Gaumukh Tapovan Trek
Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
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  • Trip introduction

    This 8-day trek is perfect for adventure seekers. The trek begins in Gangotri, from where you trek to Gaumukh and then to Tapovan. This dramatic trek takes you through dense Himalayan forests, by the roaring Bhagirathi River, across the tree line into a dreamlike landscape of the Tapovan summit. You get to take a dip at the origin of the Bhagirathi River at Gaumukh Glacier, spend a day on the surreal meadows of Tapovan and explore its flora and fauna, all the while in the company of some of the most beautiful views of the imposing Himalayan peak.

    Destination

    The two main destinations of this trek are Gaumukh and Tapovan. Gaumukh is a glacier located at an altitude of 12,795 feet. It is the source of the holy river of Bhagirathi which is one of the two headstreams of the Ganges River. It is held in high esteem by Hindu devotees. Tapovan, on the other hand, is an alpine meadow summit, located at an elevation of 14,222 feet. It also acts as a base camp for the Shivling Peak.

    You will also see some of the most iconic views on this trek, like the Bhagirathi Peaks I, II, and III, and the famous peaks of Shivling, Meru and Sumeru which are some of the hardest climbing routes in the world.

    Destination highlights

    • Bathe at one of the sources of the Ganges River.
    • Spend a day at the high altitude meadows of Tapovan.
    • Trek along the roaring Bhagirathi River, through dense forests and across the tree line on the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek.
    • Experience the surreal landscape of the Himalayas including the Bhagirathi Peaks and Shivling, Meru and Sumeru.

    Fine print

    Rules on the trip

    Consumption of alcohol and drugs is strictly prohibited during the trip. Consumption of cigarettes and other tobacco products is not recommended.

    Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.

    Travellers are required to follow instructions of the trek leader during the Gaumukh Tapovan trek.

    Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made 30 days or more before departure of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek: 100% refund.

    For cancellations made 15-29 days before departure of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek: 50% refund.

    For cancellations made less than 15 days before departure of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek: no refund.

    In case of no show: no refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting the cost of accommodation, travel and other expenses already incurred by the tour operator.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting a transaction fee of INR 200 per person. This fee is charged by The Great Next.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    The tour operator takes utmost care to ensure safety of the travellers and shall not be held responsible for any mishap, accident or loss of life during the Gaumukh Tapovan trek.

    The tour operator reserves the right to cancel or alter the itinerary of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek depending upon the weather conditions and other factors. If extra costs are incurred due to changes in the itinerary, they will be borne by the traveller.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
    Dehradun
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    Drop off point
    Dehradun
    Mode of transport
    Private SUV or Tempo Traveller
    Start point
    Gangotri
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    End point
    Gangotri
    Time of departure
    05:30 AM
    Time of return
    05:30 AM

    Activity Details

    Total trekking time
    30 hrs
    Total distance covered
    44 kms
    Start point elevation
    10000 feet
    Maximum elevation
    14222 feet
    Minimum elevation
    1000 feet
    Average per day distance
    9 kms
  • Day 1 of the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek: Dehradun to Gangotri

    Today, you will be driven to Gangotri from Dehradun. It is an 8 hrs drive of around 242 kms. The route will take you through Uttarkashi. You will even make a stop at Gangnani which is known for its natural hot water springs. Overnight at a guesthouse in Gangotri.

    Note: In case the time does not permit, you will spend the night in Gangnani at a guesthouse and drive to Gangotri the next morning.

    Day 2 of the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek: Gangotri to Chirbasa

    Today, you will begin your trek to Chirbasa which is an altitude of 11,975 feet. It is a 9 kms trek which will take around 6 hrs to reach. Chirbasa is on the tree line. Your route today is along the roaring Bhagirathi River. Overnight in tents at Chirbasa campsite.

