Trek to the holy Gaumukh (so called because in the distant past it appeared like a cow's snout) and on to Tapovan; a high altitude meadow. Gaumukh is where the waters of Ganga trickle down from the glaciers. Tapovan is base camp for shivlinga peak in Uttarakhand hills. This trek is popular with both pilgrims as well as avid- trekkers.
(9 nights 10 days)
- Day 1: Delhi - Haridwar Depart
from Old Delhi railway station by Mussoorie express departing late at night. Overnight on board.
- Day 2: Haridwar - Uttarkashi
(1158M) Arrive in Haridwar early in the morning. After breakfast and short rest, drive to Uttarkashi on a beautiful
ridge road through Devdar and Dhanolti groves,
and then along the banks of the Bhagirathi River to the
holy town of Uttarkashi. Uttarkashi is a famous destination for pilgrims going to Gangotri and an important
for yogis and sadhus. Check into a guesthouse.
- Day 3: Uttarkashi - Gangotri
(3048M) - 80 kms/4 hrs After breakfast, drive 4 - 5 hours to Gangotri. Gangotri lies in the northwest Himalayas of Garhwal, and is one
of the four Holy dhams
(pilgrim sites) of the North. The Ganga is believed to have rst descended to earth at
Gangotri. The Bhaironghati bridge; said to be the highest in Asia, is built across
one of the deepest gorges in
the world and connects Gangotri to the rest of the world over the Jahnvi River. It is also the bridge that
Heinrich Harrer used in early 19th
century to run from prison in Garhwal to Tibet (ref: Seven years in Tibet).
Night stay in a guesthouse in Gangotri.
- Day 4: Gangotri - Chirbasa (3606M)
- 9 kms/4 hrs Trek above the Bhagirathi River on a relatively groomed path to Chirbasa. Though there are trees, we are
walking on the side of the mountain and there
is little shade most of the time. Camp in a small, forested area
next to the river. Overnight stay in tents.
- Day 5: Chirbasa - Gaumukh (3892M)
- 9 kms/4 hrs This day we walk to the source of the River Ganga, a beautiful walk with views of Mt. Shivling and the
Bhagirathi peaks. We reach Bhojbasa from where
the views are truly memorable, and it is nice to take a rest
here and gaze upon the mountains. Reach Gaumukh where we camp for the night.
- Day 6: Gaumukh - Tapovan (4463M) -
5 kms/3 hrs From Gaumukh we trek up and across the Gangotri Glacier climbing over boulders, with a nal ascent over
rock and scree up a 300m vertical wall. Tapovan
is a vast meadow of golden grass and is surrounded by
peaks. Mt. Shivling (6543m) anked by Mt. Meru (6630m) and Kedar Dome (6808m), Sudarshan (6,507m)
and Bhagirathi I,
II and III are some of the peaks that can be seen from here. This is truly one of the most
breathtaking views imaginable. Camp overnight in Tapovan.
- Day 7: Tapovan - Rest day We
visit the Shimla baba (local holyman), and spend the rest of the day exploring the terrain around
Tapovan, which is also the base camp for Mt. Shivling. Tapovan is a
magni cent theatre surrounded by peaks
reaching 22,000 feet.
- Day 8: Trek to Chirbasa Trek
14 km (5-6 hrs) downhill to Chirbasa and relax, enjoying our last night of camping next to the Holy
- Day 9: Uttarkashi Trek back
down to Gangotri and have nal darshan with Swami Sundaranad then drive for 4 hours back to
Uttarkashi. Overnight at guesthouse.
- Day 10: Uttarkashi - Haridwar
Delhi Start early in the morning from Uttarkashi to Haridwar to reach in time to board Shatabdi express train
departing in the evening back to Delhi.