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Gaumukh - Tapovan Trek Package

7 Days / 6 Nights
Harsil to Gangotri

Gaumukh - Tapovan Circuit Trekking Tour

This has to be one of the most satisfying treks in the Garhwal Himalayas where you not only camp at the foot of lofty Himalayan peak but also cross the massive Gaumukh Glacier, the origin of Ganga River. The best way to put this trek in three words would be – the holy trail.

One of the sacred Char Dham, Gangotri Temple is a key attraction of this trek. Gangotri is the place from where the Bhagirathi River descends. It is situated at an altitude of 3,048 mts above sea level and acts as the base camp of the trek to Gaumukh Glacier. 

Gaumukh is the second-largest glacier of India, the first one being Siachen. Gaumukh Glacier is 30 kms in length and approximately 4 kms wide. The Himalayan peaks visible during this trek are Shivling, Meru, Bhagirathi sisters, Kharchkund& MORE.  The trekking route is open for trekkers and pilgrims from May to October. Gangotri National Park remains closed during winters as it is prone to heavy snowfall.

Note: In recent times, the retreat of the glacier has quickened extensively. Major steps have been taken by the government of Uttarakhand towards this severe problem. Now only 100 persons can trek to Gaumukh each day.

Region: Garhwal, Uttarakhand
Best Season: May to June End, September to October Mid
Altitude Graph: 3048 mts to 4450 mts
Trek Grade: Moderate
Duration: 07 Days
Total Trekking Distance: 57 kms

Short Trek for Gaumukh Tapovan: In case you have less number of days, then we can also plan 5 Nights and 6 Days Trekking Tour, with 1 night in Tapovan will be reduced and cost will come down as well. You can check the costing below for Tapovan Trek. 

Package Highlights

  • Visit the sacred Gangotri Temple
  • Trek to the source of sacred Ganga River - Gaumukh Glacier
  • Camp at the foot of celebrated Himalayan peaks.
  • Small batch size with freedom to explore more

Price Table

Gaumukh - Tapovan Trek
Budget Fixed Departure Premium Package*

Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person
6 Nights/7 Days (2 nights in Tapovan)
Rs 19900Rs 25500
5 Nights/6 Days (1 night in Tapovan)
Rs 17500

*Tapovan Premium Trek Package inclusions are given below.

GST @5% is applicable on above price.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival at Harsil

Drive235 kmsStayHomestay/Hotel

Uttarkashi is one of the major towns of Uttarakhand thus; buses and shared cabs are easily available from Dehradun. You can board shared cabs to Uttarkashi from Rispana Pul in Dehradun. This 5-6 hrs drive passes through Mussoorie Bypass Road offering scenic views. The massive Tehri Dam Lake also comes into view as you proceed towards Chinyalisaur.

After a short break at Uttarkashi continue another 3 hours drive to reach Harsil. If you start from Dehradun at around 6 am then you will probably reach Uttarkashi by 12 Noon. Take another shared cab to Harsil from Uttarkashi. Explore Harsil and its beauty, night stay in Harsil Homestay.

Note: In customized package, if time permits we can plan for Gangotri on first night as well.

Day 2 : Harsil - Gangotri – Chirbasa

Drive20 kmsTrek9 kms

Visit the sacred shrine of Goddess Ganga - Gangotri Temple and buy all the necessary items from the market. The trek starts with a decent trail and it remains the same till further 2 km where you need to show permits. As you walk deep into the valley the vegetation also decreases. Continue trekking to reach Chirbasa which is situated 9 kms from Gangotri Town. Cross small streams en route to Chirbasa. Chirbasa is a good campsite and the last point where you’ll see good vegetation. You can camp here if there are any signs of AMS. Chirbasa is situated at an elevation of 3580 mts above sea level.

Day 3 : Chirbasa – Bhojwasa – Gaumukh Glacier View Point & Return

Trek12 kms

Bhojwasa is located 5 kms from Chirbasa. Bhagirathi Peaks stands high above the ground and is constantly visible during the trek. The trail not only goes through rugged terrains along with the Bhagirathi River but also climbs up to rugged mountains. Bhojbasa is a vast open expanse of land in the valley, situated at an elevation of 3,800 mts above sea level.

