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Gaumukh Tapovan Trek

Max Altitude

14,600 FT

Grade

Moderate To Difficult

Duration

8 Days

Trekking KM.

46 KM

Suitable for:10+ years
Experience:First timer can apply, previous trekking experience is more appreciated.
Fitness:Cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.

18,000 /Person

  • +5% GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Dehradun to Dehradun | included transport
  • Rs 15,400 Trek Cost & Rs 2,600 Transportation (All included in the cost)

Overview

Trek Info


  • Trail TypeRound trail. The trek starts and ends at Gangotri
  • Rail HeadDehradun, Haridwar & Rishikesh is the nearest rail head to the base camp
  • AirportJolly grant airport Dehradun
  • Base CampGangotri
  • Best Season
    • Summer Treks (April, May, June)
    • Autumn Treks (September, October, November)
  • SnowMid December to Mid June
  • Services fromDehradun to Dehradun | Included Transport
  • MealsMeals while on trek & at Hotel/Guesthouse (Veg)
  • StayCamping (Twin sharing) & Hotel/Guesthouse


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

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 mouth of the holy river Ganga.

The Gangotri glacial 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 magnificence on watching the river that gave birth and nourished an entire civilization emerge fitfully out of the Gaumukh snout to flow a 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, Alakananda 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 moderate-difficult for all the right reasons. You must come braced for an arduous hike along boulder ridden paths and 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!

Who can participate

    • Age; 15 years.
    • Experience of any high altitude trek, at least 1 treks of 5,000m/16,400ft.
    • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 6 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.
    • The climber should be able to carry a 12-16 kg backpack.

     

    Note:-

    • Heart problem, Very High blood pressure, Asthma, and Epilepsy cannot be reconciled on these missions. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above.
    • 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.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Dehradun to Gangotri
    • Altitude 3,100m/10,200ft
    • Pick up time 06.00 am at the parking of Dehradun railway station
    • Stay in Guest House
    • Drive 241 km (8 hrs)
    • Local Market and network is available
    • Route:Dehradun – Mussorie – Dhanulti- Chmba- Uttarkashi- Harshil – Gangotri

Get all set to begin the journey from Dehradun at morning 6. The day will be longer as you will cover 241km to Gangotri. It will be wonderful 8 hours ride along the mighty mountains.

Located at only 35kms from Dehradun, the first major attraction will be Mussorie, the famous hill station. The Hill station offers majestic sight of Shivalik Ranges. After a break for lunch and a bit of sight-seeing through Dhanulti, Chamba, you will arrive to the land of Gods, Uttarkashi.

Uttarkashi lies on the banks of river Bhagirathi. You will see all the temples and religious people around, making you believe that you truly are in the land of Gods. The river Bhagirath 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 long ride to Gangotri, you would wish it shouldn’t end. Gangotri is on the banks of river Bhagirathi, pervaded by pilgrims. You can roam in the local market, interact will local people and share amazing pictures to your friends, because of the good network availability. In the night have great homemade dinner and rest in the guest house.

Day 2 : Acclimatisation day at Gangotri
    • Altitude 3,100m/10,200 ft
    • Gangotri temple- Gangotri is one of Char Dhams of Uttarakhand
    • After breakfast visit Pandav gufa, Gauri and Surya kund.
    • Post lunch can visit Gangotri temple or go for shopping.
    • Acclimatisation walk around at Gangotri town
    • Stay in Guest House

Good morning in the holy land of Gangotri!
Have breakfast and enjoy the entire day just being alive in the religious vibes. Now that you are at 10171 ft height, today is the day for acclimatization. Acclimatization is like health supplement to your body to get used to the environmental and low temperatures. While doing that, you can take the advantage of being in Gangotri, one of the four Char Dhams. The Gangotri temple is the biggest temple which was built in the 18th century. Apart from that you can visit the BhagirathShila, a holy rock where King Bhagirath worshipped lord Shiva and PandavaGufa where Pandavas were rested.

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:- 3550m/ 11700ft
    • Trek:- 9 km, 5-6 hrs
    • Altitude Gain:- 450m/ 1,500ft
    • Entire trek in Gangotri National Park
    • Accommodation in tent
    • Hot lunch serve at campsite
    • Campsite under the pine forest
    • Moderate level of gradual ascent
    • Spring and manmade water point are available
    • Evening acclimatisation walk

Have full breakfast and take steps ahead to embark the trek through the mountains. You will be walking through the pine forests alongside the astounding Bhagirathi river. There will be gradual ascents but it will be easy 4-5 hours trek. Throughout the route beautiful Sudarshan Parbat (6,500m/ 21,345ft) will accompany you. You will also come across some waterfalls and streams at which you refill your water bottles. The entire walk will be in the Gangotri National Park.

