Gaumukh Tapovan Trek
Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
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2019
Sat, 14 Sep, 2019
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Sun, 15 Sep, 2019
22
Sat, 21 Sep, 2019
22
Sun, 22 Sep, 2019
22
Sat, 28 Sep, 2019
22
Sun, 29 Sep, 2019
22
Sat, 05 Oct, 2019
22
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  • Trip introduction

    This trek to Gaumukh and Tapovan takes you to the Gangotri glacier, the source of the holy river Ganges. Trekking along snow-covered mountain slopes and camping at photogenic campsites, you’ll make your way across the rough mountainous terrain. After 5 days of uphill climbing on routes that will take you to an elevation of 14,000 feet, you’ll reach the vast expanse of the glacier that feeds the holy Ganges. You’ll also be accompanied by mesmerizing views of snow-capped peaks of Mt. Shivling, Mt. Gangotri, Mt. Bhagirathi and several other lofty mountains.

    This trek takes you over a moderately challenging route. Travellers must be able to undertake strenuous patches of uphill climbing for 5 to 6 hours everyday.

    Destination

    Gaumukh is located at the snout of the Gangotri glacier, traditionally believed to be the source of the holy Ganges. At Gaumukh, the melting glacier feeds the Bhagirathi River that merges with the Alaknanda River to form the sacred Ganges. Gaumukh is a popular destination among trekking enthusiasts for the challenge of hiking along a boulder-ridden path to catch spectacular views of Mt. Shivling. Gaumukh is also visited by pious men and women from all around the country that visit the holy land seeking spiritual inspiration.

    Destination highlights

    • Visit the origin of the holy Ganges on a trek to Gaumukh and Tapovan.
    • Trek along a moderately challenging route at an elevation of 14,000 feet.
    • Catch awe-inspiring glances of Mt. Shivling.
    • Stay in tents pitched at campsites with breathtaking views.

    Fine print

    Rules on the trip

    Travellers are required to adhere to the instructions of the trek leader during the Gaumukh Tapovan trek.

    Consumption of alcohol, drugs, tobacco products like cigarettes is strictly prohibited during the trek.

    Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.

    Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made more than 24 days before departure of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek: 95% refund.

    For cancellations made 14-24 days before departure of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek: 70% refund.

    For cancellations made 10-13 days before departure of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek: 50% refund.

    For cancellations made less than 10 days before departure of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek: no refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting a transaction fee of INR 200 per person. This fee is charged by The Great Next.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    The tour operator reserves the right to cancel or alter the itinerary of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek to maximize the safety of travellers as well as staff.

    Travellers will be required to bear any additional costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
    Dehradun railway station at 06:00 hrs
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    Drop off point
    Dehradun railway station at 17:00 hrs
    Mode of transport
    SUV or Tempo Traveller
    Start point
    Gangotri
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    End point
    Gangotri
    Time of departure
    06:00 AM
    Time of return
    05:00 PM

    Activity Details

    Total trekking time
    28 hrs
    Total distance covered
    45 kms
    Start point elevation
    11745 feet
    Maximum elevation
    14600 feet
    Minimum elevation
    10171 feet
    Average per day distance
    9 kms
  • Day 1 of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek: Dehradun to Gangotri

    Arrive at the parking lot of the Dehradun railway station by 06:00 hrs. From here, you'll travel to the town of Gangotri in shared, private vehicles. This 8-hr road trip will take you via the towns of Mussoorie and Uttarkashi. Driving along a scenic route, you'll arrive at Gangotri by late evening. Overnight at Gangotri in guesthouse.

    Day 2 of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek: Day at Gangotri

    You'll spend the day resting at Gangotri. This day is set aside for you to acclimatize to the high altitude of 11,200 feet before beginning the trek. Make sure to eat frequently, drink lots of water and take short walks around town. You can visit the marketplace for any last minute shopping, eat local cuisine at restaurants or visit the famous Gangotri temple. Overnight at Gangotri in guesthouse.

