Sources of Ganges Trek

Gangotri Trek

The Holy River Ganges is the most sacred river in the Hindu religion and its source at Gomukh on the Gangotri glacier and many other peaks. Gomukh is one of the holiest places for Hindu pilgrims who come here to witness the birth of Mother Ganga. The trek takes you to Gomukh (cows mouth), the mythological source of the River Ganges, which is at the snout of the Gangotri glacier. Area: Garhwal Himalayas Duration: 09 Days Altitude: 4463 mts/14638 ft Grade: Easy Season: May - July & August –Mid Oct

ITINERARY

Day 1   Delhi – Haridwar – Rishikesh
In the morning take AC train from Delhi to Haridwar at 06:50 hrs. Arrival at Haridwar by 11:25 hrs and meet our guide, then drive to Rishikesh by car. Upon arrival at Rishikesh met our representative and check in to hotel. Evening free to explore the area. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2  Rishikesh – Uttarkashi (195 kms/5-6 hrs)
Morning after breakfast proceed for Uttarkashi (1150 mt), which takes 7-8 hrs drive. Upon arrival check-in at Hotel. Evening free to explore the surrounding by your own. Overnight stay at hotel. Uttarkashi is the principle town in the region. Nehru Institute of Mountaineering is situated here. It is also the gateway to many mountaineering and trekking expedition in Gangotri area.

Day 3   Uttarkashi - Gangotri (3048 m/ 10,000 ft) Drive (95 kms).
Morning after breakfast drive to reach Gangotri via Harsil (approx 25 km before Gangotri (3048 mt) by covering approx 95 km in 4-5 hrs. On arrival check-into Hotel. Overnight stay. There is a beautiful Gorge at Bhairon Ghati over which there is a steel guarder bridge. Gangotri is the place where the Goddess Ganga descended on Earth from Heaven. There is a Temple of Goddess Ganga where thousands of devotees throng to pay homage to her. 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 Dharamshala 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.

Day 4  Gangotri - Bhojwassa (3350 mts/10988 ft)
The walk begins with gradual ascent through pine trees, alongside the roaring Bhagirathi River with towering cliffs on your left hand side. Soon after you leave Gangotri, you pass a check post for the Gangotri Conservation Project. The money they collect from your guide trees and an awareness campaign for trekkers on eco-sensitive tourism. Today’s walk is quite short to help with acclimatisation. Chirbasa means pine trees. Here you have superb views of Hanuman Tibba (17,186 ft/5366m), Bhrigu Parbat (19,217 ft/6000m), Bhagirathi I, II and III (21,958 ft/6856m, 20,857 ft/6512m, and 20,671 ft/6454m respectively). You could well spot herds of Bharal roaming the hillside above Chirbasa. Dinner and overnight stay in tents at Bhojwassa.

Day 5   Bhojwassa - Gomukh (3890 mts/12760 ft) - Bhojwassa
Bhojwassa - Gomukh (3890 mts/12760 ft) - Bhojwassa 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 back to Bhojwassa. Dinner and overnight stay in Ashram.

Day 6  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 Hotel.

Day 7   Uttarkashi – Haridwar (205 kms/6-7 hrs) - Delhi
Morning after breakfast drive to reach Haridwar. Arrivals at Haridwar by late afternoon and from here catch AC Train for Delhi at 18:05 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 22:45 hrs.

You might also be interested in

Book This Tour
img
Sources of Ganges Trek
  • Duration:5 Night/6Days