gaumukh trek

GANGOTRI GAUMUKH TAPOVAN TREK

OVERVIEW

The Gangotri Gaumukh Tapovan Trek, also known as the Source of the Ganges, is an amazing trek situated at 14,640 ft above sea level in the Gangotri National park in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is a place where both people who love adventure and those on a religious journey go.

The name “Gaumukh” comes from the famous Gaumukh glacier, which is where the holy Ganges River begins.

The Gangotri trek is 48 km long trek which can be done in 6 days from Rishikesh to Rishikesh. The Gaumukh Tapovan trek  is famous for its beautiful landscapes, like the Bhagirathi peaks, Mt. Shivalinga, and many other famous peaks. You will see lush meadows in Tapovan and rocky areas with big boulders.

Gaumukh Tapovan trek also lets you feel connected to the spiritual importance of the Ganges River. Pilgrims come here to take holy water and a dip to seek blessings, and people who love adventure are excited by the natural beauty and challenges the gangotri gomukh tapovan trek offers. This route has been used for a very long time by spiritual seekers and is a dream come true for nature lovers.

During the Gangotri Gaumukh Tapovan trek, we will explore the special place called “Zero point” at Gaumukh snout.

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 TREK COST : Rs. 25000/- PER PERSON

   Number of Days: 06 Days

  Gangotri to Gaumukh Trek distance : 18 kms

  Category : Moderate to Difficult Adventure

  Area: Gharwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand, India

  Highlights: Gangotri Temple, Gangnani hotspring, Glacial origin,   majestic peaks, serene meadows, spiritual journey, panoramic vistas

  Highest point: 4463 m

  Gaumukh Tapovan Trek best time: May to June & Sept till Nov

BRIEF ITENARY

Day 1: Drive from Rishikesh to Gangotri  (~ 3100 m/10170 ft) – 260 kms – 10 to 11 hours drive

Day 2: Trek to Bhojbasa (~ 3780/12400 ft)– 14 kms – 7 to 8 hours. Camp for the night

Day 3: Trek to Gaumukh (~ 4050 m/12280 ft) is 4 Kms – trek from Gaumukh to Tapovan  (~4350 m/14270 ft) around 5 Kms and to camping ground Near Mauni Baba Ashram  – 7 to 8 hours walk. Camp for the night

Day 4: Early morning explore Tapovan meadows and around. After breakfast descent to Bhojbasa – 6 to 7 hours. Camp for the night

Day 5: Trek back to Gangotri – 14 kms – 6 to 7 hours , drive from Gangotri to Gangnani  – 50 kms – 2 to 3 hours drive, overnight stay at gangnani

Day 6: Trek concludes, drive back to Rishikesh – 200 kms – 8 to 9 hours Drive

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DETAILED ITENARY

Day 1: Drive from Rishikesh to Gangotri  (~ 3100 m/10170 ft) – 260 kms – 10 to 11 hours drive

Our journey begins at 6:30 AM. Then we drive to Gangotri along the river bank of river Ganga (Bhagirathi) and in the mid-way visit Hot spring and take a sulphur bath in Gangnani. On the way to our base camp, we will see the beautiful view of the Greater Himalayas, Harshil and green forest.

On arrival check in the homestay/ hotel in the evening as we visit the holy city Gangotri. By 7 pm we will see a nice Ceremony (Arti) of Goddess GANGA. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2:  Trek to Bhojbasa (~ 3780/12400 ft)– 14 kms – 7 to 8 hours. Camp for the night

Morning, you fill yourself with food needed for the trek to Bhojbasa that will take about 8 hours to cover. The scenery is just magnificent, and you cannot stop to admire the beauty of the forests and the valleys down below, especially Chirbasa or the abode of pine trees. The entire trek today is along the roaring Bhagirathi River.

Trek above the Bhagirathi River on a relatively groomed path to Chirbasa. Above Chirbasa, the valley widens and offers views of snow-clad peaks in the south. It is a gentle walk to Bhojbasa (3,780m). Running virtually due south-east along the river, the Bhagirathi peaks over a beacon to the source of the river.

Bhojbasa is the widest point in the upper valley, and camping here at night offers magnificent moonlit views of the Bhagirathi peaks. The trek further to Bhojbasa is along the path that slowly flattens out and dips suddenly to reveal Bhojbasa with a small temple and a potential campsite near the river. The camp is set up near the river.

