Pindari Glacier is the best known trekking route in Kumaun Lying in the Bageshwar district, it is among the most readily accessible of all the Himalayan glaciers. The trail follows the Pindar river to it's source on the glacier. The glacier stretches between the Nanda Devi and Nandakot peaks in the Pindar valley. The Glacier measures 5 km in length with a snout that is about 6 mts high and 2.5 mts wide. Above the snout, the glacier is spread over an area about 3 km in length and 300 - 400 mts in breadth. The altitude ranges between 3600 m and 5000 m. and the total surface area of the glacier is 339.39 sq kms. Tents and mountain boots are necessary.
Saung serves as the base-camp for the famous trek to Pindari glacier. The route, with halts at different places, is as follows:
Saung to Loharkhet (3 km)- Lohaekhet to Dhakuri (11 km) - Dhakuri to Khati (8 km) - Khati to Dwali (11 km) - Dwali to Phurkia (7 km) - And finally Phurkia to Pindari Glacier (5 km)
En route, one witnesses the immense beauty Pindari possesses which is further enhanced by the numerous waterfalls, hanging valleys and rolls cliffs like the one at Dwali. The Glacier is pure white in color with hints of light blue and brown thrown in to add that mercurial effect.
Treks are regularly arranged by several agents and professional to suit all budget packs.
The nearest airport is in Pant Nagar, 206 km.RAIL
The nearest railhead is in Kathgodam, 180 km.ROAD
To reach the glacier itself (zero point), one has to trek 45 km from Saung. The base-camp of Saung can be easily accessed from Almora, Bageshwar and Kathgodam.
As for the road transport, the best junction is Bageshwar which is well-connected by road with all the big cities of the region.