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Gaumukh Tapovan Trek, Indian Himalayas

From US$ 702 per person
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highlights
  • Trek to Ganges River Glacier
  • Trek to Mount Shivling Base Camp (the Matterhorn of the East)
  • Trek to Mount Meru Base Camp
  • Visit the Sacred Shrine of Gangotri
This is one of the most satisfying treks in the Garhwal Himalayas, and is also know as “the holy trail”. On this trek, you will camp at the foot of lofty Himalayan peaks and also cross the massive Gaumukh Glacier, the origin of Ganga River.

The sacred Char Dham, Gangotri Temple is a key attraction of this trek. Gangotri is the place from where Bhagirathi River descends and is situated at an altitude of 3,048 meters above sea level and acts as the base camp of the trek to Gaumukh Glacier. Gaumukh is the second largest glacier of India, the first one being Siachen. Gaumukh Glacier is 30 km in length and approximately 4 km wide.

Some of the stunning Himalayan peaks visible during the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek are Shivling, Meru, Bhagirathi sisters, Kharchkund and more.
Guest house
Uttarkashi is one of the major towns of Uttarakhand thus buses and shared cabs are easily available from Dehradun. You can board shared cabs to Uttarkashi from Rispana Pul in Dehradun. This 5-6hrs drive passes through Mussoorie Bypass Road offering scenic views. The massive Tehri Dam Lake also comes into view as you proceed towards Chilyanisaur.

After a short break at Uttarkashi continue another 4 hour drive to reach Gangotri via Harsil. If you start from Dehradun at around 6am then you will probably reach Uttarkashi by 12 Noon. Take another shared cab to Gangotri from Uttarkashi. Perform evening aarti at Gangotri Temple and obtain the permits to enter Gangotri National Park. Overnight in hotel.
Camping
Visit the sacred shrine of Goddess Ganga and buy any necessary items from the market. The trek starts with a decent trail and it remains the same for 2kn where you need to show permits. As you walk deep into the valley the vegetation also decreases. Continue trekking to reach Chirbasa which is situated 9kms from Gangotri Town. Cross small streams en route to Chirbasa. Chirbasa is a good campsite and the last point where you’ll see good vegetation. You can camp here if there are any signs of AMS. Chirbasa is situated at an elevation of 3,580m above sea level.

Bhojwasa is located 5kms from Chirbasa. Bhagirathi Peak stands high above the ground and is constantly visible during the trek. The trail not only goes through rugged terrain along with the Bhagirathi River but also climbs up to rugged mountains. Bhojbasa is a vast open expanse of land in the valley, situated at an elevation of 3,800mts above sea level. You can visit ashrams at Bhojwasa to perform aarti or stroll around the Bhagirathi River, gazing at Bhagirathi Peaks in total awe.
Camping
There are two routes by which you can reach Tapovan, the first one being the classic route via Gaumukh Glacier for which you need to follow the trail going to Gaumukh which can be seen on the left side from Bhojwasa. Gaumukh Glacier is 5kms from Bhojwasa. Then you need to traverse the glacier and climb the unapologetically steep rugged wall to reach Tapovan. The second route requires crossing Bhagirathi River from Bhojwasa itself. You need to walk on moraines for many kilometers with a constant view of Gaumukh Glacier from distant. Climb the ridge covered with snow to reach Tapovan.

Tapovan campsite is located at the foot of Mount Shivling (6,543m), just a glance of this mountain is a priceless gift of this trek. And if Shivling peak is not enough then Kharchkund & Meru Peak will definitely leave you speechless. Tapovan is situated at 4400mts above sea level.
Camping
This trekking stretch involves long walk over exposed glacier so start early in the morning. The trek starts with a steep descent from Tapovan to reach the glacier and ends with a steep climb of approximately 100m to reach Nandanvan.

