Area: Kumaon Himalaya
Duration: 11 Days (4 days traveling/7 days trekking)
Best Season: Mid April - Mid October
Altitude: 4150 mts/13612 ft
Total Trekking: 85 K.M
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.
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.
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).
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.
In the evening board the Ranikhet express train to Kathgodam from Old Delhi railway station. Overnight journey.
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.
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.
Today we will trek to Khati. Khati is the biggest village on the Pindari Glacier Trek. Dinner and overnight in tents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Morning we will trek to Song. From Song we will drive to Bageshwar. Dinner and overnight in Bageshwar.
Today morning we will drive to Kathgodam. Board the train to Delhi. Overnight journey.
Arrival at Delhi by morning.
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You should book Kafni Glacier trek two months in advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare well for the trek.
A pony/porter will carry your bag while trekking; you just need to wear a knapsack.
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.
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.
We always have a trek leader who leads the trek from the front.
Our group size is minimum 4 people and maximum 12 people with mix of men and women.
The Kafni Glacier trek is a moderate trek with a maximum altitude of 3660 mts/12000 ft minimum age required is 10 years.
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.
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.
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.
Diamox is indeed very helpful, but it's advisable to consult the doctor first.
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.
Good trekking shoes with ankle support are must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua is good shoes with value for money.
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.
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
Vehicles like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, and Tempo Traveller are suitable for a ride on damaged Himalayan roads.
Yes, our departure times remain fixed. We are always excited to go for the trek, even if it's with one trekker.
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.
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