The Kumaon range in the Himalayas is known to be pristine and serene and is the hub for various adventurous treks. One such trek is Pindari Glacier Trek. It is located in the upper region of Kumaon Himalayas and to its southeast lies Nanda Cot and Nanda Devi.

The Pindari Glacier Trek gives origin to the pious Pindari River and is filled with natural beauty. The trek is also filled with snow-clad glaciers, the beautiful habitations of Kumaon region, the amicable locals and picturesque scenarios for you to click on some drool-worthy photographs.

The trek is of moderate grade and the drop in temperature often makes your journey difficult and enduring. The trek also challenges you with mountain crossings, spider walls, and gushing streams.

The trek to Pindari Glacier previously starts from Loharkhet village which is situated 20km away from the Bageshwar district. From Loharkhet there is an uphill trek to Dhakuri which is an 11 km continuous journey. But, a new updated, and popular route to the Pindari glacier trek starts from Khati. The surrounding areas keep on becoming greener and the temperature keeps falling on the low side and occasionally hits you with the cold, refreshing wind.


Khati village provides you with an eye-soothing view of the snowclad mountains of Nanda Valley. Once you cross Dwali, and Phurkiya you reach your final destination of the trek, Zero Point.

The trek to Pindari Glacier is also tucked between rhododendron forests lying transversely in Nanda Devi Sanctuary. Behold the spectacular views of the Panwali Dwar Peak (6,683)m and Maiktoli (6,803)m peaks. 

If you want to experience all this firsthand, make sure to book that seat for your unforgettable trek to the Pindari Glacier and let your adventurous spirit bloom. 

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Overview of Pindari Glacier Trek

AREAKumaon Himalayas
DURATION6 Days ( 2 days for traveling / 4 days for trekking ) 
BEST SEASONMarch – June, and September – October except for July and August. 
ALTITUDE3750 mts/ 12,300 ft
TREK LENGTH56 km (Approximate)
Pindari Glacier Trek Overview

Where is Pindari Glacier Trek?

It is located at a height of 3,353mts above sea level. It falls in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand. The Pindari Glacier Trek is one of the most approachable glaciers in the Kumaon region. It is rolled out over an area of 3.2km.

The glacier gives its origin to the river Pindari, which converges with the Alaknanda at Karnaprayag in the district of Garhwal. The trek to the glacier amazes the trekkers as the entire journey is charged with magnificent beauty and serenity.

Also, the Kafani Glacier is located to the right side of the Pindari glacier at an elevation of 3860m above sea level.

Pindari Glacier Trek Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the Pindari glacier is mid-March to mid-June as it is summer and the weather stays suitable for trekkers. Also visiting from September to late October can be pleasant for the trekkers as it is a spring season 

Trekkers should strictly avoid the mid-June to September months because of heavy rain, road blockage and in worst cases, landslides can be experienced. It will make it unpleasant and dangerous, hence the trek remains closed during the monsoon season.

Also, during winter, the temperature can stoop to low to -°10 and chances of heavy rainfall closure of roads, hence not suitable for trekking.

Pindari Glacier Trek Highlights

  • Having the opportunity to walk amidst the stunning surrounding of Pindari Glacier Trek.
  • Witness the earthy green picturesque landscapes of the hill of Pindari.
  • On every turn of the trail, you will behold views of neighboring mountains. 
  • Zero Point is one of the main attractions of the trek. It offers you the view of stunning mountain peaks all around. It is at an elevation of 12,300 ft. 
  •  Get the opportunity to have a sneak peek at  culture and local life of inhabitants of Pindari.
  • Rhododendron forests accompany you through your tour. 
  • Get an opportunity to even bird watch in the forests over there. 

How do you reach Pindari Glacier Trek? 

By Air:

Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport located at a distance of 205 km from Bageshwar. So you can board your flight to Pantnagar and then take a cab further to your hotel. But, it depends upon availability another option is Jolly Grand Airport, Dehradun.

By Road:

Almora-Bageshwar-Munsiyari road gives access to Khati which is approx 59 km from Bageshwar and approx 210 km from Kathgodam. The trekkers will start their trek from here as that is the starting point of the trek. 

By Rail:

The nearest railway station is Kathgodam railway station which is situated at a distance of 171 km from Bageshwar. 

Pindari Glacier Trek Itinerary

Day 0: Delhi – Kathgodam (by train )

Arrive in Delhi. Board your AC train/Bus for Kathgodam/Haldwani railway station in the evening. After arriving at Kathgodam in the morning take your cab to Khati village. You can be reached by evening. 

Relax and take a good bath. Eat your dinner and take plenty of rest to get yourself acclimatized. In the evening go hunt local markets and do some last-minute shopping. Although the options are limited in Khati.

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Day 02: Khati – Dwali (12km)

Get up early in the morning and have breakfast. Post breakfast you will start your trek to Dwali. This trek route passes through dense forests and small streams, providing beautiful views of the Himalayas.

Day 03: Dwali – Phurkiya 

Again wake up early in the morning and have breakfast and begin your trek from Dwali and hike for 5-6 hours to reach the campsite in Phurkiya. The Trek route passes through scenic landscapes and offers panoramic views of the Pindari Glacier and surrounding peaks. Set up camp at Phurkiya and rest for the night.

Day 04: Phurkiya – Pindari Glacier & Back to Phurkiya/Dwali 

Wake up early in the morning and have breakfast. Begin the trek from Phurkiya and hike for 3-4 hours to reach the Pindari Glacier. Spend some time exploring the glacier and taking in the breathtaking views.

Day 05: Phurkiya/Dwali to Khati 

Wakeup early in the morning and have breakfast. begin the trek back to Khati, which takes around 7-8 hours. Check-in to a guest for an overnight stay and rest for the night.

Day 06: Khati – Kathgodam

Start early today and have breakfast. Board a taxi or bus to reach Kathgodam, which is a 6-8 hour drive from Khati. Reach Kathgodam in the afternoon and take a train or bus back to your destination.

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Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ’s) for Pindari Glacier Trek

When Do I Book for the Pindari Glacier Trek?

The trek should be booked two months in advance so that you get the required time for all the arrangements you want to do. Hence, if you are planning to visit in either the summer or spring, book your trek accordingly. 

How Long Does it Take to Acclimatize? 

It takes a while to acclimatize. So when you reach your hotel take an ample amount of rest so that you don’t feel tired and can get accustomed to the climate as well. Also, drink plenty of water and fruit juices to provide you with enough hydration. Take a balanced and healthy diet rich in protein and non-oily. Try to avoid meat and eat light. 

What is the Minimum Temperature During Pindari Glacier Trek? 

The temperature can stoop low to 10° C during the night hours. In the winter months the temperature falls to minus and July and August are the season of monsoon hence receive heavy rainfall. 

What is the Pindari Glacier Trek Cost?

According to Thrillopilia, the usual cost of the Pindari Glacier trek is 12500.