Tapovan Trek


Trek through the source of river Ganga; thrilling and full of adventure. Saints live here in caves permanently you can find them meditating when you come here for trekking.


Tapovan Trek Fee:

Rs 20000 (Includes GST and all costs of the Trek from Dehradun to Dehradun)

Duration: 8 Days

Highest Point: (4,500 m)

Best Season: May, June, September and October

Level: Moderate to Difficult

Summer Temperature: (5° C to 12° C)

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Why This Trek?

Traverse Gangotri Glacier

Gomukh is the source of River Ganga, it is above the Gangotri Glacier in Uttarakhand India. The glacier is big and enthralling. This trek is not an easy one and is moderate to difficult. Altitude of Tapovan is 4,500 m.

Magnificent peaks

On the way you will come across boulders, meadows, flowing streams and flowers. From Tapovan base camp you will get the sight of magnificent Mt. Shivling till you reach the top. From here you can get close sights of snow-capped mountains and large mount scapes. Bhagirathi twin peaks can also be seen from here.

Adventurous trek through the source of River Ganga

Trek through the source of river Ganga; thrilling and full of adventure. Saints live here in caves permanently you can find them when you come here for trekking. Campsites of Tapovan are perfect you get extremely beautiful and charming views of tall standing peaks.

Key Points of Tapovan Trek

  • Level: Moderate to Difficult
  • 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.
  • Beautiful landscapes so carry good photo gear & Extra battery backup.
  • Travel light
  • The backpack should not exceed 10 kg.

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Duration: 8 Days Dehradun to Dehradun

Best Season: May, June, September and October


Moderate to Difficult

Highest Point: (4500 m)

Trekking distance (total) (46 km)

Weather: Nights are cold and day temperature is pleasant during the season.

Summer temperature: (5° C to 12°C)

Starting point: Dehradun,

Short Itinerary Tapovan Trek

Day 1: Dehradun to Gangotri (245 km) (9/10 hours) (10,145 feet)

Day 2: Gangotri (10,145 feet) to Chirbasa (11,761 feet)

Day 3: Chirbasa (11,761 feet) to Bhojbasa (12,763 feet)

Day 4: Bhojbasa (12,763 feet) to Tapovan (14,763 feet) via Gomukh

Day 5: Explore Tapovan and Neel Tal Exploration

Day 6: Tapovan (14,763 feet) to Bhojbasa camp (12,763 feet)

Day 7: Bhojbasa camp (12,763 feet) to Gangotri (10,145 feet)

Day 8: Back to Dehradun (270 km) (12 hours)

The trek package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this package?Items that are included in the cost of trek price.

✅ Transport facility from Dehradun to Dehradun
✅ 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
✅ Mattress
✅ Liner
✅ Pillow
✅ Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents
✅ Dining Tent
✅ Dining Table
✅ Porters
✅ Helper
✅ Mules
✅ Kitchen team
✅ Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication
✅ Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide
✅ Medical Kit
✅ Oxygen Cylinders
✅ Crampons and Gaiters

What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

❌ Personal Insurance
❌Medical Certificate
❌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.

  1. Day1 Dehradun to Gangotri (245km) (9/10 hours) (10,145 feet)

    Our vehicle picks you up from Dehradun or Rishikesh then leaves for Uttarkashi through the route of Mussorie 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 worshiped by people.

    In the evening you can explore this place on you own then dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

  2. Day 2 Gangotri to Chirbasa (09 km) (4/5 hours) (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 Gomukh glacier. Setup your tents here, overnight stay and dinner in camps.

  3. Day 3 Chirbasa to Bhojbasa (5 km) (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.

  4. Day 4 Bhojbasa to Gaumukh – Tapovan (8 km) (5/6 hours) (4,500 m)

    Trek to Gomukh from Bhojbasa it is an easy trek. Gomukh 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 Gomukh. Today the trail is steep and most difficult climb from Gomukh 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 Gomukh 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.

  5. Day 5 Rest day at Tapovan campsite and Neel Tal exploration.

    After having breakfast visit Himalayan Tapovan (4500 m) 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.

  6. Day 6 Tapovan to Bhojbasa (8 km) (5/6 hours)

    Trek down to Bhojbasa with a short stop at Gomukh. 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.

  7. Day 7 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.

  8. Day 8 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 (270 km)

    Our service ends here.

    Thank You!

Things to Take

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

  • 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 woolen 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
  • Jacket
  • Thick gloves
  • Trek pants
  • Cap and Balaclava (or a scarf)
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun tan lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Water bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Personal toiletry items

ATM Point & Mobile connectivity:-

ATM POINT: Withdraw money before your journey, Uttarkashi is the last point where you will find ATM.

Mobile Connectivity

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.


It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows

Cancellation up to 30 Days: You will get Refund of 90% of Trek/adventure program cost. 

Cancellation between 21 to 30 days– You will get refund of 50% of Trek/Adventure/Tour/Travel/Hotel program cost. 

Cancellation less than 20 days – No refund

– See more details – himalayanhikers.in


Highlights of Tapovan

  • Traverse Gangotri glacier to reach Tapovan.
  • Beautiful site of Mt. Shivling from base camp to the top.
  • Meadows of Tapovan are perfect for camping
  • Bhagirathi twin peaks can also be seen from here.
  • trek through the source of river Ganga; thrilling and full of adventure

Best time to do this Trek?

May, June, September and October. Tapovan is not accessible in winters because of heavy snowfall and harsh climate.

Tapovan is not for beginners

The level of this trek is not easy, there are many challenges which needs experience and proper knowledge. Altitude of this trek is (4,500 m) which can be traversed by the people having prior experiences.

Altitude we are going to cover

  • Gangotri (10,145 feet)
  • Chirbasa (11,761 feet)
  • Bhojbasa (12,763 feet)
  • Tapovan (14,763 feet)
We Have a Money Saving Announcement for all the Trekkers.
All meals, Breakfast, Day Pack, Lunch, Pack Lunch,Tea, Coffee, Sneaks, Soup, DinnerTransport from Gangotri to Gangotri

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.

Rent Equipment

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kitPersonal Insurance

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

– Cotton

– Stretchable/elastic bandage

– Gauze




– 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.

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  • 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. 

Summer temperature – (5° C to 12°C)

Withdraw money before your trek, Uttarkashi is the last ATM point.

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.

In Sankri there are washrooms and 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 and the maximum depends on your fitness level.

You can do both; buy and get on rent, we own a shop in Sankri where every trekking equipment like hiking pole, jackets, shoes, gloves, muffler and caps are available.  Crampons and Gaiters are included in package cost.

On Day 1 and Day 7 in our hotel “Swargarohini” and on other  days in tents. (Day 2,3,4,5,6)

Cancellation Policy?- It is good to make your booking two months prior in advance. In the event of cancellation of any trek/adventure activity due to any reasons, it is compulsory to notify us in writing. Cancellation charges will only be effective from the date we receive your request in writing.
- 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)