Kirti Gangotri Glacier Trek

Quick Facts

2024 - October 13-21 | 09 Days

INR 75,000 + 5% GST

Single Supplement: INR 22,500 + 5% GST

Highest Altitude: 4450 M

Difficulty: DemandingHiking and trekking to elevations exceeding 4000-5000 meters, away from vehicular access, over multiple days. Encompasses demanding whitewater with Class IV rapids.

Group Size: 8-16 persons

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One of the most scenic treks in India, in an area which has attracted people for centuries. The trek starts from the 18th century temple of Gangotri and goes beyond the source of Ganga to the meadow of Tapovan, favorite spot for sadhus meditating in the Himalayas. Gaumukh, the snout of the glacier, Tapovan and the mighty peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas definitely make it a special trek. From passing orchards of coniferous pine trees at Chirbasa and birch at Bhojbasa, and the retreating glacier at Gaumukh, the source of the Bhagirathi; a plethora of sights and experiences in the shadow of Himalayan giants – the Bhagirathi massif and the beautiful Shivling peaks.

Kirti Gangotri Glacier Trek

DAYS 1-4

  • Day 1: Dehradun Airport – Kuflon (1550 M)

Fly in to the Jolly Grant Airport by 9AM. Board waiting vehicles to be driven straight to Kuflon Basics in the Assi Ganga valley (7hrs). Breakfast enroute. Overnight Kuflon.

  • Day 2: Kuflon – Gangotri  (3600 M)

Drive 4 hrs to reach the holy shrine of Gangotri (3000m). Visit the temple and the start the 4 hr walk up towards Gaumukh, the source of the river Ganges.

  • Day 3: Gangotri – Chirbasa (3700 M)

The trail keeps following the river and just short of Chirbasa one gets the first views of the Bhagirathi Peaks. Chirbasa (3600m), literally meaning the home of pine is now a cluster of shops and some pine trees. Walk down from the main trail and setup camp close to the river.

  • Day 4: Chirbasa – Bhojbasa (3900 M)

Have a relaxed day with only about 3 hrs of walk. Reach the campsite of Bhojbasa, home of birch (now only a few left in the much denuded area) and setup camp. Evening walk to one of the high points close by is recommended for better acclimatisation.

DAYS 5-9

  • Day 5: Bhojbasa – Tapovan (4450 M)

Walk about 2hrs to reach Gaumukh (4000m), the source of the Ganges. Spend time admiring the beauty and the power of nature. It’s a visual treat and an experience in itself to watch the Ganga gush out of the snout of the Gangotri glacier. Cross the glacier and start the steep ascent to reach the beautiful meadow of Tapovan.

  • Day 6: Tapovan (Gain Height)  (4450 M)

An early morning start for a full day trek to Kirti Bamak glacier. From here you can see the Kedardome peak, Kedarnath, Bhartekuntha, Thalay Sagar, Bhrigupanth, Meru and a magnificent view of Shivling from the east. After exploring the area return to Tapovan for dinner and overnight camp.

  • Day 7: Tapovan – Chirbasa (3700 M)

Start the trek back to reach Chirbasa in about 5 hrs. Setup camp.

  • Day 8: Chirbasa – Gangotri – Kuflon

After breakfast carry on the trail to reach Gangotri (4hrs) and board the waiting vehicles to drive back to the camp Kuflon Basics for the comforts of hot shower, barbeque and the campfire.

  • Day 9: Kuflon – Dehradun Airport

Drive back (7 hrs) to Jolly Grant Airport to board an evening flight back home.

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  • All arrangements for staying and camping while on trip
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tents / hotel
  • All meals as mentioned in itinerary & safe drinking water
  • All trip arrangements with India’s most experienced guiding team, camp staff and cooks
  • Peak fee / sanctuary fee / royalty / permits where applicable
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights not included in the above-mentioned cost
  • Any transfers or meals outside of itinerary
  • Bottled water
  • Items of personal clothing
  • Expenses of any personal nature (laundry / phone calls / alcohol / cigarettes / insurance / camera fee / etc.)
  • Any expense incurred due to force of nature such as landslides, bad weather or reasons beyond our control
  • Tips & gratuities (we recommend 5-10% of your trip cost- to be distributed among the team) – personal choice
  • Travel & cancellation insurance


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