Gaumukh Tapovan Trek, Uttarakhand - AdvenThrill
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Gaumukh Tapovan

Gaumukh Tapovan

The Gaumukh Tapovan trek, offered by AdvenThrill, the premier outdoor adventure company in India, is an exhilarating journey that takes you through some of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring landscapes in the country. This trek is a perfect blend of adventure, nature, and spirituality, making it a unique and unforgettable experience for all participants.

Starting from the holy town of Gangotri, the Gaumukh Tapovan trek leads you to the source of the River Ganges, which is believed to be a sacred site by Hindus. The trek takes you through pristine forests, picturesque meadows, and rugged terrains, allowing you to witness the stunning beauty of the Himalayas up close.

AdvenThrill, with its team of highly experienced and certified guides, ensures that the Gaumukh Tapovan trek is conducted in a safe and responsible manner. The company takes every measure to ensure the safety and well-being of its participants, with a focus on minimizing the impact on the environment and the local communities.

The Gaumukh Tapovan trek offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the rich cultural heritage of the region, as well as its natural wonders. With AdvenThrill, you can expect a well-planned itinerary, comfortable accommodation, and delicious meals that are specially designed to meet the nutritional requirements of trekkers.

For adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers, the Gaumukh Tapovan trek is a must-do experience. With AdvenThrill, you can rest assured that your journey will be both safe and memorable, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime. Book your trek with AdvenThrill today and embark on a journey of a lifetime.


Day 1 - Dehradun - Gangotri

In the morning from Dehradun drive to Gangotri. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2 - Acclimatization Day at Gangotri (3,100 M/10,200 Ft)

In the morning After breakfast visit Pandav Gufa, Bhagirath Shila, Surya, and Gauri Kund .

  • Post lunch can visit Gangotri Temple or go shopping
  • Acclimatization walk around Gangotri town
  • Stay in the guesthouse
  • Gangotri: The shrine of Gangotri is situated at an elevation of 3200 m surrounded by deodars and pines. The original temple was constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa. Every year people from all around the world visit this shrine. A number of ashrams and dharamshalas are located on the other side of the river. It is believed that Raja Bhagirath used to worship Shiva on a slab of rock "Bhagirath Shila" situated near the temple. Submerged in the river there is a 2 natural Shivling where, according to mythology, Lord Shiva sat when he received the Goddess Ganga in his matted locks. A days trek takes one to Gomukh, the source of the mighty Ganges.

Day 3 - Gangotri (3048 Mts/10000 Ft)- Bhojwassa (3792 Mts/12440 Ft) 14 Kms Trek/5-6 Hrs)

Morning after breakfast we commands our trek further to Bhojwassa via Chirbasa (3600mt). From Gangotri we move along the beaten track towards Chirbasa, which is on tree line. The entire trek today is along the roaring Bhagirathi River. Beyond Chirbasa the terrain becomes really desolate and barren. In fact, it has been referred to as Artic Tundra by many trekkers. From Chirbasa we trek further to Bhojwassa, the entire trail passes through dense forest, Arrive Bhojwassa; 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 stay in tents.

Day 4 - Bhojwassa - Gomukh (3890 Mts/12760 Ft) - Tapovan(4463 Mts / 14640 Ft)

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 trickles 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 becomes 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 campsites. Herds of Bharal (blue mountain goats) are a common sight from here on mountain ridges. On the far side of the glacier the Bhagirathi I, II, III (6454mt), provide an equally impressive backdrop. It is also the little wonder where Sadhus and saints choose this spot for extended meditation during the long summer month. Arrive Tapovan and camp. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.

  • Gomukh: The Gomukh glacier is the source of Bhagirathi (Ganges) and is held in high esteem by the devout who do not miss the opportunity to have a holy dip in the bone chilling icy water.
  • Tapovan: Tapovan is an ideal location for the tourists looking for peace and adventure. Tapovan is located on an altitude of 4463m / 14640ft above sea level. Tapovan is base camp for Shivlinga peak in Uttrakhand hills. One can also have a nice view of Bhagirathi peaks from Tapovan Meadow. Every year this place has been visited by thousands of tourist including foreigners for adventure activity like mountaineering & trekking.

