The Gaumukh Tapovan Trek is one of the most famous and sought-after treks in the Indian Himalayas. This trek takes you to the source of the river Ganges, which is considered to be one of the most sacred rivers in India. The trek starts from the town of Gangotri and takes you through some of the most stunning landscapes in the region.
The trek is about 16 kilometers one way and takes about 4-5 days to complete. The starting point of the trek is the town of Gangotri, which is located at an altitude of 3,048 meters. From here, you start walking towards the Gaumukh Glacier, which is the source of the river Ganges. The trail takes you through dense forests, high altitude meadows, and rugged terrain.
The first part of the trek is relatively easy as you walk through the town of Gangotri and along the banks of the river Bhagirathi. As you move further up, the trail starts getting steeper and more challenging. The route takes you through the stunning scenery of the Bhagirathi peaks and the Gangotri Glacier.
One of the highlights of the trek is the Gaumukh Glacier, which is the source of the Ganges. The glacier is named after the shape of its snout, which resembles the mouth of a cow (gaumukh in Hindi). The glacier is a massive sheet of ice and is one of the largest in the region. From here, you can also get stunning views of the surrounding peaks, including Shivling, Meru, and Bhagirathi.
After spending some time at the glacier, you continue on to Tapovan, which is located at an altitude of 4,463 meters. The trail to Tapovan is challenging and takes you through some steep ascents and descents. However, the stunning views of the surrounding peaks and the