Sunderdhunga is approximately 24 Kms from the village Khati. From Khati one has to go to village Jatoli, which is 7 Kms away. Jatoli is the first night halt enroute to Sunderdhunga Glacier. From Jatoli upto Dhungia Dhaun, about 8 Kms. is a tough trek. One should spend the night in Dhungia Dhuan either in shepherd huts or in pitched tents. Beyond Dhungia Dhuan, it is necessary to take a guide even for experienced and professional trekkers. The next halt is Kathalia, which is 6 to 7 Kms. from Dhungia Dhaun. From Kathalia one can go to both Sukhram and Maiktoli glaciers. They are in opposite directions, 7 Kms. from Kathalia.
Sunderdhunga glacier lies over sunderdhunga valley and situated west of Pindari Valley. It is surrounded by peaks Panwal pdwar in north and Mrigthunii, Mongtoli and Tharkot in the west. The elevation of the glacier spans from 3200 mtrs to 6050 mtrs.
Sunderdhunga literally means “Valley of beautiful stones”. The famous glaciers of this valley are Maiktoli Glacier (6804 M) and Sukhram glacier and main peaks are Tharkot (6100 M), Mrigthuni (6856 M), Maiktoli (6804 M) and Pawali Dwar (6663 metres).
Itinerary For Sunderdhunga Glacier Trekking Tour :
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi met our representative and then transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02: Delhi – Almora (315 kms/8 hrs approx by car)
Early in the morning drive to Ranikhet via Kathgodam, Bhim Tal. Arrival at Ranikhet by evening. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03: Almora – Loharkhet (130 kms/2-3 hrs) – Dhakuri (2680 mts / 8844 ft)
Mornings after breakfast drive to Loharkhet and from here we will start our trek up to Dhakuri. It is an 11 km trek today that takes you down into the depths of the valley and then a fair climb to Dhakuri. Dinner and overnight stay in tents/rest house.
Day 04: Dhakuri – Khati (2210 mts/7293 ft)
This is an 8 km trek; Khati is the largest village on this route and is on the banks of the Pinder Ganga.The people here are extremely hospitable and legend has it that they are the descendents of the race who provided shelter to
Day 05: Khati – Jatoli (2000 mts/6600 ft) 8 kms/5hrs
In the morning trek to Jatoli village, from Khati we will follow the Pinder River up to Warbham – the meeting place of Pinder River and Sunderdhunga stream. Now along Sunderdhunga stream, reach Jatoli crossing boulders ascent for night halt. Dinner & overnight stay in camps.
Day 06: Jatoli – Kathalia (3206 mts/14300 ft) 12 kms/5 hrs
The distance covered today is 12 km through thick alpine forest for more than half the journey. You will also see the Saria River today. Kathalia is the last inhabited village (if you can call it that). Overnight in tents.
Day 07: Kathalia Sukhram Cave Sunderdunga View Point (3900 mts/12870 ft)
In the morning we will trek up to Sunderdunga view point passes through Sukhram Cave. Today we will trek 10 kms and it will take 4-5 hrs to reach over there. On arrival set out camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 08: Kathalia Maiktoli Top (4320 mts/14256 ft)
After breakfast start a trek with a steep climb of 4 kms to reach Maiktoli top and from here you feel that you will touch the peak.The day is memorable for the adventure lover. Back to Kathalia for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 09: Kathalia – Jatoli (12 kms/5 hrs)
Trek back to Jatoli. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 10: Jatoli Khati (8 kms/4 hrs)
Trek back to Khati. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 11: Khati Dhakuri (8 kms/4 hrs)
In the morning trek back to Dhakuri. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 12: Dhakuri Loharkhet – Song – Bageshwar
In the morning trek to Song (13 kms/ 5-6 hrs) and then drive back to Bageshwar. On arrival check in to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 13: Bageshwar – Naini Tal – Delhi
In the morning drive to Delhi via Kathgodam. Arrival at Delhi by evening. On arrival check in to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 14: Delhi Departure
After half day sightseeing at Delhi transfer to airport to catch your onwards flight.
Trip ends here