Destination Gaumukh

Gangotri Gaumukh Glacier Trek
                                                                 Gangotri - Gaumukh Trek at High altitude
Another day in the office reached to its conclusion and evening made me realize that I am sticking in a rut yet again....On the spur of moment, I folded my travel belongings in the backpack and hit the railway station to catch an overnight train to Dehradun.... I was not very much certain about the exact destination but it has to be somewhere in Himalayas and Dehradun is the best base to weigh different options....Was it a relentless pursuit for unknown or just the restlessness which led me to do something random ? Nope. Yes. I am not sure..... whatever was the reason but one has to get slightly out of one's head for walking 38 km straight in a day at an elevation of 4000 meter....
On the way to Uttarkashi
                                                             On the way to Uttarkashi
After getting down at Dehradun, I hit my friend's place to take a quick nap and freshen up before boarding the shared jeep to Uttarkashi. My initial plan was to make to Gangotri on the same day but It's nearly impossible to have a direct journey of more than 250 km (Via Chamba) to Gangotri in single day with public transport.... you should start very early in the morning from Rishikesh/Dehradun to reach Gangotri on the same day.

 River Ganga on the way to Gaumukh from Gangotri Gaumukh Glacier
                                                  River Ganga on the way to Gaumukh from Gangotri

If I look back to the motivation which led me to this rigorous journey then it was surely not my fickle faith in religion, superstition of cleansing sins or mythological stories. I was more fascinated about snow-capped Himalayas and about materializing a dream of being at the bank of Ganges emerging out from a Glacier. Through-out the journey I was imagining that sublime photograph of thin water stream of Ganges. In the back seat of fully packed Tata Sumo, Journey to Uttarkashi was not as comfortable as I expected while boarding the vehicle however route was stupendously scenic.

Narrow River Snaking through mountains
                                                         Narrow River Snaking through mountains

Road winds uphill and always followed the bank of some river or another (most of them are tributary of Ganges). As we climb higher, transformation of landscape into lush green valley was truly overwhelming. In the Jeep I met some locals who gave me fair idea about the present situation at Gaumukh and warned about about chilly weather. They also kept quenching my incessant curiosity about flora, fauna, water falls or about any water stream falling on the way. Along the way we stopped at many villages set in the lap of mother nature narrating their glory. While navigating through this route, you will definitely swing into mood of spirituality..... and will be mesmerized by the natural beauty of surroundings...

Herd of Blue Sheep
                                                                        Herd of Blue Sheep

In the later part of the journey, I was hypnotized with the reflection of dusk on those snowy peaks of Himalayas and could not remember when I reached to Uttarkashi. Uttarkashi was the town where I was supposed to stay for a night.... breaking my journey... It was already sun down by the time I made to Uttarkashi so lodged into a hotel and logged the day off...

Snow Clad mountains near Gangotri
                                                      Snow Clad mountains near Gangotri

Mostly in news due to landslides, flash flooding. Uttarkashi is a spectacular little town amid lush green valley on the bank of River Bhagirathi (Ganga is known as Bhagirathi in that region )...Next morning, I roamed around in the town... went to the forest department office for getting permission for Gaumukh trek....

River Ganga Near Tehri Dam
                                                            River Ganga Near Tehri Dam

Shortly after getting the permit,i caught a shared Jeep to Gangotri

. Luckily I met a fellow traveler for the journey ahead from Uttarkashi. A solo traveler from South Africa who was primarily into landscape photography. Departure time of these shared taxis can be annoying. They primarily follow 2 rules of departure.
1) Taxi will only depart when it is full..
2) Taxi will never be full....

