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Frequent Questions on Gangotri-Gaumukh-Tapovan trek. Please advice with How to reach, When to visit, How to get permissions, Best time season to trek?

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I want information on Gangotri - Goumukh - Tapovan trek. Please advice.
- Do we have to take any permission for Gangotri - Gomukh - Tapovan trek? If yes, then from where and how?
- Can I go with my wife, any problem..?
- I also want to know from where I can get the tent on rent and other trekking equipments.

Opening of Char Dham Gaumukh is situated at a distance of 19 KMS from Gangotri. It is very windy there and as it is situated at a height of approx. 3900-4000 mtrs from sea level, oxygen in the air is deficient.

One has to walk/trek all through, one can also hire a horse ride up to Bhojwasa (14 Kms from Gangotri). However, the last 5 km is a beautiful trekking route and needs must be covered on foot. The road is okay but strewn with boulders and there are challenges on the way. One needs to cross 4-5 water streams on the way. There are very narrow log-bridges over these streams, barely five inches in width and one has to be very careful when crossing these. There are two landslide-prone zones on the way where stones/boulders come down all the time.

Only 150 people are allowed to visit Gaumukh per day. There is forest gate at approx. 1.5KM from Gangotri, it opens at 6.00AM, where one needs to show the travel permission and pay Rs.150/- per person. No plastic bags, bottles etc. are allowed to be taken beyond this point. (One can carry these items after making a security deposit, deposited in this gate office).

Some details of the Tapovan Treks:
Tapovan is an ideal location for the tourists looking for peace and adventure. Tapovan is located on an altitude of 4463m / 14640ft above sea level. Tapovan is base camp for shivlinga peak in Uttaranchal hills. One can also have a nice view of bhagirathi peaks from tapovan medow. Every year this place has been visited by thousands of tourist including foreigners for adventure activity like mountaineering & trekking.

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