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Max Altitude

14,600 FT


Moderate To Difficult


8 Days

Trekking KM.

46 KM

Suitable for:15+ years
Experience:First timer can apply, previous trekking experience is more appreciated.
Fitness:Cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.

16,400 /Person

  • +5% GST (Goods and Services Tax) (Mandatory)
  • Gangotri to Gangotri
  • Rs 280 Insurance (Mandatory) | Rs 2,500 Transportation (Optional)

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Trek Info

  • Trail TypeRound trail. The trek starts and ends at Gangotri
  • Rail HeadRishikesh is the nearest rail head to the base camp
  • AirportJolly grant airport Dehradun
  • Base CampGangotri
  • Best Season
    • Summer Treks (Mid Apr - Jun)
    • Autumn Treks (Sep - Mid Nov)
  • SnowMid December to Mid June
  • Services fromGangotri to Gangotri
  • MealsMeals while on trek & at Hotel/Guesthouse (Veg)
  • StayCamping (Twin sharing) & Hotel/Guesthouse : triple, quad, dormitory (separate for male and female)

  • Region - Uttarakhand
  • Duration - 8 Days
  • Grade - Moderate To Difficult
  • Max Altitude - 14600 Ft.
  • Approx Trekking Km - 46 Kms.

Why Gaumukh – Tapovan Is A Must-Do Trek

Gaumukh – The Origin of Bhagirathi River:

  • Translating to the Mouth of a Cow, Gomukh marks the sacred source of the Bhagirathi River.
  • Embark on a journey to the pristine landscapes where the Ganges begins its sacred flow.

Tapovan – Sanctuary of Sages and Saints:

  • Tapovan, meaning a place used by sages and saints for meditation, offers a tranquil haven for spiritual seekers.
  • Immerse yourself in the serene ambiance that has drawn yogis for centuries, seeking solace and enlightenment.

Spectacular Sights Along the Trek:

  • Marvel at the majestic Shivling, Thalay Sagar, Bhagirathi twin peaks, and the awe-inspiring Mount Meru.
  • Traverse alpine meadows adorned with a vibrant carpet of rhododendrons, orchids, and alpine flowers, creating a breathtaking floral spectacle.

Spiritual Essence at Gomukh and Tapovan:

  • Experience the spiritual aura at Gomukh, the sacred source of the Ganges River.
  • Tapovan, surrounded by divine energy, has been a retreat for yogis and sages seeking serenity for centuries.

Symbolism of Gomukh:

  • Witness the symbolic purity and the cycle of life at Gomukh, where the Ganges River originates from the Gangotri Glacier.

Thrilling Adventure Amidst Natures Untouched Beauty:

  • Find the perfect blend of adventure and thrill as you navigate challenging terrains, cross chilling streams, and revel in the untouched beauty of the Himalayas.
  • Encounter diverse Himalayan fauna, including Himalayan blue sheep, marmots, and the elusive snow leopard, creating an enriching wildlife experience.

Panoramic Views and Visual Feasts:

  • Enjoy panoramic views of the Bhagirathi peaks and the mighty Meru from the elevated meadows of Tapovan, providing a visual feast for nature enthusiasts.

Cultural Tapestry and Spiritual Heritage:

  • Experience the rich cultural tapestry through rituals and ceremonies, connecting with the spiritual heritage of the region.


Photographers Dream Destination:

  • Capture postcard-perfect moments at every step, from snow-capped peaks to the vivid hues of alpine flowers, making it a dream destination for photographers.


Gateway to Inner Peace and Self-Discovery:

  • Whether seeking an adrenaline rush, spiritual introspection, or communion with nature, Gomukh Tapovan offers a gateway to inner peace and self-discovery.

An eight-day itinerary interspersing myth, spirituality, and sensational adventure, the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek takes you around the Gangotri glacier to the site traditionally believed to be the mouth of the holy river Ganga.

The Gangotri glacier expanse is nearly 24 km long and 6 to 8 km wide, beginning from Gaumukh and extending as far as the Chaukhamba massif around Badrinath. Courtesy of celebrated mountaineers Shipton and Tilman, we have a trek route traversing the entire stretch of this storied land. After feasting our senses in the fleeting glacial hues and the immense backdrop of Mount Shivling, present in its entirety from the base to the serrated peak, we descend through the meadows of Tapovan back to Gangotri. The trek is verily a raging visual thrillfest with rising mountain behemoths such as the Bhagirathi twin peaks, and Mount Meru, besides the ever-present Shivling.


