Kafni Glacier Trek

Trek LocationArea: Kumaon Himalaya

Trek DurationDuration: 11 Days (4 days traveling/7 days trekking)

Trek SeasonBest Season: Mid April - Mid October

Trek GradeGrade:

On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding.

AltitudeAltitude: 4150 mts/13612 ft

Trekking DistanceTotal Trekking: 85 K.M

About Kafni Glacier Trek

Kumaon region, one of the most breathtaking areas of Himalaya, brings pools of trekking trails for the adventure junkies. The lofty mountains, remote villages, unbeatable charm, and pristine scenic beauty of Kumaon captivate the adventurers and even those who are new to trekking. One trek that leads to the remote regions of Uttarakhand, and offers the opportunity to camp on huge grasslands, 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 Dhakuri to Dwali, to getting lost in the forests en route to Phurkia to the breathtaking view of Nanda Khat peak towering above. The final destination of the trek, Kafni Glacier (3,860 meters), can be accessed during May -Jun and September-November. One should avoid trekking during the monsoon season as the trails are slippery.


More or less 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 Song, after that, the trail leads to Khati, Loharkhet, Phurkia, Dwali, to reach Kafni Glacier. Spectacular view of Pindari Glacier, lush alpine meadows with sprinkled wildflowers, and snow clad peaks kissing the sky, accompanies 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 (6860 m) and Nandabhnar (6236 m) from the Kafni glacier is worth all the ache and bruises.

If you are planning for a trek to Kafni glacier, speak to the trekkers at Tour My India. You can call us at +91-9212553109 for Kafni glacier trekking tour packages in Kumaon.

Kafni Glacier Trekking Tour Highlights

  • Savour the view of peaks like of peaks like Nandakot (6, 860 m) and Nandabhnar (6, 236 m).
  • Experience the thrill of trekking to on of the largest glaciers in the country.
  • Make your way through the dense subalpine forest.

Best Time to Visit Kafni Glacier Trek

Mid- March to Mid June & Mid-September to late October

Weather in Kafni Glacier:

Summer (Mid March to Mid June): Best time to go for trekking as the temperature remains mild.

Monsoon (Mid June to Mid September): Roads get slippery, thus, it becomes difficult for trekkers to go for trekking.

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): Temperature reaches to below zero, thus, there are chances of snowfall.

Where is the Kafni Glacier Trek?

Located in the upper part of Kumaon Himalaya, towards the southeast side of Nanda Devi, Kafni is a small glacier, which 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 Nandkot. From Kafni glacier, one can enjoy the view of peaks like Nandakot (6, 860 m) and Nandabhnar (6, 236 m).

How to Reach Kafni Glacier Trek?

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.

Kafni Glacier Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day 01: Delhi – Kathgodam

In the evening board the Ranikhet express train to Kathgodam from Old Delhi railway station. Overnight journey.

Day 02: Kathgodam – Bageshwar

Early morning you will reach Kathgodam. Then drive to Bageshwar. Bageshwar is the confluence of river Bhagirathi, Sarayu and Gomati. Upon arrival check into hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03: Bageshwar – Song – Loharkhet

Post breakfast drive to Song. From Song we would trek to Loharkhet. Loharkhet is a small settlement on the bank of river Sarayu. Once we reach at Loharkhet we will pitch a tent for overnight stay.

Day 04: Loharkhet - Khati

Today we will trek to Khati. Khati is the biggest village on the Pindari Glacier Trek. Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 05: Khati – Phurkia

Today we will trek to Phurkia. Here, the region is coated with dense alpine pastures and shepherds are seen guiding their large flock across grassy fields. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 06: Phurkia - Zero Point - Dwali

Today we will trek up to Zero point. From Zero point, we can witness the spectacular view of Pindari Glacier. After exploring zero point we will trek to Dwali. We will have dinner in tents. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 07: Dwali - Kafni – Dwali

Today after having our breakfast early we will leave for the Pinder valley and the Nandakot. From Kafni glacier we will be able to have a glimpse of the splendid vistas of the main Himalayan ranges. Once you explore the Kafni glacier trek come back to Dwali for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 08: Dwali – Dhakuri

Post breakfast trek to Dhakuri. While walking on the Dhakuri - Binjak ridge you will get to spot the magnificent views of the snow-clad Nandakot summit as well as Maktoli. Dinner and overnight stay in Dhakuri.

