Trek to the source of river Ganga
Gaumukh Tapovan Trek
Sept & Oct
₹14999+ 5% GST
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
Gaumukh Tapovan Trek
₹14999+ 5% GST
Haridwar to Joshimath
+ Rs. 2000 Transport
+ Rs. 3500 Backpack Offloading
+ Rs. 330 Outdoor Insurance
Difficulty Level - 4
Uttarakhand 8 Days - 46 Km
Batches: Sept & Oct 2023
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The Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is a popular trekking route in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It takes you to the source of the River Ganges, known as Gaumukh, and the scenic meadows of Tapovan. Here's some information about the trek:
Location: The trek starts from Gangotri, a town located in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand, India. Gangotri is approximately 250 kilometers from the state capital, Dehradun.
Duration: The trek typically takes around 8-9 days to complete, including travel from Gangotri to Gangotri.
Difficulty Level: The Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is considered moderately complex. It involves steep ascents, rocky terrains, and altitude gain. Prior trekking experience and good physical fitness are recommended.
Gaumukh: Gaumukh is the snout of the Gangotri Glacier, which is the origin of the River Ganges. It is an important pilgrimage site and holds great religious significance for Hindus.
Tapovan: Tapovan is a stunning alpine meadow at an altitude of around 4,463 meters (14,640 feet). It offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, including the mighty Shivling Peak.
Scenic Beauty: The trek offers mesmerizing views of snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and the gushing Bhagirathi River. You'll come across beautiful landscapes, waterfalls, and diverse flora and fauna throughout the journey.
Spiritual Significance: The trek is considered sacred by Hindus due to its association with the River Ganges. Many pilgrims undertake this trek to seek spiritual blessings and experience the pristine natural beauty.
Best Time to Trek: The ideal time for the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is from May to October, during the summer and autumn seasons. The weather is relatively stable and the trails are more accessible during this period.
Equipment: Trekking gear such as sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, a waterproof jacket, a backpack, a sleeping bag, and trekking poles are essential. It is also advisable to carry sufficient food, water, and personal medical supplies.
Gaumukh Tapovan Trek Itinerary
Gangotri (3,415M) to Chirbasa (3,600M) - 9 km
Welcome to Day 1 of the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek! This trek takes you through the mesmerizing landscapes of the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand, India. Get ready for an adventure-filled journey that will lead you to the source of the sacred River Ganges and provide breathtaking views of majestic peaks.
Your trek begins at Gangotri, a small town located at an altitude of 3,048 meters (10,000 feet). Gangotri is famous for its ancient temple dedicated to the River Ganges. From Gangotri, the trail gradually ascends through lush forests of pine and birch trees.
The first leg of your trek takes you to Chirbasa, situated at an elevation of approximately 3,580 meters (11,745 feet). It is a moderate walk that covers around 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) and takes about 4-5 hours to complete. Along the way, you'll catch glimpses of the Bhagirathi peaks and the stunning natural beauty that surrounds you.
Chirbasa serves as a perfect spot for acclimatization. You'll find a few tea stalls and basic guesthouses here. Take some time to relax, enjoy the serene surroundings, and prepare yourself for the next day's trek.
As you continue your journey, Day 1 ends at Chirbasa, and you can spend the evening exploring the area, interacting with fellow trekkers, and relishing a hot meal. Ensure you drink plenty of water and stay hydrated throughout the day to combat the effects of high altitude.
Remember to respect the environment and follow the principles of Leave No Trace. Pack out any waste you generate and be mindful of the fragile ecosystem you are entering.
Prepare your gear for the next day, as you will be heading towards Bhojbasa, which is situated at an altitude of approximately 3,800 meters (12,470 feet). This leg of the trek offers stunning views of the Bhagirathi peaks and the opportunity to witness the glacier-fed River Bhagirathi.
Wishing you a fantastic start to your Gaumukh Tapovan Trek! Enjoy the scenic beauty and the thrill of the mountains.
Day 2: Chirbasa (3,600M) to Bhojwasa (3,775M) - 5 km
Welcome to Day 2 of your Gaumukh Tapovan Trek! Today, you will continue your journey from Chirbasa to Bhojbasa, covering a distance of approximately 5 kilometers (3.1 miles). This leg of the trek will take you closer to the mighty Gangotri Glacier and offer breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks.
After a good night's rest in Chirbasa, wake up early in the morning to witness the stunning sunrise illuminating the mountains. Begin your trek by following the well-marked trail that winds through the picturesque landscape.
