If you are a big adventure freak and havenít explored Bagini Glacier till now then definitely you are missing out something very amazing in your life. Just pack your bags immediately and head trekking towards Bhagini Glacier. Bagini Glacier is located in Uttrakhand with a maximum altitude of 14816 ft.
Trekking to Bhagini Glacier requires 8 days. First day you need to drive towards Joshimath which is approx 256 km from Haridwar. Second day initially you will drive towards Jumma which is approx 44 km or an hour ride from Joshimath. From Jumma village the actual trek will start towards Ruing Village (2800 Mtr). In Jumma you will feel brutal wind as it lies near the Tibetan Border.
Your trekking will start it walking in a steel suspension bridge over Dhauliganga. Trekking from Jumma to Ruing village takes 2-3 hours. The way towards Ruing goes through steep forest. Once reached Ruing village you can stay in the local panchayat ghar only if the villagers allow but if not than you need to trek 2-3km further to reach a grass land and you can pit the tent there and stay for the night.
The next day you will trek towards Dronagiri Village (3610 meters). The trek towards Dronagiri village will be mostly through the forest. The advantage you have trekking towards Dronagiri is that every moderate climb is followed by a level walk. In the way you get to see so many wild flowers and colorful birds.
On the way you will also get to see the beautiful Bagini stream flowing. Hard part of the trek is 1 km of stretch which passes through the landslide and another 1km level walk on a cemented path brings you to Dronagiri. Camping in Dronagiri is not allowed but you can camp at the outskirt of the village.
On the fourth day you move towards base camp. Fom the way yow will be able to take a glimpse of Rishi Peak and Bagini Nala. You will cross a bridge over Bagini Nala. Further in the way you will view only boulders. After walking for some 1 and half hour you can see some grass with a stream flowing along side.
You can camp here for night and enjoy the view. Next day i.e. the fifth day you head towards Bagini Glacier. If you want to view the sunrise from the Changabang base camp you need to head up early. The way will ascend towards Changabang viewing many cracks in the Bagini glacier.
You can view many peaks from Changbang, Kalnka like Hathi Parvat (6507 meters), Grarur Peak, Trishuli and many others. The same day you will come back to the base camp and rest there for the night. On the sixth day you will trek back towards Ruing village through Dronagiri village.
It would be good for you to start the trek for the day as early as possible because snow will be hard in the morning and you can walk easily but later on it will start melting and your feet might sink. Again this night you will stay in the Ruing village remembering back all the old memories when you were heading towards Bagini Glacier. On the day seventh you come back to Joshimath and next day from Joshimath to Haridwar ending up your amazing 8 day 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 where it is joined by Dunagiri Glacier waters running down from
Purbi-Dronagiri ridge. Further west, it is joined by the Lampak stream and
finally flows into the Dhauli-Ganga, just north of Jumma Village. We reached
Jumma Village by Max-Jeep from Joshimath on 14th June 2011 and then trekked via
Ruing & Dronagiri Villages and along the Bagini Glacier to finally stare, in
awe, at the snow peaks of Rishi-Pahad, Hardeol, Kalanka, Changbang and Trisuli
a) ChangaBang (6864m)
b) Rishi Pahad (6992m)
c) Kalanka (6931m)
d) Bagini Peak (5000-something)
e) Garuda Peak (5000-something)
f) Dronagiri (7066m) - Barely visible.
e) Gauri Parvat (6708m)
f) Hathi Parvat (6727m)
Day 1: Arrive - Delhi :
Met upon arrival at Delhi International Airport and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 2: Delhi - Rishikesh :
Drive to Rishikesh (225 km) via Haridwar. Rishikesh is known as 'Gateway to Himalayas' and center of Yoga & Meditation. In the afternoon visit various Ashrams and Temples. Enjoy the 'Ganga Aarti' in the evening. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 3: Rishikesh - Joshimath :
Drive to Joshimath (290 km), winter abode of Lord Badrinath and seat of Adi Sankarachrya. On arrival check-into hotel for overnight stay.
Day 4: Joshimath :
Day for obtaining inner line permit and other official work. Afternoon visit Auli Ski Resort. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Joshimath - Jumma - Dronagiri:
Drive 47 km to Jumma, the road head for the trek. Start first day trek to Dronagiri village via Ruing and Chiyacha (5-6 hrs). Set up the camp for the overnight stay.
Day 6: Dronagiri village - Bagni Bamak:
Trek 5-6 hrs to Base Camp via Dronagiri Kol and Dronagiri Gad. Set up the camp for the overnight stay.
Day 7: Bagni Base Camp:
Day free to explore the area. This is the base for climbing many mountains in region like Kalanka, Changabang etc. Overnight stay in in tents.
Day 8: Bagini Base - Dronagiri Village:
Trek 4-5 hrs to Dronagiri village via Dronagiri Gad and Dronagiri Kol. Arrive and set up the camp for the overnight stay.
Day 9: Dronagiri - Kanarikhal - Garpak:
Trek 4-5 hrs up to Garpak village via Kanari Khal pass. Set up the camp for the overnight stay.
Day 10: Garpak - Kalla Khal Base:
Trek 4-5 hrs to Kalla Khal base. Overnight stay in the camp
Day 11: Kalla Khal Base - Malari:
Trek to Malari 6-7 hrs a beautiful village in the Niti Valley. Set up the camp for the overnight stay.
Day 12: Malari - Joshimath:
Drive 65 kms to Joshimath via Jumma, Lata, Rini and Tapovan. Upon arrival check-in the Hotel for the overnight stay.
Day 13: Joshimath - Rishikesh:
Drive 253 km to Rishikesh. On arrival, check-into hotel for overnight stay.
Day 14: Rishikesh - Delhi:
Drive 225 km to Delhi. En route stop at Haridwar to visit Har-Ki-Pauri Ghat. Continue driving to Delhi and on arrival check-into hotel for overnight stay.
Day 15: Depart Delhi:
Optional sightseeing of Delhi. Later departure transfer to international airport to board flight for onward destination
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