Shivling Peak enveloped with clouds
                                                                

Shivling Peak enveloped with clouds

After waiting for couple of hours and taking 2-3 circle of the town of Uttarkashi, Jeep took the road to Gangotri. On the way we stopped at Harshil which is a picturesque hamlet on the bank of river Ganges. Harshil is also popular fo apple orchards and Rajma. After 6-7 hours of bumpy ride we made to Gangotri which was quite chilly. After lodging into a room with basic amenities, we both roamed around in Gangotri. My religious side (or perhaps adventours side) inspired me to take a dip in Ganga's freezing water. Visited the main temple, offered my prayers and took part in the evening Arti. Gangotri is a serene village surrounded by snow capped Himalayas and remains colder through out the year. Next day I was supposed to visit Gaumukh and return back so i hit the hay little early after having light dinner at Gangotri.

Ganga Basin near Gangotri - Gaumukh
                                                              Ganga Basin near Gangotri - Gaumukh

Next morning at 5'o clock, we began hiking to Gaumukh. Gaumukh is 18 km from Gangotri (Not very steep hike). Initial stretch of the Gamukh trail passes through alpine forest and then green pasture replaces the landscape. Gaumukh falls into Gangotri Forest reserve hence you won't be finding villages enroute. The absolute wilderness of ethereal mountains are truly fascinating and I even came across the herd of Blue sheeps. High altitude and Thin air also discourage inhabitation in this part of Himalayas. In between we stopped at many places..... sometimes appreciated the absolute wilderness around us.....suddently i felt like a dreamer trolling through a narrow trail among high boulders set there since ages and the rippling of a river was the only sound in that lifeless terrain....Sky was partially clear and snow capped mountains were dominating the horizon....and I was the only one in that dream land walking to reach somewhere or may be nowhere... After 5 hours of exhausted walk,I made to the source of River Ganga......at an elevation of 4000 meter, It was Gaumukh... Felt lucky to be there and was among very few travelers who made to Gaumukh that day....

Ganga Origin at Gaumukh Glacier
                                                                   Ganga Origin at Gaumukh Glacier

In fact i was the only one in that cold and arid landscape near Gaumukh. I laid on a boulder at the bank of Ganges and stared at the blue sky. In the state of blissful contemplation, I felt like i am the only one breathing on this planet...the absolute serenity of the place brought my senses into some sort of synch but I knew it was all temporary. I will again get distracted to the world. Keeping my incessant thoughts on hold I took bath at the holy place. It was time to fold the journey because it would be dark very soon and dangerous too considering that wilderness,altitude and inclement weather.I took the same trail in reverse and reached Gangtori by evening. Next moring, I caught the first Jeep to Uttarakashi and then a connecting bus to Dehradun....

Finally caught a night train back to New Delhi....

Gangotri- Gaumukh Trek , Gaumukh Glacier, Ganga Origin
                                                                       Gangotri- Gaumukh Trek
This amazing journey to Gaumukh left its footprints on my head. Even today, I can feel every water stream,wooden bridges,glaciers,snowy breeze,cold desert....

How to reach Gaumukh: Known as the source of River Ganges, Gaumukh is 18 km trek from Gangotri. Gangotri is some 270 km from Rishikesh and can be approached by early morning taxis from Rishikesh. There are very few direct taxis so this journey can not be done in a single day. Most of the trekkers break their journey at Uttarkashi which is some 170 km from Rishikesh. You can get busses/shared jeep on this route. Uttarkashi is also the place to get permits for Gaumukh trek. Next day, board a shared jeep to Gangotri from Uttarkashi and start trekking day after that.

Gangotri to Gaumukh trek is not a steep hike and generally done as a 2-3 days trek with overnight stay at Bhojwasa which is 4 km before Gaumukh.

 

-Timing of Busses from Haridwar to Uttarkashi is 6-9 A.M
-Forest Department Uttarkashi Opening timings 10 AM to 5:00 PM
-From Uttarkashi to Gangotri most shared jeeps starts around 6 AM but you can get those till 10 AM (If there are enough travelers)
-Permissions can also be obtained from Gangotri early morning and evening 5 PM to 7 PM
-Indian-150 INR for two days, after 2 days 50 INR for each extra day, Foreigners 600 INR first two days and then 150 INR for extra days.

