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Trek to Gaumukh - Tapovan ( Base Camp - Shivling Peak )

Shivlinga is one of the most photogenic mountain of India.  It often offers tantalising pyramical views – be it sunrise, day light or sunset views.  Often nicknamed as Matterhorn of India.  Shivling falls in Gangotri glacieres.  Its Base Camp is established in Tapovan which is often visited by many trekkers because Tapovan offers an ampitheatrical views of peaks of Kedardome, Bhagirathi Khrchakund etc.   We trek through Gangotri Temple and Gaumukh, the source of river Ganga.  On this trekking trail we come across many Indian pilgrims which gives us an opportunity to know about the highest respect that pilgrims have for this sacred river Ganga.  Shivling offers many routes from very technical to less technical.  The traditonal route is from west side of Shivling.

Gangotri : The shrine of Gangotri is situated at an elevation of 3200 m surrounded by deodars and pines. The original temple was constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa. Every year people from all around the world visit this shrine. A number of ashrams and dharamshalas are located on the other side of the river. It is believed that Raja Bhagirath used to worship Shiva on a slab of rock "Bhagirath Shila" situated near the temple. Submerged in the river there is a natural Shivling where, according to mythology, Lord Shiva sat when he received the Goddess Ganga in his matted locks. A days trek takes one to Gomukh, the source of the mighty Ganges.

Gomukh : The Gomukh glacier is the source of Bhagirathi (Ganges) and is held in high esteem by the devout who collect its holy water for religious ceremonies, and bathe in the icy waters with a hope of cleansing their souls!

Tapovan : Tapovan is an ideal location for the tourists looking for peace and adventure. Located at an altitude of 4463m / 14640ft above sea level, Tapovan acts as a base camp for Shivlinga peak climbing expeditions in the Garhwal Himalayas. One can witness stunning views of Bhagirathi peaks from the meadow at Tapvan, and the place is  visited by thousands of tourist including foreigners for adventure activity like mountaineering & trekking.

Shivlinga - Source of the Ganges Trek

Duration : 15 Nights & 16 Days
Trekking Routes : Delhi - Mussoorie - Uttarkashi - Gangotri -Bhojbasa - Gomukh - Tapovan -Shivling Trek Kirti Bamak - Meru Glacier - Nandanvan - Vasuki Tal - Bhojbasa - Gangotri - Uttarkashi - Haridwar - Delhi.

The word Shivling literally refers “the phallus of Lord Shiva”. Mt. Shivling is among the most stunning peaks of Garhwal, Uttarakhand of India. The mountain rises as a absolute pyramid above the snout of the Gangotri Glacier. Its amazing form is often compared to that of “Matterhorn peak”. The mountain is well defined by steep rock faces on all sides; besides the west flank which is moderate enough slope for snow accumulation.
Shivling is twin-summated mountain with the northeast summit slightly higher than the southwest summit. Gaumukh, a holy site of Hindus is source of Bhagirathi River. Tapavan meadows lie between Shivling and Gaumukh.

Since its first ascent on June 3, 1974, at least ten other routes have been identified to the summit which used all major ridges and most major faces of the mountain. Though it is not of great elevation, peak is dramatically rocky and difficult to climb that makes it a famed prize for mountaineers.

This holy Mount Shivling attracts thousands of devotees every year. The nearest airport is at Jollygrant and the nearest railway station is at Rishikesh.

Day 01 : Drive from Delhi to Rishikesh. Stay up here.

Day 02 : Drive to Uttarakashi. Drive 6hours to reach Uttarakashi while stoping at Huge Tehri Dam. Stay at Uttarakashi.

Day 03: Uttarkashi - Gangotri (3048 mts/9998 ft)
In the morning drive to Gangotri via a beautiful Harsil valley. Enroute take a holy dip in hot sulphur springs at
Gangnani. Upon arrival at Gangotri check in to hotel. Evening free to explore the beautiful surroundings. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

Gangnan : Further up on way to Gangotri about 26 km.s from Maneri, is the hot water spring at Gangnani, where one can have refreshing bath in the kund called Rishikund. There is a temple near the kund dedicated to the Sage Parashar, believed to be the father of Ved Vyas.

Harsil : Harsil is a beautiful spot to see the colors of the nature. The walks, picnics and trek lead one to undiscovered stretches of green, grassy land. Harsil is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Sighting here includes the Wilson Cottage, built in 1864 and Sat Tal (seven Lakes). The adventurous tourists have the choice to set off on various treks that introduces them to beautiful meadows, waterfalls and valleys. Situated amidst the incredible beauty of mountain peaks, Harsil is counted amongst some of the most beautiful places in the Garhwal region.

