Garhwal: Changa Bang Base Camp & Rishikund Trek

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Introduction

Trek Grade: Medium

MOUNT CHANGA BANG Base Camp (BAGNI GLACIER) runs down northwards from Changa Bang & Trishuli peaks (in North-West rim of Nanda-Devi Sanctuary) and then the Bagini melt river turns westwards where it is joined by Dunagiri Glacier waters running down from Purbi-Dronagiri ridge. Further west, it is joined by the Lampak stream and finally flows into the Dhauli-Ganga, just north of Jumma Village.

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.

Rishikund, as the name suggests, it’s believed to be a very sacred and secluded high land for the ancient saints and ascetic souls who used to live here to avail its serenity and tranquility for meditation and attaining enlightenment. Rishikund is situated at an elevation of 4090 M, opposite to the core area of the Nanda Devi National Park on the left flank of the Dhauli Ganga, in the Niti valley.

Rishkund offers a wide stretch of panoramic views of the mighty Himalayan ranges of the Mount Nanda Devi in the east and the towering peaks of Badrinath range that ends with tail of Zaskar range in the west. Amongst the most prominent, are Mounts Kamet, Mana and the twin peaks of Nar and Narayan. Ages gone back, our great sages and holy souls believed to have done their harsh penance and meditation and eventually attained enlightenment for wellbeing of the human race. The fertile and climatically suitable land is home to hundreds of precious high altitude medicinal herbs and plants that have been used to cure even the most incurable diseases and there are various alpine flowers which bloom in July and August.

It is an ideal habitat for a great variety of wild life and mainly home to musk deer in the lower forest thickets. You can witness herds of Blue sheep, Himalayan Thar and the elusive Monal pheasants and various species of Himalayan Vultures seen flying above.

Tour Highlights

  • A 20 days adventure with 12 days of trekking combining the trail to the Mount Changa Bang base camp and to the Rishikund lake under the shadows of Mounts Hardeol, Chang, Bang, Rishi Pahar crossing the Kanari Pass (4,151 meters)
  • English speaking trekking guide with camping equipment and personal porterage for 20 kgs
  • Fly in and out of Delhi to Rishikesh
  • Sightseeing of Old & New Delhi & Rishikesh with English speaking guide and monument entrances
  • All Arrival & Departure transfers with Representative and road transportation by SUVs or, mini coaches depending on group size
  • Prices on request

Destinations Covered

Detailed Itinerary

  1. Day 1 Arrive Delhi

    Delhi

    After clearing Customs and Immigration, step into the receiving area, where our representative will meet you and escort you to the hotel.

    On arrival, check into the hotel.

    Overnight at hotel (No Meals)

  2. Day 2 Delhi

    Delhi

    Delhi is a dynamic city where the past coexists with the present. While historic evidence shows that the area around Delhi was first occupied around 2,500 years ago, Hindu mythology predates that by another 500 years. The British captured the city in 1803 and when they decided to make it the capital of India in 1911, they commissioned Sir Edwin Lutyens to draw up the plans. The result is slightly surprising with spacious tree-lined avenues punctuated with architecture which is among the most striking in the world.

    On the tour of “Old Delhi,” you will head out to explore this exotic locale with its narrow dirt roads, myriads of people and inexpensive and colorful bazaars that keep alive the traditional workmanship for which Delhi has always been famous. Drive past Red Fort and visit the Jama Masjid, one of the largest Muslim mosques in India. A bicycle rickshaw will take you into the heart of Chandni Chowk (the silver square - so named because of the silver merchants).

    Drive past India Gate, a 42-metre archway built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War and Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy. Today, it is the official residence of the President of India.

    Thereafter, visit the most prominent Sikh Gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi. It was originally a bungalow belonging to Raja Jai Singh, a 17th century Indian ruler. It is open to people of all faiths, castes or creeds. The premises house a sacred pond in which devotees bathe. They believe that this would wash off their misdeeds and thus allow them to attain peace of mind. The 'Langars' or the community kitchen proves to be the ideal example of prodigious hospitality of the Sikhs. Anyone and everyone can have scrumptious meal irrespective of caste, color or class.

    Conclude the day by visiting the Delhi's most striking monument, The Qutub Minar, which looms majestically across the wide plains of Delhi, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was constructed in 1192 by Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak. Built in red sandstone and marble, it has a height of 72.5 meters (237.8 ft) and contains 379 stairs. A Soaring conical tower, it is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture and is the tallest minaret in India.

