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Trip Starting From: Rishikesh
Trip Location: Uttarkashi
About the Gomukh Tapovan Trek:
Within the 6 days of this Gangotri Gomukh Tapovan trek, one can marvel at the beauty of the Gomukh glacier, which forms one of the main sources of water for river Ganges. Along with your way to the peak, you can also visit several other attractions as well. This includes some of the popular and stunning pilgrimage sites in the area. The caves and huts housing ascetics at Tapovan are also quite inspiring. You will start the trek after reaching Rishikesh.
Uttarkashi to Gangotri will let you watch many holy rivers and landscapes which are the prominent attractions coming along with you. This trek will let you observe the magnificent beauty of Bhojwassa after you cover the well-laid paths leading to the region. The steep climbs leading to the high altitude meadows are conquered by many people before and you are also invited to catch the glimpses of the major towers in the Himalayan Ranges spreading across the region very closely by staying at the velvet type grasslands.
Witnessing the beauty of the stunning views of the Bhagirathi group of peaks, you will continue trekking to Gomukh and then towards Tapovan. Get a chance to witness the flora and fauna of the region as you keep continuing your trek on the seventh and eighth day. Conclude the trip after six days with precious memories created at the stunning locations.
About the Gomukh Tapovan:
Gomukh Tapovan Trek is considered as one of the most exciting and thrilling treks. Resembling the mouth of a cow, the Gomukh Glacier is one of the main water sources of the holy Ganges. Around the glacier, one can also view the peaks of Gangotri Group - Shivling, Thalay Sagar, Meru, and Bhagirathi III. In addition to its mesmerising beauty and appeal, it is also an important pilgrimage site for the Hindus and a dip in its water is considered as a sacred ritual.
On the other hand, Tapovan is located at the foothills of the Shivling Peak and is considered as a challenging route for the trekkers. Reaching a height of around 14,640ft, it is often thronged by the sadhus. This thrilling Gomukh Tapovan Trek takes you through some of the untouched places of the region. Marvel at the sight of the amazing beauty of the region as you keep continuing your trek. The sight of the Bhagirathi sisters glistening in the moonlight from Bhojbasa will make you stare at it for long.
The trekking trail typically has steady inclines and level walks. Trek for another 20-30 minutes and you will see another stream gushing below a makeshift bridge. You get clear perspectives of the Bhagirathi crests from Chirbasa. Additionally unmistakable out there is the mouth of the glacier. Your trek to Gomukh Tapovan will be one of the most memorable treks for you.
Gomukh Tapovan Trek Highlights:
- Enjoy camping at a high summit and the clear night sky under the billions of stars. Also, enjoy a small bonfire with your friends.
- Get a chance to witness the rare flora and fauna of this region as you continue your trek.
- Catch the glimpses of magnificent Bhagirathi peaks from Chirbasa. Also visible in the distance is the mouth of the Gaumukh glacier.
- During your trek you will also trek through Chota Jhandidar and Bada Jhandidar.
- The snow-capped mountain and the distant valleys will definitely make you wish to come back here once again.
- Trek to Bhojwassa which is studded with trees and is mostly barren and often compared to the Arctic Tundra region.
- Also, get a chance to visit Kriti and Meru glacier during your trek.
Quick Facts About Gomukh Tapovan:
Temperature: Day: 12°C to 17°C and Night: 2°C to 7°C. Can drop to -2°C to -3°C at Tapovan
Maximum Altitude: 14200 ft
Gomukh Tapovan Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate-Difficult
Railway Station: Dehradun Railway Station
ATM: Uttarkashi has the last ATM point before your trek begins.
Get transferred to Uttarkashi (1150 mt) via a hill town of Chamba and Tehri which takes 5-6 hrs.
As you reach Gangotri check-in to your hotel.
In the evening, you are free to explore the nearby places on your own.
Today, post breakfast, start trekking towards Bhojwassa via Chirbasa (3600mt).
The entire trail passes through dense forest.
You can watch a small temple near the destination and a beautiful campsite near down the river in Bhojwassa.
Enjoy staying at the river side camps.
Amble around the picture perfect surrounding and in the evening head to witness the stunning sunset on Bhagirathi group of peaks.
Have dinner and a peaceful stay at
After breakfast trek to Gomukh (3890mt), the source of the Ganges.
Explore the area and trek to Tapovan,vone of the finest high altitude alpine meadows in the area.
The trek from Gomukh to Tapovan is steep, and as one climbs, the view of the surrounding peaks becomes clearer.
