OVERVIEWThis is a mesmerizing trek to the source of the Ganges and beyond. The proximity of high Himalayan peaks is surreal. Some of the prominent peaks include Shivling, Bhagirathi sisters, Kedar dome and Sudarshan parvat.
The Gaumukh glacier is one of the largest glaciers in the world, feeding the Bhagirathi river which is the early part of Ganges. Our trek would traverse over this massive glacier to enter the beautiful high altitude meadows of Tapovan at the base of the Shivling peak.
Day 1 : Dehradun to Uttarkashi
Day 2 : Uttarkashi to Gangotri
Day 3 : Gangotri to Cheerbasa
Day 4 : Cheerbasa to Bhojbasa
Day 5 : Bhojbasa to Gaumukh, further to Tapovan
Day 6 : Tapovan
Day 7 : Tapovan to Cheerbasa
Day 8 : Cheerbasa to Gangotri, further drive to Harsil/Uttarkashi
Day 9 : Drive to Dehradun
Price IncludesCamping gear, kitchen and mess arrangements, manpower for cooking, all meals during trek, porters for camping gear and provisions transfer, guest house stays as described in the schedule and non AC surface transfers ex Dehradun.
Price ExcludesGovt taxes, Train fares, expenses of personal nature, insurance of any kind, alcoholic drinks, refreshments/meals during the road journey and during guest house stay, anything not mentioned explicitly in the above program.
Booking / Cancellation policy- Tour needs to be booked at least 45 days in advance. Full payment is required to confirm a booking.
- 75 % refund if cancellation happens 20 days prior to departure
- 50 % refund if cancellation happens 10 days prior to departure
- No refund for any cancellation/no show in the last 10 days prior to departure
ITINERARYDay 1 : Drive from Dehradun to Uttarkashi (1158m). The drive would take about 6-7 hours. Overnight at hotel/guest house.
Day 2 : Drive from Uttarkashi to Gangotri (3415m). The drive is about 3-4 hours. A stay at Gangotri would help us in acclimatization for the trek. Explore the Gangotri town. This is a prominent pilgrimage for the Hindus. The view of Surya kund waterfall is an amazing site. This is where the Bhagirathi river takes a big plunge to continue its journey further. The word Gangotri is formed from Ganga-utri, which implies the coming down of Ganga. Overnight at hotel/guest house.
Day 3 : Trek Gangotri to Cheerbasa (3580m). The trail is well defined and travels on the right side of the Bhagirathi river. Cheerbasa is about 9 kms from Gangotri and is a dense thicket of pine trees. Overnight camp.
Day 4 : Trek Cheerbasa to Bhojbasa (3775m), distance of about 5 kms. Some sections of this day are over rocky trails passing through scree and landslide zones. One should watch out for loose rocks and debris that may be falling. Bhojbasa is a vast expanse of barren land with great views of Thalay sagar, Meru, Bhagirathi and Shivling peaks. Overnight camp.
Day 5 : Trek Bhojbasa to Gaumukh (4255m), and further to Tapovan (4463m). Total distance is around 9 kms. The day would be long and tough, traversing over the massive Gaumukh glacier and then a steep climb to the Tapovan meadows. One would enjoy sights of the magnificent Shivling peak and the Bhagirathi peaks. Overnight camp.
Day 6 : Exploration day at Tapovan. A hike towards Neel Tal takes over a vantage point which gives amazing views. Return back to the camp at Tapovan for the night.
Day 7 : Trek Tapovan to Cheerbasa. Retrace your route back, passing through Bhojbasa till Cheerbasa. The day would be long and would be having a constant descent. Overnight camp.
Day 8 : Trek Cheerbasa to Gangotri, a short trek followed by a 3-4 hours drive to Uttarkashi where we stay overnight at a hotel/guest house.
Day 9 : Drive from Uttarkashi to Dehradun for onwards journey.
TRAVEL ADVISORYPACKING LIST
Personal torch, small daypack/backpack to hold the day walk necessities, all clothing/luggage in suitable rucksack to be carried by participants, warm clothing, inner fleece body warmer lining, comfortable shoes suitable for hikes/treks, windproof jacket, warm headgear/balaclava, gloves, trekking pole, cameras, personal medication ( first aid would be provided ), sun protection and moisturizing cream etc.
- Trekking programs in the Himalayas not necessarily would always run exactly as scheduled. Allow for unplanned long days or early camps due to weather disruptions or similar causes.
- Any additional expenses which might occur due to delays, weather disruptions, medical evacuation etc. would need to be borne by the participants. All participants are recommended to have a travel insurance that covers trekking and wilderness travel.
The tour starts from Dehradun, and ends at Dehradun.
- Participants from Delhi are recommended to travel by the following trains:
+ Delhi to Dehradun: Overnight by 12205 Nanda Devi Express
+ Dehradun to Delhi: Overnight by 12206 Nanda Devi Express
- Dehradun has an airport that connects major cities of India. Discuss arrival/departure timing with us prior to finalizing travel by flight.