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About the Pindari Glacier Trek:
Treat your senses to landscapes that have been a source of inspiration to many an artist! Hidden in the most remote corners of the extensive Kumaon Himalayas are landscapes that are diverse and strikingly beautiful. Visit villages that are significant with regard to mythology and mingle with locals to get a taste of the local life and culture.
Trek through charming rhododendron forests and walk along paths that are lined with colourful flowers, flora and exotic fauna. You will also make your way across wooden bridges and cross over rivers! The Pindari Glacier trek is a must-visit for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike!
About the Pindari Glacier:
The Pindari Glacier trek is one of those that leaves you completely rejuvenated and relaxed. Travelling to remote villages tucked away along high peaks gives you an experience that you will cherish for a lifetime! Stunning and calm lakes with crystal clear waters, snow clad mountain peaks, charming wooden bridges, everything just add for a mystic and exhilarating experience when you are on Pindari Glacier trek!
Villages that comes during Pindari Glacier trek are small and comprise of people who take hospitality to new heights. Get familiar with the lifestyle and culture of regions in the vicinity. Trek to Pindari Glacier has diverse landscapes and is a one stop shop for people who want to witness the most stunning lands and waters the planet has to offer.
Quick Facts About Pindari Glacier Trek:
Pindari Glacier Trekking Difficulty: Moderate
Pindari Glacier Temperature: -10 C
Best Season: April to November
Today, following your arrival in Kathgodam, you will be driven to a quaint halmet called Loharkhet. Driving through the scenic route and narrow passes, arrive in the village after 6 hours and get settled in there; rest of the day will be at leisure.
Today will be the first day of your Pindari Glacier trek! An 11km trek from Loharkhet village will take you through lush forests, scenic trails and will finally take you to Dhakuri. Located on the brink atop the dense oak forest, Dhakuri is the gateway to Pindari; overnight stay in a camp amidst meadows surrounded by forests!
This exciting day involves an 8km trek to Khati, a village that has mythological stories attached to it. Today, after breakfast in the camp, start with a walk through dense rhododendron forests and enjoy views of exotic flora and fauna. You will reach Khati, the largest village in this region that is home to extremely hospitable and friendly people; it is believed that this village served as the home to the Pandavas during their exile. Arriving in Khati, spend the rest of the day at leisure with an overnight stay in local village huts or tents.
A fairly simple trek today will take you from Khati to Dwali. For a significant time of the trek, you will hear the gurgling water from the river, will be crossing log bridges and witness magnificent waterfalls as you make your way. Arriving in Dwali, settle down for an amazing evening with the panoramic views around; overnight stay in Dwali.
Set forth after an early breakfast on a trail that is dominated by snow and ice! Today, you will be crossing frozen river and be escorted all along by snow-filled peaks. Unlike other days, today will be a short trek of 5km that can be easily completed within 3 hours. A beautiful waterfall awaits to welcome you just before Phurkia. Enjoy the scenic landscape before you set camp at Phurkia that is at an altitude of 3,250m.
Get set to experience and witness a landscape that you have only imagined so far! Your trek will begin early at 0700AM and the first part of it will offer you stunning views of the Himalayan range will take you to Zero Point, or the home to the Pindari Glacier. At an elevation of 3,660m above sea level, this is moment you will cherish your entire life! Breath-taking views and a flawless landscape are sure to leave you spell bound! The Pindar Valley adds to the beauty with small green areas that contrast an essentially white setting. After spending some time here, begin your descent to Dwali and enjoy overnight stay in a camp.
Retrace your journey as you descend from Dhakuri to Dwali! Walk past forests and lakes, cross rivers and enjoy diverse landscapes while you cover a distance of 19km; overnight stay will be in a camp or in a local guest house.
Today you will complete a trek of 11km that will get you to Loharkhet. Enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure, exploring the village and meeting its locals; overnight stay in camps or a local guest house.
An early morning drive will take you from Loharkhet to Kathgodam after a blissful and rejuvenating trek! With your arrival in Kathgodam, this amazing Pindari Glacier trek come to an end.
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Ideally, the best seasons to attempt the Pindari Glacier trek are the summer months of April to June, and post monsoon period of September to November. Summer months melt away the lower level snow cover, and a fresh green trail awaits you.
Post monsoon and before the onset of winter is also a great choice, as more flowers bloom during this time. It is not wise to opt for the trek in monsoons, since the terrain becomes slippery and muddy, and more prone to landslides.
The Pindari Glacier Trek is a moderate level trek and requires a certain level of fitness to cover it. You will encounter steep inclines and rough terrain on the route. Hence it is important to begin a fitness regime at least a month before you go on the trek.
This is a 9 days trek and accommodation varies from village huts to tents in beautiful meadows to local guest houses. The tents are comfortable and spacious while the guest houses are comfortable. The villages on the way are beautiful and the people are friendly and accommodating.
The Pindari Glacier trek is a circular trail which begins and ends at the rustic village of Loharkhet, sitting at 1,760 meters.
Pindari Glacier falls into the moderate category of treks, including a handful of landslide prone sections which force you to take a detour through other trails strewn with moraines. There are also a few steep inclines to traverse.
The trek demands above average fitness levels. Begin with jogging 5 km everyday to increase your cardiovascular endurance and stamina. Ideally, if you can jog 5 km within 25 to 30 minutes, you’re fit enough for the trek. Besides jogging, do at least 3 sets of squats with 15 reps regularly to improve knee and muscle strength.
Regular calf stretches are also advisable to avoid muscle cramps on the trek. Also try some yoga asanas and stretches for flexibility and avoiding injury.
No, since the altitude of the trek is below 4,000 meters, diamox is easily avoidable if you acclimatise well, and keep yourself hydrated. Dehydration is a direct invitation to Acute Mountain Sickness, which means drinking water at regular intervals is important.