As you ascend, you'll notice the vegetation becoming sparser, and the terrain becoming rockier. The trail takes you alongside the River Bhagirathi, which flows from the Gangotri Glacier. The sight of the glacial river gushing down the valley is awe-inspiring.
After walking for about 2-3 hours, you'll reach the destination for the day—Bhojbasa. Situated at an altitude of approximately 3,775 meters (12,385 feet), Bhojbasa is a small settlement offering basic accommodation and a few tea stalls.
Bhojbasa provides an excellent vantage point to witness the massive Gangotri Glacier, the source of the River Ganges. The glacier, with its icy crevasses and massive ice formations, is a sight to behold. Take some time to soak in the beauty and grandeur of this natural wonder.
Spend the rest of the day exploring the surroundings, relaxing, and acclimatizing to the higher altitude. It is crucial to listen to your body and give it enough time to adjust to the changing altitude to avoid altitude sickness.
Remember to stay hydrated, drink plenty of water, and consume a nutritious diet. Take precautions against the sun as the higher altitudes can be harsh on the skin. Apply sunscreen, wear a hat, and protect yourself from the strong UV rays.
In the evening, enjoy a warm meal at one of the local tea stalls and immerse yourself in the serene ambiance of the mountains. The night sky at Bhojbasa is often adorned with a blanket of stars, offering a magical experience for stargazers.
Ensure you have a good night's sleep and recharge for the next day's trek, which will take you even closer to the mythical Gaumukh, the snout of the Gangotri Glacier.
Remember to respect the environment and follow the principles of responsible trekking. Leave no trace, carry back any waste, and be mindful of the fragile ecosystem you are traversing.
Wishing you an incredible journey as you continue towards Gaumukh on Day 3 of the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek!
Day 3: Bhojwasa (3,775M) to Tapovan (4,460M) via Gomukh (4,025M) - 14 km Trek
Welcome to Day 3 of your Gaumukh Tapovan Trek! Today's trek will take you from Bhojbasa to Tapovan, a high-altitude meadow situated at an elevation of approximately 4,460 meters (14,632 feet). Along the way, you will visit Gaumukh, the snout of the Gangotri Glacier and a significant pilgrimage site.
Start your day early, as you have a long and challenging trek ahead. From Bhojbasa, the trail gradually ascends towards Gaumukh. The initial section will take you through moraine and rocky terrain as you approach the glacier.
After walking for a few hours, you'll reach Gaumukh, which literally means "Cow's Mouth" in Hindi. It is named so because the glacier's terminus resembles a cow's snout. Gaumukh holds immense religious significance for Hindus and is considered the source of the sacred River Ganges.
Take some time to marvel at the impressive glacier and the stunning surroundings. The glacier's icy expanse, jagged peaks, and the sound of the flowing river create a surreal atmosphere.
Beyond Gaumukh, the trail continues to ascend towards Tapovan. This section of the trek involves negotiating some challenging terrain, including moraines, boulders, and steep inclines. The altitude also adds to the difficulty, so it's important to maintain a slow and steady pace, allowing your body to adjust to the thin air.
As you climb higher, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, including Shivling, Meru, and Bhagirathi group of peaks. The serene beauty of the surrounding Himalayan landscape will leave you spellbound.
After a strenuous yet rewarding trek, you'll finally reach Tapovan, your destination for the day. Tapovan is a vast meadow nestled amidst towering mountains and offers a majestic view of the peaks. It is also renowned for its spiritual ambiance and is considered a meditative place by many yogis and sadhus.
Settle into your campsite at Tapovan, enjoy a warm meal, and soak in the tranquility of this remarkable place. Take some time to explore the surroundings, witness the vibrant colors of the alpine flowers, and capture the memories of this awe-inspiring location.
Ensure you stay hydrated, continue acclimatizing to the altitude, and listen to your body. It's essential to give yourself enough time to adjust and avoid any symptoms of altitude sickness.
At night, be prepared for a cold and starry sky. The clear mountain air and lack of light pollution make Tapovan an ideal spot for stargazing. Witness the twinkling constellations and perhaps even catch a glimpse of shooting stars.
Congratulations on reaching Tapovan and completing the challenging trek to Gaumukh! Take this opportunity to rest, recharge, and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Himalayas.
