Passing through some of the most dramatic scenery, in the Himalayas, the road to the most easily accessible of all glaciers, leads up to under the very shadow of the snow-covered giants. Reaching the upper levels, the trees fall off, the pines cease and the road enters and enchanted garden of fern, wild flower and rhododendron. The glacier, over 3.2 km in length, and 1.5 km wide, backed by mighty mountains, looms-up on the traveler with a gorgon gaze, leaving an indelible impression of grandeur. Situated on the Nanda Devi ad the Nanda kot peaks, it extends from 3,656 to 4,265 meters above sea level, on an open, undulating piece of gound. To the east is a lofty moraine constituted of gravel, mud and blocks of snow precipitated from Nanda Devi and lofty mountains above, which melted by the noon day sun, is frozen at night. The northern shoulder of the great peak above immediately the glacier on the east is a massive snowy mountain, forming a grand object to the north-east and this, passing the depressing forming a Trails’ Pass, is continued in glorious domes and peaks to the left, where a beautiful pinnacle, apparently the easternmost of the two peaks of Nanda Devi, terminates the view.
A grand path, over the glacier, at a height of 5,393 meters leads to the Trails’ Pass. A trip to the Pindari Glacier is well within the capacity of any trekker, amply rewarded by magnificence o the majestic grandeur of the Himalayas, the beauty of mountain flora and fauna, the snowy ranges, gurgling hill torrents and roaring water-falls, and the rays of the mountains, come the planotive notes of a shepherds’ flute. The incredible wealth of colour and beauty never ceases to amaze, as with every curve of a meandering rivulet, and every corner rounded is presented a new spectacle. Six or seven days are required for Six or seven days are required for the trek which, for the best rewards, should be between May –June , when the flowers are in bloom and the snow bridges have not melted away and from September –October , when the air is free from haze and the Trail’s Pass is still negotiable. The glacier (zero point) is five kilometer from Phurkia and march involves a climb of 675 meters.