The River Ganges or the Ganga is the most sacred river in the Hindu religion and its source at Gaumukh on the Gangotri glacier is one of the holiest destinations for Hindu pilgrims who come here to witness the birth of Mother Ganga. At Gaumukh, blocks of glacier fall into the river and pilgrims 'cleanse themselves of their sins' in freezing water.
The Gangotri glacier's melting waters form the Bhagirathi River and at this point the river sparkles and starts its rapid descent through the mountains.
A combination of the trek and the Bhagirathi rafting expedition is an excellent introduction to the adventure opportunities as well the colourful culture and traditional village life of the Himalayas.
Day 1: Arrive trek base camp. Arrive Snow Leopard Adventures Camp in Shivpuri.
Day 2: At trek base camp. At Snow Leopard Adventures Camp.
Day 3: Drive to Uttarkashi. Begin drive towards the trek start point at Gangotri. Today's drive entails the 140 km drive up to Uttarkashi (1158m). Arrive and check into tourist bungalow for dinner and o/n stay.
Day 4: Drive to Gangotri. Morning after breakfast drive to Gangotri. Arrive and check into tourist bungalow for dinner and o/n stay. Gangotri is at 3,048m and it is best to take a day-off here to acclimatise and make preparations for the trek.
Day 5: At Gangotri. Free day at Gangotri for acclimatisation. Visit the Gangotri temple and the Ashrams in Gangotri. Short warm up trek.
Day 6: Trek to Bhujbasa. After breakfast depart for 14-km trek to Bhujbasa at 3,800m. Establish camp at Bhujbasa. The Dinner and o/n stay in tents / tourist rest house.
Day 7: Trek to Gaumukh. After breakfast, start the two-hour trek to Gaumukh (3892m) the mythological source of the Ganges. We have the option of carrying on to Tapovan (4463m), a grassy meadow on the eastern bank of Gangotri glacier, which is the base camp for climbing expeditions to the beautiful Shivling (6,543m), the Matterhorn of the Himalayas. Trek back to Bhujbasa after picnic lunch. Dinner and o/n in tents / rest house.
Day 8: Return to Uttarkashi. Trek back to Gangotri and drive to Uttarkashi. O/n at Uttarkashi.
Day 9: Drive to Shivpuri. Early Morning drive to Snow Leopard Adventures Camp.
Day 10: Drive to Delhi. Depart on the six hour drive to Delhi.
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