The unswayed beauty skirting through moraines and mountains and serene sky over the unparalleled horizon that is clustered with towering peaks, the most prominent being the Nanda Kot peak at 6,861 meters, just accedes through the vein to heart and beat the pulse of several travellers.
Kafni Glacier, the shifting blaze at an elevation of 3,860 meters on the lap of Nanda Kot, is one of the hubs for the trekkers in the Kumaon Himalayan region and is one of the popular trekking destinations in the Indian Himalayan region that can be accessed during the summer and autumn seasons. The Kafni Glacier is the source of River Kafni, which is a major tributary of the River Pindari that merges with Alaknanda River and later pours into the River Ganga. The trek to Kafni Glacier snakes through some steep uphill sections laid with stones and expunges into the thick wood till maneuvering to the gentle meadows.
Pop out from your nest and set forth for Loharkhet, wherefrom the trek to Kafni Glacier commences. Here, the route turns to Dhakuri at 2,747 meters after a steep climb of 6–7 hours passing through boulder ridden tracks and several untamed streams. The track from Dhakuri gently climbs for the day at Khati, which is at an elevation of 2,265 meters. From Khati heading towards Khatiya via Dwali, you will come across the pale blue foaming water of River Pindari running over the grey boulder ridden bed. The approximate distance from Khati to Khatiya is 16 kilometers and it takes round about 7–8 hours to cover the stretch. The route from Khatiya then turns a bit crazy, rocky and snaky and following the source of River Kafni the track winds up at Kafni Glacier. One of the most incredible sights from its vicinity is the Nanda Kot, located at a stone’s throw away, as it captivates the trekker with its towering presence. The trek downhill from Kafni leads to Dwali and diverts to Wachum, which is approximately 13 kilometers away. From Wachum the trek heads back to Loharkhet and passes through Dhakuri.
The Kafni Glacier Trek, which is an easy to moderate trek in the Kumaon Himalayan region is located close to the Pindar Valley and it takes approximately 6 – 7 days to cover the entire trek. It is a wise pick for the tiro walkers to experience a trekking holiday in the Indian Himalayan region.
|Altitude||4000 mts/13120 ft.|
|Season||May – Jun & Sept – Nov|