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Gangotri Nandanvan Tapovan Trek

Region: Garhwal Himalayas
Base: Rishikesh
Main Attractions: Shivling, Sudarshana And Thelu Peaks

Gangotri Nandanvan Tapovan Trek

The scenically stunning trek commences in Gangotri, the second of the major shrines in the Garhwal Himalaya. Up to Gaumukh, the present source of the Bhagirathi (Ganga) River, the mouth of the Gangotri Glacier where blocks of glacier ice fall into the river and pilgrims cleanse themselves in freezing water, the route follows well defined trail. Beyond Gaumukh (3,969 m) the trek gets much more demanding as we enter an amphitheatre of 6,500-7,000 m peaks which include Satopanth (7,084 m), Basuki (6,792 m), Kedar Dome and the prominent trio of Bhagirathi I (6,856m), II and III. The views are breathtaking, among which that of Shivling (6,543 m), the Matternhorn of the Himalaya, one of the most spectacular peaks in the entire Himalaya, accompany you along the trek across moraine to a meadow at Tapovan, crossing across the glacier to Nandanvan (4,400m), and on to Vasukital.

DAY 01-Arrive Delhi:
Arrive Delhi and transfer to the Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 02- Delhi – Haridwar
In the morning after breakfast drive to Haridwar. Lunch enroute at Chetal Grand khatouli. Upon arrival at Haridwar met our representative and transfer to the hotel. Evening visit the Har-ki-Peri for the ceromany of Ganga Aarti.After that Back to hotel for relax and overnight stay.

DAY 03
-Haridwar - Gangotri (3048 M/10000 ft)
Morning after breakfast drive 245 kms to reach the Gangotri via Uttarkashi and a beautiful valley Harsil. Enroute take a holy dip in Gangnani hot water springs. Arrive at Gangotri by evening. Check in to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 04- Gangotri
The day is for relax and acclimatization. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 05- Gangotri (3048 mts/10000 ft) - Bhojbssa (3792 mts/12440 ft) 13 kms trek/5-6 hrs)
Morning after breakfast we commands our trek further to Bhojbasa via Chirbasa (3600mt). From Gangotri we move along the beaten track towards chirbasa, which is on tree line. The entire trek today is along the roaring bhagirathi river.

Beyond chirbasa the terrain becomes really desolate and barren. In fact, it has been referred to as Artic Tundra by many trekkers. From chirbasa we trek further to Bhoibasa, the entire trail passes through dense forest, Arrive Bhojbasa, there is a small temple and a potential campsite near down the river. We make our camp near river side. Afternoon free to explore the area and to enjoy excellent sunset on Bhagirathi group of peaks. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 06- Bhojbasa - Gomukh (3890 mts/12760 ft) - Tapovan (4463 mts / 14640 ft)
Early in the Morning enjoy the panoramic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. After breakfast trek to Gomukh (3890mt), the source of the Ganges. Gomukh is where the water of Ganga trickles down from the glaciers. The sages called it 'Gomukh', because in the distant past, it probably appeared like a cow's mouth. Explore the area and trek to Tapovan, one of the finest high altitude alpine meadows in the area. The trek from Gomukh to Tapovan is ascent steep, and as we climb, the view of the surrounding peaks becomes clearer. The appear to be just a stone's throw away. 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) is a common sight from here on mountain ridges. On the far side of the glacier the Bhagarithi I, II, III (6454mt), provide an equally impressive backdrop. It is also the little wonder where Sadhus and saints choose this spot for extended meditation during the long summer month. Arrive Tapovan and camp. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.

DAY 07-Tapovan (4463 mts / 14640 ft)
Free to acclimatize, relax and enjoy the magnificent snow clapped peaks, flora & Fauna and mountain landscape. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

DAY 08- Tapovan - Nandanvan (Trek 4-5 hrs)

We trace back to Nandan van via Gomukh glacier. The route from Tapovan leads from the upper section of the meadow till down and onto the glacier. From Gomukh turn towards Nandanvan (4340m) and steering on right one will be on top of the Gangotri glacier. The glacier runs between two ranges and the landslides make a layer of rocky moraine on the ice which makes the walking easier. The glacier walk is very slippery and a slight lack of concentration would be dangerous. Huge crevasses gaped here and there. After a walking for about a kilometer there is a vertical ascent. Big rocks enroute offer grips and foot - holds but many of them are deceptive too. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

DAY 09 Nandanvan - Bhojwassa (Trek 4-5 hrs)

Early morning enjoy the sunrise on high peaks. After breakfast trek down to Bhojbasa. Arrive Bhojbasa and camp. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Day 10- Bhojbasa - Gangotri (Trek 4-5 hrs) – Uttarkashi
Morning after breakfast trek down to Gangotri, where our car will be waiting for us. Then drive to Uttarkashi. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Day 11- Uttarkashi – Haridwar (170 kms/5 hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive to Haridwar. On arrival check in to hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 12- Haridwar – Delhi
In the morning half day sight seeing at Haridwar including Mansa Devi & Chandi Devi. After lunch depart for Delhi. Arrival at Delhi by evening. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 13- Delhi Depart
In the morning half day sight seeing at Delhi. Evening transfer to airport to catch your onwards flight.

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