SOURCE OF GANGES TREK
The trek to the Source of Ganges is one of the finest in the Himalayas as the trekkers are able to witness the roaring Bhagirathi river - the actual source of holy river Ganges - emerging from below the Gangotri glacier. The region is one of the most picturesque one with gigantic Bhagirathi and Shivling peaks in the backdrop. Lonely Planet puts the source of Ganges as # 1 spiritual trek anywhere in the world.
The source of Ganges trek starts from Gangotri, where lies the Gangotri temple - an important Hindu shrine. From Gangotri we gently walk through the forests along the Bhagirathi river with peaks like Bhagirathi and Jogin in sight. 11-km further one reaches Chirbasa that could be our camp site for the day. 3-km ahead the more popular camping site is Bhojbasa, where most trekkers prefers to camp. From here the snout of Gangoti glacier from where the Ganges emerges is mere 3-km ahead.
For a more challenging expedition one can go over and across the glacier to Tapovan a picturesque location - also the base camp to climb surrounding peaks. Sighting of wild Ibex and other wildlife is easily possible during the trek.
Day 1 : Rishikesh to Uttarkashi Drive 6-7 Hours Overnight Guest House:
Morning after break fast drive to Uttarkashi. Lunch enroute. On the way stop at zero point to see the view of Tehri Jheel, Arrive Uttrakashi and transfer to the guest house. Remaining day to relax and to acclimatize. At evening visit to Vishwanath temple, Meals and over night in guest house. Uttrakashi is the principle town in Garhwal region. Nehru Institute of Mountaineering is situated here. It is also the gateway to many mountaineering and trekking expedition in Gangotri area.
Day 02: Uttarkashi to Gangotri Drive 4-5 Hours Overnight Guest House:
Morning after break fast drive to Gangotri. May make a comfort stop at Gangnani hot spring. Those who wants can have a quick refreshing bath in the pool. Arrive Gangotri and transfer to hotel.Visit Gangotri temple. Evening prayer dedicated to goddess Ganges, Meals and over night hotel
Day 03: Gangotri:
The Day is spent exploring this place of pilgrimage. Thousands of Pilgrims arrive here in summer to wash away their sins in the holy Ganga, it is said that Lord Shiva sat at the base of this fall to take the Ganga into his locks, for otherwise her descent from the heavens would have split the earth. Dinner and over night in hotel.
Day 04: Gangotri to Bhojbasa (3650mt) Trek 5-6 Hours Overnight Camp:
Morning after breakfast trek to Bhojbasa. The entire trek today is along the roaring Bhagirathi river. The wide trail initially passes through dense deodar forests before emerging into the wide unforest valley . Arrive Bhojbasa and camp. Afternoon free to explore the area and evening enjoy excellent sunset on Bhagirathi group of peaks Dinner and overnight in camp.
Day 05: Bhojbasa to Gaumukh to Tapovan 4-5 Hours Overnight Camp:
Morning enjoy the panoramic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. After break fast trek to Gaumukh, the source of the Ganges. Explore the area and trek to Tapovan. One of the finest high altitude alpine meadows in the area. Today we traverse the entire Gangotri glacier to reach Tapovan. Arrive Tapovan and camp, Dinner and overnight camp.
Day 06 : Tapovan Overnight Camp:
Day free to explore the area, one can read, meditate,walk to the base of high peaks And explore high altitude flora and fauna. Evening encounter the most panoramic sunset on high peaks. Meals and overnight camp.
Day 07: Tapovan to Chirbasa 5-6 Hours Overnight Camp:
tapovanEarly morning enjoy the sunrise on high peaks , After breakfast trek to down to Chirbasa. Arrive Chirasa and camp. Meals and overnight camp.
Day 08: Chirbasa to Gangotri to Uttarkashi 7-8 Hours Drive Overnight Guest House:
Morning after breakfast trek to down to Gangotri. Latter drive to Uttrakashi, Enroute stop at Gangnani for a refreshing bath. Arrive Uttrakashi and check in guest house. Meals and overnight guest house.
Day 09: Uttarkashi to Rishikesh 6-7 Hours Drive:
Morning after breakfast drive to Rishikesh. Lunch enroute, Arrive Rishikesh. Trip End.