Duration: 8 Days
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Highest Altitude: 4,358 m / 14,300 ft.
Trekking Distance: 49 Kilometers
Temperature: In summer (May-June) - Day time temperature: 5°C to 12°C and Night time temperature: -1°C to 7°C. In winter (September - October) - Day time temperature: 2°C to 7°C and Night time temperature: -8°C to 1°C
The word “Gaumukh" (Gau = Cow, Mukh = Mouth) literally means "Mouth of a Cow." According to legends, earlier the snout exactly looked like the "Mouth of a Cow."
The word “Tapovan” (Tapo = Spiritual Practice, Van = Forest). Tapovan then translates to the forest of severities or spiritual practice.
Gaumukh is one of the primary headstreams of the Holy Ganges River which is situated at a height of 12,795 ft. in Uttarkashi District in the state of Uttrakhand. Gaumukh is 18 km from Gangotri Temple in the foothills of Bhagirathi. It is the snout of the Gangotri Glacier. The Bhagirathi River here is pretty speedy. Around the snout, nature presents a wild topography. There are many boulders scattered here and there with some pieces of broken snow, along with the hard clayey snow of the glacier. Little before Gaumukh, the majestic view of Mt. Shivling welcomes the trekkers. The trek to Tapovan, Nandanvan, Vasuki Tal, etc. starts from here. Tapovan, an area full of meadows, streams and flowering plants and the meadows are considered as one of the best high altitude meadows in India. Tapovan is the base camp for several mountaineering expeditions including Shivling peak, Bhagirathi peak, etc.
Best time to visit: May-June and September-October. Expect hiking on the snow at the beginning of May. September and October is a pleasant time to trek here. After October, it is generally not advisable to trek alone due to the extreme cold. After November, expect heavy snow in the area.
Day 1: Reach at Gangotri (10,055 ft.); 241 Km drive from Dehradun
The drive from Dehradun to Gangotri passes through the Uttarkashi, Mussoorie and the popular villages of Gorsali, Bhatwari, Harshil, and Dharali. Gangotri is the base camp for the Vasuki Tal trek. The shrine of Gangotri is surrounded by deodars and pines forest. Gangotri is one of the four pilgrimages in the Chota Char Dham circuit of Garhwal Himalayas and the source of river Ganga (the actual source being Gomukh) which is known as Bhagirathi here, 10-11 hours’ drive from Dehradun. Transport will be arranged at an additional cost from Dehradun Railway Station at 06:30 AM. Cost of Cab – Rs. 8,000/- per vehicle. After relaxing, we shall visit the Holy Gangotri Devi temple for prayers, roaming the local market, striking a conversation with a Sadhu, exploring the secret cave and learn a few words of the local language; it is appreciated and often results in getting more than the experience. Before having the delicious dinner, we will have a team introduction session and briefing about tomorrow's trek after dinner.
Day 2: Gangotri (10,055 ft.) to Chirbasa (11,680 ft.)
The very first day of the Gaumukh-Tapovan trek starts from Gangotri to Chirbasa, which takes about 5-6 hours to reach there. It is a beautiful trek with mountains surrounding you and Ganga flowing below. Around Chirbasa (Chir: Pine, basa: Residence), you get superb views of Manda peak, Bhrigu Parvat, Bhagirathi I, II and III. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 3: Chirbasa (11,680 ft.) to Bhojbasa (12,467 ft.)
Wake up to spectacular fluorescent views of sun rays on mountain peaks, and get ready to slog again. After 3 km of Chirbasa comes the dangerous Gila Pahar, the place well known for the landslides. Bhojbasa is the only night halting-place on the trek with buildings. Bhojbasa named after birch (Bhojpatra) forests in the area. It is presently totally denuded of the Bhoj Patra trees. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 4: Bhojbasa (12,467 ft.) to Khada Patthar (14,300 ft.) via Gaumukh & Tapovan
The trek from Bhojbasa to Khada Patthar is quite difficult. It is a fairly gradual ascent. The first 200 meters trail from Bhojbasa is slightly steep, and it merges to trail from Gangotri to Gaumukh. At Gaumukh: snout, where river Bhagirathi emerges from Gangotri glacier, starts its journey. It flows down the slopes of the mountain and merges with tributaries, and become Holy Ganges. This is the place where Hindus believe the Ganges take birth. From here the trek will start more difficult. The glacier is covered by moraine so you do not need any technical equipment, although a steadying trekking pole is definitely handy. Take the final leg up the steep rocky path to enter the Tapovan meadow and view the spectacular sight all around you. Tapovan is surrounded by Bhagirathi peaks on one side, and imposing Shivling peak and Meru peaks on the other. From here, Khada Patthar is 1 Km away. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 5: Acclimatization Day In Khada Patthar (14,300 ft.), Small Trail To Neel Tal (15,186 ft.)
