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Gangotri Tapovan Nandanvan Vasuki Taal Trek

Gangotri Tapovan Nandanvan Vasuki Taal Trek

A Himalayan High Experience
About This Travel Experience

The Gangotri Tapovan, Nandanvan Trek is one of the few treks in the Indian Himalayas which offers a combinationn of beauty and roughness to its best.

With giant, beautiful peaks of the Gangotri region namely Shivling, Bhagirathi hovering over you throughout the trek, the mere glance of these elegant peaks wins your heart right away. The campsite of Tapovan is probably one of the best in the Himalayas of Garhwal with Shivling towering over you. It is also the base camps of over 5 / 6 himalayan peaks. We have a buffer day in our itinerary to explore the vast and the beautiful region of Gangotri near Tapovan.

tapovan nandanvan Trek
Majestic Shivling Seen From Tapovan

The Gangotri Tapovan, Nandanvan Trek requires negotiating the volatile glaciers and their moraines. It is always advised to hire a proper knowledgeable guide for this trek. The Gangotri Tapovan, Nandanvan Trek also takes you to the serene lake of Vasuki Tal and other small meadows of the otherwise silent, rough looking terrain. 

Panorama From Tapovan Nandanvan Trek
Panorama From Tapovan Nandanvan Trek

Are you a trekker who loves to talk with the silence offered by the Ultra Himalayan Landscape ?Does a scary looking sight excite you ? Or do you enjoy accepting the challenges offered by a difficult trail?

If you answered YES to the questions above, the you need to trek the Gangotri Tapovan Vasuki Taal trek to satisfy your spirits and soul. 

 

 

Gangotri National Park Permit Rules and Fees:

Gangotri Tapovan Vasuki Taal trek fall in the Gangotri National Park is it is one of the well maintained and strict National Parks in our country. The restriction increases the trek operation cost and it often puts the cost out -of-proportion for a smaller sized groups, but looking towards the benefits of restricting over sized trek groups and permit fees levied even on the locals, restricting the entry of mules, etc,  we are much in favour of such restrictions in all of our National Parks.

Day 1From Rishikesh To Gangotri, Via - Uttarkashi

Quick Information:
  • Rishikesh: 552 meters / 1822 feets
  • Uttarkashi: 1450 meters / 4785 feets
  • Gangotri: 3050 meters / 10065 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 250 Km
  • Approximate Time: 10 hours
  • Day's Activity: Drive
Brief Details Of The Day:

Take your winding and climbing mountain drive to Uttarkashi early morning. Witness the vast Tehri Dam and the vivid streets of Uttrakhand on the way before reaching Uttarkashi where we break for lunch. Post that, we head toward Gangotri and reach by late evening. We quickly have dinner and go to bed. Tomorrow will be a much required rest day.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Tea, Snacks, Dinner

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Day 2Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day. Excursion to Gangotri Dham

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Brief Details Of The Day:

Today is an important day, specially after the hectic drive the previous day. It helps us acclimatize well for the trek preventing us from any sickness. We rest out the day and start lazily. We take out the precious time to visit Gangotri Dham - one of the purest shrines of Hindus

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: All Meals

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Day 3From Gangotri To Bhojbasa, Via - Chirbasa

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Brief Details Of The Day:

We trek on the well laiden trail beside the Baghirati river, through the dense forest up till Chirbasa, beyond which the barren trail on both sides reveal itself.

Get great views of Bhagirathi peaks and the gorge of the Bhagirathi river on the way.

Chirbasa is a lovely campsite surrounded all round by the beauty of the Himalayas. There is a government run Tourist Rest House there. 

Accommodation: Tents / Bhojbasa
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

  • day3 photo - enroute bhojbasa
  • day3 photo - bhaghirathi river gushing down the valley
  • day3 photo - baghirathi group of peaks seen on tapovan trek

Day 4From Bhojbasa To Tapovan, Via - Gamukh

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Brief Details Of The Day:

Today we trek to Tapovan which is the basecamp for Shivlinga (6543m.), Meru (6660m.), Manda I, II & III (6856m, 6512m & 6529m). We mostly climb for the day. As we start the day, we come across Gaumukh -The source of Bhaghirathi river believed as the source of river Ganga, which is considered the lifeline of India. 

The trail climbs further steeply to over the glacial moraine and climbing up a steep ridge by the waterfall of Akash Ganga, opening up to a wide beautiful meadow, marked by the towering Shivling over it. Mt. Meru hovers behind you Here we camp for tonight. We are gifted with great views throughout the day.

