Meru Base camp trek

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Tapovan Meru Base Camp

Region : Uttarkashi district - Uttarakhand

Duration : 8 Days

Level : Moderate to Difficult

Trekking distance :(Approx): 46 Kms

Max Altitude : 4463 Meters

Pickup Point : Rishikesh

Drop Point : Rishikesh

Best Season : May - June & Aug - Oct

Meru Peak is a mountain that lies in the Garhwal Himalayas, in the Uttarakhand region of India. It resides between Thalay Sagar and Shivling and has some highly challenging routes. There are two theories explaining how the name "Meru" came about. In Hinduism Mount Meru is considered to be the Centre of all the physical, metaphysical and spiritual universes. In addition to that, some believe that Meru Peak was named after this sacred mountain. On the other hand, others explain that the name "Meru" originated from Sanskrit word for spine, attributing to the shape of the mountain.

Nevertheless, the mountain has three peaks: southern the highest - 6,660 m (21,850 ft), central - 6,310 m (20,700 ft), and northern - 6,450 m (21,160 ft). The two higher peaks were climbed earlier than the more challenging central peak, which was first climbed in 2001 by Valery Babanov. Despite the fact that the central peak is the lowest of the three, it is the most famous as it has one of the most complicated routes in the world - the Shark's Fin. Therefore, Meru Peak is mainly associated with the central peak of the mountain

Trek This high altitude trek along the holy river Bhagirathi takes you right up to the source of the sacred river Ganges, spiritual heart of India amid awesome mountains. This is the most popular trek in Gangotri region which traverses through Gangotri, Kirti and Chaturangi glacier to reach the famous mountain lake of Vasukital and the spectacular alpine meadows of Tapovan, and Nandanvan . From Gangotri the trail move along the beaten track through an orchard of coniferous pine trees at Chirbasa and birch at Bhojbasa . Gaumukh, is the base of theis famous route which traverses along the Gangotri glacier and Chatturangini glacier to reach Tapovan & Nandanvan. Tapovan, the meditating ground, is the base of Mount Shivling & Meru group . Herds of Bharal (Blue mountain goats) are a common sight here on the mountain ridges. On the other side Nandanvan, the base of Bhagirathi group is also famous for its prominent views of Mount Shivling, Bhagirathi, Sudarshan, Kharchakund , Kedar dome and many others Himalayan giants

Tapovan's basic meaning is through penance or spiritual practice in the forests. The way to reach Tapovan ahead of Gaumukh is full of difficult conditions and it is considered as a challenging way for the trekkers to come here. Filled with grasslands, small mountainous streams, rare wild animals such as Blue Sheep and wild flowers. The area of Tapovan is the base camp for several mountaineering expeditions, in which Shivling peak and Bhagirathi peak expedition are prominent. Its grasslands are considered as the best high-altitude grassland in India.


Day 01: Delhi - Haridwar (By train) - Rishikesh (25 kms/1 hrs approx)

Morning catch AC train for Haridwar at 06:50 hrs. Arrival at Haridwar by 11:25 hrs. On arrival at Haridwar meet Peak Adventure Tour Guide and transfer to Rishikesh & check into hotel. Evening free to explore the area. The Ganga Aarti is a prayer ceremony devoted to Goddess Ganga, and takes place every evening on the banks of the river. A true sight to behold, the Aarti ceremony is a fine display of chants and sounds, and is concluded by floating butter lamps in the river! Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 02 : Rishikesh - Uttarkashi (1150 mts/3772 ft)

Post breakfast drive to Uttarkashi via Chamba. One can see a panoramic view of the high mountain peaks of Garhwal. View the Tehri Dam (the highest dam in Asia capable of generating 2400 MW of electricity) and travel along the Tehri lake that formed as a result of the dam construction. Upon arrival at Uttarkashi check in to hotel. Evening free to explore the surroundings. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 03 : Uttarkashi - Gangotri (3048 mts/9998 ft)

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. Dinner and overnight stay in Guest house at Gangotri.

Harsil: Harsil is a beautiful spot covered by a dense forest cover consisting of pine and Cedar trees. The walks, picnics and trek lead one to undiscovered stretches of green, grassy land that makes Harsil a perfect place to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Sighting here includes the Wilson Cottage, built in 1864 and Sat Tal (seven Lakes). The adventurous tourists have the choice to set out on various treks that introduces them to beautiful meadows, waterfalls and valleys. Situated amidst the incredible beauty of mountain peaks, Harsil is counted amongst some of the most beautiful places in the Garhwal region.

