A trek in the Pindar region
The Pindar River originates from the Pindari Glaciar in the upper reaches of the Kumaon Himalayas, to the southeast of Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot. The glacier flows to the south for a short distance of about 3km and gives rise to the Pindari river which meets Alakananda at Karnaprayag in the Garhwal district. The trek takes us to within 10km of the twin peaks of the cared mountain of Nanda Devi. This is the second highest mountain in India (excluding Pakistan occupied Kashmir) and the highest entirely within the country (Kangchenjunga being on the border of India and Nepal).
The trek traverses along the south eastern edge of the Nanda Devi sanctuary offering stunning views of the peaks in the western Indian Himalayas.
Costs and what is included
Cost: £745 per person – based on a group size of 8-10 people.
The above cost includes:
- Airport transfers where applicable in the Itinerary.
- A senior member of the Hindustan trekking company team as team leader,
- Full board and lodging as mentioned in the Itinerary,
- Full camping gear including sleeping tents on twin sharing, sleeping mats, dining tent, toilet tent, kitchen tent,
- Full compliment of camp and trekking staff,
- Porters / Ponies / Yaks, to carry our gear,
- Hiring of vehicles as per the itinerary,
- Visit to Monasteries as mentioned in the itinerary,
- Hiring of Monastery guides where applicable.
The above cost does not include:
- Emergency evacuation,
- Hotel in any place other than what’s mentioned in the itinerary,
- Cost due to illness or natural disaster,
- International flights.
| Arrive in Sitla on 30th September |
Depart from Sitla on 18th October
| Arrive in Sitla on 14th October |
Depart from Sitla on 24th October
| Arrive in Sitla on 28th October |
Depart from Sitla on 11th November
The itinerary at a glance
Day 1: Sitla Estate.
Day spent at rest at Sitla. Visit to Mukteshwar, home to the Veterinary research institute, set up in 1902 by the British and former home of Jim Corbett the famous tiger hunter and conservationist. Overnight: Sitla Estate (7000 ft).
Day 2:Sitla Estate to Loharkhet.
Picturesque drive from Sitla to Loharkhet at an altitude of 1760 meters, flanked by thick oak forests on one side and a small village hamlet on the other. Overnight: Loharkhet (5750 ft).
Day 3: Loharkhet to Dhakuri.
We follow a well marked trail that takes us through an evergreen forest of oak and horse chestnut and past a small temple at Talla Dhakuri. Overnight: Camp Dhakuri (8,900 ft).
Day 4: Dhakuri to Khatti.
Our trail descends following the contours of the mountainside, passing through meadows and fields till we reach the largest village in this area – Khati. Overnight: Camp – Khati (7,500 ft).
Day 5: Khati to Dwali.
We walk along the true left of the river Pindar for about 5 – 6 km then start climbing through thick forest and past waterfalls to our camp site at Dwali. Overnight: Camp – Dwali(9,000 ft).
Day 6: Dwali to Phurkia and then Zero point.
Our trail ascends past glorious waterfalls, through snow fields and beautiful meadows till we reach our campsite at Phurkia. From here we get impressive views of Nanda Khat, Changuch, Nanda kot and the Pindari glacier. Overnight: Camp – Zero point (12,600 ft).
Day 7: Zero point to Dwali.
Today we start re-tracing our steps back to our camp site at Dwali. Overnight: Dwali (9,000 ft).
Day 8: Dwali to Khatti.
Our walk today will be about 5 – 6 hrs along the beautiful Pindar River. Overnight: Khatti (7,500 ft).
Day 9: Khatti to Loharkhet.
We start this day with a climb up to Dhakuri Khal. From this ridge we embark on the final leg of our trek, descending to our starting point – Loharkhet. Overnight: Loharkhet.
Day 10: Loharkhet – Sitla Estate.
There will be vehicles waiting to take us back to Sitla Estate and hot showers! Overnight: Sitla.
Day 11: Sitla Estate – Kathgodam.
After spending a rest day at Sitla you board your vehicles to take you down to the train station at Kathgodam to board your train back to Delhi.