“ Gangotri - Gomukh - Tapovan - Nandanvan Trek ”
The picturesque pilgrimage in the hinter lands of
the Himalayas is the most sacred spot where Ganges, the stream of life, touched
earth for the first time. Gangotri is the second stopover for the Char Dham
According to mythology, Goddess Ganga - the daughter of heaven, menifested herself in the form of a river to absolve the sins of King Bhagirath's predecessors, following the severe penance of several centuries, Lord Shiva received Ganga into his matted locks to minimise the immense impact of her fall. She came to be called Bhagirathi at her legendary source.
Along the right bank of Bhagirathi stands the shrine of Gangotri dedicated to the Goddess. preched at the height of 3140 mts.. It was constructed in early 18th century by a Gorkha Commander, Amar Singh Thappa.
Source of Ganges Trek – Gangotri - Gomukh - Tapovan - Nandanvan Trek
Every year, lakhs of pilgrims throng the sacred temple between April and November. By the November end, Gangotri is covered by snow. It is believed that the Goddess retreats to Mukhba, her winter abode (12 km. down stream). The physical source of the holy river is at Gaumukh, 19 kms. further uphill, along the Gangotri Glacier. Several pilgrims trek upto the source to offer prayers either on foot or on ponies. The verdant valleys, dense forests and towering peaks offer excellent trekking and mountaineering opportunities for adventure enthusiast.
From Nandanvan the views of prominent peaks namely - Shivling, Bhagirathi, Sudarshana, Thel, Kedar dome are fabulous. The trek to Tapovan from Nandanvan after crossing the Gangotri glacier and traversing on a rocky face one arrives at the meadows of Tapovan (meditating ground), a green lush valley in the summers confined by many named and un-named peaks of the Garhwal Himalaya. Herds of Bharal (Blue mountain goats) are a common sight here on mountain ridges.
Enjoy 4 nights 5 days trip to the heart of majestic mountains, and trekking to the source of the most important river and the living Goddess of India, The Ganges. We make exclusive walks to the base of of high peaks and to witness the out standing sun rise and sun set on Shivling and Bhagirathi group of peaks.
One joins Indian pilgrims doing their pilgrimage to the source of Ganges and encounters Babas & Sadhus on trek, some of them living round the year in difficult cold conditions doing yoga, meditation and other spiritual practices.
Gangotri - Gomukh - Tapovan - Nandanvan Trekkng
GANGOTRI TEMPLE Gangotri temple
The 18th century temple dedicated to Goddess Ganga is located near a sacred stone where king Bhagirath worshipped Lord Shiva. Ganga is believed to have touched earth at this spot. According to another legend, Pandavas performed the great Deva Yagna here to atone the deaths of their kinsmen in the epic battle of Mahabharata. The temple is an exquisite 20 ft. high structure made of white granite.
The natural rock Shivling, submerged in the river, is an amazing sight reinforcing the power of the divine. According to mythology, Lord Shiva sat at this spot to receive the Ganga in his matted locks. The Shivling is visible in early winter when the water level goes down.
An arduous, 25 kms long trek along the Gangotri Glacier leads to scenic Nandanvan - the base camp of Bhagirathi peaks, that offers a panoramic view of the surrounding Shivaling peak. A trek across the snout of the Gangotri Glacier leads to Tapovan known for its beautiful meadows the encircle that base of the Shivling peak.
How to Reach
Airport : Jolly Grant, Dehradun 266 kms.
Rail Head :Rishikesh 249 kms.
Road : Rishikesh 249 kms.
Dharasu 129 kms.
Yamnotri 242 kms.
Tehri 172 kms.
Mussoorie 247 kms.
Gaumukh is where the waters of Ganga trickles down from the glaciers. The sages calledit 'Gaumukh', because in the distance past, probably appeared like a cows mouth: though today, it no longer appears so. From Gangotri you move along the beaten track towards Chirbasa, which is on the treeline. From here you can have clear view of Bhagirathi peaks. Beyond Chirbasa the terrain becomes desolate and barren. Infact it has been reffered to as the Arctic Tundra by many trekkers. From Chirbasa you reach Bhojbasa. Gaumukh Glacier is just 4Kms ahead. From Gaumukh to Tapovan the ascent is steep and as you climb the view of the surrounding peaks is clearer. They appear to be just a stone throw away.
Day 1 :- Rishikesh to Uttarkashi 155 Kms
Day 2 :- Uttarkashi to Gangotri
Day 3 :- Gangotri to Chirbasa (4Hrs & 9Kms)
Day 4 :- Chirbasa to Bhaojbasa (2-2.5 - 7Hrs & 5Kms)
Day 5 :- Bhaojbasa to Tapovan (5-6Hrs &10Kms)
Day 6 :- Tapovan to Gangotri(24Kms)
Day 7 :- Gangotri to Rishikesh.
