GAUMUKH TAPOVAN TREK
8 Days - 7 Night
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GAUMUKH TAPOVAN TREK
The Gaumukh Tapovan Trek, an eight-day itinerary combining myth, spirituality, and thrilling adventure, takes you around the Gangotri glacier to the location historically thought to be the mouth of the holy river Ganga.
Beginning in Gaumukh and extending to the Chaukhamba massif around Badrinath, the Gangotri glacial expanse is nearly 24 km long and 6 to 8 km wide. We have a trek route that traverses the entire stretch of this storied country, thanks to renowned mountaineers Shipton and Tilman. Read More The trek from Gaumukh to Tapovan is moderately difficult. Although the Gangotri-Gaumukh trail is relatively easy and often used by pilgrims, the Gaumukh-Tapovan trail is difficult and requires prior experience. It is appropriate for those who have completed a few high-altitude treks such as Roopkund, but it is not suitable for beginners. Gaumukh got its name from the sages, which means cow’s mouth since the opening of Gaumukh looks like a cow’s mouth. For Hindus, this location holds great religious significance. Every year, thousands of devotees flock to Gaumukh to pray and receive blessings from Maa Ganga. Gaumukh is regarded as one of Hindu mythology’s most powerful figures. It revolves around the river Ganga, which has been reborn at the request of sage Bhagirath. He desired for his forefathers to be cleansed of their sins by pushing them to walk the road to heaven.
The trek from Gaumukh to Tapovan is moderately difficult. Although the Gangotri-Gaumukh trail is relatively easy and often used by pilgrims, the Gaumukh-Tapovan trail is difficult and requires prior experience. It is appropriate for those who have completed a few high-altitude treks such as Roopkund, but it is not suitable for beginners.
Gaumukh got its name from the sages, which means cow’s mouth since the opening of Gaumukh looks like a cow’s mouth. For Hindus, this location holds great religious significance. Every year, thousands of devotees flock to Gaumukh to pray and receive blessings from Maa Ganga. Gaumukh is regarded as one of Hindu mythology’s most powerful figures.
It revolves around the river Ganga, which has been reborn at the request of sage Bhagirath. He desired for his forefathers to be cleansed of their sins by pushing them to walk the road to heaven.
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Day 1: Dehradun to Gangotri (241km)
Prepare to leave Dehradun at 6 a.m. to begin your journey. Since you’ll be flying 241 kilometers to Gangotri, the day will be longer. It will be a fantastic 8-hour trip through the majestic mountains. Mussorie, the popular hill station, is just 35 kilometers from Dehradun and will be the first major attraction. The Shivalik Ranges can be seen from the hill station. After a brief stop for lunch and some sight-seeing in Dhanulti, Chamba, you will arrive in Uttarkashi, the land of the Gods. Uttarkashi is situated on the banks of the Bhagirathi River. All of the temples and holy people would make you believe that you are really in the Land of the Gods. The scenic Harshil Village is reached through the Bhagirath River. Harshil is renowned for its apple orchards, which provide a visual escape. Harshil is the best place to spend a quiet evening surrounded by mountains.
Even after the long ride to Gangotri, you’ll wish it didn’t have to stop. Gangotri is a pilgrimage site on the banks of the Bhagirathi River. Because of the strong network coverage, you can roam around the local market, connect with locals, and share awesome images with your friends. Get a delicious homemade dinner and then retire to the guest house for the night.
Day 2: Acclimatisation day at Gangotri (10171 ft)
Good morning from Gangotri!
Have breakfast and spend the rest of the day absorbed in religious energy. Today is the day for acclimatization now that you’ve reached a height of 10171 feet. An acclimatization is a form of health supplement that helps your body adapt to changes in the environment, such as low temperatures. You can take advantage of being in Gangotri, one of the four Char Dhams while doing so. The Gangotri temple, which was constructed in the 18th century, is the largest. You may also go to the BhagirathShila, a holy rock where King Bhagirath revered Lord Shiva, and the PandavaGufa, where the Pandavas slept. Many foreigners can be seen meditating and walking around.
Day 3: Gangotri (10171 ft) to Chirbassa (11680 ft)
Start your day with a full breakfast and prepare to begin your mountain trek. You’ll be walking through pine forests next to the majestic Bhagirathi river. There will be gradual ascents, but the trek will be easy and take around 4-5 hours. The beautiful Sudarshan Parbat (21,345ft) will accompany you on your journey. You’ll even come across several streams and waterfalls where you can refill your water bottles. The walk will take place entirely inside the Gangotri National Park.