Gangotri: The shrine of Gangotri is situated at an elevation of 3200 m surrounded by Deodars and Chir trees. The original temple was constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa, and attracts people from all around the world every year. A number of Ashrams and Dharamshalas are located on the far side of the river. It is believed that Raja Bhagirath used to worship Lord Shiva on a slab of rock now known as "Bhagirath Shila" situated a short distance from the temple. Submerged in the river there is a natural Shivling (Jalmagna Shivling) where, according to mythology, Lord Shiva sat as he received the Goddess Ganga in his matted locks. A day's trek takes one to Gaumukh, the source of the mighty Ganges.


Day 04 : Gangotri - Bhojwassa (3350 mts/10988 ft)

The trek follows a gradual but continuous ascent, following the course of the roaring Bhagirathi River with towering cliffs on the left-hand side. The entry into the Gangotri national park, is marked by a forest Department check post for the Gangotri Conservation Project. The money collected is utilized to conserve trees and spread an awareness campaign for trekkers on eco-sensitive tourism. The day's walk is quite short and helps with acclimatization. Chirvasa means abode of Pine trees, and looks like a little oasis of trees and acts as a perfect spot for relaxation and lunch. One gets some very photogenic views of Hanuman Tibba (17,186 ft/5366m), Bhrigu Parbat (19,217 ft/6000m), Bhagirathi I, II and III (21,958 ft/6856m, 20,857 ft/6512m, and 20,671 ft/6454m respectively) from here. On arrival at Bhojwasa, which is a small group of houses, and a temple, near the banks of the river Ganges at its infancy, one descends down the last few hundred metres to the camping ground on the sandy ground! One can spot herds of Bharal roaming the hillside above Bhojwasa. Dinner and overnight stay in tents at Bhojwasa.


Day 05 : Bhojbassa - Gomukh (3890 mts) - Tapovan (4463 mts / 14640 ft)

Early in the Morning enjoy the panoramic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. After breakfast trek to Gomukh (3890mt), the source of the Ganges. The sages called it 'Gomukh', 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. The trek from Gomukh to Tapovan is a steep ascent. Tapovan known for its beautiful meadows that encircles the base camp of the Shivling peak, is a very beautiful spot, with a large meadow complete with bubbling streams, wildflowers and campsites. The large rivulet called Akash Ganga flows through this area, and herds of Bharal (blue mountain goats) is a common sight as they graze undisturbed on the craggy rocky surfaces. On the far side of the glacier the Bhagirathi I, II, III (6454mt), provide an equally impressive backdrop. Sadhus still choose this spot for extended meditation during the long summer months, and some very accomplished Yogis can still be seen in their Kutias (huts). Arrive Tapovan and set up camp. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.

Gomukh: The Gomukh glacier is the source of Bhagirathi (Ganges) and is held in high esteem by the devout who collect its holy water for religious ceremonies, and bathe in the icy waters with a hope of cleansing their souls!

Tapovan: Tapovan is an ideal location for the tourists looking for peace and adventure. Located at an altitude of 4463m / 14640ft above sea level, Tapovan acts as a base camp for Shivlinga peak climbing expeditions in the Garhwal Himalayas. One can witness stunning views of Bhagirathi peaks from the meadow at Tapovan, and the place is visited by thousands of tourists including foreigners for adventure activity like mountaineering & trekking.


Day 06 : Tapovan - Kirti Bamak - Tapovan (7 kms/6 hrs)

Early in the morning full days trek gets one to Kirti Bamak glacier. An early morning departure after breakfast on a total journey of 07 kms (both ways) around the base of Mt Shivling, gets one to Kirti Bamak glacier. From here one can see the Kedar dome 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 lunch and overnight stay.


Day 07 : Tapovan - Meru base Camp

In the morning see the sunrise on high Himalayan peaks from Tapovan, later after breakfast we will trek towards Meru base camp through glacial landscape. We will go by that approximation and attempt to reach the base camp by afternoon. Explore the base camp and nearby area. Dinner and overnight stay at Meru BC.


Day 08 : Meru Base Camp - Chirbasa

After breakfast trek to Bhojwassa Met upon arrival and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.


Day 09 : Chirbasa - Gangotri - Uttarkashi

The last day of the trekking covering 8 kms in 2-3 hrs to reach Gangotri. On arrival, drive back to Uttarkashi. Arrive Uttarkashi and check-in at hotel/resort for overnight stay.


Day 10 : Uttarkashi - Haridwar - Delhi

Morning after breakfast drive back to Haridwar and from here catch AC train for Delhi at 18:05 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 22:45 hrs.

Trip & Services Ends Here.


What is Included In This Trek?

Accommodation in Camp/ on share basis

All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, and dinner

High quality tents

Medical Kit


What is Not Included In This Trip?

Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc,
Passport and Visa important to foreigners

Water Bottle 2

Cap or Balaclava




Torch head light

Personal Toiletry Items – (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)