Gangotri Gaumukh Tapovan trek
A adventure journey on spiritual trail..
Area Garhwal Himalayas
Trip Duration:- 7 nights / 8 days
Trip Grade:- Moderate
Highest Point:- 4500m ( Tapovan)
Highest Camping Point:- 4500m ( Tapovan)
Best Time To Go:- Mid April to June & September to Mid Nov
Gaumukh Situated 268 kms north from Rishikehs at height of 4000 mts. It is 18 km trek from Gangotri temple. According to Hindu mythology, river Ganga appeared here on King Bhagirathi’s request. As king Bhagirathi wants floes his forth father ashes in ganga river to peace for there soul. He did thousand-year pancess on Srikanth and Meru Mountain. It is believed that, searching a lost sheep a shepherd boy reached near a glacier in Gangotri the snout of which exactly looked like the mouth of a cow, and thus it got its name ‘Gomukh’. From then many saints, holy travelers, as well as religious people comes here every year, it is not only a trek, it’ spiritual journey as well which every Hindu wants do once in life. Gangotri glacier is a challenge for every trekker and adventurer, most of who like to go beyond the Gaumukh point to camp right at the base of The Shivling Peak from where one also gets to see a magnificent view of Bhagirathi Peaks. The beautiful meadows of Tapovan is a delight to visit as you have the Shivling peak (6,543 m) – the Matterhorn of India, rising high on one side flanked by Meru and Kedardome and the peaks of Bhagirathi on the other side.
Day 01: Rishikesh Depart for Uttarkashi 165 Km approx 5-6 hrs altitude (356-1158 mts)
Guest will depart after break fast and lunch will serve enroot.
Small twon and Historical Places to see on the way to Destination.
First: Narendra nagar:-59th king of Tehri state Maharaja Narendra Saha built palace here in 1910.
Second- Agarakhal: A small town Known for ginger cultivation, restaurant and small shops. People stay at Agarakhal for breakfast and lunch during their journey from long distant villages of garhwal Himalayas.
Third – Chamba: a town situated at junction of road connecting Mussoori, Rishikesh and New Tehri. Also known for a brave solder Gabber Singh Negi, who was in the British Indian Army during World War I and a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth.
Fourth – Rampur:- A perfect place to view a beautiful 45 km Tehri lake. Tehri also known for Asia’s second largest and world’s number one highest rock fills Dam, and was the state of Maharaja (King’s) Garhwal.
Fifth: Uttrakashi:-.is situated on the banks of river Bhagirathi, and district headquarters of Uttrakashi. It has oldest temple of lord Shiva which known as Vishwanath, Every evening pilgrims attend the evening Ceremony (Arti) at sunset which also performed in this temple. Is is home to a number of ashrams, temples and the world fames mountaineering institute (Nehru Institute of Mountaineering).
Day 02: Depart for Gangotri (100 kms by Road altitude 1158-3048 mts
,) Note:- Guest will depart after break fast and lunch will serve enroot.
Small town and Historical Places to see on the way to Destination
First- Gangnani:- Known for Nuturel hot spring watera and temple dedicated to Sage Parasara, father of Veda Vyas. Most of the devotes take a holy dip in the hot water spring of Rishikund, before heading to Gangotri.
Second-Harsil:-is a beautiful town, hidden secretly in the lap of Himalayas, on the banks of river Bhagirathi surrounded by Dense Deodar forests, apple orchid and Also known for one of tasty kidney bean farming.
Third- Dharali:- is famous for its glittering apple orchards. The lofty trees of pine and deodars encircle the village thereby, making the landscape surreal. known for ancient Shiva temple an awesome depiction of the illustrious cultural and architectural heritage of India
Fourth-Bhairon Ghati:- known for Bhairon Devta temple and deep gorgeg of Jad and Bhagirathi Rivers, A bridge at considerable altitude from river lavel flowing blew and the towering cider trees provide a rare natural Bonanza.