Accommodation: Tents / Tapovan
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

  • day4 photo - shivling from tapovan
  • day4 photo - goumukh the snout of bhagirathi river
  • day4 photo - bhagirathi peaks near gaumukh on tapovan trek
  • day4 photo - ibex seen on tapovan trek
  • day4 photo - trek to tapovan

Day 5Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

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Brief Details Of The Day:

We are in a wonderland, and it will be a misery of us on us if we do not explore this place to our heart's content. Tapovan being the base camp to so many mountains Shivlinga (6543m.), Meru (6660m.), Manda I, II & III (6856m, 6512m & 6529m), there are lots on offering for us. We may go to the Meru Glacier and to the Advanced Base Camp of Shivling. There is a lake around if we like to visit.

The glacial system of Gangotri used to be a tributary system of more than 10 other glaciers. Now as if in its ruins, it has fallen down to just about 5.  

The tranquility of the place gets us lost into our own world, appreciating the beauty and roughness of the Himalayas. Infact, roughness can only be glorified by the mighty Himalayas

Accommodation: Tents / Tapovan
Meals: All Meals

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Day 6From Tapovan To Nandanvan

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Today's trail will become one of the most cherished experiences of you life.. However, be careful and remain alert to tell your tale to others..  Till now you might have seen a rough glacier from distance, or might have even walked by it, but today you will traverse it !!

As you start the day, we descend down to the glacier, and then start our thrilling trek to cross the wide glacier with its roughness in form of crevasses, tarns, huge boulders, loose rocks, and beneath is an unstable moving river of ice..  Be careful !!

It takes immense energy and good motivation to cut cross the wide glacier. After crossing it, we start our steep climb to Nandanvan, a beautiful meadow surrounded by giant peaks and glaciers.

Accommodation: Tents / Nandanvan
Meals: All Meals

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Day 7From Nandanvan To Nandanvan, Via - Vasuki Tal

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Brief Details Of The Day:

Today we negotiate the fairly easier Vasuki Glacier and climb us a steep ridge to the other side taking us to Vasuki Taal, the base camp for Satopanth ( 7075m). With hovering peaks of Satopanth and Vasuki Parbat above you, there is an immense sense of pleasure reaching this place, witnessing the beauty created by the lasnscapes around.

We retrace our trail back to Nandanvan.

Accommodation: Tents / Nandanvan
Meals: All Meals

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Day 8From Nandanvan To Bhojbasa

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Brief Details Of The Day:

We start retracing our steps back to civilization today. We dont forget to keep looking behind, a little excited and a more sad on having to return.

Accommodation: Tents / Bhojbasa
Meals: All Meals

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Day 9From Bhojbasa To Uttarkashi, Via - Gangotri

Quick Information:
  • Bhojbasa: 3792 meters / 12514 feets
  • Gangotri: 3048 meters / 10059 feets
  • Uttarkashi: 1450 meters / 4785 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 14 Km
  • Approximate Time: 4 - 5 hours
  • Day's Activity: Trek, Drive
Brief Details Of The Day:

We trek down to Gangotri from where we go down to Uttarkashi to end our super adventurous trek.

Accommodation: Hotel / Uttarkashi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 10From Uttarkashi To Rishikesh

Quick Information:
  • Uttarkashi: 1450 meters / 4785 feets
  • Rishikesh: 552 meters / 1822 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 150 Km
  • Approximate Time: 6 - 7 hours
  • Day's Activity: Drive
Brief Details Of The Day:

Today we bid goodbye and end our memorable journey to the Himalayas.

Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast

Photos From The Day:

Covid19 Safety Protocol For Himalayan Treks

Unnatural times call for an unusual response. We at Himalayan High are facing it with even more stringent safety measures to ensure our treks, trekkers, and the local support team are safe. The Covid19 Pandemic has completely changed the way we look at the World and do things. It has changed the way we trek as well. Checkout our Covid19 safety measures to ensure a safe trek. Read more on the following link - Safe trekking in the Himalayas during COVID-19

With this protocol, we are on track to resume our treks from November, 2020 with small teams and limited treks.
Quick Facts
  • Duration: 10 days/ 10 nights Rishikesh to Rishikesh
  • Highest Altitude: 4810m
  • Grade: Moderate + ( learn more )
  • Best Time: May, Jun, Sep, Oct
  • Terrain: Rocky, Glacial Moraine, Glacier Crossing, Meadow, Forest
  • Activity Type: Trek
  • Trail Type: Same Exit Entry Point
  • Starts At: Gangotri
  • Ends At: Gangotri
  • Region: India - Uttrakhand
  • Country: India
  • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant, Dehradoon
  • Nearest Rail Head: Rishikesh, Uttrakhand
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  • Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
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Short Travel Itinerary

