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Bagini Glacier

By Prosenjit Das

Bagini glacier, in Garhwal Himalaya, is at the height of around 12,000 ft. It is the Base Camp for Changa Banga, Dunagiri and Kalanka peaks.

Starting from Joshimath you have to reach Jumma which is almost two hours journey (42 km) by Jeep/car towards Malari.

1st day.- Jumma to Ruin village (7500 ft). You have to cross Dhauliganga firstly to go to the other side. It took one and half hour for us to reach the village. The road is comfortably accessible for any moderate trekker. Accommodation is available at private houses, one Panachyet office.

2nd Day:- Ruin to Dunagiri. It is long stretch of 10km according to local people.  Track goes through some dense forest with the Bagini river on your left side. Landscape is nice. Before reaching Dunagiri village (11500 ft) there are some steep climb where the track is little bit tricky. After that you will reach a valley below Dunagiri village with concrete path leading to the village and Panchayet office. Recently one bunglow has been established by tourism department which is yet to be inaugurated. We were allowed to stay at Panchayet office. Water is available by the side of the Office.

3rd Day:- At first you have to go to the top of the ridge above the village and then the path goes down on the other side down towards the river (Bagini nallha) with a concrete bridge to cross over to the other side. The path goes upwards slowly crossing some green fields (Rangatoli) and after that it is through boulders. This phase of the track needs attention to negotiate properly. After crossing three ridges there is a place to pitch tents. It is called lower Bagini.(12300 ft).

4th Day:- One can move and stay at upper Bagini which is about three hours trek. Path goes over moraine and fields. Water source is available at upper Bagini (14530 ft) also. Changa Banga peak is visible from this area. You can come back to lower Bagini  camp if want to.

5th Day : One can come down to Dunagiri village from upper Bagini or lower Bagini.

6th Day : From Dunagiri to Jumma. Take arranged hired vehicle and reach Joshimath on same day.

Nearest Rly station / Bus stop: Rishikesh

Participants: Rama Prasad Koley, Prosenjit Das and Kallol Pal