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Nandanvan Trek – The Most Adventurous Trek in Uttarakhand

Nandanvan trek is one of the most loved adventurous treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. This meadow lies at a height of 15,780 feet at the base of Bhagirathi massif.

Therefore, the journey connects many Hindu holy sites and takes one to the source of River Ganga “Gomukh which is the snout of Gangotri glacier.

During Nandanvan Trek get thrilling experience of crossing Gangotri glacier. Nandanvan is a beautiful lavish meadow located on the base of Bhagirathi Group 1, 2, 3 with the magnificent views of Mt. Shivling, Mt. Kedar Dome and Mt. Meru. The campsite is windy and offers great sight of snow covered peaks. Setup your camps here and settle for the day.

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Explore the Verdant Beauty of this Remote Region in Nandanvan Trek

Nandanvan Trek is an Enthralling Gangotri valley in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand India, this trek come under Gangotri National park .No doubt, the Himalayas have enchanting beauty, bracing climate and desirable soothing green meadow. So, what else can be better than spending some days here in the serenity!

About Nandanvan Trek

The Nandanvan trek starts from Gangotri; shrine of Goddess Ganga and a famous pilgrimage site.

And, further pass through the verdant forests of pine and cedar which ahead merges with the glaciated tracks. Most importantly, come across the colorful beauty of Flora and Fauna while exploring this remote region.

It is home to a number of Himalayan animals and Bharals can be easily spotted here. But, do not miss to witness Sadhus meditating here who permanently live in caves.

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Prior experience is Important for Nandanvan Trek

The gradient of Nandanvan trek is moderate but the trail demands crossing moraines, glaciated tracks and steep climbs and glaciers. Fitness and prior experience is important to do this trek.

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

History of Nandanvan Trek and Bhagirathi peak 1, 2, 3

Nandanvan trek start from Gangotri base camp, Gangotri is a holy town perched at an altitude of 3,415 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 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.

During treta yug – maha 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 Kapil muni 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.

Bhagirathi 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. Bhagirathi is second name of Ganga maa,


Why to choose Nandanvan Trek?

Before heading towards the itinerary, it is really essential to perceive the reason behind choosing Nandanvan trek.

See firstly, the trekking distance is a total of by taxi 516 Km both side and on foot 56 km which is to be covered into 9 days. . Dehradun to Dehradun

Nandanvan trek is a high altitude mountain trek Altitudes is 15,780 feet

The Starting trail is moderate as compare to other treks this is difficult trek. So this trek is not for beginners

Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature?

You got to see so many heavenly bodies at one place like the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges Gangotri, you can see pine forests, different variety of flora and fauna surpassing through bona fide Garhwali culture.


I think Do spare time in Interaction with our local’s team, and you will get to know about some of the ancient tales of Indian mythology and our local cultures, this is good ideas for trekkers

Beautiful landscapes so carry proper photo gear & Extra battery backup.

The backpack should not exceed 12 kg only

Altitude we are going to cover in Nandanvan Trek

Gangotri – 3415 Meter

Chirbasa – 3580 Meter

Bhojbasa – 3775 Meter

Gomukh – 4255 Meter

Tapovan – 4500 Meter

Nandanvan – 4810 Meter

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Key Points of Nandanvan Trek

Duration: – 8 Nights 9 Days – from Dehradun to Dehradun

Base camp: – Gangotri

Summer Temperature: – Day (5°C to 10°C) Night (2° C to 6° C)

Tapovan Altitude: – 4810 Meter

Best Time: – May, June, September, October

Trek Level: – Difficult,

Trek distance: – On foot 56 Km – By taxi 516 km

Group Size: – 15 people

Short Itinerary of Nandanvan Trek

Day 1 :- Pickup to you from Dehradun railway station – Drive to Gangotri – 258 km) (10/11 Hours) (3415 Meter

Day 2 :– Trek from Gangotri to Chirbasa camp (09 km) (5/6 Hours) (3580 Meter)

Day 3 :– Trek from Chirbasa camp to Bhojbasa camp (5 km) (3/4 Hours) (3775 Meter)

