Area: Garhwal Himalayas
Duration: 07 Days (4 day travel/3 days trekking)
Best Season: May - October
Altitude: 3890 mts
Total Trekking: 38 K.M
For some a spiritual trip, while for others a dose of adventure, the trek to Gomukh is sublime one. A famed trek of the Uttrakhand region, the trail are dramatic, where civilisation in not possible, impeccable natural scenery and wilderness. To encompass the beauty of this trek, one needs approximately seven days and take tourists to some of the most sacred sites in India namely Haridwar, Rishikesh, Gangotri, Gomukh, to name a few.
This incredible trek commences from Gangotri, a prominent Hindu pilgrimage destination and notable for being one of the Char Dham sites. The shrine, dedicated to Goddess Ganga, is located on the bank of the gurgling river Bhagirathi and is a major attraction. The divine journey turns bit adventurous as one continues to head towards Gaumukh at 3890 metres, the source of River Bhagirathi that joins the River Alaknanda at Devprayag. The trek from Gangotri to Gaumukh, which is approximately 19 kilometers trek, is one of the popular and spiritual treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region. The journey continues to follow the course of River Bhagirathi, cutting and running through the thick cedar and pine forest. Further, it embarks upon a beautiful alpine meadow that is dotted and patched with several wild and colourful orchids. The rewarding view of the Gangotri group of peaks and Jogin peak and stretch of Himalayan range that forms a silver cascade makes the entire strenuous trek a walk to paradise.
The Gangotri to Gomukh trek, which is one of the moderate treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region, starts from Gangotri and leads to Bhojwassa. Gangotri is easily accessible by road from Rishikesh via Uttarkashi and Harsil. The trek from Gangotri to Bhojwassa passes through the lush green bed of Chirbasa and expunges to a barren and desolate landscape till it blends once again with the thick pine and cedar forest. From Bhojwassa, the trail continues to ascend towards Gomukh, where the water of River Bhagirathi trickles down from the glacier. Herds of Bharal (blue mountain goats) are a common sight from here on mountain ridges. On the far side of the glacier the Bhagirathi I, II, III at 6454 metres, provide an equally impressive backdrop. The downhill trek from Gomukh follows the same route to Gangotri.
May, June, September and October
Summer (May, June) : Weather remains salubrious, mild and pleasing during the day time while the nights are relatively chilly in comparison.
Autumn (September, October) : Perhaps the best time to go for trekking as this is when there is an onset of snowfall and landscapes starts looking picturesque. If planning to visit during the autumn season, one should do booking in advance as there are very less accommodation options.
One of the primary sources of Bhagirathi River, Gomukh is a snout of the Gangotri Glacier at an elevation of 13,200 ft in Uttarkashi district, Uttrakhand. With an estimated volume of 27 cubic kilometers, the glacier is one of its kind and largest in Himalaya. Besides being a favourite haunt for the trekkers, the glacier carries a vast mythological significance the traces of the same can be read in the tales of the Sanskrit epics. Shape of the snout looks like a mouth of the cow, and that is the reason its called 'Gomukh.' Sages from different corners of the world make their way to Gomukh to attain enlightenment.
Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, 250 km from Gangotri, is the closest airport. Else, you can avail chopper service from Dehradun to reach Gangotri
Nearest Railway Station: Haridwar Railway Station, 288 km from Gangotri, is the nearest railway station.
By Roadways: Gangotri is well connected with all the neighbouring towns like Rishikesh (234 km), Delhi (471 km), Uttarkashi (93 km), Haridwar (259 km), Devprayag (227 km), Rudraprayag (256 km), Badrinath (411 km), Barkot (158 km) and Joshimath (368 km).
At 06:05 AM, board an early morning air conditioner train to Haridwar. Upon arrival at Haridwar Railway Station, you will be transferred to Rishikesh hotel for overnight stay and dinner.
Early morning, after breakfast, embark on a drive to Uttarkashi via Chamba. During the journey, you can enjoy the stunning view of Garhwal peaks. Evening and overnight stay at Uttarkashi hotel.
Embark on an early morning drive to Gangotri via Harsil Valley, which is known for many sightseeing options like Sat Tal and Wilson Cottage. During the journey, you will visit the hot springs of Gangnani. Upon arrival at Gangotri, you will be transferred to a hotel for overnight stay and dinner.
