Pindari Glacier trek was my first formal induction to the trekking. The trek was organised by Youth Hostel Association of India (YHAI) and was supposed to be an easy one . But it turned out to be one of the most adventurous treks that I had done so far. I and my colleague Narayan joined the batch which was to report on 8th October 1985 at the base camp at Kapkote. We reached Delhi by Frontier Mail and took a night bus from ISBT for Bageshwar which reached Kathgodam the next day early morning. Here, we were shifted to a small bus for our onward journey to Bageshwar. After Almora, the journey became scary as we were on a single lane road which was more often covered with thick mist. We reached Bageshwar the evening and a 24 km bus journey took us to Kapkote. After completion of the reporting formalities, we were allotted one of the tents pitched on a camp site located on the banks of Saryu river. After dinner, the Camp Leader apprised us of the details of the trek and our programme at the base camp scheduled for the next day.
Day-1 : Orientation at the Base Camp at Kapkote (985m)
Day-6 : Unscheduled halt at Dwali due to heavy rains.
Day-7 : Dwali-Purkhiya (3250m) -Zero Point (3660m) -Dwali - 22 kms, trek
Next day, we started 21 kms return trek to Karmi at 7.30 a.m. After trekking about half of the distance of Dwali-Khati route, there was a diversion of the path for Karmi. I don't recall much of the topography of this route except that it was not an interesting trekking route as compared with that of Loharkhet-Dhakuri-Khati route. The one incidence I remember is that we lost our way some time in warm afternoon and we must have been off the trekking route by at least 5-6 kms if the time taken to reach Karmi was any indication. After about two hours, we could locate the correct trekking route with the help of locals. Karmi was still 4-5 kms further and it was already getting dark. Tired and thirsty, we trekked the remaining distance with the help of torch light to reach Karmi camp at 8.00 p.m. The following day, we trekked 16 kms to reach our base camp at Kapkote.Later,we learnt that 19 of our batch who returned to Khati and two subsequent batches were sent back to base camp due to heavy rains. They all returned home without completing the trek.