge, this bridge helps you cross the first landslide zone. After crossing the bridge the trail becomes quite narrow and descends rapidly and you are inside a forest cover once again. You will spot the beautiful Pindar River rushing down on your left and you will come across another steep descent. Walk downhill for 15 more minutes and the trail levels out a bit, after walking for another 5 minutes, you will arrive at the second landslide zone.
The trail in front of you is broken due to the disaster of 2013 and hence we will take a detour towards the left and climb down towards the Pindar River. Be a little cautious as the descent can be a little slippery. Once at the River, cautiously cross the bouldered landslide zone. Follow your trek leaders\' advice to cross the area safely. Crossing the section, you will spot a temporary trail moving up towards the same ridge that you came down from and this again connects you to the trail to Dwali. The climb up is steep and slippery and so you need to be careful. On reaching the ridge, walk straight ahead until you are in a forest ridge. Walk for about 10 minutes and you will come across another landslide zone. You have to leave the Dwali trail once again and recede down to the riverbank and walking along the riverbank through moraines and mountain bends you will reconnect with the Dwali trail once again.
Walk for 15 minutes and you are again at a landslide zone, this is the fourth landslide zone on the trail. Descend to the river once again all the way to the shepherd huts and a marked trail takes you up to the ridge once again. Walk through a short stretch of forest cover and soon you will spot the fifth landslide zone down below. Get ready for another detour and probably the longest one. Descend down to the riverbed and prepare yourself to cross a difficult moraine stretch. This is a difficult part and you have to cross huge boulders and a total of 4 scissor bends before you reach the ridge once again. Locating the trail to the ridge is quite difficult as it is hidden on dense vegetation. Do not worry our experienced guides and trek leaders are here to help you see the way through. The climb to the ridge can be a little strenuous.
Once you are back on the Dwali trail, keep walking ahead for about 15 minutes and you will arrive at an uphill section, the uphill stretch is about 2 km long and you will arrive at the sixth and final landslide zone. You will have to climb down the riverbed once again, the descent here is pretty unstable as the terrain is basically loose gravel and builders. Be cautious and take precautions to avoid any accident. Once you are down at the riverbank, you have to walk through moraines until you are at a river crossing section. Diwali lies across the River and crossing the river, you will arrive at Dwali. The destruction caused by the calamity of 2013 is quite evident here. It washed away many sections in the old trail.
We will arrive in Dwali by the evening, where you can settle down at the campsite for a beautiful panoramic view. There’s a PWD guest house near the camping spot and there’s drinking water available as well. You\'ll have dinner at the campsite and overnight stay in camps.
Today’s trek is fairly easy as compared to the previous days\' strenuous trek. After having a hot cup of tea and an earth breakfast, we will head out towards Phukria. It’s a short trek of 5 km for about 3 hrs and you will spot some beautiful Rhododendron forest on the way today. On a clear day, Mt. Nanda Devi and Nanda Khat are clearly visible in front of you. En route, you may spot Himalayan Ibex grazing in the pasturelands. Today you will come across another two stream crossings, which are nothing but layers of hard snow. Crossing through the stream, you will arrive at the Phurkia campsite. We will pitch our tents at the campsite and late in the evening, you will be served a hot and delicious meal.
Today is one of the most picturesque stretches on your trek and you will be greeted with stunning views of snow-capped mountains. The trail today leads you deep into the Pindar Valley and it soon starts to ascend upwards as you enter into beautiful Oak and Rhododendron cover. The trek has quite a few forested switchbacks as you gradually gain altitude. As you climb uphill, you will see the Pindar River flowing below in a narrow gorge. If the weather is clear, you will be able to see Mt. Nanda Khat (6545 m) and the Nanda Devi East (7,434 m) looming in the skyline ahead. Further ahead, you will see a green meadow which looks quite appealing and after about 30 minutes of walking, you will arrive here. This meadow is a great vantage point to click some nice photographs for the gram.
