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.
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.
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 70º 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.
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. Overnight stay in camp.
After having breakfast we will start our trek for Base Camp. Bagini lower base camp is reached after a sound 3 hours hike on rocky trail from Longatulli. Bagini lower camp site is a plain plateau. Few stunning peaks that can be observed from this place are Satminal, Hardeul and Rishi pahar. The Bagini main base camp is further up the mountains. You can either camp here or at another better place forty five minutes from here. It is called the Advanced Bagini Base Camp The route to this place is not very well marked. A better vision and careful observation is required to locate and follow the trail. Few signs like cluster of pebbles positioned on top of one another are made for fellow trekkers for better navigation.
You 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 accessories. 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 crevasses 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).
After Breakfast all the way back to Ruing village through Dronagiri Village. Overnight stay in camp at Ruing Village.
Descend down to Jumma road head and it is take 3-4 hrs to reach road head and drive back to Joshimath. Overnight stay in Guest house.
In the morning after breakfast drive to Haridwar.
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Embarking on the Changbang Base Camp Trek is one of the most remarkable things you can do in a lifetime. There are countless reasons for embarking on this one-of-a-kind adventure. While the Bagini Glacier and Changbang Base Camp Trek take you through a trail laced with rocks across the Nanda Devi Sanctuary, you enter a land filled with crystal clear streams, snow-clad peaks, colorful and dense forests, idyllic hamlets, and everything that seems transported from the ancient lands of fantasy, folklore, and mythology. Apart from the towering Mt. Dunagiri, your eyes will get treated to panoramic vistas comprising great Himalayan peaks like the Saf Minal, Tirsuli, Rishi Pahad, and the Changbang peak itself. The sight of the Bagini glacier and the landforms it has given rise to meet your eyes when you make your way across the famous hanging bridge over it. Along with marvelous spectacles, this trek also ensures that you come close to the region’s ancient culture and interact with the Rongpa tribesmen.
The trekking trails that meander through the glacier, villages, and forested regions are not an easy feat. Spanning over 6-8 days and covering an approximate distance of 43 kilometers, the trek to Bagini Glacier and the Changbang Base Camp takes you to an elevation of 14800 feet or 4510 meters roughly. This trek is graded as moderate to demanding. The round trail, which begins and ends at Jumma Village, is steep and slippery in some areas. Therefore, it is meant for seasoned trekkers with prior experience of high-altitude and challenging adventures.
You can start preparing for the trek by building your cardiovascular endurance with swimming, cycling, skipping, running, and stair climbing without taking any breaks. Before embarking on the journey, you should be fit enough to run approximately 5 kilometers in 30 minutes. Since you could be walking long hours during the Changbang Base Camp Trek with weight on your shoulders, work on improving your core and feet strength as well as your flexibility with squats and stretching exercises.
The Bagini Glacier Trek changes its beauty during the pre-monsoon and post-monsoon periods. If you are physically and mentally fit to embark on a moderate trek, May and June are the best time for this trek. During the summers, the region enjoys pleasant weather. The flowers are in full bloom and add a splash of colors to the region. While the cool breeze recharges you, the distinct views of the Himalayas add charm to your adventure. If you are keen to meet challenges head-first, September and October are the best months for the trek that turns a little too demanding. During autumn, the rain-washed trees add greenery to the region, and the clear blue skies make it a hunting ground for the shutterbugs. The serene surroundings are a retreat for solitude lovers. However, if you are a thrillseeker and a pro trekker with optimum fitness, embark on this trek during November-January. This dreamy region, blessed with snowfall in the cold season, is a gorgeous winter wonderland.
You can either travel solo or in a group depending upon your preferences and budget. If you are traveling solo, it is always advisable to do thorough research online and plan your itinerary accordingly. When going with tour operators or travel agencies, compare the Bagini Glacier Trek cost of different service providers, see the accommodations, meals, activities, equipment, permits, etc., covered within the cost, and book accordingly.
Pack the trek essentials wisely so that you don’t end up carrying a heavy load of unnecessary items. The primary gears for the trek include a backpack (50-60 liters) with comfortable shoulder straps and rain cover, a daypack (20-30 liters) for offloading, a trekking pole or walking stick, waterproof and sturdy trekking shoes with good grip, extra pairs of cotton and woolen socks, a headlamp with spare batteries, water bottle or thermos flask, water purification tablets, and your medical kit along with a first-aid kit. For clothing, you should take at least a couple of full-sleeved, quick-dry t-shirts, a fleece jacket or woolen sweater, a couple of synthetic/waterproof track pants, a wind and waterproof jacket, thermal inners, and a poncho. Besides, keep a suncap, a woolen cap, a balaclava, U/V protected sunglasses, waterproof hand gloves, and a pair of flip-flops handy.
For personal use, carry sunscreen lotion, moisturizer, toilet rolls, wet wipes, lip balm, hand sanitizer, antibacterial and antifungal powder/cream, a quick-dry towel, biodegradable soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and tampons/menstrual cup (for women). Avoid carrying non-biodegradable items and refrain from littering the mountains. Try to stick to the instructions of your trek guide to avoid any unprecedented events.
If you face any emergency while embarking on thisl trek, you should contact the following.
- Uttarakhand Glacier burst helpline- 1070/9557444486
- Police: 112
- Ambulance: 108/102
- Fire: 101
- Child helpline: 1098
- Women helpline: 1090
- NDMA (Disaster management): 1070/1078/9711077372
- Anti poison helpline- 011-1066 (Delhi)