Gaumukh Tapovan Trek Tour


Duration : 10 Nights / 11 Days

Departures from : Delhi - Haridwar - Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Bhojbasa - Gaumukh - Tapovan - Nandanvan - Bhojbasa - Gangotri - Uttarkashi - Haridwar - Delhi

Best Time to Visit : May to June & August to October

Trek Gradient:Moderate

ITINERARY

DAY 01 : ARRIVE DELHI
Upon arrival at International Airport in Delhi, you are met and transffered to your pre-booked hotel. After freshen up, later go for city tour New Delhi including the visits of India Gate, President's house, Lotus temple, Humayuns Tomb etc. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 02 : DELHI - HARIDWAR (SHATABDI TRAIN, 05 HRS) - UTTARKASHI(169 KMS)
Get up early in the morning today and board Shatabdi Train from New Delhi Railway station to Haridwar. On arrival at Haridwar, you are met and proceed to Uttarkashi. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
As you move higher up, the scenery subtly changes from very lush hillsides, with rice terraces, to slightly more barren mountainous countryside beyond Srinagar.The final few kilometers of the journey is an incredible hairpin mountain road from the Vishnu Prayag. Upon arrival in Joshimath by late evening check in at your pre-booked Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

GANGANANI: Further up on way to Gangotri about 26 kms from Maneri is the hot water spring at Gangnani, where one can have refreshing bath in the Kund called Rishi Kund. There is also a temple near the kund dedicated to the Sage Parashar, believed to be the father of Ved Vyas.

HARSIL: Harsil is a beautiful spot to see the colors of the nature. The walks, picnics and trek lead one to undiscovered stretches of green, grassy land. Harsil is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Sighting here includes the Wilson Cottage, built in 1864 and Sat Tal (seven Lakes).

DAY 03 : UTTARKASHI - GANGOTRI(90 KMS)
Today early morning after breakfast, drive towards Gangotri and stop en-route for Lunch. later continue drive up to Gangotri. On arrival, check in at your pre-booked hotel. Dinner in the Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

GANGOTRI: The shrine of Gangotri is situated at an elevation of 3200 mt surrounded by Deodars and Pines trees. The original temple was constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa. Every year people from all around the world visit this shrine. A number of ashrams and dharamshalas 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. Submerged in the river there is a natural Shivling where, according to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva sat when he received the Goddess Ganga in his matted locks. A days trek takes one to Gaumukh, the source of the mighty Ganges.

DAY 04 : GANGOTRI(3048 MTS/10000 FT) - BHOJBASA (3792 MTS/12440 FT) (13 KMS TREK/5-6 HRS)
After breakfast, trek to Bhojbasa via Chirbasa (3600mt). From Gangotri we move along the beaten track towards Chirbasa, which is on tree line. The entire trek today is along the thunderous Bhagirathi River. Beyond Chirbasa the terrain becomes desolate and barren. From Chirbasa we trek further to Bhojbasa, the entire trail passes through dense forest, Arrive Bhojbasa, there is a small temple and a potential campsite near down the river. We make our camp near river side. Afternoon free to explore the area and to enjoy excellent sunset on Bhagirathi group of peaks. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

DAY 05 : BHOJBASA - GAUMUKH (3890 MTS/12760 FT)-TAPOVAN (4463 MTS/14640 FT) 10 KMS 05 HRS)
Early in the Morning enjoy the panoramic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. After breakfast trek to Gaumukh (3890mt), the source of the Ganges. Gaumukh is where the water of Ganges trickles down from the glaciers. The sages called it 'Gaumukh', because in the distant past, it probably appeared like a cow's mouth. Explore the area and trek to Tapovan, one of the finest high altitude alpine meadows in the area. The trek from Gaumukh 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 peak, Tapovan is a very pleasant surprised spot with a large meadow complete with bubbling streams, wildflowers and campsites. Herds of Bharal (blue mountain goats) is a common sight from here on mountain ridges. It is also the little wonder where Sadhus and saints choose this spot for extended meditation during the long summer month. Arrive Tapovan and camp. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.

DAY 06 : TAPOVAN (4463 MTS / 14640 FT)
Day free for acclimatization, relax and enjoy the magnificent snow clapped peaks, flora & Fauna and mountain landscape. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

DAY 07 : TAPOVAN - NANDANVAN 08 KMS (TREK 4-5 HRS)
We trace back to Nandanvan via Gaumukh glacier. The route from Tapovan leads from the upper section of the meadow till down and onto the glacier. From Gaumukh turn towards Nandanvan (4340m) and steering on right one will be on top of the Gangotri glacier. The glacier runs between two ranges and the landslides make a layer of rocky moraine on the ice which makes the walking easier. The glacier walk is very slippery and a slight lack of concentration would be dangerous. Huge crevasses gaped here and there. After a walking for about a kilometer there is a vertical ascent. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

DAY 08 : NANDANVAN - BHOJBASA (12 KMS 06 HRS)
Early morning enjoy the sunrise there with high peaks. After breakfast trek down to Bhojbasa. Arrive Bhojbasa and camp. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

DAY 09 : BHOJBASA - GANGOTRI (14 KMS & 7 HRS) - UTTARKASHI (70 KMS)
Morning after breakfast trek down to Gangotri, Then drive to Uttarkashi. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp. (Trek 4-5 hrs)

DAY 10 : UTTARKASHI - HARIDWAR (170 KMS) - DELHI (200 KMSS)
Morning after breakfast drive to Haridwar. On arrival in Haridwar, you are transferred to railway station to board Dehradun Shatabdi train for Delhi at 18:05 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 22:45 hrs. On arrival in Delhi, you are met and transferred to hotel for overnight stay. Overnight at Hotel

DAY 11 : LEAVE DELHI
Morning after breakfast, check out from the hotel and short sightseeing tour of Delhi and later transferred to International Airport to board flight for onward journey.

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