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Gangotri to Gangotri
Mt. Gangotri III at 6577 M, is one among the group of three Gangotri peaks namely Gangotri I (6672M), Gangotri II (6590M), and Gangotri III (6577M). This Gangotri Group of mountains is a subdivision of the Garhwal Himalaya in the state of Uttarakhand. Rising from the Rudugaira Bamak Glacier, Gangotri III is bound by Mt. Rudragaira to its right and the mighty Auden's Col Pass to the left. The base camp of Gangotri III peak showcases the visually stunning array of majestic peaks in the vicinity, surely a jaw-dropping experience for an adventurist. This thrilling expedition is meant for aspiring mountaineers with prior experience of roping up procedures, use of ice axes and crampons and have to be technically sound to undertake this expedition. The terrain comprises of rocky moraines, traversing the might Gangotri glacier, crevassed snowfields and an arduous climb to the summit, thus demanding one to be mentally and physically fit to undertake this expedition successfully. The Gangotri III expedition is perfect for anyone looking to graduate to climbing 7000M+ peaks. Stay on this page to find out the details of the Gangotri III Peak expeditions, the itinerary involved, the eligibility criteria and FAQs.
Assembly of team in Gangotri.
Arrive in Gangotri by 3 PM and check in to hotel rooms. The day will be spent in knowing each other well and finalizing some logistics for the expedition.
Equipment Testing & Distribution. Stay in Gangotri.
Today we test the equipment for size, fitting, etc. Personal equipment would be tagged and issued to each participant. Evening will be spent in arranging or final packing for the start on the next day morning.
Gangotri (3100 m) to Nala Camp (3750 m)
As most of the porter loads should be sorted on the previous day, the team could start early at 0730 Hrs. It should take 45 mins to get to the Rudugaira river from where one can start the steep ascend through the forest towards Nala camp. Pack lunch for the day. The camping site is quite nice & beautiful with easy access to running water. Camp site is situated on lush green meadow on the true left bank of Rudugaira river at appx. 12000 Ft. altitude.
Nala Camp (3750 m) to Gangotri BC (4450 m)
We start early morning today, around 0800 Hrs. The first stretch of the trail would be through meadows with small streams coming down from the lower slopes of Rudugaira peak. The middle portion is a steep climb of around 1 – 1.5 hrs through grassy slopes to the traditional Base Camp site of the Rudugaira Peak. From here we leave the grassy fields behind and cross the unnamed Glacier coming down from the Col of Mt. Gangotri – I & Mt. Rudugaira. It should take around 6 – 8 Hrs to reach our Base Camp Site (It is situated on a flat ground at the left lateral moraine, next to the confluence of Rudugaira Glacier & the unnamed Glacier.)
Rest and acclimatisation at BC
We split the team today, experienced members of the group would go and do a quick recce of the area while the other members stay back at the base for re- organising the entire expedition load. With the recce and past experience of the leader and guide, we would decide on which route would form our plan A for the climb attempt. Also, the tentative location of Camp 1 would be established.
Load ferry to ABC (5050 m)
The team would distribute load that needs to be shifted to the next camp (ABC or Camp 1 depending upon the plan). Some members like low altitude porter and cook stays back to augment the base camp logistics. Target of the day is to set up the ABC/Camp1 and stuff our required items safely. Setup should be complete by noon and the team should get back to Base camp by mid-afternoon/early evening.
BC (4450 m) - ABC (5050 M)
The team moves ahead today, along with some more items & staff that would come back to Base Camp by end of the day. All of us have lunch at the ABC/Camp 1 and the members who need to go back leave by noon. Usually the repeat journey, after load ferry, is easier. In the afternoon we would go for acclimatization walk & gain a height of at least 500 Ft to recede the same. We would try and get this walk with our climbing boots on as Camp 1 is situated on moraine covered with a good patch of snow.
Route opening & Load ferry to Camp 1
Target of the day is to set up Camp 1 and stuff our required items safely there. The route initially goes through scree and moraine. After about an hour of starting from ABC, there is glacier terrain that requires crampons all the way till Camp 1. The route after that is either snow or ice covered with snow.
