Trek To Source Of Ganges Tapovan Camping Price On Request | Trsg

Trek to Source of Ganges + Tapovan Camping (Price on Request)


DAY 01: Dehradun – Harsil (2620m) Drive/235 kms/8-9 hrs

All group members to meet at Dehradun railway station at 7:00 a.m. and from here we will board a vehicle and be driven up to Harsil. Check into the Himalayan Eco Lodge and savour the spectacular surroundings of the lodge. Time permitting, go for a short hike. Overnight in the lodge.

DAY 02: Harsil – Gangotri (3100m) – Chirbassa (3600m) Drive/20 kms/45 mins & Trek/7 kms/2-3 hrs

After breakfast, a short and breath-taking drive will get you to Gangotri. Once you have paid your respects at the temple here, set out on the trek towards Chirbassa. This trek of 7 kms will take us about 2-3 hrs. The area is surrounded by Pine (Chir) trees from where it gets its name. Dinner and overnight in tents.

DAY 03: Chirbassa (3600m) – Bhojwasa (3800m) Trek/7 kms/3-4 hrs

After breakfast, we continue ahead to Bhojwassa. The area gets its name from the bhoj leaves that were used as paper during the ancient times. After a brief rest at the campsite we suggest that one hike up to Gaumukh and return to the campsite towards evening. This will assist in acclimatization. Sight of the source of Ganges or rather the source of life for many, is a truly spiritual experience. Dinner and overnight in tents.

DAY 04: Bhojwasa (3800m) – Gaumukh (4100m) – Tapovan (4463m) Trek/12 kms/5-6 hrs

After an early breakfast we start on our hike to Gaumukh and from there to Tapovan. Today’s trek is of about 12 kms and will take us about 5 hrs or so, moving at a leisurely pace. The route has changed from what it used to be couple of years back and that’s why the distance is more now. Tapovan is a spectacular bugyal (high altitude meadow) situated at the base of the Shivling peak and is surely one of the top places to visit across Himalayas. Overnight in tents.

DAY 05: Tapovan (4463m) Exploration/Rest

Today one can just stay put at the camp and enjoy a breath-taking Himalayan landscape or get greedy and set out for more. There are numerous rewarding exploration experiences around Tapovan so set out in a direction of your liking and take in sights which will not leave you for a lifetime. Overnight in tents.

DAY 06: Tapovan (4463m) – Chirbassa (3600m) Trek/17 kms/6-7 hrs

After breakfast we will trek down to Chirbassa for overnight stay in tents.

DAY 07: Chirbassa – Gangotri – Dehradun Trek/7 kms/2 hrs & Drive/235 kms/8 hrs

Early morning we trek down to Gangotri and drive back to Dehradun. TRIP ENDS HERE.



Transport Options (Delhi – Dehradun – Delhi)

For travel to Dehradun and back one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport (at Dehradun) and is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines & Spice Jet.  Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. For train details, you could log on to and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to .

There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Dehradun that cost about Rs. 200-500 per person. These buses depart from Delhi ISBT every 30 mins. or so and take about 7 hrs to cover the distance. The same is also applicable on the return journey. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.

Weather Details

In the initial days of the pre monsoon season (May-Jun) there can be some snow along the trail which generally melts by the end of May. Days are going to be sunny and warm (12-20 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of 0-8 °C. In the monsoon months this area generally experiences rain but it is rarely of the torrential variety. In the upper reaches it just drizzles and that too not very occasionally. Temperatures around this time are almost like the previous months. In the post monsoon season (Sep – mid Nov) there is hardly any snow at the start with possibility of snow towards the end of the season, which also melts very fast. The days are sunny with temperatures hovering around (10-18 °C) the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (- 2 to 8 °C).

Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.

List of Essentials

It is very important for this adventure trip that you need to be equipped properly and with a bit of back up. Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.

  1. Shirts / T-shirts – 2/3
  2. Warm shirt/light micro fleece pullover/full sleeve T shirt
  3. Trekking Pants (water resistant/repellent & having inside lining for extra warmth) - 2
  4. Windproof/water resistant outer shell (jacket) of good quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) with a proper hood
  5. Down jacket with min 600 fill power rating
  6. Thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
  7. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
  8. Woollen cap (Balaclava)
  9. Inner fleece gloves
  10. Outer water proof gloves
  11. Thick woollen socks & regular socks (4 – 5 pairs)
  12. Scarf/muffler (optional)
  13. Comfortable waterproof (Goretex) Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole and high ankles are recommended)
  14. Camp shoes (these can be easy to slip in sneakers/sport shoes)
  15. Gaiters
  16. Raincoat / Poncho
  17. Small light weight towel
  18. Insulated water bottle & hydration pack (optional)
  19. Cap / floppy hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  20. Sun glasses with UV protection and ability to cut the glare (imp when traversing through snow)
  21. Sturdy walking stick / Trekking pole
  22. Sunscreen Lotion
  23. Lip Balm
  24. Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  25. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  26. Personal toiletries
  27. Book, if you like reading
  28. Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
  29. Carry rain cover for your bags
  30. Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain
  31. Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)


Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek.

NOTE: In case you are planning to put your bag on a mule or taking a porter please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or a tree and get slightly damaged so don't get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.

Our Trekking Code

We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of 'Leave No Trace' & 'Tread Light' policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the 'GIO trekking Manual'. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.

Acclimatisation & high altitude sickness

This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the 'GIO Trekking Manual' which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.

Selecting the right trek & training for it

Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the 'GIO Trekking Manual' to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details.

Trek grading system

We have broadly classified our treks as below:

Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers

Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding

Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.

Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.

Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.

Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.


Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

07Days | May -Jun, Sep - Nov| Mod+| Max Alt: 4,463mts (Tapovan)

Sketch Itinerary

DAY 04: BHOJWASA (3800M) GAUMUKH (4100M) TAPOVAN (4463M) TREK/12 KMS/5-6 HRS


This trek tracing the source of the holiest river in the country, Ganga takes one into a Himalayan landscape par excellence. This trek steeped in spirituality & Himalayan grandeur takes one into a very remote and true Himalayan landscape. On this inviting trail there are big mountains, high altitude meadows, a sacred & mighty river, holy temples, great campsites, sadhus, occasional wildlife and more.

You begin the trek at Gangotri, which is bustling with pilgrims, sages and sadhus (holymen) who have journeyed here to pay homage at the source of the Ganges. The spiritual intensity of Gangotri, one of India's most sacred pilgrimage sites, is palpable as you witness the daily puja at the temple, and the Hindu devotees bathing at the water's edge

The trek to Tapovan takes one through Gaumukh (Cow's mouth), said to be the source of the Ganges. One sees water gushing out of a snout like opening and towering rocks and the thick chunks of hardened ice of the glacier. The awe-inspiring view is no doubt revered by one and all. One can catch a glimpse of sadhus taking a dip here as part of their penance as it is believed that a dip in these holy waters washes away one's sins. As you weave your way from Gangotri to Tapovan, every twist in the trail reveals another stunning snowclad Himalayan giant. The campsite at Tapovan must rate as one of the most awe-inspiring spots in the world, as you gaze at the Shivling peak rising like a great deity before you and not to mention the twin Bhagirathi peaks & Mt.Meru. For the greedy variety who are still not content with the beauty soaked in Tapovan region offers numerous exploration options

Duration 7 Days
Region Uttarakhand - Garhwal,Uttarakhand

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