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Gaumukh Tapovan trek

6 Days

Gaumukh Tapovan


Gomukh Tapovan is situated within the Gangotri National Park, near the source of the River Ganges (known as Bhagirathi here). The trek begins from Gangotri, a sacred town and pilgrimage site located at an altitude of approximately 3,100 meters (10,200 feet).


The duration of the Gomukh Tapovan trek is typically around 6 to 8 days, depending on the route chosen and the pace of the trekking group. The total trekking distance is approximately 18 to 20 kilometers (one way).


The trek to Gomukh Tapovan is considered to be moderately challenging, suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. The trail involves steep ascents, rocky terrain, and high-altitude conditions, with altitudes reaching over 4,000 meters (13,000 feet). Adequate physical fitness and acclimatization are essential for a successful trek.



Gomukh: The trek begins from Gangotri and leads to Gomukh, which is the snout of the Gangotri Glacier and the source of the River Ganges. Gomukh is a sacred site for Hindus and is surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks.

Tapovan: From Gomukh, the trek continues to Tapovan, a high-altitude meadow situated at an altitude of approximately 4,463 meters (14,640 feet). Tapovan offers panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, including Shivling, Bhagirathi, Meru, and Bhagirathi Parbat.

Cost Include

  • Accommodation. (Guest house, Camping)
  • Meals while on trek (Veg)
  • Trek equipment (Sleeping bag, mattress, Kitchen & dinning tent, crampon, utensils, tent)
  • All necessary permits and entry fees.
  • First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
  • Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide and Support staff.

Cost Excludes

  • Any kind of personal expenses.
  • Food during the transit.
  • Insurance.
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head


On day one, trekkers will be driven to Gangotri from Dehradun, which makes for a 10-12 hours drive. Shaded by lofty mountains and beautiful Deodar forests, Gangotri is also the base village for the Kedartal Trek. Rest overnight, and gear up for the trek beginning the following day to the source of river Ganga.

Begin early in the morning by driving from Dharali to Gangotri. Start trekking towards Chirbasa, the trail to which snakes through a lush forest. In a matter of a few minutes, the mighty Sudarshan Parbat (21,345 ft.) greets you. Take trail proceeding towards the left side of the mountain, to the right of which the roaring Bhagirathi river can be seen. A little further up, you can see one of the first streams and waterfalls of the trek. Crossing a makeshift bridge and a few more streams will bring you mindblowing vistas of the valley. A few hours of trekking will land you at the Chirbasa campsite sitting beside the Bhagirathi river and affording great views of the Bhagirathi peaks. You will camp here overnight.

As you begin your trek from Chirbasa, other towering peaks loom out gracefully. You now embark on the Gaumukh trail. A few minutes later, the beautiful Chirbasa campsite can be seen below, after which the terrain seems rugged and broken in places. Soon, you will face the first ridge of the day. The twin Bhagirathi peaks appear closer as you trek further up the trail. It is not advisable to loiter much as there may be many falling rocks to watch out for. Once you reach Bhojbasa, you are gifted with the first magical glimpse of Mt. Shivling. Go on a short trek to Gaumukh, which takes about 2.5 hours to reach, and is flanked by Mt. Shivling on the right.

Take the same trail to Gaumukh as the other day. The most challenging day of the trek, the trail from Gaumukh to Tapovan takes you through rugged glacial moraines and the stunning Gaumukh glacier. Making your way through the landslide-prone regions, and the glacial stream Akash-Ganga sends a rush of excitement through your body! A deadly combination of ice and rocks adds to the difficulty level, making it slightly slippery. The initial leg of the climb up to the top of the glacier is a stark ascent of about 100 meters. Soon, you must wade through the chilling Akash-Ganga, post which, a steep ascent of 1.5 hours will bring you to Tapovan. Pitch your tents here for the night.

The trek back from Bhojwasa to Gangotri is quite smooth and can be traversed comfortably. The trail back follows the same route taken while ascending.

On this day, you will drive back to Dehradun. You will reach Dehradun by 6 or 7 pm.

What is the best time to do the Gomukh Tapovan trek?


  • The best time to undertake the Gomukh Tapovan trek is during the summer months, from May to June, and then again from September to October. During these months, the weather is generally favorable, with clear skies and mild temperatures, making it ideal for trekking.

How difficult is the Gomukh Tapovan trek?


  • The Gomukh Tapovan trek is considered to be moderately challenging. While the trail is well-defined, it involves steep ascents, rocky terrain, and high-altitude conditions. Trekkers should have a reasonable level of fitness and be prepared for long hours of walking each day.

Do I need any permits for the Gomukh Tapovan trek?


  • Yes, trekkers are required to obtain permits from the forest department and pay entry fees for the Gangotri National Park. These permits can be obtained in Gangotri before starting the trek. It’s essential to carry valid identification and permit documents during the trek.

What should I pack for the Gomukh Tapovan trek?


  • It’s essential to pack appropriately for the trek, including warm clothing, waterproof jackets, sturdy hiking boots, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a first-aid kit, and a sleeping bag. Additionally, carry sufficient food and water, as well as any personal medication you may require.

Is altitude sickness a concern on the Gomukh Tapovan trek?


  • Yes, altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness (AMS) can be a concern on the Gomukh Tapovan trek, as the trail ascends to high altitudes above 4,000 meters (13,000 feet). It’s essential to acclimatize gradually, stay hydrated, and be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness. If you experience severe symptoms, descend to lower altitudes immediately.

Are there accommodation options along the trekking route?


  • Along the trekking route, there are basic accommodation options available at guesthouses or camping sites in places like Bhojbasa and Tapovan. However, it’s advisable to carry your own camping gear, as the availability of accommodation may be limited, especially during the peak trekking season.

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Gaumukh Tapovan trek