The realization of the magnificence of watching the river that gave birth and nourished an entire civilization emerge fitfully out of the Gaumukh snout to flow 2,525 odd kilometers before meeting with the ocean, comes at a riveting spiritual moment. Trickling from Gangotri glacier through Gaumukh, meaning “cow’s mouth”, the river has a different name- Bhagirathi and becomes the Ganga, the life vein of the northern plains of India only after flowing in with another headstream, Alaknanda at Devaprayag- the key confluence point of Ganga before it pours into the plains. This illustrious geography has emerged from myths that imagine the river as intensely sacred. She was brought to earth from her celestial heights to renew the life of men by the rigorous dedication of a mortal, Bhagirath who gives the channel its name- Bhagirathi, and the river’s devastating energy was sustained by none other than Shiva himself.

The trek, in great parts, veers beyond the tree line and passes through larger-than-life mountainscapes. We camp at rugged heights from where the snow-transfused peaks are a stone’s throw away. Be it the surreal sight of the Bhagirathi peaks glistening in the moonlight, the mind-numbing sight of the Shivling from Tapovan campsite, rising from the base to its zenith right before you, or a glimpse of the formidable Mount Meru, the bravura of visual ecstasies never seems to run out on this journey.

This trek is classified as moderate-difficult for all the right reasons. You must come braced for an arduous hike along boulder-ridden paths and a ruthless climate. The holy men who are found living permanently in the meadows of Tapovan for sadhana under the gaze of Shivling can be the ones to draw your inspiration from!

About The Trek

Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is a magnificent trek that takes you along one of the most beautiful and mystical routes of India, all the way to the Gaumukh Glacier, the source of the holy river Ganges. This beautiful trek starts from Gangotri. On the first day, you will drive from Rishikesh to Gangotri and the following day you will have an acclimatization day to adjust your body to the higher altitudes. On day 3, our actual trekking begins where we will trek from Gangotri to Chirbasa. A beaten trail takes you from Gangotri to Chirbasa, Chirbasa is covered with tree lines, although not as dense.


The next day, you will trek up to Bhojwasa and as you move out of Chirbasa, the terrain becomes barren and desolate resembling the Arctic Tundra. The closer you get to Bhojwasa, the more vegetation you start to notice, and soon you are in a dense forest. Once you reach Bhojwasa, you are free to explore the area at your leisure in the evening and enjoy a startling sunset over the Bhagirathi group of peaks. The next day, we will head to the source of the Ganga River, the Gaumukh Glacier, and also trek up to Tapovan, a meadow where sages and ascetics go for meditation. Taking a rest day at Tapovan the next day, we will head back to Bhojbasa the following day, and from Bhojbasa we will head back to Gangotri on the 8th day, you will be driven back to Rishikesh, ending the wonderful adventure.

What Can You Expect At The Trek

Gaumukh Tapovan is a moderate to difficult trek and as such it requires you to be physically prepared for the trek. Even though it’s a difficult trek, with the right preparation, even a beginner can do the trek.  The trek is great for mountain views. You get fantastic views of Mt. Shivling, from the base to the summit, and the Bhagirathi group of peaks.

If you are doing the trek in the summer months that is from mid-May to end-June, there may be traces of snow in mid-May and whatever vegetation the trail has become turning green, the melting snow also adds a swell to the Bhagirathi River and this is noticeable in Suryakund itself. In July, the monsoon begins, which adds makes the trail prone to rockfalls and landslides and it is extremely risky to go there during the monsoon season thus we recommend visiting Gangotri pre-monsoon or post-monsoon. The summer season is the most popular time to do the trek as a lot of pilgrims also happen to visit Gangotri. During summer, the daytime temperature is pleasant and remains around 15°C – 20°C during daytime while the nights are cold and the temperature can drop close to 0°C.

Another great time to do the trek is during autumn when you get to see amazing views of the valley and autumn also brings some color to the trail as the vegetation en route to Bhojwasa turns shades of brown, maroon, and yellow. The autumn season for Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is much shorter than the summer season and lasts for about only 4 to 5 weeks. This is because from mid-October it starts snowing and the higher campsites like Bhojwasa are completely covered in snow, making the trek impossible to do in winter. In autumn (mid-Sep to mid-Oct)  the temperature is around 15°C during the day and at night it falls as low as -3°C to -5°C. So dress appropriately in layers to keep yourself warm.

Who can participate

    • Age; 15 years.
    • Experience of any high altitude trek, at least 1 treks of 4,000m/13,100ft.
    • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.
    • The climber should be able to carry a 12-16 kg backpack.


