Dokriani Bamak (Bamak is the local name for the glaciers)
is another well developed medium-sized glacier of
the Bhagirathi basin. The glacier is formed by two
cirques, originating at the northern slope of Draupadi-Ka-Danda
and Jaonli peak, 5600 m and 6000 m respectively. The
glacier is 5 km long and flows in the northwest direction
terminating at an elevation of 3800 m. The stream
originating from the glacier's melting water is called
Dingad which later joins many other snow / ice melted
streams and finally merges into Bhagirathi river near
Bukki village. There are several well- developed meadows
and proglacial lakes located 2 km below the snout
of the glacier. These meadows, lakes and other formations
themselves tell us the past history and behaviour
of the glacier and also provides good camping sites.
The glacier is easily approachable
from Uttarkashi. Nearly 56 km from Uttarkashi on the
road to Gangotri, Bukki village is 2 km from the bus
terminus situated on the right bank of Bhagirathi
river. On way to Dokriani glacier, one has to walk
23 km from the road (Bukki village). After crossing
the Bhagirathi river a footpath flows along the steep
mountain slopes up to Tela camp (2500 m), from Tela
to Gujjar hut a 12 km run along the Dingad stream
is a route offered to cross the several up and down
ridges, many samll and big streams and dense mixed
forests of deodar, rhododendron (burans), oak, pine
etc. provide an atmosphere of perfect peace and tranquility.
Overwhelmed by such heart-touching beauty one crosses
the way without difficulties. Gujjar Hut (a summer
camp of Gujjars with their buffaloes) is located at
a height of 3500 m, just 5 km below the Dokriani glacier.
Gujjar Hut is the gateway of the valley.
The valley has a gentle slope with
different land features formed by the glacier and
surrounded by snow-covered peaks. This place is good
for camping and one can walk up to the glacier and
adjoining areas and climb the small peaks. Only Gujjar
huts and a base camp (near the glacier snout) of Wadia
Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun lie on the
way. One visiting the area has to make his own arrangement
for food, tents and light warm clothes. The best season
to visit is through out summer and autumn. Besides
the above two glaciers, Kedar, Rudugaira and Jaonli
are some other glaciers which are approachable by
the same way.
Base camp Nainital
Bukki to Dokriani Glacier 23 km.
Bukki to Bukki village
Bukki to Kheratal 17 km.
Kheratal to Dokriani
Glacier 5 km.
Bukki to Uttarkashi 34 km.
to Rishikesh 149 km.