StateUttarakhand
LOCATIONBageshwar (Kumaon)
DISTANCE90 Km
DURATION8-10 Days
GRADEEasy-Moderate
ALTITUDE3750 Meters
BEST TIME TO VISITMay to June, Sept-Nov

Kafni Glacier Trek has unswayed beauty skirting through moraines and mountains and the serene sky over the unparalleled horizon that is clustered with towering peaks, the most prominent being the Nanda Kot, is one of the hubs for the trekkers in the Kumaon Himalayan region.

It is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the Himalayan region. Kafni Glacier Trek lies left to Pindari Glacier trek. This trek can easily be accessed during summers and autumn season.

This glacier is the main source of Kafni River. Kafni River is one of the main tributaries of Pindari River that later on merges with Alaknanda River and later it pours into the River Ganga making it one of the mightiest ‘water lifeline of India’.

This trek goes through some steep uphill sections laid with stones and expunges into the thick wood till maneuvering to the gentle meadows. The Kafni Glacier trek starts from Loharkhet.

It is a wise pick for the experienced walkers. The route from Khatiya turns a bit crazy, rocky and tough. By following the source of River Kafni the trek winds up at Kafni Glacier. This trek offers a serene, grandeur and breathtakingly scenic.

The soaring snow-clad peaks, chirping birds, gushing streams, cascading waterfalls, colorful butterflies, the turquoise-blue water of Pindari River and Kafni River. The glacier could be approached beyond ‘Zero Point’ without needing any climbing gears and equipment.

This trek is one of the most breathtaking treks of Himalaya. The lofty mountains, remote villages, unbeatable charm and pristine scenic beauty of Kumaon captivate the adventurers and even those who are new to trekking.

Also Read: Dayara Bugyal Trek

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Best time to Visit

May – June and September – November are the best months for enjoying trekking here. Trekkers should avoid trekking during monsoon season as the trails are very slippery and might hurt you with injuries.

The landscapes keep on changing at every turn. Trekkers will also enjoy the mesmerizing view of peaks like Nandkot, which is located at a height of 6860 meters and Nandabhnar which is located at a height of 6236 meters. It is the largest glaciers in the country.

Nature will also love this place as the trek also makes its way through the dense subalpine forest. This trek is one of the best opportunity for viewing the beautiful, mesmerizing and mighty peaks which are guarding the Nanda Devi.

This trek is more fun than the small-sized glaciers in itself if compared to the other glaciers located around the same area. The glacier could be reached by Almora as well as Kathgodam depending upon the route taken.

This trek has lured mountaineers and trekkers since the last century. Kafni Glacier trek offers great serenity and tranquility along with the spectacular mountain scenery.

The trek also includes many great meadows, gushing waterfalls faraway on the mountain slopes with results into witnessing the wild animals such as Leopard, Goral, Mountain Goat, Musk Deer, Himalayan Black Bear, Hill Fox, Sambar, Musk Deer and Blue Sheep and birds.

Kafni Trek ends at a height of 3627 meters. This glacier is 5 kilometers long; the snout is about 6 meters high and 2.5 meters wide. Above the snout, the glacier is extended in length for about 3 kilometers in length and 300 meters to 400 meters in width and a height of 3600 meters to 5000 meters.

The picturesque beauty prevailing in this region has an unbeatable charm. The blooms and rhododendron also known as burans have spectacular beauty. 

Also Read: Chandrashila Trek-Moon Rock

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Interesting Facts about Kafni Glacier Trek

  1. It gives an opportunity to experience some of the most remote villages of Kumaon such as Khati.
  2. Khati also offers a unique way to experience the Himalayas of Kumaon through the locals.
  3. This place is paradise for Nature Lovers as this trek gives you an opportunity to walk through the dense forest of rhododendrons, birch and fir and the meadows.
  4. One can also enjoy the beautiful, mesmerizing beauty of mighty peaks such as Changuch, Maiktoli, Mrigthuni, Nanda Khat, Nanda Kot, Panwali Dwar, Sunanda Devi, Tharkot, Nanda Bhanar, Nanda Khani, Bauljuri, and Lapsa Dhura.
  5. Geography lovers can understand the Himalayan geography and river system by taking yourself closer to its glaciers.

Route

  • Kathgodam – Bageshwar
  • Bageshwar – Song – Loharkhet
  • Loharkhet – Khati
  • Khati – Phurkia
  • Phurkia – Zero Point – Dwali
  • Dwali – Kafni – Dwali
  • Dwali – Dhakuri
  • Dhakuri – Song – Bageshwar
  • Bageshwar -Kathgodam

What To Pack

Here is your checklist for your treks. Make sure to pack these items.

Trekking Gear

  • A rucksack with rain cover
  • A Hand/Head Torch with spare batteries
  • UV Protection Sunglasses
  • A trekking pole
  • Raincoat
  • Water Bottle
  • A Full Sleeve Thick Jacket
  • A Full Sleeve Sweater
  • Thermal Inners
  • Toilet Kit
  • Hot Water Bags
  • Socks (3 pairs)
  • Light wind jacket
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear
  • Trekking pants
  • Warm hat
  • Light gloves
  • Duffel bag
  • A light weight umbrella.
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Money pouch/belt
  • Energy bars
  • Vitamin tablets

Footwear

  • Non-skid deep trod hiking shoes -1
  • Pair of lightweight Slipper/Sandals -1

Miscellaneous

  • Camera (optional)
  • Personal medicine kit. Make sure you consult your doctor before the trek in case you have any special ailment.
  • Dry fruits, energy bars

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