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Gomukh (Cow Mouth) glacier located at the height of 13,200 ft (4,023 m) is one of the favorite haunts for trekkers all across the globe. The trek is not only popular because it’s one of the oldest trekking routes but also considered as one of the holiest places in Hinduism because of the origin of most sacred river Ganges from then snout of Gangotri glacier which is said to look like mouth of cow and in Sanskrit ‘Gou’ means cow and Mukh means mouth and that is the reason it’s called “Gomukh or Gaumukh” and Ganga, the sacred river which emerges from Gomukh is located at Bhagirathi glacier and has many epic, mythological significance and the traces which are mentioned in the tales of the Sanskrit epics, Puranas, Ramayana and the greatest epic Mahabharatha.

It is said that Ganga was the river of Heaven and has to emerge on earth to wash the sin of 60,000 sons of King Sagar which has been cursed by the sage Kapila. King Sagar which has 60,000 sons performed a Yagna, which is called as Ashwamedha for a great horse sacrifice to be believed as whoever performs this yagya will be very powerful. When Indra, the king of Gods came to this news he became so afraid that he will lose his position and stole the horse and cheatingly tied the horse into Sage Kapila’s ashram.

Day 1 : Arrival at Haridwar / Dehradun to Gangotri - (290 Km/241 Km Drive)

On arrival at Haridwar/ Dehradun Airport, you will be picked up by TrekNTale team and will drive to Uttarkashi, the scenic drive will be dramatic with curves and will have a panoramic view of the landscape of foothills of Himalaya to the famous serene of Gangotri which is 95 Km from Uttarkashi. Check in to hotel engraved by TrekNTale team.

Day 2: Gangotri-Chirbasa ( 9 Km Trek)

After early morning breakfast, you will start trekking to Chirbasa. This trail is densely populated with lofty blue pine or chir trees at an altitude of 3,585 meters. After a quick snacks/Lunch, While trekking on your right side you will find majestic Bhagirathi River flowing with a few isolated glaciers on the river that are melting rapidly. The trail mostly has waterfalls and streams and a gentle inclines and makeshift bridge. The valley opens up after crossing the bridge, the valley opens up and turns right. The area is covered with several snow-capped mountain ranges at the right side. Going further about two hours there will be a breathtaking view of the valley with blue pine and silver birch trees. Upon arrival at Chirbasa relax at accommodation engraved by TrekNTales team.

Day 3: Chirbasa to Bhojwasa (5 Km Trek)

After early breakfast starts trekking form Chirbasa for Bhojwas which connects with the Gaumukh trail. As you walk through the silent hills, you will start having a close glimpse of the Bhagirathi peak closer into view. One needs to be careful with falling rocks and avoid resting. The trekking rule is to keep moving as the trail becomes stiff, after about four hours of trekking you will see a bridge with a stream flowing below. Bhojbasa is 1.5 km from this point and is the widest point in the valley. The trek to Bhojbasa is a level walk and panoramic, once you climb about 300 meters you get a vantage point. The entire valley of Bhojbasa is visible from here and a part of the Gaumukh glacier. There is a small temple at Bhojwasa, TrekNTale team will arrange campsite near down the river. After lunch relaxes in your camp and enjoys an excellent sunset view of the Bhagirathi group of peaks. Dinner at night, relax in camp and get ready for next day surprise.

 

Note: TrekNTale team will arrange campsite or alternatively arrange the accommodation at an ashram or GMVN accommodation. At this high altitude, accommodation will be on a shared / dormitory basis and one should not expect luxury. Acute mountain sickness: Bhojbasa is almost 3800m (12450 feet), and one can be prone to acute mountain sickness. Please read about dos and don’t for Acute mountain sickness.

