Area: Garhwal Himalayas
Duration: 10 Days (4 days travel/6 days trekking)
Best Season: May - October
Altitude: 5200 mts
Total Trekking: 70 K.M
The Uttarkashi trek to Tapovan and Nandanvan covers two major spots. The first one is the Gangotri. Cross the glacier to reach Gaumukh and finally leaving Bhagirathi peak by your side reach the place, whose beauty can even cover the excellence of heaven. In the trek route you will have to cover several small snow covered peaks and glaciers. The best thing that you will find in this trek is to see the origin of the Holy Ganga. Throughout the route, you will find several high altitude peaks on either side. Among them, Shivling and Bhagirathi will follow you till end.
Your journey will start from Gangotri. After that you will have to stay at the camp in Bhojwassa. This is the location where the ancient Bhojpatra are available. These are the ancient leafs, used for writing scripts and Puranas. Next you will have to climb through the Gangotri peaks, to find the Gaumukh Glacier. It is situated at the heart of the range. So, there is no other way than to climb it. The giant Bhagirathi peak at the northern side will continue to vigilante you throughout the trek – they will never let you feel alone. Gaumukh is the giant Cow mouth shaped glacier, rewarding the world with forceful River Ganga. Area of the glacier is 24 kilometre in length. In width, it is near to 8 kilometer. The long stretched land is having a distance of only 16 kilometer from Badrinath. It is a part of another trek route.
Journey throughout the trek needs someone experienced for the risk factors. At some areas the trek route becomes so slippery, that it will be risky to climb without a guide. The full land is covered with snow and is ideal to be trekked in the month of April to November. You can face little difficulty in summer, since the snows melt at that time to feed the Ganges. The Shivling will be there with the vertical top beside you, whereas Bhagirathi Peak remains as a giant observer, as you reach the Gaumukh.
The full trek route is having so many folks and myths that at times you will find difficult to correlate them. A guide in that aspect will be essential. If you are experienced in Himalayan treks, then a trek without a guide will do, but to understand the myth, a guide is essential. This is the route that is termed to be one of the four top Pilgrimage Dhams. Myths say that King Bhagirath pledged to Lord Shiva for the rescue of his sons. It was possible only with the holy water of Ganges. Mother Ganges started the journey from the Gaumukh, where from Bhagirath showed her the path to flow. The serene meadows through the Tapovan have been a pilgrimage route, from Gaumukh. Previously Bill Tallman travelled this complete trekking route and discovered numerous trek routes to Kedarnath and Badrinath. Journey through the different phase of topography will really fill your mind with life time photographs, which you cannot hold in your camera.
Best time to travel to Gangotri Nandanvan Tapovan Trek is in summers (May – June) and Post Monsoon (September – October).
Summer: The weather of Gangotri Nandanvan Tapovan Trek remains salubrious and pleasing during summers. The Himalayas are distinctly visible and the cool breeze adds charm to the vacation. Carry woolens with you.
Post Monsoon: Serenity and solitude are at its best during post monsoon at Gangotri Nandanvan Tapovan Trek. The region is blessed with snowfall during winters. But you can see the best of Gangotri Nandanvan Tapovan Trek during post monsoon as it looks like Heaven on earth.
Tapovan (Garhwal region of Himalaya) is a high-altitude alpine meadow below Mt. Shivling, spread over an area of 2 km. This vast ground is not suitable for trekking as the land remains wet throughout the year due to melting snow and glacial water. Earlier, Tapovan was the place where sages used to meditate over centuries. Many such holy men are living permanently at Tapovan.
Seven kilometers trekking from Tapovan will land tourists at Nandanvan camping ground, which is known for offering the view of peaks like Mt. Kedardome (6940 m), Mt. Shivling (6543m), Mt. Meru (6,660 m) and Kirti Bamak Glacier.
By Airways: Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun, 226 km away, is the closest airport. Taxis, private cars, state road transport buses are available from the airport to Gangotri via Rishikesh.
By Rail: Haridwar Railway Station, 285km km away, is the closest railway station. It is well connected major destinations of India.
By Road: Bus and taxis from Rishikesh, Haridwar and Dehradun are easily available to reach Gangotri.
In the morning transfer to Delhi railway station and take an AC train for Haridwar at 06:50 hrs. After arriving in Haridwar meet our guide and transfer to Rishikesh, check into your hotel. Evening time is free for leisure activities. Overnight stay at the hotel.
In the morning after breakfast drive to Uttarkashi via Chamba and Tehri. This 5-6 hours drive will take you through the course of narrow streams of Ganga Valley and later by the Bhagirathi river valley. Reaching here check in to the hotel. Take rest for a while and head for exploring the major attractions of Uttarkashi. Overnight stay at Uttarkashi.
