Why This Trek?
The Bagini Glacier trek follows a trail along the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand. It is situated at an altitude of 14,816 feet above sea level and the view from up here is breathtaking, with the magnificent snow-capped mountains, age-old villages, gorgeous water bodies and sweet, serene natural beauty. The rare species of plants and the captivating colours of the alpine flowers are a sight to behold.
Throughout the 8-day trek you will experience the joy of nature, ancient history, and an amazing culture shock all while in the midst of the great outdoors away from the hustle and bustle of the city, where you can get a good whiff of refreshing delight
What’s Included :-
- Accommodation (Camping during trek)
- Meals while on trek (Veg)
- Trekking Equipment
- First aid medical kits
- Qualified and experienced Trek Leader, Guide and support staff.
- Transportation during trek (as per Bagini Glacier trek trek itinerary)
Bagini Glacier trek – Brief Trek Itinerary
Day 1 – Traveling from Haridwar to Joshimath
Day 2 – Drive from Joshimath to Jumma then trek to Ruing Village
Day 3 – Ruing Village to Dronagiri Village
Day 4 – Dronagiri Village to Bagini base camp
Day 5 – Base camp to Bagini Glacier
Day 6 – Base camp to Ruing Village
Day 7 – Ruing Village to Joshimath
Day 8 – Joshimath to Haridwar
Detailed trek itinerary
Day 1: Haridwar to Joshimath
The bagini glacier trek begins from Jumma but since there’s no direct way to get there we’ll be driving from Haridwar to Joshimath first. An early morning start will get us there during the day time. And, will take minimum 8 hours 40 minutes, depending on traffic. The drive will reveal some of Uttarakhand’s sacred treasures, like Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag and Devprayag. We’ll spend the night in Joshimath before leaving for Jumma. Joshimath is base for various treks Winter Kuari Pass Trek, Valley of Flowers Trek etc to name a few and Auli is famous for Snow Skiing slopes.
Day 2: Joshimath to Jumma, Trek to Ruin village
Our first trekking encounter will be crossing the river via a bridge suspended over it. Bear in mind we’re at the Tibetan border; so brace yourself to face mighty gusts of wind. To get to Ruing village, we will need to walk up a mild ascent. Here, the night can be spent at the Panchayat Ghar after obtaining permission from the village authority, or by camping near a clear stream of gushing water in a meadow at the base of Mount Dronagiri
Day 3: Ruing Village to Dronagiri Village
Day three’s trek will lead us into the forest through a path of inclines and descents with little streams that we will need to cross. While trudging along the trail we’ll have a clear view of the snow-clad peaks of Hathi Parvat and Ghori Parvat. At Dronagiri village, we’ll set up camp on the village outskirts and explore the Bhumial God Temple.
Day 4: Dronagiri Village to Bagini Base camp
Today’s journey will lead us through winding paths with clumps of rocks and boulders to a picturesque view of Rishi peak and onto a bridge crossing Bagini Nala. To catch our breath, we’ll stop by the streams. And after our 3 hour hike to Bagini base camp, we can retire for the night.
Day 5: Base camp to Bagini Glacier
We’ll need an early start to take in everything, including the beautiful sunrise by the mountains. The trek up Bagini Glacier will expose moraines, ravines and glacier drifts and right at the top nestled between snow-capped mountain peaks is a sight that will leave you dazed. After soaking up the sights, we’ll hike back to the Bagini base camp.
Day 6: Base camp to Ruing Village
Day 6 will have us descending back along the same route to Ruing village, where we’ll camp for the night.
Day 7: Ruing Village to Joshimath
Our final descent will be to Jumma village from where we will drive back to Joshimath to spend the night, relaxing after our adventurous and exhilarating journey.
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Day 8: Joshimath to Haridwar
Day 8 Marks the end of our trek, we can spend some time exploring the village till it’s time to drive back to Haridwar.
Fitness Required for Bagini Glacier Trek & Changbang Base Camp Trek
At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant. The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of oxygen in our hemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.
The Bagini Glacier Trek is amoderate trek suitable for first time trekker with basic to above average fitness
Trekking Experience: Prior trekking experience is helpful for this trek but not necessary.
Fitness Required: The Bagini Glacier Trek & Changbang Base Camp Trek falls in the category of Moderate treks. The trail is fairly laid out path and has very few steep ascends or descends. Water is available through out the trail. But still if you are thinking of your first big Himalayan trekking experience its better to be prepared. Here is the training schedule to prepare for the trek.
