This trek Connects the two holy shrines, Gangotri and Badrinath, this trail traverses from one glacier to the other to cross the high pass of Kalindikhal just under 6000m. The walk is mostly over the moraines and the snow fields with deep crevasses and gives great opportunities to view the high altitude wildlife and camp by some small glacial lakes.
This trek is for the most adventurous and fit trekkers only who possess a fundamental ability of high altitude trekking and mountaineering. It is a rare experience indeed. This trip involving visit to two of the most important pilgrimage for Hindus in India, Trekking to the source of the most important living goddess of India and to the heart of Great Himalayas to the base of highest peaks and negotiating high passes.
Day 01: Rishikesh - Uttarkashi 150 Km. Overnight Hotel Leave for Uttarkashi (1150 mt), which takes 5-6 hrs. Arrive Uttarkashi and transfer to Hotel. Uttarkashi is also the training centre for many mountaineering and trekking expedition in Gangotri area. Overnight Hotel
Day 02 : Uttarkashi - Gangotri : Drive : 4-5 Hrs. Overnight hotel. Morning after breakfast drive to reach Gangotri via Harsil approx 25 km before Gangotri (3050 mt) by covering approx 95 km in 4-5 hrs. On arrival check into Hotel / Tourist Banglow.
There is a beautiful Gorge at Bhairav Ghati over which there is a steel gurder bridge. Gangotri is the place where the Goddess Ganga descended on Earth from Heaven. Evening visit the Gangotri temple of Goddess Ganga where thousands of devotees throng to pay homage to her. . Witness the special Ganga Arti in the temple. Overnight Guest house. Altitude : Gangotri (3000m).
Day 03 : Gangotri - Trek to Chirbasa to Bhojbasa Trek 5-6 hrs Overnight tents. Morning after breakfast trek to Bhoj basa. The entire trek is along the roaring Bhagirathi river. Reach the campsite of Bhojbasa(3800m), home of birch (now only a few left in the much denuded area) and setup camp. Evening walk to one of the high points closeby is recommended for better acclimatization. Enjoy the beautiful sunset on the Bhagirathi group of peaks. Dinner and overnight camp.
Altitude : Bhojbasa (3800m)
Day 04: Bhojbasa .
Day free for acclimatization. Overnight camp.
Day 05. Trek Bhojbasa-Gomukh - Tapovan 4- 5hrs. Overnight camp. Morning after breakfast trek to Gomukh. The entire trek is gradual ascent till Gomukh. Explore the area and continue trek to Tapovan. Trek from Gomukh to Tapovan is difficult and goes through the boulders. Later we traverse the Gangotri glacier to reach Tapovan. Overnight camp. Altitude: Tapovan (4450m)
Day 06: Trek Tapovan-Nandanvan 5hrs. Traverse the Gangotri glacier and cross the Raktaban stream after an hour's walk. Another 2hrs walk brings you to the head of the Chaturangi valley. Traverse the icy glacier to reach the top. Make camp at the junction of Gangotri and Chaturangi glaciers on a green meadow. Altitude : Nandanvan (4505m)
Day 08: Trek Nandanvan-Vasukital 6-7hrs. Walk along a stream with views of Meru and Bhrigupanth. After 5kms, we bypass the outlet of the valley leading towards Bhagirathi and come to a deep gorge eroded by the glacier. Descend diagonally towards the snout of the lateral glacier to reach Vasukital. Camp near the lake at the foot of the North-west ridge of Vasuki Parbat. Altitude : Vasukital (4900m)
Day 09: Trek Vasukital- Kharapathar (4450m) 4-5 hrs This days walk is over stony rubble and crossing moraines. Camp. Altitude : Kharapathar (4450m)
Day 10: Trek Kharapathar Kalindikhal Base 4-5 hrs Camp at a small campsite by the Sweta glacier Altitude : Kalindikhal Base (5500m)
Day 11: Trek Kalindi Khal Base camp to Rajparav(4910m) 4-5 hrs Start early in the morning to climb the Kalindi Pass (5967m). Descend over snow fields to camp. Altitude : Rajparav(4910m)
Day 12: Trek Rajparav Arwatal 4-5 hrs Moving on the side of an icefall, the route descends to a small lake, Arwatal. Kamet and its neighbours are visible. Camp overnight. Altitude : Arwatal ( 3900 Mts)
Day 13: Trek Arwatal-Ghastoli 3hrs. Walk down Arwa nalla with its profusion of wild flowers. A leisurely day to camp at Ghastoli. Altitude : Ghastoli (3900m)
Day 14: Trek Ghastoli-Mana (3135)-Badrinath (3100m) 5-6 hrs and drive 2kms to the hotel in Badrinath. Altitude : Badrinath (3100m)
Day 15: Badrinath- Rishikesh. Drive 11 hrs. Drive to Rishikesh.