Tapovan Trek

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Tapovan Trek Journey to the Base camp of Mt. Shivling, this is the most loved trek in Uttarakhand.

Tapovan Trek – The meaning of Tapovan is a tranquil holy place, where sages meditate to attain spirituality. It is a high altitude meadow at a height of 4,500 m. It lies on the bank of massive Gangotri glacier and at the base of lofty Shivling peak.

However, Tapovan trek starts from Gangotri and goes through some adventurous regions of the Himalayas, taking one to the base of Mt. Shivling.

Above all, Tapovan 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!

Beautiful river

History of Gangotri Dham base camp of Tapovan Trek

Gangotri is a starting point of Tapovan trek, 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 holy 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 the 19th Century. Therefore, the purest deity “Ganga” 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.

Beautiful Mountains

During 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 the horse to saint Kapila’s 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’s extreme meditation made the goddess Ganga come down to earth. Lord Shiva tied Ganga then distributed the water into many streams to save the planet from the dominant force.

A mixture of Spirituality and Adventure! in Tapovan Trek

During your trek, go through the source of River Ganga “Gomukh.” It is the snout of Gangotri Glacier. The trail makes its way through dense verdant forests, and the adventure begins. It is an excellent trek for adventure lovers because it includes crossing moraines, steep climbs, and traversing an amusing glacier.

So, Tapovan trek is for both devotees and avid hikers. It is a mixture of both spirituality and adventure.

Amazing snowy Montains

A Moderate Trek with Enticing Views

Most importantly, Mt. Shivling accompanies you until you reach the celestial meadow of Tapovan. Moreover, other peaks visible from Tapovan is – Join heights and Bhagirathi groups 1, 2, 3 of peaks with several more snow-covered mountains.

But, the beginners should choose some Easy Level Treks and avoid treks like Tapovan. However, if your fitness is right and you are capable enough, then you can want to taste its adventure.

Why to Choose Tapovan Trek?

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

See firstly, the trekking distance is a total of by taxi 516 Km both sides and on foot 46 km, which is to cover into eight days Dehradun to Dehradun

Although, Tapovan trek is a high altitude mountain trek Altitudes is 4500 Meters – 14640 ft

The Starting trail is moderate as compared to other treks this is a difficult trek. So this trek is Not For Beginners

 Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature?

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

In fact, 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

Tapovan trek

Altitude we are going to cover in Tapovan Trek

Gangotri – 3415 Meter

Chirbasa – 3580 Meter

Bhojbasa – 3775 Meter

Gomukh – 4255 Meter

Tapovan trek – 4500 Meter

Key Points of Tapovan trek

Duration: – 7 Nights 8 Days – from Dehradun to Dehradun

Base camp: – Gangotri

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

Tapovan Altitude: – 4500 Meter

Best Time: – May, June, September, October

Trek Level: – Moderate

Trek distance: – On foot 46 Km – By taxi 516 km

Group Size: – 15 people

Short Itinerary of Tapovan Trek

Day 1- Pick up 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 Bhojbasa camp (09 km) (5/6 Hours) (3775 Meter)

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

Day 8 – Drive from Gangotri to Dehradun by taxi (258 km) (10/ 11 Hours)


Day 1: Pick up 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 a 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 Kedartal 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 Suwa kholi Have breakfast there and witness people from different parts of the world.

The break will be of a maximum of 1 hour. Ahead the peaks are visible and further you will come close
Further, you will cross the small Chinyali saur of Dharasu Reach Uttarkashi around 1:30 pm and take a break there for lunch.

After having to 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 an evening walk but be at the hotel, Mandakini at Gangotri for dinner.


Day 2: Trek from Gangotri to Chbirasa camp

Total distance 09 km – 5/6 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude Chirbasa – 3580 Meter

Night Stay – Our Campsite – on a twin share basis

Post breakfast, head to Chirbasa. The meaning of Chirbasa is abundant pine trees – Chir (Pine).

Today, the walk is easy on the 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 – Wake up early and catch the Bhagirathi peaks standing strong and spellbinding 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 – Campsite – on a 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.

Head to Tapovan and reach there in two hours after crossing steep ascent.

Tapovan is a wide meadow that offers the excellent sight of Mt. Meru, Mt. Shivling and Bhagirathi group of peaks. Set up your tents in the desired area and relax for the day.


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 Taal 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 Bhojbasa camp

Total distance 09 km – 5/6 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude – Bhojbasa – 3775 Meter

Night Stay – Night stay – Our camp – 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 7 : Bhojbasa camp to Gangotri

Total distance 14 km – 6/7 Hours journey

Mode of journey – On foot

Altitude – Gangotri –3415 Meter

Night stay – Our Hotel – on a 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 the Gangotri hotel visit Gangotri temple and witness Ganga Aarti there.
The arrangements will be made in a hotel at Gangotri.


Day 8: 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 the 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.

the scenic drive from Gangotri to Dehradun you 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 Tapovan Trek

  1. navneet kumar

    Himalayan Hikers team has a group of dedicated people who ensure that you enjoy the trek each time. I have been going places with them for the last 6 years and till date they have been extremely professional in their service. The Local guides, porters, helper the super cooks and their logistics team are fantastic. Feel happy to have found them for our trekking adventures. Keep up the good work Kuldeep Ji Kamlesh, Ramesh, Sanju,, Narendra and hope to do many more treks with you in the coming years!

  2. Seth benge

    1. This is our 2nd trek with Himalayan Hikers, Tapovan and Dodital Trek and the experience from initial booking to drop off after the hike is always excellent. They are probably the most professional company I’ve ever dealt with. We will be hiking with them again in winters of 2019 and I’d have no hesitation recommending them.I was in constant touch with Kuldeep ji and right from our pick up from Mussoorie and drop to. Risikesh station we did not feel uncomfortable or anything

    It was the best experience

    Also when we went there were many trekeking groups which were closed due to government regulations for their problems

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