Gaumukh Tapovan trek is one of the oldest treks and the most beautiful trek in India. It lies in the state of Uttarakhand and begins and ends at the pilgrim town of Gangotri. Gaumukh acquired its name from the sages, meaning cow’s mouth as the opening of Gaumukh appears like the mouth of a cow. The trekking takes place inside the Gangotri National Park which gives access to vibrant flora and fauna. The major highlight of this trek is the Gangotri Gaumukh glacier, on the trails you will encounter many streams. The rarest summit views of Mt. Shivling and the Bhagirathi sisters and Mt. Meru are a sight to behold and it is one of the most astonishing things you will come across on this trek.
The word ‘Tapovan’ means a sacred and serene place, where the sages meditate for spiritual bliss. Tapovan also serves as the home for many sage and hermits living in huts and caves. Apart from that, it is also the base camp for several expeditions to Shivling peak and Bhagirathi peak.
Gaumukh Tapovan Trek starts from Gangotri in Uttarakhand It is an 8 days trek including travel from Gangotri. The total Trek distance is 45 km from Gangotri.
Gaumukh Tapovan is a moderate to difficult level trek. You need to be physically and mentally prepared for the trek and should stick to a proper fitness routine before coming on the trek. Read more – Fitness preparation for Himalayan trek.
Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is best done between May – October except for July
The temperature at Gangotri basecamp in the daytime is pleasant between 10 to 15 degrees Celsius and at night it goes down to 0 to -5 Degree Celsius. During the trek, the day temperature will be 5 to 10 degrees and at night it goes down up to -10 degrees.
At Gangotri, trekkers will have to share the room on a triple and quad basis. The dormitory will also be there. During the trek, you will be provided 3-person tents on a twin-sharing basis and 4-person tents on a triple-sharing basis. Female trekkers will share a room/tent with female trekkers only. Solo female trekkers will be provided with a separate tent.
Meals start from day 1 dinner to day 7 dinners. On Day 8, early departure after tea. During the trek, you will be provided healthy hot meals, including breakfast, lunch, evening tea and snacks, hot soup, and dinner with daily different desserts. Hot drinking water will be provided daily at the campsite.
The lowest altitude will be 10,114 ft at Gangotri and the highest at 14,600ft at the Summit.
You can reach Dehradun by boarding an overnight train from New Delhi Railway station. From Delhi to Gangotri distance is 527 km & from Dehradun to Gangotri is 240 km. Transport from Dehradun will be arranged by us for additional charges or you can come on your own if you are aware of the route.
May – 28th
We have fixed departures from Dehradun. The pickup will be at 6:30 am near Dehradun railway station.
The nearest best railway station is Dehradun. Many trains run from Delhi – Ddn Nzm Express(2205), from Kolkata- Doon Express (13009), from Mumbai- Dehradun Express (19019) and from Chennai- Dehradun Express (12687)
Regular buses are plying from Delhi to Dehradun/Rishikesh, which you can board from Delhi ISBT Kashmiri Gate.
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport – Dehradun. You can book an Ola cab or local taxis for Dehradun/Rishikesh. It takes hardly 1 hour to reach Dehradun from Jolly Grant Airport.
The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation, and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you choose the proper equipment. Try to bring only what is necessary; this will help you and the field staff.
