Gangotri - Shivling BC Trek

Area : Garhwal HimalayasGangotri Shivlinga Trek
Duration : 12 Days
Altitude : 5263 mts/17263 ft
Grade : Moderate - Challenging
Season : May - June & Aug end - early Oct

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

Morning catch AC train for Haridwar at 06:50 hrs. Arrival at Haridwar by 11:25 hrs. On arrival at Haridwar meet Peak Adventure Tour Guide and transfer to Rishikesh & check into hotel. Evening free to explore the area. The Ganga Aarti is a prayer ceremony devoted to Goddess Ganga, and takes place every evening on the banks of the river. A true sight to behold, the Aarti ceremony is a fine display of chants and sounds, and is concluded by floating butter lamps in the river! Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02 : Rishikesh - Uttarkashi (1150 mts/3772 ft)

Post breakfast drive to Uttarkashi via Chamba. One can see a panoramic view of the high mountain peaks of Garhwal. View the Tehri Dam (the highest dam in Asia capable of generating 2400 MW of electricity) and travel along the Tehri lake that formed as a result of the dam construction. Upon arrival at Uttarkashi check in to hotel. Evening free to explore the surroundings. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 03 : Uttarkashi - Gangotri (3048 mts/9998 ft)

In the morning drive to Gangotri via a beautiful Harsil valley. Enroute take a holy dip in hot sulphur springs at Gangnani. Upon arrival at Gangotri check in to hotel. Evening free to explore the beautiful surroundings. Dinner and overnight stay in Guest house at Gangotri.

Harsil: Harsil is a beautiful spot covered by a dense forest cover consisting of pine and Cedar trees. The walks, picnics and trek lead one to undiscovered stretches of green, grassy land that makes Harsil a perfect place to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Sighting here includes the Wilson Cottage, built in 1864 and Sat Tal (seven Lakes). The adventurous tourists have the choice to set out on various treks that introduces them to beautiful meadows, waterfalls and valleys. Situated amidst the incredible beauty of mountain peaks, Harsil is counted amongst some of the most beautiful places in the Garhwal region.

Gangotri: The shrine of Gangotri is situated at an elevation of 3200 m surrounded by Deodars and Chir trees. The original temple was constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa, and attracts people from all around the world every year. 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 a short distance from the temple. Submerged in the river there is a natural Shivling (Jalmagna Shivling) where, according to mythology, Lord Shiva sat as he received the Goddess Ganga in his matted locks. A day's trek takes one to Gaumukh, the source of the mighty Ganges.

Day 04 : Gangotri - Bhojwassa (3350 mts/10988 ft)Gangotri Shivlinga Trek

The trek follows a gradual but continuous ascent, following the course of the roaring Bhagirathi River with towering cliffs on the left-hand side. The entry into the Gangotri national park, is marked by a forest Department check post for the Gangotri Conservation Project. The money collected is utilized to conserve trees and spread an awareness campaign for trekkers on eco-sensitive tourism. The day's walk is quite short and helps with acclimatization. Chirvasa means abode of Pine trees, and looks like a little oasis of trees and acts as a perfect spot for relaxation and lunch. One gets some very photogenic views of Hanuman Tibba (17,186 ft/5366m), Bhrigu Parbat (19,217 ft/6000m), Bhagirathi I, II and III (21,958 ft/6856m, 20,857 ft/6512m, and 20,671 ft/6454m respectively) from here. On arrival at Bhojwasa, which is a small group of houses, and a temple, near the banks of the river Ganges at its infancy, one descends down the last few hundred metres to the camping ground on the sandy ground! One can spot herds of Bharal roaming the hillside above Bhojwasa. Dinner and overnight stay in tents at Bhojwasa.

Day 05 : Bhojbassa - Gomukh (3890 mts) - Tapovan (4463 mts / 14640 ft)

Early in the Morning enjoy the panoramic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. After breakfast trek to Gomukh (3890mt), the source of the Ganges. The sages called it 'Gomukh', because in the distant past, it probably appeared like a cow's mouth. Explore the area and trek to Tapovan, one of the finest high-altitude alpine meadows in the area. The trek from Gomukh to Tapovan is a steep ascent. Tapovan known for its beautiful meadows that encircles the base camp of the Shivling peak, is a very beautiful spot, with a large meadow complete with bubbling streams, wildflowers and campsites. The large rivulet called Akash Ganga flows through this area, and herds of Bharal (blue mountain goats) is a common sight as they graze undisturbed on the craggy rocky surfaces. On the far side of the glacier the Bhagirathi I, II, III (6454mt), provide an equally impressive backdrop. Sadhus still choose this spot for extended meditation during the long summer months, and some very accomplished Yogis can still be seen in their Kutias (huts). Arrive Tapovan and set up camp. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.