Bhairon Ghat : On way to Uttarkashi Bhaironghati is a place where one can stay and enjoy the mountainous landscape. A temple of Bhairon Devta here is visited by scores of pilgrims. The awe-inspiring lofty peaks, deep gorge of Jahnavi and Bhagirathi rivers with a bridge at a considerable altitude from river level flowing below and the towering deodar trees provide a rare natural bonanza.

Gangotri : The shrine of Gangotri is situated at an elevation of 3200 m surrounded by deodars and pines. The original temple was constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa. Every year people from all around the world visit this shrine. A number of ashrams and dharamshalas are located on the other side of the river. It is believed that Raja Bhagirath used to worship Shiva on a slab of rock "Bhagirath Shila" situated near the temple. Submerged in the river there is a natural Shivling where, according to mythology, Lord Shiva sat when he received the Goddess Ganga in his matted locks. A days trek takes one to Gaumukh, the source of the mighty Ganges


Day 04 : GANGOTRI / BHOJBAS (3792 M)
Trek to Bhojbas ( 149 km/6 hrs). The trek starts from Gangotri with an easy ascend. All along the route we enjoy the enchanting views of Bhagirathi and other peaks. As we approach Gaumukh we can see the glorious peak of Shivling. O/N Tents.

Day 05 : Bhojbas / Gaumukh / TAPOVAN (4463 M)
Trek 4 km to Gaumukh (3890 m), the Source of Holy River Ganga. Here we meet some Sadhus (Hindu Saints)) deep in meditation. We continue trekking 3 km trek further across the Gangotri glacier and reach the Base Camp at Tapovan. O/N Tents.

Day 06 : BASE CAMP (4900M)
Day free for setting up the Base Camp and acclimatisation. Overnight in Tent.

Day 09: Tapovan - Kirti Bamak - Tapovan (7 kms/6 hrs):
Early in the morning a full day trek to Kirti Bamak glacier. From here you can see the Kedardome peak (6850 mts/22468 ft), Kirti Bamak (6500 mts/21320 ft) and a magnificent view of Shivling from the east. After exploring the area return to Tapovan for dinner and overnight stay.

(We can follow further to Meru Glaicer and Nandavan as well Vasuki tal or if limit time we can return back via same route via Bhojbasa Chirbasa Gangotri...)


Day 10: Tapovan - Meru Glacier - Tapovan (5 hrs/6 kms)
The day is also thrilling to see the Mt. Meru peak (6400 m). In the morning trek to the base of Mt. Meru crossing the meadows of Tapovan the trail climbs into another ablation valley. It's mythical name is "The mountain of Gold". After exploring the area return back to Tapovan for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 11: Tapovan - Nandanvan (4570 mts/14990 ft/ Trek 4-5 hrs)
We trace back to Nandanvan via Gomukh glacier. The route from Tapovan leads from the upper section of the meadow till down and onto the glacier. From Gomukh turn towards Nandanvan (4340m) and steering on right one will be on top of the Gangotri glacier. The glacier runs between two ranges and the landslides make a layer of rocky moraine on the ice which makes the walking easier. The glacier walk is very slippery and a slight lack of concentration would be dangerous. Huge crevasses gaped here and there. After a walking for about a kilometer there is a vertical ascent. Big rocks enroute offer grips and foot - holds but many of them are deceptive too. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 12: Nandanvan - Vasuki Tal (4800 mts/15744 ft) - Nandanvan (7 kms/6 hrs)
Morning trek along with Chaturangi Glacier to reach Vasukital, a beautiful base for Mt Satopanth and Mt Vasuki Parbat with a small lake. The trek is steady upward. After exploring the area trek back to Nandanvan for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 13: Nandan Van - Bhojbasa (Trek 4-5 hrs)
Early morning enjoy the sunrise on high peaks. After breakfast trek down to Bhojbasa. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Day 14: Bhojbasa - Gangotri (Trek 4-5 hrs) - Uttarkashi
Morning after breakfast trek down to Gangotri, where our car will be waiting for us. Then drive to Uttarkashi. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 15: Uttarkashi - Haridwar - Delhi (275 kms/8-9 hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive 170 kms to reach Haridwar. Arrival at Haridwar by afternoon. Explore the surrounding and evening transfer to railway station to catch train for Delhi. Arrival at Delhi by night and then transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 16: Delhi Departure
Half day city tour and evening transfer to airport to catch your onwards destination.

Otion Two -- Source of the Ganges Trek Gangotri - Gaumukh - Tapovan - Nandanvan - Trekking - Haridwar to Haridwar

Duration : 7 Nights & 8 Days
Trekking Routes : Haridwar - Uttarkashi - Gangotri -Bhojbasa - Gomukh - Tapovan -Shivling Trek - Nandanvan - Bhojbasa - Gangotri - Uttarkashi - Haridwa.

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