Phone number for Uttarkashi Forest department is 01374223693.

Hi, I am sunitha and will be

Hi,

I am sunitha and will be going to Gomukh on the 29th of may with Chinmaya Mission. Though i have been to Uttarkashi and gangotri many tiems this is my forst mountain trek. I wanted to know how steep and risky is it. I am a little worried if it will be a little too adventurous for me! I am a littel scared of heights, but really want o do this. I am physically training to be more flexible....

Thanks a ton in advance

As mentioned by Chandan.. its

As mentioned by Chandan.. its not a steep hike... AMS can hit but chances are very rare as you are gradually gaining the height... should not be a problem in my opinion...

trek is not steep at all. if

trek is not steep at all. if AMS is not an issue then this is a fairly easy trek. There is a video on the video section of this website which will give you complete detail of the trek. link to the video is http://thinkingparticle.com/videos/trip-gaumukh

Any questions there after, please feel free to ask. However, bear in mind that nature isn't all that benign a force, as we already saw last year.

hey vishnu I just wanted to

hey vishnu I just wanted to ask that if forest department easily provide permit to trek on goumukh path? or if there are certain ifs and buts. And is there any age limit decided by the department if only people between this age group can go there.

It's  easy to get permits for

It's  easy to get permits for Gaumukh trek.... if road is open then generally there is no issue... I don't think there is any age limit... Kids should be accompanied by an adults, that's it..

thanks for information,

thanks for information, brother is this time is right to go to gau mukh (DECember)

Nope... You will not be able

Nope... You will not be able to reach even Gangotri i guess... Route remains closed during Winters...

you hav done really nice and

you hav done really nice and creditable job by putting up this blog. keep it up VISHNU.

Thanks...Keep dropping by...

Thanks...Keep dropping by...

Hello Vishnu, This blog is a

Hello Vishnu,
This blog is a great thing you've got going. Absolutely helpful in/with any & all essential information required.Congrats & thanks for doing something so hugely important to us all.
I'm thinking:Day 1-day trek from Gangotri to Bhojwasa with an overnight stay,Day 2-day trek from Bhojwasa to Gaumukh with an overnight stay,Day 3-day trek from Gaumukh to Tapovan with an overnight stay,Day 4-return day trek from Tapovan to Gaumukh with another overnight stay,Day 5-return day trek from Gaumukh to Bhojwasa with an overnight stay,Day 6-day trek from Bojwasa to Gangotri.
Please tell me,if i get a map of the route/trail from Gaumukh to Tapovan,will i on my own-without a guide-be able to accomplish this trek.?.?.?.
At Gangotri,you've mentioned that you visited the MAIN temple for the evening aarti.I'm wondering,there may be many temples in Gangotri,please specify the name & location of this temple???
Finally,when would be the best time to make tis trip-in regard to regional season and weather???

Is the route till Gangotri

Is the route till Gangotri fully open??
I think you are over staying at that place. If I were you then I would have gone to NandanVan from Tapovan and would have stayed there for a night. returning back from Nandanvan is far easier than it is from Tapovan.

Thanks Chandan for jumping

Thanks Chandan for jumping in... I am not sure whether route to Gangotri is open or not...Forest Department at Uttarkashi may be the best place to inquire about route/trek status...actually they are the one issues permit for these treks...

Hi Damien, Thanks

Hi Damien,
Thanks for your words... Good to see your itinerary...you are keeping good number of days with 2 overnight stay at Gaumukh....

You will have to carry tents for Gaumukh and Tapovan.... Its recommended to have a guide for the trails beyond Gaumukh... Till Gaumukh, its well outlined with least possibility of loosing the track but for Tapovan you should have a guide..

Even i don't know the name of the temple but there is one prime temple in the town.. you can ask anyone that you want to visit main shrine (Gangotri temple), they may be able to help... its at the end of the lane on the bank of Ganges... Gangotri is not a very small town so its easy to locate that temple..

