Gaumukh Tapovan Nandanvan   -  12 days 8 days of trek       

Trek to source of Ganges, Shivling base camp, Meru base camp and glacier trek

Trip Route: Delhi/Chandigarh - Rishikesh - Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Bhujbasa - Gaumukh - Tapovan - Meru glacier - Nandanvan - Chirbasa - Gangotri - Uttarkashi - Dehradun - Chandigarh - Delhi

Trip Facts

Garhwal region - Uttarakhand, India
Difficulty Level - Moderate to strenuous, Max Altitude - 5947 m
Trip Length - 12  days Delhi to Delhi, 10 days Rishikesh to Rishikesh, 8 days of Trek and 7 nights of Camp and 4 nights of hotel. Activity - Trekking expedition, Best time - July, Aug, Sept

Meal: All meals during the trek, Breakfasta and dinner during the hotel


Trip Introduction

Starting from Delhi or Rishikesh we drive to Gangotri - the most scenic Dham (pilgrimage site) route in the Garhwal Himalayas. Arriving at Gangotri we commence   our trek as we walk through the lush rhododendron forests and alpine pastures to visit Gaumukh (cow snout). River Ganges gushes out here from the glacier snout overlooked by Shivling (6,543 m).  While crossing the glacier slopes that lead to the vast meadow at Tapovan, surrounded by magnificient peaks Bhagirathi, Shivling, Meru and much more.  Spending few days doing glacier trekking to base of Meru finally descent to Gangotri and drive back to Uttarkashi - Rishikesh - Delhi.


Trek to Source of Ganges, Magnificent peaks of Uttarakhand, stunning view of Shivling and many other peaks in the area.


Outline Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi, Delhi - Rishikesh, 230 kms, 6-7 hrs drive.
Day 2: Drive Rishikesh - Uttarkashi 148 kms

Day 3: Drive to Gangotri (3050m), 101 kms, 5 hrs. Trek to Chirbasa (3600m) 3 hrs
Day 4: Trek Gangotri - Bhujbasa (3800m), 14 kms, 6 hrs.
Day 5: Trek Bhujbasa - Gaumukh (3900m) - Tapovan (4,463m), 12 kms. 6 hrs.
Day 6: Trek to Kirti Bamak - Tapovan

Day 7: Rest day at Tapovan

Day 8: Trek to Nandan Van (4500m), 10 kms.

Day 9: Trek to Chirbasa (3600m). 6-7 hrs

Day 10: Trek to Gangotri 3 hrs, Drive to Uttarkashi 4 hrs.

Day 11: Drive to Rishikesh or Dehradun. 5-6 hrs.  

Day 12: Drive to Rishikehs/Delhi or Dehradun/Chandigarh. Fly home. 

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Included in the price

  • 7 nights camp with all camping facilities, 4 night of hotel accommodation

  • 2 men spacious sleeping tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, dining tent, toilet tent. Trekking poles

  • All meals: We serve Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine.

  • Transportation to and from per itinerary and sight-seeing trip, Airport pick up and drop. 

  • Support staff, well English, Tibetan, Hindi speaking local guide, cook and Trekking mules with one riding horse. Medical first aid support.


Not included

  • Rest of hotel accommodation in Rishikehs, Delhi

  • Domestic flight, personal insurances. Mineral water and soft drinks. Entrance fee at monasteries.

  • Personal tipping to staff. Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding   beyond trip Schedule


Detailed Trip Dossier

Day 1: Delhi - Rishikesh, 230 kms, 6-7 hrs drive.

Morning breakfast, afterwards drive to Rishikesh 6 hrs approx... Rishikesh the most famous meditation and spiritual centre. Situated on the banks of river Ganges. Surrounded by Shivalik range of lower Himalayas on three side. Also it’s the starting point of all four sacred shrines. Check into hotel evening visit surrounding of RishiKesh: Laxman Jula and Ashrams. Overnight hotel.

Day 2: Drive Rishikesh - Uttarkashi 148 kms

Morning after breakfast drive to Uttarkashi (1885 M) by covering approx. 148 kms in 7 hrs. The road climbs up steadily to Srinagar and then onwards steeply. Overnight stay in Hotel. 


Day 3: Drive Uttarkashi - Gangotri (3050m), 101 kms, 5 hrs. Trek Gangotri - Chirbasa (3600m) 4 hrs
Morning after breakfast drive to reach Gangotri (4038 M) by covering approx. 101 kms in 5 hrs. En-route visit the Gangotri hot springs. There is a beautiful Gorge at Bhairav Ghati. With its famous Goddess GANGA, temple at Gangotri only inhabits during summer time. A boulder mark the spot where King Bhagirathi beseeched the goddess to descent to Earth. Temple dedicated to Ganga rises above the river. We explore around Gangotri.

Today trek to the source of Ganges. And follow a well-defined trail of this pilgrimage route to Gangotri glacier. Enroute we stop for lunch at Chirbasa was once a heavily forested area of Chir tree.

Day 4: Trek to Bhujbasa (3800m), 5 hrs.

Continue trek Bhujbasa following the river Bhagirathi.  Now we cross on a loose boulder a descent to Bhujbasa which named after a Bhuj tree. Enroute a magnificent view of Bhagirathi group of peak. Overnight stay in camp.

Day 5: Trek Bhujbasa - Gaumukh (3900m) - Tapovan (4,463m), 12 kms. 4-5 hrs.
Today a fascinating day of trek to Gaumukh the source of river Ganges.

 we will have the glimpse of Bhagirathi massif rising above 6500 mtrs. While the scene around is fascinating to see a Sadhu meditating half naked, pilgrims praying all around. Arrive at Gaumukh (cow mouth ) than cross the Gangotri glacier , climbing steadily arrive a meadows at Tapovan.Tapovan an open grassland and base camp of Mount Shivaling (6450m), and Meru (6660m). Overnight camp at Tapovan.

Day 6: Trek to Kirti Bamak - Tapovan.

Today an early start from camp to full day trek to Kirti Bamak glacier. Finally an impressive view of Meru, Thalay Sagar, Kedarnath, Kedardome and many other peaks. The most interesting point of view is Shivling. Finally retrace back to camp.  

Day 7: Rest day at Tapovan.

Rest relax at camp or take the opportunity to visit other part of the valley.

Day 8: Trek Tapovan - Nandan Van (4500m), 10 kms.
After breakfast, ascent towards Nandan Van along the left side of Gangotri glacier. The trek is little steep and challanging. Overnight camp.

Day 9: Trek to Chirbasa (3600m). 6-7 hrs

Retrace back to Chirbasa.

Day 10: Trek to Gangotri 3 hrs, Drive to Uttarkashi 4 hrs.

Early departure from camp to Gangotri and further drive to Uttarkashi. Overnight in hotel.

Day 11: Drive to Rishikesh or Dehradun. 5-6 hrs.  

Day 12: Drive to Rishikehs/Delhi or Dehradun/Chandigarh. Fly home.