Day 00: Dhakuri – Song – Bageshwar

Morning we will trek to Song. From Song we will drive to Bageshwar. Dinner and overnight in Bageshwar.

Day 10: Bageshwar –Kathgodam - Delhi

Today morning we will drive to Kathgodam. Board the train to Delhi. Overnight journey.

Day 11: Arrive Delhi

Arrival at Delhi by morning.

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Things to Carry for Kafni Glacier Trek

Things to Carry while Trekking
  • Warm clothes: windproof jackets, fleece/full sleeve sweater, thermals, woolen cap and socks, mittens and scarf
  • Comfortable clothes: tee-shirts, trousers or tracks
  • Raincoat or poncho to avoid rains
  • Walking stick or trekking pole
  • Comfortable trekking or hiking shoes
  • Water bottles
  • Sunscreen lotion, lip balms, skin ointment and basic medications (or prescribed if any)
  • Torchlight or flashlights with extra number of cells and bulbs
  • Personal toiletries and towels

Booking Terms and Conditions:

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When to book Kafni Glacier Trek?

You should book Kafni Glacier trek two months in advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare well for the trek.

Who will carry my backpack?

A pony/porter will carry your bag while trekking; you just need to wear a knapsack.

What will be the weight of the backpack?

Once you book your trek with us we will give you a list of things to carry and the total weight should not cross 12 Kgs.

Where to meet you us?

Our pick up and drop point for Kafni Glacier Trek is Old Delhi train station. We will send you the train ticket and you can board train from there to Kathgodam. At Kathgodam our guide will pick you from train station and then from there your tour will start.

How we run the trek?

We always have a trek leader who leads the trek from the front.

What is the batch size?

Our group size is minimum 4 people and maximum 12 people with mix of men and women.

What is minimum age required for Kafni Glacier Trek?

The Kafni Glacier trek is a moderate trek with a maximum altitude of 3660 mts/12000 ft minimum age required is 10 years.

What will be the minimum temperature during Kafni Glacier Trek?

In the month of April to June and September to November the temperature during the trek can go as low as 10 Degree Celsius during the night, In the month of December to March the temperature in minus. July and August is rainy season.

How long we trek during Kafni Glacier Trek?

We plan our treks in such a way that after 6 hours of trekking we reach next camp around lunch time and normally trek a distance of 10 to 12 Kms.

What will happen if a trek is extended because of landslides or any other reasons?

If we have to extend the trek because of the reasons which beyond our control then an additional charge may apply which are of a hotel stay and food.

Can I take the Diamox?

Diamox is indeed very helpful, but it's advisable to consult the doctor first.

Is it safe for a female to go on a trek?

Safety is of prime importance for us that is why the tours are managed by us personally and not by a third party. Thus, we assure that the trek is absolutely safe even for solo female trekkers, who can join us for fixed departure treks.

What kind of shoes will be required?

Good trekking shoes with ankle support are must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua is good shoes with value for money.

What kind of food is served during the trek?

While trekking, we serve vegetarian food rich in protein, carbohydrates and highly nutritious. Sometimes, we surprise our trekkers with tasty treats like pakora, local food, etc.

Is it safe to drink water from the stream?

Yes, it's completely safe for drinking and even for cooking, but, to be on the safer side we always carry filters and chlorine tablets

Which vehicle do we use for transportations?

Vehicles like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, and Tempo Traveller are suitable for a ride on damaged Himalayan roads.

Are your fixed departures dates are fixed?

Yes, our departure times remain fixed. We are always excited to go for the trek, even if it's with one trekker.

How do you deal with emergency situation?

Trekking on high Himalayan altitudes is always a rewarding experience. However, it is important that you should keep your safety in mind. Emergencies, like illness, AMS, storms, missteps, landslides and even avalanches, are rare but can happen anytime during the trekking, so be prepared for any random goof-ups. To deal with any emergencies your guides, who are an expert mountaineers will be there for your rescue. Your tour guide will always carry a first aid kit to deal with any medical emergencies. In the case of some rescue operation, extra charges will be borne by the trekkers.

How to book the trek

Register for the trek on the website and we shall send the details about the booking procedure.

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