Pindari Glacier Trek
The Pindari Glacier is a glacier found in the upper reaches of the Kumaon Himalayas, to the southeast of Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot. The glacier is about 9 kilometers long and gives rise to the Pindar 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.
Joshimath is almost 300 kms. away from Dehradun. It takes about 10-11 hours to get to Joshimath via taxi. So, make sure you get to Dehradun the night before so you can leave for Joshimath early morning the next day, and get a few hours of rest. Taxi’s usually left for Joshimath early morning. Once you reach Joshimath in the evening, you can explore the local bazaar. The popular skiing slopes of Auli are lso very close to Joshimath town.
Today, we will drive from Joshimath to Badrinath. Badrinath is a Hindu pilgrimage site famous for being one of the Char Dhams. The road initially descends to the valley floor, before climbing along a steep gorge to the pilgrimage site of Badrinath. We will spend the rest of the day acclimatizing at Badrinath. Mana, the last village of India towards the Indo-China border at ManaPass, is just 4 km away from Badrinath. Overnight in hotel/guest house at Badrinath.
We start our day with an easy walk up the Alakananda river towards the Somtoli meadows. You will see the mighty 400 ft Vasudhara falls on the opposite banks after a while. The trail climbs gradually till Somtoli, crossing a landslide section. You might find few shepherds here or their vacant caves. From here, a small walk through a boulder section takes us to our campsite marked by a cluster of Bhojpatra trees on the slopes. The campsite has great views of Alkapuri, the snout and starting point of Alaknanda river and the Balakun peak.
The trail gets more challenging today. We will start with a sharp ascent through boulders and scree to Sahastra Dhar. As we climb up the valley, views of NIlkanth, Balakun and Chaukhamba open up. Once we reach Sahastra Dhar, we will cross a little stream and walk across a flat area with dozens of streams flowing and merging with each other. Then, we start traversing the left (true right) lateral moraine of the glacier coming down from Chaukhamba at the head of the valley. The trail climbs steeply again after Sahastra Dhar, followed by a short level walk across the upper snow slopes to reach our campsite at Chakrateerth. We will camp in Chakrateerth for the night.
Although today’s trail is short with an easy ascent, the trail goes through tricky boulder sections along the left (true right) lateral moraine. We will cross two spurs coming down from the slopes of Nilkanth to our left (true right) to reach Satopanth Lake – a beautiful blue triangular lake. Throughout the day, we will have imposing views of Chaukhamba and Nilkantha, and a bunch of small glacial lakes to our right. After spending some time at the lake, we will return to Chakrateerth for the night.
We retrace our track today and reach Somtoli, where we will camp for the night.
We will finish the remaining descent today and then drive from Mana to Joshimath. Overnight
stay in hotel/guest house
Today, you will leave from Joshimath for Dehradun and onward.
- Food as per menu on the trek (Lunch on Day 2 till Lunch on Day 7)
Forest Permits/Camping Charges, if any (up to the amount charged for Indian nationals)
Tents, Sleeping bags, sleeping mats
Micro-spikes, Gaiters, and Helmets as required
Experienced Trek guide, cook, helpers, and porters for carrying common supplies
Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid certification
Guesthouse/Hotel accommodation (twin/triple sharing) in Joshimath on Day 1 and Day 7
Guesthouse/Hotel accommodation (twin/triple sharing) in Badrinath on Day 2
- Portage of personal bags during the trek
Cost of any kind of Travel Insurance.
Any Expense of personal nature.
Any Expense not specified in the inclusions list.
Meals during road journeys
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