Kafni Glacier Trek

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The Kafni Glacier is located in the upper reaches of the Kumaon Himalayas, to the southeast of Nanda Devi. The glacier gives rise to the Kafni River, which is a tributary of the Pindar River. The Pinder River is a tributary to Alaknanda River, which eventually is one of the two headstreams of the Ganges. This is relatively small glacier but a popular trekking destination along with Pindari Glacier.The Kafni glacier is in the Kumaon Himalayas in Uttarakhand. It is the source of the Kafni river, a tributary of the Pindar river which later joins the Ganges. The trek starts at Loharket, above the small mountain town of Bageshwar. From Loharkhet you climb up to Dhakuri pass from where you start to get a view of the magnificent Himalayan peaks including Nanda Khat and Maiktoli. You then descend into the Pindar river basin and walk along the greenish-blue waters with Nanda Devi East in your sights until you reach the point where the Kafni river merges into the Pindar.The Kafni Glacier Trek lies is in the Kumaon Himalayas in Uttarakhand. It is the source of the Kafni river, a tributary of the Pindar river which later joins the Ganges. The trek starts at Loharket, above the small mountain town of Bageshwar. From Loharkhet you climb up to Dhakuri pass from where you start to get a view of the magnificent Himalayan peaks including Nanda Khat and Maiktoli. You then descend into the Pindar river basin and walk along the greenish-blue waters with Nanda Devi East in your sights until you reach the point where the Kafni river merges into the Pindar. From here you follow the Kafni river, continuing northward and rounding the bend of the valley which makes a wide left turn. Your path is over the river�s boulder-strewn banks, through forests on the mountainside, and across expansive mountain meadows, hiking higher and higher towards the Kafni glacier. Finally, you reach an awesome amphitheater of snow covered mountains looming over the glacier itself and its huge forbidding blackish-gray snout. You sit here surrounded by the majestic mountains feeling like a small particle in a huge universe and everything feels right in the world.A list of notable peaks adjacent to, near to or seen on the Kafni Glacier Trek includes: Nanda Kot, 6,861 m (22,510 ft) Changuch ( 6322m ) Maiktoli ( 6803m ), Mrigthuni ( 6855m ), Nanda Devi ( 7816m ), Nanda Khat ( 6611m ), Panwali Dwar ( 6663m ), Sunanda Devi ( 7434m ), Tharkot ( 6099m ), Nanda Bhanar ( 6236m ), Nanda Khani ( 6029m ), Bauljuri ( 5922m ), Lapsa Dhura ( 6000m ) This glacier acts as the feed for Kafani River that merges with River Pindar which finally takes to River Alaknanda. This merging as everyone knows results into ends in River Ganges, making it one of the mightiest �water lifeline of India�. One more reason of the popularity of the glacier is the ease of tackling the challenge in compared to the Pindari.

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