Gaumukh Trek in Garhwal Himalayas
Gaumukh Trek in Garhwal Himalayas offers travellers an ultimate Himalayan Trekking and holy river Ganga riverside experience in Garhwal region of North India. It involves getting acclimatised around Uttarakashi, trekking all the way upto Gaumukh Glacier (14000+ ft asl) and ending with a couple of days relaxing by the holy River Ganga (Ganges).
Gaumukh Trek in Garhwal Himalayas Highlights
- Spending a couple of days acclimatising in Uttarkashi
- Short hikes and treks around Uttarkashi acclimatising for the Himalayan Trekking
- Walk through picturesque villages, forests and trek to Nachiket Tall for stunning views
- Arriving at Gaumukh Glacier for closer range views of the nearby Himalayan peaks
- Climb glacial moraine and traverse the Gaumukh Glacier for some high altitude adventure
- Spend couple of days at Rishikesh around holy river Ganga
- Accommodation in hotels and Village Guest House in a double / twin room (meals as per above table)
- Guides, Porters as required for all treks
- All transfers, sightseeing and visits as per programme by Toyota Innova
- All currently applicable taxes
- Expenses of personal nature such as gratuities, telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc.
- Adventure activities, Spa, Yoga session at Rishikesh
- India visa charges
- Travel insurance
Expert Travel Opinion
Himalayan Treks are an ultimate experience for every trekker. While one is required to live with rugged terrain, steep ascent and basic accommodation at times, everything eventually feels worth its effort after scaling a peak and enjoying stunning close range views of the Himalayan peaks. A Himalayan trek is always a battle with your own self, less so physical and more so with your mind as the air gets thinner and your resolve gets tested time and again. The realisation of what you have achieved is felt later when you return feeling fitter, fresher and confident of scaling more heights. A Rishikesh stay offers you a glimpse of the spiritual element of Uttarakhand. The Gaumukh Glacier trek and later the Rishikesh stay offers an insight into spirituality, Yoga and adventure element of Garhwal region, thus completing a 360 degree Himalayan experience for you.
Day 01 - Delhi
Arrival at Delhi
You arrive at Delhi, capital of India and a popular arrival point for International travellers. Here you are met by our representative and transferred to hotel near New Delhi Airport for next day morning flight. Arrive at the hotel for a transit stay.
Day 02 - Uttarkashi
Take morning flight to Dehradun and from there drive to Uttarakashi
Take the morning flight to Dehradun where you will be met by our representative and from there you will be transferred to your base camp at Uttarkashi (180 kms - 5.5 hours - 3800 ft asl). Uttarkashi is an excellent base point for trekkers arriving to Garhwal, offering walks, short treks for acclimatising before approaching the Gaumukh Glacier Trek and other treks in the area (such as Dodi Taal Trek). You reach the campsite by late afternoon after enroute Lunch stopover. Rest of the day for you to get acquainted with the campsite and its surroundings.
Day 03 - Uttarkashi
Setu - Agoda Hike
Today you leave for a circular hike that is designed to get you acclimatised with the altitude and surroundings. You depart after breakfast to nearby villages of Setu and Agoda. The hike starts off with a riverside trail which then bifurcates into a steady upward climb to village of Setu. After a brief stopover at the village you proceed further downward into a valley and then back upward to village of Agoda. After the luncheon stopover you take another downward route back to the Camp. You arrive at the camp by afternoon tea. Rest of the day for you to spend at leisure.
Day 04 - Uttarkashi
Nachiketa Taal Trek
Today you leave after early breakfast and drive 40 kms (1.5 hours) to Chaurangi Khal (6500 ft asl) and walk 3 kms (1.5 hours) to reach Nachiketa Taal, a small lake dedicated to Rishi Nachiketa. The trek is a steep uphill trek so will require several stops enroute. The trek offers superb views of the surrounding Himalayan ranges and valleys and is an excellent preparation for the Gaumukh Glacier trek. Upon reaching the lake you will spend some time taking photographs of the Lake (On a day that is not windy, the lake offers excellent opportunities for Reflection Photography with Himalayan backdrop). After Lunch at the Lake, you retreat back to the base point of Chaurangi Khal and drive back to the Camp to reach by evening. Rest of the day for you to spend at leisure.
Day 05 - Uttarkashi
Travel to Gangotri. Hike upto Bhoj Bassa
Today you depart early to drive to Gangotri (100 kms - 3.5 hours), considered the origin of the holy river Ganga and one of the most visited pilgrimages in India. From here you start your ascend to Bhojbassa (14 kms - 6 to 7 hours). Today is a long day that involves initial 300 meters steep ascent followed by another few hours of gradual ascent. All through the day you will cross river streams at different points, meet trekkers and some locals. As you ascend higher, you get closer views of the nearby peaks such as Sudarshan Parbat (21345 ft asl). The terrain gets rugged and air gets thinner as you keep trekking through a moderate upward ascent. You will reach Chirbasa by afternoon where you stopover for Lunch. From Chirbasa you can see the head of the Gaumukh Glacier. From Chirbasa the one treks for another 2 hours of gradual ascent to reach Bhojbassa camp (14000 ft asl) by evening. Bhojbassa is a base point before approaching Gaumukh Glacier, having simple camps where trekkers stay overnight.
Day 06 - Uttarkashi
Trek to Gaumukh Glacier and Return to Bhojbassa
Today is the day when you eventually make it to Gaumukh Glacier, the focal point of the whole trip. You trek for 2 hours for 4 kms to reach base of Gaumukh Glacier. You may climb glacial moraine and traverse the Gaumukh Glacier for the sheet adventure it offers. The area offers stunning views and represents culmination of one of the ultimate Himalayan trekking experience. After spending some time at the Glacier, you return back to the Bhojbassa Camp by late afternoon. Rest of the day for you to rest and recuperate from gruelling couple of days of trekking.
Day 07 - Uttarkashi
Descend to Gangotri and from there drive back to Uttarkashi
Today you take a downward trek to Gangotri from the same route you ascended. While descend is not as taxing physically, you need to be equally careful about not slipping on loose rock pieces and slippery gravel. It will take you 4-5 hour of trekking before you reach Gangotri. You have Lunch at Gangotri before being driven back to the Uttarkashi Camp. You reach by late afternoon / evening. Rest of the day for you to rest and recuperate.
Day 08 - Rishikesh
Travel to Rishikesh. Evening visit to Triveni Ghat for Arti
Today you travel to Rishikesh (2000 ft as - 170 kms - 5 hours), a riverside town on banks of the Holy River Ganga, adventure capital of India, home to many riverside resorts offering a relaxing experience. Rishikesh is also the home of the Yoga and spirituality in India. You arrive here to relax after a high altitude Himalayan trek with an option to explore Yoga, spirituality and adventure elements of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. After enroute Lunch, You arrive at a riverside resort by late afternoon. In the evening you visit Triveni Ghat area for the evening Arti for a spirituality experience.
Day 09 - Rishikesh
Today you have an option to relax by the Riverside or enjoy a Spa session or opt for a Yoga session with a personal trainer or enjoy a White Water Rafting session or explore Rishikesh to visit Ashrams, Temples, River Ghats and vantage view points.
Day 10 - Dehradun
Depart for Dehradun
Today you depart for Dehradun Airport (50 kms - 1.5 hours) to take a flight back to Delhi for onward International departure.
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