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Gaumukh Tapovan Trek 2024 | Cost, Itinerary, Tips

Region: Uttarakhand

Base Camp: Gangotri

Days: 7

Altitude: 14,150 ft

Grade: Moderate

Distance: 46 km

Min Age: 16 Years+

Best Season: Summer and Autumn

Trek Description

If you have ever wondered about a trek beyond adventure, Gaumukh Tapovan is a perfect destination. It is one of the most revered places in India, that offers you both adventure and spirituality. Located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, Gaumukh Tapovan trek starts from Gangotri town and later ends in the same town. It takes around 6 nights and 7 days of total time to complete this journey successfully. During this timeframe, you will already be hiking to an altitude of 14,150 feet covering around 46 kilometers in distance.

Gangotri serves as the base camp for not only Tapovan Trek but also several other treks and expeditions. You can have an enjoyable journey visiting the famous Ganga Temple here and also the changes in landscapes and the beauty they come with.

The Gaumukh Tapovan Trek takes you through the remote trail surrounded by the dense Deodar and Pine trees in Chirbasa and rugged terrain in the Bhojbasa areas. Exploring the local natural wonders, you will walk through the remote terrain before reaching Bhojbasa, where you can camp overnight. Bhojbasa was named after the dense forest of Bhojpatra (Himalayan Birch) found in the region. It is also a perfect site for sightseeing the Bhagirathi peaks. During the trek, you will find blue sheep grazing over the cliffs and valleys.

Despite all these, Gaumukh Tapovan trek is also challenging, requiring trekkers to walk through loose rocks and steep landscapes. However, the views of Mount Shivling, Bhagirathi massif, Sudarshan, Meru, Kedar Dome, Gangotri Glacier and Chaturangi Glacier make this trek worthy.

While the Gaumukh Tapovan trek is physically demanding, it also weaves in spiritual and cultural elements. This adventure isn’t just about conquering nature’s challenges; it’s also an experience that blends physical exertion with spiritual enrichment.


Drive Distance: 245 km

Drive Time: 9-10 hours

Altitude: 10,300 ft

The journey to Gaumukh Tapovan starts from Dehradun, where you can reach the spot via flight, bus, or train. From Dehradun, you will begin your journey to Gangotri, passing through the major landmarks such as Landour, Moriana Top, Uttarkashi, and Harsil.

In Uttarkashi, take time to purchase any necessary items. Remember, this is the last town where you will have multiple ATM services, so it is recommended to withdraw the essential cash from here.

Past Uttarkashi, we will cross Khedi Waterfall at Maneri, Jhala, Harsil, Dharali, and Bhaironghati.

Gangotri is a town where you can dive deep into the spiritual values. There is a Ganga Maiya Temple, where you can get insights into local Hindu religion and its significance. 

Apart from that, Gangotri features numerous shops, restaurants, and hotels. So your stay here will be worthwhile for sure.

By the time you reach Gangotri, you will already be 3,415 meters above sea level. At such high altitudes, it is challenging to adapt due to low oxygen in the air and air pressure. As a result, trekkers might suffer from altitude related illnesses like AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).

To avoid the dangers of altitude sickness, we will acclimate at Gangotri on the second day. We will start our day with a morning visit to Ganga Maiya Temple and explore the ancient cultural significance reflected in the architecture and sculpture.

Also, we will visit the nearby places, such as Surya Kunda, Pandava Gufa, and Ganga Ghats

Most importantly, we will take rest to retain energy for the remaining trek. It is very important to have enough sleep, take proper diet, and hydrate yourself for proper acclimatization.

Trek Distance: 15 km

Trek Time: 6-8 hours

Altitude Gain: 2,650 ft

Altitude: 12,480 ft

Today, we will begin our journey early in the morning after a warm breakfast. After a few kilometers, we will reach the forest checkpoint and Ram Mandir. Take a few minutes to rest as your trek leader generates the final trek permit for all the trekkers. Take a group photo here and leave for your journey ahead.

