Gaumukh Tapovan

Uttarakhand      |      7 Days      |      May-June & Sept-Oct      |      Moderate To Difficult

Gomukh, also known as "Gaumukh", is the terminus or snout of the Gangotri Glacier and the source of the Bhagirathi River, one of the primary headstreams of the Ganges River. The place is situated at a height of 13,200 ft (4,023 m) in Uttarkashi district in the state of Uttarakhand, India.

Gomukh is mentioned in the Puranas. It is said there that searching a lost sheep a shepherd boy reached near a glacier in Gangotri, the snout of which exactly looked like the mouth of a cow, and thus it got its name 'Gomukh'. From then many saints, holy travelers, as well as religious people went there to worship the place.

In Honour to the great saint Tapovan Maharaj this area was named as Tapovan. He authored two books on his travels through the Himalayas: "Wanderings in the Himalayas" (Himagiri Viharam) and "Kailasa Yatra." Tapovan Maharaj exhibited a deep love for nature and his accounts of his travels demonstrate such.[citation needed] His autobiography, written in Sanskrit is titled "Ishvara Darshana". After observance of rites and rituals following the Master's last earthly breath (1957), Shri Swami Tapovan Maharaj's body was interred into the holy Ganga by a procession of Sadhus. Reach Escapades Travels on your own and we take care of your all needs for a memorable trip.


Day 1 : Dehradoon to Uttarkashi to Gangotri

We will start early from Dehradun at 6:30 a.m. to Gangotri, which will be around 258km and 10hrs drive approx. After reaching here, check into the Guest House/Hotel. Have some rest. Evening can be utilized to explore the local market, temples, etc.

Stay overnight at the pre-arranged accommodation in Gangotri.
Day 2 : Acclimatisation in Gangotri

After driving up to 10000ft the last day, we will take a day off in Gangotri to acclimatise.

While doing that, you can take the advantage of being in Gangotri, one of the four Char Dhams. The Gangotri temple is the biggest temple which was built in the 18th century. Apart from that you can visit the BhagirathShila, a holy rock where King Bhagirath worshipped lord Shiva and PandavaGufa where Pandavas were rested.
Day 3 : Gangotri to Chirbassa
Post breakfast we will move toward Chirbassa which will be gradual ascents but it will be easy 4-5 hours trek. You will get to see Sudarshan Parbat (21,345ft) & Bhagirathi Sister peaks, Bhagirathi I, II and III ( 6856 m, 6512 m, & 6454 m respectively) today.
Day 4 : Chirbassa to Bhojwasa
This will be the easiest 2-3 hours trek having gradual ascent. The trail widens up now with more closer views of the Bhagirathi peaks. You will across some landslide sections easier to walk upon. After the trek, you will find a plain terrain where tents will be laid for you, that is Bhojwassa.
Day 5 : Bhojwasa - Tapovan - Bhojwasa via Gomukh
Early in the Morning enjoy the panoramic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. After breakfast trek to Gomukh (3890mt), the source of the Ganges. The trek from Gomukh to Tapovan is ascent steep, and as we climb, the view of the surrounding peaks becomes clearer. Tapovan known for its beautiful meadows that encircle the base camp of the Shivling peak, Tapovan is a very pleasant surprised spot with a large meadow complete with bubbling streams, wildflowers, and campsites. Herds of Bharal (blue mountain goats) are a common sight from here on mountain ridges. Head back to Bhojwasa. Today we will cover 18km, which might take 10-12hrs approx.
Day 6 : Bhojwasa to Gangotri
After breakfast get ready to trek down to Gangotri. The descent is easy and one can reach Gangotri well before afternoon (14km, 6-7hrs approx.). We can use this day to visit the holy town of Gangotri which is one of the most famous and sacred destinations for Hindus, all over the world.
Day 7 : Depart from Gangotri and reach Dehradun
Leave from Gangotri in the morning and reach Dehradun till evening (8hrs drive).

Basic Trekking Gears :

  Backpack (50-60 Litres) with raincover
  Daypack (20 litres)
  Trekking Pole / Walking Stick
  2 x 1 litre water bottle
  Personal medicine kit (as advised by your Doctor)
  3 quick dry full sleeves T-Shirts, 1 half sleeve fleece T-Shirt
  3 Trek Pants
  Down Jacket, fleece gloves
  High ankle trekking shoe with good grip
  Accessories- Sunglass, Cap, 2 pair of shocks, Quick dry towel (small size)
  Toiletries- Sunscreen (SPF 40+), Moisturiser, Hand Sanitizer, Zip lock bags, toothpaste, toothbrush


1 Best time to do Gaumukh & Tapovan?
May to June & September to October is a best time to visit Valley.
2 Can a beginner join this trek?
This trek is recommended for trekkers having prior trekking experience.
3 Where will we pick you up?
Dehradoon Railway Station. The cost of transportation is not included in the package, and to be paid extra.
4 How to Reach?

By Air :- Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 48 km from the Haridwar. There is a daily flight from Delhi for Dehradun.

By Train:- An excellent rail network connects Dehradoon to other important cities like Delhi, Mussoorie, Mumbai, Varanasi, Lucknow, and Kolkata.

By Bus:- There are many regular bus services from Delhi to Dehradoon, from Delhi ISBT Kashmere Gate. We would suggest taking only government buses from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Usually, buses drop you at Dehradoon ISBT. From there you have to come to Haridwar Railway Station

5 Cancellation Policy?

Cancellation prior 30 days from date of journey – 75% refund.

Cancellation between 30 to 21 days from date of journey – 50% refund.

Cancellation between 21 to 14 days from date of journey – 25% refund.

Cancellation less than 14 days from date of journey – non refundable.

Price per person:

Rs. 10500/-

(Gangotri to Gangotri)

Package Inclusion:

   All Accommodation in Lodges/HomeStay/Camps on sharing basis
   Trekking with Experienced Guide
   All meals (Veg and Egg) on trek
   All Permits
   All Taxes

Package Exclusion:

   Transportation to & from Gangotri
   Any personal/food, mineral water/stay expenses
   Meals in Journey
   Mules/Porter charges
   Expenses of any extra day(s), if occurred
   Anything not mentioned in Inclusions