Region: Garhwal Himalayas
Duration: 12 Nights 13 Days
Destination covered: Delhi – Rishikesh – Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Bhojbasa – Gaumukh – Tapovan – Nandanvan – Vasukital – Chirbasa – Haridwar – Delhi
Altitude: 4570 m above sea level
Grade: Moderate Trek
Best Time: May to October
Shivling Trek in Garhwal Himalaya. Submerged in the river there is a natural Shivling where, according to mythology, Lord Shiva sat when he received the Goddess Ganga in his matted locks.
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 01: Arrivel Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Meeting and assistance on arrival. Transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Delhi – Mussoorie (1921 mts/6300 ft)
morning after breakfast drive to Mussoorie via Dehradun. Mussoorie is 295 kms from Delhi and it will take 6-7 hrs. Upon arrival at Mussoorie transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03: Mussoorie – Uttarkashi (1150 mts/3772 ft)
In the morning after breakfast drive to Uttarkashi via Chamba. One can see a panoramic view of the high mountain peaks of Garhwal. Upon arrival at Uttarkashi check in to hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 04: Uttarkashi – Gangotri (3048 mts/9998 ft 100 kms drive 5 -6 hrs)
In the morning drive to Gangotri via a beautiful Harsil valley. Enroute take a holy dip in hot sulphur springs at Gangnani. Upon arrival at Gangotri check in to hotel. Evening free to explore the beautiful surroundings.
Day 05: Gangotri – Bhojbasa ( 14 Trek 5 – 6 hrs / 3550 mts/10988 ft)
The walk begins with gradual ascent through pine trees, alongside the roaring Bhagirathi River with towering cliffs on your left hand side. Soon after you leave Gangotri, you pass a check post for the Gangotri Conservation Project. Here you have superb views of Hanuman Tibba (17,186 ft/5366m), Bhrigu Parbat (19,217 ft/6000m), Bhagirathi I, II and III. Dinner and overnight stay in tents at Bhojbasa.
Day 06: Bhojbasa – Goumukh ( 9 kms trek 4 – hrs / 3990 m/12960 ft)- Tapovan (4463 m/14640 ft)
After breakfast trek to Goumukh (3890mt), the source of the Ganges.u The sages called it ‘Gaumukh’, because in the distant past, it probably appeared like a cow’s mouth. Explore the area and trek to Tapovan, one of the finest high altitude alpine meadows in the area. Tapovan known for its beautiful meadows that encircle the base camp of the Shivling peak. Arrive Tapovan and camp. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.
Day 07: Tapovan – Kirti Bamak – Tapovan (7 kms/6 hrs)
Early in the morning a full day trek to Kirti Bamak glacier. From here you can see the Kedardome peak (6850 mts/22468 ft), Kirti Bamak (6500 mts/21320 ft) and a magnificent view of Shivling from the east. After exploring the area return to Tapovan for dinner and overnight stay in camp.
Day 08: Tapovan – Meru Glacier – Tapovan (5 hrs/6 kms)
The day is also thrilling to see the Mt. Meru peak (6400 m). In the morning trek to the base of Mt. Meru crossing the meadows of Tapovan the trail climbs into another ablation valley. It’s mythical name is “The mountain of Gold”.
Day 09: Tapovan – Nandanvan (4570 mts/14990 ft/ Trek 4-5 hrs)
We trace back to Nandanvan via Goumukh glacier. From Goumukh turn towards Nandanvan (4340m) and steering on right one will be on top of the Gangotri glacier. The glacier walk is very slippery and a slight lack of concentration would be dangerous. Huge crevasses gaped here and there. Overnight stay in camp.
Day 10: Nandanvan – Bhojbasa (Trek 4-5 hrs)
Early morning enjoy the sunrise on high peaks. After breakfast trek down to Bhojbasa. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Day 11: Bhojbasa – Gangotri (Trek 4-5 hrs) – Uttarkashi
Morning after breakfast trek down to Gangotri, where our car will be waiting for us. Then drive to Uttarkashi. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 12: Uttarkashi – Rishikesh
Morning after breakfast drive 182 kms to reach Rishikesh. Check in hotel an dinner & Overnight stay hotel.
Day 13: Rishikesh – Delhi (Back to Home)
Morning after breakfast drive to Delhi. Enroute stop at Hardwar, visit Har Ki Pauri ghat. Continue drive to Delhi international Airport..