Gangotri is exquisite alpine country.Deodars march in serried ranks and gorges plunge,sliced by the bustling Bhagirathi.The drive will take you past the settlement of Bhairon Ghati and into the single,traffic-choked,street of Gangotri.Here the river is joined by its tributary,the Kedar Ganga,rising in the glacier lake of Kedar Tal.Together they gush down the toffee-coloured rocks of Gauri Kund and flow down the Himalayas.Here too. Celebrated in Hindu mythology and religion, the Garhwal Himalayas are said to be the "Abode of the Gods". The river Ganges takes its source in this remote massif, at the sacred shrine of Gangotri, and rushes down to the plains in a torrential fury.
The Nandan Van trek should really be called the Gangotri-Gaumukh-Nandadevi-Tapovan Trek.It is particularly interesting because it offeres a wide variety of Himalayan trekking experiences:rock climbing,boulder hopping and glacier traversing.Nevertheless, it is considered to be a trek which even non-mountaineers can undertake fairly comfortably. You can place yourself in the hands of one of the many competent trekking outfits.
Gangotri Tapovan Nandavan Trek Short Brief Itinerary
Day 01: Rishikesh - Gangotri Drive (280 kms)
Day 02: Gangotri (3048 mts/10000 ft) - Bhojwassa (3792 mts/12440 ft) 13 kms trek/5-6hrs)
Day 03: Bhojwassa - Gomukh (3890 mts/12760ft) - Tapovan (4463 mts / 14640 ft)
Day 04: Tapovan (4463 mts / 14640 ft)
Day 05: Tapovan – Nandanvan-tapovan (Trek 4-5 hrs)
Day 06: Tapovan – Bhojwassa-Chirbasa (Trek 4-5 hrs)
Day 07: Chirbasa - Gangotri (Trek 4-5 hrs) - Uttarkashi
Day 08: Uttarkashi - Rishikesh (180 kms/7 hrs)
Drive to reach the Gangotri via Uttarkashi and a beautiful valley Harsil. Enroute take a holy dip in Gangnani hot watersprings. Arrive at Gangotri by evening. Check in to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Gangotri The shrine of Gangotri is situated at an elevation of 3200 m surrounded by deodars and pines. The original temple was constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa. Every year people from all around the world visit this shrine. A number of ashrams and dharamshalas are located on the other side of the river. It is believed that Raja Bhagirath used to worship Shiva on a slab of rock "Bhagirath Shila" situated near the temple. 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. A days trek takes one to Gomukh, the source of the mighty Ganges.
Morning after breakfast we commands our trek further to Bhojwassa via Chirbasa (3600mt). From Gangotri we move along the beaten track towards Chirbasa, which is on tree line. The entire trek today is along the roaring Bhagirathi River. Beyond Chirbasa the terrain becomes really desolate and barren. In fact, it has been referred to as Artic Tundra by many trekkers. From Chirbasa we trek further to Bhojwassa, the entire trail passes through dense forest, Arrive Bhojwassa; there is a small temple and a potential campsite near down the river. We make our camp near river side. Afternoon free to explore the area and to enjoy excellent sunset on Bhagirathi group of peaks. Dinner and overnight stay in Camp.
Early in the Morning enjoy the panoramic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. After breakfast trek to Gomukh (3890mt), the source of the Ganges. Gomukh is where the water of Ganga trickles downfrom the glaciers. The sages called it 'Gomukh', because in the distant past, it probably appearedlike a cow's mouth. Explore the area and trek to Tapovan, one of the finest high altitude alpinemeadows in the area. The trek from Gomukh to Tapovan is ascent steep, and as we climb, the view of the surrounding peaks becomes clearer. The appear to be just a stone's throw away.
Tapovan known for its beautiful meadows that encircle the base camp of the Shivling peak, Tapovan is a very pleasant surprised spot with a large meadow complete with bubbling streams,wildflowers and campsites. Herds of Bharal (blue mountain goats) are a common sight from here on mountain ridges. On the far side of the glacier the Bhagirathi I, II, III (6454mt), provide an equally impressive backdrop. It is also the little wonder where Sadhus and saints choose this spot for extended meditation during the long summer month. Arrive Tapovan and camp. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.
Gomukh The Gomukh glacier is the source of Bhagirathi (Ganges) and is held in high esteem bythe devout who do not miss the opportunity to have a holy dip in the bone chilling icy water.Tapovan: Tapovan is an ideal location for the tourists looking for peace and adventure. Tapovanis located on an altitude of 4463m / 14640ft above sea level. Tapovan is base camp for Shivlingapeak in Uttrakhand hills. One can also have a nice view of Bhagirathi peaks from Tapovan Meadow. Every year this place has been visited by thousands of tourist including foreigners for adventure activity like mountaineering & trekking.
Free to acclimatize, relax and enjoy the magnificent snow clapped peaks, flora & Fauna and mountain landscape. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
We trek back to Nandan van via Gomukh glacier. The route from Tapovan leads from the upper section of the meadow till down and onto the glacier. From Gomukh turn towards Nandanvan (4340m) and steering on right one will be on top of the Gangotri glacier. The glacier runs between two ranges and the landslides make a layer of rocky moraine on the ice which makes the walking easier. The glacier walk is very slippery and a slight lack of concentration would be dangerous. Huge crevasses gaped here and there. After a walking for about a kilometer there is a vertical ascent. Big rocks enroute offer grips and foot - holds but many of them are deceptive too. Dinner and overnight stay in Camp.
Early morning enjoy the sunrise on high peaks. After breakfast trek down to Chirbasa. Arrive Chirbasa stay in camp. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Morning after breakfast trek down to Gangotri, where our car will be waiting for us. Then drive to Uttarkashi. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotal.
Morning after breakfast drive to Rishikesh. On arrival Rishikesh Tour End.
01 - All accommodations during the trip on twin sharing basis, as per itinerary.
02 - Vegetarian food (Sattvic ahar) will be provided during the trek on A.P. basis (Lunch, breakfast & dinner)
03 - All entry fees & permits.
04 - All camping equipments during the trip including tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat.
05 - Hot water bags, first Aid
01 - Cost raised by factors beyond our control.
02 - Personal expenses (laundry, mineral water, cold drinks etc.)
03 - Any medical expenses, if incurred.
04 - Travel insurance.a
05 - Any other stuff that is not mentioned in Includes section.