Ideal Time
May-June, Sep-Oct
Total Trek Distance
44 KM
Minimum Time Required
4 Days
Nearest Large Town
Highest Altitude
14,600 ft.
Highly Recommended


The trek along the holy river Bhagirathi takes you right up to the source of the river-popularly known as Gaumukh (Cow's snout) at the base of the Gangotri glacier. The trek passes through an orchard of coniferous pine trees at Chirbasa and birch at Bhojbasa. After crossing the Gangotri glacier and traversing on a rocky face one arrives at the meadows of Tapovan (meditating ground), a green lush valley in the summers confined by many named and un-named peaks of the Garhwal Himalaya. From Tapovan the views of prominent peaks namely - Shivling, Bhagirathi, Sudarshana, Thel and Kedar Dome are fabulous. Herds of Bharal (Blue mountain goats) are a common sight here on mountain ridges. Religious significance- The trek to Gaumukh is undertaken by thousands of Hindu pilgrims en route to the sacred source of the Ganges. For many it is a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to cleanse their souls at Gaumukh where the silent waters flow from under a huge wall of ice.