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iXb | Trek To Pindari Glacier Zero Point – Travelderness

Level

Easier

Age

16+

Accommodation

Camping, Hotel, Tent

Duration

9 days

Adventure Info

The Pindari Glacier is a glacier found in the Bageshwar district of the Kumaon Himalayas of Uttarakhand to the southeast of Nanda devi an Nanda Kot peaks. The glacier flows to the south for a short distance of about 3 km and is the source of the Pindari river which meets the Alaknanada at Karnaprayag in the Garhwak division . Trail starts from kharkiya passing the villages of khati and hamlets of dwali, phurkiya and finally to the 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 out meadows rich in fauna and avifauna.

Why US ?

Though there are a lot of trekking companies offering the Pindari glacier trek to its customers, What makes us different is that we just don’t believe in rushing through the trek as if its a job, without being able to experience and savour the beauty and uniqueness of each stopover on the way to the glacier and upon reaching the glacier itself.

The first thing we did , that instead of the usual 5 days we increased the duration of the actual trek to 7 days , so that not only the hardcore trekkers but anybody with decent fitness level is able to be part of the trek , with enough time for recuperation and not too much walking each day . Also, increasing the duration of the trek gives us ample time at Dwali and Phurkiya to explore the wonderful forests and the meadows around.

Our trip starts from Kathgodam and ends at Kathgodam , so that people not too familiar with the place can conveniently book their train tickets to Kathgodam and not worry about any logistics beyond that, including transportation and lodging at Bageshwar.

We believe in curating experiences and not just activities, so apart from trekking , our tour leader will help people in spotting and identifying some of the uncommon and beautiful high altitude birds that we will be encountering on the trek, Apart from that on the second day, we will take you around the village of khati , helping travellers get a deeper insight into the culture and lifestyle of the people living in these remote parts of Uttarakhand.

Relationship with people is our strength and helping the local economy of the place being visited, Our motto ! All staff accompanying us on the trek, which includes porters, guide, cooks etc. are locals from the village of Khati .

Trek to Pindari glacier with us is not just another trek , its an amalgamation of activities that we hope you would cherish as a memorable experience !

Pick up from kathgodam and drive to Bageshwar( 6Hrs. ) Bageshwar city is of great religious, historic and political significance. Bageshwar finds mention in various puranas, where, it has been associated with Lord Shiva. The Uttrayani fair held annually in Bageshwar used to be visited by approx 15,000 people in the early twentieth century, and was the largest fair of Kumaon division. The city of Bageshwar gets its name from the Bagnath Temple. The city and Bagnath Temple find mention in the Manaskhand of Shiva Purana, where it is written that the temple and its surrounding city was built by Chandeesh, a servant of the Hindu deity Shiva. According to another Hindu Legend, Sage Markandeya worshipped Lord Shiva here. Lord Shiva blessed sage Markandeya by visiting here in the form of a Tiger. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Bageshwar to Khati ( Approx. 5 hrs, 4 hrs drive to kharkiya followed by 5 kms of trek to khati ) Early morning after breakfast , drive to kharkiya via Kapkot , motorable road till kharkiya , post which an easy 5 km trek through a couple of villages enroute takes you upto khati (2200m above sea level) , overnight at homestay/ KMVN guest house/tents).

Khati to Dwali(trek 14kms,6-7 hrs ): This is the longest leg of the trek . Post breakfast , we make our way down to pindar river, from there its an up and down long trek to dwali , through dense forest , with the fast flowing pindar river to your right all along ! 2 kms before our destination for the day, we start to see the rest houses/campsite on top a cliff at a distance! Moving down to the river valley, we cross two wooden bridges on pindar an kafni rivers to reach Dwali ! A picturesque setting at the confluence of these two rivers with the greater Himalayas in the background.

Dwali to Phurkia( 5 kms – 2 hours ) . Dwali onwards is a 5km moderate trek till phurkia , on the way there are frozen streams, waterfalls and panoramic view of the majestic peaks. Great chance of spotting high Altitude birds like monal, snowcocks , finches etc,as we leave the thick forests at Dwali and make our way through meadows . Phurkia is situated at 3250 mts above sea level. Overnight stay at Phurkia.in rest house/tents.

Phurkia to Zero point- An early start and a trek of another 5 kms takes us all the way upto Pindari baba muth, popularly known as pindar baba, he has been staying at this hut alone for years practicing meditation and tapas . he welcomes all guests with a hot cup of tea and some snacks ! after some enriching interaction with the baba , we make our way onwards till zero point which is situated 3,749 mts above sea level. Early 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 once in a lifetime experience you wish would never end. Explore the area and then back to Phurkia for overnight stay.

Phurkiya to Dwali : 5 kms downhill back to dwali , enjoy afternoon and evening exploring the forest around, 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 pindar river.

Dwali to Khati – 14km easy trek back to the last inhabited village for overnight stay.

Khati to kharkiya to Bageshwar: Early morning start after breakfast , easy trek till kharkiya for jeep transfer back to Bageshwar. Overnight stay at hotel.

Bageshwar to Kathgodam: After breakfast transfer to kathgodam railway station for onwards journey.

  1. All permits from the Forest & Tourism Department.
  2. Transport from Kathgodam to kharkiya and back
  3. All Meals during the trek (Veg),except at bageshwar and lunch on the first day
  4. Accommodation in camps /home stay/kmvn rest houses on twin sharing
  5. Local guide and tour manager
  6. Guided Trekking

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
6 Mineral water

Itinerary may be changed as per the condition/ bad weather or any unexpected circumstances.

  • Trekking shoes
  • woolens, warm jacket, wind cheater
  • personal medications
  • water treatment pills
  • lip balm
  • sunscreen lotion
  • sunglasses
  • gloves and thermal inners..