    Day 3 of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek: Gangotri to Chirbassa

    Begin the trek with a 5-hr trek to Chirbassa. A gradual trek along the Bhagirathi River, the trail takes you through the mountains of the Gangotri National Park. You'll trek under towering peaks of pine trees and end the trek at the campsite in Chirbassa. Here, you'll be greeted with breathtaking views of the Bhagirathi mountain peaks, the Manda peak and the Bhrigu mountain. Overnight at Chirbassa in tents.
    /Trekking Gaumukh Tapovan Uttarakhand Himalayas Adventure Travel The Great Next Set up tents at the photogenic Chirbassa campsite.

    Day 4 of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek: Chirbassa to Bhojwasa

    Today's trek will take you to Bhojwasa. On a slight ascent, the trail will pass through rough mountainous terrain with muddy tracks. You'll reach Bhojwasa after a 3-hr trek. Bhojwasa, surrounded by bhopatra and birch trees, offers beautiful views of Mt. Shivling. Overnight at Bhojwasa in tents.
    /Trekking Gaumukh Tapovan Uttarakhand Himalayas Adventure Travel The Great Next Snow-capped mountains en route to Bhojwasa.

    Day 5 of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek: Day trek to Gaumukh

    Today, you'll embark on a day trek from Bhojwasa to Gaumukh, known to be the source of the holy Ganga River. En route, you'll climb over a challenging and tricky section of the trail with plenty of steep inclines and boulders. Soon, you'll find yourself at the Gangotri glacier of Gaumukh, with splendid views of the Mt. Shivling, Mt. Meru and the Bhagirathi Peaks. After a gruelling 8-hr trek, you'll return back to Bhojwasa. Overnight at Bhojwasa in tents.

    Day 6 of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek: Bhojwasa to Gangotri

    Begin your return journey by retracing your steps back to Gangotri. On the return trek, you'll pass through the rocky terrain and the moraines of the Gangotri glacier once again. After a steep descend through Gaumukh, where you'll need to be a little more careful than usual, you'll trek alongside the Bhagirathi river and make your way to Gangotri. En route, you'll also walk through the pine forests and waterfalls of the Gangotri National Park. Overnight at Gangotri in tents.
    /Trekking Gaumukh Tapovan Uttarakhand Himalayas Adventure Travel The Great Next Imposing views on the way to the Gaumukh glacier.

    Day 7 of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek: Gangotri to Dehradun

    Board shared, private vehicles and travel back to Dehradun. You'll drive back on same scenic route, along the Bhagirathi River, and arrive at Dehradun by 17:00 hrs. Your trip ends here.
    /Trekking Gaumukh Tapovan Uttarakhand Himalayas Adventure Travel The Great Next Mt. Shivling, standing tall at an altitude of 21,466 feet.

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    Day 1 - Milestone

    Start point
    Dehradun
    End point
    Gangotri
    Day start time
    06:00 AM

    Day 2 - Milestone

    Start point
    Gangotri
    End point
    Gangotri
    Day start time
    06:00 AM

    Day 3 - Milestone

    Start point
    Gangotri
    End point
    Chirbassa
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    9 kms
    Trekking time
    5 hrs

    Day 4 - Milestone

    Start point
    Chirbassa
    End point
    Bhojwasa
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    5 kms
    Trekking time
    3 hrs

    Day 5 - Milestone

    Start point
    Bhojwasa
    End point
    Bhojwasa
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10 kms
    Trekking time
    8 hrs

    Day 6 - Milestone

    Start point
    Bhojwasa
    End point
    Gangotri
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    12 kms
    Trekking time
    7 hrs

    Day 7 - Milestone

    Start point
    Gangotri
    End point
    Dehradun
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    9 kms
    Trekking time
    5 hrs

    Day 8 - Milestone

    Start point
    End point
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
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  • Includes / Excludes

      Includes
    • Travel arrangements from Dehradun-Dehradun in SUV, Tempo Traveller or similar shared, private vehicle
    • All meals from dinner on day 1 to dinner on day 6
    • Accommodation in tents for 3 nights on a twin-sharing basis and in a home-stay for 3 nights on a multi-sharing basis
    • All equipment required for camping: tents, sleeping bag and mattress
    • Common kitchen/dining tent and washroom tent
    • Any technical equipment required for the trek
    • Services of experienced trek leader and camping crew
    • All government permits and charges
    • First aid kit (including oxygen cylinder)
    • All applicable taxes
      Excludes
    • Travel between your home city and Dehradun
    • Services of porters/mules to carry personal luggage (arranged at additional cost of INR 1,900 per person, per backpack of maximum 9 kgs)
    • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
    • Personal expenses such as gratuity tips to staff, extra meals and beverages etc.
    • Adventure travel insurance
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