Fifth- Gangotri:- It is a Hindu pilgrim town on the banks of the river Bhagirathi and origin of River Ganges, it has 18th century granite temple dedicated to the Goddess Ganges, where she is believed to have descended to earth. It is situated on the right bank of the Bhagirathi River. Every evening mother Ganges Arti performed at temple hundred of devotees attained it.
Day 03: Gangotri for Bhojbasa (14 kms Trek, 6-7hrs, 1158-3048 mts -3742 mts)
Note:- Guest will depart after break fast and lunch will serve enroot.
Interesting places on the way.
After breakfast with pack lunch by 7:00 trek towards Great Gangotri Glacier. After 2km we have to list down the amount of plastic bags.
A gradual 6 -7 hrs through a wide open valley of pine forest and Glimpses of Himalayan peaks and the silence of the Himalayas.
Chirbasa:- Situated at height of (3600mt). Surrounded by cheer (pine trees) a place to refresh after 9 kms trek, then continue further to Bhojwassa.
Bhojbasa:- situated at hiegt of 3800 amsl 14 km from Gangotri. The name ‘Bhojbasa’ comes from the ‘Bhoj-patra’ tree that is laden on certain stretches of the walk to Bhojbasa and is said that ancient texts were written using the bark of the tree Bhagirathi Mountain in all its glory. One can see Bhagirathi Three peaks lying side by side. the entire trail passes through dense forest. Arrive Bhojwassa; there is a small temple and a potential campsite near down the river. We make our camp near river side. Explore the area and to enjoy excellent sunset on Bhagirathi group of peaks. Dinner and Overnight stay at camp.
Day 04: Trek Bhojbasa – Tapovan (Shivling Base Camp 4500 mts, 8 kms Trek, 4-5 hrs)
Early in the Morning enjoy view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. After breakfast head to Gomukh glacier.
Gomukh:- (face of cow) (3890mt) It is believed that mother Ganga appeared here on King Bhagirathi’s request.. Explore the area and trek to Tapovan, one of the finest high altitude alpine meadows in the area. The trek from Gomukh to Tapovan is ascent steep, and as we climb, the view of the surrounding peaks becomes clearer. The appear to be just a stone’s throw away.
Tapovan:- known for its beautiful meadows that encircle the base camp of the Shivling (6500 MTS) peak, Tapovan is a very pleasant surprised spot with a large meadow complete with bubbling streams, wildflowers and campsites. it is said that if some one rally need peace they can get it through the mediation at Tapovan that is why saints choose this spot for extended meditation during the long summer month to meditate. Apart from it Herds of Bharal (mountain goats) are a common sight from here on mountain ridges. On the far side of the glacier the Bhagirathi I, II, III (6454mt), provide an equally impressive backdrop. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.
Day 05: Tapovan (4500 mts)
Free to acclimatize, relax, photography, Meditation, and enjoy the magnificent snow clapped peaks, flora, Fauna and mountain landscape. Explore the Thelu, Chandra, kharch kund, kedar dom Vasuki mountain see beautiful sunset on Shivling, Bhagirathi and Meru. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp..
Day 06: Trek Tapovan – Chirbasa (3600 mts, 13 kms Trek, 4-5 hrs)
Early Morning with a hot cup of tea enjoy the sunrise on Shivling, Bhagirathi and Meru, after watching the sunrise. time to have break fast and get ready for down hill trek into the valley towards Chirbasa approx 6 hrs. Overnight stay at Camp.
Day 07: Trek Chirbasa to Gangotri (3 hours) and drive to Uttrakashi (4 hours)
After early morning break fast trek down to Gangotri, visit mother Ganges temple to say thank for safe and sound journey. Small walk on the market and bord to vehicle drive to Gangnanai for to take a dip again as it is need after long trekking journey. Continue drive to Uttarakashi. Over night stay at Hotel.
Day 08: Drive Uttarakashi – Rishikesh
Drive for Kunjapuri, it is consider to one of the 52 temples of mother Sati’s which known as saktipeeth (A place of power). Grand Celebrations are held during the Dussehra festival. After visitng tempel drive back to Rishikesh