Tapovan Trek

Tapovan Trek


Tapovan Trek

Tapovan trek Journey to the Base camp of Mt. Shivling, this is the most loved trek in Uttarakhand. Meaning of Tapovan is a holy tranquil place, where sages meditate to attain spirituality. It is a high altitude meadow at an height of 4,500 m. It lies on the bank of large Gangotri glacier and  at the base of lofty Shivling peak.

Tapovan trek starts from Gangotri and goes through some adventurous regions of the Himalayas taking one to the base of Mt. Shivling.

Tapovan TrekBasecamp Gangotri

Gangotri is a holy town perched at an altitude of 3,092 m on Bhagirathi River’s banks in Uttarkashi district. According to the legend, it is Goddess Ganga’s shrine and this pious site is the part of Chota Char Dham which holds a great place in the heart of Hindu mythology and Hindu devotees.

A temple “Gangotri” is present in this region which was built by “Amar Singh Thapa” in 19th Century. Therefore, the purest deity “Ganga” is worshipped in this town. Here is the presence of many hot water springs nearby and it is believed that a dip in the pure water of Ganges washes all the sins.

History of Gangotri

During Ashwamedha Yagna King Sagar sent his 60,000 sons along with a horse and the horse got lost and the sons went in search of horse to saint Kapila’s ashram, he was in deep meditation. The saint opened his eyes in anger and turned all 60,000 sons into ashes. Then, Kapila advised Anshuman (grandson of king Sagar) to request Goddess Ganga to come on earth and cleanse all the ashes and provide salvation but he failed.

Bhagirath extreme meditation made goddess Ganga to come down to earth. Lord Shiva tied Ganga then distributed the water into many streams to save earth from the powerful force.

Mixture of Spirituality and Adventure!

During your trek, go through the source of River Ganga “Gomukh”. It is the snout of Gangotri Glacier. The trail makes its way through dense verdant forests and the adventure begins. It is a great trek for adventure lovers because it includes crossing moraines, steep climbs and traversing an amusing glacier.

So, Tapovan trek is for both devotees and avid hikers. It is a mixture of both spirituality and adventure.

Tapovan Trek

A Moderate trek with Enticing Views

Most importantly, Mt. Shivling accompanies you until you reach the celestial meadow of Tapovan. Moreover, other peaks visible form Tapovan are – Jogin peaks and Bhagirathi group of peaks with several more snow covered mountains.

But, the beginners should choose some easy level treks and avoid treks like Tapovan. However, if your fitness is good and you are capable enough then you can choose to taste its adventure.

So, if you are looking for some easy beginners treks, then here are some – Kedarkantha, Phulara Ridge & Nag Tibba.

Key Points of Tapovan 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.
  • 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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Trek Fee: Rs.20000 Per Person (Includes GST and all costs of the Trek from Dehradun to Dehradun)

Duration: 8 Days

Trek distance: 46 Km.

temperatureSummer Temperature: Day (5°C to 12°C) Night (2°C to 5°C)

altitudeAltitude: 4,500m)

Best Time:May, June, September and October

Level: Moderate to Difficult

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

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  • Group Size Medium Group

Short Itinerary Tapovan Trek

Day 1: Drive from Dehradun to Gangotri 

Altitude – (3,092 m/10,145 feet)

Distance – 245 km

Time taken – 10/12 hours

Night stay – Hotel

Day 2: Trek from Gangotri to Chirbasa 

Altitude – (3,585 m/11,761 feet)

Distance – 7 km

Time taken – 5/6 hours

Night stay – Camps

Day 3: Trek from Chirbasa to Bhojbasa

Altitude – (3,890 m/12,761 feet)

Distance – 7 km

Time taken – 5/6 hours

Night stay – Camps

Day 4: Trek from Bhojbasa to Tapovan via Gomukh

Altitude – Gomukh (4,255 m/13,960 feet) Tapovan (4,500 m/14,765 feet)

Distance – 13 km

Time taken – 7/8 hours

Night stay – Camps

Day 5: Exploration Day (Tapovan & Neel Taal)

Day 6: Trek from Tapovan to Bhojbasa 

Altitude – (3,890 m/12,761 feet)

Distance – 13 km

Time taken – 7/8 hours

Night stay – Camps

Day 7: Trek from Bhojbasa to Gangotri 

Altitude – (3,092 m/10,145 feet)

Distance – 14 km

Time taken – 6/7 hours

Night stay – Hotel

Day 8: Back to Dehradun

Distance – 245 km

Time taken – 10/12 hours

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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
✅ Accommodation in hotel at Gangotri
✅ All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner
✅ (All camping gear)
✅ 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.

