Gangotri Gaumukh Tapovan Trek

Gangotri Gaumukh trek will take you to Gaumukh (cow’s mouth) located on the snout of the Gangotri glacier, the legendary source of the Ganges River. The best time for visiting Gangotri Gaumukh trek is from May to June and mid-Aug to Oct.
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RS 8000 + Stay + Food + Tour Guide

April - Dec

Group: 1-16 persons

Difficulty: Medium

What to expect

Gangotri-Gaumukh Tapovan trek is a popular trek in Uttarakhand state of India. Located at the base of the Gangotri glacier, Gaumukh also known as Cow’s snout is a source of holy river Ganga. On the other hand, Tapovan is located above the Gangotri glacier. This trek will pass traveller through glaciers. Therefore, it is certainly one of the great treks best meant for adventure enthusiasts from across the globe. This trail is rated as moderate and therefore can be undertaken by mountaineers and non-mountaineers with good state-of-health.

You will start your journey from Gangotri and end here. You will pass through many beautiful glaciers like Gangotri Glacier, Meru Glacier and Kirti Bamak Glacier while trekking on this trek. Also, you will witness the beautiful views of some of the leading peaks like Mt. Shivling Peak, Gangotri group of Peak, and Kedar Dome Peak.


This trek will give you a chance to visit Bhojbasa from where you can enjoy the panoramic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. You will also get an opportunity to closely view Tapovan, a beautiful high altitude meadow. You can see Blue Mountain goats (Bharal in local language) on the mountain ridges on this trail.

Gangotri Gaumukh trek will take you to Gaumukh (cow’s mouth) located on the snout of the Gangotri glacier, the legendary source of the Ganges River. The best time for visiting Gangotri Gaumukh trek is from May to June and mid-Aug to Oct.

DAYS 1 - 2

Day 1 – Arrival at Rishikesh, Day 2 – Uttarkashi – Gangotri

Arrival at Rishikesh

Arrival at Rishikesh by 11:20 hrs. On arrival drive to Uttarkashi. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Uttarkashi – Gangotri (3048 M/10000 Ft)


Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Bhojwassa

Uttarkashi – Gangotri (3048 M/10000 Ft)

In the morning after breakfast drive to Gangotri via a beautiful valley Harsil. Enroute take a holy dip in Gangnani hot water springs. Arrive at Gangotri by evening. Check in to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Gangnani: Further up on way to Gangotri about 26 km from Maneri is the hot water spring at Gangnani, where one can have a refreshing bath in the Kund called Rishi Kund. There is a temple near the Kund dedicated to the Sage Parashar, believed to be the father of Ved Vyas.
Harsil: Harsil is a beautiful spot to see the colors of nature. The walks, picnics, and trek lead one to undiscovered stretches of green, grassy land. Harsil is 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 off 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 pines. The original temple was constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa. Every year people from all around the world visit this shrine. A number of ashrams and dharamshalas are located on the other side of the river. It is believed that Raja Bhagirath used to worship Shiva on a slab of rock “Bhagirath Shila” situated near the temple. Submerged in the river there is a natural Shivling where, according to mythology, Lord Shiva sat when he received the Goddess Ganga in his matted locks. A days trek takes one to Gomukh, the source of the mighty Ganges.

Gangotri (3048 Mts/10000 Ft)- Bhojwassa (3792 Mts/12440 Ft) 13 Kms Trek/5-6 Hrs)

The morning after breakfast we command our trek further to Bhojwassa via Chirbasa (3600mt). From Gangotri, we move along the beaten track towards Chirbasa, which is on the tree line. The entire trek today is along the roaring Bhagirathi River. Beyond Chirbasa the terrain becomes really desolate and barren. In fact, it has been referred to as Arctic Tundra by many trekkers. From Chirbasa we trek further to Bhojwassa, the entire trail passes through dense forest, Arrive Bhojwassa; there are a small temple and a potential campsite near down the river. We make our camp near river side. Afternoon free to explore the area and to enjoy excellent sunset on Bhagirathi group of peaks. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.


Bhojwassa – Gomukh – Tapovan

Bhojwassa – Gomukh (3890 Mts/12760 Ft) – 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. Gomukh is where the water of Ganga trickles down from the glaciers. 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 ascent steep, and as we climb, the view of the surrounding peaks becomes clearer. The appear to be just a stone’s throw away. Tapovan known for its beautiful meadows that encircle the base camp of the Shivling peak, Tapovan is a very pleasant surprised spot with a large meadow complete with bubbling streams, wildflowers and campsites. Herds of Bharal (blue mountain goats) are a common sight from here on mountain ridges. On the far side of the glacier the Bhagirathi I, II, III (6454mt), provide an equally impressive backdrop. It is also the little wonder where Sadhus and saints choose this spot for extended meditation during the long summer month. Arrive Tapovan and camp. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.


The Gomukh glacier is the source of Bhagirathi (Ganges) and is held in high esteem by the devout who do not miss the opportunity to have a holy dip in the bone chilling icy water.


Tapovan is an ideal location for the tourists looking for peace and adventure. Tapovan is located on an altitude of 4463m / 14640ft above sea level. Tapovan is base camp for Shivlinga peak in Uttrakhand hills. One can also have a nice view of Bhagirathi peaks from Tapovan Meadow. Every year this place has been visited by thousands of tourist including foreigners for adventure activity like mountaineering & trekking.

DAY 5 - 6

Tapovan – Nandanvan

Tapovan (4463 Mts / 14640 Ft)

Free to acclimatize, relax and enjoy the magnificent snow-capped peaks, flora & Fauna and mountain landscape. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Tapovan – Nandanvan (Trek 4-5 Hrs)

We trace back to Nandan van via Gomukh glacier. The route from Tapovan leads from the upper section of the meadow till down and onto the glacier. From Gomukh turn towards Nandanvan (4340m) and steering on right one will be on top of the Gangotri glacier. The glacier runs between two ranges and the landslides make a layer of rocky moraine on the ice which makes the walking easier. The glacier walk is very slippery and a slight lack of concentration would be dangerous. Huge crevasses gaped here and there. After a walking, for about a kilometer there is a vertical ascent. Big rocks en route offer grips and footholds but many of them are deceptive too. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

DAYS 7 - 8 - 9

Nandanvan – Bhojwassa, Bhojwassa – Gangotri, Uttarkashi – Haridwar/Rishikesh

Nandanvan – Bhojwassa(Trek 4-5 Hrs)

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

Bhojwassa – Gangotri(Trek 4-5 Hrs) – Uttarkashi

Morning after breakfast trek down to Gangotri, where our car will be waiting for us. Then drive to Uttarkashi. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Uttarkashi – Haridwar (170 Kms/5 Hrs) -Delhi

Morning after breakfast drive to Haridwar.


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