Day 4: Tapovan (4,460M) to Bhojwasa (3,775M) - 6 km
Welcome to Day 4 of your Gaumukh Tapovan Trek! Today, you will begin your descent from Tapovan back to Bhojbasa, retracing your steps through the magnificent Himalayan landscape.
After spending a peaceful night surrounded by the grandeur of Tapovan, wake up early to witness the sunrise painting the peaks with hues of gold. Take a moment to appreciate the serene beauty of the surroundings before starting your trek.
The trail descends gradually, offering you a different perspective of the mountains and glaciers you encountered on your way up. As you make your way back, cherish the memories of the stunning views and the sense of accomplishment that came with conquering the challenging terrain.
While descending, remember to maintain a steady pace and be cautious while traversing any rocky or uneven sections of the trail. Take breaks as needed to rest, hydrate, and capture the last glimpses of the mesmerizing landscapes.
After approximately 3-4 hours of trekking, you'll arrive back at Bhojbasa. This will be a welcome sight as you return to a familiar place and lower altitude. Take a moment to relax and reflect on the incredible journey you've undertaken over the past few days.
Spend the rest of the day at Bhojbasa, indulging in a well-deserved rest. Rejuvenate yourself by taking in the natural beauty around you and relishing a warm meal at one of the tea stalls. Use this time to bond with fellow trekkers and share stories of your adventures in the mountains.
In the evening, you can take a stroll around Bhojbasa, capturing any last moments of the scenic landscape before bidding farewell to this serene haven.
As you prepare for your final night on the trek, take the opportunity to express gratitude for the remarkable experiences and memories you've gathered throughout the journey. Make sure to get a good night's sleep, as tomorrow you will make your way back to Gangotri, concluding your Gaumukh Tapovan Trek.
Remember to continue practicing responsible trekking, leaving no trace of your presence in these pristine mountains. Preserve the beauty of the environment for future generations to enjoy.
Wishing you a peaceful and restful night at Bhojbasa, as you savor the final moments of your incredible trekking adventure!
Day 5: Bhojwasa (3,775M) to Gangotri (3,415M) - 14 km
Welcome to the final day of your Gaumukh Tapovan Trek! Today, you will make your way back from Bhojbasa to Gangotri, concluding your memorable adventure in the Garhwal Himalayas.
After a refreshing night's rest in Bhojbasa, wake up early and prepare for the final leg of your trek. Begin your descent from Bhojbasa, bidding farewell to the mesmerizing views and serene ambiance of the high-altitude meadow.
The trail back to Gangotri is approximately 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) long and will take around 6-7 hours to complete. As you descend, you'll retrace your steps through the scenic landscapes, crossing the rocky terrains and picturesque sections you encountered on your way up.
While descending, be cautious of any loose rocks or uneven surfaces along the trail. Take your time and maintain a steady pace, allowing yourself to enjoy the surroundings one last time. As you make your way down, you'll notice the gradual change in vegetation, with the forested sections becoming denser.
As you approach Gangotri, the sound of the River Bhagirathi will grow louder, welcoming you back to the town. The sight of the charming town nestled in the Himalayas will bring a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment.
Upon reaching Gangotri, take a moment to appreciate the significance of this sacred place. Visit the famous Gangotri Temple, dedicated to the River Ganges, and offer your prayers or pay your respects, soaking in the spiritual atmosphere.
Afterward, take some time to relax and unwind in Gangotri. Explore the town, interact with the locals, and perhaps indulge in some local cuisine to celebrate the successful completion of your trek.
Reflect on the incredible experiences and memories you've gathered over the past few days, cherishing the stunning vistas, challenging trails, and the sense of connection with nature. Take pride in your accomplishment, knowing that you have explored and experienced the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas.
As you bid farewell to Gangotri, remember to respect the environment and local culture. Dispose of any waste responsibly and leave the town as pristine as you found it.
Congratulations on completing the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek! May the memories of this adventure stay with you forever, serving as a reminder of your strength, resilience, and the beauty of the natural world. Safe travels, and may you embark on many more incredible journeys in the future!
Food as per menu on the trek (Starting Dinner on Day 1 till Packed Lunch on Day 5)
Exhaustive First Aid kit including Oxygen cylinder
Forest Permits/Camping Charges, if any (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
Dome tents - on twin sharing basis, Sleeping bags, mats
Micro-spikes, Gaiters, Helmets, if required
Trek guide, cook, helpers, and porters for carrying common supplies
Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid certification along with special rescue course from NIM, Uttarkashi
Portage of personal bags during the trek
Cost of any kind of Travel Insurance.