    Overnight at hotel (B)

  3. Day 3 Indigo Flight #6E-7334 Delhi/Dehradun ETD: 07:20/ETA: 08:20 Hrs. & Drive to Rishikesh – 1½ Hour's Drive

    Rishikesh

    Meeting and assistance upon arrival and drive to Rishikesh and transfer to hotel.

    Lunch at hotel.

    After lunch sightseeing tour of Rishikesh, Laxman Jhoola (a large suspension bridge) to visit the 13-storey temple on the other side and visit perhaps Triveni Ghat, Bharat Temple and/or the place Lord Rama bathed at Rishikund.

    In part of the town is called Muni-ki-Reti and refers to the silver shores of the river where the rishis of old meditated. Across the Ganga, large, sprawling but well-maintained ashrams teach yoga and publish books on the scriptures. At sundown each evening there is a service at the side of the river, at the bathing ghat in the middle of Rishikesh at which tiny candle rafts are lit and let out into the choppy water to float away into the dusk. This is highly recommended as it has a very special ambience at this time.

    Overnight at hotel (B, L, D)

  4. Day 4 Drive Rishikesh to Joshimath – 8 Hour's drive

    Joshimath

    Morning drive to Joshimath, the road follows the sacred Ganga till Devprayag.

    We then follow the course of the Alakananda, driving past colorful villages to Shrinagar, the ancient capital of Garhwal. Continue on past Rudraprayag, renowned as the site where Jim Corbett, one of India’s greatest conservationists, shot the infamous man-eating leopard.

    Near Rudraprayag. Continue driving Joshimath. Passing through a couple of holy confluences - Karnaprayag and Nandaprayag - wind your way up to Joshimath.

    Arrive and check-in to the hotel.

    Overnight at hotel (B, L, D)

  5. Day 5 Joshimath – Malari & Trek Bhojgar (61 kms by Jeep & 3 hours Trek)

    Malari

    Morning after breakfast drive to Malari in approximately 3 hrs. at Malari, villages in in-habitated by Bhotia people will have a chance to see the locals in their traditional attire.

    About three hours uphill walk will take us to Bhojgarh.

    Overnight at Camp (B, L, D)

  6. Day 6 Bhojgar – Kalakhal

    Malari

    Immediately after leaving camp there is a steep climb all the way to the days camp, en-route will be able to see, Mounts Changa (6866m), Bang (6886m) and Hanuman (6070m) Peaks across the Niti valley.

    Overnight at Camp (B, L, D)

  7. Day 7 Kalakhal – Dronagiri Village

    Dronagiri Village

    After breakfast climb towards Kanari Pass (4151mts) from Pass trial goes up and down till you reach to Dronagiri Village.

    Before you reach Dronagiri village trail passes through Garpak Village. Dronagiri village is the highest village in this valley. Dronagiri villagers have two places to live, during summer months they stay here and during winter they move down to lower reaches of the Alaknanda valley.

    Camp will be set up little further up from the village.

    Overnight at Camp (B, L, D)

  8. Day 8 Dronagiri Village To Longatulli

    Longatulli

    After leaving Dronagiri a meandering trail takes you to the high ridge and offers a view of Rishi peak and Bagni nala, which you will be crossing after a short walk. After walking over a bridge trail ascends zigzaging.

    The area is barren and strewn with boulders. After walking for about an hour and thirty minutes we will come across a grassy patch beside a stream.

    The camp will be further and an hour walks from this here to the camping ground of Longatulli.

    Overnight at Camp (B, L, D)

  9. Day 9 Longatulli To Base Camp

    Longatulli

    After breakfast, we walk towards Base Camp. Bagini lower base camp is reached after a sound 3 hours hike on a rocky trail from Longatulli.

    Lower Bagini is a plain plateau. It offers a view of Mts. Satminal, Hardeol and Rishi Pahar.

    About an hour’s walk takes us to the Bagini base camp. The trail is marked with cairns.

    Overnight at Camp (B, L, D)

  10. Day 10 Base Camp To Bagini Glacier And Back To Base Camp

    Bagini Glacier

    An early start will be the call of the day (on a clear day) to watch the sunrise. The trail to Changbang base camp from Bagini Camp ascends through moraine and has to be careful of a number of crevasses on the Bagini Glacier.