The view of Shivling peak from Nandanvan is a lot different than what is visible from Tapovan and both the views are awe-inspiring. Crossing the massive Gaumukh Glacier is the highlight of this trek. Nandanvan is situated at 4450mts above sea level.
Camping
The trek starts off with rugged terrains and moraines. Descent on moraines will require extra attention from your legs while trekking. Trek slowly and take a break after you reach the snout of Gaumukh Glacier to experience its massiveness. This is the point where the holy Ganges emerges from, it all begins here. Further trek down to reach Bhojbasa.
Guest house
Gangotri National Park is rich in wildlife and you will most likely see a herd of Bharal’s (Blue Sheep) grazing on the ridges. Enjoy the last kilometers of the trek from Bhojbasa to Gangotri. If you reach Gangotri at around noon and wish to continue traveling till Uttarkashi then you can hire a cab. But don’t forget to pray at Gangotri Temple after returning.
what’s included
  • Overnight accommodation in Gangotri on day 1 and day 7
  • All accommodation during the trek in alpine camps
  • One mountaineering-certified guide for the trek
  • All meals during the trek (veg/ egg)
  • 1 meal upon arrival in Gangotri on day 1
  • 1 meal upon arrival in Gangotri on day 6
  • Trekking Fees and environmental fees
  • All necessary trekking equipment (tents, sleeping bags, kitchen and cooking equipment)
  • Porter and mule(s) for carrying kitchen and camping equipments
  • Forest camping charges, entry fees & permits
  • Services of an experienced trek leader
  • One Helper for The Trek Group
  • Transport from Delhi to Dehradun via Volvo bus transfer
  • Transport from Dehradun to Delhi via Volvo bus transfer
  • Transport from Dehradun to Gangotri using a shared cab
  • Transport from Gangotri to Dehradun using a shared cab
what’s excluded
  • Rescue, emergency or service expenses
  • Porter(s) for personal luggage for travellers
  • Meals during the road transfers from Delhi to Dehradun and back
  • Meals during the road transfers from Dehradun to Gangotri and back
  • Any personnel expenses (e.g. personal trekking gear, drinks, bar & beverages, laundry, telephone, etc)
  • Bottled water
  • GST of 5% as per updated Goverment Regulations.
Tour details
Availability 28 Apr 2018
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 6 days
Tour Type Group Tour
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Maximum altitude 4876.8 meters
Trek difficulty Moderate
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in New Delhi, India
  • 28 Apr 2018 from New Delhi
  • 03 May 2018 to Delhi
  • 1 person booked avg age 18-30
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Good to know Payment

A deposit of 10% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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Other Practical Information
This trek is a high altitude expedition and involves risk. Each individual will have to sign an indemnity form before joining the expedition.

Every traveller bears the responsibility of carrying his/her luggage. There is no personal porter assigned to carry your luggage. However if you wish to add a porter to your itinerary a charge of 400 / per day per porter will be levied. Inquire for more information about offloading luggage.

The treks take you to most arduous regions of the country, so please keep in mind that you will not be provided with luxury facilities.

Since it is a high-altitude expedition, you will not have access to hot water for bathing.

Please note, due to lack of huge accommodation issues in these regions there may be times that we accommodate 3 people in one room.

Once you agree to join the expedition, you will need to agree to the rules and regulation set by Eccentric Travels private Limited. Any behaviour which leads to delay or non-agreement can lead to termination of traveller.

Group discounting is a company policy and can result to different pricing for different travellers.

There may be delays in food at times because of the movable camps and logic that the support staff walks with you to the next campsite.

The food provided to you is veg + egg during all days of trek. The meals are designed to provide you with enough nutrition for the trek. Hygiene is a priority and will not be compromised.

Bonfires will be subject to availability of wood and permits from the local authorities.

On a trek, a medical emergency or any other emergency may arise. If for any reason you are sent down from the trek then Eccentric Travels will make arrangements for your return to the base camp or nearest road head with a staff member to accompany you. S/he may not be trained personnel.

Evacuation or dealing with emergencies is extremely difficult in the mountains. A normal trek of 2 hours may take 6 hours in an emergency (a sick person is not easy to evacuate). Doctors do not go along with a team. Doctors are not available at the base camp or nearest road head either. Eccentric Travels trek leaders are trained to administer first aid and know how to deal with issues related to the mountains.

Registering for this trek is an understanding that you have read up on the difficulties of high altitude trekking and understand the risks. You have also understood what AMS, HAPE and HACE are. You have taken efforts to educate yourself and you are in a position to manage your own altitude related emergency.
CancellationFree cancellation up to 45 days prior departure. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.
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