    Health Awareness

    • Pulse rate at rest must be in between (60 to 90 beats per minute)
    • Blood Pressure Reading must be in between (DIASTOLIC 75 – 85, SYSTOLIC 100 - 130 mm Hg)
    • Respiratory rate at rest must be in between (12 to 20 breaths per minute)
    • Should not have Liver and kidney issues
    • Should not have Diabetes Mellitus, Bronchial Asthma, Epilepsy, Heart problems, Hypertension etc
    • No pacemaker implant
    • People with the Sinus issues please contact to trek coordinator before booking the trek
    • If your BMI is not normal, Please contact our Trek coordinator before Trek booking.


    Government Employees {SCL}

    Government Employees can avail the benefit of Special Casual Leave (SCL) when you join us for a trekking expedition. As per the rules of the Pay Commission, Special Casual Leave can be availed  for up to 30 days in a calendar year for trekking/mountaineering expeditions through a registered organization. Trek The Himalayas is a registered adventure tour operator by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) and Ministry Of Tourism (MOT) 
    Trekkers have to apply for leave at least 20 days before trek departure date.



    • Junior trekkers (below 15 years) should have a company of parent/guardian.
    • Trekkers between 15 to 18 years can come solo with the disclaimer form signed by parent/guardian.
    • Medical & Disclaimer Form (Mandatory Documents)    Click here


Day 1 : Rishikesh To Gangotri
    • Altitude: 3,100 m/ 10,200 ft
    • Distance: 265 km | Duration: 8 hrs
    • Market at Uttarkashi, another small market in Bhatwari
    • Network is available
    • Pick-up place: TTH head office (Tapovan, Rishikesh) | Time: 6:00 am | not included in the cost
    • Stay in guesthouse



    • Distance, Altitude and Trekking hours are approximate and rounded off
    • Keep the original and copy of ID proof handy

Get all set to begin the journey from Rishikesh in morning 6. The day will be longer as you will cover 265km to Gangotri. It will be a wonderful 8 hours ride along the mighty mountains. We start early in the morning so that we can reach Gangotri by evening.



Uttarkashi, the ‘Kashi of the north’ lies on the banks of river Bhagirathi and is home to the renowned Kashi Vishwanath temple. It is a picturesque town where you will see all the temples and religious people around, making you believe that you truly are in the land of Gods. The river Bhagirathi takes you to the scenic Harshil village. Harshil is known for apple orchards everywhere giving a retreat to your eyes. Harshil is the best place to enjoy the serene evening amidst mountains.


Even after a long ride to Gangotri, you would wish it wouldn’t end. Gangotri is on the banks of river Bhagirathi, pervaded by pilgrims. You can roam in the local market, interact with local people, and share amazing pictures with your friends, because of the good network availability. During the night have a great homemade dinner and rest in the guest house.

(Transportation is not included in the trek cost)

Day 2 : Acclimatization Day At Gangotri
    • Altitude: 3,100 m/ 10,200 ft
    • Gangotri Temple - Gangotri is one of the Char Dhams of Uttarakhand
    • After breakfast visit Pandav Gufa, Bhagirath Shila, Surya, and Gauri Kund
    • Post lunch can visit Gangotri Temple or go shopping
    • Acclimatization walk around Gangotri town
    • Stay in the guesthouse

Good morning in the holy land of Gangotri!

Have breakfast and enjoy the entire day just being alive in the religious vibes. The entire region brims with spiritual fervor and Gangotri is a haven not just for spiritual seekers but also for adventure enthusiasts as well.


Now that you are at 10171 ft height, today is the day for acclimatization. Acclimatization is like a health supplement for your body to get used to the environment and low temperature. At TTH, we take acclimatization very seriously as it is one of the key contributors to the success of a trek. Take acclimatization walks around Gangotri in the evening and while doing that, you can take advantage of being in Gangotri, one of the four Char Dhams. The Gangotri temple is the biggest temple that was built in the 18th century. Apart from that, you can visit the Bhagirath Shila, a holy rock where King Bhagirath worshipped Lord Shiva and Pandava Gufa where Pandavas rested. Surya Kund and Gaurikund are two hot water springs that you can visit as well, Surya and Gauri Kund are both located on either side of an iron bridge near the temple.


You will see many foreigners meditating and roaming around. Spend the night in the guest house and get ready for the upcoming trek.

