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Mt. Shivling Base Camp

Mountain: Mt. Shivling (6 543 m / 21 467 ft)
Activity type: Hiking
Activity level: Challenging
Elevation: 4 572 m / 15 000 ft
Duration: 7 Day(s)
Expenses: from$ 500

Overview

Route Name:
Mt. Shivling Base Camp, Gaumukh -Tapovan Circuit, Ganges Glacier Trek
Activity type:
Hiking
Activity level:
Challenging
Type of Climb:
Trekking
Location:
Asia, India
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Duration:
7 Day(s)
Max. Elevation:
4 572m / 15 000 ft
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Length:
57km / 35 miles
Climbing Season(s):
28 Apr-04 May;
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Guided Tour

Location: India

Price: $250
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Activity type:Hiking

Difficulty: Challenging

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    This has to be one of the most satisfying treks in the Garhwal Himalayas where you not only camp at the foot of lofty Himalayan peak but also cross the massive Gaumukh Glacier, the origin of Ganga River. The best way to put this trek in three words would be – “the holy trail”. One of the sacred Char Dham, Gangotri Temple is a key attraction of this trek. Gangotri is the place from where Bhagirathi River descends. It is situated at an altitude of 3,048mts above sea level and acts as the base camp of the trek to Gaumukh Glacier. Gaumukh is the second largest glacier of India, first one being Siachen. Gaumukh Glacier is 30kms in length and approximately 4kms wide. The Himalayan peaks visible during this trek are Shivling, Meru, Bhagirathi sisters, Kharchkund & More.
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    Please Spotted During Shivling base Camp Trek are 1- Mt. Shivling 2- Mt. Meru 3- Bhagirathi group of peaks 4- Kharch kund 5- Vasuki parvat 6- Sudarshan 7- Thelu 9- Manda Group Of Peaks 10-Bhrigupanth
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    Gangotri being one of the Char Dhams can be easily accessed from Dehradun and Delhi. Regular Buses and Private Taxis Ply between Dehradun and Gangotri.
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    The Trek is Moderate to Difficult Climb with Moderate Ascend and Long Walking. Good overall fitness, flexibility, and healthy will ensure you trek safely and comfortably. Those with acute or chronic health conditions impacting their stamina, range of motion, coordination, or balance may have difficulty completing the trek. If you are in doubt about your own physical readiness, consult a physician well in advance of booking your trip! General hiking experience and comfort with the idea of multi-day hiking will also ensure you are 100% ready to trek!
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    Good Overall Fitness is Required for the Trek.
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    Base Camp Elevation: 4 267 m / 14 000 ft
    Summit Camp Elevation: Please update
    Accommodation in Base Camp: Tents only
    Accommodation above Base Camp: Tents only
    Number of Camps: 4
    Avg. Cost: 500 USD
    Age Restrictions: At least 21 years old
    Soloing: No, at least 2 people
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    Name (Elevation) Description
    Bhojwasa
    3 775 m / 12 385 tf
    Bhojwasa is located 5kms from Chirbasa. Bhagirathi Peaks stands high above the ground and is constantly visible during the trek. The trail not only goes through rugged terrains along with the Bhagirathi River but also climbs up to rugged mountains. Bhojbasa is a vast open expanse of land in the valley, situated at an elevation of 3,800mts above sea level. You can visit ashrams at Bhojwasa to perform aarti or stroll around the Bhagirathi River, gazing at Bhagirathi Peaks in total awe.
    Chirbasa
    3 658 m / 12 000 tf
    Chirbasa is the first Key Point from Gangotri. Its known for its dense forest of Pine and oak.
    Gaumukh
    4 023 m / 13 200 tf
    Gomukh, the terminus or snout of the Gangotri Glacier, from where Bhagirathi River originates, is one of the primary sources of the Ganges River. The place is situated at a height of 13,200 ft
    Tapovan
    1 360 m / 4 463 tf
    At the foot of Shivling peak, a barren area at about 4,463m (14640 feet) elevation, is a seasonal home to several sadhus living in caves, huts etc. and it has become a trekking destination also.
    NandanVan
    4 450 m / 14 600 tf
    The view of Shivling peak from Nandanvan is a lot different than what is visible from Tapovan and both the views are awe-inspiring. Crossing the massive Gaumukh Glacier is the highlight of this trek. Nandanvan is situated at 4450mts above sea level.
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Day 1

Dehradun – Uttarkashi – Gangotri
Uttarkashi is one of the major towns of Uttarakhand thus buses and shared cabs are easily available from Dehradun. You can board shared cabs to Uttarkashi from Rispana Pul in Dehradun. This 5-6hrs drive passes through Mussoorie Bypass Road offering scenic views. The massive Tehri Dam Lake also comes into view as you proceed towards Chilyanisaur.

