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Tapovan Trek


Summer : 5° C to 12° C


8 Days Dehradun to Dehradun


Moderate to Difficult

Peace and adventure

It lies at an elevation of 4,500 metres in Uttarkashi district, this trek is peace and adventure all at once. Without crossing Gangotri glacier one cannot reach Tapovan, this makes the trek thrilling and risky. This level of this trek differs from moderate to difficult because some parts needs skills and knowledge so if beginners are planning to go for this trek then the preparation should be perfect or you can try other treks before exploring Tapovan.


Idyllic setting


The trail takes you through the lush green meadows of Tapovan, it is a trekkers delight and they are perfect for camping, then the changes occur in the scenery turning from green to rocky, boulder zone. But the meadows of this place are desired by the people who love trekking and camping. The settings are picturesque there are flowing streams, blooming flowers and the refreshing aura helps in finding tranquility.


Glistening Peaks


From the base camp of Tapovan Mt. Shivling glimmers from a distance and accompanies till the summit, as you go higher the sight keeps on getting clear and magnificent. In this trek you can get close views of snow-capped mountains and large peaks. One of the major attraction is the captivating sight of Bhagirathi twin peaks.


Origin of River Ganga


To reach Tapovan you have to traverse some beautiful places and the trek is through Gomukh which is the origin of River Ganga, it is called Gomukh because it resembles mouth of a cow. You can see Saints live here permanently for meditation because here is spirituality and peace, far from disturbance and issues.


Duration:- 8 days (Dehradun to Dehradun)


Best Season:- May, June, September and October


Level:- Moderate to Difficult


Highest Points:-  (4500 m)


Trekking distance:- ( 46 km.)


Weather:- Night temperature is cold and day temperature is pleasant during the season.


Summer temperatures:- (5°C to 12°C)


Location Chart:- Dehradun, Mussoorie, Uttarkashi, Gangotri, Chirbasa, Bhojbasa, Gomukh and Tapovan


Started point:- Dehradun


Short itinerary Tapovan Trek


Day 1:- Dehradun to Gangotri (245 km) (10/12 hours) (10,145 feet)


Day 2:- Gangotri to Chirbasa (9 km) (6 hours) (11761 feet)


Day 3:- Chirbasa to Bhojbasa (5 km) (3 hours) (12763 feet)


Day 4:- Bhojbasa to Tapovan (7 km) (6/7 hours) (14763 feet)


Day 5:- Explore Tapovan and Neel Tal


Day 6:- Tapovan to Bhojbasa (12763 feet)   


Day 7:- Bhojbasa to Gangotri (10145 feet)


Day 8:- Departure to Dehradun (10/12 hours)


Tapovan Trek Details Itinerary


Day 1: Dehradun to Gangotri (245 km) (10/12 hours) (10,145 feet)


Our team members will meet you at Dehradun Railway Station and then drive to Uttarkashi, Tehri Dam is on the way. This journey is of 10 – 12 hours but you will go through some picturesque places so you will not get bored.


The journey will be along the banks of River Ganga, if you ever feel that you are losing energy just have a look at the water of sacred river Ganga it will refresh you as the water looks so clear and refreshing. On the way visit Gangnani; hot spring. You will go through lush green forest which will soothe your mind and from the places where you will get the views of the Great Himalayas and Harsil.


Reach Gangotri, which is famous for a holy pilgrimage. Go to a hotel rest there for some time and then explore this place on your own. Ganga Aarti is very famous here don’t miss to attend that.


Day 02: Gangotri to Chirbasa (9 km) (6 hours) (11761 feet)


In Chirbasa there are pine trees all around so it is named as “Chirbasa” meaning of Chir is Pine. You have to go through a market and from that trail you will come to a forest area and when you enter there you will have some majestic views of peaks in front, they look mesmerising as you get the front view of mountains. Today’s trek is an easy one as you have to walk on levelled trail. Cross a bridge over a stream and after few minutes a valley unfolds which looks beautiful and picture perfect.


After crossing ridges and going through dense pine forest, you will come across many boulders and the way is between two big boulders, you will stones and rocks on the way, this can also be called boulder zone. Walk carefully on that path so you don’t get slipped because of the rocks, continue walking on the same trail to reach Chirbasa.


The way to Chirbasa is through pine forest, we are going to reach there in few minutes. Chirbasa campsite is surrounded by pine trees and Bhagirathi rivers flows near. From here you can have glance of Gomukh glacier and Bhagirathi group of peaks. Start setting your tents, relax there and dinner and overnight stay in tents.


Day 03: Chirbasa to Bhojbasa (5 km) (3 hours) (12763 feet)


Today’s trek is easy and you can reach Bhojbasa with no difficulties. Have your breakfast and start your trek. The path is not narrow and the trail will take you through some landslide prone areas.


