Located in the Nanda Devi National Park, Bagini is a beautiful glacier that is 14,816 feet above sea level. Showcasing your courage, there's a lot of adventure and excitement lies in store for you every day in this eight-day Bagini Glacier Trek. The adventurous trekking starts from Joshimath which is a town and from there you will head to Jumma and Ruing Village. The meandering path starting from the forest will take you up and down to enjoy the splendid beauty of Hathi Parvat, Ghori Parvat, and Bhumial God Temple.
Bagini Base Camp, which starts from Dronagiri Village, is the next stop of your Bagini Glacier Trek. Trekkers will be mesmerized by the beauty of Peaks, meadows, and landscapes. On your way to the base camp, you will see a peak named Rishi Peak, a highly acclaimed peak that seems to touch the sky. In the mesmerizing region of Garhwal Himalayas, Bagini glacier trek enables you to admire the astonishing beauty of Changbang, Rishi and Trishuli peaks. This trek is moderate to difficult and beyond the Gaumukh. The pleasing nature of the Himalayas is most captivating not only for its youthful beauty but also mysterious.
Maximum altitude: 14,816ft
Grade: Moderate to difficult trek
Duration: It takes 8 days to complete the trek from Haridwar to Haridwar.
Trekking distance: 43 Kms
Trail type: Round trail
Rail Head: Haridwar, Uttarakhand
Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, 315 kms
Snow Season: November to January
Service from: Joshimath in Uttarakhand
Base Camp: Dronagiri Village - Bagini Base Camp
Best Season: Best time to go Bagini glacier trek is Summer (May-June) and after Monsoon (September-October)
Region: Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand - India
Who can participate: Anyone in a good health condition
Day 1: Transfer from Haridwar Joshimath (250 kms)
Day 2: Joshimath- Jumma- Ruing Village (9,180 ft) and drive is about 1 hr
Day 3: A trekking of 8 kms through Hathi Parvat, Ghori Parvat, and Bhumial God Temple
Day 4: Trek to Dronagiri Village which is Bagini Base Camp (14,711 ft) via Longatulli
Day 5: Trek from Base Camp- Bagini Glacier (14,814 ft), back to Base camp
Day 6: Trek from Base Camp - Ruing Village (18 km) overnight stay camp
Day 7: Ruing Village - Jumma (3 km) (2 hours) and same-day drive to Joshimath
Day 8: Drive from Joshimath to Haridwar (276 km)
Transfer from Haridwar to Joshimath (250 kms)
Reach Joshimath from Haridwar traveling 250 km by road.
Start your day early in the morning by visiting some famous places such as Devprayag, Rudraprayag, and Karnprayag and reach Jumma.
The trek starts from the town Jumma which is a one-hour ride from Joshimath.
Joshimath- Jumma- Ruing Village (9,180 ft) and drive is about 1 hr
The road from Joshimath to Jumma is somewhat bumpy and somewhat smooth.
The trail begins by crossing the steel suspension bridge at Dhauliganga
You have two camping options: first is you can stay at Ruing village after taking permission from the locals. Another option is to trek 2-3 km and reach a grassy meadow just before ascent to Dronagiri.
A trekking of 8 kms through Hathi Parvat, Ghori Parvat, and Bhumial God Temple
The trekking route goes through a forest, and is the only meandering path. After walking 3.5 kms, the landslide zone will be visible.
On the way, glue your eyes on snow-capped peaks of Hathi Parvat, and Ghori Parvat and be mesmerized by their beauty.
If it’s summer then the place looks more beautiful covered by blossoming flowers. After that they reach the uninhabited, damaged and intriguing Dronagiri village. Camps can be set up on the outskirts of the village lit by solar lights.
You can pay a visit to the nearby Bhumiyal God temple.
Trek to Dronagiri Village which is Bagini Base Camp (14,711 ft) via Longatulli
After leaving Dronagiri, reach a meandering path that leads to the top of the ridge above the village from where the views of Rishi Peak is visible.
Crossing a concrete bridge path over the Bagini Nala, and take the right trail upwards.
After one and half hours, stop for a while on a meadow with a crystal clear stream.
Next stop is at Long Tuli camping ground where you get mesmerized by stunning views of beautiful peaks like Rishi Pahar, Satminal, Hardeul etc.
You can camp at either Bagini Main Base camp or Advanced Base camp.
