Gangotri | Gaumukh | Char Dham | Uttaranchal: Travel Discussion

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Dear fellow travelers,
                                      In order to address various travel queries we are receiving on various of our travel blog and articles, I am creating an independent forum topic for discussing your itineraries. Please use this thread for posting your travel queries and discussing itineraries about Uttaranchal.... Uttaranchal is full of incredible destinations.. In fact one of the few states of India where every turn is a traveler's delight... We will be glad to help other travelers exploring this picturesque landscape settled in the lap of Himalayas...

                                      Hoping for your active participation in this topic.... lets make it a valuable space for other travelers.

Related thread: http://thinkingparticle.com/forum/best-places-visit-uttarakhand

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We are planning trekking from Gangotri to Gaumukh to Tapovan and back. Can you please let us know if we need to carry tents, food etc on our way? Or do we have accomodation /food available in Bhojwaasa and Gaumukh? Also wanted to know if we want to spend a night in Tapovan, any extra preparations to be done? Any information is huge help. Thanks in advance!
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Hi Raghu.
                  If you are making your trip all the way to Tapovan and planning to stay there overnight then you need to carry tents and food.... You can get accommodation/food at Bhojwasa (4 km before Gaumukh) but you will not get anything at Gaumukh...

Tapovan is not very high altitude so nothing much to be prepared for.... if you want to spend a night over there then ofcouse you will need woolen clothing, warmers and a sleeping bag (which can deal with negative temperature)... Spending night at Tapovan would be adventurous and challenging...

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Thank you Vishnu...this is really helpful. I have taken trekking to Yamunotri, but that i guess is fairly easier and had guides. But did not need tents and other stuff. Do you know any agents who rent out tents at Uttarkashi or Gangotri? I have a stop over at uttarkashi for a night. Can you please give me pointers to rent tents and guides on the way to Gangotri or at gangotri itself?

Thanks again,
Raghu

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Hi Vishnu Kumar,
I along with a group of 4 people are planning to trek to the same place(Tapovan).
We are planing to trek in the month of May. I enquired an agent for a package trek from Gangotri to Tapovan. He is asking Rs. 14000 per head for a trek of 5 days. He is providing tents,beds, food,guide,porter,entryfees for the entire 5 days. Do you think its a reasonable amount? (the amount does not including any transportation charges to come to Gangotri) or Can we do the trek on our own spending lesser than 14k?

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Hi Vyas,
               first of all i do not think it should be a 5 day trek from Gangotri.. If you guys are good at walking we can infact walk all the way till Tapovan in one day... stay there over night and then start receding next day... on the way back, you can stop at Bhojbasa...so it would be 3 days 2 nights trek from Gangtori... Your trek organizer is obviously asking too much for Tapovan trek.... If you have your own tents and prior trekking experience, you guys can do it yourself... Tapovan is relatively an easier trek.... There are some places from where you can actually get tents and trekking gear on rent... 14000 per head is too much for the trek... Once you have trekking accessories then getting a Guide and porter won't be a challenge.... Till Gaumukh, you won't even need a guide or map but after that its advisable to have a Guide...

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Thanks a lot for the reply!!!!It was very useful!!

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Hi Vyas,
               If you are traveling via Delhi, you can take my tent... it has occupancy for 3 people....

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Hi Vishnu i am planning a trip to Gangotri-Gaumukh if possible Tapovan along with 2 more families during last 2 weeks in May 2012. Any suggestions on my itenery below:-

Reaching Gangotri in evening-Night stay
Gangotri-Day 1-Rest/acclimatization/Local Sight seeing
Gangotri-Bhojwasa-Day 2
Bhojwasa-Gaumukh-Tapovan-Bhojwasa-Day 3
Bhojwasa-Gangorti-Day-4-Night stay
Leave Gangotri early morning for way back to Delhi.

