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Gaumukh Tapovan Trek

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Duration

8 Days 7 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

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Overview

Tapovan trek is a strikingly different type of trail inside Bhagirathi river valley to high up at the base of majestic Mt. Shivling. Tapovan (4,270 m/14,270 ft) a patch of green, situated on the west bank of Gangotri glacier amidst glacial moraine and debris. This is among few known trails which takes you to a the core of the Himalayas inside a glacial valley.

The word ‘Tapovan’ means a sacred and serene place, where the sages meditate for spiritual bliss. According to Hindu mythology, King Bhagiratha (Lord Rama’s ancestor) of the Ikshvaku dynasty, meditated here to Shiva for Ganga’s descent to the earth. From time unknown, Hindu sadhus or spiritualists come here to pay tribute to Lord Shiva and River Ganges. Tapovan, lush green in summer, blooming with wild flowers, turns golden in post-monsoon season.

The valley, flanked by majestic Himalayan peaks like Mt. Shivling (6543 m), Mt. Meru (6630 m) and Kedar Dome (6808 m) is a favourite destination for trekking enthusiastic, both Indians and foreigners. The Bhagirathi Group of peaks – I (6,856 m), II (6,512 m) and III (6,454 m) are visible on the eastern bank of Gangotri glacier. The trail from Gangotri to Tapovan via, Bhujbasa and Gomukh, is only 24 km and two days trek but it covers a vast array of Geo-morphological features, like the ‘I’ shaped river gorge of Ganges, then the snout of the glacier from where the river originates, followed by the glacier itself with lateral moraine and ice covered glacial debris and finally the steep edge of the glacier. Initially the trail runs amidst pine and birch forest, but crosses the tree line to reach this Alpine meadow where only perennial grasses, sedges, and forbs can survive. Sighting of Bharals (Blue Mountain Sheep) on nearby mountain slopes is common. The high altitude, rarity of oxygen, average 6-7 km walk in the difficult terrain and the erratic weather make this a short but challenging trek.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience a maximum altitude of 14,222 ft.- and participate in the holy ritual of taking a dip in the Bhagirathi river
  • Catch the glimpse of magnificent Bhagirathi group of three soaring peaks during your journey
  • Witness the short trek to Bhojwassa which is studded with trees and is mostly barren and often compared to the Arctic Tundra region
  • The Gomukh Gangotri trek takes you through many of the significant pilgrimage spots of Hindu devotees such as Gangotri Glaciers, Gaumukh, Bhagirathi Sisters, etc.

Itinerary

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Dehradun to Gangotri drive

7/8 hours drive of 242 km

From Dehradun we drive to Gangnani via Uttarkashi.

Gangnani is known for the natural hot water spring baths it has.

We drive to Gangotri on this day itself. We stay at a guesthouse overnight.

Gangotri (3,048 m) to Chirbasa (3,600 m) - 6 h trek

9km trek in 6 hours.

On this day, we start our trek from Gangotri to Chirbasa (3,650 m).

From Gangotri we move along the beaten trail towards Chirbasa, which is on a tree line.

The entire trek today is along the roaring Bhagirathi River.

Chirbasa to Bhojbasa (3,800 m) - 3 h trek

5 km trek in 3-4 hours.

Beyond Chirbasa the terrain becomes really desolate and barren.

In fact, it has been referred to as Arctic Tundra by many trekkers.

From Chirbasa we trek further to Bhojwassa, the entire trail passes through dense forest.

In Bhojbasa there is a small temple and a potential campsite near the river.

In the afternoon we are free to explore the area and to enjoy excellent sunset on Bhagirathi's group of peaks.

Bhojbasa to Gaumukh (3,900 m) to Tapovan (4,335 m)- 7 h

Bhojbasa to Gaumukh to Tapovan, 7 hours 9 km

Early in the morning enjoy the panoramic view of the Bhagirathi group of peaks.

After breakfast, we trek to Gaumukh (3,890 m), the source of the Ganges.

We explore the area and trek to Tapovan, one of the finest high altitude alpine meadows in the area.

The trek from Gaumukh to Tapovan has a steep ascent, and as we climb, the view of the surrounding peaks becomes clearer.

They appear to be just a stone's throw away.

It is also a little wonder why Sadhus and saints choose this spot for extended meditation during the long summer months.

Tapovan (4,463 m) rest day

This day is free for us to acclimatize, relax and enjoy the magnificent snow-capped peaks, flora, fauna, and mountain landscape.

This land is frequented by some of the greatest contemporary mountaineers.

The Shivling peak stands tall in front of us. Behind Shivling, towards the right is Meru.

A little towards the left of Shivling is Sumeru.

The Bhagirathi peaks are visible further to the left.

Bhagirathi III, Meru (Central Peak), and Sumeru have some of the hardest climbing routes in the world.

We can visit the Meru Glacier and return to our campsite.

Tapovan to Bhojbasa- 5-6 h

Tapovan to Bhojbasa, 5-6 hours trek 7 km

Early in the morning, we enjoy the sunrise on high peaks.

After breakfast, we trek down to Bhojbasa.

Bhojbasa to Gangotri- 5-6 h

Bhojbasa to Gangotri, 5-6 hours trek 14 km

We trek to Gangotri in the morning.

Dinner and overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Gangotri to Dehradun drive

Gangotri to Dehradun drive, 9 h drive 245 km

Early morning after breakfast, we drive back to Dehradun and arrive by evening.

Included/Excluded

  • 3 night’s lodge accommodation at Gangotri (Day 1, 2 & 7) on sharing basis and dinner.
  • All meals during the trek. Regular Indian style nutritious vegetarian food during the trek, breakfast packed/hot lunch (depending upon the time you reach a campsite), snacks, dinner along with coffee/tea/soup.
  • Excellent trekking guide, who will be a local to this particular area and has profound knowledge of the trekking trails around.
  • Specialised Cook, Support staff, Porters/Packed Animals for carrying the central logistics of the trek.
  • Stay in tents (3 persons dome or ridge shaped tents) on sharing basis during the trek.
  • Camping equipment like Sleeping bag, Carry mattress, Gaiters, Micro spikes/Crampon. (Bring your own sleeping if you have a high altitude specific personal Sleeping Bag. This is always better for hygienic reasons.)
  • Kitchen tent, dinning tent and toilet tent as required during the trek.
  • All permit fee, camping charges, forest levy required for the trek.
  • Basic Medical & First Aid kit.
  • Accidental Insurance Policy covering high altitude trekking tours (For Indian nationals it is included in the TREK FEE, up to 60 years of age). It covers your trek as well as your return journey to Dehradun.
  • Transportation from Dehradun to Gangotri and return (₹ 2500 – 2500 per 30 persons for the pick up and drop when shared with fellow trekkers)
  • We assume that you will carry your personal Rucksack/Backpack with all your personal belongings. If you want to offload your Rucksack and be carried by our Pack Animal/Porter then you need to pay additional ₹ 2500 for the entire duration of the trek. The Rucksack should not weigh more than 10 Kg.
  • Any tip/gratuity to the HT supports staff.
  • Anything which is NOT mentioned in the “Inclusions” or personal in nature.

Durations

8 Days 7 Nights

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