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WOW! Yes, the trekking was just wow. I had a really nice time with the trek. I loved it completely. I am spellbound by the fact that this trek was inex...
Trekking was awesome here in Gangotri. This trek is worthy only when it is combined with various other travel plans like Rishikesh, and the rest as the...
Total Trekking Distance: 47 km (approx.)
Maximum Altitude: 4,400m
Temperature Range: May to June: 11 to 23-degree; October to December: 3 to 19-degree
About the Destination:
Gangotri trek is located at an elevation of 3159 meters and marks the convergence of the Kedar ravine and the Bhagirathi River. The area is naturally diverse with lush green grasslands that are amongst the best in the country. The Gangotri Glacier which is the source of the River Ganga is one of the largest in the Himalayan region. The Gangotri Glacier Trek goes through lush green meadows, glaciers and rivulets. The Tapovan area is the base camp for several trekking expeditions and features beautiful meadows with flowers, rivulets and streams, snow-capped mountains and valleys. These flowering meadows are the best high altitude meadows you can find in the Himalayan region.
About Gangotri Trek:
The Gangotri glacier is one of the primary sources of holy river Ganges and there are many mythological stories associated with the origin and descent of the Ganges.
This tour explores various such points starting from the sacred city of Rishikesh, which is also known as the “Gateway to the Himalayas”. After reaching Uttarkashi which is the base for many trekking expeditions, you reach Gangotri. The Gangotri trek starts from here which will take you through Bhojbasa as you walk alongside River Bhagirathi.
Get close to the mountains when you cross the Gangotri glacier and reach Tapovan known for its scenic landscape. The mighty Bhagirathi group of peaks and Neelkanth Peak are a spectacular view from here. The entire Gangotri trek is through pine forest and flowering valleys.
Gangotri is also one of the destinations of the ‘Chota Char Dham’ pilgrimage tour. Apart from religious belief, if you are an ardent nature lover, then this trip will give you a mix of both spiritual fulfilment and instant gratification of your finer senses. As a part of daily hygiene protocol, proper care of hygiene and sanitation is maintained all through to ensure the utmost care and personal safety of the guests.
Sightseeing in Uttarkashi, Nehru Mountaineering Institute
The day starts with an early morning drive from Haridwar to Uttarkashi, which is known as the footstep to trekking towards Gangotri.
After reaching Uttarkashi, a sightseeing programme is scheduled to visit popular locations like India's premier mountaineering institute 'Nehru Mountaineering Institute'.
Overnight stay in a hotel.
Start from Uttarkashi and reach Gangotri
The journey begins early morning with a drive up to Gangotri which is a place of immense religious significance.
It is believed that Gangotri is the home of Goddess Ganga and it is from this place that the trek begins.
Situated on the banks of the holy river Bhagirathi, it is one of the ‘Char Dham’ or one of the four destinations of pilgrimage of Uttarakhand.
Overnight stay in a tourist lodge.
14 km trek, Bhagirahi River, Neelkanth Peak
A 14 km trek will take you to Bhojbasa, a place known for the coniferous birch trees.
The trek takes course along River Bhagirathi on the right and is mostly an uphill climb.
The climb may at times leave you a little breathless but the wonderful view of the Neelkanth Peak more than makes up for the physical toll.
Enjoy the sunset views from the camp and retire for the night early.
10 km trek, Sunrise View, Gangotri Glacier, Mt Shivling
After enjoying the splendid sunrise view early morning, get ready to climb further uphill to Tapovan.
You will have to cross Gaumukh to reach Tapovan.
The terrain is a bit rocky here and you should be careful with your steps.
The Gangotri glacier looks intimidating and a sense of humbleness reigns over all your feelings.
You will cross over from the right bank of the glacier to the left and then continue with the climb through the glacier moraine to reach Tapovan, which is also the base camp for avid trekkers who go further up to Mt. Shivling.
View from Tapovan is exhilarating, especially the Bhagirathi Peaks.
Overnight stay in tent.
14 km trek, back to Chirbasa from Tapovan via Bhojbasa
The downhill trek commences which makes the journey less exhausting.
The return trek takes a different route and you reach Chirbasa via Bhojbasa
Enjoy the last night in a camp.
9 km trek
This trek is a relatively shorter one as you trek further downhill to Gangotri.
Upon arrival in Gangotri, take a drive towards Uttarkashi and retire for the day in a resort.
Tour Ends Here
You will be driven to Rishikesh/Haridwar in the morning.
With your arrival, this astounding Gangotri Gaumukh trek will come to an end.
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Rated : 5.0
WOW! Yes, the trekking was just wow. I had a really nice time with the trek. I loved it completely. I am spellbound by the fact that this trek was inexpensive yet so brilliantly. I recommend this to all trek and travel lovers.
Rated : 4.0
Trekking was awesome here in Gangotri. This trek is worthy only when it is combined with various other travel plans like Rishikesh, and the rest as the travel from Bangalore to here was costly. We took this and one more travel pack in Rishikesh. If planned well, this trek is totally worth every penny. Planning well is the key here. It was indeed a nice and a memorable trip for us.
Rated : 4.0
This is one of its kind of trek. When I say one of its kind, I truly mean it. This trek is one of the nicest treks that I have ever been. Not every day we come across treks that are so different and unique. Yes, there are treks that are unique in its own way but this trek is unique in all ways. This trek is something that you will never ever regret taking. It is fun in its own way. Plan this trek in a way where you can go along with a lot of people and also make it a long vacation this way it is more enjoyable and fun. I love this trek and it was lovely experience. We all had lots of fun without burning a big hole in our pocket.