Day 4: Bhojbasa - Gaumukh - Tapovan (10 Km Trek)

After early breakfast at Bhojwasa trek to Gomukh the source of the Ganges. Gradually valley narrows as you move ahead for Gaumukh. There will be a gradual ascent for about 2.5 hours which will make you tired but the first glance of glacier stream and Mt. Shivling on the right will compensate and make it worth walking. Sooner you will reach a rock face and as you cross this bend, you get an unmatched view of Gaumukh. The trail will be full of stones and boulder, watch your feet while walking as you will be mesmerized with the landscape beauty. After about 45 minutes you will reach the vantage point of Gaumukh, which is 500 meters away from the glacier. There is a small open temple of Lord Shiva here, walk ahead and you will have a great view of the Gaumukh glacier. Hindu pilgrim held high esteem for this sacred place as this is the origin of holy river Ganges and devotee do not miss the opportunity for a holy dip in the bone chilling icy water. This 4 days of unbelievable, mesmerizing trekking and finally you are at Gomukh. Mother Ganga in front, the living goddess of India, which cleanses you, loves you and reaches deep within your heart and purify the soul to awaken you. Your legs ache your lungs have been gasping for air but your spirit is high, take in a deep breath, as you are truly touched and connected while hiking to the Source of the Ganges for a life-changing experience and move toward Tapovan Trek.

Day 5: Rest at Tapovan

You will get tired after reaching Tapovan and you will get the chance to rest during the trip. Here you can enjoy the natural beauty, cool air, and greenery around you which will give you mental peace while relaxing. All your fatigue will disappear automatically after reaching Tapovan. Tapovan is such a quiet and beautiful place that one here will get you different happiness. Here you can have a little difficulty in breathing. The view of Shivling, Meru and Bhagirathi Himalayan peaks look very splendid and you will get a feel of a different world. In Tapovan, you can relax in a tent or in a guest house. There are quite cheap and good guest houses available. After eating, you can relax or can enjoy the natural beauty around Tapovan. Here the peaks of the Himalayas look very beautiful among the clouds. Here you can also visit at Mauni Baba Kutiya in which all the walls are made of stones and the ceiling is made of wood. From Nandanvan, you get a spectacular view of peaks like Shivling, Bhagirathi, Kedardome, Thalya Sagar, and Sudarshan. This place also provides the facility of camping in addition to tracking on some peaks like Satopant, Kharkhand, Kalindi Kal, Meru, and Kedar Dome, etc.

Day 6: Tapovan - Bhojawasa - Chirbasa (15 Km Trek)

After taking complete relax, delicious dinners, and restoring full energy you can start trekking the next day. You have to come down very carefully from Tapovan because there is a very fast slope path. From the Bhojwasa, on the left side road leads to the Gomukha. The view of the Bhojwasa camping site is beautiful and viewable. A very gorgeous view attracts the mind. The distance of Bhojwas from Tapovan is about 10 KM. Only a short distance from Bhojwasa, the peak of Shivling Himalaya (6543 meters) starts to appear, which will make you feel very enjoyable. On the way, you will see beautiful and huge pine trees. There is a good arrangement of hot water, hot tea and fresh food for drinking in Bhojwasa. Chirbassa is a wonderful camping place, from where you get a stunning view of the huge Gaumukh Glacier. You can also see the sheep roaming over the hills here. The route from Tapovan to Bhojbasa is around 4 KM which takes around 1 hour to reach here. Also, the route from Bhojwasa to Chirbassa is around 5 KM which will take around 2 hours to reach here. Chirbasa means chirp tree. This place is one of the tourist destinations due to its location at the height. After reaching Chirbasa you can take a rest here and after having dinner you can sleep in the lap of nature.

Day 7: Chirbasa to Harshil - (9 Km Trek + 30 Km Drive)

Drive back to Harsil which is about 25 Km and one hour drive, lunch at hotel engraved by TrekNTale team at Harsil. Rest at a hotel. After resting in Chirbasa, you will realize new energy in your body. In the morning after taking a bath, you can enjoy delicious morning breakfast in which you can smell the pure and natural ingredients. After doing all the packing we will start trail back to Gangotri. The height of the sea level of Chirbasa is about 3600 meters. You can also enjoy the beautiful view of the Gomukh on the banks of river Bhagirathi on the way. You can enjoy the hills, rocky areas and green grasslands throughout the road. You have to take special care that you have to bring back the plastic items you are carrying with you. You have to keep in mind that do not put empty packets, garbage, packets of chips, etc. on the road. The wonderful views, the high mountains, and a very sweet sound of the holy river Ganga give unlimited comfort to everyone's mind. It will only take around one hour to reach Harsil from the Chirbasa. On the way, you can enjoy the high peaks of Gomukha and white sheet of snow all around it. After reaching Harsil you can have lunch at hotel engraved by TrekNTale team. You can take a rest at Harsil in Hotel or you can choose not to put the pillows under the head. After reaching here you can enjoy the views and fresh mountain air. The quiet and uninterrupted flow of Bhagirathi on the chest of the valley rejoices everyone. The entire valley is full of river basins and water bodies. Everywhere milky water waves are breaking the silence of this valley. As well as the beauty of the river waterfalls, the forest of the intricate cedar of this valley is attractive. As far as the sight goes, high trees appear on all sides. Glaciers spread over slopes are also worth seeing. You can take photos here with the group so that you can enjoy these views later also.

