Gaumukh is the terminus of the Gangotri Glacier, from where Bhagirathi River originates and is the source of the Ganges River. The place is situated at a height of 13,200 ft (4,023 m) in Uttarkashi district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. Gaumukh means ‘Mouth of a Cow’. According to some beliefs, initially, the snout appeared to look like the “Mouth of a Cow”. Gaumukh is located at the base of the Gangotri Glacier and Tapovan is located above the Gangotri Glacier. It is one of the largest in the Himalayas with an estimated volume of over 27 cubic kilometres. Gaumukh Tapovan is a popular Hindu pilgrimage site, along with Gangotri, as well as trekking destination. Surround yourself with the mountains in the vast meadows of Tapovan.

 

Duration: 7 Days / 6 Night
Grade-Difficult
Elevation:- 4460 metre
Best Season: April to June / August – Mid October  

Day 1: Drive to Gangotri (3,100 m/10,200 ft): 250 km/8-9 hour drive
For a large part of this trek, we will be following the river Bhagirathi up to its source. For the first day, a large part of the drive will be along the banks of this sacred river. The road is twisty and windy but very beautiful. Spend the night in the holy town of Gangotri in a hotel along the banks of this river.

Day 2: Trek from Gangotri to Bhojwasa (3,775 m/12,385 ft): 14 km/5-6 hour trek
Follow the river Bhagirathi further up to its source and camp for the night 5 km before the source at Bhojbasa. The trek is fairly gradual along a well-made path frequented by trekkers and pilgrims alike looking at reaching the source of the Ganges and beyond. Night camping in Bhojbasa. The trek offers beautiful views of some of the most beautiful and prominent peaks in the Garhwal Himalayas including the Bhagirathi range, Sudarshan Parvat, Thelu to name a few.

Day 3: Trek from Bhojwasa to Tapovan (4,463 m/14,640 ft): 10 km/5-6 hour trek
Trek 5 km till Gaumukh (4,023 m/13,200 ft) along a well-made path. After Gaumukh we begin a steep and relatively tougher ascent along glaciers and moraines to reach Tapovan. Tapovan is the base camp of Mt Shivling- considered to be one of the most beautiful peaks in the world and referred to by foreign climbers as the Matterhorn of the east. Tapovan itself is a very beautiful green grassy area overlooking the prominent glaciers that eventually lead to the Bhagirathi river. On the other side we can see the majestic Shivling stand tall and behind it the shark’s fin- Meru Parvat.

Day 4: Trek towards either Meru Base camp or do some height gain towards Mt Shivling that makes for an excellent vantage point
Use this day to either trek ahead towards Meru Base camp, or trek up as far as possible on the ridge of Mt Shivling that works as a really good vantage point. If you do not want to exert too much then you could also use this day to take it easy at Tapovan- have a chai and chill with the local babas. You could also get introduced to a little bit of rock climbing and snow craft as we normally carry that equipment with us during this trek to give basic training to people.
Day 6: Trek back to Chirvasa
Day 7: Back to Gangotri, drive back to Uttarkashi
Day 8: Back to Dehradun .

Day 1: Drive to Gangotri (3,100 m/10,200 ft): 250 km/8-9 hour drive
For a large part of this trek, we will be following the river Bhagirathi up to its source. For the first day, a large part of the drive will be along the banks of this sacred river.Day 2: Trek from Gangotri to Bhojwasa (3,775 m/12,385 ft): 14 km/5-6 hour trek
Follow the river Bhagirathi further up to its source and camp for the night 5 km before the source at Bhojbasa.
Day 3: Trek from Bhojwasa to Tapovan (4,463 m/14,640 ft): 10 km/5-6 hour trek
Trek 5 km till Gaumukh (4,023 m/13,200 ft) along a well-made path. After Gaumukh we begin a steep and relatively tougher ascent along glaciers and moraines to reach Tapovan.

Day 4: Trek towards either Meru Base camp or do some height gain towards Mt Shivling that makes for an excellent vantage point
Use this day to either trek ahead towards Meru Base camp, or trek up as far as possible on the ridge of Mt Shivling that works as a really good vantage point.
Day 6: Trek back to Chirvasa
Day 7: Back to Gangotri, drive back to Uttarkashi
Day 8: Back to Dehradun .

Basic Gear
• Backpack (40- 60 Litre) with comfortable shoulder straps, rain cover is essential.
• Comfortable Trekking Shoes
• One Pancho/ rain coat
• Windproof Jacket Thermal inner wear
• 2-3 T-shirt with full sleeves
• One fleece Jacket
• Day Pack (20 – 30 Litre)
• Trekking Pole
• Woollen Gloves (Two Pairs)
• Two Trek Pants
• Thermal Inner-wears
• Feather Jacket
• Woolen Cap
• Woolen Socks (Two Pairs)
• SunGlassesTowel
• TorchCamera & Phone (with full/Extra Batteries)
• Water Bottle
• Slippers
• Personal Medical Kit
• Sun Cap

Personal Utilities
• Sun Screen Cream
• Anti bacterial Powder
• Lip Bam
• Hand Sanitizer.
• Tooth Brush And Tooth Past
• Toilet Paper

Include :-

• Camping
• Service of experienced and we’ll trained Mountain Guide
• Service of Cook and Helper during trekking • Trekking Equipments
• All meals on Trek ( Veg.)
• Forest Entry
• First Aid Kit
Exclude :-

• Insurance
• Transport Charge
• Food during transit
• Porter/Mule charges for your personal bag
• Any kind of personal expenses
• Anything apart from the inclusions
Cancellation:-

• Cancellation prior to 30 days from the start of the Trek – 95% refund
• Cancellation between 30 days to 15 days to the start of the Trek – 50% refund
• Cancellation less than 15 days to the start of the Trek – No refund

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