Dig up in an early morning breakfast and start trekking uphill towards Bhojwassa, along the Bhagirathi River. During the journey, you will across the superb view of the stunning peaks like Hanuman Tibba (17,186 ft/5366m), Bhrigu Parbat (19,217 ft/6000m), Bhagirathi I, II and III (21,958 ft/6856m, 20,857 ft/6512m, and 20,671 ft/6454m respectively). Dinner and overnight stay in tents at Bhojwassa.
Start your day with a beautiful smile and view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. After breakfast, start trekking to Gomukh, snout of the Gangotri Glacier. Explore Gomukh and then trek back to Bhojwassa for overnight stay and dinner.
Post breakfast, start trekking to Uttarkashi via Gangotri. Upon arrival in Uttarkashi, you will embark on a drive to Uttarkashi for an overnight stay and dinner.
Start your day with an early morning breakfast and embark on a drive to Haridwar. Upon arrival in Haridwar, you will be transferred to the railway station to board a train to New Delhi by 11:45 PM.
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You should book Gangotri Gomukh Trek well in advance (at least 2 month prior) advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare well for the trek.
There shall be pony/porter that will carry your backpack while on trek; you only need to carry small knapsack.
Once you book your trek with us we will give you a list of things to carry and the total weight should not cross 12 Kgs.
Our pick up and drop point for Gangotri Gomukh Trek is New Delhi train station at platform no. 16. We will send you the train ticket and you can board train from there to Haridwar. At Haridwar our guide will pick you from train station and then from there your tour will start.
We have an experienced trekking guide who leads the trek.
Our group size is minimum 2 people and maximum 18 people with mix of men and women.
Gangotri Gomukh Trek is a moderate trek with a maximum altitude of 12760ft (3890m) minimum age required is 10 years.
In the month of May & June the temperature during the trek can go as low as 2 Degree Celsius during the night and September – Mid October also in minus by night and morning which will further decrease the temperature.
We plan our treks in such a way that after 6-8 hours of trekking we reach next camp in between 14:00 – 15:00 hrs time and normally trek a distance of 10-15 Kms a day.
One can do Gangotri Gaumukh Trek during the month of July and August but be prepared that there will be chances for rain and road blocks. If road gets closed due to the landslide, BRO normally remove the debris once the rain stops.
If we have to extend the trek because of the reasons which is beyond our control then additional charges will be applied for hotel stay and food.
Diamox is indeed helpful when you have little time for acclimatization but we strongly advise to consult the doctor before taking Diamox.
Safety is of prime importance for us that is why the tours are managed by us personally and not by a third party. Thus, we assure that the trek is absolutely safe even for solo female trekkers, who can join us for fixed departure treks.
Good trekking shoes with ankle support are must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua Forlclaz 500 is good shoes with value for money.
Himalayan stream water is safe to drink as well as for cooking but we also have water filters, and chlorine tablets in case of an emergency.
Most of the Himalayan roads towards the trek are in bad shape, so vehicle with high ground clearance like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller etc are used for transportation.
We guarantee that even if that there will be only one trekker, we will head out on that particular date.
Our trek leaders are certified mountaineers with knowledge of first aid in wilderness and they carry necessary first aid kit. At each camp they asses your condition and can take relevant and prompt action in case a rescue is required. Please note in the case of a rescue, all the additional cost will be borne by the trekker.
Register for the trek on the website and we shall send the details about the booking procedure.
I'm back home. I would like to thank you and Tour My India for the great service.
The trip was really good and all your staff were really efficient and very kind to me.
In the next day's I'll gather and send you some photographs of the trek.
Best wishes .
Elena Tomei (Italy)
Thanks for the wonderful trip.
We had a great time last week during the Gangotri - Gomukh - Tapovan trek.
You entire staff was extremely courteous and polite and took great care of us during the entire trek.
Looking forward to doing some more treks with Peak Adventures in future.
Sheetal and Shailesh Sapale
Just a few words to thank you all guys at "Tour My in India" for the perfect organization of my "Gomukh Tapovan Trek".
Everything worked fine and a special thank is for your excellent team and the two Nepali porters: everybody has been very helpful a responsible.
I hope to find the time to do another trek with you soon.
Luigi Ariemma (Italy)