Gomukh Tapovan Trek

  • Gaumukh Tapovan Trek
  • Gaumukh Tapovan Trek
  • Gaumukh Tapovan Trek

Gaumukh Tapovan Trek itinerary

Region : Uttarkashi district - Uttarakhand

Duration : 8 Days

Level : Moderate to Difficult

Trekking distance :(Approx): 46 Kms

Max Altitude : 4463 Meters

Pickup Point : Rishikesh

Drop Point : Rishikesh

Best Season : May - June & Aug - Oct

Gaumukh Tapovan trek is a world famous trek. Located at the base of the Gangotri glacier. Gaumukh also known as Cow's snout is a source of holy river Ganga. Due to offer stunning views of Mt. Shivling and the Bhagirathi group of mountains, fascinating beauty, natural variations and unfavourable conditions this track is known as the most exciting and challenging. At the same time it is also an important pilgrimage place for the Hindus and a dip in its water is considered as sacred ritual.

Tapovan's basic meaning is through penance or spiritual practice in the forests. The way to reach Tapovan ahead of Gaumukh is full of difficult conditions and it is considered as a challenging way for the trekkers to come here. Filled with grasslands, small mountainous streams, rare wild animals such as Blue Sheep and wild flowers. The area of Tapovan is the base camp for several mountaineering expeditions, in which Shivling peak and Bhagirathi peak expedition are prominent. Its grasslands are considered as the best high-altitude grassland in India.

Gaumukh Tapovan trek is for all the adventure seekers it has everything spirituality, adventure to fun, though trekking in India is well known to everybody and the treks in India are the dreamy destinations people would love to visit therefore when it's primarily about trekking in Uttarakhand the hub of trekking then there is no doubt that trekking to Gaumukh Tapovan is an over worthy thing, nestled in Uttarakhand is the beautiful trek for the trekkers as it has all the adventure in the lap of Himalayas.

The trek offers the ultimate experience of the mountains ranges, forests, grasslands, spirituality and the high elevation adventure; the Gaumukh Tapovan trek is the blend of many exotic surroundings and tricky patches with a thrill in each step.

The word Gaumukh is named after the mouth of the cow as per the Hindu mythology, and In Honor to the great saint, Tapovan Maharaj Tapovan gets its name.

The splendid vistas of Bhagirathi River and later Bhagirathi peak along with the snow capped mountains of the Himalayan range will blow your mind, and you will be amazed by the vista that will be so contrasting and will give you the ultimate natural beauty.

Gaumukh Tapovan trek in Uttarakhand is the well-known trek amongst many India's trekking destinations; it is also the most adventurous trek in India and Uttarakhand Trekking destinations, as it has the spiritual domination.

The beauty that it consists is thicker and denser forests of alpine that looks so creative, and art itself, the Silent beauty seems so soothing and the sharp edges at high altitude, the snow-clad peaks all around seems so mesmerizing.

Gaumukh Tapovan Trek altitude is 14,600 Ft. and therefore it could be tricky for the beginners, but at the same time, it is the most spine-tingling trek, and Gaumukh Tapovan cost is 10,500/- INR only.

The flabbergasting view of Gaumukh Tapovan trek nestled at a higher altitude will give you the fantastic view, and it would look amazing, Gaumukh Tapovan trek package can be a terrific choice in the months from May to September as it is the Gaumukh Tapovan best time to visit.

Difficulty Level : Gaumukh Tapovan Trek

Gaumukh Tapovan trek could be the most sublime and incredible journey for the trekkers amongst all the treks in Uttarakhand, but again the difficulty is still there as the pathway will be little ticklish for the beginners to walk, and high altitude of 14,600 Ft. climb can make it an arduous trek for the trekkers.

One who has an experience of trekking can do it quite quickly, but can be a little hard trek for the beginners as the pathway has steeps and the hard descent; trekker should know some techniques before picking the trek.

The patches will create little hurdles for beginners to trek towards Gaumukh Tapovan, but one can do it with the organized itinerary of Gaumukh Tapovan trek without being tired.

Is it suitable for children's?

Yes, the trek is favorable for children's who are up to 15 years old as the difficulty level is higher.

Is it a good option for the first time trekkers /or families?

This Himalayan trek is graded as moderate to difficult, so can be a choice for a family but depends on the fitness level, as the Gaumukh Tapovan trek has tricky patches, but a well-planned Gaumukh Tapovan itinerary will make it less tiring for the trekkers.

Altitude : Gaumukh Tapovan Trek

The altitude of Gaumukh Tapovan trek is 14,600 Ft. one can attain the maximum altitude depends on the subject to his endurance, and other conditions such as a climate, temperature.

The trek will open up the glimpse of the Bhagirathi river, and peak and Meru glacier along with many other renowned peaks, and on the higher altitude you will be able to admire the beauty in everything.

