The Gangotri glacier is one of the longest and, for Hindus, most sacred glaciers in the Himalayas. Thus, it has been made highly accessible to the pilgrims. The roadhead for this trek is at Gangotri. The Gangotri temple lies on the true right Bank of the river. In the background rises the Majestic Sudarshan Parvat. As you trek closer to Gaumukh, you can see the Bhagirathi group of Peaks and Mt. Shivling.
Included: Accommodation: Accommodation in budget hotels on Day 01, 02 and 10. Camping on rest of the days.
Meals: - 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport: Train Ticket / Bus Ticket in AC class from Delhi to Rishikesh and return AC Vehicle for the Pickup and transfer for trekking place with all road taxes and parking fees.
Guide: English speaking guide during the trek Not included: · Visas, travel insurance (compulsory)
· Personal guide for the whole trip
· Sleeping bags
· Monument, Museum entrances, wild life fees etc.
All other expenses not stated as included in the above.
· The best of trekking and a peek into the religious side of India when following the pilgrim’s trail towards the Gaumukh glacier – which is also the source of the Holy river Ganges
· Reward yourself with a view of Sudarshan Parvat and see the Bhagirathi group of Peaks
· Climb to Tapovan – a large meadow complete with bubbling streams and wild flowers and campsites set beneath the imposing peak of Mt. Shivling (6,543m)
Early morning board the train to Haridwar. Arrive in Haridwar, where you will meet our driver to drive you to Rishikesh and drop to the hotel. Later, you will visit Lakshuman Jhula, a swing bridge, where you can cross over and take a walk through the lovely forest to arrive at Ram Jhula – the cross over point to the Right Bank. Later, time permitting, watch the religious ceremony at the Triveni ??ghat' (riverbank). Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Rishikesh - Uttarkashi
Today, you will take a shared cab to Uttarkashi, Upon arrival check in to your hotel. After lunch, you will visit the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM), one of the premier Institutes of India that imparts training in mountain climbing etc. Evening free to walk around the local market. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Uttarkashi - Gangotri
(Drive: 4 hours approx.) After breakfast, you have a scenic drive to Gangotri. From the pass at Sukki, you can see the two different valleys on either side. You can also see snow capped peaks as you drive higher and higher in to the Himalayas. You will visit the Gangotri temple in the evening.
Day 4: Gangotri - Bhojbasa
After the breakfast, you will the trek to Bhojbasa (3,600m - Average trekking time: 4 - 5 hours). The trail is well-marked as you follow the Bhagirathi to its source. Take a short break at the settlement at Chir-basa, where you gain the first views of the Bhagirathi Peak, including Bhagirathi I (6,856m) at the head of the valley. After trekking through a more or less flat terrain, the trail leaves the last of the silver birches. As you ascend gradually, the Bhagirathi range and the upper section of Mt. Shivling and Brigu Parbat comes into view. (L, D)
Day 5: Bhojbasa
Today, walk up to the Gaumukh Glacier (literally Gaumukh means the holy cow's mouth), the source of the river Ganges, and return to sleep in Bhojbasa. It is said that the glacier once terminated at Gangotri, but has receded to its present position
Child age: No special child rate, adult rate applicable for child aged 12 and above
This tour is not recommended for: Children below 12
Budget Class hotel in standard room with private bathroom and Camping in tents
5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
June to September
Level of trek: Introductory up to Gaumukh. Further up, the trek involves walking in the moraine and can prove to be a little difficult for the beginners. For those who go beyond the Gangotri temple must make sure to acclimatise properly before going any further.
Highest Point:Tapovan (4463 m)