This trek visits the remote holy famous pilgrimage temples of Gangotri, plus Gomukh - glacial source of the sacred river Ganges, Spiritual heart of India amid awesome mountains. The trek takes you to Gomukh (cows mouth), the mythological source of the River Ganges, which is at the snout of the Gangotri glacier. Alpine forests of bhojpatra, (the famous "paper tree"), juniper, and stately deodar. See the spectacular close views of the snow capped high Himalayas Sudarshan,Bhagirathi massif and Shivling. Vistas of dramatic peaks Frequent sightings of families of lithe and lively langoor (like a black-faced monkey) swinging through the tree canopy high above Chances to see bear, mountain marmot, ibex, snow fox, mountain crow and eagles.
Visits to local picturesque mountain villages. End the trek in the fascinating spiritual and philosophical center of India - colorful Swagashram at Rishkesh .
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New Delhi - Rishikesh (225 kms/6 hrs)
In the morning drive to Rishikesh. Upon arrival at Rishikesh transfer to the hotel. In the evening visit the Aarti ceremony at Swargashram. Back to hotel for overnight stay.
Rishikesh : Rishikesh is the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Uttaranchal. It's also starting point on the journey to the sacred sources of the Ganga and the Yamuna Rivers. According to legend, Prince Bhagirath performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to Sage Kapila's curse. The penance was answered and the river Ganga trickled forth from Lord Shiva's locks and its bountiful water revived the sons of King Sagara. In the tradition of Bhagirath, devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here, praying for the salvation of their ancestors.
Day 2 : Rishikesh - Uttarkashi (185 kms/6 hrs)
Drive to Uttarkashi, located on the Bhagirathi River in the foothills of the Himalayas. Upon arrival at Uttarkahi transfer check into the hotel.
Vishwanath Temple : One of the major Shiva worship centers for all India, this ancient and renowned temple is an interesting and important pilgrimage and touristic monument.
Uttarkashi Town : Situated on a new lake, this clean and nature-surrounded little city features a line of ashrams along the banks of the Bhagirathi River, an early branch of the sacred Ganga.
Nehru Institute of Mountaineering : World famous institution of instruction for the mountaineer.
Joshimath : The religious centre, established by Adi Shankaracharya, which he called Jyotirmath, later came to be known as Joshimath. Among the sites of interest are the temples of Nav Durga and Narsingh. Apart from its obvious religious importance, Joshimath is known for its scenic beauty.
Day 3 : Uttarkashi - Gangotri ( 100 kms/5 hrs)
5 hours by vehicle from Uttarkashi, market center north central Garhwal, set in a valley surrounded by foothills and terraced valleys, Scenic drive along the roaring Bhagirati River, one of the source rivers of the sacred Ganges, through terraced fields, deodar forests, apple orchards, and villages to Gangotri (one of the Char Dham - the series of holy pilgrimage sites, the four sources of the Ganges Yamuna Rivers) set in an enchanting forest of deodar pines, featuring the Gourikund waterfall, and the historic Gangotri temple, where the evening puja (colorful prayer ceremony) can be enjoyed. Stay in hotel.
Day 4 : Gangotri - Chirvasa (9 kms/4 hrs)
Gentle 9 k uphill trek. Alpine forest, bhojpatra, (the famous "paper tree"), juniper, and stately deodars. Frequent sightings of families of lithe and lively langoor (like a black-faced monkey) swinging through the tree canopy high above. Many colorful sadhus and pilgrims on their way to Gomukh, along the roaring torrent of the Bhagirati River with views of famous Himalayan peaks (Sudarshan, Bhagirati Massif, etc.), Camp with sunset view of Bhagirati Massif.
Day 5 : Chirvasa - Goumukh - Bhojvasa (13 kms/8 kms)
Gentle 9 k uphill trek to dramatic Gomuk, sacred spot where the holy Ganges River emerges from its glacier. One of the most important pilgrimage sites in India. The 4 k gentle downhill walk to Bhojvasa. Chaces to see, ibex, snow fox, mountain crow and eagles. Camp at Bhojvasa.
Day 6 : Bhojvasa - Gangotri - (14 kms/7 hrs)
Return gentle downhill trek to Gangotri. Stay in hotel .
Day 7 : Gangotri - Uttarkahsi (100 kms/ 5 hrs)
Return drive to Uttarkashi. Stay in hotel.
Day 8 : Uttarkashi - Rishiskesh (185 kms/6 hrs)
Return drive to Rishikesh. Stay in hotel. (Possible to reach Haridwar to explore this popular and beautiful shrine town as opposed to Rishikesh. One hour further).
Day 9 : Rishikesh -Delhi (225 kms/6 hrs)
Return drive to Delhi.
Best time to visit Gaumukh Trek : April, May, June, August, September, October and November