August to October mid is the best time to do Tapovan trek...However it opens from June beginning but incessant monsoon may spoil your trip...

let me know if you need more information..

Regards
Vishnu Kumar

Hi vishnu, I am from delhi

Hi vishnu,

I am from delhi and I want a trekking trip at highly snow place along with my 3-4 friends. But problem is that we can only manage max to max 4 day time, so could you please suggest me about preffed location.

Regards
Chandra sharma

Could you also let me know

Could you also let me know about munsiyari glacier? And how many days will it require to cove this glacier and will I get snow in mid of Nov, I ll start from delhi.

there is no glacier at

there is no glacier at munsyari. you can see panchchuli from there but that's it really. as Vishnu has mentioned, munsyari is starting point for milam glacier trek which takes 7 days minimum. ( from munsyari-glacier-munsyari ).

Thanks Chandan for jumping in

Thanks Chandan for jumping in and dropping your comment... nice to see you...

I guess you want to know

I guess you want to know about Milam Glacier trek which starts from Munsiyari...it will take at least a week time...

Very sad to hear about the

Very sad to hear about the Uthrakshi flood. We have booked travel tickets for Tapovan trek in the month of August. Please let me know if it is possible to perform trek. Sorry to even ask this at this time. Kedarnath is completly blocked. Is gangotri also damaged a lot? Please let me know the details so that i will plan accordingly even to drop. Thanks in advance..

Thanks Chandan for jumping

Thanks Chandan for jumping in.... I heard that Harshil was the epicenter of calamity on this side..In that case, Gangtori won't be accessible... Chandan is right about Army's involvement in getting this back on track.....They will make the road motorable for their camp at least...You can also get in touch with Forest Department Uttarkashi to get on ground update...

not sure about the state of

not sure about the state of roads leading to Gangotri at the moment. many conflicting statements are coming from all directions. wait for few weeks for dust to settle and then only will we get true picture of the devastation. My hunch is that you will be able to go there by August on a light vehicle beyond uttarkashi. Harshil, which is between uttarkashi and Gangotri, has an Army camp so Army will do something to let their light trucks pass through. Roads may not be tarred- if there is any such word - on few stretches though.

Hi Vishnu, Very interesting

Hi Vishnu,

Very interesting article.Me and my mom are planning a Char Dham trip with GMVN and July 4 - 15 seems to be the only option with them, as of now. Would this be a good idea considering it could rain? Also,really wish to include Gaumukh but it is not a part of the package. Would you suggest that we make a detour to visit Gaumukh or is it best left for another time? Both of us are fit and have done the Hemkund-Valley of Flowers trek routes but just wanted to cofirm the toughness of the Gangotri-Gaumukh Trek.

Thanks!

as Vishnu has already

as Vishnu has already mentioned, July is NOT the best time to be there on hills. ( well, this may upset someone. in case you have seen movie 'an englishman who went up the hill and came down mountain' ).
irrespective of what has happened there few days back, I am totally against anyone venturing too deep into mountains from 20th of june or so until mid august. Almost every forums are full of senior members who have thoroughly ill-advised people throughout. Usually nothing happens but POSSIBILITY of things going wrong is always very high. Religious sentiments take far too much of precedence while planning for such trips but in case something goes wrong then , sadly, God doesn't come to help any of us. we have to wait for our incompetent Govt and greedy fellow country men to help us out of the mess. Harsh as it may sound, I don't advise anyone go there in July.
NOTE: this is my personal view.

Hi Himangi, If you

Hi Himangi,
If you and your mother had done Hemkund Shahib then Gaumukh won't be a challenge... Here is one useful reply from Chandan on this...

http://thinkingparticle.com/forum/gangotri-gaumukh-char-dham-uttaranchal...

July is not considered as good time to visit Uttaranchal...it will be raining...I just returned from Uttaranchal and it was overcast...

If Gaumukh is not a the part of package then you will have to leave the tour because it will take additional 2 nights from Gangotri...

