Gangotri Gaumukh Tapovan Trek - 10 Days

Trek to source of Ganges, Shivling and Meru base camp

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Included
  • Equipment
  • Reviews

Trip Introduction
Starting from Delhi or Rishikesh or Uttarkashi we drive to Gangotri - the most scenic Dham (pilgrimage site) route in the Garhwal Himalayas. Arriving at Gangotri we commence our trek as we walk through the lush rhododendron forests and alpine pastures to visit Gaumukh (cow snout). River Ganges gushes out here from the glacier snout overlooked by Shivling (6,543 m). While crossing the glacier slopes that lead to the vast meadow at Tapovan, surrounded by magnificent peaks Bhagirathi, Shivling, Meru, and much more.  Spending few days doing glacier trekking to the base of Meru finally descent to Gangotri and drive back to Uttarkashi - Rishikesh - Delhi.

Activity - Trekking & hiking, Region: Uttarakhand - India, Difficulty level - Moderate, Max Altitude - 4800 meters, Max sleeping altitude - 4460 meters, Lowest trek altitude - 3050 meters
Trip Length - 10 days Delhi to Delhi, 7 days trekking, 6 nights camping, 3 nights hotel, Best time - Mid June to Oct

Outline itinerary
Day 1
: Delhi - Rishikesh, 230 km, 6-7 hrs drive.
Day 2: Drive Rishikesh - Uttarkashi 148 km
Day 3: Drive Uttarkashi - Gangotri (3050m), 101 km, 5 hrs. Trek Gangotri - Chirbasa (3600m) 4 hrs
Day 4: Trek to Bhujbasa (3800m), 5 hrs.
Day 5: Trek Bhujbasa - Gaumukh (3900m) - Tapovan (4,463m), 12 kms. 4-5 hrs.
Day 6: Trek to Kirti Bamak - Tapovan.
Day 7: Trek Tapovan - Nandan Van (4500m), 10 kms.
Day 8: Trek to Chirbasa (3600m). 6-7 hrs
Day 9: Trek to Gangotri 3 hrs, Drive to Uttarkashi 4 hrs.
Day 10: Drive to Rishikesh or Dehradun. 5-6 hrs. ?Drive to Rishikesh/Delhi or Dehradun/Chandigarh. Fly home.

It has been a very good journey. Kedarnath and Gaumukh are very beautiful at impressive locations. Many thanks for your organization and everything, what you have done for us.
Mr Wolfgang S, Mr Michael W. (Germany - Austria) - 3rd to 18th May

Detailed Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Delhi - Rishikesh, 230 kms, 6-7 hrs drive.
Leaving Delhi drive to Rishikesh 6 hrs approx... Rishikesh the most famous meditation and spiritual centre. Situated on the banks of river Ganges. Surrounded by Shivalik range of lower Himalayas on three side. Also it’s the starting point of all four sacred shrines. Check into hotel evening visit surrounding of RishiKesh: Laxman Jula and Ashrams. Overnight hotel.

Day 2: Drive Rishikesh - Uttarkashi 148 kms.
Morning after breakfast drive to Uttarkashi (1885 M) by covering approx. 148 kms in 7 hrs. The road climbs up steadily to Srinagar and then onwards steeply. Overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 3: Drive Uttarkashi - Gangotri (3050m), 101 kms, 5 hrs. Trek Gangotri - Chirbasa (3600m) 4 hrs.
Morning after breakfast drive to reach Gangotri (4038 M) by covering approx. 101 kms in 5 hrs. En-route visit the Gangotri hot springs. There is a beautiful Gorge at Bhairav Ghati. With its famous Goddess GANGA, temple at Gangotri only inhabits during summer time. A boulder mark the spot where King Bhagirathi beseeched the goddess to descent to Earth. Temple dedicated to Ganga rises above the river. We explore around Gangotri. Today trek to the source of Ganges. And follow a well-defined trail of this pilgrimage route to Gangotri glacier. Enroute we stop for lunch at Chirbasa was once a heavily forested area of Chir tree.

Day 4: Trek to Bhujbasa (3800m), 5 hrs.
Continue trek Bhujbasa following the river Bhagirathi. Now we cross on a loose boulder a descent to Bhujbasa which named after a Bhuj tree. Enroute a magnificent view of Bhagirathi group of peak. Overnight stay in camp.

Day 5: Trek Bhujbasa - Gaumukh (3900m) - Tapovan (4,463m), 12 kms. 4-5 hrs.
Today a fascinating day of trek to Gaumukh the source of river Ganges.  we will have the glimpse of Bhagirathi massif rising above 6500 mtrs. While the scene around is fascinating to see a Sadhu meditating half naked, pilgrims praying all around. Arrive at Gaumukh (cow mouth ) than cross the Gangotri glacier , climbing steadily arrive a meadows at Tapovan.Tapovan an open grassland and base camp of Mount Shivaling (6450m), and Meru (6660m). Overnight camp at Tapovan.

Day 6: Trek to Kirti Bamak - Tapovan.
Today an early start from camp to full day trek to Kirti Bamak glacier. Finally an impressive view of Meru, Thalay Sagar, Kedarnath, Kedardome and many other peaks. The most interesting point of view is Shivling. Finally retrace back to camp.

