The Most Loved Adventurous Trek in Uttarakhand
Nandanvan trek is one of the most loved adventurous treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. This meadow lies at a height of 15,780 feet at the base of Bhagirathi massif.
Therefore, the journey connects many Hindu holy sites and takes one to the source of River Ganga “Gomukh” which is the snout of Gangotri glacier.
During Nandanvan trek get thrilling experience of crossing Gangotri glacier.
Explore the Verdant Beauty of this Remote Region
The Nandanvan trek starts from Gangotri; shrine of Goddess Ganga and a famous pilgrimage site.
And, further pass through the verdant forests of pine and cedar which ahead merges with the glaciated tracks. Most importantly, come across the colorful beauty of Flora and Fauna while exploring this remote region.
It is home to a number of Himalayan animals and Bharals can be easily spotted here. But, do not miss to witness Sadhus meditating here who permanently live in caves.
Prior experience is Important
The gradient of Nandanvan trek is moderate but the trail demands crossing moraines, glaciated tracks and steep climbs and glaciers. Fitness and prior experience is important to do this trek.
But, the beginners should choose some easy level treks and avoid treks like Nandanvan. However, if your fitness is good and you are capable enough then you can choose to taste its adventure.
Key Points of Nandanvan trek
Level- Moderate to Difficult
During the trek, proper conditioning & training of body required
Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature
Shoes are the single most important equipment.
High Altitude requires proper acclimatization.
Beautiful landscapes so carry good photo gear & Extra battery backup.
The backpack should not exceed 10 kg.
Must read about Nandanvan Trek
Nandanvan Trek Fee:
Rs 23000 (Includes GST and all costs of the Trek from Gangotri to Gangotri)
Duration: 9 Days
Highest Point: (15780 feet)
Best Time: May, June, September and October
Level:Moderate to Difficult
Summer Temperature: Day (2°C to 5°C) Night (5°C to 15°C)
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level
- Group Size Medium Group
Day 1– Dehradun to Gangotri (10,145 ft.) (245 km) (10/11 hours)
Day 2– Gangotri (10,145 ft.) Chirbasa (11,761 ft.)
Day 3– Chirbasa (11,761 ft.) to Bhojbasa (12,761 ft.)
Day 4– Bhojbasa (12,761 ft.) to Tapovan (14,345 ft.) via Gomukh (13,959 ft.)
Day 5– Exploration Day (Tapovan & Neel Taal)
Day 6– Tapovan (14,345 ft.) to Nandanvan (15,780 ft.)
Day 7– Nandanvan to Bhojbasa (12,761 ft.)
Day 8– Bhojbasa to Gangotri (10,145 ft.)
Day 9– Gangotri to Dehradun (245 km) (10/11 hours)
✅ Transport facility from Gangotri to Gangotri
✅ Forest Permit and entrance fee
✅ Accommodation in tents on twin share basis
✅ All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner
✅ (All camping gears)
✅ High quality tents
✅ Sleeping bags
✅ Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents
✅ Dining Tent
✅ Dining Table
✅ Kitchen team
✅ Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication
✅ Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide
✅ Medical Kit
✅ Oxygen Cylinders
✅ Crampons and Gaiters
❌ Personal Insurance
❌Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit
❌On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included
❌Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included
Full payment confirms your booking
We serve three meals a day including snacks and soup. A variety of delectable and healthy food is provided which includes; Indian, Chinese and other Western meals. They are nutritious and keeps you fit and healthy on your trek.
- Day 1 Dehradun to Gangotri (10,145 ft.) (245 km) (10/11 hours)
The pick-up point is Dehradun Railway Station and the basecamp of Nandanvan trek is Gangotri. Leave between 6:30 – 7:00 am and enjoy the drive is along bank of River Bhagirathi.
Visit Gangnani en route, ahead go through the forest of Harsil and great views of Himalayan peaks. Reach Gangotri and do not miss to attend the Siromani Arti of holy River Ganges in the evening. Today, the arrangements will be made in a hotel at Gangotri.
- Day 2 Gangotri (10,145 ft.) Chirbasa (11,761 ft.)
Post breakfast, head to Chirbasa. The meaning of Chirbasa is abundant pine trees – Chir (Pine). Today, the walk is easy on levelled trail. Cross the market area and further enter into a forest and relish the sight of snow covered peaks.
Cross a stream over a bridge and the valley welcomes you with majestic mountain views. Continue hiking and climb up the ridge to get into another valley with abundant tall pine trees.
Now, the boulder zone starts, be very careful while your ascent because the trail is full of loose rocks. Again pass through picturesque dense forest and reach the Chirbasa ground near River Bhagirathi.
Chirbasa; your campsite for today offers grand views of Bhagirathi peaks and sight of Gomukh glacier.
Relax here and settle for the day.
- Day 3 Chirbasa (11,761 ft.) to Bhojbasa (12,761 ft.)
Wake up early and catch the Bhagirathi peaks standing strong and spell binding sunrise views. Today, the trail is easy but you will come across many landslide prone areas.
Start the trek, go higher and get jaw dropping sight of Mt Shivling and Bhagirathi peaks. Witness sages meditating in caves who live there permanently. On the way are also small shops for hot drinks and food.
Now, you have to cross some ridges and after crossing them the trail turns barren and rocky. Bhojbasa is the widest part of this valley and the campsite is on a plain terrain beside Bhagirathi River from where Mt Shivling and other snow-capped mountains are clearly visible.
