Bagini Glacier and Changbang Base Camp

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, Kanakha, Changbang and Trisuli Peaks.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 :- Haridwar to Joshimath.
Day 2 :- Joshimath to Jumma & trek to ruin village (3 kms, 9, 180 ft).
Day 3 :- Ruing Village to Dronagiri Village (8 kms, 11, 844 ft).
Day 4 :- Dronagiri village to Longatulli (14, 711 ft, 6 kms).
Day 5:- Langatuli to Basecamp( 5 kms trek)
Day 6 :- Base camp to Bagini Glacier and Back to Base camp (10kms, 14, 814 ft).
Day 7 :- Base camp to Ruing Village (18 kms).
Day 8 :- Ruing Village to Joshimath( 3 km trek, 45 km drive)
Day 9 :- Joshimath to Rishikesh.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1- Haridwar to Joshimath (8-9hrs. Drive)

Drive to Joshimath 256 km. If you arrive morning Haridwar drive to Joshimath through Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudrapryag, Karnprayag. Breakfast and lunch on the way. Stay in Guest house.

Day 2- Joshimath to Jumma (44km. drive) and trek to Ruing Village (3 km.trek) 2800mtr

The trek starts from a non descript village called Jumma which is an hour ride from Joshimath.Trek Ration and kerosene can be picked up from Joshimath, as further up things get dearer by the metre. The ride from from Joshimath to Jumma is part bumpy and part smooth. Tapovan, Reni, Lata, Suraithota, Phagti are many villages which fall on the way. In between Suraithota and Jumma the road is in par with the Dhauliganga River, which makes it a good watch in autumn, but will surely play havoc during the merciless monsoon months. If you want to stack kerosene Suraithota is a good option.Jumma is near the tibetan border so during afternoon there will be a fierce wind, blowing you off your feet as soon as you alight from your vehicle.

The trail starts with a steel suspension bridge over the Dhauliganga after which the ascent of Ruing begins. The road to Ruing is mildly steep through the forest. It’s about 3 kms from Jumma to Ruing and won’t take more than 2-3 hours. Staying at Ruing is a bit tricky; you can stay at the panchayat ghar. If the village elders permit the trek team to camp there for the night, nevertheless another option is to hike further 2-3 km from Ruing and reach small grassland just before the ascent of Dronagiri.

The place has two distinct advantages, one you get closer to Dronagiri and it would be easy for you to negotiate the herculean climb through the landslide and second this place has a nearby stream so a good natural place to camp.

Day 3- Ruing Village (2800 mtr.) to Dronagiri Village (3610 mtr.) 8 Km trek

Starts with the same type of trail (trail from Jumma to Ruing). It’s a well laid path through the forest sometimes meandering up and sometimes down. There is no possibility of someone to get lost here. This a solitary trail with little or negligible sideways. At a distance of around 3.5mtrs from the Campsite, you reach the beginning of the landslide zone. You notice two distinct trails, one on the upper side and another downward. Do not take the upper one as it is a remnant of an earlier trail that used to be the main trail to the village. But it was destroyed some years ago by massive glaciers from the Nandikund area. This has led to the making of something of a mini Canyon which will require the help of a guide or porter to negotiate if you are not sure footed.

The trail is dusty, steeply inclined at an angle of 60° to 70 º to the horizontal and full of mud slides, small streams crisscrossing your path, while you take your tired body surely and slowly to the top. Once you reach there, a cemented pavement awaits in silent anticipation to take you to the Village. The scene is straight out from a Swiss alpine landscape. The horizon is dotted with the snow laden peaks of Hathi Parvat, Ghori Parvat. If its summer, flowers will be in full blossom. For once you forget this is not a trek but a walk in the Swiss alps.

But reality dawns on you quickly as you will gradually see the dilapidated houses of Dronagiri, most of them will be uninhabited, and those not will seem to you are from a bygone age. There are no shops in the village, the nearest bazaar is at Suraithota almost 20 kms away, though there is a shop in Ruing but it is very very basic.

Camping options in Dronagiri are limited to two. One in the village outskirts and another in the GMVN which is nearing completion. Expenses in staying there, will range from Cheap to outright pricey depending on how you and your guide can negotiate with the Chowkidar. If you are not from be ready to pay a hefty sum. This autumn it costed 1500 for one room for two trekkers from England. Two surprise infiltrations of Technology are the presence of satellite phone in the village which costs around rupees 2/ per minute for a local call inside Uttarakhand. Nevertheless be prepared to be met with dejection. Satellite phones in these areas are prone to malfunction or not function at all and subjected to the whims of the village phone operator, another is solar lights ,the village is dotted with solar tubelights and solar street lights.
There is a temple of the Bhumial God situated on the higher reaches of the village which is revered and worshiped by the local folks. From the village, the first views of the Dunagiri mountain is visible.

