Bagini is a beautiful glacier in the Himalayas. It starts near the bases of the Trishuli and Changbang peaks, and flows northwards from there. The entire feature is located inside Nanda Devi National Park, which has rich flora and fauna. With the Bagini Glacier trek, you get a chance to literally walk on this large river of ice, and also explore the national park. Your first stop will be the sacred town of Haridwar, known for its multitude of temples, important pilgrimage sites, and a plentiful of yoga ashrams and resorts.
You then drive to the town of Joshimath, where the famous 8th-century Hindu saint Shankaracharya established a monastery. The journey will take you past Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag and Devprayag, where several source-streams of the Ganga River meet. Joshimath is the only proper town before your trek begins, and whatever supplies you need for the expedition have to be bought here. After procuring all the necessary goods, hop into the vehicle again, and this time drive along the Dhauliganga River to Jumma. Just as you reach here, you will be greeted by fierce winds coming from the Tibetan Plateau as the place is near to it. Make your way through them and get a taste of what you will get at higher altitudes.
From here your trekking in Bagini Glacier commences. The first section of the excursion is easy, and the roughly 3 km distance to Ruing is covered in just 2-3 hours. A scenic backdrop of conifers and snowy peaks, and traditional brick and stone houses, make Ruing an ideal place to camp. You could rest at the Panchayat Ghar if the village elders allow, and if not, hike a little more and set up camps on a picturesque meadow. The next morning, continue the expedition and reach Dronagiri, which lies amidst expansive and gently sloping alpine grasslands. From here, barren mountains and numerous snow-covered peaks including Dunagiri are clearly visible. Do not forget to capture this scenery in photographs.
Day 01: Haridwar to Joshimath
On arrival in the holy town of Haridwar, board a vehicle and drive to Joshimath. If Haridwar is reached in the morning, the drive can be undertaken the same day. Joshimath is roughly 256 km from Haridwar, and the distance can be covered in roughly 4 hours 40 minutes if the traffic is smooth. The drive will be through several sacred places like Devprayag, Rudraprayag and Karnaprayag.
On the way, enjoy breakfast and lunch. Once in Joshimath, transfer to your lodging for an overnight stay.
Day 02: Joshimath to Jumma | Trek to Ruing (2800 metres)
Early in the morning, drive to the village of Jumma, from where your Bagini Glacier trek will begin. Whatever essential supplies you need for the expedition should be bought here, as there will not be a proper town further on the way. In ideal traffic conditions, you should be able to cover the approximately 46 km between the two places in about 2 hours. On the way, you will drive through many small villages like Tapovana, Reni, Lata, Phagti and Suraithota. The road meanders along the Dhauliganga River from Jumma till Suraithota, which makes the journey quite scenic.
Jumma experiences strong winds as it is near the Indo-Tibetan border, and your adventure might start here itself as you try to force your way through high-velocity winds. You cross a steel bridge over the Dhauliganga River, and then your trekking in Bagini Glacier begins.Your first halt will be at Ruing village, where you will camp at night. The hike is not difficult, and you will be able to cover the roughly 3 km distance in about 2-3 hours. At around 2800 metres above sea level, Ruing is a beautiful settlement, located on gentle slopes and amidst lush coniferous forests of firs, deodars and spruces. If the village elders allow, you may stay the night at the local Panchayat Ghar, which is not always a possibility.What you can do is trek further for 2-3 km from the village, till you reach a picturesque meadow. This grassland offers two advantages: it is near to Dronagiri, where you go next; and it has a stream flowing through it, making it a pretty site. On reaching here, erect tents and enjoy a comforting overnight stay in the mountains.
Day 03: Ruing to Dronagiri (3610 meters)
From Ruing, recommence your excursion and travel to the village of Dronagiri. You walk along a well-defined path that heads deeper into forests. It is the only path here, with no junctions and diverting minor tracks. The journey brings a lot of ascending and descending, Barely 4 km from the campsite, you will reach the landslide zone, and here you will see two paths going in different directions. Do not follow the one that heads upstairs because it was destroyed by glacial activity years ago. As a result, a canyon has formed there which will require the help of an expert mountaineer to cross.
