The Pindari Glacier is a glacier found in the upper reaches of the Kumaon Himalayas, to the southeast of Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot. The glacier flows to the south for a short distance of about 3 km (1.9 mi),0.25 km in breadth and gives rise to the Pindari River which meets the Alakananda at Karnaprayag in the Garhwal district. The Pindari glacier trek starts from Kharkiya as you pass by the villages of Khati and hamlets of Dwali, Phurkiya and finally to Zero Point of the glacier. This is an easy/moderate up and down trek with a gradual increase in altitude from 2200M in Khati to around 3700M at zero point. The trail passes through Rhododendron forests, mountain ridges and numerous streams as we make our way into beautifully spread lush meadows, rich in fauna and avifauna.
Easy to access and hard to over leap the enrapturing environment that is enveloped with lurching moraines, hulking high snow clad peaks aligning the silver horizon under the blue sky and soothing climate, the Pindari Glacier Trek is one of the most beautiful treks in the Kumaon Himalayan region that pursuits each traveler mind. The Pindari glacier owes its existence primarily to the vast quantities of snow that precipitates from the Nanda Devi and other surrounding summits of the Greater Himalayan range.
Day 1 – Pick up from Kathgodam and drive to Bageshwar (6 Hours):
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 2 – Bageshwar to Khati ( Approx. 6 hours – 4 hours of drive to Kharkiya followed by 4KM of trek to Khati ). Drive to Kharkiya after early morning breakfast via Kapkot, motorable road till Kharkiya.Then start an easy trek passing through Rhododendron forest that takes you to Khati ( 2200m above sea level). Overnight at homestay/ KMVN guest house/tents)
Day 3 – Khati to Dwali (Trek 11KM): The trek will start after breakfast. It’s an easy trek along the Pindar River till Dwali.
Overnight in Dwali in rest house/tents
Day 4 – Dwali to Phurkia (Trek 5KM): Dwali onwards is a 5km moderate trek till Phurkia. On the way there are frozen streams, waterfalls and panoramic view of the majestic peaks. There is a great chance of spotting high altitude birds like Monal, Snowcocks, Finches etc. As we leave thick forests at Dwali and make our way through to high altitude meadows we arrive in Phurkia. Phurkia is situated at 3250 mts above sea level. Overnight stay at Phurkia in rest house/tents
Day 5 – Phurkia to Zero point (Trek 6KM)- Start early morning and trek for another 6kms to reach Zero Point which is situated 3,749M above sea level. Reaching early in the morning allows us to witness the Pindari glacier with Himalayan peaks in the background in all its glory. This is a spectacle to behold and a once in a lifetime experience. Explore the area and then trek back to Phurkia for overnight stay.
Day 6 – Phurkiya to Dwali (Trek 5KM): Trek downhill for 5KM back to Dwali and enjoy the rest of the day exploring the forest. Dwali is situated at the confluence of Pindar and Kafni rivers, great setting for some good photography of Himalayan birds and mammals like Thar, Goral on the slopes across the Pindari river.
Day 7 – Dwali to Khati (Trek 11KM): This is a 11km easy trek back to the last inhabited village for overnight stay.
Day 8 – Khati to kharkiya to Bageshwar: Early morning start after breakfast. A gentle trek till Kharkiya will take you to the vehicle pick up point. Drive back to Bageshwar. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 9 – Bageshwar to Kathgodam: After breakfast, transfer to Kathgodam railway station for return journey.
1. All permits from the Forest & Tourism Department.
2. Transport from Kathgodam to Kharkiya and back
3. All Meals during the trek (Vegetarian), except at meals at Bageshwar and lunch on the first day
4. Accommodation in camps /home stay/KMVN rest houses
5. Local guide and tour manager
6. Mules and porter to carry luggage ( 1 backpack per person)
1. Personal mule and potter charges
2. Any kind of insurance and flight tkt.
3. Any expenses caused by natural calamities like landslides, earthquake or storm or political crisis, war, riots, etc shall be borne by the delegates.
4. Foreigner delegates should carry valid passport with valid visa.
5. Anything else which is not mentioned above
Please Note: Itinerary may be changed as per the condition/ bad weather or any unexpected circumstances.
Type of accommodation shall be rest house/tents/ dormitory as and where applicable.
Things to carry:
Trekking shoes, woolens, warm jacket, wind cheater, personal medications, water treatment pills, lip balm, sunscreen lotion, sunglasses, gloves and thermal inner wear.