Single Glacier Trek - Kafni Glacier Trek
Kafni Glacier is an enchanting trek that will take you through different landscapes starting from lush forest paths, gushing waterfalls, yawning valleys, verdant meadows, to snow-clad mountains. It is a very scenic trail that would keep you thoroughly spellbound.
From Khati village from where this unique Himalayan trek starts all along the route the turquoise fast-flowing waters of meandering Pindari River till Dwali, where you would witness the confluence of the Pindari River and the Kafni River. From Dwali, we would follow the Kafni River till we reach its very origin from within the mouth of the Kafni Glacier.
Kathgodam - Bhimtal - Bhowali - RanikhetArrive at Kathgodam at 6 am (by boarding the overnight train from Old Delhi Railway Station that departs at 10.40 pm). Travel Your Dreams representative would receive and you would be transferred to our waiting vehicle. Drive to Majkhali, Ranikhet (90 kms, 3 hrs) and you would be checked into a secluded exclusive bungalow with a 180 degree enchanting views of the Kumaon Himalayan ranges.
Ranikhet - Kausani - Bageshwar - Khurkia - KhatiAfter breakfast you would be driven to Khurkia, the last road-head (4-5 hrs drive) through sleepy Kausani dotted with tea estates and thereafter reach the holy township of Bageshwar. Pots our lunch at Bageshwar we drive till Khurkia. From Khurkia a preparatory short trek of 4 kms trek takes you to sleepy Himalayan village of Khati, the last village en-route the Pindari trail. Be greeted by the majestic Maiktoli peak along with the entire Maiktoli range as you enter Dau village. Cross the village and continue into the cute cottage at the outskirts of Khati village and contemplate about the trek ahead. (Trek - 4 kms).
Khati - DwaliTrek from Khati to Dwali (2680 mts). Follow the lush forested path as it surges up-hill. Feel the nature at it very best. En-route after 5 kms trek, take a break at Malladhaur tea shack to cool your heels. Resume your trek and early afternoon reach scenic Dwali, to witness the confluence of Pindari and Kafni Ganga. Check into the rest-house or pitch tents if you are interested. We would be happy to make necessary arrangements. (Trek - 11 kms).
Dwali - KhatiaToday we start our trek from Dwali and move right following the Kafni River. It is a tough day as we scale through the thick forest trail snaking and scaling uphill. The trail path is quite narrow and steep as we skillfully trudge ahead slowly. It is a very scenic trail as we go up and down with the Kafni River flowing alongside. We stop innumerable times as our childish instinct is aroused as we see lines up lines of wild strawberries and can’t resist ourselves but to pick them up and gorge. The snow peaks soon come to view and we can feel the chilly wind. Slowly we can see ahead of us the shelter for the night – the trekker’s hut of Khatia. The caretaker welcomes us with a hot cup of coffee as we place our bags and enjoy the views of this isolated paradise. (Trek - 7 kms).
Khatia - Kafni Glacier - KhatiaWe wake up real early today and after a quick freshen-up we are out by 4.30 am. Dawn is slowing breaking as we move ahead. Soon the trail opens up as we walk by miles upon miles of lush alpine meadows flanked by misty mountains. We come across small ice patches, reminder of the snow of the previous winter. By 7.30 we reach Waliagarh where we bow our head in the shrine and offer our prayers for a safe trek to Kafni and her holy darshan. Meanwhile, the sight hundreds of sheep feasting on the rich alpine grass is a treat to our eyes. The tree-line has been left far behind and we enter a barren zone of boulders and rocks and a small stream of the Kafni River flowing below. All around us are snow peaks. A misty clouds suddenly come in as we ponder would we blessed with a good view of the Kafni Glacier. Our prayers are answered as the clouds move across and up ahead we could see the Kafni Glacier laden with black ice. To reach the mouth of the glacier we still have to trek another half a kilometer through snow and some boulder hopping. Finally, we reach the mouth and witness the origin of the Kafni stream from within the glacier. We sit for some time soaking in the silence and thanking the Mother for her glorious darshan. Thereafter, we start our way back to Khatia. (Trek 7 + 7 = 12 km).
Khatia - DwaliWe take it little easy today and post a sumptuous breakfast we start our way back to Dwali (2680 meters). After trekking for over five days our legs are by now attuned and it follows a rhythm. The trail mostly is now down-hill as we make our way ahead. We light a camp fire at night to celebrate our success. (Trek- 11 kms).
Dwali - Khati - DhakuriWe take it little easy today and post a sumptuous breakfast we start our way back to Dwali (2680 meters). After trekking for over five days our legs are by now attuned and it follows a rhythm. The trail mostly is now down-hill as we make our way ahead. We light a camp fire at night to celebrate our success. (Trek- 11 kms).
Dhakuri - Song - VijaypurTrek from Dhakuri to Saung arrive by afternoon, well in time to board our waiting vehicle to drive us to scenic Vijaypur (64 kms, 2 hrs) past Bageshwar and check into our eco-resort set within a pine forest for the night. (Trek - 15 kms)
Vijaypur - KathgodamAfter breakfast you are driven 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.