The Gaumukh Tapovan trek is an exciting trek that offers spectacular views of the Gaumukh Glacier, which is shaped like a cow. It is the main source of water for the holy Ganges. The Gaumukh River is the source of the Bhagirathi river. It is a 18-km walk from Gangotri to reach Gaumukh. This surreal, peaceful area offers stunning views of the Bhagirathi mountains. Meters lies behind Gaumukh, and is made up of beautiful grassland at Mount Shivling’s foot.
You will be able to see the Gangotri Shivling and Thalay Sagar peaks from this trek. Although the trek is generally gentle, it can be dangerously steep at times. It is a combination trekking, climbing, bouldering, and glacier crossing adventure. The hike is beautiful with its abundance of natural beauty, including fragrant flowers, snow-capped peaks, and other breathtaking views. You can take a dip in the sacred Bhagirathi River, which is considered to be one of the most sacred rituals.
You can also take in the divine aura of Gangotri, Gangotri, Uttarkashi and Gangotri while hiking the Gaumukh glacier. Enjoy the stunning view of the Bhagirathi Sisters from the summit. The stunning view of Tapovan’s snow-capped peaks is awe inspiring. The Akash Ganga is another attraction on this trekking route. This river, which flows according to Lord Shivas Jata’s popular belief, bathes the Shiva Linga. Tapovan’s beauty and serenity will soothe and relax your mind.
Here are some facts
- Maximum elevation: 14222 feet
- Gomukh Trek Duration: 8 Days and 7 Nights
- Gangotri: Start Point/Endpoint
- Gomukh Tapovan trek gradient: Moderate
- Gomukh Trek route distance: 46 Km
- Temperature: Day – 18°C to 12°C, Night – 5°C to -5°C
- ATM: Uttarkashi
How to get there:
It is located 234km from Gangotri along the NH58. It has good connections to all major cities in India. Regular trains to Rishikesh are available. Taxis and buses are available from Rishikesh and Uttarkashi to Gangotri.
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is located 250km from Gangotri. The airport is easily connected to Delhi, and there are many daily flights to Delhi that connect large areas of the country.
By Road Gangotri is only accessible by bus, private jeep or SUV. It takes about 12 hours to travel from Rishikesh. Taxi stations in Rishikesh and Haridwar have Jeeps or taxis. Dehradun and Rishikesh have tourist taxis.
Things to keep:
- Backpack (50-60l).
- Warm clothes
- Water bottle
- Day pack (20-30l).
- Additional pair of socks
- Thermals and fleece jackets
- Hiking shoes
- Mosquito & insect repellent
The best time to visit:
The best time to go on Gaumukh Tapovan trekking is from May to June, September to Oct.
Graduation of difficulty
You must be fit to hike the Gaumukh Tapovan.
Here are some reasons to be thankful:
This is one of the most rewarding hikes that you have ever done. There are great summit views, and then there are the “great” ones. The Gaumukh Tapovan hike offers the best views of Mount Shivling. Mount Shivling will be visible on your right, starting at the bottom.
These are some places to visit:
Gangotri- Gangotri, a small city located near the Gangotri temple, is one of four Char Dhams’ holy sites. It’s the most important and vital temple of Ganga, which is worshiped in India as a goddess. The Gangotri glacier is located at Gaumukh. It can be reached by a short 19-km trek from Gangotri. Gangotri, however, is the place where river Ganga descends from heaven while Lord Shiva launches the strong river from his beautiful locks.
Bhojbasa- Bhojbasa, a beautiful place at 3775m above sea level, is called Bhojbasa. You can reach Bhojbasa by hiking 14 km from Gangotri. This hike takes you through rugged terrain, and the Bhagirathi river.