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Gaumukh Tapovan is picturesque trek located in Uttarkashi. It is one of the most rewarding and popular treks for trekking enthusiasts. These trek showcases the beauty of Garhwal Himalayas and few other remarkable peaks like Mt. Shivling, Mt. Bhagirathi and Mt. Bhrigupanth.
Gaumukh is the pout or terminus of the pristine Gangotri Glacier and is also the source of the Bhagirathi river. This snow-capped spot is located at a height of around 13,200 ft and is also known to be a haven for the pilgrims as it is the source of Ganga.
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.
To begin your journey, plan to leave Dehradun at 6 a.m. The day will be longer so you will be driving 241 kilometers to Gangotri. It will be an unforgettable 8-hour journey through the magnificent mountains. The famous hill station of Mussorie, which is just 35 kilometers from Dehradun, will be the first major attraction. From the hill station, you can see the Shivalik Ranges. You will arrive in Uttarkashi, the land of the Gods, after a short stop for lunch and some sight-seeing in Dhanulti, Chamba. Uttarkashi is situated on the Bhagirathi River’s banks. All of the temples and holy people will convince you that you are really in the Land of the Gods. The Bhagirath River leads to the picturesque Harshil Village. Harshil is known for its apple orchards, which serve as a visual break from the city. Harshil is the ideal spot for a peaceful evening amidst the mountains.
Begin your day with a hearty breakfast and get ready to embark on your mountain adventure. You’ll be wandering through pine trees alongside the Bhagirathi River. Although there will be gradual ascents, the trek will be simple and take about 4-5 hours to complete. Your journey will be accompanied by the stunning Sudarshan Parbat (21,345 feet). You’ll also come across a few lakes and waterfalls where you can replenish your water bottles. The entire walk will take place within the Gangotri National Park. Following the trek, you will arrive at Bhojwassa, a flat area where you will be accommodated in tents. Bhopatra trees, also known as birch trees, are abundant in the area and were used to make the Bhojwasa. This is the widest part of the valley, with the best view of Mount Shivling. There are numerous igloo-style homes, as well as an ashram, a police station, and a rest house. These alternatives are available for today’s stay, but they will require approval. Relax in the afternoon at the campsite after lunch, and spend a freezing night in the tents.
The day has come for the most challenging and longest trek yet, so eat well, pack a snack, fill water bottles (there are no water sources along the route), carry energy bars, and prepare to be excited.The trail gets steeper and more full of rock boulders from here. The rock moraines on the glacier make the ascent difficult, but they also negate the need for technical equipment. Use a trekking pole to make the ascent easier. The final trek to Tapovan is rocky, but once you’ve made it through it, you’ll be delighted to be in the well-known meadows, where you can see Mt. Shivling in all its glory. Sadhus from all over the world come to Tapovan to meditate. It also serves as a base camp for Mt. Shivling expeditions. It provides a better view of Mt. Shivling, which is regarded as one of the world’s most holy and majestic peaks. Not to be missed are the views of Mt. Meru and the Bhagirathi peaks.Tapovan is the perfect place to unwind after a long hike. Mountain goats, like you, can be found roaming around here. After a long but memorable day, retire to your tent.
Early mornings are perfect for savoring the last few moments of the day in front of historic mountains bathed in sunlight. Mt. Shivling is more magnificent than ever, enveloping the surrounding peaks in its majesty. They all come together to make a stunning scene. It’s time to bring these memories back to life after breakfast. Yes, you must once again traverse the glacier’s rugged terrain and moraines. You’ll notice that descending is more difficult than climbing as you find your way around the boulders. Keep an eye on the actions and go slowly. Try to relive the events as you retrace your steps. Continue walking along the Bhagirathi River after descending steeply to Gomukh.
You’ll recall that this is the last day of your adventure when you wake up. The trek to Gangotri takes about 5-6 hours. Water bottles should be refilled at streams and waterfalls. Say your goodbyes as the sight of the Bhagirathi and other mountain tops disappears. You will be served a hot meal and supper at the guest house.
Have one last cup of morning tea in Gangotri’s mighty land. Say your final goodbyes, exchange phone numbers, and reminisce with your fellow trekkers. Before boarding the cab that will take you back to Dehradun, take a nice group photo. The trip will last eight hours and will take you through mountains, valleys, and along the Bhagirathi River. Our voyage was followed by a river.You will have arrived in Dehradun by 5 p.m. and will begin your return journey as planned. Take plenty of adventure-filled memories home with you, and promise to return to the mountains in the future.
We will be mailing you the details once you register. We will also create a WhatsApp group of all the participants
The age limit for the trek is 15 years and above
Yes, many of our participants are solo travellers.
It is completely safe for a female solo traveller as our representatives will be there with you all the time. Moreover, most of our event have 60% female participation.
Clean & basic washroom facility available at Guest House at Raithal. Toilet tents during the trek
You will get limited connectivity during the trek.
Locally cooked veg meals
We will carry first aid kit with us. The coordinators will be first aid certified. If the problem increases, we will quickly get you to closest medical attention possible.
Winter wear and hiking pants and T-shirts. We will send you a detailed list once you register
We will be staying in a guest house in Gangotri and in Tents while trekking