The Pindari glacier, in the Bageshwar district, falls in the Kumaun Himalayas and has lured mountaineers and trekkers since the last century. It is one of the most easily accessible of all the Himalayan glaciers. Pindari’s rugged beauty offers a breathtaking sight, especially for the trekkers who is in love with nature in all its pristine glory. The Pindari glacier is an unsurpassable and an exhilarating experience. The colour of the glacier is very white and at some places, spots of light blue and brown may also be seen.
Pindari glacier lies between Nanda Devi and Nandakot peaks in the Pindar Valley, between longitudes 790 13′ – 800 02′ E and latitudes 300 15′ N and terminates at an altitude of 3627m. The glacier is 5 km long, the snout is about 6m high and 2.5 m wide and above the snout, the glacier extends for about 3 km in length and 300-400 m in width, between an altitude range of about 3600m and 5000m.
The valley is drained by the Pinder river that emerges from the Pindari glacier. The river, in its initial course, flows through sedimentary rocks. Further to the south, it meanders through quartz schists. Granite is found in abundance in this area. The Pinder river has cut a gorge in thick glacial deposits up to nearly 10 km, resulting in the formation of spacious glacial terraces spread on both sides of the gorge.
Further down, from Telurkia up to Khati, places en route to the Pindari glacier, the trek to the glacier crosses numerous waterfall, soaring pines, glades of ferns, hanging valleys and tremendous rock cliffs.
There are PWD inspection houses and log huts at almost all halting places en route.
The best season is May-June and September-October
How to reach Pindari Glacier
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Song to Loharkhet: 03 km
Loharkhet to Dhakuri : 11 Km
Dhakuri to Khati: 08 Km
Khati to Dwali : 11 Km
Dwali to Telurkia : 07 Km
Telurkia to Pindari Glacier: 05 Km