    What to Wear

      What to Wear
    • Comfortable, quick-dry apparel
    • Synthetic pants, full-sleeve t-shirts
    • Woollen cap and balaclava
    • Neck gaiter
    • Trekking footwear
    • Woollen socks and gloves
    • Windcheater and jacket
    • Sweater and thermal wear
    • Raincoat or poncho
      What not to Wear
    • Expensive jewellery or gadgets
    • Sandals or slippers (while trekking)
    • Hard luggage like suitcases or trolley bags

    Equipment / Gear

      We Provide
    • SUV, Tempo Traveller or similar shared, private vehicles for transport from Dehradun-Dehradun
    • All equipment required for camping
    • Alpine tents, sleeping bags and mattresses
    • Common kitchen/dining and toilet tents
    • Any technical equipment required for the trek
    • First aid kit (including oxygen cylinders)
      You need to get
    • Rucksack (with rain cover)
    • Day pack (with rain cover)
    • ID proof
    • Water bottle
    • Toilet paper
    • Trekking poles and knee cap (optional)
    • Sunglasses (polarised, anti-glare)
    • Torch (extra batteries)
    • Sunscreen lotion and lip balm
    • Personal toiletries

    Medical Kit

    • Specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.
  • Day 1 of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek: Dehradun to Gangotri

    Overnight at Gangotri in guesthouse.

    Your trip begins from the Dehradun railway station by 06:00 hrs. Travel to Gangotri will be arranged in shared, private vehicles. Today's meal plan includes dinner only. En route to Gangotri, you'll stop at local restaurants to have meals at an additional cost. You'll be accommodated in a guesthouse.

    Day 2 of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek: Day at Gangotri

    Overnight at Gangotri in guesthouse.

    Spend the day acclimatizing at Gangotri. Today's meal plan includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. You'll be accommodated in the same guesthouse at Gangotri.

    Day 3 of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek: Gangotri to Chirbassa

    Overnight at Chirbassa in tents.

    Today, you'll trek to the meadows of Chirbassa. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. You'll be accommodated in alpine tents on a twin-sharing basis. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be provided for a restful night's sleep. The campsite comes with common kitchen/dining and toilet tents.

    /Trekking Gaumukh Tapovan Uttarakhand Himalayas Adventure Travel The Great Next Set up tents at the photogenic Chirbassa campsite.

    Day 4 of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek: Chirbassa to Bhojwasa

    Overnight at Bhojwasa in tents.

    Today, you'll trek to the campsite of Bhojwasa. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. You'll be accommodated in alpine tents on a twin-sharing basis. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be provided for a restful night's sleep. The campsite comes with common kitchen/dining and toilet tents.

    /Trekking Gaumukh Tapovan Uttarakhand Himalayas Adventure Travel The Great Next Morning views at the Bhojwasa campsite.

    Day 5 of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek: Day trek to Gaumukh

    Overnight at Bhojwasa in tents.

    Today, you'll trek to Gaumukh and return to Bhojwasa. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. You'll be accommodated in alpine tents on a twin-sharing basis. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be provided for a restful night's sleep. The campsite comes with common kitchen/dining and toilet tents.

    Day 6 of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek: Bhojwasa to Gangotri

    Overnight at Gangotri.

    Today, you'll trek from Bhojwasa to Gangotri. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. You'll be accommodated in alpine tents on a twin-sharing basis. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be provided for a restful night's sleep. The campsite comes with common kitchen/dining and toilet tents.

    Day 7 of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek: Gangotri to Dehradun

    Your trip ends by evening.

    No meals are provided today. En route to Gangotri, you'll stop at local restaurants to have meals at an additional cost. Your trip ends at Dehradun railway station by 17:00 hrs.

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