Day 3 : Gangotri To Chirbasa
    • Altitude: 3,550 m/ 11,700 ft
    • Trek Distance: 9 km | 5 to 6 hrs
    • Altitude Gain: 450 m/ 1,500 ft
    • Entire trek in Gangotri National Park
    • Accommodation in tent
    • Hot lunch is served at the campsite
    • Campsite under the pine forest
    • Moderate level of gradual ascent
    • Spring and manmade water points are available
    • Evening acclimatization walk

Have a full breakfast and take steps ahead to embark on the trek through the mountains. We start early from Gangotri and head towards the Chirbasa campsite. The trek starts from a forest check post and after getting your permits checked proceed on the trekking trail on the left side of the mountain. You will be walking through the pine forests alongside the gurgling Bhagirathi river. There will be gradual ascents but it will be an easy 4-5 hours trek. You will come across many waterfalls and natural streams where you can refill your bottles. Throughout the route, beautiful Sudarshan Parbat (21,345ft) will accompany you. The entire walk will be in the Gangotri National Park. Once you cross the third ridge on your trek, you will be greeted with a mesmerizing view of the valley. The fragrance of the blue pine and fir trees is enough to soothe your senses.



Towards the end of the trek you will be welcomed by boulders of the Sudarshan peak, just cross them and you will reach the campsite.


This will be the most scenic campsite, with the Bhagirathi river gushing on the right, lying in between the mountains under the pine trees. The campsite offers the first views of the Bhagirathi Sister peaks, Bhagirathi I, II, and III ( 6856 m, 6512 m, & 6454 m respectively) sharing space with Manda Peak, Bhrigu Parbat, etc. Far away you can also make out the Gaumukh Glacier.


Revive yourself by having lunch. Enjoy the blissful evening by the side of the Bhagirathi river, you can also take an acclimatization walk to explore the area. To make the day more adventurous you will be spending the night in tents. Of course, besides the flowing river, between the mountain peaks, under the pine trees…!!!

Day 4 : Chirbasa to Bhojwasa
    • Altitude: 3,800 m/ 12,500 ft
    • Trek Distance: 5 km | Duration: 2 to 3 hrs
    • Altitude Gain: 250 m/ 800 ft
    • Accommodation in tent
    • Reach campsite for lunch
    • Easiest day of the trek
    • Moderate level gradual ascent
    • Birch (Bhojpatra) forests in the area
    • Ashram, police post (SRDF), and rest house available
    • Bhagirathi massif view from the camp area
    • After lunch, acclimatization walk in the surrounding areas.

Wake up with the stunning fluorescent views of sun rays on the mountain peaks, and get refreshed to trudge again. This will be the easiest 2-3 hours trek having a gradual ascent. The trail widens now with closer views of the Bhagirathi peaks. You will cross some landslide sections easier to walk upon. About 45 minutes into the walk you will reach the first ridge section and as you keep walking, the Bhagirathi group of peaks comes closer and closer. Soon you will reach a landslide-prone area filled with boulders and a stream running across your path. There will be another ridge after this point with about 8 to 9 landslide-prone bends, be mindful of falling rocks in this area. After the trek, you will see a bridge over a stream and a plain terrain where tents will be laid for you, this is Bhojwassa.


The name Bhojwasa came from Bhopatra trees or the Birch trees, which are in abundance there. This is the widest part of the valley serving you the first view of Mount Shivling. You will find an ashram, police post, and a rest house, as well as some igloo-like houses. You can opt to stay in those houses but that requires permission.


Chill around in the noon after having lunch at the campsite. You can capture the splendid camping area, or you can walk 300 m above the Bhojwasa campsite from where you can get a striking view of the valley. Spend the cozy cold night in the tents.

Day 5 : Bhojwasa to Tapovan
    • Altitude: Tapovan - 4,450 m/ 14,600 ft
    • Trek Distance: 9 km| Duration:  hr
    • Altitude Gain: 650 m/ 2,100 ft
    • Accommodation in tent
    • Hot lunch/ packed lunch
    • No water points, it is advisable to carry at least 2 liters of water
    • A challenging day on the trek
    • Carry energy bars, ors, and water
    • Trek begins over rocky boulders and becomes noticeably steep gradually over the rocky terrain
    • Cross the river by means of a trolley.
    • You might see mountain goat/ Ibex near your campsite
    • Tapovan camp is surrounded by giants - Mt. Shivling, Meru, Manda, the Bhagirathi group, Kedar Dome, Kharchakund, and many more

Today we will trek from Bhojwasa to Tapovan. It is a 9 km long trek so eat full, get packed lunch, fill water bottles (there are no water sources on the route), carry energy bars, and lots of excitement.



