Pindari & Kafni Glacier Trek

duration Duration 9 Days / 8 Nights
altitude Maximum Altitude 12664 ft
age Minimum Age 8+
Camp Thrill Level Extreme
Camp Tour type Group
Pindari & Kafni Glacier Trek

Pindari and Kafni Glacier Trek is the complete journey what an adventurous group of people should look for, there are treks which offers great views of the famous peaks and sometimes a small walk to the glaciers. In this trek, you hike with the beautiful views all around and the final destinations are the glaciers, You get enough time to traverse through the glaciers.

Day by day you go closer to the Pindari & Kafni Glaciers with slowly ascending and covering the hospitality of the local village, some of them are big such as the Khati village where you can pay and enjoy the electricity through generators. This trek will pass you through the dense forest of Rhododendron and Oak, you will be crossing the wooden bridges, you walk with the stream, and at some part of the trek, you cross the frozen stream.

The route also holds an ancient history, as the route was used as a trade route between India and Tibet back in the 1830s.

This trek is best suited for a group of friends and also good for the families and you can bring your children to this trek as the trek will never ask for a very perfect fitness standard.

Pindari Kafni Glacier Trek - 9D / 8N

 

Day 1: Kathgodam to Loharkhet:

 

Drive: 180 km (6-7 hours)

Altitude: 5,777 ft

Stay Type: Stay in a guest house on a sharing basis.

Meal Included: Dinner

  • Take a shared cab from Kathgodam to Loharkhet, it will take around 6-7 hours to complete this journey.
  • During the drive, you will pass through the Almora and the Bhageshwar town. You can also stop for a quick visit to the Bhagnath Temple.
  • Post reaching Loharkhet, head to the allocated guest house, and rest for the day.

 

Day 2: Loharkhet to Dhakuri

 

Trek: 10 km (4-5 hours)

Altitude: 8,792 ft

Stay Type: Stay in tents on a sharing basis

Meal Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

  • Wake up to the fresh morning, have your breakfast, and get ready for a trek to Dhakuri.
  • The trail to Dhakuri is quite steep through the dense forest. It is an easy hike.
  • Pay heed to the trek guide and reach the Dhakuri Khal from there a few km to Dhakuri campsite.
  • The view of the snowcapped peaks of the southern wall of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary is visible from the campsite.
  • Have your meals at the campsite and retire for the day.

 

Day 3: Dhakuri to Khati


Trek: 9 km (4-5 hours)

Altitude: 7,250 ft

Stay Type: Stay in tents on a sharing basis

Meal Included: reakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

  • Wake up to a southern wall of Nanda Devi Peak, have your breakfast, and get ready for the trek.
  • The trail will pass through the thick forest of Rhodederon, towards the last big village on the route to Kafni and Pindari glacier.
  • You can charge your power banks here after an extra amount to run the generators.
  • The Khati is situated on the banks of the Pindar river, situated at an elevation of 7,2500 ft.
  • Post reaching the campsite, enjoy your hot meals, and retire for the day.

 

Day 4: Khati to Phurkia


Trek: 16 km (7-8 hours)

Altitude: 10,662 ft

Stay Type: Stay in tents on a sharing basis

Meal Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

  • Wake up early, have your breakfast, and start your trek to Phurkia.
  • The trail goes along the Pindari river, you cross two wooden bridges. Also, you can go for some munchings on the way as you will find some Dhabas on the way.
  • You reach Dwali, rest for a while, and have your lunch there. Dwali is situated at an altitude of 8,448 ft.
  • The 5 km trail to Phurkia will be a steep ascend, you cross the frozen stream with diminishing forests.
  • A few km before Phurkia, you will be welcomed by a beautiful waterfall, rest here for a while and start again.
  • Reach Phurkia, situated at an altitude of 10,662 ft, and offering great views of the snow-capped mountains. Head to the campsite and with hot meals retire for the day.

 

Day 5: Phurkia to Zero Point to Dwali


Trek:  15 km(7-8 Hours)

Altitude: 12,000 ft and and to 8,448 ft

Stay Type: Stay in tents on a sharing basis

Meal Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

  • Wake up early to a chilly morning, have your breakfast, and get ready for a trek to the Zero Point of Pindari Glacier.
  • Today you walk over the rocky patch with small boulders hopping, you must start early to spend more time at the Zero Point.
  • 1 km before the Zero Point, spot the famous Babaji’s house who serves food to the trekkers who made it till the point.
  • Capture memories at the Zero Point, and give your try to walk over the Pindari Glacier. After spending enough time start again and head back to Dwali campsite.
  • The route back is mostly descending and well known to you, reach the Dwali campsite, and with hot meals retire for the day.

 

Day 6: Dwali to Kafni Glacier


Trek:                        12 km(6-7 hours)

Altitude:                12,664 ft

Stay Type:                Stay in tents on a sharing basis

Meal Included:        Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

  • Wake up to a great morning, have your breakfast and get ready for a trek to Kafni Glacier.
  • The trail today will be mostly ascending, you cross the forest section and walk over the rocky patch.
  • The Kafni glacier is situated on the left of Pindar Valley, the major Himalayan peaks available from the glaciers are Nanda Kot and Nanda Bhanar.
  • The wide view of the Kafni glacier will be willing you to spend some time there, find a flat surface, and pitch your tents there.
  • With hot meals enjoy the views of the Kafni glacier and overnight at the camps.