You will spot some glacial formations on the stream as it flows down to meet the river below. Across the river, you will get to see some Himalayan Ibexes grazing in the pasturelands near a lovely waterfall. You will now trek along this verdant grassland and cross another glacial stream to enter into another meadow, more scenic than the previous one. From the meadow, you will spot another crimson cover of Rhododendron on the top. It will take about 20 minutes to reach the forest. Entering the forest, you will have to cross a few landslide-prone patches and tricky sidewalls. Our trek leaders will assist you in crossing these difficult sections. It will take about 30-45 minutes to cross these fragmented sections safely.
There are two final stream crossings here and these streams are nothing but hard snow and scree. Ice ax is required here to make footholds and microspikes and crampons are quite useful as well. Remain on the left-hand side of the River and soon you will arrive at the Phurkia Campsite. Look for KMVN and PWD huts for landmarks to the Phurkia campsite. At the campsite a stunning view of the Nanda Khat peak welcomes you. Pitch your tent on the slopes and after a delicious dinner at night, you can rest in your tents.
Today is the most exciting day of your trek and the day you have been waiting for, it’s the summit day. Today we will head to the zero point of the summit and also descend back to Phurkia. Be ready for the thrill of walking on the Pindari Glacier and enjoy a terrific summit view. We have a long trekking day in front of us, so we will start our day as early as possible to reach the summit and return back again. At 3700 m, breathtaking views of the flawless Himalayan landscape are going to leave you spellbound.
We will trek through the inner parts of the Pindar Valley to reach the zero point. Weather in Pindar Glacier can change in a matter of minutes so it is best to start early so that you reach the summit by 9 or 10 in the morning and enjoy some great summit views. It takes about 3-4 hrs to reach Pindar Glacier zero point from Phurkia. From Phurkia, we will take the route on the left of the KMVN hut. It is an uphill hike and after trekking for about 15 minutes, you will arrive at the first stream crossing. The stream is basically a chunk of hardened snow and walks across it to enter the first meadow on your journey today. Trek straight along as the beautiful Mt. Nandakhat dominates the skyline. It is clearly visible from here and on your left, you will see the Pindar River flowing into a gorge below. After walking for about 20 minutes, you will arrive at a rockfall section. This is a pretty sensitive area, so you need to be watchful if there’s any rock falling from above. A little deep into the valley and you will notice patches of hard snow on the trail. Crampons are helpful here as the snow can be quite slippery and crampons will give you the much-needed traction.
It gets pretty difficult from here as the trail ahead is broken in several places with little foot spacing and a couple of spider wall sections. From here you can clearly see the snow-capped peak of Mt. Bauljuri (5,922 m). Crossing such tricky sections, the trail now turns right and the greenery begins to recede giving way into the snowy ridge of the Pindar Valley. The snow begins to melt from June and the trail is a little easy at that time. It will take about 40 minutes to reach the top of the ridge following a gradual ascent. You will cross a couple of rivulets on the way and these are great water sources as well. Once on the top of the ridge, look on your left and you will catch the first glimpse of the Pindari Glacier on the left. On your right, you can see the snow-ensconced Changuch peak (6,322 m).
You will cross through three ice fields and the snow can be pretty overwhelming in the months of April and May and this can slow you down on the trek. On the left-hand side, you will see a hut and a temple, this is the home of the well-known Pindari Baba, Dharmanand Ji. From here, it will take 40 minutes more to reach the Pindari Glacier Zero Point. Follow the trail straight from Pindari Baba’s hut and keep walking until you reach a moraine ridge. Cross the ridge, and climb till you reach the high-point. A board at the summit reads “You’ve reached the Zero-Point”. Treat your eyes to the spellbinding views of mountain peaks like Changuch peak and Nanda Kot (6,861 m). Spend some time at the summit, basking in the natural beauty and the feeling of accomplishment. We will then return to Phurkia in the same way that we came in. the return can be done pretty swiftly and stay the night in camps.
This is your longest trekking day as you will have to trek for 18 km from Phurkia to Khati. It will take 7-8 hr to descend to Khati. From Phurkia, it takes about 2 hrs or less to descend to Dwali and it takes 4 to 5 hrs more to reach Khati. We will descend through the same route that we went up in and cross the same landslide zones on the way and walking along the banks of the Pindar River, we will reach the Khati campsite. We will stay overnight in camps. Rest well after a long day of trekking.