    Day 3 of the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek: Chirbasa to Bhojbasa

    Today will be a relatively short trek of 5 kms (3 hrs) to Bhojbasa which is at an altitude of 12,467 feet. You will notice the terrain transform drastically as you cross the tree line, it becomes really desolate and barren. It is regarded as the Arctic Tundra by many trekkers. There is a small temple in Bhojbasa which is a potential camping site. You will spend the rest of the day exploring the area and enjoy the excellent sunset on the Bhagirathi group of peaks. Overnight in tents at Bhojbasa campsite.

    Day 4 of the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek: Bhojbasa to Gaumukh to Tapovan

    Today, you will trek to Tapovan via Gaumukh. It is a 9 kms trek which will take about 7 hrs to reach. You will see the mouth of the Ganges River at Gaumukh, which is located at an altitude of 12,795 feet. After that, you will trek to Tapovan which is one of the finest high altitude alpine meadows in the region, located at an elevation of 14,222 feet. It will be a steep ascent, but as you climb, you will be treated with a clearer view of the surrounding peaks. Overnight in tents at Tapovan campsite.

    Day 5 of the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek: Rest day at Tapovan

    Today is a rest day, you will spend the entire day at Tapovan summit and enjoy the snow capped peaks all around you, and explore the flora and fauna of Tapovan. You will also get a chance to see the Shivling Peak, Meru Peak and Sumeru which are some of the hardest climbing routes in the world. You can even visit the Meru glacier during the day if the weather permits. Overnight in tents at Tapovan campsite.

    Day 6 of the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek: Tapovan to Bhojbasa

    Today, you will begin your easy 6 hrs trek back to Bhojbasa. Overnight in camps at Bhojbasa campsite.

    Day 7 of the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek: Bhojbasa to Gangotri

    Today, you will trek 14 kms for 6 hrs and reach Gangotri. Since it is descent, it will be a relatively easy trek. Overnight at guesthouse in Gangotri.

    Day 8 of the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek: Gangotri to Dehradun

    Today, you will begin your drive back to Dehradun in the morning and reach there by evening. Your journey ends here.

    Day 1 - Milestone

    Start point
    Dehradun
    End point
    Gangotri
    Day start time
    05:30 AM

    Day 2 - Milestone

    Start point
    Gangotri
    End point
    Chirbasa
    Day start time
    05:30 AM
    Trekking distance
    9 kms
    Trekking time
    6 hrs

    Day 3 - Milestone

    Start point
    Chirbasa
    End point
    Bhojbasa
    Day start time
    05:30 AM
    Trekking distance
    5 kms
    Trekking time
    3 hrs

    Day 4 - Milestone

    Start point
    Bhojbasa
    End point
    Tapovan
    Day start time
    05:30 AM
    Trekking distance
    9 kms
    Trekking time
    7 hrs

    Day 5 - Milestone

    Start point
    Tapovan
    End point
    Tapovan
    Day start time
    05:30 AM

    Day 6 - Milestone

    Start point
    Tapovan
    End point
    Bhojbasa
    Day start time
    05:30 AM
    Trekking distance
    7 kms
    Trekking time
    6 hrs

    Day 7 - Milestone

    Start point
    Bhojbasa
    End point
    Gangotri
    Day start time
    05:30 AM
    Trekking distance
    14 kms
    Trekking time
    6 hrs

    Day 8 - Milestone

    Start point
    Gangotri
    End point
    Dehradun
    Day start time
    05:30 AM
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  • Includes / Excludes

      Includes
    • Travel arrangements from Dehradun and back in SUV, tempo traveller or a similar private shared vehicle
    • Meals from dinner on Day 1 to Breakfast on Day 8
    • Accommodation for 7 nights in guesthouse/tents on triple/quad sharing basis
    • All equipment required for camping: tents, sleeping bag and mattresses
    • Common kitchen/dining tent and washroom tent
    • Any technical equipment required for the trek, if needed
    • Oxygen cylinders
    • Services of experienced trek leader and camping crew
    • All government permits and charges
    • All applicable taxes
      Excludes
    • Travel between your home city and Dehradun
    • Meals during the transit
    • Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, roadblocks, etc.
    • Personal expenses such as gratuity tips to staff, extra meals and beverages, etc.
    • Adventure travel insurance
    • Accommodation in Dehradun
    • Porter/mule service to carry personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 250 per day per bag not exceeding 12 kgs)
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