Trek from Base Camp- Bagini Glacier (14,814 ft), back to Base camp
Prepare yourself for a challenging Bagini Glacier trek and Changbang trek. If you want to catch the stunning view of sunset from Changbang base camp then you should start early in the morning.
Carry only necessary accessories such as a water bottle, suncap, and medicines with you.
Along the way, you will see glacier drifts, moraines, and ravinces.
Once you reach the Bagini Glacier, situated amidst stunning peaks, you will be mesmerized by its divine beauty.
Changbang peak is the final destination. Follow the same route back to Bagini Base camp.
Trek from Base Camp - Ruing Village (18 km) overnight stay camp
Follow the same route which you choose to reach the Base camp. Descend for around 18kms via Longa Tulli to reach Dronagiri village and later to Ruing village.
Spend your night at the camp in Ruing village.
Ruing Village - Jumma (3 km) (2 hours) and same-day drive to Joshimath
It will take three hours to reach Jumma village. From here, take a vehicle ride that will take you to Joshimath. It’s time to rest and recover from the trek.
You can spend your night in one of the guest houses.
Drive from Joshimath to Haridwar (276 km)
You can enjoy the charming town of Joshimath and cherish the last day of the trek.
Take an early transport and head to Haridwar.
Bagini glacier trek is at an elevation of 14,816ft above sea level which is surrounded by amazing peaks.
Mt. Dronagiri at an elevation of 7066m above sea level, a peak that looks like the crown of a great King, with close-up views of Rishi Parvat is a stunning view.
The Base camp of the stunning mountain - Changbang at 6864m, makes this trek a unique experience.
The history of the ruined Dronagiri village associated with Ramanayan, adds an interesting point to this trek. It is said that Shri Hanumanji raised the hill of Dronagiri when he was asked to bring Sanjeevani Booti for Lord Lakshmana, to revive him.
Another mythological story associated with the trek is that while gesturing to the top of a hill, some locals may be saying that this was the place where Lord Shiva carried Devi Sati on his back.
Always carry medicine and a first-aid kit with you.
Climb uphill using microsteps
Water can be purified with betadine solution
When hiking, avoid wearing cotton clothes
Always follow the instructions of your tour guides and leaders.
You should carry dry snacks along with you to fill your appetite.
Children who are below 10 years are strictly prohibited from trekking.
By Road: If you're coming here through a car or taxi then the best route you can take is via Joshimath. It is the only town that is well connected to all the routes through which you can easily head to the Bagini glacier.
By Train: If you’re planning to come to Bagini glacier by train then book your tickets to reach the Haridwar railway station, as it is the nearest railway station to the Bagini glacier. Once you reach the railway station you can book a cab or taxi or bus to Joshimath.
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport, located in Dehradun, is the closest airport to the Bagini Glacier. It’s only 48kms away from Haridwar. To reach the trekking spot you need to cover a distance of around 260km to 300km, based on the route. You can book a cab to reach your destination from the airport.
Early May to mid-June and late September to mid-October are considered the best weather to do trekking in Bagini glacier. If you want to trek here then Summer and Autumn are considered the best weather to do it here. Because the sky is clear and the cold is bearable during these months. During the rainy season and in winter, the trek is not conducive due to harsh climate conditions.
Bagini Glacier Trek gives a slightly different experience in Summer as snowfall starts at Longtuli Base camp in May month. In the month of May and June, you can see a combination of both snow and greenery which makes the trek stunning and trek-friendly. The temperature of Bagini glacier trek is approx. 5°C to 12°C during the daytime, and at night, the temperature goes down from -1°C to -5°C.
In the months of September to October, you’ll get to see snow sometimes at Bagini Glacier trek. The trek and nature adorn themselves in different colors over time. During the daytime, the temperature is approx. 8 degrees to 12 degrees, and the temperature drops down from 7 degrees to -3 degrees, at night.
The Bagini glacier offers an mesmerizing trekking experience and the gorgeous glacier and the topographical landscape welcomes you warmly. A breathtaking sight will be the open fields, glacial lakes, and plains along its banks. The Rongpa tribe and their hospitality will always be remembered for a lifetime. On the way, you will get to see amazing views such as vibrant flowers, crystal clear streams, frosty summits, paths filled with cliffs and boulders, after seeing them all your tiredness will vanish in a moment.