Day 5 - Tapovan to Bhojwassa

Altitude: 3,550 m/ 11,700 ft

Trek Distance: 10 km | 5 to 6 hrs

Descend through moraine and glacier till Gaumukh

Accommodation in tent

Packed lunch

Rise early to cherish the few last moments in front of legendary mountains that are shining in the bright suns rays and get ready to visit the Gaumukh Glacier. Mt. Shivling looks prettier as never before, passing its beauty to the adjacent peaks. Together they all make a spectacular sight. It is time to take these memories back after having breakfast. Carry packed lunch and enough water as you did earlier because there are no water sources.

Yes, again you have to cross the rocky terrain and moraines of the glacier. Descending is more difficult than ascending they say, you will realize this now as you make your way around the boulders. Watch your steps and move gradually. Try to relive the moments while you retrace the steps. Enjoy the forested sections of Bhojwasa once again with its flora and fauna.

It is quite a steep descent to Gaumkuh and today you will get to see the behemoth glacier from up close. Gaumukh is the end of the Gangotri glacier and hence the source of the divine Ganges river. Gaumukh means cow’s mouth, it is believed the snout looked like a cows mouth in past. Most religious people consider it a blessing to visit the Ganges. Even if you are not religious you will be astonished to see how huge the snout is and how small you are in front of it.

The legend has it that once there was a powerful king named Sagar, who wished to perform the Ashwamedh Yajna with a ceremonial sacrifice horse. Fearing that Sagar will complete the Yajna, Lord Indra took the horse and tied it to the ashram of Lord Kapila where he used to meditate. Sagar sent out 60,000 of his sons to bring back the horse and when they were creating chaos in Kapila Muni’s ashram, his meditation got disrupted and he turned all of the 60000 sons to ashes and cursed that they will attain Moksha only if their ashes are washed in the water of the holy River Ganga, who then resided in heaven. All of Sagars ancestors failed to please Brahma to bring Ganga on Earth, however, King Bhagirath was able to please Brahma and he ordered Ganga to flow down Earth. Goddess Ganga was not pleased with this and flowed with such intensity that she was about to drown the entire world. Bhagirath then prayed to Lord Shiva and Shiva agreed to capture Ganga in his locks to control the force and this is how Ganga arrived on Earth. To date, it is believed that a dip in the Ganga is enough to resolve all sins of an individual.

After a steep descent to Gaumukh, walk down the terrain alongside the Bhagirathi river. It will be a 5 to 6 hrs trek to Bhojwasa and you will be back to the same pine forests. Tonight we will camp here again before returning to Gangotri the following day.

Day 6 - Bhojwassa - Gangotri

Altitude: 3,200 m/ 10,200 ft

Trek Distance: 14 km | Duration: 6 to 7 hr

Altitude Loss: 600 m/ 1,968 ft

Accommodation in the guest house

Moderate level of gradual descent

Spring and manmade water points are available

Wake up to realize that this will be the last day of the trek. Trek for around 6 to 7 hours covering 14 km to reach Gangotri. You will enter again in the Gangotri National Park, with the valley slowly closing behind you. Watch out for the rockfall section once again and you can catch upstreams and waterfalls to refill your water bottle. Say goodbye to the Bhagirathi and other mountain peaks as their sight now disappears.

Have hot lunch and dinner in the guest house. Pack to return to Dehradun and thereby to your lovely homes.

Day 7 - Depart for Dehradun

240 Km.

8 Hrs Drive

Reached Dehradun by 5.00 PM

Have a final cup of morning tea in the mighty land of Gangotri. Say a final goodbye to your fellow trekkers and take back lots of memories. Take a wonderful group picture and get into the cab that will ride you back to Dehradun. This will be an 8 hours ride, between the mountains, valleys, and Bhagirathi river. The river guided us throughout the trek.

You will reach Dehradun by 5 PM, and from here you can lead your return journey as you have planned. We hope you take back loads of adventure-filled memories and take a pledge to come back to the mountains.

Inclusions: -

  1. Accommodation. (Guesthouse, Homestay, Camping)
  2. Meals while on trek (Veg. + Egg) from Dinner on Day 1 to Dinner on Day 6.
  3. All necessary entry fees and permits.
  4. First Aid Medical Kits and Oxygen Cylinder.
  5. Mountaineering qualified & professional Trek Leader, Guide, Cook and Support staff.
  6. Porters/mules to carry central equipment.

Exclusions: -

  1. Food during the transit.
  2. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  3. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Price Includes.
  4. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.
  5. Any kind of personal expenses.
  6. Transport.

Note: Normally Adventhrill expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.

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