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Travel to the 5 Glacier Trekking Destinations of India

Written By: Manoj Menon

Trekking trails present the many facets of India. It is not just time well-spent on a long vacation but is an experience of a lifetime. India has many trekking trails that range from hardcore adventure treks to the easier treks that are mostly family-friendly.

Given the diverse geographical terrains and climatic conditions, treks in the country is an activity that is both exciting and a lot of fun. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and get lost in the beauty of the paths less taken in India!

1. Gangotri Glacier

Gangotri Glacier is one of the largest glaciers in the Himalayan Region. This glacier is surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Gangotri group like Shivling, Thalay Sagar, Meru, and Bhagirathi III most of which offer are known for their tough climbing routes.

It emerges from a circle located below the Chaukhamba Peak flows roughly towards the northwest and finally terminates forming a shape resembling the mouth of a cow and hence the name Gomukh. The elevation of the glacier ranges from 4120 mt to 7000 mt above sea level.

The glacier is made of talus cones, snow-avalanche fans, snow-bridges, dead ice mounds, conical peaks, serrated ridge crests, glacial troughs, smooth rock walls, crags, waterfalls, rock basins, gullies and glacial lakes.

Gangotri Glacier
 

Picturesque view of the Gangotri Glacier
Photo Courtesy: shimriz

2. Khatling Glacier

Khatling Glacier serves as the source of the river, Bhilangana and is located in Tehri. It is encompassed by the snow-capped peaks of the Jogin Group, the Sphetic Pristwar, the Barte Kauter, the Kirti Stambh and the Meru. A gravel mud wall has been naturally created on either side of the glacier by moraines, which basically refer to the accumulation of unconsolidated rock and soil.

Trekking to the Khatling Glacier starts at Ghuttu, which is well-connected to Dehradun, Tehri, Mussoorie and Rishikesh, by motorable road. The trek route covers a distance of around 45 km through villages, deep Kharsao forests and verdant meadows. Tourists can halt for camping at different spots in the Valley of Bhilangna. The camping accessories can be arranged from Rishikesh, Tehri and Dehradun in advance.

3. Pindari Glacier

Pindari Glacier situated amid Nanda Devi and Nandakot Peaks is one of the attractions you must visit while travelling to Kumaon. Situated at an altitude of 3627 mt, this glacier is about 5 km long. Flowing to the south, this glacier gives rise to River Pindari, which later confluences with River Alaknanada in Karnaprayag.

The trek to Pindari Glacier crosses through villages of Saung and Lohar leading to Dhakuri Pass. From Dhakuri Pass, the trail goes on up to Khati Village, Dwali, Phurkia and finally, Pindar.

Pindari Glacier
 

View of the Pindari Glacier
Photo Courtesy: Yann

4. Milam Glacier

Milam Glacier is located in the Himalayan Range and is yet another attraction around Kumaon. The elevation of the glacier ranges from 5500 mt to 3870 mt. It is also the source of the River Goriganga, which is the tributary of the River Kali.

The trek to the glacier passes through waterfalls, villages, forests and wooden bridges. Travellers can make Munsiyari, which is the tehsil of the district Pithoragarh, as their base camp, from where they can make arrangements for food.

5. Kafni Glacier

Kafni Glacier is located to the south-east of the Nanda Devi on the Kumaon Himalayas. River Kafni which originates from this glacier. The district of Bageshwar, serves as the trekking base, which leads to the glacier by the treks from Loharkhet to Dhakuri, Dhakuri to Khati and Khati to Dwali.

A 12 km trekking route from right of Dwali reaches Kafni, which is located at an altitude of 3810 mt. This place offers majestic views of the peaks of Nandakot and Nanda Bhanar, situated at an elevation of 6860 mt and 6104 mt, respectively.

Kafni Glacier
 

Scenic view of Kafni Glacier
Photo Courtesy: Anuragkjain

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