After having breakfast in the morning we will drive 95 kilometer by road to reach the Gangotri through Gangnani hot water spring, Bhairon Ghati and Harsil. By late afternoon we will reach at Gangotri and check into the hotel. In the evening visit the Gangotri temple for Darshan and Aarti ceremony. Dinner and overnight stay.
Today, after taking breakfast in the morning we will direct the trek further to Bhojwassa through Chirbasa (3600 metres). From Gangotri we will go ahead all along the flattened track heading towards Chirbasa, which is an adobe of the Chir trees. The entire trek today is beside the garrulous Bhagirathi River.
Ahead of Chirbasa the landscape becomes really barren. In fact, it is referred as Arctic Tundra by a few trekkers. From Chirbasa we will hike further to Bhojwassa, the on the way of the entire trail we pass through dense forest and reach at Bhojwassa. There is a small temple and a potential campsite situated near down beside the river. We will build our camp near the river side. Afternoon, time is free to explore the nearby region, spectacular surrounds and to take pleasure of incomparable sunset on the Bhagirathi Peak.
Arrangements made for dinner and an overnight stay in tents.
Wake up early in the morning and enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the Bhagirathi group of peaks. After having a wholesome breakfast trek to Gomukh (3890 metres) begins. Gomukh is the source of the Ganges; it is a place where the water of Ganga trickles downwards from the glaciers. The sages called it 'Gomukh', since in the distant ancient times; it possibly appeared like the mouth of a cow. Travel around and explore the region and begin the trail to Tapovan, one of the finest towering altitude alpine meadows with stunning backdrops in the area. The trek from Gomukh to Tapovan is precipitous gradient, and as we climb higher, the view of the surrounding crest becomes much more obvious. Tapovan is known for its stunning and extensive meadows with sparkling streams, and wild flowers. The base camp of the Shivling peak is surrounded by vast meadows and towering peaks. Tapovan is the base camp for various expeditions that includes Bhagirathi peak, Shivling peak, etc.
On the distant side of the glacier the Bhagirathi I, II, III (6454 metres), offer an impressive backdrop that you can sight during the train. It is also a place where saints and Sadhus come for absolute meditation during the summer season. Arrive at Tapovan and set up the camp. Arrangements made for dinner and an overnight stay in camps.
It is said that there is similarity between the Shivling and the Matterhorn peak in the Alps. Foreigners frequently use the name Matterhorn for Shivling.
Marco Pallis wrote of Shivling: Horried looking mountain with a striking resemblance to the Mattherhorn… beautiful alluring, hideously inaccessible.
On this day you are free to accustom yourself, relax and enjoy the fabulous views of the snow covered peaks, fauna, flora, and mountain landscape of the region and capture them in your cameras. Arrangements made for dinner and an overnight stay in the camps.
On this day we will move forward to Nandanvan through the Gomukh glacier. The route from Tapovan passes from the upper section of the meadow till we reach downwards and on the glacier. From Gomukh glacier we will turn towards Nandanvan (4340 metres) and steering on the right one we will be reaching on the Gangotri glacier. The glacier is between the two ranges and the landslides make a stratum of rock-strewn moraine on the ice which perhaps makes the walking a little easier. The glacier hike is slippery and lack of attention would be risky. While on the trail you can see Massive crevasses en route gaped hither and thither. After we walk for about a kilometre there is a vertical ascent. Big rocks en route offer grip and foothold, but scores of them are illusory too. Arrangements made for dinner and an overnight stay in camps.
Wake up early in the morning to take pleasure of the astonishing sunrise on the high peaks in magnetic surrounds. After having breakfast we will trek downwards to Bhojbasa. We will reach Bhojwassa in around 4 to 5 hours and camp. Arrangements made for dinner and an overnight stay in camps.
In the Morning after having wholesome breakfast we will hike downwards to Gangotri, where a car will be waiting for us. From here we will drive back to Uttarkashi. Arrangements made for dinner and an overnight stay in hotel.
In the morning after having breakfast we will drive back to Haridwar. Upon arrival at Haridwar, transfer to train station and from here catch AC train for Delhi at 18:05 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 22:45 hrs.
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You should book Gangotri Nandanvan Tapovan 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 will be pony/porter that will carry your backpack while on trek; you only need to carry your 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 Nandanvan Tapovan 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 4 people and maximum 12 people with mix of men and women.
Gangotri Nandanvan Tapovan Trek is a challenging trek with a maximum altitude of 17060ft (5200m) minimum age required is 18 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.
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 one trekker we will go on that 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.
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