Today is the rest and acclimatization day of Gaumukh-Tapovan Trek, so get up comfortably and have breakfast. The plan of today is to go to Neel Tal and gain an altitude of around 270 meters. Neel Tal, which literally means Blue Pond, lived up to its name. It is amazing how many people go to Tapovan, but miss this gem. Trekkaro highly recommends taking a day and visiting the place. Such tranquility is not easy to find. You could see reflections of Shivling, Meru and Bhagirathi Peaks in the pond. Manage your time such that you are back to Khada Patthar by lunchtime.
Day 6: Khada Patthar (14,300 ft.) to Bhojbasa (12,467 ft.)
Get up early to see the spectacular sight of the sunrise on the surrounding 6,000 meters peaks. You would be rewarded with amazing views of first rays of sun falling on Shivling, Kedar Dome and Kharcha Kund peaks. The theatre of nature here is vast and limitless. Imagine standing at a meadow just beneath the stone feet of Bhagirathi peaks, which also happen to be a plateau overlooking Gangotri glacier flowing to Gaumukh, and with meadows of Tapovan on the other side. And just above Tapovan is majestic Shivling peak with Meru peak on its right (toward North). And turn your neck a bit towards South West, you will get a glimpse of Kirti glacier, and then see the smooth peak of Kedar Dome hiding Kedar peaks behind it. Next to the Dome is intricate-looking Kharcha Kund peak. Turn your neck a bit left and you are seeing again the Gangotri glacier coming from somewhere far away. Today you will retrace your steps to Bhojbasa. Below the glacier, a steep descent is followed by the glacier’s rocky path and gradual descent to Bhojbasa. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 7: Bhojbasa (12,467 ft.) to Gangotri (10,055 ft.)
Today is the final day of the Gaumukh-Tapovan Trek. The trek involves a gradual descent and easy walk which can be done rapidly. Get up comfortably and have breakfast, trek to Gangotri to witness the famous Ganga Aarti at the Holy Gangotri Devi Temple. This should not be missed. The original temple was constructed by the Nepalese General Amar Singh Thapa. Every year thousands of people visit this shrine from all around the world. A number of Dharamshalas and Ashrams are located on the other side of the river. It is believed that Raja Bhagirath used to worship Shiva on a slab of rock "Bhagirath Shila”, situated near the temple for salvation or Moksha of the souls of his 60,000 sons. Submerged in the river, there is a natural Shivling where, according to mythology, Goddess Ganga descended when Lord Shiva released the mighty river from the locks of his hair. Spend the entire day exploring this fascinating town. Relax in the peaceful surroundings of the gushing river. We would stay overnight.
Day 8: Drive to Dehradun from Gangotri
Depart from Gangotri to Dehradun Railway Station early in the morning, preferably before 06:30 AM since the journey takes 10-11 hours. Expected to reach Dehradun by 07:00 PM. Transport will be arranged at an additional cost from Gangotri at 06:30 AM. Cost of the cab – Rs. 8,000 per vehicle.
How To Reach
Jolly Grant airport is located 25 kilometers from the city, serving to Dehradun. Daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun.
Take the train from Delhi to Dehradun overnight
• Nanda Devi Express(12205):- Departure:- 23:50; Arrival:- 05:40
• Dehradun Express(12687):- Departure:- 21:10; Arrival:- 05:00
Regular bus service is available from Delhi (ISBT Kashmere Gate) to Dehradun. We suggest that you take only government buses from the ISBT Kashmere Gate. Private buses run from outside ISBT Kashmere Gate and they are not trustable.
