Source of Ganges trek (Gaumukh : Tapovan : Nandanvan trek) :
Region : Garhwal Himalayas – Uttarakashi.
Duration : 8 /10 days
Altitude : Max.4500m.
Grade : Moderate
Best Season : May / June / August / September/October.
Place covered : Rishikesh : Uttarakashi : Gangotri : Gaumukh : Tapovan : Nandanvan
GANGOTRI : GAUMUKH : TAPOVAN : NANDANVAN : TREKKING
Along the right bank of bhagirathi stands the shrine of Gangotri dedicated to the Goddess. Perched at a height of 3042m; it was constructed in the early 18th century by a Gorkha Commander, Amar Singh Thapa. Now it’s a famous pilgrimage center. The picturesque pilgrimage in the hinter lands of the Himalayas.From Gangotri the trek takes you to ‘Gaumukh’ (translates to cows mouth), the mythological source of the river Ganges, which is at the snout of the Gangotri glacier. The Gaumukh Glacier is the source of Bhagirathi (Ganga) and is held in high esteem by the devouts who do no miss the opportunity to have a holy dip in the bone chilling icy water. It is 18 kms from Gangotri. This trek combines the experience of mountain climbing, rock climbing, boulder-hopping and glacier traversing. The trek is not a very rigorous one and is easily negotiable by non mountaineers too. From Gangotri the trail move along the beaten track towards Chirbasa, which offers a clear view of the Bhagirathi Peak. Beyond Chirbasa the terrain becomes really desolate – in fact, many trekkers refer to it as the “Arctic Tundra”. From Chirbasa it’s on to Bhojwasa. Gaumukh, the source of the sacred river Ganges, is just four kilometers ahead. From Gaumukh to Nandanvan, one traverses along the Gangotri and Chatturangini glaciers. Pitch a camp at the junction of chatturangini and Bhagirathi gangotri glaciers. From Nandanvan, view the Shivling, Bhagirathi, Sudarshana, thelu peaks and Kedar Dome. From Gaumukh to Tapovan the ascent is steep before arriving at the lush green meadows of tapovan,. It is an alpine meadow nestling in the shadow of the Bhagirathi peaks. From here, the Shivlinga Peak looks like an ice-cream cone rising towards the sky.
There are ideal spots for camping which are also base camps for Bhagirathi, Shivling, Meru, Kedardom and many other peaks the Garhwal Himalayas.
Enjoy the 8 – 10 days trip to the heart of majestic mountains, and trekking to the source of the most important river and the living Goddess of India, The Ganges. We make exclusive walks to the base of of high peaks and to witness the out standing sun rise and sun set on Shivling and Bhagirathi group of peaks. One joins Indian pilgrims doing their pilgrimage to the source of Ganges and encounters Babas & Sadhus on trek, some of them living round the year in difficult cold conditions doing yoga, meditation and other spiritual practices.
|Altitude: Gangotri : 3148 Mts. , Chirbasa : 3600 Mts. , Bhojbasa :3792mts. , Gaumukh 3,898 Mts., Tapovan : 4460 Mts. , Nandanvan : 4340 Mts.|
|Day-1 : Rishikesh / Uttarkashi Drive 6-7 Hrs.
Early morning drive to Uttarkashi. Arrive and transfer to river side nature Resort. Remaining day to Relax and to acclimatize. Dinner and overnight river side resort
|Day-2 : Uttarkashi / Gangotri : Drive 8-10 Hrs.
Early Morning after breakfast drive to Gangotri 99 kms from Uttarakashi via Harsil, may make a comfort stop at Gangnani hot springs known as Rishi Kund. Those who want can have a quick refreshing bath in the pool / shower. Spectacular mountain drive to Gangotri, one of the four holy ‘dhams’, arrive Gangotri and transfer to hotel. Visit Gangotri temple for Arti, evening prayer dedicated to goddess Ganges.
|Day-3: Gangotri (3048mt) / Bhojbasa (3792mt) : Trek 5-6 Hrs.
Morning after breakfast we commands our trek further to Bhojbasa via Chirbasa (3600mt). From Gangotri we move along the beaten track towards chirbasa, which is on treeline. The entire trek today is along the roaring bhagirathi river. Beyond chirbasa the terrain becomes really desolate and barren. In fact, it has been reffered to as Artic Tundra by many trekkers. From chirbasa we trek further to Bhoibasa, 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 in tents.
|Day-4 : Bhojbasa / Gomukh (3892mt) / Tapovan (4460mt) : Trek 5-6 Hrs.
Early in the Morning enjoy the panoramic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. After breakfast trek to Gomukh (3890mt), the source of the Ganges. Gomukh is where the water of Ganga trickle down from the glaciers. The sages called it ‘Gomukh’, 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 Gomukh to Tapovan is ascent steep, and as we climb, the view of the surrounding peaks become 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 campsides. Herds of Bharal (blue mountain goats) is a common sight from here on mountain ridges.On the far side of the glacier the Bhagarithi I ,II , III (6454mt), provide an equally impressive backdrop. It is also the little wonder where Sadhus and saints choose this spot for extended medition during the long summer month. Arrive Tapovan and camp. Dinner and overnight camp.
It is said that there is similarity between the Shivling and the Matterhorn peak in the Alps. Foreigners frequently use the name Matterhorn for Shivling. Marco Pallis wrote of Shivling :
“ .Horried looking mountain with a striking resemblance to the Mattherhorn beautiful alluring, hideously inaccessible. “Day 5 : Free to acclimatize, relax and enjoy the magnificent snow clapped peaks , flora & Fauna and mountain landscape.Day-6 : Tapovan / Nandan Van Trek 4-5 Hrs.
We trace back to Nandan van via Gomukh glacier. The route from Tapovan leads from the upper section of the meadow till down and onto the glacier. From Gomukh 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 rockey 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. Big rocks enroute offer grips and foot – holds but many of them are deceptive too. O/N Camp.Day-7 : Nandan Van / Bhojbasa : Trek 4-5 Hrs.
Early morning enjoy the sunrise on high peaks. After breakfast trek down to Bhojbasa. Arrive Bhojbasa and camp. Dinner and overnight camp.Day-8 : Bhojbasa / Gangotri : Trek 4-5 Hrs.
Morning after breakfast trek down to Gangotr , where our coach / jeep will be waiting for us. Meals and overnight hotel.Day-9 : Gangotri / Rishikesh : Drive 8-9 Hrs.
We take the early morning trip to Rishikesh. We stop for a refreshing hot water bath at the Gangnani hot springs. Packed lunch enroute. Arrive Rishikesh. O/N – Hotel / Camp.
|On the way to Tapovan||Near Tapovan Shivlinga||Shivlinga Base Camp Tapovan camp|
Cost: Rs.49,989 per person (for group of more than 4 pax )
4.08% government service tax and permits fees extra.
COSTS include: Road transportation from Rishikesh to Rishikesh by car, Accommodation in Medium Class Hotels (where applicable) on a twin sharing basis, all Meals, tents on twin share basis, cooking tent and utensils, table and chairs, permits and entrance fees, English speaking guide, cooks and porters/mules. We serve variety of food on our trips which includes Indian, western and Chinese.
COSTS exclude: Accommodation in Rishikesh, Personal Insurance, all alcoholic beverages and Expenses of personal nature.