There are two routes by which you can reach Tapovan. First, one being the classic route via Gaumukh Glacier for which you need to follow the trail going to Gaumukh which can be seen on the left side from Bhojbasa. Gaumukh Glacier is 4 kms from Bhojwasa. But due to the recent collapse of the snout of the glacier, it is in a delicate state. Visit Gaumukh Glacier and return to Bhojwasa in order to get acclimatized.

For later half of the day, you can visit ashrams at Bhojwasa to perform aarti or stroll around the Bhagirathi River, gazing at Bhagirathi Peaks in total awe.

Day 4 : Bhojbasa –Tapovan

Trek10 kms

The second route requires crossing the Bhagirathi River from Bhojwasa itself. You need to walk on moraines for many kilometers with a constant view of Gaumukh Glacier from distant. Climb the ridge covered with snow to reach Tapovan. Tapovan campsite is located at the foot of Mount Shivling (6,543 mts), just a glance of this mountain is a priceless gift of this trek. And if the Shivling peak is not enough then Kharch Kund & Meru Peak will definitely leave you speechless. Tapovan is situated at 4400 mts above sea level.

Day 5 : Tapovan – Meru Glacier - Tapovan

Trek9 kms

There are couple of options to roam around for the day at Tapovan, you can either explore the highlands of Tapovan where Akash Ganga ceaselessly passes through the wide meadow overlooking Shivling Peak on right and Bhagirathi Peaks on left. Our personal recommendation for this day is an upclose view of Meru Peak. It takes around 3 hours of walk over moraines to reach the snout of Meru Glacier. 

Note: If you have taken 5 Nights Short Trek of Tapovan then this day will be skipped and we will return to Chirbasa.

Day 6 : Tapovan – Chirbasa

Trek15 kms

The trek starts off with rugged terrains and moraines. The descent on moraines will require extra attention from your legs while trekking. Trek slowly and take a break after you reach the snout of Gaumukh Glacier to experience its massiveness. This is the point where the holy Ganges emerges from, it all begins here. Further, trek down to reach Bhojbasa and there on to Chirbasa.

Day 7 : Chirbasa – Gangotri

Trek9 kms

Enjoy the last and kilometers of the trek from Bhojbasa to Gangotri. If you reach Gangotri at around noon and wish to continue traveling till Uttarkashi and thereon to Rishikesh or you can halt for the night somewhere in between. Harsil Valley is most recommended.

Our Trek service ends after reaching Gangotri.

Package Inclusions

  • Accommodation in Harsil/Gangori
  • Shared Jeep from Harsil to Gangotri
  • All Meals during the Trek
  • Trek Fees, All Trekking equipments (Tents, Sleeping Bags. etc)
  • Porter, Cook & Mule charges (for trekking equipment)
  • Forest Camping Charges, Entry Fees & Permits
  • Mountaineering Certified Guide with Services of Experienced Trek Leader

Inclusions only for Premium Package*

  • Stay at best property in Harsil/Gangotri
  • Enjoy the trek with your group only on customized dates
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • Daily trail snacks with upgraded menu
  • Bag Off Loading (1 bag upto 10 kg per person)

Package Exclusions

  • Transportation
  • Accommodation in Gangotri
  • Any other personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned above
  • Taxes Extra

Important Information

Note: Important Things to Carry during trekking
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Why we prefer private and small groups? We love to trek in smaller private groups as we believe that it gives the best ambience to experience the Himalayan spirituality, serenity, solitude and rawness. Small groups are also eco friendly, less noisy, safe, friendly, easy to manage and more caring towards each other. Most importantly, private groups are more focused towards their objective which is enjoy being in the nature. We specialize in arranging customized private groups catering to the specific needs.

Why Book Your Trek with us?

  • Smaller Groups with customized and quality services
  • Stay in better tents/hotels and homestays
  • Upgraded and quality meals
  • Local, Experienced and Certified Guides
  • Transparent, Flexible and Customer Friendly team
  • No compromise on safety standards
  • We organize eco-friendly and responsible treks

Cancellation Policy

  • Within 15 days of Arrival Date/ No Show: No Refund
  • 15 Days to 30 Days prior to Arrival: 50% of the total package cost.
  • 30 Days & More: 10% of package cost (and taxes are not refunded in any case)
  • Note: No refunds in case of Road Blocks, Accidents, etc
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