Any Expense of personal nature.
Any Expenses not specified in the inclusions list.
Essentials to carry
When embarking on the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek, it is important to pack the necessary gear and supplies to ensure a safe and comfortable journey in the high-altitude Himalayan region. Here is a list of essential items to carry:
- Warm and waterproof jacket
- Insulated down or synthetic jacket
- Thermal base layers (tops and bottoms)
- Fleece or softshell jacket
- Trekking pants and/or convertible pants
- T-shirts or trekking shirts
- Waterproof and breathable pants
- Warm hat or beanie
- Gloves or mittens
- Hiking socks (wool or synthetic blend)
- Trekking boots or sturdy hiking shoes
- Gaiters (optional, for added protection against snow or debris)
- Backpack (30-40 liters) for carrying your personal belongings
- Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures
- A sleeping pad or mat for insulation and comfort
- Trekking poles for stability and support
- Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Sun hat or cap
- Water bottle or hydration bladder (1-2 liters capacity)
- Personal first aid kit including essential medications, bandages, and blister treatment
- Swiss army knife or multi-tool
- Trekking map and compass or GPS device
- Whistle for emergency signaling
- Lightweight and quick-drying towel
3. Personal Care and Hygiene:
- Sunscreen with a high SPF rating
- Lip balm with UV protection
- Insect repellent
- Wet wipes or hand sanitizer
- Toilet paper or tissue paper
- Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.)
4. Food and Snacks:
- Energy bars or snacks for quick and convenient energy boosts
- Electrolyte powder or tablets to replenish lost minerals during exertion
- Camera or smartphone for capturing the stunning landscapes
- Portable power bank or extra batteries for electronic devices
- Cash in small denominations for any purchases or emergencies
Remember to pack your belongings in a waterproof and lightweight manner, and only carry what is necessary to keep your backpack as light as possible. Additionally, check the weather forecast and consult with your trekking operator or guide for any specific gear or equipment recommendations.
It is important to note that this list is a general guideline, and you should adapt it based on your personal needs, preferences, and the specific requirements of the trek.
Here are some popular questions and their answers about the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek:
1. How long does the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek take?
The Gaumukh Tapovan Trek typically takes around 5 to 7 days to complete, depending on your pace and itinerary. This includes the trek from Gangotri to Gaumukh, Tapovan, and the return journey.
2. What is the best time to do the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek?
The best time to undertake the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is during the summer months from May to June and September to October. These months offer favorable weather conditions with moderate temperatures and clear skies, making it ideal for trekking.
3. Is prior trekking experience necessary for the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek?
Prior trekking experience is not mandatory for the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek, but it is advisable to have a reasonable level of fitness and stamina. The trek involves moderate to difficult sections, and being physically prepared will enhance your experience.
4. What are the permits required for the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek?
To trek to Gaumukh and Tapovan, you will need to obtain permits from the Forest Department and the Gangotri National Park. It is essential to check the latest guidelines and obtain the necessary permits before starting your trek.
5. Are there any accommodation options available during the trek?
There are basic accommodation options available at certain stops along the trek route, such as Chirbasa and Bhojbasa. These accommodations usually offer dormitory-style rooms or tents for trekkers. It is recommended to carry your own sleeping bag for added comfort.
6. What are the highlights of the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek?
The Gaumukh Tapovan Trek offers several highlights, including the sacred Gaumukh Glacier, which is the source of the River Ganges. The trek also provides stunning views of peaks like Shivling, Meru, and the Bhagirathi group. Additionally, the serene meadows of Tapovan and the spiritual ambiance of Gangotri add to the trek's appeal.
7. How challenging is the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek?
The Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is considered moderately to difficult in terms of difficulty. The trail involves steep ascents and descents, rocky terrain, and the challenges of high altitude. It is recommended to have a good level of fitness, prior trekking experience, and proper acclimatization to tackle the trek comfortably.
8. Is it safe to trek to Gaumukh Tapovan?
With proper preparation, guidance, and adherence to safety precautions, the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek can be undertaken safely. It is important to trek with a knowledgeable guide or join an organized trekking group. Acclimatization, proper gear, staying hydrated, and following trekking guidelines are crucial for a safe and enjoyable experience.
Please note that the above information is a general guide, and it's always advisable to do thorough research and consult with experienced trekking operators or local authorities for the most up-to-date and accurate information before planning your Gaumukh Tapovan Trek.