Usually, the buses left you in the Dehradun ISBT. From there you have to come to Dehradun railway station via Ola/Uber Cab/Auto Rickshaw/Shared Three Wheeler.
There are few buses run by the Uttrakhand Government on a daily basis from Dehradun Railway Station to Gangotri. The timing of the bus: 05:30 AM. You would reach the Gangotri by 06:00 PM.
Things To Carry
• Backpack & Rain Cover (40-60 Litres)
• Trekking Shoes (included in FTG)
• Trekking Pole (included in FTG)
• LED Torch
• Two Water Bottle (one litre each)
• Basic Medications (or prescribed if any)
• Trekking Jacket (included in FTG)
• Three (Five in winter) Warm Layers
• Two trek pants (one Wear and one carry)
• Two collared t-shirts
• Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 50/70)
• Lip Balm (SPF 30)
• Sun cap
• Synthetic hand gloves
• Two pair of Socks (Woolen)
• Daypack (20 litres), if you opt to offload your backpack
• Plastic cover (for wet clothes)
Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Passport, Aadhaar Card, Driving license or voters ID)
Terms & Conditions
1- Accommodation: Full load camping arrangements on the mountain with a large mess and kitchen tent. Stay from Day 1 to Day 7 (Gangotri to Gangotri). In Gangotri, Stay will be in Guest House/Camp/Home Stay on a sharing basis. You will camp on the trek (3 person per tent).
2- Meals: All meals during the trek starting with dinner on Day 1 till breakfast on Day 8. (Only Veg.)
Tea/Coffee/Soups/Snacks will be served throughout.
3- Camping charges: All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included (if any).
4- Leaders & Guides: Trek leaders assisted by certified and experienced local guides.
5- Free Trekking Gears: Shoes, Jacket(-10°C) and Pole.
6- Trekking Equipment: High-quality tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, roped, microspikes, gaiters etc. as required.
7- Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers etc. will be available at all the campsites to deal with emergencies.
1- Transport to and from the base camp: We arrange shared taxis for trekkers from Dehradun to Gangotri and drop you back from Gangotri. This will cost approx. Rs. 8,000/- one way per 5-6 seat vehicles. You will have to share this value with the other trekkers.
2- Food during transit to and from the base camp.
3- Backpack offloading charges: Rs. 2,400/- for the full trek + 5% GST. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. Suitcases/trolleys/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note that charges will vary for the last minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Gangotri.
4- Anything apart from inclusions.
Cancellation requests are not taken over the phone.
In case you wish to cancel your trek please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
1- Cancellations up to 21 days prior to departure date - 70% refund
2- Between 21 days to 14 days prior to departure - 50% refund
3- Between 14 days to 10 days prior to departure- 30% refund
4- Less than 10 days of departure – No refund or you can transfer your trek (same batch date & same trek) to your dear one.
a) Change of trek batch date is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
b) In case of transferring a trek to your dear one, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements lay down by Trekkaro.
c) Trekkaro holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.
The applicable refund amount will be processed within the 10 working days.
If we have to cancel/suspend your trek before the date of departure or at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, curfew, etc.), then you will get the TrekCash Voucher of the total fee you have paid to us and you can redeem it with lifetime validity on any trek but where this is of a higher price, you will be expected to pay the difference. The TrekCash voucher will be generated within 3 working days and sent to your email address by us.
Note: In instance of exchanging a TrekCash Voucher to your dear one, he/she ought to fulfill all the obligatory necessities set around Trekkaro.
When you take an adventurous trek with us, then be assured that whatever we do is more than your expectations. In fact, our wish to excel goes beyond the point where your boots hit the trail – it begins the moment that you get in contact with us, and it never ends. There is nothing more satisfying than hearing from our trekkers that they’ve just had “another trip of a lifetime with Trekkaro”.
Of course, this is a non-negotiable. Safety is embedded in our business and it’s something that we take very seriously in all our treks. It's the primary reason we're very popular in just a year.
• Personalized Service, Care, and Attention to Detail
For some organizations, this is, surprisingly, negotiable. But it isn’t for us. After safety, if we can do one thing right, every time, it’s to ensure that we sweat the small things.