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. 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 Parbatetc.

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

Day 4 : Chirbasa to Bhojwasa
    • Altitude:-3,800m/12500ft
    • Trek:- 5 km, 2-3 hrs 
    • Altitude Gain:- 250m/ 800ft
    • Accommodation in tent
    • Reached campsite for hot lunch
    • Easiest day of the trek
    • Moderate level gradual ascent
    • Birch (Bhojpatra) forests in the area
    • Ashram, police post(SDRF) and rest house available
    • Mt. Bhagirathi massif view from camp area
    • After lunch acclimatisation walk up to Gaumukh, the snout of the river Ganges

 

Wake up with the stunning fluorescent views of sun rays on the mountain peaks, get refreshed to trudge again. This will be the easiest 2-3 hours trek having gradual ascent. The trail widens up now with more closer views of the Bhagirathi peaks. You will across some landslide sections easier to walk upon. After the trek, you will find a plain terrain where tents will be laid for you, that is Bhojwassa.

The Bhojwasa came from Bhopatra trees or the Birch trees, which are in abundant there.This is the widest part in the valley serving you the first view of Mount Shivling. You will find ashram, police post and rest house, also some igloo like houses. You can opt staying in those houses but that require permissions.

Chill around in the noon after having lunch at the campsite. You can capture the splendid camping area, as you walk into the Gaumukh, the end of the Gangotri glacier. Spend the cosy cold night in the tents.

Day 5 : Bhojwasa to Tapovan via Gaumukh
    • Altitude:- Gaumukh 4,100m/13400ft 
    • Altitude:- Tapovan 4,450m/14600ft
    • Trek Bhojwasa to Gaumukh 4km/2hr
    • Trek Gaumukh to Tapovan 5km/3hr
    • Altitude Gain:- 650m/ 2,100ft
    • Accommodation in tent
    • Hot lunch/pack lunch
    • No water points, it’s advisable to carry at least 2 liters of water
    • Challenging day of the trek
    • Carry energy bars, ors and water
    • Trek begins over rocky boulders and becomes noticeably steep gradually over the rocky terrain
    • Glacier covered with moraine so no need technical equipment
    • You might be see Moutain goat/Ibex near your campsite
    • Tapoan camp surrounded by giants - Mt. Shivling, Meru, Manda, The Bhagirathi group Kedardome, Kharchakund and many more

 

The day has arrived when it will be the strenuous and longest day of the 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.

The trek to Gomukh is fairly easy. Gomukh is the end of the Gangotri glacier and hence the source of the divine Ganges river. Gomukh basically means cows mouth, it is believed the snout looked like cows mouth in past. Most religious people consider it as a blessing to visit 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 trail from here gets steeper and filled with rock boulders. The rock moraines on the glacier make the climb difficult, but it also means there is no need of technical equipments. You can use a trekking pole to ease the climb. The final trek to Tapovan is a rocky terrain, once you cross it you will be pleased to be in the best-known meadows with closer view of the magnificent Mt. Shivling.

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 mountain. Do not miss the sight of Mt. Meru and Bhagirathi peaks.

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

Day 6 : Tapovan to Chirbasa
    • Altitude:-Chirbasa 3,550m/ 11,700ft 
    • Trek :-15km/ 7hr
    • Altitude Loss:- 900m/ 2,900ft
    • Descend down through moraine and glacier till goumukh
    • Accommodation in tent
    • Pack lunch
    • Carry energy bars, ors and water

 

Rise early to cherish the few last moments in front of legendary mountains who are shining in the bright sun rays. Mt. Shivling looks prettier as never before, passing its beauty to the adjacent peaks. Together they all make a spectacular sight. It is then time to take these memories back after having breakfast. Carry packed 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 difficult than ascending they say, you will realise this now as you make way around the boulders.Watch your steps and move gradually. Try to relive the moments while you retrace the steps.

After steep descend to Gomukh, walk down the terrain alongside Bhagirathi river. It will be a 6-7 hours trek till Chirbassa. Then you will be back to the same pine forests. Not to your surprise, you will be camping near the river, in between the mountains, under the pine trees...!!

