Tucked away in the upper reaches of the Kumaon Himalaya, along the southeastern edge of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary, therein lies what is, probably, the most easily accessible of all Himalayan glaciers – Pindari. The source of the humble Pindari River that joins the untamed Alaknanda River system at Karnaprayag.
Over 3 kilometres in length and around almost half a kilometre wide, the Pindari glacier is neither the longest nor among the largest of Himalayan glaciers. But what it lacks in mass and size, it makes up for in some of the most dramatic scenery. Its rugged, pristine and breathtaking topography is an unapologetic showstopper.