Nandanvan Trek is an adventurous one, located at the base of Bhagirathi massif which connects Hindu holy sites
Nandanvan Trek Fee: Rs. 20000 (Includes GST and all costs of the Trek from Dehradun to Dehradun)
Duration: 9 Days
Highest Points: (4810 m)
Best Season: May, June, September and October
Summer Temperature: (5° C to 15° C)
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeTrekking
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
Located at the base of Bhagirathi massif
Nandanvan is in the Garhwal Himalayan region, near Gaumukh and Tapovan located at the base of Bhagirathi massif. It is amidst the snow covered mountains, this place has alpine vegetation snow covered mountains and streams flowing and moraines
The thrills of this trek
This trek is an adventurous one and connects Hindu holy sites and from here you can witness the source of River Ganga (Gaumukh). From here you will get majestic views of Bhagirathi Peaks and Mt. Shivling. Nandavan is a high altitude meadow at an altitude of 4,810m. The trek starts from Gangotri to Gaumukh (source of river Ganga) from there to Tapovan and from Tapovan head towards Nandavan. Many saints meditate here and live here permanently
Prior experience is needed
Trek to Nandanvan is a moderate trek as you have to cross moraines, the climb is steep one and the trail is glaciated. You will come across orchards and Pine trees on the way. People having prior high altitude experiences should choose this trek as it isn’t suggested for beginners.
Key Points of Nandanvan trek
- Level is Moderate (this trek is good for beginners)
- 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.
- Winter & Post monsoon or pre-monsoon is the best time. During rains the region is prone to landslides.
- Only BSNL networks are there.
- Beautiful landscapes so carry good photo gear & Extra battery backup.
- Travel light
- The backpack should not exceed 10 kg.
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Duration – 09 days Dehradun to Dehradun/ Rishikesh
Best Season – May, June, September and October
Level – Moderate
Highest Points – (4810 m) Gangotri, Gaumukh, Tapovan and Nandanvan Trek
Trekking distance (total) –(64 km)
Weather – Gangotri, Gaumukh, Tapovan trek nights are cold and day temperature is pleasant during the season
Summer temperature –Tapovan Trek (Day time 5° C to 12° C)
Location Chart Drive – Dehradun, Mussoorie,Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Chirbasa , Bhojbasa Goumukh – Tapovan –Nandanvan
It is located in the north-eastern part of Uttarakhand starting close to China border, heading east and then south
Starting point – Picks you up from Dehradun Railway Station or (I.S.B.T)
Day 1– Dehradun to Gangotri (245 km) (10 hours)
Day 2– Gangotri (10,145 feet) to Chirbasa (11,761 feet)
Day 3– Chirbasa (11,761 feet) to Bhojbasa (12,761 feet)
Day 4– Bhojbasa (12,450 feet) to Tapovan (14,202 feet) via Gaumukh
Day 5– Explore Tapovan and Neel Tal Chokhamba Shivling
Day 6– Tapovan (14,345 feet) to Nandanvan camp (4810 m)
Day 7– Nandanvan to Bhojbasa camp (12km) (6/7 hours)
Day 8– Bhojbasa camp (12,763 feet) to Gangotri (10,145 feet)
Day 9– Back to Dehradun
Transport facility from Dehradun to Dehradun
Forest Permit and entrance fee
Accommodation in Hotel Sankri
Accommodation in tents on twin share basis
All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner
(All camping gears)
High quality tents
Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents
Radio Walky Talky for Communication
Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide
Crampons and Gaiters
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
Booking gets confirmed only after the Full Payment is made.
Meals We Serve
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.
Dehradun/ Rishikesh to Gangotri by taxi (245 km)
Our vehicle picks you up from Dehradun or Rishikesh then leaves for Uttarkashi through the route of Mussoorie which take 5 to 6 hours. You can see Tehri Lake during the journey. Drive to Gangotri along the right bank of River Ganga (Bhagirathi) in middle of the way visit Gangnani, hot spring you can takle sulphur bath in it.
