Bagini Glacier Trek
Bagini Glacier runs down northwards from Changabang & Trishuli peaks (in North-West rim of Nanda-Devi Sanctuary) and then the Bagini melt river turns westwards.
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Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Large Group
Bagini Glacier Trek
Bagini Glacier Trek is one of the most beautiful glaciers in the Himalayas. At an altitude of 14,816 ft from the sea level, it sits at the bases of the Trishuli and Changbang peaks, and flows northwards from there. The melt waters of the Bagini runs westward, where it marries the Drunagiri glacier waters coming down from the Purbi Dronagiri ridge. Further west they are joined by the Lampak stream and they finally flow into the Dhauli Ganga, just north of Jumma village. Cuddled into stunning heights, this trail allures with captivating grassy stretched canvassed with vibrant wild flowers, crystal clear glacial streams, sights of frosty summits, adventurous rocks and boulder ridden paths and scenic hamlets, nestled within the captivating mountains. This trek also gives the trekkers the chance to visit the base camp of the mighty Changabang peak. With views of the intriguing Changabang, Kalanka, Trishuli, Dronagiri, Hathi and Ghora peaks, this trail is a compulsion for adventure lovers.
Grade – Easy to Moderate
Duration – 8 days
Max. Altitude – 14816ft
Total trekking – 45 kms approx.
Region – Garhwal, Uttarakhand
- Accommodation during trek on triple/quad (Guest House/Homestay/Camping)
- All veg meals while on trek
- All necessary permits and entry fees
- First aid medical kit
- Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff
- All taxes
- Any meals during transit
- Personal expenses
- Cost Escalation due to unforeseen reason
- Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head
Drive from Haridwar – Joshimath(6700ft)
When you arrive at Haridwar in the morning, you will be picked up at the railway station and the journey begins from here to Joshimath. Joshimath was a hamlet founded by Adi Shankaracharya among the other three and is dotted with many beautiful temples like Gari Bhawani Temple, Tapovan and Narsinh Temple that you can visit. You have to halt over for the night to resume your journey the next day.
Drive from Joshimath to Jumma and trek to Ruing Village(9180ft)
Proceed for Jumma, a picturesque village from where we will start our trek to Bagini glacier. The journey takes an hour and enroute we’ll pass many small hamlets. Upon arrival at Jumma, we start our trek to Ruing village – located on gentle slopes and amidst lush coniferous forests of firs, deodars and spruces. From here, we’ll trek further for 2-3 km and camp on a picturesque meadow.
Ruing Village to Dronagiri(11840ft)
This day’s trek will lead us into the forest through a path of inclines and descents with little streams that you will need to cross. The route to Dronagiri Village is full of mud slides and small rivulets, while you walk on the path that goes up and down. While trudging along the trail you’ll have a clear view of the snow-clad peaks of Hathi Parvat and Ghori Parvat. The Dronagiri village is a small settlement that lies in the alpine grassland ecological zone and at an altitude of 3610m ASL. After some rest one can also go for a hike to Bhumial God Temple closeby.
Dronagiri to Longatolli(12460ft)
After breakfast, we will start with a gradual climb followed by crossing a bridge on Dronagiri River, follow the true right bank and further a steep ascent to Longatolli campsite. This trail leads all the way towards the camping site that is located bang on the shore of a freshwater stream. After a night’s halt here, prepare your self for a long walk to the Bagini lower base camp on Day 5 that will be reached in 3-4 hours’ time. To reach the base camp, we need to trek further up.
Longatolli to Base camp(13780ft)
The trek to Bagini base camp is a lengthy one, but definitely cheering as you pass the scenic nature. Today’s journey will lead us through winding paths with clumps of rocks and boulders to a picturesque view of Rishi peak. To catch your breath, you’ll stop by the streams. And after your few hours of hike to Bagini base camp, we can retire for the night. You can witness the glacier drifts, the moraines and the ravines too.
Base camp to Bagini Glacier(14816) and return to Longatolli
We’ll start early today and would witness the beautiful sunrise by the mountains. The trek up Bagini Glacier will leave you dazed. Reaching the Bagini Glacier, you would feel as if you have landed on some other planet whose beauty cannot be measured. With peaks of Ghori, Dunagiri, Garur and Rishi encircling the glacier, you cannot expect to witness a thing or place as grand as this. Post-summit we make the trek back to Toli. The peaks of Trishuli, Kalanka and Changa Bhang will mesmerize you with their snow capped silvery mountain tops.
Longatolli to Jumma and drive to Josimath
Early morning leave for Jumma. This day we trek downwards. It has the same route and we’ll be accustomed to it. From here we will be driven to Joshimath. It’s time to relax and recover from the trek. Overnight stay in a guest house.
Joshimath – Haridwar
Today will be the last day in the Himalayas! With a heavy heart we bid a goodbye to the Himalayas. After breakfast we shall depart for an early morning drive towards Haridwar. Arrive at Haridwar by evening and say goodbye to your trek mates. Bagini Glacier trek ends here.
- Backpack with rain cover(40-60lts)
- Daypack/Knapsack – Optional
- Floaters or Sandals
- Trekking Shoes – Medium or High ankle length(Get a pair and “break-in” well in advance that you don’t face any sores/blisters once you are on mountains)
- 2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
- 3 Pair of sports Socks and 1 pair of woolen
- Woolen Gloves
- Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
- Windproof Jacket
- Sun Cap
- One Scarf/Balclava
- Quick dry towel/Light towel
- Lip Balm
- Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
- Water Bottle 1 Lt – good quality plastic bottle
- Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
- Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
- Personal Medicine Kit –
- General medicines comprising of headache, fever, vomiting, stomach upset and pain killer
-Anti-inflammatory -Nurofen or diclofenac sodium
- Dark Sunglasses
- Trekking Pole
- CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries.
- Extra Polythene bags.
- Dry fruits/Energy bars
P.S You may use and share common kit for toiletries and medicines if travelling in a group