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  Pindari Glacier Trekking Program 

Region: Kumaon Himalayas
Grade: Moderate
Duration: 05 Nights / 06 Days
Trekking Routes : Loharkhet > Dhakuri > Khati > Phurkia > Pindari Glacier > Dwali > Delhi> Trek Ukhimath> Rafting > Rishikesh-Delhi


ITINERARY
PRE TREK

Day 00 - Arrive at Kathgodam. Proceed to Song
Song to Loharkhet. (1750 mts) 4 kms (1 hrs.)
Trek to Loharkhet. Overnight stay at Guest House.


ACTUAL TREK

Day 01 - Loharkhet to Dhakuri (2680 mts / 8844 ft)
Mornings after breakfast drive to Loharkhet and from here we will start our trek up to Dhakuri. It is an 10 km (5-6 hrs.) trek today that takes you down into the depths of the valley and then a fair climb to Dhakuri. Overnight stay at Guest House.

Day 02 - Dhakuri to Khati (2210 mts/7293 ft)
This is an 8 km (3-4 hrs.) trek; Khati is the largest village on this route and is on the banks of the Pinder Ganga. The people here are extremely hospitable and legend has it that they are the descendents of the race who provided shelter to the Pandavas during their exile. Overnight stay at Guest House.

Day 03 - Khati to Phurkiya. (5781 mts/22798 ft)
The trekking distance today is 16 km (8-9 hrs) with the roar of the Pinder Ganga not too far off. Along the way there are many a waterfalls and log bridges to be crossed. The barren icy peaks seem to be your only companions for the day. Overnight stay at Guest House.

Day 04 - Phurkiya to ‘Pindari Glacier Zero Point’ & Back to Dwali.
Today is an early start as it is a 7 km(3-4 hrs,) trek each way. Touch zero point from where the Pindari glacier can be viewed in all its magnificence. The Pinder valley is also prominent with its patches of lush greenery over the stark white landscape. Return to Dwali Via Phurkia. Back trek (12 km,.) (4-5 hrs.) Overnight stay at Guest House.


Day 05 - Dwali to Dhakuri.
Today's 19 km trek will take 8-9 hrs. Exploring Khati is a good idea as it has some beautiful sights to offer. Down trek to Dhakuri Dinner and overnight stay guest house.

Day 06 - Dhakuri to Song. Drive to Almora.
Song to Almora. Over night stay at Almora.


POST TREK

Day 00 - Almora to Kathgodam
The trek end up arrival at Kathgodam.

Chopta Tungnath Trek with rafting
A short easy trek running parallel to the high Himalayas. Good views all the way, beautiful camping by the lake at Devariyatal and some great forests. In the early spring the rhododendron forest glow red as the flowers bloom. The views from the Chandrashilla top will stay in one’s memory for really long.

Day 01: Delhi - Drive Haridwar

Morning after breakfast receive you from Delhi hotel and straight drive to Haridwar upon arrival check into the hotel after having some rest proceed for sightseeing, visit temples ashram, Har-ki-paudi, dinner & over night stay at hotel,

Day 02: Haridwar - Ukhimath (1400m) 6-7 hrs
Early in the morning after breakfast Drive 4-5 hrs along the Alaknanda and the Mandakini rivers to reach Ukhimath in the evening. Lunch enroute. Visit the temple at Ukhimath in the evening. Dinner & over night stay at hotel.

Day 03: Trek Ukhimath - Devariyatal (2440m) 4-5 hrs
Day 03: Trek Ukhimath - Devariyatal (2440m) 4-5 hrs

Day 04: Trek Devariyatal - Chopta (3000m) 6-7 hrs
The trail goes through the dense forest and stays on the ridge all the way to Tali. From here we descend for a while to cross a stream and then climb up gradually to reach Chopta, located in an idyllic setting having beautiful meadows and is surrounded by dense forests.

Day 05: Trek Chopta - Tungnath (3680m) - Chandrashilla Top (4130m) – Chopta
Start early in the morning and climb up to the temple of Tungnath and beyond. Tungnath, one of the Shiva temples is the highest temple in Garhwal and has definitely a certain mystical/religious aspect which is quite based on the spectacular surrounding and views from there. Views which go far beyond the simple "view of mountains".
The summit of the Chandrashilla peak provides a breathtaking 360 degree view.

Day 06: Chopta – Shivpuri
Morning after breakfast check out from the Hotel and leave for Shivpuri, Arrive at the camp in the after noon and settle in the tents, in the afternoon waterfall trek 3kms both sides. Evening tea with snacks, Camp orientation programme and beach games. Late evening get together with born--fire. Dinner and night stay at camp.

Day 07: Rafting
Morning tea. Breakfast and briefing day’s programme, 24 kms rafting from Marine Drive to Rishikesh
this stretch is having a number of exciting rapids of different grades from 1-3 like roller coaster, golf course, clubhouse etc. absorbing every expect of the Ganges and its environs are part of the excitement and enchantment of any white water trip. All this is in the capable safe hands of the most experienced river guides. On the way you can also enjoy body surfing and cliff jumping. Lunch on the way. Back to camp for evening tea. beach games, born-fire, dinner and night stay at camp.

Day 08: Rafting Camp to Rishikesh
Early morning wake up and after Breakfast enjoy activities like Rock climbing, Rappelling, Bridge & village walk. Lunch Break and then proceed to Rishikesh, upon arrival check into the hotel, after having some rest proceed for sightseeing visit Nearby Ashram, Temples, in evening take participate into Ganga Aarti,

Day 09: Rishikesh – Delhi
Morning after breakfast check out from the hotel and leave for Delhi, on the way sightseeing at Rishikesh upon arrival at Delhi drop you at Delhi hotel or transfer you at airport to catch the flight for onward Journey.

                              

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Region

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Kumaon foothills of Nainital district, Uttaranchal
Duration

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09 days/08 nights (6 days of trekking)
Altitude

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450 m to 2500 m
Season

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November to March 
Grade

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Moderate
 


Highlights: Trekking from Nainital to Corbett, spectacular views of peaks, Tiger sighting in open jeeps & elephant ride at Dhikala, rich Himalayan flora, altitude migrant birds and occasional sightings of endangered mammals like Himalayan Black Bear and Serow, Homestays and Eco-tourism projects like Mahseer Conservation 

Unlike most other treks that are done in summer for easier access, this trek is best enjoyed around winter months as high altitude birds migrate to lower regions and the forests are in bloom. This forest trek has great altitudinal variation, giving the whole region a diverse bird and mammal life. An astounding 650 bird species have been reported here and the assemblage of mammals is equally impressive, the most notable being the elusive Serow. 

Highly recommended for beginners, this is a moderate trek through beautiful natural surroundings. You hike along old pony trails, camp at scenic spots or stay in colonial era forest bungalows. Starting from the right bank of the Kosi River this trek involves walking through dense broadleaf forest rich in wildlife, and forging through shallow streams. As we gain altitude, vegetation & landscape go through considerable change and you move on to conifer forests of oak and pine that open into scenic valleys & gorges. You finally end the trek at temperate forest higher up that offer spectacular views of the icy Himalayas along the way. What is quite remarkable is the ever-changing biodiversity, rich wildlife and the dramatic difference in forest types each day.

The hike takes you through forests dominated by dense undergrowth of Ringal, bamboo and ferns and you can encounter a variety of wildlife such as barking deer and pheasants. The forest stretch between Vinayak and Patahriya is of great ornithological importance as the once-considered extinct Himalayan Quail was reported here. You pass through small villages and hamlets, where you can see people lead a simple symbiotic life in harmony with their wild surroundings.

 
      
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