Your Tailor-Made Trekking Pilgrimage in Garhwal Himalayas

The valleys of the Ganges, traditionally called Garhwal Himalayas Uttarakhand «Northern Region», constitute this region with great beauty, where the high and rugged mountains alternatively rising with splendid green valleys, reddened in winter by the spikes of rock that emerge from the snowy landscapes. Here is your Your Tailor-Made Trekking Pilgrimage in Garhwal Himalayas

The Garhwal Himalayas region is regarded as the home of the Gods. As such, Uttarakhand is one of the holiest places in India, dotted with hundreds of Hindu temples, the destination has an impressive number of pilgrims, called Yatris in Hindi.

From April to October, thousands of Yatris from all over India go on pilgrimage to the four major sites, Dhams (sacred abodes of Gods), called Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath, celebrating the Puja, a set of ceremonies that have for aiming to purify every individual from past bad Karma.

We will propose you discover with us one of the pilgrimage routes starting from Gaurikund or Sonprayag After the ascent to the Dham of Kedarnath, a temple dedicated to Shiva, God of Creation and Destruction, located on the snow-capped summit of a mountain at 3500m altitude, we will head west to the source of the Ganges. We will walk in the company of Sadhus (ascetics) and we will be considered as Yatri, in the same way as the other pilgrims.

Visit Rishikesh and Haridwar, sacred cities located on the banks of the Ganges.

Siddhashram The Elusive Abode For The Enlightened Ones
Siddhashram The Elusive Abode For The Enlightened Ones

More than just a hike, this trip is a perfect introduction to the sacredness of India.

Your Tailor-Made Trekking Trip in Garhwal Himalayas

Day 1- Arrival in Delhi

Greetings at the airport and hotel accommodation in the center of Delhi. Night in the hotel.

Day 2 – Delhi – Rudraprayag – 5 hours by Train up to Haridwar – 6 hours by road

Transfer in the very early morning to the station. Train to Haridwar and road to Rudraprayag, which will take us to cross the great plain of the Ganges to which the mountains will gradually follow (ascent of a small hill in Pauri). Night in a guest house with somewhat basic comfort.

Day 3- Rudraprayag – Sonprayag (2000 m) 120km – 3/4 hrs road Journey

The route to Sonprayag  (first Alaknanda then Mandakini). At the end of the road in Sonprayag (2000 m), a starting point that will then lead us to reach Kedarnath. The village is packed with pilgrims and walkers, with their ritual objects and their kitsch souvenirs. Night in a lodge or camp.

Day 4 – Sonprayag – Kedarnath (3550m) 7hr Trekking

First day of the trek. Then a path that will lead us to the rise of Kedarnath, populated by hundreds of pilgrims from all over India. The path will lead us to a forest and then through more open spaces. The landscape becomes almost “mineral” in the vicinity of the temple. The view that we will be able to enjoy on Kedarnath Peak (6970 m) is heavenly, a splendid reward for the effort of the trek. Overnight in the Camp.

Day 5 – Kedarnath  Sonprayag (3550 m) up to 6 hours of Trekking ( optional )

A day of exploration. Visit of the temple of Kedarnath built with large blocks of stone considered to be the remains of an apparition of Shiva, in the form of Taureau Nandi. Numerous Sadhus (ascetics). Guaranteed atmosphere! Overnight in the Camp or Guesthouse.

Day 6 – Kedarnath – Sonprayag  (2000m) 5h of descending Trek

After breakfast, descent along the same route to Gaurikund. Night in the lodge or camp.

Day 7 – Sonprayag – Maggou (3000m) 6h  Trekking

A few kilometers of the road will lead us to Trijugi Narayan Temple, the starting point of a 7-day trek to the West, in a place where according to legend a fire called Akhand Duni burns from the marriage between Shiva and Parvati, celebrated in these places. Visit the temple. An important change of heights in these days of march (crossing a certain number of valleys).

The trail develops between tropical forests and mountain landscapes, always maintaining a spectacular view of the Himalayan range, in the area bordering Tibet, and the Nanda Devi massif further east. For the first day, a long ascent to the Maggou mountain pastures. Night in the Camp.