At Bhojbasa is the presence of a temple, explore it and the surroundings. In the evening, do not miss the enchanting sunset views because here the sun sets behind the lofty Bhagirathi group of peaks.
Relax here and retire for the night.
- Day 4 Bhojbasa (12,761 ft.) to Tapovan (14,345 ft.) via Gomukh (13,959 ft.)
Today, the trek to Tapovan will be via Gomukh, it is the source of River Ganga, the river is known as Bhagirathi when comes out. The Gomukh name derived from its cow’s mouth appearance.
The climb from Bhojbasa to Gomukh is an easy one but the trail is steep and strenuous from Gomukh to Tapovan.
The trail remains covered in snow and there are boulder areas with hard snow which makes today’s trek gradient tough. Now, get ready to traverse glacial moraines and Gomukh glacier, the incline is steep and some areas are slippery.
Climb higher and reach there by afternoon. Here also some saints can be seen living permanently, the temperature is low and there is chilly cold.
Head to Tapovan and reach there in two hours after crossing steep ascent. Tapovan is a wide meadows which offers excellent sight of Mt. Meru, Mt. Shivling and Bhagirathi group of peaks.
Setup your tents in the desired area and relax for the day.
- Day 5 Exploration Day (Tapovan & Neel Taal)
Today’s aim is acclimatization and relaxation.
Post breakfast, move upwards to the Himalayan Tapovan at an altitude of 4500 m. Tapovan lies below Mt. Shivling peaks and has beautiful lakes, explore the area and head to Neel Taal to get clear views of Mt. Meru.
Reach there in two hours and return before lunch. Relax and retire for the night.
- Day 6 Tapovan (14,345 ft.) to Nandanvan (15,780 ft.)
Start the day young and get ready for traversing thrilling Gangotri glacier. Climb a ridge and ahead cross Akash Ganga stream to reach the glacier.
Descend and further come across hard ice, debris and huge boulders. The glacier is slippery and rocks can fall from above, so be careful while crossing it.
After two hours of crossing, descend and climb up 100 m to reach your campsite Nandanvan, the ascent is through a landslide prone area.
Nandanvan is a beautiful lavish meadow located on the base of Bhagirathi with the magnificent views of Mt. Shivling, Mt. Kedardome and Mt. Meru. The campsite is windy and offers great sight of snow covered peaks. Setup your camps here and settle for the day.
- Day 7 Nandanvan to Bhojbasa (12,761 ft.)
Post breakfast, get down to Bhojbasa via Gomukh. Witness the picturesque lofty peaks and admirable surroundings in the morning and bid adieu to them.
Retrace your steps, halt at Gomukh and reach Bhojbasa.
- Day 8 Bhojbasa to Gangotri (10,145 ft.)
From Bhojbasa get down to Gangotri. Relish the last glimpses of Mt Shivling and descend through the steep terrain. Reach Gangotri and visit Lord Shiva’s temple.
The arrangements will be made in a hotel at Gangotri.
- Day 9 Gangotri to Dehradun (245 km) (10/11 hours)
Post breakfast, leave for Dehradun.
Mandatory Documents Please carry the documents given below
- Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, driving license, voters ID, etc.)
- Medical Certificate (first part to be filled by a doctor and second part by the trekker)
- Risk Certificates
Trekkers must bring :
- Strongly built hiking shoes, if you do not own a pair you can rent it from Sankri.
- Sandals or slippers to wear in campsite
- Thick woollen socks, it will keep your feet warm
- Daily wear socks
- Thermals are very important
- 1 shirt, it should be long sleeved
- Shirts and pants for campsite, should be warm
- 1 raincoat or poncho
- Thick gloves
- Trek pants
- Cap and Balaclava (or a scarf)
- Sun glasses
- Sun tan lotion
- Lip balm
- Water bottle
- Personal toiletry items
ATM Point & Mobile connectivity:- ATM POINT: Withdraw money before your journey, Uttarkashi is the last point where you will find ATM.
BSNL networks will be available at Gangotri there are no other networks ahead, so make sure you finish all your important work and calls before the trek.
Trekking demands a good investment and this extremely expensive activity is the passion of many, so we have a great announcement to make which will be a great relief to your pockets. Now get your Trek Gear on Rent and all you have to do is make a special renting request while booking your trek. That’s it! We have kept it simple for you.
We carry first aid kits but it’s necessary to carry a personal medical kit. (Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10) – Diamox – (prevents altitude sickness) – Digene – (it cures discomfort in stomach, acidity) – Crocin Advance – (cures fever and headache) – Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever) – Disprin/Saradon – (cures headache) – Avomine – (prevents motion sickness) – Avil – (it treat allergies) – Norflox TZ & Lomofrn – (prevents Diarrhoea) – Ranitidine – (reduces the amount of acid in stomach) – Volini/Moov spray – (for sprains) – Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream) – ORS – Band aid – Cotton – Stretchable/elastic bandage – Gauze Note- – Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor in case you face any problem in your trek, take advice from Professional guide before taking any medicine. – Drinking water is necessary during your trek, keep 1 litre of water bottle filled and drink it on proper interval of time, it is very important while hiking.
- Cancellation up to 30 Days: You will get Refund of 90 Precent of Trek/adventure program cost.
- Cancellation between 21 to 30 days– You will get refund of 50 Precent of Trek/Adventure/Tour/Travel/Hotel program cost.
- Cancellation in less than 20 days – No refund