Source Of The Sacred Ganges Trek

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Duration: 16 Days
Starts in: India
Group Size: 4-16

Operated by:

Exodus Travels

The original adventure and activity holiday company specializing in cultural, walking, cycling, winter and wildlife adventures.


Tour starts today in the Delhi hotel. 

Fly to Dehra Dun; drive to Rishikesh; evening Ganga aarti.

Drive to Uttarkashi and then on to the small Garhwali village of Barsu (2,250m)

Short acclimatisation trek to Dayara Bugyal with wonderful views of the Indian Himalaya

Trek to Syari Bugyal; optional walk to our camp via Bakaria Top (3,800m)

Day walk to the viewpoint at Surya Top then on to Uchlaru Top (3,900m)

Last day of acclimatisation trek descending back to Barsu

Heading further north today we drive to Gangotri; afternoon to explore the temples and town

Begin our trek to the Source of the Ganges heading to Bhojwassa. 

We reach the Source of the Ganges at Gaumukh; continue on to our camp at Tapovan (4,500m) 

Optional day walk to Meru base camp or relax in this beautiful setting; option to visit an ashram

Trek down the valley from Tapovan to Chirwassa

A short trek back to Gangotri; drive to Uttarkashi for the night

Drive to the busy hill station of Mussoorie favoured by the British Raj. 

Morning free to explore the hill station of Mussoorie; afternoon train to Delhi

End Delhi

Additional Information

This trip visits a remote and highly spectacular part of the Indian Himalaya. Garhwal, celebrated in Hindu mythology and religion is locally known as the ‘Abode of the Gods’. In this massif, beyond the Hindu shrine at Gangotri, the mighty Ganges River has its source. Emerging from a glacier, this great river rushes down to the plains in a torrential flurry.  Our itinerary includes two short treks. The first trek is a warm up and takes us off the beaten track from the small village of Barsu to Dayara Bugyal and Bakaria Top for great panoramic views of the Garhwal Himalaya. We then move on to Gangotri and trek to Tapovan, where Shivaling and other mightly peaks are almost close enough to touch. We also visit the holy town of Rishikesh on the banks of the Ganges and the 'Queen of hill stations'  Mussoorie.


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