The peaks glitter in front of you as you go higher Mt. Shivling and Bhagirathi group of peaks attracts as they are calling you. You can spot Saints on the way in caves, they live permanently here so you take inspiration from them. Small tent shops are on the way where people who come here to worship have tea coffee or other things.


As you go higher the trail becomes barren and rocks are everywhere, Bhojbasa campsite is a barren land but the views from there are clearer and spectacular and Bhagirathi River flows beside our campsite. There is a small temple, when you reach there you can explore that area. The sunset from here looks mesmerizing. Enjoy the scenic views then dinner and overnight stay in tents.


Day 04: Bhojbasa to Tapovan (7 km) (6/7 hours) (14763 feet)


Till Gomukh (source of River Ganga) trek is not a difficult one but remains covered in snow and the steep and difficult climb starts from Tapovan. The trail takes you through boulder zone, then you have to climb Gangotri glacier, it needs to be traversed carefully with safety, follow your guide because the trails are not clear. The views get magnificent and welcome you, saints can be seen here meditating they live here permanently.


Now head towards Tapovan which is famous for its grasslands, it is 2 hours away from Gomukh. Ascending is steep but when you reach there the views will leave you spell bound, Mt. Shivling which was visible from day one now you can get the clearer views of it and the other peaks visible from there are Bhagirathi group of peaks and Mt. Meru.


The beautiful meadow of Tapovan is your campsite with surpassing view of mountains. Set your tents and enjoy spending night in the middle of a meadow.

Day 5: Explore Tapovan and Neel Tal


Today you can rest or explore the surroundings, here are caves and you can find saints meditating here. From your campsite enjoy the mesmerizing views of peaks fully covered in white sheet of snow, you can just stare at them in peace away from all the worries of life.


After that you can plan to visit the landscapes and also the divine lakes of Tapovan, you can go the base of Shivling peak and explore that area. Go to Neel Taal which is 2 hours away. Reach there and witness the clear views of Mt. Meru and return before mid-day.


Come back to your campsite and rest for the day here to know about the nature and surroundings more clearly. Have healthy food at campsite and comfortably retire for the night.


Day 6: Tapovan to Bhojbasa (12763 feet)

You have to descend till you reach Bhojbasa, you can stop at Gomukh; the origin of holy River Ganga worshiped by Hindus. Before starting your trek do not miss the sunrise from Tapovan because the peaks look different when the rays fall on them.   


Bhojbasa was you campsite on Day 3 this is barren but the views are spectacular. Today spend your night here relaxing in tents.


Day 7: Bhojbasa to Gangotri (10145 feet)


Today’s trek is a steep and tough descend through the area of moraines, you have to be very careful while descending. Capture the last sight of Mt. Shivling and bid it goodbye, it accompanied you from the starting till end. Cherish the last day when you are so close to these snow covered peaks.


Reach Gangotri, the holy city and shrine of Goddess Ganga, visit the temple of Lord Shiva in the evening. Then have your food in Hotel and overnight stay in a hotel.


Day 8: Departure to Dehradun (10/12 hours)


Leave early so you can reach Dehradun on time.

About Tapovan


  • It is at an altitude of 4,500 m
  • Traverse Gangotri glacier to reach Tapovan
  • Meadows of Tapovan are perfect for camping
  • The views of Mt. Shivling are visible from Day 1 till last day
  • The changes occur in the scenery turning from green to rocky.


What is the best time to go for this Trek?


May, June, September and October.


Highlights of this Trek


Without crossing Gangotri glacier one cannot reach Tapovan and the lush green meadows are perfect for camping. The trail takes you through greenery and streams to boulder zone. The sight of Mt. Shivling glimmers from a distance and accompanies from base till the summit.


 Is this trek for beginners?


This trek is Moderate to Difficult and beginners should avoid this trek.


Altitude you are going to cover


  • Gangotri (10,145 feet)
  • Chirbasa (11761 feet)
  • Bhojbasa (12761 feet)
  • Tapovan (14763 feet)

The most common question asked is “What things to carry on a Trek?”


First of all trekkers must bring the documents mentioned below –

  1. Government ID proof, carry original and a photocopy of any of these – (Driving License, Adhar Card, Pan Card, Voter Id etc.)
  2. Medical certificate by a doctor
  3. Risk certificates


Foremost Requirements

  • Strongly built Trekking Shoes
  • Backpack (50 to 60 liters)


To reduce your expenses HPMA offer trekking items on rent at nominal prices. Make a special renting request before the trek to get trek gear on rent.


Things you can get on Rent

  • Trekking shoes
  • Backpacks
  • Hiking Pole
  • Poncho


Clothes to Carry On A Trek


Carry clothes according to the season. In winters there is chilly cold and in summers the temperature remains cold. (Day and Night temperature varies)




Take at least 2 jackets with you, it should be warm enough to protect you against chilly cold.