The thing that one has to keep in mind is to take the proper medication with them at the higher altitude, though we provide every possible thing it is always better to keep your medicines.

According to your health as this trek is moderate to difficult so Hydration is the most important thing when you will trek to the higher altitude, so keep your body hydrated while trekking.

Season : Gaumukh Tapovan Trek

Gaumukh Tapovan Best time is between May to June and mid-Aug to Oct; the trek to this admirable destination can be planned between these months as the goal glows the most.

Whereas in other months this glorious destination is not so accessible, but in these months one can behold the beauty in abundance, the destination offers the splendid view.

The landscape is beyond imagination; the gigantic mountains wrapped with snow looks mesmerizing.

Enriched by the glory of nature trekking in Uttarakhand can be the best experience in all seasons, where this trekking destination Gaumukh Tapovan is no doubt a delightful one.

Average Temperature : Gaumukh Tapovan Trek

The average temperature in the day time will be about 12°C-17°C and in the night time, it can be a slow as 2°C-7°C and can drop to -2°C - 3°C at Tapovan.

One should bring enough pair of clothes and better quality trekking boots so that the trekker can be covered thoroughly and does not face any difficulty during the stay at this temperature.

There is a vast difference in the mountain temperature, and when it's about the trek to Gaumukh Tapovan as it is the higher altitude trek, so it might be possible that one can encounter a little difficulty during acclimatization.

Therefore it is essential to bring all warm clothes, and that may not even affect the backpack too much.

What Makes this Trek Different?


Day 1- Rishikesh – Uttarkashi (180 kms, 6 hrs)

After breakfast, drive towards Gangotri(3048 M) via the beautiful Harsil valley- famous for its cedar forests and the famous Apples, approx 25 km before Gangotri by covering 95 km in 4-5 hrs.. On arrival check-into Guest house. After relax visit the temple for pray. Overnight stay.


Day 2 - Uttarkashi – Gangotri (95 kms)

After breakfast, drive towards Gangotri(3048 M) via the beautiful Harsil valley- famous for its cedar forests and the famous Apples, approx 25 km before Gangotri by covering 95 km in 4-5 hrs.. On arrival check-into Guest house. After relax visit the temple for pray. Overnight stay


Day 3 - Gangotri– Bhojwassa (14 kms trek

In the morning meet our trekking team and start the trek towards Bhojwasa((3792 M) via Chirvasa (3600 M). From Gangotri one moves along the well formed track towards Chirvasa, a small patch of Pine trees en route. The entire trek follows a parallel course along the roaring Bhagirathi River steadily gaining altitude with every step taken. Beyond Chirvasa the terrain becomes really desolate and barren. And the ground transforms to sandy and crumbly (a point en route called the silent zone is so fragile, that a loud noise or a thud might initiate a rockslide from above) The trek further to Bhojvasa is along a the path that slowly flattens out and dips suddenly to reveal Bhojvasa with a small temple and a potential campsite near the river. The camp is set up near the river. In evening free to explore the area and to enjoy excellent sunset on Bhagirathi group of peaks. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.


Day 4 - Bhojwassa – Gomukh– Tapovan ( 9 Kms trek)

Early morning enjoy the panoramic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. After breakfast trek to Gomukh (3890 M), the source of the Ganges. Gomukh is the spot where the water from the glacier trickles down to form the river. The sages called it ‘Gomukh’, because in the distant past, it probably appeared like a cow’s mouth. Explore the area and trek to Tapovan, one of the finest high altitude alpine meadows in the area. The trek from Gomukh to Tapovan is a steep ascent over the side of the glacier, and as one climbs, the view of the surrounding peaks becomes clearer


Day 5 - Exploring Tapovan

Morning after breakfast packed your camp and trek start for Tapovan (08Km Trek) via Gaumukh. Arrival at Tapovan choose your camp side and put your camp. Overnight at camp in Tapovan.


Day 6 - Tapovan – Bhojwassa (9 KmsTrek)

Enjoy the early morning sunrise on high peaks, and witness the changing colors of the mountain peaks. After breakfast trek down to Bhojwassa. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp


Day 7 - Bhojwassa – Gangotri – Uttarkashi

Prepare to trek down to Gangotri, and take as many pictures en route as the trek is effortless. Upun arrival at Gangotri drive to Uttarkashi. On arrival at Uttarkashi check in to hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 8 - Uttarkashi – Rishikesh

After breakfast drive to Rishikesh, following the route of the river Bhigarathi and then river Ganges.


What is Included In This Trek?

Accommodation in Camp/ on share basis

All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, and dinner

tents/Huts on sharing

Medical Kit


What is Not Included In This Trip?

Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc,
Passport and Visa important to foreigners

Water Bottle 2

Cap or Balaclava




Torch head light

Personal Toiletry Items – (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)