Have dinner and enjoy the camp stay at Tapovan.
Today you will be trekking to Bhojwassa where you will get enough time to explore the beautiful surroundings and meander through the stunning pathways.
Post dinner, retire for the night in your tents.
Post breakfast in the morning, trek down to Gangotri and the downhill trek for 5 to 6 hours will let you reach the hotel at Gangotri.
Spend the night here.
Post breakfast, get a drive to Rishikesh and wind up the six day trek beautifully and with plenty of good memories.
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Rated : 4.0
Experience overall was good. But since this is a covid situation we had local porters who were quite new to the trek and were reaching the campsite almost in our pace. Because of this the food we got was getting a bit delayed and lot of times we were starving after the long day of trek. But trek leader was good and he took care of everything in case of any problems.
Rated : 5.0
I and my friends always wanted to do the Gomukh Tapovan Trek and we were looking for some reliable company to book this activity. I got to know of Thrillophilia through my friend and the rates for this trek with Thrillophilia is the best we found on the web. Moreover,the rates with Thrillophilia are comprehensive and we didn’t have to spend a penny a penny all through the six days of the trek apart from the booking amount! Kudos guys!
Rated : 5.0
We recently booked the Gaumukh to Tapovan trek with Thrillophilia and I must say, it was one of the best decisions that we made. All the arrangements were flawlessly made and the trek guide was super friendly. We had ultimate fun with this adventure trip. Kudos to the team for their excellent involvement in ensuring all the arrangements are done with precision.
The best time to do Gomukh trek is during the month of May - June and Aug – Oct. The weather will be mostly sunny during the day and colder at night. During this time the daytime temperatures remain 12 - 17° C if sunny and 14-15° C if cloudy.
During the night time, the temperature will range from 5-7°C and can drop to -2–3°C at Tapovan. You might find snow in May, especially at Tapovan.
Yes, camping is allowed in the Gaumukh Tapovan trek. You can enjoy the starlit skies along with a small bonfire as you camp here. At Bhojbasa there is a beautiful riverside camp where you will be staying. At Tapovan enjoy camping at a high altitude with mesmerizing surroundings all around.
The Gaumukh Tapovan Trek package includes:-
- Accommodation in tents or tourist lodges on a sharing basis
- Vegetarian meals will be provided on all the days
- First aid and medical kits
- Trekking equipment
- Permits and forest entry fees
- Experienced trek leader
- Guides and support staff
On reaching Gangotri you will be required to stay at a hotel or a tourist lodge here. At Bhojbasa you will be staying at a wonderful riverside camp in a tent. The campsite at Tapovan is at a high altitude meadow with amazing views. The tents provided are comfortable and sturdy; ideal for this terrain.
The Gaumukh trek is not recommended for first timers. There are tricky glacier sections to be crossed in addition to steep climbs. Irrespective of your prior experience, it is essential that you be very fit and well prepared for the trek.
The following checklist should help you with your packing for Gomukh trek. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.
-Trainers or sandals for river crossings and camp use
-Walking socks (3 pairs)
-Thermal baselayer - leggings
-Baselayer shirts (short sleeve and 1 long sleeve)
-Shirts or T-shirts
-Fleece jacket or warm jumper
-Sunhat Warm hat
-Gloves or mittens
-Daypack 30 litres
-Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
-Headtorch and spare batteries
-Water bottles 1 litre (x2)
-Sleeping bag (comfort rated -10ºC) (minus 15ºC for late November and December trips)
-Washbag and toiletries
-Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
You don’t need special snow shoes. A good trekking shoe is sufficient for the Gomukh trek. We recommend something that is water resistant. When there is snow, we provide micro spikes and gaiters. In case you need to buy new trekking shoes, this video will help you choose the right pair.
There are proper meals with subsequent nutritional values planned for the people coming in for the Gomukh trek. Vegetarian meals will be provided to trekkers on all days.
Carrying medicines is important while trekking anywhere in the world. Your first-aid should have anti-diarrhea medicine such as loperamide but make sure that you don't take it unless getting to a toilet isn't an option.
During the trekking you may not have access to pharmacies. So it’s better to have medications ready. Yes, you can carry diamox and can be taken too if having sickness/nausea.
Indian mobile networks do not work for most part of this trek. BSNL network will be available at Gangotri. Make sure you inform anxious family members about poor connectivity on the trek. Electricity charging points will be present at the guest house in Gangotri. However, its use depends on power supply in Gangotri.