From Check Point, we must walk another 7 kilometers to reach Chirbasa. The remote trail stretches through the conifer forest, which offers opportunity to encounter the flora and fauna in the region. 

Before reaching Chirbasa we will come across a rock with spinkling water. The water from this sprinkler is full of minerals and really pure. Fill your water bottle here. 

A lot trekkers ask us why we don’t camp at Chirbasa. The reason for this is the Chirbasa campsite is small and cramped, and you won’t get a proper camping experience here. Chirbasa also doesn’t have views as Bhojpbasa campsite. That’s why we give our trekkers a much needed acclimatization day and take them directly to Bhojbasa so that they can enjoy the view of Bhagirathi and the whole valley.

Once you cross Chirbasa, the valley opens up, and Bhagirathi peaks comes into view. On the trail, you will walk with pilgrims, fellow trekkers, porters, and Mules. 

We will continue our hike towards Bhojbasa and cross multiple wooden bridges. Also, there comes a landslide area, where your balanced steps are a must. By evening, we will finally reach Bhojbasa, named after Bhojpatra. In ancient times, the leaves of Bhojpatra were used to write documents, state order, and religious texts. 

Trek Distance: 8 km

Trek Time: 7-8 hours

Altitude Gain: 1,876 ft

Altitude: 14,150 ft

On the fourth day of this trek, we will head towards Tapovan from Bhojbasa, which is around 8 kilometers away. We must cross Bhagirathi River via Trolley before reaching today’s destination. It can take 1-2 hours for the entire batch to cross the river along with the team. 

After that, we will pass through the pastureland rich in green shrubs and grass, where we can see Blue Sheep herds grazing. Gradually, we will find the landscape transforming into barren and rocky terrain.

Have lunch in between so that you can have the proper energy to climb Tapovan. You may not find water sources, so carrying 2 liters of water with you is advisable. 

Along the trail, you will also see Akash Ganga flowing downwards from Tapovan and merging with Bhagirathi at Gaumukh below. During May and June, Akash Ganga has more water as compared to Autumn season. In some sections, you may even need to cross the stream. In that case, walk with attention and safety, and remove your shoes if needed. 

The landscape is steep and challenging, so a gradual ascent is recommended. The trail leads us to Tapovan finally, which is a perfect place to view Gangotri Glacier, Bhagirathi Peaks, and Aakash Ganga. Similarly, the views of Mount Shivling and Meru Peak will welcome you with wide arms.

Visit Moni baba ashram if interested. From Moni baba Ashram walk ahead and from here, you will get to see the whole Gangotri Glacier, Chaturangi Glacier, Nandanvan, and Kedardome

You will surprised to know that Tapovan is also famous for Astrophotography and Stargazing. At night enjoy the clear view of the whole Milky Way galaxy. Just make sure to wear gloves, and winter clothes to avoid chills.

Trek Distance: 8 km

Trek Time: 6-7 hours

Altitude Loss: 1,850 ft

Altitude: 12,480 ft

Today is one of the exciting days of the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek. We will start our day with a sunrise view over Shivling, Bhagirathi, and Meru Peak. Then, we will prepare ourselves for a descent towards Bhojbasa, which takes around 6 to 7 hours.

After around 1 hour of descent, we will reach Gaumukh, the snout of Gangotri glacier. We will spend an hour or two here with fellow trekkers and pilgrims and then keep up on retracing towards Bhojbasa.  

We will then spend another few hours hiking downhill before finally reaching Bhojbasa, today’s destination. The views of the Bhagirathi peaks will still be offering us the enjoyable vibe here.

Trek Distance: 14 km

Trek Time: 6-7 hours

Altitude Loss: 2,750 ft

Altitude: 10,300 ft

Day 6 is the day to return to Gangotri, the base camp of Gaumukh Tapovan. We will follow the same trail on a 6 to 7 hours long trek. The trail stretches through several wooden bridges and forest areas which will be exciting to pass by.