Our treks are generally planned in a way that on an average you have to cover around 9 Kms in 6 hours although there may be slight variation depending on the terrain. This works out to roughly 1.5km per hour which is equivalent to walking in the plains at 6km per hour.
You can train yourself to run 3 kms in 30 minutes as per the schedule given below. Remember always start your training program with stretching and warm up exercises.
Follow this training schedule for trekking fitness required.
Week 1: Start with 10 minute of brisk walk and then jog for 10 minutes and finally 10minutes of easy walk.
Week 2: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 3: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 4: 5 minutes of brisk walk and jog for 25 min and cool down your body
Things to carry for Bagini Glacier Trek & Changbang Base Camp Trek
Poncho, Rain Coat or Umbrella any one is must
Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs)
Floaters or Sandals
2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
3 Pair of Socks
Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
One Heavy Jacket
Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
Water Bottle 1 Lt
Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
Personal Medicine Kit
CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries !
What is the Bagini Glacier Trek & Changbang Base Camp Trek?
Bagini Glacier Trek & Changbang Base Camp Trek is a moderate high altitude trek done primarily during the months of June,July,August,September. The trek is situated in the state of Uttarakhand.
What is Bagini Glacier Trek best time & Changbang Base Camp Trek best time ?
The best time for Bagini Glacier Trek Best time & Changbang Base Camp Trek best time is during the months of June, July,August and September.
How difficult is the Bagini Glacier Trek Difficulty & Changbang Base Camp Trek?
Bagini Glacier Trek Difficulty & Changbang Base Camp Trek is considered by comparison an moderate high altitude trek. But you need to have good physical fitness to complete this trek. Doing cardio vascular exercises is very helpful for preparing for this trek. Please check the preparation section to get a better understanding of this.
What are the during the Bagini Glacier Trek temperature & Changbang Base Camp Trek temperature?
During the Bagini Glacier Trek temperature & Changbang Base Camp Trek temperature vary between 0 to 20 degree celcius.There will be considerable variation between night and day and in the direct sun and shade, so it is important to plan accordingly.
How much we have to trek each day?
Normally our trek are designed in such a way that we reach our camp by lunch time and on an average trekking distance is roughly 6-9 Kms each day and it takes around 6-7 hours by an average trekker to cover that distance.
What medicines should I carry during the trek.
Below is a list of basic medicines you should carry for a high altitude trek.
Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
Band aid – 10 strips
Gauze cloth – 1 small role
Leukoplast – 1 small roll
Cotton – 1 small roll
ORS – 5 packets
Crocin – 5 tablets
Avomine – 4 tablets
Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
Diamox – 15 tablets
Combiflam – 5 tablets
Disprin – 10 tablets
Norflox – 10 tablets
Digene – 10 tablets
Diamox – 10 tablets
Is Diamox advisable ?
Diamox help in acclimatization but we do not advise it. Please consult your Doctor before taking it.
Who will lead and who all will go along with us ?
All our treks are led by certified & Experienced Trek Leaders/Guides. We believe in sustainable adventure eco-tourism which in effect means that our teams are locally sourced. Other than a Trek lead we in our team will have local Guides, Cook, Helpers and Porters.
How big are the trekking groups ?
We make it a point not to have more than 15 people in a trekking group as we believe that the best way to enjoy adventure is in small sustainable groups.
What is the minimum number of Trekkers required for Fixed Departures ?
Our Fixed departures are guaranteed and a promise to our customer that even if there is a Single trekker we will proceed with the trek at a loss.
I am the only girl in a trek, is it safe ?
We generally have a ratio of Male:Female of about 2:1. Mountains on the whole are much safer than the plains. Lots of solo female trekkers join us and we make it a point that only female trekkers share the tent with other female trekkers.
What thing we need to Carry for the trek?
You can refer to the section things to carry for this information
Can I offload my backpack on a mule/porter. What are the charges for the same.
When you are in the mountains you should be self-sufficient and you should carry your own backpack. The charges to offload a backpack of roughly 9 kg or less is about 300 per day.
Which type of shoes should I buy ?
Good trekking shoes are a must for the Bagini Glacier Trek & Changbang Base Camp Trek. Read more at “How to Buy Trekking Shoes”
How many trekkers will be in one tent ?
We generally have 3-man tents were we accommodate anywhere between 2-3 people.
