GAUMUKH TREK (MAY TO JUNE & SEP TO NOV)

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An eight day itinerary interspersing myth, spirituality, and sensational adventure, the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek takes you around the Gangotri glacier to the site traditionally believed to be mouth of the holy river Ganga.

The Gangotri glacial expanse is nearly 24 km long and 6 to 8 km wide, beginning from Gaumukh and extending as far as the Chaukhamba massif around Badrinath. Courtesy of celebrated mountaineers Shipton and Tilman, we have a trek route traversing the entire stretch of this storied land. After feasting our senses in the fleeting glacial hues and the immense backdrop of Mount Shivling, present in its entirety from the base to the serrated peak, we descend through the meadows of Tapovan back to Gangotri. The trek is verily a raging visual thrillfest with rising mountain behemoths such as the Bhagirathi twin peaks, and Mount Meru, besides the ever present Shivling.

The realization of magnificence on watching the river that gave birth and nourished an entire civilization emerge fitfully out of the Gaumukh snout to flow a 2,525 odd kilometers before meeting with the ocean, comes at a riveting spiritual moment. Trickling from Gangotri glacier through Gaumukh, meaning “cow’s mouth”, the river has a different name- Bhagirathi, and becomes the Ganga, the life vein of the northern plains of India only after flowing in with another headstream, Alakananda at Devaprayag- the key confluence point of Ganga before it pours into the plains. This illustrious geography has emerged from myths that imagine the river as intensely sacred. She was brought to earth from her celestial heights to renew the life of men by the rigorous dedication of a mortal, Bhagirath who gives the channel its name- Bhagirathi, and the river’s devastating energy was sustained by none other than Shiva himself.

The trek, in great parts veers beyond the tree line and passes through larger than life mountainscapes. We camp at rugged heights from where the snow transfused peaks are a stone’s throw away. Be it the surreal sight of the Bhagirathi peaks glistening in the moonlight, the mind numbing sight of the Shivling from Tapovan campsite, rising from the base to its zenith right before you, or a glimpse of the formidable Mount Meru, the bravura of visual ecstasies never seems to run out on this journey.

This trek is classified moderate-difficult for all the right reasons. You must come braced for an arduous hike along boulder ridden paths and ruthless climate. The holy men who are found living permanently in the meadows of Tapovan for sadhana under the gaze of Shivling can be the ones to draw your inspiration from!

1

Dehradun to Gangotri


Get all set to begin the journey from Dehradun at morning 6. The day will be longer as you will cover 241km to Gangotri. It will be wonderful 8 hours ride along the mighty mountains.

Located at only 35kms from Dehradun, the first major attraction will be Mussorie, the famous hill station. The Hill station offers majestic sight of Shivalik Ranges. After a break for lunch and a bit of sight-seeing through Dhanulti, Chamba, you will arrive to the land of Gods, Uttarkashi.

Uttarkashi lies on the banks of river Bhagirathi. You will see all the temples and religious people around, making you believe that you truly are in the land of Gods. The river Bhagirath takes you to the scenic Harshil village. Harshil is known for apple orchards everywhere giving a retreat to your eyes. Harshil is the best place to enjoy the serene evening amidst mountains.

Even after long ride to Gangotri, you would wish it shouldn’t end. Gangotri is on the banks of river Bhagirathi, pervaded by pilgrims. You can roam in the local market, interact will local people and share amazing pictures to your friends, because of the good network availability. In the night have great homemade dinner and rest in the guest house.

 

2

Acclimatization day at Gangotri


Good morning in the holy land of Gangotri!
Have breakfast and enjoy the entire day just being alive in the religious vibes. Now that you are at 10171 ft height, today is the day for acclimatization. Acclimatization is like health supplement to your body to get used to the environmental and low temperatures. While doing that, you can take the advantage of being in Gangotri, one of the four Char Dhams. The Gangotri temple is the biggest temple which was built in the 18th century. Apart from that you can visit the BhagirathShila, a holy rock where King Bhagirath worshipped lord Shiva and PandavaGufa where Pandavas were rested.

You will see many foreigners meditating and roaming around. Spend the night in the guest house and get ready for the upcoming trek.


3

Gangotri to Chirbassa


Have full breakfast and take steps ahead to embark the trek through the mountains. You will be walking through the pine forests alongside the astounding Bhagirathi river. There will be gradual ascents but it will be easy 4-5 hours trek. Throughout the route beautiful Sudarshan Parbat (21,345ft) will accompany you. You will also come across some waterfalls and streams at which you refill your water bottles. The entire walk will be in the Gangotri National Park.

Towards the end of the trek you will be welcomed by boulders of the Sudarshan peak, just cross them and you will reach the campsite.

This will be the most scenic campsite, with the Bhagirathi river gushing on the right, lying in between the mountains under the pine trees. Campsite offers the first views of the Bhagirathi Sister peaks, Bhagirathi I, II and III ( 6856 m, 6512 m, & 6454 m respectively) sharing space with Manda Peak, Bhrigu Parbatetc.

Revive yourself by having lunch. Enjoy the blissful evening by the side of Bhagirathi river, you can also take acclimatisation walk to explore the area. To make the day more adventurous you will be spending night in the tents.Of course, besides the flowing river, between the mountain peaks, under the pine trees…!!!


4

Chirbassa to Bhojwasa


Wake up with the stunning fluorescent views of sun rays on the mountain peaks, get refreshed to trudge again. This will be the easiest 2-3 hours trek having gradual ascent. The trail widens up now with more closer views of the Bhagirathi peaks. You will across some landslide sections easier to walk upon. After the trek, you will find a plain terrain where tents will be laid for you, that is Bhojwassa.