Day 8: Harsil to Dehradun Airport/Haridwar Departure

After your hard and tiring journey, you will take a pleasant experience to reach your destination. By coming out of the hotel room in the morning you will have a pleasant feeling of the calm atmosphere which hardly can see you in the city's life. Dehradun is around 216 KM and Haridwar is 268 KM from the Harsil which will take approx 6 to 8 hours to reach there. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. While going back, the euphemism tree, the charming forest of pine, nearby flowing the river Bhagirathi and waterfalls will give you a different peace. In the return, you will come through the Chamba where you can enjoy the unlimited beauty of nature. Is it hardly anybody to leave such a beautiful place? You can also buy mountain goods such as fruits, vegetables, and delicious mountain dishes on the road. On the road, you will be able to have lunch while enjoying the greenery of Uttarakhand. Suvakholi is the place from where the path of Dhanolti is different. After the Mussoorie, a lot of people have their favorite tourist places Dhanaulti. The Dhanolati is about two hours away from Dehradun and at a distance of around one and a half hour from Mussoorie. After reaching your destination you can fly to your cities with the best memories, photos, and wishes of TrekNTales team. As the legends said, every journey has an end.

When and where does the tour end?
Your tour will conclude in San Francisco on Day 8 of the trip. There are no activities planned for this day so you're free to depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to give yourself time to fully experience the wonders of this iconic city!
When and where does the tour start?
Day 1 of this tour is an arrivals day, which gives you a chance to settle into your hotel and explore Los Angeles. The only planned activity for this day is an evening welcome meeting at 7pm, where you can get to know your guides and fellow travellers. Please be aware that the meeting point is subject to change until your final documents are released.
Do you arrange airport transfers?
Airport transfers are not included in the price of this tour, however you can book for an arrival transfer in advance. In this case a tour operator representative will be at the airport to greet you. To arrange this please contact our customer service team once you have a confirmed booking.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival at Haridwar / Dehradun to Gangotri - (290 Km/241 Km Drive)

On arrival at Haridwar/ Dehradun Airport, you will be picked up by TrekNTale team and will drive to Uttarkashi, the scenic drive will be dramatic with curves and will have a panoramic view of the landscape of foothills of Himalaya to the famous serene of Gangotri which is 95 Km from Uttarkashi. Check in to hotel engraved by TrekNTale team.

Day 2: Gangotri-Chirbasa ( 9 Km Trek)

After early morning breakfast, you will start trekking to Chirbasa. This trail is densely populated with lofty blue pine or chir trees at an altitude of 3,585 meters. After a quick snacks/Lunch, While trekking on your right side you will find majestic Bhagirathi River flowing with a few isolated glaciers on the river that are melting rapidly. The trail mostly has waterfalls and streams and a gentle inclines and makeshift bridge. The valley opens up after crossing the bridge, the valley opens up and turns right. The area is covered with several snow-capped mountain ranges at the right side. Going further about two hours there will be a breathtaking view of the valley with blue pine and silver birch trees. Upon arrival at Chirbasa relax at accommodation engraved by TrekNTales team.

Day 3: Chirbasa to Bhojwasa (5 Km Trek)

After early breakfast starts trekking form Chirbasa for Bhojwas which connects with the Gaumukh trail. As you walk through the silent hills, you will start having a close glimpse of the Bhagirathi peak closer into view. One needs to be careful with falling rocks and avoid resting. The trekking rule is to keep moving as the trail becomes stiff, after about four hours of trekking you will see a bridge with a stream flowing below. Bhojbasa is 1.5 km from this point and is the widest point in the valley. The trek to Bhojbasa is a level walk and panoramic, once you climb about 300 meters you get a vantage point. The entire valley of Bhojbasa is visible from here and a part of the Gaumukh glacier. There is a small temple at Bhojwasa, TrekNTale team will arrange campsite near down the river. After lunch relaxes in your camp and enjoys an excellent sunset view of the Bhagirathi group of peaks. Dinner at night, relax in camp and get ready for next day surprise.