    What to Wear

      What to Wear
    • Long sleeve t-shirt
    • Fleece jacket or woollen sweater
    • Thermal inners (upper and lower)
    • Wind and waterproof jacket
    • Downfeather or hollofil jacket
    • Raincoat or poncho
    • Sun cap/hat
    • Balaclava or neck gaiter
    • Woollen and cotton socks
    • Waterproof trekking shoes with ankle support and flip flops
    • Waterproof gloves
      What not to Wear
    • Expensive gadgets or jewellery
    • Hard luggage such as trolley, suitcases etc.
    • Restrictive clothing

    Equipment / Gear

      We Provide
    • Transport vehicle from Dehradun to the start point and back
    • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8
    • All equipment required for camping: tents, sleeping bags and mattresses
    • Common kitchen and dining tent
    • Toilet tent
    • Any technical equipment required for the trek, if needed
    • First Aid Kit, including oxygen cylinder
      You need to get
    • Backpack (with rain cover)
    • Trekking pole/walking stick
    • Torch/flashlight (with extra batteries)
    • Insect repellent
    • Water bottles
    • Dry snacks (energy bars, dry fruits etc.)
    • Cold cream
    • Toilet paper and wet wipes
    • Lightweight towels and napkins
    • Sun-cap/sunglasses
    • Towel
    • Personal medical kit (Diamox, Crocin, Avomine, Avil 25mg, Combiflam, Disprin, Digene, Norflox TZ or Lomofen, ORS, Omes, Gauze, Band aids, Cotton, Betadine, Moov or Volini, Knee caps, etc.)

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry any prescribed medication and a personal first-aid kit.
  • Day 1 of the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek: Dehradun to Gangotri

    Overnight at a guesthouse in Gangotri.

    Today's meal package includes only dinner. It will be served at the guest house in Gangotri.

    Day 2 of the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek: Gangotri to Chirbasa

    Overnight in tents at Chirbasa campsite.

    Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast will be served at the guesthouse in Gangotri. Packed lunch will be served on the trek. Dinner will be served at the Chirbasa campsite. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be provided to you at the campsite for the night.

    Day 3 of the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek: Chirbasa to Bhojbasa

    Overnight in tents at Bhojbasa campsite.

    Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast will be served at the Chirbasa campsite. Packed lunch will be served en route to Bhojbasa. Dinner will be served at the Bhojbasa campsite. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be issued to you at the campsite.

    Day 4 of the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek: Bhojbasa to Gaumukh to Tapovan

    Overnight in tents at Tapovan campsite.

    Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast will be served to you at the Bhojbasa campsite before you start your trek to Tapovan. Packed Lunch will be served en route. Dinner will be served at the Tapovan campsite. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be issued to you for the night.

    Day 5 of the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek: Rest day at Tapovan

    Overnight in tents at Tapovan campsite.

    Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. All the three meals will be served to you at the Tapovan campsite itself. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be issued to you for the night.

    Day 6 of the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek: Tapovan to Bhojbasa

    Overnight in tents at Bhojbasa campsite.

    Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast will be served to you at the Tapovan campsite. Packed lunch will be served en route to Bhojbasa. Dinner will be served at the Bhojbasa campsite. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be served to you for the night.

    Day 7 of the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek: Bhojbasa to Gangotri

    Overnight at a guesthouse in Gangotri.

    Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast will be served at the Bhojbasa campsite. Packed lunch en route to Gangotri. Dinner will be served at the guesthouse in Gangotri.

    Day 8 of the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek: Gangotri to Dehradun

    Your journey ends before nightfall.

    Today's meal package only includes breakfast. It will be served to you at the guesthouse in Gangotri before you begin your drive to Dehradun.

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