You will be greeted by boulders from the Sudarshan peak at the end of the trek; simply cross them to enter the campsite.
With the Bhagirathi river gushing on the right and lying in between the mountains under the pine trees, this will be the most beautiful campsite. The Bhagirathi Sister peaks, Bhagirathi I, II, and III (6856 m, 6512 m, and 6454 m, respectively) share space with Manda Mountain, Bhrigu Parbatetc. from the campsite.
Lunch is a great way to recharge the batteries. Enjoy a relaxing evening by the Bhagirathi River; you can also go on an acclimatization walk to learn more about the region. You will spend the night in the tents.
Day 4: Chirbassa (11680 ft) to Bhojwasa (12435 ft)
Get refreshed to trudge again by waking up to breathtaking neon views of sun rays on mountain tops. This will be a simple 2-3 hour hike with a gradual ascent. The path widens now, allowing you to get a better view of the Bhagirathi peaks. There will be some landslide areas that are easier to walk on.
After the trek, you will arrive at Bhojwassa, a flat area where tents will be set up for you. The Bhojwasa originated from Bhopatra trees, also known as birch trees, which are plentiful in the region. This is the valley’s widest section, offering the best view of Mount Shivling. There is an ashram, a police station, and a rest home, as well as several igloo-style buildings. One can opt for these options for today’s stay, but it will require permission. After lunch at the campsite, relax in the afternoon & in the tents, spend a chilly night.
Day 5: Bhojwasa (12435 ft) to Khada Pathar via Gaumukh (13452 ft) & Tapovan (14600 ft)
The day has arrived when the trek will be the most difficult and longest, so eat well, prepare a snack, fill water bottles (there are no water sources on the route), bring energy bars, and be ready to be excited.
From here, the trail becomes steeper and more full of rock boulders. The glacier’s rock moraines make the climb challenging, but they also eliminate the need for technical gear. To make the climb easier, use a trekking pole. The final trek to Tapovan is rocky, but once you pass through it, you’ll be glad to be in the well-known meadows, where you can get a better view of the majestic Mt. Shivling. Sadhus who come to Tapovan for meditation are Well-known. It also acts as a base camp for expeditions to Mt. Shivling. It gives a better view of Mt. Shivling, which is revered as one of the most sacred and majestic mountains in the world. The views of Mt. Meru and the Bhagirathi peaks are not to be missed.
Tapovan is the ideal spot to unwind after a strenuous hike. Mountain goats can be found wandering around here, much like you. Rest happily in tents at the end of a long but unforgettable day.
Day 6: Tapovan (14600 ft) –Chirbassa(11680 ft)
Rise early to savour the last few moments in front of iconic mountains bathed in the sun’s rays. Mt. Shivling is more majestic than ever, radiating its elegance to the surrounding peaks. They all come together to create a beautiful sight. After breakfast, it’s time to put these memories back to life. Since there are no water sources, bring a packed lunch and enough water like you did before.
Yes, you must cross the glacier’s rugged terrain and moraines once more. As you navigate your way around the boulders, you’ll note that descending is more difficult than ascending. Keep an eye on the moves and take them slowly. When retracing your steps, try to relive the events.
After descending steeply to Gomukh, continue walking along the Bhagirathi River. The trek to Chirbassa will take about 6-7 hours. After that, you’ll return to the same pine forests. Not surprisingly, you’ll be camping by a river, between mountains, and under pine trees…!!
Day 7: Chirbasa (11680 ft ) to Gangotri (10171 ft)
When you wake up, you’ll remember that this is the last day of your journey. Gangotri is a 9-kilometer trek that takes about 4-5 hours. Streams and waterfalls can be used to refill water bottles. As the sight of the Bhagirathi and other mountain peaks fades, say your goodbyes.
In the guest house, you will get a hot lunch and dinner. Pack your belongings to return to Dehradun and, with it, to your lovely homes.
Day 8: Depart for Dehradun
In the mighty land of Gangotri, have one last cup of morning tea. Say your last goodbyes to your fellow trekkers, share phone numbers, and reminisce. Take a great group photo before boarding the cab that will take you back to Dehradun. This will be an eight-hour journey through the mountains, valleys, and along the Bhagirathi River. The river that accompanied us on our journey.