* we are 3 families with 5 kids aged between 5 to 12.
* 1 kid is 2 year old also there are 3 ladies.
* Been to Gangotri once.
* permits, can i arrange in Gongotri...
* what about Guide and Porters
* What about carrying 2 year old kid and ladies on day 3 upto Gaumukh

Dear Vishnu i would like your suggestion on this itenery as well as 2 year kid and ladies.This Travel Blog is a great help and Thanks in advance.

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Hi Raj,
             Your itinerary seems perfect to me. All I am going to highlights some points on your queries.

- Gaumukh lies at 4K meter altitude where one may hit acute mountain sickness so you need to keep this fact in my mind before heading there with kids and ladies. Tapovan is higher altitude and i will not recommend it with kids and ladies until unless they have prior experience of trekking at high altitude and thin air.
- Permits are generally procured from Forest office at Uttarkashi.
- You would not need a guide if you are just planning to go till Gaumukh... for Tapovan, Guide is compulsory..... You can hire a guide and porter from Gangotri itself.

My personal advice would be that you can make till Gaumukh with ladies and kids but trekking further till Tapovan would not be advisable... Till Gaumukh, Trekking trail is well outlined so there are no steep patches but After that,  Tapovan is kind of challenging trek... Rest everything seems perfect... Have a good trip....

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Vishnu Kumar

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Thanks Vishnu, Perfect, Actually i was thinking the same to send ladies and kids back to bhojwasa after Gaumukh. Again thanks for suggestion.

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Hi Raj... I think you posted more queries on your Gangotri trip..

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Hi Vishnu, Its Raj again, we will be reaching gangotri on 26th May, and will complete this trek by 29th. Can we able do the Badrinath trip also after that.

* What,s the distance between Gangotri and Badrinath.

* Can it be doable in 1 day.

* Is it advisable to go Badrinath after this trek or it would be better idea to proceed to Harsil and adjoining places for a day or two and relax, before going back to Delhi.

* what's so special about Harsil, i heard that can we can do camping in apple orchids at Harsil.

Many Thanks in advance.

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Here are my answers on those questions:

* Gangotri and Badrinath are on two different routes...From Gangotri, you need to return back to Tehri and then reach Joshimath.. I think it is at least one whole trip..Infact more than that... From Joshimath, Badrinath is again 1 -2 day tour.

* Badrinath is on a different route so i would not suggest you to include it with Gangotri... you can make an indepedent trek to Badrinath and nearby places..

* Harshil is a small village on the bank of river Ganges... Harshil lies in the valleys of Himalayas... its popular for its apple gardens and Rajma... Yaa... you can pitch in your tents anywhere around Harshil...

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let me know if you have more queries...

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Oh,Wow Vishnu!!! You have shared such a very nice information about these marvelous places.I love the religious places a lot and too curious always to visit these places like Chaar dhaam,i.e, Gangotri,Yamnotri,Kaidarnath,Badrinath and Tapovan as well.Well,If I move there in future,your info will help me a lot.

So,thanks a lot for sharing....

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Thanks Vishnu,
One more thing, what are the activities/exploration we can do at Harsil and nearby places and if 1 night is enough.

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Hi Raj... There is nothing like attractions around Harshil... You can however tent on the bank of river Ganges... Harshil is really serene and you can actually see snow peaked himalayas from there.... On way back, you can also stop at Uttarkashi and spend sometime photographing Himalayas...

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Vishnu Kumar

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Hey Vishnu,

Iam a foreign volunteer doing social work in Andrha Pradesh till August (since september)
A dream of myself is to visit Gaumukh.
Maybe you can help me a bit.
1) Whats the best time to go?
2) How easy is it to get permit in Uttarkashi
3) did i Need Porter´s? would be more happy without( Did already some treks, no no-knowledge Wink)
4) Is tent recommend? where can i rent one?
5) are there any important informations i need you can share with me?

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Hi Jonas.... Here are my inputs on your questions.