 

Day 7: Kafni Glacier to Dwali


Trek: 12km (6-7 hours)

Altitude: 8,448 ft

Stay Type: Stay in tents on a sharing basis

Meal Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

  • Wake up to a chilly morning at the Kafni Glacier, have your breakfast, and get ready to trek back to Dwali.
  • Enjoy the one last time at the Kafni Glacier, capture the Majestic views and, descend back.
  • The return journey is the same as of Day 6, so you get extra time to visit the locations which you might have missed.
  • Reach the Dwali campsite and with hot meals end the day in the tents.

 

Day 8: Dwali to Khati to Dhakuri


Trek: 20 km(7-8 Hours)

Altitude: 8,792 ft

Stay Type: Stay in tents on a sharing basis

Meal Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

  • Wake to an early breakfast, and start the trek back to Dhakuri village.
  • The trail through climbs and descents will take you to Dhakuri, today you will be covering 20 km, so keep a lookout for the pace.
  • The trail is well known to you, you cross various dense forest and the small streams, also the local livelihood around. Have your meals at the respective rest points.
  • Reach the Dhakuri campsite and after a tiring day enjoying the warm hospitality of the village, rest for the day at the campsite.

 

Day 9: Dhakuri to Loharkhet


Trek: 10 km (4-5 Hours)

Altitude: 5,777 ft

Drive: 180 km

Meal Included: Breakfast

  • Wake up to a great and the last trek morning of the Pindari and Kafni Glacier trek. Have your breakfast and head back to Lohakhet.
  • The trail today is mostly descending and easy and will take around 4 hours to complete.
  • Post reaching the Loharkhet campsite, head to the shared cab and start your drive back to Kathgodam.

Air: Take a flight to Pantnagar Airport and take a shared cab to Kathgodam which is just 32 km away.

Road: Volvo transfers are available from Delhi to Kathgodam, It takes around 6 hrs to reach.

Rail: Book a train to Kathgodam railway station and take a shared cab to Loharkhet.

Before booking a cab or bus to or from Loharkhet, it is advisable to contact the trek operator first as they have the local transport facility running which usually borne and shared between the trekkers.

Air: Take a flight to Pantnagar Airport and take a shared cab to Kathgodam which is just 32 km away.

Road: Volvo transfers are available from Delhi to Kathgodam, It takes around 6 hrs to reach.

Rail: Book a train to Kathgodam railway station and take a shared cab to Loharkhet.

Before booking a cab or bus to or from Loharkhet, it is advisable to contact the trek operator first as they have the local transport facility running which usually borne and shared between the trekkers.

Inclusions:

 

1. You will be greeted by our trek team with welcome drink on your arrival to Loharkhet.

2. All stays included from Loharkhet to Dhakuri on double / triple sharing basis:

 (i) Guest house on day 1

 (ii) Tents from Day 2 to 8

3. All meals included from Day 1 dinner to Day 9 breakfast. Vegetarian meals will be served throughout the trek.

4. Skilled local staff who have ample knowledge of the route

5. Hot water in buckets can be provided on request depending on availability, while staying at guest houses only.

6. All trek essentials included–

 (i) Accommodation - tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats etc

 (ii) Safety equipment - microspikes, gaiters as per requirements and basic first aid kit with a portable oxygen cylinder.

 (iii) Permit - forest and camping fee included.

 

Exclusions:


1. The above trek charges does not include the GST charges (5%).

2. Personal essentials -

(i) Equipment - Gumboots, trekking poles, sleeping bag, liners etc.

(ii) Insurance - Personal and travel insurances.

(iii) Beverage - Mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages

(iv) Snacks - Chocolate, dry fruits, protein or nutrition bar.

(v) Entertainment - Camera or drone fees.

3. Transportation - The charges of transportation on day 1 and 9 are to be borne and shared between the trekkers.

4. In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of ""force majeure"", medical emergency or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by you.

5. Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel/trek/COVID-19 will be borne by the Guest.

6. Anything which is not included in Inclusion.

1. If cancellations are made within 2 days prior to the start of the trek, 100% advance will be charged as cancellation fee.

2. If cancellations are made between 3-7 days prior to the start of the trek, EITHER 75% of total package amount will be returned to the guest (25% of total package amount will be charged as cancellation fee) OR whole advance amount can be adjusted against any trek within next 6 months.

3. If cancellations are made prior to 7 days from the start of the trek, 100% of the total advance will be refunded.

4. If you book the trek by paying 25% of the booking amount and fail to make the 100% payment before 25 days from date of travel. In this case, your booking will get cancelled automatically and can only be reconfirmed once you make the full payment, depending on the availability of slots.

5. In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of ""force majeure"", medical emergency or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain underutilized by you.

6. Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

7. The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days.

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