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The Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is one of the most rewarding treks that you will come across in India. You get to witness the top-to-bottom views of the major peaks like Mt. Shivling and the Bhagirathi Sisters. Lying in Uttarakhand, the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek starts and ends at the holy town of Gangotri.
Gaumukh, the snout of the Gangotri glacier from where the river Bhagirathi originates, is the true source of the river Ganga. The trek to Gaumukh Tapovan starts from Gangotri, one of the four Char Dhams. As per the mythology, Gangotri is believed to be the place where Bhagirath worshipped Lord Shiva. This is also believed to be the place where Mother Ganga descended the earth.
The entire valley is peaceful and offers stunning and majestic views of Mt. Shivling, Mt. Bhagirathi massif, Mt.Meru, Mt. Sudarshan, etc. After crossing the Gaumukh, in the Gangotri glacier, climb to the meadows of Tapovan and take a bow at the feet of Mt. Shivling. You can find your inner peace and adventure in the presence of these mighty mountains as you get closer to the centre of the universe and the axis of the earth as per mythology.
The Gaumukh Tapovan Trek starts from the holy town of Gangotri. The drive from Dehradun to Gangotri is a 241 Km road journey through winding mountain roads. If you book transport with us, the vehicles will pick you up at Dehradun I.S.B.T at 6:30 am. You can expect to reach Gangotri by evening.
Once you reach Gangotri, we’ll be attending the evening aarti at Gangotri temple, and take blessings for the successful completion of the trek. We’ll also be arranging permits for the Gangotri National Park today.
If you’re coming directly to Gangotri, we suggest you start early in the morning so you can reach Gangotri by evening. To reach Gangotri, you can find a shared taxi from Rispana Pul in Dehradun to Uttarkashi. You can expect to reach Uttarkashi by 12 pm. After that, you’ll need to take another shared taxi to reach Gangotri via Harsil.
We’ll be spending the night at a guest house in Gangotri and starting our Gaumukh Tapovan Trek the next day.
Today is the first day of your trek. We’ll be waking up early, having breakfast, and start our trek towards Chirbasa. The entire trek is in the Gangotri National Park.
The trek today is of gentle and easy ascent. It is a well-paved path and you will also meet several pilgrims on the way to Gaumukh and Gangotri glacier. The views of Sudarshan Parbat will accompany you soon after starting your trek. You will be trekking beside the Bhagirathi river. You can hear the gentle and meditating sound of the Bhagirathi river flowing down below.
Once you reach Chirbasa, rest and have some tea and snacks on the bank of the river with the mighty views of Mt. Sudarshan. You can also see the Bhagirathi massif and Gangotri glacier in the distance. We’ll be camping in Chirbasa for the night.
This is the second day of the trek, and so you’ll be well acclimatized today after having a good night’s sleep. We’ll be waking up early and doing breathing exercises to help with the natural acclimatizing process. After having breakfast, start your trek towards the Bhojwasa campsite.
As soon as you start from the campsite, the valley starts to open up, and you are sure to be overwhelmed by the views of the snow-clad mountains. The trail to Bhojwasa has several landslide-prone sections as well so we will need to be careful and watchful for any falling rocks. Maintain a few feet of distance between yourself and your teammates and avoid resting on these sections. After crossing these sections swiftly, you can rest.
Just before you reach Bhojwasa, you will see views of the whole valley ahead of you. This is an amazing viewpoint. Once you reach Bhojwasa, you can get the first views of Mt. Shivling. The Bhagirathi river flows just beside the campsite.
It is amazing to note that the water you’re drinking in this trek is coming from the mighty Gangotri glacier.
The trek to Tapovan is going to be the hardest day of the trek. It helps to be mentally and physically prepared for this section of the trek. The trail also takes you to Gaumukh (the snout of the Gangotri glacier), the point where the Bhagirathi River originates from.
We’ll be starting early after having breakfast. The whole trail is full of moraines and boulders so you will need to be careful while trekking. The trail to Gaumukh is easy. We’ll be crossing several glacial streams on the way to Gaumukh. Once you reach Gaumukh, you’ll be astonished by the sheer size of the glacier.