* May to October is the best time but you should avoid peak monsoon season (15th June to July end)....September would be pleasant weather to make this trek...
* Getting permit at Uttrakashi is fairly easy... these permits are issued from Forest Department at Uttarkashi.... Reaching Forest Department at Uttarakashi is itself is a hike... You need to carry your passport, 2 Passport size photographs... you need to fill up date of trek and date when you are returning back... you will get in in less than an hour...
* You do not need a porter if you are making this trek till Gaumukh only... If you planning further up till Tapovan then you will need a porter.... I will recommend you to leave all your heavy stuff in the hotel room at Gaumukh and do this trek as light as possible... If you are planning it as two day trek then you can stay at Bhojwasa which is some 4 km before Gaumukh so you do not need to carry sleeping bag or anything....
* Tent is not recommended if you are making it till Gaumukh but further up you will need tent, guide, porter...
* There is nothing else you really need to know.. Uttaranchal is really tourist friendly... I will suggest you to make it as 2 day trek and have an overnight stay at Bhojwasa... you will love that place.... you can carry dry fruits.... Gangotri and Gaumukh will be colder in night so carry woolen clothing as well.... A spare footwear will not be a load....

Feel free to ask more if you have more question... I hope i could answer you questions...

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Vishnu Kumar
 

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First of all thanks for the fast answer.
Would it be possible do it at the beginning of june? because beginning of August iam leaving^^.
Should i call forest department before or just go there?

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Jonas

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Hi Jonas,
                  June will be fine to visit..  There will not be any need to call Forest department upfront... You will get the permit immediately....

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Vishnu Kumar

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Dear Vishnu
Namaskar
I had gone through all the above comments & they are quite informative & helpful, now I have a straight question.
If I stay at Harsil, what time I should leave to reach Gomukh & come back same day to Harsil I.e. how many hours by foot or horse to go & come back? I am traveling with a family aged between 20 & 60.
Ashu

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Hi Ashu... If you are staying at Harshil then it would not be possible to visit Gaumukh on the same day and return back.. In fact I don't think it is really possible to visit Gaumukh even when you are staying at Gangotri...

Gaumukh is some 18 km hike from Gangotri.. so it would be total 36 km journey on foot which is not possible at such altitude... For visiting Gaumukh, I will recommend you to stay at Bhojwasa for one night and do it as a 2 day trek.... For old age people, you can get a horse at Gangotri.....

Staying at Gangotri will give you more time for gaumukh trek than what you will get if staying at Harshil....

Quick update on Himalayas: I am just coming back from Himalayas and i had never seen this much of snow before on the peaks and foot hills... It snowed heavily this year (even snowing in may) so Gaumukh might not be good to trek till June end....

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Hai Vishnu,

We would like to visit chardham or only to gangotri gaumukh and tapovan during 15.10.2012 to 29.12.2012. We are 3 adults and 2 children of aged 8 and 9. Pls. advise what would be the cost to complete this trip from Delhi or from Haridwar? Is it best time to visit during mid october? How many days we would need to cover those places? we have to be back to chennai on 30.10.2012. Is it possible to make 4 chardham during that period or if it is in hurry we won't mind doing the trip only to gangotri - gaumukh - tapovan. please advice.

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Hi Kumudh,
                 15 days are sufficient time to visit Chardham (excluding Yamunotri) depending upon when you are entering to Uttaranchal... However October end is also closing time for all these routes.... You will witness heavy snow on the peaks and may witness snowfall during that time.... You need to check with the forest department at Uttarkashi about the dates when they shut down trekking route to Gaumukh.... Their number is 01374223693..... If you are interested to take a tour package then Hrishikesh/Haridwar are the best place rather than booking it from Delhi... You will get cheaper deals there...

As mentioned earlier, Mid October is not the best time to trek Gaumukh or do Char Dham Yatra.. It will be very cold at higher altitude...

Char Dham Trip can take 15 days (Gaumukh, Badrinath, Kedarnath) excluding Yamunotri... a lot depends on the kind of transport you avail... with private transport you will be able to save few days.... If you are including Yamunotri then you need to include more days (3 - 4) in your itinerary...