By noon we will reach Gangotri and check in to our hotel. Today, we will have enough rest and wrap up the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek. During the evening you have the option to attend the aarti ceremony and do some shopping.

Drive Distance: 245 km

Drive Time: 9-10 hours

After breakfast we will start our road journey to Dehradun. We will drive through the scenic road passing through Landour, Moriana Top, Uttarkashi, and Harsil. 

We will reach Dehradun by evening.

Note | Return Journey: Plan your return journey after 9 PM. Sometimes due to traffic, we can get late, that’s why it’s advisable to have your return tickets booked after 9 PM.

Gaumukh Tapovan Itineraray

What’s Included and Excluded?

Price Inclusion

  • 3 Nights stay in Gangotri
  • 2 Nights camping in Bhojbasa and 1 Night camping in Tapovan
  • Meals from Day 1 dinner to Day 7 breakfast
  • All the required forest and camping permits
  • Sleeping bags, Mattresses and Tent
  • Helmet, Ecobag and First aid kit with oxygen cylinder
  • Certified Trek Leader
  • Trek completion certificate

Price Exclusion

  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals during the transportation
  • 5% GST is not included
  • Any expenses or items not mentioned in the inclusion section are not covered
  • For backpack offloading additional fee of INR 2000 will be charged
  • Any expenses arising from emergencies during the trek
  • Transportation from Dehradun to the base camp and back to Dehradun
  • Any personal expenses

Things to Carry

  • 45-60 Ltr Bag Pack With Rain Cover & Comfortable Straps
  • Hot & Cold Water Bottle Like Borosil & Milton
  • Energy Bar, Dry Fruits & ORS
  • Personal Medical Kit
  • 2/3 Full Sleeves (Non-Cotton)
  • 1 Full Fleece T-Shirt
  • 1 Fleece Jacket (Woollen Or Sweater)
  • 1 Down Feather/Hollofil Jacket
  • 1 Waterproof Jacket/Poncho
  • 1 Pair Thermal Inners (Upper And Lower)
  • 2 Trek Pants (Avoid Shorts & Denim Pants)
  • 1 Pair of Waterproof Gloves
  • 1 Pair of Woollen Gloves
  • Sun Cap
  • Woollen Cap
  • 4 Pairs Of Cotton Socks
  • 1 Pair Of Woollen Socks
  • 1 Pairs Of Sunglasses (U/V Protected)
  • 1 Neck Gaiters (Buff)
  • Tiffin Box
  • 1 Waterproof & High Ankle Trekking Shoes
  • 1 Pair Of Floaters
  • Hand Sanitizer & Sunscreen Lotion
  • Toothbrush And Toothpaste
  • Toilet Paper And Wet Wipes
  • Quick Dry Towel
  • Lip Balm & Antibacterial Powder
  • Moisturizer
What to carry for high altitude treks?

How To Reach Gangotri

If you choose to reach Dehradun by flight, it is the easiest and quickest medium. However, the air flight does not take you directly to Dehradun, but to Jolly Grant Airport, the nearest airport from the city. It is located approximately 25 kilometers from the city center, where several domestic airlines operate regular flights to and from Dehradun. Upon landing at the airport, you can hire a taxi, vikram, or take bus to Dehradun.

It is recommended to book your tickets a month or two before your departure date. Last minute flight booking is usually higher than regular price.

If direct flights to Dehradun seem to be pricey, then it will be wise to take flights to Delhi as they are more affordable. From Delhi, you can reach Dehradun via state bus like UTC, or HRTC or use apps like Abhibus or Redbus. Railways and shared taxis are also good options.

Traveling by train is another great option to reach Dehradun. You can reach there within a short period as it is well-connected to major cities by train. The Dehradun Railway Station serves as the primary railway station while you can also always choose Haridwar Railway Station. You can book tickets on various trains connecting Dehradun to places like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and more.

You can also travel via road to Dehradun from your hometown. Dehradun is connected by National Highways from/to the major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, and Chadigarh. So it will not be a problem in getting a transportation to Dehradun; however, it might not be as quick as air flight.

