Kafni Glacier | Uttarakhand India

ORIENTATION

Kafni Glacier  is located in Bageshwar District of Uttarakhand India,and is located in the upper reaches of the Kumaun Himalayas, to the southeast of Nanda Devi. 

The glacier gives rise to the Kafni River, tributary of the Pindar River .

The view from here is like an amphitheater in front of which lies the panoramic views of the Himalayan range.



  




CONNECTIVITY

  • Pantnagar is the nearest airport, it’s one hour flight and their is only one flight from Delhi. Flights are available only for 3 to 4 days a week.
  • The nearest railway station is Kathgodam, Uttarakhand, from Bageshwar it is situated at around 160 Kms. Haldwani & Kathgodam are adjacent to each other, Haldwani is like the entrance door to Kumaun and Haldwani/Kathgodam are well connected by trains from Delhi, Lucknow, Dehradun, Jaipur, Howrah (Kolkata).
  • Haldwani is well connected by buses from Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Dehradun. Official website of  uttarakhand roadways online booking  https://utconline.uk.gov.in/welcome.aspx
  • Bageshwar from Haldwani,can be reached either by Bus, hired taxi or shared taxi. Bus ride is the cheapest, cost of shared taxi is 600-700 INR per seat for Maruti Alto type cars and Rs 400-500 per seat for Bolero types. By any mode it should not take more 6 hr to reach .

TREKKING #KAFNI | Uttarakhand India

 Apart from trekking gear these things will be very helpful Candles, water bottles, dry fruits, chocolates, first-aid kit, torch, ready to eat food, plastic sheet to cover you & your stuff from small rains (umbrellas won’t be useful).


  • Day 1: 
  • Haldwani (Start by 6:00 AM) for Bageshwar either by Bus, hired taxi or shared taxi. Bus ride is the cheapest, cost of shared taxi is 600-700 INR per seat for Maruti Alto type cars and Rs 400-500 per seat for Bolero types. By any mode it should not take more 6hrs to reach. Bus has its own fixed point for taking break for snacks, if travelling by taxi then take a quick break for snacks in Kaichi Temple area, enjoy the moong pakoda which is the speciality of this point, if time permits then next halt should be Takula village, get some refreshment and proceed for Bageshwar, aim to be there before 12 noon. Liquor shops won’t be easily available beyond Bageshwar. 
  • Take lunch break at Bageshwar and proceed to Bharadi by 12:30 pm which will take maximum 1 hour to reach. Both hired or shared taxis are available, which charges less than Rs 100 per seat till Bharadi and will take max 1 hr to reach. 
  • Bharadi (Start by 1:30 max) is having a taxi stand, get a hired taxi or shared taxi for Loharkhet which will take approx. 2:00 Hrs, costing around 100 INR per seat or you can opt for Kharkiya directly, instead of going via Loharkhet, as direct motorable road from Bharadi to kharkiya is present. If you are having time in hand you can choose to go Kharkiya via Loharkhet, as you’ll encounter scenic beauty, dense forest, breath-taking view of Himalayan range, such calmness & peace that you’ll be able to hear you own breath. If you want more adventurous and then time permits then ask your driver to drop you 2-3 km before Loharkhet, as here a small beautiful trek is present till Loharkhet. From Loharkhet (Start max by 3:30 pm), hire a taxi (no other option except walking) till Kharkiya, it will take max 4 hrs by car and its off-road driving, so prefer local driver. Road ends at Kharkiya, start trekking for about 4-5 km to reach Khati, target to reach there by 8 pm. 
  • Khati (Night Halt) is a beautiful village, with surrounding views of Sunderdhunga and Pindari Glacier. Shops, food, guest house, PWD guest house are available, home stay facility by local villagers is also available with nominal fares of around 500 INR per night. Poor or no mobile network in Khati, usually available in morning hours.
  • Day 2:
  • Start by 8:00/9:00 am for Dwali, if you are in a very small group, it will be better to take a guide/local person from Khati for further travel, discuss with him regarding food, accommodation & other facilities, many times they do help as chef cum coolie cum guide and charge around 1000 INR. In case you aren’t well confident about route then do take guide. If you don’t want a guide then, carry all necessary stuff, utensils, food, dry fruits, water etc because after Khati one won’t even find a tea stall. Target to reach Dwali before 6:00 pm, and on way whenever you halt, stay in group, because there are many wild animals like a bear and snow leopard. At Dwali, have dinner viewing KAFNI and Pindari glacier.
  • Day 3:
  • Dwali (Must start before 6:00 am) for Khatiya, take a small break and then trek towards Bayala, trekking further for a couple of km will lead you to ZERO POINT, approximate distance from Dwali to Zero Point is 12 km. From zero-point trek for 1 more km and you’ll reach what you came for, the Kafni Glacier.
  • Day 4: 
  • Trek backwards to Dwali; from Kafni to zero point. Zero point to Khatiya to Dwali.
  • Day 5: 
  • Dwali, have breakfast and start your trek towards Khati, now you have whole day left to trek to Khati, enjoy your random halts. Target to reach Khati, before 6:00 pm, have dinner & night halt at Khati. Remember to make travel arrangements (cab/transportation) for next day trip from Kharkiya to Bharadi. 
  • Day 6:
  • Khati: After breakfast, start trekking towards kharkiya. Hire a taxi from kharkiya by self or with the help of your local guide. Local taxis are less in no and will be available in morning hours. Kharkiya to Bharadi by taxi. From Bharadi taxi stand, get a taxi for Bageshwar.
    From Bageshwar taxi stand you can get taxi(hired/shared), buses to almost all major places of Uttarakhand India, either it’s Haldwani, Almora, Nainital.
  • Within 3 hours one can reach Almora from Bageshwar and can take a night halt there. 
  • Day 7:
  • Haldwani/Kathgodam: By bus or Taxi (hired/shared) from Almora one can reach to Haldwani/ Kathgodam and can go to Delhi either by train, bus, taxi or by flight from Pantnagar Airport.

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