One of the most famous and pleasing treks in the GARHWAL Himalayas, GAUMUKH - TAPOVAN – NANDANVAN tour not only gives you the opportunity to camp at the foot of idealistic Himalayan peaks but it also includes crossing the massive GAUMUKH Glacier, the origin of Ganga River.
Visit to the GANGOTRI Temple is a fundamental attraction of this trek. It is one of the heavenly CHAR DHAM of UTTARAKHAND. GANGOTRI is the place from where Bhagirathi River descends. Situated at an altitude of 3,048mts above sea level, GANGOTRI acts as the base camp of the trek to GAUMUKH Glacier.
GAUMUKH is the wide-ranging glacier of India with 30kms in length and 4kms in width, first one being SIACHEN. The Himalayan summit appears during this trek are SHIVLING, SUDARSHAN, MERU, Bhagirathi sisters, KHARCHKUND and more
. GANGOTRI National Park stay closed during winters as it is inclined to heavy snowfall. The path to GAUMUKH is open for trekkers and temples from May to October.
One of the most venerable places in UTTARAKHAND, GAUMUKH glacier is scenic in itself. The vastness of Bhagirathi peaks can be experienced from the TAPOVAN base camp which is near or at GAUMUKH glacier. Apart from that, there is no sightseeing option except for the glacier itself. The trek to the heavenly GAUMUKH has enough majestic views and natural beauty.
By Air: The Jolly Grant airport is the nearest one located at a distance of about 160kms from UTTARKASHI, which houses the GAUMUKH glacier. Cabs, taxis and buses ply regularly to various spots in UTTARAKHAND from here.
Nearest Airport: Dehradun - 121kms from GAUMUKH.
By Rail: The RISHIKESH is a nearby railway station which is about 143kms from UTTARKASHI. Regular trains are available to RISHIKESH throughout the year. Transportation to UTTARKASHI is available readily as well.
By Road: GAUMUKH is nearby from UTTARKASHI. It is preferable to select the route nearby to NH-108, where UTTARKASHI is located. Buses from UTTARAKHAND, as well as from leading locations are certainly accessible to UTTARKASHI.