I will not recommend you to try Tapovan trek during October... It is also starting season for snow so you may not be able to do that... I am still daisy about possibility of reaching Gaumukh in the end of October... Please check with forest department... They will tell you the exact date when Gaumukh trek gets shut down...

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Vishnu Kumar

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Hey,

Hopefully thats my last questions. I did already a reearch but didn´t find good answers. Hope you be so kind and help me again.
So How long did i need from Hardidwar to Uttarkashi? I think bus is the best.Or?

How long from Uttarkashi to Gangotri?

is ist enough to Plan one more day to go Tapoban? So 3 days Gangotri Tapoban and back?

Any suggestions for simple and cheap places to sleep in haridwar,(rishikesh,)uttarkashi and gangotri? Would it be possible to rent a tent?

Hopefully i will start friday or saturday Smile)

Greetings Jonas

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Hi Jonas.. I am absolutely fine with your questions and glad that i am able to help you to some extent...

* There will be shared jeep and few busses to Uttarkashi from Haridwar...however from Hrishikesh, there will be more busses...Most of these busses/jeeps start at around 9-10 AM in the morning from Haridwar and Rishikesh....  Busses are better than shared jeep on those hilly roads...

* From Uttarkashi to Gangotri, you will only find share Jeeps....These Jeeps are not very frequent... I think only 1-2 jeeps ply to Gangotri from Uttarkashi in a day (During non-festival time).... You can ask your hotel guy to check the shared jeep to Gangotri (tell him to book a seat for you in that jeep)....after that you can go to the forest department and get your permit to Gaumukh.....

* If you are planning Tapovan then its better to hire a Guide.... There had been heavy snowfall this year in Himalayas so you may not be able to trek till Tapovan without proper trekking gear (Gloves, Shoes, Ice-axe, ropes etc).... If route is OK, then you can easily make till Tapoval in 3 day trip... (Gangotri-Bhojwasa (Overnight stay)-Gaumukh-Tapoval-Bhojwasa (Overnight Stay) - Gangotri)

Accommodation options: Tenting is not something i will recommend you... It is not only too much stuff to carry but also not very helpful to deal with colder nights.... There are plenty of cheap accommodation options at Haridwar near bus stand.. I think you can get a basic room at around 300 INR per night... In Uttarkashi, there are not many hotels... I stayed in a hotel opposite to bus stand which was quite basic and affordable (250-300 INR per night)... Gangotri again is not blessed with overwhelming tourist facilities however there are plenty of basic accommodation options (200-250 INR)... all of these lies in the main street (which is btw the only street)....

If you already have experience with camping (Pitching tents), you can take my tent (In case you traveling via Delhi)....but in my opinion, there is no need to carry additional weight....

Please feel free to ask more questions.....

Regards
Vishnu Kumar

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Yeah thanks, but i mean how many hours will i travel to uttarkashi /Gangtok. Because of planning, booking trains ( how many days here, how many days there)

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Hi Jonas... I am assuming that you will be traveling from Delhi... here are the figures...

Delhi-Hrishikesh/Haridwar: Catch any overnight train, reach Hrishikesh early in the morning

Hrishikesh-Uttarkashi (5-6 hours): Catch a bus/shared taxi from Hrishikesh (6 hours), reach Uttarkashi in the evening (Overnight stay at Uttarkashi)...

Uttarkashi-Gangotri (5-6 hours): There are very few shared taxi (No bus) on this route.. most of these shared jeeps start at 10-11 AM in the morning... Catch one of those and reach Gangotri in the evening...stay overnight at Gangotri..

Gangotri-Bhojwasa (14 km Trek): Overnight stay at Bhojwasa

Bhojwasa-Gaumukh-Tapovan-Bhojwasa (14 km Trek): Gaumukh is 4 km from Bhojwasa and Tapovan is another 3 km from there.... Do not plan Bhojwasa without a guide...

