Origin of the Ganges, Gomukh A journey along the Ganga
The river Ganges is the holiest river in the Hindu religion with its source to the Gomukh glacier, considered as one of the most sacred places for Hindus who come here to witness the birth of Mother Ganga, Gangotri is also the purest point from where taking water for religious ceremonies. The trek starts from the Gomukh glacier, the mythological origin of the river Ganges.
Day 1: Delhi-Haridwar-Rishikesh (250 Km / 7-8 hours)
Upon arrival at Delhi airport, meet with our representative and then transfer to Haridwar. En route visit Haridwar Har Ki Pauri and Shanti Niketan. Later Ganga Aarti (prayer dedicated to the mother Ganges) is not only a sight to behold, but an experience that offers visitors images, sounds, songs, and light oil lamps! Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Rishikesh – Uttarkashi (180 km / 5-6 hours)
After breakfast, meeting with our guide and departure for Uttarkashi (1150 meters) passing through the hill towns of Chamba and Tehri. Arrival at the hotel, and a free evening to explore the surrounding area by yourself. Uttarkashi is the main city in the region. Home to many very ancient temples, Ashram, and Dharamshalas, this city is also home to the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering. Uttarkashi represents a passage for mountaineering and trekking expeditions in the Gangotri area.
Day 3: Uttarkashi – Gangotri 95 km (3048 m)
In the morning you will enjoy the sunrise in the high hills with a cup of tea in hand. After breakfast departure to Gangotri through the picturesque Harsil valley, about 25 km before Gangotri (3048 meters), covering 95 kilometers in 4-5 hours. Hotel accommodation, and in the evening visit the Temple for evening prayer. Overnight at the hotel. The Gangotri sanctuary is located at an altitude of 3200 m surrounded by Deodars and Pines. The original temple was built by General Gorkha Amar Singh Thapa. Every year people from all over the world visit this sanctuary. A number of Ashrams and Dharamshalas are on the opposite side of the river. It is believed that Raja Bhagirath used to worship the God Shiva sitting on a rock slab called “Bhagirath Shila”, located a short distance from the temple. Submerged in the river is a natural Shivling (called Jalmagna Shivling) where, according to mythology, Shiva sat when she received the Goddess Ganga in her tangled locks. Trekking starts from Gangotri, the source of the mighty Ganges.
Day 4: Gangotri (3048 meters) – Bhojwassa (3792 meters) 14 km trekking / 5-6 hours)
In the morning meeting with the trekking group and departure towards Bhojvasa via Chirvasa (3600 meters). From Gangotri, the path is well marked and just as well-trodden towards Chirvasa. The entire route runs parallel to the Bhagirathi river. Beyond Chirvasa the soil becomes truly desolate and sterile, and the sandy soil is unstable. In fact, the last two kilometers before reaching Bhojwasa are known to be subject to landslides and require extreme caution. The path suddenly dives in the last stretch to get to Bhojvasa, where there is a small temple and potential camping near the river. The field is located near the river bank. Spend the afternoon exploring the area and enjoying the sunset view of the Bhagirathi mountain range. Dinner and overnight in a tent.
Day 5: Bhojbasa – Gomukh (3890 meters) – Tapovan (4463 meters) -Bhojbasa:
In the early morning, you will enjoy the panoramic view of the Bhagirathi group. After breakfast, trekking to Gomukh (3890 meters), the source of the Ganges. The sages gave the name ‘Gomukh’ because, in the distant past, it probably looked like the mouth of a cow. The journey from Gomukh to Tapovan is a steep climb. Tapovan, known for its beautiful meadows that surround the base camp of the Shivling peak, is a very beautiful place, with a large meadow full of streams, wildflowers, and campsites. The large stream called Akash Ganga flows through this area, and herds of Bharal (blue mountain goats) graze undisturbed on rocky surfaces. The opposite side of the Bhagirathi I, II, III (6454mt) glacier provides an equally impressive backdrop. Many Sadhus still choose this place for meditation during the long summer months, and some very skilled Yogis can still be seen in their Kutias (huts). Arrival to Tapovan. Dinner and overnight camping. The Gomukh glacier is the source of Bhagirathi (currently known as the Ganges) and is held in high esteem by devotees who collect his holy water for religious ceremonies and plunge into the icy waters with hope to clean their souls. Tapovan is an ideal place for tourists looking for peace and adventure. Located at an altitude of 4463 meters above sea level, Tapovan serves as a base camp for mountaineering expeditions on the Shivlinga peak in the Himalaya Garhwal. One can witness a breathtaking view of the Bhagirathi peaks from the meadow at Tapovan. Later it comes to Bhojbasa.
Day 6: Bhojbasa-Gangotri (5-6 hours trekking) – Uttarkashi (4 hours by car)
After breakfast trekking downhill to Gangotri, where the car is waiting to take you to Uttarkashi. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Uttarkashi-Srinagar (180 Km / 6-7 hours by car)
Breakfast early and departure to Srinagar via Tehri Dam, stop to visit the villages Pahari and the small villages. Hotel accommodation, free time, dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Srinagar-Gaurikund (190 km / 6-7 hours by car):
After breakfast at the hotel, departure for Gaurikund, stop to visit Rudraprayag confluence of Mandakini and Alaknanda, Gupta Kashi and another small town. Upon arrival at Gaurikund (2780m), accommodation in a guest house. Visit the Temple of Gauri (also known as Goddess Parvati). Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Gaurikund-Kedarnath (6-7 hours of trekking)
Today there is 14 km of trekking to reach Kedarnath with packed lunch. Kedarnath is one of the most important Indian pilgrimage sites. The temple, built in the 8th century, is dedicated to the goddess Shiva. The profile of the mountains changes at every turn, with snowy peaks and eagles soaring over the clear Himalayan sky, landscapes breath-taking like waterfalls, green carpets, wild verbena, mallow flowers, and long-haired goats. Overnight in a guest house or hotel.
Day 10: Kedarnath-Gaurikund (5-6 hours of trekking) -Chopta (4 hours by car)
Wake up early to go to Lord Shiva Temple, then start the trek to Gaurikund, upon arrival your car is waiting for you to take you to Chopta, through Guptakahsi and Ukhimath. Accommodation in a tent or guest house. Dinner and overnight in Chopta.
Day 11: Chopta-Chamoli-Joshimath-Badrinath (180 km / 7-8 hours by car) Badrinath
Breakfast early and departure by car to Badrinath, along with the road stop at Gopeshwar, Chamoli, and Joshimath. Upon arrival at Badrinath, hotel accommodation, visit of Sri Badrinath Dham (dam) and stroll in the local market. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Badrinath-Auli-Karnpriyag – Joshimath: (70 Km / 3-4 hours by car)
Early in the morning visit the second dam, known as Sri Badri Dham, then departure for Mana Village, visit of Ganesh Gufa and another sanctuary. Departure for Rudraprayag, just a stop to visit Auli. Upon arrival at Joshimath, hotel accommodation and the rest of the day off. Dinner and overnight at Joshimath.
Day 13: Joshimath-Rudraprayag-Deopriyag-Rishikesh (225 km / 7-8 hours by car)
Early departure for Rishikesh, with several stops to visit also Karnpriyag, Rudraprayag and Deopriyag. Arrival and accommodation at the hotel.
Day 14: Rishikesh
A full day of relaxation, individual activities, and sightseeing in Rishikesh. We point out the places of greatest interest: Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Parmarth Niketan, Bharat Temple, and the local market. Overnight at Hotel.