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Bagini Glacier and Changbang Base Camp

Bagini Glacier and Changbang Base Camp

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Region :- Uttarakhand
Duration :- 9 Days
Grade :- Moderate
Max Altitude :- 14,816 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 43 Kms.

The mountains of Uttarakhand are quite famous in India for undertaking trekking expeditions. People travel from all over the world to Uttarakhand to de-stress themselves and relish an impressive trekking jaunt in the mountains. Uttarakhand trekking has many benefits. Moderate and pleasant wheather throughout the year; mountains covered with gorgeous meadows and stunning alpine forests most of the seasons; panoramic view of pristine snow clad peaks of the Himalayas; amazing roads; pretty villages and lot more. All these definite features make Uttarakhand an idle place to carry an adventure sport namely trekking. Nanda devi, Bandarpunch, Changbang, Hathi parvat, Nandakot, and Garhwal parvat are few such mountains that are frequently trekked by adventurers.

If you are truly an adventure freak, like to explore new places and are a newbie, then the best possible trek for you is the Bagini Glacier trek. And, if you have trekked many times in the past yet haven't set your foot on Bagini Glacier, then without doubt you are missing out something exciting in your adventure sport life. Bagini Glacier is located in the mountains of Eastern Garhwal. It is an 8 day trek and covers a distance of 45 kms on whole. This is one of the easiest of all treks in Uttarakhand. The trails are clear and easy to walk on and also, the mount is not very steep.

The Bagini Glacier trek starts from Jumma village, which is few kms from Joshimath. Joshimath is a small town in Uttarakhand, can be reached by road from Haridwar or Rishikesh. The day one would begin with a ride from Haridwar to Joshimath. Spend your day in Joshimath if you have time. On the second day, hikers will be taken from Joshimath to Jumma village via Jeep or any available vehicle. The trek starts from Jumma to the uninhabited village of Ruing. On day 3 you will trek to Dronagiri village. Day 4 will be a long day; you will have to reach Bagini base camp via Longatulli plains. The next day you will trek to Bagini Glacier and Changbang and back to the Bagini base camp. On this day you will cover the maximum distance comparatively and Changbang will be the last destination of the trek as well. The next couple of days will be a steady descent from the Base camp to Dronagiri village and thence to Ruing village. You will reach Ruing village by day 6. On day 7 you will get back to Joshimath via Jumma and from Joshimath to Haridwar, the following day.

The trek is most suitable for beginners and acclimatization is also not required. The preferable seasons for this trek are May and June and September and October. The air gets thicker in the winter months thus making the trek difficult. The maximum attitude you will reach in this trekking expedition is 14,816 ft above sea level. Make sure you carry the right clothes and shoes along. An ankle support trekking shoes is must for this journey.

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 01: Haridwar to Joshimath

The journey begins from Joshimath, 256 kms from Haridwar, a famous pilgrim spot. Joshimath is a small town. The trek by walk starts from Jumma, small village which is few hours from Joshimath. Since direct route is not available from Haridwar to Jumma, halt in Joshimath is a viable option. Lots of beautiful cities fall in between Haridwar and Joshimath like Devaprayag, Rudraprayag, Srinagar and Karnprayag. All these cities are pilgrim locations and have high sacred values.

Jyotirmath or Joshimath is a renowned place among the localites. The place is believed to be one of the four 'mutt' or Advaita Vedanta monasteries instigated by the legendary Adi Shankara. Few ancient places that are a must for visiting in Joshimath are Narsinh temple (Lord Vishnu's dual avatar), Bhavishya Kedar temple, Gari Bhawani temple, Badrinarayan and Rajeshwari Devi temple in Shankaracharya mutt and Tapovan, a place famous for its natural production of hot water springs.

Day 02: Joshimath to Jumma & trek to ruin village

The second day's itinerary will be a three kms trek and will gain a height of 9, 180 ft. The ride from Joshimath to Jumma is a pleasant one though bumpy and rocky initially. It takes an hour to reach Jumma which is on the Joshimath - Malari highway. Gather all the important things required for the expedition from Jumma as you wouldn't find any other shops throughout. Many tiny villages fall on the way to Jumma like Reni, Tapovan, Suraithota, Lata and Phagti. The roads from Surathota gradually improves and the sight as well. Dhauliganga River flows Parallel to the road and the view is great.

The trek from Jumma initiates by crossing the Dhauliganga River through a suspended steel bridge. The wind has a sharp bite as Jumma is situated on the Tibetan border. The ascent to the Ruing Village is a pretty easy one and within a few hours you will reach the village. There are two options to camp at the night; by gaining permission from the villagers and stay at the panchayat ghar in the village or further three km down in the outskirts of the village which by far is the practical option.

Day 03: Ruing Village to Dronagiri Village

You will cover up eight kms and get to 11, 844 ft on this day. The previous day camp site was at the base of the Dronagiri Mountain. Camping here is practical decision because the distance to Dronagiri would be minimized and negotiation to the landslide will also be easier. Also, there is a crystal clear stream flowing by the side of the location. The route is effortless today as well. The road has the same ups and downs like the previous day and it connects to a forest. The mild forest is quite easy to navigate since it has a sole track.

