Gomukh is 18-20 km away from Gangotri. There is no need to arrange food and lodging in this trek only. And food is available at every place at 200 rupees per person. Whereas for other trekking, routes need to carry their belongings, tent, and food. Trekking from Gangotri temple to Gomukh, on the way, there is the place, known as Bhojbasa which is situated at a distance of 8 km from Gangotri, where you find the Hotel of Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam which has a good system of lodging and food at INR 200 per person. And there are other options for lodging but run by unprofessional, local people like Dhaba, restaurant, etc. Apart from this, there is a Forest Rest House and Lal Baba Ashram in Bhojbasa.
Trekking or going to mountain summits in Uttarakhand. Gangotri is an ideal place to start trekking in this state. Gangotri is one of the four Dhams of Uttarakhand. And, Gomukh trek is the most fascinating and a spiritual adventurous activity for both adventure kind and religious kind of people.
Gomukh trek is surrounded by thick forests of the Bhojpatra trees. Many trekkers love to trek Gomukh from Gangotri, which is located at an elevation of more than 10,000 feet above sea level, and still increasing elevation continuously of Gomukh due to tectonic plates.
There are so many beautiful peaks while trekking to Gomukh like Baby Shivaling, Sudarshan Parvat peaks, Khurchkund, Kedar Dome, Bhrigunpanth, Thalay Sagar, Gangotri Mountains are located more than 22,000 feet high from the sea level. The stunning view of the Middle Himalaya attracts tourist to stay for a while to see again and again. Gomukh Trek base camps are set up at different places near these peaks while doing mountaineering. It takes two to four days to reach different campsites. Trekkers go beyond these base camps. Apart from Gangotri, there are Gomukh, Tapovan, Paradise, Kedraltal, Rudra Gera and many other major trekking routes. This Gangetic origin is the unique confluence of trekking and pilgrimage.
Preparing for Trekking
In the winter, all the roads in the Gangotri area, which are covered with snow, open in summer. After this, people begin, which continues till the end of October. Apart from the hotels of the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam, there are many other hotels and Ashrams for staying here.
In the Garhwal region, Gangotri is well connected by road. Often, all types of passenger travel from Haridwar, reaching Rishikesh, 25 km away. From here, people reach Uttarkashi in eight-nine hours. The trekking and mountaineering parties stop here and make the necessary preparations. They also rent many types of goods. There are many travel agencies in Uttarkashi who are capable of carrying out all necessary arrangements. It is advisable to manage porter, poultry, cook, guide, etc. Mule, pony or horse join in Gangotri, but they are usually managed by Uttarkashi. Most animals are loaded with luggage in this area.
Trekkers and pilgrims
Some people like to wait for a day or two even in Uttarkashi. There is a grand Shiva temple in Kashi Vishwanath Temple, where the mind starts to feel breathless after visiting Shiva temple. Gangotri is just 99 km away from here. En-route, there some famous places like Ganganani, Dharali, Lanka and Bhairogi.
People go to Gaumukh the next day. As soon as they reached there, all the people unknowingly start singing Ganga Mai and Bhole Baba Ki Jai. All the people bathing in the section of Bhagirathi river at Gamukh which is located at an altitude of more than 12600 feet. The cow-shaped mouth of Gangotri Glacier is called Gomukh. The trekker’s party proceed hereafter bathing and relaxation. If you go to the left from Gomukh, then after some distance, you find the river water very muddy. Often the pilgrims return to Gangotri from Gomukh next day because of nothing further interesting. Only Trekkers go towards Nandan forest at Tapovan and above.
Trekking & Resources
The Trekking team must have all equipment like utensils, stoves, mud oil, matches, medicines, oxygen cylinders, etc. for their tents, towing, ropes, hammers, carrons, rations, food preparation, and food. The leader of the party must have knowledge of the trekking area. It is also necessary to have the experience of walking in the snow and avoiding snow-covered trenches, pits, etc. Every member of the team must have clothes, shoes, hats, glasses, flashlight, bottles, glucose, chocolate, biscuits, toffees, etc.
Porter, Mule and Ration In addition, a porter takes his remuneration around 1000 rupees. A mule with mule guard takes 1500 rupees and the cost may vary according to the Trek route & the size of luggage you carry and the food items, the ration should be taken from Uttarkashi. There is only one trek r from Gangotri to Gomukh, So, there is no need for ration or special resources. In Gangotri, Chirbasa and Dambasa, food gets between 150 rupees and 200rupees. Now even some people can get some food and drink near Gomukh