Gaumukh Tapovan Trek

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English, HIndi

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The Gaumukh Tapovan Trek stands as an awe-inspiring expedition, delving into the heart of the Indian Himalayas. Nestled in Uttarakhand’s Garhwal region, this trek boasts remarkable natural beauty and deep spiritual significance. Commencing from Gangotri, one of the revered Char Dham sites, the trail traces the Bhagirathi River to its source at Gaumukh, the origin of the sacred Ganges River. The journey then ascends to Tapovan, a high-altitude meadow encircled by towering peaks, including the majestic Shivling. Encompassing pristine alpine panoramas, crystalline glacier-fed streams, and a glimpse of the rituals and spirituality of local Sadhus, the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek offers a holistic odyssey. Beyond a physical escapade, it embarks on a spiritual and cultural passage, etching an enduring impression on every sojourner.


  • The Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is a stunning trek in the Indian Himalayas, known for its spiritual significance and breathtaking natural beauty. Here are some highlights of this trek:
  • 1. Spiritual Significance: Gaumukh, the source of the holy river Ganges, is a sacred site for Hindus. Pilgrims trek to this place to witness the origin of the Ganges River, making it a spiritually enriching experience.
  • 2. Spectacular Glacier: Gaumukh means "the mouth of a cow" in Hindi, and the glacier resembles a cow's mouth. This massive glacier is one of the primary attractions of the trek and provides a unique and surreal sight.
  • 3. Tapovan Meadow: After visiting Gaumukh, the trek takes you to Tapovan, a high-altitude meadow surrounded by towering peaks. It's an excellent location for camping and offers stunning views of peaks like Shivling, Bhagirathi, and Meru.
  • 4. Close Encounters with Peaks: The trek offers the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the most famous peaks in the Garhwal region, including the stunning Shivling Peak, which is considered sacred.
  • 5. Varied Terrain: The trail takes you through diverse landscapes, including lush forests, rocky paths, and alpine meadows. This variety in terrain adds to the trek's appeal.
  • 6. Flora and Fauna: The trek passes through rich biodiversity zones, and you can spot various species of birds, plants, and maybe even some Himalayan wildlife, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts.
  • 7. Challenging Yet Accessible: The Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is considered moderately difficult, making it accessible to trekkers with a reasonable level of fitness. However, the high altitude does require acclimatization.
  • 8. Pristine Environment: The area around Gaumukh and Tapovan is relatively untouched and pristine, offering a serene and tranquil environment for trekkers seeking solitude.
  • 9. Photography Paradise: The trek provides endless opportunities for photography, with its magnificent landscapes, glacial formations, and breathtaking mountain vistas.
  • 10. Camping Under the Stars: Spending nights in campsites in Tapovan or other scenic spots along the way offers the chance to stargaze in a remote and pollution-free environment.
  • 11. Cultural Interaction: Interact with local villagers and experience the unique culture of the Garhwali people. You may also come across Sadhus (Hindu holy men) on their spiritual journeys.
  • 12. Sense of Achievement: Completing the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is not just about witnessing natural beauty; it's also about the sense of accomplishment that comes from conquering high-altitude terrain.


  • Accomodation : Stay included from Day 1 to Day 7. Homestays and tents are included on sharing basis.
  • Meals : All meals after reporting at the base village Gangotri are included.
  • Camping charges : All camping gears are included.
  • Safety : A medical kit, oxygen cylinder and necessary items to counter worst case scenario.
  • Staff : A well trained and experienced Guide, Co-guide(if necessary) and certified trek leader are included.
  • Permit : All the forest permission and entry permit are included.
  • Transportation : No transportation from Dehradun to Gangotri and vice versa.
  • Any meals on road journeys.
  • Personal hiking gears.
  • Separate room for couples(charges apply if booked prior).
  • Porter or mules for carrying personal language's.
  • Any personal expenses on shops/Dhaba's.
  • Any Transportation.
  • Any cost for unscheduled stay/departure out of the itinerary due to bad weather conditions, strike, govt ban, natural calamities, medical emergencies.