The forest route ends at the landslide zone. The trail diverges into two distinct routes. The one going down is a safer ride. The higher road was the actual track but it was destroyed by a massive glacier and only expert trekkers prefer that way. The road down side is not well worn hence will be muddy and dusty. Ruing village will come into view after quarter of a mile and the path is made of cement. Ruing Village has a beautiful and pleasing surrounding. It looks exactly like a picture from Swiss Alps. You will also view the snow covered peaks of Hari Parvath and Ghori Parvat. The landscape looks even better in the summer season with multi colored blossoms everywhere. The change of view thereafter is drastic; you will be walking in the midst of paradise and all of a sudden the view will turn into a deserted and barren land. Reality dawns as you enter the village of Dronagiri. The village has little sign of life and only few broken down houses can be spotted in the entire village. Camps can be set at the outskirts of the village at night. To while away time, you can visit the Bhumial temple built by the villagers nearby. The Dronagiri Mountains looms over the camp site.

Day 04: Dronagiri village to Bagini Base camp via Longatulli

A distance of 10 km and a height of 14, 711 ft will be covered today. The trek initiates by reaching a ridge through zig - zag path. From the Ridge, the rishi peak is noticeable. You can also see the Bagini nallah or river flowing below. After half an hour of trek, the path would divert towards a concrete bridge above the Bagini nalla. After crossing the bridge, the right hand trail is followed. The route to the left leads to Girpak village via Kanari Khal. The former trail is again a meandering path strewn with boulders and is devoid of vegetation. The next place for camping or resting comes after an hour and half, clean stream flowing by its side. Good place to rest before continuing.

After that another hour of slow and steady walk will take you to the Longatulli camping ground. First timers or people, who take a slower approach to trek, camp here for the night. Anyways, you will reach Bagini lower base camp in the next three hours. The route to this place is rocky slopes. Bagini Lower base camp is a flat plateau. Few stunning peaks that are enjoyed from this place are Satminal, Hardeul and Rishi pahar. You have to climb little more to reach the actual Bagini base camp. Advanced Bagini base camp is a better camping zone which is forty minutes from here. The path to Advance Bagini Base camp is not well worn. Careful navigation is required. Pebbles gathered on top of one another placed at a few distance from each other are the only signs that will lead the way.

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

Bagini Glacier is at an altitude of 14, 814 ft and you would trek 14 kms on this day. It will be a long day trek, hence bucking up is important. You will cover more grounds than you had done in the previous few days. That is why an early start to the trek is important. Another reason to start the trek early may be before dawn is because you can witness the glorious sunrise at the Changbang camp site. From bagini advance base camp it will take four kms to reach Changbang base camp. The trail is a smooth ascend and a steady walk will take you to the camp site. The trail is covered with moraines and glacial drifts. And also, you will pass through a number of ravines. It is advisable to leave all extra baggage at the bagini base camp itself and bring along only the necessary ones. This will lighten your luggage and you can walk faster.

The Bagini Glacier is a very beautiful vision. Words will fall short when you start describing the feeling you will go through standing at the top of the glacier. It is just amazing. The effect is magnifying. You will view different peaks surrounding the glacier; Hathi, Ghori, Satminal, Dunagiri east, Garur, Trishuli, Hardeul, Rishi, Kalanka and Changbang peaks. Changbang is the last destination of the trek. Hereafter, it is just an effortless descent.

Day 06: Base camp to Ruing Village

You will cover 18 kms today. The trip from the base camp back to the village is a dull one. The same old route through which you had come up has to be followed to go down. You would not lose strength or feel tired anyway, as the descent is rapid and exhaustion free. First you will come to Longatulli thence to Dronagiri village and finally to Ruing, where you will set your camps for the night.

Day 07: Ruing Village to Joshimath

The same trail is chosen to get out of Ruing village the following day. Joshimath is the destination of this day which will be easily achieved. Yes, you might experience a bit of nostalgia as the trek comes to an end. From Ruing to Jumma, the descent will take maximum three hours. A booked vehicle will pick you up from Jumma and drop you back at Joshimath. You can board in one of the guest houses for the night and relax yourself after the long journey.

Day 08: Joshimath to Haridwar

The following day, get ready and leave for Haridwar by road. You can also take a short tour and buy few mementoes from Joshimath and then head to Haridwar, back to your monotonous and regular life.

Here ends the trek to Bagini Glacier. The trek is interesting as it takes a total circle to complete it.

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 :-
   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.

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.

