Gaumukh Tapovan Trek
source of the River Ganges
While Gaumukh Tapovan Trek you will get the opportunity to experience vistas of the key peaks from the top down, such as Mount Shivling and the Bhagirathi Sisters. The sacred town of Gangotri serves as both the beginning and ending point of the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek, which is located in the state of Uttarakhand. The genuine beginning of the Ganges River is located at Gaumukh, which is the snout of the Gangotri glacier. This is also the location where the Bhagirathi River begins. The journey to Gaumukh Tapovan begins in Gangotri, one of the four holy destinations known as the Char Dhams. It is said in the mythology that Bhagirath offered adoration to Lord Shiva in Gangotri, and this location is referred to as Gangotri. It is also believed that Mother Ganga descended to the earth at this location. The whole valley is tranquil, and it provides breathtaking and magnificent views of nearby mountains such as Mount Shivling, the Bhagirathi massif, Mount Meru, and Mount Sudarshan, amongst others. After you have traversed the Gaumukh in the Gangotri glacier, ascend to the meadows of Tapovan, and then make a prostration at the base of Mount Shivling. According to legend, when you approach the centre of the cosmos and the axis of the world, you will be able to discover both inner serenity and exciting new opportunities for exploration in the presence of these towering mountains.
- Trek Distance: 45 kms
- Height: 14,600 Ft.
- Grade: Easy to Moderate
- Best Time: April to June, September to November
The road trip from Dehradun to Gangotri is 241 km long and travels through mountainous terrain on twisting roads. If you reserve your transportation with us, our transport will pick you up at the Dehradun I.S.B.T. station at 6:30 in the morning. You should plan to get at Gangotri about sunset time. After you have arrived at Gangotri, we will proceed to the Gangotri temple to take part in the evening aarti and get blessings for the smooth conclusion of the journey. Today's agenda also includes making arrangements for park permits for Gangotri National Park. It is recommended that you get an early start in the morning if you are travelling straight to Gangotri. This will allow you to be there before nighttime falls. You may take a shared cab from Rispana Pul in Dehradun to Uttarkashi and then continue on to Gangotri this way. You should aim to get at Uttarkashi by 12 p.m. at the very latest. After that, you will have to take a different shared cab in order to go to Gangotri by way of Harsil. After spending the night in a guest lodge in Gangotri, we will get an early start on our trek to Gaumukh Tapovan the following morning.
After getting a decent night's sleep the night before, you should be fully acclimatised by the time you reach the second day of the trek today. In order to assist the body's natural process of acclimatisation, we will be getting up early and engaging in breathing exercises. After you've finished eating breakfast, it's time to begin your walk to the Bhojwasa campground. As soon as you leave the campground, the valley will begin to open up, and the vistas of the snow-covered mountains will likely leave you speechless. The path that leads to Bhojwasa has numerous areas that are prone to landslides, which means that we will need to be cautious and keep an eye out for any falling boulders. Keep a space of a few feet between you and your teammates at all times, and steer clear of sitting down on certain parts of the course. You'll be able to take a break if you've successfully completed these portions. You will arrive to a point where you can look forward and get vistas of the whole valley just before you reach Bhojwasa. This is such a fascinating point of view. After arriving at Bhojwasa, you will get your first opportunities to observe Mount Shivling. There is a campground right next to the Bhagirathi river, which runs nearby. It is incredible to think that the water you are drinking on this walk is sourced from the enormous Gangotri glacier, which is located in the Himalayas.
The day spent trekking to Tapovan is likely to be the most challenging of the whole journey. For this leg of the hike, it is good to have both mental and physical preparations in place. In addition, the path leads you to Gaumukh, also known as the snout of the Gangotri glacier, which is the location from where the Bhagirathi River begins. After enjoying breakfast, we will get an early start on the day. Because the whole path is littered with moraines and stones, you will need to exercise extreme caution while you are hiking. The path leading to Gaumukh is straightforward. On the journey to Gaumukh, we are going to have to ford multiple glacier streams. When you finally make it to Gaumukh, you are going to be astounded by the sheer magnitude of the glacier. You are going to be blown away by the sunset and the alpenglow that these mountains put on in the evening. After you've had your fill of the scenery, it's time to have supper and turn in for the night.
We are going to set our alarms at an early hour so that we may see the dawn over the mountains that are all around us. Following that, we will have breakfast before beginning our descent into Chirbassa. When we go back over the ground we just covered, each of you will need to exercise an increased degree of caution so that neither you nor any of your colleagues sustain any injuries. When you get to Chirbassa, take some time to relax and refuel with a good lunch. The Chirbassa will be our home for the night's activities.
On this, the last day of your journey along the Gaumukh Tapovan path, you will be trekking through the mountainous terrain. Therefore, proceed with caution when falling. It is important to remember to reflect on the past and recall the days of the walk as well as the breathtaking vistas that you saw. You should be able to be in Gangotri by the evening, and you should get back in time to attend the evening aarti. Gangotri is where we will spend the night and get some much needed rest and relaxation. Spend the last night of your hike reflecting on the journey with your fellow trekkers and the person who led the hike. In addition, we will conduct a debriefing session during which you will have the opportunity to discuss your experiences with the other participants in the walk.
You will soon be parting ways with your trip leader and the other people you travelled with. You will be in Dehradun around 7 o'clock in the evening.
Things to Carry
- Government ID Card and 2 Passport size photo
- Up to 60lts backpack with its waterproof cover
- Water bottle (temperature maintained one)
- Personal Medical Kit
- Snacking items
- Fleece T-shirt
- Fleece Jacket
- Trek pants
- Woolen gloves
- Toothbrush and paste
- Toilet papers
- Wet wipes and Tissues
- Lip balm
- Woolen Cap
- Trekking shoes
- Woolen Socks
- Quick dry towel
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