Gaumukh Tapovan Trek

Trek To The Source Of The Ganges

Duration: 5 days / 4 nights

Host: Raman Sharma

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  • Gaumukh trek requires a good amount of stamina & fitness level so its mandatory for all trekkers to get fit for a high altitude trek. Tapovan trek makes you trek about 46 km (Gangotri to Tapovan & back) in a span of 4-5 days which is quite a hike. Trekkers can enhance their fitness levels by following different types of fitness regimen according to their interest and fitness level.
  • Walking & Jogging
  • You can include walking or jogging for 4-5 km in your daily routine which will increase your stamina & endurance for Gaumukh trek.
  • Gym & Cardio
  • Doing light weight with high repetition alongwith 45 mins of cardio on a treadmill can equip your body muscles against fatigue, cramps & injuries.
  • Yoga & Pranayam
  • Doing yogasanas like sarvangasana, uttanpadasana & surya namaskar along with pranayam techiniques like Brahmari can work wonders for your fitness levels.

Inclusions:

  • all veg. snacks & meals during trek
  • forest trek & camping permits
  • camping accommodation for 4 nights (2-3 per tent)
  • trekking & camping equipment
  • services of certified trek leaders & experienced local guides

Exclusions:

  • any kind of personal expenses on food or medicines
  • any kind of hotel / lodge stay
  • any kind of cost incurred in case a trekker drops out of the trek due to sickness or injury
  • any kind of transport to reach or depart the starting point / end point of the trek (Gangotri)
  • extra cost @ ₹ 300 per backpack per day is applicable in case a trekker wants to offload it to porter / mule

Gangotri Gaumukh Tapovan trek is an enchanting, adventurous & divine trek to the source of the Ganga the holiest of the rivers. Starting from Gangotri, the trek takes you to Gaumukh where you will see Ganga coming out of the rocky mountains. Gaumukh trek further ventures to Tapovan and scenic paradise Nandanvan

Itinerary


Day 1 : Gangotri to Chirbasa

Take a heavy breakfast early morning to start the Gaumukh Tapovan trek from Gangotri through the mighty mountains, pine forests and alongside the thundering Bhagirathi river. As you start the trek from Gangotri to Chirbasa, you will see the surreal views of Sudarshan Parbat which will accompany you all the way. This stretch of the trail has many waterfalls and small streams which are an opportunity to fill the purest Himalayan water into your water bottle.

Despite of a few moderate ascents, it is enjoyable 4-5 hours trek through the Gangotri National Park. As you reach the end of this trail, you will see gigantic boulders at the base of Sudarshan peak. Make a last effort to cross them to reach the most scenic campsite with the river Bhagirathi flowing on one side and the breathtaking views of Bhagirathi peaks I, II & III (6856 m, 6512 m & 6454 m respectively) on the other.

Just relax at the campsite while having lunch. In the evening, explore the riverside or take short acclimatisation walk towards the nearby mountain slopes. Savour the ultimate adventure of camping overnight beside a gushing river and between the mighty Himalayan peaks. In fact, it is one of the most unforgettable experiences of Gaumukh Tapovan trek.

Day 2 : Chirbasa to Bhojbasa

Rise early morning to see the sun rays brighten the lofty mountain peaks and treat yourself to a healthy breakfast to start the trail. The trail from Chirbasa to Bhojbasa is an easy 2-3 hours trek with gradual ascent. After about 15-20 mins, the trail gets wider and gives closer views of the Bhagirathi peaks. There are some landslide portions on the trail that you have to cross to reach a large plain area called Bhojbasa, which will be your campsite for Day 3.

The name 'Bhojbasa' came from the 'Bhojpatra' or the birch trees, the leaves of which were used for writing in the ancient times. Birch trees are found in abundance in this region. Bhojbasa provides you the first glimpse of Mount Shivling. This place has an ashram & rest house which requires prior permission to stay.

Explore and photograph the scenic campsite after a hot lunch. Enjoy evening meals around a bonfire & sneek into your sleeping bags after an early dinner to gear up for the next day's trail.

Day 3 : Bhojbasa - Gaumukh - Tapovan

Get prepared for a long & most demanding part of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek trail which will test your fitness & endurance levels. Eat a heavy breakfast, carry a packed lunch & water bottles and get going with an adventurous spirit.

Gaumukh which is also called 'Gomukh' locally, which means cows mouth. According to local people the Gomukh snout looked like cows mouth and the religious people take it as a blessing to visit Gomukh, the source of the river Ganga.

The trail beyond Gaumukh is steep and has big rocky boulders. The rocky face of the glacier makes the ascent tougher which can be eased with the use of trekking poles. After crossing last patch of the Tapovan trek on a rocky terrain, you will reach a campsite with mindboggling view of Mount Shivling. It will take you a while to believe that you are seeing Mount Shivling in its entirety, from base to the peak right in front of you.

Take photographs of a lifetime of Mount Shivling which is one of the most sacred & beautiful mountain peak. You will also see Mt. Meru in the background along with the Bhagirathi peaks.

Tapovan serves as a perfect place for meditation for many Sadhus who come to Himalayas in their religious pursuit. Relax at the campsite watching the blue mountain goats called 'Bharal' grazing on the mountain slopes.

Day 4 : Tapovan to Bhojbasa

Wake up early morning to witness Mount Shivling shining with all its glory in the early morning sun. Capture the amazing views of early morning sun rays falling on the majestic peaks on your camera. Grab a full breakfast, carry packed lunch & reload your water bottles to start the trail back to Gomukh and Chirbasa.

You will have to cross the rocky terrain & boulders again on the glacier but it will be much tougher as you are descending this time. Be careful with every step and support your fellow trekkers who need a hand on rocky edges.

After descending steeply to Gaumukh, you will again trail beside the river Bhagirathi. About 4-5hours of this trek will bring you to the same campsite at Bhojbasa which is beside the gushing river & between the mountain peaks.

Day 5 : Bhojbasa to Gangotri

Get ready in the morning for the last day of Gaumukh Tapovan trek. The trail from Bhojbasa to Gangotri covers 13 km in about 6-7 hours while walking again in the Gangotri National Park. Bid a farewell to the slowing fading mountain peaks behind you.

Reach your hotel or lodge at Gangotri. Take a shower followed by hot lunch and prepare your bags for departure to Dehradun the next day.

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