We will set off early in the morning and after walking for bout half a kilometer, we will arrive at the Bhagirathi River. To reach the Tapovan, we need to cross the river by means of a manually pulled trolley over the bridge. It is a unique experience and this method is often used as a method of river crossing in the mountains where there are no bridges in place. It takes about an hour for the entire batch to cross the river via a trolley so don’t be impatient.


After crossing the river, you will walk for about 2 km with rocks and stones on either side, this is also a potential rockfall-prone zone, so we will try to cross the area before lunchtime to avoid any potential rockfalls. After crossing this zone, you have to cross the Akash Ganga River. Look for spots from where you can cross the river and if the water flow is high then you will have to take your shoes off to cross the stream.


We will have lunch after crossing the river. Tapovan is a steep climb from here. After lunch, we will set out for the Tapovan campsite. It takes about 1.5 hr to reach Tapovan from this point. Once we reach the Tapovan meadows, we will find a suitable spot to pitch our camp for an overnight stay.


Tapovan is famous for the Sadhus who come here for meditation. It is also the base camp for the expeditions going to Mt. Shivling. It offers the direct, bigger sight of Mt. Shivling which is considered one of the most sacred and beautiful mountains. Do not miss the sight of Mt. Meru and Bhagirathi peaks. Pilgrims are not allowed to camp in Tapovan unless they have a permit.


After a gruelling trek, Tapovan serves as the perfect place for solitude. Here you will find mountain goats roaming around, just as you are, and a great view of the Gaumukh Glacier. End your strained yet memorable day by resting peacefully in tents.

Day 6 : Tapovan To Bhojwasa via Gaumukh
    • Altitude: Bhojwasa - 3,800 m/ 12, 500 ft
    • Trek Distance: 10 km | Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
    • Descend through moraine and glacier till Gaumukh
    • Accommodation in tent
    • Packed lunch
    • Carry energy bars, ors, and water

Rise early to cherish the few last moments in front of legendary mountains and get ready to visit the Gaumukh Glacier. Mt. Shivling looks prettier as never before, passing its beauty to the adjacent peaks. Together they all make a spectacular sight. It is time to take these memories back. Carry lunch and enough water as you did earlier because there are no water sources.


Yes, again you have to cross the rocky terrain and moraines of the glacier. Descending is more difficult than ascending they say, you will realize this now as you make your way around the boulders. Watch your steps and move gradually. Try to relive the moments while you retrace the steps. Enjoy the forested sections of Bhojwasa once again with its flora and fauna.


It is quite a steep descent to Gaumkuh and today you will get to see the behemoth glacier from up close. Gaumukh is the end of the Gangotri glacier and hence the source of the divine Ganges river. Gaumukh means cow’s mouth, it is believed the snout looked like a cows mouth in past. Most religious people consider it a blessing to visit the Ganges. Even if you are not religious you will be astonished to see how huge the snout is and how small you are in front of it.


The legend has it that once there was a powerful king named Sagar, who wished to perform the Ashwamedh Yajna with a ceremonial sacrifice horse. Fearing that Sagar would complete the Yajna, Lord Indra took the horse and tied it to the ashram of Lord Kapila where he used to meditate. Sagar sent out 60,000 of his sons to bring back the horse and when they were creating chaos in Kapila Muni’s ashram, his meditation got disrupted and he turned all of the 60000 sons to ashes and cursed that they would attain Moksha only if their ashes were washed in the water of the holy River Ganga, who then resided in heaven. All of Sagars ancestors failed to please Brahma to bring Ganga to Earth, however, King Bhagirath was able to please Brahma and he ordered Ganga to flow down Earth. Goddess Ganga was not pleased with this and flowed with such intensity that she was about to drown the entire world. Bhagirath then prayed to Lord Shiva and Shiva agreed to capture Ganga in his locks to control the force and this is how Ganga arrived on Earth. To date, it is believed that a dip in the Ganga is enough to resolve all sins of an individual.


After a steep descent to Gaumukh, walk down the terrain alongside the Bhagirathi River. It will be a 5 to 6 hrs trek to Bhojwasa and you will be back to the same pine forests. Tonight we will camp here again before returning to Gangotri the following day.