After a short break at Uttarkashi continue another 4 hour drive to reach Gangotri via Harsil. If you start from Dehradun at around 6am then you will probably reach Uttarkashi by 12 Noon. Take another shared cab to Gangotri from Uttarkashi. Perform evening aarti at Gangotri Temple and obtain the permits to enter Gangotri National Park. Overnight in Hotel.

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Day 2

Day 02: Gangotri – Chirbasa – Bhojbasa
Visit the sacred shrine of Goddess Ganga and buy all the necessary items from the market. The trek starts with a decent trail and it remains the same till further 2kms where you need to show permits. As you walk deep into the valley the vegetation also decreases. Continue trekking to reach Chirbasa which is situated 9kms from Gangotri Town. Cross small streams en route to Chirbasa. Chirbasa is a good campsite and the last point where you’ll see good vegetation. You can camp here if there are any signs of AMS. Chirbasa is situated at an elevation of 3, 580mts above sea level.

Bhojwasa is located 5kms from Chirbasa. Bhagirathi Peaks stands high above the ground and is constantly visible during the trek. The trail not only goes through rugged terrains along with the Bhagirathi River but also climbs up to rugged mountains. Bhojbasa is a vast open expanse of land in the valley, situated at an elevation of 3,800mts above sea level. You can visit ashrams at Bhojwasa to perform aarti or stroll around the Bhagirathi River, gazing at Bhagirathi Peaks in total awe.

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Day 3

Bhojbasa – Tapovan
There are two routes by which you can reach Tapovan. First one being the classic route via Gaumukh Glacier for which you need to follow the trail going to Gaumukh which can be seen on the left side from Bhojwasa. Gaumukh Glacier is 5kms from Bhojwasa. Then you need to traverse the glacier and climb the unapologetically steep rugged wall to reach Tapovan. The second route requires crossing Bhagirathi River from Bhojwasa itself. You need to walk on moraines for many kilometers with constant view of Gaumukh Glacier from distant. Climb the ridge covered with snow to reach Tapovan.

Tapovan campsite is located at the foot of Mount Shivling (6,543 mts), just a glance of this mountain is a priceless gift of this trek. And if Shivling peak is not enough then Kharchkund & Meru Peak will definitely leave you speechless. Tapovan is situated at 4400mts above sea level.

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Day 4

Tapovan – Nandanvan
This trekking stretch involves long walk over exposed glacier so start early in the morning. The trek starts with steep descent from Tapovan to reach the glacier and ends with steep climb of approximately 100mts to reach Nandanvan.

The view of Shivling peak from Nandanvan is a lot different than what is visible from Tapovan and both the views are awe-inspiring. Crossing the massive Gaumukh Glacier is the highlight of this trek. Nandanvan is situated at 4450mts above sea level.

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Day 5

Nandanvan – Gaumukh – Bhojwasa
The trek starts off with rugged terrains and moraines. Descent on moraines will require extra attention from your legs while trekking. Trek slowly and take a break after you reach the snout of Gaumukh Glacier to experience its massiveness. This is the point where the holy Ganges emerges from, it all begins here. Further trek down to reach Bhojbasa .

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Day 6

Bhojbasa – Chirbasa – Gangotri
Gangotri National Park is rich in wildlife and you will most likely see herd of Bharal’s (Blue Sheep) grazing on the ridges. Enjoy the last kilometers of the trek from Bhojbasa to Gangotri. If you reach Gangotri at around noon and wish to continue traveling till Uttarkashi then you can hire a cab. But don’t forget to pray at Gangotri Temple after returning.

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Day 7

Gangotri – Uttarkashi – Dehradun
Drive back to Dehradun

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