Ready for a trekking adventure in the upper reaches of the Kumaon Himalayas? If you are a guy enriched with endeavor and commitment, then, Pindari Glacier trek seems to suit your persona! To the southeast of Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot lies the Pindari Glacier. The glacier flows to the south for a short distance of about 3 km and eventually, gives rise to the Pindari River which meets the Alakananda at Karnaprayag in the Garhwal district. The trail towards the Pindari glacier crosses the villages of Saung, Loharkhet, followed by crossing over Dhakuri Pass, which is continued onto Khati village (the last inhabited village on the trail), Dwali, Phurkia and finally terminated at the Zero Point, Pindar. Though most of the trail is along with the Pindari River, for most of the time until after Khati the river seems mostly hidden. Apart from the trek, Pindari Glacier is also famous for other adventure sports like ice climbing and mountain biking. Pindari Glacier trek is pretty enough to pursuit each travelers heart and soul. The Pindari glacier owes its existence to the vast quantities of snow that precipitates from surrounding summits of the Greater Himalayan range. It is often referred to as the ?Soul of Kumaon? by the locals.
The Pindari Glacier Trek initiates from Loharkhet at 1,760 meters and heads to Dhakuri at 2,680 meters, which is a trail of around 10 kilometers. From Dhakuri, the further track leads to Khati which is located at an altitude of 2,210 meters passing through a vast forest, from where its paces along the River Pindar to Dwali at 2,575 meters. The route onwards, at Dwali splits to Phurkia and heads up to Pindari Glacier, which is the Zero Point. The beauty of this place is further enhanced by the presence of a beautiful waterfall just before Phurkia where you can rest for a while. The trek downhill from the Zero Point to Loharkhet follows the same trekking route passing through villages, meadows, and forests.
Health and Safety
- For any Himalayan Trek, Ideal BMI for a trekker should be 18.5 to 24.9
- To keep a check of this please calculate BMI here
- Below given Safety checks should be done to get prepared for any Himalayan Trek.
- Balance : As well said a balanced mind and body gives out best in every condition and that too works in Himalayan treks as well.
- Legs Strength : Body and Legs Strength is required to carry body weight as well as the backpack while trekking in uneven multi terrains. Generally, a good strength on legs works out good in any Trek. One can gain legs strength by doing simple Squats.
- Muscle Flexibility : While trekking in Trans Himalayan region with a flexible body one can easily achieve full range of movement and this can be really helpful for trekkers as well as trek leads. A good flexible will be an advantage while walking on trails, climbing and river crossing etc. Flexibility can be achieved by simple stretching, yoga etc.
- Cardiovascular Endurance : Cardiovascular endurance is defined as the ability of lungs and heart to transmit oxygen to the body muscles. All Himalayan treks are basically ascending descending the slopes and for this trekkers should be having a good cardiovascular endurance. Anyone planning for a Himalayan trek can attain this capacity by doing any cardio exercise like running, swimming, cycling etc.