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Himalaya Trekkers (HT) is organising Tapovan Trek in the month of October, 2015. We will
start from Haridwar (HW) as following:

Fixed Departure Dates:

TV15F1 - 18th Oct15 (Day 1) to 24th Oct15 (Day 7) HW to HW


***Trekkers need to reach by their own to Haridwar on previous night. Return to Haridwar on
Day 7 evening. Arrange your tickets for inward and return journey from Haridwar accordingly
***

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The Trek Highlights:


Length: 4 days of trekking from Gangotri and back around 44 km. Haridwar to Haridwar in 7
days.
Access: Train from New Delhi/Kolkata to Haridwar and then about 12/13 hours drive to
Gangotri, via Rishikesh, Narendra Nagar, Chamba, Dharasu, Uttarkashi and Harshil, around 265
km.
Highest Point: Tapovan 4,463m/14,683ft;
Grade: Moderate
Seasons: May/June & September /October
Further Options: Trek to Nandanvan.

About Tapovan Trek:


Tapovan (4,463m/14,683ft) is a high altitude Alpine meadow, situated at the base of Mt. Shivling ,
on the west bank of Gangotri glacier. The word Tapovan means a sacred and serene place, where
the sages meditate for spiritual bliss. According to Hindu mythology, King Bhagiratha (Lord
Ramas ancestor) of the Ikshvaku dynasty, meditated here to Shiva for Gangas descent to the earth.
From time unknown, Hindu sadhus or spiritualists come here to pay tribute to Lord Shiva and
River Ganges. Tapovan, lush green in summer, blooming with wild flowers, turns golden in postmonsoon season. The valley, flanked by majestic Himalyan peaks like Mt. Shivling (6543m), Mt.
Meru (6630m) and Kedar Dome (6808m) is a favourite destination for trekking enthusiastic, both
Indians and foreigners. The Bhagirathi Group of peaks - I (6,856m), II (6,512m) and III (6,454m) are
visible on the eastern bank of Gangotri glacier. The trail from Gangotri to Tapovan via, Bhujbasa
and Goumukh, though only 22km and two days trek, it covers a vast array of geomorphological
features, like the I shaped river gorge of Ganges, then the snout of the glacier from where the river
originates, followed by the glacier itself with lateral moraine and ice covered glacial debris and
finally the steep edge of the glacier. Initially the trail runs amidst pine and birch forest, but crosses
the tree line to reach this Alpine meadow where only perennial grasses, sedges, and forbs can
survive. Sighting of Bharals (Blue Mountain Sheep) on nearby mountain slopes is common. The
high altitude, rarity of oxygen, average 6-7km walk in the difficult terrain and the erratic weather
make this a short but challenge trek.

Access to Gangotri (The trek base):


Depending upon the trek members we can arrange a pickup from Haridwar to Gangotri via
Uttarkashi and back. This will be shared equally by the team members and is approximately around
Rs. 7500 one way in a Jeep.
Haridwar is well connected by train with New Delhi/Kolkata. Buses for Haridwar are available from
New Delhi Kashmiri Gate ISBT. From Haridwar/Rishikesh, Gangotri can be reached by public
vehicles. There are several state transport and private buses available from Haridwar/Rishikesh,
early in the morning. Direct bus from Rishikesh to Gangotri starts from 4.00 a.m. onwards from
Garhwal Motor Owners' Association Bus Stand at Rishikesh. The 265km journey, via Narendra
Nagar, Chamba, Dharasu, Uttarkashi and Harshil will take about 12hours. The shared jeeps to
Uttarkashi are also available from Haridwar/Rishikesh, early in the morning. Direct booking for
Gangotri is possible but rare. From Uttarkashi, shared Jeep and buses are available for Gangotri till
late afternoon in season.
Due to rush of pilgrims during Char Dham Yatra (May/June), it is better to arrange your own
transportation in advance.

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Brief Trip Itinerary: For detailed itinerary, route information, getting to trek base, pictures and
more please check the following link:
Day 1: Drive from Haridwar to Gangotri 265km 10/12hrs
Day 2: Gangotri acclimatization & walking around
Day 3: Trek to Bhujbasa 13km 7/8 hrs
Day 4: Trek to Tapovan via Goumukh 9km 5/6 hrs

Day 5: Visit Neel Tal 3hrs; Trek back to Bhujbasa 9km 4/5hrs
Day 6: Trek to Gangotri 13km 6/7 hrs
Day 7: Drive to Haridwar - 265km 10/12 hrs
**Arrange your train/bus tickets from Haridwar to Delhi/Other destinations on Day 7 evening**

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Cost & Services for Fixed Departure Treks:


Cost: 8800

(INR) per person (Gangotri to Gangotri) + 3.09% Service Tax

Inclusions:

Three nights stay at Gangotri (Day 1, Day 2 & Day 6) on sharing basis and food.
The trek fee.
All meals during the trek. Regular Indian style nutritious vegetarian food during the trek (including
eggs), breakfast packed/hot lunch (depending upon the time you reach a campsite), snacks, dinner
along with coffee/tea/soup.
Excellent Mountain Guide, who will be a local to this particular area and has profound knowledge of
the trekking trails around.
Specialised Cook, Support staffs, Porters/Packed Animals for carrying the central logistics of the trek.
The entire permit fee, camping charges, Forest levy required for the trek.
Stay at rest house/forest hut/tent as required in the trek.
Sleeping Mattress and Sleeping Bag (Bring your own sleeping bag for hygienic reason, if you have a
high altitude specific Sleeping Bag)

Exclusions:

Transportation from Haridwar to Gangorti and back.


Charges for still/video camera inside Gangotri National Park.
We assume that you will carry your personal Rucksack/Backpack with all your personal belongings. If
you want to offload your Rucksack and carried by our Pack Animal/Porter then you need to pay
additional Rs 1500 for the entire duration of the trek. The Rucksack should not weigh more than 10
Kg.
Any tip/gratuity to the HT supports staffs. If you are happy with the service, please tip them
generously.
Any kind of insurance during the trek or transit.
Any cost which is not mentioned in the inclusions or personal in nature.

Contact us:
Please send your email enquiries to: info@himalayatrekker.com

Saptarshi Roy (Sapta): E-mail:saptaroy@gmail.com/sapta@himalayatrekker.com


Mobile: +91 9836133166/ +91 9477877559 (Kolkata)
Krishnendu Banerjee (Krish): E-mail: cris@himalayatrekker.com
Mobile: +91 8826791702 (Delhi)

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