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of Ganges Trek Itinerary :-
Gangotri - Gomukh - Tapovan - Nandanvan Trek
The trek along the holy river Bhagirathi takes you right up to the source of the river-popularly known as Gaumukh (Cow's snout) at the base of the Gangotri glacier. This trek is for adventure lovers and involves mountain climbing, rock climbing and glacier traverse. This trek can however be undertaken by non-mountaineers with sound health also. The trek passes through an orchard of coniferous pine trees at Chirbasa and birch at Bhojbasa. From Bhojbasa one has to trek to Lanka and Gaumukh. From Gaumukh to Nandanvan one traverses along the Gangotri glacier and Chatturangini glacier. One can pitch one's camp at the junction of Chatturangini glacier and Bhagirathi-Gangotri glacier.
Day 1: Rishikesh/ Uttarkashi Drive 6-7 hours journey
After morning breakfast, drive to Uttarkashi. Lunch on the way, stop at zero point to see the view of Tehri Jheel, Arrive Uttrakashi and transfer to the guest house. Remaining day to rest and evening time visit to Vishwanath temple, Meals and over night in guest house. Uttrakashi is the principle town in Garhwal region. Nehru Institute of Mountaineering is situated here. It is also the gateway to many mountaineering and trekking journey in Gangotri region.
Day 2: Uttrakashi/Gangotri Drive 4-5 hours journey
After morning breakfast, drive to Gangotri. After long drive stop at Gangnani hot spring. Those who want can have a speedy refreshing bath in the pool. Arrive Gangotri and transfer to hotel. Visit Gangotri temple. Evening prayer dedicated to goddess Ganges, Meals and overnight hotel.
Day 3: Gangotri
The Day is spent exploring this place of pilgrimage. 1000s of Pilgrims arrive here in summer to wash away their sins in the holy Ganga, it is said that Lord Shiva sat at the base of this fall to take the Ganga into his locks, for otherwise her descent from the heavens would have split the earth. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.
Day 4: Gangotri/ Bhojbasa trek 5-6 hours overnight camp
After morning breakfast, trek to Bhojbasa. The entire trek today is along the roaring Bhagirathi River. The wide trail initially passes through dense deodar forests before emerging into the wide unfrosted valley. Arrive Bhojbasa and camp. Afternoon free to explore the area and evening enjoy excellent sunset on Bhagirathi group of peaks Dinner and overnight in camp.
Day 5: Bhojbasa/Gaumukh/Tapovan 4-5 hours overnight camp
Morning enjoy the panoramic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. After breakfast trek to Gaumukh, the source of the Ganges. Explore the area and trek to Tapovan. One of the finest high altitude alpine meadows in the area. Today we traverse the entire Gangotri glacier to reach Tapovan. Arrive Tapovan and camp, Dinner and overnight camp.
Day 6: Tapovan overnight camp
Day free to explore the area, one can read, meditate, walk to the base of high peaks and explore high altitude flora and fauna. Evening encounter the most panoramic sunset on high peaks. Meals and overnight camp.
Day 7: Tapovan/Nandanvan 5-6 hours
This Day is largely an exercise is boulder hopping. Crossing the moraine covered Gangotri glacier to Nandawan located at the confluence of the Chaturangi and the Gangotri glaciers. Literally meaning the four coloured glacier. The Chaturangi is truly multi-hued. The massive meadows of Nandavan are situated at the base of the Bhagirathi massif. The area provides excellent sightings of Bharal (blue sheep), Meals and overnight in camp.
Day 8: Nandanvan/Basuki Tal/Nandanvan 7-8 hoursS overnight camp
A full Day walks to the picturesque Vasuki Tal. The trail follows a grassy ridge running parallel to the Chaturangi glaciers, across a small glacieroded valley to Vasuki tal. It then continues along the lateral moraine of the Chaturangi glacier to views of Mt. Satopanth. Return to camp. Meals and overnight camp.
Day 9: Nandanvan/Bhojbasa 4-5 hours overnight camp
Early morning enjoy the sunrise on high peaks, After breakfast trek to down to Bhojbasa. Arrive Bhojbasa and camp. Meals and overnight camp.
Day 10: Bhojbasa/Gangotri/Uttarkashi 7-8 hours overnight Guest House
Morning after breakfast trek to down to Gangotri. Latter drive to Uttrakashi, Enroute stop at Gangnani for a refreshing bath. Arrive Uttrakashi and check in guest house. Meals and overnight guest house.
Day 11: Uttarkashi/ Rishikesh 6-7 Hours
After morning breakfast, drive to Rishikesh. Lunch enroute, Arrive Rishikesh. Tour terminates upon arrivel at Rishikesh.
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