Day 7 : Bhojwasa To Gangotri
    • Altitude: 3,200 m/ 10,200 ft
    • Trek Distance: 14 km | Duration: 6 to 7 hr
    • Altitude Loss: 600 m/ 1,968 ft
    • Accommodation in the guest house
    • Moderate level of gradual descent
    • Spring and manmade water points are available

Wake up to realize that this will be the last day of the trek. Trek for around 6 to 7 hours covering 14 km to reach Gangotri. You will enter again in the Gangotri National Park, with the valley slowly closing behind you. Watch out for the rockfall section once again and you can catch upstreams and waterfalls to refill your water bottle. Say goodbye to the Bhagirathi and other mountain peaks as their sight now disappears.



Have a hot lunch and dinner in the guest house. Pack to return to Dehradun and thereby to your lovely homes.

Day 8 : Depart for Rishikesh
    • Distance: 265km |7hrs
    • After morning tea travel towards Rishikesh 
    • Breakfast and Lunch are not included in the trek cost.
    • Reach Rishikesh by 6:00 pm 
    • For the safer side book on Word Journey after 8:30 pm

Have a final cup of morning tea in the mighty land of Gangotri. Say a final goodbye to your fellow trekkers and take back lots of memories. Take a wonderful group picture and get into the cab that will ride you back to Rishikesh. This will be an 8 hours ride, between the mountains, valleys, and Bhagirathi river. The river guided us throughout the trek.


You will reach Rishikesh by 6 PM, and from here you can lead your return journey as you have planned. We hope you take back loads of adventure-filled memories and take a pledge to come back to the mountains.

(Transportation is not included in the trek cost)

How To Reach

  • Pick Up Place
  • Drop Place
  • Note

At first you have to reach Rishikesh

Plz Note:- Transportation Amount is not included in the trek cost.

Our Pick-up place

Trek The Himalayas Head office, Tapovan Laxmanjhula, Landmark -Nainital Bank opposite Shiv Vilas Hotel

Options to reach Rishikesh

1.  Take overnight train/bus to Rishikesh.

2.  Take overnight train/bus to Haridwar and drive to Rishikesh (35 min drive with normal traffic).

We always recommend to go for the govt. Buses over the private ones outside the bus station as based on the experience we have found that there are very high chances of delay involved with private buses. Also, govt. Buses are always more reliable. Whichever bus you choose, just make sure to reach Rishikesh at least by 05:30 am positively.

3.  Take the flight to Dehradun airport (Jolly Grant Airport) and drive to Rishikesh (20 km, 30 min), if coming by flight then come one day early.


Pick-up and Drop is not included in the trek cost, which is Rs 2,500
Transportation add-on is avilable at the time of trek booking

  • TTH’s Tata Sumo, Tempo Traveller or similar vehicles will pick-up you.
  • If you wish to upgrade the transport service, please contact the Trek Coordinator.
  • After morning tea move to Rishikesh
  • Reach Rishikesh by 6:00 pm
  • Drop off point is Trek The Himalayas Office (Tapovan) Laxmanjhula 
  • Plan your further travel plan after 7:00 pm

Cost Terms

  • Inclusions
  • Exclusions
  • Note
  • Tour Fee
  • Cancellation Policy

1.    Accommodation :
       •    Guest house stay, Type : triple, quad, dormitory (separate for male and female)
       •    Camping : Twin sharing basis
2.    Meals while on trek (Veg.)
       •    Day 1 Dinner to Day 7 Dinner as per the itinerary.
3.    Drinking water while on trek (Tape/Mountain water).
4.    Trek equipment: Sleeping bag, mattress, kitchen & dinning tent, utensils, tent, micro spikes (if required).
5.    All necessary permits, camping fee and entry fees to Gangotri National park.
6.    Safety equipment: First aid medical kit, stretcher and portable oxygen cylinder.
7.    Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff. 
8.    Porters/mules to carry central equipment.
9.  TTH staff insurance.

1.    Transport from Rishikesh to Gangotri and return to Rishikesh.
2.    Any kind of personal expenses and emergency evacuation charges. 
3.    Food during the transit.
4.    Any kind of Insurance (Mandatory).
5.    Mules to carry personal luggage.
6.    Anything not specifically mentioned under the head "Price Includes".

7. Transport cost.

Things can be provided on demand and availability (participant has to pay extra for these things)

1- Satellite phone/setphone - is a type of mobile phone that connects via radio links via satellites orbiting the Earth instead of terrestrial cell sites like cellphones. Therefore, they can operate in most geographic locations on the Earth's surface.

2- Gamow/PAC HAPO Bag (Portable Hyperbaric Bag) - is a unique, portable hyperbaric chamber for the treatment of acute mountain sickness (AMS), also known as altitude sickness.

3- AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) - are portable life-saving devices designed to treat people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, a medical condition in which the heart stops beating suddenly and unexpectedly

Insurance is mandatory and can be obtained through TTH or other providers. Non-Indian rates are slightly higher, trek coordinator will share the balance payment link after booking. If you choose not to book through us, we will refund your insurance fee; email us immediately after booking for the refund.

Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to porter.
Charges of offloading backpack:-
INR 2100/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
INR 2900/- if you inform us after reaching Gangotri
The backpack cannot weigh more than 09 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.


Special Offers

Make a single payment and trek the number of times you want.

If you book a trek with Trek The Himalayas and are unable to complete the same or you have successfully completed that trek and want to do it again, you can repeat it multiple times without paying the cost of the trek.


Terms and conditions

  • This offer is a non-transferable.
  • This offer is valid for Trek The Himalayas limited fixed departures.
  • This offer is valid for 5 years from the date of booking.
  • This offer is not valid if the participant has received a cash refund or voucher at the time of cancellation.
  • Participants don’t have to pay for the trek cost but have to pay for transportation and trek permit costs.

Trek Cost - Rs 16,000 (Gangotri to Gangotri)
GST - 5% (Mandatory)
Insurance - Rs 280 (Mandatory)
Transportation - Rs 2,500 (Rishikesh to Gangotri and return) (Optional)
Off load Backpack - Rs 2100 Online (Optional)

The add-on options can be selected during the booking process. In case you miss selecting it at that time, you can simply log in to your account and book the add-on option from there.

Cancellation terms:

For the cancellation of services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, Trek The Himalayas must be notified of the same in writing at [email protected]  At the time we receive your written cancellation, refunds based on the total fare are as follows.

Cancellations prior to 25 days from the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • 5% deduction of trek fee
  • 100% cash voucher for any trip till one year

Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • 30% deduction of trek fee
  • 100% cash voucher for same trip till one year
  • 85% cash voucher for any trip till one year

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • Book the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch
  • 50% deduction of trek fee
  • 80% cash voucher for same trip till one year
  • 70% cash voucher for any trip till one year

Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek

Refund options

  • Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend
  • No cash refund
  • 20% cash voucher for the same trip till one year
  • 10% cash voucher for any trip till one year


In the unlikely event that TTH cancels a trek prior to the scheduled departure date:

While it is extremely rare for TTH to cancel a trek, we understand that unforeseen circumstances or natural disasters may occasionally require us to do so before the scheduled departure. These circumstances could include continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that poses a risk to the safety of our trekkers. Additionally, unforeseeable events such as local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any similar situations that compromise the safety of the trekking experience may also necessitate a cancellation.

In the event of such a cancellation, TTH will provide you with a voucher equivalent to the amount you paid for the trek. This voucher can be redeemed for any of our treks within the next year, allowing you to still enjoy an adventure with us at a later date.


  • The issuance of a voucher is not applicable in situations where you are required to descend from the trek for any reason. The trek leader may make the decision to send you down from the trek due to factors such as insufficient fitness level, symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), high blood pressure, exceeding the designated turn-around-time, health concerns, or if you are found smoking, drinking, or violating the rules set for the trek. In such cases, the provision of a voucher does not apply.


In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:

We would like to emphasize that weather conditions in high-altitude areas are highly unpredictable and can undergo sudden changes at any time, irrespective of the day. Additionally, circumstances beyond our control, such as natural disasters, political unrest, pandemics, and lockdowns, may impact the feasibility of conducting a trek. In cases where we are unable to proceed with an event due to such circumstances that are beyond our direct control, we will make every effort to provide you with an alternative trek that is safer and more suitable.

In such situations, we will issue a voucher to offset the cost difference between the originally scheduled trek and the alternative trek. This voucher can be redeemed at any time within one year from the date of issue. Please note that a refund fee or reimbursement of the cost difference is not applicable in these cases.


  • Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch
  • In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH
  • TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice
  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers

Cash Voucher Terms:

  1. This is a non-transferable voucher
  2. The voucher cannot be merged with any other offer of Trek The Himalayas
  3. The voucher is valid for Trek booked directly with Trek The Himalayas in India
  4. To avail the voucher please use your register phone number or e-mail id
  5. All the other Terms of booking a trek with Trek The Himalayas are applicable to the voucher
  6. Trek The Himalayas holds rights to add/remove any of the Terms and Conditions without prior notice

Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Trek The Himalayas" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which TTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. TTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.

