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Tapovan trek is a strikingly different type of trail inside Bhagirathi river valley to high up at the base of majestic Mt. Shivling. Tapovan (4,270 m/14,270 ft) a patch of green, situated on the west bank of Gangotri glacier amidst glacial moraine and debris.
Gaumukh is the hatchway of the glacier to spring the Ganges, and Tapovan are the mighty peaks of the Garhwal. The Gangotri Tapovan trekking is made for all adventure lovers to let them involve into Mountain Climbing, Rock Climbing and glacier traverse.
From Tapovan, the trek will take you towards Nandanvan, by retracing your steps to come back to Gangotri and then making a good start of hiking towards the next Himalayan destination at the high altitude lake of Kedar Tal. Here the walk/trekking is mostly through glaciers to join back to Gangotri and then to drive down to Uttarkashi and then finally to Rishikesh making a majestic end to Gaumukh Tapovan Trek.
In the past few years, Tapovan has emerged as a popular trekking destination popular trekking destination and people from far-off places come to see the enchanting grasslands of Tapovan that are decorated with flowering plants.
Would you believe that you can actually taste hot chocolate shake at such heights :)
Yes, it is true you can actually enjoy the tasty chocolate while surrounded by the gigantic mountains looking at you, with your friends.
We will begin the journey from Dehradun at morning 6. The day will be longer as you will cover 241 km to Gangotri. It will be wonderful 8 hours ride along the mighty mountains. You will arrive at Gangotri Dham today and check in at the hotel. In the evening, visit the temple and witness the Ganga aarti .
Morning we fill ourself with food needed for the trek to Chirbasa that will take about 6 hours to cover. The scenery is just magnificent, and you cannot stop to admire beauties of the forests and the valleys down below, especially Chirbasa or the abode of pine trees. The entire trek today is along the roaring Bhagirathi River. Trek above the Bhagirathi River on a relatively groomed path to Chirbasa. Though there are trees, we are walking on the side of the mountain, and there is little shade most of the time. Finally, you arrive at Chirbasa tired but happy with the delightful views as we stay the night in a tent .
Wake up with the stunning fluorescent views of sun rays on the mountain peaks, get refreshed to trudge again. This will be the easiest 2-3 hours trek having gradual ascent. The trail widens up now with more closer views of the Bhagirathi peaks. You will across some landslide sections easier to walk upon. After the trek, you will find a plain terrain where tents will be laid for you, that is Bhojwassa. Chill around in the noon after having lunch at the campsite. You can capture the splendid camping area, as you walk into the Gaumukh, the end of the Gangotri glacier. Spend the cosy cold night in the tents.
The day has arrived when it will be the strenuous and longest day of the trek, so eat full, get packed lunch, fill water bottles (there are no water sources on the route), carry energy bars and lots of excitement.The trek to Gomukh is fairly easy. Gomukh is the end of the Gangotri glacier and hence the source of the divine Ganges river. Gomukh basically means cows mouth, it is believed the snout looked like cows mouth in past. Most religious people consider it as a blessing to visit Ganges. Even if you are not religious you will be astonished to see how huge the snout is and how small you are in front of it.The trail from here gets steeper and filled with rock boulders. The rock moraines on the glacier make the climb difficult, but it also means there is no need of technical equipments. You can use a trekking pole to ease the climb. The final trek to Tapovan is a rocky terrain, once you cross it you will be pleased to be in thAfter gruelling trek, Tapovan serves as perfect place for solitude. Here you will find mountain goats roaming around, just as you are. End your strained yet memorable day by resting peacefully in tents with closer view of the magnificent Mt. Shivling .
Rise early to cherish the few last moments in front of legendary mountains who are shining in the bright sun rays. Mt. Shivling looks prettier as never before, passing its beauty to the adjacent peaks. Together they all make a spectacular sight. It is then time to take these memories back after having breakfast. Carry packed lunch and enough water as you did earlier, because there are no water sources.After steep descend to Gomukh, walk down the terrain alongside Bhagirathi river. It will be a 6-7 hours trek till Bhojbasa . Then you will be back to the same Camp site . Not to your surprise, you will be camping near the river, in between the mountains, under the clear skies ...!!
Wake up to realize that this will be the last day of the trek. Trek for around 8 hours covering 14 km to Gangotri. You will enter again in the Gangotri National Park. You can catch up streams and waterfalls to refills water bottles. Say good bye to the Bhagirathi and other mountain peaks as their sight now disappears .
Have a final cup of morning tea in the mighty land of Gangotri. Say final good bye to your fellow trekkers, exchange numbers, and lots of memories. Take a wonderful group picture and get into the cab that will ride you back to Dehradun. This will a 8 hours ride, between the mountains, valleys and Bhagirathi river. The river which guided us throughout the trek
The cancellation charges are as under:
● Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek – Full Refund .
. ● Cancellations prior to 29-15 days from the start of the trek – 80% Refund or Trek Voucher worth paid amount (Trek Voucher is valid 12 months).
● Cancellation prior to 7-14 days from the start of the trek -- 50% refund or Trek Voucher worth paid amount (Trek Voucher is valid 12 months).
● Cancellation prior to 7 days from the start of the trek -- no refund
● Drinking and smoking during the trek are strictly prohibited. If found flouting the rules, your participation on the trek will be canceled with immediate effect
. ● Route changes, postponement, delay, or finishing the trek a day earlier: Under some extraordinary circumstance, your trek may end a day earlier or start a day later. This may become necessary due to inclement weather, snow and ice conditions, political restrictions, or any other cause. In the event of a change, postponement or delay, participants have no right to refund of the trek (in whole or in part) or other compensation for any injury, loss or damage. Trek fee is not charged broken down in terms of days but is a composite fee for the whole trek.
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