Bhojwasa-Gangotri (14 km trek): Overnight stay at Gangotri...

Gangotri-Hrishikesh: If you are leaving very early in the morning and able to catch the first shared jeep from Gangotri to Uttarkashi then You can make all the way till Hrishikesh on the same day... Taxi from Gangotri will drop you at Uttarkashi at around 12:30 PM so that you can catch the last bus from Uttarkashi to Hrishikesh which is at around 1:00 PM.... This bus will drop you at Hrishikesh at around 7:00 PM.... you can catch your train/bus to other destinations(Delhi) on the same night...

I hope this information will be helpful finalizing your dates... feel free to ask more questions...

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Vishnu Kumar

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Hi Visnu excellent blog you have made dude. I shall refer all of my friend and colleagues to this one only whenever they will plant for Gongotri trip.

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Thanks Indrajit...  It will be a great favor for us... looking forward to see you more often...

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HI. Vishnu. Thanks for maintaining this post. Your answers to previous questions have answered most of my questions. However to be on the safer side I have to ask a few of my own.

As per your previous post I understand that because of heavy Snowfall there will be some difficulty in Going to gaumukh till June end this year. I am planning following itinerary. Is it possible to do it because of snowfall or no? If possible then can I fit in harshil somewhere and is it worthwhile to spend some time in Harshil. I good Delhi Jacket would do or I would need very heavy woolens

2.6.12 Delhi to Haridwar
3.6.12 Haridwar to Uttarkashi
4.6.12 Take forest permit and go to Gangotri
5.6.12 Rest and acclamatisation at Gangotri
6.6.12 Gangotri to Bhohwasa
7.6.12 Bhojwasa-Gaumukh- Gangotri
8.6.12 Gangotri to Uttarkashi
9.6.12 Uttarkashi to Hardwar

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Hi Ashok... your itinerary does not have any problem at all considering everything is as usual...

This year, it snowed heavily in the higher ranges of Himalayas.... you are likely to see more snow on the trek which people used to see in past.... However I feel positive about the second week of June... I will recommend you to check with the forest office at Uttarkashi about the snow level on the trek... If anyone has already done the trek this year then it won't be a problem for you to follow the same trail...

I feel in next 15 days, scorching summers of northern India will affect the higher ranges as well and snow will melt like earlier years...

There is nothing so spectacular about Harshil... It's a serene village on the bank of River Ganges...It is surrounded by snow peaked himalayas however it does not lie on very high altitude....... Harshil is popular as a starting point of a trek that goes till Chitkul in Himachal Pradesh....

About Clothing: Extra pair of shocks, quality shoes, gloves, Inners and a jacket would be sufficient for the trek to Gaumukh....

Keep your fingers crossed.... I do not think June second week will be a problem making all the way till Gaumukh...

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Vishnu Kumar

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Hi Vishnu

Thanks for maintaining this post. Your previous answers answer most of my questions however I will trouble you with some of my own.

You earlier stated that because of heavy snow it would not be possible to go to gaumukh till june end. So does it mean that I have to cancel my plans for first/ second week of June 2012 to go to Gaumukh

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Hi All,
Just wanted to give a quick update about the weather conditions in Tapovan right now. I finished my trek just 3 days back. It was a 3 day trek.

1st day: Gangotri - Bhojwasa
2nd day: Bhojwasa - Goumukh - Tapovan (Night Stay)
3rd day: Tapovan - Gangotri

Right now the weather in Tapovan is quite good. There was sunlight till late evening (5.30 to 6.00 PM). But the night was terribly cold. It was around -5 to -7 C. We couldn't come out of tents during night. So if you are planing to stay in Tapovan make sure you have very good warm clothing.

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Hi Vyas... Thanks a lot for sharing your experience with us.... So it's good to go till Gaumukh and Tapovan now...

Was there snow on the trail ? You went with a guide and trekking gear (rope, ice axe etc) ?... Trek was outlined or you had to cut the ice ?