Day 4: Bhojbasa - Gaumukh - Tapovan (10 Km Trek)

After early breakfast at Bhojwasa trek to Gomukh the source of the Ganges. Gradually valley narrows as you move ahead for Gaumukh. There will be a gradual ascent for about 2.5 hours which will make you tired but the first glance of glacier stream and Mt. Shivling on the right will compensate and make it worth walking. Sooner you will reach a rock face and as you cross this bend, you get an unmatched view of Gaumukh. The trail will be full of stones and boulder, watch your feet while walking as you will be mesmerized with the landscape beauty. After about 45 minutes you will reach the vantage point of Gaumukh, which is 500 meters away from the glacier. There is a small open temple of Lord Shiva here, walk ahead and you will have a great view of the Gaumukh glacier. Hindu pilgrim held high esteem for this sacred place as this is the origin of holy river Ganges and devotee do not miss the opportunity for a holy dip in the bone chilling icy water. This 4 days of unbelievable, mesmerizing trekking and finally you are at Gomukh. Mother Ganga in front, the living goddess of India, which cleanses you, loves you and reaches deep within your heart and purify the soul to awaken you. Your legs ache your lungs have been gasping for air but your spirit is high, take in a deep breath, as you are truly touched and connected while hiking to the Source of the Ganges for a life-changing experience and move toward Tapovan Trek.

Day 5: Rest at Tapovan

You will get tired after reaching Tapovan and you will get the chance to rest during the trip. Here you can enjoy the natural beauty, cool air, and greenery around you which will give you mental peace while relaxing. All your fatigue will disappear automatically after reaching Tapovan. Tapovan is such a quiet and beautiful place that one here will get you different happiness. Here you can have a little difficulty in breathing. The view of Shivling, Meru and Bhagirathi Himalayan peaks look very splendid and you will get a feel of a different world. In Tapovan, you can relax in a tent or in a guest house. There are quite cheap and good guest houses available. After eating, you can relax or can enjoy the natural beauty around Tapovan. Here the peaks of the Himalayas look very beautiful among the clouds. Here you can also visit at Mauni Baba Kutiya in which all the walls are made of stones and the ceiling is made of wood. From Nandanvan, you get a spectacular view of peaks like Shivling, Bhagirathi, Kedardome, Thalya Sagar, and Sudarshan. This place also provides the facility of camping in addition to tracking on some peaks like Satopant, Kharkhand, Kalindi Kal, Meru, and Kedar Dome, etc.

Day 6: Tapovan - Bhojawasa - Chirbasa (15 Km Trek)

After taking complete relax, delicious dinners, and restoring full energy you can start trekking the next day. You have to come down very carefully from Tapovan because there is a very fast slope path. From the Bhojwasa, on the left side road leads to the Gomukha. The view of the Bhojwasa camping site is beautiful and viewable. A very gorgeous view attracts the mind. The distance of Bhojwas from Tapovan is about 10 KM. Only a short distance from Bhojwasa, the peak of Shivling Himalaya (6543 meters) starts to appear, which will make you feel very enjoyable. On the way, you will see beautiful and huge pine trees. There is a good arrangement of hot water, hot tea and fresh food for drinking in Bhojwasa. Chirbassa is a wonderful camping place, from where you get a stunning view of the huge Gaumukh Glacier. You can also see the sheep roaming over the hills here. The route from Tapovan to Bhojbasa is around 4 KM which takes around 1 hour to reach here. Also, the route from Bhojwasa to Chirbassa is around 5 KM which will take around 2 hours to reach here. Chirbasa means chirp tree. This place is one of the tourist destinations due to its location at the height. After reaching Chirbasa you can take a rest here and after having dinner you can sleep in the lap of nature.

