Day 1 - Departure
Depart from your home country.
Day 2 - Delhi
Arrival at the International Airport, where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and transferred to hotel. We go to IMF for briefing. We also do an amusing rickshaw ride in the narrow lanes of the medieval styled shopping haven of Chandni Chowk. The ride is a very interesting one. We also visit the largest mosque of India - Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque). The mosque can accommodate about 25,000 people at once. On our way back to New Delhi, we drive by India Gate, Parliament House and President's Estate. Overnight in hotel.
Day 3 - Delhi / Rishikesh
We take morning train to Haridwar. From Haridwar, we drive 1 hr to Rishikesh, which is located on the banks of the river Ganga, where we find multitude of religious activities, Sadhu and Yoga Ashrams. In the evening, we witness Ganga Arti (Worship) by the side of River Ganga. The fading light of the day and with lit up butter oil lamps held by Priests chanting mantras at the Ghat offers you a heavenly solace. Overnight in simple hotel.
Day 4 - Rishikesh / Uttarkashi (1158 m)
After breakfast, we proceed to Uttarkashi - 185 km / 7 hrs. It is situated in the wide Bhagirathi valley by the banks of Bhagirathi River originating from Gaumukh, Gangotri Glacier. Overnight in simple hotel.
Day 5 - Uttarkashi / Gangotri (3048 m)
In the morning, we drive 95 km / 5 hrs to Gangotri, en route we stop at hot water spring at Gagnani, the water is known to have curative effect for skin problems. Gangotri is a small town where the ancient temple of Mother Goddess Ganga was built in early 18th century, amidst Cedar and Pine trees, by Amar Singh Thapa. The temple is located near a sacred stone where King Bhagirath worshipped Lord Shiva offering penance for his dead ancestors. According to the legend, Ganga descended from heaven after King Bhagirath deeply meditated and worshipped Lord Shiva requesting him to send Ganga River on the earth in order to wash sins of 60,000 of his ancestors and thus liberate their souls so that they can make their journey to heaven. The temple is an exquisite 20 feet high structure made of white granite. We witness the soul soothing prayers at the Gangotri Temple in the evening. Overnight in simple hotel / simple guest house.
Day 6 - Gangotri
Be it a man’s urge to placate the Gods above or to quench his desire for adventure; Gangotri is an ideal location for both. The confrontation with the daunting rivers and attempts to unravel the mysteries of the supernatural world are found here. It’s a day free for acclimatization and making arrangements for our trek. We walk around Gangotri to make an acclimatization walk for about 4-5 hrs. Overnight in simple hotel / simple guest house.
Day 7 - Gangotri / Bhojbas (3792 m)
After breakfast, we start our trek to Bhojbas following the right bank of Bhagirathi River. It’s a gradual ascending trek of 14 km. En route we get beautiful view of Sudarshan peak (6507 m) and Bhagirathi massif – Bhagirathi I (6856 m), II (6512 m) and III (6454 m). Total trek about 6 hrs. Overnight in Dormitory / Tent.
Day 8 - Bhojbas / Gaumukh (3890 m) / Tapovan (4463 m) (Base Camp of Shivling)
After breakfast, we begin our trek to Gaumukh, the source of the River Ganga where you see holy water gushing out from the snout of Gangotri Glacier. Continue further trekking by crossing over Gangotri Glacier and final ascent to grassy meadow of Tapovan - the base camp of Mt Shivling - on the east bank of the Gangotri Glacier. Tapovan is also the base camp for climbing Expedition to the stunningly beautiful Mt Shivling (6543 M). Enjoy the amphitheatrical view of Himalayan peaks from here. Total trek about 6 hrs. Overnight in tent.
Day 9 - Day 21 - Above Base Camp / Base Camp
There is no technical climb involved, just snow plod over the humps. Post monsoon there can be some huge crevasses between CII and Summit, and or rocky patches between CI – CII.
Day 22 - Base Camp (Tapovan) / Bhojbas
Trek 6 - 7 hr. Overnight in tent.
Day 23 - Bhojbas / Gangotri
Trek about 6 hr. Overnight in simple guest house.
Day 24 - Gangotri / Uttarkashi
Drive 95 km / 5 hr to Uttarkashi. Overnight in simple hotel.
Day 25 - Uttarkashi / Haridwar / Delhi
Drive 220 km / 8 hr to Haridwar. Time permitting visit Har Ki Pauri on the left bank of river Ganga. Later, transfer to Railway Station for Shatabdi train to Delhi. Upon arrival transfer to hotel.
Day 26 - Delhi / Agra (Optional) / Departure
We go to IMF for debriefing. Rest of the day free in Delhi or Optional Excursion to Agra. Later, transfer to International Airport for your flight back home.