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U’khand will allow trekkers to climb Kumaon Glaciers from April 15 | Dehradun News


Bageshwar: The Uttarakhand tourism department would allow trekkers to climb the Pindari, Kafni and Sunderdhunga glaciers in the Kumaon region between April 15 and June 15. Thereafter, the glacier hiking routes would be closed during the monsoons and will be reopened between September 15 and October. 15.
Officials said they have started making the necessary preparations for hikers who want to climb the glaciers. Sanjay Pandey, Executive Engineer, Public Works Department, Kapkot (Bageshwar), said: “A bridge is being built across the Pindar River (which originates in the Pindari Glacier) and rest houses are being constructed. preparation in the region for hikers”.
Meanwhile, the announcement rejuvenated the local trekking industry, including porters and muleteers. For the past two years, trekking activities in the Kumaon area have remained disrupted due to the pandemic. After the first and second wave of Covid-19, the glacier hike was open to tourists intermittently, but the tourism department did not receive many takers. This time however, with Covid-19 restrictions eased, authorities expect a large influx of hikers this year.
Before the Covid outbreak, the Kumaon area hosted about 2,800 to 3,000 trekkers on average every year, said Prakash Singh Dhanu, a tour guide. He added that a majority of tourists opt for the Pindari Glacier trek (12,300 feet above sea level), which is considered one of the easiest glacier treks in India.
Pithoragarh district tourism officer Lata Bisht said, “Tourists must register with the state forest department before embarking on the glacier trek. They will have to go to the Kapkot center of the department to register. The online registration service has not been launched. again but it’s in the pipeline.”