ABC (5050 m) - Camp 1
The team shifts to Camp 1 today. Given enough time, the afternoon shall be used to open the route to the summit camp and ferry loads. Most of the route is moderate angled snow, a steep stretch of about 70 degree snow will require ropes to be fixed.
Camp 1 - Summit Camp (5900 m)
The entire team moves to the summit camp today.
Summit Attempt. Return to ABC (5050 m)
This day is for the summit attempt. We make an alpine start at around 2 am. The route consists of moderately angled snow covering the glacier. Some crevasses may be exposed and thus the team needs to be roped up. The summit push should take between 6-8 hours. Return to ABC.
To compensate for any of the days (7/8/9/10/11)
To compensate for any of the days (7/8/9/10/11)
Back to Base Camp
Trace back the trail to meet full team at the Base camp today. Relax and have some fun. This should be the best time.
Return to Gangotri
Return back to Gangotri
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June or September
In accordance with the rules and regulation set forth by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) for mountaineering expeditions, out of 12 seats per batch:
- 6 seats are reserved for aspirants with a certificate in Advanced Mountaineering Course (AMC)
- 4 seats are reserved for aspirants with a certificate in Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC)
- The remaining 2 seats are reserved for aspirants with previous trekking experience of expeditions above 5500 - 6000 meters
Foreign Nationals - Due to a specific set of guidelines for Foreign Nationals it is recommended to call our support team to gain information on the list of documents and procedure involved in booking a mountaineering expedition with us.
Gangotri III is made only for experienced trekkers who want to test their limits. The challenges faced in the trek should not be underestimated. You should attempt this trek only If you have already done a trek that climbs to 4700-5000 metres. It is recommended not to opt this trek if you cannot get acclimatized in high altitudes. Besides you need to have a strong physical endurance to complete this trek. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale
A basic mountaineering course is recommended though not mandatory in case of highly experienced & skilled trekkers. At least 2-3 challenging treks along with 20 – 25 total trekking days in the Himalayas. Medical fitness certificate from CMO of a recognized hospital.
Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins Or Walk continuously for 10 kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) and
Hold your breath for 40 seconds and
3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch and
Push Ups – 10 and
Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
How to use an Ice Axe
How to use Climbing boots & Crampons
How to rope up & follow queued climbing/descending
How to self-arrest using an ice axe
Knowledge of Basic First aid
The base for Gangotri III expedition is Gangotri, around 500 km from Delhi.
Reach Gangotri By Air: At a distance of around 226 km from Gangotri is located the closest airport named Jolly Grant Airport. Situated in Dehradun, the airport has regular flights from India's capital city of Delhi. So, you can catch a flight to the airport and then you can hire a cab from there to reach the sacred town of Gangotri. Taxi or cab charges will cost you around Rs 4,000.
Reach Gangotri By Train: If you like traveling by train, you'll need to reach the Rishikesh railway station which is also the closest at 250 km from Gangotri. After arriving at the railway station, you'll see plenty of cabs ready to take you to your destination. You'll need to pay anywhere between Rs 3,000 and Rs 4,000 as cab charges.
Reach Gangotri By Road: The holy town of Gangotri is also well connected by road with all the popular tourist places in the state of Uttarakhand and outside the state. From places like Yamunotri, Mussoorie, and Tehri, you can easily catch tourist buses to reach Gangotri. There are both private deluxe buses and state buses to reach the town.
Gangotri has coverage for all major networks.
Gangotri Temple: Gangotri, the origin of the River Ganges and seat of the goddess Ganga, is one of the four sites in the Chota Char Dham pilgrimage circuit. The original Gangotri Temple was built by the Nepalese general Amar Singh Thapa. The river is called Bhagirathi at the source and acquires the name Ganga (the Ganges) from Devprayag onwards where it meets the Alaknanda.
Places to visit near the Gangotri Temple
Bhagirath Shila is believed to be the holy rock where King Bhagirath prayed to Lord Shiva.
Pandava Gufa, located 1.5 km from Gangotri, is the place where the Pandavas are believed to have meditated and rested en route Kailash. Pilgrims will have to trek up to the Pandava Gufa.
The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.
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For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.
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