=== Vishnu

Hello Vishnu, Could you

Hello Vishnu,

Could you please tell me whether NIMs has any rules for hiring trekking equipments. I was going thru a documents where it was mentioned that they need to be informed 30 days back. I am travelling to tapovan on 19th june. Is there any other place in uttarkashi or gangotri where I can hire trekking equipments ??
Please let me know.
Thank you

I don't think you need to

I don't think you need to inform them in advance to hire trekking accessories.... Otherwise there are other trek organizers in Uttarkashi...they will give you trekking accessories on rent and arrange a guide as well... I remember there was a shop in Gangotri as well but Uttarkashi is a better pick to avoid any last time blunders...

==== Vishnu

Hi..going for char dham yatra

Hi..going for char dham yatra on 3rd june 2013....will b back for comments...c u

All the best...June is

All the best...June is perfect time for Char Dham Yatra...

Hello Mr Vishnu. I am a

Hello Mr Vishnu.
I am a permanent resident of Australia;will be visiting India in August.
I learnt about Gaumukh being the source of the river Ganga from a documentary i saw here a few months back,and ever since,i've wanted to go there.
I am a native of Mangalore in the state of Karnataka in South India,and have just booked my flight tickets to arrive in Bangalore on the 1st of August and depart from Bangalore on the 30th of October.
I came across this blog while searching for information on making the journey to Gaumukh.Now in-spite of all the information already available to its readers,i really would feel very much reassured in having direct contact,consultation and advise from one who has all the knowledge and experience to help guide me in the right and safe path.
I'm wondering,generally,when in between the months of Aug-Sept-Oct,would it be the best time to make this journey?Is there anyone you know who also plans of going to Gaumukh around that time?My travel plans being from Delhi to Gaumukh and back within a week.
And as for wondering specifically,if I will be doing this alone,I will need your help in making a step-by-step and day-to-day plan towards all aspects(Timings,Distances,Food,Stay,Luggage,Clothing,Travel,Transport,Fares,Charges,Costs,Expenses...) of this journey.
Any and every information will be much appreciated.

Hi Sachin, Thanks

Hi Sachin,
Thanks for dropping at thinking particle and posting your comment...

I will recommend you to avoid October... Mid-August till September end is the best time to do this trek...

If you will go through the comments carefully you may be able to find someone who is also planning Gaumukh at the same time..otherwise people may reply to your comment if they will need any information...

One week is good enough time to do Gaumukh trek...

Typical itinerary from Delhi can be..

Delhi-Rishikesh/Dehradun (Overnight train) >> Uttarkashi (Halt overnight) >> Gangotri (Overnight stay) >> Bhojwasa (Overnight stay) >>Gaumukh >> Gangotri (Overnight stay)...

Gaumukh is not a technical trek...Basic Accommodation is easily available...Carry woolen clothing as it will be really chilly in Bhojwasa...

please let me know if you want any other information...

=== Vishnu

Hi, I am very glad to see

Hi,
I am very glad to see this website, appreciate your guidance.
we are two Guise & new, planning to go Gangotri-Gomukh-tapovan, we have very less time due to some official work, so please suggest us,Time required for this journey,
I have a plan, please look & suggest us if there is require any change -

Day -1 Haridwar to Gangotri by two wheeler(collect permit & equipments from Uttarkashi) Night Stay at Gangotri
Day -2 Gangotri to Gomukh Night stay in tents @ Gomukh

Day -3 Gomukh to Tapovan & back to Gangotri night stay @ Gangotri

Day -4 Gangotri to Haridwar

Any reliable parking available at Gangotri to Park two-wheeler.

Regards
Rahul Sharma
Haridwar

Hi Rahul, 4 days are

Hi Rahul,
4 days are very very less to do Tapovan trek.... Your itinerary is do-able but its very very taxing....

Reliable two-wheeler parking should not be a problem at Gangotri...

