This route falls in the Garhwal region of the Indian Himalayas. The
holy river Ganga emerges from the snout of the Gangotri glacier at
Gomukh (13000 ft). The trek starts from Gangotri (10400 ft) and
passes through rugged terrain, sometimes crossing small streams.
On the route, Bhujbasha (12000 ft, night halt) offers magnificient views of the Sudarshan
peak, Matri peak,and other majestic yet-to-be-named snowy peaks. Beyond
Bhujbasha the path winds through huge boulders, loose rocks and
finally over the Gangotri glacier which with numerous glaciated boulders and
crevasses. The last mile is a steep climb to Tapovan (15000 ft.),
the base of Shivling peak. Fantastic views of the Bhagirathi peaks,
the Shivling peak, Meru peak and the Kedar dome can be enjoyed from
The best time to trek in this route is between May and June, and from the middle of September to early November.
Typical Schedule (we can customize it):
Day 1 : Arrive at Delhi. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 2 : Delhi – Hardwar : We travel to Hardwar by car that takes about four hours. We hope to be on time to view the ‘arati’ on the river Ganga in the evening. Overnight stay at hotel in Hardwar.
Day 3 : Hardwar – Uttarkashi : We travel to Uttarkashi in the morning. The distance of 112 miles takes about seven hours by car. We plan to pay a visit NIM (Nehru Institute of Mountaineering) on the way. Overnight stay at hotel in Uttarkashi.
Day 4 : Uttarkashi – Gangotri : It takes about hours of driving to cover the 67 miles to Gangotri during which the altitude changes from about 4000 ft to 10,000 ft. Lunch at Gangotri is followed by sightseeing. We end the day early at the local hotel in preparation for the trek the following morning.
Day 5 : Gangotri – Bhujbasha : We start early for our trek to Bhujbasha. The objective is to walk the nine miles in about six hours. On the way one gets a clear view of the three Bhagirathi peaks from Chirbasha. The trek passes through rugged terrain, sometimes crossing small streams. We pitch tents for the night at Bhujbasha at an altitude of about 12000 ft.
Day 6 : Bhujbasha – Tapovan : The trek to Tapovan from Bhujbasha is about seven miles long and takes five to six hours. On the way,we pass Goumukh, the source of the Ganga. The path winds through huge boulders, loose rocks and finally over the Gangotri glacier which is covered with numerous glaciated boulders and crevasses. The last mile is a steep climb to Tapovan (almost 15000 ft) at the base of the Shivling peak where we pitch tent.
Day 7 : At Tapovan : We rest for the day at Tapovan. One can spend time on short hikes and admiring the awe-inspiring sights of the magnificent Shivling and Bhagirathi peaks.
Day 8 : Tapovan – Bhujbasha : We start early for the trek back to Bhujbasha where we camp for the night.
Day 9 : Bhujbasha – Uttarkashi : We trek back to Gangotri in about five hours in time for lunch. We then travel back to Uttarkashi by car and check in at the hotel.
Day 10 : Uttarkashi – Delhi : Drive back to Delhi, by car via Rishikesh and Hardwar. We stop for lunch at Rishikesh. We arrive in Delhi late in the evening after a total of ten to eleven hours of driving, and check in at the hotel. The tour concludes at the end of the day.
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