    From Changbang base camp descends down through the same route until you reach Bagini Camp.

    Overnight at Camp (B, L, D)

  11. Day 11 Base Camp To Dronagiri Village

    Dronagiri Village

    After breakfast all the way back to Dronagiri Village.

    Overnight stay in camp near Dronagiri Village.

    Overnight at Camp (B, L, D)

  12. Day 12 Dronagiri Village to Road Head – 4 to 5 Hour’s Trek & 1 Hour Drive to Suraithota

    Suraithota

    Dronagiri Village - After breakfast trek to Road head and followed with a short drive to Suraithota.

    Overnight at Camp (B, L, D)

  13. Day 13 Trek Sainjgetha

    Suraithota

    From Suraithota, cross the Dhauli Ganaga over a suspense bridge on its western flank. The trek starts with a gradual climb, crossing through the old village of Suki, where people are very friendly and they will love to offer you tea, which is most welcome to relive one’s fatigue.

    Later the climb is tougher and takes us through upper Suki, an old deserted village. Most of houses are ruined because people have left it in search of a modern lifestyle.

    Eventually, the trek leads through a patch of abandoned terraced fields at Saijgheta camp.

    Overnight at Camp (B, L, D)

  14. Day 14 Trek To Kanthela

    Suraithota

    The morning after breakfast, the trail meanders through a handful of seasonal houses just 1 km away from the camp, people stay here for raising their cattle during the summer months.

    Later the track ascends ahead through a lovely forest patch. The forest is considerably a good home to wildlife and various kinds of bird species. Musk deer, blue sheep, Himalayan brown bear, and leopard can be seen roaming frequently.

    Overnight at Camp (B, L, D)

  15. Day 15 Trek To Rishikund

    Suraithota

    Immediately after leaving steep climb followed with Zing Zag trail leads to the Rishi Kund.

    Overnight at Camp (B, L, D)

  16. Day 16 Trek To Saidhar / Trek Back To Kanthela

    Suraithota

    Today your day starts early since its always rewarding to catch the first light in the east on the crest of the towering peaks for a spectacular view and the beauty of mountains are found in its peculiar form in the morning before clouds cover this magnificent view.

    Later walk a mile toward the south to catch a mesmerizing distant wide spread view of Dhauli Ganaga and Alaknanda Valleys, nestling with Tapovan, Auli, and Joshimath towns and again a glistening full view of Mount Nanda Devi and its adjacent peaks.

    Later trek the same way back to Kanthela Camp.

    Overnight at Camp (B, L, D)

  17. Day 17 Trek Back - Suki Village

    Suraithota

    Morning after breakfast, trek down to Suki Village via Sainjgheta camp to experience staying in a local house, has set a trend to give the best experience to its trekkers by using local community as host in the Himalayas. It always ended up with a huge appreciation from both host and guest and the local community is simultaneously getting benefitted with our tiny efforts. It’s a kind of unique mutual interaction that sets a platform to understand two different worlds.

    Overnight at Camp (B, L, D)

  18. Day 18 Trek Down To Bhalgaon Road Head – 8 Hour’s Drive To Rishikesh

    Rishikesh

    The morning after a good local breakfast with your host, trek down to Bhalagaon road head and then drive 5 hours until Srinagar via Joshimath.

    Here you can extend your vacation detouring from Joshimath to Badrinath, one of the most revered abodes of Lord Vishnu in the Himalaya. It’s settled 45 km north of Joshimath, in the pristine lap of mount Nar and Narayan. The destination is officially known as Mana valley, apparently the last settlement on the Indian side of Tibet.

    Overnight at hotel (B, L, D)

  19. Day 19 Rishikesh To Dehradun & Fly To Delhi

    Delhi

    (Indigo Flight # 6E-726 Dehradun/Delhi ETD: 15:25/ETA: 16:10 Hrs.)

    After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Dehradun Airport in time to fly to Delhi.

    Arrive in Delhi, you will be transferred to the hotel.

    Overnight at hotel (B)

  20. Day 20 Delhi & Departure

    Delhi

    On-time check-out from the hotel and transfer to the Airport to connect with the departure International flight.

    (B)

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