Day 04: Dronagiri village to Base camp

After leaving Dronagiri we reach a meandering path which leads us to a high ridge from where the first views of the Rishi peak is visible. Bagini nala too is first visible from here. Around 30 mintues after we left the village we reached a concrete bridge over the Bagini Nala. Do not take the left trail as it leads up to the Kanari khal and then gradually towards Garpak village. After crossing that bridge the path again takes a meandering turn upwards. The area here is almost completely devoid of any vegetation. Its boulders and more of boulders which fill the landscape. There is a patch of green beside a stream which we reach after an hour and 15 minutes from the bridge, This is a good camping ground. Further an hour more we reach the camping ground of Longatulli which is again a very good campsite, People who are still not acclamatized can stop here for the day.

The trail is pretty much the same throughout ,ascends mildly at most places, steep at very few places. Try to cross the bagini nala/garud gad/garud stream early in the morning, because as day the progresses so does the volume of water. Crossing the nala in the afternoon is not advisable. The route is not well marked especially for the novice trekker but a careful look will provide you with the sight of cairns, small pebbles positioned one on top of the other so that you can locate your trail. You can camp at either of the places for the night.

Day 05: Base camp to Bagini Glacier and Back to Base camp

We need to begin early if we need to catch sunrise from Changabang base camp, which is around 3-4 kms from Bagini Advanced Base Camp. Leave your rucksack in the base camp and carry only the necessary accesories. From Bagini Advanced Base camp the route to Changabang base camp again ascends. The road is full of moraine, and you will spot a number of crevasse on the bagini glacier.
Changabang base camp is a huge amphitheatre. The peaks which are visible from here are Hathi(6507m), Ghori,Satminal(6911m), Dunagiri east(7066m),Garur peak, Trishuli(7057m), hardeul(7323m), Rishi(6099m), Kalanka(6931m), Changabang(7174m).

Day 06: Base camp to Ruing Village

After Breakfast all the way back to Ruing village through Dronagiri Village . Overnight stay at Ruing Village.

Day 07: Ruing Village to Joshimath.

Descend down to Jumma road head and it is take 2 hrs reach road head and drive back to Joshimath. Overnight stay at Joshimath Nanda Devi expedition hostel.

Day 08: Joshimath to Haridwar

Joshimath- Haridwar By drive and night train to Delhi. In the morning after breakfast drive to Haridwar and reach by evening to take the overnight train/bus to New Delhi.

How to Reach

By Air :-
Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 48 km from the Haridwar. There is a daily flight from Delhi for Dehradun

By Train:-
An excellent rail network connects Haridwar to other important cities like Delhi, Mussoorie, Mumbai, Varanasi, Lucknow, and Kolkata.

From Delhi -DDN NZM AC EXPRESS (2205)
From Kolkata- Doon Express (13009)
From Mumbai- Dehradun Express (19019)
From Chennai- Dehardun express (12687)

By Road :-
By road, Haridwar is well connected with major destinations of the country. NH72 connects Haridwar to Nahan (125 km) to the north-west, and thereon to Panchkula, Chandi¬garh and Shimla. NH 72 terminates at Dehardun, which is at 54km from Haridwar. Haridwar is located at a distance of 235 km from Delhi. NH72A links Haridwar to NH58 at Roorkee (35 km) and thereon south to Meerut (170 km) and Delhi (235 km). There is regular bus service from Delhi for Haridwar from Delhi’s ISBT Kashmere Gate.

Cost Terms

Inclusions :-
1.Transport
   i) Haridwar to Joshimath, Joshimath to Jumma Village & return
  ii) Joshimath to Haridwar.
2. Accommodation:
  i) Two night stay at Joshimath guest house
  ii) Camping while on trek.
3. Meals while on trek (Veg. + Egg)
4. Forest entry permits
5. Qualified & mountaineering certified trek Leader, Guide, Cook, and Support staff.
6. First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
7. Trek equipments (Sleeping Bag, Tents, Mattress, Kitchen & Dinning tent, Toilet tent and Utensils)
8. Mules and porters to carry central equipment.

Exclusions :-
1. Any kind of personal expenses.
2. Food during the transit
3. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
4. Insurance.
5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.

Note : Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don’t want to carry your backpack so you can give it to porter, but you have to informe us in advance and have to pay Rs. 300/- extra per day per bag. To book a Trek/ adventure program please use our online booking form or, alternatively, you can call us on the given for confirmation of tour you have to wire a deposit and initial deposit.

Paying the Trek/ Adventure activity fee: The fee can be paid by online transfer/check deposit/ demand draft. Instruction for payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.

When to book: It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. However, if you want a good deal on your domestic/international flight, we recommend organising your trip at least five months in advance. (Please contact us if you require a late booking)

In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: –

Cancellations prior to 24 days from the start of the trek
Book any other trek till one year or get 95% refund
(Note: If the trek charges are more, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)

Cancellation between 24 days and 14 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go for the same trek, with any other batch, till year or get 70% refund

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go on the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch or get 50% refund.

Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek
Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.
Note:-
1)- Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
2)- In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH.
3)- TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

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