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Gaumukh Tapovan Trek



Moderate to Difficult

No of Days

Maximum Altitude



INR 17,000/- Per Person Dehradun to Dehradun

Available Date

13th Oct to 18th Oct 2024


About Gaumukh Tapovan Trek

Gaumukh Tapovan Trek: A Journey to the Source of the Ganges

Embark on a spiritual and adventurous journey to the sacred source of the Ganges with the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek. This iconic trek in the Indian Himalayas offers a blend of breathtaking scenery, challenging trails, and cultural immersion. Discover the beauty of the Gangotri Glacier, witness the magnificence of towering peaks, and experience the tranquility of Tapovan meadows.

Overview: The Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is a popular trekking route located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, India. It starts from Gangotri, the revered pilgrimage town, and leads trekkers to Gaumukh, the snout of the Gangotri Glacier, which is considered the source of the Ganges River. From Gaumukh, the trail ascends to Tapovan, a stunning high-altitude meadow surrounded by towering peaks, including Shivling, Bhagirathi, and Meru.

Key Highlights:

  • Gangotri Temple: Begin your journey with a visit to the ancient Gangotri Temple, dedicated to Goddess Ganga, before setting out on the trek.

  • Gaumukh Glacier: Marvel at the awe-inspiring sight of the Gangotri Glacier, where the Ganges River originates, and witness the milky-white waters gushing out of the glacier's snout.

  • Tapovan Meadows: Relax and rejuvenate in the serene surroundings of Tapovan, a vast alpine meadow carpeted with vibrant flowers and blessed with panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.

  • Shivling Peak: Be awestruck by the towering presence of Shivling, one of the sacred peaks revered by Hindu pilgrims, dominating the landscape with its majestic beauty.

  • Cultural Immersion: Interact with local villagers and learn about their unique way of life, traditions, and spiritual beliefs, adding a cultural dimension to your trekking experience.

Trek Details:

  • Duration: The Gaumukh Tapovan Trek typically takes around 6-7 days to complete, depending on the route and itinerary chosen.

  • Difficulty: The trek is of moderate difficulty, with challenging sections, including steep ascents and rocky terrain. Prior trekking experience and good physical fitness are recommended.

  • Best Time to Visit: The ideal time for the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is from May to October, during the summer and autumn months, when the weather is favorable and the trails are accessible.

  • Altitude: The highest point of the trek is Tapovan, situated at an altitude of approximately 4,400 meters above sea level.

Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is not just a physical journey but also a spiritual quest, offering trekkers an opportunity to connect with nature and immerse themselves in the divine beauty of the Himalayas. From the sacred source of the Ganges to the majestic peaks of Tapovan, every step of the trek is a testament to the grandeur of the natural world. So pack your bags, lace up your boots, and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime in the heart of Uttarakhand's wilderness.

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Day 01

Day 02

Day 03

Day 04

Day 05

Day 06

Dehradun- Gangotri  (3100m, 250 km, 8-12 hrs)  

Reporting in Dehradun at morning then drive to Gangotri via Uttarkashi and Harshil . Registration and briefing to be completed by Trek Leader in Gangotri and assist to check in to Guest house. Dinner and Overnight stay at Gangotri

Gangotri to Bhojbasa, (3550m, 13km, 7-8hrs)

We start our trek today after breakfast. The trail is gradual ascent keep walking with your zeal and enjoy the spell bounding view of the nature. The entire trek today is along the roaring Bhagirathi River. Chirbasa is the last vegetation area in this trek, which is covered by Pine forest. Beyond Chirbasa the terrain becomes really desolate and barren.In fact, it has been referred to as Arctic Tundra by many trekkers. The trail becomes little tougher than the previous through land slide zone and rockfall morraine zone and will have to negotiate through big boulders. Bhojbasa is 5 KM away from Chirbasa. Bhagirathi peak now constantly visible during the trek. Overnight stay at Bhojbasa in camp.

Bhojbasa to Gomukh (3890m) to Tapovan (4463m, 13 km trek, 5hr)

Early in the Morning enjoy the panoramic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. After breakfast trek to Gomukh (3890mt), the source of the Ganges. Gomukh is where the water of Ganga trickles down from the glaciers. The sages called it 'Gomukh' because, in the distant past, it probably appeared like a cow's mouth. Explore the area and trek to Tapovan, one of the finest high altitude alpine meadows in the area. The trek from Gomukh to Tapovan is ascent steep, and as we climb, the view of the surrounding peaks becomes clearer. Tapovan known for its beautiful meadows that encircle the base camp of the Shivling peak, Tapovan is a very pleasant surprised spot with a large meadow complete with bubbling streams, wildflowers, and campsites. Herds of Bharal (blue mountain goats) are a common sight from here on mountain ridges. On the far side of the glacier the Bhagirathi I, II, III (6454mt), provide an equally impressive backdrop. It is also the little wonder where Sadhus and saints choose this spot for extended meditation during the long summer month. Arrive Tapovan and camp. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.

Tapovan to Bhojbasa  (3800 m, 13 km,  5-6 hrs)

Wake up early in the morning to take pleasure of the astonishing sunrise on the high peaks in magnetic surroundings. This morning is definitely going to be the most sacred morning with astonishing views all around, witness the magical sunrise over Bhagirathi Sisters, Gangotri peak with Mount Shivling in the Backdrop. After having breakfast we will trek downwards to Bhojbasa. We will reach Bhojwassa in around 4 to 5 hours and camp. Overnight stay in camps.

Bhojbasa  to Gangotri  (3100 m, 14 km,  4 hrs)Start your Trek early in the morning so you can reach before the lunch time in Gangotri. In evening you can explore the Gangotri. Overnight stay in Guest house. 

Gangotri to Dehradun  (Drive 250 KM, 9 hr) 
After early morning breakfast ready for departure to Dehradun. We will leave you to Dehradun Prince Chowk or Dehradun Railway Station. Expect to reach around 7-8PM, our journey ends here, our service ends here, take only sweet sacred memories leave only footprints

"What included"

Cost of accommodation in Huts/Hotels/Homestays two night in Gangotri

Cost of transportation from Dehradun to Dehradun

Cost of Fooding while on trek (Morning and evening Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner- meals will be provided. Breakfast-Roti, Sabji/Maggi, etc., Lunch/Dinner-Rice/Roti, Sabji, Dal, Achar, etc.).(Day 1:- Dinner to Day 5:- Dinner)

Technical Camping equipments:- Tents(sharing basis), Sleeping Bag, Mattress, Utensils, Microspikes, Technical climbing equipments

Guide,Support staff,cook, Supporting crew.

Cost of Permit fees.

"What not included"

Cost of Personal expenses.

Hotel in Haridwar/Dehradun.

Cost of emergency due to bad weather conditions.

Cost of personal porter for offloading

Meals during transit i.e. meals while on road or travelling will not be provided. No meals will be provided in Last day (Day 6)

Anything which is not mentioned in the inclusion.

Things to carry on a Trek
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Booking Policy:

To book your trek, you need to pay 30% of the trek fees as advance. Rest 70% to be paid in cash when you reach the basecamp, to be collected by the team leader.

One can pay the amount online(Net Banking, GPay, UPI ID). 

Details to be shared on request.

Cancellation Policy:

  • 30 days before the trek date, full refund of the paid amount

  • 15 days before the trek date, 50% refund of the paid amount.

  • Cancellation less than 15days to the start date of the trek, no refund possible

  • In case Himalayan Passion cancels the trek or trip, full refund will be paid.

  • One has option to send another person on their behalf.

  • One has option to adjust the paid amount on any other trek, if a person cannot join the trek he/she paid for. 

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