Bhagirathi peaks on the way to Tapovan
Bhagirathi peaks, on the way to Tapovan; PC: Bachan Rana

The Gaumukh glacier is the source of Bhagirathi and is held in high esteem by the devout who do not miss the opportunity to have a holy dip in the bone chilling icy water. Gaumukh is where the water of Ganga trickles down from the glaciers. The sages called it 'Gaumukh', because in the distant past, it probably appeared like a cow's mouth. Tapovan is an ideal location for travelers looking for peace and adventure. Tapovan is located at an altitude of 4,463 m / 14,640 ft above sea level. Tapovan is known for its beautiful meadows that encircle the base camp of the Shivling peak. It is full of bubbling streams, wildflowers and campsites. Herds of Bharal (blue mountain goats) is a common sight from here on mountain ridges. On the far side of the glacier the Bhagirathi I, II, III (6,454 m) provide an equally impressive backdrop. This area is a climber′s paradise.

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  • Day 1: Dehradun to Gangnani/Gangotri drive

    From Dehradun we drive to Gangnani via Uttarkashi. Gangnani is known for the natural hot water spring baths it has. We can also drive till Gangotri on this day itself. We stay at a guesthouse overnight.

  • Day 2: Gangotri (3,048 m) to Chirbasa (3,600 m)

    On this day, we start our trek from Gangotri to Chirbasa (3,650 m). From Gangotri we move along the beaten trail towards Chirbasa, which is on tree line. The entire trek today is along the roaring Bhagirathi River.

  • Bhagirathi peaks as seen from Chirbasa
    Bhagirathi peaks as seen from Chirbasa; PC: Tanuj Martolia
    Day 3: Day 03: Chirbasa to Bhojbasa (3,800 m)

    Beyond Chirbasa the terrain becomes really desolate and barren. In fact, it has been referred to as Arctic Tundra by many trekkers. From Chirbasa we trek further to Bhojwassa, the entire trail passes through dense forest. In Bhojbasa there is a small temple and a potential campsite near the river. In afternoon we are free to explore the area and to enjoy excellent sunset on Bhagirathi group of peaks.

  • Day 4: Bhojbasa to Gaumukh (3,900 m) to Tapovan (4,335 m)

    Early in the morning enjoy the panoramic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. After breakfast we trek to Gaumukh (3,890 m), the source of the Ganges. We explore the area and trek to Tapovan, one of the finest high altitude alpine meadows in the area.

    The trek from Gaumukh to Tapovan has steep ascent, and as we climb, the view of the surrounding peaks becomes clearer. They appear to be just a stone's throw away. It is also a little wonder why Sadhus and saints choose this spot for extended meditation during the long summer months.

  • Day 5: Tapovan (4,463 m) rest day

    This day is free for us to acclimatize, relax and enjoy the magnificent snow-capped peaks, flora, fauna, and mountain landscape. This land is frequented by some of the greatest contemporary mountaineers. The Shivling peak stands tall in front of us. Behind Shivling, towards the right is Meru. A little towards the left of Shivling, is Sumeru. The Bhagirathi peaks are visible further to the left. Bhagirathi III, Meru (Central Peak) and Sumeru have some of the hardest climbing routes in the world. We can visit the Meru Glacier and return to our campsite.

  • Day 6: Tapovan to Bhojbasa

    Early in the morning we enjoy the sunrise on high peaks. After breakfast we trek down to Bhojbasa.

  • Way back to Gangotri
    Way back to Gangotri; PC: Tanuj Martolia
    Day 7:Bhojbasa to Gangotri

    We trek to Gangotri in the morning. Dinner and overnight stay at a guesthouse.

  • The reservoir at Tehri
    The reservoir at Tehri; PC: Tanuj Martolia
    Day 8: Gangotri to Dehradun drive

    Early morning after breakfast, we drive back to Dehradun and arrive by evening.


  • Langur
  • Wild Fox
  • Indian Crested Porcupine
  • Yellow throated marten
  • Wild boar
  • Black bear
  • Ibex
  • Manda peak (6,511 m), Bhrigu Parbat (6,000 m), Bhagirathi I, II and III ( 6856 m, 6512 m, & 6454 m respectively) are visible on the way to Chirbasa from Gangotri. Sudarshan peak (6,507 m) is also visible on this route.
  • From Tapovan, the peaks of Shivling (6,543 m) and towards its right, Meru (South - 6,660 m, Central - 6,310 m, North - 6,450 m) are prominently visible.
  • The peaks of Sumeru (6,350 m), Kedar Dome (6,832 m) and Bhagirathi (I, II and III) are also visible from Tapovan.
  • Bhagirathi river accompanies us right to its source in the snout of Gangotri glacier at Gaumukh.

Transport support from and to Dehradun: starting from pickup on day 1 to drop on day 8.

Guide and cook fees.

Rent for camping equipment.

Forest entry charges.

Porter and mule support to carry camping equipment. Please note that personal luggage can be carried by mules and/or porters on chargeable basis.

All veg meals starting from day 1 dinner to day 8 breakfast.

Tented accommodation throughout the trek. Possible guest house accommodation on Day 1 and Day 7.

Transport to reach Dehradun from hometown.

Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.

Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above.

Accommodation in Dehradun.

Personal luggage with mass not exceeding 12 kg per bag per person can be carried by porters/mules @ Rs 250 per day per bag.

  • Trekking Boots: Waterproof, high ankle with good grip.
  • One Raincoat/Poncho
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Wind & waterproof pant
  • 2-3 t-shirts/shirts preferably quick dry
  • 2 trousers (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
  • Warm Fleece, Alternative: a woolen sweater
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Thermal inner wears
  • One pair of woolen socks
  • Waterproof thick gloves
  • Waterproof Rucksack or Rucksack with rain-cover
  • Water Bottle
  • Slippers/Sandals/Floaters: Non-slippery
  • Hat or sun protection cap
  • Woolen cap/scarf
  • Head Torch (hand torch would be an alternative)
  • Sunglasses (it should be UV protected.) or use Photo chromatic glasses.
  • Identitiy cards
  • Personal Toiletries (toothbrush,toothpaste etc)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet and dry tissues
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Towel
  • Personal medical kit
  • Sunscreen cream, moisturizer, lip balm
  • Diamox - to prevent AMS
  • Crocin - fever
  • Avomine - (motion sickness)
  • Avil 25mg - (allergies)
  • Combiflam - (Pain killer)
  • Disprin - (headache)
  • Digene - (acidity)
  • Norflox TZ & Lomofen - (diarrhea)
  • ORS
  • Omez/ Rantadine - (antacids)
  • Crepe bandage - 3 to 5 meters
  • Gauze - 1 small roll
  • Band aids - different sizes
  • Cotton - 1 small roll
  • Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  • Moov/Volini spray (aches, & sprains)
  • Knee caps
  • Hot water bag in winter if needed

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