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Vishnu Kumar

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Hi Vishnu,
There was no snow in the route upto Tapovan. But in Tapovan during late evening I saw some snowflakes falling but there was no snowfall as such. We went with a guide. We didn't need rope ,ice axe....etc. Trek route is full of rocks, mud and stones. Its difficult to find the route if you don't have a guide.

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Hi, Need a suggestion on - whether kids ( 1-1/2 ) can travel Rishikesh to Gangotri and return. We are worried about the road and hills which makes the uncomfortable situation for children during travel.

Also please advise if the car travel can be made in night hours. Are helicopter services to gangotri available ?

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Hi there.... Road from Hrishikesh to Gangotri goes parallel to river Ganges mostly... it's a hilly route with many hair pin bends... Many people have problems with those sharp turns and feel uneasy (Vomiting, headache etc)... There is nothing specific about infants on these routes.... They may feel uncomfortable..may not.... However every year, many families visit Gangotri with their kids...

Public transport won't be available during night... if you are hiring your own private vehicle then night travel won't be a problem... you need a driver who had prior experience of driving on hills...

I am not sure about Helicopter service from Hrishiksesh to Gangotri... I never heard of such service.... Helicopter service is available till Badrinath but not sure about Gangotri.... I think these service would only be available during Char DhamYatra season....

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Hi Vishnu, We are Leaving Delhi on 2nd June evening by own private vehicle, we are 3 families with 4 kids & a 2 year kid also, will start to gaumukh on 4th or 5th morning and take potter also.

* Do we required tent in case there is rain while trekking to gaumukh, is it available in uttarkashi on rent ?

* can i get baby lifter kit in uttarkashi as it will help while carring baby while trekking.

* While returning back i am planning 1 or 2 nights harsil, will visit gangnani and Tehri dam. Do you think we can see any other place while returning.

Any suggestions....

Thanks in advance.

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Hi Raj,
             One of our travelers recently returned back from Tapoval and reported the good news that trek is open all the way till Tapovan....

* Carrying tent is an extra effort... You can contact any tour agencies at Uttarkashi to arrange trekking accessories (Tent etc) for you guys..  Porter, baby lifter, tent and sleeping bags can only be arranged at Uttarakashi... Don't postpone it for Gangotri.... Coordinate with your hotel guy at Uttarkashi to arrange everything for you... Possibility of rain is however bleak at this of the year...

* One night at Harshil is a good decision... you can stroll along the serene shore of Ganges..visit some temples.... Tehri Dam can be easily included while coming back however dam authorities don't allow tourists in the premises....

Regards
Vishnu Kumar

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Hi Vishnu,

I am leaving from Kolkata on 9th June.

I don't have any prior mountain climbing experience. Reaching Tapovan from Gomukh seems difficult. I read in a forum that there is a alternate route from Bhojbasa bypassing Gomukh which is not very steep. So will it be better for me to take this route?

Will I be able hire equipment from NEHRU INSTITUTE OF MOUNTAINEERING -http://www.nimindia.net/Equipment%20Hire.pdf or renting them from private shops will be more hassle free?

Thanks in advance.

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Hi Suranjan...
                         I can not tell you the which one is the easier route to Tapovan but most of trekkers follow the one passing Gaumukh....  As you can see in this thread, Vyas already did this trek few days back and conditions are perfect...

http://thinkingparticle.com/forum/gangotri-gaumukh-char-dham-uttaranchal-travel-discussion#comment-42184

About Renting Trekking accessories: I have gone through the pdf link you mentioned... Seems like you can actually get these accessories on rent from NIM at Uttarkashi... Apart from Accessories, you will also need a Guide and porter for trekking till Tapovan.... NIM are renting these accessories at decent price....I think you should go for that... They may also arrange a guide and porter for you...

Arrange these things at Uttarkashi itself.. Don't postpone those for Gangotri.. you won't find much options there..

Let us know if you need more information....

