Where is Pindari Glacier?

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A group of 14 trekkers, including 13 US nationals, were recently stranded at Pindari glacier after an avalanche hit Uttarakhand’s Bageshwar district.

About Pindari Glacier:

  • Location:
    • It is located in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand in the Kumaon Himalayas.
    • It lies on the edge of Nanda Devi (7816 meters), which is the highest peak in India.
  • Zero Point of Pindari Glacier is situated at an altitude of 3660 meters above sea level.
  • It is the source of the Pindari River, which meets the Alakananda River at Karnaprayag in the Garhwal district.
  • On the right side of the Pindari Glacier lies the Kafani Glacier.

Other major glaciers in Uttarakhand:

  • Gangotri Glacier
  • Milam Glacier
  • Satopanth Glacier
  • Namik Glacier

What is an Avalanche?

  • Avalanches are masses of snow, ice, and rocks that fall rapidly down a mountainside.
  • There are various kinds of avalanches, including rock avalanches (which consist of large segments of shattered rock), ice avalanches (which typically occur in the vicinity of a glacier), and debris avalanches (which contain a variety of unconsolidated materials, such as loose stones and soil).


Q1) What is Kumaon Himalayas?

Kumaun Himalayas is the west-central section of the Himalayas in northern India, extending 200 miles (320 km) from the Sutlej River east to the Kali River. The range, comprising part of the Siwalik Range in the south and part of the Great Himalayas in the north, lies largely within the state of Uttarakhand, northwest of Nepal. It rises to 25,646 feet (7,817 metres) at Nanda Devi, the range’s highest peak, and to 25,446 feet (7,756 metres) at Kamet, near the Chinese border.

Source: Trekkers stranded at Pindari glacier due to avalanche, trekking down: Officials