Nevertheless, you can still enjoy the beautiful views of the Himalayan foothills during your ride.

Gangotri, the starting point for Gaumukh Tapovan, is approximately 237.1 kilometers from Dehradun. To reach there, you can hire a private taxi or take a bus from Dehradun, which takes around 7 hours.

Buses to Uttarkashi leave early in the morning from Dehradun Hill Station and Prade Ground. The bus ticket usually costs 350 – 400 rs. And shared taxi charges from 400-500 which can be booked in Rispana pul and Prade ground. To reach Uttarkashi by 12 PM, you must board the bus early in the morning around 5 am. Taxis from Uttarkashi bus stand to Gangotri leave till 2 Pm during the summer season and 12 pm in the autumn season.

Once you reach Uttarkashi, you can get a shared taxi to Gangotri, which charges 300- 400 RS and can be found at the Uttarkashi taxi stand.

We also arrange transportation services for our trekkers, with the pick up point being Prince Chowk, Dehradun and pick up time between 6 am and 7 am. An add on of INR 2500 will be charged from trekkers.

Note | Transportation Service: We also arrange transportation services for our trekkers, with the pickup point being Prince Chowk, Dehradun and pick-up time between 6 am and 7 am. An add on of INR 2,500 will be charged from trekkers. 

Video on How to reach Gangotri

Difficulty Level of Gaumukh Tapovan Trek

The difficulty level of the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is moderate. It can be completed in 7 days; 2 days for travel from Dehradun to Gangotri and Gangotri to Dehradun, 1 acclimatization day, and a total of 4 days of trekking. Similarly, you will travel approximately 46 km as you reach the maximum altitude of 14,150 ft above sea level.

Yes, this trek has a moderate difficulty but it does not mean that you don’t have to prepare. You must be very careful in packing your trekking gears, physical and mental health, and acclimatization. You will go through the remote trail that features a rockfall section, steep ascend, and changes of altitude sickness. That’s why it’s important to come prepared. 

The trail from Gangotri to Bhojbasa is around 14 km with gradual ascend and altitude gain of 2,650 ft. Trekkers usually take 6-8 hours to cover this distance depending on their physical fitness. 

Between Gangotri to Cheerbasa is good. After Cheerbasa, there are some rockfall sections that you have to be careful about. 

The next difficult section is the ascend of Tapovan. Boulder, rocks, gravel and steepness make it a bit challenging. Be careful here and avoid moving any rocks with your footsteps. Trekkers take around 2 hours to complete this ascend. 

The most important thing is that you walk for 6 to 7 hours for 4 days, which will be physically exhausting. So, to complete this trek you need endurance and physical strength which you can train your body before starting this trek.

Best Time for Gaumukh Tapovan

Preparing for the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek must be done properly, and choosing the best time to go for this trek falls under it. Considering this topic, the best time depends on what trekkers expect from this journey. Some might like to travel during the winter while some in other seasons. But there are several parameters that indicate the ideal time for taking on this journey. 

Summer Season:

Summer season, starting from May, is the season when the weather is most stable. With temperatures being moderate during this timeframe, most trekkers prefer trekking during this time. The clear skies, mild temperature, minimal rainfall, and clear vision are some of the advantages of the summer season.

Temperature during this time ranges from 17 degrees Celsius to 1 degrees Celsius.

In June mid week or end week you may also get to see new born Lambs of Bharal or Blue sheep. 

This is also the time when gates of Ganga Temple opens up. You will get to see lot of pilgrims in this season and trail will have more people as compared to Autumn season. 

Autumn Season: 

Autumn starts from the month of September and remains till October. The weather and climate patterns are somehow similar to the Spring season. Moderate temperature, clear skies and views are the major features of this timeframe.

Autumn starts after the end of the monsoon, so you can still enjoy the views of the greenery around the Tapovan region. Average temperature during this time ranges from 15 degrees Celsius to -3 degrees Celsius. Sky remains clear and sunny offering perfect views of Bhagirathi Massif and Shivling.