Day 7 : Chirbasa to Gangotri
    • Altitude:-3200m/ 10,200ft
    • Trek:- 9km/ 5hr
    • Altitude Loss:- 450m/ 1,500ft
    • Accommodation in Guest House
    • Moderate level of gradual descent
    • Spring and manmade water point are available

Wake up to realize that this will be the last day of the trek. Trek for around 4-5 hours covering 9km to Gangotri. You will enter again in the Gangotri National Park. You can catch up streams and waterfalls to refills water bottles. Say good bye to the Bhagirathi and other mountain peaks as their sight now disappears.

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

Day 8 : Depart for Dehradun
    • 240 Km
    • 8 Hrs Drive
    • Reached Dehradun by 5.00 PM

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

You will reach Dehradun by 5PM, from here you can lead your return journey as you have planned. Make sure to take back loads of adventure filled memories and take a pledge to come back to the mountains.

How To Reach

  • Pick Up Place
  • Drop Place
  • Note

First of all everyone has to reach Dehradun, after that TTH will take care of your further travel plan.

Our pick-up location is Dehradun Railway Station at 06:00 AM

The distance from Dehradun Bus Stand (ISBT) to Railway Station is 6 km, without traffic it will take 15 minutes.

 

Options to reach Dehradun

1.  Take an overnight train/bust to Dehradun, and then take a cab to the pickup point.

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.

2.  Take flight to Dehradun airport (Jolly Grant Airport) (25 km, 50 min), if coming by flight then come one day early.

 

 

  • TTH’s Tata Sumo, Tempo Traveller or similar vehicles will pick-up you.
  • Pick-up is included in the cost of the trek.
  • If you wish to upgrade the transport service, please contact the Trek Coordinator.

Trekkers will be dropped at Dehradun Railway station by 06:00 PM, for onward journey from Dehradun it is advised to make arrangements after 08:00 PM.

The distance from Railway Station to Dehradun Bus Stand (ISBT)  is 6 km, it will take approx 25 minutes.

Cost Terms

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

1. Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg)
3. Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required).
4. All necessary permits and entry fees to Gangotri National park).
5. First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
6. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook and Support staff.
7. Services from Dehradun to Dehradun.
8. TTH Staff insurance.
9. Mules to carry the central luggage.

1. Any kind of personal expenses.
2. Food during the transit.
3. Insurance.
4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
5. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.
6. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.

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 2400/- 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 the transport cost.

The fee can be paid by online transfer/Check deposit/Cash deposit/Demand draft. Instruction for
payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please
e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.

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 info@trekthehimalayas.com  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

 

 

If by a rare consequence TTH calls off/cancels a trek:

At TTH, we almost never call off or cancel our treks. But in the rare event that we do call off or cancel a trek due to any unforeseen circumstances or natural catastrophes like continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that prevents us from carrying out a trek in a safe manner, unforeseeable circumstances like local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any such situations that prevents a safe trekking experience, TTH will issue a voucher summing up to the same amount as your trek fee. The voucher can be redeemed on any of the treks over a period of the next year.

 

Note

  • If the entirety of your group fails to reach or cross the pickup point, or abandons the trek, due to any unforeseen circumstances like snowfall or heavy rainfall, landslide, and such, in such a case the voucher will not be issued. You can, however, choose to repeat the trek with us.

 

  • The voucher is also not issued if for any reason you have to come down from the trek. The trek leader may send you down from the trek, owing to reasons like lack of fitness, AMS, blood pressure, turn-around-time, health issues, or if you are found smoking/ drinking, or breaking the rules of the trek. Vouchers are issued only when the whole trek is cancelled or called off on behalf of TTH.

 

 

In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:

As we mention always, weather conditions at high altitudes are extremely unpredictable and can change at any time of any day. Also, situations like natural calamities or political unrest, pandemics and lockdowns, etc are out of our control and if an event cannot run under any such circumstances that we do not directly have control over then we will try to give you an alternative trek, which means your trek will be shifted from one trek to another, which will be safer and more favourable.

In these cases, a voucher is issued to mitigate the difference in cost between the two treks. You can redeem the voucher at any time over a period of one year from the date of issue. A refund fee or refund of the difference is not applicable.

 

 

Note:

  • 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:

  • This is a non-transferable voucher
  • The voucher cannot be merged with any other offer of Trek The Himalayas
  • The voucher is valid for Trek booked directly with Trek The Himalayas in India
  • To avail the voucher please use your register phone number or e-mail id
  • All the other Terms of booking a trek with Trek The Himalayas are applicable to the voucher
  • 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

Fitness regime for:

Moderate To Difficult

Calculate Your BMI :


Your BMI value is

24.22

Congratulations, your body is in good conditions!

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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