Day 7: Chirbasa to Harshil - (9 Km Trek + 30 Km Drive)

Drive back to Harsil which is about 25 Km and one hour drive, lunch at hotel engraved by TrekNTale team at Harsil. Rest at a hotel. After resting in Chirbasa, you will realize new energy in your body. In the morning after taking a bath, you can enjoy delicious morning breakfast in which you can smell the pure and natural ingredients. After doing all the packing we will start trail back to Gangotri. The height of the sea level of Chirbasa is about 3600 meters. You can also enjoy the beautiful view of the Gomukh on the banks of river Bhagirathi on the way. You can enjoy the hills, rocky areas and green grasslands throughout the road. You have to take special care that you have to bring back the plastic items you are carrying with you. You have to keep in mind that do not put empty packets, garbage, packets of chips, etc. on the road. The wonderful views, the high mountains, and a very sweet sound of the holy river Ganga give unlimited comfort to everyone's mind. It will only take around one hour to reach Harsil from the Chirbasa. On the way, you can enjoy the high peaks of Gomukha and white sheet of snow all around it. After reaching Harsil you can have lunch at hotel engraved by TrekNTale team. You can take a rest at Harsil in Hotel or you can choose not to put the pillows under the head. After reaching here you can enjoy the views and fresh mountain air. The quiet and uninterrupted flow of Bhagirathi on the chest of the valley rejoices everyone. The entire valley is full of river basins and water bodies. Everywhere milky water waves are breaking the silence of this valley. As well as the beauty of the river waterfalls, the forest of the intricate cedar of this valley is attractive. As far as the sight goes, high trees appear on all sides. Glaciers spread over slopes are also worth seeing. You can take photos here with the group so that you can enjoy these views later also.

Day 8: Harsil to Dehradun Airport/Haridwar Departure

After your hard and tiring journey, you will take a pleasant experience to reach your destination. By coming out of the hotel room in the morning you will have a pleasant feeling of the calm atmosphere which hardly can see you in the city's life. Dehradun is around 216 KM and Haridwar is 268 KM from the Harsil which will take approx 6 to 8 hours to reach there. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. While going back, the euphemism tree, the charming forest of pine, nearby flowing the river Bhagirathi and waterfalls will give you a different peace. In the return, you will come through the Chamba where you can enjoy the unlimited beauty of nature. Is it hardly anybody to leave such a beautiful place? You can also buy mountain goods such as fruits, vegetables, and delicious mountain dishes on the road. On the road, you will be able to have lunch while enjoying the greenery of Uttarakhand. Suvakholi is the place from where the path of Dhanolti is different. After the Mussoorie, a lot of people have their favorite tourist places Dhanaulti. The Dhanolati is about two hours away from Dehradun and at a distance of around one and a half hour from Mussoorie. After reaching your destination you can fly to your cities with the best memories, photos, and wishes of TrekNTales team. As the legends said, every journey has an end.

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  • Accomodation
  • All Meals(Delicious and Vageterian )
  • Quality Treking and Safty Equipment
  • Permits and Camping Charges
  • Backpack
  • Backpack
  • Suitable Clothing

  • Deposit of 25% of the package cost at the time of booking.
  • Need 50% payment of the package cost, 30 days prior to departure date
  • Need 100% payment of the package cost, 15 days prior to departure date

  • 10% of full tour cost - 45 days prior to arrival.
  • 25% of full tour cost - 30 days prior to arrival.
  • 50% of full tour cost - between 15 & 29 days prior to tour.
  • 75% of full tour cost - between 14 & 7 days prior to tour.
  • 100% of full tour cost - within 7 days prior to tour.

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When and where does the tour end?
Your tour will conclude in San Francisco on Day 8 of the trip. There are no activities planned for this day so you're free to depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to give yourself time to fully experience the wonders of this iconic city!
When and where does the tour start?
Day 1 of this tour is an arrivals day, which gives you a chance to settle into your hotel and explore Los Angeles. The only planned activity for this day is an evening welcome meeting at 7pm, where you can get to know your guides and fellow travellers. Please be aware that the meeting point is subject to change until your final documents are released.
Do you arrange airport transfers?
Airport transfers are not included in the price of this tour, however you can book for an arrival transfer in advance. In this case a tour operator representative will be at the airport to greet you. To arrange this please contact our customer service team once you have a confirmed booking.

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