Trekking the Gomukh-Tapovan-Nandanvan trail via source of the Ganges trek is about exploring the deep-rooted sentiments of Hinduism, understanding the significance of the river Ganges and witnessing natures marvel at its best. Trek to Gomukh (also spelled Gaumukh) - the snout of Gangotri Glacier - is merely 17-km from the road-head. While trekking to Gomukh is easy enough, our more experienced trekkers would fancy doing the Gomukh-Tapovan-Nandanvan corridor and hitting the base of legendary Mount Shivling.
Camping with wild Ibex (Bharal or Blue Sheep) below Mount Shivling
The experience of being in Himalayas surrounded by snow-clad peaks, numerous streams and mystic lakes makes Source of the Ganges and Nandanvan, Tapovan a truly fabled trek. Trekking to source of Ganges - the Gomukh - Nandanvan-Tapovan must be attempted, with ample arrangements and a good trekking team.
Source of Ganges - Gomukh - Tapovan - Nandanvan Trek Stats
TREK ROUTE: Gangotri -> Chirbasa -> Bhojbasa -> Gomukh -> Tapovan -> Nandanvan and back.
TREK DISTANCE: 60 km approximately
HIGHEST ALTITUDE: 4700 meters above sea level
TREKKING MONTHS: May-June-July / September-October
TEMPERATURES (Celsius): 10 to -5 in Summers / 0 to - 30 in Winters
TREK GRADE: MEDIUM
TREK SUMMARY: The 11-km trek from Gangotri to Chirbasa is fairly easy. The presence of Alpine forests through the trek would offer a panoramic view of Bhagirathi valley catchment. 3-km ahead is Bhojbasa - the popular camping site - and 3-km further is Gomukh - the snout of Glacier where Ganges flows out. From Gomukh starts the tough part of the trek where you climb over this massive Glacier and walk across it under the watchful eyes of Mount Shivling and Bhagirathi peaks - lords itself. Cross the glacier and you reach Tapovan meadows. Nandanvan is another 5-km trek. You get the pleasure of camping at an altitude of 4500 meters above MSL. Stay as long you feel like and take the same way back.
(i) Walk over Glacier; (ii) source @ Gomukh; (iii) camping @ Bhojbasa
About Gangotri National Park
The Gangotri National Park (Lat. 78°45’ to 79°02’ East and 30°50’ to 31°12’ North) is located in the upper catchment of Bhagirathi river in the Uttarkashi District of Uttrakhand State, India.
A Snow Leopard from Getty Images database
The Gangotri national park is spread in and around the historical Gangotri Glacier, which is home to Snow Leopard the growl-less predator of the snow. Snow Leopards are far and few, but they play the part of Apex Predator here and ensure the ecology balance.
Gangotri National Park is also an ideal destination to sight the two ferocious Bears. The Himalayan black bear (Selenarctos thibetanus) and the Himalayan Brown bear (Ursus arctos), both of which roams across these mountains. The musk deer or kasturi (Moschus chrysogaster), blue sheep or Bharal (Pseudois nayaur), Himalayan tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus), Himalayan monal (Lophophorus impejanus), Koklass (Pucrasia macrolopha) and Himalayan snowcock (Tetraogallus himalayensis) are some of the documented wildlife beings of Gangotri National Park.
A wildlife trekking and camping expedition is a must to Gangotri National Park for anyone who maintains passion for high altitude trekking, wildlife and glaciers.
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