Tapovan Trek


Summer : 5° C to 12° C


8 Days | 7 Nights
Dehradun to Dehradun


Moderate to Difficult

Peace and adventure  In Tapovan Trek

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.

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.

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.

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 the 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

Altitude you are going to cover

1. Gangotri (10,145 feet)

2. Chirbasa (11761 feet)

3. Bhojbasa (12761 feet)

4. Tapovan (14763 feet)

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 clean 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 “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 mesmerizing as you get the front view of mountains. Today’s trek is an easy one as you have to walk on the leveled 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 the pine forest, we are going to reach there in a few minutes. Chirbasa campsite is surrounded by pine trees and Bhagirathi rivers flow near. From here you can have a glance at 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 the 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 spellbound, 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 a 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 a 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 nature and surroundings more clearly. Have healthy food at the 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 your 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 the 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.

What to carry on a Trek?

The most common question of all Trekkers is what we carry on a trek or what to carry on a trek so if you plan to go for trekking, so here is about what you should 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

1. Strongly built Trekking Shoes

2. Backpack (50 to 60 liters)

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 the 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.


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


They are useful during rain and snowfall.

Necessary Items

1. Water Bottle

2. Gloves (Waterproof and woolen), Cap

3. Socks (Regular and woolen

4. Sunglasses

5. Hiking Pole

6. Torch

7. 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 the mountains make sure you bring them back with you.)

Medical Kit is Mandatory

(Use medicines only after prescribed by the doctor) (In case of 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

01. Avomine for treating motion sickness

02. Diamox for treating altitude sickness

03. Avil to treat allergies

04. Saradon to cure headache

05. Combiflam to relieve pain

06. Crocin for treating fever and headache

07. Digene to cure acidity

08. Norflox TZ and Lomofen to prevent Diarrhoea

09. Betadine (Antiseptic cream)

10. ORS

11. Moov/Volini spray for treating sprains

12. Band-aid

13. Elastic bandage

14. 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.

Oxygen Cylinder for trekkers safety

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 for some people, the risks are enormous but we minimize them by providing the best quality equipment which is changed on a 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 topmost 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.

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Include & Exclude In This Trek

Transport from Dehradun to Dehradun

Forest Permit and entrance fee

Accommodation in Hotel

Accommodation in tents on twin share basis during trekking.

All meals, Breakfast, Day Pack, Lunch, Pack Lunch, Tea,Coffee, Snacks, Soup, Dinner

All camping gear including

Separate Tent, High quality

Liner, Pillow, Separate Toilet tents, Dining Tent, Chair, Dining table

your uploading

Guide, Porters, cook, Helper

Mules, Kitchen team

Good Experience local Trek Leader guide

Walkie Talkie, for contact each other’s


Micro crampons

Hiking Pole

Personal Toiletry Items

Personal Medical Kit

Medical Certificate

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