On the way you will get the views of Great Himalayas, Harshil and alluring green forest. Check in a hotel and in the evening visit holy city Gangotri, at 7 pm attend Siromani Arti of river Ganga, as Ganga is a sacred river, it is worshipped by people. In the evening you can explore this place on you own then dinner and overnight stay in hotel.
Gangotri to Chirbasa (09 km) (4/5 hours) (Altitude 3800 m)
Start your trek to Chirbasa, the name of this place is Chirbasa because Pine trees are known as “Chir” in Hindi and you can find pine trees all over here. Now, you have to go through a market then the trail is through forest area, you will see many peaks in front of you and after some time you will come across waterfalls, the trail is levelled and the walk is easy. You have to cross a stream over a bridge when you cross that bridge a valley opens up, the big snow-capped mountains will mesmerise you.
After crossing the third ridge you will reach a valley with pine trees, when you cross this valley you will reach a place where the trail is in between the boulders; it can be called boulder zone, walk carefully as there are many rocks or stones on the way, keep following the trail.
The way to Chirbasa is through forest, it is few minutes away now, and there is a camping ground in Chirbasa near Bhagirathi River which makes this campsite more beautiful. From here you will get views of Bhagirathi peaks and glance of Gaumukh glacier. Setup your tents here, overnight stay and dinner in camps.
Chirbasa to Bhojbasa (5km) (3/4 hours) (3820 m)
Start trek to Bhojbasa after TM Program and breakfast. The trail is widen now and you can easily reach Bhojbasa as the climb isn’t tough. You will come across many landslide prone areas on the way As you go higher near Bhojbasa you will encounter breathtaking views of Bhagirathi peaks, and magnificent view of Mt. Shivling, Sanyasis and Sadhus can be seen in the caves. There are places where you can take hot drinks in comfortable small tent shops.
Cross ridges, it will take some time and the trail becomes rocky and barren. Bhojbasa is the widest point in the valley, campsite is in a plain terrain from where you can get magnificent views of the peaks and Bhagirathi River flows beside. Bhojbasa has a small temple, you can explore the area in the afternoon, the sunset in the evening is entrancing, and the sun sets behind the Bhagirathi group of Peaks which makes them look glittering and extremely beautiful.
Relish the beauty enjoy incredible scenery and sight of Mt. Shivling. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Bhojbasa to Tapovan via- Gaumukh (8 km) (5/6 hours) (4,500 m)
Trek to Gaumukh from Bhojbasa it is an easy trek. Gaumukh is the source of River Ganga, it is known as Bhagirathi River when it comes out from here, people worship this place, and it appears like a cow’s mouth so it is named as Gaumukh. Today the trail is steep and most difficult climb from Gaumukh to Tapovan.
There flows a stream called Akash Ganga, the trail remains fully covered by snow, there is hard ice and boulders in some areas, the climb to Gangotri glacier from here becomes very steep so you have to walk carefully so that you don’t get slipped. It is difficult to find the route to the top so a local guide is highly required. Make sure you reach there before lunch. But, as you climb higher the views get majestic and clearer, now you can see the tall peaks clearly in front of you.
The climate gets very cold but some saints permanently live here so you can take inspiration from them and trek towards Tapovan after having lunch. Trek from Gaumukh to Tapovan is a steep ascent and it will take 2 hours to reach there, when you reach Tapovan you will clearly see Mt. Shivling which looks extremely beautiful and from here you will get the best sight of it. Mt. Meru Bhagirtahi Peaks are clearly visible from here.
Tapovan is a large meadow below Mt. Shivling suitable for camping further there is Neel Tal from where you can get more clearer views of Mt. Meru it takes 2 hours of climb to reach there. Find a suitable place for camping in the meadow of Tapovan, place your tents there, dinner and overnight stay in the tents.
Rest day at Tapovan campsite and Neel Tal exploration
After having breakfast visit Himalayan Tapovan (4500m) Here Yogis and Sadhus meditate in caves. The day is spent on acclimatization and relaxation. You can enjoy the enthralling view of snow covered peaks and enjoy the serene environment far from hustle and bustle of busy lives. There are mountain landscapes which you can visit.