Rated : 5.0
Gangotri Trek To The Source of Ganga is an amazing and out of the world experience. As a traveller, Gangotri trek is something that I always wanted to take. It is a really tough trek and it is even considered as a milestone of the trekking history by many. That being said, it is definitely an enjoyable and amazing trek to take. Trekking Gangotri was something that gives you fun, spirituality, and inner peace. The place is so unadulterated, calm, and peaceful that it is so divine and poignant. I had a really wonderful and memorable time with this trek.
Rated : 5.0
The trek is as mighty as it sounds to be. Gangotri trek is like a dream come true for me. I had like an amazing and an enticing experience with the trek. It was the best trek ever. I wish I could be part of more such treks in the future. I loved it.
Rated : 4.0
No words to describe it, the experience was awesome, thanks, to the team for their good effort and work hard.
Rated : 4.0
I am so out of words to say how great this trek is. I had a great time here. It was a lovely experience. I was very interested with this trek. My wife and I took this. We both are adventure freaks and even for our honeymoon we trekked in Chikmagalur. This was something that we were hoping forward too, and it was a nice experience. I totally loved it.
Rated : 4.0
I recently took this Gangotri Trek To The Source of Ganga after reading reviews on this site. This trek was not that a great experience. It was just about average and fine. I was expecting a great trek experience. That being said, the climate played a huge spoil sport too.
Rated : 4.0
Gangotri Trek is an amazing and enticing trek to every trekker. While I started trekking, I had a sole goal in my mind: to trek Gangotri trek. Now that after 5 years of trekking in various spots, we have finally reached our dream. It was a really nice experience. I am surely going there again soon.
Rated : 4.0
We had an awesome trek at this place. I was wanting to take this trek for few months now, but it kept on being postponed. Finally, I did happen to go here for a second honeymoon with my wife. I am happy about my decision.
The cost of the Gangotri trek is INR 24,000 per adult which includes vegetarian meals during the trek as well as camping and camping gear.
The Gangotri Glacier trek package includes all the meals during the trek, i.e. from Day 2 dinner to Day 6 lunch.
Camping along with camping gears
Experienced guides and their charges
Porter to carry the camping equipment and the ration.
To and fro transportation from Haridwar
Stay in tents, camps or lodges.
Proper sanitization and hygienic conditions
Yes, meals are included in the Gangotri trek package. Vegetarian meals will be provided during the trek. A cook and a porter are included in the package to ensure freshly prepared meals throughout the trip.
Gomukh is at a distance of 18 KM from Gangotri in the foothills of Bhagirathi at a height of 4255m. It is the snout of the Gangotri Glacier. If you opt to travel by bus then you should plan on reaching either Haridwar or Rishikesh.
Both the places are well-connected and if you are traveling by air, then the nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun at the distance of 250 KM. You can even hire chopper service to Gangotri from Dehradun. If you want to travel by train then the nearest station is Rishikesh 234 KM before Gangotri on NH58 and is perfectly connected by rail with major destinations of India.
Gangotri is considered as one of the toughest treks in the Himalayan region and mostly taken during the summer season. The stretch between Gangotri and Chirbasa is a bit easy but the challenging nature of the trek starts to come more into the picture as you move ahead. Gangotri is a small town and finding the starting point of Gaumukh trek would not be a difficult task.
Gangotri trek begins from around 100 meters behind the Gangotri temple and one has to climb steep stairs in order to reach the base point of the trek. You get to pass through larger than life mountainscapes and beyond the tree line but witness the Bhagirathi peaks glistening in the moonlight.
The ideal time to go for Gangotri trek is from Mid April to June and then from September to November. Here the weather is neither too cold nor too much of rainfall. Summer season is the most suitable for the Gangotri Glacier Trek when the Skies are clear, and the sun shines the brightest.
Another best time for this trek is during the spring season when you get to witness greenery everywhere and pleasant climate. It is advisable to avoid visiting during winter and monsoon season because monsoon makes the conditions difficult with sloppy trails and the road to Chardham gets to closed during the winter season because of heavy rainfall. It is to be informed that the roads remain closed from November to march month.
During your Gangotri trek the stay will be provided in tents and camps. You will surely enjoy your stay as your stay offers a perfect blend of both spiritual fulfillment and instant gratification of your finer senses.
Yes, pick-up and drop-off facility will be provided from Haridwar for Gangotri trek. Your Gangotri glacier trek starts with an early morning drive from Haridwar to Uttarkashi.
Yes, it is safe to trek with kids in Gangotri but you need to very careful as you have to accompany your child all the time during trek. One can hire a palki for the kids and takes around 6 hours to reach the temple. You should inform your trek leader on priority and follow his instructions.
The campsite is fully equipped with first aid kit, oxygen cylinders to address the situation. It is to be informed that the mobile networks do not reach and one has to cut off from the world of calls, SMSs or watsapps.
Located in the extreme terrain of Uttarkashi region, 28 km long and almost 4 km wide. There are various routes around Gangotri Glacier and the range of trek circuits including Gangotri Gomukh Tapovan Trek, Gangotri Tapovan Trek, and Gangotri Gaumukh Trek.
And, the Gangotri trek difficulty varies with routes. But, one will surely find the treks thrilling and a trail to watch out in the Himalayan land.
During your Gangotri Trek, you need to carry:
- Warm jacket to protect against cold wind
- Extra pair of socks and a waterproof jacket
- Comfortable trekking shoes
- Caps, gloves
- Raincoat or Umbrella
- Synthetic track pants
- Full sleeves tees with collar
- Enough undergarments
- Woolen head-scarf/ muffler
- Light towel
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