Tapovan Trek

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Trip Overview

Tapovan trek is a spectacularly different trail inside Bhagirathi river valley to high up at the base of majestic Mt. Shivling. Tapovan (4,270 m/14,270 ft) a patch of green, situated on the west bank of Gangotri glacier amidst glacial moraine and debris. This is among few known trails which takes you to the core of the Himalayas inside a glacial valley. The word ‘Tapovan’ means a sacred and serene place, where the sages meditate for spiritual bliss. Tapovan, lush green in summer, blooming with wildflowers, turns golden in post-monsoon season. The valley, flanked by majestic Himalayan peaks like Mt. Shivling (6543 m), Mt. Meru (6630 m) and Kedar Dome (6808 m) is a favorite destination for trekking enthusiastic, both Indians and foreigners. 


Day 1: Rest and active acclimatization day at Gangotri

  • The guests are requested to report at Gangotri in the morning. We can arrange the transportation from Dehradun in a shared vehicle at an extra cost (should be intimated earlier)
  • Reach Gangotri and take an acclimatization walk for about 3-4 km.
  • Then take a rest at the lodge at Gangotri and get ready for the trek 

Day 2: Trek to Bhojbasa from Gangotri via Chirbasa

  • We will start the trek from Gangotri in the morning after breakfast.
  • Take a trek to Bhojbasa via Chirbasa. The valley widens from Chirbasa and offers views of snow-clad peaks. 
  • It takes around 30-45 minutes to reach this ridge and cross the bend.
  • The trek to Bhojbasa is a level walk and very scenic. Around 300 m above Bhojbasa, you get a vantage point.
  • Total trek would be 14 km and it will take 6/7 hours to reach the camp.
  • You get the first view of Mt Shivling at Bhojbasa and we will camp here for the night 

Day 3: Trek to Tapovan via Gaumukh 

  • After breakfast, we will take the main trail to tapovan which is a bit difficult part of the trek.
  • The trail involves climbing glacial moraine and traversing the Gaumukh glacier.
  • The climb up the 100 meters can take an hour and a half and reach. The climb is adjacent to Akashganga.
  • The total trail is about 10 km and it takes about 6/7 hours and we camp at Tapovan for the night.

Day 4: Rest and exploration day

  • As we have had a tough trail on day 3, we will be taking some rest at the campsite at Tapovan.
  • We can explore the region and we can walk towards Neeltal or Sundarvan/ Kedar Dome. 
  • We will have sumptuous dinner and take the rest for the day.


Day 5: Trek down to Chirbasa 

  • After the breakfast, we will start descending down from Tapovan to Chirbasa.
  • The trail takes quite long as 15 km and it might take 6/7 hours with occasional breaks. 
  • We will be reaching Chirbasa by afternoon or by evening and rest for the day. 

Day 6: Trek back to Gangotri and drive to Bhatwari

  • We will start the trek back to Gangotri which is 9 km from Chirbasa and it will take almost 3 hours to reach Gangotri.
  • The trails go inside the forest and a common path of less difficulty. 
  • We will reach Gangotri and start our drive towards Bhatwari which is 75 km away.
  • The drive will take 3 hours to reach Bhatwari and we will be staying at the lodge to end the day .
  • On the next day morning, we check out to end the tour here.


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  • 2 night’s accommodation at Gangotri (Day 1 & Day 2) and one night at Bhatwari (Day 7) in a lodge on sharing basis and dinner.
  • All meals during the trek. Regular Indian style nutritious vegetarian food during the trek, breakfast packed/hot lunch (depending upon the time you reach a campsite), snacks, dinner along with coffee/tea/soup.
  • Excellent trekking guide, who will be a local to this particular area and has a profound knowledge of the trekking trails around.
  • Specialized Cook, Support staff, Porters/Packed Animals for carrying the central logistics of the trek.
  • Stay in tents (3 person dome or ridge-shaped tents) on sharing basis during the trek.
  • Camping equipment like a Sleeping bag, Carry mattress, Gaiters, Microspikes/Crampon. (Bring your own sleeping if you have a high altitude specific personal Sleeping Bag. This is always better for hygienic reasons.)
  • Kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tent as required during the trek.
  • All permit fee, camping charges, forest levy required for the trek.
  • Basic Medical & First Aid kit.
  • Accidental Insurance Policy covering high altitude trekking tours (For Indian nationals it is included in the TREK FEE, up to 60 years of age). It covers your trek as well as your return journey to Dehradun.


  • Transportation from Dehradun to Gangotri and return (₹ 2500 – 2500 per 30 persons for the pick up and drop when shared with fellow trekkers)
  • We assume that you will carry your personal Rucksack/Backpack with all your personal belongings. If you want to offload your Rucksack and be carried by our Pack Animal/Porter then you need to pay additional ₹ 2500 for the entire duration of the trek. The Rucksack should not weigh more than 10 Kg.
  • Any tip/gratuity to the HT support staff.
  • Anything which is NOT mentioned in the “Inclusions” or personal in nature.

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Important Information

Rucksack/Back Pack: 1(must have)Between 40 to 50 Litres. Don’t buy more than 60L unless you are in expeditions. These will be heavier and can cause discomfort if not fully loaded!)

Rucksack cover (Waterproof): 1; Advised. MUST for protection from rain/dust/stain etc. (Alternately you can keep your clothing and warm jacket inside polythene pack. Do get the pack(s) back to home and re use/recycle).

Daypack/Knapsack: 1; Optional (Can carry along with you with water bottle, food, camera and wind/water proof etc.) if you want to offload your Rucksack in permissible routes.

