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Gaumukh Trek is famous as Adventure, Trekking, Glaciers, . Nearest Airport from Gaumukh Trek is Jolly Grant Airport, 296 kms and Nearest Railway Station is Dehradun, 260 kms.

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There are lot of questions while planning a journey. To ensure that your preparations run smoothly, we have the answers to the questions most frequently asked about travelling to and in Gaumukh Trek. Gaumukh Trek useful information for travellers with reliable local advice. Latest Gaumukh Trek Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for your upcoming visit to Gaumukh Trek. Get all the solutions to your query with eUttaranchal Travel Help Desk.


How difficult is the Gaumukh trek?

Gaumukh trek is a moderate grade trek, it is advised to prepare for the trek by running, cycling, and swimming which helps improve cardiovascular stamina.

Is Diamox advisable for the Gaumukh trek?

We don’t recommend using Diamox without prior consultation from your doctor. It is always better to get acclimatized without the help of medicines.

Which type of shoes should I buy?

Good trekking shoes are the most important part of the trek, so you have to be very careful before buying it. You can go through our Article “Important things to carry for trekking” to get an idea of important things to carry for trekking.

How to get safe drinking water on the trek?

Himalayan water is considered as clean and mineral water but for safe side use boil water/chlorine tablet, during the trek ask once to the trek leader or guide from where to fill water bottles.

Do you think I should bring some medicines with me?

Ans:- Yes, it is always advisable that in any trek carry your own medication weather organizers carrying it or not.

Can you customize a Gaumukh trekking trip?

Yes, if you would like to travel independently, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people. Cost for private trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style. You can check out some Gaumukh Trekking Tour Packages 

Is Gaumukh trek safe?

Yes, the Gaumukh Trek is safe. The level of difficulty for the Gaumukh Trek is moderate, so the route is not very dangerous.  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 keep on track. Staying attentive while trekking ensures safety.

However, always provides its trekkers with professional guidance and supervision. Your safety is our utmost priority.

Can I offload my backpack on a mule/porter? What are the charges for the same?

Ans:- We provide Bag Offloading as an add-on service where your rucksack/backpack will be transferred on a mule or by porter. That way you can travel light with just your day pack with essentials like rain jacket, water bottle, camera, packed lunch, etc.

Bag Offloading on Mule costs Rs. 300 per bag per day

Bag Offfloading on Porter costs Rs. 400-500 per bag per day (depending upon the severity of the trail)

What is the altitude of Gaumukh Trek?

Gaumukh trek is situated at an altitude of 4463 mts above sea level.

What is the base and trekking distance of Gaumukh Trek?

Gangotri is the base of Gaumukh Trek. And the entire trekking distance is roughly around 19 kms.

Any experience required for this trek?

Yes, the experience of at least 02 week long treks ranging from 3500-4500mts would come in handy to do a trek like Gaumukh Trek.

How do we prepare for such a Trek?

Here is a guide to prepare you for the trek.

Beginners guide for high altitude trekking

What are the best months for doing the Gaumukh trek?

May, June, September, and October are the best months to visit Gaumukh Trek. Avoid trekking in the monsoons season. The incessant rains in monsoon make route slippery and the region is prone to unexpected landslides, cloudbursts, and roadblocks.

How safe are group departures for a solo women?

Ans:- Treks are safe for woman traveling solo. We either provide them room / tent on sharing basis with other woman trekkers. We will provide you a tent on Single Occupancy at no extra cost if you are the only woman in the group.

Do you use Dome or Alpine tents? How are the tents divided? What brands do you use?

Ans:- We provide Dome Tents on Double or Triple Occupancy. Single Occupancy tent can be provided on request. We use tents like Marmot Catalyst, Quechua Quickhiker, The North Face, Foxhunter, etc.

I believe a walking stick is good to have, to spare our knees and gain balance. Should we go with Bamboo Stick or Trekking Pole?

Ans:- You can either buy a bamboo stick or get a hiking pole on rent. You can also buy one online or from any outdoor gear store.

What is the important equipment to carry for Gaumukh Trek?

You can check all the important things to carry for trekking. Check out the list:- Important things to carry for trekking

Why is Gaumukh famous?

Gaumukh is one of the most popular and rewarding treks in the Garhwal Himalayas, It is famous for the origin of the sacred river Ganga, glacier, trekking, camping, religion and adventure.

What are the things to keep in mind while traveling to Gaumukh?

Gaumukh is a holy town which holds deep religious significance to devotees. Please respect the place by refraining from alcohol and non-vegetarian food.

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