Gangotri Gaumukh Trekking

Gangotri Gaumukh TrekkingAccording to mythology, Goddess Ganga - the daughter of heaven, manifested herself in the form of a river to absolve the sins of King Bhagiraths predecessors, following his severe penance of several centuries. Lord Shiva received into his matted locks to minimise the immense impact of her fall. She came to be called Bhagirathi at her legendary source.

The physical source of the holy river is at Gaumukh, 18 kms. further uphill, along the Gangotri Glacier. Several pilgrims trek upto the source to offer prayers either on foot or on ponies. The verdant valleys, dense forests and towering peaks offer excellent trekking and mountaineering opportunities for adventure enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Gangotri Gaumukh Trekking

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

In the morning catch AC train from New Delhi train station at 06:50 hrs. Arrival at Haridwar by 11:25 hrs, here meet our driver and transfer to Rishikesh by road. On arrival at Rishikesh check in to hotel.

In the evening one can visit the Ashrams & temples at Rishikesh, and the peaceful and picturesque valley is often dubbed -"haven of Saints and Sadhus". Rishikesh, situated on the banks of river Ganga and surrounded on two sides by the Ganga river valley, is called the gateway to the mountains, a and is considered a great pilgrimage centre of India. At Triveni Ghat "Ganga Aarti", the prayer to Goddess Ganga is considered to be a fascinating religious ceremony, and is a spectacle worth witnessing. Overnight in hotel.

Day 02 : Rishikesh - Uttarkashi (185 kms/5-6 Hrs Drive)Gangotri Gaumukh Trekking

In the morning meet our driver and drive to Uttarkashi (1150 mts) via Tehri. Arrival at Uttarkashi by afternoon and transfer to hotel. Remaining day to Relax and to acclimatize. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Uttarkashi.

Day 03 : Uttarkashi - Gangotri (95 kms/4-5 hrs drive) (3048 m/ 10,000 ft)

Morning after breakfast drive to Gangotri via Gangnani hot springs and Harsil. Those who want can have a quick refreshing bath in the pool at Gangnani. On arrival at Gangotri transfer to hotel. Later visit Gangotri temple for Arti, evening prayer dedicated to goddess Ganges. Dinner and overnight hotel.

Day 04 : Gangotri - Bhojwassa Trek (14 kms/5- 6 Hrs Trek) (3792 mts/12440 ft

In the morning meet our guide at hotel and later after breakfast trek to Bhojbassa with packed lunch. The entire trek today is along the roaring Bhagirathi river. Arrival at Bhojwassa by afternoon and check in to Ashram. Afternoon free to explore the area and to enjoy excellent sunset on Bhagirathi group of peaks. Dinner and overnight in Ashram at Bhojwassa.

Day 05 : Bhojwassa - Gaumukh (3890 mts/12760 ft) - Bhojwassa (5 kms one side)

Morning enjoy the panoramic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. After breakfast trek to Gomukh, the source of the Ganges (Cows Mouth). Explore the area and trek back to Bhojwasa. Dinner and overnight at Ashram.

Day 06 : Bhojwassa - Gangotri Trek (4 - 5 Hrs) - Uttarkashi

Morning after breakfast trek down to Gangotri and from here drive to Uttarkashi by road. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Uttarkashi.

Day 07 : Uttarkashi - Haridwar - Delhi

After breakfast drive to Haridwar via Rishikesh and from here take AC train for Delhi at 18:05 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 22:45 hrs.