• The Best Guides
If you are already trekking with us, then you’d be forgiven for thinking our guides are superhuman. It doesn’t mean feat to entertain, cook, guide and facilitate, but for our guides, they handle it with grace and all the while the attention is on you.
• The Best Itineraries
It takes a lot of refinement to make a perfect trek, from dawn to dusk there are a LOT of moving part and potential for things to go awry. From last one year, we’ve balanced on the tight rope of offering the right amount of activity, flexibility and trek time. Whilst utilizing the best lodgings in the most unique places.
We’re not in the business of making money and provide you nothing. Our treks aren’t expensive, they represent excellent value for money and for those seeking to maximize their time, there is no better way.
It may come as a surprise, but the reality is that it is a two-way street (or trail), you are ultimately responsible for the nature of the experience that you have with us. And not only that, but you also have an influence on the experience of others’ in your small group.
This is your vacation, and the attitude that you bring will set the tone for your experience. We get that at times it’s difficult (we plan to challenge you) and we get that at times it’s a bit uncomfortable (this is not a cruise trip). All we ask you to keep an open mind, a big smile on your face and readiness for the unexpected.
• Physical preparedness
Our treks are designed for everyday people. You definitely don’t have to be an athlete, but to be fair for yourself and your group members, you do need to be ready. Worried about it? Do not stress it, our team is 100% dedicated to helping you pick the right trek, bring the right gear and be physically and mentally prepared.
• Know who’s in charge
As we’ve mentioned, you rightly expect when you join our trek to be in good, safe hands. For us to ensure the entire group’s safety, we suppose you, as our guest, to listen to your lead guide. They are the expert when it comes to decisions made on the trek.
Trekkaro team will specifically ensure your safety with...
1. Daily oxygen saturation & pulse reading (if required in trek)
We do treks which have a different environment than our daily life. We live in an environment where we less care about a healthy lifestyle. When it’s come to do treks or survive in the not so pure environment for more than a day our body should accept the changes. What oxygen saturation is the fraction of [oxygen]-saturated hemoglobin relative to total hemoglobin in the blood. So we insure about the specific balance of oxygen in your blood.
Our team ensures the health condition by oxygen saturation and pulse reading before trekking so everyone should aware about the health.
2. Oxygen cylinders and medical kit
When it comes to high altitude trek the body doesn't get enough oxygen. It’s not always that you cannot survive in high altitude treks but for a safer side if your body not adjusted with the environment we always ready with the oxygen cylinders. Our team member carrying the portable oxygen cylinder on the trek.
To prevent high altitude conditions -do more exercise and cycling. The more you practice it’ll easier for you.
Our team also carries all the basic medicines including high altitude sickness specific medicines - Diamox, Dexamethasone and Nifedipine.
3. Stretchers on every campsite
Although we are physically and mentally ready for the environment there are chances of accidents or uncertain things. In those situations, we have stretchers every campsite so in an emergency, the porter will safely drop you at base camp where we can do further treatment.
4. High Quality Trek Gears and Equipments
Trekkaro is the only trekking company in the world which is providing Free Trekking Gears(FTG) at no charge/rent only for use during the treks. Expensive FTG includes Decathlon Quechua Trek 100 Shoes, Quechua SH 100/300 Jackets, Hiking Pole/Stick, Gaiters, Crampons and Headlamp. Now, before registering the trek, there is no need to think about the expensive trekking gears and also, do not need to buy or rent expensive trekking gears to go on a trek.
Trekkaro team will ensure you with quality tents and sleeping bags where you can survive in extreme cold. We provide sleeping bags which can hold cold up to -5 to -20 degree Celsius. It’s always warmer in tent so we ensuring you with quality shelter.
So even we are ready for the storm you should tell us if anything bothers you regarding safety.
5. Radio (for communication in between camps and guides)
Our camps our bit far from each other. But they connect through radio though network is the issue in hills. Although you miss anything or the weather is not good or we need medical help from the base we can communicate through radios.
6. Technical team on all snowy slopes
All the treks are come up with an adventure. But safety is important in all trails and treks. Wherever we find the risky slopes or area we ensure the turn with the technical team. As we already mentioned earlier we have well-trained team having knowledge of handling hustle in emergency and even know how to take care of the trekkers.