Ganges is one of the holiest river in India and its source, a sacred pilgrimage for devout Hindus. The trek follows the Ganges to its source at Gaumukh, the snout of river Ganges.
Further up from Gaumukh is Tapovan , a trekker’s paradise and base for many challenging mountaineering expeditions.
This is a medium range trek that would require a complete week. The key highlights are the highest bridge in Asia(enroute),the destination 'Gaumukh' itself, which is the origin of the Ganga, and Gangotri ( `Ganga-utri` implies Ganga Descends ), is a town of great religious significance, it is considered that Goddess Ganga had finally descended here in the form of the mighty Bhagirathi river, and from here it carries on its long journey towards the plains.
The trek will give a complete experience, right from self supported journey to camping in wilderness. The itinerary is easy paced, and will give ample time to the participants to enjoy the surroundings at leisure.
Haridwar/Rishikesh to Harsil - 5:30 am pickup, evening set camp at Harsil.
Harsil is a very beautiful valley, surrounded by thick pine forests, and overlooked by snow-capped mountains which peek through the various ranges that surround it.
The 8-hour journey Rishikesh/Haridwar to Harsil will pass through picturesque sceneries and some main towns of Uttarakhand like Uttarkashi.
Harsil to Gangotri (by road) Gangotri to Cheervasa (by trek) -
We will packup early in the morning, and would depart for Gangotri.
Bhagirathi river flows in a narrow gorge here, and is visible only like a thin stream from that height. The drive from Harsil to Gangotri is very beautiful and passes through thick pine forests, and gives very scenic views of valleys below.
After a short visit to the temple at Gangotri, we would embark on the trek. The trek is an easy paced trek and the route is well marked.
Cheervasa to Bhojwasa trek -
The trek would now become lesser marked, and would pass through beautiful landscapes. There are several landslide/rock slide prone areas here, where one has to be careful of the grazing Ibexes above, which cause most of the landslides. Bhojwasa is named after Bhoj trees which are in abundance here.
The camp at Bhojwasa looks up to the Gaumukh glacier at a distance, and has magnificent views of Bhagirathi series of peaks. The Bhagirathi river here flows with great ferocity and carries large silt deposits in its flow.
Bhojwasa to Tapovan ( via Gaumukh Glacier ) camp at Tapovan
Gaumukh is a massive glacier which feeds the perennial Bhagirathi river. It is one of the largest glaciers in the world. The place where it finally opens up to release the water of Bhagirathi is somewhat in the shape of a cow's mouth which is why it is called Gaumukh. This place has a great religious significance, and a dip in the water is considered very holy.
We would traverse the glacier and would negotiate the moraine around it to reach the plains above it, which is called Tapovan. This is a wide span of meadow which gives very beautiful views of high peaks all around. This site is a base camp for various mountaineering expeditions to Bhagirathi and Shivling peaks.
The day will be a rest day, and participants having interest in photography can go crazy over the astounding opportunities all around. We would spend the day exploring the near by areas or generally lazing around.
Tapovan to Cheervasa trek - We start our return journey, and taking in the last 'eye-fulls' of the sceneries around, we trek back. We would pass the bhojwasa camp, and would continue to set camp at Cheervasa.
Cheervasa to Gangotri (trek) - Gangotri to Harsil (drive). The last day of trek will be a very short trek to reach Gangotri town. We would drive back to Harsil, and camp there.
Early morning wind up, lunch enroute, overnight train/public transport to Delhi.
* Participants need to carry their own personal gear ( rucksacks/sleeping bags ). In case porter is needed to carry their luggage, they need to tell in advance, and portaging will be charged 1,200 Rs.
What all is provided/included:
* Travel by public transport
* All camping gear,ruck sacks, sleeping bags.
* All meals included.
* All staff and manpower support for porters,cook,guide etc.
* Any technical equipment like ice axe, walking stick.
* The schedule would require participants to be able to reach our base latest by 7 am on day 01.
* Dome tents, sleeping bags, ground mats kind of accomodation would be provided at camp.
* Participants would be required to carry their sleeping bags, and basic necessity personal gear.