Arranging permits and trekking accessories may take some time in Uttarkashi so Day 1 can be pretty hectic...start very early in the morning from Haridwar...

=== Vishnu

Thanx for your valuable

Thanx for your valuable comment,

we are planning to start at 3.00 Am & cover till Narendranagar by 5.00 Am.I have travel till chamba many times by two wheeler.

I believe Forest Department

I believe Forest Department at Uttarkashi open around 10:00 AM.... 3:00 AM is too early to start...In that case, it should not be a problem...drive safe during the night...

Hello Vishnu, I have planned

Hello Vishnu,

I have planned for my trip to gaumukh & tapovan during the 3rd week of june. I want to ask you whether I will be chased by rainfall that time ?? More over what will be the mode of transport from Uttarkashi to Gangotri. Also please let me know the timings of shared jeep / taxi from Uttarkashi

regards
Ratnadip

June end is considered as

June end is considered as Monsoon time in Uttaranchal and the peak time for landsliding and all....However it is highly unlikely to rain between Gangotri-Gaumukh-Tapovan stretch.... you may find downpour during the journey till Gangotri....

You will get shared Jeep from Uttarkashi to Gangtori and most of these departs early in the morning from both sides....

=== Vishnu

Thank you Vishnu for your

Thank you Vishnu for your prompt reply. Actually I am an amateur photographer & wanted to have few clicks under clear sky. So I am a bit concerned about the weather but if there is no rainfall between Gangotri - Gaumukh - Tapovan stretch, then I can get get few start trails shots...

Regards

Weather is an unpredictable

Weather is an unpredictable phenomenon... Even sometimes it does not rain at all in June and sometimes you will see heavy downpour.... Getting Clear Sky near Gangotri is possible because of high altitude.... Gaumukh and Tapovan stretch should be dry....

Hello Vishnu, I want to start

Hello Vishnu,

I want to start my journey delhi to badrinath, kaidarnath and 4 others dham by my own vehicle on 17th June 2013. According to you is it ok ?? and what type of permission i need to get in route and when ? Please guide me ?

I don't think you really need

I don't think you really need any special permissions for doing Char Dham Yatra.... but doing Char Dham at least requires 15 days.. Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath...

PLEASE LOOK AT MY POSSIBLE

PLEASE LOOK AT MY POSSIBLE SCHEDULE AND LET ME KNOW IF ANY ERROR TO BE CORRECT OR ANY MODIFICATION NEEDED.?
PLAN FROM 10 JUNE{IS IT ALSO OK OR POSSIBILTS 4 RAIN}...
~+ DELHI-RISHIKESH{OVER NIGHT JOURNEY.}
~ RISHIKESH - UTRKSHI {EARLY MRNG TO REACH UTRKSHI BY 10-11AM.}
~ UTRKSHI - GANGOTRI {LEAVE UTRKASHI AFTR PERMISON N HIRING EQUPMNT BEFORE 3-4PM}
-GANGOTRI {NIGHT STAY} day 1 ended
-GANGOTRI - TAPOVAN { FULL DAY TREKKING}
~ TAPOVAN { NYT STAY} day 2 ended
~ TAPOVAN - GANGOTRI { TREKKING AFTER 10 AM }
-GANGOTRI {NIGHT STAY} day 3 ended
~GANGOTRI - UTARKASHI {aftr seeing gangotri till 2pm}
~ UTRKSHI { NYT STAY} DAY 4 ended.
~ UTRKASHI- RISHIKESH-DELHI {NYT IN BUS}

Hi Rajendra... It is very

Hi Rajendra... It is very very hectic...I don't use the word impossible but your itinerary seems one..

You are planning to do Gangtori-Tapovan in single day !!!.... Tapovan is a technical trek, you will need guide and trekking accessories....

Even Rishikesh to Gangotri in one day is also ambitious because you generally don't get shared jeeps from Uttarkashi onwards....

