Maximum Altitude: 12664 ft
Duration: 8 days
Difficulty: Moderate – Difficult
In the upper reaches of the Kumaon Himalayas to the southeast of Nanda Devi in the state of Uttarakhand, you’ll find a small glacier called Kafni Glacier. It is the source of water for Kafni River, a tributary of the Pindar River. Kafni is situated left of Pindar Valley, beneath the famous peak of Nandakot. The scenic beauty and the tranquility prevailing in this region have an unbeatable charm. As compared to Pindar, the valley is much broader and the rhododendron that blooms here is spectacularly beautiful. The main Himalayan summits visible from the glacier are Nandakot (6860 m) and Nandabhnar (6236 m).
Kafni Glacier trek leads to the remote regions of Uttarakhand and offers the opportunity to camp on huge grasslands, and then it has to be the Kafni Glacier trek. The landscapes keep on changing at every turn; the trail throws many challenges, from beautiful river crossing and sparkling waterfall on the way from Khati to Khatiya to getting lost in the forests en-route to Khatiya to the breathtaking view of Nandakot peak towering above.
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Kafni Glacier route follows the same as the Pindari Glacier Trek, but the best part of this trek is that trekkers will encompass more regions. The trek commences from Kharkiya, after that, the trail leads to Khati, Dwali, and Khatiya to reach Kafni Glacier. Spectacular view of Kafni Glacier, lush alpine meadows with sprinkled wildflowers, and snow-clad peaks kissing the sky accompany the trekkers when they walk on the meandering unpaved roads. It’s hard to define the beauty of this trek. The trek is going to be a little strenuous, but the view of the Nandakot and Nandabhnar from the Kafni glacier is worth all the ache and bruises.
Day 1: Bageshwar to Loharkhet – 13 km
Loharkhet is a pretty little hamlet on the banks of Saryu River. To reach, you’ll have to first drive from Bageshwar to Song and then trek to Loharkhet. The trek has officially begun and you’ll feel the adsrenaline rushing through our nerves.
Day 2: Loharkhet To Khati – 8 km
Khati is the biggest village which is situated on the banks of the Pinder Ganga. ? While trekking to Khati you’ll witness thick forests of rhododendrons. You will be spending a night in the village whose generosity is well known even in the Indian mythology. The locals believe that Pandavas were given shelter here and were welcomed with a lot of love. It is said that mountain people are a little extra kind and loving. Have you ever had a personal encounter like that? And do you think the atmosphere around here has something to do with it?
Day 3: Khati to Dwali – 11 km
Today’s trek is going to be an amazing experience with the sound of Pindari Ganga not too far off, After trekking for almost 6 km from Khati you have to cross Pindari at Maliyahound. Throughout the way trekkers will spot the wooden bridges and waterfalls. You can also have cup of tea from the small tea stall available over here. Finally, after a lengthy trek and higher altitude, you will reach near to the second bridge on the Pindari River, right across which is Dwali.
Day 4: Dwali to Phukria – 5 km
The mountaintops enveloped with the white blanket of snow will give you a glimpse of the mind blowing Mother Nature. Dwali is the last place where you witness normal dense forest. Above it, the vegetation starts diminishing, the breeze become chilled, and the nature creation looks totally mind blowing.
Day 5: Phukria to Zero point, Zero point to Dwali – 15 km
Basically the trek from Phukria to zero point is as mesmerizing as it gives you a spectacular view of the Himalayan range. Early trek will be the best option this day if you want to spend a quality time at the zero point, the mouth of the Pindari glacier is known as a zero point.
Day 6: Dwali to Kafni Glacier – 12 km
Kafni Glacier is located in the left of Pindari valley. There are two major peaks that are visible from Pindari glacier are- Nanda Kot (6806mts) and Nanda Bhanar (6104mts). Kafni has its own beauty that describes mother nature so well and the creation looks so amazing like as happy as calm. As soon as exploring the beauty of Kafni glacier, trek back to Dwali, return with trail gradually descending to Dwali.
Day 7: Dwali to Dhakuri – 19 km
Trek back to Dhakuri from Dwali. You won’t stop admiring the pretty trail you would be walking on. Dhakuri is the gateway to two beautiful valleys of kumaon – Pindari and Sundardhunga, both beautiful, both with stunning views. Dhakuri-Binjak ridge offers a view of the snow clad Nandakot and Maktoli summit.
Day 8: Dhakuri to Loharkhet to Bageshwer
Trek all the way to Loharkhet and drive back to Bageshwar takes approximately 5 to 6 hours. The trek has ended but what about the wanderlust that has just begun?
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Best Time To Visit
Summer (Mid March to Mid June): Best time to go for trekking as the weather is pleasant.
Monsoon (Mid June to Mid September): Trails get really slippery so these months should be avoided.
Autumn (Mid-September to late October): During this time of the year, trekkers will see lush green landscapes and experience charming weather.
Winter (September to February): Extremely cold weather. Not the favourite season to trek.
How To Reach
Airport: Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport to reach Bageshwar, the base camp of the trek.
Railways: Kathgodam Railway Station, 157 from Bageshwar, is the closest railway station.
Road: Buses and taxis are easily available from all the neighboring cities to reach Bageshwar.