The terminus of the Gangotri Glacier is said to resemble a cow’s mouth, and the place is called Gomukh or Gaumukh. Gomukh, which is about 19 km (11.8 mi) from the town of Gangotri, is the precise source of the Bhagirathi river, an important tributary of the Ganges. Gomukh is situated near the base of Shivling; in between lies the Tapovan meadow. Gomukh is 18 km from Gangotri in the foothills of Bhagirathi at a height of 4255m. It is the snout of the Gangotri Glacier. The Bhagirathi river here is pretty speedy. Around the snout, nature presents a wild topography. There are bolders scattered here and there with some pieces of broken snow, along with the hard clayey snow of the glacier.
The trail to Gomukh begins from Gangotri, about 22 km (13.7 mi) from Gomukh.9 km ahead of Gangotri is Chirbasa, the abode of Chir trees. After 3 km of Chirbasa comes the dangerous Gila Pahar, Here the Bharals, a type of mountain antelope are sometimes seen. The Bharals are found above the altitude of 10,000 ft. Only 4 km from here is Bhujbasa. After trekking 41/2km from Bhujbasa, one reaches Gomukh, the snout of the Gangotri Glacier. A little before Gomukh, the majestic view of Mt. Shivling welcomes the trekkers to the place. The trek to Tapovanan and Nandanvan starts from here. The last climb to reach Tapovan is very stiff, within 2 km a stiff of about 70 degrees, which gain a height of around 1500 foot and is quite a challenging experience.
- Day 01 :
Rishikesh to Uttarkashi 155 Kms
- Day 02 :
Uttarkashi to Gangotri
- Day 03 :
Gangotri to Chirbasa (4Hrs & 9Kms)
- Day 04 :
Chirbasa to Bhaojbasa (2-2.5 – 7Hrs & 5Kms)
- Day 05 :
Bhaojbasa to Tapovan (5-6Hrs & 10Kms)
- Day 06 :
Tapovan to Gangotri(24Kms)
- Day 07 :
Gangotri to Rishikesh.