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Gomukh & Tapovan Trek
Tapovan area is full of meadows, streams and flowering plants and the meadows

TEMPERATURE

Day : 12°C-17°C. Night : -2°C - 3°C.

DURATTION

 8 Days 7 Nights
(Dehradun to Dehradun)

LEVEL

Moderate to Difficult
Highest Altitude - 4463m / 14640ft

BEST SEASON

 May ,June, Aug, Sep, Oct

COST

20, 000  ₹
(Include all taxes and Transportion)

Trek Highlights

The trek is very hard and only a few people dare to reach here, thats why the whole area is still best for nature lovers without pollution.

Tapovan area is full of meadows, streams and flowering plants and the meadows are considered as one of the best high altitude meadow in India.

Gangotri is exquisite alpine country. Deodars march in serried ranks and gorges plunge,sliced by the bustling Bhagirathi.

The river Ganges takes its source in this remote massif, at the sacred shrine of Gangotri, and rushes down to the plains in a torrential fury.

A steep descent down to the glacier is followed by a rocky traverse of the glacier and a gradual descent to Chirbasa

Gomukh is place in Gangotri glacier where the Bhagirathi river originates. Bhagirathi River is also famous as River Ganges. The official river Ganges starts at Devprayag when Bhagirathi river merged with river Alaknanda. The Gaumukh is located at at the height of 13,200 fts. Gomukh means "Mouth of a Cow". Gomukh is 18 kms far from Gangotri town by walk. The trek is very hard and only a few people dare to reach here, thats why the whole area is still best for nature lovers without pollution. Trekking permit is required to reach Gaumukh which is issued at Uttarkashi.

The most well known Tapovan(4,463m) in India is the area above the Gangotri glacier at one of the primary sources of the Ganges, in Uttarakhand, India. At the foot of Shivling peak, a barren area at about 4,463m (14640 feet) elevation, is a seasonal home to several sadhus living in caves, huts etc. The trekking usually starts from Gaumukh and the trek was considered moderate to difficult prior to the destruction of much of the trail from Gangotri to Gamukh by the 2013 Floods. Tapovan area is base camp for several mountaineering expeditions including Shivling peak, Bhagirathi peak etc. Tapovan area is full of meadows, streams and flowering plants and the meadows are considered as one of the best high altitude meadow in India. There is also a place named Nandanvan near Tapovan, Nandanvan is also a spacious meadow located at the base of Bhagirathi massif.

For the folks looking coveting for amazing glaciers, meadows, blue mountain goats (Bharal), orchards of coniferous pine trees, birches, dense forest this is it!! Gaumukh Tapavan is the one for you.

Gangotri is exquisite alpine country. Deodars march in serried ranks and gorges plunge,sliced by the bustling Bhagirathi. The drive will take you past the settlement of Bhairon Ghati and into the single traffic-choked streets of Gangotri. Here the river is joined by its tributary, the Kedar Ganga, rising in the glacier lake of Kedar Tal. Together they gush down the toffee-colored rocks of Gauri Kund and flow down the Himalayas. Here too. Celebrated in Hindu mythology and religion, the Garhwal Himalayas are said to be the "Abode of the Gods". The river Ganges takes its source in this remote massif, at the sacred shrine of Gangotri, and rushes down to the plains in a torrential fury. The Nandan Van trek should really be called the Gangotri-Gaumukh-Nandadevi-Tapovan Trek.

Geographical Information:

Temperature: Day : 12°C-17°C. Night : -2°C - 3°C.

Trekking Distance:  8 KM

Maximum Altitude: 4463m / 14640ft

Duration :  8 Days 7 Nights

Starting and Ending Point: Dehradun to Dehradun

Level:  Moderate to Difficult

Best Season:  May ,June, Aug, Sep, Oct

Day 1 : Dehradun to Dharali

Dehradun early morning and drive straight to Dharali with stopages in between for breakfast and lunch (7-8hrs). Long drive but very scenic along the river Bhagirathi. We will reach Dharali by late afternoon. Ideal place to stop for acclimatization. Dharali is around 02kms from Harsil - very scenic village with apple orchards all around. It is believed that Bhagiratha had meditated here to bring the River Ganga from heaven to earth. Overnight at Camp

Day 02: Drive to Gangotri (3048m/ 1 hr) & Trek to Chirbasa (3548 m/ 5 hrs)

We will drive to Gangotri which will take 01 hr. Our team and porters would be waiting for us to start the trek. The walk begins with a gradual ascent through pine forests alongside the roaring Bhagirathi River with towering cliffs on the left. We pass a check post for the Gangotri Conservation Project. Chirbasa means home of pine trees! From here you get superb views of Manda peak (6511 m), Bhrigu Parbat (6000 m), Bhagirathi I, II and III ( 6856 m, 6512 m, & 6454 m respectively). Overnight in tents

Day 03: Trek from Chirbasa to Bhojbasa (3784 m/ 2hrs)

It is a two hour trek to Bhojbasa (3784 m) which has an ashram, a tourist guest house and a police outpost. Bhojbasa is named after birch (Bhojpatra) forests in the area. It is presently totally denuded of the Bhojpatra trees. Today, the dead woods of Birch remind us of the past glory of the Birch forest. Since the area has been declared as a National Park & the no of people entering the park has been restricted one can notice early signs of re-forestation. After lunch we walk up to Gaumukh, the snout of the river. Overnight in tents