Dinner and overnight stay in tents. Enjoy incredible scenery and sight of Bhagirathi and ShivLing Mountain, dinner and rest under the tent.

Day 3: Trek to Gaumukh (~ 4050 m/12280 ft) is 4 Kms – trek from Gaumukh to Tapovan  (~4350 m/14270 ft) around 5 Kms and to camping ground Near Mauni Baba Ashram  – 7 to 8 hours walk. Camp for the night

We will cross the river with a manual cable car first.  The first four kilometres upstream from Bhojbasa are surprising though the narrow valley. The path runs smoothly above the river and is fringed by a grassy meadow.

With about a kilometer to go, the terrain turns rocky, and one has to pick one’s way through the rocks and boulders, down to a sandy beach sheltered by enormous piles of granite. Incidentally, the beach is an excellent place to camp. Scour the water’s edge for shards of ice, or follow the broken path along the river’s edge to the very foot of Gaumukh (3,969m), and look up at the Shivling Peak (6543m) almost vertically above.

Once you have reached the southern (left) bank of the river valley, the path is marked with a steep climb of nearly a thousand feet to the meadows at the base of Shivling Peak. This is Tapovan, an exquisitely watered spot from which the fabled peak of Shivling appears to sweep up in a wave of screen, granite, and snow. It is an idyllic camping spot; alternatively, a couple of Babas have establishments.

Day 4: Early morning explore Tapovan meadows and around. After breakfast descent to Bhojbasa – 6 to 7 hours. Camp for the night

Tapovan is a high-altitude alpine meadow below Mt. Shivling, which dominates the landscape. Tapovan is over 2 km in length. The area close to Mt. Shivling is wet during early summer due to melting snow and glacial water. These grounds have been used by many sages to meditate over the centuries. Descent down to Bhojbasa through Zero point at Gaumukh, The Source of the Ganges.

Day 5: Trek back to Gangotri – 14 kms – 6 to 7 hours , drive from Gangotri to Gangnani  – 50 kms – 2 to 3 hours drive, overnight stay

It’s time to trace the trail back. It’s downhill all the way till Gangotri, allowing time for a drive to Gangnani.

Day 6: Trek concludes, drive back to Rishikesh – 200 kms – 8 to 9 hours Drive

Our gangotri gaumukh tapovan trek concludes as we drive from tapovan from Gangnani to Uttarkashi at lunch and then drive to Rishikesh 200kms. At evening trip and services concludes with sweet memories.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Gangotri Gaumukh Tapovan Trek

  • What is the Gangotri Gaumukh Tapovan Trek? The Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is a trekking journey in the Himalayan Mountains of Uttarakhand in India. It is a trek along the Ganges River upto where it begins the journey to Gaumukh glacier.
  • Where is the Gangotri Gaumukh Tapovan Trek located? This trek is located in the Gangotri national park in the Garhwal Himalayas of India.
  • Is there a permit required ? The permit is obtained enroute from Uttarkashi. The Gaumukh Tapovan trek permit cost is included in the overall package cost, you do not have to pay anything extra.
  • What is the Gaumukh? It is called Gaumukh because there is a famous glacier here that looks like a cow’s mouth. In Sanskrit, “Gaumukh” means “cow’s mouth.” The source of the river Ganges originates from here.
  • What can I see during the trek? You’ll see stunning landscapes with big mountains like Bhagirathi peaks and Mt. Shivalinga. There are also lush green meadows and rocky areas with broken rocks called moraine.
  • Is Gangotri and Gaumukh a holy place? Yes, many people come here on a religious journey. They believe that the Ganges River is holy, and its source is at Gaumukh. Pilgrims seek blessings here.
  • Can anyone go on Gaumukh Tapovan trek? While it is a bit challenging as it is graded as moderate adventure so anyone with good health and some trekking experience can go.
  • How long does the Gaumukh Tapovan trek take? The trek usually takes about 6-8 days, depending on your starting point and pace.
  • What is Tapovan ? Tapovan is a beautiful meadow. It is the base for Mt Shivalinga, situated at 14640 feet above sea level. where you can enjoy the serene surroundings. Tapovan is a place where many ancient sages meditated for years.

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