By 5 p.m., you will have arrived in Dehradun and can begin your return journey as scheduled. Take plenty of adventure-filled memories home with you, and make a promise to return to the mountains.
Frequently asked question
- Footwear: The trekking boots which must be waterproof and snow proof, normal boots, floaters, and woolen socks.
- Backpack: (50 ltr), Daypack (20-30 ltr), Duffel bag.
- Clothes: Jacket and trousers that are both waterproof and breathable. Jacket (synthetic or down feather fleece), synthetic insulated trousers, poncho, sweatshirt, inner thermal (upper & lower), fleece, t-shirts, cotton trekking pants, shorts
- Season wise Clothes:
- Hand and head protection includes liner gloves, bandannas, sun hats, woollen caps, and face masks, among other things.
- Accessories: Sunglasses/goggles, anti-glare lenses, water bottle, hydra bag, and headlamp with spare bulb and extra batteries are all recommended.
- Trekking Gears: Toolkit for an emergency. Sunscreen, a toiletry pack, water purification pills, Ziploc packs, ear plugs, first-aid kit, and the necessary medications are all recommended.
- Camping Equipment: Sleeping bags of lining (extreme -5 to +5 Celsius if you have one), trekking sticks, and so on.
- Warm top/light micro fleece pullover/full sleeve T shirt – 2/3
- Water resistant/repellent trekking pants with an inner lining for added warmth- 2 High-quality windproof/water-resistant outer shell (jacket) with a proper hood
- Thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen Jumper, Down Jacket with at least 600 fill capacity Innerwear with a thermal component (upper and lower)
- Woolen hat, inner fleece gloves, and outer water-resistant gloves
- 4–5 pairs of thick woollen socks and standard socks, scarf/muffler (optional)
- Waterproof Trekking/Hiking shoes with a thick heel and high ankles that are comfortable to wear. Sneakers/sport shoes are ideal for camp.
- Poncho or raincoat. A small, light-weight towel
- A hydration pack and an insulated water bottle (optional)
- Sunglasses with UV cover and the potential to cut light, as well as a cap or floppy hat to shield the strong sun off your skin (important when traversing through snow)
- Trekking pole or sturdy walking stick Lip Balm, Sunscreen Lotion
- Flashlight / torch (with extra batteries) Medications, if any special prescription is needed Toiletries for personal use
- Carry a rain cover over your luggage • Day pack/small bag that you can carry on your back all day to keep your essentials in
- Keep a few poly bags or plastic containers in your bag to place your things in if you need to in case of heavy weather.
Personal Medical Kit (MANDATORY FOR ALL)
- 10 Diamox tablets (to prevent AMS)
- Nifedipine – 5 pills Dexamethasone – one strip
- 6 tablets of Crocin (fever)
- 4 tablets of avomine (motion sickness) 4 capsules of Avil 25mg (allergies)
- 4 tablets of Combiflam (Pain killer)
- 6 tablets each of Norflox TZ and Lomofen (diarrhea) 10 tablets of Digene (acidity)
- 10 Omez/Rantadine capsules (antacids) 3 to 5 metres of crepe bandage
- 1 tiny roll of gauze 10 strips of bandage 1 small roll of cotton 10 packets of ORS
- Moov spray Betadine or other antiseptic cream (aches, & sprains)
- If you're vulnerable to knee injuries, you should wear a knee cap. Powder with antifungal properties
- Cancellation: If a trek is cancelled at the last minute due to a natural disaster or unforeseeable circumstances (such as floods, earthquakes, landslides, attack, or bandh), Discoveryhike will have a trek voucher for the full number. The voucher can be used for the same or a different trek over the next year.
- In case you wish to cancel the trek, then please be aware of these things:
- Cancellations made within 30 days of the trek's launch date will include a complete refund.
- If you cancel within 30 and 20 days before the hike, you will get a 50% refund.
- There will be no refund if you cancel less than 20 days before the trek begins.
- Please keep in mind that if you get a refund, there will be a reduction of 4% (Cancellation charges) from the overall amount you pay. In addition, if you purchased trek insurance, you would not get a refund.
- Discoveryhike assumes no responsibility for any malfunction or injury to your clothes, supplies, or other belongings while on the trek. The trek fee covers all expenses associated with the trek from start to finish.