Day 7: Trek Tapovan - Nandan Van (4500m), 10 kms.
After breakfast, ascent towards Nandan Van along the left side of Gangotri glacier. The trek is little steep and challanging. Overnight camp.

Day 8: Trek to Chirbasa (3600m). 6-7 hrs.
Retrace back to Chirbasa.

Day 9: Trek to Gangotri 3 hrs, Drive to Uttarkashi 4 hrs.
Early departure from camp to Gangotri and further drive to Uttarkashi. Overnight in hotel.

Day 10: Drive to Rishikesh or Dehradun. 5-6 hrs. ?Drive to Rishikehs/Delhi or  Dehradun/Chandigarh. Fly home.
Drive to Rishikesh or Dehradun. 5-6 hrs. ?Drive to Rishikehs/Delhi or Dehradun/Chandigarh. Fly home.

Included in the Price

  • All ground transportation on a comfortable vehicle as per the itinerary. Pick up from your hotel to drop.
  • Twin sharing accommodation in spacious 3-4 season tents, down sleeping bags, comfortable foam sleeping pads, trekking poles. Safety gear Ice axe, ropes, accessories and duffel bags for your baggage's.
  • 3x night hotel accommodation.
  • All camp facilities
  • All meals during trek.
  • Support staff: Qualified & trained local guide, chef and helpers.
  • Muleteer or Sherpa porters for portage of your baggage's.
  • Camping fee, trekking permits and fee, park fee.
  • Medical first kit includes medicine for high altitude sickness, mini oxygen bottles.

Does not included in the Price

  • Hotel accommodation in Delhi,
  • Travel insurance.
  • Soft  or hard drinks.
  • Entrance fee at monuments, heritage sites, monasteries
  • Tips for Guide(s), cook(s), camp boy(s), muleteer(s), porter(s) and driver.
  • Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging and boarding   beyond trip Schedule.

Trekking Gear

What we provide
We provide all the GROUP GEAR included in the following list:

3-4 Person roomy 4 season tents for 2 - 3 people and individual as well, dining tent, toilet tent and other camping accessories.
Sleeping bags and comfortable foam mattresses.
Kitchen tent, Stoves, fuel, cookware etc.
Bed tea, nutritious breakfast, three course meal (dinner), packed lunch, post trek snacks, tea and coffee.
Trekking poles and Duffel bags for your luggage's.
Basic first aid box and mini oxygen bottles

What you may need - Your personal gear recommended in List :-
Day pack: A bit of bigger size 30 - 40 liters in order to keep fleece, jacket, water bottle, camera, packed lunch

Foot wear :-
Good condition trekking boots – not new used before in your country side for best fit for trekking, water proof.
Camp shoes, light and comfortable as running shoes or sandal ( like Teva ) for river crossing. Its necessity for you to bring sandals for river crossing.
Socks both Woolen and cotton as desire.

Clothing :-
Gore tex jacket or similar.
Down jacket/vest is good for cool evenings.
Wind/Rain jacket: (i.e. gore-tex, northface or similar) waterproof and breathable. Its necessity to have jacket while crossing passes.
Trekking pants, light, comfortable, water proof /breathable.
Long sleeve shirt Light weight dry-fast (for sun/insect protection).
Thermal innerwear winter thermal innerwear.
T-shirts for day time.
One mid weight/heavyweight fleece (long sleeve) jacket or warm pullover.
Short pants, underwear.
Sun Hat: cowboy style or baseball style to protect skin from direct sunlight.
Woolen cap for high altitude or while crossing pass or during evenings in camp.
One fleece or sweatpants for cold evenings during dining.
A pair of Hand gloves or woolen gloves.
Scarf to protect from dust or sunlight around neck. This is available in local markets with variety of colors.

Accessories :- 
Sun glasses with UV protection. An extra sun glass in case to replace.
Sun screen and lip protection.
Moisturizer cream: In Ladakh the air is dry and sun is harsh and strong during day. There are local moisturizer cream available in market. To avoid somehow skin allergy bring your personal cream.
Water bottle. Minimum I - 2 liter.
Trekking poles or sticks. If you have your own folded poles. 
Torch or one head lamp with extra batteries. Petzl or similar.
One toiletries kit, small towel.
Reading and writing materials.
Digital Camera or digital video recorder / solar charger.
Water purification tablets.
Nylon or water proof plastic bags to storage clothes and stuff.
One pocket knife light.

Others :- 
Gaiter / personal  climbing gear. (Can rent at Manali or Leh or Uttarkashi).
Water purification/filter: we boil water for you in the camp, what its essential you to have a water purification tablets or filter during the day of trekking.
Mosquito repellent cream.
Small Binocular.
First aid kit: We carry basic first aid kit with diamox, aspirin, paracetamol, antibiotics for diarrhea, antiseptic, bandage and band aids, Please you bring your personal first aid kit with medicine you think to need necessity for you.
Vitamin tablets or similar. 
Extra passport photos.

It has been a very good journey. Kedarnath and Gaumukh are very beautiful at impressive locations. Many thanks for your organization and everything, what you have done for us.

Mr Wolfgang S, Mr Michael W. (Germany - Austria) - 3rd to 18th May


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