Trek Essential

  • Basic Gear
  • Clothes
  • Personal Utilities
  • Head Gears
  • Foot Gears
Back pack & rain cover(50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack + rain cover20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)
Walking stickAdvisable (At least one)
Water bottle/Hydration pack2 bottles of one liter each, People who use hydration pack 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter, Carry at least one thermos flask.
Personal Medical KitConsult your doctor
SnacksEnergy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
T-shirts4 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)
Fleece T-shirts1 Nos.
Fleece jacket1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)
Down feather / Hollofil jacket1 Nos.
Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)1 Pair
Thermal inners (upper and lower)1 Pair
Trek pants3 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
Waterproof gloves1 Pair
Fleece/woolen gloves1 Pair
Poncho1 Nos.
Sunscreen creamMoisturiser
Hand sanitizerAntibacterial powder
Toothbrush and toothpasteLip balm / Chapstick
Toilet Paper & wipesQuick dry towel
Head torch1 Nos. (Avoid Hand torch)
Sun cap1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)
Woolen cap1 Nos.
Balaclava1 Nos. (Optional)
Neck-gaiters2 Nos.
Sunglasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected, People who wear spectacles- (A)- Use contact lenses. (B)- Photo chromatic glasses.
Trekking shoes1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
Floaters/flip-flops1 Pair
Cotton socks6 pairs
Woollen socks1 pairs
Gaiters1 Pair (TTH will Provide)


Fitness regime for:

Moderate To Difficult

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BMI Range Category
Less than 16.5 Serverely Underweight
16.5 - 18.5 Underweight
18.5 - 25 Normal
25 - 30 Overweight

  • If your BMI is normal, you can plan your fitness regime as mentioned.
  • If your BMI is not normal, consult your trusted physician before you plan your fitness regime.
  • If you're suffering from any chronic illnesses consult a medical practitioner.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek?

The Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is a trekking expedition in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, India, which takes you to the source of the Ganges river and the scenic alpine meadow of Tapovan.

How long does the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek take?

The Gaumukh Tapovan Trek typically takes around 6-7 days to complete, depending on the route and weather conditions.

What is the best time to do the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek?

The best time to do the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is from May to June and September to November when the weather is relatively stable and the snow has melted, making the trek less difficult.

Is previous trekking experience necessary for the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek?

No, previous trekking experience is not necessary for the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek, but a good level of fitness is required due to the steep and rocky terrain.

What is the level of physical fitness required for the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek?

The Gaumukh Tapovan Trek requires a good level of physical fitness as the trek involves steep ascents, rocky terrain, and potential altitude sickness. It is recommended to undergo physical training and preparation before attempting the trek.

What permits and paperwork are required for the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek?

To undertake the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek, you will need to obtain the necessary permits and paperwork from the Forest Department and the local authorities. These may include a trekking permit, a medical certificate, and a travel visa. It is recommended to research the specific requirements and apply for the permits well in advance to avoid any delays or issues.

What is the altitude of the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek?

The highest point of the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is the Tapovan meadow, which stands at an altitude of 4,463 meters (14,640 feet).

Is it safe to do the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek?

Yes, the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is generally considered safe, but with any trek, there are inherent risks involved. It is important to follow safety guidelines, such as staying hydrated, wearing appropriate clothing and footwear, and avoiding overexertion.

What is the accommodation like on the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek?

Accommodation on the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek typically includes camping in tents (twin sharing) or basic lodges (triple & quad sharing) male female seprate.

What is the level of difficulty of the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek?

The Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is considered to be a moderate to difficult trek due to the steep and rocky terrain, high altitude, and potential for altitude sickness.

Can I do the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek solo?

It is recommended to do the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek with a certified guide or trekking agency for safety reasons, but it is possible to do it solo if you have previous trekking experience and the necessary equipment and permits.

What is the distance covered on the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek?

The distance covered on the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is approximately 45-50 kilometres (28-31 miles), depending on the route taken.

What is the level of altitude sickness risk on the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek?

The Gaumukh Tapovan Trek involves significant altitude gain, with the highest point being at an altitude of 4,463 meters (14,640 feet). As a result, there is a risk of altitude sickness for those who are not acclimatized or do not take the necessary precautions. It is recommended to properly acclimatize, stay hydrated, and consult with a doctor before attempting the trek. It is also recommended to have a guide or trekking agency with experience in dealing with altitude sickness.

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