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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.

    Activity Details

    11745

    14600

    10171

    45 kms

    28 hrs

    9 kms

    Trip details
  • 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.

    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 1 Milestone

    Dehradun

    Gangotri

    06:00 AM

    Food

    Dinner

    Veg
    Day 2 of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek: Day at Gangotri
    Day 3 of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek: Gangotri to Chirbassa
    Day 4 of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek: Chirbassa to Bhojwasa
    Day 5 of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek: Day trek to Gaumukh
    Day 6 of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek: Bhojwasa to Gangotri
    Day 7 of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek: Gangotri to Dehradun
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  • 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.

    Rules on 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.

    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.
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    • Trekking Gaumukh Tapovan Uttarakhand Himalayas Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Trekking Gaumukh Tapovan Uttarakhand Himalayas Adventure Travel The Great Next
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    • Trekking Gaumukh Tapovan Uttarakhand Himalayas Adventure Travel The Great Next
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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
    • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery or gadgets
    • Sandals or slippers (while trekking)
    • Hard luggage like suitcases or trolley bags

    What not to Wear

    • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
    • Restrictive clothing
    • Flip-flops

    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.