I will suggest you to have a look at discussed itineraries first.. 4 days are too less for Tapovan... You can do Gaumukh in 4 days but that will also be very hectic...

== Vishnu

hi vishnu, thanks for such

hi vishnu,
thanks for such guidance. can you tell me that which route will be shortest n time saving to reach uttarkashi.?
1} delhi-haridwar-rishikesh- utarkashi
or
2}delhi-dehradun- utarkashi.

AND how much time it will take to get permission in utarkashi for trekking..?
and how much time needed to hire some trekking equipment needed..?
c}is it possible to reach gangotri before night if i reach uttarkashi by 10-11am.?
d} till what time i can get taxi/bus frm utrkshi to gangotri?
e} is there any more formalities or charges to pay b4 trekking to tapoVAN?

I believe the route is via

I believe the route is via Rishikesh only... Rishikesh will be the shortest one if Delhi is the source...

It should not take more than an hour....

Gangotri is not very far from Uttarkashi but generally shared jeeps depart in morning only...

You will have to show the permit at Forest entrance (near Gangotri)...that's it..

HI SIR, I Think finally the

HI SIR,
I Think finally the day coming while i will go to gaumukh and your this blog will be with me. i planning to leave this month end or 1st week of june. so what will be best?
i have some final queries so plz suggest me all one by one...
1] can i stay overnight in gaumukh? if yes then what is RISK n Preparation i need?
2] can i hire articles needed for trekking in gangotri? or any govt branch issues on low rent or what will be rent for that?
3]what wil be charges for staying is uttarakashi?
4]what else i can see in utrkshi,gangotri or gaumukh if i have more two days.?
5] what will be around cost of entire happy journey?
plz tell me about trkng acsry and from whre to get that including tent for over nyt stay in gaumukh.
I WILL BE EAGERLY WTNG....... 9013091615

1) Overnight stay is

1) Overnight stay is available at Bhojwasa which is some 4 km before Gaumukh... If you want to stay Gaumukh, you will have to pitch in your tent...

2) Trekking till Gaumukh does not require any trek accessory... you can hire trekking accessories from Uttarkashi anyway... see the link below...

http://thinkingparticle.com/forum/renting-mountaineering-equipments-utta...

3) Budget lodge at Uttarkashi is some 300 INR per night...

4) you can choose to stay at Harshil which is a picturesque village on the bank of Ganges...

5) Estimating cost is bit tricky for me...it depends on many things...

=== Vishnu

Please let me know is it

Please let me know is it possible to go Tapovan in the month of August? Whether a guide is required for tapovan trek? not managable by ouerselves? if so, can we get only guide in gangotri or gomukh? please advice.. Whether tapovan trek is a average or only for advanced experienced trekkers?

Tapovan is very much do-able

Tapovan is very much do-able in the month of August..Indeed one of the best time... Yes, Guide will be recommended for Tapovan... You can do Gaumukh on your own but will need a guide for going further... Tapovan is a moderate trek and it will not be difficult during August... you can get a guide from Gangotri...

One point I would like to

One point I would like to highlight VIshnu which even though appears highly unlikely but still a real possibility because it happened to me. THese benign looking Bharals ( wild goats or mountain goats ) could sometime come charging at you if you are walking alone. it happened to me. I was walking bit behind my guide and holding a camera tripod. May be these bharals got irked by my tripod and I could sense one of them posing aggressively. My Guide rushed to hoosh-hoosh him away Smile. So I wont go alone after bhojwasa. if its a guide then any other company will also be fine but not alone.

For me it was a solo trek....

For me it was a solo trek.... Like always I was able to make it all the way and then way back home... I was lucky i believe....Smile...Here are some photographs of these beautiful creatures... These are Himalayan Tahrs or Mountain goats ?

http://thinkingparticle.com/image/again-herd-himalayan-tahr

http://thinkingparticle.com/image/great-himalayan-tahrs

http://thinkingparticle.com/image/herd-himalayan-tahr

=== Vishnu

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