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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 Destination:
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.
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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What is the best time for Pindari Glacier Trek?
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.
What are the starting & end points of Pindari Glacier Trek?
The Pindari Glacier trek is a circular trail which begins and ends at the rustic village of Loharkhet, sitting at 1,760 meters.
How should I prepare for Pindari Glacier Trek?
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.
Is Diamox advisable?
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.
Is it safe for solo female travellers?
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.
What kind of food will be served during the trek?
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.
Will there be porters to carry the bags?
Yes, there will be porters to carry your bags if you wish to offload, though they will come at an extra charge.
What is the temperature during the Pindari Glacier Trek?
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.
What is the minimum age required for Pindari Glacier Trek?
The minimum age required for the trek is 12 years.
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