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Adventure and Wildlife » Trek to the source of the Ganges: Gangotri - Gaumukh
Trek to the source of the Ganges: Gangotri - Gaumukh
The Ganges - one of the world’s most revered rivers- flows across the sweltering plains of northern India to the Bay of Bengal. Its source is high in the Himalayas, amongst the snows and glaciers close to the Tibetan border.

You begin your journey to the source of the holy Ganges from Rishiskesh a quaint little town of great religious significance before continuing by road to Gangotri.

This trek begins at Gangotri, one of the four 'Dhams' or pilgrimage sites in the Garhwal Himalayas which is bustling with Sages and Sadhus (Holy men, re-nunciate) who have journeyed here to pay homage to the source of that holiest of holy rivers: the Ganga. The spiritual intensity of Gangotri, one of India’s most sacred pilgrimage sites, is palpable as you witness the daily puja at the temple, and the Hindu devotees bathing at the water’s edge.

We follow a well-used trail through rhododendron forests and alpine pastures to Gaumukh, the 'Cow's Snout'. This is the physical source of the Ganges, where it emerges from the gray-blue ice of the Gangotri glacier. Shrouded in legend and folklore and flanked by an impressive concentration of 6000m peaks, it is here that the holy river Ganges begins its long journey to the sea.

From Gaumukh by traversing the glacier you can reach the high altitude meadows of Tapovan (4463m) and Nandanvan (4500m), which provide panoramic views of the Chaukhamba, Bhagirathi, Shivling peaks and the confluence of the Chaturangi and Raktavan Glaciers.

This spectacular trek gives you a perfect blend of cultural interest and physical challenge. Dramatic canyons, majestic mountains, cascading waterfalls, pine and birch trees, together with the holy waters of India’s most sacred river make the Source of the Ganges a feast for the soul and senses.

From To Trek (approx) Altitude Drive Accomodation
Delhi Rishikesh   335 mtrs   Hotel
Rishikesh Maneri   1300 mtrs 204 km Luxury Tents
Maneri Dharali   2745 mtrs 60 km Luxury Tents
Dharali Gangotri   3042 mtrs 22km  
Gangotri Bhojbhasa 14 km 3792 mtrs   Alpine Tents
Bhojbhasa - Gaumukh – Bhojbhasa 8 km 3792 mtrs   Alpine Tents
Bhojbhasa Gangotri 14 km 3042 mtrs    
Gangotri Maneri - 1300 mtrs 82 km Luxury Tents
Maneri Hardwar   3690 mtrs 210 km Luxury Tents
Hardwar Delhi       departure

The above rates include:• Camping in Alpine tents on twin sharing at Bhojbhasa, on full board basis as per the above itinerary
• Portage for luggage from Gangotri to Gangotri up to 1 bag per person max 15kgs
• Services of guides and camp crew
• Camping & Eco fees
• Accommodation at Maneri, Dharali & Hardwar in luxury tents on twin sharing on full board basis
• Accommodation in a standard hotel at Rishikesh on twin sharing on full board basis
• Transportation from Hardwar/Rishkesh to Gangotri and back to Hardwar/Rishkesh by non a/c vehicles

Does not include:• All that is not mentioned in “Cost Includes”
• Food other then as specified in the Itinerary
• Room service, Mineral Water and Liquor and any other item of personal nature
• Ponies or palanquins during treks
• Delhi – Hardwar – Delhi train fare
• Camera charges and other personal items

Note:• Package Rates are subject to change without prior notice• Accommodation/Package subject to availability• Strict cancellation rules apply after reconfirmation• The minimum number of people required for the tour to be operated is 15 pax    Adventure India Reserves the right to cancel the tour if this minimum number is not fulfilled
Travel and Adventure Sports in the Himalayas: WARNING:Every participant must accept and acknowledge that Travel and participation in Adventure Sports like Trekking and Camping, White Water Rafting, Rock Climbing, Wild Life Safaris etc in the Himalayas are by their nature likely to involve actual risk and danger to life as a consequence of (but not limited to) the hazards of traveling in mountainous terrain, accident or illness in remote areas (lacking proper medical facilities), animal attacks, the forces of nature and the like. Such serious perils may endanger your life. You are urged to consider personal risks to your health and safety before accepting to participate in the tour.
The Camp @ Maneri
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