Trekking in Garhwal Valley Uttaranchal
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Nandavan Trek, Uttaranchal
Maximum - 21 Days
About This Trek:
Celebrated in Hindu
mythology and religion, the Garhwal Himalayas are said to be the "Abode of the
Gods". The river Ganges takes its source in this remote massif, at the sacred
shrine of Gangotri, and rushes down to the plains in a torrential fury. Very few
trekkers follow this itinerary which will lead to one of the most important
spots of Hindu spirituality, where you will experience a strange atmosphere of
From Kedarnath, where hundreds of pilgrims arrive from all regions of India, the
path proceeds at first along the sacred Bhagirathi river, then through dense
forests and grassy areas as far as Lata. From there it is a 5-hour drive to
Gangotri, where the second part of the trek starts.
Near Gaumukh, close to the
Source of the Ganges, you will experience the strange view of half-naked saddhus
in the lotus position, meditating on the bank of the bubbling stream pouring out
the glacier. Further up, Tapovan is a grassy area with numerous brooks,
surrounded by snowy peaks. It is a round-trip itinerary starting in Kedarnath,
along the sacred Baghirathi river, then heading west, through dense forests and
grassy areas. The northern part of the itinerary will offer magnificent views of
several high altitude lakes.
I t i n e r a r y
the treks of Garhwal (Uttaranchal India) is connected by 'our coach'
Arrive Delhi, where you will be
met and transferred to your hotel.
Delhi Haridwar -
Rishikesh by bus (5h).
We will go on a sightseeing tour of Haridwar, which is an important pilgrimage
Haridwar Gaurikund (2000m) by bus (9h).
Kedarnath (3600m) in 6h.
This is a steep climb where we will walk with hundreds of pilgrims from all over
India. The forest slowly gives way to splendid views of Mount Kedarnath (6940m).
Kedarnath is one of the most important Indian pilgrimage places. The temple,
built in the 8th century and dedicated to the goddess Shiva, is magnificently
surrounded with snow-capped peaks.
Kedarnath Gaurikund in
(3050m) in 6h.
After a 4-km drive to Sonprayag, we trek upwards through dense forest.
Khanta (3150m) in 5h.
After a short climb, we follow a pleasant trail over a flat area, and descend
towards the meadows of Panwali Khanta.
Ghuttu (1600m) in 6h.
We climb up to Khinko La (3500m), then descend through a magnificent tropical
forest and rice-fields.
Chatti (2600m) in 5h.
We continue our way through forest and rice-fields to a ridge trail. From the
top, the view towards Mount Garhwal is quite impressive.
Budakedar (1530m) in 4h.
An easy day, all-downward, through fields and forests.
Khal (2750m) in 6h.
The trail passes through a succession of tiny villages: Agund, Jhala and
Pangrana. Magnificent high-alpine panorama.
Belak Khal Lata
(1700m) in 3h Gangotri (3050m) by bus (5h).
We descend towards Bhagirathi, one of the Ganges tributaries. Afterwards, we
drive the 80 km to Gangotri, a famous place of pilgrimage.
(3800m) in 5h.
We progress along a picturesque trail, congested with porters, mules, pilgrims
and mobile traders. From Raj Ghat, the glacial valley gets wider, and soon we
can see the Bhaghirati massif, which rises above 6500m.
(3900m) - Tapovan (4450m) in 4h.
From Gaumukh, source of the Ganges, the scenery is fascinating, with praying
pilgrims and half-naked saddhus meditating along the banks of the tumultuous
stream that pours out of the glacier. The trail crosses Gangotri moraines before
reaching Tapovan and its gorgeous meadows, furrowed with streams and scattered
with flowers. From here the panoramic view over Shivling (6540m), Meru (6660m)
and the Bhaghirati massifs (above 6500m) is stunning. It is not surprising that
saddhus chose this area to meditate in summer time.
In the morning, we lazily enjoy the charms of this magic spot. In the afternoon
we descend towards Bhojbasa.
We visit temples of Gangotri in the afternoon.
Gangotri Uttarkashi (bus) in 6h.
Uttarkashi Delhi (bus) in 12h.
At leisure in Delhi. Safety day
for your international flight.
Transfer to airport and fly back
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