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Gangotri Gomukh Tapovan Trek

 

Altitude ::  4400 mt


Total trekking distance ::  47 km


Best Season ::  May to June, September to October

 

Itinerary

 

Day 01: Drive from Haridwar – Gangotri (3,048m)


Day 02: Trek from Gangotri – Bhojbasa (3,658m) (14km)


Day 03: Trek from Bhojbasa – Gaumukh – Tapovan (4,400m) (10km)


Day 04: Trek from Tapovan - Bhojbasa – Chirbasa (3,300m) (14km)


Day 05: Trek from Chirbasa – Gangotri (9km),


Day 06:  Drive from Gangotri – Rishikesh/Haridwar

 

Base Camp  :::  Gangotri

 

Trail Type  :::   Cricular trek. Returns back to the base camp.

 

Rail Head  :::  Dehradun (283 km)

 

 

Day 01 :Haridwar - Gangotri (3048 m/ 10,000 ft) Drive (95 kms).

 

After breakfast drive to reach Gangotri via Harsil (approx 25 km before Gangotri (3048 mt) by covering approx 95 km in 4-5 hrs.On arrival check-into Hotel.Overnight stay. Witness and admire the beautiful Gorge at BhaironGhati over which there is a steel girder bridge.

 

Gangotri is the place where the Goddess Ganga descended on Earth from Heaven, and a Temple of Goddess Ganga marks the spot where the Goddess descended to the Earth.The shrine of Gangotri is situated at an elevation of 3200 m surrounded by Deodars (Cedar) and Chir (Pines). The original temple was constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa. Every year people from all around the world visit this shrine. A number of Ashrams and Dharamshalas are located on the far side of the river. It is believed that Raja Bhagirath used to worship Shiva on a slab of rock known as "BhagirathShila" situated near the temple. Submerged in the river there is a natural Shivling where, according to mythology, Lord Shiva sat when he received the Goddess Ganga in his matted locks. A day's trek takes one to Gomukh, the source of the mighty Ganges.

 

Day 02 :Gangotri (3048 mts/10000 ft) - Bhojwassa (3792 mts/12440 ft) 13 kms trek/5-6 hrs)

 

Post breakfast the trek commences towards Bhojwassa via Chirvasa (3600mt) along a well trodden and well laid path following a gentle incline along the picturesque Gangotri valley. The entire trek on this day is along the roaring Bhagirathi River. Bhojvasa is the last oasis on this route and has a lot of trees, but beyond this point the terrain becomes totally desolate and barren. In fact, it has been compared to the Artic Tundra by many trekkers. From Chirvasa one continues to ascend higher towards Bhojwasa,- the last inhabited place on this route.

 

The arrival at Bhojwasa is heralded by a descent, that continues for a good 750 metres or so to arrive at a small temple and a potential campsite near the river- the place to hit the sack for the night! Exploration of the surroundings and photography are a must do for the remainder of the day! Enjoy the excellent sunset on Bhagirathi group of peaks. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

 

Day 03 :Bhojwassa - Gomukh (3890 mts/12760 ft) - Tapovan (4463 mts / 14640 ft)

 

Enjoy the panoramic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks while at Breakfast. Trek to Gomukh (3890mt),immediately after that towards the source of the Ganges. Gomukh is the spot where the water of Ganga trickles down from the glaciers, to descend into the Gangotri valley and beyond. The sages called it 'Gomukh', because in the distant past, it probably appeared like a cow's mouth. Explore the area and trek to Tapovan, one of the finest high altitude alpine meadows in the area.

 

The trek from Gomukh to Tapovan is a ascent crossing over the Gaumukh glacier, and as one climbs, the view of the surrounding peaks becomes clearer, and appear to be just a stone's throw away! Tapovan known for its beautiful meadows that encircle the base camp of the Shivling peak, visited by hundreds of tourist, mountaineers, trekkers and ascetics every year.

 

The campsite is grassy, with wild flowers as far as the eye can see, punctuated by innumerous bubbling streams, making this a very spectacular area for camping. Herds of Bharal (blue mountain goats) are a common sight from here as they clamber the precarious mountain ridges. On the far side of the glacier the Bhagirathi I, II, III (6454mt), provide an equally impressive backdrop. It is also the little wonder that this tranquility attracts Sadhus and saints for extended meditation during the long summer months. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.

 

Day 04 :Tapovan - Bhojwassa (Trek 5-6 hrs)

 

Enjoy the sunrise on high peaks, early in the morning. After breakfast trek down to Bhojwasa. ArriveBhojwasa and camp covering the distance in record time. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

 

Day 05 :Bhojwassa - Gangotri (Trek 4-5 hrs)

 

Post breakfast get ready for trek down to Gangotri and from there, Stay at Gangotri or drive to Uttarkashi. Check in to hotel on arrival at Uttarkashi. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 06 : Uttarkashi - Haridwar

 

After breakfast, drive to Haridwar via Rishikesh. 

 

 

 

Cost per person (INR)
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