Gaumukh Tapovan Trek


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Difficulty LevelModerate
Duration8 Days
Start PointGangotri
End PointGangotri
Highest Altitude14203 ft 
Day Temperature12 to 20 Deg
Night Temperature12 to 0 Deg 

Gaumukh Tapovan Trek Overview & Itinerary

Gaumukh is the snout of the Gangotri glacier and the source of the Bhagirathi River, one of the prime headstream of river Ganga. Situated at an altitude of 4023 metres in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, it is one of the largest glacier in the Himalyas. The trail to gaumukh is 18 km long and begins from Gangotri, a small town located on the banks of Bhagirathi river. According to a popular legend, It was here that Goddess Ganga descended when Lord Shiva released the mighty river from the locks of his hair.

What is special about Gaumukh Tapovan trekking?

Gaumukh Tapovan Trekking Trip Video


  • Our Journey will start from Dehradun at 7:00 a.m. in the morning. Dehradun is well connected with Delhi and overnight buses and Volvo’s are available. 
  •  During the 280 km long Drive one will come across Various beautiful sites like maneri waterfalls and the change in terrain as you reach near Dharali/Gangotri is worth a site
  •  Reach Dharali/Gangotri by Evening. Check in at the Hotel followed by rest.
  •  A quick introduction with team and fellow travellers at Guest House/Hotel followed by the Dinner.
  • After an Early Breakfast the Team will head towards the Gangotri temple, Get a dip in the Bhagirathi river and go to the Mandir Darshan for seeking the Blessing for the Trek ( if time Permits )
  • Today’s trek is easy with a steep ascend when you start and a gradual ascend later
  • Reach camp site around lunch
  • Chirbasa campsite is very picturesque with view of the Bhagirathi peaks through dense pine treek 
  • Acclimatization walk in evening
  • Dinner at the Campsite
  • Breakfast at Chirbasa Camp site
  •  Start trek after breakfast
  •  Reach bhojbasa by lunch
  •  Spend time acclimitizing at Bhojbasa
  •  Dinner and Rest at camp Site
  •  Today it is going to be a little strenuous, Trek to Gaumukh and witness the origin of one of the largest rivers of India
  •  Trek further up to Tapovan 
  •  Once can find peaks like Shivling and Bhagirathi at an arms distance from Tapovan
  • Overnight in Camps at Tapovan
  • Today it is time for trekkers to visit one of the most Picturesque landscape that one will come across in the Country
  • Witness some of the magnificient peaks of this region like Meru, Sumeri and Shivalinga.
  • One can visit the Meru glacier and return to the campsite
  • Overnight in Camps at Tapovan
  • Trek down 6 Kms from Tapovan to Bhojbasa
  •  Packed lunch for the day
  •  Rest at campsite at Bhojbasa
  • Trek down 14 Kms from Bhojbasa to Gangotri
  •  Packed lunch for the day
  •  Rest in Hotel
  • After Breakfast, Check Out from Hotel
  • Drive to Dehradun
  • Arrival at Dehradun around 8:00 PM
  • Make memories that will last forever

Trek Essentials

TSS Jumbo Bag

  • Backpack/Ruck Sack (at least 55 Litres) and a small day bag ( upto 15 litres) for summit day
  • Poncho/Raincoat and Rain Cover for Ruck Sack
  • 2 Quick Dry T-shirts (preferably Full Sleeves) and Track Pants
  • Warm Jacket preferably a down jacket or an equivalent heavy jacket to protect from cold at night
  • Comfortable Shoes with a good grip and ankle support. We recommend Quechua Forclaz 100 or similar shoe
  • A pair of fleece jacket or fleece upper
  • Good Thermals for insulation at night
  • Lip Balm and Cold Cream
  • Sun Cap or Sunscreen (SPF 30+)
  • Dark Sunglasses. People who wear spectacle may use photochromatic lenses in their spects
  • 2 pair of warm socks and at least 2 pair of normal cotton socks
  • 1 Pair of slippers/Sandals
  • Woolen Cap and Gloves for night
  • Toiletries – Tooth brush, Tooth paste, Liquid soap, Hand Sanitizers, Slippers, Light Towel, Toilet Roll (Avoid wet tissues as they are not eco friendly)
  • Torch or Headlamp with extra pair of batteries
  • Personal Medical Kit: Diamox-Mountain Sickness, Crocin-Fever, Avomine-Motion Sickness, Avil 25mg – Allergies, Combiflam, Disprin-headache, Norflox TZ & Lomofen-diarrhea, digene-acidity, omez/rantadine  antacid, crepe bandages, band aids, ORS, betadiene or antiseptic cream, moov spray/volini, cotton, gauze.
  • Water bottle 1 L or Hydration bag 2 L
  • Other personal accessories – Camera, Tripod, mobile charger, power banks(as there will be no electricity during the trek)


  • Note: AC doesnt run on hills in fixed departure batches. Standard Non AC vehicles are provided for transportation
  • Being a high altitude trek, this trek is suitable for climbers with good physical condition and stamina.
  • This is a tentative itinerary which may change as per weather conditions
  • We expect you to carry your rucksacks, in case if you want them to be carried by mules back pack offloading charge up to Rs. 300/bag/day is applicable
  • In case of any natural calamity the company will not be able to refund the trip charges, for more details check our cancellation policy


The difficulty level of Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is moderate to difficult. Spread over 6 days the ascends are of moderate grading with few difficult patches escpecially the climb from Gaumukh glacier to Tapovan 

The snout of the Gangotri Glacier is around 18 kms from the Gangotri Temple. Tapovan is further 3 kms from the Glacier

May – June and September – October are considered best for Gaumukh Tapovan Trek.

Yes the trek is safe but needs guidance and assistance from an experienced team. There are certain sections which are risky. You may witness certain rockfall zones on the way. The best way to minimise these risks is taking assistance from an experienced team.

You have to be very fit to attempt this, in a general opinion no. Most of the operators run this trek spread over a time of 7-8 days. The reason behind is proper acclimatization and minimizing the risks. 

You can keep extra luggage in the base village for any particular trek. There are no cloak roo charges applicable. Its free of cost

If you are going on a trek don’t expect mobile signals. There are few spots on the trails of few treks where you might find a single tower or something but it always depends if that is enough to make a call or not.

As there are no permanent toilets on the trek, we carry toilet tents which are dry toilets so you need to carry wet tissues/tissue wipes with you.

Yes, TSS team can organize private batches for individual groups, but the cost of the trek may vary according to the number of members in your group. You can talk to our trek coordinator via whatsapp/call to get the customized group rates.

It’s a strict no. If you fall sick during the trek due to alcohol consumption TheSearchingSouls has the right to cancel your trek and send you back to base village. No expenses shall be refunded in that case and you will have to pay additional for stay at base village.

Start running/walking at least 3-4 Kms everyday.

If it’s a snow trek a good trekking shoe is mandatory. If you buy a new shoe do walk for few days so that it fits you well and doesn’t leave you with blisters while you trek. If it is a summer trek or post monsoon trek a shoe with good grip and ankle support will do.

We provide 3 Veg meals and evening Snacks. There will be no non veg served during the trek. Eggs may or may not be served depending on the trek.

We will provide sleeping bags, inner liners,
sleeping mats, tents. You just need to carry
your personal gear.
List of personal Gear is in our website
under Trek Essentials.

Himalaya Journeys Treks &Expedition prides itself on being prepared for any emergency situation. Our guides are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that occur during a trek. Every camp site has basic first aid and oxygen cylinders But if a serious emergency occurs, we will evacuate you to the base village and nearest hospital but the expenses of that has to be borne by the individual

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