Today is the last day of your journey and you will return back to Kathgodam bidding adieu to the mountains and leaving with a bagful of memories. Starting early in the morning, you will trek down from Khati to Kharkia. It\'s a 4 km trek and takes about 1 hr to descend. From Kharkia road-head, we will drive you back to Kathgodam and you will reach Kathgodam by evening, so make your further bookings accordingly. Drop-off is provided by TTH and is included in the cost.
First of all everyone has to reach Haldwani
Pick-up location is Kathgodam railway station parking, after that TTH will take care of your further travel plan.
Options to reach Haldwani:-
We always recommend to go for the govt. Buses over the private ones outside the bus station as based on the experience we have found that there are very high chances of delay involved with private buses. Also, govt. Buses are always more reliable. Whichever bus you choose, just make sure to reach Rishikesh at least by 05:30 am positively.
Trekkers will be dropped at Haldwani (Kathgodam railway station) by 06:00 PM, for onward journey from Haldwani it is advised to make arrangements after 08:00 PM.
The distance from Kathgodam to Haldwani bus stand is 6 km, it will take approx 20 minutes.
1. Accommodation. (Guest house/Homestay, Camping)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
3. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook and Support staff.
4. All necessary permits and entry fees.
5. First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
6. Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and microspikes (if required).
7. Services from Kathgodam to Kathgodam.
8. TTH Staff insurance.
9. Mules to carry the central luggage.
1. Any kind of personal expenses.
2. Food during the transit.
4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
5. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.
6. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
Charges of offloading backpack:-
INR 1800/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
INR 2100/- if you inform us after reaching Kharkia
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.
Make a single payment and trek the number of times you want.
If you book a trek with Trek The Himalayas and are unable to complete the same or you have successfully completed that trek and want to do it again, you can repeat it multiple times without paying the cost of the trek.
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Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip
Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip
Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek
If by a rare consequence TTH calls off/cancels a trek:
At TTH, we almost never call off or cancel our treks. But in the rare event that we do call off or cancel a trek due to any unforeseen circumstances or natural catastrophes like continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that prevents us from carrying out a trek in a safe manner, unforeseeable circumstances like local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any such situations that prevents a safe trekking experience, TTH will issue a voucher summing up to the same amount as your trek fee. The voucher can be redeemed on any of the treks over a period of the next year.
In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:
As we mention always, weather conditions at high altitudes are extremely unpredictable and can change at any time of any day. Also, situations like natural calamities or political unrest, pandemics and lockdowns, etc are out of our control and if an event cannot run under any such circumstances that we do not directly have control over then we will try to give you an alternative trek, which means your trek will be shifted from one trek to another, which will be safer and more favourable.
In these cases, a voucher is issued to mitigate the difference in cost between the two treks. You can redeem the voucher at any time over a period of one year from the date of issue. A refund fee or refund of the difference is not applicable.
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|Back pack & rain cover||(50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps|
|Day pack + rain cover||20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)|
|Walking stick||Advisable (At least one)|
|Water bottle/Hydration pack||2 bottles of one liter each, People who use hydration pack 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter, Carry at least one thermos flask.|
|Personal Medical Kit||Consult your doctor|
|Snacks||Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors|
|T-shirts||4 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)|
|Fleece T-shirts||1 Nos.|
|Fleece jacket||1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)|
|Down feather / Hollofil jacket||1 Nos.|
|Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)||1 Pair|
|Thermal inners (upper and lower)||1 Pair|
|Trek pants||3 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)|
|Waterproof gloves||1 Pair|
|Fleece/woolen gloves||1 Pair|
|Hand sanitizer||Antibacterial powder|
|Toothbrush and toothpaste||Lip balm / Chapstick|
|Toilet Paper & wipes||Quick dry towel|
|Head torch||1 Nos. (Avoid Hand torch)|
|Sun cap||1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)|
|Woolen cap||1 Nos.|
|Balaclava||1 Nos. (Optional)|
|Sunglasses||Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected, People who wear spectacles- (A)- Use contact lenses. (B)- Photo chromatic glasses.|
|Trekking shoes||1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)|
|Cotton socks||6 pairs|
|Woollen socks||1 pairs|
|Gaiters||1 Pair (TTH will Provide)|
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