Day 8 – Maggou – Panwali (3000 m) 6 / 7hr Trekking

Ascent to a peak (3400 m). I will feel horizontal which will lead us to reach Panwali Kantha. Arrive near Panwali, where we will be able to meet numerous buffaloes, belonging to the Gujjars, an ethnic group of Muslim confession. Semi-nomadic, the Gujjars live in the foothills of the Himalayas during the winter (in the forests around Rishikesh and Haridwar) and settle their villages in the high mountain grasslands in the summer. The view after Panwali is unforgettable: the massif of Garhwal, Nanda Devi (7816 m), and Kedarnath. Overnight in the Camp.

Day 9 – Panwali – Ghuttu (1350 m) 7 / 8hr Trekking

The ascent up to 3150m, then head towards the Bhillangana river, through green meadows, then the tropical forest (numerous langur monkeys), and finally, the rice fields at the edge of the village of Ghuttu &  Panwali Kantha. Camp.

Day 10 -Ghuttu – Bhairon Chatti (2170 m) 6 / 7hr Trekking

The trek begins with the crossing of farms, fields, and numerous and magnificent villages with their dry stone temples. Arriving at the top of the summit, we will walk through the pine forest before reaching Bhairaon Chatti, a fabulous camp where the view is incredible over the surrounding mountainous landscape. Overnight in the Camp.

Day 11- Bhairon Chatti – Agonda (1150 m) 6hr Trekking

Descent from the forest until you reach green meadows again. Crossing the Bal Ganga River. Camp near the village of Budha Kedar where we will visit the temple dedicated to Shiva. Night in a camp outside the village.

Day 12 – Agonda – Belak (2700 m) 7hr Trekking

The last ascent of this first part of the trek, crossing mainly the forest, but with some glimpses of cultivated fields and traditional villages. Camp in the village of Belak.

Day 13 – Belak – Malla (1500 m) – Gangotri (3100 m)  5hr Trek and – 80 km, 4 to 6 hours by road

The descent through numerous villages to the Bhagirathi River (local name for the Ganges). Road to Malla, end of the first trek. transfer by vehicle to the village of Gangotri. Every year, around 150,000 pilgrims come to pay homage. Overnight in the Lodge.

Day 14 -Gangotri – Full-Day Rest

Overnight in the Lodge

Day 15 – Gangotri – Bhojbasa (3800 m) 5hrs Trekking

The Ascent in the company of numerous pilgrims along the Ganges to Cheerbasa (3600 m), surrounded by a beautiful pine forest. Continue in the direction of Bhojbasa. The Bhagirathi barrier (5 summits at more than 6500 m, a granite wall) stands out on the horizon. Overnight in the Lodge.

Day 16 – Bhojbasa – Tapovan (4400 m) 4 / 5hrs Trekking

The ascent continues in the direction of Gaumukh (3900 m), the “mouth of the cow”, a term that indicates the source of the river, thanks to the Gangotri Glacier, 40 km long! Fascinating show of semi-naked sadhus in a lotus flower position where the Ganges is born. This is followed by a short but demanding ascent to Tapovan. Shivling (6550m) sacred mountain for Hindus, but also Meru (6660m), the impressive Baghirathis, and a chain of peaks of more than 6000m. Overnight in the Camp.

Day 17 -Tapovan – Cheerbasa 4 / 5 Trekking

Long descent along the same path to Cheerbasa. We will meet hundreds of pilgrims on the way. Overnight in the Camp.

Day 18- Cheerbasa – Gangotri – Uttarkashi

100 km – 3 hours Trekking and  & 4 hours road driving &  Return to the Gangotri. The route to Uttarkashi, a small but lively city located on the edge of the Ganges. Numerous temples “populate” the city. Night in the hotel.

Day 19 – Uttarkashi – Haridwar – Delhi  150 km – 5 / 6hrs Trekking

The route in the direction of Haridwar, located in the area where the Ganges emerges from the Himalayas, slowing its course and penetrating the plain. Every 12 years, there are more than 10 million Hindu pilgrims who gather on the banks of the Ganges for the Kumbh Mela, the most important religious gathering on the planet! Transfer to the station and overnight on the train to Delhi.

Day 20 -Delhi – International Airport

Assistance at the Railway station and visit Delhi. In the afternoon, we will have a room in the hotel where we can leave our luggage and take a shower before transferring to the airport in the evening. End of our services.

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Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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