Day 4:- Trek from Bhojbasa camp to via Gomukh to Tapovan camp (09 km) (6/7 Hours) (4500 Meter)

Day 5:- Exploration Day Nil Tal and Shivling base camp (4619 Meter) back to camp (4/5 Hours)

Day 6:- Trek from Tapovan to Nandanvan camp (6 km) (3/4 Hours) (4810 Meter)

Day 7:- Nandanvan to Bhojbasa camp (14 km) (5/6 Hours) (3775 Meter)

Day 8:- Trek from Bhojbasa camp to Gangotri (14 km) (6/7 Hours) (3415 Meter)

Day 9:– Drive from Gangotri to Dehradun by taxi (258 km) (10/ 11 Hours)


Day 1 : Pickup from Dehradun Railway Station and Drive to Gangotri

Total distance – 258 km – 10/11 Hours journey

Mode of journey – – By taxi

Altitude – Gangotri – 3415 Meter

Night stay – Our Mandakini Hotel – on twin share basis

Himalayan Hikers organizes transport for trekkers from Dehradun Railway Station in the morning which will leave for Gangotri around 6:00 am to 7:00 am.

Get in the vehicle from Dehradun and enjoy the picturesque journey along Bhagirathi River’s bank and forest stretches to reach Gangotri base camp. It is the base camp of Tapovan trek

Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand and one of the most beautiful places in India. The main attraction of this place is Rajpur road go through it and get a glimpse of Dehradun’s beauty. Reach Mussoorie after an hour which is also known as “Queen of Hills”. People visit it heavily during vacations with their family and friends.

After half an hour, stop at Suwakholi Have breakfast there and witness people from different parts of the world. The break will be of maximum 1 hour. Ahead the peaks are visible and further you will come close

Further you will cross the small Chinyalisaur of Dharasu Reach Uttarkashi around 1:30 pm and take a break there for lunch. After having Go through the picturesque zig- zag road to Gangotri via Harshil

Freshen up and enjoy evening snacks in the open Garden with great views. You will be provided some details after which you can go for evening walk but be at the hotel, Mandakini at Gangotri for dinner.


Day 2 : Trek from Gangotri to Chirbasa camp

Total distance – 09 km – 5/6 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude – Chirbasa – 3580 Meter

Night Stay – Our Camp site – on twin share basis

Post breakfast, head to Chirbasa. The meaning of Chirbasa is abundant pine trees – Chir (Pine). Today, the walk is easy on leveled 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.


Day 3 : Trek from Chirbasa camp to Bhojbasa

Trek Distance – 05 km – 3/4 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude – Bhojbasa – 3775 Meter

Night Stay – Our Camp site – on twin share basis

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.


Day 4 : Trek from Bhojbasa camp to via Gomukh to Tapovan camp

Trek Distance – 09 km – 3/4 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude –Tapovan – 4500 Meter

Night Stay – Camp site – on twin share basis

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. Overnight stay in camp enjoying the most beautiful peaks surrounding Nandanvan camp.


Day 5 : Exploration Day Nil Tal and Shivling base camp (4619 Meter) back to camp (4/5 Hours)

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 Tal to get clear views of Mt. Meru.

Reach there in two hours and return before lunch. Relax and retire for the night.


Day 6 : Trek from Tapovan to Nandanvan Camp

Total distance – 06 km – 3/4 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude – Nandanvan – 4810 Meter

Night Stay – on twin share basis

Start the day young and get ready for traversing thrilling Gangotri glacier. Climb a ridge and ahead cross Akashi Ganga stream to reach the glacier.

Descend and further come across hard ice, debris and huge boulders. The glacier is slippery and rocks can fall from above, so be careful while crossing it.

After two hours of crossing, descend and climb up 100 m to reach your campsite Nandanvan, the ascent is through a landslide prone area.

Nandanvan is a beautiful lavish meadow located on the base of Bhagirathi with the magnificent views of Mt. Shivling, Mt. Kedardome and Mt. Meru. The campsite is windy and offers great sight of snow covered peaks. Setup your camps here and settle for the day.


