Gangotri is on the banks of the river Bhagirathi, located in the Greater Himalayan Range at a height of 3,042 m.
The place is a sacred destination for followers of Hindu religion, and is a pilgrimage site.
Gaumukh is about 13 miles southeast of Gangotri. The majestic and the revered River Ganges originates from Gaumukh snout.
From Gaumukh, you can enjoy the spellbinding view of the Bhagirathi peaks.
The trekking trail: Gangotri - Chirbasa - Bhojbasa - Gaumukh. Initially, the trekking trail leads you through dense forests, streams, open spaces, and then the trail is dotted with huge pine trees.
Closer to the destination, you can have a clear view of the Gangotri glacier, Shivling Peak, and snow clad mountains.
The trek from Bhojbasa to Gaumukh leads you through a flat narrow valley, surrounded by verdant meadows, you cross rocky terrain and make your way through boulders, descend to reach sandy beach containing granite piles.
As you approach the glacier, you need to be little cautious as the trail becomes tentative.
How to Reach
Nearest airport is Jolly Grant near Dehradun, and the nearest railhead is in Rishikesh.
There are regular buses to Gangotri from Rishikesh. One can also set base at Uttarkashi and reach Gangotri the next day.
Gangotri is around 100+ km from Uttarkashi.
Exact Location: Gangotri is located 100+ km from Uttarkashi and 250+ km from Rishikesh.
Nearest Town: Uttarakshi 100+ kmTrek Length: Around 18 km
Grade: Moderate to Challenging
Advisory: Acclimatisation is required before starting this trek
Best Time to Visit: May to June and August to October.
Things to Carry
- Walking stick
- Hiking shoes
- Woolen clothes
- Water, juices, snacks
- Electric torch
- Medical kit
- A good compass
- An extra pair of clothes
Kedar Tal: Kedar Tal is nestled in the Garhwal Himalayas, and is located nearly 18 km from Gangotri.
The lake is 4000 m above sea level. One can reach this spectacular lake by trekking which is considered to be arduous.
In its crystal clear and tranquil blue water, one can see the reflection of the snow clad Thalaiyasagar peak.
Dayara Bugyal: Dayara Bugyal means high altitude meadow.
Its 27 km from Uttarkashi, near Bhatwari, on the Uttarkashi-Gangotri highway.
In winter, the slopes turn into a skiing range. The place offers a breathtaking view of the Himalayas.
Harsil: This scenic hamlet is situated 24 km before Gangotri at an altitude of 7,860 feet. It is considered to be an important stopover on the way to Gangotri and Gaumukh.
The place is known for its virgin beauty, apple orchards, lakes, and the meandering Bhagirathi River.