Day 04: Trek from Bhojbasa to Tapovan (4463 m/ 5 hrs)

The trail from Bhojbasa to Gaumukh is a fairly gradual ascent. Today's walk will feel strenuous with the combined effects of the altitude, the glacier crossing and the steep and rocky terrain on the final climb to Tapovan. Here the soaring peak of Shivling (6543 metres) comes into view. The trek begins over rocky boulders and becomes noticeably steep gradually over the rocky terrain. The glacier is covered by moraine so you do not need any technical equipment, although a steadying trekking pole is definitely handy. Take the last step up the steep rocky path to enter the Tapovan meadow and view the spectacular sight all around you. You are surrounded by the giants - Shivling, Meru, Manda, the Bhagirathi group, Kedardome, Kharchakund and many more. Overnight in tents

Day 05 : Rest day in Tapovan

Day hikes to either Meru Glacier or towards Kirti Bamak glacier. Explore the Gangotri glacier and peaks around this area.

Day 06: Trek from Tapovan to Chirbasa (6 hours)

Rise early to see the spectacular sight of the sunrise on the surrounding 6000 metre peaks. Shivling is undoubtedly the star of the show, commanding instant attention as it soars dramatically into the sky, dwarfing its neighbours. Today we will retrace our steps to Chirbasa. A steep descent down to the glacier is followed by a rocky traverse of the glacier and a gradual descent to Chirbasa

Day 07: Trek from Chirbasa to Gangotri and drive to Uttarkashi

It is a 3 hour trek from Chirbasa to Gangotri from where we have a 5 hour drive to Uttarkashi. We aim to get to kuflon Hideaway early enough so we can get our much needed hot showers and relax in the evening. Dinner & drinks by a soaring campfire is a great way to finish the trip. Overnight at Kuflon Hideaway.

Day 08: Drive from Uttarkashi to Dehradun (6hrs)

We set off for a long drive after having breakfast for drive to Dehradun

Packing Refuge Based Keep it simple and minimal “A heavy pack is a pack filled with anxiety.” Freud.Keeping your pack weight to a minimum is the key to a successful trek. We recommend people joining any of our treks where you will be sleeping in gites (hostels) or refuges be equipped with the following:

 

Technical equipment Comfortable walking boots or shoes (3 or 4 season)

Walking poles (definitely two) Clothing suggestions

Fleece Waterproof jacket (or big plastic poncho)

Waterproof over trousers

Lightweight puffer jacket for evening comfort in the higher refuges

Warm gloves and hat (for early starts)

Sun hat or peaked cap

Sunglasses

One pair shorts

One pair lightweight walking trousers

Two T-shirts

Good quality walking socks

Other essential items

40 – 60 litre Rucksack

Light weight towel

Waterproof ruck sack cover or waterproof bags to keep your things dry

Sun block for face and lips (Factor 50)

Personal First Aid kit (plasters, Compeed for blisters, paracetamol)

Roll of toilet paper

Water bottle or Platypus type hydration system – 1.5 to 2 litres

Penknife

Head torch for use in refuges

Survival blanket (light foil blanket to keep injured people warm).

Optional items Change of clothing to include:

underwear, tracksuit bottoms, dry shirt, spare socks (think of things that you can wear to both dinner and bed so you don’t need to change)

Camera Paperback novel (light!)

Snack bars/dried fruit/chocolate

Waterproof map case

Ear plugs (there will inevitably be snorers in the refuge)

Buff – good for blocking out light and noise while sleeping, keeping your neck warm, holding your hair etc.

Additional items for Independent Groups

Compass, Altimeter, GPS or Mobile phone with GPS

Day 1 : Dehradun to Dharali



Day 02: Drive to Gangotri (3048m/ 1 hr) & Trek to Chirbasa (3548 m/ 5 hrs)



Day 03: Trek from Chirbasa to Bhojbasa (3784 m/ 2hrs)



Day 04: Trek from Bhojbasa to Tapovan (4463 m/ 5 hrs)



Day 05 : Rest day in Tapovan



Day 06: Trek from Tapovan to Chirbasa (6 hours)



Day 07: Trek from Chirbasa to Gangotri and drive to Uttarkashi



Day 08: Drive from Uttarkashi to Dehradun (6hrs)

We set off for a long drive after having breakfast for drive to Dehradun

INCLUDED

Food as per menu on the trek.

Forest Camping charges

Safety Equipment

Hiking Equipment

Trek guide,

cook,

helpers

mules for carrying common luggage

Transportation if Specified in Itinerary

Food as per menu on the trek.

Forest Camping charges

Safety Equipment

Hiking Equipment

Trek guide,

cook,

helpers

mules for carrying common luggage

Transportation if Specified in Itinerary

ACTIVITIES

Trekking

Camping

NOT INCLUDED

Meals during road Journey

Any kind of Insurance

Any expense of personal Nature

Any expense not specified in the inclusion

list Carriage of personal laggage during the trek

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22 NOV - 29 NOV (OPEN)

5 DEC - 12 DEC (OPEN)

19 DEC - 26 DEC (OPEN)

Cancellation Policy

If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees. If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees. If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.

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