Can I Go For A Winter Trek to Gaumukh Tapovan?

Off-season trek to Gaumukh cannot be done since the Gangotri National Park remains closed during the winter season. This is because the high altitude locations in Tapovan areas get freezed due to extremely low temperatures. Average temperature ranges from -2 degrees celsius to -15 degree celsius.

What’s the best time for Gaumukh Tapovan

More Info of Gaumukh Tapovan

Gangotri Temple & Mukhba village

Gangotri Temple is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess, Ganga. People believe that Goddess Ganga descended from heaven after Bhagirathi Ji earned the blessings from Lord Shiva from his intense meditation. 

The Goddess Ganga temple witnesses a grand procession that starts from Mukhba village. Mukhba is located above Harshil.

The temple itself has a deep-rooted historical connection, as it was renovated by Amar Singh Thapa, an army general during the Gorkha rule.

Bhagirath Rock (Shila)

One of the most notable landmarks is Bhagirath Shila, which lies at the footstep of the Gangotri Temple. People believe that it is the same place where King Bhagirath earned blessings from Lord Shiva from his deep meditation after which he sent Goddess Ganga from heaven.

To this time, Bhagirath Shila stands as a symbol of his devotion and connection between humans and the holy Ganga River.

Pandav Gufa:

Pandav Gufa (Cave) is another popular landmark in this region. It is situated a few kilometers away from Surya Kunda, along the left bank of the Bhagirathi River. It is also known as Patangana or Pandava Gufa as Hindu myths suggest that it is the same place where Pandavas arrived during their ‘Banabaas’ journey.

Also, it is believed that the place is where Pandavas performed a Dev Yagya, seeking redemption for the sin of cow-killing. Their journey continued from here, leading them to the sacred destination of Kedarnath, tracing the banks of the Rudraganga.

Gaumukh Tapovan is located inside naturally enriched place, Gangotri National Park. It lies in Uttarkashi District and covers about 2,390 km2 (920 sq mi) in distance. The national park is home to several wildlife and plant species. From endangered species to the most common ones, this place shelters a wide range of flora and fauna.

Talking about green vegetation, you can find Himalayan birch trees, deodar, blue pine, and juniper inside the National Park.

The national park is also home to Bharals (Himalayan blue sheep), Himalayan bears, and Himalayan Griffon. Similarly, white leopards, also known as snow leopards, can be rarely encountered in this part. It is one of the most rare animal species in the world with only between 4,000 and 6,500 existing in the world currently.

While on this adventure, you can explore other beautiful destinations such as Harshil Valley, Nelang Valley, Uttarkashi, Gangotri Base Camp, Kedartal, and Suryakund.


Map of Trail


During the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek, trekkers will cover a distance of 46 kilometers. Similarly, the altitude ranges from 10,300 feet in Gangotri to 14,150 feet in Tapovan.

The best time to do the Gaumukh Tapovan trek is Summer (May to June) and Autumn (September to November). During these months, the weather and climate patterns are stable with less chance of rain and snowfall.

The maximum altitude you reach during the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is 14,150 feet above sea level. 

Yes, you need a special entry permit for the Gaumukh Tapovan trek as it lies within the protected area of Gangotri National Park. The permit office above the bus stand at Gangotri, or from the District magistrate’s office in Uttarkashi offers this license.

How to get permit for Gaumukh Tapovan

Of course, you can always trek solo if you are a professional trekker. However, we recommend to trek with a group as it can help in saving your budget and also help to assure your safety.

Yes, every campsite is equipped with dry pit toilets. But you must carry your own toilet paper for your convenience.

Uttarkashi has ATMs where you can withdraw cash. However, cash availability can be limited, so it’s wise to make last-minute cash withdrawals in Dehradun before starting the trek.

Charging your gadgets might be always challenging during the trek. During Gaumukh Tapovan Trek, the last charging point you will get is at Gangotri. So it is recommended to carry spare batteries for cameras and a power bank with a capacity of more than 20,000 mAh to ensure you have enough power for the entire trek. 