Tapovan has heavenly lakes and it is just below Mt. Shivling Peak, you can enjoy serendipity in peace or you can explore Neel Tal to get clearer views of Mt. Meru, it will take 2 hours to reach there and plan your return before lunch. There is so much to explore, you can explore or rest in your camps. Then Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Tapovan to Nandanvan (8 km) (5/6 hours)
Today is the most difficult day of your trek as you will be crossing Gangotri glacier to reach Nandavan, so have your breakfast early in the morning. Start your trek by climbing the ridge of Tapovan, you have to cross Akash Ganga stream after that reach Gangotri Glacier and find a way to descend down, and it is hard to find the way there so an experienced guide must be with you, you will get captivating views of group of Bhagirathi peaks glistening in front of you.
On glacier you will find thick ice, broken pieces or remains of rocks and big boulders, trekking on Gangotri glacier is difficult as it is slippery and the rocks can fall so you need to be careful. On glacier you will find thick ice, broken pieces or remains of rocks and big boulders, it will take 2 hours to cross this glacier. Descend now and you have to climb up 100 metres to reach Nandavan the climb is through a landslide prone area.
The Nandavan meadow is at the base of Bahgirathi, it is a meadow and camping is done here. When you reach Nandavan, you will have mesmerising and clear views of Mt. shivling, Mt. Meru, Kedardome. The meadow is windy as it is at high altitude and you get majestic and enthralling views of snow-capped mountains around you.
Setup your tents on the camping ground enjoy the enchanting views of this place, then Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Nandanvan to Bhojbasa
Trek down to Bhojbasa with a short stop at Gaumukh. Enjoy mesmerising sunrise on high peaks which shines golden, you can see the changing colours of the peaks because of dawn. It looks extremely beautiful, it takes a lot of courage and efforts to witness these moments but they are worth your efforts.
On arrival at Bhojbasa take rest and have lunch and retrace the route to arrive the camp at Bhojbasa. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Bhojbasa to Gangotri (14 km) (6/7 hours) (3000 m)
Today we will trek down to Gangotri, descend is tough as you have to come down and cross moraines, walk carefully. Today you will get the last sight of Mt. Shivling; one of the most beautiful mountain, enjoy the last day when you are so close to these peaks, capture them in your cameras. When you reach Gangotri, visit city and Shiva Temple. Then lunch, dinner and overnight stay in a hotel.
Gangotri - Uttarkashi – Dehradun/ Rishikesh (270 km) (12 hours)
After morning breakfast, Drive from Gangotri to Uttarkashi, have your lunch there and then drive from Dehradun (270km.)
Our service ends here.
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: The last ATM point of this trek is Uttarkashi
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)
– Band aid
– Stretchable/elastic bandage
– 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.
On Day 1 and Day 8 we are going to accommodate in a Hotel in Gangotri and rest of the days in tents.
- 2 people will share one tent, it is on twin share basis and when the temperature gets very cold three people can share one tent.
- Yes for couples separate tents are provided.
- 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 which are nutritious and keeps you fit and healthy on your trek.
It remains closed during winter season due to the extreme weather conditions.
Summer temperature: 5° C to 12° C
The last ATM point of this trek is Uttarkashi
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 and charge all your batteries as we are going to stay in tents without electricity.
We will set up 2 toilet tents in every campsite separate for Men and Women. (Carry your own toiletry items)
The minimum age is 8 years (fitness is necessary) and the maximum depends on your fitness level and prior experience of trekking
You can do both; buy and get on rent, we own a shop in Sankri where every trekking equipment like hiking pole, ice axe and jackets, shoes, gloves, muffler and caps are available. Crampons and Gaiters are included in package cost.
- If the trek is cancelled by us due to any reason (heavy snowfall, rainfall, natural disaster etc.) then the refund would not be initiated but you can go on the same trek another year.
The cancellation charges are as follows –
(No bank charges deducted will be Refundable)
- Up to 30 Days – 90 precent cost is Refundable
- Between 21 to 30 Days – 50 precent cost is Refundable
- Less than 20 Days – No Refund
(Refunds are initiated in 7-8 business days)