The best known trekking route in the Kumaon Himalayas has to be the Pindari Glacier in Bageshwar district. This glacier is located in the lovely Pindar Valley and the trek to Pindari Glacier has a plethora to offer in terms of the grandeur of the Himalayas, with its unimaginable flora and fauna, pure cascading waterfalls and snowy mountain ranges. At an altitude of 3,627 metres, the Pindari Glacier is flanked by the Nanda Devi and Nandakot peaks. Pindari's rugged splendour offers a spectacular sight, especially for the trekker in love with nature in all its immaculate brilliance.
The Pindari Glacier is an exhilarating experience with its magnificence spanning 5 kilometres in length, its snout 6 metres high and 2.5 metres wide. Above the snout, the glacier extends for about 3 kilometres in length and 300 400 metres in width between marvellous altitudes that range between 3,600 metres to 5,000 metres. All in all, it occupies an area of 339.39 square kilometres. To get there one has to take the road up to Saung that is accessible from Almora, Bageshwar and Kathgodam. From then on begins the 45-kilometre trek to the glacier. It follows the Pindar River to its source on the glacier. Other famous peaks that
can be seen from here are Baljuri, Panwalidwar, Nanda Khat, Changuch and Nandakot. While enjoying the trek, one can visit the Kafni Glacier as well. The trekking route to the glacier navigates along the southern backwoods of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary offering some stunning views of peaks like Panwali Dwar and Maiktoli. On the trek to the Pindari Glacier, one will find a variety of waterfalls, hanging valleys and undulating hills.
Courtesy : UTDB