Yes, Gaumukh Tapovan Trek takes you to the altitude of 14,150 feet above sea level. So altitude sickness is always a concern. It’s essential to ascend gradually, stay hydrated, and recognize the symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headache, nausea, and dizziness.

Pure vegetarian food will be served with dishes like Rice, Dal, Roti, Vegetables, Parantha etc. If you are a Jain or have any special food requests then do let us know. Note: Only vegetarian food will be served.

In Gangotri, network is available via networks like Jio, Airtel and BSNL. After Gangotri no network is available. Our team member will be using Walkie Talkies for communication.

For foreign nationals, INR 5,000 will be charged extra. The reason for this is National Park charges more for foreign national permits.

As a foreign national you can make your payment via PayPal or Card.

Camera is allowed and you will have to pay a fee of INR 500 per day. Drone are not allowed in National Park.

Stay will be provided on a Triple/Quad sharing basis. In case you want single or double occupancy then additional cost will need to be paid. INR 6,000 for single occupancy and INR 4,000 per person if you are a couple/friend.

Aadhaar card, Declaration form, and Travel Insurance. If you are a teen then a parent’s declaration will be needed. If you are 60+ then a medical certificate will be required. And if you are a foreign national then your Passport will be needed for issuing permits.

Click on book now, enter the details like full name, city etc, and pay the amount. In between if you face any problem, reach out to us at +91 80896 93825.

Customer Reviews

Priyanka Pareek

“I recently completed a solo trip to the Goumukh Tapovan trek with Himalayan Dream Treks, and I must say, the entire trek experience was incredible. From booking to completing one of my dream treks, every step was seamless. The travel arrangements, food, accommodations, and support—everything was perfect. A huge thanks to the Himalayan Dream Treks team (especially Soby Negi & Biru Bhai) for making it possible. HDT will be my go-to company for all future treks. Here’s my message to everyone reading this review—give it a try, and you’ll echo my words! Thanks again, Soby, for everything. Kudos! Keep up the great work!”

(October 2023)

Mukul M Mandpe

“Only one word for the Gangotri Gaumukh yatra trek – Amazing! Everything about it was amazing and the Himalayan dream treks was a major reason behind it. Our guide Sobi Negi ji was the best guide one could ask for with the best knowledge of the places we visited and about the mountains. Looking forward for more yatras and treks in the mountains”

(October 2023)

Dibyendu Das

“My friends and I completed the Gaumukh Trek in May 2023. We were among the very few groups that chose to undertake this trek in May. I am truly thankful to “Himalayan Dream Treks,” especially to Soby, Viru, Mahesh Viya, Sangeeta Ji, and the entire team for all the arrangements. Looking forward to joining another trek with the team in the future. Himalayan Dream Treks has excellent management. 👍👍🤗”

(May 2023)

Riya Sannal

“Incredible experience with Himalayan Dream Trekkers. We recently completed the Gomukh Trek with this group, and it was an amazing experience altogether. Our stay at Eshavasyam Ashram, camping in the snow, and enjoying hot and tasty food were on another level. They took great care of us, and providing Sangita as our guide was a bonus. She is awesome! We look forward to doing many more treks in the future with you guys. Keep up the excellent work!”

(September 2023)

Alok B

“If you wish to have an adventurous experience and at the same time being relaxed throughout the trip than Himalayan Dream Trekkers should be the only choice. They have the best souls in their team, who will take care of you like their own. Any terrain or trek to be considered then I would strongly recommend Himalayan Dream Trekkers. They are the best in the Business. Thanks to – Soby, Mahesh ji, Rana ji, Sangeeta, Manoj ji and all the porters.”

(May 2023)


“Thank you for organizing the trek @himalayandreamtreks. It was my first multi day trek and was an incredible experience. Will definitely go again sometime in future with them. The mighty mount Shiva we covered as part of gaumukh tapovan trek was awesome, and with this team assisting us the entire stint was even more amazing.”

(May 2022)


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