Trek Essential


Fitness regime for:

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Bagni Glacier is a trek which changes its beauty in pre monsoon and post monsoon. If you love snow and slightly difficult trek then May and June is the best time and if you want to see greenery and slightly easy trek then Sep, Oct, is the best time.
Bagini Glacier trek is a moderate level trek. In this trek weather changes in minutes so some time it’s really become difficult trek.
In lower camp temperature is not that much big issue but in higher camps you have to dressed yourself in layers. In higher camps during the day time temperature will be above 0 degree and during the night it would be 0 to -6 degree.
Average walking distance is 10- 12 km each day and trekkers mostly in 5-7 hrs. Just enjoy it, don’t be disheartened.
NO, but in case you are having so please consult your doctor because there are lots of MYTH about Diamox.
Always trek leads by professional Trek leader who complete Basic and Advance mountaineering course and certified in first-aid course and along with one local guide, cook, helper, porter and other staff.
We try to bring together a small group of like minded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience, normally we take 18 - 20 people in one batch including male and female. We need minimum 6 people to run a fix departure but for the customized trip group size doesn’t matter.
Yes definitely, Security of girls is the foremost important for us. We always create friendly environment on trek. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. They are very honest and reliable, but we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings.
Once you made the booking our team will send you the trek essentials list according to the trek.
Yes, But you should intimate 15 days in advance, so that we will arrange the porter or mule accordingly.
Good trekking shoes are the most important part of the trek, so you have to be very careful before buying it. You can go through our Article "How to Opt Best Trekking Shoe" to get an idea.
We have three men tents but two people will be accommodating in one tent.
Optimum level of fitness is always required in any trek so that you can enjoy your trek.
We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs during our trek.
Himalayan water is consider as a clean and mineral water but for safe side we use boil water / chlorine tablet in our camps, during the trek ask once to trek leader or guide from where to fill water bottles.
We have Bolero, Max or equivalent to that.
No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wilderness first-aid" and be aware of high attitude problems, and we carry whole first-aid kit and necessary medicines with us. Make sure you are medically fit for a trek or take professional advice if you feel you are unable to judge yourself.
Yes, it is always advisable that in any trek carry your own medication weather organizers carrying it or not.
After choosing the trip you wish to join, the first step is to fill up the booking form, a deposit has to be made in order to confirm the reservation. All details will be emailed to you to make it easy for you to boo
Depending on the prevailing situation, however the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your trek leader will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.
Yes, if you would like to travel independently, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people. Cost for private trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style.

Risk & Respond

High Altitude Treks: Risk and Response A high altitude trek calls for an adventurous attitude, but embarking on an adventurous trip without calculating the risks is utter stupidity. That’s why we have listed a few risks and the response planned by TTH to minimise or address the risks in the best possible way.

Risk: Altitude Before you start the trek, it is important to understand the implications of high altitude on your body. Be aware of symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mild headache, nausea and general discomfort.

Response: If you feel any of these symptoms, inform the trek leader on priority and follow his instructions. Every campsite has as stretcher, fully equipped first aid kit, oxygen cylinders to address the situation.

Risk: Weather Weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas. Though we are always observant about the changing weather, no one can guarantee a snowfall, rain or Sun. Do understand that your security is of utmost importance to us and we will not proceed any further from the campsite if the weather is not favourable.

Response: The decision of the Trek Leaders and Guides to proceed or wait for the weather to get better will be final.

Risk: Injuries Often, while trekking over difficult terrains, you might have minor injuries like leg sprain, bruises etc. Serious injuries like fractures or major cuts are very rare.

Response: All our Trek Leaders are Certified Wilderness First Aid responders. They are trained to handle emergencies and can tackle minor injuries with a well-equipped first aid kit. In case of serious injuries, the patient is carried on a stretcher to the nearest road-head and is led to nearest medical centre.

Risk: Lack of communication devices In the remote areas of the Himalayas, mobile networks do not reach. On a trek, one is cut off from the world of calls, SMSs or watsapps.

Response: We rely on walkie-talkies and runners to communicate between the campsites and the base camps.

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Brief Detail

Batch Size and age group -

Bagini Glacier fix departure batch there will be 18-22 trekkers including Male and female. Minimum age for the Bagini trek is 14 years and maximum depends on fitness level.

How we runs the trek ?

Trek lead by mountaineering and wilderness first aid certified trek leader along with cooking staff and supporting staff.

Best Time to Trek-

Pre Monsoon Season:- April last week to June end and in post monsoon Season:- September 2nd week to Nov first week.

Pick Up and Drop Point-

Our pick up point is Haridwar railway station at 6.30 in the morning and after the trek we drop at Haridwar station 5:00 in the evening. The best way to travel Haridwar by Mussoorie express or NDLS AC express train. It is overnight journey from Delhi.


April to June day time 15C to 20C and night 7C to -2C Sept – Oct, day time 15C to 10C and night 5C to -5C

Mode of Transport-

Transport from Haridwar to Joshimath base camp and return by Tata Sumo, Max or equivalent vehicle and in each vehicle share by the seven (6-7) participant.

Level of Trek:-

Bagini Glacier and Changbang base camp trek is Moderate and trek goes to Max altitude 14816 Ft.

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