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Three years after 2013 disaster, no restoration at world famous Pindari & Kafni glacier trek routes

The devastating Kedarnath floods that ravaged parts of Uttarakhand in 2013 wrecked havoc at world famous Kafni and Pindari glaciers located in Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Three years after the disaster, the trek routes leading to the glaciers have not been restored which resulted in nosedive in the number of adventure tourists and trekkers visiting the region. Earlier, when during the tourist season, more than 300 trekkers used to visit the Pindari-Kafni trek route, now only 2500 trekkers per year visit the region.

Surreal landscapes of Kafni and Pindari glaciers have a special place among the trekkers, especially foreign tourists. (Image Source)

The surreal landscapes of Kafni and Pindari glaciers have a special place among the trekkers, especially foreign tourists. Apart from that, the beautiful Sunderdhunga Bugyal has also been a major attraction in the region. Situated 42 km from Loharkhet, this Khati-Dwali trek routes takes trekkers to the interiors of Kafni and Pindari glaciers. However, since the 2013 disaster, the route is completely demolished. The route from Khati to Dwali which was 11 km earlier has now increased to 14.5 km. Some rivers have dangerous makeshift bridges in place of proper steel bridges.

Inputs from Amar Ujala

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