The devout spare no pains or expense to undertake a pilgrimage of chardhams located in the the most inhospitable parts of Uttarakhand. However, the tough terrain is also attracting tourists more interested in trekking and action. If you are in this category you will love to join our 8 days 7 nights trek of Harsil – Gaumukh Glacier with Gangotri and Uttarkashi thrown in as added attractions. Gaumukh glacier is said to be the source of the Holy Ganga River, located about 19 km from one of the holy char Dhams, Gangotri. The starting point to the trek to Gangotri is Harsil. On this trip you explore the craggy, desolately beautiful mountainous region while trekking to the Gaumukh glacier.
Duration: 8 Days 7 Nights
Destinations Cover: Haridwar – Harsil – Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Gaumukh
A typical itinerary goes like this:
Day 1: Delhi – Haridwar
Arrive in Delhi to a warm welcome by our tour guide who escorts you to the waiting coach that will take you on an enjoyable 225 km ride that takes about 5 to 6 hours to cover. Check into your hotel on arrival and then join the group for the evening Ganga aarti at Har Ki Pauri. Explore local markets and sample local cuisines before retiring for the night.
Day 2: Haridwar – Harsil
Rise early, enjoy a hearty breakfast and board the coach for the 290 km, 9 hour long drive to Harsil. On the way we stop at Uttarkashi for darshan at the temple of Lord Shiva and for a dip in the Bhagirathi. The coach proceeds to Gangnani, site of hot water sulphur springs where you can take a dip if you like. A stop is reserved for Dharali, known as the orchard village, famous for its scenic splendour. Late in the evening we arrive at Harsil where you check into your comfortable and cozy room for the night.
Day 3: Harsil – Gangotri
After breakfast begins the momentous Yatra to Gangotri, one of the Char Dhams in Uttarakhand. Before proceeding to the temple it is customary to take a dip in the Bhagirathi and then worship Ganga Maa at the temple. After the temple worship we visit a couple of places in the neighborhood before retiring for the night in a warmly comfortable room in a Gangotri hotel.
Day 4: Gangotri – Chirbasa – Bhojbasa Trek
This morning you fill yourself with food for you will need it for the trek to Bhojbasa via Chirbasa, a distance of 14 km that will take about 4 hours to cover. The scenery is simply magnificent and you can stop to admire beauties of the forests and the valleys down below, especially Chirbasa or the abode of pine trees. Finally, you arrive at Bhojbasa, tired but happy and stay the night in a tent.
Day 5: Bhojbasa – Gaumukh Trek
Enjoy a breakfast around a campfire and gear up for the 4 km trek to Gaumukh glacier located at a height of 3900 metres. On the way you have a view of the Bhagirathi massifs and the Shivling. Arrive at Gaumukh and admire the view of a never ending jet of water that will form the Bhagirathi river culminating in the Ganga. Trek 4 km back to base camp at Bhojbasa for the night stay after a delightful campfire dinner.
Day 6: Bhojbasa – Gangotri – Uttarkashi
Rise to a cool morning and enjoy breakfast. Don your woolens and shoes and set out on the 14 km trek to Gangotri across steeply winding mountainous road. From Gangotri we board the coach for the return drive to Uttarkashi where you check into your hotel for the night.
Day 7: Uttarkashi – Haridwar
After breakfast the coach takes you on a marvelous 177 km, 7 hour long drive to Haridwar. We stop at Chamba famed for its fruit market and you can buy fruits that are in season. On arrival at Haridwar you check into your room and set out to explore Haridwar in the evening hours.
Day 8: Haridwar – Delhi
After breakfast the coach takes you on the return 210 km drive to Delhi where the tour ends on arrival and you are helped by our tour guide to the airport or railway station. You return home tired but replete with experiences that will last a lifetime.