Kafni Glacier

The Kafni Glacier is located in the upper reaches of the Kumaon Himalayas, to the southeast of Nanda Devi. The glacier gives rise to the Kafni River, which is a tributary of the Pindar River. The Pinder River is a tributary to Alaknanda River, which eventually is one of the two headstreams of the Ganges. This is relatively small glacier but a popular trekking destination along with Pindari Glacier.

Kafni Glacier
Kafni glacier
Kafni Glacier from zero point
TypeMountain glacier
LocationKumaon Himalayas, Uttarakhand, India
Coordinates30°13′05″N 80°03′20″E / 30.21806°N 80.05556°ECoordinates: 30°13′05″N 80°03′20″E / 30.21806°N 80.05556°E
LengthApproximately 3 kilometres (2 mi)

List of peaks nearby

A list of notable peaks adjacent to, near to or seen on the Kafni Glacier Trek includes:[1]

  • Nanda Kot, 6,861 m (22,510 ft)
  • Changuch ( 6322m )
  • Maiktoli ( 6803m ),
  • Mrigthuni ( 6855m ),
  • Nanda Devi ( 7816m ),
  • Nanda Khat ( 6611m ),
  • Panwali Dwar ( 6663m ),
  • Sunanda Devi ( 7434m ),
  • Tharkot ( 6099m ),
  • Nanda Bhanar ( 6236m ),
  • Nanda Khani ( 6029m ),
  • Bauljuri ( 5922m ),
  • Lapsa Dhura ( 6000m )

List of glaciers nearby

A list of notable glaciers adjacent to or near the Kafni Glacier includes:

Kafni trek route
Kafni Glacier trek route

Trek Route

The glacier is located in Bageshwar district. From Bageshwar town it can be approached via route of Bharadi, Saung, Loharkhet, Dhakuri Pass, Khati, Dwali, and Khatiya. The route until Loharkhet is motorable, after which it is approximately a 90 km (56 mi) round trip. Khati is the last village on the route. Though Pindari is more popular tourist destination, some people find route to this glacier more beautiful. Unlike Pindari, tourists can trek up to the glacier. In case of Pindari, the trek beyond zero point becomes very tough and cannot be done without proper equipment.

See also


  1. ^ "Kafni Glacier".
  2. ^ "Maiktoli Glacier".

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List of glaciers of India

Himalayan region of India is home of some of the most notable glaciers in the world. This is a list of the notable glaciers in India. Most glaciers lie in the states of Sikkim, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Few glaciers are also found in Arunachal Pradesh.

Long-distance trail

A long-distance trail (or long-distance footpath, track, way, greenway) is a longer recreational trail mainly through rural areas used for hiking, backpacking, cycling, horse riding or cross-country skiing. They exist on all continents except Antartica.

Many trails are marked on maps. Typically, a long-distance route will be at least 50 km (30 mi) long, but many run for several hundred miles, or longer.

Many routes are waymarked and may cross public or private land and/or follow existing rights of way. Generally, the surface is not specially prepared, and there are often rough ground and uneven areas, except in places such as converted rail tracks or popular walking routes where stone-pitching and slabs have been laid to prevent erosion. In some places, official trails will have the surface specially prepared to make the going easier.

Pindari Glacier

The Pindari Glacier is a glacier found in the upper reaches of the Kumaon Himalayas, to the southeast of Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot. The glacier is about three kilometers long and 365 meters wide and gives rise to the Pindar River which meets the Alakananda at Karnaprayag in the Garhwal district.

The trail to reach the glacier crosses the villages of Saung, Loharkhet, crosses over the Dhakuri Pass, continues onto Khati village (the last inhabited village on the trail), Dwali, Phurkia and finally Zero Point, Pindar, the end of the trail. Though most of the trail is along the banks of the Pindari River, the river is mostly hidden until after Khati.

The Pindari Glacier trail provides for a 90 km (56 mi) round-trip trek that most people find comfortable to complete in six days. The Pindari Glacier is also famous for other adventure sports like ice climbing and mountain biking.

Dams/ Barrages
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