Day 7 : Trek from Nandanvan to Bhojbasa camp

Trek Distance –14 km – 5/6 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude – Bhojbasa – 3775 Meter

Night Stay – Our campsite – on twin share basis

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.


Day 8: Trek from Bhojbasa camp to Gangotri

Distance – 14 km – 6/7 Hours journey

Mode of journey – on foot

Altitude – Gangotri – 3415 Meter

Night Stay – Our Hotel – on twin share basis

Wake up early From Bhojbasa get down to Gangotri. Relish the last glimpses of Mt Shivling and descend through the steep terrain. When you reach Gangotri hotel visit Gangotri temple and witness Ganga Aarti there.

The arrangements will be made in a hotel at Gangotri.


Day 9: Return – Drive from Gangotri to Dehradun by taxi

Distance – 258 km – 10/11 Hours journey

Mode of journey –  By Taxi

Today – It is your last breakfast on this trek with Himalayan Hikers team. The certificates will be given and after some beautiful photos we will bid you all a goodbye from Gangotri and Tapovan trek.

scenic drive from Gangotri to Dehradun you are reach Dehradun 6 to 07 pm evening

Things to carry on trek

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
Medical Certificate (First part should be filled by the Doctor and Second part by the Trekker)
Declaration Certificates

Note: –  Many trekkers commit the same mistake of carrying unnecessary items on a trek which only makes the backpack heavy. It is important to know the right items to carry.
It differs from season to season if you are trekking in summers then carry less layers of warm clothing and if you are trekking in winters carry enough layers to protect yourself against chilly cold.

Necessary Items for trekkers

carry on a trek

Backpack (50 to 60 liters)
A strongly built backpack with good support is compulsory for a trek. (Rain cover is important)

Sturdy Trekking Shoes
The shoes should be strong enough with good support. The people ask if sports shoes would be comfortable but it is good to bring the right trekking shoes.

The Clothes You Should Bring On a Trek
Avoid keeping extra clothes because it only makes you backpack heavy.

Trek Pants – The jeans are never suitable for a trek so you need at least 2-3 trek pants for treks carry more for longer treks.

Jacket – Jackets are very important to carry on a trek it protects you against the chilly weather. So carry 2 jackets on a week long trek.

Layers of warm Clothing 
Carry warm woolen layers or fleece. Carry more layers during winter season (at least 2 to 3) and less during summer.

Thermals – The Temperature decreases at night so you might be need thermals for Night.

T- Shirts – Bring those t shirts which dry fast.

Poncho –They are needed if you are trekking on a Rainy day to keep you dry.

Hiking Pole

Water Bottle 2

Cap or Balaclava



Woolen and Waterproof Gloves

Socks (Woolen and Regular)


Torch head light

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

Carry Personal Medical Kit

Personal Medical Kit (Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)

Medical Kit

Diamox – (Prevents altitude sickness)

Digene – (It cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)

Crocin Advance – (Cures fever and headache)

Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)

Disprin – (Cures headache)

Avomine – (Prevents motion sickness)

Avil – (It treat allergies)

Norflox TZ & Lomofen – (Prevents Diarrhoea)

Ranitidine – (Reduces the amount of acid in stomach)

Volini/Moov spray – (For sprains)

Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)


Band aid


Stretchable/Elastic bandage


Note:- Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor. In case you face any problem during your trek, discuss and take advice from the Professional guide.

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What is Included In This Trek?


Forest Permit and entrance fee

Accommodation in Hotel Gangotri

Accommodation in tents on twin share basis

All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner

(All camping gears)

High quality tents

Sleeping bags




Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents

Dining Tent

Dining Table




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 Include In This Trek?

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

Reviews (2)

2 reviews for Nandanvan Trek

  1. Swapan Pal

    Nandanvan trek appears to be very enthralling. Is it possible for me (aged 62 years) to undertake the trek alongwith your team. I have no problem like blood sugar, high pressure, heart complications, etc. I am a retired Govt. employee. I would like to hear from you as I have a great interest for such adventure. Last year, I trekked solo to Kedarnath in seven-eight hours and then back also in five hours trek in the next day.

  2. Debopriyo Das

    Very nice

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