Trekking Shoe/Boot: Pair; (must have). A good quality trekking shoe/boot must have the following specs :

i) A sticky rubber sole with lug (indentations for better grip).
ii) Ankle support (Medium or high ankle).
iii) Waterproofing membrane. (A must for high altitude and winter treks).

Get a pair and “break-in” well in advance that you don’t face any sores/blisters once you are on mountains.

T-shirt (Base layer while you are hiking): 3/4; (must have). Take at least one Dry fit/Quick dry type which can ventilate sweat/moisture wicking. These are made of synthetic materials.Cotton T-shirts are NOT advised and avoid especially when you walk.

Warm Jacket (Mid layer clothing for warmth): 1; (must have)Warm Fleece Jacket/Synthetic fill (Some refer as Hollow Fill) Jacket/Down feather Jacket.
While hiking you will not require this unless you are hiking in cold conditions. Use this when you cool down at campsite).

Windproof Jacket/Wind Cheater (Outer layer clothing for protection from wind and rain/snow fall): 1 (must have); A hooded one made of water resistant/repellent material is highly advised.
Use this along with Base layer (t-shirt) while hiking unless it is warm and sunny weather. Wear this always as outer later to protect from wind chill be while hiking or at camp site.

Thermal wear (Base Layer once you reach campsite): 1 pair; Upper and lower (Woolly cot). Must for winter treks.

Trek pant: 2 pair (must have) Can be Track pants (avoid cotton), 3 quarter/Cargo or Convertible kind.
One Dry fit/Quick dry track pant is advised. Water repellent/proof quality is a plus.
For altitude above 5000m/16400ft you should use wind proof and water proof trek pants.

Raincoat/Poncho/Waterproof clothing: (must have); Waterproofing during your trek in the Himalayas, be it in summer or winter.

This can be achieved by any of the following:
ii) Use your windproof jacket and hiking pant having water repellent/proofing quality.
ii) A Poncho/Raincoat.

Balaclava/Woolen skull cap/Monkey Cap: 1; (must have) for protection from cold. Made of woolen/synthetic warm material.

Sun cap/Wide-brimmed Hat/Bandana: 1; For protection from sun while you hike.

Under garments/Inner wear: As per need.

Hiking Socks: 3/4 pair; Use full length socks (Don’t use tennis socks). 100% Cotton socks are NOT recommended as these absorb sweat and dry slowly. A pair of woolen material is nice to have especially in winter treks.

Woolen gloves: 1 pair; (must have).

Waterproof gloves: 1 pair; Optional. Useful especially on high altitude treks where snow/ice is encountered.

Camp sandal: 1 pair; Can be a strap on sports sandal or a Hawaiian sleeper.

Walking Sticks/Trekking Poles/Ski Poles: 1 pair/Single; Nice to have, reduces the pressure on knees and gives balance specially while descending. Advised at least one pole for treks involving snow/ice.

Knee cap: 1 pair; Optional. Makes a difference especially if you have knee injuries/problems (Neoprene added variant is better).

Water bottle/Hydration pack: 1; (must have)Good quality plastic bottle.

Sunglasses: (must have) for all the high altitude treks and winter treks. Polarised/Anti-glare is always a better option in snow with UV400 (UV A & B) protection. Trekkers using spectacle can order custom make powered sunglasses.

Torch/Head Lamp with extra batteries: (must have). Head torch keeps your hands free.

Accessories/Toiletries: Optional and try to share when you travel in group.

Sunscreen lotion – Optional. At least 30/40 SPF.
Chap Stick/Cold & Moisturising cream – Optional. As per need. Use small tubes/bottles.
Tooth brush and tooth paste – Carry smallest available tube of tooth paste.
Soap/Soap strip – Carry small pocket size soap, or Soap strip.
Hand sanitiser – Optional. Small bottle.
Tissue roll ( Toilet paper) – This is a must item as water may not be available in the vicinity.
Towel – Medium size (light weight).
Anti-Fungal Powder – Optional. This helps to keep the socks and the trek shoe drier and odour free to an extent. Carry smallest container.

Camera with extra cells: Optional. Normally there is no charging point on the Himalayan trek routes, carry spare batteries/power bank.

Dry food items(Kit): 1; (must have). Carry some dry fruits, chocolate/energy/protein bars and Glucon D/Tang/Getorade.

Personal First-Aid Kit: Optional – Anti septic cream, Betadine/Dettol/Savlon, Band aid, cotton, crepe bandage, safety pin etc.

Medicines Kit: 1; This is a simple guide line and a doctor’s consultation is recommended.)
a) General medicines comprising of headache, fever, vomiting, stomach upset and pain killer (Volini gel/spray)
b) Anti Diarrhoearal
c) Antibiotics – ( choose broad spectrum antibiotics for treating a variety of infections – carry a course of each)
d) Mild analgesics – (Aspirin/Paracetamol etc but DO NOT take Codeine based painkillers).
e) Strong analgesics (Co-Proxamol/Ponstan/Temgesic, use with care).
f) Anti-inflammatory (Nurofen or diclofenac sodium)
g) Diamox – This helps in acclimatisation (a proper dosage is must if taken. Drink lot of water as this is a diuretic drug.

Cancellation Policy

  • Full refund if cancelled before* 7 days
  • 50% refund if cancelled before 3 days
  • No refund after that


Meet-up Information/Reporting Point

  • Gangotri.
  • The local person's contact detail will be shared in the booking voucher which is sent via email.
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