Featuring the most dramatic setting for avid trekkers and adventure lovers, Khatling Glacier is situated in the state of Uttarakhand. Positioned alongside the Gangotri Glacier, Khatling glacier is a lot significant. Being the source of River Bhilangana, it has numerous myths and legends attached to it. It is said that a beautiful Bhil maiden had tried to tempt Lord Shiva during his meditation. On receiving rejection from Lord Shiva, she had turned into liquid, which led to the origin of River Bhilangana.
Blessed with abundance of natural beauty Khatling Glacier is adorned by the two extremely surreal lakes Masar Tal and Sahasra Tal. Khatling Glacier is also surrounded by some of the most magnificent peaks such as Jogin group (6466m), Sphetic Pristwar (6905m), Barte Kauter (6579m) Kirti Stambh (6902m) and Meru. There are several other reasons that make this glacier a lot appealing to the eyes of adventure seekers, nature lovers and photographers as well.
”Ecstatic” is the word that best describes the trek to Khatling Glacier. As its enchanting trails, features a mix of thick forests, mesmerizing lakes, scenic high altitude grasslands, intriguing views of the Bhilangana valley and hanging glaciers. Also the beauty of the remote villages and the way of life of the locals is worth comprehending.
The trek to this glacier is classified as moderate to challenging and the best time to head out for it is between May to October. It is a 45 km trek that starts from Ghuttu, which is easily accessible from places like Dehradun, Mussoorie, Rishikesh and Tehri. Ardent roamers who wish to soak themselves in the pristine beauty of nature, an expedition to the Khatling Glacier is sure to do the needful.