Day 1:- Dehradun to Gangnani/Gangotri drive
7/8 hours’ drive 190/242 km
From Dehradun we drive to Gangnani via Uttarkashi. Gangnani is known for the natural hot water spring baths it has. We can also drive till Gangotri on this day itself. We stay at a guesthouse overnight.
Day 2:- Gangotri (3,048 m) to Chirbasa (3,600 m)
6 hours trek 9 km
On this day, we start our trek from Gangotri to Chirbasa (3,650 m). From Gangotri we move along the beaten trail towards Chirbasa, which is on tree line. The entire trek today is along the roaring Bhagirathi River.
Day 3:- Bhagirathi peaks as seen from Chirbasa
Chirbasa to Bhojbasa (3,800 m)
3 hours 5 km
Beyond Chirbasa the terrain becomes really desolate and barren. In fact, it has been referred to as Arctic Tundra by many trekkers. From Chirbasa we trek further to Bhojwassa, the entire trail passes through dense forest. In Bhojbasa there is a small temple and a potential campsite near the river. In afternoon we are free to explore the area and to enjoy excellent sunset on Bhagirathi group of peaks.
Day 4:- Bhojbasa to Gaumukh (3,900 m) to Tapovan (4,335 m)
7 hours 9 km
Early in the morning enjoy the panoramic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. After breakfast we trek to Gaumukh (3,890 m), the source of the Ganges. We explore the area and trek to Tapovan, one of the finest high altitude alpine meadows in the area.
The trek from Gaumukh to Tapovan has steep ascent, and as we climb, the view of the surrounding peaks becomes clearer. They appear to be just a stone’s throw away. It is also a little wonder why Sadhus and saints choose this spot for extended meditation during the long summer months.
Day 5:- Tapovan (4,463 m) rest day
This day is free for us to acclimatize, relax and enjoy the magnificent snow-capped peaks, flora, fauna, and mountain landscape. This land is frequented by some of the greatest contemporary mountaineers. The Shivling peak stands tall in front of us. Behind Shivling, towards the right is Meru. A little towards the left of Shivling, is Sumeru. The Bhagirathi peaks are visible further to the left. Bhagirathi III, Meru (Central Peak) and Sumeru have some of the hardest climbing routes in the world. We can visit the Meru Glacier and return to our campsite.
Day 6:- Tapovan to Bhojbasa
5-6 hours trek 7 km
Early in the morning we enjoy the sunrise on high peaks. After breakfast we trek down to Bhojbasa.
Day 7:- Way back to Gangotri
Bhojbasa to Gangotri
5-6 hours trek 14 km
We trek to Gangotri in the morning. Dinner and overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 8:- The reservoir at Tehri
Gangotri to Dehradun drive
9 h drive 245 km
Early morning after breakfast, we drive back to Dehradun and arrive by evening.