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5 Days
Availability : May-June, Sep-Oct
Trek Grade: Easy to Moderate
Tour Details

For thousands of years mystics and pilgrims have undertaken the tough pilgrimage to the origin of life cradling River Ganga. The journey to her sanctuary is an unmatched spiritual experience which is compounded by the stark beauty of the Himalayas that guard her sacred home. While Ganga begins her quest from Gaumukh or the Cow’s Mouth some believe her origins lie farther up in the sprawling meadows of Tapovan in the shadow of mighty mountains like Shivling and Meru. A trek to Gaumukh and Tapovan promises to be an adventure of a lifetime!

Departure & Return Location


Price Includes

  • Stay in tents during trek and home-stay/ guesthouse (max 2/3 person per room/tent depending upon place and availability of rooms). Toilet tent would be used
  • All meals during the trek (meals during travel not included). Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea (thrice a day). Meals would be vegetarian.
  • All permits like forest permission, camping fee, etc.
  • Services of trek leader, guide and helpers.
  • Equipment - Sleeping bag, liner for sleeping bag, camping mattress
  • High altitude medical kit (includes altitude sickness medicines)
  • Micro spikes if needed for the trek (while walking on snow/glacier)

Price Excludes

  • Rucksack, trekking shoes, jackets, poncho, rain coat, trekking pole and other personal use equipment etc.
  • Personal backpack offloading. Backpack can be offloaded (weight limit is maximum 8Kg) at an additional charge if required.
  • Transport (transport can be arranged if requested on additional charge)
  • Any optional activity (like paragliding etc.) outside trekking itinerary
  • Entry ticket to any other place before or after trekking
What to Expect
  • A trek ideal for beginners but mesmerises even the most experienced trekkers with panoramic views of Himalayas.
  • Experience local culture, architecture and cuisine
  • Immerse yourself in the spiritual energy of the Himalayas as you visit one of the holiest places in India.
  • Relish the thrill of walking over the crevasse riddled Gangotri Glacier

Day 1Dehradun – Uttarkashi – Gangotri | Drive – 241 kms, 8-9 hrs

Start in the morning from Dehradun and reach Gangotri by evening. Witness the Ganga Aarti in the evening and overnight in Gangotri.

Day 2Gangotri – Bhojbasa (3800M) | Trek – 14km, 6-7 hrs

It is an easy trail along the Bhagirathi River. Trail starts through dense Deodar forest and climbs alongside the river valley. After around 8km mark comes a resting place called Chirbasa which is a pine forest. Night halt in tents at Bhojbasa from where one gets excellent view of Bhagirathi peaks.

Day 3Bhjobasa – Gaumukh (3900M) – Tapovan(4200M) - Bhojbasa | Trek – 16km, 7-8hrs

After breakfast trek to Gaumukh (cows face) Glacier considered as source of Ganges. On the way enjoy beautiful views of Bhagirathi peaks on the way. At some point one starts to get glimpses of Mt Shivling (6540M). People fit enough can continue to Tapovan while others can spend time in Gaumukh and return to Bhojbasa. Overnight in Bhojbasa.

Day 4Bhojbasa – Gangotri – Uttarkashi | Trek – 14km, 4-5hrs | Drive – 4 hrs

After breakfast, trek down to Gangotri and then drive to Uttarkashi. If time permits visit Nehru Institute of Mountaineering. Overnight in guesthouse.

Day 5Uttarkashi – Mussoorie – Dehradun| Drive – 6hrs

Drive back and halt at famous hill station of Mussoorie. Catch evening/overnight train from Dehradun to Delhi.