Single Glacier Trek - Pindari Glacial Trek
Considered by many as a beginners trek, Pindari Glacier Teahouse Trek is a relatively easy one that will see you through the virgin Himalayan beauty of the Nanda Devi area in north-eastern Uttaranchal. As there are cute sleepy villages and rest-house all along the route for night halts, anyone who is physically fit can easily complete this trek without much preparation. Our highly experienced guides of Travel Your Dreams would take you through this amazing route and ensure that you successfully complete this awesome trek.
The highest point to one reaches in this trek is 3,800 meters. Naturally, the need for acclimatization does not arise and chances of AMS (altitude mountain sickness), is practically ruled out. The Pindari trek will take you through different landscapes starting from lush forest paths, gushing waterfalls, yawning valleys, verdant meadows, to snow-clad mountains.
All along the route the turquoise fast-flowing waters of meandering Pindari River will accompany you till the last Zero Point. Some of the prominent Himalayan peaks that you will witness in awe include Baljuri, Panwalidwar, Nanda Khat, Changuch and Nanda Kot.
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 of trekking, we 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 - PhurkhiaTrek from Dwali to Phurkia (3110 m). It is a tough day despite the short trek since the trail snakes steeply up-hill. Keep your eyes open to be lucky enough to spot a herd of the elusive Himalayan Tahr. Reaching Purkhia, immediately feel the chill Himalayan winds sweeping past your face. Be amazed at the view of the Nanda Kot peak. Check into the rest house and warm yourself indoor as the fireplace is lighted. (Trek - 5 kms).
Phurkia - Zero Point Pindari Glacier - DwaliPhurkia – Zero Point, Pindari Glacier (3800 meter) - Dwali. Today is the ultimate day of you trek as you are woken up early to get the best views of the Pindari Glacier. Start off by 4.30 am and soon you are amidst mountains all around. The steps are steep as you slowly make your way ahead. By 7.30 reach Dharmananda Giri Baba's ashram (better known as Pindari Baba). Seek blessing in his temple as he would offer you a breakfast and tea. As your exhaustion subsides, trek the final lap of 2 kms to the Zero Point. Be amazed at the breathtaking scene of the Pindari glacier along with close-up view of the Changuch peak. The tip of Nanda Kot too would be visible, if there are no clouds. You have successfully made it to Pindari. Witness below how as a small trickle the Pindari River originating from the glacier. After spending some soul seeking time there may you way down. Have quick lunch at Phurkhia and make your way down to Dwali. (Trek 7 + 7 +5 = 19 km).
Dwali - KhatiAfter 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. By 11.30 am we reach Malladhaur Tea Shack and are treated to a quick bowlful of noodle. After resting a while we continue and by 2 pm we reach Khati, to check into the guest house. We light a camp fire at night to celebrate our success. Trek - 11 kms.
Khati to DhakuriWe climb up-hill towards Dhakuri (2621 meters) and reach the Dhakuri meadows early afternoon to be amazed to see the peaks of Nanda Devi up so close. (Trek - 8 Kms)
Dhakuri - Song - VijaypurTrek 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 our eco resort set within a pine forest for the night.
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.
## This trek can also be combined into a twin Glacier trek : Pindari & Kafni Glacier Trek.