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Gangotri Nandanvan Trek

9 Nights - 10 Days

Inclusions

  • star hotel Accommodation
  • transport Transfer
  • meal Meals
  • sightseeing Sightseeing
Trek LocationArea
:   Garhwal Himalayas
Trek DurationDuration
:   10 Days (4 days travel/6 days trekking)
Trek SeasonBest Season
:   May - October
Trek SeasonGrade On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding.
:   Moderate
AltitudeAltitude
:   5200 mts mts
Trekking DistanceTotal Trekking
:   70 K.M

About Gangotri Nandanvan Tapovan Trek

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.

Gangotri Nandanvan Tapovan Trekking Tour Highlights

  • Stop by Gangotri Temple and seek the blessings of goddess Ganga.
  • Pass through the Gaumukh Glacier, primary sources of the Ganges, which is one of the largest rive in Himalaya.
  • Witness the high Himalayan peaks like Mt. Shivling, Bhagirathi groups of Peak and many more.
  • Chances to see Ibex/Blue Sheep

Best Time to Visit

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.

Where is the Nandanvan Tapovan?

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.

Gangotri Nandanvan Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day 01

Delhi – Haridwar - Rishikesh

Other Benfits (On Arrival)
  • meal Breakfast
  • transport Transfers
  • star hotel Stay Included

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.

Day 02

Rishikesh – Uttarkashi (195 kms (5-6 hrs)

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.

Day 03

Uttarkashi - Gangotri (3048 metres / 10000 feet)

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.

Day 04

Gangotri - Bhojwassa (3792 metres/12440 feet) (14 kms trek/5-6 hrs)

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.

Day 05

Bhojwassa - Gomukh (3890 mts/12760 ft) - Tapovan (4463 mts /14640 ft)

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.

Day 06

Tapovan (4463 metres / 14640 feet)

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.

Day 07

Tapovan - Nandanvan (Trek 4 to 5 hours)

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.

Day 08

Nandanvan - Bhojwassa (Trek 4 to5 hrs)

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.

Day 09

Bhojwassa - Gangotri (Trek 4to5 hrs) - Uttarkashi

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.

Day 10

Uttarkashi - Haridwar (195 kms/5 hours) - Delhi

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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