Char Dham Tour 2013 with Gaumukh (Gangotri Glacier Trek)
Gaumukh Glacier Trek Tour with CharDham Yatra 2013
Gangotri Glacier also known as Gaumukh is located in Uttarkashi District. Gaumukh is the source of the River Ganges. The Gaumukh glacier is about 30 kilometres long and 2 to 4 km wide. Around the glacier are the peaks of the Gangotri Group. The massive Gaumukh glacier, which somewhat resembles the mouth of a cow. ( Gau-mukh implies the cow's mouth in Hindi ). Further up from Gaumukh is Tapovan , a trekker's paradise and base for many challenging mountaineering expeditions.
Tour Duration: 13 Nights / 14 Days
Destinations Covered: Delhi - Haridwar - Barkot - Yamunotri - Uttarkashi - Gangotri - Bhojbasa -Gaumukh - Bhojbasa -Gangotri - Uttakashi - Guptkashi - kedarnath - Pipalkoti -Badrinath - Rudraprayag - Rishikesh - Delhi
Char Dham Travel Package with Gaumukh Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Delhi – Haridwar (205 Kms./6 hrs):-
In the morning after breakfast meet our escort and drive towards Haridwar via Meerut & Roorkee. On arrival check in at hotel. By evening visit the famous Har Ki Peri for Aarti Darshan. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2:Haridwar - Barkot (215 Kms/5 - 6 hrs):-
Morning after breakfast drive to Barkot via Dehradun & Mussoorie. Stop for lunch on the way at Mussoorie. Continue your journey and reach Barkot in the evening, on arrival check in to the luxury Swiss tents. Overnight stay.
Day 3:Barkot - Yamunotri - Barkot(42 kms Drive / 6 kms trek):-
After an early breakfast leave for Janki Chatti (drive 42 kms). On arrival at Janki Chatti start your trek to Yamunotri (6 kms one side). On arrival at Yamunotri visit the temple for a Darshan of Goddess Yamuna, pray at the temple and take a holy Achman to start your most sacred pilgrimage tour of Char Dham, after Darshan and Pooja trek back to Janki Chatti in the evening, meet with driver and return to the Barkot, Overnight at the Camp.
Day 4:Barkot - Uttarkashi – Gangotri (Drive 182 kms/7-8 hrs):-
After breakfast drive to Gangotri via a hill town of Uttarkashi and a beautiful valley of Harsil. On arrival check in to Guest house. By evening visit the temple for Aarti ceremony. Overnight at Guest House.
The Holy River Ganges is the most sacred river in the Hindu religion and its source at Gaumukh on the Gangotri glacier and many other peaks. Gaumukh is one of the holiest places for Hindu pilgrims who come here to witness the birth of Mother Ganga. The trek takes you to Gaumukh (cows mouth), the mythological source of the River Ganges, which is at the snout of the Gangotri glacier.
Day 5:Gangotri (3048 mts/10000 ft) - Bhojwassa (3792 mts/12440 ft) 13 kms trek/5-6 hrs):-
Morning after breakfast we commands our trek further to Bhojwassa via Chirbasa (3600mt). From Gangotri we move along the beaten track towards Chirbasa, which is on tree line. The entire trek today is along the roaring Bhagirathi River. Beyond Chirbasa the terrain becomes really desolate and barren. In fact, it has been referred to as Artic Tundra by many trekkers. From Chirbasa we trek further to Bhojwassa, the entire trail passes through dense forest, Arrive Bhojwassa; there is a small temple and a potential campsite near down the river. We make our camp near river side. Afternoon free to explore the area and to enjoy excellent sunset on Bhagirathi group of peaks. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 6:Bhojbasa - Gaumukh (3890 mts/12760 ft) - Bhojbasa (5 kms one side):-
Early in the Morning enjoy the panoramic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. After breakfast trek to Gaumukh (3890mt), the source of the Ganges. Gaumukh is where the water of Ganga trickles down from the glaciers. The sages called it 'Gaumukh', because in the distant past, it probably appeared like a cow's mouth. Explore the area and trek back to Bhojbasa. Dinner and overnight stay in Guest House.
Day 7:Bhojbasa - Gangotri (Trek 4-5 hrs) – Uttarkashi (100 kms/4 hrs approx):-
Morning after breakfast trek down to Gangotri and from here drive to Uttarkashi. On arrival check in to hotel. Overnight stay.
Day 8:Uttarkashi - Guptkashi (223 kms. Drive 9 - 10 hrs):-
After early breakfast drive to Guptkashi. A late lunch is scheduled en route Molgarh/Tilwara/Ghansali. On the way, see the heritage city of Tehri slowly sinking into the mighty waters of the Holy River Ganges due to the construction of the Tehri Dam. After Lunch continue your journey and today for the first time see the beautiful river Mandakini. Travel alongside the river to reach Guptakashi late in the evening. On arrival check in to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9:Guptakashi - Kedarnath (32 kms Drive, 14 kms trek)
Morning after breakfast drive to Gaurikund (32 kms drive one way). On arrival at Gaurikund start the journey through zig zag route by walk. Take a break for lunch en route at Rambara and continue trek to reach Sri Kedarnath Temple. On arrival check in to hotel/Tourist Bunglow. After freshening up perform Pooja at the temple and Darshan of Shri Kedarnath. In the evening also visit Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi behind the temple, overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 10:Kedarnath - Pipalkoti (14 Kms trek 145 kms Drive):-
After an early breakfast trek down to Gaurikund. On arrival at Gaurikund meet the driver and drive towards Pipalkoti. Arrival at Pipalkoti by evening and check in to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 11:Pipalkoti – Badrinath (72 kms):-
After breakfast drive to Shri Badrinath Ji. Enroute visit Narsingh Temple, Adi Sankarachara Samadhi at Joshimath and then drive to Sri Badrinath. On arrival check in to hotel and later take a holy dip at Tapt Kund and visit the temple. In the late afternoon visit Mana Village; the last village before the Tibetan border, Bheem Pul, Byas Cave & Ganesha Cave. Later drive back to Badrinath. In the evening one can visit the temple for Aarti Darshan. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12:Badrinath - Rudraprayag (160 kms):-
If you want to see the Holy bath of the Sri Badrinath then wake up early in the morning by 03:30 hrs and see the holy bath of the Sri Badrinath Ji at 04:00 hrs. After breakfast drive to Rudraprayag via Joshimath, Chamoli, Nanda Prayag & Karna Prayag. On arrival check in to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13:Rudraprayag - Rishikesh (135 Kms 7 hrs):-
After breakfast drive to Rishikesh via Srinagar & Devprayag. One can see the confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi, which become the Ganges from here. Arrival at Rishikesh by evening and check in to Hotel. Later visit Laxamn Jhoola, Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 14:Rishikesh – Delhi (234 km):-
Morning after breakfast drives back to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi transfer to the airport for onward journey.