What level of fitness is expected from the trekkers
Good physical fitness as well as mental fitness is required for the Bagini Glacier Trek & Changbang Base Camp Trek. This is a trek which can be done by a beginner who wants to familiarize him/herself with high altitude treks.To get into optimum level of fitness you can go through our article How to prepare for a high altitude trek.
What is there in Food menu during a trek ?
We server wholesome and nutritious Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Evening Snacks. The food is vegetarian. Vegetarian food is preferable at high altitudes as it is easy to digest.
Is the water on the trek safe?
The advantage of trekking the Himalayas is that your trekking route is filled with fresh Himalayan streams. Your trek leader/guide will direct you to places where you can fill clean water from. We recommend this water but in case you are unsure you can carry water purifying tablets with you.
What type of vehicles are used for transportation ?
We use Sumo/Xylo/Tempo for transportation.
What do you do if we encounter a medical emergency during the trek?
Our team at Renok is trained in handling high altitude emergencies. Apart from being trained mountaineers they bring a wealth of experience with dealing with high altitude illnesses. We carry First aid kitsand oxygen cylinders with us and in case of other medical emergencies we rescue the trekker till the road head. If any additional cost of evacuation is incurred it is borne by the trekker.Also before the trek it’s your responsibility to get a medical fitness checkup by a doctor which certifies you are fit enough for this trek.
Can we change the itinerary?
Renok Adventures LLP reserves the right to change the itinerary depending upon the weather conditions and other factors. If extra cost is incurred due to rescheduling the trekker is informed beforehand and extra cost if any is borne by the trekker. Please note that we operate treks in some of the most remote regions and harshest conditions where unforeseen events may force us to change the itinerary. In such cases, we or your trek leader will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.
Can you customize a Bagini Glacier Trek & Changbang Base Camp Trek?
Yes Bagini Glacier Trek & Changbang Base Camp Trek can be customised, if you would like to travel independently, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time for any number of people. The Cost for privatecustomized trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style.
What if trek is cancelled at the last moment due to ‘force majeure’?
All the arrangements for the tour are pre-planned and prepaid.
We will offer you alternate trek options of similar value depending upon the weather conditions if a trek is cancelled due to ‘force majeure’. In case of non-completion of the tour due to any reason whatsoever there will not be any refund for any unutilized services.
What is your Cancellation Policy
Up to 24 Days :- 95% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-24 Day :- 70% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-08 Days :- 50% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Less than 7 Days :- No refund
What is your Rescheduling Policy ?
We will reschedule your trek without any extra charge if this is conveyed to us in writing atleast 1 month before the trek starting date.
Between 07-24 Days before start of the trek :- 30% of Trek/Tour cost will be charged for rescheduling.
Less than 7 days:- 100% of Trek/Tour cost will be charged for rescheduling.
Haridwar is the base location for our Bagini Glacier Trek & Changbang Base Camp Trek. Our meeting point in Haridwar is railway station. We will pick you up at 6:00 AM in the morning and start the drive to our basecamp.
Reaching Haridwar by Flights
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Haridwar and is situated 36 Kms from Haridwar. Taxis are easily available from Jolly Grant Airport to Haridwar.
Reaching by train
Haridwar is well connected by railway network with major destinations of India because it’s a major pilgrim centre.
Following is the list of useful trains to reach Haridwar from Delhi:
12017 DEHRADUN SHTBDI
19565 UTTARANCHAL EXPRESS
22659 DEHRADUN EXPRESS
14309 UJJAINI EXPRESS
14317 IND DDN EXPRESS
12055 DDN JANSHTBDI
12687 DEHRADUN EXPRESS
14041 MUSSOORIE EXPRESS
12205 NANDA DEVI EXPRESS
For exact timings & Schedule of trains please check the Indian Railway official site.
Reaching Haridwar by Road (Bus)
Haridwar is well connected with comfortable Volvo buses run by government and private operators. You can catch luxury and normal buses to Haridwar which are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate.
Here’s a short itinerary of Animal Pass Trek:
Day 1: Drive from Bhuntar to Tosh Village and Trek to Buddha Ban (3020m – 5 hours)
Day 2: Buddhaban – Sharam Thach (3505m – 5 to 7 Hours)
Day 3: Sharam Thach – Shamshi Thach (3800m – 4 to 5 Hours)
Day 4: Trek upto Animal Pass Lake and return Sharam Thach (3505m 6 to 9 Hours).
Day 5: Trek from Shamshi Thach – Tosh and drive to Bhuntar (6 hours ).