Pindari Glacier, in the Bageshwar district, falls in the Kumaon Himalayas and
has lured mountaineers and trekkers since the last century. It is one of the
most easily accessible of all the Himalayan glaciers. Pindari's rugged beauty
offers a breathtaking sight, especially for the trekker who is in love with
nature in all its pristine glory. The Pindari Glacier is an unsurpassable and
an exhilarating experience.
It lies between the Nanda Devi and Nandakot peaks and terminates at an altitude
of 3627 m. The Glacier is 5 km long, the snout is about 6 m high and 2.5 m wide
and above the snout, the glacier extends for about 3 km in length and 300 -
400 m in width, between an altitudinal range of about 3600 m to 5000 m. The
Pindari Glacier is located in the Pindar Valley between longitudes 79° 13'-80°02'
E and latitudes 30° 15' N. It occupies an area of 339.39 sq km.
The valley is drained by the Pindar river that emerges from the Pindari Glacier.
The river, in its initial course, flows through sedimentary rocks. Further to
the south, it meanders through quarts schist. Granite is found in abundance
in this area. The Pindar river has cut a gorge in thick glacial deposits up
to nearly 10 km, resulting in the formation of spacious glacial terraces spread
on both sides of the gorge. Further down, from Phurkia up to Khati, places enroute
to the Pindari Glacier, one comes across numerous waterfalls, hanging valleys
and tremendous rolls cliffs as the one of at Dwali. One has to go by road up
to Saung which can be accessed from Almora, Bageshwar and Kathgodam and thereafter
one has to trek 45 km up to zero point (Pindari Glacier). The colour of Pindari
Glacier is very white and at some places, spots of light blue and brown may
also be seen.
Base Camp Saung
Saung to Loharkhet 3 km trek,
Lohaekhet to Dhakuri 11 km,
Dhakuri to Khati 8 km,
Khati to Dwali 11 km,
Dwali to Phurkia 7 km,
Phurkia to Pindari Glacier 5 km.
Saung to Bageshwar 36 km.
Saung to Almora 109 km.
Saung to Kathgodam 199 km.
11 Nights / 12 Days
Destination Covered :
Delhi - Kathgodam - Saung - Loharkhet - Dhakuri
- Khati - Phurkia - Dwali - Khati - Dhakuri - Saung - Kathgodam - Delhi
Day 1 :
Arrive in Delhi : Check into your choice of hotel, preferably
in Central Delhi
Day 2 :
Take the overnight train from Old Delhi railway station to Kathgodam
(Train No. 5013, Departure-22:40 hrs IST)
Day 3 :
Arrive at Kathgodam 06:30 hrs. Received by Wayfarer escort and
transferred to waiting vehicle after brief rest. Drive to Ranikhet (94 kms,
3 hrs). Check in at Wayfarer Solitaire.
Day 4 :
After breakfast drive to Saung(125 kms, 4 hrs) through Kausani
and Bageshwar. Reach Saung by afternoon and trek to Wayfarer camp beyond Loharkhet
(5kms, 1600mts). Halt for the night
Day 5 :
Trek from Loharkhet to Dhakuri (2680 mts, 11 kms) Overnight stay
at Wayfarer camp
Day 6 :
Trek from Dhakuri to Khati.... Easy walk (2210 mts, 8 kms). Overnight
stay at Wayfarer camp
Day 7 :
Trek from Khati to Phurkia past Dwali along the Pindari river
(3110 mts, 18 kms) Overnight stay
Day 8 :
Visit Zero Point (3353 mts, 8 kms). Trek back from Zero point
Day 9 :
Trek back from Dwali to Khati (2210 mts, 11kms).
Day 10 :
Trek back from Khati to Dhakuri (2621 mts, 18 kms)
Day 11 :
Trek from Dhakuri to Saung (15 kms) arrive by afternoon, well
in time to take a transport to Vijaypur (64 kms, 2 hrs) past Bageshwar and check
in at Wayfarer Retreat for the night
Day 12 :
After breakfast drive to Kathgodam (210 kms, 6 hrs). Take the
night train to Delhi (Train No.5014, Departure : 20:40 hrs IST). The train reaches
Delhi the next morning 05:00 hrs.
TOUR ENDS WITH SWEET MEMORIES TAKE HOME
Pindari Glacier, Glaciers of Uttaranchal