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Tapovan Trek

Tapovan Trek(6 Nights/7 Days)

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The name of the place says it all, “Tapovan”. It means a sacred and serene place, where the sages meditate for spiritual bliss. Take the Tapovan Trek to see the combination of nature and spirituality. Tapovan is a high-altitude Alpine meadow, situated at the base of Mount Shivling, on the west bank of the Gangotri glacier. Tapovan is a base camp for Shivlinga peak in Uttarakhand hills. The Tapovan trek takes one to the Gomukh at the Gangotri glacier which is the source of River Ganga, the most sacred river in the Hindu religion. Sadhus come here to pay tribute to Lord Shiva and River Ganga. It is said that King Bhagiratha of the Ikshvaku dynasty, meditated here to Shiva for Ganga’s descent to earth. The valley, flanked by majestic Himalayan peaks like Mt. Shivling, Mt. Meru, and Kedar Dome is a favorite destination for trekking enthusiasts, both Indian and foreign. The Bhagirathi Group of peaks are visible on the eastern bank of the Gangotri glacier.

Adventure lovers will love the Tapovan trek as it involves mountain climbing, rock climbing and exploring the glaciers. The glacier is the geographical origin of the Ganges located at a distance of 18 km from Gangotri, following a steady uphill trek. Here Ganga is known as ‘Bhagirathi’. A dip in its icy waters is almost a must for pilgrims. This trek is popular with both pilgrims as well as avid- trekkers. Along with the thrill of exploring nature, the glaciers, you might discover your own inner self in this magical land of spirituality.

Day 1: Haridwar to Gangotri

Arrive at Haridwar on your own. Drive from Haridwar to Gangotri along the banks of river Bhagirathi on a beautiful ridge road through Deodar and Dhanolti groves. After a beautiful mountain drive reaches Gangotri and checks in to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2: Gangotri

Gangotri being above 10000 feet, you need a day to get acclimatized to the weather. The air is thin and atmospheric pressure is only 70% that of sea level. It is necessary for anyone to take a day for acclimatization before starting the Tapovan trek. Drink plenty of water today. You can take a walk around the temple area, if you have more reserves, you can hike towards the Kedar Tal route for a couple of hours and come back. Have dinner and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Gangotri to Bhojbasa

After breakfast starts trekking to Bhojbasa along the river Bhagirathi. You will pass through Chirbasa, after which the terrain becomes desolate and barren. Pass through a beautiful lush green forest trail with the view of majestic Neelkanth peak on the way, which will leave you in awe. As you get closer to Bhojbasa you will start feeling the chilly wind touching your face. Reach the campsite at Bhojbasa by late afternoon. You will have time to explore the surrounding area. Enjoy the enchanting sunset on Bhagirathi ranges and have your dinner. Overnight stay at the camps.

Day 4: Bhojbasa to Tapovan via Gaumukh

Rise and shine with the stunning sunrise view from your camps. Have your breakfast and start your trek to Tapovan through Gaumukh, the source of the Ganga River. Gaumukh is where the water of the Ganga River trickles down from the glaciers. Trek through grassy meadows, rocks, and boulders, sandy beaches sheltered by enormous piles of granite. After a steep climb, the surrounding peaks will become clearer. Tapovan is known for its beautiful meadows and as the base camp for the Shivling peak. You might spot herds of Blue mountain goat which is a very common sight here. The views from this place are majestic. Have dinner at the campsite and stay overnight.

Day 5: Neela Tal

After breakfast with the beautiful sunrise start your hike to surrounding places. Hike to Neel Tal, which just cannot be missed. It’s literally blue in color, like a blue pond that will leave you speechless by its beauty. It acts like a mirror to the mighty Shivling peaks. Take a walk around the pond to catch the reflection of Meru and Bhagirathi peaks in the pond. Such tranquility is not easy to find. Descend to the camp and have your dinner. Overnight stay at the camps.

Day 6: Tapovan to Gangotri

It’s time to trace the trail back. After breakfast starts trekking downhill to Gangotri. Your trek will end at Gangotri. Reach by evening and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 7: Gangotri to Haridwar

Early morning after breakfast, leave for Haridwar for your return journey.

Tapovan Trek Package:

Tapovan Trek Cost: 12,500/- Per Person

Package Includes:-

  • Three nights stay at Gangotri (Day 1, Day 2 & Day 6) on sharing basis and food. Trek fee
  • This package is based on mandatory requirement of minimum 6 paying adults
  • All meals during the trek. Regular Indian style nutritious vegetarian food during the trek (including eggs), breakfast packed/hot lunch (depending upon the time you reach a campsite), snacks, dinner along with coffee/tea/soup
  • Excellent Mountain Guide, who will be a local to this particular area and has profound knowledge of the trekking trails around
  • Specialized Cook, Support staffs, Porters/Packed Animals for carrying the central logistics of the trek
  • The entire permit fee, camping charges, Forest levy required for the trek
  • Stay at rest house/forest hut/tent as required in the trek
  • Sleeping Mattress and Sleeping Bag

Package Does Not Include:-

  • Service Tax @9%
  • Train /Air fair
  • Personal Horse and horse man, Potter during Yamunotri
  • Lunch, snacks, mineral water.
  • Laundry, room service, tips, camera fee
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any other expenses incurred due to bad weather, road closure, land slide etc.
  • Anything not specified in package inclusions.

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