- Trek starting point: Kathgodam
- Trek ending point: Kathgodam
- Peak height: 3353 mts / 11000 ft
- Trek distance: 90 Km (round trip)
- Time to trek: 9-10 Days
- Camping: You need to set your own tent at the base camps which are well established.
How to Reach
- By Road: Kathgodam is very well connected to all the major nearby cities by buses and cabs.
- By Rail: Kathgodam is railway station is well connected by rail to all major destinations in India.
- BY Air: Pantnagar airport is situated at a distance of 50 km away from Nainital but the connectivity from other cities is comparatively poor. The Delhi International airport around 2500 km from Kathgodam is the nearest air base. Bus and Cab services are available from airport to Nainital.
Things to Carry
- Day Pack (Ruck sack)
- Cap (Sun hat)
- Trekking (Hiking) boots with anklets
- Raincoat or Poncho
- Small Towel
- Water Bottle
- Sun cream / Cold Cream / Lip cream
- Torch (Flash) light
- Change of thermal wear / clothes / underwears / Socks
- Woolen clothes and wollen Socks
- Light weight wind sheeter / Jacket / Pullover (Sweater)
- Slippers or Sandals
The Pindari Glacier is a glacier found in the upper reaches of the Kumaon Himalayas, to the southeast of Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot. The glacier flows to the south for a short distance of about 3 km (1.9 mi) and gives rise to the Pindari River which meets the Alakananda at Karnaprayag in the Garhwal district. The trail to reach the glacier crosses the villages of Saung, Loharkhet, crosses over the Dhakuri Pass, continues onto Khati village (the last inhabited village on the trail), Dwali, Phurkia and finally Zero Point, Pindar, the end of the trail. Though most of the trail is along the banks of the Pindari River, the river is mostly hidden until after Khati.
The most easily accessible glacier in the Kumaon region, the Pindari Glacier has a beauty of its own. Situated between the snow-capped Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot Mountains, Pindari is a big and steep glacier measuring 3km in length and 0.25km in breadth. River Pindar originates from this Glacier and flows down to confluence into the river Alaknanda. The trekking route to the glacier traverses along the southern wilderness of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary offering some beautiful views of peaks like Panwali Dwar (6683m) and Maiktoli(6803m). A trek to the Pindari Glacier is a "soft adventrue" experience and well within the capacity of any trekker who is amply rewarded by the magnificance and grandeur of the towering Himalayas.
- Day 0 : Arrive in Delhi : Check into your choice of hotel, preferably in Central Delhi.
- Day 1 : Take the overnight train from Old Delhi railway station to Kathgodam (Train No. 5013, Departure-22:40 hrs IST)
- Day 2 : 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. [more..]
- Day 3 : 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 4 : Trek from Loharkhet to Dhakuri (2680 mts, 11 kms) Overnight stay at Wayfarer camp.
- Day 5 : Trek from Dhakuri to Khati.... Easy walk (2210 mts, 8 kms). Overnight stay at Wayfarer camp.
- Day 6 : Trek from Khati to Phurkia past Dwali along the Pindari river (3110 mts, 18 kms) Overnight stay.
- Day 7 : Visit Zero Point (3353 mts, 8 kms). Trek back from Zero point to Dwali.
- Day 8 : Trek back from Dwali to Khati (2210 mts, 11kms).
- Day 9 : Trek back from Khati to Dhakuri (2621 mts, 18 kms)
- Day 10 : 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 11 : 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.