The most easily accessible of all Glaciers, Pindari is over 3.2 km in length and 1.5 kms wide. Well within the reach of any trekker in six to seven days, it rewards a visit well paid any time between summers and early winters.
Situated in the mesmerizing Kumaon Himalayas, Pindari Glacier is a most accessible of all glacier treks and attracts amateur as well as experienced trekkers.
Trekking in India is incomplete if you have not trekked Pindari Glacier. This glacier is situated in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand between snowcapped NANDA DEVI and NANDAKOT mountains and has lured mountaineers and trekkers since the last century.
It owes its existence primarily to the vast quantities of snow precipitated from the Nanda Devi and other surrounding summits of the Greater Himalayan range. The locals proudly refer to it as the Soul of Kumaon. It is one of the most easily accessible of all the Himalayan glaciers and is well within the reach of anyone who wishes to go for a trek.
Highlights of the Pindari Glacier Trek
Explore the towns of Bageshwar and Almora. Village treks depicting simple and rich in culture life. Trek amidst dense forests, alongside streams ending at two massive glaciers of Uttarakhand.
General Description of the trek
Trek to Pindari Glacier and Kafni Glacier are quite long but easy to complete in comparison with other glacier treks of India. The Himalayan region of Kumaon is enriched with scenic natural beauty beyond belief.
Pindari Glacier has invariably lured mountaineers and trekkers because it offers varied splendours of nature and is one of the easiest accessible Himalayan glaciers. Pindari Glacier lies on the edge of Nanda Devi (7,816), which is the highest peak of India. Pindari is a big and steep glacier measuring 3.2km in length and 1.5km in breadth. Zero Point of Pindari Glacier is situated at a breathtaking altitude of 3,660mts above sea-level, 5km ahead of Phurkia.
Pindari Glacier is the source of Pindar River which meets with Alaknanda River at the confluence of Karnaprayag. The trekking route to the glacier traverses along the southern wilderness of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary offering captivating and invigorating views of peaks like Panwali Dwar (6,683m) and Maiktoli (6,803m). Trek to Pindari Glacier is a "soft adventure" experience, within the capacity of amateur trekkers in love with nature and its pristine glory.
Perched at an astounding elevation of 3,860mts above sea level, Kafni Glacier is situated to the right of Pindari Glacier. The route to Kafni Glacier and Pindari Glacier is exactly the same till Dwali. The trail to Kafni Glacier diverts from Dwali. Kafni Glacier is situated 12kms beyond Dwali. It is an exquisite and untouched place situated on the east side of Pindar valley, at the footsteps of Nanda Kot peak. This region has its own charm and allures with the solitude terrain. The trekking trail is rich in flora and fauna. Trek to Kafni glacier is visually captivating and it ends up at the foot of Nandakot parbat (6,860m).