Trek The Upper Reaches Of The Kumaon Himalayas And Meet The Pindari River Source
Meet the source of the Pindari river that meets the Alakananda at Karnaprayag in the Garhwal district
Enjoy the mesmerizing glacier trail as you make your way past colorful rhododendron forests
Engage in the beauty of the landscape - thunderous waterfalls, gushing streams, and lush, highland meadows
Stroll across the Pindari Glacier and view the stunning landscape of the adjoining Pindari hills.
Learn the local culture and traditions of the Kumaoni people who reside in charming hamlets that lie along the trail
Witness impressive views of peaks like Maiktoli (6803 meters) and Panwali Dwar (6683 meters) spread across the southern wilderness of the Nanda Devi sanctuary from the Zero Point on the Pindari Glacier (3770 meters)
Embark on the relatively easy Pindari glacier trek solo or even with family and children.
Kathgodam acts as the central hub for several adventures and activities in Uttarakhand. It is located just 24 kilometers away from the lake city of Nainital, and it is well-connected to major cities in Uttarakhand, thus serving as an important hub. Kathgodam is one of the important railheads of the …
Kathgodam acts as the central hub for several adventures and activities in Uttarakhand. It is located just 24 kilometers away from the lake city of Nainital, and it is well-connected to major cities in Uttarakhand, thus serving as an important hub. Kathgodam is one of the important railheads of the Kumaon region that connects the area through a rail network and is considered the Gateway to the Kumaon. The Kathgodam railway station is situated just 1 kilometer away from the main city and encounters frequent trains from all major North-Indian cities like New Delhi (via the Ranikhet Express or the Uttar Sampark Kranti Express) and Dehradun (via the Doon Express). You can take a train to New Delhi or Dehradun from any Indian city and reach Kathgodam via the connecting trains. Pantnagar Airport is the nearest civilian airport with regular flight connectivity. It is located at a distance of 32 kilometers from Kathgodam. The airport is connected with the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi through multiple weekly flights. You can travel from any Indian city by air and reach the New Delhi airport, from where you can take a flight to Pantnagar. You can hire a cab from Pantnagar airport to reach Kathgodam. Since Kathgodam is the Gateway to the Kumaon, it has excellent roadway connectivity to the rest of Uttarakhand and North India cities. You will get regular state transport and privately-operated buses from ISBT Anand Vihar station, Delhi, that reach Haldwani- the twin town of Kathgodam that is located 8 kilometers away from Kathgodam, in the morning. From Haldwani, you can take another connecting bus or hire a cab to reach Kathgodam.
Being the Gateway to the Kumaon, Kathgodam is a transit town for tourists and adventure enthusiasts who would travel to various parts of Uttarakhand and North India. Therefore, there are several accommodation options, including budget and pocket-friendly homestays, guest houses, backpackers’ hostels, etc. These charge significantly less, starting from USD …
Being the Gateway to the Kumaon, Kathgodam is a transit town for tourists and adventure enthusiasts who would travel to various parts of Uttarakhand and North India. Therefore, there are several accommodation options, including budget and pocket-friendly homestays, guest houses, backpackers’ hostels, etc. These charge significantly less, starting from USD 8-10 per night (INR 600-750). But they only offer very basic amenities. On the other hand, there are luxurious accommodation options like villas, boutique hotels with spas, etc., that start from USD 50 (INR 3750) and continue to USD 175 (INR 13500) and above per night. But you have to keep in mind that the accommodation prices depend primarily upon the amenities and the add-ons you choose. Prices typically soar during the peak tourist seasons. However, pre-booking via tour operators, travel agencies, and notable booking apps and websites will help you cut down on such expenses.
The main reason for embarking on the Pindari Glacier Trek is that it is relatively easy compared to other glacier treks and high mountain trails, irrespective of its beauty and picturesque nature. Therefore, it is quite possible to take your family and children alongside you. While you make your way across the beautiful landscape of the Kumaon Himalayas, you can draw artistic inspiration from the snow-capped mountain peaks, foamy waterfalls, fecund meadows, colorful rhododendron forests, stunning water bodies, and rustic wooden bridges on the trail. There is only one minor pass along the path- the Dhakuri Khal (2830 m), after which you reach the Zero Point of the Pindari Glacier trail at 3770 meters altitude. From there, you can get impressive views of the great peaks that form the southern rim of the Nanda Devi sanctuary.
The Pindari Glacier trek itinerary should be comfortable enough to accommodate your families and children if you are not traveling solo. However, since this is a straightforward trek, you can complete the entire journey within 8 to 9 days. The round trail starts and ends in the charming hamlet of Khati atop the Kumaon Himalayan region. The total trek distance is 48 kilometers.
If you want to go with your family and children, the Pindari Glacier trek best time will indeed be the end of August to mid-October. It is the post-monsoon/autumn season where the skies are clear, the weather is pleasant, and the views are breathtaking. The stunning, tranquil lakes with crystal clear waters will add to the mystical experience of the journey. You will get snow on the trail from mid-December to mid-June. So, the pre-monsoon season spanning from the end of April to June could be an excellent time to embark on this trek if you are trekking solo. The average temperature will range from 18 degrees Celsius during the daytime and could drop to -2 degrees celsius during the coldest nights.
The highest elevation of the Pindari Glacier Trek- the Zero Point on the Pindari Glacier is at 3770 meters. It will offer you superb, unearthly views that make you forget all the hardships of the trail. The Pindari Glacier’s elevation is 3353 meters, and it is spread across 3.2 kilometers in the Bageshwar district. You can even take a detour to the nearest Kafni Glacier, located at an altitude of 3860 meters at the foot of the Nandakot Parvat (6860 meters). Though the trail is mostly smooth, sometimes it tests your endurance as you have to cross spider walls, mountain ridges, and streams. Therefore, you should have an adequate fitness level. You can concentrate on increasing your physical fitness by engaging in regular cardiovascular training, including running, brisk walking across undulating landscapes, swimming, cycling, etc., for a couple of months before embarking on the said trek.
Though it is a ‘soft adventure’ experience and involves trek and village tourism, you can embark on adventures like mountain bike riding during the favorable seasons. Thus, you should pack accordingly. Apart from the regular essentials like a backpack (50 to 60 liters), a daypack (20-30 liters), you should carry enough warm clothes, sturdy and waterproof trekking boots, and strong trekking pole or walking stick. Your clothing should comprise thermal inners for insulation, full-sleeve t-shirts and waterproof, quick-dry pants, synthetic gloves, fleece jackets, outer shell jackets, etc. Always carry rain covers as the weather can change drastically. Some other essentials are mosquito and insect repellants, enough toilet paper and wet wipes, hand sanitizers, water bottles, headlamps, torches, extra batteries, chargers, etc. Follow your trek leader’s instructions, don’t stray from the trail, and avoid littering since it takes place through an eco-friendly zone.