We’ll be crossing the river to the other side. It is advisable to cross early in the morning because the water level increases significantly in the afternoon. After crossing to the other side, we’ll continue trekking towards Tapovan. From here, the trek becomes steep. You’ll come across a steep rock face, known as Khada Patthar. The trail is filled with boulders and loose scree. Once you complete this climb to Tapovan, you’ll be rewarded by incomparable views of Mt. Shivling right in front of you.
There is a reason why Mt. Shivling is considered to be the most beautiful peak of India. Tapovan is the closest you can get to Mt. Shivling as a trekker. Not just Tapovan, Mt. Bhagirathi, and Mt. Meru also dominate the views. You’re basically surrounded by the mighty mountains of the Indian Himalayas on all sides. As a mountain lover, it is an overwhelming sight.
In the evening, you will be amazed by the sunset and the alpenglow on these mountains. Once you’re done admiring the views, have dinner and rest for the night.
We will be waking up early in the morning to see the sunrise on the mountain peaks surrounding us. After that, we’ll have breakfast and start descending towards Bhojwasa.
We’ll be retracing our steps back and you’ll need to be extra careful on the steep sections to avoid any injuries to you or to your teammates.
Once you reach Bhojwasa, rest your legs and have a hearty meal. We’ll be staying at Bhojwasa for the night.
This is the last day that you’ll be trekking amidst the mountains on the Gaumukh Tapovan trail. So, take your time while descending. Remember to look back and relive the days of the trek and the majestic views that you experienced.
You can expect to reach Gangotri by evening, and make it back before the evening aarti. We’ll be staying and resting in Gangotri for the night. Spend the last night with your trek mates and your trek leader reminiscing about your trek. We’ll also have a debriefing session where you can share your experience with your trek mates.
Today is the day you’ll be parting ways with your trek leader and trek mates. It is sure to be an emotional moment for everyone after spending a week in the mountains together on the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek.
If you opt for transportation with us, your vehicles will pick you up in Gangotri in the morning and leave you at Dehradun I.S.B.T by 7 PM. If you plan to continue your travels. you can say goodbye to us at Gangotri.
We keep a buffer day in our pass-crossing treks or long treks because of any hurdles we might face during the trek, like bad weather including heavy snowfall, or rain. In such situations, it becomes risky to cross the pass or to carry on trekking.
In such situations, it must be a unanimous decision to use the buffer day. All the participants will be required to pay 2,999/- INR (exclusive of 5% GST) if the group decides to use the buffer day. The amount will be collected by your trek leader in cash.
The best time and season to do the Gaumukh Tapovan trek is in pre-monsoon or post-monsoon seasons.
Pre-Monsoon: May to June
Post-Monsoon: September to October
All participants are expected to be confident that they are physically and mentally fit and able to complete the itinerary of their chosen event as defined in the itinerary.
Any minors between 10 and 17 years of age must accompany their parent or guardian who assumes full responsibility for them to participate in the adventure activity or event. Any unaccompanied, underage minor will not be allowed to participate in the adventure activity.
You must be at least 18 years old to make a booking with us. After the booking, our team will send you a confirmation of the booking.
We understand that you may have to change your travel plans due to the Covid-19 situation, so considering this we have introduced a Book Now, Pay Later facility for all the participants. However, you will be required to pay the full amount at least 15 days prior to the departure date.
If you wish to cancel/modify your existing booking, you can do so by logging in to www.advenchar.com, and pay through the dashboard or you can drop us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with all the details of your booking, and we’ll cancel it for you.
You can claim a 100% refund if you choose to cancel your booking before 15 days. The refund will primarily be in the form of a voucher valid for 12 months. You can also opt for a cash refund provided the booking is not part of a promotional offer or a coupon code provided by Advenchar.
I went for a trek to Gaumukh Tapovan, with Advenchar. Everything was professionally organized and on time. The guides were highly knowledgeable about the local terrain and routes and the cooks prepared healthy and delicious food. Overall, a highly satisfying and enthralling experience. Also, I have travelled a few times with agencies like Indiahikes and TTH where they take in a horde and create a mela on campsites. That may be okay for some, but to me personally smaller groups entail greater exuberance, conjoined with the might and serenity of the Himalayas. Swena and Pranay and the team are highly recommended. Those two are able mountaineers and know and execute their jobs well.