A trek with unique visuals where you walk over glaciers for miles & camp at the foot of towering Himalayan peaks like Mount Shivling.The trek has highest altitude of 4800 M at Vasuki Tal and is graded as moderate to challenging. Enroute you get stunning views of peaks that pose challenge to mountaineers such as Shivling, Thalay Sagar, Meru, and Bhagirathi i,ii iii.
|2||Difficulty Level||Moderate to Challenging|
|3||Maximum altitude||4880 M|
|4||Best Season||Mid April - June & August - Mid Oct|
|5||Trek starting point||Gangotri|
|8||Getting to/ From Trek starting point & Trek end point||Ideal way is to travel to Dehradun from Delhi in a volvo/train. Distance from Delhi to Dehradun is around 250 Kms. From Dehradun, a taxi / Tempo Traveller can take you to Uttarkashi where the you need to report for the trek. Another 150 Kms to travel by road.Retrace the same route while coming back|
|9||What is included in the fee||Meals during the trek
Forest Permits/Camping Charges , if any
Tents, Sleeping bags, mats
Trek guide, cook, helpers.
Porters or mules for carrying common supplie
Services of a Certified Trek Leader
2 night hotel stay in Uttarkashi on 2/3 sharing
|10||What is not included in the fee||Hotel Meals
Any kind of insurance
Any expense of personal nature
Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
The only way to reach Uttarkashi is by road. One can start the road journey either from Dehradun or Rishikesh but with a new route open now, reaching Uttarkashi via Dehradun is the faster option (around 150 Kms). You will receive the detail of accommodation in Uttarkashi through an email from us. After reaching here, check into the Guest House/Hotel. Have some rest. Evening can be utilized to explore the local market.
We start very early in the morning, around 5 - 6 am to cover the road distance early. Start your trek towards Chirbasa (3600mt). From Gangotri you may move along the beaten track towards Chirbasa, which is on tree line. The entire trek today is along the roaring Bhagirathi River.
From Chirbasa, we trek further to Bhojwassa today. The day is going to be easy and the idea is to relax a bit after a tough first day and also acclimatize. The terrain, after Chirbasa, becomes really desolate and barren. In fact, it has been referred to as Arctic Tundra by many trekkers. Entire trail passes through dense forest till Bhojwassa. There is a small temple and a potential campsite near the river. Good place to camp for the day. Excellent sunset on Bhagirathi group of peaks to delight you in the evening.
Early in the Morning enjoy the panoramic view of Bhagirathi group of peaks. After breakfast trek to Gomukh (3890mt), the source of the Ganges. Gomukh is where the water of Ganga trickles down from the glaciers. The sages called it 'Gomukh', because in the distant past, it probably appeared like a cow's mouth. Explore the area and trek to Tapovan, one of the finest high altitude alpine meadows in the area. The trek from Gomukh to Tapovan is ascent steep, and as we climb, the view of the surrounding peaks becomes clearer. Tapovan known for its beautiful meadows that encircle the base camp of the Shivling peak, Tapovan is a very pleasant surprised spot with a large meadow complete with bubbling streams, wildflowers and campsites. Herds of Bharal (blue mountain goats) are a common sight from here on mountain ridges. On the far side of the glacier the Bhagirathi I, II, III (6454mt), provide an equally impressive backdrop. It is also the little wonder where Sadhus and saints choose this spot for extended meditation during the long summer month. Arrive Tapovan and camp. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.
On this day we start early & head to the great Meru Glacier. After a brief halt to explore Meru Glacier, we trace back to Nandanvan via Gomukh glacier. The route from Tapovan leads from the upper section of the meadow till down and onto the glacier. From Gomukh turn towards Nandanvan (4340m) and steering on right one will be on top of the Gangotri glacier. The glacier runs between two ranges and the landslides make a layer of rocky moraine on the ice which makes the walking easier. The glacier walk is very slippery and a slight lack of concentration would be dangerous. Huge crevasses gaped here and there. After a walking for about a kilometer there is a vertical ascent. Big rocks enroute offer grips and foot - holds but many of them are deceptive too. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Morning trek along with Chaturangi Glacier to reach Vasuki Tal, a beautiful base for Mt Satopanth and Mt Vasuki Parbat with a small lake. The trek is steady upward. After Exploring the area, trek back to Nandanvan. Arrive in 5-6 hours and overnight stay in tents.
Early morning enjoy the sunrise on high peaks. After breakfast trek down to Cheerwasa. Arrive Cheerwasa and camp. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
After breakfast get ready for trek down to Gangotri. The descent is easy and one can reach Gangotri well before afternoon. From here, we take our vehicle back to Uttarkashi.
Vasuki Taal Trek is a difficult glacier trek with the highest altitude of 4880 meters. The difficult terrains and steep ascent make it a challenging expedition. This trek is appropriate for the seasoned trekkers and for those who have done moderate level treks before. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale
Here is your checklist for this trek. Make sure you pack all these items for a comfortable trekking experience.
The start and end point of Vasuki Taal are Uttarkashi. Dehradun is the best point to reach Uttarkashi. Though there are no buses from Dehradun to Uttarkashi, one can hire a shared taxi from Dehradun to Uttarkashi which takes about 5 hours to reach (150 km).
Dehradun is easily accessible through road, rail, and air transport.
You can take overnight UKRTC buses and Volvos available between Delhi ISBT and Dehradun. You can book your bus tickets online through https://utconline.uk.gov.in/ or any other bus services available. The distance from Delhi to Dehradun is about 247 km. You can also hire a taxi or outstation cab from Delhi to Dehradun.
The nearest railway station to is 187 km away in Dehradun. There are a number of trains running between Delhi and Dehradun like Dehradun Express, Mussoorie Express, Nanda Devi Express. It is advisable to make your train bookings a month in advance.
The nearest airport from Uttarkashi is Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun which is 180 km away from Uttarkashi. There are frequent flights between New Delhi and Dehradun. Make sure you have your flights booked well in advance.
Uttarkashi is a beautiful tourist point with so many places to see. Visit Vishwanath Temple, the oldest and most sacred temple located on the banks of Bhagirathi River. Kuteti Devi Temple is another highly regarded religious place in town. Manekari Dam is a concrete marvel of Uttarkashi. Experience the village life in Sangem Chhati, a half an hour drive from Uttarkashi district. National Mountaineering institute is also located in Uttarkashi.
BSNL and Airtel sims have a good connectivity in this region. One can expect a network on these sims only till Gangotri or Gomukh on this trek.
Vasuki Tal Trek - 2015
"The moment we reached Tapovan it was just awesome. For the first time in my life I had seen a frozen river. For the first time i could see the Glacier. Only in my dreams i could imagine that i will reach Gaumukh. And today i was standing over the Glacier beneath which the River Ganga flows out. That was a very Pleasing Moment...Click to Read More"
Vasuki Tal Trek- 2015
"To me, trek no more means lots of snow, or beautiful landscapes. These are the obvious bonus to it. Instead it is meant to strengthen the ability to listen to the heart to circumvent the brain (that becomes a hurdle when one is tired)....Click to read more"
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