The Sources of Ganges
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The high valleys of Ganga River, traditionally called Uttarakhand "Area of North", are of a tremendous beauty , alternating rocky mountains, snow-covered peaks and green valleys sprinkled by monsoon.
The Hindus regard this area as the residence of Gods. For this reason, Uttarakhand is one of the most holy places of India, and shelters hundreds of Hindu sanctuaries, which attract many pilgrims, called yatris in Hindi.
From April to October, thousands of yatris come from whole India for pilgrimage to the four major places, dhams (crowned residences of God), which are Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kédarnath and Badrinath, and do there puja and ceremonies to purify their sins individually.
We propose to take you on part of the traditional way of pilgrimage starting from Ghuttu, from where we walk in direction of the west until the sources of Ganga River, one of the most mythical sites of the Hindu world. Then we will cross the glacier of Gangotri (no ice axes or crampons needed) and will go up to the splendid mountain pastures of Tapovan, located at the bottom of Shivling (6500 m). We will walk in company of sadhus and are regarded as yatri as well as the other pilgrims.
More than one simple excursion, this trip is a perfect introduction of Holy India.
Day 01: Arrival in Delhi
Welcome at the airport you will be transfer to the hotel in the center of Delhi for overnight stay.
Day 02: Delhi - Rishikesh - Ghuttu (1500 m) [380 kms -10/12H of road]
Departure, early morning by the road in direction of Rishikesh. Overnight stay in lodge or campsite in Ghuttu.
Day 03: Ghuttu > Bhairon Chatti (2400 m) [5/6H of walk]
The trek begins going through farms, fields and many villages and temples. Arrival at the top of a peak, we will carry out a walk through a pines forest before reaching Bhairon Chatti. Camping.
Day 04: Bhairon Chatti > Buddha Kedar (1500 m) [5/6H of walk]
Slope down through forest and fields. Crossing of the Ball Ganga river. Camping beside the traditional village of Budha Kedar. We will visit the temple dedicated to Shiva.
Day 05: Buddha kedar > Belak (2400 m) [6H of walk]
Climbing to the last pass of this first trek, partly through the forest. Slope down through fields and some villages. Camping close to the village of Belak.
Day 06: Belak > Malla (1500 m) [4H of walk] - Gangotri (3100 m) [80 kms, 4 to 6 H of road]
Slope down through many villages until Bhagirathi River. Re climbing to the village of Malla, end of the first trek. Transfer by vehicle to the temple of Gangotri. Overnight stay in a lodge.
Day 07: Gangotri > Bhujbasa (3800 m) [5H of walk]
Climbing until Cheerbasa (3600 m). Continuation in direction of Bhujbasa. Camping.
Day 08: Bhujbasa > Tapovan (4400 m) [4/5H of walk]
The climbing continues in direction of Gaumukh (3900 m). Around 4100 m, it is necessary to cross the glacier to gain the left bank. Follows a short but stiff slope to the meadows of Tapovan, ultimate goal of our tour.
Day 09: Tapovan (4400 m) [until 5H of walk, optional]
Day of rest or exploration. We propose you an optional walk in direction of the base camp of Kedarnath Dome. We walk around the Shivling to arrive to its Southern side, climbing to the Kirti Bamak Glacier. High Mountain surroundings. Camping in Tapovan.
Day 10: Tapovan > Gangotri (3100 m) [6/7H of walk]
Long slope down by the same path until Gangotri. Lodge or camping.
Day 11: Gangotri - Uttarkashi [100 km - 4/6H of road]
Relaxed morning. Road for Uttarkashi, small animated city, which extends till the Ganga River edge. Many temples are disseminated in the city. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 12: Uttarkashi - Haridwar [150 km - 5/6H of road]
Road in direction of Haridwar. Discovery of the city and of its ghats. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 13: Haridwar - Delhi [240 km - 6H of road]
Road for Delhi. Transfer and night in hotel located in the center of Delhi.
Day 14: Delhi - international airport
Free Day. Transfer in the evening to the international airport.