Gangotri - Rudragaira Trek


Gangotri Rudragaira Trek

Area : Garhwal Himalaya
Duration : 9 Days
Grade : Moderate - Challenging
Max Altitude : 5450 mts/17876 ft
Season : Mid April - Mid Oct

Day 01 : Delhi - Haridwar (By Train) - Rishikesh (25 kms/1 hrs)

In the morning catch AC train for Haridwar at 06:50 hrs. Arrival at Haridwar by 11:25 hrs, here meet our driver and transfer to Rishikesh by road. Upon arrival at check in to hotel. Evening free to explore the area. One can witness the Ganga Aarti at Parmarth Niketan or Triveni Ghat. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02 : Rishikesh - Uttarkashi (185 kms/5-6 hrs)

After breakfast, proceed for Uttarkashi (1150 mts) by road, which takes 5-6 hrs driving time. Upon arrival check in at Hotel. Evening free to explore the surrounding on your own. Overnight stay at hotel. Amongst many places of interest in Uttarkashi are Vishwanath temple and the legendary trident -mentioned in the "Skand Puran", the Ekadash Rudra temple, Gyaneshwar temple, Nachiketa Tal (29 kms from Uttarkashi) and the Kuteti Devi temple. A district headquarter, Uttarkashi is the principle town in the region, and is known as the Northern Kashi (centre for learning since ages). India's foremost mountaineering institute the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering is also situated here as Uttarkashi is the gateway to many mountaineering and trekking expedition in the Gangotri area. Visit the numerous Ashrams a, showcase of Hinduism in its ancient form! Overnight in hotel.

Day 03 : Uttarkashi - Gangotri (3048 m/ 10,000 ft) Drive (95 kms).

Post breakfast set out for Gangotri via Harsil & Bhairon Ghati. The drive takes 4-5 hrs to reach Gangotri En route visit the picturesque Cider surrounded village of Harsil, and also view a gorge from the steel truss bridge spanning the gaping abyss called the Bhairon Ghati. The view of the Ganga valley from Sukkhi top is astounding, as one gets a bird's eye view of the wide meandering Ganga river following its course through the thickly wooded valley. Gangotri is the place where the Goddess Ganga descended on Earth from Heaven. There is a Temple of Goddess Ganga where thousands of devotee's throngs to pay homage to her every year.

Gangotri: The shrine of Gangotri is situated at an elevation of 3200 m surrounded by Cider (Deodar) and Pine (Chir) trees. The original temple was constructed by the feared Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa after his 10-year siege of the Garhwal area. Every year people from all around the world visits this shrine. A number of Ashrams and Dharamshalas are located on the far side of the river. It is believed that Raja Bhagirath used to worship Lord Shiva on a slab of rock (now known as)"Bhagirath Shila" situated near the temple. Submerged in the river is a natural Shivling (Jalmagna Shivlinga), where, according to mythology, Lord Shiva sat when he received the Goddess Ganga in his matted locks. A day's trek takes one to Gomukh, the source of the mighty Ganges.

Day 04 : Gangotri - Nala Camp (8 km Trek 5 - 6hrs trek)

Gangotri Rudragaira Trek

Finally, it is time to prepare for the commencement of the adventure filled journey! The trail starts on the true left of the valley with and ascends continuously till the Nala camp. The trail goes through the narrows valley through a forest consisting of pine and birch trees. The end of the days walks, and the arrival of the campsite finally gets transformed into a picturesque bonanza, including stunning views of some of the Himalayan giants such as Jogin mountain and Kedartal range. Set up camp on arrival, by the Rudragaira river. Overnight in tents.

Day 05 : Nala Camp to Rudra Gaira Base Camp (7 km -5 hrs trek)

The days trek commences with an ascend which takes you to a ridge and continues into a side stream. After the stream it is a steep and continuous ascent to the base camp, the strenuous stretches of hike during the day there are rewarded by captivating views of Rudragaira peak, Jogin peak and Auden Col pass. The piping hot cup of tea is an apt reward upon arrival at the camp. Overnight in the tents.

Day 06 : Rudragaira BC - Rest day and acclimatizationGangotri Rudragaira Trek

The day is reserved for rest and acclimatization. One can relax in the camp or involve himself/herself in hike around the corner which takes one towards the Rudragaira peak. Explore and enjoy the majestic Himalayan view. Overnight in tents.

Day 07 : Rudragaira BC - Nala Camp

After breakfast retrace your footsteps down to the Nala Camp. Take the opportunity of the effortless walking and the time saved to take pictures to your heart's content! Overnight stay in tent.

Day 08 : Nala Camp - Gangotri - Uttarkashi

Post breakfast make a speedy descent down to Gangotri and from there drive to Uttarkashi. On arrival at Uttarkashi check in to hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 09 : Uttarkashi - Haridwar - DelhiGangotri Rudragaira Trek

After breakfast, drive to Haridwar via Rishikesh. On arrival at Haridwar transfer to railway station and from there catch the AC train for Delhi at 18:05 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 22:45 hrs.

Trip & Services Ends Here.