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  • Day 1

    Drive

    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Gangotri (3050m ), Via - Uttarkashi (1450m ) . 10 Hrs. 250 Kms
    Overnight In: Gangotri (3050m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: Tea, Snacks, Dinner
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
  • Day 2

    Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

    Excursion to Gangotri Dham (3050m )3 Hrs. 5 Kms
    Overnight In: Gangotri (3048m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 3

    Trek

    From Gangotri (3048m ) To Bhojbasa (3792m ), Via - Chirbasa (3600m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs. 14 Kms
    Overnight In: Bhojbasa (3792m )
    Accommodation: Tents / Bhojbasa
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 4

    Trek

    From Bhojbasa (3792m ) To Tapovan (4463m ), Via - Gamukh (3890m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs. 10 Kms
    Overnight In: Tapovan (4463m )
    Accommodation: Tents / Tapovan
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 5

    Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

    Overnight In: Tapovan (4463m )
    Accommodation: Tents / Tapovan
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 6

    Trek

    From Tapovan (4463m ) To Nandanvan (4340m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs. 12 Kms
    Overnight In: Nandanvan (4340m )
    Accommodation: Tents / Nandanvan
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 7

    Trek

    From Nandanvan (4340m ) To Nandanvan (4340m ), Via - Vasuki Tal (4880m ) . 6 - 7 Hrs. 14 Kms
    Overnight In: Nandanvan (4340m )
    Accommodation: Tents / Nandanvan
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 8

    Trek

    From Nandanvan (4340m ) To Bhojbasa (3792m ) . 6 Hrs. 11 Kms
    Overnight In: Bhojbasa (3792m )
    Accommodation: Tents / Bhojbasa
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 9

    Trek, Drive

    From Bhojbasa (3792m ) To Uttarkashi (1450m ), Via - Gangotri (3048m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs. 14 Kms
    Overnight In: Uttarkashi (1450m )
    Accommodation: Hotel / Uttarkashi
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 10

    Drive

    From Uttarkashi (1450m ) To Rishikesh (552m ) . 6 - 7 Hrs. 150 Kms
    Overnight In: Rishikesh (552m )
    Accommodation: None
    Meals Included: Breakfast
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+ Why Is This Special

Lakes At Glance: Vasuki Tal ( 4914m )

Glaciers At Glance: Gangotri Glacier

Rivers At Glance: Bhagirathi

National Parks / Forest Reserves: Gangotri National Park

  • Up close views of  Mt. Shivling ( 6543 mtrs) ; Bhagirathi I ( 6856 mtrs) ; Bhagirathi II ( 6512 mtrs) ; Bhagirathi III (6454 mtrs) ; Mt. Meru(6660 mtrs) ; Mt. Satopanth ( 7075m) and  Kedardome ( 7904m)
  • The pious and serene lake of Vasuki Taal Gaumukh - The source of Baghirathi river considered as the source of rive Ganga - The lifeline of India.
  • Viewing, traversing negotiating the Gangotri glacier and Chatturangini glacier Gangotri is one of the 4 holy shrines of the Hindus.
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We typically get booked about 3 - 6 months in advance. It is advisable to book this much in advance as you get early bird discounts and also your travel costs like flights/hotels/trains etc are much cheaper and confirmed if you book well in advance.

 

SPECIAL CANCELLATION TERMS DURING COVID19:  
(1st OCTOBER 2020 TILL 31st MARCH 2021 )

Considering the uncertainties during the COVID19 pandemic, we have eased our cancellation rules. 

  • Up to 3 days or more before the trek start date  - Full Refund of the total invoiced amount. No questions asked.
  • 2 days to 1 day before the trek start date - We will either issue you a trek voucher with a value of 100% of the trek fee or refund 85% of the trek fee if you want us to transfer the money back.
  • Transfer Of Seat to Different Batch/ Trek: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 1 day before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  • Transfer of Seat to Friend/ Family: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 1 day before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  • Validity Of The Covid19 Cancellation Policy: The above-listed cancellation rules apply only to bookings for which the trek start date falls between 1st October 2020 till 31st March 2021.

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