One easy way to tell if you’re dehydrated is checking the colour of your pee. If your pee is transparent, you’re well hydrated. If it’s yellowish, you need more water intake. Also, should you experience any symptoms of AMS (headache and nausea are major indicators), inform your trek leader immediately. They are well equipped with medical kits and oxygen cylinder for such situations.
We prioritise the safety of trekkers, and female solo travellers have nothing to worry about. Our accomodations for male and female trekkers are separate, and our trek leaders are approachable and helpful. We work hard to make sure that the trek is safe for everyone, solo or otherwise.
The food provided on the Pindari Glacier trek is majorly vegetarian, and proportioned well to give your body the vital nutrition it needs. The food is essentially simple, and devoid of extra spices, as spicy food leads to dehydration, increasing your chances of getting Acute Mountain Sickness.
Yes, there will be porters to carry your bags if you wish to offload, though they will come at an extra charge.
The temperature ranges somewhere between 2 to 10 degrees during the day, and plummets to -5 degrees in the night. At higher altitudes, the temperatures can drop even lower, depending on the weather conditions. It is advised to carry a minimum of 3 warm layers, including a down jacket, along with 4 pairs of cotton socks, and 2 of woollen.
The minimum age required for the trek is 12 years.
The Pindari Glacier can be found in the Bageshwar district in the beautiful state of Uttarakhand. It is located in Kumaon Himalaya in a beautiful village called Loharkhet. The glacier is frequented by millions of tourists yearly because of its natural scenery and sits at the height of more than 3,000 meters above the sea level.
Visitors are awestruck by the beauty and charm they get to see at every turn during their trekking adventures. The glacier is also the source of water for the Pindari river that flows in the region.
You can travel to the Pindari Glacier trek using all 3 modes, that is air, rail, and road - whichever is convenient for you. However, you need to know that each of the ways of transportation comes with their costs and time constraints.
The ideal destination point would be from Delhi, which you can reach by flight or rail. Air would be easy and faster to come down to Delhi. Then you can decide whether to go by train or road for onward destination to Pindari Glacier. You can take a train from Delhi to Kathgodam, which is the nearest to Pindari glacier. The Ranikhet Express leaves Delhi around 10 pm and reaches Kathgodam early in the morning.
Then you have to travel by road to reach Lohajung. You can travel by road to Bamsera that can be reached through the Almora-Bageshwar-Munsiyari road. Then you head to the Song village. As you can see, all three modes are necessary to come down to the glacier, either from India or abroad.
The Pindari Glacier trek is 45 km long. It starts in the Song village, and the end of the village means completion of your exciting trek. To be precise, your starting point is Loharkhet in the Bageshwar district.
You trek across various quaint villages during your trail like Dwali, Phurkia, and Dhakuri. During your Pindari Glacier trekking, you also travel through the Nanda Devi Sanctuary.
The Pindari Glacier trek stands at the height of 3000 meters above sea level. The trek begins at an altitude of more than 1,700 meters above sea level. Since it is located in a mountainous region, you can expect the area to be cold throughout the year.
Kathgodam is also known as Haldwani, though locals prefer calling it Kathgodam. Once you reach Bamsera, you have to come down to Song village by road. Make sure to hire cabs that can run safely on treacherous road conditions found here.
It can be jeeps like Bolero, sumo, thar, and the like. You also have a bus service that can take around 8-10 hours from Delhi. Also, you can reach the village depending on the weather conditions of this area.
During adverse weather conditions, traffic is not allowed in these regions. However, during the summer, it takes around 8-10 hours by road.
Knowing the weather conditions in the Pindari glacier area is crucial for your trekking experience. Depending on the climatic conditions, you have to carry the right clothing for your trek.
In the months of July to August, the town witnesses heavy rainfall.
You may want to avoid coming down during this season, as trekking could be dangerous, or usually get cancel. From December to March, the temperature remains cold at 10 degrees Celsius. Visitors are advised to have plenty of warm clothing like thermals, jackets, woolen caps, sweaters, scarfs, mittens, and socks.
You can also bring raincoats for your Pindari Glacier trekking as it rains throughout the year and wear jeans for additional warmth.
You have to be prepared to travel 7 hours a day by walk. However, you are provided with skilled and experienced guides from start to finish. These guys are also expert mountaineers and know the locality well.
The minimum age for going on trekking to the Pindari glacier is 12 years.
Not to mention, elders who are sick and have severe physical ailments might want to avoid the trek. Visitors have to trek close to 12km per day, depending on the weather conditions.
You may consider carrying a walking stick or trekking pole, mountain or hiking shoes, sufficient water for a day, sunscreen lotion, skin ointment, medications, and your toiletries and towels. For nighttime, it is better to have flashlights.
The usual fare should cost around INR 12,500 per adult. As you are aware, children above 12 years are eligible for the trekking and will be considered as adults.
Why not? If you have never been on a trek to Pindari Glacier before, then you do not have to be worried or panic. The trekking is done in groups of 10-14 people. You also have seasoned guides who know the area well and can help you if you feel uncomfortable at any stage.
Like, we mentioned earlier, you might want to carry the trekking gear and have proper clothing on with you.
Pindari trek can be fun and exciting. When you have the right guide, proper clothing, and the appropriate gear with you, nothing should go wrong. However, storms, landslides, avalanches, sickness, and missteps occur.
Hence, the guides who are expert climbers are there for a reason.
They advise you each step, and you can communicate with them to dispel your fears. Not to mention, they are trained in providing necessary medical attention.
For major rescue operations, the trekker will be levied extra charges. Unless you have a significant ailment or recovering from surgery, then you should consult your doctor before coming down here.
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