The average temperature in the day time will be about 12°C-17°C and in the night time, it can be as low as 2°C-7°C and can drop to -2°C - 3°C at Tapovan.
Depending on the amount of snowfall that occurs in the preceding winter, you might find snow in May, especially at Tapovan. Snow is unlikely in September.
If it starts raining while you’re trekking, we will continue on the trail as planned. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings.
When it rains at the campsite, we usually get together in the dining tent and play games. The tents that you will be staying in, the dining tent, kitchen and toilet tents are all water proof, so you will stay dry inside.
The Gaumukh Tapovan trek is not recommended for first timers. There are tricky glacier sections to be crossed in addition to steep climbs. Irrespective of your prior experience, it is essential that you be very fit and well prepared for the trek.
Resembling the mouth of a cow, the Gomukh Glacier is one of the main water sources of the holy Ganges. Around the glacier, one can also view the peaks of Gangotri Group - Shivling, Thalay Sagar, Meru, and Bhagirathi III.
In addition to its mesmerising beauty and appeal, it is also an important pilgrimage site for the Hindus and a dip in its water is considered as a sacred ritual. On the other hand, Tapovan is located at the foothills of the Shivling Peak and is considered as a challenging route for the trekkers. Reaching a height of around 14,640ft, it is often thronged by the sadhus.
The difficulty level of Gaumukh \ trek ranges from moderate to difficult and therefore is not recommended for first timers. There are tricky glacier sections to be crossed in addition to steep climbs. Irrespective of your prior experience, it is essential that you be very fit and well prepared for the trek.
We will cover anywhere between 8-15kms a day barring the days left out for sightseeing, travelling and other tourist activities.
For girls, trekking is extremely safe. The trekking company has highest regards for women safety and will ensure that they're safe during the entire trek. If there is only one girl in the trip, then she will be provided with single tent to sleep alone.
If there are more girls, then they can sleep under one tent. Always make sure that you are never left on your own. Understand your pace and be with the group.
The maximum elevation will be 3980m at Gaumukh and 4463m at Tapovan.
Gomukh Tapovan Trek starts from Uttarkashi, a hill town of Chamba. The town is located about 5-6 hrs drive away from Rishikesh.
You can take a cab from Rishikesh to Uttarkashi to embark on your Gomukh Tapovan Trek. Alternatively, you can also choose the pick-up and drop facility that comes with this package to enjoy a hassle-free to and from Rishikesh to Uttarkashi.
The Gomukh Tapovan Trek is scheduled for 6 days starting from Rishikesh and with overnight camping stays at Gangotri, Bhojwassa, Gomukh, and Tapovan.
The trek starts from the quaint little village of Uttarkashi which is perched about 1150 mtr above mean sea level and then proceeds towards Gangotri, a high-altitude destination at 3048 mts. From Gangotri, the trek takes one towards Bhojwassa(3792 mtr) via Chirbasa (3600 mtr). On Day 3, the trek is scheduled to even higher altitudes of Gomukh (3890 mtr/12760 ft) and Tapovan.
Tapovan is the highest point of the trek at a mind boggling elevation of 4463 mtr or 14640 feet above the sea level. If height excites you, you can also choose the Gaumukh Tapovan Nandanvan trek which takes you to further altitudes.
No, Gomukh Tapovan Trek is completely safe to experience the imposing landscapes of the mighty Himalayas. This adventurous activity from Thrillophilia is done under the expert supervision of an experienced trek leader who will guide you all through the way.
However, the trek is definitely challenging and you can follow the below mentioned rules and regulations to overcome any possible hassle - Always adhere to the instructions of your trek leader Do not venture out solo or late in the nights, As the trek happens at extreme altitudes, give your body enough time to acclimatize Wear all the trekking gears.. Do not consume alcohol or any other stuff that can cause intoxicity.
When you go for the Gaumukh to Tapovan trek during the summer months, you can expect the daytime temperatures to range around 18 to 22 degrees celsius during the day time. During the post-monsoon season, the daytime temperature hovers between 13 and 20 degrees celsius.
The nighttime temperatures during both the summer season is around 3 degrees celsius and even dip to 0. During the post-monsoon season, the night time temperatures are sub-zero.
No, Gomukh Tapovan Trek can’t be done solo. It is compulsorily a group activity considering the adventure and perils involved in performing this trek.
The Gangotri Gomukh Tapovan Trek is one of the most exhilarating treks in India and Thrillophilia offers this adventure activity at a very attractive cost of INR 13,125 per adult.
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