Regards
Vishnu Kumar

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Well, BRO surely is god at what they do!! havnig studied for 4 years in Sikkim, I'm more than familiar with the BRO roads.... and their much humorous statements!!"To marry safety, divorce speed.""Be gentle on my curves"There are so many, we used to look out for these road signs while driving around in the mountains!!Btw, the BRO guys are very humorous.... in fact the entire Defense lot is like that.

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Hi Bishnu,
I am planning to travel as per the itinerary below, 2 Adult Male, 2 ladies, Two 8 & 13 year child, (a)please suggest where to stay at Chhervasa & Bhujvasa.(Cool porter and guide charge (approx) (C ) Tent (if required) Hiring charge and from where it can be availed
Day 01 22/10
Haridwar/Rishikesh to Harsil - early morning pickup, overnight at Harsil (camp/hotel ).

Day 02 23/10
Harsil to Gangotri (by road) Gangotri to Cheervasa (by trek) -

Day 03 24/10
Cheervasa to Bhojwasa trek -

Day 04 25/10
Bhojwasa to Gaumukh, and back to Bhojwasa
Day 05 26/10
Bhojwasa to Gangotri trek
THANKS IN ANTICIPATION

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Hi Jyoti,
               If you are planning only till Gaumukh then there is no need to carry tent and other trekking accessories... Woolen clothing and proper shoes will suffice...

I have not heard much about accommodation facilities at Cheervasa but you can check it at Gangotri... During peak pilgrim season, there are tents at Cheervasa However Bhojwasa is always active... There is an ashram at Bhojwasa where you can get facilities to stay overnight...

In case there is no accommodation at Cheervasa, you can start your trek on 24th and reach Bhojwasa on the same day...

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Vishnu Kumar

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Right now I am in gangotri, commpleted the gaumukh yatra yesterdar.

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Congratulations Raj... :)... How's weather conditions up there... you made it till Tapovan ?

Is there snow on the trek ?

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Vishnu Kumar

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Hi, Thanks Vishnu, finally i have completed this yatra and limits it upto gaumukh only, here are some of the points i want to share:-

* Weather was good until Wednesday evening, it starts light raining until i left gagotri on thrusday and it was very cold even in gangotri.

* No snow was there on trek, however there ia a strech after crossing chirwasa of around 2 Km where land sliding is active and its quite dangerous crossing this.

* Whole strech is clear and empty sheltors only, no vendor for water or someone selling eatable's as we heard that they are available in chirbasa.

* we have only 1 day for trekking as the ladies and kids are staying at gangotri, after seeing the conditions we decided this. We have done this yatra on pony till bhojwasa and then trekking till gaumukh. we completed this trek in one day, started early morning at 6 on ponies, reached bhojwasa at 10:30 start trekking to gaumukh and back by 1:30 pm at bhojwasa and reached gangotri by 6:30 pm.

* Stayed at Bhagirathi Sadan and the staff there are very cooperating. In 2009 also i stayed at this hotel only. Strictly only 15 pony's and 150 people's are allowed a day.

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Thanks Raj for sharing all the important Information.... So you could do the whole trek in one single day.... Cool...

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some time back i would like to share some "new" informations.

-busses from hardidwar to uttarkashi 6-9 a.m.
-Forest Department Uttarkashi Opening timings 10-17h
-From Uttarkashi to gangotri most shared jeeps starts around 6 a.m.
-You can get EVEREY DAY permission in Gangotri early morning and evening 5 to 7
-Indian-150 INR fr two days, after each day 50, Foreigners 600INR first two days 150 after

Hope this will help somebody

P.s.: Thanks for all the help Vishnu, was a really nice trip

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Thanks Jonas for updating us with highly valuable information... I am going to include it in the main blog...

I hope you had good time trekking to Gaumukh...

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Vishnu Kumar

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Can anyone tell me what is the timings of Forest office at Uttarkashi and will it be open in weekends as i am arriving in uttarkashi on saturday

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