Overview of the Gomukh Tapovan Trek

The Gomukh Tapovan Trek is a great option for trekkers who want thrills and excitement around every corner. Centered around the Gomukh Glacier, which resembles the mouth of a cow, explorers can witness the high-altitude mountain peaks of the Gangotri Group, which include Shivling, Thalay Sagar, Meru and Bhagirathi III. Besides the chance to immerse yourself in the breathtaking icy environment, the glacier is also an important Hindu pilgrimage site. Swimming in the waters here is considered both a rare opportunity and sacred ritual.

Tapovan sits at the foothills of the Shivling Peak and is widely regarded as a challenging trekking route. At its tallest point, it reaches 14,640 feet above sea level and is thronged by the sadhus and yogis. The Gomukh Tapovan Trek leads explorers through pristinely untouched areas in the region. You’ll have the chance to be surrounded by native beauty throughout the trek, including seeing the glimmering Bhagirathi sisters from Bhojbasa.

As far as the hikes are concerned, the trails are generally comprised of steady inclines and level walks. After trekking for roughly 20 to 30 minutes, adventurers will see a makeshift bridge over a rushing ancient stream. You’ll be able to see views of the Bhagirathi crest from Chirbasa and the mouth of the famous Gomukh glacier.

Trekking along the Gomukh Tapovan trail is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

About the Trek

The Gomukh Tapovan trek takes explorers through the Gomukh glacier region. The glacier is one of the main sources of water for the Ganges river. While you make your way to the mountain’s peak, you’ll see sacred pilgrimage sites, ancient caves and local huts at Tapovan. Your unforgettable journey begins at Rishikesh.

From Uttarkashi, on the way to Gangotri, explorers will travel along the holy rivers that pass through the area as well as see the rich native landscape. You’ll see the impressive Bhojwassa as you follow these well-traveled routes. You’ll climb up steep trekking trails which will drop you off onto high-altitude, velvety meadows. At these towering heights, you’ll have a fantastic view of the Himalayan mountain ranges that spread out across the horizon. Stunning views include the Bhagirathi group of mountain peaks.

As you make your way to Gomukh and Tapovan, you’ll see native species of wildlife and foliage that grow here. The Gomukh Tapovan trek will leave a lasting impression on explorers for years to come.

Gomukh Tapovan Trek Highlights

  • Explorers will have the opportunity to camp at high-altitude summits under a clear night sky. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy a small bonfire with friends- both new and old.
  • See the rare species of flowers and wildlife that thrive in the region.
  • Witness the majestic Bhagirathi peaks from Chirbasa and see the mouth of the Gomukh glacier in the distance.
  • Trek through Chota Jhandidar and Bada Jhandidar.
  • View the snow-capped mountains and low-lying valleys in the distance.
  • Trek to Bhojwassa, which is considered to be a barren region when compared to the Arctic Tundra.

Day 01 - Haridwar to Uttarkashi (1158 meters)

Explorers will arrive in Haridwar early in the morning. After a delicious breakfast, they will drive to Uttarkashi, along a gorgeous ridge road through the Devdar and Dhanolti groves and the banks of the Bhagirathi river. This scenic trip leads explorers to the holy town of Uttarkashi, a famous pilgrimage destination for those heading to Gangotri, as well as an important location for yogis and sadhus. Here, you will check into a guesthouse.

Day 02 - Uttarkashi to Gangotri (3048 meters)

Trekking/driving time: 4 hours, 80 km
After a nutritious breakfast, explorers will drive 4 to 5 hours to Gangotri. Nestled in the northwestern Himalayas, Gangotri is considered to be one of the 4 holy dhams, or pilgrimage sites, of the north. In fact, the holy Ganga is believed to have come down to earth at Gangotri. Trekkers will then travel across the highest bridge in Asia, the Bhaironghati. It was built across one of the deepest gorges in the world and connects Gangotri to the rest of the world. Spend the night in a guesthouse.

Day 03 - Gangotri to Chirbasa (3606 meters)

Trekking/driving time: 4 hours, 9 km
Today, explorers will trek above the Bhagirathi river on their way to Chirbasa. This trek offers very little shade along the way. Adventurers will camp overnight in a small, forested area next to the river.

Day 04 - Chirbasa to Gomukh (3892 meters)

Trekking/driving time: 4 hours, 9 km
The day is spent hiking along the River Ganga. This leisurely walk offers magnificent views of Mt. Shivling as well as the Bhagirathi peaks. Bhojbasa provides memorable views of the surrounding mountains. Camp overnight in Gomukh.

Day 05 - Gomukh to Tapovan (4463 meters)

Trekking/driving time: 3 hours, 5 km
Trek up and across the Gangotri glacier, taking your time climbing over boulders and ascend up a 300-meter vertical wall. Tapovan is a vast, high-altitude grassy meadow that boasts spectacular views of Mt. Shivling (6543m), Mt. Meru (6630m), Kedar Dome (6808m), Sudarshan (6507m), and Bhagirathi I, II and III. Camp overnight in Tapovan.

Day 06 - Tapovan/Rest Day

Today, trekkers will visit the Shimla baba, a local holyman, and spend the rest of the day exploring Tapovan’s beautiful terrain. Tapovan, the base camp for Mt. Shivling, is surrounded by astounding mountain peaks that reach a maximum altitude of 22,000 feet above sea level.

Day 07 - Chirbasa

Trekking/driving time: 5 to 6 hours, 14 km
Begin your descent with a 14 km hike down to Chirbasa. Here, you’ll have the chance to unwind and enjoy the last night of camping in tents alongside the holy Bhagirathi river.

Day 08 - Uttarkashi

Descend back to Gangotri and have “nal darshan” with Swami Sundaranad. Then, explorers will take a 4-hour drive back to Uttarkashi and spend the night in a local guesthouse.

Day 09 - Uttarkashi to Haridwar to Delhi

Early in the morning, explorers will leave Uttarkashi and travel to Haridwar in time to board the Shatabdi train, which will take them back to Delhi by the evening.

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