Gangotri Gaumukh Suggested Trekking Itinerary
Day 01: Dehradun - Uttarkashi - Gangotri
Drive - 258kms, 10hrs
Uttarkashi is a major town of Uttarakhand. Buses and shared cabs are easily available from Dehradun and Rishikesh to reach Uttarkashi. You can board shared cabs to Uttarkashi from Rispana Pul in Dehradun. The drive to Uttarkashi takes 6hrs from both Dehradun & Rishikesh. The road from Dehradun passes through Mussoorie Bypass Road offering scenic views whereas the road from Rishikesh goes through Chamba Hill Station. The massive Tehri Dam Lake also comes into view as you proceed towards Chilyanisaur.
It takes another 4hrs from Uttarkashi to reach Gangotri via Harsil. If you start from Dehradun/Rishikesh at around 6am then you will probably reach Uttarkashi by 12 Noon. Take another shared cab to Gangotri from Uttarkashi. Perform evening aarti at Gangotri Temple and obtain the permits to enter Gangotri National Park. Forest Permits are necessary to enter Gangotri National Park.
Day 02: Gangotri - Chirbasa - Bhojbasa
Trek - 14kms
First thing in the morning, visit the sacred shrine of Goddess Ganga - Gangotri Temple. You can buy necessary items from the market at Gangotri town. The trek starts from Gangotri itself. You need to show permits at Forest Check Post, 2kms from Gangotri. As you walk deep into the valley the vegetation also decreases. Continue trekking to reach Chirbasa, located 9kms from Gangotri. The route involves crossing small streams en route to Chirbasa. Chirbasa makes a good campsite and it is also the last point where you'll see good vegetation. You can camp here if there are any signs of AMS or if you are tired. Chirbasa is situated at an altitude of 3, 580mts above sea level.
Bhojwasa is located 5kms ahead of Chirbasa. Bhagirathi Peaks are constantly visible during the trek. Bhojbasa is an open expanse of land in the valley, situated at an elevation of 3,800mts above sea level. There are few ashrams at Bhojwasa where pilgrims stay.
Day 03: Bhojbasa - Tapovan
Trek - 10kms
Tapovan can be reached by two routes. The first one is the classic route which goes via Gaumukh Glacier. Gaumukh Glacier is 5kms from Bhojwasa. After reaching Gaumukh Glacier you need to traverse the glacier and climb a rugged wall to reach Tapovan.
For accessing second route crossing Bhagirathi River from Bhojwasa itself is required. A long walk on moraine and small ridges for many kilometers will end up at Tapovan. Distant view of Gaumukh Glacier can be seen from this trail. Tapovan campsite is located at the foot of Mount Shivling (6,543mts). Tapovan is situated at 4400mts above sea level.
Day 04: Tapovan - Nandanvan
Trek - 7kms
Crossing the massive Gaumukh Glacier is required to reach Nandanvan from Tapovan. The trek starts with steep descent from Tapovan to reach the glacier and ends with steep climb of approximately 100mts to reach Nandanvan. Nandanvan (4450mts) is situated at the foot of Bhagirathi Peaks.
Day 05: Nandanvan - Gaumukh - Bhojwasa
Trek - 12kms
Trek down to Gaumukh Glacier. The snout of Gaumukh Glacier used to look like a cow's face, but you won't see any such resemblance now. This is the origin of Holy Ganges. Further trek down to reach Bhojbasa .
Day 06: Bhojbasa - Chirbasa - Gangotri
Trek - 14kms
Trek down to Gangotri. It will take around 5-6hrs to reach Gangotri from Bhojwasa.
Day 07: Gangotri - Uttarkashi - Dehradun
Drive - 258kms, 10hrs
Drive back to Dehradun.
Trek Fees: On Request
You can contact Mr. Sandeep Bisht (09891225211) for Gangotri-Gaumukh Trek.
- The trek route of Gaumukh is of moderate difficulty, it is advised to prepare for the trek by running, cycling and swimming which help improve cardiovascular stamina.
- Having an experienced trekking guide with you on your trek is a wise decision as he/she would know the route well and will help you keeping on track.
- Avoid trekking in the monsoons season. The incessant rains in monsoon make route slippery and the region is prone to unexpected landslides, cloudbursts and road blocks.
- Make sure you are travelling in a group of two or more. Venturing out alone wouldn’t be advisable. Also, make sure you have informed someone about your plan back home.
Gaumukh is famous for?
Gaumukh is famous among tourist as Glacier and Source of River Ganges.
Gaumukh is recommended destination for Foreigners, Groups, Solo.
Gaumukh is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Adventure, Glaciers, Trekking.