Tapovan Trek FAQ’s

Vehicle will be arranged from Dehradun Railway Station and the departure time is 6:30 am.

On Day 1 and Day 7 in a hotel at Gangotri and rest of the days in tents.

We provide tents on twin share basis and 3 people can also accommodate.

We provide a variety of healthy and delicious food. Check the food menu here – Food Menu

Best time to do Tapovan Trek is May, June, September and October

Snow is there from the month of December to April. Light snowfall may occur before December. The lake freezes in winters.

The tents are waterproof and if it rains while trekking then use rain cover for your backpack and poncho will keep you dry.

No, Tapovan is a moderate to difficult level trek which is only suggested for experienced and fit trekkers.

Yes, you can rent jackets, trekking shoes, hiking pole and backpacks

If for some reason you are unable to carry your backpack then you can offload it. Applicable charges are Rs 300 per Backpack for per day.

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.

At hotel in Gangotri, there are concrete washrooms and during the trek we set up separate toilet tents for ladies and gents. There will be a deep pit, use it and cover it with help of a shovel. (Use toilet paper instead of wet wipes).

Tapovan is a moderate to difficult trek and involves some risks. It is only safe if you are an experienced and skilled trekker. The beginners should avoid it.

Gangotri  (3,092 m/10,145 feet)

Chirbasa  (3,585 m/11,761 feet)

Bhojbasa (3,890 m/12,761 feet)

Gomukh (4,255 m/13,960 feet)

Tapovan (4,500 m/14,765 feet)

  1. Day1 Drive from Dehradun to Gangotri 

    Altitude – (3,092 m/10,145 feet)

    Distance – 245 km

    Time taken – 10/12 hours

    Night stay – Hotel

    The pick-up point is Dehradun Railway Station and the basecamp of Tapovan 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.

  2. Day 2 Trek from Gangotri to Chirbasa 

    Altitude – (3,585 m/11,761 feet)

    Distance – 7 km

    Time taken – 5/6 hours

    Night stay – Camps

    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.

  3. Day 3 Trek from Chirbasa to Bhojbasa

    Altitude – (3,890 m/12,761 feet)

    Distance – 7 km

    Time taken – 5/6 hours

    Night stay – Camps

    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.


  4. Day 4 Trek from Bhojbasa to Tapovan via Gomukh

    Altitude – Gomukh (4,255 m/13,960 feet) Tapovan (4,500 m/14,765 feet)

    Distance – 13 km

    Time taken – 7/8 hours

    Night stay – Camps

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. Day 6 Trek from Tapovan to Bhojbasa 

    Altitude – (3,890 m/12,761 feet)

    Distance – 13 km

    Time taken – 7/8 hours

    Night stay – Camps

    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.

  7. Day 7 Trek from Bhojbasa to Gangotri 

    Altitude – (3,092 m/10,145 feet)

    Distance – 14 km

    Time taken – 6/7 hours

    Night stay – Hotel

    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.

  8. Day 8 Back to Dehradun

    Distance – 245 km

    Time taken – 10/12 hours

    Post breakfast, leave for Dehradun.

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

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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)
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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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Cancellation Policy?

- Make your booking one or two months prior in advance. If you cancel the trek due to any reason, it is mandatory to notify us. Cancellation charges will only be effective from the date we get your request to cancel the trek.

- If the trek gets cancelled from our side due to natural disaster,rainfall, heavy snowfall or any other reason then the refund will not be initiated but we will arrange another trek.

The cancellation charges are as follows –

(Bank charges deducted are not Refundable)

  • Up to 30 Days – 90% cost is Refundable
  • Between 21 to 30 Days – 50% cost is Refundable
  • Less than 20 Days – No Refund

(Refund is initiated within 7-8 business days)