Gaumukh Tapovan Trek
Uttarakhand | 8 D/7N | 14,202 Ft.
May – June and September – October
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
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- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Difficult
- Group Size Medium Group
Bringing passion, spirituality, and adrenaline in one single trek is a menacing combination, and the mesmerizing Gaumukh Tapovan trek promises much more than that! The trek cuts through Gaumukh, the source of the river Ganga which can be seen cascading down the snout of the Gangotri glacier. While numerous neighboring massifs like the Bhagirathi twin peaks, and Mt. Meru can be seen, the most ensnaring sight is the majestic Mt. Shivling which chaperones the entire trek, unfolding bit by bit every hour until it looms over you in stark entirety, rendering you dumbfounded. Another marvel in the form of the stunning meadow of Tapovan awaits you, perched right above Gaumukh.
Max. Altitude- 14,202 ft. Duration- 8 days
1. Gaumukh forms the mouth of the Holy Ganga river as seen in its purest form.
2. Witness the magnificence of Mt. Shivling, Mt. Meru, and the twins peaks of Mt. Bhagirathi.
3. Experience spiritual reverence like never before!
Day 1 Report To Base Camp
Altitude: 10,055 ft
Travel Time: 10-12 hours’ drive
On day one, trekkers will be driven to Dharali from Dehradun, which makes for a 10-12 hours’ drive. Shaded by lofty mountains and beautiful Deodar forests, Dharali is also the base village for the Kedartal Trek. Rest overnight, and gear up for the trek beginning the following day from Gangotri, the source of river Ganga.
Day 2 Drive To Gangotri, and Trek to Chirbasa
Altitude: 11,761 ft
Distance : 9 km
Time Taken: 1 hour’s drive, 6 hours’ trek
Begin early in the morning by driving from Dharali to Gangotri. Start trekking towards Chirbasa, the trail to which snakes through a lush forest. In a matter of a few minutes, the mighty Sudarshan Parbat (21,345 ft.) greets you. Take trail proceeding towards the left side of the mountain, to the right of which the roaring Bhagirathi river can be seen. A little further up, you can see one of the first streams and waterfalls of the trek. Crossing a makeshift bridge and a few more streams will bring you mindblowing vistas of the valley. A few hours of trekking will land you at the Chirbasa campsite sitting beside the Bhagirathi river and affording great views of the Bhagirathi peaks. You will camp here overnight.
Day 3 Chirbasa to Bhojbasa, Acclimatization Walk to Gaumukh
Altitude: 12,450 ft.
Distance: 5 km
Time Taken: 3 hours
As you begin your trek from Chirbasa, other towering peaks loom out gracefully. You now embark on the Gaumukh trail. A few minutes later, the beautiful Chirbasa campsite can be seen below, after which the terrain seems rugged and broken in places. Soon, you will face the first ridge of the day. The twin Bhagirathi peaks appear closer as you trek further up the trail. It is not advisable to loiter much as there may be many falling rocks to watch out for. Once you reach Bhojbasa, you are gifted with the first magical glimpse of Mt. Shivling. Go on a short trek to Gaumukh, which takes about 2.5 hours to reach,and is flanked by Mt. Shivling on the right.
Day 4 Bhojbasa to Tapovan via Gaumukh
Altitude: 14,202 ft.
Distance: 9 km
Time Taken: 7 hours
Take the same trail to Gaumukh as the other day. The most challenging day of the trek, the trail from Gaumukh to Tapovan takes you through rugged glacial moraines and the stunning Gaumukh glacier. Making your way through the landslide prone regions, and the glacial stream Akash-Ganga sends a rush of excitement through your body! A deadly combination of ice and rocks adds to the difficulty level, making it slightly slippery. The initial leg of the climb upto the top of the glacier is a stark ascent of about 100 meters. Soon, you must wade through the chilling Akash-Ganga, post which, a steep ascent of 1.5 hours will bring you to Tapovan. Pitch your tents here for the night.
Day 5 Acclimatise in and Explore Tapovan
An alpine meadow nestled right at the foot of Mt. Shivling, the mountain can be seen rising from base to summit in breathtaking entirety. Such a splendid view of mountains is something few treks can boast of. The section right beside Mt. Shivling is believed to have been used by sages for meditation, and a few wise men have even made it their abode. Another hour’s trek treats you with jaw-dropping views of yet another behemoth- Mt. Meru. Ensure that you return before 01:30 PM, since the weather conditions tend to change unexpectedly after that.
Day 6 Tapovan to Chirbasa
Altitude: 11,761 ft.
Distance: 14 km
Time Taken: 8 hours
Trekking back to Gaumukh demands about 4-5 hours of trekking, post which Bhojbasa is only an hour away. Take the same trail back to Chirbasa from there.
Day 7 Chirbasa to Gangotri, and Drive to Dharali
Altitude: 10,555 ft.
Distance: 9 km
Time Taken: 4.5 hours’ trek, and 1 hour’s drive
The trek back from Chirbasa to Gangotri is quite smooth, and can be traversed comfortably. The trail back is follows the same route taken while ascending. Drive to Dharali from Gangotri. This day marks the end of your trek.
Day 8 Drive to Dehradun from Dharali
On this day, you will drive back to Dehradun. You will reach Dehradun by 6 or 7 pm.
- All accommodation during the trek on sharing basis in tents.
- All meals during the trek – Vegetarian
- Tents, Sleeping bags and all other Camping Gear (Dining Tent, Tiolet Tent etc)
- Safety Equipment (Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinders, Oximeter etc.)
- Services of our expert Trek Leader
- Services of an Expert Trekking Team (Guides, Cooks, Helpers, Porters/Mules)
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping Charges (For Indians Only)
- A Life Changing Experience
- GST and Other Taxes (As applicable, Subjected to change according to Govt. Rules)
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping charges for Foreigner’s (If extra compared for Indian Citizens)
- Backpack Offloading Charges (Portage of Personal Bags)
- Personal Trekking Gear
- Travel Expenses to and fro Dharali from home city/Dehradun
- Food during transit from Dehradun to Dharali and vice versa
- Tips for local team
- Expenses of personal nature like Laundry, Phone Calls, Alcohol, Cigarettes, Camera Fee, Bottled Water etc
- Any Requirement for Single Room/Single Tent Accommodation
- Travel Insurance and other Emergency Expenses
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control
- Anything which is not mentioned in Inclusions
Whom is the trek for?
The level of this trek leans more towards difficult, which naturally demands exceptional physical fitness, stamina and endurance. It is strongly advisable to have prior trekking experience of scaling at least 3,500 meters before you approach this trek, which means beginners should stay away. Also, proper acclimatization is key for successful completion of the trek.
What is the best season to attempt the trek?
The months of September and October are ideal for this trek, when most of the snow has melted away, leaving a fresh trail behind. Though the snow prevails above a certain altitude, the lower areas are clear.
What weather conditions can be expected during the trek?
During daytime, the temperature ranges from 10 to 15 degrees, whereas nights see chilling temperatures of 1 to 5 degrees. The mercury drops to sub-zero temperatures at Tapovan. Carry sufficient warm clothes and socks to shelter yourself against the harsh cold.
What things are needed to be carried?
Rucksack, high ankle trekking shoes, one fleece jacket, one down feather / hollofil jacket, 3 pairs of quick dry T-shirts and trek pants, 5-6 pairs of socks, balaclava, a day pack, sunscreen SPF 50+, scarf, towel, lip balm, headlamp / torch, 2 water bottles of 1 litre, and personal medicines.