Take the narrow track that heads down, and on the way you will encounter numerous brooks, crossing your path. Post walking for some distance on this rocky and dusty trail, you will come to a cemented road that will get you to Dronagiri village. The village, at roughly 3610 metres above sea level, lies in the alpine grassland ecological zone. From the topmost point in the area, numerous snow-clad peaks of the Garhwal region including Dunagiri are visible in the horizon.
You have some free time here and you may utilise it to hike a little higher and visit the temple of Bhumial, a local deity. In the evening, walk to the outskirts of the village to set up camps and stay overnight.
Day 04: Dronagiri to Base Camp
This day leave Dronagiri village early in the morning. As you recommence your expedition, you will at once encounter a steep ascent, which will take you to a ridge. Look around from atop it and see Rishi Pahar, a mountain located in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. Post a trek of approximately half-an-hour from Dronagiri, you will cross a stream, called Bagini Nallah, via a bridge made of concrete. There is a path that goes left before the bridge. Do not follow it as it will take you to Garpak village via Kanari Khal.
After you cross Bagini Nallah, you will again start climbing through the Himalayan Mountains. The path will be winding, and full of rocks and boulders. By now you would have crossed the point, beyond which nothing grows and only brown, barren slopes are seen. You now descend for some time till you reach the banks of another pretty stream. Here you will reach post walking for roughly one hour 15 minutes from the Bagini Nallah bridge. The land here is covered with grass, and many hikers choose to camp here.
Keep on the track, and after walking for another hour, reach Longatulli. Inexperienced mountaineers generally stop here for a day to acclimatise. From here a gentle trek of roughly 3 hours will bring you to the first in the series of three Bagini Glacier base camps. This is called the lower campsite, and you may stop here for the day or head up further to the main base camp. There is another site called the advanced camp, which is about 45 minutes away from the main camping area. The road to the advanced campsite is not well-defined, and an inexperienced hiker may find it difficult to locate it. Try to look for small pebbles arranged atop each other. You may camp at any of the four above-mentioned places depending on your preference.
Day 05: Base Camp to Bagini Glacier and Back to Base Camp
This day of your Bagini Glacier trek will be long, so it is better to mentally prepare yourself. Start before dawn, and travel to Changbang base camp to be there when the sun rises. Your Changbang Base Camp trek brings a gentle ascent through treeless mountains. Carry only what is necessary, and do not burden yourself with belongings. As you will be travelling towards a glacier, you will see huge chunks of ice, and also moraines, which are deposits of rocks and pebbles. The track is lined with deep gorges on both sides, and you can really induce an adrenaline rush by looking at them.
You will get an opportunity to walk on the glacier itself, as your final destination of the expedition, Changbang, lies on it. The glacier is surrounded by numerous peaks, all more than 20000 feet high. Stop at Changang, and click loads of photos because this is one experience that you do not want to forget. From here, retrace your path and travel back to the base camp.
Day 06: Base Camp to Ruing
In the morning, travel down the mountains and glaciers to Ruing village.
You will cover a distance of roughly 18 km, but because it is a descent you will feel no weariness at the end of it. On reaching Ruing, set up camps and rest for the night.
Day 07: Ruing to Jumma | Jumma to Joshimath
This is the final section of your on-foot excursion, and you will reach Jumma village from here in just about 2 hours. On arrival in Jumma, board a vehicle and drive back to Joshimath, where you will spend the night.
Day 08: Joshimath to Haridwar
Relish a scrumptious breakfast at your lodging and then head for Haridwar by road. On reaching Haridwar, transfer to the bus or railway station, and travel to New Delhi.
Duration: 08 Days
Max Altitude: 14,816 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km: 43 kms.
Best Time to Go: May & June
We require a group of 8 to 10 trekkers to operate this trek.
1). Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
2). Meals while on trek (Veg & Egg)
3). Trek equipments.
5). First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
6). Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff
7). Transport from Haridwar to Joshimath and return.
1). GST @ 5.0%
2). Air/Train fare
3). Anything not mentioned under the head inclusions.
4). Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary / stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, road blocks and / or any factors beyond control.
5). The tariff does not include barbeque, personal expenses like telephone, laundry etc.