Celebrated in Hindu mythology and religion, the Garhwal Himalayas are said to be the “Abode of the Gods”. The river Ganges takes its source in this remote massif, at the sacred shrine of Gangotri, and rushes down to the plains in a torrential fury. Very few trekkers follow this itinerary which will lead to one of the most important spots of Hindu spirituality, where you will experience a strange atmosphere of religious fervour.
The holy river Ganga emerges from the snout of the Gangotri glacier at Gomukh (13000 ft). The trek starts from Gangotri (10400 ft) and passes through rugged terrain, sometimes crossing small streams. On the route, Bhujbasha (12000 ft, night halt) offers magnificient views of the Sudarshan peak, Matri peak,and other majestic yet-to-be-named snowy peaks. Beyond Bhujbasha the path winds through huge boulders, loose rocks and finally over the Gangotri glacier which with numerous glaciated boulders and crevasses. The last mile is a steep climb to Tapovan (15000 ft.), the base of Shivling peak. Fantastic views of the Bhagirathi peaks, the Shivling peak, Meru peak and the Kedar dome can be enjoyed from Tapovan.