Pindari Glacier located in the Bageshwar district within the state of Uttarakhand in India, to the southeast of Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot. The glacier offering a great view of the Kumaon division of the southeast himalayan mountains, spread over an area of 3.2 km. The glacier melts into water at an altitude of 3660 meters and flows to the south, gives rise to the Pindari River and finally merges into river Alaknanda at Karnaprayag in the Garhwal district.
Pindari glacier trek is hidden treasure the most impressive ranges of Kumaon division. This trek provides a unique and close-up insight into villages in this beautiful area of the himalayas. You climb to through beautiful, pristine forest,with stunning view of the mountains. Up on the top of Zero point, you can see the himalayas stretching as far as the eye can see, with the close up view of Mt Nanda devi, Nanda Kot pinnacle standing in front of you.
1] Two photos with ID proof is required for Inner Line Permit.
2] Itinerary can be changed, in case of snow, rainfall and landslides.
3] There is a different permission charge for Foreigner & the difference amount should be paid by the participant on spot.
What is included in the tour
- Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Dining Tent and Sleeping bags (Holofill) and Carry mats.
- Nutritious, high calorie vegetarian food
- Guide, cook and camp helpers.
- Tented accommodation (3 people in each tent)
- Local route guide
- All necessary climbing gears
- All transfers from base camp to base camp
- Basic First Aid
- Forest Permission Charges
- Coordinator throughout the trek
What is NOT included in the tour
- Any expenses of personal nature like phone call etc
- Any air/train to reach Delhi and return from Delhi.
- Travel from Delhi to Kathgodam.
- Food During travelling (Day-1 kathgodam to Kharkiya and camp to Kathgodam on day- 8)
- Any hotel accommodation
- Horses with horsemen to carry your loads on the route.
- Your Accommodation or any other expenses before or after the trek schedule.
- Extra food apart from mentioned above
- Anything not mentioned above.
- Small day pack 20 Liters (you can use this on the trail to carry your trail food, camera, water and trail layers. Ideal to carry only if you are - Sending bigger bag on horse/porter)
Things to Carry List :
Backpack (55 – 65 L) with sturdy straps and supporting frame. Quechua Forclaz 60 is a good choice.
Daypack (20-25 L) – optional. Useful for summit/pass day, handy if you want to offload your backpack on the trek.
Trekking shoes – Sports shoes are an absolute NO in trekking. You need Traction on Snow and Sport Shoes with PVC soles hardly justifies the choice. Ensure the shoes are well used before the trek. Forclaz 500 and Woodland are good choices.
3 pair of track pants (at least one should be synthetic quick-dry kind). Or 3 pair of cotton pants with lots of pockets. Track pants are light and we highly recommend them. Plus when things get really cold then layers of clothes matter.
3 cotton t-shirt with collar.
One full Sleeve Sweater. A fleece jacket would be an alternative.
A full sleeve thick Jacket.
4 pairs of Undergarments.
1 pair of Thermal Inners.
4-5 pair of Sports Socks.
Woolen Monkey cap/Balaclava that cover the ear.
Light weight Rain Coat/Poncho (to escape a quick burst of rain).
Hand Gloves (waterproof).
Sunglasses – Buy the one which will cover your eyes well. Choose from Black, Green, Brown. Blue coloured Sunglass cannot block UV rays.
Avoid multi toned ones too. Sunglasses prevent snow blindness, and are mandatory for treks.
Sun Cap and/or Head-Scarf.
Trekking Pole is mandatory.
Light towel (a quick drying kind).
Chapstick or Lip Balm.
Cold Cream and Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 40+).
2 Water bottles (1 L each). Do not carry packaged water bottles.
LED torch with extra set of cells/ Headlamps (preferred).
Personal Toilet Kit (minimal) and Toilet Paper.
Small Repair Kit consisting of Safety Pins, Needle, Thread and String (mandatory).
Slippers/Sandals (for walking around campsite).
While there are adequate food provided on trek, some do feel very less energetic compared to others. So you can carry few energy bars, dry fruits, etc
Camera, writing or recording material to log your experience.
Day 01:Kathgodam to kharkiya ( 7200 feet )
Reporting at Kathgodam Railway Station at around 06:30 AM (Your expected to reach at Kathgodam on previous night). We all will meet up there & proceed to Kharkiya which is around 200 kms but 8-9 hour drive. (We will hire a cab at Kathgodam to drive to Kharkiya & the costing will be shared among all the participants). Reach Kharkiya, Introduction, Briefing & Overnight stay at Homestay.
Day 02 kharkiya/dhoor then to Khati ( 7,355 feet )
Kharkiya to Khati trek distance is only 5 kms but trekking route is more interesting. The trail has mix of rhododendrons trees that are actually part of the trail and there is Oak trees that you walk through on the trail. Same trail is connecting to Pindari valley. Khati is the last inhabited village on the way to pindari glacier. Overnight stay at Homestay/Tents.
Day 03:Khati to Dwali (2575 Mts/8498 Ft)(12 kms trek)
Today after breakfast we will start our next journey to Dwali camp.Trek is a bit tiring but awesome as you get to breath fresh air and can see the Pindar river flowing right next to the trail and mountains at the other side of the river. Clear blue skies and a view of the pindar valley and green covered hills add to the atmosphere. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 04:Dwali - Phurkiya (10400 Ft)(5 kms trek)
Today we will be walking short distance uphill path, this trail blooms with many water streams.The initial part of the trek would be through the water streams and through the rocks. A gradual ascent that offers excellent views of the snow-covered mountains. If the weather is clear you can see Mt. Nanda Khat and Nanda Devi East pinnacle standing in front of you. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 05:Phurkyia to Pindari Glacier ( zero point )- Phurkiya - Dwali (3900 Mts/12800 Ft)(20 kms trek) .
Woke up early in the morning and we continue our trek to Zero Point (pindari glacier). This trail also has some beautiful water streams along with the icy-cold water. Start early in the morning so that you can use all the time you wish to rest awhile, gaze and listen to the mountains. Watch pindar river make her way without stopping on your left side.After reaching the zero point you will realize that all the pain was worth taking to be where you are ! start trekking back to Dwali . Overnight stay in tent.
Day 06:Dwali - to Khati(11kms trek)
After doing this memorable trek it is time to head back towards Khati village.You will not fail to notice the bareness of the mountains here and the greenery on the other side. We retrace the same trail back to khati village. Overnight stay at Homestay/Tents.
Day 07:khati to Kharkiya (5 kms trek) then campsite at dol
Morning after breakfast the last stretch of the last day does become an endurance test but soon the stone paved village track comes up and in no time you enter the small road of kharkiya Village. From kharkiya village we will be taking pr-arrange jeep ride till our campsite. Overnight stay at homestay.
Day 08 : Dol campsite to Kathgodam ( 4/5 hrs Drive)
Morning after breakfast depart from dol campsite to Kathgodam (4/5 hrs Hrs. drive). (We will hire a cab at campsite to drive to kathgodam & the costing will be shared among all the participants).
Thanks for a great teamwork! Trip ends here with Lifetime memories !!!