Drive 240 kms, 8/9 hrs from Dehradun and reach Gangotri. Reach by evening, tea and snacks will be there followed by dinner. Overnight stay at Homestay on sharing basis.
Altitude : 3,100m/10,200ft

Meals: Evening - Tea & Pakodi, soup - Tomato, Dinner - Malka Dal Rice Roti Paneer achar papad, sweet - Gajar ka halwa

As you gain sudden altitude at 3,100m today is rest and acclimatisation day at Gangotri. After breakfast visit Pandav gufa, Gauri and Surya kund. Lunch at Homestay, after that you can
visit to the Gangotri Temple and hop for shopping if you need anything for the trek. We may have a acclimatisation walk on the KedarTaal route.
Altitude : 3,100m/10,200ft

Meals: Breakfast - Coffee/Tea milk cornflakes bread butter jam, Lunch - Pulao achar salad papad, Evening - tea & pop corn, Soup - veg knorr,Dinner - Lauki+chana dal rice roti bengan varta papad, sweet - Sewai

After breakfast start trek for Chirbasa through Gangotri National Park. 9 kms, 5/6 hrs. Moderate class uphill ascent. Hot lunch at campsite. Acclimatisation walk brfore evening, then evening tea and snacks followed by dinner. Overnight stay at tents.
Altitude : 11,680ft

Meals: Breakfast - Coffee/Tea Poha Suji halwa, Lunch - Curry rice salad achar papad , Evening - tea & kachri, Soup - knorr soup, Dinner - Moong dal rice roti gobi papad, sweet - jalebi

A easy day of trek. We can start late after breakfast. 5 kms, 3/4 hrs. Moderate level ascent. Hot lunch at campsite. Acclimatisation walk before evening, then evening tea snacks
followed by dinner. Overnight stay at Tents.
Altitude : 12,435ft

Meals: Breakfast - Coffee/Tea Chole Bhature egg bhurji, Lunch - Dal rice achar salad papad, Evening - tea & snacks, Soup - veg soup, Dinner - Kali Dal rice roti nuti+aloo, sweet - gulab jamun

A challenging day of the trek. Start early after breakfast. 12.5 kms, 7/8 hrs. Tricky boulder terrain, limited water source. Hot/Pack lunch. Evening refreshment at campsite followed
by dinner. Overnight stay at tents.
Altitude : Gaumukh-13,452ft Tapovan-14,600ft

Melas: Breakfast - Coffee/Tea Pan cake besan chilla ketchup honey, Lunch - Jeera rice nuti+aloo fry salad appy biscuit, Evening - Tea & matri, Dinner - Rajma dal rice roti gobi+aloo papad,sweet - local dish

Descend down by moraine zone till Gaumukh and further to Chirbasa. 12 kms, 6/7 hrs. Hot/Packed lunch. Overnight stay at tents.
Altitude : 11,600ft

Meals: Breakfast - Tea/Coffee aloo paratha achar ketchup, Lunch - Methi Paratha aloo dum salad, Evening - Tea & Maggie, Dinner - Dal rice roti seasonal veg
sweet - fruit custard

Descend down from Chirbasa to Gangotri, 9 kms, 4/5 hrs. Reach Gangotri and overnight stay at Homestay.

Meals : Breakfast-Coffee/Tea, Porridge, Ukama , Pack lunch (roti & allu jira)
Evening Tea & snakes , Dinner -Dal rice roti sabji & sweet

After a morning breakfast your trip ends. Drive back to Dehradun. You will reach Dehradun by evening, book tickets and accomodation accordingly.

Meals: Breakfast - Coffee/Tea Puri aloo jhol.

everyday dal veg sweet will change

menu is subject to market availability may slightly change



Frequently asked questions

The Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is a famous trek in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, leading to the source of the Ganges River, known as Gaumukh, and the beautiful meadows of Tapovan in the Garhwal Himalayas.

The trek typically takes around 8 to 10 days to complete, including travel to and from the trek's starting point.

The best time for this trek is during the late spring (May to June) and post-monsoon (September to October) seasons when the weather is generally stable and the views are spectacular.

This trek is considered moderately difficult and is best suited for trekkers with some prior experience due to its high altitudes and challenging terrain.

The trek usually starts from the town of Gangotri, which is well-connected by road to major cities in Uttarakhand.

Yes, permits are required to enter the Gangotri National Park, where the trek is located. You can obtain these permits in Gangotri or Rishikesh.

The highest point of the trek is Tapovan, which is situated at an altitude of approximately 14,200 feet (4,328 meters) above sea level.

While it's not mandatory to hire a guide, having an experienced local guide is recommended, especially for those who are not familiar with the area. Guides can provide valuable insights and ensure your safety.

Pack essential trekking gear, warm clothing, sturdy trekking shoes, a good quality backpack, a rain jacket, a first aid kit, a water bottle, and high-energy snacks. Consult with your trekking company or guide for a detailed packing list.

The trek is generally safe, but it's essential to be well-prepared and informed about the terrain, weather, and altitude-related risks. Acclimatization is crucial, and following safety guidelines is recommended.

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