? Thermals – Tops and Bottoms
? Day Pack (20L-30L) and Rucksack 50-60L
? Bag Rain Cover
? Fleece pants
? Woollen gloves and woollen cap
? Fleece/Wool Jacket or Sweater
? Headlamp with Fresh Batteries
? Hiking Pants (Warm, Convertible, Quick-Dry, Lightweight)
? Woollen Socks (4-5 pairs)
? Insulated Jacket
? Long Sleeve Shirts (Synthetic, Lightweight)
? Sport Sunglasses and Sun cap
? Hiking Boots
? Sun Block and Lip Balm
? Water Bottles
✖ Camera and Accessories
✖ Ear Plugs
✖ Glacier Glasses
✖ Reading and Writing Materials
Altitude: 10,114ft. Stay: Guest House/Hotel/ homestay. Drive: 241 km (8-9 hrs drive). Pick-up time: 06:30 am at the parking of Dehradun railway station. Meal: Dinner
Altitude: 10,114 ft. Stay: Guest House/Hotel/ homestay. On Day 2 you can take a stroll on the streets of Gangotri town. Gangotri is the best place to capture the colourful and live environment through your lenses; while roaming around you can click pictures to keep memories alive from this town. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Altitude 11,680 ft. Stay: tents. Trek: 5 km trek proceeds through waterfall & melting glaciers along the way adding serenity to the surrounding view. After 3- 4 hrs of trekking, we will reach our campsite at Chirbassa. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Altitude 12, 441 ft. Stay: Tents. Trek: Today we will trek for 8 km total trek which usually takes around 4 – 5 hrs to reach. The element of a further trek to Bhojwassa slowly flattens out and is followed by a sudden dip to reveal Bhojwassa with a small temple and a campsite near the rive Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Altitude: 14, 642 ft. Stay: Tents. Trek: Today you will enjoy the view of the Kriti and Meru glaciers, magnificent snow-capped peaks, flora, fauna and the mountain landscape. The trail from Gaumukh to Tapovan is often said to be the most difficult part of the trek. Trekking distance is around 8 km which will take around 7 hrs depending on the pace of the group. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Altitude: 12,441 ft. Stay: Tents. Trek: Today we will descend back to Gaumukh and then follow the same trail to Bhojwassa. The trail is around 8-9 km long and may consume 4-5 hours. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Altitude: 10,114 ft. Stay: Tents. Trek: Trek down to Gangotri. Gradual descent makes it a moderate gradient trek. This trek takes far less time than covering the ascent i.e., from Gangotri to Bhojwassa. After completing the 13 km trek we will reach Gangotri. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
End of the journey. Drive from Gangotri to Dehradun after morning tea. Drive: 241 km ( 8 – 9 hrs drive)
Our campsites are pitched near water sources. For your day’s trek, two litres of water should be enough. You will find water sources on the trek to refill your water bottles. Your trek leader will brief you about these before starting the day’s trek.
During the trek, toilet tents will be set up along each campsite. A toilet tent will have a deep pit, where one can answer nature’s call. There will be a mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. These are dry toilets, where you’ll have to use toilet paper. This is the most hygienic and convenient way to answer nature’s call in the wild. Please use plain toilet paper and refrain from using wet wipes since these are not biodegradable.
If it starts raining while you’re trekking, we will continue on the trail as planned. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings.
Alcohol is dangerous in extreme cold, especially at high altitudes. Contrary to what people believe, alcohol does not make you warmer. Instead, it opens your pores, making your body colder. Moreover, it dehydrates you very quickly. Hence consumption of alcohol is absolutely prohibited on all Nomad Adventures treks. Anyone found with alcohol is quickly removed from the trek. Smoking, similarly, is not allowed on Nomad Adventures treks.
No, but there are shops on the base camp from where you can rent shoes, jackets and trek poles, headlights etc
You don’t need special snowshoes. A good waterproof trekking shoe is sufficient for the trek. When there is snow, we provide micro spikes and gaiters.
A trekking pole gives you stability and balance and helps reduce fatigue.
The minimum age limit is 8 years. However, minors aged between 8 to 17 should be accompanied by their parents or guardians.
Gaumukh Tapovan is a moderate to difficult level trek and it requires trekkers to be physically fit. The minimum age eligibility is 8+ years. As a parent or guardian, if you feel that your child can adapt to the conditions of the mountains and would be able to walk every day as required, then certainly, yes!
You would get the BSNL network till Gangotri. The last electricity charging point would also be in Gangotri. However, come prepared for the possibility of power cuts. It is good to carry your power banks and extra batteries for your camera.
No, Female Trekkers share Room/Tent with female co-trekkers and the same applies to others.
All high-altitude treks come with their share of risks. We pay utmost importance to the safety of trekkers. While we do our bit to ensure a trekker is safe, we also expect any trekker who is enrolling with us to know what could go wrong, and if it does, how to tackle it.
Since you will be starting and returning to Gangotri, it is possible for you to leave some luggage behind. Please ask your respective homestay/Camp owners to provide some space for extra luggage.
Minimum 6 people and maximum 20 we take in one batch. We need a minimum of 6 people to run a fixed departure but for the customized trip group size doesn’t matter.
No, but in case you are having so please consult your doctor because there are lots of myths about Diamox.