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Gaumukh Tapovan Trek

Gaumukh Tapovan Trek

 16,400
(GST 5.00 %)
(Dehradun to Dehradun)
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Overview

Region :- Uttarakhand
Duration :- 8 Days
Grade :- Moderate To Difficult
Max Altitude :- 14,600 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!

Brief Itinerary

Day 1:- Dehradun to Gangotri

  • Altitude 3100 mtr.
  • 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
  • Day 2:- Acclimatisation day at Gangotri (10171 ft)

  • Altitude 10171 ft
  • Gangotri temple- Gangotri is one of Char Dhams of Uttarakhand
  • Acclimatisation walk around at Gangotri town
  • Stay in Guest House
  • Day 3:- Gangotri (10171 ft) to Chirbassa (11680 ft)

  • Altitude 11680 ft
  • 9 km, 5-6 hrs trek
  • 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
  • Day 4:- Chirbassa (11680 ft) to Bhojwasa (12435 ft)

  • Altitude 12435 ft 2-3 hrs trek
  • 5 km, 2-3 hrs trek
  • 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 and rest house available
  • Mt. Bhagirathi massif view from camp area
  • After lunch acclimatisation walk up to Gaumukh, the snout of the river Ganges
  • Day 5:- Bhojwasa (12435 ft) to Tapovan (14600 ft) Back to bhojwasa via Gaumukh (13452 ft)

  • Altitude 14600 ft
  • 18km, 10-11 hrs trek
  • Bhojwasa to Gaumukh 5 km
  • Gaumukh to Tapovan 4 km
  • Accommodation in tent
  • 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 surrounded by giants - Mt. Shivling, Meru, Manda, The Bhagirathi group Kedardome, Kharchakund and many more
  • Day 6:- Bhojwasa (12435 ft) to Gangotri (10171 ft)

  • 14km, 6-7 hrs trek
  • Moderate level of gradual descent
  • Spring and manmade water point are available
  • Accommodation in Guest House
  • Pack lunch
  • Carry energy bars, ors and water
  • Day 7:- Depart for Dehradun

  • 240 Km
  • 8 Hrs Drive
  • Reached Dehradun by 5.00 PM
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    Who can go
  • First timer can apply, should have some interest in trekking and mountaineering.
  • 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 10-15 kg backpack.
  • Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above.
  • Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1:- Dehradun to 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:- Acclimatization day at Gangotri

    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 Chirbassa

    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 (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:- Chirbassa to Bhojwasa

    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 - Tapovan - Bhojwasa via Gomukh

    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.

    We will be heading to Tapovan and coming back to Bhojwasa on this day. 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 the gruelling trek, Tapovan serves as a perfect place for solitude. Here you will find mountain goats roaming around, just as you are. Head back to Bhojwasa.


    Day 6:- Bhojwasa to Gangotri

    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.


    Day 7: Depart from Gangotri and reach Dehradun around 5 PM.

    Have a final cup of morning tea in the mighty land of Gangotri. Say final goodbye 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 an 8 hours ride, between the mountains, valleys and Bhagirathi river. The river which guided us throughout the trek.

    You will reach Dehradun by 5 PM, 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

    By Air :-
    Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 25 km from the city. There is a daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun

    By Train :-
    Take the overnight train to Dehradun from Delhi

    • Nandadevi Express - Train no: 12205 (Departure 11:50pm; Arrival - 5:40am)
    • Dehradun Express - Train no: 12687 (Departure - 9:10pm; Arrival - 5:00am)

    By Bus:-
    There is regular bus service from Delhi to Dehradun, from Delhi’s ISBT Kashmere Gate.
    We would suggest you to take only government buses from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Private buses ply from outside ISBT and they are not trust worthiness.
    Usually buses drop you at Dehradun ISBT. From there you have to come to Dehradun Railway Station

    • TTH’s Tata Sumo or similar vehicles will pick-up you from Dehradun Railway Station at 6:00am.
    • Pick-up is included in the cost of the trek
    • You will reach Gangotri by 5:00 pm

    Cost Terms

    Inclusions :-
    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.