Gomukh: The Gomukh glacier is the source of Bhagirathi (Ganges) and is held in high esteem by the devout who collect its holy water for religious ceremonies, and bathe in the icy waters with a hope of cleansing their souls!

Tapovan: Tapovan is an ideal location for the tourists looking for peace and adventure. Located at an altitude of 4463m / 14640ft above sea level, Tapovan acts as a base camp for Shivlinga peak climbing expeditions in the Garhwal Himalayas. One can witness stunning views of Bhagirathi peaks from the meadow at Tapovan, and the place is visited by thousands of tourists including foreigners for adventure activity like mountaineering & trekking.

Day 06 : Tapovan - Kirti Bamak - Tapovan (7 kms/6 hrs)

Early in the morning full days trek gets one to Kirti Bamak glacier. An early morning departure after breakfast on a total journey of 07 kms (both ways) around the base of Mt Shivling, gets one to Kirti Bamak glacier. From here one can see the Kedar dome peak (6850 mts/22468 ft), Kirti Bamak (6500 mts/21320 ft) and a magnificent view of Shivling from the east. After exploring the area return to Tapovan for lunch and overnight stay.

Day 07 : Tapovan - Meru Glacier - Tapovan (5 hrs/6 kms)Gangotri Shivlinga Trek

After breakfast one departs for the Meru Glacier visit, crossing the meadows of Tapovan, trekking along the side of the Shivling (keeping the Shivling to the left) and ascending a steep climb for 1 km the trail climbs into another ablation valley till it reaches the Meru Glacier. It is pure thrill to see a close-up view of Mt. Meru peak (6400 m) Its mythical name is "The mountain of Gold". The Advance base camp to the Shivling peak can be viewed from here. After exploring the area return back to Tapovan for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 08 : Tapovan - Nandanvan (4570 mts/14990 ft/ Trek 4-5 hrs)

Trace back to Nandanvan via Gomukh glacier. The route from Tapovan leads from the upper section of the meadow and descends onto the glacier. Retrace the route back via Nandanvan (4340m) travelling over the Gomukh glacier towards the side closest to the Chaturangi Glacier. The route from Tapovan descends parallel to the glacier keeping it to the right. The glacier runs between two ranges and the landslides make a layer of rocky moraine on the ice which makes the walking easier. The walk on the glacier is tricky, and care has to be taken not to be careless, as the glacier is replete with crevasses. After walking for about a kilometer over the glacier, there is a vertical ascent. Big rocks en route offer grips and foot - holds but many of them are unstable and look deceptively firm. After a walk for about a kilometer there is a vertical ascent Arrive after trekking 7 kms, at Nandanvan which though smaller, is by no means any lesser in terms of beauty than Tapovan. Nandanvan acts as a stepping stone to the expeditions to the Bhagirathi group of peaks. Dinner and overnight stay in tents. Big rocks enroute offer grips and foot - holds but many of them are deceptive too. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 09 : Nandanvan - Vasuki Tal (4800 mts/15744 ft) - Nandanvan (7 kms/6 hrs)

Trek along the Chaturangi Glacier to reach Vasukital following a continuous incline along a mountain stream. Keeping the glacier to your right, the 2-hour trek terminates at a spot called the Vasuki top, and a further descent into yet another glacial valley gives one, the first glimpse of the crystal-clear Vasuki Tal lake. The beautiful lake is flanked by Mt Satopanth and Mt Vasuki Parbat, and the Gangotri valley opens to the west of the lake offering a stunning view of the valley below and various peaks all around! After exploring the area trek back to Nandanvan for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 10 : Nandan Van - Bhojbassa (Trek 4-5 hrs)Gangotri Shivlinga Trek

Early morning enjoys the sunrise on high peaks. After breakfast and photography, trek down to Bhojwasa. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Day 11 : Bhojbassa - Gangotri (Trek 4-5 hrs) - Uttarkashi

After breakfast trek down to Gangotri, where our car will be waiting. Thereafter drive to Uttarkashi. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 12 : Uttarkashi - Haridwar - Delhi (275 kms/8-9 hrs)

Post breakfast, drive to Haridwar. Arrival at Haridwar by afternoon. Explore the surrounding and in the evening transfer to railway station to board the AC train for Delhi at 18:05 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 22:45 hrs.

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