Source of Legendary Ganges and Tapovan Trek
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 – Uttarkashi (1158 mts, 164 kms by Road)
We start drive to Uttarkashi ,thus entering the Himalaya. Uttarkashi is the last civilized town. We stop for lunch enroute. In the evening we visit the Arti performance at the 400 years old lords Shiva temple. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 2 : Drive Uttarkashi – Gangotri (3048 mts ,100 kms by Road)
After breakfast we start drive to Gangotri. In afternoon we visit the 18th century granite temple, dedicated to the Goddess Ganges, where she is believed to have descended to earth. It is situated on the right bank of the Bhagirathi River. Later prayers to see, Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 3 : Trek Gangotri – Bhojbasa (3742 mts, 14 kms Trek, 5hrs)
Today we trek a gradual 5 hrs towards the Great Gangotri Glacier, through a wide open valley of pine forest and Glimpses of Himalayan peaks and the silence of the Himalaya, punctuated only with the hymns of an occasional Yogi in his state of worship. Beauty in enchanting form. Evening visit and meet the Sadhu at Ashram for tales of mythology. Overnight stay at camp.
Day 4 : Trek Bhojbasa – Tapovan (Shivling Base Camp 4500 mts, 8 kms Trek, 4-5 hrs)
Early morning witness the glorious sunrise on Peaks. Trek to Gaumukh, the source of Ganges and a location for many Saints in silent meditation and continue gradually uphill across the Gangotri Glacier to Tapovan. Fascinating Mt Shivling towering above is the seat of meditation of Lord Shiva. Overnight stay at Camp.
Day 5 : Tapovan (4500 mts) Day for leisure and exploration.
Overnight stay at Camp.
Day 6 : Trek Tapovan – Chirbasa (3600 mts, 13 kms Trek, 4-5 hrs)
Morning after breakfast trek down into the valley towards Chirbasa . Overnight stay at Camp.
Day 7 : Trek Chirbasa to Gangotri (3 hours) and drive to Uttrakashi (4 hours)
We walk back to Gangotri and board our vehicles to drive to Uttarakashi. Over night stay at Hotel in Uttrakashi.
Day8 :Drive Uttarakashi-Rishikesh
We drive back to Rishikesh. (6-7 hours). We stop for lunch enroute. On arrival in Rishikesh trip concludes.