The Holy River Ganges is the most sacred river in the Hindu religion. Gaumukh ( Cow’s mouth) from where the Ganges originates is one of the holiest places for Hindu pilgrims who come here to witness the birth of Mother Ganges. True or not Gaumukh with its icicle Gangotri glacier is a challenge for every trekker and adventurer, most of who like to go beyond the Gaumukh point to camp right at the base of The Shivling Peak from where one also gets to see a magnificient view of Bhagirathi Peaks. The beautiful meadows of Tapovan is a delight to visit as you have the Shivling peak (6,543 m) – the Matterhorn of India, rising high on one side flanked by Meru and Kedardome and the peaks of Bhagirathi on the other side.
Day 1 : Drive Rishikesh to Barsu ( 2250 mts, 6/7 hrs)
We leave at dawn break and drive to Barsu which is a day long journey. We pass through the towns of Chamba and Uttarkashi. Barsu is a small village about 32 kms from Uttarkashi and is on the way to Gangotri. The drive to Barsu from Uttarkashi is along with Bhagirathi river. Barsu is the base camp for Dayara Bugyal trek, Overnight Camp at Barsu.
Day 2 : Trek Barsu to Dayara Bugyal (3150 mts, 6/7 hrs)
Finish breakfast and get ready to trek up! The schedule is as such that today we trek from Barsu to Dayara Bugyal which is a walk with a good views of the Himalayas all around. As we end the ascend at Dayara, the vast meadow unfolds in front of us. The meadow is like a table top as you set foot on the meadow the sight of the mighty Himalayas surrounds you. Srikanth, Rudregaira, Gangotri I, II & III , Jaonli, Draupadi ka Danda I & II, Black peak, Bandarpunch and many other unnamed peaks are visible from Dayara Bugyal meadow. Thrilled but tired enough to hit the sacks immediately. Overnight camp at Dayara.
Day 3 : Trek Dayara Bugyal to Bakaria Top (3657 mts) and back to Dayara Bugyal
Bakaria Top is the highest point of Dayara Bugyal, it’s a steep ascent to Bakaria top. Dayara Bugyal is divided into many small bugyals and Bakaria top is one of them. We start trek along the meadows and gain altitude gradually till we reach Bakaria Top. The views from the top take your breath away. Snow capped mountains, Valley deep below, towns as far as Uttarkashi can be seen from the top. It offers a 360 degree panoramic view of the entire Greater Himalayas. We descend back to Dayara to camp for the night.
Day 4 : Trek Dayara Bugyal to Pichkiya (2400 mts, 5-6 hrs)
We begin our descent to Pickkiya. We walk through the vast stretches of the alpine meadows and the sub alpine forests. Pichkiya campsite is a small grassland situated in between the alpine forests. The inner dry valleys, dwarf rhododendrons grow along with patches of grasslands near the campsite. Overnight camp Pichkiya.
Day 5:Trek Pichikya to Barsu (2250 mts, 3 -4 hrs)
We descend down to Barsu along a well marked trail through the thick forests. The village of Barsu and the adjoining settlements can be sighted half way down the trail. We each Barsu by afternoon and camp for the night.
Day 6:Drive Barsu to Rishikesh.
After breakfast we drive back to Rishikesh with the sweet momories of the trip. Upon arrival in Rishikesh trip ends.