    Exclusions :-
    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.

    Note :
    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 1700/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
    INR 1900/- 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.


    Paying the Trek/ Adventure activity fee:
    The fee can be paid by online transfer/check 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.


    When to book:
    It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. However, if you want a good deal on your domestic/international flight, we recommend organising your trip at least five months in advance. (Please contact us if you require a late booking)

    In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: -


    Cancellations prior to 24 days from the start of the trek
    Book any other trek till one year or get 95% refund
    (Note: If the trek charges are more, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)


    Cancellation between 24 days and 14 days to the start of the trek
    Choose to go for the same trek, with any other batch, till year or get 70% refund


    Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the trek
    Choose to go on the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch or get 50% refund.


    Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek
    Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.


    Note:-
    1)- Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
    2)- In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH.
    3)- TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

    Trek Essential

    Fitness

    Fitness regime for:

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    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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    FAQ

    Risk & Respond

    High Altitude Treks: Risk and Response A high altitude trek calls for an adventurous attitude, but embarking on an adventurous trip without calculating the risks is utter stupidity. That’s why we have listed a few risks and the response planned by TTH to minimise or address the risks in the best possible way.


    Risk: Altitude Before you start the trek, it is important to understand the implications of high altitude on your body. Be aware of symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mild headache, nausea and general discomfort.

    Response: If you feel any of these symptoms, inform the trek leader on priority and follow his instructions. Every campsite has as stretcher, fully equipped first aid kit, oxygen cylinders to address the situation.


    Risk: Weather Weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas. Though we are always observant about the changing weather, no one can guarantee a snowfall, rain or Sun. Do understand that your security is of utmost importance to us and we will not proceed any further from the campsite if the weather is not favourable.

    Response: The decision of the Trek Leaders and Guides to proceed or wait for the weather to get better will be final.


    Risk: Injuries Often, while trekking over difficult terrains, you might have minor injuries like leg sprain, bruises etc. Serious injuries like fractures or major cuts are very rare.

    Response: All our Trek Leaders are Certified Wilderness First Aid responders. They are trained to handle emergencies and can tackle minor injuries with a well-equipped first aid kit. In case of serious injuries, the patient is carried on a stretcher to the nearest road-head and is led to nearest medical centre.


    Risk: Lack of communication devices In the remote areas of the Himalayas, mobile networks do not reach. On a trek, one is cut off from the world of calls, SMSs or watsapps.

    Response: We rely on walkie-talkies and runners to communicate between the campsites and the base camps.

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    Brief Detail

    Trek Itinerary

    Day 1:- Dehradun to Gangotri
    Day 2:- Acclimatisation day at Gangotri
    Day 3:- Gangotri to Chirbassa
    Day 4:- Chirbassa to Bhojwasa
    Day 5:- Bhojwasa to Tapovan to Bhojwasa Via Gaumukh
    Day 6:- Bhojwasa to Gangotri
    Day 7:- Depart for Dehradun

    Note: On Day 7, you’ll reach Dehradun by 5:00 pm. You can book your travel any time after 6:00 pm.

    Trek Info

    Region: Uttarakhand
    Duration: 7 Days
    Grade: Moderate to Difficult
    Max Altitude: 14,600 Ft.
    Trekking Km: 46 Km.
    Trail Type: Round trail. The trek starts and ends at Gangotri
    Rail head: Dehradun, Haridwar & Rishikesh is the nearest rail head to the base camp
    Air Port: Jollygrant airport is the nearest airport
    Road : Dehradun is well connected to Delhi
    Base Camp: Gangotri
    Best Season: May, June, Mid August to October
    Snow: Mid December to Mid June
    Batch Size: 15 trekkers including Male and female
    Services from: Dehradun to Dehradun
    Food: Meals while on trek (Veg)
    Stay: Guest house, Camping
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