The Bhojwasa came from Bhopatra trees or the Birch trees, which are in abundant there.This is the widest part in the valley serving you the first view of Mount Shivling. You will find ashram, police post and rest house, also some igloo like houses. You can opt staying in those houses but that require permissions.

Chill around in the noon after having lunch at the campsite. You can capture the splendid camping area, as you walk into the Gaumukh, the end of the Gangotri glacier. Spend the cosy cold night in the tents.


5

Bhojwasa - Tapovan - Bhojwasa via Gomukh


The day has arrived when it will be the strenuous and longest day of the trek, so eat full, get packed lunch, fill water bottles (there are no water sources on the route), carry energy bars and lots of excitement.

We will be heading to Tapovan and coming back to Bhojwasa on this day. The trek to Gomukh is fairly easy. Gomukh is the end of the Gangotri glacier and hence the source of the divine Ganges river. Gomukh basically means cows mouth, it is believed the snout looked like cows mouth in past. Most religious people consider it as a blessing to visit Ganges. Even if you are not religious you will be astonished to see how huge the snout is and how small you are in front of it.

The trail from here gets steeper and filled with rock boulders. The rock moraines on the glacier make the climb difficult, but it also means there is no need of technical equipments. You can use a trekking pole to ease the climb. The final trek to Tapovan is a rocky terrain, once you cross it you will be pleased to be in the best-known meadows with closer view of the magnificent Mt. Shivling.

Tapovan is famous for the Sadhus who come here for meditation. It is also the base camp for the expeditions going to Mt. Shivling. It offers the direct, bigger sight of Mt. Shivling which is considered one of the most sacred and beautiful mountain. Do not miss the sight of Mt. Meru and Bhagirathi peaks.

After the gruelling trek, Tapovan serves as a perfect place for solitude. Here you will find mountain goats roaming around, just as you are. Head back to Bhojwasa.


6

Bhojwasa to Gangotri

Rise early to cherish the few last moments in front of legendary mountains who are shining in the bright sun rays. Mt. Shivling looks prettier as never before, passing its beauty to the adjacent peaks. Together they all make a spectacular sight. It is then time to take these memories back after having breakfast. Carry packed lunch and enough water as you did earlier, because there are no water sources.

Yes, again you have to cross the rocky terrain and moraines of the glacier. Descending is difficult than ascending they say, you will realise this now as you make way around the boulders.Watch your steps and move gradually. Try to relive the moments while you retrace the steps.

7

Depart from Gangotri and reach Dehradun around 5 PM.


Have a final cup of morning tea in the mighty land of Gangotri. Say final goodbye to your fellow trekkers, exchange numbers, and lots of memories. Take a wonderful group picture and get into the cab that will ride you back to Dehradun. This will an 8 hours ride, between the mountains, valleys and Bhagirathi river. The river which guided us throughout the trek.

You will reach Dehradun by 5 PM, from here you can lead your return journey as you have planned. Make sure to take back loads of adventure filled memories and take a pledge to come back to the mountains.


Day 1:- Dehradun to Gangotri

Day 2:- Acclimatisation day at Gangotri (10171 ft)

Day 4:- Chirbassa (11680 ft) to Bhojwasa (12435 ft)

Day 5:- Bhojwasa (12435 ft) to Tapovan (14600 ft) Back to bhojwasa via Gaumukh (13452 ft)

Day 6:- Bhojwasa (12435 ft) to Gangotri (10171 ft)

Day 7:- Depart for Dehradun

INCLUDES

√ Accommodation (Guest house, Homestay, Camping)

√ Trek equipment: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dining tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)

√ Welcome refreshment

√ Three times meals (Veg+egg): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

√ All necessary permits and entry fees.

√ First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.

√ Mountaineering qualified & professional guide and Support staff.

.√ Transport from Dehradun to Sankri and return (According to itinerary)

√ Porter or mule charges for carrying camping equipment and rations

√ Morning Tea

√ Evening Tea with snacks

√ Guide Charges

√ Hot drinking water

√ Paradise-peak approved trek completion certificate

√ Dry fruits, chocolates, biscuits, toffees provided during the trek

EXCLUDES

√ Porter/mule for personal bags

√ Any meals or services not mentioned in inclusions

√ Any charges for video cameras or still cameras

√ Charges for soft drinks or any other beverage

√ Personal expenses such as tips, laundry or telephone calls

√ Any costs arising from unforeseen circumstances like landslides, bad weather or roadblocks, etc

√ Any kind of personal expenses.

√ Food during the transit.

✓ Insurance.

√ Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.

√ Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.

√ Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.

Note: Normally paradise peak expects to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.

Charges of offloading a backpack

  • INR 1200/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
  • INR 1500/- if you inform us after reaching Sankri

The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have a waterproof cover. Suitcases/strollers/ bags will not be allowed.

You need to get

  • Shirts/T-shirts – 2/3
  • Full sleeved T-shirts – 2
  • Trekking pants – 2
  • One full-sleeved sweater
  • Good quality windproof jacket – (optional)
  • Woolen socks – 1 pair, for the night only
  • Regular socks for trekking – 2 or 3 pairs
  • Scarf/muffler (optional)
  • Raincoat / Poncho
  • Small lightweight towel
  • Water bottle-2
  • Cap/hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  • Sun glasses
  • Walking stick/trekking pole
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Torch/flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Day pack for essentials
  • Plastic/waterproof bags for belongs in case of rain
  • Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

Note:- Due to of heavy traffic at Mussoori, the arrival time to Dehradun may get delayed so please make any further travel plan after 10:00 pm from Dehradun.

Who Can Go:-
First timer can apply, should have some interest in trekking and mountaineering.
The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 50 minutes without a stress.
The climber should be able to carry a 8 kg backpack.
Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above.

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