-Trekking Pants


You should have 2 – 3 trek pants on a week long trek and take more for longer treks.




At night the temperature lowers and to keep yourself warm and sleep comfortably wear thermals.


-Warm clothes


Keep enough woolen layers and fleece according to the season.


-T- shirts


To avoid sunburns always carry full sleeved t shirts which dries easily and covers neck and arms properly.




They are useful during rain and snowfall.


Necessary Items

  • Water Bottle
  • Gloves (Waterproof and woolen)
  • Cap
  • Socks (Regular and woolen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking Pole
  • Torch
  • Toiletry Items

(Toilet paper, Sunscreen, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Moisturizer, Lip balm, Face Wash, Sanitizer etc.)


(Avoid using wet wipes and sanitary napkins during your trek because they are not biodegradable and cause harm to the environment. If you use them in mountains make sure you bring them back with you.)


Medical Kit is Mandatory


(Use medicines only after prescribed by the doctor) (In case if any problem arises during the trek follow the instructions given by your trek leader because they are certified in First Aid Mountaineering courses.)


Carry These Medicines in Your Medical Kit


  • Avomine for treating motion sickness
  • Diamox for treating altitude sickness
  • Avil to treat allergies
  • Saradon to cure headache
  • Combiflam to relieve pain
  • Crocin for treating fever and headache
  • Digene to cure acidity
  • Norflox TZ and Lomofen to prevent Diarrhoea
  • Betadine (Antiseptic cream)
  • ORS
  • Moov/Volini spray for treating sprains
  • Band aid
  • Elastic bandage
  • Gauze

Har Ki Dun Protection and Mountaineering Association is Making Your Trek Safe




  • We have a team of more than 80+ guides to serve in the mountains and they are professionally trained from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) Uttarkashi, Hanifle Centre; Mussoorie and Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) Delhi. We also have Kitchen staff to serve in the mountains and supporting staff goes along to manage the activities.
  • The trek leaders are certified in courses of Mountaineering. On every high altitude trek we carry oxygen cylinders and First Aid kits. We take proper care of everything and make sure you feel safe and comfortable with us.
  • Getting to high altitude can be a problem to some people, the risks are enormous but we minimize them by providing best quality equipment which are changed on regular basis.
  • We do every possible thing to make your treks safe because if you trust and choose us then it becomes our responsibility to make your safety our top most priority. The risk factor can never be abolished but it can be reduced and if you have a heart of mountaineer then this “risk factor” is the real pleasure and we can help you overcome every risk successfully without fear by taking proper care of your safety.




  • Transport from Dehradun to DehradunYES
  • Forest Permit and entrance fee YES
  • Accommodation in HotelYES
  • Accommodation in tents on twin share basis during trekking YES
  • All meals, Breakfast, Day Pack, Lunch, Pack Lunch, Tea, Coffee, Sneaks, Soup, Dinner YES
  • All camping gear including YES
  • Separate Tent, High qualityYES
  • Liner, Pillow, Separate Toilet tents, Dining Tent, ChairYES
  • Dining tableYES
  • your uploadingYES
  • Guide, Porters, cook, HelperYES
  • Mules, Kitchen teamYES
  • Good Experience local Trek Leader guideYES
  • Walkie Talkie, for contact each other’s YES
  • Gaiters YES
  • Micro crampons YES
  • Hiking PoleYES
  • Personal Toiletry ItemsNO
  • Personal Medical KitNO
  • Medical Certificate NO

Rs. 25,000 Per Person

(Includes all costs of the trek from Dehradun to Dehradun)(5% GST)

Note: – The cost is for minimum 5 people in a group and if the group size increases the price will decrease.


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Short Itinerary

Day 1:- Dehradun to Gangotri (245 km) (10/12 hours) (10,145 feet)


Day 2:-Gangotri to Chirbasa (9 km) (6 hours) (11761 feet)


Day 3:- Chirbasa to Bhojbasa (5 km) (3 hours) (12763 feet)


Day 4:- Bhojbasa to Tapovan (7 km) (6/7 hours) (14763 feet)


Day 5:-  Explore Tapovan and Neel Tal


Day 6:-Tapovan to Bhojbasa (12763 feet)


Day 7:-Bhojbasa to Gangotri (10145 feet)


Day 8:-Departure to Dehradun (10/12 hours)




This board by Forest Department is the appeal for trekkers to only go with local tour operators.

“Most of the people seek adventure and choose this great adventure sport Trekking, but the common mistake committed by the people is wrong choice of a company which further lead to accidents. Now, as you can see the board by Forest Department, they had made an appeal to go with the local tour operators on any trek of your choice because adventure is risky and to reduce these risks no other company can help you like the locals”.

Cancellation Policy


It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows.


Up to 30 Days: 90% cost is refundable

Between 21–30 Days: 50% cost is refundable

Less than 20 – No Refund


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