Mt. Shivling (21,467 FT) is undeniably one of the most beautiful mountains in the world located at Tapovan in the Western Garhwal Himalaya. The tooth-like jagged snowcapped peak was once referred to as the "Indian Matterhorn". Shivling's monstrosity can be best witnessed from its base camp Tapovan rising to a staggering height of 6543 M. The summit climb is very technical and challenging thus demanding climbers to have prior technical expertise and mountaineering experience along with the knowledge of roping up procedures, ascending and descending, use of crampons and jumars. The source of river Bhagirathi, Gangotri Glacier is found near the base of the peak. Famous among mountaineers for its difficulty, this pyramid like conical shaped peak is a treat for adventurists looking for a challenge to push their limits and to prepare for 7000M+ peaks. The trail to Mt. Shivling takes you across the famous Gangotri trail with heavenly vistas and landscapes unique to this region of the Indian Himalayas. The base camp of Tapovan is unarguably one of the most beautiful campsites in the world with towering peaks flanking from all sides. Take up the Mt. Shivling expedition to satiate your forever longing dream. Stay on this page for more information on the Mt. Shivling expedition.
Arrive in Gangotri
The only way to reach Gangotri is by road. One can start the road journey either from Dehradun but with a new route open now, reaching Gangotri via Dehradun is the faster option (around 242 Kms). Arrive at Gangotri by 3 PM. You will receive the detail of accommodation in Gangotri 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, temples, etc.
Acclimatization in Gangotri
Spend the day exploring the holy town of Gangotri. Visit Surya Kund and spend time by the banks of Bhagirathi river in the evening.
Gangotri to Bhojwasa (12,440 FT) via Chirwasa (11,811 FT). 14 kms trek.
We start in the morning, after breakfast to trek towards Chirbasa (3600mt). From Gangotri, you may move along the beaten track towards Chirbasa, which is on the tree line. The entire trek till Chirbasa is along the roaring Bhagirathi River. We can have our pack lunch in Chirbasa. From Chirbasa, we trek further to Bhojwassa today. The trek is going to be moderate for the day. The terrain, after Chirbasa, becomes really desolate and barren. In fact, it has been referred to as Arctic Tundra by many trekkers. The entire trail passes through a dense forest till Bhojwassa. There is a small temple and a potential campsite near the river. A good place to camp for the day. Excellent sunset on Bhagirathi group of peaks to delight you in the evening.
Bhojwasa (12,440 FT) to Tapovan/Base Camp (14,642 FT) via Gaumukh (12,770 FT)
On this day we head to Tapovan, the base camp of Mt. Shivling via Gomukh glacier. Cutting across the glacier and moraines of Gangotri you reach the massive alpine meadow of Tapovan. We set up camp and acclimatize. Study the route and weather condition and plan the expedition days ahead. Begin the briefing and safety techniques. Rest well. Have dinner and retire for the night. Overnight in tents.
Acclimatization Day at Tapovan/Base Camp
Spend the day acclimatizing at Tapovan Base Camp. Explore the Neel Tal lake.
Base Camp to Advanced Base Camp (ABC) and back to Base Camp
Today we load ferry from base camp to ABC and return to Base camp where we retire for the night.
Base camp to ABC
Today we move to ABC and set up camp here. Retire for the night. Let your body acclimatize properly.
ABC to Camp 1 (17,400 FT) and back to ABC
Today we load ferry from ABC to camp 1 and return back to ABC where we retire for the night.
ABC to Camp 1 (17,400 FT)
Today we establish Camp 1 and move to the same from ABC. Have dinner and retire for the night.
Camp 1 to Camp 2 (19,193 FT) and back to Camp 1
Today we load ferry from camp 1 to camp 2 and return back to camp 1 where we retire for the night.
Camp 1 to Camp 2 (19,193 FT)
We move to camp 2 and spend the night here.
Camp 2 to Summit Camp and back to camp 2
Today we load ferry to summit camp and return to camp 2 where we spend the night.
Camp 2 to Summit Camp
Today we establish Summit camp and fix ropes wherever needed. Spend the night here. Prepare for the summit push the next day.
Summit Camp to Summit (21,467 FT) and back to Camp 2
We start the summit push by 2am and upon reaching the summit enjoy and cherish the mesmerizing views of the expansive Gangotri range of peaks. Make you way down and descend to Camp 2 where we spend the night.
Camp 2 to Tapovan/Base Camp
We descend down to Tapovan our base camp. Have dinner and retire for the night.
Rest Day at Base Camp
Today will be utilized as a rest day and prepare for your return journey to Gangotri
Base Camp to Bhojwasa
Retrace your steps to Bhojwasa campsite. Retire for the night.
Bhojwasa to Gangotri
Descend your way down to Gangotri. Spend the night rejoicing and rest well.
Gangotri to Dehradun
Depart from Gangotri and drive to Dehradun ISBT.
This day will be used if the summit attempt on the previous day was unsuccessful due to bad weather.
This day will be used if the summit attempt on the previous day was unsuccessful due to bad weather.
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.
Mt. Shivling 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 treks that climb 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
Months of June and September are best for Mt. Shivling expedition.
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The base for Mt. Shivling 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 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.
You will stay at a hotel/guesthouse in Gangotri on a triple or twin sharing basis. On trekking days you will be accommodated in tents on a twin sharing basis.
We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accommodate 3 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks. Our sleeping bags are made up of Heatseeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees Celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.
Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek. These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.
Since this is a technical climb at extremely high altitudes on snow and ice, all required technical equipment such as Ropes, Helmet, Ice Axe, Crampons, Mountaineering Boots, Jumar, Descender, Harness will be provided. You can refer to the inclusions section for more details.
Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfill the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread, and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on the journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.
You can rent the following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack.
You can expect temperatures to drop to as low as -10°C to -20°C at higher camps on the climb. The more altitude we gain the colder it gets. However, the weather is always unpredictable so be prepared with all the essential layers required to keep yourself warm and dry.
Since this is a technical climb at 6500 M, you can expect snow and ice on the expedition.
If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior to the trek through an email so that arrangement can be made in advance. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. In case you decide to offload on the spot, you may have to pay a higher price than usual. However, offloading your rucksack is not recommended since it is not a safe practice.
A team of participants will be led by an IMF certified mountaineering guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain a 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.
Yes, the trekking pole is necessary. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.
Yes, there are stores/shops in Gangotri from where you can buy necessary stuff. Though it is recommended that you come prepared with all the stuff. Please do not leave anything for last minute buying.
Yes, it is absolutely safe for a solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing a tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.
Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.
The pick-up point will be Dehradun ISBT. The drop off point is the same.
Expect to reach Dehradun by late evening, so please plan your further travels accordingly.
ID Proof (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried), Medical Certificate (Soft Copy to be sent to us & original to be carried) and Photocopy of ID Proof and passport size photos are the mandatory documents required for the trek.
Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.
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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