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Gaumukh Tapovan Nandanvan Trek 

6 Nights 7 days  Uttarakhand, India 

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Gaumukh Tapovan Nandanvan Trek 

6 Nights 7 days  Uttarakhand, India 

Gangotri, one of the largest and holiest glaciers in the Himalayas, is the source of the Bhagirathi river. With the extension of a road till the temple at Gangotri, it has become easy to visit. However, travellers who wish to trek ahead of the Gangotri temple to Gaumukh Tapovan Nandanvan trek, should first acclimatise themselves to the altitude, since the ascent by road is rapid. Trekkers should spend at least two nights in Gangotri before venturing higher.

Gaumukh Tapovan Nandanvan trek takes you to the very source of the holy Ganga river. The trek is on a rocky terrain beyond Bhojbasa which tests the fitness level and stamina on the trekker.

Starting  15,750* per person 


Food +  Camp accommodation +  Trek Equipment

Who can do Gaumukh Tapovan Nandanvan Trek ?

  Gaumukh Tapovan Nandanvan is a moderate level trek which can be done by a person with average fitness level and free from any heart disease or hypertension. Gaumukh trek is recommended for children who are 12 years or above as younger kids will get exhausted on trek due to high altitude. 

Best things about Gaumukh Tapovan Nandanvan trek 

• Camping beside the gushing Bhagirathi river
• Crossing rocky glacier
• View breathtaking scenery from Tapovan
• Scale the Gangotri Glacier
• Catch a glimpse of Sudarshan, Bhagirathi & Mount Shivling peaks

 Day 1  Reach Gangotri (3,050 m)

Drive from Rishikesh to Gangotri via Uttarkashi

Gangotri is one of the char dhams of Uttarakhand and has a famous Gangotri temple. It is 98 km by road from Uttarkashi.

 Day 2  Gangotri to Chirbasa

Altitude – 3,600 m

Trek – 7 km

Time – 3 hours

Walk on the wide and flat pilgrim trail. Chirbasa is an open ground with a small rest house. One can stay here or proceed to Bhojbasa.

 Day 3  Chirbasa to Bhojbasa 

Altitude – 3,790 m

Trek – 7 km

Time – 3 hours

Continue on the wide trail. As you approach Bhojbasa (place of bhoj or birch trees), the views of the peaks on the Gangotri glacier open up. Rest house available.

 Day 4  Bhojbasa to Gaumukh to Tapovan

Altitude – 4,460 m

Trek – 6 km

Time – 6 hours

Proceed to Gaumukh, popularly known as ‘Gomukh’ (3,890 m), which is about 2 km away. Cross to the left bank; a steep trail takes you to Tapovan (4,460 m). The Shivling peak rises sharply above Tapovan campsite. This is a historic and holy place to stay.

 Day 5  Tapovan to Bhojbasa 

Altitude – 3,790 m

Trek – 6 km

Time – 3 km

Return directly to Bhojbasa.

Trekking Option 1 : Nandanvan

Altitude – 4,570 m

Trek – 6 km

Time – 7 hours

Go across the Gangotri glacier to Nandanvan on the right bank.

Nandanvan is a lovely plateau on the right bank of the Gangotri glacier, at the entrance of the Raktavarn glacier. It is a green grazing ground and has a different view of Mount Shivling & Bhagirathi peaks. From here one can return directly to Bhojbasa via Gomukh.

Trekking Option 2 : Vasuki Tal

A physically fit & well equipped trekking group with more time can visit Vasuki Tal (4,800 m), which is ahead on the Raktavarn glacier. This trail has an extremely rocky terrain.

 Day 6  Bhojbasa to Gangotri

Altitude – 3,050 m

Trek – 14 km

Time – 6 hours

Trail down from Bhojbasa to Gangotri.

 Day 7  Gangotri to Rishikesh 

Drive back from Gangotri to Rishikesh via Uttarakashi

Trek Facts 

  Max Altitude – 4,460 m

  Level – Moderate

  Minimum Age – 12 years

   Duration – 7 days

   Location – Uttarakhand, India


all veg. meals & snacks on the trek
camp accomodation for 6 nights
camping & trek equipment
services of trek leaders, guides & cooks


any kind of road travel or transport
any kind of personal expenses on food or medicines
any kind or hotel / lodge stay during transit
any kind of travel / lodging / medical cost incurred in case a trekker decides to drop out of the trek due to sickness or injury

 15,750* per person

Group Tours (7-15 persons)

 25,750* per person

Custom Tours (3-5 persons)

( All cost from Gangotri to Gangotri )

5% GST applicable on trek charges

May / June 2018

Custom trek dates available for a group of 5 or above 

Day 1Accommodation will be in a guest house at Gangotri

Day 2 to Day 6Camp accommodation on rest of the days (3 per camping tent)

Things To Carry

  1.  A medium size backpack (for carrying essentials) max. 35-40 Ltr
  2. rain jacket / poncho ( it can rain any day in Mountains )
  3. a small hand towel
  4. a spare T-shirt & lower ( just in case you wanna change )
  5. sunscreen ( in case its sunny)
  6. sunglasses
  7. a sun cap
  8. a personal torch (for camp tent)
  9.  a proper water bottle ( must . . we try to avoid using disposable bottles on trails)
  10.  a personal plate / spoon (must)
  11. a small poly bag for keeping all food/snack wrappers ( leave nothing on trails except your footprints) 🙂

Clothing suggestions for the trail :

Hiking up the mountain during day time / in the sun will be quite hot & sweaty so use light & comfortable clothing.

  1. a loose / comfy long sleeve cotton t-shirt ( use light colored one )
  2. a good track pant / sports lower
  3. a sun cap
  4.  sunglasses
  5. good hiking shoes ( Quechua / Salomon etc. ) or good sport shoe will do ( Nike / Addidas )


Clothing Suggestions for Evening/Night at Campsite :

  1. woollen sweater / sweatshirt
  2. proper winter jacket ( not a bulky one )
  3.  a warm woollen cap
  4. gloves ( optional )
  5. inner thermals ( keep them as you might feel cold at night)

Mountains get quite cold in the evening/night so be properly equipped

Dehradun to Gangotri

Bus – Direct private buses are available from Dehradun to Gangotri from Hill Depot near Dehradun railway station.

Bus departure timings : 6:00-6:30 am

Fare : INR 500 per person (approx)

Taxi – Direct taxis are available for Gangotri at Doon Taxi Stand near Dehradun railway station.

Fare : INR 8,500 (approx.)

Nearest Road head : Gangotri 

Nearest Rail head : Dehradun

Nearest Airport : Jollygrant (24 km from Dehradun)

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