Situated at the foothills of Shivling peak, this camping base located at 4460 m above sea level, is popular for its lush greenery and view of peaks and ranges. You can trek up the route, organized by various adventure camps in Gangotri.
Rail: As Rishikesh is a relatively smaller station, it's prefereable to reach a more well connected railhead nearby, i.e Haridwar. Board the overnight Nanda Devi AC Express leaving New Delhi at 11:50 pm reaching Haridwar by 4:00am. Board waiting vehicles to be driven straight to Uttarkashi. It is a 7 hour long drive. There are frequest taxis, buses from Uttarkashi to Gangotri. It is a 4-5 hour long drive.
Road: Delhi to Gangotri is 471 km by road and takes about 15 hours to reach.
Base Camp : Gangotri
Difficulty : Moderate
Highest point of trek : 14, 640 ft
Nearest Airport : Jolly Grant Airport
Nearest Railhead : 234 km
Region : Garhwal Himalayas
Snow : Summer and Autumn are the best time for the trek.
Starting point of trek : Gangotri
Day 1 : Gangotri to Bhojwasa
Distance: 13 Km , Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
Have breakfast and trek to Bhojwassa via Chirbasa (3600mt). Walk along the beaten track towards Chirbasa, which is on tree line, along the roaring Bhagirathi River. Beyond Chirbasa the terrain becomes really desolate and barren, which is referred to as Artic Tundra by many trekkers. The entire trail passes through dense forest. Arrive at Bhojwassa where there is a small temple and a potential campsite near down the river. Camp near river side and spend the afternoon exploring the area and to enjoy excellent sunset on Bhagirathi group of peaks. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 2 : Bhojwasa to Gomukh to Tapovan
After breakfast, trek to Gomukh (3890mt). Explore the area and trek to Tapovan, one of the finest high altitude alpine meadows in the area. The trek from Gomukh to Tapovan is ascent steep, and as we climb, the view of the surrounding peaks . becomes clearer. Tapovan's known for its beautiful meadows that encircle the base camp of the Shivling peak. Tapovan is a very pleasant spot with a large meadow complete with bubbling streams, wildflowers and campsites. Herds of Bharal (blue mountain goats) are a common sight from here on mountain ridges. On the far side of the glacier, Bhagirathi I, II, III provide an equally impressive backdrop. It is also the little wonder where Sadhus and saints choose this spot for extended meditation during the long summer month. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.